Kenny Florian has changed for Clay Guida
My body definitely has changed. I definitely am at my biggest and at my leanest.... I feel very, very strong. I feel I'm at my quickest, and I'm in tremendous shape right now.... We've really gone back to the basics. I feel like it's been a total rebirth, a total upgrade of what I've been doing.... I believe people are going to see even more of a change in the way that I look and fight from here on out. It's going to be more of a change than what it was after the Sherk fight.... He's one of those guys who's a survivor, and he's very, very tough. I have my work cut out for me. This is a great fight for me to get back on track. He's a very well-respected opponent, he's one of the best out there and that's who I want to fight. Those are only the people I want to fight."
-- Former two-time number one lightweight contender, Kenny Florian.
Dana White: Dan Henderson wasn't worth the money and brings nothing to the table
"He's happy, but the reality is that I pushed him into signing that deal. I told people over the weekend that he'd sign within the next week. I wanted him to s**t or get off the pot. He was in this limbo forever, and he needed more motivation to make a decision. Do you think that there's any guy we can't get that I want? Other than Fedor [Emelianenko]? So far, he's been the one guy we can't get. But everyone else that we've wanted, we got. If I wanted Dan Henderson, I could've signed him. For the money he wanted, he's not worth it. He's not a big pay-per-view star, he's not a big attraction, and he's not going to sell out arenas. He wants way too much and he doesn't bring anything to the table. Here's the reality: If I wanted him, he'd be in the UFC. It's not like, 'F***, Strikeforce beat me out.' He's been a free agent for a long time. If I wanted him, I would have signed him by now."
UFC Sponsor Hoelzer Reich, Neo-Nazi sympathizers?
Found this to be interesting:
Jamie Vine of Hoelzer Reich has e-mailed me and asked me to clarify a few things regarding their company and the ties to neo-Nazis as has been written about previously. The company became the subject of much debate following the news that Joe Brammer would be walking out at The Ultimate Fighter Finale wearing a Hoelzer Reich shirt.
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Steve Cantwell set for UFC 108 prelims
A light heavyweight bout between veteran Vladimir Matyushenko (23-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and former WEC champion Steve Cantwell (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is set for the preliminary card of next month's UFC 108 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the Jan. 2 matchup over the weekend.
Nima Safapour of No Limits Media Group, which represents Matyushenko, today confirmed that bout agreements have been distributed and signed by Matyushenko.
UFC 108 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
Matyushenko, a former top UFC light heavyweight contender, returned to the UFC in September after a six-year absence from the organization. The 38-year-old Belarusian topped Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic training partner Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision at UFC 103 to pick up his 10th win in his past 11 fights.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale - Fighter Salaries
The full payout amounts included:
Roy Nelson: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan Schaub: $8,000
Matt Hamill: $46,000 ($23,000 win bonus)
def. Jon Jones: $20,000
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson: $25,000 (no win bonus)
def. Houston Alexander: $13,000
Frankie Edgar: $46,000 ($23,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Veach: $5,000
Matt Mitrione: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Marcus Jones: $8,000
James McSweeney: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Darrill Schoonover: $8,000
Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Wren: $8,000
John Howard: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus)
def Dennis Hallman: $15,000
Brian Stann: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Rodney Wallace: $6,000
Mark Bocek: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Brammer: $5,000
TUF 11 Premiere Set For March 31; Middleweights
Spike TV today revealed more details about the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter. In addition to confirming Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz as coaches, the show will debut March 31 on Spike. The format will be Middleweights only, originally it seemed to be Middleweights and Light Heavyweights.
NSAC's Keith Kizer Clarifies Jon Jones DQ
Jon “Bones” Jones was disqualified following three illegal elbow strikes to the face of Matt Hamill at “The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale” on Saturday night. The fight was stopped due to a deep laceration to the bridge of Hamill’s nose.
There was confusion among spectators and the broadcast team after referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight, wondering whether or not Jones, who dominated Hamill to that point, was the winner.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer fielded questions from the media during the post-fight press conference. He explained why the bout was ruled a disqualification and not a no contest, and confirmed there will be no disciplinary action taken against Jones.
