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The Dragon to Face Sugar at UFC 98
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
According to a new published report, it appears that Lyoto Machida receive his shot at the UFC light heavyweight title sooner rather than later. The Britsh tabloid The Sun is reporting that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be unable to accept an offer to headline UFC 98 on May 23 in Las Vegas against current 205 pound kingpin Rashad Evans. The Sun adds that with Jackson’s hand injury preventing him from fighting at UFC 98, Machida has been tapped to challenge Evans. War Rampage...oh wait.
Submitted Mar 11, 2009 10:26AM by babytater03 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dale Hartt Returns At UFC 99
(mmajunkie.com)
In his first fight since his gruesome TKO victory over now-injured Corey Hill at UFC Fights For The Troops, Dale Hartt is set to return to action at UFC 99. He's scheduled to face Dennis Siver in what likely will be a prelim match.
Submitted Mar 11, 2009 9:41AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Art Jimmerson: Where Is He Now?
(sherdog.com)
One glove. It's one of the most powerful and provocative images of the past century: The XIX Olympiad. October 16, 1968. Mexico City. Tommie Smith and John Carlos. The black glove. Black power. Despite the symbol's cultural resonance, if you're part of the MMA cognoscenti, "one glove" means something much different to you: UFC 1. November 12, 1993. Denver. Art Jimmerson. The boxing glove. Ridicule. "It's funny looking back, I just never knew," says Jimmerson, now 45 years old and retired from ring and cage. "But I said, 'No problem,' because it was only going to take me one punch." Three decades before lacing up his one glove and banking on one punch, Arthur Lee Jimmerson Jr. was a shock-headed youth raised in St. Louis, his childhood coinciding with the cultural crumbling of the city. By the time he had reached grade school, the city's culturally rich Gaslight Square -- which played host to the likes of Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg, Lenny Bruce, Miles Davis and Woody Allen -- had become victim to urban decay, beginning its uneasy alteration from a cultural capital to a perennial contender for "America's most dangerous city." "I got picked on a lot in grade school basically," says Jimmerson. "There was one guy who always bullied me, so there was a point where a friend of ours in the neighborhood who took us to the boxing gym and I went. The rest is history." Jimmerson become part of St. Louis' next-gen boxers looking to follow in the footsteps of Olympic gold medalist and world champion brothers Leon and Michael Spinks. After winning the National Golden Gloves as a middleweight in 1983, Jimmerson turned pro in 1985. Success was hard to come by, and he tallied only a 9-2 mark through his first 11 bouts. However, in July 1988, Jimmerson was selected as a tune-up opponent for regionally popular light heavyweight action fighter Lenny LaPaglia. Jimmerson, then known by his long-discarded nickname "Zorro,” brutally bashed LaPaglia in a stirring six-round upset, giving his career a shot in the arm. Photo Courtesy: Art Jimmerson Jimmerson was born and raised in St. Louis. "[UFC 1] doesn't really bother me because I know who I am as a fighter," says Jimmerson. While Jimmerson often sounds as though he's talking about another lifetime when he speaks of his boxing career, the LaPaglia bout remains a clear touchstone for him. "If you go on YouTube, and see me fight LaPaglia, that shows the real me," he assures. He wouldn't go on to become a world champion, like St. Louis contemporaries Eddie Cook, Ed Hopson and Carl Daniels. However, Jimmerson became a solid journeyman, putting together 15 straight victories in the lead-up to UFC 1, and was in the running for a considerable payday as an opponent for an aging legend in Thomas "Hitman" Hearns. While Jimmerson was eyeing a crack at a hall of famer, Rorion Gracie and Art Davie were looking for willing participants in their grand infomercial for Gracie jiu-jitsu. To sell the UFC, it would require the Bloodsport-esque style-versus-style hook, and to validate the strength of jiu-jitsu, there certainly needed to be a representative of the sweet science...
Submitted Mar 11, 2009 7:43AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Snubbed by TUF 9 Wallhead is calling out UFC fighters
(sports.yahoo.com)
He's regarded by many as the No. 2 welterweight fighter in the UK, behind Dan Hardy yet he fell short in making the cast of The Ultimate Fighter 9: U.S. v. U.K. That has Brit Jimmy Wallhead in a surly mood especially when youngsters like Tom Egan are calling out bigger names in the UFC. Egan, an Irishman, lost in his UFC debut against John Hathaway at UFC 93. For some reason, Egan is now calling out Dan Hardy. Wallhead trains with Hardy and told MMAUnlimited he isn't happy with Egan's attitude:
Submitted Mar 11, 2009 2:37AM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mark Munoz May Be Headed For Middleweight Division
(fightline.com)
According to a source close to the situation, the UFC and Mark Munoz are considering a drop from light-heavyweight down to middleweight.
