Forrest Griffin gives Stephan Bonnar some advice for his upcoming fight versus UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
by Joe Rocha
After years of dominating the UFC middleweight division, champ Anderson Silva doesn’t seem to have the interest in continually proving to be the king of the 185 pounders. During a recent interview with Guilherme Cruz of Tatame Magazine, Silva started off on the topic of Chris Weidman’s denial of a title fight in 2012; then veering off into talks of vacating the title in order to take on new challenges. Superfight anyone?
“Everything has it’s time. (Weidman) will have his opportunity to fight for the belt. Maybe I fight next before he gets the shot, I lose and he fights someone else. We don’t know. I can fight Bonnar, lose and say: ‘you know what, I don’t want it anymore.’ Or maybe I win and way ‘I don’t want this anymore.’ Or maybe drop to welterweight or move up to heavyweight. Anything can happen. Every UFC fighter will have their chance. You have to work and wait for your opportunity. I hope [Georges St. Pierre is] my next fight. I believe everybody wants to see that fight. I have to be careful. I’ll be heavier, slower and weaker than Bonnar. I have to believe I can KO him, but that’s tough. I hope I can do a great good fight for the fans, but that’s not easy.”
Thoughts of going to welterweight or heavyweight may seem like exaggerated claims by the champ, but it’s hard to deny the abilities of the pound for pound great in any MMA endeavor. You have to admit that a JDS vs. Silva bout would be an intriguing match-up. From the sound of it, Silva has his mind set on a St-Pierre ‘superfight’ as he continually harps on the subject.
by Eric Kowal | source: uscombatsports.com
Garrett “G-Money” Holeve was born with Down’s syndrome, a chromosomal condition that that affects about one of every 691 babies born in the United States each year.
However, this awe inspiring young man refuses to let anyone tell him he is any different. After watching professional mixed martial arts Holeve wanted to become a fighter himself.
With determination and the strength to follow his dreams, the Florida native turned to American Top Team in Davie, one of the premier MMA schools in the country.
Holeve also suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis, a painful disease that leads to inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues, yet that too has not stopped him from training.
While he is yet to compete professional Holeve has entered several exhibition style competitions. His story has been told over and over again and has gained the attention of professional fighters and even the likes of UFC President Dana White.
UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar recently went on Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored and announced that he and other supporters have started up a non-profit organization called Garrett’s Fight to help support Holeve and others like him who have a dream of making it big.
The mission of Garrett’s Fight is to provide opportunities for athletes in the special needs community to participate in the Martial Arts through promotion, support and advocating the successful inclusion of individuals with varying degrees of need.
Martial Arts provides an outstanding and welcoming environment for confidence building as well as increased physical fitness to those who study it. Educating instructors on how to modify training for these individuals is paramount.
Garrett’s Fight will advocate and promote competitive opportunities for these martial arts athletes; including, but not limited to, advocating for inclusion of Martial Arts into the Special Olympics.
To find out more about Garrett visit garrettsfight.org.
A full-feature documentary is set to be released based on Garrett’s achievements in training for a mixed martial arts bout.
by Dave Deibert | source: thestarphoenix.com
Before Saturday night’s sold-out debut in Calgary, reporter Dave Deibert highlights the most important battles in UFC history, plus what UFC chairman Lorenzo Fertitta had to say about each one.
10. FRANK SHAMROCK VS. TITO ORTIZ, UFC 22 (9/24/1999)
The beginning of highly conditioned, multi-discipline MMA fighters.
Lorenzo Fertitta: “Anybody who watched that fight I think saw the transformation of the sport being from athletes that maybe had one discipline and were very one dimensional to full-fledged mixed martial artists.”
9. QUINTON JACKSON VS. CHUCK LIDDELL, UFC 71 (5/26/2007)
MMA breaks through to mainstream notice.
Lorenzo Fertitta: “That fight was a culmination really of the buildup of PRIDE and UFC. You had many years of fans, the hardcore fans, arguing which promotion was better, which fighters were better.”
