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From Backyard to Spotlight, Kimbo Evolving
Plucked out of backyard brawls on YouTube and thrown into mixed martial arts main events on CBS, it’s no surprise that the weight of expectation clouds reasonable expectations for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. Couple his initial foray into MMA on CBS with his success as a ratings bonanza on the recent season of The Ultimate Fighter and Kimbo is really in a no-win situation. He’ll never be able to live up to the expectations of an attention deficit society. Kimbo made his Octagon debut at The Ultimate Fighter finale on Saturday night, the first step in his journey towards credibility. It’s a journey that he knows is going to be a long road to travel, but he seems to put it in a reasonable perspective, even if others don’t.
Submitted Dec 7, 2009 9:30AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Matt Hamill suffered dislocated shoulder at TUF 10 Finale
Matt Hamill suffered a dislocated left shoulder during his disqualification win over Jon Jones at The Ultimate Finale 10, which took place this past Saturday, Dec. 5, in Las Vegas. Hamill, fighting in the night's co-main event on Spike TV, was injured during a Jones throw early in the bout, and it was downhill from there for the three-time NCAA Division III national wrestling champion. Hamill and his team are en route from Las Vegas to Utica, N.Y., and it is expected "The Hammer" will be issued a medical suspension of some kind. Hamill's trainer, Duff Holmes, confirmed the injury with MMAjunkie.com in an e-mail and added that Hamill will undergo an MRI to check for any soft tissue damage. "He showed so much heart hanging in there with only one arm," Holmes said. "He's a true warrior, and I've never been more proud of him. It was the first time in 11 pro fights that he's ever been taken down. I was happy with his performance until that point, and he showed his continued growth as a well-rounded fighter.
Submitted Dec 7, 2009 5:59AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Goran Reljic vs. CB Dolloway on tap for UFC 110 in Australia
A middleweight bout between C.B. Dollaway (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and long-idle Goran Reljic (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) apparently will take place at UFC 110 in February. The fight was reported as signed by **********.com, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately reach the fighters' camps for confirmation. UFC 110 takes place Feb. 22 (with a live pay-per-view broadcast in the U.S. on Feb. 21) at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The bout marks Reljic's return from what will be a 21-month layoff. The Croatian ground specialist, who previously fought at light heavyweight, made his UFC debut at UFC 84 and scored a second-round TKO of Wilson Gouveia in a "Fight of the Night" performance. Seven of his eight career wins have now come via stoppage (five via submission).
Submitted Dec 6, 2009 3:25PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Canadian Welterweight Grant Looks to Bounce Back at UFC 107
UFC 100 may have been a landmark in the mixed martial arts organization's history but Halifax welterweight T.J. Grant is doing his best to forget it. Grant, a late addition to the July 11 card in Las Vegas, suffered his first loss in the UFC by dropping a decision to unbeaten South Korean Dong Hyun (Stun Gun) Kim. It was a bad night all round.
Submitted Dec 6, 2009 12:26PM by Gogoplatapus - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC uses instant replay for the 1st time ever!
The Nevada State Athletic Commission utilized instant replay to determine the outcome of a mixed martial arts contest for the first time in its history on the TUF 10 Finale card, and White's favorite whipping-boy official, Steve Mazzagatti, was responsible for utilizing the technology. The issue came during the evening's co-main event at The Pearl at the Palms Casino resort in Las Vegas between light heavyweights Jon Jones and Matt Hamill.
Submitted Dec 6, 2009 4:24AM by jae_1833 - 38 comments
Filed under: UFC
TUF 10 Finale draws reported crowd of 1,400 for $504,350 gate
LAS VEGAS – Saturday's latest UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, drew a reported attendance of 1,400 for a live gate of $504,350, a UFC spokesperson confirmed at the evening's post-event press conference. The finale, which was announced as "close to a sellout," took place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The 10-bout event, headlined by finalists Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub, concluded the latest season of the UFC's reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights," and aired on Spike TV. The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale was the sixth consecutive TUF finale to be held at The Pearl and the 10th UFC card to be conducted in the Palms Casino Resort.
Submitted Dec 6, 2009 2:13AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC Quick Quote: A 'livid' Rashad Evans ready to fight Rampage Jackson when he returns
"My mom’s on Rampage’s side. She’s cheering for Rampage. She’s always saying, ‘Ruuh-shawd, be nice to Rampage! He’s so funny!’ I’m like, ‘Ma, who cares if he’s funny?’ It didn’t bother me at first. It was kind of funny until I saw the last two episodes and then I got mad. I found myself getting hot and livid again because I was just thinking, ‘Man. I want to fight this dude so bad.’ I think that when we get a chance to fight, we’re still going to be upset and ready to get it on. That animosity is still going to be there, because we just don’t like each other. I could see him walk into a room and I start getting ready to throw down. The hair raises on the back of my neck because I know he’s going to say something. I just want to crack him." -- Former light heavyweight champion and Ultimate Fighter 10 Coach Rashad Evans tells the Las Vegas Sun he won't have any trouble getting motivated for a fight against fellow Coach Quinton Jackson if and when the exiled star returns.
Submitted Dec 6, 2009 12:55AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell named TUF 11 coaches
LAS VEGAS – His pleas for the job apparently worked; Tito Ortiz will serve as a coach on the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter." UFC officials confirmed the assignment during Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort. The other part of the surprise? Ortiz will coach against Chuck Liddell, not Forrest Griffin, on the upcoming season of the reality series, and the coaches will meet in a season-ending fight. After dropping a close split decision to Griffin last month in the UFC 106 main event, Ortiz campaigned for the two to be coaches on "TUF 11." UFC officials, though, chose Liddell instead. "TUF 11" begins taping in January and debuts on Spike TV in April. The show is expected to feature middleweight fighters.
Submitted Dec 6, 2009 12:52AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 22 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
TUF 10 Finale Bonuses: Nelson, Bocek, Edgar, Veach earn $25K awards
LAS VEGAS – Roy Nelson, Mark Bocek, Frankie Edgar and Matt Veach earned $25,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale. The event took place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and aired on Spike TV. Nelson earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Bocek earned the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Edgar and Veach each earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Submitted Dec 6, 2009 12:51AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Leites Wins in MFC Debut
ENOCH, Alta. -- Brazilian middleweight Thales Leites won a unanimous decision over Dean (The Boogeyman) Lister in a dreary main event at MFC 23 on Friday night.
Submitted Dec 5, 2009 9:30PM by Gogoplatapus - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Other MMA Organizations
Rashad Evans Wants Anderson Silva
Add former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans to the list of fighters who hopes to face Anderson Silva before the UFC Middleweight Champion retires. No, Rashad isn't planning on dropping down to Middleweight, this fight would likely happen at 205. Of course Rashad has other Silvas he must deal with first, he's got to beat Thiago first and he still wants a rematch with Lyoto Machida, the man who beat Evans for the title.
Submitted Dec 5, 2009 9:23PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Herschel Walker's MMA debut date set; no opponent yet
Strikeforce announced today that Herschel Walker will make his debut on Jan. 30 in Sunrise, Fla. Walker, who will be 47 at the time of the bout, recently started training mixed martial arts after winning the Heisman trophy, a career as an NFL running back, a stint as an Olympic bobsledder, and a fifth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Submitted Dec 5, 2009 12:54PM by bjj1605 - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Other MMA Organizations
All Fighters on Weight for TUF 10 Finale
Official Weights: Roy Nelson (263) vs. Brendan Schaub (240) Matt Hamill (206) vs. Jon Jones (206) Frankie Edgar (155) vs. Matt Veach (155) Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (212) vs. Houston Alexander (208) Marcus Jones (262) vs. Matt Mitrione (255) Jon Madsen (247) vs. Justin Wren (251) Darrill Schoonover (261) vs. James McSweeney (235) Brian Stann (205) vs. Rodney Wallace (203) John Howard (169) vs. Dennis Hallman (170) Mark Bocek (156) vs. Joe Brammer (155)
Submitted Dec 4, 2009 8:04PM by grappler0000 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Alexander suggests Kimbo is nothing special
Kimbo Slice built his reputation on the web with his infamous YouTube street fight videos. As he faced huge dudes in the streets of Miami, Kimbo had the vicious look with the shredded body and the beard. Guys looked like they soiled themselves even before throwing a punch. Does Kimbo still have that aura of intimidation?
