Despite UFC 102 headliner, White reiterates no interest in five-round non-title fights
If you thought Saturday's Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Randy Couture UFC 102 main event fight might have swayed Dana White to change his mind and allow five-round non-title fights in the UFC, think again.
Although the Nevada State Athletic Commission has officially opened the door for non-title five-rounders, the UFC won't be using the option.
White admits that while watching Nogueira navigate his way to a decision victory at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore., he thought about it. But the purist in him wants to keep five-round fights strictly for championship bouts.
UFC 102 Medical Suspensions
It looks like everyone that performed at UFC 102 is going to be just fine. The only person whose status is still unknown is Ed Herman. A few others such as Chris Leben, Krzysztof Soszynski, Chris Tuchscherer, Mark Munoz, and Justin McCully were further evaluated following the event.
UFC 102 Fighter Payouts
The Oregon State Athletic Commission has revealed the disclosed fighter payouts from UFC 102. The total disclosed payouts were $1,285,000 with the biggest share-$400,000-going to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Randy Couture signs six-fight, 28 month UFC contract
As the sport of mixed martial arts continues to grow at an incredible rate, so too does the talent pool from which the UFC has to choose from when fine tuning its roster. As a result, most fighters get a little nervous about their future after losing back-to-back fights inside the Octagon.
Then again, Randy Couture isn’t like most fighters.
On the heels of his unanimous decision loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102 on August 29, the hall-of-famer and five-time champion has confirmed a new UFC contract that will secure his services for up to six fights in the span of 28 months.
The new deal supersedes his contract from September 2008, when “The Natural” returned from a bitter contract dispute to defend his title against Brock Lesnar at UFC 91.
After earning fastest knockout in UFC history, Todd Duffee focused on different record
PORTLAND, Ore. – Six months of build-up for UFC newcomer Todd Duffee (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) turned into just seven seconds of work.
After signing with the UFC way back in February, Duffee had to wait until this past Saturday's UFC 102 in Portland, Ore., to make his UFC debut.
And while the 23-year-old dispatched of Tim Hague in just seven seconds – the quickest knockout in UFC history – Duffee told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that's not the record he's most concerned with.
"Yes, I'm young, but I want to build my record," Duffee said. "I want a legit record, and I want to do it at this level."
UFC President Dana White admits pricing structure led to less-than-expected UFC 102 gate
PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the prevailing story lines surrounding Saturday's UFC 102 in Portland, Ore., was the slower-than-expected ticket sales for the UFC's debut in the Pacific Northwest.
In the end, the event attracted more than 16,000 fans for a $1.92 million gate – a figure White was told by officials ranked among the top-five gates ever at the Rose Garden.
But for a company that's used to jaw-dropping, record-setting attendance marks, the figures were a slight disappointment. Following the event, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he felt his company dropped the ball by over-pricing tickets in the struggling Portland market.
"The Spider's" camp calls for Marquardt vs. Henderson; Silva willing to wait for result
PORTLAND, Ore. – While many observers felt Saurday's UFC 102 contest between Nate Marquardt (29-8-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Demian Maia (10-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was an unofficial No. 1 contender contest, the next challenger for middleweight champ Anderson Silva (25-4 MMA, 10-0 UFC) remains unclear.
Marquardt impressively dispatched of Maia in just 21 seconds, picking up the Portland, Ore., event's "Knockout of the Night" in the process.
But following the event, UFC president Dana White wasn't quite ready to schedule Marquardt vs. Silva II, and Silva's camp told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that they feel the organization should go in a different direction.
i made a thread for this asking the same question shortly after the Marquart fight i guess the Silva camp agree with me
Former UFC champ Matt Hughes targeted for early 2010 return
Four months have passed since Matt Hughes most recently entered the octagon, and it'll be at least another four before he makes his return.
On Thursday UFC president Dana White said he expects Hughes (43-7 MMA, 16-5 UFC) to fight again in early 2010, possibly around the time of the organization's annual SuperBowl weekend card.
UFC 102 co-headliner Keith Jardine isn't one for typical pre-event hoopla
PORTLAND, Ore. – One glance from Keith Jardine can prove that "Dean of Mean" is more than just a rhyming nickname. The UFC star continues to gain in popularity with the fans despite a herky-jerky style inside and outside the octagon.
"To me, all great fighters should have something cool or different about their style," coach Greg Jackson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Muhammad Ali did everything wrong, but he was 'The Greatest.' I like it when people say he has an awkward style. If they said he was awkward and he sucked that would be one thing, but Keith is decent."
On Saturday, Jardine (14-5-1) and his unique style will face Thiago Silva at UFC 102 in Portland, Ore. Jardine also brought a unique style to the pre-fight hoopla. Contractually obliged to participate in open workouts, he waded through the reporters and cameras with his shoulders slumped and head down. He kept his eyes on the floor while shadowboxing with a surliness that seemed to emanate Don't. Bother. Me.
