Takanori Gomi signs with the UFC
Takanori Gomi, once considered to be one of the best lightweight fighters in the world, has signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. MMAFighting.com learned of the acquisition from sources on Friday.
No word on when and where Gomi will make his debut for the UFC. The organization has yet to officially announce the signing.
Lesnar's Fate-And UFC HW Division's-To Be Determined Next Week
In a small conference after the UFC 108 pre-fight presser, Dana White provided another update on Brock Lesnar and the UFC Heavyweight division. White said more answers could come next week after Lesnar sees the doctor, then that will determine his future and the status of Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir at UFC 111-specifically if it's for the Interim HW Title, or even the main title. Either way the fight is still likely to happen regardless of title status.
Evans Faces Silva in Return at UFC 108
LAS VEGAS -- The quest for the title starts a new Saturday night for Rashad Evans, whose reign as 205-pound champion was cut painfully short by Lyoto Machida.
Evans takes another Brazilian light-heavyweight in Thiago Silva at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the main event of UFC 108, a mixed martial arts card available on pay-per-view but has been ravaged by injury.
Lauzons First Brothers to Fight on Same Card
LAS VEGAS - The Lauzon brothers are ready to rumble Saturday night at UFC 108, making history in the process.
Joe, 25, and Dan, 21, will become the first brothers to appear on the same UFC show.
"It's pretty remarkable," said Dan.
"I'm just amped up, motivated. Same as Joe," he added. "We're both ready to put on a show."
(I changed TSN's headline because it didn't make sense, they will change it most likely.)
Dos Santos Must Weather Hurricane To Get Title
“I feel that he’s opening his mouth a lot,” Dos Santos told MMAWeekly.com. “He’s talking a lot for this fight, and I feel very confident that after this fight, I’m going to shut him up, that he won’t be opening his mouth until 2011.”According to UFC president Dana White, the stakes are high in silencing Yvel. A win would likely put him on the short list of belt contenders.
Rampage Hangs In The Balance For Rashad
Opposing coaches on the tenth season of the Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” Jackson’s hometown of Memphis was slated to host the showdown, originally scheduled to headline UFC 107 on Dec. 12. Jackson instead opted out of the fight to star in the upcoming movie version of the popular ‘80s television series “The A-Team.”
UFC 108's Latest Casualty: Matchmaker Joe Silva
How bad is the UFC 108 injury bug?
It's so bad, Joe Silva is on the bench.
At a gathering of reporters following the UFC 108 pre-fight press conference, Dana White said the UFC matchmaker tore his MCL (medial collateral ligament) in the lead-up to the event.
UFC 111: Jon Fitch vs Thiago Alves rematch likely for March 27
UFC welterweight stalwart Jon Fitch (21-3) is currently in discussions to rematch Thiago Alves (16-6) at UFC 111 from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on March 27, setting up a fantastic 170-pound showdown that will prove once and for all how far both former number one contenders have come since their initial encounter back in 2006.
Their rematch was originally pegged for UFC 107 in Memphis, Tennessee; however, "The Pitbull" had to withdraw due to a knee injury. Fitch remained on the card and defeated Mike Pierce via unanimous decision.
Fitch scored a convincing second round technical knockout of the Brazilian at UFC Fight Night 5. He would go on to win his next five fights and earn a crack at division champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" in Aug. 2008.
He was overwhelmed by the Canadian for 25 minutes, losing a lopsided unanimous decision.
Alves, too, went on a tear after the loss to Fitch with seven consecutive victories over top-ranked opponents such as Matt Hughes and Karo Parisyan, as well as outpointing Josh Koscheck on all three judges scorecards at UFC 90 in October of 2008.
Jesse Forbes Returns To UFC, Likely To Face Catone At UFN 20
It appears Steve Steinbeiss is the recent curse's latest victim, as he has apparently been forced off UFC Fight Night 20 in January due to injury. Replacing him in his fight against Nick Catone is former TUF 3 alum Jesse Forbes, who signed a new deal with UFC and likely will be the replacement. Forbes originally signed with Shine Fights in November but was let out of that deal after explaining interest in the UFC deal.
