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Silva Cruises Through Irvin in Las Vegas


Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Moving up to the light heavyweight division proved to be no problem at all for pound-for-pound phenom and current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, as he made quick work of hard-hitting striker James Irvin in the main event of UFC Fight Night 14, which was organized promptly to counter Affliction Entertainment’s debut show happening just one state over.

What was expected to be somewhat of a test for Silva, who has completely cleaned out the UFC’s 185 lb division of viable contenders, proved to be nothing at all. After exchanging kicks with Silva early, Irvin attempted to go inside with a high kick. Unfortunately for him, it was caught, allowing Silva to come right down the pipe with a straight right hand. Irvin was sent crashing to the canvas. Silva pounced on him, landing unanswered punch after punch until the final one finished Irvin off for good.

After the fight, Silva, who originally expressed uncertainty when questioned if he would like to remain at light heavyweight, stated that he’d be willing to do whatever Dana White and the UFC asked of him. It’s the exact way of thinking that landed him an impressive win over Irvin.

“It doesn’t matter where I have to fight, at middleweight or light heavyweight, I’ll do whatever the UFC wants me to do,” Silva said. “I want to help setup the biggest fights I can and I want to be a part of them. I’m here to challenge myself and test my skills against the best fighters in the world.”

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UFC Silva vs. Irvin Live Results

We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of tonight’s UFC: Silva vs. Irvin event, (also known as UFC Fight Night 14) which will take place this evening at the Pearl Theatre inside the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The show’s main event features reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to the light heavyweight division to take on fellow heavy-hitter James Irvin. Additional main card bouts include heavyweight convert Brandon Vera against Reese Andy in his debut at 205 lbs and a lightweight clash between former title challenger Hermes Franca and standout wrestler Frankie Edgar.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Details live results are after the jump.

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UFC Fight Night 14 Weigh-In Results


Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official-weigh in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 14, (also being billed as UFC: Silva vs. Irvin) which will take place at The Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters made weight with the exception of headliner James Irvin, who weighed one and a half pounds over the light heavyweight limit at 207.5 lbs. However Irvin lost the extra weight and the bout is now official.

Irvin will fight in the main event against reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who will be moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career. Additional featured fights pit heavyweight convert Brandon Vera against Reese Andy in his debut at 205 lbs and a lightweight clash between former title challenger Hermes Franca and standout wrestler Frankie Edgar.

Main Card:

Anderson Silva (206 lbs) vs. James Irvin (206 lbs)
Brandon Vera (204 lbs) vs. Reese Andy (206 lbs)
Frankie Edgar (155 lbs) vs. Hermes Franca (155 lbs)
Jake O’Brien (236 lbs) vs. Cain Velasquez (236 lbs)
Anthony Johnson (170 lbs) vs. Kevin Burns (171 lbs)
Jesse Taylor (184 lbs) vs. C.B. Dollaway (186 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Tim Credeur (185 lbs) vs. Cale Yarbrough (186 lbs)
Rory Markham (170 lbs) vs. Brodie Farber (171 lbs)
Brad Blackburn (170 lbs) vs. James Giboo (170 lbs)
Nate Loughran (183 lbs) vs. Johnny Rees (183 lbs)
Dale Hartt (156 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)

Edgar Looks to Bounce Back Against Franca

UFC lightweight contender Frankie Edgar will attempt to rebound after suffering his first career loss earlier this year when he takes on former title challenger Hermes Franca at UFC Fight Night 14 this Saturday night. In the above video courtesy of ESPN, Edgar discusses his fight with Franca, delving into the reasons why he plans to fight more intelligently and why he believes Franca will be his toughest foe yet.

NSAC Reinstates Hermes Franca


Hermes Franca throws a left hook at Spencer Fisher during their bout in January 2007. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Keith Kizer and the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously voted to reinstate former UFC lightweight title contender Hermes Franca after the Brazilian served a one-year suspension stemming from a positive steroids test last summer.

The NSAC made the announcement yesterday afternoon to the media.

Franca tested positive for the steroid, Drostanolone, following an unanimous decision loss to former champion Sean Sherk at UFC 73: Stacked last July in California. Sherk tested positive for steroids following the event and was subsequently suspended by the state as well.

Unlike his counterpart, Franca admitted to taking the drug. Still recovering from lingering injuries, Franca ultimately turned to steroids in order to help his body prepare for the biggest fight of his career, a mistake he has since promised to never make again.

Prior to his loss to Sherk, Franca had racked up three straight wins inside the confines of the UFC, where he returned for a second stint after splitting four fights two years earlier, including an impressive stoppage of Spencer Fisher and a submission of current WEC lightweight title holder Jamie Varner. He will now go on to fight standout wrestler Frankie Edgar at the organization’s next event later this month in Las Vegas.

Silva-Irvin to Headline July “Fight Night”

It seems that the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be going ahead with their rumored July 19th event in Las Vegas after all, a move that will put the world’s top organization in the spotlight on the same night that Affliction Clothing’s puts on their event in California.

