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World Extreme Cagefighting Eliminates Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Divisions
(bloodyelbow.com)
"With every fight, the WEC has proven itself to be a powerful and growing presence in sports, both with our live events and our programming on Versus," said Peter Dropick, WEC Vice President, Operations and Production. "Exciting matchups like Torres vs. Tapia on Dec. 3 and the incredible fights we have planned for 2009 under this new structure will no doubt establish WEC as the home of the best lighter weight fighters in the world." Industry insiders have speculated for months as to when the move would actually happen and according to officials at the WEC, 2009 will move the focus to the lighter weight classes with the light heavyweight and middleweight classes leaving the promotion. The WEC made no statement as to what would happen to the fighters currently competing in those weight classes, but it has long been assumed that at least champions like Paulo Filho and Steve Cantwell would make the move along with fighters such as Brian Stann, who has a tremendous fan following. Current middleweight champion, Paulo Filho, is still slated to defend his WEC title in November against Chael Sonnen, but that may be the last scheduled fight for the weight class.
Submitted Sep 26, 2008 3:47PM by MMAcca - 11 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Video Interview: Couture talking about Lesnar - Great!
(dreamfighters.com)
GREAT interview with Couture talking about Lesnar!
Submitted Sep 26, 2008 3:44PM by kastro_316 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rampage Jackson: Michael Bisping could beat Anderson Silva one day
(mmamania.com)
“I’ve been working and training with Michael for a year now, and I have seen improvements consistently; he is already one of the best. He just can’t see it yet. This guy doesn’t know just how good he is. Or how good he can be yet. I think if Michael beats Chris Leben and he fights Dan Henderson next he has the chance to show he is one of the best. If Michael beats and defeats Henderson then he can take on Anderson Silva. Michael has all the qualities to be one the best. He’s better than me at so many things. Michael is a great fighter. He works hard, trains hard, he’s got the potential to be one of the best champions in the sport. He’s also got really good trainers. In the MMA game, anything can happen in a fight. People see Silva as invincible, but Michael could beat Silva one day. There is always a first in this sport.” Former light heavyweight champion Quinton Rampage Jackson — who now trains full time with top middleweight contender Michael Bisping at Wolfslair MMA Academy in the United Kingdom — feels his team member and friend could defeat UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. The interesting thing here is that he lays out a fight schedule that could groom Bisping for an eventual showdown with “The Spider” after two fights — Chris Leben at UFC 89 and then Dan Henderson.
Submitted Sep 26, 2008 11:15AM by SmileR - 57 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kelly Kobold Plans To "Win Very Decisively" Aginst Gina Carano
(mmajunkie.com)
During an EliteXC conference call yesterday, Kelly Kobold talked about the opportunity she's been given to fight again as well as her fight next week against Gina Carano. Kobold predicted she'll be the first to beat Gina and, in her words, "And not just win -- win very decisively."
Submitted Sep 26, 2008 10:32AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Silva vs. Machida (Take 2) At UFC 93
(mmamania.com)
According to the website TATAME, the much-anticipated matchup between UFC Light Heavyweights Thiago Silva & Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida has been rescheduled for UFC 93 in January. It was scheduled for UFC 89 but a Silva injury forced the bout to be scrapped.
Submitted Sep 26, 2008 10:28AM by DCRage - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Is free agency in the future for Gilbert Melendez?
(mmaweekly.com)
Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is ready to get back to the top of his weight class, but with only one fight left on his current contract, he is welcoming his upcoming free agency. Melendez has had a very successful career to this point, but the California based fighter has now dropped two out of his last three fights and he’s looking to get the best option for his future. “I have one fight left with Strikeforce. I really do like Strikeforce, I think they’re a great organization and they took care of me,” Melendez told MMAWeekly.com “But I have other goals too, other dreams. I do want to get my payback against Josh (Thomson) and (Mitsuhiro) Ishida, that’s awesome that they’re there too, but I’m just going to make sure I do really good on my next fight and then I’m going to weigh out all my options. “It’s going to feel good to be a free agent after this fight and see what I can do.” The next Strikeforce show is set for Nov. 21, but Melendez says it is up in the air if he will end up on that card or not.
