Photos courtesy of the IFL.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s IFL Grand Prix Finals are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
Chris Horodecki (153 lbs) vs. Ryan Schultz (153 lbs)
Benji Radach (184 lbs) vs Matt Horwich (183 lbs)
Jay Hieron (168 lbs) vs. Delson Heleno (168 lbs)
Roy Nelson (258 lbs) vs. Antoine Jaoude (253 lbs)
L.C. Davis (143 lbs) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (144 lbs)
Marcello Salazar (180 lbs) vs. Alex Cook (180 lbs)
Brett Cooper (169 lbs) vs. Rory Markham (170 lbs)
Elias Rivera (181 lbs) vs. Tim Kennedy (186 lbs)
Wanderlei Silva discusses his return to the UFC for the first time since 2000, his long-awaited fight against Chuck Liddell tomorrow night, and how that fight has become a must-win situation for him.
Whether you want to admit it or not, tomorrow night’s fight between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva is the biggest in the history of mixed martial arts.
It’s going to stay that way until and or if Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko even meet in the future.
The hype for this fight couldn’t be any greater. Not a day has gone by that I can remember for the past couple of weeks where I haven’t seen a commercial for UFC 79 somewhere. I’ve seen posters in stores, billboards in the city. Tonight’s UFC All-Access and Countdown to UFC 79 is only going to create more excitement.
It’s a matchup years in the making. Originally planned to happen in 2003 during PRIDE’s Middleweight Grand Prix, the UFC lent Liddell to the Japanese only to have him upset for the first of two times by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. UFC President Dana White hoped to make the dream match come to fruition last November but talks with PRIDE officials fell apart. So Dana and company went ahead and bought PRIDE which in turn ended up securing Wanderlei for them as well.
For years, a potential fight between these two has been debated back and forth between fans and MMA experts alike. If you’re a “nuthugger” of the UFC or PRIDE, you are salivating over this fight as it presents the ultimate UFC vs PRIDE situation.
As if all of that wasn’t already enough, one only has to look towards the styles of each fighter to know that this fight has the makings of an absolute war on the feet. It’s a fantastic bout pitting the aggressive striker against the counter-puncher. Doesn’t get any better than that.
All I know is that I’m getting more and more excited for tomorrow night with every passing minute and I’m sure that many others are sharing similar feelings. For those that still don’t realize or can’t comprehend what’s going down tomorrow night, those feelings will change as we count down the hours until Liddell and Silva finally clash.
It’s the biggest fight in mixed martial arts history. Can’t tell me different.
Georges St. Pierre discusses his upcoming bout against Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 79: Nemesis this Saturday night and what his mentality was like going into his past fights against Hughes.
Hardcore Championship Fighting officially announced the complete card for the promotion’s upcoming event on February 1st at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta.
One of the two co-main events will feature the HCF debut of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as he battles BodogFight and TKO veteran Todd Gouwenberg.
Nogueira has not fought since being knocked out by Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at PRIDE 33 in February. Gouwenberg is currently on a two-fight winning streak. He defeated Konstantin Gluhov and Michael Patt at separate Bodog events in 2007.
The other will have fast-rising Gegard Mousasi clashing with Chute Boxe’s Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.
Mousasi was victorious in his last fight under the HCF banner, stopping Damir Mirenic with strikes in the first round of their bout. Santos was originally scheduled to compete at Cage Rage 24 earlier this month but was forced to pull out of the event due to weight cutting issues.
Other notable names on the card include John Alessio, Mike Pyle, Derrick Noble, Solomon Hutcherson, and more.
The full card for the event is below:
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Todd Gouwenberg
Gegard Mousasi vs. Evangelista Santos
Thomas Schulte vs. Garett Davis
John Alessio vs. Derrick Noble
Damir Mirenic vs. Mike Pyle
Andrew Buckland vs. Dan Chambers
Solomon Hutcherson vs. Amir Rahnavardi
Myles Merola vs. Ariel Sexton
Tim Hague vs. Miodrag Petkovic
Nabil Khatib vs. Lucas Rota
Babian Cortez vs. Juan Barrantes
Tristan Yunker failed to make weight for his scheduled welterweight bout against Pete Spratt. Yunker weighed-in at 174 lbs at the weigh-ins and was only able to get down to 173 lbs following the allotted two-hour time limit.
