Thursday, March 31, 2011

Zuffa buys Bellator

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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/89627-zuffa-buys-bellator.html

Choi Hong man Jeremy Horn Chris Horodecki

Got a minute? Watch Jose Aldo take out Rolando Perez

One month from today, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jr. will defend his belt from Mark Hominick in Toronto. Who wants to wait that long to see him in action?

Watch him here as he takes out Rolando Perez at WEC 38.

And that is why you don't throw a body shot with bad form, kids. Aldo's stand-up is already terrifying, but he has been training in Holland to pick up more skills from the masters of kickboxing. At this point, I wouldn't want Aldo to pat me on the shoulder, as I would probably end up with a concussion.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Got-a-minute-Watch-Jose-Aldo-take-out-Rolando-P?urn=mma-wp785

Melvin Guillard Cody Guinn Jorge Gurgel

?Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley? Betting Lines (Main Bouts)

After witnessing very little upset action this past Saturday at “UFC Fight Night 24,” gambling addicts across the globe have been itching for a shot at some dark horse redemption. “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” takes place April 9th and thankfully the powers that be have released the investment options for the main card. Lightweight king [...]

Source: http://www.5thRound.com/71776/strikeforce-diaz-vs-daley-betting-lines-main-bouts/

Rey Phillip Santos Bob Sapp Rumina Sato

Tito on TMZ

lol, she threw all the fancy watches she bought Tito into the ocean.


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Tito Ortiz tells TMZ ... the swirl of rumors that he and Jenna Jameson have separated are untrue ... right down...

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Paul Varelans Jovany Anaconda Varela Tony Vartanian

Friday's Strikeforce Challengers 15 card complete with preliminary-card bouts

The fight card for Friday's Strikeforce Challengers 15 event is now complete with the addition of four preliminary-card fights.

They include 150-pounders Rafael Rios vs. Anthony Avila, 130-pounders Bobby Escalante vs. Raul Sandoval, lightweights Tristan Arenal vs. Tommy Peterson, and flyweights Adam Antolin vs. Ronald Carillo.

Strikeforce Challengers 15 takes place at Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif.


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Igor Vovchanchyn Anthony Walsh Wang Guan

Learn from Liddell, Penn and Pettis

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/ufc-fan-expo-training-development-sessions-2011-liddell-penn-pettis

Frank Mir Brock Lesnar Shane Carwin

Phil Davis Beats Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24

by Michael David SmithIn a battle of youth and athleticism against experience and technique, the youngster Phil Davis defeated the legendary Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 24.

But it wasn't easy.

Although Davis came into the fight as a heavy favorite and had been proclaimed by some as the man who would some day beat UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Nogueira made life difficult for Davis in the early going, and the fight turned into a 15-minute, back-and-forth battle that was closer than the judges' scorecards -- all of which gave Davis the fight 30-27 -- would suggest.

 

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Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin 

Paul Daley signs contract for Nick Diaz fight on April 9

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Have no fear Strikeforce fans, Paul Daley will still fight Nick Diaz on April 9 on Showtime.

Daley's participation in the card briefly came into question when Dana White announced Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce a week and a half ago. Daley's contentious relationship with the organization since his release last May has been well documented, and Daley went online after the sale was announced questioning whether he'd want to fight for Strikeforce under Zuffa's control.

However, according to a report from MMAFighting.com, Daley has signed his bout agreement and the bout will take place as scheduled. The confirmation on Daley signing comes from Diaz's manager Cesar Gracie, who says the Brit signed on for the fight on Tuesday.

The fight headlines Strikeforce's April 9 event from San Diego, Calif., and airs live on Showtime.

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Penick's Analysis: I think everyone assumed Daley would go through with the fight. It would have been a ridiculously short-sighted move on his part to pull out of this fight, and just because Dana White has continued to say he'll "never" fight in the UFC again doesn't mean that will absolutely, positively always be the case. White has buried the hatchet with several fighters he's had issues with over the years, and Daley could potentially be another one, but pulling out of this fight would have been a bad move and would have killed those prospects.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Affliction2/article_8846.shtml

Gesias JZ Calvancante  Luiz Cane  Dos Caras Jr  

Satoshi Ishii out of U.S. MMA debut at Strikeforce Challengers 15, replaced by undefeated Lorenz Larkin

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Satoshi Ishii, the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Judoka, will be unable to make his U.S. MMA debut as scheduled this week at Strikeforce Challengers 15.

