Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben: I’m going to make 20,000 people shut-up at UFC 89
UFC middleweight contender Chris Leben was our guest on this weeks broadcast of Pro MMA Radio. Presented by MMAmania.com, Pro MMA Radio airs live every Monday night at 9pm and features many of the top fighters from the UFC and beyond.
‘The Crippler’ didn’t waste any time getting into his fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 89. Leben gives credit to Bisping’s technical approach but isn’t impressed with his power. He also believes people underestimate his (Leben’s) ground game.
Leben predicts he will win by knockout.
Larry asks him about the short stint he did in prison that kept him out of UFC 85 and the story behind choking out one of his fellow inmates.
Chris also talks about his fight with Anderson Silva and how he had it in his head that he was going to knock him out in the first round - and how that mental mistake cost him the fight.
STRIKEFORCE: WHO'S NEXT FOR THE PUNK?
Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson turned in another impressive performance this weekend, taking a mere 74 seconds to defeat Lion’s Den fighter Ashe Bowman at the world famous Playboy Mansion. It was his eighth straight victory in two and a half years; he took but one serious punch before overwhelming Bowman with strikes.
“I just took what he gave me and tried to exploit him a little bit, it just worked out to my benefit. I caught him with a good shot right off the bat and it all fell into place,” Thomson told MMAWeekly.com in a video interview after the fight.
The question now shifts to who’s next in line for Thomson. A Top 10 lightweight, Thomson recently stated that he only wanted to face names and solid contenders for his belt. Mitsuhiro Ishida, who also decimated his opponent on Saturday, would appear to be the next logical opponent. But Thomson isn’t so sure at this point.
Fedor Talking Japan on NYE, Affliction Says No
Fedor appeared at the DREAM.6 show and teased the fans with a potential New Year's Eve fight, possibly against gold medal judoka Satoshi Ishii.
Naturally Affliction's not happy since they have big plans for Fedor to headline their show on January 11th in the U.S. or do they.....
Not so fast says Affliction Entertainment VP, Tom Atencio.
"Fedor was supposed to fight for them on New Year's Eve, but he is not because we extended his contract," Atencio said.
When asked if it was 100% confirmed that Fedor would be fighting on the upcoming Affliction/Golden Boy card on January 17, 2009, in Anaheim, Atencio stopped us dead in our tracks.
"The date and location are not official," Atencio said. "Everyone is tripping. Our next show will definitely be the 1st quarter of 2009 in January, possibly February. Nothing is confirmed though."
Fightlnker speaks for everyone with a brain here:
Hmm, so let’s see what we know: Fedor’s Affliction contract is a US only contract. Affliction doesn’t even have a date locked down for Fedor’s next fight and therefore no bout contract has been signed. How likely do you think it is given those facts that Fedor is going to pass up on another NYE event in Japan? The dude magically pulled a NYE event out of his ass last year because he loves doing it so much. Does anyone really think he’s going to pass this up for a proposed event by a company that just cancelled it’s last event and is working on a questionable partnership with a boxing promotion?
THUMBPLAY jumps in the Octagon With UFC
NEW YORK – September 23, 2008 – Thumbplay® (www.thumbplay.com), the #1 mobile entertainment content service in the U.S.*, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), the world’s premiere mixed martial arts sports organization, today announced the launch of a wide array of mobile content through the Thumbplay service. Effective immediately, UFC fans can hear from their favorite UFC fighters, replay videos of the most intense matchups and view the stunning Octagon Girls™ through the convenience of Thumbplay’s online and mobile content retrieval service.
Thumbplay, available on more than 2,000 mobile devices across all major U.S. carriers, will now showcase some of the most exciting throw-downs in fight history and other riveting content, including:
• Fighters: Download videos and wall papers from various UFC fighters
• Octagon Girls: Arianny Celeste, Edith Labelle and Rachelle Leah heat up your background
• Events: Video Clips and stills from the biggest battles in UFC history
• Sound Effects: All the sounds of the Octagon in one convenient spot
Eddie Bravo: Formless Wisdom Pt. 1
lengthy article, but a decent read
In this interview we have an in depth look at Eddies journey to becoming a jiu jitsu innovator, and how he has used jiu jitsu to further his true passion in life- music.
DREAM.6 by the Numbers
some interesting tidbits...
couple of my favorites...
5 hours, 20 minutes
total duration of the event as broadcast on HDNet
5 minutes, 10 seconds
combined duration of the two semi-final matches and final bout of the Middleweight Grand Prix
seconds Todd Moore took to walk to the ring
seconds it took Shinya Aoki to submit Moore via neck crank
number of punches thrown by Aoki
CroCop Wanted to Continue
"Alaister was ahead on points, however its a 15 minute fight and i knew my time would come" said Mirko
Mirko wanted to continue to fight, however the ringside doctor prevented him from continuing.
