Humbled Kimbo Slice Hungry to Prove He's No Fraud In The Octagon
When EliteXC was in the MMA business, its president, Gary Shaw, had no qualms calling Kimbo Slice the company's "franchise player," comparing his aura to that of Mike Tyson and anointing him as an MMA great. Meanwhile, on the other side of promoter hyperbole, UFC President Dana White would rip EliteXC for its "freakshow" promotion of Slice, and throw an occasional jab at the man himself, saying at one point, "Kimbo Slice would get murdered in the UFC."
But when EliteXC closed up shop and Slice needed a new place to ply his trade, people started asking White if Kimbo could possibly find a home in the octagon. White responded that the only way for Slice to join the UFC was by going on The Ultimate Fighter. Slice called his bluff, and as a result, the UFC and broadcast partner Spike TV are privately expecting the largest ratings in the show's history.
UFC officials will use proven U.S. blueprint to build fan base in Mexico
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a plan to build up its organization in Mexico.
It's the same one company officials used to build a fan base in the U.S.
UFC president Dana White recently said the keys to Mexico, a southern neighbor that began broadcasting UFC events on network television for this past weekend's UFC 100 event, are exposure, education and one-on-one meetings with MMA's opposition.
Royce Gracie Not Fighting...For Now
Even when you're away from fighting, you're never really away. Such seems to be the recent case with Royce Gracie: He doesn't need any of the typical motivators for fighting, he seems comfortable being out of the MMA spotlight, but he doesn't seem to have the urge to fight. But if UFC 100 and the Fan Expo was any indication, fans still want to see the original UFC legend back in action at 42. Not now, he says, but of course never say never.
Winner of Kampmann-Swick to face St. Pierre
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - by Ken Pishna - MMAWeekly.com
It has been widely rumored and Joe Rogan mentioned it during the UFC 100 broadcast, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday made it official, the fight between Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann will determine the next challenger to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
"Wherever we go, fans know UFC delivers great fights,” UFC president Dana White said. "Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann could be fight of the night at UFC 103 because the winner takes on Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title.”
After suffering an injury to his groin at UFC 100, St. Pierre will be taking some time off to heal up, but has at least narrowed his next opponent down to the winner of the bout on Sept. 19 in Dallas.
"I want to face the best guy," the champ commented after his victory over Thiago Alves. "Right now, I'm in really bad pain. I'm going to take a step back and take a look at it and we'll talk about it, and in a couple of weeks we'll see."
He should have plenty of time to rehab his injury and get prepared for his next challenge. Swick vs. Kampmann is still two months away and no date has been revealed for St. Pierre's return bout against the winner.
Randy Couture: Lyoto Machida Is 'Somebody I'd Like to Fight'
Randy Couture is making the media rounds in Portland to promote his August 29 UFC 102 fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and in an interesting interview with On Portland, he indicated a desire to move back down from heavyweight to light heavyweight -- at least if it gave him a chance at the light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida.
UFC Tentatively Adds Vancouver, Toronto To 2010 Slate
MM-Eh! UFC CEO and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta said the organization has "penciled in" Vancouver for a June 2010 pay-per-view event, and the executive also gave his "guarantee" the UFC will head to Toronto for what will be the "biggest mixed martial arts event in North America." The comments, made during a keynote speech at the UFC Fan Expo, were reported by the Canadian Press.
Josh Neer Sentenced For Drunk Driving Charges, UFC 101 Fight Still On
After pleading guilty to two charges stemming from a New Year's Day drunk-driving arrest, Josh Neer has been sentenced to 7 years in prison but the entire sentence is suspended. He is also on probation and will avoid prison time if he fulfills those terms and was given clearance to travel for his job, meaning his UFC 101 fight with Kurt Pellegrino is still on.
BONES JONES NOT HAPPY ABOUT UFC 100 STAND-UP
Jon “Bones” Jones certainly looked relaxed in the Octagon as he faced “Irish” Jake O’Brien at UFC 100, shuffling around the action like hero Muhammed Ali.
He stayed true to his unpredictable style, too, catching wrestler/boxer O’Brien off guard with a fake takedown attempt that turned into a spinning elbow, setting the fight’s end in motion.
Rob Kimmons meets veteran middleweight Jorge Rivera at UFC 104 in October
Fresh off a new multi-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, veteran fighter and "The Ultimate Fighter 4" cast member Jorge Rivera (16-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) will meet rising middleweight prospect Rob Kimmons (22-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 104.
A source close to one of the fighters today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements have been distributed and likely signed.
UFC 103, four bouts officially announced for Dallas; Tickets on sale this week
The UFC today officially announced its long-rumored UFC 103 event, which takes place Sept. 19 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and four featured bouts for the show.
Previously reported and now-official bouts include Martin Kampmann (15-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) vs. Mike Swick (14-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), Josh Koscheck (12-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) vs. Frank Trigg (19-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Hermes Franca (19-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) vs. Tyson Griffin (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Efrain Escudero (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Cole Miller (15-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC)...
Cro Cop vs Dos Santos UFC 103, winner faces....
It says "On Cro Cop's way to the top stand Dos Santos and Minotauro". It says Mirko will get a shot at the winner of Couture vs Nogueira, if he beats Dos Santos. The winner of that fight will fight with Brock Lesnar, for the title (in case Brock still holds the title since Dana announced that theres a possibility Fedor will join the UFC). Also its not impossible that Mirko and Fedor touch gloves once again.
Thats the translation.
UFC 103's Martin Kampmann vs. Mike Swick will, in fact, determine a No. 1 contender for GSP
A UFC 103 welterweight bout between veterans Martin Kampmann (15-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Mike Swick (14-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will, in fact, determine a No. 1 contender to challenge for UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre's championship belt.
During this past Saturday's, July 11, UFC 100 pay-per-view event, broadcaster Joe Rogan said he was informed by UFC Vice President of Fighter Relations Joe Silva that the Sept. 19 fight could be a No. 1 contender's bout.
Sources close to the fight have since confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the winner will be assured a title shot.
Kimbo Slice: ‘I don’t mind being a gatekeeper’ for UFC heavyweight division
“I guess it’s safe to say I don’t mind being a gatekeeper. Eventually, you got something you want to get. A drive for something, you know what I’m saying? And I guess I’m still searching for that inner me, I’m still searching for something. Until I find it, and until my fire is done, I’m a fighter…. Eventually, you want that title around your waist, that’s eventually the goal. But it don’t happen, just line them up.”
Less than confident words from the preseason star of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10, Kimbo Slice. UFC President Dana White shocked the mixed martial arts community not too long ago, announcing that the former bareknuckle Miami street brawler had taken him up on his offer to compete on the tournament-style Spike TV-produced program. His timing may not be the best — TUF 10 features former IFL champion, Roy Nelson, UFC veteran Wes Sims and several former NFL players, among others. So will Slice prove White (who predicted he would never win a TUF show back in Oct. 2008 when he first made the bold offer) and all the other doubters wrong or can he hang with the big boys? Find out on Sept. 16, 2009, at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV. For now, have at it in the comments section below.