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Marquardt's UFC return rocked, Cormier calls out Jones
(mmamental.com)
Nate Marquardt's anticipated return to the UFC was thrown into major doubt after he was hammered by Tarec Saffiedine in Saturday's final Strikeforce event, on a night when Daniel Cormier sent a message to Jon Jones.
Submitted Jan 13, 2013 7:32AM by Rabi - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Saffiedine Steals the Show: Strikeforce Main Card Results
(mmamental.com)
The final Strikeforce event in history took place in Oklahoma City on Saturday night. As most oddsmakers and fans expected, the main card chugged along with a series of four fast finishes by the bout favorites. Yet MMA relies on the unexpected, and the main event delivered as a 170-pound Strikeforce Challengers graduate used strategy and precision to neutralize the strength of a former UFC middleweight contender, wresting away the welterweight title.
Submitted Jan 13, 2013 7:30AM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Mike Kyle retires following loss to Mousasi
(bloodyelbow.com)
Strikeforce LHW Mike Kyle has announced his retirement following a first-round submission loss to Gegard Mousasi in the organization's final card.
Submitted Jan 13, 2013 1:29AM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Gracie, Couture Carry on Legacies: Strikeforce Prelim Results
(mmamental.com)
Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena played host to the Strikeforce promotion's swan song, an event rich with MMA bold names, as evidenced by a pedigreed undercard boasting names such as Gracie, Kennedy and Couture. Over the course of six fights, fans saw finishes, grinding wins, adrenaline-inducing wars -- in other words, the best of MMA.
Submitted Jan 12, 2013 11:18PM by Rabi - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Lightweight Champ Ben Henderson signs new eight-fight UFC contract extension
(mmamania.com)
UFC lightweight champion, Benson "Smooth" Henderson, was one of the WEC's top lightweights before getting placed into the UFC. He proved the WEC doubters wrong, as he became the UFC lightweight champion and has since defended it twice. With that, he has now signed an eight fight deal with the UFC, likely for a pretty good amount of money. Ben Henderson, the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, is coming off a terrific win over Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 5 in Dec. 2012, defending his 155-pound title for the second time in a row. "Smooth" has made it to the highest point in the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's most talent-laden division, and now it looks like he'll be getting the pay that comes with it, inking a brand new eight fight deal with the UFC.
Submitted Jan 12, 2013 6:31PM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dos Santos offers catalogue of excuses for UFC 155
(mmamental.com)
Junior Dos Santos has attempted to explain his lop-sided UFC heavyweight title defeat to Cain Velasquez, claiming he had personal problems leading into the fight and he peaked too early in his training.
Submitted Jan 12, 2013 5:46PM by Rabi - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Michael Bisping - A Career Just Hitting Its Peak
(mmamental.com)
There was a time when Michael Bisping - who fights Vitor Belfort on January 19th in the main event of UFC on FX 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil - didn’t know what to do with his life. He’d dropped out of an electrical engineering course and worked a series of blue-collar jobs. But when he committed to MMA in 2003, the working-class kid from Manchester, England found some much needed direction. In 2006 he reflected on his humble beginnings, saying, “You always think you’re going to be great and you’re going to do things, but then I got in my early 20s and I was quite disappointed. And if I was being realistic, my life was going nowhere really. And it was going nowhere fast and I wasn’t getting any younger.”
Submitted Jan 12, 2013 11:37AM by Rabi - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
2012 WORLD MMA AWARDS RESULTS
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie.com was on scene and reporting live from tonight's 2012 World MMA Awards red-carpet, black-tie ceremony. Tonight's industry-wide festivities took place at The Joint at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The ceremony, which was a black-tie affair with red-carper arrivals, was co-hosted by UFC fighter Chael Sonnen and sports reporter Molly Qerim. The event also included performances by the rock group Otherwise, as well as the acro-cabaret variety show Absinthe. Although the event did not air or stream live, FOX Sports Net will broadcast the show nationally via tape delay on Jan. 20.
