Thursday, March 31, 2011

West Virginia becomes 45th state to regulate MMA, UFC President Dana White comments

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The state of West Virginia has become the latest to pass regulation of mixed martial arts, becoming the 45th of 48 states with a regulatory body to allow the sport. With a bill now in effect in the state, the UFC has come out with a release in appreciation of the bill with comments from UFC President Dana White and West Virginia native Brian Bowles.

"We've worked hard to get this sport regulated all over the world, particularly in the United States," White said. "I'm really excited to see the sport regulated in West Virginia and look forward to one day bringing a UFC event there."

"All of my friends and family in West Virginia always ask when they're going to get to see me fight in my home state," Bowles said. "Now that the sport is regulated there, I am excited to know that I could one day compete in the Octagon in West Virginia."

Only five more states in the U.S. have yet to pass regulation on the sport. While Alaska and Wyoming lack a regulatory body to properly oversee the sport, only New York, Vermont and Connecticut remain holdouts for passing MMA regulation. However, Connecticut is making strides towards regulation, and New York remains a high priority for the UFC.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8859.shtml

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Article: Lesnar responds to Twitter Smack Talk on SportsCenter {video}

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VIDEO: TUF 13 coach Brock Lesnar discusses Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, WWE and more

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Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com today posted a lengthy video interview with Ultimate Fighter 13 coach and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Check out the interview below, where Lesnar discusses his post-UFC 121 confrontation with the WWE's The Undertaker, the fight with Cain Velasquez, taking the TUF coaching gig and meeting Junior Dos Santos and more.



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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 24 PAYROLL: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira tops payroll with $90K in loss to Phil Davis

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The Washington State Department of Licensing has released the disclosed payroll for last Saturday's UFC Fight Night 24 event from Seattle's KeyArena. The top earner of the night was main event fighter Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, taking in $90,000 in his loss to Phil Davis. Full disclosed payroll is below:

* Phil Davis: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
* Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $90,000
* Anthony Johnson: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus)
* Dan Hardy: $25,000
* Amir Sadollah: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus)
* DaMarques Johnson: $14,000
* Chan Sung Jung: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
* Leonard Garcia: $18,000
* Mike Russow: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus)
* Jon Madsen: $10,000
* Mackens Semerzier: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
* Alex Caceres: $8,000
* John Hathaway: $26,000 ($13,000 win bonus)
* Kris McCray: $10,000
* Michael McDonald: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
* Edwin Figueroa: $6000
* Christian Morecraft: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
* Sean McCorkle: $10,000
* Johny Hendricks: $44,000 ($22,000 win bonus)
* T.J. Waldburger: $8,000
* Aaron Simpson: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
* Mario Miranda: $10,000
* Nik Lentz: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
* Waylon Lowe: $12,000

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8903.shtml

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Maybe its more weird..

That this spiderman head is filled with knives and tactical gear on the ground in my friend’s backyard… Share this [...]

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bellator 38 Results: Light Heavyweights Deliver, Bellator Sees A Second Inverted Triangle

With another live, weekly event on the MTV2 network over and done with, the upstart Bellator Fighting Championship promotion is now only a couple of events shy of the forty-event mark. It?s been a long time coming for the promotion that prides itself on blistering action in a tournament format. And in typical Bellator fashion, [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/27/bellator-38-results-light-heavyweights-deliver-bellator-sees-a-second-inverted-triangle

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Bellator FC 39: Greg Rebello vs Dan Cramer

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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/bellator-fc-vbookie-betting/89584-bellator-fc-39-greg-rebello-vs-dan-cramer.html

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Premier League: Fulham v Blackpool

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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/sports-vbookie/89577-premier-league-fulham-v-blackpool.html

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Brock Lesnar Talks With Ariel Helwani About Coaching On The Ultimate Fighter 13

The Ultimate Fighter 13 debuts this Wednesday on Spike at 9 p.m ET.



Source: http://www.mmatko.com/brock-lesnar-talks-with-ariel-helwani-about-coaching-on-the-ultimate-fighter-13/

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Brock Lesnar Discusses Beef with WWE?s ?Undertaker?

After getting mauled in a real mixed martial arts fight against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 last October, former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar was inexplicably confronted by the WWE?s ?Undertaker.? For the first time since the encounter, Lesnar discussed their relationship leading up to the infamous night in Southern California. “I was a bit delirious. [...]

Source: http://www.5thRound.com/71867/brock-lesnar-discusses-beef-with-wwes-undertaker/

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

QUOTABLES: Yushin Okami doesn't think there's much point to GSP-Anderson Silva fight, promises victory over Silva in a title bout

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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"Well, I've heard various things, but instead of GSP I want to fight Anderson, beat him, and I believe I'll become a new star in the UFC. I'm concentrating and training for that fight now... There is the problem of weight [in that fight]... and GSP will go for the takedown. But the middleweight division is for the fighters who are there, and have been fighting there, so I don't think there's much point in that fight. Basically, I haven't really thought about it because Anderson and I are top of the middleweight division, so it should be left to us... Anderson is the top of the middleweight division and I am coming for the belt. I promise you'll see him fall and I'll be the new champion."