Submitted Mar 10, 2009 8:05PM by Wolfenstein - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Looks To Make Early Stop Right For Riley
(mmaweekly.com)
“The UFC is looking to make things right, so hopefully I’ll get a rematch in with Shane at some point, but I’m just really looking to get back in action as soon as possible,” he said. “I’ve already expressed that to Joe Silva, and he’s looking to make that happen. “He told me they were booked through August, but he also told me that if there was a chance to get me in, he’d try to get me in. If anything happens where somebody drops out or gets injured, he can look to juggle the schedule around and get me in.”
Submitted Mar 10, 2009 6:33PM by MMAcca - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rashad Claims 'Rampage' Is Ducking Him
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
“Just listening to Rampage when we were in the ring talking he was kind of like, ‘Yeah man you’re lucky I wasn’t 100 percent’ and he started making excuses,” said Evans. “I was thinking like it sounds like an excuse-fest is about to happen, so I know he ain’t going to take no fight with me. He’s making excuses now.”
Submitted Mar 10, 2009 2:41PM by MMAcca - 43 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Respect To Rampage, Jardine Upset With Loss
(mmaweekly.com)
Though he came up short on judges’ scorecards, Keith Jardine won a moral victory against Quinton Jackson at UFC 96 by sticking with the game plan and staying in the fight when things got tough. “The fight went pretty close to the way I thought it would go,” Jardine said at the UFC 96 post-fight presser. In the past, he had paid for straying from his plan. Wanderlei Silva ended his night early at UFC 84 when he went against coaches’ advice, exposing himself to punches with a leg kick.
Submitted Mar 10, 2009 2:35PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Diaz-Stevenson Possible For TUF 9 Finale
(cagepotato.com)
2 prior TUF champions appear to be on track to meet at the TUF 9 Finale on June 20. Although paperwork isn't done, word is season 2 winner Joe Stevenson will face season 5 winner Nate Diaz at the Finale.
Submitted Mar 10, 2009 2:16PM by DCRage - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sell Fine, Lavigne Admits He Screwed Up
(cagepotato.com)
In comments made by both earlier today, Pete Sell did not criticize referee Yves Lavigne for his refereeing in his fight with Matt Brown at UFC 96, and Lavigne acknowledged that he "screwed up" and he'll learn from his mistakes in refereeing the fight.
Submitted Mar 10, 2009 12:33PM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Torres, Escudero Sign on With Bud Light for Latino Outreach
(mmapayout.com)
MMAPayout.com has mentioned previously the efforts to better reach the Latino demos. The UFC is not alone, though, in these efforts, as key sponsors of the UFC are looking for synergies with the UFC”s outreach efforts to better serve Latinos. One of these sponsors is Anheuser-Busch. Bud Light has consistently sought out a better grasp of Latino market share and they have recently boasted of their sponsorship efforts with UFC fighters in their overall spending in the Latino sports segment: Anheuser-Busch currently sponsors the Mexican National Soccer Team, Chivas de Guadalajara, WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Angel Torres and UFC Lightweight Efrain Escudero. ….. The company has the No. 1 and No. 2 beer brands in the Latino market — Bud Light and Budweiser. To learn more about these efforts, please visit http://www.Latinobud.com. While Torres has been mentioned in regards to Bud Light before, this is the first mention I have heard of Escudero in connection with a Bud Light deal. Efrain’s win in the TUF Finals gave him a high profile that Anheuser felt they could capitalize on to reach the Latino demographic. Torres and Escudero are proof that if you are young, Latino and have archived a level of accomplishment in the MMA, the world will be your oyster marketing-wise.
