Wanderlei Says "No Problem" To Fight Forrest
The growth of MMA has also led to the growth of major gyms and teams around the world, but eventually teammates sometimes have to fight and that may be the case down the road for Wanderlei Silva and training partner Forrest Griffin if they both should win on Dec. 27.
Griffin spoke out on the subject recently, telling MMAWeekly.com, "It's going to happen one day. He knows that and he's cool with it; I'm cool with it."
Silva spoke to MMAWeekly Radio about his friend and training partner and the likelihood of them fighting in the future.
"I'm a professional, he's a professional. He's an amazing guy," the Brazilian said about Griffin. "I train with him so hard, this guy he's really upped his boxing. He's got very good ground, very good wrestling, and I think he's a very, very tough opponent."
Friendship aside, Silva wants a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title and if that road goes through Forrest Griffin, the two competitors will square off in the Octagon and then shake hands when it's all over.
"I know and he knows that this is a business and if I win and he wins, I'd fight him no problem," Silva stated. "He's my good friend, but business is business. This is professional."
With both fighters on the upcoming UFC 93 card in Las Vegas, Silva and Griffin have been sparring and training together non-stop in preparation for each of their respective bouts, Silva against former UFC champ Quinton Jackson and Griffin defending his belt from fellow Ultimate Fighter winner Rashad Evans.
"I train with him more because I’m going to fight the same day," commented Silva. "It's good to have him because he's tall, he's stronger, has good punches, good takedowns, and he does very good training."
Silva is confident that it is Forrest Griffin who will come out on top in his title defense, which could ultimately lead to a showdown of teammate vs. teammate.
Gouveia calling For Title Shot: ''Would Fight Anderson Tomorrow''
Wilson Gouveia (12-5) is already calling for a shot at the middleweight title, despite having fought just one bout in the division after dropping down from light-heavyweight.
Gouveia defeated Jason Macdonald by armbar at The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 Finale on Saturday night.
Speaking to Fighters Only yesterday, he said: “I feel that I am ready to go, I am ready to fight against the best in the weight class.
“I think at middleweight I can be a champion, I really want to be a champ. And I’m ready to go, I can fight Anderson Silva tomorrow if they let me.”
Eric Schafer vs. Antonio Mendes UFC 93 (Confirmed)
UFC light heavyweight Eric Scafer (10-3-2 MMA 2-2 UFC), hoping to build off a recent submission victory over Houston Alexander, will next meet Antonio Mendes (15-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 93.
Schafer announced the fight during a guest appearance at the Dec. 14 Gladiator Cage Fighting event in Milwaukee, Wisc.
UFC 93 takes place Jan. 17 at The 02 in Dublin, Ireland, and airs live on pay per view.
Kenny Florian open to a rematch with Diego Sanchez
Former middleweight finalist from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Kenny Florian, stated on the most recent edition of ESPN.com’s “MMA Live” that he’d be open to the possibility of a rematch against the man who beat him in the final, Diego Sanchez.
“I don’t want to fight Diego Sanchez to get revenge,” Florian said while responding to an e-mail question from a viewer. “I want to fight him because he’s a great fighter coming down to 155. I try to forget about my wins (and) forget about my losses and just move forward. Diego Sanchez being the great fighter that he is coming down to 155 — it’s exciting to me. I get a chance to fight a great fighters and that’s why I’d like the fight.”
Show him the money: Forrest Griffin open to Wanderlei Silva fight
“I think Wanderlei is a bad man and Wanderlei will get [Rampage Jackson at UFC 92]. I’m not great at calling fights but that’s my honest opinion…. He’s a good training partner and we’re becoming better friends because his English is geting better. I’ve got nothing bad to say about Wanderlei. He will never get tired of punching you. There’s just no break in him. I think of myself as someone who’s willing to do as much as anyone, but he’s the one guy who might do more. That’s a bad dude. He’s hard to put out. If he was a video game, he’d have no life bar. You’ve got a life bar that goes down but his life bar doesn’t go down. That’s why I like watching him fight…. It would be great. If it’s for the right money or a belt, I’ll fight anyone.”
Bader,Escudero,Nover Talk TUF (+ Browning, Press Conference Vid)
Humility could be the most common theme among the three fighters who made their way to "The Ultimate Fighter" season eight finale post fight press conference. As Ryan Bader, Efrain Escudero and Phillipe Nover spoke to the media, all three took in stride what just went down to crown two of them the new TUF champions and marked the third as a rising star in the sport.
Tim Boetsch Signs New Deal With UFC
Light heavyweight Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC and is ready to get back to competition.
Boetsch transitioned to the big stage of MMA as a short notice fighter. He made a huge splash in his UFC debut, hurling David Heath to the canvas before battering him with punches for a TKO win. A loss to Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night 13 followed, where Boetsch took the fight on six weeks notice.
Time to end TUF antics
It can hardly be a coincidence that the two men who won titles on The Ultimate Fighter 8 were also among the few who avoided rowdy and disgusting behavior in the house.
Ryan Bader knocked out Vinnie Magalhaes in the light heavyweight final and Efrain Escudero bested Phillipe Nover via unanimous decision on Saturday in the lightweight finale at The Pearl at the Palms in what can only be described as a victory for taste and common sense.
If the best SpikeTV producers and the UFC can do is to show men urinating and ejaculating in others’ food, throwing a glass at a defenseless fighter and making a star out of someone without a whit of class, then it’s time to put a wrap on the reality series.
TUF 8 Finale fighter salaries
Here are all the TUF 8 Finale payouts:
Efrain Escudero - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Phillipe Nover - $8,000
Efrain Escudero defeats Phillippe Nover via unanimous decision
Vinicius Magalhaes - $8,000
Ryan Bader - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Ryan Bader defeats Vinicius Magalhaes via TKO (strikes) Round 1
Wilson Gouveia – $36,800 (including $18,400 to win)
Jason MacDonald - $35,200 (including $9,200 of Gouveia’s purse)
Wilson Gouveia defeats Jason Macdonald via TKO (strikes) Round 1
Anthony Johnson – $18,000 ($9,000 t show, $9,000 to win)
Kevin Burns - $7,000
Anthony Johnson defeats Kevin Burns via KO (head kick) Round 3
David Kaplan - $8,000
Junie Allen Browning - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Junie Browning defeats David Kaplan via Submission (armbar) Round 2
Shane Primm – $8,000
Krzysztof Soszynski - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Krzysztof Soszynski defeats Shane Primm via submission (kimura) in round two
Jules Bruchez – $8,000
Eliot Marshall - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Eliot Marshall defeats Jules Bruchez via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
George Roop – $8,000
Shane Nelson - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Shane Nelson defeats George Roop via split decision
Tom Lawlor – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Kyle Kingsbury - $8,000
Tom Lawlor defeats Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision
John Polakowski – $8,000
Roli Delgado - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Rolando Delgado defeats John Polakowski via submission (guillotine choke) in round two
TUF 8 Finale - FOTN, SOTN, KOTN $25k Payouts
(All awards include a $25,000 bonus for each fighter.)
Ultimate Fighter 8 Fight of the Night
– Junie Browning and Dave Kaplan
Ultimate Fighter 8 Knockout of the Night
– Anthony Johnson
Ultimate Fighter 8 Submission of the Night
– Krzysztof Soszynski