Mirko Cro Cop 99 Deal Not Done. Yet. (Updated)
Although the deal is expected to be done as soon as today, Mirko Cro Cop is not yet official for UFC 99, which is why he's not being advertised yet. The reason why is not yet known but it reportedly has nothing to do with negotiations between the fighter and UFC.
Update: Now it's done. UFC has confirmed the fight.
UFC 102 Confirmed for August 29
The UFC has officially announced that its UFC 102 card will take place on August 29.
While the company has yet to officially confirm a venue for the event, the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon is expected to host the card.
While no bouts are official the rumored card for UFC 102 at this time are:
Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Demian Maia vs. Nate Marquardt
Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva
Matt Hamill vs. Brandon Vera
Chris Leben vs. Jake Rosholt
Wilson Gouveia vs. James Irvin
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Nick Catone vs. Mark Munoz
Junior dos Santos vs. Justin McCully
Evan Dunham vs. Matt Veach
Marcus Davis: Dan Hardy is a ‘disrespectful punk’ whose face will be Swiss cheese at UFC 99
“‘Hate’ is a very powerful word, I know…. But I hate my opponent at UFC 99. I hate Dan Hardy. I really can’t stand this guy and I am counting down to days to June 13, to the Lanxess Arena in when I can smash this kid in the mouth. I want to punch holes in this guy’s face. Hardy has gone so far beyond what is professional. This is more than another fight in the UFC for me, more than getting a win and working towards getting a title shot. This is war…. I’ve only met him maybe three times…. On none of these occasions did Hardy have the guts to say anything disrespectful to my face … like the little coward he is.
Ben Saunders ready to ‘whoop’ Mike Swicks ass with his ‘blades’ on June 13
“I don’t believe his hand speed will be that big of a difference, especially with the lack of a reach advantage, which he has had in almost all his other fights. It means I can hit him without getting hit and close the distance easier than him. He needs to be worried about my blades. The clinch is only one aspect and not something I feel I have to get. People seem to think that because I used it so well in my last fight, that it’s my bread and butter. I love the clinch and feel very confident there, but it is by no means my best and only form of attack.
Despite reports, Frank Trigg insists bout with Josh Koscheck not yet on the table
Despite multiple reports surfacing Friday night that a September matchup between Frank Trigg (19-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Josh Koscheck (12-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) had been verbally agreed to by each fighter, "Twinkle Toes" insists he has not yet been approached about the fight.
Trigg insisted to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he was still in the dark regarding his first opponent in a recently announced return to the UFC.
Trigg has since gone on to publicly dispel the rumors through various postings on his Twitter account.
"Now hear this, now hear this... I know that I have no idea. That is all," read the first post, followed up one hour later by, "Rumors are not true. I have no knowledge who or when."
UFC continues European-market expansion with Portuguese broadcast deal
The UFC's global reach continues to expand as the organization recently announced a new broadcast deal with SIC Radical, one of Portugal's most popular cable television channels.
UFC programming commences almost immediately on the channel, which reaches nearly 2 million of Portugal's 3.5 million households.
The deal calls for the UFC to air episodes of "UFC Unleashed," "UFC Countdown and replays of UFC pay-per-views.
UFC Quick Quote: Bad coaching, not sheer awesomeness, the reason Rashad Evans lost to Lyoto Machida
“I went back and watched the Rashad fight again, and I think it comes down to bad coaching. In the prefight press conference, I heard Rashad say that he didn’t bring anybody in who would resemble Machida’s style. When I heard that, I knew that there might be some problems. That is probably a big reason why Rashad didn’t do very well in the striking area. I also think Rashad should have been coached on using his wrestling talent. He didn’t shoot one takedown that I can remember and he just made it a sparring match. If I was to coach Rashad against Machida, I would have told him to make it a fight, use his wrestling and groundwork to really dictate the match. Not just go out and spar with him. I think Rashad could have done a lot better in that fight. I’m not saying he should have won, but he’s a lot better than he showed on Saturday.”
– Matt Hughes shares his thoughts via his personal blog about the main event fight between Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 on May 23. “The Dragon” looked phenomenal, taking out “Sugar” in the second round with a lethal explosion of strikes that separated the champion from consciousness for the first time ever in his previously unbeaten career. Hughes chalks the loss up to bad coaching and a poor strategy going into the fight. And he’s not the only one — Shawn Tompkins, the head trainer at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, told CageWriter.com that Machida is “far from unbeatable” and Rashad “gave Lyoto everything he needed to make himself look invincible” by failing to close the distance and use his strong wrestling skills. So is Machida really as good as he looked last weekend or does Evans’ head trainer, Greg Jackson, deserve some of the credit?
Josh Koscheck vs Frank Trigg possible for UFC 103 on Sept. 26; Matt Hughes also in the mix
Top-ranked welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck (12-4), and former number one division contender, Frank Trigg (19-6), are in talks to battle it out for 170-pound supremacy at UFC 103 on Sept. 26.
MMAmania.com learned earlier today about the likely match up; however, a venue is still unknown at this time (locations in the United Kingdom and Las Vegas are under under consideration) for the event. In addition, nine-time division kingpin, Matt Hughes, is also lurking in the shadows as a possible opponent for Koscheck … albeit on the outside.