Submitted Jan 12, 2013 2:29AM by FastKnockout - 19 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC fighter Jeremy Stephens jury trial moved to April 8
(bloodyelbow.com)
Originally scheduled for January 9, the jury trial for Stephens assault charges has been rescheduled for April.
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 8:54PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nate Marquardt's Rebirth at Welterweight Continues
(mmamental.com)
Nate Marquardt can win his fight with Tarec Saffiedine this Saturday in Oklahoma, defending his Strikeforce welterweight title for the first and last time in the process, move back to the UFC, race through the division and win the championship there, make 20 defenses, and still, when people put together his defining moment in the sport, it will point back to February 21, 2009 and the finish of his fight with Wilson Gouveia.
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 6:28PM by Rabi - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Official Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine Weigh In Results
(mmamental.com)
Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, which is headlined by the Strikeforce welterweight championship bout between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine, and the heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and Dion Staring, airs on Showtime from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 10pm ET / PT. Fans can also tune in to Showtime Extreme at 8pm ET / PT to see prelim bouts.
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 6:27PM by Rabi - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Inside MMA on Jan. 11 Returns to Friday Timeslot
(mmaweekly.com)
The long-running MMA news and magazine show Inside MMA returns to its Friday night timeslot on January 11.
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 5:13PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
West Australian Government Looking to Ban Cage Fighting From March
(mmaweekly.com)
Just as it seemed that MMA was starting to take a step forward in Australia, MMAWeekly.com has learned that the Western Australian Government will look to pass legislation to ban the sport in a cage as of March 1, 2013.
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 5:12PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
RON KRUCK NAMED PLAY-BY-PLAY MAN FOR 'STRIKEFORCE: MARQUARDT VS. SAFFIEDINE'
(mmajunkie.com)
Veteran broadcaster and AXS TV's "Inside MMA" reporter Ron Kruck will serve as the play-by-play man for Saturday's "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" event, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with Showtime officials. He joins Showtime's usual color commentators, Frank Shamrock and Pat Miletich, as they broadcast the organization's final show.
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 5:10PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
K-1 officially off of Spike TV, Glory possibly to step in
(bloodyelbow.com)
Spike TV has officially confirmed to Bloody Elbow that their deal with K-1 is finished, and the network will not be airing K-1 in 2013. Will Glory step in and take their place?
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 5:07PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
 
UFC FUTURE UNCERTAIN, ROGER GRACIE FOCUSED ON IMPRESSIVE STRIKEFORCE WIN
(mmajunkie.com)
If all goes well, Roger Gracie (5-1 MMA, 3-1 SF) will soon become the fourth member of MMA's first family to compete in the famed UFC octagon. But like every fighter on the Strikeforce roster, he knows there are no guarantees. "Since it's the last Strikeforce card, it's a historical event,' Gracie told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in his native Portuguese. "After the fact, I don't know exactly what will happen. "Now is not the time to think about that. I'm just concentrating on the preparations for my bout." Gracie fights underdog Anthony Smith (17-8 MMA, 2-1 SF) on the Showtime Extreme-broadcast preliminary card of Saturday's "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" event, which takes place at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena and precedes the night's Showtime-broadcast main card. His opponent is a relatively unknown fighter to most casual MMA fans, but Smith earned the bout by calling out Gracie and has promised an impressive win. Gracie said he's not taking the challenge lightly. "I have been studying him, so I'll be ready," Gracie said. "The fact that he's never gone to decision shows that he's a very intense fighter, win or lose. We've put together our strategy. We'll see how it goes." Part of that strategy will be to remain offensive throughout the fight. The famed submission artist admits it was a lapse in focus and intensity that led to his lone career loss, a first-round knockout result at the hands of Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in September 2011. "What happened on that fight contributed to very many valuable lessons for me; my main lesson was to strike less and grapple more," Gracie joked. "All kidding aside, there were many factors. Psychologically, the way I approached that fight, I became way too comfortable when I heard we had a minute and a half until the end of the round. I relaxed since I knew I couldn't get much grappling accomplished in a minute and a half. As I was relaxing and saving energy for the next round, that's when [Lawal] started increasing his attack. It was that lapse on my part that cost me the fight. Ultimately it's a learning experience." Gracie insists there will be no such lapse in this bout. The third-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt spent a month training in Rio de Janeiro with Team Nogueira and then another two weeks in Los Angeles to work at Black House with Lyoto Machida and Glover Teixeira. On fight night, he'll have Machida, Rilion Gracie and Renzo Gracie in his corner. Gracie said he's prepared to compete wherever Smith takes the fight, but he knows it's imperative to stick with his bread and butter. "I have to be ready for whatever comes," Gracie said. "Since my ground game tends to be much better than that of most of my opponents, if I try too hard to find a knockout, I'm simply playing with bad luck. If I see an opening for a knockout, I'll take it, but the more I hunt for it, the more chances I give my opponent to catch me. "I don't want to be on the defensive throughout the fight. I'll put my game into action instead. If all goes well, he'll remain without a decision on his record."
