24 Feb 2008 20:00:15 PM
24 Feb 2008 20:00:15 PM
25 Nov 2014 14:57:58 PM
When John Lineker failed to make weight for the 1,500th time prior to his Fight Night 56 co-main event scrap against Ian McCall, “Uncle Creepy” responded with quite possibly the most epic weigh-in trolljob this side of Roy Nelson’s fat suit. Less than 24 hours later, however, it was McCall who found himself physically unable to compete due to a last-minute illness, and the fight was scrapped.
Thankfully, UFC.com announced earlier this evening that the battle of top flyweight contenders is back on. McCall and Lineker has been rescheduled for the main card of UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz on January 31st in Las Vegas.
“Looks like fat boy finally said yes,” McCall posted to Sqor just hours ago, which seems like a real dick thing to say about a guy who already forgave you for being a loud-mouthed pecker that pulled out just moments before you were supposed to bang. God, that’s gotta be some kind of record for sex puns in a single sentence. Weiner.
One thing’s for sure, there’s no way that McCall vs. Lineker ever lives up to likes of Martinez vs. Zimmer, which set the gold standard for fat guy vs. obnoxious a-hole fights.Read More DIGG THIS
21 Feb 2008 20:15:06 PM
So Gary Goodridge will be taking on Butterbean in April, and tomorrow’s Strikeforce event will feature Bob Sapp against 1-5 Euro-can Jan Nortje. If you’re curious about Goodridge and Nortje’s current skill level, just watch this sad match from K-1 HERO’s 8 (3/12/07), where Goodridge takes piles of abuse in one of the roughest, stupidest rope-a-dopes ever, then pounds back when Nortje is completely gassed. Again, Sapp is a -600 favorite in tomorrow’s match, even though his usual game plan (slug away all your energy then fall over) is exactly the same as Nortje’s. Anyway.
And because commenter “fightfan” asked for it, here’s Goodridge’s November 2005 loss against Glaube Feitosa in a K-1 kickboxing championship match. Watch as Feitosa knocks out Gary’s front teeth at 3:44, and recoil in horror during the slo-mo replay at 5:08.
5 Nov 2014 12:44:01 PM
(Pictured left: Matt Brown’s son reacts as Tarec Saffiedine’s son kicks a corner stool in half off-camera. Photo via Getty.)
On the heels of tough losses to Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald, respectively, it looks like top welterweight contenders Matt Brown and Tarec Saffiedine will meet when the UFC returns to Sweden for a TBA Fight Night event on January 24th. The bout, which has yet to be officially confirmed, was first reported by Swedish outlet Kimura.se this morning and appears to be legitimate.
Saffiedine has fought just twice since making the transition over to the UFC, picking up a unanimous decision win over Hyun Gyu Lim at Fight Night 34 before dropping the aforementioned fight to MacDonald in October. Brown, on the other hand, was riding a 7-fight win streak (6 finishes) prior to the Lawler bout at UFC on FOX 12 in July. As is the case with every Brown fight, expect fireworks for this one, Nation.
In other fight booking news…Read More DIGG THIS
23 Oct 2014 06:56:17 AM
UFC president Dana White confirmed last night that bantamweight star Ronda Rousey will defend her title against top contender Cat Zingano in the co-main event of UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier, January 3rd in Las Vegas.
Rousey has been recovering from a fourth knee surgery, which followed her 16-second knockout of Alexis Davis at UFC 175 in July. Zingano recently returned from her own extended layoff due to a knee injury — which robbed her of the chance to be a coach on TUF 18 and fight Rousey last year — and TKO’d Amanda Nunes last month at UFC 178.
And so, the UFC will get off to a blazing start in 2015 with its two most high-profile champions (Jones and Rousey) fighting on the same card, followed by the must-see circus-fight between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz in the same damn month at UFC 183. That’s the plan at least. We’ll see what the injury bug has to say about it…Read More DIGG THIS
12 Nov 2014 08:54:31 AM
(Image via DW’s Instagram)
UFC president Dana White has just confirmed that top light-heavyweight contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson will fight at a Jan 24th UFC on FOX event at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. It is likely that this fight will serve as the headliner. If our math is correct, this is UFC on FOX 14 we’re talking about.
Gustafsson has been resting since his second-round TKO of Jimi Manuwa in March, which followed his Fight of the Year title bout loss to Jon Jones last September. “The Mauler” briefly considered skipping this bout and waiting for a title shot, but decided to take another fight while Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier gets sorted out. Anthony Johnson is 2-0 since returning to the UFC last year as a light-heavyweight, and was recently taken off an indefinite suspension related to domestic abuse allegations.
The UFC’s three previous Sweden events have all taken place at the 16,000-seat capacity Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The Tele2 is a multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 30,000 and above. It seems like the UFC is hoping to break European attendance records with this show — which is interesting, because the attendance figures of the aforementioned Stockholm cards have steadily decreased, from a high of 15,428 fans at UFC on FUEL TV 2: Gustafsson vs Silva in April 2012, to 14,506 for Mousasi vs. Latifi in April 2013, to a mere 10,026 for Nelson vs. Story last month. Of course, getting Gustafsson back in a big fight will make for a great local draw. But can he pack an actual stadium? We’re about to find out.
