The Bellator Underdogs Speak: Toby Imada and Jared Hess Talk About Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard
For those of us who have jobs and families and can't spend ALL our time obsessing about MMA, the Bellator events have been worth keeping an eye on for two reasons. First there's the stream of highlight reel finishes coming out of the tournaments. Secondly, there are a few fighters who had built reputations before getting into the Bellator shark tank.
Some of those guys, notably touted featherweight Wilson Reis and Jorge Masvidal have already been the victims of upset losses.
Ben Askren Not Buying Into Own Hype
There was a considerable amount of buzz surrounding Ben Askren's MMA debut in February. The two-time NCAA wrestling champion, 2008 US Olympian and two-time winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy, which is the wrestling equivalent of the Heisman, is now 2-0 in his MMA career, defeating his first opponent via TKO and the second via arm-triangle choke. Neither fight has lasted longer than 90 seconds.
Shayna Baszler: Kaufman Predictable Like a 'Video Game Character Boss'
It's been almost a year since we've seen Shayna Baszler compete in an MMA cage. Following her last fight, a highly-visible loss to Cristiane Santos on CBS in July 2008, the 28-year-old was forced to sit on the sidelines while Pro Elite figured out what they were going to do with their contracts. Once Strikeforce purchased most of the significant ones in February, it was only a matter of time before Baszler got back to work and resumed her promising career.
Yamamotos To Debut In K-1 Next Month
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto might soon be able to call himself "K-1 Kid". FEG has announced the addition of Yamamoto to the K-1 World Max card on July 13 at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, where he will make his K-1 debut against Korean Thai-Boxer Jae Hee Cheon. Fellow DREAM FWGP participant and Krazy Bee fighter Atsushi Yamamoto also will be making his K-1 debut.
Jake Shields Has Hands "Like A 2-Year Old Girl"
That's "taking the high road" if you're Joe Riggs. On this past Monday's episode of Pro MMA Radio, Riggs planned to take the high road in an interview with host Larry Pepe, but upon learning that Shields hasn't had the kindest words towards Riggs recently, "Diesel" absolutely went off, including said comment about Shields' hands among many other things.
Franca vs. Griffin Likely For UFC 103
There are reports that Hermes Franca and Tyson Griffin have verbally agreed to face off at UFC 103 in September. Although not yet officially announced, 103 is expected to take place in Dallas. Both last fought at UFNs 17 & 18, respectively.
New Shogun interview
After solidifying his place in the UFC with two knockout wins, over Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman, Mauricio Shogun is confirmed to face Lyoto Machida. The bout is worth the organization's light heavyweight belt, which could land Shogun back at the top of the world, a post he was used to occupying back in the days of Pride.
Portal das Lutas - How did you feel about getting a shot at the title so quickly?
Mauricio Shogun - I was really happy about the title challenge. When Dana White told me I was really happy. Lyoto's my friend, we train together. We've been in contact but there's no way to turn down the fight.
PDL - Is there anyone you would never face?
MS - The only guy I've said I would never face is Wanderlei (Silva). He is my true friend and I have a special affection for him.
PDL - After facing three tough guys (Forrest Griffin, Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell), now you have this shot at the title. Would you rather do a few more fights and better adapt to the event?
MS - The one who decides whether the fight is for the belt is Dana White. When I joined the UFC, there already was the perspective of a shot at the belt soon, for what I had shown in Pride. Against Coleman I didn't fight that great, but against Liddell I did well. That's what Dana White had to work with. I'm new in the house, but I have experience and I'm happy for the opportunity.
PDL - For the second time in the organization there's an all-Brazilian title challenge, the other being between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites. How important is that?
MS - It shows how strong Brazil is in MMA. I believe that, after soccer, MMA is the sport that best represents Brazil abroad. And we are very well represented, because we really sport the jersey. I'm certain the athletes fight for the country. Brazil is still needy of heroes in sport and it's great motivation. We're out there to represent Brazil.
PDL - What do you think of Lyoto?
MS - Lyoto is a well-rounded fighter, good standing,on the ground and has good wrestling. He's the man to beat, undefeated and has shown his worth. I repect him, but I'm going to train a lot to come home with the win.
PDL - Would you like to send a message out to your fans?
MS - I can't promise victory, but I guarantee I'll do my all to represent our country, my team and my state. I would like to thank all my fans and tell them they are my greatest motivation in training every day.
German Media Reacts to UFC 99
Much of the media coverage in Germany prior to UFC 99 on Saturday was reminiscent of Sen. John McCain’s attack on mixed martial arts in the 1990s.
Spurred by local politicians in the midst of their election campaigns and polemic members of Deutschland’s still powerful and influential boxing lobby, the age-old prejudices of “human cockfighting” and “unrestrained brawls” returned to the surface.
But what was the postfight coverage like? Sherdog.com followed Germany’s most important newspapers, magazines and television segments for the following overview of the state of German MMA following Zuffa’s first expedition into central Europe.
‘Blood and Circuses’
Editors were texting headlines like “Blood and Circuses” (Berliner Morgenpost), “Cologne Cage Fight Pleases International Mob” (Die Welt) and “Bloodstain on the Canvas” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), and while the majority of coverage surrounding UFC 99 was rather negative, there were a couple of surprisingly well-researched articles written within the past 48 hours.
UFC 99 Medical Suspensions
The Association of Boxing Commission's official record keeping database, found at mixedmartialarts.com, today released the medical suspensions from Saturday's UFC 99 event.
TUF 9 Finale: Diego Sanchez Seeks to Validate Hype Surrounding Lightweight Move
Clay Guida (25-9) is no stranger to being given some of the stiffest competition within the UFC's lightweight division. He took on a much taller, more skilled Nate Diaz and managed to squeak out a decision win. He pushed the pace so vigorously against TUF alum Mac Danzig that Danzig's will to continue had been broken by the third round. He waged a relentless but losing war against Roger Huerta that many fans considered one of the most entertaining battles of 2007. Saturday night's Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada won't be any different as Guida will be taking on one of the UFC's newest lightweight additions in the highly-touted Diego Sanchez (20-2).
Clay Guida: "After I Beat Diego Sanchez, I've Earned a UFC Title Shot."
After winning three straight fights in the Octagon over the last year and a half, Clay Guida has the biggest fight of his career ahead of him on Saturday night against Diego Sanchez at the Ultimate Fighter Finale -- a fight that Guida says will earn him a shot at the UFC lightweight title.
In an interview with FanHouse, Guida said he thinks he's at the top of his game heading into the fight with Sanchez, and that he expects to beat Sanchez and earn a shot at the winner of the August title fight between BJ Penn and Kenny Florian. The full interview is below.
Al-Turk To Get Another Shot
Although he's 0-2 so far in UFC, it's not "Strike 2, You're Out" for Mustapha al-Turk. His instructor says the Heavyweight will be offered another shot in UFC despite losing his first 2 fights, with one likely difference-no Dan Miragliotta as referee.
Dan Hardy Not Quite Ready For Mike Swick
Although he's ready to take the next step in UFC, Dan Hardy says don't be so "Quick" to put him up against Mike Swick. Hardy's not against the fight later on but right now he feels Swick needs a "bigger fight" than him.