Palhares apologizes for false accusations; team congratulates Marquardt on win
AUSTIN, Texas – UFC middleweight contender Rousimar Palhares (11-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has a simple explanation for his actions in the main event of Wednesday night's UFC Fight Night 22 card.
He was wrong.
"I'm very sorry for the accusations I made," Palhares told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I'm very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight."
Palhares, a submission whiz, has made a career of catching opponents in painful leg locks. But when he tried to secure such a hold on Marquardt, the Colorado resident yanked his limb free almost immediately.
Hazelett vs Bocek added to UFC 124
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fans might be in for quite a treat at UFC 124 in Montreal. Grappling whiz Dustin Hazelett will return to the lightweight division against American Top Team fighter and jiu-jitsu black belt Mark Bocek on the December 11 card.
UFC Fight Night 22 bonuses: Foster, Miller, Oliveira, Kingsbury, Hamman earn $40K
AUSTIN, Texas – Brian Foster, Cole Miller, Charles Oliveira, Kyle Kingsbury and Jared Hamman each earned $40,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 22 event.
Fosterearned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Miller and Oliveira picked up "Submission of the Night" bonuses, and Kingsbury and Hamman earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Antonio McKee Signs With UFC
A fighter many consider the most underrated – and under-appreciated – lightweight in MMA today finally will get the chance to prove he's world class. Antonio McKee is UFC bound. While the 40-year-old McKee's outspoken character consistently has drawn headlines throughout his 11-year pro career, he's piqued the UFC's interest with his most recent fights. Namely, his ability to finish them. After years of carrying the unofficial title of "world's most boring fighter," McKee, a former amateur wrestler, made a concerted effort to smash that mantle with two stoppage wins, including one that came just five days ago in front of HDNet cameras at MFC 26. "Mandingo" said he would retire if he couldn't finish PRIDE veteran Luciano Azevedo in exciting fashion, something HDNet analyst Guy Metzger doubted he could do. But he's not retiring-he's signed a 4 fight deal with UFC. No word yet on a debut date or foe.
The UFC/Sky Relationship is a Good Thing | UFC …
The UFC this week announced a historical TV partnership with UK broadcaster BSkyB to air the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on one of their premium sports channels. While it’s far from the popular opinion, join MMABay’s Brad Wharton as he presents the argument for the UFC’s deal with Sky being nothing but a good thing.
GSP To "Arrogant" Kos: Keep Disrespecting Me, You'll End Up Like The Rest
Or in other words, he could be saying "I Am Not Impressed By Your Mind Games". "Josh is very predictable. It [TUF 12] went exactly like i thought it was going to. I can't control how Josh behaves. I just stay myself. He tried to get in my head, which is a good thing for me. Look at all the guys who i fought who was arrogant and disrespectful to me. I beat them all. It's good for my motivation. I hope he keeps it up ... He [Josh] lies a lot. He says he's happy fighting in Montreal, of course he's not. He says I'm fake. There is nothing fake about me. And he says I won't fight him standing. He is the one who is going to try to take me down. He's the one who doesn't know what I'm going to do to him."
UFC Poet Chael Sonnen Adds GSP, Brock To Hit List
Well, we now know there's one thing Chael Sonnen apparently won't do after a tough loss-keep his mouth shut. He made that clear at today's UFC Fight Club Q&A session ahead of UFN 22 and now he's got some kind words for "a French-Canadian Minnie Mouse," (Georges St. Pierre) the UFC's heavyweight champion with a "$5 haircut and a knife tattooed on [his] chest," (Brock Lesnar) and a certain "Axe Murder" who Sonnen says "used to be a fighter." (Wanderlei Silva) "I'm ready to go,' Sonnen said at Tuesday's special Q&A session at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. "Is Anderson here somewhere? I'll kick his ass from Austin all the way to San Antonio. People keep saying, 'Chael, you're hyping the fight.' No I'm not. Hyping a fight is when I tell you guys, 'This is going to be a great fight.' I did just the opposite (before the first fight), and I'm going to do just the opposite now. This is not going to be a great fight. This is going to be him getting beat up for 25 minutes or until he gives up."
Hardy: Marquardt is an illiterate charisma donor
MY column for the Post last week, where I called for officials to be stricter on wrestling being used inside the Octagon to stall and ride out the clock without actually fighting, caused a bit of an internet storm.
I was just expressing my view, as a fan of the sport as much as a fighter, and I was happy to see a lot of fans out there agreed with most of what I wrote.
Sadly, there were some people who clearly couldn't grasp the points I was making.
The column wasn't about wrestling's place in MMA, it was about using wrestling purely to stall and avoid fighting.
Had I written the column after Kalib Starnes's effort versus Nate Quarry, it could easily have been about avoiding fighting by standing and running. Both are against the 'timidity' rule.
