Nate Marquardt vs. Dan Henderson Targeted for UFC 105 Main Event

Posted by fightstalker on Friday Sep 11, 2009 Under Breaking News


UFC 105 may have found its main event.

FanHouse has learned that the UFC is looking to book a middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Dan Henderson for the Nov. 14 show at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. As of Thursday afternoon, though, official bout agreements had yet to be finalized.

The winner of this potential bout would likely receive another title shot against current middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Marquardt was last seen knocking out Demian Maia at UFC 102 in just 21 seconds, while Henderson defeated Michael Bisping via second-round knockout at UFC 100 in July.

Despite the fact that both men have already suffered losses to Silva in the past, they are clearly the top two contenders in the UFC’s middleweight division. Marquardt lost to Silva via TKO at UFC 73 in July 2007. Since then, he has won four of five fights. Meanwhile, Henderson lost to Silva at UFC 82 via rear-naked choke submission. He has since rebounded to win his last three fights in a row.

MMA Bay first reported the possibility of the bout on Tuesday.

One of the potential holdups could be Henderson’s current contract status with the UFC. Earlier this week, MMA writer Josh Gross tweeted that Henderson was a free agent and contract negotiations were characterized as “slow.”

Other match-ups expected for the event include Bisping vs. Denis Kang, Dan Hardy vs. Dong Hyun Kim and James Wilks vs. Matt Brown. UFC 105 is scheduled to air via tape delay in the United States on Spike TV.

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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says he’s feeling great after his UFC 102 victory over Randy Couture, and he’s hoping to fight again soon, with the goal of getting a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

“They asked me to fight in December,” Nogueira said. “I’m ready. … I’m going to be in shape in December. i don’t know who I’m going to fight, but my goal is to fight Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight title. He’s big but I think I’ve got better skills than him.”

Putting on my Joe Silva matchmaker thinking cap, the fight that would make the most sense for the UFC is putting Nogueira in a rematch of his 2003 battle with Mirko Cro Cop — but only if Cro Cop first beats Nogueira’s friend and training partner Junior dos Santos at UFC 103. A Nogueira-Cro Cop fight, with the winner getting a shot at the Lesnar-Shane Carwin winner, would be great.

If Cro Cop loses, however, things get trickier. Nogueira vs. dos Santos won’t happen because of their friendship. Nogueira wants a rematch with Frank Mir, who beat him last year, but Mir is scheduled to fight Cheick Kongo in December. Cain Velasquez would make sense as an opponent for Nogueira, but he’s fighting Ben Rothwell on October 24 and presumably wouldn’t be ready to fight again in December.

I actually think it’s possible that Nogueira could fight the Carwin-Lesnar winner without having to win another fight, although I think it’s more likely he’ll first fight Cro Cop, Velasquez or Mir. In any case, that great victory over Couture put Nogueira on the fast track to title contention.

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Posted by fightstalker on Friday Sep 11, 2009 Under Rumors


As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas – including the fight cards. With the superfight between former middleweight champion Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort already signed, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to put on a record 13 fights for UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort, which is presented by Tequila Cazadores, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on September 19.

Mirko Cro Cop (fighting out of Zagreb, Croatia) has fought some of the best heavyweights in the world. The seasoned striker with 25 professional wins is coming off a TKO victory against Mostapha Al Turk in June, but the former Pride Grand Prix champion could be facing one of his toughest challenges in recent memory when he takes on the dangerous Brazilian Junior Dos Santos (fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil). With two knockout wins in his first two UFC fights, no one has lasted longer than 80 seconds in the UFC against the 25-year-old. The 6-foot-4, 238-pound fighter will need to bring his sharpest standup game yet against the feared Croatian kickboxer.

Coming off the biggest win of his career, welterweight contender Martin Kampmann (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) is fresh from an impressive split decision victory over former World Extreme Cagefighting® welterweight champion Carlos Condit in April. Since dropping down to the 170-pound weight class, the 27-year-old former Danish Thai boxing champion is a perfect 2-0 but will be pitted against the extremely explosive Paul Daley (fighting out of Nottingham, England). An exciting striker that has fought around the globe, Daley owns KO wins over UFC veterans John Alessio and Duane Ludwig and is making his UFC debut.

