UFC: Sylvia out, Fedor in?
UFC president Dana White said the company had released one big-name heavyweight from his contract while admitting interest in arguably the biggest heavyweight name of all.
White said the UFC released former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia from his contract with one fight remaining on it. The move made Sylvia a free agent and he is expected to sign a contract with M-1 Global, where he would be teamed with his agent, M-1 Global chief executive officer Monte Cox.
Report: UFC 85 to air on pay-per-view (PPV)
UFC 85 from the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7, will be a pay-per-view (PPV) event, according to the most recent print edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter.
Dave Meltzer reports that he has received confirmation from the organization, which contradicts a recent statement from Rashad Evans that indicated it would air for free on SpikeTV.
Look for UFC 85 to be marketed heavily with a 10 p.m. ET PPV start time, which will be on tape delay, and the LIVE broadcast to be available earlier on Saturday afternoon.
That’s how the last few UFC shows abroad have worked, anyway.
UFC 85 also features that heavyweight showdown between Fabricio Werdum and Brandon Vera, as well as a dynamite welterweight match up between Mike Swick and Marcus Davis
Guida looking to go 4 for 4 in 2008
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - It had everything you want to see in a fight – skill, intensity, heart, and most importantly, drama. But when it’s over, there can only be one winner, and on December 8, 2007, the man with his hand raised wasn’t Clay Guida.
Tim Sylvia and Ben Rothwell Sign with Adrenaline MMA
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (24-4), a longtime UFC fighter whose relationship with the organization was oftentimes rocky, has left the organization and signed with Adrenaline MMA -- the promotion previously known as M-1 Global.
Adrenaline MMA CEO Monte Cox announced that former IFL stand-out heavyweight Ben Rothwell (29-5) has also signed with the organization, which is working toward a June 14 show in Chicago
Houston Alexander – Moving Forward
No excuses. That’s all Houston Alexander will give you when it comes to his first UFC loss last November to Thiago Silva. No talk of woulda, coulda, shoulda; no pointing of fingers at anyone other than the man in the mirror. It’s not what you expect from any pro athlete these days, but the Nebraska resident is anything but stereotypical.
“A loss is a loss and you shouldn’t have to make an excuse for it,” said Alexander of the first round TKO defeat at UFC 78. “I should have done something to prevent it.”
Josh Neer – The Dentist is In
He won’t talk your ear off, do backflips in the Octagon, or make the daily papers for some outrageous antics. Josh Neer just fights. But that’s just fine with UFC fans who have clamored for the hard-nosed Iowa banger to return to the organization after an absence of almost 20 months.
And in his typically understated manner, he’s happy to be back.
“It feels good,” said Neer. “It’s just a different atmosphere in the UFC, and in these smaller shows it’s just not the same.”
Davis vs. Swick Set For UFC 85
Rumors of a Marcus Davis-Mike Swick fight at UFC 85, circulating since February, now appear to be true. Both sides have confirmed today that they have signed for the fight and it now appears to be official.
TUF 7 Fighter Signs With EliteXC
Former collegiate wrestler Paul Bradley, who was to be a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 7, has left UFC and signed with EliteXC. Terms weren't disclosed and Bradley's manager declined to comment on the UFC split.
Nogueira: To Be The Best You Have To Beat The Best
That line was part of a recent quick quote from interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Minotauro also notes that fighting Couture was a big reason he came to UFC and also commented on how often he thinks Champions should defend their titles.
Rampage Jackson: Wanderlei Silva is the ‘Chump Murderer’
“I think that if I fought Wanderlei Silva in the UFC I would have beat him. Wanderlei was the Chuck Liddell of Pride. If you were beating Wanderlei on the ground, the referee’s would stand you right up. It happened to me. It happened to other fighters that fought him…. Me and Silva don’t even talk to each other. Silva is the type of guy that thinks everyone should be afraid of him. The way I react around him is different. I am not afraid of Wanderlei Silva. They call him ‘The Axe Murder’ because he destroys people in his fights. They threw him chumps and he murdered them. Look at his record of guys he fought. This guy is ‘The Chump Murderer.’ I speak my mind around him and he looks at me all crazy like I shouldn’t be saying that. I think some of the referees took payoffs in Pride. In Japan, I promise you something was up.”
While a guest on the Opie and Anthony radio show, reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson reflected on his two crushing losses to Wanderlei Silva while the two competed under the Pride FC banner overseas in Japan. It’s widely believed that Silva will drop down to middleweight after his upcoming fight with Keith Jardine at UFC 84: “Ill Will,” which would put a damper on seeing a third match up — this time inside the Octagon — anytime soon.
