- NOT SO FAST, ANDERSON STILL WANTS TO SWING
- NOT SO FAST, ANDERSON STILL WANTS TO SWING
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - by Ken Pishna - MMAWeekly.com
Hot on the heels of reports that Anderson Silva had acquired a permanent taste for the 205-pound division, it appears that the most dominant middleweight champion in UFC history isn’t quite ready to relinquish his thrown at 185.
A recent column by Yahoo! Sports writer Dan Wetzel stated that Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, told UFC President Dana White that his client was willing to make the move to light heavyweight permanent, even if it meant dropping his middleweight belt in the process.
Not so Soares told MMAWeekly.com, saying he’s not sure where that information was drawn from.
I actually agree with what he says at the end of the article about pairing up henderson with the maia/marquardt winner and producing a clear #1 contender...with so few fights left on his contract and the desire to retire and fight Roy Jones Jr...it would be way better for the fans if he fought again at lhw or even Wanderlai at a catchweight...and then after the dust settles he can fight the number one contender at mw
Matt Veach Off UFC 102, Marcus Aurelio Returns As Replacement
Matt Veach is now off UFC 102 due to a back injury. Apparently it was an injury he suffered back as a collegiate wrestler and re-aggravated it recently. He was to have faced Evan Dunham. Marcus Aurelio, who was cut after 2 losses in a row left him at 2-3 in UFC, will return to the promotion as the replacement. Aurelio has gone 2-0 since leaving UFC.
Dana White still uncertain whether Chuck Liddell's retirement is permanent
Is Chuck Liddell really retired?
It seems the man who first announced the former champion's career conclusion isn't even sure these days.
After a knockout loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97 in April, UFC president Dana White announced in a post-fight press conference that Liddell had entered the octagon for the final time. Now, though, he hasn't completely shut the door on hios longtime friend and former manager fighting once more.
"He's a huge superstar, and we could still sell lots of tickets (with Liddell)," White said in April. "But I don't care about that. I care about him. I care about his health, and it's over, man. It's over."
UFC 101 Medical Suspensions
The PSAC today handed out the medical suspensions from UFC 101. 6 fighters in all were suspended, generally they were for 30 days although Tamdan McCrory & Kenny Florian got 45 days and will need medical clearance before fighting again.
Dan Miragliotta Defends Stoppage of Johny Hendricks Amir Sadollah Fight at UFC 101
"When you get to see the fight in slow motion, you can see that [Amir Sadollah (1-1)] was out and then, after a couple of strikes, wakes back up and starts trying to stand back up," UFC referee Dan Miragliotta told Fighters.com Sunday night in response to the outrage here and across the MMA media after John Hendricks (6-0) TKO’d the charasmatic The Ultimate Fighter 7 champ Sadollah in 29 seconds in Hendricks’s Octagon debut at UFC 101 in Philadelphia Saturday.
Ed Herman vs. Aaron Simpson rebooked, moved and official for UFC 102
A middleweight bout between Ed Herman and Aaron Simpson takes place at the Aug. 29 UFC 102 event at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
Herman and Simpson, slated to meet at UFC Fight Night 19 before a series of opponent switches briefly had them committed to other fights, now meet on the preliminary card of UFC 102.
The UFC today officially announced the fight.
Dana White Vlogs Removed From YouTube, Will Not Continue
As of yesterday, all of Dana White's video blogs on the UFC channel were removed:
Carmichael Dave talks to Dana White:
"I made the decision not to do the blogs anymore." "I am the one that took them down" said White. "They were fun while they lasted, and thanks to everyone for the support."
SURGERY PUTS PATRICK COTE OUT UNITL 2010
It is quickly approaching a year since Patrick Cote injured his knee in a failed attempt to capture the UFC middleweight belt from current champion Anderson Silva. And it is starting to look like it may approach a year-and-a-half before the Canadian is able to fight again.
DAN MILLER NOW SLATED TO FACE C.B. DOLLAWAY
The changes for the UFC Fight Night 19 card in Oklahoma City continue to roll in as MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to the fight that Dan Miller is now set to square off against C.B. Dollaway in a middleweight match-up.
Originally, Dan Miller was stepping in as a replacement for Ed Herman to face Arizona Combat Sports fighter Aaron Simpson. Herman had been tabbed to face Wilson Gouveia at UFC 102 in Portland.
New Frankie "The Answer" Edgar Interview
The Official Radio Partner of PunchDrunkGamer, TakeDown Wrestling Radio’s Scott Casber recently talked with the UFC’s Frankie Edgar. Scott and Frankie talk about Edgar’s recent win over Sean Sherk, his battle with Hermes Franca and the difference that his background and continued involvement in wrestling has made in his mixed martial arts career so far.
Anderson Silva Does Whatever a Spider Can
If Anderson Silva's deconstruction of Forrest Griffin didn't impress you enough, FightMetric offers up some pretty impressive stats:
* Silva landed 13 of 25 total strikes, for an accuracy percentage of 52%. Silva has still never had a fight in which he landed less than half his attempted strikes.
Fickle Fans and Fellow Fighters Turn on Forrest Griffin
MMA fans might be the harshest and most fickle in the sporting world. There is no better demonstration of the "what have you done for me lately mentality" than the way we have collectively turned on former favorite Forrest Griffin. For an example see the photo shop on the right which has been making the rounds in the BE comments, on the UG and the Sherdog boards
Anderson Silva's Dominance Produces a New Set of Interesting Questions
Anderson Silva wasn't lying when he stated that he's years ahead of the competition. At UFC 101 on Saturday, he showed the world exactly why he's one of the most feared strikers in the sport by dismantling former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin in 3 minutes and 23 seconds. It looked to be a walk in the park for the UFC Middleweight champion.
It was fairly evident in the week leading up to this tilt that Forrest Griffin was being highly over-valued as a legitimate challenger to Silva. While a lot of fans agreed that Griffin's size could be a legitimate problem, it almost works to every challenger's disadvantage in the light heavyweight division. Speed is what kills competition in MMA, and the same case is made in boxing as well. Unfortunately, Griffin didn't have the game plan to stifle that speed.
Griffin uninjured, not dealing well with loss
Reports surfaced on Sunday that Griffin had suffered a jaw injury and that was the reason for his hasty exit, but MMAWeekly.com was able to confirm with representatives from Zinkin Entertainment, Griffin's management group, that he is physically fine following the Saturday night fight.
Griffin suffered no broken jaw and he is physically okay, said the Zinkin representative, but emotionally he is definitely not dealing well with the loss.