One guy who struggled to keep up with the points I made was UFC middleweight and charisma donor Nate Marquardt, who always seems to have something to say about me, for no other reason than I once competed against one of his friends.
Josh Koscheck: 'MMA would be boring if it were full of fighters like Georges St. Pierre'
"If this show [TUF 12] is successful, it's probably not going to be because of Georges St. Pierre's personality. I didn't have to work on it [becoming a heel]. I've always been an ornery little [profane]. I have a knack for getting under people's skin. I want to be an entertainer. I want to be the guy who makes money outside of the cage. If I've got to be the villain to do it, then I'll do that. Life would be boring if you didn't have controversy. This sport would be boring if you had guys who were just like a Georges, who looks like a robot, talks like a robot, and fights like a robot. You need guys out there with personality. There's not many guys who are out there who are willing to do that. I'm willing to do that."
Dan Hardy fires back over criticism surrounding 'Wrestle-Gate'
"One guy who struggled to keep up with the points I made was UFC middleweight and charisma donor Nate Marquardt, who always seems to have something to say about me, for no other reason than I once competed against one of his friends. Sadly, we can now add 'literacy test' to the types of tests Nate has failed, because he either misread the whole thing or – like writers from AOL and Yahoo did – just read the first paragraph or two and had to stop because reading gives him a headache. Ultimately, people can agree or disagree with what I wrote, but the facts are on my side. The Nick Lentz fight at UFC 118, which was the catalyst for my column, was the only UFC Prelim fight to ever lose TV viewers. That hurt the pay-per-view buy rate, it hurt Andre Winner's career, it hurt lightweight Joe Lauzon – who had an amazing performance immediately after Lentz's effort, which fewer people witnessed because of Lentz – and it hurt the sport as a whole. No one watching that Lentz fight was entertained, no one turned to their buddy and screamed 'Damn! This fight is so awesome! He's holding the hell out of him!' I would never presume to speak for the UFC, but I can't see Lentz getting any more prime time opportunities anytime soon."
The Trilogy: Hughes-Penn 3 Confirmed For UFC 123
Trilogies have become a part of great film series and great fights. The latest trilogy to happen in MMA will take place at UFC 123 when former welterweight champions B.J. Penn and Matt Hughes settle the score as they meet in the co-main event of the November 20 event in Detroit, Mich. Rumors about the bout began to circulate on Monday when Hughes posted on his official website that UFC president Dana White had contacted him with an interesting proposal for the November card in Detroit. With B.J. Penn previously stating that he had also been contacted about a potential return in November, the pieces started falling together and the two legends were put together for a third fight. On Monday sources confirmed the rumors that Penn and Hughes had agreed to meet, and MMAFighting.com was the first to officially report the bout.
The trash talking continues: CroCop on Mir
“He has an American attitude and approach to the fight, with a big mouth and big statements. I think he should better keep his mouth shut… I am aware he is a better fighter than Mostafa Al Turk and Anthony Perosh, more skilled, but he should pray to god not to be knocked out,” he told UFC.com
Tatame reports Gerald Harris vs Maiquel Falcao
With 25 wins and only three losses in the MMA record, Brazilian Maiquel Falcão signed a four fight deal with the UFC today. The Chute Boxe fighter, who won his last seven fights in the first round, signed the deal only one week after getting a deal with Prime Fighters agency, and his debut will be on UFC 123, against Gerald Harris.
TUF 12 Finale Official For 12/4 In Vegas
As expected, the soon-to-debut 12th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" concludes Dec. 4 with the traditional live finale. The NSAC recently approved the date and location, The Pearl At The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
HDNet To Get UFC Access
After years of a relationship that could best be termed "sometimes rocky," billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has settled his differences with UFC president Dana White – at least enough for the UFC to open the door for Cuban's TV network, HDNet. Cuban made the announcement on Friday's episode of "Inside MMA," a weekly mixed martial arts interview and highlights show that airs on HDNet with hosts Kenny Rice and former King of Pancrase champion Bas Rutten. Cuban said the network will now be granted access to Zuffa events and will be able to use video highlights after fights. And he said Rice and Rutten would be at UFC events as part of the "Inside MMA" show. Cuban said any perceived rifts with White over the years were merely the nature of business. As for the future plans, "Going forward, you'll see HDNet at all the UFC events," Cuban said. "We'll have (Rice and Rutten) there. We'll be doing interviews there. Hopefully we'll be able to go live from weigh-ins. They still have their deals with Spike, obviously, and Versus, and they'll still work closely with some other folks. But we'll have full access, and that's going to be a big change. That means ("Inside MMA") will have a lot more access. I'm looking forward to working really closely with them and doing a lot more with them."