Nobody Will Fight Cain Velasquez
According to Bryan Alvarez, the UFC has still not found an opponent for Cain Velasquez at UFC 90:
UFC sources say that despite reports of Cain Velasquez vs. Antoni Hardonk for the Chicago show, as of this morning, there was no opponent for Velasquez.
Dave Meltzer recently noted that they are having a lot of trouble finding people to take fights against Velasquez. He is very good, but he has no name value yet, so fighters don't see any upside in facing him.
Fabricio Werdum, the number one contender, is supposedly booked on this show against Junior dos Santos. This fight really makes no sense at all, it's a guy that is barely known to UFC fans against another that is completely unknown. If Werdum is the top contender, he should fight Velasquez on this show.
Jackson Arraignment Postponed
The arraignment of former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Pictures) has been postponed Friday pending further investigation into his July 15 arrest in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Jackson was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, reckless driving and hit-and-run charges following a chase by authorities that saw elite fighter’s Ford pick-up truck bounce off other vehicles, jump street medians and swerve onto sidewalks, which “caused pedestrians to flee in terror,” according to a Costa Mesa police department report.
Demian Maia Interview
With three submissions in three bouts in UFC, Demian Maia now is 7-0 in MMA, but in his las fight he had more trouble to finish Jason MacDonald. For the first time ever, Demian needed three rounds to beat his opponent, but it’s not bad at all. Speaking to TATAME.com, the BJJ black belt chat about his last fight, the training with Wanderlei Silva and Rafael Alejarra, the plans for the extra money with the best submission of the night and his next fight in UFC. Check below the complete interview with Demian Maia.
Morris-Brilz Set for UFC Fight Night 15
Australia native Brad Morris will make the drop down to the light heavyweight division to face UFC newcomer Jason Brilz when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to Omaha, Nebraska for UFC Fight Night 15 on September 17th.
Sources close to the fight informed MMA on Tap that both fighters had recently agreed to meet. The fight is expected to take place as one of the event’s non-televised preliminary bouts.
Amir Sadollah’s Return
Ultimate Fighter Season 7 winner Amir Sadollah is preparing for his first fight since defeating C.B. Dalloway in the finals on June 21. Sadollah said that he’ll be fighting again in September or - more likely - October. At this point, the opponent is not known.
One question Sadollah did answer for certain though is which weight class he’ll be fighting at.
I’ll be fighting at middleweight. I will not be dropping to 170,” said Sadollah.
Sadollah has also moved from Virginia to Las Vegas to train at - where else - Xtreme Couture.
PENN WILL HOLD ONTO LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE FOR NOW
Not before and not since Dan Henderson won the Pride 183-pound and 205-pound titles has a fighter in a major organization held two belts in two weight classes simultaneously, but it appears current Ultimate Fighting Championship 155-pound king, B.J. Penn, will try to do that very thing as he sets his sites on welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre later this year.
But what does that mean for the 155-pound weight class and the lightweight championship if Penn is off fighting for another title in a different division?
"B.J.'s not vacating the 155-pound title,” according to UFC president Dana White following UFC 87 in Minnesota last weekend.
Of course this puts possibly the deepest weight class in all the UFC on hold for an indefinite amount of time as Penn and St. Pierre aren’t likely to clash before late December and the lightweight title could be out of the picture until some time deep into 2009.
Quote of the Day: Dana White Trashes Tim Sylvia
"He’s not the best pound-for-pound fighter, not even close, but he’s one of the four or five best heavyweights...But we all have to thank him for getting rid of Tim Sylvia. He’d been stinking out the joint the last couple of years and Fedor did everyone a favor by beating him so easily and getting rid of him."
-- Dana White, in a new Kevin Iole column, thanking Emelianenko for "getting rid" of Sylvia. Interestingly, Emelianenko somewhat corroborates White's assessment by saying he doesn't consider himself the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world either.
Oh yeah, so much for Sylvia returning to the Octagon to finish out his career. I suspect White might be holding his tongue in the event Arlovski returns, however.
Randy Couture’s Pricetag: $6-10 Million
I’d love for the UFC to step up and make the fight [with Fedor Emelianenko] happen. It has the potential to be the biggest mixed martial arts fight to date…It has the potential to do 700,000+ pay-per-view buys which is a helluva lotta money. I think 6-10 [million should be the salary] for each of us and they’re still gonna make a boatload of money on top of that.
