Rematch in Memphis?
Page in Memphis
The fact is that the UFC, led by Vice President Mark Ratner, and the FedExForum in Memphis lobbied diligently this year to set-up a commission to regulate mixed martial arts in Tennessee.
Success at last! And, as I write this, the State of Tennessee is scrambling to staff and organize their new commission.
(Tennessee readers should contact their State representatives immediately to be considered for the commission.)
FedExForum’s reward is the return of Memphis native son “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (29-7), who testified before the Tennessee legislature on behalf of MMA regulation.
FedExForum’s collaboration with the UFC was all but predicated on an eventual Rampage main event in Memphis.
Unless ‘Page wants to tune-up in the Octagon before November, it’s a lock that his golden grin will be donning billboards across Memphis before his next tussle, likely at UFC 90.
James Irvin: Silva Should Have Moved Down To Welterweight
UFC light heavyweight standout James Irvin (14-4) will face middleweight champion Anderson Silva who will make the trek from 185 lbs. to 205 lbs. in order to find a challenge. After cleaning out the middleweight division Silva is in dire need of big fights, Irvin, however, thinks that Silva is taking on more than he can handle.
St. Pierre vs. Penn getting close
The potential dream match-up between B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre has a definite chance to become a reality. According to UFC President Dana White only one (big) hurdle remains.
If St. Pierre buzzsaws through (Jon) Fitch then yes, we’ll do Penn vs. GSP,” said White.
White also confirmed that he and Penn discussed the match-up on Saturday and ran through many of the details.
I talked with B.J. - we met for most of the day,” said White.
Guillard Talks UFC 86 Knockout Of The Night
Melvin Guillard's quick knockout win over Dennis Siver at UFC 86 garnered the Ultimate Fighter season two alumni a $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus.
"It was a good victory,” Guillard told MMAWeekly.com. "I trained hard for it, and I was ready. I came in. I executed. I stayed focused, and I done my job."
In the opening exchange Guillard dropped Siver to the canvas with a punch and nearly ended the fight. "I thought I had him and I tried to rush it," said the New Orleans native when asked about the first knockdown. "He went for an arm bar. My coaches told me to back out and reset." And that's exactly what he did.
UFC 90 will likely take place Oct. 25, sources close to the event tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC President Dana White first mentioned the possibility of the upcoming show during this past weekend's UFC 86 event, and a few fighters' managers and agents tell us that the organization has begun initial calls to recruit fighters for the Oct. 25 event.
In theory, UFC 90 will take place a week after "UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben" -- on pay per view, most likely in Chicago.
Fans dont like rampage-
In an article about the Griffen Rampage and the 86 ufc fight and card, I read that the "causal fan" does not like or at least care about Rampage- why do you suppose that is?? Also why do you suppose that Koscheck is so unpopular ?
Fighters Weigh In on Rampage-Griffin
In the aftermath of one of the more memorable main events of a major UFC -- Forrest Griffin (Pictures)'s unanimous decision over Quinton Jackson (Pictures) -- the Mandalay Bay Events Center became a maelstrom of reaction Saturday night.
here are some of the fighters take on the fight, and who they believed was the victor.
Cote Gets The Next Middleweight Shot!
Patrick Cote will be the next challenger for the Spider's belt and I just want to say that I am one hundred percent behind him for doing what no one else could!
Patrick Cote although very unlikely needs to beat Silva so all his little worshipers can come down from their mile high Anderson trip.
Silva is the best in the world don't get me wrong but he gets so overrated it makes me sick. I am tired of everyone talking of how unbeatable he is and I don't care who you are and how good you are you are NOT unbeatable at any point ever.
PS: I think it'd be sweet to because he'd be the first non-TUF winner to be a champion!
UFC 86 Fighter Payouts
The UFC 86 fighter payouts have been obtained from the NSAC. The total disclosed payouts were $943,000, with Forrest Griffin getting the most-$250,000.
Ultimate Fighter set for another five seasons
When Amir Sadollah beat C.B. Dollaway to win The Ultimate Fighter title, that made seven completed seasons of the reality show. Filming for season 8 with Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as coaches has also wrapped up. The show is expected to debut sometime in September.
Now, we can expect many more seasons of the show to air in the future.
We will have twelve seasons of the Ultimate Fighter,” said Dana White, “We just finished shooting season 8.”
White still believes the show is great for grooming future UFC participants.
Ultimate Fighter is an amazing training camp for up and coming fighters,” said White.
Hungry to avenge loss, Brandon Vera to compete in two weight classes
Despite two straight losses in the UFC, Brandon Vera (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is still ready to take on the best in the world -- in two weight classes.
