- 12:59:00 AM -
Minotauro Becomes Interim Heavyweight Champion; Mir taps Lesnar
I couldn't be happier that jiu jitsu came out on top tonight. Minotauro tapped Big Tim with a guillotine in the third round to become the interim heavyweight champion. After taking some visible damage Frank Mir submitted Brock Lesnar with a knee bar.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Tim Sylvia by Submission (guillotine choke) at 1:28, R3
Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar by Submission (knee bar) at 1:30, R1
Nathan Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn by Submission (guillotine choke) at 1:37, R2
Ricardo Almeida vs. Rob Yundt by Submission (Rear naked choke), R1
Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision, R3
Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley by TKO (Strikes) at 0:33, R1
Tim Boetsch def. David Heath by TKO (Strikes) at 4:52, R1
Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin by Unanimous Decision, R3
Robert Emerson def. Keita Nakamura by Split Decision, R3
Lesnar is guaranteed $250,000, the highest of anyone on the show, plus has a $200,000 win bonus. Generally speaking, most UFC headliners earn substantially more than their contracted guarantees. Mir, who has a chance to revitalize his career with a win, has a $40,000 guarantee with a $40,000 win bonus.
1.31.2008 - 7:33:00 PM -
Breaking down Frank Mir vs Brock Lesnar
As everyone out in the MMA Blogosphere is saying it all depends on what Frank Mir shows up blah blah blah. It's true, but it's really not worth repeating over and over again. The thing with Mir is that he's a very intelligent fighter, that's never been the question but whether or not he shows up in shape. Frank screamed that he was back after pulling off that kimura against Antoni Hardonk but beating Hardonk on the ground hardly validates that he's back.
Brock Lesnar is a complete variable though. He's 1-0 in MMA period, no amatuer fights, just one MMA fight. It's hard to tell where he's at by his his first fight as he beat said korean can from half guard.
What we do know:
Brock is one hell of an amatuer wrestler and wrestlers have had success in MMA.
It'll be interesting to see how Nate Marquardt rebounds from the loss to Anderson Silva especially against someone that's as tough as Jeremy Horn. It's good to see Horn back in the UFC but who knows if this will be a one stop deal or if we'll see him back. Horn is deserving of being in the UFC but sometimes he just comes across as complacent and might not necessarily be in the best shape come fight time because he knows every situation he could possibly be in having over 100 fights. To wit:
1.30.2008 - 11:08:00 PM -
ESPN Video: Big Nog talks UFC 81
While I hate Tim Sylvia for a multitude of reasons Big Nog has always been one of my favorite fighters being a jiu jitsu guy myself. He seems to have the best blend of boxing and jiu jitsu to be effective in MMA both standing and on the ground. The only knock on Big Nog is his wrestling and that's likely what will determine the winner of this fight, So I don't know how he'll fare against Timmy hugging him into the cage. Big Nog has some of the slickest submissions in MMA. I can only hope that we'll see him pull one off against TIMMAY!
I don't know how this guy keeps getting title shot after title shot considering that he's one of the most boring fighters around. His "I've got a big head and I'm going to hug you against the cage" style is beyond god awful to watch and I imagine to market as well. Yet still time after time the UFC throws him into title shots. Not to mention all the dumb shit he says and does outside the ring, but I digress; here's the video of the big ape talking about his fight at UFC 81:
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - Returning to the Octagon for the first time since back to back wins over Trevor Prangley and Chael Sonnen in 2005-2006 , respected middleweight contender Jeremy Horn will replace injured Thales Leites and face Nate Marquardt on February 2nd's UFC 81 card in Las Vegas.
1.08.2008 - 12:40:00 PM -
UFC 81: Leites scratched with Broken Hand
According to UFC.comThales Leites has been scratched from his UFC 81: Breaking Point fight with Nate Marquardt due to a broken hand suffered during training:
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - A broken right hand suffered in training Monday has forced middleweight contender Thales Leites to withdraw from his UFC 81 bout against Nate Marquardt. Leites, winner of three in a row in the Octagon, will undergo surgery on the hand later this week.
