Today Tagg Radio broke the news that Forrest Griffin would face PRIDE light heavyweight ace Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 76 on September 22nd in Anahiem, California. Master Rudimar Fedrigo solidified those reports but confirming that Shogun went to Las Vegas to sign the contract and shoot some pre-fight videos.
Master Rudimar Fedrigo confirmed us that Mauricio Shogun will face Forrest Griffin at UFC 76, that is schedule for September 22, at. “We went specially to Las Vegas to sign the contract for four fights and to record the videos for before the fight”, said Rudimar, that arrive at Curitiba today.
Rudimar also confirmed that Shogun’s brother, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, would be defending his EliteXC middleweight title against Robbie Lawler.
News and Notes:
- Remember to vote on our current edition of ‘Rock the Vote’.
- In a recent interview UFC president Dana White confirmed that UFC 75 will be televised on Spike TV and Keith Jardine vs. Chuck Liddell will headline UFC 76 on September 22nd in Anahiem.
- MMA legend Royce Gracie has decided not to appeal the suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for an anabolic agent during his post-fight drug test at K-1 Dynamite!! USA.
- Chris Guillen will replace the injured Wes Sims at the first ever Global FC event August 17 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Guillen, who recently defeated Sims for the second time, will be facing UFC veteran Jeff “The Snowman” Monson for the Global Fighting Championships heavyweight title.
- GracieFighter.com is reporting that Nate Diaz will be fighting at UFC Fight Night 11.
After winning the TUF Finale, Nathan Diaz will now be returning to the UFC. He is slated to fight on the 19th of September at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. His opponent has not yet been named, however we should have an official confirmation sometime next week.
In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports UFC president Dana White confirmed that Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine will headline UFC 76 on Sept. 22nd in Anaheim.
“Keith Jardine is a tough guy,” said White. “He got caught. That can happen. But Chuck got caught too.
White bristled at the notion Liddell-Jardine is not a headline-caliber match. “It is definitely a main event, in my opinion,” he said. “Jardine beat a lot of good guys, and he absolutely deserves to be fighting Chuck. He wouldn’t if Chuck still had the title, but I don’t think he needs to win a lot of fights just to get a fight with Chuck.”
It was originally thought that Liddell would be facing Wanderlei Silva at UFC 76 but the fight fell apart at the last minute. Silva has gone on the record saying he will be ready for a fight with Liddell in November.
Yesterday reports surfaced stating that MMA legends Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva would be headlining UFC 76 in Anahiem, California.
Shortly after the fight was announced a story titled “Liddell-Silva Scrapped…Again” ran on the UFC website stating Silva did not want the fight with Chuck Liddell.
There was a glimmer of hope in the last couple of weeks, when terms were reportedly reached for the two future Hall of Famers to meet at UFC 76 in Anaheim, California, but Wednesday afternoon, a Silva representative informed UFC President Dana White that ‘The Axe Murderer’ did not want the fight.
“You never say it’s never gonna happen, but until you have something signed, you never say it’s gonna happen in this sport,” said Liddell. “It’s just one of those things. Before he had excuses, now he doesn’t. There’s nothing in his way now.”
Wanderlei Silva took time to respond to the comments saying he still wants the fight with Liddell but the proposed showdown in September just wasn’t convenient for him but he would be ready for a November showdown.
Here is the video (Portuguese):
The Fight Network has posted an excellent transcript of Wanderlei’s message:
“Hey Folks, I came here to clarify some things that are popping up about myself, about this bout between me and Chuck. I want to say that at no time I said I didn’t want to fight him. Much to the contrary, I have been wanting this fight for a long time. I’m very anxious for this bout, and I have already been preparing myself for some time, and I received a contract where I had two options, to fight either in September or in November.
Without a doubt it’s the most important fight of my life, I know the guy’s a big name in the USA, as I’m a big name as well, so I think we have all the tools to do a very exciting fight, and that’s why it’s that much awaited. I opted to do this fight in November, and at no time I said I didn’t want to fight him - much to the contrary, I was the first to propose this bout, and they were
hiding him behind many reasons, and now people are saying that I chickened out.
