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Ronda Rousey Blasts Cris Cyborg: Stop Doping And Meet Me at 135
(mmafighting.com)
In an interview on TSN Radio's "The MMA Report with John Pollock," the outspoken bantamweight champion, who already has her hands full with Sarah Kaufman on Saturday night, spoke hypothetically about Cyborg's challenge. She did not hold back on her feelings. "If she wants to fight me than she is going to have to find a way to come down to 135," she said. "We'll see how she does in a fair fight for once in her life. She has a history of coming in overweight to fights and I wouldn't doubt that if we agreed to some sort of catchweight at 140, she’d show up at 145 anyway and be like 'ah whatever, fight or not.' She’s done this many times before. I don't owe her anything. She's completely defamed, and anything she’s ever done is nothing because she is a big old cheater and she's been doping her whole life. And I think part of the reason why people like Dana [White] think there is a lack of depth in all these divisions is because this girl is doping and making everybody look like they aren't in her league. And I think the reason why people look at women's MMA like that was because of her. She is nothing but a detriment to the sport and the only positive she could play is an Ivan Drago bad guy that gets beat to hell by a Rocky. So no, she can come down and fight me at 135 because I have a whole line of other people that want to fight me already and I don’t owe her anything. "I don't need to come up and it’s just like, why would I even want to come up to her weight?" she continued. "Stop doping, lose the weight. She can either do the drugs and fight me at 135 and have the drugs be just as much a detriment as a help to her during the weight cut, or she can cut out all the doping and make the weight easily. It's just whatever. As long as she makes 135, I don't care if she's injecting horse semen into her eyeballs but that’s the only way I feel it would be a fair fight. She’s never had a fair fight in her life and I see how the prospect of that would scare the hell out of her and why she would insist at fighting heavier."
Submitted Aug 16, 2012 3:49PM by lohmann - 16 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC on FOX 5 odds: Champ Henderson opens as heavy favorite over Diaz
(mmajunkie.com)
The oddsmakers are heavily favoring UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in his next title defense. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported Wednesday, Henderson (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) meets top contender Nate Diaz (16-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC) in the headliner of December's UFC on FOX 5 event. Noted and influential MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa has set an opening "Odessa line" with Henderson at -340 and Diaz at +260, which makes the champ an approximate 3-to-1 favorite. Henderson, who defended his belt for the first time with a narrow split-decision victory over ex-champ Frankie Edgar this past weekend at UFC 150, returns Dec. 8 for his network-televised main event with Diaz. The challenger earned his title shot with three consecutive victories, including a decision win over Donald Cerrone and then a submission victory over Jim Miller earlier this year in the UFC on FOX 3 headliner. Oddessa, though, points to the Cerrone fight as a possible reason people are overvaluing Diaz. "If Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone didn't have a gentleman's agreement to stand and bang, Diaz wouldn't be fighting Henderson at UFC on FOX 5," Oddessa, who can be found on Twitter at @mmaodds, told MMAjunkie.com. "I think Cerrone hurt him in the first round and decided not to pursue finishing him on the ground. That was his downfall." Diaz, though, has the conditioning for deeper rounds, and his constant barrage of punches should present a unique challenge to Henderson.
Submitted Aug 16, 2012 3:11PM by Budgellism - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Randy Couture Not Coming Back to Fighting ‘Unless Steven Seagal Wants to Sign Up’
(mmaweekly.com)
One of the most common questions has to be ‘is there any fight that would draw you back into the Octagon?’. Well, leave it to Randy Couture to spice things up and throw out another action star’s name, who isn’t in The Expendables, but happens to be swirling around his old stomping ground in the UFC. “Not unless (Steven) Seagal wants to sign up,” Couture answered with a smile and a laugh...
Submitted Aug 16, 2012 3:02PM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Penn gives insight as to why Rory pulled out
(bjpenn.com)
“I know the reason why Rory pulled out on September 22nd. The cut is a detail but I know the reason why he pulled out is because he knew he wasn’t gonna win."
