Ultimate Fighting Championship

A Dream Come True

It has been a long time coming but Jason MacDonald’s dream has finally come true. After years of waiting MacDonald finally got that long awaited call from the UFC.

Jason MacDonald will make his UFC debut Tuesday, October 10th on the Ultimate Fight Night 7 – The Final Chapter card against Ed “Short Fuse” Herman.

UFC 57 DVD Now on Sale

UFC 57: Couture vs. Liddell III is now on sale.

Re-live the final chapter of the Chuck Liddell – Randy Couture trilogy, and the emotional retirement announcement from ‘The Natural’ after the fight, as well as exciting performances from rising stars Brandon Vera and Joe Riggs, top heavyweight contender Jeff Monson, and Marcio Cruz’ stunning upset of former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

You get all nine fights from this explosive card for just $19.99. And when you order, you will also receive a bonus DVD containing extensive behind the scenes footage from the event.

This two-disc DVD set is not available in stores and can only be obtained by calling 1-800-919-8680

Penn Talks St. Pierre, Pulver

In case anyone is wondering, BJ Penn is already on weight for his upcoming fight against Matt Hughes on September 23rd…

“I’m in good shape. I’m at 169 pounds right now,” said Penn regarding his conditioning.

Penn was on the radio this week discussing how the fight with Hughes came about, the injury to Georges St. Pierre, and possibly fighting Jens Pulver once again. He gave plenty of interesting answers to say the least.

When asked how the match came about, Penn said, “I heard that St. Pierre might be hurt. We told Joe Silva to let us know if St. Pierre is hurt just in case you need a replacement. He [Silva] called a couple days later and said it’s on.”

With the unexpected injury, St. Pierre’s loss became BJ’s gain. “George is a great guy, no disrespect to him,” said Penn. “He’s such a tough guy. He worked his way back to the title fight. It is sad that he didn’t get the title fight… I think he made the right choice. It’s good to be at your best to come in for a fight of that caliber.”

I’m guessing that he already knew he would be the one to get the call if Georges was really hurt, which he happened to be. I know that some have said that St. Pierre should have rested some more and given training shot but BJ is right about this - A fighter wants to be 100% for this kind of opportunity.

St. Pierre had a pretty tough road back to the title compared to some fighters that lost the first time around and only won 1 or 2 fights before they got another shot - Frank Trigg and Carlos Newton are perfect examples.

Penn was also asked if he would give St. Pierre a title shot if he was to win the title from Hughes at UFC 63. His answer: an emphatic yes…

So what about Jens Pulver?

When asked about possibly dropping down in weight to face Jens Pulver in a rematch (Pulver beat Penn in 2002) , BJ responded, “Of course. In a second… I’d do it in a second. I’ll do it anytime. Let’s do it. I’m ready to go.”

“I want to be known as a champion,” added Penn. “I don’t want to be known as a great fighter. I want to be known as the best.”

Very interesting. If BJ is victorious over Hughes, I wonder if he will go with his original plan to win the belts at welterweight, lightweight, and middleweight. That would be awesome to watch.

Alves to Fight Allessio

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that welterweight contenders John “The Natural” Alessio and Thiago “Pitbull” Alves will be facing off in the octagon at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday, October 10th.

John Alessio sports a mixed martial arts record of 17-8-0 and he is coming of off a submission win over Alex Serdyukov. In Alessio’s last UFC appearance he lost to welterweight contender Diego Sanchez.

Thiago Alves sports an MMA record of 8-3-0 and he is coming off of a loss to Jon Fitch. Alves was scheduled to face Josh Neer at UFC 62 but he was forced to withdraw due to an injury suffered in training.

Tito and Babalu’s War of Words

It seems that Tito Ortiz seems to dislike Renato Sobral these days. Judging by his comments, I think it’s a good observation. Ortiz has been pretty willing to rip into Babalu for his recent performance against Chuck Liddell at UFC 62…

“Renato Babalu is not really as good as they try to make him to be. They kind of painted the picture more of what they think. I think that was a typical fight for Liddell. That fight will go the same way each and every time. The first time went 2 minutes and 30 seconds and this one went 1 minute. Renato Babalu is not really that great a fighter. He’s a great ‘B’ fighter and an average ‘A’ fighter. He’s not at the level of (Randy) Couture or Liddell or myself.”

I wouldn’t go that far Tito. Anyone who takes Fedor the distance and beats Trevor Prangley, Shogun, and Jeremy Horn all in the same night has to be considered among the best fighters out there without question. The main reason why Babalu lost in my opinion is that he failed to execute the proper game plan that could beat Chuck. Babalu must have been dreaming if he thought that he could win the stand-up battle.

It’s the classic mistake that Couture, Horn, and now Babalu have made during their fights with him. All of the fighters had fought him before, all of them had a superior ground game to him, yet all of them decided that they wanted to beat Chuck at his own game and they paid the consequences by getting dropped.

