Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC President Dana White just entered the UFC octagon and broke the news the PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva will take on UFC LHW Champion Chuck Liddell in November.
This is huge, fans knew that Silva and the PRIDE President would be in attendance but no one knew why. Our question has been answered and fans will now get to see their dream match up.
The weigh-ins for UFC 61: Bitter Rivals took place yesterday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Tito Ortiz weighed in at 206.5 lbs after he got into an argument with Dana White and Ken Shamrock because Shamrock weighed in at 206 lbs. Ortiz was upset because the contract he signed said it was a 205 lb fight. Dana White and the guys running the scales explained to Ortiz that since it is a non title fight you’re allowed to be one pound over. After all the drama Ortiz caused, he ended up being over the limit. Besides that little event all fighters made weight.
-Heavyweight Title Fight: Tim Sylvia (258.5) vs. Andrei Arlovski (234)
-Light Heavyweight Fight: Tito Ortiz (206) vs. Ken Shamrock (206)
-Heavyweight Fight: Frank Mir (262) vs. Dan Christison (264.5)
-Lightweight Fight: Yves Edwards (154.5) vs. Joe Stevenson (155)
-Welterweight Fight (Swing Bout): Josh Burkman (169) vs. Josh Neer (170)
Preliminary Fights (non-televised)
-Heavyweight Fight: Jeff Monson (236) vs. Anthony Perosh (224)
-Welterweight Fight: Hermes Franca (158.5) vs. Joe Jordan (164)
-Welterweight Fight: Drew Fickett (171) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (168.5)
-Heavyweight Fight: Gilbert Aldana (251) vs. Cheick Kongo (229)
Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral is now official. The fight will take place August 26th at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. Other fights rumored to be on the card are Sean Sherk vs. Kenny Florian for the vacant UFC Lightweight Title, David Loiseau vs. Mike Swick and David Terrell vs. Anderson Silva/Nathan Marquardt.
As we reported earlier this week Joe Jordan will in fact fill in for his injured teammate Roger Huerta and face Hermes Franca at UFC 61. Joe Jordan is currently training with team Miletich and he sports a mixed martial arts record of 29-3-2.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal gives fans a little glimpse into the life of Dana White and how he went from a bellman at a local hotel to the UFC president.
Reports indicate that Zuffa and HBO are in serious negotiations and are close to reaching an agreement that would bring the UFC to HBO.
Roger Huerta has been forced to withdraw from his fight against Hermes Franca due to an elbow injury suffered while training. Reports indicate that Huerta’s teammate Joe Jordan may be the late replacement.
After the premiere of Blade: The Series, UFC President Dana White announced the cast of ‘The Ultimate Fighter 4’.
Making his UFC debut, tough Chute Box fighter Anderson Silva was put up against TUF star Chris Leben. Many people questioned whether Leben could handle Silva’s strikes or not and they got their question answered. From the opening bell Silva looked dominant landing two right jabs that stunned Leben. He followed that up the some right and left hooks followed by an uppercut and knee which sent Chris Leben to the canvas. “Big” John McCarthy called a stop to the fight with Anderson Silva winning by KO at 49 seconds of the first round.
Mark Hominick and Jorge Gurgle engaged in a stand up war which lasted three rounds. Throughout the whole fight Hominick was able to stuff Gurgle’s takedown attempts and work his strikes. He threw many body-head combos and showed great defense blocking Gurgle’s strikes. Late in the fight Gurgle was able to work the low leg kicks but in the end it wasn’t enough and Hominick earned himself a majority decision.
Rashad Evans looked very dominant against Stephan Bonnar as he got numerous takedowns and had Bonnar on his back for the majority of the fight. Bonnar was unable to mount any offense on his feet as he was taken down at will. Late in the third Bonnar attempted a triangle and guillotine but he wasn’t able to finish as both fighters were just too slippery. In the end Rashad Evans earned himself a unanimous decision.
Rob MacDonald looked good against Kristian Rotharmel getting an early takedown and then the full mount. From there he was able to get Rotharmel to turn to his side which left his arm open, MacDonald was able to grab a hold and secure the armbar.
In the final fight of the night, tough Canadian welterweight Jonathan Goulet went up against Luke Cummo. Goulet looked great during the first round keeping Cummo on his back, passing his guard numerous times and landing elbows. Early in the second round Cummo was able to come out with a couple combos and ended up dropping Goulet. Goulet regained his composure and continued to dominate Cummo on the ground. As the third round started Goulet took Cummo down and continued to dominate until late in the round when Cummo secured a rear naked choke. Just when it looked like Goulet was done he got loose and regained top position. He continued his ground and pound which ended up being enough to earn him a majority decision.
Last night during ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ Finale, Randy Couture was officially inducted into the UFC hall of fame.