Tennessee Commission Greenlights Referee Shadowing
The Tennessee Athletic Commission may have stumbled upon a valuable tool in harvesting the next generation of mixed martial arts officials.
TAC Executive Director Jeff Mullen, a former judge, confirmed on Thursday that his sanctioning body had given the green light for up-and-coming official Brian Beauchamp to shadow assigned referees Dan Miragliotta, Greg Franklin, Mario Yamasaki and Herb Dean at UFC 107 “Penn vs. Sanchez” this Saturday at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
"UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" takes another hit; lightweight Tyson Griffin out
When it rains, it pours.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that the UFC has lost another featured fighter in its first event of 2010.
Lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has suffered an undisclosed injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from his "UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" main-card bout with Jim Miller (15-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
UFC 110 Sells Out In One Day
It didn't take long for UFC's Australia debut to be a success at the gate...in fact, it only took a few hours. After Fight Club members & Newsletter subscribers brought a reported 10,000 tickets to UFC 110 via pre-sales, the rest of the tickets went on sale to the public today and sold out in just a few hours...with no fights still officially announced for the event. While official word of the sell-out has yet to come from the UFC, a quick review of UFC 110's listing on Ticketek.com indicates an "Allocation Exhausted" alert for the event.
UFC Prelims On Spike To Return For 108
Spike TV has confirmed today they will once again air live UFC prelims in January, this time before UFC 108. Which ones haven't yet been determined. UFC & Spike officials continue to decide whether or not to do them on a case-by-case basis, although the main reason they're not being done for 107 is schedule conflicts, Spike had already scheduled it's annual Video Game Awards for the 2 hours before 107.
Tim Credeur Off UFN 20; Gerald Harris In
One TUF 7 alum out, another one in. Tim Credeur has been forced off UFN 20 in January due to injury, he was to have faced Mike Massenzio. The replacement is fellow TUF 7 contestant Gerald Harris, who didn't appear at the TUF 7 Finale but has won his last 7 fights to earn another chance in UFC.
Matt Hughes Confirms Renzo Gracie Bout
Pack your bags for Abu Dhabi, Matt Hughes fans. Dana White confirmed yesterday the former UFC Welterweight Champion would next fight in April but wouldn't confirm it's against Renzo Gracie-or where. But Hughes did-he said paperwork isn't done but he thinks an April 10 fight in Abu Dhabi against Gracie will happen.
RVCA Banned by UFC
As evidenced by the black electrical tape covering the RVCA symbol on BJ Penn's shirt at today's pre-fight press conference. RVCA was banned from the UFC in mid-November due to their sponsorship agreement with Fedor Emelianenko.
UFC Quick Quote: Rampage Jackson wants to fight, not spell
"I had a very unpleasant 45-minute phone call with Rampage before the TUF finale (on Dec. 5). We started fighting on texts that day. He sent me a really bad text so I sent him a really bad text back. He wrote back, 'Call me, I can't spell good enough to fight on texts (laughs).'"
-- UFC President Dana White tells the Las Vegas Sun about his recent grammatically-challenged exchange with "retired" former light heavyweight champion, Rampage Jackson, prior to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale on Dec. 5.
Frank Mir ‘went into depression’ and ‘got sick’ over Brock Lesnar obsession
In what could now officially qualify as a somewhat unhealthy fanaticism in regards to avenging a previous, and utterly embarrassing defeat at the hands of current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir recently went on record with the Las Vegas Sun stating that the news of Lesnar’s recent health problems made him ill…. literally.
“When he got sick it screwed up my training because he was such a driving force for me,” said Mir. “I went into a depression for two to three days where I didn’t go to the gym, I got sick — I drove myself insane thinking we may possibly not fight again.
“I couldn’t live with that.”
Apparently the obsession with Brock isn’t really with Brock at all. No, according to Mir’s father you can chalk it up to a deep seeded disdain for losing.
Major Surgery May Still be Needed for UFC'S Lesnar
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar continues to have serious health problems, according to UFC president Dana White.
