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DANA WHITE: Nick Diaz needs to "play the game"...
When Nick Diaz knocked out Marius Zaromskis last weekend the questions immediately started to come up about the welterweight's future and if a UFC return could ever happen. The Gracie trained fighter competed in the UFC for several years, but left and signed on with EliteXC and then Strikeforce, where he has come to be considered among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. UFC president Dana White commented on Diaz's recent performance and had nothing but compliments for the California native. "I like Nick Diaz very much, and I’ve said this many times, if Nick Diaz would just play the game even this much... but Nick Diaz refuses to play the game," White said. "He’s anti-the game."
Submitted Feb 5, 2010 11:01AM by emfleek - 28 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
"EA Sports MMA" adds Strikeforce's Dan Henderson to videogame roster
After failing to reach terms for a new deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and recently signing with rival Strikeforce, Dan Henderson has also inked a deal with the UFC's rival videogame: "EA Sports MMA." EA Sports officials announced that Henderson signed his contract while at Wednesday's Madden Bowl, an annual videogame competition for "Madden NFL" held on Super Bowl week. "EA Sports MMA," available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010. Henderson, a character in THQ's wildly successful "UFC 2009 Undisputed" videogame franchise, now heads to EA Sports' Strikeforce- and DREAM-friendly title. Henderson (25-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC), the first fighter simultaneously to hold two PRIDE belts, recently concluded his second stint in the UFC.
Submitted Feb 5, 2010 10:59AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
With refined mental approach, UFC 109's Melvin Guillard eyes fresh start
Melvin Guillard (22-8-2 MMA, 5-4 UFC) would like to introduce himself to you. That may seem a little silly as he prepares to make his 10th appearance for the UFC, but Guillard insists "The Young Assassin" that will step into the cage with Ronnys Torres (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for Saturday night's UFC 109 event in Las Vegas is unlike any version of him you've ever seen before. "Right now, I feel that I'm 0-0," Guillard recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) for The Dallas Morning News. "I'm wiping my slate clean. I'm not looking back."
Submitted Feb 5, 2010 10:58AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
WEC vet Bryan Baker added to Bellator's second middleweight tourney
With Bellator Fighting Championships middleweight champion Hector Lombard set to defend his belt in 2010, the upstart promotion today announced the second contender in season two's eight-man bracket. Three-time WEC veteran Bryan Baker (11-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) returns for a second appearance for Bellator, though this time he'll be involved in tournament action. Baker earned a decision win over Matt Horwich in a non-tournament bout at Bellator VIII during the company's inaugural season. "'The Beast' is a dangerous addition to our middleweight tournament," Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated in today's official release. "He caught my eye back at Bellator VIII, and I knew then and there that he would make a big impact on our 185-pound challenger tournament."
Submitted Feb 5, 2010 10:57AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
"EA Sports MMA" adds top Strikeforce prospect Tyron Woodley to videogame roster
Fast-rising Strikeforce welterweight and former University of Missouri wrestler Tyron Woodley is the latest addition to the "EA Sports MMA" videogame roster. An EA Sports official today confirmed the addition with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "EA Sports MMA," available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010 as a rival to THQ's "UFC Undisputed" title. Woodley hinted at the signing in a recent Facebook update, though it wasn't clear if he simply began talking to officials from the videogame maker or had actually signed a deal.
Submitted Feb 5, 2010 10:57AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
After first career loss, UFC 109's Demian Maia worked on stand up but expects to grapple
As the old mixed-martial-arts saying goes, "No one stays unbeaten forever." But of course, no one likes to get beaten the way top UFC middleweight Demian Maia (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was in his UFC 102 contest with Nate Marquardt. Maia doesn't believe in that other old saying – "That loss was the best thing that could have happened," he said – but he does believe the lessons learned in that 21-second disaster will have him more than ready for Dan Miller at Saturday night's UFC 109 event.
Submitted Feb 5, 2010 10:56AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Wilson Reis Off SRC 12
Although World Victory Road has announced him as competing at Sengoku 12 on 3/7, it now turns out that Wilson Reis will not compete at the event. No exact reason given beyond undisclosed reasons, but it could be personal reasons.
Submitted Feb 5, 2010 7:45AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: World Victory Road / Sengoku
Scott Coker Talks Alistair Overeem, Herschel Walker and More
- Alistair Overeem will defend the Strikeforce Heavyweight Title in May. Opponent is yet to be determined. - Erin Toughill will be the next opponent for Cris Cyborg, targeting a late summer title fight. - The 145 pound women's tournament will have a Summertime launch.
