Vitor Belfort earns Karate blue belt
Last Saturday, TATAME.com went to Kobukan gym, in Rio de Janeiro, to watch a historical moment in the martial arts history. In Master Tanaka’s academy, Vitor Belfort was graduated for the first time in the Karate, art that he started training in last few months for the fight against Rich Franklin. The UFC fighter received the belt from his coach, the black belt Vinício Antony.
Paul 'Semtex' Daley: 'Jealous Mike Swick will fade away after UFC 105 beatdown'
“I won’t be fighting at UFC 105, but I will be there meeting the fans and sitting down with some popcorn to see Dan (Hardy) butcher (Mike) Swick. [He's] been bashing me for some reason, I don’t know why, ripping on my record and things like that. All I did was accept a fight he’d pulled out of but he seems to have a problem with me. He said I am big headed, but I have gone out of my way to be humble in the UFC. After the fight I didn’t jump around or nothing or shoot my mouth. I think Swick is jealous because he pulled out of the Kampmann fight and would never have done that if it were him in there and not me. I’ve got eight losses — so what? I’ve fought literally twice as many people as he has and I have fought better opposition than he has. His best win was against Marcus Davis and Dan beat Marcus much worse than he did with lay and pray. Dan is going to get rid of Swick in Manchester next month. You won’t hear too much about him after UFC 105.”
Suddenly relevant welterweight striker Paul Daley reacts to some recent Swick-talk regarding his win over Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 last month in Dallas.
Gleison Tibau: "I don't trust the judges anymore"
Gleison Tibau (19-6) is under a strong pace of preparation for his upcoming fight versus Josh Neer at UFC 104, on October 24th. And Tibau believes the conditioning part of the training will make the difference to the victory.
“I’m training so hard. I’ve been stressing the physical conditioning part, which will probably be decisive because I’m training for more time than my adversary. The strategy is to be all over him” said the UFC lightweight fighter to Brasil Combate’s Vitor Targueta.
The American Top Team prospect searches to rebound from the loss to Melvin Guillard, his latest performance what created lots of discussions because of the controversial result in favor of the American fighter.
White Eyeing Fenway Next Summer
Dana White isn’t one to take no for an answer.
After UFC 101 in August, White said the UFC was targeting a show at Fenway Park [map] next summer. The possibility was downplayed by both Marc Ratner, the UFC’s vice president of regulation and governmental affairs, and Sam Kennedy, the Fenway Sports group president, but White remains undeterred.
“It’s not if we do, it’s when we do,” White said in a recent interview. “We’re doing it. We’re coming to Fenway.”
Forrest on run from cage : " truth is ......................
“That’s dumb. [People who criticized me leaving the cage] are idiots. Why? Nobody cares. I mean, I don’t think the losers were going to speak that night anyway, you know. Just get on with the next fight already. This guy actually asked me a good question the other day, and this is a real story and I really like it: first off, he was very confrontational; I didn’t like him much to begin with, and he goes, ‘Hey, man, I have to know,’ because it’s his business to know, ‘why did you run out of the cage that night after the Silva fight?’ And I said, ‘Look, man, I haven’t told anybody, let’s keep this on the down low.......
ATT- Kimbo Back to School
"A pack of wolves waited for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson when he entered the flagship gym of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., on Thursday.
Position to position, hour to hour, Thiago Alves, Luis Cane, Mike Brown, Yves Edwards, Jorge Santiago, and Dan Cramer drilled Kimbo in jiu-jitsu. The hardened veterans didn't hold back. Boxing coach Howard Davis got a little time, but striking took a back seat to the mat."
Nogueira vs. Gonzaga in December ?
According to Luiz Aves, Nogueira’s Muay Thai coach, this fight can happen. “It’s not 100% yet, but Rodrigo might fight in December. When I was in the US, I heard some rumors that he could face Napão (Gonzaga)… It’s not right yet, but I heard that he could fight him, then would move forward to the title. I think, by the middle of 2010, we’ll fight for the title again”, revealed Alves.
"UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun" event preview show debuts Oct. 19 on Spike TV
"UFC's traditional event-preview show returns to Spike TV on Oct. 4 with a look at "UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun."
"UFC 104 Countdown," which focuses on UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida preparing to defend his belt for the first time and top contender and former PRIDE star Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, airs on Oct. 19 at 11 p.m. ET/PT with replays on Oct. 22 (1 p.m. ET/PT) and Oct. 24 (6 p.m. ET/PT)."
Herb Dean Gives his Side of the Kimbo/Nelson Fight
"MMAWeekly.com on Thursday spoke exclusively to referee Herb Dean, who oversaw the elimination fight between Roy Nelson and Kimbo Slice on the third episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: The Heavyweights."
Nelson used his grappling prowess to overcome Slice, earning a TKO stoppage in just over two minutes of the second round."
A much needed interview
Report: Nogueira Next For Lesnar-Carwin Winner
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that the winner of Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 106 will next/first defend against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Although Nogueira recently asked for a rematch with Frank Mir, that request was turned down and "Minotauro" likely gets his title shot next, which should come in early 2010.
