Sunday, 31 July 2011

Kennedy avoids the big shot and gets win over Lawler

Tim Kennedy was open for the upset, but Robbie Lawler never put things together during any of the three rounds. Lawler, a good striker with one-punch knockout power, simply relied too much on throwing single shots and allowed Kennedy to dictate the pace. That won with the judges as Kennedy got a unanimous decision victory, 30-27 on all cards.

Kennedy (14-3) pushed forward the entire fight and took some abuse for doing so. A Lawler uppercut in the second opened a nasty gash.

"He bloodied me up for [charging forward], I'm glad the judges see that this is just blood. I get cut all the time so get over it. It just happens. I'm gonna fight until the end of the fight," Kennedy, an Army Ranger who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Robbie Lawler is an amazing athlete and I was humbled to be in the cage with him. The guy hits pretty hard."

Lawler (18-8, 1 NC) does hit like a truck, but attempting 39 strikes in 15 minutes just wasn't going to cut it. Kennedy sealed the win by landing 4-of-12 takedowns. He jumped out to 2-0 lead in the fight by maintaining top control for much of the second round. In all, he landed 40-of-68 shots on the ground.

Kennedy provided a nice moment for war hero Mike Schlitz. The 14-year Army veteran had all of his limbs blown off in combat. Schlitz watched the fight cage side and came into the cage following the fight where he got a standing ovation.

Schlitz helped establish a "GallentFew." It's "a nationwide mentor network that helps our veterans transition from military service to successful civilian careers, assisting veterans with professional, social, emotional and physical needs."

Kennedy's won 6-of-7 fights. The only loss during that run was a title fight against Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Kennedy-avoids-the-big-shot-and-gets-win-over-La?urn=mma-wp5189

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Cool video: Cain meets Ronaldo before big soccer match

Cain Velasquez's standing in the world of heavyweights in MMA is debatable and so is Cristiano Ronaldo's in the world of soccer, but they're definitely in the conversation about the top performers in their respective sports. This is a cool video where they cross paths during Real Madrid's recent trip to Los Angeles.

The UFC heavyweight champ spoke to Ronaldo about the UFC and how big it's getting around the world. Dana White has always said he hopes MMA can develop a soccer-like appeal around world with fighters coming from all corners of the planet. Ronaldo has never been to an MMA fight and was unaware that UFC had begun to spread events around Europe.

For those soccer critics who question the athleticism in the sports as compared to football and basketball in the states, Ronaldo looks like a pretty big dude even though he's standing next to an MMA heavyweight.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Cool-video-Cain-meets-Ronaldo-before-big-soccer?urn=mma-wp5131

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Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson - What Bloody Elbow Readers Said

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/7/31/2307661/strikeforce-fedor-emelianenko-vs-dan-henderson-what-bloody-elbow-readers-said

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5 Reasons To Watch Strikeforce "Fedor vs. Henderson"

In just a few hours from now, Strikeforce will hold its highly-anticipated ?Fedor vs. Henderson? event, featuring a legendary match-up between legends Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko. Also, Marloes Coenen defends her Strikeforce Women?s Welterweight Championship against Meisha Tate. Still, some fans may be asking themselves: what are the best reasons to check out this [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/07/30/5-reasons-to-watch-strikeforce-fedor-vs-henderson

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Tweets of the Week - 7/29

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What do you think?

Is this sh*t rockin out or what?!

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Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament Begins September 17th

The Bellator Fighting Championships announced the line-up for their upcoming Season 5 Middleweight Tournament which is set to begin on September 17th at Bellator 50. The event will be held at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and be shown live on MTV2. The winner of the tournament will receive [...]

Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament Begins September 17th is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News

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The Day Our World Changed: Zuffa Buying Strikeforce Is Easily The Story Of The Half-Year

A while back, when I posted my ?Fighter of the Half-Year? and ?Fight of the Half-Year? picks, I said I wouldn?t do anything else since virtually everyone else was doing them as well and doing a whole lot of them, plus I was busy covering the multitude of UFC and strikeforce news and notes we [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/07/18/the-day-our-world-changed-zuffa-buying-strikeforce-is-easily-the-story-of-the-half-year

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Tate grinds her way to women?s 135-pound title, finishing with a side choke

Tate grinds her way to women?s 135-pound title, finishing with a side chokeMiesha Tate wrestled with the boys in high school, so there's little mystery to her game. She wanted to get Marloes Coenen down, and down often.

After spending 10-plus minutes on her back, a warn down Coenen found herself in a nasty arm-triangle choke in the middle of the fourth round. Referee John McCarthy called a stop to things at 3:03 of the round giving the Strikeforce women's bantamweight title to Tate.