A former national college wrestling champion, Josh Koscheck (fighting out of Fresno, Calif.) has compiled 10 UFC wins in his career. The Waynesburg, Pennsylvania native has wins over Diego Sanchez, Chris Lytle and Dustin Hazelett, but he has never faced someone like returning UFC veteran Frank Trigg (fighting out of Las Vegas, NV.). One half of two memorable fights with then UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes, Trigg has the experience, wrestling background and Octagon savvy to give Koscheck the most difficult test of his career. With two UFC victories already on his resume`, Trigg makes his first trip back into the Octagon™ since 2005.

At only 25 years old, Tyson Griffin (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) has already compiled six wins in the UFC. The powerful lightweight fighter holds victories over Clay Guida, Gleison Tibau and most recently a unanimous decision win against Rafael Dos Anjos in April. But now the Sacramento, California born mixed martial artist turns his attention to another tough Brazilian in Hermes Franca (fighting out of Miami, Fla.). The decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holds two submission victories in the UFC and is coming off a unanimous decision win against his former jiu-jitsu instructor Marcus Aurelio at UFC 90.

Winner of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter™, Efrain Escudero (fighting out of Tempe, Ariz.) remains undefeated (12-0) as a professional mixed martial artist and holds a win over Phillipe Nover in the show’s finale. Now the former All-American college wrestler and Mexico-born fighter will face the red-hot Cole Miller (fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.). The 25-year-old Augusta, Ga. native is coming off two consecutive submission victories, tapping out Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel and TUF 8’s Junie Browning in successive bouts. The 6-foot-1 lightweight has four total wins in the UFC, and he’ll be looking for number five on September 19th.

With all four of his UFC wins coming via KO/TKO, Drew McFedries (fighting out of Bettendorf, Iowa) has the power and the talent to put anyone’s lights out. It took the Ames, Iowa born fighter only 37 seconds to take Xavier Foupa-Pokam out in his last fight at UFC 98 and the talented middleweight will need every bit of his standup skill when he mixes it up with the aggressive Tomasz Drwal (fighting out of San Diego, Calif. / Krakow, Poland). The heavy-handed 27-year-old is coming off of two knockout victories, including a devastating TKO win over Mike Ciesnolevicz in June. Drwal, who has a 16-2 record, will look for his third UFC win in 2009.

Jim Miller (fighting out of Whippany, N.J.) has impressed many during his time in the UFC. Winner of three of his four UFC fights, the Sparta, New Jersey native earned a unanimous decision win against the experienced Mac Danzig at UFC 100 in July. Now the lightweight with the 14-2 pro record faces UFC newcomer Steve Lopez (fighting out of South Bend, Ind.). A national qualifier as a college wrestler, the 25-year-old Lopez holds a 12-1 record and makes his UFC debut on September 19.

Two fighters that are making their UFC debuts, Nik Lentz (fighting out of Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Rafaello Oliveira (fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn. / Janja, Brazil) are looking to put on a show in their respective premieres. Lentz, an El Paso, Texas native, wrestled at the University of Minnesota, where he is one semester away from graduating in Pre-Med. Lentz puts his 18-3-1 career mark against Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Rafaello Oliveira. Riding a three-fight win streak, the 9-1 Oliveira has three wins by submission and three by TKO.

Heading into his second UFC fight, Rick Story (Vancouver, Wash.) is coming off a three-round battle with John Hathaway. The 25-year-old welterweight holds a 7-3 pro record and is looking for his first UFC win when he takes on Sallisaw, Oklahoma’s Brian Foster (fighting out of Granite City, Ill.). With an impressive 14-3 pro record, Foster has eight wins by KO/TKO, four by submission and is making his UFC debut.

Making plenty of noise in the ultra-stacked light heavyweight division is Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Eliot Marshall (fighting out of Boulder, Colo.). With back-to-back wins against Jules Bruchez and Vinny Magalhaes, the Franklinville, N.J. native is a perfect 2-0 in the UFC and 7-2 overall. Marshall looks for his third UFC win when he faces Jason Brilz (fighting out of Omaha, Neb.). The Bismarck, North Dakota fighter also has wins in his two UFC fights, including a unanimous decision victory against Tim Boetsch in March.

