The post-UFC 75 fallout continues with a lot of fighters and UFC reps going on the record. There are also some other interesting stories out there right now pertaining to upcoming UFC events.
Let’s run it all down at once:
— Michael Bisping has addressed Saturday’s controversial split decision win over Matt Hamill at UFC 75 via his web site at Bisping.TV. He seems to have calmed down and in addition to asking for a rematch, is giving Hamill the credit he deserves for his performance. I left a full post on the situation at MMAjunkie.com.
— Matt Hamill has addressed the current 10-point must scoring system and his feeling on how to rectify what he considers to be flawed criteria:
I think MMA is a great sport and I don’t believe in any kind of a fix. The two judges that scored the win for Bisping obviously need to re-evaluate the way they score a fight. You can’t win a fight when you run for three rounds. They need to study the criteria for scoring an MMA fight: effective striking, grappling, takedowns, aggression and control. Bisping did none of that in my opinion.
— There’s a ton of great audio clips on “Mr. Sunshine” Steve Cofield’s blog. UFC V.P. of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner spoke at length about to controversy behind the Hamill vs. Bisping decision. He said he was also proud of the job the fight promotion did when it came to the drug testing they performed. You can hear the audio by clicking here.
— Josh Burkman confirmed via a MySpace bulletin that he will indeed be fighting Forrest Petz at UFC 77 on Oct. 20 in Cincinnati.
— According to Thomas Gerbasi of UFC.com, Wilson Gouveia suffered a broken nose and his match on Sept. 22 UFC 76 vs. Jason Lambert has been scrapped. The match will be re-scheduled for a later date and a replacement bout has not been announced. At such a late juncture, I’m not sure their will be because believe it or not, we’re less than two weeks away.
— MMAjunkie.com is report that the UFC rewarded Marcus Davis handsomely for his performance this past Saturday at UFC 75 in London. In addition to winning “Fight of the Night” he also won “Submission of the Night.” Each bonus was worth $40,000 so Davis walked away with $80,000 in total bonus money.
— Patrick Cote has spoken to The Fight Network and is campaigning to get on the UFC’s Dec. 29 card. He’s calling out the winner of the upcoming match between Terry Martin vs. Chris Leben at UFN 11 on Sept. 19 because he’s got beef with both:
Cote (11-4) is already familiar with one of his targets, having lost a close split decision to Leben (16-4) back at the first “Ultimate Fight Night” in Aug. 2005. The Quebec City native would like the chance to avenge that defeat.
“I just want to prove to everybody that I was robbed last time [against Leben],” says Cote. “I will not leave the fight in the judge’s hands next time.”
As for Martin (16-2), the Canadian middleweight’s motivation is really fueled by a genuine dislike for the Chicago resident.
“I just don’t like this guy,” says Cote. “He has a big mouth. Terry Martin has said he’s the next big thing at 185 and that he will be champion. He thinks he has heavy hands because he knocked out Jorge Rivera. But if you watch that fight, you see Rivera was already off balance and he caught him.”