Kenny Florian vs Joe Stevenson in November 15th clash
Source’s close to the camp of TUF 2 winner, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, have confirmed to Mmabay that they have been offered and accepted a fight against Kenny Florian on November 15th, likely to be UFC 91.
Mmabay can also confirm that the fight has been accepted by Florian and is most likely to be held in Boston, giving Florian the home turf advantage as he looks to bridge the gap between his last fight and a possible title shot next summer against B.J. Penn.
Stevenson himself is moving back up the title ladder. After rebounding from his disappointment at not winning the title in January, Stevenson bounced back with an impressive second round win against Gleison Tibau at UFC 86 in July.
Looks like this fight is for real.
Machida tells Silva “I’m gonna look for a knockout!”
In an exclusive interview with Mmabay, top 205 pound contender, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, he told us how he intends to use Thiago Silva’s aggressive style against him and how he expects to knock him out.
Machida, when asked about his next fight said: “I love to fight aggressive fighters, because the more aggressive they are the better it is for me. It suits more my style.
He continued: “I’m going to over power him, I know Thiago is a very tough guy, but I’m gonna put on a strong pace. I know when I hit him, he is going to feel my hard punches and my hard kicks and I’m gonna look for a knockout.”
With the fight scheduled for October 18th, look for fireworks between the two Brazilian’s who are both coincidently 13-0 in their mma career’s.
By Michael Pepper.
Dana White, Mindfreak?
While the exact details of his appearance are being kept secret, Dana White is scheduled to appear on the 8/27 episode of the A&E series "Criss Angel Mindfreak". No word either on if Angel's so-called mentalism will influence Dana on any of those certain fighter signing rumors.
Jason Day Off UFC 88
Jason Day wlll now have to wait another day for his next UFC fight. Originally set to return at UFC 88, he is now off the card due to an elbow & biceps injury. No replacement named yet for his fight against Jason Lambert.
Spike TV Releases 'TUF 8' Cast
Spike TV executives on Monday made public the cast for season eight of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, set to premiere on Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. EST. The show served as a launching pad for current UFC stars Forrest Griffin (Pictures), Kenny Florian (Pictures) and Michael Bisping (Pictures), among others.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (Pictures) and reigning interim heavyweight titleholder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) will coach hopefuls on the eighth season, which will feature fighters from the lightweight and light heavyweight divisions. Mir will then challenge Nogueira for the interim belt at a pay-per-view event in December.
The 32-member cast includes Shane Nelson (Pictures) -- a 24-year-old B.J. Penn (Pictures) protégé who will enter the competition on a five-fight winning streak -- and John Polakowski (Pictures), 26, a World Extreme Cagefighting veteran who trains alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (Pictures) at The Pit in San Luis Obispo, Calif. They are among the 16 lightweights who will vie for the UFC contract.
Efrain Escudero and Brandon Garner are among other notables who made the lightweight cut. Escudero, an unbeaten Rage in the Cage mainstay, has secured his last nine wins by submission. Garner, meanwhile, remains the only man to submit UFC veteran Jason Dent (Pictures).
Undefeated UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans (Pictures), himself a product of “The Ultimate Fighter,” will have a rooting interest in the eighth installment of the reality series. His brother, Lance Evans (Pictures), will compete as a light heavyweight on the show.
Other notables who made the light heavyweight cut include Ryan Bader (Pictures), a former All-American wrestler at Arizona State University, rising Canadian prospect Ryan Jimmo (Pictures) and Jason Guida (Pictures) -- the 30-year-old brother of UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida (Pictures). International Fight League veteran Krzysztof Soszynski (Pictures) and American Top Team product Tom Lawlor are also in the mix at 205 pounds, along with Team Quest’s Vinicius Magalhaes (Pictures), a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Royler Gracie (Pictures).
As with last season, preliminary bouts will be held during the first two episodes to pair down the field from 32 to 16. The two finalists in each weight class will meet in “The Ultimate Fighter 8” Live Finale on Dec. 13 in Las Vegas live on Spike TV.
UFC's NYE Rumors - Anderson Silva vs Chuck Liddell, and Kenny Florian vs Joe Stevenson ?
