News and Notes
- According to Dave Meltzer, UFC 70: Nations Collide will likely appear on Spike TV and not HBO.
Dana White said that regarding the broadcast of UFC 70 on 4/21 from Manchester, England into the U.S., that nothing is finalized right now, but it will most likely be on Spike and not HBO.
- Fight Opinion Radio has released their newest episode dubbed “Power Brokers”. The show features former WFA boss and current EliteXC employee Jeremy Lappen and Jimmy Greninger of Soldier Fight Gear.
- MMA manager Monte Cox told MMAWeekly that he doesn’t feel Tim Sylvia’s back injury had any effect on the outcome of the fight with Randy Couture.
“He had trouble with his back. It was something that we dealt with with chiropractic help to make it so he could compete hard. And I think he did,” commented Cox. “I’m not one to say that has any kind of effect. I wish he hadn’t have said it. It happens before a lot of fights, it’s just one of those things.”
Injuries going into a fight, especially a fight with as much meaning as a title fight, are quite common among professional fighters. In fact, it’s a common saying amongst fighters that “if you’re not injured at all going into a fight, you’re not training hard enough.”
- Our rumors section has been updated.
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The World Extreme Cagefighting’s first card under Zuffa is beginning to take shape.
The card’s main event will pit heavy-handed lightweights Kit Cope and “Razor” Rob McCullough in a battle that will be for the vacant WEC lightweight title. The belt was originally held by Hermes Franca but he decided to vacate it when he recently signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC.
Doug “The Rhino” Marshall will battle Chute Boxe USA’s Jorge Oliveira for the vacant WEC light heavyweight title. Oliveira became a WEC fighter when the Zuffa purchased the contracts of the WFA. Zuffa decided they’d showcase Oliveira in the newly acquired WEC.
Urijah Faber will defend his WEC featherweight title against PRIDE veteran Joe Pearson. Faber much like MuCullough, Cope and Oliveira was acquired when Zuffa purchased the WFA. Faber was sent to the WEC because he fights at 145 lbs and the UFC doesn’t currently have a featherweight division. Faber’s only MMA loss came to the hands of UFC veteran Tyson Griffin at Gladiator Challenge 42.
Since acquiring the WEC, Zuffa has been working hard to put on a solid first show which will showcase some of their lightweight talent. WEC event’s are also expected to appear on Versus.
Charismatic PRIDE and WFA veteran Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will make his UFC debut February 3rd when he rematches Marvin Eastman.
According to Sherdog.com, Jackson’s UFC deal runs through July 2007 and it is very similar to the deal he signed with the World Fighting Alliance. Also it was reported that Jackson isn’t expected to face Chuck Liddell before July.
Moments after the UFC Fight Night event concluded UFC President Dana White took some time to answer questions with reporters on subjects ranging from Mirko “Cro Cop” to Marcus Davis.
White mentioned that UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre would be fighting Matt Serra in February and then his next opponent would likely be Matt Hughes in April at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. White then went on to say he has heard Hughes may want to wait so we could possibly see a fight between Hughes and Diego Sanchez but nothing is for certain. No matter what White said “We’re going to Montreal in April no matter what.”
One reporter asked if there was any more news on which fighters the UFC would be picking up from the WFA and White said “No, not since yesterday. I mean we talked yesterday and obviously the big score there was Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.”
Shortly after that another reporter brought up the rumors of the UFC signing Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, White smiled and said “Really, that’d be awesome too.”
Later White was again asked about “Cro Cop” and he smiled and said “I cannot deny or confirm that. We’re going after everyone; I’m taking over the world. We’re going after everyone.”
White confirmed that he’d love to do another show for the marines. He felt the atmosphere was tremendous and they were honored with the support provided by the folks in the armed services.
When asked about Jeff Joslin, White said “Joslin will definitely be back, no doubt about it. He’s a tough guy, a tough durable fighter. Josh Koscheck is no joke.”
White also confirmed that former UFC welterweight champion B.J. Penn would be a coach on season 5 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. Penn will be joining Pulver as a coach on the 5th season and it is expected that they will fight on the season finale which is expected to be in June/July.
Today UFC President Dana White sat down with the OC Register and provided fans with some excellent insight as to what’s on the horizon for the UFC. Here is some interesting information from the interview.
