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Phil Harris: A Pioneer of UK MMA Returns
(mmamental.com)
Before there was Michael Bisping, there was Phil Harris. Before Dan Hardy introduced “The Outlaw” to UFC fans both at home and abroad, Phil Harris was plying his trade in an England that wasn’t exactly ready for mixed martial arts. “No one really took much interest in it,” said Portsmouth’s Harris, a pro since 2003. “People just thought you were fighting and that it wasn’t really a sport. It wasn’t until a few years later when I already had 10-12 fights that people started recognizing it and knowing it wasn’t a thug’s game, but a proper sport.” By the time that 12th fight rolled around, the UFC explosion that was kick started by the first season of The Ultimate Fighter was going on, and Harris was building a name for himself on the local circuit, submitting opponents left and right. He even opted to take on a young Brazilian that was rolling through town named Jose Aldo in September of 2005.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 6:46PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jimi Manuwa: No Sleep 'Til Wembley
(mmamental.com)
Jimi Manuwa’s world changed the second he left the Octagon after his UFC debut win over Kyle Kingsbury last September, but he hardly realized it. “I haven’t really been out of the gym,” laughed Manuwa when asked about life after one of the most compelling UFC debuts seen last year. “Maybe on the internet I get a bit more recognition, and when I go to fight shows people congratulate me on being in the UFC and tell me that they watched the fight. But I just try to stay humble and stay grounded and just keep doing what I’m doing because I’m not satisfied with just getting to the UFC. That’s just the beginning for me.”
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 6:42PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Dana White on Cris Cyborg: 'She's irrelevant'
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC president Dana White confirmed today that the promotion has cut ties with Cris "Cyborg" Santos, the former Strikeforce 145lb women's champion.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 5:27PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
All UFC 156 fighters pass standard drug tests, results of an Alistair Overeem blood test not back until next week
(bloodyelbow.com)
All fighters on the UFC 156 card passed their standard Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test. Alistair Overeem also took a blood test for his first fight back from suspension, the results of which will not be back until next week.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 5:25PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
White hopes Cruz won't have to retire
(mmamental.com)
UFC president Dana White expressed the serious scenario facing Dominick Cruz, admitting the bantamweight champion may have to retire if he suffers another bad injury. Cruz is currently sidelined after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament last year. Since then Renan Barao has become interim champion and will fight Michael McDonald in London this weekend. Cruz has not had much luck with injuries during his career, and White hopes he will be fit to return to action in the summer of 2013. However, that scenario is by no means a guarantee.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 4:30PM by Rabi - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Aaron Simpson NOT released by UFC, fights Josh Burkman at World Series of Fighting 2
(bloodyelbow.com)
Welterweight Aaron Simpson has joined World Series of Fighting, indicating that he was cut by the UFC following his October loss to Mike Pierce.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 3:53PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jimmo in Search of Excellence and 18 Straight Wins
(mmamental.com)
Five years and 16 consecutive wins after losing his MMA debut, Ryan Jimmo finally made his way into the Octagon. Seven seconds later, the 31-year-old Canadian stood in the center of the cage, smiling as he broke out his patented celebratory dance, a rock-solid “robot” that ended with a full front split. The journey to UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta last summer was a circuitous one, as he threw hands across his home and native land in various organizations, ultimately settling in Edmonton for an extended run in the country’s premier organization, the Maximum Fighting Championship. After racking up nine consecutive victories prior to his MFC return, Jimmo rattled off four more wins to arrive at a title shot, and then defeated fan favourite Dwayne Lewis to claim the vacant light heavyweight title. In his next two outings, “The Big Deal” defeated current Ultimate Fighter contestant Zak Cummings and former PRIDE and UFC competitor Sokoudjou by decision to run his winning streak to 16 straight. Half of those 16 wins – including six out of seven following his return to the MFC – came by way of decision, earning Jimmo an unappealing reputation as a decision fighter; someone more interested in making sure he added another win to his resume than entertaining the fans.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 1:03PM by Rabi - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Comcast and FOX reach deal, Xfinity customers to get FUEL TV's UFC programming
(mmajunkie.com)
Comcast customers will have much more access to UFC programming following a new programing agreement that was reached by the cable company and FOX Networks.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 11:29AM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold to headline UFC event in Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
LONDON – Final Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and fellow UFC contender Vitor Belfort will headline a major UFC event in Brazil.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 11:28AM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Barring retirement, UFC unlikely to strip injured champ Dominick Cruz of title
(mmajunkie.com)
LONDON – UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has been on the sidelines for 16 months, and with recent knee surgeries, his exact return date remains unknown. But don't expect the UFC to strip his title anytime soon.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 11:28AM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Demian Maia eyes Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine for next fight
(bloodyelbow.com)
Only two weeks out from his dominant decision over Jon Fitch at UFC 156, Demian Maia already knows who he wants to fight next.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 11:26AM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former UFC Fighter and Olympic Gold Medalist Kevin Jackson Talks About the IOC’s Decision to Drop Olympic Wrestling
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
In my opinion, the IOC can go fuck themselves!

