Nakakura Crowned Champ; Sakurai Upset
TOKYO -- More than 3,900 fans gathered Saturday to celebrate the first card of Shooto's 20th anniversary series at the newly opened JCB Hall, just a stone's throw from the time-honored Korakuen Hall in Japan's Tokyo Dome City complex.
While the evening proved to be a rough one for some of Japan's best, it was still an exciting night of fights.
Capping off the card was a welterweight showdown between two of Shooto's top 154-pounders in Takashi Nakakura (Pictures) and Ganjo Tentsuku (Pictures), who were vying for the title Tatsuya Kawajiri (Pictures) had recently vacated.
Murilo Ninja Rua vs Tony Bonello Elite XC fight slated for June 14
We hinted earlier that Murilo “Ninja” Rua (15-8-1) was rumored to be fighting on the Elite XC event being held in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 14. It turns out he will indeed be in action that evening, taking on a potential superstar in the making, Tony “The Gun” Bonello (16-0-1).
Talk about a Brazilian jiu-jitsu war!
This card was in need of some excitement after losing the welterweight title fight between Jake Shields and Drew Fickett. And this fight — despite the relative anonymity of Bonello — is just the what the doctor ordered.
Quarry discusses new camp, Starnes fight, future challenges
Earlier this month at UFC 83, Nathan "Rock" Quarry (10-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) used everything from Muay-Thai strikes to a playground taunt en route to earning one of the most lopsided decisions in UFC history. His opponent, "The Ultimate Fighter 3" cast member Kalib Starnes (8-3-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC), has since been released from the UFC, and Quarry is anxious to return to the octagon for an opportunity to again prove himself as a top middleweight contender.
UFC tackles long-term growth issues
he success of the Ultimate Fighting Championship over the past three years has always carried with it one major question: Is this a long-term sport or a short-term fad?
After all, when what was essentially an underground sport suddenly becomes popular based largely on a reality show on a cable station, it’s easy to question its longevity.
Pre Fight Goran Reljic Interview Discussing UFC Debut
MMA Manager: Hello Goran How is your day today?
Goran Reljic: My day is doing great thanks for asking.
MMA Manager: Which city are you stationed in at the moment?
GR: At the moment I am in the beautiful Las Vegas.
MMA Manager: What a pleasant surprise to have you in the US. Is it your first time here?
GR: My first time here, yes.
Roger Huerta – Leaving ‘Normal’ Behind
For much of his young life, Roger Huerta just wanted to be normal. He wanted to have two parents sitting around the dinner table at night, a white picket fence around a house with a yard, and the type of stability that could be dubbed by some as boring.
ESPN to Feature Carano
The "face of women's MMA" is getting a whole lot more familiar.
Gina Carano , the raven-haired heroine of EliteXC events on Showtime, will be featured on ESPN's "E:60" newsmagazine on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. ET. The segment will focus on the 26-year-old's preparations for her sixth career bout against Minnesota Martial Arts' Kaitlin Young (4-1) at EliteXC "Primetime," on Saturday, May 31, in Newark, N.J.
The bout will be broadcast on CBS at 9 p.m. ET, a first run for the sport on mainstream television. Both ladies boast backgrounds in muay Thai.
The photogenic Carano is currently in Los Angeles shooting episodes of the second season of NBC's "American Gladiators," which debuts Sunday, May 12, at 8 p.m. ET.
Kalib Starnes Explanation
The former UFC fighter had this to say about his performance at UFC 83
"I will say again what I've said before; I had the game plan of circling and moving to stay out of exchanges and to work off of my jab because he hits so hard, to avoid the clinch because he was very strong and I'd taken knees and elbows there in my previous fight, and to throw some kicks as the fight wore on."
i apologize ahead of time if this has already been posted, i didnt have time to look for a previous post
Travis Lutter Wants His Damn Money
Our friend Ariel at MMARated did an audio interview with Travis Lutter shortly after he was cut by the UFC, and if you’re curious about where “The Serial Killer” goes from here you should give it a listen. Lutter still sounds a little dazed by his layoff — and bitter that he was cut while other two-time-losers like Kendall Grove are still in the mix — but there were some interesting revelations. For example:
— After his dismissal, Lutter e-mailed Dana White about the $36,000 that Xyience still owes him. That e-mail has not yet been returned.
— When he said that fans of MMA suck, he was specifically referring to the ones that send him hate mail; according to Travis, the only person who deserves that kind of hate mail is Osama Bin Laden. [ed. note: I know, right? If only we had his address!]
— Since his firing, he’s been called by the IFL and HDNet/Affliction; he’d love to fight Matt Lindland.
