Jim Miller: Student of the game
UFC 108 has quickly become known as the most cursed card in the promotion's history with injury after injury forcing fighters off the show. Some of the mainstays have had to become somewhat superstitious as it gets down to crunch time.
One fighter who has remained steadfast in his approach is lightweight Jim Miller, who changed opponents three times in under a week as he went from Tyson Griffin to Sean Sherk and has now settled on Duane "Bang" Ludwig. Miller has prepared himself like always, but it doesn't mean he wasn't avoiding a few black cats along the way.
Reminder: "Countdown UFC 108" debuts Tuesday on Spike
As a reminder, the next installment of the UFC's pre-event preview show debuts this Tuesday, Dec. 29, with "Countdown UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva."
The special spotlights UFC 108, which takes place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva headlines a fight card ravaged by injuries.
A replay of the show is set for Wednesday, Dec. 30 (midnight ET/PT).
UFC 108 is the UFC's first show of 2010, and because of the holiday schedule, takes the spot usually reserved for the organization's big year-end show.
UFC 108's Rashad Evans: "Rampage" clash inevitable but Thiago Silva remains top priority
From all the questions he's answered in the buildup to next week's UFC 108 event, you might just think Rashad Evans is fighting Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
The former champs, of course, were supposed to tangle following their coaching stints on the recently concluded 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" before Jackson's clash with UFC management put him on the sidelines.
Jackson has decided to return to the octagon to fulfill the terms of his contract, and Evans thinks their matchup is inevitable. But he wants to make one thing clear: the focus remains solely on opponent Thiago Silva for now.
Doc Hamilton Changes His Mind On Machida/Shogun Decision
It turns out Hamilton believes he may have judged incorrectly after re-watching the fight.
When UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida got his hand raised on Oct. 24 after his title defense against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, in a fight where most polls showed about 80 percent of the public believed the title should have changed hands, it set off a series of three straight major-show UFC main events in which judging became a hotly debated issue.
But some of the most vehement response has come from a surprising source: the judges themselves, some of whom feel handcuffed and frustrated with the system in place.
The most vocal is veteran official Nelson “Doc” Hamilton. Hamilton was one of the three judges who controversially scored that fight 48-47 in favor of Machida. Yet after watching tape of the fight, Hamilton now believes Rua was the winner.
“There was a round in that fight [Round 4] where my line of sight while they were standing was blocked,” said Hamilton, who feels TV monitors for judges would solve the problem. “Because of the angle where most of the round was fought, I couldn’t see the punches and whether they were landing. If the fight had been on the ground, I could look at the big screens, but this was a fight where the blows were coming one at a time and you don’t want to look away and miss an important blow.”
When Hamilton saw the fight again, he noted that viewers saw Round 4 from a completely different perspective that he did. He also added that the live commentary may have swayed viewers into thinking Rua won decisively. So, based on what he couldn’t see from his cageside vantage point, he believes Rua won the round.
Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, said usage of monitors at the judging stations is worth looking into, but he also noted its flaws. He said he’s noticed that when he has watched fights on monitors while at ringside, sometimes he’s still looking at the monitor when the fight is front in front of him.
Keith Kizer had this to say...
“The reason we have judges in three different positions is to get three different vantage points,” said Kizer. “If all three judges are watching a monitor, they are all getting the same vantage point – the television camera angle.”
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It’s no more “Mr. Nice Guy” for Quinton Jackson
UFC fans who have been watching Dana White’s video blogs for any length of time have likely seen Jackson and the UFC President joking around and hanging out as friends a number of times. Those days are over.“I don’t really care for Dana anymore,” said Jackson. “When I say ‘I’m done with the UFC,’ I’m done with Dana. I’m done with being their friend. I don’t wanna be their friend. I don’t need friends like that.”
Marcus Jones retires from MMA
Jones was featured on The Ultimate Fighter season 10 and quickly became a fan favorite and also one of the favorites to win the show. He was the only fighter on Team Rampage to earn a spot in the quarter-finals after defeating UFC veteran Mike Wessel. After destroying Darrill Schoonover in the “Big Baby” was knocked out by Brendan Schaub.Despite the loss Jones was invited to fight at The TUF 10 Finale against Matt Mitrione. Mitrione caught Jones with a big right and Jones suffered his second straight KO loss.
Trigg, Serra Trade Barbs
“Of course, I wanted Hughes again,” Serra said. “He came away with the decision in May, and myself and a lot of others disagree on that point. It was such a close fight. But it is what it is. I’m not going to sit here and talk bad on him because the UFC doesn’t want a rematch right now. We did that; we fought. That doesn’t take anything away from this fight. When Joe Silva called me with the Trigg fight, I said, ‘Hell yeah.’ It’s a matchup that excites me a lot.”
