UFC Return to London on February 21st
27/10/08 - Exclusive: UFC returns to London on February 21st 2009
The UFC will return to London, England on Saturday 21st February 2009, Fighters Only can exclusively report.
Sources contacted Fighters Only at the weekend to reveal that UFC 95 will take place at the O2 Arena. It will be the third time that the organisation has used the venue.
Dana White not happy with Georges St. Pierre’s choice of agents
When news first broke that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre had signed with the Hollywood-based Creative Artists Agency’s sports division, it was heralded by many as a breakthrough for the mixed martial arts industry.
By being able to attract such a mainstream agency, it was treated as an indicator of just how the sport has come in a short span of time. For St. Pierre, aligning himself with such a high-profile agency could help garner greater pay from the UFC as well as land mainstream sponsors.
However, despite being welcomed into the MMA industry with open arms by many, there is one man who is less than thrilled with CAA Sports’ arrival. And that man is none other than UFC President Dana White.
DANA WHITE COMMENTS ON THE SPOILS OF ELITE XC
With all the news of ProElite’s collapse in the media, speculation has surrounded the fate of its star athletes.
So far, former Elite employees have predicted that fighter contracts would become assets to be sold in bankruptcy court. Another scenario could involve an investor or entity purchasing the contracts from ProElite before proceedings begin.
The UFC seems a logical suitor for several of the marooned fighters. In the past two years, Zuffa, LLC has either bought out or signed athletes from several shuttered organizations. Light heavyweights Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida were acquired through the purchase of the World Fighting Alliance, and recently, a host of fighters from the bankrupt International Fight League were scooped up.
From name recognition alone, Elite XC’s Gina Carano and Kimbo Slice are money in the bank. But at the post-fight press conference for UFC 90, UFC president Dana White said he was not interested in them, for different reasons.
THIAGO ALVES WANTS TITLE SHOT
Thiago Alves defeated Josh Koscheck at UFC 90 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinios Saturday evening by unanimous decision, dominating the American Kickboxing Academy trained welterweight, moving a step closer to a title bout with the winner of Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn scheduled for UFC 94 in Las Vegas.
"It's just hard work paid off man. I've been training really hard and working really hard trying to get to this point," Alves told MMAWeekly.com "It's been paying off."
Alves had Koscheck hurt early in the first round as a result of a counter-punch, and had Koscheck in a lot of trouble in the final round. But Koscheck would not be put away. "It was a great fight and I had a lot of fun. Josh was a great opponent," commented the American Top Team fighter. "Hats off to Josh. He's a really tough guy. He took the fight on short notice. He's a true warrior."
Dana White offers Kimbo Slice a spot on UFCs The Ultimate Fighter
“What has the guy done to deserve to be in the UFC? Nothing. I don’t consider him a real athlete or anything. He won’t win The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). The offer is out there if he wants to take it and he won’t win it. I might [put a heavyweight show together just for him].”
UFC President Dana White answers a question at the UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” post-fight press conference about the chances of Kimbo Slice fighting inside the Octagon someday soon. Slice — a Miami street brawler turned mixed martial artist — is now out of a job because of the collapse of Elite XC. And while he may still be raw in terms of all around skills, Slice has huge drawing power — people flock to their televisions or computers to watch him do his thing. Therefore, it’s safe to say that if Slice does take up White on his offer that Spike TV ratings would likely go through the roof. But locking Kimbo in a house with several up-and-comers in their twenties for six weeks doesn’t ever seem like it would happen. Who knows, but the offer is apparently Slice’s for the taking to perhaps prove White wrong and earn a UFC contract.
Cote: "I F*cked Him Up"
Post fight interview with Patrick Cote.
While I do have some new found respect for Cote and his chin, I in no way think that he mess Silva up.
He also says that Anderson offering to help him up was rude.
UFC needs to challenge Silva
Everyone showed up in suburban Chicago looking for Silva to deliver one of his Mike Tyson-esque destructions of Cote, the heavy underdog. This is what Silva fights are about, some violent combination of punches, knees and kicks that render opponents senseless.