-Yushin Okami talks to CagePotato.com about the possibility of Georges St. Pierre usurping him for a shot at Anderson Silva and how he believes he'll defeat Silva.

Penick's Analysis: I'm in the camp that believes Okami absolutely deserves a title shot, and with how much time St. Pierre is likely to need to bulk up to middleweight the Silva-Okami fight should happen this summer. Okami technically holds the last "win" over Silva, albeit by DQ due to a vicious upkick while Okami was in Silva's guard, but still, his style is such that he could have some success against Silva in a rematch and makes for a deserving and difficult challenge for the Champion. It's a fight Okami absolutely deserves, now it's just up to the UFC to put it together whether or not GSP decides to make the move up.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8867.shtml

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The completely confusing UFC lightweight title picture

Joe Silva is the UFC matchmaker, the man who is in charge of deciding fights, title shots and the like. He is also a man whose job I don't want, as it's his job to sort out the ridiculously confusing lightweight title picture.

Ready for the confusion? OK. Start with the fact that the title will already be tested on May 30. Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard have a rematch scheduled that should finally decide who is the better fighter among the two.

It's a title shot that was promised to WEC champ Anthony Pettis. Before Maynard and Edgar fought to a draw in January, Pettis was told that if he won the WEC belt in his last fight for the promotion, he would get a chance to unify the championships. A wrench was thrown into that plan because of the Edgar/Maynard draw, and now Pettis will fight Clay Guida in June for his first UFC bout.

And what of Jim Miller? He won his seventh straight bout on Saturday with a TKO of Kamal Shalorus. Four of those seven wins have been by stoppage. That resume reads like that of a title contender, but Miller has flown under the radar.

To make things even more confusing, consider what will happen if in the future, the UFC absorbs Strikeforce's roster of lightweights. Would Gilbert Melendez -- or whoever holds the belt at that point -- get an immediate title shot?

It's enough to make you dizzy. But if you had Joe Silva's job, how would you map out the UFC lightweight title? Does Pettis, Miller or someone else get a title shot next? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/The-completely-confusing-UFC-lightweight-title-p?urn=mma-wp488

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Bellator 38 Live Results

It’s the fourth week of Bellator Season 4 and time for the light heavyweights take center stage. Coming to us live from Harrah’s Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Mississippi it’s Bellator 38 , and, as always, FiveOuncesofPain.com will bring you live results including a round by round recap of all the televised action. The [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/03/26/bellator-38-live-results/

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Hale Wins by Inverted Triangle, Bellator Light Heavyweights Advance

by Michael David Smith

In 2009, Toby Imada put Bellator Fighting Championships on the map by defeating Jorge Masvidal with an incredible inverted triangle choke submission, a highlight that became a viral video and was widely regarded as the best submission of the year in mixed martial arts.

Now lightning has struck twice for Bellator.

On Saturday night's Bellator card, Richard Hale used the same move -- the inverted triangle -- to choke Nik Fekete into unconsciousness. It was a sensational highlight, and exactly the kind of thing Bellator needs to attract attention on its new television home, MTV2.

 

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At The Shop

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Korean Zombie's Twister Submission: Gracie Breakdown

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Article: [VIDEO] Phil "Mr.Wonderfule" Davis interrupts his training to save a life

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The Flying Knee That Jones hit Shogun with

I read on that other website that Shogun said the flying knee that Jones hit him with like 5 seconds into the fight fucked him up for the rest of the fight. I was at UFC 128 and took a pretty good...

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Anthony Johnson: 'I Just Needed to Win' Against Dan Hardy

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Remember when Anthony Johnson said there was "absolutely no chance" he and Dan Hardy would go to the ground in their fight at UFC Fight Night 24? Yeah, well. About that.

Johnson spent most of the three rounds either taking Hardy down or grinding away at him from the top position, turning what had seemed like a slugfest on paper into a grappling match in the cage. It might not have been the most popular decision he could have made, but it resulted in a unanimous decision win for "Rumble," so you can't argue with the results.

"I knew I could bang with him," Johnson said at Saturday night's post-fight press conference. "That was no problem. I knew I could do that, but I knew his weakness was his wrestling, and I know that's one of my strengths. I just took it to my advantage and used it."