UFC Pres says Cantwell's career in jeopardy
Steve Cantwell, just days before the event, was the latest fighter to fall victim to what has quickly become known as the UFC 108 curse.
“Just like 97 other fights in the last couple of months that one fell apart. Cantwell has some medical problems; he might not ever fight again,” were the unfortunate words of UFC president Dana White at Wednesday’s UFC 108 press conference.
Fans Warming Up To Rashad Evans
“What a difference a year makes,” Evans said in between screams of his name. “Last year I would have came in, probably got boo’ed out of the place, but it’s cool that everybody is receiving me well.” His fight on Saturday with Thiago Silva is incredibly important for keeping his place on the light heavyweight ladder, but he’s determined not to let the pressure make him freeze.
An Experienced Dan Lauzon Returns At UFC 108
Dan Lauzon returns to the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Jan. 2 at UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva taking on Cole Miller in a preliminary fight that will air live on Spike TV.He’s no longer a teenager making his UFC debut at UFC 64 in 2006. Lauzon is on an eight fight win streak and while he admittedly will be nervous returning to the biggest stage in mixed martial arts he feels he’s gained valuable experience since losing to Spencer Fisher that night when he was 18-years old.
Vladimir Matyushenko Likely Off UFC 108
With original opponent Steve Cantwell now off Saturday's UFC 108 for undisclosed reasons, it now appears Vladimir Matyushenko is off as well. It appears UFC won't be able to find a replacement on roughly 2 days' notice, so Matyushenko has been pulled and 108 will have 10 fights.
(Note: There appears to be a typo saying a replacement could be found in time)
Dana White: If you don't like the UFC 108 fight card -- don't buy it
"You get 10 (expletive) hardcores on the Internet going, 'Oh, this card (stinks), there’s no this, there’s no that.' Then guess what: Don’t (expletive) buy the card! It’s usually the ones that they’re bitching about that end up being some of the best. What happened with the last card is people were (complaining) because the Rashad Evans-Rampage fight wasn’t happening. Look at what happened. This is my philosophy on this, if you’re a (expletive) fight fan, we’re going to put on good fights for you."
The Blueprint: Rashad Evans
Most fans that I’ve talked with over the past few months believe Rashad Evans had to be just a bit disappointed when he first learned the identity of his opponent for UFC 108 on January 2.
After all, he had spent six weeks exchanging venomous barbs with bitter rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on the most recent installment of The Ultimate Fighter and was then reminded of those exchanges during the subsequent airing of the 11 episodes on Spike TV. The pair was supposed to work out their differences in a headlining bout at UFC 107 in Memphis, Tennessee, but Jackson’s foray into acting put that super fight on temporary hold.
Junior dos Santos: Carwin vs. Mir for UFC interim title isn’t fair
With three consecutive wins inside of the Octagon since his arrival in the UFC, the one fighter that continuously seems to be thrown under the bus when talk turns to the future of the promotion’s heavyweight division in the absence of current champion Brock Lesnar is without a doubt Junior dos Santos.
The heavy handed Brazilian knockout artist burst onto the UFC scene with the first round demolition of the highly regarded Fabricio Werdum before rattling off consecutive TKO victories over the likes of Stefan Struve and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
As it now looks like Shane Carwin and Frank Mir will be slugging it out for the UFC interim heavyweight crown, Dos Santos doesn’t agree with the decision, and surprisingly it’s not in his best interest but a close friend’s.
Gilbert Yvel: Junior dos Santos is not in my league
"This is like the highest point you can reach. It’s still a little bit difficult to believe, but I am in the UFC. What better way to prove myself than to knock out Dos Santos ... If I play my game and I be relaxed, and listen (to my corner) through the whole thing, I won’t, I hope there won’t be no problems because he is a good fighter, but his stand-up game is not in my league. For sure I’m going to knock him out. I do MMA to knock somebody out, because then you know you won. He’s on the ground. He’s sleeping, you’re standing, and it’s better than after two rounds the judge says to tell you who is better. If I knock him out then I did my job and nobody can say anything."
Gilbert Yvel anticipates a highlight reel debut when he takes on the fast-rising heavyweight prospect Junior dos Santos at UFC 108: "Evans vs. Silva" on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas.