Diego Sanchez welterweight return targeted for UFC 114 against John Hathaway
After coming up short against BJ Penn in his Dec. 12 bid for the 155-pound crown, Diego Sanchez (21-3) will make his return to the welterweight division opposite John Hathaway at the upcoming UFC 114 pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, May 29.
The "Nightmare" tweeted the good news earlier today.
After capturing the first ever Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Championship in April 2005, Sanchez went on to win his next five fights in the crowded 170-pound division. Unfortunately his former TUF nemesis, Josh Koscheck, derailed his title aspirations with a unanimous decision win in a bizarre battle of striking at UFC 69: "Shootout."
Couture goes back to his roots for Coleman
It was 1989 when Randy Couture first ran into Mark Coleman.
At that time, the two were both competing on the wrestling circuits, and they met in a Freestyle match-up that saw Coleman get the best of Couture by points. Fast forward to 1998 and the two were set to match-up for the UFC heavyweight title, but an injury suffered by Couture in training prevented the fight from happening.
And now, in 2010, the two legendary fighters are finally set to meet each other again, this time at light heavyweight with a possible title shot on the line.
Couture has been working at his home camp at Xtreme Couture to prepare for the main event bout, and despite some turnover of coaches and fighters at the gym, the former Olympic hopeful says everything has been positive getting ready for the fight.
Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham welterweight fight added to UFC 111 prelims
Nate Diaz (11-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) moves up a weight class to fight Rory Markhman (16-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) next month on the preliminary card of UFC 111.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the likelihood of the bout last month, and UFC executives recently made it official.
UFC 111 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The fight card, which includes two title fights, will be complete once a previously reported welterweight bout of Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch is officially announced for the main card.
Matyushenko says recent setback beneficial for UFC on Versus 1 appearance
As UFC light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko (23-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) finalizes his preparation for a March 21 contest with Eliot Marshall (8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC on Versus 1, "The Janitor" admits the potential for another last-minute cancellation exists in his head.
It's understandable. After all, Matyushenko had a UFC 108 bout with Steve Cantwell scratched the week of the fight.
"That's part of the game," Matyushenko recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Injuries happen, and it's always frustrating, but deep inside my head, I'm always ready for that because it can always happen."
Mostapha Al Turk Off UFC 109, Rolles Gracie To Fight Jon Madsen or Joey Beltran
Previously reported visa issues will prevent Mostapha Al Turk from fighting Rolles Gracie this Saturday at UFC 109, but it’s not yet clear who the newcomer Gracie will fight at the February 6 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 castmember Jon Madsen has reportedly been tapped for the bout, according to Around the Octagon citing sources close to H.I.T. Squad, while manager Manny Rodriguez says Joey Beltran, who knocked out UFC veteran Houston Alexander earlier this month, will face Gracie...
Escudero's Elbow On Mend, UFC 114 Fight "Only Talk"
UFC lightweight Efrain Escudero, who was injured in a submission loss to Evan Dunham last month, will go undergo an MRI this week to determine when he can return to the cage. After the UFC Fight Night 20 co-main-event loss, Escudero, who initially refused to tap from the obviously painful submission, said his arm wasn't broken but that he suffered tendon damage. It also means a reported UFC 114 fight with Dan Lauzon may not happen-sources close to Escudero say it's "only talk" and a possibility at this time. A Twitter message from a Boston Herald reporter said the fight was happening.
BJ Penn: I do want to be the welterweight champion again
“As far as my aspirations to go back up to welterweight and fight GSP again, I am going to have to wait. I do want to be the welterweight champion again, I want to fight GSP again and I am always interested in moving up, I have done that in the past, looked beyond what I had to do, and I won’t be looking past Frankie Edgar.”
Al-Turk In Doubt For UFC109 With Visa Issues
Rolles Gracie is still set to make his UFC debut on Feb. 6, but it may be against a new opponent. Mostapha Al-Turk has run into visa issues that could prevent the British fighter from making the trip to Las Vegas for the upcoming fight.
