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Demain Maia likes Shogun’s chances against Chuck Liddell
(tatame.com)
"[Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is] super professional … He’s away from Curitiba (Shogun’s home town) and it’s good for him to get more concentrated. He’s on the right way, but [it is] still far from the fight, still has four weeks. He’ll get to the top now. I don’t know about Chuck, how is his preparation, but I think Shogun is very talented and, well trained, is hard to be beat…. I don’t think that the fight with Coleman was bad. It was a very intense fight, maybe he got tired more, but I think he fought well. He got tired, that’s normal. People forget that Coleman fought with Fedor few time ago and did a great fight, he is very tough… It’s not because he’s 45 that that you have to go there and kill him.” In an interview with undefeated middleweight contender Demian Maia talks about helping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua prepare for his upcoming 205-pound battle against former division champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 97: “Redemption” on April 18. Maia is perhaps the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist currently on UFC roster, winning all five of his fights inside the Octagon with insane submissions. He makes it look so easy. Might he be showing “Shogun” a thing or two to surprise the “Iceman” on fight night with a ground attack? We will see soon enough.
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 11:36AM by SmileR - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Thales Leites: I Can Get That Belt From Silva At 97
(mmamania.com)
While most feel he's undeserving of his title shot against Anderson Silva at UFC 97, Thales Leites is confident he can somehow do the near-impossible and beat Silva. In fact, he says "he will get out of the cage with that belt, no matter what happens".
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 9:57AM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Man That Was ‘Mask’
(sherdog.com)
Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr. had all the faith in the world. It takes nothing less to be the first of your kind, to see opportunity and potential in places where others simply do not. It takes even more to act upon that vision, to put yourself out on a limb in the face of ridicule and failure. Lewis had faith in the sport of mixed martial arts. Through his Tapout clothing line, he championed it without a hint of hesitation to every stranger, friend, and foe alike. Charles Lewis was one of the good guys. And that’s why his death in a horrific car crash during the early morning hours of March 11 hit the fight community so hard. As is the case with those we cherish most, Lewis was gone too suddenly. He was on his way home from the gym with his girlfriend Lacey at 1 a.m., the only time he could fit working out into a hectic schedule. Lewis took pride in his deceiving physique, and many questioned he was really 45 years old, even after officials confirmed it. That night, Lewis and Lacey had decided to drive by a condominium apartment they had been looking into purchasing over the next few days. It is believed Lewis’ fire-engine red Ferrari occupied the middle lane when Jeffery Kirby and his companion came up along the left side in a white 1977 Porsche. At the scene, black skid marks snake up onto the median’s curb right as the road bends slightly, then drag for 500 or more feet across the three lanes. They indicate Kirby’s car bounced off the road’s island divider before t-boning into Lewis’ vehicle’s backend, sending the Ferrari into a 180-degree spin. The car traveled backwards before the driver’s side wailed directly into a cement light pole, slicing it into two parts. It was the first time in a few months that Lewis had had the opportunity to enjoy the luxury ride he’d purchased over a year ago. The car had slept at a friend’s showroom until Lewis had been asked to bring it to a photo shoot that day for Dub magazine. High speeds didn’t seem unfathomable under the circumstances, though friends said they couldn’t see Lewis engaging in a dangerous street race for superiority. Lewis didn’t know Kirby, nor was Lewis believed to be drinking at the time. Lewis never touched alcohol, as many will attest, including his best friend and business partner Dan “Punk Ass” Caldwell. Lewis and Caldwell met in 1992 as sheriffs for San Bernardino County in southern Calif. Both trained in boxing and kickboxing, but soon found a mutual love in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the early UFC events. The name Tapout was born from the license plate on Lewis’ car. It was a way for Lewis to demonstrate his unadulterated love for the art and he displayed it around town like his badge of honor. “Especially then, when you would ride down the freeway with ‘Tapout’ on your license plate, people would come up to you and look inside and give you a thumb’s up. That’s how you knew another jiu-jitsu guy,” said Caldwell. When a license plate wasn’t enough, Lewis went to Caldwell with an idea for a T-shirt
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 8:55AM by ncordless - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
New Interview With WEC VP Peter Dropick
(versus.com)
With WEC 40 right around the corner, Ariel Helwani of Versus.com recently interviewed WEC VP Peter Dropick on a variety of WEC-related topics, which notably include PPV plans for June likely back on with the Urijah Faber-Mike Thomas Brown rematch for the WEC Featherweight Title likely to headline the event.
