Wednesday, 31 October 2012

UFC fighter arrested hours before event

Lightweight fighter Jeremy Stephens, who is scheduled to fight Yves Edwards�on Friday night's UFC on FX: "Browne vs. Bigfoot" event in a preliminary bout�to air on Fuel TV, has been arrested, according to a report by MMAJunkie.� Stephens was arrested on an undisclosed felony charge from out of state, and was taken into custody by the Minneapolis Police Department.� He is currently being held without bail.

Despite the arrest of his fighter, UFC president Dana White insists the 26-year-old Iowa native will still be able to compete on the card, which begins at 5 p.m. ET.

Stephens, nicknamed "Lil' Heathen," first fought in the UFC in May 2007, and has attained a record of 7-7, with three wins coming via knockout.� He fights out of San Diego, Calif.

UPDATE: Said White at the end of the Fuel TV-broadcast of the preliminary card, "Jeremy Stephens was arrested this morning at his hotel for a warrant from 2011.� I've been working on this thing all day, and we're still working on it now.� Jeremy, right now, is�still not off the fight."� White did add, however, that at that moment, Stephens was still in jail.

UPDATE: After the event, White posted on the Underground Forum that he'd been working since 11:00 a.m. to arrange for Stephens to get out jail, but no deal could be reached.� The charge stemmed from an assault in Iowa in 2011.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/ufc-fighter-arrested-hours-event-184430765--mma.html

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Rashad Evans: Better Apart Than Together

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Michael Chandler Wins Bellator Tournament, Lombard KOs Vitale

by Michael David SmithIn the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts career, Michael Chandler stepped up with the best performance of his career, defeating Patricky "Pitbull" Freire by unanimous decision in the final of Bellator's lightweight tournament at Bellator 44 on Saturday.

The victory earns Chandler a shot at Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who stepped into the cage immediately after the fight to congratulate Chandler.

"I'm looking forward to it," Alvarez said. "I can't wait."

 

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Sean Sherk still wants to fight in the UFC, thinks he's still a top lightweight

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UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture believes Strikeforce is approaching its end

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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The future of Strikeforce as a fight promotion is very much in doubt as 2012 comes to a close. After injuries took out their headlining fights for two straight events, Showtime pulled their plans for televising the events, which in turn caused both events to be canceled.

Though they've publicly stated plans for an event in January, many see it as just a matter of time before the organization is folded entirely. One of those is UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, whose son Ryan has competed in Strikeforce for his entire professional career.

Couture spoke with Spike TV's MMA Uncensored Live on Thursday, and articulated his thoughts on the future of the organization.

"Yeah, there are some questions there," Couture said (transcribed by BloodyElbow.com). "I know the Showtime relationship with Zuffa has been rocky. I know they hoped to renew that relationship and build that relationship, but they weren't able to pull that off. I think you're gonna see the Strikeforce guys absorbed and plucked like they did the WEC."

"So, then the question is, is Ryan gonna be one of those guys they want to keep, or is he gonna be one of those guys that gets cut loose? Where are we gonna go with him? The Showtime contract's up this year, so early next year, I think you'll see something happen."

Penick's Analysis: Couture's on point with his thoughts here. It really seems like just a matter of time before Strikeforce is folded, and it seems like the card planned for January could be one final soiree for the organization. There doesn't seem to be much reason for Showtime to keep television rights for the organization when they're dependent on so few fighters as headliners for their cards, and all of the fighters on roster would be better served to be brought in the UFC or allowed to go elsewhere. As far as Ryan Couture is concerned, he may have done enough through six fights in Strikeforce to get a shot in the UFC, but even if he hasn't, a couple wins outside would surely bring him in. Regardless, it's more than likely time for Strikeforce to be done, and it will be better for all parties involved when that happens.

[Randy Couture art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_14803.shtml

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Bellator expecting to make announcement about Eddie Alvarez's future in the coming days

There has been a lot of talk recently with regards to Eddie Alvarez‘s status as a free agent and it looks like Bellator is getting close to a resolution on his future with the organization. Alvarez is coming off of an October win over Patricky Freire and now finds himself at the end of his contract. With rumors and dollar amounts being tossed about amongst fans and analysts, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney says the world will know sooner than later if he will be staying with the organization.

?We do our analysis and try to determine if it fits in our model. Eddie can say, ‘I’m going to go see what they offer,’ and if he does, there’s no reason to dance,” said Rebney to in an interview with MMAFighting.

Alvarez Says It’s Nice to Have Options

It is well known that Bellator has a much different pay scale than the UFC and Rebney said he expects Alvarez to look what?s on the table regardless of where the deal is coming from.

?If he wants to look at what they’re offering, and I don’t think that’s unreasonable by the way, I’ll open the door sooner than we’re required. I’m not saying we won’t come to an agreement, but even though we’re having some good talks, that’s what it might come down to.”

“My read on Ed is that he’s approached these talks professionally and totally in good faith. He’s made the effort to come sit and talk to us. He’s followed up and asked a lot of questions as far as what we can do for him, the exposure we can provide and what other doors we can open,? Rebney continued. ?He’s been very engaged. Ed’s been rock-solid for us for years, and if he wants to see what they are going to offer, I’m going to let him see.”

All said and done, Rebney stated the situation isn?t about just throwing out money offers, and they understand how big of deal this is.

“It’s an interesting spot. We’ve talked about the dynamics for months about him staying or leaving, and we don’t make decisions based off emotions,” he concluded.

PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR

Source: http://www.fighters.com/10/27/bellator-expecting-to-make-announcement-about-eddie-alvarezs-future-in-the-coming-days

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Who are MMA's biggest danger men?

Most avoided guy. In terms of risk (big fuckin risk) vs. reward (little reward) in fighting this guy.

Glover Teixeira is the best example from the UFC I guess, but what about other prominent MMA...

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Rich Franklin more likely to ?choose retirement over the necessity of TRT to continue?

At 38 years old, former UFC champion Rich Franklin understands his remaining fights are numbered and is out to make one more run at a title-shot before calling it a career. However, thanks to modern day medicine coupled with athletic commissions? openness to the treatment, Franklin could extend his run in MMA by undergoing Testosterone Replacement Therapy and even teased the possibility a few months back.

