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Mike Brown rested, healed and ready to come back 'with a bang'
(mmamania.com)
Less than two years ago, Mike Thomas Brown was the scariest featherweight in the sport. Now, the 35-year-old mixed martial artist is fighting for job security after a dismal start to his 2011 fight campaign that saw the former WEC Featherweight Champion lose back-to-back contests to Diego Nunes (UFC 125) and Rani Yahya (UFC Fight for the Troops 2). In fact, the American Top Team standout is 2-6 since dropping his 145-pound strap to Jose Aldo at WEC 44 in late 2009, including a shocking knockout loss to Manny Gamburyan at WEC 48 just a couple of months later.
Submitted May 9, 2011 10:05AM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Spike TV debuts "Frankie Edgar: In the Moment" on May 25 ahead of UFC 130
(mmajunkie.com)
Following a successful March debut focused on Jon Jones, Spike TV brings back its special pre-event preview show "In the Moment," on Wednesday, May 25. This time around, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar takes center stage. "UFC Presents Frankie Edgar: In the Moment" debuts at 10 p.m. ET/PT ahead of Edgar's UFC 130 main event with top contender and budding nemesis Gray Maynard.
Submitted May 8, 2011 3:29PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC vet Antoni Hardonk retires from MMA
(mmajunkie.com)
Eight-time UFC fighter Antoni Hardonk has retired from professional MMA. The Dutch striker confirmed the plans with UFC.com while saying he plans to focus on coaching at his new gym in California. He retires with an 8-6 pro MMA record (4-4 in the UFC) and a 10-5 pro kickboxing record.
Submitted May 8, 2011 3:28PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC 134 Fight Card Shaping Up
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC will return to the country of Brazil for the first time since October 17th, 1998 later this year. UFC 134: Rio is scheduled for August 27th in the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the UFC is clearly stockpiling the card with popular Brazilian fighters. The top two fights are both rematches, with middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his UFC middleweight title against the last man to earn a win over him, Yushin Okami. The other top matchup has former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua looking to avenge a loss in his first UFC fight at the hands of another former champion, Forrest Griffin. "We couldn’t wait to host our first-ever UFC event in Brazil’s biggest city," said White. "Brazilians have given so much to the growth of this sport. I’m excited that we can give back to the country that has given us so many great fighters. From Royce Gracie and Vitor Belfort to "Shogun" Rua, Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo, these fighters are all champions and are so proud of their roots. It’s time for us to bring a live UFC event here and show the people of Brazil how much this sport has grown."
Submitted May 8, 2011 3:25PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dorea: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Will Fight at UFC 134 if Healthy
(bloodyelbow.com)
The Nogueira brother's boxing coach Luis Carlos Dorea did an interview with Tatame where he spoke about his disciple Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and how he's coming along in his recuperation from injury. The topic of UFC 134 came up, and Dorea was quite clear that Big Nog could be on the card. But it all comes down to his health: Everybody's looking forward to see Rodrigo fighting in UFC Rio. Is he getting ready to go and fight on this event? Dorea: As for Rodrigo, he’s doing super fine. Rodrigo is going through much physiotherapy, he’s seeing how things are, but we first have to check his conditions, his health. If he’s good to go, I don’t see any problems. The thing isn’t about the fight, but the trainings. The trainings are hard, and Rodrigo trains like twice, three times a day, so he has to be good, 100% healed so that he can train hard and don’t feel a thing. Rodrigo’s doing just fine, we’ll all support him.
Submitted May 8, 2011 3:24PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Wanderlei Silva Had Doubts of Coming Back, Now Holds Chris Leben’s Feet to the Fire
(mmaweekly.com)
Wanderlei Silva is an icon in mixed martial arts. “The Axe Murderer” ruled the roost as the Pride middleweight champion in Japan. But even after Zuffa bought the venerable Japanese fight promotion and ultimately had to close its doors, Silva is as popular as ever. He has struggled through his time in the Octagon. His record is just 2-3 in his latest stint in the UFC. Fans, however, forgive his losses because they simply love watching Wand fight. They don’t care if he holds a belt, or is rocketing up the rankings. He’s well aware of that fact.
Submitted May 8, 2011 3:18PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jamie Varner Has Not Signed to Face Shinya Aoki, Fight Not Likely to Happen
(mmaweekly.com)
Despite reports stating that Shinya Aoki vs. Jamie Varner is a done deal for Dream’s May 29 event in Japan, the fight is anything but a sure thing.
