Surprise leads Vera to opportunity
Last Saturday night, light heavyweight Brandon Vera got an unexpected call.
His management asked him if he was training. He said yes. His management asked him to train harder—he was going to be fighting November 14 on a main event.
“I was like, ‘no I’m not,’” recalls Vera. “’I’m not fighting November 14th, you’re trippin.’” (My management) was like, ‘you’re going to fight Randy Couture.’”
“Hmmm,” Vera said. “Let me call you back.”
Escydero Happy to Show Hands in UFC Win
"There is always a huge amount of pressure on anyone who has won “The Ultimate Fighter" reality show, but when Efrain Escudero stepped into the Octagon at UFC 103 last Saturday night he had a whole new level of intensity to work through.
Escudero drew arguably one of the toughest opponents any Ultimate Fighter winner has drawn in his first fight out. He matched up with American Top Team fighter Cole Miller, who held a 4-1 UFC record heading into their bout. "
History and the Checkered Hero
"In the wake of his loss to Junior dos Santos, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic told the world that the places in his mind once filled with a focus on kicking opponents in the head had been replaced by thoughts of fishing in Privlaka.
Given the dismal turn the former K-1 standout's career has taken in the last two years, it comes as little surprise that he's thinking about calling it quits. Nonetheless, the stark and one-sided beating he took from the Brazilian heavyweight prospect last Saturday at UFC 103 has led to fans and pundits alike wondering how we came to this point, where MMA's formerly most feared striker has been relegated to a disappointing also-ran in a division he was supposed to reign over with impunity."
Is Condit Back on Track with a UFC Win?
"Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit has now officially nabbed his first win inside the Octagon. One of the prizes of the WEC, there was a lot of hype upon Condit’s original foray into the organization, when he headlined UFC Fight Night 18 this past April opposite of Xtreme Couture’s Martin Kampann, losing a close split-decision.
His most recent performance, another split-decision, this time in the New Mexico native’s favor, would prove to be one of Condit’s toughest test’s to date. He took on veteran Jake Ellenberger, whose list of victims read legend Jose Landi-Jons and UFC veterans Zach Light and Gil Castillo, all by way of knockout."
Bigfoot Silva in talks with the UFC
Brazilian heavyweight Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva (12-1) says he has received an offer of a contract from the UFC.
“I have a proposal from UFC but I have got to fight on Sep 23rd and there will be another fight left to accomplish my contract with Sengoku,” he told Brasil Combate. “Since the UFC wants exclusivity from the fighters I first need to finish up with Sengoku and after that I will study and see what is the best proposal over the table.”
Cro Cop backtracks on retirement talk
Just hours after telling fans he was done fighting, Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic appears to have done an about face and cancelled his retirement.
“Often things can get on top of you but I cannot say that I don’t love this sport,” he told Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija. “Its hard for me to decide now but I think that I will do these last two fights for UFC. This [fighting] thing is stronger than me. Sometimes the mind says yes but the heart says no.”
Mike Swick chomps at the bit to get back in the welterweight mix
Top UFC welterweight contender Mike “Quick” Swick recently attended UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort,” a card he was originally supposed to compete on opposite Martin Kampmann in a number one contender qualifier match; however, a concussion suffered during training forced Swick off the card. The injury prompted a late replacement in British welterweight prospect, Paul “Semtex” Daley, to make his UFC debut.
Rampage Jackson Authors New Post: "I'll Be Damned If Anybody Disrespects Me"
The reason why I'm talking about all this is that I feel like this whole situation could have been avoided if UFC would have respected me more & rescheduled the fight about a month or more in my hometown, which I know fights can be rescheduled because of the Matt Hughes & Matt Serra was postponed due to injuries. Instead, Dana went on the internet & started talking bad about my decision. All we had to do was come to a certain type of argreement or understanding, which later came after a lot of trash talk from Dana. My manager flew to Vegas & talked to them & tried to work things out like a MAN. & still I keep quite & I didn't talk trash back on the internet. The only reason why I'm even talking now is because I feel like I owe my fans an explanation because I am a MAN, a real MAN. Yeah I made good money with the UFC more than Pride, but I made both shows more money than they made me. I didn't care too much about Pride treating me like crap cause I was an American in a Japanese company. Now in my own country, I feel like I'm being disrepected. Everything is not about how much money you make. You could be the richest man in the world but if nobody repsects you then it don't mean ****. You can't buy respect. It should be earned. & thats what I'm all about.
Did Dos Santos take away Cro Cop's appetite?
Heavyweight prospect Junior Dos Santos spoke with MMAWeekly.com after his career-making victory against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 103.
The soft-spoken 25-year-old insisted he wasn’t trying to beat the striker at his own game, but that’s what happened.
Filipovic appeared to wilt under the pressure of Dos Santos, leading many to believe he was not mentally prepared to face the up-and-comer. Dos Santos isn’t certain about such an idea; he felt his team, including heavyweight legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, had prepared him to give his best.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Wants Brock Lesnar or Frank Mir Next
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says he's ready to fight anytime, and hopes to fight for the title or avenge his most recent loss if he has his way.