At just 24 years old, Tate (12-2) may be the future of the division, but the women's 135 class has another young lady in her mid-20's. Sarah Kaufman, 25, beat Tate back in 2009 on a Strikeforce Challengers card and will probably get the next crack at the title holder.

Tate's explained that her experience with the boys in high school was the genesis of this title run.

"It made me tough. It's a big, huge reason why I'm here today," said Tate, who wrestled in Olympia, Washington. "That toughness got me through that fight. Marloes is no joke."

Her recent path to the cage was far from easy.

"I had a good start to my training camp, a rough finish. That's what makes the heart of a champion, it's tough times. Tough times only make you tougher," said Tate.

Coenen (19-5) is a very solid fighter with good striking and submission skills, but her stiffness on the feet and lack of� side-to-side movement killed her chance of defending takedowns. She was too often a sitting duck for Tate, who was good on 5-of-6 takedown attempts.

Tate grinds her way to women?s 135-pound title, finishing with a side choke

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Tate-grinds-her-way-to-women-s-135-pound-title-?urn=mma-wp5198

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Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley Fight Video Strikeforce

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Team @danhendo in the cage after the fight!

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PICS! Strikeforce Hendo vs Fedor Weigh In Photos

We’re in hot & Humid Chicago for this weekend and the photos are up! The card looks to be pretty exciting, so what are your picks?? Fedor or Hendo? Miesha or Marloes? Kennedy or Lawler? Daley vs Woodley? Saffiedine vs Smith? Click the link or photo to view the pics! http://www.combatlifestyle.com/pics/view_album.php?id=2718 Incoming search terms:fedor weigh [...]

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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Champ Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler headlines Bellator 54 on Oct. 15

Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will put his title on the line against season-four tournament winner Michael Chandler at Bellator 54.

Bellator Fighting Championships officials today announced the official date for the booking, which Chandler earned by defeating Patricky Freire, Lloyd Woodard and Marcin Held during Bellator's recent 155-pound bracket.

The two now headline Bellator 54, which takes place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The evening's main card airs on MTV2.


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I would destory Emma Watson

Just Sayin'

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Strikeforce 'Fedor vs Henderson' video preview for Showtime televised event

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/7/30/2306030/strikeforce-fedor-vs-henderson-video-preview-for-showtime-televised

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Strikeforce M-1 Main Event Breakdown: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson

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Fedor Emelianenko is the younger of the two fighters headlining Strikeforce's big event on Saturday night, but you might not know it from the buzz surrounding the athletes' respective careers. With two consecutive losses following a win streak for the ages, the whispers that Emelianenko is done as a top-level fighter have grown to audible declarations. So too has the speculation that he could be released with a third straight loss.

At 34 years old though, Emelianenko is a full six years younger than Henderson, who following the recent retirement of Randy Couture, is quickly becoming MMA's new ageless wonder. As the Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion, Henderson fights one weight class below Emelianenko, perhaps raising the stakes for Emelianenko in the process.

The thinking goes that if Emelianenko (31-3, 1 no contest) cannot beat a fighter whose natural weight is around 206 pounds, he has no business getting back in the cage with any monster heavyweights.

I tend to think that's unsound logic. After all, Forrest Griffin didn't retire after losing to middleweight champ Anderson Silva, and Matt Hughes didn't retire after BJ Penn moved up to welterweight and submitted him. When you're dealing with all-time greats, the game changes.

If Fedor does lose, he'll have lost to one of the greatest all-time fighters, which is no shame. And even though UFC president Dana White has repeatedly mentioned that it would be "losing to a middleweight," that's not exactly a fair statement. Henderson (27-8) has split his last eight fights between the 185-pound and 205-pound divisions. In one of those fights at light-heavyweight, he went five close rounds with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, the same fighter White is promoting as the No. 1 contender in his 205-pound division right now.

As a two-division PRIDE champ and current Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ, Henderson's credentials are beyond reproach.

On to the fight, Emelianenko is considered around a 2 1/2-to-1 favorite. Their stand-up styles have become similar over time, with each man featuring a boxing-heavy approach that is light on kicks and heavy on power punching.

Compustrike research, for example, shows that Emelianenko averages just five thrown leg kicks over his last 10 fights, an average of just 11.6 percent of his standup offense. Henderson does a little better, averaging 13 kicks per fight, or 25 percent of his standup offense.

One criticism of Emelianenko has been that the status quo nature of his camp and training have not led to any evolution as a fighter. There is a case to be made that his February loss to Antonio Silva exhibited that. In that fight, against a taller, bigger man, Emelianenko threw only six kicks, missing out on a chance to better control the distance.

