UFC 126 conference call with Belfort, Silva, Griffin, Franklin – notes and audio

UFC 126 headliners Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort, as well as co-headliners Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin talked about their upcoming fights on Thursday’s media conference call.

Shoulder injury will keep Forrest Griffin out until October

The Las Vegas Sun has reported that former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will be out of action until at least October. The article cites trainer Jimmy Gifford who says the fighter underwent minor surgery to correct a right-shoulder injury.

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Kimbo Slice to present world premiere footage of UFC Undisputed 2010 at Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2009”

LIVE ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 AT 8 PM ET Fresh off of his first career win in the UFC, Kimbo Slice will be on-hand at the Spike TV “Video Game Awards 2009” to present world premiere footage of UFC Undisputed 2010.  In addition, former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will be in attendance. Spike TV’s 7th … Read more

Mann Talk – Ranking the Ultimate Fighters

While watching the TUF 10 finale this past weekend, I got it into my head that I wanted to write a column saying “The Ultimate Fighter must stop now.” However, then I realized that only the most masochistic and self-flagellating fans would want this show to continue.

At this point, the show is not even entertaining. My girlfriend, the biggest reality show addict east of Los Angeles, only made it through three episodes of this season before getting bored with it. She would watch Real Housewives of Salt Lake City but TUF could not hold her attention. The only thing the show really does is supply the UFC with vast quantities of fighters that have no business is the sport’s biggest show.

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UFC 106 fighter salaries

The UFC 106 fighter salaries have been released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and the total disclosed fighter payroll was $1,021,000. Main event fighters Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin were the highest paid fighters on the card.

A former UFC Light Heavyweight Champ, Griffin earned $100,000 to step back in the Octagon with Tito Ortiz, and earned another $150,000 as a bonus for getting the split decision victory.

Also a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion (the longest reigning in UFC history), Ortiz took home a flat rate of $250,000. Win or lose, he would have made the same amount.

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Forrest Griffin post-UFC 106 interview

Following his win over Tito Ortiz at UFC 106, Forrest Griffin talks about the fight and how the rematch got put together. He also gives his thoughts on Tito’s mental game, his own preparation for the fight, how he chose his walk in music, plans to possibly put together a “super team,” and more.

Forrest’s immediate post-fight interview after the jump…

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ProMMA.info UFC 106 contest winners

Thank you to everyone who entered ProMMA.info’s UFC 106 pick ’em contest sponsored by Silver Star. Even though this was only the second contest in the new line of ProMMA.info pick ’ems, we have already seen some interesting moments.  For the first time, we had two brothers each win one of the mini-contests, we had a tie in another mini-contest (both winners will still receive a shirt – looks like I will be adding additional tie-breakers next time), we had one mini-contest no one won, and we have posted our first repeat winner as well.

The winner for each of the mini-contests is listed after the contest he won:

  • Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin – TIE – Wade Hampel and Michael Choe
  • Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – Dan Montano-Smith
  • Anthony Johnson vs. Josh Koscheck – Sheong Kim
  • Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni – Shin Kim
  • Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders – None of the entrants for this contest correctly picked Ben Saunders to win the fight.

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Much hyped Tito Ortiz comeback falls flat – Forrest Griffin wins split decision at UFC 106

Tito's three weeks with Freddie Roach did little to help him when Forrest poured on the heat.

Forrest Griffin edged out a split decision victory over Tito Ortiz Saturday night in the UFC 106 main event which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Ortiz used his wrestling to get Griffin to the ground early in the bout, but Griffin defended well from the bottom for the most part, and by the third round, Tito was having much more trouble with his takedowns.

Griffin picked “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” apart with superior striking but the third round was the most devastating. In the third, Ortiz barely mounted any offense at all, and basically became a strike test dummy for the winner of The Ultimate Fighter season one.

Ortiz and Griffin met inside the Octagon for the first time at UFC 59 in 2006. It was in that fight that Ortiz handed Griffin his very first UFC loss. That fight also finished via split decision. Following  tonight’s bout, Ortiz said they had now both won one fight each, and they needed to do it again for a tie-breaker. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan agreed with the sentiment.

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