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UFC 131 winner Dave Herman still making it up as he goes along
(mmajunkie.com)
Why did Dave Herman (21-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) keep smiling as Jon Olav Einemo (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) punched him in the face? "I guess I was just in a good mood that day," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 2:36PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
As expected, champ Jon Jones and challenger "Rampage" Jackson headline UFC 135
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) will attempt to make his first title defense when he meets Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC 135.
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 2:32PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Heavyweights Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton expected for UFC 135
(mmajunkie.com)
Fresh of an impressive "Knockout of the Night" win over Stefan Struve, heavyweight Travis Browne (11-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) will return to the cage against Rob Broughton (15-5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 2:26PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Duffee/Gaston and Osawa/Fujiwara added to DREAM 17
(mmajunkie.com)
Two new fights are official for next month's DREAM.17 event: heavyweights Todd Duffee (6-2 MMA, 0-1 DREAM) vs. Nick Gaston (5-0 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) and a Japan bantamweight grand-prix third-place fight of Kenji Osawa (17-10-2 MMA, 2-1 DREAM) vs. Keisuke Fujiwara (11-3-4 MMA, 1-0 DREAM). DREAM.17 is slated for July 16 at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. The Japan bantamweight tournament's finale also concludes at the show. No North American broadcast plans have been announced for the show.
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 10:16AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
NAAFS Heavyweight Champion, Stipe Miocic signs with UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated NAAFS heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is taking his talents to the UFC. The Ohio-based MMA promotion recently announced the signing, though UFC officials haven't made a formal announcement. Miocic, a former NCAA Division I national wrestling qualifier, went 5-0 as an amateur and owns a 6-0 professional record. All of his victories have come via stoppage. According to the release, Miocic's first UFC fight and opponent will be announced shortly. Perhaps not coincidentally, the UFC long has considered hosting a show in northern Ohio. The 28-year-old Miocic fights out of the Cleveland area, which continually draws solid TV ratings for UFC broadcasts.
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 9:17AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Five-round UFC non-title fights? Clay Guida says bring on the bonus checks
(mmajunkie.com)
What would two more rounds have brought to Clay Guida vs. Anthony Pettis? Would Guida (29-11 MMA, 9-5 UFC) have controlled Pettis (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the mat? Would Pettis have submitted Guida with a triangle? Would the "Showtime Kick" have made another appearance? Guida has no idea. He had his hands plenty full for three rounds when they fought at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. But you'll never have to convince him that five-round non-title fights are a bad idea. He thinks they're just another chance to put some extra cash in his pocket.
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 8:18AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jose Aldo expects a 'tough' fight against Kenny Florian in October
(mmamania.com)
Perhaps the third time will indeed be the charm for Kenny Florian. Fresh off his winning 145-pound debut over Diego Nunes at UFC 131 this past weekend, the former two-time lightweight number one contender was "more than likely" assured a title shot against division champion Jose Aldo. It appears word travels fast back to Brazil.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 11:20PM by pmoney - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Fabio Maldonado: 'Americans Will Take MMA Over'
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado opened up an interesting line of thought in an interview with Brazilian website R7.com recently (article translated by Eduardo Cruz of Fighters Only). Basically, he believes that Brazilians are falling behind Americans in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, in conditioning and other areas. Due to a bunch of recent losses by Brazilian fighters to their American counterparts, he was asked about the topic and was very frank with his response: Questioned about a potential lack in the conditioning of Brazilian athletes compared to American ones, he went straight to the point: "I agree with this analysis. Perhaps Brazilians miss the point in training. It's not that we train less, but sometimes we confuse the amount of training with quality. It's sad to say but Americans will dominate the mixed martial arts future," he told R7.com.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 11:08PM by FastKnockout - 37 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rick Story on Fighting Nate Marquardt on Short Notice: 'No Hesitation'
