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Leonard Garcia Is "Pissed Off" About Joe Rogan's Criticism Of His "Fighting Style"
(mmamania.com)
He also adds that he can't fight, as he calls it, Joe Rogan's fighting style. "It does piss me off, because I have nothing to do with the decision. ... it bothers me to hear him say some of that stuff he said. It's kind of a bad deal, but all it's going to do is fire me up for the next one. He talks about certain things that I do in the fight, but that's just my fighting style. I don't fight Joe Rogan's fighting style. I apologize to Joe Rogan, but I can't fight his style. That's not my style of fighting. What makes me who I am is my style of fighting, and people seem to enjoy it. I've won several Fight of the Night [bonuses] because of it, and I enjoy fighting that way. I think it's something the fans deserve, is to see two guys give it their all. And that's one thing I know about myself is I go out there and give it my all."
Submitted Dec 7, 2010 8:27AM by DCRage - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF 12 Finale fighters salaries: Demian Maia leads $398K payroll
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC middleweight contender Demian Maia ($80,000) was the top earner at Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently requested and today received the list of disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The total disclosed payroll for the Dec. 4 show was $398,000. Other top earners from the evening include winners Stephan Bonnar ($62,000), Leonard Garcia ($32,000) and Rick Story ($26,000), as well as main-card losers Kendall Grove ($28,000) and Johny Hendrickcs ($22,000). The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale took place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and aired live on Spike TV. The full payouts included: Jonathan Brookins: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Michael Johnson: $8,000 Stephan Bonnar: $62,000 ($31,000 win bonus) def. Igor Pokrajac: $10,000 Demian Maia: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus) def. Kendall Grove: $28,000 Rick Story: $26,000 ($13,000 win bonus) def. Johny Hendricks: $22,000
Submitted Dec 6, 2010 5:39PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kenny Florian injured, forced to withdraw from UFC Fight Night 23
(mmajunkie.com)
A highly anticipated lightweight main event between top UFC contenders Kenny Florian (14-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) and Evan Dunham (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will not take place as scheduled. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that Florian suffered an undisclosed injury while training for a planned matchup with Dunham and has been forced to withdraw from the bout. The pair was expected to meet in the main event of "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2," which takes place Jan. 22 at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. The UFC has yet to announce the change, and it's currently unknown whether a replacement opponent will be found or if the matchup will be pushed back to a later date. Florian's manager, Malki Kawa, declined to comment on the report when contacted by MMAjunkie.com.
Submitted Dec 6, 2010 5:37PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Trainer: only top-10 opponents for UFC's Rick Story from here on out
(mmajunkie.com)
Rick "The Horror" Story is quietly terrorizing the middle tier of the UFC welterweight division. But his team says he's capable of much more. And after a decision win over Johny Hendricks (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) this past Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 12, Story (12-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is looking for big things in 2011. "I don't think he should be fighting anyone out of the top 10 now," Pat White, Story's longtime trainer, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The 26-year-old Story turned in his fifth consecutive octagon victory by dominating Hendricks where he wasn't supposed to – the mat.
Submitted Dec 6, 2010 10:35AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cesar Gracie Camp Says That the Nick Diaz vs. Mayhem Miller Bout Is Off
(bloodyelbow.com)
Scott Coker and the guys from Strikeforce have been trying to put the long overdue grudge match between Jason Miller and Nick Diaz, but their problems continue. Both parties couldn't agree on the weight and it now seems that they will have to find Diaz another opponent for the January show.
Submitted Dec 6, 2010 9:33AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Rikuhei Fujii Claims King of Pancrase Crown
(mmafighting.com)
TOKYO -- Pancrase's penultimate event of the year at Differ Ariake on Sunday featured three title fights in which all participants had met in the ring before. Light heavyweight King of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura made a small step towards redeeming himself from his embarrassing knockout loss to Yuji Sakuragi in September as he managed to fight to a tense majority draw in the rematch for the belt. Yuki Kondo was looking for redemption as he dropped a unanimous decision to Wajutsu Keishukai RJW's Rikuhei Fujii in Cage Force back in September, but it was spoiled as Fujii again outworked the 85-fight veteran on the feet and on the canvas to claim Kondo's crown.