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 8:12AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
NSAC To Take Tougher Stance On Future Positive Drug Tests
(mmajunkie.com)
The fallout from the Karo Parisyan drug test hearing yesterday continues. A new motion presented and unanimously approved by the NSAC will result in a fighter forfeiting his entire win bonus from a fight should he then have a positive post-fight drug test. Had this been in place before Parisyan's fine yesterday, the fighter could've been fined up to $52,000 including forfeiting his $40K UFC 94 win bonus.
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 7:32AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC
 
Penn's mother urges NSAC to punish St. Pierre "to fullest extent of authority"
(mmajunkie.com)
At Tuesday's Nevada State Athletic Commission review of the bout, yet another unique story was brought to "Greasegate." Lorraine Shin, the mother of UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, addressed the commission and charged them with failing to properly protect her son in the course of the Jan. 31 contest. The contents of Shin's address to the NSAC are included below: "My name is Lorraine Shin, and I am the mother of Jay Dee Penn, also known as B.J. Penn. I have been involved in the MMA arena as a producer for years. "I have and continue to support my four sons who have earned their black belt status in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I have also had the opportunity of attending many Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments as well as MMA fight events in Hawaii, Guam, Japan, England and the U.S. Mainland. I am no stranger to the MMA fight world. "During the past 12 years my sons operate and are instructors in the Penn Fitness and Training Center in Hawaii, which I have been very instrumental in its daily operations. My son, Jay Dee Penn, has also produced MMA events under the name of Rumble on the Rock in Hawaii and Guam, and later merged with EliteXC. As the financial adviser for the family, it was imperative for me to understand the rules and regulations governing MMA events. "On Jan. 31, 2009, I was present at the UFC 94 event held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The fighters in the main event were B.J. Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title. "I was sitting in the front row, near the entrance to the octagon cage, and clearly understood the seriousness of this fight that had been successfully marketed on prime time television. I don't know if this has been posted already, sorry if it has.
Submitted Mar 18, 2009 12:07AM by SmileR - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Vinicius Magalhaes to fight Eliot Marshall at UFC 97
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Sources close to the match have informed FiveOuncesofPain.com that TUF 8 finalist Vinicius Magalhaes will face off with fellow cast member Eliot Marshall in a fight that is expected to be announced for the upcoming UFC 97 event.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 7:21PM by Wolfenstein - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shogun training with Demian Maia for Liddell
(tatame.com)
Demian Maia submitted all five opponents he faced in the UFC, and now is helping Maurício “Shogun” Rua in his trainings for his next fight, against the former champion Chuck Liddell. Opening the doors of his gym in São Paulo for the Pride GP champion, Demian commented Ru’s training and is confident in another Brazilian victory in the octagon
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 5:22PM by Wolfenstein - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brett Rogers vs. Ron Humphries signed for Strikeforce’s April 11 event
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
While the bout is still pending the approval of the California State Athletic Commission, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has confirmed with multiple sources that Rogers has been scheduled to take on former BET Iron Ring veteran Ron Humphries (5-0).