12.30.2007 - 1:31:00 AM -
UFC 81: Big Nog vs Tim Sylvia for the heavyweight title
The UFC subtly announced tonight that Tim Sylvia will fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81 for the INTERIM heavyweight title.
Now I'm all fucking confused and thought this interim title bullshit was over and they go and try to sneak this tiny IMPORTANT fucking detail past everyone. I wouldn't know why in the fuck there would need to be an interim heavyweight title unless for some reason the UFC feels that Randy Couture is going to come out of his resignation/retirement. I'm just not quite understanding this shit anymore. I thought we could wash our hands of all this Randy Couture/UFC drama after Randy publicly turned down a fight with Big Nog. But no, just more god damn questions. Maybe this has to do with a championship clause in their contract that the UFC is going to try to use as leverage when this thing inevitably hits the legal system.
11.29.2007 - 1:53:00 PM -
UFC 81: David Heath vs. Andre Gusmao
MMA Weekly posted in their rumors section that Andrew Gusmao (5-0, 0-0 UFC) is set to make his octagon debut against David Heath (7-2, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 82. With these rumors surfacing one could only wonder why the IFL hadn't tied him up with his impressive wins this year.
Sam Caplan used his connections within the IFL and found out that IFL has a contract option with Gusmao that they will be excercising in 2008.
ProElite.com has learned that those reports are incorrect, as the IFL has a contract option to retain Gusmao for the 2008 season and will be exercising that option.
The UFC had been in discussions with someone falsely claiming to be representing Gusmao and misrepresenting information during the faux negotiations. According to the source, the UFC was contacted by the IFL soon after hearing the reports of Gusmao's departure.
The UFC, which had never extended a formal offer and never made an official announcement, ceased all negotiations with Gusmao after being contacted by the IFL.
11.25.2007 - 3:51:00 PM -
UFC 81: Alan Belcher vs Ricardo Almeida
MMA Weekly is reporting that Alan Belcher (11-3, 3-2 UFC) will fight Ricardo Almeida (8-2, 1-2 UFC) at UFC 81 in February.
Alan Belcher is coming off a recent TKO stoppage over Kalib Starnes (8-2, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 77 due to a huge cut he opened on Starnes' head with an elbow. Ricardo Almeida is a Renzo Gracie trained fighter that recently signed with the UFC. He is the former King of Pancrase and has fought in PRIDE and at UFC 31, 33, and 35.
MMA Junkie got the dish that Nate Marquardt has a new contract in hand and could possibly fight Thales Leites at UFC 81. Here's the scoop:
With a new contract in hand, Nate Marquardt (25-7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will return from July's loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to take on Thales Leites (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). The middleweight bout will be part of Feb. 2's UFC 81 event, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
A representative from Marquardt's camp notified MMAjunkie.com of the fight early this morning.
Additionally, MMAjunkie.com was told that Marquardt and the UFC are finalizing a new, four-fight contract that will go into effect for UFC 81. The new contract will replace Marquardt's old deal, which has one fight left on it.
Contracts will be signed in the next day or two, we're told.
11.07.2007 - 9:50:00 PM -
Nate Marquardt could return at UFC 81
MMA Junkie got in touch with Nate Marquardt's camp today and learned that the middleweight fighter could possibly return to the octagon at UFC 81. I reported yesterday that Nate only had one fight left on his contract and that his trainer said they haven't been contacted by the UFC. MMA Junkie reported the same earlier but was then contacted by someone at Marquardt's camp. Here's what they had to say:
a representative from Marquardt's camp called us this afternoon and said that the lines of communication are, in fact, open and that a new deal is already in the works.
Optimistic that a new contract will be signed soon, Marquardt now expects to return at UFC 81, though a possible opponent is not yet known. The event takes place Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Recent UFC signee Brock Lesnar and former heavyweight champ Frank Mir have already been booked for the event.
The Fight Network is reporting that Tyson Griffin will fight Gleison Tibau at UFC 81 on Super Bowl weekend. The Fight Network confirmed this today with Xtreme Couture representatives.
