Rich Franklin wants to make a run at the light heavyweight title starting with Chuck Liddell
"If I cut back down to 185, it's a completely different cut to make it and I will have completely undone everything I've done to put on the size I have. I want to make a run for the title and I don't want to keep doing things that are counterproductive to that, like fights at 195. You can't count Chuck out of any fight. Yeah, he hasn't fought in a year, and yeah, he's lost four of his past five fights, but look at what he's done over the span of his career. He's a legend and he has beaten such an incredible list of opponents, it would be a huge mistake to look past a guy like him."
Josh Koscheck Says He Would Accept TUF 12 Coaching Job
Going home again. That could be the theme of “The "Ultimate Fighter Season 12” for Josh Koscheck if he is indeed chosen as a coach for the next season of the popular Spike TV reality show.
The American Kickboxing Academy welterweight got his start on the show five years ago, and if rumors stand true, the winner of the upcoming fight between Koscheck and British fighter Paul Daley could determine who will coach opposite UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Machida still feels he won UFC 104 bout, thinks rematch with "Shogun" will be more exciting
UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida's first meeting with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 104 re-ignited a long running debate on judging and scoring in MMA.
The 31-year-old Machida hopes their rematch on May 8 isn't grist for that mill.
"We're both a lot more familiar with each other than we were the first time we met," Machida said through his manager Ed Soares' translation during a conference call promoting his UFC 113 headlining rematch with Rua. "So I think it just makes all that much greater for a better fight this time around."
Anderson "The Nuisance" Silva Ruined Christmas For Rampage Fans
So says Chael Sonnen in comments he made backstage at WEC 48. "He’s a grown man with earrings. He’s a grown man with saggy pants, pink t-shirts and crooked hats. Go join a gang, don’t get in the UFC. People don’t care about him. He came out and said he’s gonna go heavyweight, no one cared. So he comes out and says well ‘I’m gonna go light heavyweight,’ no one cared. ‘Well I’m gonna retire.’ Good! Beat it, this is back page news, no one cares about you anyway. ‘Well I’m not gonna retire I’m gonna stick around.’ Or do that. Again, it doesn’t really matter, you’re a nuisance. So who cares, they go make the little action figures and the two little kids that bought em, are probably pretty upset, their parents probably thought it was Quinton Jackson when they bought it for them and the kids had a disappointing Christmas I would imagine. That's a big difference. I became the number one contender on February and February 7 he sent out a press release as to why he shouldn't have to fight me. On August 7 he will fight me. I stand here of my own free will. He stands here because Uncle Dana is making him."
CSAC: "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" draws 12,555 for gate of $792,640
While WEC 48's official attendance and gate revenue figures fell short of the promotion's initial estimates, the event was still an unqualified success.
The California State Athletic Commission today released a final report on the event and said 12,555 paid attendees packed the ARCO Arena this past Saturday to watch current featherweight champ Jose Aldo take on hometown favorite and former champ Urijah Faber.
The event produced a total of $792,640 in gate receipts, an average cost of $63.13 per ticket issued.
WEC officials still mum on pay-per-view future, plan five more 2010 cards on Versus
The WEC took a major risk with this past weekend's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event.
Company officials obviously had the unenviable challenge of trying to determine the best way to do the unthinkable: convince consumers to pay for a product they were used to receiving for free.
Initial estimates from various media outlets have suggested WEC 48 did between 150,000-200,000 buys, though WEC officials have declined to comment on the subject. Nevertheless, it's back to Versus in June for the first of five more 2010 fight cards, and UFC/WEC president Dana White said it will be business as usual.
Paul Daley Not Interested In Rematch With "Boring" Jake Shields
There's been a lot of talk about Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields coming to the UFC when his current contract expires -- but don't add Paul Daley to the list of people who are excited over the possibility of him competing inside the Octagon. Perhaps that's because "Semtex" was submitted by the grappling whiz back at Elite XC: "Heat" in October 2008. The British striker tells The Daily Record he's a much improved fighter since they last met but has no interest in avenging that loss simply because he doesn't want to subject himself to a boring fight.
Leben vs. Simpson, Fisher vs. Siver, Browne vs. McSweeney set for TUF 11 Finale
With pre-sale tickets going on sale in mere hours for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, the organization has added a trio of fights to the card, all of which were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The additions include Chris Leben vs. Aaron Simpson for the evening's main card, as well as a pair of contests tentatively slated for the night's prelims with Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver and Travis Browne vs. James McSweeney.