8. CHRIS LEBEN VS. JOSH KOSCHECK FEUD, TUF 1 (2005)
Record breaking fight was preceeded by a season of Kos being such a heel, that Leben turned into the babyface.
Lorenzo Fertitta: “Once again, there’s a common theme here. Things that generate interest, fights that generate interest, are typically ones that come with some sort of rivalry.”
7. CHUCK LIDDELL VS. RANDY COUTURE TRILOGY, UFC 43 (6/6/2003), UFC 52 (4/16/2005), and UFC 57 (2/4/2006)
Mohawked and tattooed striker vs. clean cut wrestler, with Liddell taking two of three.
Lorenzo Fertitta: “Definitely the one that will go down in history as our version of Ali-Frazier.”
6. BROCK LESNAR VS. FRANK MIR, UFC 100 (7/11/2009)
UFC reaches a level only achieved by Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, with 1,600,000 PPV buys.
Lorenzo Fertitta: “It really was our first what I’ll call ‘mega event’ that shot way past over a million buys, which is really the benchmark for whether or not a fight is a mega event.”
5. CHUCK LIDDELL VS. TITO ORTIZ, UFC 66 (12/30/2006)
PPV breaks 1,000,000 buys, and UFC outgrosses boxing and pro wrestling for the year.
Lorenzo Fertitta: “Tito was the champion. Chuck was a guy that was a faithful friend but at the same time Tito had what he wanted, which was the belt. He made no bones about it. Tito took it very personally. And a rivalry was born.”
4. JOHN MCCAIN VS. UFC
Mixed Martial Arts was admittedly more spectacle than sport when John McCain discovered his inner male grandmother, and drove the then-SEG owned UFC off PPV, and out of dozens of States.
Lorenzo Fertitta: “That’s really what drove UFC to becoming the sport that it is today. Guys like John McCain and other politicians holding the previous owners’ feet to the fire. You had to have to structure around it. That was an obvious tipover point with UFC. We’re glad John McCain won that one.”
3. TITO ORTIZ VS. KEN SHAMROCK TRILOGY, UFC 40 (11/22/2002), UFC 61 (7/8/2006), THE FINAL CHAPTER (10/10/2006)
Tito Ortiz saves the UFC, with PPV buy rates of 150,000 (best since 1996), 775,000 (then a record), and finally the then most viewed MMA fight in North American history.
Lorenzo Fertitta: “A lot of it had to do with their personalities – Tito was young, he was brash, he was irreverent. Ken Shamrock was a guy who was well-respected, had accomplished a lot in this sport.”
2. ROYCE GRACIE VS. THE WORLD, UFC 1 (11/12/1993), UFC 2 (3/11/1994) UFC 3 (9/9/994), UFC 4 (12/16/1994), UFC 5 (4/7/1995)
In the beginning, there was Royce, and he was good.
Lorenzo Fertitta: “Probably did more for martial arts in those series of fights than had been done for martial arts in the previous 500 years.”
1. FORREST GRIFFIN VS. STEPHAN BONNAR, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 1 (4/9/2005)
Fertittas bought the UFC and went tens of millions of dollars in the hole. With one amazingly great fight on free tv, fortunes turned.
Lorenzo Fertitta: “It’s one of those perfect storms.”
By MATT MOLGAARD
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Sometimes it pays to get your ass handed to you: just ask Cung Le, who banked an event high $350,000 for the two round trouncing he received at the hands of the legendary Wanderlei Silva. Le looked good early, keeping Silva at bay with his wide arsenal of kicks, but the second frame showcased a major swing in momentum, as vintage Wanderlei came out swinging, and landing – brutally. Le was finished off courtesy of some nasty punches and knees with just 11 seconds remaining in the second round.
