Saturday, 30 April 2011
UFC officials announced on Saturday that Miller will meet Aaron Simpson at the event in a middleweight matchup, Miller's first UFC fight since a loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 52 in his only previous UFC appearance.
The host of MTV's "Bully Beatdown," Miller has put together a record of 12-3 with one no contest in 16 fights since the loss to St. Pierre in 2005, with wins over Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy and Kazushi Sakuraba in that stretch. He has won two straight fights, but hasn't fought since the Sakuraba win last September.
Simpson is coming off a decision win over Mario Miranda at the end of March at UFC Fight Night 24. The win snapped a two-fight losing streak to Chris Leben and Mark Munoz in 2010.
UFC 132 takes place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, headlined by the UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.
Penick's Analysis: This is a good fight for Miller's first fight back in the UFC. Simpson's a tough opponent, but Miller has a lot of experience against a lot of very high level opponents. Miller will come in as the favorite in this one, but it will be a good fight for both. It may or may not get televised, but considering the troubles he was having securing a fight in Strikeforce before his contract expired the simple fact that he's got a fight set is probably a relief.
Saturday July 30
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Rumored fight card for July 30:
* Dan Henderson (#8 Ranked Light Heavyweight) vs. Fedor Emelianenko (#9 Ranked Heavyweight)
* Ronaldo Souza (#6 Ranked Middleweight) vs. TBA (for Strikeforce Middleweight Championship)
* Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. Ovince St. Preux
* Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Roger Gracie
* Tarec Saffiedine vs. Evangelista Santos
UFC President Dana White Open And Honest About The Mistakes Made With "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 13
The show, hosted by Dave Farra and Megan Olivi, also includes UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones, UFC featherweight Chad Mendes, and Yahoo! Sports MMA reporters Kevin Iole and Dave Meltzer.
You can watch the show, which airs live from Toronto, from 6-7 p.m. ET (3-4 p.m. PT) at www.heavy.com.
Ebersole made his organizational debut in February, scoring a major upset in the division over Chris Lytle, snapping Lytle's four fight winning streak. A veteran of over 60 fights, Ebersole had spent the last several years of his career in Australia, where he won seven straight fights prior to the bout with Lytle. He'll fight in the U.S. on this card for the first time since 2007.
Hallman knows a thing or two about upsets, holding two victories over former UFC welterweight kingping Matt Hughes. He made a return to the UFC in 2009 after four years fighting in other promotions, and has won two straight fights since losing that return fight. Most recently, Hallman defeated Karo Parisyan in quick fashion in November.
UFC 133 is expected to take place in Philadelphia, Penn. this August, though no headlining bout has yet been announced.
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Penick's Analysis: This is a solid welterweight fight for the preliminary card here. Ebersole pulled off a big upset in February, but neither of these guys will be making a run at a title shot in the UFC anytime soon, if at all, so this is a good next fight for each off their recent wins.
UPDATE: The UFC has now officially confirmed this fight for the UFC 133 card. There is still no date or location confirmed for the event.
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Overall, I thought Showtime did a solid job of handling the UFC's purchase of Strikeforce. But once it was time for the fighters to step into the cage, the coverage of Saturday night's biggest controversy -- the Gegard Mousasi vs. Keith Jardine draw -- left something to be desired.
Let's start with the good: Showtime handled the UFC's purchase of Strikeforce appropriately by tackling it at the outset. It's a major story that deserved the upfront treatment it got.
Pat Curran moving back to featherweight, will compete in Bellator "Summer Series" Featherweight Tournament
"I've fought at featherweight for most of my career, so I'm really excited to get back to a weight class where I can really do some damage," said Curran. "I had some great results as a lightweight, but I'm really going to make some noise in this summer featherweight tournament."
Curran won the season two tournament with a knockout victory over Mike Ricci and consecutive decision wins over Roger Huerta and Toby Imada. He then took Champ Eddie Alvarez through five rounds in their title fight earlier in the fourth season on MTV2.
