Soares says delaying fight was never an option, but light heavyweight was
Never one to refrain from speaking his mind when asked to give his opinion, MMA manger Ed Soares has been frequently criticized as of late for trying to manipulate the UFC's matchmaking process or hand-select opponents for his clients, such as UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
Soares once again became a focal point of attention this past week when he suggested middleweight contender Chael Sonnen needed to avenge his February 2009 loss to Demian Maia before being considered for a title shot.
When Silva's UFC 112 opponent, Vitor Belfort, was forced to withdraw from the contest. Maia was named as the replacement. Several observers cried, "Foul," but Soares insists he had nothing to do with the replacement choice.
Soares said the process began on Thursday while he was in Brazil. A phone call from UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta got the ball rolling.
Franklin Possible; Couture Up For Lesnar Rematch
Following his UFC 109 win over Mark Coleman, UFC president Dana White said Randy Couture was a contender in the UFC light heavyweight division, but the former two-time UFC light heavyweight titleholder and three-time heavyweight champion wouldn’t rule out fighting in the heavyweight division again.
Melvin Guillard vs. Thiago Tavares in the works for UFC 114 in May
Slugger Melvin Guillard's (23-8-2 MMA, 6-4 UFC) tour of the UFC lightweight division's best submission fighters isn't over just yet.MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the organization that Guillard and Brazilian Thiago Tavares (14-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 114.
Demian vs. Anderson: “I still can’t believe it”
“I still don’t know where I’ll train, but I’ll go train Boxing with (Luis Carlos) Dorea for sure. My physical preparation wlll be with (Rafael) Alejarra”, Demian revealed, confirmed the training with the Nogueira brothers Boxing coach and Wanderlei Silva’s ex physical trainer.
It Won't Be Chael Sonnen Fighting Anderson Silva in Abu Dhabi
The great mystery as to who will step up and challenge for Anderson Silva's middleweight title at UFC 112 on April 10 is looking like it will be solved by process of elimination. Chael Sonnen, who became the number one contender with his upset of Nate Marquardt, now says he won't be making the quick turnaround to face Silva in Abu Dhabi. But with Sonnen and Vitor Belfort both ruled out, who's left?
Escudero Cleared, Faces Lauzon At UFC 114
Sources close to the fight confirmed the bout with MMAWeekly.com on Friday. Originally, the bout was still only a rumor due to a pending MRI on Escudero's arm following his fight against Evan Dunham in January, but he has been cleared for action.
Vitor Belfort: 'I think I did the right thing'
"You can’t describe something indescribable. Everyone is upset but I think they understand the situation. It’s part of the life and I will come back stronger after this. This situation gives me more wish to become the champion. Soon I will be fighting for the belt and doing what is need. I just want to thank the support and endearment from the fans. I only ask everyone to root for my recovery."