Submitted Dec 4, 2009 5:32PM by MaxOne - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
K.J. Noons expects Jan. 30 Strikeforce debut, open to Nick Diaz rematch
After spending the past year working on his boxing career, recent Strikeforce signee and former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons is ready to concentrate solely on MMA in 2010. Noons (7-2) discussed his plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a day after Strikeforce officially announced the signing. Noons expects to make his promotional debut on the organization's Jan. 30 card in Florida, and while not "calling him out," the Hawaiian-born fighter is certainly open to a rematch with Nick Diaz.
Submitted Dec 4, 2009 2:19PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
War Machine tells his side of the story
Cindi: Well the first rumor to clear up is- That the fight started because you hit Alanah Rae. Did you hit her? Were you two fighting? What were you fighting about? WM: No I did not hit Alanah. We were not fighting. We are not bf/gf, we are friends and hang out often and are BOTH very confused as to how this accusation came about. Cindi: How & why did the fight start? WM: I was outside talking to a guy I met a week ago named Daniel and was suddenly swarmed by Derek and 6–10 other guys. They were telling me that I hit Alanah and they were cursing at me saying that if that is true I’m gonna get ****** up. I told them I had no idea what they were talking about and told them to even ask Alanah. They persisted and grew more and more angry the more I denied it. They began to circle around me and I was sure I was gonna get ****** up because I was so heavily out numbered and that’s when we started fighting. Cindi: Who did the fight start with first? WM: I don’t know. Someone lunged forward at me in my peripheral vision and I turned and hit him as he did.
Submitted Dec 4, 2009 10:53AM by emfleek - 23 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Steve Mazzagatti: I Won't Let Dana White Beat Me Down
UFC President Dana White frequently rips referee Steve Mazzagatti, saying he has no business in the Octagon. Now Mazzagatti has responded, saying he's not going to let White get him down.
Submitted Dec 4, 2009 10:45AM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Strikeforce announces Nick Diaz for Jan. 30 event in Florida
Veteran Nick Diaz (20-7) has been added to the fight card for the Jan. 30 Strikeforce event at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., the organization today announced. No opponent was announced for Diaz, who could compete for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title at the upcoming show. Strikeforce also previously announced 145-pound women's champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos (8-1) and former NFL great Herschel Walker (0-0) for the Showtime-televised main card of "Strikeforce in Miami." Opponents also were not revealed for those fighters.
Submitted Dec 4, 2009 10:43AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Despite criticism, Roy Nelson ready to complete "hardest road" to UFC
LAS VEGAS – "The Ultimate Fighter 10" heavyweight Roy Nelson (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has heard all the criticism. "Big Country" knows that UFC president Dana White wasn't necessarily impressed with the road the former IFL champion took to Saturday's live finale at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas against Brendan Schaub (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and he knows some fans were grumbling, too. But Nelson recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that even his biggest detractors should tune in to Spike TV on Saturday night because he's got a show planned. "I'm comfortable (with my performance in the 'TUF' house)," Nelson said. "I mean I won. That's the first and foremost. As far as being criticized, it really didn't matter being in the house because your main objective being in the house is just to finish fights and win.
Submitted Dec 4, 2009 10:35AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Marcus Jones Finally Accepts 'Big Baby' Nickname
LAS VEGAS -- Marcus Jones tried his best, but after initially rejecting the "Big Baby" nickname Rashad Evans gave him on this season's edition of The Ultimate Fighter, the former defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has agreed to go with it just days before he makes his UFC debut against another ex-NFL player, Matt Mitrione, on Saturday night. FanHouse spoke to Jones at Thursday's media workout about why so many fans are drawn to him, his beef with Mitrione and why he decided to not retire from MMA following his semi-final loss to Brendan Schaub. The video interview is below.
Submitted Dec 4, 2009 8:34AM by emfleek - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
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