Koscheck vs. Sanchez confirmed for UFC 69

Two of the top 10 welterweights in the world are set to do battle at UFC 69 in April. Koskoscheck.JPG confirmed on a bulletin from Myspace that he will indeed get in the octagon with Diego in Houston.

This match first took place  in TUF season 1 with Diego pulling out the close decision in a 2 round exhibition match.

The stakes are raised this time. Everytime one of these two athletes gets into the octagon, he wins, and everyone on every forum says they deserve a title shot. Well this time you may just get your wish.

The winner of this match will be the number one contender. I honestly believe the UFC will see it this way as well.

Koscheck has been very vocal about wanting a rematch with Diego. In his bulletin he says that he has been asking the UFC to set this up for the last year. It appears he has gotten his wish. As the saying goes; be careful what you wish for.

Diego is on a hot streak that has been matched by very few people. Everytime he gets into the octogon he silences the critics. A lot of people think that he is not invincible and he has chinks in his armor. All I have to say to them is; the proof is in the pudding.

So who do I think will win this showdown? I’m glad you asked.

Both of these fighters are improving by leaps and bounds every time they step into the octagon. And with the fight taking place in April, it gives them plenty more time to improve.

I would be hard pressed to pick against Diego. People always pick him to lose and every time he proves them wrong.

Greg Jackson’s camp is the place to be nowadays. With Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine, Nate Marquardt, and Diego Sanchez, Jackson is putting together one hell of a stable. Jackson is the mastermind credited with his fighters success. The man knows how to win.

In closing, I look for Diego to emerge victorious. That will set up one of the best title matches in the history of MMA. A year from now, we might have a different outcome, but the fact is that Koscheck is a work in progress and Diego is a finished product.

Regardless of who I pick, anything can happen, and that is why they fight the fights. Thank god for that.

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Georges St. Pierre signs extension

Some would say that Georges St. Pierre is the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Igsp.JPG would be hard pressed to argue otherwise.
Fresh off his dominant victory one of the best welterweights in MMA history, Matt Hughes, Dana White is taking no chances with his new golden boy, locking GSP up for at least his next six fights, according to fcfighter.com. His new contract will go into effect immediately, replacing his current contract which has two fights left on it.

People may say that the UFC underpays its fighters but one thing is for sure; they know how to take care of their marquee names.  GSP’s new mega-deal will make him one of the top three paid fighters in the UFC according to GSP’s agent; Stephane Patry.

Patry commented that the negotiations were difficult at times but an agreement was eventually reached.

St. Pierre is riding a wave of success that is unmatched in the UFC, winning his last five fights against a who’s who of mixed martial artists inclucing; BJ Penn, Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, “Mayhem” Miller, and the aforementioned Matt Hughes.

Dana White has made no secret of the fact that he would like GSP to be the poster boy of the UFC. Why wouldn’t he? St. Pierre is a phenomenal athlete, intelligent, good looking, and he attracts the Canadian crowd.

The plan was to have GSP headline UFC 69 in Montreal, Canada in a rubber match with Matt Hughes but those plans fell through and the event will now be held in Houston, Texas. If St. Pierre’s knee injury heals in time, the delayed title defense against TUF 4 winner Matt Serra will headline the card in Houston.

You can get used to seeing the welterweight strap around the waist of GSP. With his mix of talent and explosiveness, he is in a league all his own. Now it is up to Joe Silva to put those six fights to good use. Something tells me he will.

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ESPN to cover mma

According to Colin Cowherd of ESPN radio, the “upper moustaches” at ESPN are goingespnlogo.JPG to have a meeting to discuss how they will cover mma. The higher-ups at ESPN feel that they “missed the bus on covering mma” and are working out details on how to cover it. Dana White was also asked last night after the Ultimate Fight Night event if he knew if ESPN would eventually cover mma and his response was that he was having a meeting with them on thursday to go over details of the coverage, according to www.f4wonline.com‘s radio show (which you need to subscribe to in order to hear) . You need to be an ESPN insider, which costs around $75 a year, to hear Colin Cowherd’s show about the meeting ESPN was having pertaining to mma. Luckily for you bastards I am a member and I was able to save the audio and host it online. You can hear the full show by clicking here. What was that? a thank you? Oh, dont worry, it was my pleasure. Colin also goes on quite an amusing rant about how the WNBA is covered and mma is not.

