Following UFC 97 win (and thanks to wife), Soszynski securely in UFC
This past weekend's UFC 97 victory over former WEC light-heavyweight champion Brian Stann proved to Krzysztof Soszynski something his wife already knew: He belongs in the UFC.
After getting a late start to his MMA career at age 25, and after some mixed results after a step up in competition midway through his career, Soszynski's confidence was shaken.
But with some encouragement from his wife and back-to-back award-winning victories in the UFC, Soszynski now know he belongs with the 205-pound division's best.
Dana White ready for a war on Chuck Liddell retirement issue
“Chuck Liddell is stupid rich. Chuck Liddell is done. He’s got nothing left to prove. He’s the most famous guy on Earth. I love him like a ******* brother and I don’t want to see him get hurt. There is no reason for it. He’s ******* 40 years old man. These guys that are fighting now are young, explosive, fast ******* kids who are well rounded mixed martial artists. There’s no ******* reason for Chuck Liddell to be out there at 40 years old still fighting. I don’t want to make a ******* nickel off that ever.
Evans & Jackson Near Altercation At UFC Photo Shoot
Apparently Rashad Evans & Quinton Jackson can't wait to go at it, Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida be damned. According to Evans, he & Rampage nearly came to blows at a UFC photo shoot recently, with Evans even borrowing a Rampage-ism in saying he really wants to "whup his ass".
Bobby Lashley Not Going To UFC Anytime Soon
Bobby Lashley's decision to go back to wrestling, even part-time, has halted his UFC aspirations for now. Dana White apparently doesn't want any association with pro wrestling at this time while he & UFC continue to build the brand, and Lashley would have such association now.
Rex Richards, Don Frye, Jesse Taylor at Shark Fights 4
Shark Fight Promotions are staging a fight in Lubbock, TX on Saturday, May 2. TUF 10 tryout Rex Richards, whose only loss is to UFC HW contender, Shane Carwin, will be making his debut at 265 lbs. against a 13-0 Schoonover. Jesse Taylor will continue to extend his streak to 5 after losing to C.B. Dollaway in his UFC debut. UFC and Pride veteran Don Frye will take on Judo Champion Rich Moss.
The fight cards is as follows:
Rex Richards vs Darrill Schoonover
Shannon Rich vs 'TJ' Waldburger
Jesse Taylor vs Eric Davila
Wayne Cole vs Marcus Sursa
Phil Cardella vs Johnny Flores
Louis Luna vs Douglas Frey
Brandi Hainey vs Jessica Miramontes
Don Frye vs Rich Moss
Aaron Garcia vs Elmar Muller
Rolando Scott vs Zach Haney
Efrain Escudero Vs Cole Miller at UFC 103
According to reports, Efrain Escudero announced during an exclusive chat on his official web site that his first fight back from injury is expected to take place at the yet-to-be announced UFC 103 event this coming September.
Escudero is claiming that his opponent will be Cole Miller, who improved to 15-3 after recording a first round submission over Junie Browning at UFC Fight Night 18 earlier this month. Neither the UFC or Miller has confirmed the possible bout vs. Escudero.
Shane Nelson Vs Aaron Riley Rematch At UFC 101
A rematch is in the works for UFC 101 on Aug 8 in Philadelphia as lightweights Shane Nelson and Aaron Riley will do battle for the second time inside of six months after the pair fought to a controversial stoppage during their original fight at UFC 96 in March.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by a source close to Nelson's camp.
Shane Nelson came into UFC 96 just one fight removed from his time on the "Ultimate Fighter", and looked good in the early going, dropping his opponent with a big shot that put Riley on the canvas.
As Riley kicked up to defend himself once on the ground, referee Rick Fike rushed in to stop the action, declaring Nelson the winner much to the dismay of the Ohio crowd who saw that the fight seemed far from over.
Rampage to get August Title Shot
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson has been pencilled in for an August shot at the light-heavyweight title, Fighters Only has been told.
Former champion Jackson might headline either UFC 102 or UFC 103, the latter possibly being a UK event, according to an industry source.
"Hanging-up the Gloves: Chuck Liddell is just the Beginning"
"Who is next to say goodbye?"
