Did Tito Ortiz's return lead to Dan Henderson's possible UFC departure?
With his vicious knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100, Dan Henderson fulfilled the terms of his previous contract, and a new one doesn't seem likely.
After butting heads with UFC president Dana White, who said Henderson's contract demands were "unrealistic," the veteran fighter could sign with a rival organization, most notably Strikeforce.
"The [expletive] that Dan came in and said in my office and what he wants, it's unrealistic, and he knows it," White said. "And it's basically based off of, 'I heard this guy is making this, and I heard this guy made (this much).' Basically, what everybody gets pissed off about is Tito. 'Oh, I heard Tito is making all this money, and Tito is this and that.' And it's because Tito likes to go out there and stay stuff like that or somebody in his camp did.
The Gold Rush - Who Will challenge St-Pierre?
The queue to challenge UFC welterweight champion Georges ‘Rush’ St-Pierre isn’t so much of an organised line as it is a communal gathering. There is little order, no hierarchy, and only a few dwellers are forthcoming. Aside from a brave few, nobody seems to be in any ‘Rush’ to fight one of the most dominant champions in mixed martial arts today.
Gonzaga-Dos Santos At UFC 108 Now Off
Curses! Again! The injury/illness bug has bit UFC once again, this time it got Gabriel Gonzaga. Yahoo Sports reports Gonzaga is now off of UFC 108 due to a staph infection. He was to have faced Junior Dos Santos.
Anthony Johnson Passed Out Prior to UFC 106 Weigh-Ins
UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson is a gigantic man.
His typical walk-around weight is somewhere between 215 and 220 pounds, the same weight that many UFC light heavyweight fighters maintain when not in training camp. That's the same weight Randy Couture is currently maintaining. The difference, of course, is that Johnson fights at welterweight, meaning he undergoes a 45lb weight cut for fight weigh-ins. Johnson has struggled making weight as of late. In September, he came in six pounds over the 171 pound limit for his bout with Yoshiyuki Yoshida after attempting a new form of weight cutting that involved drinking water and eating very little food in the week leading up to his fight. That method obviously did not work out, as Johnson was completely spent in the days leading up to the fight. He had to be carried to weigh-ins the day before UFC 104, and could barely summon the energy to even climb the stairs leading to the scales.
Dana White: I tried to help ex-UFC fighter Karo Parisyan "several times" in past
Nearly a week has passed since Karo Parisyan pulled out of UFC 106 and subsequently received his walking papers from the organization.
UFC president Dana White first announced Parisyan's withdrawal from his main-card bout with Dustin Hazelett on the eve of the Las Vegas show.
And while White said he had "no idea" the veteran welterweight fighter was going to pull out of the show, he said he had tried to help Parisyan with his troubles numerous times in the past.
"Karo Parisyan has a lot of personal problems – mental, emotional, physical," White told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) over the weekend. "He's got all kinds of problems."
UFC cuts welterweight Brock Larson following UFC 106 loss
With a TKO loss to Brian Foster at this past weekend's UFC 106 event, UFC welterweight Brock Larson will now look for work outside the organization.
The veteran fighter today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was cut from the UFC's roster following the Nov. 21 defeat.
Larson leaves the organization with a 26-4 record, which included a 3-3 mark in the UFC and a 4-1 record in the WEC.
UFC 105 Drug Tests: Everyone Clean
UFC VP of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner announced today that the drug test results from the 8 fighters tested after UFC 105 are back, all passed. Because England doesn't have a regulatory body to oversee MMA events, the UFC must serve as its own regulator during the U.K. shows. Ratner, the former head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, heads up the efforts. The only fighters revealed as being tested were Randy Couture & Brandon Vera.
Frankie Edgar prepared to hit the curve ball
In Frankie Edgar’s mind, if you can’t adapt, you shouldn’t be fighting.
Edgar, 28, says he gained new confidence in himself with a decisive decision victory over former lightweight champion Sean Sherk in May at UFC 98. He did it by living up to his credo: zigging when Sherk zagged, never being predictable.
After a long and unwanted layoff, another curve ball was thrown his way. His original opponent at The Ultimate Fighter 10 finale, Kurt Pellegrino, hurt his back and withdrew. In his place, Matt Veach stepped in – a virtual unknown coming out of a good camp in Matt Hughes’ H.I.T. squad.
Bisping: “It’s an honour to be fighting Wanderlei Silva”
“The Count” confirmed that he had agreed to the bout in principle and that it was simply a matter of signing on the dotted line.
“It’s an honour to be fighting someone with the legendary status of Wanderlei Silva. I recognise he’s a very, very tough fighter. I always respected him as a fighter coming up through the ranks myself. He was a fighter I always looked up to when I was younger and I’ve always enjoyed his fighting style. He’s one of my favourite fighters.”
Josh Koscheck: ‘You haters can **** my ****’
Love him or hate him, there is no doubt Josh Koscheck has proven himself inside of the Octagon. Coming off a win over the always dangerous Anthony Johnson at UFC 106 this past Saturday evening, Koscheck unleashed his emotions in a post fight rant, claiming he was the true #1 contender.
In the fallout from UFC 106 Kos has had numerous accusations thrown his way about the “illegal” knee strike to the face by Johnson.Even “Rumble” himself has gone on record to accuse Koscheck of using the time to recoup from being hurt during the first round.
