FRANK MIR TALKS TUF AND TITLE FIGHT
In a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com, Frank Mir reflected on his experiences with the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and moving forward to face Antonio Rogrido Nogueira at UFC 92 on Dec. 27 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
Mir says he's found the right training chemistry for his fight with the former Pride champion. Before moving to Striking Unlimited with Ken Hahn—now Mir’s assistant coach on the show—Mir found himself dominating his training partners in the gym. His schedule was rigid and unvaried. Though it stroked his ego to blow through the weekend warriors and two pro fighters there, it was giving him a false sense of security, and ultimately, hurting his ability to persevere in later rounds.
“Wrong mindset,” he said. Mir's 2006 UFC performances many to question his heart, and forced him to take a good look at how he was preparing himself for battle. Hahn now emphasizes wearing Mir down with a steady stream of fresh sparring partners at the new gym, some of which are from the reality show. He may dominate initially, but after a while, he gets humbled.
“There’s been a couple of times towards the end where, on video, if you just watched it and that was by itself, you didn’t know I had sparred a lot before that, you’d be like, ‘damn, dude, you suck,’” he said.
Ivan Serati, UFC debut December
It's becoming apparent that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has its sights set firmly on European expansion and that the talent pool on the continent is being harvested for resources. One of the key signings outside of the ubiquitous British talent pool comes from Milan, Italy in the shape of Ivan "Il Terrible" Serati - a monster of a man at 205 pounds and one of the toughest wrestlers this side of the Atlantic.
"The biggest difference this will make to Ivan (Serati) is that he will now be able to train full-time for fights,” Serati’s manager, Alex Burzotta told MMAWeekly.com. “It's something he hasn't had the pleasure of up until now, so his evolution as a fighter will continue, but at a much greater pace than we have witnessed so far.”
Serati had been working as a doorman for several years, but became weary of being continually challenged by troublemakers looking to prove themselves in the street. He turned it all in and paid for his license as a Taxi driver in Milan about 18 months ago and aside from a few people arguing about airport run fares, life has been filled with people recognizing his persona as a fighter, especially after his bout with Vitor Belfort.
STANN VS CANTWELL AT UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS
It didn’t take long for some of the fighters from the soon-to-be-defunct WEC light heavyweight division to make their move to the UFC and none could be happier than former 205-pound champion Brian Stann, who will make his promotional debut in a third fight against Steve Cantwell at the UFC Fight for the Troops show on Dec. 10.
Stann and Cantwell have fought each other twice in the past with each gaining a victory, most recently with Cantwell taking the 205-pound divisional crown away with a TKO win in early August.
The rematch had already been discussed internally at the WEC, and according to Stann, as happy as he was to get another shot at Cantwell, he was a little sad that a week later a fight would take place in front of the military and he wouldn’t be involved.
“They were talking to me about a rematch right after I lost that fight, so I was already excited about that and I thought it was going to be Dec. 3 in Vegas, so I’d be fighting Steve (Cantwell) in his hometown for the third time,” Stann said in an exclusive interview with MMAWeekly.com. “It was kind of like a tear in my heart because all of a sudden I was watching Spike TV and watching the Fight Night and they announced this special featuring the Fallen Heroes Fund and it’s going to benefit TBI (traumatic brain injury) patients.
Rampage Jackson: Michael Bisping could beat Anderson Silva one day
“I’ve been working and training with Michael for a year now, and I have seen improvements consistently; he is already one of the best. He just can’t see it yet. This guy doesn’t know just how good he is. Or how good he can be yet. I think if Michael beats Chris Leben and he fights Dan Henderson next he has the chance to show he is one of the best. If Michael beats and defeats Henderson then he can take on Anderson Silva. Michael has all the qualities to be one the best. He’s better than me at so many things. Michael is a great fighter. He works hard, trains hard, he’s got the potential to be one of the best champions in the sport. He’s also got really good trainers. In the MMA game, anything can happen in a fight. People see Silva as invincible, but Michael could beat Silva one day. There is always a first in this sport.”
