UFC 76 post-fight news &
Sanchez to move to
After his loss to Jon Fitch,
Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez came to
a realization about the competition at 170 lbs.
“I may be a little
bit small for a welterweight. I have to give
155 some serious thought,” Sanchez said.
“It’s either put on some weight
and start power lifting or drop.”
Should Sanchez move to lightweight,
he already has designs on the opponent he would
“I want to fight BJ
Penn. We are about the same size, and I think
it could be a great match,” Sanchez said.
The UFC name is the most
well known brand name in the United States for
mixed martial arts. With new companies popping
up almost daily, UFC President Dana White does
not see any of the new organizations as legitimate
“I am not impressed
by the competition,” White said. “I
did see the Elite XC show the other week, and
it was good, but they are so far away it’s
White did say that the smaller
companies are good for the sport.
“They provide a training
ground for fighters. We need these shows because
it helps build fighters for the UFC,”
Marc Cuban and his new HDNet
fighting league were not left out of White’s
“I like Marc Cuban.
He’s a good guy, but he is going to lose
a lot of money with his new venture,”
One of the worst kept secrets
in MMA is that negotiations between the UFC
and Fedor Emelianenko have been complicated
by Emelianeko’s unusual demands.
Chief among those is his
insistence on competing in the World Sambo Championships
next month in Russia.
“Fedor wants to fight
in the World Sambo event,” White said.
“I won’t let him fight in it if
he’s signed with us.”
White believes that Emelianenko
will be ready to join the UFC shortly after
“The Sambo tournament
is in October, and I think he’ll sign
(with the UFC) after that. In fact, I am positive
he’ll be with us after that,” said
Has the dream become
Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei
Silva has been a dream match of many MMA fans
for quite a few years. When Silva signed with
the UFC, the fight seemed inevitable. So much
so that the two were scheduled to square off
on December 29 in Las Vegas.
However, Keith Jardine’s
split decision victory over Liddell will force
those plans to be rethought.
“I don’t know
if that fight will happen anymore,” White
Silva was also very disappointed
by the result of Liddell’s fight.
to fight Chuck Liddell for a long time and then
he loses to this guy (Jardine),” said
Silva. “It’s terrible. I just don’t
know what’s going to happen now.”
Liddell, nevertheless, wants
to see Silva on the opposite side of the cage.
“I still want to fight
Wanderlei if I can,” said Liddell.
Top lightweight contenders
Should the California State
Athletic Commission uphold UFC lightweight champion
Sean Sherk’s suspension for steroids,
plans are close to set to crown a new champion.
“Joe Stevenson will
fight BJ Penn for the vacated title if Sherk
is suspended,” said White. “I will
wait until the decision is final though before
scheduling the fight.”
Sherk’s appeal for
the suspension will be heard on October 31.
Griffin hits the
Tyson Griffin continues to
rack up fight of the night accolades. Griffin’s
victory over Thiago Tavares makes it three in
row for the lightweight contender.
White could hardly contain
his enthusiasm for Griffin.
“Tyson Griffin is at
the top of food chain. The guy is unbelievable,”
White said. “He’ll get a forty thousand
dollar bonus for winning fight of the night.”
Griffin also received fight
of the night honors for his decision victory
over Clay Guida at UFC 72 in June, and his decision
loss to Frank Edgar at UFC 67 in February.
Forrest Griffin used all
available resources in his upset submission
victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
“I looked at the big
screen and checked the time continually throughout
the fight. I couldn’t believe how long
it was taking,” said Griffin.
the fight got to thirty seconds left, I went
all out and cinched in the choke.”