Friday, May 27, 2011

UFC 130: Rampage Jackson Diaries - PT 2 {video}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b6mM9GGHlk

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?74709-UFC-130-Rampage-Jackson-Diaries-PT-2-video&goto=newpost

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"Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" main card set, prelims get "JZ"-Wilcox, Almeida-Heun

Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante finally has a fight.

After sitting in limbo for several months following a narrow decision loss to Josh Thomson this past October, Cavalcante meets rising star Justin Wilcox at "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum."

The bout has joined a fellow fight of lightweights Conor Heun vs. Magno Almeida on the night's preliminary card.


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Now Playing at Your Local Cineplex: UFC

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/ufc-movies-hamill-the-movie-fightville-and-more

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UFC On Versus 5, August 14

UFC On Versus 5
Sunday August 14
Bradley Center
Milwaukee
Airing on Versus


* Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle
* Jim Miller (#6 Ranked Lightweight) vs. Ben Henderson
* Joseph Benavidez (#2 Ranked Bantamweight) vs. Eddie Wineland
* Stephan Bonnar vs. Karlos Vemola
* Amir Sadollah vs. Duane Ludwig
* Cole Miller vs. T.J. O'Brien
* Danny Castillo vs. Jacob Volkmann
* Alex Caceres vs. Leonard Garcia
* Jason Reinhardt vs. Edwin Figueroa

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Upcoming_Events_42/article_9166.shtml

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Dana White on keeping Strikeforce as a separate promotion from the UFC - "We'll see how it goes"

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC's purchase of Strikeforce in March led to a widespread belief that Strikeforce's days as an organization are numbered. Though UFC President Dana White preached "business as usual" from the outset, there hasn't been much to suggest that Strikeforce will survive for a lengthy period of time.

The organization's deal with Showtime has the UFC hesitant to appear like they're poaching talent and bringing a collapse to Strikeforce, but a UFC deal with the network would be a potential way alleviate the need to keep appearances up. Along with that, the apparent imminence of a fight between Georges St. Pierre and Strikeforce's biggest name outside of Fedor Emelianenko in Nick Diaz could be the potential sign of the floodgates being open to crossovers into the UFC.

Add in to that comments from White in one of his most recent interviews, and I don't know that optimism on Strikeforce's future is in order.

Speaking with the Forbes Sports Money program, White discussed the organization's purchase of Strikeforce in March.

"The reality is that we continue to expand and grow. We do need more fighters," he said. "And, we love the content. The one thing that these guys have that do it right, and the ones that we usually end up buying, they have a great library, they have a stable of fighters, and if they have a name and a television deal like Strikeforce did, not a bad thing either."

While the acquisition made sense for them, keeping the smaller organization alive as a separate entity may only be a short term necessity, and White's comments on the matter don't inspire confidence that the smaller organization will be kept around for the long haul.

"The thing with Strikeforce is, when we acquired them they have a deal with Showtime," White explained. "We're working with Showtime now, which I've had a very rocky relationship with (laughs). Lorenzo is working with them right now. We're going to try to run this thing separately, and we'll see how it goes. We'll see if we can pull it off, if we can make it happen. If it didn't happen the worst case scenario that happens if we own Strikeforce is these guys roll over into the UFC."

That's about how things wound up working out after the purchase of Pride, and eventually with World Extreme Cagefighting. Whether it happens with Strikeforce sooner or later remains to be seen, but there were no sureties in White's statements in this interview. Check out the full piece below:


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Penick's Analysis: I'm in the camp that believes the UFC will absorb Strikeforce as soon as they're able. If that means they can work with Showtime to bring UFC events to the network in place of Strikeforce, that would be one big way to skirt the major issue they have in absorbing the organization right now. After already cleaning out the front office, and looking to begin the crossover fights with GSP-Diaz, it's just going to be a matter of time before Strikeforce is no longer an MMA promotion. It's an inevitability at this point.

[Dana White art by Travis Beaven (c) MMATorch.com]

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9383.shtml

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VIDEO: "Rampage" Jackson and Boost Mobile Detect BS - new commercial spot with UFC star

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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's latest spokesperson gig is for Boost Mobile. Check out a new two-minute spot for the mobile-phone carrier with Rampage below:



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Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9392.shtml

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Hamil: Road To Rampage

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Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald slated for UFC 133

UFC president Dana White announced that a welterweight matchup between Mike Pyle and Rory MacDonald has been added to UFC 133 on August 6th. The veteran Pyle (21-7-1) has 16 submission wins to his credit during his eleven year career. He holds a 4-2 record in the UFC where he has won his last three [...]

Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald slated for UFC 133 is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News

Source: http://www.mmainterplay.com/ufc-news/mike-pyle-vs-rory-macdonald-slated-for-ufc-133-54640/

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Bas Rutten responds to Mayorga saying MMA is for gays

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/an8988

I hear that Mayorga is making statements like "MMA is for gay people", and the MMA comunity is getting all excited about this, but please, don't. Just really...

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?74724-Bas-Rutten-responds-to-Mayorga-saying-MMA-is-for-gays&goto=newpost

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TUF 13 Episode 9 Video Part 1

The Ultimate Fighter 13: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos Episode 9 show video part 1.






Source: http://www.mmatko.com/tuf-13-episode-9-video-part-1/

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's Next For The Winners And Losers Of Bellator 45?

Bellator 45 was a big event to end a big fourth season. It featured Bellator newcomers, former tournament finalists, and the crowning of the very first Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion. Now once again it?s time to ask: what?s next? What does the future hold after Patricio Freire and Christian M?Pumbu took home a pair of [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/05/22/whats-next-for-the-winners-and-losers-of-bellator-45

Arman Gambaryan Manvel Gamburyan Sean Gannon Edgar Garcia

Dana White: - UFC 129

*** Watch Complete 1/2hr HD Episodes on http://www.MMAheat.com ***MMA H.E.A.T.'s Karyn Bryant catches up with UFC President Dana White, and gets his thoughts in the excitement of bringing UFC 129 to Toronto. Dana also talks about the fight between Randy Couture and Lyoto Machida, whether Strikeforce will be turned into a league similar to AAA baseball and what the UFC's plans are for their own television channel.Be sure to visit http://www.MMAheat.com for more interviews and archived episodes of our 1/2 hour TV show. N�s falamos Portugu�s! * We're on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MMAheat * Follow MMAheat on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MMAheat * Follow Karyn on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KarynBryant

Source: http://mmalice.com/ufc-129/dana-white-video_987fe1f3a.html

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United Glory World Series Moscow Promo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K_VQFZOBqc&feature=uploademail

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?74719-United-Glory-World-Series-Moscow-Promo&goto=newpost

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Doomsday prophet, followers �flabbergasted� world didn�t end

It's hard to feel bad for someone whose doomsday predictions caused so much anxiety, but 89-year-old Harold Camping's recent admission that he's "flabbergasted" the world didn't end last weekend...

