Portland Getting UFC 91?
Anonymous sources have recently revealed that Portland, Oregon might be the next big U.S. city getting some UFC action.
Tentatively scheduled for November, UFC 91 is rumored to be taking place in "The Beaver State". A likely venue should the event happen in Portland is the Rose Garden, where the NBA's Portland Trailblazers currently play their home games.
Oregon is home to Team Quest, who boasts members such as Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, and Jason "Mayhem" Miller.
The event will be the first time the UFC has ever been to Oregon.
Lyoto Machida To Fight Again In October
Machida's agent tells Tagg radio that Machida will have to fight again before getting a shot at the title. He also reiterates that Anderson Silva does not want to fight for the title since his friend is in line for a title shot and that Machida doesn't want to fight him either.
Dana White on Affliction VP: "The guy has an attitude problem, and I’m going to fix it for him"
Dana White offered a cocksure laugh borne from battles past; proof that the business of cage fighting can be as cutthroat and unforgiving as the sport itself.
“It’s about how much pain are you willing to take,” the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship said last week.
As mixed martial arts has boomed into a colossal business, no one has been smarter or tougher than White. In just seven years he turned a fledgling fight promotion into an estimated billion-dollar company.
He’s done it by building up the UFC and tearing down virtually everyone else. This month he’s at his best, attempting to inflict on Affliction plenty of pain.
Anderson's Manager: Silva fights Yushin Okami after July 19 fight
After making his light heavyweight debut against James Irvin at next week's UFC Fight Night 14 event, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (21-4 MMA, 6-0 UFC) will return to 185 pounds to defend his title against top contender Yushin Okami (22-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC).
Ed Soares, Silva's manager, confirmed the plans while a guest on today's edition of TAGG Radio (taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
However, Soares said that a date for the Silva-Okami fight won't be determined until after the July 19 fight with Irvin.
Karo Parisyan training with Greg Jackson:
Parisyan: I’ll be heading to Albuquerque July 12th to get ready for my next fight which is September 6th against Yoshida, a Japanese guy who choked out the kid ("War Machine") from the TV show (The Ultimate Fighter 6). So I’m fighting him September 6th, and I’m heading out to New Mexico to train with Rashad (Evans), (Georges) St. Pierre, and everybody else.
UFC Planning Grassroots Shows for New Markets
When the UFC announced plans to go to the Phillipines, Australia, Germany, and other countries next year on top of regular shows in the United Kingdom, my immediate concern was that there would be too many shows. Spike obviously is not willing to carry all the minor shows, and weak PPV cards only water down the brand. Apparently my fears were misguided, because some of these shows will not air at all. Dave Meltzer reported this week in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that some shows might not air on PPV or Spike TV, the idea would just be to grow the local fanbase by running there:
Dana White said Lorenzo Fertitta’s main focus has been on making international deals. He said they are on television in the Philippines on a major network station doing big ratings so that’s a target for 2009, as in Australia, Brazil, Germany and Dubai. White said they would be doing grassroots shows in some of these places, which I had the impression means using local fighters and the UFC name and maybe name fighters in the main event, including doing some shows just as live house show events for the market. Some new market shows wouldn’t be big enough for PPV and wouldn’t necessarily be on Spike.
Does ESPN's MMA coverage have credibility issues?
Does ESPN's MMA coverage have credibility issues?
By Steve Cofield
UFC can't be pleased with on-again, off-again MMA coverage from ESPN. The Big Lead pointed out that UFC 86 got almost no face time across the ESPN family of networks and on the web this past weekend...So Why Did ESPN Ignore UFC All Weekend?
HERMES FRANCA CLEAR TO FIGHT, PENDING DRUG TEST
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today cleared lightweight Hermes Franca for the UFC’s hastily assembled July 19 card at the Pearl in Las Vegas.
Franca was originally suspended last July by the California State Athletic Commission after a positive test for the steroid Drostanolone following UFC 73 in Sacramento, Calif. His suspension in that state – effectively a suspension from fighting in all states with major athletic commissions – ended on the 5th of this month.
Franca now must prove he is drug free in a test for performance enhancers to be administered this Friday. The test was originally scheduled for next Monday, but according to NSAC executive director Keith Kizer, that makes it more unlikely that he will be cleared in time for his fight.
“We should be able to get it in on time,” Kizer said. “If not, he won’t be fighting.”
The administrative procedure is similar to the one undergone by his former opponent, Sean Sherk, who was recently re-licensed for his fight against BJ Penn in May.
UFC Quick Quote: Brandon Vera could stay at 205 after UFN 14 Reese Andy fight
everybody’s saying that my power looks and good and actually my kicks look faster and harder now. I was 212 (pounds) today at the end of practice … I think it’s working to an advantage. It’s making me hungry and meaner…. I wouldn’t mind staying at 205. It’s all up to UFC in their grand scheme of things. We’ll see what’s going on and what they have in mind…. Talent-wise, man, the who’s who of 205 in the world is in the UFC right now. It’s ridiculous, it’s a whole long laundry list of who’s who. And the heavyweight division — you can pull, I think, maybe six guys out of the heavyweights. So yeah, I would say that 205 is way more stacked.”
