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- 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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- Our rumors section has been updated…
- We’ve been getting hammered with emails asking when our Top 10 is going to be updated. Guess what? Today bitches!
- Various outlets are reporting that Mirko Cro Cop didn’t suffer any broken bones after getting knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga at Saturday’s UFC 70. Cro Cop apparently told reporters overseas that only sustained ligament damage.
- The Fight Network is reporting that Jason MacDonald may take on Rory Singer at UFC 72 via their weekly “The Great Fight North” report:
Jason MacDonald has informed The Fight Network that he’ll be returning to the Octagon June 16 at UFC 72 “Victory” in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but did not name his opponent.
UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva announced Saturday after the promotion’s UFC 70 “Nations Collide” event in Manchester, England that MacDonald (18-8-0) may fight Rory Singer (12-6-0), who appeared on the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but that the contracts had not been signed yet.
MacDonald previously defeated TUF alumnus Ed Herman and Chris Leben before losing to former middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 68 last March.
Should MacDonald defeat Singer, the victory could further cement the Albertan’s claim to being the “TUF Killer.”
- Tickets to the TUF 5 finale are now on sale. The event takes place pn June 23 at The Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
MMAWeekly has obtained the salaries for this past weekend’s UFC 68: The Uprising, held in Columbus, Ohio. As usual, these numbers represent only the actual money given to the fighters, both their salary and win bonuses. It does not include any PPV buy cuts or sponsorships.
UFC 68—- March 3, 2007
Title Match & Main Event Fighters
-Randy Couture: $250,000 (17th fight in UFC; defeated Tim Sylvia)
-Tim Sylvia: $100,000 (11th fight in UFC; lost to Randy Couture)
Main Card Fighters
-Matt Hughes: $150,000 (18th fight in UFC; defeated Chris Lytle)
-Rich Franklin: $42,000 (9th fight in UFC; defeated Jason MacDonald)
-Renato “Babalu” Sobral: $21,000 (9th fight in UFC; lost to Jason Lambert)
-Martin Kampmann: $20,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Drew McFedries)
-Jason Lambert: $18,000 (5th fight in UFC; defeated Renato “Babalu” Sobral)
-Jason MacDonald: $14,000 (3rd fight in UFC; lost to Rich Franklin)
-Chris Lytle: $10,000 (8th fight in UFC; lost to Matt Hughes)
-Drew McFedries: $5,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Martin Kampmann)
Preliminary Match Fighters
-Jon Fitch: $28,000 (5th fight in UFC; defeated Luigi Fioravanti)
-Matt Hamill: $10,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Rex Holman)
-Luigi Fioravanti: $8,000 (4th fight in UFC; lost to Jon Fitch)
-Jamie Varner: $6,000 (2nd fight in UFC; defeated Jason Gilliam)
-Gleison Tibau: $6,000 (2nd fight in UFC; defeated Jason Dent)
-Rex Holman: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Matt Hamill)
-Jason Gilliam: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Jamie Varner)
-Jason Dent: $3,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Gleison Tibau)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $697,000
Here is the official card for UFC 68: The Uprising.
Main Card Bouts:
Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Couture - UFC Heavyweight Title
Matt Hughes vs. Chris Lytle
Drew McFedries vs. Martin Kampmann
Rich Franklin vs. Jason MacDonald
Renato Sobral vs. Jason Lambert
Rex Holman vs. Matt Hamill
Jon Fitch vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Gleison Tibau vs. Jason Dent
Jason Gilliam vs. Jamie Varner
Canadian middleweight Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald will make his return to the octagon March 3rd when he faces former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin.
“When you continue to be successful in the UFC, each time you go back you get a tougher fight,” MacDonald said in a statement. “I got a big win over (Chris) Leben who was considered to be in the top five and now they’re giving me someone else who is another top guy.”
Jason MacDonald made his UFC debut earlier this year when he choked out ‘The Ultimate Fighter 3’ runner up Ed Herman. MacDonald was able to continue his winning streak last Saturday when he choked out Herman’s teammate Chris Leben making it six wins in a row for the New Glasgow, N.S. native.
In other news, it is expected that former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes will face Chris Lytle at UFC 68.
Update: 5:21 PM EST - Sherdog.com is reporting that along with signing to fight Rich Franklin, Jason MacDonald has also agreed to a signing bonus and a new four-fight contract.
Here are the weigh-in results for UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II.