One possibility if St. Pierre decides he can't go is Chuck Liddell vs. Anderson Silva. That, fight, however, also has a few obstacles in its path. Liddell is fighting in September, so assuming he wins, he’d have enough time to recover. But Silva is competing on Oct. 25 against Patrick Cote. He’d have to come out of that match unscathed and take a fight with only two months to prepare against Liddell.
It might seem far-fetched, but Silva has voiced a hope to fight more frequently, and mentioned back in June that he hoped to have three more matches in ’08.
For those of you who may have not heard these fights are being considered as back up plans if Georges St.Pierre does not fight BJ Penn.
One other interesting little rumbling that we have heard are that Cain Velasquez may also fight on this card, the problem is not many people are stepping up to fight the former Arizona State wrestling sensation. There have also been rumors of Brock Lesnar's next opponent who may either be Gabriel Gonzaga or Cheick Kongo. We will bet on Kongo as Gonzaga seems as the more legitimate threat to a Lesnar title run that the UFC could profit heavily from.
We have also heard Kenny Florian vs Joe Stevenson, which would be a clash of titans at lightweight. Now keep in mind none of these rumors or speculations are confirmed and are to be considered loose talk at the most. We will keep you up to date on anything we do hear as time goes on.
Irvin Confirms Painkiller Use
Light heavyweight James Irvin (Pictures) admitted to allegations of painkiller use prior to his July 19 UFC bout with Anderson Silva (Pictures) in a letter received by the Nevada State Athletic Commission Monday. Irvin said he took the medication without a prescription.
The Sacramento native tested positive for the non-approved analgesic painkillers methadone and oxymorphone, according to a post-fight urinalysis collected after his TKO loss to UFC middleweight champion Silva.
Irvin lasted just over a minute with the stealth Brazilian fighter during their 205-pound contest broadcasted live on Spike TV.
“In the days leading up to my fight with Anderson Silva (Pictures), I experienced some residual pain in my foot from a previous injury,” wrote Irvin in an Aug. 14 letter. “I made the extremely poor choice to take some pain medications that I did not have a prescription for. I realize this was an ignorant and dangerous decision.”
UFC 90 Press Conference Report
* Dana White announced that Mike Swick will be added to the card but stopped short at saying who his opponent will be.
* Chicago is the UFC's #1 market for pay-per-view revenue.
* When all is said and done, UFC 90 will be the highest-grossing event in the 28-year history of the Allstate Arena, smashing Wrestlemania 22's record of 2.4 million dollars.
* As of Noon today, UFC 90's gate has already reached the two million dollar mark.
* White said Anderson Silva could potentially move up to light heavyweight again if he defeats Patrick Cote on October 25th.
* Furthermore, he even hinted at a possible GSP vs. Silva bout at an undetermined catch weight.
* The winner of the Diego Sanchez vs. Thiago Alves bout will receive a welterweight title shot.
* Speaking of Alves, he vowed to have no more issues making weight at 170 lbs.
UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry: Retirement comes with no regrets
When famous athletes retire, they get interviewed by Bob Costas in a luxurious hotel room with big lights, multiple camera angles, and complementary Fiji water at the ready.
They reminisce about their bygone glories as woeful fans abuse the Kleenex box and beg their hero not to fade away just yet.
Ivan Salaverry got me, Kelly Crigger, a part-time writer who happened to be in Seattle just days after the announcement that he would no longer grace the octagon. Salaverry has voluntarily bowed out of competition to pursue other interests and give his time back to the people who matter in his life -- his family and students.
The Ultimate Fighter cast officially revealed for season 8
With less than one month until its debut on Spike TV on September 17 at 10 p.m. ET, the full 32-member cast of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 has been revealed via SI.com.
This season will feature a mix of light heavyweight and lightweight prospects who will compete in a tournament-style format until one man from each weight class is left standing at the TUF 8 Finale on December 13.
Similar to last season, the contestants will be expected to fight their way into the house in the first episode of the show. UFC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Frank Mir will serve as opposing coaches.
Check out the full TUF 8 cast after the jump.
