Sunday, 30 September 2012

Daniel Cormier: ?Love him or hate him, Jon Jones is a great champ.?

Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier has spoken openly before about his interest in slimming down to 205 pounds for an opportunity to face UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. However, just because Cormier wants to put his paws on Jones doesn?t mean he has a problem with the polarizing pugilist on a personal level. Rather, it?s the opposite, as Cormier has a great deal of respect for Jones? talent and wants to test himself.

Cormier?s glowing opinion of Jones grew even more as a result of the 25-year old?s UFC 152 title-defense against Vitor Belfort. While Belfort?s near-submission of ?Bones? left some folks thinking Jones is more vulnerable than previously believed, Cormier came away with a different take on the matter.

?People saying Saturday night gives (the light heavyweight division) hope. I disagree. Jon Jones showed that he loves being the champ and everything that comes with it,? wrote Cormier on Twitter. ?Someone will have to take his belt. He isn’t giving it up. Most men would have tapped to that Armbar. Love him (or) hate him Jones is a (great) champ.?

Cormier Elaborates on Desire to Fight Jones

The unbeaten Cormier is expected to join the UFC after a final fight under the Strikeforce banner. He is currently scheduled for a November 3 show in Oklahoma City but lacks an adversary, as original opponent Frank Mir recently went down with injury.



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Matt Wiman Sponsor?

I was at the event last night and I noticed that he had plain blue UFC shorts with no sponsors on and also didn't have a banner with sponsors on...


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BASe Apparel

My kickboxing coach's brother started his own apparel company with a mix of martial arts and Hip-Hop style. Check out the descriptions and the designs.

Some of the...


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Bellator � Season Seven Welterweight Tournament

Who you got?

Lyman Good vs. Jim Wallhead
Michail Tsarev vs. Tim Welch
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Jordan Smith
Nordine Taleb vs. Marius Zaromskis

Video presentation below


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John Hathaway ? UFC on Fuel TV 5 pre-fight interview


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Brad Pickett vs Yves Jabouin Fight Video UFC on FUEL 5

Brad Pickett vs Yves Jabouin Fight Video UFC on FUEL 5


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Carlos Condit Embracing His Inner Bad Guy For GSP Bout

Carlos Condit knows what it feels like to step inside the Octagon against a hometown fighter. In November, Condit will square off with Georges St-Pierre in Montreal for the unified UFC welterweight title at UFC 154. Back in 2010, “The Natural Born Killer” stepped into the O2 Arena in England and faced Brit Dan Hardy. [...]


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Frank Mir Injured and Out of Daniel Cormier Bout

The fight wasn�t slated to take place under the UFC banner, but the UFC injury bug...


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UFC 152 fights are official after weigh-ins

UFC 152 is ready to go after weigh-ins on Friday afternoon in Toronto. Both title fights are official. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones came in under weight, as did his challenger, former middleweight contender Vitor Belfort. Joseph Benavidez also came in underweight, and Demetrious Johnson, who will fight Benavidez for the inaugural UFC flyweight belt, weighed in at exactly 125 lbs.

The weigh-ins were not without excitement. Jones was booed by the Toronto crowd as he was interviewed by UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Charles Oliveira did not make weight on his first try. Michael Bisping and Brian Stann's face-off forced UFC president Dana White to step in before their fight started a day early.

Here are complete results, thanks to MMA Junkie.

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
?�� �Champ Jon Jones�(204.6)�vs. Vitor Belfort�(204.2)
?�� �Joseph Benavidez�(124.4)�vs. Demetrious Johnson�(125)
?�� �Michael Bisping�(185.6)�vs. Brian Stann�(185.4)
?�� �Matt Hamill�(205.6)�vs. Roger Hollett�(203.6)
?�� �Charles Oliveira�(146.4)* vs. Cub Swanson�(145.8)
?�� �Vinny Magalhaes�(204.8)�vs. Igor Pokrajac�(205)
?�� �Evan Dunham�(155)�vs. T.J. Grant�(154.6)
?�� �Lance Benoist�(170.4)�vs. Sean Pierson�(169.4)
?�� �Marcus Brimage�(145.4)�vs. Jim Hettes�(145.8)
?�� �Seth Baczynski�(171)�vs. Simeon Thoresen�(170.4)
?�� �Mitch Gagnon�(135)�vs. Walel Watson�(135.2)
?�� �Charlie Brenneman�(170.8)�vs. Kyle Noke (170.4)

* - Oliveira missed weight by four-tenths of a pound on the first try. He was able to cut down to 146.2. He will not be fined as Swanson agreed to fight.


