Anderson Silva

CKA: Feb 16, 2007

News and Notes

- Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will be facing Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 in Manchester, England.

- ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ veterans Chris Leben and Kalib Starnes will clash in the octagon at some point in May.

- UFCJunkie.com is reporting that Team Jackson fighter Nathan Marquardt has been granted at title shot at UFC 72.

- In a recent article on Sherdog.com, Josh Gross reported that Brandon Vera’s final UFC fight will come against heavyweight prospect Jake O’Brien.

I do have it on good authority, though, that Vera will fight Jake O’Brien. All signs point to the UFC doing anything it can to leave a black mark on Vera as he appears headed in another direction.

Weekend Shows

DEEP: 28th Impact - 02/16/07
ROF 28: Evolution - 02/16/07
NAAFS: The Midwest Combat Challenge 2 - 02/17/07
CFC III: Combat Fighting Championship III - 02/17/07
GMC: Cage Force 2 - 02/17/07
Shooto: Professional Shoot 2007 - 02/17/07

CKA: Feb 03, 2007

News and Notes

- Travis Lutter failed to make weight at the weigh-ins yesterday coming in at 186.5 lbs so the fight is now a three round non-title fight.

- Matt Lindland added another solid win to his record last night when he submitted former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton.

- Tonight UFC 67: All or Nothing will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’. Be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST for blow by blow coverage.

- The odds on Cro Cop vs. Sanchez are unreal. Take a look at this:

At the Mandalay Sports Book, you had to lay down US$1,000 just to make $100 on a Filipovic win. A $100 bet on Sanchez, in contrast, would win you $600.

- Hammer House member Rob Wince suffered a tragic loss on Wensday evening when he found his son dead in the basement of his house. His son accidentally killed himself by playing the ‘choking game’. Our thoughts go out to the Wince family during this tough time.

Recommended Reads

MMA on Tap: UFC 67: All or Nothing Preview
Canada.com: Cro Cop: Fighter-turned-politician makes UFC debut Saturday night in Las Vegas
Sherdog: Lindland Stops Newton

Lutter Fails to Make Weight

Travis Lutter failed to make weight on his final attempt coming in at 186.5 lbs. The fight has been changed from a title bout to a three round non-title fight.

Update: 9:41 PM Lutter has confirmed that was unable to make weight and the fight is now a three-round non-title fight. It’ll be interesting to see if the UFC switches up the fight order now to make “Cro Cop” vs. Sanchez or Jackson vs. Eastman as the main-event.

Update: 5:33 AM The UFC has sent out a notice to all of their fans, here it is:

Lutter misses weight, plans to win against Silva, even though just a pound and a half keeps the fight from being a title fight.

Despite two tries at the scale, TUF 4 winner Travis Lutter will not be challenging for Anderson Silva’s UFC Middleweight Championship Saturday night after coming in at a final weight of 186.5 pounds, a pound and a half over the 185-pound middleweight limit. Lutter’s first attempt at making weight was 187 pounds, and after two hours he was only able to lose a half-pound. Tomorrow’s UFC 67: All or Nothing main event will now be a three round non-title match, with Lutter being fined 10% of his purse by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (5% going to Silva, 5% to the NSAC).

UFC 67 Weigh-In Results

Here are the results from todays weigh-in for UFC 67: All or Nothing.

Travis Lutter (187) vs. Anderson Silva (185)
Eddie Sanchez (229) vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (223)
Marvin Eastman (203) vs. Quinton Jackson (205)
John Halverson (155) vs. Roger Huerta (156)
Patrick Cote (185) vs. Scott Smith (185)
Terry Martin (187) vs. Jorge Rivera (185)
Frank Edgar (154) vs. Tyson Griffin (156)
Sam Hoger (206) vs. Ryoto Machida (203)
Diego Saraiva (155) vs. Dustin Hazelett (156)

UFC 67: All or Nothing Preview

Here is a preview John and I put together for UFC 67: All or Nothing.

Main Card Bouts:
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Eddie Sanchez
Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter
Quinton Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman
Roger Huerta vs. John Halverson
Scott Smith vs. Patrick Cote

Preliminary Bouts:
Ryoto Machida vs. Sam Hoger
Tyson Griffin vs. Frank Edgar
Jorge Rivera vs. Terry Martin
Dustin Hazelett vs. Diego Saraiva

Also be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.

Continue reading "UFC 67: All or Nothing Preview"

CKA: Feb 02, 2007

News and Notes

- The UFC 67: All or Nothing weigh-ins will air live today at 4PM PST on Yahoo! Sports.

- Yesterday the UFC held their pre-fight press conference for UFC 67: All or Nothing. All of the headliners were there except for heavyweight ace Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

- At the press conference, it was mentioned that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva may move to California, possibly to open a branch of his newly-formed Black House gym.

- The Fight Network has signed a multi year deal with Elite XC and they will begin by televising their first event live on February 10th at 10 PM EST.

Recommended Reads

TKO: TKO 28: Inevitable Preview
UFC: Anderson Silva - The Champion of Cool

UFC 67 Weigh-In Info

UFC 67 Weigh-In Info

Friday, February 2nd, 2007
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Free autograph session from 1-3 PM in the Mandalay Bay Events Center Lounge
- Tim Sylvia
- Matt Hughes
- Georges St. Pierre
- Keith Jardine
Fighters hit the scale at 4 PM PT

The weigh-ins will be shown live on Yahoo! Sports and Sympatico MSN.

