News and Notes
- Last night Robbie Lawler KO’d Frank Trigg to become the Icon Sport middleweight champion for the second time in his career. Be sure to check out our ‘Live Blog’ for the evenings event.
- Mike Brown has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight at BodogFight: Clash of the Nations due to a torn bicep.
- PRIDE veteran Wanderlei Silva is still awaiting medical clearance in order to compete on the upcoming PRIDE 34 card. No opponent has been named for Silva and the card is only one week away.
- According the The Fight Network, Zuffa is strongly considering moving Mark Hominick’s contract to the WEC so he can compete in their 145 lbs. division.
- Be sure to check us out on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/mmaontap.
UFC Junkie: Interview with Josh Koscheck
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Tonight we will be providing readers with a ‘Live Blog’ of Icon Sport: Epic. The event should be starting any minute now so sit back and enjoy the blow by blow coverage. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the form of comments throughout the night. Also we can now be found on Myspace, feel free to send us a friend invite!
Icon Sport: Epic Results
Duane Haney def. Devon Damo - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Ryan Lee def. Jay Bolos - Decision (Unanimous)
Scott Anderson def. PJ Dean - Decision (Unanimous)
Kimo Wolfel def. Dereck Keasley - Decision
Kala Kolohe Hose def. Ron Verdadero - KO (Punches)
Justin Buchholz def. Marshall Harvest - KO (Punch)
Jeremy Williams def. Charles Jones - Submission (Verbal)
Poai Suganuma def. Nate Cary - Decision (Unanimous)
Jason Miller def. Hector Urbina - TKO (Punches)
Renato Verissimo def. Lars Haven - TKO (Punches)
Robbie Lawler def. Frank Trigg - KO (Punches)
Here are the inaugural MMA on Tap Top 10 fighter rankings. We’ve been trying to get these done for a little while and finally made it happen. We will be updating these pretty much whenever an adjustment is needed, like after an event for example.
The rankings break down into six different lists of 10. Five of them are by division and the last is our pound-for-pound rankings. If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the Top 10 category in our features section.
The rankings were tabulated by Scott, Bill, and myself. Feel free to chime in with your own lists or any adjustments that can be recommended.
1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Mirko Cro Cop
3. Josh Barnett
4. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
5. Randy Couture
6. Fabricio Werdum
7. Andrei Arlovski
8. Tim Sylvia
9. Aleksander Emelianenko
10. Brandon Vera
1. Chuck Liddell
2. Mauricio Rua
3. Ricardo Arona
4. Dan Henderson
5. Wanderlei Silva
6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
7. Tito Ortiz
8. Quinton Jackson
9. Kazuhiro Nakamura
10. Renato Sobral
1. Dan Henderson
2. Anderson Silva
3. Matt Lindland
4. Paulo Filho
5. Rich Franklin
6. Denis Kang
7. Nate Marquardt
8. Frank Trigg
9. Kazuo Misaki
10. Jeremy Horn
1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Matt Hughes
3. BJ Penn
4. Diego Sanchez
5. Karo Parisyan
6. Jake Shields
7. Jon Fitch
8. Carlos Condit
9. Josh Koscheck
10. Akira Kikuchi
1. Hayato Sakurai
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Takanori Gomi
4. Nick Diaz
5. Tatsuya Kawajiri
6. Vitor Riberio
7. Shinya Aoki
8. Joachim Hansen
9. Sean Sherk
10. Norifumi Yamamoto
Pound for Pound
1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Mirko Cro Cop
3. Chuck Liddell
4. Georges St. Pierre
5. Mauricio Rua
6. Dan Henderson
7. Anderson Silva
8. Matt Lindland
9. Randy Couture
10. Hayato Sakurai
If you haven’t already heard, PRIDE is planning to hold a press conference later today in Tokyo concerning a huge announcement involving the company.
Various Japanese media outlets such as Sports Hochi, Nikkan Sports, and Fight! Miruhon are stating at least something concerning a merger/buyout/new company forming between the UFC, PRIDE, Zuffa, and the Fertitta Brothers as well as other potential clients.
The press conference is said to be happening between 5-6 PM Tokyo time. That would mean 4-5 AM EST. You may think Scott and I are insane but we are going to stay up and live blog any news as soon as we receive it regarding the details of the press conference.
News and Notes
- The WEC has announced their next card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between “Razor” Rob McCullough and Rich “Cleat” Crunkilton.
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC. His first fight will be a match for the UFC light heavyweight belt with Chuck Liddell.
- Diego Sanchez recently spoke with Houston Chronicle and during the interview he stressed the fact that he is looking to fight Matt Hughes.
“I’ve been calling out Matt Hughes. The man that I want is Matt Hughes. They gave him Chris Lytle (at UFC 68), and I think, honestly, it should have been me and Matt Hughes right now, instead of me and (Josh) Koscheck.”
“Me and Dana talked about this, and he said he needs contenders. And, if me and Matt fight, there’s only going to be one contender, but I’m still going to work hard after this fight to call him out and say, ‘Hey, man, let’s do this; let’s make it happen.’ I’ve worked my way up and ever since I started in this fight game, I’ve wanted to fight Matt Hughes. I believe I can submit him. I believe I can stop him from taking me down and outbox and outmuscle him.”
- Wensday April 4th Spike TV will be televising Countdown to UFC 69 and UFC All Access with Georges St. Pierre.
