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.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced earlier today that all of the six fighters that were tested for ‘drugs of abuse’, tested negative for any signs.
Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Karo Parisyan, Josh Burkman, Alan Belcher, and Sean Salmon were the six fighters chosen by the NSAC at random to be tested after UFC 71.
The NSAC announced earlier in the week that all six had also tested negative for performance enhancing drugs as well.
News and Notes
- The updated MMA on Tap Top 10 will be posted later today…
- Steve Bruno has been taken off the card for June 12’s UFC Fight Night 10 after sustaining an injury during a practice session last Friday. A replacement opponent for Chad Reiner, whom Bruno was slated to face, has not yet been announced.
- Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer shot down heavy rumors regarding the possibility that the NSAC denied Frank Mir the opportunity to take on Tim Sylvia at UFC 74. In fact, the bout was never even taken to the commission in the first place. That doesn’t mean that the bout would still be approved however based on what Kizer stated earlier today in an email sent to various MMA media outlets:
That fight has not been presented to me, and thus no ‘denial’ has been made. I was asked about the match-up by a reporter and said I would have a hard time approving that fight unless I see a quality win from Mr. Mir first. However, I will keep an open mind.
- Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell will be on Late Night with David Letterman this Thursday on CBS…
- The Fight Network is reporting that the six fighters who were tested for performance enhancing drugs after UFC 71 all passed with flying colors:
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced Friday that six fighters – Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Karo Parisyan, Josh Burkman, Alan Belcher and Sean Salmon – tested negative for steroids and stimulants prior to May 26’s UFC 71. Drugs of abuse tests results are still pending.
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It’s a legitimate question: Is PRIDE officially dead?
You only have to step back and take a look at the recent events that have taken place in the past few weeks to see that PRIDE’s future isn’t looking very promising. Well if there’s a future for the promotion at all…
PRIDE hasn’t held an event since April. It also hasn’t done much of anything except release their 10th anniversary documentary since then. One would think that the company will now get back on track since it’s acquisition by UFC parent company Zuffa is now complete according to UFC President Dana White. However that might not be the case.
The scheduled opening round for the company’s Lightweight Grand Prix on July 16th now seems that it’s not going to happen. Why? Nippon Gaishi Hall, the arena where the event was supposed to be held has now taken the show off of it’s event calendar. Couple that with White’s recent comments concerning all of PRIDE’s top fighters coming over to the UFC and it seems more and more likely that PRIDE’s run in the world of MMA is just about finished.
So what did you say about White’s comments? Well in that same interview with MMA Weekly where he stated that Zuffa now owned PRIDE, he also said that all of the promotion’s top fighters will be coming to the UFC:
“We’re going to have them all. We’re going to have them all. At the end of the day, if you want to fight the best fighters in the world, if you want to cement your place in history… and at the end of the day, the money is great, all that stuff is good, but for me I’m one of those types of people… it’s all about cementing your place in history. Who is the greatest fighter in every weight division? It’s here. It’s in the UFC. They’re all going to be here.”
Well so much for the original plan of keeping all of PRIDE’s top fighters with the company. Since the March announcement of that plan, the UFC has brought over Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mauricio Rua, and now Dan Henderson. Apparently they aren’t even close to being done either since Chuck Liddell’s next opponent is Wanderlei Silva…
When asked about one of Pride’s biggest stars, Wanderlei Silva, White said, “We’re going to have them all here. He [Silva] is going to be here. They’re all going to fight… they’re all under contract.” White also said that Silva would likely be Chuck Liddell’s next opponent.
With all of PRIDE’s biggest stars, including Henderson who currently holds two PRIDE belts and will challenge Quinton Jackson for the UFC Light Heavyweight title later this year, coming over to the UFC, I think it’s safe to say that they have decided to just let PRIDE wither away…
Quinton Jackson discusses his win over Chuck Liddell at UFC 71, being the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and his future plans on ESPN Motion.
Here’s a collection of media links focusing on last night’s event UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson.
Sherdog: Rampage Ices Liddell, Captures UFC Title; Video: “Rampage” Celebrates Victory; Liddell’s Trainer Talks Disappointing Loss; Beatdown After the Bell: UFC 71
MMAWeekly: Henderson to Challenge for UFC Title; UFC 71 Review: Rampage Makes it 2-for-2; Dan Henderson on Fighting Rampage
The Fight Network: Hendo Octagon Bound; Ice Breaker
Gracie Mag: For a Big House
UFC HP: Crushed Ice – Rampage KO’s Liddell to Win Light Heavy Crown; Next in Line - Hendo’s Back
InsideFighting: “Rampage” KOs Liddell
ESPN: Gettin’ Jacked Up
NBC Sports: Rampage’s right hand melts the Iceman; Iceman Melted
Houston Chronicle: Jackson stuns Liddell to continue UFC upset string
Yahoo! Sports: Anything’s Possible; Rampage Ices Liddell
Press Telegram: Jackson KOs the champ for title
KCAL: Video: Rampage Jackson knocks out Iceman Liddell for the UFC Title
LA Times: Jackson busts through opening left by Liddell
Newsday: Rampage TKOs Liddell at UFC 71
OC Register: Jackson goes on rampage (with audio)
Daily Herald: UFC’s popularity no suprise
CBS: Rampage doesn’t just have Liddell’s number—he has his belt
Washington Post: Jackson Scores Stunning First-Round KO to Take Liddell’s Title
TSN: On The Rampage
Sportsnet: Rampage shocks The Iceman; Canuck Starnes cripples Leben; UFC upsets Continue; Alexander upsets Keith Jardine
CBC: Rampage lives up to his name, dethroning Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell at UFC 71
The Globe and Mail: Jackson takes light heavyweight title from Liddell
Toronto Sun: Sunflashes
The recap of Liddell-Jackson with some interview coverage from ESPN Motion.
Tonight it was announced that PRIDE Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson will be facing newly crowned UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Dan Henderson (22-5) appeared in the octagon in May of 98 when he fought in the UFC middleweight tournament defeating Allan Goes and Carlos Newton to win the tourney. That marked the end of Hendo’s time in the UFC and the beginning of his time in Japan. Henderson spent the next 9 years fighting in Japan for Rings and PRIDE going 18-5 with victories over the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Renato Sobral, Wanderlei Silva, Murilo Bustamante, Yuki Kondo, and many others.
A date for the matchup has not been announced.
Tonight we will be going live at 10 PM EST, covering UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson 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 an official preview, predictions, media coverage, and much more:
UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
Main Card Bouts:
Chuck Liddell vs Quinton Jackson
Karo Parisyan vs Josh Burkman
Ivan Salaverry vs Terry Martin
Keith Jardine vs Houston Alexander
Chris Leben vs Kalib Starnes
Din Thomas vs Jeremy Stephens
James Irvin vs Thiago Silva
Wilson Gouveia vs Carmelo Marrero
Alan Belcher vs Sean Salmon
Here is a preview John and I put together for UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson.
Main Card Bouts:
Chuck Liddell vs. Quinton Jackson
Terry Martin vs. Ivan Salaverry
Josh Burkman vs. Karo Parisyan
Houston Alexander vs. Keith Jardine
Kalib Starnes vs. Chris Leben
Thiago Silva vs. James Irvin
Sean Salmon vs. Alan Belcher
Jeremy Stephens vs. Din Thomas
Carmelo Marrero vs. Wilson Gouveia
Also be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.