'Rampage' Leaves Evans in Limbo
"When rumors of Quinton Jackson’s withdrawal from their highly hyped Dec. 12 bout reached Rashad Evans, he hoped against hope the news was nothing but Internet banter.
It was not. Evans and the rest of the mixed martial art world received the news that Jackson would indeed shirk his commitment to fight Evans, his fellow coach on this season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” at UFC 107 in Memphis, Tenn. "
Kimbo Slice: Performance, Not Ratings, Determines UFC Future
UFC President Dana White assures fans that Spike TV ratings monger Kimbo Slice will have to prove that he can compete inside the Octagon if he wants to remain on the company payroll. Dana says Kimbo will fight again in UFC after TUF but makes it clear that "the ratings do not influence our decision. The guy can either fight or not." TUF 10 has seen record-high ratings to this point thanks in part to Kimbo.
M-1 Standout Lucio Linhares Signs With UFC, Faces Rousimar Palhares in December
InTheGuard.TV is reporting that UFC middleweight Rousimar "Toquinho" Palhares has drawn a new opponent for the TUF 10 Finale in December. Toquinho was originally slated to take on Alessio Sakara, but the Italian will apparently have to drop out of the bout due to "documentation" issues, paving the way for the UFC to bring in the ultra-agressive and BJJ black-belt, Lucio Linhares as a new signing and replacement for Sakara:
Roy Nelson Talks About Kimbo Bout
"Roy Nelson and Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson are the two biggest names on The Ultimate Fighter 10, and on the next episode the two square off in an elimination bout. While several contestants were licking their chops at the opportunity to fight "Kimbo," Nelson wasn't one of them.
Coach Quinton "Rampage" Jackson picked the first two match ups on the show and Rashad Evans' team won both of them. When Evans got the chance to play match maker, he immediately put his most seasoned fighter against Jackson's most known. Nelson spoke with MMAWeekly.com about how the bout with "Kimbo" was made."
UFC Quick Quote: What is Randy Couture going to do with Brandon Vera?
“My whole thing is, I kick people in the face, I knee people in the face, I can submit people. Now, if I can go to the southpaw stance, and I’m knocking people out from the southpaw stance, people are gonna be like, ‘oh my God, now what am I gonna do with Vera?’… I’m letting everything go with Mr. Couture. You’ve got to. You can’t hold back with Randy. I’m gonna pull out every trick, everything I know…. Randy’s a master tactician. If he were in the Army, he’d probably be one of the best generals in the world. He’s the master planner. I’m excited. The nerves aren’t hitting yet…. It’s a big deal if you make it a big deal. For me, it’s more about the fight. I’m fighting Randy Couture. It doesn’t matter if it’s televised, not televised, main event, or a dark match. It’s not where I’m at on the card, it’s who I’m fighting. I don’t think there could be anything more exciting than the match itself.”
– Light heavyweight Brandon Vera talks to MMAWeekly.com about his upcoming fight against mixed martial arts legend and former division champion, Randy Couture, in the UFC 105 main event from the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena in Manchester, England, on Nov. 14.
Greg Jackson: Rashad wants Machida rematch as soon as possible
Rashad Evans will be fully prepared if ends up facing Lyoto Machida in the Octagon again, says his trainer Greg Jackson. Evans lost the UFC light-heavyweight belt to Machida in May this year and was KO’d in the process, but Jackson would like a second crack at him in the near future.
“I would love to get a rematch with Machida as soon as possible. Of course nobody will agree with me, but I am an optimist,” Jackson told Fighters Only.
Wanderlei Silva returns in February
Brazilian legend Wanderlei Silva expects to return to the Octagon in February 2010, he told Fighters Only earlier today.
“I think my next fight will be February next year,” he said. “Maybe later, but I expect February. I don’t know my opponent yet, but I will find out next month.”
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson provides answers to his fans
“I’m addressing the fans only here, I think I owe them an explanation. Yeah I feel the things I said (in my blog) are true and yeah, I don’t like Rashad Evans because of the type of person he is. He talks smack and he tries to turn around on how it’s me that’s the one who’s talking smack and not him. At first I really wanted this fight to get my belt back but since doing “The Ultimate Fighter” show and six weeks of him talking the way he’s talking and him just being the way he is, yeah it makes me wanna fight Rashad, especially after he said he’d punch me in the face for free. I’m having none of that either.”
UFC Quick Quote: Vitor Belfort is coming for Anderson Silva
“Vitor is a different person now. He really is. He’s not that spoiled kid that we saw back in the day when he was building his career and got ahead of himself. His head is in the game, he’s very focused and he’s very secure with where he is in the game right now. Rich Franklin is no easy competitor. That told us right there where he’s at. We’re coming after Anderson Silva and that belt!”
– Xtreme Couture trainer Shawn Tompkins talks to FightHype.com about the future of Vitor Belfort in the middleweight division — specifically his place in line for the 185-pound crown, currently held by fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva.
Thiago Alves: Beware of the new 'Pitbull" on Dec. 5
“You’re gonna see a different Pitbull. You didn’t see my wrestling and my ground game, because I didn’t have an opportunity to use it, and I feel that my career started after this last fight… I grew up a lot as a person and as a fighter, I’m recharged and I’ll get what I want, the belt. I’ll fight at December 5. I have an opponent, but I can’t say yet.”
Former number one welterweight contender Thiago Alves talks about his rebirth as a complete fighter following his five-round unanimous decision loss to 170-pound kingpin Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100
Surprise leads Vera to opportunity
Last Saturday night, light heavyweight Brandon Vera got an unexpected call.
His management asked him if he was training. He said yes. His management asked him to train harder—he was going to be fighting November 14 on a main event.
“I was like, ‘no I’m not,’” recalls Vera. “’I’m not fighting November 14th, you’re trippin.’” (My management) was like, ‘you’re going to fight Randy Couture.’”
“Hmmm,” Vera said. “Let me call you back.”
Escydero Happy to Show Hands in UFC Win
"There is always a huge amount of pressure on anyone who has won “The Ultimate Fighter" reality show, but when Efrain Escudero stepped into the Octagon at UFC 103 last Saturday night he had a whole new level of intensity to work through.
Escudero drew arguably one of the toughest opponents any Ultimate Fighter winner has drawn in his first fight out. He matched up with American Top Team fighter Cole Miller, who held a 4-1 UFC record heading into their bout. "
History and the Checkered Hero
"In the wake of his loss to Junior dos Santos, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic told the world that the places in his mind once filled with a focus on kicking opponents in the head had been replaced by thoughts of fishing in Privlaka.
Given the dismal turn the former K-1 standout's career has taken in the last two years, it comes as little surprise that he's thinking about calling it quits. Nonetheless, the stark and one-sided beating he took from the Brazilian heavyweight prospect last Saturday at UFC 103 has led to fans and pundits alike wondering how we came to this point, where MMA's formerly most feared striker has been relegated to a disappointing also-ran in a division he was supposed to reign over with impunity."