Due to the recent events in Japan beginning with this month's earthquake, Ishii was unable to acquire a visa allowing him to leave his home country for the fight. The organization announced Ishii's removal from Friday's card on Monday, as well as his replacement in 8-0 light heavyweight Lorenz "The Monsoon" Larkin.

Larkin will now meet Scott Lighty on Friday's card, which comes to Showtime live from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif.

"Lorenz is a talented, undefeated fighter whose aggression and power make him a threat in the light heavyweight division," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said in today's release. "He's in for a tough test against Scott Lighty, who has trained with some of the sport?s best like Chuck Liddell. This is the biggest fight of his young career."

Commented Larkin, ?This is definitely a step up for me, but I'm excited and looking forward to the challenge. Lighty's a good fighter with a lot of experience. But I've trained hard, I'm in good shape and I'm confident."

Friday's card is headlined by a lightweight bout between Justin Wilcox and Rodrigo Damm, and tickets are still available for the event, starting at $20.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Affliction2/article_8895.shtml

Falaniko Vitale Igor Vovchanchyn Anthony Walsh

UFC 128 "Prelims Live" on Spike draws 1.3 million viewers

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The hour long "Prelims Live" broadcasts on Spike TV continue to pull good numbers for the network, as Saturday's UFC 128 edition drew an average of 1.3 million viewers.

The number was slightly below the average viewership the specials have brought to Spike, but still represented a major increase from the UFC's Ion Television prelims broadcast for UFC 127 in February.

Saturday's broadcast featured Luiz Cane's first-round TKO over Eliot Marshall, along with the exciting lightweight bout between Edson Barboza and Anthony Njokuani.

The Spike broadcasts have garnered between 1.1 and 2 million viewers for the hour long specials, and the network will air a total of 12 specials in 2011. Next month's UFC 129 event and May's UFC 130 will be the next two events to receive the specials.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8834.shtml

Daiju Takase Oleg Taktarov Akitoshi Tamura

Does anyone know who this chick is? its strikeforce

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I am wondering about the chick on the far right. I guess i never noticed if this was a ring girl or just a energy drink...

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Yoon Dong Sik Gilbert Yvel Ishkhan Zakharian

Lombard Scalps Doerksen To Retain Title Belt At CFC 16 Sydney

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Sydney�s Luna Park is no doubt more accustomed to playing host to hyperactive,...

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Melvin Guillard Cody Guinn Jorge Gurgel

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Karo Parisyan not fighting at Shark Fights 15

Recent rumors that Karo Parisyan is returning to action at an upcoming Shark Fights event are untrue, the former UFC welterweight today told MMAjunkie.com.

Parisyan was rumored to meet Strikeforce veteran Paul Bradley, and while the matchup was originally targeted for Shark Fights 15, it has since fallen by the wayside.

"There was some contractual stuff for us to go to California that we decided to pass on," Shark Fights president Brent Medley added.


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Takeshi Inoue Tokimitsu Ishizawa Wallid Ismail

UFC 127: Fighters, Octagon Girls Invade Bondi Beach - Octagon Girls

UFC 127: Fighters, Octagon Girls Invade Bondi Beach Video by Octagon Girls

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Antônio Rogério Nogueira Karl James Noons Jan Nortje

Junior Dos Santos says he was surprised by Brock Lesnar's professionalism during filming for The Ultimate Fighter

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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UFC heavyweight Junior Dos Santos is about to get tons of exposure with casual MMA fans this week when The Ultimate Fighter 13 begins airing on Spike TV. Dos Santos, who coaches opposite former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar on this new season of the reality show, has been climbing up the ranks of the heavyweight division and was set to face current Champ Cain Velasquez before an injury put him on the sidelines.

"I was very upset when I found out that Cain Velasquez was injured and I wouldn't be able to fight him for the title," said Dos Santos in a media conference call this week. "But at the same time I got very happy when I heard the news I'd be coaching alongside Brock on TUF. Brock is a guy that's bringing a lot of fans into MMA, he's a guy that's very well known in the U.S. and I'm a guy who's starting to come up right now. This is a great opportunity for all of his fans to be able to see me."

It's that added exposure that makes this such a great opportunity for the Brazilian. Lesnar's name alone will bring high ratings for this show to Spike TV, and he'll in turn benefit with so many people getting a chance to know who he is on a weekly basis. And it all leads into a chance to pick up the biggest win of his career when he fights Lesnar on June 11 in Vancouver. And for Dos Santos, the entire experience of filming the show was something he found both surprising and enjoyable.

