Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports picked up a Diego Sanchez quote that discussed a possible move to the lightweight division for the former TUF winner:
“I’m contemplating in my mind if I’m going to drop to 155 or not, because I’m a smaller welterweight. I could do more powerlifting and put some more weight on or I could lose some weight.”
It looks like Sanchez could make the weight so that wouldn’t be a problem. But is a move to lightweight a better move for Diego? Despite losses to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch, Sanchez could certainly develop a strategy to beat both fighters. He hasn’t been tested by the likes of Matt Hughes or Georges St. Pierre but he owns wins over Karo Parisyan and Nick Diaz, that’s not exactly an easy task.
Sean Sherk, Clay Guida, Tyson Griffin, B.J. Penn, and Joe Stevenson could all give Diego a run for his money. Lightweight prospects Thiago Tavares, Roger Huerta as well as veterans Marcus Aurelio and Jason Black all could have a shot at handing Sanchez yet another loss on his record.
The point is that although Sanchez may have a slight size advantage at a lower weight class, a move from the welterweight division may not be the best thing for him.
News and Notes
- Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that Ricardo Arona is not close to signing a deal with the UFC, or any organization for that matter:
While Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has already said as much, FiveOuncesOfPain.com can confirm that there is very little validity to the rumors that Ricardo Arona is close to finalizing a deal with the UFC.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted a source close to Arona via e-mail and that source has indicated that he will be in Europe for the next 40 days, making a deal almost impossible to complete. Furthermore, Arona has made no mention to the source about the possibility of signing with the UFC.
- Speaking of Caplan, it seems that he has added Adam Morgan to his team at Five Ounces. I that brings Adam’s total of websites written for to four. Adam is a monster.
- The Fight Network’s Great Fight North column has some good news inside:
Jonathan Goulet is hoping to fight next in November despite dislocating his elbow against Dustin Hazelett at UFC 76.
Bill Mahood’s fight against Bobby Southworth at this weekend’s Strikeforce event will not be for Southworth’s Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Title.
Denis Kang is apparently training for a return at an October or November K-1 Hero’s event.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Dean Lister may be taking on Jordan Radev at UFC 79 in December:
UFC rookie Jordan Radev (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will likely face Dean Lister (9-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 79 in December.
MMAjunkie.com learned of the fight from a source close to the fighter, but Ken Pavia, Radev’s agent, said he couldn’t comment on the report or confirm that a deal was close to being signed.
- In a recent interview with FOX Sports, UFC President Dana White stated that he’s still confident he can sign Fedor and Brock Lesnar still isn’t officially with the UFC:
He also was very confident of signing Fedor Emelianenko, but felt it wouldn’t happen until after Emelianenko competes in a Russian sambo tournament in the fall. White said it was incorrect the story, claimed by Kurt Angle, that Brock Lesnar had signed with UFC. But he did hope to make the deal.
It’s a new season. It’s a new cast. We’re recapping each episode. Let’s get down to business.
What do you need to know? There are 16 welterweights fighting for one UFC contract, even though we all know they are going to get a shot anyway, provided they don’t fight on the show like Marlon Sims and Noah Thomas. The coaches for this season are current UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra and the former welterweight champ, Matt Hughes.
The first episode surprised me in that it jumped right into things. It didn’t focus on the fighters and the house as much compared to earlier seasons, maybe a change in strategy to get those who hate reality television and only watch for the fights to stay tuned.
One of Serra’s BJJ students, Joe Scarola happens to be on the show. Hughes joked with Scarola that he was going to pick him first if he had the chance, obviously starting the mind games. Serra won the coin toss, got the first pick, and selected his boy. Matt Hughes went ahead and picked Dan Barrera with his first pick. The teams ended up looking like this…
Team Serra: Joe Scarola, George Sotiropoulos, Matt Arroyo, John Kolosci, Ben Saunders, Roman Mitichyan, Troy Mandaloniz, Richie Hightower
Team Hughes: Dan Barrera, Mac Danzig, Tommy Speer, Billy Miles, Jared Rollins, Paul Georgieff, Dorian Price, Blake Bowman
Only two things of note happened during the course of the show.
Roman Mitichyan was forced to leave the show after fracturing his elbow during the fighter evaluations for Serra and Hughes. He was replaced by Jon Koppenhaver, who will join Team Serra. Mitichyan put up quite the fit and it’s kind of obvious that he isn’t that familiar with the way things go on in this country.
The other was the fight. Hughes showed no mercy and pairing up the experienced Mac Danzig against Serra’s protege in Scarola.
The fight started out on the feet but quickly went to the ground, exactly where Serra and Scarola wanted it to be. Danzig stayed on top and Scarola did a nice job of keeping Danzig in tight and preventing him from inflicting any damage. Scarola reversed position and wound up on top of Danzig but Danzig quickly locked in a triangle joke that forced Scarola to tap out with only seconds left in the first round.