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Anyone in Minnesota?

Cam needs a touch of help finding something in Minny.


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Randy Couture talks TRT (Testosterone) - Randy Couture

The Natural tells us why he always stayed 'natural" and never used Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Keith Kizer the executive of the Nevada Sports Athletic Commission also weighs in on the use of TRT in MMA


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Dan Hardy Plans To Remain Undefeated In His Hometown On Saturday

Dan Hardy has never lost when fighting in Nottingham, England. Of course, that only includes professional bouts, but Hardy doesn’t plan on adding a one in the loss column on Saturday when he takes on Amir Sadollah at UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic. After saving his job with a stoppage victory over Duane [...]


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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Dan Hardy credits Carlos Condit loss for improvement as a fighter


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Chris Weidman?s reaction to the Anderson Silva-Stephan Bonnar match-up

Chris Weidman is at the front of the line of middleweights clamoring for a bout with Anderson Silva. His undefeated record and recent knockout of Mark Munoz makes him a good candidate for Silva's next title bout. However, Silva wasn't interested in a bout with Weidman. Instead of Silva, Weidman will fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.

So what was Weidman's reaction when Silva instead chose to fight light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar in a non-title bout at UFC 153?

Yep, that about sums it up.


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Press conference video to announce UFC 154 St-Pierre vs. Condit

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to hold a press conference on Thursday, September 27th to officially announce UFC 154 in Montreal. UFC 154 will feature the return of welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre following a 17 month layoff to recover from a knee injury. St-Pierre will take on interim champion Carlos Condit in the main [...]

Press conference video to announce UFC 154 St-Pierre vs. Condit is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News


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GSP Returns - Press Conference This Thursday in Montreal


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We must all unite and work together

If we all concentrate REALLY HARD tonight in unison, maybe we can will Jones' chin to get in the way of one of Vitor's left haymakers. It wont be easy but I hope to have all yall cooperation.


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Dan Hardy: ?I would never change that losing streak.?

For the first two years of his UFC run there were few fighters hotter than Dan Hardy, as the well-rounded Brit went 4-0 and ended up with a shot at taking Georges St-Pierre?s divisional title. However, Hardy would go on to lose the bout in addition to his next three outings, leaving him on the [...]


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Joe Warren returning to the Bellator cage in November

Joe Warren will be looking to rebound from losing his Bellator featherweight title this fall when he gets back in the cage to face Owen Evinger, brother of female fighter Tonya Evinger. Although a location hasn?t been named, the bout is set to take place at Bellator 80 on November 9. Warren (7-3) is currently [...]


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Romney recieves tax breaks for outsourcing to China

but hey. republicans first. America second am i right?



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Stann Guarantees Violence vs. Lombard - Brian Stann

Brian Stann sits down with Kenny and Bas to discuss his upcoming fight against Hector Lombard, which he guarantees us, will be a violent affair


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One FC 6 Features Bantamweight Grand Prix, Includes Jens Pulver and Masakatsu Ueda

One FC on Tuesday announced the first round of its Bantamweight Grand Prix, which is...


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Stream ?Bellator 74? Live on

Bellator Fighting Championships has once again partnered with to offer a live stream of their event. ?Bellator 74? begins live at 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT. Sure you can also watch the prelims on and the main card on MTV2, but why would you since you?re already here? Furthermore, only fans with access to an [...]


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Clay Guida drops to featherweight and promises 'royal beatings' from 'The Dude'


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Friday, 28 September 2012

Matchmaker, matchmaker: What happened to the UFC 151 bouts, and Sarah Kaufman?s next bout

With UFC 151's cancellation, the UFC had to do a ton of scrambling to move the fights that didn't involve Dan Henderson or Jon Jones to other fight cards.

-- Kyle Noke and Charlie Brenneman's fight was moved to UFC 152 after Dan Miller's fight with Sean Pierson was canceled for a really good reason. Miller's son will finally get a kidney transplant in mid-September.