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 3:19PM by SmileR - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
Gegard Mousasi: ‘I see a lot of fighters getting knocked out and they still get more praise than me’
(mmamania.com)
According to the "underestimated" Mousasi, he's witnessed other fighters "lose very badly," yet receive much higher praise than him. But, after some much-needed experience, he now understands "how things work." His words to MMA Fighting: "Maybe [because I was overseas]. I don't know. I see some fighters lose very badly, but still they get more praise or they're not overrated. They're just good fighters in a lot of people's eyes. But I feel like one loss with King Mo, it made me a very bad fighter somehow. When I first fought in the U.S., there was a lot of attention. And then after that loss, there wasn't actually that much interest. I see now, it's experience. I get [more] mature. I understand now things how work. I felt I accomplished my goals, I won in DREAM. I got the belt in Strikeforce.You're a top contender, and [suddenly] you are just a fighter, basically fighting just to fight. I understand how things go. It can go very fast. It comes fast and it goes fast. I see a lot of fighters getting knocked out, but they still, they praise them a lot more than me. I haven't been beaten badly in any fight. I just lost one fight in, I don't know how many fights. I think people underestimate me. And I feel like now, with the good training I have, why shouldn't I be able to fight these UFC fighters?" For Gegard, it's now or never, as he hopes an impressive performance coupled with a victory over Mike Kyle earns him an invite to the world's premiere MMA organization: "This is the time. If I don't do it now, maybe I won't get a second chance. I feel like everything is falling into its place."
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 3:16PM by SmileR - 15 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Cub Swanson told that Dennis Siver fight is for #1 contender
(bloodyelbow.com)
It's been some turnaround for Cub Swanson. The exciting featherweight was the victim of the Jose Aldo double flying knee back in the WEC, and it looked like his career was stagnating following just a 2-2 record by the end of 2011. Swanson instead reeled off a memorable 2012, knocking out George Roop, Ross Pearson, and Charles Oliveira (winning KOTN in the latter two). He starts 2013 with a co-main event fight against Dennis Siver at UFC on FUEL 7 in London on February 16th. According to Swanson, he was told that this fight is for the #1 contender.
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 2:25PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Open to Signing Former Strikeforce Fighters, but Don’t Expect a Massive List
(mmaweekly.com)
Since its inception, Bellator Fighting Championships has been a promotion that prided itself on building talent from within the organization and not picking up the scraps leftover from the UFC. Now that’s not to say that Bellator hasn’t signed fighters after being released from the UFC – Ben Saunders, Paul Daley, and Maiquel Falcao are just a few of the former fighters that competed in the Octagon and received their walking papers before Bellator snatched them up.
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 12:54PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Tarec Saffiedine's Date with Destiny Approaches
(mmamental.com)
One of the classiest gentlemen in the sport of mixed martial arts today, Tarec Saffiedine has never been someone seeking the spotlight all for himself. Case in point, ask him the highlight of his Strikeforce career and he’ll talk about his July 2011 win over Scott Smith because it was the same night his teammate Dan Henderson beat Fedor Emelianenko.
Submitted Jan 11, 2013 12:48PM by Rabi - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
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