J. Lauzon vs. Hermes Franca (Feb UFN)
I am fighting Hermes Franca on Saturday February 7th in Tampa, Florida at the USF Sun Dome. I believe it is going to be an Ultimate Fight Night card on Spike TV.
Hermes is VERY heavy handed to complement his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and is always dangerous. I was given a few different fight options, but thought the fight with Hermes would be the most challenging and most exciting.
Fighters Earn $30K UFCFN 16 bonuses (**SPOILERS**)
Jim Miller, Matt Wiman, Josh Koscheck and Steve Cantwell each earned $30,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at "UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fight for the Troops."
"UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fight for the Troops" took place Wednesday at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., in conjunction with the Fort Bragg military institution, and aired live on Spike TV. The bonus amounts were significantly lower than the $65,000 awards issued at UFC 91 in November, but were on par with the $30,000 bonuses issued at UFC Fight Night 15 in September.
The UFC announced the bonuses at the post-fight press conference, and the awards were confirmed by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFCFN 16 'Fights For The Troops' - Results (**SPOILERS**)
-Josh Koscheck def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida by KO at 2:15, R1
-Mike Swick def. Jonathan Goulet by KO at 0:33, R1
-Steve Cantwell def. Razak Al-Hassan by submission (arm bar) at 4:04, R1
-Tim Credeur def. Nate Loughran by TKO at 5:00, R2.
-Jim Miller def. Matt Wiman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
-Luigi Fioravanti def. Brodie Farber by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Steve Bruno def. Johnny Rees by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:44, R2
-Ben Saunders def. Brandon Wolff by TKO (strikes) at 1:49, R1
-Dale Hartt def. Corey Hill by TKO at :20 seconds, R2.
-Justin McCully def. Eddie Sanchez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
UFC 95 - Roger Huerta vs Joe Stevenson in the works
An exciting lightweight showdown between Roger Huerta and Joe Stevenson is being put together for UFC 95, the promotions next event in London, England.
MMABay have learnt from sources close to the situation that talks are at an advanced stage and bout agreements could be signed any day now.
Bader, Magalhaes have big shoes to fill
Ryan Bader and Vinny Magalhaes attempt to follow in some large footsteps when they face off in Saturday night’s light heavyweight eighth season finals of “The Ultimate Fighter 8” reality show.
The show from The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas will air live on Spike TV, and also include the show’s lightweight tournament final, Phillipe Nover vs. Efraim Escudero.
There have been two prior TUF light heavyweight champions, Forrest Griffin (season one) and Michael Bisping (season three), who are now two of the biggest names in the sport, with Griffin as the current light heavyweight champion.
Joe Calzaghe Thinks Boxing Is in Trouble
"I think boxing is a dying sport. Globally -- in America for instance -- you've got UFC, which has taken a lot off boxing, business-wise," Calzaghe said, referring to the mixed martial arts Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Calzaghe also gave his thoughts on why boxing is in trouble:
UFC 91 Does More Than 1 Million Pay-Per-View Buys
UFC has not made a public announcement of the buys for UFC 91, but privately, Dana White has told people the number is right at the 1 million mark. Two others have confirmed that at least this is the number UFC is talking about internally, with the actual figure being pegged at 1,010,000 buys. It was stated that if they do well in late reported buys, they have a solid to good shot at beating the 1,050,000 mark set in 2006 by Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz, and are not publicly saying anything because they want to announce it was the biggest ever, which at this point, is something they can’t say. Keep in mind our trending patterns came in at 800,000 to 850,000 buys. Lesnar seems to be the one person whose drawing power never gets fully reflected in early trending patterns.
Added Fights To UFC 94
From UFC.com in the UFC 94 event section.
Dan Cramer vs Matt Arroyo
Christian Wellisch vs Jake O'Brian
Thiago Tavares vs Manny Gamburyan
Huerta vs. Fisher Possible For Spring UFC Event
While it's not yet official, sources close to both fighters say that Roger Huerta vs. Spencer Fisher is being discussed for a Spring UFC event, possibly UFC 96 on March 7 in Ohio. This would be Huerta's first fight since a decision loss to Kenny Florian in August.
Kos NOT Out Of UFC After Tonight?
It seems that rumors of Josh Koscheck being cut from UFC after tonight's Fight For The Troops due to not signing the video game contract are false. Sources close to Kos confirm the rumors aren't true and Kos himself says he'll deal with the situation after the fight tonight. Indications are, though, that Kos is in UFC to stay.
UFN 17 Moving To Florida
According to a source within the camp of a figher on the card, UFC will be moving UFN 17 on February 7, currently to be held at The Palms in Vegas, to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. This would be the 4th UFC event to date in Florida.
Fighting for respect: Mike Swick UFC Fight Night 16 interview
Since dropping to welterweight following his first-ever loss in the UFC to Yushin Okami (22-4), Mike “Quick” Swick (12-2) has been looking for that breakthrough performance.
He didn’t get it in his majority decision win over Josh Burkman (18-8) at UFC Fight Night 12. He looked significantly better, but not great, four and a half months later when he outpointed the surging Marcus Davis (15-4) at UFC 85 to earn the unanimous decision.
Accordingly, Swick plans to make an even bigger statement tonight against Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet (22-9) at UFC Fight Night 16: “Fight for the Troops.”
THIAGO ALVES GETS NEXT SHOT AT UFC 170 TITLE
When asked if St. Pierre would face Anderson Silva if he got past Penn at UFC 94, White answered, "No. If he beats B.J. Penn, he'll fight Thiago Alves. And then, if he beats Thiago, maybe we'll start talking about (St. Pierre and Silva) meeting at a catch weight fight or GSP going right to 185 and fighting."
White later clarified that Alves will get the shot, not only if St. Pierre wins, but even if it is Penn that wins the UFC 94 mega-fight. "He's next in line for a title shot. If GSP beats B.J. Penn, then (Alves) fights GSP. If B.J. Penn wins, then he fights B.J. And then he'd have to defend that title for a while before I let him move up and try to fight Anderson."
UFC Fights For The Trops Weigh-In Results: 2 Miss Weight
The UFC Fights For The Troops weigh-in results have just been revealed, and it's forced one change to the card: Both Luigi Fioravanti and Brodie Farber missed weight. Their fight is still on, but it now will be a catch weight fight at 173 instead of the normal welterweight limit of 170.