Renzo Gracie to Fight Matt Hughes at UFC 109
Heavy.com has confirmed with sources close to the UFC that a welterweight matchup between Renzo Gracie and Matt Hughes is in the works for UFC 109 in February.
Gracie, 42, last appeared in a February 2007 disqualification victory over Frank Shamrock. Rumors have circulated over the last month that the legendary Gracie family member has been in negotiations with the UFC. Both fighters have been approached about the fight, but bout agreements have not been signed.
Soszynski On The Mend,Seeks Dellagrotte
UFC light heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski underwent surgery last month for elbow damage sustained in his fight with Brandon Vera at UFC 102.
Vera won the fight by unanimous decision by outworking Soszynski in the stand-up game, though the Team Quest fighter never stopped coming forward.
The 32-year-old Soszynski had 11 bone spurs removed from his right elbow as a result of Vera’s kicks.
“From what the doctor said, every time he kicked me, a bone spur popped off my right elbow,” he said. “The tip of the elbow was chipped off completely.”
Randy Couture reveals why he dropped to 205 pounds
Speaking last week via the telephone from his base in Las Vegas, Nevada, Randy said:
“It was more about opportunity. I think I’ve competed with those bigger guys and been doing just fine. Obviously it will be nice to be back with guys my own size and not have to deal with the disparaging weight difference and size difference. It eliminates some of those strategic situations you don’t want to get in with guys that big. The opportunity arose to compete back at 205 pounds, there’s some interesting fights there. The heavyweight division is getting deeper, there’s Velasquez, Carwin and Lesnar and a lot of other guys that aren’t just big heavyweights, they’re very good fighters and good athletes so all around it makes sense for me to be at 205 right now.”
Denis Kang says UFC 105 bout with Bisping "almost like a free fight for me"
Eleven-year veteran Denis Kang (32-11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) knows that, and he displayed his grit with an April win over Xavier Foupa-Pokam after suffering a frustrating loss to Alan Belcher in January.
Now Kang travels to England to see how Michael Bisping (17-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will rebound from a devastating July defeat to Dan Henderson, and the middleweight believes the Brit's mindset may very well be a key factor in the fight.
The two meet on the main card of the Spike TV-broadcast "UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera" event.
Cro Cop Fires Boxing Coach, Makes Drastic Camp Changes
Mirko "Cro Cop Filipovic has dropped long-time boxing trainer Marjan Zizanovic and is said to have "drastically" changed the way he'll approach his next fight. The news comes courtesy of Croatian website Index.hr.
Filipovic (25-7-2) is coming off of another difficult UFC loss, this time against Junior dos Santos at UFC 103, pushing his overall UFC record to a pedestrian 2-3. The skid has left many questioning whether the legendary 35-year-old's age has caught up with him.
Stefan Struve replaces Todd Duffee, meets Paul Buentello on UFC 107 main card
With Todd Duffee (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) off the card due to injury, UFC rookie Stefan Struve (18-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been tapped as a replacement and meets Paul Buentello (27-10 MMA, 3-1 UFC) next month at UFC 107.
Despite the loss of Duffee, who posted the fastest knockout in UFC history during his promotional debut in August, Buentello vs. Struve remains on the televised main card.
UFC 107 takes place Dec. 12 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., and airs on pay-per-view.
Buentello, whose Aug. 1 fight with Gilbert Yvel was scratched due to the promotional demise of "Affliction: Entertainment," returns to the UFC for the first time since his TKO victory over the late Gilbert Aldana at UFC 57 in 2006. Buentello suffered a loss to then-champ Andrei Arlovski in his previous bout and then left the organization after rebounding for the win over Aldana.
UFC 108: Nogueira-Velasquez Winner Gets Title Shot
Although Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin for the UFC Heavyweight Championship won't happen for a while, when it does we'll know who's next for the winner: Cain Velasquez or Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Set to face off at UFC 108, the winner of Velasquez-Minotauro is guaranteed a title shot as it'll be for the #1 contender slot.
Big Nog: “Sorry Cane, Rogerio will stop you”
“Cane is undefeated and has a good striking and clinch game, he has a brilliant career but… I’m sorry Cane, Rogério will stop you”, bets the heavyweight Nogueira, commenting Cane’s style. “He’s a tough guy. I already saw him in the UFC and at Minotauro Fight 5”, Minotauro reveals. “I saw his style, he’s very aggressive, he goes for it all the time, has a tough Muay Thai, a good pounding. I couldn’t see him making the guard, but he has a good ground and pound, a heavy hand”.
On His Way,Vera Ready To Realize His Dream
Brandon Vera doesn’t want to be the guy who failed to reach his potential.
He admits he’s been that in the past, the one with a heap of talent and an ego that sabotaged its development.
As a 20-year-old at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., he wouldn’t quit in competition, but got yelled at for not sweating hard enough during workouts. He questioned the logic behind killing himself in the weight room. He never took advantage of the expertise available at the center.
