Don't Know Anthony Njokuani? You Should
Until he walks to his dressing room, Anthony Njokuani is a guy getting better all the time. He’s made peace with his family. He’s getting respect as a mixed martial artist. He smiles a lot.Then, backstage, he thinks about his childhood. “The Assassin” emerges.Njokuani, 29, is an up-and-comer in the WEC lightweight division. Guided by his idol, Anderson Silva, the six-foot native Nigerian stumbled in his debut against contender Ben Henderson, but racked up two straight victories in subsequent appearances this year.
Pickett Pulls Double-Duty With 135 & WEC Debut
One of the U.K’s best-kept secrets, British slugger Brad Pickett, has become another name added to the Zuffa roster, recently signing on with World Extreme Cagefighting.A Cage Rage veteran, Pickett over the years has carved his name as one of the leading featherweight prospects not just in England, but in the world.When the call came for Brad to join the ranks of one of the world’s leading promotions, which highlights the lighter weight classes, it was an experience that Pickett met with thrill and a level-headed attitude.
UFC 107 fighter weigh-ins slated for Dec. 11 at FedExForum in Memphis
Official fighter weigh-ins for next month's "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" event take place Friday, Dec. 11, at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT local time). Doors open at 3 p.m. ET.The same venue hosts the following day's pay-per-view event, which features a headliner and championship bout between UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn and top contender Diego Sanchez.
Junie Browning Returns To Action, Wins At MMA Big Show
And he's still Junie Browning. The former TUF contestant and UFC castoff beat Scott Cornwell by first-round submission at last night's MMA Big Show event in Indiana, but then showed that he really hasn't changed mentally or emotionally since being kicked out of UFC. After his win, Browning reportedly made deragatory comments to the event's female attendees, who were invited to "line up" for his post-fight celebration. He's also got an arrest warrant out on him for missing a court date related to an October arrest in Nevada, though Browning stated it was a simple scheduling mistake and will be taken care of when he returns to the state.
UFC 110: Joe Stevenson vs George Sotiropoulos in the works for Feb. 21 in Australia
Lightweights Joe Stevenson and George Sotiropoulos are currently in negotiations to collide at UFC 110 from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 21, 2010.Bout agreements have been distributed to both fighters; however, nothing is official at this time. The good news is that MMAmania.com has learned that Sotiropoulos is eager to sign on the dotted line as soon as possible so he can compete in front of his hometown crowd for the first time ever as a UFC fighter.And he'll likely have to do it against his stiffest competition to date.Stevenson has picked up momentum after losing three of four bouts in a 13-month span, most recently defeating Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher in back-to-back bouts. The victory over Diaz -- who was making a run at a potential title shot -- was perhaps the most impressive and important of his young, yet distinguished, mixed martial arts career.
Golden Glory releases statement on circumstances surrounding the death of Vitali Mitu
Earlier this week, Golden Glory released the autopsy result and other details regarding the death of Vitali Mitu.Mitu, a 22 year-old native of Soldanesti, Moldova, collapsed following a sparring session last Thursday with three-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion, Semmy Schilt (pictured), at Golden Glory's gym in Bucharest, Romania.According to the statement signed by trainers Ciprian Sora and Horia Radulescu, Mitu "fainted without being hit" and after a brief first aid effort proved fruitless, an ambulance arrived a few minutes later. At the hospital, Mitu was pronounced dead due to cardiorespiratory arrest, "without signs of violence except normal ones caused by resuscitation maneuvers."
Rumble Exclusive: Jon Jones Interview
he 22-year-old New York native and former junior college national wrestling champion burst onto the scene in January, when he floored Stephan Bonnar with an unorthodox spinning back elbow and then tossed the respected veteran all over the cage en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 94. After choking out Jake O'Brien at UFC 100, the undefeated Jones (9-0) is now set for his first main event appearance, against Matt Hamill at the live finale of "The Ultimate Fighter" season 10 next Saturday.
