Monday, July 4, 2011
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PITTSBURGH -- If the other fighters on UFC on Versus 4 have plans for the Fight of the Night bonus, they should think again, according to John Howard. He and Matt Brown have the FOTN locked up.
"Matt Brown's really tough. He's got a chin and he comes out banging. He's going to bang with me and not lay and pray. Win or lose, we both get fight of the night. I called it," Howard said.
Like Brown, Howard is on a losing streak. He was TKOed by Jake Ellenberger in August and then dropped a decision to Thiago Alves in December. Both fighters are also known to be sluggers.
"It's going to be a good fight to watch. He's an awesome striker, I'm an awesome striker."
But beyond the fight with Brown, Howard has one fighter in his crosshairs: Anthony Johnson. "Rumble" and Howard have been trashtalking each other for months over two canceled fights.
"I cannot stand that kid. I do not like that kid. He doesn't like me. It's hard to be in the same room as him. I saw him yesterday in the media room, and it was hard not to start something with him. That kid has serious problems. Hopefully, we can fight in the UFC, but if not, there's going to be a streetfight. We have a score to settle for sure."
In their talk, Howard said that Johnson crossed a line.
"He called me a cotton picker. I took that personally. You don't go that far. That's personal."
Before he can get his hands on Johnson, Howard has to get through Brown.
"I'm a professional. At the end of the day, I do have to fight for a living. Look past that, and know that I've got to deal with it later. Good things come to those who wait."
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Strikeforce "Challengers 16" Results: Unfortunately One Of The Worst "Challengers" Shows I've Ever Seen
-As a guy who watched Tito Ortiz fight when he was the best in the world, I want to see him win tomorrow. Unfortunately it's not going to happen, and he probably should have retired after the last Ken Shamrock fight.
-Dana White is a smart guy. Letting Brett Rogers and Nate Marquardt go was probably the right move. But keeping Chael Sonnen on at the same time? Even though he didn't cost money directly by getting booted from a main event fight, he almost won the middleweight title from the most dominant champion we've seen since Fedor. What if that had happened? Situational ethics aren't the best thing, and if Marquardt is gone, Sonnen should be as well. At least Marquardt owned up to it. You can't call Josh Barnett "abrasive and rude" and dismiss him easily as a guy deserving of goodwill, then say that a guy like Sonnen has paid his dues and should be allowed back in. Sorry, but Sonnen hasn't paid any more dues than Barnett, and I'd venture to say (at least from an outside perspective) that Barnett is quite a bit more likable. Hard times, indeed.
-Urijah Faber says he has Dominick Cruz figured out. He'd better hope so, because there's not much room at the top for a guy who loses four straight title fights. He loses this one, it's gatekeeper city.
-Jamie Penick was spot on in his article about Matt Mitrione not taking a big step up too soon. No way should he fight Frank Mir next. He shouldn't fight Frank Mir for another year at least. Now Stefan Struve? That could be interesting. The problem is that the heavyweight division is pretty thin, so there's not a ton of room for bringing someone along slowly.
-I don't think Rick Story is hurt in the least by losing to Charlie Brenneman. He prepares for a guy whose wrestling is, shall we say, not a strength, then ends up fighting a guy like Brenneman on like five minutes notice? I say that's a mulligan if there ever was one. It's a win-win for the UFC, because Brenneman looked fantastic, and Story still has the win against Alves to hang his hat on.
-Should the winner of Dong Hyun Kim vs. Carlos Condit get a title shot after Nick Diaz? At first glance I don't see anything wrong with it outside of the timing... maybe the winner could fight the winner of Jon Fitch- B.J. Penn II for a title shot if the timing works out.
-It's too bad about Charles Oliveira's illegal knee. I think he probably would have won the fight against Nik Lentz, but you can't argue with the decision of the PSAC. That knee was definitely a fight-changer.
-If there's any big name that Ben Askren is probably safe calling out, it's Nate Marquardt. If you need evidence, look at what Sonnen did to Marquardt. It's hardly a gimme fight for the still-green Bellator champ, but I'd give him a pretty fair shot at winning.
