Sat, 20 June 2009
Hear Dave and Kevin talk with Canadian UFC fighter Krzysztof Soszynski about his upcoming bout at UFC98.
Sat, 20 June 2009
At UFC 63 Swick beat former title challenger David Loiseau via unanimous decision, where he suffered a hand injury found out to be ligament damage. Swick's first UFC defeat came at UFC 69, losing by unanimous decision to Japanese middleweight Yushin Okami. He had Okami noticeably rattled toward the end of the second round with a flurry of punches, but ultimately succumbed to Okami's superior wrestling and physical presence, as he was took down comfortably and suffered an onslaught of ground and pound for the majority of the fight.
Chris Leben was asked to fight Mike Swick for the second time on UFC Fight Night 11 (the two had previously met in the WEC, where Leben handed Swick his only KO loss to date) for the main event, on any weight class of his choosing but Leben turned down the fight. Swick then was scheduled to fight Jonathan Goulet but withdrew from the fight on September 2nd due to a rib injury. Swick headlined UFC Fight Night 12 making his welterweight debut, where he defeated Josh Burkman via majority decision.
Swick then went on to fight and defeat Jonathan Goulet at the UFC: Fight for the Troops (Ultimate Fight Night 16) by KO in 33 seconds into the first round on December 10th, 2008. He opened up with a characteristically aggressive flurry of punches, where Goulet was caught and knocked out before he hit the ground, Swick followed up with strikes on the floor untill the referee swiftly stopped the fight.
Sat, 20 June 2009
Before his rematch against Mike Brown Urijash Faber took time to speak to Dave and Kevin.
Fighter BiographyThoughts on opponent, Mike Brown? I’m really excited to get this title shot. I had the belt for a long time and I’m eager to get some redemption. I think the biggest thing is I have to be a little more careful. The last time I got caught for being careless. I sort of live by the sword and die by the sword. He’s one of the best fighters in the world, so I need to be on my game and not his game and not make mistakes.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I’ve always had a passion for fighting. I started wrestling in the 8th grade and have never stopped. I began training in MMA in 2003 after graduating from UC Davis.
What ranks and titles have you held? Former WEC Featherweight Champion
Do you have any heroes? My parents
What is your favorite technique? I like to try to invent new techniques. My favorite moves come from the moment.
What does it mean for you to fight in the WEC? I feel like I finally found a home. Up to this point, no large organizations have been willing to showcase the lighter weight classes. This is unfortunate as some of the most exciting fighters in the world are in the lighter weight classes. The WEC presents a major opportunity not only for myself, but all 145 and 135 pounders to showcase their talent. I truly believe the WEC will be the premier organization in the near future.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a student at UC Davis and began fighting professionally shortly after graduation. I also coached wrestling at UC Davis while beginning my MMA career.
Most memorable professional fight? My 3rd fight agains David Velasquez. It was the first one to go the distance and it was the first time I won a belt.
What was your most challenging professional fight? Against Tyson Griffin. First loss. I faced some adversity when I split my head open on the cage and fought through it and I lost in the 3rd round but it was a good fight.
Did you compete in any other sport(s) at college or professional level? I wrestled in HS all 4 years then I went to UC Davis where I excelled for another 4 years.
Did you put more emphasis towards a fighting style or adjust your training to prepare for your opponent? Just my training. I always train hard and try to stay in great shape.
What, other than WINNING, are you using for motivation for the fight? I have my home crowd there and I’m looking for some revenge. I also hate to lose.
What is your favorite thing about this sport? Just how primal it really is.
How long do you see yourself staying in this sport? I would say probably another 8 years. I lead a healthy lifestyle and I take care of my body, so expect to see me for a long while.
Sat, 20 June 2009
Sun, 31 May 2009
Joe Riggs talks to the Ringside Report a week before his big Strikeforce bout with Phil Baroni.
Over his career, Riggs has fought in the Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight, Middleweight and Welterweight divisions, and became a four-time Desert Quest champion, two-time Grappler's Quest Advance champion, Rage in the Cage Heavyweight and Middleweight champion, Art of War Heavyweight champion, Evolution Combat Heavyweight champion, and XCF Light Heavyweight champion. 
Riggs' dream of fighting in the UFC materialized in 2004, in a winning bout against Canadian fighter Joe Doerksen. Riggs received his shot at the UFC Welterweight title at UFC 56 in November 2005 against Matt Hughes.
Originally, the title shot was offered to Karo Parisyan, who had to withdraw due to a torn hamstring. When Riggs was contacted to take Parisyan's place he jumped at the chance, despite having fought at UFC 55 just a month earlier. However, Riggs did not make the required weight and the fight was declared a non-title event, due to Hughes allowing Riggs to fight him (if a fighter does not make weight for a match, the match may still take place if their opponent allows it). Despite his efforts, Riggs could not mount a significant challenge; Hughes took him down and submitted him with a kimura from half-guard just minutes into the first round of the fight.
Following his loss to Hughes, Riggs rebounded to win against Nick Diaz (decision) at UFC 57. In the hospital room after the fight, Diaz and Riggs got into a physical altercation where they had to be separated by police.
Riggs then moved up to Middleweight to face The Ultimate Fighter alumni Mike Swick. Early in the fight Riggs was caught in a guillotine choke and tapped out. Riggs then fought The Ultimate Fighter 2's Jason Von Flue, submitting him with a triangle choke.
Riggs' last UFC bout was on December 13, 2006 against Welterweight contender Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 7. Riggs lost the fight due to knockout from a hook followed by a knee in 1:45 of the first round.
Following the fight with Sanchez, Riggs chose to go to the WEC and compete for the vacant Middleweight championship, but had to pull out of the fight the day before because of a recurring back injury.
Riggs lost to Cory Devela via TKO at Strikeforce: At The Dome due to re-injuring his back while pummeling before Devela threw him. He was a heavy favorite in this fight, and his loss continued a streak of performances that did not live up to the expectations for the talented fighter (particularly vs. Hughes, Salaverry, Swick, and Sanchez).
Riggs was to return to action on Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson, facing Jiujitsu specialist Luke Stewart. Riggs stepped in as a late replacement for Shonie Carter who was injured in training. The fight was to be contested at a catchweight of 178 pounds. However, He was denied licensure by the California State Athletic Commission after disclosing his recent use of prescription medication during the licensing process. Joe Riggs lost to Kazuo Misaki at Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion on September 20, 2008. Joe Riggs won his last fight at Strikeforce: Destruction on November 21, 2008 against Luke Stewart by TKO (Punches) in 2nd round 2:05. Riggs broke his hand throwing the first punch of the bout, but managed to rally in the second round, breaking Stewart's nose in the process. 
He will next be fighting on the Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields card from the ScottTrade Center in St. Louis,MO on June 6, 2009. His opponent will be Phil Baroni in a 3 round welterweight bout. This card will be broadcast live on the Showtime cable network.