Ed Soares defends Anderson Silva

UFC 97, which took place this past weekend, has provided plenty of topics for the blogger who is wishing to run up the number of comments on his site. Specifically, Anderson Silva’s performance against Thales Leites has come under heavy fire. Despite completely stifling his opponent’s offense and breaking the UFC record for consecutive wins, the champion has found himself in a firestorm of criticism.

Yesterday, Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares was a guest on MMAJunkie Radio. He responded to many of the criticisms that have been hurled at his client.

Ed Soares wasted little time getting to the main crux of his point, “If the challenger does not come in to take the champion’s belt, then what else can the champion do?”

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Interview with Chuck Liddell’s boxing coach, Howard Davis Jr.

Chuck Liddell brought in legendary boxing trainer Howard Davis Jr. to help him work on his hands for his UFC 97 fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Davis Jr. talks about the disappointing loss and Chuck’s training for the fight. Basically, Davis concludes it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. This is a very … Read more

Dana White UFC 97 video blog (4-18-09)

There are two parts to Dana White’s UFC 97 video blog for April 18th. In this first part Dana meets Cung Le and the lead actor from the new “Fighter” movie. Dana says he loves Cung Le and thanks him for beating up Frank Shamrock. In part two, we the viewers, get to see all the fighters back stage and get to walk to the cage with “The Iceman” for what will most likely be his final time.

part 1:

part 2 after the jump…

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“UFC 97: Redemption” live gate and bonuses

According to UFC President Dana White at Saturday night’s post-fight press conference, 21,451 people brought in a live gate of $4.9 million to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, to watch “UFC 97: Redemption.”

The UFC gave out their largest bonuses ever with $70,000 per fighter.

Sam Stout defeated Matt Wiman by unanimous decision in a fight that earned them $70,000 each for “Fight of the Night”.  Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s first round KO of Chuck Liddell earned him “Knockout of the Night” and Krzysztof Soszynski’s first round kimura win over Brian Stann earned him “Submisson of the Night.”

Following UFC 97, Dana White confirmed his friend, Chuck Liddell, would “be with him forever” as part of the UFC, but it was his last time in the Octagon. “You will never see him on that canvas again” said the UFC President.

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UFC 97: Redemption – results & play by play

PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing live round by round action of “UFC 97: Redemption” tonight starting at 9:00 PM CST/6:00 PM PST. 

UFC 97: Redemption

Main Card:
Anderson Silva def. Thales Leites by unanimous decision
Mauricio Rua def. Chuck Liddell by KO
Cheick Kongo def. Antoni Hardonk by TKO
Luis Arthur Cane def. Steve Cantwell by unanimous decision
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Brian Stann by submission (kimura)
Preliminary Card:
Eliot Marshall def. Vinny Magalhaes by unanimous decision
Denis Kang def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam by unanimous decision
Nate Quarry def. Jason MacDonald by TKO
Ed Herman def. David Loiseau by unanimous decision
Mark Bocek def. David Bielkheden by submission (RNC)
T.J. Grant def. Ryo Chonan by split decision
Sam Stout def. Matt Wiman by unanimous decision

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Cole Miller & Joseph Benavidez stop by Pro MMA Radio

Pro MMA Radio” radio host Larry Pepe had two guests this week in his ‘Toe-to-Toe” segment. Cole Miller who is coming off a win over Junie Browning at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville and Joseph Benavidez who is coming off a win over Jeff Curran at WEC 40 were both guests on “Pro MMA Radio” episode 43 (4/13/09).

Cole Miller talked to Larry about how the bad blood between he and Junie Browning originally started. Prior to Cole’s fight with Junie, he made the comment Junie was the lowest level opponent he has been matched up with in the UFC. Cole still holds the same low opinion of Junie after their fight.

Cole said he did not watch “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir” in which Junie Browning was a contestant. However, he has heard the stories about “the Lunatik.”

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New sponsor for “UFC 97: Redemption”

After a short running partnership with FullTilt Poker, the UFC has officially banned FullTilt as a sponsor. The ban will include any and all mention of FullTilt, on signage as well as fighter apparel.

Many thought this was due to the long debated illegality of online poker and/or the competition online gambling sites pose to traditional “brick and mortar” Casinos. Neither seems to be the case for the recent ban, rather a less conscience laden reason is the cause.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, as well as multiple fighters, have now teamed up with UltimateBet for “UFC 97: Redemption”. Ultimate Bet, one of the largest online gambling networks, will be sponsoring the UFC promotion itself, as well as  Chuck Liddell, Mauricio Rua, Thales Leites, Anderson Silva, Krzystof Soszynski, Eliot Marshall, and Antoni Hardonk for UFC 97.

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