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Stefan Struve Offered Fight With Junior Dos Santos For His Debut @ UFC 95
Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve has been offered a fight with Junior Dos Santos for his UFC debut, Fighters Only has learned. A source close to the fight confirmed that Dos Santos has been offered to Struve, who will make his first appearance for the organisation at UFC 95. However, the source added that Dos Santos was one of several potential opponents and that nothing has been confirmed as yet. Speculation had been rife that Struve would face Neil Grove, the UK-based heavyweight who was signed within days of the Dutchman. But Fighters Only was told on Friday that the two would definitely not be facing each other in their UFC debuts.
Submitted Dec 22, 2008 2:20AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
MMA Mania's 10 Best Knockouts Of 2008
The knockout. It’s the most feared and decisive ending in all of combat sports. Unlike a submission, where a fighter may be working for position or already have a hold applied, a fight-ending knockout is almost impossible to see coming. And perhaps that’s what makes it so exciting. A knockout can cause an entire arena to gasp in unison, or force a once prominent fighter to forever change his strategy or weight class. From Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s near-death experience at the foot of Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 to the pinpoint precision of Anderson Silva’s dismemberment of Chris Leben at Ultimate Fight Night 5, a knockout can come in all shapes and sizes. And 2008 was full of them.
Submitted Dec 22, 2008 2:16AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Big In 2008, Strikeforce Plans Expansion In 2009
It has been a banner year for mixed martial arts. Viewership and popularity grew to record numbers, but that success was not without a cost. While the Ultimate Fighting Championship soared above all others, 2008 saw the downfall of the International Fight League and apparently ProElite and its MMA promotion EliteXC. Still, there were survivors, most notably California-based promotion Strikeforce, which achieved its highest levels of exposure and revenue since its inception two years ago.
Submitted Dec 22, 2008 2:14AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
Lister faces tall task as he prepares for Okami
How do you see Okami from a technical standpoint? Okami is a really good neutralizer. If you're a real good striker, he can take you down, and ground and pound you. If you're a good grappler, he's hard to take down. He's going to be able to make your strong point not as strong. He has pretty good endurance. He keeps going a constant pace in a fight. I've heard he's very strong. He's real tall and he's a good counterpuncher.
Submitted Dec 21, 2008 5:38PM by Wolfenstein - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mike Patt vs. Brandon Vera set for UFC 96 in Ohio
While there have been no officially announced bouts by the organization, light-heavyweights Mike Patt (12-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Brandon Vera (9-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 96. Sam Caplan of Fiveouncesofpain.com first reported the likelihood of the bout earlier today, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was able to confirm the agreements with multiple sources close to the bout. UFC 96 is scheduled for March 7 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio-native Patt will be looking for his first win in the octagon. The BodogFIGHT veteran made an unsuccessful first appearance for the organization at UFC 88 in September. Patt entered the bout having won eight of his previous nine outings, but was stopped in the first round by Tim Boetsch after taking the fight on less than three week's notice. Despite the unsuccessful initial outing, Patt told MMAjunkie.com that he hoped to become a permanent fixture in the UFC. "There are plenty of places to fight, and some guys will tell you how they want to fight here or there," Patt said. "But given the chance, they would all fight for the UFC regardless of what they might say. It validates everything you do as a fighter. I would be very happy to call the UFC home." Vera will enter the bout looking for just his second win in his past five bouts. After establishing himself as a UFC contender with wins over Frank Mir, Assuerio Silva, Justin Eilers and Fabiano Scherner, Vera would drop his next two bouts to Fabricio Werdum and Tim Sylvia. Those losses prompted Vera to make a cut to 205 pounds. Vera was victorious in his debut at light-heavyweight over Reese Andy, but lost a close split-decision to Keith Jardine in his most recent bout at UFC 89.
Submitted Dec 21, 2008 5:19PM by Twenty20Dollars - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gilbert Yvel cleared to fight by California commission (*UPDATED: Yvel Not Cleared Yet*)
One of the more controversial fighters of the past decade is heavyweight Gilbert Yvel. Yvel is scheduled to face Josh Barnett in the co-main event at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” PPV on January 24. The problem with signing Yvel is that he has had a multitude of licensing issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The VP of Affliction Entertainment, Tom Atencio, confirmed that Yvel can fight in California. “Yvel has been cleared through the CSAC (California State Athletic Commission),” said Atencio.
Submitted Dec 21, 2008 12:00PM by MMAcca - 19 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Reese Andy On Matt Hamill: "I've got him beat in all aspects of the sport."
Reese Andy recently sat down with UFC.com as he prepares to face Matt Hamill on Dec. 27. He hit on a variety of subjects, including; growing up as a wrestler in Montana, his high school football days and he also gave his thoughts on his upcoming opponent. Below are some of the highlights from that conversation:
Submitted Dec 21, 2008 3:06AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Yoshida Recovering, Planning Spring Return
Following a knockout loss to Josh Koscheck at the UFC "Fight for the Troops" show, Japanese judoka Yoshiyuki Yoshida was taken to the hospital and later released. MMAWeekly.com received word from Yoshida's camp on his condition and his plans for a return.