Since giving it more thought, it appears ?Ace? has changed his mind and come around to the idea that TRT would taint his reputation rather than enhance it by potentially adding a few wins.

?The public perception of TRT is that it’s cheating. The moment I said I was actually thinking about it, I started getting quite a bit of backlash,? admitted Franklin in an interview with ESPN, adding, ?More than likely, in my mind, I’ll choose retirement over the necessity of TRT to continue.?

While the day will eventually come where Franklin will have to make that decision, the seasoned veteran quickly pointed out that it hasn’t arrived just yet.

?I don?t believe I?ve dropped off with my speed or strength or any of that,? said Franklin of his current state, pointing to his June win over Wanderlei Silva as an example of his remaining ability to compete at a high level.

Franklin’s Original Remarks on TRT

The 29-6 Franklin?s next fight is scheduled for November 10 where he?ll face Cung Le in headlining action at UFC on Fuel 6. The card marks the organization?s debut in China.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

Source: http://www.fighters.com/10/22/rich-franklin-more-likely-to-%e2%80%9cchoose-retirement-over-the-necessity-of-trt-to-continue%e2%80%9d

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Heavyweights Barry and Del Rosario Stack TUF Finale Card

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Andre Arlovski vs Devin Cole WSOF Live On NBC Sports Network Promo

In addition to Arlovski vs. Cole, the WSOF 1 card features many notables, including Anthony Johnson, Miguel Torres, Gregor Gracie and Tyrone Spong. The Sherdog.com-streamed prelims include Ronys Torres, Josh Burkman, Gerald Harris and Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, among others. Saturday’s World Series of Fighting 1 will air live on NBC Sports Network with Andrei Arlovski [...]

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Maybe You Don?t Have The Chin You Thought You Did

Maybe You Don’t Have The Chin You Thought You Did.

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Josh Koscheck seeking future fight with Nick Diaz

If welterweight Nick Diaz is looking for a major match-up when he returns from suspension in February it appears he already has a volunteer willing to step up and fill the slot opposite his. According to outspoken Ultimate Fighter alumnus Josh Koscheck, Diaz is among the handful of opponents he?s hoping to be paired against in early 2013, though he?s also open to a number of other options as well.

?I?d like to fight Nick Diaz, Demian Maia, Jake Ellenberger, (or) Rory MacDonald,? wrote Koscheck on Twitter after revealing the UFC had told him he wouldn?t be competing for a few more months. ?Any of those guys will do it.?

Diaz and Koscheck have both spoken openly about their mutual dislike of one another, making for a match-up featuring two talented fighters with personal stakes on the line as well. Meanwhile, Koscheck was originally supposed to face Ellenberger earlier this year but was forced out with an injury. Like Maia, he is currently free to face any opponent the UFC pairs him with, while MacDonald has his hands full with a December fight against BJ Penn.

AKA Fighter Koscheck Rips Former Coach

Koscheck is coming off a decision loss to Johny Hendricks but holds an overall record of 17-6 including past wins over the likes of Anthony Johnson, Paul Daley, Chris Lytle, Matt Hughes, and Diego Sanchez.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

Source: http://www.fighters.com/10/25/josh-koscheck-seeking-future-fight-with-nick-diaz

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Strikeforce cancels Nov. 3 event, much to main eventer Daniel Cormier?s surprise

Strikeforce announced by press release today that their planned Nov. 3 event is canceled, and they won't be doing a fight until January of 2013. Injuries to main eventers Frank Mir and Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold forced this decision.

From the press release:

"Due to a series of injuries, we were forced to cancel the upcoming card on Nov. 3, but are already working to put together a stacked card in January," STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker said.

"While we're disappointed with the cancellation, we are looking forward to an even bigger STRIKEFORCE event on SHOWTIME early next year," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.

This is the second straight cancellation of a Strikeforce event. They canceled a Sept. 29 event because lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez was injured. The promotion is planning to move forward with a January card that will be announced shortly.

The cancellation took Daniel Cormier by surprise. As the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champ, he was supposed to fight Mir on the Nov. 3 card. After Mir was injured, Strikeforce tried unsuccessfully to find a replacement to fight Cormier.

"I wish somebody would have told me something," he told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. "This is unbelievable. I'm very upset. I just want to be informed. That's all. I don't think that's asking for too much."

Now Cormier and the rest of the Strikeforce fighters need to wait to see if they'll be on the January card.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/strikeforce-cancels-nov-3-event-much-main-eventer-173005618--mma.html

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TheSHOOT! - Mike Kyle Video by Mike Kyle

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New Georges St. Pierre Walkout Tee Shirt For UFC 154

GSP walkout tee shirt for his UFC 154 title unification bout against Carlos Condit, which will take place (Nov. 17, 2012) from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Affliction Georges St Pierre GSP UFC 154 Rush Walkout Shirt

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A Full Camp and 20 Pounds Later, Tom DeBlass Returns

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Jon Fitch says AKA teammate Cain Velasquez had severe knee injury into first Junior dos Santos bout

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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

When Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos squared off last year in the first main event for the UFC on Fox, neither fighter was 100% healthy. They admitted as much after the event, but with so much on the line - not just with the title fight but with the heavy promotion that went into the bout for the UFC and Fox - neither wanted to pull out of the bout.

Of course, it didn't matter, as dos Santos landed a knockdown blow a minute into the fight and finished things on the ground, but the injury issue definitely had each fighter approaching things a bit differently. Now we have a little more information as to the nature of Velasquez's injury, as his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Jon Fitch spoke with Tatame.com to discuss their impending rematch.

"I think that in the first fight, he didn't show everything he could do," Fitch said (transcribed by FiveKnuckles.com). "He had a severe knee injury, and was limited by what he could do, but it was such an important fight so he couldn't miss it. It was important for the company, for the fans and for the world. He continued, even knowing that he should not."

