Frank Mir weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced three additional fights will take place at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th.
The event 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.”
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will try to continue a successful road back from a near career-ending motorcycle accident when he takes on Team Punishment member Justin McCully, who has not fought since winning a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9, leaving him inactive since last year.
Joe Stevenson will attempt to bounce back from a failed bid for the UFC lightweight title in January when he challenges American Top Team’s Gleison Tibau. German native Dennis Siver will also return to action against Melvin Guillard, who recently took a leave of absence from the UFC in order to fight in smaller shows.
The rumored fight card for the event now looks like this:
Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle*
Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
Ricardo Almeida vs. Patrick Cote*
Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill*
Tyson Griffin vs. TBA*
Cole Miller vs. TBA*
Steve Bruno vs. TBA*
Ben Saunders vs. TBA*
* - not yet confirmed by UFC.
Jeff Monson weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Florida-based Combat Fighting Championships will be making it’s overseas debut on May 17th as the organization will hold a show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England filled with veterans that have competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will tangle with American Top Team’s Jeff Monson in the main event.
Rodriguez is coming off of a tough split decision loss to Antonio Silva at EliteXC Street Certified last month. Monson last won a decision over Hakim Goram in December and is tenatively scheduled to take on Kevin Randleman at a Global Fighting Championships show in June.
The co-main event will feature a clash between former UFC middleweights David Loiseau and Terry Martin. While Loiseau has struggled ever since he was released by the promotion, Martin’s apparent departure from the company comes after he suffered his second straight loss at the hands of Marvin Eastman last month.
Melvin Guillard, who is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, being permitted to fight in smaller shows before returning to the promotion, is advertised as going up against Cage Rage veteran Jean Silva.
Travis Wiuff is also slated to take on Cyrille Diabate in a bout that was originally scheduled to take place in at IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV on December 28th. Diabate was forced to pull out of his bout against Wiuff after suffering a broken ankle during training.
Brad Imes, Dan Hardy, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Melvin Manhoef, and Mark Weir are all also expected to be in action.
You can also view the current fight card at the organization’s official website.
Touch of gloves to reader “Goose” for the assist.
Melvin Guillard weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 9. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
While there were only small organizations putting on shows last night in the world of mixed martial arts, quite a few of them had plenty of notable names competing. Here is a full list of results from a few shows that took place.
TFC 2: Feel the Pain
The Fight Club based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada put on their second-ever event last night at the Edmonton Event Centre. In the evening’s main event, Maximum Fighting Championship veteran Nick Penner made quick work of newcomer Bobby Kalmakoff, stopping him with strikes less than a minute and a half into the first round.
Nolan Clark def. Alex Bogle - Submission (Gogoplata)
Phil Wark def. Tony Bibby - Unanimous Decision
Curtis Demarce def. Tim Brown - Submission (Armbar)
Trevor Daley def. Kevin Logan - TKO (Strikes)
Larry Lytle def. Richard Menard - TKO (Strikes)
James McCutcheon def. Cody Graber - Submission (Armbar)
Tim Smith def. Dan Walders - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jason Alexander def. Kevin Dolan - TKO (Cuts)
Markhaile Wedderburn def. Neil Berry - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Nick Penner def. Bobby Kalmakoff - TKO (Strikes)
RITC 105: Friday Night Fights
Melvin Guillard moved back up to the welterweight division and won a unanimous decision over Eric Regan at last night’s Rage in the Cage show in Phoenix, Arizona. The former cast member of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, who has allowed him to fight in smaller shows before returning to the promotion.
J.T. Wells def. Logan Hopp - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Jesse Barrett def. Bill Blackwell - TKO (Strikes)
Cody Pearce def. Steve Renner - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Victor Meza def. Daniel Seaney - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jade Porter def. Steve Maulstby - Unanimous Decision
Doug Moore def. Ray Robinson - Submission (Choke)
Gabriel Casillas def. Tushuma Nahiwawa - Submission (Armbar)
Luke Hodges def. Antoni Weeden - KO (Punch)
Joe Cronin def. Jason Trevino - Split Decision
Melvin Guillard def. Eric Regan - Unanimous Decision
Something a little different to start your Saturday. Now I’ve seen this many times before but not the entire clip with the events leading up to it, which is what we have here. To cut it short, here’s a guy accepting $100 to let Kimbo Slice tackle him. Touch of gloves to Ariel at Jarry Park for the find.