The "Summer Series" tournament will take place during Bellator 46, 47 and 48 this summer, beginning on June 25 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
"Eddie Alvarez was right on target when he talked about Pat's heart, but Pat also has spectacular knockout power and a great all-around mixed martial arts arsenal. Pat Curran will be a beast at 145," said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
No opponent has yet been set, but Bellator's announcement of Curran's move stated possible participants in the "Summer Series" tournament could feature Ronnie Mann and Marlon Sandro as well.
Friday, 29 April 2011
Georges St. Pierre has flirted with the idea of trying for the Olympics, but in wrestling, a sport that's a natural departure from mixed martial arts. Now, as he trains for his UFC 129 bout against Jake Shields, methinks he might want to be a gymnast:
My goodness. That man is a sick, sick athlete. Doing pull-ups like that is hard enough on stationary objects, but the unfixed nature of the rings ups the difficulty level.
Look out, Jonathan Horton. GSP is coming after you.
Some friends fought mixed martial arts in local New England circuits, but Kittredge didn't know much about the sport.
He didn't know much about combat at all, actually.
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No date or location were announced for the fight.
The booking, though, all but assures that UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie won't get his desired rematch with Hughes at August's UFC 134 event in Brazil.
Randy Couture is ready to call it a career, yet he's up for new challenges and it sounds like that could include future fights.
We tracked down Couture just before he hit the friendly skies for Toronto and UFC 129. He's steadfast in his desire to walk away, win or lose, after his fight against Lyoto Machida, but when we mentioned UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, Couture had an interesting take. Couture said the "UFC would have to make it right" for him to take a fight against Jones (3:00 mark). He also mentioned that he was offered Jones in the past and turned down the fight.
Couture was also reacting to Dana White saying he didn't think the legend was going to retire. White made the comment to Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Reached via text message late Tuesday, UFC president Dana White made it clear he thinks Couture will continue fighting if he beats Machida.
It's likely Couture walks away, works some UFC broadcasts and serves an ambassador for the sport, but it'll be interesting to see what he does if he scores a big upset over Machida. Never say never.
You can watch UFC 129 on PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) right here on Yahoo! Sports.
-Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker talks to MMAWeekly.com and tries to settle down talk of Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko this July until it is fully signed and negotiated.
Penick's Analysis: The MMAWeekly report states that they are having difficulties in setting the weight, as it's Henderson wanting a simple heavyweight bout while Fedor's camp is pushing for a 220 lb. catchweight. It's incredible that there continues to be a series of difficulties in getting a fight together with Fedor, but we should just be used to it by now. This time, Zuffa's involvement in the proceedings likely brings a lot of other complications, and there are probably things that need to be worked out with M-1 with this new setup for Strikeforce. Hopefully they can do everything they need to in order to get this fight together, as it's the one that makes the most sense for both fighters inside of Strikeforce right now.
ROUNDTABLE: Predictions for Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick at UFC 129 in Toronto - MMATorch staff and contributors comment
RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
Mark Hominick will expose some chinks in the armor of Jose Aldo, and maybe even reveal a fully functional blueprint to defeat Aldo, but he's not going to pull off the upset.� In my opinion, after a harder than expected struggle, Aldo will finish Hominick in the championship rounds of their fight.
ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Mark Hominick keeps saying Jose Aldo has not fought the type of striker he is.� I basically agree with that statement, but it won't matter.� Aldo is�one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.� His overall game is at such a high level, Hominick will have trouble with Aldo both standing and on the ground.� Seven of Aldo's last eight fights have either been KO's or TKO's.�I think Hominick�gets knocked out early in this fight. �
FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
I expect big time fireworks in this fight. I can't see it going past the 2nd round, if even that far. I won't be surprised no matter who wins, but I expect Aldo to get the TKO stoppage.
JASON AMADI, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
I believe this is the type of fight that is going to be much closer than people realize, if it?s contested on the feet. When fighters are dominant, fans like to look at them and pretend that they?re crushing their contemporaries with magic. Jose Aldo is a phenomenal striker, but so is Mark Hominick. Aldo has looked like a killer on the feet (and he his) but he?s been facing Mike Brown, Urijah Faber, and Manny Gamburyan. Hominick is an incredibly technical striker with crushing body shots, and good footwork. He could definitely give Aldo a run for his money, but I think Aldo?s submission prowess is what might ultimately do the ?Machine? in.