Much to the contrary, I’m here to say I didn’t chicken out, and I’m going for it. I think I need to be in my best shape, both physically and technically, so I want this extra time to be able to train better, and really be at the top of my preparation, so I can show all my potential.
I’m in a moment of a lot of transitions in my life. I’ll likely be moving to the USA in the next week, or the one following it, I’ll live there now, so a lot of things are happening and I’m having to take care of too many things, so I’m not able to focus directly on my training, which is what I need to do. I always did everything the promoters wanted, always fought whenever promoters wanted, and I was always available to all the promotions I worked for, and sometimes I even did things I shouldn’t have done, things that ended up hindering my own image, and this time I said “No, I’ll stop and organize my life to really be able to train and show everybody the Wanderlei Silva everybody is used to see.
I’m anxious to get back at winning, and I know of my responsibility with a lot of people from the whole world that supports me. Sometimes maybe because of anxiety from promoters in wanting me in a show, a lot of people start to say a lot of things, but none of that is true. [The] truth is that this fight will happen, if he doesn’t hide behind this now. If it’s not against him, then I don’t know - I’ll see what will happen.
But first, what I want to happen is that this fight takes place in November, so we can do a great spectacle that everybody’s waiting for. This bout has everything to be a historical bout in MMA, as all the fans have been awaiting this for a long time, and I hope to be at my best to show the Wanderlei Silva all of you want to see, with a lot of heart and determination, defending our flag and making it so I can bring happiness to all my fans that support me.
So this message is for you guys that want to know what’s happening, and to hear it straight from my mouth, not to keep hearing what’s taking place around [me], and this is the truth. Thanks guys, and stay with God –with his help I’ll be back strong, showing you the spectacle you are all used to seeing. Thanks a lot.”
Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva in November, make it happen Dana!
Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Wanderlei Silva has turned down an offer to fight Chuck Liddell at UFC 76 on September 22 and that the promotion is now scrambling for a main event.
Iole learned about the circumstances from UFC President Dana White who stated that he learned through Silva’s Chute Boxe team that he did not want to fight Liddell:
“This is the worst news I could have possibly gotten,” White said. “It’s horrendous. I have been trying to make this fight for six years. I have done everything in my power I could do over the last six years to make this fight and it’s still not happening. I just don’t see it happening now.”
“This just happened (Wednesday afternoon) and I’m not sure what we’re going to do,” White said. “We’re trying to figure it out. It’s not a fun time right now.”
We will continue to follow this story as it develops…
It’s been rumored for a while now that Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva may finally meet later this year, possibly at UFC 76.
The rumors went to the next level earlier today when UFC Junkie reported that Liddell and Silva had verbally agreed to fight and that the contract would be signed the next time Silva returned to the USA.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and former longtime PRIDE Fighting Championships middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva have verbally agreed to a fight that will take place at UFC 76 in September. That’s according to a source close to the Chute Boxe team who recently spoke to UFC Junkie.
According to the source, the two fighters have agreed on “numbers” and a verbal agreement has been reached. Additionally, the fight likely will be signed once the Brazilian Silva returns to the U.S., the source said.
Silva’s official website even supports UFC Junkie’s claim as a new post popped this afternoon stating that Silva’s next fight would be against Liddell on September 22 at UFC 76.
So why is Liddell’s camp saying that the fight isn’t going to happen?
The Fight Network is reporting via Liddell head trainer John Hackleman that the UFC hasn’t notified Liddell or his camp that a fight with Silva has been signed:
“This is news to us,” Hackleman said. “As of this evening, we have not been notified by the UFC.”
We will definitely be following this story as it unfolds…
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- We have confirmed through a source that Jason Black has inked a new four fight contract with the UFC. Also it looks like former UFC lightweight champion Jens “Little Evil” Pulver will be making his WEC debut on September 5th at WEC 30.
