After seizure/fainting episode, UFC 109's Phillipe Nover retooled pre-fight prep
On Sept. 16, the day he was supposed to fight Rob Emerson at UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma City, state athletic commission officials scratched Nover from the card.Commission officials said "The Ultimate Fighter 8" runner-up suffered a seizure; Nover said he merely fainted. He had done so once before; on his first day of filming for "TUF 8," he famously passed out in the lineup, which caused an immediate stir among his castmates. He said he had merely overheated in the Las Vegas swelter.
Coleman Still Has A Score To Settle With Tito Ortiz
"Tito Ortiz, I do think he's a douche bag, and I do hope to get to fight him someday," Coleman said in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. "He wants to call me a sissy, if he really thinks I'm a damn sissy, I'll tell you what, I'll be ready to fight him. I'll be ready to go when I'm 60 years old if he wants a piece of me. I'll be waiting if he wants to go."
Live UFC pay-per-view events soon available online in China
Live Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view events are coming online to China.
Company officials on Tuesday announced that live PPV events, beginning with next month's "UFC 109: Relentless" event (headlined by Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman in Las Vegas), will air online at Sohu.com.
Sohu.com is one of the country's largest Web portals.
"China is one of the gateways to building UFC into the biggest sport in the world," UFC president Dana White stated. "China is the cradle of martial arts; many of the styles that you see in the UFC were born in this country.
Matt Hamill recovering from grade 2 shoulder separation, returns to training next week
"The Ultimate Fighter 3" alumnus Matt Hamill hopes to begin training again on Feb. 1 but still suffers from shoulder pain as a result of his bout with Jon Jones this past December.
Hamill (8-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) was declared the victor in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale when Jones threw several illegal elbows and was disqualified in the first round.
The decision was met with controversy from fans and Jones' representatives, who asked the Nevada State Athletic Commission to change the result.
UFC 112 Confirmed For Abu Dhabi
It's on! According to Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole via Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC 112 is now officially set to be held in Abu Dhabi. Despite confirming the sale of a 10-percent stake in the promotion to Flash Entertainment, a company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi government, UFC officials weren’t quite sure if a venue could be put together fast enough for a proposed April 10 date in Abu Dhabi. A new venue will be built for future UFC events, but UFC 112 will be held in the outdoor Concert Arena at Ferrari World on Yas Island.
Tito says Liddell was an alcoholic and White intervention saved him
Nice job by John Morgan. MMAJunkie's lead reporter attended the season 11 "Ultimate Fighter" media day and caught a matter-of-fact statement by Tito Ortiz about Chuck Liddell. Ortiz, who always seems to be in mocking mode, sounded heartfelt when he said he was happy that Liddell beat alcoholism (1:22 mark) to make it back to the UFC.
"I think [Liddell] had a problem," Ortiz said. "A lot of people go through addiction. I think his deal was he was an alcoholic. He loved to party."
Ortiz claims Liddell's ego got the best of him.
Gomi: "I will beat Florian by first round KO"
Takanori Gomi says he will beat Kenny Florian “by first round knockout” when they meet in the UFC Octagon in the near future. As first reported by Fighters Only and subsequently confirmed by Florian on MMA Live, the fight is being lined up to headline UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31st.In an interview with Japanese MMA news portal Kampiro, Gomi gave his thoughts on the fight, the move to the UFC and the nature of MMA in the US.
Gugerty vs. Guida, Kimmons vs. Pierce official for UFC on Versus 1 prelims
A pair of recently reported bouts was today made official for the UFC's debut on Versus, and at least one fighter might be a little disappointed with his position on the card.Shannon Gugerty vs. Clay Guida and Rob Kimmons vs. Mike Pierce were today announced for the evening's preliminary card and the 11-bout "UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones" event is now complete.UFC on Versus 1 is slated for The Odeum in Broomfield, Colo., and features a light heavyweight headliner between Jon Jones and Brandon Vera. The main card airs live on Versus.