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/03/27/anthony-johnson-i-just-needed-to-win-against-dan-hardy/

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Urijah Faber Challenges Dominick Cruz for Title at UFC 132

Exactly seven days after beating Eddie Wineland at UFC 128, the world’s premier MMA promotion announced Urijah Faber will challenge bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz for his title at UFC 132 on July 2nd. Cruz was last seen beating Scott Jorgensen in the WEC’s curtain call this past December. That was the same night Anthony Pettis [...]

Source: http://www.5thRound.com/71712/urijah-faber-challenges-dominick-cruz-for-title-at-ufc-132/

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UFC 128 RESULTS: Jon Jones destroys "Shogun" Rua to become youngest champ in UFC history; teammate Rashad Evans is next

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Jon "Bones" Jones lived up to all the hype on Saturday night at UFC 128 in New Jersey, defeating Mauricio "Shogun" Rua by TKO in a one-sided fight to become the youngest champion in UFC history.

Jones took the fight to Shogun from the opening, throwing a flying knee as they began the fight. He continued to outland Shogun on the feet, and took him to the ground. Jones did some damage on the ground, but Shogun was able to get onto his feet. Jones then continued the assault in the striking game, hurting Shogun with combinations and kicks.

In the second round it was much of the same, with Jones again taking over the striking game, avoiding Shogun's offense, and bringing the fight to the ground. But it was the third where Jones ended things.

After landing some big elbows on the ground, Jones hurt Shogun badly after the champ got to his feet. He cracked him as they got back up, chased him down to the cage, landed a big punch and then dropped him with a knee to the face. As Shogun fell to the ground, referee Herb Dean came in and called an end to the fight. Shogun laid on his back for several moments as doctors and cageside officials tended to him.

Jones will now meet his friend and training partner Rashad Evans for the belt, and the fight they both said a few weeks back would not happen is happening. A very serious Jones said simply "this is my dream, and I've got to do what I need to do."

Penick's Analysis: Barring injury, I just don't know that I can see anyone in this division defeating Jon Jones. He just destroyed Shogun in a fight that wasn't even competitive. That was by far the most experienced and most dangerous fighter Jones has ever faced, and he made it look easy. Now, even though Evans has trained with him and knows him well, there's just nothing I see Evans being able to do to take Jones out. This was a fantastic win for Jones, and a big statement to the MMA world. Jon Jones is very much the real deal, and as the youngest champion in UFC history, he's got a long, long career ahead of him.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8805.shtml

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RAW Start Time Change & The Reason Why, & More

– WWE sent out an email to ticket holders, noting that Monday’s RAW begins at 6:45PM instead of 7:15 PM. This is so WWE can tape additional footage for the final SmackDown! episode before WrestleMania. As noted earlier here on the website, there will be no SmackDown! tapings next week as WWE talents will begin arriving in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday.
– Today is National Sputnick Monroe Day. In Memphis, TN, and during the day, several proclamations in his honor are going to be read.
– The Memphis Heat documentary will debut ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/03/raw-start-time-change-the-reason-why-more/

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UFN 24: "The Korean Zombie" submits Leonard Garcia

A lot of anticipation, a lot of expectation’s surrounded the rematch pitting Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung earlier tonight.
Their first bout was one for the ages, and even UFC commentator Joe Rogan dubbed the bout as “fight of the decade”. And often times, rematches never really live up to the hype of the [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/26/ufn-24-the-korean-zombie-submits-leonard-garcia

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UFC Fight Night 24: Johnson insists he'll make weight, Hardy says he doesn't care

Some fighters take it as a sign of disrespect when their opponents miss weight. Fans certainly don't like it, and promoters generally aren't amused, either.

Athletic commissions not only don't like it, they hit a fighter where it really hurts - the pocketbook.

But one-time title challenger Dan Hardy, who meets massive weight-cutter Anthony Johnson on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 24, doesn't really care one way or the other. Johnson said he'll make the limit, but Hardy said he's fighting either way.


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

UFC making Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin from UFC 116 available for free on Facebook

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC is making the bout between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin from UFC 116 available for free on Facebook, and fans can view it right now at Facebook.com/UFC.

The bout is being made available as a "thank you" to fans for reaching five million "likes" of their Facebook page.

The classic main event fight in Las Vegas was Lesnar's first in a year after being sidelined by a battle with diverticulitis that almost ended his fighting career. Carwin brought an undefeated 12-0 record into the fight, and seemed poised to capture the UFC Heavyweight Championship in the first round when he dropped Lesnar and nearly finished him off.

Lesnar survived, however, and in the second round took Carwin to the canvas, submitting him with an arm triangle choke shortly thereafter.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8828.shtml

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The Walk Out ? ?UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis?

Rejoice Seattle sports fans, after years of disappointment and mediocrity, you finally have something to cheer about. No, you still won?t be able to see Kevin Durant live 41 times a season, Felix Hernandez is probably heading east by the end of 2011, and Amber Lancaster is returning as a Seattle Seahawks cheerleader but this [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/03/25/the-walk-out-ufc-fight-night-nogueira-vs-davis/

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"UFC Fight Night 24" boasts five fights to air on facebook

While most of the attention come this Saturday will be centered around the upcoming light heavyweight match-up pitting former PRIDE star Antonio Rogerio Nogueira against rising star Phil Davis, fans may want to pay a little bit closer attention to their status updates and facebook accounts.
The UFC has recently launched a new campaign where [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/25/ufc-fight-night-24-boasts-five-fights-to-air-on-facebook

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Video analysis: Let’s all pump the brakes on Jon Jones

The hype train is rolling down the tracks for Jon Jones after he ransacked Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Don't dare step in front of it. If you suggest someone can give him a fight, you may get screamed at.

Jones is ultra-impressive, but he has a long way to go before he can be given an "era" or called an all-time great. Even Dana White cautioned fans to slow it down a bit.

"After what I saw tonight, it looks like he's like a mile ahead of everybody," White said, "But who knows, man. You never know in this sport."

White has seen young guys struggle in dealing with all the new responsibilities of being a superstar.

"His life is going to change in so many ways starting right now it's actually scary. When you get to this point, I worry about guys," White said.

"He's going to have to make a lot of choices over the next couple of years ? personally, professionally. He's in for a very wild, weird crazy ride right now. And he seems like a guy who's grounded enough and has the right people around him to handle it and go the right direction, but you never know."

Yahoo!'s lead MMA writer Kevin Iole joined us to discuss "Bones" and what he'll be dealing with in and out of the cage.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Video-analysis-Let-s-all-pump-the-brakes-on-Jon?urn=mma-wp470

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Mauricio "Shogun" Rua says his knee is 100%, not worried about Jon Jones being favored at UFC 128

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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One of the major talking points about Saturday's main event between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Jon Jones is the 10 month layoff for the Champ following yet another knee surgery. The 29-year-old Rua has undergone several procedures throughout his career, and has had a history of poor performances upon his return from lengthy layoffs. However, the Champion insists it's not going to be an issue on Saturday night.

"My knee is 100 percent," Rua said in an interview with MMAJunkie.com. "I've done everything to fix it. I've been training hard for a long time.

"I was training already from October on, but I started training 100 percent around November when the doctor released me to train 100 percent. I never felt any pain or any problems with my knee after the surgery. I was respecting the doctor's orders and doing exactly as he told me."

Rua enters Saturday's fight the betting underdog despite being the Champion and the much more established and experienced fighter. But it's just another thing that's not phasing the Champion heading into the fight.

"I [don't] feel disrespected," Rua said. "He has been winning his fights soundly. I was really expecting the press and the oddsmakers would consider him the favorite. He earned that. I really have to cherish the support from my fans who believe in me."

"I don't want to think about my opponents. I'd rather think about myself and try to evolve ? see what I can improve. The time that you start to think about your opponents and focus on concern about them is the time you stop evolving as a fighter. I'd rather focus on myself and not think about it."

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Penick's Analysis: This is one of those intangible aspects of this fight that makes it really hard to predict who will win this fight. You can have strong feelings on this bout one way or another, but anyone claiming to know what's going to happen in this fight is insane. This is such a great fight, and both fighters can absolutely find a path to victory. If Shogun is 100% and the layoff doesn't affect him, he could still be the most dangerous fighter in the world at 205 lbs. Jon Jones could very well be the successor to that crown, and he could prove the hype is justified on Saturday, but don't count out the Champ.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8785.shtml

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Friday, March 25, 2011

UFC 131, June 11

UFC 131
Saturday June 11
Rogers Arena
Vancouver, BC, Canada, eh
Airing on PPV

MAIN CARD


* Brock Lesnar (#2 Ranked Heavyweight) vs. Junior dos Santos (#5 Ranked Heavyweight)
* Shane Carwin (#6 Ranked Heavyweight) vs. Jon Olav Einemo
* Demian Maia (#4 Ranked Middleweight) vs. Mark Munoz
* Dave Herman vs. Rob Broughton
* Dustin Poirier vs. Rani Yahya
* Michihiro Omigawa (#4 Ranked Featherweight) vs. Darren Elkins
* Donald Cerrone vs. Mac Danzig
* Yves Edwards vs. Sam Stout
* Court McGee v. Jesse Bongfeldt
* Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Anthony Perosh

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Upcoming_Events_42/article_8111.shtml

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QUOTABLES: Brendan Schaub says Fedor laid the blueprint for facing Cro Cop, plans on finishing him at UFC 128

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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"I'm a little different than some guys he's fought previously. There's a reason Dana White gave me this fight. When I get locked in, I'm taking care of business, so all that stuff goes out the window. Afterward, it would be great to call him my friend, but I could care less right now... I think Fedor [Emelianenko] kind of laid the blueprint for facing him. Stay in front of him and get in his face. That's my style, so it's a great matchup for me... This one's not going to a decision, I guarantee it. It's going to be a convincing knockout or submission. I can't predict when, but this fight's not going all three."