Making his return to the Octagon after six years, Vladimir Matyushenko (fighting out of El Segundo, Calif.) is back and has won nine of his last 10 fights. The 22-4 Belarusian holds seven wins by submission and seven by TKO and is looking to shake up the light heavyweight division when he returns to face Igor Pokrajac (fighting out of Zagreb, Croatia). A protégé of Mirko Cro Cop, Pokrajac is on an eight-fight win streak and brings a 21-5 record into his UFC debut.

A veteran of four UFC fights, lightweight Rob Emerson (fighting out of Irvine, Calif.) is remembered for his 12 second TKO victory against the aggressive Manny Gamburyan. Now the 28-year-old from Huntington, California looks for his third UFC win when he takes on Rafael Dos Anjos (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro). The 24-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion last fought Tyson Griffin in a three-round battle that turned many heads. Now Dos Anjos heads into his third UFC match against the experienced Emerson.

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Posted by fightstalker on Friday Sep 11, 2009 Under Cheick Kongo, Featured, Frank Mir, UFC 107


Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is set to return to the Octagon to face French striker Cheick Kongo. Sources close to the situation confirmed to on Thursday that the fight is verbally agreed to, but bout agreements have not been signed.

Though recent reports suggested the bout could headline UFC 105 in Manchester, England, sources indicated that it would take place on Dec. 12 at UFC 107 in Memphis, Tenn.

Mir (12-4) recently got knocked off the rails of a three-fight winning streak, losing his interim heavyweight champion designation in a title unification bout against champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 100. It was a rematch of their fight at UFC 81, where Mir welcomed the former WWE superstar to the Octagon by submitting him with a kneebar. He then won the interim designation when he became the first man to stop Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Kongo (14-5-1) was widely considered to be a step away from a UFC heavyweight title shot before he was unable to get out from under a smothering Cain Velasquez at UFC 99, losing a unanimous decision. Kongo has amassed a 7-3 record during his tenure with the UFC, winning three straight fights prior to the loss to Velasquez.

A bout pitting Ultimate Fighter 10 coaches Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans against each other was the original headline bout for UFC 107. That fight was recently supplanted by a UFC lightweight title defense, pitting champion B.J. Penn against Diego Sanchez.

Originally counting on Jackson’s hometown popularity, the TUF coaches were removed from the card when Jackson’s acting commitments to a Hollywood remake of popular 1980s television show “The A-Team” conflicted with the bout.

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Dana White Disses Mayweather-Marquez

Posted by fightstalker on Thursday Sep 10, 2009 Under Breaking News, Dana White


Dana White hasn’t cooled off on HBO boxing’s decision to air the Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez boxing match on Sept. 19 — the same night as UFC 103.

In a new video released by the UFC on Wednesday, which contains some obscene language, White took a few more jabs at his pay-per-view counterparts.

“Boxing is doing it to you again,” White said. “They’re giving you the fight that you don’t want. Nobody asked for this fight with Mayweather and … what’s his name? What’s his name? Nobody even knows. Nobody in this room even knows who Floyd’s fighting.

” … On that same night, on that UFC card, you guys can all tune in and you can watch not one fight, you guys can watch five great fights that night for ten dollars less than what Floyd wants you to pay to see him run around in circles, and lay on the ropes, and move around and not fight.”

However, Mark Taffet, the senior vice president of HBO pay-per-view, told FanHouse at a sports business forum in New York City on Wednesday, that they didn’t try to intentionally counterprogram UFC 103.

“It’s definitely not something that happens intentionally, and it’s something that you would want to have happen as infrequently as possible because the distribution pipelines prefer to be clean and singularly focused,” Taffet said. “When it does occur, we’re confident from a consumer perspective of there being very little overlap and the events will all thrive. But it’s clearly something that on a going forward basis that will happen as infrequently as possible.”

Regardless, Taffet doesn’t believe either show will generate less pay-per-view buys as a result of airing on the same night.

“There’s very little overlap in the fan bases between the sports. We believe that there’s not more than 5% overlap in the fan bases. Each sport has its unique fans, it’s passionate fans, and its loyal fans. We think that our fans are going to find Mayweather-Marquez that night — we’re very confident about that — and it’s a world in which multiple sports are thriving in the pay-per-view industry and the pay-per-view distributors the beneficiaries.”

