Despite criticism, Roy Nelson ready to complete "hardest road" to UFC
LAS VEGAS – "The Ultimate Fighter 10" heavyweight Roy Nelson (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has heard all the criticism.
"Big Country" knows that UFC president Dana White wasn't necessarily impressed with the road the former IFL champion took to Saturday's live finale at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas against Brendan Schaub (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and he knows some fans were grumbling, too.
But Nelson recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that even his biggest detractors should tune in to Spike TV on Saturday night because he's got a show planned.
"I'm comfortable (with my performance in the 'TUF' house)," Nelson said. "I mean I won. That's the first and foremost. As far as being criticized, it really didn't matter being in the house because your main objective being in the house is just to finish fights and win.
Marcus Jones Finally Accepts 'Big Baby' Nickname
LAS VEGAS -- Marcus Jones tried his best, but after initially rejecting the "Big Baby" nickname Rashad Evans gave him on this season's edition of The Ultimate Fighter, the former defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has agreed to go with it just days before he makes his UFC debut against another ex-NFL player, Matt Mitrione, on Saturday night.
FanHouse spoke to Jones at Thursday's media workout about why so many fans are drawn to him, his beef with Mitrione and why he decided to not retire from MMA following his semi-final loss to Brendan Schaub. The video interview is below.
Talking Time is Over. Kimbo is Ready to Fight.
Snappy. Moody. Ready.
Those are three adjectives describing Kimbo Slice’s mood heading into Saturday’s “Ultimate Fighter” season 10 finale.
Much of Slice’s pre-fight hype swayed from his opponent, Houston Alexander, and towards the banquet table that awaited him following weigh-ins.
The bout is contracted at 215 pounds and it’s the first time Slice has cut weight to fight. He shed the pounds by himself, and probably regretted it.
Light heavyweight? No way.
“I would literally disappear,” said Slice.
Nevertheless, the man also known as Kevin Ferguson promised to bring his bread and butter to the Octagon, namely his right and left hands. Two months of jiu-jitsu at American Top Team wouldn’t change his stripes.
If anything, Slice wants to punish Alexander for making him drop 20-some pounds.
“I’ve got a reason to knock this dude out,” he said.
Rampage returning to UFC to finish contract
via Rampage himself on (must have an account to read but I quote the entire entry here)
All Rampage fans don't trip if haters come on OUR website and talk crap. Don't reply because the webmaster will delete it off anyway. Give it no energy cause you never know who it is, how old they are, or if they're retards or not & you'll feel real bad if you found out you were arguing with a retard. I've noticed that the UFC & TUF have some fans brainwashed or something. They still haven't realized yet that the TV show is just a TV show. I did my job by entertaining people and if you ever paid any attention to me, that's what I'm known for doing.
Now, I wanted to let my fans know that I'm going to come back to the UFC & finish my contract. Not because the haters are talking **** about me being scared of Rashad or Titties or anybody else. I'm coming back for my fans & to shut Rashad's mouth up & shut Dana's mouth up. Then after that I'm going back to doing movies & I might do a boxing match once a year just to stay in shape. Hate on dis!
Kimbo Slice: People judged me before they even got to know me
"It’s just like when you were a kid with your parents, depending on what type of parents you had, but definitely your teachers, they kinda teach you to never judge a book by its cover. I guess I was the complete opposite of everyone’s impression of me. They kinda judged me before they even got to know me, but I didn’t go into the house trying to portray someone that I’m not. What you see is what you get, camera on or camera off, I’m a real dude. My kids know that about me, my friends know that about me, and putting me in that house and after putting the cameras on us 24 hours a day, now the fans are able to know that about me. I’m a real guy. The same guy you see in the street, that’s the guy you saw in the house. And that’s one of the things that people are able to relate to. I’m not phony."
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (3-1), who will make his first official appearance inside the Octagon at Saturday's Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale against Houston Alexander, talks about the battle to overcome the public's perception of him as he entered the TUF house to compete with 15 other contestants for a shot at UFC stardom.
Matt Mitrione plans on showing Marcus Jones 'The Darkness' on Dec. 5
"My focus has been on submission and takedown defense, not lunging into my straight left and keeping the tempo of the fight in mind. Knowing the tempo makes me very dangerous. I train to be (a) champion. I made plenty of mistakes and have made strides from my last fight. I'm looking forward to making things happen on Saturday. It'll be an emotion-filled fight. He's going to close the distance on me and I'm going to punch him really hard in the face when he tries."
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle, Matt Mitrione, plans on giving Marcus "Big Baby" Jones something to cry about when they meet at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale this Saturday (Dec. 5) live from "The Pearl" at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
From underdog to silent intimidator, Amir Sadollah still searching for respect
UFC welterweight Amir Sadollah (2-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is used to being the underdog.
