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Overeem ready for UFC 141 'dream fight,' looks forward to future bout with Dos Santos
(mmajunkie.com)
While much of the buildup for next week's year-end UFC 141 event has focused on the health of Brock Lesnar (5-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and the licensing difficulties of Alistair Overeem (35-11 MMA, 0-0 UFC), the two massive heavyweights aren't really interested in addressing those topics. Instead, both fighters insist their focus is entirely on what will happen when the cage door closes behind them The intriguing clash of superstars is sure to have Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena abuzz, and Overeem promises to deliver a show. After all, he's happy to take part in this "dream fight," and he looks forward to meeting the champion, as well. "I'm very happy with the opportunity I got fighting Brock," Overeem today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on a conference call promoting the event. "I think it's a dream match for not only myself but for the fans, as well."
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 11:44PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kenny Florian eager to make lightweight return in 2012, eyes one more run at UFC gold
(mmamania.com)
"Dropping to the featherweight division was way too much for my body to handle. The Diego Nunes fight was the worst I've ever felt on a weigh-in day. Luckily, I felt better on fight day and was able to pull out a victory. But, against Aldo it was a brutal weight cut, and I really didn't feel too great heading into the fight. In result, I had some medical issues I had to deal with. I had a thyroid issue that was based on the drastic weight loss. Those are the things you kind of ignore as a fighter, but it became very real to me after the fight. I'll now be moving and staying at lightweight. I feel that I have all the skills to get it done. I've had different issues over the course of my career, but I'm capable of doing it. It's just going out there and getting it done. I have some injuries I'm going to let heal for the next two months. Once those things clear up, I'm looking forward to getting back on the race to the title. I'm hoping it would be a well-respected, top guy in the lightweight division. But, right now I don't have anyone in mind. I have a back injury that I'm letting heal up. As soon as that's cleared, I'll start talking to the UFC about possible opponents. I think my career has a few more great years and fights left." - Kenny Florian
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 11:40PM by Budgellism - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Cuts Cole Escovedo
(bloodyelbow.com)
Lost amidst the Strikeforce/Showtime extension and busy weekend in combat sports was the news the UFC has cut bantamweight Cole Escovedo, confirmed by the fighter via Twitter. He made his UFC debut in May, losing a unanimous decision to Renan Barao at UFC 130. He followed that up with a second round TKO loss to Takeya Mizugaki at September's UFC 135 and a unanimous decision defeat to Alex Caceres at November's UFC on Fox 1. The 30-year-old is the answer to a minor MMA trivia question as he was the WEC's first featherweight champion, winning the belt back in October 2002 with a first round submission win over Philip Perez. He defended the title successfully once before losing the belt to some guy named Urijah Faber nearly four years later, the first WEC title reign for the "California Kid".
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 10:52PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gilbert Melendez Says He has Done More Than Ben Henderson to Earn Title Shot
(bloodyelbow.com)
"I don't feel like I shouldn't be in this position, I'm not crying about my position but I think I've done more than Ben Henderson," told Fighting Famous TV. "You know, these guys were on The Ultimate Fighter - I was already fighting in PRIDE and ranked top three in the world but some people just don't understand that. "I'm not trying to be a cry baby again, but I just know my history and I've been there. I've already hit these bumps in the road and come back. Some of these guys haven't hit that bump in the road where they have to reinvent themselves and I've already hit that and they're still going to hit that." - Gilbert Melendez
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 6:08PM by Budgellism - 21 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, UFC
 
Frank Mir: Strikeforce heavyweights add much needed depth to UFC roster
(mmamania.com)
Mir talks to ESPN 1100/98.9 FM's "MMA Insiders" show (via Yahoo Sports): "We don't have the type of depth that the other weight classes have and I think it's only a benefit to move them (Strikeforce heavyweights) over to us. I guess I have a bad taste in my mouth because of what happened when I first started my career. I had to always hear about, 'Oh, you guys are good, but the PRIDE guys would kick your butt.' There is no comparison and then that frustration of not being able to get to them. And then when Nogueira came over and Mirko, ( I ) got a hold of them. 'Yeah, but there is still Fedor.' I don't want to hear that. I want to know that anybody that is in the division, it's like if you think you can beat me, 'Hey Joe Silva, is he clear?' Okay, cool, let's fight. Now we can solve it you know? That whole unattainable thing just drives me insane."
