UFC middleweight contender David Terrell will face off against Yushin Okami at UFC 62. Terrell is coming off a submission victory over Scott Smith at UFC 59. Fans may know Yushin Okami from the Rumble on the Rock welterweight tournament. Okami fought Anderson Silva in the first round and was KO’d by an illegal upkick. He then fought Jake Sheilds in the semifinals and lost via a unanimous decision. Since then Okami has gone 2-0 fighting in Japan.
Rumors surfaced Monday stating that Kenny Florian was not willing to fight Sean Sherk. Florian spoke on the situation and said he would in fact fight Sherk just not on the August card. He doesn’t feel he would have enough time to prepare for the fight as he just fought Sam Stout at Ultimate Fight Night 5. The Sherk-Florian fight was originally supposed to take place in October/November and then the UFC pushed for it to be in August.
WFA CEO Jeremy Lappen was in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Saturday to watch UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. Lappen was given a front row ticket from his former client Ken Shamrock. Just minutes into the event a UFC official along with three security guards escorted Lappen out of the Casino. No real reason was provided.
Rogers Sportsnet has gained the rights to broadcast the International Fight League (IFL) shows. The shows were originally aired on Fox Sports Net.
Rogers Sportsnet Pacific
7/13/2006 midnight – 1:00am
7/16/2006 11:00pm – midnight
8/3/2006 midnight – 1:00am
Rogers Sportsnet West
7/16/2006 10:00pm – 11:00pm
7/31/2006 1am – 2am
8/7/2006 1am – 2am
Rogers Sportsnet Ontario
7/16/2006 10:00pm – 11:00pm
7/17/2006 8:00 pm – 9:00pm
7/18/2006 8:00 pm – 9:00pm
7/24/2006 8:00 pm – 9:00pm
7/25/2006 8:00 pm – 9:00pm
Rogers Sportsnet East
7/16/2006 10:00 pm – 11:00pm
*Broadcast times all Eastern
After losing a unanimous decision to Tim Sylvia on Saturday it has been announced that Andrei Arlovski will undergo an MRI on his left leg. Arlovski injured the leg in the second round of his five round title bout against Sylvia. Arlovski attempted to check a kick from Sylvia but it snuck its way through and did damage to the leg. Arlovski was left unable to throw kicks or mount takedowns.
Here is an update on the official card for the star-filled event which will take place on September 30th at Wembley Arena in England
-Ian Freeman vs Mark Epstein
-Mark Weir vs Phil Baroni
-Rob Broughton vs Robert Berry
-Paul Daley vs Sol Gilbert
-Trevor Prangley vs Gregory Bul
-Dan Severn vs TBA
-Brad Pickett vs Robbie Olivier
It has been confirmed that former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver will be one of the coaches for ‘The Ultimate Fighter 5’. Rumors indicate that the other coach may either be B.J. Penn or the winner of Sean Sherk vs. TBA. Sherk was expected to go up against Kenny Florian but he turned down the fight as did Mark Hominick.
At the UFC 61 post-fight press conference, Tito Ortiz made it pretty clear as to when and who he wants to fight again...
“I would love to fight once before this year’s over… and if [Chuck] Liddell is gonna get two fights, then I need to fight at least one more time.” said Ortiz. I would love to be on the November card.”
“I want [Forrest] Griffin again. I know a lot of people who thought he beat me the first time, which he didn’t. I want to give him a taste of me at 100 percent. He got a taste of me when I was 60 percent.”
When was the last time that we had a UFC event that left fans satisfied? I can’t remember myself. While Bitter Rivals was a bit disappointing to say the least, it did give us a clearer picture as to where certain divisions stand if anything. The rumored card for UFC 62 is looking sick so hopefully the next event will improve upon this one.
It was nice to see Drew Fickett win again. I’d like to see a rematch between him and Josh Burkman but it probably won’t happen unless the two continue to climb up the welterweight ladder. I was surprised that Joe Jordan hung in there as long as he did with Hermes Franca. It’s been one hell of a year for Franca - multiple championships in other promotions and a victorious return to the UFC.
Cheick Kongo looked like a monster out there - hopefully he will become a force at heavyweight. An interesting matchup would be him and Brandon Vera, but this will only happen if Vera decides not to go down to 205 like he originally planned.
Hey Frank - What the hell? I’m guessing that Mir either stopping taking Vitamin S or didn’t train at all because he looked like complete shit to put it lightly. He was gassed within the first three minutes of the first round, very unlike the Mir of old.
While the first two rounds of Tim Sylvia-Andrei Arlovski were pretty entertaining in my opinion, the rest of the fight was lackluster with the exception of a few bombs thrown here and there. It was very surprising to me that Sylvia was able to counter Arlovski’s attack so easily. It was weird to watch Arlovski not explosively dominate his opponent and end the fight in the first round. Sylvia and Jeff Monson are pretty much a lock for Sylvia’s next defense.
Both Mir and Arlovski have one fight left on their contracts from what I know. It will be interesting to see who they will both fight next. Could it possibly be each other in an unofficial elimination bout of sorts? Because of Mir apparently not caring anymore, I doubt the UFC wants to get him anywhere near a possible title shot. A rematch of Arlovski-Paul Buentello would get a pretty good draw. Maybe Chieck Kongo can be tagged to send Mir packing.
The Nevada State Athletic Commisson should be thankful that Marc Ratner still isn’t there to slay them after last night’s performance by the referees. I think that it’s time to bring in a couple new ones because Herb Dean and the crew are starting to look like they don’t have it anymore. That cut on Yves Edwards’ head was very bad - I’ve seen cuts that weren’t even half as bad in which fights were stopped early. It’s amazing that Big John let the blood just pour out of his head for that long.
As for Tito Ortiz-Ken Shamrock being stopped so early, I think it was the right decision. After five unanswered elbows, Shamrock wasn’t responding. Even from the video it looked as if he might have been out. Either way, Ortiz would have gone on to decisively win the fight. Shamrock really needs to stop fighting and go back into training fighters.
If you are looking for my thoughts on the Liddell-Silva annoucement, you won’t find them - I’m still speechless…
PRIDE’s Japanese web site is reporting that Kazuyuki Fujita will appear on the upcoming UFC 65 card which is set to take place November 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The article stated that Fujita has confirmed that he will be on the card.
Phil Baroni will also make an appearance on the UFC 65 card as well. On ‘The Underground’ Baroni mentioned that he is part of the PRIDE/UFC deal which will see him face a top UFC middleweight fighter on the card.