RawVegas had the opportunity to interview former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and fellow UFC veteran Frank Trigg at a Las Vegas Grappler’s Quest event over the weekend.
Mir talks about his son competing at the event and his plan to defeat Brock Lesnar at UFC 82 in February. Trigg discusses his “Triggonomics” clothing line and his upcoming fight against Edwin DeWees this month.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially announced that former WWE star Brock Lesnar will make his UFC debut at UFC 81 against former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. The bout will take place Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“It’s an interesting matchup,” said UFC President Dana White. “Lesnar is a great wrestler, a good athlete, and this is definitely gonna be a big test for him. Frank Mir is a former world champion who is coming off a big win over Antoni Hardonk, and he’s looking to get his career back on track while Lesnar’s looking to walk into the UFC and prove what type of fighter he’s gonna be by trying to knock him off.”
“This guy’s not trying to duck anybody,” said White of Lesnar. “He knew once he got in the UFC that he was gonna fight tough guys.”
Brock Lesnar made his MMA debut in June at K-1 Hero’s Dynamite!! USA where he submitted Min Soo Kim early in the first round.
Frank Mir sports a MMA record of 10-3 with victories over the likes of Wes Sims, Tim Sylvia, Tank Abbott and Pete Williams. Mir’s most recent victory came at UFC 74: Respect where he submitted Antoni Hardonk partway through the first stanza.
News and Notes
- ProElite.com will be streaming Randy Couture’s press conference live at 4:30 PM EST.
- A roundup of coverage of last night’s TUF episode:
UFC: The Ultimate Fighter Serra vs Hughes - Episode Six Recap; Matt Hughes’ Blog - Week Six
Sherdog: Sherdog.com’s Guide to TUF 6
The Fight Network: Controversy Strikes TUF 6
Inside Fighting: Paul Georgieff; Tommy Speer
Chicago Sun-Times: John Kolosci’s TUF diary, Episode 6
OC Register: Mac Danzig’s Ultimate Fighter Blog (Episode 6)
MMA Junkie: “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra” — Episode No. 6 Recap
UFC Mania: Ultimate Fighter 6: Episode 6 recap and discussion
UFC Daily: The Ultimate Fighter Season 6: Episode 6 Recap
Five Ounces of Pain: TUF 6: Episode 6 Thoughts/Recap
- Strikeforce originally stated that two-minute rounds would be used during their inaugural middleweight tournament next month but the California State Athletic Commission has stepped in and changed the bout duration to five full minutes.
- Some other numbers from UFC 79…
Official attendance - 16,054
Total live gate - $2,519,850
- Sean Salmon has revealed through MMA Junkie that he will be fighting at Strikeforce next month against an opponent yet to be determined and at the next HDNet Fights event on December 15th against Jason “Mayhem” Miller:
Now, onto upcoming fights (or what I am permitted to say, anyway): I am “for sure” fighting on the Strikeforce card on Nov. 16. However, Eugene Jackson (my original opponent) is injured and can’t fight. I know Cung Le’s opponent has fallen through, and I would like nothing more than to fight him. Here we go again:
Either way, I have been assured that I am on this card, but I’m most likely an “alternate bout” to the tournament. I can’t complain about that, as I would be honored to fight anyone in that four-man field.
Next up, I have been given permission to announce that I will be fighting Jason “Mayhem” Miller on the Dec. 15 HDNet Fights card.
- Last night Brian Knapp of The Fight Network announced that James Thompson and Jon Murphy were set to clash at EliteXC: Renegade on November 10th. However Sam Caplan and Five Ounces of Pain are reporting that the fight is not signed and Murphy was never even approached about a potential fight against Thompson:
When contacted by Five Ounces of Pain, Murphy indicated that no one with EliteXC has contacted him about the possibility of fighting Thompson. He went on to add that he’s currently suffering from a serious shoulder injury and does not believe he’d be able to take the match even if it is offered.
Murphy went on to indicate that a match with Thompson is one he’d welcome in the future and that he hopes it’s a bout available to him once he’s healthy again.
- Herb Dean recently sat down for an interview with The Winnipeg Sun and discussed his controversial decision to stop the Frank Mir-Tim Sylvia heavyweight title bout at UFC 48 after Sylvia suffered a broken arm:
That experience was never more evident back in 2004, when Dean was the referee in UFC 48. In the heavyweight championship fight between Tim Sylvia and Frank Mir, Sylvia broke his arm in the first round. Dean, understanding the headstrong mentality of some of the fighters, saw this and jumped in right away, stopping the fight. He knew if he didn’t, Sylvia would have kept going and possibly suffered more damage.
“He was upset, the crowd was upset,” Dean remembers, “but it turns out they caught in on video, they had a good angle of it, so I was vindicated. For a minute I was wondering where I was going to hide. I was looking for a good hiding spot or a large police officer.
