Clay Guida def. Marcus Aurelio - Split Decision
Thales Leites def. Ryan Jensen - Submission (Armbar)
Frank Mir def. Antoni Hardonk - Submission (Kimura)
Renato Sobral def. David Heath - Submission (Anaconda Choke)
Patrick Cote def. Kendall Grove - TKO (Strikes)
Joe Stevenson def. Kurt Pellegrino - Unanimous Decision
Roger Huerta def. Alberto Crane - TKO (Strikes)
Georges St. Pierre def. Josh Koscheck - Unanimous Decision
Randy Couture def. Gabriel Gonzaga - TKO (Strikes)
Here are the official results from the UFC 74 weigh-ins.
Thales Leites weighed in at 188 lbs, 3 lbs over the 185 lb limit at middleweight. He currently has two hours to lose the extra weight. Since his fight against Ryan Jensen is a non-title bout, he will be permitted to weigh-in at 186 lbs if need be. We will be sure to have an update on the situation as soon as we get the information.
Update 9:30 PM: Leites made the required weight within two hours and will be permitted to fight tomorrow night.
Randy Couture (228.5 lbs) vs Gabriel Gonzaga (252 lbs)
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs Josh Koscheck (170 lbs)
Joe Stevenson (155 lbs) vs Kurt Pellegrino (155 lbs)
Patrick Cote (184.5 lbs) vs Kendall Grove (184 lbs)
Roger Huerta (155 lbs) vs Alberto Crane (155 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio (155 lbs) vs Clay Guida (155 lbs)
Frank Mir (255 lbs) vs Antoni Hardonk (244 lbs)
Renato Sobral (204 lbs) vs David Heath (205 lbs)
Thales Leites (188 lbs) vs Ryan Jensen (185 lbs)
Quebecer Patrick Cote talks about how he’s prepared to fight Kendall Grove at UFC 74, and how important it is for him to improve his record.
Since we didn’t get a CKA up this morning and there is a ton of news to report, I thought we would do a little catching up on things…
Couture, Jackson Nominated for ‘Best Fighter’ ESPY
UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson were announced as nominees yesterday for the Best Fighter category in the 15th annual ESPY Awards.
Couture and Jackson are joined by boxers Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Manny Pacquiao as finalists. Fans will be able to vote at the ESPY’s official site until July 7th for the winner. The awards will be televised on July 15th.
Dana White: Shamrock Rumors False; Set to Release Him From Contract
UFC President Dana White stated to Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole that he never even thought about having Ken Shamrock take on Michael Bisping at UFC 75 in England. He also said that he is considering releasing Shamrock from the remainder of his contract.
“I don’t know if he wants to fight, but we haven’t spoken to him and I’m not planning to use him,” White said.
UFC Officially Announces UFC 74: Respect
The UFC officially announced UFC 74: Respect set for August 25th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Two bouts were announced: Randy Couture will defend his UFC Heavyweight Title against Gabriel Gonzaga. Also former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre will take on top-rated contender Josh Koscheck.
Tickets for the event will go on sale Sunday, July 8th.
Cote Meets Grove at UFC 74
Patrick Cote has announced via a post on The Underground forum that he will face Kendall Grove at UFC 74.
ESPN’s LeBetard Talks MMA on The Sports Reporters
ESPN commentator Dan LeBetard declared MMA as ‘the sport of tomorrow’ during ESPN’s annual Sunday morning show, The Sports Reporters.
LeBetard’s comments were as follows:
“Tomorrow’s sports fans, ages 18 to 34, have spoken,” LeBetard said. “Generation YouTube wants fights in a cage and submission holds and a bloody sport that appeals to the short attention span more than the ponderous 12 rounds of De la Hoya-Mayweather. Dying hockey would kill for the kind of future and attention and pub MMA has. Boxing is yesterday’s sport; MMA is tomorrow’s.”
You can watch the clip of the segment here via ESPN Motion.
IFL: Las Vegas, CFFC 5 Attendance Numbers
The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the attendance numbers for IFL’s Las Vegas event earlier this week. According to the NSAC, the event only brought in $93,270 at the gate. The number seems a bit low, especially when the IFL reported that the arena was sold out with a crowd of 3,200. Well apparently the IFL fibbed a little bit. It turns out that only 996 tickets were sold for the event and the IFL gave out 1,842 complimentary tix.
The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board announced that CFFC 5: Kimbo vs Mercer rang up a paid crowd of 7,286, not counting any complimentary tickets that the promotion may have given away.
Burnett, ProElite Developing Reality MMA Series
Reality TV producer Mark Burnett is planning on producing a series based on MMA in conjunction with ProElite, the parent company of Elite XC.
The most interesting thing about all of this is that Burnett now owns part of ProElite according to Loretta Hunt of The Fight Network:
As part of the agreement between Mark Burnett Productions and ProElite, Burnett was afforded the right to buy up to 17 million shares of ProElite stock at $3 a share in eight portions tied to the success of the joint venture. The format for the planned MMA series is still in the “exploration stage,” according to the report.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced two more fights set to take place at UFC 69: Shootout.
Kendall Grove will clash with Alan Belcher in a middleweight showdown. Grove is currently 2-0 in the UFC with victories over Ed Herman and Chris Price. Grove’s opponent, Alan Belcher, is 1-1 in the UFC with a victory over Jorge Santiago and a loss to middleweight contender Yushin Okami.
Also on the card will welterweight bout between Marcus Davis and Pete Spratt. Pete Spratt is currently 3-2 in the UFC with victories over Zach Light, Robbie Lawler and Jeremy Jackson. Marcus Davis is 2-1 in the UFC with his latest victory coming over Shonie Carter at UFC Fight Night 7.
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
Last night on ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ Finale Kendall Grove and Michael Bisping were victorious and crowned ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ for their respective weight classes. Kendall and Ed went to war and Kendall pulling off a judge’s decision. Both guys had to fight off some great submission attempts as well as some ground and pound but Grove just seemed to be the fresher fighter. Afterwards Dana White decided to award Ed Herman a six-figure contract for his efforts in the fight. Michael Bisping teed off on Josh Haynes and eventually the ref had to stop the fight because Haynes was taking too many unanswered shots. Afterwards Haynes announced that he would be moving down to the 170 lb division. Kenny Florian made easy work of Sam Stout choking him out early in the first round putting himself that much closer to a lightweight title shot.
Mike Nickels def. Wes Combs via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:10 of Round 1
Matt Hamill def. Jesse Forbes via TKO (Strikes) at 4:47 of Round 1
Luigi Fioravanti def. Solomon Hutcherson via KO (Punch) at 4:15 of Round 1
Kalib Starnes def. Danny Abaddi via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:56 of Round 1
Rory Singer def. Ross Pointon via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 0:44 of Round 1
Keith Jardine def. Wilson Gouveia via Decision (Unanimous) at 5:00 of Round 3
Kendall Grove def. Ed Herman via Decision (Unanimous) at 5:00 of Round 3
Michael Bisping def. Josh Haynes via TKO (Strikes) at 4:14 of Round 2
Kenny Florian def. Sam Stout via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:46 of Round 1
With ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ Finale quickly approaching, pre-fight interviews with the fighters set to battle on ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ Finale have been released.
Michael Bisping Pre-Fight Interview
Josh Haynes Pre-Fight Interview
Kendall Grove Pre-Fight Interview
Ed Herman Pre-Fight Interview
Luigi Fioravanti Pre-Fight Interview
Solomon Hutcherson Pre-Fight Interview
Rory Singer Pre-Fight Interview
Ross Pointon Pre-Fight Interview
Mike Nickels Pre-Fight Interview
Wes Combs Pre-Fight Interview
Danny Abbadi Pre-Fight Interview
Keith Jardine Pre-Fight Interview
Matt Hamill Pre-Fight Interview
With the conclusion of the semi-finals of ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ last night, we saw Ed Herman handle Rory Singer and choke him out earning himself a shot at Kendall Grove in the season finale. We also were able to see two light heavyweight fights last night. The first fight was Josh Haynes vs. Jesse Forbes. There was some great first round action where Haynes saw himself in trouble a numerous times. When the second round came Jesse had no energy left and got caught in a guillotine choke forcing him to tap. In the second light heavyweight fight we saw Mike Bisping and Ross Pointon step into the cage and slug with out with Bisping catching Ross with a flying knee making it Josh Haynes vs. Mike Bisping in the finale. The UFC also announced the other fights that are set to take place on the undercard.
Matt Hamill vs. Jesse Forbes
Kalib Starnes vs. Danny Abaddi
Rory Singer vs. Ross Pointon
Solomon Hutcherson vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Mike Nickels vs. Wes Combs