- UFC veteran Sam Hoger will make his IFL debut April 7th when he faces the experienced veteran and Lion’s Den fighter Vernon “Tiger” White.
Video of the Day
Rock the Vote Results
Who is currently the best striker in the UFC?
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic - 44%
Chuck Liddell - 37%
Anderson Silva - 12%
Brandon Vera - 6%
Other - 1%
Be sure to vote on our newest poll.
Tatame: Fabricio Werdum Interview
How was that change from the Pride to the UFC?
My manager Ken May said that I was going to fight at the Pride 33, but it seems that they didn’t accept the purse we asked them, so he tough that was better to me to go fighting at UFC. He didn’t explained to me very well, but I know they will pay me much better there, I think almost the double that I am receiving at the Pride organization.
But didn’t you have a contract with the Pride?
No, my contract is with Ken May, my contract finishes on December and I want to renovate. I want to be the champion this year. I am at UFC now so I want to be the champion there. I did a contract of four bouts with the UFC and I want to dispute the belt on the third or on the fourth bout of my contract.
Fight Opinion Radio #43: Ed Fishman
In this 70-minute interview, Ed discusses the Fishman Companies lawsuit versus Dream Stage Entertainment. There are some very intriguing facts coming out of this interview that you have not heard anywhere else.
News and Notes
- If you didn’t see it already, Bill informed us yesterday via Bill Meltzer that Nobuyuki Sakakibara told several staff members of PRIDE USA that the company was in the process of being sold to Lorenzo & Frank Fertitta.
- K-1 and Elite XC parent company Pro Elite will work together to present K-1’s first MMA event in the US - DYNAMITE!! USA - on July 7th at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the home of the USC college football team. The fighters currently heavily rumored to be participating at the event are Royce Gracie, former pro wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar, and Hong Man Choi. A press conference will be held next week to discuss the event.
- Claude Patrick, the primary welterweight for the IFL’s Toronto Dragons will miss the remainder of the league’s season with a torn ACL and meniscus. Patrick will undergo surgery to repair the injuries on April 13th.
News and Notes
- Yesterday Josh Gross reported that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua had signed an interesting contract which includes two fights in PRIDE and two in the UFC.
- Brazilian Top Team’s Edson Draggo will make his return to the ring at the April 13th DEEP show when he faces Wes “The Project” Sims. Also on the card will be PRIDE and UFC veteran Murilo Bustamante.
- Though it has been rumored for weeks, MMA Weekly has confirmed that Anderson Silva vs. Nathan Marquardt and Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz have been signed.
- UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre will be featured on an upcoming episode of UFC All Access hosted by Rachelle Leah. The UFC has yet to schedule an airdate for the show.
PA Sport: Is Ratner Boxing Clever?
News and Notes
- PRIDE USA president Ed Fishman has filed a lawsuit against Dream Stage Entertainment.
- PRIDE USA VP Jerry Millen has commented on the rumored sale of PRIDE FC to Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.
“It’s bullshit. You can’t beleive what you read on the internet and as a matter of fact I just got off the phone with Japan and Pride has not been sold and is not being sold to anyone, especially to Zuffa. We are in the process of making some ground breaking deals that will be bringing in large sums of revenue to the company and making it stronger than ever.”
- PRIDE president Noboyuki Sakakibara feels if there is anyone that can defeat Ricardo Arona it’s Sokoudjou.
“Nobody thought he would fight so well against Rogério. We received thousands of requests from Japanese that want to see him, live, fighting, and the BTT does not want to leave things as they are, so we chose him to face Arona. Sokoudjou accepted the challenge saying: ‘The answer is yes, whether my opponent is a human, a giraffe or Arona,’” said Sakakibara. “I implore everybody to watch this fight. Sokoudjou is only 22 years old, and if there is anyone that can knock down Arona, I believe it will be someone like Sokodjou,” Sakakibara completed.
- ProElite.com will be streaming Icon Sport: Epic live March 31st. The card feature a title fight between PRIDE and UFC veterans Frank Trigg and Robbie Lawler. Also on the card is UFC veterans Jason Miller and Renato Verissimo.
Clip of the Day
Fight Opinion: Fishman Companies vs. DSE
News and Notes
- The UFC has officially confirmed Valimaki-Sakara and Kongo-Silva for UFC 70. The official card currently looks like this:
UFC 70: Nations Collide
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
David Heath vs. Lyoto Machida
Michael Bisping vs. Elvis Sinosic
Andrei Arlovski vs. Fabricio Werdum
Assuerio Silva vs. Cheick Kongo
Matt Grice vs. Terry Etim
Junior Assuncao vs. David Lee
Victor Valimaki vs. Alessio Sakara
Dennis Siver vs. Jess Liaudin
Edilberto De Oliveira vs. Paul Taylor
- Reports surfaced yesterday stating the Fertitta brothers have purchased PRIDE FC for an estimated $65 million. Dave Meltzer has released a message saying there may have been an 11th hour fall apart once again.
Regarding all the Pride rumors, we’ve heard so much in recent days. Where there’s smoke there is fire, but Pride has been close to sold so many times that I don’t count on anything, particularly since sources have heard about an 11th hour fall apart once again. The funny thing is, in Japan, the belief is it is about to be sold, but not to the Fertittas. But in Japan the expectation is something will break at the next show.