Eliot Marshall vs Mike Ciesnolevicz set for UFC 97
A light heavyweight bout has been added to the UFC's upcoming return to Montreal as "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 submission specialist Eliot Marshall gets back in the Octagon for the first time since the finale show to take on Mike Ciesnolevicz on April 18.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight who indicated the bout has been agreed upon and bout agreements should be issued shortly.
Gleison Tibau in vs Stephens
With Efrain Escudero on the bench due to a rib injury sustained in training, American Top Team lightweight Gleison Tibau will step in to fight Jeremy Stephens.
Sources close to negotiations alerted MMAWeekly.com of the change.
The fight is the second in three months for Stephens, who himself stood in for injured teammate Hermes Franca to face Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 17 in February. Stephens lost by submission in the second round.
Efrain is out of april 1st main event
Coming off of a successful run as the lightweight champion of season eight of "The Ultimate Fighter," Efrain Escudero will have to wait a little longer for his official UFC debut. He has been forced off the card with a rib injury, sources close to Escudero confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
Freeman Avoids Jail Time
Ian Freeman is just what his last name is-a free man...sort of. The former UFC fighter has been suspended to a 9 month suspended sentence, 1 year probation, 120 hours community service, and an 8:30 PM-5 AM curfew for 6 weeks for pleading guilty to one count of tax evasion and another for making a false income statement to obtain a house mortgage.
Penn Files Formal Complaint with NSAC
After a month of telegraphing their intentions, B.J. Penn and his representatives have filed a formal complaint against Georges St. Pierre.
The 20-page document, filed on Monday with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, requests sanctions against St. Pierre, his cornermen, and other unknown licensees of the commission, and requests a formal hearing into the matter.
The Dragon to Face Sugar at UFC 98
According to a new published report, it appears that Lyoto Machida receive his shot at the UFC light heavyweight title sooner rather than later.
The Britsh tabloid The Sun is reporting that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be unable to accept an offer to headline UFC 98 on May 23 in Las Vegas against current 205 pound kingpin Rashad Evans. The Sun adds that with Jackson’s hand injury preventing him from fighting at UFC 98, Machida has been tapped to challenge Evans.
War Rampage...oh wait.
Dale Hartt Returns At UFC 99
In his first fight since his gruesome TKO victory over now-injured Corey Hill at UFC Fights For The Troops, Dale Hartt is set to return to action at UFC 99. He's scheduled to face Dennis Siver in what likely will be a prelim match.
Art Jimmerson: Where Is He Now?
It's one of the most powerful and provocative images of the past century: The XIX Olympiad. October 16, 1968. Mexico City. Tommie Smith and John Carlos. The black glove. Black power.
Despite the symbol's cultural resonance, if you're part of the MMA cognoscenti, "one glove" means something much different to you: UFC 1. November 12, 1993. Denver. Art Jimmerson. The boxing glove. Ridicule.
"It's funny looking back, I just never knew," says Jimmerson, now 45 years old and retired from ring and cage. "But I said, 'No problem,' because it was only going to take me one punch."
Three decades before lacing up his one glove and banking on one punch, Arthur Lee Jimmerson Jr. was a shock-headed youth raised in St. Louis, his childhood coinciding with the cultural crumbling of the city. By the time he had reached grade school, the city's culturally rich Gaslight Square -- which played host to the likes of Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg, Lenny Bruce, Miles Davis and Woody Allen -- had become victim to urban decay, beginning its uneasy alteration from a cultural capital to a perennial contender for "America's most dangerous city."
"I got picked on a lot in grade school basically," says Jimmerson. "There was one guy who always bullied me, so there was a point where a friend of ours in the neighborhood who took us to the boxing gym and I went. The rest is history."
Jimmerson become part of St. Louis' next-gen boxers looking to follow in the footsteps of Olympic gold medalist and world champion brothers Leon and Michael Spinks. After winning the National Golden Gloves as a middleweight in 1983, Jimmerson turned pro in 1985. Success was hard to come by, and he tallied only a 9-2 mark through his first 11 bouts. However, in July 1988, Jimmerson was selected as a tune-up opponent for regionally popular light heavyweight action fighter Lenny LaPaglia. Jimmerson, then known by his long-discarded nickname "Zorro,” brutally bashed LaPaglia in a stirring six-round upset, giving his career a shot in the arm.
Photo Courtesy: Art Jimmerson
Jimmerson was born and
raised in St. Louis.
