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BJ Penn: ‘We have to defend the (UFC) lightweight title’
(mmamania.com)
We’re looking for a return, we have to defend the lightweight title. It’s been long, it’s been overdue since we defended the lightweight title. I had to heal up some of my injuries that I suffered from the Georges St. Pierre fight. I’m all good now so we’re gonna move forward with my same team, my same camp and we’re gonna make a run to defend the lightweight title — I think it’s either late July or early August. -UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn talks about returning to the 155-pound division just hours after his hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) regarding the accusations he made about current welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre getting greased up in between rounds of their championship superfight at UFC 94 “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2? back on January 31. While the controversy is far from over, it’s refreshing to hear “The Prodigy” speak about getting back to business in the lightweight division — where a handful of contenders (including Kenny Florian) are eagerly awaiting his return.
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 11:59AM by SmileR - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Demain Maia likes Shogun’s chances against Chuck Liddell
(tatame.com)
"[Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is] super professional … He’s away from Curitiba (Shogun’s home town) and it’s good for him to get more concentrated. He’s on the right way, but [it is] still far from the fight, still has four weeks. He’ll get to the top now. I don’t know about Chuck, how is his preparation, but I think Shogun is very talented and, well trained, is hard to be beat…. I don’t think that the fight with Coleman was bad. It was a very intense fight, maybe he got tired more, but I think he fought well. He got tired, that’s normal. People forget that Coleman fought with Fedor few time ago and did a great fight, he is very tough… It’s not because he’s 45 that that you have to go there and kill him.” In an interview with undefeated middleweight contender Demian Maia talks about helping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua prepare for his upcoming 205-pound battle against former division champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 97: “Redemption” on April 18. Maia is perhaps the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist currently on UFC roster, winning all five of his fights inside the Octagon with insane submissions. He makes it look so easy. Might he be showing “Shogun” a thing or two to surprise the “Iceman” on fight night with a ground attack? We will see soon enough.
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 11:36AM by SmileR - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Thales Leites: I Can Get That Belt From Silva At 97
(mmamania.com)
While most feel he's undeserving of his title shot against Anderson Silva at UFC 97, Thales Leites is confident he can somehow do the near-impossible and beat Silva. In fact, he says "he will get out of the cage with that belt, no matter what happens".
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 9:57AM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
NSAC To Take Tougher Stance On Future Positive Drug Tests
(mmajunkie.com)
The fallout from the Karo Parisyan drug test hearing yesterday continues. A new motion presented and unanimously approved by the NSAC will result in a fighter forfeiting his entire win bonus from a fight should he then have a positive post-fight drug test. Had this been in place before Parisyan's fine yesterday, the fighter could've been fined up to $52,000 including forfeiting his $40K UFC 94 win bonus.
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 7:32AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC
 
Penn's mother urges NSAC to punish St. Pierre "to fullest extent of authority"
(mmajunkie.com)
At Tuesday's Nevada State Athletic Commission review of the bout, yet another unique story was brought to "Greasegate." Lorraine Shin, the mother of UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, addressed the commission and charged them with failing to properly protect her son in the course of the Jan. 31 contest. The contents of Shin's address to the NSAC are included below: "My name is Lorraine Shin, and I am the mother of Jay Dee Penn, also known as B.J. Penn. I have been involved in the MMA arena as a producer for years. "I have and continue to support my four sons who have earned their black belt status in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I have also had the opportunity of attending many Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments as well as MMA fight events in Hawaii, Guam, Japan, England and the U.S. Mainland. I am no stranger to the MMA fight world. "During the past 12 years my sons operate and are instructors in the Penn Fitness and Training Center in Hawaii, which I have been very instrumental in its daily operations. My son, Jay Dee Penn, has also produced MMA events under the name of Rumble on the Rock in Hawaii and Guam, and later merged with EliteXC. As the financial adviser for the family, it was imperative for me to understand the rules and regulations governing MMA events. "On Jan. 31, 2009, I was present at the UFC 94 event held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The fighters in the main event were B.J. Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title. "I was sitting in the front row, near the entrance to the octagon cage, and clearly understood the seriousness of this fight that had been successfully marketed on prime time television. I don't know if this has been posted already, sorry if it has.
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 12:07AM by SmileR - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Vinicius Magalhaes to fight Eliot Marshall at UFC 97
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Sources close to the match have informed FiveOuncesofPain.com that TUF 8 finalist Vinicius Magalhaes will face off with fellow cast member Eliot Marshall in a fight that is expected to be announced for the upcoming UFC 97 event.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 7:21PM by Wolfenstein - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shogun training with Demian Maia for Liddell
(tatame.com)
Demian Maia submitted all five opponents he faced in the UFC, and now is helping Maurício “Shogun” Rua in his trainings for his next fight, against the former champion Chuck Liddell. Opening the doors of his gym in São Paulo for the Pride GP champion, Demian commented Ru’s training and is confident in another Brazilian victory in the octagon
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 5:22PM by Wolfenstein - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Breaking-Parisyan Suspended 9 Months, Fined $32K
(mmaweekly.com)
The NSAC today has suspended Karo Parisyan 9 months and fined him $32,000 for a positive drug test arising from his fight with Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94. The fine is 40% of his total purse from the fight. Additionally, the fight result is changed from a split decision win to No Contest and Karo must submit to random drug testing.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 1:55PM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC: Junie transformed from 'The Lunatic' to 'The Buddhist' Browning
(blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
Any journalist worth his salt writes Junie Browning off at his own demise. The writer's demise, that is. Just put the phone down to the 23-year-old UFC 'tearaway', media-styled bad boy of the last TUF series, and Browning puts stories on a plate for you. It's what every decent writer should be looking for. Fine, the odd sentence he comes out with is utter madness, but the guy has opinions, and he LISTENS. In fact, he's a great listener.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 1:16PM by Aaronno9 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dean Lister Invited To ADCC, Wants Fedor
(mmaweekly.com)
Not in MMA though, but in combat grappling. Former UFC Middleweight Dean Lister, released by UFC earlier upon request, has been invited to compete in the Abu Dhabi grappling tournament once again this year. Lister won the tournament in 2003. He's also considering moving up to the weight class that Fedor Emelianenko, also expected to participate this year, will be competing in for a potential match against the MMA Heavyweight king.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 9:01AM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Other Combat Sports
 
