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Rashad Evans Readies for Chuck Liddell
(mmajunkie.com)
Dave Hiza: What are your thoughts on the fight with Liddell? Rashad Evans: I think it's is a good matchup for me. Chuck Liddell is a tough customer, but at this point in my career, I'm not going to get away with fighting too many guys that are not tough. I'll take them anyway they line up. Ken Gonzalez: Well, yeah. Last three fights: Ortiz, Bisping, Liddell. No slouches there. Rashad Evans: No slouches. I welcome the challenge. Like I said, I enjoy it. This is, after all, a fun career. I want to make it as fun as possible and not put too much pressure on myself to try to go out there and not fight the best people. I want to fight the best people and challenge myself all the time. Dave Hiza: After you found out Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was out of the fight with Liddell because his knee was messed up, did the UFC call you -- or did you call them? Rashad Evans: They called me and asked me if I wanted to step up and face him. I was like, "Yeah, sure!" I was very happy to take the fight. Chuck is one of those fights you definitely get up for. I've watched Chuck on TV when I was in college, and it was a fight I definitely wanted to have one day.
Submitted Mar 14, 2008 3:49PM by SmileR - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Quick Quote: Kenny Florian 4.0 vs. Joe Lauzon
(mmamania.com)
“[Joe Lauzon is] definitely a very aggressive fighter. If you would have asked me that 3 years ago, 2 years ago, 1 year ago or even 8-6 months ago, maybe he is [meaner]. But right now I think I’ve changed a lot of the way I approach the game. My intensity and focus is just far and away greater. I’m very intense out there and have bad intentions for my opponents, and I’m sure Joe does too. I want him to want to beat me, to come forward. I want an aggressive fight. I don’t want to go against a guy that I have to chase or that lays on top of me. I want to see it all, man…. I would agree with that, back then from what Rudy [BJ Penn’s head coach] knew of me. That’s the beauty of things. We constantly train and improve. I want every fight, I want them scouting out that Kenny Florian. It’s a different Kenny Florian, they’re scouting the wrong guy. There preparing for Joe Shmoe when I’m actually version 3 or 4.” – According to InsideFighting.com, Kenny Florian is unconcerned that BJ Penn and his trainer, Rudy Valentino, will be able to provide Joe Lauzon with any helpful inside information when the two throwdown during the main event at UFC Fight Night 13 at the Broomfield Events Center in Broomfield, Colo., on April 2. Florian trained with the pair for several weeks while in Hawaii after his loss to Sean Sherk in 2006 and now Lauzon trains with them full-time.
Submitted Mar 14, 2008 10:38AM by SmileR - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Quinton Rampage Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin UFC 86 fight talk (Video)
(mmamania.com)
Well worth a watch! Heres the
Submitted Mar 14, 2008 10:35AM by SmileR - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
B.J. Penn: I'd Make Joe Lauzon Fight Me
(mmajunkie.com)
If Joe Lauzon (16-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) beats Kenny Florian in their UFC Fight Night 13 main event, and if B.J. Penn (12-4-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC) successfully defends his title against Sean Sherk at UFC 83, a Lauzon-Penn title fight could be on the horizon -- according to Penn, anyway. Although the two training partners would seem unlikely opponents, Penn says he would make Lauzon fight him so the youngster could "realize his dreams." We started chatting about what he thought of Joe's upcoming fight; BJ feels that Joe has a very good chance of winning his fight against Kenny Florian for Ultimate Fight Night in Broomfield, CO. "If Joe does win, and I win the belt, there's a good chance that we may have to fight each other." I quickly responded, "But you guys wouldn't do that, would you?" BJ said, "He would have to fight me if he wants to be the champion. I want him to realize his dreams; I would make him fight me."
Submitted Mar 13, 2008 6:40PM by SmileR - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 84: Shane Carwin vs. Christian Wellisch
(ca.youtube.com)
Shane Carwin (8-0) will make his Octagon debut against Christian Wellisch (8-3) at UFC 84: “Ill Will” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 24, according to multiple reports. Carwin — a Western State College NCAA Division II national wrestling champion and two-time football All-American — is a top heavyweight prospect who has gone undefeated in smaller promotions with the guidance of veterans such as Ron Waterman and Nate Marquardt. He’s an extremely athletic fighter who has drawn comparisons to Brock Lesnar. Carwin, however, has more mixed martial arts experience. In fact, he has finished all of his opponents in the first round with a mix of knockouts and submissions. If he can replicate those results inside the Octagon … watch out. Carwin appears to have some serious potential to make waves in a division that sorely needs it. Wellisch is a law school student who has won two of his three fights with the UFC. He most recently submitted Scott Junk with a heel hook at UFC 76: “Knockout” back in September 2007. He also earned a unanimous decision over Anthony Perosh at UFC 66: “Liddell vs. Ortiz II” back in December 2006. Here is a HighLight of Shane Carwin
Submitted Mar 13, 2008 6:02PM by juanez13 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Michael Bisping doesn’t deserve fight with Anderson Silva … yet
(mmamania.com)