"Being in front of the cameras for that long and being in the house and the show was a new experience for me," he said. ?I really enjoyed it and being on the show with Brock was great because Brock is so used to the media spotlight and being in front of the cameras... Prior to the show I'd never actually met Brock, so I was a little bit surprised of how professional and how easy to deal with Brock was, even though we weren't able to be together all that much. In the end it was great to be able to meet my next opponent and the experience overall was phenomenal."

"Overall, I was surprised with a few things that happened. My enthusiasm with the team, and also the fact that my English was flowing so naturally. I was able to speak English very well and understand what everybody was saying, so a lot of things on the show did surprise me."

Dos Santos now looks ahead to June 11 and the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. A win over Lesnar would cap off the most exposure he's seen in his MMA career, and keep him in line for his shot at Velasquez later in the year.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8910.shtml

Jason Hollywood Chambers Ryo Piranha Chonan  Dan The Sandman Christison 

Paul Kelly Apologizes To Donald Cerrone

Source: http://mmasportsreport.com/2535/paul-kelly-apologizes-to-donald-cerrone

Shane Carwin Brock Lesnar Frank Shamrock

A Look Into the Chael Sonnen Money Laundering Case

Source: http://www.watchkalibrun.com/2011/1/4/1912663/a-look-into-the-chael-sonnen-money-laundering-case

Ben Rothwell Chad Akebono Rowan Mauricio Shogun Rua

Article: Jon Jones Competing in Grapplers Quest 2008 {video}

You can view the page at http://ninjashoes.net/forum/content.php?427-Jon-Jones-Competing-in-Grapplers-Quest-2008-video

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Ricardo Almeida  Eddie Alvarez Thiago Alves 

Brock Lesnar On ESPN SportsCenter To Talk About TUF 13

Brock Lesnar talks about losing his title to Cain Velasquez and his next bout against Junior dos Santos after coaching The Ultimate Fighter 13.






Source: http://www.mmatko.com/brock-lesnar-on-espn-sportscenter-to-talk-about-tuf-13/

Javier Torres Tor Troeng Nobuhiko Takada

Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber rematch set for UFC 132 in July

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Saturday that bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will defend his title against Urijah Faber at UFC 132. Cruz (17-1) will look to avenge the only loss on his record when they met at WEC 26 in March 27. On that night Faber (25-4) defended his WEC featherweight title with a [...]

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Justin Eilers  Jon Olav Einemo Per Eklund

Updated ROH i-PPV WrestleMania Cards & More News

You can order both shows for the price of $20 at http://www.gfl.tv/
Friday:
* ROH champion Eddie Edwards vs. ROH TV champion Christopher Daniels
* ROH Tag Team champions The Kings of Wrestling vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin
* The Briscoes vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly
* Roderick Strong vs. Davey Richards
* El Generico vs. Michael Elgin – House of Truth banned from ringside
* Serena Deeb & Sara del Rey vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto and Ayumi Kurihara
* Also scheduled are Homicide, The All Night Express, The Embassy with Prince Nana and more
Saturday Matinee:
* Charlie ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/03/updated-roh-i-ppv-wrestlemania-cards-more-news/

Gabe Ruediger Mikko Rupponen Bas Rutten

Josh Barnett: I Don?t Want Fedor To Retire

Source: http://mmasportsreport.com/2543/josh-barnett-i-dont-want-fedor-to-retire

Michael Bisping  Dan Bobish Vagam Bodjukyan

Dana White: Brock Lesnar Is UFC's Most Underrated Fighter

by Michael David SmithBrock Lesnar A lot of mixed martial arts fans think Brock Lesnar is overrated: He lost his first UFC fight in 90 seconds, got fast-tracked to a title shot because of his pro wrestling fame, beat a man he outweighed by 50 pounds to win the title, then crumpled when someone finally hit him in the face and lost his title to Cain Velasquez.

UFC President Dana White has heard those comments. But he says that viewpoint is actually an example of Lesnar being underrated. In fact, White calls Lesnar the most underrated fighter in the UFC.

In a live chat with the Seattle Times to promote Saturday night's Fight Night in Seattle, White was asked to name the most underrated fighter, and Lesnar was the man he picked.

