Monday, 28 February 2011
His newly-adopted vegan diet.
But while Fitch was forced to settle for a majority draw in his main-event matchup with MMA legend B.J. Penn, he insists the disappointing result was due to the Hawaiian's crafty strategy rather than any change in mealtime plans.
That's the margin - 0.881849 pounds for you non-metric people - by which Paul Daley missed weight for his welterweight title fight against Yuya Shirai at BAMMA 5, according to manager Wad Alameddine.
The fight will now be changed to a three-round non-title fight, according to Alameddine, and Daley has forfeited an undisclosed percentage of his purse to Shirai.
He was originally scheduled to be facing off gainst current titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua come this march for the coveted belt, however a freak injury in training camp has since sidelined “Sugar”.
Now, in his place, [...]
Dana White knew he was taking a risk by placing UFC 129 in the cavernous Rogers Centre instead the home of the Maple Leafs and Raptors, the Air Canada Centre. His boss and pal, Lorenzo Fertitta was right in pushing for the bigger basebal/football stadium. The UFC knocked it out of the park by selling 55,000 seats in less than five days.
What does that mean for future events that have stadium potential? Will Anderson Silva have to fight in front 50,000-plus Canadian, if his fight with Georges St. Pierre goes down? Yahoo! Sports' lead MMA writer Kevin Iole answers these question and got the reaction from boxing icons Bob Arum and Mike Tyson.
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* Toby Imada vs. Ferrid Kheder (lightweight tourney quarterfinal)
* Michael Chandler vs.Poland Marcin Held (lightweight tourney quarterfinal)
* Rob McCullough vs. Brazil Patricky Freire (lightweight tourney quarterfinal)
* Carey Vanier vs. Lloyd Woodard (lightweight tourney quarterfinal)
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Dana White's latest vlog takes the viewer from Hawaii to Sydney. White arrives in Australia and hits Bondi beach where UFC fighters and Octagon girls are surfing.
That's right Brittney Palmer and Arianny Celeste are soaking wet in bathing suits (3:00 mark).
The craziest scene is seeing Josh Koscheck emerging from the water (4:05 mark).
That's the same Koscheck, who suffered a broken orbital bone against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 124 in early December. Koscheck tells White the eye is doing fine but he still feels numbness on the right side of his face and teeth at times. He's surfing? That's nuts. Koscheck says he still has five months of recovery ahead.
On a side note, Tiki Ghosn also saved White's life ... twice (2:08 mark).
UFC QUOTABLES: Forrest Griffin healing from broken foot, looks to climb back to the top of the light heavyweight mountain
I want to make a run in that direction [towards a title shot], stack a couple wins together and let's see what happens. The mountain is tall. It's huge. I mean, look at the guys in the division. Lots of good guys. There's really no alternative. What are you going to do? Take a pay cut and fight lesser names? Might as well fight these good guys and see what happens...
Here's the deal: the extraordinary becomes ordinary really quickly. One minute, everything is new and amazing, the next it's expected. I guess for other people, I can equate it to having a kid. Before it, you can't fathom how different life can be, but once it happens, it's your new reality, and that becomes your normal life. Winning the championship, I remember back in 2000, I thought, 'Wouldn't that be cool?' and it happened years later. And now I'm here, and there's lots of guys who want that belt, so you've got to move up that mountain. And there's plenty of good fights as we move up the mountain."
-Forrest Griffin talks to MMAFighting.com about healing up from a broken foot suffered before his win over Rich Franklin at UFC 126 and looking to make a return to the top of the light heavyweight mountain.
Penick's Analysis: It's going to be no easy task in this extremely deep division, but because of his name and the fact that he is a former champion, he's likely not very far away from getting back to a shot at that belt. He'll have a tough opponent in his next fight when he returns to action, which likely won't be until sometime this summer with the foot injury, but if he can get past whomever that may be, he might get the next shot depending on who the champion is at that time. Whether he can get back there or not, fans will continue to tune in to see him fight, as he remains one of the UFC's top names and fan favorites.
[Forrest Griffin art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
Pete Sell is known for delivering big shots but also receiving big shots.� His knockout of Phil Baroni and war with Scott Smith are UFC classics. Now, after going 1-4 in his last five UFC fights and being released in the spring of 2009, the man called ?Drago? is plotting his return.� His [...]
Filed under: UFCMichael Bisping gets booed nearly everywhere but in his home country of the UK. He might not particularly care about that, or even the reasons behind it. Lots of successful people have haters after all, and he's made big dollars, established himself as a top middleweight and is a lightning rod for attention. Some of those people who have booed him in the past had no real reason other than group mentality, others simply don't like the way he's trash-talked opponents in the past.
