The Ultimate Fighter

RawVegas Interviews Liddell After UFC 79

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell discusses his recent win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79, his future in the UFC, and the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter with RawVegas.

Koppenhaver Faces Felony Assault Charges

Ultimate Fighter 6 competitor Jon Koppenhaver faces felony assault and battery charges according to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Koppenhaver appeared in a San Diego court room earlier today for a preliminary hearing.

He is alleged to have attacked a man outside of a San Diego gym while he was in town visiting a former girlfriend:

During Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Darren Zatkow testified that he was visiting San Diego with his then-girlfriend when he was assaulted outside the club after a night of drinks on the town.

He said he was confronted by a group of men without shirts who surrounded him as he left the club. He said he was grabbed in a carotid choke hold and dragged a few feet from his friends by one of the men. Zatkow said he did not see who grabbed him from behind.

A witness who took the stand today stated that he only saw Koppenhaver hold the man at one point and that it was another person that assaulted him.

The preliminary hearing will continue tomorrow. If the case goes to trial and Koppenhaver is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison.

Touch of gloves to MMA Junkie for the find.

Update 9:30 AM: The San Diego Union-Tribune is now reporting that Koppenhaver has pleaded guilty to the charges. However it doesn’t seem that “War Machine” will be spending any time behind bars:

Judge Frank Brown said the change in plea could result in a misdemeanor punishment. Zatkow told the court he thought a reduced punishment was OK because he believed a felony conviction would destroy Koppenhaver’s career.

“I’m not interested in destroying somebody’s life,” Zatkow said, noting that fighting should stay in the ring.

TUF 6 Finale Medical Suspensions

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, which took place this past Saturday at The Pearl Theatre at The Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The list includes five different fighters that have received medical suspensions:

- Tommy Speer: Medically suspended until January 1st because of a cut under his left eye. No physical contact until December 30th.
- Jon Koppenhaver - Medically suspended until January 23rd due to a laceration on his scalp. No physical contact until January 8th.
- Jared Rollins - Medically suspended until February 7th for caution and because of a cut around his right eye. No physical contact until January 23rd.
- Richie Hightower - Medically suspended until January 8th with no contact until December 30th.
- Dorian Price - Medically suspended until January 8th due to an ankle sprain. No physical contact until December 30th.

Jackson, Griffin Announced as TUF 7 Coaches

UFC President Dana White announced over the weekend that UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and the number-one contender for his title, Forrest Griffin, will serve as coaches for the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.

White made separate announcements for Griffin and Jackson’s participation at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale and Spike TV’s 2007 Video Game Awards respectively.

The upcoming season of the show will feature 16 middleweights competing for a six-figure contract with the UFC. White stated multiple times over the weekend that the show would be completely revamped.

As part of the deal, Jackson will defend his title against Griffin when the show is finished airing, some time in the summer next year.

The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale Quick Results

Jonathan Goulet def. Paul Georgieff - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Roman Mitichyan def. Dorian Price - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Matt Arroyo def. John Kolosci - Submission (Armbar)
Troy Mandaloniz def. Richie Hightower - TKO (Strikes)
Ben Saunders def. Daniel Barrera - Unanimous Decison
George Sotiropoulos def. Billy Miles - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jon Koppenhaver def. Jared Rollins - TKO (Strikes)
Mac Danzig def. Tommy Speer - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Roger Huerta def. Clay Guida - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 7:00 PM EST, covering The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes a preview, predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

Break It Down: The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale
Tap Selections: The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale
The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale Weigh-In Results
Report: Guida vs Huerta at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale
The Ultimate Fighter 6 Official Cast
The Ultimate Fighter 6 Episode Recaps

Main Card:

Clay Guida vs. Roger Huerta
Tommy Speer vs. Mac Danzig
Ben Saunders vs. Dan Barrera
Jared Rollins vs. Jon Koppenhaver
Billy Miles vs. George Sotiropoulos

Preliminary Bouts:

Troy Mandaloniz vs. Richie Hightower
Matt Arroyo vs. John Kolosci
Roman Mitichyan vs. Dorian Price
Paul Georgieff vs. Jonathan Goulet

Continue reading "The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale Live Blog"

Tap Selections: The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale

Scott White (157-70)

Roger Huerta
Mac Danzig
Jon Koppenhaver
George Sotiropoulos
Ben Saunders
Troy Mandaloniz
Matt Arroyo
Roman Mitichyan
Jonathan Goulet

John Chandler (154-73)

Clay Guida
Tommy Speer
Jon Koppenhaver
George Sotiropoulos
Dan Barrera
Troy Mandaloniz
Matt Arroyo
Dorian Price
Jonathan Goulet

CKA: Dec 7, 2007

News and Notes

- Sean Sherk will remain the UFC Lightweight Champion according to a report by Steve Sievert of The Houston Chronicle:

The UFC’s lightweight belt continues to reside with Sean Sherk.

The UFC has yet to comment and when asked about the situation late today, the UFC confirmed that Sherk remains the promotion’s 155-lb. titleholder.

- Ray Sefo, Chalid Arrab, and Souleimane Konate have all been forced to pull out of the K-1 World Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday night in Japan, because of injury.

