UFC and M1 reopen talks, White hopefull for emelianenko and mousasi
Apparently, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's door hasn't completely closed on notables Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi.
Although the M-1 fighters are signed in the U.S. to Strikeforce and past negotiations with the UFC fell apart, UFC president Dana White said he recently reopened talks with M-1 Global boss Vadim Finkelstein.
White wouldn't elaborate on the nature of the discussions, only saying they've taken place "more recently than you would think." But Finkelstein has since confirmed he's entered talks and hopes "fans will be happy this time" with the outcome
UFC 108 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has released the official fighter payouts from UFC 108. The total disclosed payouts was $843,000 with the biggest share-$375,000-going to main event winner Rashad Evans.
No Florian fight yet,Gomi gunning for Penn
Never one to shy away from a challenging opponent, sources close to Florian’s camp, however, told MMAWeekly.com that while Florian would welcome a fight with Gomi, it has yet to be offered.
“I don’t think we’ve really thought about who Gomi will fight yet,” said White. “We just signed him. Obviously in that weight division, there’s a lot of great guys who we can line him up with.
Dana White Does Not-Repeat, Does Not-Condemn Aoki Actions
UFC president Dana White says he’s the first guy to call “freak show” when he sees a match-up that shouldn’t happen. But when it comes to the behavior of fighters inside the cage, he’s far more forgiving. At least if you’re not Brock Lesnar. When it came to the subject of Shinya Aoki’s bad-boy turn, however, White was reluctant to issue condemnation. “This isn’t (expletive) baseball or one of these other sports,” White said at a gathering of reporters after Saturday’s UFC 108. “Sometimes these guys hate each other. When you break a guy’s arm that you hate, flip him off, and let him know you’re glad you broke his arm, I guess, it happens sometimes.
“It’s not the greatest sportsmanship, but, ‘oh, that guy is terrible, he’s a horrible man and he shouldn’t fight anymore,’ this is the fight business, man. Crazy stuff happens in the fight business sometimes.” Aoki gave Hirota a "Stone Cold Salute" immediately after their fight at Fields Dynamite!! on 12/31.
Franklin to have Surgery on Hernia, Aims for Montreal Return
Rich (Ace) Franklin is due for hernia surgery, but look for a comeback in Montreal
Former UFC middleweight champion, Rich (Ace) Franklin is expected to be sidelined for the next few months.
"I'm taking some time off," he said. "I have hernia surgery scheduled next week. I have a slight tear in my upper stomach. I need to get it taken care of. Once I do that, then I'll get back to a normal training regimen."
Stout Enjoys Profitable Night at UFC 108
LAS VEGAS -- Canadian Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout was smiling under the railway line of stitches etched on his forehead.
The 25-year-old lightweight from London, Ont., had just scored one of the biggest victories of his mixed martial arts career, claiming an extra US$50,000 bonus for fight of the night for his unanimous decision over Joe Lauzon at UFC 108.
UFC Boss Expects Clearer Prognosis on Lesnar This Week
LAS VEGAS - UFC president Dana White says he expects to hear a definitive prognosis on Brock Lesnar this week, which should determine the ailing heavyweight champion's future.
"This is the week. This is the week Brock Lesnar is going back to the doctor, getting fully checked out by one of the best doctors and hospitals in the world," White told the UFC 108 post-fight news conference Saturday night.
UFC 108 bonuses,Daley,Miller,Stout,andLauzon
With UFC post-fight bonuses consistently hitting the high five figures, the promotion’s athletes are constantly gunning for the honors... and the bonus check. Saturday’s UFC 108 roster was no different, and they didn’t make it easy on UFC brass. Seven of the night’s 10 bouts ended via submission or knockout
White says he'll meet with james toney
LAS VEGAS – What kind of fight promotion would allow an aging, 41-year-old boxing champion to make his professional mixed martial arts debut on a national (if not worldwide) stage?
Would you believe the UFC?
Well, if current IBO and NABO heavyweight boxing champion James Toney (72-6 Boxing, 0-0 MMA) has his way, "Lights Out" may soon be looking to compete in the octagon. And despite his seemingly long odds for success, Toney may have a sympathetic contact in the organization: UFC president Dana White.
Gomi could debut against Florian
LAS VEGAS – After confirming on Saturday that former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi (31-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) had signed with the UFC, company boss Dana White was mum on details about his first opponent.
However, when told that ESPN's "MMA Live" program posted a Twitter message saying co-host and top lightweight contender Kenny Florian (12-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) could be Gomi's first challenge, White smirked
Daley Wants Alves Next, Dana Says Likely Fitch Or Kos
After his win over Dustin Hazelett at UFC 108 last night, Paul Daley mentioned a few fighters he'd like to face next but specifically pointed out Thiago Alves. Dana White probably won't go with that plan however, mentioning that he wouldn't mind Daley getting between Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck-since Dana can't really get the AKA teammates to face each other, Daley could get one of them for his next fight.
GSP says olympics still possible may vacate title to pursue
It's a potentially life- and career-altering decision, and St-Pierre admits there is much to consider on both sides of the argument.
"There is a lot of positive and negative about it," St-Pierre said. "The negative is my income. I won't have as much income as I would if I keep my career. It would diminish dramatically. That's the first thing. The second thing is I would have to give up my title, of course. I would have to stay away from mixed martial arts for at least a year-and-a-half because I need to qualify.
Pyle Looks To Start New Year In Style
For Mike “Quicksand” Pyle, 2009 was a bittersweet year.He achieved his lifelong goal of joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but lost to Brock Larson in his first bout for the promotion in May, ending a four-fight winning streak.He rebounded, however, with an impressive win over Chris Wilson four months later, to even out his UFC record at 1-1.
Mark Munoz Prepared To Throwdown
Former WEC contender turned UFC prospect Mark Munoz is set to make his third appearance in the Octagon at Saturday night’s UFC 108 in Las Vegas.After earning his first victory under the UFC banner this past August over Nick Catone by split decision, Munoz has now rededicated himself to the sport by approaching it from all angles. New training partners and training regimens are his tools to victory.
Rashad Part Of Thiago's Road Back To Machida
Thiago Silva is ready for whatever Rashad Evans throws at him when the two meet Saturday in the main event of UFC 108.Silva, who made his way from Brazil's Chute Boxe to Florida's American Top Team, is learning English and learning to love stateside culture. He’s come a long way from life in the streets of Sao Paulo.
A Victim No More
The younger of two sons born to a coal miner and court reporter in Louisa, Ky., he was the subject of relentless taunts and bullying as a kid. His slight build did him no favors. Hazelett spent many of his formative years at a private Christian school but transitioned to public schools in sixth grade. It was a shock to his system. “At the Christian school, you’d get paddled for saying, ‘Crap,’” Hazelett says. “I went from that to being around a bunch of delinquents who cursed out the teacher almost every day. It definitely humbled me.”
Takanori Gomi signs with the UFC
Takanori Gomi, once considered to be one of the best lightweight fighters in the world, has signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. MMAFighting.com learned of the acquisition from sources on Friday.
No word on when and where Gomi will make his debut for the UFC. The organization has yet to officially announce the signing.
Lesnar's Fate-And UFC HW Division's-To Be Determined Next Week
In a small conference after the UFC 108 pre-fight presser, Dana White provided another update on Brock Lesnar and the UFC Heavyweight division. White said more answers could come next week after Lesnar sees the doctor, then that will determine his future and the status of Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir at UFC 111-specifically if it's for the Interim HW Title, or even the main title. Either way the fight is still likely to happen regardless of title status.