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Strikeforce Matchmaker Mendez Quits
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Strikeforce may be about to put out the "Now Hiring" sign for the job of matchmaker. Previous matchmaker Javier Mendez has quit the promotion effective immediately, citing no longer being able to be both a matchmaker and a trainer at Arizona Kickboxing Academy (AKA). No immediate word yet on plans for finding a replacement.
Submitted Apr 16, 2009 11:52AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Larson Official For UFC 98, Fight Dropped To Prelim
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 98 is now again officially complete with the official announcement that Brock Larson will replace the injured Josh Koscheck and face Chris Wilson. As a result of this change, the Larson-Wilson fight has been dropped from PPV to prelim, with James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries promoted to PPV as the replacement.
Submitted Apr 16, 2009 10:02AM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Coleman Granted License For UFC 100
(411mania.com)
Now the UFC 100 fight between Mark Coleman & Stephan Bonnar is official following the NSAC granting Coleman a one-fight license. As a rule, all fighters over the age of 35 have to contact the commission to discuss any concerns that they may have. Coleman appeared before the NSAC in person and discussed the concerns with NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer and other Commission members.
Submitted Apr 16, 2009 6:29AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nate Quarry talks UFC 97 & Video Games!
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
PDG: UFC 97 in Montréal, Canada is a pretty stacked card; what fights are you looking forward to seeing that night? Quarry: Any time that you get a chance to fight on a card with Chuck Liddell and Anderson Silva, it is a real treat. I have been a fan of Chuck's for a long time and we are also friends. So being able to be there and to say I fought on the same card as Chuck Liddell is a real honor. That is something that I will always remember.
Submitted Apr 16, 2009 4:42AM by nwowolfpack - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
UFC 2009 Undisputed Demo
(xbox360.ign.com)
The UFC 2009 demo will come out next Thursday 4-23-09.
Submitted Apr 16, 2009 1:04AM by bjj1605 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frank Trigg offers to "retire" Frank Shamrock
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC, PRIDE and Strikeforce veteran – and co-host of MMAjunkie.com Radio – Frank Trigg (19-6) is currently on a four-fight win streak, yet he doesn't know where or when his next bout will take place. But on Wednesday's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Trigg identified one opponent he believes would be easy prey: Strikeforce middleweight Frank Shamrock (23-10-2). "They can have me fight him any time they want up there," Trigg said. "Put it back at 180 (pounds) again, and I'll put him into retirement. It's not that difficult. Frank Shamrock's only got like two or three fights left in his life." Trigg fought once for the California-based organization, defeating Falaniko Vitale in October 2008. The 36-year-old said he would love the opportunity to return to the organization in a chance to prove just how far Shamrock has fallen in recent defeats to Nick Diaz and Cung Le. "How much [expletive] can you talk to Frank Shamrock?" Trigg asked. "He's not that good. The sport has passed him by. "Do you really want to be seen training on Lamaze balls? Is that really what you want to do? That's what he does. Half of his techniques are done on Lamaze balls. I'm like, 'OK. That's really interesting. That's great. Who's teaching you your takedown defense?'" Trigg questioned Shamrock's commitment to preparation for his April 11 main event with Diaz at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. "You live in [expletive] San Jose," Trigg said. "There's like 75 great wrestlers that live right down the street from you. You don't train with any of them? That doesn't make any sense to me. "You're a great striker, you're incredibly athletic, you have a great ability to talk before the fights, you've got a great ability to sell the fight. But then you're striking hasn't changed. Your ability, your flexibility, your ability to hit your punches hasn't changed. You haven't learned – knowing full well against a guy who's going to do takedowns – how to stop a takedown and how to keep it on your feet where you would have had a shot to win. "But then, you're on your feet and you got out-punched by a jiu-jitsu guy. It doesn't make any sense." While Trigg's career has been filled with bouts against the world's top competitors, he last fought in a unanimous-decision win against an unheralded Danny Babcock. While the win certainly wasn't a career-builder, Trigg insists Shamrock's current 1-3 streak proves he's no longer relevant. "The sport's just passed [Shamrock] by," Trigg said. "It's the same thing I said to Ken (Shamrock). It's the same thing I said to Mark Coleman. It's the same thing I said to Tito Ortiz: The sport has passed you by. "You haven't adjusted. You haven't learned. You haven't spent the time being in the academy every day trying to learn. You're out there [expletive] around doing other stuff when you're not training. It's not smart anymore for this sport...
