Diego Sanchez

Loiseau to Train With Greg Jackson

David Loiseau will be heading to New Mexico in the next few weeks to begin training with renowned trainer Greg Jackson apparently.

Loiseau stated that he and Jackson both approached each other after his loss to Joey Villasenor and agreed to start working together. Both Loiseau and Jackson are very excited to be working with each other:

“I think Greg Jackson is a genius when it comes to MMA,” said the 27-year-old Loiseau. “It’s all about the chemistry, the fighter-trainer thing. With the changes I want to make, I think Jackson is man to bring me to the top.”

“It’s gonna be a ‘give and take’ relationship for sure,” said Jackson. “I think Dave’s got a lot of potential and I look forward to working with him.”

Working with Jackson also means that Loiseau and possibly his good friend UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre will be training along side his opponent from last weekend, Villasenor, as well as current UFC title contenders Diego Sanchez, Rashad Evans, and Nate Marquardt…

“He [Jackson] has an army of great fighters and I am excited about joining the camp,” said Loiseau. “Every time Georges came back he would have so many great things to say about them.”

“I have so much to share with them technique-wise,” Loiseau agreed. “I’m not one to keep it to myself and I am definitely open to new lessons. The more you share the better you become.”

Looking at the stable of fighters currently training under Jackson and the success that they are having, he must definitely be doing something right…

UFC Fight Night 8 Aftermath

A lot of interesting news and notes were brought to light after last night’s event were over…

- The Wrestling Observer reported last night in it’s live play-by-play of the fight that Diego Sanchez would tentatively be facing Josh Koscheck at the UFC’s event in April. (UFC 69 which will take place in Houston, Texas) MMA Weekly now has the fight listed as a rumor as well. It makes me wonder if something was said or at least shown on the video screen during the preliminary fights seeing how Wrestling Observer just plopped that note in there out of nowhere.

- Sean Salmon was rushed to the hospital last night right after the event was over. Those at the event said that he was motionless on the mat for upwards of seven minutes. He received a CAT scan that came up negative at the hospital and was released in the wee hours of the morning. He is doing fine and is now vacationing with his family.

- UFC President Dana White announced at the post-fight press conference that Hermes Franca would be getting a shot at Sean Sherk’s UFC Lightweight belt at some point during the summer when Sherk is able to fight again. Sherk is currently recovering from shoulder surgery that will keep him out of action for at least another month or two.

- The most interesting thing to come out of last night’s press conference was an exchange between Dana White and Rashad Evans that was reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Perhaps the most interesting exchange took place after the show at the press conference. When a reporter asked about a prospective match with Evans vs. Keith Jardine, who made a name for himself by knocking out Forrest Griffin on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, UFC President Dana White said that sounded like a great idea. Evans shot back that he trains regularly with Jardine in Albuquerque, and he would never fight him. White said that if he made the match, he’d fight him. Evans shot back that he would not, and the awkward exchange ended at that point.

Other fighters have put friendships aside to move up the rankings in the past… Will see it happen between these two in the near future?

CKA: Jan 26, 2007

News and Notes

- Last night’s results from UFC Fight Night Live for those that aren’t aware of them:

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UFC Update: St. Pierre, Cro Cop, Rampage, Franca

UFC President Dana White has stated that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre may be fighting Diego Sanchez April 7th in Montreal for the welterweight title. It was originally thought that St. Pierre would rematch Matt Hughes but it’s now up in the air.

It is all but confirmed that PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has signed with the UFC. Look for an announcement to come soon, possibly on the December 30th show.

On the most recent edition of ‘Inside the UFC’, lightweights Jens Pulver and B.J. Penn were introduced as the coaches for season 5 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and also Joe Rogan announced that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would be fighting in the UFC in 2007.

It has been confirmed that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s first fight in the UFC will come against UFC and PRIDE veteran Marvin Eastman at UFC 67. This fight was originally scheduled to take place on WFA: King of the Streets II but the fight was cancelled and shortly after the Zuffa LLC purchased the organization.

Randy Couture’s name has reemerged in the media as he stated that if Tito Ortiz beats Chuck Liddell at UFC 66, he’ll come out of retirement to fight Ortiz. “If Tito finds a way to beat Chuck, I’m going to have to come out of retirement and give Tito a whack.”

InsideFighting.com sat down with UFC lightweight Hermes Franca and he stated that he signed a new four fight deal with the UFC and his next fight would be January 25th at the Hard Rock in Miami, Florida.

Be sure to tune into Spike TV Thursday, December 28th, as they will be airing UFC 66: Countdown to Liddell vs. Ortiz II, All Access with Chuck Liddell and of course Inside the UFC with Joe Rogan. That will be followed by Live and Inside at 10 PM on Friday.