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?74676-Doomsday-prophet-followers-�flabbergasted�-world-didn�t-end&goto=newpost

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UFC: Ultimate Royce Gracie on DVD

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/ufc-ultimate-royce-gracie-dvd

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Welterweight Jake Ellenberger: UFC 129 Pre-fight Interview - UFC 129

*** Watch Complete 1/2hr HD Episodes on http://www.MMAheat.com ***MMA H.E.A.T.'s Karyn Bryant spends a few minutes with UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger after his photo shoot and scanning session with Round 5, and gets his thoughts on the UFC 129 fight he took against Canadian Sean Pierson on short notice. Jake talks about how the fight materialized, what shape he was in when he got the call and how he feels to be one of the American "bad guys" on a card that features several Canadians, and which will also be the first UFC show in Ontario. Jake also fills us in on his training partner Jason Brilz' preparation for his fight with Vladimir Matyushenko.Be sure to visit http://www.MMAheat.com for more interviews and archived episodes of our 1/2 hour TV show. N�s falamos Portugu�s! * We're on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MMAheat * Follow MMAheat on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MMAheat * Follow Karyn on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KarynBryant

Source: http://mmalice.com/ufc-129/welterweight-jake-ellenberger-ufc-129-pre-fight-interview-video_93d0a5aea.html

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Rosholt brothers replace Markham and McFedries at HDNet's Titan Fighting 18

Titan Fighting Championships officials have called upon the Rosholt brothers to replace Drew McFedries and Rory Markham at Friday's Titan Fighting 18 event.

An infection hospitalized McFedries on Monday, and budding thespian Markham was forced to leave the country for a film role.

After some lineup shuffling, UFC vet Jake Rosholt now meets John Ott in a 200-pound catchweight fight, and Jared Rosholt meets fellow heavyweight Kirk Grinlinton.


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Video analysis: Iole/Meltzer on what’s next for Sonnen

Kevin Iole and Dave Meltzer give their reaction to what went down with Chael Sonnen in front of the California State Athletic Commission.

Update this afternoon from MMAWeekly:

The commission has now finalized Sonnen's timeline as to when he would be able to re-apply for a license in the state. According to the California State Athletic Commission, Sonnen's suspension will run through his current license expires on June 29, 2011.

Folllowing the expiration of his license, Sonnen will not be able to re-apply for a new license in the state until at least May 18, 2012. At that time, Sonnne can re-apply for a license in the state of California, but there are still no guarantees he will be approved.

Looks like Sonnen and UFC will be faced with the choice of snubbing California and heading elsewhere or the fighter will be sidelined until the middle of 2012. The extension of the penalty is similar to what California did to Antonio Margarito. We're not comparing what Margarito was caught doing (loading his handwraps with a plaster-like substance) to Sonnen's offense, but the state left the fighter with no recourse and no way to make a living. Frankly, that's a ridiculous penalty in this case.

Update: The CSAC was "confused" and now Sonnen is eligible to re-apply this year.

"Upon reviewing the May 18, 2011 decision of the commission, an error in the applicability of Rule 399 was made," stated a release issued today by the commission. "The rule states that, 'Any applicant who has been denied an application for a license may not file a similar application until one year from the date of the last previous denial by the commission. Any application filed within the one year period may be denied without the necessity of a hearing. Anyone who has had his license revoked may not petition for reinstatement or apply for a new license until one year after the date of such revocation. Any petition for reinstatement filed within the one year period may be denied without the necessity of a hearing.'

"Since the commission did not revoke or deny Mr. Sonnen's license, the rule does not apply."

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Video-analysis-Iole-Meltzer-on-what-s-next-for-?urn=mma-wp2398

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

August event official, dubbed "UFC 133: Evans vs. Davis"

As the event draws close and closer, it seems as though the ufc has locked down a headliner for the upcoming pay-per-view card. Rashad Evans, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, will take on touted wrestler and budding contender Phil Davis.
The two-men are now officially serving headlining duties for UFC 133, which takes place at [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/05/17/august-event-official-dubbed-ufc-133-evans-vs-davis

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UFC Fight Night: Battle on the Bayou, September 17

UFC Fight Night: Battle on the Bayou
Saturday September 17
Venue: TBA
New Orleans, LA
Airing on Spike

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Upcoming_Events_42/article_9250.shtml

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Anyone Heard This Band From South Africa?

Die Antwoord

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q77YBmtd2Rw&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cegdR0GiJl4&feature=relmfu
...

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?74657-Anyone-Heard-This-Band-From-South-Africa&goto=newpost

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Jake Shields' Head Trainer on the UFC 129 GSP Fight, Nate Diaz + The Skrap Pack's Success - UFC 129

*** Watch Complete 1/2hr HD Episodes on http://www.MMAheat.com *** MMA H.E.A.T.'s Karyn Bryant spends a few minutes with Jake Shields' head trainer, Tareq Azim, and hears why GSP will be pushed harder than he ever has been before when he faces the former Strikeforce champ. Tareq talks about Jake's weight cutting and preparation, and also gives insight to the Skrap Pack team's psyche (teammates include Nick and Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez and Daniel Roberts) Tareq also lets us know how ready Nate Diaz is for his fight against Rory MacDonald, which will be seen on Spike TV before the UFC 129 PPV event. Be sure to visit http://www.MMAheat.com for more interviews and archived episodes of our 1/2 hour TV show. N�s falamos Portugu�s! * We're on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MMAheat * Follow MMAheat on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MMAheat * Follow Karyn on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KarynBryant

Source: http://mmalice.com/ufc-129/jake-shields-head-trainer-on-the-ufc-129-gsp-fight-nate-diaz-the-skrap-packs-success-video_4dc261c46.html

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Nick Diaz tinychat pranks

i just lmao at these, guy puts a video feed of nick diaz in a tiny chat rooms messin with people...