"He went against the advice of everyone on the team, and doctors, but pulling from the card was not an option at the time. It will be very different with him being able to show all his tools. He was hurt and thinking about his knee. He wanted to kick the legs of Junior, but he was thinking, 'I can't kick.' When your head is not in the fight, you get hurt."

Velasquez will attempt to regain the UFC Heavyweight Championship from dos Santos at UFC 155, which goes down in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 29.

Penick's Analysis: One of the reasons Velasquez wasn't going immediately for his gameplan, which was to grapple more with such a dangerous striker, was because of the injury he was dealing with. Of course, dos Santos was thinking something similar, and fought a little more urgently in the first than he might have otherwise because of his own injury. He didn't want to get dragged into later rounds, as he himself was hurt and didn't think he could necessarily take things through five. So both fighters had injuries that hampered them, and everyone will be hoping for both to be close to 100% on Dec. 29. If they are, we could get a much more defining fight between the two.

[Jon Fitch art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]


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Extended preview video for UFC 154 St-Pierre vs. Condit

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre makes his long awaited return from an injury to battle Carlos Condit at UFC 154. St-Pierre last fought at UFC 129 in April 2011 where he successfully defended his title against Jake Shields. However, a knee injury has kept St-Pierre sidelined since late last year. That injury opened the doors [...]

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Dana White and UFC Done Dealing with Palms Casino in Las Vegas

The UFC has held the past 11 domestic “The Ultimate Fighter” finales at The Palms Casino Resort. So, was anyone else curious as to why the planet’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion decided to host December 15th’s “The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale” at the Hard Rock Hotel, a Las Vegas venue they haven’t hit [...]

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Ben Henderson dismisses smokers as "less intelligent"

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Wonder if he was thinking of Nate when he wrote this,.

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/106425-ben-henderson-dismisses-smokers-less-intelligent.html

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Manager: Alistair Overeem would like to fight as soon as he's licensed instead of waiting for UFC Title bout

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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

UFC President Dana White revealed recently that the UFC plans on giving Alistair Overeem an immediate title shot once he's able to get licensed at the end of December. However, that would require him to wait out at least a few months, as he'd take on the winner of the bout between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez at UFC 155.

That's not something Overeem necessarily wants to do, and with the penchant for fighters to get injured, he certainly doesn't want to wait out if the victor of that fight emerges with any injuries. In an interview with MMAWeekly.com, Overeem's manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, gave an update on where the Dutch heavyweight's thought process is at.

"Right now, he's not even licensed so the UFC's hands are tied," Robinson said of White's title shot declaration. "Until he gets licensed, the UFC can?t book him a fight until he gets licensed. So right now it's all talk... Based upon when he gets licensed and it also depends on the winner of dos Santos and Cain fight come out unscathed. What if the winner comes out and has an injury and doesn't want to fight for eight months? So there's a lot of 'what ifs,' so right now we're just focusing on getting licensed, and once we get licensed then we'll figure out who we're going to fight."

"We'd still rather jump in and get a fight, so we'll see what happens. He would like to fight as soon as possible after he gets licensed. We're appreciative that Dana and Lorenzo [Fertitta] want him to fight for the title, and we're thankful for that, but right now the focused is to get licensed."

Penick's Analysis: By the time Overeem can get licensed, it will have been a year since his last fight. If he's taking on the winner of JDS-Cain, the fight's not likely to happen before March, meaning he'd have to be out an extra three months at the least. It's probably a lot more likely that he'll take on a different fight in January or on the Super Bowl weekend show the first weekend of February, then fight the winner of JDS-Cain for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

[Alistair Overeem art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

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Flexible hours, nice co-workers, seeing the world: Fighters talk about fighting for a living

While it's easy to look at fighters as warriors who get in the cage to get to the highest pinnacle of the sport, it's also a job. Like everyone with a job, fighters have to put in hours at their office, do mundane tasks they wish they didn't have to do, and wish they were paid more.

But what are the best parts of being a full-time fighter? Hear from the fighters.

Let's say you had the physical gifts to be a UFC fighter. Is it still a job you would want? Speak up in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/flexible-hours-nice-co-workers-seeing-world-fighters-144019424--mma.html

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Monday, 29 October 2012

UFC on FX 5 will answer these questions

The UFC heads to the Land of Lakes on Friday night for a card on FX. These are the big questions that will be answered by the time the fights are over.

Can Antonio Silva get back on track? In his last two bouts, "Bigfoot" has been knocked out twice. Both were in the first round, and both were to American Kickboxing Academy-trained fighters with outstanding wrestling backgrounds. On Friday, he will take on the undefeated Travis Browne. Is this the fight Silva needs to stop his losing skid?

Will Jay Hieron's long career finally have a UFC win? Hieron has a record of 23-5, and has fought in the UFC twice. His first fight in the Octagon was at UFC 48 against some up-and-comer named Georges St-Pierre, who knocked Hieron out in the first round. A year later, he fought Jonathan Goulet at Ultimate Fight Night 2 and lost because of a cut. Seven years later and after stops in the IFL, Strikeforce and Bellator, Hieron is back for a bout with Jake Ellenberger. It's not an easy bout. Will he get the win?

Who will be the next flyweight title challenger? Actually, it's who will be the first flyweight challenger, since Demetrious Johnson is the first owner of the belt. The title shot will go to either "The Ultimate Fighter" winner John Dodson, or Jussier Formiga, who is on five-fight win streak and is making his UFC debut.

Have any predictions for the fights? Speak up in the comments, on Twitter or on Facebook.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/ufc-fx-5-answer-questions-143717385--mma.html

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Your chance to be in a music video

Go to the address mentioned in this poster in stockton and you could be in Okweezy's music video.


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Dan Hardy vs. Rory Markham is your knockout of the week

Dan Hardy usually fights well in his home country of England. For example, check out what he did to Rory Markham at UFC 95 in London.

