Joe Lauzon: “He doesn’t want to fight me on the ground”

Joe Lauzon (17-4) held an open work out at Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts yesterday in Bridgewater, MA. “J-Lau” had been preparing to face Hermes Franca at UFC Fight Night 17.

However, Franca tore his ACL while training four days ago forcing the former Lightweight title contender off the card. Jeremy Stephens stepped in as a last minute replacement.

Stephens (14-3) knocked out Rafael dos Anjos back at UFC 91 and has been rumored to face Efrain Escuedero at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, TN on April 1st. Lauzon released an official statement to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) regarding his main event bout next Saturday in Tampa, FL.

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UFC 91 replay on Spike TV pulls big numbers

 As many MMA fans know, the UFC aired the replay of UFC 91 (originally broadcast live on PPV Nov. 15th) on Spike TV, in which Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Title, as a counter-program to Affliction’s Day of Reckoning on Jan. 24th. According to Spike TV’s press release on Tuesday, the number of viewers was impressive.

The “free” cable premiere was the highest rated show among Men 18-34 in all of television (broadcast or cable) in its time slot on Saturday, January 24 (9:00-11:30pm ET/PT). UFC 91 peaked at 3.3 million viewers at 11:15, easily making UFC 91 the most-watched taped UFC event in network history.

The entire card, which included Kenny Florian defeating Joe Stevenson, Demien Maia choking out Nate Quarry, and Jeremy Stephens KO’ing Rafael dos Anjos via a monstrous uppercut, drew a 1.7 household rating and a 1.8 among M18-49 (991,000), a 1.8 among M18-34 (508,000) and had an average audience of 2.3 million viewers.

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UFC Trading Cards sneak peek at UFC 94

Topps Trading cards, the manufacturer of the soon to be released UFC Round 1 cards, has a treat in store for all in attendance for UFC 94, Penn vs. St. Pierre 2. Every fan at UFC 94 will receive a special sample pack containing exclusive versions of BJ Penn’s and GSP’s base (not an autograph or special insert) card.

This will be the first time fans will have a chance to get their hands on the much anticipated UFC Round 1 cards. The cards will feature both Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn pictured in their first matchups in the Octagon.

The cards will be of GSP vs. Karo Parysian at UFC 46 and The Prodigy’s will be of him facing Joey Gilbert at UFC 31. Topps representatives will also be on hand to gather feedback from fans at the event.

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Dana White, “The UFC will be in Madison Square Garden this year”

In a recent radio interview on ESPN 1100, UFC President, Dana White, when asked how much longer would it take for the UFC to come to New York replied, “…this year, we will be at the Madison Square Garden this year.” Despite it still being illegal to hold a professional mixed martial arts event in … Read more

UFC 94 pre-fight interviews (video)

Here’s a host of video interviews with many of the fighters that will be appearing on the UFC 94 card this weekend. Enjoy.
MACHIDA vs SILVA

more UFC 94 pre-fight video interviews after the jump…

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The loss of a pioneer – Helio Gracie passes away in Brazil

 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu founder and grandmaster, Helio Gracie has died. GracieMag.com released a statement this morning stating,”At 95 years of age, the great icon and one of those most responsible for Jiu-Jitsu’s success in Brazil and the world died this morning at home in the district of Itaipava, in the mountain region of Rio de Janeiro.”

Lets take this time to look back at the legend that is Helio Gracie. The younger brother of Carlos Gracie, Helio’s initial foray into martial arts consisted of him watching studiously from the side as his older brother was taught the traditional art of Jiu Jitsu from the Japanese champion Conde Koma.

Being a man of frail statue, Helio did not have the physical attributes to consistently train with his older brother. So Helio, ever the innovator, began to take the techniques he saw his brother practicing and began to modify these techniques to his frail frame. As such, modern Gracie Jiu Jitsu was born.

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Is B.J. Penn close to retirement?

We know the ambition of “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn (13-4-1). The UFC Lightweight Champion has moved up to the 170 lbs. limit to fight the UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre this coming Saturday. Let’s just say hypothetically B.J. wins the UFC Welterweight Title, he would then hold two UFC belts in two different weight classes at the same time. It has never been done before in MMA.

If B.J. Penn were to achieve that, what would be left for him? He has said in previous interviews that he would go back down to lightweight and defend that title. Would he then come back up to welterweight and try to keep putting on and cutting weight indefinitely? That seems unlikely.

In a recent interview in Men’s Lifestyle Penn hints at the fact he may be closer to retirement than many of us would like to think:

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Dana White UFC 94 video blog #3

In Dana’s UFC 94 video blog for 1-28-09 he makes the announcement for the new UFC line of gyms. Dana and crew get pulled over by the cops in NYC and we get a look inside some of the production for UFC 94 Primetime and Dana’s new Irish Mob TV series. Please like & share:

Tim McKenzie talks about move to UFC with ‘THE INFO’

Last year the Zuffa organization came to the dilemma that they would no longer be allowed to have lightweight and middleweight divisions in the UFC and WEC. A problem? Maybe, but for new UFC fighter Tim McKenzie (12-5 MMA, 3-3 WEC) this is more like a dream come true and an opportunity he has plans to take full advantage of.

Tuesday night Tim joined hosts Matt De La Rosa and ‘Fast Eddie’ Constantine at THE INFO – the official PRO MMA podcast, to discuss his newly found place in the UFC, his past fights, and future plans.

Tim McKenzie has been fighting mixed martial arts professionaly since November of 2001. He has fought big names such as Akihiro Gono, Doug Marshall, Chael Sonnen, Steve Cantwell, and even his own teammate Scott Smith. Finally after all his hard fought years he gets his shot in the UFC. “Oh, when I found that news out I was so excited, like I couldn’t sit still. I was ready to get in there and start training and find out who my next opponent was going to be,” McKenzie said.

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