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 8:28PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Video of Charles "Mask" Lewis' Memorial Service
(demandmma.com)
Check out the video as Mike Straka from Fox Fight Game speaks with Lorenzo Fertitta, Joe Rogan, Josh Barnett, and many more.
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 6:38PM by BrutalKnockOut - 6 comments
Filed under: Interviews, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Strikeforce's Melendez not comfortable waiting on Thomson for return
(mmajunkie.com)
The main card of this past Saturday's "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz" took a major hit when lightweight champ Josh Thomson was a late scratch. Gilbert Melendez (15-2) saved the show with a stunning knockout of Thomson's replacement, Rodrigo Damm, earning the organization's interim lightweight title in the process. But like so many interim title holders before him, Melendez, recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) there's still work to be done before he'll truly feel like a title holder. I think its great Gilbert feels the way he does and doesn't want to just sit around and wait for Josh to get healed up...he has the attitude of a champion
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 4:59PM by sclasclemski - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
USA TODAY Launches Online Mixed Martial Arts Community
(mmapayout.com)
USA TODAY has launched MMA Fighting Stances, an online mixed martial arts community moderated by Sergio Non. MMA Fighting Stances can be found at mma.usatoday.com. With the addition of MMA Fighting Stances and the recent launch of the USA TODAY/SB Nation Consensus MMA Rankings, USA TODAY becomes the first national newspaper to add mixed martial arts into its regular sports coverage. As a mainstream media brand, USA TODAY offers another point of entry to the growing legions of MMA fans. MMA Fighting Stances will give hard-core and casual MMA fans a chance to dissect the most important and interesting fights, news, events, personalities, analyses and anomalies of mixed martial arts. In his role as community moderator, Sergio Non tackles the broader questions about the sport’s evolution and gets to know the athletes through original reporting and regular Q&A interviews. Non will also interact with readers as they share their thoughts, swap stories and speak directly to each other using USATODAY.com’s online community tools. MMA Fighting Stances is the latest addition to an expanding roster of USA TODAY online communities. Recently created are Open Road, a consumer-oriented site for both auto enthusiasts and everyday Americans who love their cars and trucks; Hotel Check-In, a hotel community targeting business travelers; Game Hunters, with a focus on video games and “interactive awesomeness;” The Oval, dedicated to tracking the Obama administration; and Faith & Reason, a conversation about religion, spirituality and ethics. Several new communities will roll out and re-launch through the spring.
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 4:30PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
MacDonald Inks Round 5 Deal
(mmapayout.com)
The Fight Network has the info on Jason MacDonald signing a figurine deal with Round 5:

Pavelich Sports Entertainment is pleased to announce that Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald has signed a deal with toy manufacturer Round 5 MMA to create his very own action figure. MacDonald, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, will now join a very exclusive and elite group of fighters that have all collaborated with Round 5 to produce some of the most detailed and unique MMA action figures in the world. “Since we are based in Ontario, I am particularly excited that Jason MacDonald is the first Canadian to sign with Round 5,” said Damon Lau, Round 5 President and Co-Founder. “He is one of the most successful and popular MMA stars in the country and enjoys a strong following across North America.”
It is interesting that Round 5 is now reaching into the mid-tier level with their signings. The initial signings have been high profile: Couture, Matt Hughes, Wanderlei, Rampage, etc. When looking at the mid tier fighters, Round 5 may look to hit those fighters that have some degree of tenure with the UFC, giving them name recognition if not superstar status. Other factors like being a regional draw (MacDonald’s Canadian roots) may also be taken into consideration.
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 4:20PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Filho says no to Bellator, back to training at Team Link
(mmaweekly.com)
Now after having overcome his demons and back on track, the still valued middleweight fighter is now training out of Ludlow, Mass., with Team Link featuring Gabriel Gonzaga. He is set to make his return soon, but where? “Right now we’re in negotiations with some different organizations, but I believe he’ll be fighting by summertime somewhere,” explained Soares. Previously reported to be in negotiations with the new Bellator Fighting Championships organization, it appears the possibility of Filho fighting there is a no go. “The contract (Bellator) was offering was too restrictive. It was unreasonable.”