While the losses to Silva and to Fabricio Werdum show vulnerability, they do not highlight any particular weaknesses that Henderson can exploit. Silva's size (he weighs around 280 pounds at fight time) helped him keep Emelianenko down for the entirety of the second round of their fight, and Henderson (likely to weigh around 206-210) doesn't have the bulk to pull that off. Werdum is a jiu-jitsu wizard, while Hendo hasn't subbed anyone in the entire 21st century.

That leaves Hendo to play his power striking style and mix in takedowns. He is clearly capable of doing both, and doing both well, but Emelianenko's defense in both categories has historically been strong.

According to FightMetric
, Emelianenko absorbs just .95 strikes per minute, a number that would rank him second all-time among UFC fighters had he fought in the promotion. Comparatively speaking, Henderson is hit 2.37 times per minute.

FightMetric stats also show that Emelianenko is taken down on just 22 percent of takedown tries, a number even better than Hendo's takedown defense (opponents successful 41 percent of the time). Emelianenko also gets the nod in strikes landed per minute (3.12 to 2.42) and striking accuracy (54 percent to 49 percent).

While Emelianenko gets the better of most of the statistical categories, they can all be negated by one well-placed punch. Henderson's shown the ability to knock out almost anyone, and while Emelianenko has never been truly finished by someone's striking prowess, it wouldn't be a total shock if Henderson was the man to change that.

All things considered though, Emelianenko is rightfully the favorite. He's the bigger fighter, has faster hands, and is appreciably better on the ground. He is expected to come in about 10 pounds lighter than usual, making him as hard to hit as ever. When Henderson is on his game, he's sprinkling takedowns in with his offense, the way he did against Rafael Cavalcante when he won the title. At other times, he gets knockout happy with his big right hand.

He'll need a performance like the one against "Feijao" to beat Emelianenko. An uneven performance won't get it done. Chasing around speed is rarely a winning proposition.

In 2007, UFC hosted Wanderlei Silva against Chuck Liddell. It was a fight that many wanted for years, and though it came a bit later than some would have hoped, both fighters turned back the clock to produce a great fight and tremendous moment. This is the type of fight I envision between Emelianenko and Henderson; three rounds, two legends and one memorable night. Years from now, hopefully the winner and loser won't matter so much. This is a fight mostly about and for history. But if we have to pick, Emelianenko's speed and defense win out over Hendo's offensive onslaught. Emelianenko via decision.

 

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Grant Moves to 155, Faces Roller on October 1st

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/uvs6-fight-card-updates

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Bellator announces Season 5 Middleweight Tournament match-ups

Fans in Florida will have a chance to catch the opening round of action from Bellator?s upcoming Season 5 Middleweight Tournament when the promotion visits Fort Lauderdale on September 17. Among the eight athletes competing for a six-figure paycheck and an opportunity at explosive 185-pound champ Hector Lombard?s belt are former finalists (Bryan Baker/Alexander Shlemenko), [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/07/28/bellator-announces-season-5-middleweight-tournament-match-ups/

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Strikeforce ?Fedor vs. Henderson? Pre-Fight Press Conference Highlights

Highlights from the Strikeforce ‘Fedor vs. Henderson’ pre-fight press conference courtesy of MMA Fighting. It was super exciting! Just ask Robbie Lawler… Image via James Law for MMA Fighting

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5 Reasons Why Rashad Evans Could Beat Tito Ortiz

From its inception to its current standing, UFC 133 has been a card filled with many large changes. Now the main event is currently set to feature Rashad Evans taking on a resurgent Tito Ortiz in what will be the second fight between the two former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions. Rashad Evans has quickly emerged [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/07/17/5-reasons-why-rashad-evans-could-beat-tito-ortiz

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Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Gambling Spotlight

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/7/30/2304355/strikeforce-fedor-emelianenko-vs-dan-henderson-gambling-spotlight

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Breaking Down Davis Vs. Kedzie & Coenen Vs. Tate

Strikeforce / M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson will be taking plase this Saturday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Aside from the main event, an exciting welterweight bout between Paul Daley and Tyron Woodley and a middleweight battle between Robbie Lawler and Tim Kennedy, there is also a women’s welterweight (135 lb…I call [...]


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Finishing Fights

Much talk of Fitch...GSP..etc on here
But what about the minor leagues?? Just watched "the nose" on
HD net go to a decision.
WTF? The minor...

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UFC 137 Adds Dennis Siver vs. Sam Stout: Could This Be An "Event Of The Year" Contender?

