UFC newcomer Jon Jones to replace Tomasz Drawl at UFC 87
UFC newcomer and USKBA light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been signed to a UFC contract and will replace Tomasz Drwal (14-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at next month's UFC 87 event.
Jones is a member of the Northeast-based Team BombSquad, and team manager Ryan Ciotoli today confirmed the signing with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Jones will now meet Drawl's original opponent, Andre Gusmao (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), at the Aug. 9 event. The reason for Drwal's departure from the card wasn't immediately known.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR UFC'S HERMES FRANCA
It’s been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs for UFC lightweight Hermes Franca over the past 12 months.
After getting his much awaited 155-pound title shot against Sean Sherk at last July’s UFC 73, following a succession of impressive wins, Franca tested positive for a banned substance, sidelining him due to a suspension by the California State Athletic Commission.
Upon serving his suspension, Hermes was eager to return to action and was called to do so at Ultimate Fight Night 14 against up and comer Frankie Edgar. Finally Franca would have an opportunity to redeem himself.
HUERTA FORSEES EVENTUAL MOVE TO 170
As Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight prospect Roger Huerta heads into the home stretch of preparation for his fight with Kenny Florian at UFC 87, it would be understandable for the pressure to build. At 25, Huerta has managed to cement his reputation as a hard-hitting, never-say-die breed of fighter, even after an extended layoff from the game — when criticism tends to get louder.
Like many fights that materialize over time, it appears Huerta’s decision to step back into the Octagon was born out of a slight misunderstanding. During a post-fight interview, Florian mentioned him as a potential opponent. Huerta says that provided the motivation to return.
“I kind of heard that Kenny had called me out, (and) at the same time I started to get edgy, and I started to feel like I wanted to come back and fight again,” Huerta said.
Florian counters that he was simply giving his opinion on the division’s best match-up, but regardless, it was an interaction that bore fruit for serious fans of the sport.
Huerta has made a point of traveling to different camps for fresh perspectives, landing with UFC welterweight Georges St. Pierre’s camp for a finer lesson in the art of savaging his opponents. He’s taken well to St. Pierre’s round the clock attack, something he considers to be his greatest asset going into his fight with Florian.
Quick Update On Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
''Rampage thinks he’s God…He had a falling out with his trainer a couple of days before the first arrest. Basically he has lost his mind and is talking very religious and is saying that he is God. This is the main thing I wanted to keep hidden, but with the second arrest and Dana talking it will come out regardless. He needs some serious help. I don’t know if you would call it schizophrenia or bipolar disorder or what have you, but whatever it is, basically it’s become impossible to have a conversation with him. He is delusional.''
Steve Mazzagatti Apologizes to Anthony Johnson
Scott Smith and Robbie Lawler weren't the only ones settling "Unfinished Business" last night at EliteXC: Lawler vs. Smith II. Anthony Johnson ran into Steve Mazzagatti last night for the first time since Johnson's controversial TKO loss to Kevin Burns last Saturday night.
FightLine.com was on hand when Johnson approached Mazzagatti at ringside during last night's event. Mazzagatti and Johnson shook hands and hugged. Mazzagatti apologized to Johnson and noted that it was "a bad call" and Johnson immediately accepted, saying it was all good
Report: Silva vs. Cote to headline UFC 90 in Chicago Cote Starts trash talk
‘‘I’m telling all my friends to bet on me,’’ Cote said, ‘‘because they’re going to make a lot of money.’’
‘‘This guy will need 10 punches to my face to knock me out, and I’ll just need one,’’ Cote said. ‘‘I have a good chance. He won’t exchange with me, and I’m not scared of him.
‘‘He wins a lot of his fights before they start because his opponents are intimidated and scared of him. I’m not scared of anyone in my weight class, especially him.’’
Georges St. Pierre to bring his toolbox for Jon Fitch fight
“When I won the world title the first time, it was like a dream. I didn’t realize what I had until I lost it. Then I went crazy. I made a mistake and I don’t want to do that again. I said then that every time I step into the Octagon, I’m going to be 100 percent ready, physically and mentally. I can’t say I’ll never lose again. No one is invincible. But I will never come to a fight unprepared…. [Jon Fitch] is undefeated in UFC and he brings a lot more problems to the table than my other opponents. He’s not an old school fighter. He’s in the new breed of mixed martial arts fighters. He’s not coming from only one solid background. He’s a good wrestler, he’s good standing up and he’s a black belt in jiu jitsu, which means he’s very good at submission on the ground. That means I’m going to have to use a lot more tools than I have in the past.”
Mark Coleman discusses possible rematch with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Mark ColemanMMA legend Mark Coleman (15-8 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been pursuing a comeback in the organization that made him famous ever since he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 82 in March.
While Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (16-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has made recent headlines by declaring his interest in a second match with "The Hammer," Coleman told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) he "wasn't aware of any of these rumors."