Submitted Aug 16, 2012 11:31AM by airkerma - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
Gray Maynard Thinks Nate Diaz Will Win the Belt; Gunning for Trilogy and TUF 17 Slot
(mmaweekly.com)
The UFC lightweight division has been in a bottleneck in terms of the contenders race due to several rematches and one draw that forced a lot of top fighters to wait for their chance to compete for the gold. “I thought Edgar pulled it out, but whenever, it’s a close one; the judges, it’s all up to them I guess,” Maynard told MMAWeekly Radio. “He pulled out a couple close ones against B.J. (Penn) and me and then he had this one; it was close, so it could go either way I guess.” “It opens up things for me. It opens up things for (Anthony) Pettis because he beat Benson. If Nate beats him, that opens it up for me more because there’s a trilogy. He beat me once and I beat him, so we could do the third fight. There’s a lot of options,” Maynard stated. “Nate’s on a roll; I think he’ll pull it out,” Maynard said about the fight between Henderson and Diaz. “If he does, I know he was begging for me for a long time, but for me I was looking at the title and that’s a fight that would be a great fight for the title. I’d like to do the TV show against him if that’s the case.”
Submitted Aug 16, 2012 9:42AM by BuffaloDave - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shinya Aoki moved to October's 'ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings' opposite Arnaud Lepont
(mmajunkie.com)
Shinya Aoki (30-6) will not, in fact, be headlining August's "ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation" event. Promotion officials today announced that the former DREAM champ is now slated to fight Arnaud Lepont (9-1) at "ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings." The event takes place Oct. 6 at the 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. Broadcast plans for the event are not yet official. Additionally, ONE FC CEO Victor Cui announced that three title fights will grace "ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings."
Submitted Aug 16, 2012 9:01AM by BuffaloDave - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC 150 medical suspensions: Henderson out indefinitely pending clearance
(mmajunkie.com)
The Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations' Office of Boxing medically suspended eight fighters following UFC 150. Most notably, UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson earned an indefinite suspension and must be cleared by a doctor before he can fight again. The full list of suspensions from UFC 150 include: Benson Henderson: Must be cleared by a physician Melvin Guillard: suspended 60 days Justin Lawrence: suspended 60 days, and must be cleared by a physician Jared Hamman: suspended 60 days Dustin Pague: suspended 45 days Eiji Mitsuoka: suspended 45 days Buddy Roberts: suspended 30 days Ken Stone: suspended 30 days
Submitted Aug 15, 2012 7:29PM by BuffaloDave - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'Lelo' Aurelio scratches from Bellator 73, Oselukwue now meets Tiller
(mmajunkie.com)
Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has scratched from next week's promotional debut at Bellator 73, and his original opponent, Amaechi Oselukwue (3-6 MMA, 1-0 BFC), now meets replacement Kelvin Tiller (4-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC). Aurelio told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he suffered an undisclosed injury over the weekend and hopes to return in October at Bellator 75. Oselukwue vs. Tiller takes place at a catchweight of 179 pounds.
Submitted Aug 15, 2012 7:25PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Following Tyrone Mims' death, Conflict MMA plans memorial event, trust fund for children
(mmajunkie.com)
Following the death of Tyrone Mims this past weekend following a Conflict MMA Promotions event in South Carolina, company officials plan to honor the amateur fighter at their next show. Shortly after a TKO loss at the organization's Aug. 11 event, "Teestea" passed out backstage and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after. In a statement sent to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Conflict MMA representatives said they plan to hold a memorial event in December. Additionally, a title belt will be named in the 30-year-old's honor, and a memorial trust fund will be set up for his five children. "Conflict MMA Promotions traveled to Augusta, Ga., to spend time in mourning with his family," stated Edward Phipps, legal counsel for the fight promotion. "Conflict MMA would like to thank Tyrone Mims' parents, Thomas and Barbara, and all of his loving family and friends that so graciously welcomed them with open arms. They appreciated the time the family spent with them sharing precious stories and memories of Tyrone. Tyrone's influence and what he contributed to so many lives will forever be in our hearts, and the tragic loss of his kind soul will not be forgotten. "Conflict MMA Promotions would like to have a special memorial for Tyrone Mims at the next event in December with permission and participation of his family. In addition to setting up a memorial trust fund for his children, there will be a title belt dedicated to his name."
