UFC Reinforces Economic Benefits Of Its Events To NY
Ahead of another scheduled meeting of New York State legislators to hopefully vote on legalizing MMA in the state, UFC execs Dana White & Marc Ratner are now pushing a study showing, in these tough econimic times, how legalizing MMA in the state and subsequently allowing UFC events as a result could generate millions in tax & tourist revenue for the state, and especially New York City. The next meeting and possible vote are scheduled for tomorrow (January 7).
2 Fight Wear Labels Un-Banned From UFC?
If what we saw at UFC 92 was an indication, especially during Quinton Jackson's intro, yes. It seems that previously banned fight wear brands MMA Authentics and CageFighter have had their bans lifted by UFC & Zuffa. This ban affected such fighters as Chuck Liddell, Roger Huerta, Urijah Faber and Forrest Griffin. An official announcement may be forthcoming in the near future.
Irvin Vows April Return, Calls Out Silva
After finishing up a 9-month NSAC suspension, Jamies Irvin vows to return to UFC on April 19 and also claims he's going to be asking for Top 10 guys every time out. Or, at least for now, Silvas-after fighting Anderson last time out, Irvin now wants Wanderlei when he returns.
Despite recent arrest Josh Neer will fight at UFC Fight Night 17
Despite his recent arrest for second-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated and eluding after a New Year's Day high-speed police chase, Josh Neer will be permitted to fight Mac Danzig next month as planned.
The Neer-Danzig fight is a co-main event for UFC Fight Night 17 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
Mickey Dubberly, CEO of Neer's management team at KO Dynasty, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Feb. 7 fight will go on as planned.
"Josh will be fighting Mac Danzig Feb. 7 in the co-main event in Tampa as scheduled," Dubberly stated in an email to MMAjunkie.com. "Josh has been training very hard for this fight and is looking forward to putting on a great fight for the UFC and fans. Josh would like to once again thank his family, fans, friends, training partners, UFC and everyone that has supported him through his career."
David Loiseau To Return To UFC At UFC 97
After being cut by the promotion a couple years ago, former Middleweight contender David Loiseau will now return to UFC at UFC 97 in April. His opponent will be Ed Herman. Loiseau recently won the XMMA Middleweight Title.
UFC Coming to Memphis
When will they be there?
-Citing various sources close to fighters that are expected to appear on the card, FiveOuncesofPain.com is reporting that the UFC will make it's first stop in Memphis, Tennessee on April 1 for UFC Fight Night 18. The broadcast is set to be a lead in for the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 9, which will feature a team USA coached by the winner of Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson, and Team UK coached by Michael "The Count" Bisping. The only fight confirmed for the April Fools Day card is The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero going up against "Lil' Heathen" himself, Jeremy Stephens.
Josh Koscheck Added to UFC 95
MMAmania.com learned this weekend that the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) member has been approached about beefing up an event that could need a little more of it. The promotion has done a nice job of filling up the card with solid match ups after the services of marquee attractions such as Chuck Liddell and Anderson Silva could not be secured, but the Spike TV special could use a little more star power.
TUF 10 set to bring back heavyweight division
UFC President, Dana White could be about to bring back the heavyweight division to the popular reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter” for its 10th season set to screen late in 2009.
According to a report by the Wrestling Observer, White has hinted that Olympic Judo Gold Medalist, Satoshi Ishii could feature on the show and has possibly been offered a slot on the show.
Matt Riddle vs. Steve Bruno added to UFN 17 in February
An alumnus from the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, Matt Riddle had been scheduled to make his welterweight debut in a UFC 91 matchup this past November against Ryan Thomas. However, a serious knee injury sustained while training forced Riddle off the card and created an opening for fellow TUF 7 veteran Matt Brown.
Riddle has been making progress in his recovery from the injury and sources close to 22-year old fighter have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that he’s expected to return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7 against Steve “Hollywood” Bruno.
WANDERLEI WANTS LIDDELL BEFORE 185
Brazilian brawler Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to meet with UFC president Dana White this week to determine his next challenge.
The former Pride champion is not thrilled about a possible cut to middleweight. He walks around at 215 pounds, and doesn’t like to cut more than 10 pounds for a fight. He denied an immediate move to the division below him, but said he would wait to hear from “the boss.”
DEAN LISTER REQUESTS, RECEIVES RELEASE FROM UFC
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday by Lister's management team at Haymaker's Empire.
According to his manager, Lister requested the release and the UFC granted his leaving the organization. The former Abu Dhabi champion is already in talks with several promotions, including Dream and Affliction, for a new deal.
Chuck Liddell says he’ll take the light heavyweight title from Rashad Evans
“I’ll fight anybody they put in front of me as long as it gets me back closer to the title. I have to try to be the best at what am I doing. I want Rashad Evans, he’s got the title and I’ll take it.”
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell — who was most recently on the wrong end of a vicious knockout at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” courtesy of Rashad Evans — wants another crack at “Sugar” when asked who he’d like to fight next. That more than likely isn’t going to happen anytime soon — Liddell has lost three of his last four fights. And he no longer appears to be the same world beater who dominated the talent-rich 205-pound division for two years up until 2007. “Iceman” is expected to return at UFC 96 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7; however, his opponent remains a mystery. With a win in March, Liddell — who has been getting some extra training at American Top Team (ATT) recently — could very well begin to mount his final assault on the light heavyweight hill before calling it a career. Because of his celebrity and drawing power it’s not crazy to imagine that two impressive wins could get him to the top, regardless of what else is happening in the division. Can he pull it off? Does he have enough gas left in the tank? Has he been surpassed in skill by the other top fighters in the division? Let us hear your opinions in the comments section below.
Recent MMA Fighter Deaths Raise Questions
The death of former heavyweight title contender Justin Eilers, due to a gunshot wound at the hands of his stepfather at a Christmas night party, marked the third death of a recent UFC fighter from under strange circumstances in a short period of time. Is the spate of deaths a harbinger of bad things to come, or is it a radmon series of coincidences?
TUF 8 Champ May Debut At UFN 19
Although no announcement has been made and paperwork is not done yet, Jeremy Stephens says that he will be the opponent for TUF 8 Lightweight winner Efrain Escudero in his first post-TUF fight, likely to be at UFN 19 in April.