Dana White: ‘We’ll do Brock vs Fedor and it’ll be a huge fight’
“This whole Fedor thing has been going on and on and on. I keep saying this and that about him and he keeps waiting. Eventually, Fedor’s going to be here. I want Fedor. I want him to come to the UFC and everything else. [Lesnar] just became the heavyweight champion. We’ll end up getting that deal done. And then we’ll do Brock vs. Fedor, and it’ll be a huge fight.”
– UFC President Dana White envisions Fedor Emelianenko becoming a possible addition to his heavyweight division at last night’s UFC 100 post-fight press conference. White and Co. worked hard to bring the Russian on board after the collapse of Pride FC; however, talks broke down when the parties could not agree on an exclusive fight contract. It would be a minor miracle if Emelianenko ever signed with the UFC … he and his camp appear to mix like water and oil when it comes to working with UFC execs. Stranger things have happened, however. In the meantime, Emelianenko is penciled in to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett this August in the third — and perhaps last event held by Affliction MMA. White seems confident “The Last Emperor” will find his way to the Octagon because after his July 11 performance, Brock Lesnar is quickly running out of viable contenders.
Lesnar Loves Being UFC's Beiggest Villian
The UFC enters its next centennial with something the company has sorely lacked. A true villain. A snarling, seemingly unstoppable bully plowing through opponents like in World Wrestling Entertainment pretend fights. Brock Lesnar was a star there once. He plays the role to a tee.
Tito Ortiz banned from the UFC Fan Expo: The UFC ‘doesn’t cherish me at all’
“The biggest problem is the UFC in general. They’re all about branding their name. We’re the guys who get inside the cage. Strikeforce is working toward making superstars, not worried about their brand. It really comes down to a respect value. They don’t respect me. They don’t cherish me at all. UFC wouldn’t let me go to the Fan Expo. I feel very sorry for all my fans. I’m here for the fans, I’m going to support them no matter what.”
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz talks about his exclusion from the UFC Fan Expo in Las Veag during the hoopla for the big UFC 100 weekend. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” — whether you love him or hate him — is a 21-fight veteran of the Octagon and has been a key player in some of the biggest feuds in mixed martial arts history including his two bouts with Chuck Liddell and his much ballyhooed trilogy against Ken Shamrock. Is UFC President Dana White doing a disservice to the fans by suppressing the significance of Ortiz out of personal dislike? Or does Tito share just as much of the blame?
Fighters on weight for UFC 100
All 22 fighters competing at UFC 100 successfully made weight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Heavyweight champions Brock Lesnar (265) and Frank Mir (245) took to the platform to make their bout official.
Welterweight ace Georges St. Pierre and challenger Thiago Alves each registered a weight of 170 pounds.
Carlos Condit vs. Chris Lytle on Tap for UFC Fight Night 19 in September
Final WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will look to bounce back from his UFC debut loss when he squares off against Chris Lytle at UFC Fight Night 19 on Sept. 16 in Oklahoma City, Ariel Helwani of FanHouse has learned.
Condit (22-5) is coming off a split-decision loss on the scorecards in his Octagon debut to Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in April, ending an eight-fight win streak that the Albuquerque native had compiled the last three years with the Pancrase and WEC organizations.For his UFC debut, Condit left longtime trainer Tom Vaughn at FIT NHB in Albuquerque for Arizona Combat Sports, a move that allows him to train alongside the likes of UFC competitors Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway.
Meet The Cast: TUF 10 Fighters Officially Unveiled
They're here! At the UFC Fan Expo, UFC & Spike officially unveiled the 16 Heavyweights that will make up season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. The cast includes 4 former NFL players, a fighter in the U.S. Army still on active reserve, and the fighter also known as Kimbo Slice, among other notables and not-so-notables.
ANTHONY JOHNSON ARRESTED & CHARGED WITH 2 FELONIES (UPDATED)
UFC welterweight, Anthony Johnson, was arrested in Hayward, CA with 2 separate felony charges, and a misdemeanor charge for events that took place there on June 27.
When contacted by MMAWeekly.com on Thursday, representatives from the Hayward, CA Police Department confirmed Johnson's arrest, along with the charges he faces. According to the report, Johnson was held for 2 felony charges which included penal code 422 for criminal threats, and penal code 591, for damage to a power line, which according to police representatives usually means cut telephone lines.
DAN HENDERSON WILL WIN "BY BAD BEAT DOWN"
"By bad beat down."
That's how Dan Henderson put it when asked how he thought he would win the fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 100 on Saturday night.
It may be simplifying things a bit, but it does encapsulate rather succinctly Henderson's strategy for the fight.
Five things to watch for at UFC 100
10 June 2009
By Danny Acosta
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has carved out a historic corner for UFC 100. Despite the fact that more than 100 UFC shows have gone in the books, the symbolic century mark transforms this July event from usual summer sizzle show to organizational milestone.
The Mandalay Bay Events Center plays host to the card Saturday in Las Vegas. Here are five things to watch for come fight night, one for every finger in the fist.
TUF Could Soon Feature Mexico
The Ultimate Fighter could soon also be known as El último combatiente. On the heels of announcing a deal to bring UFC to TV in Mexico, Dana White isn't ruling out the possibility of a "Team Mexico" on a future edition of TUF, possibly taking on either a US or UK team.
Ultimate Fighting's Cold War Gets Hotter (TIME Magazine Article)
Imagine a pro quarterback with Peyton Manning's talent, playing up north in the CFL instead of the NFL. Or picture Tiger Woods shunning the PGA and all the major championships to star in the second-string Nationwide Tour. It may sound ridiculous, but the fast-growing, wildly popular sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is grappling with such an unthinkable, uncomfortable scenario.
Cuban Now a Zuffa Bondholder
MMAPayout.com has learned that Mark Cuban is now a Zuffa bondholder. The size of Cuban’s position is unknown, however, being a bondholder has its privileges. In addition to potential financial returns, he now has access to Zuffa’s financial results. While he cannot make those results public, he will be able to closely monitor the company’s financial status.
Coleman has alot of respect for Bonnar
Mark Coleman – The Hammer Talks UFC 100
PDG: What are your thoughts on your opponent; Stephan Bonnar? Mark
Coleman: I respect him quite a bit and he has never been stopped in the UFC. He has fought some wars in the cage and he has a huge heart. Stephan has good reach and a good standup game that you have to respect. I have been working a lot in training on my standup and I was hoping to use that in my next couple of fights but I'm going to have to be smart with him and probably take him to the ground. Where I do what I do best – Ground and Pound. I have nothing but respect for Stephan Bonnar and his fight with Forest Griffin was an amazing fight that put the UFC on the map.
UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson arrested for domestic violence on June 27
MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) has been able to confirm with the Hayward Police Department that UFC welterweight fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was arrested on June 27 in Hayward, California on multiple charges including domestic battery and the destruction of a cell phone to prevent the reporting of a crime.
Johnson posted bail and was released that same day.
Stay tuned for more details on this breaking news.
Ultimate Fighting Championship gaining big fans in Canada
Ultimate Fighting Championship has other sports in a choke hold, topping the list of sports gaining interest in Canada, according to a study by Ipsos Reid.
Sports fans were asked whether their interest in various sports had increased, decreased or remained the same for the study, part of Ipsos Reid’s Canadian Sports Monitor.
The proportion of fans that are gaining interest is higher for the UFC than more than 30 other sports and sporting events included in the survey like hockey and the Olympics.