Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Despite Father's Death, Jake Shields will fight Jake Ellenberger in New Orleans.

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Jake Shields has decided to go through with his Sept. 17 fight against Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25 following the recent death...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/94269-despite-fathers-death-jake-shields-will-fight-jake-ellenberger-new-orleans.html

Patrick The Predator Côté  Randy The Natural Couture  Dan Cramer Alberto Crane Marcio Pe de Pano Cruz

Who is your favorite anime character?

Himura Kenshin (Hitokiri Battosai) before he became Rurouni tho (Wanderer)

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Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=95445&goto=newpost

Josh Barnett  David Baron  Phil Baroni Don Barr Pat Barry 

Video roundup: White, GSP and Rashad on new FOX deal

Dana White was downright giddy when he did some one-on-one's following the announcement that UFC has locked up a deal with FOX. He has every right to be especially about what's on the way for the "Ultimate Fighter." It feels line a re-birth for the show.

"When it comes to ratings going down [on Spike] ... John Landgraf (head of FX), this guy is a genius when it comes to television, one of the things that he said and it's true, is we weren't being promoted," White told MMAHeat's Karyn Bryant. "And if you look at the numbers we pulled with no promotion, wait 'til you see what we pull when we're being promoted."

White is happy for the company, but he's also excited for what network TV will bring for the competitors in the sport.

"This is a long time coming," White said. "[...] The sport and the athletes will finally get he credit, and the respect that they deserve from the mainstream press."

Georges St-Pierre and Rashad Evans also spoke to Bryant.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Video-roundup-White-GSP-and-Rashad-on-new-FOX-?urn=mma-wp6078

Wesley Cabbage Correira  Patrick The Predator Côté  Randy The Natural Couture  Dan Cramer Alberto Crane

UFC Prime Time special reportedly to air on Fox following NFL post-game show on October 30

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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While the UFC's live debut on Fox comes on November 12 in Anaheim, Calif., they will have a presence on the network prior to that.

According to Dave Meltzer in an update at WrestlingObserver.com, the UFC will actually debut with a one hour Prime Time special on Sunday, October 30.

The hour long show, which will air immediately following the NFL post-game show for the day, is expected to highlight the November 12 live debut, which will bring two fights live to the network for the first time in an hour long special presentation.

No other details were reported, but more is sure to come out on this special in the next month or so.

Link to WrestlingObserver.com Report

Penick's Analysis: This could be a huge way to bring more awareness, and in turn a lot more viewers, to this first hour-long event on Fox in November. By having a preview show air right after Fox's NFL programming, and presumably this would be pushed all day during the NFL broadcast, they will have a ton of people tuning in that may not have caught the UFC before. This could be extremely beneficial to kicking off the UFC's new relationship with Fox, and I'm excited to see what they can put together for this Prime Time special.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_10289.shtml

Phil Baroni Don Barr Pat Barry  Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry

Jake Shields Will Remain on UFN 25 Following Father's Death

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Jake Shields has decided to go through with his Sept. 17 fight against Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25 following the recent death of his father and manager, Jack Shields. MMA Fighting confirmed the fighter's decision with UFC officials.

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broke the news of Jack Shields' passing on Tuesday. He was 67 years old.

No word just yet on the cause of death. According to Sherdog.com, Shields died in his sleep on Monday at his Sacramento, Calif., home.

"Lost my father manager and one of my best friends today!! R.I.P jack you will be greatly missed and loved by many," Shields was quoted as saying on the Web site.

Shields served as his son's manager since 2002. Prior to his son's title fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 129, Shields spoke to MMA Fighting's Ben Fowlkes about how he ended up working with his son.

"After the ['Mach'] Sakurai fight he didn't get any offers. He upset Sakurai and then two months later he still wasn't in any fights. So he asked me to find him a fight," he said.

"Jake asked me to manage him after that and I said, 'I'm sure there's someone down there who knows the business a lot better than I do. I'm all the way up here in the mountains. There's got to be someone closer to you who knows this business.' Six to eight months later he sent me a contract that somebody wanted him to sign and then I took over. It was terrible. I had to [delete] the whole thing and write a new one."

UFN 25: "Battle at the Bayou" airs live on Spike TV from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Shields vs. Ellenberger will serve as the card's main event.

 

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Source: http://mmafighting.com/2011/08/31/jake-shields-will-remain-on-ufn-25-following-fathers-death/

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UFC reportedly has deal with FOX; Network has big press conference announcement set for Thursday

The rumor merry-go-round continues to twirl with regards to the UFC and a new television deal.

First it was the Wall Street Journal reporting that Zuffa (parent company to the UFC) was closing in on a deal with Comcast/NBC. Now Sport Business Daily says FOX has stepped up to grab the mixed martial arts giant in a package that could be worth as much as $90 million per year.

In what would represent a major push into the mainstream for the UFC, Fox has agreed to a deal that will see the broadcast channel air as many as four MMA events per year, according to several sources. The multiyear deal would mark the first time the UFC will have consistent airtime on a broadcast network. Fox execs refused to comment on the deal, but sources with knowledge of the negotiations said bidding had gone as high as $90M per year. The Fox deal is believed to be for seven or eight years.

UPDATE: John Ourand from SBJ tweeted that FOX has a major announcement on the way later this week.


UFC president Dana White wouldn't confirm the deal to MMAjunkie.

"You guys will know when we have a TV deal," said White.

White appeared with Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole on Friday's "MMA Insiders" on ESPNRadio1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas.

"We do not have a deal. We're out there talking to everybody. When you're out there talking to everybody there's going to be lots of rumors," White said (19:10 mark). "In a perfect world, what would really work out great is if you could be on CBS and FOX and Comcast/NBC. Just like the NFL is. That would be the perfect world, but this sport has a lot of room to grow."

White has been very selective over the years with the UFC's programming partners.

"I will not do a dumb deal. We're not going to do a deal that doesn't make sense. We could've been the first mixed martial arts on network television, but none of the deals made sense," White said. "And as you saw all those guys [that were on network TV like EliteXC on CBS] ended up going out of business."

The UFC has been looking for a multi-platform deal. The promotion would like programming on network TV and several cable channels. Currently, it's running live fights and additional programming with preview shows and past fights on Spike and Versus. That will change in a deal with FOX.

As part of the deal, most of the weekly programming that UFC has on Versus and Spike TV will move to FX starting in January. That includes several fight cards, plus shows like the reality series "The Ultimate Fighter." Fox-owned Fuel also will wind up with some UFC content. But rumors that Fox will rebrand Fuel as a UFC channel are not true, sources said. Fox was attracted to UFC programming, which has produced some of the highest viewership figures �-- and most attractive demos --� on Versus and Spike TV.

According to SBJ, Viacom-owned Spike dropped out of the bidding because of lagging numbers:

The UFC's talks with Viacom-owned Spike ended before that. Sources said Spike ultimately passed over concern that its UFC shoulder programming stopped growing. Shows like "Unleashed," "Knockouts" and "Countdown" averaged 1 million viewers in '05. This year, they are averaging 492,000. Spike holds the rights to UFC library programming through '12, including old fights and shoulder programming such as "UFC Unleashed."

