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MacDonald on UFC Run: I Lost Focus
Jason MacDonald opened a lot of eyes when he first arrived to the UFC in October 2006, as his first two wins were against well-known fighters Ed Herman and Chris Leben.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 9:51AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Aaron Simpson vs. Ed Herman middleweight bout slotted for UFC Fight Night 19
Although he originally hinted at potential fight with Dan Miller, Aaron Simpson (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will instead meet veteran middleweight Ed Herman (15-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 19. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) passed along earlier this month, Simpson posted news of the potential bout with Miller on his Facebook page. However, perhaps jumping the gun, he later issued a disclaimer: "Sorry. That was not official. Still waiting."
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 9:48AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rickson Gracie: ‘It would take me longer to submit Fedor than it would Brock Lesnar
Fifty year old eighth degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rickson Gracie has seen his fair share of controversy following his last professional fight in May of 2000. The mythical submission specialist has claimed to possess a fighting record somewhere in the range of 400-0.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:38AM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
Too much, too fast: Weight cut influenced Thiago Alves loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100
“We felt that the way to beat ‘Rush’ was through counter-punching and boxing…. I wanted him to bait St-Pierre, to strike and then counter-punch. Many times you go there with a plan, but your opponent doesn’t allow you to bring it to fruition, and that’s what happened … Thiago did not show his capability of being explosive. He lost too much weight too fast and lost his explosiveness in the process. That’s why he lost the fight. Thiago can beat St. Pierre…. Thiago is a warrior and a tremendous fighter. He lasted the five rounds and he never quit. He’s extremely strong and that’s why he kept getting up. He does have what it takes to beat Georges. He has to keep his head up and know that there will be more opportunities. He’s still very young and that can work for you — and against you. Against you because you may not have the maturity or the perspective of your entire career and the future; or it can work for you, helping you learn from it, and realize how much better you can be, and how much more time you have … we just have to keep moving forward.”
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:35AM by emfleek - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
K-1 MAX Final 8 results and recap; ‘Kid’ Yamamoto, Tatsuya Kawajiri and others in action
Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) held its latest event, K-1 World MAX Final 8, from the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday (July 13). For fans in North America it will air via tape delay Friday July 17 at 10 p.m. ET on HDNet. The focal point of the evening was another mixed martial arts vs. K-1 fight with DREAM lightweight standout Tatsuya Kawajiri going up against former two-time K-1 Max World champion Masato. It seems as if FEG is trying to brew up a rivalry between both sports to drum up fan interest. Perhaps it’s working.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:32AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
MMA Top 10 Welterweights: Will GSP Make the Division Boring?
Georges St. Pierre has, in his last five fights, avenged his only two career losses and beaten the three toughest opponents the UFC could find for him. He's dominated all five fights, winning all 18 rounds. So what's next for GSP? Take a look after examining my list of the Top 10 welterweights in MMA.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:24AM by emfleek - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Kimbo Slice is a free man after being cooped up in a house with fifteen other UFC heavyweight hopefuls. The 35-year-old sat upstairs last Thursday at the Spike TV booth near the back of the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay as hordes of fans waited below for a glimpse of his beard. The remaining cast members milled about in front of the stage after their public unveiling, signing autographs and chomping at the bit to go home that evening.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:20AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
The Massive Task of Producing the UFC 100 PPV
Emma May chronicles a little bit of what goes into putting on the show at the Vancouver Sun: An intricately designed remote camera hung just overhead of the octagon and slid along 18 vertical and horizontal cords turning its long lens on the fighters to capture the overhead angles, while four hand-held camera men stood on tall stools at four corners of the octagon. Crane-mounted cameras filmed the fighter’s walk-ins and still more digital cameras filmed back stage goings on and scenes from the crowd.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:17AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC president Dana White: "They'll need to kill me" to keep the UFC out of Japan
Despite what he calls extreme opposition, and despite the recent headaches caused by the country's top fight executives meddling in Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's relationship with the organization, Dana White said the Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to Japan. To date the organization has hosted just four events in the country, the most recent of which was "UFC 29: Defense of the Belts," held in Tokyo eight-and-a-half years ago. Although "dirty, sneaky, bad guys in Japan" allegedly don't want him there, White said they'll need "to kill me" to keep him out.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:16AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
10 Questions for Lorenzo Fertitta
He’s the majority owner of the most successful fight promotion in the world -- yet Lorenzo Fertitta rarely takes centerstage. However, to commemorate UFC 100, fans were treated to a special one-hour question and answer session with the reserved billionaire casino owner last Saturday at the UFC Expo in Las Vegas. With the fans at the helm, here are some highlights: We have “The Ultimate Fighter” for the 155ers on Spike TV, but what about something for the 135- and 145-pounders on Versus? Fertitta: We talked a lot about developing some sort of reality show for Versus. Now, we certainly don’t want to copy “The Ultimate Fighter” and what we’ve done on Spike, but we have been working on concepts where we can try to find new talent, bring new talent back to the WEC. You will see something happen where we have some kind of a show that will be a breeding ground for new talent to get into the WEC. There’s an online petition called FedorChant.com, where a thousand people are going to cheer “Fedor” (Emelianenko) during the main event (at UFC 100). Is that going to put more pressure on you, and just the fact that Fedor doesn’t want to sign because of sambo, was that something that you’d ever overlook? ...
