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James Terry vs. Billy Evangelista added to 'Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale'
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight bout between James Terry (11-4 MMA, 6-3 SF) and Billy Evangelista (11-2 MMA, 7-2 SF) is the latest addition to the "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final" event. Strikeforce officials today announced the fight. "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final," which features a tournament finale between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, takes place May 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Showtime, and Showtime Extreme carries the prelims. Terry vs. Evangelista will be part of the prelims. Both fighters are vets of the local fight scene.
Submitted Apr 4, 2012 2:10PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC Veteran John Olav Einemo Retires
(mmafighting.com)
John Olav Einemo has elected to retire from mixed martial arts after recently being cut from the UFC, the heavyweight told Norwegian news outlet VG Nett on Tuesday. Einemo fought just twice in the octagon, making his debut at the age of 35 at UFC 131. He lost the match against Dave Herman by TKO, but the bout was awarded the Fight of the Night bonus. He came back at UFC on FOX 2, but was mostly smothered by Mike Russow en route to a unanimous decision loss. Einemo told the paper that he could have returned to the UFC with a few wins, but decided against trying because it would require spending time away from his family. He said he would continue to stay involved in the sport as a coach and to help the sport grow in his native Norway.
Submitted Apr 4, 2012 11:39AM by BuffaloDave - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
David Rickels: From Suburban Kimbo to Bellator Contender
(mmafighting.com)
For David Rickels, a career in fighting started in his hometown of Derby, Kansas, where he was something of a suburban Kimbo Slice, hosting boxing scraps in his backyard. The fights gained enough renown or perhaps infamy there that he once got arrested for providing the venue, and the fights soon after stopped. As it turns out, that was a good thing, because it led Rickels to kickboxing, and eventually mixed martial arts, where he's currently unbeaten at 10-0 after a 22-second knockout of Jordan Smith in the first round of the Bellator welterweight tournament. Unlike Kimbo, Rickels didn't gain any underground fame for his backyard fighting exploits, and no video of him exists on the internet, but he still recognizes the time as a springboard to his current success. "I’ve always been into the whole fighting thing," he told MMA Fighting. "We did it for fun. We used to just brawl in the backyard and see who was the toughest that day. It was the thing to do back in the day. Then I eventually started training for real. I had wrestled for a couple years but I really wasn’t into it that much. I was more into the party scene at the time, unfortunately. But I ended up joining a gym, working hard, and now I’m here."
Submitted Apr 4, 2012 10:22AM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Tom DeBlass replaces injured Jorgen Kruth at UFC on FUEL TV 2
(mmajunkie.com)
Ring of Combat champion and undefeated UFC newcomer Tom DeBlass (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured light heavyweight Jorgen Kruth (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and now meets Cyrille Diabate (17-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at next week's UFC on FUEL TV 2 event. DeBlass recently announced the change, though officials haven't formally confirmed it. UFC on FUEL TV 2 takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. FUEL TV carries the main card, and Facebook is expected to stream the preliminary card. DeBlass vs. Diabate is slated for the prelims.
Submitted Apr 4, 2012 10:12AM by BuffaloDave - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Super Fight League 2 streams Saturday on YouTube, Duffee vs. Grove headlines
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup is set for Saturday's Super Fight League 2 event, which streams live on YouTube from Chandigarh, India, beginning at 9:15 a.m. ET (6:15 a.m. PT). As previously announced, the event features a heavyweight headliner between former UFC fighter Todd Duffee (6-2) and recent Bellator tourney finalist Neil Grove (11-5-1). Other featured bouts include lightweights Paul Kelly (12-4) vs. Ryan Healy (19-10-1) and middleweights Alexander Shlemenko (44-7) vs. Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa (52-33-8). Duffee fights for the first time since a quick December 2010 loss to Alistair Overeem for DREAM's vacant heavyweight title. It followed the first defeat of his career, which came to Mike Russow at UFC 114 and ultimately led to his release from the promotion. He now takes on Grove, who's fought his past six fights in Bellator with a 3-3 record. He's currently in a 1-3 skid that included a season-three tournament-finale loss to now-champ Cole Konrad. SFL, an Indian-based organization that bills itself as the country's first MMA promotion, recently announced a three-year streaming deal with YouTube. All of the shows will be available free, including this past month's debut, which saw James Thompson defeat fellow super heavyweight Bob Sapp in the main event.