On Saturday, he will fight Amir Sadollah in his hometown of Nottingham. He's gone 1-4 in his last five fights, but recaptured that knockout ability against Duane Ludwig in May. Will Hardy come up with another fine performance for the people of Nottingham? Speak up in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/dan-hardy-vs-rory-markham-knockout-week-131950070--mma.html

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The Techniques of MMA

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Bellator 78 Results: Lyman Good, Andrey Koreshkov move on to welterweight final

Despite some controversy surrounding the placement of champion Zoila Gurgel on the lineup, Bellator 78 delivered a solid dose of entertainment thanks to a number of other notable appearances on the main card. Slated for scraps tonight in Ohio, Bellator stars Daniel Straus and Brian Rogers saw action in addition to the show featuring welterweight [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2012/10/26/bellator-78-real-time-results/

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Kazuo Misaki retires from MMA after highly respectable run

It looks like Japanese icon Kazuo Misaki has decided to hang his gloves up after picking up wins in his last three tilts including an upset victory over Paul Daley. The 36-year old may still be fit enough to fight but his relative lack of activity has left him ready to focus on other avenues in life.

Before walking away for good, Misaki will compete one last time in front of his countrymen as part of the December 22 lineup for DEEP: Haleo Impact.

Misaki?s status was first reported by Asian MMA.

The 25-11-2 ?Hitman? first emerged on the scene thanks to his success under the Pancrase and PRIDE banners. Over his decade-plus in MMA, Misaki picked up wins over names like Siyar Bahadurzada, Joe Riggs, Denis Kang, and Dan Henderson, as well as tallied fifteen finishes along the way.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

Source: http://www.fighters.com/10/20/kazuo-misaki-retires-from-mma-after-highly-respectable-run

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BELLATOR 78 LIVE RESULTS: Hansen's round by round coverage of welterweight semifinals

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By: Rich Hansen, MMA Torch Columnist

BELLATOR 78
OCTOBER 26, 2012
LIVE FROM DAYTON, OHIO



Finalists for Bellator's seventh season welterweight will be determined tonight, as the semifinals in the 170 lb. division will head up a four fight main card on MTV2 from Dayton, Ohio. Additionally, a featherweight feature bout will see waiting title challenger Daniel Straus take on UFC vet Alvin Robinson, and middleweights Brian Rogers and Dominique Steele will square off. We'll have live round by round coverage of all the action as it airs tonight, so join us right here as the MTV2 main card begins at 8PM ET!


FIGHT ONE: BRIAN ROGERS VS. DOMINIQUE STEELE (MIDDLEWEIGHT)

- Interesting stat; all of Brian Rogers? victories are first-round stoppages

ROUND ONE: Rogers lands a short right from a clinch which staggered Steele momentarily. Steele managed to regroup without any further harm. Steele lands a nice right uppercut which landed on Rogers? chin. The feeling out process seems to have kicked in after an initial flurry. Steele with another nice right hand. Rogers seems tentative, which could be described as patient if he lands. Rogers with a nice flurry, a non-tentative flurry thank you, ending with a head kick upon a retreating Steele. Steele with a nice stiff jab that backed Rogers off. Steele?s doing well with the jab. There?s been a lot of circling so far, with brief exchanges. Nice exchange of kicks there from both men. Steele is trying to land to the body, and almost ate and uppercut as a result. Entering the final minute. Rogers engages for the first time, doesn?t land hard, and almost gets taken down by Steele. Rogers lands a nice standing knee and a standing elbow. 10-9 Steele

ROUND TWO: Not a lot of action in the first minute of this round. Lots of circling, but Rogers is determined to be the counter striker here. Steele comes forward and eats a couple of punches, but he drives through and pushed Rogers into the fence. Rogers pushes him off, and lands an elbow as well. Steele is bleeding from the mouth. I may have missed some power shots from Rogers in the first, because Steele?s lip and left eye are swelling up. Steele comes forward, and eats another big knee. Rogers is pawing at his own right eye now. Maybe a poke? He?s certainly got blood on his right cheek, but it might be Steele?s. Steele tries to land a lead right to the body, but retreats fast to evade an uppercut. Lots of circling in this fight. Steele?s engaging first, but not successfully at all this round. Rogers lands a leg kick. Steele throws a flying knee, but it didn?t land flush. Rogers is wiping at the blood under his right eye again. It might not be Steele?s after all. 10-9 Rogers And to be fair he might?ve won the first, as well.

ROUND THREE: Steele?s left eye is almost a mess. Rogers does have an abrasion under his right eye. Steele going to the boy again, and quickly backs off to avoid the uppercut. Steele catches a body kick and presses Rogers into the cage, but can?t do anything with it and eats an over the top elbow as they separate. Steele pressing forward, and eats a counter right. Rogers is unloading heavily, and Steele lost his mouthpiece. Steele on his bike, eating a ton of punches to the chin. Surprising to see him still on his feet. The referee handed him the mouthpiece and the fight was only paused for half a second. Steele?s got his wits back, but he?s not far away from being finished here. Steele presses Rogers into the cage. Steele?s spitting up blood onto Rogers? shoulder. They separate uneventfully. Steele got battered in the beginning of this round. Big left hook by Rogers, and Steele landed a big right of his own. Oneminute left. Steele ducks under a wild hook and throws a jump knee that missed. He?s still coming forward despite the damage Rogers has inflicted. Clinching in the middle, and Steele landed a nice elbow. The fight ends with them clinched on the fence. 10-9 Rogers. 29-28 Rogers I?ll bet if I rewatch the first round I?d give it to Rogers.

WINNER: Brian Rogers by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

STAR RATING AND FINAL THOUGHTS: (**+) Rogers was as aggressive as ever, but he fought as an aggressive counter striker this time. When he hit, he was really effective. Steele ate a ton of shots in the third round, and bunch in the second. Once Rogers found his range, it was all over for Steele.


