Head Of The Class: ASU Wrestlers Take On MMA
Wrestlers have always had a special place in the world of mixed martial arts. One particular group of wrestlers from Arizona State University have made a mark lately, positioning themselves as the new breed of athletes competing in MMA.
While Arizona State has always been a top school for collegiate wrestling, it has also produced many top MMA fighters including Dan Severn, Dan Henderson, and Don Frye. Now, a new group of grapplers from Arizona State has proven the team still knows how to produce great fighters.
C.B. Dollaway, Ryan Bader, and Cain Velasquez were all a part of the Arizona State wrestling team. Recently, all three have made successful transitions into MMA.
“Basically, when I came to Arizona State, it put me in a great position to be a great collegiate wrestler. I came in with Ryan Bader and Cain Velasquez, it was kind of like a 1-2-3 punch,” said Dollaway about his teammates. “So we all worked out together and my coach Aaron Simpson, who’s a two time All-American who was trying to make the Olympics. Just a bunch of great guys to workout with.”
The work ethic displayed showed on the wrestling mat as all three were All-American wrestlers in their time at Arizona State and it’s that commitment that helped them transition to MMA as well.
Dan Henderson fighting at UFC 85
Hendo was signing autographs at Seni 08 yesturday (a huge Martial Arts expo in London), while chatting with him I asked him "Any idea when your next fight is?" He replied "I should be fighting on June 7th." I said "In London?" He said "Yeah, in London"
I don't know who hes fighting as i didn't ask, but hopefully it'll be a war.
UFC 85 Live on Spike TV
"The UFC has announced that the June 7th UFC 86 card from London, England will now be a free TV event with Chuck Liddell pulling out from the card."
This is according to MMANEWS.COM no confirmation yet on UFC.COM.
George St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva - Who is the Better Fighter?
Welcome back to the Double Leg Breakdown. It was another great UFC card last weekend (short of one miserable fight that I hope never to think about again; I'm looking at you Starnes). I was really happy to see Michael Bisping in good form, but man, did he look skinny! I thought the bar where I watched the fight ordered it in 16:9 format but projected it in 4:3 format. Nice to see that he cut the weight right with diet and not just cutting waterweight.
HDNet To Broadcast DREAM
On the April 25 episode of Inside MMA, Ron Kruck announced the official partnership between HDNet and FEG to bring the DREAM series to the Western Hemisphere. With the long rumored deal now official, HDNet will be the broadcast home for the fledgling series in North America. The deal comes a shade late for HDNet to show DREAM.2 live, but fans will have a chance to catch up next weekend. DREAM.1 took place in March and will be aired next Friday, May 2 and DREAM.2, slated for next Tuesday, will be aired on Saturday, May 3. Both programs will begin at 10:30 PM EST.
WEC ANNOUNCES MUNOZ BOUT, CONFIRMS TORRES
WEC 34 Bouts (officially announced):
-Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver
-Miguel Torres vs. Yoshiro Maeda
-Jeff Curran vs. Mike Brown
-Mark Munoz vs. Chuck Grigsby
-Rob McCullough vs. Kenneth Alexander
-Jose Aldo vs. Alexandre Franca Nogueira
-Rich Crunkilton vs. Donald Cerrone
-Tim McKenzie vs. Eric Schambari
-Alex Serdyukov vs. Luis Sapo
-Charlie Valencia vs. Dominick Cruz
SANDMAN HOPES TO PUT EVANS TO SLEEP
As James Irvin celebrated his eight-second win over Houston Alexander, while his highlight reel “superman” punch littered the ESPN Sportcenter Top 10 plays, little did he know that less than a month later he’d be asked to fill in for Chuck Liddell to face light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans.
“Actually, I think I had a beer in my hands and I was still celebrating from knocking out Houston Alexander,” said Irvin in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio on Thursday. “I didn’t even see it coming, but I think as soon as they told me, I dropped the beer and decided I wanted to go train again.”...