He did, however, look up to a Greco Roman specialist that trained there who demonstrated an armbar for he and the other wrestlers one day. Randy Couture was just beginning his career as a fighter and finding the roots of his hybrid style. Then again, Vera was cocky and didn't give anyone too many props.
Mir: "I want to end Brock Lesnar's career".
Mir: "I want to end Brock Lesnar's career"
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has one goal left in his career - and it is not the one you might think. In a recent interview, Fighters Only asked him what he most wanted to achieve before retirement. His answer came in a heartbeat.
“To end Brock Lesnar’s career,” he replied instantly. “ Really, it’s what I think about all the time. Brock Lesnar exploited a huge weakness in my game and no matter who I crush after this, I have to crush him to show I’ve improved that weakness.
“It’s nothing about how he talked to me in my last fight, I could care less about it. If I took it that personal there are other ways to handle situation like that outside of a cage, but honestly I just want to fix what was exploited,” he explained. “If you’re a true martial artist you don’t do it for money or titles, just to be the best human being possible, and if someone exploits a weakness, who better to see if you’ve fixed it than the guy who exploited it.
“Getting the title back, it’s a nice novel idea, but even being the heavyweight champ or the interim champ, I got to be honest, I didn’t really feel that different walking around… Some people think that with the belt, that you made it. Nah, you didn’t make ****. You won a fight, just the fight happened to have more ribbon and bells and whistles on it. Bottom line, [its about] testing yourself!”
Mir, who fights Cheick Kongo at UFC 107, made the comments on Lesnar in a six-page feature interview that appears in this months edition of Fighters Only, at all good magazine stockists now.
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I know Mir says a lot of bizzare stuff, but I still like the guy. It would have reflected better on him if he said something to the effect of "I want to be the guy that beats him for the title" or " I want to settle the score", but he didn't. All I know is I'd love to see him beat Lesnar one more time. I think we have quite a wait though before he gets the chance.
Brock Lesnar Would Smash Fedor
Yes, that once again is Dana White taking shots at that "rinky-dink Strikeforce". He thinks CBS would be out of their minds to put SF back on the air after Saturday and, on Fedor (and apparently Brett Rogers too), adds "The guy just got his face smashed in by Brett Rogers. Do you know what Brock or [UFC heavyweights] Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez would do to Brett Rogers? It’s time to bring [Fedor] in, to see Brock Lesnar smash his head.”
Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski in the works for UFC 110 in February
A light heavyweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 1" runner-up Stephan Bonnar (11-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) and "TUF 8" cast member Krzysztof Soszynski (18-9 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is expected to take place in February at UFC 110.
The bout was first reported as a possibility by MMAWeekly, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was told by a source close to the event that at least one competitor has been told bout agreements will be distributed this week.
UFC 110 takes place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The show, which takes place on a Sunday with a live North American showing on Saturday, marks the UFC's debut in Australia.
Nogueira vs. Velasquez Now Set For UFC 108
A heavyweight showdown between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez has been confirmed for UFC 108 in Las Vegas.
The possibility of the bout arose last week when Nogueira’s manager talked about the fight to SportTV. MMAWeekly.com has since been able to confirm the bout with multiple sources, who say it will happen on Jan. 2. ...
Bisping looking to go back to his roots for Kang fight
Michael Bisping is looking to go back to his roots for Saturday night’s UFC 105 fight against Dennis Kang at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. The early days of his career saw Bisping plough through opponents in the first round and he is looking to hit the same kind of momentum against Kang.
“Mentally for this fight, I’ve got to come out there and push the pace,. My best performances in the past have been when I’ve come out and been the aggressor. So I’ve got to go back to that and back to my old self, if you will,” he told UFC.com
Dan Hornbuckle wants UFC fights with Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch
Dan ‘The Handler’ Hornbuckle hit international MMA headlines when he knocked out Akihirio Gono at Sengoku 9 in August. The head kick KO was so heavy that Gono had to be stretchered from the ring.
Since then, Hornbuckle has gone on to beat Nick Thompson by TKO at Sengoku 10, taking his record to 19-2. He is sure he will arrive in the UFC at some point in the near future.
Swick laughs Hughes off. "It wouldn't even be a fight"
Mike ‘Quick’ Swick has laughed off Matt Hughes’ comments that neither he nor his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Josh Koscheck are in his league. Somewhat incredulous, Swick dismissed the remark as “silly” and said if anything it would be Hughes that is out of his depth.
As far as not being worthy of fighting him? That's silly to me. I don't think he beats any of us. I mean, I don't think it would even be a fight,” Swick said in an interview with Heavy.com this week.“He's a tough guy and he's a very talented fighter. The reason we wanted to fight him isn't because we're picking on him, but because he's a top-level fighter.”
Stefan Struve signs new UFC deal
Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve has signed a new four-fight deal that will make him a UFC fighter until 2011, a source close to the fighter tells Fighters Only.
Struve was three fights into a four-fight deal when the new contract was tabled. Having won two of his three outings so far, the new deal is on improved terms.