-Brendan Schaub talks to MMAFighting.com about his plans for finishing Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 128 in New Jersey.

Penick's Analysis: Schaub is very capable of doing exactly what he says he's going to do in this fight. Cro Cop is not the fighter he was in 2006 in Pride. He's on his last legs, and this fight is probably going to be the one that sends him on his way. Schaub is young, athletic and strong, and he hits hard enough to give Cro Cop troubles tonight. This is Schaub's fight to lose.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8799.shtml

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Alistair Overeem And Fight Game Teammates Predict Jon Olav Einemo vs Shane Carwin Outcome

Alistair Overeem And Fight Game Teammates Predict Jon Olav Einemo vs Shane Carwin UFC 131 Outcome.


UFC 131 in Vancouver
Date: Jun 11, 2011
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Venue: Rogers Arena
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
* Junior Dos Santos vs. Brock Lesnar
* Shane Carwin vs. Jon Olav Einemo
* Kenny Florian [...]

Source: http://www.mmatko.com/alistair-overeem-and-fight-game-teammates-predict-jon-olav-einemo-vs-shane-carwin-outcome/

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Article: Jedi Mind Tricks - Monolith

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Akiyama out, Kawajiri OK as Japan recovers from earthquake

MMA isn't high on the priority list of many Japanese people as they continue to deal with the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country. At the same time, Japan's place in MMA is so important that the problems in Japan couldn't help but affect the sport.

Osaka-born Yoshihiro Akiyama withdrew from his UFC 128 bout with Nate Marquardt. Akiyama will be replaced by Dan Miller, who was slated to face Nick Catone. In turn, Catone will fight Constantinos Philippou.

MMA Fighting's Dan Herbertson is in Japan, and reports that most fighters haven't been affected by the earthquake. Most live in the Tokyo area, where the earthquake didn't do as much damage. Tatsuya Kawajiri, who is slated to fight Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce lightweight title on April 9, is from the northern part of Japan but is OK. Kawajiri and Shinya Aoki are expected to fight on April 9.

MMA Japan is doing what they can to help out. The site that focuses on JMMA is auctioning off a Shane Carwin autographed shirt with the funds going to charity. Red Cross is also taking donations to help with emergency relief efforts, and MMA Japan is giving away MMA memorabilia as incentives to give.

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Live Blog: Newark, NJ - UFC Fan Q & A With Chuck Liddell

By John Moody
Friday 2:11pm: Fighters.com is live, on location in Newark, NJ for the UFC Q & A session with Chuck Liddell. Stay tuned and refresh regularly to get news nuggets from Liddell and UFC broadcast host, Mike Goldberg. Hundreds of fans are seated and awaiting the UFC stars to emerge and take their questions.
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The mental side of UFC 128: Jones is over the mystique of Rua

Jon Jones may be a physical freak, but he's just like most fighters who have to wrestle with the mental side of the game before and during the fight.

The 6-foot-4, 220 pounder has a huge task in front of him in facing MMA legend Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. The former PRIDE middleweight and current UFC light heavyweight champ has been in there with some of the top fighters of all time. Jones' top opponents include former Ultimate Fighter contestants Matt Hamill and Ryan Bader.

A quick look at the credentials of both fighters could be pretty intimidating. That's where's Jones' trainer Greg Jackson comes in.

"I was actually getting a little anxiety about being in the title fight," Jones told The Daily. "He said 'Jon listen it's just another fight. "No fight is a big fight. Forget what his name is.'That's the mindset I have now. He really humanized Shogun big time, because I've been a fan of him myself."

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Jackson said the most important thing is Jones willingness to listen.

"Jon is a student of the game," Jackson said. "Inspiration is a fighter's most precious commodity. For Jon, knowledge and enlightenment seems to be what inspires him, so I'm always quoting strategy books or Eastern philosophy as how it relates to combat."

Jackson is known around the sport as a guru of the MMA mind game. When Jones arrived at his camp in Albuqueque he was a hot shot prospect who wowed with his explosiveness. Jackson has slowly re-programmed Jones' approach in the cage.

"He's getting very good at finishing fights now," said Jackson. "Before he would throw you over the head or do a spinning elbow and he'd be in wars with these guys. Now it's pretty much domination because he's coming into his own natural style."

This is a nice piece from The Daily. One of the most interesting quotes from the video didn't make the story. We've heard a lot about Rashad Evans, a Jones teammate at Jackson's being perturbed with "Bones" for taking the title shot.

