Spike TV Show “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays” to be Hosted by Kimbo Slice

That’s right, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is indeed slotted to be the host of a new show, on Spike TV, called The Ultimate Fighter Fridays.  The former TUF season 10 competitor will be hosting the show that is set to air on March 9th at 9pm est.  Internet sensation, turned legitimate mma contender, Kimbo Slice was a part of TUF’s most successful season of The Ultimate Fighter raking in 3.4 million viewers weekly according to MMAJunkie.com.

The March 9th showing will air never before seen footage of TUF season 10, where Kimbo Slice battled with and against fighters like Brendan Schaub, Matt Mitrione and season 10 winner Roy Nelson.  Future showings of The Ultimate Fighter Fridays will display full episodes of the first 14 seasons as well as other specialized footage.

Kimbo Slice, however, seems to have thrown in the towel on his mma career and has taken to boxing instead, where he currently holds a 3-0 record.

Casting Set for The Ultimate Fighter

The upcoming new season of The Ultimate Fighter is scheduled to air live on FX on March 9 at 9 p.m. ET and the cast is set and ready to go.  The 15th season will be coached by bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1) and former WEC champion Urijah Faber (26-5).

The shows March 9 premier will televise 32 hopefuls slugging it out in 16 match ups.  The winners of these bouts will then secure a position in the TUF household where they will be airing live for the following 13 weeks.  Earlier seasons of TUF only filmed over a 6 week period, this season, however, will be filmed and aired over a 13 week time frame.  The show will premier on March 9th and conclude, with a three-hour finale, on June 1st.  As always, the winner of the finale will also receive a six figure contract to fight in the UFC.

The other fighters joining the show, according to Sherdog.com, are:

Akbarh Arreola — Chula Vista , Calif.

Al Iaquinta — Wantagh , N.Y.

Ali Maclean — Belfast , North Ireland

Andy Ogle — Tynemouth , England

Austin Lyons — Cordova , Tenn.

Brendan Weafer — New York , N.Y.

Chris Tickle — Bloomington , Ill.

Cody Pfister — Amarillo , Texas

Cristiano Marcello — Curitiba , Brazil

Chase Hackett — Littleton , Colo.

Chris Saunders — Long Beach , Calif.

Dakota Cochrane — Omaha , Neb.

Daron Cruickshank — Wayne , Mich.

Drew Dober — Omaha , Neb.

Erin Beach — San Diego , Calif.

James Krause — Blue Springs , Mo.

James Vick — Fort Worth , Texas

Jared Carlsten — Los Angeles , Calif.

Jeff Smith — Mechanicsburg , Penn.

Jeremy Larsen — Phoenix , Ariz.

Joe Proctor — Pembroke , Mass.

John Cofer — Hull , Ga.

Johnavan Vistante — Pearl City , Hawaii

Jon Tuck, — Hagtna, Guam

Jordan Rinaldi — Matthews, N.C.

Justin Lawrence — Villa Ridge , Mo.

Mark Glover — Liverpool , England

Michael Chiesa — Spokane Valley , Wash.

Myles Jury — San Diego , Calif.

Mike Rio — Miami , Fla.

Sam Sicilia — Spokane Valley , Wash.

Vinc Pichel — Sherman Oaks, Calif.

UFC 144 Results

It was a great night of fights at UFC 144 in Tokyo, Japan this weekend.  The main event was an astounding match up between two truly top competitors in the lightweight division.  Other notable match ups were also very exciting with some great knock outs and excellent displays of skill.

We caught the fight at Buffalo Wild Wings, in Beaverton, Oregon, where we got the chance to meet up with Mike Pierce following his controversial decision loss to Josh Koshcheck at UFC 143.  Mike Pierce was as friendly a guy as I’ve ever met, signing autographs and taking photos with local Buffalo Wild Wings patrons.  The UFC promoted event handed out prizes between the fights and truly made it an enjoyable event for everyone in attendance.  Without further delay here are the results of UFC 144:

Tiequan Zhang (15-3) vs. Issei Tamura (7-2)

This fight was dominated by Tamura’s striking, and ended up being a decisive factor for Tamura, as he laid out Zhang with a powerful right hand in just :32 seconds of the second round.