Chuck Liddell (205) vs. Tito Ortiz (205)
Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Keith Jardine (205)
Chris Leben (186) vs. Jason MacDonald (184)
Andrei Arlovski (236) vs. Marcio Cruz (236)
Michael Bisping (205) vs. Eric Schafer (205)
Thiago Alves (170) vs. Tony DeSouza (171)
Gabriel Gonzaga (244) vs. Carmelo Marrero (220)
Rory Singer (185) vs. Yushin Okami (284)
Anthony Perosh (236) vs. Christian Wellisch (235)
Here’s a few links to fill you in on what sports writers around the country are saying about UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II…
LA Daily Times: UFC finds ultimate success
St.Petersburg Times: It’s not all fun and games
UFC: Chuck Liddell: the Last of the Mohicans
Globe and Mail: Liddell, Ortiz meet the media
UFC: Liddell lingers as the Last Piece in the Ortiz Puzzle
OC Register: UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz preview
LA Times: Liddell confident he’ll beat Ortiz
LV Review Journal: Trainer on top with Liddell
UFC: Jardine Ready for A Blue Collar Battle on Saturday
ESPN: UFC 66 Makes ESPN’s Top 100 Sports Events for 2006
UFC: The MMA Resurrection of Jason MacDonald
UFC: Chris Leben – Revenge Now, Redemption Later
FOX: Does Ortiz Believe He Will Win?
Keith Jardine and Forrest Griffin
Carmelo Marrero and Gabriel Gonzaga
Jason MacDonald and Chris Leben
Thiago Alves and Tony DeSouza
Christian Wellisch and Anthony Perosh
Marcio Cruz and Andrei Arlovski
Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell
Eric Schafer and Michael Bisping
UFC 66 Press Conference - Ortiz and Liddell
UFC 66 Press Conference - Jardine, Griffin, Schafer, Bisping
Liddell vs. Ortiz II Predictions
Sherdog is reporting that Chris Leben will take on Jason MacDonald at UFC 66 on December 30th…
For more analysis on this potential matchup, let’s bring in my sidekick, Scott White.
Scott, what are your thoughts on this matchup between two extremely talented middleweights?
The way i look at it is, Leben will have the advantage standing and Macdonald will have the edge on the ground. Macdonald can easily win the fight, its just going to come down to who imposes their will and excuses their game plan the best. If MacDonald can withstand Leben’s strikes and take the fight to the canvas he’ll be fine. I wouldn’t be suprised to see this one go to a decision. I don’t know much about MacDonald’s striking ability but if he is technically sound he may be able to stand with Leben much like Santiago did before Leben caught him throwing a lazy shot. MacDonald is a very big middleweight as well so he should have the strength advantage.
Tonight fighters and fans filled the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida to witness Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock III - ‘The Final Chapter’.
The evening began with a light heavyweight battle between Seth Petruzelli and Matt Hamill. The fight was a long one in which we saw Matt Hamill come out the victor.
Early in the fight Hamill secured his takedowns and he was able to land a shot which opened up a cut and caused a big mouse under the eye of Petruzelli. This was the beginning of the end for Seth. Petruzelli spent the majority of this fight on the canvas wiping blood out of his eyes while his opponent lay on top of him and mounting no offense.
The only bright spot of the fight for Seth Petruzelli was in the second round when he landed a kick that stunned Hamill and opened up a nice cut under his right eye. Besides that most of Petruzelli’s game was neutralized by Hamill’s superior wrestling ability.
It would be nice to see Matt Hamill more aggressive when on the canvas. He has excellent wrestling and usually has little trouble taking the fight to the canvas. When he gets it to the ground he stalls, he doesn’t mount much offense no does he even try to pass the guard.
One other thing I noticed about Hamill was his striking and striking defense. Hamill tends to lower his hands quite a bit leaving himself open for shots. He throws punches they are usually sluggish and slow. We saw Petruzelli rock Hamill more then once during the fight but each time he used his wrestling to regain his composure. Either way in the end he did enough to earn himself a unanimous decision victory.
The second televised fight of the night was a middleweight battle between Ed Herman and Jason MacDonald. MacDonald showed fans he wasn’t a stepping stone as he finished Herman early with a beautiful triangle choke.
Herman came out early and secured a nice takedown but we quickly saw a war of reversals until MacDonald went from the mount to a triangle. He then sunk the triangle in deep and began to work for an armbar at the same time. Herman showed alot of heart and held on for quite a while under MacDonald wrapped his arm around Herman’s leg so he could no longer move. Eventually it was too much and Herman gave in and tapped out.
Next was another Team Punishment member and ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ champion Kendall Grove going up against Chris Price.