Not on Saturday. While Cote deserves credit for fearlessly standing in front of him, this was about Silva, arguably the best fighter in the world, deciding not to do much fighting.
Sean Sherk reinvents himself at UFC 90
“This was a great fight and a great opportunity for me to come out and show some stuff that people haven’t seen before. I want to show everyone that I’m growing as a fighter and show everyone that I’m three dimensional. I though I did that tonight. And hopefully I get to fight the winner of Joe [Stevenson] and Kenny [Florian] next. That’s my goal.”
At the ripe old age of 35, former lightweight champion Sean Sherk talks after defeating Tyson Griffin via unanimous decision at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” last night about the improvements he has made to his all around mixed martial arts game. Primarily known for his overwhelming wrestling, Sherk demonstrated a much improved striking attack and was not as one dimensional, earning him and Griffin the “Fight of the Night.” It’s a match up that many fans predicted going in would be dull because of the wrestling backgrounds of both fighters. That simply was not the case.
Did Anderson Silva Disrespect the Fans and Patrick Cote?
Kevin Iole jumps his case:
In a lame attempt at humor, Silva made a mockery of himself, his title and his sport in one of the most bizarre matches in UFC history.
"I think I’m living in an alternate universe," a befuddled UFC president Dana White said, shaking his head. "That was bizarro world."
Silva retained the belt when Cote collapsed in agony 39 seconds into the third round as he went to throw a punch. He later said he aggravated an old knee injury and was heading to the hospital, believing he had damaged the meniscus in his right knee. The near-sellout crowd of 15,359 booed Cote roundly, but it was Silva who really deserved its wrath.
There was no fighting in the match, largely because Silva opted not to fight. On the rare occasions Silva chose to engage, he got far better of the few exchanges.
Steve Cofield jumps in as well:
...the story of the night was Silva (23-4, 8-0 UFC) turning off the crowd by clowning around for the first 10 minutes. Between dancing around the ring, twirling his hands, bowing disrespectfully towards Cote at the end of the first and at one point offering a hand to help Cote off the floor, Silva came off as a big jerk. He went from displaying a Muhammed Ali-like playful aura early in the fight to looking like he was sticking it to the UFC for matching him up against such a longshot.
Iole is presumably in his usual role of Dana White's mouthpiece but Cofield is known as an independent voice.
While I was as bummed as the next guy when Cote's knee blew out, I'm certainly not ready to start hating on Anderson Silva. If Dana White can't find worthy opponents for the "greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the sport" then he shouldn't be surprised when things go awry.
Put Silva in the cage with Chuck Liddell ASAP. Resign Matt Lindland. Give Henderson or Marquardt another shot. Sign Gegard Mousasi, Jacare, Frank Shamrock, Cung Le, Robbie Lawler, somebody! Let Anderson box Roy Jones, Jr.
Give the man some challenges worthy of his abilities.
The man's talking about retirement for a reason. He's totally bored out of his mind. When a competitor of his skill and ability is put in the cage with an opponent he can toy with, no one should be surprised when that's what he does.
Sam Caplan agrees:
I did not see an unmotivated Silva take it easy last night and try to take liberties with Cote. I did not see a champion fight with over-confidence. Rather, I saw Silva fight with extreme caution. I saw a man who did everything in his power to avoid a repeat occurrence of the UFC 69 upset of then-welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre against the underdog of underdogs, Matt Serra.
I saw a man who respected Cote’s punching power and had enough respect for him not to present his chin on a silver platter, much like Chuck Liddell did to Rashad Evans last month at UFC 88. Granted, there were times where Silva dropped his hands, but he was always out of striking distance when he did so. The way I saw it, Silva didn’t want to press Cote and risk a knockout and instead wanted to take advantage of his reach by making Cote push the pace so that he could counter.
I didn’t see Silva take his opponent lightly; I saw a fighter in Cote who absorbed some tremendous combinations from Silva and barely winced after absorbing knees to the face.