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Pedro Rizzo reflects on career turning point
Pedro Rizzo was a big name in the early years of mixed martial arts, feared by opponents and loved by fans for his hard-hitting style and savage leg kicks that used to crumple his opponents to the mat. He hols wins over the likes of Mark Coleman, Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski, yet is an unknown to some of the newer MMA fans. He was 11-1 in his career before meeting Randy Couture twice in back-to-back fights and suffering losses changed his life and derailed his career. In a recent talk with Brazilian MMA television show Sensei SporTV, he reflected on his decision loss in the first of his fights with Couture.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 10:07PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Akiyama and Okami arrive at Xtreme Couture
Yoshihiro Akiyama and Yushin Okami have arrived at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas for a month of training, and so far they are enjoying themselves immensely. The Japanese duo say the difference in training methods and partners is very refreshing. “I like how the practices aren’t long but short, hard workouts… The fighters are welcoming and friendly and as for the trainers, they are all awesome,” Akiyama told the Xtreme Couture website. “I have a hard time communicating due to my language barrier but I feel it’s beneficial for my fight career because I am able to look at their body language, learn the language and train hard.”
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 10:06PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dan Hardy on Swick: "Forget fight of the night, I want fight of the year"
Dan Hardy is all focus as he prepares for his UFC 105 meeting with Mike ‘Quick’ Swick, and not even talk of a welterweight title shot against Georges St. Pierre should he win is enough to distract him from the task at hand. In fact, Hardy has two goals in mind. Beat Swick, and do it in such emphatic fashion that his critics are silenced. Some are saying that Hardy has bitten off more than he can chew with Swick, and it rankles the Nottingham man.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 10:04PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
WEC signs British fighter Brad Pickett
Brad ’One Punch’ Pickett (17-4) has been signed to a multi-fight deal with the WEC and will debut for the promotion early 2010, Fighters Only can reveal. The London fighter will be entering the 135lb division and has as many as six fights on his contract, WEC general manager Reed Harris told us today. “Brad Pickett has never really fought on the big, big shows, yet everyone knows who he is. That is a testament to the kind of fighter that he is. He is going to be fight at 135lbs, and I think at bantamweight he is going to be very, very dangerous. I am excited about bringing him in, I really am,” he said. “He is on a seven-fight winning streak I believe, that’s a hell of a run.”
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 10:03PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC
TUF 10’s Zak Jensen Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The Stillwater Gazette has reported that the family of the late Josh Gunderson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against The Ultimate Fighter 10 cast member Zak Jensen in a Washington County Court late Thursday, along with a man by the name of Jason Jones and Sterling Systems, which is owned by Jones. All of which have been accused of negligence in Gunderson’s death. The lawsuit was formally filed by Elizabeth Gunderson Koll, mother to the deceased Josh Gunderson on his behalf. According to published reports, Gunderson died in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico during a March vacation along with Jensen and a female by the name of Ashley Jones. Apparently Jensen was working for the Jones family as a bodyguard.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 9:58PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 11 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
Shields' move to middleweight may not be permanent
Jake Shields officially makes the move to middleweight from the 170-pound weight class where he’s ranked third in the world for a shot at the vacant Strikeforce 185-pound title against Jason “Mayhem” Miller on Nov. 7, but the leap in weight class may not be permanent. “I just think right now in Strikeforce, they have more names at middleweight, so I decided to stick there,” Shields told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m certainly willing to go 170, but they don’t have any big names to offer me.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 9:47PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Credeur vs. Massenzio in the works for UFC Fight Night 20
A middleweight clash between Tim Credeur and Mike Massenzio is possible for UFC Fight Night 20. TheGarv.com was the first to report the match-up Friday morning, and MMAWeekly subsequently learned that at least one fighter has agreed to the match-up with bout agreements expected shortly. UFC FIght Night 20 has yet to be officially announced by the UFC but is expected for Jan. 11 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. Va.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 9:40PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Karo Parisyan is going to eat Dustin Hazelett for breakfast
“I think it’s a great style for me. It’s a great matchup. I eat Jiu Jitsu guys for breakfast a lot of times. He’s tough and he’s got really good Jiu Jitsu and good standup. He’s a well-rounded fighter, but I have fought 2 and 3-time Jiu Jitsu world champion guys man. And I’m a grappler myself so I really have some surprises for him. I have a tremendous respect for Dustin as an opponent. I don’t know him as a person, but he looks like a nice guy. But like I said, I have been training a lot with tall and lanky guys. I think it is a great matchup due to the fact that I should be able to overpower him, beat on him a little bit and catch him in submissions myself. Dustin is not going to do anything that I’ve never seen before. He’ not going to throw anything my way that I’ve never seen. He’s good off of his back and a good Jiu Jitsu guy, but that’s all he is. I’m a grappler myself, a Judo artist. I have good takedowns and my standup has come a long way, so it’s a very good matchup man. I can’t wait. I can’t wait to get in the cage and it’s going to be a lot of fun.” – Former number one welterweight contender Karo Parisyan talks about his road back to becoming relevant again in the crowded 170-pound title chase.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 9:38PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 8 comments
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Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki added to WEC 45
An intriguing bantamweight matchup between two high-paced fighters has been added to "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff." WEC officials today officially announced that Scott Jorgensen (7-3 MMA, 3-2 WEC) faces Takeya Mizugaki (12-3-2 MMA, 1-1 WEC) on the evening's quickly filling card. Headlined by a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Ed Ratcliff, WEC 45 takes place Dec. 19 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 9:35PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 4 comments
Filed under: WEC
With Pellegrino out, Veach steps up to face Edgar at TUF 10 Finale
The UFC merry-go-round continues to spin. With a back injury forcing Kurt Pellegrino (14-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) out a lightweight contest with Frankie Edgar (10-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, preliminary card contestant Matt Veach (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been tapped as a replacement.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 9:33PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Is the MMA Talent Pool Drying Up?