Dana White confirmed the company has picked up:
- Quinton Jackson
- Rob McCullough
- Heath Herring
- Ivan Salaverry
- Urijah Faber
He also mentioned that they are still sifting through it all but the main score was the acquisition of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. We’ll be hearing more information on who was picked up in the coming days.
When asked if being associated with the IFL would be a problem, White stated “Not at all, I’ll take care of that too.” That means we could see the likes of Matt Lindland and Bas Rutten in the UFC in the near future.
White’s reason for purchasing the WFA was mainly for the contracts and in the process he was able to squash the company.
For the past couple of weeks there have been rumors floating around stating that the UFC had purchased the WEC and today Dana White confirmed them. In the interview White said he did in fact purchase the WEC and he went on to say “We’re going to take that to a whole other level, put it on television and blow it up. Pretty soon the WEC will be number 2.”
“The WEC isn’t going to be looked at as a feeder show or guys who are aspiring to be in the UFC. There is going to be no trading or swapping. It’s going to be UFC versus WEC.”
White continued to assure the reporters that 2007 was going to be huge and we now know that is true. At this point we are still at the tail end of 2006 and White has already gone out and purchased the WEC, bought out the WFA, acquired numerous WFA contracts, and he expects his product to be televised on HBO in the very near future. Also there have been many rumors floating around that heavyweight ace Mirko Cro Cop may be testing his luck in UFC in the very near future. When asked about Cro Cop, White said “I’m looking at a lot of guys right now, I want them all.”
White closed out the interview by saying that the UFC would be coming to Canada in April of 2007 for the Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes rubber match. When talking about the rematch in Canada, an excited White said “How crazy do you that place going to be that night? How do you think it’s going to be for Hughes when he walks in with 16,000 Canadians in there? They’re going to kill him.” On top of that he said the UFC plans on branching out into Mexico and the U.K.
2007 is going to be great!
Zuffa, LLC, the company that owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that it has acquired select assets from the World Fighting Alliance.
The company purchased select fighter contracts and the trademarks and other intellectual property of World Fighting Alliance.
Dana White, UFC President and Zuffa co-owner said, “Zuffa is committed to giving our fans the best fights between the best fighters in the world. This acquisition helps us continue fulfilling that goal.” White also said, “Goodman and Palazzo were working towards building a strong promotion. But bringing the WFA fighters into the Zuffa family is the best thing that could happen for the fighters – and for the fans.”
The WFA will now cease all operations.
The UFC also is in the final stages of buying out the WEC, according to MMA Weekly.
The WEC is expected to serve as a sort of developmental promotion for young fighters that the UFC signs. The WEC will use the offical Octagon and is scheduled at this time to hold it’s first event under the UFC next month…
Update - 11:11 PM
The Fight Network is reporting that UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is among the talents acquired.
Tonight on MMAWeekly Radio, WFA President Jeremy Lappen broke news that he is suing the owners of the WFA for breach of contract.
Lappen stated that the WFA has failed to pay him along with many of the other employees. MMAWeekly is reporting that many of the company’s employees have left and the company is beginning to build up some heavy debt.
As it stands right now, the future isn’t looking very bright for the World Fighting Alliance.
The World Fighting Alliance’s scheduled December 9th event, King of the Streets 2 II, has been postponed until next year according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The WFA has yet to release a statement concerning the cancellation and a new date has not yet been set…
The WFA has released the official fight card for their event on December 9th in Las Vegas…
Quinton Jackson vs Marvin Eastman
Heath Herring vs Pedro Rizzo
Lyoto Machida vs Alex Stiebling
Urijah Faber vs Fabio Mello
Rob McCullough vs Fabiano Iha
Carlos Condit vs Jose “Pele” Landy-Johns
Antonio McKee vs Zach Light
Shad Smith vs Kit Cope
Jeremy Williams vs John George
Marvin Eastman has been forced to pull out of his fight at PRIDE 32 against Kazurhiro Nakamura due to a contract dispute with the WFA.
According to Eastman he was offered $7,000 to fight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and he was insulted so he told them he’d fight for $50,000. WFA denied him of the $50,000 and when Eastman left for PRIDE, the WFA threatened Eastman with litigation. Eastman is now fighting “Rampage” on December 9th for $20,000 along with a $15,000 win bonus.