UFC 67: All or Nothing

Anderson Silva vs Travis Lutter - UFC Middleweight Title
Quinton Jackson vs Marvin Eastman
Mirko Cro Cop vs Eddie Sanchez
Roger Huerta vs John Halverson
Scott Smith vs Patrick Cote
Ryoto Machida vs Sam Hoger
Tyson Griffin vs Frank Edgar
Jorge Rivera vs Terry Martin
Dustin Hazelett vs Diego Saraieva

CKA: Feb 01, 2007

News and Notes

- The Fight Network will be televising the EliteXC debut show live at 10 PM EST on February 10th.

- UFC and PRIDE veteran Kevin “The Monster” Randleman has been released from the hospital after he suffered near kidney failure.

- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alistair Overeem will face off in the ring PRIDE 33: Second Coming.

- Canadian welterweight Jeff Joslin is scheduled to face Kuniyoshi Hironaka on April 5th live on Spike TV.

- Tonight on ‘Inside the UFC’, Joe Rogan will sit down and talk to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his opponent Travis Lutter.

- Be sure to check out our newly created rumors page. We’ve updated the PRIDE 33 card with Overeem vs. Rua.

- Sherdog has announced that they will be going live 3 days a week starting February 12th. The show will run from 1PM - 5PM EST with 2 hour episodes of ‘The Beatdown’ and ‘The Savage Dog Show’. The show will also have updates at the top of every hour. For the users who cannot listen live, there will still be a podcast available through iTunes.

- Elvis Sinosic has signed a new deal with the UFC and it looks like his next fight will be in April. It also looks like Gonzaga will be fighting on one of the UFC cards in April.

Recommended Reads

UFC: Roger Huerta - Saving Nothing for the Swim Back
UFC: Will Cro Cop and Rampage live up to the hype?
UFC: Lyoto Machida - In the Blood
OC Register: UFC 67 Preview

Lindland Speaks Out About Possible UFC Return

In a recent interview with MMA Weekly, Matt Lindland was asked about his discussions with the UFC on possibly coming back and challenging Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight title.

What was his answer? I don’t think it’s something that Dana White will be happy to hear…

“There’s a lot on the horizon…I’m going to be the most active free agent out there. I’m not going to sign exclusive deals with any one organization, I just think that’s a bad move right now for any fighter that wants to move his career ahead.

I think you’ve got to have the flexibility to be able to fight in different organizations, and any organization that wants to lock you down for multiple agreements is only looking out for their best interests, and as a fighter you’ve got to look for your own best interests. You’ve got to be able to fight where the fights are. I’ll fight anybody and I’ll fight in any organization that doesn’t want to force somebody to sign long-term contracts.

Yes, we did talk to the UFC about the possibility of me fighting for them as well, and right now it’s not looking like that’s going to come to fruition, but it’s something that I’m definitely interested in exploring in the future months, or maybe even next year, who knows?”

With all of the other middleweight contenders in the UFC booked for fights later this year already, does this mean that Mike Swick is the number one contender?

While browsing the web, I came across an interesting post on a message board. The user was saying that the UFC is wrong in trying to bring in Lindland and that they are continuing to not go after foreign talent. He also said that they were trying to get rid of Silva.

I don’t think that’s the case…

If you haven’t noticed, the amount of foreign talent in the UFC is more than ever before. Granted it isn’t big name international talent like Pride and other organizations sport, it’s foreign guys nonetheless. Bottom line, why don’t they go after the big guys?

Has it occurred to anyone that they might want to develop their own guys inside their own organization? It’s exactly what Pride has done with Fedor, Wanderlei, Barnett, Shogun - They will forever be aligned with the company, bringing the organization a huge amount of recognition for years to come.

In my opinion, the UFC is making a good decision in the long run by signing rising, younger stars and developing them rather than going out and signing every big-name free agent out there.

As for the UFC talking with Lindland about returning - First off they should have never let him go in the first place. He was the number one contender for the title and they let him slip away by refusing to talk about a new contract - that’s why Nate Quarry fought Rich Franklin at UFC 56 - Lindland was supposed to be Franklin’s opponent, not Quarry who was probably the last person who deserved a title shot at that point.

The UFC isn’t trying to get rid of Silva, they are just trying to not make the same mistake twice. Swick isn’t ready for Silva, Dana already knows that, that’s why he wants him to fight at least one more time before he gets a title shot.

However with Lindland currently out of the picture, it seems like Silva’s next fight might be against just another Quarry…

Swick Wants Silva

Today Mike Swick made a post on ‘The Underground’ stating that he wants Anderson Silva next and the ball is now in the UFC’s court.

Hey Guys,
I am getting bombarded with questions about me and Silva. Am I fighting him next? Do I want to? Whats next for me? Who do I want? So just to clear the air…

YES, I DO WANT SILVA AS MY NEXT OPPONENT. I asked Dana at the post-fight press conference and the ball is in their court.

-Swick

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