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 4:34PM by Wolfenstein - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Andre Arlovski Makes Pro Boxing Debut April 11
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovksi will make his professional boxing debut on Saturday April 11th, it has been reported. He will box on the undercard of Paul Williams-Winky Wright in Las Vegas, according to boxing website Ring Talk.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 2:10PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Kimbo Slice has his sights set on boxing career
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
According to comments attributed to Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in a new interview with The Nassau Guardian, Slice could be set to embark on a professional boxing career soon rather than later.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 2:05PM by MMAcca - 12 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Rookie promotion Shine Fights features UFC vets during May 9 debut in Ohio
(mmajunkie.com)
After watching the sport of mixed martial arts explode, seeing his brother excel on "The Ultimate Fighter 6," and feeling the need for an organization that puts good matchmaking before record padding, MMA fan Devin Price launched Shine Fights. The rookie organization will make its debut on May 9 with a fight card headlined and co-headlined by former UFC vets Roan Carneiro vs. Ron Jhun and Antwain Britt vs. Antonio Mendes. The event takes place May 9 at the Celeste Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 2:00PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Breaking-Parisyan Suspended 9 Months, Fined $32K
(mmaweekly.com)
The NSAC today has suspended Karo Parisyan 9 months and fined him $32,000 for a positive drug test arising from his fight with Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94. The fine is 40% of his total purse from the fight. Additionally, the fight result is changed from a split decision win to No Contest and Karo must submit to random drug testing.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 1:55PM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC: Junie transformed from 'The Lunatic' to 'The Buddhist' Browning
(blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
Any journalist worth his salt writes Junie Browning off at his own demise. The writer's demise, that is. Just put the phone down to the 23-year-old UFC 'tearaway', media-styled bad boy of the last TUF series, and Browning puts stories on a plate for you. It's what every decent writer should be looking for. Fine, the odd sentence he comes out with is utter madness, but the guy has opinions, and he LISTENS. In fact, he's a great listener.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 1:16PM by Aaronno9 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce All But Finalizes April Card
(mmajunkie.com)
With the announcement of what will be the 6 prelim fights today, Strikeforce has now virtually finalized it's April 11 card. Raul Castillo vs. Brandon Michaels completes the prelim portion of the card, and now the only thing left to be determined is an opponent for Brett Rogers with Joe Riggs vs. Phil Baroni likely not happening.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 11:19AM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Rosi Sexton To Bellator FC
(mmaweekly.com)
It now appears that Bellator Fighting Championshps will also feature some women's fights in addition to it's scheduled tournaments. The promotion has signed Cage Warriors Female World Champion Rosi Sexton to a 4-fight contract. Sexton will debut April 3 against Jessica Aguilar in a fight at 120 pounds, and the fight may air the following day on ESPN Deportes.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 9:03AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Dean Lister Invited To ADCC, Wants Fedor
(mmaweekly.com)
Not in MMA though, but in combat grappling. Former UFC Middleweight Dean Lister, released by UFC earlier upon request, has been invited to compete in the Abu Dhabi grappling tournament once again this year. Lister won the tournament in 2003. He's also considering moving up to the weight class that Fedor Emelianenko, also expected to participate this year, will be competing in for a potential match against the MMA Heavyweight king.
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 9:01AM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Other Combat Sports
 
UFC officially adds Spencer Fisher vs. Caol Uno to UFC 99 in June
(mmajunkie.com)
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported in February, former UFC lightweight title challenger Caol Uno (25-11-4 MMA, 3-3-1 UFC) will return to the organization for the first time in almost six years at "UFC 99: Franklin vs. Silva."
Submitted Mar 17, 2009 2:31AM by Mchubb316 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thiago Tavares Vs Melvin Guillard @ UFC 101
(mmaweekly.com)
With UFC 101 still several months away the promotion has already started to put together some of the match-ups on the card. On Monday, MMAWeekly.com confirmed that a lightweight bout between Thiago Tavares and Melvin Guillard would be added to the show. The bout was confirmed by sources close to the fight who indicated the fight has been agreed to on the date of Aug 8 with bout agreements to follow shortly.
Submitted Mar 16, 2009 7:42PM by MMAcca - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Why Catch Weight? Dana Explains Franklin-Silva
(mmaweekly.com)
The UFC 99 main event of Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to be contested at a catchweight of 195 instead of at Middleweight, which Silva is dropping to, or Light Heavyweight, which Franklin now fights at. In explaining the reasons why, Dana White says he "met Rich in the middle".
Submitted Mar 16, 2009 6:05PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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