Submitted May 8, 2011 3:17PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Zombieland: Chan Sung Jung calls out Mark Hominick
(mmamania.com)
When Chan Sung Jung submitted Leonard Garcia with a twister back on March 26 at UFC Fight Night 24: "Nogueira vs. Davis," it broke a two-fight skid and gave him just his second win in five fights. And, not to get greedy or anything, but he feels like he deserves a nice little step up in the featherweight division because of it. He made this clear with a short, but sweet, tweet:
Submitted May 8, 2011 1:58PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
History in the Making: Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson's greatest hits
(mmamania.com)
The chain. The howl. The jovial smile that can turn into a menacing grimace in the blink of an eye. For over a decade, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has entertained fight fans with theatrics that are exceeded only by his performance in the ring or cage. Whether he's knocking opponents out with the cinder blocks he calls fists or he's slamming them through the mat, the Memphis-born fighter almost always manages to entertain his audience. At UFC 130: "Edgar vs. Maynard 3" on May 28, 2011, he will face off against another American wrestler in Matt Hamill, as both fighters hope to continue their climb up the 205-pound rankings. But first, a look back. Hello, Pride... meet "Rampage" Jackson had a rough debut in Pride FC. He was matched up against the smaller Kazushi Sakuraba and used that size difference to his advantage. But the seasoned grappler was able to score a submission on the American. When "Rampage" returned to Japan four months later, the result was decidedly different. He took on professional wrestler Yuki Ishikawa and ragdolled him all around the ring. Punches to the head while on their feet and knees while on the mat were delivered to the Japanese fighter. A combination against the ropes dropped Ishikawa to the mat and earned "Rampage" his first Pride victory. But it wouldn't be his last.
Submitted May 8, 2011 12:23PM by SmileR - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Saturday Night's Mania Event: Jake Shields eye pokes Georges St. Pierre at UFC 129 ... but was it intentional?
(mmamania.com)
Saturday Night's Mania Event is back, despite heavy competition from both Bellator 43 and the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley. That's alright, though, because we've got business to take care of. In the wake of one of the most successful events in the history of the UFC, there are questions that need asking in regards to the main event that marred the entire show. Was Jake Shields intentionally trying to poke Georges St. Pierre in the eye at UFC 129 this past Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada? To start, it should be immediately established that an eye poke did, in fact, occur and it was the main culprit in causing GSP to lose vision in his left eye for most of the duration of the fight. It was not a punch to the eye, as Shields initially commented at the post-fight press conference. It was a vicious poke, or maybe even scrape is a better term. There are many layers to this occurrence that need to be discussed. Should the fight have been allowed to continue after the infraction, in which St. Pierre's sight was clearly compromised to the point of dangerousness? Does someone need to tell Greg Jackson, trainer to the stars, that it's simply irresponsible for him to outright dismiss this fact when his fighter made him aware of it between rounds? Did the ringside doctors and the entire commission drop the ball in regards to this entire incident? Lots to talk about, ladies and sirs, let's get right to it.
Submitted May 8, 2011 12:18PM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 43 Results
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships bills itself as the place "Where championships are earned, not given." Following a highly controversial split-decision loss to fellow season-four welterweight tournament finalist Jay Hieron, former Olympic judoka Rick Hawn might disagree. The Hieron vs. Hawn bout served as the featured contest of Saturday's Bellator 43 event, which took place at the First Council Casino Hotel in Newkirk, Okla., and aired on MTV2. OFFICIAL MAIN CARD RESULTS Jay Hieron def. Rick Hawn via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) - welterweight tourney final Bryan Baker def. Joe Riggs via knockout (punch) - Round 2, 3:53 Chase Beebe def. Jose Vega via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 4:06 Ron Sparks def. Vince Lucero via submission (keylock) - Round 1, 2:18 OFFICIAL PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS David Rickels def. Richard Bouphanouvong via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 1:11 Michael Osborn def. Mike Schatz via submission (strikes) - Round 1, 1:58
Submitted May 8, 2011 10:40AM by kopower - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
How much money will Nick Diaz make boxing Jeff Lacy?
(mmamania.com)
More than he made in his last mixed martial arts fight. That's according to Joey Gilbert, Jeff Lacy's manager, who gave Bloody Elbow the scoop on the cash flow distribution in the Diaz vs. Lacy fight that might be going down later this year.