The most recent live event on Versus actually trended up at UFC on Versus 5.

UFC's Sunday night event�in Milwaukee on Versus also drew 766,000 viewers from 9:00-11:09pm ET, marking the net's most-viewed program for the week ending August 14. That figure is up 3% from 744,000 viewers for the last UFC event on Versus on June 26.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/UFC-reportedly-has-deal-with-FOX-Network-has-bi?urn=mma-wp5963

Wilson Gouveia Jason Grace Crosley Gracie Gregor Gracie Ralek Gracie

Dana White Says Rio Greatest Crowd In UFC History

Video highlights of the Rio crowd during each bout at UFC 134.


Vid thanks to Shanks.





Source: http://www.mmatko.com/dana-white-says-rio-greatest-crowd-in-ufc-history/

Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona  Noboru Asahi Marcus Aurelio 

What's Next For The Winners And Losers Of UFC 134: "Silva vs. Okami"?

UFC 134 was a very entertaining event marking the return of the UFC to Brazil for the first time in over a decade. Now once again it?s time to ask: what?s next? What does the future hold after both Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mauricio Rua brought their careers back from the brink, while Anderson Silva [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/08/28/whats-next-for-the-winners-and-losers-of-ufc-134-silva-vs-okami

Mikey Burnett  Murilo Bustamante  Grant Campbell  Gesias JZ Calvancante  Luiz Cane 

Dana White UFC RIO Vlog Day 2

http://youtu.be/zyHT8JNYGAg

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?75872-Dana-White-UFC-RIO-Vlog-Day-2&goto=newpost

Wilson Gouveia Jason Grace Crosley Gracie Gregor Gracie Ralek Gracie

Yushin Okami - A Man with Everything to Fight For

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/Yushin-Okami-A-Man-with-Everything-to-Fight-For

Joe Hybrid Duarte Aldrin de Jesus  Todd Duffee  Marvin Eastman  Stav Crazy Bear Economou 

Sonnen exclusive: Silva?s going down against Okami at UFC 134

Anderson Silva is clearly the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. When healthy and interested, he's destroyed every UFC opponent put in front of him. but Chael Sonnen sees an opening for Yushin Okami against the middleweight champ and thinks the Japanese star is leaving UFC 134 with the title strap.

"[Silva]'s lost to Okami once before. This is a rematch and Yushin already beat him once," said Sonnen speaking of a 2006 match up at 170 pounds where Okami picked up a win via disqualification because Silva delivered an illegal upkick. "Yushin is a lot better now, so I can't imagine how he wouldn't beat him again."

Sonnen says Silva has ducked opponents who play to his weakness, takedown defense. He went as far as saying the fight against Okami won't even be competitive. Sonnen's entitled to his opinion. After all, he's the guy who beat Silva for four and a half rounds at UFC 117 before getting caught in a late submission.

Sonnen also told a story about Vitor Belfort on "The MMA Insiders" show in Las Vegas on ESPNRadio1100/98.9 FM. He was so bullish on Belfort's chances against Silva at UFC 126 that plunked down a little money on the underdog. He said all hopes ended when he saw Belfort at the weigh-in. He says Belfort backed down to Silva's attempts of intimidation. After that, Sonnen ripped up his ticket.

Listen here for the entire "MMA Insiders" show. Co-host Kevin Iole was joined by FX's John Landgraf and Sonnen.

You can watch UFC 134 right here on Yahoo! Sports

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Sonnen-exclusive-Silva-s-going-down-against-Oka?urn=mma-wp6144

Tank Abbott Hiroyuki Abe Cyril Abidi  Daniel Acacio Bernard Ackah 

The saga continues - UFC and Alistair Overeem Negotiating Says Dana White

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/8/26/2386279/ufc-and-alistair-overeem-negotiating-says-dana-white

The story of Alistair Overeem, Golden Glory and Zuffa continues down a path that looks more and...

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?75874-The-saga-continues-UFC-and-Alistair-Overeem-Negotiating-Says-Dana-White&goto=newpost

Dan Cramer Alberto Crane Marcio Pe de Pano Cruz Luke Cummo  Jeff Big Frog Curran

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ask and you shall receive: Nogueira gets UFC 134 KO bonus

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira pulled a big upset on Saturday night, knocking out Brendan Schaub in Rio de Janeiro, just miles from his home and gym. Understandably, he was elated after the fight.

That $100,000 that he's asking for is the super-sized knockout of the night bonus. Good news for Nogueira is that UFC president Dana White agreed and awarded the bonus to Nog. Edson Barboza and Ross Pearson's bout won Fight of the Night. Even though the fights were in Brazil and chock-full of Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners, there were no submissions, so a submission of the night was not awarded.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Ask-and-you-shall-receive-Nogueira-gets-UFC-134?urn=mma-wp6338

Patrick The Predator Côté  Randy The Natural Couture  Dan Cramer Alberto Crane Marcio Pe de Pano Cruz

Weigh-in results for UFC 134 "Silva vs. Okami" from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Weigh-ins took place this afternoon in front of a raucous crowd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for tomorrow night's UFC 134 event. The UFC's historic return to Brazil is headlined by a Middleweight Championship fight between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami, with a huge light heavyweight rematch between Forrest Griffin and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the night's co-main event. Full weigh-in results for tomorrow night's card are below:

Main Televised Card

* Anderson Silva (184) vs. Yushin Okami (183)
* Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (205)
* Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (243) vs. Brendan Schaub (247)
* Luiz Cane (204) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (203)
* Edson Barboza (155) vs. Ross Pearson (155)

Spike TV Preliminary Card

* Spencer Fisher (156) vs. Thiago Tavares (156)
* Dan Miller (184) vs. Rousimar Palhares (185)

Facebook Preliminary Card

* David Mitchell (171) vs. Paulo Thiago (169)
* Raphael Assuncao (134) vs. Johnny Eduard (135)
* Erick Silva (169) vs. Luis Ramos (171)
* Felipe Arantes (145) vs. Yuri Alcantara (144)
* Yves Jabouin (135) vs. Ian Loveland (135)

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_10256.shtml

Jimmy Ambriz Matt Andersen  Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo 

The saga continues - UFC and Alistair Overeem Negotiating Says Dana White

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/8/26/2386279/ufc-and-alistair-overeem-negotiating-says-dana-white

The story of Alistair Overeem, Golden Glory and Zuffa continues down a path that looks more and...

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?75874-The-saga-continues-UFC-and-Alistair-Overeem-Negotiating-Says-Dana-White&goto=newpost

Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping  Dan Bobish

Cyrille Diabate meets Anthony Perosh at UFC 138 in England

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Cyrille "The Snake" Diabate returns to the cage this November, as he'll meet Australian light heavyweight Anthony Perosh at UFC 138 in Birmingham, England.

The 37-year-old Diabate announced the match up via Twitter.