– Former heavyweight contender Brandon Vera — who will make his light heavyweight debut against Reese Andy at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19 — tells the USA Today that he could remain in the 205-pound division if the organization sees fit. However, “The Truth” is still bitter about his loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 85: “Bedlam” last month, which he and many others feel was stopped prematurely. He would like to avenge the loss at some point … especially if Werdum is able to one day soon capture the heavyweight strap.
The Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards - The Knockouts
When it comes to award time, whether it’s the half-year awards
or the end of year honors there are always categories that will give you fits when trying to narrow things down to the five or ten best. Not the knockout category though; whenever it’s time to choose the best KOs or TKOs, there are always more than enough candidates to pick from, and the winner is almost always clear-cut. So far, 2008 is no exception.
"Shogun" Rua Targeting A December Return
Maurício "Shogun" Rua hasn't fought since he was defeated by current UFC light heavyweight Champion, Forrest Griffin, last September.
Shogun is returning to the trainings step by step. He started the Boxing and Conditioning preparation and his knee is OK. Probably in a week he will come back to Jiu Jitsu practice.
Rua is not worried about a revenge versus Forrest Griffin and knows he have to get ready to face any one after his defeat for Griffin. He is planning on to come back in December.
Brandon Vera could stay at 205 after UFCFN 14
” …everybody’s saying that my power looks and good and actually my kicks look faster and harder now. I was 212 (pounds) today at the end of practice … I think it’s working to an advantage. It’s making me hungry and meaner…. I wouldn’t mind staying at 205. It’s all up to UFC in their grand scheme of things. We’ll see what’s going on and what they have in mind…. Talent-wise, man, the who’s who of 205 in the world is in the UFC right now. It’s ridiculous, it’s a whole long laundry list of who’s who. And the heavyweight division — you can pull, I think, maybe six guys out of the heavyweights. So yeah, I would say that 205 is way more stacked.”
Tito Ortiz To Re-Sign With UFC?
Don't be surprised if Tito Ortiz's last fight is with the UFC. Sources close to the situation have informed us that despite being courted by several other organizations, Ortiz apparently prefers to finish his career with the organization he started it with and is currently considering possible fight offers from the UFC. Although no contract agreement has been reached, Ortiz has been in negotiations and was offered potential fights with UFC light heavyweights Houston Alexander, Thierry Sokoudjou and Stephan Bonnar to name a few.
As evidenced by the standing ovation he received from the crowd in attendance during his unanimous decision loss to Lyoto Machida, Ortiz is still a big draw amongst fans. The overwhelming support he received could be one of the reasons why Ortiz, who's grown accustomed to his superstar status and fighting in front of 10,000+ fans, would prefer to stay with the UFC, undeniably the biggest and most popular MMA organization in the world.
Another reason could be that despite going winless in his last three fights, Ortiz is still only one or two fights away from a title shot. Ironically, he holds a controversial split-decision win over newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and he also has a draw with Rashad Evans, who will be facing Chuck Liddell later this year at UFC 88 to determine the next challenger for the UFC light heavyweight title.
The Ultimate Fighter series may come to UK
The Ultimate Fighter series, with British mixed martial artists trying to get a UFC deal, on terrestrial TV? Sounds far-fetched.
It may not be. The Ultimate Fighter series could soon be in the UK, and be shown on terrestrial television, with Michael Bisping as one of the team coaches. Bisping, of course, went from Clitheroe in Lancashire to Las Vegas and won Series 3 of the Ultimate Fighter.
Those are the whispers - not confirmed - that talks are underway to create a first TUF series in the UK, given its success in the US. It follows the success of Forrest Griffin last weekend.
Roy Jones Jr.’s future plans don’t include Anderson Silva
Various media outlets are reporting that a light heavyweight title fight between Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. has been signed for Sept. 20. The bout is expected to take place at Madison Square Garden and will be televised on HBO pay-per-view.
The 36-year old Calzaghe, who is considered by many pundits to be the number two pound-for-pound boxer in the world behind Manny Pacquiao, fought in the U.S. for the first-time ever this past April in Las Vegas. In that bout, Calzaghe defeated Bernard Hopkins at the Thomas & Mack Center to claim the light heavyweight title he currently holds.
Jason Day regroups and refocuses for UFC return
The Cinderella story of Jason Day came to an abrupt end when he collided with Michael Bisping at UFC 85: “Bedlam” last month at the O2 Arena in London, England.
“Dooms” scored one of the early upsets of the 2008 fight season when he stopped the super tough Alan Belcher in the first round of his Octagon debut during their 185-pound scrap at UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? back in April.
Of course, in the UFC no good deed goes unpunished. So when Chris Leben was jailed for a probation violation just weeks before his fight with “The Count,” the promotion turned to Day on relative short notice and offered him the biggest fight of his career.
It didn’t go his way. However, Day is determined now more than ever to prove that he was not a one-hit wonder.