“Countdown to UFC 87”, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s usual event preview show, will premiere tonight at 11 PM ET on Spike TV. You can check out a preview of the episode here. The show will focus on the three biggest main card fights that will take place this Saturday night: Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch, Roger Huerta vs. Kenny Florian, and Heath Herring vs. Brock Lesnar. Interviews and video of all fighters training in their respective hometowns are expected to be shown.
In the above video courtesy of ESPN, UFC heavyweight contender Heath Herring discusses his upcoming showdown with professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar at this Saturday’s UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Herring also touches on how he believes Lesnar is a one-dimensional fighter and why he thinks his ten years of experience will pay off in this fight.
Here’s something a little different. UFC President Dana White has decided to keep a video blog of his doings in this week leading up to Saturday night’s UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the above video, White discusses what he plans to do with the videos and previews the three big fights on UFC 87’s main card: Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring, Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta, and Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch.
Former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar discusses his upcoming heavyweight showdown with longtime veteran Heath Herring, which will take place on August 9th at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, in the above video courtesy of ESPN. Lesnar also praises Herring for being a well-rounded fighter and mentions that he will likely have to defeat Herring in order to stay with the UFC.
Once again, heavyweight contender Heath Herring discusses his upcoming bout against former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th in the above video courtesy of Raw Vegas. Herring touches on a number of things including his training regimen and a potential rematch with Fedor Emelianenko down the road. His coaches also talk about what they’ve found while watching tape on Lesnar as well.
Heath Herring discusses his upcoming bout against former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th in the above video courtesy of Raw Vegas. In the five-minute segment, Herring touches on his training regimen going into the fight, his thoughts on Lesnar, and eating healthy with trainer Tony Aponte, who has worked with current UFC lightweight title holder B.J. Penn in the past.
Brock Lesnar knocks Frank Mir down with a right hand at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Brock Lesnar is about to face Heath Herring at UFC 87 and there’s a good Q & A in the Baltimore Sun. Here’s a little piece of the interview:
MMA Stomping Grounds: What was your reaction when Coleman had to pull out of UFC 87?
Lesnar: After looking at Mark, I respect Mark a lot but it worked out for the better. Mark, I believe, is over the hill and had been out of the league and regardless of the injured knee, I don’t think it would’ve made a difference.
MMA Stomping Grounds: What did you think when they proposed Herring instead?
Lesnar: Heath is a younger guy, he definitely has a lot of experience and he’s a tough SOB. He’s a brawler and brings to the plate a whole variety of things that we’re looking at as a fighter. He’s well rounded with hands, feet and it’s a challenge for me, and I accepted the challenge when Mark pulled out. I’m looking at this fight where I’ve got a lot to gain and he has a lot to lose.
My back is against the wall in this fight too, because I said from the beginning I wanted to fight credible opponents and that’s what Dana is handing me in Frank Mir and Heath Herring.
In the latest edition of MMA Fix, RawVegas’ Dave Farra sits down with Heath Herring, Stephan Bonnar, Arianny Celeste, and Throwdown‘s Gary Alexander to get their predictions for three of the fights on the main card at this weekend’s UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II.
Anderson Silva discusses his win over Dan Henderson this past weekend at the UFC 82 post-fight press conference courtesy of ESPN. Heath Herring and Jon Fitch follow after the jump.
Some brief thoughts and notes from last night’s UFC 82: Pride of a Champion…
Official news and numbers
Let’s get straight down to the facts. The official attendance inside the Nationwide Arena was 16,431. The live gate is expected to be somewhere around $2.2 million.
Fight of the Night honors went to Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson, who each received $60,000. Silva also earned $60,000 for submission of the night. Chris Leben won the same amount for his stoppage of Alessio Sakara.
Josh Koscheck and Yushin Okami both suffered separate hand injuries in their fights. Both Koscheck and Andrei Arlovski completed the last fights on their respective contracts with the UFC and are now officially free agents.
Silva looks unstoppable
I said before last night that if Anderson Silva dispatched of Dan Henderson easily, then I’d go ahead and claim that he is unstoppable. He is. He’s completely cleaned out the entire middleweight division. I was long a proponent that guys using the Team Quest style of fighting were bad matchups for Silva but obviously that isn’t the case. Silva shows us an entire new dimension of his game every time out.
While a rematch against Okami (who is now pretty much the top contender unless the UFC plans on bringing someone else in or creating a new plan) is intriguing, it’s pretty much set in stone that Silva would pick him apart on the feet. I don’t necessarily agree with Dana White’s constant statement that Silva is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport completely, but I will say that he’s getting dangerously close to achieving that honor.