Tim Boetsch Returns Sept. 6th
Boetsch made the following announcement on his official myspace page:
Subject: UFC Sept. 6 Atlanta
Body: The Barbarian returns to the octagon to take out James Lee on Sept 6. Get your tickets! It is going to be a good show!!!!
HERB DEAN EXPLAINS MARQUARDT POINT DEDUCTIONS
Referee Herb Dean levied two point deductions against Nate Marquardt in his UFC 85 middleweight bout with Thales Leites, one for an illegal knee and one for an elbow that landed to the back of Leites' head. Dean explained the rule of striking to the back of the head and the point deductions against Marquardt that resulted in Leites winning by split decision.
Nate Marquardt landed an illegal knee to the head of the downed Thales Leites during the second round. The knee was intentional, but mistimed, garnering the Top 10 ranked Marquardt an immediate point deduction by referee Herb Dean.
UFC Quick Quote: Luigi Fioravanti knows he can beat Diego Sanchez … is he the only one?
“It doesn’t really bother me that people seem to [overlook] me, because like I said, it motivates me. I think a lot of people are, and they think he’s just going to come in and steamroll me and beat me up. I’m glad I’m the underdog because there’s really not much pressure on me…. It makes me train harder, and for this fight, I have trained harder than I ever have before in my career because I want to go out there and prove people wrong. Of course I want to get that respect, but that respect has to be earned. Of course I think he’s a good fighter. He’s really tough and he’s exceptionally good on the ground. He’s a top-10 welterweight, but I do think he might be overlooking this fight, you know? A win against him would turn a lot of heads. I know I can beat the guy…. I hit harder and I think I have the better standup, so I know I have to keep it on the feet. I know exactly what he’s going to do, too. He will come out and he might throw one punch or even stand a little bit, but then he’ll try and bring the fight to the ground and work his ground-and-pound. That’s his game. That’s what he’s really good at. I just gotta work on my takedown defense and rely on my power and my stand-up, and we’ll see how the fight goes from there.”
Anderson Silva Vs James Irvin at LHW - UFC Fight Night 14(July19) *+ Full Official Card* (+ Silva still fighting at UFC88)
MMARated.com has learned that not only is the July 19th UFC live event on Spike TV official but that the main event will feature Anderson Silva going up against James Irvin. This fight will mark Silva's UFC debut at 205 lbs.
Without official confirmation from the UFC this is true, it's intriguing nevertheless. Irvin will stand in front of Silva, which should make for an interesting exchange. And talk about the UFC bringing out the big guns to compete with Affliction. There is no Liddell or Rampage on the card, but following on the heels of July 5th event, the UFC buzz will already be in the air. This will ostensibly carry forward that momentum enough to drown out interest in Affliction. And while Affliction will be juxtaposed next to the UFC on matters of "what to watch", the choice between paying for people only hardcores have heard of versus the light heavyweight debut of Anderson Silva seems to me a very clear "either-or" proposition.
EDIT1: While confirming to SI.com's Nicki Jhabvala that the UFC will indeed be holding a July 19th event featuring Anderson Silva,
Dana also says Anderson Silva WILL LIKELY FIGHT ON BOTH JULY 19TH AND ON SEPTEMBER 6TH'S UFC 88 CARD. I guess no one is expecting James Irvin to pose much of a threat to the middleweight champ.
EDIT2: From MMA Weekly: In addition to Silva vs. Irvin, a bout between Hermes Franca and Frankie Edgar, initially planned for Aug. 9 in Minneapolis, is being relocated to the July event at the Palms in Las Vegas.
The bout will be Franca’s first since returning from suspension for a positive test for steroids in California.
EDIT3: The event will be dubbed 'Ultimate Fight Night 14' says MMARated.com.......
