Couture declines Nogueira fight
Rehabilitation on a surgically repaired elbow and a leading role in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables prompted Randy Couture to decline a fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31-5-1, 1 NC) for the first half of 2009, the five-time UFC champion confirmed to SI.com.
TUF Veterans Find Very Different Results At MTX Audio 2
Former TUF veterans Jesse Forbes & Cale Yarbrough both appeared on last night's MTX Audio 2 event in Las Vegas, but to fans' disappointment only Forbes got to fight. For the second time in his short career, Yarbrough was without a fight as the NSAC said his opponent failed medical clearance at the last possible moment.
UFC Newcomer Thiago A Member Of Brazil's Elite Combat Police
UFC newcomer Paulo Thiago is no stranger to working under intense pressure in dangerous situations.
As a member of BOPE, the military-style elite unit of Rio de Janeiro’s police force, Thiago is tasked with tackling drug gangs in the sprawling slums known as favelas.
So when he faces Josh Koscheck at UFC 95 in London next month, it will be just another day fighting in unfamiliar surroundings.
Kampmann Expects The Unexpected At 170
Martin Kampmann will be making his welterweight debut against Alexandre Barros at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland.
Kampmann had a solid run at middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but after a loss to Nathan Marquardt back in September, he decided to give welterweight a shot.
No Countdown Show For UFC 93 (Link to watch it online in this thread)
Dave Meltzer explains it in the Wrestling Obsever update:
There is no Countdown of UFC 93 show. Next week’s UFC on Spike will include two hours of Unleashed on Tuesday night, one hour on Wednesday night, plus the debut of UFC Primetime, a 30 minute three-week series on Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The only show leading to UFC 93 will be a new All Access show with Rich Franklin that airs at 1 a.m. on Thursday, hardly a time slot many with stumble onto the show and buy the PPV. I sense the recognition after drawing big numbers in November and December, and another big number expected on 1/31, that they aren’t even trying to push 1/17 hard knowing the money is 1/31.
Huerta: I should be coming back to the UFC
With one revelation came many questions.
After popular UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta (20-2-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) revealed to Sherdog.com that he had elected not to re-sign with the organization -- despite previous reports by to the contrary -- many MMA pundits wondered aloud if there were contributing factors to El Matador's decision beyond a newfound passion for acting.
UFC 98: Matt Hughes vs Matt Serra (*UPDATED* now confirmed by both fighters)
Arch enemies Matt Hughes and Matt Serra will more than likely finally face off in the Octagon to settle their bitter score at UFC 98 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 23, according to Matt-Hughes.com.
Here’s the snip:
“Just got a call from Joe Silva and as of right now it looks like I’ll be fighting Matt Serra in Vegas on May 23rd. This is not 100% confirmed, but I believe it is going to be on this date.”
Silva: ''If Machida Runs, I Run After Him
Thiago Silva hopes he can draw Lyoto Machida into standing and exchanging when they fight at UFC 94.
But the unbeaten American Top Team light-heavyweight says he is ready to go after his opponent should Machida prove as elusive as usual.
“He does not usually get drawn in to exchanging, but if he does [with me], I give thanks to God,” Silva told Tatame magazine today.
Ryan Jensen vs. Steve Steinbeiss for UFC 96
UFC 96 has rapidly changed from "quickly filling" to "nearly complete" status.
MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the event that Ryan Jensen and WEC-import Steve Steinbeiss have verbally agreed to a middleweight contest at the event.
BJ Penn Is Amazing
According to Greg Jackson anyway, who apparently is impressed by Penn's performance in training and preparing to face Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94.
Huerta Passes On UFC Contract
So much for Roger Huerta sticking around UFC, at least for now. Huerta has turned down a 5-fight extension from UFC to pursue a career in acting in 2009, meaning his next fight in UFC-the last on his current contract-will be his final fight in the Octagon for now.
Ricardo Almeida vs Matt Horwich to collide at UFC Fight Night 18
Ricardo Almeida (9-3) will return to action against former IFL middleweight champion Matt Horwich (23-11-1) at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, Tenn., on April 1.
The 185-pound tilt was supposed to go down at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” in October 2008; however, an injury forced “Big Dog” off the card. “Suave” remained on the card and gave last minute replacement Dan Miller all he could handle, but he eventually lost the bout via a hard-fought unanimous decision.
UFC 92 "Crushes" UFC 91 in PPV Buys
It may be the new record holder...
In a recent interview with ESPN, Dana White was asked what happens in the aftermath of St. Pierre vs. Penn, he responded "I'm not worried about that; I'm worried about the fight itself. I think it's going to be the biggest fight we've ever done. The last Lesnar pay-per-view did really well, and then our Dec. 27 show crushed it." But the boss didn't stop there. He went on to say "I don't want to get into numbers too much—that's our policy. But it crushed it. I'll say this: The Christmas show crushed the Lesnar fight by 150,000-175,000 buys."
If true, that is an incredible feat. UFC 91 is estimated to have accumulated about 1,010,000 PPV buys, which would have put it as the second biggest PPV buy the UFC has ever done. Then UFC 92 comes along out of nowhere and does 150,000-175,000 more than UFC 91. That would put the number at just under 1.2 million, which would put it over UFC 66 as the most bought UFC PPV. Also with this is the revelation that the UFC is the new record holder for PPV revenue in a single year by a company, beating out WWE (then WWF) in 2001. On top of that, Dana thinks that UFC 94 will be the biggest show they've ever done.
Breaking: Rampage Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Plea Bargain
Quinton Jackson today has taken a plea bargain in court today to possibly avoid jail in the trial stemming from his rampage last summer. He will now plead guilty to 2 charges and pay restiution and will not be sentenced for 1 year if he stays out of trouble. The more serious felony charge will also be dropped if he keeps his end of the bargain.