In fact, even as Sadollah entered his UFC 106 contest with Phil Baroni, "The Ultimate Fighter 7" winner was being doubted by many MMA observers.
"I was happy with my performance but not over-pleased," Sadollah said. "I'm definitely a perfectionist. There were things I did well and things I want to improve on.
Rashad Evans credits "The Ultimate Fighter 10" coaching success to Team Jackson
Evans knew there was no better way to endorse Team Jackson than to share the team's philosophies.
"I didn't want to be the best coach ever," Evans said. "It wasn't about me showing off. It's about showing what a camp has to offer. ... Greg Jackson encourages us to go out there and learn and bring it back to the team. That's one of the things that makes us such a great team.
"If you stay in one place too long, it can get stale. ... I kept that in mind on the show."
Kimbo Slice Struggling with First Weight Cut
Kimbo Slice, 35, says he was in middle school the last time he was at 215 pounds.
Slice, also known as Kevin Ferguson, is the only contestant in “The Ultimate Fighter” season 10 cast that was required to drop weight for the show’s finale, slated for this Saturday in Las Vegas. He fights fellow brawler Houston Alexander at a catchweight of 215 pounds. Alexander normally competes at light heavyweight.
Slice usually fights at around 235 pounds. It’s the first time he’s had to cut weight in his two-plus years as an MMA fighter – and he’s not liking it.
“Not good,” the generously bearded heavyweight said of his first weigh cut. “Not good. Moody… you just don’t feel the same. It’s mental, but it’s not a good feeling, to be honest with you.”
TUF 10: Final episodes recap
Dana White called it a "great season." Do you agree?
Well, ever since Kimbo got marshmallowed out of the competition by Roy Nelson in episode three, all we've heard from the former YouTube star was how badly he wanted a second chance at TUF stardom. He would Hulk-up and blow steam from his nose like an angry bull whenever a fellow fighter fell ill.
Then White presents it as a real possibility.....
TUF 10 Finale: Jon Jones
This Saturday night from the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada the contestants on The Ultimate Fighter will be fighting their way into the UFC inside the Octagon, but the main event also has a young talented prospect in the making as undefeated light heavyweight phenom Jon ‘Bones’ Jones takes on Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hamill in the main event who will be a stern test for the 22 year old fighter out of New York, but is taking this fight seriously and is not overlooking his opponent in the least bit either.
RENZO GRACIE CONFIRMS UFC SIGNING
The 42-year-old Gracie on Wednesday, in an interview with Combate.com’s Paula Sack, confirmed wide speculation that he has indeed signed to make his promotional debut for the UFC in 2010.
Talks about Hughes and Brown .
UFC 110 Officially Announced, Will Be PPV
Confirming what had been expected for some time now, UFC officially announced UFC 110 for Australia today. The event will be Sunday, February 22, meaning with the time differences it will air Saturday, February 21 in the US, and as previously reported it will air on PPV. No fights were announced.
Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine for UFC 110 in Australia
A light heavyweight bout has been added to the UFC's first trip to the land down under as former "Ultimate Fighter" winner, Ryan "Darth" Bader, looks to keep his undefeated record in tact as he faces "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by multiple sources close to the fight who indicated bout agreements have been issued for the upcoming fight.
Ryan Bader has looked strong in both of his fights since winning the "Ultimate Fighter" competition, most recently a unanimous decision victory over Eric "Red" Schafer. The former All-American from Arizona State showed some dangerous stand-up to compliment his impressive wrestling background to batter Schafer for the better part of the fight to get the win.
Now taking a step forward in competition, Bader sets his sights on Keith Jardine, who has been a perennially tough fighter always in or hovering around the top ten of the 205lb division.
Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago II Being Targeted for UFC 109
The UFC is targeting a welterweight rematch between Josh Koscheck and Paulo Thiago at UFC 109 on Feb. 6. FanHouse learned of the potential fight on Tuesday, but the bout has yet to be made official by the organization.
Thiago defeated Koscheck in a stunning upset at UFC 95 last February via first round TKO in the Brazilian's Octagon debut. Since then, Thiago has gone 1-1 in the UFC, losing to Koscheck's teammate, Jon Fitch, at UFC 100 and beating Jacob Volkmann UFC 106 in November.
Meanwhile, Koscheck was also victorious at UFC 106 against Anthony Johnson. The American Kickboxing Academy product also picked up a win over Frank Trigg at UFC 103 since the loss to Thiago.
Following Koscheck's victory over Johnson, he told Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview that he deserved a title shot against 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre next, not current No. 1 contender, Dan Hardy.
"I'm the No. 1 freaking contender in this weight division, right here," he said.
The UFC 109 event has yet to be made official by the organization, but it is expected to take place Super Bowl weekend at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Other fights rumored to be on the card include Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman and Frank Trigg vs. Matt Serra.