FIGHT TWO: ALVIN ROBINSON VS. DANIEL STRAUS (FEATHERWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Straus catches a kick and gets a fast takedown, but Robinson caught his neck and is working for a guillotine. He won?t get it. Straus has Robinson down against the fence. Robinson gets back up, and is again fishing for the guillotine. It?s still not there, and Straus threw him to the mat by the neck. That was pretty. Straus is working a standing kimura or straight armbar here. He lost it, and Robinson is on top in full guard now. Straus isn?t down here much, so this will be interesting. Straus powers out, but Robinson adjusts and keeps a dominant position. Straus is on all fours, and Robinson is trying to take his back. He?s not getting it, but he?s velcroed to Straus nonetheless. Straus back to his feet, and gets a lateral drop takedown. Side control for Straus. Straus landing short elbows to the ear of Robinson. He?s trying to slide his knee across Robinson?s stomach in an attempt to get to mount. He almost got it, but Robinson scrambled out. Robinson caught Straus? neck again, but there was no guillotine happening there. Straus rolls for a guillotine of his own as the round ends. Great round. 10-9 Straus

ROUND TWO: Robinson lands a quick leg kick and a couple of head kicks. Straus responds with a head kick of his own, and he gets a takedown near the cage. Robinson is trying to work for a kimura with his back against the cage, but he gave it up. Nice short elbows by Straus. Straus is on his feet holding the neck of Robinson who is on his knees against the cage. Straus muscles Robinson up and then drops Robinson back down in the same position. Robinson gets up, but eats a couple knees now that he?s onl his feet. This is a more typical Straus round. Straus pulls him off the fence and trips Robinson back on his butt. Side control for Straus with two minutes left. He?s landing some big lefts. Robinson is turtled up trying to get up. He gets up, but Straus threw him back down with a belly to back suplex. Straus is on top of Robinson, trying to get a rear naked choke on the Royce Gracie black belt. Straus only had one hook in, and let go of the choke. Robinson is cut in his left eyebrow. Straus still has Robinson?s back. He?s working for the RNC again, loses it, gets it again and Robinson taps out late in the second.

WINNER: Daniel Straus by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:51 of round two.

STAR RATING AND FINAL THOUGHTS: (***-) I?m being generous, but this is my kind of fight; a really active grappling match. Robinson was very impressive in the first, but got all blowed up by the better fighter in the second. Straus was extremely in the second round, in part because he wasn?t fighting against Pitbull or Curran?


FIGHT THREE: MARIUS ZAROMSKIS VS. ANDREY KORESHKOV (WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS)

- The undefeated Koreshkov is four inches taller than Zaromskis, and has a five inch reach advantage.

ROUND ONE: Zaromskis comes forward fast. Koreshkov tagged him, and Zaromskis backed off. Head kick from Koreshkov. He?s got a massive speed advantage here. Zaromskis isn?t making use of angles. He?s circling to Koreshkov?s power hand. Nice uppercut from Koreshkov, who is having his way so far. Right hook and right body kick by Koreshkov. Zaromskis plodding forward, but he can?t find his range. Big left hand from Koreshkov staggers and drops Zaromskis. It was a left to the temple. Koreshkov landed eleven unanswered shots to the face of the prone Zaromskis.

WINNER: Andrey Koreshkov by TKO at 2:14 of round one.

STAR RATING AND FINAL THOUGHTS: (**) The better, bigger, longer, faster striker KO?d the lesser fighter. This is the one guy in Bellator who could unseat Ben Askren. The big story is that someone has a contract out on Marius Zaromskis, and Jerry Poe tried to collect. That was either the worst or the second worst late stoppage of the year, depending on what you think of the Weidman ? Munoz stoppage. If you ever decide to become a cage fighter and you see Jerry Poe in the cage, I strongly suggest you win, lest Jerry Poe try to get your ass murdered.


FIGHT FOUR: MICHAIL TSAREV VS. LYMAN GOOD (WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS)

- My blood is still boiling at what Jerry Poe let happen under his watch. Just a disgusting display by Jerry Poe.

- The boys are calling the main event fight with Muhammad Lawal. You may know him as King Mo.

- Tsarev has a three inch reach advantage, despite being an inch shorter than the former champion Good.

ROUND ONE: The referee for this fight is Greg Franklin. Of course, the one night I don?t write the name of the referees for each fight, a referee becomes the story of the night. Good with an immediate takedown, less than five seconds in. Tight half-guard. Lawal lets us know that it?s smart to takedown Siberian fighters.. Knees to the body by Good, who is now in side control. Tsarev still has Good?s head controlled. More knees to the ribs by Good. Good standing over Tsarev and is landing left hands to the temple. Good comes back down, and is in a really snug full guard here. Good powers out and lands a big punch from his feet. Tsarev is stuck between the fence and a really imposing fighter in Lyman Good. Good to half-guard. Tsarev sweeps to his hip, and Good responds by punching Tsarev in the ribs and passing to side control. Nice transition to full mount. Franklin gave Good a final warning about holding the fence, and when Good grabbed the fence again, Franklin politely asked him not to do that again, please, sir. Whatever. 10-9 Good

ROUND TWO: The second round starts out as a kickboxing match, with both competitors landing several kicks and punches in the first minute. Good is finding a home for the jab. Lead uppercut by Tsarev pushes back Good a few feet. Good landed a double jab that almost knocked Tsarev down. Good?s about 42 levels better than Tsarev on the feet. His hands are too fast. Tsarev is on his bike, circling away, but Good is landing straight punches at will. Good charges in behind a couple more straight punches and gets the world?s easiest double leg. Side control. Two minutes left. Tsarev pushes off the cage and gets some distance, and Franklin tells Tsarev to stand when Good doesn?t dive back in. Good throws a left hand to the eye of Tsarev, and Tsarev recoils and asks the ref to stop the fight due to an eye poke. Franklin meekly put his hands on Good but didn?t make a converted effort to stop the fight. Good responded with a Thai plum, a knee to the body, and six or seven solid punches, and this fight is over as Tsarev crumpled to the ground.

WINNER: Lyman Good by TKO at 3:54 of the second round.

STAR RATING AND FINAL THOUGHTS: (**-) This was a total and complete slaughter. The moment the eight participants for this tournament were announced, it was better than even money that Koreshkov vs. Good would be the finals. As to the eye poke, whether or not it was a poke or a glancing punch to the eye, Franklin tried to stop the fight and then changed his mind, akin to what Miragliota did to Pat Barry in the Kongo fight last year. It?s just.. I need a drink.