"I'm angry it ended this way, it seemed as if he was the dominant one, however i wasn't in trouble for a second and was waiting for my opportunities. I prepared very well because i thought the match could last a while. I thought i would knock him down in the end"
His manager Zvonimir Lucic confirmed that he wanted to continue the fight however the ringside officials prevented it as a precaution.
kinda makes overeem look like a dick sayin he was faking
Alistair Overeem Calls Cro Cop a Faker
Knees to the groin aside, Alistair Overeem isn’t buying Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s claims that he could not continue during last night’s Dream.6 bout. Cro Cop’s anguish looked pretty genuine, and Overeem’s knees seemed intent on finding his testicles, but Fighters Only reports that the Dutchman thinks dude was faking it in order to get out of a beating:
“Tonight I was kicking his ass, I destroyed him. …The first knee was in the crotch but the second was not. CroCop just didn’t want to fight anymore.”
“I think he underestimated me, but if he wants to fight again, I’ll fight him again. I’d like to finish him.”
Overeem was dominating the fight. That much seems apparent, though Cro Cop would have us believe that he was just biding his time and waiting for the right moment to stop getting his ass kicked.
But whatever you think of Cro Cop and his ethical code, that knee strike was clearly in the groin neighborhood. A cursory examination of the video evidence proves that much. Even if Overeem feels that he didn’t get him right on the buttons, as it were, he’s got to concede that Cro Cop might have been just a little extra sensitive in the testicular region at that point in the fight, seeing as how he’d already been nailed there. Nobody likes to see a fight end like that, especially the guy who leaves the ring with one of his testicles inside his body, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.
Tito Is Having Twins
Yes everyone, I can officially confirm that Tito and I are expecting twins! I had my second ultrasound today and was greeted by two big healthy babies with pounding hearts.
Ahh yes, two Tito heads are better than one.
Great Expectations: Can UFC 91 Top 1 Million Buys?
During the conference call announcing Randy Couture v. Brock Lesnar as the main event of UFC 91, Dana White predicted that the event would do in excess of one million buys on pay-per-view. White’s prediction is rumored to be based on internal marketing research that found the fight was the most anticipated the company could deliver, even more anticipated than a potential showdown between Forest Griffin and Chuck Liddell (that eventually went down in flames courtesy of Rashad Evans) or a dream fight between BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre scheduled for January.
Mark Bocek vs. Alvin Robinson on tap for UFC 91
A lightweight clash between Mark Bocek and Alvin Robinson is expected to be added to the Nov. 15 undercard for UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The news comes courtesy of a report on Sherdog.
Bocek, a jiu-jitsu standout from Canada, is 5-2 overall in his professional MMA career and 1-2 in three career UFC bouts. He debuted for the promotion at UFC 73 in July of 2007, where he suffered a first round TKO loss against Frankie Edgar.
Bocek then returned to the Octagon at UFC 79 last December during the undercard for Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva. Showing improved overall MMA skills, Bocek recorded a unanimous decision victory over Alaskan Doug Evans.
Frank Edgar vs Matt Wiman UFC Fight for the Troops
There’s a an exciting lightweight clash between Frank Edgar (9-1) and Matt Wiman brewing for UFC Fight Night 16: “Fight for the Troops” at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., on December 10.
MMAmania.com recently learned about the potential 155-pound bout; however, bout agreements have not been signed (though have been distributed to both fighters).
Edgar recently rebounded from the first professional loss of his career to Gray Maynard (unanimous decision) at UFC Fight Night 13 to outpoint former number one contender Hermes Franca on all three judges scorecards at UFC Fight Night 14: “Silva vs. Irvin” in July.
The latter bout was dubbed the “Fight of the Night,” earning Edgar and Franca each an additional $25,000 for their performances. It came as no surprise — Edgar is often involved in action-packed battles.
And the match up with “Handsome” should be no different.
DREAM 6 REVIEW: MOUSASI WINS MIDDLEWEIGHT GP
Armenian fighter Gegard Mousasi became the Dream middleweight champion after knocking out Brazilian grappling wizard Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the finals of the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix at the Saitama Super Arena.
Jacare wasted no time as he shot in for a takedown, finally getting a grasp on Mousasi and slamming him to the ground. From there, Jacare looked to improve position as he worked to get into side mount, but instead settled to stand over Mousasi. He then attempted to drop a bomb on Mousasi, but was met with an up kick that knocked him out as Mousasi landed a couple of more strikes before the referee stopped the fight at 2:15.
