Mamoru Submits Baca, Captures KOTC Gold in Japan
Mamoru Yamaguchi - the afro'd former Shooto champion who returned to MMA last October following a year-plus hiatus - picked up his third consecutive win with a second round submission of American Frank Baca. The victory also earned Yamaguchi his third title: King of the Cage World Junior Flyweight Champion.
Marius Zaromskis vs. Kiyoshi Tamura Possible For DREAM 13
Although the fight happening largely depends on how Marius Zaromskis comes out of tonight's Strikeforce event, DREAM appears close to making Zaromskis vs. Kiyoshi Tamura for the DREAM Welterweight Championship at DREAM 13. But if Zaromskis gets seriously injured tonight, the fight is likely off.
Share UFC Quick Quote: Tito Ortiz is 'full of ****'
"No, it's not true at all. He's full of ****. Let me tell you what Chuck told me. He's gonna break his head open! Yeah, he's pissed."
-- WEC General Manager Reed Harris kept it short and not-so-sweet when Dave Farra asked him on X107.5 Las Vegas if there was any truth to the allegations made by Tito Ortiz that Chuck Liddell is a recovering alcoholic. Ortiz claimed that Liddell was in deep trouble with the disease of alcoholism, until Dana White saved the most dominant light heavyweight champion in recent history through an intervention.
No surprise here.
Nick Diaz: 'I could beat both GSP and Anderson Silva'
You know how people used to think Albert Einstein was a crazy dude, but then long after he died we realized he was a genius? Well, maybe that's what we have in Nick Diaz. A man respected for his craft, yet someone who doesn't seem to fully understand his surroundings.
A man, who despite possessing the ability to be great at what he does, consistently makes decisions that for all intents and purposes harm his very well being. Sure, some of what he says and does makes very little to sense to us. But is that because Mr. Diaz is well ahead of his time?
I'd like to see it.
CCF president Lino Santoro speaks out about use of modified MMA rules in Edmonton
Colleseo Championship Fighting President Pasqualino Santoro spoke with MMAcanada recently about his request to the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission to use the international modified rules of MMA, as opposed to the unified rules of mixed martial arts. As well we discussed the controversy surrounding the decision by the Edmonton commission to sanction his CCF V: Resurrection event February 27th.
Lil' Nog Is A "Horrible Fight" For Forrest Griffin
At least Forrest Griffin thinks so. "That is a horrible fight for me. I have trained with his brother a little bit, so he already has the 'inside scoop' on me, he's a southpaw, has got a good chin, and has good power. Plus he is pretty solid on the ground. The only place I would have an advantage would be wrestling... and my wrestling is not that good. So yeah, that’s a tough match up for me. I'd do it, if that’s what they wanted, but being straight up, there are other guys I'd rather fight."
Herschel Walker: I'm not going to be heavyweight champ -- but I am going to be competitive
I love martial arts. I've loved it for years. I love the sport of it. When I saw MMA years ago, I fell in love with it. They've cleaned it up so much that it is now a mainstream sport, and I wanted to get involved in it. There are incredible athletes doing it, and I want to consider myself a good athlete, and that's the reason I want to do it. I'm not stepping into this sport, fighting for a belt, `Oh, I want to be heavyweight champion.' No. At the age I'm at right now, I'm getting into a sport that I consider one of the toughest sports out there, and I'm going to be competitive.
Coenen Ready To Go Toe-To-Toe With Cyborg
Strikeforce 145-pound female titleholder Cris “Cyborg” Santos (6-0) is set to defend her title for the first time on Jan. 30 against Marloes Coenen (17-3), and the challenger doesn’t think it will go to a decision.“I don’t think it will go five rounds at all, because of the person she is and the person I am. If you put that together, it will not go to the fifth round at all,” Coenen told the media about her upcoming title fight.
Rogerio vs. Machida Isn't Out Of The Question
"(Rogerio) wants what every other light heavyweight wants in that category and that's he wants a belt,” said Ed Soares. “Whatever fight is going to be, put him up a little bit closer towards that title shot, that's where he wants to be, that's who he wants to fight."
Tim Hague on Lesnar, Tuchscherer and Duffee
Joe Ferraro (Sportsnet.ca) - As Edmonton's Tim "The Thrashing Machine" Hague prepares to take on Brock Lesnar training partner Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109, the Canadian heavyweight is disappointed with Lesnar's recent statements about the Canadian Health Care System.
"I'm a fan of Brock's, but after what he's said recently about Canada, I'm starting to lose a little respect for him," Hague said. "But to each his own."
I edited the title from mmacanada's orignal "Canadian Tim "The Thrashing Machine" Hague has some choice words for heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar "
Source: Despite threats, no one yet fired from Brock Lesnar's camp
A week after UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar blasted his team for talking out of turn, a source close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that everything is still business as usual inside the camp.Upon announcing his octagon return this past Wednesday after a life-threatening bout of diverticulosis, Lesnar (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) expressed dismay at the multiple health reports that trickled out in the months following his battle with the intestinal disease.
Nick Diaz, Marius Zaromskis, Joe Riggs and Melvin Manhoef also in for "EA Sports MMA"
Shortly after Bobby Lashley was announced on today's edition of ESPN.com's "MMA Live" as the latest addition to "EA Sports MMA," four more fighters involved in this weekend's "Strikeforce: Miami" event were also confirmed for the game.Nick Diaz (20-7 MMA, 2-0 SF), Marius Zaromskis (13-3 MMA, 0-0 SF), Joe Riggs (32-10 MMA, 3-2 SF) and Melvin Manhoef (24-6-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) will all appear in the upcoming rival to THQ's "UFC Undisputed" franchise.The latest additions to the forthcoming video game's roster were announced in an ESPN.com interview with Lashley.