I wasn?t lying when I said it earlier today? UFC 137 is quickly shaping up to be the can?t-miss MMA event of fall 2010. In addition to Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz, a whole host of interesting match-ups are being added to this card. And in a story that?s only just broken, it?s now [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/07/15/ufc-137-adds-dennis-siver-vs-sam-stout-could-this-be-an-event-of-the-year-contender

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Friday, 29 July 2011

White?s handwriting on the wall: Fedor?s facing a no-win situation

Dana White's a business man first, but fight fan is a close second. Over the years, the UFC president has had opinions on lots of fighters in and out of his organization. He's been particularly dogged about his thoughts on Fedor Emelianenko. White believes Fedor's been overrated for the last five or six years.

It's nothing against the fighter himself, it's just an opinion. It was the same with Kimbo Slice, who he called on the carpet and said couldn't win "The Ultimate Fighter." Slice didn't come close to winning TUF 10 and lasted just two fights in the UFC.

Fedor's recent run against better competition is also showing that he has plenty of warts, but White still believes he can win fights.

"Although I don't think Fedor is anywhere near the pound-for-pound list, and as far as heavyweights go, I'd have him toward the bottom of the top 10 and maybe just out of the top 10, here's what I will not deny Fedor. He can punch, OK? That guy can punch and if he catches you, he can knock you out," White told SI.com

He's facing a tough customer in Dan Henderson, who's never been KO'd. But White wonders what the 230-pound Fedor gains with a win over Henderson, who fought at middleweight in the UFC.

"If I've got to still give Fedor his digs, my dig would be, 'Dude, you're fighting a 185-pounder.' Henderson's got a great chin, he's durable, he's got good wrestling, he can stay out of submissions, and all the great things I can say about Henderson, but Henderson weighs 185 pounds. So I actually think this fight, as far as Fedor is concerned, it's a lose lose for him," White said. "If he knocks out Dan Henderson, he knocks out a 185-pounder. If he gets knocked out, he just got knocked out by a 185-pounder."

Fedor, riding a two-fight losing streak, is a huge favorite at minus-225.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/White-s-handwriting-on-the-wall-Fedor-s-facing-?urn=mma-wp5120

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UFC 133 Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans Promo Video

Former UFC light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans will renew their rivalry when they meet on August 6th in the main event of UFC 133. Ortiz and Evans fought to a draw when they first met at UFC 73 in 2007. Ortiz will look to keep the momentum going of his stunning first [...]

UFC 133 Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans Promo Video is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News

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A Closer Look At Strikeforce "Fedor vs. Henderson": Scott Smith vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Hello again fans and friends, it?s now time for the second part of my planned six-part series ?A Closer Look At strikeforce: ?Fedor vs. Henderson??. The first part of the series featured a quick rundown of all the preliminary fights scheduled for this event. Now it?s time to focus on the meat of this event: [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/07/26/a-closer-look-at-strikeforce-fedor-vs-henderson-scott-smith-vs-tarec-saffiedine

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MMA Link Parade

Looking for reading material on this Friday afternoon? Try these links to great stuff from our friends around the internet.

- Pat Miletich says Daniel Cormier is tougher match-up for Bigfoot Silva. (Middle Easy)

- Dana White speaks in wide-ranging Q&A. (SI.com)

- Brett Rogers' domestic assault case could be settled before September 13 trial date. (CagePotato)

- Andrei Arlovski poised for ProElite debut against 5-2 Ray Lopez. (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Road to the Battle of Legends: Fedor vs. Hendo. (LowKick)

- Former WECer Jeff Curran signs with UFC. (NBC Sports)

- Scott Coker Isn't Sure If Alistair Overeem Will Fight For Strikeforce Again. (MMA Convert)

- Dana White: Fedor Emelianenko is facing a "lose-lose" situation. (5th Round)

- Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson questions (Bleacher Report)

- Matt Lindland's "SportFight" returns with new backers. (The Fight Nerd)

- Programming reminder: Rashad Evans on 'Late Night' with Jimmy Fallon tonight. (MMAMania)

- Gambling on upcoming big Strikeforce fights & TRT usage. (Fight Opinion)

- SafeAuto offers "VIP at the UFC" prize package for UFC 133. (MMA Payout)

 

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Don?t bring Jon Jones a fake belt to sign

Jon Jones' ascent to the top of the UFC's light heavyweight division has been fast, but also filled with plenty of hard work and growth as a fighter. It has been far from easy. He's proud of that belt and even keeps it wrapped in a special case when not carrying it with him.

So you can understand why he's not wild about the fact that someone can go to Toys 'r' Us and buy a similar belt for $12.99.

I hate it when people come up to me with a belt that looks exactly like mine and they ask me to sign it. I worked three times a day for three years to get this belt, and now this guy asking me for an autograph has one just like it. Are you serious? I mean it's not as heavy, but it looks just the same.