Anyway, enough of my rambling…

After hearing about Tito’s remarks, Babalu has issued a statement through his manager:

Through his manager, Sobral sent the following retort to MMAWeekly.com, “I earned my title shot after my results in the Octagon. I won my way up to the title shot against Liddell and Tito has his fight guaranteed on a contract. I won my way up with 10 wins in a row with the last three being at the UFC by submission. Tito had two victories at his two recent UFC fights with the judges helping him… very controversial results, not convincing!! Even though I believe it’s impossible, I really hope Tito beats Liddell because it will be easier to smash his face and get the title from him instead of Liddell.”

Babalu does make some good points, however I don’t think he will be getting a shot at Tito or Chuck for quite a while…



Chuck Liddell’s Future

Chuck Liddell was recently on MMA Weekly Radio discussing his plans for the near future...

Liddell stated that his next opponent will most likely be Tito Ortiz for the Light-Heavyweight title in December provided that Ortiz gets by Ken Shamrock on October 10th as expected.

Although a major push was made to get the fight with Wanderlei Silva worked out, things fell apart. Chuck noted that the announcement made at UFC 60 was a ploy by Pride to use the venue to promote themselves. He also said that the deal fell through because of Pride and had nothing to do with Wanderlei.

As always, Liddell expressed interest in rematching Quinton Jackson and avenging his loss to him a few years ago. Chuck said that Rampage signed with the WFA to avoid him. When interestingly asked if he would ever move up a weight class and fight in the heavyweight division, Liddell didn’t rule out the possibility and said that he was open to fighting anyone.

He was questioned about retirement and when it would take place - Liddell said that he would be taking things one day at a time and that he doesn’t have plans to stop fighting any time soon.

Dent to Replace Reinhardt

Reports have surfaced indicating that Jason Reinhardt has been forced to withdraw from his fight with Roger Huerta due to an injury suffered in training.

Jason Reinhardt’s replacement is expected to be Jason “Dynamite” Dent who sports a mixed martial arts record of 19-6-0 with his latest victories coming over Kola Koka and Luke Spencer.

On The Underground, Jason Reinhardt made a post which talked about his injuries he suffered.

I injured my neck in training. Left fingers (pinky finger, ring finger are tingling contantly) Left elbow is NUMB. Right shoulder feels like a hot knife is stuck in there. Right arm is weak, and it’s hard for me to move my neck to the left.

I had no other choice. After going to physical therapy and taking four days off completely the Doctor told me no way. I tried guys… I tried to hang in there and I still wanted to fight, believe me. It’s a 12 year dream GONE! This is all I ever wanted. When I got the call to fight in the UFC it was the most amazing feeling in the world, and now this is the worst feeling possible. I sacrificed so much for all the hard grueling training I went through. (Just like a lot of fighters, who take this sport very serious) I was so excited. Maybe it’s time for me to hang it up? I feel like my stomach has a huge hole in it, because of the dissapointment. I can’t help it.

Evans vs. Lambert is Official

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that ‘The Ultimate Fighter II’ champion and UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans will make his third UFC appearance against fellow contender Jason Lambert.

Rashad Evans sports a mixed martial arts record of 8-0 and a UFC record of 3-0. The tough wrestler has victories over Stephan Bonnar, Sam Hoger and Brad Imes.

“I think he (Lambert) is a real tough, scrappy kind of guy,” said Evans, 13-0 in MMA and 6-0 in the UFC, where he not only won the heavyweight division of the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, but is coming off a win over Stephan Bonnar. “He’s not gonna lay down for anybody, so I just have to go out there and try to bring it to him.”

Jason Lambert sports a mixed martial arts record of 22-5-0 and a UFC record of 3-0. His victories in the UFC have come against Rob MacDonald, Brenden Lee Hinkle and Terry Martin.

“I’m like the little engine that could,” said Lambert, who most recently stopped Branden lee Hinkle in June. “I may be smaller than most light heavyweights, but I just won’t stop moving forward.”

UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral Payouts

Here are the payouts from UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral which took place Saturday, August 26th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

UFC 62 Fight Salaries
Chuck Liddell: $250,000
Forrest Griffin: $32,000
Renato “Babalu” Sobral: $21,000
Nick Diaz: $20,000
Stephan Bonnar: $16,000
Cheick Kongo: $12,000
Hermes Franca: $12,000
Yushin Okami: $8,000
Josh Neer: $6,000
Rob MacDonald: $5,000
David Heath: $4,000
Eric Schafer: $4,000
Wilson Gouveia: $4,000
Alan Belcher: $3,000
Christian Wellisch: $3,000
Jamie Varner: $3,000
Wes Combs: $2,000
Cory Walmsley: $2,000

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $407,000
Event Revenue: Live gate was $3,040,880
PPV revenue not yet available

Heavyweight Fight Announced For UFC 63

On top of announcing Tyson Griffin vs. David Lee, the UFC made it official that Gabriel Gonzaga and Mario Neto will battle in the octagon.

Also added to the UFC 63 card, which will be held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California is an intriguing heavyweight clash between UFC contender Gabriel Gonzaga and Mario ‘Sukata’ Neto, a rugged veteran who will fight in the Octagon for the first time.

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