ALVIN CARTER, MMATORCH SPECIALIST
I see Hominick wanting to push the pace, and I see Aldo right there along with him.� The only difference is that Aldo will bring more power to the table on the feet.� I see this being a TKO victory for Aldo late in the first round or early in the second.�
CHRIS PARK, MMATORCH UK SPECIALIST
Mark Hominick is a great fighter, very exciting, and loves to finish fights. I have heard comments coming from his camp that Jose Aldo has not faced a striker of Hominick's level. And while I am inclined to agree with this, I personally feel that Mark Hominick has not faced an opponent anywhere near the level of Aldo.
Yes Hominick has the experience, but Jose Aldo is something else, and I see him officially introducing himself to the UFC with an absolute bang. I�feel this one will end early and violently in favour Jose Aldo.
ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
Jose Aldo will have no problems taking care of Mark Hominick and I honestly see Aldo taking him out no later than the 3rd round.� Aldo is easily on the level of the best of the best in MMA and will have no problems here as he steamrolls through another opponent.
ALEX WILLIAMS, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Jose Aldo should defeat Mark Hominick anyway he wants.� Hominick is a good striker, but Aldo is better, and Aldo is vastly superior on the ground.� I think Aldo lights him up standing.
MATT PELKEY, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
Fun while it lasts. This really may be Aldo's toughest style match-up in the division, at least as far as current contenders are concerned. Hominick has fantastic striking and a great chin, and he may actually be able to land some shots on Aldo. I expect at least one dicey sequence for Aldo in the early going before he settles in and asserts himself as the better fighter. Aldo by decision.�
There's was plenty to talk about after a lengthy Wednesday press conference and the media session that followed with Dana White. Kevin Iole is Yahoo! Sports' man on the scene in Toronto for UFC 129. He joined us via Skype to talk about what the Rogers Centre may look like for this 55,000-seat setup. There's talk of a giant scoreboard and massive sound system. Maybe the scoreboard will look something like what Top Rank Promotions has used for several recent boxing events.
There was huge media contingent on hand. That included what seemed like of all the media in Toronto. Iole pointed out that maybe American media outlets should take a look at what's going down in Toronto this week. Why aren't U.S events always covered like this?
You can watch UFC 129 on PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) right here on Yahoo! Sports.
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Brock Lesnar details his path to MMA, feels he's figured out striking problems into UFC 131 bout with Junior Dos Santos
MMA fans reacted strongly to Lesnar from the outset, and he brought with him a large subset of current and former wrestling fans who wanted to see how he could handle himself in a real fight instead of the scripted settings of the WWE. Since that first fight over three years ago, Lesnar has gone on to prove himself as a legitimate fighter, dominating a battle-tested veteran in Heath Herring, finishing the legend Randy Couture to capture the UFC Heavyweight Championship, destroying Frank Mir in their rematch and then battling his way back to health from a life-threatening illness - and a first round onslaught from Shane Carwin - to defend his belt a second time.
Often portrayed as a larger-than-life super-villain in the minds of many fans, an "invader" who was handed a title shot and pushed as the best-in-the-world, in reality Lesnar's double life was led as a fierce competitor and a family man. His drive to test himself and prove his mettle equaled only by his devotion to his family.
When he was finally upended by Cain Velasquez last October, much to the joy of his rabid and vocal detractors, he was almost entirely written-off. As he headed back home to Alexandria, Minnesota to be with his family and take a break after a more than tumultuous year, talking heads from many sides attempted to question his heart for the sport, and painted him a quitter who was more likely to walk away from yet another endeavor than come back to get beat up again.
But not only did Lesnar not walk away, he returns to action this summer to take on the most dangerous opponent he could face - outside of the man that defeated him last October - Junior Dos Santos. For Lesnar, it's yet another in a series of battles he's gone through in his life, and he continues to hold that he's truly found his calling in MMA.