The UFC and HBO boxing will also go head-to-head on Nov. 14 when the Manny Pacquaio vs. Miguel Cotto fight will air against Spike’s tape delayed telecast of UFC 105.

It’s clear that all parties involved on the boxing side have no interest in talking about competing against the UFC. When FanHouse asked Mayweather about White recently saying he wasn’t a superstar, Mayweather quickly brushed it off.

“I’m not worried about what Dana White said,” Mayweather said. “I mean, Dana White says what he says — it don’t matter. I’m not thinking about Dana White.”

Perhaps Golden Boy and HBO don’t want to give the public a reason to pay attention to UFC 103, or maybe they just don’t consider the UFC competition. But White is taking a much different approach. He seems to have no issue addressing the Mayweather-Marquez fight in the crucial days leading up to Sept. 19. Conventional wisdom says a promoter should never address the competition, but if you thought White would do that in this case, you haven’t been paying much attention.

Only time will tell if either show will suffer from going up against each other. But one thing is for certain: it looks like the war between the UFC and boxing is only getting started.

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Tito Ortiz is a 205-pound man, and Cristiane “Cris Cyborg” Santos is a 145-pound woman, but as Ortiz recovers from back surgery and prepares to return to the UFC, he says rolling on the mats with Cyborg has been a part of working his way back into the Octagon.

“I was wrestling with Cris Cyborg,” Ortiz says in the above video. “She’s a tough chick, man. For a girl, I expected her not to be so damn tough. We were just wrestling on and I went for a guillotine and she slipped out of it. When she slipped out of it I went straight on to a triangle. When I locked in the triangle she picked me up and slammed me on the ground and I had no pain, nothing. I ended up choking her.”

As strong as Cyborg is, I do have a little bit of a hard time seeing Cyborg actually picking up Ortiz and slamming him to the ground. And, obviously, Ortiz wouldn’t be able to go all-out in sparring with any 145-pound fighter, male or female.

But whatever the specifics of Cyborg and Ortiz working together, I think it’s a good development for MMA that male and female fighters feel comfortable enough working together that Ortiz can roll with Cyborg, and they’re both benefiting from it.

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Injured Sherk Haunted By Steroid Suspension

Posted by fightstalker on Thursday Sep 10, 2009 Under Featured, Sean Sherk


Sean Sherk’s 2007 steroid suspension is always just a few steps behind him.

The former UFC lightweight champion was reminded of that last week when he withdrew with a shoulder injury from his bout against Gleison Tibau at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles.

Sherk’s injury was scrutinized, however, when it was reported that he had been scheduled to take a drug test with the California State Athletic Commission required for his re-licensure that same week.

The injury is painfully real, according to medical documents received by

Sherk suffered a “Grade II AC separation” in his right shoulder, according to an MRI report prepared by the Center for Diagnostic Imaging in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Click here to read Sherk’s MRI report.

University of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford sustained a similar injury last week and will sit out at least two weeks to a month’s worth of play. Sherk, who still can’t lift his arm 10 days after the accident, hopes to resume training in a couple of weeks as well.

Sean Sherk MRI video.

Neither athlete will need surgery, though Sherk said he is disturbed by assumptions made about his situation that aim to damage his reputation.

“I’m not dodging a drug test,” Sherk told Monday. “I just took a drug test three months ago. I know I’m going to get drug tested. I’ve been drug tested probably more than any other fighter in the world.”

Reports also claimed that Sherk had “skipped out” on a flight to Los Angeles to meet with an CSAC inspector on Sept. 2, the day his withdrawal was first reported.

According to Sherk and his manager Monte Cox, neither ever received a flight itinerary for the fighter to travel to Los Angeles, though they had been alerted and Sherk had agreed to fly from Minnesota to Los Angeles to make the required testing prior to his injury.

However, Sherk separated his shoulder on Aug. 28 training with 195-pound Iowa State wrestler Paul Bradley, after the fighter landed directly on his right side in a scramble. It was the same shoulder Sherk had gotten surgery for two years ago.