- TKO has announced that Bob Landry, Adrian Wooley and Valerie Letourneau will be fighting at TKO 30: Apocalypse.
- UFC Junkie is reporting that Thiago Alves will face Kuniyoshi Hironaka at UFC Fight Night 11.
- It looks like Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will make his UFC debut against Ryoto Machida at UFC 76 in September.
- Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti has pulled out of his July 16th K-1 Hero’s fight due to an undisclosed injury.
- Be sure to check out our latest rankings as well as our current poll…
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The trend of future UFC matchups being revealed is continuing this week and UFC President Dana White is a big part of it.
White announced a trio of possible future matchups at the post-fight press conference for UFC 73:
- Anderson Silva will meet Rich Franklin for the second time in a UFC Middleweight Championship bout on October 20th in Franklin’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was announced that Franklin would face the winner of last night’s bout between Silva and Nate Marquardt after UFC 72 and White confirmed the situation last night.
- White also announced that BJ Penn has decided to stay in the lightweight division and will challenge Sean Sherk for his UFC Lightweight Title in November.
- Mirko Cro Cop will take on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira later this year provided that he is victorious over Cheick Kongo at UFC 75 according to White.
White also stated that Chuck Liddell will most likely fight again in September during an interview yesterday on the Scott Ferrall Show:
“Chuck is probably going to fight again in September,” White said yesterday on the radio program. “We’re working on a big fight for him. We don’t have it done yet, but Chuck is chomping at the bit to jump back in there and fight again.“
This contradicts previous reports that had White saying that Liddell now wouldn’t be able to fight again until November.
White made clear about yet another possible matchup during an interview with The Gainesville Sun that would take place at UFC 76: Maurico Rua would make his UFC debut against Ryoto Machida.
Rua, a 205-pound Muay Thai specialist, is scheduled to start at UFC 76 on Sept. 22. White said Rua’s most likely first opponent will be Ryoto Machida (10-0), though Forrest Griffin said he would like the fight.
Screens from ESPN’s recap of UFC 73
In order to remain a champion, one has to beat the best the opposition has to offer. Both Anderson Silva and Sean Sherk did just that on Saturday night, winning their fights in convincing fashion. With their respective roads now temporarily cleared, both fighters seem like they may stay on top for quite a while: a trend that we haven’t seen recently, at least in this upset-filled year.
UFC 73 turned out to certainly be ‘Stacked’ with action-packed fights from beginning to end. While the show’s production moved a bit faster than usual because of time constraints, each fight on the card equaled the pace. The majority of those in attendance at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California might not have agreed according to their unusual reactions throughout the night, but the event definitely lived up to the hype.
Anderson Silva successfully defended his UFC Middleweight Title with a first round TKO victory over Nate Marquardt. The fight was back and forth until Silva (19-4) connected with a straight left hand that dropped Marquardt (25-7-2) to the mat. Silva then got on top of Marquardt and rained down unanswered right hands until referee John McCarthy stepped in to halt the bout.
Marquardt stayed down on the mat for a few moments afterwards, obviously shaken up. Silva thanked all of his trainers and coaches during a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. He also continued his growing love affair with American fans with praise and thanks as well.
“I love fighting for these fans,” Silva said. “I enjoy fighting in front of these fans fight after fight. They are always gracious.” Silva will now most likely go on to rematch former champion Rich Franklin this fall.
Sean Sherk won yet another five round unanimous decision and was able to keep his UFC Lightweight Title after defeating top contender Hermes Franca. Sherk (32-2-1) was able to control Franca (18-6) throughout the course of the fight, pressing the action and not letting Franca get up from the ground.
Franca landed multiple big knees to the chin of Sherk but was unable to generate any more offense than that. After the fight, Sherk stated that he was very impressed with Franca’s skills on the ground and his defense as well.
“Hermes was great on the ground. Definitely an awesome Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guy.” said Sherk. “He did a good job of keeping his face from getting hit and kept me close the entire fight.”
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