It only takes one: UFC 89 interview with Chris Leben
Chris Leben falls into a very unique category in the world of mixed martial arts. He’s one of the few fighters in the sport today who it seems every fan has an opinion of. Whether they love him or hate him, “The Crippler” always comes ready to scrap.
He’s got brick fists, and he can take a punch like you’re not even trying.
Leben holds notable wins over Patrick Cote, Luigi Fioravanti, Terry Martin and most recently Alessio Sakara, and he’s the only man who’s ever KO’d Mike Swick.
And now he’s headlining a major UFC event against another solid striker: Michael “The Count” Bisping. Leben (18-4) and Bisping (16-1) will go toe-to-toe at UFC 89 on October 18 at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham, England.
BJ Vs GSP - ''Battle Of The Weight Divisions'' December 27, 2008!!!
Dana White has confirmed on multiple occasions now that he intends to have BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre fight each other if St. Pierre beats Jon Fitch at UFC 87. However, it's never been clear if Dana was willing to let BJ Penn hold two titles at once. There are obvious problems with that sitiuation, the primary one being that with one guy holding both, each belt could only be defended once or twice a year.
This is not confirmed, but a fan over at The Underground says that BJ Penn was on a Hawaiian TV station and spoke about the fight:
they will be fighting this december 27.(source is bj penn his self on hawaii local news) the fight will not be a title fight but its going to be announced as "battle of the weight divisions". if all goes to plan hopefully gsp will still be holding the ww title after they fight in december and bj will move up and fight gsp in hawaii for the ww belt.
The only reason I'm willing to buy this is that it gives them an opportunity to do a meaningful rubber match if Penn wins. The downside is that the "battle of the weight divisions" will probably only be a 3 round fight.
Gerald Haris: "Rampage is doing good"
Rampage is pretty much focusing on the bible and getting his life back together. The first thing that came to my mind was the kids man. He's got 4 kids. Everybody else was concerned about was he going to fight again or is he losing sponsors; damn that," stated MMA middleweight Gerald Harris as he gave an update on his good friend Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Check out what else he had to say as he talked about his own future plans and much more
Houston Alexander: "Karmas a Bitch with a red dress"
Fans, if you missed the free chat session with UFC light heavyweight Houston Alexander, check out the entire transcript to see what he had to say about his upcoming clash with Eric Schafer at UFC Fight Night 15 and much more. "We got James and Thiago on the radar anyway so I'll see them again," he stated as he talked about his future goals and answered several other interesting questions from the fans. Check it out!
Shogun Fighting Coleman In December
Mauricio ‘Shogun‘ Rua may be getting a long-awaited rematch with Mark Coleman in December, according to a recent interview.
The Brazilian light-heavyweight said that the UFC had mentioned the bout to his management but nothing has been signed yet.
“I might face Mark Coleman on December, but nothing has been signed yet. He wanted to face me on November, and I really want to face him,” Rua told Tatame magazine.
“I hope this time he doesn’t run from me. He said no to me a couple of times, but I believe now it will happen.”
Dana Pulls Out The “Special Announcement” Card on Elite XC
Dana White is in the fight business. Fighting is in this man’s blood. That competitive spirit has enabled him to build the UFC into the great success story that it is today. There’s no way he’s going to let another MMA promotion walk into this game and just take away what has taken him years of blood, lawsuits, and friendships to build. White’s competitive nature was at no time more apparent than on July 19th when on short notice, the UFC cooked up a free Fight Night to air on Spike TV to counteract the Affliction: Banned event.
Exactly one week later, another one of the UFC’s competitors, Elite XC will be holding their second event on CBS during prime time. Their first event, as far as number of viewers is concerned, was a huge success and featured Kimbo Slice. This Saturday, July 26, Robbie Lawler will defend his title in a rematch with Scott Smith. While the UFC is not holding a live event to compete with CBS Saturday Night Fights, they are replaying for the very first time on television UFC 84 Ill Will, featuring the lightweight title fight between Sean Sherk and B.J. Penn. Other fights on that card are Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida and Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine. So as you can see, it’s a stacked card that many UFC fans will definitely tune into, especially if they missed it on Pay-Per-View back in May.
Despite Rumors, GSP Not Planning To Leave UFC
There has been speculation over the last several months that UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre will go elsewhere when his contract is up (he has 2 fights left). But on MMAWeekly's radio show last night, GSP said there are no plans to leave UFC for other places, including Affliction (his main sponsor), and he hopes to even finish his career in UFC.
UFC 90: Stephan Bonnar to miss Chicago event October 25
“My first reaction was pretty much that I couldn’t believe that the UFC was finally coming to my hometown. Right after that I said to myself, ‘God damn why can’t I be ready to fight?’ … I recently started to get real aggressive with the rehab and my doctor wasn’t very happy about it. I was told to back off a little bit…. As soon as I get the green light it’s going to be all business. I can’t wait to start cracking skulls again.”