Jones tells story (0:40 mark) that Evans was actually the guy who told him to have a big night at UFC 126 and seize the opportunity if it comes. He said Rashad "basically" gave him his blessing. We're guessing this was taped well before some of the verbal drama that has gone down before the last few weeks.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/The-mental-side-of-UFC-128-Jones-is-over-the-my?urn=mma-wp254

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UFC 128 VIDEO: Jon Jones destroys Mauricio "Shogun" Rua to capture UFC Light Heavyweight Title

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If you missed last night's main event between Jon Jones and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, check out ESPN's highlights from the fight below. Jones demolished Rua in the third round to capture the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and become the youngest champion in UFC history.








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Carbon dating is unaccurate.

Living penguins have been carbon dated and the results said that they had died 8,000 years ago! This is just one of many inaccurate dates given by...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

25 Fights To Turn A Casual Into A Hardcore

<B>By MATT MOLGAARD<BR>
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer</B><BR><BR>

Got a buddy who?s not convinced the sport is for him (or her)? Here?s a list of 25 fights that might just change their mind.<BR><BR>

Vitor Belfort Vs. Wanderlei Silva: Few things wow audiences like a blur of punches that sends an opponent reeling across the octagon, being battered beyond belief the entire time, I kid you not, this specific fight made my wife a fan.<BR><BR>

Heath Herring Vs. Mark Kerr: Despite having lost consecutive fights heading into the match, Mark Kerr was considered a major favorite in this fight. For ten plus minutes it looked like Kerr would meet expectations, as he grounded and controlled Herring for more than a full round. But, what made the fight so special, and inspiring is the moment the tide turns, and a Herring finds a burst of fuel that still amazes. A referee standup lead to a vicious kick, Kerr hit the canvas, and knees and punches to the head provided an amazingly energetic come-from-behind victory that acted as the perfect reminder: the fight isn?t over, until it?s over.<BR><BR>

Mirko Filipovic Vs. Igor Vovchanchyn: Billed as a potential striking Superbowl, this one didn?t last too long. It also acted as the passing of the torch so to speak. For years Vovchanchyn was considered the most dangerous striker north of 200 pounds. It took ?Crocop? less than 90 seconds and a terrifying left high kick to end Igor?s night, and many feel his career.<BR><BR>

Anderson Silva Vs. Vitor Belfort: If you?re going to show a casual fan a fight, show them one with some amazing tactics involved. While Slva/Belfor didn?t deliver the promised war, it did deliver a sensational front kick knockout that you just don?t see every day. To quote UFC president Dana White, ?It was like a video game,? well, I concur.<BR><BR>

Pedro Rizzo Vs. Randy Couture I: The first time these two met inside the octagon was 10 years ago. That said, if you can track down the fight, do so! Randy gets things going well with his patented ground-and-pound, but Pedro Rizzo pulls a shocker of epic proportions: he survives, ad rallies in remarkable fashion. Many still consider this fight one of the worst decisions in the history of the sport, and after you see it, you may agree. Either way, this was one hell of a fight that saw both men badly battered, but refuse to break. It was in short, the kind of fight that builds legends.<BR><BR><!--more-break-->

Brock Lesnar Vs. Frank Mir II: Care to discuss revenge? Lesnar and Mir met for the second time at UFC 100. What unfolded should damn near be illegal. With the exception of a nice knee from Mir, it was all Lesnar, who pinned Mir against the fence in side control. The end was inevitable as Lesnar began landing viciously powerful shots to Mir, who soon found himself defenseless. All that remained was an unconscious, swollen, bloody Mir? and a few choice words from the champion Brock Lesnar.<BR><BR>

Eddie Alvarez Vs. Roger Huerta: There?s no denying the threat Roger Huerta brings into a cage; he?s a wily veteran with big power in both hands and some impressive kicks to boot. Someone forgot to tell Eddie Alvarez before the two met at Bellator FC 33. For two full rounds Alvarez easily outboxed Huerta and utilized brutal leg kicks to take the legs right out from under the former UFC standout. Alvarez exited virtually unscathed, while Huerta quit on his seat. It was the kind of beating that leaves fans dying to see more tactical brilliance.<BR><BR>

Forrest Griffin Vs. Stephen Bonnar: What kind of a list would this be without including one of the most important fights of all time. For three rounds these two spilled blood, winged punches and showed fantastic heart, endurance and recovery abilities. If you want a guaranteed barn burner, this is always a safe bet to fall back on.<BR><BR>

Mirko Filipovic Vs. Fedor Emelianenko: At the time these two met, there were no other men in the heavyweight division as feared. It was believed to be the clear number one heavy clashing with the clear number two. Fedor?s striking and gameplan ended up playing the deciding factor, as he pressured Crocop with punches, never giving the Croation the chance to plant and launch the feared left high kick. A technical war ensued, and while we didn?t see the mind boggling finish many expected, we did see a stellar physical chess match.<BR><BR>

