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Post-UFC 92 News Roundup: Ishii, Mazzagatti, Sanchez/Stevenson + More

("And when can I meet famous retard Kevin James?" Props to BloodyElbow.)

A few more stories coming out of the Octagon this weekend…

— The UFC has begun exclusive contract negotiations with Olympic gold-medalist judoka Satoshi Ishii, who attended Saturday’s event. Said Dana White: "Satoshi Ishii has the potential to be very successful in mixed martial arts…we look forward to helping him with his training, his career, and his eventual debut in a professional fight." Ishii reportedly planned on starting his MMA training with Fedor Emelianenko‘s Red Devil team in St. Petersburg, Russia, but White talked him out of it, and encouraged him to train at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. White also suggested that the 238-pound Ishii drop down to light-heavyweight for his MMA debut.

— Following the kind-of-late stoppage of the Evans/Griffin fight, and the ludicrously late stoppage of the Kongo/Al-Turk fight, the UFC may no longer be requiring the services of referee Steve Mazzagatti.

— Though MMA fans are already clamoring for Evans vs. Jackson, Rampage would rather settle some business with Forrest Griffin first.

— At UFC 92′s post-event press conference, Dana White confirmed that Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Stevenson would indeed be the main event of UFC 95 (February 21st, London). Sorry, mates.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is open to a fight against Randy Couture. “It would be a nice match,” Nogueira said. "He lost his last fight, but he is still a legend." Likewise, buddy.

— The UFC is looking to return to Chicago in July.

— Of all the fighters who have left the UFC, the only one that Dana White regrets losing is Andrei Arlovski. Could he be welcomed back if this Affliction thing doesn’t pan out?

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Anonymous- December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm
stoppages were a bit late, but it wasn't ridiculous at all.. you gotta make sure the fight is finished.. i mean when the guy has his hands in the air and is defending himself, even if he's being beat bad, he's still in the fight. i mean its not like they were taking HUGE shots anyways. besides, when people talk about how tough griffin is and shit, why would they now decide this is a late stoppage. especially during a title fight you need to have a decisive winner.

and when you're a fighter, i don't think you mind getting the shit beat out of you a little because you train hard for these fights, and you want to give it your all
Darkside- December 29, 2008 at 9:36 pm
Just because the UFC can't fire Maz doesn't mean that they can be forced to use him as a ref. Long overdue, in my opinion.
William Shatner- December 29, 2008 at 8:43 pm
Why take a cheap shot at Kevin James?
Jakey- December 29, 2008 at 6:13 pm
Sanchez - Stevenson? What is the UK - the Bumfight Capital Of the World?
ben- December 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm
@ Ryan:Eilers and Levens makes 2. Evan Tanner also died this year, but that wasn't "VIOLENCE OUTSIDE THE CAGE"-related.  Please turn off your caps lock now.
RYAN THE GREAT- December 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm
Streitigkaiser- December 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm
As much as I don't like Steve Mazzagati (I still haven't forgiven him for screwing Lesner) he made the right call last saturday; Forrest and Al-Turk are both tough bastards and he probably didnt want to make the Lesner mistake again, case in point: Forrest was just fine after the fight, notice how he shoves everyone off of him. I didn't hear anything about Rampage's coup de grace on Wanderlei, which I also don't have a problem with because Rampage 'owed him one'.

They should definitely have a 'loser-must-retire' legends match between Couture and Nog; I would definitely pay up to see it unlike Sanchez vs. Stevenson of which I could care less.
Farthammer- December 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm
Who gives a shit about "storylines." You start focusing solely on drama and stories, pretty soon you'll have Rampage interrupting Rashad's next fight with a steel chair.

Legit sports are about competition, and competition is about the best vs. the best. Winner of Thiago/Machida fight deserves Rashad.
RYAN THE GREAT- December 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Imbecile- December 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm
About Ishii - too bad the WEC no longer has a LHW class. It would be a good proving ground for a few fights for Ishii. Maybe they can even give him some of the WEC roll-overs for his first couple. It would be a shame to destroy a promising athlete by having him fight top guys too soon.

Rampage vs. Forrest - If the UFC really wants to make a ton of money, they should let Rampage have his way and let him fight Forrest. That leaves Rashad without an opponent, and they should conveniently lose Machida's phone number for that fight. Instead, they should have Randy Couture drop down and get an immediate title shot at 205 vs. Rashad. Sure people would bitch about how unfair it is to Machida, but they would get over it. You have a couple of really good story lines going on there, with Randy dropping down to avenge his student's loss to Evans, and Rampage vs. Forrest, Part II. You can't tell me both those fights won't sell better than simply Rampage vs. Rashad. Then, if Rampage wins, you can either have him then fight Evans if he wins, and it will be a bigger fight at that time than it would be by making it now. Or if Couture wins, you can have Rampage fight the new champion in a huge mega-fight (that's right, it would be both 'huge' and 'mega'). If Forrest wins, he either gets a rematch against Evans, or he and Randy have to sack up and show what sportsmen they are by fighting each other in another possible mega-fight.

Also, if Randy loses to Rashad, or Forrest to Rampage in this scenario, that will be two losses in a row for either guy, and both would then make an excellent opponent for Chuck Liddell for another huge fight.

The UFC can't lose in this scenario! It is almost too brilliant. Joe Silva should be calling shortly for further ideas...
Gunny- December 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm
I agree that CB tapped. He seems to have a habit of doing that little pseudo tap hoping the guy will ease up a little bit, just enough for him to get a little wind. Hate him.
Anonymous- December 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Watch the replay, he tapped to the guillotine choke. Mazagatti is just a RETARD so he didn't see it
Potato reader- December 29, 2008 at 2:31 pm
I had no problem with the stoppages - just like in Japan make sure they are really finished.
Scott- December 29, 2008 at 2:23 pm
"the UFC may no longer be requiring the services of referee Steve Mazzagatti."

Come on, CP...really? How many times does it have to be said that the UFC has no power to hire or fire's in the hands of the NSAC whether or not they want Mazzagatti to ref again, which I can almost guarantee he will.
turdle420- December 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm
I truely hope that diego gets handled by Joe Stevenson. I can not stand him, ever since he ate all the asaparagus tops on the first ultimate fighter and got smart with Bonner i've dispised him. I still wish that Bonner would've just mopped the place with him.
And as far as Ishii goes, i agree lets see him fight then we can talk about how great he is.
Wyatt- December 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm
Linking to the guys over at yahoo really makes me angry. These are the same guys that wrote how much they hated the violence Mixed martial arts in the past and how it disgusted them, now the same two nobs (Iole and Meltzer) are the yahoo mma experts? Come on potato! Call them out on that crap!
mayhem420- December 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm
Steve Mazzagatti- the stoppage in the MAT match was way too long... I was watching at home and kept asking "ok any time now the ref will stop this...." only he never did untill it was almost to late.
The Griffin stoppage was also a little late but not as bad as the MAT/Kongo fight.

Satoshi Ishii - Mehhh.... lets see the guy fight first before making a judgment.

Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Stevenson - come on Joe kick his ass... Diego saw Josh get handled by Alves and got scared so he went down to LW to try and beat up on the little guys... Ken Flo will have his revenge!

Rampage and Forrest should fight next and Rashad should get the winner of Thiago / Machida first. The winner of THAT fight should get the winner of Rampage/Forrest 2

Andrei Arlovski- IMO did not look to good vs Nelson and if it was not for the stand up would have lost via sub.... He is not going to beat Fedor... no way, no how.