Nogueira: To Be The Best You Have To Beat The Best
That line was part of a recent quick quote from interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Minotauro also notes that fighting Couture was a big reason he came to UFC and also commented on how often he thinks Champions should defend their titles.
Rampage Jackson: Wanderlei Silva is the ‘Chump Murderer’
“I think that if I fought Wanderlei Silva in the UFC I would have beat him. Wanderlei was the Chuck Liddell of Pride. If you were beating Wanderlei on the ground, the referee’s would stand you right up. It happened to me. It happened to other fighters that fought him…. Me and Silva don’t even talk to each other. Silva is the type of guy that thinks everyone should be afraid of him. The way I react around him is different. I am not afraid of Wanderlei Silva. They call him ‘The Axe Murder’ because he destroys people in his fights. They threw him chumps and he murdered them. Look at his record of guys he fought. This guy is ‘The Chump Murderer.’ I speak my mind around him and he looks at me all crazy like I shouldn’t be saying that. I think some of the referees took payoffs in Pride. In Japan, I promise you something was up.”
While a guest on the Opie and Anthony radio show, reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson reflected on his two crushing losses to Wanderlei Silva while the two competed under the Pride FC banner overseas in Japan. It’s widely believed that Silva will drop down to middleweight after his upcoming fight with Keith Jardine at UFC 84: “Ill Will,” which would put a damper on seeing a third match up — this time inside the Octagon — anytime soon.
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Sonnen Ready to Tangle with WEC and UFC Champs
"I sent an email to (UFC and WEC matchmaker) Joe Silva when I thought I was competing with Paulo, and I just said 'Look, I'm going to beat up Paulo, and I'm going to call out Anderson,'" Sonnen said. "'Am I going to look like a fool, or does that interest you?' And he wrote me back pretty candidly, and said 'You're wasting your time. We're not going to inter-mingle the two promotions right now. You're not going to get to fight Anderson.'"
But with Zuffa seemingly holding true to its word to maintain the UFC and WEC as separate entities, Sonnen does not feel the door is closed on an eventual match-up with Silva. In fact, the soon-to-be 31-year-old Oregonian feels the bout is inevitable.
"My argument to Joe Silva was very simple," Sonnen reasoned. "I'm the only guy under Zuffa contract, one with the courage to fight (Silva) and two, with the physical ability to beat him. So, at some point, when all the guys under Zuffa contract find a million reasons not to get in there with him, and I'm the only guy for him, not only will I get in there with him, I want in there with him. They're going to have to make that match happen."
Josh Koscheck re-signs with the UFC
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has confirmed with sources close to negotiations between Josh Koscheck and the UFC that Koscheck has re-signed with the organization. Koscheck is coming off of a TKO victory over up-and-coming welterweight Dustin Hazelett at UFC 82. Details of the deal are not available at this time.
Tim Sylvia to Leave the UFC?
It looks that way. Not only was there a message of a "huge announcement" coming on his website, but The Fight Network is reporting that Sylvia appears to be headed for (financially) greener pastures:
Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia could announce his decision to leave the Las Vegas-based promotion as early as Friday, according to a source close to the situation. Sylvia, who has one fight remaining on his current contract with the UFC, submitted to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a bout for the interim heavyweight championship at UFC 81 in February.
Sylvia's departure could set the stage for a lucrative match with former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko later this year. Still widely regarded as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Emelianenko's services are being sought by a number of potential suitors, including EliteXC.
Roy Jones Jr. Wants Silva Fight; Dana White Not So Much
Now that it’s clear both Silva and Jones want the fight, there’s just one question: What does the UFC think? Turns out, they’re not so crazy about it. Not yet, anyway.
“We’ve spoken about it,” Soares said. “At first, I think there was a lot of resistance. They don’t seem too into it, to be honest with you. We’ve heard from certain people that there’s just no way that this can happen. But never say never, you know.”
Recently the jokesters over at Bodog went ahead and handicapped the bout, despite the fact that it’s only talk at this point, and they pegged Jones as a heavy favorite with a -2800 line. Silva is going off at +1400, which is understandable since he’s never had a real pro boxing match and Jones, you know, has had a few.
Soares, who may well be biased, warns us against underestimating Silva.
“I think Anderson would be able to put up a good fight against Roy Jones. That’s my opinion. Maybe it’s unrealistic. When you talk to some people and read some of these threads, there’s people who swear up and down that it’s the stupidest thing to believe Anderson would do it, but I don’t know. Maybe I’m tainted. I’m not saying that Anderson’s going to go in there and knock him out, but I think Anderson is that skilled that he could make it a fight.”
Joe Lauzon: The Accidental Star
What began as innocent play-acting between friends on a backyard trampoline evolved into an unlikely career for Joe Lauzon — an information technology specialist by trade, a mixed martial artist by choice. Never in his wildest dreams could Lauzon have envisioned the path he has taken.
“It happened by accident,” Lauzon says. “We’d been power bombing and choke slamming each other on a trampoline, and it eventually turned into a grappling match to see who could stop who. A couple of my friends started training in jiu-jitsu, and the next thing I know, I’m getting triangle choked every two minutes.”