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 7:50AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Dana White's UFC 100 Video Blog - Fight Day
Follow the link to see Dana's video blog for the day of the fight, which includes up close and personal video of Dan Henderson knocking out Michael Bisping. Check it out!
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:59PM by BrutalKnockOut - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal at UFC 103
A middleweight contest between Drew McFedries and Tomasz Drawl is on tap for UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas, MMAWeekly.com has learned from sources close to the fight. The UFC has yet to make its second trip to the Lone Star State official, but the American Airlines Center is expected to host.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:16PM by Bowen50 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 100 Medical Suspensions
The NSAC has posted the official UFC 100 results on its website, which also reveal the medical suspensions handed down after the event.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:01PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 100: In defense of Brock Lesnar
At UFC 100 on July 11, Brock Lesnar soundly defeated Frank Mir in front of a hostile crowd and millions of viewers at home to unify the UFC heavyweight championship. The former WWE superstar spent eighteen months preparing for that moment. In fact, since his debut at UFC 81 in February of 2007, Lesnar has done nothing but listen to how green he is. And how he couldn’t finish Heath Herring at UFC 87 despite the fact that the “Texas Crazy Horse” has no ground game. Or how he was losing to Randy Couture at UFC 91 but scored the win because Father Time robbed “The Natural” of his reaction speed and Lesnar has giant mitts. Leading up to his rematch with Mir, everything about Brock was how awful he was technically, how preposterous it was that a 3-1 wrestler was championship material. Mir even offered to train him after the event to help him become better.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 4:41PM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic Signs Three-Fight Deal With UFC
Heavyweight veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has signed a three-fight contract with the UFC, ending weeks of speculation about whether the popular Croatian fighter would return to the UFC or ink a deal with Japan-based DREAM. UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta announced the signing on Saturday during a Q&A with fans at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas before UFC 100.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 4:20PM by Bowen50 - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 100 was a Flop Outside of the Octagon
Over the last year, Dana White and the UFC spent countless hours and a tremendous amount of money to promote UFC 100 – which was billed as the most important night in Mixed Martial Arts history. There were countdowns on both Yahoo! and Spike TV leading up to the event. Even ESPN – which had previously given MMA very little coverage in the past – spent all week leading up to UFC 100 promoting the spectacle. I had waited months to see UFC 100. Yet when it was over I turned to the room full of people I was watching it with and asked, “That was it?” UFC 100 was no different than any other UFC pay-per-view event. It was a few fights, they showed me Turkish from the movie Snatch sitting in the crowd and then I was given the disturbing mental image of Brock Lesnar mounting his wife.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 3:22PM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
The new UFC Octagon girl is…
Forty beautiful women spiced up the action inside the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Saturday in hopes of becoming the next UFC Octagon Girl. After three rounds of judging, including a sultry bikini competition and a sportswear round, Las Vegas resident Natasha Wicks won the contest.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 3:20PM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Around The World, MMA Heavyweight Division Suddenly Riveting
In work places around the country, and indeed around the world, Monday morning water-cooler talk following the weekend at some point turned to UFC 100. And of course, those conversations eventually moved to UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, who scored a second-round TKO over Frank Mir, and then outraged some by his postfight comments and actions. Around the world wide web, Lesnar was one of the most written-about topics.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 3:18PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
With Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez out, "JZ" Calvancante wants Joachim Hansen at DREAM.11
Gesias "JZ" Calvancante (14-3-1) won't get his first choice of an opponent, but he's got a second pick in mind for DREAM.11. Although initial plans to fight Eddie Alavarez fell apart when the slugger won Bellator Fighting Championships' first-ever lightweight title earlier this year, Calvancante hopes he can now score a fight with notable Joachim Hansen (19-7-1) instead.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 3:16PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: Dream
Michael Bisping Speaks on KO Loss to Dan Henderson
Check out the link to see what Michael Bisping has to say about his loss to Dan Henderson, what he remembers from the fight, and how he plans to return.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 2:44PM by BrutalKnockOut - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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