St. Pierre Primes for Penn, Title Defense
Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his belt against lightweight titleholder B.J. Penn in what has already become the most anticipated bout of 2009 at UFC 94 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.
“I look forward to this fight,” St. Pierre (17-2) told Sherdog.com in an exclusive video interview.
The two superstars, both considered among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, met previously at UFC 58 in March 2006. St. Pierre was awarded a controversial split decision over the popular Hawaiian and would capture the welterweight crown from Matt Hughes eight months later.
Randy Couture says size won't matter with Brock Lesnar at UFC 91
The belief of many MMA experts leading up to Randy Couture's comeback fight against Tim Sylvia in March of 2007 was that "The Natural," gifted as he was, just couldn't overcome Sylvia's massive size advantage.
Some 18 months later, after dispatching Sylvia in one of the most dominant performances of his career, Couture is hearing the same song, only a different verse.
As the UFC hall-of-famer now prepares for his UFC 91 main event with Brock Lesnar, which includes a fight camp with some of MMA's biggest wrestlers, Couture recently told MMAjunkie.com size again won't matter.
Did BudLight Bust Patrick Cote's Knee?
Now tell me that the slippery sponsor's decal didn't jack up Cote and ruin the fight.
Fightlinker has more:
I don’t know the process for how the UFC puts it’s advertisements onto the mat. I do know that many fighters often complain that the ads often have different grips, and you often see dudes stalk across the octagon only to go banana heel one they hit a decal. At UFC 89 the Gears of War 2 advertisement seemed to cause several fighters some issues, including Brandon Vera and Keith Jardine. This isn’t the only time we’ve seen it … it’s just the most recent incident that I can specifically remember.
Can you imagine another sport where athletes could be hurt because of the way advertisements are presented? In MMA it’s worse than others … a simple slip in other games means a botched play and some embarrassment. In MMA it could result in the other fighter jumping you and punching your lights out. So even if there isn’t a rash of fighters blowing their knees out on these things, it still needs to be addressed.
The UFC really needs to find a way to make the sponsor decals less of a hazard to the fighters. As we saw Saturday night, if a headlining fighter gets hurt and spoils the main event, its not good for business.
Silva's going crazy, wants to fight at UFC 91
It sounds like some of the criticism is starting to hit home for Anderson Silva. UFC president Dana White told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Silva wants to get right back on the horse:
"He's flipping out. He wants to fight again, like, on Nov. 15. He's (upset) about his performance and he wants to fight again immediately."
A Silva appearance on Nov. 15 is highly unlikely. There's no one of any quality who would take a Silva fight on three weeks notice for UFC 91. The following UFC cards (UFC 92 & 94) are completely stacked so where would a Silva fight fit in? UFC 93 in Dublin could use some beefing up. Right now the main event is Rich Franklin v. Dan Henderson and the second fight is Shogun Rua and Mark Coleman.
The UFC should make a fight for Silva at 205. Who should the next victim be? Dana White told Yahoo! Sports on Saturday that he feels sorry for the next guy who fights the 'disrespected' Silva. White had little response to a question about matching up Chuck Liddell and Silva in London in February. That matchup does have huge sizzle and all parties involved may feel some pressure to repair the image of both Liddell and Silva with a superfight.
Couture Backs Bisping's Title Prospects
Randy Couture has become the latest big name mixed martial artist to mark Michael Bisping out as a future champion.
The UFC heavyweight champion, who faces Brock Lesnar next month, told SunSport http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/ufc/article1865038.ece that Bisping is “doing the right things”.
He also described the Wolfslair middleweight as “explosive” and said he was impressed with the way he handled Chris Leben at UFC 89.
"Michael had a spot on game plan... he managed to counter and make Chris pay for every step he took towards him."
He added that Bisping ”was patient and showed some maturity by not letting the crowd get to him and force him to go toe-to-toe with [Leben]... It's an important step for him in his development.”
Recently, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson said Bisping has the potential to be a champion at middleweight.
Bisping himself has played down talk of challenging Anderson Silva soon, saying he is in no hurry and would prefer to develop over a few more bouts.
Anyone Else think COTE would have WON?
Decent read. Not sure Cote would have won, but overall some good points.
"One of those heavy hands was going to connect eventually. Silva was in unchartered territory for him in the UFC – beyond round two. Cote had the chin to stay in there with him and with ample time in a title fight, one of those overhand rights was going to catch Silva and force him to show he is not only talented but also durable."
Anyone else Agree??
Rich Franklin Not Approached About TUF 9 Coaching...Yet
Although Rich Franklin acknowledges rumors and news about him possibly being a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 9, he says UFC hasn't approached him about it yet. He says it's not something he's particularly interested in doing again, although he did put the "Show me the money" spin on it in not flat out saying no.
