Hermes Franca Retires
Former UFC & WEC veteran Hermes Franca has called it a career. He retired following a TKO loss to Eric Wisely last night in Iowa, his 4th loss in his last 5 fights. His career peaked with a UFC Lightweight Title shot at UFC 77, but he lost then was suspended 1 year for a failed steroids test. He plans to rest then focus on training students at his gym in Syracuse, NY.
Nick Catone and The Real Jersey Shore
Despite what you may see on MTV, there is no Snooki, ‘The Situation’, or ‘J-Woww’ on Nick Catone’s Jersey Shore. Yet like most of us who let curiosity get the best of us, the longtime native of Brick Township has tuned in to the cable station’s latest hit reality series, and his reaction is typical of those who actually live at the shore.
“Yeah, I’ve seen it – it’s kinda stupid to me,” he laughs. “But at least people know that they’re coming down from New York and it’s not us from around here making a laugh about the Jersey Shore. But they’re giving a bad impression about it, that’s for sure.”
Brock Lesnar Will Fight Again
Acccording to Lesnar's trainer, University of Minnesota assistant head wrestling coach Marty Morgan:
"He will fight again. I know that it's just a matter of the public finding out when soon enough."
UFN 20 headliner Nate Diaz wants ex-training partner Tyson Griffin after Gray Maynard
Gray Maynard isn't the only one with a bout hanging over his shoulder.
Nate Diaz, who meets Maynard on Monday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Va., is already fired up for another fight when he gets done with Maynard.
And while much of the buzz surrounding their fight has focused on a possible title opportunity for "The Bully," Diaz has his own hit list.
"I would like to fight [Tyson Griffin] no matter what," said Diaz on a conference call promoting the Jan. 11 event. "He's a b*tch. I don't even like that guy. [Expletive] Tyson."
UFC Quick Quote: Gray Maynard keeping it real against Nate Diaz at Fight Night 20
"You'll never hear me talking trash or saying, 'God, this guys sucks.' I'm the type of guy that's always putting the guy I'm fighting up real high, saying, 'Oh, I don't know man, he's pretty good. I better be prepared.' That's how I keep it realistic."
Undefeated UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard talks to the Las Vegas Sun about his pending rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC Fight Night 20 this Monday (Jan. 11) from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
Dos Anjos Aiming for a Big Finish against Bradley
Christmas and New Year's Eve, two end-of-the-year holidays that people are always anxious for. The celebration and all the delicious food we have at the parties held during this period are fantastic - but how can a professional fighter enjoy this if he needs to be on a diet and go through a tough training camp for a match early the following year?
To tell you the truth, I think he starves and suffers a lot, but it is better to ask a competitor in this situation. So, 'the target' is Rafael dos Anjos, the Rio de Janeiro native who returns to the Octagon on Monday at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, only 11 days into the New Year. However, he sees the positive side. Yes, it exists.
The Serious Side of Tom Lawlor – Well, Not Really
Tom Lawlor is one of the most serious athletes competing in the UFC today. Of course, that’s if you consider the care he takes when it comes to memorable weigh-in appearances, off the wall Octagon entrances, and deadpan one-liners.
Yet something funny (pun intended) happened to Lawlor in the midst of all the antics that have made him an internet message board favorite – he turned into a serious middleweight prospect who may be a couple wins away from graduating to contender. So now, with two UFC wins in his pocket (including a 55 second submission of CB Dollaway at UFC 100 last July), and a big fight this Monday in Virginia against fellow up and comer Aaron Simpson, Lawlor isn’t seen as just a funny man anymore.
Breaking: Percentage of UFC Sold to Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently received reports from multiple sources extremely close to the situation indicating that the UFC has recently sold a minority percentage of the company to Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the son of the former United Arab Emirates president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Sheik Tahnoon is well known throughout the grappling community as the founder of the no-gi submission Olympics, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club. Himself a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, Shiek Tahnoon has been a long time supporter and practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu.
Report: Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz trilogy to conclude at UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver
Following their duties as coaches on the upcoming eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), UFC pioneers and longtime rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz may finally see the conclusion of their fight trilogy at UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver, according to a report from Vancouver's own News 1130.
"The Iceman" currently holds a 2-0 advantage over "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," winning by way of KO at UFC 47 in April 2004 and then by TKO at UFC 66 in Dec. 2006.
Liddell (21-7) hasn't competed since a technical knockout loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97: "Redemption" from the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, back in April 2009. In fact, since his last stoppage over Ortiz, he's only had one victory in five attempts, a gritty unanimous decision win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 in Dec. 2007.
Aaron Simpson on UFC Fight Night 20 foe: "I don't plan on being friends with him"
UFC middleweight contender Aaron Simpson (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) gets it.
