The WEC Fighters Making Their Move to the UFC…

·         Chael Sonnen – Chael Sonnen is coming off of a win over WEC middleweight champ Paulo Filho, but he never got the official title because Filho failed to make weight.  Sonnen looks very good lately and will certainly challenge for the belt right away.  He could be in consideration for the TUF 9 coaching gig as well alongside Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia.

·         Jake Rosholt – Rosholt won his WEC debut against Nissen Osterneck, but he looked very vulnerable standing.  Rosholt will certainly get a shot in the UFC and many think Rosholt could be a champ some day.  He is training now out of Xtreme Couture, so his striking should improve.  I would say it won’t be long and he will have his first opponent in the octagon.

·         Nissen Osterneck – This is somewhat of a surprise, but it is being reported that despite losing his WEC debut to Rosholt that Osterneck will get a chance in the UFC.  His loss to Rosholt was his first professional loss, but he did look pretty good in that fight. 

Light Heavyweight

·         Steve Cantwell – Cantwell will be the first WEC fighter to make the move over.  He is the champ.  A rubber match was slated for him and Brian Stann, but Stann withdrew due to injury.  Cantwell will make his UFC debut against Razak Al-Hussan at UFC Fight Night 17: Fight For the Troops on December 10th. “The Robot” is a very young fighter with great striking and kickboxing and is sure to improve.

·         Brian Stann – Stann made a move to Team Jackson and sustained an injury, but he should be recovered soon and may have an opponent sooner than later.  We still could see Cantwell vs. Stann III if Cantwell wins next week.

·         Steve Steinbeiss – Steinbeiss is coming off of a split decision loss to Carmello Marrero at WEC 36, but it is being reported he will fight in the UFC anyways.  

·         Mark Munoz – He fights December 3rd in the WEC and then is expected to make his move to the UFC.  He is a solid prospect who may be competitive in the UFC. 

Note: Paulo Filho has been dropped from his Zuffa contract and will not make the move to the UFC.  Also, I am note sure what the contract status is of Carmello Marrero.  It looks like Doug Marshall will not be with Zuffa.  Danillo Vilefort looks to be dropping to 170 lbs. 

 

 

 

 

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UFC News: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Dropped From UFC

The UFC is continuing their roster cuts.  Perhaps to make room for some other free agents in the market.  The latest victim…highly touted Cameroonian light heavyweight Sokoudjou.  Sokoudjou came into the UFC as highly touted.  He has boasted knockouts over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in PRIDE and was on most top ten lists.  He lost his debut to Lyoto Machida.  Then he won against Kazuhiro Nakamura.  Then he got KO’d by Luiz Cane.  Sokoudjou was overpain and that was the problem.  He made $40,000 just to show and he wasnt worth that kind of money.  He will surely land somewhere, probably in Japan or Affliction.

UFC News: Jorge Gurgel Dropped From UFC, But Signs With Strikeforce

It has been reported that UFC lightweightr fighter Jorge Gurgel was dropped from the UFC.  The news is certainly not a shock as Gurgel has struggled in the UFC.  He is always exciting, but his record does not show his ability and heart.   The good news is that Gurgel is already signed on with Strikeforce and could be a contender in the Strikeforce lightweight divison alongside Josh Thomson, Gilbert Melendez, and Mitsuhiro Ishida.  Gurgel’s loss to Aaron Riley was apparently the final straw for the fighter who went 3-4 in the UFC.  However, Gurgel picked up $60,000 in a bonus in his last fight for fight of the night.  Exciting is not good enough.  You need wins to stay in the UFC.

It’s not a happy moment. It’s very humiliating, and it’s a crushing of my childhood dream. I never fought for the money. If you read any of my interviews, I only did it because my childhood dream — when I was in Brazil and 15 years old — was to come here to fight in the UFC. I wanted to have my own school and fight in the UFC. I got there, and now I’m out of the UFC.  One day I’ll be back again. I can not be happy — truly, truly, thoroughly happy — about what happened. But I am excited about new opportunities and new chances and new doors that are going to open, and for me to show my skills. I’m so sick of people asking why I don’t do jiu-jitsu. “So I’m going to start doing it so people can shut up. ‘Why don’t you do jiu-jitsu?’ Come on, man.  Joe Rogan, everybody asks me. ‘Why don’t you do jiu-jitsu? You’d be in the top of the guys in the weight class if you would do jiu-jitsu.’ But I always get caught up in not being boring. I live with no regrets. I fight the fight the way I want to fight because it’s my job. And if you’re not having any fun doing your job, you should do a different job so that you have fun.  I have so much fun striking, and I love it so much. And the high that I get that I look for when I train is to be in the octagon in heated exchanges. And we’re just going crazy punching each other, moving from a head kick or something. And the crowd goes from watching the fight to, ‘Wow.’ That’s what I feed on. After the three rounds are over, I go, ‘Oh, [expletive], maybe I was having too much fun and I didn’t worry too much about winning decisively. Then I lose and I think, ‘Oh my God. I can not believe this.’  I don’t even think about maybe losing until the end of it. That’s something that I have to fix. I always think that I’m winning and not that I’m not doing good. Because I’m having so much fun, I don’t think too much about it. I just get on auto-pilot, and I get out and go to war. And that’s cost me in the past. But I have no regret not using the jiu-jitsu. I have the arsenal. I put 16 years of my life into jiu-jitsu. I know what I can do. And I’m going to use it now. I don’t know why I have such a humongous fan base, it’s definitely not based on performance because my performances have been poor in my own standards. But I think they see how I fight with so much heart, and I fight for them. I fight for my fans and mostly my students, because I want to make them proud. Everybody that’s believed in me and supported me for all these years, I want to say thank you. And I’m only getting started. I’m going to go to Strikeforce, and I’m going to win that belt. Then I’m going to come back to the UFC as a contender and not a gatekeeper.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone has a very good thanksgiving.  We have a lot to be thankful for and sometimes we take those things for granted.  Anyways, be safe and be thankful.  Enjoy your holiday, day off and time with loved ones.  Also, don’t eat too much!! 

I will be traveling a few hours from home for thanksgiving.  I plan on hunting and eating like crazy and watching some football.  Then I plan on sleeping it off.  Turkey makes you very tired.  Then it will be turkey sandwichs and leftovers for days to come.  Again, have a great thanksgiving folks.