Chuck Liddell Vs. Tito Ortiz I: There was a strange energy in the air when these two first met. That grin Chuck wore on his way to the cage still scares me; that?s a man who knew exactly how that fight was going to unfold. Tito was game to stand and bang, but ultimately it would be his downfall. A few tense moments lead to the fights finale, an early second round knockout victory for Chuck. The arrogant Ortiz lie against the fence, a bloody crumbled shell.<BR><BR>

Mauricio Rua Vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: This is hands down one of the best fights in the history of the sport. These two stood and banged for an entire fight. Both men were hurt, both men were dropped, and both men showed some excellent striking and tremendous heart. If you choose to search for any fight on this list, let this be the one.<BR><BR>

Chris Lytle Vs. Paul Taylor: What do you get when you throw two high output precise strikers in the cage together? All out war. That?s exactly what these gentlemen gave us viewers: jaw dropping punches, scream inducing high kicks, hell?they gave us a bit of everything. At one point I believe someone may have thrown the kitchen sink in the cage and caught Lytle square on the chin, not that it mattered. For an exciting, all out slugfest, watch Lytle versus Taylor, guarantee you won?t be disappointed.<BR><BR><!--more-break-->

Benson Henderson Vs. Anthony Pettis: These two battled 25 minutes to determine the final WEC lightweight champion and future challenger to Frankie Edgar?s title. It was a technical fight defined by effective kickboxing on both men?s part. In fact, the fight was about as close as a fight can be, until Pettis pulled the flying cage kick from his bag of tricks and changed the way we viewed striking. The movie-esque maneuver will remain one of the most memorable moments in the sports history.<BR><BR>

Nick Diaz Vs. Diego Sanchez. The Mexican blood boiled for this one, as both of these competitors are proud, truly tough warriors. So, when the two met in the cage it was no surprise to see a big cloud of dust fly around the octagon. These two battled back and forth, and showed true warrior spirit, never giving an inch, and never taking their eyes off of the win. It was the kind of fight that makes one proud to be a fan of this sport.<BR><BR>

Takanori Gomi Vs. Nick Diaz: Here?s a classic case of a comeback win. Too bad that comeback win was stolen away after a drug test indicated the usage of the ?performance enhancing drug? marijuana (yes, I still laugh at this). Gomi took the reigns early in the fight, landing some nice punches, bloodying the face of Diaz and flooring him in the process. That however, was only the beginning of the greatness. What happened next is true storybook material. A blood soaked Diaz slipped his shin under Gomi?s chin, and before the Japanese superstar realized what was happening, he was tapping to the extremely rare submission, the gogoplata. Talk about memorable.<BR><BR>

Wanderlei Silva Vs. Quinton Jackson I: The energy in the build up for this fight was tangible. It was, without a doubt one of the most anticipated matches Pride could assemble, and boy did it deliver. Rampage was as game as always, and had his moments, but Silva was still the true ?Axe Murderer?, and it took less than two full rounds to introduce ?Rampage? to a thorough beatdown. A beatdown that would eventually lead to one of the most exciting trilogies we?ve ever seen.<BR><BR>

Georges. St Pierre Vs. Matt Hughes II: This fight remains the most important meeting at 170 pounds in the brief history of our sport. For years Hughes dominated the welterweight division. A wrestling monster with unforgiving ground-and-pound, for years Hughes seemed unbeatable. Until St. Pierre blossomed. The second meeting between these two put the evolution of the sport on full display, as St. Pierre had little trouble shaking off Hughes? takedown attempts and battering the legend with a dazzling array of strikes. Ultimately a high kick to the face set the fall of Hughes in motion. A few extra shots put the nail in the coffin.<BR><BR>

Anderson Silva Vs. Tony Fryklund: This fight only lasted a few minutes, and to be honest Tony was never competitive. That doesn?t change the fact that this fight has one of the most amazing finishes you?ll ever see. I?d rather not spoil it; the video is easy to find, dedicate a few minutes and prepare to be amazed.<BR><BR>

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Vs. Bob Sapp: Back when Pride was still running a successful business we fans were treated to frequent ?Freak matches?. Enter Big Nog versus Bob Sapp, a towering structure with about 100 pounds on Nogueira. The fight itself was rather unbelievable; it basically consists of Sapp tossing Nogueira around the ring for a while, only to have his limb snatched away from him, another trophy for the storied Brazilian. The amazing thing about the entire fight is the fact that Nogueira survived a full blown pile driver (that must be seen to be believed) in the early goings of the bout.<BR><BR><!--more-break-->

Royce Gracie Vs. Kimo: Any 175 pound man who can take the beating Kimo delivered, and still secure a submission victory is amazing, as was this extremely violent fight, hair pulling and all. Nuff said.<BR><BR>