Update: The UFC on FOX 14 main card will start at 8 p.m. ET, which is 2 a.m. local time in Stockholm. But I hear that Swedes love to spend all night in soccer stadiums. It’s definitely something that they do.Read More DIGG THIS
12 Nov 2014 11:40:02 AM
(I suppose could try to come up with another funny caption to a Dan Henderson photo, but I’ll never top this one, so what’s the point? / Photo via Getty)
Alright…maybe UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson will be stadium-worthy after all. The UFC has announced that the January 24th event in Stockholm will be co-headlined by a middleweight bout between 44-year-old MMA legend Dan Henderson and 29-year-old veteran Gegard Mousasi. Somebody is going to get destroyed here, and it will most likely be Henderson. But I don’t judge people for their life choices like some people I know.
Henderson vs. Mousasi will mark Hendo’s first appearance at 185 pounds since his decision loss to Jake Shields at Strikeforce: Nashville waaaaay back in April 2010. Since returning to the UFC in 2011, Henderson has gone 2-4, with both of his wins coming against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. He most recently got flung around like a damn child by Daniel Cormier at UFC 173 in May — which was Henderson’s first fight off of testosterone replacement therapy, by the way.
Mousasi is 2-2 under the UFC banner, and most recently got guillotine choked by Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the main event of UFC Fight Night 50 in September. Nevertheless, Sassy should come in as a strong favorite here. But all it takes is one well-timed H-bomb, right? Right? Please God, don’t let Dan Henderson’s retirement fight be in Stockholm. There’s something perversely un-American about that.Read More DIGG THIS
23 Oct 2014 14:04:15 PM
MMAJunkie is reporting that UFC featherweight star Conor McGregor is being targeted to fight fellow 145′er Dennis Siver at a yet-to-be-announced event on January 18th, which will take place at Boston’s TD Garden. Update: The UFC has confirmed the booking. From the Junkie report:
The Jan. 18 event, which falls on a Sunday, would follow the NFL’s NFC Championship Game on FOX and air on FOX Sports 1, sources close to the event told MMAjunkie. A lightweight matchup is already rumored for the event; according to FOX’s “UFC Tonight,” Donald Cerrone will face off with Myles Jury.
Fresh off his one-round whoopin’ of Dustin Poirier at UFC 178, McGregor will be in attendance at the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes this Saturday at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, just in case one of them slips in the tub. And while McGregor also just offered to fight the opponent-less Diego Sanchez at UFC 180, the UFC would rather have “Notorious” face somebody in his own weight class, pick up another win before challenging for the belt, and let’s face it, make them some more money in front of a pro-Irish crowd.
Siver most recently won a three-round war against non-wiki-fighter Charles Rosa at UFC Fight Night 53 earlier this month, which followed a PED-fail-related no-contest against Manny Gamburyan and a loss to Cub Swanson. Siver is a dangerous striker and very experienced, but is he a step up from Poirier? Nah, not really.
Crazy fact: The UFC now has Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Conor McGregor all scheduled to fight in January. I can only draw one conclusion — the world is going to end in February, and the Zuffa top brass is hiding this information from the public while they prepare their escape from this doomed planet. #questioneverythingRead More DIGG THIS
6 Nov 2014 07:24:47 AM
As the UFC prepares to announce its entire 2015 event schedule, the injury bug has already started to pick off fights slated for next year. Remember that light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Rashad Evans that was supposed to headline a FOX event in Stockholm on January 24th? Well, it’s not happening. Ariel Helwani revealed on UFC Tonight that a lingering knee injury will keep Evans sidelined for a couple more months. From FoxSports.com:
Evans suffered a tear in his anterior cruciate ligament earlier this year and had to undergo surgery to repair the damage. The normal turn around time for this time of injury is usually 10 months to a year.
Evans was progressing well in his recovery and rehabilitation, but a hard week of training to make the final push into a decision about accepting the fight or not didn’t go his way.
According to UFC Tonight reporter Ariel Helwani who spoke to Evans this week, his knee is still not 100-percent and coming back as early as January wouldn’t be prudent to his long term success.Read More DIGG THIS
20 Oct 2014 12:53:09 PM
(“So Alex, how do you plan to face the unique strategic challenges that Rashad will pres…uh…dude, don’t freak, but there’s a big-ass ebola virus like 30 feet behind you.” / Photo via Getty)
As first reported by MMAMania, the UFC is working on a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Rashad Evans, that would headline a FOX event in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 24th, 2015. Mania credited the info to “a source with knowledge of the situation,” and the bout has not been officially confirmed yet.
Following his TKO of Jimi Manuwa in March, Gustafsson claimed that he wouldn’t take another fight until he got a rematch with Jon Jones, who had outpointed “The Mauler” during their title bout last September. A self-imposed hiatus is a high-risk strategy in the UFC, and we’re kind of glad to see him reconsider. As for Evans, the one-time UFC light-heavyweight champion is coming off back-to-back wins against Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen, but hasn’t competed at all in 2014 due to the knee injury he sustained in February.
Essentially, it’s a fight that would clinch another title shot for Gustafsson if he wins, but wouldn’t necessarily do the same thing for Evans. Your predictions, please.Read More DIGG THIS