“It’s happened more than once, but that was my defining match as a referee.”
News and Notes
- Palace Fighting Championship will be in talks with both Kimbo Slice and Tank Abbott this morning in an attempt to try and bring the bout between the two to PFC’s show on October 18th:
“I have spoken to both sides’ management,” said PFC’s Christian Printup. “I am submitting a formal offer (Wednesday) morning. If it satisfies their financial needs the fight will happen on Oct. 18 in the PFC. If it doesn’t, I can take comfort in knowing we made a very substantial offer nonetheless.”
- Speaking of Kimbo Slice, he is set to be profiled on ESPN’s newest venture, E:60:
The new sports news show from ESPN, E:60, will be taking a closer look into some of sports’ larger stories, much like 60 Minutes or Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. The surprising thing? Kimbo Slice will be profiled by Rachel Nichols in one of the segments, according to the October 8th edition of USA Today.
- Tonight’s episode of UFC Unleashed will feature Rory Singer vs Josh Haynes from UFC: The Final Chapter as well as Rich Franklin vs Anderson Silva from UFC 64.
- MMA Opinon discusses why Dave Meltzer’s move to Yahoo! Sports is going to revolutionize MMA media and slams others:
Meltzer’s ascension is not only deserved, but it could shape the way we read and digest thoughts and ideas on MMA. Coverage effects how we all view our MMA. The Sam Caplans’ and Todd Martins’ of the world are excelling because they understand the synergy and goals of business and entertainment as much as true sport. They are equally necessary. And somewhere in between Josh Gross and noted Negative Nancy Zach Arnold (great for community of MMA journalism, but often a malcontent when the sky isn’t falling) there is Dave Meltzer. Well, in between it all is Fight Linker, but that’s commentary.
Meltzer has waited a lifetime for compliments like the one given to him by famous sports writer Frank Deford this past summer. Often the object of disrespect, Meltzer (who writes a giant newsletter or two by himself, did radio shows, and covered ten times what anyone felt was required), was called the best sports journalist in the world by Deford. Here’s hoping he gets to make his mark at Yahoo Sports (he’ll dwarf Kevin Iole in months) and gets to retire from his newsletter. Dave deserves to watch his child grow up and not worry about losing another friend in pro wrestling.
Zach Arnold defends his work:
Who predicted the collapse of PRIDE before it was ever conventional wisdom in any media circles? I took two years of abuse for that one. The track record is good.
- UFC Daily is reporting that Frank Mir will definitely not be facing Fabricio Werdum at UFC 79 because he won’t be fighting until February or March of next year anyway.
- Fightlinker tells Dana White to not expect any favors from Tito Ortiz.
- Royce Gracie is teaching the Palm Beach, FL police department BJJ.
Two new rumors and one kind of old one to report for UFC 79…
The Fight Network’s Loretta Hunt is reporting that Tony DeSouza will return to the Octagon to face Roan Carneiro:
Tony DeSouza has been slated to face Roan Carneiro in a welterweight bout at Dec. 29’s UFC 79 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In most recent action, the ground savvy DeSouza touts a first-round submission victory over Ohio upstart Dustin Hazelett (10-3) from last October’s UFC Fight Night featuring Tito Ortiz versus Ken Shamrock in Hollywood, Fla. DeSouza suffered a second-round knockout loss to American Top Team’s Thiago Alves (12-3) at last December 29’s UFC 66 in Las Vegas, and has not competed in the ten months since.
“My last fight made me very hungry to get back in the game,” says DeSouza, 33. “I am looking forward to my return.”
DeSouza will be training with B.J. Penn, Renato Verissimo, and Joe Lauzon in Hawaii for the fight.
Brazilian website Tatame recently interviewed Fabricio Werdum who stated that his next opponent may be Frank Mir:
“I thought that my next opponent was going to be Tim Sylvia but it ended up not being him. Now I’ve heard rumors saying that it might be Frank Mir. However I’m training at a high level so I’m ready for anyone.”
Even bigger than those two combined was a statement made by Chuck Liddell’s trainer John Hackleman during a recent interview with FightHype where he says that the UFC is most likely going to match Liddell and Wanderlei Silva together for UFC 79:
PC: I know you guys were eyeballing a fight with Shogun, but his knee surgery will prevent that fight from happening. Will you still like to get the Wanderlei fight?
JH: Looks like the Wanderlei fight is going to happen.
PC: Ok, is it still going to be in December?
JH: December, yeah!
Like I’ve said before there is no better time to finally do Liddell-Silva then right now. It might even be the only chance actually. Hackelman continues to seem confident that Chuck is going to facing Silva and he’s rarely wrong. I guess we’ll find out for sure in the coming weeks.
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated.
- Be sure to check out our latest MMA on Tap Top 10...
