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JZ Cavalcante: DREAM hasn't paid me, Strikeforce is all talk
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Marcelo Barone: How’s the situation with Dream? Did they give you any response to your complaints about not being paid? JZ Cavalcante: Not so far. My manager called them, but nobody respond, nobody answers. It’s disrespectful, the guys disappeared. The situation in Japan’s not good, because of the tsunami, but it’s no excuse, because it’s been a year. They should, at least, answer me, because there’re people saying they plan to produce another event. MB: Do you intend to start a lawsuit so you’ll get paid? JZ: I’m considering, I’m looking for a lawyer, trying to find another agency in Japan, somebody from there, who’s closer to it, so that I can get this cleared up. MB: What do you think about this MMA market crash in Japan? Does that surprise you? JZ: Over the years, after 2007, I realized it’ll all the same thing. I guess Japan didn’t keep up with MMA’s boom, its professionalization. The guys from Ultimate are much different than the guys in Japan, that schedule you to fight at the last minute, with two or three weeks in advance. It’s hard to promote the event that way… I realized that, if they didn’t change its concept, and started to think world wildly, it’d happen, like it did. MB: And how are things with Strikeforce now? JZ: Not good at all. They’ve been promising me a fight since December and every month they say the same thing: that I’ll be on their next card, next month… Meanwhile they’ve offered me two bouts with five days in advance and I asked them sometime to think about it. They called me in the morning and I asked them to give an answer in the evening. Then, when I called them, they have found someone already, and they didn’t tell me anything, they didn’t call me… I hope that with Strikeforce’s purchase, its organization will improve, and also its structure.
Submitted Apr 18, 2011 8:43AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce, Dream, Interviews
 
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares at UFC Rio
(mixedmartialarts.com)
An intriguing lightweight affair between the always-exciting Spencer Fisher (24-7 MMA, 9-6 UFC) and Brazilian submission ace Thiago Tavares (15-4-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) is in the works for "UFC: Rio." MMAjunkie.com has confirmed with sources close to the event that verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, which was first reported by Brazilian outlet Portal do Vale Tudo.
Submitted Apr 18, 2011 8:41AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC vet Dustin Hazelett puts fighting career on hold, heads back to school
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC welterweight and lightweight Dustin Hazelett has put his fighting career on hold and gone back to school. The 24-year-old also is focusing on teaching and jiu-jitsu competitions during the break from MMA. The Ohio-based fighter discussed the plans with MMAjunkie.com's Dann Stupp in today's MMA Insider for the "Dayton Daily News." Hazelett (12-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC), a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Jorge Gurgel, made his pro MMA debut as an 18-year-old and signed with the UFC just two years later. He won five of his first seven UFC fights while winning two "Submission of the Night" bonuses and a "Fight of the Night" award.
Submitted Apr 18, 2011 8:35AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 132: Tito Ortiz Feels He Matches up Well With Ryan Bader
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz will face up and comer Ryan Bader at UFC 132 in July. Ortiz has been hampered in recent years by a long string of back injuries. He gives his thoughts on the fight and has some advice for fighters who want to avoid ending up like UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes: "I think (Ryan Bader and I) match up really really well. He only has one loss on his record. He's a tough kid, really great wrestler; his stand up skills are fairly decent. His ground game is ok. I think I have my (work) cut out for me. I have to be in great shape and I have to press the pace." "I haven't had a win since 2006. But people have to understand, watch all the fights I have lost. I lost them by a little bit. I fought Forrest Griffin the second time, I thought I beat him two rounds to one. When I fought Rashad (Evans), I thought I beat him, but they took a point away, made it a draw, I didn't think I grabbed the fence. I’m competing against the top guys of the world, each and every time. There's never no gimmies and I want to thank Dana and Joe Silva who give me these matches to show I'm still competing against the top guys in the world."
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 11:48PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kang Prevails at Light Heavyweight in Bizarre Win at Road FC2
(sherdog.com)
SEOUL -- “He is a tough kid who came to fight,” Denis Kang said after his victory. “Everyone was telling me how quickly they expected me to win, but everyone is tough now days.” Friday night at the Grand Hilton Hotel Convention Centre, Kang earned a unanimous decision over fellow Pride Fighting Championships veteran Eun Soo Lee in the headliner of Road FC 2 “Alive.”
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:39PM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Hioki Joins April 29 Shooto Card; ‘M-16’ Vacates Title
(sherdog.com)
World-ranked featherweight and current Shooto 143-pound champion Hatsu Hioki will return to the promotion which spawned him when he faces streaking King of the Cage bantamweight champ Donald Sanchez in a non-title affair at “Shooto Tradition 2011.”