Takeya Mizugaki (15-7-2) vs. Chris Cariaso (13-3)

This was a well paced fight, in the bantamweight class, in which Chris Cariaso squeaked out the unanimous decision 29-28

Riki Fukuda (18-5) vs. Steve Cantwell (7-6)

The Japanese combatant proved to be the more dominant fighter, in a three round bout that gave Fukuda the unanimous decision in an unquesionably dominant performance.

Norifumi“Kid” Yamamoto (18-6-1) vs. Vaughan Lee (12-7-1)

This fight was a serious competition of two men looking for a stoppage.  It was Lee, however, who proved to have a dominant Jiu Jitsu game and submitted Yamamoto by arm bar with less than a minute left in the first round.

Takanori Gomi (33-8-1) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (18-8-2)

A great fight was put on by both these contestants as the first round is decidedly Mitsuoka.  The second round, however, was a different story as it looked like Mitsuoka is going to put on a repeat performance, early in the round.  Gomi began to pick up the pace though and started to land a lot of leather as Mitsuoka began to look fatigued.  The round eventually ended as Gomi delivered a number of right hands to Mitsuoka who eventually gets saved by Herb Dean, resulting in a TKO win for Gomi.

Anthony Pettis (15-2) vs. Joe Lauzon (21-7)

A quick fight, that started and ended with an impressive showing from the former WEC champion Anthony Pettis, made short work of Lauzon when a Pettis shin met with Lauzon jaw and sent the fighter dazed and confused as Pettis followed up with punches that effectively turned out the lights for Joe Lauzon in just over a minute of the first round.

Hatsu Hioki (26-4-2) vs. Bart Palaszewski (36-15)

Another impressive victory for our Japanese friends came by way of decision for Hioki, as he turned in a dominate first round and continued to do enough to win the judges unanimous decision.

Yushin Okami (26-7) vs. Tim Boetsch (15-4)

Another impressive showing by a Japanese fighter comes from Yushin Okami, who decisively outworks his opponent Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch for two rounds.  It was “The Barbarian”, however, who despite being overwhelmed by Okami, came back with a barrage of his own, earning the nickname, and ending the night for Okami with a series of upper cuts from the clinch, securing a TKO over the would be victor in under a minute of the third round.

Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-5-2) vs. Jake Shields (27-6-1)

This was a great match up between two very game opponents.  Jake Shields seemed to struggle with getting a take down during the fight and any success he had doing so was short-lived, as Akiyama would immediate regain his footing.  Shields managed to impress judges, nonetheless, using a much more active striking game and out landing his opponent giving him a unanimous victory.

Mark Hunt (8-7) vs.Cheick Kongo (17-7-2)

Right hands spelled an early night for Cheick Kongo, as his opponent dropped Kongo with a counter punch and allowed Cheick to get back to his feet before cornering him against the cage and turning on a barrage of right hands, the fourth of which resulted in Herb Dean stepping in.  These well placed punches resulted in a third straight win for Hunt and a TKO for the night.

Quinton“Rampage” Jackson (32-10) vs. Ryan Bader (14-2)

Ryan Bader managed to end his two fight losing streak.  It was an unexpected game plan watching Bader manage to stand toe to toe with “Rampage” giving better than he got in most exchanges.  Ryan proved to have a much better game plan when it came to mat work against Jackson as the majority of the third round kept Rampage on his back resulting in a unanimous decision for the younger fighter, Ryan Bader.

Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) vs. Benson Henderson (16-2)

It was an excellent main event as both fighter left nothing to be desired.  The striking exchanges were the story of this match as any takedowns didn’t last very long.  Edgar managed to catch quite a few of the kicks from Benson, but he was unable to do much with them as Benson made him pay for not keeping his guard up, landing punches on the much shorter opponent.  The fight continued leaving Edgar’s face a gnarled mess as Henderson looks ready to pose for many pictures at his after party.  All three judges scored the fight in favor of the new UFC lightweight champion, Benson Henderson.

