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UFC 69: Shootout
Main Card Bouts:
Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra
Diego Sanchez vs. Josh Koscheck
Roger Huerta vs. Leonard Garcia
Mike Swick vs. Yushin Okami
Kendall Grove vs. Alan Belcher
Marcus Davis vs. Pete Spratt
Thales Leites vs. Pete Sell
Luke Cummo vs. Josh Haynes
Heath Herring vs. Brad Imes
Also check back at 3 AM EST as we’ll be covering PRIDE 34: Kamikaze.
Here are the weigh-in results for UFC 69: Shootout.
Georges St. Pierre (169.5 lbs) vs. Matt Serra (169.5 lbs)
Diego Sanchez (168.5 lbs) vs. Josh Koscheck (170.5 lbs)
Yushin Okami (184 lbs) vs. Mike Swick (184 lbs)
Alan Belcher (184 lbs) vs. Kendall Grove (185.5 lbs)
Roger Huerta (155.0 lbs) vs. Leonard Garcia (154.5 lbs)
Brad Imes (260.5 lbs) vs. Heath Herring (245 lbs)
Thales Leites (186 lbs) vs. Pete Sell (186 lbs)
Marcus Davis (169.5 lbs) vs. Pete Spratt (170.5 lbs)
Josh Haynes (171 lbs) vs. Luke Cummo (170 lbs)
Diego Sanchez and Josh Koscheck exchanged some choice words which were followed by a shove from Mr. Sanchez. UFC officials immediately stepped between the two fighters to prevent any further action. Besides the little Koscheck-Sanchez scuffle, the weigh-ins were rather tame.
News and Notes
- Our very own Scott White was a guest co-host on Fight Opinion Radio over the weekend. The show takes a comprehensive look at the PRIDE sale and also discusses the busy month of April for the UFC. Gene LeBell and Pro Elite CEO Kelly Perdew also stop by for interviews.
- The latest edition of UFC All Access will feature UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and will make it’s broadcast debut on Wednesday at 11 PM EST on Spike TV. The show will follow Countdown to UFC 69 at 10 PM.
- Renowed MMA trainer and current Los Angeles Anacondas head coach Shawn Tompkins is reportedly considering a return to active MMA competition later this year according to The Fight Network.
Tompkins stated that if he does indeed decide to start fighting again, that the IFL would have him participate in one of their events, most likely a fight against a coach from another team. Tompkins would also be training with Team Quest, the famous squad that Tompkins signed on with earlier this year to become the resident Muay Thai coach.
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…
News and Notes
- WEC featherweight Joe Pearson tested positive for marijuana following his Jan. 20th WEC title fight versus Urijah Faber.
- UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre has signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC. The deal will make St. Pierre one of the top paid fighters in the organization.
- For those of you interested, check out the latest edition of ‘Fight Opinion Radio’. This weeks show revolves around the upcoming IFL show as the bring on Stephen Quadros and fighter Clint Coronel. Also on the show is a recap of Ultimate Fight Night 8.
- Wrestling Observer released the bout order for UFC 67: All or Nothing…
UFC 67 line-up for Saturday in order:
Diego Saraieva vs. Dustin Hazelett
Frank Edgar vs. Tyson Griffin
Terry Martin vs. Jorge Rivera
Sam Hoger vs. Lyoto Machida
Patrick Cote vs. Scott “desperation punch” Smith
Marvin Eastman vs. Quinton Rampage Jackson
Eddie Sanchez vs. Mirko Cro Cop
John Halverson vs. Roger Huerta
Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter for the middelweight title
*Depending on how the show is going, they could reverse No. 3 and No. 4, which will happen if the first two matches don’t go the distance.
- Countdown to UFC 67: All or Nothing will air tonight at 11 PM EST on Spike TV.
- UK lightweight David Lee has confirmed that he’ll appear on the upcoming UFC card in Manchester, England.
Newly crowned UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre has been forced to pull out of his fight at UFC 67: All or Nothing against Matt Serra due to a knee injury he suffered while training for his first title defense.