Submitted Dec 21, 2008 2:53AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Ryan Bader: Not Just A Wrestler
Ryan "Darth" Bader made his professional mixed martial arts debut on March 31, 2007, and within a year's time the former Arizona State wrestling stand out had racked up a 7-0 record heading into The Ultimate Fighter season 8. With his technical knockout victory over Vinicius Magalhaes in the season finale to become The Ultimate Fighter, Bader showed he's not just a wrestler anymore.
Submitted Dec 21, 2008 2:12AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Brown Agrees To Defend WEC Title Against Garcia
While the exact date still has to be worked out, WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown has verbally agreed to what will be the first defense of his title. It likely will be in March but his opponent is set-Leonard Garcia.
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 4:02PM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: WEC
Mirko Crocop Interview - Talks Hong man Choi
Talks about Choi, compares to Sapp, and talks fedor
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 3:05PM by kastro_316 - 9 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Lindland: "I'm sure Belfort will be prepared" for January bout
Despite being out of the UFC for over three years, top-ranked middleweight Matt Lindland (21-5) has continued to face an impressive roster of big-name opponents. That won't change at January's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning," as the 38-year-old will be taking on the heavy handed Vitor Belfort (17-8).
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 1:32PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Rashad Evans prepared for "TUF" battle with Forrest Griffin
When Forrest Griffin (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) shocked Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in July and claimed the UFC's light-heavyweight title, many pointed to Griffin's success as validation for the the viability of "The Ultimate Fighter" as a means to find new talent for the organization. And while many pointed to the most recent season of the program as proof that the show had outlived its need, undefeated Rashad Evans (12-0-1 MMA, 7-0-1 UFC) believes his upcoming bout with Griffin proves the remaining value of the series.
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 1:31PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jake Rosholt vs. Alessio Sakara set for UFC Fight Night 17
Former collegiate wrestling champion and WEC veteran Jake Rosholt (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to make his debut against American Top Team's Alessio Sakara (13-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at February's "UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Franca." Our friends at Fiveouncesofpain were the first to report the possibility of the bout, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with multiple sources close to the bout that both camps have agreed to the fight and bout agreements are forthcoming. "UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Franca" takes place Feb. 7 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 1:29PM by MMAcca - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Getting To Know Mike Wessel
Stepping up on short notice is never easy for any fighter, but with the success of guys like Tim Boetsch and Jim Miller, who have taken bouts with little time to prepare, the benefits can be plentiful. The latest fighter to take this task to heart is Arkansas based fighter Mike Wessel, who earlier this week stepped in to replace Mark Burch at UFC 92 against Antoni Hardonk.
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 1:04PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Chuck Liddell wants to rematch Keith Jardine at UFC 96 on March 7
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell is calling for a rematch against Keith Jardine at UFC 96 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7, according to a recent radio interview on The Tom Leykis Show. Here’s a snip: “There’s been a few names. We have Jardine listed. We want him in March.”
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 1:02PM by MMAcca - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gabriel Gonzaga vs Shane Carwin at UFC 96
FiveOuncesOfPain.com can exclusively report that a heavyweight clash between former heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga and former NCAA Division II wrestling champion Shane Carwin is now set to take place. Gonzaga is 10-3 and trains out of Team Link in Massachusetts. The jiu-jitsu black belt’s most high-profile fight took place at UFC 74 in August of 2007 when he lost to then-UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture via third round TKO. Following the loss to Couture, the native Brazilian then suffered a second round TKO defeat at the hands of Fabricio Werdum at UFC 80 last January. However, since that time, Gonzaga has once again begun to climb the championship ladder with consecutive wins.
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 1:00PM by MMAcca - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
Video Game News: UFC 2009 Undisputed Hands-on
December 19, 2008 - Last night we got our hands on UFC 2009 Undisputed for the first time, and, while the game's still far from complete and its control scheme has yet to be finalized, we can safely say that this game has all the makings of a future champ.
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 10:52AM by shawneth - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
BJ Penn Is The Best Striker In MMA
So says Freddie Roach to Yahoo's Kevin Iole. Roach also thinks Penn would beat Georges St. Pierre in a striking match if that happened.
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 10:49AM by DCRage - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 95 - Gonzaga vs Carwin / Marquardt vs Gouveia
It appears UFC 95 is finally taking shape as MMABay can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that two huge matches are on the verge of being announced, between heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga and Shane Carwin and middleweights Nate Marquardt and Wilson Gouveia.
Submitted Dec 20, 2008 8:20AM by Rampage200 - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
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