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Martial Arts Is About Going To War, Not Wearing Pajamas
(mmamania.com)
That's the latest, and perhaps funniest yet, trash talk from Dan Hardy directed at UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre. He says among other things, "As far as saying I’m not a martial artist… Because he walks out in the Octagon in his pajamas he’s a martial artist and I’m not? He knows nothing about me…"
Submitted Mar 17, 2010 7:22AM by DCRage - 44 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mir Buying in Bulk Against Carwin
(bit.ly)
Much was made about Frank Mir’s decision to add some 20 pounds of muscle to his frame in advance of his UFC 107 matchup with Cheick Kongo. However, the brief bout with the chiseled French kickboxer lasted barely more than a minute and shed little light on whether or not a bulkier Mir was a better Mir. That figures to change when he takes on the hulking Shane Carwin in the UFC 111 “St. Pierre vs. Hardy” co-main event on March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. “Carwin’s been an athlete his size a lot longer than I’ve been at mine,” Mir said during a Tuesday teleconference to promote the interim heavyweight title bout. “The greatest indication of whether [adding more weight has] been beneficial will be whether or not I can negate some of his strength.”
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 5:38PM by MaxOne - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA Quick Quote: World's Strongest Man not afraid of Tim Sylvia -- or a 15-minute fight
(bit.ly)
"I know what it means to fight three five-minute rounds. I get another new opponent every minute when I spar and I handle that. So if I can deal with five foes in one round, there won't be any problem with only one. Obviously there's a possibility that I will break a leg or pull a tendon. It's occupational hazard, but I don't take it under consideration. I'm not concerned at all. I have a clause in my contract that once I sign it, within 24-hours I will receive certain percent of my purse for this bout. If it's not there, I'm not going anywhere. Listen, I'm not afraid of anyone. I have my next fight on May 7th and another two weeks later, if everything goes as planned I'll face Pawel (Nastula) in September. I do it step by step."
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 5:11PM by MaxOne - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Tim Sylvia Is Just Another Rung on Mariusz Pudzianowski's Ladder
(bit.ly)
Insulting Quote of the Day comes to us courtesy of Mariusz Pudzianowski, who just signed a contract to fight Tim Sylvia at a May 21st event in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is being put on by a shadowy Korean promoter called "Moosin": The five-time World’s Strongest Man winner also revealed that he should be fighting former Olympic judoka Pawel Nastula in September this year. “Listen, I’m not afraid of anyone. I have my next fight on May 7th and another two weeks later, if everything goes as planned I’ll face Pawel in September. I do it step by step.”
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 4:52PM by MaxOne - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Georges St. Pierre Unfazed by Dan Hardy-Matt Serra Training Partnership
(bit.ly)
Heading into his UFC 111 welterweight title showdown, champion Georges St. Pierre finds himself in a similar position as he was in April 2007, an overwhelming favorite.
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 4:46PM by MaxOne - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
New Camp Breathes New Life for Paul Buentello
(mmafighting.com)
Paul Buentello waited nearly four years for a return to the UFC, but less than a month before his UFC 107 fight, he was suspended from his longtime team, the American Kickboxing Academy. For now, Buentello has been training under the guidance of Trevor Wittman and Mike Van Arsdale at Grudge MMA in Denver, Colo. alongside fellow UFC heavyweights Shane Carwin and Brendan Schaub for this Sunday's fight against Cheick Kongo at UFC on Versus 1. In this exclusive interview with MMA Fighting, Buentello talks about learning from the loss last December to Stefan Struve and pushing himself to improve under a new camp.
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 4:32PM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
WEC 47 draws $401,000 live gate
(mmajunkie.com)
This month's WEC 47 event at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, drew an official live gate of $401,000. Ohio Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato today confirmed the total with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The March 6 event, which drew an initially estimated attendance of 8,345, had extremely affordable ticket prices that started at just $25 and topped off at a surprisingly low $125 for floor seats. Profato said an official attendance figure isn't really known since the arena's "lodge seats" aren't figured into attendance totals. Approximately 8,700 traditional seats were used, and with lodge seats, the attendance could have reached nearly 9,500, he said.
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 4:30PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
WEC 47 drug tests come back clean
(mmajunkie.com)
All six fighters who underwent drug testing at this month's WEC 47 event tested clean for drugs of abuse and performance-enhancing drugs. Ohio Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato today confirmed the results with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Those fighters tested at the March 6 event included newly crowned WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, fellow headliner Brian Bowles, and main-card winners Joseph Benavidez, Javier Vazquez, L.C. Davis and Bart Palaszewski. The event took place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival, a three-day sports and fitness exhibition that takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and other sites around the city. The WEC's sister promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, first ventured to Columbus to host a show with "the Arnolds" in 2007 and hosted an event each year through 2009.
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 4:30PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
COKER: With proper training camp, Jose Canseco could get a fight.
