Efrain Escudero to honor his late father with TUF finale victory
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“I wanted to stay and be with my family. The UFC is always going to be there, and it was a bad moment for my family. I got the invitation for [The Ultimate Fighter], and my dad made me promise that if anything were to happen, I would go. He wanted me to go in and give it 110 percent with no regrets. I’m dedicating the whole show to my father. My goal is to get on the mic, and the only way to get on the mic is by beating Phillipe. Then I’ll have a chance to tell everyone why I did this show. I want to tell everyone that this whole show, and everything I’ve done is because of my dad.”
Injuries From ''Fights For The Troops'' (Hill out for 12-18 months)
Sportsline.com has the rundown of the injuries from last night's action starting with the word on Corey Hill:
Once the fight was stopped, officials rushed into the ring to attend to Hill. The show was delayed for approximately 20-25 minutes while medical personnel placed Hill's leg in an immobilizer, administered a pain-killing injection on the spot, and placed him on a stretcher.
Afterward, CBSSports.com overheard a medical official with the North Carolina Boxing Commission indicate that Hill had suffered a broken tibia and that he was scheduled to undergo emergency surgery. It is believed that Hill's recovery could take between 12-18 months.
More about Yoshida, Goulet, Al Hassan
Anderson Silva Off UFC 95
Anderson Silva has informed the UFC that he won't be ready to fight by UFC 95 in London. This leaves the UFC in a really bad position, as they once again have a London show where they have to scramble for a main event, and it's hard to think of anything they can come up with for a show that is scheduled for PPV.
UFC 91 PPV Buys Announced
It was the biggest PPV in UFC history...almost. According to Dave Metlzer of Wrestling Observer, UFC 91 did a reported 1,010,000 PPV buys. If true, that would make it #2 all-time among UFC PPV buys, just 40,000 behind the record-holder: UFC 66.
Thales Leites Wants Anderson Silva
DreamFighters.com: Dana White has made public that you are just about next in line to fight for the title against Anderson Silva - What do you have to say about that?
WE STILL WORKING ON THAT. I’VE BEEING DOING MY BEST IN MY FIGHTS AND I’VE COMING FROM FIVE WINS SO I THING I DESERVE THAT.
Juanito Ibarra: "I have the formula; Wanderlei can beat Rampage easy"
Juanito Ibarra talks about Silva-Jackson and a little more insight on Rampage and the UFC.
On Silva vs. Jackson...
"I have the formula that can make Wanderlei Silva beat Rampage easy; easy! And I also have the formula where I think Rampage can beat Wanderlei Silva easy and I’ve always said that. I don’t care how many times Wanderlei beat Rampage and how he beat him, I just know this and I told people because they were telling me Wanderlei was asking for me. I ain’t believing nothing until I get the phone call from him. Otherwise, it’s just a big rumor to me. I’m not trying to get off of that, I’m just saying, it’s a similar situation of knowing both parties and knowing their weaknesses."
More on Rampage...
"These kid’s get paid nothing and in our case, we turned down a million dollar movie deal (Wolverine) just to say, 'Hey Dana, we appreciate you. We appreciate the UFC.' And then you get Dana when all of this Rampage stuff comes out saying he’s not a fan of me. He doesn’t know how much I sacrificed and we sacrificed to make him happy. He fought 1 time and the year before, we fought 3 times. The UFC did comply with us on a lot of stuff realizing that Rampage was fighting outside of the country in the UFC. They made the adjustments as far as PPV money and bonuses that we get and that was cool. It was a headache for me and I made it happen, but then again, here is a kid that could be a national star, Rampage Jackson, and you have him fighting internationally to save your television deals and I’m just trying to get his life in control. He’s making money and I’m trying to teach him how to save it and mentoring this guy and showing him all of the demons he should be looking out for and they were just throwing stuff at us as fast as we could blink."
On Cheick Kongo fighting Lesnar...
"I’m not taking nothing from Brock Lesnar, but my kid Cheick Kongo was supposed to fight Brock Lesnar and Kongo was injured and Joe Silva told me, 'Hey we need him.' I told him he was injured, but I flew him out to Connecticut to my specialist doctor, who is also Shaquille O’ Neal’s doctor. He evaluated him for 3 or 4 days and said, 'This kid can’t fight.' He had separations in his shoulder and I told Kongo that he couldn’t fight a guy walking around at 310. He’s a big guy, but this guy is going to fight at 270. Kongo fights at 230 so he had to be at 100%. I think Kongo had a better chance, matchup and style-wise, than Randy did against Lesnar because of his long legs, arms, kicks and all of that."