 

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Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/03/23/dana-white-brock-lesnar-is-ufcs-most-underrated-fighter/

Luiz Azeredo  Luciano Azevedo  Ba Te er 

UFN 24: Despite short notice, Phil Davis takes decision win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

While Phil Davis has been lauded as a top prospect in the light heavyweight division for some time, few people gave “Mr. Wonderful” the benefit of the doubt that he would become a world beater so early in his career.
However, Davis has done just that, as he recorded unarguably the biggest win of his [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/26/ufn-24-despite-short-notice-phil-davis-takes-decision-win-over-nogueira

Jérôme Le Banner Jess Liaudin Chuck The Iceman Liddell

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Strikeforce Challengers 15 Betting Odds: Wilcox vs. Damm

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UFC NEWS: Weigh-in results for UFC Fight Night 24 "Davis vs. Nogueira" in Seattle

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Weigh-ins took place tonight for tomorrow's UFC Fight Night 24 event from the KeyArena in Seattle, Wash. The big question coming into the event was whether Anthony "Rumble" Johnson would make weight when he reportedly entered camp eight weeks ago around 230 lbs. Well, he answered that question by making weight at 171 lbs. All other fighters for the event made weight as well. Full weigh-in results are below:

Main Televised Card

* Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206) vs. Phil Davis (206)
* Dan Hardy (171) vs. Anthony Johnson (171)
* DaMarques Johnson (171) vs. Amir Sadollah (170)
* Leonard Garcia (145) vs. Chan Sung Jung (146)

Facebook.com Prelims

* Jon Madsen (261) vs. Mike Russow (256)
* Alex Caceres (146) vs. Mackens Semerzier (146)
* John Hathaway (171) vs. Kris McCray (170)
* Edwin Figueroa (136) vs. Michael McDonald (135)
* Sean McCorkle (266) vs. Christian Morecraft (265)

Preliminary Card

* Johny Hendricks (170) vs. T.J. Waldburger (170)
* Mario Miranda (185) vs. Aaron Simpson (185)
* Nik Lentz (155) vs. Waylon Lowe (156)

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8877.shtml

Curtis Mostat Gegard Mousasi Mark Munoz

UFC Fight Night 24 sets attendance, live gate record for "Fight Night" events

SEATTLE - The UFC's first-ever trip to Seattle was the most successful UFC Fight Night event in the company's history in terms of box office success, according to promotion officials.

Saturday night's "UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis" event drew a reported 14,212 attendees for a live gate of $1,182,850.

MMAjunkie.com confirmed the attendance and gate figures with company officials at the evening's post-event press conference.


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Minoru Suzuki Tim Sylvia Javier Torres

ROUNDTABLE: Who poses the biggest threat to Jon Jones following his UFC 128 destruction of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua? Hansen, Hobaugh, Hyden, Park, Marsh, Perez, Williams, Pelkey and Penick

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Who poses the biggest potential threat to Jon Jones after his destruction of "Shogun" Rua?

RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Jon Jones is a heavyweight who possesses the ability to cut down to light heavyweight.� Once he starts lifting for mass/bulk, and once he doesn't have to be so stringent on calories, he's going to be a 250 pound heavyweight fighter.� As a result, i don't see anyone having a realistic chance to defeat him at the 205 weight class; at least not anyone who is currently on the radar.� So, I see a small handful of fighters who pose a chance (excluding the fluky "puncher's chance," which most fighters at this level do possess.

�- Some 19 year old kid we've never heard of.� He might not even be at a big time gym yet.
�- Cain Velazquez - A dominant wrestler who can shoot double-legs might be able to get Jones on his back.
�- Alistair Overeem/Junior Dos Santos - Jones has yet to be hit hard.� These guys not only have power, but the technique to get inside the reach Jones possesses.

ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

After the total domination of Shogun by Jon Jones at UFC 128, I have my doubts of there being a fighter at light heavyweight who can beat Jones. �Shogun was an excellent opponent on paper. He was the champ. He had years of experience against top tier fighters. He had an excellent chin. �He was and is one of the best fighters ever. �I do think Rashad Evans will have some advantage, because he trained against Jones at Greg Jackson's camp. That advantage will not be enough. Jon Jones will dominate Evans just like everyone else he has faced. I would love to see a Jones and Anderson Silva fight, but don't hold your breath for this one. Silva will not take this fight, because he knows he cannot win. I think Jon Jones will have to go up to heavyweight to see any real threat in the octagon.�

FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

I think the biggest threat to Jones in the immediate future is himself. That's sort of a cop-out, but it's true. It's easier to be the hunter than the hunted. If Jones maintains his approach to fighting and training, there doesn't appear to be much that can stop him. I think Lyoto Machida poses a threat to Jones, just because of his style. More than him, though, I think Quinton Jackson poses the biggest threat to Jones, mainly because of his immense power. Having said that, though, I don't think any of the light heavyweights in the UFC pose a formidable threat to Jones right now.

CHRIS PARK, MMATORCH UK SPECIALIST

Last Saturday's encounter was extremely brutual and pretty much exactly how i predicted the bout would go - only it lasted a round or two longer.