Fair enough, Jon. He has grown close to that belt, and doesn't want to see the fakes out there. He will have to put it on the line on Sept. 24 against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

Thanks to With Leather. Read the whole interview to hear what Jones will sign and Urijah Faber's thoughts on how to improve MMA.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Don-t-bring-Jon-Jones-a-fake-belt-to-sign?urn=mma-wp4690

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White?s handwriting on the wall: Fedor?s facing a no-win situation

Dana White's a business man first, but fight fan is a close second. Over the years, the UFC president has had opinions on lots of fighters in and out of his organization. He's been particularly dogged about his thoughts on Fedor Emelianenko. White believes Fedor's been overrated for the last five or six years.

It's nothing against the fighter himself, it's just an opinion. It was the same with Kimbo Slice, who he called on the carpet and said couldn't win "The Ultimate Fighter." Slice didn't come close to winning TUF 10 and lasted just two fights in the UFC.

Fedor's recent run against better competition is also showing that he has plenty of warts, but White still believes he can win fights.

"Although I don't think Fedor is anywhere near the pound-for-pound list, and as far as heavyweights go, I'd have him toward the bottom of the top 10 and maybe just out of the top 10, here's what I will not deny Fedor. He can punch, OK? That guy can punch and if he catches you, he can knock you out," White told SI.com

He's facing a tough customer in Dan Henderson, who's never been KO'd. But White wonders what the 230-pound Fedor gains with a win over Henderson, who fought at middleweight in the UFC.

"If I've got to still give Fedor his digs, my dig would be, 'Dude, you're fighting a 185-pounder.' Henderson's got a great chin, he's durable, he's got good wrestling, he can stay out of submissions, and all the great things I can say about Henderson, but Henderson weighs 185 pounds. So I actually think this fight, as far as Fedor is concerned, it's a lose lose for him," White said. "If he knocks out Dan Henderson, he knocks out a 185-pounder. If he gets knocked out, he just got knocked out by a 185-pounder."

Fedor, riding a two-fight losing streak, is a huge favorite at minus-225.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/White-s-handwriting-on-the-wall-Fedor-s-facing-?urn=mma-wp5120

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DREAM.17 adds Shinya Aoki vs. Rob McCullough, Satoru Kitaoka vs. Willamy Freire

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Two new bouts are official for next month's DREAM.17 event.

In a non-title fight, DREAM lightweight champ Shinya Aoki (28-5...

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Martin Kampmann talks bum knee, online altercation with Diego Sanchez

When Martin Kampmann takes to the Octagon for his next in-ring outing the well-rounded Dane will be looking to snap a two-fight skid for the first time in his career, a fact that doesn?t sit well with the Xtreme Couture original. Adding to the frustration of a controversial loss in his last match-up has also [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/07/27/martin-kampmann-talks-bum-knee-online-altercation-with-diego-sanchez/

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UFC 133 Video Preview for ?Evans vs. Ortiz 2? on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia

Source: http://mmafrenzy.com/19241/ufc-133-video-preview-for-evans-vs-ortiz-2-on-aug-6-in-philadelphia/

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Jeff Curran signs multi-fight deal with UFC, will make first Octagon appearance in seven years this fall

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Jeff Curran is heading back to the UFC for the first time since 2004, as MMAJunkie.com reports that the "Big Frog" has signed a multi-fight deal with the organization.

Curran, cousin of Bellator lightweight tournament winner and summer series featherweight tournament finalist Pat Curran, has competed around the United States in a number of major organizations, as well as an appearance in Pride in Japan and a couple of fights in Canada throughout his 13-year career.

The 33-year-old has appeared once before in the UFC, losing a unanimous decision to Matt Serra back at WEC 46 in January of 2004. Curran would win 15 of his next 16 fights - losing only to Hatsu Hioki by decision in that stretch - but four straight losses in the WEC from 2007-2009 took him out of the spotlight.

Since his split decision loss to Takeya Mizugaki in his final WEC appearance, Curran has won four of his last five fights, and will enter the UFC this fall on a two fight win streak. He's competed in three separate divisions throughout his career, but per the MMAJunkie report he'll be entering the UFC's bantamweight division upon his return.