Yunker will now forfeit a percentage of his purse to Spratt and the fight will take place at a catch weight of 173 lbs.
Jason Miller (186 lbs) vs. Tim Kennedy (185 lbs)
Frank Trigg (183 lbs) vs. Edwin Dewees (185 lbs)
Yves Edwards (156 lbs) vs. Alonzo Martinez (156 lbs)
Krzysztof Soszynski (204 lbs) vs. Robert Villegas (205 lbs)
Pete Spratt (170 lbs) vs. Tristan Yunker (174 lbs)
Cory Mahon (155 lbs) vs. Chris Bowles (154 lbs)
Freddie Espiricueta (184 lbs) vs. Nissen Osterneck (184 lbs)
Jason House (184 lbs) vs Liam McCarty (185 lbs)
Jay White (256 lbs) vs. Patrick Castillo (241 lbs)
Lee King (155 lbs) vs. Marcus Lanier (154 lbs)
Steve Bosse (235 lbs) vs. Icho Larenas (231 lbs)
Mark Hominick (145 lbs) vs. Danny Martinez (145 lbs)
Chad Reiner (170 lbs) vs. Stephane Dube (169 lbs)
Ben Greer (145 lbs) vs. Stephane Vigneault (145 lbs)
Lance Evans (236 lbs) vs. Bob Landry (250 lbs)
Yoon Heo (144 lbs) vs. Thierry Quenneville (145 lbs)
Mark Fraser (145 lbs) vs. Eric Leclerc (145 lbs)
Yannick Galipeau (169 lbs) vs. Josh Bitner (170 lbs)
Alexis Davis (129 lbs) vs. Valerie Letourneau (131 lbs)
Stephane Bernadel (145 lbs) vs. Guillaume Lamarche (144 lbs)
Adil Ayoudi (233 lbs) vs. Ben Gallant (237 lbs)
Jay Estrada was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Martin Grandmont after suffering an injury during a recent training session. A replacement opponent for Grandmont was unable to be found according to The Fight Network.
Urijah Faber (144 lbs) vs Jeff Curran (143.5 lbs)
Paulo Filho (185 lbs) vs Chael Sonnen (185 lbs)
Doug Marshall (204 lbs) vs Ariel Gandulla (199 lbs)
Jens Pulver (145 lbs) vs Cub Swanson (146 lbs)
John Alessio (170 lbs) vs Todd Moore (167.5 lbs)
Bryan Baker (183.5 lbs) vs Eric Schambari (182.5 lbs)
Alex Karalexis (155 lbs) vs Ed Ratcliff (155 lbs)
Ian McCall (136 lbs) vs Charlie Valencia (134 lbs)
Brian Bowles (134 lbs) vs Marcos Galvao (136 lbs)
Rio Heroes 13 features an eight-man lightweight tournament that includes three former champions battling for the Rio Heroes Lightweight Title.
The event airs live and free tonight on their official website. Click here to get your free pass that will allow you to watch the event.
The four quarterfinal matchups to start the night are as follows:
Ivanildo Santos vs. Leiarte Azevedo
Flavio Alvaro vs. Ivan Max Iberico Celis
Paulo Silva vs. Udi Lima
Andre Luis de Oliveira vs. Miguel Angel Duran Avad
The first bout between Santos and Azevedo is a rematch of a fight that originally happened at Rio Heroes 9, where the two fought to a no contest after Santos’ eye was damaged because of an eye-gouge attempt by Azevedo. Former Rio Heroes Middleweight Champion Flavio Alvaro will drop down to lightweight for the first time in his career and take on Ivan Celis who will be making his Rio Heroes debut.
Silva will attempt to build on the momentum he earned by nearly winning Rio Heroes 9 in September when he faces off against Udi Lima. Silva and Lima fought in July at Rio Heroes 6 where Lima submitted Silva with a triangle. The final quarterfinal bout features Oliveira and Avad both making their Rio Heroes debut. The two sport completely different backgrounds as Oilveria is a well-renowned club fighter while Avad has made his rounds practicing Muay Thai around the world.
We will have full results following the event later tonight.
WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho trains in his native Brazil in this video for his upcoming title defense tomorrow night against Chael Sonnen. Filho also talks with former PRIDE star Ricardo Arona who shows off what looks like a recent stab wound from a possible fight.