Cro Cop comments on UFC deal
"I'm pleased with my return to UFC, the only global mma organization. Unfortunately, every other organization is far beyond UFC. DREAM cannot compete with Americans in sports or financial terms. The UFC has succeded to become in this sport what PRIDE used to be, maybe even more than that. I will always be grateful to the Japanese fans, that is the country where I became famous as a fighter. But the offer I got from Dream was not a challenge for me. "
"I'm sorry that UFC and DREAM argued over me. There was a lot of noise over nothing, I was even called a liar, and I read supposed statement by Dana White that I called him 600 times. Exact number of my calls was - zero. I texted him once and that's all. I wouldn't call anyone 600 times, even if my life depends on that. I don't want to be presented in such a degrading way."
Bad timing: Thiago Alves knows he can beat Georges St. Pierre
“I have nothing to say, he was better than me that night and now I have to go back to my training and work hard to get this belt. There are a lot of thing in my camp that was a mistake. Now I see the mistakes that I did and I’ll fix them and won’t let it happen again. St. Pierre is a great fighter, fought very well, but I couldn’t find myself in the fight. I learned a lot with this fight, I saw what the best fighter in the world has at his best, seen the best of the best fighter and I know I can beat him…. The only problem that I had in my preparation for this fight is that I wasn’t with my Muay Thai coach, with whom I train for the last three years. He had to go away three months ago and I missed him a lot. I felt out of timing in the fight…. My cardio was good, I was strong, but my timing wasn’t good.”
Former number one welterweight contender Thiago Alves talks about what went wrong during his five-round unanimous decision loss to 170-pound kingpin Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100. “The Pitbull” — who still feels he can defeat “Rush” despite the lopsided drubbing — makes no mention of “weighty issues” having any impact on his performance. Instead, he reveals that his striking, which is clearly the most dynamic aspect of his game, was what failed him because his instructor was out of town for the final three months of training. Regardless, Alves will have to get back in line and work his way up the welterweight ladder for another crack at the unstoppable Canadian. Who’s next? His next fight is still up in the air, but perhaps you want to play matchmaker in the comments section below — Jon Fitch, Marcus Davis, Dan Hardy … what showdown do you want to see?
Miletich & White Headed For Reconciliation?
It would seem that Dana White has really been busy with bridge repairs lately. First the rumors he's made up with Tito Ortiz and now there are rumors similar is in the works with Pat Miletich. Miletich says he's working to arrange a meeting with White in the coming weeks.
UFC 100 competitors test clean for drugs
All 13 fighters who were tapped to undergo drug testing at this past weekend's UFC 100 passed their tests.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today emailed the test results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Those undergoing tests were headliners Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, co-headliners Georges St-Pierre and Thiago Alves, and undercard winners Jon Fitch, Dan Henderson, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Mark Coleman, Tom Lawlor, Jon Jones, Dong Hyun Kim, Jim Miller and Shannon Gugerty.
UFC 100, which featured a total of 11 fights, took place July 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and aired on pay-per-view.
All fighters were tested for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers.
Although the NSAC had recently tested some fighters prior to Las Vegas-based events as part of its year-round drug testing initiative, no such tests were conducted for UFC 100.
Rich Franklin in Las Vegas to discuss new UFC deal, UFC 103 slot "still likely"
Rich Franklin is currently in Las Vegas to discuss a new contract with the UFC, and the first fight of the deal could be for a main-event bout at UFC 103.
The news comes from MMAjunkie.com's Dann Stupp, who posted the update in the Dayton Daily News MMA blog.
According to the report, Franklin, who has one fight remaining on his current deal, is meeting one-on-one with UFC president Dana White about the contract, which could be the final one of his career.
Dana White explains Cro Cop situation
After his first round stoppage of Mustapha Al Turk, Mirko Cro Cop was rumored to be departing the UFC for the Japanese based Dream Promotion. Upon hearing the news, UFC President Dana White exploded on the 2006 Pride Grand Prix Champion.
“Isn’t that a dirty (expletive) thing to do?” White said. “He (expletive) me. The first time in the history of the company I do one over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he (expletive) me.”
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen middleweight bout set for UFC 104 in Los Angeles
A middleweight bout between long, longtime contender Yushin Okami (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Chael Sonnen (23-10-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is set for UFC 104.
The bout was revealed on the recently launched UFC Japan website.
UFC 104 takes place Oct. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and features a main event between UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. The Okami vs. Sonnen bout will likely take place on the night's pay-per-view-televised main card.
COTE INJURY UPDATE; WELCOMES HENDERSON FIGHT
MMAWeekly on Thursday caught up with former middleweight contender Patrick Cote to get an update on his injured knee and get his thoughts about last Saturday’s UFC 100. Prior to the centennial show, the 29 year-old Montreal resident wanted to fight Michael Bisping if he emerged victorious against Dan Henderson. Obviously, that’s changed.
MMAWeekly: How’s the knee?
Cote: The knee’s doing well. I’m going to see my doctor next week, just to check if everything’s okay and to have the okay to push more. Next week I’ll be fixed for sure.
SHOGUN SAYS PATIENCE IS KEY TO BEATING MACHIDA
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua hopes to turn light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida’s greatest attribute – timing – against him when the two square off at UFC 104 in October.
It’s the first 25-minute fight in Rua’s career, five minutes longer than his battles in the days of Pride. But that’s not a bad thing.
“I get very happy with that, because when you get to the first five-rounder of your career, it means you’re fighting for the belt,” he told MMAWeekly.com backstage at UFC 100. “I take it as a great thing. I always wanted to train for five rounds.”
Tom Lawlor says UFC 100 performance – in and out of the octagon – a sign of things to come
UFC middleweight Tom Lawlor (6-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) had a good night this past Saturday.
And while the Nevada State Athletic Commission reported Lawlor made $16,000 for his 55-second submission win over C.B. Dollaway at UFC 100 – not to mention the $100,000 he received for the evening's "Submission of the Night" – Lawlor recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) it was a third payment that had him truly excited.
Humbled Kimbo Slice Hungry to Prove He's No Fraud In The Octagon
When EliteXC was in the MMA business, its president, Gary Shaw, had no qualms calling Kimbo Slice the company's "franchise player," comparing his aura to that of Mike Tyson and anointing him as an MMA great. Meanwhile, on the other side of promoter hyperbole, UFC President Dana White would rip EliteXC for its "freakshow" promotion of Slice, and throw an occasional jab at the man himself, saying at one point, "Kimbo Slice would get murdered in the UFC."
But when EliteXC closed up shop and Slice needed a new place to ply his trade, people started asking White if Kimbo could possibly find a home in the octagon. White responded that the only way for Slice to join the UFC was by going on The Ultimate Fighter. Slice called his bluff, and as a result, the UFC and broadcast partner Spike TV are privately expecting the largest ratings in the show's history.
UFC officials will use proven U.S. blueprint to build fan base in Mexico
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a plan to build up its organization in Mexico.
It's the same one company officials used to build a fan base in the U.S.
UFC president Dana White recently said the keys to Mexico, a southern neighbor that began broadcasting UFC events on network television for this past weekend's UFC 100 event, are exposure, education and one-on-one meetings with MMA's opposition.
Royce Gracie Not Fighting...For Now
Even when you're away from fighting, you're never really away. Such seems to be the recent case with Royce Gracie: He doesn't need any of the typical motivators for fighting, he seems comfortable being out of the MMA spotlight, but he doesn't seem to have the urge to fight. But if UFC 100 and the Fan Expo was any indication, fans still want to see the original UFC legend back in action at 42. Not now, he says, but of course never say never.