Dana Talks UFC 99, 100, More
In an interview in the UK earlier today, Dana White discussed some of the many plans in the works for UFC 99 & 100 later this year. They include GSP vs. Thiago Alves, possibly BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian for the UFC Lightweight Title and Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida finally getting his Light Heavyweight Title shot.
McCarthy talks Vaselinegate and Strikeforce
“Big” John McCarthy talks Vaselinegate and Strikeforce’s purchase of Pro-Elite
As a referee in mixed martial arts for over a decade, “Big” John gave his thoughts on the recent controversy revolving around Vaselinegate with Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn:
It has been a problem for a long time. It is one that we [referees] have addressed before. As much as people want to make of it; I don’t ever want to suggest that the performance by GSP in that fight was aided by Vaseline....that is ridiculous! His performance was not based at all by having Vaseline on him. He beat B.J. Penn soundly and because of the mistake by someone in his corner people try to make it a bigger deal than it really was. We stopped allowing fighters to have their corner men apply Vaseline to them in the locker-room because we did find that some people were applying it to areas that were illegal. You have commissioners in the back that work both MMA and Boxing matches and sometimes those lines get crossed because there are some differences between the two that sometimes get overlooked. So that is why the fighters get there pre-fight Vaseline at the cage now. This allows the referee or an inspector to watch the cut-man or cornerman when it is applied. Even now though there are times that Vaseline still ends up on a fighter’s back by accident. I don’t think it was intentional or an attempt to cheat but I agree it should have been stopped by the inspector and checked to make sure who ever was applying the Vaseline to GSP’s face didn’t touch him anywhere else. I think the situation was handled well and it wasn’t like they were rubbing handfuls of Vaseline all over his chest and back. I think it has been blown out of proportion and that it didn’t have any effect on the fight. The new rules established by the UFC should stop these incidents from occurring in the future but there is still going to be the chance that the cut-man accidentally touches the fighter somewhere other than his face. Its just human error and not cheating. As far as B.J. goes, I am sure he is upset that it happened but I highly doubt he is going to use that as an excuse for why he lost the fight.
Nightmare comes to UFC 2009 Undisputed
Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez is the latest confirmed addition to the UFC 2009 Undisputed roster. Video and still Images on IGN.com.
On a side note- I can't remember the last time I was so impatient for a game to get released. Hurry up already!
Into The Crow's Nest - An Exclusive Conversation With David Loiseau
411's Todd Bergman recently had the opportunity to speak with UFC veteran David "The Crow" Loiseau. Among the topics discussed were David's past UFC fights, his return to the Octagon, training, Evan Tanner, the GSP/BJ Penn situation, and the origin of his nickname among other things. This is a candid interview from one of the world's most popular and exciting fighters.
Yes, I am the guy who did this interview!
Etim Doing His Homework On Newcomer Brian Cobb
Terry Etim may be fighting a relatively unknown quantity in the shape of UFC debutant Brian Cobb on Saturday night, but he wasn’t born yesterday.
Cobb - who has a solid wrestling background and has won most of his fights by submission - told UFC.com yesterday that he is looking to stand and bang with Thai boxer Etim on Saturday night, but the Liverpool fighter is not buying that for a minute.
Gouveia focused on Marquardt and possible title shot with a win
Wilson Gouveia trains at one of the best MMA training camps in the world, American Top Team. But even with the star-studded roster at ATT, almost every fighter there will point to Gouveia as the most talented fighter in the camp.
Gouveia has tried to cultivate that talent in the light heavyweight division and had early success. After a loss to Keith Jardine in his first UFC bout, he rattled off four wins in a row before running into a speed bump that goes by the name Goran Reljic.
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones: It’s not who you know, it’s how hard you work
I kind of had the impression they gave Stephan (Bonnar) the fight against me to give him a good comeback fight, fighting a guy who’s inexperienced. I didn’t want to be anyone’s stepping stone so I decided to reach out and grab this opportunity and make Stephan Bonnar my stepping stone … I knew beating Stephan would be gigantic for me. I believe you really don’t need the biggest name coaches to be successful in your career. I’m out here in a little small town in upstate New York, there is no one on my coaching staff you’ve ever heard of, but we know how to work hard and we know how to push ourselves. We proved it. You don’t need the big names to be successful.
Electrifying light heavyweight prospect Jon Jones talks to host Larry Pepe on MMAmania.com’s exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio regarding his impressive win over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2? on January 31. The national Junior College Champion out of Iowa Central Community College dropped out of school to pursue a career in mixed martial arts and is dispelling the myth that you have to align yourself with one of the big name training camps in order to be successful in MMA. It’s hard to argue with a guy who continues to consistently perform at his level at just 21 years of age.
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Final UFC 97 Card Revealed
That sure didn't take long...just 2 days after UFC officials successfully negotiated a deal to keep UFC 97 in Montreal, the full card has been revealed. 5 fights are scheduled to air on PPV headlined by UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites.
Couture At UFC 99: Promoting, Not Fighting
According to a source close to Randy Couture, the former UFC Champion will not be fighting at UFC 99 as previously rumored due to movie commitments and need for a proper 8 week training camp. Couture will, however, assist the UFC in a yet-undefined promotional role for the event.
UFC 99 - Penn Vs Florian Headlines, CroCop/Couture Not On Card
Randy Couture is not fighting Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filopovic at UFC 99 in Germany, Fighters Only can confirm.
Rumours emerged today that the former heavyweight champion would be fighting the Croatian kick boxer on the UFC’s first venture into continental Europe.
But Fighters Only’s source says that Couture is not interested in fighting Filopovic on the June card, and has declined to appear on the June card at all.
The same source said that BJ Penn will headline UFC 99 in a lightweight title defence against Kenny Florian.
''Bisping Is One Fight From A Title Shot''
Michael Bisping is just one fight away from being thrown into the middleweight title mix, according to UFC president Dana White.
Speaking to Fighters Only recently, White revealed that "people keep asking, when is he going to fight Anderson Silva?"
"Mike's a great fighter, we saw that when we first came to the UK and first met him," he said. "But things take time, you got to build a guy up and give him his time.
UFC 99 - Wanderlei Silva Vs Rich Franklin
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to make its German debut on June 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. While several fights have been rumored for the event over the past couple of months, most have not come to fruition.
MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday, however, was able to confirm through multiple independent sources that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former Pride 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva have agreed to fight each other at UFC 99.
Franklin has fought his last two bouts at light heavyweight, returning to the division after running into a brick wall named Anderson Silva at middleweight. Even though Wanderlei Silva's fights in the UFC have all been at 205-pounds to this point, he has made public his intention of wanting to move down to the 185-pound division.
"I talk with (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and... say no problem, I'm down for 185? He say, no problem," Silva said in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com, but adding, "I could fight in both divisions; I could fight 185 and 205."
It appears that he may not fight at either weight come June 13. Though it is too soon for bout agreements, sources have indicated that Franklin and Silva have agreed to face each other at a catch weight somewhere in the neighborhood of 195 pounds.