Varner vs. Henderson, Assuncao vs. Faber official for WEC 46 in Sacramento
The long-awaited return of WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner (16-2 MMA, 4-0 WEC) is now official, and the Arizona Combat Sports product meets interim champ Benson Henderson (10-1 MMA, 3-0 WEC) at WEC 46.
The WEC today officially announced the lightweight unification bout as well as a featherweight contest between former champ Urijah Faber (22-3 MMA, 7-2 WEC) and top contender Raphael Assuncao (14-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) at the recently rumored event.
WEC 46 takes place Jan. 10 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
Mike Brown: “I’m hungry to keep the title”
At November 18, Mike Brown goes toe to toe with the knockout artist Jose Aldo to defend his WEC featherweight title. Two weeks before the fight, the American Top Team talent spoke with TATAME.com about the fight, promising a great show and showing a lot of respect for the contender.
“I’m sure he’s training very hard and hungry for the title, but I’m hungry to keep the title. It’s gonna be a great battle between me and Aldo, no doubt”, Brown said, ready for the fight. “I can fight tomorrow. I was ready two weeks ago to the fight”.
Return of the King-Fedor
Even at its weakest, network television is still the circulatory system for most entertainment: It’s familiar, it’s accessible and it doesn’t need to buffer. Fedor Emelianenko’s appointment with the Sears Centre in Chicago this Saturday will be seen by, at minimum, several million viewers.
Some people would say that this is not enough, and that CBS is not doing itself many favors to help answer the question that will be debated this week and in the weeks ahead: Can they make a star out of Fedor Emelianenko?
Dan Hardy Will Have Panic Attacks-Not Super Powers-At UFC 105
So says Mike Swick, who apparently believes that the hometown crowd will not turn Dan Hardy into Superman. “You never know how fighters are gonna react to hearing either cheers or boos, but I don’t think the crowd’s gonna give him super powers. He’s gonna be the same fighter. He might have a better mentality and might be a little more pumped up when he walks out, but that’s what I want. I want him to be pumped up and I want to fight him at his best … "
Nick Osipczak to prove TUF-ness at UFC 105
Coming out of The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 off the back of wars with Demarques Johnson and Frank Lester, things looked good for British welterweight prospect Nick Osipczak. Sporting a professional mixed martial arts record of 4-0, the young upstart knew he had to step up his training having been offered a three-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Making the break from his usual London stomping ground, Osipczak decided to travel north to the Rough House in consideration of his rapport with the other TV show contestants Andre Winner and Dean Amasinger.
Jake Shields ready to win Strikeforce title
Top three ranked welterweight in the world Jake Shields proved he could compete with top middleweights when he went up in weight class and defeated former Elite XC 185-pound titleholder “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler at a catch-weight in his Strikeforce debut on June 6, defeating the former champion by guillotine choke in the first round.
Shields fights for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title on Nov. 7 at the Sears Centre in Chicago against Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and the 30-year old fighter is anticipating a tough fight.
UFC Champs Healing,Plan Early 2010 Returns
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is going to be without the services of two of its champions for the next few events, but when middleweight champ Anderson Silva and light heavyweight titleholder Lyoto Machida do run return, expect them to be even better versions of the athletes they already are.
Both were due for a little maintenance after several years of fighting and headed into the shop for a tune-up after their most recent bouts. Silva had surgery on his elbow early in October, while Machida had a cleanout performed on his hand this past Friday.
Neither was suffering from a major injury, merely the normal wear and tear that occurs over a combined 45 bouts.
‘Cigano’ looking for the KO against Gonzaga
Heavyweight sensation in the UFC, Junior “Cigano” dos Santos will have one more tough challenge ahead. After knocking Fabrício Werdum out and pass thru Mirko “Cro Cop”, the heavyweight faces the compatriot Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga at UFC 108, on January 2, and he’ll keep the strategy of the last fights. “I must be calm is every fight and always search for my best, so I always look for the knockout“, said, ready to any kind of fight.
Cyborgs back to Strikeforce in December
Chute Boxe’s leader, Rudimar Fedrigo is smiling from ear to ear with his team back to the good phase. With Fabrício Werdum, Cris Cyborg and Alexandre Cacareco’s victories, the Fedrigo expects an exited end of the year, with the couple Cyborg in action on the same night by Strikeforce. “We’ll talk to the president of the event and know who’s gonna bet he opponents, but Cris and Cyborg will fight on the same event“, Rudimar said, revealing that Evangelista “Cyborg” drop to welterweight division.
The MMA Bad Boy: Charles Bennett wants you to meet a kinder, gengtler "Kid Kaos"
There was a lot of noise in the background.
"What was the question?" said Charles Bennett, the man better know in the mixed-martial-arts world as Krazy Horse, even though he would now prefer to be known as Kid Kaos.
Bennett was getting his hair done. He was in Oklahoma to attend his roommate's fight, and he wanted to make sure that he continued what he considers his new image – cleaner (or, as he put it, "cuter, funnier, funner") and a role model for younger fighters and kids.
So, he can't have his hair being crazy. He got it braided, nice and neat. Like he wants to be now.
The question was on that line, kind of. After all that he's been through – the drug sales, arrests, move to MMA, theatrics, back flips, crazy hair, gold teeth – what does he think about his future in MMA? He is, after all, a 10-year veteran now at 30 years old.
Corey Hill making the comeback
Corey Hill thinks of Dec. 10, 2008 every day.
The 31-year-old lightweight won the first round of his fight with Dale Hartt at UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” and was just getting started in the second when Hartt kicked him in the leg.
Hill did what he usually did back then, which was to answer force with force. He threw a counter leg kick, something to remind Hartt there would be no free throws against him.
When the five-foot-10-inch Hartt checked the right leg of six-foot-four-inch Hill with his left shin, the impact shattered Hill’s tibia and fibula.
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.