Is the MMA Talent Pool Drying Up?
There were 190 middleweights and 81 light heavyweights who showed up cauliflower ears and all in hopes of becoming the next "Ultimate Fighter."
UFC president Dana White called it a low turnout and said he was looking to recruit three or four fighters that day. After season nine's tryouts drew 700 welterweight and lightweights, he was perplexed by the drop-off.
"It's very weird," he said. "You would think right now in these hard economic times... I thought this would be the biggest turnout we ever had."
Kurt Pellegrino Off TUF 10 Finale
The injury bug is back with a vengeance. Following Thiago Alves being forced off UFC 107, now comes word that Kurt Pellegrino is now off the TUF 10 Finale. Edgar announced the change today, word is Pellegrino has herniated discs and will be out 3 weeks. Edgar also hinted at a replacement being named soon.
Don King Prepared To Monetize MMA, Take On UFC
And not only that, but he actually discussed MMA without trashing it in favor of boxing. The famed boxing promoter, still going strong at 78 with slightly less but still-electric hair on his head, recently put over UFC while saying he's "the people's promoter. Whatever the people want, I'm going to promote". And that means MMA, particularly a league capable of competing with UFC and thus making MMA as a whole more competitive and not UFC then everyone else.
Report: Alves Off UFC 107
It now appears that anyone who is a Thiago or facing Jon Fitch at UFC 107 is cursed. First Fitch's original opponent, Ricardo Almeida, was forced off due to injury and now word is that the replacement, Thiago Alves, is now off too. There are unconifirmed reports Alves has a torn PCL. Alves was to have faced Paulo Thiago initially before Almeida's withdrawal broke up the fight of the Thiagos. No word yet on a potential replacement to face Fitch.
Paul Kelly on Siver: "I'll break his jaw or submit him - whatever gets me the bonus!"
Paul Kelly says he is feeling better than ever ahead of his UFC 105 clash with German lightweight Denis Siver. A former welterweight, Kelly is two fights and two wins into a new life at 155lbs and says the move was definitely the right one.
“I feel great at this weight now. The first cut was kind of difficult but its easier each time and my weight is well on track now, just over two weeks from the fight. I feel really sharp and really strong, I am hitting the weights again, which I didn’t do for my last fight and I can feel the difference.”
Dana has "proposal" for Liddell, "disgusted" with Rampage
Dana White says he is “putting together a proposal” for former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, who recently finished a run on popular television show Dancing With the Stars and is now apparently itching for a return to action.
In a recent interview with Sportsnet, UFC president White was asked if a match between Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman is on his mind, pitting as it would two veterans of the sport against each other.Dana
“I’ve never even thought about Liddell-Coleman. I am more focused right now on what to do with Liddell,” replied White, who has repeatedly stated that he does not want Liddell to return to fighting, given his recent loss of form and run of stoppage losses.
Denis Kang: "I am looking to make a major statement"
Denis Kang believes his forthcoming match with Michael Bisping at UFC 105 “is probably the biggest fight of my career” and “one which will put me on the map in the UFC”. With just over two weeks to go until the fight, Kang is focused on the potential fruits of victory. “I am in good place, mentally and physically. I am ready. This is the right fight at the right time for me.
“This is one of the biggest fights on a UFC card and being in Bisping’s hometown in England where he is very popular there will be a lot of attention on it. I’ve fought in PRIDE FC tournaments, but UFC in my view is bigger than PRIDE was and this is a major fight on the card,” he says.
Vitor : I don’t have this ambition of fighting him (Anderson) now, I didn’t get in UFC looking for it, to take his belt
This thing of fighting Anderson is something that I’ve never looked for. I care about him a lot, but started that thing of Dana White talks... I don’t care about fighting for the title, I want to do some more fights. I don’t have this ambition of fighting him (Anderson) now, I didn’t get in UFC looking for it, to take his belt… I never had that thing, I just want to do my work.
I know I deserve, that’s not the problem, neither the discussion, I just like to make some fights. The belt’s moment is gonna come, there are people that want to talk that I don’t deserve, but I don’t believe that. Anderson is not a guy that I want to fight, I support him a lot, we already trained together, I like him a lot. It’s not a thing that I want to... If the belt were on Nate Marquardt’s hands, if I could choose, I wouldn’t fight with Anderson because I care about him.
Happy with win, Stevenson wants holiday break
Heading into UFC 104, Joe Stevenson was taken back a little bit when he heard the news that Spencer Fisher had walked into UFC president Dana White's office and specifically asked to face the former "Ultimate Fighter" champion.
Stevenson was definitely up for the challenge, though. He bludgeoned his way to a second round TKO victory after getting Fisher caught in a crucifix, and hammered him with elbows to force the stoppage.
UFC 104 bonus baron Pat Barry undergoing surgery, out at least two months
UFC heavyweight Pat Barry today will undergo surgery to insert a pin in his thumb near the wrist that will keep him out of action for at least two months.
The fighter, who won $120,000 after winning Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night honors at this past weekend's UFC 104 event, today discussed the surgery with MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) – just minutes before he was slated to enter the operating room.
"I'm sitting in a hospital robe," he joked. "They really do have your butt stick out exposed. You'd think they would have fixed these things by now."