Diabate first got exposure to the UFC's main audience as a coach for Dan Henderson's Team US on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter. The 6'6" Frenchman then received an opportunity to fight in the Octagon himself in 2010, and made the most of it by posting a knockout win over Luiz Cane. After a loss to Alexander Gustafsson, Diabate rebounded this March with a decision win over Steve Cantwell.

Perosh fights for the third time in the Octagon, but the first outside of his home country. He made his debut as a last minute replacement opponent against Mirko Cro Cop, but took a beating through two rounds that caused doctors to stop the fight. However, in his return this February at UFC 127, Perosh submitted Tom Blackledge in under three minutes to get his first UFC win.

UFC 138 takes place on November 5 from the LG Arena in Birmingham, headlined by a middleweight bout between Chris Leben and Mark Munoz. The event airs via tape delay in the U.S. on Spike TV.

Penick's Analysis: This is a solid light heavyweight fight. Both Diabate and Perosh have a long list of stoppage victories under their belts, so it's bound to be a very exciting fight regardless of its placement on the card. With both coming off a win, the loser shouldn't be worried about being cut, but it's still important for each of them to put on a show in England, and that should be a fun fight.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_10249.shtml

Lyman Good Gary Goodridge Gerard Gordeau Jonathan Goulet Wilson Gouveia

Forrest Griffin - Raw

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/Forrest-Griffin-Raw

Xavier Foupa Pokam Hermes Franca Rich Franklin Ian Freeman Don Frye

Shogun vs. Silva

Seriously, how badass of a fight would this be? I could maybe see it happening down the line, but still chances are we don't see it.

Someone...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/94241-shogun-vs-silva.html

Joachim Hansen Antoni Hardonk Dan Hardy Lee Hasdell Musse Hasselvall

Is Silva better now then when he fought Franklin?

Title and poll say it all.

discuss.


EDIT. Sorry about the poll typo! "loops" = "looks" :laugh:

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/94231-silva-better-now-then-when-he-fought-franklin.html

Dai Shuanghai  Mac Danzig  Karen Darabedyan Viacheslav Datsik Marcus Davis 

UFC 134 LIVE RESULTS: Penick's round by round coverage of UFC's return to Brazil with "Silva vs. Okami"

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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UFC 134: SILVA VS. OKAMI
AUGUST 27, 2011
LIVE FROM RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL


======SPIKE TV PRELIMINARY CARD======

Mike Goldberg and Kenny Florian opened up the Spike TV broadcast discussing the historic nature of the UFC's return to Brazil, as well as what the pay-per-view card has to offer tonight. After breaking down the main card, it's time for the first fight of the evening.

FIGHT ONE: ROUSIMAR PALHARES VS. DAN MILLER (MIDDLEWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Miller looks a weight class above Palhares with the height difference. Both fighters start tentatively, looking for an opening, with Palhares landing the first leg kick of the bout. Palhares lands a straight right, grabs a clinch and pulls guard. He goes for an arm immediately, but Miller defended well and got back to his feet. Palhares landed a straight kick to the face that hurt Miller and he tried to capitalize. Miller recovered well and shot in for a takedown of his own. Wow. That was nearly what Anderson Silva landed on Vitor Belfort in February. Miller finally stood back up and they got back to their feet. Palhares landed another hard right. Palhares got in with another one and then landed a knee. Palhares dropped Miller with a head kick and landed a bunch of punches on the ground. Things got weird, as Palhares stopped throwing strikes and celebrated, but Herb Dean hadn't stopped the fight. He made the fight restart and Miller dropped Palhares! Palhares recovered, got back to his feet and drove through with a big takedown and landed a big punch after the round ended.

Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Palhares. He almost cost himself the fight by not paying attention. Dean never made any motion to stop the fight and then he got dropped. Craziness.

ROUND TWO: Miller got poked in the eye early and it didn't get stopped. Palhares landed a few big punches and drove through with a nice takedown. Miller almost locked in a triangle but Palhares slammed him. Miller turned over and attempted a takedown. Palhares grabbed the cage a few times and got warned by Herb Dean. Palhares stood and landed a few punches. Miller tried to throw another triangle up. Palhares landed an elbow. Another triangle attempt ended in a slam. This is a crazy pace in this fight. Palhares dropped into Miller's guard for a little rest. He went back to the ground and pound. Miller landed an elbow from the bottom. Palhares postured up and landed a few big punches. Miller is defending and keeps looking for a submission. Palhares continued throwing punches and Miller is hurting. Palhares looked to grab a leg and gave up position. Palhares continued throwing punches and Miller tried to move to avoid the stoppage. Palhares got back into Miller's guard and he may be tiring from the assault.

Penick's Scorecard: 10-8 Palhares. Palhares is lucky he hasn't had two points taken away in this fight. Miller took a beating in that round but continued to defend and attempt submissions throughout.

ROUND THREE: Miller landed a left early. Palhares stalked and landed a right. Both are very tired here. Palhares landed a left. Miller got in a couple of punches. Palhares landed a short uppercut. Miller caught a kick and countered with a right. They traded lefts. Miller landed a left. Miller popped in with a short two punch combo. Miller landed a left. They each got in with a hard punch in an exchange. Palhares landed a leg kick. Miller landed another short combo. Palhares landed a nice left. A lot less power in the strikes of both fighters. Palhares pressed in with a few. Miller landed a hard jab. Palhares landed a left to the body. Palhares landed a few rights. Miller got in with the jab again. Palhares landed a left hook. They traded strikes. Palhares got a kick and landed a couple of strikes. They traded strikes once more as the round, and fight, ended.

Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Miller. He had a higher output in that round, though it was very close, but he popped Palhares with a couple of hard jabs. Much slower round after a crazy opening round.

WINNER: Palhares via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25)

STAR RATING: (***) That first round was insane. Palhares stopped punching without Herb Dean stopping it, and then almost got knocked out when they needed to be restarted. It was an insane back and forth, and then he put on a beating in the second round, but both were exhausted by the third, leading to a slow end to the fight.

RAMIFICATIONS: Miller continues to gain good will with the UFC by taking fights like this on short notice and putting in gutsy performances. That was a hell of a fight, and he'll be rewarded for that. Palhares moves himself back up the ladder a little bit, but he nearly cost himself that fight.

FIGHT TWO: THIAGO TAVARES VS. SPENCER FISHER (LIGHTWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Tavares threw a head kick immediately but slipped. Fisher let him get back up. They traded kicks to the body. Tavares continued throwing kicks. He then shot in for a takedown and drove Fisher to the cage. Fisher kept his back on the cage, but Tavares stayed on him to drag him down and complete the takedown. Tavares passed nicely to half guard. Fisher got his back to the cage again. Tavares pulled his legs out briefly but Fisher again got his back to the cage. They were in a definite stalemate as Fisher continued to defend. Tavares started throwing elbows and again tried to drag him down. He's simply not able to keep him fully down. He landed a few more strikes and again tried to pull him down but then they were stood up. Tavares threw a body kick. Fisher landed a strike and Tavares ducked under and drove for the takedown. Fisher held it off for a bit but Tavares completed another one. Fisher immediately got his back to the cage again. Tavares landed a hard right and finally got Fisher on his back. He landed some good strikes in the guard and passed to side control. He moved to the full mount and took Fisher's back but time was running out in the round. Fisher got loose and to his feet as the round came to an end.

Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Tavares. The takedowns, ground and pound and overall control worked in his favor, but Fisher is defending almost everything very well.

ROUND TWO: Tavares began the round with a couple of kicks that Fisher blocked, and then he drove for the takedown. Fisher briefly held it off, but Tavares pulled up and brought him down. Again Fisher moved to get his back to the cage. Tavares landed a few short strikes and tried to pass. Tavares with a few more short strikes. Fisher tried to throw a few back. Tavares landed a right after pulling Fisher's legs out again. They traded strikes in this position some more. Tavares passed to side control and got Fisher's back. He landed some hard strikes as Fisher tried to cover up. He moved to mount and Fisher gave up his back again. Tavares continued throwing strikes and the ref finally stepped in to stop it. Fisher wasn't happy with the stoppage, but he wasn't doing much but covering up. The crowd erupted at the stoppage, and they've done a great job in mic'ing the crowd and giving a great feel for what it's like in the arena right now. Awesome crowd.

WINNER: Tavares via TKO at 2:51 of the second round

POST FIGHT: Tavares switches between English and Portuguese in expressing his post-fight thoughts, drawing boos and cheers from the crowd, respectively. He says he wants to return to action soon.

STAR RATING: (**) It was a bit of a stalemate for much of it, but Tavares was relentless, and finally got to the position he needed to be and didn't let it go. Very good performance from Tavares tonight.

-They re-air Erick Silva's 40 second TKO over Luis Ramos from the Facebook card.

-Dana White and Mike Goldberg yell over each other to give a final sell for the pay-per-view card.

======PAY-PER-VIEW CARD======

-Much like with UFC 129, we get a different type of opening video package, this one highlighting the history of MMA in Brazil before going into the black and white sit down video clips. We still get the same "Face the Pain" opening, probably won't be changing until the Fox show.

-Kenny Florian and Mike Goldberg welcome the pay-per-view crowd and run down the fights on the main card here tonight. We've already had a pretty good night of fights on Facebook and Spike, and the crowd in Brazil has been fantastic. Can't wait to see how they react for the big three fights tonight.

FIGHT THREE: LUIZ CANE VS. STANISLAV NEDKOV (LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Cane walked Nedkov down early. Nedkov through a feeler overhand right but it didn't land. Cane landed an inside leg kick and walked Nedkov to the cage again. Nedkov tried to press him back with a right. Cane landed a couple of nice strikes. Nedkov landed a right as he pushed forward. Cane landed another nice inside leg kick. Nedkov threw a big overhand right but it was blocked. Cane landed a left an an inside leg kick again. Nedkov connected with the right again. Cane landed a right but ate a hard counter. Nedkov is finding a home for the overhand right and Cane needs to block it better. Cane slipped and Nedkov tried to chase him down. Cane got back on track and hurt Nedkov with three big punches. Nedkov recovered. Cane landed a big counter left and Nedkov was bleeding. Cane kicked Nedkov's laeg out and landed an uppercut as Nedkov got back to his feet. Cane landed a hard leg kick and kept Nedkov's back on the cage. Nedkov landed a right. Nedkov hurt Cane badly with a huge combination. He pounced and landed a bunch of strikes and dropped Cane against the cage. The ref gave Cane time to recover, but he wasn't defending and Nedkov finished him off. The crowd went silent.

WINNER: Nedkov via TKO 4:13 of the first round

POST FIGHT: The crowd threw in some cheers mixed with the boos. They had some confusion with who was going to translate for Nedkov. This is an awkward mess.

STAR RATING: (**) Decent back and forth one round fight. Cane was landing some big strikes, and had Nedkov hurting, but the Bulgarian changed things up after the overhand right wasn't working and cracked Cane with a left and then followed it up for a nice comeback.

RAMIFICATIONS: Nedkov gets a big win in his UFC debut, and that will give him another featured spot in his next fight. For Cane, this is his third loss in four fights, and he's close to being on his way out.

-We get a nice preview for UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage. It's going to be "The Legend" vs. "The Future" on September 24. Can't wait for that fight.

FIGHT FOUR: ANTONIO RODRIGO "MINOTAURO" NOGUEIRA VS. BRENDAN SCHAUB (HEAVYWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: The crowd was electric as the two touched gloves. Nogueira took the center and tried to clinch early. Schaub turned him around and pushed him to the cage. He landed an uppercut in the clinch and separated. They traded punches. Schaub got in a nice straight punch and Nogueira drove in again. Schaub held him off and landed a nice knee. He landed a couple of uppercuts again. Schaub landed the uppercut again after they separated. Nogueira landed a nice right, but immediately ate a combination in counter from Schaub. Schaub landed a kick to the lead leg of Nogueira. They traded jabs. Schaub tried a jumping punch but missed. Nogueira landed a hard jab and continued to stalk. Schaub landed the uppercut again. Nogueira used some decent head movement to avoid some of the flurry, but Schaub landed a bunch of strikes. They traded strikes. Nogueira landed a huge right and Schaub is hurt. He's out on his feet and Nogueira drops him! Nogueira lands one on the ground and it's all over! WOW!

WINNER: Nogueira via KO at 3:09 of the first round

POST FIGHT: Nogueira addressed his hometown fans in Portuguese first much to their delight. Despite the talk of Nogueira being 100%, he said he was actually injured and took the fight because he wanted to fight in his hometown.

STAR RATING: (***+) That was absolutely fantastic. Schaub was finding a home for his uppercut, but then Nogueira kept coming, and kept coming, and crushed him with that combination on the cage. It was a beautiful finish.

RAMIFICATIONS: Schaub's title aspirations just took a nose dive. There's no shame in being knocked out by Nogueira, but it was a huge setback for him regardless. For Nogueira, in the elite-starved heavyweight division, another win like that will put him right back into the title picture, and it did a lot to erase the memory of what happened against Cain Velasquez last year. That was just an absolutely satisfying finish for Nog's fans, and a great win for the legend.

-The Erick Silva victory is shown for the second time on television.

FIGHT FIVE: ROSS PEARSON VS. EDSON BARBOZA (LIGHTWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Pearson pressed in early and the two traded strikes Pearson got in close and landed a couple of big punches. He's trying to keep Barboza on the defensive. He landed another right. Barboza threw a front kick that missed. Pearson landed a left. Barboza circled on the outside but Pearson kept his back to the cage. Pearson landed a left and clinched, but Barboza landed a knee to the body and backed off. They traded a few big punches and Barboza got the better of the exchange. Pearson landed a nice left hook. He came in with a knee and then landed a left as Barboza tried to defend. Barboza landed a huge spinning back kick to the body. He still moved forward and landed a kick. Barboza got in with a leg kick. Pearson landed another big punch. He got in a kick to the body. Barboza went up top with a kick but it was blocked. Pearson landed a hard left. Barboza landed a counter right. Barboza landed a nice left. Pearson landed another short combo. He got in a good body punch. Pearson shot in with 20 seconds left for a takedown, but Barboza held him off on the cage. Barboza landed a knee and separated before the round ended.

Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Pearson. He was very active, landed a bunch of strikes and controlled the pace of the round. Barboza will need to pick up the tempo here.

ROUND TWO: Barboza landed a nice early left. He caught a kick from Pearson and rocked him with an overhand right. Pearson recovered and got to his feet, but he was hurt. Barboza landed a nice right. He got in with a vicious body kick and then a punch to the body. Pearson continued to move ahead. Barboza landed another hard body kick. Pearson connected on a couple of good counter punches. Barboza got in with the right again. Pearson landed an inside leg kick. They traded punches and Barboza circled away. Pearson shot in but Barboza sprawled and hopped up. Barboza landed a jab. Barboza landed a nice straight kick. They traded strikes again. Pearson landed a few. Barboza landed a big right in close. Pearson came back with a jab. Barboza landed the spinning back kick to the body again. He landed a hard kick to the body and then a punch there as well. Pearson landed a superman punch. Barboza landed a left hook. Pearson responded in kind. Barboza landed a body kick and just missed on another spinning back kick. Barboza landed a short combo. Pearson got in for a clinch but after a couple of knees broke off. Barboza landed a leg kick. He missed on the spinning back kick again and the round came to an end.

Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Barboza. Pearson continued to stalk, but it was Barboza connecting on the better strikes and landing more throughout the round. Good, even fight thus far.

ROUND THREE: Pearson again began the round by coming forward. He feigned a knee and tried to grapple but Barboza shrugged him off. Barboza with the spinning back kick and then another body kick. Barboza went for a flying knee but it didn't connect flush. Barboza landed a right at the end of a few missed punches. Barboza landed a good kick to the body. Pearson rushed in with a takedown attempt and Barboza held him off. He landed a hard knee and got loose. Pearson landed a leg kick. They traded some punches. Pearson threw a knee that was blocked. Someone needs to do something to definitively take the round, because it's very close at this point. Pearson shot in and got stuffed. Barboza went to the spinning back kick again and it missed its target. Pearson landed an inside leg kick. Barboza landed a left. Pearson connected on a few. They traded strikes on the cage and Barboza landed a huge two punch combination that opened Pearson up. Pearson landed a left and pressed in. Barboza landed a counter left. Barboza with the spinning back kick. Pearson pressed with punches to the end of the round, and it could go either way here.

Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Barboza. Pearson was landing more punches in the round, but Barboza's were more damaging throughout. Neither convincingly took it, and I have Barboza barely edging it, but that round could go to either of them and even could have been a draw.

WINNER: Barboza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

STAR RATING: (**+) That was a really solid, close fight. Both fighters were throwing and landing, as well as leading and countering. Barboza just edged it, but many will believe Pearson should have taken the last round, and I won't have much argument with that take, it was really close. Good fight, though.

RAMIFICATIONS: Barboza keeps his undefeated record intact, but Pearson doesn't lose much after such a close fight. Both are still firmly in the middle of the pack of a tightly contested division, so they'll each make a lateral move in their next fights.

FIGHT SIX: FORREST GRIFFIN VS. MAURICIO "SHOGUN" RUA (LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Griffin took the center and tested the range early with a half-hearted leg kick. Griffin missed a kick and Shogun tried to counter but missed. Griffin threw an awkward body kick that was blocked. Forrest landed a left but ate an uppercut and a knee. He got in with a right. Shogun landed a right. Forrest ducked under a right. Griffin went high with a kick. Shogun landed a few big punches and got Forrest to the ground. Rua landed a huge series of hammerfists and Forrest is out. Big win for Shogun to rebound from the loss to Jones.

WINNER: Shogun via KO at 1:53 of the first round

STAR RATING: (**+) Griffin looked odd in that fight, and seemed very unsure of how he wanted to approach the fight, and as soon as Shogun got a taste of blood he pounced. That was one of the ways I saw the fight going, but thought Griffin would be able to survive the early onslaught; that didn't happen, and Shogun got a huge win in front of his home country fans.

RAMIFICATIONS: This was a detrimental loss for Griffin, and likely means the end of any road back toward a title shot. For "Shogun," he'll likely just need one more win to get back to a shot of his own.

MAIN EVENT FIGHT SEVEN: ANDERSON SILVA VS. YUSHIN OKAMI (MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP)

ROUND ONE: Okami came straight to the center and Silva circled on the outside. Silva threw a leg kick early. Silva rapidly tossed his jab towards Okami to gauge the distance. The crowd is buzzing for the fight. Okami tried to stalk Silva down and he landed a few short punches in a clinch before separating. Silva landed a two punch combo. Okami landed a right. Silva missed a big left. Silva circled around the cage. Okami got in close and clinched with Silva. He landed a punch and pressed Silva to the cage. He landed a couple of short body punches. Silva got in a good knee to the body. They traded knees to the body in the clinch. Okami landed a body punch. Silva tried to set up the thai clinch but Okami was able to keep himself out of it. They traded knees to the body again. Okami landed an uppercut. He dropped for a takedown but gave it up right away. The crowd booed Okami's clinch. Okami backed off with a minute left. Silva landed a couple of straight punches and ducked under the counters. Okami landed a right. Silva landed a leg kick. He got in an uppercut. Silva landed a head kick and a knee to the body as the round ended. Nice end to the round.

Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Silva. It was a close round, but the final minute from Silva probably gave him the edge. The head kick was a nice closing move before the knee. Good start.

ROUND TWO: Okami stalked to begin the round. Silva moved to the side and landed a right. Silva's getting a little crazed and he landed a few nice punches. He dropped his arms and ate a jab from Okami. He stood and took a jab from Okami and dropped him with a right. He stood there and let Okami stand back up. He landed a hard right. He stood with his hands down waiting for Okami to engage. Okami would not throw a punch. Silva is going to start toying with him. Okami missed a punch and Silva dropped with a right against the cage. He started picking his shots on the ground. He landed a knee to the body and continued landing strikes as Okami covered up and Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight. That man is incredible.

WINNER: Silva via TKO at 2:04 of the second round

POST FIGHT: The crowd was going nuts and Silva began his interview in English talking about his training partners and just said he was so happy. He said something in Portuguese that got the crowd cheering.

STAR RATING: (***+) The first round was dead even, but then Anderson Silva went to another level in the second. Okami had nothing for him, and Silva had him so shell shocked that he had his hands down at his sides for 20 seconds and Okami would not even throw a punch. The way he can slip punches and connect on the exact spot he needs to connect is simply incredible, and that was just a fantastic showing from the greatest fighter on the planet.

