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UFC Quick Quote: Tito Ortiz is ’still a force to be reckon with’ based on UFC 98 main event
(mmamania.com)
“Well, to start it off, I think Machida will win by what Joe Rogan calls, ‘elusiveness!’ or in my words ‘hit and run.’ This will be a great test for Evans to find the range to get the takedown. Machida is the favorite in my experience with both fighters. Never mind there’s only one of the fighters that are undefeated truthfully. That mark one on Rashad’s record isn’t a draw. It’s nice to see that one guy I almost submitted will be the champ and the other that I beat is the champ. I’m still a force to be reckon with.” – Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz tells PunchDrunkGamer.com that he’s still got game because he’s given the UFC 98: “Evans vs. Machida” main event participants all they could handle. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” battled current 205-pound champ, “Sugar” Rashad” to a draw at UFC 73: “Stacked” back in July 2007, but more than likely would have won the bout if he didn’t get docked a point for grabbing the fence in the second round. He then had Machida in big trouble courtesy of a triangle/armbar submission attempt late in the third round of their bout at UFC 84: “Ill Will” in May 2008. He eventually dropped the contest to “The Dragon” via clear-cut unanimous decision. So what say you … is Tito Ortiz still a major player at 205 pounds or can he still compete (and beat) the best in the world?
Submitted May 22, 2009 11:09AM by SmileR - 21 comments
Filed under: Interviews, MMA Personalities, UFC
 
 
Sengoku 9: Kitaoka's Title Defense, Middleweight Title Challenger Fight Set
(japan-mma.com)
World Victory Road further filled out the top part of the card for Sengoku 9 today, announcing that Mizuto Hirota-not Kazunori Yokota-will face Sengoku Lightweight Champion Satoru Kitaoka for the title. Yokota was thought to be in line for the shot after beating Leonardo Santos at Sengoku 8, plus he beat Hirota in the LWGP. The promotion also announced a Kazuo Misaki vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura fight with the winner getting the first shot at Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago, who beat Misaki to become the inaugural champion.
Submitted May 22, 2009 8:07AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: World Victory Road / Sengoku
 
UFC 98 Preview w/Monster, Ortiz, Miletich, Thomson & More!
(punchdrunkgamer.com)

Nate Quarry – “Serra/Hughes is the fight I'm personally tuning in to see. Ever been to a UFC and seen a fight break out in the stands? Everyone turns to watch it. Why would they want to see two drunken brawlers instead of two well conditioned athletes? Because of the passion the drunken idiots have. We're addicted to seeing this personal part of people's lives. It's what makes us tune in to reality shows. We want to see those raw emotions on display. It's one of the few taboos left in the world. Well, guess what? That's what we get to see with Hughes and Serra. Two guys who don't like each other. One farm boy and one New Yorker. Hughes plan is going to be the same as always. Take him down and ground and pound. But Serra is going to be very tough to do that to. He's got very fast hips and is built well for reversals and submissions. And Serra has proven he has knock out power in his hands. I don't generally give predictions because I usually get them wrong but... I've got to go with Serra on this one.”
Submitted May 22, 2009 1:43AM by nwowolfpack - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Perfect timing: Cain Velasquez on his new UFC 99 opponent, Cheick Kongo
(mmamania.com)
Cain Velazquez: I feel good about my new opponent. At this stage, I think he is a tougher opponent. I thought he was in line for a title shot next so that makes me feel good. I will definitely have to change up my gameplan now. He has a long reach and is very strong fighter. He has improved his take down defense. I will be really focused on my take downs and also working to sharpen my kickboxing skills. Overall, I want to be fast, explosive and just stay calm out there.
Submitted May 22, 2009 1:22AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 98 Press Conference Notes
(mmaweekly.com)
Today the UFC held its press conference in anticipation for UFC 98 with UFC president Dana White leading the way with all four main event fighters joining him on stage. White noted the historic significance of Saturday's fight, “The main event for the light heavyweight title on Saturday night, for the first time in UFC history, that two undefeated fighters have faced off for the title.” The challenger Lyoto Machida was short and sweet with his thoughts on the fight, “I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to this fight. I will try to finish this fight before the end.” This will be Rashad Evans first title defense and he hopes to keep the title for a long time as he mentioned in his comments for the fight. + Video
Submitted May 22, 2009 1:17AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
CSAC Executive Bill Douglas Steps Down
(mmajunkie.com)
Bill Douglas, the California State Athletic Commission Assistant Executive Officer, has resigned. He said the reaosn why is in order to accept a Senior Policy Analyst position with the Department of Consumer Affairs. Douglas was appointed to his position when then-executive officer Armando Garcia resigned in November and made revamping the CSAC's drug testing program a high priotity.No replacement has been named for Douglas, he says the position is vacant.
Submitted May 21, 2009 5:27PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
Al-Turk Confident He Can Handle Cro Cop
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Mostapha Al-Turk says he is confident he can take out Mirko 'CroCop' Filopovic in what will be the biggest fight of his career at UFC 99. Al-Turk is coming off a loss to Cheick Kongo so could be forgiven for wanting a safer fight, but he told UK newspaper The Mirror that he is happy to fight Filopovic (pictured). I feel good. I feel like I've got the tools and the know-how and the skill to deal with him and beat him,”
Submitted May 21, 2009 3:25PM by MMAcca - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Anthony Johnson out of TUF 9 Finale, Matt Brown follows suit
(mmajunkie.com)
Just one day after Anthony Johnson (7-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was forced to bow out of his June 20 fight, original opponent Matt Brown (9-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has done the same. Sources close to the bout informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Brown has elected to rest and heal some nagging injuries rather than seek a replacement opponent. Both fighters have been removed from the UFC's official listing of The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, which airs live on Spike TV.
Submitted May 21, 2009 3:22PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Medical Beat: Could the UFC benefit from having a medical director?
(mmajunkie.com)
I was surprised to discover that the dominant brand in the fastest growing sport in the world does not have a medical director. Apparently the UFC does not appreciate the potential benefit of having in-house medical counsel. For better or worse, physicians respect the opinion of other physicians when it comes to medical matters. Not to say that other individuals and professionals due not on occasion have valid medical opinions, but it is very difficult to get a doctor to entertain them.
Submitted May 21, 2009 3:21PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza: The DREAM middleweight title is coming home to Brazil
(sherdog.com)
“I beat [Jason Miller] the first time, but I wasn’t satisfied with the result. This time I want to make a better fight. Impose my game and impose my rhythm. The most important thing to me is to put on a good fight. This time it’s for the belt. It’s going to come to Brazil. I’ve been training really hard since November. I had to stop last month to make sure I didn’t overtrain. I’m ready. If the fight were tomorrow, I’d be ready.”
Submitted May 21, 2009 3:19PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: Dream
 
Yoshida Works With Jackson's Camp For UFC 98
(mmaweekly.com)
The education of a mixed martial artist never truly stops. For Japanese Judoka, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, the learning curve came at the expense of a knockout loss to Josh Koscheck in December 2008, but he believes he has learned from the mistakes he made, and is ready to return at UFC 98 this Saturday night. For his last bout, Yoshida was expected to be a tough match-up for the former NCAA wrestling champion, but what many thought would be a ground war turned into a stand-up fight that the Japanese fighter lost in the first round.
Submitted May 21, 2009 3:14PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Amade vs. Kikuno Added To DREAM 10
(mmamania.com)
In what likely will be his first fight since recently winning the vacnant DEEP Lightweight Championship, Katsunori Kikuno will face Muay Thai fighter Andre Amade at DREAM 10 in July. Amade last fought in the K-1 World MAX Final 16, losing to Buakaw Pramuk.
Submitted May 21, 2009 1:36PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: Dream
 
Rashad Evans Could Get A Whiff Of Brazilian Lemonade At UFC 98
(mmamania.com)
And he doesn't seem to be looking forward to it. In recent comments made to Yahoo Sports, the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion says testing should be done for urine drinking, which Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida does and Evans thinks is quite disturbing...well, at least the smell is.
Submitted May 21, 2009 1:34PM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Leites-Sakara Official, Completes UFC 101 Card
(mmajunkie.com)
With the confirmation today of Thales Leites vs. Alessio Sakara for the card, the UFC 101 card is now final. The 11-fight card is headlined by BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian for the UFC Lightweight Title and Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin. Leites-Sakara will be a prelim.
Submitted May 21, 2009 12:35PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sean Sherk Would Like To See Shinya Aoki Take Off His (Stretchy) Pants
(mmamania.com)
UFC Lightweight Sean Sherk thinks ranking systems like BloodyElbow's and others that rank fighters like Kenny Florian and Shinya Aoki ahead of him make no sense. As for Aoki, Sherk says he's got no boxing, no wrestling, nothing except those pants. So Sherk would like to see Aoki and others like him in UFC, where he can't wear the pants.
Submitted May 21, 2009 12:00PM by DCRage - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, Dream
 
Affliction's 3rd Event Set for Aug. 1st - Fedor/Barnett to headline...
(mmajunkie.com)
Affliction's long-awaited and constantly changing third card is expected to take place Aug. 1, according to MMA FanHouse. As expected, the main event will feature Fedor Emelianenko (30-1) vs. fellow heavyweight Josh Barnett (24-5), and official announcement could come in the next few days, according to the report.
Submitted May 21, 2009 10:55AM by emfleek - 14 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
HDNet Changes DREAM 9 Start Time
(411mania.com)
HDNet has announced that their start time for the DREAM 9 broadcast has been pushed back 2 hours to 5 AM ET on May 26. It had been scheduled to start at the live event's start time, 3 AM ET. No reason given for the change.
Submitted May 21, 2009 5:14AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: HDNet, Dream
 
Dana White talks video game,Cro Cop,Miletich (video)
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Dana talks about the videogame,Cro Cop making his return,Pat Miletch,Lyoto vs Rashad,MMA in New York,and much more.Great video interview. WB.
Submitted May 20, 2009 6:13PM by WheelchairBandit - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Date Set For NY MMA Vote
(mmaweekly.com)
On June 3, the New York State Assembly’s Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports will debate and vote on bill 2009-B, which would regulate the sport of mixed martial arts in the state. Michael Kim, a representative from committee chair and bill sponsor Assemblyman Steve Englebright’s office, informed MMAWeekly.com of the news Wednesday morning. “It will be a pretty significant first step,” said Kim.
Submitted May 20, 2009 5:29PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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