With that in mind I don't see an immediate threat to what I believe will be a long and successful time at the top for Mr. Jones.

There will of course be a line of challengers forming, starting with Rashad Evans, then the likes of Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida and company all craving a shot at the new kid on the block.

Once the dust settles in 12 months or so there may be a new rising star on the horizon, but for now, no one can touch this guy in my opinion - not even Anderson Silva.

GRIFFIN MARSH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Anderson Silva absolutely. �He's quicker, more powerful and a more accurate striker than Jones. He also has a proven chin, having taken plenty of solid punches from fighters more powerful than Jones. �For Jones to beat Silva he will have to hold him down for five rounds and well, we've seen what Anderson has done to strong wrestlers, he's finished them. �Like Lyoto Machida, Jones doesn't use a boxing defense. �He leaves himself wide open to strikes and when considering everything together, I�just don't think he's shown the cardio or the ability to take a punch that he will definitely need in a bout with Silva. �Silva has a proven record and chin. �He can stand with Jones in the pocket, take his assault and counter. �

That's where things get interesting. �With having allowed multiple fighters to get back to their feet after taking them down, I don't see Jones holding Silva down, and I just see Silva taking it to him, then taking him into the fourth and fifth rounds, which is something we haven't seen. �I just don't think Jones' defense is near good enough to hang with Anderson. �One day Anderson will lose, age gets us all. �But Jonny "Bones" isn't the man to do it. Anderson is a nightmare for jones stylistically.

ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

After Jon Jones fully dismantled Shogun Rua, it's kind of hard to pinpoint who in the division can be a threat to him.� It certainly won't be Rashad Evans, who faces Jones next.� My guess, and I do believe it's too early to hedge bets on this, is that Anderson Silva will be the one to threaten Mr.� Jones.� But, before we start calling the "Bones Era," let's see how Jones does his first few fights before we start calling him the next Georges St. Pierre or Anderson Silva.

ALEX WILLIAMS, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Phil Davis, but not for awhile.� When Shogun Rua won the Pride Grand Prix at age 23, I would have bet good money that no one in MMA would be able to dominate him like this six years later.� I don't think there is any 205 pounder in the world who can take Jones.� Phil Davis is a blue chip prospect, though.� Perhaps in a couple years, he will have developed enough to give Jones a battle.

MATT PELKEY, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Um... Cain Velasquez? And that's not a joke. Jon Jones vs. Cain Velasquez will be the new GSP vs. Silva in about three years. As Jones continues to grow and mature physically, he's not going to want to keep making a 30-40+ pound weight cut. His future will be in the heavyweight division. At light-heavyweight, only Phil Davis possesses the physical abilities and wrestling acumen it's going to take to seriously challenge Jones, and he might still be a couple years away. His fight on Saturday against Nogueira should give us some indication of how close he is. Rashad just signed his own death warrant. Rampage would get massacred. Machida would be intriguing until the fight started. Who's left? Forrest Griffin? Yeesh. To beat Jones, someone is either going to have to knock him out or put him on his back. None of the current top challengers at light-heavyweight can accomplish those things. Rampage won't be able to get close enough to touch him until he's flying�through the air on the way to the mat courtesy of a Bones throw. Rashad's takedowns will get shrugged off or countered. Machida might be able to dance in for a strike or two, but I just can't envision a scenario where he knocks out, submits, or is just better over the course of a five round fight than Jon Jones.

JAMIE PENICK, MMATORCH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

I honestly can't envision a light heavyweight currently on the UFC's roster taking Jones out. It's going to take him moving up to heavyweight, which is absolutely in his future, for him to face his biggest challenges, because there will be fighters with the size and wrestling in that division to give him troubles, as well as a number of fighters who hit harder than everyone at 205 lbs. Jones is a very special talent, and though his list of victims doesn't warrant anything near an "all-time" best distinction as of yet, he's the type of fighter that we won't see often, and if he keeps his head about him going forward and makes good moves and continues to improve his game, he will absolutely reach that transcendent level that only few are a part of at the moment.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/roundtables/article_8853.shtml

Travis Lutter Stevie Lynch Adam Lynn

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 24 RESULTS: Anthony Johnson smothers Dan Hardy to hand the Brit his third straight loss

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Saturday's co-main event between Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and Dan Hardy promised to be a barn burner. Both fighters talked heading into the event about how ready they were to stand toe to toe and look for the knockout in a back and forth brawl. But once Johnson got Hardy to the canvas in the first round, he realized where his major advantage in the fight one, and he unapologetically utilized that to bring Hardy to the ground continuously in the fight, earning a well-deserved and much needed win over the Brit.