RAMIFICATIONS: Okami got his title shot, and suffered the worst loss he's ever had in his career. Silva is likely going to get a rematch in his next fight, perhaps against Dan Henderson, maybe Chael Sonnen if Sonnen beats Brian Stann, or maybe he moves to light heavyweight. It really doesn't matter at this point. The man is the best fighter in the world, and the best MMA fighter of all time. That was greatness on display tonight.

-There will be another hour of preliminary card fights tonight, with the second straight event ending at the end of the second hour of pay-per-view action, so the Facebook prelim between Paulo Thiago and David Mitchell is up next.

-The next prelim shown is the opening fight of the night between Yves Jabouin and Ian Loveland.

-Mike Goldberg and Kenny Florian close out the show by running down the highlights from the night's event.

Thanks for joining us again tonight, we'll be analyzing the results from this card this week and more as we move toward another action packed stretch of MMA events beginning in just two weeks!

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_PPVs_6/article_10259.shtml

Mikhail Avetisyan Luiz Azeredo  Luciano Azevedo  Ba Te er  Ryan Bader 

Brazilian crowd set a high bar for every UFC crowd hereafter

Brazilian crowd set a high bar for every UFC crowd hereafterIn most post-fight press conferences, UFC president Dana White compliments the crowd and the city that they've just visited. It's a smart business move to lavish praise on every city the UFC visits, whether they have packed the place or not. Even if the UFC never returns, White does want that city's inhabitants to continue watching fights.

But when he called the crowd in Rio de Janeiro the best crowd he's ever been around, it was not empty rhetoric. Even through my television, it was clear that the fans in Brazil would make UFC 134 unlike any event the UFC has ever produced.

It started with the very first fight. Usually, the preliminary fights take place in a half-filled stadium, with only the fighters' loved ones truly invested in the bout. There were no Brazilians in the opening bout, but the crowd still went nuts for Ian Loveland vs. Yves Jabouin. They even chanted the name of a popular soccer player who happened to be black, like Jabouin.

The chanting never stopped. Yahoo! Sports Brazil's Fernando Zanchetta gave us insight on some of the chants that popped up over the course of the evening, which spanned from the beautiful to the profane.

The chants included, "I am Brazilian, with great pride, with love" (sou brasileiro, com muito orgulho, com muito amor) which really makes "U-S-A, U-S-A" pale in comparison. Next, was, "Uh, will die, uh, gonna die!" Zanchetta said that this is used to frighten foreigners. Finally, they had a special one for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's win. "Ih, [expletive that rhymes with ducked]... Minotauro appeared'��(ih, fodeu... Minotauro apareceu)."

Paulo Thiago's appearance also set the crowd into a frenzy, and deservedly so. In addition to being a fighter, Thiago is a member of BOPE, Brazil's version of special forces. Much as Tim Kennedy and Brian Stann are cheered in the U.S. for serving the country, Thiago is revered there. The crowd chanted "skull" in Portugese, which is BOPE's symbol.

But the crowd hit their apex during the main card, when three Brazilian stars won with KOs. Nogueira's win put them into a beer-throwing frenzy that continued with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Anderson Silva's wins.

What should U.S. crowds learn from this? We can step it up a notch. Chants, cheers, arena-shaking yells -- let's learn from our Brazilian friends. Everything except the beer-throwing. There's no good reason in the world to waste a perfectly good beer.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Brazilian-crowd-set-a-high-bar-for-every-UFC-cro?urn=mma-wp6385

Jason Grace Crosley Gracie Gregor Gracie Ralek Gracie Renzo Gracie

Bellator 51 adds Eye vs, Noland and Caraballo vs. Kempf, tickets now on sale

Two fights have been added to the preliminary card of next month's Bellator 51 event.

Officials today announced a fight between female fighters Jessica Eye and Casey Noland, as well as a featherweight bout of Frank Caraballo vs. Dustin Kempf.

Bellator 51 takes place Sept. 24 at Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. The MTV2-televised main card features the opening round of Bellator's season-five bantamweight tournament.


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Takanori The Fireball Kid Gomi Akihiro Gono Gabriel Gonzaga Lyman Good Gary Goodridge

UFC 137: BJ Penn vs Carlos Condit video trailer for Oct. 29 fight in Las Vegas (Fan-made)

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Michael Bisping  Dan Bobish Vagam Bodjukyan Kotetsu Boku  Tony Bonello

Junior Dos Santos Interview - UFC

Heavy-handed Junior Dos Santos steps back into the Octagon? against a man considered to be an equally dangerous striker, Shane Carwin. Will Junior's speed advantage be enough to hand Carwin his first KO loss? Watch UFC 131 Live on Pay-Per-View and www.UFC.tv on Saturday, Jun 11th at 6/9PM PT/ET.

Source: http://mmalice.com/ufc/junior-dos-santos-interview-video_8d42cdb57.html

Tadhg Steamfist Dixon Joe Doerksen  Chris Dolman Edson Drago  Tomasz Drwal

Monday, 29 August 2011

MONEY!

so who should be on your countries money? suggestions for other countries are welcome as well

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A Fond Farewell

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Jorge Gurgel Andre Gusmao Alexander Gustafsson Jaime Gutierrez Dave Gomez

What Type of Shorts Should You Wear During MMA Training?

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Marvin Eastman  Stav Crazy Bear Economou  Yves Edwards  Justin Eilers  Jon Olav Einemo

UFC 134 "Silva vs. Okami" Spike TV Broadcast Features The Tough Dan Miller, Heel Hook Master Rousimar Palhares, And Lightweight Veterans

With every new UFC super-card comes another entry into my special ?A Closer Look? series, which takes many of the top fights of the card and examines them in-detail while also giving some pre-fight commentary. UFC 134 strikes particularly close to home for me since most of my favorite UFC fighters are Brazilians, and Brazilians [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/08/24/ufc-134-silva-vs-okami-spike-tv-broadcast-features-the-tough-dan-miller-heel-hook-master-rousimar-palhares-and-a-pair-of-lightweight-veterans

Manvel Gamburyan Sean Gannon Edgar Garcia Leonard Garcia Andrew Gardner

UFC 135 pay-per-view main card set

The main card for the UFC's heavily anticipated "UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage" event is set.

UFC 135's pay-per-view lineup features five fights, including a headliner pitting UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against former champ and current top contender Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

Other bouts slated for the Sept. 24 main card include Matt Hughes vs. Diego Sanchez, Rob Broughton vs. Travis Browne, Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi and Mark Hunt vs. Ben Rothwell.


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Paulo Filho Mirko Cro Cop Filipović Luiz Buscapé Firmino Spencer Fisher Jon Fitch

Brazilian crowd set a high bar for every UFC crowd hereafter

In most post-fight press conferences, UFC president Dana White compliments the crowd and the city that they've just visited. It's a smart business move to lavish praise on every city the UFC visits, whether they have packed the place or not. Even if the UFC never returns, White does want that city's inhabitants to continue watching fights.