More in the full interview:
Mike Swick: ‘Im back now’ with ‘quick’ win over Jonathan Goulet
Swick landed a perfectly placed right to the chin that knocked Goulet down, but Swick didn’t hesitate and admire his work. He was on top of Goulet instantly and landed nearly 20 hard blows before referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight at the 33-second mark.
“I felt good when it hit,” Swick said of the punch that began the end of Goulet’s night. “But I was thinking three punches ahead. When that punch landed, in my mind, I was already in the flurry.”
Swick moved to welterweight after a disappointing loss to Yushin Okami in his hometown of Houston last year at UFC 69. And though he’d gotten criticized by some for his performance against Josh Burkman in his welterweight debut in January, Swick has proven he’s going to be a factor in the 170-pound class with wins over Marcus Davis at UFC 85 in June and against Goulet.
Yoshida is Ok - Released From Hospital
“Tokyo’s Yoshida, who remained on the canvas while being tended to by commission doctors, was removed from the Octagon on a stretcher as a precautionary measure. He was later treated and released from a local hospital for a concussion.”
Danzig Breathes New Life Into Career
Quite a bit has changed since the last time Mac Danzig had to punish himself during a grueling training regime. Not only has the Las Vegas resident become a father for the first time (his baby daughter was born nearly two nerve-rattling weeks late), but he has a newfound vigor for the fight game. Danzig will look to carry that fresh momentum into his next bout against Josh Neer for UFC Fight Night 17 on Feb. 7 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
Video: Frank Mir reveals the TRUTH behind TUF 8
Former UFC heavyweight champion and coach of season 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Frank Mir talks about what really happened behind the scenes on the show. From what went on with the practical jokes in the house, to his real feelings towards Junie Browning.
J. Lauzon vs. Hermes Franca (Feb UFN)
I am fighting Hermes Franca on Saturday February 7th in Tampa, Florida at the USF Sun Dome. I believe it is going to be an Ultimate Fight Night card on Spike TV.
Hermes is VERY heavy handed to complement his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and is always dangerous. I was given a few different fight options, but thought the fight with Hermes would be the most challenging and most exciting.
Fighters Earn $30K UFCFN 16 bonuses (**SPOILERS**)
Jim Miller, Matt Wiman, Josh Koscheck and Steve Cantwell each earned $30,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at "UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fight for the Troops."
"UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fight for the Troops" took place Wednesday at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., in conjunction with the Fort Bragg military institution, and aired live on Spike TV. The bonus amounts were significantly lower than the $65,000 awards issued at UFC 91 in November, but were on par with the $30,000 bonuses issued at UFC Fight Night 15 in September.
The UFC announced the bonuses at the post-fight press conference, and the awards were confirmed by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFCFN 16 'Fights For The Troops' - Results (**SPOILERS**)
-Josh Koscheck def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida by KO at 2:15, R1
-Mike Swick def. Jonathan Goulet by KO at 0:33, R1
-Steve Cantwell def. Razak Al-Hassan by submission (arm bar) at 4:04, R1
-Tim Credeur def. Nate Loughran by TKO at 5:00, R2.
-Jim Miller def. Matt Wiman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
-Luigi Fioravanti def. Brodie Farber by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Steve Bruno def. Johnny Rees by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:44, R2
-Ben Saunders def. Brandon Wolff by TKO (strikes) at 1:49, R1
-Dale Hartt def. Corey Hill by TKO at :20 seconds, R2.
-Justin McCully def. Eddie Sanchez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
UFC 95 - Roger Huerta vs Joe Stevenson in the works
An exciting lightweight showdown between Roger Huerta and Joe Stevenson is being put together for UFC 95, the promotions next event in London, England.
MMABay have learnt from sources close to the situation that talks are at an advanced stage and bout agreements could be signed any day now.
Bader, Magalhaes have big shoes to fill
Ryan Bader and Vinny Magalhaes attempt to follow in some large footsteps when they face off in Saturday night’s light heavyweight eighth season finals of “The Ultimate Fighter 8” reality show.
The show from The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas will air live on Spike TV, and also include the show’s lightweight tournament final, Phillipe Nover vs. Efraim Escudero.
There have been two prior TUF light heavyweight champions, Forrest Griffin (season one) and Michael Bisping (season three), who are now two of the biggest names in the sport, with Griffin as the current light heavyweight champion.