Penn First Offered Florian, Considered Retirement Before UFC 123 Fight
After falling short in an attempt to reclaim his lightweight title this past month at UFC 118, B.J. Penn spent his time on the flight home from Boston pondering his career. But by the time he landed in Hawaii he decided to keep fighting. And although he'll next meet Matt Hughes at UFC 123, it appears UFC's original plan for him was Kenny Florian. According to Penn, that was the original plan except Florian was hurt and couldn't go. So Dana White then suggested Hughes. Penn agreed and it was on.
Sonnen Positive for PEDs at UFC 117
According to California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer George Dodd, Chael Sonnen has been notified that he failed post-fight drug screening following his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117, which was held Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
UFN 22 Medical Suspensions
The medical suspensions have been revealed from Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 22 event, and as is standard in Texas everyone is suspended. Most, however, only have to sit out 10 days and only 2 of those-Brian Foster and Jared Hamman-got longer than 30 days. Both are out 6 months unless cleared to return early by doctors.
GSP: "Koscheck has gotten in my head..."
“He’s definitely gotten into my head, which is a good thing for me,” St-Pierre said during this week’s conference call. “If you look at all the guys that I’ve fought in the past that have been very arrogant with me, I did very well.
“So it will give me more motivation to train hard, and [I'll] always think about the scenario in my head. When it is time to fight, I will have done my homework.”
While the soft-spoken champ has been more amused than offended with most of Koscheck’s comments, the French-Canadian refused to let his talkative challenger slide when he blatantly lied on the media call.
Vitor Belfort: 'Anderson Silva knows if I touch him he will fall and won't get up again'
“I want the belt. The belt belongs to Anderson today and I want to fight him. He cannot fight this year, but I won’t wait for him. I’m cheered up and training here in Las Vegas for November. It was the schedule they (UFC) gave me and now it’s time to expect it to take place. I know all of his game, I know all his jiu-jitsu, stand-up game, I know he likes spinning kicks and uses elbows. If I touch my hand on him, he falls and won’t stand on his feet anymore. If I get close like Chael Sonnen and Demian Maia did, my fire power is bigger than theirs. A fight is a fight and we know these are two champions fighting, two persons with conditions, so the most important is be smart in each second of the match for nothing goes wrong. But he knows that, if my hand touches him he won’t stay standing up. That’s not a promise, that’s a fact. I’ll go towards him, I know what I want, I’m focused and don’t doubt on what I can do. I’m very excited. Speaking about this makes me feel like fighting now (laughs)”.
James Toney Wants To Fight At UFC 123
Seriously. And apparently he thinks Quinton Jackson isn't the person to sell tickets in Detroit. "If they want to sell any tickets in Detroit, they should put me on there. B---- a-- Rampage can't sell no tickets in my hometown." Toney is considered highly unlikely to fight in UFC again, but you never know...
Frank Trigg To Next Fight In Israel In November
Frank Trigg's fighting career isn't over. Trigg, who hinted at a possible retirement following his February release from the UFC, has booked a Nov. 9 fight in Israel, the 38-year-old today announced. The former top UFC contender fights Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Roy Neeman at an International Fighting Championship event in Tel Aviv. The fight takes place at a catchweight of 180.4 pounds (82 kg).
Palhares apologizes for false accusations; team congratulates Marquardt on win
AUSTIN, Texas – UFC middleweight contender Rousimar Palhares (11-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has a simple explanation for his actions in the main event of Wednesday night's UFC Fight Night 22 card.
He was wrong.
"I'm very sorry for the accusations I made," Palhares told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I'm very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight."
Palhares, a submission whiz, has made a career of catching opponents in painful leg locks. But when he tried to secure such a hold on Marquardt, the Colorado resident yanked his limb free almost immediately.
Hazelett vs Bocek added to UFC 124
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fans might be in for quite a treat at UFC 124 in Montreal. Grappling whiz Dustin Hazelett will return to the lightweight division against American Top Team fighter and jiu-jitsu black belt Mark Bocek on the December 11 card.
UFC Fight Night 22 bonuses: Foster, Miller, Oliveira, Kingsbury, Hamman earn $40K
AUSTIN, Texas – Brian Foster, Cole Miller, Charles Oliveira, Kyle Kingsbury and Jared Hamman each earned $40,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 22 event.