"I like to fight. I've been fighting my whole life," Lesnar said in a lengthy interview with Mike Straka on HDNet's "Fighting Words" program last Friday. "Fighting to make the wrestling team, fighting to win a NCAA title. Fighting to be in WWE, whether it was politics, business, or get in the ring to win the WWE Championship, fight my way through a [NFL] training camp and didn't succeed, to now being in an arena that I think I was born to do. I think I'm a modern day gladiator, that's what drives me. That and my family, I finally found my niche. I'm my own man, I make my own rules, I live by my policies and I enjoy it."
The calm, cool and collected Lesnar has been a more frequent site over the last year since a bout with diverticulitis nearly ended not only his MMA career, but his life. With an autobiography due to hit store shelves in May, the "larger than life" character he had been perceived to be is peeling away, and the driven competitor and family man has been at the surface. It's an image shift that has turned some fans off, wishing for the days that Lesnar would do something to drive one side of the fan base crazy while entertaining another side. But while Lesnar's path to MMA had a detour in pro wrestling, that's simply not who he is or who he's ever really been.
"I had worked for so long to be successful, when I finally won my division I title that was my Olympic Gold Medal, to me," Lesnar said of his NCAA championship win in 2000. "I was done, I was tired of digging in my pocket and pulling out lint balls, and that's why it was very intriguing to me to become a pro wrestler. For so many years, for 18, 19, 20 years I had worked so hard and achieved this title that paid me absolutely nothing. But on the flip side, without that title I wouldn't have been able to be a pro wrestler or an ultimate fighter, so I put all this work in the beginning and now I'm seeing the returns of it.
"Part of me felt that I needed to move on with my life after my NCAA title, so I didn't pursue the Olympics. I understood economics. Vince McMahon filled my bank account, I was able to pay for school and help my family out. This world revolves around the benjamins, and that's kind of what drove me for a few years... the money. And then, there was a competitive thing inside of me that, once I had done all the things I could do inside the ring for WWE, I was an empty person. I felt like 'I need to go out and compete again.' That's why I feel the Octagon is home."
One of the biggest criticisms levied against Lesnar early in his MMA career was getting a shot at the heavyweight title despite just a 1-1 record in the Octagon. However, with that fight being specifically requested by then-Champ Couture, and Lesnar having already proved himself at the box office with two very good pay-per-view draws in 2009 at UFC 81 and UFC 87, respectively, the fight was a money fight for the UFC. And as Lesnar says, though he was given an opportunity many felt was undeserved or too soon, he still rose to the occasion.
"In this day and age, Dana puts on big fights and it was a big money fight for them, and for me," Lesnar explained. "Anybody in their right mind in my position wouldn't have [declined] the fight. Just like Jon 'Bones' Jones [and his shot at Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128]."
"When you're given an opportunity you don't just say, 'oh, the timing's not right, I'm not worthy' Well, no that doesn't happen. Show me the money, show me my way, give me the opportunity. I rose to the occasion, just like Jon 'Bones' Jones."
After getting through his first five career fights without having been truly hurt or tested in the striking game, Lesnar had two consecutive fights in 2010 that saw him get hit hard, and react poorly on each occasion. Though he survived long enough to come back and defeat Carwin last July, it was not to be when he took on Velasquez last October. Lesnar's progression has seen him take on the toughest opponents of perhaps any heavyweight ever through their first seven career fights, and now with perhaps the best striker in the division preparing to stare him down on June 11, he thinks he's finally figured things out in that department.
"This is my third opponent now with heavy hands," he said. "Shane Carwin, Cain Velasquez, now Junior Dos Santos. One of these times I got to get it right. So we'll see what happens and we'll see if I'm well prepared for Junior. But I think I am. I think I've got this figured out. I wasn't able to get my eight or 10 fights against guys much less caliber than myself. Shane Carwin fought not very tough guys, these guys will tell you they weren't the toughest guys on the block. Cain Velasquez worked his way up the ladder. My way of working up the ladder has been Frank Mir, Heath Herring, Randy Couture, Shane Carwin. So I'm working my way up the ladder against no guys to shrug your shoulders at."
Lesnar may be the biggest draw the sport of MMA has seen in the U.S., and as polarizing as he is, fans still want to see him in the cage. But while he's every bit the consummate competitor, he's still the down-to-earth family man that keeps to himself and realizes his time in this sport won't last forever.
