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rich1. Did you watch Velasquez – Lesnar fight and what is your impression of Cain?
— Velasquez is a very good, interesting and well-rounded fighter. I followed his career and knew that he would make big trouble for Brock Lesnar. If Velasquez continues progressing, working a lot for self-developing and improving then he will be UFC champion for a long time.
pitbull88. When did you last fight outside the ring, e.g. in the street?
— Outside the ring I had to apply force in army. I fought at school. I do not fight in the streets now thanks to God.
Vyachesr. How much time do you spare working with weight during your training, in particular with big weights?
— Practically I do not spare any time for it. I replace it by wrestling, training using bar and I throwing hands using light beam. During off-season I can bench press a little but every time I am convinced that it is a little unnecessary for me. There are as many methods as sportsmen, thus I can’t speak for all. Some train with weights, some prefer exercises with rubber; others work with rope and etc…
20082012. What is your favourite movie, Fedor?
— I like movies without aggression and violence. Even if a movie has such scenes they need to be meaningful, but not just stupid special effects and bloody mess. I believe that every movie must have a meaning so that when leaving a cinema a man could think about and change something in him for better. A film has to touch some chords of a soul. I, for example, liked our movies “Priest”, “Island”. Out of foreign films I liked "Hachiko: A Dog's Story ".
kal-u-vorot. If you have a son, would you like that he followed your footsteps?
— If God Bless I have a son I would first and foremost like that he becomes a good person, faithful and loving his motherland. It is not necessary to follow my footsteps.
svyatik007. Do you watch matches of our soccer team?
— I do not watch soccer. I do not have time for it either, and in general I am not a fan of soccer. I only support our Russian National Team, but so far they are disappointing.
aksel1992. What beer do you like or you do not drink beer?
— I almost do not take alcoholic drinks, therefore I can’t reply to this question. Sorry.
serega1878mufc. What is your younger brother Ivan doing now?
— Ivan is in military service now.
Revolutioner. Did you go in for other sports (besides combat sports) in childhood?
— When I was eight-nine years old the farther of one of my class-mates organised a soccer group and we went there. But it lasted not a long time and I can not recall much about it. I played in yard games as all the children. From 11 years old I started Judo and Sambo so I did not have time for other sports.
svyatik007. You’ve been to many cities, by which one you was impressed most?
— To tell the truth I do not like travelling much. Always hurry to return to my Stary Oskol.
kwinsi77777. Have you served in Army?
— I served in army for two years. I spent one year in the fire fighting unit. Then our brigade was disbanded, and the second year I served in the tank division.
Saniau. I am a big supporter of Povetkin. It is interesting to hear your opinion about Alexander as a fighter and his chances against Klitschko.
— Sanya Povetkin is my friend, so maybe I’ll be biased to some degree. We often phone each other, meet and we want to train together, but can’t manage to do it. I consider Alexander as one of the best Russian sportsmen. His titles and wins say for him. As for Klitschko fight I can say that any contract is not easy to make. As a rule, lies, scandals and other unpleasant situations are hidden behind each contract. Speaking of chances they are always there. It is clear that now Klitschko is a favourite and he is a world champion, but I am sure that Sanya is ready to disturb the hegemony of the brothers.
svyatik007. What qualities do you like in a person?
— Each person must tend to be kind. I like when a person is humane, able to forgive, ready to help and support at any time. That is we have to treat people the same way as we want to be treated.
Chinuk. Many times I heard from you that you do not feel fury or aggression, but did you have the feelings before?
— I do not feel any aggression towards my opponents; there is only probably pure sports fury which disappears after a fight. As I remember I did not have negative feelings towards my opponent.
Logiq. Do you care about how your name is pronounced? As your name is often pronounced incorrectly.
— I understand that my surname is difficult to pronounce for foreigners. For example there is no “L” in Japanese, they pronounce it as “R”. Americans have difficulty to pronounce my name as they do not have “?” letter.
Korgic. EA MMA game will be released soon, did you participate in the creation of the game?
— Yes the game is already released. Several weeks ago we’ve been to its presentation in USA. The game creators specially came to Stary Oskol, filmed the training, watched my fights, and took photos in different positions which could happen in a fight. With regard to my virtual fight with Randy Couture, I practically did not train. I was shown the main buttons and was given five minute to practice. I learned quickly to my surprise and won. But I think that I was lucky.
svyatik007. Do you communicate with your competitors outside the ring?
