Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin 2 slated for UFC 106
Former light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin will meet in the co-main event at UFC 106 “Lesnar vs. Carwin” on Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Yahoo! Sports was first to report the rematch on Thursday.
Ortiz won a controversial split decision over Griffin the first time the two met at UFC 59 in April 2006.
The 34-year-old Ortiz, who underwent back surgery a year ago, has not competed since he dropped a unanimous decision to reigning light heavyweight king Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 in May 2008. Though he was dominated for much of the match, he nearly submitted the unbeaten Brazilian with a third-round triangle choke, reminding his detractors that he remains a viable threat at 205 pounds.
Once the poster boy of the UFC, Ortiz has not won a fight since he stopped UFC hall of famer Ken Shamrock on strikes nearly three years ago. Still, the flamboyant Californian counts victories against Brazilian legend Wanderlei Silva, one-time International Fight League champion Vladimir Matyushenko and former UFC titleholders Vitor Belfort and Evan Tanner among his 15 career wins. Five of Ortiz’s six career defeats have come to current or former UFC champions.
After back-to-back wins over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Griffin ran aground. He relinquished the UFC light heavyweight crown to Rashad Evans in December and suffered an embarrassing knockout loss to middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva at UFC 101 two months ago. Based out of Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas, the 30-year-old Griffin had never before lost back-to-back bouts.
UFC 106: Lesnar vs. Carwin
Saturday, Nov. 21
Mandalay Bay Events Center
UFC Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Luis Arthur Cane
Dustin Hazelett vs. Karo Parisyan
Jon Fitch vs. Ricardo Almeida
Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni
Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders
George Sotiropoulos vs. Jason Dent
UFC Is Considering A Smaller Octagon
Evidently not wanting to see a sequel to "Run Kalib Run!" from UFC 83, Dana White recently said that he & Joe Silva are talking about making the Octagon UFC uses for fights smaller. No specifics mentioned yet except Dana thinks Silva wants to turn it "into a [expletive] bathtub. Have them fight in a little tollbooth."
A "Burnt Out" Rampage Could Return To UFC And Fight Again
That's the thoughts of the latest UFC personality to offer his view on Quinton Jackson's retirement-UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn. Penn notes fighting "does wear on you" and thinks Rampage is burnt out but could still return to UFC some day...but BJ thinks Rmapage is perfect for the "A-Team" role he's in and would love to see Rampage with the mohawk sported by Mr. T.
Marquardt: "Carwin will KO Brock in under 2 minutes"
Middleweight contender Nate Marquardt is backing his teammate Shane Carwin to beat Brock Lesnar by knockout in under two minutes.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he finished him in under two minutes,” Marquardt told Fighters Only recently. “The more I analyse the fight, I think its such a good fight for Shane. He is better on his feet, he is better on the ground, he hits harder.
Will Randy Couture on Spike TV Outdraw Fedor Emelianenko on CBS? Does it Matter?
On November 7, Strikeforce will put on the biggest fight it can possibly promote in Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers. There are lots of ratings predictions going around, but the truth is that almost nobody knows what Fedor will draw on CBS. The safe money puts the number between the 1.9 Jake Shields and Robbie Lawler draw and the 3.1 Kimbo Slice drew against James Thompson. The former number was a disaster, while the latter was an unmitigated success.
It's also worth noting that the two successful EliteXC shows on CBS featured Gina Carano on the undercard, where she set records for viewers gained over the course of a fight. Unless Strikeforce can land someone like Bobby Lashley, it doesn't look like they will have a strong semi-main event from a ratings perspective to help anchor their first show on CBS.
DVR viewing pushes "The Ultimate Fighter 10" debut to 4.5 million viewers
After setting a ratings record as the most-viewed season debut in the history of "The Ultimate Fighter," the Sept. 16 "TUF 10 debut" recently saw its audience grow even larger.
The debut, which initially scored a (since-broken) single-episode record of 4.1 million viewers, actually drew an audience of 4.5 million viewers when the "live-plus-seven-day" viewing data was included, Spike TV recently announced.
The data results from tallying additional viewers who watched the show on DVR systems such as TIVO.
This season of "TUF" has been the most popular yet. Although season one produced the most current UFC talent, and while the "TUF 3" debut had long held the single-episode ratings record with 2.8 million viewers, "TUF 10" has raised the bar.
Featuring former EliteXC headliner Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, final IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, three former UFC fighters, four NFL vets, and coaches Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson, the heavyweights-only season of the reality show competition has garnered widespread and mainstream attention.
In fact, last week's Sept. 30 episode, which featured the long-awaited Ferguson vs. Nelson matchup, scored a series record 5.3 million viewers and peaked with 6.1 million. The number will grow even further when the DVR viewers are factored in over the next couple weeks.
Dana : " Fedor is not afraid to come over and fight or do any of that stuff, "
"Fedor is not afraid to come over and fight or do any of that stuff," White said. "He's got nutty managers. These guys are from Russia. They come into America and try to strong-arm (us) into some deal that we won't want. "
"Go do that to the butcher down the street in Russia. It doesn't work here in the United States. If this guy wants to come and put himself up against the best fighters in the world, he'll eventually make it to the UFC."
