UFC 105 Officially Announced, Main Event Not
As had been expected, UFC today officially announced UFC 105 for November 14 at MEN Arena in Manchester, England. 2 matches were confirmed-Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang and Dan Hardy vs. Dong Hyun Kim-but the statement also revealed the main event would be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale Monday but Fight Club members can get them Thursday, Newsletter subscribers can get them Saturday.
Rashad Evans Not Yet Told of Possible UFC 107 Fight Postponement
Rashad Evans has yet to be officially informed that his UFC 107 main-event matchup with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has been scrapped, according to his manager, Jervis Cole.
FanHouse contacted Cole on Saturday to find out whether the ex-UFC light-heavyweight champion had been informed of any change in scheduling. As of yesterday afternoon, he had not.
Maynard's got the plan to beat Huerta
"As the lightweight division awaits the next title defense by champion B.J. Penn in December, the list of contenders is constantly growing. The choice for the next top 155-pound contender could be crowned on Sept. 16 when Gray Maynard goes for his sixth win in a row when he faces Roger Huerta at UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma.
Maynard’s string of wins includes victories over Frankie Edgar, Jim Miller, and Rich Clementi. He's hoping to tack Huerta onto the list in what could be the budding actor’s final fight with the UFC. It's no secret that Huerta has expressed his desire to venture onto the silver screen and the fight against Maynard is the last on his current fight contract."
I like Maynard a lot. This sound be a good fight.
UFC 105: Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty possible for Nov. 14
Unheralded but tough lightweights Terry Etim (13-2) and Shannon Gugerty (12-3) are penciled in to throw leather in a 155-pound match up at UFC 105 from the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena in Manchester, England, on Nov. 14, according to Fighter’s Only magazine.
Etim has looked sharp in his three most recent performances inside the Octagon, submitting Justin Buchholz with a brabo choke at UFC 99: “The Comeback,” knocking Brian Cobb senseless with a head kick at UFC 95: “Sanchez vs. Stevenson” and outpointing Sam Stout on all three judges scorecards at UFC 89: “Bisping vs. Leben.”
Frank Mir to add more strength to go with his technique
“In the fight with Brock, I really felt there was a huge difference in strength and power. Being 245, I just don’t think I’ll ever be able to compete with him at that weight…. One area of my game I’m really lacking at is physical power. Just training, lifting heavy weights, being explosive, being a powerful athlete…. I’m going to go back to drawing board, I’m going to win two, three fights in a row and get a rematch against him. And I don’t have to sit here and complain about it, I’ll get an opportunity to get locked in a cage with him and show him what I felt about [his post-fight antics].”
Ortiz: Hopefully Chuck can dance better than he can fight
Tito Ortiz has launched a scathing attack on long time rival, Chuck Liddell, saying “The Iceman’s” career is over and that he hopes he can dance better than he fights.
When asked about the recent comments Liddell made about Ortiz needing a win or two under his belt to make him relevant enough to face again inside the octagon, Ortiz said:
“That’s kinda funny. I think he needs to get a couple of wins under his belt also. I think he’s been knocked out four of his last five fights. I’ve never been knocked out unconscious in any of my fights in my whole career in the last thirteen years so for him to say those words is like calling the kettle black.
Pyle intends better showing in UFC return
When asked if he was underprepared for his Ultimate Fighting Championships debut at UFC 98 this past may, Mike “Quicksand” Pyle responded in his usual direct approach, “A week’s notice and 23 pounds overweight, you tell me.”
Indeed, stepping in for an injured Chris Wilson just days from the show to face the always tough Brock Larson proved to Pyle’s undoing, as he was submitted half way through round one.
Pyle explains, while he would have liked more time to prepare for such a big fight, the opportunity to join the UFC was just too important to his career to pass up.
Koscheck gets back to basics to face Trigg
For one of the most active fighters in the UFC, the last 7 months have been tough on Josh Koscheck not being able to fight, but he'll get his wish on Sept 19 when he welcomes former top welterweight contender, Frank Trigg, back to the Octagon when the two square off at UFC 103 in Dallas.
Following a tough loss to Paulo Thiago in February, Koscheck was slated to get back in action in May, but a broken bone in his foot forced him out of his scheduled fight. The time off did give the former NCAA champion a chance to open his new gym, American Kickboxing Academy of Fresno, and get back to the core training that made him the athlete that impressed everyone during the first season of the "Ultimate Fighter."
Mousasi: UFC Never Made Offer
"In terms of long-term potential, few mixed martial artists carry the value of Gegard Mousasi, a multi-lingual 24-year-old with talent to spare. Currently under contract to Strikeforce and Dream, he denies the UFC made a pitch for his services following the collapse of Affliction’s fight promotion wing in July."
DONE WITH UFC JITTERS, CARLOS CONDIT PLANS KO
"Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit is set to return to the Octagon when he takes on newcomer Jake Ellenberger on Sept. 16 at UFC Fight Night 19, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
He enters this fight on the heels of an exciting split decision loss to Xtreme Couture’s Martin Kampmann this past April (marking his first loss in a near three-year stretch). Condit will look to rectify his position among the best in his class with a win over Ellenberger, who is as tough as they come, sporting a 21-4 record with wins over Jose Landi-Jons, Pat Healy, and Gil Castillo. "
I can see it happening
MARK BOCEK BACK TRAINING, EYES DECEMBER
UFC lightweight Mark Bocek has been cleared to train by his doctor and will be back in the gym Friday, according to manager Mary Oliveira.
The 28-year-old Canadian tore his Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) a week before a submission win over David Bielkheden at UFC 97 and was forced out of action all summer.
UFC's Kenny Florian finds mutual admiration at Walter Reed Army Hospital
What's easier – talking to an amputee or fighting B.J. Penn?
I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's back this tale up.
I sat in Washington DC's Reagan National Airport waiting for Kenny Florian to get off his plane with a sign that said, "FLORINI," nearly giddy at the opportunity to mess with him. In reference to Dr. Phil's boneheaded mispronunciation of his last name, I was hoping he'd flash his toothy grin and say, "Dude, that's not right," or something equally as humorous.
BIG NOG EYEING MIR REMATCH
"After dispatching Randy Couture last Saturday at UFC 102, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was game to “play” with reigning champ Brock Lesnar if the opportunity became available.
'If they gave me a title shot, it would be awesome,' he told MMAWeekly.
But after hearing Frank Mir’s opinions about his performance, Big Nog is eyeing a rematch with the former champion."
Looks like the rematch is more likely to happen sooner than later.
Anderson Silva Done For The Year
Amidst word from his manager that Anderson Silva wanted to "take a break from fighting", it's now been confirmed that Silva has a good reason. Elbow surgery means the UFC Middleweight Champion is done fighting in 2009. He's expected to return in early 2010 and face either Dan Henderson or Nate Marquardt for the title.
Wanderlei Silva discusses facial surgery
Wanderlei Silva checks in with his fans via his video blog, and extensively discusses his facial surgery, as well as new tattoos, and more. For those not wanting to watch the whole video, the surgery was the first thing he talks about.