“The fight [with Chris Leben at UFC 85] was offered to me the day after I fought Charles McCarthy [at UFC 83]. There wasn’t a single moment of hesitation from me. Not a single breath. Chris has put himself back into the mix at middleweight and if I want to go for the title then I need to beat guys like him. Chris has beaten a lot of good guys. 18-4 is a good record in MMA. He’s a colourful character and I like him…he reminds me of myself in some ways. He likes to fight and he’s a real person. Leben’s tough, has got heavy hands and swings hard and he’s skilled on the ground despite not being known for that. It might come down to who’s got the better chin out of both of us, but it could be more a case of who’s technically better. I think I’m technically better than Chris Leben. He’s quite a brawler, he’ll take a couple of shots on the way in to land one of his own. He chases people round a little bit so I think fireworks are pretty much guaranteed.”
Bisping gives his thoughts on his upcoming fight with Chris Leben at UFC 85 in London, England on June 7th.
Bas Rutten makes an appearance in GTA IV on TV. He stars in “In The Mens Room”. Heres the full episode.
Joe Doerksen is the latest fighter to lose his contract at the UFC. Doerksen is the most recent after Kalib Starnes and Travis Lutter bit the bullet last week. Doerksen’s most recent fight was with Jason MacDonald at UFC 83 on April 19th.
“The UFC officials made it very clear they’re very happy with the way I fight and they want me to come back,” Doerksen said in the report. “But they need me to go put a couple of wins together first. It’s always a possibility whenever you lose. I’ve come and gone several times over my career and I’m sure I’ll be back again. It’s not really devastating news. It’s just the cycle I have to go through.”
Doerkson once pieced together a seven fight win streak. After his three consecutive losses at UFC and WEC he has ben sent back to the little leagues.
“I talked to my manager and he said take a vacation for a couple of weeks and don’t even think about fighting until June,” Doerksen said. “He said fighters like me are always in high demand. People find my fights entertaining and he’s not going to have any trouble finding me fights. So I’m not really worried about it.”
Here are the DREAM 2 results. If you are planning on catching the broadcast on HDNet this weekend shield your eyes!!
According to MMAWeekly both fighters’ camps have confirmed that the fight between Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta will take place at UFC 87 on August 9th, Minneapolis Minnesota.
Kenny Florian is coming out of a win against Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 13. He knows if he wants to get a shot at the lightweight title again beating Huerta would be a jump in the right direction.
“It’s kind of rare when you get two guys who are positively number one and number two in the division that are actually going to fight to be the number one contender to fight for that belt later on,” Florian told MMAWeekly.com. “I think it will be great for both of our careers, and it’s the biggest fight you can put together in our division.”
Huerta currently 20-1-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC will enter this fight with 16 straight victories. Huerta has currently had nine months away from fighting to recover from his five fights in 2007.
No doubt the winner of this fight will face the victor at UFC 84 (B.J. Penn or Sean Sherk) for the lightweight title.
The UFC have joined StubHub and RazorGator to bring fans event tickets:
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced a new relationship with two ticket industry heavyweights StubHub and PrimeSport (a RazorGator Company) to become the official ticketing and hospitality partners of the UFC.
The new multi-year agreement designates StubHub as the “Official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace” of the UFC, while PrimeSport will become the “Official Ticket Package Partner” of the UFC. The deal promises to offer UFC fans the most user-friendly experience to buy and sell secondary tickets as well as exclusive package and hospitality opportunities that have never been available before for UFC events.
The full official press release can be found over at UFC.com
The media battle between heavyweight Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell still continues.
Recently Kimbo Slice released a video of him slating Chuck Liddell (above). He stated that Chuck Liddell was “only creating a monster”. That video can be found here.
Over the past weekend the injured Chuck Liddell struck back on “Rear Naked Radio” questioning Slice’s body of work.
“All I said is fight to someone real,” Liddell said. “The only guy he lost to in his street-fight things came into the UFC and lost. Fight a guy that is real and fight a guy… who has a few wins in MMA, and then talk about it.”
“Before he talks about fighting me, he might want to think about beating somebody that has a winning record,” Liddell said. “He’s an Internet sensation who beat up guys at Taco Bell. Come on. How hard is that to do?”
Travis Lutter winner of ‘The Ultimate Fighter 4′ has been released from the UFC following his second-round loss via TKO to Rich Franklin. In his last two fights he has been against big names Rich Franklin and World Champion Anderson Silva. Lutter was 9-5 MMA, 2-5 UFC and he made his debut at UFC 50 with a KO against Marvin Eastman. Lutter wrote on his blog about his release from the UFC:
“Friday [afternoon] I was told by my manager that UFC matchmaker Joe [Silva] had left my him a message on his phone that I had been released from my UFC contract because of my two losses in a row,”
“I’m just so happy that he would even take the fight against me. I consider him an ‘A’ level fighter, and I consider myself a ‘C’ level fighter, maybe a ‘B’ level because I just beat Houston trying to claw my way up to the top. So for him to take a step down and fight me, I’m greatly appreciative of the guy, who is someone I look up to as one of those top tier fighters.”
The quote above came from James Irvin. Irvin will be fighting Evans at UFC 85 in London, England. It was all made possible by Chuck Liddell tearing up his hamstring. Irvin as he says above considers himself a ‘B’ fighter after KO’ing Houston Alexander at Fight Night 13. The knockout was only 8 seconds in from a superman punch.
The UFC has now confirmed what was released on Matt Hughes’ website earlier today. The new main event for UFC 85 will be Matt Hughes Vs. Thiago Alves. There is also a co main event featuring recently turned middleweight Michael Bisping Vs. Chris Leben. Although rumors have been flying about that UFC 85 will be on Spike TV for Americans this was not confirmed by the UFC’s website, which still has it down as PPV.
Heres a snippet from Matt Hughes’ website earlier today:
June 7th, in England, I fight Thiago Alves. The fight is confirmed, it will be the main event for the card. Dana just called me with the news. Chuck got hurt and couldn’t fight, so he needed a replacement and called me and I said yes. More news as I get it. No matter what happens in this fight, I’ve got Serra next. -matt
Full list of confirmed fights at UFC 85:
Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves
Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben
Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick
Rashad Evans vs. James Irvin
Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera
Martin Kampmann vs. Jorge Rivera
Thiago Tavares vs. Matt Wiman
Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
Luis Arthur Cane vs. Jason Lambert
Neil Wain vs. Antoni Hardonk