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Ben Askren Not Buying Into Own Hype
(mma.fanhouse.com)
There was a considerable amount of buzz surrounding Ben Askren's MMA debut in February. The two-time NCAA wrestling champion, 2008 US Olympian and two-time winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy, which is the wrestling equivalent of the Heisman, is now 2-0 in his MMA career, defeating his first opponent via TKO and the second via arm-triangle choke. Neither fight has lasted longer than 90 seconds.
Submitted Jun 18, 2009 1:31PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Joe Rogan on UFC, Stand-Up: 'I'm Very Fortunate; It Keeps Life Interesting'
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Joe Rogan is a man of many interests, and two of those interests will be on display Saturday night on Spike, when his new stand-up comedy special, Talking Monkeys in Space, debuts immediately after the Ultimate Fighter Finale, with Rogan, as usual on UFC shows, providing color commentary.
Submitted Jun 18, 2009 1:30PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shayna Baszler: Kaufman Predictable Like a 'Video Game Character Boss'
(mma.fanhouse.com)
It's been almost a year since we've seen Shayna Baszler compete in an MMA cage. Following her last fight, a highly-visible loss to Cristiane Santos on CBS in July 2008, the 28-year-old was forced to sit on the sidelines while Pro Elite figured out what they were going to do with their contracts. Once Strikeforce purchased most of the significant ones in February, it was only a matter of time before Baszler got back to work and resumed her promising career.
Submitted Jun 18, 2009 1:29PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Yamamotos To Debut In K-1 Next Month
(japan-mma.com)
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto might soon be able to call himself "K-1 Kid". FEG has announced the addition of Yamamoto to the K-1 World Max card on July 13 at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, where he will make his K-1 debut against Korean Thai-Boxer Jae Hee Cheon. Fellow DREAM FWGP participant and Krazy Bee fighter Atsushi Yamamoto also will be making his K-1 debut.
Submitted Jun 18, 2009 7:36AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
 
Jake Shields Has Hands "Like A 2-Year Old Girl"
(mmamania.com)
That's "taking the high road" if you're Joe Riggs. On this past Monday's episode of Pro MMA Radio, Riggs planned to take the high road in an interview with host Larry Pepe, but upon learning that Shields hasn't had the kindest words towards Riggs recently, "Diesel" absolutely went off, including said comment about Shields' hands among many other things.
Submitted Jun 18, 2009 7:32AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Cruz vs. Benavidez Set For WEC 42, Possible Title Shot For Winner
(mmaweekly.com)
A #1 Bantamweight Contender fight between Joseph Benavidez & Dominick Cruz is now set for WEC 42 in August. While not definite, there's a good chance the winner will be in line for the Miguel Torres-Brian Bowles winner for the WEC Bantamweight Championship.
Submitted Jun 18, 2009 7:27AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Jason Miller vs. Ronaldo Souza At DREAM 11 In September
(411mania.com)
Take 2. So says Miller via his Twitter, where he confirms the expected rematch following their No Contest at DREAM 9. It likely will again be for the vacant DREAM Middleweight Championship.
Submitted Jun 18, 2009 6:49AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Franca vs. Griffin Likely For UFC 103
(411mania.com)
There are reports that Hermes Franca and Tyson Griffin have verbally agreed to face off at UFC 103 in September. Although not yet officially announced, 103 is expected to take place in Dallas. Both last fought at UFNs 17 & 18, respectively.
Submitted Jun 18, 2009 6:47AM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Osipczak vs. Lester Rounds Out TUF 9 Finale Card
(411mania.com)
According to a source close to one of the fighters, Nick Osipczak vs. Frank Lester is a late addition to the TUF 9 Finale card. This finalizes the card with 10 total fights.
Submitted Jun 18, 2009 6:37AM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
New Shogun interview
(graciemag.com)

After solidifying his place in the UFC with two knockout wins, over Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman, Mauricio Shogun is confirmed to face Lyoto Machida. The bout is worth the organization's light heavyweight belt, which could land Shogun back at the top of the world, a post he was used to occupying back in the days of Pride. Portal das Lutas - How did you feel about getting a shot at the title so quickly? Mauricio Shogun - I was really happy about the title challenge. When Dana White told me I was really happy. Lyoto's my friend, we train together. We've been in contact but there's no way to turn down the fight. PDL - Is there anyone you would never face? MS - The only guy I've said I would never face is Wanderlei (Silva). He is my true friend and I have a special affection for him. PDL - After facing three tough guys (Forrest Griffin, Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell), now you have this shot at the title. Would you rather do a few more fights and better adapt to the event? MS - The one who decides whether the fight is for the belt is Dana White. When I joined the UFC, there already was the perspective of a shot at the belt soon, for what I had shown in Pride. Against Coleman I didn't fight that great, but against Liddell I did well. That's what Dana White had to work with. I'm new in the house, but I have experience and I'm happy for the opportunity. PDL - For the second time in the organization there's an all-Brazilian title challenge, the other being between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites. How important is that? MS - It shows how strong Brazil is in MMA. I believe that, after soccer, MMA is the sport that best represents Brazil abroad. And we are very well represented, because we really sport the jersey. I'm certain the athletes fight for the country. Brazil is still needy of heroes in sport and it's great motivation. We're out there to represent Brazil. PDL - What do you think of Lyoto? MS - Lyoto is a well-rounded fighter, good standing,on the ground and has good wrestling. He's the man to beat, undefeated and has shown his worth. I repect him, but I'm going to train a lot to come home with the win. PDL - Would you like to send a message out to your fans? MS - I can't promise victory, but I guarantee I'll do my all to represent our country, my team and my state. I would like to thank all my fans and tell them they are my greatest motivation in training every day.
