Archive for June 2009

Clay Guida – “I have the best shot at dethroning BJ Penn”

June 21, 2009

Clay ‘The Carpenter’ Guida (25-10) was on hand to field questions at a post fight interview. Clay  spoke about his split decision loss to Deigo Sanchez (21-2) at The Ultimate Fighter 9 finale as well as where he belives he fits in within the light weight division. Guida is adamant that he is still at the top of the heap in the light weight division and feels that the loss has not set him back:

“I don’t see how the judges could declare that a win for him, besides a flash knockdown (he) never had me in any real danger during the fight. I was actually a little surprised by the decision I thought the judges would’ve scored the fight in my favour considering that I controlled the pace of the fight and, but that’s how (it) is I guess – you know sometimes the ref picks who wins and other times they let the fighters decide. The fact that it was a split decision shows you how close the fight was, I still feel that I’m a top contender at this weight and should be in line for the title. I always go out there looking to finish my opponent and push the pace, I hate to see guys stall while in a dominant position and rely on the judges to hand them the win. ”

Guida then went on to comment on how he believes that stylistically he would be the most difficult match up for the current champion – BJ Penn. “I saw his fight against St Pierre and I noticed some holes in his game that I could capitalize on. On a style basis I think that I have the best shot at dethroning BJ (Penn) right now. The blueprint is out there now I will just need to reapply it.”

When asked about who he would like to face next, Guida responded “I will do whatever Dana and the UFC wants me to, I have proven myself at 155. If they want me to go up in weight, I feel I can  create some waves at that division too”

Brock Lesnar – “Kurt would definitely be a threat to my title”

June 18, 2009

Current UFC  heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (3-1) was  recently asked on ESPN radio, amongst various other topics –  how he feels olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle would fare in mixed martial arts competition. The question stemmed from Angle’s previous comments, expressing interest in competing in mixed martial arts. Lesnar had the following to say;

You know Kurt has all the tools to make the switch to MMA, and if he’s willing to put the time and effort in – I think he could reach the top of the ladder pretty easily and I hate to admit it but he would definitely be a threat to my title. I’ve said (it) before, he is a better wrestler than I am and that would come into play in MMA. Having stong  wrestling ability in my opinon is the most important skill required for MMA and Kurt has that in abundance.

With his olympic wrestling background I could see him going far in MMA, I don’t see no reason why someone with his skills and athleticism  can’t compete at the highest level like how I did.

Lesnar is currently set to defend his UFC title against interim champion, Frank Mir at UFC 100 on July 13th.

Dana – “If Sylvia wants to end his career in UFC he has to go on TUF”

June 15, 2009

Former two time UFC champion Tim Sylvia (24-5) recently talked to Fighters Only Magazine expressing interest that he would like to end his career with the UFC. However when  the 33-year-old Maine-iac squared off against legendary Mercer, 48, in a mixed martial arts encounter that formed part of the Adrenaline III show in Birmingham, Alabama. Sylvia was knocked out 9 seconds into the bout by an overhand right which left the former champion on the canvas, forcing the referee to call an end to the bout. The president of the UFC, Dana white was vocal on his thoughts regarding Sylvia’s comments on returning to the UFC:

“Are you kidding me, he  seriously wants to return to the UFC?” asked White “He hasn’t won a fight in years and when he did he usually put everyone to sleep, the only time he’s in an exciting fight is when he’s getting his [expletive] ass handed to him. Look, he just got beat by a near 50 year old in under 10 [expletive] seconds, how do you expect to be taken seriously after that? he just made MMA look like a  complete joke. If he has any hopes of ending his career  in (the) UFC he will have to go on TUF, there’s no other way he’s getting in”

Floyd Mayweather – “Machida? Machida ain’t nobody.”

June 9, 2009

Doing the publicity rounds for his upcoming fight against Mexican counter puncher Juan Manuel Marquez, “Pretty Boy” Floyd “Money” Mayweather, 32, recently sat down with  Mike DeLahunt to answer some questions readers of our site have been submitting over the past week. Mayweather, never at a loss for words had some rather interesting things to say in regards to what many, but of course not he, feels is his direct combat sports competition, the UFC.

