Ultimate Fighting Championship
Last night on ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ Finale Kendall Grove and Michael Bisping were victorious and crowned ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ for their respective weight classes. Kendall and Ed went to war and Kendall pulling off a judge’s decision. Both guys had to fight off some great submission attempts as well as some ground and pound but Grove just seemed to be the fresher fighter. Afterwards Dana White decided to award Ed Herman a six-figure contract for his efforts in the fight. Michael Bisping teed off on Josh Haynes and eventually the ref had to stop the fight because Haynes was taking too many unanswered shots. Afterwards Haynes announced that he would be moving down to the 170 lb division. Kenny Florian made easy work of Sam Stout choking him out early in the first round putting himself that much closer to a lightweight title shot.
Mike Nickels def. Wes Combs via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:10 of Round 1
Matt Hamill def. Jesse Forbes via TKO (Strikes) at 4:47 of Round 1
Luigi Fioravanti def. Solomon Hutcherson via KO (Punch) at 4:15 of Round 1
Kalib Starnes def. Danny Abaddi via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:56 of Round 1
Rory Singer def. Ross Pointon via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 0:44 of Round 1
Keith Jardine def. Wilson Gouveia via Decision (Unanimous) at 5:00 of Round 3
Kendall Grove def. Ed Herman via Decision (Unanimous) at 5:00 of Round 3
Michael Bisping def. Josh Haynes via TKO (Strikes) at 4:14 of Round 2
Kenny Florian def. Sam Stout via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:46 of Round 1
Tonight fighters hit the scales on the eve of Ultimate Fight Night 5. All of the fighters made weight and Dana White concluded the weigh-ins by showing Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz the 1969 Z28 Camaros the UFC would be giving them. Dana White had planned to flip a coin to see which guy got which car but Ken Shamrock insisted the winner of their July 8th battle at UFC 61: Bitter Rivals gets to pick.
Sam Stout (155) vs. Kenny Florian (155)
Josh Haynes (205) vs. Michael Bisping (205)
Kendall Grove (184.5) vs. Ed Herman (186)
Wilson Gouveia (204) vs. Keith Jardine (205)
Ross Pointon (184) vs. Rory Singer (185)
Danny Abbadi (184) vs. Kalib Starnes (186)
Luigi Fioravanti (186.5) vs. Solomon Hutcherson (185.5)
Jesse Forbes (204) vs. Matt Hamill (205)
Wes Combs (205) vs. Mike Nickels (205)
* Fioravanti came in a half pound overweight, but Hutcherson agreed to let the half pound slide and go on with the fight.
Yesterday UFC President Dana White announced that the UFC has signed lightweight fighter Jens Pulver. White stated that Pulver will likely coach the next season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and he’ll also be thrown right into the mix for a title fight.
With ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ Finale quickly approaching, pre-fight interviews with the fighters set to battle on ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ Finale have been released.
Michael Bisping Pre-Fight Interview
Josh Haynes Pre-Fight Interview
Kendall Grove Pre-Fight Interview
Ed Herman Pre-Fight Interview
Luigi Fioravanti Pre-Fight Interview
Solomon Hutcherson Pre-Fight Interview
Rory Singer Pre-Fight Interview
Ross Pointon Pre-Fight Interview
Mike Nickels Pre-Fight Interview
Wes Combs Pre-Fight Interview
Danny Abbadi Pre-Fight Interview
Keith Jardine Pre-Fight Interview
Matt Hamill Pre-Fight Interview
The UFC has officially announced the remaining fights set to take place at UFC 61 and ‘Ultimate Fight Night’. Rounding off the June 28th ‘Ultimate Fight Night’ card fans will see Rob MacDonald vs. Kristian Rothaermel and Justin Levens vs. Jorge Santiago. UFC 61 will have a welterweight battle between Drew Fickett and Kurt Pellegrino and tough lightweight Hermes Franca will take on Roger Huerta.
Pat Miletich’s statements in the UFC-IFL court case have finally been released covering threats made by Dana White to events that took place during the making of the IFL.
After beating Chael Sonnen at UFC 60 it has been announced that the UFC will not re-sign Jeremy Horn. The fight against Sonnen was his third on a three fight deal which saw him face Chuck Liddell, Trevor Prangley and Chael Sonnen who replaced an injured Evan Tanner.
With the conclusion of the semi-finals of ‘The Ultimate Fighter III’ last night, we saw Ed Herman handle Rory Singer and choke him out earning himself a shot at Kendall Grove in the season finale. We also were able to see two light heavyweight fights last night. The first fight was Josh Haynes vs. Jesse Forbes. There was some great first round action where Haynes saw himself in trouble a numerous times. When the second round came Jesse had no energy left and got caught in a guillotine choke forcing him to tap. In the second light heavyweight fight we saw Mike Bisping and Ross Pointon step into the cage and slug with out with Bisping catching Ross with a flying knee making it Josh Haynes vs. Mike Bisping in the finale. The UFC also announced the other fights that are set to take place on the undercard.
Matt Hamill vs. Jesse Forbes
Kalib Starnes vs. Danny Abaddi
Rory Singer vs. Ross Pointon
Solomon Hutcherson vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Mike Nickels vs. Wes Combs
Here is a list that Scott and I compiled a little while ago and forgot to post until now. It has been updated to include the results of UFC 60…
1. Chuck Liddell - 13
2. Tito Ortiz - 12
3. Randy Couture - 11
4. Royce Gracie - 11
5. Matt Hughes - 11
6. Evan Tanner - 11
7. Don Frye - 9
8. Matt Lindland - 9
9. Pedro Rizzo - 9
10. Dan Severn - 9
11. Tank Abbott - 8
12. Rich Franklin - 8
13. Pat Miletich - 8
14. Andrei Arlovski - 7
15. Vitor Belfort - 7
16. Georges St. Pierre - 7
17. Mark Coleman - 6
18. Yves Edwards - 6
19. Jeremy Horn - 6
20. Frank Mir - 6
21. Karo Parisyan
22. BJ Penn - 6
23. Jens Pulver - 6
24. Ken Shamrock - 6
25. Tim Sylvia - 6
26. Oleg Taktarov - 6
Current WEC lightweight champion Hermes Franca will make his return to the UFC on July 8th at UFC 61, taking on Roger Huerta.
“I got a call from Joe Silva like Monday, so I could not cancel this WEC fight,” explained Franca. “I won my first fight in 2006 in the WEC. Scott Adams has been good to me and I have the belt, so I want to do a good job for them and fight.”
“In the UFC, there’s a lot of young, tough guys,” commented Hermes. “Mark Hominick, Jorge Gurgel, Spencer Fisher… they’re coming on, so what can you do? It will be like the old man versus the new kid.”