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Donate to Bellator fighter Brian Rogers? Fund a Fighter campaign, see your name on TV

Bellator fighter Brian Rogers would like your help. He is fighting at Bellator 78 on Oct. 26, and is running a fun contest on Fund A Fighter, a website that encourages fans to make donations large and small to a fighter's camp. In return, fighters give away merchandise, fight experiences and other cool stuff.

Rogers is adding a twist to his campaign. Half of the money raised through his campaign will go to Leap, a special education program Rogers used to work for. He recently quit his job as a special education teacher to focus on fighting full-time, and talks about what more technology for the students would do here:

The biggest donor over the course of this week will get the chance to have his or her name written on Rogers' sponsor banner. The banners are unrolled during a fighter's introduction, and it would be really fun to see a Cagereader's name on that banner.

Here's what to do: go to FundAFighter.com and make a donation for Rogers' campaign. He has a ton of goodies listed for donors, so even if you can't make a huge donation, a small one can still help Rogers and Leap.

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Eddie Alvarez Thiago Alves  Andre Amade  Dean Amasinger  Jimmy Ambriz

Watch today's Cage Warriors 49 event live on MMAjunkie.com at 4 p.m. ET

You can watch a live and free video stream of today's Cage Warriors 49 main card on MMAjunkie.com at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.�(Please note: Cage Warriors has geo-blocked the streams in the U.K. and Ireland, where you can watch the event on Sky Sports.)

The stream follows prelims on Cage Warriors' Facebook page at 2:30 p.m. ET.

To watch the main card, which includes a Bruno Carvalho vs. Cathal Pendred headliner, simply head to cagewarriors.mmajunkie.com.


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Bellator 79 Pick the Card

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Bellator FC 79 takes place in 5 days...

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BELLATOR 78 LIVE RESULTS: Hansen's round by round coverage of welterweight semifinals

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By: Rich Hansen, MMA Torch Columnist

BELLATOR 78
OCTOBER 26, 2012
LIVE FROM DAYTON, OHIO



Finalists for Bellator's seventh season welterweight will be determined tonight, as the semifinals in the 170 lb. division will head up a four fight main card on MTV2 from Dayton, Ohio. Additionally, a featherweight feature bout will see waiting title challenger Daniel Straus take on UFC vet Alvin Robinson, and middleweights Brian Rogers and Dominique Steele will square off. We'll have live round by round coverage of all the action as it airs tonight, so join us right here as the MTV2 main card begins at 8PM ET!


FIGHT ONE: BRIAN ROGERS VS. DOMINIQUE STEELE (MIDDLEWEIGHT)

- Interesting stat; all of Brian Rogers? victories are first-round stoppages

ROUND ONE: Rogers lands a short right from a clinch which staggered Steele momentarily. Steele managed to regroup without any further harm. Steele lands a nice right uppercut which landed on Rogers? chin. The feeling out process seems to have kicked in after an initial flurry. Steele with another nice right hand. Rogers seems tentative, which could be described as patient if he lands. Rogers with a nice flurry, a non-tentative flurry thank you, ending with a head kick upon a retreating Steele. Steele with a nice stiff jab that backed Rogers off. Steele?s doing well with the jab. There?s been a lot of circling so far, with brief exchanges. Nice exchange of kicks there from both men. Steele is trying to land to the body, and almost ate and uppercut as a result. Entering the final minute. Rogers engages for the first time, doesn?t land hard, and almost gets taken down by Steele. Rogers lands a nice standing knee and a standing elbow. 10-9 Steele

ROUND TWO: Not a lot of action in the first minute of this round. Lots of circling, but Rogers is determined to be the counter striker here. Steele comes forward and eats a couple of punches, but he drives through and pushed Rogers into the fence. Rogers pushes him off, and lands an elbow as well. Steele is bleeding from the mouth. I may have missed some power shots from Rogers in the first, because Steele?s lip and left eye are swelling up. Steele comes forward, and eats another big knee. Rogers is pawing at his own right eye now. Maybe a poke? He?s certainly got blood on his right cheek, but it might be Steele?s. Steele tries to land a lead right to the body, but retreats fast to evade an uppercut. Lots of circling in this fight. Steele?s engaging first, but not successfully at all this round. Rogers lands a leg kick. Steele throws a flying knee, but it didn?t land flush. Rogers is wiping at the blood under his right eye again. It might not be Steele?s after all. 10-9 Rogers And to be fair he might?ve won the first, as well.

ROUND THREE: Steele?s left eye is almost a mess. Rogers does have an abrasion under his right eye. Steele going to the boy again, and quickly backs off to avoid the uppercut. Steele catches a body kick and presses Rogers into the cage, but can?t do anything with it and eats an over the top elbow as they separate. Steele pressing forward, and eats a counter right. Rogers is unloading heavily, and Steele lost his mouthpiece. Steele on his bike, eating a ton of punches to the chin. Surprising to see him still on his feet. The referee handed him the mouthpiece and the fight was only paused for half a second. Steele?s got his wits back, but he?s not far away from being finished here. Steele presses Rogers into the cage. Steele?s spitting up blood onto Rogers? shoulder. They separate uneventfully. Steele got battered in the beginning of this round. Big left hook by Rogers, and Steele landed a big right of his own. Oneminute left. Steele ducks under a wild hook and throws a jump knee that missed. He?s still coming forward despite the damage Rogers has inflicted. Clinching in the middle, and Steele landed a nice elbow. The fight ends with them clinched on the fence. 10-9 Rogers. 29-28 Rogers I?ll bet if I rewatch the first round I?d give it to Rogers.

WINNER: Brian Rogers by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

STAR RATING AND FINAL THOUGHTS: (**+) Rogers was as aggressive as ever, but he fought as an aggressive counter striker this time. When he hit, he was really effective. Steele ate a ton of shots in the third round, and bunch in the second. Once Rogers found his range, it was all over for Steele.


