Anthony Johnson responds to Kevin Burns eye poke at UFC Fight Night 14
“They didn’t say nothing [about why the fight wasn’t ruled a no contest]. Nobody has given me an excuse. The only thing I’ve heard from fans and even the staff of UFC was that it’s bullshit…. All I know I turned around and I was screaming. Honestly, his finger went in my eye. It hurt like hell. I’ve never had that happen before, not that deep at least.”
Anthony Johnson talks about the technical knockout loss to Kevin Burns at UFC Fight Night 14 last night. “Rumble” received an accidental finger in the eye in the third round, which caused him to crash to the floor in agony. The referee thought he was dropped because of an uppercut (which grazed him) and waived off the fight. It was controversial; however, the officials don’t have the benefit of instant replay. And Johnson’s reaction to the eye poke made it appear that he was hurt with a punch and not a finger. Regardless, both fighters were classy after the bout. Perhaps we will see a rematch down the road sometime soon.
$25,000 AWARD BONUSES AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT 14
With the victory, Markham not only won his UFC debut, but he also picked up a $25,000 bonus for “Knockout of the Night.”
While everyone assumed the match-up would have happened during the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” it took until Saturday night for former wrestling adversaries C.B. Dollaway and Jesse Taylor to compete in the UFC against each other.
Dollaway helped to erase the memory of his last fight against Amir Sadollah, by submitting his former housemate with his signature move, the Peruvian Neck Tie, and earning himself $25,000 for “Submission of the Night.”
Coming off a loss, Frankie Edgar had something extra to prove, while Hermes Franca had just as much to prove after sitting out for more than a year due to a steroid suspension handed down after his last fight against Sean Sherk in July 2007.
Franca and Edgar went to war for the duration of their 15-minute affair, exchanging positions, working on the ground and feet. For their efforts, they each earned $25,000 for “Fight of the Night” honors.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 14 AWARD BONUSES
(as disclosed by UFC officials)
Each fighter earned $25,000 for the following awards.
Fight of the Night:
-Frankie Edgar and Hermes Franca
Knockout of the Night:
Submission of the Night:
P4P king Anderson Silva speaks with his strikes
LAS VEGAS – Anderson Silva has been one of the elite mixed martial arts fighters in the world for the past 18 months or so.
He hasn't been a star, though, until recently.
But on Thursday, the large media scrum that squeezed in tightly to hear Silva's every utterance was symbolic of his rise to stardom.
Fighting talent and box-office appeal don't always go hand-in-hand and some of the game's best fighters frequently are poor draws. But Silva compensated for his lack of proficiency in English in front of an entirely English-speaking media by grinning and grunting and grimacing to captivate an audience that couldn't understand a word he said.
The UFC middleweight champion will move up to light heavyweight on Saturday to meet rugged James Irvin in a nationally televised card on Spike TV from The Pearl at The Palms Theater.
Shannon Gugerty has Dean Lister and Brandon Vera to thank for UFC debut
With 10 fighters making their UFC debuts at tonight's UFC Fight Night 14 event, it is a safe assumption that all of them were excited when the opportunity to fight in the world's biggest MMA promotion was bestowed upon them.
But for Shannon Gugerty (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), he had a feeling his time was quickly approaching.
"I just had that gut feeling that [the chance to fight in the UFC] was coming really soon," Gugerty recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "And then, sure enough, my manager Matt Stansell (from NCFC Fight Management), he called me up about four weeks ago, and he said 'The UFC is looking to put on a show the same day as that Affliction card, July 19. You think you'd be ready to fight by then?'"
REESE ANDY LOOKING TO SPOIL THE TRUTH
Reese Andy may not be known by a lot of fans, especially casual UFC fans. However, he has a chance to propel himself to the forefront of the light heavyweight division, as he will take on Brandon “The Truth” Vera, who is making his debut at 205 pounds, on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 14.
Quite a few fighters, including Dan Henderson, turned down a fight with Vera, but Reese Andy didn’t hesitate. “I was excited about the offer,” said Andy recently on MMAWeekly Radio. “I wasn't going to pick and choose to get into the show I want to get into. I know other guys turned it down and they have their reasons why they're doing it. I'm not going to turn anything down like that.”
Report: Yushin Okami breaks hand in training
Top middleweight contender Yushin Okami has suffered another hand injury — this time in training — and will more than likely be unable to challenge 185-pound champion Anderson Silva anytime soon, according to MMARated.com.
“Thunder” initially broke his hand against Evan Tanner at UFC 82: “Pride of a Champion” — a fight the Japanese import won via crushing knockout. There’s currently no word on whether or not this is a fresh break or if he re-aggravated the existing damage.
The tentative plan was to pit Okami against Silva as soon as UFC 88: “Breakthrough” on September 6 if the “Spider” escaped his non-title light heavyweight fight tonight with James Irvin injury-free. Patrick Cote would then take on the winner of that match in late 2008.
Now it seems that the “Predator” may have leapfrogged Okami — the last man to deal Silva a loss (albeit disqualification — for a chance to next take on the feared Brazilian striker.
JESSE TAYLOR PUTTING THE PAST BEHIND
Jesse "JT Money" Taylor advanced to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter Season 7, but was released from the show and kicked out of the finale for his destructive behavior following the filming on the popular reality series on Spike TV.
Taylor makes his official Ultimate Fighting Championship debut July 19 against the man who replaced him in the finals, C.B. Dollaway, in an effort to put the past behind him and prove he belongs in mixed martial arts' premier organization.
