Former UFC champ Matt Hughes targeted for early 2010 return
Four months have passed since Matt Hughes most recently entered the octagon, and it'll be at least another four before he makes his return.
On Thursday UFC president Dana White said he expects Hughes (43-7 MMA, 16-5 UFC) to fight again in early 2010, possibly around the time of the organization's annual SuperBowl weekend card.
UFC 102 co-headliner Keith Jardine isn't one for typical pre-event hoopla
PORTLAND, Ore. – One glance from Keith Jardine can prove that "Dean of Mean" is more than just a rhyming nickname. The UFC star continues to gain in popularity with the fans despite a herky-jerky style inside and outside the octagon.
"To me, all great fighters should have something cool or different about their style," coach Greg Jackson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Muhammad Ali did everything wrong, but he was 'The Greatest.' I like it when people say he has an awkward style. If they said he was awkward and he sucked that would be one thing, but Keith is decent."
On Saturday, Jardine (14-5-1) and his unique style will face Thiago Silva at UFC 102 in Portland, Ore. Jardine also brought a unique style to the pre-fight hoopla. Contractually obliged to participate in open workouts, he waded through the reporters and cameras with his shoulders slumped and head down. He kept his eyes on the floor while shadowboxing with a surliness that seemed to emanate Don't. Bother. Me.
UFC 102 Weigh in results
Here are the complete UFC 102: “Couture vs. Nogueira” weigh in results:
265 lbs.: Randy Couture (220) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (231)
205 lbs.: Keith Jardine (205) vs. Thiago Silva (205)
185 lbs.: Nate Marquardt (185) vs. Demian Maia (185)
205 lbs.: Krzysztof Soszynski (205) vs. Brandon Vera (205)
185 lbs.: Chris Leben (185) vs. Jake Rosholt (185)
185 lbs.: Ed Herman (185.5) vs. Aaron Simpson (185)
265 lbs.: Gabriel Gonzaga (259) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (258)
265 lbs.: Mike Russow (260) vs. Justin McCully (238)
265 lbs.: Todd Duffee (251) vs. Tim Hague (263.5)
205 lbs.: Nick Catone (185.5) vs. Mark Munoz (185.5)
155 lbs.: Marcus Aurelio (156) vs. Evan Dunham (155)
Exclusive: Mir Talks the ‘Spider’s’ Challenge
A brief break from UFC 102 coverage: last week, SportsIllustrated.com’s Josh Gross circulated a report that had Anderson Silva and management kicking around the idea of a heavyweight bout.
Their ideal opponent? Depending on how Silva decides to pack on weight, diabetes. Second choice: Frank Mir.
If that sounds like an audacious plan, Mir himself doesn’t see it that way. His theories on Silva’s pseudo-challenge and how the hypothetical fight might transpire below.
UFC boss no longer keen on St. Pierre-Silva super-fight
PORTLAND, Ore. - UFC president Dana White is rethinking matching middleweight champion Anderson Silva against welterweight title-holder Georges St. Pierre in light of Silva's recent demolition of Forrest Griffin.
"I think he's too big for Georges," White said of Silva. "Forrest Griffin is huge and at the (UFC 101) weigh-ins, when we squared them off, he was as big as Forrest at 205 (pounds). The guy is unbelievable."
Dana Says Rogerio Nogueira Signing "Should Be Done"
Or somebody's in trouble according to him. At the UFC 102 pre-event press conference, Dana White confirmed rumors started about 10 days ago that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the smaller twin brother of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, was just about signed by UFC. No word on when "Minotoro" might make his UFC debut besides "soon", and Dana wouldn't drop many hints about why UFC was snatching up so much "name talent" recently...besides maybe denying Strikeforce the chance to get them.
Muay Thai coach Quentin Chong helping Randy Couture hone skills, ignore Father Time
The questions are all about the age. And they've been all about the age for so long that old man Randy Couture can't remember anything else. The "Natural" is so old that even other fighters get asked about his age.
And age will certainly be a factor Saturday after UFC 102 in Portland when fans will either declare the 46-year-old former heavyweight champion washed up or a miracle of nature.
"He seems 21 to me," Quentin Chong told MMAjunkie.com. "He does not have an old body."