Submitted Dec 6, 2010 9:27AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Following TUF 12 Finale loss, Michael Johnson says it's jiu-jitsu every day
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – For Michael Johnson (8-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), the difference between victory and defeat boiled down to one split-second decision. Unfortunately, at this past Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale event, Johnson made the wrong choice against Jonathan Brookins in the evening's main event. "The opening round, I came out and I felt real good," Johnson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I hit him with some big shots. I looked up, and I noticed I dropped him a little bit late. I was thinking, 'Here is my time to finish.' "He did a great job of recovering. I just made a mistake and took a backstep a little too much and let him recover from the knockdown."
Submitted Dec 6, 2010 9:24AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joe Rogan: You Should Be Able To Leave It In The Hands Of The Judges
(mmamania.com)
And he made his feelings on the outrage following the Nam Phan-Leonard Garcia decision known during the Rick Story-Johny Hendricks fight. "I don't think the last fight was close and the decision went the wrong way. It puts a tremendous amount of pressure on fighters not knowing what kind of officiating you're getting. It's gross. You should be able to leave it in the hands of the judges. You should be able to just fight. And we should point out, that is the situation because of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It has nothing to do with the UFC. People keep saying 'oh the UFC!' We have no say whatsoever. And (NSAC executive director) Keith Kizer has denied that there's an issue. I think (Kizer) needs to clean house. There's a few very good judges surrounded by a bunch of incompetent morons, who know nothing about the sport. They need to do something about that, because it's ruining MMA. It's making people think that this sport is corrupt. It has nothing to do with corruption. It's sheer and total incompetence."
Submitted Dec 5, 2010 1:25PM by DCRage - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Coker: We're "Getting Very Close" With Fedor Negotiations
(mmajunkie.com)
Prior to Saturday's "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II," a few industry insiders suggested officials might announce a contract extension with famed heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko during the Showtime broadcast. The announcement, of course, never came. But following the show, which took place at St. Louis' Scottrade Center, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed the organization has made some progress in the negotiations. Emelianenko, a former PRIDE champion who long held the title as the world's No. 1 heavyweight, was upset earlier this year by Fabricio Werdum. The submission defeat remains the only true and legitimate loss of his decade-long career and cost him a likely title shot with current Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem. Emelianenko's M-1 representatives have discussed the possibility of a Werdum rematch – and/or future Overeem fight – and even considered a fight with Antonio Silva at one point. But Emelianenko first needs a new deal to replace his current contract, which has a single fight remaining on it. But the two sides have gotten no further than the negotiating table in recent months. But the sometimes-plodding talks in no way represent an Emelianenko disinterest in fighting again, according to Coker. "Fedor has never been the issue," he said. "But we don't talk to Fedor. We're talking to M-1, and it's an ongoing process."
Submitted Dec 5, 2010 12:42PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
"Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II" attendance results in 7,146 fans
(mmajunkie.com)
ST. LOUIS – Saturday's latest Strikeforce event, "Henderson vs. Babalu II," drew 7,146 fans. MMAjunkie.com confirmed the tally with spokesperson Mike Afromowitz.
Submitted Dec 5, 2010 4:08AM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale draws reported 1,622 attendees for $380K live gate
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, which took place Saturday night at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, drew a reported 1,622 attendees for a live gate of $380,025.
Submitted Dec 5, 2010 4:06AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale bonuses
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Pablo Garza, Cody McKenzie, Leonard Garcia and Nam Phan each earned $30,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale on Saturday. Garza earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, McKenzie earned the "Submission of the Night bonus, and Garcia and Phan both earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Submitted Dec 5, 2010 4:05AM by jae_1833 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale recap
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Michael Johnson was so close to winning the 12th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," he was probably considering exactly where he was going to display his trophy. Then suddenly, it was all snatched away.
Submitted Dec 5, 2010 4:03AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II recap:
(mmajunkie.com)
ST. LOUIS – Dan Henderson wasn't about to be left out of the party. On a fight night that featured some of the year's most vicious knockouts, Dan Henderson scored one of his own in a main-event fight with fellow light-heavyweight Renato "Babalu" Sobral.