Hughes’ plan worked like a charm. Next week looks pretty eventful as Scarola contemplates leaving the house and Serra has to “kick a bitch off the show”.
Jake Ellenberger (169 lbs) vs Delson Heleno (169 lbs)
Bart Palaszewski (155 lbs) vs Deividas Taurosevicius (154 lbs)
Ben Rothwell (264 lbs) vs Ricco Rodriguez (252 lbs)
Ryan McGivern (184 lbs) vs Fabio Leopoldo (184 lbs)
Mike Ciesnolevicz (205 lbs) vs Andre Gusmao (204 lbs)
Jamal Patterson (205 lbs) vs Chris Baten (205 lbs)
Rolles Gracie (233 lbs) vs Sam Holloway (238 lbs)
Brad Blackburn (170 lbs) vs Travis Cox (170 lbs)
Aaron Riley (155 lbs) vs Ryan Schultz (154 lbs)
Tonight we will be going live at 7 PM EST, covering UFC Fight Night 11 with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:
UFC Fight Night 11 Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections: UFC Fight Night 11
Exclusive: Swick vs Goulet Off
Spencer Fisher Injured, Kenny Florian Fills In
Bouts Added to UFC Fight Night 11
Martin, Leben to Clash at UFC Fight Night 11
Swick and Goulet Signed for UFC Fight Night 11
Leben Declines Swick Fight; Goulet Now in the Picture
Din Thomas vs Kenny Florian
Chris Leben vs Terry Martin
Nate Diaz vs Junior Assuncao
Nate Quarry vs Pete Sell
Jonathan Goulet vs Dustin Hazelett
Thiago Alves vs Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Leonard Garcia vs Cole Miller
Gray Maynard vs Joe Veres
Luke Cummo vs Edilberto de Oliveira
TKO Major League MMA has announced that Stephane Dube will now be facing T.J. Grant in a welterweight affair at TKO 30: Apocalypse. Dube was originally scheduled to face Tyler Jackson in a lightweight contender match
but the fight was scrapped after Jackson suffered an injury during training
(please see update below).
Stephane Dube is a member of BTT Canada who sports a TKO record of 6-1. Dube made his professional debut in September 2003 losing to Dave Goulet. Since then he has reeled off six straight wins including five stoppages solidifying himself as one of the top fighters in TKO.
T.J. Grant is a native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia who sports a professional MMA record of 7-1. Grant holds victories Eric Beaulieu, Elmer Waterhen, and Kevin Manderson.
Update Sep 21 1130am: Epic Fight Management, Tyler Jackson’s management team, has told MMA on Tap that the Jackson vs Dube fight was scrapped because Dube decided he was no longer interested in fighting in the 155 lb division. Jackson and his camp had no interest in taking the fight at a catch weight. TKO was then unable to secure a replacement to battle Tyler Jackson.
News and Notes
- MMA Junkie is reporting a lot of news lately…
The UFC has apparently signed former PRIDE, Shooto, and Pancrase veteran Akihiro Gono and has sent UFC welterweight Tamdan McCrory a contract proposing the fight according to McCrory’s manager:
“He’ll (be at) UFC 78 if he accepts the fight, which I assume he will considering he has fought top guys his whole career,” Ciotoli.
”(The UFC’s been) trying to get me on that card, being that I’m from the area and have a strong fan base in New Jersey,” McCrory told us last month.
Marvin Eastman has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Demian Maia at UFC 77 after undergoing eye surgery:
“I had a weak spot on my retina for a long time, and about two weeks ago, it tore a little bit,” Eastman said. “It felt like sleepy eye. I went in to check it out last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., and I was in surgery by 7. It’s fixed now, and I’ve got to chill a month and can’t fight until November.“
No word as of yet on a replacement opponent for Eastman.
Chris Lytle may be heading over to the WEC for a possible title shot against WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit:
MMA fan favorite and “The Ultimate Fighter 4” welterweight runner-up Chris Lytle may be leaving the UFC for Zuffa LLC’s other fight promotion — the WEC — and may be in line for an immediate title shot.
In fact, a source close to current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (21-4) first contacted MMAjunkie.com about the possibility, saying UFC and WEC officials were discussing the potential title fight. However, the WEC recently folded a proposed November event into its Dec. 12 fight card, and as of now, the organization has far more fighters than it has fight slots.
A reliable source tell us that a Condit-Lytle fight would happen no sooner than February 2008 — if then — because of the backlog.
- Brazilian MMA website Tatame is reporting that former PRIDE star Ricardo Arona may currently be in contract talks with the UFC.
Hat tip to UFC Mania for the Arona link.