-Spike TV beat the UFC's live fight night on Versus with replays of the UFC's own events. All that means is that the UFC needs to get on a bigger network than Spike. Either that or they need to make some big headlines with whatever deal they end up making, because the only way the old event outdraws the new event is if people don't know about it or they don't get the channel.
-Am I the only one who can't wait to see what Hatsu Hioki does in the UFC? It should be awesome. Here's hoping that one Japanese fighter in his prime can do something good.
-Speaking of Japan, Dana White says they're going there soon. I don't see how that's possible as Japan is a crazy place for foreign-owned companies, but stranger things have happened. I think.
-In sad news/non-news, Ken Shamrock is fighting James Toney and ProElite is going to start running events again. That is probably the last time I will think about either of those stories.
Quick Picks for UFC 132:
-Hougland over Walker by decision
-Njokuani over Winner by TKO rd. 3
-Tavares over Simpson by TKO rd. 2
-Bowles over Mizugaki by decision (Fight of the Night)
-Sotiropoulos over dos Anjos by decision
-Guillard over Roller by KO rd. 1
-Siver over Wiman by TKO rd. 2
-Condit over Kim by decision
-Bader over Ortiz by TKO rd. 2
-Silva over Leben by TKO rd. 3
-Faber over Cruz by submission rd. 2
I'm not confident in a lot of those picks (and I'm never confident in the method), which means I'm excited for this card. Should be a good one.
Going for the kill can be a double-edged sword. Pat Barry found that out last night against Cheick Kongo. The Frenchman in absolute survival mode landed a right hook and a right uppercut to pull victory from the jaws of defeat. Kongo left Barry on the ground with the dreaded stink eye.
Referee Dan Miragliotta was all over both fighters and came close to stopping the fight on at least one occasion, but Kongo kept moving and scrambling.
During the postfight press conference, Barry wouldn't blame Miragliotta..
"I can almost recall Dan Miragliotta's leg almost touching my arm, he was so close," Barry said during the UFC on versus 4 postfight press conference. "So for a split second, a split second I thought 'this is it.' The way he was falling around. I've seen fights get stopped before. This looks like a fight that would get stopped. [...] That didn't cause me to stop."
Give Miragliotta credit, he let the fighters decide the ultimate outcome.
How badly was Barry knocked out? When he "woke up," Barry thought he'd won.
"I've never been knocked out before, so this is a weird feeling man to lose two minutes of your life. Honestly, when I was laying on my back and (coach) Marty Morgan was standing over me, the first thing that came out of my mouth was, 'Yo man, I killed him!' So I thought I had won the fight," Barry told Sherdog. "I don't remember nothing. I remember the entire fight up until I got punched."
It was also a no-brainer for Knockout of the Night. Kongo banked an extra $50,000 for his efforts. This has been an amazing year for sick knockouts.
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With the little guys headlining UFC 132, some casual fans may not have been stoked to check out this year's Fourth of July weekend UFC card, but those who tuned in and bought tickets certainly got their money's worth. The card produced three awesome knockouts, some major upsets and one of the best UFC moments in years with Tito Ortiz pulling off the shocker in absolute must-win situation against Ryan Bader.
- UFC president Dana White was impressed and said Tito will be sticking around.
"Not only did he win the fight. He won the fight impressively, you know dropping the younger stronger and many people thought he had better hands. Dropping Bader and then submitting him." White said.
- White said this should be it for another veteran Wanderlei Silva. The soon-to-be 35-year-old was knocked out badly inside of one minute by Chris Leben.
"People love him so much for the way he fights.� The style and the kind of person he is. Yeah, it's probably the end of the road for Wanderlei," said White.
- Not only did Ortiz remove head from the chopping block, he hauled in a nice postfight bonus. Ortiz along with Urijah Faber, Dominick Cruz and Carlos Condit each got $75,000. Ortiz was awarded Submission of the night, Condit Knockout of the Night and Faber/Cruz got Fight of the Night.
