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.
Evans Faces Silva in Return at UFC 108
LAS VEGAS -- The quest for the title starts a new Saturday night for Rashad Evans, whose reign as 205-pound champion was cut painfully short by Lyoto Machida.
Evans takes another Brazilian light-heavyweight in Thiago Silva at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the main event of UFC 108, a mixed martial arts card available on pay-per-view but has been ravaged by injury.
Lauzons First Brothers to Fight on Same Card
LAS VEGAS - The Lauzon brothers are ready to rumble Saturday night at UFC 108, making history in the process.
Joe, 25, and Dan, 21, will become the first brothers to appear on the same UFC show.
"It's pretty remarkable," said Dan.
"I'm just amped up, motivated. Same as Joe," he added. "We're both ready to put on a show."
(I changed TSN's headline because it didn't make sense, they will change it most likely.)
Dos Santos Must Weather Hurricane To Get Title
“I feel that he’s opening his mouth a lot,” Dos Santos told MMAWeekly.com. “He’s talking a lot for this fight, and I feel very confident that after this fight, I’m going to shut him up, that he won’t be opening his mouth until 2011.”According to UFC president Dana White, the stakes are high in silencing Yvel. A win would likely put him on the short list of belt contenders.
Rampage Hangs In The Balance For Rashad
Opposing coaches on the tenth season of the Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” Jackson’s hometown of Memphis was slated to host the showdown, originally scheduled to headline UFC 107 on Dec. 12. Jackson instead opted out of the fight to star in the upcoming movie version of the popular ‘80s television series “The A-Team.”
UFC 108's Latest Casualty: Matchmaker Joe Silva
How bad is the UFC 108 injury bug?
It's so bad, Joe Silva is on the bench.
At a gathering of reporters following the UFC 108 pre-fight press conference, Dana White said the UFC matchmaker tore his MCL (medial collateral ligament) in the lead-up to the event.
UFC 111: Jon Fitch vs Thiago Alves rematch likely for March 27
UFC welterweight stalwart Jon Fitch (21-3) is currently in discussions to rematch Thiago Alves (16-6) at UFC 111 from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on March 27, setting up a fantastic 170-pound showdown that will prove once and for all how far both former number one contenders have come since their initial encounter back in 2006.
Their rematch was originally pegged for UFC 107 in Memphis, Tennessee; however, "The Pitbull" had to withdraw due to a knee injury. Fitch remained on the card and defeated Mike Pierce via unanimous decision.
Fitch scored a convincing second round technical knockout of the Brazilian at UFC Fight Night 5. He would go on to win his next five fights and earn a crack at division champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" in Aug. 2008.
He was overwhelmed by the Canadian for 25 minutes, losing a lopsided unanimous decision.
Alves, too, went on a tear after the loss to Fitch with seven consecutive victories over top-ranked opponents such as Matt Hughes and Karo Parisyan, as well as outpointing Josh Koscheck on all three judges scorecards at UFC 90 in October of 2008.
Jesse Forbes Returns To UFC, Likely To Face Catone At UFN 20
It appears Steve Steinbeiss is the recent curse's latest victim, as he has apparently been forced off UFC Fight Night 20 in January due to injury. Replacing him in his fight against Nick Catone is former TUF 3 alum Jesse Forbes, who signed a new deal with UFC and likely will be the replacement. Forbes originally signed with Shine Fights in November but was let out of that deal after explaining interest in the UFC deal.