Brett Rogers gets advice from, and trains with, Josh Barnett for Fedor Emelianenko fight
”Keep moving. Never, never stay still. Keep moving, and you’ll always find some way, some pocket, to get out of a bad situation. Especially when it comes to a ground situation.”
– Words of wisdom from former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Josh Barnett, as he helps Brett Rogers prepare to take on the world’s best heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, at Strikeforce: “Fedor vs. Rogers” at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Nov. 7.
Strikeforce Signs Zaromskis
Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis has come to terms on a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce, according to officials within the promotion.
An emerging superstar at 170 pounds, the 29-year-old Lithuanian could make his promotional debut on Dec. 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Zaromskis will still compete inside the Japan-based Dream organization, which has formed an alliance with Strikeforce.
Good Things To Come For Ryan Bader
Undefeated UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) continues to improve with each performance in the octagon, and his UFC 104 win over Eric Schafer (11-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) was no exception.
But while "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner's wrestling prowess and physical tools are an obvious asset, Bader recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) his mind may finally be catching up with his body.
"I felt this time I got in there, and I was relaxed," Bader said. "I think it's a good sign if I continue to do that in my next fight. I think this fight allowed me to turn a corner in my career."
If Bader was feeling nervous before his previous wins over Carmelo Marrero or Vinny Magalhaes, it hardly showed. But the Arizona Combat Sports product said there was a definite difference in his mental state during his most recent contest.
Lyoto Machida undergoes surgery
"He had surgery yesterday on his left hand," Soares said. "The doctor said it was a complete success."
Soares said the procedure actually addressed a set of lingering issues rather than repairing something that occurred during Machida and Rua's hotly contested Oct. 24 bout in the main event of "UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun."
"Lyoto's hand has been actually injured for a while," Soares said. "Before the fight with 'Shogun,' he went to the doctor, and he went to a special surgeon in Brazil. Basically, they say said that he was going to need surgery, but he didn't want to cancel the fight.
"He just roughed it through this training camp. The hand has been bothering him for quite a while now. It was one of those situations. He just roughed through it."
While sharing the details of the surgery, Soares said it was important to note he was not trying to suggest Machida's hand issues in any way played a role in what many felt was a lackluster performance from the champ.
Rozanne Modafferi Gets Her Chance To Strike
Patiently awaiting her opportunity to step into the Strikeforce cage, Roxanne Modafferi will finally get her chance, albeit on only nine days notice, as she faces Marloes Coenen in a fight that could determine the number one contender for Cris “Cyborg” Santos’ 145-pound women's title.
A veteran of several top promotions, such as GCM and Hook 'N' Shoot, Modafferi brings a ton of experience into her second fight with Coenen. Modafferi defeated the Dutch fighter by split decision in mid-2007. Working with manager, Shu Hirata, Modafferi has spent the majority of her time in Japan, but now looks to conquer American women's MMA.
Ortiz Takes The High Road With Coleman
Just a month ago, Tito Ortiz was slated to make his return to the Octagon and face UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman. An injury forced Coleman out of the bout, but the talk turned ugly days later when Coleman's manager got personal with an attack on Ortiz and his wife, Jenna Jameson.
Mike DiSabato, Coleman's friend and manager, lashed out against Ortiz after he made a Twitter post commenting on Coleman pulling out of the fight. DiSabato went on to insult Ortiz's wife, making derogatory remarks towards her, later apologizing for his insensitive remarks.
Demian training boxing with Minotauro
“Forget about Cuba, come to my house in Salvador to train with me, with (Luis) Dórea, Rogério (Minotouro) and (Junior) Cigano (dos Santos)”, heavyweight said. With the friend’s invitation, Demian didn’t hesitate. “It’s being an excellent experience, I want to come back here more times before the fight“, guarantees.
José Aldo focused on Mike Brown
“My expectations are the best as possible, I’m training a lot to make an excellent fight”, Aldo said. “My fans can expect the best of me and I’ll represent Brazil very well. I’m studying his strong sides, he has a good Wrestling and standing up he’s dangerous. I don’t see an specific place that I could win, so I’m preparing well in all the ways, emphasizing the stand up and the ground and training a little of Wrestling too. I’m 100% ready to any situation and the audience can expect a good fight“.