Silva on Disrespecting Cote: ‘Absolutely Not True’
Anderson Silva did not deliver one of his typical performances against Patrick Cote at UFC 90.
Although he was winning the fight before Cote’s injury in the third round, the UFC middleweight champion was booed by fans for his evasive strategy and later he was even criticized by some for “disrespecting” his opponent.
FABRICIO WERDUM KNOCKED OUT OF CONTENTION
Fabricio Werdum was displeased prior to UFC 90 about him not getting a chance to be in the heavyweight tournament that consists of current champion Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar and interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir. After all, he just defeated former No. 1 contender Gabriel Gonzaga and top prospect Brandon Vera.
Taking the fight with Junior dos Santos at UFC 90 wasn't exactly what he was hoping for, but he took the fight in stride. However, there were some people, including UFC president Dana White, who thought that Werdum was bigger than usual. Not necessarily out of shape, but noticeably larger. In fact, he was nine pounds heavier in this fight than his last.
Unfortunately for Werdum, he was brutally knocked out in the first round by dos Santos, getting drilled by a vicious uppercut. According to an interview with Tatame.com, he didn't underestimate “Cigano,” but he was surprised at how fast everything happened.
BISPING TALKS ULTIMATE FIGHTER 9 COACHING ROLE
Michael "The Count" Bisping won season three of The Ultimate Fighter and will coach season nine of the popular reality show on Spike TV. Armed with the experience of having gone through it, Bisping is excited about his role as coach.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be involved with TUF again," Bisping told MMAWeekly.com. "I think it's a great tool for the UFC to discover new talent. Obviously, for my career, it was amazing. I've got some very, very fond memories and I can't wait to get involved with it again."
Season nine will feature a United States vs. the United Kingdom theme consisting of lightweight and welterweight fighters.
"As far as the talent in the U.K., there's a lot of great talent," said Bisping. "I've seen a lot of people on the Internet saying things like England couldn't compete with a team from America. I don't see that as the case at all. I think we've got some fantastic talent."
UFC Return to London on February 21st
27/10/08 - Exclusive: UFC returns to London on February 21st 2009
The UFC will return to London, England on Saturday 21st February 2009, Fighters Only can exclusively report.
Sources contacted Fighters Only at the weekend to reveal that UFC 95 will take place at the O2 Arena. It will be the third time that the organisation has used the venue.
Dana White not happy with Georges St. Pierre’s choice of agents
When news first broke that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre had signed with the Hollywood-based Creative Artists Agency’s sports division, it was heralded by many as a breakthrough for the mixed martial arts industry.
By being able to attract such a mainstream agency, it was treated as an indicator of just how the sport has come in a short span of time. For St. Pierre, aligning himself with such a high-profile agency could help garner greater pay from the UFC as well as land mainstream sponsors.
However, despite being welcomed into the MMA industry with open arms by many, there is one man who is less than thrilled with CAA Sports’ arrival. And that man is none other than UFC President Dana White.
DANA WHITE COMMENTS ON THE SPOILS OF ELITE XC
With all the news of ProElite’s collapse in the media, speculation has surrounded the fate of its star athletes.
So far, former Elite employees have predicted that fighter contracts would become assets to be sold in bankruptcy court. Another scenario could involve an investor or entity purchasing the contracts from ProElite before proceedings begin.
The UFC seems a logical suitor for several of the marooned fighters. In the past two years, Zuffa, LLC has either bought out or signed athletes from several shuttered organizations. Light heavyweights Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida were acquired through the purchase of the World Fighting Alliance, and recently, a host of fighters from the bankrupt International Fight League were scooped up.
From name recognition alone, Elite XC’s Gina Carano and Kimbo Slice are money in the bank. But at the post-fight press conference for UFC 90, UFC president Dana White said he was not interested in them, for different reasons.
THIAGO ALVES WANTS TITLE SHOT
Thiago Alves defeated Josh Koscheck at UFC 90 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinios Saturday evening by unanimous decision, dominating the American Kickboxing Academy trained welterweight, moving a step closer to a title bout with the winner of Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn scheduled for UFC 94 in Las Vegas.
"It's just hard work paid off man. I've been training really hard and working really hard trying to get to this point," Alves told MMAWeekly.com "It's been paying off."
Alves had Koscheck hurt early in the first round as a result of a counter-punch, and had Koscheck in a lot of trouble in the final round. But Koscheck would not be put away. "It was a great fight and I had a lot of fun. Josh was a great opponent," commented the American Top Team fighter. "Hats off to Josh. He's a really tough guy. He took the fight on short notice. He's a true warrior."