The knockout award was a tough decision. A disappointed Melvin Guillard shook his head during the presser and Chris Leben was hoping to get a bonus as well. White revealed that the 25-minute scrap between Faber and Cruz actually screwed Leben and Guillard. Without an obvious fight of the night, the promotion had planned on awarding three KO of the Night awards.
- The Cruz-Faber fight was very difficult to score and left Faber extremely disappointed. At least he kept it together in the Octagon. Matt Wiman failed to hold it together when it was announced he'd lost a close decision to Denis Siver. Wiman ran from the Octagon and eventually out of the building. White no issue with the decision. He scored it for Siver, but did say one celebrity onlooker disagreed vehemently. Justin Bieber thought Wiman won the fight. There's no news on whether the 17-year-old singer also left the arena in disgust. A less than thrilled Bieber is pictured below with the legendary Chuck Liddell. It's hard to smile for a photo after missing on out plus-240 Wiman payday.
- Ortiz admitted he was a little annoyed that he didn't bet on himself. Bader closed as a minus-550 favorite in the MGM Grand sportsbook. A $100 bet on Tito would've brought home $400. Ortiz said he was glad to get the $75,000 bonus which he'll use to "put away for my sons and, I don't know, maybe go gamble a little bit tonight because is so damn good."
"How easily he did it. How technical it was. He fought an incredible fight tonight. He's been great in his last two shows," said White. Condit also destroyed Dan Hardy at UFC 120. "Yeah, he's proved himself to be one of the best 170 pounders in the world. The guy that he beat tonight [Dong Hyun Kim] was undefeated in the UFC"
- Both Faber and Cruz admitted they barely remembered the details of their five-round war.
"You get really instinctual in there and I can't really remember the fight. Right after the fight the doctor asked me how I feel and I said 'I feel great!' Now I feel like [expletive]," laughed Faber. "You always have to take a look at the actual fight and see what happened."
"By the end of the fight, you really don't know what happened," Cruz said. "I can't really remember much of anything. You go in there and it's like a whirlwind in there. Feels like I was in a tornado, you know? I was running into stuff (Cruz wobbles his head) likes dressers and what not. My shoulders hurt. My face hurts. I was just going out there to scrap."
- It was a tale of two cards. The four Facebook fights were less than scintillating. According to Yahoo! Sports' Dave Meltzer, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva went into the locker room to give a "pep talk." He told the remaining fighters that the card needed pick-me-up and it was up to them to save it. The next two fights on Spike resulted in a 59-second knockout by Rafael dos Anjos and Guillard finished Shane Roller in 2:12.
- Looking to the future, Ortiz mentioned that he'd like to face the winner of the August fight between Forrest Griffin and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Guillard mentioned Jim Miller as his choice. When asked about rematching Siver, Guillard said he'd knock him out again. White and matchmaker Joe Silva were asked about what's next for Cruz? Silva then deferred to WEC's former matchmaker Sean Shelby, who said both Brian Bowles and Demetrious Johnson were candidates.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011
The pay-per-view event, which features a bantamweight title fight between champ Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m. ET (3:15 p.m. PT) for the preliminary card and 9 p.m. ET for the main card.
Plenty of fans have come to the defense of Nate Marquardt and his woes with the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and his firing from the UFC. Dana White didn't see or hear about Marquardt's statement on Tuesday. White was getting a little R & R in Maine.
White is back and ready to work, but he doesn't sound ready to welcome back Marquardt or buy his story. White said this isn't about giving Marquardt a second chance. The UFC president quickly corrected that assertion saying, this is a fourth chance for Marquardt.
When asked point blank about Marquardt's future, White said sternly, "Nate is done."
PITTSBURGH -- A representative for Nate Marquardt announced that the fighter was not medically cleared for his UFC on Versus 4 bout against Rick Story. The representative would not disclose the reasons for Marquardt's lack of clearance.
