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COUTURE TO TRAIN & CORNER CARANO FOR TITLE
(mmaweekly.com)
When she faces Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in August, Gina Carano, for the first time in her mixed martial arts career, will have her gym’s namesake by her side. Randy Couture has accepted Carano’s invitation to train her for the highly anticipated Strikeforce bout, MMAWeekly.com has learned from a source close to Couture. The invitation was made shortly after Carano’s contractual limbo with the promotion ended. Couture, currently on the New Orleans set of the Sylvester Stallone-helmed action movie “The Expendables,” is watching video on Santos to formulate a game plan. When he returns to Las Vegas later this month, he will begin working beside Carano in addition to boxing coach Gil Martinez and Muay Thai coach Quinton Chong.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 3:02PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
In Cro Cop-UFC Drama, Only Man With Legit Gripe Is Todd Duffee
(mma.fanhouse.com)
The MMA soap opera of the moment seems to be whether or not Mirko Cro Cop has left the UFC to sign with DREAM. UFC President Dana White says he did; a translation of a Croatian newspaper story says he did not.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:59PM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA Top 10 Heavyweights: After UFC 99, Cain Velasquez Is In
(mma.fanhouse.com)
After UFC 99, I wrote that Cain Velasquez looks like a future UFC heavyweight champion. I've heard some pushback on that from people who take a contrary view, saying Velasquez didn't look very good in the stand-up, and that he ate some hard punches from Cheick Kongo at the start of all three rounds of their fight.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:58PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Tim Sylvia Off 'Affliction: Trilogy'
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Tim Sylvia's shocking 10-second knockout loss to Ray Mercer on Saturday has proven to be more costly than originally thought. Affliction Entertainment vice president, Tom Atencio, informed FanHouse on Monday that Sylvia has now been taken off the upcoming "Affliction: Trilogy" card. "It's his second knockout in a row, and I don't want to take a chance on anything," Atencio said. "The fight is less than 60 days away." Atencio added that no one from the California State Athletic Commission contacted him about taking Sylvia off the card, but he felt it was in Sylvia's best interest to take some time off to heal.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:56PM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
Hello, Japan: Sengoku Gold Cup Match-Ups, Shooto and Pancrase Title Bouts Announced
(bloodyelbow.com)
Pairings for the opening round of the Sengoku Gold Cup were revealed on yesterday's episode of SENGOKU-G. Here's what they look like: Bantamweight (60kg) Daisuke Endo (3-3 / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Suruga) vs. Takeshi "Ken" Numajiri (1-1 / Kiguchi Dojo) Makoto "Shin" Takenaka* (1-4 / P's Lab Tokyo) vs. Ryosuke Komori (3-1 / Yoshida Dojo) Featherweight (65kg) Takayuki Kishi (1-2-2 / X-One Gym - Team ZST) vs. Shigeki Osawa (2-0 / Yoshida Dojo) Toru Harai (6-2 / Mori Dojo) vs. Makoto Sannai (1-1 / Gutsman) Lightweight (70kg) Koji Ando (2-0-2 / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Tokyo) vs. Kohei Maruyama (2-0 am. / SK Absolute) Ikuo Usuda (4-0 / Kiguchi Dojo) vs. Kota Okazawa (5-1-2 / Team ZST - AXIS)
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:54PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale weigh-ins slated for Friday at the Palms Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
Weigh-ins for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale take place this Friday, June 19, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. As with all UFC events, the weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The event is slated for 3 to 5 p.m. PT (local time) with the first fighter on the scale at 4 p.m. The weigh-ins take place before Saturday's Spike TV-televised event, which features a main event of Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida. The lightweight and welterweight finals of "TUF 9" are also slated for the main card.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:51PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joe Stevenson reinvents himself for ‘dangerous’ Nate Diaz
(mmamania.com)
“Honestly, coming off of two losses in a row really makes you think. You think, ‘I’ve got to do something different, otherwise you’re just going to be stagnant.’ You can’t be stagnant in this game. You’re not reinventing yourself if people are catching up to what you’re doing. I think coming to New Mexico was the best thing. I see [Nate Diaz] is very dangerous the whole time, not just at one point. Sometimes people think that they’ve got him in trouble and that’s when he attacks. He’s the most dangerous when you think he’s at his weakest. And that’s something I’m not going to let happen to me.”