* Ryan Bader
* Antwain Britt
* Jules Bruchez
* Lance Evans
* Karen Grigoryan
* Jason Guida
* Ryan Jimmo
* Kyle Kingsbury
* Tom Lawlor
* Ryan Lopez
* Vinicius Magalhaes
* Eric Magee
* Eliot Marshall
* Sean O’Connell
* Shane Primm
* Krzysztof Soszynski
* Jose Aguilar
* Fernando Bernstein
* Junie Allen Browning
* Rolando Delgado
* Joseph Duarte
* Charles Diaz
* Efrain Escudero
* Brandon Garner
* David Kaplan
* Brian McLaughlin
* Wesley Murch
* Shane Nelson
* Phillipe Nover
* Ido Pariente
* John Polakowski
* George Roop
Evan Tanner Could Die In The Desert
Seriously. For his latest adventure, Tanner plans, in his own words, "on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment, could cost me my life." He still needs to address some medical issues before returning to UFC, which he'll probably do upon his return from the desert...if he returns.
Grove Puts Fatherhood, Business Ahead Of Fighting For Now
Coming off a "must-win" fight against Evan Tanner to poteneitally save his UFC career, Kendall Grove now plans to take time off until early 2009. He plans to be home with his wife and newborn daughter and to open a new school/training facility in Hawaii with fellow Hawaiian fighter Troy Mandaloniz.
Anthony Johnson Targeting October Return
Seeming to have put the controversial TKO "eye poke loss" behind him, Anthony Johnson recently noted that while he wasn't happy with the fight's outcome, he's put it behind him and is planning to return to UFC in October. He could be cleared for a September return but Johnson plans to play it safe and wait a little longer.
Sean Sherk: I Want To Fight The Best Of The Rest
Not content with facing just anyone in the UFC Lightweight Division, former champion Sean Sherk says he wants to face the toughest competition around, the guys that, if he defeats them, will leave no one doubting that he should be back in the mix, fighting for a UFC championship.
Nate Quarry Injured in Freak Acciedent
This might be old news, but I hadn't really heard much about Nate's injury.
Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Nate Quarry, who secured a place in the highlight reel of 2008 by chasing Kalib Starnes across the Octagon, is recovering from a freak accident a little over a month ago.
Quarry was at a party in Albany, Oregon, where guests were hitting golf balls into a wooded area. Quarry walked straight into the backswing of a young woman, sending the club directly into his left eye. The force of the blow broke Quarry's Orbital Floor, a bone that keeps the eye in place. Doctors estimate the original cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter” will not be able to compete until November or December at the earliest. Despite the bad turn of luck, Quarry has been a good sport about the whole incident.
“I’m just glad it was me and not some kid or other woman,” Quarry says. “We had grown men swinging these clubs. If it would have hit a kid or a woman, it would have smashed their face.”
Quarry says the injury has stalled a search for a new opponent. A rumored UFC card in Portland is in the window of his recovery period, but he is not aware of any proposed match-ups.
“It would be great to fight in Portland,” he says. “First, I have to heal up from this though.”
Heath Herring Contradicts Himself
There have been conflicting reports since the evening of weigh-ins for UFC 87 regarding whether or not Heath Herring or his team made disparaging remarks towards Brock Lesnar prior to their fight. Lesnar and UFC prez Dana White say there were, while Herring has denied saying anything derogatory about the former wrestler (or any of his previous opponents, for that matter).
One thing which neither side has disputed to this point was the fact that Herring refused to walk out to the cage before Lesnar when asked by UFC execs. Herring even said as much on the August 12th episode of Sherdog's "Beatdown" radio show.
Quinton Jackson's arraignment delayed as investigation continues
Quinton Jackson's scheduled arraignment last Friday on charges following his July arrest was postponed, as police and the Orange County District Attorney's office continue their investigation.
The 30-year-old former UFC light heavyweight champion was arrested on July 15 on suspicion of hit-and-run driving, felony evading and reckless driving. A new arraignment date has not been scheduled.
The delay could put a crimp in the UFC's plans to bring Jackson back to the Octagon as early as November, which, even in our lenient, second-chance society might be premature.