Dan Henderson, who played his role in one of the most exciting fights in MMA history also took home a hefty paycheck: the former Pride and Strikeforce champion earned $250,000 for his five round decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Check out the full salaries from UFC 139:
Dan Henderson: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mauricio Rua: $165,000
Wanderlei Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Cung Le: $350,000
Urijah Faber: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Bowles: $19,000
Martin Kampmann: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Story: $19,000
Stephan Bonnar: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000
Ryan Bader: $48,000 (includes $24,00 win bonus)
def. Jason Brilz: $13,000
Michael McDonald: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Alex Soto: $6,000
Chris Weidman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Lawlor: $12,000
Gleison Tibau: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Dos Anjos: $16,000
Miguel Torres: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Pace: $4,000
Seth Baczynski: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Brown: $12,000
Danny Castillo: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Shamar Bailey: $8,000
El 19 de noviembre el UFC 139 encabezado por Mauricio “Shogun” Rua y Dan Henderson tendrá una cartelera preliminar que sacará chispas. En la categoría gallo, Urijah Faber y Brian Bowles pelearán por la posibilidad de enfrentar a Dominick Cruz. En los semicompletos regresarán Stephan Bonnar y Ryan Bader y, en los welter, se verán cara a cara dentro del octágono el danés Martin Kampmann y Rick Story.
Las peleas preliminares podrán verse por la página de Facebook de UFC Latino.
La pelea central de la velada se lleva todas las miradas acompañada de la co estelar que verá enfrentarse a Wanderlei Silva y Cung Le. Pero no sólo ellos formarán parte de un atractivo evento que se realizará en San José, California.
En el límite de las 135 libras, Urijah Faber y Brian Bowles buscarán ganar la posibilidad de medirse con el campeón de peso gallo Dominick Cruz. Pero antes tendrán que ganar esta eliminatoria titular en un combate que promete ser de los mejores de la noche.
Ambos poseedores de un nivel de lucha excelente podrán anularse en esa faceta, pero a la hora de intercambiar golpes tampoco se hacen a un lado. Tanto Faber como Bowles buscan finalizar a su oponente con cada golpe y el primero que se descuide puede pasar un mal momento.
En la división welter retornan a la acción Martin Kampmann y Rick Story. El danés viene de perder de manera muy controvertida sus últimas dos peleas frente a Jake Shields, en el UFC 121, y contra Diego Sánchez en el UFC Live 3. Es decir que si esas decisiones a favor de sus rivales hubiesen caído de su lado estaríamos hablando de un contendiente al título.
Por su parte Story poco pudo hacer ante Charlie Brenneman en el UFC Live 4 y así concluyó una racha de 6 victorias consecutivas que lo habrían acercado al cinturón. Cuando se cierren las puertas del octágono, ellos decidirán quién debe volver a la senda del triunfo.
En la categoría de los semicompletos regresan dos peleadores que siempre dejan todo para salir con su brazo en alto. Stephan Bonnar lo hará contra el complicado Kyle Kingsbury que viene con una interesante seguidilla de buenas actuaciones, mientras que Ryan Bader intentará recuperarse de las primeras dos derrotas de su carrera cuando se enfrente con el también luchador Jason Brilz.
Bonnar, uno de los peleadores más carismáticos de la historia viene de vencer a Krzysztof Soszynski e Igor Pokrajac, mientras que Kingsbury acumula 4 peleas sin conocer la derrota. Este combate promete y mucho ya que ambos competidores son muy ofensivos.
Mientras tanto Bader intentará finalizar un 2011 para el olvido y salir con su brazo en alto contra Brilz, quién también perdió en su última presentación. El nivel de lucha de ambos es similar, la ventaja en poder de nocaut la tiene el ganador de The Ultimate Fighter 8 y en cuanto a las sumisiones la diferencia va para su rival.
Entre otros también regresarán a la acción el ex campeón de peso gallo de WEC considerado uno de los mejores libra por libra hace unos años, Miguel Torres, que se enfrentará con Nick Pace y también hará su tercer combate en UFC uno de los proyectos más valorados en la categoría de las 185 libras: Chris Weidman que tendrá un duro escollo en Tom Lawlor.