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=87056&goto=newpost

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hi all

hi friends, this is neha and newbie there, I am intrested to get myself srtong and sharp, so i join this forum to getting more knowledge about MMA...

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Dana White Says GSP & Nick Diaz Aren?t Fighting At UFC 140, Won?t Be TUF 14 Coaches

Scratch everything you’ve heard (and we’ve been passing along) the past few days about Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz because Dana White told Heavy.com’s Megan Olivi today that they aren’t fighting at UFC 140 in Montreal and they definitely won’t be the TUF 14 coaches. ?That fight is not a done deal,? said White [...]

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Former UFC Heavyweight Champ Brock Lesnar sidelined with diverticulitis again; Shane Carwin now meets Junior Dos Santos at UFC 131

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is out of his UFC 131 main event fight with Junior Dos Santos, and the man he defeated at UFC 116 will take his place in the #1 contender's fight in Vancouver on June 11.

The UFC made an announcement of the change during a media conference call on Thursday.

Lesnar's diverticulitis has re-emerged, and after getting checked out at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. this week he was forced to make the decision to pull out of the fight. Lesnar's training camp has been hampered by more symptoms, but he says it's not as severe as what hit him at the end of 2009.

The former champion spoke at length during the call on Thursday, and expressed regret that he had to pull out of the fight, but unfortunately he's dealing with a disease that doesn't really go away.

"First and foremost I want to thank the UFC, I want to thank Dana White and I want to apologize to Junior Dos Santos and Spike TV," Lesnar said. I dodged a bullet two years ago with not knowing what this was and avoiding the surgery, [but] diverticulitis is something that never goes away."

Lesnar has been able to manage the disease for the last year and a half since first being diagnosed by changing up his diet and doing what he was advised. When symptoms began popping up throughout the last three months, Lesnar went through the antibiotic regiments to take care of the infection, but it was keeping him out of the gym and not allowing him to train to his fullest capacity. Lesnar pointed to his inability to train to his fullest extent to prepare for Dos Santos in his need to pull out of the fight.

"It didn't allow me to train to my full capabilities," he said. "I was forced to go back to the doctor this week and make a decision... It's not as serious as last time, but it just didn't allow me to train the way I needed to train for a number one contender's fight... I wouldn't have been 100% on June 11 because I'm not there now. I had to make a decision this week to give the UFC enough time [to make a replacement]... It was a hard decision, I'm choked up about it."

Though he may be facing surgery at this point to take care of this illness, he made it clear that this doesn't mean he's done in the sport.

"I'll tell you one thing, I'm not retiring, this isn't the end of my fight career," he said. "I have strong faith that there's a solution to every problem, I just need to find a solution to this problem... I can't perceive this being a career-ending ordeal."

Lesnar hasn't weighed the pros and cons yet of whether he'll go under the knife for this issue, as he just met with doctors this week and has more follow ups to go through, but he says he's looking to figure out whatever will get him back into the cage.

"I have to follow up with my doctors and we need to weigh the pros and cons [of surgery]," Lesnar said. "They're waiting on a number of tests to come back so we haven't even talked about that yet. From here to June 11 I can't be ready for Junior Dos Santos, so that's the first thing I needed to address. I've got some more doctors appointments to follow up with, I don't know the risks [of surgery] but it's got to be better than what I've been dealing with for the last two years. I'm looking for the light at the end of the tunnel right now."

Lesnar expressed gratitude toward UFC President Dana White, who said his immediate concerns were all for Lesnar's health and not the event on June 11. For Lesnar, while he hated to pull out of the fight, his health is the biggest concern, and that was White's stance as well.

"Dana was first class on this thing," Lesnar said. "He's always been first class with the health and well-being of his fighters. Fighting is second to my health and that's the first thing that came out of his mouth and I greatly appreciate that."

UFC 131 will go forward with Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos in the night's main event, and the winner will take on UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez this fall.

Penick's Analysis: This is the second major loss of a main event this week, and this is really unfortunate news for Lesnar. He sounded hopeful on the call that he'll figure out a way to get through this, and made it clear that he's not retiring, but this illness hitting him again is bad news. The worst part of this for the UFC is that all this time has been built up on the fight between Lesnar and JDS through the Ultimate Fighter, and now it's not happening. But Carwin will make for a very tough and deserving challenger for that spot himself, and it will still be a big heavyweight fight. This is a huge blow to the UFC in the short term, but the most important thing is that Lesnar gets himself taken care of. This is an awful loss, but his health is the most important thing, and I just hope he can this thing taken care of and get himself back into the cage.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9315.shtml

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Dana White on keeping Strikeforce as a separate promotion from the UFC - "We'll see how it goes"

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC's purchase of Strikeforce in March led to a widespread belief that Strikeforce's days as an organization are numbered. Though UFC President Dana White preached "business as usual" from the outset, there hasn't been much to suggest that Strikeforce will survive for a lengthy period of time.

The organization's deal with Showtime has the UFC hesitant to appear like they're poaching talent and bringing a collapse to Strikeforce, but a UFC deal with the network would be a potential way alleviate the need to keep appearances up. Along with that, the apparent imminence of a fight between Georges St. Pierre and Strikeforce's biggest name outside of Fedor Emelianenko in Nick Diaz could be the potential sign of the floodgates being open to crossovers into the UFC.

Add in to that comments from White in one of his most recent interviews, and I don't know that optimism on Strikeforce's future is in order.

Speaking with the Forbes Sports Money program, White discussed the organization's purchase of Strikeforce in March.

"The reality is that we continue to expand and grow. We do need more fighters," he said. "And, we love the content. The one thing that these guys have that do it right, and the ones that we usually end up buying, they have a great library, they have a stable of fighters, and if they have a name and a television deal like Strikeforce did, not a bad thing either."

While the acquisition made sense for them, keeping the smaller organization alive as a separate entity may only be a short term necessity, and White's comments on the matter don't inspire confidence that the smaller organization will be kept around for the long haul.

"The thing with Strikeforce is, when we acquired them they have a deal with Showtime," White explained. "We're working with Showtime now, which I've had a very rocky relationship with (laughs). Lorenzo is working with them right now. We're going to try to run this thing separately, and we'll see how it goes. We'll see if we can pull it off, if we can make it happen. If it didn't happen the worst case scenario that happens if we own Strikeforce is these guys roll over into the UFC."

That's about how things wound up working out after the purchase of Pride, and eventually with World Extreme Cagefighting. Whether it happens with Strikeforce sooner or later remains to be seen, but there were no sureties in White's statements in this interview. Check out the full piece below:


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Penick's Analysis: I'm in the camp that believes the UFC will absorb Strikeforce as soon as they're able. If that means they can work with Showtime to bring UFC events to the network in place of Strikeforce, that would be one big way to skirt the major issue they have in absorbing the organization right now. After already cleaning out the front office, and looking to begin the crossover fights with GSP-Diaz, it's just going to be a matter of time before Strikeforce is no longer an MMA promotion. It's an inevitability at this point.

[Dana White art by Travis Beaven (c) MMATorch.com]

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9383.shtml

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

This beautiful view greets me..

On the 8 year anniversary of my move to las vegas. This move changed my life. I find some irony with the fact I’m making the same drive from norcal to vegas as I did on this day 8 years ago… What a life changer that was!! The things going through my head that day [...]

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Video: Fabricio Werdum lands brutal low blow

There are few things in life that hurt more than getting hit below the belt. One of those things, however, is getting hit below the belt by Fabricio Werdum.


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UFC: Ultimate Royce Gracie on DVD

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/ufc-ultimate-royce-gracie-dvd

Jason Ellis Aleksander Emelianenko Fedor Emelianenko Yasubey Enomoto

Video: Dana White talks plans for Strikeforce

Dana White’s intentions behind the Strikeforce buyout have been heavily scrutinised by the mma media. Rumours of a GSP vs. Nick Diaz fight have certainly not helped quieten down those who said that the purchase was little more than an exercise in asset stripping. The following video shows Dana appearing on Forbes Sports Money show [...]


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Frank Mir Talks UFC 130, Fedor, Dana, Overeem & Nelson - Frank Mir

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir sat down with MMA:30's Dave Farra and discussed his long history with the UFC, the motorcycle accident that almost ended his career, and where he is now with Dana White and the UFC. Mir also gives his thoughts on Fedor, Overeem and other heavyweights coming over to the UFC, and talks about his upcoming fight with Roy Nelson at UFC 130.

Source: http://mmalice.com/frank-mir/frank-mir-talks-ufc-130-fedor-dana-overeem-nelson-video_b0936bfda.html

Stav Crazy Bear Economou Yves Edwards Justin Eilers Jon Olav Einemo

UFC 130, May 28

UFC 130
Saturday May 28
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, NV
Airing on PPV


MAIN CARD (PPV)

* Quinton Jackson (#5 Ranked Light Heavyweight) vs. Matt Hamill
* Jorge Santiago (#8 Ranked Middleweight) vs. Brian Stann
* Frank Mir (#8 Ranked Heavyweight) vs. Roy Nelson (#10 Ranked Heavyweight)
* Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne
* Thiago Alves (#4-tie Ranked Welterweight) vs. Rick Story

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike)
* Miguel Torres (#5 Ranked Bantamweight) vs. Demetrious Johnson (#9 Ranked Bantamweight)
* Kendall Grove vs. Tim Boetsch

PRELIMINARY CARD (unaired)

* Michael McDonald vs. Chris Cariaso
* Renan Barao vs. Cole Escovedo
* Gleison Tibau vs. Rafaello Oliveira

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Upcoming_Events_42/article_7938.shtml

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Welterweights Rory MacDonald and Mike Pyle meet at UFC 133 in Philadelphia

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Fresh off a highly impressive victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 129, Rory MacDonald will get right back into action this summer, as the UFC announced on Monday that he'll meet Mike Pyle at UFC 133 in August.

The 21-year-old will fight for just the second time outside of his home country of Canada, having previously fought in the United States in his UFC debut last January. MacDonald brings an 11-1 record into his fourth UFC appearance, with his sole career loss coming against Carlos Condit in a fantastic 2010 fight, where he won the first two rounds before being overwhelmed and stopped with seconds remaining in the third.

Pyle is riding a three fight win streak, and brings a 4-2 mark in his six UFC appearances. Though he was stopped in two of his first three fights in the organization - by Brock Larson on short notice and later by Jake Ellenberger - Pyle has impressed greatly in his last two outings. The 35-year-old halted the hype train of John Hathaway in England last October before sending veteran Ricardo Almeida into retirement with a hard fought decision victory at UFC 128 in March.

UFC 133 takes place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn. on August 6, headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis.

Penick's Analysis: This is an awesome welterweight fight for this card. Pyle is a legitimately difficult opponent for anyone in the division, and after his last two wins against Hathaway and Almeida is coming up the ladder in a strong way. MacDonald is a supreme talent, and as one of the youngest fighters on the UFC roster has a long future ahead of him. This is another big test and big opportunity for him after an impressive win over Nate Diaz, and this should be a fantastic fight for this card and for the fans in Philly.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9384.shtml

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Bellator 44: Karavackas rallies back with submission win

After the Lyman Good and Dan Hornbuckle bout was scrapped, Anthony Morrison and Bryan Goldsby were then promoted to the main-card for Bellator 44.
The event, which airs live on MTV2, remains to be one of the larger cards of the year, and Morrison nixed his opportunity to put his name amongst the masses when [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/05/14/bellator-44-karavackas-rallies-back-with-submission-win

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Win a signed FORM Athletics prize pack and four Toyo Tires in the "Go Time With Showtime" Anthony...

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/5/23/2186387/win-a-signed-form-athletics-prize-pack-and-four-toyo-tires-in-the-go

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Dana White says Nick Diaz vs. GSP not certain, but Diaz no longer set to box Jeff Lacy

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Though UFC President Dana White is attempting to throw some cold water on a potential fight between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz, all signs are pointing towards that fight taking place at some point this year.

In comments made to MMAJunkie.com's John Morgan, White said that there are still "a lot of hurdles" in getting Diaz into the UFC for this fight, and also added that the two of them coaching on The Ultimate Fighter is "not even a though" at this point, but one hurdle that has been cleared is a potential boxing bout with Jeff Lacy.

Diaz's boxing promoter, Don Chargin, sent out a press release on Monday stating that Diaz will not box Lacy due to an "opportunity of a lifetime" for the fighter in MMA. Another reporter for MMAJunkie, Steven Morocco, posted on Twitter that Chargin told him the "opportunity of a lifetime" is indeed a fight with GSP in December, from what he's been told.

Said Chargin in the release, "Nick is a good kid and a very exciting fighter. Right now he has an opportunity of a lifetime as it pertains to his MMA career. While I don't doubt that Nick and his team were serious about taking the big step into boxing, it only makes sense for him to finish what he started and see how far he can go in MMA before he does anything in boxing. It's all about timing... we began these discussions over two years ago and nobody would have imagined the type of demand that there currently is for Nick as a mixed martial artist."

Diaz's trainer Cesar Gracie also commented in the release, and made it clear that their discussions for the Lacy fight were serious, but this opportunity in MMA is what he's been looking for.

"There are some people that have said we were just posturing to go into professional boxing and they don't understand that this thing is something we had been working on since 2009," Gracie said. "It wasn't just out of nowhere but at this point in time, there's a certain chance that comes along once in a very long while and it only makes sense to stick to MMA as of right now."

"Nick's been working really hard to get to this point in his MMA career and it wouldn't make sense for us to make that transition into boxing right now. If this were a couple months ago or if certain fights had played out differently, we'd definitely be ready to go into boxing, but that's not how it played out. Don Chargin is a great boxing promoter and he understood our dilemma completely and I thank him for that."

So regardless of whatever "hurdles" White says they need to overcome, this appears to be the fight in play on all angles.

Penick's Analysis: White's posturing at this point, as I don't see Diaz and camp pulling out of this fight if they weren't going to be able to get this fight together. There may be hurdles and things that need to be worked out, but I don't see it being anything that will not allow them to put the fight on. This is the only fight that was going to get Diaz motivated to get back into the cage for right now, and it's a fight that's going to garner a ton of interest. And though he said the two of them on TUF isn't even a thought right now, I wouldn't count that out with filming set to start early next month. The wheels are all in motion for this fight, and though it's not yet official, I would have to imagine that it's exactly what we'll be seeing in December.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9386.shtml

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Strikeforce is finally going to Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a UFC town so it's always been taboo for rival promotions to hold events in the desert, but with the recent Zuffa purchase of Strikeforce, all barriers to have that promotion land in Sin City are gone.

ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto reports that a future Strikeforce Challengers show will be held in Las Vegas in July.

Sources have confirmed to ESPN.com the promotion intends to bring its Strikeforce Challengers series to Las Vegas on July 22. The card will most likely take place at The Pearl at The Palms casino, which has hosted UFC events in the past.

No fight matchups have been announced for the summer show, although sources say the date is expected to be the first of multiple Strikeforce Challengers cards held in Las Vegas.

Strikeforce Challengers 16 is slated for Kent, Wa. on June 24. Strikeforce has never held a show in Nevada. The last major promotion to invade Las Vegas was PRIDE with PRIDE 33 at the Thomas & Mack Arena in February of 2007. Just over a month later, UFC purchased PRIDE, the roster and library from its Japanese owners.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Strikeforce-is-finally-going-to-Las-Vegas?urn=mma-wp2433

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ROUNDTABLE: What was your favorite moment from UFC 129? Hansen, Perez, Hobaugh, Marsh, Hyden, Pelkey and Penick

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What was your favorite moment from UFC 129?

RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Easily, my favorite moment of UFC 129 was when I calculated the Confidence Picks game entries and had the distinct pleasure of telling Jamie Penick that he missed out on winning that game's title by falling short on the fourth tie-breaker.� But since he lapped the field in the betting contest that joy was fleeting, so I suppose seeing Lyoto Machida announce to the world that he is a force to be reckoned with at 205 is the lasting memory for me.

ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

No question it was the heart of Mark Hominick moving forward and doing his best - after being bloodied, bruised, and disfigured - to defeat the champ in five rounds and never giving up.� Machida may have the memory of the night as it's hard to forget a KO like that, but Hominick showed true heart of a champion, and didn't need a belt to prove it.

ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

When Randy Couture said to Joe Rogan "I think the last time we had this conversation I had all my teeth."� It would have been really easy to have been less than pleasant after getting his ass beat by Lyoto Machida. I think that has been the big draw of Couture as a fighter over the years.� When he wins he is humble and when he looses he makes fun of him self. This is one of the many reasons I will miss him in the octagon.�

GRIFFIN MARSH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

THE KARATE KID KRANE KICK! ... duh

FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

I liked Lyoto Machida's homage to The Karate Kid. I know it's mixing characters from that movie, but I was expecting a "sweep the leg," or a "put him in a bodybag, Lyoto!" soundbite from Mike Goldberg or Joe Rogan. That highlight reel kick from Machida to put the seal on Randy Couture's illustrious career was my favorite moment for sure. There was other great stuff, but that was it for me. It was just a beautiful kick.

MATT PELKEY, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

So many to choose from: Lyoto's best Daniel Larusso in the All Valley Karate Tournament impression, the subsequent slow-mo replays of Randy Couture's tooth flying through the air, Rory MacDonald's three suplexes in one round, Pablo Garza's flying triangle, John Makdessi's spinning backfist. But for me, it was the fifth round of Aldo-Hominick. After sustaining the beating of a lifetime through four rounds, Hominick managed to score his first takedown of the fight a minute into the last round. From there he started pouring on the punishment. He wasn't able to get the finish in needed, but in the hope spot to end all hope spots (pro wrestling reference) Hominick had my heart beating in my throat as the time ticked down. It was one of the gutsiest performances I've ever seen in sports, and while it wasn't enough to wrest the title away from Aldo, it was enough to earn a draw on my personal (irrelevant) scorecard: 10-9, 9-10, 10-9, 10-9, 8-10...47-47. Fight of the Year so far.

JAMIE PENICK, MMATORCH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

It's a tossup for me between Machida's Karate Kid homage against Randy Couture and Rory MacDonald rag-dolling Nate Diaz in the third round of their fight with three suplex-like slams. Though the main event would ultimately be a let-down ending to the UFC's historic night in Toronto, those two highlights alone would have made up for it. But throw in Mark Hominick's gutsy performance in his loss to Jose Aldo in an excellent fight, John Makdessi throwing in a spinning back fist knockout with a beautiful setup, Pablo Garza pulling off the flying triangle choke, Jason MacDonald utilizing excellent technique in his own triangle submission, this was simply a fantastic night of fights with tons of great moments. But Machida and Rory MacDonald topped the list for me.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/roundtables/article_9314.shtml

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Mayhem Miller Plans On Beating Aaron Simpson At His Own Game During UFC 132

Mayhem Miller Plans On Beating Aaron Simpson At His Own Game During UFC 132.






Source: http://www.mmatko.com/mayhem-miller-plans-on-beating-aaron-simpson-at-his-own-game-during-ufc-132/

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FEATURE: The Five Greatest MMA Champions Of All-Time

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

Throughout the short time that mixed martial arts has been recognized as a legitimate sport, we?ve seen many champions come and go; some more memorable than others; some one-shot wonders, and, here and there, a truly mesmerizing champ worthy of worlds acclaim.<BR><BR>

I could likely list a solid 20 good champions, but only a small handful have earned the right to make this list. So, rather than rant, I?ll get right down to the five greatest champions this sport has ever seen.<BR><BR>

<B>#5: Matt Hughes:</B><BR><BR>

Hughes wasn?t just known for frequent title defenses, he was known for the gruesome damage he fed any challenger to enter the cage with him. A potent mixture of elite wrestling and furious ground and pound often left his foes looking more like hamburger meat than human being. His slams are legendary, and his cardio ranks amongst the best in the business.<BR><BR>

His one true deficiency? Rudimentary striking.<BR><BR>

Had Hughes focused on his striking much earlier in his career, he may have held the title longer than was the case. A late career attempt to refine his striking did however pay off eventually, as he managed to badly hurt Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida with his fists, post champion run of course.<BR><BR>

<B>#4: Chuck Liddell:</B><BR><BR>

Back when fighters had the notion to flop to their back and wait for the chance at securing a submission, Chuck was standing in the pocket, firing bombs and sending opponents to the hospital. Chuck carried that mentality as the sport evolved, and by the early 2000?s Liddell found foes willing to try their luck in a striking match with the mohawked madman; it rarely paid off, and Chuck more often than not saw his hand raised.<BR><BR>

By the time Liddell won the light heavyweight title in 2005, he?d made a name for himself as the hardest hitting 205 pound fighter in the world. He enjoyed one of the most impressive title runs in the history of the sport, and disposed of rivals Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture at the height of is success.<BR><BR>

Sadly father time caught up with Chuck early, and by 40 years old, Liddell?s ability to absorb punishment went AWOL. Fighters who 9arguably) weren?t fit to share the cage with the legend were knocking out ?The Iceman? unconscious.<BR><BR>

Liddell retired after being rendered unconscious three consecutive times.<BR><BR><!--more-break-->

<B>#3: Randy Couture:</B><BR><BR>

Few fighters manage to win titles in two different weight classes. Then again, few fighters can compete at an elite level once well beyond 45 years old. Obviously, Randy Couture is not your average man; he?s Captain America, dammit.<BR><BR>

Throughout Couture?s career he faced any and all put in front of him. Never one to turn down a fight, Randy battled Tim Sylvia, Pedro Rizzo, Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort and Tito Ortiz, all in winning affairs. Amazingly he fluctuated between light heavyweight and heavyweight seamlessly, and despite being an undersized heavyweight, it didn?t prevent him from capturing the title.<BR><BR>

After a devastating knockout loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 129, Couture finally hung the gloves up.<BR><BR>

<B>#2: Georges St. Pierre:</B><BR><BR>

?GSP? has been an absolute phenomenon, and in all honesty, may be the most athletic fighter to ever enter a cage. An unchallenged fight IQ and insanely diverse skill set separate Georges from nearly every other champion the sport has seen.<BR><BR>

Throughout Georges? nine year career he?s toppled every opponent he?s faced. From the legendary Matt Hughes to elite challengers in Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields, St. Pierre has emerged successful time and again.<BR><BR>

Though St. Pierre suffered a hiccup at UFC 69, when he was stopped by Matt Serra, he?s been flawless since; he?s also avenged that loss, in brutal fashion.<BR><BR><!--more-break-->

<B>#1 Anderson Silva/Fedor Emelianenko:</B><BR><BR>

There?s no way I can call one of these two fighters better than the other.<BR><BR>

Emelianenko ruled the heavyweight division for nearly 10 years. He destroyed the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Andrei Arlovski, Mark Coleman, Tim Sylvia, and Semmy Schilt, just to name a few. This man did not lose a fight for a staggering 28 bout stretch. If that?s not amazing, I don?t know what is.<BR><BR>

As for Anderson Silva, he is today?s real life action hero. Unorthodox maneuvers that most wouldn?t dare attempt often result in highlight reel finishes for Silva. He?s been so amazing that it seems every challenger to battle Silva has mentally lost the fight before even stepping into the cage. Legitimate contenders are becoming a genuine rarity.<BR><BR>

Silva hasn?t lost a bout in five years; he?s amassed an astonishing 13 straight victories under the UFC banner, and he?s battered all comers, fighting the distance only twice in those thirteen bouts.<BR><BR>

Amongst Silva?s recent victims are Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Forrest Griffin and Demian Maia. The only question left for Anderson is: will he get his super fight with welterweight king Georges St. Pierre?<BR><BR>

Source: http://www.mmanews.com/home.php

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UFC 130 "Prelims Live" on Spike TV to feature Boetsch vs. Grove, Torres vs. Johnson

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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With the loss of UFC 130's main event between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, the night's lineup has been shuffled a bit, and Spike TV has now announced the two fights for the event's hour-long "Prelims Live" broadcast on the network.