Now I am beginning to believe that this fight will never happen. No way any promoter can make it happen at that price tag.
Josh Burkman and Pete Sell signed for UFC 90 bout
The Ultimate Fighter 4" middleweight contestant Pete "Drago" Sell (7-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC) will drop to welterweight to fight "TUF 1" alumnus Josh Burkman (9-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) at October's UFC 90 event.
Sources close to both fighters today confirmed the upcoming bout with MMAjunkie.com and said that bout agreements were recently signed.
Clementi To Fight At UFC 90
UFC lightweight Rich Clementi has announced he will be fighting at UFC 90 in Chicago. The news comes via Rich's MySpace page. An opponent was not named.
Clementi is currently riding a six-fight winning streak with recent wins over Terry Etim, Sam Stout, and his rival Melvin Guillard.
Clementi was a cast member of "TUF: The Comeback" in 2006. Although he started out his career in the UFC a little rocky, Clementi's impressive performances of late have to put him in the upper echelon of lightweight talent in the UFC.
Quick Quote: GSP Done For The Year?
It seems like everyone is expecting Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn at 170 to headline the final UFC PPV of the year. Everyone except maybe GSP, who says he may call it a year now to rest & mentally recharge.
For Penn, Lightweight is Right Weight
B.J. Penn’s clearly excited about the prospect of rematching UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in December, but the prospect of the bout reveals far more potential downside than payoff for Penn, and the sport itself.
Mike Massenzio plans to apply constant pressure during UFC debut
FiveOuncesOfPain.com broke the news several weeks ago that top East Coast prospect and former IFL middleweight Mike Massenzio had signed a four fight contract with the UFC and that he’s set to debut against Drew McFedries at UFC Fight Night 15 on Sept. 17.
Massenzio’s bout is currently slated to make the Spike TV portion of the card, which will be telecast as a lead-in for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” It’s somewhat ironic that he’ll be debuting during a TUF premiere night considering he was recruited to be a part of the cast for TUF 7. But the UFC wasn’t alone in their desire for Massenzio. He has been on the radar of talent evaluators for several national organizations after amassing a 10-1 record in MMA following a standout wrestling career in Junior College.
JIM MILLER VS DAVID BARON AT UFC 89
Two new additions to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight roster will square off at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England as Jim Miller is set to do battle with David Baron, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight.
Both Miller and Baron just recently signed with the UFC and this should be a fast-paced fight between two of the brightest rising stars in the sport.
Jim Miller almost had his UFC debut earlier this year in a bout against Marcus Aurelio, but his existing contract with the now defunct International Fight League (IFL) prevented the move.
Now Miller steps in to face David Baron, another top fighter brought in from abroad by the UFC to expand its international talent pool.
Randy Couture Speaks
Couture: Well, the language in [my UFC] contract is pretty clear. It’s 18 months or four fights and the 18 months expired on July 19, so we’re in a 30-day grace period for negotiating or re-negotiating with the UFC. If they find a way to make the Fedor fight happen, I’ll be all over it, but I don’t really see that happening realistically. The non-compete clause expires on Oct. 10, a year from when I resigned, and so I’ll be able to go back to work commentating and working with the other promotions and getting back into the business of MMA.
UFC Quick Quote: Jason MacDonald feels stupid
I don’t know what went wrong in my head. I don’t know what happened and why I chose to fight that fight on the ground. Sure I made the fight exciting and I’ve gotten lots of positive responses on how well I did on the ground with a guy like Maia. But at the end of the day, he caught me and that’s what he does best. I played into his game. It was a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid fight on my behalf. And I take the full blame 100 percent for it. I’ll take it right on the forehead like I took those hundred elbows from Maia. And that’s that. I’m pretty disappointed because Maia was beatable if I had held that fight standing up. And I paid the price for not doing it.
– UFC middleweight Jason ‘The Athlete’ MacDonald grounds and pounds himself on Sportsnet.ca for not following his gameplan or the instructions from his corner during his submission loss to grappling phenom Demian Maia at UFC 87: ‘Seek and Destroy’ on August 9.