Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua in Talks Regarding 'Really Big Fight', Potentially Lyoto Machida!
According to InsideFights.com, Dana White will be speaking with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua as potentially a challenger to the newly-crowned Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida for a September matchup.
Dana White met with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at the Zuffa offices today and is in the process of putting together what Dana calls a "really big fight".
Our gut feeling tells us that Lyoto Machida will be defending the light heavyweight belt against Rua in September. That would leave Machida without an opponent for the December show, since Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson will likely be meeting on that card.
Rampage And Rashad Tapped For Coaching TUF 10
The UFC may have just thrown us a curveball.
The upcoming 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" will feature former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Rashad Evans as coaches, according to Fighter's Only.
So what about current champ Lyoto Machida, who won the title this past weekend at UFC 98?
So a little change of plans... I like this way more than holding the belt up...
GSP Makes Men’s Fitness 2009 MF 25
By dismantling UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn earlier this year, St-Pierre took ownership of the "best pound-for-pound fighter" mantle. GSP routinely kills it in the gym with strength and conditioning coach Jonathan Chaimberg, a fellow Montreal native. Chaimberg has taken him from only eight body-weight pullups per set to now banging them out with a 120-pound dumbbell attached to his waist. Normally 188 pounds, St-Pierre cuts about 20 pounds for a fight and carries only about 5% body fat. "He's probably the most gifted athlete you'll ever meet," says Chaimberg.
Rampage lets cat out of the bag on TUF
UFC president Dana White announced at the UFC 98 post-fight press conference that former light heavyweight titleholder Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will get the first crack at newly crowned Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida's belt. Speculation immediately arose whether Jackson and Machida would be coaches on the next season of the Spike TV reality show "The Ultimate Fighter."
White was asked point blank at the press conference if the coaches for the tenth season of the show had been picked. White confirmed they have been chosen, but wouldn't divulge any names.
"I'm not going to tell you. We start filming on the first and there's a media day on like the second or third. All your questions will be answered then," said White.
Jackson let the cat out of the bag on his Twitter account (twitter.com/rampage4real) late Wednesday night that he was a coach on the upcoming season.
It read, "Packing my stuff to move to Vegas to coach TUF!!"
Ronnys Torres debuts at UFC Fight Night 19
After a knee injury forced him out of a UFC Fight Night 18 bout with Melvin Guillard, UFC newcomer Ronnys Torres (14-1 MMA 0-0 UFC) will now apparently make his octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 19.
Torres told Tatame he's slotted for the event, though no opponent has been determined.
Fight Night 19 is expected to take place Sept. 16.
FRANK TRIGG SIGNS WITH UFC
Veteran fighter Frank Trigg (19-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship after signing a four-fight deal with the organization.
Trigg, who's a daily host for MMAjunkie.com Radio, today told MMAjunkie.com about the signing, which took nearly nine months to complete.
Trigg, who recently turned 37, went 2-3 in his first UFC stint from 2003-2005, but he's perhaps best remembered for two unsuccessful attempts at Matt Hughes' UFC welterweight title.
Very, very cool and I hope he tears it up!
Clay Guida: I'm Going To Have That Belt Around My Waist
UFC Lightweight Clay Guida is very confident that he's going to be the UFC Lightweight Champion one day. He knows he's ready for a title shot and will try to deny Diego Sanchez a promised title shot if Sanchez beats Guida at the TUF 9 Finale, and possibly earn a shot himself if he wins.
UFC 98 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC today revealed the disclosed fighter payouts from UFC 98. A total of $957,000 was paid out with the biggest share-$200,000 each-going to Matt Hughes and main event loser Rashad Evans.
UFC: Undisputed 2009 Also Tops in Canada
The UFC: Undisputed 2009 takes up the top 2 positions in Canada, according to Rogers and the Canadian Press:
TORONTO — The most popular game rentals (all platforms) according to Rogers Video for the period ending May 24.
1 UFC 2009 Undisputed (Xbox ***)
2 UFC 2009 Undisputed (PlayStation 3)
3 Terminator: Salvation (Xbox ***)
4 Bionic Commando (Xbox ***)
5 Punch Out (Nintendo Wii)
UFC 2009: Undisputed Topping Charts in UK
While THQ’s UFC 2009: Undisputed has been a solid hit on US shores, the game has also made its’ mark in the international market. The game debuted on the top of the charts, according to Brit gaming tracker el33tonline:
The All Formats UK Software Chart top ten follows below:
* UFC 2009: Undisputed (THQ)
* Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo)
* EA Sports Active (EA)
* Wii Fit (Nintendo)
* Fifa 09 (EA)
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Activision Blizzard)
* Wii Play (Nintendo)
* Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)
* My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft)
* Call of Duty: World at War (Activision Blizzard)
At No. 1, UFC 2009: Undisputed debuts in the software chart, with a console sales split of 52% on Xbox *** and 48% on PS3.
That level of success with the game in the UK shows that the UFC is becoming further entrenched in the sporting and cultural environment of the Brits and only bodes well for the future.
Clay Guida Removed From UFC Undisputed 2009
Popular lightweight fighter, Clay Guida, was originally slated to be on the video game’s roster but had to be removed because of his hair.
THQ had reportedly offered Guida money to cut his hair so that they could keep him in the game but Guida apparently turned down the offer.
Machida and Rampage to coach TUF 10?
Now that Lyoto Machida has cemented himself as the #1 light heavyweight in the world, the next step for him is to defend his title, and possibly build his reputation with more fans all over the world.
A natural step to build that bridge would seem to be placing Machida on the next season of the "Ultimate Fighter" reality show, and have him opposite his next opponent, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who previously served on the show during season 7.
UFC president Dana White was asked point blank if the coaches for the tenth season of the show had been picked, and while he was able to confirm they have been chosen, he wouldn't divulge any names.
"I'm not going to tell you. We start filming on the 1st and there's a media day on like the 2nd or 3rd. All your questions will be answered then," White responded.
Dana White Laid Ground Work for Lyoto Machida vs Quinton Rampage Jackson in 2006
The victory on Saturday was a validation of his investment in the Machida's tactical, karate-based style, which drew early criticism from fans.
"We bought the WFA to acquire his contract and Rampage's," added White. "I've always thought this kid was talented."
Dana made that investment back at the end of 2006 and Rampage was already well-enough known to be part of the story when the purchase was made, but Lyoto was not.
Dana Makes It Official: Rampage Gets Next Title Shot
In a fight that will be announced soon, Dana White has confirmed that, as expected, Quinton Jackson will be the first challenger to new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida. Rampage actually was to have gotten the fight last night but injuries after UFC 96 forced him to sit it out.
UFC Returns To Los Angeles In October
At last night's UFC 98 post-fight press conference, Dana White announced UFC will make only it's second trip ever to Los Angeles on 10/24 for what could be UFC 104. The only prior UFC event held in LA to date is UFC 60, headlined by Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie.