BJ Penn's Trainer Calls Dana White a "Drama King"
UFC Primetime tried to insert what the BJ Penn camp unequivocally calls a non-issue. That is, there is a storyline being pursued that suggests Penn is taking a vacation in the middle of his training camp thereby somehow indicating Penn isn't taking the fight seriously or won't be properly prepared. Penn's head trainer, Rudy Valentino, says it's all rubbish. To wit:
“Dana White was making a big deal out of nothing,” Valentino tells InsideFighting.
Tyson Griffin to return at Fight Night 18
After what will be more than a six-month layoff, UFC lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) will return to action in April at UFC Fight Night 18.
A source close to the Xtreme Couture fighter today told MMAjunkie.com Griffin has agreed to fight at the event. UFC officials are currently finalizing plans for an opponent.
Pro's Pick: Coleman vs. Shogun II
Sherdog caught up with 25 pros to get their picks on the upcoming rematch at UFC 93.
19 took Shogun, 4 went with Coleman, and 2 couldn't decide.
I was suprised to see Tompkins pick Coleman, Randy seems to be leaning that way as well.
Pros Pick: Henderson vs. Franklin
With the winner penciled in to coach alongside Michael Bisping on the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Sherdog.com caught up with plenty of professional fighters and trainers for their predictions on Henderson vs. Franklin.
Kang Confident Heading Into UFC Debut
When Pride Fighting Championships was bought by Zuffa many of the fighters under their umbrella moved into the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but many others chose to move on to different promotions instead. One of those fighters, Denis Kang, left for a different option, but starting in Ireland at UFC 93 he will finally get his chance to compete in the world famous Octagon for the first time.
A longtime member of the American Top Team, Kang spent the last two-plus years fighting in various organizations all over the world, but when the UFC came calling after his latest free agency stint, he decided he wanted to make the move.
Franklin brings fresh approach to UFC 93
Rich Franklin is meticulous by nature and rarely leaves anything to chance.
After working with trainer Matt Hume for a year, though, Franklin might have thought that he spent the first part of his mixed martial arts career wholly unprepared. It may seem to him that he’s spending as much time in the video room as in the training room these days.
UFC 92 drug test results come back clean from NSAC for ‘The Ultimate 2008'
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) announced today that 12 of the 20 competitors who were tested for illegal/banned substances after competing at UFC 92: “The Ultimate 2008? have all passed with flying colors.
Newly-crowned UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, Brad Blackburn, Matt Hamill, Antonio Hardonk, Yushin Okami, Cheick Kongo, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, CB Dolloway and Patrick Barry were all screened for performance enhancers such as steroids, as well as drugs of abuse like cocaine and marijuana, among others.
Results of those tests all returned negative.
Josh Koscheck inks 20-month contract extension with UFC; Eager to fight six times in 2009
After a unanimous decision loss to Thiago Alves at UFC 90: “Cote vs. Silva” in October 2008 — and an epic spat between officials from his management team at Zinkin Entertainment/American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) and the promotion — the top welterweight contender’s future inside the Octagon was suddenly (and shockingly) a huge question mark.
MMAmania.com can reveal that The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) alum recently agreed to a 20-month contract extension, which will keep him locked up until almost 2011.
Randy Couture: Size will be the difference for ‘Penn vs St. Pierre 2'
“We’ve seen the best B.J. Penn we’ve seen in recent years, but that was at 155. He had abs, he looked in shape, he had to train to be down there. The question I have is how much quality weight in this time period can he put on to deal with the size difference between him and Georges. … At that weight class, at 170, I like Georges. Georges has got all the tools. He seems to be within himself mentally, going out and putting together good performances, and demonstrating a lot of skills that nobody really knew he had. There’s some tough things for B.J. to deal with there.”
UFC 96: Rashad Evans vs Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson
MMAmania.com can confirm that a main event title fight between newly crowned UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans (13-0-1) and former 205-pound kingpin Quinton Jackson (29-7) could be added to the UFC 96 card at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7.
Perhaps the only thing currently standing in the way is time — both fighters face relatively tight turnarounds (nine weeks) since their most recent winning performances at UFC 92: “The Ultimate 2008? on Dec. 27.
Rousimar Palhares: “My dream is to fight for the title”
Sometimes in mixed martial arts, as crazy as it sounds, the positives that come from a loss can outweigh the negatives.
Former Pride FC middleweight and light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson put recently put an end to Rousimar Palhares‘ six fight when streak at UFC 88, out pointing Palhares by unanimous decision. Although it was a losing effort, the Brazilian Top Team stand out showed the kind of heart and determination in a fight that few gave him a chance in. It was the kind of performance that let people know that, given the proper development, Palhares could be a serious force to be reckoned with in the future.
Schaefer Gunning For UFC 93 Submission Bonus
It’s not just a special honor to receive the UFC’s “Submission of the Night” – it also makes your wallet a lot fatter.
For Eric “Ravishing Red” Schafer, tax season is coming up, and he wants a few extra bills to cover the bill from Uncle Sam.
“I’ve gotten second place twice now,” he told MMAWeekly Radio. “One of these days, it will come around.”
Building A Megafight, UFC Goes Primetime
As the big boys on the block, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is used to promoting fights that are considered among the greatest match-ups in mixed martial arts' short history. But the UFC welterweight title bout between current champ Georges St. Pierre and former titleholder and current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn is a first in the promotion's 15-year history.
Never before has the promotion allowed two current champions to face off. And never before has the prospect been possible that one man in the UFC could hold belts in two weight classes simultaneously. That is exactly what is on the line when St. Pierre and Penn square off at UFC 94 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.