-- Several UFC 151 fights were shifted to UFC on FX 5. Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares, Danny Castillo vs. Michael Johnson, Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann was all moved to the October 5 fights in Minneapolis.

-- Takeya Mizugaki's bout with Jeff Hoaglund and Yasuhiro Urushitani's fight with Jeff Lineker will move to UFC on Fuel in 6, which is taking place on Nov. 10 in Macau.

-- Alan Belcher's injury and Vitor Belfort's fight with Jon Jones forces their fight off of UFC 153. Phil Davis' bout with Wagner Prado was promoted to the main card.

-- In non-UFC fight booking news, former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman will fight Kaitlin Young at Invicta's next bouts on October 6. Kaufman's fight will be a one-time deal for her to fight on Invicta's all-female card.


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Michael Bisping kicks ?disrespectful? fan out of UFC 152 workouts

Michael Bisping has a fight with Brian Stann at UFC 152 on Saturday night, but before that, he found a fight with a fan who disrupted his workout on Wednesday. He explained why he threw the fan out of the open workouts to MMA Fighting. (The explanation is at the beginning of the video.)

"I was just trying to do my pads and stuff, and the guy's got no respect. He annoyed my boxing coach more than anything. My boxing coach got a little upset. I could see it in his eyes," Bisping said.

"I was trying to get a workout in, and he's just disrupting the whole thing. He's upsetting my boxing coach, and so I'm like, you gotta go. You gotta go. If you can't have respect ... we're here. We're putting on a display for you guys. If you can't respect it, you have to go outside with the naughty children."

During big fight weeks like this one, the UFC will often offer three free events to fans: open workouts, the press conference and weigh-ins. Open workouts are undoubtedly the best option, because it lets fans get close to fighters to take pictures and see how they train.

The fans and media being there make the workouts more casual than a normal pre-fight training session, but it's still a workout. Fighters are cutting weight and thinking about their bout and should get to do that without being heckled. Even someone like Bisping, who loves to jaw with anyone and everyone, deserves to work out without distraction.


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UFC on Fuel TV 5 fight card: Stefan Struve vs Stipe Miocic preview


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Hugo Viana vs. Reuben Duran planned for TUF 16 Finale


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Stipe Miocic is American


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What does a fighter look like? (PHOTOS)

I've often heard the phrase, "He/she doesn't look like a fighter!" This comes up especially before women's fights, when Ronda Rousey's cover girl looks are cited as a reason to be shocked that she can rip your arm off. I hear it about Georges St-Pierre, who could easily find another career on a runway. UFC president Dana White brought it up recently when he criticized Roy Nelson's mullet, beard and belly.

But the thing about MMA is that outside making weight the day before a fight and passing a ton of medical tests, there are no physical requirements to step in a cage. While fighters look like this:

They also look like this:

They come in sizes large:

and small:

They are from all over the world and represent every color in the rainbow.

And yes, Dana, sometimes they even look like this.

There is no one way to look, act or sound like a fighter. The diversity within mixed martial arts is something to be celebrated, not criticized.


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Heres My lake mead welcoming committee! @cowboycerrone @thefranklester hitting the water now!

From My Inst@gram:


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Chael Sonnen guarantees knockout win for Brian Stann at UFC 152

UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen knows a thing or two about the two talented middleweights set to scrap this weekend at UFC 152, having faced both Michael Bisping and Brian Stann in the past year. However, when asked to make a pick in the upcoming bout it seems the former title-contender has Stann emerging with his hand raised even though Bisping offered Sonnen a much stiffer test when they locked horns last January.

?This is a main event fight anywhere in the world; let me start by saying that. This is a A-list main event on any card anywhere,? began Sonnen in an interview with the UFC. ?And secondly, this is a fight that Bisping isn?t used to. Brian Stann is not afraid to strike with him and has a lot more power than Michael has. You don?t have to be an avid fan to realize the fact Stann hits a lot harder than Bisping.”

?And that isn?t a knock on Mike. He hits plenty hard,? continued Sonnen. ?He hurt me bad in our first round with a right hand and I looked at him thinking ?You have no idea how bad you just hurt me?.?

