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Phil Baroni Draws Former Cage Rage Champ at BAMMA 6
(mmaweekly.com)
The British based BAMMA promotion are continuing with their pursuit of international talent and have recently secured the services of both former UFC middleweight contender Phil Baroni, as well as Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s training partner Joao Paulo De Souza for BAMMA 6 on May 21 in London.
Submitted Apr 7, 2011 4:38PM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Interview: Ben Askren Vows to ‘Hammer Nick Thompson in Every Area of Fighting’
(cagepotato.com)
Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben “Funky” Askren will step inside the Bellator cage this Saturday, fighting MMA veteran Nick Thompson in the main event of the night. Askren won the Bellator Season Three Welterweight Tournament last year, defeating Dan Hornbuckle in the finals, then captured the Bellator Welterweight title from the hands of Lyman Good at Bellator 33.
Submitted Apr 7, 2011 4:35PM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Gegard Mousasi Wants to Test Himself Against Jon Jones
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi will face UFC veteran and late substitute Keith Jardine at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley on Saturday. Mousasi knows this is a critical fight against a dangerous opponent with nothing to lose. Mousasi spoke to MMA Weekly about what the bout means: "(Keith Jardine) is a good replacement because he’s mainly a stand-up fighter. It’s not like I have to face a pure wrestler. I have to fight a little bit different, but the change is not that big. He’s a tough opponent. He’s a former UFC fighter, and beat two former UFC champions, so it will be good to get a feeling of how good UFC fighters are." "Right now Jon Jones is considered the best, and if I win my fights, maybe it could build up a good match against him. I think it would be such a great fight, so I would like to test myself against him."
Submitted Apr 7, 2011 3:56PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Thiago Silva fined, license revoked for failed drug test
(mmamania.com)
Looks like Thiago Silva pissed away more than just an opportunity. The UFC light heavyweight contender was recently popped by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for submitting a urine sample that was "inconsistent with that of a human" following his unanimous decision win over Brandon Vera at UFC 125 back on Jan. 1. And although he initially maintained his innocence following the incident, he eventually came clean and decided to accept the consequences for his actions.
Submitted Apr 7, 2011 2:57PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator's Ben Askren is not impressed by bonus-chasing 'losers' like Leonard Garcia
(mmamania.com)
"I think people like that are losers because, in my mind, a fight's about winning, not about putting on a show. We're not singers, we're not actors, we are mixed martial artists or fighters or athletes, whichever way you wanna do it and that's about winning ... When you're fighting for 25 minutes, every fan and their mother can talk **** about this and that and don't finish fights. Well, why don't they get in there and fight for 25 minutes? That's a long time. And you got to win before you show. I mean, people that show on top of winning, say Anderson Silva, that dude now he's a showman but he's also won, what, 13 fights in a row? So, obviously, he can do it. And there's people like Leonard Garcia who goes out and puts on a show but he's like 3-5 in his last 8 fights. Like, c'mon dude."
Submitted Apr 7, 2011 2:15PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 15 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Brendan Schaub Eyes Mir, Nelson or Nogueira As Potential Next Opponent
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub is hesitant to talk about his own standing in the division, but it’s clear he’s ready to test himself against the best of the best.
Submitted Apr 7, 2011 12:43PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Keith Jardine planning move to middleweight after Gegard Mousasi fight (Video)
(mmamania.com)
Will Jardine find more success at 185-pounds? Or is it too little too late?
Submitted Apr 7, 2011 11:25AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Heavyweight prospect Tony Johnson Jr. added to Bellator roster, fights at Bellator 41
(mmajunkie.com)
Former King of the Cage heavyweight champ Tony Johnson Jr. (5-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is Bellator Fighting Championships' latest acquisition. The former Ohio State wrestler and four-time NCAA Division I All-American makes his debut for the promotion at Bellator 41 against an opponent yet to be named. Honestly, I think Bellator are starting to solidify their place as the number 2 mma organization in the world. They're building their roster up very nicely adding a bunch of prospects.
