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Rodrigo Damm vs. Ivan Jorge added to UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil
There will be a Damm-Batman sighting in Brazil in February. Brazilians Rodrigo Damm (11-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Ivan Jorge (25-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC), better known as “Batman,” have been booked for a lightweight fight at UFC Fight Night 36. UFC officials announced the fight on Monday night.
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 8:52PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Ben Askren lands two-year, six-fight contract with ONE FC, blames 'immature' Dana White for not signing with UFC
Ben Askren wanted to sign with UFC, but Dana White's "immaturity" and beef with Bjorn Rebney prevented that from happening, which ultimately sent "Funky" to fight in Asia.
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 5:02PM by FastKnockout - 17 comments
Filed under: Asian MMA
Anthony Hamilton to Defend Heavyweight Title Against Darrill Schoonover at MFC 39
Recently crowned Maximum Fighting Championship heavyweight ruler Anthony Hamilton will attempt to add to his five-fight winning streak when he defends his belt against Darrill Schoonover at MFC 39.
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 5:00PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Shane Del Rosario Passes Away Following Nearly Two-Week Battle
After nearly two-weeks of hospitalization UFC heavyweight fighter and former kickboxing world champion, Shane Del Rosario has passed away.
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 4:42PM by JLS - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
The BANG Effect: A Statistical Look at 2013's Most Improved MMA Team - DATABOMB
An unlikely new coaching star, Duane “Bang” Ludwig has surged to the forefront of the competitive MMA coaching landscape after a fortuitous change of scenery. Ludwig is the obvious candidate for 2013's “MMA Coach of the Year,” and few would question this, despite little fan awareness of his coaching prowess just one year ago. Ludwig certainly had a tough 2012 that included three consecutive UFC losses, each one by first-round stoppage, the last of which added a fight-ending and career-threatening knee injury to the insult. But almost immediately after beginning the lengthy rehabilitation process, Ludwig got an unexpected phone call from Urijah Faber, and the creator of the Bang Muay Thai system suddenly migrated from the suburbs of Denver, Colorado to Sacramento, California.
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 4:22PM by jjeans - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Fight Camp / Team
The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale drug testing results announced
All 20 fighters were drug tested at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale this past month.
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 2:26PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Former UFC Lightweight Champ Frankie Edgar Earns a New Belt
Although he lost his UFC lightweight belt, Frankie Edgar has earned a new one.
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 2:04PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Dana White and Australian sports writer go back and forth
After Phil "Buzz" Rothfield, Sports Editor-At-Large of Australia's Daily Telegraph, watched UFC Fight Night 33 he came away shocked and appalled and wrote an editorial. The reaction of UFC president Dana White and some fans was predictable.
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 1:56PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 168 card official with 11 bouts, Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall as featured prelim
The card for the UFC’s year-end show is official, and the full card is set with 11 bouts.
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 11:16AM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fortunes changed for five at UFC Fight Night 33
In the wake of Saturday's (well, Friday in North America) Mark Hunt vs. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva fight and multiple viewings, there are a lot of thoughts in looking back. Hunt (9-8-1) and Silva (18-5-1) put on a must-see performance. But this has been a year loaded with classics, from Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann, Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez, Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice and even Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks. In February, after the Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche fight, I figured with the historical implications and excitement of that fight, it would be a fight of the year candidate and even possible winner. Today, I wouldn't even consider it for top five...
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 9:48AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
WSOF aiming for 8-10 events in 2014, two to be broadcast on NBC
With the final WSOF event of the year in the books, take a look at the big plans president Ray Sefo has for the new year. "Next year we're gonna have two shows that are gonna be on the mothership of NBC," adds Sefo. "They are starting to promote WSOF on there, which reaches millions of millions of other people that probably don't know much about the sport or have never seen it."
Submitted Dec 9, 2013 2:18AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Dana White: Sports Innovator of The Year
UFC President Dana White, for all his brash utterances and bullish attitudes as the driving front man of the Ultimate Fighting Championship organisation, is modest when it comes to personal success. But he was humbled after being named the most innovative person in sport by leading industry publication Sports Business International. Sports Business International subscribers, along with an expert judging panel, awarded White the title of Sports Innovator of the Year 2013...
Submitted Dec 8, 2013 9:43PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
What can be done with MMA scoring?
In the three weeks since UFC 167, things went from irrational to pretty rational when it comes to talking about the judging, and if anything, the recent controversy opened a lot of eyes to the fact that judges themselves are handicapped to a degree by the system in place. The funny part of all of this is as much as the Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks title match fueled the talk, is that it was another fight on that show, Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald, that was almost the perfect example of what is wrong with the ten-point must system. In that fight, virtually nothing happened in the first round. It was as close to a 10-10 round as you can get, but given that judges in 97 percent of the cases are going to call a round 10-9, that's what happened. As it turned out, Lawler got the benefit of the coin-toss round on two cards. The second round was clearly MacDonald's, but Lawler won the third with far more of a margin, including scoring a knockdown and doing most of the key damage in the fight...
Submitted Dec 8, 2013 9:39PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Joe Silva’s Shoes: What’s next for the UFC Fight Night 33 winners?
UFC Fight Night 33 is an event that will be etched in history for quite some time due to the dramatic main event between Mark Hunt (9-8-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) and Antonio Silva (18-5-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) that ended in a majority draw. The main event capped off a spectacular night of fights from Brisbane, Australia, that saw three of the six main card bouts end by knockout with the remaining ones that went the distance producing plenty of action...
Submitted Dec 8, 2013 9:37PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
WSOF’s Sefo critical of Taylor’s style, but title fight with Branch expected for March
While Jesse Taylor punched his ticket into the inaugural World Series of Fighting middleweight championship bout, company President Ray Sefo isn’t particularly impressed with how “JT Money” earned the victory.
Submitted Dec 8, 2013 6:15PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White: UFC Fight Night 33 headliner Mark Hunt broke hand in two places
Just when you thought there were no more superlatives to throw out there for Saturday’s crazy five-round bloodbath between Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva, the fight that has fans already lauding it as nothing short of legendary will get a bit more lore added to it.
Submitted Dec 8, 2013 6:13PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Knapp Wants TV Deal Following Invicta 7
For the second time in its seven-event history, Invicta FC had a night filled with technical difficulties. Promotion president Shannon Knapp was a guest on MMAmania's "Darce Side Radio" podcast this past week and was asked about the promotion finding a home on television. She said it's something she is focused on. After tonight's issues, it's only logical that it should be a top priority for Knapp and Invicta.
Submitted Dec 8, 2013 3:09PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
‘TUF 15' alums Daron Cruickshank, Mike Rio meet at UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago
The UFC’s January dance card in Chicago continues to fill up with the addition of the show’s 11th fight – a battle of alums from Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Submitted Dec 8, 2013 3:07PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jake Shields vs. Hector Lombard Added to UFC 171
A welterweight bout between Hector Lombard and Jakes Shields has been added to the UFC 171 card in Dallas.
Submitted Dec 8, 2013 1:55PM by JLS - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Six years after near-fatal crash, Will Ribeiro finds peace with MMA judging and coaching
Will Ribeiro was a bantamweight prospect back in 2008, but his MMA career was prematurely stopped days after his second fight at World Extreme Cagefighting. Six years later, he still battles to live a normal life in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With a 9-1 professional overall record -- which included five knockouts and two submissions -- Ribeiro signed with the WEC and fought former bantamweight champion Chase Beebe in his promotional debut on June 2008. He won the fight via split decision, and immediately broke into the top 10 of the division...
Submitted Dec 8, 2013 11:29AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
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