How a Renzo Gracie Student Grew Up to Be the Newest Big Bad on Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy actor Harold Perrineau and the world of mixed martial arts go back a long, long way.
Years before Perrineau made it on hit TV shows like the FX outlaw biker drama, or his turn as Michael Dawson on the ABC series ‘Lost’, he was a dancer making his way through musicals after growing up in Brooklyn.
It was through that medium that he first discovered martial arts.
“Many, many years ago I studied Kung-Fu. I used to be a dancer and then an easy transition for me was studying martial arts, and I studied Kung-Fu. I kind of liked the fluidity of it. Then back in the day I started reading magazines about this MMA thing and I was like what’s that?” Perrineau told MMAWeekly Radio in a recent interview.
“I would read like Inside Kung-Fu and all these other things and it just started growing and growing and growing. Then the first UFC came on with Royce Gracie, and I was like ‘oh snap what’s that?’ so while I didn’t follow all the UFC’s, I certainly did watch the first couple of years.”
While he wasn’t following along with every UFC event that happened, he did manage to mix in some training along the way that included a stop at Renzo Gracie‘s academy in New York City. Once Perrineau moved to Los Angeles to further pursue his acting career, his ties to the Gracie family didn’t stop however.
Perrineau began working with Renzo Gracie black belt Shawn Williams, who was at the time only the fifth American to receive a black belt from the famous trainer and instructor.
“I trained over at Renzo Gracie’s school for a little while in New York City doing jiu-jitsu. He is great and I started training with one of his first black belts, Shawn Williams, here in Los Angeles until I messed up my knee and I couldn’t keep doing it,” Perrineau stated.
Anthony Johnson vs. D.J. Linderman completes World Series of Fighting 1's main card
The NBC Sports Network-televised portion of World Series of Fighting's debut event is now complete.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the promotion that a light-heavyweight contest between Anthony Johnson (13-4) and D.J. Linderman (14-3) is the sixth and final contest planned for the broadcast.
The event takes place Nov. 3 at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
An 11-time UFC veteran, Johnson fights for the third time as a light heavyweight. The 6-foot-2 "Rumble" competed mostly as a welterweight during his time in the octagon but has since elected to compete at 205 pounds, where he's racked up a pair of knockout wins over Jake Rosholt and Esteves Jones in regional shows. He's 5-1 in his past six contests.
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Linderman has been competing as a heavyweight in recent outings but will drop back down to 205 pounds for this contest. Currently 5-1 in his past six contests, Linderman has competed professionally since 2008 and has never lost a bout via stoppage. He currently stands as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship's heavyweight champion.
Steven Siler Meets Darren Elkins in Featherweight Showdown at UFC 154
A pair of featherweight contenders will square off at UFC 154 in Montreal when Steven Siler meets Darren Elkins.
Sources at Siler’s management team, AMR Group, confirmed the fight to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
Since his time on the Ultimate Fighter season 14, Steven Siler has looked virtually unstoppable in the UFC. Winning his last three fights in a row, Siler has dispatched of Cole Miller and Joey Gambino in his most recent fights.
Facing Siler in Montreal will be Darren Elkins, who looks to extend a three fight win streak of his own when he competes at UFC 154.
Forrest Griffin Fails Drug Test for Anderson Silva (Xanax)
"Referring to his bout opposite Anderson Silva in UFC 101, Forrest Griffin told MMA Hour. “I failed my drug test I think for Xanax. I had a doctor’s prescription, I was just, I didn’t do it before the fight, I did it the night before, I was nervous and I couldn’t sleep.” Griffin makes no mention of a suspension period and was seen opposite Tito Ortiz at UFC 106, 3 months later. Neither t he Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission nor the UFC did not release the failed urinalysis."
Im surprised this never came out but wtf is he thinking taking bars before a fight even with a prescription.
Hacran Dias vs. Chad Mendes set for UFC on FX 6
Chad Mendes (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will soon be back in the cage.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with a source close to the event that the onetime featherweight title challenger is scheduled to meet Brazilian Hacran Dias (21-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 6.
The booking was first reported by Brazilian outlet SporTV.
