Melendez Says Bring On Shinya Aoki
"He's No. 2 in the world and I was the lucky guy who won this fight, and they've been talking about bringing him to Strikeforce. Whether it's in his mind if I deserve it or not, I think I kind of earned it and I think I match up really well with the guy," he said about Aoki. "I think he's tough. I think I have the proper game plan for him. I've got the proper training partners for him, and I think he knows I'd be a tough match for him. I'd love to fight that guy.
Trigg, Serra Trade Barbs
“Of course, I wanted Hughes again,” Serra said. “He came away with the decision in May, and myself and a lot of others disagree on that point. It was such a close fight. But it is what it is. I’m not going to sit here and talk bad on him because the UFC doesn’t want a rematch right now. We did that; we fought. That doesn’t take anything away from this fight. When Joe Silva called me with the Trigg fight, I said, ‘Hell yeah.’ It’s a matchup that excites me a lot.”
Frank Shamrock Set to Make His Strikeforce Return This March
Mixed Martial Arts 'Legend', Frank Shamrock (23-10-2), says that he will make a return to the Strikeforce cage early this March:
The 37-year-old veteran said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that Strikeforce has asked him to fight on a yet to be announced card "in the first week or so of March."
The fifteen year veteran, who has held titles for various promotions such as the Pancrase, UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce, is at the tail end of his career and is at the stage where he is only looking for the biggest, and most interesting match ups for him. When asked who he wants next:
"Whoever brings ratings. I need ratings. I just need some ratings,"
Chris Wilson moves on, ready for a New Year
There are no guarantees in mixed martial arts, but the only thing that is a virtual lock to keep a fighter with the Ultimate Fighting Championship is to rack up victories. After a series of up and down performances, former Team Quest fighter Chris Wilson was released from his UFC contract following his last fight. Now the Brazilian transplant is focusing on the future and building himself back up again.
Going 1-3 in the UFC was not Wilson's ideal plan, and his last fight was especially tough as he dropped a submission loss to Mike Pyle in September.
Rogerio Nogueira could make March return
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira recently had to pull out of a scheduled fight against Brandon Vera at UFC 109. Though his ankle injury was severe enough to keep him off the Feb. 6 fight card, don’t be surprised if Nogueira surfaces again sometime in March or April.
Nogueira’s ankle had been giving him some trouble prior to his Nov. 21 fight with Luiz Cane. You’d have never had known it judging by his performance. He took out Cane by TKO inside the first two minutes of the opening round. The victory was Nogueira’s Octagon debut.
King of the Cage Announces First Japanese Show
One of the United States' longest-running and most prolific MMA promotions will head to Japan for the very first time in 2010.
Southern California-based King of the Cage (KOTC) - which celebrated its tenth anniversary in October - announced plans this week for "King of the Cage: Toryumon" at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan, Japan, on January 30th. "Toryumon" is a Japanese word which translates to "gateway to success."
Quote of the Day: Corey Hill - "I’m Able to Do What I Love to Do Again"
"If you want to know the truth, I was an ass," he said. "I was like a little baby. I whined. I yelled. My wife iterally had four kids to take care of: The three we have, plus myself. I was a baby. I couldn’t get to the bathroom. I had to stay in bed and pee in a freaking bucket for almost four months".
"This sounds gross, but there were times when I urinated on myself because my bucket was too far and I couldn’t get to it. She came home to some bad scenarios and it never fazed her."
... Corey Hill already knows one conversation he wants to have when the fight is over and, win or lose, he walks out of the cage under his own power.
"I want to talk to my wife and tell her, ‘We did it,’ " Hill said, bubbling with enthusiasm. "And I meant that very much when I said we.
Melvin Manhoef: Wait Till They Get A Load Of Me
Melvin Manhoef is Coming to America, and unlike Prince Akeem’s fictional arrival by Eddie Murphy in 1988, there’s nothing funny about this human wrecking ball that is all set to familiarize the masses with how he rolls in his Strikeforce debut expected for early 2010.
With a beatdown littered history as one of mixed martial arts’ best kept secrets, you can officially consider yourself a hardcore if you live in the United States and you’ve managed to capture more than a couple of this walking highlight reel’s tussles that have been fought almost exclusively overseas.
Manhoef is without a doubt the sports most vicious knockout artist. If you don’t know, now you know. Standing at a chiseled 5'8? tall and weighing right around the 205 pound mark, “No Mercy” has done his nickname proud during his career in mixed martial arts, showing no mercy to any of his victims; finishing an astonishing twenty-two of his twenty-three victories by knockout, and with extreme prejudice.
UFC Quick Quote: Cole Miller would rather have fun than get knocked out
I hope this fight is as fun as it has the potential to be. (Lauzon) is a very aggressive fighter and I'm an aggressive fighter too I like to preach attack, attack, attack and he's the same way. I'm always seeing him on the offense. I have the experience but he's been the more active fighter. He's coming off eight wins in a row and I think it should be a great fight. Hopefully I don't get knocked out in the first three minutes."
UFC lightweight Cole Miller talks to Sherdog.com about his upcoming scrap against Dan Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 20 scheduled for Jan. 11 in Fairfax.
Mark Hominick vs WEC newcomer Brian Caraway targeted for WEC 46
After a few recent injuries forced WEC officials into a bit of minor card-shuffling, it appears the promotion's next event is once again complete.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that Mark Hominick (16-8 MMA, 0-2 WEC) is likely to face WEC newcomer Bryan Caraway (14-3 MMA, 0-0 WEC) on the preliminary card of "WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson."
