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UFC News - Page 675

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Vera looking to bounce back from first loss
(insidefighting.com)
The UFC's Brandon Vera tells John Buhl why he's still a heavyweight, what he learned from losing to Tim Sylvia last October and looks towards his next bout - a June 7th engagement with Fabricio Werdum in London, England - in this exclusive conversation
Submitted May 8, 2008 3:40PM by disorderlyvision - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Lytle’s Number One Wish: No Lay and Pray
(fcfighter.com)
I’m not mad about it at all,” Lytle counters. “They offer me fights and I always have the opportunity to say ‘no thank you.’ But to be honest with you, it seems to me when Koscheck lost his last fight to St. Pierre, he’s been changing it up a little bit, and that’s all I’m asking for. I don’t care if you try to take me down, that’s part of the sport, just don’t hold me and not do anything.” You might say that Lytle is counting on Koscheck’s ego to play into his hand. Despite sustaining a fight-ending cut in his bout with Thiago Alves at UFC 78, Lytle got what he wanted, someone to stand toe to toe with him. “I’d say just about all the fights I’ve lost have been where a guy’s trying to win a decision on me,” Lytle continues. “So I haven’t been in too many fights where the guy’s coming out and looking to end the fight, and it hasn’t been a fantastic fight or I’ve come out on top. I’ve figured out that I’m a fighter, but I’m also an entertainer, and I want every fight that I’m going to be in to be entertaining.”
Submitted May 8, 2008 3:36PM by disorderlyvision - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Mark Dion files lawsuit against Brandon Vera
(fightopinion.com)
When we interviewed Mark Dion recently on Fight Opinion Radio, we asked him a lot of questions relating to his arbitration case against Brandon Vera. Included in the laundry list of questions were questions regarding the way Dana White behaves when it comes to doing business. Well, according to Adam Swift, Mark Dion has plenty of complaints when it comes to doing business with UFC: The complaint closely follows the contours of the arbitration proceedings, except for the inclusion of Zuffa, White, and Silva for allegedly interfering with Dion’s management contract with Vera. Specifically the complaint alleges that Zuffa and its officials encouraged Vera to breach his contract with Dion and provided him with confidential emails to use in that effort.
Submitted May 8, 2008 3:22PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
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Frank Mir Talks Fedor, Lesnar and More
(bloodyelbow.com)
Frank Mir represents his Striking Unlimited team at Grapplers Quest. He sits down to talk with RawVegas.tv about his son, Marcus’ training, the TUF 8 rumors, his thoughts on a fight with Fedor Emelianenko, and his victory over Brock Lesnar
Submitted May 8, 2008 2:55PM by disorderlyvision - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Momentum Halted: Goulet Out Of UFC 85
(mmaweekly.com)
After his Fight Of The Night win at UFC 83, Jonathan Goulet hoped to continue building momentum going into UFC 85. That will not happen now, Goulet is off the event due to undisclosed health reasons. No word on a replacement for him against his would-have-been opponent, Paul Kelly.
Submitted May 8, 2008 7:20AM by DCRage - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA fans of New York
yesterday there was a press conference in new york concerning the legalization of mma. The current rumor as of yesterday is that it will be legal by the end of july. They have also stated that possibly the ufc will be held in albany, or buffalo. The reason behind this is that it is to soon to book a spot in Madison square garden for the show they might have planed. I heard this information over the radio and can sum what vow for it's accuracy. They also said that Matt Serra and Matt Hamil were in attendance.
Submitted May 7, 2008 5:10PM by bigbubbano23 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dan Henderson Wants Another Shot at Anderson Silva
(cagepotato.com)
Here’s the thing about this video. You know when you ask Dan Henderson who he wants to fight that he’s going to say Anderson Silva. And after that, when you ask him if he really thinks he has a legitimate shot at beating Silva, you know he’s going to say yes. You know that. But you have to ask him anyway, on the off chance that he’ll say he wants nothing more than to face Rich Franklin next. Then we could all relax without having to challenge one another’s illusions. No such luck. However, note that Hendo says he wants to “get back in there and earn another shot.” Would beating Franklin accomplish that? Probably. Also note the Dan Henderson-Wanderlei Silva highlight in all its slow motion, sound effect-y glory. Then tell me you wouldn’t want to see that one happen again. Just saying.
Submitted May 7, 2008 1:56PM by SmileR - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Edgar & Liguori Team Up With Ricardo Almeida
(mmaweekly.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Frankie Edgar and newly signed EliteXC fighter Chris Liguori will soon be training with UFC middleweight contender Ricardo Almeida. They made the move to help improve their overall ground game by working with the Renzo Gracie black belt at his academy in New Jersey.
