Posts Tagged ‘UFC 114’

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“I was like ‘Holy Shit!’ I said the same thing everybody else said. I was blown away. ([Mike Russow] was getting picked apart but what a tough guy though, took some big, big shots. He stayed in there, kept his composure and stayed in this fight getting peppered, hammered and drilled with big shots and then ended up pulling off one of his own. It says a lot about him as a fighter and as a human being.”

UFC President Dana White shares his reaction to the stunning, come-from-behind win for Mike Russow at UFC 114 back on May 29. The Chicago cop was on the receiving end of a bona fide ass kicking for two rounds against Todd Duffee in their heavyweight mash-up, until a third round Scott Smith-style miracle knockout punch flattened his muscular foe. Russow slammed his own performance following the contest but should feel a little better about himself after collecting 65 G’s for “Knockout of the Night.” Best comeback ever? Or biggest collapse ever?

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Check out the grappling and total performance rating for “Nogueira vs. Brilz” and FightMetric’s winner after the jump.

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For UFC 114 results and recap of all the main card action from the MGM Grand click here and here. For a complete FightMetric breakdown of “Rampage vs. Evans” click here.

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“I’m really ashamed of myself that I fell victim to ring rust. Emotions had nothing to do with it. I focused really hard and I trained really hard on this fight, but me having this damn movie and everything — I kind of almost regret doing the damn movie now. There was so much pressure. (20th Century) Fox kind of threatened to sue me if I lost and everything because they didn’t know I was fighting. [Evans] had a great game plan, and it worked well for him. I’m not a sore loser. That’s why I commended him. We all come for the same cloth. We all put our lives on the line and get in the Octagon and do battle.”

Quinton Jackson expresses disappointment over his performance in last night’s UFC 114 main event. Despite nearly finishing him in the third and final round, “Rampage” was unable to overcome the quickness and strategy of Rashad Evans and ultimately dropped the unanimous decision to “Suga.” The question now is, will Jackson stick around and keep fighting, driven by this loss to come back stronger? Or will he pack his bags and head for “The Hills” if and when his A-Team movie blows up?

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“Dealing with family can be really tough sometimes. When you mix business and family… it’s an absolute nightmare. You make a tough decision and its cold. You go easy on someone and they are only treated that way because they are family. I am usually tough on Dan, but it’s because I love him and want what’s best for him. I know that me being easy on him in training is not going to help him when there is someone across the cage from him trying with everything they have to hurt him. We never wanted to hurt Dan and we all want him to win. We had to take a such a tough stand though because he refused to change. We had exhausted every other option and this was the only thing left for us to try. This has been the most frustrating task of my life… because you can’t help someone that won’t help themselves. When you run around town telling people you are a professional fighter in the UFC… you have to train like one. I had really hoped Dan would see the situation for what it was… but it’s all twisted and he just has a delusional view of things. I wish none of this even came out… but it did and I am disgusted by him dragging all of our names through the mud. I have bent over backwards for Dan and opened so many doors and helped him out so many times. Joe Pomfret has treated Dan like his own son and no one has done more for Danny that that guy… and Danny acts like this. It’s all pretty disappointing… but that’s how it goes. I wouldn’t put up with any of this with anyone else at my gym, and I am no longer putting up with it with Dan.”

— UFC lightweight and former TUF competitor Joe Lauzon responds to a Boston Herald post (via his official blog) that accused him and the rest of his team of abandoning his brother Dan two weeks prior to “The Upgrade’s” big fight against Efrain Escudero at UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. Dan is quoted in the article as being abandoned by his team and contends that he was holding up his end of the bargain while Joe accuses him of dogging it in training camp for every UFC fight. Is there a chance these brothers and mixed marital artists can patch things up? Or is the fight game just like any other business in that it’s never good to involve your family?

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“I think I’m going to be pretty much looking for a new gym and new coaches to train with. People I can actually count on and rely on and not somebody that’s going to halfway through a camp say, ‘Hey sorry, you’re going out there alone, good luck.’ Don’t think I’m laying down for this fight and I’m not looking forward to the fight. I’m definitely looking forward to the fight. I’m going in there and I’m going to fight, but it just (stinks). It’s not the way I wanted everything to happen for this fight going into it. In my eyes, I was doing everything right. I was making it to the gym; I was training hard two times a day. I was doing everything right. I was completely blown away. They were saying to me, ‘I understand that you’re mad at us.’ I told them, ‘I’m not mad. I’m hurt.’ Joe Pomfret is somebody I look at like a father, and he is going to do this to me? You’re going to tell me you can’t (work my corner) and you’re sending me out to Vegas alone for one of my biggest fights? I was completely hurt by it, especially my brother Joe. I don’t think anybody would ever do that to their brother. I can’t think of anyone else that would ever do that to their brother and just tell them, ‘Hey, you’re on your own.’ “

A disappointed Dan Lauzon tells the Boston Herald that his trainers, along with brother and fellow UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon, walked away from him two weeks before his big fight against Efrain Escudero at UFC 114 in Las Vegas. “The Upgrade” contends that he was holding up his end of the bargain after Team Lauzon issued him an ultimatum about his training schedule. Will Lauzon be adversely affected without his usual cornermen on May 29 — and perhaps learn the lesson his brother is trying to teach him? Or was he hung out to dry by his own flesh and blood at a pivotal point in his career?

Q: I have a gripe about the replacement fighter for Forrest Griffin on that card. Jason Brilz? Honestly? This guy lost to Eliot Marshall. While the match has huge upside for Brilz, it has huge downside for fans who wanted to see Antonio Rogerio Nogueira showcase his talent against top contenders. Could the UFC not get a better replacement? Thiago Silva and Jon Jones would have been much better replacements if they would have been willing to fight.

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Jon Jones turned down the fight because he hasn’t been in the gym since his win over Brandon Vera. Thiago Silva, Ryan Bader and Vera are injured and not ready. Brilz is coming off a win over Eric Schafer, is 18-2-1 and is 13-1-1 in his last 15. Plus, Nogueira was contractually owed a fight and no one else was available. And do you think the UFC wouldn’t want to make the best possible fight? It’s trying to sell, so do you think it wants to put a fight on people wouldn’t be interested in? I don’t.

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Former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (17-6) has sustained a shoulder injury that will keep him from competing against Pride FC import Antonio Rogerio Nogueria in the co main event at UFC 114: “Rampage vs. Evans,” according to TMZ.com.

With little more than three weeks until the pay-per-view (PPV) event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., May 29, it’s unclear at this time if a suitable replacement will be found to take on “Lil Nog” on such short notice.

Griffin most recently rebounded from an embarrassing knockout loss at the hands of Anderson Silva to avenge a 2006 defeat to Tito Ortiz, outpointing “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” en route to a split decision victory in the main event of UFC 106 last November.

The win snapped a two-fight losing streak that began when he coughed up the 205-pound strap to Rashad Evans at UFC 92 in December 2008.

A big win over the fast-rising “Minotoro” would have likely put him right back in the light heavyweight title hunt. But it appears that quest has been temporarily put on hold until further notice.

UFC 114 will run in conjunction with this year’s Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and feature a 205-pound grudge match between former light heavyweight champions and Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 coaches “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

The 185-pound showdown between Michael Bisping and Dan Miller would likely be bumped up under the main event if an opponent cannot be found for Nogueira.