- So Matt Hamill has a torn ACL? He also fought Michael Bisping with that torn ACL? Read what Adam Morgan and 411Mania have to say about that.
- It seems that the UFC has took down UFC Takedown:
Late last week, Matt Cava of UFCtakedown.com was issued a Cease and Desist by Zuffa, LLC. He has been told to remove his website. They specifically nailed him for using UFC in his URL as well as broadcasting illegal fight videos. September 8th’s UFC 75: Champion v. Champion videos as well as a fight between Ricardo Arona and Quinton Jackson were specifically mentioned. As of today, UFCtakedown.com no longer exists. In the meantime, Matt has been able to secure MMAtakedown.net for the time being.
- Brigham Young University has banned Versus from the school’s channel selection, citing costs and the broadcasting of MMA as the reasons:
BYU has banned access to Versus on its campus cable, citing cost and content issues such as ultimate fighting.
Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for that one.
Luke Thomas, Sam Caplan, and Matt Cava recap EliteXC: Uprising and preview UFC 76.
Sherdog: Tale of Two Coaches
MMA Weekly: Catching up with Matt Lindland
Fight Opinion: Pro Elite pays big for KOTC & Cage Rage
Fightlinker: Kang forsakes America, may secretly be a communist
Bloody Elbow: How to Build a MMA Cage?
Houston Chronicle: Fitch gets his shot at UFC’s main stage
Daily Star: Dancing Iceman’s Hot Move
Chicago Sports: Keeping up with Montini’s Chase Beebe
News and Notes
- We will have an updated MMA on Tap Top 10 coming up later on today…
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- WEC welterweight contender John Alessio has told The Fight Network that he most likely will not be fighting until February:
World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight contender John Alessio (20-10-0) won’t be lighting up the cage anytime soon, he tells The Fight Network.
“It’ll be early in the new year,” Alessio says. “They have a December show, then I’ll probably be fighting in the show in February.”
The WEC has events tentatively scheduled for Nov. 9 and Dec. 12, and Alessio was told both rosters are already full.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Martin Kampmann recently underwent a successful second surgery on his injured right knee and is planning a return to the Octagon for March or April of next year.
- UFC Wired will begin airing on October 6th. A little description of the show courtesy of the UFC:
UFC WiRED is a hard-hitting one-hour journey back in time featuring some of the greatest bouts ever held in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s infamous Octagon. Each week, host Joe Rogan will give his unique perspective on UFC fights featuring today’s top mixed martial artists, plus fighters from years past.
Sounds like a shorter version of UFC Unleashed.
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated once again…
- Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain and CBS Sports fame has learned that Denis Kang has officially signed with K-1 Hero’s:
Denis Kang has revealed to FiveOuncesofPain.com that he has formally signed a contract with K-1 HERO’s. The deal between Kang and K-1 had been rumored for quite some time but was not finalized until recently.
The date of Kang’s first fight and his first opponent have yet to be determined.
- Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer is reporting that the UFC has signed Ryo Chonan, for real this time:
UFC has officially signed Ryo Chonan, a former Pride fighter
- A man was apparently shot and then ran away before medics could get to him at Minnesota’s first MMA event last night:
A man was shot during a martial arts competition at the Target Center late Saturday, according to witnesses.
Those in attendance told the Pioneer Press they saw a man at the top of a stairwell in Section 130 fire a shot from a handgun. As patrons scattered in panic, another man was seen falling or sliding down a stairwell.
A Minneapolis police operator said the victim ran off before officers could help, according to the Associated Press. No one was immediately taken into custody in the shooting, which was reported at 10:51 p.m.
Touch of gloves to Zach Arnold and Fight Opinion for that find.
- It looks like Tito Ortiz will be signing a contract extension with the UFC:
I’ll be re-signing with the UFC and they gave me what I want. I know a lot of other companies that are asking about me and I can’t count how many phone calls I’ve said “I can’t talk to you guys anymore,” because it’s against my contract. I’ve got guys literally who have called me and they’ve said, “Is this Tito?” And I’ve said, “Yes.” And they’ll say, “This is so and so.” And I’ll have to stop them right there and tell them, “Oh, let me stop you there. I can’t talk to you no more.”
- Caleb Newby OF 411 Mania is reporting that Roger Huerta has stated he will most likely be fighting at UFC 79 against an opponent yet to be named:
At Saturday evening’s WFC MMA event in Minneapolis, Roger Huerta announced to the crowd that he is looking to have his next fight on the UFC’s December 29 event. I was able to speak to Roger for a few minutes after. He said he’d recently returned from London and is finalizing the details of the Dec. 29 date with the UFC. Huerta also stated there is no opponent lined up as of yet.
Showtime Sports previews the upcoming welterweight bout between Jake Shields and Renato “Charuto” Verissimo at EliteXC: Uprising on September 15th.