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another fight added to UFC 87 Undercard
Just noticed it was actually posted on the undercard, not really a important fight but a fight no less. Tomasz Drwal-vs-Andre Gusmao
TUF 7 Finale Medical Suspensions
The NSAC has posted the official results from the TUF 7 Finale on its website, which also reveals the medical suspensions coming out of the event.
Rampage heard Wandy KO’d Griffin in training
I wasnt able to sit down with Rampage Jackson for a typical fighter interview but instead I went to work as usual on a Tuesday night and after being there for about an hour my other co worker walks in and informs me that Quinton Rampage Jackson is coming to my work to meet up with some of my co workers friends to take pictures of his Audi R8 for Dub magazine. So literally the whole time they were taking pictures of Rampage’s R8 he was chiling with me in the back of my store just talking about random MMA information. I cant post the conversation word for word because I did not record it or write it down but im going to try and paraphrase it for all of you as best as i can.
Brodie Farber vs. Rory Markham set for July 19 UFC; Brandon Vera update
Two more UFC newcomers will make their promotional debuts at the recently announced UFC Fight Night 14 event on July 19.
Henderson VS Palhares Likely at UFC 88
It appears that Dan Henderson’s return to the middleweight division wasn’t a one-time deal to challenge UFC champion Anderson Silva. MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to the camp of Brazilian Top Team fighter Rousimar Palhares that he has signed to fight Henderson in a 185-pound divisional bout at UFC 88 on Sept. 6 in Atlanta. Henderson has stated several times in the past that he prefers to fight at light heavyweight, but the bout with Palhares will keep him in the middleweight division, at least for the time being. Henderson lost his last two bouts, both being title fights. He was defeated by Silva at UFC 82 in Columbus earlier this year and lost in a light heavyweight title bout to Quinton Jackson in September of last year. Prior to those two defeats, Henderson had won two in a row – over Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort – and held both the middleweight and light heavyweight Pride championship belts simultaneously. One of the fastest rising talents of the Brazilian Top Team, Rousimar Palhares made his Octagon debut last month against Ivan Salaverry at UFC 84. Improving his record to 8-1 as a professional, Palhares also earned Submission of the Night honors and a $75,000 bonus check for his slick submission of Salaverry via armbar. Palhares has finished six of his eight victories by submission, including both Daniel Acacio and Fabio Negao in one night to win the Fury FC middleweight title. He is widely regarded as one of the most dynamic submission specialists to recently emerge from Brazil. UFC 88 will take place on Sept. 6 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The main event features former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in a battle with undefeated Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner Rashad Evans. UFC 88 Bouts (officially announced): -Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans UFC 88 Bouts (unannounced): -Dan Henderson vs. Rousimar Palhares -James Lee vs. Tim Boetsch
Nine UFC fighters issued medical suspensions after TUF7 Finale
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has issued medical suspensions to nine of the 20 fighters who took part in this past Friday's live finale for "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest." MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today obtained the list of medical suspensions from the NSAC. The June 21 event took place at The Palms Las Vegas and aired on Spike TV. Kendall Grove defeated Evan Tanner via split decision in the night's main event, and Amir Sadollah submitted C.B. Dollaway to win the "TUF7" season championship.
Joe Lauzon vs. Kyle Bradley at UFC Fight Night 15
After debuting with the UFC as a welterweight, Kyle Bradley (13-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will drop to his normal fighting weight of 155 pounds to meet contender Joe Lauzon (16-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC). A source close to Bradley told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the two fighters recently agreed to meet at UFC Fight Night 15, an event that takes place Sept. 17 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb. The event, which features a headline bout of Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida, airs on Spike TV.
Chuck Liddell vs Rashad Evans UFC 88 fight talk (Audio)
Heres the I'd still go with a early KO for Chuck
Kendall Grove determined to remain in the UFC
Before Saturday night's "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest" finale main event, "The Ultimate Fighter 3" winner Kendall Grove (10-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) had openly described the bout as having "loser leaves town" implications. In the bout, Grove defeated former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner (34-8 MMA, 11-6 UFC) via split decision and earned what was arguably the most notable victory of his career. "Da Spyder" was a guest on Monday's edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and explained why he felt he was fighting for his future in the UFC. "I was taking at as though I was fighting for my job," Grove said about his effort on Saturday. "And I love my job." In one of the stranger scores in recent memory, Grove won the fight on two judges' cards 30-26 while a third judge awarded the bout to Tanner, 29-28. Grove felt his split-decision victory should have been unanimous. "That's what happens when you leave it in the judges' eyes," Grove said. "But I don't know. ... Where I come from, I call that a [expletive] beating."
Phil Baroni to welterweight ‘to be a world champion’
After dropping four out of his last five bouts at middleweight — albeit to pretty good competition (Kazuo Misaki, Frank Shamrock, Kala Hose and Joey Villasenor) — Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni has decided to drop down to 170 pounds for the first time ever and try his luck at welterweight. It’s a 15-pound decision that he hopes will help him become a world champion in the near future. Here are his exact thoughts: “Im making the move because I want to be a World Champion. I dont fight for pay day’s or fame, to be on tv or chick’s. I got into MMA because I wanted to be the best fighter in the world. This is what I feel at this point in my career I need to do. Im feel Im a better fighter than Ive shown in the ring esp as of late. As far as the move to Welter Weight goes I feel great. Im more athletic. Im in much better condition, my hand speed is back, an I would go as far as to say Im a lot quicker than I was at my previous best. I feel just as strong physically if not stronger do to much greater flexibility. Im not going to make any predictions or promises. Ive been very humbled as of late. Ive been handed a real wake up call. Im going to give it my all 100% and do my best. Its Do or Die for me. Im All In! I love to fight. Im a real fighter, an like I said the day I dont think I can be a World Champion is the day Ill retire. Im not done yet, I have alot of fight left inside me. I have alot to prove to myself an alot of people to prove wrong. NEVER SAY DIE !!!”
