UFC color commentator Joe Rogan made an appearance on The Underground yesterday providing his thoughts on Randy Couture’s resignation from the UFC.
“I was working on UFC Wired today when I heard about it. First I thought Randy just decided to retire when he heard Fedor signed with another organization, but then after reading his quotes it obviously runs much deeper than that. I have no idea who makes what, but I do know that I’m honored to have had the chance to know Randy and I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to watch him compete. He is a very rare human being, the kind that comes along only once or twice in a lifetime. He’s one of the few people that I’ve ever come across that’s both a kind hearted, friendly, happy guy, and a furious, relentless competitor. He’s also one of the rare human beings that fully maximizes his potential in his pursuits. I sincerely hope that there’s a way that they can work all this out, but if not, all I can say is that I learned a lot just watching him perform, and I feel very fortunate to have met him.”
Yesterday UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture announced that he was severing all ties with the UFC after they failed to land top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. As Rogan stated the problems seemed to run deeper then just Fedor. Couture was quoted saying, “I’m tired of being taken advantage of, played as the nice guy and basically swimming against the current with the management of the UFC.”
For all of the details on the Couture resignation check out the following links:
I know we haven’t posted it but a lot of other sites have. Here’s a promo for UFC WiRED, a new show hosted by UFC color commentator Joe Rogan that debuts this weekend.
News and Notes
- Adam Smith, who competed on last weekend’s Strikeforce at the Mansion card against K-1 veteran Dewey Cooper, has tested positive for cocaine and marijuana according to the California State Athletic Commission. Smith will be suspended until June 25th of next year and fined $1,500.
- Anyone watch Dog The Bounty Hunter? Dog’s son Leland will be making his MMA debut on October 20th at No Limits Fighting’s Brawl for it All event.
- UFC vice president Marc Ratner told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports yesterday that Anthony Torres tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone through the post-fight tests done after UFC 75. Torres is the first fighter to test positive under the UFC’s testing done when events are held outside of the United States. Torres was released from his contract by the UFC, not because of the positive test, but because of a poor performance against his opponent at UFC 75, Jess Liaudin.
All of the other fighters tested at UFC 75 - Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Dennis Siver, Michael Bisping, Terry Etim, Houston Alexander and Gleison Tibau all passed. All of the fighters who competed at UFC 76 passed their tests for performance enhancing drugs as well.
- Keith Jardine has told MMA Weekly that he plans on returning to the Octagon in January:
“I’m thinking January, the early part of the year would be a good time,” said Jardine about the ideal time for his next fight.
- SUN Sports & Entertainment has announced the complete fight card for Art of War 4: Mississippi Mayhem, scheduled to take place on October 27th:
Ron Faircloth vs Chris Hawk
Rex Richards vs Shane Carwin
Mike Wessel vs Matt Thomas
Andrew Chappelle vs Adriano Nasal
DJ Watkins vs Kyle Gibbons
David Hulett vs David Brown
Keith Bach vs Mark Wiggins
Andy Uhrich vs Chris Gates
- Sam Caplan is reporting through Dave Meltzer that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cheick Kongo may not be fighting at UFC 79 after all:
According to Dave Meltzer in his latest FoxSports.com column, a rumored match between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cheick Kongo may not take place at UFC 79 on Dec. 29 as had been previously reported. It now appears that Nogueira vs. Kongo could take place in either January or February.
- Zach Arnold is reporting that the PRIDE FC Worldwide office in Tokyo has been shut down and all of the workers have been fired.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan appeared on 106.7 FM KROQ “The Roq of the 80’s” to discuss mixed martial arts. Partway through the interview Rogan stated that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was considering quitting during his fight with Cheick Kongo at UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion.
“If you watch the last UFC, this is something nobody knows, the Mirko Cro Cop fight that was on Spike last week - he got kneed in the balls, he went down and said to “Big” John McCarthy, “I’m too old for this shit.” and Big John said “No man you’re fine, you’re fine.” and he goes, “No I should just quit right now.” He said this while he was down and Big John goes, “If you want to quit just let me know and he said no, no I don’t.” So he had 5 minutes to recover and said he was too old for this.”
