Dan Miragliotta On The DL
Prolific MMA referee Dan Miragliotta will be out of action for three months with a torn rotator cuff.
The injury was sustained 30 May when Miragliotta dove in to save a whithering “New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni (10-10) from suffering more punishment from Joey Villasenor’s (26-6) boxing barrage.
Johnson-Burns Likely for UFC in August
A welterweight bout between rising prospects Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns will likely take place when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota for their upcoming “Seek and Destroy” event on August 9th.
MMA on Tap has learned through a source close to the potential bout that both fighters have verbally agreed to fight. Bout agreements have been sent out and are expected to be signed and returned by the end of the week.
‘Elbow Room' Remains for Controversy
What exactly constitutes an illegal elbow to the back of the head?
It depends who you ask.
That's the hot topic off the heels of June 7's Nate Marquardt-Thales Leites (Pictures) fight at UFC 85 in London, where referee Herb Dean (Pictures) took a point from Marquardt for illegal elbows, and the deductions made the difference on the scorecards. Leites, who was otherwise on the short end of a competitive but uphill battle, took a split duke by scores of 28-27, 28-27 and 27-28.
Herb was right!
Liddell VS Evans Headlines UFC 88 in Atlanta
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell is set to return to action at UFC 88 on Sept. 6 as he faces Rashad Evans in a 205-pound showdown that could have title implications on the line.
So much for the MMA Gods letting Chuck vs Shogun happen...
UFC Signs Another Marketing Deal
The New York-based licensing and manufacturing company, Silver Buffalo, announced it has signed a licensing agreement with the UFC.
According to Silver Buffalo the products will include watches, barware & bar accessories, lighting, wall décor, and billiards & darts accessories.
Professor Horn Keeps the Fight Game Pure
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - The response came without hesitation or elaboration. When asked for his thoughts on his upcoming opponent, Dean Lister, Jeremy Horn simply blurted, "He's definitely a tough guy and a real good grappler."Silence. That was it.Not surprising really, considering that…
David Baron Signs With The UFC
French fighter David Baron, who submitted Hayato “Mach” Sakurai in his last bout in May, has signed with the UFC according to The Fight Network.
Baron (15-2) submitted Sakurai (32-8-2) via first round guillotine choke at a May Shooto event.
UFC Event In Works for July 19
July 19 could become a crowded night for mixed martial arts.
The UFC is currently planning an event that Saturday night to be televised live on Spike TV, Sherdog.com has learned from multiple industry sources.
Walsall warrior to stay a welterweight
Paul “Relentless” Taylor knows he could be headline-maker in the UFC lightweight division, but while he continues to finish on the right side of 15-minute wars like he did against Jess Liaudin, England’s Walsall warrior is happy to remain a welterweight.
There are some nicknames that just don’t ring true in The UFC. Rich “No Love” Clementi, Matt “handsome” Wiman…to name but two.
But then there are those nicknames that encapsulate the very essence of the fighter. Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson…Paul “Relentless” Taylor.
The 28-year-old has fought four times in The UFC, winning two, and losing the other two in Fight of the Night battles. Still, he remains behind a host of top names in the welterweight queue though. Time to drop down? Not on your life.
Iceman Rx Inc. Scores Major Success with Lyoto Machida During UFC 84
Up and coming Mixed Martial Arts fighter Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida was the talk of the town as he handed Former UFC champion Tito Ortiz a defeat in what was said to be Tito's last UFC fight. Another big winner appears to be Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell's supplement company, Iceman Rx which had secured Lyoto Machida as a spokesperson for their nutritional supplement line prior to the fight.
Although Chuck Liddell and Lyoto Machida share the same weight class, the business relationship was a simple decision for Iceman Rx, as Lyoto is touted to be a rising star in the Mixed Martial Arts world. "I think it's great for Iceman Rx and I'm happy to have Machida, a great competitor and humble fighter, represent Iceman Rx at UFC 84. To see my banner in the ring staring down Tito, an old rival of mine, during the introductions and watching Machida pull out a dominant victory was just icing on the cake," said Liddell when asked about Lyoto wearing the Iceman Rx Brand at UFC 84.
Machida appears to be one of the first marquee fighters added to Team Iceman Rx, as the brand is growing at an incredibly rapid rate and the Iceman Rx Complete 2-Step Package gains a devoted following. When asked about his involvement with the new supplement line Machida said, "I'm honored to be one of the first fighters selected to be a part of Team Iceman Rx." This latest victory in the ring for Iceman Rx serves as a testament to the efficacy of the product as more and more fighters have begun adding the 2-Step package to their workout regimen.
The Pre-Workout formula aids in development of strength, training intensity, and stamina. The post-workout formula helps with muscle recovery, refueling the body and muscle growth. Together they form the patent pending Iceman Rx Complete 2-Step Package.
Swick ready for all welterweights, including Fitch and Koscheck
After controlling the bulk of the action en route to a comfortable unanimous decision victory over fellow welterweight Marcus Davis, Mike Swick (12-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) says he has now adjusted to fighting at 170 pounds.
In just his second fight in the division since dropping from middleweight, Swick appeared to be a completely different fighter than the "Quick" that grinded out an admittedly less-than-stellar victory over Josh Burkman in January.
Dana White back pedals on BIG news
Dana White: I’m doing it Tuesday. Let me tell you how out of [expletive deleted] control that thing is. I was talking to ESPN and [the reporter] was talking about competition and I said, ‘Let me tell you what. People have been trying to compete with the UFC for years, even before we bought it. The last big one everyone thought was a big threat ...
Looks like Dana is trying out to play cornerback.
Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia signed for UFC 87
UFC middleweights Jason MacDonald (20-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Demian Maia (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) have signed to meet at UFC 87, an event that takes place at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
MacDonald confirmed the Aug. 9 bout earlier this week in his sportsnet.ca column, and MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) was told from a source close to Maia that the bout had been in the works for the past month.
Franca,Kongo added to UFC 87
Glad to see Hermes back
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday announced several additional bouts for its UFC 87 event scheduled for Aug. 9 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Added to the fight card are a heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo, the man who sent Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic packing from the UFC, against Dan Evensen. Evensen makes his UFC debut on a four-fight winning streak.
“Rampage” Downplays Forrest’s Win Over “Shogun”
I didn’t even watch that fight on tape yet. I was there, but that fight didn’t impress me much. Shogun wasn’t the same. If I watch that fight and try to go off that fight, I’d be misled because Shogun wasn’t 100%. If Shogun was 100% and fights like he normally fights, that would be the fight to watch. Heck, Shogun’s girlfriend could have beat him that night.
Things happen. I think Shogun took the fight with Forrest because he needed it. I don’t think he should have taken the fight on such short notice. I’m a fighter. I can tell how the fighter fought in the past and how they are fighting on that day. I could tell something was up with Shogun that he was hurt.
Saunders vs Rollins Moved to UFC 87
An announced bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 6" castmembers Ben Saunders and Jared Rollins has been moved from UFC 86: Jackson vs Griffin, on July 5th, to the undercard of UFC 87: Seek and Destroy.
The transfer was recently made on the official fight cards for the pay-per-view events.
UFC 87: Seek and Destroy takes place on August 9th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Headlined by a welterweight title bout between champion Georges St Pierre and Jon Fitch, the event also features Brock Lesnar versus Heath Herring and Kenny Florian versus Roger Huerta.