Hungry again, UFC welterweight Brock Larson sets sights on redemption
His cell phone rang four days later; 94 hours had passed since the low point of a burgeoning career.
Brock Larson has built his reputation on ruthless aggression. An attack-mode philosophy one second after the referee yells "Bring it on!" had taken him to 26 wins in 28 MMA fights, including five straight, and a breakthrough into many recognized top-10 rankings that rate MMA's top welterweights.
Rewards have never been immediate. Larson's the unpretentious type whose humility was forged on Minnesota's smallest of farms. The buzz from his arm triangle choke submission of Mike Pyle at UFC 98 wasn't loud enough to merit a spot on the main card of Spike TV's free UFC Fight Night 19 event. He was matched against an unknown named Mike Pierce, and another quick pay day figured to finally vault Larson's name into the title picture.
Thiago Alves: It was not a good idea to fight Jon Fitch at less than full strength
“I tore my PCL, I had a knee injury before my fight with GSP in which I tore my MCL and now 6 weeks before my fight with Fitch I tore my PCL. My doctor advised me not to fight and although I still wanted to fight my manager told me not to because I am not 100%, they felt it was not a good idea to go up against a fighter like Jon Fitch at anything less than full strength. I am going to take this time off to heal and get better, hopefully I will be back by January 31st. It’s not as bad as it could have been but it’s not worth the risk of doing any further damage. You have no idea how bad I wanted this fight! When I come back I am going to better than ever, the next time I step inside the octagon I am going to make a huge impression. Everything happens for a reason and I have no complaints.”
Gleison Tibau wants more fights in 2009
After a takedown show at UFC 104, which guaranteed Gleison Tibau’s 20th victory in the career, against Josh Neer, the American Top Team lightweight wants to fight again this year. Satisfied with the result, the Brazilian wants more fights this year.
Ben Rothwell feels "ripped off" by UFC 104 stoppage
Ben Rothwell feels “ripped off” by the referee stoppage that ended his UFC 104 fight with heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez. Early in the second round, Steve Mazzagatti stepped in to wave the fight off whn Rothwell was trapped against the fence and taking undefended punches.
But at the exact moment Mazzagatti stepped in, Rothwell improved his position. To some, just one of those things, but Rothwell is still angry.
Dan Hardy Will Have Panic Attacks-Not Super Powers-At UFC 105
So says Mike Swick, who apparently believes that the hometown crowd will not turn Dan Hardy into Superman. “You never know how fighters are gonna react to hearing either cheers or boos, but I don’t think the crowd’s gonna give him super powers. He’s gonna be the same fighter. He might have a better mentality and might be a little more pumped up when he walks out, but that’s what I want. I want him to be pumped up and I want to fight him at his best … "
Nick Osipczak to prove TUF-ness at UFC 105
Coming out of The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 off the back of wars with Demarques Johnson and Frank Lester, things looked good for British welterweight prospect Nick Osipczak. Sporting a professional mixed martial arts record of 4-0, the young upstart knew he had to step up his training having been offered a three-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Making the break from his usual London stomping ground, Osipczak decided to travel north to the Rough House in consideration of his rapport with the other TV show contestants Andre Winner and Dean Amasinger.
UFC Champs Healing,Plan Early 2010 Returns
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is going to be without the services of two of its champions for the next few events, but when middleweight champ Anderson Silva and light heavyweight titleholder Lyoto Machida do run return, expect them to be even better versions of the athletes they already are.
Both were due for a little maintenance after several years of fighting and headed into the shop for a tune-up after their most recent bouts. Silva had surgery on his elbow early in October, while Machida had a cleanout performed on his hand this past Friday.
Neither was suffering from a major injury, merely the normal wear and tear that occurs over a combined 45 bouts.