The news comes from Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports, who has confirmed with Dana White that the event will take place at The Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and would be televised live on Spike TV.

Even more interesting is the show’s main event, which will feature reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career to battle fellow heavy-hitter James Irvin in a sure-fire slugfest on the feet.

According to Meltzer, the fight against Irvin will serve as a “test-run” for Silva to see how he would fare in a higher weight class. The current plan involves Silva defending his middleweight belt later this year, most likely against top contender Yushin Okami, but could eventually lead to a showdown against Chuck Liddell in the near future.

A lightweight bout between Hermes Franca and Frankie Edgar has also been moved from the promotion’s August “Seek and Destroy” event to this one, which will now be deemed “UFC Fight Night 14” according to our friends at MMA Junkie, who are also reporting that Jake O’Brien, who has re-signed with the company, will take on Cain Velasquez and a welterweight bout between Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns, which we broke news of yesterday, has also been moved to this card as well.

Brandon Vera, who was tentatively slated to take on former PRIDE champ Wanderlei Silva until Silva turned down the fight, will now take on IFL veteran Reese Andy in his debut at light heavyweight according to Sherdog.com. All five of the aforementioned bouts will likely make up the televised portion of the card.

UFC Announces “Seek and Destroy” Prelims


Hermes Franca throws a left hook at Spencer Fisher during their bout in January 2007. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced four previously rumored preliminary bouts that will take place as part of the organization’s upcoming “Seek and Destroy” event, which will take place on August 9th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

UFC heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo will attempt to bounce back from a heartbreaking decision loss to Heath Herring back in March when he takes on newcomer Dan Evensen, a BodogFight veteran who has won his last four fights, most recently a decision win over Konstantin Gluhov last November.

Former lightweight title contender Hermes Franca will fight for the first time since testing positive for steroids, along with his last opponent, Sean Sherk, under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission. He will go up against standout wrestler Frankie Edgar, who suffered his first professional loss against Gray Maynard in April.

Additional non-televised matches that were announced include a battle between cast members of the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, pitting Ben Saunders against Jared Rollins, as well as a welterweight bout featuring Chris Wilson and Steve Bruno.

UFC 87 is headlined by newly crowned UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre’s first title defense against top contender Jon Fitch, who has won his first eight bouts with the promotion. A bout between lightweight contenders Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian will also take place. Former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar will return to action against longtime veteran Heath Herring as well.

Franca Talks Steroids, Release from UFC


Hermes Franca weighs-in for UFC 73: Stacked. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

While it seems a lot longer, it’s only been a couple of weeks since Hermes Franca came to terms on his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Following a positive test for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission, an accusation that he has since confirmed as being true, Franca now finds himself unable to fight until the summer.

However that doesn’t mean that he can’t have a lot on his mind.

Franca was a guest on The Lights Out Show yesterday, a member of the TAGG Radio network. The main topic of discussion was Franca’s steroid use and the aftermath of his decision.

“Nothing like it had ever happened before,” Franca told hosts Chris Fries and The JDH when asked about the CSAC’s test results. “It was really bad news. I’m not a liar. I made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. So I told everyone around me what I did. I could care less about Sean Sherk and what he does. I don’t want to lie to everyone.”

According to Franca, he asked to be released from his contract with the UFC in order to attempt to fight outside of the United States. However Franca quickly learned that going ahead with his plan might not be in his best interests.

“After the test, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to fight,” Franca said. “I’ was so used to constantly fighting that I didn’t know what I was going to do. I thought I’d be able to fight in Japan, England, or Canada…in another country. So I called Armando Garcia and he explained to me that I’d be able to fight in another country but I’d have a hard time coming back and fighting in the United States if I fought during my suspension.”

“I think the time off will be good though,” Franca continued. “Now I get to work on the business side of things. I have time to teach my fighters and heal my body.”

One of the most interesting bits of information Franca shared was the fact that he was pressured into his lightweight title against former champion Sean Sherk last July. Still recovering from lingering injuries, Franca ultimately turned to steroids in order to help his body prepare for the biggest fight of his career.

“When I was hurt I got lost,” Franca explained. “I wanted to fight for the belt and make my dreams come true. But Joe Silva told me that I had to fight Sean Sherk at UFC 73 and there was no other way around it without him finding another opponent. A lot of guys in the division wouldn’t be able to fight like Kenny Florian. I brought up Roger Huerta but Joe said that he wasn’t ready. So I took the steroids. However I learned my lesson.

While Franca has said that the split from the UFC was mutual and that he would love to return to the promotion in the future, the former Armory co-founder revealed that other organizations have been in contact regarding his services.

“My manager has been busy lately,” Franca said. “He’s had a lot on his hands, getting a lot of phone calls but nothing is for sure right now. I still have about four or five months before I’ll be able and ready to fight again though. Nothing is for sure with the UFC. I’m not a star but I don’t think the UFC doesn’t have any reason to not let me back. I left on good terms and there were no bad feelings but it’s all up to them so we’ll see what happens.”

