Shogun Rua looking to exploit "The Dragon's" low guard on Oct. 24
“I am the underdog for sure but I am confident. Lyoto is the favorite, the current champion. Everybody bets he will beat me but I come in all my fights thinking I’m capable to win. I already see myself being victorious. If I think different, it’s better not fighting. I believe in me, in my game and know my potential. His game is standing, it’s hard to find him to hit and he has a good wrestling. Maybe his unique weakness is the low guard. If the fight ends until the fifth round, it’s going to be standing. I look to fight stand up and so does he, so it’ll be a knockout or judges decision.”
Mauricio Rua weighs in on his upcoming title fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Oct. 24.
Mark Munoz vs. Ryan Jensen inked for UFC 108 in Las Vegas
A bout between Mark Munoz (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and fellow middleweight Ryan Jensen (14-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) is set for the UFC's first-of-the-year event, UFC 108.
Sources close to the bout confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements were recently distributed and finalized just today.
UFC 108 takes place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, though Munoz vs. Jensen is expected to be part of the night's un-aired preliminary card.
'TUF 8' Winner Ryan Bader Aims to Dictate Fight vs. Experienced Eric Schafer
The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Ryan Bader says his keys to beating Eric "Red" Schafer at UFC 104 is to dictate the fight and avoid Schafer's experienced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game.
Bader, one of the many wrestler-turned-MMA fighters out of the Arizona Combat Sports camp in Tempe, recently spoke with FanHouse as he looks to improve his undefeated MMA and UFC records to 11-0 and 3-0, respectively, on Nov. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Ray Hui: This is your third straight UFC opponent whose specialty is grappling, but Schafer is probably the most well-rounded.
Ryan Bader: Eliot [Marshall] was pretty well-rounded also. He has some decent standup so I'd say Eliot was probably the most well-rounded as far as striking and jiu-jitsu, but what Eric Schafer brings to the table is experience, being in the big shows with guys like [Michael] Bisping, [Stephan] Bonnar and Houston Alexander and what not. He's been around the game so he definitely has that advantage.
Wren thinks Jackson is not a coach
5. It sure looked like Rampage and his coaches gave little support to their fighters after they lost. What was your impression?
Justin Wren – “I absolutely have to agree with you. I heard Rampage saying it was the editing but even though his fighters liked him; look at the last TUF he was on and his record was 1-7. From the day I got there I knew I didn’t want to be on his team and I don’t think it has anything to do with the editing. He really did just ditch his fighters and to be honest he is no coach. I was really fortunate to be on Rashad’s Team.”
UFC newcomer Rodney Wallace meets Brian Stann at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale
UFC newcomer Rodney Wallace (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his debut for the organization at December's The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in a light-heavyweight contest with Brian Stann (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
The bout was first reported by FiveOuncesOfPain.com, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the addition with sources close to the event.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale is scheduled for Dec. 5 at The Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas.
Chris Leben vs. Jay Silva In The Works For UFN 20
Although UFC Fight Night 20 still hasn't been announced by UFC, the card continues to come togeter at what seems like a record pace. The 5th fight to be revealed in less than 24 hours is Chris Leben vs. Jay Silva, a fight that Leben has verbally agreed to.
Henderson, UFC Fail To Come To Terms
Dan Henderson’s career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship has ground to a close in a contract stalemate, and the former two-division PRIDE champion appears on the verge of signing a deal with the rival Strikeforce promotion.
Henderson, 39, devastatingly knocked out Michael Bisping in the second round of their heavily hyped fight on July 11 at UFC 100 in Las Vegas, in the final fight of his contract.
Henderson still open to UFC, but ready to go
Dan Henderson hasn’t closed any doors yet with the UFC, but he’s ready to move on if necessary.
Henderson, 39, fought the last fight of his latest contract at UFC 100, knocking out fellow “The Ultimate Fighter” coach Michael Bisping in the second round.
A Friday report from Yahoo! Sports said that UFC president Dana White has been unable to come to terms on a new contract with Henderson, all but confirming an exit for the former two-division Pride champion.
EDIT: According to mania, it looks like Dan may be headed to Strikeforce.
Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce In The Works For UFN 20
Capping off a busy day of fight announcements is word that Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce is being put together for the yet-unannounced UFC Fight Night 20 in Virginia. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Pierce is coming off an upset win over Brock Larson while Kos quickly beat Frank Trigg at UFC 103.
Efrain Escudero vs. Nik Lentz Set For UFN 20
The second fight announced today for the still-unannounced UFC Fight Night 20 in Virginia is a matchup of TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero and Nik Lentz. Escudero will go for his 13th win in 13 career fights while Lentz goes for his 10th straight win.
Yvel granted license in Nevada; UFC next stop?
LAS VEGAS – Dutch heavyweight Gilbert Yvel has been given another chance to fight in Nevada. After a face-to-face meeting Friday with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he was given a one-fight license to compete in the Silver State.
During the meeting, he addressed concerns about his controversial past and made assurances he would behave honorably in competition.
Yvel was denied a license to fight Sergei Kharitonov for Pride 33 in February 2007 due to several well-publicized incidents involving disqualification and misconduct towards a referee.
Wanderlei confirms Akiyama fight for Sydney, Australia
Wanderlei Silva has confirmed his next opponent. In a video blog entitled ‘Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama’, the legendary Brazilian confirms the fight for Sydney, Australia on February 21st.
“Finally I have the date for my next fight. I am going to fight on 21st of February in Sydney Australia. I am so happy because this is the first event there and my boss has chosen to put me there, it is a great honour for me because it is the main event,” he says in the video.