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More from Dantas on the Nam fight
(espn.go.com)
Nice input from Dantas on his fight w/ Nam, the anxiety leading to it, & the possibility of a rematch.
Submitted Sep 2, 2012 9:22PM by Poor_Franklin - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Crunching Numbers: How Fairly Are Fight Bonuses Awarded?
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC's stated fight bonus system is a noteworthy form of incentivization. For extraordinary performance, UFC fighters are able to considerably augment their pay with a Submission of the Night (SOTN), Knockout of the Night (KOTN) or Fight of the Night (FOTN) bonus. Sometimes the same fighter can win two of those bonuses on the same night. Best of all, any fighter on the card can win any of the awards. You don't have to be a world champion at the top of the card to take home extra cash on a UFC fight night. Or do you? After going over the data, it appears you do. Or, at least, it helps quite a bit. The truth of the UFC's stated fight bonus system is that while everyone at every level can and has won, the most dramatic impact on your likelihood of earning bonus money has little to do with performance. Before we get into which factor is the biggest determinant in being awarded bonuses, let's take a look at the kind of fighter who wins UFC fight bonuses. The numbers below are some of the statistics based on the top 20 bonus earners in UFC history:
Submitted Sep 2, 2012 9:18PM by grappler0000 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp taking road less traveled to build women's MMA
(mmajunkie.com)
In Shannon Knapp's estimation, women's MMA isn't quite as bad off as some critics would lead us to believe. And she's going to go about doing what she can to push the women's side of the game forward, developing fighters and changing attitudes until people can only vaguely remember a time when depth was an issue. Knapp, the president of Invicta Fighting Championship, differs slightly from UFC President Dana White, who long has maintained there isn't enough depth in women's MMA. "Depth, by definition, is there," Knapp recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "There are tons of girls out there that want to fight. But the truth of the matter is, when you get into that upper echelon, to that top tier, it's pretty thin." And that may fall in line a little more with what White has been outspoken about – that it's hard to imagine, in the current landscape, women's MMA in the UFC because the weight classes aren't stacked enough to make for regular UFC-quality fights...
Submitted Sep 2, 2012 2:20PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
 
A Look Back at Some of the Greatest Villains
(mmafighting.com)
After the publicity surrounding the cancellation of UFC 151 - which will forever go down in history as the phantom card that never took place - Jon Jones, who has taken a share of the blame, is now likely to find himself, at least temporarily, as a member of a select group. You can use the term villain, bad guy, or heel, but it's the big star who goes to the cage with thousands booing their lungs out, hoping to vicariously live through their opponent in seeing them beaten. When one of the fighters is truly hated by the crowd, it can increase ticket sales and it creates a great atmosphere surrounding fights. But heels in mixed martial arts are very different from those in the movies or in pro wrestling. In the movies, the bad guy is scripted ahead of time and everyone knows the role they have to play. In pro wrestling, the same is true, although it's not as cut and dried, because the live audience sometimes has a mind of its own. Sometimes they like people they are supposed to hate...
Submitted Sep 2, 2012 9:23AM by grappler0000 - 17 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Jon Jones was going to pay UFC 151 fighters salaries but chose not to after Twitter trash talk
(mmamania.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was all set to blow the roof off the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, tonight (Sat., Sept. 1, 2012) with its UFC 151: "Jones vs. Henderson" event headlined by Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones defending his title against Dan Henderson. That was until about nine days ago when word trickled out that "Hendo" injured his knee and would be pulling out of the fight. This triggered a chain of events that have changed the way mixed martial arts (MMA) fans feel about the biggest fight promotion in the world. Jones, already a polarizing figure, turned down a short notice replacement bout against Chael Sonnen, presumably after being told by an angry UFC President Dana White that if he did so, the entire event would be cancelled just over one week before it was scheduled to occur. Still, Jones said no and MMA fans had their Labor Day weekend freed up from any major show. The fallout has been nasty. White and the UFC embarked on what was, essentially, a smear campaign, burying "Bones" at every turn. They issued press releases with quotes like, "UFC 151 will always be the event remembered as the one Jon Jones and Greg Jackson MURDERED."