NEWCOMER AL-TURK TO FIGHT KONGO AT UFC 92
Having just signed a multi-fight agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Cage Rage champion Mustapha Al-Turk was all set for a baptism of fire in the UFC against highly touted heavyweight prospect Cain Velazquez. It was scheduled to be a tough debut for the London Shootfighters standout, but one that suited him stylistically as both are heavy handed grapplers.
According to his coach and manager Alexis Demetriades, it appears that the fight is off due to injury. "We got word from Joe Silva that Velazquez has pulled out due to injury and will be undergoing knee surgery to fix it. It’s a shame as we had a strategy in place and we were all set to go."
The announcement of Velazquez withdrawing from the fight will leave many disappointed as the fight guaranteed fireworks. All is not lost, as a replacement has been found in tough Frenchman Cheick Kongo, who is coming off a TKO win over Dan Evensen at UFC 87 in Minneapolis.
CroCop's Right Testicle Runs For Cover
Apparently Mirko's testicles didn't get any rest after Kongo played knee-bongos with them. Here's the scoop from the Overeem vs CroCop bout.
Also, here's a (slow as hell loading) video to the fight. I just left it alone for a while then went back to the window to watch.
Fedor Aiming For DREAM Return
Although a year-end DREAM 7 event has not yet been officially announced, one fighter planning to be there is Fedor Emelianenko. While addressing the crowd today at DREAM 6, Fedor confirmed his interest in fighting on the show, which likely would be around the end of the year, although such a fight could cause problems due to his likely being put in the January Affliction event.
Travis Lutter Back In UFC (Again)?
Apparently being cut from UFC for various reasons isn't the end of your career there-TUF 4 MW winner Travis Lutter, despite being let go by UFC earlier this year, could be coming back again. He appears set to face Joe Doerksen at UFC 91.
ELITEXC: SILVA REMAINS CHAMP, NO WOMEN'S TITLE
As Elite XC started to introduce titles last year, each weight class has started to receive attention as to when or who would be involved in championship fights.
One of the open categories is the light heavyweight division, which still hasn’t been crowned, but top contender Rafael Feijao seems to be the leading candidate for a title shot.
EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Feijao would be involved in the upcoming Nov. 8 card on Showtime, but still didn’t know if a title would be on the line.
“I can just tell you that there’s no guarantees that we will be introducing a light heavyweight title, but at this point any fight that Feijao’s in, it is a title worthy challenge,” Shaw stated. “He’s only going to be facing top notch competition.”
With the EliteXC lightweight title now up in the air, as the promotion stripped champion K.J. Noons of the belt, the promotion also has to look at their heavyweight division where champion Antonio Silva is currently under suspension stemming from a positive drug test result following his last fight.
“Antonio (Silva) is the EliteXC heavyweight champ and he will continue to be the heavyweight champ until he has his day in front of the commission,” confirmed Shaw to MMAWeekly.com about the status of their heavyweight titleholder.
“When the commission comes and levies down on him with whatever ruling they have, EliteXC will huddle up and we will figure out what we want to do about the title at that point.”
Anderson Silva NOT Retirng Next Year, says his Manager
Anderson Silva’s manager says that the middleweight champion will definitely not be retiring within the next 12 months.
He made the statement after UFC middleweight champion Silva told a Brazilian television station he was thinking of quitting MMA in the coming year.
Some have speculated that the decision was prompted by Dana White’s refusal to allow Silva leave to enter into a boxing match with Roy Jones Jr.
However, his manager Ed Soares says that this is not the case and that White has a good relationship with Silva.
“Dana hasn't done anything to **** over Silva. It's the complete opposite. Dana has been very good to Anderson,” he wrote on popular message board MMA.tv earlier.
“I can guarantee you Anderson will not be retiring within the next year. He still has 6 fights on his contract.”
Japanese stars now bringing show to U.S.
Back in the day, American mixed martial artists often had to travel to Japan in order to face quality opponents and make real money. The sport thrived on the other side of the Pacific Ocean as it struggled on these shores.
These days, the tide has turned. With the industry troubled in the Land of the Rising Sun, Japanese fighters increasingly opt to seek fame and fortune in the United States.
Such was the case at Saturday night’s Strikeforce at the Mansion 2, where a pair of debuting Japanese stars highlighted the card. Former PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix tournament champion Kazuo Misaki stopped UFC vet Joe “Diesel” Riggs in the second round in a middleweight main event; and lightweight Mitsuhiro Ishida had the night’s best submission with an armbar victory over Justin Wilcox.