Nate Marquardt Signs with Strikeforce

It appears that Zuffa has signed Nate Marquardt to fight on their Strikeforce venue.  Nearly 8 months ago Nate “The Great” Marquardt was released from the UFC by Dana White, following the results of a pre-fight drug screen.  The drug screen revealed that Nate Marquardt had elevated levels of testosterone.  Nate claims the elevated levels came from a preexisting condition, that Nate fully disclosed to the athletic commission and the UFC, that causes a deficiency in testosterone hormone production.

Following a unanimous decision victory over Dan Miller, at UFC 128, Nate was scheduled to move to up in weight for a June 2011 welterweight debut.  The fighter had a pre-fight medical exam that showed that he had elevated levels of testosterone that Nate credits due to a testosterone treatment program that he was on due to his medical condition.  The NJSACB then stated that Nate would have to discontinue treatment for 8 weeks and then reexamine his testosterone levels.  The fighter did prove to be a candidate for Testosterone Replacement Therapy but he only had three weeks to bring his testosterone levels to normal.  In order to reach normal levels, by the fight deadline, Marquardt’s doctor implemented a more aggressive treatment program to reach the desired levels in such a short amount of time.  On the night of the weigh ins, however, Marquardt’s testosterone levels exceeded the allowable levels.

Dana White then publicly stated that Marquardt would not be allowed to fight in the UFC ever again.  Now it appears that the fighter will find a home at Strikeforce, and possibly win fans, and the UFC brass, back to his side, so that Nate “The Great” Marquardt can once again entertain fight fans the world over.

Greg Jackson to Corner Jon Jones

It appears, after much deliberation, that Greg Jackson will indeed be in the corner of the UFC light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones.  Jon Jones will meet Rashad Evans, a former member of the Jackson camp, at UFC 145.  Greg Jackson had quite the dilemma on his hands, having trained both fighters into UFC champions, as to whether he would be willing to corner either fighter if they were to meet in the octagon.  It was Rashad Evans, however, who decided to leave Jackson mma for Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Florida in early 2011.  This would have seemed to help make the decision easier for Greg Jackson but the legendary trainer was still on the fence about the topic.

Nearly a year has passed since Evans decided to leave the camp and it seems to be enough time for Greg Jackson to decide to corner his current student, Jon Jones.  It is unsure of whether the rivalry between Jones and Evans was the cause of Jackson’s indecision or not.  The bad blood began brewing between these two fighters after Jon Jones admitted that he would fight Evans should the UFC wish to see the matchup.  Evans became upset at the comment, believing that it is better for members of the same camp to not fight each other.  After that the feud was fueled even more when Jones became a substitute for an injured Evans at UFC 126, which gave the young fighter a much desired shot at the title against Mauricio Rua.  Jones went on to defeat Rua and became the youngest UFC champion in history.

These two fighters will meet each other at UFC 145 April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Anderson Silva: Battling Inuries

Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, has been out of the fight game since we last saw him in August of 2011 where he defended his title, and avenged a loss, against Yushin Okami at UFC 134 on August 27, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Since that time Anderson has been plagued with a shoulder injury that has kept the fighter sidelined and now it seems he is facing another injury, this one affecting his back.  So will Anderson be able to overcome his injuries and defend his title again?  It seems as though the fighter will be coming back to the octagon in June of this year to face Chael Sonnen once again.  However, it seems neither fighter is too certain that this fight will be taking place as an official offer, for the title fight, has yet to be seen.

As for Anderson Silva being completely rehabilitated from his injuries Anderson had this to say on a video found on Sherdog,

“It’s a job all athletes have to do.  You work at prevention from doing therapy all the time to correcting posture and breathing, to avoid the injuries.  But no matter how much I did, I ended up hurt, first with my shoulder now with my back.  You reach a certain age where you don’t heal as fast, so you have to take your time.  I don’t want anything to be wrong when I come back to the real hard training.”  Anderson admitted.  “I’ll continue doing physical therapy until the pain goes away, and I’ll keep up the workouts.”

UFC 144: Match ups

UFC 144 is right around the corner, and it provides some intriguing match ups for fight fans.  Get ready because we will be enjoying these match ups Saturday February, 25, 2012 at 7pm pst 10pm est:

Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar (14-1-1) defends his title against Benson ‘Smooth’ Henderson (15-2-0) for the lightweight title.