Finally remember to tune in live on December 30th at 10 PM EST as I’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’.

UFC Fight Night 7 Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST.

- T-minus five minutes folks.

- Sherdog.com is reporting that “Cro Cop” has chosen to sign with the UFC, maybe we’ll be seeing an announcement tonight!

- Here we go folks! We are live, Diego Sanchez and Joe Riggs kicked the broadcast off by stating their plans for the fight, that was followed by the typical UFC highlight videos.

- Mike Goldberg graces the microphone while his partner Joe Rogan joins him. They hype up the crowd which consists of 3000 U.S. Marines.

- Just seeing Jeff Joslin being shown gets me excited! Can’t wait to see him get his shot in the big show!

- The first fight of the evening will be Shonie Carter and Marcus Davis.

Shonie Carter vs. Marcus Davis

- After a length commercial break we are back and the veteran voice of the octagon Bruce Buffer is introducing the fighters.

- Carter receives a very large ovation.

- “Big” John is the ref.

Round 1:

The fighters come out early and clinch but moments later they break apart. Davis attempts a low kick that misses. The regain the clinch and Davis secures a trip. Davis lands in the mount and from there he quickly takes Shonie Carter’s back. He secures the full body triangle and works for the rear naked choke. Carter stays calm while under the pressure. Davis continues to work from Carter’s back while he peppers him with short rights. Shonie shows a veteran presence as he reverses Davis and puts him on his back. Shonie begins to toss down some punches and elbows from the top while the crowd chants “Shonie! Shonie! Shonie!” Carter lands some excellent elbows from the top as he works from the top position. Carter finishes the round strong with some good shots from the top.

Round 2:

The fighters come out looking to size each other up early. Neither lands anything until Davis unleashes a shot that rocks Carter and drops him to the canvas. Carter gets up but he is still rocked. Davis lands another jab while Carter tries a few wild kicks. Still clearly dazed Carter takes another jab before he gains the clinch. Davis lands some good knees to the legs and they break free. Davis comes in with a good left hand while Shonie looks dazed. Davis lands another straight right followed by a very hard low kick. Davis sneaks in the right jab again as Carter misses with some wild shots. Davis continues to work the hard shots while Shonie’s nose leaks blood. Davis lands a four shot combo followed by a hard hook and a knee. Shonie attempts a few wild uneffective shots. Shonie tries the left spinning back fist that missed. Davis quickly capitalizes and lands two good shots. He follows that up with some more hard shots. Davis attempts a shot but slips. Again Davis tries to come in but he slips again and then the two fighters clinch. Carter momentarily goes for the guillotine but fails.

- Davis clearly dominated Carter in the second round rocking him numerous times.

Round 3:

The third round starts on the feet as the fighters exchange a few unsuccessful punches. Davis tries coming forward with a three punch combo that fails. Carter throws a wild uppercut that goes wide. Davis continues to work his hard stiff jab as Carter moves forward. Carter finally lands a good shot to the side of Davis’ head. Davis continues to work his stiff jab. Shonie attempts a head kick that is blocked. Both fighters attempt a few jabs and then Carter lands a good leg kick. Davis lands a few jabs while they continue to hunt one another. Davis continues to work his jab while Carter fakes some kicks. Shonie throws a few combinations while Davis comes in with the jab. Davis lands a low kick and Carter answers with a jab. Davis continues to jab Carter as the round ends.

- Marcus Davis is declared the winner by unanimous decision.

- The camera crew goes out back where they show Drew Fickett, Karo Parisyan, Josh Koscheck, Jeff Joslin, Diego Sanchez and Joe Riggs getting prepared for their battles.

- They show the preview of Liddell vs. Ortiz II.

- Up next is “The Heat” versus “The Master”.

Karo Parisyan vs. Drew Fickett

- Ivan Salaverry is in the corner of Drew Fickett.

- Both Fickett and Parisyan received strong ovations.

- Steve Mazzagatti is the referee.

Round 1:

Fickett comes out with a few strikes early looking solid on his feet. Parisyan lands a big overhand right while taking a shot to the groin. He gets some time to regain his composure. The fight is restarted and Fickett throws some good straight punches. Karo gets ahold of Fickett and takes him to the canvas. Karo throws some shots while he is down and then Fickett hops back up to his feet. They exchange some overhand rights before clinching again. Fickett throws a knee and then they break the clinch. Karo charges in with strikes so Fickett throws a knee. Parisyan comes in with a wild overhand shot. Parisyan goes to throw a shot but he slips and quickly regains his balance. Karo lands two hard rights on the button. Fickett clinches and throws a knee but Karo quickly answers with some straight shots. Fickett clinches again he lands a good knee. Karo throws a head kick that is blocked. They clinch up against the cage and then Karo pushes off and lands a few shots. Both Karo and Fickett move to the center while landing a shot each. Drew charges forward and Karo lands some more good rights. Fickett jumps in with a knee that misses. Karo throws a straight right followed by a high kick that is blocked. He nails Karo with a few more hard rights. Fickett shoots in for a single but Karo avoids it.

