Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (left) talks with Joe Rogan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Update 1:30 PM ET: MMAJunkie is reporting that according to a source from the show itself, the coaches have not been chosen yet. However, while the coaches have not been picked, Big Nog and Mir are among the finalists for the coaching slots. - Bill Reger
Frank Mir has already made it known that he’d love to be a coach during a future season of “The Ultimate Fighter”. He wanted it to lead to a rematch with Tim Sylvia, but now that the Miletich Fighting Systems product has been released from the UFC, it looks like it isn’t going to happen, at least with Sylvia as his counterpart.
According to a report from our friends at Cage Potato citing an unidentified source, Mir has been tapped to serve as one of the coaches for the eighth season of the show along with current interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
It will be the first time that the reality show has ever featured two heavyweights as coaches. While it seems that Nogueira would ultimately defend his belt against Mir at the conclusion of the show, Mir is currently scheduled to face McCully in July. Filming for the show apparently starts in June.
Sam Caplan also points out that Mir and Nogueira aren’t exactly the most personable fighters to ever coach the show and I’d tend to agree. While Mir might be marketable because of his Lesnar win and WEC color commentating job, fans outside of the hardcores aren’t all that familar with Nogueira. It could be the making of a potential negative hit to ratings.
The third episode of the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” started off with a recap of last week as always and then quickly dove into the show itself. The fighters moved into the house for the first time, which has a few noticeable differences compared to past seasons.
Then it was time to select teams. Rampage won the coin toss and opted to pick the first fighter instead of the first fight, which went to Forrest. Rampage picked HDNet Fights veteran C.B. Dollaway with his first pick.
The teams break like down like this:
Team Rampage: Mike Dolce, Daniel Cramer, C.B. Dollaway, Paul Bradley, Matthew Riddler, Gerald Harris, Jeremy May, Brandon Sene
Team Forrest: Tim Credeur, Amir Sadollah, Jesse Taylor, Matt Brown, Cale Yarbrough, Dante Rivera, Nick Klein, Luke Zachrich
The coaches break down like so:
Team Rampage: Zack Light, Juanito Ibarra
Team Forrest: Cameron Diffley, Mark Beecher, Gray Maynard
Terry Martin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Terry Martin was victorious in his professional boxing debut this past weekend, knocking out opponent Ricardo Upchurch in the first round. Martin revealed last week that he would be trying his hand at boxing before his participation at Combat Fighting Championships’ May 17th event at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.
TUF 8 Hopefuls Move On
This time around it’s the mainstream media that is breaking news when it comes to possible participants for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
According to the Winnipeg Sun, current TKO heavyweight champion Krzysztof Soszynski was informed over the weekend that he was one of 50 finalists picked to fly out to Las Vegas for a four-day training camp at the UFC’s training facility. The Boston Herald reports that Woody Weatherby will also be attending the camp.
Couture Won’t Rule Out Return to UFC
MMARated.com‘s Ariel Helwani conducted a must-read interview with UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture recently. Couture touches on a bunch of different questions that MMA media and fans alike have been curious about since the whole ordeal between him and Dana White and company began.
Most interesting is the fact that despite all of the lawsuits and harsh words, Couture still won’t rule out the possibility of returning to the UFC one day:
I think if this whole thing has pointed out one thing to me it’s that I have an opportunity to control my own destiny a little bit and, potentially, through this process, change the way the fighters are paid and the way things are done in MMA and those are important things for me as a fighter. There are a lot of guys that are still scratching out a living and all the cards are held by the promotions. And, certainly, the most powerful promotion in the landscape is the UFC. So, would I say “never will I fight for the UFC,” well, I am not going to say “never” because there are circumstances where things could change but that’s the way I feel right now.
Hong-Man Choi Headed to the Army
According to Zach Arnold of Fight Opinion, Hong-Man Choi will head to the South Korean army training center later this month due to a mandatory requirement to serve his country. Because of his size, Choi won’t serve in battle, but is expected to be out of MMA action for at least three years. More here.
The second episode of the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” helped finalize the sixteen total fighters that would be moving into that infamous house by showing the eight other fights that took place during the first couple days of taping.
The show started off with a bang, literally as Dan Simmler suffered one of the worst knockout losses in series’ history.
Simmler, a longtime student of Matt Serra, admitted before the fight that he didn’t have very much skill when it came to striking and it showed as Matthew Riddler knocked him out with a right hand just seconds into the second round. Riddler got in a few extra shots before Herb Dean was able to jump in and Simmler was left moaning on the canvas for close to a minute.
Simmler suffered a broken jaw and had no recollection of what had happened or where he was even at while being loaded into an ambulance.
Luke Zachrich didn’t like Patrick Schultz’s haircut and he did something about it, quickly submitting the Bostonian with a rear naked choke despite being dropped in the beginning of the fight. Also garnering rear naked choke victories were Brandon Sene and Jesse Taylor, who both used superior wrestling to send Aaron Meisner and Nick Rossborough home respectively.
Marvin Eastman weighs-in for UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Marvin Eastman will attempt to extend his second stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he takes on Drew McFedries at the The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21st.
Eastman announced the fight via a recent MySpace blog post.
“The next victim of “The Beastman” is on June 21st at the Palms Casino on the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Eastman said in the post. “Drew McFedries is my last fighter under contract with the UFC. This contract was a buyout from the purchase of the WFA by the UFC.”
After being knocked out by Travis Lutter at UFC 50, Eastman was released from the UFC and went on to post a 7-2-1 record outside of the organization before being invited back. Eastman dropped his return fight against current light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson but rebounded at UFC 81 in February, winning a unanimous decision over Terry Martin.