The welterweight fight between Thiago Alves and Rick Story that was initially targeted for the Spike TV broadcast has now been moved to the pay-per-view portion of the card, and in it's place a middleweight bout between Tim Boetsch and Kendall Grove will air on Spike.

The bantamweight fight between Miguel Torres and Demetrious Johnson will remain on the Spike broadcast, which comes live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 28. The night's pay-per-view card is now headlined by the light heavyweight fight between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Matt Hamill.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9347.shtml

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Matt Hamill: I'm going to prove that I'm in 'Rampage' Jackson's league at UFC 130

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/5/22/2184019/matt-hamill-im-going-to-prove-that-im-in-rampage-jacksons-league-at

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Shane Del Rosario out of June 18 Strikeforce event after car accident; Noons vs. Masvidal likely taking its place

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Shane Del Rosario has been forced out of a planned bout with Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce's June 18 event in Dallas, Texas, after suffering injuries in a car accident earlier this week, according to a report from MMAJunkie.com.

There's no word yet on the extent of Del Rosario's injuries, but they were serious enough that he will not be able to take part in this card.

The loss of the fight has opened up a spot for a lightweight bout between K.J. Noons and Jorge Masvidal, which the report states is taking the place of that fight on the card.

Noons will return to action for the first time since losing to Nick Diaz in their rematch last October, and it will mark his return back to the lightweight division after jumping up to welterweight for that fight.

Masvidal will take part in his second fight on the Strikeforce roster after an impressive performance against Billy Evangelista at Strikeforce's first event in Columbus, Ohio in March.

The June 18 event takes place from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, headlined by the Heavyweight World Grand Prix fight between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.

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Penick's Analysis: There isn't much detail on how bad Del Rosario's accident was, but I hope that he's alright outside of being forced out of the fight. Hopefully none of his injuries are too serious. It's unfortunate that this fight will be lost from this card, but if it's not too serious he might able to return for the July card and this would still be a great fight. As for Noons-Masvidal, it's an excellent lightweight fight and a good replacement under the circumstances. It's one of the best matchups Strikeforce can make in that weight class, actually, and it should be a very good fight.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Affliction2/article_9265.shtml

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Travis Browne - Respect Your Elders

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/Travis-Browne-Respect-Your-Elders

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"UFC Presents Rampage Jackson: In the Moment" to air on Spike TV on May 25

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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With the loss of UFC 130's original main event in Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard, Spike TV's planned "In the Moment" special for Edgar will no longer be put together, and the network will instead produce one focusing on the event's new headliner Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

"UFC Presents Rampage Jackson: In the Moment" will air on Spike TV on Wednesday, May 25, at 10PM ET/PT following that night's episode of The Ultimate Fighter 13.

Like the debut episode of the program in March following then UFC Light Heavyweight Title challenger Jon Jones, the half-hour program will follow Jackson in his family and training lives as he prepares for his fight with Matt Hamill in Las Vegas on May 28. Unlike other special programming for the UFC, the "In the Moment" series is told from the fighter's point of view with no narration outside of their own commentary, and this will be just the second iteration of the show.

[Rampage Jackson art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9308.shtml

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Details on new accident insurance plan for UFC and Strikeforce fighters; Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta comment

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC held a teleconference on Monday to give more details on their unprecedented new accident insurance policy for all fighters under contract.

The policy will be in place for every fighter in the organization, and will be valid around the world beginning on June 1 of this year. The UFC has already begun enrolling all their fighters in the program during their annual fighter symposium in Las Vegas this week. Here's some of what the new policy will entail:

-All fighters under contract to the UFC or Strikeforce will be covered. Lorenzo Fertitta believed the total number of covered fighters to be close to 400.

-$50,000 of coverage maximum per fighter per year. That amount is supplementary to what is covered on fight nights, and fighters who suffer injuries during a fight will still get coverage under those initial policies.

-Per Fertitta, the policy will cover "everything from physician services, lab tests, emergency room, anesthetics, physical therapy, anything that would involve any type of an accident."

-Basic medical checkups such as cold and flu coverage is not included, and the deal was equated to more of a car insurance-type policy, where injuries from accidents are covered but not basic medical services.

-Fighters are covered whether they have a fight coming up or not, provided they are still under contract to the organization.

They also announced that there will be a full time employee dedicated to handling the claims of all fighters, the same employee that handles current claims from UFC events.

Both Fertitta and UFC President Dana White expressed that this type of coverage was a goal of theirs from very early on in their ownership of the organization, and it took a long time to get it all together.

"The issue of accidental insurance for fighters has been an issue, obviously, for a long time," Fertitta said during the call (transcribed by our friend Zach Arnold at FightOpinion.com). "Of course, fighters have always been and are covered for anything that happens during an event or during a fight. The complexity comes as far as providing insurance for fighters when they?re not in a fight, during their training, during time in-between and it?s unprecedented in the fact that in combat sports this has actually never been done. About three years ago, me & Dana sat down with the rest of our executive and, essentially, came to the decision that we were going to figure out how to do this, no matter what."

White added, "This is a huge deal for us, this is a big milestone in the company. You know, you always hear me talking about milestones and all the things we've accomplished, we've been trying to figure this one out since we started the company. To be here today announcing that we can finally cover these fighters... and not just for fights but for training, like Lorenzo said, it's a big day not only for this company but for combat sports in general. It's never been done. People have talked about it, people have attempted to do it, it?s never been done and now it finally has and it?s a proud moment for us."

Penick's Analysis: This really is such a great move on the UFC's part. For business reasons and otherwise, proactively taking care of their fighters with benefits like this, especially without needing to be forced into it by the development of a fighter's union, allows them some leeway with having their fighters as "independent contractors." But outside of the image, this just makes things so much easier for a lot of the lower end fighters on the roster or younger and newer fighters that haven't had time to make a lot of money to cover injury expenses, and allows them to not have to worry about their injuries to the extent they've had to in the past. There is always the possibility that this leads to more fights being called off more often, as fighters will hopefully get things taken care of instead of fighting through potentially dangerous injuries.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9291.shtml

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While NFL and NBA punish, UFC rewards; fighters to get bonuses for using Twitter

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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While most professional sports leagues, most notably the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, have discouraged their athletes from utilizing Twitter to get their names and opinions out to their fanbase, going so far as to fine a number of players significant amounts of money, the UFC is taking the exact opposite approach.