?But I come back to this: Stann is a plant your feet and throw bombs kinda guy. And I think 15 minutes is a long time for Bisping to avoid those bombs,? Sonnen concluded. ?I?m not one of those guys who is going to say ?Bisping should win ? but IF Stann lands it is over?. I am the guy saying ?Stann WILL land a bomb and he will win this fight by KO?. He will find the shot 100%.?

Bisping Breaks Down the Middleweight Division

The 22-4 Bisping has only been stopped with strikes a single time in his career with the loss coming against Dan Henderson more than three years ago. Stann boasts a similar stat, having suffered a TKO to Steve Cantwell in 2008 without a knockout since.



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UFC on FUEL TV 5's Stefan Struve: 'I know for a fact I've got a really good chin'

There are a few popular discussions surrounding Stefan Struve and his fight with Stipe Miocic.

Oddsmakers say he is an underdog against the undefeated Miocic in a headlining fight at UFC on FUEL TV 5, which takes place Saturday at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.

While breaking down the fight, some fans also say Struve has a suspect chin. He disagrees with both.


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UFC ON FUEL 5 CONTESTS: Prediction and Betting Games Are Now LIVE!

By: Dan Moore, MMATorch UK Contributor

Only days removed from UFC 152, we move swiftly on to an event i'll be attending; UFC on FUEL 5 in�Nottingham, England. Both MMA Torch titles will be on the line this weekend, and the pool will determine future contenders heading into next months UFC 153 card in Brazil.

MMATorch Confidence Picks Championship Match Up

Chris Wallner (Champion) vs. Mitchell McDonald (Challenger)

No rest for the new champion as Chris Wallner heads straight into his first title defense, just days after wrestling the title away from the legendary Dionicio "Dominius" Ortiz. Newcomer Mitchell McDonald finished with an impressive 60+ point haul last weekend to set up this mouth watering clash with Chris.�Everyone else will be battling it out in the pool for the right to face Chris or Mitchell, at UFC 153 (Silva vs. Bonnar) next month.

MMATorch Betting Picks Championship Match Up

Dan Moore (Champion) vs. Marcos Rodriguez (Challenger)

After earning an unconvincing win over Rich Hansen�to retain my undisputed title, it's now the turn of�Marcos Rodriguez to try and dethrone me as betting champion. Marcos turned over a huge profit last weekend, without losing a cent.�Everyone else will be battling it out in the pool for the right to face me or Marcos, at UFC 153 (Silva vs. Bonnar) next month.

All picks for both contests, need to be submitted to by no later than 16:00 hrs BST / 11:00 hrs ET on Saturday (Please note the earlier deadline).


Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic
Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah
John Maguire vs. John Hathaway
Brad Pickett vs. Yves Jabouin
Paul Sass vs. Matt Wiman
Che Mills vs. Duane Ludwig
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Jimi Manuwa
Andy Ogle vs. Akira Corassani
Tom Watson vs. Brad Tavares
DaMarques Johnson vs. Gunnar Nelson
Jason Young vs. Robbie Peralta


1. �UFC 152 is a 12 fight card. Therefore, the point values you assign must range from 12 (most confident) down to 1 (least confident).

2. �Additionally, please list your prediction for method of victory, along with the round. Choose either TKO, KO, SUB, UD (Unanimous Decision) or SD (Split Decision).

3. �Using UFC 148 as a template, here is how a simple entry might look:

11 - Anderson Silva - TKO2
10 - Shane Roller - SUB1
09 - Gleison Tibau - UD
08 - Demian Maia - SUB3
07 - Chad Mendes - UD
06 - Ivan Menjivar - UD
05 - Melvin Guillard - KO1
04 - Cung Le - TKO1
03 - Constantinos Phillippou - TKO3
02 - Rafaello Oliveira - UD
01 - Forrest Griffin - UD

4. When you email me your entry, please sort the entry numerically (as shown) from high to low. Thanks.

5. The first tie-breaker is the sum of confidence points. Using the examples above, an Anderson Silva victory would earn 11 points. Forrest Griffin winning would earn just 1 point, etc.

6. If two participants earn the same number of confidence points, the next tie-breaker will be the total number of winners predicted. If Player A earns 40 points on 7 winning picks, and Player B earns 40 points on 6 winning picks, Player A would be declared the winner.