Tyson Griffin has been in some of the best fights of the year. His fights with Frankie Edgar and Clay Guida stand out but whenever he fights you know it's going to be one hell of a fight. Gleison Tibau came into the UFC at 170 lbs but was outclasses by Nick Diaz in his final bout with the UFC at UFC 65. He has since dropped down to 155 and picked up 3 wins in the octagon. It should be a good test for Griffin as he'll be the smaller of the two men in the octagon that night. Either way it should be a good fight.
The UFC announced that Brock Lesnar's debut would be on Super Bowl weekend at UFC 81. I know a lot of people are making out Brock Lesnar to be the second coming of jesus but shit Frank Mir? I know he hasn't performed the best in some of his recent outings but I'll go as far as to say he looked somewhat like his old self against Antoni Hardonk. This is a classic BJJ vs Wreslter match up style wise. If Frank can break big Timmy's arm then I wouldn't be surprised to see him go for an armbar from the bottom or an Omaplata then transition to a toe hold like he did against Tank Abbott. I think we'll see Brock come out and tackle Frank Mir so i'm guessing we won't see to much stand up. If we do i'd bet Frank Mir has the edge there, I've seen Brock's first fight and there wasn't really any stand up in that fight either.
It'll defiantely be interesting to see whether or not Brock is for real and Frank Mir is definately a good first test if he is able to truly return to his own form.
10.21.2007 - 1:07:00 AM -
BJ Penn may not fight until February
The Fight Network is reporting that BJ Penn may not fight until the Superbowl weekend show on February 2nd. BJ Penn was first set to take on Sean Sherk for the light weight title at UFC 78. Sherk has an ongoing appeal for a suspension due to steroids. His hearing is scheduled for Oct. 31. If this appeal goes through then could this possibly give them enough time to make Sherk vs Penn happen? After all the legal mumbo jumbo going on with Sherk it was said that Penn could possibly take on Joe Stevenson if the title is vacated at UFC 79. It seems to me they are trying to give them as much time as possible to keep Sherk as the lightweight champ and get that fight with Penn.
10.19.2007 - 9:22:00 AM -
Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva confirmed by DirecTV
According to UFC Mania, DirecTV is running the following image as an advertisement for UFC 79. Silva is expected to announce his opponent this Saturday at UFC 77. Maybe DirecTV already let the cat out of the bag. The article also goes on to state that they have since removed the image from the site but it is quite interesting nonetheless. Yesterday I reported that the fight may have been pushed back to UFC 81. I guess only time will tell...
10.18.2007 - 3:40:00 PM -
Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva moved back to February?
This is really starting to sound like a dick tease to me. Off again, on again, off again, on again. That is quite simply the only way to describe this fight. Good god i don't even give a shit if it happens anymore. First it was supposed to take place at UFC 76, then it was supposed to be at UFC 79 if Liddell beat Jardine. Well Liddell couldn't defend a kick so he got beat by jardine and then bout was called off. With all the injuries and what not there were rumors that it might actually happen at UFC 79. John Hackleman, Liddell's long time trainer, has even said that the fight was verbally agreed upon by both sides according to Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports and The Wrestling Observer. But now, according to the Gracie Mag, it may be pushed back to February for a main event at their Superbowl weekend card. Do you think that maybe this has something to do with Randy Couture's retirement?
Here's the article in its entirety:
UFC president, Dana White says he was not surprised by the sudden retirement of his organization's heavyweight champion. However, the director knows he will have to work hard to keep up the level of the UFC's popularity with the American public. That is because with the veteran's departure, Chuck Liddell's two recent losses and the fact that Tito Ortiz has not been going through too good of a phase for the last two years, the director is left without any great icons to fill the stadiums.
Therefore, it could be that the much awaited fight between Wanderlei Silva and Chuck Liddell, if inked, might not take place in December (as the Brazilian forecast) and be pushed forward to February. This is because Dana White reserved a date to carry out the event on the eve of the Super Bowl (the popular American Football final), the event with the greatest audience on American TV. For this day, a Saturday, Randy Couture's title defense was planned, and White was negotiating with Fedor Emelianenko to be the challenger. Now, with neither of the two that he had planned on (Fedor signed with M-1 this week), the UFC big boss may call on Wand vs Liddell, thus needing to find a significant fight for the December 29 event.