Sean Sherk avoiding Gray Maynard?
FiveOuncesofPain.com recently had the chance to catch up with Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor over at Xtreme Couture, Neil Melanson, to gather his thoughts on the Xtreme Couture trained Gray Maynard’s UFC Fight Night showdown with Nate Diaz scheduled for January 11, and while we were able to gather quite a bit of insight into the Bully’s keys to victory in the upcoming rematch, 5 Oz. also learned of one UFC lightweight’s reported reluctancy to face a particular foe with an extremely similar style.
According to Melanson, Maynard has had an itch to throw down with former UFC lightweight title holder Sean Sherk for some time now, but as the saying goes: It takes two to tango.
“I know Gray has been wanting to fight Sean Sherk, and I know they tried to make that fight happen, but according to Gray’s people, they said that Sherk turned it down numerous times,” said Melanson during a recent conversation with FiveOuncesofPain. “I could see why, just because it’s not really a good fight for Sherk; going against another stud wrestler that can box.”
Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet Expected for UFC 113
A welterweight bout between Jonathan Goulet and Marcus Davis is in the works for UFC 113 in Montreal, QC, Canada. MMA Fighting has learned that bout agreements have not been signed, but both camps have verbally agreed to the fight.
Goulet, who hails from Victoriaville, QC, which is located outside of Montreal, hasn't competed since December 2008 when he lost via 33-second knockout to Mike Swick. He was scheduled to face Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 100 in July, but a dislocated shoulder suffered in training forced him out of the bout.
Brad Blackburn believes it's his time to shine
One of the UFC’s best kept secrets, Brad Blackburn, is making his return Monday night at UFC Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Va.
Blackburn was last seen in action in a winning effort over fellow welterweight Edgar Garcia last June, where in his third appearance for the UFC he suffered what would be a debilitating injury that put a damper on the remainder of 2009.
Lightweight Kurt Pellegrino in for UFC 111
UFC lightweight contender and New Jersey native Kurt Pellegrino (14-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) will fight in hid home state for the first time in more than four years.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that Pellegrino has committed to fight at UFC 111 at the Prudential Center in March.
An opponent for Pellegrino has yet to be determined.
The bout will be the 30-year-old's first since an August win over Josh Neer. Pellegrino was expected to face Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in December, but herniated discs forced "Batman" off of the card.
Clay Guida & Sean Sherk Agree To UFN 21 Fight
The first UFC event on Versus-UFC FIght Night 21 in Match, continues to take shape, and a big fight is in the works between Clay Guida & Sean Sherk. Verbal agreements in place, paperwork pending. The fight may also be contingent on Guida being cleared to return early from a 180-day medical suspension following UFC 107.
Liddell Lands Role In Major Motion Picture
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell has recently been on location in Santa Fe, New Mexico filming the feature film “Passion Play” starring 2009 Golden Globe award winner Mickey Rourke and actress Megan Fox.The 40-year-old mixed martial artist went through several auditions beating out other actors to get the role.
Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera in the works for UFC Fight Night 22
A potential middleweight slugfest between veterans Nate Quarry (12-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Jorge Rivera (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) is in the works for the as-yet-unannounced UFC Fight Night 22 in March.MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the organization is targeting the matchup for the March 31 event, and at least one fighter has verbally agreed to the contest.
Tavares: “I’m not thinking about the belt”
Recovered from injuries, Thiago Tavares will be back to the most famous octagon of the world on this Monday, and he’s prepared to one more challenge. Before the fight with Nik Lentz, the black belt talked to TATAME about the fight. “I was born ready”, Thiago guarantee. “I’m well prepared to hit him standing up.
UFC Quick Quote: Efrain Escudero just needs to keep winning
Evan and I haven't been hyping the fight like that -- we're not saying anything bad about each other. We don't even know each other but we're just looking forward to competing. In the Ultimate Fighter house I hated two guys when I fought them. I hated Junie Browning and I hated Shane Nelson when I fought them. Cole Miller is a very respectful guy, we talked before and after, and I think Evan Dunham is a very respectful guy too.
Hermes Franca Retires
Former UFC & WEC veteran Hermes Franca has called it a career. He retired following a TKO loss to Eric Wisely last night in Iowa, his 4th loss in his last 5 fights. His career peaked with a UFC Lightweight Title shot at UFC 77, but he lost then was suspended 1 year for a failed steroids test. He plans to rest then focus on training students at his gym in Syracuse, NY.