Ronnys wants extra bonus against Guillard
Last week, Melvin Guillard, Ronnys Torres’ opponent on his debut on UFC, revealed that he likes to face Jiu-Jitsu athletes because he had more chances to take the knockout of the night bonus at UFC 109. One week before going to the United States, Ronnys talked to TATAME and answered Guillard’s comments.
Stephan Bonnar Ready To End The Polish Experiment At UFC 110
That would be his opponent, Krzyzstof Soszynski. "He usually comes to fight. In the last fight with Coleman it felt more like he wanted to get takedowns and hold me down more than anything. Not like he was trying to beat me up. Krzysztof will try to come in there and beat me up and, hey, that’s what I want! He’s just a big strong guy. But I feel technically I’ve got him beat in both the striking and the submission game. I know I can submit him, I know I could beat him standing up, and, if he lasts long enough … I’m pretty sure I could break his spirit, too. I’ve seen him kind of fold in fights and, you know, if that’s happened before, that person’s got it in them." He really has to-a loss means 3 straight for Bonnar...and despite his past contributions to UFC that could still mean Das Boot.
Bring It On, Wanderlei
Michael Bisping says so. In his latest online entry for The Daily Telegraph, Bisping says he's over his KO loss at UFC 100 and his confidence is sky-high going into his fight with Wanderlei Silva. "I’ve seen interviews this week with Wanderlei saying he’s going knock me out and that I am scared of him. He’s mistaken on both counts. Bring it on, Wanderlei…"
UFC legend Chuck Liddell eyes four-fight plan, looks forward to proving doubters wrong
LAS VEGAS – Former UFC champion and MMA legend Chuck Liddell (21-7 MMA, 16-6 UFC) understands that his back is against the wall.
After a stretch of four losses in five fights, Liddell's longtime friend and current boss, UFC president Dana White, doesn't want to see the "Iceman" in the cage again.
But with a rematch with fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 11" coach Tito Ortiz on the horizon, Liddell has his sights set on one more run at the title. And along the way, he hopes to prove all of his doubters – including White – wrong about what he's got left in the tank.
"I don't think I have anything to prove, but I would like to prove [White] wrong," Lidell told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) at Monday's "TUF 11" media day. "I'm not too old. I can still fight.
Anderson Silva Not Close to Retirement
Speculation ran wild just over a year ago when UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva talked about his possible retirement from the sport. It looks like that talk has subsided and the Brazilian is focused on the biggest fights out there for him.
He's not planning on going anywhere, any time soon.
With a fight against Vitor Belfort on the horizon, Silva is committed to defending his middleweight title in April. Afterwards the future is bright for the champ, but undetermined as to what weight class he'll be competing in.
Silva's manager, Ed Soares, spoke to MMAWeekly Radio this week and commented about his client's future in the UFC.
After sliced hand led to serious infection, Carlos Condit now cleared for UFC return
Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (24-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to the gym this week after a nearly two-month absence as the result of a serious cut on his hand.
Condit, who in 2009 moved back to his home city of Albuquerque, N.M., to train with Greg Jackson, was forced to withdraw from a bout with Paul Daley at UFC 108 on Jan. 2 and has been virtually inactive since the injury occurred, save for running and kicking the heavy bag.
"It's been a bitch being out, man," Condit told MMAjunkie.com (wwww.mmajunkie.com). "I'm looking forward to getting my momentum going again."
Corey Hill Wins in Return From Leg Injury
Corey Hill, a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 5 and former UFC lightweight, returned to action on Saturday for the first time since suffering a gruesome leg fracture to end a December 2008 UFC bout against Dale Hartt, defeating Jason Trzewieczynski by unanimous decision in a featured contest at Raging Wolf 6 in Niagara Fall, New York.
UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti was also victorious at the event, topping The Ultimate Fighter 8 contestant Shane Primm by unanimous decision.
Glad he's doing well...
Marquardt : ST. Pierre will Destroy Hardy
Given he's a friend and training partner of Georges St-Pierre, middleweight Nate (The Great) Marquardt may not be the most objective judge of GSP's next title challenger.
But Marquardt isn't expecting much of English welterweight Dan (The Outlaw) Hardy.
"I think Georges is going to kill him," Marquardt told The Canadian Press on Friday.