FIGHT TWO: ALVIN ROBINSON VS. DANIEL STRAUS (FEATHERWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Straus catches a kick and gets a fast takedown, but Robinson caught his neck and is working for a guillotine. He won?t get it. Straus has Robinson down against the fence. Robinson gets back up, and is again fishing for the guillotine. It?s still not there, and Straus threw him to the mat by the neck. That was pretty. Straus is working a standing kimura or straight armbar here. He lost it, and Robinson is on top in full guard now. Straus isn?t down here much, so this will be interesting. Straus powers out, but Robinson adjusts and keeps a dominant position. Straus is on all fours, and Robinson is trying to take his back. He?s not getting it, but he?s velcroed to Straus nonetheless. Straus back to his feet, and gets a lateral drop takedown. Side control for Straus. Straus landing short elbows to the ear of Robinson. He?s trying to slide his knee across Robinson?s stomach in an attempt to get to mount. He almost got it, but Robinson scrambled out. Robinson caught Straus? neck again, but there was no guillotine happening there. Straus rolls for a guillotine of his own as the round ends. Great round. 10-9 Straus

ROUND TWO: Robinson lands a quick leg kick and a couple of head kicks. Straus responds with a head kick of his own, and he gets a takedown near the cage. Robinson is trying to work for a kimura with his back against the cage, but he gave it up. Nice short elbows by Straus. Straus is on his feet holding the neck of Robinson who is on his knees against the cage. Straus muscles Robinson up and then drops Robinson back down in the same position. Robinson gets up, but eats a couple knees now that he?s onl his feet. This is a more typical Straus round. Straus pulls him off the fence and trips Robinson back on his butt. Side control for Straus with two minutes left. He?s landing some big lefts. Robinson is turtled up trying to get up. He gets up, but Straus threw him back down with a belly to back suplex. Straus is on top of Robinson, trying to get a rear naked choke on the Royce Gracie black belt. Straus only had one hook in, and let go of the choke. Robinson is cut in his left eyebrow. Straus still has Robinson?s back. He?s working for the RNC again, loses it, gets it again and Robinson taps out late in the second.

WINNER: Daniel Straus by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:51 of round two.

STAR RATING AND FINAL THOUGHTS: (***-) I?m being generous, but this is my kind of fight; a really active grappling match. Robinson was very impressive in the first, but got all blowed up by the better fighter in the second. Straus was extremely in the second round, in part because he wasn?t fighting against Pitbull or Curran?


FIGHT THREE: MARIUS ZAROMSKIS VS. ANDREY KORESHKOV (WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS)

- The undefeated Koreshkov is four inches taller than Zaromskis, and has a five inch reach advantage.

ROUND ONE: Zaromskis comes forward fast. Koreshkov tagged him, and Zaromskis backed off. Head kick from Koreshkov. He?s got a massive speed advantage here. Zaromskis isn?t making use of angles. He?s circling to Koreshkov?s power hand. Nice uppercut from Koreshkov, who is having his way so far. Right hook and right body kick by Koreshkov. Zaromskis plodding forward, but he can?t find his range. Big left hand from Koreshkov staggers and drops Zaromskis. It was a left to the temple. Koreshkov landed eleven unanswered shots to the face of the prone Zaromskis.

WINNER: Andrey Koreshkov by TKO at 2:14 of round one.

STAR RATING AND FINAL THOUGHTS: (**) The better, bigger, longer, faster striker KO?d the lesser fighter. This is the one guy in Bellator who could unseat Ben Askren. The big story is that someone has a contract out on Marius Zaromskis, and Jerry Poe tried to collect. That was either the worst or the second worst late stoppage of the year, depending on what you think of the Weidman ? Munoz stoppage. If you ever decide to become a cage fighter and you see Jerry Poe in the cage, I strongly suggest you win, lest Jerry Poe try to get your ass murdered.


FIGHT FOUR: MICHAIL TSAREV VS. LYMAN GOOD (WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS)

- My blood is still boiling at what Jerry Poe let happen under his watch. Just a disgusting display by Jerry Poe.

- The boys are calling the main event fight with Muhammad Lawal. You may know him as King Mo.

- Tsarev has a three inch reach advantage, despite being an inch shorter than the former champion Good.

ROUND ONE: The referee for this fight is Greg Franklin. Of course, the one night I don?t write the name of the referees for each fight, a referee becomes the story of the night. Good with an immediate takedown, less than five seconds in. Tight half-guard. Lawal lets us know that it?s smart to takedown Siberian fighters.. Knees to the body by Good, who is now in side control. Tsarev still has Good?s head controlled. More knees to the ribs by Good. Good standing over Tsarev and is landing left hands to the temple. Good comes back down, and is in a really snug full guard here. Good powers out and lands a big punch from his feet. Tsarev is stuck between the fence and a really imposing fighter in Lyman Good. Good to half-guard. Tsarev sweeps to his hip, and Good responds by punching Tsarev in the ribs and passing to side control. Nice transition to full mount. Franklin gave Good a final warning about holding the fence, and when Good grabbed the fence again, Franklin politely asked him not to do that again, please, sir. Whatever. 10-9 Good

ROUND TWO: The second round starts out as a kickboxing match, with both competitors landing several kicks and punches in the first minute. Good is finding a home for the jab. Lead uppercut by Tsarev pushes back Good a few feet. Good landed a double jab that almost knocked Tsarev down. Good?s about 42 levels better than Tsarev on the feet. His hands are too fast. Tsarev is on his bike, circling away, but Good is landing straight punches at will. Good charges in behind a couple more straight punches and gets the world?s easiest double leg. Side control. Two minutes left. Tsarev pushes off the cage and gets some distance, and Franklin tells Tsarev to stand when Good doesn?t dive back in. Good throws a left hand to the eye of Tsarev, and Tsarev recoils and asks the ref to stop the fight due to an eye poke. Franklin meekly put his hands on Good but didn?t make a converted effort to stop the fight. Good responded with a Thai plum, a knee to the body, and six or seven solid punches, and this fight is over as Tsarev crumpled to the ground.

WINNER: Lyman Good by TKO at 3:54 of the second round.

STAR RATING AND FINAL THOUGHTS: (**-) This was a total and complete slaughter. The moment the eight participants for this tournament were announced, it was better than even money that Koreshkov vs. Good would be the finals. As to the eye poke, whether or not it was a poke or a glancing punch to the eye, Franklin tried to stop the fight and then changed his mind, akin to what Miragliota did to Pat Barry in the Kongo fight last year. It?s just.. I need a drink.