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale is scheduled for June 19 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
UFC 113's Matt Mitrione says forget what you think you know about him, "Kimbo Slice"
Matt Mitrione (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) knows a thing or two about being pigeonholed, and he's not about to do that to UFC 113 opponent and fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Mitrione, a former linebacker and defensive tackle in the NFL, got a reputation on the Spike TV series as a difficult-to-work-with brooder that rubbed his teammates the wrong way. Ferguson already had a reputation as an MMA greenie made famous by the good fortune of YouTube.
Six months after the program aired, both continue to grow as mixed martial artists and carve out identities in the UFC. Mitrione says he's not bothered by his image. All he's focused on is beating Slice, and do to that, he's trying to forget all that he thinks he knows about the bearded fighter.
"UFC Undisputed 2010" full roster revealed; demo set for April 29 release
A little less than one month before it officially hits retailer's shelves, THQ and the Ultimate Fighting Championship are releasing a demo for the highly anticipated "UFC Undisputed 2010."
The videogame teaser, which will be available for download this Thursday, April 29, will feature four fighters – all light heavyweights – including champion Lyoto Machida and challengers Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles, "UFC Undisputed 2010" is set for a May 25 release.
UFC Signs Karlos Vemola To Face Madsen At UFC 116
UFC today signed Czech fighter Karlos Vemola to a multi-fight deal and announced he'll face Jon Madsen in his UFC debut at UFC 116. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Reports are Vemola has a beef with James McSweeney over allegations of drug use by Vemola.
MacDonald To Face Salter At UFC 113
Exit one Canadian, enter another. After plans to have David Loiseau face John Salter as a replacement for Nick Catone at UFC 113 fell through today, fellow Canadian Jason MacDonald has been added as a replacement.
UFC 2010 Undisputed Early Demo Release (Press Release)
THQ Inc. today announced that gamers who register for the UFC® UndisputedTM 2010 community site will receive early access to the highly anticipated demo, slated for release on Thursday, April 29, 2010. The demo will be playable on PSN and Xbox LIVE®. Go to community.ufcundisputed.com now and sign up to be one of the first to play the UFC Undisputed 2010 demo...
After WEC's Griffin vs. Bonnar moment, White says he's willing to arrange a rematch
A little more than five years ago, then-UFC hopefuls Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar contested one of the most entertaining bouts in the organization's history at the first-ever The Ultimate Fighter Finale – the night the UFC first aired live on Spike TV.
This past Saturday night, Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung engaged in an equally rousing affair while placed in a similar position: the lead in for "Aldo vs. Faber," the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event.
Following the event, UFC president Dana White expressed his gratitude for the performance and said he wouldn't mind letting "Bad Boy" and "The Korean Zombie" do it again.
Quebec denies David Loiseau license to fight John Salter at UFC 113 in Montreal
LAS VEGAS - Montreal middleweight David (The Crow) Loiseau's return to the UFC did not last long.
A source confirmed Monday that the mixed martial arts fighter was replacing the injured Nick (The New Jersey Devil) Catone at UFC 113 on May 8 in Montreal.
But later Monday, the source said Loiseau was off the card, adding the reversal had to do with the local athletic commission.
Joe Doerksen, Tim Hague official for UFC 113; David Loiseau's status uncertain
A pair of late replacements for May's "UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" event are now official for the evening's fight card, though a third slot still remains unfilled.
The world's largest MMA organization today announced two contests previously reported by MMAjunkie.com, as Joe Doerksen faces Tom Lawlor, while Tim Hague meets Joey Beltran.
UFC veteran David Loiseau, who was contacted to face John Salter at UFC 113, has yet to be officially announced by the organization, and there appears to be come concern as to whether he'll be allowed to compete.
White says Aldo one of world's best, WEC champion's next move uncertain
If nothing else, WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has options.
After a dominating five-round victory over former champion Urijah Faber at this past Saturday's WEC 48 event, UFC president Dana White said he was so impressed with "Junior" that he's already considering where the Brazilian phenom would rank in both the bantamweight and lightweight divisions.
As for the humble Aldo, he'll just sit back and wait to hear what's next.