Category: Misc

Evan Tanner – RIP

February 11, 1971 – September 8, 2008

Evan Tanner

Wanderlei not ducking Belfort; wants tune-up fight first

Wanderlei Silva is a name synonymous with fighting, MMA, Pride, the UFC, and an attitude towards all adversaries of “anyone, anytime, anywhere”. While Wanderlei has already proven his grit in Pride, and even in epic fights with Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin while in the UFC, as of late people have questioned the Axe Murderers “Pride” to jump back into the cage because he has been openly calling for a fight with Chris Leben in the face of Dana Whites request that he fight top contender Vitor Belfort.

The reasoning behind Silvas recent twitter campaign and silence regarding Belfort has come out and standing behind him and his call for a different fight is Raphael Cordeiro. Recently Cordeiro had this to say on the subject in Wanderlei’s defense:

“I think Wanderlei is coming off multiple injuries, but, at the same time, he has a desire to make this fight. There is a desire as an athlete and a fighter to make this rematch with Vitor,” said Cordeiro, who now trains Silva out of Huntington Beach, California. “I think, at this point, in my opinion as a friend and coach, he should have a fight with someone else before Vitor. When I say someone, I mean anyone who gets him back to being active.

“This fight with Vitor will become very important in his life, and he really wants it,” he added. “For Wanderlei to be 100 percent for the fight with Vitor, it’s important that he get another fight before it.”

“Vitor just fought for the belt, and, thinking about the rhythm of the fight, he’s ahead of Wanderlei in that regard,” Cordeiro said. “I’m not saying that he’s better than Wanderlei, but Wanderlei needs to pick up his pace [before they fight].”

“I think he has the desire to fight with Vitor,” Cordeiro said. “Vitor already defeated him, and he has this desire to have revenge. However, the body says he stopped fighting a year ago and needs additional time to regenerate. He returned to training, with a focus on fighting, only 15 days ago. He was weight training, but he returned to fight training only recently. We’re still afraid to push him 100 percent. The most important thing is that the UFC wants him to fight, regardless of the time he’s been out.”

Do you believe as Cordeiro does that participating in a fight of this level would give Belfort a strong edge if the rematch were made now; or should Wanderlei do as Shogun did recently and just fight whomever while coming off of multiple injuries and a yearlong layoff?



Funnies from around the interwebs

Click on the photos, then click one more time on the new picture window to see the larger versions of them. I thought you guys might enjoy something comical today.

Evan Tanner RIP

February 11, 1971 – September 8, 2008

Evan Tanner

A motivated B.J. Penn, is a dangerous B.J. Penn

Below is a a excerpt from the recent UFC 118 conference call with B.J. Penn. B.J. has been through this before, where he goes on a streak, and then he gets comfortable, unmotivated, and begins to coast until some hungry guy like Frankie Edgar beats him.

B.J. has shown that he is a fighter who is always in need of a challenge. I think the loss to Edgar was another shot of motivation in the arm for the “Prodigy”. Whether you love him or hate him, when B.J. has a reason, and is motivated to fight, he is almost unstoppable and one of the most entertaining fighters to watch.

Let’s hope Dana White  affords him the opportunity to fight more than two or three times in the next 14 months if he steamrolls through Frankie Edgar.

BJ Penn – “I’m the guy that doesn’t want to let the sport pass me by. I want to stay at the forefront of this whole thing. … I believe if I had won that fight I would have changed nothing about my game.”

“I definitely think this (is the prime of my career). I’m 31. I have tons of experience. I’m not looking past Frankie, but I think I’m about to go on a run.”

“The loss to Frankie made me step back and realize I want to fight as much as I can. … I don’t know if my biological clock is ticking or what, but I want to fight as much as possible. I want to make a push to be a true fighter, and I think I could be very active.”

“There’s always much to accomplish anywhere. Even if you do clean out a division and go to welterweight, there’s going to be a new Frankie. There’s always going to be another one popping up.”

“I thought I was God’s gift to fighting. I thought I would go 100-0 with 100 knockouts. When I sit back and look at my record, I can’t believe I have six losses. It just blows me away.”

“No one is untouchable — and if they are, they just haven’t run into the right guy yet.”