— Lutter still doesn’t know why he gassed against Rich Franklin. He also hasn’t watched the fight yet, because he doesn’t feel like it.
— He says “y’know” more than maybe anyone else in the world, ever.
Carlos Condit Signs Contract Extension With WEC
World Extreme Cagefighting Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit (22-4) has signed a contract extension with the WEC according to USA Today. Condit had just one fight remaining on his previous contract with the promotion, which is owned by the same parent company as the UFC.
Terms of the extension were not disclosed.
WANDERLEI STRENGTH COACH PREPARING FOR JARDINE
MMAWeekly’s Ivan Canello recently caught up with Wanderlei Silva’s personal strength and conditioning trainer, Rafael Alejarra. Besides Silva, he has or does also train the likes of Antonio Rodrigo and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Robert Drysdale, an Phil Baroni, among others.
Alejarra discussed the recent performance of Jacare at the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix, where he won his opening round bout, Silva’s upcoming fight with Keith Jardine at UFC 84, training mixed martial artists, and more.
MMAWeekly.com: What did you think about the Jacare’s fight in the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix?
Rafael Alejarra: I think Jacare is a complete athlete, even without too much experience in big events. But I am sure that he came to stay. About the fight, everything went exactly how we predicted. Thanks to God, Jacare was strong, explosive and with his technique at a very high level. Because of this, it happened exactly the way we wanted.
MMAWeekly: How was the preparation? Was there anything special to this fight since the opponent changed a few days before the fight?
Alejarra: No, in fact, we don't train for this or that opponent. We train for any kind of opponent, and we had to be well prepared for all situations possible in one fight. Fortunately, we had a positive result.
MMAWeekly: Will Jacare keep the relationship going with you and during Wanderlei’s training?
Alejarra: Yes, he’ll go to Brazil to see his girlfriend and soon he will come to Vegas and will join us to start the training again and help Wanderlei for his next fight.
Rich Franklin may return to Light Heavyweight
“Rich has to make a decision. We’ve certainly considered going to 205 and seeing how he does up there. He’s fought almost everybody in the 185-pound division. There are some guys that he could fight, but if he beats them it knocks them out of title contention. And nobody is looking to see Rich and Anderson Silva 3 right now, including me. He’s not helping the 185-pound division right now by beating everybody up in it. We’ve talked about going to 205 and how would he match up with some of those guys, with a Forrest Griffin or a Keith Jardine. There’s a whole bunch of 205’s that I think would be interesting. In the end, we do what the UFC wants. If they want us to try 205, we’re up for it. If they want to keep us at 185, then we’ll do that too.”
Nick Diaz vs Katsuya Inoue added to Dream 3/ Mayhem vs Shibata to be part of MW GP
The DREAM.3 card on May 11th has been updated with 5 fights. Many new faces will enter DREAM for this event. Maybe the biggest fight out of these newly announced is Nick Diaz vs. Former 2-time Welterweight King Of Pancrase, Katsuya Inoue
Update: Some new information, Jason Miller vs. Katsuyori Shibata will be a Middleweight GP fight and Melvin Manhoef vs. Dae Won Kim will be a reserve fight for the GP.
Not sure what happened to Ralek. I heard somewhere that he was looking for more money.
Also, here's a to the official Dream websight.
SHields-Fickett EXC Title Fight Off Again
Once again EliteXC has been snakebit in their efforts to have a Jake Shields-Drew Fickett fight for their Welterweight Title because of an injury. The second try at it, set for June 14 in Hawaii, is now off-this time it's Fickett who can't fight because of a knee injury.
Mousasi Wants Manhoef in Dream GP
Despite a 20-2-1 record, Gegard Mousasi (Pictures) was a heavy underdog going into Tuesday's fight with Denis Kang (Pictures) in the Dream middleweight grand prix. After his first-round submission win over the Canadian veteran, one can definitely say the role was not justified.
New Bas Rutten interview
This is part one of a two part interview. Check back tomorrow as we should have it ready for you then.
MMAyou.com: Yo Bassito! You ready for the world’s greatest interview?
Rutten: You’re so ******* on the ******* minute man, I love you!
MMAyou.com: Haha, thanks dog, I love you too. You ready to get started?
Rutten: Ready, ready!
MMAyou.com: Alright cool. Well, how are you doing?
Rutten: I’m doing ******* phenomenal.
Chris Wilson vs. Steve Bruno
I just read on wikipedia that chris Wilson will be fighting Steve Bruno at UFC 87. Wilson looked very impressive against Jon Fitch at UFC 82, I'll take Wilson RD 2 TKO