UFC on FX 6 takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX (on Friday, Dec. 14, in the U.S. due to the time difference) following prelims on FUEL TV.
With Elaina Maxwell injured, Julia Budd vs. Danielle West completes Invicta FC 3 lineup
A concussion has forced Elaina Maxwell (7-4) to withdraw from Saturday's Invicta Fighting Championships 3 event.
In her place steps Danielle "The Honey Badger" West (4-3-1), who now meets four-time Strikeforce veteran Julia Budd (3-2) in a featherweight matchup that kicks off the night's main card.
Invicta FC takes place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The entire event streams free on InvictaFC.com...
Love of fighting leads ex-WWE star Dave Bautista to MMA debut
Dave Bautista spent the better part of a decade pretending to get punched in the face as a pro wrestler. Now that the 43-year-old heavyweight is less than a week away from his first chance to do it for real as a mixed martial arts fighter, he can hardly wait.
The question he keeps hearing over and over – the one he can't seem to supply a satisfactory answer to – is, why?
"I know some people have a hard time understanding it," said the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion, who's set to make his professional MMA debut in Providence, R.I., on Saturday (pay-per-view, $29.95). "I'm obviously never going to make the money that I made in the WWE, and it's not like I think I'm going to go become UFC champion."
So why do it? Why suffer through an eight-week training camp, which Bautista described as "by far the hardest thing" he's ever done, just to fight on the small circuit against an unknown opponent?
"I just want the experience," he said. "I don't have any ulterior motive. I just want to do it because I love it so much."
Daniel Cormier pushes for Pat Barry fight at Nov. 3 Strikeforce event
With Frank Mir injured and Matt Mitrione unwilling to take the fight, Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier appears to be taking charge of his own future.
With his Nov. 3 Strikeforce headliner a little more than a month away, Cormier is publicly campaigning for an opponent, and it's sticking with the Strikeforce-vs.-UFC theme.
Cormier (10-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) wants Pat Barry (7-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC).
"@danawhite offer the fight to @HypeOrDie he's from Louisiana like me," he wrote. "He will take the fight. Let's do it!"
He then encouraged fans to retweet the plea.
Rashad Evans: "They Offered Me Glover Teixeira, I Said "No
Add another name to the list of light heavyweights who didn't want to fight Glover Teixeira. Rashad Evans simply wasn't ready but he thinks he will be by January or February. The list of light heavyweights who wanted nothing to do with a fight against recent Octagon debutant Glover Teixeira just keeps growing and growing. The latest name to add to the list is former division champion Rashad Evans, who revealed as much on the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight show last night (Sept. 29, 2012) when asked about his future and when he'll be returning to the cage:
"I don't know. I talked to Dana [White] early this week and we talked about maybe December. But I'm thinking maybe January or February. I will fight anybody. I want to get a fight at light heavyweight. They offered me a fight, but it was against Glover Teixeira and I only had three weeks to fight and I haven't been training. I was like, ‘no way, not with that notice in Brazil.'"
Rashad on Twitter
Rashad Evans ?@SugaRashadEvans
I will fight anybody with the proper notice.. But after 8yrs with the UFC & being one of their top earners. Y would I take a bad fight?!
Rashad Evans ?@SugaRashadEvans
Bad fight meaning not being in shape. Losing is hard enough but I will never serve myself up! If I'm haven't been training I won't fight!
Rashad Evans ?@SugaRashadEvans
I know alot of u fans may not realize but I don't walk around ready 2 fight. No one does. In this sport it takes at least 8wks 2 b ready!
Rashad Evans ?@SugaRashadEvans
Fighting another person is much harder than most ppl think & if im not training it takes time 2 get ready. There r no easy fights!
UFC on FUEL TV 5 bonuses: Pickett, Wiman, Struve, Miocic earn $40K awards
Brad Pickett, Matt Wiman, Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic each earned $40,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC on FUEL TV: Struve vs. Miocic" event.
Pickett earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Wiman won "Submission of the Night" and Struve and Miocic picked up "Fight of the Night" honors.
UFC officials announced the winners and bonus amounts following the event, which took place at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. The event's main card aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
UFC on FUEL TV 5 winner Dan Hardy no longer interested in chin-checking challenges
For British slugger Dan Hardy, fighting in front of his hometown crowd was truly a dream come true.