The fight started out as most expected, with both fighters swinging heavy punches at one another, and Johnson even dropped Hardy with a grazing head kick. But once on the ground, it was clear that the much bigger Johnson was going to be able to bully Hardy around.

The Brit simply got more and more frustrated as the fight went, being continuously put on his back and taking sporadic punishment from Johnson. The crowd grew restless as the fight played out in the opposite manner of which they were promised, but it was simply a very smart gameplan for Johnson throughout the fight, and he said afterward that ultimately, the win was more important.

"Deep down inside, I wanted to finish the fight," Johnson said after the fight (transcribed by MMAJunkie.com). "But in reality, I just needed to win. I've been out for a year and some change. I needed to get back in the groove of things and just get the win. I didn't really need to go for a knockout or a submission."

"I knew I could bang with him; that was no problem. I knew I could do that. But I knew his weakness was his wrestling, and I know that's one of my strengths, so I took it to my advantage and used it."

As for Hardy, the one-time title challenger has now lost three straight fights, a distinction that puts any fighter at risk of being cut from the UFC's roster. However, UFC President Dana White said after the fight that he wouldn't definitely be cut.

"[He won't] necessarily [be cut]," White said. "We'll have to wait and see. I f***ing love that kid."

Johnson now looks to make a move towards the top of the division after the impressive performance, while Hardy goes back to the drawing board. The Brit will need to improve his wrestling game, as it's a rough achilles hell to have in a division dominated by wrestlers.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8889.shtml

Viacheslav Datsik Marcus Davis  Tony DeSouza 

UFC Fight Night 24 prelims coming to Facebook with Semerzier-Caceres, Russow-Madsen

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC will air two preliminary card bouts from this Saturday's UFC Fight Night 24 event live on Facebook.com, as they announced on Wednesday that the featherweight bout between Mackens Semerzier and Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres and the heavyweight bout between Jon Madsen and Mike Russow will both be streamed live.

Semerzier and Caceres make their UFC debuts on this card, Semerzier from the WEC and Cacares out of his time on The Ultimate Fighter's 12th season. Semerzier made his WEC debut with a shocking submission upset of Wagnney Fabiano, but he dropped three straight fights to end his time in the organization. However, an exciting battle with Cub Swanson in his final WEC outing has gotten him an opportunity in the Octagon.

Caceres was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the season 12 lightweight tournament, but now enters the UFC in the featherweight division. He brings a 4-2 record overall with him into this debut.

Russow returns to action for the first time since a third round come-from-behind knockout win over Todd Duffee at UFC 114 last May. He suffered a broken arm in the fight and has been out of action since.

The undefeated Madsen, meanwhile, enters this fight with a four fight winning streak inside the Octagon, and he's coming off his most convincing and impressive win to date last October when he finished Gilbert Yvel in the first round at UFC 121. It was his first stoppage victory in the UFC after three consecutive decision wins.

This Saturday's card takes place from the KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., and the main card airs live on Spike TV at 10PM ET, headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8849.shtml

Brock Lesnar John Lewis Jérôme Le Banner

The Voice -vs- Wanderlei Silva ~ Full Interview {video}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGqYEiwiXUw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnNRlmlvDpw

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?73963-The-Voice-vs-Wanderlei-Silva-Full-Interview-video&goto=newpost

Mike Pierce Mike Plotcheck Ross Pointon

UFC NEWS: Weigh-in results for UFC 128 "Shogun vs. Jones"

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Weigh-ins took place this afternoon for UFC 128 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Headlined by the Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Jon Jones, the exciting fight card also features the UFC debut of the WEC's biggest star in Urijah Faber. Check out the full weigh-in results below:

Main Pay-Per-View Card

* Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (205) vs. Jon Jones (205)
* Urijah Faber (135.5) vs. Eddie Wineland (135.5)
* Nate Marquardt (186) vs. Dan Miller (185)
* Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (229) vs. Brendan Schaub (245)
* Jim Miller (155.5) vs. Kamal Shalorus (155)

Spike TV Prelims

* Luiz Cane (205.5) vs. Eliot Marshall (205)
* Edson Barboza (155.5) vs. Anthony Njokuani (155)

Facebook Prelims

* Ricardo Almeida (170) vs. Mike Pyle (171)
* Kurt Pellegrino (156) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)

Unaired Prelims

* Joseph Benavidez (136) vs. Ian Loveland (135)
* Nick Catone (194) vs. Costantinos Philippou (195)
* Raphael Assuncao (145) vs. Erik Koch (145)

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8792.shtml

Don Frye Tony Fryklund Kazuyuki Fujita

UFN 24 ? Phil Davis remain undefeated with decision win over Lil? Nog

Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis remains undefeated in his mixed martial arts career with a unanimous decision victory over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24. Nogueira showcased exceptional takedown defense in the first round which appeared to frustrate Davis, the former collegiate wrestling champ. The no-nosense Nogueira walked straight toward Davis and appeared to [...]

