A Silva never intended to fight at 205 lbs
From OC Register interview with Anderson Silva:
On if his plan is to hold the middleweight and light-heavyweight belts at the same time:
“My goal is to keep my middleweight title and it has been proven that the light-heavyweight title belongs to Lyoto (Machida).
“We’re not only friends, but we are teammates and Lyoto has done everything he can to prove that he deserves that title.”
On whose idea it was to fight at 205 pounds:
“This was brought up by Dana White. I was in Hawaii with one of my teammates, Rafael Feijao, who was fighting in EliteXC. I got a phone call from my manager saying that Dana wanted me to do this fight on July 19. We were a little worried at first because we had to cut the training in half, but we were up for the challenge.”
On whether he had entertained the possibility of fighting at 205 before White made the request:
“No, I wasn’t planning on fighting at 205, but it came as a challenge and we are ready to test our skills.”
Check out the entire interview here:
Exclusive Interview: Lyoto Machida
After Lyoto Machida scored the biggest win of his undefeated career by out-pointing Tito Ortiz to a unanimous decision at UFC 84, he immediately became the subject of intense debate in the MMA community. While his fans praise his impenetrable defense and technically perfect counter-attacks, there are others who find his stick-and-move style to be boring — or worse, cowardly. Our resident Brazilian Luiz de Souza called Machida at his home base in Belém, Brazil, to get his take on the criticism, and to find out where he thinks he stands in the UFC’s light-heavyweight title picture
CagePotato: Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us today. Do you have any idea who your next opponent will be?
There’s been a lot of speculation, but there’s no confirmation of anything yet. But I think it could be Thiago Silva, or even Quinton Jackson.
We’ve heard that multiple fighters have turned down fights with you. Why do you think people are trying to avoid you?
It’s like I said in other interviews, this is a business, and so many times people don’t want to fight, not because they are scared, but because they want to get to the top quicker. Many times, fighters have better opportunities of getting higher-ranked in other fights, which makes them choose their fights sparingly, not accepting all challenges. It’s not a matter of being scared.
Michael Bisping out for a ’stand up brawl’ with Chris Leben
“I want to go out and show my skills, my last fight hit the ground too much – he (Jason Day) gave me the opportunity to take him down, and he couldn’t handle the ground-and-pound…. Your next fight is always your biggest fight, you’re only as good as your last fight, so yeah this is the biggest fight of my life. I’m not gonna go more cautious because it’s Chris Leben. I’ll do what I normally do, look to stand on the feet and set the pace. It’s the same in every fight, you assess the situation, play it by ear, punches get thrown –- and hopefully we’ll get the stand-up brawl we all want.”
Paul Kelly Vs Marcus Davis At UFC 89
Wolfslair product Paul Kelly may be fighting Marcus Davis at UFC 89 in October, Fighters Only has been told.
Sources close to the fight have indicated that contracts are being drawn up for the fight, although nothing has as yet been signed.
Kelly made his UFC debut in January when he fought fellow Briton Paul Taylor on the undercard of UFC 80.
The pair won the Fight of the Night bonus for their three-round war, which the UFC screened on the pay-per-view broadcast despite it being originally scheduled as part of the non-televised undercard.
SERIOUSLY MARCUS. FIGHT IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY FOR ONCE!
New Jesse Taylor Interview
Now that he's done the time for his TUF crime, Jesse Taylor is ready to return to UFC and recently gave MMAmania an interview about what happened since TUF 7 and his return to UFC, among other topics.
Swick has Elbow Surgery
UFC Welterweight Mike Swick had elbow surgery Thursday, a minor procedure to remove bothersome bone chips. No timetable for his return but Swick hopes to fight again before the end of the year.
Jon Fitch: " I'm fine fighting BJ after I win"
I think being in his face and keeping pace with him, never going away, just always bothering him is the biggest thing. I don't want him to think he's going to set a pace that I can't hang with...he's never fought a fighter like me," stated UFC welterweight Jon Fitch as he talked about his upcoming clash with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre
The Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards - The Fights
"Well, at least the best UFC fight of 2008 thus far was an easy call. The rest of the top five (or in this case,
top six) was a little tougher, as there were plenty of action-packed and drama-filled bouts that could have easily fit in among the best of the first-half. Here’s to a second half of 2008 that’s just as exciting."
Portland Getting UFC 91?
Anonymous sources have recently revealed that Portland, Oregon might be the next big U.S. city getting some UFC action.
Tentatively scheduled for November, UFC 91 is rumored to be taking place in "The Beaver State". A likely venue should the event happen in Portland is the Rose Garden, where the NBA's Portland Trailblazers currently play their home games.
Oregon is home to Team Quest, who boasts members such as Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, and Jason "Mayhem" Miller.
The event will be the first time the UFC has ever been to Oregon.
Lyoto Machida To Fight Again In October
Machida's agent tells Tagg radio that Machida will have to fight again before getting a shot at the title. He also reiterates that Anderson Silva does not want to fight for the title since his friend is in line for a title shot and that Machida doesn't want to fight him either.
Dana White on Affliction VP: "The guy has an attitude problem, and I’m going to fix it for him"
Dana White offered a cocksure laugh borne from battles past; proof that the business of cage fighting can be as cutthroat and unforgiving as the sport itself.
“It’s about how much pain are you willing to take,” the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship said last week.
As mixed martial arts has boomed into a colossal business, no one has been smarter or tougher than White. In just seven years he turned a fledgling fight promotion into an estimated billion-dollar company.
He’s done it by building up the UFC and tearing down virtually everyone else. This month he’s at his best, attempting to inflict on Affliction plenty of pain.
Anderson's Manager: Silva fights Yushin Okami after July 19 fight
After making his light heavyweight debut against James Irvin at next week's UFC Fight Night 14 event, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (21-4 MMA, 6-0 UFC) will return to 185 pounds to defend his title against top contender Yushin Okami (22-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC).
Ed Soares, Silva's manager, confirmed the plans while a guest on today's edition of TAGG Radio (taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
However, Soares said that a date for the Silva-Okami fight won't be determined until after the July 19 fight with Irvin.
Karo Parisyan training with Greg Jackson:
Parisyan: I’ll be heading to Albuquerque July 12th to get ready for my next fight which is September 6th against Yoshida, a Japanese guy who choked out the kid ("War Machine") from the TV show (The Ultimate Fighter 6). So I’m fighting him September 6th, and I’m heading out to New Mexico to train with Rashad (Evans), (Georges) St. Pierre, and everybody else.
UFC Planning Grassroots Shows for New Markets
When the UFC announced plans to go to the Phillipines, Australia, Germany, and other countries next year on top of regular shows in the United Kingdom, my immediate concern was that there would be too many shows. Spike obviously is not willing to carry all the minor shows, and weak PPV cards only water down the brand. Apparently my fears were misguided, because some of these shows will not air at all. Dave Meltzer reported this week in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that some shows might not air on PPV or Spike TV, the idea would just be to grow the local fanbase by running there:
Dana White said Lorenzo Fertitta’s main focus has been on making international deals. He said they are on television in the Philippines on a major network station doing big ratings so that’s a target for 2009, as in Australia, Brazil, Germany and Dubai. White said they would be doing grassroots shows in some of these places, which I had the impression means using local fighters and the UFC name and maybe name fighters in the main event, including doing some shows just as live house show events for the market. Some new market shows wouldn’t be big enough for PPV and wouldn’t necessarily be on Spike.