"He's still really sick," White told reporters Thursday. "We won't know for probably another month and a half. He had that minor surgery, he's going to change his diet, do some things and see what happens."
Alan Belcher: ‘I feel disrespected’, ‘ready to let my fists do the talking’
Just two days shy of his UFC 107 showdown with the always dangerous Wilson Gouveia, Alan “The Talent” Belcher is flat out pissed, and it’s not at his opponent but the current predicament he finds himself in. The predicament being a “Fight of the Night” caliber athlete being snubbed from main card honors.
“I have tons of people coming out to support me, and it kind of helps me get over the fact that I’m not going to be on the main card… it pisses me off.”
White confirms Jackson's return, says Evans fights "Rampage" with UFC 108 win
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It was supposed to be a glorious day for former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
With the UFC rolling into his hometown of Memphis, Tenn., for this Saturday's "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" event, Jackson was supposed to be the focus of the week.
Instead, that honor has fallen to lightweight champion B.J. Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez, but UFC president Dana White said at Thursday's pre-event press conference that Jackson should be the only one concerned at his absence.
"If anyone should be upset, it's 'Rampage,'" White said.
BJ Penn: Diego Sanchez Is Underestimating Me
MEMPHIS -- Diego Sanchez has repeatedly said that his endurance and cardio will be one of the reasons why he will defeat BJ Penn and capture the lightweight title at UFC 107 on Saturday. But when FanHouse asked "The Prodigy" about that at Wednesday's media workout, Penn, who claims to be in the best shape of his life, said that Sanchez couldn't be more wrong.
Diego Sanchez: ‘I’m here to claim what’s mine’
Diego Sanchez may be the challenger going into this weekends lightweight championship clash against B.J. Penn at UFC 107, but judging from The Nightmare’s recent statements during the UFC 107 Countdown Show, he wouldn’t know it.
According to Diego, he’s already the champion; This fight is just a formality for the San Diego based fighter.
“From the moment I stepped down to 155, I knew in my heart that I was the best 155 pounder in the world,” said Sanchez during the recent Spike TV broadcast.
“I’m here to claim what’s mine. It’s my time now.”
Clay Guida, "I make guys fight my fight"
The exciting and always dangerous Clay Guida is set on a collision course to continue his push to the top of an ever-growing lightweight division.
Always an imposing threat, “The Carpenter” has now enhanced his arsenal tenfold by adding his name to the growing roster of fighters who trek across country – in some cases across the world – to work with the infamous Greg Jackson.
BJ Penn casts doubt on Diego's craziness
BJ Penn says he won’t be rattled by vocal gymnastics coming towards the Octagon – if he can even hear them – when he faces Diego Sanchez at UFC 107 on Saturday.
Sanchez, winner of the original “Ultimate Fighter,” who’s getting his first title shot after shrinking from welterweight to lightweight, isn’t your average bird outside the cage. Sure, he works hard like everyone else. But his supreme confidence – a trademark of his early career – isn’t expressed in the usual ways.
That’s if you consider cartwheeling through a park yelling “YES!” unusual.
If it’s a contest of crazy, Penn told reporters Wednesday, Diego’s already lost.
UFC Hoping for a July 2010 Return for Brock Lesnar
According to Heavy.com, Brock Lesnar is back on his feet after a nasty case of diverticulitis, and the UFC is targeting July as a potential return date for the heavyweight champ; Lesnar's long-delayed bout against Shane Carwin could headline the UFC's first show in Boston.
Well, that's their hope, anyway. Though Lesnar is indeed recovering, his trainer Greg Nelson told MMA Weekly that he's not sure when Brock will be able to start training again — and he's definitely not sure when he'll be healthy enough to fight. Right now, Lesnar is simply healing up in a pissed-off fashion. Said Nelson: "Mentally, he wants to get back in there. He wants to jump in. You get a guy like that who’s used to being able to do whatever and moving around and train, throw hay around, whatever he wants to do, then you’re stuck inside your house...that’s tough. Mentally, it’s tough."