Former light heavyweight champion Quinton Rampage Jackson — who now trains full time with top middleweight contender Michael Bisping at Wolfslair MMA Academy in the United Kingdom — feels his team member and friend could defeat UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. The interesting thing here is that he lays out a fight schedule that could groom Bisping for an eventual showdown with “The Spider” after two fights — Chris Leben at UFC 89 and then Dan Henderson.
Silva vs. Machida (Take 2) At UFC 93
According to the website TATAME, the much-anticipated matchup between UFC Light Heavyweights Thiago Silva & Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida has been rescheduled for UFC 93 in January. It was scheduled for UFC 89 but a Silva injury forced the bout to be scrapped.
Ed Herman "I would like a rematch with Belcher right away"
Alan is one of the guys I wanted to fight because I thought it would be a good matchup. I thought it would be fun to stand and fight with him. I knew he would fight me…I would like a rematch with Belcher right away if I could, but we'll see what happens," stated UFC middleweight Ed Herman as he talked about his strong desire for a rematch with Alan Belcher. Check out what he had to say about their fight, his performance and much more
'Colossus' Backs Al-Turk For UFC Success
James Thompson is backing former Cage Rage champion Mustapha Al-Turk to make a big impact in the UFC heavyweight division.
Thompson, a fellow Cage Rage veteran, believes Al-Turk will surprise MMA fans in the US that may not have seen him fight before.
“I always like to see nice people who work hard get chances, and that’s what you've got with Mustapha,” he told Fighters Only earlier.
“He is a really quality person and fighter who has worked really hard and is now going to turn plenty of heads."
Thompson’s last fight was a highly controversial loss to streetfighter turned mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice earlier this year.
MANAGEMENT CONFIRMS UFC HEAVYWEIGHT'S INJURY
Following the news on Monday that Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Cain Velasquez had been forced out of a proposed fight due to a knee injury, MMAWeekly.com has received an official update on his condition.
Representatives from Zinkin Entertainment, Velasquez’s management team, informed MMAWeekly.com that the former Arizona State wrestler recently injured his knee in training and required arthroscopic knee surgery.
The injury was nothing severe, but with rehab and training it will keep the fighter sidelined for the next few weeks at the least.
According to the report, Velasquez should be back in action by “February at the latest. We are just waiting to see how rehab goes right now.”
As previously reported, the original opponent for Velasquez, Mustapha Al-Turk, will now face Cheick Kongo on Dec. 27 as a part of UFC 92 in Las Vegas.
Matt Wiman vs. Frankie Edgar signed for Dec. 10 UFC military event
Lightweights Matt Wiman (10-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Frankie Edgar (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) have signed to meet at "UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops," an event that takes place Dec. 10 at the Fort Bragg military institution in Fayetteville, N.C.
Stephen Rivera, Edgar's longtime mentor and manager, confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) overnight that bout agreements have been signed.
Fiveouncesofpain.com first reported on Wednesday that the fight was close to being finalized.
Wiman returns to competition and goes for his fifth consecutive victory inside the UFC. The 25-year-old suffered a second-round knockout to Spencer Fisher at UFC 60 before joining the cast of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" in 2007. In the exhibition competition, he defeated Marlon Sims in a preliminary bout but then dropped a unanimous decision to eventual show runner-up Manny Gamburyan in the quarterfinals.
However, Wiman has since been on a tear, defeating Brian Geraghty (TKO), Michihiro Omigawa (unanimous decision), Justin Buchholz (submission) and Thiago Tavares (knockout) in regular UFC competition.
Ben Saunders vs Brandon Wolff at UFN 16
A welterweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter" alumnus Ben Saunders (6-0-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and UFC newcomer Brandon Wolff (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take place Dec. 10 at "UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops."