Rebuilt, Marquardt Eyeing Title Shot With Win
“I’ve improved technically. Physically I’m stronger, better, and faster,” Marquardt told MMAWeekly.com. “The main thing for me is that I’m stronger mentally going into the fight and I’m more dangerous because I’m looking to finish my opponents.”
Vitor Belfort: Anderson Silva seemed 'upset or nervous' at UFC 112 pre-fight face off
"I don’t know what happened, he seemed upset or nervous, I don’t know. We were face to face, but we didn’t greet each other. Some people like to stare down, but when the fight is on it doesn’t matter who can hold the stare the longest. I won the heavyweight tournament and the light heavyweight championship, and I want to be called a UFC champion again. Anderson is really dangerous and has all these weapons, but I have a good chance, and I’m working on a strategy to beat him."
Share UFC Quick Quote: Tito Ortiz is 'full of ****'
"No, it's not true at all. He's full of ****. Let me tell you what Chuck told me. He's gonna break his head open! Yeah, he's pissed."
-- WEC General Manager Reed Harris kept it short and not-so-sweet when Dave Farra asked him on X107.5 Las Vegas if there was any truth to the allegations made by Tito Ortiz that Chuck Liddell is a recovering alcoholic. Ortiz claimed that Liddell was in deep trouble with the disease of alcoholism, until Dana White saved the most dominant light heavyweight champion in recent history through an intervention.
No surprise here.
Lil' Nog Is A "Horrible Fight" For Forrest Griffin
At least Forrest Griffin thinks so. "That is a horrible fight for me. I have trained with his brother a little bit, so he already has the 'inside scoop' on me, he's a southpaw, has got a good chin, and has good power. Plus he is pretty solid on the ground. The only place I would have an advantage would be wrestling... and my wrestling is not that good. So yeah, that’s a tough match up for me. I'd do it, if that’s what they wanted, but being straight up, there are other guys I'd rather fight."
Rogerio vs. Machida Isn't Out Of The Question
"(Rogerio) wants what every other light heavyweight wants in that category and that's he wants a belt,” said Ed Soares. “Whatever fight is going to be, put him up a little bit closer towards that title shot, that's where he wants to be, that's who he wants to fight."
Tim Hague on Lesnar, Tuchscherer and Duffee
Joe Ferraro (Sportsnet.ca) - As Edmonton's Tim "The Thrashing Machine" Hague prepares to take on Brock Lesnar training partner Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109, the Canadian heavyweight is disappointed with Lesnar's recent statements about the Canadian Health Care System.
"I'm a fan of Brock's, but after what he's said recently about Canada, I'm starting to lose a little respect for him," Hague said. "But to each his own."
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Source: Despite threats, no one yet fired from Brock Lesnar's camp
A week after UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar blasted his team for talking out of turn, a source close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that everything is still business as usual inside the camp.Upon announcing his octagon return this past Wednesday after a life-threatening bout of diverticulosis, Lesnar (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) expressed dismay at the multiple health reports that trickled out in the months following his battle with the intestinal disease.
Randy Couture knows he has an advantage over Mark Coleman when it comes to conditioning
He doesn't throw a lot of combinations, but he's a very powerful guy. If you stand around in front of him he's gonna try and hit you with some good hooks and overhand rights. He's gonna follow those with a straight double leg. Knowing what you're looking for there and being ready for that is a big key. The more times you can stuff Mark and keep him from taking you down or make him work real hard to take you down is gonna pay dividends on the conditioning side of things even in a three round fight.
Patrick Barry vs. Gilbert Yvel targeted for UFC 115 main card
A slugfest of potentially epic proportions has been tapped for the UFC's first trip to British Columbia, Canada, as Gilbert Yvel (36-14-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is now expected to face Pat Barry (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 115.Sources close to both camps indicated to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been signed for the matchup, which was first reported by the Las Vegas Sun.