Ed Soares Manages Bentleys, Not Toyotas
In a recent interview with Yahoo Sports, MMA manager Ed Soares recently compared the "Three Kings"-Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida & Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira-he manages to Bentley & Toyota dealerships in terms of quantity vs. quality. In other words, he feels he's got a garage full of Bentleys. "When you look at the car dealership, well, thank God there are Toyota dealers. There’s nothing wrong with Toyotas. They’re great cars, reliable cars, but there are 3,000 of them on the lot. Walk into a Bentley dealership, though, and there are only 12, 15 cars in the place. There are two things about that: The guy’s walking in to buy the car, and you know they’re not going to be negotiating price when they’re buying a Bentley. And that’s how I feel about our fighters. You want one of our fighters, you’re going to get a high-performance fighter."
NSAC To Discuss Alexander, UFC 109
The NSAC yesterday released the agenda for it's next tele-meeting scheduled for November 4. 2 items of note on the agenda are Houston Alexander and UFC requesting a February date. Alexander has requested a new fighter's license, which he must do when his current license runs out because he is over 35 (all fighters over 35 must do this), while Zuffa is asking for a February 6 date for an event at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Vegas, presumably this would be UFC 109.
Rob Emerson vs. Phillipe Nover at UFC 109
A lightweight match-up between Phillipe Nover and Rob Emerson is signed, sealed, and delivered for UFC 109 on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas.
Nover (9-2-1) has endured a rocky start to his UFC career since emerging from the eighth season of "The Ultimate Fighter." The Brooklyn native and former nurse lost to Efrain Escudero in the finals of the reality show and fell short at UFC 98 in May, losing to Kyle Bradley by first-round TKO.
Despite illness of his own, Shane Carwin ‘would have never pulled out of the fight’
“Last week was the first week that I actually started feeling better from a strain of the swine flu. I had lost over 15 pounds (something I could not afford to loose) and had just pulled some muscles in my leg during training. As 104 approached my manager said, ‘we should be thankful we are not fighting, from your re-broken nose to the leg, this wasn’t our time’. As I prepared to go to 104, I began slowly realizing what was ahead of me; I needed to be home training and rehabbing, not traveling and missing days of necessary time with my Team. I was due to be fighting for the UFC Heavyweight title. I called Jason back and said you are right, but I can’t go to LA I need to train. I was reminded about my commitments to the fans at Kmart and the Q&A, and I knew I had to go. In LA I was reminded exactly why we do this sport. Fans were all over the place and every interaction was a positive one. While at Kmart I meet a young man who competes in the Special Olympics and he said he looked up to us fighters. I was so taken back by the fact that he put us fighters on a pedestal. Here was this young man who defied incredible odds in life to reach the Olympics and he pushes himself every day to do things you and I take for granted. I was bitching about a flu, my leg (that would heal), and taking time away from training and this young man looks up to me? He gave me his Octagon necklace and I do not think he realized what an impact he made on me. I knew right then that I was going to suck it up and drive on. Edward and the rest of Team Carwin would be the fuel to carry me through the rough times and make sure that come fight night I will be the champion … Fighting for the UFC belt is my path and honestly Brock coming down with his illness only gives me more time to be in that much better shape. It is a blessing if you want to know the truth. I would have never pulled out of the fight. I would wheel myself to the cage if it was my choice. I know this is my destiny and I don’t need everything to be perfect I just need my opportunity to show the world what I can do and who I am.”
Pat Barry Really Needed That UFC104 Bonus Money Bad.
It’s nice to see the prelim fighters win the UFC pay-per-view bonus money. They need it a lot more than many of the guys on the main card who are making well into the five, six and seven-figures per fight.
That’s why it was awesome to see Pat Barry — who would have only made $14,000 for his impressive striking display in the second round against Antoni Hardonk — take home an additional $120,000 for winning Knockout and Fight of the Night honors.
Josh Koscheck vs. Anthony Johnson slotted for UFC 106 co-main event
With the loss of its UFC 106 main event between UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Shane Carwin earlier this week, the UFC has bolstered the Nov. 21 card with a welterweight bout between contenders Josh Koscheck (13-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) and Anthony Johnson (8-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
Koscheck posted on Twitter late Tuesday that he would appear on the card, and a source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) overnight that Johnson will serve as his opponent.
The UFC, though, has yet to officially announced the fight, which serves as the night's co-main event.
UFC 104's Anthony Johnson: "As soon as I didn't make weight, my life changed"
UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson should have left Los Angeles $60,000 richer.
After earning a devastating 43-second TKO win over Yoshiyuki Yoshida on the main card of this past Saturday's UFC 104 event in Los Angeles, Johnson appeared to be a lock for the evening's "Knockout of the Night" award and a $60,000 bonus.
But Johnson missed weight the day before, and UFC president Dana White declared "Rumble" ineligible for the award. Johnson said the penalty was a life-changing moment.
Report: Ronnys Torres To Make UFC Debut In February
Take 3. After having his planned UFC debut scrapped twice in the past year due to knee injuries, UFC newcomer Ronnys Torres is set to try once again. The TATAME website reports Torres could debut in February at UFC 109, with the possible opponent being Melvin Guillard.
UFC 104 Fighter Payouts
The CSAC today announced the disclosed fighter payouts from UFC 104. The total disclosed payouts was $922,000 with the biggest share-$200,000-going to Lyoto Machida. Additionally, if the rumors of Anthony Johnson getting a 20% fine for missing weight are indeed true, that means he loses $6,000 total, which goes to Yoshiyuki Yoshida.