Tito Ortiz’ management team responds to Jenna comments
Tito’s long term manager and friend, Damian McLawhaon said this tonight:
“If he wants to drag Jenna into this and I know Jenna, she’s a sweetheart, then I think that’s not a place for manager to get involved. I think the fights between Mark and Tito and not his manager and he’s talking a lot of smack. He should maybe start training and get in the cage if he wants to talk like that. I think if Mark wants to say something then they’re fighting each other, whatever. I just don’t think it’s a place for a manager to come at Tito like that about his girlfriend.”
Cain Velasquez Chasing UFC Heavyweight Title ... And Perfection
In few sports is true perfection attainable. In baseball, a pitcher can retire 27 batters in a row (it's only been done 18 times in over 100 years). A bowler can reach perfection with strikes in 12 straight frames. In football, a quarterback can somewhat illogically boast of a perfect passer rating even in a game where he does not complete all his passes (and even in a game that his team loses).
So the concept of perfection in sports is difficult to quantify, explain and achieve. Nonetheless, it's what motivates rising heavyweight star Cain Velasquez, who faces Ben Rothwell (30-6) at UFC 104 on Oct. 24.
Despite his 6-0 record with five stoppages, Velasquez remains his own worst critic as he continues his ascent to what he hopes will soon be a date with the heavyweight championship on the line. The new father of 4 1/2 month old daughter Coral recently took some time to talk to FanHouse about his demanding personality, switching opponents from Shane Carwin to Rothwell, and his response to critics.
UFC 105 Couture vs Vera to Air Free on Spike TV
"Legendary five-time UFC champion Randy “The Natural” Couture will headline a fight card on Spike TV for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 14 (8:00pm ET/PT same day tape) in the main event of UFC 105. Emanating from the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, Couture will square off against highly regarded veteran Brandon “The Truth” Vera in a bout in the light heavyweight division."
Coleman manager retracts "emotional" comments about Tito
Mark Coleman’s manager has been in touch with Fighters Only again today to discuss the comments he made this morning regarding Tito Ortiz and his wife Jenna Jameson. Mike DiSabato first spoke to FO in reaction to a Twitter post Ortiz made yesterday that called Coleman a ‘sissy’ for pulling out of their planned UFC 106 fight (Coleman has a torn MCL).
Having had time to reflect on this morning’s outburst, DiSabato decided a retraction was in order and contacted us to set the record straight.
“When I said what I said, I was very emotional. It was me responding without thinking, and that’s not really my style,” the businessman said. “Where that came from was, I have been a friend of Mark Coleman for over 20 years, we were in college together, and I just jumped right in to defend him. I feel he deserves a lot of respect for his achievements in this sport and I feel he does not always get the respect that he deserves.”
UFC Coming To Arizona In 2010
After recently regulating MMA to mirror Las Vegas rules in May of 2008, the UFC will finally be making it’s way to the beautiful Arizona desert sometime in 2010.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the news in an interview with ULTMMA.com during a recent trip to “The Grand Canyon State”.
Who’s Next For Tito Ortiz?
With Mark Coleman out of his anticipated light heavyweight showdown with Tito Ortiz at UFC 106 due to a second-degree tear in his MCL knee ligament, the question now is quite simply: Who’s up next for Tito?
“Hammer” or no “Hammer”, the show must go on.
It goes without saying that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva is currently hard at work trying to negotiate a suitable replacement for Coleman.
Shogun Rua: Beating Lyoto Machida is a matter of time and space
“The key to beat him is work the question of the space in the Octagon. Lyoto is very good on it, and besides that, I tried to take in account all the possibilities that may happen in the fight. I have even trained with karatecas to understand their game. Lyoto plays in the distance and counter attack also in the short distance. So I’m very confident to find the right timing and win.”
Mauricio Rua weighs in on his upcoming title fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Oct. 24.
Dan Hardy's mind games cannot penetrate the Swick mental armor
“Hardy realized that he could not only talk his way into getting the fight, but he knew he could also affect Davis’ performance. There is no question Hardy did a real great job of that. But it does not matter if Dan’s nice to me or talks crap like he did with Davis. I am a harder guy to figure out than Davis – my buttons are not so obvious. Neither of us are going to break mentally, so we have to break each other physically. It is going to be a war as there is so much at stake for us. There is so much I want to do in the UFC and this guy is not stopping that from happening. I like Dan –- but he is going down!”
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) alum, Mike Swick, will not be rattled heading into his UFC 105 bout opposite Dan Hardy on November 14 in Manchester, England.
Coleman's manager fires back at Ortiz
Mark Coleman’s manager Mike DiSabato has responded furiously to Tito Ortiz calling his fighter a ‘sissy’. Ortiz used his Twitter account in the early hours of this morning to reveal that Coleman was out of their UFC 106 fight. He said the MMA veteran had “sissied out”.
“Mark Coleman is not a talker, he is a fighter. He is a Hall of Famer who has fought a Who's Who of great fighters. Tito says "sissy"? Please. He can prove Coleman is sissy on January 2nd if he wants,” was DiSabato’s response to the comments during a conversation with Fighters Only.
"The dying embers of the Sex Pistols’ punk classic “God Save the Queen” fade to silence, and the lights are cut throughout the arena. Chris Leben stalks the darkened cage. The sporadic flicker of flashing cameras briefly illuminate an expectant capacity crowd, the fervor of which builds to crescendo at a glimpse of the man the fans have come to see.
Michael Bisping prepares to headline UFC 89."