Submitted Sep 1, 2012 7:12PM by Shawn91111 - 43 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Champ Michael Chandler Moves Camp from Xtreme Couture to Alliance MMA
(mmafighting.com)
It's been a rapid ascent to the top for Michael Chandler, who had barely been training in mixed martial arts for two years when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to capture the Bellator lightweight championship. It was a rise he credits mostly to his time at Xtreme Couture, the Las Vegas-based camp that has spawned many stars. But after nearly three years spent in the gambling capital of the world, Chandler has taken a risk of his own. It's rare for a champion to leave a camp; it's rarer still for someone unbeaten to move on, but it's a change he's decided to make. Chandler has recently taken his perfect record to San Diego, where he has begun training with Alliance MMA, the home of UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, as well as notables including Phil Davis, Alexander Gustafsson and Brandon Vera. The move came about two months ago, and while Chandler told MMA Fighting that it was a difficult decision to make, it's so far proven to be the right one.
Submitted Sep 1, 2012 2:26PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Rashad Evans Targeting December Return in UFC Light Heavyweight Division
(mmaweekly.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans hopes to fight again before the end of the year, and unless something miraculous happens, it will be at 205 pounds. Evans has commented recently that he would love a challenge like facing UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, which prompted everyone to assume that the former Ultimate Fighter winner might be contemplating a move down to 185 pounds. Well, according to Evans’ manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, he’s definitely interested in middleweight, but only for one fight.
Submitted Sep 1, 2012 2:20PM by prophecy033 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cowboy Cerrone Made it Personal with Anthony Pettis, Now He Gets to Answer For It
(mmaweekly.com)
Anthony Pettis is anxious to get back in the cage and settle a newfound rivalry with fellow former WEC fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The two fighters are on a collision course for a bout later this year, so it’s no longer a matter of if, it’s only a matter of when. “That is the fight that’s going to happen. We’re currently working, trying to put together the avenue for which they’re going to fight. I would look for an announcement sooner rather than later for when that fight’s going to be,” Pettis’ manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., told MMAWeekly Radio earlier this week. “Hopefully it’s the sooner the better because Anthony can’t wait to get his hands on him.”
Submitted Sep 1, 2012 2:04PM by prophecy033 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mark Munoz Open to Any UFC Fight, but No Mention of Hector Lombard Yet
(mmaweekly.com)
Mark Munoz is currently nursing some injuries before he can schedule his next fight in the UFC. This according to Munoz’s manager Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., who says that the former NCAA champion needed some time to heal after his loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4 earlier this summer. “Mark’s nursing through some injuries right now. He obviously had the cut on his forehead and we later found out that he had a small fracture in his foot, and he’s still having some elbow problems from the surgery,” Roberts revealed when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio. “So he’s rehabbing, taking some time to heal his body, and I think you’ll see him at some point by the end of the year.”
Submitted Sep 1, 2012 2:01PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Prospect Bruno Carvalho plans fights at featherweight, lightweight in hopes of UFC bid
(mmajunkie.com)
On a push toward the UFC's octagon, Brazilian striking specialist Bruno Carvalho is diversifying weight classes to make himself more appealing. Carvalho on Saturday makes his featherweight debut against Maicon Bastos, and he hopes to use the result to springboard onto the international scene. Once there, he promises to be a model UFC employee. "My greatest dream is to fight in the UFC," Carvalho told MMAjunkie.com. "If I join that organization and they tell me to fight 10 times in a year, I would love that."
Submitted Sep 1, 2012 1:57PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
 
Arlovski Soccer Kicks Tim Sylvia, Bout Ruled No Contest
(bjpenn.com)
During today’s ONE FC event a trilogy met a tragic end with a no contest ruling after former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski soccer kicked a downed Tim Sylvia numerous times.
Submitted Sep 1, 2012 10:43AM by airkerma - 20 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Following knockout of promotion's champ, Tyson Nam facing potential Bellator lawsuit
(mmajunkie.com)
Tyson Nam's stunning knockout of Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas has drawn interest from major promotions, according to his trainer. But that interest could drag Nam into a legal fight – with Bellator Fighting Championships.