Grove looked great from start to finish. Early in the fight Grove worked his strikes well before the fight was finally taken to the canvas. From there was able to move to the mount on more then one occasion before he was finally able to secure the mount late in the first and start raining down elbows. Grove nailed Price numerous times and finally he tapped and the ref called the fight.
Afterwards Grove stated that he’d like to step into the octagon with his counterpart Rory Singer. Singer fought earlier on the show against Josh Haynes winning by unanimous decision. Singer and Grove had a little feud on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ in which Grove wrote expletives all over Rory’s training gear. Grove wouldn’t step up and admit to it and Rory was furious.
Next up was ‘The Final Chapter’ between UFC superstars Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz. Both fighters entered the octagon looking calm and confident but as was the case in the first two fights Ortiz made fairly easy work of Shamrock knocking him out at 2:33 of the first round.
Shamrock came out and looked very calm unlike the second fight when he bull rushed Tito. The fight started fairly slow until the two fighters clinched in the middle of the octagon and Tito literally manhandled Shamrock and pinned him up against the cage. From there he took the fight to the ground and began the assault.
Tito worked the elbows from the guard before he finally switched to punches. He rocked Shamrock with a few shots and followed it up with a barrage of hard punches that knocked Ken out. “Big” John jumped in between them and Shamrock was clearly out after the fight.
After the fight it was nice to see the two fighters embrace one another and show respect. Ken clearly wanted to bury the hatchet and Tito showed alot of maturity respecting that and agreeing.
When Joe Rogan interviewed Ken after the fight he announced that it would be the last time he’d fight in the octagon and like a true gentleman Ortiz came up, shook Ken’s hand and thanked him for everything he had done in the sport and wished him well.
Undercard action saw Marcus Davis defeat Forrest Petz via a guillotine choke. Both fighters exchanged strikes for the better part of the first four minutes before Petz got caught late with a guillotine.
Thiago Alves put himself back on the winning streak by earning himself a unanimous decision over the very tough John Alessio. UFC newcomer Tony DeSouza submitted Dustin Hazelett late in the first with a triangle choke.
UFC middleweight contender Nathan Marquardt had a successful return to the octagon after spending the better part of 7 months on the shelf due to a suspension issued for taking a banned substance. Marquardt finished his opponent in the second round via the rear naked choke.
Update 10/11 9:00 AM - The media coverage for this event has been pretty big so far…
UFC: Ortiz Retires Shamrock with First Round TKO
Sherdog: Once, Twice, Three Times No Maybes
Miami Herald: Ortiz defeats Shamrock to earn title shot; Shamrock retires; Ortiz claims Ultimate victory
Boston Herald: Ortiz unlucky for Shamrock
Calgary Sun: Shamrock anything but lucky in loss to Ortiz
Houston Chronicle: Ortiz pounds Shamrock into retirement
CBC: More of the same as Ortiz wins The Final Chapter
Long Beach Press-Telegram: Ortiz tees off on Shamrock
Boxing Scene: Ortiz Demolishes Shamrock in Trilogy Bout
Tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night will mean different things to different fighters. Will tomorrow night be Ken Shamrock’s last fight, win or lose? Is Shamrock just an easy obstacle for Ortiz to hurdle over right before his December rematch with Chuck Liddell for the UFC Light-Heavyweight title.
Kendall Grove, Matt Hamill, and Ed Herman are all TUF3 guys who will be returning to the octagon against MMA veterans. Rising UFC welterweight contenders Thiago Alves and John Alessio will face off on the undercard as well.
Another fight that intrigues me - Nathan Marquardt fighting for the first since UFC 58 against Crafton Wallace. Why Marquardt hasn’t fought since March is a mystery to me. After his victory over Joe Doerksen, Marquardt was considered one of the top contenders to Rich Franklin’s middleweight belt. Since then, a handful of middleweights have gained ground and Marquardt isn’t considered in the same breath as Mike Swick, David Loiseau, and Chris Leben anymore.
Some media coverage for the readers…
UFC: Tito Ortiz - Shamrock First, Liddell Later
Miami Herald: Shamrock’s fighting mad; Raw hatred fuels Ortiz, Shamrock
Doghouse Boxing: Tito Ortiz speaks; disses Ken Shamrock
Florida Sun-Sentinel - The ultimate rematch
Tampa Tribune: UFC’s Ortiz Still Man Of People
Houston Chronicle: Ortiz, Shamrock ready for final chapter
Sherdog: Ken Shamrock Training Pictures
UFC: John Alessio - Just Getting Started
Boston Herald: Alessio, Alves to meet on October 10th
MMA Weekly - Ed Herman Ready for UFC Fight Night