Brandon Vera Prepares for UFC 102 With an Eye on Lofty Goals
Brandon Vera has the loftiest goal imaginable for an MMA fighter, and even if you don't think he can do it, he's not afraid to say it publicly: Vera wants to hold the UFC heavyweight belt and the UFC light heavyweight belt simultaneously. That's the goal that drives him.
Never mind that Vera has never even been the No. 1 contender for either title, Vera insists that he can do it. But in the mean time, he's just focused on beating Krzysztof Soszynski, the man who will be on the other side of the Octagon from Vera on August 29 at UFC 102. In an interview with FanHouse, Vera discussed the upcoming fight and his long-term plans in the sport. The full interview is below.
MINOTAURO NOGUEIRA IS STILL IN THE GAME
Three fights into his UFC career, former Pride and UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says the best is yet to come. And though his headlining fight with Randy Couture at UFC 102 may be long overdue, he feels it’s the best opportunity possible for redemption.
“I’m gonna have a lot of people against me, but I’ve been very focused and very well-trained,” he told reporters during a media teleconference Tuesday.
For a guy that’s been in the game as long as he has, ups and downs come with the territory. The stakes, however, have doubled since he’s come to the UFC and met with mixed success.
Shane Carwin ‘honored’ to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 106
“I have verbally been offered the fight with Brock and I have verbally accepted this fight. My manager and the UFC are handling the the details. I am honored that the UFC has given me this opportunity. The fans of this sport are what makes MMA so great. I expect to be fighting at UFC 106 in November.”
Number one heavyweight title contender Shane Carwin shares his first public thoughts on challenging division champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21. Carwin was expected to take on Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 on Oct. 24; however, the promotion today shifted gears and opted instead to put him up against someone his own size — Carwin and Lesnar are far and away the biggest competitors on the UFC roster. And they both have strong wrestling backgrounds. On paper, the fighters appear to be very evenly matched. However, Lesnar has dedicated himself to training mixed martial arts for the past few years. Meanwhile, Carwin still holds down a full-time job as an engineer at the North Weld County Water District in Colorado.
UFC 103 Undercard to be Televised on Spike TV
The “UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort” pay-per-view card is going toe-to-toe with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez HBO pay-per-view event on Sept. 19.
The UFC is known for its creative marketing and counter-programming tactics and it looks like the MMA giant has come up with a good plan to beef up awareness for UFC 103.
The UFC will air a two-hour telecast of the UFC 103 undercard commercial free on Spike TV as a lead in for the UFC 103 main card on pay-per-view, according to a source at the UFC.
Josh Gross: Anderson Silva Wants to Fight at Heavyweight
Anderson Silva wants big-money event fights. And he's willing to work at heavyweight to make sure they happen.
Not only that, they already had an opponent in mind: Frank Mir.
Disinterested by middleweight contenders Nathan Marquardt, Demian Maia and Dan Henderson, and unwilling to fight close friend Lyoto Machida at light heavyweight -- where Silva could conceivably knock off challengers and make a disaster out of the UFC's marquee division -- "The Spider" needs new, challenging scenarios to stay motivated. A move to heavyweight would certainly achieve that, and according to Silva's manager Ed Soares, the UFC was receptive to the idea.
UFC 104: Ben Rothwell vs Cain Velasquez booked for Oct. 24
On the heels of Shane Carwin being scratched from UFC 104 to challenge Brock Lesnar for the division title in November, MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) can confirm that former IFL and Affliction heavyweight standout Ben Rothwell has agreed to step in for “The Engineer” versus Cain Velasquez on Oct. 24.
Demian Maia: War and Peace
Through 11 professional mixed martial arts battles, Maia has forged a similar reputation inside the cage. Renowned as a lethal jiu-jitsu practitioner – one of the best exponents the sport has ever seen – Maia is a killer with a quirk. Whisper it quietly. He doesn’t like hurting people.
UFC 105 updates: Paul Kelly v Dennis Siver
Wolfslair lightweight Paul Kelly is to be matched with German lightweight Dennis Siver at UFC 105, Fighters Only has been told.
A German source informed us on Thursday morning that the two have verbally agreed to the fight although bout agreements are yet to be completed.
EDIT: Disregard the part about Bisping fighting Wanderlei Silva.
ROLI DELGADO VS. ANDRE WINNER AT UFC 105
A lightweight bout has been added to the UFC's upcoming return to England on Nov 14 as "Ultimate Fighter" season 9 runner-up, Andre Winner, returns to action for the first time since the show's finale to take on "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 fighter, Roli Delgado.
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday by sources close to the fight.
Gilbert Yvel Back In UFC?
Possibly. There are reports that the Dutch Heavyweight, despite a history of rules violations and not-so-friendly exchanges with referees, is back in UFC or will be soon. His contract was reportedly acquired by Zuffa after the Affliction collapse.
Thiago Tavares Off UFC 103
The dreaded injury bug gets another one, this time it's Thiago Tavares. He was to have faced Jim Miller at UFC 103 but is now off due to a knee injury. No word yet on if UFC will try to find a replacement.
Alessio Sakara vs. Rousimar Palhares Rescheduled For 12/5
The Alessio Sakara vs. Rousimar Palhares fight that was originally planned for UFC 101 has now been rescheduled for the TUF 10 Finale on December 5. The initial fight was scratched from 101 due to a Palhares injury, which ultimately led to Thales Leites getting the fight-then his walking papers.
Cain Velasquez Talks Fatherhood, Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar's Recent Antics
Cain Velasquez (6-0) isn't buying into his own hype.
The American Kickboxing Academy product is one of the brightest young stars in MMA, yet -- refreshingly -- he still feels he has a long way to go before being considered an elite big man. FanHouse spoke to Velasquez recently at AKA about his progression as a fighter and his upcoming bout against Shane Carwin. Check out the full video interview below.
Chris Leben Explains Steroid Use, Looks Forward to Turning The Page
After a nine-month suspension for using steroids, UFC middleweight Chris Leben is soon to return to action. Usually in a situation like that, a fighter would have to worry about negative public reaction to his comeback, but in this case, Leben is likely to be hailed like a conquering hero, as the 29-year-old veteran has the good fortune of returning at UFC 102 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon.
The match itself, however will not be easy; Leben (18-6) will take on former three-time NCAA wrestling national champion Jake Rosholt as a featured bout on the televised card.
Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin at UFC 106
Sources close to the event have confirmed to **********.com that Brock Lesnar will make his first official title defense against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.
Shane Carwin had been scheduled to take on AKA fighter Cain Velasquez in October at UFC 104. But the UFC has opted to change course. Velasquez is not hurt and his management, Zinkin Entertainment, has not heard any news regarding the bout being scratched.
Minnesota MMA confirmed our source by tweeting the news Wednesday night.
UFC 106 takes place November 21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas NV.
Here are other rumored matches for the event:
Tito Ortiz vs. Mark Coleman
Jon Fitch vs. Ricardo Almeida