7. The next tie-breaker is the number of victory methods predicted correctly. Next would be predicted rounds of victory. If both players are still tied at this point, both players will be declared the winner. �If the tie is for a championship, they would match up again at the next event, along with the winner of the pool. If the tie occurs in the pool itself, both challengers would advance to face the champion at the next event.


Here are the UFC on FUEL 5 betting lines we're using, courtesy of Sportsbook:

Stipe Miocic: -200
Stefan Struve: +160

Dan Hardy: -185
Amir Sadollah: +155

John Hathaway: -450
John Maguire: +300

Brad Pickett: -300
Yves Jabouin: +240

Paul Sass: -155
Matt Wiman: +125

Che Mills: -290
Duane Ludwig: +230

Jimi Manuwa: -145
Kyle Kingsbury: +115

Tom Watson: -115
Brad Tavares: -115

Gunnar Nelson: -260
DaMarques Johnson: +200

Robert Peralta: -140
Jason Young: +110

Andy Ogle: -175
Akira Corassani: +145

8. Using UFC 148 as a template again, here is how a simple entry might look:

$450 on Silva
$300 on Guillard
$50 on Tibau
$200 Parlay on Griffin, Menjivar and Roller

9. Every player has $1000 of fake, imaginary, theoretical, play money to wager on each event. This is not a real money game, it is strictly for fun.

10. Players must place a bet of at least $50, but no more than $500, on each of 3 or more different fighters. Bets may be in any denomination, as long as the amount falls in the range of $50 - $500.

11. Players may also play a parlay bet. A parlay bet is a bet placed on multiple fighters. All fighters in the parlay must win their fights in order for the parlay to pay off. Parlay bets pay off at a higher rate than a bet on a single fighter. The parlay bet may be placed on either two or three fighters.

12. The minimum parlay bet is $50. The maximum parlay bet is $200. This money comes out of the $1000 alloted to each player. The parlay bet is NOT separate from the $1000 budget. A player is not required to play a parlay bet. The maximum number of parlay bets a player may wager is one.

13. Whether or not a player chooses to place a parlay bet, the player must still place at least three straight bets. It is not legal to place two bets on individual fighters �and one parlay bet. No entry is considered valid unless there are a minimum of 3 straight bets placed on individual fighters.

14. If a fight ends in a draw, any money bet on said fighter will be refunded, with no fake money commission taken. If a fighter in a 3-fighter parlay is involved in a draw, that fighter will be removed from the parlay and the 3-fighter parlay will be treated as a 2-fighter parlay. If a fighter in a 2-fighter parlay is involved in a draw, that fighter will be removed from the parlay and the 2-fighter parlay will be treated as a straight bet on the remaining fighter.


15. If a fighter has a positive number such as +150 next to his name, he is the underdog, which means a successful bet on that fighter will pay off at a higher rate. That means that if the fighter wins, the bet will payout $150 net profit for every $100 bet on him. If a player were to bet $500 on a +150 fighter, and the fighter wins, the player will profit $750. If a player bets $500 on a +150 fighter, and the fighter loses, the player will lose his $500 bet.??

16.� If a fighter has a negative number such as -200 next to his name, he is the favourite, which means a successful bet on that fighter will pay off at a lower rate. That means that if the fighter wins, the bet will payout $100 net profit for every $200 bet on him. If a player were to bet $500 on a -200 fighter, and the fighter wins, the player will profit $250. If a player bets $500 on a -200 fighter, and the fighter loses, the player will lose his $500 bet.?

Structure for each game?

17. For each UFC numbered (or listed otherwise) event, both the Confidence Picks and Betting Game will feature a champion and a challenger facing off against one another. The winner of the head to head battle will be declared the reigning champion.??

18. All other players for each UFC numbered (or listed otherwise) event will compete against each other for the right to face off against the reigning champion at the next UFC numbered event. This is known as The Pool.??

19. As games administrator, I have the subjective right to eliminate any entry for any reason I deem worthy.�

??20. Entries may be submitted via email (, or on the comment section of this post. Email is the preferred method, because if a player posts an invalid entry, I have no way to make sure I can get hold of the player so that it may be corrected. Please, under no circumstances should you both email�and�post on the board your entry. One or the other please, preferably via email.??

21. If you have any questions, please email me and ask.?

Final Note

??22. A player�does not�need to play both games during each event. Players may choose to submit an entry for one game or the other, or for both, at their own choosing.