“At the end of the day, you had the illegal elbows that cut him up and had to be stopped. The only call you can make in that situation is disqualification,” Kizer told the media. “It was the referee stopping the fight due to the damage to Matt Hamill, to his face.
“It was completely the referee’s call.”
From Backyard to Spotlight, Kimbo Evolving
Plucked out of backyard brawls on YouTube and thrown into mixed martial arts main events on CBS, it’s no surprise that the weight of expectation clouds reasonable expectations for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.
Couple his initial foray into MMA on CBS with his success as a ratings bonanza on the recent season of The Ultimate Fighter and Kimbo is really in a no-win situation. He’ll never be able to live up to the expectations of an attention deficit society.
Kimbo made his Octagon debut at The Ultimate Fighter finale on Saturday night, the first step in his journey towards credibility. It’s a journey that he knows is going to be a long road to travel, but he seems to put it in a reasonable perspective, even if others don’t.
Matt Hamill suffered dislocated shoulder at TUF 10 Finale
Matt Hamill suffered a dislocated left shoulder during his disqualification win over Jon Jones at The Ultimate Finale 10, which took place this past Saturday, Dec. 5, in Las Vegas.
Hamill, fighting in the night's co-main event on Spike TV, was injured during a Jones throw early in the bout, and it was downhill from there for the three-time NCAA Division III national wrestling champion.
Hamill and his team are en route from Las Vegas to Utica, N.Y., and it is expected "The Hammer" will be issued a medical suspension of some kind.
Hamill's trainer, Duff Holmes, confirmed the injury with MMAjunkie.com in an e-mail and added that Hamill will undergo an MRI to check for any soft tissue damage.
"He showed so much heart hanging in there with only one arm," Holmes said. "He's a true warrior, and I've never been more proud of him. It was the first time in 11 pro fights that he's ever been taken down. I was happy with his performance until that point, and he showed his continued growth as a well-rounded fighter.
Goran Reljic vs. CB Dolloway on tap for UFC 110 in Australia
A middleweight bout between C.B. Dollaway (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and long-idle Goran Reljic (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) apparently will take place at UFC 110 in February.
The fight was reported as signed by **********.com, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately reach the fighters' camps for confirmation.
UFC 110 takes place Feb. 22 (with a live pay-per-view broadcast in the U.S. on Feb. 21) at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The bout marks Reljic's return from what will be a 21-month layoff. The Croatian ground specialist, who previously fought at light heavyweight, made his UFC debut at UFC 84 and scored a second-round TKO of Wilson Gouveia in a "Fight of the Night" performance. Seven of his eight career wins have now come via stoppage (five via submission).
Canadian Welterweight Grant Looks to Bounce Back at UFC 107
UFC 100 may have been a landmark in the mixed martial arts organization's history but Halifax welterweight T.J. Grant is doing his best to forget it.
Grant, a late addition to the July 11 card in Las Vegas, suffered his first loss in the UFC by dropping a decision to unbeaten South Korean Dong Hyun (Stun Gun) Kim. It was a bad night all round.
UFC uses instant replay for the 1st time ever!
The Nevada State Athletic Commission utilized instant replay to determine the outcome of a mixed martial arts contest for the first time in its history on the TUF 10 Finale card, and White's favorite whipping-boy official, Steve Mazzagatti, was responsible for utilizing the technology.
The issue came during the evening's co-main event at The Pearl at the Palms Casino resort in Las Vegas between light heavyweights Jon Jones and Matt Hamill.
TUF 10 Finale draws reported crowd of 1,400 for $504,350 gate
LAS VEGAS – Saturday's latest UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, drew a reported attendance of 1,400 for a live gate of $504,350, a UFC spokesperson confirmed at the evening's post-event press conference.
The finale, which was announced as "close to a sellout," took place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The 10-bout event, headlined by finalists Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub, concluded the latest season of the UFC's reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights," and aired on Spike TV.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale was the sixth consecutive TUF finale to be held at The Pearl and the 10th UFC card to be conducted in the Palms Casino Resort.
