More middleweight confidence: Nate Marquardt edition
“[Michael Bisping and Demian Maia] are good fighters. Bisping can go and go, and Maia is good on the ground. But neither one of them has fought anyone who is as good as me or at the same level of fighter that I am. It would be a huge jump in class for them to fight me, and I think I could finish either one of them off in round one or two….
Lister Wants Shot At Silva
When the official card for UFC 92 in Las Vegas was announced, the middleweight bout between Dean Lister and Yushin Okami was conspicuously left off the main card despite the fact that many are seeing this bout as a de facto No. 1 contenders match to challenge champion Anderson Silva in the future.
Currently sporting a 4-1 record in the UFC, Lister has been working hard to get to a title shot and he's hoping that his fight with Okami gets noticed, but has no ill will towards the promotion for the fight not currently being slated for the pay-per-view broadcast.
Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture - before, during and after UFC 91
Just a little over a week after his historical fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, mixed martial arts legend and five-time UFC champion Randy Couture was the featured guest on MMAmania.com’s exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio.
And ‘The Natural’ didn’t disappoint.
It was just two months ago that Randy agreed to make his much-celebrated return to the Octagon to defend the championship belt he no longer wanted following a bitter contract dispute that forced his shocking retirement from the UFC.
Like most break-ups, things started getting ugly after some contractual mud started slinging between the two sides. Couture was painted as a money-grubbing diva, interested only in himself and a superfight with the world’s greatest heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko.
Sean Sherk: “The number one contender spot is pretty much the LW belt”
Sean Sherk is coming off the heels of a unanimous decision victory over fellow lightweight title contender Tyson Griffin at UFC 90 last month at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
Sherk and Griffin combined for “Fight of the Night” honors by largely putting their outstanding wrestling skills on the back burner and instead electing to try and brawl it out. In sharing FOTN honors, Sherk put on perhaps the best display of technical boxing in his nine-year career.
Shawn Tompkins " He's already like a son to me"
"I moved Junie Browning into my house about a month and a half ago. I've kind of taken him under my wing and kept an eye on his training, career and his (laughs) social life I guess. I see big things from this kid and he's young; he's only 21. I think he just needed the right people to surround him and he's doing a great job. I'm real proud of him," stated Xtreme Couture trainer Shawn Tompkins as he talked about Junie Browning and gave an update on several other fighters he works with, including Randy Couture, Wanderlei Silva, John Alessio, Chris Horodecki and much more.
Liaudin Cut By UFC
Jess Liaudin (12-11)will be letting his rib injury heal over Christmas before beginning his campaign to get back into the UFC early in the New Year.
Liaudin’s last fight was at UFC 89, where he dropped a decision to Swedish lightweight David Bielkelden after a three round war.
After the fight, it emerged that Liaudin had suffered a severe rib injury in the first round, which will take some months to heal fully.
Prior to that, he dropped a split decision to Englishman Paul Taylor (who ironically also suffered a bad rib injury at UFC 89).
Speaking to Fighters Only earlier, the Frenchman said: “The UFC door is still open for me, I just need to get a bunch of wins then they are taking me back.
Jake Shields interview - talks about possibility of going to the UFC.the EXC situation, and his gym
Here's a preview of the interview:
PWNT : If you do decide to go to the UFC, who would you want to fight? What would be a good fight to introduce you to the fans of the UFC?
Jake Shields : I would love to go fight GSP, but I don’t think that is realistic. There are a lot of good guys to fight. Go in there against Diego, I think that would be a great first match. Thiago Alves, I would like to go in and fight one of their top fighters. Hopefully go in there fight one fight and win that, be the number one contender.
Interview is from about 3-4 weeks ago.
Franca vs. J-Lau Possible For UFN 17
The rumored UFN 17 card for February continues to come together. The latest fight in the works is Hermes Franca vs. Joe Lauzon. Bout agreements have been sent to both sides although it's not clear if Franca's pending DUI case, stemming from an arrest after UFC 90, would have any effect on the fight happening.
Kenny Florian rides streak to second shot at summit
At first glance, Kenny Florian (11-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) doesn't look like he fits the role of fighter.
Especially in street clothes, Florian passes more for a guy who should be doing your taxes or fixing a PC, not choking out fighters and talking smack to an MMA legend (more on that shortly).
He didn't even look like much of a fighter when he was in the octagon for his first UFC bout in April of 2005. Florian was beaten about as thoroughly as a man can be when Diego Sanchez tore through him in less than three minutes to win "The Ultimate Fighter 1" middleweight finale.
Nate Mohr vs. Dennis Siver set to take place at UFC 93 in January
UFC lightweight competitor Nate Mohr is expected to return from injury to take on Dennis Siver at UFC 93 on Jan. 17 at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the matchup on Monday afternoon with sources close to the fight.
Siver, 12-6, is a native of Germany with a strong amateur wrestling background. He’ll be returning to the Octagon after fighting outside of the UFC last month in Darmstadt, Germany at Mix Fight Gala VII. Siver was victorious after submitting Chas Jacquier with a guillotine at 4:21 of round 1.
Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer added to UFC Fight Night 17
Despite no official announcement from the UFC of the event, a bout between Josh Neer (24-7-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Mac Danzig (18-5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been added to UFC Fight Night 17.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first learned of the bout from sources close to Neer, and Danzig announced the bout yesterday on his MySpace page.
GSP Wants To Be A Legend
Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Georges "Rush" St. Pierre won a split decision over B.J. Penn at UFC 58 on March 4, 2006 in a non-title fight. The rematch is set for Jan. 31 and St. Pierre wants to solidify his name as a legend in the sport of mixed martial arts with another win over Penn.
Both are current UFC champions ranked No.1 in their weight classes. Each are considered amongst the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. They're in their primes. This is a mega-fight.
"He's the guy that I want to fight. He's my best challenge right now, and he's the guy that I want to fight," St. Pierre told MMAWeekly.com recently. "I have to fight guys like B.J. to make myself a legend in this sport.
"When you're a world champion you have to set your goal even higher. I don't want to fight to be champion anymore because I'm already champion.
Frankie Edgar Gets His Purple Belt
This past Saturday Ricardo promoted many of his students under the watchful eye of his teacher Renzo Gracie and 30 other very special guest Black Belts in attendance.
New Ricardo Almeida Black Belts:
Congratulations also to the other graduates, including Frank Edgar and Chris Liguori who received their Purple Belts.
Werdum Confirms UFC Release
Although UFC never put out any sort of press release or announcement regarding Fabricio Werdum's release from UFC after his loss to Junior dos Santos, Werdum has now confirmed through the TATAME website that he has been officially released. Werdum claims UFC wanted to cut his pay in half on a new contract, but will now head elsewhere-possibly Affliction or even Japan.
Thanksgiving: the holiday best celebrated by abusing your arteries and securing central obesity’s graduation from “health concern” to “full-blown epidemic.”
In between trips to the apple pie trough, you might feel compelled to mumble some gratitude toward family, friends or -- may God forgive these words -- the fight promoters.
Mindful that excessive carbohydrate consumption might render your brain as useful as a bowl of congealed Quaker oatmeal, here’s a handy holiday reminder of things any MMA fan should be grateful for.