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 5:36PM by SmileR - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
I Take On Bloody Elbow's Shoddy Journalism About Miesha Tate In An Article Of My Own
(sports-at-work.com)
You have to love a journalist that fails to do their due diligence. Bloody Elbow’s Brent Brookhouse recently wrote an article about Gilbert Melendez and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos being the new “face” of Strikeforce, but in his article he “quoted,” and I use the term loosely, Miesha Tate. Brookhouse asserts “Tate said something that made no sense to me when she insisted that if women's MMA needs a ‘face’ that it means that the sport will never make it. That's an incredible detachment from the reality of combat sports.” The entire article can be found below.
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 5:13PM by BlueSkiesBurn - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC 141: Brock Lesnar promises fans 'the same guy who beat Frank Mir to a pulp' against Alistair Overeem
(mmamania.com)
Look, I've had a great camp. This is the best I have felt in years and lardy-lardy-da... I could go through all the clichés about how in shape I am but the fact is, I know myself and my own body and I know that I am back. I am 100%. I am as fast, as strong and as explosive as I've ever been and you're going to see the same guy who beat Frank Mir to a pulp at UFC 100. If I go in and execute my game-plan, then I am winning this fight. That’s the bottom line here. Overeem says he is knocking me out in two rounds. Well, I am glad he has the ability to see the future. That’s his dream. I have my own dreams of winning this fight and going on to get my belt back. And on Friday December 30 his dream will be over.The surgically repaired Lesnar (5-2) is coming off a first round shellacking at the hands of former division champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 back in October 2010. It was Brock's first loss inside the Octagon since serving up a ham-hock to Mir in his Octagon debut at UFC 81 way back in February 2008."
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 4:43PM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
M-1 Global doesn't want Fedor Emelianenko to fight mediocre fighters ...
(mmamania.com)
"At this moment, for us, the key thing is the level of the opponent, and not how much we get paid. I can say that if we were unable to agree with Ishii, we wouldn't participate in this tournament. We had concurrent offers with other DREAM fighters, but this is not for Fedor's level, and we didn't want to have a fight with mediocre fighters, taking a step backwards. We want to be taking steps forward and we will follow this in the future. We want to have three fights. One in Russia, one in Europe, and one in the USA. We really want to get a rematch with Werdum, but he is locked up in the prison called UFC, and because of that arranging for him to fight Fedor would be very difficult. Dana White is like a dog on hay -- he neither eats it himself, nor lets the others eat it. There are many other good fighters, whom we are considering. For instance, Josh Barnett. We need to wait for the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament to end and then we can see how likely it is that we can arrange a fight."
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 4:42PM by SmileR - 10 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global, UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Replacement Caio Magalhaes meets Fabio Maldonado at UFC 142 in Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC newcomer and replacement fighter Caio Magalhaes had been added to next month's UFC 142 event, UFC officials today announced. Magalhaes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) replaces previously scratched Stanislov Nedkov (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and now meets light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado (18-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at the show. Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champion Jose Aldo and undefeated contender Chad Mendes, UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena. UFC 142's main card airs on pay-per-view, and the prelims, including Magalhaes vs. Maldonado, air on FX.