Dana: UFC To Vancouver Nearly Done, Possibly June
The UFC will apparently (and finally) gets its long-awaited event in Vancouver. During Thursday's UFC 102 pre-event press conference, UFC president Dana White suggested the event is nearly a done deal and said it's targeted for a June 2010 date. The show would take place at General Motors Place, a 19,000-seat venue owned by a group that's openly campaigned for a UFC show. Officials also met with the Vancouver Athletics Commission, which thus far, hasn't officially approved the sport (or the UFC's event).
UFC president Dana White says his anger targeted at Showtime,not Strikeforce
PORTLAND, Ore. – When UFC president Dana White took aim at a budding rival earlier this month by calling them "Strike-farce," it appeared the UFC exec's long-standing praise of Strikeforce was coming to an end.
But at today's UFC 102 pre-fight press conference, White clarified who the real enemy was in the battle for MMA supremacy.
"I'm not anti-Strikeforce," White said. "I don't dislike those guys. I dislike Showtime. That's who I dislike."
While merge with WEC uncertain, White says lighter classes coming to UFC "probably real soon"
PORTLAND, Ore. – While the idea of a merge between the UFC and WEC has been tossed around for quite some time, this past week's rescheduling of "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson" brought the topic back to the discussion table.
At today's UFC 102 pre-fight press conference, White said he didn't have any immediate plans to merge Zuffa's two fight organizations together – but that doesn't mean fans shouldn't expect to see some of the WEC's biggest stars making their way into the UFC, especially with the volume of cards the UFC is planning for 2010.
"(The chances of us bringing lighter weight classes to the UFC are) very good, and probably real soon," White said. "We're doing like three fights a month next year."
Penn vs. Sanchez targeted for UFC's third show in November; White hints at new broadcast deal
PORTLAND, Ore. – The recently rumored UFC lightweight title fight between current champion B.J. Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez will happen this fall according to UFC president Dana White, but it won't happen in England.
At today's UFC 102 pre-fight press conference in Portland, Ore., White said he was working on a deal that would see the organization host a third event in November.
And while UFC 105 will air on SpikeTV on Nov. 14 and UFC 106 will be seen on pay per view Nov. 21, White said the potential new date won't be viewed on either platform.
Used to fighting for UFC life, UFC 102's Ed Herman now fighting for family
Among fighters, some superstitions are nearly universal.
Never overlook a current opponent to talk about the next one.
There is no such thing as a guaranteed victory.
Three losses in a row can kill your career.
Ed Herman knows the latter all too well. "Short Fuse" has been on the brink twice in his UFC career. Herman now faces undefeated Aaron Simpson at UFC 102 on Saturday in Portland, Ore.
Demian Maia: Anderson Was Talking Some Bulls**t
- Maia is going to have no problem with the weight cut.
- Maia is more worried about Marquardt's technique than his strength. He says Marquardt is a worthy opponent on the ground.
- Winner should get a title shot by the end of 2009.
- Anderson Silva was "talking some bullshit" in Brazil about Maia because he felt Maia challenged him when Maia asked for a title shot after his last victory.
- Anderson Silva didn't used to be that way, but he is now cocky and Maia felt that he has changed. Anderson does not accept critics anymore.
Couture vs. Nogueira Likely For Next Title Shot
At least according to Randy Couture. When asked Wednesday about the winner of his Saturday fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira possibly being next in line for the Brock Lesnar-Shane Carwin winner, Couture said "That's been tossed around". Couture still hasn't ruled out moving back to 205, where one interesting possible fight is Anderson Silva.
Phillipe Nover vs. Sam Stout official for UFC Fight Night 19; 11-bout lineup set
The official UFC Fight Night 19 lineup now includes:
Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard
Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard
Carlos Condit vs. Jake Ellenberger
Tim Credeur vs. Nate Quarry
Steve Cantwell vs. Brian Stann
Mike Pyle vs. Chris Wilson
C.B. Dollaway vs. Dan Miller
Phillipe Nover vs. Sam Stout
Justin Buchholz vs. Jeremy Stephens
Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce
Ryan Jensen vs. Steven Steinbeiss
Nik Lentz replaces Dan Lauzon at UFC 103
Sources close to the fighter have informed FiveKnuckles.com that Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts trained Nik Lentz will step in for the injured Dan Lauzon against Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 103. The event is scheduled for Sept. 19 in Dallas, TX.