Rich Franklin: I fought Vitor and Wandy to help them transition to middleweight
"The UFC asked me to fight the catchweight fights to help Silva and Belfort make the drop down to 185 pounds. But now I’ve lost my ranking at 185 and 205. It’s crazy — I can headline a card and not be top-10 ranked. I took the Belfort fight because Dana called and asked me, even though I wasn’t quite where I needed to be physically or mentally. Now, I’m not making excuses, that’s just the nature of the fight game. But now I’m taking some time off and probably won’t fight again until April or May. I need to rest and relax and recover a little bit and I also hate prepping for a fight in the wintertime. Cincinnati can get pretty cold and I hate running and working out when the temperature is always zero.”
Georges St-Pierre says path to history doesn't necessarily lead to Anderson Silva
Canadian Georges St-Pierre (19-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) is already considered among the world's current top pound-for-pound fighters, but that's not enough for the UFC's welterweight champ.
"When I retire, I want to be known as the best fighter in the history of the sport of MMA, pound-for-pound, of all time," St-Pierre recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
And while many fans hope to see St-Pierre take on current middleweight champ Anderson Silva at some point in his career, "GSP" believes he doesn't necessarily need to make the jump to middleweight to secure his spot in history.
"To reach that goal (of being the best fighter in history), of course I'm going to have to beat some of the best guys in the sport," St-Pierre said. "Of course Silva is one of them. B.J. Penn was one of them. But this fight (with Silva) is not written in stone. One of us can lose a fight, and if one of us loses a fight, the interest of the fight will diminish considerably."
After latest win, Billy Evangelista eyeing title shot
With an undefeated record and a recent upset victory over UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel at "Strikeforce Challengers IV: Evangelista vs. Gurgel," Strikeforce contender Billy Evangelista (10-0) is quickly climbing the ranks of the promotion's lightweight division.
And after earning a hard-fought win over a "name" opponent, Evangelista recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he plans on challenging soon for the organization's lightweight strap.
"I feel that Jorge Gurgel was a big catch for me, and it definitely gave me a big confidence boost winning that fight," Evangelista said. "I would love to take a shot at the title."
Hard work pays off for Dan Hardy
in an age where hundreds of fighters are under contract with the ufc, dan hardy’s short road to a title shot is somewhat of an anomaly.
In an age where hundreds of fighters are under contract with the UFC, Dan Hardy’s short road to a title shot is somewhat of an anomaly.
Maybe not for heavyweight, but for welterweight, one of the most talent-laden divisions in the sport, four fights to a title shot is lickety split. Just ask Lyoto Machida.
Then again, it’s also a testament to the dominance of champion Georges St-Pierre. The French-Canadian has pretty much cleaned out the division, and many thought to be rightful heirs to contendership have stumbled upon each other.
Cain Velasquez:The Last Man Standing
At this point, Cain Velasquez might be the only healthy fighter on the UFC’s heavyweight roster.Velasquez, 27, has seen the division’s landscape alter drastically since his dominating TKO win over Ben Rothwell at UFC 104.The American Kickboxing Academy fighter’s peers – Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – have all been shelved due to injuries or illness, the last of which robbed him of a possible contender slot when Nogueira got a staph infection and withdrew from their meeting at UFC 108.
Wanderlei Silva: “I'll kick Bisping's ass"
Wanderlei Silva was scheduled to face Yoshohiro Akyiama at UFC 110, but the UFC matchmakers changed plans. In a video, posted yesterday in his website, “The Axe Murderer” confirmed the fight against Michael Bisping, and promised to be back with victories. “The fans keep asking this, and I don’t know what it really means, but I’ll kick Bisping’s ass”, Silva said, in the video below.
Report: Elvis Sinosic meets Chris Haseman at UFC 110 in Australia
"The King of Rock n Rumble" will reportedly fight again for the UFC.
Longtime MMA veteran Elvis Sinosic (8-11-2 MMA, 1-6 UFC) meets countryman Chris Haseman (20-16 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 110 in Australia according to a report from the Brisbane Times.
The UFC has yet to officially schedule any contests for the as-yet-unannounced event, which is expected to take place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately verify the report.
Despite limited success in the octagon, Sinosic fights for the eighth time inside of the octagon. The 38-year-old defeated Jeremy Horn in his 2001 debut for the promotion at "UFC 30: Battle in the Boardwalk," though Sinosic then lost three-straight bouts to Tito Ortiz, Evan Tanner and Renato "Babalu" Sobral.
Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy targeted for UFC 111 in New Jersey
Georges St-Pierre (19-2 MMA, 13-2 UFC) will put his welterweight title on the line against British challenger Dan Hardy (23-6 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at the as-yet-unannounced event, according to a report by AOL FanHouse.
The New Jersey event is expected to take place at the Prudential Center, which was home to UFC 78 in November 2007, and presumably would be dubbed UFC 111.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez targeted for UFC 110 in Australia
A highly anticipated heavyweight matchup between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-5-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Cain Velasquez (7-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) may take place Down Under.
Despite reports circulating today that Nogueira and Velasquez will meet at UFC 109 in Las Vegas, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the organization that the UFC is actually leaning toward booking the fight for UFC 110 in Australia.
