George Roop To Fight At UFCFN 18
George Roop has agreed to fight at Ultimate Fight Night 18. The show will lead in to The Ultimate Fighter on April 1. Earlier today we reported that the event will take place at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium and will serve as a lead in to The Ultimate Fighter Season 9.
Rashad Evans Expects His Next Opponent Will Be Rampage Jackson
While Rampage has suggested he wants a rematch with Griffin we now know Dana White wants a fight with Evans and voila: Evans expects it. On the "Big O & Dukes" show on CBS radio talker 106.7 WJFK in Washington, DC Rashad Evans says he has not yet spoken to UFC officials but suspected his next opponent will be none other than Rampage Jackson.
UFC 97 - Keith Jardine lined up to take on Luiz Cane
UFC light heavyweight contender, Keith Jardine will not be making an appearance at UFC 96 as expected, but instead will resurface at UFC 97, most likely against the ever dangerous Luiz Cane.
On Wednesday, a source close to Jardine said the Greg Jackson trained fighter was recently moved back to UFC 97 on Apr. 18 in Montreal, Canada.
DAN MILLER STEPS IN AGAINST JAKE ROSHOLT
A change has been made for the upcoming Feb 17 UFC Fight Night card in Tampa, Fla as MMAWeekly.com confirmed late on Wednesday night that Dan Miller has stepped in to replace Alessio Sakara in a middleweight match-up with former WEC fighter, Jake Rosholt.
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight, and while it was reported that Sakara has been pulled from the bout, it is unknown at this time the extent or nature of his injury.
Jackson Predicts Title in 2009
“Give me my belt back,” Jackson said. “We all fight for the belt. If I get the belt back then maybe Forrest can get a ‘W’ and then me and Forrest could fight for the belt again. I’d rather take him out in a five-round fight. Say if I beat him in a three-round fight then all these little Internet haters could say, ‘Forrest beat him in a five-round fight, he only won in a three-round fight.’ But it don’t matter because it’s going to be a short night for Forrest any time.”
CHAEL SONNEN EXCITED FOR UFC RETURN
Sonnen is slated to make his Octagon return on Feb. 21 against undefeated Demian Maia at UFC 95 in London.
“The upside to (Maia) is that he’s fought three of my teammates,” said Sonnen. “I helped every one of them get ready, so I’ve at least got experience in preparing for him and am familiar with him because my teammates competed with him.”
COLEMAN HEADS TO WOLFSLAIR BEFORE DUBLIN
"The Wolfslair team over there in England, they're going to take care of me for the first three days over there," Coleman stated. "I'm going to train with those guys for a couple days and then fly over to Dublin from England."
Bisping Breaks Down Franklin vs Henderson
"Rich Franklin is probably the smarter fighter out of the two. I think he's got better footwork, probably more technically composed fighter. Dan's got great knockout power obviously. They're both fantastic fighters," Bisping commented.
"If I had to pick a winner, I'd probably go out on a limb and say Rich Franklin by decision, to be honest."
Cole Miller targeted for UFC Fight Night 18 return in April
UFC lightweight prospect Cole Miller (14-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will go for his sixth victory in seven fights when he appears at UFC Fight Night 18 in April.
A source close to the fighter today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Miller has agreed to compete at the event and is awaiting word on a possible opponent.
Gabriel Gonzaga will earn title shot with win over Shane Carwin UFC 96
From Team Link Lead Trainer, Marco Alvan, via BrasilCombate.com.br:
“Gabriel is in Brazil training a lot of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where we believe will be the key to win this match…. It’s going to be a tough fight and [if he wins] Napao (Gonzaga) will have [earned the right] to face the winner of Mir vs. Lesnar. But we’re not thinking about that because we have to respect Carwin and we’re
focused on this fight.”
Lyoto Machida Interview
What are you training of special to him? (Thiago Silva)
I'm training a lot my specialty first, the stand up game, my Karate, I’ve been focusing in this a lot, also the takedown part and the ground game. I do the complete training, but I prioritize what I have better, my strongest weapon, stand up fight. We always make a study of the opponent, I do this for about three months, seeing how he is, where he works, so I can beat up on these things not being surprised.
Some Notable Quotes From Dana White
Rumor of Chuck Liddell vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 100:
"It's possible. If Chuck can win in his next fight, then we could see that fight. Liddell has been open to fighting Anderson, so maybe that can be a fight we can make. "
Future of Wanderlei Silva after KO Loss:
"He still wants to fight. He is a fighter that I respected since I saw him over in Pride. As long as he wants to fight, we will continue to use him. He is a great fighter and that's why he is in the UFC.
Responds to Cro Cop talk about wanting to return to the UFC:
"We will welcome him with open arms. He is a guy that I respect, and when he left, there was really no bad blood. He needed to clear some things up, so if he wants to come back, he is welcome."
When Lesnar vs. Mir may take place:
"We don't know yet. Mir took little damage in his fight with Nog, and Lesnar wants to fight him soon, so April may be the time and place for that. It will be good."
Four Fights Scheduled to Be Televised at UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Franca
The UFC officially confirmed the full fight card for UFC Fight Night 17 emanating from the Sun Dome in Tampa, FL on 2/7/09. Currently, four fights are scheduled to be broadcast live on Spike, although as always, if we see quick finishes, under card fights will likely be shown.
The interesting part is the UFC's choice of which fights made the telecast:
-Joe Lauzon vs. Hermes Franca
-Cain Velasquez vs. Denis Stojnic
-Amir Sadollah vs. Nick Catone
-Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer
-Rich Clementi vs. Gleison Tibau
-Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fioravanti
-Kurt Pellegrino vs. Rob Emerson
-Jake Rosholt vs. Alessio Sakara
-Matt Grice vs. George Sotiropoulos
-Steve Bruno vs. Matt Riddle