Tibau, Miller and Bruno Added to UFC 86
Gleison Tibau (15-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Cole Miller (13-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and UFC newcomer Steve Bruno (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have all been added to the UFC 86 fight card, the Florida-based American Top Team announced today.
No opponents were named for the four ATT fighters.
IMO this better be on the undercard
Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti to Headline TUF7 Finale
"The Ultimate Fighter 1" winner Diego Sanchez (18-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and UFC welterweight Luigi Fioravanti (12-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the bout with sources close to both fighters. Sherdog.com was the first to announce the fight last week and reported that it will serve as the night's main event.
Karo Parisyan: A Fight Tale
Some people are destined to live with aggressive circumstances underscoring their daily existence. Aggression is a fuel, renewable like ethanol, that comes from one’s environment and which can lead you to success or disaster. Karo Parisyan is the picture of success through aggression and it has danced before his eyes like aging celebrities on reality television. This tale has taken many forms but none as unique as that experienced by “The Heat”. This is A Fight Tale.
Ultimate Fighter 8 News
Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced a casting call for season eight of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The tryouts are scheduled to take place on April 10 in Boston at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
Fitch: GSP's running scared
so I pasted it below as well. I thought it was quite funny myself. Enjoy.
Jon Fitch has accused Georges St-Pierre of running scared and he has called on The UFC to finally give him a title shot.
Fitch took his UFC record to 8-0 with a convincing victory over Chris Wilson, and now he wants a crack at the welterweight title.
St-Pierre fights Matt Serra at “UFC 83: Serra vs St-Pierre 2" in a bid to reclaim his belt after Serra stunned him with a first round knock-out at "UFC 69".
Fitch is adamant he should be next in line to face the winner, and while he would not predict a winner, he taunted St-Pierre – claiming he is scared.
“The thing I’ve noticed most about St-Pierre in his recent performances is he has become a wrestler. Since getting knocked out he’s been unwilling to stand and trade with people,” said Fitch.
“He had an easy win against Matt Hughes in their second fight where he knocked him out, but after being knocked out by Serra he took the hard road in the next fight with Hughes and tried to outwrestle a wrestler.
“That shows to me he’s afraid of getting knocked out, so I don’t see him standing and putting away Serra on his feet.
“I see this fight going five rounds and being similar to GSP against BJ Penn.”
Commenting on his own plight, Fitch believes nobody has worked harder for a title shot than he has.
“I’ve paid my dues and I think I should be pretty close to that position. Not many guys go 8-0 in The UFC,” he said.
“I’ve fought a lot of tough guys, whether or not the fans know the names, these guys have all been tough b******s.
“I asked [match-maker] Joe Silva to give me the toughest guys, because I’m here to find out how good I am; at the end of the day it’s about how I sleep at night.
“I don’t care how many people kiss my ass and tell me I’m great…I just think I deserve a title shot.”
Joe Lauzon: Redefinition
Where does submission grappling, boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling cross-pollinate with computer science and information science technology expertise?
Tuf love for Troy Mandaloniz
With the debut of the seventh installment of SpikeTV's "The Ultimate Fighter" less than two weeks away, season six veteran Troy "Rude Boy" Mandaloniz (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) knows first-hand that the opportunity for success by the show's participants can often be hampered by the difficulties of life inside the "TUF" house.
GSP VS. SERRA PITS NO. 1 AGAINST NO. 2
1. Georges St. Pierre
Since joining the ranks of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Georges St. Pierre has done one thing and done it well… win. En route to amassing a 15-2 professional record, his only losses are to former welterweight champion Matt Hughes and current champion Matt Serra.
Clay Guida is ready for return
espite having mixed results as a lightweight in the UFC’s talented 155-pound division, Clay ‘The Carpenter’ Guida has had an otherwise stellar mixed martial arts career.
Holding an impressive 22-9 professional record, Guida has competed against (and beaten) many of the top lightweight fighters competing in the sport today.
Some of Guida’s biggest career victories have been over opponents such as IFL lightweight standout Bart Palaszewski, in addition to victories over top lightweights such as Josh Thompson and Marcus Aurelio.
UFC 85 on Spike TV
Quoted from Rashad Evans: "Tune in June 7th for my fight in London against Chuck"Iceman"Liddell. It will be aired live on Spike tv. Stay posted."