Charlie Brenneman, who was supposed to fight T.J. Grant on this card until he pulled out with illness earlier this week, will now face Rick Story. Pat Barry's bout with Cheick Kongo has been promoted to the main event.
UPDATE: According to this video from UFC president Dana White, Marquardt is not just off the card, but is also cut from the UFC. The UFC VP of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner would not comment on the situation but said that the Pennsylvania athletic commission will release a statement.
Marquardt had been with the UFC since 2005. As one of the first fighters to find success with Greg Jackson, the highly touted MMA trainer, Marquardt went 10-4. He fought for the UFC middleweight title in 2007, but was TKOed by Anderson Silva.
This weekend, he was cutting down to welterweight for the first time as a UFC fighter, and mentioned often how natural the cut felt and that he was more energetic than ever before. The news that he was not fighting surprised the crowd gathered at Heinz Field to watch the weigh-ins, who were given the news via a statement read by UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
Brenneman, a native of western Pennsylvania, was already in shape for his bout with Grant. He gleefully took the scales wearing a Steelers hard hat and made weight with no problem. Now, he will take on Story, who is on one of the UFC's longest win streaks. His six wins in a row put him just behind champions Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva.
Story took the bout on short notice, after Anthony Johnson withdrew because of an injury. Story's last bout was less than a month ago, as he won a decision over Thiago Alves at UFC 130. He didn't seem concerned by the change, as he tweeted, "Marquardt's out Brenneman is in no big deal. I'm here to fight and kick [expletive]."
The UFC's first trip into Pittsburgh was upended at the last minute because of Nate Marquardt's failed physical, but still had a wild main event to cap off an interesting evening of fights. Who stood out?
No. 1 star -- Cheick Kongo: An eight-month layoff from fighting due to injuries didn't slow the Frenchman, as Kongo scored a comeback knockout that will go down in UFC history. It earned him an extra $50,000 in a Knockout of the Night bonus.
No. 2 star -- Charlie Brenneman: Being prepared paid off for "The Spaniard." After his bout with T.J. Grant was called off at the last minute, he stayed ready to fight. It paid off, as he was the UFC's savior after the Marquardt fiasco. He seized the moment, using his wrestling to dominate an unprepared Rick Story in front of Brenneman's home crowd.
No. 3 star -- Joe Lauzon: Apparently, Lauzon had plans for Sunday night because he took out Curt Warburton with a quickness. He showed off a well-rounded game, knocking down Warburton with punches, then turned him into an unwilling contortionist with a kimura.
Who were your Three Stars from the event? Speak your mind in the comments or on Facebook.
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Filed under: UFCLAS VEGAS -- All fighters made weight for Saturday night's UFC 132 fight card at the MGM Grand here on Friday afternoon, and UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz shared an intense face-off with challenger Urijah Faber to close out the proceedings.
Not surprisingly, the two declined to shake hands when it was over, as their history together hasn't exactly been an amicable one. Faber told the fans in attendance that his plan for Saturday was to "have fun and win that belt," while Cruz confronted a chorus boos before vowing to get Faber in the cage and "whoop him" in the UFC 132 main event.
Full weigh-in results are below.
Dominick Cruz (134) vs. Urijah Faber (135)
Wanderlei Silva (186) vs. Chris Leben (185)
Tito Ortiz (205) vs. Ryan Bader (205)
Carlos Condit (170) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (171)
Dennis Siver (156) vs. Matt Wiman (156)
Spike TV Preliminary Bouts
George Sotiropoulos (156) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (155)
Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Shane Roller (155)
Brad Tavares (186) vs. Aaron Simpson (185)
Brian Bowles (135) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (136)
Anthony Njokuani (156) vs. Andre Winner (155)
Jeff Hougland (135) vs. Donny Walker (135)
Friday, July 1, 2011
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Watch the UFC 132 pre-fight press conference live at 4pm ET by clicking here, as UFC President Dana White, UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, challenger Urijah Faber, and more discuss the card.