Submitted May 7, 2008 1:48PM by wolfman - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Marcus Davis: On the road to UFC 85 Mike Swick fight (Part I)
(myspace.com)
Hey, this is Marcus Davis also known as the “Irish Hand Grenade.” Thanks to MMAmania.com for the opportunity to give everyone a short report on what I’m going through to prepare for Mike Swick at UFC 85: “Bedlam” in London, England, on June 7. I’m currently in Boston, Mass., training Muay Thai and MMA with coach Mark Dellagrotte of Sityodyong. I have pulled out every connection I have to prepare for this fight. Mark is the man with the plan and is putting me through my routine for my MMA training. Furthermore, I have reconnected with my original boxing coach, Joe Lake, who is getting me back to some fundamentals. I’m also training with my teammate Kenny Florian and working with Peter Welch from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 and 2. My strength and conditioning coach has been Garth Krane. He is an MMA fighter and former Canadian Olympic-caliber wrestler. I am the strongest I have ever been in my MMA career with a 375-pound bench and a 415-pound squat. If people thought I could punch hard before … wait till you see what I am capable of come June 7! To check out pictures of the physical changes I’ve gone through head over to my MySpace.com page right
Submitted May 7, 2008 1:44PM by SmileR - 2 comments
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Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell to debut on Spike TV on May 31
(mmamania.com)
Spike TV will “salute” former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell during a special hour-long world television premiere of “Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell” on Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET. In addition, the debut of “Liddell vs. Silva: UFC Unleashed — Special Edition” will follow immediately afterward at 10 p.m. ET, creating a Memorial Day “homage” for the most popular fighter in the promotion. Of course, Liddell and Silva battled it out in an epic three-round war at UFC 79: “Nemesis” in December 2007, which “Iceman” won via unanimous decision. According to a recent press release, the segment will include backstage bonus footage prior to the 205-pound tilt. Liddell was expected to take on Rashad Evans in the main event at UFC 85: “Bedlam” at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7. However, he had to recently withdraw from the contest because of a torn hamstring and the card has since been significantly reshuffled to offset the loss of star power. It was not mentioned if this was already in the works for some time to hype the UFC 85 pay-per-view (PPV) event that takes place seven days later; however, the timing appears to reflect that type of thinking. Regardless, should be cool night of free mixed martial arts programming worth checking out.
Submitted May 7, 2008 1:33PM by SmileR - 49 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Serra: Help Me Fight In New York!
(mmamania.com)
As part of grassroots efforts to help get MMA legalized in the state of New York, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra recently sent out an email on behalf of MMAFacts.com to help drum up support for the legalization efforts.
Submitted May 7, 2008 9:21AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Galavisión And UFC® Partner To Present El Octágono Del UFC™
(media-newswire.com)
Galavisión announced today it has partnered with Ultimate Fighting Championship® ( UFC® ) organization to present El Octágono del UFC™ ( The UFC®’s Octagon™ ), a weekly program that features highlights of the best showcases the UFC’s most compelling fighters, thrilling battles and over-the-top mixed martial arts action. El Octágono del UFC™ will launch Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 8pm ET/PT ( 7pm central ) on Galavisión. El Octágono del UFC™ will highlight matches from some of the biggest names in the sport and Hispanics' favorite fighters, including, Diego Sánchez ( Winner of the original The Ultimate Fighter® season ), Kenny Florian ( top lightweight contender ), and highly popular Roger "El Matador" Huerta who is 6-0 in the UFC. The show’s first episode features Huerta vs. Leonard García, in one of the most thrilling matches in the organization’s history. “We are very excited to bring our viewers this one-of-a-kind show which highlights the best of the sport;” said Joanne Lynch, Senior Vice President General Manager, Galavisión. “Partnering with organizations like UFC allows us to offer our viewers more of the diverse programming they want to see, making Galavisión the perfect choice in Spanish-language cable.”
Submitted May 7, 2008 8:34AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
 
UFC roster-trimming Policy?
(americanchronicle.com)
Travis Lutter shares his thoughts on being released by the UFC in an interview with FightHype. Lutter believes Matt Serra will be the next fighter released if he loses his upcoming fight with Matt Hughes based on how they treated Serra while he was treated recently in Canada. During UFC 83, Serra, Lutter, Kalib Starnes and, "five other guys" were cramped into one locker room. Usually the main eventers get their own space, but not Serra. It appeared to Lutter the UFC was hoping and praying that St. Pierre would win because he´s more marketable. Another thing that irks Lutter is that Kendall Grove, who has suffered back-to-back knockout losses, is headlining the next Ultimate Fight Night card. Lutter loses to two top middleweight fighters; puts up very, very good fights, gains full mount on Anderson Silva and nearly snaps Franklin´s arm but ends up losing both bouts and is released. Grove on the other hand, gets knocked out by Patrick Cote and Jorge Rivera…and is handed a main even bout on Spike TV. Why? It is clear and apparent the UFC has no ranking system and is releasing fighters based on other factors. If all it takes is two losses in a row, current Lightweight Champion BJ Penn should have been tossed after UFC 63. As well, Wanderlei Silva has now lost three bouts in a row (albeit two of those losses occurred in Pride). Same goes for Dan Henderson and Mirko CroCop. CroCop actually asked for a temporary leave after his second loss and the UFC granted it to him. Tim Sylvia loses one fight and the UFC grants him his release. There´s no rhyme or reason based on win-loss records. However, if you look closer, their roster cutting methods tend to make a little more sense.
