Light Heavyweight

Jackson Tops Henderson to Become Undisputed

For at least one more night, it was UFC vs PRIDE.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and PRIDE Middleweight title holder Dan Henderson clashed last night in order to determine who currently is the best fighter in the world at 205 lbs. It was Jackson that came away victorious after five long and hard fought rounds at the sold out O2 Arena in London, England.

Jackson overcame being down on points earlier in the fight to win the final two rounds in convincing fashion and to give the judges more than enough reason to award him an unanimous decision.

Henderson (22-6) controlled the fight early on, clinching early and often to keep Jackson (28-6) at bay and unable to let his hands go. Jackson fought hard to prevent the two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler from taking him down but Henderson’s skill proved too much in the first few rounds.

However the rounds quickly caught up to Henderson and Jackson used his size and strength to wear down his opponent. The final stages of the fight saw Jackson beat Henderson at his own game, showing off newly polished ground skills that have become yet another weapon in Jackson’s dangerous arsenal. The final round saw both fighters lay everything on the line. Both were content to slug it out until the final bell where Henderson collapsed due to fatigue, allowing Jackson to pound away until the referee was forced to let the fighters know that the bout was over.

After the fight, Jackson let everyone know that his success on the ground wasn’t a fluke.

“A lot of people don’t know but I’ve got Jiu-Jitsu,” exclaimed Jackson.

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UFC 75: Champion vs Champion Live Blog

Today we will be going live at 1:30 PM EST, covering UFC 75: Champion vs Champion with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…

Since this event is taking place in England and airing in North America via tape delay at 9 PM EST on Spike TV, we will be sure to keep the live blog hidden from the front of the page. In order to view it in it’s entirety, click on the “continue reading” link at the bottom of the post.

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

UFC 75 Weigh-In Results
Dan Henderson: “This is the Biggest Fight of my Career”
PRIDE’s Last Hurrah? Possibly Not
Rampage Discusses Strategy Against Henderson
Dan Henderson on Best Damn Sports Show Period
UFC 75 Conference Call Notes
Rampage Discusses Bout With Henderson
Cro Cop’s Training Regimen Revealed?
UFC 75 to Air on Spike TV

Main Card:

Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson - UFC Light Heavyweight Title/PRIDE Middleweight Title Unification Bout
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Cheick Kongo
Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill
Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara
Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor

Preliminary Bouts:

Jess Liaudin vs. Anthony Torres
Gleison Tibau vs. Terry Etim
Thiago Silva vs. Tomasz Drwal
Dennis Siver vs. Naoyuki Kotani

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Rogan Talks Rampage-Henderson on ESPN

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.

Dan Henderson: “This is the Biggest Fight of my Career”

PRIDE Middleweight and Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson discusses his upcoming championship unification bout against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson with the media at the pre-fight press conference for UFC 75.

WEC 30 Medical Suspensions

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from WEC 30:

Richard Crunkilton: Medically suspended until October 20th with no contact until October 6th.
Rani Yahya - Medically suspended until November 5th with no contact until October 20th.
Jeremiah Billington: Medically suspended until October 6th with no contact until September 27th
Jesse Forbes: Medically suspended until October 20th with no contact until October 6th.
Coty Wheeler: Medically suspended until October 20th with no contact until October 6th.

 

Rampage Discusses Strategy Against Henderson

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson discusses his upcoming unification bout against PRIDE Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson at this weekend’s UFC 75 with ESPN.

WEC 30 Fighter Salaries

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter salaries from WEC 30:

Rob McCullough: $24,000
John Alessio: $22,000
Miguel Torres: $20,000
Brian Stann: $10,000
Rich Crunkilton: $10,000
Chase Beebe: $10,000
Marcus Hicks: $8,000
Donald Cerrone: $6,000
Bryan Baker: $6,000
Blas Avena: $6,000
Rani Yahya: $6,000
Jeff Bedard: $4,000
Ian McCall: $4,000
Jesse Forbes: $4,000
Kenneth Alexander: $3,000
Marcelo Brito: $3,000
Scott McAfee: $2,000
Joe Benoit: $2,000
Coty Wheeler: $2,000
Jeremiah Billington: $2,000

Total Payroll: $154,000

PRIDE’s Last Hurrah? Possibly Not

History will be made this weekend. It doesn’t even seem like it right? Where the hell is the hype for UFC 75? I wish I knew…

Anyway, the UFC has been gracious enough to at least promote this event as part of the UFC vs PRIDE battle that we were all promised back in March. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson and PRIDE Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson are to fight to unify the titles this Saturday.