“It’s flattering to hear some of the fans on Mixed Martial Arts forums think I might be able to beat Anderson Silva…it’s nice to hear comments like that. But right now, if I’m being brutally honest, I don’t think I deserve to be spoken about in those terms. As I’ve said before, I’ve got to establish myself at middleweight. I’m coming off a reasonably successful career at light heavyweight so I suppose that brings some momentum with it but I think middleweight suits me better. I’m performing so much better in the gym. I’m faster, I’m stronger and I feel great. Everyone around me has commented on it – I thought I might have lost a bit of strength moving down but that isn’t the case. My boxing coach tells me I’m hitting a lot harder and my combinations are a lot faster and I’m eager to see what I can do at this weight. I think I can go a long way, but let’s see.”.
Note that this is the same publication that recently attributed comments to “The Count” that “insisted” he could defeat UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. These latest remarks appear to make much more sense … especially since Bisping is untested at 185 pounds. He makes his middleweight debut against Charles McCarthy at UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, on April 19.
Submitted Mar 13, 2008 5:59PM by juanez13 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
UFC negotiating with Fedor for 1 fight deal
(mmafightline.com)
just read this and figured it was worth posting. if its a 1 fight deal the odds are they can get this thing done and we can finally see fedor vs randy.
Submitted Mar 13, 2008 5:45PM by cowcatcher - 35 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Silva boxing Jones a step closer to reality?
(mmaweekly.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva recently indicated that he would like to challenge Roy Jones, Jr. – once regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world – to a boxing match. “Anderson really would love to fight Roy Jones, Jr. in a boxing match,” said Ed Soares, Silva’s manager. “It’s not just talk, we really would like to put that fight together. “We respect Jones’ boxing ability and think he’s one of the best, but we’re tired of different boxers saying that MMA fighters aren’t technical. Anderson would love to fight Roy Jones in a boxing match under boxing rules to prove that MMA fighters are technical, too.” It now appears that what started out as a dream bout may actually have some merit to it.
Submitted Mar 13, 2008 1:12PM by Bemin - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF7 and UFC Fight Night WILL be shown in the UK
(uk.ufc.com)
Not so sure how new this news is but I have only have only just noticed it on the uk ufc site (and it wasnt there before) so thought id post it in case any other fellow brits were worried we were going to miss out on those. Sadly we get them on a 3 day delay on Saturday!
Submitted Mar 13, 2008 11:04AM by CornishMMA - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Spike Releases Details About Ultimate Fighter 7
(mmaweekly.com)
For the first time in the show’s history, starting with its seventh season, “The Ultimate Fighter” will debut on Spike TV with 32 competitors vying for a shot at a UFC contract. This time each competitor will have to fight to earn his spot on the show. The first two episodes, airing April 2 and April 9, will include a total of 16 fights, either airing in their entirety or featuring extensive highlights. The 16 fighters who win will advance to The Ultimate Fighter house, while the 16 fighters who lose will go home. “The new format will give us two incredibly intense episodes to launch the season and will weed out some of the guys who might not have the heart and desire that it takes to become a UFC fighter,” said UFC president Dana White about the new season
Submitted Mar 13, 2008 6:53AM by CornishMMA - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Lessons Learned, Hermes Franca Wants Back in UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Franca addressed his 12-month suspension for anabolic steroid use, as well as his desire to return to the octagon, while a guest on a special Wednesday episode of The Lights Out Show on the TAGG Radio Network (www.taggradio.com), a partner site of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "This has never happened to me before, you know, with my team or whatever," Franca said. "It was really bad news." The CSAC's decision to suspend Franca for a year after he admitted his steroid use -- only to reduce Sean Sherk's suspension to six months based on his high-powered attorney's claim of supplement contamination -- left the commission dealing with considerable controversy. The irony of the situation is not lost on Franca. "I think we make mistakes when we love somebody or we love something," Franca said. "We make mistakes. So I told what I did, and I really don't care about Sean Sherk. Of course, it makes me feel like, 'Oh man, I should be lying.'"
Submitted Mar 13, 2008 12:32AM by SmileR - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
SILVA BOXING JONES A STEP CLOSER TO REALITY?
(mmaweekly.com)
“I just spoke with Roy Jones’ management and they are very interested in it. They think it would break all kinds of pay-per-view records. It all kind of started as a dream of Anderson’s, but if the UFC would back it, it is something that we really would like to pursue.” Jones’ management indicated that this could be a fight that would bring together the fractured factions of boxing and mixed martial arts. “They think it will actually bring together the boxing and MMA communities,” said Soares...
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 7:12PM by jiujitsufreak74 - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: "I'm Tring To Fix The Arlovski Issue"
(mmamania.com)
personally i think they'll give him another contract and will either get #1 contendership right away (of corse of randy and fedor dont come) or he'll get 1 more warmup fight then #1 contendership provided he wins
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 6:59PM by BlazinSaddle - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bocek on UFC 83: “There’s no way I’m gonna lose in Canada”
(ufc.com)
On April 19th, the 26-year old Bocek will go for win number two in the UFC when he takes on The Ultimate Fighter season six winner, Mac Danzig. “I see it as a really good fight,” said Bocek, “and on paper I think it’s a good style matchup for me. I don’t think he’s fought anyone like me before. This fight’s gonna give me a lot of exposure, and more importantly, get me where I need to be – higher up in the rankings.” “I’ve been competing since I was 12,” he said. “That’s what I do, that’s all I know. It (fighting in front of a huge hometown crowd) gets your blood flowing but it doesn’t really bother me. I’m used to competing a lot, and there’s no way I’m gonna lose in Canada.”
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 5:58PM by juanez13 - 12 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
 