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 12:54PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Travis Marx is final entrant in Bellator's Season 6 Bantamweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Veteran fighter Travis Marx is the eighth and final addition to Bellator's season-six bantamweight tournament. Marx (18-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC), a veteran of the Jackson's MMA Series and Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night organizations, is one of the field's most experienced competitors. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed his tourney participation with sources close to the fight. The Bellator tourney kicks off in March on MTV2. Marx, a former member of the Utah Highway Patrol, now lives in New Mexico and is part of Team Jackson-Winkeljohn in Albuquerque. The 33-year-old is a three-time Utah high-school state wrestling champion who later wrestled at Ricks College, where he finished third in the 2001 NJCAA national tournament. MMA fans may remember as a featured fighter in the TapouT TV series.
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 12:53PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
White hints at GSP or Jones farewell for Anderson Silva.
(espn.co.uk)
Dana White has hinted that he would like Anderson Silva's final fight to be against either Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre. Silva is widely recognised to be heading into the final fights of his career, with speculation over whether he has two, four or even more bouts left in his tank.
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 12:51PM by Lesnar1 - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
EXCLUSIVE: Junie Browning Says He is in Hiding, Seeks U.S. Embassy Help
(mmaweekly.com)
Former UFC lightweight Junie Browning is in hiding in fear for his life after an altercation in Thailand that left the 26-year-old fighter with multiple injuries. Injured and scared overseas, Browning is in seclusion, calling for help from the U.S. Embassy to get him back home. Browning was involved in a bar fight on Dec. 12 in Phuket, Thailand. Reports quickly surfaced that Browning was a fugitive on the run being sought after by local authorities. Browning challenged those claims to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday. “I was in fact the victim in this case, and it is important I am able to tell my side of the story and provide you with pictures and evidence to support it. There was an attempt to end my life and I am begging for help from the U.S. Embassy.”
Submitted Dec 18, 2011 7:05PM by Poor_Franklin - 15 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
Jamie Varner signs multi-fight deal with the XFC
(prommanow.com)
(Tampa, FL) Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), the Southeast’s largest Mixed Martial Arts promotion is proud to announce the signing of Jamie Varner. The former WEC lightweight champion has signed a new, multi-fight agreement with the promotion and will make his next appearance at XFC 16:High Stakes, live on HDNet on Feb. 10th at the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, TN . Universally recognized as one of the top lightweights in the world, Varner (18-6-1) is not only a dynamic striker, but has slick submission skills as well. Varner has built a reputation for finishing fights throughout his career. In 18 victories, ‘C-4' has finished 12 opponents in the first round. Only two of his wins came from the judge’s scorecards.
Submitted Dec 17, 2011 10:50PM by sparky - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ricardo Funch In To Face Mike Pyle at UFC 142
(mmaweekly.com)
Ricardo Funch will get a second chance in the Octagon as he steps up on short notice to face Mike Pyle at UFC 142 in Brazil. UFC officials announced the booking on Saturday. Funch, a training partner of Gabriel Gonzaga, went 0-2 in his previous UFC stint dropping fights to both Johny Hendricks and Claude Patrick. The Team Link fighter took some time off after the loss to Patrick in 2010, but returned to action just a couple of weeks ago and picked up a win over Ryan Quinn...
Submitted Dec 17, 2011 1:32PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Signs Two Top Japanese Bantamweights
(mmaweekly.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships on Saturday announced it has added two dynamic bantamweights in Masakatsu Ueda and Hiroshi Nakamura. Both will compete in the promotion’s upcoming Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament, joining Alexis Vila, Marcos Galvao, Ed West, Rodrigo Lima, Luis Nogueira and a yet to be named final participant. Ueda joins Bellator already well established within the MMA community, ranked in the MMAWeekly.com World Top 10 MMA Rankings, holding notable wins over Royler Gracie and current Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Champion Eduardo Dantas. With those victories Ueda is widely considered one of the best bantamweights in the world. Armed with one of the best grappling pedigrees in the sport, Ueda should be considered a serious contender heading into the deepest bantamweight tournament in Bellator history...
