Josh Koscheck Added to UFC 95
MMAmania.com learned this weekend that the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) member has been approached about beefing up an event that could need a little more of it. The promotion has done a nice job of filling up the card with solid match ups after the services of marquee attractions such as Chuck Liddell and Anderson Silva could not be secured, but the Spike TV special could use a little more star power.
TUF 10 set to bring back heavyweight division
UFC President, Dana White could be about to bring back the heavyweight division to the popular reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter” for its 10th season set to screen late in 2009.
According to a report by the Wrestling Observer, White has hinted that Olympic Judo Gold Medalist, Satoshi Ishii could feature on the show and has possibly been offered a slot on the show.
Matt Riddle vs. Steve Bruno added to UFN 17 in February
An alumnus from the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, Matt Riddle had been scheduled to make his welterweight debut in a UFC 91 matchup this past November against Ryan Thomas. However, a serious knee injury sustained while training forced Riddle off the card and created an opening for fellow TUF 7 veteran Matt Brown.
Riddle has been making progress in his recovery from the injury and sources close to 22-year old fighter have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that he’s expected to return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7 against Steve “Hollywood” Bruno.
WANDERLEI WANTS LIDDELL BEFORE 185
Brazilian brawler Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to meet with UFC president Dana White this week to determine his next challenge.
The former Pride champion is not thrilled about a possible cut to middleweight. He walks around at 215 pounds, and doesn’t like to cut more than 10 pounds for a fight. He denied an immediate move to the division below him, but said he would wait to hear from “the boss.”
DEAN LISTER REQUESTS, RECEIVES RELEASE FROM UFC
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday by Lister's management team at Haymaker's Empire.
According to his manager, Lister requested the release and the UFC granted his leaving the organization. The former Abu Dhabi champion is already in talks with several promotions, including Dream and Affliction, for a new deal.
Chuck Liddell says he’ll take the light heavyweight title from Rashad Evans
“I’ll fight anybody they put in front of me as long as it gets me back closer to the title. I have to try to be the best at what am I doing. I want Rashad Evans, he’s got the title and I’ll take it.”
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell — who was most recently on the wrong end of a vicious knockout at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” courtesy of Rashad Evans — wants another crack at “Sugar” when asked who he’d like to fight next. That more than likely isn’t going to happen anytime soon — Liddell has lost three of his last four fights. And he no longer appears to be the same world beater who dominated the talent-rich 205-pound division for two years up until 2007. “Iceman” is expected to return at UFC 96 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7; however, his opponent remains a mystery. With a win in March, Liddell — who has been getting some extra training at American Top Team (ATT) recently — could very well begin to mount his final assault on the light heavyweight hill before calling it a career. Because of his celebrity and drawing power it’s not crazy to imagine that two impressive wins could get him to the top, regardless of what else is happening in the division. Can he pull it off? Does he have enough gas left in the tank? Has he been surpassed in skill by the other top fighters in the division? Let us hear your opinions in the comments section below.
Recent MMA Fighter Deaths Raise Questions
The death of former heavyweight title contender Justin Eilers, due to a gunshot wound at the hands of his stepfather at a Christmas night party, marked the third death of a recent UFC fighter from under strange circumstances in a short period of time. Is the spate of deaths a harbinger of bad things to come, or is it a radmon series of coincidences?
TUF 8 Champ May Debut At UFN 19
Although no announcement has been made and paperwork is not done yet, Jeremy Stephens says that he will be the opponent for TUF 8 Lightweight winner Efrain Escudero in his first post-TUF fight, likely to be at UFN 19 in April.
New champ Frank Mir: misinformation an effective strategy
"Every fighter gets injured a lot during training camps," Mir said. "One thing I've learned not to do is – I don't really give any validity to my injuries. Some of my injuries are fake. I've faked a few injuries in the past but not to pull out of fights or anything. It's just there a lot of rumors out there, and when I hear them, I help people out. ... 'Go tell people and put it on the Internet.'
JOSH NEER ARRESTED IN NEW YEAR'S INCIDENT
Josh Neer – a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and International Fight League – was arrested early Thursday morning by Des Moines, Iowa police, according to the Des Moines Register. Polk County (Iowa) records show he was charged with a second-offense operating while intoxicated charge and eluding while more than 25 miles-per-hour in excess of the speeding limit.
Massenio Set To Have MCL surgery Today
According to Brad Rysz of RotoExperts.com, UFC middleweight Mike Massenzio suffered a torn MCL three weeks prior to his December 27th clash with CB Dollaway at UFC 92. Despite the injury, Massenzio opted to go through with the fight and with a heavily bandaged knee, he nearly pulled off the victory after rocking Dollaway and sinking in a deep guillotine choke.
Wanderlei to drop to middleweight in 2009
Sources close to the aggressive Brazilian EXCLUSIVELY revealed to MMABay that he will be moving to 185 pounds after spending the last couple of years fighting bigger men and coming up short.
Often in his Pride days, Wanderlei would come in under the allotted weight, as he did last weekend at UFC 92, finding the weight cutting very easy to cope with.
Troy Mandaloniz vs Paul Kelly set for ufc 95
"The Ultimate Fighter" season six alum Troy "Rude Boy" Mandaloniz is packing on the pounds for his next fight.
The Hilo, Hawaii native will on Tuesday sign his bout agreement for a welterweight scrap with Paul Kelly at UFC 95 on Feb. 21 in London, England. Kelly is expected to sign his agreement in the coming days.
I predict a round 2 GnP stoppage for Kelly.
Both Mir and Nogueira Were Injured Going Into UFC 92
Earlier this week, Nogueira’s camp confirmed that he had a bad knee injury going into the fight, but had remained silent about it.
Today, it emerged (via UFC president Dana White’s appearance on the Carmichael Dave show) that the Brazilian had also been recovering from a Staph infection.
But Frank Mir was not without his problems either, according to the Wrestling Observer, which reports that the former champion had suffered a herniated disc in training.
Rashad Evans Explains "Gesture" During Fight With Griffin
When [Griffin] got off his little flurry on me, and he gave me everything he had, I was like, 'Oh man. I've seen every trick in the book,'" Evans said. "And I knew that there was nothing he could do to really hurt me. I felt all his power, and I was like, 'Man, I've got this. I've got this now.' And I wanted to let him know that [he] can't hurt me. It's going to be a long night from here on out.' It was just a little fun.