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 3:26PM by Wolfenstein - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Strikeforce Ratings Are in, and They're Solid
(bloodyelbow.com)
Overall the recent show appears to have done the third highest MMA rating in Showtime history. The number isn't some kind of stunning success, but it is very good. They didn't have a pre-fight special, but still drew a nice audience.
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 3:19PM by Wolfenstein - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Fedor Discusses his Favorite Fights
(tatame.com)
"Every fight is interesting, has its own history and atmosphere. I think all my opponents were tough. That is what I like in this sport. The fighters I most liked to face were (Minotauro) Nogueira and Cro Cop, both at their prime, both magic in their styles. I had to be very concentrated for them", said Fedor, who points the fight with Minotauro as the most important of his life.
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 3:15PM by Wolfenstein - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Lyoto bets on Silva against Thales or Fedor, and helps train Satoshi Ishii
(tatame.com)
“Anderson normally weights 98kg, If Fedor fights him weighting 100kg, I believe Silva would win. Besides being very tactical, Anderson is a way superior technically and I truly believe He has good tolls to put Fedor in trouble”, said the Dragon from Brazilian Amazon. Lyoto also talked about the Olympic Judo champion, Ishii, who is training with him for almost 2 months. “He weights around 105kg and learns really fast. He improved a lot his striking since he arrived. Ishii is helping me a lot with my grappling game as well. Soon He will be ready to make his MMA debut and I believe He will do a great job”
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 3:11PM by Wolfenstein - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
After odd win over Cote, Anderson Silva has something to prove at UFC 97
(mmajunkie.com)
"I wasn't very happy with the way that the fight ended," said Silva, who said he felt a kick he delivered in the second round is what wound up injuring Cote. "I felt that my performance was good in the fight. I felt that I showed – I executed everything that we did in training. But unfortunately, when he got that kick in the second round and in the third round his knee popped, the fight didn't necessarily end the way the world and myself would have expected.
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 3:08PM by Wolfenstein - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fitch vs. Thiago, Danzig vs. Miller official for UFC 100 in July
(mmajunkie.com)
The organization today officially announced a long-rumored welterweight contest between Jon Fitch (18-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Paulo Thiago as well as a recently discussed bout involving lightweights Mac Danzig and Jim Miller. After being relegated to the preliminary card in his January bout with Akihiro Gono, Fitch's bout with Thiago has been scheduled for the UFC 100 main card.
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 3:05PM by Wolfenstein - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cantwell wants to keep it all business at UFC 97
(content.usatoday.com)
Q: How do you break down Luis Cane from a technical standpoint? He throws big, hard punches and kicks from the left side. So I've just go to avoid his left and see how good his ground game is.
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 3:02PM by Wolfenstein - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bisping throws his weight behind 'legend' Liddell
(setanta.com)
“If the Shogun that we’ve seen in his last two fights turns up, I think Chuck Liddell’s gonna beat him,” Bisping predicted to setanta.com. “It’s a shame to say it because I was a massive fan of Shogun but I think his best days are behind him."
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 3:00PM by Wolfenstein - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Crunkilton Out Of WEC 41, Replacement For Cerrone Fight Named
(mmaweekly.com)
A change has been made to June's WEC 41 card-Rich Crunkilton, who was to have faced Donald Cerrone, is now off due to an undisclosed injury. James Krause, a WEC newcomer with a 9-0 career mark, is the replacement.
Submitted Apr 15, 2009 10:32AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Strikeforce Payouts
(sherdog.com)
Frank Shamrock’s pride took a hit at Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Diaz” on Saturday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., but his bank account emerged in far better shape. The 36-year-old icon banked an event-high $369,790 after his one-sided second-round stoppage defeat to Nick Diaz, according to figures released on Tuesday by the California State Athletic Commission. Shamrock earned almost 10 times as much as his adversary, who pocketed $39,950, including a $10,000 win bonus.
Submitted Apr 14, 2009 9:54PM by Aaronno9 - 21 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
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