Once again, heavyweight contender Heath Herring discusses his upcoming bout against former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th in the above video courtesy of Raw Vegas. Herring touches on a number of things including his training regimen and a potential rematch with Fedor Emelianenko down the road. His coaches also talk about what they’ve found while watching tape on Lesnar as well.
Heath Herring discusses his upcoming bout against former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th in the above video courtesy of Raw Vegas. In the five-minute segment, Herring touches on his training regimen going into the fight, his thoughts on Lesnar, and eating healthy with trainer Tony Aponte, who has worked with current UFC lightweight title holder B.J. Penn in the past.
UFC lightweight contender Tyson Griffin discusses his training for his upcoming fight against grappling wizard Marcus Aurelio at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th with Raw Vegas. In this episode of “Road to UFC 86”, Griffin talks about his decision to become a professional fighter, his specific training techniques leading up to the fight, his hobbies away from MMA, and what he thinks of Aurelio in the above video.
In the latest edition of MMA Fix, RawVegas’ Dave Farra sits down with Heath Herring, Stephan Bonnar, Arianny Celeste, and Throwdown‘s Gary Alexander to get their predictions for three of the fights on the main card at this weekend’s UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II.
Sam Stout sits down with RawVegas’ Dave Farra to discuss his preparation for his upcoming fight against Rich Clementi at UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II next weekend in Canada. Among the things Stout elaborates on include his training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, his relationship with coach Shawn Tompkins, the current state of the UFC’s lightweight division, and the potential chance to avenge a previous loss to current contender Kenny Florian.
RawVegas’ Dave Farra reports outside of the Clark County Courthouse in Las Vegas in the above video. Earlier today a judge denied UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture’s requests to dismiss parts of the lawsuit Zuffa filed against him in January.
The lawsuit cites that Couture made negative comments about the promotion and those involved with it’s management. They also stated that the comments have caused “irreparable damage” and that he has breached the employment contract he signed with the company.
The accusations stem from the International Fight League’s attempts to field a team using the Xtreme Couture gym name.
The lawsuit, which will now go ahead in court, will also attempt to collect up to $10,000 in damages from Couture and seek a restraining order that will prevent him from being involved with any other organizations that compete against the UFC.
A suit filed by HDNet Fights owner and popular billionaire Mark Cuban, made in hopes of earning a declaratory judgment concerning the contractual status of Couture with the UFC, has not yet been heard in court.
Former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Mike Whitehead talks his XFA debut this weekend, the fighter payscale, Randy-Fedor, the new mystery promotion involving Affliction clothing, and even teaches host Dave Farra some striking techniques in the latest video from RawVegas.
Smith Replaces Frye in YAMMA Main Event
Don Frye has reportedly pulled out of his scheduled main event bout against Oleg Taktarov at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s debut show on April 11th in Atlantic City.
The news comes from Sherdog.com and an official reason as to why Frye pulled out of the fight remains unknown.
Frye will be replaced by another longtime veteran in the form of Patrick Smith, who competed at the first two Ultimate Fighting Championship events. Since returning to active competition in 2006, Smith has been victorious in four out of his five fights.
Palace Fighting Championship 7 Weigh-In Results
The only hitch at yesterday’s weigh-ins for Palace Fighting Championship’s latest event tonight at Lemoore, California’s Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino didn’t involving a fighter failing to make weight.
Former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Richie Hightower fell ill and will be unable to meet Bryan Travers in a PFC welterweight title match. Hightower will be replaced by Gladiator Challenge veteran Joel “Bulldog” Crawford according to Sherdog.com. Crawford has failed to earn his first career victory in four attempts thus far.
Jorge Oliveira (202 lbs) vs. Jeremy Freitag (204 lbs)
Glover Teixeira (204 lbs) vs. Buckley Acosta (204 lbs)
Bryan Travers (167 lbs) vs. Joel Crawford*
Jorge Evangelista (145 lbs) vs. Enoch Wilson (145 lbs)
Robert Breslin (155 lbs) vs. Brandon Jinnies (150 lbs)
Phil Collins (189 lbs) vs. Mike Martinez (189 lbs)
Jeremiah Metcalf (184 lbs) vs. Jimmy Dexter (184 lbs)
Ulysses Gomez (125 lbs) vs. Greg McDowell (119 lbs)
Manuel Quezada (229 lbs) vs. Charles Hodges (380 lbs)
Daniel Pinedo (126 lbs) vs. David Mitchell (125 lbs)
Carlton Jones (239 lbs) vs. Rafael Real (227 lbs)
Danny Castillo (155 lbs) vs. Andy Salazar (152 lbs)
*Crawford did not weigh-in.
Report: Saunders Targeted for UFC 86 Return
“The Ultimate Fighter 6” cast member Ben Saunders will likely return to action at UFC 86 in July according to our friends from MMA Junkie.
After being bounced out of the popular reality show’s tournament by eventual runner-up Tommy Speer in the quarterfinals, Saunders bounced back and kept his undefeated professional streak alive in earning an unanimous decision over Dan Barrera at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale in December.
As if you didn’t already think Arianny was a cool chick from what you know about her or saw in the video, check out what she did for Jarry Park.
UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson discusses the upcoming seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, of which he will serve as one of the coaches along with future opponent Forrest Griffin with RawVegas.
Twelve Fights at UFC Fight Night 13?
It just might be a possibility according to Pro Karate Weekly:
We are pleased to announce that NAAFS veteran Jeff “The Grinder” Cox will be returning to the Octagon on April 2nd as part of a special UFC Fight Night on Spike TV. Cox will be facing TUF Season 5 runner-up Manny Gamburyan.
Rafferty, Knabjian Return Saturday at XFO 22
Former “Ultimate Fighter” season one cast member Josh Rafferty and WEC veteran Kevin Knabjian will both return to action this Saturday at Xtreme Fight Organization’s “Rising Star” event at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Rafferty will attempt to build on a successful two-fight run in 2007 when he takes on fellow welterweight Jay Little. Knabjian will be facing off against an opponent yet to be named.
Making his professional mixed martial arts debut at the show will be Pat Curran, the cousin of top-ranked featherweight Jeff Curran. The younger Curran has won all of his three career amateur bouts.
Robert Drysdale Joins Xtreme Couture
From Xtreme Couture’s official blog:
2007 Abu-Dhabi Absolute Champion Robert Drysdale is the newest member of Xtreme Couture. Robert just moved to Las Vegas, where he is living full time. He is excited to be the newest addition to our Pro Team where he will train in preparation for his MMA debut. Robert will be instructing the Pro Team in jiu jitsu and will teach the jiu jitsu classes at the gym. He is also going to coach our amateur submission grappling and jiu jitsu teams.
Pancrase Announces Card for March 26th Event
Pancrase has officially announced the complete card for it’s next event on March 26th, which will take place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Miki Shida vs. Marlon Sandro
Izuru Takeuchi vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara
Alavutdin Gadzhiev vs. Hikaru Sato
Takafumi Ito vs. Hacran Dias
Kenji Arai vs. Shinsuke Shoji
Michihisa Asano vs. Yukito
Ichiro Kanai vs. Takenori Sato
Asaki Honda vs. Tomoyoshi Iwamiya
More on Rich Bergeron/Xyience Case
Rich Bergeron has been kind enough to send us a 90-page PDF document outlining his counterclaim against Xyience, which will be heard in Las Vegas court later today.