(mmajunkie.com)
Have the floodgates opened? Mere weeks after former Jose Canseco's potential foray into U.S. mixed martial arts appeared to be a dead issue, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he's not entirely opposed to the former baseball star entering the cage. That's not to say Coker is actively campaigning to sign Canseco, a former MLB All-Star. But as Coker said – half-jokingly – after the Ultimate Fighting Championship's recent signing of 41-year-old boxer James Toney, all bets are off. "I can tell you this: If Cesar Gracie says to me, 'Jose's training with me, I'm going to get him ready, and I'm going to do it in four or five months,' and Cesar's telling me this? That will have a lot of weight on what we decide," Coker recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 4:29PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Despite fan-favorite status, UFC on Versus 1's Jon Jones knows fans can be fickle
(mmajunkie.com)
Few prospects have entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship and found the kind of immediate stardom that Jon Jones has. But the self-proclaimed "MMA geek," who next fights Brandon Vera this weekend in the headliner of UFC on Versus 1, knows combat-sports fans can be a fickle bunch.
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 1:37PM by hate4thestate - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jake Shields May Look To UFC For Compeititon With A Win Over Henderson
(mmamania.com)
Jake Shields' reign as Strikeforce Middleweight Champion could be short if he beats Dan Henderson in his first title defense in April. Turns out Shields' contract with SF is up after the fight, and he says he'll talk with both SF and UFC and see who he wants to work for.
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 10:09AM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Enson Inoue Returns On 4/25 In Japan, Takimoto Retires
(mmajunkie.com)
Next month's ASTRA event in Japan, which is expected to feature the retirement fight of Japanese star Hidehiko Yoshida, today had a couple significant changes. For the first time since April 2004, Enson Inoue, an early Shooto champion who owns a 1998 victory over Randy Couture, enters MMA and meets New Zealand kickboxer Antz Nansen. Also, PRIDE and World Victory Road veteran Makoto Takimoto, expected to compete on 4/25, instead retired and will not compete, completing his career with a 6-5 mark.
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 9:58AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor Ribeiro Targeted For 5/15 SF
(mmajunkie.com)
Fast-rising Strikeforce prospect Lyle Beerbohm appears set to meet the debuting (in SF) Vitor Ribeiro at SF's 5/15 event in St. Louis on Showtime. Verbal agreements reportedly are in place, paperwork should go out soon.
Submitted Mar 16, 2010 9:27AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
DirecTV and Versus strike deal just in time for UFC on Versus 1
(mmajunkie.com)
Versus, home to World Extreme Cagefighting and now the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was dropped from the satellite-cable company's lineup on Sept. 1, 2009, after a dispute over carrier fees. DirecTV boasts approximately 18 million subscribers and – thanks to some exclusive offerings such as the NFL Sunday Ticket – is popular with sports fans. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed, though Versus has already been reinstated on the channel lineup. "We are pleased that both sides were able to work out a satisfactory deal to bring this programming back to our customers," DirecTV executive Derek Chang stated. A Versus executive echoed that sentiment while playing up the cable station's upcoming UFC on Versus 1 event, which airs this coming Sunday (March 21) live from Broomfield, Colo. "We're excited that we were able to come to a fair agreement that puts Versus back in millions of homes with DirecTV in time for our busy spring programming schedule," Versus president Jamie Davis stated. "We look forward to super-serving these fans with NHL regular-season and playoff coverage, our first live UFC event and much more."
Submitted Mar 15, 2010 5:19PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Three Legends to be in PS3 Version of UFC Game
(mmafighting.com)
Royce Gracie, Dan Severn and Jens Pulver will be playable characters exclusively for the Playstation 3 version of the UFC Undisputed 2010 video game. MMA Fighting can also confirm Carlos Condit is a new addition to this year's game, and returning are Martin Kampmann, Demian Maia, Keith Jardine and Nate Marquardt. Gracie and Severn haven't competed for the UFC in years, but are two of seven members in the UFC Hall of Fame. Pulver, the UFC's first lightweight champion, currently competes under the WEC banner. Last year's game, which didn't feature a legends roster, included the TapouT crew as the only playable characters not under the UFC fighting roster.
Submitted Mar 15, 2010 4:42PM by emfleek - 23 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Bellator CEO says Eddie Alvarez vs. Josh Neer "super fight" set for Bellator 17
(mmajunkie.com)
The long-expected non-title fight between Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (19-2 MMA, 3-0 BFC) and UFC veteran/recent signee Josh Neer (27-9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) now has a date. While a guest on today's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said the fight takes place May 6 at Bellator 17. Bellator announced last month that the fight was being targeted for a May card, though an exact date wasn't mentioned. It's now set for the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston, which is a half day's drive from Alvarez's Philadelphia home. As with all the organization's shows, Bellator 17 airs live on FOX Sports Net, and highlights packages air the following weekend on NBC and Telemundo.
