Trainer John Hackleman: Chuck Liddell has "more than one fight left in him"
Dana White's message to Chuck Liddell was clear before UFC 97: Don't just win, but bring it again. Following "The Iceman's" first-round TKO loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, White was adamant that one of the most storied and famous careers in mixed martial arts has ended.
Or has it?
John Hackleman, Liddell's longtime trainer and close friend, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) – with confidence – that Liddell isn't done yet. Liddell has one more fight on his UFC contract, but Hackleman hinted that the fighter would explore competing elsewhere if White keeps the door closed.
Renzo Gracie: Don’t sleep on Matt Serra
People take Matt Serra lightly … In our sport things don’t happen by chance. Luck has nothing to do with it … He’s one of the best fighters I have ever seen in my life. He has huge heart, never quits, he can win a fight at any moment. His jiu-jitsu is unbelievable and his punching power is very strong. He’s a guy that can always surprise someone. It will be a very action-packed fight. I can’t wait to watch.
Frank Mir: ''I Would Like To Coach Brock''
Frank Mir is not bothered much by Brock Lesnar’s trash talk. The UFC heavyweight champion is just a garden variety bully, he says.
“It’s like when you go to school and you’re not comfortable with yourself, you tend to pick on other people to take the attention away from yourself,” the interim UFC heavyweight champion told MMAWeekly.com.
Lesnar challenged the validity of Mir’s belt, and the rescheduling of their second bout from UFC 98 to UFC 100 in an interview with Inside MMA.
“In my mind, is it, is Frank really hurt, or is he scared?” Lesnar told Ron Kruck.
UFC Looking at Entering the Magazine Market?
As MMA has seen an explosion in popularity one of the market segments that has been lifted with this tide has been the MMA magazine industry. The magazine publishing field as a whole is seeing a general weeding out of titles (once popular titles like Blender are being shuttered), MMA-specific titles like Fight! Magazine are reaching new sales heights, while other titles like Fighters Only are expanding into the US and new titles like MMA Cage are being planned and launched. With the newsstands bulging with MMA material, the 800lb gorilla may be making their move to enter the market.
IT IS ALL OVER ... Chuck Liddell Retires!!
DANA WHITE has confirmed Chuck Liddell will never fight in the UFC again.
The former light heavyweight champion suffered his fourth loss in five fights against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 97.
That defeat followed hot on the heels of his brutal UFC 88 knockout loss to Rashad Evans, and UFC president White insists The Iceman’s Octagon career is now over.
Randy Couture files for divorce
Yesterday [Apr. 28] Randy Couture served his wife of over two years, Kim Couture, with divorce papers. The news was a shock to those close to the couple and even more to Kim, who pulled out of her televised main event fight due to the devastating news. This marks Randy's third divorce.
Anderson Silva's UFC title contenders stuck in the middle
The fallout of Anderson Silva's (24-4 MMA, 9-0 UFC) two recent dull middleweight title defenses – with the UFC feeling the need to "challenge" him with Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC), a former light-heavyweight champion with a reputation for exciting fights – has left a slew of viable challengers spinning their wheels.
Right now there are five viable middleweight title contenders, although that number will likely be whittled to three at the end of the summer. With Silva fighting Griffin on Aug. 8, whomever emerges is likely to get a title shot in the fall or winter.
Matt Hughes would ‘love to rematch’ Thiago Alves and GSP
If I beat Serra — and I obviously think I will — and Thiago wins I’d love to get a rematch with Thiago. I think that fight could have gone differently if my knee hadn’t gone out, so I’d love to rematch Thiago. To be honest, I didn’t like the way the last GSP fight went either, so I’d love to rematch GSP. But all I’m worrying about right now is Matt Serra. So where ever winning that fight puts me is fine, but I’ve just got Matt Serra on my mind right now.
What Would UFC Weekly Events Look Like?
When the UFC renewed its deal with Spike, they mentioned the possibility of live, weekly programming starting in 2010 or 2011. Nobody at the UFC really knows what will replace TUF, but a weekly show with live fights is the most likely answer. There are a lot of obstacles to it, but Robert Joyner says there have been discussions about it lately between the UFC and Spike TV.
Up For TUF10, Rex Richards Has Business First
Could 2009 be the year of Rex Richards?
It could be if he has anything to say about.
The former professional football player for the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts and the Arena Football League's San Jose Sabercats has long had a keen interest in mixed martial arts.
"I was watching the first UFC's when there was no gloves and no rules and I was like, 'Wow! This is what I want to do,'" he recalls. "But there wasn't really an outlet to do it successfully and make a career out of it."
Richards has trained in all facets of the fight game ever since, including during his tenure as a professional football player.
UFC Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights.
MMA fans can now cast their vote for the top 100 UFC fights of all time.
In July Spike TV debuts a five-part series entitled " UFC's Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights" prior to UFC 100, which is the organization's historic event that takes place July 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The top 100 fights will be determined by a fan vote at http://www.spike.com/ufc-100/
They are missing a lot of fights though. From UFC 1 to 15 they only have like 3 fights, that weren't that great. Of course I rated GSP/Penn 2 my highest. :P
Kyle Kingsbury targeted for return at UFC 102 in August
"The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast member and longtime King of the Cage fighter Kyle Kingsburg (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will likely return at UFC 102.
A source close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com Kingsbury has been offered a bout, but his proposed opponent may not be available for the event.
Although not officially announced, UFC 102 is expected to take place on Aug. 29 in Portland, Ore.
HERMAN OUT, SONNEN IN VS. DAN MILLER AT UFC 98
It has been a crazy day for AMA Fight Club fighter Dan Miller, who lost his original opponent for UFC 98, Yushin Okami, to a knee injury. He was then expected to face Team Quest member Ed Herman. Now it appears Herman has been pulled from the spot, and will be replaced by teammate Chael Sonnen for the May 23 middleweight bout.