Warrior 4 Life – “Professor X” moves forward after UFC release – PRO MMA exclusive interview

Cage Rage veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam, a.k.a. “Professor X,” made his UFC debut against Denis Kang at UFC 97. Unfortunately for Xavier, the first-time UFC jitters got the better of him and he lost the decision.

Not one to rest on his laurels, and ready to jump right back in there a month later to fill in for the injured James Irvin, Professor X was asked by the company to face Drew McFedries at UFC 98. It was his second chance to show UFC fans what he was made of.

This time the fight did not go to decision. McFedries caught the Professor with a punch early on, he was able to capitalize on it with a flurry, which in turn caused the ref to stop the fight at the 0:37 mark of the opening round. Subsequently, after two fights and one month, “Professor X” was released from the UFC.

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UFC releases “Professor X”

After two disappointing losses in only two fights inside the Octagon, Xavier Foupa-Pokam has officially been released by the UFC.

PRO MMA (promma.info) has confirmed with Foupa-Pokam’s agent, Ken Pavia, that his client has indeed been cut from the UFC roster. “That is confirmed and accurate. We can rebuild him,” Pavia stated after being asked for confirmation of the release.

Foupa-Pokam, better known as “Professor X”, earned his spot in the UFC after amassing a 20-9 professional MMA record, with a seven fight win streak. The UFC had big expectations for the devastating middleweight striker from France, but those expectations were short lived.

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Quebec Athletic Commision does it again

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from XMMA matchmaker, Joey Benoit, that the Canadian MMA promotion, XMMA, has had to cancel their upcoming May 16th event, “XMMA 8: Challenge Series” due to “technical difficulties” with the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, also known as the Quebec Athletic Commission.

The president of XMMA, Burton Rice, also released the following statement: “The XMMA organization would like to inform everyone that their May 16th 2009 gala at the Palais des Sports in Jonquiere will be cancelled due to an administrative conflict with the Régie des Sports du Québec. XMMA made all attempts in order to save the May 16th 2009 show. However unfortunately, a resolution could not be reached within the allotted time delay.

It must be noted that the cancellation of the May 16th 2009 show will in no way affect any of our future projects. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused our fighters, sponsors and fans. In addition, we would like to thank all of our fighters, sponsors and loyal fans who continue to support Mixed Martial Arts as well as XMMA.”

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Thales Leites steps in for Rousimar Palhares at UFC 101

After a disappointing performance and unanimous decision loss against UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, Thales Leites will be stepping back into the Octagon at UFC 101.

Leites confirmed today he will be stepping in for the injured Rousimar Palhares to fight Alessio Sakara at UFC 101 on August 8th at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Palhares suffered a fractured tibia and underwent surgery last week in Brazil.

“What is most important is getting back to fighting as soon as possible. I know that I didn’t fight well, that things didn’t go as I wanted against Anderson Silva, so nothing is better than starting again,” Leites told Intheguard.tv. The former number one contender also added, “I know that the expectations will be enormous, because now I need to show that I deserve another shot at the title. But this is good, it will give more motivation.”

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Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, talks with PRO MMA about Forrest Griffin fight

It is probably safe to say that 34-year-old UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva is nearing the end of his career. Some have even suggested once he fulfills the four remaining fights on his UFC contract, he may walk away from professional competition.

Now more than ever it is important Anderson fight those opponents which will inspire him. He needs fighters who will push him and test him, and he needs fighters with a big name. Forrest Griffin fits the category perfectly and the two have signed to fight each other at UFC 101 on August 8th.

PRO MMA (promma.info) spoke with Anderson Silva’s manager and translator Ed Soares on Tuesday not only to confirm the match-up but to get their feeling on the fight, how it got put together, what the conversation with Dana White was like, Anderson’s future, and more.

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Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin in UFC 101 super fight

If Anderson “The Spider” Silva has been playing poker with the UFC, then Dana White just pulled out an ace. According to a new report from Kevin Iole, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will move up to the 205 lbs. limit of light heavyweight to fight former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and original “Ultimate Fighter” Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 on August 8th.

Anderson Silva drew the ire of the UFC President as well as much of the MMA media following his performance against Thales Leites in UFC 97’s main event. Leites is predominantly a jiu-jitsu fighter and refused to stand with the middleweight champ. What ensued was a drawn out five round unanimous decision for Silva.

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Dana White calls Anderson Silva a “shell of what he once was”

The controversy over UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s last two fights continue.

Anderson Silva’s first appearance inside the UFC Octagon was on June 28, 2006 at “Ultimate Fight Night 5” where he fought Chris “The Crippler” Leben. Silva dispatched the iron-chinned Leben with a knockout just 49 seconds into the fight.

Silva continued his reign of terror over the next two years. He fought six times from the Leben fight in June of ’06 to his light heavyweight fight with James Irvin in July of ’08. He knocked out four of the six opponents and submitted the other two (the Lutter submission came from strikes). Not a single one of those opponents got out of the second round.

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Dana White post-UFC 97 interview

Mr. Steve Cofield continues his conversation with UFC President Dana White following UFC 97. The issue of media credentials is discussed as well as Anderson Silva and a recent interview White did with ESPN that will air May 12. It sounds as though the ESPN interview will most likely not be too flattering.

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