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 9:03PM by RhythmAndStyle - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Matt Veach vs Paul Kelly Added To UFC 112 Card
Now that the UFC has officially announced the upcoming card set for Abu Dhabi, more fights are being added everyday and the latest is a lightweight showdown between HIT Squad fighter, Matt Veach and British product, Paul Kelly, who will meet in a 155lb contest on the undercard.
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 5:58PM by RhythmAndStyle - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White confirms Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione on tap for UFC 113
LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White confirmed that a previously reported bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast members Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Matt Mitrione (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will take place in May at UFC 113.
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 5:56PM by RhythmAndStyle - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 114: Chris Leben vs Aaron Simpson possibly set for May 29
Hard-hitting Chris Leben (19-6) and undefeated Aaron Simpson (7-0) have agreed to throw leather in a middleweight bout at UFC 114 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 29, according to Hector Castro of the Ground and Pound, in conjunction with Rear Naked Choke Radio.
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 4:40PM by RhythmAndStyle - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
MMA Quick Quote: Herschel Walker contemplates April 2010 return
"I’m going get back into the gym and say I’d love to have another fight, and I’m gonna work hard, but I’m leaving it my trainers and coaches’ hands and the fighters at the gym. If they think I’m not ready, they gotta tell me, and I will swallow my pride and not do it. I want to know that I’m still the Herschel of -- that 47-year-old that’s got a 25-year-old way of doing things. If I have lost that, then I don’t think I’ll fight again. My thing is go out and perform at the highest of levels. I’m not there to be a circus act. I want to be a pure fighter."
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 4:39PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Tachi Palace Fights' Nam Phan balances fighting aspirations with role model duties
"When I fight, I try to be a role model with the young Asian-Americans around here," Phan recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "When I was brought up, there was no Asian-American role model. There was no one to look up to." Phan is proud of his Vietnamese heritage, and he takes equal pride in helping to guide the youth that live in his predominantly Asian-American neighborhood.
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 4:32PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Paul Taylor moving to lightweight, signs to fight John Gunderson at UFC 112
Paul Taylor (10-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has dropped from welterweight to lightweight and signed to fight John Gunderson (22-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 112 in April.Sources close to both competitors told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fight is set for the preliminary card of the event.
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 4:31PM by RhythmAndStyle - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
With Rakoczy up next, Frausto already eyeing showdown with Tate at Strikeforce
Prior to fast-rising female prospect Zoila Frausto's (4-0) Showtime appearance at this past November's "Strikeforce Challengers IV" event, not many people outside of the California fight scene had heard of the "Warrior Princess."But with a rapid-fire barrage of powerful kicks and an excellent display of Muay Thai in her win over Elisha Helsper, Frausto left many fans across the country clamoring for more.
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 1:46PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Bellator FC headed to Kansas City with four events in 2010
Under the terms of the agreement, four Bellator MMA events will be staged at the highly popular Kansas City Power & Light District, which is owned and managed by The Cordish Company, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate known for its tremendously successful development of mixed-use entertainment districts in high-profile destinations throughout the country including Baltimore, Houston, Louisville, Ky., Atlantic City, N.J., Hollywood, Fla., and Charleston, S.C.
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 1:42PM by RhythmAndStyle - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC 112: Ricky Story vs Nick Osipczak planned for Abu Dhabi on April 10
A welterweight match up between Ricky "Horror" Story and Nick Osipczak has been added to the UFC 112 card set to take place on April 10 from Abu Dhabi, the home of Zuffa's newest business partners, according to FiveOuncesofPain.com.
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 1:40PM by RhythmAndStyle - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC makes Nate Quarry vs Jorge Rivera and Yushin Okami vs Lucio Linhares official for Fight Night 21
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently bolstered the already-stacked fight card for its Fight Night 21 event going down on March 31 from the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday, March 31.Completing the main card line up will be former TUF veteran and surgically repaired middleweight Nate Quarry (12-3), who looks to get back into the 185-pound title hunt against longtime Octagon veteran Jorge Rivera (17-7).
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 1:39PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Shane Carwin Won't Be Listening To Frank Mir Talk
Evidently he doesn't fancy himself a pre-fight trash talker like Mir does. Carwin says if people want a great fight they don't need to talk-they just need to tune in. And yes, Carwin predicts a KO.
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 12:11PM by DCRage - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rory Markham Is Going To Stand His Ground, Puff Out His Chest And Throw Down Against Nate Diaz
In other words, he's going to fight Nate Diaz like Nate Diaz. ""I think it’s a very interesting match-up. I like the kid’s style. I think we can definitely relate to each other – we stand our ground, puff out our chest, and like to throw down in there. He likes to play the heel, and that’s fine with me. No one’s going to take me out of my game. I try to fight without emotion, even though my style is very angry. "
Submitted Feb 4, 2010 12:08PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
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