Mir in talks to face Kongo at UFC 107
Eager to rebound from their recent losses, UFC heavyweights Frank Mir and Cheick Kongo are in talks to collide at UFC 107, tentatively scheduled for the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee on December 12.
While bout agreements have not been distributed, MMAmania.com has been able to confirm an earlier report by Sportsnet.ca that both sides have expressed interest in the potential showdown.
Mir is coming off a smothering and painful loss Brock Lesnar at UFC 100 on July 11 in the final round of the mini heavyweight tournament set up to declare an undisputed division champion.
Prior to that, Mir did what no man before him ever had, finishing the legendary Antonio Nogueira for the first time in his prestigious career with crisp stand up and not his bread and butter, the submission game.
Whether or not Mir keeps it standing against Kongo — who has been susceptible to the takedown — remains to be seen.
Like Mir, Kongo was on the wrong end of wrestler’s bludgeoning when he got planished by Cain Velasquez at UFC 99 this past June. While the Parisian manged to drop the up-and-coming prospect with his heavy hands, Velasquez survived and utilized his ground and pound to grind out the lopsided decision.
Kongo went into UFC 99 winning five of six after dismantling Antoni Hardonk at UFC 97: “Redemption” back in April, stopping the Dutch kickboxer in the second round via technical knockout — the first TKO loss in Hardonk’s career.
A win over the crafty Mir would certainly get people talking about his place in this division.
UFC 107 is expected to be headlined by “Sugar” Rashad Evans vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, bitter rivals and opposing coaches on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Miguel Torres: "Floyd Mayweather is a cocky asshole."
“I would love to fight Mayweather, just because of the simple fact that I think he’s a cocky asshole … I’m not a white person, and I will smash his ass. I don’t care. His style of boxing is all built on getting people in the clinch. He’ll hit them, and then he’ll get in the clinch with them. Then the referee breaks them, and he’ll hit them and grab them again. I think it’s a great strategy. It’s not clean boxing, but it’s smart boxing. He’s going to hit somebody and grab them in MMA, and he’ll be done for. They’ll take him down. That’ll be all. I’ll be on top of the list to fight him.”Fresh off his cobra venom and lions blood performance at last night’s White Sox game, WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres responds to boxing big-mouth Floyd Mayweather who recently slammed mixed martial arts as a sport for beer drinkers and white people. The non-Anglo Torres takes exception to the Mayweather generalization and promises to show “Pretty Boy” an eight-sided beatdown should he ever be man enough to find his way to the cage. Torres (37-1), who is widely considered the best bantamweight in the world, will next fight Brian Bowles (7-0) and defend his title once again in the WEC 42 main event on August 9 while Mayweather will go head-to-head with Juan Manuel Marquez inside the ring and UFC 103 outside of it on Sept. 19.
Joe Riggs out of Strike Force fight with Nick Diaz
Another one bites the dust.
Joe Riggs has been forced out of his upcoming rematch against Nick Diaz for the first-ever Strikeforce welterweight title at “Carano vs. Cyborg” from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Aug. 15.
GracieFighter.com reports that “Diesel” suffered “a bad reaction to an as of yet undisclosed drug” and “will be recovering in the hospital for the next couple of weeks.”
The good news is that Diaz plans to still compete on the card; however, no possible replacement is known at this time. Of course, Riggs joins Alistair Overeem on the recently-scratched list for the promotion’s upcoming event, which originally featured four championship bouts
Aoki vs Hanson 3 scheduled for Dream 11
With today's decision victory over Vitor Ribeiro at DREAM.10, Shinya Aoki (20-4) is likely to meet current DREAM lightweight champion Joachin Hansen (19-7-1) at DREAM.11 in October.
Health-permitting, the title fight, which would be the third between the two fighters, will take place at the Oct. 6 event, according to DREAM officials.
DREAM.10, which also features the semifinals and finales of DREAM'S welterweight and open-weight "Super Hulk" tournaments, is slated for Oct. 6 at the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported earlier today that an expected September DREAM date had been pushed back and combined with an October slot on the organization's schedule. (The organization may still hold a November show before the organization's traditional year-end blockbuster New Year's Eve show.)
Aoki, still considered among the world's top lightweight fighters, looks to reclaim his consensus No. 1 status when he meets Hansen, who shot up the worldwide division rankings after winning DREAM's lightweight grand prix in 2008. Aoki lost to Hansen in the heavily hyped tournament's grand finale. Hansen, a replacement for injured Eddie Alvarez, shocked Aoki with a first-round TKO to win the tournament and DREAM's first-ever lightweight title.
Hansen was able to exact his revenge on Aoki with the win. The sometimes amazingly inconsistent Hansen picked up his third loss in a four-fight span when Aoki tapped him out, via rare gogoplata, at a December 2006 PRIDE show.
Hansen is 5-2 since that loss and 4-1 in his past five fights, though due to injuries, he hasn't competed professionally since his July 2008 win over Aoki.
Aoki, meanwehile, is 4-1 in his past five fights with the lone loss coming to Hayato Sakurai at DREAM.8 in April. During the streak, he defeated Alvarez at the December 2008 Dynamite!! 2008 event to win WAMMA's lightweight title.
The latest DREAM.11 card now includes:
- Featherweight grand prix finale
- "Super Hulk" grand prix finale
- Champ Joachim Hansen vs. Shinya Aoki (for DREAM lightweight title)*
- Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
- Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante vs. TBA*
- Bibiano Fernanders vs. Joe Warren+
- Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Hideo Tokoro+
- Hong Man Choi vs. Ikuhisa Minowa#
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou