Monday, February 28, 2011

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STRIKEFORCE NEWS: Fedor's coaches blaming psychics, hypnosis, steroids for Fedor's loss to Bigfoot Silva

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Fedor Emelianenko has handled his loss to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva last Saturday on Showtime with class and dignity, but the same can't be said for those behind him. Two of his coaches have made some comments that range from accusatory to simply insane out of the event, making excuses for "The Last Emperor" and why the fight went down the way it did on Saturday in New Jersey.

First there's Vladimir Voronov, and his theory on what happened, and it's a doozy: psychological technology and hypnosis.

"We believe that forbidden psychological technology was used," Voronov said in an interview with (translated by Fighter's Only). "It seems to us that not everything was right, and that certain technologies were used. Not ones that could be seen by the naked eye but psychological technologies that worked on both fighters at a distance.

"That is why during the fight Fedor was just not like himself. It seemed very strange behaviour from Fedor. He stepped into the ring and did everything exactly the opposite of what we practiced before the fight. We were all shocked! Fedor had never previously done such a thing.

"Now nearly a week passes, everything settles, and we understand why all this happened."

They didn't leave it at psychological technology either, as Lifesports consulted a teacher from "Russia's largest school of hypnosis."

"The human mind has enormous power of suggestion, it explains all sorts of curses, evil eye, etc? Nicholas Zakharkin said.

"Therefore, if a well-trained specialist is in the area of visual contact with Emelianenko, then he could convince him of anything and have any effect. If the hypnotist was set up and sat at a distance where he could meet eyes, he could make hypnotic influence without any big problems."

But that's not all. Fedor's striking coach Alexander Michkov had some choice comments about the fight, and it just wouldn't be an interview with someone from Fedor's camp without some good old fashioned performance enhancing drug accusations.

"Of course [Silva's weight gain from weigh-ins to fight day] amazed us. Think about it, how can the normal human-being gain 10 kg in 24 hours? There is something fishy here," Michkov said in an interview with (translated by "The truth is, all our fighters, I am talking about Russian fighters here, that are fighting under M-1, train on their natural abilities. Of course, they take vitamins, but that's it. At the same time, all the foreign fighters, I think about 99% of them, are taking chemicals. Obviously it was not a problem for Silva to make a weight. He weighted 264 pounds in the day of the weigh-ins, and the next day, he was already over 280, he gained 10 kg... It's very hard to fight with opponent like this."

Michkov wasn't finished. When asked about Strikeforce's claims of testing all fighters in the Heavyweight World Grand Prix, Michkov took aim at all of the participants outside of Fedor.

"The [testing] situation is very unclear," Michkov said. "For example, we hear rumors that two other quarterfinals may be fought in the state that is very liberal with the testing. Why? Because any kind of semi-deep testing will prevent Overeem from fighting. With an naked eye, you can see that he is gormandized with steroids. We asked organizers to use Olympic style testing, but they declined to do so. And that was the right decision, because otherwise, everyone will get busted but Fedor."

Penick's Analysis: Lunacy such as the comments from Voronov just don't even warrant a response, but Michkov's ridiculousness does. He seems to conveniently overlook the fact that their own Kirill "Baby Fedor" Sidelnikov has tested positive for steroids, while Overeem has never done so. The "naked eye" comment is absolutely laughable, and there's just so much bitterness in these comments from these coaches who, frankly, have nothing but Fedor Emelianenko to fall back on, and when he leaves the sport they'll be left without a big time fighter. And comments like these from people close to him will lead to backlash from fans against Fedor and his whole camp even further than has happened before towards M-1. The comments aren't coming from him, but he and his image can be dragged down by the ridiculousness of these types of statements.


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Brian Ebersole upsets Chris Lytle at UFC 127

Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole, with over 60 professional mixed martial arts fights on his record, was making his UFC debut against Chris “Lights Out” Lytle at UFC 127. Ebersole was a replacement for Carlos Condit who had to withdraw due to a knee injury. Ebersole made the most of his debut by showcasing an orthodox [...]

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Paul "semtex" Daley -vs- Yuya Shirai @ BAMMA 5 - 2.26.11 {video}


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According to Jon Fitch, milk is a bad choice

Yahoo! Sports looked at the vegetarian habits of fighters last week, with their motives both humanitarian and for health. In this video, Jon Fitch talks about his issues with milk. (Note: Fitch isn't a registered dietician, so take his advice with the recommended dosage of salt.)

Has anyone told Fitch that milk is delicious? Because it is and I am enjoying a glass of yummy skim milk as I type this.

Fighters have worked plenty of different diet plans, everything from Diego Sanchez and stevia to the popular Dolce Diet and Fuel the Fighter. The important thing to remember is that fighters' should be finely tuned to their training because they expend an insane amount of calories in training, and they have to time their eating habits around weighing in and fight night. That doesn't mean their nutrional choices are wrong, but their needs are very different than an average Joe or Jane.


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What's Left For Brandon Vera In The UFC?

That question is posed honestly and not maliciously, by the way. It?s recently been reported that former ufc star Brandon Vera will soon be taking the ?former? out of that equation, new reports state that Vera will be back inside the Octagon now that the results of Thiago Silva?s drug test remains in dispute. According [...]


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UFC QUOTABLES: Miguel Torres offers advice to Fedor Emelianenko - "Man up or get left behind"

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

"[Fedor is] at a crossroads in his life. [He's been] dominating his division, plus the popularity, exposure and everything that comes with being The Man, a showman, a father, representing a country and people ? and being a fighter.

He needs to adjust to the times and start working on being a cerebral fighter (again) and not a showman. He needs to play catch-up in a world he used to dominate. That stings really bad, but you man up or get left behind...

I say yes, [he needs to leave Russia]. Russia will always be his home, but he lacks growth. Sometimes loyalty can hold you back...

I left to find growth ? and everyone hates me for it, saying I'm a deserter and forgot where I came from. Even now, with my new style, people say I'm scared or not exciting. When I was training here, I didn't give a (care) and fought for the fans. When I lost, everyone threw (crap) on me saying I was nobody. My new style is actually cerebral and smart. I don't get hurt anymore, but lost fans. When I get the belt back, they will (love me) again, but I won't care. I'm all grown up...

When you man up, people will critique you and hate you for leaving, call you names and judge you for doing what's good for you. I feel Fedor's situation. It (freaking) sucks, but (crap) happens. All we can do is get better ? and (screw) everyone else."

-Miguel Torres offers some words of wisdom to Fedor Emelianenko in an interview with

Penick's Analysis: Torres knows where Fedor's at more than most. Though he didn't have a decade long undefeated streak, he did hold a 37-1 record over nine years in the sport before getting caught by Brian Bowles. He then followed that up with a loss to Joseph Benavidez. Now he's changed a lot of things up in his training and his style, and he received a lot of backlash for it at UFC 126. But what his detractors failed to mention was that he was efficient and extremely effective, all the while avoiding any unnecessary damage and not making any mistakes. He had been stuck in a certain style and he made adjustments, and that's an example Fedor can follow. His coaches said after the loss to Bigfoot Silva that there wasn't a gameplan for the fight. Well, with the increasing skill level in the heavyweight division and the changes the sport has undergone even over the last five years, it's time for "The Last Emperor" to bring his game into 2011 if he's going to continue.


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The Premiere Edition of Loser Leaves Town: UFC 125 Edition


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BELLATOR NEWS: Season four featherweight quarterfinals kick off at Bellator 37, matchups now set

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Bellator's season four featherweight tournament will kick off on March 19 at Bellator 37 from the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Okla., according to a report from

The season four pairings are set, and all eight competitors will be in action.

The first round of the tournament will feature Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, Zac George against Wilson Reis, Eric Larkin vs. Kenny Foster and Daniel Straus vs. Nazareno Malegarie.

The tournament winner will earn $100,000 for their efforts, along with a shot at Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren in season five.

Link to Original Source Article

Penick's Analysis: These are all really solid fights for the opening round of the tournament. "Pitbull" and Reis have got to be early favorites with their tourney experience and success, but as we've seen with Bellator so far, a lot can happen in a three month stretch. This should be an entertaining tournament field, and these fights should be a good start to this tournament in season four.


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Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera Fight Videos UFC 127

UFC 127 Penn vs. Fitch MMA fight videos of Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera.




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UFC 127 Watching Over Times Square

Nobody markets MMA like Dana White/UFC President. �Even though MMA is not sanctioned in New York, the Big Apple is the media capital of the world, so every UFC PPV event has a billboard smack in the middle of Times Square. Click through to see a range of pictures of the UFC 127 billboard.


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UFC 127 main-card results: Fitch vs. Penn ends in draw, Bisping earns dubious TKO

An otherwise-entertaining UFC 127 card ended with a thud when a No. 1 contender's bout between welterweight notables Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn ended in a majority draw.

The letdown of a decision (in an otherwise competitive fight) headlined the event, which took place at sold-out Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.

The overseas show took place on Sunday in Australia, but due to the time difference, aired in its normal Saturday-night pay-per-view timeslot in the U.S.


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bellator adds French light heavyweight Christian M'Pumbu to season-four tourney

French light heavyweight Christian M'Pumbu is the latest addition to Bellator Fighting Championships' upcoming season-four tourney.

Bellator officials today announced the signing of the 33-year-old "Tonton" as the seventh tourney entrant.

"Christian's dangerous in every facet of the game, and he could use this platform on MTV2 to establish himself as a force in the 205-pound division," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney stated in today's official release.


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Michael Bisping: 'Jorge Rivera's cornermen were still screaming abuse at me after the fight'


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UFC 127 bonuses: Hunt, Noke, Lytle and Ebersole earn $75,000 awards

Mark Hunt, Kyle Noke, Chris Lytle and Brian Ebersole each earned $75,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 127 event.

Hunt earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Noke got the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Lytle and Ebersole earned "Fight of the Night" honors.

Marshall Zelaznik, the UFC's managing director of international development, announced the bonus winners and award amounts at UFC 127's post-event press conference.


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UFC NEWS: UFC 129 brings in $11 million gate, Dana White "blown away" by ticket sales and fan response

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Last week the UFC destroyed prior records for ticket sales when UFC 129 sold out with 55,000 tickets.

On a media conference call on Tuesday, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the ticket sales bring a gate of $11 million, more than double their previous best. For White, the response for the UFC's first event in Toronto, Ontario, was overwhelming.

"I always talk about how big Canada is, and how big we're growing internationally," White said. "It was a big move to put 42,000 tickets on sale. Every time we go up to [Montreal's] Bell Centre, we sell that thing out. But the question was, how many more people were really looking for tickets? Is it 25,000? Maybe it's 29,000? 30,000?

"When we put 42,000 on sale, I'll admit I was a little nervous about it and I didn't know. I'm absolutely blown away by the response."

The record setting gate marks the first eight figure gate for the organization, but when asked why it's taken so long to reach a higher boxing-level gate, White made it clear that there's a reason the UFC hasn't hit the big boxing level gates.

"That's why we haven't hit those numbers because we don't want to [charge insane prices]," White said. "We sold 55,000 tickets for the Rogers Centre and those are fans buying the tickets... The only reason we're doubling the gate we've done before is because we've sold 55,000 tickets."

"Boxing is charging five grand for tickets [in Las Vegas] and the casinos are buying them. I don't ever want to be in that situation."

This event will be the UFC's first ever stadium event, and it's something they've shied away from doing in the past for fear of losing the "UFC experience" for fans. But White assured those on the call that they've done this the right way.

"The one thing that always worried me about doing a stadium was losing that experience that the fans get in anywhere from a 10,000 to 20,000 seat arena," White said. "This place is perfect. The way we've laid it out, we put risers in; there won't be a bad seat in this place. To be able to do a stadium this big and say there won't be a bad seat in the house, we pulled it off. It's going to be great."

But despite the layout they put together and the fight card that they're bringing to Toronto in April, White admitted that they just don't know what the demand will be in these spots because it's a new thing for them. He questioned whether they'd get 60,000 to 80,000 for an event, and wondered just what the ceiling was in a bigger stadium than the Rogers Centre.

"I'm pretty cocky about this stuff," White said. "I believe in the brand and the sport and the fighters. The question always is, we sold out 23,000 tickets [in Montreal for UFC 124], but how many people were really looking for tickets? Now I'm sitting here with 55,000 sold out and still thinking the same thing. How many more could we have done in a bigger stadium? How many more people were looking for tickets? It's crazy."

The UFC expects this event, along with the first Canadian edition of the UFC Fan Expo, to bring an economic boost of $40 million to the city of Toronto. White added that the taxes from the ticket sales alone will bring $1.5 million to the city. The success of this event should provide an example to New York about what they could be missing with their failure to allow mixed martial arts to run in the state.

UFC 129 features a stacked card headlined by a Welterweight Championship fight between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields, a co-main event for the UFC Featherweight Championship between Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick, and a light heavyweight feature between Lyoto Machida and Randy "The Natural" Couture.


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Watch today's UFC 127 fighter weigh-ins live on at 10 p.m. ET

"UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on

Today's festivities take place at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, and begin at 10 p.m. ET (2 p.m. Saturday AEST local time). A Q&A session with Kenny Florian also airs at 8 p.m. ET.

In addition to the video stream, you can get live updates in our text-only results post on the homepage.


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MFC 28 Results: Ryan Jimmo Wins Title, Drew Fickett Scores Quick Win

Ryan Jimmo won the Maximum Fighting Championship light heavyweight title on Saturday with a third-round TKO of Dwayne Lewis in the main event of "MFC 28: Supremacy" in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The HDNet-televised event also saw Drew Fickett quickly submit late-replacement Matt Veach.


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UFC Should Shut Down Homophobic Slurs

by Michael David Smith

In the UFC's latest promotional video blog for this weekend's UFC 127 card, Michael Bisping uses a homophobic slur to insult his opponent, Jorge Rivera. This is the latest example of an ongoing problem of people involved with the UFC using completely unacceptable language. It needs to stop.

To be more specific, the UFC needs to stop it: The biggest and best mixed martial arts organization in the world needs to tell its fighters, staff and other employees that in 2011, homophobic slurs aren't acceptable, and that those who can't or won't refrain from using such language are going to face serious consequences. And the UFC certainly shouldn't feature the use of homophobic slurs in promotional materials like this video blog on the UFC's own YouTube channel.


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5 Reasons Jorge Rivera Could Beat Michael Bisping

If you didn?t know who Jorge Rivera was before the weeks leading up to UFC 127, you most likely know now. With a series of hilarious internet videos, Rivera has dominated the pre-fight verbal war between himself and his impending opponent Michael Bisping. It seems as if Bisping has met his match when it comes [...]


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HANSEN: Strikeforce killing momentum, hurting their Heavyweight Grand Prix by delaying second set of quarterfinals

By: Rich Hansen, MMATorch Columnist

NEWS: Remaining Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Fights Will NOT Happen on April 9 As Originally Announced

(Or "Scott Coker determined to destroy Strikeforce more efficiently than even Dana White could do").

How many fights does Josh Barnett have to steal away from MMA fans before promoters stop hiring him? Strikeforce will reportedly now be running in California on April 9, which means that since Josh Barnett failed to piss clean on three separate occasions, refuses to cooperate with the CSAC, and refuses to give one half of one percent of a damn for you, me, and all the other MMA fans in the world, the Barnett-Rogers fight and the Overeem-Werdum fights will be delayed for at least a few more weeks, if not much longer.

Sherdog reported late Monday night that the April 9 event is now looking to have co-main event fights of Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri and Nick Diaz vs. either Paul Daley or Tyron Woodley, with the second set of Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal bouts no longer taking place on the card.

Of course, Daley has a fight scheduled for February 26 and might be smart enough to not want to fight Nick Diaz a mere six weeks later. And that's assuming he defeats Yuya Shirai on that night. As for the possibility of Woodley accepting the Diaz fight, Woodley also might be smart enough to not take a fight with Nick Diaz on six week's notice as well. And he's probably smart enough to know that going from Tarec Saffiedine in his last fight to Nick Diaz in his next might be too large of a step up in competition.

So because Scott Coker decided to sign and back an apparently un-licensable Josh Barnett when he could have just as easily slotted a deserving Daniel Cormier into the back-end of the Grand Prix bracket, the following side-effects will damage his company:

1: It looks like we are all going to have to wait at least another month or two (Strikeforce isn't planning on running an event in May, although that might change now) for the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix to finish. The first two fights of the Grand Prix delivered Showtime their best ever ratings for MMA, and that momentum is going to be severely stunted as a result of Josh Barnett's existence in the tournament.

2: If Daley declines to fight Diaz on short notice, if Daley loses in Japan, or if Woodley declines to fight Diaz, then the April 9 card is going to be weak, at best. And once you consider the relative weakness of the March 5 card, that'll be two shows in a row that appear weak on paper. And yes, I realize that a show that is weak on paper can be the best show of the year, and vice versa. But considering how hot Strikeforce has been recently, this would be a real body blow.

3: Strikeforce's credibility will be shot if they can not come through with the remaining quarterfinal fights on the exact date they promised. Strikeforce will forever etch into granite their reputation of being the promotion whose tail wags the dog if they can't deliver what they promise. It is one thing to float ideas, like they did with their abortive Middleweight Grand Prix. It's one thing to get railroaded by the Russian mafia. But like my daddy* used to say, "Once is a fluke, twice is a trend, and three times is time to cut bait.**"

*I never called him 'Daddy.'
**He never actually said that.

4: There is now a MAJOR competitive disadvantage in the tournament. Let's theorize that the remaining quarterfinal fights happen in May. Let's say after those two fights that the two winners (let's call them Barnett and Overeem) want a reasonable 13 weeks between fights. That places the semi-finals somewhere in the middle of August. That would mean Barnett and Overeem on three months notice would be fighting against Kharitonov and Silva respectively on six months notice. Those disparities are, believe it or not, the BEST case scenarios. Check this out...

Showtime and Strikeforce both know that the number one reason that the Fedor vs. Silva card drew so heavily was because they marketed the show as a "Grand Prix." Showtime will of course want the semi-finals to commence as quickly as possible, so as to re-establish the momentum of the Grand Prix. Would you really put it past the corporate overlords at Showtime to pressure Coker, Overeem, and Barnett into accepting semi-final fghts in five or six weeks notice? As if the unbalanced bracket wasn't unfair enough, now we're working short rest into the equation as well? And here's yet another worst case scenario...

Imagine if Overeem and Barnett advance in dominant fashion, and one of them gets slightly injured. Not torn ACL bad, but just bad enough where they might need four or five months instead of three months before either man is ready for the semi-finals. Now that the tournament, which was originally slated to end by September, has already been delayed, would Coker replace a slightly injured fighter for the sake of expediency? Imagine if Alistair Overeem knocks out Fabricio Werdum in 30 seconds, but breaks a bone in his hand and can't take a semi-final fight booking until three or four weeks later than Ken Hershman and Scott Coker want. Do they slot Fedor into his spot? Shane Del Rosario? Do they delay the tournament another handful of weeks, knowing that the world will blow up if they made everyone wait forever for the first round to finish, but then replace a fighter in an attempt to speed things up?

On a personal note, I am just so pissed off right now. I feel betrayed and completely used. I spent so long resisting Strikeforce's charms, and just when I finally got sucked in, when I finally made it known to anybody that would listen that Strikeforce was not only hot but completely solid, they kicked me square in the crotch. Right now, I feel like the Jennifer Aniston character in all of the s***ty movies she gets cast in.

All of this begs the following poll question:

Who's in charge of Scott Coker's promotion?

A) Ken Hershman
B) The Fighters
C) Scott Coker
D) Both A and B
E) Anybody but Scott Coker

If you answered E, you are correct. Coker has officially lost control of his company. The lack of response to this report along with several tweets from reporters talking about how people within the company having no clue what's going on for this event attest to that. And wouldn't you know it; he lost control at a time when Strikeforce was flying higher than they had ever flown. Poor Icarus.

[Editor's note: Strikeforce has yet to comment on the Sherdog report, but has not yet denied that these Grand Prix fights will be moved off the April 9 card either. With the event expected to take place in just over five weeks, they have also yet to officially announce a venue or location for the card, and reports suggest multiple rumored states for the event have not even been approached by the organization to host the event]


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Dana White and the UFC Continue "Make It Rain" Approach to New York Legalization


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The Premiere Edition of Loser Leaves Town: UFC 125 Edition


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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Del Rosario says Fedor Emelianenko as possible Grand Prix alternate is ?not a big deal?

One is 11-0 with ten wins in the first round while the other has dropped two consecutive bouts in clear-cut fashion. However, ask undefeated Strikeforce heavyweight Shane Del Rosario if he shares the same opinion as fans calling foul on the thought of Fedor Emelianenko receiving a potential nod as a replacement in the promotion?s [...]


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Bellator 41, April 16

Bellator 41
Saturday April 16
Airing on MTV2


* Zach Makovsky vs. Chad Robichaux (bantamweight non-title fight)


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Paul Daley Knocks Out Yuya Shirai, Nick Diaz May Be Next

Paul DaleyPaul Daley doesn't do anything fancy: He just punches really hard.

Daley did it again on Saturday in Manchester, England, knocking out Yuya Shirai with a powerful left uppercut followed by a quick hook and a couple hammer fists on the ground, winning by first round knockout without breaking a sweat on a British Association of Mixed Martial Arts card.

Daley, who improved his record to 27-9-2, is now likely to take on Nick Diaz for the Strikeforce welterweight title on April 9. Although Daley didn't say for sure that he'll fight Diaz, he did say after the fight, "There's more to come for me."


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OTHER NEWS: Dan Lauzon stabbed in altercation in Boston, brother Joe Lauzon injures ankle en route to hospital

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Former UFC lightweight Dan Lauzon, brother of current UFC lightweight fighter Joe Lauzon, was stabbed during an altercation outside of a Boston-area nightclub early Thursday morning.

He was reportedly stabbed on the top of his shoulder around 1AM. He was transported to the hospital following the incident, though the injury wasn't life threatening.

Lauzon was initially named in a report from local publication The Enterprise, though they later removed his name from the story. However, Joe wrote on his personal web-page about rushing to see him in the hospital, confirming at the least that he was taken there.

But, in rushing to his brother's side, Lauzon injured himself, delaying a trip to Iraq he was supposed to leave for today as part of a goodwill military tour. Here's what he had to say:

"A little after 2am, I get a call saying my brother was on his way to the emergency room. I rushed out the door and ended up rolling my ankle on the walkway, fell to the ground and then hobbled to my car. I got to the hospital and gimp walked my way into the ER and found Dan in one of the rooms. Luckily everything was okay and it wasn?t a big deal as was originally thought."

But while Dan was alright, Joe messed up his ankle pretty badly, and he ran down what's next for him now.

"Unfortunately, my ankle is way more jacked up than I realized," Lauzon wrote. "I had so much adrenaline going being worried about Dan, I didn?t even notice how swollen my ankle was. I went to the ER when I woke up this morning and got it xrayed. They said it wasn?t broken, but that it was a bad sprain. They told me to stay off it for a few days and no 'work' for a week? then I explained to them what I do for 'work' and they said no training of any kind for a little while longer than that.

"So needless to say, I will not be making it to the airport and heading to Iraq today. Hopefully I can walk on it better by tomorrow and I can get another flight out there, but it's not looking real good. I definitely won't be able to train out there, but I would still like to be able to do all of the Q&A, meet and greets and whatnot."

Penick's Analysis: Sounds like Dan's ok, which is great news to hear. But for Joe, he hurt that ankle pretty badly, and if you check out the picture at, you can see just how bad it is. The swelling is terrible, and sprains can sometimes be worse than breaks. But hopefully he's able to heal up alright and it doesn't delay him returning to action for too long.


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Jon Fitch Ready For BJ Penn, Thinks Penn Won't Have Answers For Him

Top UFC Welterweight contender Jon Fitch has an important fight coming up this week against former champion BJ Penn when the two meet up in Australia and for Fitch, who has been in the top three in the division for quite some time, defeating Penn is another notch on his belt of top talent and a chance to prove once and for all he is the number one contender for Georges St. Pierre:<br><br>

"All I can do is worry about the fight in front of me.... Even thinking that I'm entitled for some reason to be fighting bigger fights or that I should be getting more respect or hell just thinking about someone taking my parking spot. Any little distraction, any little thought that's not focused on where it needs to be I think is just a deadweight.... I mean I've always been a focused person, but I think I've even been more focused for this fight more than ever.... Honestly right now I think B.J. Penn is such a big fight and this is such a huge card, to be fighting in Australia, that my focus is on B.J. Penn and I'm not really going to worry about anything else until after the fight.... I'm planning on getting this win and then let the dust settle in the weeks after.... I'm 13-1 in the UFC, I'm at a point where I should be headlining cards and fighting the top guys right now. That's where I should be and I feel like I've earned the spot. And I plan on proving that I've earned this with the fight with B.J.... I think that I have a very good skill set, I'm every good at what I do and there's not too many people in the world that have an answer for what I can do. I dare to say there's nobody in the world that can really find answers for what I'm able to do."


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5 Reasons Why George Sotiropoulos Could Beat Dennis Siver

Hello once more fans and friends and welcome back to the second edition of today?s entry into my ?5 Reasons Why? series. For the first part, detailing my five reasons why I think Dennis Siver could beat George Sotiropoulos, please click here. Now it?s time for the reverse: here are the five reasons why I [...]


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UFC 127 ?Penn vs. Fitch? Weigh-Ins Stream Live Tonight At 10PM ET, Fight Club Q&A At 8PM ET

The UFC 127 Fight Club Q&A with Kenny Florian will stream live in the video player above at 8PM ET/5PM PT, followed by the UFC 127 weigh-ins at 10PM ET/7PM PT. Results will follow on a separate post.


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The UFC?s Marshall Zelaznik on the upcoming international event schedule

Ariel Helwani interviews the UFC’s managing director of international development, Marshall Zelaznik. They discuss international expansion, challenges and future event schedules as the UFC prepares for their second event in Australia with UFC 127. The UFC’s Marshall Zelaznik on the upcoming international event schedule is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News

The UFC’s Marshall Zelaznik on the upcoming international event schedule is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News


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Big Nog - Anderson making history, JDS vs Brock and surgery - Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria discusses with Gary Alexander Anderson Silva's win over Vitor Belfort, Junio Dos Santos VS Brock Lesnar, and his hip surgery.@fightersonlyusa @Imgaryalexander


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UFC NEWS: Weigh-in results for UFC 127 in Australia

Weigh-ins took place tonight U.S. time for tomorrow's UFC 127 event from Sydney, Australia. All fighters made weight for the card, but the weigh-in event wasn't without it's drama, as co-main eventers Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera nearly came to blows. Check out the full weigh-in results below:

Main Pay-Per-View Card

* B.J. Penn (167.2 lbs.) vs. Jon Fitch (169.8 lbs.)
* Michael Bisping (185.2 lbs.) vs. Jorge Rivera (184.8 lbs.)
* Dennis Siver (156.6 lbs.) vs. George Sotiropoulos (155.8 lbs.)
* Chris Lytle (169.8 lbs.) vs. Brian Ebersole (169.8 lbs.)
* Chris Camozzi (185.2 lbs.) vs. Kyle Noke (183.9 lbs.)

Ion Television Prelims

* Spencer Fisher (154.4 lbs.) vs. Ross Pearson (155.3 lbs.)
* Alexander Gustafsson (205 lbs.) vs. James Te Huna (204.6 lbs.)
* Riki Fukuda (184.8 lbs.) vs. Nick Ring (184.8 lbs.)

Facebook Prelims

Tom Blackledge (205.2 lbs.) vs. Anthony Perosh (204.6 lbs.)
Jason Reinhardt (145.2 lbs.) vs. Zhang Tie Quan (145.6 lbs.)

Unaired Preliminary Card

* Mark Hunt (262.2 lbs.) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (260.9 lbs.)
* Maciej Jewtuszko (154.4 lbs.) vs. Curt Warburton (155.8 lbs.)


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Sotiropoulos - The Truth Machine


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Friday, February 25, 2011

Showtime hosts "M-1 Challenge: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa" on March 25

Strikeforce won't be the only MMA action featured on premium cable channel Showtime.

Showtime officials today announced that the channel will broadcast a March 25 event hosted by Strikeforce's business partners M-1 Global.

The Russian-based organization heads to Virginia's Ted Constant Convocation Center for "M-1 Challenge: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa," which sees Artiom Damkovsky defend his M-1 Challenge lightweight title against Jose Figueroa in the evening's main event.


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?Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson? Fight Card Finalized

With the addition of six preliminary fights, the 10-bout roster for ?Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson? is now complete. The March 5th show takes place inside the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The hexagon?s Buckeye State debut will feature a pair of spectacular championship scraps. Light heavyweight champ Rafael ?Feijao? Cavalcante defends his crown against Dan [...]


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Video - Radio: Seven Minutes With Serra: "I Would Love To Fight In Madison Square Garden"

By John Moody
Who needs a Matt Serra fix? �Always entertaining in front of the mic, Serra joined recently to talk about a range of issues from why he kept his fight against Chris Lytle at UFC 119 standing, to his UFC future and hopes to scrap at Madison Square Garden, to if his good [...]