Submitted Aug 15, 2012 7:23PM by BuffaloDave - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC on FOX 5 gets Henderson-Diaz title fight, Gustafsson-Rua, Penn-MacDonald
(mmajunkie.com)
(This story appeared in Wednesday's edition of USA TODAY.) Ultimate Fighting Championship's lightweight title will be defended on network television. USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with UFC officials that current lightweight champion Benson Henderson (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) will face Nate Diaz (16-7, 11-5) at UFC on FOX 5, which takes place Dec. 8 at a host site to be announced. A light-heavyweight matchup between former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21-6, 5-4) and Alexander Gustafsson (14-1, 6-1) serves as the night's co-feature, and a B.J. Penn (16-8-2, 12-7-2) vs. Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) fight also has been rebooked for the card. A fourth main-card fight is expected to be added to the FOX broadcast in the coming weeks.
Submitted Aug 15, 2012 1:42AM by Budgellism - 44 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chael Sonnen moves to 205, gets rematch with Forrest Griffin at UFC's year-end show
(mmajunkie.com)
After hinting that he might move up from middleweight to light heavyweight following his loss to Anderson Silva in July, Chael Sonnen has announced the move – and his opponent. Sonnen will make the climb to 205 pounds and will face former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at the promotion's year-end show on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas. Griffin beat Sonnen with a first-round submission nearly nine years ago in a regional promotion. Sonnen made the announcement on Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. The UFC's Dec. 29 show, though not yet announced by the promotion, is likely to be UFC 155. It will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and former champ Cain Velasquez. Though a venue for the card is not yet known, it will take place either at the MGM Grand Garden Arena or Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Sonnen-Griffin fight is likely to serve as the pay-per-view's co-main event.
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 11:27PM by Budgellism - 32 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shlemenko Confirms With 100% Certainty That Fighters Fake Injuries To Avoid Bad Match Ups
(bjpenn.com)
“I can tell you for sure, 100%, I know why there are so many injuries. I personally find UFC fights not as exciting because of all those injuries. There are a lot of background tactics around who’s fighting who; fighters are trying really hard to have a good record in the UFC. If you’ve been offered to fight someone who’s considered a bad match-up, then it’s pretty easy to say ‘hey, I’m injured’. For example, they offered Brian Stann to fight Hector Lombard. He got injured, and then the next thing you know – he’s fighting Michael Bisping. I can see the logic – for Brian Stann it makes more sense to fight Bisping, he’s simply more popular in the UFC than Hector Lombard. That’s why beating Bisping means more than beating Lombard, who’s a risky opponent. You can fake every injury. Just tell [UFC doctors] about the symptoms and that’s it.” In an interview with a ValeTudo.ru, Bellator middleweight stand-out, Alexander Shlemenko tries to blow the whistle on a number of fighters who pull out of scheduled fights due to injury.
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 8:24PM by lohmann - 15 comments
Filed under: Bellator, UFC, General MMA
 
Pat Curran forced out of Bellator 73 title fight vs. Patricio Freire with broken orbital bone
(mmajunkie.com)
A sparring injury has forced Pat Curran (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) to withdraw from his first scheduled title defense against Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1 MMA, 5-1 BFC) at Bellator 73. A Bellator official on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that it hasn't been decided whether Freire will remain on the card, and at this time, a search for a replacement is underway. ESPN.com first reported the injury withdrawal. Bellator 73 takes place Aug. 24 at Harrah's Tunica Hotel and Casino in Mississippi. The night's main card airs on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX) following prelims on Spike.com. Curran's cousin and trainer, Jeff Curran, said the Bellator champ was suffering from a knee problem and had decided to focus on boxing rather than muay Thai in the final week of training camp. During a sparring session at his training home near Chicago with a boxer he'd worked with for the past eight weeks, he "ducked into a punch" and suffered a broken orbital. Jeff Curran estimated it would be approximately three months before his cousin is ready to fight. He said the knee problem did not require surgery and was the result of the typical "wear and tear" during a fight camp.
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 8:21PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Pat Curran Injured, Out of Bellator 73
(mmaweekly.com)
The summer of injuries has now touched Bellator Fighting Championships as well. Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran has been forced out of his scheduled title fight against Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire for next weekend’s Bellator 73 show. Curran suffered a broken orbital bone while sparring for the fight, and the injury will likely sideline him for several months. According to the report from ESPN, Bellator will now bump up the bantamweight tournament finals between Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueira to the main event slot.