"It's a dream come true to come back. And I'm more ready than ever," Taylor told MMAWeekly.com. "I can't wait to get back in there."
Irvin Talks Training For Silva
On this week's edition of "Between Rounds," UFC light heavyweight James Irvin talks about what will be the biggest fight of his career this Saturday when he takes on Anderson Silva.
ON WHAT HE EXPECTS FROM SILVA:
"I expect him to be crafty. I expect him to really go out there and try to dictate the pace of the fight. I expect him to hold the center of the ring and have ring control. For him to be the general in there.
"He's in and out of southpaw to conventional. And that really spins people's heads off when he does that.
"If anything I'm thinking about certain things he will do that I'm just going to explode on . When he goes into southpaw I already have things coming. When he goes back into conventional I already have things coming. And that's the best game plan I can have on him."
Okami Breaks Hand, Potential Silva Fight Off
MMARated.com has learned that UFC middleweight fighter Yushin Okami has recently suffered a broken hand and thus a potential title fight pitting Okami and Anderson Silva, once thought to be slated for September or October, has now been put on hold.
We've also learned that if Silva leaves the Octagon tomorrow night without any major injuries there are plans to book Patrick Cote as his next opponent, possibly this Fall as well.
UFN Weigh-In Results (Updated)
The UFN weigh-ins for tomorrow night have just concluded. James Irvin has missed weight by 1.5 pounds, but the main event is still on.
Update: Irvin has now made weight. He got down to 206 within the 1 hour allowed.
UFC Quick Quote: Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva on the Birmingham battle
“I know that this fight will show who is going to lose. The event will sell it this way, two unbeaten guys. I wanna do a great fight, a great show.”
– Lyoto Machida via Tatame.com
“It’ll be a good fight, we’re determined fighters. I trained a lot and I’ll do my job. I believe it’ll be a fight with more strategy. Lyoto likes to escape, fight moving backwards, it’s his style, but it’ll do my job…. I can’t say that I like (facing Brazilian fighters), but I want the belt, and wanna prove my talent and win. I want the belt. I already can fight for the belt. I’ve already showed UFC what I can and what I can’t do. I’m here to fight for the belt.”
– Thiago Silva via Tatame.com
Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva comment for the first time on their huge 205-pound showdown at UFC 89: “Bisping vs. Leben” at The National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham, England, on October 18. The winner of the bout will likely earn a title shot in early 2009.
UFC 90 Set For Chicago On 10/25
UFC is finally blowing into the Windy City this fall, announcing that Chicago will host UFC 90 on October 25. No word on participants yet but if Stephan Bonnar is recovered from knee surgery in time he'll be there.
Pound-for-pound king speaks with his strikes...
LAS VEGAS – Anderson Silva has been one of the elite mixed martial arts fighters in the world for the past 18 months or so.
He hasn’t been a star, though, until recently.
But on Thursday, the large media scrum that squeezed in tightly to hear Silva’s every utterance was symbolic of his rise to stardom.
Anderson Silva Vs The UFC Light Heavyweight Division
He has suggested that he won’t stick around 205 pounds for long, but if he did, he’d have a rogues’ gallery waiting for him.
In this article, I’ll play the Las Vegas bookie setting the lines for Silva’s hypothetical run through the UFC light heavyweight class. So kick back and enjoy as the guy who can’t do his own taxes tries to be Jimmy The Greek.
Tim Sylvia, Michael Bisping, Chuck Liddell, Dana White and Marc Ratner comment on Rampage Jackson situation
In a chat with the Las Vegas Sun today UFC Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner, said the company was “still gathering information” on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s strange behavior over the past several days.
In the two days since the 30-year-old fighter was arrested following a hit and run accident in California the UFC has been virtually mum. However, several media outlets reported that UFC President Dana White flew to California to bail out the former champ.
Alves-Sanchez Fight Off
The Thiago Alves vs. Diego Sanchez match earmarked for 10/18 in Birmingham, England is now off. The Thiago Silva vs. Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida match announced yesterday was to take its place.
Horn vs. Gouveia at UFN 15
Jeremy Horn vs. Wilson Gouveia has been booked for UFN 15. The only question is at which weight class: Horn usually fights at middleweight, Gouveia at light heavyweight. That should be decided fairly soon.
Dana White Did Not Help Affliction
There's a narrative going around that by booking a free show opposite Affliction's debut, Dana White did Affliction some kind of favor. The people making the argument say that the UFC opposition created more interest in the weekend than there would have been otherwise. I don't buy this at all.
If Affliction was running unopposed this weekend, their ads might actually reach and have some effect on the millions of fans who watch UFC. Instead, those fans have been saturated with ads for Anderson Silva and a free show, and I haven't spoken to one casual fan even considering buying Affliction over the UFC show. Whereas these fans may have considered buying a fight on Saturday night just because they like fights, they now have a free option, and the idea of buying Affliction and weighing cards against each other isn't even a consideration.
Second, the narrative of competition is not a good one for Affliction. If they were running unopposed, all the hype would be on seeing Fedor fight again. Instead, three days out, the narrative is about the competition, and it's a contest Affliction can't win. People have pointed to the story on ESPN weighing the Affliction and UFC cards as proof that this has been a good thing for Affliction. Realistically, it probably did nothing to hurt or help, but certainly helped less than a major ESPN article on Fedor Emelianenko would have.