Submitted Dec 17, 2011 1:30PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Carlo Prater fills in to fight Erick Silva
(mmaweekly.com)
Almost as quickly as it was announced that Brazilian phenom Erick Silva was without an opponent for UFC Rio: Aldo vs. Mendes, another fighter has already stepped up to fill the void. Silva was originally slated to face stand-up specialist Siyar Bahadurzada, but an injury knocked the Afghan out of the fight. Taking his place is Brazilian born Texas transplant Carlo Prater.
Submitted Dec 17, 2011 12:17AM by Poor_Franklin - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 141's Brock Lesnar Hit With Charges for Hunting Violations
(bloodyelbow.com)
If you know anything about Brock Lesnar, you know the man loves to hunt. Unfortunately, it looks like he didn't exactly follow the rules on a recent trip to Canada for a hunting trip and now faces charges along with his guide for not following a few hunting laws. Slam! Sports with the report: The burly fighter failed to properly tag at least one of two animals his party had shot - a white tail and a mule deer, said Darcy Whiteside, spokesman for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. "They shot an animal and didn't tag it," said Whiteside. His guide and Albertan Chad Stryker, who was allegedly accompanying the celebrity, is also charged with the offences - unlawful possession of wildlife, abandon/wastage of the edible flesh of big game, and after killing wildlife, failure to immediately affix tag. The alleged offences occurred over several days in mid November on a grazing reserve near Manyberries. "In plain language, it would be considered poaching," said Whiteside.
Submitted Dec 16, 2011 4:10PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gabriel Gonzaga to Make UFC Return at UFC 142
(mmafighting.com)
One-time UFC title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga is back with the UFC. According to his own Team Link academy website, the 32-year-old has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and will replace Rob Broughton against Edinaldo Oliveira at UFC 142 in Brazil. Gonzaga (12-6-0) last competed for the UFC at UFC 121 in October 2010 in a loss to Brendan Schaub, prompting the UFC to hand him his walking papers. Rather than fight for less money in smaller MMA promotions, Gonzaga said shortly after that he would focus on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu gyms and return to grappling competitions. As most MMA "retirements" go, Gonzaga's was short-lived. Gonzaga made his MMA return just under a year later, defeating Parker Porter this past October at a Reality Fighting event in Uncasville, Conn.
Submitted Dec 16, 2011 3:04PM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gilbert Yvel is ready for his light-heavyweight debut tonight
(onthemat.com)
Over the course of Gilbert "The Hurricane" Yvel's nearly 15-year professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career, he has plied his trade all over the world, in just about every premier organization, against some of the greatest and biggest fighters in MMA history. Yvel has 54 fights to his credit and is a veteran fighter of the UFC, PRIDE, Affliction, M-1, and K-1. What is even more impressive is that Yvel has won two-thirds of his bouts despite competing throughout his career as an undersized heavyweight. In a weight class that has a weight limit of 265-pounds or in some cases, no weight limit at all, Yvel has usually tipped the scales around 240-pounds against much larger men. This situation, sometimes leads fighters in his predicament to pack on unnecessary weight in an attempt to help close the weight difference between themself and their much bigger opponents. This decision, however, usually slows down the naturally smaller heavyweights and takes away from their cardio, so Yvel decided to take a much more drastic and effective approach by dropping down to the light-heavyweight (205-pound) weight division.
Submitted Dec 16, 2011 1:44PM by Poor_Franklin - 15 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Bahadurzada, Broughton, Nedkov scratched from UFC 142; Thiago also reported out
(mmajunkie.com)
January's UFC 142 event today took a major hit as Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Rob Broughton (15-7-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Stanislav Nedkov (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) were all officially scratched from the event. Additionally, Tatame is reporting that Paulo Thiago (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has also been forced to withdraw from the card, though UFC officials have yet to confirm the change. Replacement opponents have yet to be determined. The UFC blamed injury for all three official withdrawals. Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champion Jose Aldo and undefeated contender Chad Mendes, UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena. DA FUCK!?
Submitted Dec 16, 2011 1:13PM by Budgellism - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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