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Mike Massenzio plans to apply constant pressure during UFC debut
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
FiveOuncesOfPain.com broke the news several weeks ago that top East Coast prospect and former IFL middleweight Mike Massenzio had signed a four fight contract with the UFC and that he’s set to debut against Drew McFedries at UFC Fight Night 15 on Sept. 17. Massenzio’s bout is currently slated to make the Spike TV portion of the card, which will be telecast as a lead-in for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” It’s somewhat ironic that he’ll be debuting during a TUF premiere night considering he was recruited to be a part of the cast for TUF 7. But the UFC wasn’t alone in their desire for Massenzio. He has been on the radar of talent evaluators for several national organizations after amassing a 10-1 record in MMA following a standout wrestling career in Junior College.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 4:53PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Lyman Good expected to sign six-fight contract with EliteXC
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
With Elite Xtreme Combat expected to promote four shows between Sept. 20 and Oct. 20, it has had the promotion’s fight team working overtime coming up with potential matchups as well as signing new fighters to contracts in order to fill up the myriad bout slots. FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that one new fighter about to sign with the promotion is undefeated welterweight prospect Lyman Good of Team Tiger Schulmann’s in New Jersey. Officials with Team Tiger Schulmann contacted FiveOuncesOfPain.com to inform us that Good has been offered a six fight contract by EliteXC and is expected to sign it by week’s end.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 4:51PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
ULTIMATE FIGHTER ALUMNUS SAM HOGER RETURNS
(mmaweekly.com)
World Championship Fighting on Tuesday announced that former Ultimate Fighter reality show star Sam Hoger will return to mixed martial arts competition at the promotion’s Sept. 19 event in Wilmington, Mass. Following a win over highly touted Bobby Southworth at the inaugural Ultimate Fighter Finale, Hoger’s time in the UFC was rocky, amassing a 2-3 record in the Octagon. His last two bouts for the promotion were decision losses to top light heavyweight contenders Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida. He then moved on to the International Fight League (IFL), where he dropped his lone bout for that promotion to UFC veteran Vernon “Tiger” White.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 4:49PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
JIM MILLER VS DAVID BARON AT UFC 89
(mmaweekly.com)
Two new additions to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight roster will square off at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England as Jim Miller is set to do battle with David Baron, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight. Both Miller and Baron just recently signed with the UFC and this should be a fast-paced fight between two of the brightest rising stars in the sport. Jim Miller almost had his UFC debut earlier this year in a bout against Marcus Aurelio, but his existing contract with the now defunct International Fight League (IFL) prevented the move. Now Miller steps in to face David Baron, another top fighter brought in from abroad by the UFC to expand its international talent pool.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 4:47PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Hominick to take on Tommy Lee at TKO 35
(mmatraining.com)
Mark Hominick will look to avenge a 2003 loss when he takes on WEC veteran Tommy Lee at TKO 35 October 3rd, 2008. MMATraining.com confirmed the news with Hominick Tuesday morning. Lee defeated Hominick by knock out back in August of 2003 with a slam. The American, Lee holds a professional record of 22-6 and will look to build on his 3 fight win streak as he steps back into the cage at TKO 35 in Montreal.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 3:40PM by postman - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Jared Hamman: Thankful and ready for rematch
(mmafighting.com)
Jared Hamman was looking to be that guy in EliteXC. You know, the one that grows up in the organization and moves onto huge things with it. But then came a Poia Suganuma right hand and right knee on April 5th and suddenly things had changed; suddenly there was a loss on his record where one previously hadn’t been. Was the fight stopped prematurely? Probably. But as Hamman puts it, “it’s still a loss.” Of course, many of the better MMA fighters on this planet will tell you that coming back from a loss tells more about a fighter’s potential than anything else. In fact, one’s championship spirit can really only really be evaluated when adversity hits.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:52PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Josh "The Punk" Thomson Talks Anthony Johnson, Frank Shamrock, And Much More