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:28PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Fighting Championships on the Fast Track to Success
(bloodyelbow.com)
The Bellator Fighting Championships were labeled as being a "first of its kind" when it was first reported as a new promotion that would air on ESPN Deportes. The unique tagline came with the idea that the fighters would be pushed to the absolute limit of their physical abilities by fighting in divisonal tournaments while being only given, at the most, a month off between battles. While some of us within the MMA blogosphere felt that this could turn ugly if stars were suspended by the commission due to trauma, the gamble paid off for Bellator as they will see an end to their first season on Friday night with buzz circulating that the promotion will broadcast to English-speaking audiences in the fall.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:24PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow In Works For UFC 102
(mmajunkie.com)
After being bumped from what would've been his UFC debut Saturday by Mirko Cro Cop, Todd Duffee is now expected to debut against Mike Russow at UFC 102. Russow would also be making his UFC debut.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:04PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Will Brock Lesnar Be the Greatest UFC Heavyweight Ever? Dana White Says Yes
(bloodyelbow.com)
Batten down the hatches kids, the hype for UFC 100 is going to reach reality-distortion field levels. Michael David Smith transcribes Dana's youtube chatter and comments:
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 1:26PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The UFC Should Consider Re-Signing Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski
(bloodyelbow.com)
I know, I know. That headline made a few of you gag. But why don't we start with a comment by Kid Nate yesterday:

They should re-sign Sylvia and/or Arlovski... I’m serious. You know those guys are a lot more affordable than they were just a few months ago. AND they’re good enough to be a test for any heavyweight — any heavyweight without one punch KO power that is!
This makes a LOT of sense honestly. Right now both guys have no bargining power so the UFC could go into negotiations by saying "THIS is the deal we're offering. We're not going to have any back-and-forth. If you're not willing to take it we're done here" and just offer a small deal with some significant incentives for winning fights.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 11:36AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Friday's Strikeforce Women's Fight To Be 5 Minute Rounds
(411mania.com)
While it doesn't necessarily represent a change to policy regarding women's fights in the promotion, Strikeforce has announced that Friday's women's fight between Shayna Baszler and Sarah Kaufman will be 5-minute rounds. The change was quickly approved by the Washington State Athletic Commission following California allowing 5-minute rounds for Gina Carano vs. Cristiane Santos in August.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 11:21AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Heavyweights Jessie Gibbs vs. Rob Broughton added to "Affliction: Trilogy" preliminary card
(mmajunkie.com)
A heavyweight bout between M-1 fighters Jessie Gibbs (7-2) and Rob Broughton (10-4-1) has been added to the "Affliction: Trilogy" preliminary card. M-1 Global officials today announced the bout. "Affliction: Trilogy" takes place Aug. 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card, featuring a headliner of Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett, airs on pay-per-view, and the night's preliminary card airs on HDNet. Gibbs, a member of Team Benelux in M-1 Challenge, is 5-2 in M-1 events. He enters the Affliction show with six wins (five via stoppage) in his past seven fights. Gibbs most recently competed in May when he defeated MMA newcomer Nikola Dipchkov with a 97-second submission due to strikes. Gibbs' only two career losses have come to notables Aleksander Emelianenko and Alexey Oleinik.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 11:00AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
Paul Buentello on Tim Sylvia Loss: 'I Wish He Never Took the Fight'
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Lost in the aftermath of Tim Sylvia's shocking 10-second knockout loss to Ray Mercer on Saturday night is how it may drastically affected Paul Buentello's summer plans. "The Headhunter" was scheduled to face Sylvia at "Affliction: Trilogy" on August, but is now unsure as to whether or not that fight will happen. FanHouse spoke to Buentello on Sunday about his thoughts on Sylvia's loss and why he may now have to wait a little longer to face the former UFC heavyweight champion.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 9:47AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
SWICK READY TO MAKE A MOVE; MATT HUGHES NEXT?
