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Filho Counting on Diverse Skills to Stop Sonnen
(sherdog.com)
Paulo Filho (Pictures) returns to the WEC on Wednesday to defend his middleweight title against Chael Sonnen (Pictures). Several Brazilian MMA stars helped Filho prepare for the bout, and he has guaranteed that he will walk into the cage in the best shape of his life. "The drills were excellent, as always," Filho told Sherdog.com. "Guys as high caliber as [the Nogueira brothers] came here to help me, in addition to my coach, Josuel Distak, and many other friends. I think it certainly will make a difference."
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 2:13PM by ohiostate1016 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
WEC 31 and HDNet: Reckless Abandon (Preview)
(cpcmovies.co.uk)
After an exciting finale to the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) this past weekend, I think it’s safe to say that the state of mixed martial arts is definitely good. Even with some disappointing and sad news in the sport, such as UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk being stripped of his title for testing positive for steroids and MMA’s first death in 35-year-old Sammy Vazquez, the sport is still growing rapidly. And that’s why we are having more and more great events, even outside of the UFC. Cases in point are the two events on the docket this week. First up on Wednesday is the best card in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) history with WEC 31. There are three title fights on this card, plus the debut of former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver in both the WEC and the 145-pound featherweight division. And then on Saturday, Mark Cuban’s HDNet organization holds their second big event. They have some notable big names on this card, and it seems as though they are growing by the day. Signings of guys like Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Frank Trigg, and Yves Edwards have been huge for this budding company. Here is the preview of the both events, with my picks for each fight.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 2:00PM by ohiostate1016 - 7 comments
Filed under: HDNet, WEC
 
The Hitman: I Like MMA, But...
(hour.ca)
Former World Wrestling Entertainment Champion and Hall Of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart recently gave a Canadian website an interview where he talked about MMA. He said he does like it, but he seems not to like the more violent aspects of it when compared to wrestling.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 1:26PM by DCRage - 36 comments
Filed under: Interviews, Other Combat Sports
 
UFC.com Article On Retirement Of "Big" John McCarthy
(mmanews.com)
It was the perfect going away gift for a referee • Saturday’s lightweight war between Roger Huerta and Clay Guida. But like all great ‘third men’, John McCarthy • who retired as an active referee following last weekend’s main event - was noticeable by being noly noticeable, making all the right moves and all the right calls, a fitting end to a 13 year journey that saw McCarthy become as much a part of the UFC as the great fighters who have graced its Octagon. Gonna miss you BJM
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 7:46AM by Leland - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
TUF 6 Finale Medical Suspensions
(boxing.nv.gov)
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has now posted the TUF 6 Finale results on their website, which also lists the medical suspensions coming out of the event.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 7:17AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
Everyone Clean After UFC 78
(mmaweekly.com)
The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board has announced that all fighters who participated in UFC 78 have passed all performance-enhancing substance tests. Every fighter was tested.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 7:15AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sapp To Fight In US In February
(sherdog.com)
Bob Sapp, who has become a very popular MMA fighter in Japan while also doing some wrestling, will return to the USA in February. He will headline the Strikeforce event on February 23 at the Tacoma Dome in Washington state.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 7:13AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
FEG Announces Three More for Dynamite!! (Minowa VS Zulu!!! lol)
(sherdog.com)
At a press conference Tuesday at the Ana Tokyo Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, K-1 and HERO'S parent company Fight Entertainment Group revealed another three fights for the Dec. 31 K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! card the Kyocera Dome in Osaka. Norwegian standout Joachim Hansen will return to the HERO'S ring to take on Sydney Games olympian Kazuyuki Miyata in a 154-pound contest. Also announced for the card, Melvin Manhoef takes on former boxing convert Yosuke Nishijima at 187 pounds, while Ikuhisa Minowa continues his open-weight conquest against Wagner da Conceicao Martins, more familiarly known to fans as Zuluzinho.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 7:00AM by CornishMMA - 3 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
 