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Penick's Analysis: This is good news. Curran is a good fighter who went through a rough stretch in that WEC run. Losses to Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, Joseph Benavidez and Takeya Mizugaki are nothing to scoff at, and actually the Mizugaki fight was a poor decision that really should have gone to Curran in a close fight. He's got a lot of experience and he's capable of defeating a lot of fighters, and he'll be a good addition to the UFC's bantamweight roster.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_10006.shtml

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Bellator announces Season 5 Middleweight Tournament match-ups

Fans in Florida will have a chance to catch the opening round of action from Bellator?s upcoming Season 5 Middleweight Tournament when the promotion visits Fort Lauderdale on September 17. Among the eight athletes competing for a six-figure paycheck and an opportunity at explosive 185-pound champ Hector Lombard?s belt are former finalists (Bryan Baker/Alexander Shlemenko), [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/07/28/bellator-announces-season-5-middleweight-tournament-match-ups/

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Chad Griggs Wants a 'Real Big Name' Opponent Next - Chad Griggs

Chad Griggs Wants a 'Real Big Name' Opponent Next Video by Chad Griggs

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Thursday, 28 July 2011

UFC Encyclopedia Coming This Fall

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/ufc-encyclopedia-press-release-072111

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Tito Ortiz - Defining "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy"

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UFC 138 Slated For Birmimgham, England. Leben Vs. Munoz Main Event

By <a href="mailto:howie@mmanews.com">Chris Howie</a> <Br>
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer<Br><Br>

The UFC will make it's long awaited return to the United Kingdom this Fall as it was announced this week that UFC 138 will take place on November 5th in Birmingham, England.<Br><Br>

The main event of the evening will feature "The Crippler" Chris Leben, fresh off a spectacular first round knockout of Wanderlei Silva, taking on Mark Munoz as the two middleweights could be vying for a shot at the middleweight title.<Br><Br>

UFC President Dana Whtie also dropped news that the event will air in the North America via Spike TV.<Br><Br>

The card is also expected to feature the following bouts with more to be announced later:<Br><Br>

* Renan Barao vs. Brad Pickett<Br>
* Anthony Njokuani vs. Paul Taylor<Br>
* Papy Abedi vs. Thiago Alves<Br><Br>

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Eat your heart out Seagal: ?Butterbean? has his own cop reality show

Eric "Butterbean" Esch, looking for a way to parlay his fighting fame into a new arena, may have found it with his new reality show on Investigation Discovery.

On "Big Law: Deputy Butterbean," Esch is a police officer in Jasper, Alabama. The 300-plus pound Esch rose to prominence as the king of the four rounders in boxing. He eventually transitioned over to mixed martial arts where he fought 26 times. At 44 years old, he last fought in May and scored a KO victory. The new show debuts on Aug. 9.

Butterbean joins MMA character Steven Seagal on the police reality show scene. Seagal never officially fought MMA, but the seventh degree black belt in Aikido and action movie star, is also featured in a reality show about the police called "Steven Seagal Lawman" on A & E.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Eat-your-heart-out-Seagal-Butterbean-has-his-?urn=mma-wp4887

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ROUNDTABLE: What was your favorite moment from the first half of 2011 in MMA? Hansen, Hyden, Perez, Hobaugh, Williams, Pelkey and Ennis

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What was your favorite moment (either a particular finish, sequence, or round from a given fight) from the first half of MMA action in 2011?�

RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

The best moment of the year is clearly the revitalization of Tito Ortiz and his career.� It's like this - you don't become a passionate fan of anything just so that you can find things to loathe.� You become a fan of something like MMA so that you can find things that you enjoy.� For me at least, the people in this sport that I criticize and dislike are people who�(in my opinion)�do the wrong things and act the wrong way.� So any criticism heaped their way isn't personal as much as it is a reaction to bad behavior.� But years of bad behavior to the sport we all follow can be wiped away with one truly genuine and sincere moment.� Tito Ortiz's victory over Ryan Bader provided that moment.� It was the best thing I have seen all year.

FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

I'd have to go with Jon Jones crushing Maurico "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128. That was a incredible moment of Jones realizing his potential. For people who had followed Jones from his first fights in the UFC, this was seeing him become what we thought he might be. His growth curve has been great to watch.

ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

My favorite moment so far has to be the KO finish of Vitor Belfort at the hands of Anderson Silva.� Everyone was expecting a finish from him, no doubt, but the way he delivered that finish, a front straight kick that was something out of a movie, was just unreal.� If not only the most entertaining, it was also the most explosive finish in a long time.

ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

The Cheick Congo vs. Pat Barry fight on Versus 4 is my favorite fight from the first half of 2011. I rank it as the greatest comeback in MMA history. I was sure Congo was finished when he knocked Barry out. It was so exciting and unexpected that it is a great candidate for fight of the year. It's a fight that will be remembered for decades.

ALEX WILLIAMS, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Cheick Kongo's miraculous knock out of Pat Barry squeaks past Tito Ortiz's shocking victory over Ryan Bader.� Kongo's dramatic comeback against Barry is something you rarely see period, let alone between two strikers of that high caliber.

