The Kevin Burns Story
Mixed martial arts, like any other sport, is fueled by its superstars.
Whether it’s Anderson Silva knocking out contenders or Georges St. Pierre wowing fans with his athleticism, they are the sport’s biggest currency.
But in small gyms around the world, there are others working, waiting for their chance at glory. Others like Kevin Burns.
Jesse Taylor to fight on July 19?
Fight Hype has the scoop on the possible return of Jesse “J.T. Money” Taylor to the Octagon:
Despite being kicked out of The Ultimate Fighter Finale, it appears that Jesse Taylor is set to make his return to the UFC. Sources close to the situation have informed us that, less than one month after he was supposed to face Amir Sadollah in the finale, Taylor will be entering the Octagon on the July 19th card headlined by Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin.
Interview With Dustin Hazelett
Amir Sadollah garnered a lot of deserved press last week for winning the middleweight tournament for the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” However, the biggest winner at last week’s finale might have been up and coming welterweight Dustin Hazelett.
Hazelett, a member of Team Jorge Gurgel, won bonuses for both “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night.” Despite the fact that his upset victory against Josh Burkman was not televised, the performance still helped elevate Hazelett’s profile and the event essentially served as his coming out party.
Matt Riddle Talks About Jesse Taylor's Rampage
Matt Riddle talked with TAGG Radio yesterday and gave some more insight into the events that led up to Jesse Taylor getting kicked out of the TUF 7 finals. MMA Junkie has the quotes:
Sorry if this has already been posted. I thought it gave a clearer picture of just how out of control this got.
Sokoudjou: "He's the guy I go home and study"
"Hopefully, Mr. Joe Silva will give me the fight I want. I've fought twice in the UFC and both times, it was for the UFC and the guys they wanted me to fight. I hope this time they will give me the guy I want for a change and I will be happy," stated UFC light heavyweight Sokoudjou as he continues to stress his desire to face Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Check out what else he had to say as he explains why a fight with Rua is important to him. Plus, Sokoudjou shares his thoughts on Anderson Silva and Brandon Vera fighting at light heavyweight and much more.
One more rung?: Interview with Ricardo Almeida
Climbing the ladder to the top of the UFC middleweight division just might go through Hamilton, New Jersey. That’s because that’s where the Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (RABJJ) Academy is and where Ricardo Almeida is preparing for UFC 86 when he will take on heavy-handed Patrick Cote for a fight that could very well have title implications.
Check it out:
James Irvin: The Spoiler?
The UFC is banking on Anderson Silva getting a highlight reel knockout win over James Irvin on July 19th. While I do think that is the most likely result, Irvin is definitely capable of knocking Silva out. This is nowhere near the "safe" fight some people are making it out to be.
Exclusive Interview: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is one of MMA’s most charismatic stars, but the UFC light heavyweight champ has also become one of the world’s best fighters since moving from Pride to the UFC. In this exclusive interview, “Rampage” discusses his evolution as an athlete, his upcoming title fight against Forrest Griffin, and what he hates most about life as an MMA fighter.
Josh Koscheck Looking to Leave His Mark
Josh Koscheck Looking to Leave His Mark
By Chuck Mindenhall
For opponents reading into Josh Koscheck these days, it’s a bit like reading the fine print: Wrestling with“Kos” may result in serious injury…those who refuse to wrestle are subject to getting holes punched in their face…some submissions may apply.
In other words, Koscheck has come a long way from his Edinboro University wrestling days, when it was all about ground control; this is a well-rounded mixed martial arts fighter who destroyed Dustin Hazelett at UFC 82 with strikes, and who defeated Diego Sanchez while focusing on a disciplined standup attack.
Michael Bisping vs Chris Leben UFC 89 fight set for Birmingham
The 185-pound clash between Michael Bisping (16-1) and Chris Leben (18-4) is back on and will take place at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham, England, on October 9, according to recent comments from UK UFC President Marshall Zelaznik in an interview with SetantaSports.com.
Here’s the snip:
“Two of our amazing fighters, Michael Bisping and Chris Leben, have just agreed to fight. Everyone knows about Leben’s striking power, and it’s the strike fest everyone wants. It’s the fight everyone wants to see.”
Indeed, this has fireworks written all over it — both men prefer to keep on the feet and throw leather. If it does go to the ground, however, Leben possesses a distinct advantage with his underrated ground skills.
“The Crippler” and “The Count” were set to bang it out at UFC 85: “Bedlam” earlier this month. But Leben was jailed for an old parole violation when he turned himself in, which he needed to do if he wanted to obtain a visa to travel overseas to fight in London.
Forrest Griffin: ‘He hits hard. I don’t have the best chin in the world’
The main event at UFC 86 will be more about business than bad blood when Quinton (Rampage) Jackson defends his light-heavyweight title July 5 against Forrest Griffin.
The two are coming off a stint as rival coaches on The Ultimate Fighter reality TV show. But unlike some past seasons (think Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock, B.J. Penn and Jens Pulver, Matt Hughes and Matt Serra), not many sparks flew. Threats were largely replaced by one-liners.
The drama for Jackson-Griffin will come in the cage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, rather than in front of a microphone.
“I fight for a living,” Jackson explained in a conference call Thursday. “I don't think it would be fair if I fight people while I was pissed off. Wouldn't even be a fair fight. They shouldn't even allow me to fight if I was pissed off.
“I'm happy. Happy to be making money, happy to be in the UFC. Happy to be defending my title.”
Griffin, who sometimes can seem in his own zone, was just as matter-of-fact.
“Whether you like the guy or hate him, it doesn't matter,” added Griffin. “You're going to hit him as hard as you can. It doesn't really matter how you feel.”
Jesse Taylor To Fight on UFC July 19th Fight Card?
"Despite being kicked out of TUF Finale it appears Jesse Taylor is set to make his return to the UFC"
Wouldn't let me copy and paste but anyway Take it for what it's worth as I don't know the credibility for this website but a match between CB would be pretty good imo.
Jorge Gurgel Gets New Coaches, Keeps Same Bad Gameplan
"I needed to be just a student," he says. "I needed somebody to say ‘OK, man, you do nothing but train with me and prepare for a fight.' Matt said, ‘You're going to come to Seattle and I'm going to take care of you.'
"I've never had a coach who focused on me. I have a school with 400-500 students. … I'm always working with pro fighters, the guys that we train, and training myself. I've never had a coach to tell me when to stop training, when to train more, when to train this technique, what to do."
UFC's merchandise agreement: good in theory, not on paper
Mixed martial arts is in the business of overnight money-making -- raking in hundreds of millions in its opening years while many (ethically and legally) still push it away. And the biggest player behind the sport's chart-defying growth: the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Revitalized in 2001 by Zuffa, LLC, the UFC has emphasized its "strong ownership and depth of management" as the brand enhanced the sport's international and national presence, helped it ride the wave of reality TV, put it near the top of premium and network television ratings and guided it into the arena of merchandising and sponsorship to make it a force to be reckoned with in sports business.