— We only communicate during competitions. We can talk during or after a conference, but that’s it. We do not closely communicate or have e-mail correspondence.
shuka96. Why do you think young men, girls would rather go drink beer or smoke a weed than go in for sports now?
— In the first place it is necessary to work with mass media where there is practically no censorship. There is propaganda of depravity, violence and as a result the youth change their life values and the joy of life. There is an open advertising of alcohol and cigarettes, which in addition are available to any young man at any time. For example, before a man was considered defective if he did not pass service in army, and now it is vice versa. If before there was patriotism and love to motherland, now there is none. There is need of a strong tough but not cruel arm to put things in order. The youth which drinks, smokes and use drugs will have to understand that it is done for their own good. And if they will not understand it we will just lose our young people in some period of time. Look, the present generation do not want to work, but at the same time they want to have a flat, a car. Always being in state of euphoria they lose contact with reality and do not understand what the real life represents.
virus2321. What are you planning to do after end of career?
— I do not know, but I think God will help me with the right choice. The one thing I am sure of is I will continue attending gym either it will be professional or amateur activity. In any case I will pass my knowledge on to young generation. I would like to be useful.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
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MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently requested and today received the list of salaries from the California State Athletic Commission.
Tito Ortiz ($250,000), Velasquez ($200,000) and co-main-event winner Jake Shields ($150,000) were other top earners from the card, which took place Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The full list of UFC 121 payouts included:
Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Brock Lesnar: $400,000
Jake Shields: $150,000 ($75,000 win bonus)
def. Martin Kampmann: $27,000
Diego Sanchez: $100,000 ($50,000 win bonus)
def. Paulo Thiago: $18,000
Matt Hamill: $58,000 ($29,000 win bonus)
def. Tito Ortiz: $250,000
Brendan Schaub: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $67,000
Court McGee: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Ryan Jensen: $10,000
Tom Lawlor: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Patrick Cote: $21,000
Daniel Roberts: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Guymon: $8,000
Sam Stout: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Taylor: $16,000
Chris Camozzi: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Dongi Yang: $8,000
Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Yvel: $30,000
Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. They also do not include any other "locker room" or special bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include portions of the pay-per-view revenue that some top-level fighters receive.
For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out $70,000 UFC 121 bonuses to Velasquez (KO of the Night), Roberts (Submission of the Night), and Sanchez and Thiago (Fight of the Night).
In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.
Monday, 25 October 2010
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Thursday, 7 October 2010
As expected UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (20-2 MMA, 14-2 UFC) makes his next title defense when he meets Josh Koscheck (15-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) at December's UFC 124 event.
Officials today formally announced the "UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck" event.
The Dec. 11 show airs on pay-per-view and takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal near St-Pierre's hometown.
St-Pierre and Koscheck currently can be seen on Spike TV as "The Ultimate Fighter 12" coaches. The fourth episode of the reality series airs tonight as Team GSP looks to take a 3-0 lead over Team Koscheck in the tournament's preliminary round.
St-Pierre and Koscheck first fought in 2007 at UFC 74. In his first fight after losing his belt to Matt Serra, St-Pierre controlled Koscheck for a unanimous-decision victory.
"I love this fight," UFC president Dana White stated about the rematch. "GSP is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and Josh Koscheck is not the same fighter Georges fought last time. There is no doubt that this is a title fight between the two best 170-pounders in the world."
St-Pierre reclaimed the undisputed title a year later at UFC 83, where he re-matched Serra and scored a TKO win during the promotion's first trip to the Bell Centre. He since has defended his title four times with wins over Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, Thiago Alves and Dan Hardy. Three of the wins have come via decision while the Penn victory came via TKO.
Meanwhile, Koscheck has amassed a record of 6-2 since the first Koscheck fight with key wins over Dustin Hazelett, Chris Lytle, Frank Trigg and Anthony Johnson. He secured his title shot with a decision win over Paul Daley, which took place during the promotion's third trip to Montreal back at UFC 113 in May.