"I'm planning my retirement every day. My heart and soul is on the farm," he said. "I've got two young boys and a young daughter and a beautiful wife at home that I just love to be around. I want to raise my kids and just be 'farmer Jones,' and if I can spark some other opportunities along the way [so be it]."
"That's really who I am. When it comes down to it, I'm just the kid from Webster, South Dakota that thinks he's the meanest S.O.B. on the planet."
Rashad Evans can't catch a break. The former UFC light heavyweight champ turned to the only option he thought he had by agreeing to fight teammate Jon Jones for the title. Now Jones is out with an injury and the UFC has slotted in Phil Davis.
The Canadian Press' Neil Davidson first reported the change.
The verbal sparring on the Internet, through blog and radio interviews, was getting pretty intense between Jones and Evans. Evans called Jones childish at one point. Jones later responded by suggesting he dominated the veteran at times during training camps.
For Evans, this is a huge blow. He loses another immediate shot at the title and gets a tough bout in Davis. The former Penn State has only fought six times with the promotion and a win over Evans� could launch him into the title chase. Evans has everything to lose in this fight rumored to be going down at UFC 133 in Philadelphia.
Evans also has to deal with the awkward scenario of possibly rejoining his team in Albuquerque. He decided to leave Jackson's Submission Fighting and allow Jones to work with the team there. Now that it's Davis on the docket, will he return?
John Morgan from MMAjunkie reports that Jones is still recovering from a right hand ligament injury he suffered during his win over Rua and that he faces a "long recovery."
Now, Stann looks to make the biggest statement of his career when he meets top ten ranked middleweight Jorge Santiago at UFC 130 in May. Santiago wasn't his initially slated opponent, as the UFC attempted to set up a fight between Stann and Wanderlei Silva on the card. Silva, however, claimed that with Stann being a military veteran he would find himself as the bad guy in the fight, and didn't want to take that matchup.
Stann reacted to Silva's refusal to take the fight in an interview last week with MMAFighting.com, and said Silva has nothing to prove to him or anyone else.
"I buy his reason because I don't see Wanderlei ever having to lie to anybody about anything," Stann said. "He's got nothing to prove for the rest of his life, as far as I'm concerned, especially in this sport... For every one Brian Stann fan, there's about 50 Wanderlei Silva fans across the world. He's an international superstar. There's no way he would have gotten booed coming into that fight. But things happen."
"As fighters get older and they've accomplished more, who knows what's going through his head or what he's got going on in his personal life right now. I don't know those things. Any time that I have actually met Wanderlei, which is very few, he's just been an amazing guy. He's been a champion. So I certainly didn't take it as an insult or anything of the sort. I just took it as it wasn't the right time or the place, and I knew I was kind of even rolling the dice to get that fight anyways."
While he didn't get the fight he initially asked for, he has wound up with a fight with more meaning in the division, against a fighter that has been very successful in Japan since his first stint in the UFC, and returns to the organization off an epic win last summer over Kazuo Misaki.
"At the end of the day, I got a better fight," Stann said. "I love Wanderlei, he's the guy that I said since the WEC that would be my dream fight just because I always loved watching him fight, but let's face it, Jorge Santiago is ranked in the top 10 for the last two years. This is a better fight for me."
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Penick's Analysis: While Silva is the bigger name than Santiago, that fight wouldn't have allowed Stann to prove anything. Wanderlei hasn't fought since last February, and while he's a longtime legend of the sport, a win over him isn't going to get Stann closer to a title shot. An impressive performance against Santiago could very well get him into a contender's fight, or at the very least put him a fight away from a number one contender fight. His finish of Chris Leben was extremely impressive, as Leben has, for a long time, shown tremendous ability to absorb punishment and continue soldiering on. That didn't happen against Stann. If he can beat Santiago in equally impressive fashion, it will make a real statement that perhaps he is becoming an extremely legit competitor at 185 lbs. It's not at all out of the question, and it makes for a very intriguing middleweight fight next month.
Will he or won't he? It's one of the big questions surrounding UFC 129 as MMA's biggest promotion gears up for its massive event at the Rogers Centre. Couture will spend much of the next two days answering queries about his future, looking back at his past and trying to avoid further speculation from fans and pundits. It will be no easy feat. His future and what's left of it is clearly on the minds of many of the 55,000 expected at the event and millions who follow the sport.