Submitted Dec 5, 2010 4:02AM by jae_1833 - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Oregon Ducks and Oregon St. Beavers Took Civil War To Next Level
(gazettetimes.com)
Randy Couture is flying in to coach the Beavers this week. OK, Couture won't be at Saturday's Civil War football game. He is going to be on hand for the Full Contact Fighting Federation's Cage Fights: Ducks vs. Beavers on Thursday at Gill Coliseum. Couture is a popular MMA fighter and actor who was an assistant wrestling coach at Oregon State. He will coach the Beavers while former University of Oregon wrestler and mixed martial arts middleweight Chael Sonnen will coach the Ducks for the event. There are 18 fights on the card with two FCFF championship bouts. Oregon St. won the MMA Civil War by 2 bouts.
Submitted Dec 4, 2010 10:45AM by BlueSkiesBurn - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Mike Pierce Vs. Kenny Robertson Agreed For UFC 126 In February
(mmaweekly.com)
Undefeated prospect Kenny Robertson will finally get his chance to debut in the Octagon in February when he faces a very tough challenge in Mike Pierce. The welterweights will lock horns at UFC 126. The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Friday by sources close to the match-up, with verbal agreements in place but no signed bout agreements at this time. The fight was originally reported by MMAJunkie.com.
Submitted Dec 3, 2010 6:35PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Bellator Season 4 to Air Live on FX
(sherdog.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships’ days of having televised events pre-empted by high school football games and air racing competitions may finally be over. After two seasons’ worth of sometimes-live, but often tape-delayed events on Fox Sports Net, the promotion is reportedly close to announcing a new, multi-year deal with Fox Entertainment Group which would see its fourth season aired live weekly on cable station FX. News of the deal was first reported Friday by MMAJunkie.com. The report also states that while Bellator’s live shows -- which have been held on Thursday nights for each of its first three seasons -- would be broadcast on FX, replays and highlight packages will likely continue to run on FSN, as well as the Fox-owned “extreme sports” channel Fuel TV. Asked to comment on the potential new deal, Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney issued the following statement to Sherdog.com:
Submitted Dec 3, 2010 6:32PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Verbal agreements in place for Curt Warburton vs. Maciej Jewtuszko at UFC 127
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight bout between British fighter Curt Warburton (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and undefeated Polish WEC competitor Maciej Jewtuszko (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is expected to be part of February's UFC 127 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the event that verbal agreements are in place. Bout agreements are expected to be signed shortly. Warburton reportedly hinted at the fight on Facebook, though a source it's not signed as of today.
Submitted Dec 3, 2010 6:29PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu weigh-in results: Main-card fighters on weight
(mmajunkie.com)
ST. LOUIS – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was on scene and reporting live from today's official "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" fighter weigh-ins. Today's festivities, which were free and open to the public, took place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, which also hosts Saturday's Showtime-televised event. Among those weighing in were headliners Dan Henderson and Renato "Babalu" Sobral, who concluded a main-card lineup that all successfully made weight for the show. The weigh-ins largely went off without a hitch. Preliminary-card competitors Fernando Bettega and Wayne Phillips had an intense staredown and engaged in some trash talk, but that was it in the way of fireworks. Main-card fighter Paul Daley received some cat calls due to his post-fight suckerpunch of Josh Koscheck earlier this year, but he ignored them and had a friendly staredown with opponent Scott Smith.
Submitted Dec 3, 2010 6:27PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Jussier da Silva vs. Ian McCall lined up for Tachi Palace Fights 8
(mmajunkie.com)
Fresh off a unanimous decision victory over WEC vet Danny Martinez at Tachi Palace Fights 7, No. 1 ranked flyweight Jussier da Silva (9-0 MMA, 1-0 TPF) will grace the promotion's next event in a bout with another WEC vet. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Silva is expected to meet Ian McCall (8-2 MMA, 0-0 TPF) at Tachi Palace Fights 8, which takes place in February at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Verbal agreements are in place for the fight, and contracts are expected to be finalized shortly. Silva on Thursday made his highly anticipated debut in the U.S., though Martinez did not make it easy on him. The WEC vet fended off multiple submission attempts and even staged a rally in the third round with a series of strikes. But in the end, the Brazilian's strong grappling gave him the edge on judges' scorecards. Silva remains unbeaten in the 125-pound division. In July 2009, he seized the top spot on rankings with a decision victory over Shooto champion Shinichi Kojima in a non-title bout for the Japanese promotion.
Submitted Dec 3, 2010 6:22PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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