"I want Brock Lesnar for sure," said Nogueira, who rebounded from a UFC 92 loss to Frank Mir by defeating Randy Couture by unanimous decision at UFC 102 in August. "I want to fight him. But I would fight Frank Mir also. That's my second choice."
Rafael Dos Anjos and the first UFC victory
Rafael dos Anjos had reasons to celebrate on UFC 103. Winning for the first time in the UFC octagon, Rafael went back to Brazil with the job done, and spoke with TATAME.com about the unanimous decision victory over Rob Emerson. “The victory came on the right time. I was waiting for almost a year for it, it was very important, a decisive moment to me. I make the fight go the way I imagined in my head and it was perfect“, said Rafael, who worked the kicks really well.
Kenny Florian looking to make a statement against Clay Guida on Dec.12
“I think a lot of people like watching Clay fight because he’s always going to be in your face, he’s always right there. He’s one of those guys who’s not the most technical fighter in the world, but I tell you on any given day he can beat you — and that goes from the best at 155 to the middle of the pack. He’s always right there and he’s gonna be knockin’ on that door so I have to be ready. It’s not hard to get up for a fight against Clay Guida. I know I have my hands full and it’s a fight I’m looking forward to. It’s an honor to fight a guy like that and hopefully we can have a war like he’s had in the past and put on a good fight. I don’t know how it’s going to finish but it’s going to be an exciting fight while it lasts. I definitely don’t want to win by judges decision, I’m going to try and make a statement with this fight.”
Paul Daley: ‘The legend is true’
It took Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley just 151 seconds of his UFC debut to turn style into substance, hype into reality, a game plan into a knockout and Martin Kampmann, as well as millions of fans, from cynics to believers.
The UFC newcomer from Nottingham displayed the striking ferocity, heavy hands and headstrong attitude that he’d always talked about and - for those that had seen him before - exhibited in other organisations.
Kenny Florian Talks Broadcasting Career, Changing Training Camps, Clay Guida
Kenny Florian has been hanging out recently with the Tapout crew on their nationwide tour, but next week he will head to Montreal, QC, to train at the Tristar Gym for his UFC 107 fight against Clay Guida.
FanHouse spoke to Florian on Wednesday about the tour, how he remains neutral while commentating on fights and why he decided to leave Team Sityodtong. The full video is below.
Dana White Rips Strikeforce, Showtime for Signing Herschel Walker
UFC President Dana White says he's outraged that Strikeforce has signed former football star Herschel Walker to make his MMA debut at age 47, and he ripped Strikeforce's TV partner, Showtime, for engaging in a gimmick that makes the sport look bad.
"I think it's ridiculous," White told Mike Chiappetta on the Inside The Ultimate Fighter podcast. "People think we're anti-competition? We're anti-dumb competition. Doing stupid things like this, putting a 50-year-old guy in the Octagon for the first time, and then going out there putting out press releases like it's a big deal because you signed a 50-year-old Herschel Walker? Are you serious?"
Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva Likely for UFC 108
Left without an opponent for his next fight when Rampage Jackson walked away from the UFC, Rashad Evans said Wednesday that he expects to fight Thiago Silva next, likely some time in December or early next year.
"Thiago Silva is a good fighter, I'd like to fight him and I think he wants to fight me," Evans said. "When I saw him after he fought Keith Jardine, he kind of gave me a nasty look that I interpreted like he wanted to take me on, and I'd like that."
Rashad Evans will fight Rampage Jackson for free
“Rampage is a very emotional fighter, a very emotional person, and he just let his emotions take over his rational thinking. I think that him and Dana White just probably need to talk it out, and get past it. I think it’s just a breakdown in communication. Dana’s the kind of guy who is going to say what is on his mind, maybe without thinking it through all the way, before he said. Rampage is a hothead, as well. You get two tempers like that, go at each other like that, it makes the situation hard to work through. I’d be disappointed not to fight him. It would be a good fight, a fun fight, but mostly because he talked trash. He got me really angry, and I want to fight him just because of that alone. It’s a fight that people want to see. You get your mind wrapped up, and you get your mind so psyched up about fighting a fighter, and then it doesn’t happen, it’s disappointing. That’s why I hate making a fight personal. At the end of the day, we’re professional athletes, and we get paid to do a job. But when you get to fight someone you really want to fight, that’s like a bonus. You’d almost do it for free…. I would have loved to punch him in the face for free.”
– Rashad Evans — the man caught in the middle of the controversy between UFC President Dana White and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson — tells CageWriter.com that at this point he’d fight the former light heavyweight champion for free if he could.
Mirko Cro Cop Retires
It's over. After 15 years in MMA, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic has officially retired today. His manager was instructed to release all Team Cro Cop members from their duties. Mirko simply said "I have no motivation left and it's time to leave. Thank you all for supporting me."