(mmafighting.com)
Rick Story hadn't even yet gotten over the soreness of his May 28 win over Thiago Alves when the phone rang. On the other end was an offer to fight Nate Marquardt, a former middleweight No. 1 contender who was dropping down to welterweight and in need of an opponent after originally scheduled foe Anthony Johnson was forced out. The proposed fight at UFC on Versus 4 would come with less than a month to recover, study and prepare. For some, the answer would have been a simple no. For others, they would have needed some time to think it over. But for story, the question to fight on short notice might as well have been a rhetorical one.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 7:41PM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bustamante’s Return Tops Slew of Brazilian Fights
(sherdog.com)
Brazilian MMA icon and former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante will fight again. Bustamante, 44, this week told Sherdog.com that he will return to the ring to headline a July 20 card from Rio de Janeiro-based promotion Clube da Luta (Fight Club) at Rio’s Via Show nightclub. The bout will be only Bustamante’s second since 2007, and his first since being stopped by Jesse Taylor last July in Australia. Standing opposite the Brazilian Top Team leader will be Yuya Shirai, a Dream veteran and current welterweight champion of Japanese promotion Deep. The 170-pound bout will be one of two super-fights on the night, with the second pitting Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno against Luis “Besouro” Dutra Jr. at lightweight. Also slated for the July 20 card are two four-man tournaments with a bevy of recognizable names. The 154-pound bracket includes former UFC lightweight Ronys Torres, resurgent veteran Carlo Prater, Diego Braga and Igor “Chatubinha” Fernandes, while the 170-pound field hosts Octagon vet Edilberto “Crocota” de Oliveira, Daniel Acacio, Hernani Perpetuo and prospect “Zezao Trator,” Jose Gomes de Ribamar. Bustamante’s return to action was just one in a slew of notable matches made by Brazilian promoters in June. Top Brazilian 205-pounder Glover Teixeira and former UFC fighter Antonio “Samuray” Mendes will vie for the vacant Shooto South America heavyweight strap Aug. 5 in the national capital of Brasilia. Less than three weeks later, Teixeira will compete again at Shooto’s private “Fight for BOPE” show in Rio, likely against Houston Alexander or Marvin Eastman.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 7:37PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
"UFC on Versus 4: Marquardt vs. Story" weigh-ins set for June 25th
(mmajunkie.com)
Weigh-ins for this month's "UFC on Versus 4: Marquardt vs. Story" event take place Saturday, June 25, at the Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. The same venue hosts the following night's Versus-broadcast fight card, which features a headliner between former middleweight Nate Marquardt and fast-rising welterweight prospect Rick Story. Doors to the festivities open to members of the UFC Fight Club, the promotion's official fan club, at 1 p.m. ET. The public is welcome to enter at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 7:13PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 131 'Prelims' ratings average 1.6 million viewers on Spike TV
(mmamania.com)
Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" special for UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" on June 11, 2011, averaged 1.6 million viewers, up from the 1.3 million it scored for the UFC 130: "Rampage vs. Hamill" undercard offering back on May 28. The two-fight broadcast from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada featured the eventual "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" winners. Sam Stout proved his "Hands of Stone" are as lethal as ever when he caved in the right side of Yves Edwards face, delivering a scary -- and explosive -- knockout.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 7:08PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former Sengoku featherweight champion Marlon Sandro ready to impress at Bellator 46
(mmamania.com)
s Bellator's Summer Series Featherweight Tournament moves closer to its June 25th kick off date from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the buzz continues to grow around Top 10 featherweight Marlon Sandro, who will be making his Bellator and United States debut LIVE on MTV2. Sandro, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who trains alongside UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo and Bellator bantamweight Eduardo Dantas at Team Nova Uniao brings an impressive 17-2 record into the tournament, and has made stops with Sengoku, Pancrase, and Shooto throughout his professional career. Known for his devastating knockout power, Sandro has recently put together a string of impressive knockouts, as his last four victories have come via first round KO for a total fight time of just 3:39.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 5:45PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Josh Barnett Licensed to Fight on June 18th in Texas