Now let’s all be honest here. Even if Henderson wins, which I think he will, the UFC title is still going to remain just that. The PRIDE belt will most likely be absorbed into it unless the UFC has some kind of plan that we don’t know about.

So is UFC 75 the last we are going to see or hear about PRIDE? I’m not so sure. There’s always that remote chance that White and company somehow find a way to salvage the company and strike a TV deal over in Japan. My point is about the three other PRIDE belts that fighters still hold. It seems that PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi is going to stay in Japan and sign with K-1 Hero’s. The UFC could always vacate the title or they could give it to another former PRIDE fighter and then unify it that way.

Henderson still has PRIDE’s Welterweight Title as well. White has already said that he’s not sure if Henderson would get an immediate shot at Anderson Silva or Rich Franklin after the Jackson fight, making it seem like he is going to have to put the welterweight strap on the line too.

Then there’s always Fedor. Has he signed with the UFC or not? You know as much I do right now. I guess we’ll find out Saturday. If so, that’s yet another PRIDE belt that needs to be unified.

My guess is that the PRIDE label isn’t going anywhere, at least for the next few months…

WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 6:30 PM EST, covering WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton 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, weigh-in results, and much more:

WEC 30 Weigh-In Results
WEC 30 Media Roundup
Alessio Wants Condit’s Belt
WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton Card
Jens Pulver Injured

Main Card:

Rob McCullough vs Richard Crunkilton
Chase Beebe vs Rani Yahya
Brian Stann vs Jeremiah Billington
Jeff Bedard vs Miguel Torres

Preliminary Bouts:

John Alessio vs Marcelo Brito
Marcus Hicks vs Scott McAfee
Jesse Forbes vs Bryan Baker
Donald Cerrone vs Kenneth Alexander
Blas Avena vs Joe Benoit
Ian McCall vs Coty Wheeler

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CKA: Sep 5, 2007

News and Notes

- According to his management team, it seems that Fedor is going to sign with a promotion very soon:

That situation isn’t likely to remain so for much longer though, as speculation has swirled around Fedor’s contract status, or lack thereof, as of late. The hot rumor over the past few days has been that he has inked a deal with the UFC.

Not so says Reed Wallace, President of White Chocolate Management, who represents Fedor Emelianenko in the United States.

“Fedor has not signed anything [as of Tuesday afternoon],” Wallace informed MMAWeekly. “He’s going to do something soon. They can’t negotiate forever.”

So Wallace and company are getting fed up with waiting, just like the rest of the MMA world. It’s nothing surprising, but Apy Echteld sayng that contract talks with the UFC are going well certainly is:

Fedor’s managers, Vadim Finkelstein and Apy Echteld, met with the UFC late last week, but a signed contract has yet to materialize. “UFC discussions went very well according to Apy,” said Wallace in reference to the meeting. Initially it seemed the UFC was unwilling to make any modifications to their contract, but it now appears there has been some movement.

“I can say that they are very close to a deal, but some last minute players have stepped up as well,” he said.

One of those players as we all now know is Mark Cuban. The other is assumed to be K-1 Hero’s.

- Sherdog is reporting that Rumina Sato will take on Hideki Kadowaki at Shooto’s Back to our Roots show on September 22nd:

Shooto charisma Rumina Sato (Pictures) will fight Wajyutsu Keisyukai grappling ace Hideki Kadowaki (Pictures) on the Sept. 22 installment of the “Back to Our Roots” series, a source confirmed to Sherdog.com.

Leading Shooto promoter Sustain is expected to officially announce the Sato-Kadowaki bout later this week. The match-up will be the ninth, and likely final bout added to Sept. 22’s fight card.

- MMA Weekly has released their latest set of rankings...

Radio Schedule

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Media Links

Sherdog: Dan Henderson Training Pictures
UFC Junkie: “Team Hughes” Fighters Debut Sept. 15
UFC Mania: UFC Quick Quote: Chris Leben ‘in the best shape’ ever for Terry Martin
Bloody Elbow: Lift the Ban Watch
Fight Opinion: Wednesday war room: BMA and Big Brother
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