McFedries is coming off of a loss to rising middleweight contender Patrick Cote at UFC Fight Night 12 in January. It was McFedries’ first fight since June 2007 due to surgery undergone to repair damage suffered from a severe staph infection.
Diego Sanchez is expected to take on American Top Team’s Luigi Fioravanti in a bout that will serve as the show’s main event. A middleweight matchup between Evan Tanner and Kendall Grove will also take place at the event.
Evan Tanner weighs-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Update 8:00 PM: Kendall Grove has since posted information concerning the fight on the front page of his official website.
Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will attempt to bounce back from a recent loss to Yushin Okami last month when he takes on Kendall Grove at the The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21st.
Sources close to the fight have confirmed to MMA on Tap that bout agreements have been signed. It’s unknown at this time whether or not the fight will be televised or serve as one of the event’s preliminary bouts.
Tanner’s loss to Okami was his first fight in nearly two full years after taking a hiatus from active competition in order to get away from fighting and deal with some personal needs. His break from fighting also involved yet another battle with alcohol addiction, a disease Tanner has been fighting for the majority of his adult life.
Even though Tanner’s anticipated return didn’t go as planned against Okami, the former Team Quest member admitted that he overcame a huge hurdle after the fight as he prevented himself from giving in to his personal demons after the fight.
He’ll take on Grove, who fell victim to an upset knockout at the hands of Jorge Rivera at UFC 80: Rapid Fire in January. It was Grove’s second consecutive loss in as many fights. The middleweight winner of the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Grove will most likely have to defeat Tanner if he wishes to remain with the UFC.
Diego Sanchez is expected to take on American Top Team’s Luigi Fioravanti in a bout that will serve as the show’s main event.
It was an evening of memorable quotes as the seventh season of the reality show that changed mixed martial arts forever, “The Ultimate Fighter” premiered last night.
Unlike previous seasons where the first episode would involve an introduction of the fighters and a visual of them settling into their new house and training schedule, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White decided to throw a wrench into things.
Inviting a total of thirty-two fighters for the first time in history, White informed them that the only way they would be part of the show is if they fought their way in, delivering the message by way of the single quote that has been featured on television ads for the past few weeks.
“What I get tired of every season, and it drives me fucking crazy, are the pussies and poseurs who come on the show, every season it makes me sick,” White said to start off the episode. “This season, you’re going to fight your way onto the show.”
With only two days to prepare for the biggest fights of their lives, UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who will be serving as one of the head coaches alongside summer opponent Forrest Griffin, summed their feelings up best.
“I think some of them crapped their pants. I smelt it,” Jackson stated.
Diego Sanchez weighs-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC welterweight contender and former middleweight winner of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Diego Sanchez is expected to take on American Top Team’s Luigi Fioravanti in a bout that will serve as the main even of The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21st.
The news comes from Sherdog.com, which reports that although nothing has been signed as of yet, both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest.
Sanchez bounced back from a two-fight losing streak and submitted David Bielkheden with strikes at UFC 82: Pride of a Champion earlier this month. The Jackson’s Submission Fighting product has opted to bulk up and stay at welterweight instead of making a possible drop to a lower weight division.
Fioravanti, who was also victorious earlier this month via an unanimous decision over Luke Cummo, earned his first win at the event since he stopped former UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne with strikes in December 2006.
The upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter” will start on April 2nd, preceded by UFC Fight Night 13, which is slated to be televised in a three-hour Spike TV time slot. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin will serve as coaches on the show. Jackson will then defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Griffin at UFC 86 in July.
After months of speculation, the complete list of all contestants that will be competing on the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest” has been revealed courtesy of Dave Meltzer in his latest piece for Yahoo! Sports.
The list is as follows: (alphabetical order)
David Baggett, Paul Bradley, Matt Brown, Steve Byrnes, Erik Charles, Logan Clark, John Clarke, Daniel Cramer, Tim Creduer, C.B. Dollaway, Mike Dolce, John Hall, Gerald Harris, Nick Klein, David Mewborn, Mike Marrello, Jeremy May, Prince McLean, Aaron Meisner, Reggie Orr, Matthew Riddle, Jeremiah Riggs, Dante Rivera, David Roberts, Nick Rossborough, Amir Sadollah, Patrick Schultz, Brandon Sene, Dan Simmler, Jesse Taylor, Cale Yarbrough, John Wood, and Luke Zachrich.
It’s interesting to note that Chris Clements and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, two fighters that were rumored to have been possibly been part of the show, are not listed.
According to Meltzer, the first two shows of the season will feature highlights of the opening round of fights, which will cut the amount of fighters in half to the usual amount of 16.
Meltzer also mentions courtesy of UFC President Dana White that an altercation between coaches Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin nearly leads to a fight before their July 5th light heavyweight title showdown.
Forrest Griffin weighs-in for UFC 76: Knockout. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against top contender Forrest Griffin at UFC 86 on Saturday, July 5th in Las Vegas.
The news comes from Dave Meltzer, who reported the date in the latest edition of his Wrestling Observer newsletter.
The two fighters will serve as coaches for the upcoming seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter, which will begin airing on April 2nd, following a live broadcast of UFC Fight Night 13 on Spike TV. The show is rumored to be featuring a total of 32 fighters competing for a six-figure contract with the UFC.
Jackson successfully defended his title for the first time when he earned a hard-fought unanimous decision over Dan Henderson at UFC 75. July will mark ten months since the last time “Rampage” stepped into the cage.
Griffin, who will be the second ‘TUF’ alumnus to serve as a coach on the show, pulled off one of the biggest upsets of last year when he dominated former PRIDE superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua before submitting him with a rear naked choke late in the third round of their bout at UFC 76.