After a Vera loss to heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum in controversial fashion at June's UFC 85, critics again claimed that Vera was too small for the heavyweight division and needed to cut weight and compete at 205 pounds. In less than two weeks, Vera will do exactly that, against IFL standout Reese Andy (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 14.
But don't expect Vera to stay there for long.
Bring me a dream: James “The Sandman” Irvin
On July 19th, UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva plans to waltz into the UFC light heavyweight division and leave its top competitors in his wake.
And that’s something that James “The Sandman” Irvin is taking personally.
While Silva may be terrorizing the ranks of the UFC and beyond with a Fedoresque air of invincibility, Irvin knows a thing or two about turning out the lights.
In fact, “The Sandman” has no qualms about trading punches with the Brazilian when they face off at UFC Fight Night 14 live from the The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada later this month.
Of Irvin’s 14 victories, ten have come by way of (T)KO, a staggering 71% - including a record-tying 8-second KO of Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13.
MMA rules reviewed and Dana White is not impressed
There will still be no knees the head of fallen opponents.
That’s the major news out of Montreal, where The Association of Boxing Commissions met to make some slight revisions to Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.
It’s unclear what this might mean. The Nevada and California commissions, two of the most powerful MMA regulatory bodies, did not attend the meeting. Forty other commissions, however, did make the trek.
The Unified Rules have been used as regulations across the United States and Canada since their creation in 2001. The rules are often cited as being a major reason for the sudden explosion in the sport’s popularity.
It’s unclear if California and Nevada will adopt the rules. UFC President Dana White, in fact, made it clear that he does not intend to let changes happen anytime soon in a recent Yahoo!Sports.com interview.
Here’s a snip from White:
“There’s going to be a fight. And you know I don’t roll over easily.”
Griffin and Rampage Comment On Their Fight
Forrest Griffin may have stepped into UFC 86 as an underdog to defending champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on Saturday night, but he left with his opponent’s respect and the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title around his waist.
Griffin worked a picture perfect gameplan, peppering the champion with punches and leg kicks, keeping him off balance on his way to a unanimous decision victory. Despite a great effort and being the new 205lb king, Griffin still felt critical of his performance following the bout.
UFC 86 Fallout: Possible Protest, Rematch
Although Quinton Jackson lost his UFC light heavyweight title Saturday to Forrest Griffin in a grueling 25-minute bout, his camp is ready to keep fighting.
Jackson's coach, Juanito Ibarra, plans to protest the unanimous decision with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
"We got robbed," Ibarra told Sherdog.com Sunday afternoon. "We won the majority of the fight."
Judges Adalaide Byrd and Nelson Hamilton scored the bout 48-46 for Griffin, while Roy Silbert turned in a 49-46 tally for Griffin.
It's extremely unlikely that a protest would change the outcome of the fight. Ibarra isn't hopeful in that regard, but less than 24 hours after his fighter had lost in the UFC for the first time, the coach seemed determined to learn exactly how the fight was scored.
He was baffled that Byrd and Silbert gave Griffin a 10-9 advantage in the first round, during which Jackson dropped the challenger. In Ibarra's view, the knockdown warranted a 10-8 round in Jackson's favor. He believes Jackson won the third and fourth rounds on 10-9 scores, though he said Griffin deserved a 10-8 second round and a 10-9 fifth. That comes out to a 47-46 win for Jackson.
"You have to beat the champion," Ibarra asserted more than once.
Randy Couture, a coach and training partner of Griffin, gave a slight edge to the new champion.
"I thought that it was a very, very close fight," Couture said. "I thought that it was three rounds to two [for Griffin]. I thought that Quinton did enough to win two of the rounds clearly. I thought they may have been able to give Quinton a 10-8 round in the first round with the knockdown and then the second round you could have given Forrest a 10-8 round.
"And it could have went the other way. If one or two rounds went the other way, it could have been three rounds to two for Quinton. It was that close."
Forrest Griffin Gets Knocked Out...At The Poker Table
Just because you're an MMA champion doesn't mean you're gonna have it easy at the tables. The new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was one of thousands of participants in the ongoing Main Event at the WSOP (World Series Of Poker in Las Vegas), and eventually got knocked out by a fellow champ: 2-time WSOP World Champion Johnny Chan.
The Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards - The Upsets
Unless the world gets turned upside down in the second half of 2008, it is unlikely that we will ever see a year like 2007 when it comes to upsets in the UFC Octagon. But while there aren’t any fights on the level of Matt Serra-Georges St-Pierre I, Gabriel Gonzaga-Mirko Cro Cop, Houston Alexander-Keith Jardine, or Jake O’Brien-Heath Herring on the ledger thus far this year, there have been a handful of fights that confirm the old adage that on any given night, anything can happen, especially in the UFC.