Follow me on Twitter, @MMATorchDan


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PELKEY: Vitor Belfort drew the blueprint for beating Jon Jones, but does the right challenger exist?

By: Matt Pelkey, MMATorch Columnist

It first occurred to me about two and a half years ago. It was the first ever UFC event on Versus, headlined by Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera. All most people remember about that fight is Jon Jones breaking Vera's face with a brutal elbow, but what stuck out to me was how haphazardly Jones left those freakishly long arms sitting on Vera's stomach and chest, just waiting to be locked up in a triangle, or, more likely, an armbar.

I get it. Jones likes to play the wrist control game from guard to find openings for said devastating elbows. And to his credit, it's been a pretty successful formula for him thus far in his (somehow) short career. But look at his competition since that fight: Vladdy Matyushenko, Ryan Bader, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, and Rashad Evans before Saturday's fight with Vitor Belfort. Shogun was thought to pose potential problems on the ground for Jones, but he was knocked silly about fifteen seconds into that fight and never recovered. Nobody else on that list comes to mind when you think of dangerous guard players.

That being said, its not as simple as "be slick off your back and you can beat Jon Jones." If that was the case I'd be touting Vinny Magalhaes as one of Bones' toughest challenges out there. See, Jon Jones, like Georges St-Pierre, has the biggest advantage one can possess in MMA; he decides, at all times, where the fight takes place. If he wants to strike, you're gonna have to strike with him. If he wants to plant you on your back and throw those 'bows, sorry, but you might want to get comfortable down there. And its not just offensively for Jones. Defensively he's a marvel as well. He's never been taken down and held there. So the key is, you have to get Jones to want to take you down. A fool's errand, I know. So that's our two components: a great submission game off your back, and a striking game good enough to give the champ some serious pause.

In hindsight, people should've been giving Belfort much more of a shot in pulling off the upset prior to UFC 152 based on his skill-set. That's not to say I think he'd be one of the top light-heavyweights in the UFC if he fought at 205 full-time. But much more so than Rashad, Rampage, and even Lyoto Machida, Belfort had the tools to pull it off.

And now he's had his shot. I doubt we'll be seeing that rematch any time soon despite Vitor coming closer than anyone else to defeating the young Champ. So who else is out there? Before he hurt his knee and caused this whole hullabaloo in the first place, it was supposed to be Dan Henderson getting the title shot. Not that he's not deserving, but Hendo just isn't the guy to get it done to me. He has legendary power, but Jones knows almost too well how to use his length to keep strikers outside their range. Plus, Hendo has legendarily shaky takedown defense. If Jones feels threatened on the feet, he'll plant Hendo on his back and go to work. All those out there who can see Hendo armbarring Jones, raise your hand. Anyone?

Chael Sonnen is a far better grappler than his (sometime) teammate Dan Henderson, but he lacks the power to threaten Jones standing, and, considering the distinct size disadvantage he's at, he seems a long shot to be the first one to put, and keep, Jones on his back.

Further down the line doesn't look terribly daunting for the champ either. Alexander Gustafsson? No wrestling game to speak of and unless he develops some kill-shot power, he's currently a sitting duck against Jones. Glover Texiera? Eh, we'll see. I need a little more than tooling Kyle Kingsbury before I'm truly buying in, but he's 32. Can we please get him a real fight after he disposes of Maldonado? He's either ready or he isn't. Time to find out.

How about Phil Davis (remember him?)? He stands the best chance of actually putting Jones on his back, and his submission wrestling game could actually give the champ some serious problems. But Davis is light years behind Jones on the learning curve for striking, and it'll be a long time until his stand-up is good enough for him to use it to get inside on Jon Jones.

There's obviously one guy out there who perfectly fits the description I've laid out: Mr. Anderson Silva. But that fight is three years away at the absolute earliest (if it even ever even comes to fruition). Jon Jones can be beaten. Vitor Belfort proved it when he nearly snapped his arm. But unless Vinny Magalhaes suddenly becomes the reincarnate of Bruce Lee (and stops being all Vinny Magalhaes-y), its gonna be a long, long title reign for Jonny "Bones" Jones.


