‘Rampage’ Jackson reports for duty on the set of TUF 10
“I’m starting the first day at my new job. Hope my co-worker likes me! Haha …”
– Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is today on the set of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 for the first day of filming the Spike TV-produced mixed martial arts reality series.
Patrick Cote Signs New 4-Fight deal With The UFC
It looks like the "Predator" will do his stalking in the UFC for the foreseeable future. Patrick Cote has signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Monday by sources close to the negotiations.
Cote has been out of action since an October 2008 loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The Canadian blew out his knee in the third round, forcing a stoppage in the title fight.
Currently rehabbing and waiting for clearance from his doctors, Cote has one less thing to worry about now that he knows for the immediate future he will continue to call the Octagon his home.
Pat Miletich on Drew McFedries Situation And Making Peace With Dana White
"My entire team and myself were furious with Drew McFedries because we worked our ass off to get him ready for that fight," Miletich said. "Four different guys offered to go with him to that fight [and] he turned them all down. He went and took one of his buddies to the fight. Then, he not only thanked guys from another camp, which is fine, but it could have stopped there. But to say what he said about his teammates and his team for no logical reason was wrong.
UFC 98 Fighters Test Clean
On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the post-fight drug test results for the fighters of UFC 98, held May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ten fighters were tested for performance enhancers and drugs of abuse following their bouts: Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Matt Hughes, Chael Sonnen, Frank Edgar, Brock Larson, Kyle Bradley, Krzysztof Soszynski, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, and George Roop.
All fighters came back negative.
Okami Targeting September Return, Silva
UFC Middleweight contender Yushin Okami, currently sidelined due to injuries, says he is hoping to return to action in September. And not surprisingly, he wants Anderson Silva, who Okami is the last fighter to beat although Okami feels he los their fight (Okami's win was by DQ).
Mirko Cro Cop 99 Deal Not Done. Yet. (Updated)
Although the deal is expected to be done as soon as today, Mirko Cro Cop is not yet official for UFC 99, which is why he's not being advertised yet. The reason why is not yet known but it reportedly has nothing to do with negotiations between the fighter and UFC.
Update: Now it's done. UFC has confirmed the fight.
UFC 102 Confirmed for August 29
The UFC has officially announced that its UFC 102 card will take place on August 29.
While the company has yet to officially confirm a venue for the event, the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon is expected to host the card.
While no bouts are official the rumored card for UFC 102 at this time are:
Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Demian Maia vs. Nate Marquardt
Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva
Matt Hamill vs. Brandon Vera
Chris Leben vs. Jake Rosholt
Wilson Gouveia vs. James Irvin
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Nick Catone vs. Mark Munoz
Junior dos Santos vs. Justin McCully
Evan Dunham vs. Matt Veach
Marcus Davis: Dan Hardy is a ‘disrespectful punk’ whose face will be Swiss cheese at UFC 99
“‘Hate’ is a very powerful word, I know…. But I hate my opponent at UFC 99. I hate Dan Hardy. I really can’t stand this guy and I am counting down to days to June 13, to the Lanxess Arena in when I can smash this kid in the mouth. I want to punch holes in this guy’s face. Hardy has gone so far beyond what is professional. This is more than another fight in the UFC for me, more than getting a win and working towards getting a title shot. This is war…. I’ve only met him maybe three times…. On none of these occasions did Hardy have the guts to say anything disrespectful to my face … like the little coward he is.
Ben Saunders ready to ‘whoop’ Mike Swicks ass with his ‘blades’ on June 13
“I don’t believe his hand speed will be that big of a difference, especially with the lack of a reach advantage, which he has had in almost all his other fights. It means I can hit him without getting hit and close the distance easier than him. He needs to be worried about my blades. The clinch is only one aspect and not something I feel I have to get. People seem to think that because I used it so well in my last fight, that it’s my bread and butter. I love the clinch and feel very confident there, but it is by no means my best and only form of attack.
Despite reports, Frank Trigg insists bout with Josh Koscheck not yet on the table
Despite multiple reports surfacing Friday night that a September matchup between Frank Trigg (19-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Josh Koscheck (12-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) had been verbally agreed to by each fighter, "Twinkle Toes" insists he has not yet been approached about the fight.
Trigg insisted to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he was still in the dark regarding his first opponent in a recently announced return to the UFC.