But when he called the crowd in Rio de Janeiro the best crowd he's ever been around, it was not empty rhetoric. Even through my television, it was clear that the fans in Brazil would make UFC 134 unlike any event the UFC has ever produced.

It started with the very first fight. Usually, the preliminary fights take place in a half-filled stadium, with only the fighters' loved ones truly invested in the bout. There were no Brazilians in the opening bout, but the crowd still went nuts for Ian Loveland vs. Yves Jabouin. They even chanted the name of a popular soccer player who happened to be black, like Jabouin.

The chanting never stopped. Yahoo! Sports Brazil's Fernando Zanchetta gave us insight on some of the chants that popped up over the course of the evening, which spanned from the beautiful to the profane.

The chants included, "I am Brazilian, with great pride, with love" (sou brasileiro, com muito orgulho, com muito amor) which really makes "U-S-A, U-S-A" pale in comparison. Next, was, "Uh, will die, uh, gonna die!" Zanchetta said that this is used to frighten foreigners. Finally, they had a special one for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's win. "Ih, [expletive that rhymes with ducked]... Minotauro appeared'��(ih, fodeu... Minotauro apareceu)."

Paulo Thiago's appearance also set the crowd into a frenzy, and deservedly so. In addition to being a fighter, Thiago is a member of BOPE, Brazil's version of special forces. Much as Tim Kennedy and Brian Stann are cheered in the U.S. for serving the country, Thiago is revered there. The crowd chanted "skull" in Portugese, which is BOPE's symbol.

But the crowd hit their apex during the main card, when three Brazilian stars won with KOs. Nogueira's win put them into a beer-throwing frenzy that continued with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Anderson Silva's wins.

What should U.S. crowds learn from this? We can step it up a notch. Chants, cheers, arena-shaking yells -- let's learn from our Brazilian friends. Everything except the beer-throwing. There's no good reason in the world to waste a perfectly good beer.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Brazilian-crowd-set-a-high-bar-for-every-UFC-cro?urn=mma-wp6385

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(EXCLUSIVE) Krzysztof Soszynski updates fans on health, reveals when he'll be back

While recent seasons of�“The Ultimate Fighter” have produced fewer and fewer fighters that posses the kind of talent apt to cut it in the UFC, there’s one man that at 34-years-old, remains one of those few fighters with the kills to hack it in the world largest mixed martial arts promotion.
So where the hell has [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/08/18/exclusive-krzysztof-soszynski-updates-fans-on-health-reveals-when-hell-be-back

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With Joe Rogan out, Kenny Florian joins Saturday's UFC 134 broadcast team

UFC featherweight contender Kenny Florian has joined the broadcast team for Saturday's UFC 134 pay-per-view event.

He's filling in for color commentator Joe Rogan, who's taping NBC's...

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Edson Drago  Tomasz Drwal Joe Hybrid Duarte Aldrin de Jesus  Todd Duffee 

Palhares claims Miller said ?stop, stop? at UFC Rio

Rousimar Palhares had dropped Dan Miller with a head kick then began pounding away at the fallen foe with a series of strikes in the first round of their middleweight bout at UFC Rio. Referee Herb Dean watched the action closely when Palhares suddenly began celebrating by raising his arms and climbing to the top [...]

Palhares claims Miller said “stop, stop” at UFC Rio is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News

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UFC on Fox: You want cross-promotion? We?ve got cross-promotion

The UFC announced its seven-year deal with FOX on Thursday, promising plenty of cross-promotion between existing FOX entities and the UFC. To help out the network and the promotion, Cagewriter has a few ideas:

A "Glee"/"The Ultimate Fighter" crossover episode -- The fighters have to put together a song and dance to get New Directions to regionals. Rachel Berry and Quinn Fabray finally solve their difference in the Octagon. Dana White and Mr. Schu smile and nod a ton. How could this go wrong?

Put the "American Idol" spin on "The Ultimate Fighter" -- Televise the tryouts, and have a panel either over-praise or break the hearts of every contestant.

"The Family Guy" goes to a UFC show -- Peter Griffin and his buddies head to catch some fights with some buddies in Quahog, only to find out that Brian has his UFC debut, with Stewie as his cornerman. Roy Nelson has a cameo.

Feed a fighter challenge on "Hell's Kitchen" -- The chefs have to create a post weigh-in dinner for Anderson Silva. It has to take into account his nutritional needs and love for fast food. Can they handle it, or will the chefs turn on each other? (Hint: It's reality TV. They're going to turn on each other.)

"So You Think You Can Dance: UFC edition" -- Fighters sure like to show off their moves on their way to the Octagon or after fights. Is it too much to ask for a UFC dance-off? No. No, it is not.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/UFC-on-Fox-You-want-cross-promotion-We-ve-got-?urn=mma-wp6044

Patrick The Predator Côté  Randy The Natural Couture  Dan Cramer Alberto Crane Marcio Pe de Pano Cruz

UFC 134 "Silva vs. Okami" Spike TV Broadcast Features The Tough Dan Miller, Heel Hook Master Rousimar Palhares, And Lightweight Veterans

With every new UFC super-card comes another entry into my special ?A Closer Look? series, which takes many of the top fights of the card and examines them in-detail while also giving some pre-fight commentary. UFC 134 strikes particularly close to home for me since most of my favorite UFC fighters are Brazilians, and Brazilians [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/08/24/ufc-134-silva-vs-okami-spike-tv-broadcast-features-the-tough-dan-miller-heel-hook-master-rousimar-palhares-and-a-pair-of-lightweight-veterans

Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona  Noboru Asahi Marcus Aurelio  Mikhail Avetisyan

Last view of the beach before

I leave back home in an hour… Gonna miss it!

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Jason Ellis Aleksander Emelianenko Fedor Emelianenko Yasubey Enomoto Mark Epstein

Sunday, 28 August 2011

?UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami? Post-Fight Press Conference Notes

Unfortunately for fight fans, a live stream of the “UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami” post-fight press conference was not made available. No worries, because we’ve got the presser’s key points to ensure you’re in the know. UFC president Dana White didn’t announce the attendance or live gate for the show inside the HSBC Arena in [...]

Source: http://www.5thRound.com/86834/ufc-134-silva-vs-okami-post-fight-press-conference-notes/

Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona 

HANSEN: UFC 134 Q&A Session - Anderson Silva, Shogun-Griffin and Minotauro Nogueira

By: Rich Hansen, MMATorch Columnist

Question #1: Can you explain to me just how good Anderson Silva is?

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On the MMA Torch Post-Mortem radio show that we did after the Georges St-Pierre versus Josh Koscheck fight in December of 2010, we discussed the topic of who the greater fighter is; St-Pierre or Anderson Silva. It was the first time I was willing to even entertain the question, because I was always of the belief that Silva was the greater fighter. But after his sublime performance against Koscheck, we had a long discussion about that topic.

