In the above video courtesy of Yahoo! Sports and UFC.com, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan gives his take on next weekend’s anticipated heavyweight showdown between MMA legends Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Joe Rogan. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
“It’s the best time so far, but 10 years from now it’s going to be even crazier. We’re going to see kids coming up who learned MMA as a sport from childhood, instead of starting in one martial art, they’ll be starting in MMA. And we’re going to see top-shelf athletes enter MMA. We see it now with guys like Georges St. Pierre and Brock Lesnar, guys I’d call super athletes, but I think we’ll see a bunch of those guys.”
— UFC color commentator Joe Rogan tells MMA FanHouse that he believes the best mixed martial artists have yet to enter the sport, a theory that many agree with, and that while the sport is enjoying its greatest years to date, the best is yet to come.
In the above video courtesy of ESPN, UFC President Dana White and color commentator Joe Rogan break down two of the fights taking place at UFC 88: Breakthrough on September 6th - Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans and Rich Franklin vs. Matt Hamill.
Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
While it’s pretty easy to assume that the current relationship between UFC President Dana White and his reigning heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, might be a little rocky considering White’s company filed a defamation suit against Couture earlier this year, things might be starting to get a little better between the two.
White was a guest this morning on CBS and XM Satellite Radio’s “Opie and Anthony Show” (audio here) where he talked about a variety of topics, including his current situation with Couture. As he’s done all throughout the past eight months since Couture formally resigned from the promotion, White had nothing but good things to say about the UFC Hall-of-Famer.
“I have nothing but respect for Randy Couture,” White said on the program. “This guy is a real fighter and he’s always fought the best fighters in the world. So whatever his reasoning his for wanting to sit out for the remainder of this thing, I want Randy Couture back in the UFC. I want him to be a part of this thing for the rest of his life and I’m trying to work that out with Randy right now so we’ll see what happens.”
Whether or not White and Couture are really trying to work something out remains to be seen, but this is the first time in quite a while that White has even mentioned anything related to an attempt to patch things up with Couture.
White also discussed his attempts to sign former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. While one of Couture’s main reasons for leaving the UFC was White’s inability to sign Emelianenko, he noted that his attempts were not made in vain.
Kenny Florian weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 13. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian will serve as the color-commentator during the pay-per-view broadcast of the organization’s next event, UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II on April 19th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The news comes from MMA Weekly, who had Florian on their daily radio show last night.
Florian will be filling in for usual commentator Joe Rogan, who will be unable to work the event with play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg due to unspecified previous obligations, likely stemming from his career as a stand-up comedian.
It will be the first event that Rogan has been unable to work since UFC 64: Unstoppable in October 2006.
Florian is coming off of a victory over Joe Lauzon Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 13. Florian stopped Lauzon with strikes in the second round.
Some thoughts and notes from this past weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.
I was right and wrong
I did pretty well in the predictions department. I knew going into the fight that Tim Sylvia was going to give Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fits and that’s exactly what happened. However Nogueira has been tough to finish off all throughout his career and this fight didn’t turn out to be any different. No shame in losing for Sylvia. He hung in there with one of the best heavyweights in history.
I had a feeling that if Brock Lesnar was going to be submitted, it might have been by way of a leg lock/kneebar. Wrestlers always have been notorious for being too stationary with their legs while posturing up and working some ground and pound although a lot of fighters don’t really take advantage of it. It just goes to show how intelligent of a ground specialist Frank Mir is to keep his composure while getting pounded and still be able to pull off a smart move.
The only fight I took issue with was Rob Emerson’s split decision over Keita Nakamura. I actually thought that the fight was dead even at the end. I thought that Nakamura won the third round convincingly and that the first round was even.
More thoughts on the fights
Marvin Eastman surprised me while Tim Boetsch did not. While Eastman’s fight against Terry Martin wasn’t necessarily the most exciting, I was a tad happy to see that Eastman was able to take some power shots and still stay on his feet. Boetsch did exactly what I thought he would do against an average fighter in my opinion in David Heath.
Ricardo Almeida, Tyson Griffin, and Chris Lytle all did what I thought they would do. I talked to someone after the event who truly thought that Tibau beat Griffin, which is absurd. I wasn’t expecting that quick of a stoppage from Lytle but a stoppage win nonetheless. What’s going on with Jeremy Horn? I’ll have a piece on him up later today.
Evan Tanner rests during a recent workout session. Photo courtesy of Evan Tanner.
Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will return after a two year hiatus against Yushin Okami when the UFC ventures into Canada for the first time in history on April 19th at UFC 84.
MMA Weekly’s Lee Whitehead states that UFC color commentator Joe Rogan announced that Tanner-Okami would be part of the UFC 84 in April during a question and answer session with the media earlier today following the weigh-ins for tomorrow’s UFC 81: Rapid Fire.
We have been able to confirm the date and opponent with Tanner himself.
A press conference to officially announce the event itself will be held on February 4th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. UFC president Dana White, and current welterweight title holders Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra are expected to be in attendance.
Originally teaching himself submission and grappling techniques using instructional video tape, Tanner rode a roller coaster of ups and downs all the way to becoming the third middleweight champion in UFC history when he defeated David Terrell in 2005.
After losing his belt in a rematch against Rich Franklin in his next fight, Tanner would lose consecutive bouts for the first time in his career when he fell to David Loiseau just months later. He got back on track in April of 2006 when he picked up a submission win over Justin Levens at UFC 59. It was his last fight to date.
Okami lost for the first time inside the confines of the UFC when he came out on the wrong end of a unanimous decision against Franklin at UFC 72 this past summer. He bounced back to win a decision over Canadian Jason MacDonald at UFC 77 in October.
ESPN profiled EliteXC heavyweight Kimbo Slice on their E:60 program. The feature also includes interviews with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz who give their take on Slice’s rise to fame.
UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan break down tomorrow night’s two huge fights in the UFC’s light heavyweight division: Ultimate Fighter winners Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping square off in a bout that will see one fighter earn his first professional loss; Upstart Houston Alexander will try to continue his string of impressive stoppage wins when he takes on Chute Boxe product Thiago Silva.
UFC announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan give their take on what will happen in UFC 77: Hostile Territory’s two main bouts - Anderson Silva vs Rich Franklin and Tim Sylvia vs Brandon Vera.