Keith Kizer: Herb Dean Refereed Kimbo Slice-Roy Nelson Perfectly
A day after the Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson fight aired on The Ultimate Fighter, the victorious Nelson lashed out at referee Herb Dean, referring to Dean as "a retard" for failing to stop the fight when Nelson was raining punches down on Kimbo late in the first round.
But Dean's boss, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, begs to differ. In an interview with FanHouse, Kizer said he thinks Dean handled the fight perfectly.
The full interview is below.
Nelson-Slice Nabs 6.1 Million Viewers
"A record-setting 6.1 million viewers tuned in to watch Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson enter the Octagon with Roy Nelson, who earned a second-round technical knockout over the Internet backyard brawler Wednesday on “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” according to a press release from Spike TV. "
Roy Nelson says he's just fine being the official suck-meter of the UFC
"Former IFL heavyweight champion and current "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member Roy Nelson has never been one to hide his true feelings.
And one day after his win over Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson was broadcast to the world, "Big Country" is no different.
Comfortable in his one-sided TKO win, Nelson believes he matches up just fine with everyone in the UFC's heavyweight division, is proud of the fact that he perfectly predicted his win, and thinks it's time for Slice to take a look at the UFC's 205-pound division. Oh, and then there's the suck-meter thing."
Kimbo vs Nelson Training Bonanza
Though the fight between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and former International Fight League champion Roy Nelson may have received criticism for the hype coming in compared to the product going out, it was a resounding success in one key aspect... television ratings.
Episode three of The Ultimate Fighter: The Heavyweights – featuring Kimbo’s first fight under the UFC banner – produced the highest numbers in Spike TV history in many key categories and vaulted into the Top 5 of the most-watched bouts in the history of televised mixed martial arts in the United States.
Not a surprise really. This easily could've been a Strikeforce Main Event or argueably a Fight Night main event.
Nelson: ‘I Hit My Home Run’
"Former International Fight League heavyweight champion Roy Nelson “called his shot” when he ousted Internet street-fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson on the latest episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10. Consider it his ode to the Sultan of Swat.
“I called it the night before,” Nelson said during a Thursday teleconference. “I just wanted to point out to the guys that this was how I was going to win. And guess what? That’s how I won. I did a Babe Ruth. I hit my home run.”
Pegged as the Season 10 favorite by many pundits, Nelson strapped Slice in a crucifix and finished him with strikes on the ground in the second round of their heavyweight scrap, which aired to record ratings on Spike TV. According to preliminary figures, the episode drew 5.3 million viewers and peaked with 6.1 million during the actual fight. "
Dan Henderson on contract negotiation: “It didn’t go quite as I hoped. Let’s put it that way,”
“It didn’t go quite as I hoped. Let’s put it that way,” Henderson told Sherdog.com Wednesday. “It could have been a lot better. Obviously I feel my value has gone up enough to warrant what I’ve asked for. I don’t think I’m being greedy by any means. There’s a lot of numbers being thrown around out there and I feel I should be paid what I ask for. They feel like, I guess, I’m not worth that though.”
“Yeah, I’m not real thrilled about that. And I like Vitor. He’s a good guy and he’s been around for a long time, but I just don’t understand why he gets to jump to the front of the line, especially when I beat him.” Henderson said he brought up his 2006 unanimous decision victory over Belfort at Pride 32 in Las Vegas at last week’s meeting, but he was met with puzzled faces. “I think it’s something that might have slipped their minds, that (that fight) happened,” said Henderson. “I’m not exactly sure. You’ll have to ask them on that, but to me, that’s what it seemed like.”
“Basically anywhere’s a possibility...Since I’ve had a history with Japan, I guess that would be one place I’d talk to. Strikeforce, for sure, would be the next big U.S. promotion.”
Roy Nelson : " Kimbo's the only one that I know that had an entourage there; he actually had his family there, his management, while the rest of us kind of had to suffer. "
My plan was, I was going to stand with him as long as I could. Because I wasn't really going to shoot on him, just because that's what he was expecting. And then if he came in flurrying, I was just going to bodylock him, take him down and crucifix him. You know how Babe Ruth used to point to the fence and say, "I'm going to hit this home run"? I did exactly what I wanted: take no hits, get it to the ground and just win.
How surprised were you that the fight wasn't stopped in the first round before the bell?
I was surprised. You could even see me yelling at Herb Dean, "Come on, ref."
But the thing is, there's a lot of people; there's a lot of money. Kimbo's the only one that I know that had an entourage there; he actually had his family there, his management, while the rest of us kind of had to suffer. The UFC made, we'll say, different concessions for Kimbo. I think he had a media room. Kimbo's definitely, I guess we'll say, special. I don't see the specialness fighting-wise, but more for TV-wise. He puts butts in the seats.
Former WEC champion Carlos Condit returns to New Mexico, training at Jackson's MMA
Still fresh off of his split-decision victory over Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 19, Carlos Condit recently confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he has made the move back to Albuquerque, N.M., and is the newest addition to the world-famous team at Greg Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts.
Condit, who began his fighting career in Albuquerque, moved to Arizona in 2008 to join forces with Arizona Combat Sports and train with the likes of C.B. Dollaway and Jamie Varner.
But the former WEC champ said he was forced to move back to New Mexico this past week for personal reasons.