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (32-9-0) looks to take out Ryan Bader (14-2-0) to see who elevates in the light heavyweight rankings.

Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt (7-7-0) takes on the always game Cheick Kongo (27-6-2) in a heavyweight bout.

Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-4-0, 2nc) against a difficult opponent in Jake Shields (26-6-1)

Yushin “Thunder” Okami (27-6-0) fights Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch (14-4-0) in a middleweight match.

Hatsu Hioki (25-4-2) will meet Bart “Bartimus” Palaszewski (34-13-0) for a featherweight fight.

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (12-2-0) faces Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (20-6-0) in a lightweight match.

Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi (32-8-0, 1nc) meets Eiji Mitsuoka (18-7-2) for another lightweight match.

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-5-0, 1nc) will fight Vaughan Lee (11-7-1) in a Bantamweight match.

Riki Fukuda (17-5-0) meets Steve “Robot” Cantwell (7-5-0) in a middleweight bout.

Takeya Mizugaki (15-6-2) will meet Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso (12-3-0) for another Bantamweight match.

Tiequan “The Wolf” Zhang (18-2-0) vs Issei Tamura (6-2-0) in a featherweight match.

It looks as if UFC has some great matches set for the evening so be sure to tune in live on Pay-Per-View.

UFC on Fuel TV: Results

UFC on Fuel TV has come and gone, and in its wake it has left many fight fans wondering where the results will land the combatants in the rankings of their respective weight classes.

Jake Ellenberger won a unanimous decision against Diego Sanchez, leaving many people thinking that Ellenberger should have a shot at the interim belt, getting a rematch for a controversial decision loss when he fought Carlos Condit in his UFC debut.

Arguably, the most impressive performance came from former TUF fighter,  Jonathan Brookins, who quickly dismantled opponent, Vagner Rocha.  The fight will surely land on Jonathan Brookins highlight reel, after Brookins dropped his opponent and knocked out Rocha with a vicious ground and pound performed through Rocha’s guard.  Brookins will likely have to be reassessed as to where he falls in contention for the 145 lb belt.

Stefan Struve managed to put another tally in his win column, by way of TKO, against his opponent, Dave Herman.  Though seemingly hurt at times, Stefan Struve managed to weather Herman’s offense and put together some nice strikes of his own ending the night for Herman in impressive fashion.

Ronnie Marks put out enough effort to take the decision from opponent Aaron Simpson in a somewhat lack luster brawl.

Stipe Miocic keeps his unblemished record against contender  Philip De Fries, also formerly undefeated, in an impressive first round swarm that ended the winning streak of De Fries by way of KO.

T.J. Dillashaw took Walel Watson anywhere he wanted in the fight, with the exception of a stoppage.  The former TUF fighter, T.J. Dillashaw, seemed to have no difficulties pressing his attack on Watson, but could not finish a rear naked choke, that the fighter insisted on attempting for a large duration of their mat time.  It looks like Dillashaw can definitely find an easy improvement in his game by working on his BJJ, but an impressive showing none the less.

Ivan Menjivar had a shaky start against  John Albert but kept his wits about him and managed to get a submission by way of rear naked choke early in the fight.

UFC on Fuel TV: Match Ups

The UFC on Fuel TV match ups have been announced for the card set to air on February 15, 2012 at 5pm/8pm PT/ET at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE.

Diego Sanchez (25-4-0) vs Jake Ellenberger (26-5-0)

Stefan Struve (26-5-0) vs Dave Herman (21-2-0)

Aaron Simpson (10-2-0) vs Ronny Markes (12-1-0)

Stipe Miocic (7-0-0) vs Phil De Fries (8-0-0)

TJ Dillashaw (5-1-0) vs Walel Watson (9-3-0)

Ivan Menjivar (21-8-0) vs John Albert (7-1-0)

Jonathan Brookins (13-4-0) vs Vagner Rocha (7-2-0)

Buddy Roberts (11-2-0) vs Sean Loeffler (25-5-0)

Anton Kuivanen (16-4-0) vs Justin Salas(9-3-0)

Tim Means (16-3-1) vs Bernardo Magalhaes (11-1-0)