I personally like the way James Irvin is handling the situation. he seems humble yet confident. from this interview he is starting to grow on me a bit and i'll definitely be rooting for him to score the KO.
BISPING VS. LEBEN ADDED TO UFC 85 IN LONDON
Amidst a flurry of activity this week, the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday officially confirmed the changing line-up for its return to London on June 7. UFC 85 underwent a hefty facelift this week, starting with a main event of Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans and ended with a new main event of Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves.
Murphy Added To DREAM 2, Trigg Officially Out
FEG has announced that national university freestly wrestling champion Ian Murphy has been added to the DREAM 2 card as part of the Middleweight GP. He'll face Ronaldo Jacare, who was to have fought Frank Trigg but apparently visa issues and reconsidering participating after reaching a verbal agreement will keep Trigg off.
Purge and Merge
...Apparently [the UFC] is planning on purging the 185 and 205 divisions from the WEC. I suspect they will bring in a few guys from each division over to The UFC (Stann, Marshall, Filho, etc), and cut the rest off. Brian Stann has tremendous marketable potential if he's able to train full time, there's no way they're going to let him go...
is Zuffa going to do to WEC what it did to PRIDE and gut the venue while taking its stars?
as an MMA fan, do you have a problem with this? is this a good thing for the UFC? for the MMA community?
World MMA Awards unveiled
We've teamed up with Fighters Only Magazine, the planet's leading mixed martial arts publication, to launch the inaugural World Mixed Martial Arts Awards.
A strong partnership between the two titles was struck last August when we began covering the Ultimate Fighting Championship as part of our sports offering.
We've recognised the huge impact mixed martial arts has had on the mainstream, and we're pleased to be teaming up with Fighters Only Magazine on this groundbreaking awards ceremony.
This weekend will see the stunning Octagon-shaped trophy unveiled at top combat expo Seni '08, which takes place at London's Excel Arena.
You can check out the award for yourself by visiting the Fighters Only Magazine stand (number 1082) at the exhibition, where two stunning Sun glamour girls and our MMA expert, Jim Burman, will be appearing.
Affliction event details
More details are emerging on Affliction's first promotional effort which is set for July 17 in Dallas are beginning to emerge. So far the only "announced" fights for the event are Tim Sylvia v. Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Lindland v. TBA.
Sylvia's payday is listed...you gotta see this.
Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves UFC 85 fight for main event confirmed
UFC 85 has a surprise main event!
Former welterweight champion Matt Hughes and Thiago Alves will step up to the plate, inking a fight contract to go toe-to-toe at UFC 85 at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7, according to Matt-Hughes.com.
The exciting showdown between two of the top performers in the 170-pound division was apparently booked to help fill the void of the injured Chuck Liddell.
Here’s a snip:
“June 7th, in England, I fight Thiago Alves. The fight is confirmed, it will be the main event for the card. Dana just called me with the news. Chuck got hurt and couldn’t fight, so he needed a replacement and called me and I said yes. More news as I get it. No matter what happens in this fight, I’ve got Serra next.”
More on this in a bit, including whether or not the 185-pound fight between Michael Bisping and Chris Leben is still in the works.
Match-ups revealed for WEC 34
The event is headlined by a previously revealed bout between WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber and former UFC champion Jens Pulver, and WEC bantamweight title-holder Miguel Torres meets replacement Yoshiro Maeda.
Other fighters in action include Jeff Curran, Rob McCullough, Rich Crunkilton and Alexandre Nogueira.
The event airs live on Versus
The latest card includes:
Champ Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver -- for WEC featherweight title
Champ Miguel Torres vs. Yoshiro Maeda -- for WEC bantamweight title*
Mike Brown vs. Jeff Curran
Kenneth Alexander vs. Rob McCullough*
Donald Cerrone vs. Rich Crunkilton*
Tim McKenzie vs. Eric Schambari
Luis Sapo vs. Alex Serdyukov
Jose Aldo vs. Alexandre Nogueira
Dominick Cruz vs. Charlie Valencia
* - not officially announced