MATT PELKEY, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Its tempting to say Tito Ortiz's shocking upset of Ryan Bader, and that'll probably be the popular choice, but for me its my Knockout of the (first half of the) Year, Lyoto Machida going Daniel LaRusso on Randy Couture and Crane Kicking him into retirement. It was the best moment on the best and biggest event so far in 2011, UFC 129.

SHAWN ENNIS, MMATORCH SENIOR COLUMNIST

Without looking back at cards to remind me about what's happened, I'd say the most memorable thing for me so far is the strange evolution of Jon Jones. He came in as an unstoppable force against Bader and ran through Shogun Rua, and then had one of the weirdest sequences I can remember seeing from a fighter. He has a falling out with Rashad Evans, has a fight scheduled with him, then opts for elective surgery, and actually allows his management to tell everyone it was elective surgery. This pulls him out if the Evans fight initially, but then he tells us that he's not actually having the surgery and will defend his title in September rather than August, and he'll do it against Quinton Jackson. So you've got a grudge match that is almost sure to draw money, then you pull out for essentially no reason, only to take a fight with a more dangerous opponent in a fight with pretty minimal heat thus far. Huh?

To actually answer the real question though, it's got to be Tito Ortiz beating Ryan Bader and doing the gravedigger after the fight. Never thought I'd see that again, and I'm glad I was wrong.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_10007.shtml

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Bouts Added to ?UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou? Lineup

As expected, “UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou” will take place September 17th inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. A welterweight grudge match between Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger will headline the Spike TV broadcast. ?Jake Shields has fought some of the best guys in the sport and [...]

Source: http://www.5thRound.com/83269/bouts-added-to-ufc-fight-night-25-battle-on-the-bayou-lineup/

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Bellator 47 Picks And Predictions

We?re now only a days away from Bellator 47, which takes place during this weekend?s miniature ?Perfect Storm? that sees Strikeforce on Friday and Bellator on Saturday. This event sees both semi-final fights of Bellator?s current Featherweight Tournament, featuring four of the best Featherweights in Bellator. As is customary, here is my official ?picks and [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/07/22/bellator-47-picks-and-predictions

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"UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz II" weigh-ins set for Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center

Weigh-ins for next month's "UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz II" event take place Friday, Aug. 5, at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

MMAjunkie.com previously reported the date of the ceremony, but the location had yet to be determined.

The same venue hosts the following night's pay-per-view event, which features a light heavyweight rematch between former UFC champions Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz.


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Tito Ortiz In Line For Possible Title Shot With Win

By <a href="mailto:howie@mmanews.com">Chris Howie</a> <Br>
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer<Br><Br>

When Tito Ortiz made his triumphant return to the winner's circle at UFC 132, in impressive first round fashion, submitting Ryan Bader via choke out, many eyebrows were raised as to what exactly this Tito Ortiz 2.0 could bring to the table.<Br><Br>

Following up his UFC 132 shocker Ortiz, at first reluctant, signed on to face Rashad Evans on short notice at UFC 133 on August 6th winning praise from UFC President Dana White and win or lose getting at least one more fight in the Octagon.<Br><Br>

But one may wonder just how important a win could be for Ortiz when he faces Evans, who has been promised a title shot with a win on August 6th. Dana White tries to put it into <a href=http://www.mmafighting.com>perspective</a>:<Br><Br>

"I don't know," White said. "It's tough one. He beats [Ryan] Bader who was ranked, I think 7 or 8. Then he comes back and beats the guy ranked No. 1? I don't know. It's a tough question. Some would say Tito. Some would say he probably has to beat one other guy. I don't know. We'll figure that out when it happens."<Br><Br>



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Brian Ebersole cartwheel kick instructional video (it takes balls)

Brian Ebersole has enjoyed a long illustrious career in MMA and he gives back to the sport that has given so much to him. The creator of the infamous cartwheel kick has bestowed upon us, his faithful...

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?75529-Brian-Ebersole-cartwheel-kick-instructional-video-(it-takes-balls)&goto=newpost

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Anders Behring Breivik WTF

I dont know how |I didnt hear about this until now. I dont watch tv anymore so I havent seen this story.
This must be one of the biggest murder...

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Affliction Bike Builder - Michael Barrigan

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Rory MacDonald Sig

I had this in mind ever since Rory beat Diaz.

His post fight victory scream was an inspiration.

Today i had some time on my hands and the result is...

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What does ?Anderson Silva-money? get you? A nice new mansion

Lyoto Machida backed out of the planned fight with Rashad Evans because he reportedly wanted "Anderson Silva money," or a pay day more like that of his good friend, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva. Machida thought he was in the position to ask for that kind of cash, but UFC president Dana White balked at this request:

"I opted not to pay him Anderson Silva money and told him when he accomplished all the things that Anderson Silva has accomplished, then maybe he'll make Anderson Silva-type money," an incredulous White told reporters.