"[UFC 1] doesn't really bother me because I know who I am as a fighter," says Jimmerson. While Jimmerson often sounds as though he's talking about another lifetime when he speaks of his boxing career, the LaPaglia bout remains a clear touchstone for him.
"If you go on YouTube, and see me fight LaPaglia, that shows the real me," he assures.
He wouldn't go on to become a world champion, like St. Louis contemporaries Eddie Cook, Ed Hopson and Carl Daniels. However, Jimmerson became a solid journeyman, putting together 15 straight victories in the lead-up to UFC 1, and was in the running for a considerable payday as an opponent for an aging legend in Thomas "Hitman" Hearns.
While Jimmerson was eyeing a crack at a hall of famer, Rorion Gracie and Art Davie were looking for willing participants in their grand infomercial for Gracie jiu-jitsu. To sell the UFC, it would require the Bloodsport-esque style-versus-style hook, and to validate the strength of jiu-jitsu, there certainly needed to be a representative of the sweet science...
Snubbed by TUF 9 Wallhead is calling out UFC fighters
He's regarded by many as the No. 2 welterweight fighter in the UK, behind Dan Hardy yet he fell short in making the cast of The Ultimate Fighter 9: U.S. v. U.K.
That has Brit Jimmy Wallhead in a surly mood especially when youngsters like Tom Egan are calling out bigger names in the UFC. Egan, an Irishman, lost in his UFC debut against John Hathaway at UFC 93.
For some reason, Egan is now calling out Dan Hardy. Wallhead trains with Hardy and told MMAUnlimited he isn't happy with Egan's attitude:
UFC Looks To Make Early Stop Right For Riley
“The UFC is looking to make things right, so hopefully I’ll get a rematch in with Shane at some point, but I’m just really looking to get back in action as soon as possible,” he said. “I’ve already expressed that to Joe Silva, and he’s looking to make that happen.
“He told me they were booked through August, but he also told me that if there was a chance to get me in, he’d try to get me in. If anything happens where somebody drops out or gets injured, he can look to juggle the schedule around and get me in.”
Rashad Claims 'Rampage' Is Ducking Him
“Just listening to Rampage when we were in the ring talking he was kind of like, ‘Yeah man you’re lucky I wasn’t 100 percent’ and he started making excuses,” said Evans.
“I was thinking like it sounds like an excuse-fest is about to happen, so I know he ain’t going to take no fight with me. He’s making excuses now.”
Respect To Rampage, Jardine Upset With Loss
Though he came up short on judges’ scorecards, Keith Jardine won a moral victory against Quinton Jackson at UFC 96 by sticking with the game plan and staying in the fight when things got tough.
“The fight went pretty close to the way I thought it would go,” Jardine said at the UFC 96 post-fight presser.
In the past, he had paid for straying from his plan. Wanderlei Silva ended his night early at UFC 84 when he went against coaches’ advice, exposing himself to punches with a leg kick.
Sell Fine, Lavigne Admits He Screwed Up
In comments made by both earlier today, Pete Sell did not criticize referee Yves Lavigne for his refereeing in his fight with Matt Brown at UFC 96, and Lavigne acknowledged that he "screwed up" and he'll learn from his mistakes in refereeing the fight.
Torres, Escudero Sign on With Bud Light for Latino Outreach
MMAPayout.com has mentioned previously the efforts to better reach the Latino demos. The UFC is not alone, though, in these efforts, as key sponsors of the UFC are looking for synergies with the UFC”s outreach efforts to better serve Latinos. One of these sponsors is Anheuser-Busch. Bud Light has consistently sought out a better grasp of Latino market share and they have recently boasted of their sponsorship efforts with UFC fighters in their overall spending in the Latino sports segment:
Anheuser-Busch currently sponsors the Mexican National Soccer Team, Chivas de Guadalajara, WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Angel Torres and UFC Lightweight Efrain Escudero. ….. The company has the No. 1 and No. 2 beer brands in the Latino market — Bud Light and Budweiser. To learn more about these efforts, please visit http://www.Latinobud.com.
While Torres has been mentioned in regards to Bud Light before, this is the first mention I have heard of Escudero in connection with a Bud Light deal. Efrain’s win in the TUF Finals gave him a high profile that Anheuser felt they could capitalize on to reach the Latino demographic. Torres and Escudero are proof that if you are young, Latino and have archived a level of accomplishment in the MMA, the world will be your oyster marketing-wise.