Wanderlei: “Shogun is the new champion”
“I said that Shogun would win and he won, we can’t discuss that. He fought in a smart way with Lyoto, it was a big fight. Lyoto gave some knee blows and some punches, but hasn’t that strength that Shogun had on the fight, let’s say... He’s the new champion“, Silva pointed..that's also a video in the link
Silva vs. Belfort Off UFC 108
According to Ed Soares, Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort for the UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 108 is not happening. Soares, Silva's manager, said "The latest is he's not fighting Jan. 2," Soares said. "That's not going to happen. He won't be ready." When he's ready is not yet known but insisted the progress was ahead-of-schedule, and Silva fans have no cause for concern.
Josh Neer Gets His Walking Papers
After suffering his second loss in a row and his third defeat in the last four outings, Josh "The Dentist" Neer has been released from the UFC, ending his third tour of duty inside the Octagon. It's not exactly a surprise to anyone who saw his scrap with Gleison Tibau at UFC 104 last weekend. In a fight that never was pay-per-view quality to begin with, Neer spent three rounds getting slammed on his back and embarrassing the entire state of Iowa with his poor takedown defense before losing via unanimous decision. At UFC 101 in August he suffered a similar fate against Kurt Pellegrino, who also outwrestled Neer en route to a plodding decision.
Pedro Rizzo reflects on career turning point
Pedro Rizzo was a big name in the early years of mixed martial arts, feared by opponents and loved by fans for his hard-hitting style and savage leg kicks that used to crumple his opponents to the mat. He hols wins over the likes of Mark Coleman, Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski, yet is an unknown to some of the newer MMA fans.
He was 11-1 in his career before meeting Randy Couture twice in back-to-back fights and suffering losses changed his life and derailed his career. In a recent talk with Brazilian MMA television show Sensei SporTV, he reflected on his decision loss in the first of his fights with Couture.
Akiyama and Okami arrive at Xtreme Couture
Yoshihiro Akiyama and Yushin Okami have arrived at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas for a month of training, and so far they are enjoying themselves immensely. The Japanese duo say the difference in training methods and partners is very refreshing.
“I like how the practices aren’t long but short, hard workouts… The fighters are welcoming and friendly and as for the trainers, they are all awesome,” Akiyama told the Xtreme Couture website. “I have a hard time communicating due to my language barrier but I feel it’s beneficial for my fight career because I am able to look at their body language, learn the language and train hard.”
Dan Hardy on Swick: "Forget fight of the night, I want fight of the year"
Dan Hardy is all focus as he prepares for his UFC 105 meeting with Mike ‘Quick’ Swick, and not even talk of a welterweight title shot against Georges St. Pierre should he win is enough to distract him from the task at hand.
In fact, Hardy has two goals in mind. Beat Swick, and do it in such emphatic fashion that his critics are silenced. Some are saying that Hardy has bitten off more than he can chew with Swick, and it rankles the Nottingham man.
WEC signs British fighter Brad Pickett
Brad ’One Punch’ Pickett (17-4) has been signed to a multi-fight deal with the WEC and will debut for the promotion early 2010, Fighters Only can reveal. The London fighter will be entering the 135lb division and has as many as six fights on his contract, WEC general manager Reed Harris told us today.
“Brad Pickett has never really fought on the big, big shows, yet everyone knows who he is. That is a testament to the kind of fighter that he is. He is going to be fight at 135lbs, and I think at bantamweight he is going to be very, very dangerous. I am excited about bringing him in, I really am,” he said. “He is on a seven-fight winning streak I believe, that’s a hell of a run.”
TUF 10’s Zak Jensen Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The Stillwater Gazette has reported that the family of the late Josh Gunderson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against The Ultimate Fighter 10 cast member Zak Jensen in a Washington County Court late Thursday, along with a man by the name of Jason Jones and Sterling Systems, which is owned by Jones. All of which have been accused of negligence in Gunderson’s death.
The lawsuit was formally filed by Elizabeth Gunderson Koll, mother to the deceased Josh Gunderson on his behalf.
According to published reports, Gunderson died in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico during a March vacation along with Jensen and a female by the name of Ashley Jones. Apparently Jensen was working for the Jones family as a bodyguard.
Shields' move to middleweight may not be permanent
Jake Shields officially makes the move to middleweight from the 170-pound weight class where he’s ranked third in the world for a shot at the vacant Strikeforce 185-pound title against Jason “Mayhem” Miller on Nov. 7, but the leap in weight class may not be permanent.
“I just think right now in Strikeforce, they have more names at middleweight, so I decided to stick there,” Shields told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m certainly willing to go 170, but they don’t have any big names to offer me.