Whatever your thoughts on what he's done before, on Saturday night, Bisping deserved it. He deserved boos in victory. He deserved boos for his illegal knee strike that could have cost him the fight, and he deserved boos for his actions just after the fight ended, spitting at Jorge Rivera's cornermen.
Winner in the cage, loser by behavior.
UFC QUOTABLES: Dana White asks why Fedor would fight in the UFC when he can "make millions getting beat up" in Strikeforce
You just can?t do business with [M-1 Global]. And they've made it very clear, even before he got beat up twice, that they don't want to fight the guys in the UFC. They don't want to. Why would you want to come in here? You saw what happened to him the last two fights. Why would you want to come in here and fight these heavyweights when you can go over there and make a couple million bucks getting beat up by guys that aren't good."
-UFC President Dana White talks to Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com and gives his thoughts on Fedor Emelianenko's latest loss to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva earlier this month.
Penick's Analysis: As with most of White's commentary on this subject, he makes solid points but also negates some of it by saying he "hasn't fought anybody good" in a long time. Andrei Arlovski was good when he beat him. He was beat by two fighters who can compete in the UFC's heavyweight division. Werdum did compete in the heavyweight division, and left the UFC because the UFC didn't want to pay him what he felt he was worth. Granted, he got blasted by Junior Dos Santos, but so have a number of guys that the UFC still promotes. And Bigfoot, with only two losses in his career, would be a very good addition to the UFC in the future, so saying they aren't good fighters doesn't do anyone any good. But his points about Fedor not being the best in the world anymore and dealing with a difficult group in M-1 Global are solid, and it's true that there was more money for M-1 in taking the fights in Strikeforce than there would be right now in the UFC. However, had they gone with the UFC in 2009 when they reportedly offered him more than any fighter on the UFC's roster, he would have made more overall for a pay-per-view fight with Brock Lesnar at the time, even if he would have lost. It's too late to know for sure now, but it is true that Fedor is no longer the greatest heavyweight in the world. He was for a long time, but that time has passed.
[Dana White art by Travis Beaven (c) MMATorch.com]
Davis was originally scheduled to meet Matt Hamill on the card, but Hamill was pulled out of the card to replace Thiago Silva against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 130 in May. Davis brings an undefeated 8-0 record into this bout, including four straight wins in the UFC. In his last bout, Davis pulled off an impressive modified hammerlock on Tim Boetsch to earn his third career submission victory.
Brilz returns for the first time since his split decision loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 114 last May. Brilz was scheduled to return in November, but an injury kept him on the sidelines. With an 18-3-1 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the UFC, Brilz will be looking to make a bigger statement than in his performance against "Lil Nog."
UFC 129 takes place from the Rogers Centre on April 30, headlined by the Welterweight Championship bout between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields.
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Penick's Analysis: This is a very good replacement fight with Hamill being removed. Brilz looked great against Nogueira in a losing effort last year, a fight many believed he should have won, so he makes a very solid opponent for Davis here. Davis is an exciting light heavyweight prospect, and this is another big opportunity for him to impress on the biggest stage the UFC has had to date.
Per the report, the two have verbally agreed to the contest, but no bout agreements have been signed.
Gracie would be taking a giant leap in competition from Trevor Prangley in this bout, especially considering it will only be his fifth career fight. But he's won the previous four, all by submission.
Mousasi would be returning to Strikeforce for the first time since last April, where he lost the Light Heavyweight Championship in a draining five round decision against Muhammed "King" Mo Lawal. But the 30-3-1 fighter has since captured the DREAM Light Heavyweight Championship with consecutive submission victories.
Strikeforce has remained silent on the event, outside of announcing earlier this month that they'd be running an event on that date; but a report stating the Heavyweight Grand Prix was being removed from this card have not been refuted, and it appears likely to be headlined by two title fights with Gilbert Melendez and Nick Diaz defending their titles.
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Penick's Analysis: Man, this is a huge leap for Gracie. Mousasi's takedown defense is lacking, but Gracie's been able to get takedowns recently by getting in range and dragging his opponents down rather than shooting in on them. Mousasi's capable of sticking and moving in range with his striking, and he's extremely dangerous on the feet. I don't think this is the right fight for Gracie at this point, but that's not to say he can't shock people.
A lightweight title fight between champion Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri is expected to be a featured bout at the April 9 event.
MMAjunkie.com confirmed the title fight with sources close to the event.
