Tanner vs. Okami Official; Koscheck vs. Hazelett Un-Televised at UFC 82
After weeks of speculation, a UFC 82 middleweight bout between Evan Tanner and Yushin Okami is now official. Additionally, the UFC today revealed that a welterweight bout between “The Ultimate Fighter 1” standout Josh Koscheck (9-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Cincinnati-based fighter Dustin Hazelett (10-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will appear on the event’s un-televised preliminary card.
News of the Tanner vs. Okami has been reported — and re-reported — for the past month. However, Tanner’s camp couldn’t confirm the bout to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and a source close to the UFC told us that UFC executives were “extremely pissed” that news of the fight got out in the first place.
In the interview, Tanner also revealed that the UFC had an extremely difficult time finding him an opponent. The bout was offered to four fighters — all of whom turned it down. The UFC eventually booked Okami, a middleweight contender who’s 5-1 in the UFC. He signed a new contract with the UFC after his most recent fight: a UFC 77 unanimous-decision victory over Jason MacDonald.
UFC Set To Ban Affliction Gear?
Apparently the UFC is no longer going to allow Affliction to sponsor it's fighters. Affliction affiliated fighters include; Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre, Rampage Jackson and Chuck Liddell among many others.
According to numerous sources within in the industry, Affliction will be starting it's own promotion and the UFC is unhappy about promoting a potential rival.
The Champion's Carthasis
Since UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture left the promotion, he's gained some attention for taking up poker as a means to raise money and attention for his Xtreme Couture GI Foundation. But he's clearly worn out from the UFC contract situation and again reiterated his future plans: Fedor Or Bust. Bust being likely retiring.
Top South Korean Fighter Headed To UFC
Top South Korean Prospect Dong Hyun Kim is reportedly set to make his UFC debut in either March or April. The Welterweight is unbeaten in MMA at 8-0-1, last fighting Hedehiko Hasegawa to a controversial draw in a rematch of a fight Kim won.
UFN 12 Fighter Payouts Announced
The fighter payouts from UFN 12 last night have been obtained, the 18 fighters received a total disclosed amount of $232,000. The Fight, KO, and Submission Of The Night bonuses were not revealed.
Angle Calls Lesnar A "Mental Midget"
Kurt Angle, in a radio appearance promoting TNA Wrestling's upcoming PPV, also briefly talked about Brock Lesnar in MMA. He called Brock a "mental midget" and said he'd win if little to no pressure was on him.
Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine II up next?
QUOTE "My next fight will probably be in the summer and I am thinking about Jardine since Jackson is already scheduled to fight (Forrest Griffin). I can’t wait around (for Jackson). I love the sport and I think I have a couple years left in me. I’m a very competitive person. I don’t even like to lose at things I’m not good at."
Chuck Liddell reiterates that he wants to rematch Keith Jardine next
Palhares Expected to Sign with UFC
After recently signing Brazilian Top Team's David Bielkheden , the UFC is expected to ink another BTT athlete: Fury GP 185-pound champion Rousimar Palhares, Sherdog.com has learned.
A native of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Palhares (7-1) is a prospect who has a chance to reach the top in the UFC. He has won five straight, including first-round wins over UFC veteran Flavio Luis Moura, Pan-Arm jiu-jitsu champion Fabio Negao (Pictures) and Pride Bushido veteran Daniel Acacio. None of these quality fighters were competitive against Palhares.
Lesnar To Headline UFC 86?
The UK newspaper The Sun is claiming that Brock Lesnar will be in the main event at UFC 86 on June 14 in London. The reason is likely Brock's massive popularity he gained in the UK during his wrestling career.
Another WWE Wrestler Joining MMA
Bobby Lashley is the latest pro wrestler to join the world of MMA. Scrubsports.com is again the 1st to break this news. If you remember they were the 1st to break the news of the WCO show being cancelled. Lashley hasn't appeared on WWE camera's for months now and should've been back a long time ago. Fans wondered what happened to him and just today, I received word that he is done with the WWE and has been training MMA in hopes of landing a contract somewhere. God help us all!
Guida Added To UFC's Return To Colorado
Clay Guida will look to return to his winning ways on April 2 in Denver, CO and will face UFC newcomer, Samy Schiavo, in his debut fight as sources close to the fight have confirmed with MMAWeekly.com.
While the bout agreements have not been signed, this fight is expected to take place during the UFC Fight Night as a lead in to the 7th season of the “Ultimate Fighter” show featuring Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin as coaches.
Pat Miletich-Endorsed Corey Hill Makes UFC Debut Tonight
One of the problems when a promoter does 30 shows a year, as the UFC is doing this year, is that there will be cards which are bereft of stars.
And, at first glance, The Ultimate Fight Night card tonight in the Pearl at The Palms (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET/PT), seems to be one of those. The main event, a welterweight battle between Josh Burkman and Mike Swick, has no title implications.
Parisyan-Fitch Feud Heats up; Florian Reveals Original Opponent for Next Fight
UFC welterweight stand-out Karo “The Heat” Parisyan (18-4 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has a simple message for fellow contender Jon Fitch (15-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC): I’m not ducking you.
Parisyan joined Tuesday’s episode of TAGG Radio to discuss his April 2 bout with American Top Team’s Thiago Alves (13-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), but the conversation quickly turned toward the controversy surrounding a possible Parisyan-Fitch match-up. “Their camp is talking crap,” Parisyan said.