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ABC President urges Edmonton to revert to Unified Rules
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Top MMA News received a copy of a letter today from the head of the Association of Boxing Commissions that was sent to the Executive Director of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission – Pat Reid. The letter, dated January 20th, was in reference to the proposed changes to the MMA rules that the Edmonton Commission regulates. “This correspondence shall place the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission on notice that the ABC is not in support of these drastic changes to the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts adopted by the ABC”
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 11:58PM by Gogoplatapus - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Santiago Defends Sengoku Title On 3/7 vs. Khalidov, Not Misaki
(mmajunkie.com)
The rumor mill was unexpectedly wrong on this one-despite widespread rumors that Kazuo Misaki would face Jorge Santiago for the Sengoku Middleweight Championship on March 7 at Ryogoku Kokugikan, World Victory Road announced today that Mamed Khalidov will get the title shot instead. It was long believed that Khalidov needed to beat Joe Doerksen on 3/7 to get his shot. But instead Khalidov gets another shot at Santiago, but this time it's for the title. The first fight, which Khalidov won, was non-title.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 8:35PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: World Victory Road / Sengoku
 
Bellator Inks 2000 Olympian
(sherdog.com)
Another piece to the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 2 puzzle has fallen into place, as the promotion on Wednesday announced the signing of 2000 Olympic judoka Ferrid Kheder. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The 34-year-old joins undefeated Canadian Mike Ricci in an eight-man lightweight tournament, the winner of which will earn a shot at Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez. Kheder trains under Shawn Tompkins in Las Vegas and has won 11 of his last 12 fights.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 7:45PM by RhythmAndStyle - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Strikeforce Signs Villasenor
(sherdog.com)
Joey Villasenor signed a four-fight deal with Strikeforce on Monday, Sherdog.com has learned.Villasenor, a longtime member of the formidable Jackson Mixed Martial Arts Team, had previously split his time between Strikeforce and the now defunct EliteXC organization. The 35-year-old middleweight striker has won five of his last six bouts, including victories against Phil Baroni and Ryan Jensen, as well as a split decision over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in a Strikeforce event last June.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 7:44PM by RhythmAndStyle - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Exclusive: Survivor’s Mark Burnett invests in King of the Cage, secures deal with HDNet for 2010
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently been able to learn from sources close to the situation that reality television kingpin, Mark Burnett, has invested in King of the Cage, and through this recent founded partnership the company has managed to secure a broadcast deal with HDNet Fights for the year of 2010.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 6:00PM by RhythmAndStyle - 5 comments
Filed under: HDNet, Other MMA Organizations
 