Former WWE star Bobby Lashley latest addition to "EA Sports MMA" roster
Former WWE star and current Strikeforce heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley (4-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) will appear in the forthcoming "EA Sports MMA" title.The latest addition to the video game's rapidly expanding roster was announced on today's edition of ESPN.com's "MMA Live."The game, available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010.
Randy Couture knows he has an advantage over Mark Coleman when it comes to conditioning
He doesn't throw a lot of combinations, but he's a very powerful guy. If you stand around in front of him he's gonna try and hit you with some good hooks and overhand rights. He's gonna follow those with a straight double leg. Knowing what you're looking for there and being ready for that is a big key. The more times you can stuff Mark and keep him from taking you down or make him work real hard to take you down is gonna pay dividends on the conditioning side of things even in a three round fight.
Lavar Johnson cheats death to return to MMA at Strikeforce 'Challengers' on March 26 in Fresno
NEW YORK (Jan. 28, 2010)-Six months ago, Lavar Johnson lay in a hospital bed, clinging to his life after he was gunned down while attending a family barbeque during the July 4 holiday.On Friday, March 26, the 32-year-old will enter a new chapter in his incredible recovery when he restarts his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career in the main event of a STRIKEFORCE Challengers fight card at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California on Friday, March 26.
Patrick Barry vs. Gilbert Yvel targeted for UFC 115 main card
A slugfest of potentially epic proportions has been tapped for the UFC's first trip to British Columbia, Canada, as Gilbert Yvel (36-14-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is now expected to face Pat Barry (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 115.Sources close to both camps indicated to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been signed for the matchup, which was first reported by the Las Vegas Sun.
Pros Pick: Diaz vs. Zaromskis
Michael Guymon: Diaz takes this one by annoying his opponent to death.
Mike Ciesnolevicz: Nick Diaz always wins fights that I think he will lose. He has become one of the top guys in the game with a very unorthodox yet well-rounded style, not to mention he is as tough as they come. I think he executes his game plan perfectly and wears Zaromskis down by throwing hundreds of punches before finishing him with a kimura or rear choke. Diaz then gets on the microphone and says, "What do you want from me man? I just woke up!"
Stav Economou: Marius is good, but not good enough to beat Diaz. Diaz wins (via) second-round submission.
Tom Gavrilos: This fight will go to Diaz. He will outwork Marius and most likely catch him in a submission.
Ray Elbe: Nick Diaz proves once again why medical marijuana should be supported by everyone in the USA by winning this fight at 4:20 of the first round with a choke so tight it literally vaporizes Zaromskis to sleep.
Robin Black: I would put some money on Zaromskis for the upset, but, frankly, Diaz scares the s--t out of me. He might hunt down everyone who bets against him and cut them all. I don't want to get cut. Especially in the face. No, I'll just go with Diaz.
Benji Radach: I gotta go with our American fighter Nick Diaz. He has to watch out for that left tricky high kick, but I think Nick knows how to train and can prepare to take that out of his game. CIRCLE TO THE LEFT NICK (laughs)! I think Nick is more of a veteran, and his style of boxing will throw the foreign fighter off of his game.
Kultar Gill: Nick Diaz by submission in the first round. Soon as it hits the ground, it's going to be over.
Gabe Ruediger: Nick is more well-rounded and should pull it off. Zaromskis can always land that head kick, which he seems to be landing at will, but Nick’s very game standing and a black belt in BJJ.
Stephane Vigneault: Nick Diaz all the way by TKO. He is incredible since he left the UFC.
Roland Sarria: Diaz will press him and will win by stoppage in the first round.
Ricardo Liborio: Diaz by submission, round one.
Erik Paulson: Nick Diaz is at the top of his game right now, and I really enjoy watching him fight. He really imposes his outstanding game plan every time he fights. For me, with his upcoming fight, I see him the victor. He has all ranges covered and is definitely great at all three ranges, which makes him a dangerous opponent.
Din Thomas: I got Nick Diaz by Stockton gang signs beoootch!
Zac George: Marius could head kick the Diazinator into a full-blown coma. However, I see Diaz “smoking” him on the ground.
Jake Shields: This should be a great fight, and I have an obvious bias since I am good friends and training partners with Nick. But that being said, I think this fight will start out super exciting and high-paced. But Nick will bring too much pressure and will end up submitting or KOing him late in the second round.
Duke Roufus: Nick Diaz by mean mug, b--ch!
Luigi Fioravanti: Marius is unpredictable and unorthodox on his feet, which can pose a threat to any fighter. Diaz is tough as hell and has fought some of the best. He is more experienced than Marius and very good on the ground, where he will be most dangerous. Diaz by submission.
Micah Miller: Nick by submission. I don’t think there is such a thing as jiu jitsu in Lithuania.
Kit Cope: Zaromskis is a bad dude, but Nick is a world of problems for any man. Everybody looks at Nick’s punches and thinks that they won’t be effective, but Nick has a way of slowly draining the life out of you and then finishing you just before you’d take a nap on your own. Plus he can take a helluva wallop! My prediction is that exactly that will happen to Zaromskis. I see another Gomi/Diaz-type of battle with Nick again finishing the fight after s--t talking at Marius the whole way through!
Pros who picked Diaz: 20
Pros who picked Zaromskis: 0
Pros who couldn’t decide: 0