Trigg has since gone on to publicly dispel the rumors through various postings on his Twitter account.
"Now hear this, now hear this... I know that I have no idea. That is all," read the first post, followed up one hour later by, "Rumors are not true. I have no knowledge who or when."
UFC continues European-market expansion with Portuguese broadcast deal
The UFC's global reach continues to expand as the organization recently announced a new broadcast deal with SIC Radical, one of Portugal's most popular cable television channels.
UFC programming commences almost immediately on the channel, which reaches nearly 2 million of Portugal's 3.5 million households.
The deal calls for the UFC to air episodes of "UFC Unleashed," "UFC Countdown and replays of UFC pay-per-views.
UFC Quick Quote: Bad coaching, not sheer awesomeness, the reason Rashad Evans lost to Lyoto Machida
“I went back and watched the Rashad fight again, and I think it comes down to bad coaching. In the prefight press conference, I heard Rashad say that he didn’t bring anybody in who would resemble Machida’s style. When I heard that, I knew that there might be some problems. That is probably a big reason why Rashad didn’t do very well in the striking area. I also think Rashad should have been coached on using his wrestling talent. He didn’t shoot one takedown that I can remember and he just made it a sparring match. If I was to coach Rashad against Machida, I would have told him to make it a fight, use his wrestling and groundwork to really dictate the match. Not just go out and spar with him. I think Rashad could have done a lot better in that fight. I’m not saying he should have won, but he’s a lot better than he showed on Saturday.”
– Matt Hughes shares his thoughts via his personal blog about the main event fight between Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 on May 23. “The Dragon” looked phenomenal, taking out “Sugar” in the second round with a lethal explosion of strikes that separated the champion from consciousness for the first time ever in his previously unbeaten career. Hughes chalks the loss up to bad coaching and a poor strategy going into the fight. And he’s not the only one — Shawn Tompkins, the head trainer at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, told CageWriter.com that Machida is “far from unbeatable” and Rashad “gave Lyoto everything he needed to make himself look invincible” by failing to close the distance and use his strong wrestling skills. So is Machida really as good as he looked last weekend or does Evans’ head trainer, Greg Jackson, deserve some of the credit?
Josh Koscheck vs Frank Trigg possible for UFC 103 on Sept. 26; Matt Hughes also in the mix
Top-ranked welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck (12-4), and former number one division contender, Frank Trigg (19-6), are in talks to battle it out for 170-pound supremacy at UFC 103 on Sept. 26.
MMAmania.com learned earlier today about the likely match up; however, a venue is still unknown at this time (locations in the United Kingdom and Las Vegas are under under consideration) for the event. In addition, nine-time division kingpin, Matt Hughes, is also lurking in the shadows as a possible opponent for Koscheck … albeit on the outside.
When reached for comment, Koscheck indicated that he didn’t have a preference, saying “I’ll fight either one of those guys. Line them up back-to-back so I can beat one and then move onto the other. It’s nothing personal against them — Trigg and Hughes are both great fighters and a fight with either one of those guys would be a great show for the fans. And that is what it’s all about. I want big fights against big names, guys who will motivate me to train harder than ever before — Trigg and Hughes are those types of guys.”
“Kos” broke his toe back in April while training for his 170-pound match up with Chris Wilson at UFC 98, which would have marked his fourth fight in six months. The wrestling phenom is already back at full strength after spending the past few months on the disabled list, itching to return from the sidelines and get back to his winning ways.
Koscheck was recently upended when he walked into a Paulo Thiago uppercut at UFC 95: “Sanchez vs. Stevenson” last February. The referee jumped in to stop the action in the first round after Koscheck hit the canvas, which several onlookers, including Koscheck, felt was a premature stoppage.
He will no doubt look to exact revenge on his next opponent, which could very well be the the 37-year-old veteran welterweight who just this week signed a contract to return to the organization.
Yves Lavigne Stands By 98 Bradley-Nover Call
While it might have been a tough call to make, referee Yves Lavigne says he stands by his decision to stop the Kyle Bradley-Phillipe Nover fight at UFC 98 when he did. Lavigne said Nover's body language when he went to stop the fight said Nover was "out" even though Nover quickly recovered. Lavigne says he'll adjust accordingly for his next assignment after reviewing the fight, and NSAC head Keith Kizer supports Lavigne's decision on the stoppage.