UFC HEADS TO PHILADELPHIA IN 2009
As the UFC expands their business worldwide, the sport's #1 promotion hasn't forgotten about new U.S. markets as well, and on Thursday, UFC president Dana White confirmed that they will head to Philadelphia before 2009 is over.
The state of Pennsylvania just officially ratified the rules and regulations of mixed martial arts on Feb 27 and it looks like the state will welcome the UFC this year as a way to celebrate the sport in the Keystone state.
The Company Making the UFC Undisputed Video Game May Be Going Under
The first UFC videogame, titled Undisputed, for the next generation of consoles is currently in development by THQ. But the international developer and publisher of videogames is facing tough financial times.
THQ has lost $334 million dollars this year and their stock prices has fallen from $20 a share to $2 a share.
Now according to Michael Hickey of Janco Partners, the company has a fifty percent chance of going bankrupt (via gamereplays.org).
Currently THQ is trying to save over $220 million next year and are preapring to slash over 600 employees. However, the prognosis remains dark for THQ.
Evans Will defend This Summer Against Rampage Or Machida
With UFC 96 only 2 days away, Quinton Rampage Jackson and Keith Jardine, met the press at the customary pre-fight press conference to address last minute questions about their fight and of course what will happen in the light heavyweight division after their bout is over.
UFC President Dana White announced at the press conference that UFC light heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, would be defending his title this summer against either Jackson if he is victorious against Jardine, or Lyoto Machida if Jardine wins. White was also adamant in saying that if Jardine does get the win, he will get closer to a title shot, and he will fight Evans if he's still the champion.
Terry Etim vs. Justin Buchholz Back on at UFC 99
Terry Etim (12-2) will be fighting Justin Buchholz at UFC 99 later this year, Fighters Only was informed earlier today.
The Liverpool lightweight earned plaudits and comparisons with Anderson Silva after his profile-raising head kick KO win over Brian Cobb at UFC 95 late last month.
Etim (3-2 in the UFC) was supposed to fight Buchholz (1-1 in the UFC) at that event but a bad staph infection meant that Cobb had to be drafted in as a replacement.
Jardine Might Go Back To Heavyweight
Keith Jardine has suggested he might move to the heavyweight division if he beats Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson this Saturday.
“I have no problem jumping to heavyweight. I’m going to be here a long time and things will work out,” he told Yahoo! Sports.
He made the comment in response to the commonly-posed question of what he would do if he found himself being lined up for a title shot against light-heavyweight boss Rashad Evans.
Dana: Grove-Day Loser Saturday Is Gone
Hopefully Kendall Grove didn't need any more pressure going into UFC 96 Saturday, because he just got it. Dana White told USA Today yesterday that the Grove-Jason Day loser Saturday night is out of UFC, meaning Grove could be the first TUF winner to ever be cut by UFC.
Dong Hyun Kim Expected To Sign 2 Year Extension With UFC
According to The Korea Times, Korean UFC fighter Dong Hyun Kim is expected to sign a 2-year extension with the promotion. It would be a 4-fight deal and up his pay to $29,000 per fight, but any fights he wins would up his pay to $32,000 for that fight. A May or June return is also expected.
Pros Pick: Jackson vs. Jardine
The UFC returns to Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday with an intriguing bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and dangerous contender Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine.
Sherdog.com contacted dozens of professional fighters and trainers for their opinions on the UFC 96 main event. Some were reluctant to give a prediction, but plenty were willing to lay their reputations on the line and try to forecast what will transpire in the Octagon.
Matt Hamill Puts The "Ability" In "Disability"
A warning should come for all those who choose to travel with Matt Hamill: If you have a plane to catch or a meeting to make, it might be wise to say your goodbyes and move along without him. Otherwise, you’re going to miss your flight or be woefully late for the meeting. The Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight contender is such a friendly, decent and caring man that he can’t pass up an opportunity to chat up anyone who sidles up and says hello. Hamill, who on Saturday will fight unbeaten Mark Munoz in one of the televised bouts on the pay-per-view card of UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio, has performed so many selfless acts over the last five years that the stories of them floating around on Internet bulletin boards are enough to fill a volume the size of “War and Peace.”
Sanchez-Guida Agreed for TUF 9 Finale
Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida are heading straight for one another.
The potent lightweight pair has agreed to meet in the headlining bout of “The Ultimate Fighter 9” finale on June 20 at the Pearl inside the Palms Resort in Las Vegas, according to sources close to the fighters. The bout will anchor a night of final deciding bouts for the Spike TV reality series, which begins airing in April.
Tito "Rampage stepped up to murder Jardine"
Tito Ortiz – “This is a fight that didn't need to happen. After Rampage got screwed on a rematch for the title, he KO’ed Silva unconscious! Evans was afraid to fight Rampage, so Rampage stepped up to murder Jardine. This won't be a fight to get excited about. KO after the 2:35 mark of the 1st round for My boy Rampage.”
Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig no longer being considered by UFC
UFC lightweights Joe Stevenson (29-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and Mac Danzig (18-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), linked together for a possible showdown in a recent report from longtime MMA commentator Mauro Ranallo, are no longer slated to meet.
Stevenson today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that there has been a change of plans, though he could not elaborate on a new opponent.
"It was talked about, but it's not happening," Stevenson said.
Matt Hamill vs Mark Munoz will not be a wrestling match at UFC 96
“It’s a great matchup for me. Wrestler versus wrestler. But it’s not gonna be a wrestling match. It’s gonna be, I feel like, whomever has adjusted to MMA better. That’s going to win the fight. All the in-between techniques. The transitions between wrestling and other disciplines. It’s going to be an interesting fight. I’d like it to be exciting. I know Matt Hamill’s gonna want to stand. In a lot of fights, he uses his wrestling sporadically. I like to use wrestling to set up other things. I think obviously his strength is his takedowns. But I haven’t seen much ground game from him.
Paul Taylor Vs Peter Sobotta @ UFC 99
Top British welterweight Paul Taylor (9-4-1) will be fighting UFC newcomer Peter Sobotta at UFC 99, Fighters Only has learned.
Sobotta (8-1) is a submission grappler who fights out of German team Unlimited Combat System. Despite his grappling credentials, he has actually won half of his fights by TKO.
He will be coming into the UFC off the back of a win over Kerim Abzailow at Polish show KSW (which has previously been described as “a mini-PRIDE” thanks to its high production values).
Struve Vs Stojnic @ UFC 99
Stefan Struve (16-3) will be fighting Golden Glory heavyweight Denis ’The Menace’ Stojnic in a ‘loser gets cut’ match.
Fighters Only learned of the match at the weekend but could not report it until bout agreements were signed and retuned.
Struve made his UFC debut the weekend before last, being stopped by Junior Dos Santos in 54 seconds at UFC 95.