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Source: http://www.mmainterplay.com/ufc-news/ufn-24-phil-davis-remain-undefeated-with-decision-win-over-lil-nog-53999/

Mikhail Avetisyan Luiz Azeredo  Luciano Azevedo 

If you didn't already know, Koch, Schaub, Njokuani and Barboza pocketed $70k in "Fight Night" bonuses for UFC 128

While we are a few days removed from UFC 128 this past weekend, some of you may or may not already know that just a handful of fighters were “balling” post-fight.
While most of the attention has been made toward the new light heavyweight champion, Jon “Bones” Jones, he was not a fighter that earned [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/24/if-you-didnt-already-know-koch-schaub-njokuani-and-barboza-pocketed-70k-in-fight-night-bonuses-for-ufc-128

Travis Lutter Stevie Lynch Adam Lynn

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

Source: http://www.watchkalibrun.com/2011/1/11/1928962/dana-white-and-the-ufc-continue-make-it-rain-approach-to-new-york

Renato Verissimo Marcus Vinicios Falaniko Vitale

VIDEO: Jon Jones Won't Be First the UFC Fighter on Tonight Show

by: Alex Williams, MMATorch Senior Contributor

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Yesterday, Dana White tweeted that Jon Jones' Thursday appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" will be the first time a UFC fighter has ever appeared on the show.

However, Tito Ortiz was actually live on set on September 20, 2003. Check it out below (Tito walks onstage at the 5:25 mark):



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[Tito Ortiz art by Travis Beaven (c) MMATorch.com]


Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8827.shtml

Semmy Schilt Alex Schoenauer Ryan Schultz

Monday, March 28, 2011

5 Reasons To Watch Bellator 38

On March 26, 2011, Bellator will hold its thirty-eighth event, and their fourth weekly event in a row after debuting on their new home, the MTV2 network. Bellator 38 will see another opening round of a ?season four? Bellator tournament, with eight men scheduled to face off in order to determine who will survive to [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/23/5-reasons-to-watch-bellator-38

Mike Brown  Junie Browning Paul Buentello 

Mark Hominick talks fighting Jose Aldo

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I like Hominick and i think he is TOP 5 definitely, but i'm afraid he's gonna be in for a nasty surpris when he...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/89518-mark-hominick-talks-fighting-jose-aldo.html

Mario Sperry Pete Spratt Brian Stann

UFC Fight Night 24 Live Results: Nogueira-Davis, Hardy-Johnson, More

MMAFrenzy.com will have live results from tonight's "UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis" event starting at 7:30pm ET for the Facebook prelims and 9pm ET for the Spike-televised main card, which includes Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Phil Davis and Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson.

Source: http://mmafrenzy.com/18035/ufc-fight-night-24-live-results-nogueira-davis-hardy-johnson-more/

Scott Junk  Martin Kampmann Denis Kang

Barboza slips by Njokuani in excellent display of kickboxing at UFC 128

Edson Barboza continued to impress in the UFC with his nasty kicks at UFC 128. The Brazilian took a unanimous decision, 29-28 on all three cards, in the Spike opener in Newark, N.J.

Update: FightMetric had Njokuani outlanding Barboza 72-46. He threw more as well attempting 188 to 151. Njokuani outpaced Barboza in the final two rounds 54-31 in strikes landed.

Barboza (8-0 , 2-0 UFC) opened the fight with a bang when he crushed Njokuani with a pair of right hands. Both landed cleanly on the temple as Njokuani went to the ground just 50 seconds in. He recovered, but didn't look to throw very much again until about a minute left in the round.

Njokuani (13-5, 0-1 UFC) made some nice adjustments in the second and let his offense work as his defense against Barboza's nasty muay thai. The Nigerian-born resident of Las Vegas switched his stances throughout and kept Barboza at bay with an array of leg, body and front kicks.

The final round was tight. Barboza landed some heavy shots while Njokuani threw and landed more. The Brazilian may have won the fight in the final 10 seconds when he landed an unbelievable spinning side kick. His right foot cracked Njokuani on the side of his face. It was amazing to see Njokuani still standing. Barboza must have been confident that he'd won the fight, because he backed away from the stunned Njokuani to celebrate as the clock ran out.

