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Gonzaga plots rebound strategy vs. Werdum
LUDLOW, Mass. - It's not hard to find Gabriel Gonzaga in this suburb with a large contingent of Portuguese and Brazilians near the Connecticut border. It could be that the beastly UFC heavyweight dwarfs most people on the street, or because he wears a hooded sweatshirt that reads "GONZAGA" on the front and bears the insignia of Gonzaga University. But even if you didn't spot "Napao" in person in Ludlow, you'd know where to find him. In a shop window facing the street next to his training haunt hangs a promotional poster for UFC 70, the event where Gonzaga famously defeated Croatian striker Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in stunning fashion with a head kick. The poster hangs proudly alongside for-sale "Need 2 Bleed" brand fight gear and jiu-jitsu gis bearing the "Team Link" insignia.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:45PM by Bemin - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Melendez-Thompson Off Strikeforce
The scheduled Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson fight at StrikeForce on March 29 is now off. Thompson re-aggravated an old shoulder injury and will have surgery Thursday.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:15PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
Puder Returns To Strikeforce
Although he's gone back to wrestling for now, Daniel Puder's MMA exodus apparently will be brief. He's been added to the 3/29 Strikeforce event headlined by Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:12PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
McCully Misses Deadline, Kongo Fight?
There have been rumors that Justin McCully missed a deadline for an offer of a UFC 82 fight against Cheick Kongo. There's now word that the deadline has indeed passed and Kongo now will likely fight Heath Herring instead.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:09PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
WCO Promoter Tells His Side Of The Story
Bruce Bellochi, promoter of WCO, recently took the opportunity to speak out and explain his side of the story that led to the cancellation of the WCO: Babalu vs. Tiger event this past weekend in California.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:04PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
Machida "I want to fight for the belt by the end of this year"
"It was a very big win. I hope people start to recognize that I'm here to stay and I would like to fight for the belt by the end of this year."- Lyoto Machida
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 4:19PM by NatedawgThaM - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
Weighty Issues (Sherdog interview with GSP and his Manager)
In a world full of high-caliber mixed martial artists, most will concede that Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) is at or near the top of the list when it comes to talent and ability. Since his introduction to the world of professional MMA in 2002, the 26 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, has run roughshod over a litany of fighters considered the cream of the crop. Not only has he beaten them, he's also made it look relatively easy. The first sign that alerted the international community that "Rush" was someone special was when he defeated Pete Spratt (Pictures) in 2003. St. Pierre was already popular around Montreal then, but Spratt was fresh off a win over Robbie Lawler (Pictures) at UFC 42 and was considered a heavy favorite. He drops a few bombshells in this one, sounds like the GSP/Anderson Silva fight could take place in the future, and how about seeing if Chuck can stuff his takedowns. Maybe a bit ambitious but interesting none the less.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 3:11PM by Bemin - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Maturing Penn ready to claim crown
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – For years, the word "if" has haunted B.J. Penn. He's heard it so much, it makes him want to scream in agony. If only he would train, the experts would say. If only he would take mixed martial arts seriously, they'd continue. If only he had the desire to be the best like a Randy Couture. Penn has heard it for years and run away from it, trying desperately to be his own man. He would do things his way, on his terms. And though doing that has resulted in a decent career, Penn is hardly a lock to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at this stage and there are many who look at him as a disappointment. There has been a lot posted on Penn with the fight coming up, but I thought this was a good interview.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 2:30PM by Bemin - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Change Of Plans: UFC 83 NOT In Europe
UFC 83 is not going to be in England anymore. It's been announced that the show will be "relocated" to elsewhere in the US, no official reason given yet. UFC does intend to go back to Manchester. Just not on March 8.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 1:35PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Weighty Issues
In a world full of high-caliber mixed martial artists, most will concede that Georges St. Pierre is at or near the top of the list when it comes to talent and ability. Since his introduction to the world of professional MMA in 2002, the 26 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, has run roughshod over a litany of fighters considered the cream of the crop. Not only has he beaten them, he's also made it look relatively easy.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 1:00PM by madmarck - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Surgery Stops Strikeforce's Thomson-Melendez
Josh Thomson will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a damaged shoulder, forcing the American Kickboxing Academy lightweight out of a Showtime-televised Strikeforce title bout against Gilbert Melendez Sherdog.com has learned.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 12:59PM by madmarck - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
Yahya on Yamamoto
Just back from a vacation in Indonesia, bantamweight Rani Yahya spoke with Sherdog.com about his recent fight with Norifumi Yamamoto. On New Year's Eve the WEC veteran joined a growing list of mixed martial artists who have fallen short against "Kid." The world champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist recounted his experience, and spoke about his future with the WEC.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 12:59PM by madmarck - 1 comment
Filed under: M-1 Global
Update: Baroni to Make Return in Japan?
Though the first formalized bout on the Sengoku card at Yoyogi National Stadium First Gymnasium card was announced Dec. 11 by promoter World Victory Road, it remains unsigned. According to the promoter, middleweight Phil Baroni is slated to fight Sanae Kikuta.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 12:58PM by madmarck - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Report: Officials Scrap March’s UFC 83 Event in England
A UFC 83 event rumored to be taking place in England could instead take place in the U.S. The news comes from our friend Steve Sievert at the Houston Chronicle, who spoke to a source close to the event for his “Brawl Sports” blog. According to the source, the U.K. location has been scrapped, but the March 8 show — which will likely include Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy and Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin — will go on.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 12:37PM by nickcuc547 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Werdum’s Title Quest Begins with Gonzaga
Ah, how many great stories throughout the history of the world have begun with a woman? Probably too many to count. Well, add the story of Fabricio Werdum to the list, and if one day he ascends to the heights of the UFC’s heavyweight division and straps a championship belt around his waist, somewhere in Brazil, there will be a woman wondering what might have been. Werdum will have no such daydreams though, and in fact, an early embarrassment turned out to be not only the impetus for his jump into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but eventually, mixed martial arts, which has become a pretty nice vocation for the native of Porto Alegre, who faces old rival Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC 80 co-feature on Saturday in Newcastle, England.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 12:23PM by adamsb - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
EliteXC Signs Heavyweight Prospect Dave “Pee Wee” Herman
Elite Xtreme Combat has signed heavyweight prospect Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (9-0) to a multi-fight contract. The deal could put the Midwest-based fighter on EliteXC’s upcoming Feb. 16 event in Miami, Fla., or a “ShoXC” Showtime broadcast tentatively planned for March.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 11:11AM by madmarck - 2 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
World Extreme Cagefighting on Tuesday officially announced the full fight card for its upcoming Feb. 13 event in Albuquerque, N.M. The already announced main event features welterweight champion Carlos Condit defending his belt against WEC newcomer Carlo Prater.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 11:08AM by madmarck - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
Frank Shamrock VS. Cung Le Is Official
EliteXC and Strikeforce on Tuesday officially announced that Frank Shamrock will defend his Strikeforce middleweight title against Cung Le on a March 29 event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., co-promoted by the two organizations.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 11:07AM by madmarck - 11 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, EliteXC
American Top Team on Monday announced that it has welcomed Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roan “Jucao” Carneiro to the team.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 11:06AM by madmarck - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
On Jan. 19, BJ Penn has the opportunity to become only the second fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championship history to hold titles in two weight classes, the other being UFC legend Randy Couture. First he has to face Joe Stevenson, possibly the toughest test the Hawaiian has ever faced at 155 pounds.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 11:05AM by madmarck - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
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