UFC officially adds Spencer Fisher vs. Caol Uno to UFC 99 in June
(mmajunkie.com)
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported in February, former UFC lightweight title challenger Caol Uno (25-11-4 MMA, 3-3-1 UFC) will return to the organization for the first time in almost six years at "UFC 99: Franklin vs. Silva."
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 2:31AM by Mchubb316 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thiago Tavares Vs Melvin Guillard @ UFC 101
(mmaweekly.com)
With UFC 101 still several months away the promotion has already started to put together some of the match-ups on the card. On Monday, MMAWeekly.com confirmed that a lightweight bout between Thiago Tavares and Melvin Guillard would be added to the show. The bout was confirmed by sources close to the fight who indicated the fight has been agreed to on the date of Aug 8 with bout agreements to follow shortly.
Submitted Mar 16, 2009 7:42PM by MMAcca - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Why Catch Weight? Dana Explains Franklin-Silva
(mmaweekly.com)
The UFC 99 main event of Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to be contested at a catchweight of 195 instead of at Middleweight, which Silva is dropping to, or Light Heavyweight, which Franklin now fights at. In explaining the reasons why, Dana White says he "met Rich in the middle".
Submitted Mar 16, 2009 6:05PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Forrest Griffin returns to face Thiago Silva at UFC 101 in August
(mmajunkie.com)
A light heavyweight contest between two fighters looking to rebound from high-profile losses has been added to the as-yet-unannounced UFC 101 card. Former UFC champion Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) will face Brazilian slugger Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www,mmajunkie.com) today learned from sources close to the bout that the two fighters have verbally agreed to the contest and that bout agreements are scheduled to be signed over the next several days. Those sources also indicated that UFC 101 is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 8 in Portland, Ore.
Submitted Mar 16, 2009 6:04PM by babalu2720 - 33 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Lytle Vs Kevin Burns @ TUF 9 Finale
(mmaweekly.com)
The June 20 finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” season nine is filling out rapidly, with a welterweight meeting between veteran Chris Lytle and Kevin Burns booked for the Las Vegas event. Sources close to the fight broke the news to MMAWeekly.com, with both fighters agreeing to the match-up and bout agreements expected to be inked soon.
Submitted Mar 16, 2009 5:00PM by MMAcca - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
New Wanderlei Interview, talks about his childhood, and future
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Wanderlei Silva on his childhood, his motivations and his future When Wanderlei Silva was in the UK recently, Fighters Only managed to drop in on his seminar at London Fight Factory and get a few words with him. Often described as one of the nicest people in the MMA game (outside the ring of course!), Wand more than lived up to his reputation. He sat down with us for a long chat and a very revealing interview.
Submitted Mar 16, 2009 3:54PM by loller90278 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
 
Marquadt Ready For Title Shot, Will Wait
(mmaweekly.com)
The dominance of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva cannot be denied. The defending titleholder has dispatched of all challengers, but one fighter that previously lost to Silva could be the most dangerous match-up for the Brazilian left on the horizon. That fighter is Nate Marquardt.
Submitted Mar 16, 2009 3:23PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Junie Browning: Cole Miller Isn't Spectacular On The Ground
(mmamania.com)
Junie Browning is once again being Junie Browning. In recent comments on his UFN 18 matchup with Cole Miller, Browning said he thinks it's a good matchup for him and that Miller's win over Jorge Gurgel was more due to a mistake on Gurgel's part and not Miller's ground game.
Submitted Mar 16, 2009 1:41PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Blood Sport (NY Times)
(nytimes.com)
My husband had flown to Las Vegas to see a fight. I couldn’t decide whether his recent interest in live bouts at the MGM Grand was better or worse than another guy’s passion for, say, the hilarious Americana of strip clubs. I noticed I didn’t exactly boast to friends about his new hobby.
Submitted Mar 16, 2009 10:59AM by scoozna - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
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