Rumour: Don Quijote to Buy FEG’s MMA Division
Now it’s being reported that the president of Don Quijote, Yasuda, set up a meeting between FEG to enable this Sengoku vs. Dream co-promotion as an attempt to strengthen Japanese MMA. Initially, Sadaharu Tanikawa planned on letting Sengoku fail and then scooping up as many fighter contracts as possible (including Ishida). However now it looks like FEG’s MMA division may be in trouble.FieLDS, Dynamite!!’s primary sponsor, will not renew their contract next year. Today on NHBNews Pro, it was announced that Don Quijote not only wants to replace FieLDS as Dynamite!!’s primary sponsor…but they want to purchase the entire FEG MMA division (which would include Dynamite!! and Dream). This would mean a chain of discount super-stores will own all of Japanese MMA
Alistair Overeem Still Prefers MMA, Even as He Seeks K-1 Title
"My passion is in MMA," said Overeem, the Strikeforce heavyweight champion. "That's what I like to do. But now that I beat Peter Aerts (to get to) the Final 8, I feel like the title is within reach, so I'm going to get it." K-1 seems to like playing up the MMA vs. K-1 angle when promoting Overeem, and no matter how he does in the Grand Prix Final, K-1 is hoping to have Overeem fight in its sister MMA promotion, Dream, next year. Overeem says he wants to fight Fedor Emelianenko next year, either in Dream or Strikeforce.
With WEC 46 win, Urijah Faber wants his shot at new champ Jose Aldo
Despite a stellar career record, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (22-3 MMA, 7-2 WEC) undoubtedly feels like he's got a score to settle with Mike Brown.
Two losses in less than a year will do that to you.
But if "The California Kid" is able to claim a victory over Raphael Assuncao (14-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) at WEC 46 in January, Faber isn't hoping for another crack at Brown. Faber wants his title back.
Anderson Silva's recovery slow, not fighting Vitor Belfort at UFC 109
Scratch one more title fight for the UFC.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the organization that a planned bout between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort will not take place on Feb. 6.
Silva's has bone chips removed from his right elbow in October, and the joint has reportedly proved slow to heal.
Sources close to the situation informed MMAjunkie.com that "The Spider" might not be ready to fight until April, though Silva's manager, Ed Soares, wasn't immediately available for comment.
Silva and Belfort were originally slated for UFC 108 on Jan. 2, but that date was also nixed due to the elbow surgery.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal: ‘My slowest is faster than Whitehead’s fastest’
It’s not hard to see why Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal is widely touted as one of the sport’s fastest rising prospects with all of the early indications of a future champion. A freestyle wrestler of the highest caliber in his prime that has made the transition to the brutal world of mixed martial arts look easy, Lawal accomplished the unheard of in his first professional bout, stopping a veteran of over sixty fights riding a nine fight win streak with ease.
Since the first round beating Mo put on Travis Wiuff during Sengoku VI, Lawal has gone on to put together an unblemished record of 5-0 while rocking what is disputedy the game’s best ring entrance prior to every beatdown served up.
Mark Coleman Official For UFC 109 Fight With Couture
The expected Mark Coleman-Randy Couture fight scheduled for UFC 109 is now half-official. It was confirmed today that Coleman has signed his bout agreement for the contest according to Coleman's sponsor. Couture has verbally agreed to the fight already but no word on if he's signed the paperwork yet.
White prepared to call M-1 Global's bluff of free Lesnar vs. Emelianenko bout
Earlier this month, M-1 Global exec Jerry Millen made waves by claiming Fedor Emelianenko would be willing to fight Brock Lesnar for free.
UFC president Dana White recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he's prepared to call Millen's bluff.
"They'll do the fight for free?" White asked. "That's [expletive] weird because I offered them millions of dollars to take the fight and he didn't take it. Now [Emelianenko] wants to fight for free? When and where? I'd love him to fight for free.
"I'll make that [expletive] fight right now for free. Let's do it."