(bloodyelbow.com)
Josh Barnett has been granted a license to fight in the state of Texas. Barnett, who has faced licensing issues in the past with the California State Athletic Commission, was officially cleared today to compete on the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum card on June 18th, where he will face Brett Rogers in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 5:40PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Scott Smith vs. Tarec Saffiedine Announced for July 30th Strikeforce Card
(bloodyelbow.com)
Another day, another potential welterweight war added to the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card. One day after the promotion added Paul Daley vs. Evangelista Santos to the July 30th event in Hoffman Estates, IL, they found a fight for the guy Santos was originally rumored to face, Tarec Saffiedine. And Saffiedine will be facing the Hands of Steel, Scott Smith
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 3:08PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Josh Barnett: ‘The Winner of This Tournament is the No. 1 Heavyweight in the World’
(mmaweekly.com)
Former UFC champion Josh Barnett says there is no question that whoever comes out on top of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix is the top heavyweight in the sport.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 3:05PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Vancouver Commission Comments on UFC 131 Elkins vs. Omigawa Decision
(mmaweekly.com)
Judging is currently one of the most heated subjects of debate in the world of mixed martial arts. This past weekend’s UFC 131 in Vancouver only served to fan the flames. Darren Elkins and Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 131 There were several decisions brought into question at Rogers Arena, but none that rivaled the backlash over the night’s opening bout between Darren Elkins and Michihiro Omigawa, which aired live on Facebook and YouTube. It was a back-and-forth fight with both fighters getting in their licks, though most people watching felt Omigawa had bested his opponent. In the end, however, all three judges scored the bout in Elkins’ favor, two of them 29-28, the third 30-27. As soon as Elkins was declared the winner the backlash began. The online forums and, of course, Twitter, blew up with comments decrying the decision. Not easily missed among those incredulous over the decision was UFC president Dana White. “Then you’ve got the Omigawa fight, where this guy loses the fight and Joe Silva said he was pulling a (Kazushi) Sakuraba and wasn’t going to leave the Octagon. He was going to stay in there, Joe had to beg him to leave,” said White after the post-fight press conference, discussing his criticism of the state of MMA judging. “We’re going to pay him his win money. I don’t care what the judge said; he won the fight. I say he won, overruled.” That of course takes care of Omigawa’s pocketbook, but it doesn’t change his official record, which now reflects back-to-back losses in the Octagon following a five-fight winning streak. The backlash over the decision was strong enough that the Vancouver Athletic Commission decided to comment on the scoring of the fight.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 3:03PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brendan Schaub Believes a Win Over Nogueira Will Make Him Number One Contender
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub spent a while campaigning for a fight with former Pride and UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134, and Nogueira accepted. While a win over Big Nog would certainly be huge for his career, Schaub might be a little bit off with what he thinks he'll get out of a win - namely, the number one contender's spot at heavyweight. In a video interview with MMA30.tv, he discusses the fight: It's the toughest test of my career. Nogueira's as tough as they come, I think he's the toughest heavyweight in the division. A win over him puts me right in the number one contender's spot and I'm looking forward to the challenge.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 12:03AM by FastKnockout - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ben Rothwell vs. Mark Hunt In the Works for UFC 135 in Denver
(mmaweekly.com)
A heavyweight match-up is in the works for UFC 135 in Denver as Ben Rothwell looks to return to action as he faces former K-1 fighter Mark Hunt on the card.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 12:00AM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White Says No Set Plans Yet for Fitch, Penn, and Shields
(bloodyelbow.com)
In the hoopla surrounding UFC 131, a bit of welterweight news flew under the radar. There has been much speculation about some of the top-level welterweights ever since the rematch between Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn went down in flames due to injuries. In the meantime, Penn and Jake Shields turned to twitter and challenged each other. Where does this leave these guys?
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 11:43PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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