Manitoba defending health care after bashing by UFC champ Brock Lesnar
(ow.ly)
WINNIPEG - Manitoba does not provide "Third World" medical care, provincial health officials said following a public bashing from UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Health Minister Theresa Oswald said she's willing to listen - and act on - criticism of the provincial health-care system. But she said she's a little more skeptical about comments from a self-proclaimed "conservative Republican" speaking out against the socialization of American health care. "I will listen to critics and learn from critics but also evaluate the point of view from which they're coming," she said Thursday. "This is more about partisan American politics and bashing American health-care reform, and I'm not particularly interested in getting engaged in that. Canada has lots to be proud of in terms of providing health care for everyone.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 5:13PM by Gogoplatapus - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kaufman vs. Hashi For 135-Pound Women's Title
(mmaweekly.com)
While Cris "Cyborg" Santos is readying for the first defense of her 145-pound Strikeforce women's title, the promotion is about to crown a 135-pound women's champion for the first time ever. Undefeated Canadian star Sarah Kaufman returns to action to face Japanese fighter Takayo Hashi.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 12:58PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Razor Rob Joins Tito Ortiz On TUF11
(mmaweekly.com)
Former WEC lightweight champion “Razor” Rob McCullough is joining longtime training partner Tito Ortiz as a coach on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series on Spike TV.McCullough posted the news on his web site Wednesday, saying, “So I am one of the assistant coaches for this season’s Ultimate Fighter show. I will be helping coach Tito Ortiz versus Chuck Liddell's team.”
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 12:56PM by RhythmAndStyle - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce Challenger Series: 'Prangley vs. Amoussou' coming together for Feb. 26
(mmamania.com)
Strikeforce will put its partnership with M-1 Global to more good use next month when highly touted M-1 prospect Karl "Psycho" Amoussou (11-2-1) headlines the promotion's "Challenger Series" opposite well rounded veteran Trevor Prangley (22-5) at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 26.The main card will air live on Showtime, beginning at 11 p.m. ET.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 12:54PM by RhythmAndStyle - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Whoa..."Krazy Horse" Bennett Assaulted a Teammate with a Piece of Steel?
(cagepotato.com)
Remember when we said it would make for a better story if "Krazy Horse" Bennett's arrest for battery had actually happened at the gym where he trains? Well, in this case 'better' means much, much worse. According to details on the situation that Sherdog.com acquired from a representative of the FIT NHB gym where the incident took place, Bennett assaulted a teammate with a length of steel during a training session and had to be restrained by other fighters in the gym.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 12:50PM by RhythmAndStyle - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Strikeforce Conference Call Notes: Nick Diaz Says He's Not Ducking Jay Hieron, Has No Issues in California
(cagepotato.com)
Nick Diaz seemed a little out of sorts on today's conference call to promote Strikeforce: Miami. Or maybe that was completely in sorts for Diaz. There's no way to know for sure. When asked to give an opening statement Diaz seemed a bit lost, replying, "Am I supposed to have something to say?" Later, when asked to give an assessment of Marius Zaromskis' skills, Diaz shot back, "Why? What is this ****? I apologize. I just woke up. I didn't even know this call was going down."
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 12:49PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Paulo Filho bets on Belfort against Anderson
(tatame.com)
Paulo Filho will be back to Brazilian stages on Bitetti Combat 6, and he’s already training for the combat. The organization of the event didn’t confirm who’s going to be the opponent of the black belt, but the black belt revealed to TATAME.com that his opponent may be Marvin Eastman. In interview to TATAME.com , Filho talked about the next UFC fights, as Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort and the return of Rodrigo Minotauro and Wanderlei Silva, and the possibility of Ricardo Arona signing with the UFC.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 12:46PM by RhythmAndStyle - 12 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Rolles: BJJ is the weapon to beat Lesnar
(tatame.com)
Gracie family, responsible for the creation of UFC, saw only one of his representatives to fight on the octagon. Although, years after Royce to win 11 fights on the tournament, will be Rolles Gracie’s turn, son of the legend Rolls, to debut on Ultimate.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 12:45PM by RhythmAndStyle - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brock Lesnar: "I Still Am The UFC Heavyweight Champion"
(fightline.com)
“Let’s be clear with that, I still am the UFC heavyweight champion,” the heavyweight champ told ESPN’s Josh Elliot. A wise man named Ric Flair once said, “to be the man, you have to beat the man”
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 11:58AM by scpd400 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 112 Expected to Be the First Outdoor UFC Event
(bloodyelbow.com)
"We're going to have a big press conference in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (Jan. 27th), with our new partners from the region, Flash," said Marshall Zelaznik, UFC's managing director of international expansion. "(Zuffa CEO) Lorenzo and myself will be there with some of the biggest names on the UFC roster. I don't want to give away the official announcement, but this will be a very unique show and not just because the card itself will be as good as any in UFC history." The show is expected to be the first outdoor UFC event in history.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 11:14AM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Royce Gracie Likes GSP's Approach
(mmafighting.com)
Royce Gracie, the original UFC champion, hasn't fought in almost three years. But in a wide-ranging interview with Emirates Jiu-Jitsu, he demonstrated that he can still offer a lot of smart commentary on MMA. Among Gracie's interesting comments: He's a huge fan of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. "GSP knows how to use a lot of strategy," Gracie said. "It's tough to find somebody to beat him right now. That's one of the guys who knows how to use strategy -- he's not just good but he brings strategy. I like guys who can use strategy, not just tough guys. GSP is at the top of my list in knoing how to use strategy, how to bring an opponent out of his game, how to beat a guy without taking a beating. And he's good in standup and good at grappling."
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 11:11AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
DaMarques Johnson, UFC 112 both appear headed to Abu Dhabi
(mmajunkie.com)
"The Ultimate Fighter 9" finalist and former MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) blogger DaMarques Johnson (10-7 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest name associated with the as-yet-unannounced UFC 112 event. Johnson posted notice of his new assignment on Twitter late Wednesday night, though he stopped short of saying who he would fight. "Just got off the phone," Johnson stated. "Looking like it's going to be April 10, UFC 112. Time to put on my work pants."
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 11:10AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Florian-Gomi To Main Event UFN 21
(mmajunkie.com)
That crafty Kenny Florian has done it again. Just one week after denying to MMAjunkie that he had any knowledge of a potential bout with Japanese import Takanori Gomi, Florian is expected to reveal on today's edition of ESPN.com's "MMA Live" that he will face "The Fireball Kid" at UFC Fight Night 21 in North Carolina. News of the impending announcement was first posted on the official Twitter account of "MMA Live," a show that Florian co-hosts. Fellow co-hosts Jon Anik and Franklin McNeil have since followed suit.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 10:34AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 113 Moved To May 8, Still In Montreal
(mmaweekly.com)
It looks like we have to wait another week for our MM-Eh in May. UFC announced last night that UFC 113 has been moved from May 1 to May 8, but will remain in Montreal. The reason is boxing, namely a possible (but not done yet) Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley fight on May 1. Bell Centre was able to reschedule a concert planned for May 8, allowing UFC to make the move ahead of time and get more time to promote 113.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 9:01AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce Champ, Jake Shields, Heads to TUF 11
(mmaweekly.com)
Current Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields is going to the UFC. Not as a fighter, but as an assistant coach to Chuck Liddell on the eleventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter." Shields announced the news on his official website, JakeShields.com. He will serve as a wrestling and jiu-jitsu coach for Liddell for the next six to seven weeks. This will not be the first time a fighter from a different promotion has appeared on the popular reality show. Former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler assisted his friend and coach, Matt Hughes, during the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Submitted Jan 21, 2010 9:00AM by emfleek - 10 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter, StrikeForce
 
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