News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated once again…
- Remember to cast your vote on our latest poll: Rock the Vote - Favorite UFC 73 Fight
- MMA on Tap would like to congratulate UFC Junkie’s Eric “Performify” Foster on being hired as a columnist for Fight! Magazine.
- For those of you that haven’t already heard, Wesley “Cabbage” Correira has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with James Thompson at Cage Rage 22 this Saturday after suffering a broken ankle during a recent training session. Cage Rage has also announced that Correira will be replaced by Kimo Leopoldo in the bout.
- Full Contact Fighter is reporting that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Ron Waterman at HCF: Unfinished Business on July 21 because he has been denied admittance into the country of Canada:
Hardcore Championship Fighting promoter, Keith Crawford, informed FCF this afternoon that Ricco Rodriguez will not fight Ron Waterman on the July 21st, “Unfinished Business” card, in Edmonton, Alberta, as had been advertised. The fight was to be the card’s main event, which will take place at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Alberta’s capital city. According to Crawford, Canadian authorities have denied Rodriguez entrance into the country.
“Mr. Rodriguez’s bond to get into Canada has been revoked due to recent situations.” said Crawford, which was the extent to which he cared to comment. As of last week, Crawford had maintained in correspondence with FCF that he believed all American fighters that were scheduled to compete on the card would be granted entry into Canada.
Rodriguez’s lawyer and agent, James C. Gallo, told FCF this afternoon that “I’m not an expert in Canadian law, but I’m unaware of any reason as to why Rodriguez would be precluded from leaving the U.S. to enter Canada.”
- The Fight Network is reporting that Mirko Cro Cop has hired a talented group to be used as sparring partners in preparation for Cro Cop’s upcoming bout against Cheick Kongo at UFC 75. Sergei Kharitonov, Ricco Rodriguez and Zelg Galesic will all be participating in Cro Cop’s training camp.
- Randy Couture and Quinton Jackson fell short of their bid to become the first mixed martial artist to receive an ESPY for Fighter of the Year as Floyd Mayweather Jr took home the honor.
- Gracie Fighter is stating that Nick Diaz has been released of his contract with PRIDE and Zuffa because of his ties with Elite XC:
We will be running a series on a seldom seen look at the behind the scenes workings that ultimately lead to the ouster of Nick Diaz from the new Pride organization. In our opinion this ouster had everything to do with Nick’s participation in the EliteXC organization and nothing to do with Zuffa’s technical grounds. Everyday this week we will post corresponding emails and let you the reader be the ultimate judge.
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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.
The Fight Network is reporting that former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez has received an offer from Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic to come down to Croatia to teach him the nuances of the octagon.
“He’s asked me to come out and show him some of the ground-and-pound techniques, getting out and up from the bottom, the mechanics of the cage,” says Rodriguez, who has mastered key outings in both apparatus during his eight-year career. “We’ll be exchanging information. There’s absolutely a difference between the ring and a cage.”
The UFC has officially announced that Cheick Kongo and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will clash in a heavyweight showdown Sept. 8th at UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion in London, England.
Dana White also confirmed the match today on ESPN’s The Hotlist:
“Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ is fighting Cheick Kongo from France,” said White. “He’s six foot four and two hundred and forty pounds – he’s huge. They are both strikers. Cheick Kongo is a very good striker and he’s good with his feet, knees and hands – it’s going to be a very interesting matchup.”
Cro Cop spoke at a recent UFC press conference saying:
““I am one of the most dangerous strikers in the world, but unfortunately, I did not prove that reputation in my last fight,” said Cro Cop.
“It was a great shock for me and I believe for all my fans and I was very disappointed. But I am a true professional and fighting is my life so I’m training harder than ever. And in the next fight I will be better than ever so I hope you will all be there to see it. I am going to beat my opponent. As I already told you, it was a shock for me and many people ask me if I am okay, if I am injured – it didn’t look good – that my ankle twisted, that my knee was looking bad, but it’s okay now. I have started running already, I started full training already and I am dying for my next fight.”
UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion currently features Dan “Hollywood” Henderson vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill, and of course Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Cheick Kongo.
Dutch sports website Ground and Pound has posted a piece after speaking with UFC heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo where he states that he will take on Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 75.
Here is a translated snip from the article:
Rumors have been circulating for some time on the internet that Mirko Cro Cop and Cheick Kongo would meet in a European duel in England at UFC 75 in September. Kongo confirmed the rumors that he had a fight with the PRIDE Grand-Prix world champion with Ground and Pound, saying simply “It is true.”
If this turns out to be legit, this will definitely be a matchup that I’ve been wanting ever since Cro Cop stepped foot in the UFC.
Quinton Jackson confirmed that he will defend his title against Dan Henderson on September 8th in London at UFC 75 in a recent interview with CBS 2 of Los Angeles.
“I have to fight September 8th in London with the champion of Japan [Henderson]. He has the belt that I was trying to go for that I never got.”
