Building A Megafight, UFC Goes Primetime
As the big boys on the block, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is used to promoting fights that are considered among the greatest match-ups in mixed martial arts' short history. But the UFC welterweight title bout between current champ Georges St. Pierre and former titleholder and current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn is a first in the promotion's 15-year history.
Never before has the promotion allowed two current champions to face off. And never before has the prospect been possible that one man in the UFC could hold belts in two weight classes simultaneously. That is exactly what is on the line when St. Pierre and Penn square off at UFC 94 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.
UFC: 94 Is Sold Out
To probably nobody's surprise, UFC has announced today that UFC 94, headlined by BJ Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre, is sold out. While some single tickets remain available, seats adjacent to each other appear to be gone. This means at least 14,000 should be in attendance at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas.
UFC 96 Dilemma and the Problem With Overloading Cards
As of today, the main event for UFC 96 in Columbus is Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga. As recently as the UFC 92 post-show conference Dana White expressed an interest in having Chuck Liddell headline the show, but Dave Meltzer reported on his radio show that Chuck does not want to fight in March.
TUF fishbowl staying as-is
UFC president Dana White said he’s not going to require the fighters to change anything about the way they behave. That means alcohol stays in the house and the fighters are free to do what they please when they please.
“If you take any young guys, from a frat house, and put them alone and together you’re going to get that kind of stuff,” White said. “Welcome to dealing with young guys. I’ve talked to the pro skaters and snowboarders and they helicopter guys up to a house and sometimes they get snowed in. They told me that some of the [expletive] that happens with those guys makes what happened on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ look like a joke.”
If "TUF" awaits, UFC 93 headliner Rich Franklin ready to give it his all
For former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, Saturday's UFC 93 main event fight with Dan Henderson at The 02 in Dublin, Ireland, will answer a lot of questions about his future.
With a coaching stint on "The Ultimate Fighter 9" and a likely return to 185 pounds on the line, Franklin, who recently moved up to the light heavyweight division, isn't too concerned about the future.
But if "TUF" does await, expect Franklin to give it his all.
Griffin Recovering, Expects SUMMERTIME Return
Maybe all of you guys will finally start to stop taking any notice of The Sun (UK Newspaper) now
From MMA Weekly:
Reports surfaced early on Tuesday that former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin was to be sidelined for the majority of 2009 with a hand injury sustained in his loss to Rashad Evans in December.
MMAWeekly.com spoke to sources close to Griffin later on Tuesday morning who stated that the "Ultimate Fighter" alum is recovering well from surgery on his hand. He is hopeful to make a return during the summertime and should not have to sit out for any major period of time.
KJ Noons to sign with UFC, could debut at UFN 18
The UFC are set to sign one of the hottest free agents in MMA in KJ Noons, the former EliteXC lightweight champion, MMABay can EXCLUSIVELY reveal.
Noons was stripped of the title last year after refusing to defend it in a rematch against former UFC fighter, Nick Diaz. His contract expired last week, making him one of the most wanted free agents on the MMA scene.
Rumour has it that the former pro-boxer could debut at UFC Fight Night 18 against Melvin Guillard.
The source is MMA Bay, so not sure how accurate the report is.....
Heath Herring to Face Junior Dos Santos at UFC 97
MMANews.com is reporting that Heath Herring will be fighting Brazilian Junior Dos Santos at UFC 97, which will take place in Montreal. They are basing their report off of comments made by Gabe Morrency, who hosts Hardcore Sports Radio on Sirius XM. Herring's last fight was a UFC 87 loss to current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar while Dos Santos' last bout was a stunning UFC 90 victory over Fabricio Werdum.
More from MMANews.com:
Earlier today it was announced by Gabe Morrency during a broadcast of his show "Sports Rage",on Hardcore Sports Radio (Sirius 98) that a heavyweight match up between "The Texas Krazy Horse" Heath Herring and Brazilian Junoir dos Santos is in the works for UFC 97 which is tentatively scheduled to take place in Montreal, Canada in April.
In Herring's last bout at UFC 87 in August, he was steamrolled by Brock Lesnar on Lesnar's path to the heavyweight title.
dos Santos on the other hand debuted in late 2008 with a stunning KO finish of highly touted contender Fabricio Werdum. It was be Werdum's exit bout from the UFC.
Franklin Views Henderson As Just Another Fight
Teaching has always come natural to Rich Franklin. From his days as a math teacher back in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, the former UFC middleweight champion has always taken to his ability to teach and help a new generation learn.
During the second season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show, Franklin took his teaching skills to the mat and helped a group of young fighters follow their dreams in making it to the UFC. Fighters eager to learn under Franklin included Marcus Davis, Keith Jardine, Seth Petruzelli, and new UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
Since then Franklin has had a very busy and storied career, but the chance to revisit the days of The Ultimate Fighter don't particularly excite the Ohio native, as he is set to do that very thing if he defeats Dan Henderson at UFC 93 in Ireland.
Report: Griffin Out Most Of 2009
It now appears that the broken hand Forrest Griffin suffered against Rashad Evans at UFC 92 is worse than expected. Griffin apparently needed to have pins surgically inserted into the hand to expedite the healing process, and now it's expected he'll be out until Fall '09, well past his medical suspension that runs until June.
UFC Considering 2009 Event In San Antonio
The UFC is hoping to return to San Antonio, Texas later this year, probably sometime between September & December. They're hoping to run an event at AT&T Center, but NBA schedule conflicts could force UFC to the smaller Freeman Coliseum instead.
Pros Pick: Coleman vs. Shogun II
Coleman and Rua are set to square off again this Saturday at UFC 93. Sherdog.com contacted dozens upon dozens of pros for their thoughts on the rematch, but not many were brave enough to put their reputations on the line:
PETE SELL VS MATT BROWN AT UFC 96
In what could be a sleeper nominee for Fight of the Night, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to Pete “Drago” Sell that he will be making his Ultimate Fighting Championship return on March 7 against Matt Brown at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio.
Denis Kang’s best day may still not be enough against Alan Belcher
“If I could fight the guys in the UFC in a Muay Thai fight, I think I would destroy them, it wouldn’t even be close. I wouldn’t have to hold back. But you’ve got to worry about the takedowns and stuff like that…I’m getting to the point where it’s hard for anybody to take me down. I mean [Kang’s] going to have to work really hard. If he’s on his best day, his best performance, it’s still going to be hard for him to take me down at all and then if he does then I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve for him. You never know, I’m might slap a triangle or something on him.”