Submitted May 7, 2008 8:21AM by grappler0000 - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
The Machida Chronicles – Part I – A Father’s Lessons
5:30 AM. An ungodly hour for most, even for Lyoto Machida. But without fail he rises, like he has for almost 30 years, and he faces the man who will always be his toughest opponent: his teacher, his hero, his father – Yoshizo.
Submitted May 7, 2008 8:19AM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Travis Lutter thinks Matt Serra should be worried about his job security
(cagepotato.com)
at bottom of article Travis Lutter thinks Matt Serra should be worried about his job security after UFC 83. In an interview with FightHype, he said: “I would guess Serra will have a similar fate as me if he loses the Matt Hughes fight…I mean, he was in the same locker room with me, Kalib and I think there were five other fighters that shared a locker room with him that night. Usually, the main event guys and the guy that has the belt get the nice locker room and stuff like that and here he is with one of the most crowded locker rooms. It’s really strange. They wanted GSP to get that title back so bad and he is marketable, but so is Serra. Serra is as funny as they come, but I’m sure there is a rhyme and a reason in their eyes behind doing everything; it’s just unfortunate.”
Submitted May 6, 2008 10:14PM by disorderlyvision - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
NSAC Officially Clears Sherk, UFC 84 Main Event Now Official
(mmaweekly.com)
After some initial confusion about Sean Sherk's recent drug test results in Nevada, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer today confirmed that all of Sherk's tests came back negative. Thus he has been cleared for a license in the state and his fight with BJ Penn at UFC 84 is officially set.
Submitted May 6, 2008 2:33PM by DCRage - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sokoudjou's key to beating Nakamura - Depressurization
(ufc.com)
A lot less pressure. That’s what Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou says is the biggest difference between his upcoming UFC 84 fight with Kazuhiro Nakamura and his hyped UFC 79 debut bout with the more experienced Lyoto Machida.
Submitted May 6, 2008 2:30PM by Pookie - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Machida Chronicles
(ufc.com)
5:30 AM. An ungodly hour for most, even for Lyoto Machida. But without fail he rises, like he has for almost 30 years, and he faces the man who will always be his toughest opponent: his teacher, his hero, his father – Yoshizo.
Submitted May 6, 2008 2:29PM by Pookie - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMAmania.com Exclusive Interview with Dustin Hazelett
(mmamania.com)
Now that I’m fully rested from my Canada trip (and then some), I got back in touch with UFC welterweight fighter, Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett. I had spoken several times with Hazelett over the last few weeks, trying to get him to comment on his upcoming fight with Josh “The People’s Warrior” Burkman. As instructed by the UFC, Hazelett wouldn’t comment on his next opponent until the fight was made official. But this didn’t stop Burkman from throwing in his two cents in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. You can find those comments here. Now that the fight is official, Hazelett opened up about the upcoming fight, responded to Burkman’s “I’ll even retire if it does go to a decision” comments, and even addressed his new nickname. The following interview is a conglomerate of our three previous conversations. Dustin Hazelett faces Josh Burkman at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 Finale on June 21. Adam Wagner (MMAmania.com): I’ve been trying to get you to comment on your upcoming fight with Josh Burkman at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21, but you wouldn’t budge. This didn’t stop Burkman from talking about it, though, including saying that he would retire if the fight goes to a decision. Do you find this disrespectful? Dustin Hazelett: Yeah, I found it pretty insulting. I think it shows a lack of respect for myself. But also, he might be concerned with the UFC cutting so many people. With his last five fights going to decision, he might be worried about getting cut if he loses or goes to a decision. So I think that might be why he said that. To me, I don’t think it matters if a fight goes to a decision, as long as it’s an exciting fight. Of course everybody wants to finish, but if it’s an exciting decision, I don’t think the UFC cares about that. So I think it was still a pretty insulting comment.
Submitted May 6, 2008 12:15PM by SmileR - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Leben ‘wont be getting the right nutrition and workouts’ for UFC 85 fight
(mmamania.com)
“Its not a fun thing and it sucks for anybody to be in jail but it’s not like he’s afraid. He won’t be getting the right nutrition and workouts in but that’s his only concern…. Yes, we knew [Leben staying in jail longer than expected] was always a possibility and it still is. We won’t know until his hearing on the 8th. We are talking to attorneys and we are confident that it will be ok but there are no guarantees.” T. Jay Thompson — Icon Sport Academy owner where middleweight fighter Chris Leben now trains in Hawaii — shares some concerns about the recent stint in an Oregon jail that “The Crippler” is currently serving while he awaits a probation violation hearing on May 8 to (hopefully) resolve an old Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge. Of course, it’s not an ideal situation for Leben, who had to take a break from training for his UFC 85: “Bedlam” fight against Michael Bisping in London, England, on June 7 to tend to the legal matters. Even if he is released on May 8 it really only gives him three weeks of hard training to prepare for the bout (traveling, media obligations, “tapering” and other commitments often consume the last one or two weeks of fighter time before a fight). Leben is a gamer and more than likely was in good shape prior to the incarceration, but will it be enough?
Submitted May 6, 2008 12:03PM by SmileR - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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