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Saturday, 26 February 2011
Minutes after a bad loss, don't take a man's words at face value. It turns out Scott Coker was right, Fedor Emelianenko sounds like he wants to fights on.
The former PRIDE champ, who suffered a vicious beating at the hands of Antonio Silva, told the Russian media that he still has some fight left in him.
"I rushed to declare my retirement out of frustration. I will fight more. Possibly, I will return to the [Strikeforce] heavyweight Grand Prix," Fedor told LifeSports.ru (translation via Cage Potato). "I am confident that I am capable of having a few more fights. I didn’t make any analysis yet on why I lost. I need to recover. I can’t see very well yet."
Fedor's coaches downplayed the loss to Silva.
"Fedor is quite able to return to the tournament," Emelianenko’s striking coach, Alexander Michkov explained. "Everybody stumbles. This is not as terrible as everyone is making it out to be."
His Sambo coach Vladimir Voronov said Fedor is more motivated now than ever.
"He has a hematoma, but it will go. It’s very good that Fedor still has his fighting spirit, he is ready to break everyone now," Voronov said. "Most importantly for him is not to have any psychological pressure. The loss will make him train with triple the effort."
Is there any doubt Fedor will be re-inserted into the tournament if anyone else gets hurt? That's a bad break for guys like Shane del Rosario and Valentijn Overeem. Strikeforce is paying big money and wants to get maximum bang for its buck.
The current King of Pancrase, Sandro becomes a very welcomed addition to a bolstering featherweight class, which is currently ruled by Bellator champion Joe Warren, who won the season two 145-pound tournament [...]
Notice how he holds back his soccer goal kick agains Jonathon Brookings.
Hominick is going to get ASS RAPED.
The juggernaut light heavyweight fighter was expected to make his return under the Zuffa banner this March at “UFC 128: Jones vs. Rua” on the preliminary portion of the card, which was hand picked to be aired live in Ion Television.
Vemola was next up [...]
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Friday, 25 February 2011
Stann had initially hoped to face Wanderlei Silva on the card but hesitation from Silva put an end to that one but instead he finds himself fighting the current Sengoku champ and a legit top ten contender.<br><Br>
Both fighters are coming off victories, Stann over Chris Leben and Santiago over Kaz Misaki.<br><br>
MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the promotion that Swanson suffered an undisclosed injury and training and has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC on Versus 3 bout with Erik Koch.
With the majority of the promotion's 145-pound fighters already booked for fights, UFC officials are currently seeking a featherweight to take the matchup on short notice.
And apparently, the American Top Team has heard enough of it.
In fact, the Brazilian juggernaut is open to a rematch [...]
When two fighters grapple for nearly 15 minutes, it's not often a crowd refrains from booing, but even the most novice group of MMA fans could appreciate the non-stop battle between Pat Healy and Lyle Beerbohm. After dozens of transitions, lots of takedowns and several submission attempts, Healy got the nod on all three cards, 29-28, for a unanimous decision victory in the main event of Strikeforce Challengers 14 in Cedar Park, Tx.
It was Beerbohm's first loss after starting 16-0, but it was nothing to be embarrassed about. Healy was just a little bigger and had more gas in the tank in the final round.
"If they want a rematch ... anytime," Healy (26-17) said. "I think I outworked him. I won the exchange on the feet and I had a couple of real close submissions."
Keep in mind earlier in the evening, the same crowd actually booed some lackluster standup just 55 seconds into the Ryan Couture-Lee Higgins fight. In the final fight of the night, they enjoyed the technique, fortitude and stamina shown by Healy and Beerbohm as did Showtime's broadcast team of Mauro Ranallo, Pat Miletich and Stephen Quadros who were howling in approval late in third round.
That was the round that sealed the fight for Healy. Healy scored a takedown with 3:25 left and got Beerbohm's back where he was able to lock on a tight rear-naked choke. It was a rare moment in the fight, where the Energizer bunny Beerbohm actually stopped moving for a while.
The 31-year-old former drug addict and dealer was able to turn into Healy and free himself from danger. Beerbohm scored his own takedown with just over two minutes left in the fight but could never get Healy, a former wrestler at Southern Illinois, settled. The fighters traded dominant position over the final 100 seconds of the fight before a short stand up exchange to close it out.
Healy said he'd like to face the winner of the Billy Evangelista-Jorge Masvidal fight. That one goes down on Mar. 5 in Columbus, Oh. Evangelista holds a win over Healy's twin brother Ryan.
Healy credited his work with B.J. Penn and his camp in Hawaii for some of his nifty transitions and submission attempts. He was very dangerous in the second round.
