If "TUF" awaits, UFC 93 headliner Rich Franklin ready to give it his all
For former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, Saturday's UFC 93 main event fight with Dan Henderson at The 02 in Dublin, Ireland, will answer a lot of questions about his future.
With a coaching stint on "The Ultimate Fighter 9" and a likely return to 185 pounds on the line, Franklin, who recently moved up to the light heavyweight division, isn't too concerned about the future.
But if "TUF" does await, expect Franklin to give it his all.
Griffin Recovering, Expects SUMMERTIME Return
Maybe all of you guys will finally start to stop taking any notice of The Sun (UK Newspaper) now
From MMA Weekly:
Reports surfaced early on Tuesday that former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin was to be sidelined for the majority of 2009 with a hand injury sustained in his loss to Rashad Evans in December.
MMAWeekly.com spoke to sources close to Griffin later on Tuesday morning who stated that the "Ultimate Fighter" alum is recovering well from surgery on his hand. He is hopeful to make a return during the summertime and should not have to sit out for any major period of time.
KJ Noons to sign with UFC, could debut at UFN 18
The UFC are set to sign one of the hottest free agents in MMA in KJ Noons, the former EliteXC lightweight champion, MMABay can EXCLUSIVELY reveal.
Noons was stripped of the title last year after refusing to defend it in a rematch against former UFC fighter, Nick Diaz. His contract expired last week, making him one of the most wanted free agents on the MMA scene.
Rumour has it that the former pro-boxer could debut at UFC Fight Night 18 against Melvin Guillard.
The source is MMA Bay, so not sure how accurate the report is.....
Heath Herring to Face Junior Dos Santos at UFC 97
MMANews.com is reporting that Heath Herring will be fighting Brazilian Junior Dos Santos at UFC 97, which will take place in Montreal. They are basing their report off of comments made by Gabe Morrency, who hosts Hardcore Sports Radio on Sirius XM. Herring's last fight was a UFC 87 loss to current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar while Dos Santos' last bout was a stunning UFC 90 victory over Fabricio Werdum.
More from MMANews.com:
Earlier today it was announced by Gabe Morrency during a broadcast of his show "Sports Rage",on Hardcore Sports Radio (Sirius 98) that a heavyweight match up between "The Texas Krazy Horse" Heath Herring and Brazilian Junoir dos Santos is in the works for UFC 97 which is tentatively scheduled to take place in Montreal, Canada in April.
In Herring's last bout at UFC 87 in August, he was steamrolled by Brock Lesnar on Lesnar's path to the heavyweight title.
dos Santos on the other hand debuted in late 2008 with a stunning KO finish of highly touted contender Fabricio Werdum. It was be Werdum's exit bout from the UFC.
Franklin Views Henderson As Just Another Fight
Teaching has always come natural to Rich Franklin. From his days as a math teacher back in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, the former UFC middleweight champion has always taken to his ability to teach and help a new generation learn.
During the second season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show, Franklin took his teaching skills to the mat and helped a group of young fighters follow their dreams in making it to the UFC. Fighters eager to learn under Franklin included Marcus Davis, Keith Jardine, Seth Petruzelli, and new UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
Since then Franklin has had a very busy and storied career, but the chance to revisit the days of The Ultimate Fighter don't particularly excite the Ohio native, as he is set to do that very thing if he defeats Dan Henderson at UFC 93 in Ireland.
Report: Griffin Out Most Of 2009
It now appears that the broken hand Forrest Griffin suffered against Rashad Evans at UFC 92 is worse than expected. Griffin apparently needed to have pins surgically inserted into the hand to expedite the healing process, and now it's expected he'll be out until Fall '09, well past his medical suspension that runs until June.
UFC Considering 2009 Event In San Antonio
The UFC is hoping to return to San Antonio, Texas later this year, probably sometime between September & December. They're hoping to run an event at AT&T Center, but NBA schedule conflicts could force UFC to the smaller Freeman Coliseum instead.
Pros Pick: Coleman vs. Shogun II
Coleman and Rua are set to square off again this Saturday at UFC 93. Sherdog.com contacted dozens upon dozens of pros for their thoughts on the rematch, but not many were brave enough to put their reputations on the line:
PETE SELL VS MATT BROWN AT UFC 96
In what could be a sleeper nominee for Fight of the Night, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to Pete “Drago” Sell that he will be making his Ultimate Fighting Championship return on March 7 against Matt Brown at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio.
Denis Kang’s best day may still not be enough against Alan Belcher
“If I could fight the guys in the UFC in a Muay Thai fight, I think I would destroy them, it wouldn’t even be close. I wouldn’t have to hold back. But you’ve got to worry about the takedowns and stuff like that…I’m getting to the point where it’s hard for anybody to take me down. I mean [Kang’s] going to have to work really hard. If he’s on his best day, his best performance, it’s still going to be hard for him to take me down at all and then if he does then I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve for him. You never know, I’m might slap a triangle or something on him.”
Hendo Anticipates Technical Battle At UFC 93
Eleven years into a fighting career, Dan Henderson takes improvement in bits and pieces.
“It’s just a matter of who’s in front of me and what my game plan is, and that’s kind of the things I focus on for those few months,” Henderson tells MMAWeekly.com. “There’s so many things in MMA that need improving that it’s hard to get to everything at once, so I think it’s good to take one fight by one fight and improve on certain skills.”
His impending battle with Rich Franklin at UFC 93 has been a fan dream ever since the two were champions in rival organizations. No title is at stake, however, and both fighters have options at middleweight or light heavyweight. It’s just another tough fight on a road the 38-year-old former Olympian sees himself walking for another two years, give or take.
UFC Quick Quote: Michael Bisping would prefer to fight Dan Henderson
“For me personally I’d prefer Dan Henderson to win. Number one because it would be great to fight such a true legend. And number two, simply because Franklin is a southpaw, and southpaws are a bit of a pain in the backside. Chris Leben, my last opponent, was a southpaw and it changes everything — you have to change your footwork, it mixes everything up. When you’re not used to the fighter it makes it quite difficult. It didn’t really bother me last time for the fight, it was the training that was a pain in the arse. It adds an a extra hassle, an extra different dimension you have to take care of.”