Submitted May 7, 2011 2:22PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Tachi Palace Fight 9 Results
(mmajunkie.com)
Three-time WEC veteran Ian McCall (10-2) earned his third-straight victory and a shot at Tachi Palace Fights' flyweight title with a one-sided unanimous-decision win over Dustin Ortiz (7-1) in the main event of Friday's "TPF 9: The Contenders" event. Additionally, UFC veterans Fabricio Camoes (12-5-1) and Gerald Harris (18-4) also picked up decision victories at the event. Tachi Palace Fights 9 took place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. While the opening round was the most competitive of the three, McCall dominated Ortiz for the majority of the contest with a sprawl-and-brawl approach that saw Ortiz unable to garner takedowns and unable to match his opponent's striking prowess. It was McCall's second-straight decision win under the Tachi Palace Fights banner after upsetting Jussier da Silva this past February. Ian McCall def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision Isaac DeJesus def. Russ Miura via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 2:52 Fabricio Camoes def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision Gerald Harris def. Anthony Ruiz via unanimous decision Mamoru Yamaguchi def. Kevin Dunsmoor via knockout (punch) - Round 2, 4:03 Jorge Lopez def. Waachiim Spiritwolf via unanimous decision Farkhad Sharipov def. Tommy Vargas via unanimous decision Chidi Njokuani def. Alan Jouban via knockout (punch) - Round 3, 1:27 Art Arciniega def. Josh Herrick via submission (triangle choke) - Round 1, 1:08 Cody Gibson def. Walel Watson via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:09 Brad McDonald def. Jesse Bowen via split decision Kenny Ento def. James Chaney via TKO (doctor's stoppage) - Round 2, 1:53 Alex Perez def. Jesus Castro via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:56
Submitted May 7, 2011 1:14PM by kopower - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Del Rosario's trainer says fighter facing legal distractions, potentially difficult recovery
(mmajunkie.com)
Shane Del Rosario (11-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) isn't in the clear just yet. The Strikeforce heavyweight was involved in an April 14 automobile accident when an allegedly intoxicated driver struck his car, which was waiting at a stoplight in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Now Del Rosario's trainer, Colin Oyama, said there's some concern whether or not the undefeated heavyweight will ever return to action, and he's facing some distracting legal proceedings while helping to prosecute the woman that hit him.
Submitted May 7, 2011 8:49AM by pmoney - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Rory Markham vs. Rudy Bears Added to Titan Fighting 18
(mmaweekly.com)
A welterweight showdown between UFC veteran Rory Markham and Strikeforce and Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Rudy Bears has been added to Titan Fighting Championship 18 on May 27 at the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The event, which will also feature former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver, as well as a hard-hitting middleweight bout between UFC veteran Drew McFedries and undefeated Strikeforce veteran Darryl Cobb, will be televised live on HDNet starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Submitted May 7, 2011 8:44AM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Nick Diaz vs. Jeff Lacy Purse and TV Information
(bloodyelbow.com)
I had the chance to talk to Jeff Lacy's manager, Joey Gilbert, about the deal between Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz and former world super middleweight boxing champion Jeff Lacy to square off in a boxing match. Gilbert shared some very interesting information about the bout.
Submitted May 7, 2011 8:42AM by pmoney - 7 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, MMA Personalities
 
Georges St. Pierre Discusses UFC 129 Eye Injury
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has been the subject of much discussion and ridicule since his UFC 129 decision win over Jake Shields. Fans and media alike have been harsh in their criticism, but one of the major game-changers in the fight was Shields inadvertently poking GSP in the eye in the third round. GSP came back to his corner and said he couldn't see out of his eye, and had considerable trouble finding his range for the rest of the fight. There has been much speculation about the severity of his injury since the fight, so St. Pierre turned to twitter today to give his fans an update on his condition: "I am so lucky my BJJ instructor Bruno Fernandes is an ophtamologist!!! I'll be in good hands!!!" "My medical condition is called Hyphema. My vision is still blurry and my eye sensitive but the blood in my eye has now been absorbed..." "My retina is find as well and my vision will come back to 100%!!! Can't be more happy!!"
Submitted May 6, 2011 7:35PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shinya Aoki Will Fight at Dream 17; McKee Possible Opponent (UPDATED)
(mmaweekly.com)
A proposed fight between Shinya Aoki and Willamy Freire appears to be off for Dream’s “Fight for Japan” event on May 29. The Dream lightweight champion will remain on the card, but in an interesting twist to the situation, it is unclear whom he will face. MMAWeekly.com initially reported that a fight between he and former MFC lightweight champion Antonio McKee was on tap, as long as McKee could finalize his travel details. While that fight is very much still in play, our sources indicate that Dream is also negotiating with former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner. Sources close to the situation told MMAWeekly.com that the fight between Aoki and McKee had been verbally agreed to, at least from McKee’s side, and that a bout agreement had been issued. McKee, though, must first renew his passport and get a visa to gain entry into Japan, the same sort of issues that reportedly kept Freire out of the fight.
Submitted May 6, 2011 7:30PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Jeff Lacey Signs Agreement To Face Nick Diaz In Boxing Bout
(sbnation.com)
May 6, 2011 - According to a press release, former IBF super-middleweight champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy has formally agreed to face Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz in a professional boxing bout. There is no word on whether or not Diaz will agree to the bout or which weight class this fight will be contested at should it be made.
Submitted May 6, 2011 2:31PM by emfleek - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports
 
Del Rosario in car accident, Noons-Masvidal targeted for "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum"
(mmajunkie.com)
Heavyweight Shane Del Rosario (11-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) has withdrawn from an upcoming bout with fellow prospect Daniel Cormier (7-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) following a car accident this past week, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from sources close to the event. A lightweight bout between K.J. Noons (9-2 MMA, 2-1 SF) and Jorge Masvidal (21-6 MMA, 2-0 SF) will likely take its place, according to a separate source. Lots of fights falling apart today, damn. Hope Shane is alright.
Submitted May 6, 2011 1:24PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
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