Submitted Apr 7, 2011 11:17AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ricardo Almeida, Now a Professional MMA Judge in New Jersey
(bloodyelbow.com)
It's been a little over a week since it was announced that UFC welterweight contender, Ricardo Almeida has decided to hang up the gloves and retire from competing in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. At 34-years-old, he mentioned that he wanted to focus more on his family, on his school, and on coaching his teammates. Those aren't going to be the only obligations on his plate though, because as Lary Pepe of ProMMARadio mentioned, "Big Dog" is also now a judge in New Jersey
Submitted Apr 7, 2011 11:08AM by Budgellism - 15 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC: Rio Teaser Video Featuring Royce Gracie and the Top Brazilian Fighters
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC just released their first promotional video for UFC: Rio, happening on August 27, in Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena. This will be the second time the company heads to Brazil, with their maiden voyage happening back in 1998. The short teaser had this brief message, originally in Portugese: The UFC is coming to Brazil, where the fighters are produced, and the champions are forged. The video featured Brazil's top UFC fighters such as Vitor Belfort, Jose Aldo, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Thiago Alves, Junior dos Santos, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and of course, UFC Hall-of-Famer, Royce Gracie. While it's almost impossible for all of them to be on the card, they have all expressed interest in fighting on their home country. This of course includes the original "Ultimate Fighter" in Royce Gracie, who at 44-years-old, is still trying to negotiate with Dana White to get him on the card.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 5:45PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
"TUF 8" finalist Vinny Magalhaes challenges Viktor Nemkov for vacant M-1 Global belt
(mmajunkie.com)
Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard Vinny Magalhaes is set to challenge combat sambo stylist Viktor Nemkov for M-1 Global's vacant light heavyweight title. M-1 Global officials recently announced that Magalhaes and Nemkov will tangle on the main card of April's "M-1 Challenge XXV: Zavurov vs. Magomedov II" event. Featuring a welterweight title fight rematch between current champ Shamil Zavurov and challenger Rashid Magomedov, M-1 Challenge XXV stream live in the U.S. on April 28 at M-1 Global's official website.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 5:38PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC 131 Official for Vancouver, British Columbia
Main Card: HW - Junior Dos Santos vs Brock Lesnar LW - Mac Danzig vs Donald Cerrone HW - Shane Carwin vs Jon Olav Einemo MW - Demian Maia vs Mark Munoz FW - Kenny Florian vs Diego Nunes Prelims: LW - Sam Stout vs Yves Edwards FW - Dustin Poirier vs Rani Yahya LHW - Krzysztof Soszynski vs Anthony Perosh FW - Michihiro Omigawa vs Darren Elkins HW - Joey Beltran vs Dave Herman MW - Chris Weidman vs Jesse Bongfeldt TICKET SALES FIGHT CLUB MEMBERS - THURSDAY, APRIL 14TH (10AM) UFC NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS - FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH (10AM) PUBLIC ON SALE - SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH (10AM) I already have my hotel, and plane ticket booked... bought my fight club membership 10 mins ago and will be on alert come the 14th!
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 5:23PM by Hendo67 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 returns to TV in the UK on ESPN starting April 7
(mmamania.com)
As promised, the UFC has brought The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 back to television in the U.K. Marshall Zelaznik brings word (via ESPN) that this season, which is already underway, will air on ESPN starting on April 7. They will air the first two episodes back-to-back with the rest of the series being shown every Thursday night at 10 p.m.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 5:03PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
On hot streak, UFC's Nik Lentz welcomes all-comers in lightweight division
(mmajunkie.com)
Fighting in arguably the UFC's strongest division, lightweight Nik Lentz (21-3-2 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) has yet to experience defeat since entering the organization 18 months ago. Over that span, Lentz has taken on all challengers and beaten the likes of Tyson Griffin, Andre Winner, Rob Emerson and, most recently, Waylon Lowe to continue his rise to the upper echelon at 155 pounds.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 5:00PM by Rabi - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Stout-Edwards Official; 8 Bouts Greenlit for UFC 131
(sherdog.com)
A rumored lightweight showdown between Canadian kickboxer Sam Stout and well-traveled veteran Yves Edwards is now official for UFC 131, the promotion announced Wednesday. Eight bouts have been greenlit for the June 11 event, which goes down at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Headlined by a heavyweight No.1 contender’s bout between Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, UFC 131 will also feature Kenny Florian’s featherweight debut against Nova Uniao product Diego Nunes.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 4:58PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brown-Attonito Official for UFC Live 4 in Pittsburgh
(sherdog.com)
The fourth installment of the “UFC on Versus” series now has a home, as the promotion announced Wednesday that UFC Live 4 will take place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 26. Additionally, a welterweight showdown between Matt Brown and Rich Attonito has been green-lit for the event, which marks the promotion's first trip to Pittsburgh.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 4:57PM by Rabi - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gegard Mousasi Sees Keith Jardine as a UFC Gauge; Eyes Jon Jones
(mmaweekly.com)
The last time Gegard Mousasi stepped into the Strikeforce cage, he suffered only the third loss of his career in 34 attempts, and in the process lost the promotion’s 205-pound title.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 4:54PM by Rabi - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Vitor Belfort Protégé Cesar Ferreira Set For U.S. Debut at Ring of Fire 40
(mmaweekly.com)
For Cesar Ferreira, making his U.S. debut at the April 16 Ring of Fire event in Broomfield, Colo., is just another step in a very promising young career. Following a year that saw him get back on track after being handed his first loss and win back-to-back fights, Ferreira has steadily been working his way up in competition.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 4:53PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Return of the Dragon: Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres Will Get Another Shot in the UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
When Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres made the trip to Seattle for his fight against Mackens Semerzier, he had all the right confidence heading into the fight. The former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor made the drop to 145lbs, which was a more natural weight class. He had been working with the Renzo Gracie academy to get him ready for the fight. He even had Taimak, the original Bruce Leroy from the film “The Last Dragon” in his corner.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 4:52PM by Rabi - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce Fighter Gina Carano Begins Training with Team Jackson/Winkeljohn in New Mexico
(mmaweekly.com)
Team Jackson/Winkeljohn has been convicted. Well, technically it’s “Conviction,” as Strikeforce star Gina Carano has begun training with the team in New Mexico in preparation for her return to action in June.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 4:51PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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