Success in the UFC means not only winning, but also participating in memorable fights.
But as Simpson prepares to face the enigmatic Tom Lawlor (6-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at Monday's UFC Fight Night 20, "A-Train" told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he'll leave the wild antics to his opponent. Simpson wants to prove memorable during his time in the cage.
A-Team trailer Leaked online
First look at Rampage Jackson as BA Baracus in the upcoming A-Team movie can be seen . Quality is not great as the official version is not out until next week. It is also being trailered on Daybreakers at the weekend in the US if you want to see it on the big screen.
Looks pretty awesome though. Rampage actually looks quite good from these scenes.
For Junior dos Santos, Mirko Cro Cop is more dangerous than Brock Lesnar
"Fighting Cro Cop gives me more jitters rather than facing Lesnar. Cro Cop is a guy very dangerous. If he just connect a left-kick the contest is over (laughs). That was a warring combat for me. I was on the edge all the time and very rapid because I worked out the speed to get away from the kick, even so, I left the Octagon injured. It was my hardest fight in the UFC and Cro Cop is one of the best fighters."
Ole! 'El Matador' flirting with Strikeforce contract
Fighter-turned-actor-turned fighter and current free agent Roger Huerta (20-3-1) has been in talks with the San Jose-based Strikeforce promotion after satisfying his UFC contract in a split decision loss to undefeated lightweight contender Gray Maynard at the Sept. 16 UFC Fight Night 19 event in Oklahoma."El Matador" -- who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2007 -- was bound by Zuffa's recently expired three-month "no compete" clause and has now opened the door to promotions outside of Las Vegas to continue his fighting career.
How Dana White Handled the Lyoto Machida Over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua Decision
Visibly angry with the decision — Who cares what I think? I'm only the ******' promoter! — White retreats with his entourage to his private dressing room, where he is joined by two financial officers from Zuffa. Along with Lorenzo Fertitta, White decides who should win the bonus money for best submission and the rest. Bonus checks for all the fighters are written out by hand. When they get to Shogun's check, White orders the accountants to "pay the taxes." Meaning, essentially, that he wants Shogun's previously contracted payday to be doubled.
*p.s. that was pretty cool of Dana to do..i know Shogun must of felt like sh*t after gettin robbed..but that still doesn't make up for the belt...
DANA WHITE ON LESNAR: "No Comment."
News about UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was expected to come this week, but with the days winding down, mum seems to be the word.
UFC President Dana White, when reached via text, said he could not comment on anything regarding the champion's health and re-evaluation.
"Brock asked me not to talk about it," he said. "I have to respect that."
When asked if he could make any statement at all about Lesnar, White was again uncharacteristically silent.
"No comment," he said. "First time in nine years I have ever said that."
Bonnar vs. Soszyski Official for UFC 110
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday morning announced a light heavyweight addition to its debut Down Under. Stephan Bonnar will face Krzysztof Soszynski on Feb. 21 at the Acer Arena in Sydney.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the bout's likelihood in early November.
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale tentatively slotted for June 19
With production set to commence later this month and a debut set for March 31 on Spike TV, the live finale for "The Ultimate Fighter 11" also has a date: Saturday, June 19.
Although not officially announced by the promotion, "TUF 11" is expected to conclude with a live finale at a Las Vegas venue on the date, sources close to the promotion told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 108 drug test results come back clean
All 10 fighters who underwent drug testing before and after this past weekend's UFC 108 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today e-mailed the drug-testing results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 108 took place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Rashad Evans edges Thiago Silva via decision in the night's pay-per-view headliner.
James Irvin aiming for UFC return in March
Injuries and a suspension kept James Irvin out of action for all of 2009, but the heavy handed striker is looking to finally make his middleweight debut as he returns to action in the UFC this March.
Since losing by knockout to middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a 205-pound contest, Irvin has been looking to make the move to 185 pounds, but several knee injuries kept him sidelined.
He was scheduled to face Drew McFedries at UFC 98 before suffering a meniscus tear, and then a re-aggravation of that injury kept him out of his UFC 102 fight against Wilson Gouveia as well.
Kyle Bradley and The Art of The 63 Second Turnaround
Two UFC fights. Two losses. Kyle Bradley was well aware what was at stake when he stepped into the Octagon for fight number three against Phillipe Nover at UFC 98 last May.
“In the UFC, if you’re not winning, you’re on the way out, no matter what,” said Bradley, whose back-to-back losses to Chris Lytle and Joe Lauzon had him in a must-win situation against Brooklyn’s Nover. But surprisingly, Bradley wasn’t staying up nights worrying, trying to figure out what to do should he lose three in a row. The Louisiana native had just one goal in mind, and it wasn’t necessarily winning, though that would be nice too.