Submitted Apr 4, 2012 10:00AM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Bellator FC Reality Show Coming to Spike TV in 2013
(mmavalor.com)
Bellator Fighting Championship will begin airing on Spike TV in 2013 and today the two announced plans for unscripted reality show. Partnering with the acclaimed producer Bertram van Munster, the three will create a cutting-edge, one-hour series that will showcase the fighters from the Bellator Fighting Championship. “Some of the most physically gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new non-scripted series,” noted van Munster. Bertram van Munster is an eight-time Emmy® Award winner and the visionary behind the popular reality series “The Amazing Race.” Not much was revealed about the show and it will work and further details will be kept a secret until later this year.
Submitted Apr 4, 2012 1:33AM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Miguel Torres: 'My fighting style would cause Dominick Cruz nightmares
(mmamania.com)
Once the king of the hill in the Bantamweight division, Miguel Torres was an unstoppable force at 135-pounds. During his heyday, Torres ran through all contenders competing in the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization. Torres won and defended his title three times in the midst of his remarkable 17 fight win streak. What's even more impressive? Of those 17 wins, 15 of them were finishes. Since that remarkable run, Torres has gone an even 3-3 with his most recent win coming over Nick Pace at UFC 139 back on November 19, 2011. However, Torres most recently won an even more important fight, his job back with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after an inappropriate Twitter joke was cause for UFC President Dana White to cut the mullet-wearing brawler. With a second chance to compete in the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) stage of them all, Torres says he regrets his Twitter postings and looks forward to a new beginning inside the Octagon, starting with Michael McDonald at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012. And though he knows he has his hands full with "Mayday," who is on a seven fight win streak of his own, that hasn't stopped the former champion from looking into his crystal ball and seeing a future title fight opposite current UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 11:01PM by sparky - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cyrille Diabate Draws Ring Of Combat champ Tom Deblass for UFC On Fuel TV 2 In Sweden
(sherdog.com)
Ring of Combat light heavyweight champion Tom DeBlass is expected to make his Octagon debut against striking specialist Cyrille Diabate at UFC on Fuel TV 2. DeBlass (Pictured) announced the news on Tuesday, revealing the booking on his Facebook page. “The plan was to let an injury heal, but this is an opportunity I cannot let pass,” DeBlass wrote. “Thanks everyone, and I'll fight hard. Godspeed!” Diabate had been slated to face Swedish muay Thai ace Jorgen Kruth, but “The Last Viking” has reportedly suffered an injury and will be unable to compete, according to Swedish outlet MMANytt.se.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 10:54PM by sparky - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce Grand Prix Final Adds Light Heavyweights Virgil Zwicker vs. Guto Inocente To Prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
A light-heavyweight bout between Virgil Zwicker (10-2 MMA, 1-1 SF) and Guto Inocente (5-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) has been added to next month's "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final" event. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today tweeted news of the bout. "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final," which features a tournament finale between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, takes place May 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Showtime, and Showtime Extreme carries the prelims. According to Coker, Zwicker vs. Inocente will be part of the prelims.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 10:49PM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Spencer Fisher vs. Sam Stout III added to UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City
(mmajunkie.com)
Another trilogy fight is in the works, this one for UFC on FX 4. Lightweights Sam Stout (17-7-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) and Spencer Fisher (24-8 MMA, 9-7 UFC) are set for a third fight at the event, which takes place June 22 at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J. Sportsnet.ca reported the matchup, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) later confirmed. UFC on FX 4's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 10:04PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
John Alessio returning to octagon, replaces Matt Wiman at UFC 145
(mmajunkie.com)
John Alessio (34-14 MMA, 0-3 UFC) has finally booked his return to the UFC. The veteran fighter has replaced injured Matt Wiman (14-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and now meets fellow lightweight Mark Bocek (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) later this month at UFC 145. Bocek today tweeted the news and stated Wiman suffered a knee injury. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm details of the injury. UFC 145 takes place April 21 at Atlanta's Phillips Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook carry the prelims. Wiman vs. Bocek was slated for the PPV portion of the card, though it's not clear if it'll retain its main-card slot with the change.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 6:30PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nick Diaz Set to Compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Super-Fight Next Month
(mmafighting.com)
While Nick Diaz's MMA future may still be in doubt, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion has decided to return to his Brazilian jiu-jitsu roots. The World Jiu-Jitsu Expo and Cesar Gracie, Diaz's trainer and manager, have confirmed that Diaz will compete in a BJJ super-fight at the WJJE on May 12 in Long Beach, Calif. According to Gracie, Diaz wanted to enter one of the WJJE's tournaments, however, Expo officials chose to have him only compete in a super-fight. No opponent has been signed just yet. Diaz, a black belt under Gracie, hasn't competed in a BJJ match in two years. Gracie said the UFC, "usually doesn't want (Nick) competing (in BJJ) if it's near a fight, (but) he has no fight lined up."