This is what mma fans have been asking for as long as I can remember. I just hope they do it the right way and cover mma, not just UFC. I would be very surprised if they took my advice though. But hey, as they say, any publicity is good publicity.

As soon as more info on the outcome of the meeting becomes available I will pass it along. As always, stay tuned to MMAlowdown.com for all your mma needs. I keep promising that I have some big things in the works and a couple big announcements to make, please bare with me and as soon as the time is right I will make it public. You won’t be dissappointed. Also, please give me some feedback via email or the comments section and let me know what you think about the site so far. Remember to check us out at Myspace and MyMMAspace as well.

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Jake Shields to bodogFIGHT

Gracie fighter Jake Shields (mmaweekly #6 welterweight) has reached an agreementjakeshields.JPG to fight in an upcoming bodogFIGHT card. Shields will be heading out to Costa Rica on Feb. 11th to join 61 other fighters for a 3 day fighting event. His opponent has not been made public so far. Jake is also scheduled to fight May 5th on Elite Xtreme Combat’s sophomore effort on Showtime.

Not much is known about the bodogFIGHT card that is taking place in Costa Rica simply because bodogFIGHT’s website is the absolute worst website I have ever been on in my life. No exaggeration, I refuse to even post a link because I wouldn’t want to do that to my readers. Trying to find something you are looking for on that site is like get it up for Rosie O’Donnell, it’s not happening. From what I gather from Graciefighter.com, there is a three day tournament type of event being put on by bodogFIGHT in Costa Rica in February. I don’t think it will be aired until quite a bit later, but we will get the results well before then. I will pass along any info I get about Jake’s opponent or the actual event taking place as soon as it’s made available.

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MMAlowdown update

     According to UFCjunkie.com, Sean Salmon is doing ok and will be released from the hospital tonight. Thank you all for your prayers and positive thoughts. We look forward to hearing from Sean and seeing him back in the octogon as soon as possible. Keep checking back for more updates on the situation.

When I first decided to build this website, I never imagined it would be such a success so early into its existence. I never thought I would be getting this many hits and such positive feedback this early. I want you to know that it only makes me more determined to put all my energy into living up to everyone’s expectations. I know that now I have a voice that is actually heard and I refuse to let it go to waste. I have a lot of stuff in the works that I am sure you are going to enjoy. A lot of people are helping out and it makes me feel good that there are people out there who actually care about people other than themselves.

I have so much great stuff going on and it is all happening so fast I am having trouble keeping up. If you haven’t read the interview I had with John Halverson then you are missing out, you can read the exclusive interview by clicking here. I have a couple big announcements that I can’t make just yet, but rest assured, I will let everyone know as soon as I can. I am very excited about the growth of the site and I really hope you guys like the site. You can always leave feedback in the comments section or shoot me an email. Dont forget to add MMAlowdown on Myspace and MyMMAspace. Make sure you keep checking back to MMAlowdown, there are going to be some big things happening very soon. I promise you guys won’t be dissappointed.

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Ultimate Fight Night 8 recap

Well I’m sure you all know what happened since it was on Spike TV, but how could Ifightnight8poster.JPG call this an mma news site if I didn’t cover the results? The show was good overall, a few dull spots, but was pretty good all around.

In a very impressive performance, Hermes Franca beats Spencer Fisher by TKO in the second round. In the first round, Franca controlled most of it with take downs and some decent ground and pound. Fisher landed a few decent shots but the round went to Franca easily. The second round rolls around and Franca really took it to Fisher, landing some heavy shots and Jorge Alonso steps in to stop it. To Fisher’s credit he never gave up, hell, he never even left his feet. Overall the fight was ok and the outcome was expected.