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 8:20PM by lohmann - 11 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Ed Soares Named President of Resurrection Fighting Alliance
(mmafighting.com)
MMA Manager Ed Soares has been named the new president of Resurrection Fighting Alliance. Soares confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. Soares, who manages the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and the Nogueira brothers, will continue to manage his stable of fighters, along with his partner Jorge Guimaraes. "We still have a management business," Soares said. "This announcement has no bearing on anything. "I'm not relieving any of my responsibilities as a manager, I'm just taking on a little more responsibility elsewhere." Soares noted that if a fighter he represents would be courted by RFA in the future Guimaraes will negotiate the deal with the promotion and he will remove himself from the equation. "I'm really excited to step into another chapter of a my life," Soares said. "I come from a promotional background from running various promotions, and I'm excited to get back in there."
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 5:40PM by SmileR - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
UFC 150 ratings: FX prelims fall below 1 million viewers
(mmajunkie.com)
The roller-coaster ratings for FX's UFC preliminary-card broadcasts continue. The most recent two-hour broadcast, which coincided with this past weekend's UFC 150 event, fell below 1 million viewers. Of FX's nine preliminary-card broadcasts to date, it ranked seventh. Overall, the Aug. 11 broadcast averaged 974,000 viewers, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with event sources. UFC 150 took place at Denver's Pepsi Center. The night's main card, including lightweight champion Benson Henderson's narrow split-decision victory over Frankie Edgar, aired on pay-per-view. Dennis Bermudez, Michael Kuiper, Erik Perez and Chico Camus picked up victories on the FX broadcast, which followed a one-bout stream on Facebook. The most-recent UFC-FX prelims broadcast, UFC 149, averaged 1 million viewers. Prior to that, UFC 148 set a new high watermark with 1.8 million viewers...
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 3:41PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Ellenberger vs. Hieron official as UFC 151 co-headliner, broadcast schedule set
(mmajunkie.com)
The full UFC 151 card includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) -Champ Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson (for light-heavyweight title) -Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron -Dennis Siver vs. Eddie Yagin -Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares -John Lineker vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET) -Danny Castillo vs. Michael Johnson -Jeff Hougland vs. Takeya Mizugaki -Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo -Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7 p.m. ET) -Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann -Charlie Brenneman vs. Kyle Noke
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 12:35PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sarah Kaufman: No nerves for Ronda Rousey armbar ahead of Strikeforce title fight
(mmajunkie.com)
Sarah Kaufman has a pretty good idea of how Ronda Rousey would like their Saturday fight to go. Including three amateur fights, Rousey (5-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) has finished all eight of her MMA opponents with first-round armbars. That little bit of MMA math (Rousey + Fight = 100 percent armbar finish) is one of the sport's easiest equations. It's certainly not lost on Kaufman (15-1 MMA, 6-1 SF). But she has a way around what has arguably become the most feared finish in the sport these days – just snap the streak. Kaufman, a former champion, challenges Rousey for her Strikeforce bantamweight title in the main event of "Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman," which takes place Saturday at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The main card airs on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET. Prelims air on Showtime Extreme at 8 p.m. "I don’t think that it’s unstoppable," Kaufman said of Rousey's armbar on a recent call with media members. "… It doesn’t make me nervous. It’s something that could happen. It’s also something that I’m prepared for. It’s an armbar and people can have a mystique behind someone because they’ve had the same submission over and over and over again. And it does create kind of an aura of, 'Whoa, she’s won every fight by the same thing.' I did the same thing when I had eight knockouts in a row...
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 7:51AM by grappler0000 - 16 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Interviews
 
Anderson Silva Taking Rest Of 2012 Off, Looking At Early 2013 Return
(bloodyelbow.com)
"Anderson said he wants to take some time off until after the end of this year, and then we'll start talking to him," White said. "Anderson is going to fight after the end of the year." wow so already fighting at a whooping rate of twice a yr now he is going to fighting once a yr.
Submitted Aug 13, 2012 11:59PM by Manak - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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