As for UFC president Dana White, he's among the group that thinks Couture isn't ready to pen his swan song just yet. Asked directly if he thinks we've seen the last of "Captain America" as an active fighter, White voiced his doubt.
Like many companies, the UFC has turned to an online hiring system. Job applicants are asked to submit their resumes online for jobs in marketing, operations and fighting. Wait, really?
Yep. You can apply to be a fighter through its online system. Fill out its application with your details, your manager's details, your weight class and your online fighting profile -- through sites like Sherdog or Wikipedia -- and verify that you have at least five professional fights, and voila! You're in its system. Fighters will be evaluated and hired on a rolling basis.
If you don't want to be a fighter, you can still have fun commenting on the people who are putting their dreams on the line. Yes, every fighter-wannabe's profile is viewable, and even has a comment board.
Though this seems like a publicity stunt for the UFC -- and it may be -- it could still also find some talent that may have slipped through the cracks. They can also see if a fighter is popular enough to sell tickets before they ever offer a contract.
Would you apply? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook.
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The organization announced overnight that all five preliminary card fights will be available live and for free in their Facebook.com stream.
It had already been reported that they were targeting the welterweight bout between Claude Patrick and Daniel Roberts for the Facebook stream, as well as the bantamweight bout between Ivan Menjivar and Charlie Valencia, but now all five fights will be streamed on Facebook, and all 12 fights on the night's card will air in some form on Facebook, Spike TV or pay-per-view.
The main card kicks off at a new time, beginning on pay-per-view at 9PM ET, and is headlined by the Welterweight Championship fight between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields. The night's full lineup is below:
Main Pay-Per-View Card
* Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields (Welterweight Championship)
* Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick (Featherweight Championship)
* Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
* Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida
* Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson
Spike TV Preliminary Card
* Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald
* Jake Ellenberger vs. Sean Pierson
Facebook.com Preliminary Card
* Claude Patrick vs. Daniel Roberts
* Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia
* Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen
* John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson
* Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin
Penick's Analysis: This is something we discussed on Tuesday's MMATorch Livecast at BlogTalkRadio.com/MMATorch as a possibility, and something they were heading towards with their Facebook streams. With this event especially I felt this would be a great thing for the fans that want to see every fight and will search these out. It will make for a long night of viewing, but with the unique atmosphere of the show with what is sure to be an insane crowd in Toronto, it's a great thing to have as an option to see all these fights before the pay-per-view card. I'm especially glad we'll be guaranteed to see Garza-Jabouin and Makdessi-Watson from the prelims, and if the response is good this is something the UFC is likely to continue doing. There's no downside to making all of these preliminary card fights available, and if the UFC continues to make every fight available in some capacity for future cards it will be a great move.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Saturday May 14
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* Hector Lombard (#10 Ranked Middleweight) vs. Falaniko Vitale (non-title Middleweight fight)
* Michael Chandler vs. Patricky Freire (Lightweight tourney final)
* Dan Hornbuckle vs. Lyman Good
* Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brett Cooper
* Giedrius Karavackas vs. Sam Oropeza
* Anthony Morrison vs. Bryan Goldsby
* Jay Silva vs. Armand Mrkanovic
* Anthony Leone vs. Jeff Lentz
* Azunna Anyanwu vs. Randy Smith
Foster was forced out of the event when a pre-fight MRI revealed that he had a brain hemorrhage that needs to heal and may require surgery, and the UFC announced the replacement on Wednesday.
Ellenberger is coming off a very close split decision win against Carlos Eduardo Rocha at UFC 126 in February, a fight that included one of the most thrilling rounds of MMA action in the last year. The win was his third straight in the Octagon after dropping a split decision to Carlos Condit in his UFC debut.
Pierson made his UFC debut in December with a win over Ultimate Fighter alum Matt Riddle at UFC 124. The longtime Canadian veteran picked up his sixth straight win in that fight, and though his fighting year in 2010 ended on a high note, he was then released from a position as a police officer in Toronto shortly thereafter. Now training full time, he'll take a big leap in competition from Riddle to Ellenberger in this matchup.