Cox notified the UFC on Aug. 29 that the 36-year-old wrestler would not be rehabilitated in enough time to train properly for the bout. The manager and his fighter also debated if Sherk should still travel to Los Angeles and submit his sample, but Cox advised him not to. Sherk said he suspected he’d be targeted for not taking the test.

“It’s so frustrating,” said Sherk, who has vehemently denied taking any illegal drugs since 2007. “I feel like I’ve done so much to prove that I haven’t done anything wrong. Even with my case –- I went above and beyond to try to prove that I didn’t take anything.”

In December 2007, Sherk appealed the CSAC’s findings that he’d taken the steroid Nanadrolone. Sherk’s suspension was halved to six months after inconsistencies in the state agency’s protocol were highlighted during the hearing.

Sherk said he also submitted to and passed three polygraph tests to prove his innocence and is still unsure what caused the positive test.

“We did find testosterone boosters in one of my supplements, and I don’t know for sure if that is what did it,” said Sherk. “I didn’t pursue it. I really don’t know.”

The suspension cost Sherk $2,500 and his UFC title, but the father of two said his fanbase took the biggest hit.

“There’s still people yelling obscenities when I walk out for my fights,” said Sherk, who made an unsuccessful bid to reclaim the title from B.J. Penn at UFC 84 in May 2008. “That’s why I wear headphones.”

Sherk said he’d never fight in California again directly following his hearing, but said he relented with the Oct. 24 card because he wanted to stay more active.

“I knew they got the new commissioners and things have changed from the way they used to run stuff and that I wasn’t going to get pin-pointed with anything extra, which I don’t think I was,” said Sherk.

The CSAC has requested other previously disciplined fighters, like Josh Barnett and Nick Diaz, report to a specific California facility for testing.

Sherk said he’s been randomly tested seven times by multiple state commissions in the last 15 months and that’s he’s prepared to be consistently flagged.

The ordeal also encouraged the muscular lightweight to better monitor what he puts in his body.

Sherk previously took about 23 supplements daily, from vitamins to creatines and glutamines to fish oils, but narrowed it down to about 12 following the suspension.

“I was under the impression that more is better, which isn’t the case,” said Sherk. “I knew nothing about contamination. I didn’t know they sold banned substances at nutrition stores. It was a huge learning process for me. It was a terrible process to have to go through, but I did learn something from it.”

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Posted by fightstalker on Thursday Sep 10, 2009 Under DREAM, Featured


Bob “The Beast” Sapp (16-5-1) will stand in for an injured Gegard Mousasi to face Rameau Thierry Sokodjou in the semifinals of Dream’s Super Hulk Tournament Oct. 6 at Dream 11.

Sapp (16-5-1), who lost to Ikuhisa Minowa in the opening round of the tournament at Dream 9, confirmed the fight to on Wednesday.

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Hong Man Choi fills the opposite bracket of the heavily weighted tournament.

The fill-in is just one of four professional engagements Sapp said is either done or close to done on his immediate schedule. The day after his Dream booking, he is set for a kickboxing match against Alain “The Panther” Ngalani in Hong Kong. The weekend after that, he’s working on an MMA fight in Texas that is “80 percent done.” Then, in late October, he plans to go back to Korea for a pro wrestling engagement, with more globetrotting in the pipeline for November and December.

“I’m getting on being ready to be 35,” said Sapp. “I have no UFC dreams nor desires. I just keep on working… get paid and get on working. I definitely know it’s crazy fighting MMA and then kickboxing in another country right afterwards. I’m very well aware of that, but we’ve got to make hay while the horse is hungry, right?”

On Thursday, “The Beast” will head south from his home state of Washington to Lakewood, Calif., for training with Antonio McKee at The Body Shop.

“I’ve been in the (training) mode already,” continued Sapp. “(McKee) really pushes me forward on conditioning. That’s who I really need to get me to do something like this.

“Sokoudjou’s a great fighter. Without question, he’s ready to go. He’s kind of on his winning (ways), while I’m on the opposite end, on a losing streak. So I definitely would like to push forward and rebound back.”

If victorious, Sapp will face the winner of Minowa vs. Choi at Dynamite! on New Year’s Eve. If not, he hints at another option.

“If Sokoudjou wins… I’ll probably be fighting a celebrity (at Dynamite),” he said.