UFC Quick Quote: A 'livid' Rashad Evans ready to fight Rampage Jackson when he returns
"My mom’s on Rampage’s side. She’s cheering for Rampage. She’s always saying, ‘Ruuh-shawd, be nice to Rampage! He’s so funny!’ I’m like, ‘Ma, who cares if he’s funny?’ It didn’t bother me at first. It was kind of funny until I saw the last two episodes and then I got mad. I found myself getting hot and livid again because I was just thinking, ‘Man. I want to fight this dude so bad.’ I think that when we get a chance to fight, we’re still going to be upset and ready to get it on. That animosity is still going to be there, because we just don’t like each other. I could see him walk into a room and I start getting ready to throw down. The hair raises on the back of my neck because I know he’s going to say something. I just want to crack him."
-- Former light heavyweight champion and Ultimate Fighter 10 Coach Rashad Evans tells the Las Vegas Sun he won't have any trouble getting motivated for a fight against fellow Coach Quinton Jackson if and when the exiled star returns.
TUF 10 Finale Bonuses: Nelson, Bocek, Edgar, Veach earn $25K awards
LAS VEGAS – Roy Nelson, Mark Bocek, Frankie Edgar and Matt Veach earned $25,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale.
The event took place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and aired on Spike TV.
Nelson earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Bocek earned the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Edgar and Veach each earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Rashad Evans Wants Anderson Silva
Add former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans to the list of fighters who hopes to face Anderson Silva before the UFC Middleweight Champion retires. No, Rashad isn't planning on dropping down to Middleweight, this fight would likely happen at 205. Of course Rashad has other Silvas he must deal with first, he's got to beat Thiago first and he still wants a rematch with Lyoto Machida, the man who beat Evans for the title.
All Fighters on Weight for TUF 10 Finale
Roy Nelson (263) vs. Brendan Schaub (240)
Matt Hamill (206) vs. Jon Jones (206)
Frankie Edgar (155) vs. Matt Veach (155)
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (212) vs. Houston Alexander (208)
Marcus Jones (262) vs. Matt Mitrione (255)
Jon Madsen (247) vs. Justin Wren (251)
Darrill Schoonover (261) vs. James McSweeney (235)
Brian Stann (205) vs. Rodney Wallace (203)
John Howard (169) vs. Dennis Hallman (170)
Mark Bocek (156) vs. Joe Brammer (155)
Alexander suggests Kimbo is nothing special
Kimbo Slice built his reputation on the web with his infamous YouTube street fight videos. As he faced huge dudes in the streets of Miami, Kimbo had the vicious look with the shredded body and the beard. Guys looked like they soiled themselves even before throwing a punch. Does Kimbo still have that aura of intimidation?
Despite criticism, Roy Nelson ready to complete "hardest road" to UFC
LAS VEGAS – "The Ultimate Fighter 10" heavyweight Roy Nelson (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has heard all the criticism.
"Big Country" knows that UFC president Dana White wasn't necessarily impressed with the road the former IFL champion took to Saturday's live finale at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas against Brendan Schaub (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and he knows some fans were grumbling, too.
But Nelson recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that even his biggest detractors should tune in to Spike TV on Saturday night because he's got a show planned.
"I'm comfortable (with my performance in the 'TUF' house)," Nelson said. "I mean I won. That's the first and foremost. As far as being criticized, it really didn't matter being in the house because your main objective being in the house is just to finish fights and win.
Marcus Jones Finally Accepts 'Big Baby' Nickname
LAS VEGAS -- Marcus Jones tried his best, but after initially rejecting the "Big Baby" nickname Rashad Evans gave him on this season's edition of The Ultimate Fighter, the former defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has agreed to go with it just days before he makes his UFC debut against another ex-NFL player, Matt Mitrione, on Saturday night.
FanHouse spoke to Jones at Thursday's media workout about why so many fans are drawn to him, his beef with Mitrione and why he decided to not retire from MMA following his semi-final loss to Brendan Schaub. The video interview is below.