Submitted Mar 10, 2009 7:48AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Rashad Evans To Create The First Signature Fighter Clothing Collection
(mmapayout.com)
Silver Star Casting and “Suga” Rashad Evans are both undefeated, on the rise, and serious contenders. With the union of two industry forces, Silver Star and Evans are creating a full collection of premium tops and accessories inspired by the the line’s signature high-octane look, and Evans’ status as an undefeated MMA champion. Evans, who holds the Light Heavyweight champion title, is best known for defeating MMA star, Chuck Liddell, and Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Michael Bisping. Most recently, Evans defeated Forrest Griffin, the winner of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show, and retained his title of Light Heavyweight champion. Rapidly becoming the clothing choice for MMA fighters and fans, Silver Star Casting Company’s series of premium signature fighter shirts will be expanded to include the first full signature fighter collection, in collaboration with “Suga” Rashad Evans. By working with Rashad, we’ve brought a champion from the fight world into the apparel industry to bring a whole new vision and feel to the marketplace” says Silver Star owner, Luke Burrett. “Rashad has Silver Star’s full support and together we’re introducing a product line fight fans can wear with pride.” The “Suga” Rashad Evans signature collection will include the Silver Star’s signature graphics, premium cuts, and envelope-pushing details. The collection will hit stores in May 2009.
Submitted Mar 10, 2009 7:42AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Evans Expects Machida at UFC 98
(sherdog.com)
Despite every assurance made during Saturday night’s UFC 96 pay-per-view broadcast, UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans doesn’t believe Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be standing across the Octagon to face him at UFC 98 on May 23.
Submitted Mar 10, 2009 5:16AM by mentalcase - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ohio Athletic Commission issues medical suspensions to six UFC 96 fighters
(mmajunkie.com)
Gabriel Gonzaga, Mark Munoz, Pete Sell, Jason Day and Mike Patt have all been issued suspensions of 30 to 60 days, and UFC newcomer Ryan Madigan had been shut down indefinitely. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) received the list of medical suspensions from the OAC.
Submitted Mar 10, 2009 2:47AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
Rampage tells Joe Rogan stop being a hater about his boxing
(sports.yahoo.com)
Quinton Jackson has made the transformation from one-dimensional power wrestler dude back in his Japan days to a well-rounded fighter who can now strike and box at a high level. But there are some like UFC color analyst Joe Rogan who think he's fallen in love with the straight boxing. Cage Writer and Ariel Helwani sat down with Jackson in Columbus during our postfight show right after UFC 96 and told him about Rogan's criticism: "You telling me that Joe Rogan is criticizing me telling me that I'm just boxing, who cares, it's MMA. I can do whatever I want to do," said a heated Jackson. "It's my fight, right? It's my fight style. I can come out doing kung-fu if I wanted to." Jackson said Rogan isn't objective when judging a fight because his background is in groundwork.
Submitted Mar 9, 2009 4:38PM by MMAcca - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DeFranco’s ultimate survival tale (TUF9 cast member)
(sports.yahoo.com)
A few weeks after a snafu with the NCAA Clearinghouse had cost him a half-athletic, half-academic scholarship to Wagner University, as well as an internship at then-New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s office, Santino DeFranco found himself in a mixed martial arts gym in Arizona. DeFranco was a wrestler and knew next-to-nothing about MMA. He showed up just to learn to grapple a bit and to stay in shape in anticipation of walking onto Arizona State’s powerful wrestling team.
Submitted Mar 9, 2009 3:48PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Neer vs Kurt Pellegrino UFC Fight Night bout possible for August 5
(mmamania.com)
MMAmania.com has been able to confirm that a lightweight match up between 155-pound veterans Josh Neer (25-7-1) and Kurt Pellegrino (13-4) is in the works for an upcoming UFC Fight Night planned for August 5. While both fighters are in verbal agreement, bout contracts have yet to be signed.
Submitted Mar 9, 2009 3:38PM by MMAcca - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
A New Sense Of Self, Rampage Reflects
(mmaweekly.com)
Overtrained? There was a time when that word was nowhere to be found in the vocabulary of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. That is no longer the case.
Submitted Mar 9, 2009 3:36PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC newcomer Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs Alan Belcher at UFC 100
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC newcomer Yoshihiro Akiyama (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a highly regarded middleweight who signed with the UFC in February, could make his octagon debut against UFC veteran Alan Belcher (14-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC 100. A source close to the negotiations told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the proposed fight hasn't been signed and "isn't set in stone," but bout agreements could be distributed and finalized soon.
Submitted Mar 9, 2009 3:31PM by MMAcca - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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