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Where is Matt Hughes Headed to?

Written on November 29, 2010 by Zac Efren

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After his loss to B.J. Penn at UFC 123, Matt Hughes takes time to look back where he went wrong and see where he’s heading.

Matt Hughes have a long list of accomplishments under his belt. But his loss to B.J. Penn during UFC 123 in Detroit opened another chapter on his fighting career.

Does his defeat against Penn means it is time to hang up his gloves?

“I don’t know what the plan is now. I had a perfect training camp coming into this. This is one of those fights I would have paid my purse to Dana White to put this fight together,” Hughes answered when Joe Rogan interviewed him after the fight.

“I had a lot of momentum. I had a lot on the line. This was a huge fight for me.”

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No Rematch Yet for Jackson and Machida

Written on November 23, 2010 by Zac Efren

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“That fight was so close, it was unfair for Machida. Even though I don’t want to, I have to give him a rematch.” ---Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson felt that he owes Lyoto Machida a rematch after the victory he earned during UFC 123.

“That fight was so close, it was unfair for Machida. Even though I don’t want to, I have to give him a rematch,” Jackson said to UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan.

On the other hand, Machida is ready for a rematch but has to hear what UFC has to say about the possibility of another fight.

“That’s gonna be up to the UFC, but I’d like an immediate rematch also,” said Machida.

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UFC 123 Fighters Take Home Big Bonuses

Written on November 22, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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As expected, the UFC 123 fighters always have their fair share of hefty bonuses from the promotional show. Here's the inside scoop about the UFC 123 bonuses.

B.J. Penn, Phil Davis, George Sotiropoulos and Joe Lauzon each earned $80,000 “Fight Night” bonuses from their fantastic performances during last Saturday’s “UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida” event.

Penn earned the night’s “Knockout of the Night” award making it his rebound revenge. Davis picked up the “Submission of the Night” bonus; Sotiropoulos and Lauzon shared “Fight of the Night” honors.

UFC 123 took place at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. The main card aired on pay-per-view, while Spike TV aired a pair of preliminary card fights. Penn stunned his main card opponent, Matt Hughes and the Michigan crowd with a 21-second finish. After that, Penn had dropped Hughes with a right hand and was quick enough to jump on his opponent with stiff blows that followed a stoppage. He was declared winner and also awarded with a big bonus.

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Penn Brings Hughes Down the Mat

Written on November 22, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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BJ Penn inflicted one of the most devastating knockouts of his career on Matt Hughes at UFC 123, and then instantly got handed another stiff welterweight clash by president Dana White.

At UFC 123, Matt Hughes was inflicted with one of the most devastating knockouts from BJ Penn. Because of that, the latter got another welterweight clash by Dana White.

Penn used all of the remaining 21 seconds in the first round to dispose one of the best 170 pounder in UFC. He dumped his opponent on the floor with a vicious right hand, followed by several more punches afterwards. BJ Penn handed Hughes his first first-round knockout in almost a decade. And after the roars from the Michigan crowd died down, Dana White revealed that BJ Penn will face Jon Fitch next.

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Dana White Speaks of Jackson’s UFC and Movie Career

Written on November 20, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"The reality is this is where he makes his money. The money isn't in the movie business unless you're (George) Clooney. I think he's taking it serious." ---Dana White

A few months ago , UFC president Dana White was not pleased to put the fight between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans on hold. Now, Jackson is focused on fighting again, White believes he’ll never have the same problem.

“The reality is this is where he makes his money. The money isn’t in the movie business unless you’re (George) Clooney. I think he’s taking it serious.”

Jackson, delayed his UFC 114 fight with Evans for almost half a year in order to portray B.A. Baracus on a feature-film version of “The A-Team.” Evans earned a unanimous decision victory, and Jackson later said that he knew his chances of winning were dimmed due to the events that took place outside of the cage.

White believed that the things happened outside the octagon somehow affected Jackson’ fighting goals.