Belfort Hoping for Octagon Return
(sherdog.com)
Almost three years have passed since Vitor Belfort last battled in the Octagon. After apparently resurrecting a career that was supposed to have been nothing but great when it began over 11 years ago, Belfort is ready to return to the promotional company that as he puts it, made his legacy. Belfort will meet UFC matchmaker Joe Silva on Wednesday, the Brazilian told Sherdog.com, and is specifically looking to avenge his last bout in the UFC, a split decision loss to Tito Ortiz.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 6:55AM by CornishMMA - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Sapp Returns at Strikeforce
(sherdog.com)
Bob Sapp will headline Strikeforce's Feb. 23 show at the Tacoma Dome in Washington state, the promotion announced Monday. The 6-foot-4, 375-pound Sapp last fought in mixed martial arts in November 2005, when he knocked out Kim Jong Wang. In less than four years of competition, "The Beast" has gained international notoriety. He has been particularly popular in Japan, where he compiled most of his 8-2-1 record in MMA.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 6:52AM by CornishMMA - 16 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
12/15 ICON Sport Show Cancelled
(mmanews.com)
After Robbie Lawler's ICON Sport Middleweight Title defense set for this Saturday was postponed, the promotion has announced that the entire card is now off. The only suggested reason was that no suitable replacement for Lawler could be found. Ouch.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 6:43AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Sherk to get winner of Penn v Stevenson
(ufc.com)
After the California State Athletic Commission decision on Dec. 4 to reduce, but uphold, Sean Sherk’s suspension for a positive banned substance test, the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization withdrew recognition from Sherk as UFC Lightweight Champion.
Submitted Dec 11, 2007 5:30AM by postman - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 81 to be on CBS?
(mmanews.com)
Terry Martin on Myspace;"Just found out that I am suppose to fight Marvin Eastman Feb. 2, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay. The fight is to be aired on CBS. So it will be free for everyone. Time to get back on track with the Super Bowl of all knock outs."
Submitted Dec 10, 2007 11:25PM by jae_1833 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fedor vs Rizzo in April?
(wrestlingobserver.com)
Monte Cox and the M-1 crew are in Dallas today in a closed-door meeting with Art of War to finalize a Fedor Emelianenko vs. Pedro Rizzo fight that would tentatively take place in Las Vegas in April. Money terms have been agreed and the meeting is to fnialize a deal and sign the contracts. you have to scroll down about 3/4 of the page to find the blurb.
Submitted Dec 10, 2007 7:44PM by duggy - 21 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
 
Filho might be the world’s best middleweight (Story from Yahoo! Sports)
(mmajunkie.com)
There is nobody in MMA today who has as impressive a spotless record as World Extreme Cagefighting 185-pound champion Paulo Filho, a man many feel is the best middleweight in the world. Yet, even with a 15-0 record, Filho’s last year has been frustrating. A knee injury kept him one match short of winning the 2006 Pride Grand Prix tournament. After recovering, he made his U.S. debut in winning the vacant World Extreme Cagefighting middleweight championship on Aug. 5 in Las Vegas, beating Joe Doerksen in a match where he was nowhere near his best. On that day, he was fighting two bouts in one. First, he was facing a tough Canadian, and second, an even tougher opponent, food poisoning. Still, a bad night for Filho would be a good night for most fighters. He struggled early for the takedown, but then got it and quickly pounded Doerksen into defeat in 4:09.
Submitted Dec 10, 2007 3:49PM by Bemin - 9 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
13 Questions With Jens Pulver
(sherdog.com)
Ahead of his 145-pound debut on thie week's WEC TV event, former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver looked back on his time in UFC, training at the Miletich camp, and other MMA-related topics.
Submitted Dec 10, 2007 9:40AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC, Interviews
 
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7: Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin officially announced as coaches during Spike VGA awards
mmamania.com
It appears that the “Big Plans” UFC President Dana White had in store for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson do indeed include a stint as coach on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). White made the “major announcement” during tonight’s VGA broadcast on SpikeTV. Source Full link :
Submitted Dec 10, 2007 12:21AM by buckndro - 19 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
Randy Couture Guest Speaker for Packers
(nonstopmma.com)
Fox Sports today rolled out a fantastic article about Randy Couture coming into the Packers locker room at the behest of one of his biggest fans….Brett Favre. That’s right folks, one of the best QB’s in the NFL today looks to the darling of mixed martial arts and current UFC heavyweight champion, Randy Couture for inspiration. Despite what has happened between the UFC and Couture in recent weeks, no one can deny the storied career of Randy, and how, at his age, he is still making strides for his career. ...
Submitted Dec 9, 2007 5:58PM by warglory - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Robbie Lawler injured, not defending ICON Title Belt
(sherdog.com)
Lawler tore a tendon in his right arm during training, forcing him to sit on the sidelines without activity for at least six weeks. The EliteXC and ICON Sport middleweight champion was supposed to defend his ICON belt against Hawaiian slugger Kala Kolohe Hose.
Submitted Dec 9, 2007 2:56PM by jae_1833 - 9 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, EliteXC
 
Griffin to be next TUF coach
(mmanews.com)
The promised big announcement during the live finale of season six of The Ultimate Fighter reality show on Spike TV was revealed. What was it? Dana White came on and spoke with Joe Rogan to announce that Forrest Griffin will be one of the coaches of season seven of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Dana also called Griffin the new number one contender and said that he will be fighting the other coach at the end of the season.
Submitted Dec 9, 2007 11:49AM by jae_1833 - 20 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
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