Guillard to Fight Regan at Rage in the Cage in March
Melvin Guillard stated last month that he will be taking a short leave of absence from the UFC to fight in smaller promotions and try to get back on track. His first small show date will happen on March 7th at a Rage in the Cage event according to The Fight Network, where he will take on Eric Regan.
After winning three of his first four fights in the UFC, Guillard suffered consecutive devastating submission losses to Joe Stevenson and Rich Clementi in bad-blood filled bouts where Guillard did the majority of his infamous trash-talking.
Regan, an American Martial Arts Center product, will be participating in his 13th Rage in the Cage event. In fact, he has only fought outside of the promotion three times in a total of sixteen fights. Regan is coming off of a submission win over Chris Garland at Shannon Ritch’s second NoLimit Fighting event in January.
Hicks to Replaces Lewis at MFC 15
The Fight Network is also reporting that King of the Cage veteran Marcus Hicks (not the Hicks that fights in the WEC) will take the place of an injured Dwayne Lewis against fellow light heavyweight Steve Steinbess at Maximum Fighting Championship’s “Rags to Riches” event on February 22.
Lewis reportedly withdrew from the fight after suffering a knee injury during a recent training session.
Despite his sub-par record, Hicks has been ever-improving, winning four of his last six bouts. His last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Craig Brown at a Freedom Fight event in January. Steinbeiss, a veteran of BodogFight, is coming off of a submission win over Wayne Andrews last month.
Schafer-Antle Headlines Gladiators Fighting 49
Similar to Melvin Guillard and a handful of other fighters, UFC light heavyweight Eric Schafer has received permission to fight outside of the organization in smaller shows in an attempt to sharpen up his skills before his next bout under the Zuffa banner.
Schafer will take on Ryan Antle in the main event of tonight’s Gladiators Fighting 49, which is slated to take place at Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s State Fair Park according to our friends over at MMA Junkie.
After an impressive submission win over Rob MacDonald, Schafer was pretty much fed to the wolves when he was forced to take on Michael Bisping and Stephan Bonnar in consecutive fights. He was stopped with strikes in both. After going on a five fight winning streak, Antle has now lost his last two bouts.
Nothing on the official slate obviously since it’s a Saturday but there are still some things you should check out…
If you haven’t listened to it already, Fightlinker has an amazing interview with Fight News Unlimited’s Rich Bergeron, who is currently being sued by Xyience for $25 million for reporting on and unveiling a bunch of different things about the current bankruptcy scandal the company is going through.
Melvin Guillard has stated that he will be taking a short leave of absence from the UFC to fight in smaller promotions and try to get back on track.
Guillard made the comments in a recent interview with The Baltimore Sun:
I’m going to take a few fights outside the UFC to get back some of my wins. Hopefully, it’s not any all-around chumps. I’m not going to take any fights at 155 [pounds] outside the UFC. I want to fight at 170 [pounds]—a weight class above mine outside the UFC. I’m probably scheduled to fight again in the UFC late March, early April if they bless me with that.
Guillard goes on to talk about the controversy behind his feud with Rich Clementi, his made-up rivalry with Joe Stevenson, and his plans for the future. It’s a really good read.
Guillard goes on to say that the UFC has told him that they don’t want him to fight anybody at 155 lbs outside of the UFC, which seems kind of odd to me. Guillard says that he’ll be happy to go back up to welterweight and would even try middleweight if the opportunity presents himself.
Even more strange, Guillard believes that the UFC wouldn’t care if he lost at 185 lbs while on his hiatus. I don’t know about anyone else but a loss is a loss and I’m sure Dana White and Joe Silva won’t be happy either way.
Photo by Ed Pollard.
Georges St. Pierre came closer to cementing his status as the top welterweight in the world when he gave future UFC hall-of-famer Matt Hughes a drubbing over the course of two rounds before submitting his idol with an armbar during the main event of last night’s UFC 79: Nemesis.
Hughes was originally slated to face fellow Ultimate Fighter 6 coach and current welterweight champ Matt Serra but Serra was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering herniated discs in his lower back during training. Hughes was then given a selective list of opponents that agreed to step in and the former nine-time champion picked St. Pierre in an attempt to try and avenge a prior loss to “Rush” at UFC 65 last year.
However it was obvious from the start of the fight that it was only a matter of time before St. Pierre was going to come away with a win. The Canadian took Hughes down at will throughout the first round, mounting his opponent and connecting with a number of unanswered punches while his opponent held on for dear life.
Hughes found his way back to his feet a couple of times but St. Pierre quickly put an end to that with wrestling skills that have made him consider possibly trying out for the Canadian Olympic wrestling squad next year.