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Sergio Moraes wins at UFC 153, then has awkward celebration

At UFC 153, Sergio Moraes pulled out his first UFC win. He beat Renee Forte with a rear-naked choke in the third round of their preliminary card bout. After releasing the choke, Moraes held on to Forte for a celebratory kiss.

OK, if these two wanted to smooch, that's cool. But it seemed like Forte was uncomfortable with Moraes' celebration. In the future, Sergio, ask before smooching.

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Bellator 78 highlights video: Koreshkov, Good punch way to welterweight tourney final

Bellator's Season 7 welterweight tournament field had its finalists set at Friday's Bellator 78 event.

Video highlights of the tournament's semifinals now are available.

They include Andrey Koreshkov's devastating knockout of Marius Zaromskis and Lyman Good's second-round TKO of Michail Tsarev. Other highlights include Brian Rogers' win over Dominique Steele and Daniel Straus' submission of Alvin Robinson.


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Chad Mendes off the hook after battery charge dropped in California

It?s not uncommon for physical altercations to break out at local watering holes regardless of the region in question. However, it?s fairly rare for a bar brawl to involve a known Mixed Martial Artist let alone one of the best featherweights in the world.

Former UFC title-contender Chad Mendes, unfortunately, found himself mixed up in such a scenario earlier this year when a fight broke out at a bar in California where he allegedly struck a patron before evading authorities. Though Mendes faced up to six months behind bars due to the battery charge attached to the situation, the 27-year old grappler can now put the matter behind him.

Initial Report of Mendes’ Run in with the Law

According to a press release from his manager, the charge was reduced to a public disturbance, allowing Mendes to pay a fine and move on with his life.

Mendes is currently scheduled to face Hacran Dias on December 14 at UFC on FX 6 where he?ll look to score a second straight win since stumbling against champion Jose Aldo in January.

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Bellator Adds Alexis Vila to Bantamweight Division

by Michael David Smith

As it continues to carve out a niche for itself as the No. 2 promotion in mixed martial arts, Bellator has once again signed a fighter who's big on talent and capable of bringing a great deal of excitement into the cage in former Olympic wrestling bronze medalist Alexis Vila.

Before we get into all the reasons Vila is an exciting addition to Bellator's bantamweight tournament, let's get the two big problems out of the way ...
1. He's old: He turned 40 in March.
2. He's tiny: In the Olympics he wrestled at 105 pounds and most recently fought in MMA at 125 pounds.

 

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HDNet Fights - Dream New Year 2011: Yusup Saadulaev vs Hideo Tokoro

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The contributions of Olympic Gold medalist Jeff Blatnick to MMA, in his own words

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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The sad and unexpected passing of Jeff Blatnick on Wednesday has definitely affected the MMA community. Though he hasn't been a part of the official story of the UFC's history under Zuffa, Blatnick's role in bringing the sport to where it is today cannot be overlooked.

The former Olympic Gold medalist and UFC commentator was instrumental in putting together the rule set for the sport that is essentially still in place to this day, and he even coined the term "mixed martial arts" for the sport. Bleacher Report's Jonathan Snowden spoke with Blatnick about his contributions to the sport back in 2009 for his book The MMA Encyclopedia, and Blatnick explained how "mixed martial arts" came about, as well as what went into the first set of rules and regulations they put together.

Blatnick on the term "mixed martial arts": When I first started with the UFC, at UFC 4, we didn't really have a good name for all of this. Some people called it NHB, for no holds barred, but I just called it fighting. But then (UFC Vice President) Joe Silva reminded me of something I had said when I was broadcasting the UWF-I events from Japan. They were like the UFC, but a work. My broadcast partner was Al Rosen and he asked me what we would be seeing in the ring. I said all they were doing was mixing the martial arts.

They were doing nothing illegal, everything was allowed under the rules of a martial arts discipline. That was even more true of the UFC. No one had ever combined the martial arts like this. I coined the phrase mixed martial arts and it stuck. I grabbed it, used it, and that was how we sold it. It wasn't NHB, which had a stigma. It was MMA.


Blatnick on creating the first rule set for MMA: The UFC created a manual. We covered everything from conflict of interest for the judges and referees to the basics of how to regulate the sport. The job was given to me, but I had a lot of help from John McCarthy, Joe Silva, and many of the fighters themselves. I wanted to get a handle on what people thought the right way to do things was.

What is the right length of a round? How could we balance the rules to be fair to both grapplers and strikers? It all came together cleanly and we formed the Mixed Martial Arts Council. From there we had to change things as fighters pushed the envelope. When Tank Abbott tried to throw Cal Worsham over the fence. When a Japanese fighter grabbed his opponent's glove and almost turned it inside out. When Mikey Burnette grabbed Pat Miletich's shorts for almost an entire 15 minutes.

Anything that popped up, we had to address. Things you never thought of, like Phil Baroni licking Matt Lindland's face. Finger in an orifice. As fighters pushed the envelope we had to respond.

The only real change the [Unified Rules] made was to eliminate wrestling shoes. They wanted standards and uniformity for all the fighters so they didn't want some people in shoes and some without them. The rest was almost verbatim from the scoring system to the fight rules. It was essentially the MMAC manual. People in the know, they know where it came from.

They were our rules, but they didn't belong to me. People were promoting MMA shows before I ever came around. I didn't create them from scratch. We just wanted to create a fair balance between grappling and striking and we wanted to protect the fighters. And I think we did a good job. We must have because they are still using our rules today



Penick's Analysis: Blatnick may not get the credit he's due from the UFC, because they've stuck to the story that they were the ones that came in and gave the sport rules and got it regulated. That process had already begun at the tail end of the SEG-era with Blatnick, and the rules and regulations he and others put together were the reason the sport was able to gain sanctioning with athletic commissions. Zuffa continued that push once they took over, and have done a lot of work in bringing it worldwide, but the foundation was laid by Blatnick and company, and it's unfortunate he hasn't gotten that recognition on a widespread basis. Hopefully his passing can change that.


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