Interview: Undefeated kickboxer Raymond Daniels
One of the faces to keep an eye out for at the Strikeforce: Melendez versus Thomson event in San Jose on Friday is undefeated kickboxer Raymond Daniels, who will be making his mixed martial arts debut.
As the captain of the championship-winning Los Angeles Stars squad in Chuck Norris' World Combat League, Daniels would often steal the show with his dazzling knockouts and ease in which he would dominate his opponents.
WEC 35 card takes shape with addition of two more fights
The WEC recently made two more bouts official for its loaded WEC 35 card on August 3.
Micah Miller (9-1) will battle up-and-comer Josh Grispi (8-1) in a featherweight showdown and undefeated bantamweight Brian Bowles (5-0) will tangle with Tapout reality show fan favorite Damacio Page (10-3).
The announcement is expected to complete the entire televised card for WEC 35, which is headlined by three world title fights.
WEC 35: AUGUST 3 IN LAS VEGAS
venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
-Carlos Condit (#9 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Hiromitsu Miura
-Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell
-Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks
-Cub Swanson vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
-Carlo Prater vs. Brock Larson
-Todd Moore vs. Alex Karalexis
-Kenji Osawa vs. Scott Jorgensen
-Damacio Page vs. Brian Bowles
-Micah Miller vs. Josh Grispi
Interview With Strikeforce's Anthony Ruiz
Anthony Ruiz (20-10) has the biggest fight of his career coming up on Friday, June 26 at Strikeforce: “Melendez vs Thomson” as he looks to defeat Bobby Southworth for the second time. This time , however, it’s for the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship.
With 30 professional fights to his creidt, “El Toro” has proven his dedication to mixed martial arts. He’s worked extremely hard to get to where he’s at in this sport and is ready for it to finally to pay off. Winning a world championship on an HDNet televised event would be the highlight of his career to date, but he doesn’t plan on stopping there.
EXCLUSIVE: JOE RIGGS OUT, DREW FICKETT STEPS IN
Joe Riggs, scheduled to face Luke Stewart at Friday night’s Strikeforce event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., was denied medical clearance on Thursday at weigh-ins. Stepping in at the last minute to take his place is fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Drew Fickett
Josh Thomson on fighting a friend
From the OC Register:
“The disadvantage of this whole situation is we are both going to get hurt in this fight. It sucks that we’re both in here fighting each other. I’m going to end up cut. He’s going to end up cut. We’re going to end up with bumps and bruises from damage done to our bodies. It’s a shame we’re doing it to each other, but you know what though, we do it all the time every day in training when we are training with each other and we weren’t getting paid for it. Now, we’re getting paid for it.”
Check out the entire interview here:
Kharitonov Eyes for ‘Bigfoot' at EliteXC
Sergei Kharitonov (Pictures) could be the one.
Brazilian behemoth Antonio Silva has verbally agreed to face the stoic Russian boxer for the vacant heavyweight crown at EliteXC's July 26 "Saturday Night Fights" at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif.
The bout is currently pending approval from the California State Athletic Commission, according to a rep from Silva's American Top Team.
"Inside MMA" preview: KJ Noons trashes Nick Diaz, refuels heated rivalry
During an EliteXC event earlier this month, EliteXC lightweight champ KJ Noons and Nick Diaz won separate bouts. However, when they met in the cage after Noons' victory to hype an upcoming rematch, all hell broke loose.
This week as a guest on "Inside MMA," Noons ripped into Diaz, saying -- among other things -- that his rival doesn't deserve a rematch, that people are using the notion of Diaz's scar tissue an an excuse, and that his new nickname should be "The Artist" due to how badly he rearranged Diaz's face in their first fight in late 2007.
Jesse Taylor To Fight on UFC July 19th Fight Card?
"Despite being kicked out of TUF Finale it appears Jesse Taylor is set to make his return to the UFC"
Wouldn't let me copy and paste but anyway Take it for what it's worth as I don't know the credibility for this website but a match between CB would be pretty good imo.
Couture: Cheap Shot Broke her Jaw?
Couture: Well, I just walked out there to touch gloves and she just hit me. She wasn't interested in touching gloves and that first shot is what broke my jaw. My left hand wasn't even up to protect myself -- it was straight out to touch her glove. She took her shot, connected it and dropped me. That first shot is what broke it.
The pros and cons of booking Urijah Faber vs. Kid Yamamoto
Quietly after his dominating win over Jens Pulver in front of 12,000 fans at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Urijah Faber soon found his name being mentioned in the Japanese press. It was no coincidence that K-1 was behind the name-dropping, as Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (their 145-pound MMA superstar) was claiming that he wanted to fight Faber soon.
Japanese promotions, especially K-1, tend to telegraph the messages they send through various media channels. The message here was loud and clear – we want to book the two best 145 pound fighters in the world against each other.
Injury, opponent present title-fight challenges for Josh Thomson
Josh Thomson was forced to work without one of his traditional training partners in preparation for the biggest fight of his career Friday night in San Jose, Calif.
The decision wasn't by choice, but rather necessity. His usual training partner happens to be Gilbert Melendez – the opponent he faces at the HP Pavilion for the Strikeforce lightweight title.
Graham Vs Rimbon - Sengoku 4
K-1 veteran Peter Graham gives MMA a second shot when he takes on French fighter Moise Rimbon in a heavyweight bout. Graham comes off a quick submission loss to Japanese heavyweight Kazuyuki Fujita at the first Sengoku, while Rimbon recently knocked out UFC veteran Anthony Perosh at Cage Fighting Championships 3.
Jorge Gurgel Gets New Coaches, Keeps Same Bad Gameplan
"I needed to be just a student," he says. "I needed somebody to say ‘OK, man, you do nothing but train with me and prepare for a fight.' Matt said, ‘You're going to come to Seattle and I'm going to take care of you.'
"I've never had a coach who focused on me. I have a school with 400-500 students. … I'm always working with pro fighters, the guys that we train, and training myself. I've never had a coach to tell me when to stop training, when to train more, when to train this technique, what to do."
Affliction Promises Ad Campaign Real Soon
For those of who've been wondering when Affliction would start promoting their July 19th PPV, MMA Junkie has some comments from Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio:
"Right now, we haven't even broken water (on marketing) yet," Atencio said. "We're waiting until the push because we know a lot of people, especially the casual fan, they'll forget about it if we push too soon. ... We've sold about 8,000 tickets so far, and that's with minimal advertising."
Talking about the UFC July 19th free event, Atencio also reveals a real big gap in his thought processes:
"Anybody that was going to buy our pay-per-view, I think they're still going to buy it," Atencio said. "I think the people that weren't going to buy it, [the UFC event] just gives them something to do now. I don't think it really changed the hardcore fans' outlook."