Wrestling was left in a state of shock after the International Olympic Committee made a surprise recommendation on Tuesday morning to drop the sport from the 2020 Games. Contested in the first modern Olympics in 1896 and part of the ancient Games in Olympia, wrestling will now join seven other candidate sports battling for one spot in the games. In this exclusive interview from our partners at Takedown Radio, old school UFC veteran and Gold Medalist in Freestyle wrestling at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, Kevin Jackson discusses the International Olympic Committee’s decision and the impact it could have on the sport of wrestling.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 5:40AM by nwowolfpack - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, Interviews
 
Velasquez/Silva 2, Overeem/Dos Santos set for UFC 160 on May 25
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC 160 will take place on May 25th in Las Vegas, and a couple of huge heavyweight bouts will headline the card. Cain Velasquez will defend his title against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, while former champion Junior dos Santos will meet Alistair Overeem.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 12:50AM by FastKnockout - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA community, UFC 157 fighters react to possible loss of Olympic wrestling
(mmajunkie.com)
Half of UFC 157's headliners have strong ties to Olympic grappling, so they were none too pleased at today's vote to cut wrestling from the games.
Submitted Feb 12, 2013 6:49PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White Receives Honorary Award In Dublin, Suffers Meniere’s Attack At Ceremony
(bjpenn.com)
UFC president Dana White is in Dublin, Ireland this week to receive an honorary award from Trinity College. Yesterday, Dana he arrived in Dublin with sidekick Nick the Tooth, and spent the evening hanging out with Irish fans at the local Temple Bar. Today, he attended a ceremony at Trinity College to accept an honorary award, where he delivered an acceptance speech to the crowd. While the ceremony was taking place, Dana suffered a bad bout of Meniere’s Disease. He has been battling with this disease for some time now, and recently underwent surgery to help repair it. As you can see in the twitter post above, Dana seems to be okay, and Nick the Tooth tells his followers they will “be back soon”.
Submitted Feb 12, 2013 3:44PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC add 2 more woman to roster
(mmamental.com)
On todays UFC 157 conference call the UFC confirmed that two more woman had been signed by the UFC.
Submitted Feb 12, 2013 3:00PM by Rabi - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ortiz to make Friday announcement about 'Cyborg' Santos' fighting future
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz promises "big news" later this week about the future of his client, Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. He's scheduled a Friday press conference to announce the news.
Submitted Feb 12, 2013 2:22PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza set for UFC on Fuel 9 in Sweden
(bloodyelbow.com)
An intriguing and entertaining featherweight fight has been made for UFC on Fuel TV 9 in Stockholm, as Diego Brandao fights Pablo Garza.
Submitted Feb 12, 2013 11:20AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chad Mendes meets Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 7
(mmajunkie.com)
With officials unable to find a replacement for injured opponent Manny Gamburyan, Chad Mendes has been pulled from the Feb. 23 UFC 157 event altogether. But the former title challenger is getting what is arguably a bigger fight when Mendes (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) meets fellow featherweight Clay Guida (30-13 MMA, 10-7 UFC) at UFC on FOX 7 on April 20, UFC President Dana White confirmed with USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday. The event takes place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Mendes vs. Guida could be one of four fights featured on the network-televised main card, which follows prelims on FX and Facebook...
Submitted Feb 12, 2013 11:14AM by grappler0000 - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
IOC Drops Wrestling From 2020 Olympics
(abcnews.go.com)
IOC leaders dropped wrestling from the Olympic program on Tuesday, a surprise decision that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games. The IOC executive board decided to retain modern pentathlon — the event considered most at risk — and remove wrestling instead from its list of 25 "core sports."
Submitted Feb 12, 2013 8:55AM by postman - 33 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
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