Submitted Sep 26, 2008 7:01AM by SmileR - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Ricco Rodriguez v Rob Broughton Cage Gladiators IX
(mmahitpit.com)
Cage Gladiators is proud to announce a late addition to its next card. Cage Gladiators IX - Beatdown is to take place on Saturday 4th October at the Liverpool Olympia. We are excited to present Ricco Rodriguez a former UFC heavyweight champion versus Rob Broughton. This titanic clash is one of the biggest fights yet for one of the UK’s top MMA organisations. Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez is a former UFC heavyweight champion and ADCC gold medallist. Ricco is one of a select numbers of fighters to have beaten the legendary Randy Couture to capture the UFC belt. Ricco has fought some of the top fighter in the world narrowly losing a contentious decision to current UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira whilst competing in the now defunct Japanese Pride organisation. One of the world’s best known and popular fighters, he makes his UK debut for Cage Gladiators on Saturday 4th October.
Submitted Sep 26, 2008 12:41AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Carano continues her battle for respect
(sports.yahoo.com)
Gina Carano is a fighter, not a blogger or a journalist, so she struggles to understand descriptions of her as a “pin-up girl” and as a “model turned fighter.” And Carano, who meets Kelly Kobold-Gavin on Oct. 4 on an EliteXC show on CBS at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., is quickly learning that fame isn’t all the compelling. “I don’t even know what a pin-up girl is, and I’ve never called myself a pin-up girl or done anything to try to depict myself in any way other than as a woman who likes to be attractive but who also likes to fight,” Carano said. “I haven’t taken raunchy pictures. I haven’t done anything that would embarrass myself, my family or my sport, but I see people writing things like that and it’s so discouraging.”
Submitted Sep 26, 2008 12:28AM by MMAcca - 23 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Bebeo Duarte focused on BTT Las Vegas
(tatame.com)
One of the best ground experts from Carlson Gracie Team, Bebeo Duarte is leaving Brazilian Top Team in Rio de Janeiro to run the team branch in Las Vegas, USA. In exclusive interview to TATAME.com, Bebeo spoke about the moving and what it’ll represent to the team, besides commenting the MMA evolution and his best moments in BTT. Check below an exclusive interview with Bebeo Duarte.
Submitted Sep 26, 2008 12:21AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Vitale fight" Just another day" for Trigg
(fighthype.com)
Off the heels of his latest conquest in Japan, mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Frank Trigg (17-6) doesn't seem too concerned about his next challenge, submission expert, Falaniko "Niko" Vitale (26-8). In fact, Trigg's seemingly nonchalant attitude toward the 185-pound limit matchup with Hawaii's top talent could be mistaken for brash overconfidenc
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 9:30PM by Porch28 - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Ed Herman "I would like a rematch with Belcher right away"
(fighthype.com)
Alan is one of the guys I wanted to fight because I thought it would be a good matchup. I thought it would be fun to stand and fight with him. I knew he would fight me…I would like a rematch with Belcher right away if I could, but we'll see what happens," stated UFC middleweight Ed Herman as he talked about his strong desire for a rematch with Alan Belcher. Check out what he had to say about their fight, his performance and much more
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 9:06PM by Porch28 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
- BLACKBURN VS CHONAN AT UFC 92 IN DECEMBER
(mmaweekly.com)
Former International Fight League (IFL) fighter Brad Blackburn and Pride veteran Ryo Chonan have agreed to fight on the undercard of UFC 92 on Dec. 27 in Las Vegas, according to sources close to the fighters’ camps.
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 7:35PM by nickcuc547 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
HDNet Emerges as IFL Buyer
(sherdog.com)
Mark Cuban’s HDNet channel has emerged as the frontrunner for all of the remaining assets of the International Fight League, which filed for bankruptcy Sept. 15. Forms were filed Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission requesting that the publicly owned IFL be given permission to sell its remaining assets to the network. The forms also requested that HDNet be given every consideration as a potential buyer as the IFL’s assets go to the auction block through Oct. 23. HDNet has offered a buying price of $650,000 for all intellectual property, including the IFL’s film, video and image library; its five-roped competition ring and team trademarks; and proprietary rights, including its Web site. The proposed transaction also includes any remaining broadcast contracts the IFL acquired during its two-year tenure, which includes a deal with Fox Sports Network. HDNet Fights broadcasts a multitude of MMA events, including Strikeforce, Affliction and Japan's Dream promotion. The company’s CEO, Andrew Simon, was not immediately available for comment.