When reached for comment, Koscheck indicated that he didn’t have a preference, saying “I’ll fight either one of those guys. Line them up back-to-back so I can beat one and then move onto the other. It’s nothing personal against them — Trigg and Hughes are both great fighters and a fight with either one of those guys would be a great show for the fans. And that is what it’s all about. I want big fights against big names, guys who will motivate me to train harder than ever before — Trigg and Hughes are those types of guys.”
“Kos” broke his toe back in April while training for his 170-pound match up with Chris Wilson at UFC 98, which would have marked his fourth fight in six months. The wrestling phenom is already back at full strength after spending the past few months on the disabled list, itching to return from the sidelines and get back to his winning ways.
Koscheck was recently upended when he walked into a Paulo Thiago uppercut at UFC 95: “Sanchez vs. Stevenson” last February. The referee jumped in to stop the action in the first round after Koscheck hit the canvas, which several onlookers, including Koscheck, felt was a premature stoppage.
He will no doubt look to exact revenge on his next opponent, which could very well be the the 37-year-old veteran welterweight who just this week signed a contract to return to the organization.
Yves Lavigne Stands By 98 Bradley-Nover Call
While it might have been a tough call to make, referee Yves Lavigne says he stands by his decision to stop the Kyle Bradley-Phillipe Nover fight at UFC 98 when he did. Lavigne said Nover's body language when he went to stop the fight said Nover was "out" even though Nover quickly recovered. Lavigne says he'll adjust accordingly for his next assignment after reviewing the fight, and NSAC head Keith Kizer supports Lavigne's decision on the stoppage.
Chicago out for 2009, but Indianapolis in UFC's sights for 2010
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will not return to Chicago in 2009 according to Marc Ratner, the UFC's vice president of regulatory affairs, but it may be coming to Indianapolis in 2010.
The UFC came to Chicago for the first time in October 2008 for UFC 90 at the Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont. The event took place just about three months after mixed martial arts regulation took effect in Illinois.
Some of the cities in which the UFC puts on events, outside of its Las Vegas base, have become fairly regular blips on the MMA radar screen. Columbus, Ohio, has hosted a UFC pay-per-view each March the last three years. Montreal has played host to highly successful cards the last two Aprils. But that apparently won't be the case for Chicago -- at least yet.
"Our schedule is pretty well done for this year," Ratner said, saying Chicago is not on the promotion's calendar for 2009. "But yeah -- we'd like to go back to Chicago. It's a great, great market. Maybe to the United Center this time. But we're also looking at cities like Memphis, (and) we're going to go to Portland (for UFC 102) at the end of August. We're very ambitious."
Ratner said the Midwest has been a market that has worked for the UFC. In the last three years, the world's largest MMA promotion has put on events in Columbus, Cincinnati, Chicago, Minneapolis and Nashville in an attempt to go into as many new markets as possible.
And with legislation to regulate MMA in Indiana taking effect on July 1, the possibility for a UFC or World Extreme Cagefighting show in the Hoosier State comes into play. (The WEC is owned by Zuffa LLC, the same company that owns the UFC.) Chicago played host to WEC 40 in April.
Ratner said the UFC is interested in putting on a show in Indianapolis at Conseco Fieldhouse -- either a pay-per-view or a "Fight Night" card, which would air live on Spike TV -- and already has begun preliminary discussions to come to Indiana for the first time, but that would not happen until 2010 at the earliest.
Michael Bisping: Life Will Imitate Art On July 11
Michael Bisping, ahead of his UFC 100 fight against Dan Henderson, apaprently has found a unique way to train for the fight: UFC Undisputed 2009. He's been constantly playing as himself against Hendo-and winning-and thinks the outcome at UFC 100 will be the same in the real Octagon as in the virtual Octagon.
Marcus Davis Blog - Part 1
We’re just over two weeks away from what has become the most important fight of my whole career
in mixed martial arts, and the most important fight I’ve ever had in MMA or even in my professional or amateur boxing careers.
“Hate” is a very powerful word, I know. It gets thrown around a lot when people don’t really mean it, like “Aw, I hate mustard!” or “Aw, I hate this song”. But I hate my opponent at UFC 99.
I hate Dan Hardy.
Mauricio Rua Signs To Face Machida At UFC 104
According to sources within the fighter's camp, Mauricio Rua has signed to be the first challenger to new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida. The fight, which likely is still pending Machida signing on, would probably happen at UFC 104 on October 24.
Dana White thinks Fedor Emelianenko will eventually end up in the UFC
“I would never cross-promote. Regarding Fedor, he either wants to come over and fight here or he doesn’t. If he came over and wanted to fight I’d do a deal with him in a minute. You know we’ve been chasing him since we bought Pride. In my opinion, I think it’s going to happen. He’d be crazy not to. I mean, why not? He’ll come over here and make a bunch of money and maybe even win the title and go down in history as the greatest heavyweight ever. The problem is it’s one thing for everyone to say it, I mean I can say, “Brock is the greatest heavyweight ever” but they have got to fight. It’s the only way to find out. We can argue about it all day but in the end you just have got to get out there and fight.”