In that round, Beerbohm kept pushing the fight to the cage and working for double-leg takedowns. On three occasions, Healy was able to push his head down and drop to the ground with inverted triangles. Beerbohm was actually in big trouble in one of those inverted triangles when Healy had him in a key lock. Beerbohm is resilient though and freed himself.
Healy, 27, is an interesting case. His record looks very pedestrian, but it includes losses to the likes of Jake Ellenberger, Rory Markham, Carlo Prater, Jay Hieron, Chris Wilson, Chris Lytle, Dave Strasser, Chris Leben, Brad Blackburn and Denis Kang. He said he needed the money in the past and took a lot of fights on short notice. He's also at the perfect weight now. He's a huge welterweight. He took a big step up last time out and nearly pulled the upset on former Strikeforce welterweight champ Josh Thomson.
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Fedor Emelianenko is back on U.S. soil. He helps kicks of the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix this Saturday (Showtime 10 p.m. ET/PT).
Fedor, who had a 10-year unbeaten streak snapped last June, faces 6-foot-4, 265-pound Antonio Silva. The Russian is a heavy favorite to win the fight and a favorite to win the tournament. But the gap between the legendary fighter and the rest of the field isn't what it used to be. Yahoo! Sports' lead MMA writer Kevin Iole joined us to talk about Fedor in 2011.
UFC 127 PREVIEW: Michael Bisping fires back at Jorge Rivera, calls him a "relic" and plans to "make a fool out of him" in Australia
Well, he seems to have accomplished those goals.
Bisping fired back at Rivera during the pre-event press conference in Australia on Wednesday morning local time, and the two nearly came to blows as they stared each other down on the stage.
"For me, I've got a big fight to prepare for," said Bisping. "I'm fighting in the premiere fighting organization in the world and I'm trying to behave accordingly. I'm a professional fighter, I'm not an idiot in the schoolyard, making up silly rhymes and jokes and making stupid videos."
"This is a press conference by the way Jorge, this is what you do. I know this is your first time involved in something like this. Welcome to the big leagues. After this, you'll be back to the undercard, believe me."
The riled up Bisping wasn't done there. The Brit continued throwing verbal barbs back Rivera's way, promising to make a fool of Rivera and disparaging the 38-year-old's current status in the sport.
"I plan on correcting [Rivera] on a few of his opinions," Bisping said. "I believe he's massively underestimating me and I'm looking forward to making a fool out of him on the night."
"I'm talking now, but I want to do most of my talking on the night. I'm going to do my talking with my fists, punches, kicks, knees, elbows, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, half of that stuff he doesn't know what it is. Jorge's a relic, a throwback to the beginning of mixed martial arts. I'm a complete mixed martial artist, and I'll be showing him that on the night."
The two still need to face off one more time at the weigh-ins before they get in the cage, but this war of words has brought some more intensity into an otherwise middling middleweight co-main event.
[Michael Bisping art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
Thursday, 24 February 2011
– For those who have asked, there are no immediate plans for a Rock vs. Cena match despite their recent ‘war of words’. ...
Consider this the first Down Under edition of "The Mitrione Minute."
Dana White recently said the matchup was booked because he didn't want to see another "snoozefest" like the first fight between Jackson and Rashad Evans.
The 8-1 professional returns to action for the first time since July of 2010 when the opening round begins this March. He's also making a drop from the heavyweight division to take part in the tournament.
"D.J. should bring great power with him when he makes the cut to 205 lbs. for the first time in our Light Heavyweight Tournament on MTV2," said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. "He had a very aggressive style at Heavyweight, so at 205, he could be a force in this tournament."
Though he's only been in the sport for a few years, the 27-year-old is out to compete in this tournament and use the experience to improve himself overall.
"I want to improve my game all around,? said Linderman. "I want to improve my cardio, my strength and my quickness. Being a heavyweight that's dropping down to light heavyweight has its advantages. I feel like I will be better than ever at light heavyweight."
"I've never competed in a tournament like this before, so I'm really excited to take part in this one with Bellator. I know this tournament will have a bunch of great fighters, and they're going to try to put everything they have out there, and so will I. I'm looking to make a name for myself to the millions of fans that will be watching on MTV2."
Linderman joins Daniel Gracie, Nik "The Machete" Fekete, and Chris Davis as the confirmed participants for the tournament to date.
After all, he fights for the UFC, the world's biggest and most popular MMA promotion.
You'd expect him to say he'd wipe the floor with the heavyweights of rival promotions such as Strikeforce, and that there's no comparison in the level of talent. But as he told MMAjunkie.com Radio, he can't.