The second round started off much like the first and after mounting and taking his opponent’s back, St. Pierre locked in an armbar that caused Hughes’ face to grimace in pain. The Hillsboro, Illinois native then verbally submitted to referee Steve Mazzagatti, ending the fight.
Many fans showed concern when St. Pierre took the fight on short notice as he would only have a little over a month to prepare for the bout. Training wasn’t an excuse for Hughes during a post-fight interview with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.
“I came in 120 percent,” Hughes said. “I really trained hard for this fight. I brought in some of the best people and we really had a good game plan. Georges is just a better fighter.”
Hughes also acknowledged that he “had some thinking to do” in terms of continuing his career.
With the win, St. Pierre becomes the interim UFC welterweight champion. He will now wait for Serra to fully recover from his injury and the two will unify the belts at some point next year.
Even though he deserved the win with a show of complete domination, St. Pierre refused to consider himself the welterweight champion, as that distinction is held by the last man to defeat St. Pierre inside the Octagon.
“That’s why I’m going to take off this belt,” St. Pierre said after the fight. “Thanks to the UFC for giving me that; it’s a good honor, but the real champion is Matt Serra. Until I get my belt back, I’m not going to consider myself champion. Matt Serra that night beat me fair and square. He was the better man and I made many mistakes and had a lot of issues that night. Next time when I fight him, it might be a different story and people will understand what I’m talking about.”
We will be going live at 8:00 PM EST with live results of UFC 79: Nemesis, which is taking place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The event is highlighted by Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre battling for the third time in their careers for the interim UFC Welterweight Title and the long-awaited matchup between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.
Be sure to leave comments throughout the night.
Live results are shown after the jump.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 79: Nemesis are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
Things heated up really fast during the stare-down between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva. Silva empathically ripped off his shirt before approaching Liddell. After an intense stare-down between the two, Silva faked a move towards Liddell and Liddell responded by flipping his opponent the bird. Silva started to walk towards Liddell and officials and trainers all jumped in but order was quickly restored.
Matt Hughes (170 lbs) vs. Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs)
Chuck Liddell (204 lbs) vs. Wanderlei Silva (205 lbs)
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (205 lbs) vs. Ryoto Machida (204 lbs)
Rich Clementi (155 lbs) vs. Melvin Guillard (156 lbs)
Eddie Sanchez (239 lbs) vs. Soa Palalei (262 lbs)
Dean Lister (186 lbs) vs. Jordan Radev (185 lbs)
James Irvin (205 lbs) vs. Luis Cane (205 lbs)
Roan Carneiro (170 lbs) vs. Tony DeSouza (170 lbs)
Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs) vs. Nate Mohr (155 lbs)
Doug Evans (155 lbs) vs. Mark Bocek (155 lbs)
John Chandler here, breaking down UFC 79: Nemesis fight-by-fight, including detailed predictions along the way.
UFC 79: Nemesis features ten fights including the third fight between Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Title and the most anticipated fight in mixed martial arts history when Chuck Liddell takes on arch-rival Wanderlei Silva in a fight years in the making.
A lot of people know about the history and bad blood between Rich Clementi and Melvin Guillard, who are both set to meet at UFC 79 in December. However now that the matchup has been revealed, I’ve been getting a few emails asking about what happened between the two. I’ll try and give it a shot…
Basically Clementi and Guillard are former training partners. It’s been said before that Clementi was Guillard’s mentor of sorts and basically got him known by some of the bigger promotions in MMA, although I’m not sure if that is completely true.
Clementi has apparently had Guillard’s number for years in and outside of the gym. Clementi has said in the past that he has easily controlled Guillard during training sessions. It’s also been documented that Clementi once knocked Guillard out in a kickboxing match as well.
Things came to a head during the hours leading into The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale. Clementi and Guillard exchanged a heated set of emails that can be found here.
A few months later Clementi and Guillard reportedly engaged in an altercation started by Guillard puncing Clementi in the face at a local MMA event:
According to reports, Guillard walked over, Clementi put out his hand for a shake and asked, “What’s up with those e-mails?” Apparently, before Clementi could finish, Guillard punched him in the face but didn’t noticeably hurt him. The two fighters squared off, but nothing happened, and it eventually got broken up.
Guillard then apparently threatened to shoot Clementi, stating, “Next time I’ll hit you with my pistol,” which consequently lead to him being tossed out of the fights.
Rumors floated around after the incident that the two were trying to get the UFC to set up an official bout between them. It look eight months but it finally happened…