That fight is etched into Montreal fans' minds for two reasons: Daley's post-fight suckerpunch – which got him fired from the promotion – and Koscheck's post-fight rant against both their beloved hockey team, Montreal Canadiens, and St-Pierre himself.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
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Thursday, 30 September 2010
n old matchup becomes new again, but this time a UFC title is on the line.
As was previously expected, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) will defend his title against undefeated challenger Gray Maynard (10-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) at UFC 125.
While not officially announced by the organization, UFC 125 is expected to take place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and air on pay-per-view.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for the contest, which was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
Edgar and Maynard, of course, met once before, and it was the current challenger who came out on top. It was Maynard who handed Edgar his lone career defeat in an April 2008 bout at UFC Fight Night 13.
However, Edgar bounced back with a pair of decision wins over Hermes Franca and Sean Sherk, as well as a submission win over Matt Veach, and was awarded a title shot against then-champion B.J. Penn.
Despite seemingly insurmountable odds against him, Edgar defeated Penn in a hotly contested UFC 112 decision. In August, Edgar solidified the legitimacy of his title by again defeating Penn, though it came in even more dominating fashion the second time around.
Meanwhile, Maynard followed up his win over Edgar with a five-straight decision victories over a murderers' row of opponents in Rich Clementi, Jim Miller, Roger Huerta, Nate Diaz and Kenny Florian. Despite the wins, Maynard was passed over in favor of Edgar for the first shot at the belt.
Additionally, MMAjunkie.com has learned that with the Edgar-Maynard booking, a middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Vitor Belfort will likely take place at the UFC's annual Super Bowl card.
UFC officials had targeted the matchup for Jan. 1, but the champion reportedly asked for the delay in order to fully heal the aching ribs that affected him in the days leading up to his now-legendary UFC 117 contest with Chael Sonnen
Monday, 27 September 2010
Out of nowhere, Frank Mir finished UFC 119 with a bang, ending an otherwise forgettable headliner by knocking out Mirko Cro Cop in the final minute of the UFC 119 main event in Indianapolis. For more than 14-minutes, the fight was closer to a sparring match than a battle between former champions as both fighters remained tentative before Mir ended Cro Cop’s night with a knee to the chin with 58-seconds left.
Mir rebounds back to the title hunt after improving to 14-5 with the win, while Cro Cop, now 27-8-2, had his two-fight win streak snapped in the loss.
In the UFC 119 co-main event, Ryan Bader scored a unanimous decision over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to continue his climb up the light heavyweight rankings, with a showdown against Jon Jones likely next for the undefeated Ultimate Fighter 8 winner.
The rest of the UFC 119 main card also went to the judges’ scorecards, as Chris Lytle dominated Matt Serra, while Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard earned controversial split decisions.
The official UFC 119 results were:
- Frank Mir def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via KO (knee) – Round 3, 4:02
- Ryan Bader def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Chris Lytle def. Matt Serra via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Sean Sherk def. Evan Dunham via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Melvin Guillard def. Jeremy Stephens via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
- CB Dollaway def. Joe Doerksen via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 2:47
- Matt Mitrione def. Joey Beltran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Thiago Tavares def. Pat Audinwood via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 3:47
- Waylon Lowe def. Steve Lopez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- TJ Grant def. Julio Paulino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Sean McCorkle def. Mark Hunt via submission (straight armbar) – Round 1, 1:0
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Vitor Belfort has been forced out of the UFC 122 main event against Yushin Okami with an undisclosed injury, but fellow middleweight contender Nate Marquardt has agreed to step in and face Okami at the Nov. 13 event in Oberhausen, Germany, MMA Weekly reports.
The injury is the latest setback for the former champ Belfort (19-8), who returned to the UFC last September with a first-round knockout of Rich Franklin before missing out on several shots at champion Anderson Silva.
Marquardt (30-9-2) is just one-week removed from a first-round TKO of Rousimar Palhares at UFC Fight Night 22 to rebound from a February loss to Chael Sonnen, while Okami (25-5) edged Mark Munoz last month to improve to 5-1 in his last 6 fights.
On Monday, the UFC promised the next middleweight title shot to the winner of Belfort vs. Okami, and the winner of Marquardt vs. Okami is still expected to challenge Silva early next year with Sonnen sidelined by a failed drug test.