Submitted Aug 31, 2012 7:43PM by Poor_Franklin - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bisping wants to fight Hendo again
(blogs.independent.co.uk)
Michael Bisping is a man on a mission. As his date with destiny and the formidable Brian Stann approaches we hear from “The Count” and find out which loss haunts him the most. We also discover who has been bending Dana White’s ear about one Chael P. Sonnen and question the wisdom of Vitor Belfort’s jump to 205lbs to lock horns with Nike’s new poster boy Jon Jones… Michael Bisping Michael Bisping is the most recognisable, successful British MMA fighter there has been since the creation of the UFC almost two decades ago. He has been the veritable face of UK mixed martial arts for years but one thing has eluded him. It is of course that one night all top tier athletes crave, the opportunity to compete for a world title at the summit of their chosen sport. Bisping has been close on a couple of occasions but no cigar, namely contender contests against the two pillars of Team Quest, Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen. Speaking to UFC Insider this week, the always vocal 33 year old was typically candid regarding his aspirations as he enters the twilight of an eventful career. “The fight I want to have again is Dan Henderson. That’s the one that haunts me… It’s what drives me, it’s why I’m here today. If I could get the opportunity to fight him, I would relish that opportunity”
Submitted Aug 31, 2012 7:29PM by Shawn91111 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mitrione vs. De Fries at UFC 155
(octagononly.com)
It's been announced today that with his fight against Broughton scrapped, Mitrione will now meet Phil De Fries at UFC 155.
Submitted Aug 31, 2012 3:46PM by OctagonOnly_com - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara added to November's UFC 154 in Montreal
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight matchup between noted sluggers Patrick Cote (17-8 MMA, 4-8 UFC) and Alessio Sakara (15-9 MMA, 6-6 UFC) has been added to UFC 154. UFC officials today announced the new matchup, which takes place on Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre.
Submitted Aug 31, 2012 2:24PM by BuffaloDave - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The fighter Anderson Silva didn't try to finish
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has failed to finish his opponent in only two UFC fights. At UFC 112 he spent five rounds toying with Demain Maia, while taunting him with terms like "playboy" (it's a long story). The other was at UFC 97 in 2009, which also went the full five rounds. In an interview with Benjamin Back of the Brazilian newspaper O Lance (The Lance), Silva was asked if he had ever held off finishing an opponent to keep a PPV going longer. “There’s no such thing as holding back" replied Silva. "I want to finish as soon as possible. The only time I did it was because he was a friend of mine. It was against Thales Leites. We went until the last round because he’s a friend of mine and I respect him." Curiously, in an Brazlian Portuguese language interview with Leites by Tatame today, he denied that they are friends...
Submitted Aug 31, 2012 8:54AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Anderson: "A Lot of People Thought I Was Gay"
(fightersonlymag.com)
“A lot of people thought I was gay,” Anderson Silva admits. It has been observed numerous times over the years that the middleweight champion has an unusually high-pitched voice for such an alpha male and Silva says that when he was a teenager, more than one person thought he was gay. That probably wasn’t helped by the fact that until around the age of 14 he thought it was “normal” to allow his sister to dress him up with girl’s clothes and play with dolls...
Submitted Aug 31, 2012 8:49AM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
USA TODAY: Frankie Edgar replaces Erik Koch, meets champ Jose Aldo at UFC 153
(mmajunkie.com)
(This story appeared in Friday's edition of USA TODAY.) Despite a pair of disappointing losses to current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, former titleholder Frankie Edgar (14-3-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) will now get his shot at history. USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) have learned that an undisclosed injury has forced Erik Koch (13-1, 2-0) to withdraw from a planned UFC 153 title fight with current featherweight champion Jose Aldo (21-1, 3-0), and Edgar has agreed to step into the evening's main event. Edgar now looks to join UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and Hawaiian superstar B.J. Penn as the only men to hold UFC championships in two different weight classes.
Submitted Aug 31, 2012 12:06AM by DrivenDavies15 - 64 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mitrione Says Fight Cancelled
(https:)
"@ShaunPhillips95: @mattmitrione whens ur fight." got canceled again. 5th time this year. Not @UFC fault. Wish heavyweights would scrap!
Submitted Aug 30, 2012 11:22PM by Gogoplatapus - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FOX 5 adds Dennis Siver vs. Eddie Yagin, Mike Chiesa vs. Rafaello Oliveira
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight bout intended for the canceled UFC 151 card will instead take place at UFC on FOX 5, as Dennis Siver (20-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) meets Eddie Yagin (16-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Additionally, "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" winner Mike Chiesa (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets Rafaello Oliveira (15-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) in a lightweight contest. UFC officials today announced the two new contests, as well as confirming the John Albert (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Scott Jorgensen (13-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) bantamweight fight reported earlier today by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). All three bouts are expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card.
Submitted Aug 30, 2012 7:06PM by DrivenDavies15 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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