UFC 96 weigh-in information
Weigh-ins for this weekend's "UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine" event take place Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. EST at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The same venue hosts Saturday's pay-per-view event, which includes a main event between former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Keith Jardine.
The first fighter hits the scale at 4 p.m. Friday. As always the event is free and open to the public. MMAjunkie.com will report live from the weigh-ins and will have complete UFC 96 coverage throughout the weekend.
Prior to the weigh-ins, the UFC will host a question-and-answer session with UFC interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir for UFC Fight Club members. The members-only session begins at 2 p.m.
Win or go home: Gray Maynard UFC 96 interview
One of the more promising fights on the UFC 96: “Jackson vs. Jardine” card is a lightweight scrap between Gray Maynard (6-0, with 1 no contest) and Jim Miller (13-1).
Maynard is now perfect (4-0) in the UFC and was last seen at UFC 90, outpointing Rich Clementi on all three judge’s scorecards. The three-time Division I All-American wrestler (he wrestled on the same team as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans) is also the only blemish on Frankie Edgar’s otherwise perfect record (9-1).
Anthony Johnson vs John Howard at TUF 9 Finale
Two exciting and explosive welterweights have agreed to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June.
Sources close to the negotiations told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Anthony Johnson (7-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and John Howard (11-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) have agreed to the bout, which is expected to be finalized in the coming week or two.
'Everyday Leading Upto The Fight Is A Bad Day For Frank Mir' - Mike Goldberg
In a in-depth interview with Mike Goldberg, he discusses Frank Mir chances in his upcoming fight with Brock Lesnar as well as who he thinks is the next big thing in the UFC, among other topics.
Also interviewed in this two part podcast are:
Marshall Zelasnik (UFC UK President) Who discusses the UFC in Germany..
Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy
& Chael Sonnen.
For Heath Herring, bout with Cain Velasquez just another day at the office
UFC heavyweight Heath Herring (28-14 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has never been one to back away from a fight.
A quick check of his past three fights is a good place to start. Brock Lesnar. Cheick Kongo. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Now Herring will face talented prospect Cain Velasquez in May. The "Texas Crazy Horse" wouldn't have it any other way.
"If you kid of look through my career, I don't ever really refuse fights," Herring recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's kind of my deal."
Josh Koschek vs Chris Wilson at UFC 98
No rest for the weary.
Josh Koscheck will indeed return to the Octagon sooner rather than later, accepting a bout to take on Chris Wilson in a welterweight tilt scheduled for UFC 98 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 23.
Dana White says he has no knowledge of June meeting with Fedor
“… Me and my management hope to get a chance to talk to Dana White in person in June to discuss a possible fight between me and Brock,” Emelianenko is quoted as telling Adam Baker of DreamFighters.com.
During a recent interview with “Carmichael Dave” on the CBS Radio nationally syndicated show “MMAsh,” White was asked if he was aware of a June meeting with Fedor.
“No,” White responded, before continuing, “If that’s true, that’s awesome. I’d have to hear that from him to believe it. But if that’s true, I’d love to meet with him. I’d love to.”
Dana White responds to new rumors of UFC sale
“Here’s the big rumor Dana: Station Casinos is filing for bankruptcy and the UFC is going right down with them,” Carmichael Dave asked sarcastically.
“(Laughs) Right. Yup,” White began to respond. “Station Casinos and the UFC have nothing to do with each other. They never have. They’ve always been kept very separate… Right now in Las Vegas (and) all over the world, companies are in trouble right now.
UFC President clarifies his outlook on competition
UFC President Dana White was a recent guest on the CBS Radio nationally syndicated show “MMAsh,” where his discussed a number of pressing topics.
One of the main issues White was asked to address by host “Carmichael Dave” was Strikeforce’s recent acquisition of ProElite’s assets and subsequent broadcast deal with Showtime.
Akiyama signing has major implications
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s signing of Yoshihiro Akiyama represents a significant business first – the first time a true native top-level drawing card from Japan has signed with a foreign mixed martial arts organization.
There have been plenty of Japanese fighters in UFC over the years, including Caol Uno, a legitimate lightweight contender in the early days of the division (who is set to return to UFC in June); Yushin Okami, a top middleweight contender; and even Kazuhiko Nakamura came in after the PRIDE purchase in 2007.
Mike Swick vs Ben Saunders at UFC 99
Former contestants from different seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, Mike Swick and Ben Saunders, are penciled in to hook ‘em up in a welterweight bout at UFC 99 from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on June 13, according to FiveOuncesOfPain.com
Jacaré, Galvão Training Silva for Leites
If you need to train top-level jiu-jitsu, there is no better place than Rio de Janeiro.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva knows this well, and that’s why he’s in Rio getting ready for his April 18 title defense against Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Thales Leites at UFC 97.
Two BJJ legends are helping Silva prepare: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (ADCC 2005 88-kg champion and multiple-time world BJJ champion in his weight class and the absolute class) and André Galvão (current world BJJ Champion and ADCC 2007 third-place finisher at 77 kilograms and the absolute class).
Wanderlei Silva on his ‘incredible’ fight against Rich Franklin at UFC 99
“… incredible, because he is the last champion before Anderson. He is a great fighter, a complete fighter and it is a good first fight for me in this division…. I didn’t see this fight [with Henderson] but I have seen two or three of his fights. He is complete - good ground, good stand-up, good takedowns, and I think he is a very good fight for me. I am bringing in several sparring partners from Brazil that are also complete fighters, I will be ready for him.”
Wanderlei dreams of TUF coaching role
“The Axe Murderer” revealed he has spoken with [UFC president] Dana White about appearing as a coach in future series, but admits he would have one major problem.
Having seen the likes of Junie Browning causing chaos in “TUF 8”, Wanderlei admits he would probably end up fighting most of the housemates himself!
Maia: I never truly wanted Bisping
“I heard I could be one of the guys and I want to be on the show as a main coach because I was assistant coach to Frank Mir last season.
“So I just challenged Michael, hoping I could get on the show...but they put Dan Henderson on.
“But for sure one day I want to be a main coach.”