UFC'S BRAD BLACKBURN OUT UNTIL 2010
One fighter who has made the most of his UFC opportunity over the last year is former IFL welterweight “Bad” Brad Blackburn.
Since making his debut for the UFC this past December, he has won all three of his fights for the promotion, turning in gritty, solid performances against James Giboo, Ryo Chonan, and Edgar Garcia.
It is his success that makes the recent news that he will be out for the remainder of the year that much more disappointing.
Report: Heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Frank Mir could meet at UFC 107 in December
A heavyweight matchup between recently defeated contenders Checik Kongo (14-5-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Frank Mir (12-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) is reportedly in the works for UFC 107.
A report earlier this month from MMABay – a U.K.-based website with ties to Kongo's training camp – linked the 34-year-old to the event, and a subsequent posting from Canadian-based Spotsnet.ca indicated Mir is the French striker's tentative opponent.
UFC 107 is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
Ortiz vs. Franklin & Henderson vs. Belfort on deck for UFC 103?
Drastic changes to UFC 103 appear to be underway.
Adding fuel to the fire, a newly available fighter such as Tito Ortiz or Vitor Belfort could be seeing action in the Octagon on September 19th as UFC.com has recently removed the previously announced rematch between Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson scheduled to headline UFC 103 in Dallas, TX.
Gray Maynard has a plan: Kick Roger Huerta’s ass on Sept. 16
“I’m trying to learn how I can avoid (getting caught). If I get caught, then I’m an idiot. Because that’s part of the sport: defense. Blocking stuff, movement, which I think a lot of guys don’t do. You see offense everywhere, but if you can just move a little bit, it’s a lot easier. I’m here to win. (I’m not going to say), ‘I think it’s going to be a bloody, an unbelievable throwdown [and] we’re going to get the fight of the night check.’ To be honest, I don’t even want it to be close. I want to kick this dude’s ass. That’s the plan.”
Feud between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed Lawal escalates with "Rampage" blog post
A budding rivalry that took center stage earlier this month during the festivities surrounding UFC 100 continues to gain steam two weeks later.
In a blog post on FightHype.com by Quinton Jackson, which the former UFC champion also advertised on his Twitter account, "Rampage" blasts prospect Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
"This punk ass dude 'King Mo' is all butt-hurt because I don't know who the hell he is," Jackson stated. "Straight up, if you're not one of my friends or fighting one of my friends or a potential later opponent, I might not get a chance to watch your fight. So I didn't know who the hell 'King Mo' was and now [he's] crying like a little girl."
Junior dos Santos ready to knockout ‘the most dangerous man in MMA’
“I train a lot of boxing — I like the striking a lot and I’ll go after another knockout. What I want is the knockout…. This guy is dangerous standing, but I’m going after the knockout, as always. With the opportunity, I’ll show my ground too…. I’m facing it as a very good opportunity in my life. Cro Cop is a guy that, if you talk about MMA, you know who he is. He’s very dangerous and famous, if not the most dangerous man in the MMA … this is an incredible opportunity….”
Despite a solid ground game, Junior dos Santos plans to go toe-to-toe with former K-1 and Pride FC wrecking machine, Mirko Cro Cop.
Dana White: UFC to hold press conference on July 31 to announce "a lot of crazy things"
The UFC is on the verge of some major announcements.
During a guest spot today on the ESPN 1100 Radiothon, a 24-hour fundraiser for The Caring Place cancer charity, UFC president Dana White said the organization will soon hold a major press conference, tentatively planned for July 31.
He referenced the media event when asked about reports of Affliction halting operations and becoming a UFC sponsor, the possibility of the UFC acquiring Affliction contracts, whether or not Fedor Emelianenko could be signed to the UFC, and whether a rumored deal with ESPN could come to fruition.
"We're working on some big things," White said without going into specifics. "It's going to be a lot of crazy things. ... There will be a laundry list of things addressed."