Nick Catone and The Real Jersey Shore
Despite what you may see on MTV, there is no Snooki, ‘The Situation’, or ‘J-Woww’ on Nick Catone’s Jersey Shore. Yet like most of us who let curiosity get the best of us, the longtime native of Brick Township has tuned in to the cable station’s latest hit reality series, and his reaction is typical of those who actually live at the shore.
“Yeah, I’ve seen it – it’s kinda stupid to me,” he laughs. “But at least people know that they’re coming down from New York and it’s not us from around here making a laugh about the Jersey Shore. But they’re giving a bad impression about it, that’s for sure.”
Brock Lesnar Will Fight Again
Acccording to Lesnar's trainer, University of Minnesota assistant head wrestling coach Marty Morgan:
"He will fight again. I know that it's just a matter of the public finding out when soon enough."
UFN 20 headliner Nate Diaz wants ex-training partner Tyson Griffin after Gray Maynard
Gray Maynard isn't the only one with a bout hanging over his shoulder.
Nate Diaz, who meets Maynard on Monday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Va., is already fired up for another fight when he gets done with Maynard.
And while much of the buzz surrounding their fight has focused on a possible title opportunity for "The Bully," Diaz has his own hit list.
"I would like to fight [Tyson Griffin] no matter what," said Diaz on a conference call promoting the Jan. 11 event. "He's a b*tch. I don't even like that guy. [Expletive] Tyson."
UFC Quick Quote: Gray Maynard keeping it real against Nate Diaz at Fight Night 20
"You'll never hear me talking trash or saying, 'God, this guys sucks.' I'm the type of guy that's always putting the guy I'm fighting up real high, saying, 'Oh, I don't know man, he's pretty good. I better be prepared.' That's how I keep it realistic."
Undefeated UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard talks to the Las Vegas Sun about his pending rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC Fight Night 20 this Monday (Jan. 11) from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
Dos Anjos Aiming for a Big Finish against Bradley
Christmas and New Year's Eve, two end-of-the-year holidays that people are always anxious for. The celebration and all the delicious food we have at the parties held during this period are fantastic - but how can a professional fighter enjoy this if he needs to be on a diet and go through a tough training camp for a match early the following year?
To tell you the truth, I think he starves and suffers a lot, but it is better to ask a competitor in this situation. So, 'the target' is Rafael dos Anjos, the Rio de Janeiro native who returns to the Octagon on Monday at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, only 11 days into the New Year. However, he sees the positive side. Yes, it exists.
The Serious Side of Tom Lawlor – Well, Not Really
Tom Lawlor is one of the most serious athletes competing in the UFC today. Of course, that’s if you consider the care he takes when it comes to memorable weigh-in appearances, off the wall Octagon entrances, and deadpan one-liners.
Yet something funny (pun intended) happened to Lawlor in the midst of all the antics that have made him an internet message board favorite – he turned into a serious middleweight prospect who may be a couple wins away from graduating to contender. So now, with two UFC wins in his pocket (including a 55 second submission of CB Dollaway at UFC 100 last July), and a big fight this Monday in Virginia against fellow up and comer Aaron Simpson, Lawlor isn’t seen as just a funny man anymore.
Breaking: Percentage of UFC Sold to Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently received reports from multiple sources extremely close to the situation indicating that the UFC has recently sold a minority percentage of the company to Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the son of the former United Arab Emirates president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Sheik Tahnoon is well known throughout the grappling community as the founder of the no-gi submission Olympics, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club. Himself a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, Shiek Tahnoon has been a long time supporter and practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu.
Report: Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz trilogy to conclude at UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver
Following their duties as coaches on the upcoming eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), UFC pioneers and longtime rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz may finally see the conclusion of their fight trilogy at UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver, according to a report from Vancouver's own News 1130.
"The Iceman" currently holds a 2-0 advantage over "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," winning by way of KO at UFC 47 in April 2004 and then by TKO at UFC 66 in Dec. 2006.
Liddell (21-7) hasn't competed since a technical knockout loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97: "Redemption" from the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, back in April 2009. In fact, since his last stoppage over Ortiz, he's only had one victory in five attempts, a gritty unanimous decision win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 in Dec. 2007.
Aaron Simpson on UFC Fight Night 20 foe: "I don't plan on being friends with him"
UFC middleweight contender Aaron Simpson (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) gets it.
Success in the UFC means not only winning, but also participating in memorable fights.
But as Simpson prepares to face the enigmatic Tom Lawlor (6-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at Monday's UFC Fight Night 20, "A-Train" told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he'll leave the wild antics to his opponent. Simpson wants to prove memorable during his time in the cage.