Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for UFC 102.
The event will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight attraction featuring Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva.
Feel free to leave your predictions as well in our comments section.
Brad “Bad” Blackburn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Dennis “Superman” Hallman is set to begin his fourth stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. According to reports, Hallman has signed a four-fight contract with the UFC but no opponent or date his been set. [MMA Junkie]
- International Fight League veteran Brad Blackburn signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC. Blackburn is 3-0 in the UFC with victories over James Giboo, Ryo Chonan, and Edgar Garcia. Blackburn recently underwent shoulder surgery and will not return to the octagon until 2010. [MMA Junkie]
Marcus Aurelio. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
NEW YORK - World Cagefighting Alliance, a Mixed Martial Arts Organization completes their first fight card called “Pure Combat” which will be premiering in Atlantic City , New Jersey on Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom.
Weigh-ins for the event will be at the Host Hotel Bally’s Hotel & Casino in the Bally Room Thursday, February 5; on scales at 7:00 pm. “Pure Combat” will feature some of the best East Coast rising talent in the sport. The Co-Main Events will feature a Lightweight UFC, EliteXC veteran and Ring of Combat Champ Chris Ligouri (Team Ligouri) out of Tinton Falls, New Jersey vs. Former UFC and Pride Standout Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio (American Top Team) from Coconut Creek, Florida and Welterweight undefeated Ultimate Fighter 7 alum Paul Bradley (Lionheart MMA) out of College Station, PA will face Matt Lindland’s prodigy Nathan Coy (Team Quest) fighting out of Gresham, Oregon.
Patrick Cote. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote event, which takes place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, are below. All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Josh Burkman, who weighed-in two pounds over the welterweight limit. He will be given one hour to shed the extra weight.
UFC 90 is headlined by reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against heavy-handed contender Patrick Cote. Rising welterweight sensation Thiago Alves will look to continue his winning ways against replacement opponent Josh Koscheck in the co-main event.
Anderson Silva (184 lbs) vs. Patrick Cote (183 lbs)
Josh Koscheck (170 lbs) vs. Thiago Alves (171 lbs)
Fabricio Werdum (256 lbs) vs. Junior dos Santos (234 lbs)
Sean Sherk (156 lbs) vs. Tyson Griffin (155 lbs)
Rich Clementi (156 lbs) vs. Gray Maynard (155 lbs)
Thales Leites (186 lbs) vs. Drew McFedries (186 lbs)
Spencer Fisher (155 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)
Dan Miller (185 lbs) vs. Matt Horwich (186 lbs)
Hermes Franca (156 lbs) vs. Marcus Aurelio (156 lbs)
Josh Burkman (173 lbs) vs. Pete Sell (170 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former PRIDE lightweight standout Marcus Aurelio will reportedly replace injured teammate Gleison Tibau and take on former student Hermes Franca at UFC 90 on October 25 according to a report from Sherdog.com.
Tibau was said to have suffered a shoulder injury during a recent training session. Aurelio served as one of Franca’s coaches at Florida-based American Top Team before Franca left the camp a couple of years ago. However he maintains that the relationship they have still allows them to fight without worry.
“It doesn’t matter who I fight; it’s a big challenge,” Franca said in the report. “It is what it is. We’re both professionals. I think it’s better for me. I know his game really well. I’ve never trained with Gleison before. When you lose fights, it sucks. It’s going to be a good fight. I want to win and give people what they want to see.”
And people say leg-kicks don’t hurt? MMAjunkie.com posted the medical suspensions for UFC 86 with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out until possibly January 2nd, 2009!:
- Quinton Jackson - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left knee, tibia, fibia and thumb injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Forrest Griffin - suspended until Sept. 4 due to right-upper-eyelid laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Chris Lytle - suspended until Sept. 4 due to laceration near right eye (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Josh Koscheck - suspended until Aug. 5 with no contact July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Marcus Aurelio - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-thumb ligament injury (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Justin McCully - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-shoulder injury (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Cole Miller - suspended until Sept. 4 due to facial lacerations (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Jorge Gurgel - suspended until Jan. 2 due to right tibia, fibia and elbow injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor)
- Dennis Siver - suspended until Aug. 20 with no contact until Aug. 5 for precautionary reasons
- Justin Buchholz - suspended until Sept. 4 due to scalp laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)
UFC lightweight contender Tyson Griffin discusses his training for his upcoming fight against grappling wizard Marcus Aurelio at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th with Raw Vegas. In this episode of “Road to UFC 86”, Griffin talks about his decision to become a professional fighter, his specific training techniques leading up to the fight, his hobbies away from MMA, and what he thinks of Aurelio in the above video.
Tyson Griffin weighs-in for UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Lightweight contenders Tyson Griffin and Marcus Aurelio will clash when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels back to Las Vegas for UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th.
The news comes from MMA Weekly, which reports that sources close to the fight have confirmed that bout agreements have been sent to both fighters and are expected to be signed later today.
Griffin recently won a unanimous decision over jiu-jitsu artist Gleison Tibau at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February. The Xtreme Couture member has won his last three fights since dropping a decision to Frankie Edgar last year.
Although Aurelio dropped a razor-close split decision to Clay Guida in his UFC debut, the PRIDE veteran has bounced back to win his last two fights, stopping Luke Caudillo with strikes and submitting newcomer Ryan Roberts in decisive fashion.
UFC 86 will be headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s first light heavyweight title defense in nearly a year as he will take on Forrest Griffin, who is currently serving as one of the coaches alongside Jackson on the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Kenny Florian throws a knee at Joe Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The ‘Battle of Boston’ went in Kenny Florian’s favor last night as he relentlessly pressured fellow Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon before ultimately stopping his foe with an onslaught of unanswered strikes during the latest edition of UFC Fight Night at the at the Broomfield Events Center in Denver, Colorado.
What originally was booked as a friendly matchup between two lightweight contenders slowly evolved into a heated exchange of pre-fight trash talking. The tension between the two was evident from the start of the fight as an intense staredown changed into a quick exchange of punches.
Lauzon quickly down Florian down in the first minute. An unorthodox attempt by Florian to use elbows from the bottom was foiled by referee Herb Dean after one of the blows cut the back of Lauzon’s head open. Florian then used solid submission defense to escape knee bar and heel hook attempts before eventually closing out the round delivering strikes from the top position.
Florian turned up the heat at the start of the second round. A swift body kick led to Florian scoring a takedown and transitioning to half-guard. The veteran of the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” then rained down unanswered punches and elbows on Lauzon for nearly two full minutes. Despite a good job of covering up and limiting damage, Dean decided that Lauzon had enough, moving Florian even closer to another shot at the lightweight title that was once in his reach.
“Joe’s a great competitor and I knew it was gonna be a tough fight,” Florian said after the bout. “That’s what I wanted.”