The UFC signed Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic to a lucrative two year, six-fight contract in December 2006. At the time, Cro Cop was on top of the world winning the PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix which consisted of him defeating Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett in the same night to earn the tournament belt.
Since joining the ranks of the UFC heavyweight division Cro Cop has been a total disappointment. He was victorious in his debut defeating Eddie Sanchez by TKO. Since then he has dropped two straight fights, a vicious high kick knockout loss to Gabriel Gonzaga and a decision loss to Cheick Kongo.
News and Notes
- We will have an updated MMA on Tap Top 10 coming up later on today…
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- WEC welterweight contender John Alessio has told The Fight Network that he most likely will not be fighting until February:
World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight contender John Alessio (20-10-0) won’t be lighting up the cage anytime soon, he tells The Fight Network.
“It’ll be early in the new year,” Alessio says. “They have a December show, then I’ll probably be fighting in the show in February.”
The WEC has events tentatively scheduled for Nov. 9 and Dec. 12, and Alessio was told both rosters are already full.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Martin Kampmann recently underwent a successful second surgery on his injured right knee and is planning a return to the Octagon for March or April of next year.
- UFC Wired will begin airing on October 6th. A little description of the show courtesy of the UFC:
UFC WiRED is a hard-hitting one-hour journey back in time featuring some of the greatest bouts ever held in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s infamous Octagon. Each week, host Joe Rogan will give his unique perspective on UFC fights featuring today’s top mixed martial artists, plus fighters from years past.
Sounds like a shorter version of UFC Unleashed.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan discusses the importance of today’s title unification bout between UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and PRIDE Middleweight and Welterweight title holder Dan Henderson as well as the keys to victory for both fighters on SportsCenter.
Tonight we will be going live at 10 PM EST, covering UFC 73: Stacked with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, media coverage, and much more:
UFC 73: Stacked
Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans
Anderson Silva vs. Nathan Marquardt - UFC Middleweight Title
Sean Sherk vs. Hermes Franca - UFC Lightweight Title
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Heath Herring
Kenny Florian vs. Alvin Robinson
Stephan Bonnar vs. Mike Nickels
Chris Lytle vs. Jason Gilliam
Frankie Edgar vs. Mark Bocek
Jorge Gurgel vs. Diego Saraiva
Joe Rogan previews UFC 73: Stacked on ESPN (video, 1:25). With fight talk on a variety of shows, ESPN’s been very good to the UFC this week.
UFC announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan discuss the results of yesterday’s UFC 72 on ESPN Motion.
Today MMA trainer extraordinaire, Sean Tompkins, appeared on The Fight Network radio to explain the advice he gave to Sam Stout at the beginning of the third round during his main-event bout with Spencer Fisher at UFC Fight Night 10. While answering the question Tompkins took the time to provide his thoughts on UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.
“No, absolutely it’s a motivational thing that as a trainer you doing things like that where your fighter is getting power shots to his chin. You don’t want him to fall back into a single punch or single kick series where he is going to get knocked out. What I wanted him to do was to continue with confidence that he was winning the exchanges therefor he would continue to throw punches in four or six hand combos and at any time you throw hands in fours or sixes you’ve got a chance at knocking the person out. I mean contrary to the coaching expertize of Joe Rogan, who I think is one of the biggest douchebags in the sport, I’m very confident in what I do and how I do it. I think I don’t really have to prove it to anybody, that is completely the reason why I did it.”
For those of you unaware when Stout came to his corner at the end of the second round, Sean Tompkins said to him, “Don’t get caught in a war, lead hook-cross, don’t get emotional with him. We are winning every exchange.” Rogan immediately responded saying, “That’s interesting, Sean Tompkins says “we’re winning every exchange”, I completely disagree. Obviously he is probably trying to pump up and give him confidence but it might be a good thing to say.”
“I’m sure he is just trying to pump up Sam Stout but he needs to put some urgency into his game.”
Later on in the third round, Mike Goldberg stated that Sam Stout needed to go into desperation mode and Rogan responded by saying, “He should have already have been there. At the beginning of this round he should have been there. That’s the only thing I disagree with about Tompkins coaching him in his corner.”
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan defends the sport of MMA against boxing promoter Lou DiBella…