Thiago Alves Brings in a Ringer
(bloodyelbow.com)
Knowing that Parisyan will likely include his bone-jarring judo background to keep him on track for a title shot, Thiago Alves has enlisted special help to prepare for their fight in the form of four-time national judo champion and former Olympian Rhadi Ferguson, who now resides in Coconut Creek, Florida, and assists American Top Team athletes. Recently Ferguson podcasted regarding the work he's been doing with Alves and had the following comments:

"From studying Karo Parisyan, he has a system that he does which is absolutely phenomenal. I had to break that thing down like a fraction. It's been almost a month and a half now that I've been training with Thiago and we've gone through the ins and the outs of the series... [Thiago's] movement patterns are getting better and he's beginning to "float" real good now, moving like a judo player."
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 4:24PM by juanez13 - 9 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
 
The top 10 sports marketers in 2007 (and the amount of spending)
However, while Anheuser-Busch is now the world's largest sports marketer, that wasn't the case in 2006. Chevrolet actually edged out Anheuser-Busch in total spending -- $271 million to $252.5 million -- that year. However, Chevrolet dropped its spending in 2007 by 36.1 percent to just $172.3 million. Anheuser-Busch dropped its spending by just 13.6 percent to $218.2 million to reclaim the top spot. Anheuser-Busch has actually been the largest sports marketer every year -- except 2006 -- since Nielsen Monitor-Plus began tracking the data in 1994. Chevrolet took the top spot in 2006 because of drastically increased spending on the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. The top 10 sports marketers in 2007 (and the amount of spending) include: Anheuser-Busch, $218.2 million Chevrolet, $173.2 million AT&T Mobile, $172 million Ford, $139.5 million Verizon, $139.2 million Spring-Nextel, $137.5 million Toyota, $134.8 million Nissan, $99.8 million Coors, $89.5 million DirecTV, $85.4 million
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 3:41PM by SmileR - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Interview: Fedor on UFC, Dana White, Sambo, BJ Penn, Barnett, Rickson & More
(m1mixfight.com)
In the interview with MMAYOU.com Fedor discusses UFC, Dana White, combat sambo, BJ Penn, Josh Barnett, Rickson Gracie and number of other topics.
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 12:47PM by mmadb - 13 comments
Filed under: Interviews, MMA Personalities, UFC, M-1 Global
 
JON FITCH WANTS TITLE SHOT
(mmaweekly.com)
Jon Fitch has put together a win streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship that only one other fighter has ever achieved. Fitch and Royce Gracie are the only two fighters in UFC history to win eight fights in a row and now Fitch wants a title shot.
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 11:26AM by Daddyprimetime - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
5oz of Pain Josh Kosheck interview.
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Following his recent win over Dustin Hazelett at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio, welterweight contender Josh Koscheck officially became a free agent. FiveOuncesOfPain.com (www.FiveOuncesOfPain.com) was recently granted an opportunity to speak with Koscheck but when asked about his current contract status he made it clear that he has every intention of working out a new contract with the UFC. During the course of the interview, Koscheck also renewed his campaign for a match against former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes while also taking the opportunity to respond to recent comments made about him by Diego Sanchez.
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 11:14AM by Daddyprimetime - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
- CAMP REPORT: TEAM SITYDOTONG
(mmaweekly.com)
I'd bet my modest bankroll that this is where they have the Boston TUF tryouts that are supposed to take place. It is right in Somerville on the edge of Beantown and this camp has been getting tons of press.
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 10:28AM by jahdoug - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, Interviews, Miscellaneous
 
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