Verbal agreements are in place for the contest, though bout agreements have not yet been finalized.
Bisping looks to bring in “Rampage” as his secret weapon
Speaking from his home in the UK, Bisping said when asked about his preparations:
Fingers crossed we’re going to get “Rampage” out for the training camp as well. Obviously that’s not confirmed yet but we’re going to work on that and hopefully we can get “Rampage” over for the camp. Obviously after fighting him three times no one’s going to know him better than “Rampage” so I should have a definite insight into Wanderlei.”
Ortiz vs Griffin Rematch Sells Only 62% Of Tickets
Even though “UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2? pulled in a cool $3,003,250 at the gate, the event only sold 6,631 of the available 10,762 tickets. Obviously, these were the after effects of losing its original main event only a month prior to the event.
The UFC comped 3,898 tickets while 223 additional tickets went unsold.
Wagnney Fabiano Likely To Face Frank Gomez At WEC 46
After watching teammate Jose Aldo become WEC Featherweight Champion, Wagnney Fabiano decided to drop to Bantamweight. His debut there is now set-Fabiano will face Frank Gomez at WEC 46. Paperwork should be finalized shortly. Fabiano will look to bounce back from what is considered an upset loss to Mackens Semerzier at WEC 43, a fight that snapped an 8-fight win streak.
Ben Saunders Wants Rematch With Swick
Fresh off his knockout win over Marcus Davis at UFC 106, Ben Saunders would like to avenge the only loss on his record by getting a rematch with Mike Swick.
“I would love a rematch with Mike Swick,” Saunders told MMAWeekly.com content partner TapouT Radio. “If it was up to me, without a doubt Mike Swick would be my next fight. I would get that loss off my record.”
Saunders was defeated by Swick at UFC 99 in June by technical knockout, but the Floridian revealed he had injuries going into the fight and would like the opportunity to compete against American Kickboxing Academy trained Swick under different circumstances.
Dana White vlog: Griffin apology caught on video
Cagewriter told you about Forrest Griffin's apology to Anderson Silva just after his win over Tito Ortiz. After getting knockout by Silva back at UFC 101, Griffin sprinted from the cage. On Saturday night, he told Silva he meant no disrespect (7:53 mark). It's more proof of the sportsmanship often exhibited but rarely covered in mixed martial arts. Even Phil Baroni is seen clowning on himself for taking a beating (5:09 mark).
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Did Tito Ortiz's return lead to Dan Henderson's possible UFC departure?
With his vicious knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100, Dan Henderson fulfilled the terms of his previous contract, and a new one doesn't seem likely.
After butting heads with UFC president Dana White, who said Henderson's contract demands were "unrealistic," the veteran fighter could sign with a rival organization, most notably Strikeforce.
"The [expletive] that Dan came in and said in my office and what he wants, it's unrealistic, and he knows it," White said. "And it's basically based off of, 'I heard this guy is making this, and I heard this guy made (this much).' Basically, what everybody gets pissed off about is Tito. 'Oh, I heard Tito is making all this money, and Tito is this and that.' And it's because Tito likes to go out there and stay stuff like that or somebody in his camp did.
The Gold Rush - Who Will challenge St-Pierre?
The queue to challenge UFC welterweight champion Georges ‘Rush’ St-Pierre isn’t so much of an organised line as it is a communal gathering. There is little order, no hierarchy, and only a few dwellers are forthcoming. Aside from a brave few, nobody seems to be in any ‘Rush’ to fight one of the most dominant champions in mixed martial arts today.
Gonzaga-Dos Santos At UFC 108 Now Off
Curses! Again! The injury/illness bug has bit UFC once again, this time it got Gabriel Gonzaga. Yahoo Sports reports Gonzaga is now off of UFC 108 due to a staph infection. He was to have faced Junior Dos Santos.
Anthony Johnson Passed Out Prior to UFC 106 Weigh-Ins
UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson is a gigantic man.
His typical walk-around weight is somewhere between 215 and 220 pounds, the same weight that many UFC light heavyweight fighters maintain when not in training camp. That's the same weight Randy Couture is currently maintaining. The difference, of course, is that Johnson fights at welterweight, meaning he undergoes a 45lb weight cut for fight weigh-ins. Johnson has struggled making weight as of late. In September, he came in six pounds over the 171 pound limit for his bout with Yoshiyuki Yoshida after attempting a new form of weight cutting that involved drinking water and eating very little food in the week leading up to his fight. That method obviously did not work out, as Johnson was completely spent in the days leading up to the fight. He had to be carried to weigh-ins the day before UFC 104, and could barely summon the energy to even climb the stairs leading to the scales.
Dana White: I tried to help ex-UFC fighter Karo Parisyan "several times" in past
Nearly a week has passed since Karo Parisyan pulled out of UFC 106 and subsequently received his walking papers from the organization.
UFC president Dana White first announced Parisyan's withdrawal from his main-card bout with Dustin Hazelett on the eve of the Las Vegas show.
And while White said he had "no idea" the veteran welterweight fighter was going to pull out of the show, he said he had tried to help Parisyan with his troubles numerous times in the past.
"Karo Parisyan has a lot of personal problems – mental, emotional, physical," White told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) over the weekend. "He's got all kinds of problems."