UFC Returns To Newark, NJ On March 27
Although the event hasn't been announced and the exact date isn't official, the latest word on UFC's return to Newark, NJ in March '10 is that it will be March 27, not earlier dates as previously thought. This means the event likely will be UFC 112 instead of UFC 111, and is expected to be headlined by Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy for the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Wanderlei: "I fight anyone, the UFC don't need to offer me second options"
Wanderlei Silva has explained to Fighters Only how he came to be matched with Mike Bisping instead of Yoshihiro Akiyama for UFC Australia. The Brazilian legend agreed to the match yesterday and says as far as he knows, Bisping has also assented.
“Joe Silva called me yesterday and he said he is thinking maybe he will change my opponent to Bisping. I think this is great as he won his last fight [with Denis Kang] very well and it is a good match for both of us,” he explained. “Akiyama is a great fighter but he has not fought much over here [in the USA] and is not so well known, Bisping has a very big name over here, so I am thinking it’s a very good match for me.”
But Silva literally cannot believe that there are people on MMA forums suggesting he ducked Michael Bisping at UFC 105, having surgery on his scar tissue to avoid meeting him in Manchester. Asked by our man in Las Vegas, Gary Alexander, if there was any truth to such talk, , Silva looked incredulous, then burst out laughing.
“I fought CroCop two times, I fought Mark Hunt, Rampage Jackson three times, Dan Henderson twice, Chuck Liddell… I am going to be afraid of Michael Bisping? Stop the jokes!” he cried, bursting into laughter.
Matt Brown wants fight with Renzo Gracie
Coming off of yet another exciting performance, defeating Ultimate Fighter winner James Wilks, Ultimate Fighter alumnus Matt "The Immortal" Brown is looking to take a little down time for the holidays and then would like to return to fight a legend in his next fight.
The Ohio native and recent transplant to Seattle, Wash., is heading home to spend time with the family first, and then head back to camp for his next fight.
Forrest Griffin doesn't envy mma judges
Forrest Griffin rebounded from back-to-back losses by defeating Tito Ortiz in the UFC 106 main event by split decision, spoiling “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” Octagon return.
“I thought I won,” Griffin told MMAWeekly.com content partner TapouT Radio.
The win avenged a previous split decision loss to Ortiz at UFC 59 in April of 2006, but Griffin admits judging mixed martial arts is not easy.
“Judging is hard. I’ll give them a pass,” said “The Ultimate Fighter” season 1 winner. “I think fighting is easier than judging or refereeing.”
Shine Fights Signs Todd Moore, Who Wants Mayorga
Shine Fights continues to spend like UFC might to sign fighters, their latest pickup is Todd Moore, who gets a 3-fight exclusive deal. The WEC & DREAM veteran even knows who he wants to fight first: Former boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga, who signed with the promotion in September.
Jon Jones is going to get funky on Matt Hamill for Greg Jackson
... they’re attacking my main weaknesses. Greg is big on getting his athletes to close up their gaps. My jiu-jitsu has to be my weakest department so he's trying to close that hole up. I've been doing a lot of wrestling and a lot of jiu-jitsu.... It's amazing. It's just a total reality check on how not good I actually am. You know what I mean? I go from a school (in New York) where I beat up everyone, and now I get tapped out and guys try to kick my head off. It's an everyday thing. It's just a big reality check in how much work I actually have to do still.... One thing about Greg Jackson is that he sees who I am and he respects who I am and he allows me to be who I am. He tells me every day, 'I love your creativity, Jon. I want more of that. What is that called? Do more of that funky thing.' He loves it. The only thing he forces is for me to be able to push the pace. Instead of one flying knee, he wants six flying knees per round. Instead of a few jabs, he wants 20 jabs per round. He wants combinations, he wants punches in bunches. He wants (me) to use the base of (conventional) fighting to set up the funkiness. He embraces it, he just wants me to take pride in this new set of lungs that I have."
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