New TUF 9 Coach Emerging From UFC 91?
With Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson reportedly not interested in coaching the US side in TUF 9, Dana's gone looking for new coaches and may have found one after UFC 91-enter emerging middleweight Demian Maia, who may have just worked his way into the spot.
Chuck Liddell drops out of USO tour. Rumored to be kicked off.
The abrupt end to Chuck Liddell's participation in an international USO tour to support American troops has raised a few eyebrows.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion was part of a contingent of five celebrities joining a U.S. Marine general on an eight-day, five-country USO tour this week.
Liddell made the first part of the trek on Monday to Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska, with rap duo the Ying Yang Twins, model and singer Mayra Veronica and comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Edwin San Juan. However, Liddell pulled out of the tour on Tuesday due to what both the USO and his management team, Zinkin Entertainment, deemed to be an unspecified illness.
However, unconfirmed reports quickly surfaced following Liddell's decision to bow out, including one that he was asked to leave by the USO after members of his entourage were found partying with minors............
UFC 91 Results (*SPOILERS*) + FOTN/SOTN/KOTN Bonuses
Brock Lesnar defeats Randy Couture via TKO (strikes) Round 2
Kenny Florian defeats Joe Stevenson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Dustin Hazelett defeats Tamden McCrory via Submission (Armbar) Round 1
Gabriel Gonzaga defeats Josh Hendricks via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Demian Maia defeats Nate Quarry via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Aaron Riley defeats Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision
Jeremy Stephens defeats Rafael dos Anjos via knockout in round three
Mark Bocek defeats Alvin Robinson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3
Matt Brown defeats Ryan Thomas via Submission (Armbar) Round 2
Sub - Dustin Hazelett
KO - Jeremy Stephens
Fight - Riley/Gurgel
UFC 91 Fighter Salaries (released early by NSAC)
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released early salary figures for UFC 91: “Couture vs. Lesnar” main event participants, Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar, on the eve of their showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 15.
Couture is on course to pocket $250,000 for his participation in the “biggest fight in UFC history” and can double his purse ($500,000) with a win, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. Lesnar, too, will earn a quarter million dollars just for showing up, but his won bonus is $50, 000 less ($200,000) that “The Natural.”
Gonzaga Not Underestimating Newcomer
After suffering back to back losses for the first time in his career, Gabriel Gonzaga got right back on track with a dominant win over Justin McCully in his last fight at UFC 86 in July. Knowing the pressure is always on a fighter to get quality wins, Gonzaga felt no extra stress going into the fight and just did what he does to get the job done.
“The pressure was the same in every fight, but I knew that I had a great training camp and the result should be good,” Gonzaga told MMAWeekly.com recently. “Definitely I was happy with the win it bring me back on track.”
With that win, Gonzaga is right back in the hunt in the UFC heavyweight division, but his upcoming opponent, Josh Hendricks, is a newcomer to the Octagon, and the Brazilian is anxious to welcome him.
Pros Picks: Couture vs. Lesnar
One of mixed martial arts’ most beloved and important figures will make his eagerly awaited return to the Octagon this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Poised to defend his heavyweight title against behemoth Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, Randy Couture will face arguably his most daunting task when he climbs into battle for the 25th time.
Sherdog.com spoke with dozens of experts, from fighters to trainers to analysts, and got their opinions on the Couture/Lesnar showdown.
Brock Lesnar is opportunistic
“I don’t think I deserve anything. I was asked if I wanted a title shot against Randy Couture and I accepted it. I don’t think that I deserve anything…. This is an opportunity and I’m going to seize the moment and try and take that title away tomorrow night…. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I understand that. If there was any other heavyweight in the division that was asked for this opportunity they probably would have also not turned the opportunity down.”
– Brock Lesnar tells ESPNs “First Take” this morning that he is merely taking advantage of an opportunity that was presented to him to challenge Randy Couture for his heavyweight title. With just three professional mixed martial arts bouts to his credit, including an average record inside the Octagon (1-1), several people questioned the decision to grant him a world title shot so soon in his career. But this is a business and UFC President Dana White and all the others at Zuffa know that, deserving or not, Lesnar is going to put butts in seats at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 15. It’s good to see Lesnar is under no illusions and that he is shooting straight from the hip. Who can blame him …he makes a valid point.
UFC 91 Weigh-In Results
The UFC 91 weigh-ins have just been completed. Everyone made weight, with Brock Lesnar weighing in at 265 compared to Randy Couture's 220 for the main event, which is now official.
Lightweight Matt Grice To Return To UFC In Early-2009
Lightweight Matt Grice will return to the UFC in early-2009, according to MMA Junkie.
Grice has not fought since defeating Jason Black via split decision in the “Fight of the Night” at UFC 77 in October 2007. After the win, Grice attended a local police academy and recently graduated from the program allowing him to return to the UFC.
Before stepping back into the octagon, however, Grice will reportedly participate in a tune-up bout before returning to MMA’s biggest stage early next year.
Grice, a four-time high school wrestling champion in Oklahoma and collegiate wrestler at the University of Oklahoma, was defeated by Terry Etim in his UFC debut via first-roud guillotine choke but rebounded to top Black and even his UFC record at 1-1.
‘McLovin’ it: Dustin Hazelett UFC 91 interview
Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett (11-4) has been steadily climbing the ranks in the UFC since his Octagon debut back in October 2006.
The newly awarded Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Jorge Gurgel has gone 4-2 for the promotion and looked impressive in his wins over Jonathan Goulet (22-9) and Josh Burkman (18-8), and even in his loss to Josh Koscheck (11-3), where the submission master showed significantly improved standup skills.
But it was his most recent win over Burkman that earned him the most attention. As the first man to actually finish Burkman since Jon Fitch did it way back at Ultimate Fight Night 4 in April 2006, Hazelett took home both the “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” honors, along with $40,000 in bonus bucks.
At just 22 years old, Hazelett is looking to make another splash this Saturday at UFC 91: “Couture vs. Lesnar,” where he’ll take on Tamdan “The Barn Cat” McCrory (9-1), who is also 22 years old.
Big Fights, Big Plans
"Ticket sales have been great. Listen, right now, I don’t care how big you are or you small you are, everybody’s feeling this economic crunch. Major corporations that have been around before we were alive are hurting right now and in fear of going out of business. Our business is in a really good place right now. We did great on ticket sales, I’m predicting right now, even with this economic crunch, the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history."
Such was the opening salvo of the president of one of the fastest growing sports entities in the world, Dana White, the head of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Dana White: UFC 91's Florian vs. Stevenson winner gets title shot
LAS VEGAS -- Although largely expected, Kenny Florian was surely happy to learn that his UFC 91 co-main event fight with Joe Stevenson will earn the winner a guaranteed title shot. For real this time.
UFC President Dana White promised the winner a shot at B.J. Penn's lightweight belt during today's UFC 91 press conference in the main lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Kinda quick for Joe if you ask me.
Fighting Father Time
America’s athletic battlefields are littered with good-intentioned men who stuck around too long in their chosen sport, their eroding physical skills rendering them incapable of recapturing the glory of day’s gone by. Remember Michael Jordan in a Washington Wizards uniform? Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield also spring to mind.
Though his legacy and place in the mixed martial arts pantheon are secure, Randy Couture does not want his name added to the list.