According to him, UFC 85 will be LIVE and FREE on spike TV. maybe this is Dana white trying to match up with CBS MMA airings.
Stay tuned for further confirmation.
It should be noted that on UFC.com that this event is listed to be a PPV event.
Tim Boetsch: Eliminate the Safety Net
Stacked. It’s a word that has been used to describe the UFC light heavyweight division as of late. Sure, the influx of new fight talent makes this word true, but its connotations are more explosive than that. Dissect the division and you will see that the talent actually has the odds stacked against them. This much athleticism and hunger creates the best matchups, sealing no one’s fate on the road to the crown. Just when you think you have the division figured out, a Houston Alexander will come and prove that the hunger just entering the league can surpass that already within. This is the new threat that fighters like Tim Boetsch represent. The light heavies are experiencing a restructuring as drastic as housing and loan markets where only one thing is certain, there is no safety net.
Sandman in UFC sleeper bout
When the Sandman meets the Assassin, chances are someone is going to sleep. And with James (The Sandman) Irvin and Houston (The Assassin) Alexander both looking to erase recent painful memories in the cage, the two UFC 205-pounders will be looking to prove a point in their mixed martial arts bout April 2 in suburban Denver.
You know who he is: exclusive interview with Karo Parisyan
Dana White referred to Jon Fitch’s record-tying eight-fight win streak* and said that “he is in line, right now, for a title shot once the whole Serra-St. Pierre thing is figured out.”
Karo Parisyan: Okay. Well … (laughs). It is what it is, bro. I mean, what can I do? I thought I deserved the shot before anybody, but it looks like I gotta prove myself one more time, God willing, with Thiago Alves and then seal the deal with the title shot after that, whether it’s Matt Serra, St. Pierre or Jon Fitch.
With such a stacked welterweight division, you seem to be playing the wait game. First we have Serra/GSP at UFC83 in mid-April; and then, assuming Fitch gets a title shot, that likely won’t happen until sometime around August. That might put the next available title shot happening sometime toward the end of 2008. Do you find this frustrating, waiting, if it unfolds like this?
Karo Parisyan: Yeah, kinda. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’d probably have to get a fight in between; I just can’t sit at home and get fat. I don’t know, man. It depends on how this fight goes with Thiago Alves. God willing, if everything goes well and I beat Thiago, and if I have a guaranteed title shot after that, I’m not going to take anymore fights, I’ll just wait for my title shot. But if I have to fight somebody else, I will.
So, I don’t know what the UFC is going to throw my way. First, again, like I said, I’m taking one fight at a time. I’m thinking about Thiago right now, and not Fitch, Serra or GSP.
Rich Franklin – Seven Defining Moments
On April 19th, Rich Franklin returns to the Octagon to face Travis Lutter in what may be one of the Cincinnati native’s biggest fights ever in terms of determining where he stands in the division he once ruled. Past history has shown not only Franklin’s talent, but his resilience, and it’s this grace under pressure that has defined him. Can he get back to the top? Only time will tell, but for now, we’ll revisit Franklin’s defining moments.
UFC Owners Defendants in Xyience Lawsuit
Xyience's bankruptcy proceeding is set to come to a close April 1 with a public auction, but the dispute between dissident shareholders and the company's directors appears to be far from over.
Last December shareholders, led by Ronald Soloman, who controls 35 percent of Xyience's outstanding shares by proxy, filed suit against Xyience and its directors for breach of fiduciary duty to the company's shareholders
Arbitration hearing lifts curtain on backstage world of the UFC
A contract offer scrawled on a blue Post-it note. A disgruntled fighter. A manager whose cut is one-third. A powerful promoter in hardball negotiations to tie up a young heavyweight star.
The California State Athletic Commission arbitration hearing into the dispute between mixed martial arts heavyweight Brandon (The Truth) Vera and his former manager, Mark Dion, lifts a corner of the curtain on the backstage world of the UFC.
The San Diego hearing came about as a result of Vera's desire to get out of his management contract with Dion because he was irate at an alleged misrepresentation of a UFC signing bonus. This week, Dion posted the 135-page transcript of the arbitration hearing on his website, as well as the arbitrator's ruling and a slew of exhibit documents.
Privately owned by billionaire brothers Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta and outspoken president Dana White, the UFC does not like talking money. But the Vera hearing sheds some light on UFC contract negotiations, suggesting that the battles outside the cage can be just as hard-nosed.