- Stay with us throughout the day and night for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 11 which will feature our famed Tap Selections, a live blog and much more.
- MMA Junkie is reporting via Tagg Radio that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will be taking on former PRIDE Heavyweight Title holder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in his next fight. No official date for the fight was said.
MMA Junkie also spoke to Frank Mir’s manager, Dean Albrecht, who stated that a Mir-Nogueira bout is not official and that he and his client would like to face Kongo before Nogueira at this point:
“No official announcement,” he wrote to us. “We are hoping for Kongo first. He called out Mir. I think he deserves it.“
- Sam Caplan went public with some EliteXC news yesterday. Apparently Gary Shaw and company have no interest in signing Renato “Babalu” Sobral at this time and David Loiseau may be making a return early next year:
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned through EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw that the fight promotion has no immediate interest in former UFC fighter Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Shaw said in no way does he condone what Sobral did at UFC 74 and labeled the act as “egregious.” However, he would not rule out the possibility of having interest in Sobral’s services in the future.
I’ve also had several people ask me in recent weeks about the status of David Loiseau. Loiseau, if you recall, fought on EliteXC’s debut card in February and has not been used by the promotion since. There was some speculation that he had been released but Shaw confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the promotion does in fact have plans for Loiseau and there’s a chance he could be appearing in December in England on a Cage Rage card.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that a meeting scheduled for next month will review amending these possible regulations and more:
• Weight loss for a competitor 147 pounds or less changed from two pounds to no more than one at the time of weigh-in
• Weight loss for a competitor over 147 pounds changed from three to no more than two pounds at the time of weigh-in
• Weight loss completion from two hours to one hour after the initial weigh-in
• If a referee halts a bout under the basis that both athletes are in a condition that might subject them to harm, the decision will become a technical draw (currently ruled a no contest)
• The addition of all drugs identified on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List to the NSAC’s prohibited substance list
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that all ten fighters tested for performance enhancing drugs after UFC 74 passed with flying colors. The results of the tests for drugs of abuse will be released in the coming weeks.
The ten fighters that were tested: Patrick Cote, Randy Couture, Alberto Crane, Gabriel Gonzaga, Kendall Grove, Antoni Hardonk, Roger Huerta, Josh Koscheck, Frank Mir, and Georges St. Pierre.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced the official fighter salaries from UFC 74.
Half of Renato Sobral’s total purse has withheld by the NSAC pending an investigation and review of his extended submission held on opponent David Heath after Heath had already tapped out and referee Steve Mazzagatti ended the fight.
Randy Couture: $250,000
Georges St. Pierre: $140,000
Frank Mir: $66,000
Renato Sobral: $50,000
Gabriel Gonzaga: $45,000
Roger Huerta: $34,000
Joe Stevenson: $32,000
Marcus Aurelio: $30,000
Patrick Cote: $24,000
Thales Leites: $18,000
Clay Guida: $14,000
Kendall Grove: $12,000
Josh Koscheck: $10,000
Antoni Hardonk: $8,000
Kurt Pellegrino: $8,000
David Heath: $6,000
Ryan Jensen: $4,000
Alberto Crane: $4,000
Total Payroll: $755,000
Randy Couture did it again.
For the second time in as many fights, Couture shocked the world and defeated a challenger that was supposed to run him over. This is nothing new to Couture. He’s been an underdog for the majority of his career. However after two huge wins over two dominate heavyweights, can Couture be an underdog any longer?
Couture dominated challenger Gabriel Gonzaga over two rounds and an assault of strikes on the ground two minutes into the third forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight, allowing Couture to retain his UFC Heavyweight Title. Gonzaga laid in the Octagon, bloodied and exhausted, in front of the 11,118 in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. It was a sight that many did not expect to see.
Gonzaga put himself on the map with a vicious knockout of Mirko Cro Cop this past April at UFC 70. A single headkick from Gonzaga left the supposed best striker in MMA unconscious on the mat. Couture said that he had developed the perfect strategy to beat Gonzaga during training. Gonzaga (8-2) stated that he found that Couture (16-8) had a fatal flaw in his game. It was Couture that ultimately won the chess match.
Clay Guida def. Marcus Aurelio - Split Decision
Thales Leites def. Ryan Jensen - Submission (Armbar)
Frank Mir def. Antoni Hardonk - Submission (Kimura)
Renato Sobral def. David Heath - Submission (Anaconda Choke)
Patrick Cote def. Kendall Grove - TKO (Strikes)
Joe Stevenson def. Kurt Pellegrino - Unanimous Decision
Roger Huerta def. Alberto Crane - TKO (Strikes)
Georges St. Pierre def. Josh Koscheck - Unanimous Decision
Randy Couture def. Gabriel Gonzaga - TKO (Strikes)