This past Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal marked an emotional evening for not just the Iceman, but for the Mixed Martial Arts community as a whole. Chuck Liddell has been a front-runner in one of the most stacked divisions in the sport for as long as most of us can remember, but in the last two years of his prolific, exciting, and accomplished career, his aura has melted, exposing his age and the fact that the level of competition has simply passed him by. The changing of the guard happens in every sport, but not as frequently and quickly as in MMA. In the span of sixteen years we’ve seen multiple generations emerge and fall victim to the next, and at this juncture in 2009 it is happening again. The major difference between this passing of the torch from Chuck Liddell’s generation to Mauricio Rua’s at UFC 97, is the fact that the Iceman’s generation was the first to really cast the UFC into the mainstream spotlight, making him one of the sport’s first truly iconic superstars.
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Chuck Liddell retirement decision likely to come in the ‘next week’ …
… according to his long-time trainer, John Hackleman, in the latest interview with Action Sports:
“It’s going to be done when Chuck decides it’s done and we sit down somewhere on the beach probably in Hawaii and just say you know what it’s done, then we’ll decide. Not after a fight that he got stopped by one of the best fighters on a planet, that’s not the time to decide if it’s done or not. He’s been ko’d twice in his entire life. It’s not time to retire because of that.”
Anderson Silva vs. Roy Jones Junior Won't Happen Anytime Soon If Ever
Despite Roy Jones' suggestions to the contrary, the fight between Jones and Anderson Silva will almost surely never happen, at least not on a major stage. First of all, Silva has 3 or 4 more fights on his current deal. The deal is not done in September. Silva signed a six fight extension in 2008.
The second obstacle is Anderson's contractual status. If he continues to win, his contract automatically extends under the championship clause. If he loses, the value in this fight pretty much disappears. He's trapped in the contract, which may explain his recent tantrums.
The third obstacle is that there's no money in this if Anderson loses and the UFC isn't involved. Without UFC promotion, this fight is worthless on PPV, and the UFC will never be involved in promoting this.
Spike To Air Rogan Comedy Special After TUF 9 Finale
June 20 will be a good night for Joe Rogan fans. After he's done working the TUF 9 finale, Spike will air a one-hour special from his comedy performance taped the night before UFC 96. And according to Rogan, the midnight ET timeslot means the show can and will air uncensored.
Mir on Lesnar: "I Probably Wouldn't Like Me Either If I Made Myself Tap Out in Ninety Seconds"
A little less than three months out from his rematch with Brock Lesnar at UFC 100, and Frank Mir is already starting in on the trash talk and mind games in this Raw Vegas interview. He's decided to go the self-deprecating route, which means Forrest Griffin has a royalty check coming. Mir also isn't afraid to toss a few little burns in there just for the hell of it, even commenting at one point on the "penis" tattooed on Lesnar's chest. You can thank Dave Farra for bringing that up. Hey, we were all thinking it.
Aside from the Lesnar talk, Mir offers the best response yet to the inevitable Fedor questions. Instead of doubting his credentials and just refusing to talk about the guy, Mir says it's "not fair" that other heavyweights have gotten a chance to feel how hard Fedor hits and he might never get that opportunity. You have to admit he has a point. It's about time somebody called Fedor out on his discriminatory punching practices.
UFC Quick Quote: Matt Hughes now intends to take ‘bathroom breaks’ when Anderson Silva fights
“ Don’t have much to say about the fight. Thales obviously wanted to fight on the ground and even took Anderson down, but couldn’t keep him there. I really disliked it when Thales would just fall to his butt and expect Anderson to jump on top of him; but even more disappointing was Anderson’s lack of aggressiveness. He never seemed like he wanted to finish the fight. Halfway through the third round … we just decided to go home. It’s not the first time that Anderson has done this to me. When he fought Cote, it was about the same thing. Next time we have a party and Anderson is on the card…. Well, I’ll just say that at least I can expect to take a bathroom break or to go grab a refreshment when it comes time for him to fight. I heard Dana’s comments after the fight and how he was embarrassed. I don’t think Dana should be embarrassed all he can do is put the fighters in the octagon and once again I was a little surprised to hear Dana say this; but Dana White is a man who speaks what’s on his mind.”
UFC Cuts Josh Burkman
Although Josh Burkman has been unofficially out of UFC since November when his contract expired it's now official. UFC officially released Burkman several weeks ago, it was revealed today. He was 5-5 in UFC but has lost 3 straight and 4 of his last 5.