Alexandre Franca Nogueira

Quick Hits: Couture-Vera Official for UFC 105, Gomi to Fight at VTJ ‘09 & More


Brandon Vera. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture will indeed drop down to 205 lbs to meet Brandon Vera in the main event of UFC 105 on November 15. The UFC officially announced the bout today. Couture (16-10) will fight at light heavyweight for the first time since suffering his second straight loss to former champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 57 and entering a temporary retirement. [UFC.com]

— Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and Japanese MMA pioneer Rumina Sato have been announced as participants Vale Tudo Japan 2009 on October 30, the first time the event will be held in nearly ten years. According to Gomi, the fight will be his last in his native country of Japan. A featherweight bout between Takeshi Inoue and Alexandre Franca Nogueira will also take place at the show. [Sherdog.com]

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Japanese Notebook: DREAM Releases 2009 Schedule


“Kid” Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

DREAM parent company Fighting and Entertainment Group today revealed the promotion’s schedule for the new year, with DREAM’s first show being held on March 8 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and featuring the opening rounds of the organization’s inaugural featherweight and welterweight grand prix tournaments.

In total, DREAM will put on seven total shows in ‘09. Solidified dates for shows include April 5 at Nippon Gaishi Hall and December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena for the annual year-end K-1 Dynamite show. DREAM officials are also planning to hold shows in May, July, September, and October.

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It Was the Goat’s Fault…


Alexandre Franca Nogueira. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

After testing positive for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission, one-time featherweight king Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira will now have to wait until next summer to be able to fight again, and it might actually be a goat’s fault according to the Brazilian.

In a recent interview with Tatame Magazine, Nogueira alleges that the positive test may have stemmed from tainted meat, from a cow or goat, that he ate in a restaurant while traveling and doing seminars prior to his loss to Jose Aldo at WEC 34 last month.

“I never used anything and should not use this type of rough steroid,” Nogueira said in the interview. “If I used something it would be growth hormones, which is what every top athlete usually uses. I took the usual supplements - Glutamine, Creatine and Myoplex.”

“If I had taken it, I would be very aggressive in the fight, and those who saw it realize that I was not aggressive,” Nogueira continued. “And this type of anabolic steroid is to get fat, to gain weight, and is used on animals. I had seminars and I had only eaten in restaurants specializing in barbecued meat, and they use this in cattle and goats there and they may have used it in any animal that I ate.”

Nogueira also noted that while he knows that he has been suspended and tested positive according to reports, he has yet to have been contacted by the CSAC themselves. Regardless, Nogueira has asked his agent, Alex Davis, to request a hearing so he can state his case.

CKA: July 8, 2008

Forrest Griffin
Forrest Griffin, by Becky Bollom on Flickr

The main bout of UFC 86, Forrest Griffin vs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, is still the talk of the MMA world.

Sherdog weighs-in on the general displeasure of the decision and possible rematch, along with fighters’ opinions on who won the fight.  An official count wasn’t made, but giving it a casual read, it does seem that most think Griffin won the fight.

The number one reason for Griffin not winning - and notice it’s not written Jackson winning or even Griffin losing - is that “you have to beat the champ”, a quote from Jackson’s coach Juanito Ibarra, some fighters, and even readers of this site.  The concept is well understood, but scoring systems don’t change for championship fights and champions don’t get awarded bonus points (although we’ve all seen some fights where it seemed like they were).  The UFC does increase the number of rounds for a title fight, but that’s the lone rules change, and no scoring changes come along with that.  Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports has similar thoughts.

Payouts

Griffin’s win made him the highest paid fighter of the night according to MMA Weekly.  The $150k win bonus helped him top former champ Rampage.  The two also were awarded fight of the night bonuses of $60k.  The third highest paid fighter wasn’t even on the main card.  Gabriel Gonzaga, who defeated Justin McCully on the preliminary card, received $100k with the win bonus.

Nogueira tests positive

MMA Weekly is reporting Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira has allegedly tested positive for the Boldenone according to the CSAC.

Kolohe to defend title Aug 2

Kala “Kolohe” Hose will defend his ICON middleweight title against Rolando Dominique in his home state of Hawaii on Aug 2.

Bosse to take on the Colossus

Former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is scheduled to take on James “The Colossus” Thompson at TKO 35 on Oct 3 in Montreal.  Bosse’s last fight was a controversial win against Wes Sims, while Thompson was “that guy who fought Kimbo” at Elite XC’s initial CBS show.

Kicking a live horse

Our Cage Potato buds are already having fun with the UFC’s swat at Affliction’s Fedor card

Report: Nogueira-Aldo Set for WEC in June


Alexandre Franca Nogueira throws a right hand at Shuichiro Katsumura at a K-1 Hero’s event in July 2007. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Former Shooto champion Alexandre Franca “Pequeno” Nogueira will return to action when he makes his World Extreme Cagefighting debut against fellow Brazilian Jose Aldo at the organization’s next event on June 1st.

The news comes from Sherdog.com, which has confirmed the fight with the camps of both fighters.

After upsetting Shooto star Noboru Asahi twice in his first three bouts, with the second giving Nogueira the featherweight belt, Nogueira would go on to hold championship gold for seven years until he was stripped of his title due to injury in May 2006.

Nogueira was long considered the world’s best fighter at 145 lbs until he dropped consecutive fights to Koutetsu Boku and Hideo Tokoro respectively. His last fight was a knockout win over Shuichiro Katsumura at the opening round of K-1 Hero’s middleweight tournament last July.

Aldo is currently riding a three-fight winning streak. He last won a unanimous decision over Shoji Maruyama at the Pancrase 2007 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals in July.

WEC 34 will feature a highly-anticipated featherweight title clash between current champion Urijah Faber and former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver.

Report: WEC Close to Signing “Pequeno”


Alexandre Franca Nogueira throws a right hand at Shuichiro Katsumura at a K-1 Hero’s event in July 2007. Photo courtesy of FEG.

In a move that will surely bolster the WEC’s featherweight division, World Extreme Cagefighting is reportedly close to signing former Shooto champion Alexandre Franca “Pequeno” Nogueira.

The news comes from Sherdog, who also reports that a proposed deal to join the ranks of the promotion also comes with an opponent as Nogueira would face BodogFight veteran Nick Agallar in his debut.

After upsetting Shooto star Noboru Asahi twice in his first three bouts, with the second giving Nogueira the featherweight belt, Nogueira would go on to hold championship gold for seven years until he was stripped of his title due to injury in May 2006.

Nogueira was long considered the world’s best fighter at 145 lbs until he dropped consecutive fights to Koutetsu Boku and Hideo Tokoro respectively. His last fight was a knockout win over Shuichiro Katsumura at the opening round of K-1 Hero’s middleweight tournament last July.