Rib injury healed, Escudero out to prove he's "no scrub" at UFC 103
The career of undefeated UFC lightweight and "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took an unfortunately familiar turn just one month ago.
Similar to "TUF 7" winner Amir Sadollah, injury forced Escudero out of his UFC Fight Night 18 bout with Jeremy Stephens.
With no disrespect toward Sadollah intended, Escudero recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he's out to prove his career is heading down a different path.
Rich Franklin enduring mixed emotions about UFC 99 contest
Former UFC-middleweight-champion-turned-light-heavyweight-contender Rich Franklin (24-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) might need a few more hyphens following a UFC 99 catchweight contest with Wanderlei Silva (32-9-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) in Cologne, Germany.
And while "Ace" is comfortable fighting at 195-pounds, Franklin recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) looks forward to the next chance to fight back in the U.S.
Jon Jones: "Following his Destiny" (interview)
At 22 years of age, Jon "Bones" Jones has quickly become a rising young star to look out for in the UFC's light heavyweight division. With two wins under the organization's banner—including an impressive decision victory over TUF season one finalist Stephan Bonnar—he’s already making waves in one of the most stacked divisions in the entire sport. Jon sat down with me to discuss his past, his upcoming bout with Jake O'brien at UFC 100, and his plans for the future.
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Great interview! I had no idea he was only 22, definitely has a bright future in the sport IMO.
Leites: ''I Deserve To Be Criticised, I Could Have Won''
Thales Leites says that he deserves to be criticised for his performance against Anderson Silva at UFC 97 last weekend.
Both he and Silva have drawn criticism from fans, media and UFC president Dana White for the decidedly unexciting fight, Leites for refusing to engage and Silva for not pushing the pace and looking to finish the fight.
"Dana White is right," he said. "He is right, because if they do an event that is the largest in the world, they expect a more aggressive fight."
Ryan Bader: A Force To Be Reckoned With
As a former All-American wrestler at division I Arizona State, Ryan Bader is no stranger to success. While in high school Bader won two state championships and was ranked as high as fourth in the country. While in College he compiled an amazing 120 wins while earning All-American honors twice and he was also a three time PAC 10 champion.
Evans Comments On Silva & Liddell
UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans can relate to middleweight champion Anderson Silva, if it’s the case that the record-setting fighter is bored with his job.
“I’ve been out there and felt like not even fighting,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “You never know who’s going to show up on fight day. You go out there, and that night, you just don’t feel it. Sometimes you just walk into the arena, and you’re like, ‘you know what, man? Today, I just don’t feel like it. I don’t feel like I got that same spring.’ It just happens like that. Maybe he just woke up and felt like he was rhyming slow that day.
Frank Mir getting buff for Brock Lesnar rematch
“If you train all the time, it’s easy to peak out and get strong. But if you just try to be a weekend warrior at this sport, it ain’t gonna happen…. After the Brandon Vera fight I just really changed everything up and decided that that’s not how I wanted to go out in my career… Our biggest argument right now is they keep trying to get me out of the gym. They’re saying right now I’m doing too many rounds, my conditioning’s at too high of a level for this far out of the fight. And now they’re starting to panic that I’m going to burn out…. My body fat percentage is pretty obvious if you look at me right now.”
Tavares Out Of TUF9 Bout Vs Guillard
Back to victories after defeating Manny Gamburyan at UFC 94, Thiago Tavares was reportedly scheduled to face Manny Gamburyan at TUF 9 Finale, at June 20th, but the ATT fighter won’t be able to fight. According to his manager, Alex Davis, Tavares suffered an elbow injury and won’t have time to recover for the fight.
Florian Believes Sherk Took Him To The Next Level
Big fight experience seems to make all the difference in the world when it comes to competing for a title in the UFC. When Kenny Florian steps into his fight against B.J. Penn on Aug. 8, he will draw upon his last chance to compete for the lightweight title to help him prepare, while having the knowledge that he can go five rounds with the very best in the world.
Talking to MMAWeekly Radio, Florian said that despite losing to Sean Sherk in 2006 during his first opportunity to wrestle the 155-pound title away from the champion, he knows that fight was what brought him to this point.
Matt Brown vs. Anthony Johnson official for TUF 9 finale in June
A potentially exciting welterweight slugfest between Matt Brown (9-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Anthony Johnson (7-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is now official for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale.
First rumored in late March, the bout was made official during Wednesday's broadcast of "The Ultimate Fighter" in a segment entitled "Inside the Octagon brought to you by Burger King: Late Night News Your Way."
The TUF 9 finale is scheduled for June 20 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort.
UFC VP of Operations Talks Credentials
MMA’s latest controversy has more or less pushed the UFC credential issue to the back burner, but I thought it worth while to post this interview conducted a few weeks ago by insidefighting.com with UFC VP of Operations Donna Marcolini.
A summary of the main points is below:
Dana White Interview
An excellent interview with Dana White by InsideFighting.com.
Early Wednesday morning InsideFighting Editor Elias Cepeda spoke with UFC President Dana White. On the heels of UFC 97, White spoke about Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell retiring, why he decided to bring back his video blogs and much more.
This is well worth a read imo.
TUF's Noah Thomas Headed To Bellator
Like many other promotions, ESPN is heading to Chicago to host one of the initial offerings of its Bellator FC series to air on its affiliate Spanish-speaking station, ESPN Deportes.
One of the fighters Bellator hopes will help make its excursion to Chicago on May 15 a success is former “Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Noah “The Red” Thomas.
MMA Quick Quote: Gina Carano would ‘probably’ choose the UFC over Strikeforce
Frankly, I am absolutely unmotivated by money. And I know that maybe people take that and don’t understand what that means, but I am just not. What I am interested in is people that have respect. Not only respect for me, but people who have respect for women in MMA … I have sat down with Dana and (Zuffa co-owner) Lorenzo (Fertitta) and they have expressed interest and want to do something, but I am a little weary because I know that Strikeforce is signing women and the “Cyborg” fight is over there … I think that I would probably pick Zuffa (over Strikeforce) because that’s the big show, you know? To be a part of that would be amazing, but you know, here comes Strikeforce and they’ve got this CBS and Showtime deal and they are working their way up into being good competition … They’ve built their company on some good roots and now they are ready to branch out on Showtime and CBS. But as of right now, the UFC is the big show, and for a female, it would be an amazing opportunity.
UFC Possibly To Australia In 2010
According to sources in Sydney, UFC has contacted Acer Arena (formerly Sydney SuperDome) officials about hosting the first-ever UFC event in Australia in February 2010. Dana White previously mentioned a possible Australia event last year, citing strong ratings for UFC broadcasts there. Acer Arena could likely hold over 21,000 for a UFC event.
Next UK UFC Will Be In Manchester Or Liverpool
The UFC will be returning to the north of England for its next UK show and will be heading to either Liverpool or Manchester.
"I am looking at venue agreeements right now, and can confirm we are heading back up north. Our next UK show will be in either Liverpool, which has a great new venue in the Echo Arena, or we will be returning to Manchester and the MEN Arena where UFC 70 was such a huge success," UFC UK president Marshall Zelaznik told Fighters Only.
Following UFC 97 win (and thanks to wife), Soszynski securely in UFC
This past weekend's UFC 97 victory over former WEC light-heavyweight champion Brian Stann proved to Krzysztof Soszynski something his wife already knew: He belongs in the UFC.
After getting a late start to his MMA career at age 25, and after some mixed results after a step up in competition midway through his career, Soszynski's confidence was shaken.
But with some encouragement from his wife and back-to-back award-winning victories in the UFC, Soszynski now know he belongs with the 205-pound division's best.