(mmaweekly.com)
Mike "Quick" Swick has been nothing short of perfect since moving from middleweight down to the crowded UFC welterweight division. He has gone 4-0 in the Octagon at 170 pounds, including Saturday night's UFC 99 dismantling of the previously undefeated Ben Saunders. Aside from Saunders, Swick's hit list includes Josh Burkman, Jonathan Goulet, and Brandon Wolff. All of them solid opposition, but none more highly regarded than Swick himself. That is about to change. "This is my tenth fight in the UFC, I'm 9-1. I want to fight for the title," he stated in the Octagon after his second round TKO victory. "I want to fight top guys, Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre, Thiago Alves."
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 9:45AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
FRANKLIN REFLECTS ON FIGHT, SILVA'S 185 FUTURE
(mmaweekly.com)
Rich Franklin prepared to play the hit-and-run game with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99. The former UFC middleweight champion said footwork was a key factor in avoiding the machine gun bursts of punches Silva is known for. “We just decided that we were going to use a lot of footwork as much as we could and try to move around,” said Franklin following the fight. “The thing about Wanderlei is that he comes forward, and once his arms get started moving, he’s explosive and he’s dangerous.” Silva did not look as explosive and dangerous against Franklin as in previous outings. It was rumored he had to make a 12-pound cut the day prior to make the 195-pound weight limit, and his energy seemed to wane in the middle of the fight. But his punching power had not left him.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 9:43AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Hamill and Frankie Edgar host July 11 UFC 100 viewing party in New York City
(mmajunkie.com)
The hoopla around July's historic UFC 100 event will now include a viewing party at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the UFC today announced. A high-definition closed-circuit feed of the July 11 event, available on the venue's 70-foot-by-35-foot screen, is available for just $25 beginning today. (The price increases to $30 after July 3.) UFC fighters Matt Hamill and Frankie Edgar will host the UFC 100 Viewing Party and be part an autograph signing (limited to the first 200 fans in attendance) and Q&A session.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 9:32AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cain Proves Able To Become Champion After 99 Win
(mmajunkie.com)
Cain Velasquez will someday, and soon, be the UFC Heavyweight Champion. The former All-American wrestler at Arizona State wasn't as sharp as he has been and, most importantly, as he will be. But Velasquez has more weapons than just about anyone in the division and most of them were on display Saturday. It's simply a matter of time before UFC president Dana White climbs into the cage and is strapping the belt around his waist.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 6:26AM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Having "never met" Emelianenko, UFC exec may be interested in Barnett
(mmajunkie.com)
"If Josh Barnett beats Fedor, obviously I'd be interested in signing Josh Barnett," White said. "Obviously if he beats Fedor, he's one of the best in the world." Barnett (24-5) and Emelianenko are scheduled to meet in the main event of "Affliction: Trilogy" on Aug. 1 in Anaheim, Calif.
Submitted Jun 14, 2009 5:13PM by MMAcca - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC promises October return to U.K., Canada on track for two events in 2010
(mmajunkie.com)
As the UFC's global expansion continues to gain steam, UFC president Dana White recently promised European fans that an October return to the U.K. was a certainty. White made the statement in response to a fan's question at Friday's UFC Fan Club Q&A session in Cologne, Germany. The announcement of the date could mean two additional events in the U.K. before the end of the year as the organization is already rumored to be visiting the U.K. on Nov. 14.
Submitted Jun 14, 2009 5:11PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
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