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:37PM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Andre Gusmao Looks to Earn His Way Back to the UFC, This Time at 185lbs
(mmaweekly.com)
In a trivia game somewhere in the future, the question will eventually be asked, “who did light heavyweight champion Jon Jones make his UFC debut against?” The answer of course is former IFL standout and Renzo Gracie student Andre Gusmao.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:33PM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Anderson Silva Doesn’t Want to Be the Best, He Wants to Be the Best Ever
(mmaweekly.com)
The sport of mixed martial arts is still very young when compared to other major sports like football, basketball or baseball.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:32PM by Rabi - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MFC Champ Douglas Lima Believes Win Over Terry Martin Certified His Title
(mmaweekly.com)
At MFC 29, welterweight champion Douglas “The Phenom” Lima proved once again that he’s one of the best up-and-coming fighters in the weight class.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:31PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Joseph Benavidez Has Flyweight Dreams, But Happy To Remain a Nightmare at 135
(mmaweekly.com)
With a win over Ian Loveland at UFC 128, former bantamweight title contender Joseph Benavidez successfully made his transition from his former home in the WEC to his new home in the UFC.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:30PM by Rabi - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vitor Belfort: ‘Wanderlei Needs to Learn to Talk Less and Fight More’
(cagepotato.com)
Tatame.com recently caught up with Vitor Belfort to talk to him about what’s coming down the pipe and the UFC middleweight touched on a few interesting topics including the fact that an agreed upon match-up with Wanderlei Silva fell through for unknown reasons and his desire to make it on the UFC Rio card.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:28PM by Rabi - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Hendo Says No to 220, Will Fight Fedor at Heavyweight
(cagepotato.com)
When Dan Henderson tweeted a link to the above video interview with his boys at Clinch Gear Radio earlier today and promised it contained the “real deal” about his potential fight with Fedor Emelianenko, we didn’t exactly expect a bombshell. Didn’t get one, either, as Hendo and Co. spend most of the 10:45 talking about the Zuffa, LLC acquisition of Strikeforce and his light heavyweight title victory over Rafael Feijao. When the topic does finally turn to the rumored superfight with Emelianenko, Henderson says he’d be all for it, with one sort of surprising caveat: He says he wouldn’t take the fight if it is offered to him at 220-pounds.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:27PM by Rabi - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dana Claims UFC’s True Competition is NFL, MLB; Says ‘Dirty’ Reporters are Gone for Good
(cagepotato.com)
It took a while for Dana White and the always capable Sergio Non to really get down to business during the UFC boss’ Wednesday interview with USA Today. Both guys spent a lot of time making the obligatory small talk about UFC 129, Silva vs. Okami and which weight class Frankie Edgar should be fighting in before the actual questions came out of the quiver. Once they began in earnest, White characteristically did not shy away from giving us The Full Dana on any number of topics.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:26PM by Rabi - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
CSAC Releases Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley Salaries and They Aren’t *Too* Bad
(cagepotato.com)
The California State Athletic Commission today revealed the salaries from last weekend’s Diaz vs. Daley event in Stockton, and for the most part the fighters from the card were pretty well compensated.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:24PM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Exclusive: Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney Says He’ll Give Displaced Female Strikeforce Fighters a Home if Zuffa Decides to Axe Women’s MMA
(cagepotato.com)
When the news dropped last month that the UFC had bought Strikeforce, one of the least talked about stories was where would the move leave Strikeforce’s contracted female fighters, should Zuffa decide to cease promoting women’s MMA. UFC president Dana White has long been a vocal opponent of having women fight for him as there aren’t, in his opinion, enough top female fighters to make it a worthwhile endeavor.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 1:22PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC teams with "Jump for Joy," launches exercise initiative at Las Vegas event
(mmajunkie.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials on Saturday partnered with the Las Vegas-based Jump for Joy Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas to launch a new campaign focused on the country's youth. Perennial UFC contenders Stephan Bonnar and Tyson Griffin teamed up with UFC vice president Reed Harris and UFC writer Frank Curreri to teach local students the benefit of mixed martial arts training.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 12:45PM by postman - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 41 results: Warren wins heated decision; Freire, Straus advance
(mmajunkie.com)
It was 99 degrees at fight time at Cocopah Resort and Casino's outdoor venue in Yuma, Ariz., but that didn't stop Marcos Galvao from bringing the heat to Bellator Fighting Championships featherweight champion Joe Warren from the opening bell.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 12:43PM by postman - 10 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Limited Ultimate VIP tickets available for UFC Fan Expo Toronto 2011
(mmajunkie.com)
Sometimes it may pay to wait. Well, if you're willing to pay. UFC brass recently announced there are still a handful of Ultimate VIP tickets remaining for this month's UFC Fan Expo Toronto 2011. The ultra-exclusive experience includes numerous once-in-a-lifetime perks and is limited to just 35 people. Each ticket costs $1,725 CAD.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 12:41PM by postman - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC announces three fights for UFC 134, including Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC's first trip to Brazil since 1998 is beginning to take shape. UFC brass on Sunday announced three contests for the UFC 134 card, including a pair of previously reported bouts in Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares. Additionally, a new light heavyweight matchup was revealed, as Luiz Cane meets Stanislav Nedkov.
Submitted Apr 17, 2011 12:38PM by postman - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dan Severn challenges Royce Gracie to retirement match in Brazil
(mmamania.com)
Since the hint of a UFC Event in Brazil hit the Online Rumor Mill, Dan Severn has been passionate about his intentions to take part in this event as being his finale match to his fans and the MMA Community. Dan has said on numerous occasions that if he had the opportunity to have such a match in Brazil, he would want it to be with Royce Gracie.
Submitted Apr 16, 2011 4:15PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
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