(fightline.com)
Earlier this evening, I had the great pleasure of joining Larry Pepe of Pro MMA Radio for some post UFC 87 fight talk. We touched on a variety of issues including reactions from the event and the latest regarding rumors and possible match-ups for many of its participants. Click here to check out the audio from the show. After our segment, Pep also welcomed in Josh "The Punk" Thomson, who had a number of very interesting takes on everything from Anthony Johnson's recovery to his budding feud with Frank Shamrock. Below are just a few of the highlights from this very candid interview:
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:50PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Randy Couture Speaks
(sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
Couture: Well, the language in [my UFC] contract is pretty clear. It’s 18 months or four fights and the 18 months expired on July 19, so we’re in a 30-day grace period for negotiating or re-negotiating with the UFC. If they find a way to make the Fedor fight happen, I’ll be all over it, but I don’t really see that happening realistically. The non-compete clause expires on Oct. 10, a year from when I resigned, and so I’ll be able to go back to work commentating and working with the other promotions and getting back into the business of MMA.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:48PM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Quick Quote: Jason MacDonald feels stupid
(mmamania.com)
I don’t know what went wrong in my head. I don’t know what happened and why I chose to fight that fight on the ground. Sure I made the fight exciting and I’ve gotten lots of positive responses on how well I did on the ground with a guy like Maia. But at the end of the day, he caught me and that’s what he does best. I played into his game. It was a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid fight on my behalf. And I take the full blame 100 percent for it. I’ll take it right on the forehead like I took those hundred elbows from Maia. And that’s that. I’m pretty disappointed because Maia was beatable if I had held that fight standing up. And I paid the price for not doing it. – UFC middleweight Jason ‘The Athlete’ MacDonald grounds and pounds himself on Sportsnet.ca for not following his gameplan or the instructions from his corner during his submission loss to grappling phenom Demian Maia at UFC 87: ‘Seek and Destroy’ on August 9.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:45PM by MMAcca - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Fitch wants to fight next ‘before the end of the year’
(mmamania.com)
“I wasn’t that beat up. Just a little off in the head after the first dropedge. I’m fine and will be back before the end of the year if I have any say in it.” Top welterweight contender Jon Fitch is eager to return to the Octagon after missing out on an opportunity to topple Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87: “Seek and Destroy” and capture his 170-pound title. Despite “being a little off in the head” early in the five-round fight, Fitch managed to hang on until the very end, delivering one of the gutsiest performances of the year. It would be no surprise to see him take on the winner of the welterweight bout between Karo Parisyan and Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” on September 6.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:41PM by MMAcca - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mark Coleman Does Not Want to Fight Brock Lesnar
(f4wonline.com)
"The basic story is this...Coleman really doesn't want the fight." -- Dave Meltzer, explaining why Cheick Kongo is now the frontrunner to be Brock Lesnar's next opponent.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:40PM by MMAcca - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paul "Semtex" Daley Headed Stateside to Fight for EliteXC
(bloodyelbow.com)
A month ago, ex-Cage Rage Welterweight Champion Paul Daley went against the express wishes of Cage Rage parent entity ProElite and competed on rival UK promotion Cage Warriors' July 12th "Enter the Rough House 7" card. To further stir the pot, the always verbose Brit spoke out against both Cage Rage and ProElite regarding what he perceived as a lack of respect on the part of both companies. Now 30 days removed from his first round knockout of previously undefeated Slovenian prospect Bojan Kosednar, we've learned Daley's punishment for biting the hand that feeds: a spot on EliteXC's September 20th "Return to Showtime" event and, should he emerge victorious, a guaranteed shot at newly-crowned EliteXC Welterweight Champion Jake Shields:
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:38PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Has anyone seen this before??