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Quick Strikes “Money Talks But Fedor Walks”

Posted by Clark Arroyo on Thursday Sep 10, 2009 Under Breaking News, Clark Arroyo, Quick Strikes


Qucik Strikes: Volume 1 Issue #1

September 10,2009

By: Clark Arroyo Lead Staff Writer

“Money Talks But Fedor Walks”

In my first article for this site, I’m going to write about the same thing all MMA fans talk about. Why didn’t Fedor Emelianenko sign with the UFC?

Think about it for a second, he signed a deal that pays him less money, he won’t be able to market to the same degree he would have without the UFC name, won’t have to face the same caliber talent that the UFC has under contract. Even other fighters wonder like Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, “I like Fedor as a fighter,” Filipovic said during a pre-fight conference call for UFC 103 on Tuesday. “As a man, I don’t want to insult Fedor, but I don’t understand his attitude. I really don’t understand why he doesn’t want to enter the UFC.” Filipovic — who will face Brazilian bomber Junior dos Santos in the UFC 103 co-main event on Sept. 19 in Dallas — lost a unanimous decision to Emelianenko under the Pride Fighting Championships umbrella in 2005. A rematch now seems unlikely since the two heavyweights are fighting in different organizations. Emelianenko signed with Strikeforce in August and will debut against undefeated Brett Rodgers, sometime this fall. So the question remains, why?

In my opinion, it simply that his Russian management team thinks that by keeping his record perfect it makes him top dog, and ask for a bigger piece of the promotional pie because he’s the main attraction. Let’s face, until Brock Lesnar loses, Lesnar vs. Emelianenko is the biggest fight out there right now, by far, and would break all previous records. Fedor’s people must think that they too much to lose to actually have to face a credible opponent.

I want to see the rematch between Anderson Silva vs. Dave Henderson. I just love Henderson’s style, and he’s on a hot streak now. A rematch with Silva, would be a really great match with lots of big strikes. This is really a main event fight.

I heard Ricardo Myorga is going to fight MMA. Let’s face it, as a boxer he’s washed up. He’s now just a trail horse in that sport.  In this sport, unless he knocks out someone with his first combo of blows, he’ll get taken off his feet and pounded into a bloody pulp. We’ve seen it happened over and over when a guy in another sport tries his hands at MMA. Then I love watching guy get knocked out. I’m looking forward to watching Myorga asleep on the canvas. I’ll never forget when Myorga won his title as a boxer, walking around the inside of the rings puffing to two cigarettes at the same time.

Diego Sanchez has signed an 8 fight deal with the UFC, setting up a match between him, and BJ Penn for a match close to the end of the year. It will be interesting to watch Penn toy with Sanchez until he decides to end the match. Penn is a monster at his prime. Putting in Sanchez to Penn is like an Aztec human sacrifice to appease the gods.

I’m looking forward to my new relationship with this web site and it’s readers. Please feel free to send comments, videos, emails, etc. to me. I will try to look at all of it, please be a little patient until I get a little more up to speed.

Keep training!

- Clark Arroyo

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Florian-Guida Scheduled for UFC 107

Posted by fightstalker on Thursday Sep 10, 2009 Under Featured, clay guida, kenny florian


A featured lightweight bout between Kenny Florian and Clay Guida has been moved to UFC 107 on Dec. 12 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.

ESPN’s “MMA Live” reported the re-scheduling on its Twitter account Wednesday. Florian also confirmed the new date to via text.

The bout, originally slated to take place at UFC 106 on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas, has big shoes to fill: A light heavyweight matchup between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans was called off Saturday after Jackson withdrew due to other commitments.

Jackson, who will star with Evans as rival coaches on Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter 10” for the next 12 weeks, is currently filming a lead role in the remake of “The A-Team.” Evans told Tuesday that the bout will be rescheduled in early 2010.

Florian was submitted by lightweight champion B.J. Penn in the fourth round of their championship bout at UFC 101 on Aug. 8. The 33-year-old host of ESPN “MMA Live” had won his last six bouts prior to that.

Guida, 27, lost a controversial split decision to Diego Sanchez at “The Ultimate Fighter 9” Finale in June. The Chicago-based wrestler is 5-4 in the Octagon.

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