TUF 8 Champ May Debut At UFN 19
Although no announcement has been made and paperwork is not done yet, Jeremy Stephens says that he will be the opponent for TUF 8 Lightweight winner Efrain Escudero in his first post-TUF fight, likely to be at UFN 19 in April.
New champ Frank Mir: misinformation an effective strategy
"Every fighter gets injured a lot during training camps," Mir said. "One thing I've learned not to do is – I don't really give any validity to my injuries. Some of my injuries are fake. I've faked a few injuries in the past but not to pull out of fights or anything. It's just there a lot of rumors out there, and when I hear them, I help people out. ... 'Go tell people and put it on the Internet.'
JOSH NEER ARRESTED IN NEW YEAR'S INCIDENT
Josh Neer – a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and International Fight League – was arrested early Thursday morning by Des Moines, Iowa police, according to the Des Moines Register. Polk County (Iowa) records show he was charged with a second-offense operating while intoxicated charge and eluding while more than 25 miles-per-hour in excess of the speeding limit.
Massenio Set To Have MCL surgery Today
According to Brad Rysz of RotoExperts.com, UFC middleweight Mike Massenzio suffered a torn MCL three weeks prior to his December 27th clash with CB Dollaway at UFC 92. Despite the injury, Massenzio opted to go through with the fight and with a heavily bandaged knee, he nearly pulled off the victory after rocking Dollaway and sinking in a deep guillotine choke.
Wanderlei to drop to middleweight in 2009
Sources close to the aggressive Brazilian EXCLUSIVELY revealed to MMABay that he will be moving to 185 pounds after spending the last couple of years fighting bigger men and coming up short.
Often in his Pride days, Wanderlei would come in under the allotted weight, as he did last weekend at UFC 92, finding the weight cutting very easy to cope with.
Troy Mandaloniz vs Paul Kelly set for ufc 95
"The Ultimate Fighter" season six alum Troy "Rude Boy" Mandaloniz is packing on the pounds for his next fight.
The Hilo, Hawaii native will on Tuesday sign his bout agreement for a welterweight scrap with Paul Kelly at UFC 95 on Feb. 21 in London, England. Kelly is expected to sign his agreement in the coming days.
I predict a round 2 GnP stoppage for Kelly.
Both Mir and Nogueira Were Injured Going Into UFC 92
Earlier this week, Nogueira’s camp confirmed that he had a bad knee injury going into the fight, but had remained silent about it.
Today, it emerged (via UFC president Dana White’s appearance on the Carmichael Dave show) that the Brazilian had also been recovering from a Staph infection.
But Frank Mir was not without his problems either, according to the Wrestling Observer, which reports that the former champion had suffered a herniated disc in training.
Rashad Evans Explains "Gesture" During Fight With Griffin
When [Griffin] got off his little flurry on me, and he gave me everything he had, I was like, 'Oh man. I've seen every trick in the book,'" Evans said. "And I knew that there was nothing he could do to really hurt me. I felt all his power, and I was like, 'Man, I've got this. I've got this now.' And I wanted to let him know that [he] can't hurt me. It's going to be a long night from here on out.' It was just a little fun.
Time Warner cable = No Spike TV
I know this isn't MMA but this does affect peoples ability to watch MMA.
Looks like Time Warner was unable to make a deal with Viacom and all Time Warner customers will loss access to all of Viacom stations at midnight and one of those stations happens to be Spike TV.
Yushin Okami will receive title shot
UFC middleweight Yushin Okami defated Dean Lister by unanimous decision at UFC 92. Even though the fight was not the most exciting bout on the card, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the victory puts Okami back in the hunt for the middleweight title currently held by Anderson Silva.
“Yushin Okami will be getting a title shot. Definitely,” said White.
"Horn won't be scared like Henderson", says Palhares
Rousimar Palhares (8-2) says Dan Henderson was ‘scared' to fight him on the ground when they met earlier this year.
Henderson won by decision but Palhares' coach Murilo Bustamante criticised him for employing an "ugly strategy".
Palhares faces Jeremy Horn at UFC 93 next month and told Fighters Only earlier that as Horn "has a better game on the ground, it should be a different fight."
UFC 92 Medical Suspensions
Former light heavyweight Forrest Griffin is the most notable competitor to make the list, but we knew it was more than likely a foregone conclusion after he revealed in the post-fight interview that he had broken his left hand in the second round of his fight against Rashad Evans.
He needs to have the injury cleared by an orthopedic physician before returning to action otherwise he will be on the shelf until June 27, 2009. Griffin is suspended at the very least until February 12 and he’s forbidden to have contact until January 28
UFC 92 salaries: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson top earner with $325K
Rashad Evans: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus)
def. Forrest Griffin: $100,000
Frank Mir: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $250,000
Quinton Jackson: $325,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Wanderlei Silva: $200,000
C.B. Dollaway: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Massenzio: $5,000
Cheick Kongo: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def: Mostapha Al Turk: $7,000
Yushin Okami: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Dean Lister: $19,000
Antoni Hardonk: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Wessel: $4,000
Matt Hamill: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Reese Andy: $15,000
Brad Blackburn: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
vs. Ryo Chonan: $18,000
Patrick Barry: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Dan Evensen: $4,000
Chuck Liddell named as possible headliner for UFC 96
With Randy Couture recently quelling previous rumors of fourth bout with "The Iceman," the next appearance for former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (21-6 MMA, 16-5 UFC) is still an uncertainty.
But at Saturday night's post-UFC 92 press conference, UFC President Dana White hinted that the fan-favorite could possibly headline the recently announced UFC 96 on March 7 in Columbus, Ohio.
Hey I'm like the new Mmacca ha ha
Cro Cop Back to the UFC If He Beats Choi on NYE?
Our buddy Robert at FreeFightVideos has a report that suggests a return to the UFC for Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic might be as simple as a win over Hong Man Choi on New Year’s Eve. Cro Cop has apparently been dropping hints lately that the fight at K-1 Dynamite will “end one chapter and start another” in his career, and insists he’s not retiring.
But Cro Cop has been increasingly vague about his plans for 2009, and when Dana White appeared on the “Best Damn Sports Show,” he stated that, “if [Cro Cop] wins, he will definitely be welcomed back into the UFC."
WAMMA Exclusive Interview in regards to Aoki/Alvarez For WAMMA Belt
DreamFighters.com: So Mike, it is official? The Eddie Alvarez v. Shinya Aoki fight is for the first ever WAMMA Undisputed World Lightweight Championship?
Michael Lynch: Yes, it is confirmed. WAMMA will officially be recognizing the winner of the Alvarez vs. Aoki match-up, which will take place December 31 in Saitama, Japan at the Saitama Super Arena during FEG’s “FieLDS Dynamtie!!”, as the inaugural WAMMA Undisputed World Lightweight Champion. The winner of the Alvarez vs. Aoki match-up will join WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko as WAMMA’s second-ever undisputed champion. Emelianenko is scheduled to defend his title against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski during Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on January 24 in Anaheim, California.