In fact, not only does the UFC encourage their fighters to use Twitter and to be heavily involved in social networking and developing their own brand, they're now going to start paying them as well.

Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com reported the details this week of the UFC's new Twitter incentive for fighters, which will will pay out more than $240,000 to fighters a year just for using Twitter.

The new policy, which was introduced to fighters this week at the annual fighter summit in Las Vegas, will go into effect on June 1.

Per Helwani's report, fighters will be divided into four categories based on how many followers they currently have on Twitter. Then, after each quarter, the UFC will pick three fighters from each category as bonus winners based on who gained the highest percentage of followers and who was the most creative with their tweets. The three fighters in each category chosen will then receive a $5,000 bonus from the organization.

UFC President Dana White has been a major proponent of Twitter, frequently interacting with fans and non-fans of his and also utilizing the program around events to set up impromptu ticket giveaways and more.

So if you're already on Twitter and following a number of fighters, expect a bombardment of chatter and more from them once June 1 hits.

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Penick's Analysis: The UFC has been ahead of the game when it comes to utilizing social media and new and different technology to increase their brand awareness and keep in touch with the fanbase. With how into Twitter White is, this new policy is no surprise at all, but it's still a good way to get their fighters more into this to increase their profiles and to expand their own personal fanbase. Twitter can be a powerful tool for those that have exposure, and it will be a good way for fans to continue interacting with fighters as they likely get more into using Twitter and posting (hopefully) interesting comments and replies. There's already an abundance of fighter activity on Twitter, but this is sure to ratchet that up quite a few notches.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9311.shtml

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Bellator 45 results and LIVE fight coverage for 'Hale vs M'Pumbu' TONIGHT (May 21) in Lake Charles, LA

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/5/21/2181155/bellator-45-results-and-live-fight-coverage-for-hale-vs-mpumbu

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Shinya Aoki - Post Fight - Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley - SHOWTIME Sports - Shinya Aoki

The submission artist, Shinya Aoki, talks about his 93 second win over Lyle Beerbohm and his concerns for Japan.

Source: http://mmalice.com/shinya-aoki/shinya-aoki-post-fight-strikeforce-diaz-vs-daley-showtime-sports-video_2fae35244.html

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Anthony Perosh out of UFC 131 with injury, Igor Pokrajac in against Krzsysztof Soszynski

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Injuries continue to hit upcoming cards for the UFC, and the latest to bow out of a fight is Anthony Perosh, as the UFC announced that he is out of his scheduled bout with Krzsysztof Soszynski at UFC 131 in Vancouver next month, and will be replaced by Igor Pokrajac.

Pokrajac brings a 2-3 UFC record into his sixth appearance in the Octagon, having won two of his last three fights after back-to-back losses upon his organizational debut. In his last outing, Pokrajac's late first round assault of Todd Brown caused the fight to be stopped following the completion of the frame at UFC on Versus 3.

Soszynski got back in the win column his last time out at UFC 122 in November, defeating Goran Reljic by decision to bounce back from a TKO loss to Stephan Bonnar at UFC 116 in July. He has alternated losses and victories over his last four fights after a six fight win streak, which included wins in his first three fights in the UFC.

UFC 131 is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos, and airs live on pay-per-view from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 11.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9304.shtml

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UFC?s Chael Sonnen Can Reapply for Fight License After June 29

The California State Athletic Commission has clarified that UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen can reapply for a license to fight in California and elsewhere after June 29, 2011, one year earlier than initially announced.

Before his suspension was upheld, the UFC still planned to feature Sonnen against Michael Bisping as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 14.

Source: http://mmafrenzy.com/18578/ufcs-chael-sonnen-can-reapply-for-fight-license-after-june-29/

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Strikeforce heavyweight Shane Del Rosario hit by allegedly intoxicated driver; faces physical and legal complications moving forward

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Though the news only broke on Friday afternoon, Shane Del Rosario's car accident happened in mid-April according to a report from MMAJunkie.com.

Speaking with Del Rosario's trainer, Colin Oyama, the MMAJunkie report got more information about the accident, and unfortunately Del Rosario may have difficulties in getting back to action.

Del Rosario was hit by an allegedly intoxicated woman on April 14th while at a stoplight, and his injuries are severe enough that his trainer is concerned about whether or not he'll be able to make a full recovery.

"He's having some serious physical difficulties," Oyama said. "He's planning on [fighting again], but the injuries are serious enough to where it's kind of in question whether he can or not. We're hoping that he can. We'll know more in six months."

"He was at a complete stop. This lady was drunk at 6 p.m. ? I'm not sure how you're drunk at 6 p.m. ? but she lost control of her car, smashed into him, and apparently tried to flee the scene. The cops chased her down and caught her."

The woman in question, Kimberly Essayian, was arrested and booked on DUI charges by the Orange County Police Department, and with his car totaled, Del Rosario is currently going through the legal process against her, which is adding another set of issues to his situation.

"He's been trying to go to rehab as much as possible, but it's difficult with the lawsuit in what you can and can't do," Oyama said. "Everything you do is affecting the lawsuit. People following him (and saying), 'Oh, he's not hurt, he can walk.' It's like, come on. Are you kidding me?"

"If anything it will become a big legal distraction for him. But as far as training, he won't be able to train for probably another two or three months."

Del Rosario was supposed to face Daniel Cormier next month at Strikeforce's June 18 event in Dallas, Texas, but his injuries forced him out of the fight. A lightweight bout between K.J. Noons and Jorge Masvidal is expected to replace that fight on the card.

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Penick's Analysis: That's not good news at all. I was hoping to hear it would be a less serious injury, but it's likely a multitude of things if he was at a stand still and his car was totaled. Sadly it's just another of the many examples of idiotic people getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when they're very much not in shape to do so, and people get hurt or worse. Hopefully Del Rosario can get through this legal process in a relatively quick amount of time, and more importantly I hope his rehab all goes well. He's a very talented fighter and bright prospect and it would be a shame to have his career severely affected by some idiotic drunk driver.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Affliction2/article_9269.shtml

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