Matt Brown vs. Anthony Johnson official for TUF 9 finale in June
A potentially exciting welterweight slugfest between Matt Brown (9-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Anthony Johnson (7-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is now official for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale.
First rumored in late March, the bout was made official during Wednesday's broadcast of "The Ultimate Fighter" in a segment entitled "Inside the Octagon brought to you by Burger King: Late Night News Your Way."
The TUF 9 finale is scheduled for June 20 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort.
UFC VP of Operations Talks Credentials
MMA’s latest controversy has more or less pushed the UFC credential issue to the back burner, but I thought it worth while to post this interview conducted a few weeks ago by insidefighting.com with UFC VP of Operations Donna Marcolini.
A summary of the main points is below:
Dana White Interview
An excellent interview with Dana White by InsideFighting.com.
Early Wednesday morning InsideFighting Editor Elias Cepeda spoke with UFC President Dana White. On the heels of UFC 97, White spoke about Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell retiring, why he decided to bring back his video blogs and much more.
This is well worth a read imo.
TUF's Noah Thomas Headed To Bellator
Like many other promotions, ESPN is heading to Chicago to host one of the initial offerings of its Bellator FC series to air on its affiliate Spanish-speaking station, ESPN Deportes.
One of the fighters Bellator hopes will help make its excursion to Chicago on May 15 a success is former “Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Noah “The Red” Thomas.
MMA Quick Quote: Gina Carano would ‘probably’ choose the UFC over Strikeforce
Frankly, I am absolutely unmotivated by money. And I know that maybe people take that and don’t understand what that means, but I am just not. What I am interested in is people that have respect. Not only respect for me, but people who have respect for women in MMA … I have sat down with Dana and (Zuffa co-owner) Lorenzo (Fertitta) and they have expressed interest and want to do something, but I am a little weary because I know that Strikeforce is signing women and the “Cyborg” fight is over there … I think that I would probably pick Zuffa (over Strikeforce) because that’s the big show, you know? To be a part of that would be amazing, but you know, here comes Strikeforce and they’ve got this CBS and Showtime deal and they are working their way up into being good competition … They’ve built their company on some good roots and now they are ready to branch out on Showtime and CBS. But as of right now, the UFC is the big show, and for a female, it would be an amazing opportunity.
UFC Possibly To Australia In 2010
According to sources in Sydney, UFC has contacted Acer Arena (formerly Sydney SuperDome) officials about hosting the first-ever UFC event in Australia in February 2010. Dana White previously mentioned a possible Australia event last year, citing strong ratings for UFC broadcasts there. Acer Arena could likely hold over 21,000 for a UFC event.
Next UK UFC Will Be In Manchester Or Liverpool
The UFC will be returning to the north of England for its next UK show and will be heading to either Liverpool or Manchester.
"I am looking at venue agreeements right now, and can confirm we are heading back up north. Our next UK show will be in either Liverpool, which has a great new venue in the Echo Arena, or we will be returning to Manchester and the MEN Arena where UFC 70 was such a huge success," UFC UK president Marshall Zelaznik told Fighters Only.
Following UFC 97 win (and thanks to wife), Soszynski securely in UFC
This past weekend's UFC 97 victory over former WEC light-heavyweight champion Brian Stann proved to Krzysztof Soszynski something his wife already knew: He belongs in the UFC.
After getting a late start to his MMA career at age 25, and after some mixed results after a step up in competition midway through his career, Soszynski's confidence was shaken.
But with some encouragement from his wife and back-to-back award-winning victories in the UFC, Soszynski now know he belongs with the 205-pound division's best.
Dana White ready for a war on Chuck Liddell retirement issue
“Chuck Liddell is stupid rich. Chuck Liddell is done. He’s got nothing left to prove. He’s the most famous guy on Earth. I love him like a ******* brother and I don’t want to see him get hurt. There is no reason for it. He’s ******* 40 years old man. These guys that are fighting now are young, explosive, fast ******* kids who are well rounded mixed martial artists. There’s no ******* reason for Chuck Liddell to be out there at 40 years old still fighting. I don’t want to make a ******* nickel off that ever.
Evans & Jackson Near Altercation At UFC Photo Shoot
Apparently Rashad Evans & Quinton Jackson can't wait to go at it, Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida be damned. According to Evans, he & Rampage nearly came to blows at a UFC photo shoot recently, with Evans even borrowing a Rampage-ism in saying he really wants to "whup his ass".
Bobby Lashley Not Going To UFC Anytime Soon
Bobby Lashley's decision to go back to wrestling, even part-time, has halted his UFC aspirations for now. Dana White apparently doesn't want any association with pro wrestling at this time while he & UFC continue to build the brand, and Lashley would have such association now.
Rex Richards, Don Frye, Jesse Taylor at Shark Fights 4
Shark Fight Promotions are staging a fight in Lubbock, TX on Saturday, May 2. TUF 10 tryout Rex Richards, whose only loss is to UFC HW contender, Shane Carwin, will be making his debut at 265 lbs. against a 13-0 Schoonover. Jesse Taylor will continue to extend his streak to 5 after losing to C.B. Dollaway in his UFC debut. UFC and Pride veteran Don Frye will take on Judo Champion Rich Moss.
The fight cards is as follows:
Rex Richards vs Darrill Schoonover
Shannon Rich vs 'TJ' Waldburger
Jesse Taylor vs Eric Davila
Wayne Cole vs Marcus Sursa
Phil Cardella vs Johnny Flores
Louis Luna vs Douglas Frey
Brandi Hainey vs Jessica Miramontes
Don Frye vs Rich Moss
Aaron Garcia vs Elmar Muller
Rolando Scott vs Zach Haney
Efrain Escudero Vs Cole Miller at UFC 103
According to reports, Efrain Escudero announced during an exclusive chat on his official web site that his first fight back from injury is expected to take place at the yet-to-be announced UFC 103 event this coming September.
Escudero is claiming that his opponent will be Cole Miller, who improved to 15-3 after recording a first round submission over Junie Browning at UFC Fight Night 18 earlier this month. Neither the UFC or Miller has confirmed the possible bout vs. Escudero.
Shane Nelson Vs Aaron Riley Rematch At UFC 101
A rematch is in the works for UFC 101 on Aug 8 in Philadelphia as lightweights Shane Nelson and Aaron Riley will do battle for the second time inside of six months after the pair fought to a controversial stoppage during their original fight at UFC 96 in March.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by a source close to Nelson's camp.
Shane Nelson came into UFC 96 just one fight removed from his time on the "Ultimate Fighter", and looked good in the early going, dropping his opponent with a big shot that put Riley on the canvas.
As Riley kicked up to defend himself once on the ground, referee Rick Fike rushed in to stop the action, declaring Nelson the winner much to the dismay of the Ohio crowd who saw that the fight seemed far from over.
Rampage to get August Title Shot
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson has been pencilled in for an August shot at the light-heavyweight title, Fighters Only has been told.
Former champion Jackson might headline either UFC 102 or UFC 103, the latter possibly being a UK event, according to an industry source.