(rioheroes.com)
This site is called Rio heroes. It is bare knuckle Vale Tudo fighting from Rio Di Janeiro. It is pretty cool... Check it out, here is the link.. It is pretty brutal stuff.. I stumbled across this on you tube. Just thought I should share.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:28PM by Jason-plata - 1 comment
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
Florian: "MMA Live Could Soon Be On ESPN TV"
(mmajunkie.com)
According to show co-host Kenny Florian, the espn.com program "MMA Live" could soon be headed to TV. Florian said a deal that would put the show on ESPN or ESPN2 is "very, very close" to being finalized.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 12:50PM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
Matt Hughes Not Impressed with GSP’s Performance
(cagepotato.com)
You may have noticed Matt Hughes sitting Octagon-side at UFC 87. At least, that’s where he was for most of the night. Turns out he didn’t make it all the way through the evening, and you can probably guess why. From Matt Hughes’ blog: I went there really to watch one fight, probably not the one you’re expecting. I went there to watch Brock Lesnar. He is so interesting because he is so athletic as well as being so powerful. So that fight went just like I thought it would, Brock took him down whenever he wanted and on the ground he did whatever he wanted. I was also there watching my buddy, Roger, but he didn’t quite look the same. I don’t think him or Kenny fought their best fight on Saturday. Roger looked to have done a few things different and I would say that he needs to go back to what he was doing before. The last fight of the night was Georges and Fitch. Georges didn’t look as big as he has before and he seemed like he had gotten tired from the first round. Fitch had the game plan of countering Georges and you just can’t do that. You can’t counter a quicker fighter. To be honest, halfway in the third round I got up and walked out of the arena and went to my hotel. The fight wasn’t the most exciting and I wanted to get out of there before everyone else was getting up to leave.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 10:14AM by SmileR - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Horwich At UFC 90
(mmamania.com)
The IFL to UFC exodus continues at UFC 90 as former IFL Middleweight Champion Matt Horwich will face Ricardo Almeida. The fight was made official overnight.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 9:53AM by DCRage - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rua’s da man? ‘Shogun vs Rampage 2' in the works says former GP champ
(mmamania.com)
Get ready for Japan’s biggest rematch since Yuko Matsumiya out-winded Atsushi Fujita at last year’s 61st annual Fukuoka Marathon, which ironically, was the inspiration for the name of the UFC’s buyout of PRIDE now known as Fukuova. “It was a business decision to kill PRIDE” according to UFC President Dana White in a recent interview. But if comments made by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (16-3) at a recent training seminar are any indication, PRIDE may in fact live again.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 3:23AM by Mchubb316 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
ALVAREZ WANTS HANSEN, GOMI AND GOLD
(mmaweekly.com)
Coming off of one of the most impressive tournament runs ever, in the Dream lightweight Grand Prix, Eddie Alvarez is back home, his eye is just fine, and he’s got 20/20 vision locked on to several possible opponents for his next fight. When the 2008 Dream lightweight Grand Prix was finished, Alvarez stood as the only fighter still undefeated, but unfortunately an injured eye following his fight with Tatsuya Kawajiri prevented him from fighting in the finals.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 3:14AM by Mchubb316 - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
FLORIAN PLANS TO FIGHT AGAIN IN 2008 REGARDLESS OF PENN SITUATION
(mmaweekly.com)
Heading into UFC 87 it seemed like a perfect scenario that the winner of Kenny Florian versus Roger Huerta would be on the fast track to challenge current lightweight champion, B.J. Penn, for his title later this year. Now it appears Penn is on a collision course with UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, and Florian, who won a dominant decision over Huerta on Saturday night, may have to let nature take its course before he gets his shot at the title.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 3:13AM by Mchubb316 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Edson Drago Out Of Hospital
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
American Top Team recruit Edson Drago is out of hospital and recovering in his hometown of Porto Alegre. Drago was involved in a motorcycle collision in Rio de Janeiro in June that left him with massive lung and kidney damage. His shoulder was also severely injured in the accident, which occurred when he was riding his Yamaha R1 at high speed. Drago told intheguard.tv that the crash happened as he was driving on what he thought was a straight road. “I accelerated and a corner appeared faster than I imagined,” he said. “I lost control and collided with a tree.” The accident occurred not long after Drago had announced a move to American Top Team, which is home to a number of fellow Brazilians, including Thiago Alves and JZ Calvacante.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 12:31AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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