UFC: Affliction Done, Now UFC Sponsor
See, people? We CAN all just get along! The latest example of this is a planned joint announcement later today that Affliction will cease promoting fights but, in exchange, will become an official sponsor of UFC. Such a deal actually was proposed after Affliction 2 in October but fell apart after Todd Beard & Lorenzo Fertitta couldn't make nice. There is a chance that Affliction could be back to being on Zuffa fighters in time for UFC 101 on August 8.
UFC 100 Does 1.5 Million PPV Buys, Next Stop Dubai?
Kevin Iole reports that UFC 100 lived up to the very high expectations:
UFC 100 was available in more than 300 million homes in 17 languages. While the UFC has a company policy of not disclosing exact pay-per-view figures, the sales for UFC 100 were in excess of 1.5 million, making it one of the most-watched PPV events in history.
The UFC "IS" heading to Hawaii
Over the past couple of years, the UFC has entertained the possibility of having a show on Hawaii. Unfortunately, due to the large tax (estimated to be about 8%), the UFC has decided not to have a card there.
However, that is about to change.
“We fixed the thing in Hawaii,” said Dana White. “We’re going to go to Hawaii. They had that crazy f’n tax going on.”
As Affliction Crumbles, Dana White Wins Again
Like it or not, it's time to give it up to Dana White.
His detractors will say that he enjoys the failure of his competitors too much and while it may certainly be true, you have to give the guy credit for what he has managed to accomplish with the UFC.
The current buzz around the MMA world is Josh Barnett's removal from the Main Event at Affliction: Trilogy on August 1 and who his possible replacement might be. Regardless of who fills in to fight Fedor, there is a good chance this will be Affliction's last show.
AFTER ALL-STAR CAMP, FLORIAN "READY FOR HELL"
For the biggest fight in his mixed martial arts career, top UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian spared no expense in bringing in some of the top fighters in the world to help him prepare for his championship bout against B.J. Penn at UFC 101 in Philadelphia. The Massachusetts native also made a trip north of the border to work with one of the pound-for-pound best in the world.
Knowing what a tough challenge Penn will be in the 155-pound title fight, Florian twice packed his bags, and left home for Canada to work with the last fighter to face the Hawaiian, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who is the only fighter to actually defeat Penn twice in his career.
UFC 106 and The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale dates now official for Las Vegas
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has officially granted two previously rumored dates to the UFC, as the organization will return to Las Vegas on Nov. 21 and Dec. 5.
While not yet officially announced by the organization, the November date will see UFC 106 take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, while the December slot has been reserved for The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Palms Casino Resort.
Injury forces Matt Wiman out of UFC 103, Rob Emerson expected to face Rafael dos Anjos
UFC lightweight Matt Wiman (10-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will have to put on hold his attempt to break back into the win column; a knee injury has forced the 25-year-old out of a proposed contest at UFC 103.
Wiman was expected to face Rafael dos Anjos (11-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at the Sept. 19 event, but MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned "The Ultimate Fighter 5" contestant has bowed out of the event.
Headlined by a rematch between Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin, UFC 103 takes place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Cut forces Rob Emerson out of UFC 101 bout; George Roop reported as replacement
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that "The Ultimate Fighter 5" cast member Rob Emerson (9-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 101 contest after suffering a cut requiring stitches while preparing for the event.
Emerson had been scheduled to face "The Ultimate Fighter 6" veteran George Sotiropoulos (9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) on the preliminary card of the pay-per-view event.
Featuring a lightweight title fight between current champ B.J. Penn and challenger Kenny Florian, "UFC 101: Declaration" takes place on Aug. 8 in Philadephia.
Kongo-Mir on tap for UFC 107
A source close to Kongo informed Sportsnet that the French striker is tentatively scheduled to face Frank Mir at UFC 107 in Memphis, TN.
The timing works great for Kongo as fellow Wolfslair training partner, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, is set to headline the UFC 107 show against his Ultimate Fighter 10 coaching counterpart, Sugar Rashad Evans.
Mir's camp has stated they have yet to hear of this fight request, but have stated they are definitely interested in fighting Kongo.