It’s going to be interesting to see what the UFC plans on doing with Henderson’s PRIDE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight titles. Are they going to be on the line as well? Only time will tell…
MMA on Tap currently has Mirko Cro Cop, Jess Liaudin, Dennis Siver, Alessio Sakara, and Michael Bisping rumored to also be fighting at the event.
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated once again…
- The always popular MMA on Tap Top Ten has been updated and was posted yesterday for everyone to break down and take in. Be sure to leave comments with any corrections, props, thoughts, and suggestions that you might have.
- Our latest edition of Rock the Vote has been posted - Who will be victorious in UFC 72’s main event: Rich Franklin or Yushin Okami? Be sure to add your pick…
Here are the results for our last poll:
Chuck Liddell: 25%
Mirko Cro Cop: 23%
Andrei Arlovski: 17%
Tim Sylvia: 17%
Gabriel Gonzaga: 8%
Randy Couture: 8%
Heath Herring: 2%
- Scott put together a nice mini-interview with Jonathan Goulet discussing Goulet’s recent win over Travis Axworthy this past weekend as well as his thoughts on John Alessio’s peformance on Sunday night. MMA Weekly caught wind of the piece and was going to ask Alessio about Goulet’s comments on last night’s radio show but Alessio failed to appear.
- The Fight Network is reporting that renowned grappler Marcelo Garcia is in California training with Team Quest this week. K-1 stated in a pre-fight press conference for Dynamite!! USA that Garcia would make his debut in September.
- Leonard Garcia has announced that he will be fighting on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 5. Garcia did not say who his opponent will be.
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- A Croatian news outlet reported yesterday in an interview with Mirko Cro Cop that his next fight would take place at UFC 75, the organization’s next event to be held in England. However in the latest issue of Japanese magazine Kamipro, Cro Cop’s manager Ken Imai stated that his client will most likely fight on the undercard of Randy Couture and Gabriel Gonzaga’s heavyweight title bout at UFC 74 in August.
- The Fight Network is reporting that Nippon Gaishi Hall, the proposed site for the PRIDE Lightweight Grand Prix scheduled to begin on July 16th, has now removed the event from it’s calendar.
- Kestutis Arbocius has been stripped of the Heavyweight King of Pancrase title because of inactivity. The title has been declared vacant and will be on the line at Pancrase’s 2007 Rising Tour on May 30th when Tatsuya Mizuno and Assuerio Silva battle for it.
- Art of War 3 has been moved from June 30th to August 18th according to the Houston Chronicle:
Art of War 3 is being postponed until later this summer.
The promoter was having trouble clearing enough homes to make a pay-per-view telecast fly and decided to move the show, originally scheduled for June 30 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, to August.
The new date is Aug. 18. Pedro Rizzo versus Jeff Monson remains the show headliner, with Jeremy Horn, Carlo Prater and Jake Shields also on the card.
The date of the event has also been changed on the official site...
Here are the payouts from UFC 70: Nations Collide…
- Gabriel Gonzaga ($60,000) def. Mirko CroCop ($350,000)
- Andrei Arlovski ($160,000) def. Fabricio Werdum ($80,000)
- Michael Bisping ($24,000) def. Elvis Sinosic ($8,000)
- Ryoto Machida ($40,000) def. David Heath ($6,000)
- Cheick Kongo ($40,000) def. Assuerio Silva ($8,000)
- Terry Etin ($12,000) def. Matt Grice ($3,000)
- Junior Assuncao ($6,000) def. David Lee ($2,000)
- Alessio Sakara ($20,000) def. Victor Valimaki ($3,000)
- Jess Liaudin ($6,000) def. Dennis Siver ($3,000)
- Paul Taylor ($8,000) def. Edilberto Crocota ($4,000)
Total Payout: $843,000
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- We’ve been getting hammered with emails asking when our Top 10 is going to be updated. Guess what? Today bitches!
- Various outlets are reporting that Mirko Cro Cop didn’t suffer any broken bones after getting knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga at Saturday’s UFC 70. Cro Cop apparently told reporters overseas that only sustained ligament damage.
- The Fight Network is reporting that Jason MacDonald may take on Rory Singer at UFC 72 via their weekly “The Great Fight North” report:
Jason MacDonald has informed The Fight Network that he’ll be returning to the Octagon June 16 at UFC 72 “Victory” in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but did not name his opponent.
UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva announced Saturday after the promotion’s UFC 70 “Nations Collide” event in Manchester, England that MacDonald (18-8-0) may fight Rory Singer (12-6-0), who appeared on the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but that the contracts had not been signed yet.
MacDonald previously defeated TUF alumnus Ed Herman and Chris Leben before losing to former middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 68 last March.
Should MacDonald defeat Singer, the victory could further cement the Albertan’s claim to being the “TUF Killer.”
- Tickets to the TUF 5 finale are now on sale. The event takes place pn June 23 at The Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.