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Sonnen Ready to Tangle with WEC and UFC Champs
"I sent an email to (UFC and WEC matchmaker) Joe Silva when I thought I was competing with Paulo, and I just said 'Look, I'm going to beat up Paulo, and I'm going to call out Anderson,'" Sonnen said. "'Am I going to look like a fool, or does that interest you?' And he wrote me back pretty candidly, and said 'You're wasting your time. We're not going to inter-mingle the two promotions right now. You're not going to get to fight Anderson.'"
But with Zuffa seemingly holding true to its word to maintain the UFC and WEC as separate entities, Sonnen does not feel the door is closed on an eventual match-up with Silva. In fact, the soon-to-be 31-year-old Oregonian feels the bout is inevitable.
"My argument to Joe Silva was very simple," Sonnen reasoned. "I'm the only guy under Zuffa contract, one with the courage to fight (Silva) and two, with the physical ability to beat him. So, at some point, when all the guys under Zuffa contract find a million reasons not to get in there with him, and I'm the only guy for him, not only will I get in there with him, I want in there with him. They're going to have to make that match happen."
Josh Koscheck re-signs with the UFC
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has confirmed with sources close to negotiations between Josh Koscheck and the UFC that Koscheck has re-signed with the organization. Koscheck is coming off of a TKO victory over up-and-coming welterweight Dustin Hazelett at UFC 82. Details of the deal are not available at this time.
Tim Sylvia to Leave the UFC?
It looks that way. Not only was there a message of a "huge announcement" coming on his website, but The Fight Network is reporting that Sylvia appears to be headed for (financially) greener pastures:
Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia could announce his decision to leave the Las Vegas-based promotion as early as Friday, according to a source close to the situation. Sylvia, who has one fight remaining on his current contract with the UFC, submitted to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a bout for the interim heavyweight championship at UFC 81 in February.
Sylvia's departure could set the stage for a lucrative match with former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko later this year. Still widely regarded as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Emelianenko's services are being sought by a number of potential suitors, including EliteXC.
Roy Jones Jr. Wants Silva Fight; Dana White Not So Much
Now that it’s clear both Silva and Jones want the fight, there’s just one question: What does the UFC think? Turns out, they’re not so crazy about it. Not yet, anyway.
“We’ve spoken about it,” Soares said. “At first, I think there was a lot of resistance. They don’t seem too into it, to be honest with you. We’ve heard from certain people that there’s just no way that this can happen. But never say never, you know.”
Recently the jokesters over at Bodog went ahead and handicapped the bout, despite the fact that it’s only talk at this point, and they pegged Jones as a heavy favorite with a -2800 line. Silva is going off at +1400, which is understandable since he’s never had a real pro boxing match and Jones, you know, has had a few.
Soares, who may well be biased, warns us against underestimating Silva.
“I think Anderson would be able to put up a good fight against Roy Jones. That’s my opinion. Maybe it’s unrealistic. When you talk to some people and read some of these threads, there’s people who swear up and down that it’s the stupidest thing to believe Anderson would do it, but I don’t know. Maybe I’m tainted. I’m not saying that Anderson’s going to go in there and knock him out, but I think Anderson is that skilled that he could make it a fight.”
Joe Lauzon: The Accidental Star
What began as innocent play-acting between friends on a backyard trampoline evolved into an unlikely career for Joe Lauzon — an information technology specialist by trade, a mixed martial artist by choice. Never in his wildest dreams could Lauzon have envisioned the path he has taken.
“It happened by accident,” Lauzon says. “We’d been power bombing and choke slamming each other on a trampoline, and it eventually turned into a grappling match to see who could stop who. A couple of my friends started training in jiu-jitsu, and the next thing I know, I’m getting triangle choked every two minutes.”
His competitive interest piqued, Lauzon decided to train, too, and through that seemingly insignificant decision, the Brockton, Mass., native charted a new course.
“I was like, ‘enough of this,’ and I started training jiu-jitsu,” he says. “And when my friends started fighting, I started fighting. A couple of years ago, I never would have thought I’d be on a billboard in Times Square.”
Lauzon has covered great distance in a short time, emerging as a top prospect inside one of the UFC’s deepest divisions. He will tackle Kenny Florian in the main event at UFC Fight Night 13 next Wednesday, April 2 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colo. And right now, Lauzon’s stock has never been higher.
Quick little Dana White Interview
Translated from Japanese
Here it is (in Japanese). I’ll keep the summary short, since most of what he told the interviewer is similar to other American interviews he has done.
* He ripped into the DREAM promotion, calling it minor-league and said that Mirko was tuning his game up in the minor league so that he could come back to the Octagon where the real competition is.
Frankie Edgar Interview
Frank Edgar has gotten used to being asked when he is he going to get a shot at the championship in the Mixed Martial Arts Ultimate Fight Championships 155-pound weight class. "I'm definitely one of the players in the weight class,'' Edgar said. "It might depend on the outcome of this fight and a couple of other fights in the UFC. The 155-pound class is definitely one of the most stacked in the UFC.