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 2:43PM by BuffaloDave - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brock Lesnar's WWE Return - Video
(sports.yahoo.com)
For some reason that I can't really put into words, I was really liking Lesnar in MMA...and now that he's gone back to the WWE, I lost respect (although I can't raelly say why)... I guess at the end of the day money talks...but this just bothers me And it makes me think...what can those other wrestlers say to him in the "ring"? Oh so now you're returning from that real life fighting business and think you can stand up to us fakers....lol
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 1:25PM by tallica62 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Spike TV: Bellator reality show debuts in 2013, 'Amazing Race' co-creator on board
(mmajunkie.com)
Spike TV is gearing up for next year's arrival of Bellator Fighting Championships. Officials today announced a new unscripted reality show that will feature Bellator fighters, though details of the series are under wraps for now. "The Amazing Race" co-creator and Emmy winner Bertram van Munster will be involved in the one-hour show, which debuts in 2013 on Spike TV. Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization was considering a reality show for Spike TV. He also said Spike TV will host Bellator specialty programming, such as historic fights and event previews, when it moves from MTV2 to Spike TV in 2013.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 1:13PM by BuffaloDave - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Don Frye Reflects on Long Career
(sherdog.com)
Don Frye debuted in the UFC in February 1996. Sixteen years later, the two-time UFC tournament champion joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show” to discuss his time in the sport, his views on today’s stars and more.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 12:20AM by prophecy033 - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Jon Jones Feels Like Rashad Evans Can’t Get Inside His Head
(mmaconvert.com)
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will make his first title defense of 2012 against an ex-teammate and past champion, as “Bones” collides with Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC 145 later this month. For several months now, Jones and Evans have verbally sparred, as the two have had matches cancelled due to injuries to both men. Now, with their date set for April 21 from Atlanta, the stars appear aligned. Evans, who missed out on a title chance back in March of 2011, has done all he can to try and get inside the head of Jones, who became the youngster UFC champion ever when he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in place of Evans. As “Bones” told the London Free Press recently, Evans will not control his thoughts.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 12:17AM by prophecy033 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rashad Evans Offers a Little Friendly Advice for 'King' Mo Lawal
(mmafighting.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans was sad to see Mo Lawal’s situation go from bad to worse this past week, he told MMA Fighting. The two are colleagues in the fight game, but they’re also friends, which made it hard to watch as Lawal was released from his Strikeforce contract shortly after being fined and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday. "It’s unfortunate, man. Mo’s probably one of the best guys I’ve ever met in the sport, and even outside of the sport," said Evans. "He’s so much different than the character, or what he comes across as. People get the wrong take on Mo." The way Evans sees it, many people fail to see the distinction between the real Lawal and the "King Mo" persona he’s adopted for the purposes of a little pre-fight entertainment. What they don’t realize is that, whether on Twitter or in person, they’re getting a much more genuine response than they get from many other fighters. Sometimes, however, that’s a personality trait that comes with certain consequences.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 12:14AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
Strikeforce Makes Heavyweight Grand Prix Final Official; Adds Additional Bouts
(mmaweekly.com)
Strikeforce on Monday finally made official the conclusion of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. It will take place May 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. MMAWeekly.com has already reported the main event showdown between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, the co-main event with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez defending his title against Josh Thomson, and a light heavyweight feature bout pitting former champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle. In making the official announcement, Strikeforce officials added another bout, matching up Bobby Voelker with Nah-Shon Burrell.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 12:11AM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Ellenberger vs. Kampmann Set as No. 1 Contender’s Bout; Headlines TUF Live Finale
(mmaweekly.com)
The first ever Ultimate Fighter Live finale card has officially been announced for June 1 at the Pearl at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. A No. 1 contender’s match will headline the show. Jake Ellenberger, fresh off his latest win over Diego Sanchez in February, will battle Xtreme Couture fighter Martin Kampmann with a shot at the UFC welterweight title on the line.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 12:08AM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Rashad Evans turns down fans autograph request VIDEO
(sports.yahoo.com)
The guy apparently asked him to sign a picture of Evans getting KO'd, and Rashad didn't find it funny...I find it funny
Submitted Apr 2, 2012 8:22PM by tallica62 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
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