The Lights Out Show is part of the Tagg Radio Network and is hosted by Chris Fries and The JDH. Be sure to visit TAGGRadio.com, TheLightsOutShow.com or iTunes to be able to listen to the complete interview with Franca (Volume 103) as well as past shows in the archives. The Lights Out Show airs live every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 8 PM ET exclusively on TAGGRadio.com.

Franca and Veres Released From UFC


Hermes Franca weighs-in for UFC 73: Stacked. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has apparently come to terms on the release of lightweights Hermes Franca and Joe Veres.

Both fighters confirmed their respective departures from the organization in separate posts on The Underground Forum.

According to Franca, he asked to be released from his contract while attempting to fight outside of the United States, where he is currently suspended after testing positive for the steroid ‘drostanolone’ under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission.

“I asked Joe Silva if he could opt me out of my contract so I could fight outside of the USA and make some more money,” Franca stated. “I ended up speaking with Armando Garcia (CSAC Executive Director) and he informed me that fighting outside of the country would result in never being permitted to fight in the States again. Now I’m waiting until my suspension is over in July. I’m now without a contract from any organization.”

Franca also added that the split from the UFC was mutual and that he would love to return to the promotion in the future. The Armory founder has not fought since losing a unanimous decision to Sean Sherk in a lightweight title bout last July.

Similar to Franca, Veres also reportedly asked UFC management to be released from his contract.

Veres failed to win in his two bouts inside the UFC. He was knocked out by Gray Maynard and stopped with strikes by Corey Hill in separate fights.

Touch of gloves to Five Ounces of Pain for the finds.

Coming Back From Three Straight Losses

Next month’s showdown between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva will finally answer the age-old question that has been haunting the minds of MMA fans for years as to who would win between the two if they ever fought.

The winner of the fight will receive a huge momentum boost going into the twlight of their career. The loser? Well they will have lost three fights in a row. The list of fighters that have lost three fights in a row is astounding in terms of size. The list of notable fighters that have dropped three straight bouts is pretty big as well.

So what does it take to come back from nearly falling into obscurity? Here’s a look at some well-known fighters that came out on the wrong end of the stick three or more consecutive times and managed to turn things around and get back on the winning track.

Hermes Franca: After a stint where he went 2-2 in the UFC, Franca left the promotion to try and work on his skills in smaller promotions before returning to the big show. However Franca ended up dropping three consecutive fights to Yves Edwards, Koutetsu Boku, and Ray Cooper before the end of 2005. Franca rebounded with an 8 fight winning streak and found himself challenging Sean Sherk for the UFC Lightweight Title this past July.

Nick Diaz: After knocking out touted prospect Robbie Lawler at UFC 47, Diaz found himself being advertised as the future of the UFC’s welterweight division. Diaz ended up struggling for the rest of his UFC career and ultimately lost three straight fights to top competition in Sherk, Joe Riggs, and Diego Sanchez before finding himself out of a Zuffa-owned promotion.  Diaz was brought back towards the end of 2006 for two fairly easy fights but ended up heading to PRIDE where he pulled off a huge upset over Takanori Gomi before the fight was changed to a no contest.

Tengiz Tedoradze:The Eastern Europe native became one of England’s top heavyweight prospects by 2004. Tedoradze then ran into a brick wall when he lost to Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, and then Monson once again in three straight fights. Tedoradze turned his fortunes around by racking up a respectable 10-2-1 record while establishing himself as the best fighter over 205 lbs that the U.K. has to offer.

Mark Coleman: Coleman tore through the UFC in his first six fights, knocking off Gary Goodridge, Don Frye, and Dan Severn along the way. Then Coleman gassed in a heavyweight title opportunity against Maurice Smith. The infamous knockout at the hands of Pete Williams followed and a decision loss to Pedro Rizzo forced Coleman to travel to Japan in hopes of jumpstarting his career. “The Hammer” did just that when he won the 2000 PRIDE Grand Prix in impressive fashion.

Denis Kang: Kang struggled greatly in the first few years of his career and dropped three straight fights to mediocre competition at one point. Kang’s inconscitency continued until he found himself at home in Spirit MC where he became the promotion’s heavyweight champion. Two years later Kang found himself nearly becoming PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix champion and currently is widely regarded as one of the top middleweights in the world by many.

Chael Sonnen:Sonnen had acquired a solid reputation as being a skilled middleweight during the first couple years of his career that found fighting mainly on the West Coast for the most part. The Team Quest product ended up losing three fights in a row in 2004, two of them to MMA veteran Jeremy Horn. Sonnen rebounded and worked his way into a stint in the UFC. Undefeated since leaving the home of the Octagon last year, Sonnen now finds himself challenging an undefeated Paulo Filho for the WEC Middleweight Title on December 12th.

Dennis Hallman: The man they nicknamed “Superman” had racked up an eye-opening record of 10-1 before falling to a trio of creditable middleweights in the form of Caol Uno, Paul Rodriguez, and eventual UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne in sequential bouts. Hallman ended up turning things around and ended up putting together a respectable career that included three separate stints in the UFC and was highlighted by the second of two quick submission wins over Matt Hughes.

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