Fosterearned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Miller and Oliveira picked up "Submission of the Night" bonuses, and Kingsbury and Hamman earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Antonio McKee Signs With UFC
A fighter many consider the most underrated – and under-appreciated – lightweight in MMA today finally will get the chance to prove he's world class. Antonio McKee is UFC bound. While the 40-year-old McKee's outspoken character consistently has drawn headlines throughout his 11-year pro career, he's piqued the UFC's interest with his most recent fights. Namely, his ability to finish them. After years of carrying the unofficial title of "world's most boring fighter," McKee, a former amateur wrestler, made a concerted effort to smash that mantle with two stoppage wins, including one that came just five days ago in front of HDNet cameras at MFC 26. "Mandingo" said he would retire if he couldn't finish PRIDE veteran Luciano Azevedo in exciting fashion, something HDNet analyst Guy Metzger doubted he could do. But he's not retiring-he's signed a 4 fight deal with UFC. No word yet on a debut date or foe.
The UFC/Sky Relationship is a Good Thing | UFC …
The UFC this week announced a historical TV partnership with UK broadcaster BSkyB to air the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on one of their premium sports channels. While it’s far from the popular opinion, join MMABay’s Brad Wharton as he presents the argument for the UFC’s deal with Sky being nothing but a good thing.
GSP To "Arrogant" Kos: Keep Disrespecting Me, You'll End Up Like The Rest
Or in other words, he could be saying "I Am Not Impressed By Your Mind Games". "Josh is very predictable. It [TUF 12] went exactly like i thought it was going to. I can't control how Josh behaves. I just stay myself. He tried to get in my head, which is a good thing for me. Look at all the guys who i fought who was arrogant and disrespectful to me. I beat them all. It's good for my motivation. I hope he keeps it up ... He [Josh] lies a lot. He says he's happy fighting in Montreal, of course he's not. He says I'm fake. There is nothing fake about me. And he says I won't fight him standing. He is the one who is going to try to take me down. He's the one who doesn't know what I'm going to do to him."
UFC Poet Chael Sonnen Adds GSP, Brock To Hit List
Well, we now know there's one thing Chael Sonnen apparently won't do after a tough loss-keep his mouth shut. He made that clear at today's UFC Fight Club Q&A session ahead of UFN 22 and now he's got some kind words for "a French-Canadian Minnie Mouse," (Georges St. Pierre) the UFC's heavyweight champion with a "$5 haircut and a knife tattooed on [his] chest," (Brock Lesnar) and a certain "Axe Murder" who Sonnen says "used to be a fighter." (Wanderlei Silva) "I'm ready to go,' Sonnen said at Tuesday's special Q&A session at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. "Is Anderson here somewhere? I'll kick his ass from Austin all the way to San Antonio. People keep saying, 'Chael, you're hyping the fight.' No I'm not. Hyping a fight is when I tell you guys, 'This is going to be a great fight.' I did just the opposite (before the first fight), and I'm going to do just the opposite now. This is not going to be a great fight. This is going to be him getting beat up for 25 minutes or until he gives up."
Hardy: Marquardt is an illiterate charisma donor
MY column for the Post last week, where I called for officials to be stricter on wrestling being used inside the Octagon to stall and ride out the clock without actually fighting, caused a bit of an internet storm.
I was just expressing my view, as a fan of the sport as much as a fighter, and I was happy to see a lot of fans out there agreed with most of what I wrote.
Sadly, there were some people who clearly couldn't grasp the points I was making.
The column wasn't about wrestling's place in MMA, it was about using wrestling purely to stall and avoid fighting.
Had I written the column after Kalib Starnes's effort versus Nate Quarry, it could easily have been about avoiding fighting by standing and running. Both are against the 'timidity' rule.
One guy who struggled to keep up with the points I made was UFC middleweight and charisma donor Nate Marquardt, who always seems to have something to say about me, for no other reason than I once competed against one of his friends.
Josh Koscheck: 'MMA would be boring if it were full of fighters like Georges St. Pierre'
"If this show [TUF 12] is successful, it's probably not going to be because of Georges St. Pierre's personality. I didn't have to work on it [becoming a heel]. I've always been an ornery little [profane]. I have a knack for getting under people's skin. I want to be an entertainer. I want to be the guy who makes money outside of the cage. If I've got to be the villain to do it, then I'll do that. Life would be boring if you didn't have controversy. This sport would be boring if you had guys who were just like a Georges, who looks like a robot, talks like a robot, and fights like a robot. You need guys out there with personality. There's not many guys who are out there who are willing to do that. I'm willing to do that."