The Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission voted unanimously 4-0 to deny Kyle Maynard an amateur MMA license earlier today.
For those of you who aren’t familar with Maynard, he was born with congential amputation, a condition that leaves one with deformed hands, arms, legs, and feet.
“We were in there for about an hour,” said David Oblas, owner of Undisputed Productions and co-promoter of the fight card on which Maynard planned to participate. “We showed them the affidavits from his trainers and video of him sparring. Then they talked privately amongst themselves.”
Maynard won the 2004 ESPY Best Athlete with a Disability Award. He also won more than 100 wrestling matches at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, GA during his high school career.
Maynard currently trains out of the Hardcore Gym in Athens, GA, the same gym that produced Forrest Griffin and Rory Singer.
The UFC has officially announced that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will make his UFC debut Sept. 22, 2007 at UFC 76: Knockout when he faces Forrest Griffin.
“Shogun” Rua (16-2) has solidified himself as one of the top light heavyweights in the world defeating the likes of Alistair Overeem, Kevin Randleman, Ricaro Arona, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Quinton Jackson while fighting in PRIDE. Shogun is an extremely well rounded fighter who possesses excellent BJJ and Muay Thai skills. In 2005 Shogun was able to capture the PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix belt defeating Alistair Overeem and Ricardo Arona.
Rua’s opponent, Forrest Griffin, sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-4. Griffin appeared on the debut season of The Ultimate Fighter and eventually came out the victor of the light heavyweight division. Griffin made a splash early scoring impressive victories over Stephan Bonnar, Bill Mahood, and Elvis Sinosic. At UFC 59 Griffin faced Tito Ortiz in what turned out to be one of the better fights of the year. In the end Ortiz scored the decision victory. Since that time Griffin has gone 2-1 with victories over Stephan Bonnar and Hector Ramirez. His sole loss came to the hands of Keith Jardine.
UFC 76 should live up to the name of knockout as Chuck Liddell will also be appearing on the card when he faces fellow striker Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine.
News and Notes
- Another reminder to leave your selection on our latest Rock the Vote: Should Sherk Be Stripped of the Title?
- Hayato Sakurai has not yet signed a contract to compete with the UFC according to The Fight Network:
Following his introduction to the United States audience by UFC president Dana White, Sakurai conducted several interviews over a seven-day period. He said “the [UFC] contract hasn’t been signed yet, but there are fighters in the UFC I would love to fight.”
- Former TUF runner-up Stephan Bonnar will now be training alongside rival Forrest Griffin at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.
- The Ultimate Fighter reality show will be moved to Wednesday nights instead of it’s usual Thursday time slot for the upcoming sixth installment according to Spike TV. The show will still air at 10 PM. The season premiere of TUF 6 will air at 11 PM on September 19th because of the scheduled UFC Fight Night 11 airing from 9-11 PM that same night.
Today Tagg Radio broke the news that Forrest Griffin would face PRIDE light heavyweight ace Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 76 on September 22nd in Anahiem, California. Master Rudimar Fedrigo solidified those reports but confirming that Shogun went to Las Vegas to sign the contract and shoot some pre-fight videos.
Master Rudimar Fedrigo confirmed us that Mauricio Shogun will face Forrest Griffin at UFC 76, that is schedule for September 22, at. “We went specially to Las Vegas to sign the contract for four fights and to record the videos for before the fight”, said Rudimar, that arrive at Curitiba today.
Rudimar also confirmed that Shogun’s brother, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, would be defending his EliteXC middleweight title against Robbie Lawler.
The trend of future UFC matchups being revealed is continuing this week and UFC President Dana White is a big part of it.
White announced a trio of possible future matchups at the post-fight press conference for UFC 73:
- Anderson Silva will meet Rich Franklin for the second time in a UFC Middleweight Championship bout on October 20th in Franklin’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was announced that Franklin would face the winner of last night’s bout between Silva and Nate Marquardt after UFC 72 and White confirmed the situation last night.
- White also announced that BJ Penn has decided to stay in the lightweight division and will challenge Sean Sherk for his UFC Lightweight Title in November.
- Mirko Cro Cop will take on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira later this year provided that he is victorious over Cheick Kongo at UFC 75 according to White.
White also stated that Chuck Liddell will most likely fight again in September during an interview yesterday on the Scott Ferrall Show:
“Chuck is probably going to fight again in September,” White said yesterday on the radio program. “We’re working on a big fight for him. We don’t have it done yet, but Chuck is chomping at the bit to jump back in there and fight again.“
This contradicts previous reports that had White saying that Liddell now wouldn’t be able to fight again until November.