The final card now looks like this:

Jerome LeBanner vs. Hong Man Choi
Peter Aerts vs. Junichi Sawayashiki
Remy Bonjasky vs. Badr Hari
Semmy Schilt vs. Glaube Feitosa
Musashi vs. David Dancrade
Mighty Mo vs. Paul Slowinski
Takashi Tachikawa vs. Ki Min Kim
Jan Nortje vs. Dong Wook Kim
Mitsugu Noda vs. Noel Cadet

- Mac Danzig says that he will move down to 155 lbs regardless of the outcome of his fight against Tommy Speer at this weekend’s TUF 6 Finale:

“I decided that before I even went on the show,” said Danzig. “I really have no business fighting the top five guys at 170, or even the top ten when it comes down to it. It’s not that I can’t beat them, but if you put me in with Matt Hughes or Georges St-Pierre ten times, I’m gonna win a number of those times, but realistically, with all skills being the same, those guys are extremely skilled and much bigger than me. I walk around at 170, those guys walk around at 190, so it’s not a good idea for me. I really want to make a run for a title, and 155 is my weight class. I feel that within a couple of years I can be a world champion at 155.”

- Five Ounces of Pain has a good recap of yesterday’s conference call for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale.

- Hiroyuki Takaya is set to join the featherweight ranks of the WEC according to Jordan Breen of Sherdog.

- The California State Athletic Commission denied Bill Mahood’s motion to appeal his positive test for steroids following post-fight testing for Strikeforce’s Playboy Mansion event in September:

“[CSAC] sent me their letter and it took an extra four days at the border. So as far as they were concerned I already had it when you [The Fight Network] called me originally to inform me of the positive test,” Mahood said. “That was fine but when I sent my stuff back to them, it arrived one day after the deadline and they denied me.”

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
3-5 PM EST - The Savage Dog Show
3-5 PM EST - The Beatdown
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

CKA: Nov 29, 2007

News and Notes

- Reaction from last night’s Ultimate Fighter 6 episode:

UFC: Matt Hughes’ Blog – Week Eleven; The Ultimate Fighter Serra vs Hughes – Episode Eleven Recap
Sherdog: Sherdog.com’s Guide to TUF 6
The Fight Network: Speer Into TUF 6 Semis
MMA Junkie: “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra” — Episode No. 11 Recap
MMA Mania: Ultimate Fighter 6: Episode 11 recap and discussion
Five Ounces of Pain: TUF 6: Episode 11 Recap/Thoughts
UFC Daily: The Ultimate Fighter 6: Episode 11 Recap
Steve Cofield: Ben Saunders has his say
Chicago Sun-Times: John Kolosci’s TUF diary, Episode 10

- MMA Weekly is reporting that Leonard Garcia will be moving to the WEC to compete in the featherweight division according to Garcia’s trainer Greg Jackson:

“Leonard (Garcia) is such a great fighter and a strong guy, but he walks around at like three pounds over weight,” said Jackson about his fighter’s move to featherweight. “He had to eat the morning of the weigh-ins the last time. We’ve got to bring him down a weight class where he’s going to be more effective. We talked after his last fight and 145 is where he’s going to be. I’m really looking forward to proving ourselves in that division in the WEC.”

- Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will take on former WEC bantamweight contender Rani Yahya at K-1 “Premium 2007 Dynamite!! on New Year’s Eve according to a report from Sports Navi.

Touch of gloves to The Fight Network for that one.

- Sam Caplan has some pretty big news to report…

First off, apparently Andre Gusmao will not be fighting David Heath at UFC 81 because he’s not even signed with the UFC:

Several reports have surfaced in the last 48 hours claiming that Andre Gusmao will be debuting for the UFC at UFC 81 on February 2 against David Heath. Pro Elite has learned that those reports are incorrect, as the IFL has a contract option to retain Gusmao for the 2008 season and will be exercising that option.

The UFC had been in discussions with someone falsely claiming to be representing Gusmao and misrepresenting information during the faux negotiations. According to the source, the UFC was contacted by the IFL soon after hearing the reports of Gusmao’s departure.

Secondly, Caplan has learned that M-1 Global is leaning towards holding their first-ever event at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ in March, which is good for this site because of a short traveling distance.

- Adam Morgan at Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that Dan Barrera and Ben Saunders will rematch at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale next Saturday.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
3-5 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Media Links

London Free Press: He’s called the Crosby of fighting
Sherdog: Politics of Promoting on New Year’s Eve in Japan
MMA Opinion: We Found Rampage!
Bloody Elbow: How Dana White Blew It in 2007
MMA Analyst: Sengoku won’t prove who is the Fight Master

Thanksgiving News and Notes

Happy Thanksgiving bitches! Sorry for the lateness but here’s a roundup of today’s news…

- Cage Rage has announced that U.K. native Jordan Miller will replace an injured Brad Pickett against Ronnie Mann at Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain on December 1st.

Pickett was forced to pull out of the bout after breaking his arm during training.

- Yahoo! Sports has added a new MMA videos section.

- The UFC has officially announced four additional bouts for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, which is set to take place at The Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 8th:

Jared Rollins vs. Jon Koppenhaver
Troy Mandaloniz vs. Richie Hightower
Roman Mitichyan vs. Dorian Price
Paul Georgieff vs. Jonathan Goulet

- MMA Junkie is reporting that Drew McFedries will return to the Octagon against Patrick Cote according to a Facebook bulletin posted by Cote himself. Dann Stupp and company are also reporting that American Kickboxing Academy’s Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch will most likely be back in action at UFC 82 in March.

- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Bryson Kamaka has tested positive for marijuana following post-fight tests for Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives last weekend. Kamaka has been suspended for three months and fined $500.

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