Despite Third Round, Henderson Happy With Win
Dan Henderson is breathing easier after his win over Rich Franklin. The same could not be said, however, by the third round of their fight.
Franklin’s best strike, a left roundhouse to Henderson’s midsection, had taken its toll and was slowing the former Pride champ down in the main event of Saturday's UFC 93.
“I caught the knee right to my ribs a couple of times, and really felt that in the third round,” said the plain-spoken Henderson. “It affected my breathing a little bit.”
Rov Kimmons vs Joe Vedepo set for UFN 18
Both fighters returning from losses in their most recent bouts, Rob Kimmons and Joe Vedepo have verbally agreed to face each other at UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1 in Nashville, Tenn. Bout agreements have yet to be signed. Sources close to Kimmons confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
Rich Franklin on UFC 93 main event: "I thought I won the fight"
Rich Franklin left his Jan. 17 UFC 93 main-event fight with two gashes in his head, nine stitches, a scratched cornea, blurry vision, a temporary eye patch and a stinging defeat.
In his first interview since the split-decision defeat to Dan Henderson, Franklin said his wounds will heal just fine. However, disappointment over the loss won't.
"Honestly, I thought I won the fight," Franklin said.
Fedor Unsurprised By Nogueiras' Loss
Fedor Emelianeno said he was unsurprised by Antonio ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira’s recent knockout loss to Frank Mir.
The Russian has faced Nogueira and beaten him twice (with one no contest) and although he did not stop him, he says it was a certainty that somebody eventually would.
"It did not surprise me. Antonio had already been punished enough over the years, had many struggles and sooner or later that will catch up with you,”
Jon Fitch focused on UFC 94 fight against Akihiro Gono … not television line up
“[Akihiro Gono] is a very seasoned veteran man. He’s a slick fighter and he knows his way around a fight. He’s been fighting for like 15 years I think. So that is ridiculous. He has had a ton of fights and has only lost a handful of them and has only been finished four times in his career. To be finished four times in 15 years is super impressive. He’s got good leg kicks and kick defense and good wrestling even. His ground game is kind of under rated because he is a good grappler as well. So, he is going to be a tough opponent…. You know I’m not going to let anything outside of the fight [i.e. being on the untelevised prelim portion of the card] itself worry me. I’m there to fight Gono whether it is the main event of the card or the first fight of the night, and whether it is a sold out venue to just ten people in the stands it really doesn’t matter to me. All that other stuff is just outside crap and I am just focused on the fight it’s self and beating Gono and that is all that matters.”
Kaplan vs. Roop Set For UFC 98
Although they both lost their respective fights at the TUF 8 Finale, Dave Kaplan & George Roop will get a chance at redemption at UFC 98. The TUF 8 cast members will face each other on the May event's undercard.
FRANK MIR TALKS REMATCH WITH BROCK LESNAR
Mir anticipates more striking in the rematch and Lesnar to come in with a different game plan than their first go around. "I think it's going to be a lot more striking, obviously, this time. I think honestly there's going to be a lot more striking, but Brock's never really been punched in a pro fight. I think he's going to try to stand up with me for a little while, and then when that doesn't go his way he's going to take me down and try to ground and pound me and hope he's a lot more strategic about avoiding submissions."
Tyson Griffin and Rafael dos Anjos on tap for UFC Fight Night 18
UFC lightweights Tyson Griffin (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at the as-yet-unannounced UFC Fight Night 18, tentatively scheduled for April 1 in Nashvile, Tenn.
While the event has not yet been officially announced by the UFC, sources close to the bout today alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the pending matchup.
Matt Serra plans on "Retiring" Matt Hughes
Before butting heads as rival coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 6," Matt Serra said he and fellow former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes were actually buddies and had plans to train together.
A bitter rivalry, though, soon replaced the budding bro-mance.
Now, after 18 months of waiting, Serra will finally get his chance to fight Hughes in May at UFC 98. Serra recently told MMAjunkie.com it is the "biggest fight of my career" and said he plans to "decapitate" Hughes on his way to victory.
I still think Hughes is going to wipe the floor with him and ironically probably retire HIM!
UFC Wants Show In Ireland Every St. Patrick's Day
The UFC is so pleased with the reception it received in Dublin that it hopes to stage an event in Ireland every St. Patrick’s Day.
“Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I were speaking and one thing we were trying to figure out is how to put on a show in Ireland every St Patrick’s Day,” said UK UFC division president Marshall Zelaznik.
“We want to figure out, no matter what day of the week it is, how to put on fights here on that day and it’s something we’re trying to do right away,”
Sherk vs. Huerta Possible for UFC 97
MMA Insider, a blog on MMAWeekly.com, is reporting from sources close to former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk that a match-up with Roger Huerta is possible for UFC 97. This would be Huerta's last fight on his current UFC contract, after which Huerta has claimed he's leaving to pursue acting and modeling.
From MMA Insider:
MMAInsider has learned from several sources close to former UFC lightweight champ Sean Sherk that a meeting with fellow Minnesotan Roger Huerta is possible for UFC 97 in Montreal, Canada.
Huerta recently elected not to sign a contract extension with the UFC, deciding instead to focus on recent opportunities in acting and modeling. He has reportedly signed a three-film development deal with Lions Gate Films, and is working on a book about his life.
A meeting with Sherk would be the last fight on Huerta's current contract.
This would be a tough fight for Huerta. Sherk is the much more experienced, stronger and tougher fighter. Additionally, in his win over Tyson Griffin, Sherk showed that he has greatly improved his striking game instead of relying only on his often-criticized style of "lay-n-pray."
White Considers UFC93 Show To Be Among The Promotions' Best
As the UFC closed out their second show in Ireland, the crowd filtered through the doors of the 02 arena satisfied with an exciting night of fights, and president Dana White could not say enough good things about the promotion's latest venture to the Emerald Isle.
The show packed in close to 10,000 fans that according to White ranks along some of the loudest shows the company has ever had in his tenure.
Coleman Thankful For Return, But Not Finished Yet
Making his way back to the UFC for the first time since 1999, Mark "The Hammer" Coleman was unable to take a victory home to Ohio, but he did walk away with a certain sense of pride, while also gaining the respect of every fan that saw him go to battle on Saturday night.
Fighting a tough opponent and his own demons in the cardio game, Coleman lost by TKO late in the third round to former pound for pound king, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a rematch from a fight the two had while in the Pride organization in 2006.