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 7:10PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: IFL, HDNet
 
The Rematch: Burns vs. Johnson II At TUF 8 Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
It seems that Anthony Johnson will get a chance at redemption following his controversial TKO loss to Kevin Burns at July's UFN very soon. A Burns-Johnson rematch is to be finalized in the next few days and it will happen at the TUF 8 Finale.
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 5:11PM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Quick Quote: Carano's Weight Issues Stem From "Instability"
(mmamania.com)
It's well known that top female fighter Gina Carano has had problems making weight for her fights recently. During a recent radio interview Carano offered a bit of an explanation as to why: What she calls "instability" due in part to her having such a busy schedule.
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 5:08PM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Josh Barnett: I Did Not Turn Down Arlovski Fight On CBS
(mmamania.com)
According to Josh Barnett, there have been several published reports stating he turned down a fight with Andrei Arlovski for next week's EliteXC on CBS event, a fight planned originally for the postponed Affliction PPV in October. Barnett has denied this, saying specifically "I did not turn down that fight."
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 5:06PM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
Shields vs. Daley NOT A Dual Title Bout
(mmaweekly.com)
Officially clarifying the status of Saturday night's EliteXC on CBS Main Event, EXC head of fight operation Jeremy Lappen today confirmed that the Jake Shields-Paul Daley fight is not a dual-title bout and is only for Shields' EliteXC Welterweight Title. Daley currently holds the Cage Rage Welterweight Championship, and ProElite owns Cage Rage.
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 5:01PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Muhammad "Mo" Lawal vs. Travis Wuiff at Sengoku 5
(bloodyelbow.com)
I talked about "Mo" Lawal months ago in relation to him being the next big prospect in MMA and now he's ready to make the jump into the deep end of the MMA pool:

Travis Wiuff confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his new opponent for the upcoming Sengoku 5 event in Tokyo this weekend will be recent Team Quest (Murrieta) acquisition Muhammad "Mo" Lawal. Lawal has an impressive freestyle amateur wrestling background, with accolades including the 2002 NCAA Division II National Championship, and First Place finishes at the 2006 U.S. Open and 2007 Pan-American Games. Most recently the native Coloradan finished second at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, just missing out on an opportunity to compete in recent Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 4:41PM by juanez13 - 1 comment
Filed under: World Victory Road / Sengoku
 
'Colossus' Backs Al-Turk For UFC Success
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
James Thompson is backing former Cage Rage champion Mustapha Al-Turk to make a big impact in the UFC heavyweight division. Thompson, a fellow Cage Rage veteran, believes Al-Turk will surprise MMA fans in the US that may not have seen him fight before. “I always like to see nice people who work hard get chances, and that’s what you've got with Mustapha,” he told Fighters Only earlier. “He is a really quality person and fighter who has worked really hard and is now going to turn plenty of heads." Thompson’s last fight was a highly controversial loss to streetfighter turned mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice earlier this year.
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 1:29PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Angry Jorge Masvidal seeks to erase defeat at Sengoku 5
(mmajunkie.com)
A controversial loss can sometimes become a motivating factor for a fighter. Such is the case with Jorge Masvidal (13-3), who will aim to erase the frustration of a June loss to Rodrigo Damm. He returns this weekend at World Victory Road's fifth "Sengoku" event. While a guest on a recent episode of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Masvidal explained how that controversial loss has impacted his career. "A lot of angry training, man," Masvidal said of his recent camp. "I'm still mad about my last fight. A lot of angry training." In that "Sengoku: Third Battle" affair, Masvidal suffered a flash knockdown. Alhough stunned, Masvidal looked to be retaining guard on his opponent. Unfortunately for "Gamebred," the referee felt differently and halted the contest despite Masvidal being clearly awake.
Submitted Sep 25, 2008 1:25PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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