The WEC was forced to look for a new opponent for Hominick when Yves Jobouin was forced to withdraw from the card this past week.
Fight Path: Self-professed "nerd" Phil Davis seeks structure in UFC debut
Phil Davis' elementary school contemporaries in Harrisburg, Pa., were surely looking forward to their share of cartoons on Saturday mornings.
"Instead of doing that, we were at the museum," Davis told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in recalling his education-oriented childhood. "It was so crazy because it was always the same museum, and we would just learn about the same stuff."
With a mother who was a college professor and a father who received a Master's degree and was educated, Davis jokes now, on "exactly how to be a nerd," Davis and his two older brothers took the regular visits with the expected amount of enthusiasm.
Frank Mir: Brock Lesnar may need to be stripped of the UFC heavyweight title
"If (Brock Lesnar) is going to be out for that long, should he even hold on to the belt at all? The interim title works if a champion is not able to defend his belt within a year-long period, you know he's going to be out eight, nine months, you make the interim belt than he comes back after a year but as of now his last fight was in July. If he's out a year from today's date that's a year and a half and at that point, I don't think you can hold the belt ransom. They gave me about a year when I had my injury so I've been on that side of the coin and I was more than happy to relinquish the belt because I felt kind of selfish that I really couldn't do anything with it. I don't how successful he's going to be coming back. That's going to be a question over his head for a while. It wasn't like he was a slick, technical fighter to begin with. A lot of his style went upon his brute power and strength. If Brock Lesnar is unable to put on the same kind of size as he had before ... I don't think he's going to be very successful as a fighter at 245."
Rafael Rebello Off WEC 46, Wineland To Face Roop
Rafael Rebello is now off WEC 46 for as-yet-unknown reasons, becoming the second fighter in just the last few days to pull out of the card. He was to have faced Eddie Wineland. Wineland will not get a replacement foe, instead he will now face George Roop, who too was opponent-less when original opponent Jesse Moreng had to pull out.
Don Frye calls it quits for MMA, wants to act
Chances are that if you’ve been watching television over the past couple weeks you may have noticed the new AT&T ad campaign for its latest Blackberry phones.
Shortly after the campaign started, MMA fans began to notice that one of the commercial’s stars looked very familiar.
With an unmistakable gruffness, chiseled jaw line, and trademark mustache it became clear that the commercials were the latest foray into acting for former UFC and Pride star Don “The Predator” Frye.
“I got lucky, the luck of the Irish,” said Frye of his recent acting exploits. “Michael Mann likes me for some reason. He’s put me to work three times; on Miami Vice, Public Enemies, and then he chose me for the AT&T commercial.
Economics at heart of Overeem's Strikeforce delay
Hardcore American MMA fans have torn out a lot of hair over Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem’s stateside absence.
It’s been over two years since the Dutch fighter triumphed over Paul Buentello to win the first Strikeforce heavyweight strap at “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives,” an abrupt turnaround to a 1-4 slide near the end of Pride Fighting Championships.
In January, the promotion secured Overeem to a one-year, three-fight deal, obligating him to a return in lieu of an informal talent-sharing agreement with K-1 that saw him snag the title in November 2007.
Overeem, who was forced to pull out of two scheduled Strikeforce events in June and August with a serious hand injury, is scheduled to appear against Kazuyuki Fujita at K-1 Dynamite on New Year's Eve - his fifth K-1 fight in 2009 – and is planning a sixth in late March/early April 2010.
Drunken boxing, snake fist, hadoken: Minowaman's secret weapons against Sokoudjou
Sokoudjou had better watch out, because the always entertaining and enigmatic Minowaman has some nasty tricks up his sleeve!
Minowaman (Ikuhisa Minowa) has built his reputation for his entertaining entrances, pro-wrestling derived maneuvers, and taking on opponents of all shapes and sizes throughout his MMA career. During the media workout on December, 23, he unveiled some new techniques he has been perfecting.
At Dynamite!! 2009 on New Year's Eve, he will face Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the final of the infamous DREAM Super Hulk Tournament. Unlike his typical freakshow opponent, Sokoudjou is far from a lumbering behomoth. Minowaman realizes that he cannot just dive for leg locks against the athletic and explosive Sokoudjou like he did against Bob Sapp and Hong Man Choi. Thus, he has been preparing accordingly, emphasizing strength training to match the Team Quest members' brute physicality.
(Premier) Mcguinty has 'Open Mind' on Hosting UFC Matches in Ontario
TORONTO -- Premier Dalton McGuinty is considering allowing the staging of Ultimate Fighting Championship matches in the province.
"I've got an open mind to those kinds of things," McGuinty told CTV Toronto earlier this week when asked if he's opposed to the martial arts events being staged here.
"I'd want to hear from people who train kids in the martial arts, how popular is it among the younger age group and all those kinds of things. It's not the kind of thing I'd want to drive underground. In other words, I'd want to bring a thoughtful approach to it."
McGuinty said he would also want to consult with police and medical officials, adding the issue is not a priority for him.
Ultimate fighting has become one of the world's fastest-growing spectator sports.
It is a mixed martial arts competition, combining elements of fighting sports such as boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, karate and jiu-jitsu.
The UFC recently won a victory when Vancouver's city council voted to legalize mixed martial arts competitions. It has also been recently legalized in Massachusetts.
The Ontario Athletic Commission has periodically revisited the issue, but it has continually maintained that mixed martial arts violates Section 83 of the Criminal Code, which forbids unsanctioned prizefighting.
The UFC has claimed a UFC event in Toronto could generate $4 million in tax revenue.
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