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Lesnar Talks Must-Win Situation

Former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar discusses his upcoming heavyweight showdown with longtime veteran Heath Herring, which will take place on August 9th at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, in the above video courtesy of ESPN. Lesnar also praises Herring for being a well-rounded fighter and mentions that he will likely have to defeat Herring in order to stay with the UFC.

Road to UFC 87: Heath Herring Part II

Once again, heavyweight contender Heath Herring discusses his upcoming bout against former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th in the above video courtesy of Raw Vegas. Herring touches on a number of things including his training regimen and a potential rematch with Fedor Emelianenko down the road. His coaches also talk about what they’ve found while watching tape on Lesnar as well.

Road to UFC 87: Heath Herring

Heath Herring discusses his upcoming bout against former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th in the above video courtesy of Raw Vegas. In the five-minute segment, Herring touches on his training regimen going into the fight, his thoughts on Lesnar, and eating healthy with trainer Tony Aponte, who has worked with current UFC lightweight title holder B.J. Penn in the past.

Baltimore Sun Interviews Brock Lesnar


Brock Lesnar knocks Frank Mir down with a right hand at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Brock Lesnar is about to face Heath Herring at UFC 87 and there’s a good Q & A in the Baltimore Sun. Here’s a little piece of the interview:

MMA Stomping Grounds: What was your reaction when Coleman had to pull out of UFC 87?

Lesnar:  After looking at Mark, I respect Mark a lot but it worked out for the better. Mark, I believe, is over the hill and had been out of the league and regardless of the injured knee, I don’t think it would’ve made a difference.

MMA Stomping Grounds: What did you think when they proposed Herring instead?

Lesnar: Heath is a younger guy, he definitely has a lot of experience and he’s a tough SOB. He’s a brawler and brings to the plate a whole variety of things that we’re looking at as a fighter. He’s well rounded with hands, feet and it’s a challenge for me, and I accepted the challenge when Mark pulled out. I’m looking at this fight where I’ve got a lot to gain and he has a lot to lose.
My back is against the wall in this fight too, because I said from the beginning I wanted to fight credible opponents and that’s what Dana is handing me in Frank Mir and Heath Herring.

White Attempting to Fix Things With Couture?


Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

While it’s pretty easy to assume that the current relationship between UFC President Dana White and his reigning heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, might be a little rocky considering White’s company filed a defamation suit against Couture earlier this year, things might be starting to get a little better between the two.

White was a guest this morning on CBS and XM Satellite Radio’s “Opie and Anthony Show” (audio here) where he talked about a variety of topics, including his current situation with Couture. As he’s done all throughout the past eight months since Couture formally resigned from the promotion, White had nothing but good things to say about the UFC Hall-of-Famer.

“I have nothing but respect for Randy Couture,” White said on the program. “This guy is a real fighter and he’s always fought the best fighters in the world. So whatever his reasoning his for wanting to sit out for the remainder of this thing, I want Randy Couture back in the UFC. I want him to be a part of this thing for the rest of his life and I’m trying to work that out with Randy right now so we’ll see what happens.”

Whether or not White and Couture are really trying to work something out remains to be seen, but this is the first time in quite a while that White has even mentioned anything related to an attempt to patch things up with Couture.

White also discussed his attempts to sign former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. While one of Couture’s main reasons for leaving the UFC was White’s inability to sign Emelianenko, he noted that his attempts were not made in vain.

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Coleman Injured; GSP-Fitch Set for August


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman’s return to the organization has been put on hold courtesy of a knee injury while UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will attempt to be successful in another first title defense as he takes on undefeated upstart Jon Fitch in the main event of UFC 87: Seek and Destroy in August.

The organization announced the addition and change to the fight card for the event earlier today.

Coleman was scheduled to take on former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar in his return bout. However Coleman reportedly tore his MCL and will be out of action for up to six weeks according to Sherdog.com. The injury will not require surgery. Lesnar will remain on the card and an opponent for him will be announced shortly.

St. Pierre avenged a prior loss to former champion Matt Serra last month, stopping the Long Island native in the first round. He will take on Fitch, a former collegiate wrestling standout at Purdue University, who has won all of his eight fights inside the confines of the UFC to date.

“The whole goal is to get the belt and be in the position where guys can’t duck me, run away, or say they don’t want to fight me,” Fitch said on UFC.com. “If I have the belt, there’s no excuse, and if you say you’re the best, then we’re gonna fight. This is gonna be a tough fight, but I’m gonna make sure I’m sharp that night, and wherever the fight needs to go, that’s fine with me.”

A bout between lightweight contenders Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian will also take place on the card, which will serve as the UFC’s inaugural event held in the state of Minnesota.