White made clear about yet another possible matchup during an interview with The Gainesville Sun that would take place at UFC 76: Maurico Rua would make his UFC debut against Ryoto Machida.
Rua, a 205-pound Muay Thai specialist, is scheduled to start at UFC 76 on Sept. 22. White said Rua’s most likely first opponent will be Ryoto Machida (10-0), though Forrest Griffin said he would like the fight.
News and Notes
- Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Tito Ortiz turned down an offer to fight Forrest Griffin in a rematch of their controversial split decision bout in 2006 at UFC 72.
UFC president Dana White said he had tried to match Griffin with former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, but said Ortiz declined.
“Tito didn’t want to come over here, the big sissy,” White said.
Griffin, who lost a controversial split decision to Ortiz last year, said he would welcome a rematch with Ortiz.
“Most definitely, it’s a fight I wouldn’t say no to,” Griffin said.
- The official fight card for the Pancrase 13th Annual Neo-Blood Tournament Finals currently scheduled for July 27th at the Korakuen Town Hall Arena in Tokyo, Japan has been released by the promotion:
Daizo Ishige vs Katsuya Inoue - Welterweight King of Pancrase Title
Rikuhei Fujii vs Tomoyoshi Iwamiya - Middleweight Final
Nao ‘Yoshirock’ Yoshida vs Satoru Takadaya - Welterweight Final
Yuichi Ikari vs Koichiro Matsumoto - Lightweight Final
Yuichi Miyagi vs Koji Yoshimoto - Featherweight Final
Jose Aldo vs Shoji
Miki Shida vs Jong Jin Sok
- Bodog Fight: Paradise Lost premieres next Tuesday, June 26th at 11 PM EST. The season will feature fights involving Daniel Puder and Chael Sonnen among others..
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Here is a preview we put together for UFC 72: Victory.
Main Card Bouts:
Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami
Forrest Griffin vs. Hector Ramirez
Tyson Griffin vs. Clay Guida
Jason MacDonald vs. Rory Singer
Ed Herman vs. Scott Smith
Marcus Davis vs. Jason Tan
Eddie Sanchez vs. Colin Robinson
Dustin Hazelett vs. Stevie Lynch
Also be sure to tune in at 3 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- Our coverage of UFC 72 is going to be great as usual. Expect an official preview, some tap selections (that includes celebrity predictions), weigh-in results, a media roundup, live blog, and much more…
- Nate Diaz and Manny Gamburyan defeated Gray Maynard and Joe Lauzon respectively last night to move on to The Ultimate Fighter 5 finals on June 23rd.
- Tagg Radio had PRIDE light heavyweight contender Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou on yesterday
to talk about fellow Team Quest teammate Dan Henderson’s remark about Sokoudjou getting a poor contract offer from the UFC:
I don’t deal with contract stuff, too much English for me. I just know from my manager and Dan that they were negotiating on my contract. I usually don’t want to get into too much detail. I tried to read my contract with Pride, it was too much for me so I let Team Quest handle that part of my career. They know better than me.
- Carlos Arias from the Orange County Register is reporting that UFC 76 will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
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Forrest Griffin has been on a bumpy ride ever since he stepped foot into the UFC. Things started really well for Forrest - winning the first season of The Ultimate Fighter was followed up with a pair of decisive wins over Bill Mahood and Elvis Sinosic. Then came time for a fight on the big stage with none other than Tito Ortiz. Griffin fought his heart out only to lose a split decision to Ortiz in a fight that many fans and insiders believe that Griffin won, myself included.
Griffin bounced back with his second victory over Stephan Bonnar and then things took a turn for the worst. Griffin was stopped by Keith Jardine at UFC 66, a loss that left him pouring out his emotion in the middle of the Octagon for the whole world to see. The UFC matched him up with Lyoto Machida for UFC 70 but Griffin was forced to pull out due to a recurring staph infection.
However with a long break behind him, Griffin is back, mentally refreshed, and healthy. He’s currently scheduled to take on Hector Ramirez at UFC 72 next weekend. Griffin spoke to the media Thursday afternoon about his loss to Jardine, his upcoming fight with Ramirez, and his health - both mental and physical. As always, Griffin was very candid with his answers…
Sherdog is reporting that Rich Franklin will meet Martin Kampmann in the main event of the UFC’s inaugural event in Ireland on June 16th.
It is also being reported that Dana White will officially announce the contest and the event during tonight’s UFC Fight Night 9 on Spike TV. On top of that, a possible bout between Forrest Griffin and Hector Ramirez is being rumored.
MMA Weekly’s rumor page also has Tyson Griffin vs Clay Guida as a possible matchup for the event as well…