EDIT4: Event: UFC Fight Night 14
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2008, at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV
Location: The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada
Evan Tanner (32-7) vs. Kendall Grove (8-5)
Main card (televised):
185 lbs.: Amir Sadollah (0-0) vs. CB Dollaway (6-0) to determine TUF 7 winner
170 lbs.: Diego Sanchez (18-2) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (12-3)
155 lbs.: Spencer Fisher (20-4) vs. Jeremy Stephens (13-2)
185 lbs.: Dante Rivera (10-2) vs. Matthew Riddle (0-0)
Under card (May not be broadcast):
170 lbs.: Josh Burkman (9-5) vs. Dustin Hazelett (10-4)
185 lbs.: Marvin Eastman (15-7-1) vs. Drew McFedries (6-3)
170 lbs.: Matt Arroyo (3-1) vs. Matt Brown (6-6)
185 lbs.: Dean Lister (10-5) vs. Jeremy Horn (79-17-5)
185 lbs.: Tim Credeur (9-2) vs. Cale Yarbrough (0-0)
185 lbs.: Rob Yundt (6-1) vs. Rob Kimmons (20-3)
NOVA UNIAO CAMP REPORT: LEITES TALKS MARQUARDT
MMAWeekly: Thales, what were your thoughts on the illegal knee and pile driver?
Thales Leites: He did a lot of illegal blows during the fight. It wasn’t just the illegal knee; it was the pile driver and elbows, too. For sure he hit the back of my head. After the fight I showed to Joe Rogan the "ball" that I had in the back of my head. In my opinion he was obliged to knock me out in the second round with the illegal knee and I came back to fight without even knowing where I was properly.
If he wants to fight me again, I think he should get in line. I'm looking for the title shot. He had his chance before and he wasn’t successful so now it's my time.
Dan Miragliotta On The DL
Prolific MMA referee Dan Miragliotta will be out of action for three months with a torn rotator cuff.
The injury was sustained 30 May when Miragliotta dove in to save a whithering “New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni (10-10) from suffering more punishment from Joey Villasenor’s (26-6) boxing barrage.
Johnson-Burns Likely for UFC in August
A welterweight bout between rising prospects Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns will likely take place when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota for their upcoming “Seek and Destroy” event on August 9th.
MMA on Tap has learned through a source close to the potential bout that both fighters have verbally agreed to fight. Bout agreements have been sent out and are expected to be signed and returned by the end of the week.
‘Elbow Room' Remains for Controversy
What exactly constitutes an illegal elbow to the back of the head?
It depends who you ask.
That's the hot topic off the heels of June 7's Nate Marquardt-Thales Leites (Pictures) fight at UFC 85 in London, where referee Herb Dean (Pictures) took a point from Marquardt for illegal elbows, and the deductions made the difference on the scorecards. Leites, who was otherwise on the short end of a competitive but uphill battle, took a split duke by scores of 28-27, 28-27 and 27-28.
Herb was right!
Liddell VS Evans Headlines UFC 88 in Atlanta
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell is set to return to action at UFC 88 on Sept. 6 as he faces Rashad Evans in a 205-pound showdown that could have title implications on the line.
So much for the MMA Gods letting Chuck vs Shogun happen...
UFC Signs Another Marketing Deal
The New York-based licensing and manufacturing company, Silver Buffalo, announced it has signed a licensing agreement with the UFC.
According to Silver Buffalo the products will include watches, barware & bar accessories, lighting, wall décor, and billiards & darts accessories.
Professor Horn Keeps the Fight Game Pure
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - The response came without hesitation or elaboration. When asked for his thoughts on his upcoming opponent, Dean Lister, Jeremy Horn simply blurted, "He's definitely a tough guy and a real good grappler."Silence. That was it.Not surprising really, considering that…
David Baron Signs With The UFC
French fighter David Baron, who submitted Hayato “Mach” Sakurai in his last bout in May, has signed with the UFC according to The Fight Network.
Baron (15-2) submitted Sakurai (32-8-2) via first round guillotine choke at a May Shooto event.
UFC Event In Works for July 19
July 19 could become a crowded night for mixed martial arts.
The UFC is currently planning an event that Saturday night to be televised live on Spike TV, Sherdog.com has learned from multiple industry sources.
Walsall warrior to stay a welterweight
Paul “Relentless” Taylor knows he could be headline-maker in the UFC lightweight division, but while he continues to finish on the right side of 15-minute wars like he did against Jess Liaudin, England’s Walsall warrior is happy to remain a welterweight.
There are some nicknames that just don’t ring true in The UFC. Rich “No Love” Clementi, Matt “handsome” Wiman…to name but two.
But then there are those nicknames that encapsulate the very essence of the fighter. Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson…Paul “Relentless” Taylor.
The 28-year-old has fought four times in The UFC, winning two, and losing the other two in Fight of the Night battles. Still, he remains behind a host of top names in the welterweight queue though. Time to drop down? Not on your life.