Here’s video from Thursday’s pre-fight press conference for UFC 93. Video of Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson speaking to the media is above. Comments from Mark Coleman, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, John Hathaway, and Tom Egan follow after the jump.
In the above video, UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian breaks the two high-profile matchups that will headline Saturday’s UFC 93 event in Dublin, Ireland: Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Mark Coleman.
In the above video, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin discusses his upcoming light heavyweight bout with former PRIDE multi-division champion Dan Henderson at this Saturday’s UFC 93 event, which takes place at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
In the above video, former PRIDE multi-division champion Dan Henderson discusses his upcoming light heavyweight bout with former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at this Saturday’s UFC 93 event, which takes place at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
Here’s the second part of UFC President Dana White’s video blog for this Saturday’s UFC 93 event. In this edition, White hosts more tapings of the upcoming ninth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, talks with Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson about their fight this weekend, and then challenges both to a round of Guitar Hero via iPhone.
“Countdown to UFC 93”, which will unfortunately not be airing on television in North America, is now available for free viewing on the UFC’s official website.
Here’s a ten-minute preview of the upcoming light heavyweight dream clash between former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former PRIDE middleweight and welterweight title holder Dan Henderson, a fight that I’m looking forward to very, very much.
Dan Henderson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In a situation that was already heavily rumored to be taking place, the winner of former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former multi-division PRIDE title holder Dan Henderson’s light heavyweight battle at UFC 93 in January will be offered a coaching spot opposite Michael Bisping during the ninth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show.
Brian Knapp of Sherdog.com reported the news on Monday, citing a Spike TV representative as confirming the scenario. Shooting for the show is expected to begin in late January, following the conclusion of UFC 93, which takes place on January 17 in Dublin, Ireland.
UFC President Dana White officially announced Bisping as one of the show’s coaches during Saturday evening’s post-fight press conference for UFC 89, where Bisping defeated fellow ‘TUF’ alumnus Chris Leben in the show’s three-round main event.
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The world’s most exciting sport returns to the Emerald Isle as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization opens up 2009 with the star-powered UFC 93 card at the O2-Dublin in Dublin, Ireland on January 17, 2009.
In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009.
Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™ to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round.
Rich Franklin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin could take on former PRIDE middleweight and welterweight title holder Dan Henderson in a bout that could headline the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s inaugural venture to Dublin, Ireland for UFC 93 on January 17.
The story was first broke by MMA Junkie earlier this morning and MMA on Tap has since confirmed with a source close to one of the fighters that there is a strong possibility the fight could take place at the event. Bout agreements have not yet been signed or distributed to either fighter.
After losing twice to current middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Franklin fought once more at 185 lbs before moving back to the light heavyweight division, where he started his career. Franklin took on one-time training partner Matt Hamill at UFC 88 on September 6 and defeated him via third-round TKO.
Henderson recently snapped a three-fight losing streak at UFC 88, earning an unanimous decision over skilled Brazilian grappler Rousimar Palahares. Despite an urge to compete at 205 lbs again, Henderson has opted to stay at middleweight for a chance at another shot at Silva, who also beat Henderson at UFC 82 earlier this year.