Chris Wilson moves on, ready for a New Year
There are no guarantees in mixed martial arts, but the only thing that is a virtual lock to keep a fighter with the Ultimate Fighting Championship is to rack up victories. After a series of up and down performances, former Team Quest fighter Chris Wilson was released from his UFC contract following his last fight. Now the Brazilian transplant is focusing on the future and building himself back up again.
Going 1-3 in the UFC was not Wilson's ideal plan, and his last fight was especially tough as he dropped a submission loss to Mike Pyle in September.
Rogerio Nogueira could make March return
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira recently had to pull out of a scheduled fight against Brandon Vera at UFC 109. Though his ankle injury was severe enough to keep him off the Feb. 6 fight card, don’t be surprised if Nogueira surfaces again sometime in March or April.
Nogueira’s ankle had been giving him some trouble prior to his Nov. 21 fight with Luiz Cane. You’d have never had known it judging by his performance. He took out Cane by TKO inside the first two minutes of the opening round. The victory was Nogueira’s Octagon debut.
Quote of the Day: Corey Hill - "I’m Able to Do What I Love to Do Again"
"If you want to know the truth, I was an ass," he said. "I was like a little baby. I whined. I yelled. My wife iterally had four kids to take care of: The three we have, plus myself. I was a baby. I couldn’t get to the bathroom. I had to stay in bed and pee in a freaking bucket for almost four months".
"This sounds gross, but there were times when I urinated on myself because my bucket was too far and I couldn’t get to it. She came home to some bad scenarios and it never fazed her."
... Corey Hill already knows one conversation he wants to have when the fight is over and, win or lose, he walks out of the cage under his own power.
"I want to talk to my wife and tell her, ‘We did it,’ " Hill said, bubbling with enthusiasm. "And I meant that very much when I said we.
UFC Quick Quote: Cole Miller would rather have fun than get knocked out
I hope this fight is as fun as it has the potential to be. (Lauzon) is a very aggressive fighter and I'm an aggressive fighter too I like to preach attack, attack, attack and he's the same way. I'm always seeing him on the offense. I have the experience but he's been the more active fighter. He's coming off eight wins in a row and I think it should be a great fight. Hopefully I don't get knocked out in the first three minutes."
UFC lightweight Cole Miller talks to Sherdog.com about his upcoming scrap against Dan Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 20 scheduled for Jan. 11 in Fairfax.
Fight Path: Self-professed "nerd" Phil Davis seeks structure in UFC debut
Phil Davis' elementary school contemporaries in Harrisburg, Pa., were surely looking forward to their share of cartoons on Saturday mornings.
"Instead of doing that, we were at the museum," Davis told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in recalling his education-oriented childhood. "It was so crazy because it was always the same museum, and we would just learn about the same stuff."
With a mother who was a college professor and a father who received a Master's degree and was educated, Davis jokes now, on "exactly how to be a nerd," Davis and his two older brothers took the regular visits with the expected amount of enthusiasm.
Frank Mir: Brock Lesnar may need to be stripped of the UFC heavyweight title
"If (Brock Lesnar) is going to be out for that long, should he even hold on to the belt at all? The interim title works if a champion is not able to defend his belt within a year-long period, you know he's going to be out eight, nine months, you make the interim belt than he comes back after a year but as of now his last fight was in July. If he's out a year from today's date that's a year and a half and at that point, I don't think you can hold the belt ransom. They gave me about a year when I had my injury so I've been on that side of the coin and I was more than happy to relinquish the belt because I felt kind of selfish that I really couldn't do anything with it. I don't how successful he's going to be coming back. That's going to be a question over his head for a while. It wasn't like he was a slick, technical fighter to begin with. A lot of his style went upon his brute power and strength. If Brock Lesnar is unable to put on the same kind of size as he had before ... I don't think he's going to be very successful as a fighter at 245."
Thiago Silva: I fight like it's a title match - regardless of opponent
"To me each fight might as well be my last. I fight like it was a title match regardless of the opponent. It’s an important fight for me, because it puts me on track for the belt. All my fans expect a show. I don’t run from opponents and I’m going in to win. It’s a great challenge, against one of the best in the world. It’s just what I wanted. I have faith in my style, my Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and striking. I’m ready to take on anyone, to be champion.”
Grove Re-Signs With UFC
His future seemingly more secure after his last win in November, Kendall Grove has now signed a new multi-fight extension with UFC. The TUF 3 winner is expected to return to action in early 2010.
Dana White ready to bring the excitement of big fights back to Boston
UFC President Dana White is ready to return home to Boston -- complete with his MMA empire and rabid fan base. The state of Massachusetts recently approved a bill to afford regulation for the sport of mixed martial arts and the Zuffa brass wasted no time in lining up an August 28 date at the TD BankNorth Garden for their Beantown debut. White also promised the show to end all shows. If that's the case, what can we expect for the August mega-event? Fan Expo? Five title fights? The return of Brock Lesnar? Let the speculation begin...