“Man, who in the UFC as good as Floyd Mayweather? Look back to 2-3 years ago, when this all started. One of the stars in the sport, Chuck Liddell, has gone 3-4. The man has been Knocked out so many time his boss made him retire. How many times you seen Floyd Mayweather knocked out? How many times you seen Floyd Mayweather even knocked down? None.”

When pressed about recent UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida
being compared to names such as Pernell Whitaker and even Floyd himself, in being MMA’s
most elusive fighter, Floyd had this to say:

“Who? Who’s Lyoto Machida? Lyoto Machida? Oh you mean that guy who sold 200,000 PPVs now he’s a superstar? It doesn’t take much over there does it? I’ve sold 3.5 million PPVs between my last 2 fights alone. How much money did Machida make his last fight? $100,000 maybe? Tell Dana White, for $100,000, I will come show him what a 28 million dollar check looks like.

How is Machida as good as Floyd Mayweather? Because he’s beaten a few unskilled bar room fighters? At the end of the day, you already know, when you watch Floyd Mayweather you see the past, present and future of the sport. Machida don’t deserve to be mentioned in he same breath as me. Kousta Tszyu would whip up on his stank ass anyway.”

Our interviewer then divulged into one of the most repeated questions the fans wanted to
heard be asked, and that question being what are his opinions on Fedor “The Last Russian
Emperor” Emelianenko?

“Again, who? Oh, you mean that Russian guy Oscar let fight for him? The guy who fought Freddie Roach’s boy? Yeah, I know him. He’s a nice guy, but man was Roach’s boy whippin’ up on him until he got that hail Mary overhand. He needs to get at a real boxing coach like Roger Mayweather to teach him how to throw a punch. The man had his head down and his eyes closed when he threw that punch, anyone who says that wasn’t luck doesn’t know much about the sweet science…”

When asked about Sean Sherk, Floyd was pretty frank about his thoughts on MMA:

“Man, I am here to talk about Floyd Mayweather, the face of boxing. The cash king. The pound for pound greatest fighter who ever lived. I got Marquez, the man who SHOULD be the pound for pound king. I mean really, he beat Pacman both times. You know it, I know it, the fans know it. They keep asking me why I ain’t come back to fight Pacman? Because in my eyes Manny wasn’t number one pound for pound when I was gone. The guy who beat him twice was. In my eyes, I am coming back to fight the number one pound for pound guy. Once I whip his ass and reclaim my throne, I’m going to show you all that little midget from the Phillipines will be nothing but an after thought when Money May gets a hold of that ass.”

Frank Shamrock – “I want rematch with Diaz”

June 8, 2009

Four-time world champion and MMA legend Frank Shamrock (23-10-2) was on hand to field questions from the press during the special pre-fight event.  The last time Shamrock appeared in the cage he  suffered a TKO loss to Nick Diaz (20-7)  at 3:57 of the second round. Shamrock claims that there were many issues leading up to the bout which affected his performance, as he explains;

Certain things didn’t go well leading up to that fight, during practice I popped a few ribs – it was really painful at the time but I thought it wouldn’t have a big impact on the fight, but as you could see it obviously did. I could feel that I couldn’t get any power in my shots so I had to keep it standing. Before the fight, I was told that I had to rest my ribs for a while so  I couldn’t work out on the stability ball which is crucial to getting a good workout, most guys like to train BJJ, boxing or whatever but the stability ball encompasses all of those aspects into one. It was weird because usually I can go 3 rounds no problem but it was like my body started shutting down after the first round. I think that fight was a blessing is disguise, I changed up my training schedule and bought a new stability ball which I’ve been working out on to help me with my balance.  But props to Diaz he did a great job.

Although shortly after Shamrock’s disappointing performance many believed that this could be the last we see of the former champion in the cage, Shamrock revealed to the press that he has no intentions of winding down on his legendary career;

Of course the Diaz fight didn’t sit well with me so I definitely would like to get a rematch. There’s still plenty of fights left out there for me before I call it a day, if Tito wants to do it I wouldn’t mind kicking his ass again, I’m sure we could agree to a catch weight.

