News and Notes
- The next WEC show will be March 24th at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- PRIDE has added the following bouts to their upcoming show Pride 33: Second Coming:
* Takanori Gomi vs. Nick Diaz
* Hayato Sakurai vs. Mac Danzig
* Kazuo Misaki vs. Frank Trigg
* Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Travis Wiuff
- Matt Lindland has confirmed through ‘The Fight Network’ that he signed a three-fight deal with BodogFight. All of the fights will take place in the heavyweight division.
- It’s looking like Tito Oritz vs. Forrest Griffin II is a strong possibility for UFC 70 in Manchester.
News and Notes
- Stephane Vigneault has suffered an injury and he will no longer be fighting Jonathan Goulet for the TKO Canadian Welterweight Title. Goulet released a message on MySpace which said “Damn my opponent got injured and the TKO management are looking for an opponent.”
- Frankie Edgar will make his UFC debut February 3rd at UFC 67: All or Nothing against undefeated lightweight prospect Tyson Griffin.
- Kenny Florian vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima will headline UFC Fight Night 9 on March 13th.
- Tank Abbott will make his return to MMA February 3rd when he fights Ji Hoon Kim in World Best Fighter: USA vs. Asia.
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Here are the weigh-in results for UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II.
Chuck Liddell (205) vs. Tito Ortiz (205)
Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Keith Jardine (205)
Chris Leben (186) vs. Jason MacDonald (184)
Andrei Arlovski (236) vs. Marcio Cruz (236)
Michael Bisping (205) vs. Eric Schafer (205)
Thiago Alves (170) vs. Tony DeSouza (171)
Gabriel Gonzaga (244) vs. Carmelo Marrero (220)
Rory Singer (185) vs. Yushin Okami (284)
Anthony Perosh (236) vs. Christian Wellisch (235)
Here’s a few links to fill you in on what sports writers around the country are saying about UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II…
LA Daily Times: UFC finds ultimate success
St.Petersburg Times: It’s not all fun and games
UFC: Chuck Liddell: the Last of the Mohicans
Globe and Mail: Liddell, Ortiz meet the media
UFC: Liddell lingers as the Last Piece in the Ortiz Puzzle
OC Register: UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz preview
LA Times: Liddell confident he’ll beat Ortiz
LV Review Journal: Trainer on top with Liddell
UFC: Jardine Ready for A Blue Collar Battle on Saturday
ESPN: UFC 66 Makes ESPN’s Top 100 Sports Events for 2006
UFC: The MMA Resurrection of Jason MacDonald
UFC: Chris Leben – Revenge Now, Redemption Later
FOX: Does Ortiz Believe He Will Win?
Keith Jardine and Forrest Griffin
Carmelo Marrero and Gabriel Gonzaga
Jason MacDonald and Chris Leben
Thiago Alves and Tony DeSouza
Christian Wellisch and Anthony Perosh
Marcio Cruz and Andrei Arlovski
Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell
Eric Schafer and Michael Bisping
UFC 66 Press Conference - Ortiz and Liddell
UFC 66 Press Conference - Jardine, Griffin, Schafer, Bisping
Liddell vs. Ortiz II Predictions
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 3 champion will be making his long awaited return to the octagon Saturday, December 30th at UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II.
Bisping will be facing off against Eric Schafer who he was originally scheduled to face on November 11th at ‘The Ultimate Fighter 4’ Finale. Bisping was forced to pull out of the fight on November 11th due to issues he was having acquiring a Visa. That is now all behind him and he is ready to battle at UFC 66.
The UFC has announced that Michael Bisping vs. Eric Schafer has been pulled from ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season four card this Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight was called off because Bisping was having issues acquiring his Visa.
‘The Ultimate Fighter 3’ champion Michael “The Count” Bisping will be making his much anticipated return to the octagon Saturday, November 11th at ‘The Ultimate Fighter 4’ Finale. Bisping’s opponent will be Eric Schafer.
Bisping’s last UFC appearance was at ‘The Ultimate Fighter 3’ Finale. Bisping destroyed Josh Haynes late in the second round to keep his undefeated record intact.
Eric Schafer will be making his second appearance in the octagon on November 11th. Schafer’s UFC debut was at UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral where fans saw Schafer choke Rob MacDonald unconscious.
Also on the card will be a middleweight battle between Martin Kampmann and Thales Leites.
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