But even as I was open to considering GSP for the title of best fighter, I knew Silva was in fact the best fighter of his era, if not of all-time. Unfortunately for our listening audience that evening I couldn't quite put into words what it was that separated the two. It wasn't their results, because both have been undefeated (in dominant fashion to boot) for a long stretch of time. It wasn't because of the level of competition each man faced, because both resumes are similar.

Anderson Silva was able to display last night what I was unable to put into words in December of 2010. GSP wins. He's a winner. He's a dominator. He is technically just as far ahead of his field as Spider Silva is of his own field. But Anderson Silva &$^#&@$ crushes souls.

Of Anderson's last 10 victories, eight of those fights were won before Bruce Buffer announced the fight to the paying audience. Only Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson walked into the cage truly believing they were going to win against the colossus that is Anderson Silva. The other eight men (Yushin Okami, Vitor Belfort, Demian Maia, Forrest Griffin, Thales Leites, Patrick Cote, James Irvin, Rich Franklin) knew they couldn't win, and they were broken emotionally and spiritually before their fights even began. (I might be wrong about Belfort, but I doubt it...)

I don't like the Muhammad Ali comparisons that people make for Anderson Silva, first because they compete(d) in different sports and second because Ali's legend was built not just because of his in-ring flair, but also because of the stances he took on social issues outside of the ring. But in a vacuum, solely factoring in performances in the ring/cage, comparing Silva to Ali is fair. Both men were dominant champions who ruled their domain with precision, skill, showmanship, and Fliehr I mean Flair.

George St-Pierre is a great champion, and people will tell stories and sing songs decades from now about the night they were in the arena to see the great Georges St-Pierre ply his trade for everybody to see. But make no doubt about it. Last night Anderson Silva was able to tell the entire world with no words how he is Muhammad Ali, and everybody else in the sport is competing for the title of George Foreman


Question #2: Did Shogun Rua win, or did Forrest Griffin lose?

Yes.


Question #2A: Oh come on.

Alright fine. If you were to walk up to Forrest Griffin and present him a list of 42 gajillion places in the universe, including the surface of the sun, he would have preferred to be at any of those places more than in that Octagon, against that opponent, in that city, in that environment. Griffin's body was there, and he did the best he could during fight week to try to get his head and his heart to sync up with his body, but it didn't work and Shogun Rua took advantage of this.

As a relatively new father of a little girl myself, I completely understand where Griffin's head was at. I was a useless lump the week before my little girl was born (I set em up, you knock em down), and I was never more than 30 miles away from my wife during that last week. On Saturday night, Griffin was 6,200 miles away. So I'm burying my head in the sand and pretending that this fight never happened.

I'm willfully ignoring the fact that he hasn't looked the same since Anderson Silva ate his soul in 2009. I choose to ignore his quotes about motivation and plateauing. I'm even disregarding the possibility that his biggest victories in the cage respectively were against an injured Rua, a very close decision against Rampage Jackson, and against a Franklin-weight Rich Franklin. Putting all that together, I'm probably being generous in my refusal to write off Griffin's future, but I'm sure that Griffin isn't losing any sleep over my opinions on the subject. The sleep he's losing isn't because of me, but because of that baby who is not going to live by his clock.

As for Shogun, it's difficult to determine how much stock to put in this win. He looked faster than he has in a while, but even at his best Forrest Griffin isn't one of the faster light heavyweights in the history of the sport. Shogun is playing a game of HORSE where he has to 'show me' before I totally buy in. A win against, say, oh I don't know, Dan Henderson, would convince me that Shogun is worthy of another shot at Jon Jones.


Question #3: Was that Minotauro Nogueira's last gasp at glory, or is he a legitimate contender at heavyweight?

There are only two possible conclusions to draw from Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's victory over Brendan Schaub.

1.) Nogueira is back (or never left). People wrote him off prematurely for losing to Frank Mir while he had a staph infection, and for losing to the best heavyweight in the world (Cain Velasquez).

B.) Nogueira is done, Schaub is not a legitimate opponent, and any top 10 heavyweight would destroy the old man.

In the afterglow of Nogueira's knockout of Brendan Schaub, I couldn't help but think that we've seen this story before. Replace Nogueira with Wanderlei Silva, Schaub with Keith Jardine, and set the dial on the way-back machine to May, 2008.

Wanderlei Silva was on a three fight losing streak, and people were openly asking whether or not he was shot like Bambi. Keith Jardine was coming off a shocking upset over Chuck Liddell, the same Liddell who just beat Silva, mind you. Silva destroyed Jardine, and the PRIDErs were going crazy. The mixed martial arts community saw what they wanted to see, projected what they wanted to see next, and refused to consider that Silva was just as cooked as he was before kapowing Jardine. No one was willing to consider that the beloved Silva would lose three of his next four fights, including a massive KO loss to a relative journeyman.

Step out of the way-back machine and look at the Nogueira fight again. Throughout most of the fight last night, Nogueira looked slow to react and wasn't able to do a lot against the decent Schaub. I picked Nogueira to win the fight last night, figuring that he would grab an arm or a choke after getting outstruck for a round or two. Anyone can get caught, though, and I think that's what happened last night.

Nogueira's next fight is going to be either a title eliminator, or a rematch with the dangerous Mir. I have a very bad feeling about Nogueira's next fight, and I for one would love to see him follow Chris Lytle's lead and walk out on top. Even if I'm wrong and he somehow wins the UFC Heavyweight Title, unless it's in Brazil that thrill won't match the thrill he felt last night.


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Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/richhansen/article_10270.shtml

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Predictions For The Winners And Losers Of "UFC On Versus 5": Cerrone Facing Miller, Henderson Fighting Guida Or Guillard, And More

?UFC on Versus 5? is already being considered a great event, even one of the best free TV events of the year. And for good reason: we saw some pretty great fights at this event. Now once again it?s time to ask: what?s next? What does the future hold after Chris Lytle walked away with [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/08/15/predictions-for-the-winners-and-losers-of-ufc-on-versus-5-cerrone-facing-miller-henderson-fighting-guida-or-guillard-and-more

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Common Beets Just One More

1 more to 60,000

good lord young man, the shit you do with your free time

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Tensions easing, Overeem could be back soon

The UFC wanted to send a message and it appears it worked. That's a great thing for fight fans concerning the dismissal of Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem.

Overeem could be on his way back to Strikeforce or welcomed into the UFC.

"We're talking to Overeem. When everything fell apart, you guys heard me come out and say, 'We can't do business with these guys the way these guys want to do business,' meaning his management. Well they've changed their opinions on how they can do business with us, so now we can," Dana White told 790 the Ticket in Miami (1:54:00 mark).

Zuffa's issue was with Golden Glory. The management group was asking all fighter checks to be sent its way and then it would pay the fighters. Zuffa refused to do it and Overeem, his brother Valentijn, Marloes Coenen and Jon Olav Einemo were released from their Zuffa deals. Fight fans were also facing the possibility of seeing another GG fighter Sergei Kharitonov, win the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix only to be cut following the tourney.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Tensions-easing-Overeem-could-be-back-soon?urn=mma-wp6236

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