Round 2:

Karo comes in with some straight shots right away and then he secures a big takedown. Karo pins Fickett up against the fence looking to work the ground and pound. Fickett lands a hard elbow from the bottom that opens Karo up. Karo goes into attack more and starts landing some excellent elbows that cut Fickett as well. Parisyan starts teeing off from the top while moving to side mount. The fight is stopped to check the cuts. The doctor says he is ok. They restart the fight on the canvas as both guys are bloodied. Karo’s eye is cut badly is a swollen. Karo lands a huge right from the top before sneaking in a few short elbows. Fickett tries going for a kimura and then armbar. Karo regains the halfguard and he continues to fire off short elbows and punches. Karo continues to work from the top while Fickett squirms on the ground. The fight is back up on the feet. Karo’s eye is extremely swollen. Fickett shoots in and secures the double leg. Fickett begins to land some excellent elbows from the top. Fickett continues to work the hard elbows from the top as the round ends. Both guys are very bloodied and Karo’s eye looks terrible. Fickett’s cut is on his forehead, Parisyan’s is under the eye.

Round 3:

The third starts with a touch of gloves as both guys are battered and bloodied. Fickett comes in and lands a good left. Parisyan responds with a good jab. Fickett lands a good body kick. Karo tosses another good right as his cut is reopened. Karo continously tossed off the straight rights that look to have a good effect. Fickett jumps in with a knee that misses. Both guys exchange some more good shots. Karo lands a straight right left combo. Karo continues to throw the straight rights. Fickett then shoots in and it goes wrong giving Karo the top position. They then return to the feet moments later and Fickett attempts a few combos that misses. Fickett throws a weak punch and then the two fighters gain the clinch. Karo throws a wild right that misses. Fickett then shoots in but Karo pushes him off. Fickett attempts a high kick but once again it is blocked. Karo lands and excellent combo and then he lands a judo throw. Fickett tries to come in with the flying knee again as Karo tees off on him. Karo secures another takedown. Fickett turns to his back and they return to the feet. Fickett shoots in as they battle with shots in the clinch and the round ends. Both guys very battered and bloodied.

- This will be a close call!

- All three judges scored it 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Karo “The Heat” Parisyan.

- Next up is Koscheck versus Joslin!

Josh Koscheck vs. Jeff Joslin

- Joslin is introduced first and he recieves a mixed reception.

- Koscheck is next and the fans give him a solid reception.

- Herb Dean is the ref.

Round 1:

They touch gloves and circle one another. Joslin very light on his feet. Koscheck tries to wild shots. Joslin sneaks in a jab. Joslin continues to come forward tossing the odd jab. Koscheck tries another wild right hand. Koscheck has a little blood on the eye as he secures a takedown. Joslin shows an active guard as Koscheck begins to posture up. Joslin gets him in the butterfly guard while Koscheck attempts to pass. Koscheck continues to work to pass while Joslin holds on. Koscheck tries an elbow that misses. Joslin continues to utilize the butterfly guard while keeping Koscheck mobilized. Koscheck misses with an elbow. Dean steps in and stands them up. Joslin lands an overhand that rocks Koscheck, immediately Koscheck shoots and puts him down. Koscheck gets the takedown and works some body shots. Herb Dean warns Koscheck he will stand them up. Koscheck tries stuffing Joslin against the cage. Joslin rolls for an armbar. Round ends.

Round 2:

Joslin comes out with the jab as he sizes Koscheck up. He continues to work an excellent jab. Koscheck attempts a jab that misses. He then tries an overhand right that comes up short. Joslin continues to stalk Koscheck on the feet. Joslin works the jab while Koscheck throws a wild right. Joslin continues to come forward with straight punches as Koscheck throws wild rights that miss. Joslin lands a low kick and then Koscheck shoots and takes him down. Joslin ties him up while Koscheck tries to pass. Koscheck lands an elbow and then a few punches to the body. Koscheck postures up and lands a few elbows. Koscheck gets in two more elbows. Herb Dean stands them up. Immediately Koscheck shoots and gets the big takedown. Joslin tries switching to an armbar. Joslin gets the triangle sunk in at the end of the round.