Georges St. Pierre earned the welterweight crown at UFC 65: Bad Intentions when he rolled through the welterweight stud Matt Hughes. Before earning the rematch with Hughes, St. Pierre was forced to fight five times against the division’s elite. He showed he was the real deal and worthy of a title shot when he ran through top contenders Frank Trigg and Sean Sherk. Shortly after the domination of Sherk, St. Pierre squeaked out a spilt decision victory over B.J. Penn which was enough to earn him a welterweight title shot. When St. Pierre finally got his shot against Hughes he didn’t disappoint.
St. Pierre’s scheduled opponent at UFC 67: All or Nothing was Matt Serra. Serra earned the UFC welterweight title shot when he won season 4 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’.
Update: 5:30 PM - On the UFC HP, Dana White released a shot statement. “Unfortunately Georges St. Pierre was injured in training and we’re hopeful that he’ll recover quickly,” said UFC President Dana White. “We look forward to having Matt Serra’s title fight as soon as we can.”
Earlier this month, UFC President Dana White told reporters that the UFC was planning to come to Montreal April 7th with Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes II as the headline bout.
Unfortunately for the Canadian fans things took a sudden change as Dana White called off the card on Thursday. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, White said “Fell apart, unfortunately, there were a lot of different things that made that fight fall apart.”
“I’m trying to regroup right now and figure out when we go to Canada.”
With St. Pierre vs. Hughes currently on the backburner, fans will get to see Matt Hughes make his return to the octagon at UFC 68 in Ohio.
Today UFC President Dana White sat down with the OC Register and provided fans with some excellent insight as to what’s on the horizon for the UFC. Here is some interesting information from the interview.
Dana White confirmed the company has picked up:
- Quinton Jackson
- Rob McCullough
- Heath Herring
- Ivan Salaverry
- Urijah Faber
He also mentioned that they are still sifting through it all but the main score was the acquisition of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. We’ll be hearing more information on who was picked up in the coming days.
When asked if being associated with the IFL would be a problem, White stated “Not at all, I’ll take care of that too.” That means we could see the likes of Matt Lindland and Bas Rutten in the UFC in the near future.
White’s reason for purchasing the WFA was mainly for the contracts and in the process he was able to squash the company.
For the past couple of weeks there have been rumors floating around stating that the UFC had purchased the WEC and today Dana White confirmed them. In the interview White said he did in fact purchase the WEC and he went on to say “We’re going to take that to a whole other level, put it on television and blow it up. Pretty soon the WEC will be number 2.”
“The WEC isn’t going to be looked at as a feeder show or guys who are aspiring to be in the UFC. There is going to be no trading or swapping. It’s going to be UFC versus WEC.”
White continued to assure the reporters that 2007 was going to be huge and we now know that is true. At this point we are still at the tail end of 2006 and White has already gone out and purchased the WEC, bought out the WFA, acquired numerous WFA contracts, and he expects his product to be televised on HBO in the very near future. Also there have been many rumors floating around that heavyweight ace Mirko Cro Cop may be testing his luck in UFC in the very near future. When asked about Cro Cop, White said “I’m looking at a lot of guys right now, I want them all.”
White closed out the interview by saying that the UFC would be coming to Canada in April of 2007 for the Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes rubber match. When talking about the rematch in Canada, an excited White said “How crazy do you that place going to be that night? How do you think it’s going to be for Hughes when he walks in with 16,000 Canadians in there? They’re going to kill him.” On top of that he said the UFC plans on branching out into Mexico and the U.K.
2007 is going to be great!
Be sure to tune into Spike TV tonight at 12 AM EST as the UFC’s newest weekly series “Inside the UFC” will premiere.
The show will be a weekly half-hour magazine-style series that will feature interviews, up-to-the minute UFC news and much more.
The first episode will include an exclusive interview with UFC President Dana White as well as one on one interviews with UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and his next opponent Matt Serra. Also the first episode will include an in-depth look at the UFC Octagon Girls.
The Toronto Sun reporting that UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre brought in around $350,000 after his fight with Matt Hughes.
Purses, at least for headline bouts in internationally televised matches, are another thing. St. Pierre took home $350,000 in UFC purse money, bonuses and endorsements for the Hughes fight. Patry said he expects his fighter to exceed $1.3 million in 2007. De La Hoya and Mayweather Jr. will be paid $25 million and $10 million, respectively, for their upcoming fight in May.