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UFC Prelims Back in 2011

Written on November 18, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"We'll get that figured out. I love having the prelims on Spike TV... it's cool to give people some free fights and then have them bounce over (to the PPVs). It's all about showcasing as many guys as possible." ---Dana White, UFC President

After the full year of success from the UFC Prelims broadcasts, the preliminary showdown goes back in 2011. The program is a one-hour special on Spike TV that features preliminary card fights and moves on to the PPV main-event.

Accroding to UFC President, Dana White, he expects the prelims to be back by next year. However, both the promotion and network have found the Prelims beneficiary. For one, UFC gets a last minute push over for PPV buys and Spike increases on ratings on primetime.

“We’ll get that figured out,” White said. “I love having the prelims on Spike TV. … It’s cool to give people some free fights and then have them bounce over (to the PPVs).

“It’s all about showcasing as many guys as possible.”

As of the moment, Spike TV has aired 12 UFC Prelims in all. The February broadcast of UFC 109 set the record of 1.7 million viewers.

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UFC 123’s Pre-Event Open to General Public

Written on November 17, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The UFC 123's pre-fight press conference will start this afternoon. Watch as fighters for the upcoming UFC event answer the questions of the press. Be there or be left out.

Cagefighting fans cannot wait for UFC’s return to Michigan. The promotion starts the series of events with a pre-fight press conference and surely everyone wants to be there. Good thing is it is open to the general public.

The pre-event press conference will be on Wednesday, 1 PM ET at the MGM Grant Detroit. The event takes place in the Grand Ballroom.

Taking part in the said press conference are main event fighters Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida and co-main event participants Matt Hughes and B.J. Penn – all former UFC champions.

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Countdown to UFC 123 Airs Tonight on Spike TV

Written on November 16, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The traditional countdown to UFC fights airs tonight on Spike TV. As part of the per-event curriculum, profiles of each fighter of UFC 123 will be featured. So what to do? Better sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

The traditional preview show of UFC 123 debuts on Spike TV tonight entitled “Countdown to UFC 123.” The 60-minute show will serve as a primer for UFC 123’s events. The Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida headliner will follow at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.

The UFC 123 event takes place at the the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. Obviously, the main card fighters will be the focus of tonight’s show. A rubber match between former lightweight champ B.J. Penn and ex-welterweight title-holder Matt Hughes will also be covered.

The full UFC 123 card is listed after the skip.

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Jackson Criticizes Machida’s Fighting Skills

Written on November 14, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"When you get in the octagon, you fight. It's not like boxing where guys are trying to outpoint each other and go for a decision. We're MMA fighters, we're the best athletes in the world. I just hate to see our sport change into boxing where people aren't even fighting anymore. I can't even watch a boxing match anymore." ---Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

Way back in March 2009, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson said something about his current opponent Lyoto Machida who was at that time on his way of becoming the UFC light-heavyweight champion.

Jackson isn’t a fan of Machida’s fighting skills. He reffered to it as “boring as hell.” Since it’s their time to prove themselves, the fire between the two were rekindled whether the perception was changed or not.

“Why would it change because I’m matched up with him?” Jackson said during a UFC 123 conference call. Why would I change how I like his fighting style just beause I’m fighting him?”

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Rampage Jackson on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Written on November 11, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Rampage Jackson will be guesting in Craig Ferguson's the Late Late Show on Friday morning. The ex-champion will be discussing his fight next week with Lyoto Machida on UFC 123.

The former UFC cham and current UFC headliner Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is guesting on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” He will be discussing the UFC event on Friday morning.

Jackson will face Lyoto Machida on UFC 123, which will take place at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. The event airs Nov. 20 on pay-per-view.

This will be Jackson’s first fight after losing to fello ex-champion Rashad Evans last May. Prior to that fight, rampage rebounded from a title loss to Forrest Griffin with wins over Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine.

Also joining “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” with Jackson is actress Juliette Lewis, who stars in “Due Date.”

“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” stars Ferguson, a stand-up comic and actor, and follows the “Late Show with David Letterman.” The show averages approximately 1.7 million nightly viewers.

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