The Blueprint: Bisping vs. Belfort
Do you love standup-only fights?
If so, the main event on FX this Saturday night is must-see TV. Vitor Belfort versus Michael Bisping pits two of the UFC’s best 185-pound strikers (not named Anderson Silva) against each other in a championship eliminator, of sorts.
Josh Janousek to make UFC debut against Michael Kuiper at UFC on FOX 6
The fight card for the UFC's second FOX show in Chicago, Ill. continues to fill out. NCAA Diviion II All-American Josh Janousek will make his Octagon debut against Michael Kuiper at the network television event. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani has confirmed that news with sources close to the signing.
A junior college national champion in wrestling, Janousek eventually moved on to the Minnesota State University, Mankota for his junior and senior years in 2004 and 2005 where he earned All-American honors.
Janousek, 32, is 8-1 in professional mixed martial arts and has moonlighted as a coach for various other fighters. Most notably, he helped Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira prepare for Brendan Schaub prior to UFC 134. He also prepped Junior dos Santos prior to his first meeting with Cain Velasquez at the first UFC on FOX.
Saffiedine Steals the Show: Strikeforce Main Card Results
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.
Gracie, Couture Carry on Legacies: Strikeforce Prelim Results
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.
Lightweight Champ Ben Henderson signs new eight-fight UFC contract extension
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.
Michael Bisping - A Career Just Hitting Its Peak
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.”
2012 WORLD MMA AWARDS RESULTS
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.
Nate Marquardt's Rebirth at Welterweight Continues
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.
Official Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine Weigh In Results
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.
RON KRUCK NAMED PLAY-BY-PLAY MAN FOR 'STRIKEFORCE: MARQUARDT VS. SAFFIEDINE'
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.
UFC FUTURE UNCERTAIN, ROGER GRACIE FOCUSED ON IMPRESSIVE STRIKEFORCE WIN
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."