Koscheck has recently made use of his Twitter account to comment on the situation, stating:
U haters can suck my d***! Haha love this Twitter sh*t talking. A faker never gets up and doesn’t fight after that a eye poker…
Stamp Of Approval: Anderson Silva is ‘really happy’ to be compared to Jose Aldo
A strong case could be made to coin the newly crowned WEC featherweight king as “Little Ong Bak”, but it now seems as if many have been referring to the just twenty-three year old 145 pound phenom that goes by the birth name of Jose Aldo to a fellow Brazilian with a penchant for making his victims famous via highlight reel knockout defeats that goes by the nickname of “The Spider”.
Little Anderson, Mini-Anderson, call him what you will, the fact that Aldo is already drawing comparisons to a champion as established and dominant as Anderson Silva could only be viewed as a compliment to the still developing WEC title holder.
Dan Hardy: Koscheck is floating around like ‘a turd that won’t flush away’
Never one for a loss of words on the subjects that matter, UFC welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy recently had an interesting perspective on Josh Koscheck’s career in the UFC on the heels of some disparaging remarks hurled in The Outlaw’s direction during UFC 106.
“I know there’s somebody here that thinks he’s the number one contender. He thinks he’s the number one contender, and I don’t think he’s fought anybody, and he’s sitting right over there and his name is Dan Hardy,” exclaimed Koscheck following his submission victory over Anthony Johnson this past Saturday. “He hasn’t fought anyone like me, guaranteed. I’m the number one contender in this weight division.”
In a conversation with our friends over at Fight! Magazine, Hardy compared Koscheck’s career in the UFC to….. I’ll allow Dan to explain.
“The thing I’ve realized about Josh Koscheck is that he’s kind of like a turd that won’t flush away,” said Hardy. “He kind of wins a fight, and you think he’s doing alright. Then he loses a fight and you think he’s done, and then he wins a fight. He’s always kind of floating around and he never really does anything.
UFC 106 Draws 10,529 Attendees, $3 Million Gate
The NSAC today announced the official attendance & live gate for UFC 106. UFC claimed 10,529 fans and that was confirmed, but it was revealed that the total included 3898 comps/free tickets. The total gate was $3,003,250, but the average comp ticket price was nearly $600 and thus those accounted for over $2.3 million of potential lost revenue for UFC.
Shane McMahon looking to buy financial interest in UFC
WWE executive Shane McMahon is reportedly looking to buy a financial interest in the UFC promotion to enter the MMA industry. McMahon will officially leave his WWE position as VP of Global Media on January 1, 2010.
McMahon would bring to UFC the marketing know-how and relationships in the marketplace to expand UFC's reach as an international sports brand.
Ben Saunders wants another chance at Mike Swick after 'uncalled for' remarks
"After the [UFC 99] fight, (Swick) ended up coming to the back and talking for a bit. I was kind of feeling out if he was just trying to gloat or just trying to rub it in my face. What's going on here? I went with it. He seemed like it may have been he was more excited than gloating and I was like, 'Oh, that's cool man.' I went up to Bob Cook after, I was looking for my corner Paul Rodriguez and I said, 'Hey Bob, have you seen Paul? And he was like, 'Man, you're still smiling, huh?' I had nothing to be ashamed of. I got TKO'ed by Mike Swick and I'm fighting in the UFC living my dream and then they said something. Then as I was walking away his entire corner and Mike Swick were more like, 'Got knocked the f--- out,' or something like that. And I was like, 'Are you serious?' I thought that was ridiculous, arrogant and uncalled for. Mike Swick just was in the back with me trying to be cool with me and then you're going to act like that because you're with your crew and all laughing in my face as I'm walking away?"
Cote Wants Big Fights,Rematch With Anderson
“I want a big fight right away, with a good style for me,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “I don’t want to fight a guy like Ricardo Almeida for my comeback fight. For sure it’s going to be a boring fight. The style is just like that. I can beat the grappler, no problem, but for my comeback, I’m looking more for a fight like Wanderlei Silva, or Rich Franklin if he goes to 185, or I want to fight Michael Bisping.”
Michael Bisping Vs Wanderlei Silva Possible For UFC 110 In Australia
Wanderlei Silva’s next fight will be with Michael Bisping, a well-placed Las Vegas source has told Fighters Only. The fight may headline the UFC’s first event in Australia, which takes place in February 2010.
Verbal agreements for the clash have been given, although Fighters Only understands that bout agreements are not yet drawn up. The fight will not be official until these are signed and returned by both men.
Bisping is coming off a win over Denis Kang at UFC 105 while Silva is coming off a decision loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 99. That fight took place at a catch weight of 195lbs and while Bisping operates at middleweight now, he too is a former light-heavyweight, making a catch weight meeting a possibility.
Overexposure Potentially A Huge Problem For UFC
If the lack of depth on last Saturday's UFC 106 card didn't alarm you, it should.
Sure, UFC has a giant roster of fighters that they don't have to pay unless they fight. However, the talent pool has shrunken considerably over the last year and it's due in part to injuries and an over-abundance of live events. For MMA fans like you and I, having more shows is fine with us. We love MMA and will watch anything - but we're also the hardcore fans. We're not the ones putting our money on the line to promote it.
Corey Hill Targeting January 23 Return
After being out one year due to a serious leg injury that was viewed as career-threatening, former TUF 5 contestant Corey Hill could be returning to MMA as soon as January. He reportedly plans to return January 23 for "Raging Wolf" in Niagara, NY. Hill is still under UFC contract but it appears he will be given similar treatment that they gave Houston Alexander, who was given permission to take a couple of fights in outside promotions while under UFC contract.