Kevin Randleman talks steroids in MMA

June 7, 2009

Mixed Martial Artist Kevin “The Monster” Randleman recently spoke out about Anabolic/Androgenic Steroids and their use in MMA.  Randleman denied accusations of using steroids in the past, as he explains;

“I don’t know why people still accuse me of me of using AAS, I have never tested positive. I believe if I’m going to play the game on an even playing field, the same rules should apply to everyone. I don’t think it’s right certain Brazillians stay roided up year round and why certain Americans have a six pack with a protruded abdomen. You don’t see that on me, I’m a genetic freak who has been greatly blessed by God.”

Randleman (17-12), was suspended by the NASC. Randleman apparently submitted a urine sample lacking any hormones to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. This indicated that the sample was fake. In an interview with MMAWeekly, he stated he failed to submit a urine sample due to his use of painkillers and antibiotics after his previous surgeries that may have prevented him from being cleared to fight, and his current health issues were a result of the cumulative effects of his surgeries, medication and fighting on his body

“Look man, people look at you and they believe you do something just because they are jealous that they themselves don’t have the drive and the work ethic you do. That’s all I’ll say on that, I’ve explained myself on this before.”

On October 22, 1996 at Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4, Randleman’s MMA career began with wins over Luiz Carlos Macial, Geza Kalman and Dan Bobish to win the evening’s tournament. On March 3, 1997 at Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 6, he beat Ebenezer Fontes Braga and Mario Neto, but was crushingly defeated in his first loss by Carlos Barreto. Randleman believes there were shady circumstances in his fight with Barreto as he fought two other Brazilians that night who dragged the matches out by escaping the ring and hitting him from outside of the ring. He also suspected they were using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs which he is very much against and has openly stated he detested.

“Like I said, I know Brazillians who have been on this **** for years, they get by turning in someone else’s urine sample, the promoters pay the commission to look away. It’s no different than the NBA protectin’ Jordan or some ****. It’s like yeah man you travelled, but we ain’t gonna call it because you move us alot of merchandise. And this is supposed to be a true sport?”

Randleman said his first taste of just how corrupt the officials could be was UFC 20, when he lost via a very controversial decision against Bas Rutten.

“Everyone knows who won that fight. Everyone, just like everyone knows who would win if it were to happen again.”

Whatever the outcome may be, Randleman hopes the State Athletic Commissions will implement off season steroid testing, or testing for fighters not yet fighting, but still in a training camp. He is also putting in inqueries about the new human Growth Hormone detection system being implemented by the Olympic committee. Randleman is set to resume his career under the Strikforce banner.

Tito – “I want rematch with Machida, I’m still relevant ”

June 4, 2009

Former UFC champion – Tito Ortiz (15-6-1) recently spoke about his plans for competing in MMA and where he thinks he fits in with the rest of the division whilst being inactive for over a year . Ortiz last competed at UFC 84 in May of 2008 where he lost via unanimous decision to  current Light Heavyweight champion – Lyoto Machida. Since then Ortiz has been working closely with Affliction taking up a commentating role. His future in MMA is still uncertain, but he comments that he is still looking to compete where ever it may be and still ranks himself amongst the top light heavyweights in the world;

“Its funny how people have counted me out already, because I lost the current champ, who have I lost to since then?. To be honest I would be more than willing to have a rematch with Machida, in my fight  against him – he was running the whole time but at times he was wasting energy and I could feel that I was slowly wearing him down. I could tell  he [Machida] starting fading in the third round, if it was a five round fight I’m fairly confident I would’ve beaten him in the later rounds.

The thing is he’s never gone past the third round before and that’s a big deal when you’re fighting the elite in MMA, going into championship rounds really test your cardio and that’s where I feel I would really have the advantage. If Dana could put his personal issues aside for once and I probably would be the LHW champ right now.

Although Ortiz has not signed with another organisation he maintains that he will not be re-signing with the UFC any time soon;

I’ve said it before countless number of times I will re-sign  with UFC, as long as Dana isn’t the president of the UFC anymore until then I will be more than happy to go fight for someone else. You know I’m still very  much relevant in the LHW divison and I will prove it to everyone once I step back in there.