The next fight was a complete abortion. Jake O’Brien beat Heath Herring by unanimous decision and for the second time in a row, Jake O’Brien was booed out of the building. Lay and prey at it’s finest, however, Herring didn’t have ANY defense what so ever. He did absolutely nothing at all to stop O’Brien. I really don’t want to waste too much time on this fight, I pretty much covered the whole thing already.

In the main event of the night we saw Rashad Evans take on UFCjunkie sponsored fighter Sean Salmon. Very good fight with a frightening ending. Sean came out and worked his jab effectively to keep some distance, got a takedown and landed a few elbows. Rashad was able to scramble back to his feet and after a short exchange, went for a kick which Sean caught and took him down. Rashad got up after taking minimal damage and they circled to finish the round. I would definitely give the first round to Sean but he looked to be gassed for sure. The second round starts and Sean goes for a takedown without success. They have a brief exchange and Sean was holding his hands low and paid the price for it with a vicious head kick and slams his head violently as he falls to the mat uncouscious. I can only hope that Sean is ok, he is in my thoughts and prayers. We will definitely be checking over at UFCjunkie for an update on Sean. We hope for the best. Sean has nothing to be ashamed of. He took it to one of the top 5 light heavyweights in the UFC and won the first round definitively. If it weren’t for a lack of cardio, who knows, we might be talking about how Sean Salmon shocked the world. Regardless, we are praying for Sean and wish him a speedy recovery on his quest back to the octogon. There is no doubt in my mind that we will have a different result in Sean’s next fight. I just hope he takes this as a learning experience and moves on.

The undercard saw Rich Clementi choke out Ross Pointon in the second round. Din Thomas beat Clay Guida by decision, and according to people in attendance, the fight could very well have gone to Guida. I definitely look forward to watching Clay in the octogon again, he never fails to entertain. The next fight, which ended up being shown on the live broadcast, had Ed Herman rebound from two straight losses to submit Chris Price via first round armbar. Herman was upset by Jason McDonald by triangle choke in the first round of his last fight, and lost in the Ultimate Fighter 3 finale to middleweight champ Kendall Grove but was awarded a contract none the less. Josh Burkman was victorious against Chad Reiner by unanimous decision. Rounding out the undercard, Nathan Marquardt gave Dean Lister an absolute beating and won a unanimous decision. One judge even scored the bout 30-25 for Nate. Although Nate hasn’t gotten the push he deserves, this win puts him right in the thick of things in the middleweight division. With another win or two, we might be seeing him get a title shot. Where does Dean Lister go from here? I think he would match up great with Travis Lutter if Anderson Silva is able to retain his title. That would be an excellent match-up and both of them would be coming off losses. Their styles are very similar.

Overall I give the show a B grade. Very entertaining but it did have a lot more potential. As soon as I find something out about Sean’s condition I will be sure to pass it along. We are praying for him and hope he is ok. Be sure to keep checking back as we are getting close to UFC 67, which is next saturday, and we will have the latest updates for you guys.

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Kit Cope tests positive for steroids

     According to Dave Meltzer at Wrestlingobserver.com, Kit Cope tested positive for theweceventposter.JPG anabolic steroid Boldenone following his Jan. 20th bout with Rob McCullough. This was confirmed to Meltzer by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Kit was stopped by strikes at 2:53 of the first round by “Razor” Rob McCullough in their fight for the vacant WEC lightweight title this past saturday, Jan. 20th. Cope suffered a broken rib in the defeat at the first WEC show under Zuffa ownership.

Boldenone is an anabolic steroid typically used in horses. The normal penalty for this type of violation is a suspension of 9 months and a fine around 5 thousand dollars, as was the case with Stephan Bonnar.

This is not what the WEC or the UFC needs right now with all the talk about mma fighters juicing, especially with the 2 PRIDE fighters testing dirty at the “Real Deal” show in october, with a third, Kevin Randleman, using a sample believed to be taken from either an animal or a dead person. This is the type of blemish on mma’s record that critics like Bill O’Reilly love to point out in their arguements. However I have no doubt Kit, as well as mma, will bounce back just fine.

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