Submitted Mar 15, 2010 3:28PM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Bellator confirms signing of Roger Huerta for season-two lightweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Roger Huerta officially has joined Bellator Fighting Championships. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the expected signing over the weekend, and during a press conference that today streamed live on www.bellator.com, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney made the official announcement. Huerta (21-3-1), one of Bellator's highest-profile signings to date, joins the season-two eight-man lightweight tournament field. His first fight takes place at Bellator 13 on April 8 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Submitted Mar 15, 2010 3:26PM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Gray Maynard Calls Out Florian-Gomi Winner
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC's lightweight division basically comes down to B.J. Penn and everyone else, but Gray Maynard has a plan for getting to the top of the "everyone else" pile: He wants to fight the winner of the Kenny Florian-Takanori Gomi bout that will serve as the main event of UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31. Maynard made his statement on Twitter Monday morning, tweeting, "florian vs gomi. I want to fight the winner!!" Maynard later told a fan that he's picking Florian to win. Maynard is a logical next opponent for the Florian-Gomi winner, and it's a fight that I would like a lot. I also agree with Maynard that Florian will win.
Submitted Mar 15, 2010 1:55PM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ryo Chonan Ready for DREAM Debut
(mmafighting.com)
Ryo Chonan makes his return to the Japanese big show when he takes on Andrews Nakahara at DREAM.13 on March 22 in Yokohama, Japan. Before the longtime PRIDE veteran makes his DREAM debut, MMA Fighting caught up with Chonan to talk about his experience in the UFC and bringing his career back to Japan.
Submitted Mar 14, 2010 6:09PM by Jride - 2 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Nate Quarry promises barnburner at UFC Fight Night 21, eyes contender status
(mmajunkie.com)
The month of March is loaded with high-quality MMA fight cards, and with a number of exciting matchups planned, it's difficult to look forward to just one. UFC middleweight contender Nate Quarry (12-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) thinks you'd best not sleep on his bout with Jorge Rivera (17-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31. "I think this is really just a fan-favorite kind of fight," Quarry recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Both of us just go in there and throw." Quarry and Rivera meet on the Spike TV broadcast portion of the North Carolina card, and with 18 knockouts or TKO wins between them, fireworks seem imminent. "Every fight I've had in the UFC, no matter what it is, I come to fight," Quarry said. "I come to win every minute of every round. I've had two 'Fights of the Night.' The last fight against Tim Credeur, we were ranked No. 3 best fight of the year for two guys just going out there and beating on each other for 15 minutes. We're going to get the same thing with Rivera. "[Rivera and I] just move forward and like to throw and like to finish fights. He's been fighting a long time for the UFC. This is a great opportunity, and I'm really looking forward to it." Quarry comes into the fight on a two-bout win streak. In addition to the win over Credeur, Quarry also had a first-round win over Jason MacDonald at UFC 97. But despite the recent success, "Rock" said he's still adding to his game. "It's funny, I'll be talking with my coaches – and this was as recent as a few months ago – and he'll be telling me to feint the jab and throw a hook or something," Quarry said. "I said, 'Coach, why would I throw a jab that I wasn't looking to land and knock him out with?' He looks at me and says, 'So you can knock him out with the next punch.' "It was like there was this huge light bulb over my head – like, 'What? Throw something to distract him so I can knock him out with the next one? Wow.' I've only been doing this for like 14 years now. You think I might pick this stuff up, but no. It's still brand new for me." At nearly 38 years old, it might seem odd that Quarry is picking up such basic tactics. But the Team Quest fighter explained that the high-level training of mixed martial artist wasn't always quite as specialized as it is today. "For most of my career, I really didn't have specialized coaches," Quarry said. "It was kind of the MMA training, which for the longest period of time was just watered-down jiu-jitsu, watered-down Muay Thai, watered-down boxing. "Even back in the day when I would try to get specific training, I would go to a boxing gym, I would train there three or four times, the coaches would love me, and they'd see I was a hard worker that had potential. They'd come up to me and say, 'OK, we want to set you up with a fight.' I'd go, 'No, no, no. I'm doing this NHB stuff, this no holds barred where you fight in a cage.' They'd go, 'Oh, OK. Well, you're not welcome here anymore.'" Of course, now that MMA has exploded in popularity, some of those coaches have changed their tune. Quarry hasn't. "Here we are years later, and those exact same coaches have come up to me and said, 'Hey, I'd love to work with you,'" Quarry said. "I'm like, 'You know what? My dance card is full. When I needed your help, you could have been there. You could have believed in me, but you missed the boat.'" A popular cast member of the first-season of "The Ultimate Fighter," Quarry received a title shot against Rich Franklin in 2005. Things didn't go exactly well for him that night, but the slugger is 4-1 since that time. The Oregonian hopes a win over Rivera will get his name once again mentioned among the 185-pound title contenders. "My record in the UFC is 7-2," Quarry said. "I've had a lot of knockouts in the UFC. I've had a lot of exciting fights. I hope that my name stays in the mix for those type of things." But regardless of where he's ranked in the division, Quarry promises to continue putting on exciting fights. "Have you ever seen me get tired and lay in somebody's guard and not punch him?" Quarry asked. "It won't happen."
Submitted Mar 14, 2010 6:03PM by Jride - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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