Heath Herring has no hesitations with Lesnar
When former heavyweight champion Mark Coleman fell out his bout with rising star Brock Lesnar due to injury, the call was quickly made to perennial contender Heath Herring, who stepped up on short notice to take on the Minnesota native in his home state. Herring made an impressive showing in his last fight defeating Cheick Kongo by split decision at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio. Despite the short notice, Herring says he had no hesitations stepping in to face Lesnar and the only detractor was pulling his camp together on time. “The only hesitation was trying to get all the chickens back in the chicken coup so to speak. No one was really set up to try and get ready for a fight. I think we got camp established pretty quick and now everything’s going okay,” said Herring. For his last fight, he admitted that he didn’t work much on his ground game, expecting a stand-up fight with the experienced kickboxer, Kongo. Now facing a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion, he’s on top of his grappling skills again, but definitely isn’t neglecting his striking ability. “I actually am working a little bit of ground now, but we’re also training stand-up as well,” Herring stated. “Not to slack off in any area. We’re trying to be as well rounded as possible. I have a feeling he might want to come out and try to throw just a little bit, and I’m hoping he does and we’ve got to make him pay when he does.”
Karo Parisyan vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida Likely At UFC 88
UFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan will look to bounce back from a controversial UFC Fight Night 13 loss to Thiago Alves and re-enter the title picture when he faces Yoshiyuki Yoshida in September.
Cain Velasquez vs Jake O’Brien UFC Fight Night 14 fight official
Over the weekend, the heavyweight showdown between Cain Velesquez (3-0) and jake O’Brien (10-1) was made official for Ultimate Fight Night 14 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 19 Sweet Rumored Fight Card -Anderson Silva (#1 Middleweight in the World)* vs. James Irvin (at Light Heavyweight) -Hermes Franca vs. Frankie Edgar -Reese Andy vs. Brandon Vera -Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns -Nate Loughran vs. Johnny Rees -Cain Velasquez vs. Jake O'Brien -Rory Markham vs Brodie Farber -Dale Hartt vs Shannon Gugherty -Brad Blackburn vs James Giboo
Pros and Cons: TUF 7 Finale
Con. Making Evan Tanner fight in Las Vegas. Come on now, you have global expansion and new cards popping up in Minnesota and Georgia and you tell Evan Tanner, perhaps the most addiction-riddled fighter you have, to headline in Las Vegas? Why don’t you just pay him in Crown Royal and casino chips? I’m not saying it is in any way the UFC’s responsibility to protect Evan Tanner from himself, he’ll find a way regardless. If you found out Jason Lambert was addicted to wine and cheese would you put him on the first card in Paris? Oh, breaking news…. EXC is headlining their first ever show in Jamaica. Nick Diaz, phone call on line one. Again, not their faults, there’s just something really funny about it.
"Rumble" Johnson unfazed by recent UFC date change
No stranger to fighting on short notice, UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) was recently forced to adjust his training schedule. The UFC moved Johnson's bout with Kevin Burns from UFC 87 on Aug. 9 up three weeks to the newly announced UFC Fight Night 14. But Johnson says that's just fine; the results will still be the same. Johnson discussed the upcoming bout while a recent guest on TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 89 (Next UK UFC) Birmingham October 18th
Fighters Only is reporting that the UFC's next European show will be held in Birmingham, England on Saturday October 18th. UFC VP Marc Ratner made the announcement on the Setanta Television, the UFC's TV partner in Great Britain. The show had been rumored about since UFC 85, at which Michael Bisping intimated in an interview with The Telegraph that he would possibly be on the card in Birmingham. The latest Brit signing Dan Hardy is slated to be on the card. The most likely venue for the show would be The NEC Arena. I posted this originally a few weeks ago, seems like others are starting to report on now too.
Forrest Griffin's Story Can Draw Big Numbers
Although The Ultimate Fighter 7 rebounded in its final 4 weeks with strong ratings and better shows, the show truly failed to hype up the upcoming Forrest/Rampage fight. Even at the finale, I got the impression from their interview that they would be carpooling home from the show. The animosity needed to sell the fight in a conventional way is not there. However, this fight doesn't need animosity to sell, if they spend the next two weeks on the most obvious narrative of all: The original TUF winner and perrenial underdog against the guy that knocked out Chuck Liddell in the first round.
UFC UK: Birmingham October 18th
The UFC's march thru the UK continues in October ...
The plan for Silva/Okami was before this new fight with James Irvin, it is unclear if that is still the idea. Anderson Silva now reportedly wants to fight 5-6 times a year, and they're giving him what he wants because he was so pissed about the Roy Jones fight being shot down
TUF 7 Fighter Payouts Revealed
The NSAC today revealed the fighter payouts from the TUF 7 Finale. The total disclosed payouts were $410,000 (this assumes Tim Credeur and Cale Yarbrough get their base pay, awaiting word from Keith Kizer) with the most going to Diego Sanchez-$70,000.
Ivan Salaverry Retires
After back-to-back losses in UFC, Ivan Salaverry has decided to call it a career. He says fighting is no longer a priority, but he also is dealing with nagging injuries plus a school and 2 kids.
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