The event will be hosted by the Fort Bragg military installation in North Carolina. It airs live on Spike TV.
Wolff's agent, Ken Pavia, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the bout is being finalized this week.
Fiveouncesofpain.com first reported the possibility of the Saunders vs. Wolff fight earlier today.
*NEW* - Crocop: "We will settle our score on NYE"
Mirko showed up at the airport in sunglasses at around 20h. Overeem smashed both of his arcades and he has two stitches on both sides. Scratches are also visible on his forehead and neck, but Cro Cop was in the mood for a short chat and said that he was upset that the match had to be stopped because he was sure that his chance would come if they were to resume.
LOUGHRAN VS CREDEUR AT UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS
Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters Nate Loughran and Tim Credeur have verbally agreed to fight on the UFC Fight for the Troops event on Dec. 10 on Spike TV.
Both fighters made their official UFC debuts on as part of the July 19 UFC Fight Night featuring a special light heavyweight bout between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and James Irvin.
Loughran kept his unbeaten streak alive by submitting Johnny Rees at that event. In his UFC debut, Credeur also won, defeating fellow Ultimate Fighter Season 7 alumnus Cale Yarbrough by TKO.
Quinton Rampage Jackson vs Wanderlei Silva could happen at UFC 93
The blockbuster light heavyweight match up between Quinton Jackson (28-7) and Wanderlei Silva (32-8-1) will more than likely not happen at UFC 91: “Couture vs. Lesnar” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 15.
The explosive (and long-rumored) third showdown between “The Axe Murderer” and “Rampage” was expected to co-headline the major pay-per-view (PPV) alongside the showdown between UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar.
We first passed along news of the booking earlier this month right here.
However, it appears that even though bout agreements were distributed to both fighters several factors prevented the fight from taking place, including the legal obligations that “Rampage” must fulfill in November.
MICHAEL BISPING WELCOMES RAMPAGE & KONGO
The Wolfslair gym in England was known to many fans as the home of “Ultimate Fighter” season 3 winner Michael “The Count” Bisping, but in recent weeks the addition of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Cheick Kongo have now made the team a major entity in the MMA world.
Jackson and Kongo both recently made the decision to leave former trainer Juanito Ibarra and make the move to Team Wolfslair. Bisping, who is currently training for a fight with Chris Leben, talked about the growth of his home camp in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com
“I think it’s just a sign of the team getting bigger and bigger,” he commented. “Rampage and Kongo are signed now. On the domestic side in the U.K. we’ve got some of the other fighters in the forefront. Some of the top level fighters in the U.K., they’re joining up to the team now as well.”
Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben: I’m going to make 20,000 people shut-up at UFC 89
UFC middleweight contender Chris Leben was our guest on this weeks broadcast of Pro MMA Radio. Presented by MMAmania.com, Pro MMA Radio airs live every Monday night at 9pm and features many of the top fighters from the UFC and beyond.
‘The Crippler’ didn’t waste any time getting into his fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 89. Leben gives credit to Bisping’s technical approach but isn’t impressed with his power. He also believes people underestimate his (Leben’s) ground game.
Leben predicts he will win by knockout.
Larry asks him about the short stint he did in prison that kept him out of UFC 85 and the story behind choking out one of his fellow inmates.
Chris also talks about his fight with Anderson Silva and how he had it in his head that he was going to knock him out in the first round - and how that mental mistake cost him the fight.
Great Expectations: Can UFC 91 Top 1 Million Buys?
During the conference call announcing Randy Couture v. Brock Lesnar as the main event of UFC 91, Dana White predicted that the event would do in excess of one million buys on pay-per-view. White’s prediction is rumored to be based on internal marketing research that found the fight was the most anticipated the company could deliver, even more anticipated than a potential showdown between Forest Griffin and Chuck Liddell (that eventually went down in flames courtesy of Rashad Evans) or a dream fight between BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre scheduled for January.