UFC 129 takes place from the Rogers Centre in Toronto on April 30, headlined by the Welterweight Championship bout between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields.
Penick's Analysis: That's a hell of a late replacement fighter to get with just over two weeks until the event, and despite less time to prepare, I think Pierson's in trouble here. Rocha gave Ellenberger some fits on the ground in their fight in February, but Ellenberger is a fairly complete and well rounded fighter that has a great wrestling game and some very heavy hands. I think most would have jumped at a chance to fight in front of 55,000 fans, and he'll be going into hostile territory against Pierson, but Ellenberger's an extremely dangerous opponent and Pierson should be considered a heavy underdog in this fight.
Saturday May 7
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* Rick Hawn vs. Jay Hieron (Welterweight tourney final)
* Bryan Baker vs. Joe Riggs
* Neil Grove vs. Jack Jenson
* Chase Beebe vs. Jose Vega
* Joey Gorczynski vs. Tyler Stinson
* Dustin Blake vs. Cole Province
* Josh Barnes vs. Ron Sparks
* Michael Osborn vs. Mike Schatz
Winning his 10th bout in a row, Nick Diaz defended his Strikeforce welterweight championship belt, winning a first-round TKO over Paul Daley in an action-packed bout in the main event in San Diego on Saturday.
After initial taunting from Diaz, Daley took the bait. He dropped Diaz with a series of strikes, then followed up with a kick to the body. Diaz survived and stood up, then came back and had Daley pinned against the cage. Diaz threw punch after punch, hurting Daley along the way. Daley tried for a takedown, which wasn't a bright move since Diaz is a jiu-jitsu whiz.
They returned to their feet, and neither fighter stopped throwing strikes for much of the first round. Daley dropped Diaz with a left hook and then jumped into Diaz's guard. Diaz kicked Daley off, and then was stood back up by referee John McCarthy. Diaz finally took over, using strikes to the body and head to knock Daley to the ground, then finished up with ground strikes. McCarthy jumped in and stopped the fight at 4:57, giving Diaz the win.
After the win, Diaz was noncommittal about who he would like to fight next.
"I don't know. We've got to see what's up," Diaz said.
Diaz didn't ask for the unification bout like his teammate Gilbert Melendez did. Diaz's teammate Jake Shields is fighting Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight belt at the end of April. Though Diaz has said that he wants GSP, if Shields were to win, Diaz would be put in the awkward position of having to fight a teammate.
Daley is already in an awkward position, as he was released from his UFC contract�for throwing a punch�in his bout with Josh Koscheck. Now, with the UFC and Strikeforce having the same ownership, Daley's future is less sure. A win over Diaz could have strengthened it, but now he drops to 27-10-2.
A hand injury has knocked the new UFC light-heavyweight champion out of action for the time being, leaving the UFC without a main event for its upcoming return to Philadelphia in August. As a result, the promotion has booked a fight pitting Jones' scheduled opponent Rashad Evans against rising star Phil Davis.
The UFC 133 fight was confirmed by the UFC on Monday morning. It was first reported by the Canadian Press.
Anything besides outright spamming other forums/communities; karma is a biotch.
I think we need to boost our ranks a tad.
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* Amir Sadollah vs. Duane Ludwig
* Cole Miller vs. T.J. O'Brien
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Kevin Sullivan, the author of the WWE Championship and WWE Encyclopedia books, recently posted an interview with Edge that he conducted while writing the Championship book. You can read the interview at http://authorkevinsullivan.wordpress.com/
Low Ki, Manu, and Demolition (Ax and Smash) will be headlining the first-ever Full Impact Pro Internet PPV on May 21st. Also scheduled are Tony Devito, Sami Callihan, and FIP Tag Team champions The Dark City Fight ...
While specifics of the case have yet to be disclosed, Ricci states that Terry Taylor, TNA’s Director of Talent Relations, was named in the suit.
Ricci added, “It should be noted as well that if Terry has done anything or not, with his past, it won’t turn out well for he or the company.”
– Magnus was asked on Twitter if former tag team partner Desmond Wolfe is retiring from the ...