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Ultimate UFC 127 Auction for Charity


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Does anyone know who the father of Olive Oil's baby is???

Who exactly is Swee' Pea's father, and how do you know?



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BELLATOR NEWS: MTV2 timeslot revealed, Bjorn Rebney says timeslot can shift when up against UFC events

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Bellator's fourth season kicks off on MTV2 on March 5 from the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, Calif., and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has now given some details on how the season will play out.

Running Saturday nights, the 12 week seasons will run from 9-11PM ET in its normal timeslot, but when cards are up against a UFC event, as they will be on March 19 with UFC 128, they have the flexibility to move cards earlier in the night.

"That's part of the magic we have here," Rebney said, in comments made to "When I was sitting down with the MTV folks, they said, 'Look, if there's a big UFC event, if there's a pay-per-view event, we'll kick our show an hour or two earlier so that it can be an MMA night for fans.' They can go from MTV2 to Spike TV or go from MTV2 to pay-per-view.

"You can make a night of it. Get some beers, grab a pizza, hang out with your buddies, and watch MMA for five hours instead of two and a half or three. It's continuity and ultimately trying to serve the fan base I'm a member of and you're a member of."

Bellator is hoping to gain a better foothold with more accessibility to their events than their previous deal on Fox Sports Net, which featured significant preemptions in many regions and led to a lot of frustration among fans. Season four features tournaments in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and light heavyweight divisions.

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Penick's Analysis: It's a nice thought to expect fans to add Bellator to their schedule on major fight nights and have big MMA parties for both Bellator and the UFC. However, I just don't know that it's going to be the case, as many pay-per-view ordering fans don't even watch the Spike TV prelims before events. I honestly believe they couldn't have picked a worse day of the week to run weekly events, as fans aren't going to take every Saturday night out of their schedule to watch Bellator events. Had they run any other day during the week they'd have a better shot at keeping an audience on a week to week basis, but I think they'll struggle with Saturdays to gain a hold of viewership on MTV2. It's good that they won't try to go head to head with major events as well, but with shifting timeslots it won't help in keeping a week to week run of viewers, either.


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Pairings set, Bellator 37 hosts featherweight tourney quarterfinals on March 19

Bellator Fighting Championships kicks off its season-four featherweight tournament at Bellator 37. ( today confirmed with sources close to the promotion that...


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Throat Grab Technique Helped Antonio Silva Beat Fedor Emelianenko

by Michael David Smith

Two members of the first family of Brazilian jiu jitsu, Ryron Gracie and Rener Graice, have produced this excellent instructional video showing the jiu jitsu techniques that Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva used to dominate Fedor Emelianenko on the ground during the second round of Saturday night's fight.

The whole thing is worth watching, but it's especially interesting to hear the Gracie brothers comment on a technique that seems like something out of a street brawl but was in reality an intelligent, tactical mixed martial arts maneuver employed by Silva: Grabbing Fedor by the throat.


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President Obama "Not Worried About [Jacob Volkmann]" In Response To Being Called Out After UFC 125


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A Possible Rock-Cena Match?, Cena Trashes Miz, More

– John Cena tweeted the following last night following RAW: “CeNation. Handle bizz on sunday…check …let rock know im not a pushover…check…win tag titles…check…realize how much of a self centered egotistical rat bastard dowsh bag the miz is…..check. yer in my sights now kid. The world will soon know if u got it or u don’t. Other than that I had a blast tonight. Fresno was ON FIRE!”
– For those who have asked, there are no immediate plans for a Rock vs. Cena match despite their recent ‘war of words’. ...


Rumina Sato Kerry Schall Nino Schembri Radio: Miesha Tate, Brian Bowles and Danny Castillo Radio today welcomes to the show Miesha Tate, who challenges for Marloes Coenen's women's welterweight title next weekend at "Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson" on Showtime.

Additionally, UFC on Versus 3 fighters Brian Bowles and Danny Castillo call in to discuss their upcoming bouts. Radio airs from 12-2 p.m. ET (9-11 a.m. PT) live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's Race & Sports Book. Listen to and watch a video stream of the two-hour show at


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