Jens Pulver Vs. BJ Penn I: The UFC?s first title fight was one to remember and then some. Penn and Pulver traded blows, fought through scrambles and displayed an unwavering desire to win the lightweight title belt. An armbar nearly saw Penn exit the champion, but the bell saved Pulver, who came out for the later rounds with much more juice in the tank, taking over the fight and becoming the first UFC lightweight champion after an action packed bout.<BR><BR>

Demian Maia Vs. Chael Sonnen: For those who label grappling boring, you?ve got to show them this fight; Two purebred grapplers, and nothing but high speed drama on display. Chael looked to use his wrestling to control the action (which I?m sure drew boos around the US), while Maia quickly applied the fight ending triangle choke (Which I?m sure didn?t draw a single boo around the US). If you want a casual fan to understand the power of grappling, show him a Demian Maia fight, he might change his tune.<BR><BR>

Chuck Liddell Vs. Wanderlei Silva: For years these two dominated the light heavyweight divisions of the UFC and Pride. And, for years we salivated over a potential meeting, and a decided winner of ?greatest light heavyweight of all time?. While we didn?t get to see this bout until both men were well beyond their prime, they didn?t let down in the slightest. For three full rounds these two beat the blood out of each other. Liddell was knocked down, Wanderlei was about knocked out a few times, but neither man would give up. These two warriors put on one of, if not the greatest fight in the history of the sport. Declining legends deserve that one last masterful performance, and both of these men accomplished that at UFC 79.<BR><BR>

Don Frye Vs. Yoshihiro Takayama: If you ever played with Rock ?em Sock ?em Robots as a kid, you love this fight. For nearly seven minutes these two land blow for blow in what must be considered one of the craziest fights to ever take place. The will of these men was absolutely amazing; the fact that both of their chins held up as long as they did is absolutely unbelievable.<BR><BR>

Chuck Liddell Vs. Randy Couture II: Randy got the better of Chuck in their first encounter, and rumors immediately ignited that Chuck hadn?t taken Randy as serious as he should have. So, when the rematch rolled around, Liddell came out with something to prove. Beautiful lateral movement, extreme focus and perfect timing enabled Chuck Liddell to knock Randy Couture out, for the first time. One year later he would duplicate that performance.<BR><BR>

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Shane Carwin returns to face Jon Olav Einemo at UFC 131

UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin has an opponent for his return to the ocatgon. Dana White announced via a chat with The Seattle Times that Carwin will face UFC newcomer Jon Olav Einemo. The 6’6″ Einemo (6-1) is a submission specialist who won the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 2003. The lone loss on his [...]

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Mike Russow Makes a Confession

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Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson News Update - Strikeforce

Showtime Sports and Frank Shamrock reporting on men's light heavyweight champ Rafael Feijao, women's welterweight champ Marloes Coenen, and their respective challengers Dan Henderson and Liz Carmouche.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nam Phan Out With Injury

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Tim Boetsch moves to middleweight division to take on Kendall Grove at UFC 130 this May

After spending a majority of his career in the light heavyweight division, Tim Boetsch will now be moving down to the middleweight class and he will be taking on “The Ultimate Fighter” season three winner, Kendall Grove.
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Shogun not worried about Jones

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It is wrong to show Strikeforce gifs now due to the purchase?

Just been wondering, is it allowed or not, cause this isn't the Strikeforce forum.

EDIT: Not show, but post them?

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Anthony Johnson and Dan Hardy Plan to Swing Until Someone Drops

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If you like a good old-fashioned throwdown, make sure you're on the couch on Saturday night when Dan Hardy and Anthony Johnson get set to do work in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 24.

Considered two of the UFC welterweight division's biggest punchers, the two virtually guaranteed that every moment of the fight would be filled with stand-up action, until one of them is no longer able to stand.

"I'm not planning to go to the ground with Anthony," Hardy told MMA Fighting during a teleconference. "I'm planning to send him down on his own."

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/03/21/anthony-johnson-and-dan-hardy-plan-to-swing-until-someone-drops/

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Video - Urijah Faber Back On The Big Stage ... Again

By John Moody
Urijah Faber will be facing his first fight in the UFC tonight against Eddie Wineland. �For many, this would cause jitters, but Faber has been here before. �As a former WEC champ, he has played to packed arena crowds in his hometown of Sacramento. �Granted, the New York City scene is a different [...]

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Do Not Call WWE A Wrestling Company ? Details

WWE sent a demand to a website that called them a wrestling company to change their wording. TVWeek.com had a headline that ran “‘Drew Carey inducted into pro wrestling Hall of Fame.” According to the site, they received an email from WWE publicist Kellie Baldyga, ordering them to change the headline because “We are no longer a wrestling company but rather a global entertainment company with a movie studio, international licensing deals, publisher of three magazines, consumer good distributor and more.”
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