However, Hardy was focused on channeling the emotion of the moment into a positive outcome rather than the disappointing result he suffered in his most recent appearance in his native country.
"Sometimes if I let my emotions get the best of me, technique goes out the window and I just want to see who's got the best chin," Hardy said. "I didn't want to take that risk again in my hometown."
UFC on FUEL TV 5 winner Stefan Struve calls for fight with Fabricio Werdum
At just 24 years old, Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve said there is still plenty of time for him to earn a UFC title shot.
But at 6-1 in his past seven fights – and with all six of those wins coming via stoppage – the 7-footer may find his name called sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, after earning a "Fight of the Night" win over the previously undefeated Stipe Miocic at Saturday night's UFC on FUEL TV 5 event, Struve has another name in mind: Fabricio Werdum.
UFC president pleased with UFC on FUEL TV 5 card – save for one fight
From top to bottom, Dana White was a big fan of how UFC on FUEL TV 5 had turned out.
It was the promotion's debut in Nottingham, England, and mid-week, the UFC president said he could throw a dart at a board and that fight could wind up being the "Fight of the Night" winner.
After Saturday's card, White's early feelings were confirmed. That is, until he was reminded of one fight in particular.
UFC boss White confirms Matt Mitrione turned down Strikeforce fight with Daniel Cormier
NOTTINGHAM, England – Dana White thought he had Daniel Cormier's next opponent all set up. Instead, it was back to the drawing board.
Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) was scheduled to fight former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) in about a month in Oklahoma City. But Mir dropped out with an injury, and White and the Zuffa brass went to work on his replacement.
White thought it was going to be Matt Mitrione (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) – but the UFC heavyweight turned down the fight earlier this week.
"It f---ing makes me sick," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Saturday following the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight news conference. "Listen, you don't want big opportunities, I hear you. I get it, then. All I can say is, I guess he doesn't want big opportunities. I get it. Duly noted.
"He wants to fight a guy who weighs 205, but doesn't want to fight the guy who's the real heavyweight, the legitimate guy who's ranked. And Mitrione's not getting any younger."
UFC on FUEL TV 5 draws a reported 7,241 attendance for $970K live gate
Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 5 card drew an announced attendance of 7,241 fans for a live gate of $970,000.
UFC officials announced the figures at the night's post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended.
"UFC on FUEL TV: Struve vs. Miocic" took place at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, and was the UFC's debut in the city. The main card aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook...
Nick Catone says he's fighting T.J. Waldburger at TUF 16 Finale
Nick Catone (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) apparently has his next fight.
The veteran middleweight today announced via Twitter that he's slated to fight T.J. Waldburger (15-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in December at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. Officials, though, have made no formal announcement.
The TUF 16 Finale takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
UFC Appoints New Europe, Middle East and Africa Executive VP and Managing Director
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday announced the appointment of Garry Cook as its Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Cook, 50, has an impeccable track record of business success throughout his career. He joined Nike in 1996, rising to President and General Manager International of Brand Jordan in 2005. During his tenure at Nike he held a wide range of management positions from overseeing the licensing of Nike Team Sports in the US to leading the pan-European commercial strategy for Nike apparel EMEA...
UFC on FUEL TV 5 official weigh-in results
The UFC on FUEL TV 5 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV, 4 p.m. ET)
-Stipe Miocic (239) vs. Stefan Struve (251)
-Dan Hardy (169) vs. Amir Sadollah (169)
-Yves Jabouin (136) vs. Brad Pickett (135)
-Paul Sass (156) vs. Matt Wiman (156)
-John Hathaway (169) vs. John Maguire (169)
-Duane Ludwig (169) vs. Che Mills (170)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 1 p.m. ET)
-Kyle Kingsbury (204) vs. Jimi Manuwa (204)
-Akira Corassani (144) vs. Andy Ogle (144)
-Brad Tavares (185) vs. Tom Watson (186)
-DaMarques Johnson (183) vs. Gunnar Nelson (175) - 175-pound catchweight
-Robert Peralta (144) vs. Jason Young (145)