Behind nasty left hand, Cane crushes Marshall

Eliot Marshall was looking for a big return to the UFC, but he met the wrong guy, in Luis Cane, a motivated, nasty striker.

In the opening 30 seconds of the fight, Cane, a southpaw, landed some big straight lefts and hooks. Marshall hit the floor at the 3:45 mark of the first and couldn't get a hold of Cane. He never got back to his feet as Cane refused to stop throwing punches. After several requests to fight back from referee Dan Miragliotta went unanswered by Marshall, Cane was given the TKO finish at the 2:15 mark of the first round.

"I wanted this win so bad," Cane told UFC analyst Joe Rogan. "I came back to my gym, The Armory and we worked for eight months straight. That was the result."

Marshall (10-3, 3-2 UFC) was a late replacement for Karlos Vemola. After he was sent packing following a loss to Vladimir Matyushenko in a slow-paced fight at UFC on Versus 1, Marshall was hoping to make this a permanent return to the UFC.

Entering the fight, Cane (12-3, 4-3 UFC) had his back against the wall. The Brazilian striker had dropped two straight at UFC 106 and UFC 114. The combined time in those losses was just 4:09.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Barboza-slips-by-Njokuani-in-excellent-display-o?urn=mma-wp335

Josh Barnett Ricco Rodriguez Tim Sylvia

Brendan Shaub Pre Fight vs Mirko Cro Cop - UFC 128

Brendan Shaub gets ready to take on Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 128.

Source: http://mmalice.com/ufc-128/brendan-shaub-pre-fight-vs-mirko-cro-cop-video_22be6a739.html

Yoshiyuki Yoshida Yoon Dong Sik Gilbert Yvel

UFC Fight Night 24 sets attendance, live gate record for "Fight Night" events

SEATTLE - The UFC's first-ever trip to Seattle was the most successful UFC Fight Night event in the company's history in terms of box office success, according to promotion officials.

Saturday night's "UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis" event drew a reported 14,212 attendees for a live gate of $1,182,850.

MMAjunkie.com confirmed the attendance and gate figures with company officials at the evening's post-event press conference.


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Alexandre Franca Nogueira Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Antônio Rogério Nogueira

No more MMA Live in Europe?

For a long time I have watched ESPNs mma live every week. Now for some reason I can't see this weeks episode. Did their block it for people in...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/skandinavisk-seksjon/89513-no-more-mma-live-europe.html

Karen Darabedyan Viacheslav Datsik Marcus Davis 

Bellator season four featherweight tournament semifinal pairings set for Bellator 41 in Arizona

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Bellator's season four featherweight semifinal pairings are now set, and the bouts will take place on April 16 from the Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Ariz. as part of Bellator 41.

According to a report from Sherdog.com, Patricio "Pitbull" Freire will once again meet Wilson Reis, while Kenny Foster will face off against Daniel Strauss on the card.

Freire made it to the finals in season two when he defeated Reis by decision in the semifinals. After losing to Joe Warren in the finals, Freire entered this season four tournament, finishing Georgi Karakhanyan in his quarterfinal bout.

Reis has won two straight fights since his loss to Freire last year. In his quarterfinal bout, he dispatched of Zac George in quick fashion, submitting him in the first round.

Kenny Foster also earned a first round submission in his quarterfinal bout, defeating Eric Larkin to earn his eighth win in nine fights. Strauss, meanwhile, defeated Nazareno Malegarie by decision in a hard fought battle.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Bellator/article_8860.shtml

Ray Cooper  Kit Cope  Wesley Cabbage Correira 

UFC's Condit eyes showdowns with Diaz, Daley, Shields; not keen on Hardy rematch

SEATTLE - While the exact future of Strikeforce remains to be seen, UFC welterweight contender Carlos Condit is already eyeing a few potential matchups with some of the promotion's top stars.

Namely, Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz and Paul Daley. Condit also wants a second crack at the UFC's current No. 1 contender, Jake Shields.

"I'm looking to hopefully fight Jake Shields to get that loss back," Condit said at a Friday Q&A session. "Now with the Strikeforce merger, possibly Nick Diaz. ... I was supposed to fight Paul Daley a while back. There's some unfinished business there.


Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/mmajunkie/~3/lP9Aahqp8Y0/ufcs-condit-eyes-showdowns-with-diaz-daley-shields-not-keen-on-hardy-rematch.mma

Dos Caras Jr   Phil Cardella Roan Jucao Carneiro