Silva is on a 14-fight win streak and lives atop the Yahoo! Sports pound-for-pound rankings. For that, he made $200,000 in his UFC 126 knockout of Vitor Belfort, but that figure doesn't include any bonuses or cuts of pay-per-view buys, which may be a part of his contract. His sponsorship money also isn't included into that figure, and Kevin Iole estimated that he pulls seven figures for a fight.

In fact, he just used that money to buy a new million-dollar home in southern California. The Los Angeles Times reported that Silva bought a $1.76 million home in Palos Verdes Estates to be closer to his training homes. The house has an ocean view, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, a pool and sits on a half-acre lot.

Maybe this gives a clue behind Machida's motivation. Who doesn't want a home with an ocean view?

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/What-does-Anderson-Silva-money-get-you-A-nice?urn=mma-wp4674

Pat Barry  Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping 

Jorge Masvidal Makes the Case for Title Shot - Strikeforce

Jorge Masvidal Makes the Case for Title Shot Video by Strikeforce

Source: http://mmalice.com/strikeforce/jorge-masvidal-makes-the-case-for-title-shot-video_817181133.html

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Fan Faves Danny Boy and Stripper Ramsey to Fight

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/ufc-137-fight-card-updates

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Brock Larson loses in front of hometown fans at EC 188

Former WEC/UFC welterweight Brock Larson suffered the first knockout of his career over the weekend at Extreme Challenge 188 after maintaining his consciousness for over decade including more than thirty-five fights. Not only was the defeat notable in nature from a historical perspective but also based on length and location, as Larson lost in less [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/07/25/brock-larson-loses-in-front-of-hometown-fans-at-ec-188/

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Gerald Harris signs multi-fight deal with DREAM, could debut at September event

Gerald Harris is bound for Japan.

The ex-UFC middleweight today told MMAjunkie.com that he's signed a multi-fight contract with DREAM.

While Harris' debut for the promotion has yet to be determined, though DREAM representative Mike Kogan said today that there is "a very good chance" the fighter could appear on an as-yet-unannounced event, possibly DREAM.17, targeted for Sept. 25 at Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan.


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Matt Riddle welcomes newcomer Lance Benoist at UFC Fight Night 25

It took a little while, but Lance Benoist finally has a date for his octagon debut.

After signing a multi-fight deal with the UFC this past month, Benoist is scheduled to fight Matt Riddle at "UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou."

UFC officials today announced the bout, though its placement on the event's fight card was not made official.


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Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski 

How would you survive WW3?

If World War 3 suddenly broke out what would you do?

My plan is to fly to Scottland and stay with Beets in his underground lovemaking chamber I mean survival chamber.

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Voelker recovers from bad start, TKOs Bowling in second

Book Bobby Voelker-Roger Bowling fights every month! What fan is going to complain? They've fought three times and each bout has been a barnburner. Friday night at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Voelker scored a nice comeback win by landing a nasty knee in the second round that Bowling never recovered from. Voelker wobbled Bowling with a right knee, saw his opponent's legs fail him, and then finished with nine unanswered shots on the ground at 2:15 of the second round at Strikeforce Challengers 17 .

"It was pretty suspenseful," Voelker told Showtime's Mauro Ranallo. "He was winning the whole way."

Voelker's now won two straight against Bowling, but the loser has nothing to be ashamed about. Bowling outclassed Voelker (24-8) throughout the first round. He dominated the stand up with nasty legs kicks and a great left hook. He actually had Voelker on shaky legs in the final minute of the first, but didn't pour it on.

For some reason in the second, Bowling tried to wrestle and work the clinch game. At 5-foot-8, against the 6-1 Voelker, that proved to be a horrible move. With his back on the cage, Voelker got a thai clinch on Bowling's head and pulled his noggin down into that big� knee. Bowling stumbled backwards and his legs were gone.

Voelker deserves a lot of credit. Some of Bowling's shots in the first would've broken a weaker fighter. The 32-year-old said it was part of the plan against the less-experienced Bowling.

"I just knew he was coming in hard. He always does, that's the way he fights. It's just balls to the wall, ready to take your head off," Voelker said. "I knew I had to wait a little bit, weather the storm and he'd lower his hands a little bit or fade, and I'd catch him with something like I did."

Voelker's won 4-of-5 with Strikeforce and may set for a jump to Strikeforce's bigger shows. According to Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is considering giving Voelker the winner of the Scott Smith-Tarec Saffiedine fight.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Voelker-recovers-from-bad-start-TKOs-Bowling-in?urn=mma-wp4984

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