‘Cigano’ looking for the KO against Gonzaga
Heavyweight sensation in the UFC, Junior “Cigano” dos Santos will have one more tough challenge ahead. After knocking Fabrício Werdum out and pass thru Mirko “Cro Cop”, the heavyweight faces the compatriot Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga at UFC 108, on January 2, and he’ll keep the strategy of the last fights. “I must be calm is every fight and always search for my best, so I always look for the knockout“, said, ready to any kind of fight.
Corey Hill making the comeback
Corey Hill thinks of Dec. 10, 2008 every day.
The 31-year-old lightweight won the first round of his fight with Dale Hartt at UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” and was just getting started in the second when Hartt kicked him in the leg.
Hill did what he usually did back then, which was to answer force with force. He threw a counter leg kick, something to remind Hartt there would be no free throws against him.
When the five-foot-10-inch Hartt checked the right leg of six-foot-four-inch Hill with his left shin, the impact shattered Hill’s tibia and fibula.
Good Things To Come For Ryan Bader
Undefeated UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) continues to improve with each performance in the octagon, and his UFC 104 win over Eric Schafer (11-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) was no exception.
But while "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner's wrestling prowess and physical tools are an obvious asset, Bader recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) his mind may finally be catching up with his body.
"I felt this time I got in there, and I was relaxed," Bader said. "I think it's a good sign if I continue to do that in my next fight. I think this fight allowed me to turn a corner in my career."
If Bader was feeling nervous before his previous wins over Carmelo Marrero or Vinny Magalhaes, it hardly showed. But the Arizona Combat Sports product said there was a definite difference in his mental state during his most recent contest.
Lyoto Machida undergoes surgery
"He had surgery yesterday on his left hand," Soares said. "The doctor said it was a complete success."
Soares said the procedure actually addressed a set of lingering issues rather than repairing something that occurred during Machida and Rua's hotly contested Oct. 24 bout in the main event of "UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun."
"Lyoto's hand has been actually injured for a while," Soares said. "Before the fight with 'Shogun,' he went to the doctor, and he went to a special surgeon in Brazil. Basically, they say said that he was going to need surgery, but he didn't want to cancel the fight.
"He just roughed it through this training camp. The hand has been bothering him for quite a while now. It was one of those situations. He just roughed through it."
While sharing the details of the surgery, Soares said it was important to note he was not trying to suggest Machida's hand issues in any way played a role in what many felt was a lackluster performance from the champ.
Ortiz Takes The High Road With Coleman
Just a month ago, Tito Ortiz was slated to make his return to the Octagon and face UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman. An injury forced Coleman out of the bout, but the talk turned ugly days later when Coleman's manager got personal with an attack on Ortiz and his wife, Jenna Jameson.
Mike DiSabato, Coleman's friend and manager, lashed out against Ortiz after he made a Twitter post commenting on Coleman pulling out of the fight. DiSabato went on to insult Ortiz's wife, making derogatory remarks towards her, later apologizing for his insensitive remarks.
Demian training boxing with Minotauro
“Forget about Cuba, come to my house in Salvador to train with me, with (Luis) Dórea, Rogério (Minotouro) and (Junior) Cigano (dos Santos)”, heavyweight said. With the friend’s invitation, Demian didn’t hesitate. “It’s being an excellent experience, I want to come back here more times before the fight“, guarantees.
Wanderlei: “Shogun is the new champion”
“I said that Shogun would win and he won, we can’t discuss that. He fought in a smart way with Lyoto, it was a big fight. Lyoto gave some knee blows and some punches, but hasn’t that strength that Shogun had on the fight, let’s say... He’s the new champion“, Silva pointed..that's also a video in the link
Silva vs. Belfort Off UFC 108
According to Ed Soares, Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort for the UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 108 is not happening. Soares, Silva's manager, said "The latest is he's not fighting Jan. 2," Soares said. "That's not going to happen. He won't be ready." When he's ready is not yet known but insisted the progress was ahead-of-schedule, and Silva fans have no cause for concern.