Coleman Honored; Announces Lesnar Fight


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Mark Coleman became the fifth inductee into the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Hall of Fame last night in front of a supportive 16,431 at the Nationwide Arena in Coleman’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

The unannounced induction came as a surprise to the fans inside the arena, who watched as Coleman was honored inside the cage along with his family by UFC President Dana White.

Fortunately for fans around the world, Coleman had a surprise of his own. The former UFC heavyweight champion announced that he will fighting inside the confines of the organization for the first time since 1999 when he takes on fellow amateur wrestling standout Brock Lesnar in August.

“I’m going to dedicate my life to my return,” Coleman told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan during an interview last night. “The fans want to see me. I’m going to do the best I can. Lesrnar is a beast. He’s an animal. Don’t bet the house against me though. I’m going to bring something for Brock Lesnar. I plan to beat his butt.”

The 43-year-old Coleman has not fought since being submitted by Fedor Emelianenko in October 2006. The former Olympic wrestler is one of only three other fighters that won multiple tournaments during the UFC’s early years. Coleman defeated the likes of Don Frye and Gary Goodridge to win tournaments at UFC 10 and UFC 11 respectively.

Coleman became the first UFC heavyweight champion in history when he submitted Dan Severn at UFC 12: Judgment Day in 1997. The founder of Team Hammer House is also widely considered to be the originator of the “ground and pound” style of fighting that has become a mainstay in the sport.

Frank Mir withered a barrage of punishment from Lesnar in his debut fight t at UFC 81: Breaking Point last month before submitting the genetic monster with a patented kneebar midway through the first round.

Justin McCully, who served as one of three special guests on a recent episode of HDNet’s Inside MMA, publicly stated that he was in discussions with UFC officials concerning a return fight from recent elbow surgery against the former professional wrestler. Obviously UFC officials went the other way.

Report: Lesnar’s Next Bout Now in August


Brock Lesnar knocks Frank Mir down with a right hand at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It seems that Brock Lesnar will now fight for the second time inside the confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in August instead of an overseas event in June.

The news comes from Dave Meltzer in his latest Yahoo! Sports column, who grabbed the information from the mouth of Dana White at the pre-fight press conference for this weekend’s UFC 82: Pride of a Champion.

White also mentioned that Lesnar does not yet have an opponent. However Justin McCully remains the most likely candidate.

McCully, who served as one of three special guests on a recebt episode of HDNet’s Inside MMA, publicly stated that he is currently in discussions with UFC officials concerning a return fight from recent elbow surgery against the former professional wrestler.

“We’ve been talking about fighting this big huge guy that just crossed over from some wrestling promotion,” McCully told hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. “Thats in talks right now. We’ll see what happens. I hope it comes through. I really like the fight.”

McCully also mentioned that if the bout didn’t come to fruition for whatever reason, he would still be back in action this summer regardless.

Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir withered a barrage of punishment from Lesnar in their fight at UFC 81: Breaking Point earlier this month before submitting the genetic monster with a patented kneebar midway through the first round.

After missing a deadline to accept a fight against heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo, Team Punishment’s McCully opted to undergo surgery to remove a number of bone chips and spurs that gradually contributed to a nagging elbow injury. McCully last won a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9.

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Lesnar-McCully Being Discussed for June


Brock Lesnar knocks Frank Mir down with a right hand at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A possible opponent for one-time WWE superstar Brock Lesnar in his expected next fight with the Ultimate Fighting Championship overseas in June has revealed details about a potential heavyweight showdown between the two.

Justin McCully, who served as one of three special guests on last night’s episode of HDNet’s Inside MMA, publicly stated that he is currently in discussions with UFC officials concerning a return fight from recent elbow surgery against the former professional wrestler.

“We’ve been talking about fighting this big huge guy that just crossed over from some wrestling promotion,” McCully told hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. “Thats in talks right now. We’ll see what happens. I hope it comes through. I really like the fight.”

McCully also mentioned that if the bout didn’t come to fruition for whatever reason, he would still be back in action this summer regardless.

Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir withered a barrage of punishment from Lesnar in their fight at UFC 81: Breaking Point earlier this month before submitting the genetic monster with a patented kneebar midway through the first round.

After missing a deadline to accept a fight against heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo, Team Punishment’s McCully opted to undergo surgery to remove a number of bone chips and spurs that gradually contributed to a nagging elbow injury. McCully last won a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9.

UFC 85 in June is also expected to feature a light heavyweight dream match between former champion Chuck Liddell and Chute Boxe product Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as well as the next fight for welterweight contender Marcus Davis, who has won six straight fights inside the confines of the promotion.

Mir and Lesnar Post-Fight

After the jump, Brock Lesnar talks about his loss.

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