His competitive interest piqued, Lauzon decided to train, too, and through that seemingly insignificant decision, the Brockton, Mass., native charted a new course.
“I was like, ‘enough of this,’ and I started training jiu-jitsu,” he says. “And when my friends started fighting, I started fighting. A couple of years ago, I never would have thought I’d be on a billboard in Times Square.”
Lauzon has covered great distance in a short time, emerging as a top prospect inside one of the UFC’s deepest divisions. He will tackle Kenny Florian in the main event at UFC Fight Night 13 next Wednesday, April 2 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colo. And right now, Lauzon’s stock has never been higher.
Quick little Dana White Interview
Translated from Japanese
Here it is (in Japanese). I’ll keep the summary short, since most of what he told the interviewer is similar to other American interviews he has done.
* He ripped into the DREAM promotion, calling it minor-league and said that Mirko was tuning his game up in the minor league so that he could come back to the Octagon where the real competition is.
Frankie Edgar Interview
Frank Edgar has gotten used to being asked when he is he going to get a shot at the championship in the Mixed Martial Arts Ultimate Fight Championships 155-pound weight class. "I'm definitely one of the players in the weight class,'' Edgar said. "It might depend on the outcome of this fight and a couple of other fights in the UFC. The 155-pound class is definitely one of the most stacked in the UFC.
UFC Quick Quote: Tim Sylvia to make huge announcement this Friday
On Friday, around 12:00, I’ve got a couple of big announcements to make about my career. So all of my loyal fans will want to stay tuned to my website because this is huge.”
– Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia — who has one fight remaining on his current contract with the promotion — reveals via his official Web site that “huge” news about his career is forthcoming. Setting a date and time seems a bit strange … wonder what it could be?
Heres the link to his
Matt Serra: Pierre I was no fluke!
“It is crazy! Last year may have been an upset but, believe me, it was no fluke. What is a ‘lucky punch?’ Who do these people think I was trying to punch in the face if not Georges? Seriously – where did the luck come into it? I got him hurt and didn’t let him off the hook. Seriously, you tell me, if you aim at something, and then hit it time and time again, was it luck or did you just do what you were trying to do?… All the pressure is on GSP. He has to live up to all this BS about him, he has to step into the Octagon with a man who punched his lights out last time. I’m rematching a guy I beat inside one round, where’s the pressure? No-one is looking at me to do anything, for whatever reason, so there’s zero pressure on me.”
UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra makes the case for his rematch with Georges St. Pierre at UFC 83 in Montreal, Quebec, at the Bell Centre on April 19. It’s hard to disagree with the statement above, which is not to say that Serra is going to win. He just makes a good point.
Gilbert Yvel going to train with Randy Couture
During Fedor's seminar in the Netherlands M-1 Mixfight Alexander Shuldyakov (Head of Information Department) and Mix Fight M-1 - Mixed Martial Arts Editor Michael Mazur got an opportunity of catching up with Gilbert Yvel, famous Dutch MMA fighter with 45 bouts. Extreme efficiency of his vicious fists and kicks is proven with 28 (T)KOs in his 32 victories. Gilbert shared his thoughts about the upcoming fight against fellow Dutchman Alistair Overeem in this short interview
Din Thomas: Design of a Decade
n October of this year, Din Thomas officially makes ten years as a mixed martial arts magician. Within that time the UFC has changed hands, sparked popular culture interest and landed its flag in the heart of the Queen’s land. Names have brightened and interchangeably waned dim with some being lost in history’s rear view. For these reasons, fans celebrate the athletes who have sacrificed tirelessly to remain relevant through the years. Din Thomas, a stalwart survivor, is now the reluctant picture of such celebrated longevity.
Cool Dana interview
Dana talks about the Shamrocks, more UFC in Canada, Kimbo, Tito and what he loves and hates about his job.
Its a pretty cool interview and he still seams to have respect for Randy. Not a bad word to say about him when questioned!
Sergio Gomez – The Price of Glory
With three brothers and six sisters, you can bet that WEC lightweight contender Sergio Gomez learned how to fight from an early age. Luckily for him, those early battles for the bathroom in the morning or for the last piece of cake on holidays have paid off to the tune of seven wins in eight pro MMA fights.
But despite his success, his only defeat - to Marcus Hicks last May - still haunts the 25-year old.
“That is the most painful way to lose a fight,” said Gomez, who seemed to have things under control against Hicks before getting submitted by a guillotine choke in the second round. “Anybody who saw that fight knows I was winning the entire time. I just got caught in something I wasn’t prepared for.”
George Sotiropoulos – A Man on a Mission
As a child growing up in Geelong, the second largest city in the state of Victoria, Australia’s George Sotiropoulos probably never imagined that he would be making his home in Long Island, New York a couple of decades later. But even though he hasn’t adopted the famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) accent, the welterweight prospect is adjusting well to life in the land of the New York Islanders, Billy Joel, and Amy Fisher.
Tibau Vs Stevenson at UFC86
Joe Stevenson (28-8) will look to get back in the 155-pound title hunt when he takes on Gleison Tibau (15-5) at UFC 86 on July 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
MMAmania.com learned that the bout was possible late last week and confirmed the match up earlier this morning.