There were 190 middleweights and 81 light heavyweights who showed up cauliflower ears and all in hopes of becoming the next "Ultimate Fighter." ... UFC president Dana White called it a low turnout and said he was looking to recruit three or four fighters that day. After season nine's tryouts drew 700 welterweight and lightweights, he was perplexed by the drop-off. "It's very weird," he said. "You would think right now in these hard economic times... I thought this would be the biggest turnout we ever had."
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 8:33PM by IriShame - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC
After Move and Medication, Jens Pulver To Return To WEC Cage in 2010
Jens Pulver is planning to bring a little evil back to the WEC cage one more time. The former UFC lightweight champion and MMA legend, who has not been heard from since losing to Josh Grispi in June and was assumed to be finished as an active fighter, plans to return to featherweight action in early 2010, he told FanHouse. "I'm going to fight again," he said. "And I'm about as confident as I possibly can be."
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 2:41PM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC
Kurt Pellegrino Off TUF 10 Finale
The injury bug is back with a vengeance. Following Thiago Alves being forced off UFC 107, now comes word that Kurt Pellegrino is now off the TUF 10 Finale. Edgar announced the change today, word is Pellegrino has herniated discs and will be out 3 weeks. Edgar also hinted at a replacement being named soon.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 1:54PM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Don King Prepared To Monetize MMA, Take On UFC
And not only that, but he actually discussed MMA without trashing it in favor of boxing. The famed boxing promoter, still going strong at 78 with slightly less but still-electric hair on his head, recently put over UFC while saying he's "the people's promoter. Whatever the people want, I'm going to promote". And that means MMA, particularly a league capable of competing with UFC and thus making MMA as a whole more competitive and not UFC then everyone else.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 12:44PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Report: Alves Off UFC 107
It now appears that anyone who is a Thiago or facing Jon Fitch at UFC 107 is cursed. First Fitch's original opponent, Ricardo Almeida, was forced off due to injury and now word is that the replacement, Thiago Alves, is now off too. There are unconifirmed reports Alves has a torn PCL. Alves was to have faced Paulo Thiago initially before Almeida's withdrawal broke up the fight of the Thiagos. No word yet on a potential replacement to face Fitch.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 10:30AM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bart Palaszewski vs. Anthony Pettis on tap for WEC 45 in December
After taking one bout outside of the WEC, lightweight Bart Palaszewski (32-13 MMA, 1-2 WEC) makes his return to the organization at "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff." MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that Palaszewski has signed on to face Roufusport slugger Anthony Pettis (7-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) at the event. Headlined by a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Ed Ratcliff, WEC 45 takes place Dec. 19 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 8:40AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC
Featherweight prospect Chad Mendes signs multi-fight WEC deal
Undefeated featherweight prospect Chad Mendes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) is heading to the big show. WEC general manager Reed Harris confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Mendes recently signed a multi-fight exclusive contract with the Team Alpha Male fighter. "We are really excited to bring Chad into the WEC," Harris said. "He is one of the toughest fighters to come out of Urijah Faber's gym and he has the potential to be a world champion."
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 8:39AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
Lashley-Strikeforce Deal Nears
Can an athlete thrive with two mistresses? At the moment, Bobby Lashley seems to think so, as he's pursued dual careers in MMA and pro wrestling over the last year. However, the former amateur wrestler understands there will come a moment of choice. Just how soon that moment arrives will be determined by Lashley's next deal, which is looking more like a multi-fight contract each day.
Submitted Oct 30, 2009 1:34AM by Mchubb316 - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Paul Kelly on Siver: "I'll break his jaw or submit him - whatever gets me the bonus!"
Paul Kelly says he is feeling better than ever ahead of his UFC 105 clash with German lightweight Denis Siver. A former welterweight, Kelly is two fights and two wins into a new life at 155lbs and says the move was definitely the right one. “I feel great at this weight now. The first cut was kind of difficult but its easier each time and my weight is well on track now, just over two weeks from the fight. I feel really sharp and really strong, I am hitting the weights again, which I didn’t do for my last fight and I can feel the difference.”
Submitted Oct 29, 2009 8:48PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana has "proposal" for Liddell, "disgusted" with Rampage
Dana White says he is “putting together a proposal” for former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, who recently finished a run on popular television show Dancing With the Stars and is now apparently itching for a return to action. In a recent interview with Sportsnet, UFC president White was asked if a match between Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman is on his mind, pitting as it would two veterans of the sport against each other.Dana “I’ve never even thought about Liddell-Coleman. I am more focused right now on what to do with Liddell,” replied White, who has repeatedly stated that he does not want Liddell to return to fighting, given his recent loss of form and run of stoppage losses.
Submitted Oct 29, 2009 8:46PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
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