UFC 101: No Portland, Possibly Philly
Sorry, Portland, looks like you won't get UFC in August after all. There are now reports that, with MMA now being legal in Pennsylvania, UFC is likely headed back to the tri-state area for UFC 101 in August, and is targeting Philadelphia's Wachovia Center as a possible venue.
UFC Possibly To Detroit Late This Year
According to a recent interview with Marc Ratner, UFC could return to Detroit for the first time in 13 years by either the end of the year or early 2010. The event, which could be held in an arena that could seat up to 25,000, could be headlined by Michigan native and current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans.
Fitch vs. Thiago Now Confirmed For UFC 100
A rumored fight between Jon Fitch and Paulo Thiago has now been confirmed for UFC 100. This fight has a potentially interesting back storyline, as Fitch tries to avenge teammate Josh Koscheck's recent loss to Thiago while Thiago goes for consecutive wins over AKA fighters to start his UFC career.
BJ Penn: ‘We have to defend the (UFC) lightweight title’
We’re looking for a return, we have to defend the lightweight title. It’s been long, it’s been overdue since we defended the lightweight title. I had to heal up some of my injuries that I suffered from the Georges St. Pierre fight. I’m all good now so we’re gonna move forward with my same team, my same camp and we’re gonna make a run to defend the lightweight title — I think it’s either late July or early August.
-UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn talks about returning to the 155-pound division just hours after his hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) regarding the accusations he made about current welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre getting greased up in between rounds of their championship superfight at UFC 94 “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2? back on January 31. While the controversy is far from over, it’s refreshing to hear “The Prodigy” speak about getting back to business in the lightweight division — where a handful of contenders (including Kenny Florian) are eagerly awaiting his return.
Demain Maia likes Shogun’s chances against Chuck Liddell
"[Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is] super professional … He’s away from Curitiba (Shogun’s home town) and it’s good for him to get more concentrated. He’s on the right way, but [it is] still far from the fight, still has four weeks. He’ll get to the top now. I don’t know about Chuck, how is his preparation, but I think Shogun is very talented and, well trained, is hard to be beat…. I don’t think that the fight with Coleman was bad. It was a very intense fight, maybe he got tired more, but I think he fought well. He got tired, that’s normal. People forget that Coleman fought with Fedor few time ago and did a great fight, he is very tough… It’s not because he’s 45 that that you have to go there and kill him.”
In an interview with undefeated middleweight contender Demian Maia talks about helping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua prepare for his upcoming 205-pound battle against former division champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 97: “Redemption” on April 18. Maia is perhaps the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist currently on UFC roster, winning all five of his fights inside the Octagon with insane submissions. He makes it look so easy. Might he be showing “Shogun” a thing or two to surprise the “Iceman” on fight night with a ground attack? We will see soon enough.
NSAC To Take Tougher Stance On Future Positive Drug Tests
The fallout from the Karo Parisyan drug test hearing yesterday continues. A new motion presented and unanimously approved by the NSAC will result in a fighter forfeiting his entire win bonus from a fight should he then have a positive post-fight drug test. Had this been in place before Parisyan's fine yesterday, the fighter could've been fined up to $52,000 including forfeiting his $40K UFC 94 win bonus.
Penn's mother urges NSAC to punish St. Pierre "to fullest extent of authority"
At Tuesday's Nevada State Athletic Commission review of the bout, yet another unique story was brought to "Greasegate."
Lorraine Shin, the mother of UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, addressed the commission and charged them with failing to properly protect her son in the course of the Jan. 31 contest.
The contents of Shin's address to the NSAC are included below:
"My name is Lorraine Shin, and I am the mother of Jay Dee Penn, also known as B.J. Penn. I have been involved in the MMA arena as a producer for years.
"I have and continue to support my four sons who have earned their black belt status in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I have also had the opportunity of attending many Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments as well as MMA fight events in Hawaii, Guam, Japan, England and the U.S. Mainland. I am no stranger to the MMA fight world.
"During the past 12 years my sons operate and are instructors in the Penn Fitness and Training Center in Hawaii, which I have been very instrumental in its daily operations. My son, Jay Dee Penn, has also produced MMA events under the name of Rumble on the Rock in Hawaii and Guam, and later merged with EliteXC. As the financial adviser for the family, it was imperative for me to understand the rules and regulations governing MMA events.
"On Jan. 31, 2009, I was present at the UFC 94 event held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The fighters in the main event were B.J. Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title.
"I was sitting in the front row, near the entrance to the octagon cage, and clearly understood the seriousness of this fight that had been successfully marketed on prime time television.
I don't know if this has been posted already, sorry if it has.
Shogun training with Demian Maia for Liddell
Demian Maia submitted all five opponents he faced in the UFC, and now is helping Maurício “Shogun” Rua in his trainings for his next fight, against the former champion Chuck Liddell. Opening the doors of his gym in São Paulo for the Pride GP champion, Demian commented Ru’s training and is confident in another Brazilian victory in the octagon
Breaking-Parisyan Suspended 9 Months, Fined $32K
The NSAC today has suspended Karo Parisyan 9 months and fined him $32,000 for a positive drug test arising from his fight with Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94. The fine is 40% of his total purse from the fight. Additionally, the fight result is changed from a split decision win to No Contest and Karo must submit to random drug testing.
UFC: Junie transformed from 'The Lunatic' to 'The Buddhist' Browning
Any journalist worth his salt writes Junie Browning off at his own demise. The writer's demise, that is. Just put the phone down to the 23-year-old UFC 'tearaway', media-styled bad boy of the last TUF series, and Browning puts stories on a plate for you. It's what every decent writer should be looking for. Fine, the odd sentence he comes out with is utter madness, but the guy has opinions, and he LISTENS. In fact, he's a great listener.
Dean Lister Invited To ADCC, Wants Fedor
Not in MMA though, but in combat grappling. Former UFC Middleweight Dean Lister, released by UFC earlier upon request, has been invited to compete in the Abu Dhabi grappling tournament once again this year. Lister won the tournament in 2003. He's also considering moving up to the weight class that Fedor Emelianenko, also expected to participate this year, will be competing in for a potential match against the MMA Heavyweight king.
Thiago Tavares Vs Melvin Guillard @ UFC 101
With UFC 101 still several months away the promotion has already started to put together some of the match-ups on the card. On Monday, MMAWeekly.com confirmed that a lightweight bout between Thiago Tavares and Melvin Guillard would be added to the show.
The bout was confirmed by sources close to the fight who indicated the fight has been agreed to on the date of Aug 8 with bout agreements to follow shortly.
Why Catch Weight? Dana Explains Franklin-Silva
The UFC 99 main event of Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to be contested at a catchweight of 195 instead of at Middleweight, which Silva is dropping to, or Light Heavyweight, which Franklin now fights at. In explaining the reasons why, Dana White says he "met Rich in the middle".
Forrest Griffin returns to face Thiago Silva at UFC 101 in August
A light heavyweight contest between two fighters looking to rebound from high-profile losses has been added to the as-yet-unannounced UFC 101 card.
Former UFC champion Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) will face Brazilian slugger Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www,mmajunkie.com) today learned from sources close to the bout that the two fighters have verbally agreed to the contest and that bout agreements are scheduled to be signed over the next several days.
Those sources also indicated that UFC 101 is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 8 in Portland, Ore.