Round 3:

The thrid starts with Joslin coming forward on the feet again. Joslin lands a low kick. He attempts a spinning backfist that misses. Joslin continues to work the jab. Joslin lands a few jabs as Koscheck backpeddles. Koscheck shoots in for the double leg. Koscheck secures the big takedown and he gets in a takedown. Joslin gains the butterfly guard. Koscheck continues to do very little from the top. Joslin works the active guard looking for a submission. Koscheck postures up but is uneffective. Koscheck sinks in a guillotine but Joslin gets loose. Koscheck works from the side dropping shot elbows. Koscheck begins to lands some good punches. Herb Dean stands the fighters up. Joslin is cut. Joslin throws a punch and Koscheck shoots and takes him down. Koscheck lays in the guard and does nothing while Joslin lands shots from the bottom.

- Josh Koscheck is declared the winner via a unanimous decision victory.

- Next up is Riggs vs. Sanchez.

Joe Riggs vs. Diego Sanchez

- Riggs is introduced first while his cornermen wear army uniforms.

- Diego is introduced next looking very focused.

- “Big” John is the referee.

- Intense staredown.

Round 1:

The fighters touch up to kick off the round and then they begin circling. Riggs throws big left that misses. Diego shoots in early but fails as Riggs stuffs it. Riggs continues to move forward as he lands right hand. Riggs throws good high kick. Both fighters land huge punches and Diego’s drops Riggs to the canvas, he quickly charges in and lands a flying knee. He follows that up with some shot on the canvas knocking Riggs out.

- Diego Sanchez is declared the winner by KO.

- Thats all folks, hope you enjoyed.

Koscheck Wants Sanchez

In a recent article written on UFC.tv, welterweight contender Josh Koscheck, provided some strong thoughts on fellow contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez.

“Diego Sanchez,” he said without any hesitation. “I don’t like his attitude. He is too cocky. Plus, I think would be a big fight. Hey, I’d pay (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva money to let me fight Diego Sanchez in my next fight.”

“He should be embarrassed that he barely beat me when I didn’t know a damn thing [about fighting],” he proclaimed. “I lost to him by split decision on the show in a fight that could have gone either way. Everyday, I live with the fact that he is one up on me. He beat me fairly. But it won’t happen again.”

“His wrestling ability is a D- compared to mine. I’m an A+,” Kos quipped. “You can’t even put us in the same sentence when it comes to wrestling. Diego relies on his wrestling to gain advantage over his opponents. He can’t play that card against me. If we went to the ground, he would be fighting from his back, not from the top position, and he isn’t the same fighter in that scenario. Sure, he is the better submission grappler. But I’ll be dropping elbows on his face when we’re on the ground. We’ll see how good his submission grappling is at that point.”

Q & A: Jonathan Goulet

Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet is a veteran of the UFC and TKO, holding a professional MMA record of 16-7. Some of Goulet’s more notable victories have come against Jeff Joslin, Travis Galbraith, Tony Fryklund, John Alessio, and Shonie Carter. Goulet is also currently the number one contender for the TKO Welterweight Title.

Goulet is a well rounded fighter who is versed in Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a potent striker. His most recent fight was a loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC Fight Night 6. Goulet also recently signed a three fight deal with the UFC back in August.

Here is a short, recent question and answer set that we did with Jonathan discussing his fight with Koscheck and his plans for the near future…

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UFC Fight Night 8 Complete Card

Here is the official card for UFC Fight Night 8.

Main Event
Joe Riggs vs. Diego Sanchez

Co-Features
Marcus Davis vs. Shoine Carter
Drew Fickett vs. Karo Parisyan
Jeff Joslin vs. Josh Koscheck

Preliminary Bouts
Logan Clark vs. Steve Byrnes
Keita Nakamura vs. Anthony Torres
Dave Menne vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Alan Belcher vs. Jorge Santiago
Victor Valimaki vs. David Heath

Sanchez vs. Riggs in December

‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season one champion Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez has made it known via his website that he will be facing off against Joe Riggs on December 13th. The fight will be taking place on Spike TV on a UFC Fight Night card.

The Nightmare Meets The Heat

The UFC has announced that Diego Sanchez and Karo Parisyan will fight in the main event of an August 17th Ultimate Fight Night that will precede the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 4 on Spike TV.

I’m guessing that this will be another fight to narrow down the list of contenders in the welterweight division, but is it really doing that? After all, does the winner of this matchup meet BJ Penn? With Sean Sherk supposedly moving down to lightweight, I don’t see Joe Silva being able to match Penn up with anyone right now. If they do make him wait for the victor of Sanchez-Parisyan, that’s a pretty long layoff for BJ…

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