UFC 102 Weigh in results
Here are the complete UFC 102: “Couture vs. Nogueira” weigh in results:
265 lbs.: Randy Couture (220) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (231)
205 lbs.: Keith Jardine (205) vs. Thiago Silva (205)
185 lbs.: Nate Marquardt (185) vs. Demian Maia (185)
205 lbs.: Krzysztof Soszynski (205) vs. Brandon Vera (205)
185 lbs.: Chris Leben (185) vs. Jake Rosholt (185)
185 lbs.: Ed Herman (185.5) vs. Aaron Simpson (185)
265 lbs.: Gabriel Gonzaga (259) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (258)
265 lbs.: Mike Russow (260) vs. Justin McCully (238)
265 lbs.: Todd Duffee (251) vs. Tim Hague (263.5)
205 lbs.: Nick Catone (185.5) vs. Mark Munoz (185.5)
155 lbs.: Marcus Aurelio (156) vs. Evan Dunham (155)
Exclusive: Mir Talks the ‘Spider’s’ Challenge
A brief break from UFC 102 coverage: last week, SportsIllustrated.com’s Josh Gross circulated a report that had Anderson Silva and management kicking around the idea of a heavyweight bout.
Their ideal opponent? Depending on how Silva decides to pack on weight, diabetes. Second choice: Frank Mir.
If that sounds like an audacious plan, Mir himself doesn’t see it that way. His theories on Silva’s pseudo-challenge and how the hypothetical fight might transpire below.
UFC boss no longer keen on St. Pierre-Silva super-fight
PORTLAND, Ore. - UFC president Dana White is rethinking matching middleweight champion Anderson Silva against welterweight title-holder Georges St. Pierre in light of Silva's recent demolition of Forrest Griffin.
"I think he's too big for Georges," White said of Silva. "Forrest Griffin is huge and at the (UFC 101) weigh-ins, when we squared them off, he was as big as Forrest at 205 (pounds). The guy is unbelievable."
Dana Says Rogerio Nogueira Signing "Should Be Done"
Or somebody's in trouble according to him. At the UFC 102 pre-event press conference, Dana White confirmed rumors started about 10 days ago that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the smaller twin brother of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, was just about signed by UFC. No word on when "Minotoro" might make his UFC debut besides "soon", and Dana wouldn't drop many hints about why UFC was snatching up so much "name talent" recently...besides maybe denying Strikeforce the chance to get them.
Muay Thai coach Quentin Chong helping Randy Couture hone skills, ignore Father Time
The questions are all about the age. And they've been all about the age for so long that old man Randy Couture can't remember anything else. The "Natural" is so old that even other fighters get asked about his age.
And age will certainly be a factor Saturday after UFC 102 in Portland when fans will either declare the 46-year-old former heavyweight champion washed up or a miracle of nature.
"He seems 21 to me," Quentin Chong told MMAjunkie.com. "He does not have an old body."
Dana: UFC To Vancouver Nearly Done, Possibly June
The UFC will apparently (and finally) gets its long-awaited event in Vancouver. During Thursday's UFC 102 pre-event press conference, UFC president Dana White suggested the event is nearly a done deal and said it's targeted for a June 2010 date. The show would take place at General Motors Place, a 19,000-seat venue owned by a group that's openly campaigned for a UFC show. Officials also met with the Vancouver Athletics Commission, which thus far, hasn't officially approved the sport (or the UFC's event).
UFC president Dana White says his anger targeted at Showtime,not Strikeforce
PORTLAND, Ore. – When UFC president Dana White took aim at a budding rival earlier this month by calling them "Strike-farce," it appeared the UFC exec's long-standing praise of Strikeforce was coming to an end.
But at today's UFC 102 pre-fight press conference, White clarified who the real enemy was in the battle for MMA supremacy.
"I'm not anti-Strikeforce," White said. "I don't dislike those guys. I dislike Showtime. That's who I dislike."
While merge with WEC uncertain, White says lighter classes coming to UFC "probably real soon"
PORTLAND, Ore. – While the idea of a merge between the UFC and WEC has been tossed around for quite some time, this past week's rescheduling of "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson" brought the topic back to the discussion table.
At today's UFC 102 pre-fight press conference, White said he didn't have any immediate plans to merge Zuffa's two fight organizations together – but that doesn't mean fans shouldn't expect to see some of the WEC's biggest stars making their way into the UFC, especially with the volume of cards the UFC is planning for 2010.
"(The chances of us bringing lighter weight classes to the UFC are) very good, and probably real soon," White said. "We're doing like three fights a month next year."