WAR SHOGUN
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 11:40PM by Manfred - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
German Media Reacts to UFC 99
(sherdog.com)
Much of the media coverage in Germany prior to UFC 99 on Saturday was reminiscent of Sen. John McCain’s attack on mixed martial arts in the 1990s. Spurred by local politicians in the midst of their election campaigns and polemic members of Deutschland’s still powerful and influential boxing lobby, the age-old prejudices of “human cockfighting” and “unrestrained brawls” returned to the surface. But what was the postfight coverage like? Sherdog.com followed Germany’s most important newspapers, magazines and television segments for the following overview of the state of German MMA following Zuffa’s first expedition into central Europe. ‘Blood and Circuses’ Editors were texting headlines like “Blood and Circuses” (Berliner Morgenpost), “Cologne Cage Fight Pleases International Mob” (Die Welt) and “Bloodstain on the Canvas” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), and while the majority of coverage surrounding UFC 99 was rather negative, there were a couple of surprisingly well-researched articles written within the past 48 hours.
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 6:57PM by ncordless - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 99 Medical Suspensions
(mmaweekly.com)
The Association of Boxing Commission's official record keeping database, found at mixedmartialarts.com, today released the medical suspensions from Saturday's UFC 99 event.
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 6:33PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF 9 Finale: Diego Sanchez Seeks to Validate Hype Surrounding Lightweight Move
(bloodyelbow.com)
Clay Guida (25-9) is no stranger to being given some of the stiffest competition within the UFC's lightweight division. He took on a much taller, more skilled Nate Diaz and managed to squeak out a decision win. He pushed the pace so vigorously against TUF alum Mac Danzig that Danzig's will to continue had been broken by the third round. He waged a relentless but losing war against Roger Huerta that many fans considered one of the most entertaining battles of 2007. Saturday night's Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada won't be any different as Guida will be taking on one of the UFC's newest lightweight additions in the highly-touted Diego Sanchez (20-2).
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 1:18PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Clay Guida: "After I Beat Diego Sanchez, I've Earned a UFC Title Shot."
(mma.fanhouse.com)
After winning three straight fights in the Octagon over the last year and a half, Clay Guida has the biggest fight of his career ahead of him on Saturday night against Diego Sanchez at the Ultimate Fighter Finale -- a fight that Guida says will earn him a shot at the UFC lightweight title. In an interview with FanHouse, Guida said he thinks he's at the top of his game heading into the fight with Sanchez, and that he expects to beat Sanchez and earn a shot at the winner of the August title fight between BJ Penn and Kenny Florian. The full interview is below.
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 1:11PM by emfleek - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Al-Turk To Get Another Shot
(mmajunkie.com)
Although he's 0-2 so far in UFC, it's not "Strike 2, You're Out" for Mustapha al-Turk. His instructor says the Heavyweight will be offered another shot in UFC despite losing his first 2 fights, with one likely difference-no Dan Miragliotta as referee.
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 10:30AM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dan Hardy Not Quite Ready For Mike Swick
(mmamania.com)
Although he's ready to take the next step in UFC, Dan Hardy says don't be so "Quick" to put him up against Mike Swick. Hardy's not against the fight later on but right now he feels Swick needs a "bigger fight" than him.
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 10:28AM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC HW Contenders Are Of No Consequence To Brock Lesnar
(mmamania.com)
Even though his next foe, Frank Mir, has already beaten him in UFC, Brock Lesnar doesn't really feel threatened by any of the top contenders in the Heavyweight division. That being said, he also says he's keeping everything in perspective and keeping it real.
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 10:26AM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
M-1 Challenge veterans Lucio Linhares and Mikhail Zayats to meet at "Affliction: Trilogy"
(mmajunkie.com)
Affliction continues to round out the card for its August effort, "Trilogy," as a middleweight bout between M-1 Challenge veterans Lucio Linhares (12-4) and Mikhail Zayats (8-3) has been officially added to the evening's preliminary activities. The bout will serve as a rematch to the pair's June 2008 meeting – a hotly contested decision ultimately awarded to Zayats.
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 9:44AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
RAY MERCER: "I whooped that ass!...I need money so I knocked a motherf*cker out!"
(mmamania.com)
“I whooped that ass! I mastered my game and his. No days to train, two days notice. You ain’t sh*t Tim! The underdog always comes out on top. They tried to take it from me by making me fight this sh*t. I trained eight weeks for a boxing match and they gave me two days notice (to fight MMA). I need money, so I knocked a motherfu**er OUT!”
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 8:49AM by emfleek - 19 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Lyle Beerbohm: From Prison Inmate to Undefeated MMA Fighter
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Lyle Beerbohm will attempt to run his professional mixed martial arts record to 10-0 on Friday night when he steps into the cage against Duane Ludwig at the Strikeforce Challenger Series event in Kent, Wash. But whether Beerbohm wins or loses, he's come a long way from where he was three years ago, in a very different kind of cage. Beerbohm spent a year and a half at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Wash., as a result of multiple felony convictions, all related to his crystal meth addiction. But Beerbohm discovered MMA while locked up, and he knew he had found his new calling.
Submitted Jun 17, 2009 8:46AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
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