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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Twitter Mailbag: Fowlkes on brain damage, Strikeforce's future and upsetting referees

Which of the heavyweight involved in the next two weeks' main events is likely to step up in competition, and is one of them a candidate for brain damage? What's it like to Twitter beef with a noted MMA referee? Can Strikeforce stick around?

In our latest installment of Twitter Mailbag,'s Ben Fowlkes sounds off on those topics and many more, including 2012's "Fight of the Year" and whether or not Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnarr should really be happening.

Check out all the questions below, and submit your own at @BenFowlkesMMA.


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Knockout of the week: Joe Benavidez earns spot in flyweight finals

At UFC 152, Joe Benavidez will face Demetrious Johnson for the first-ever UFC flyweight (125-pound) championship. How did Benavidez get to the finals? Watch and learn.

Off the bell to start the second round, Benavidez scored a quick knockout over Yasuhiro Urushutani. Will he have the same magic against Johnson on Sept. 22? Tell us in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.


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Latest UFC on FUEL TV 5 odds and betting guide for 'Struve vs Miococ' in Nottingham


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Chris Leben: ?I?m Flat-Out Broke?

After 19 UFC appearances, 12 of which were accompanied with ‘win bonus’ checks and five ‘Fight Night’ paydays, veteran Chris Leben (Pictured) claims his wallet is running on fumes. Economic times are tough for nearly everyone, and Leben has just barely managed to stay afloat during his drug suspension. “Yeah, I’m flat-out broke right now,” [...]


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Tyson Nam cleared for World Series of Fighting after Bellator declines to match offer

A contentious few weeks between Bellator and Tyson Nam took a more civil turn today when the tournament-based promotion declined to match an offer the bantamweight received in the wake of his knockout of champ Eduardo Dantas.

"Bellator received the offer for Tyson Nam's next fight from a new promotional group (The World Series of Fighting), and we are not going to match that offer," Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a statement sent to

"We wish Tyson good luck as he moves forward."


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Knockout of the week: Joe Benavidez earns spot in flyweight finals

At UFC 152, Joe Benavidez will face Demetrious Johnson for the first-ever UFC flyweight (125-pound) championship. How did Benavidez get to the finals? Watch and learn.

Off the bell to start the second round, Benavidez scored a quick knockout over Yasuhiro Urushutani. Will he have the same magic against Johnson on Sept. 22? Tell us in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.


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Rory MacDonald getting ready for December return, wants to fight more often

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Rory MacDonald is nearing a return to training camp following a nasty cut suffered late this summer. The UFC welterweight was scheduled to face B.J. Penn at last weekend's UFC 152 event in Toronto, but he received a cut over his right eye in sparring that required nearly 40 stitches, and he's been unable to return to full training.

Appearing on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight" on Fuel TV, MacDonald updated his status, and said he's closing in on a return to camp to begin preparations for the Penn fight, which has since been moved to UFC on Fox 5 in December.

"I'm feeling a lot better now," MacDonald said. "I'm able to do technique, hit pads and do conditioning. That brings up my spirits, rather than sitting on my ass. I'm putting what happened behind me and starting camp in two weeks."

MacDonald did say some changes will be coming for him, as he's growing impatient with longer fight camps and wants to make faster turnarounds between fights moving forward.

"It's been tough [waiting for my injury to heal]. I'm ready to fight right away," MacDonald said. "I'm not one to sit on the sidelines. But it seems like I can't stop getting injured in training. I'm going to make changes in how I prepare for fights and to do things my way from now on. It's going to let me fight a lot more. I'm going to take fights on shorter notice. I'm learning from the older guys and see how they prepare for fights, like the two months of training camp. I'm tired of that. I'll fight more often."

Penick's Analysis: MacDonald has a bit of a sore spot for his training team at the moment. He's battled some injuries while at Tristar, and this most recent one happened because of an overzealous sparring partner. Though he said he'll remain with Tristar, he sounds like he's taking a different approach to things going forward, at least as far as how he does things in camp. Hopefully any changes made can help him avoid injury, getting him through this camp to face Penn on the now-stacked UFC on Fox 5 event in Seattle.


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Alistair Overeem at K-1 Open Tryouts July 2012 - Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem was at the K-1 Open Tryouts in Venice Beach, Ca and spoke to us about the event and the UFC.Please Subscribe.New Videos posted weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


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