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UFC Primetime for UFC 129's GSP vs. Shields debuts Thursday on Spike TV
(mmajunkie.com)
The "UFC Primetime" series returns to Spike TV for the first time in six months on Thursday. The three-part series focuses on UFC 129's championship headliner between UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (21-2 MMA, 15-2 UFC) and former Strikeforce titleholder Jake Shields (26-4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). The show debuts at 11 p.m. ET/PT, and new episodes debut April 21 and April 28 in the same timeslot.
Submitted Apr 11, 2011 10:30AM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nick "The Goat" Thompson Announces Retirement on The Underground
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Long time UGer Nick Thompson has had over 50 fights, in the UFC, Strikeforce, Sengoku, MFC, Elite XC, Bodog, Bellator, and most recently in Japan's World Victory Road. He is the former Bodog Fight Welterweight Champion, and holds wins over Eddie Alvarez, Paul Daley, and Josh Neer, among many others. Thompson was named after an unfortunate animal breed, the “fainting goat” after displaying the habit of getting knocked out almost on command during his early days in the gym. He shed half of his moniker when he showed a growing propensity to maintain consciousness. While fans may raise their eyebrows at his resulting nickname, he's the Goat today because he personifyied the Japan proverb, "fall down seven times, get up eight:"
Submitted Apr 11, 2011 8:38AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Fedor-Henderson Bout Targeted for Summer 2011, Coker Confirms
(mmafighting.com)
A fight between light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko is being targeted for July or August of 2011, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said, but is still not yet confirmed. "The date, I would say, is probably late summer," Coker said after Saturday night's Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley event. "Some things are still being negotiated." The main sticking point, it seems, is the weight that the fight will be contested at. As first reported by SI.com, the two camps seem to be debating either a catchweight bout or a heavyweight fight. The possibility of meeting at the 205-pound light heavyweight limit was quickly ruled out by Emelianenko's camp, according to Coker.
Submitted Apr 11, 2011 8:37AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Cody McKenzie vs. Bart Palaszewski Tapped for UFC 130
(bloodyelbow.com)
The master of the guillotine choke returns. TUF 12 alum Cody McKenzie will get another tough fight on May 28th in Las Vegas when he faces off against WEC veteran Bart Palaszewski in a UFC 130 lightweight bout according to UFC.com. UFC 130 is headlined by a lightweight rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.
Submitted Apr 10, 2011 8:00PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chase Gormley part of 4 man HW tournament
(naafs.biz)
ohio based fight promotion NAAFS, are putting together a 4 man HW tournament that kicks off April 16th with UFC vet Chase Gormley taking on undefeated HW prospect Stipe Miocic and Bobby Brents vs Antoine Hayes.
Submitted Apr 10, 2011 3:45PM by Mayhem13 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Dana White Comments on Attending First Strikeforce Event
(mmafighting.com)
SAN DIEGO - MMA Fighting caught up with UFC president Dana White before Saturday night's Diaz vs. Daley event. White talked about possible changes in Strikeforce's future, why he decided to attend and who's he rooting for in the main event. He also discusses Chael Sonnen's future and why he decided to book Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben after all.
Submitted Apr 10, 2011 1:40PM by kopower - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, UFC
 
Paul Daley Claims Early Stoppage vs. Nick Diaz
(bloodyelbow.com)
Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz retained his title in a thrilling one round bout against Paul Daley on Showtime. With only 3 seconds left in the round, Daley questions the stoppage by referee Big John McCarthy which ended the fight: (via Facebook) "Is in good health. Some u win, some u lose. A little frustrating, I made mistakes I told myself I wouldn't do. A little to rushed. Think the stoppage was early, especially with so little time left in the round. Now some timw off, a few holidays and some downtime. See what's next. Team Semtex all day. Love u all....still, including the... HATERS. Mwah."
Submitted Apr 10, 2011 12:59PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Scott Coker: Nothing Stopping UFC vs. Strikeforce Fights from Happening
(mmafighting.com)
SAN DIEGO – Good news for fight fans who are eager to see the best from Strikeforce take on the best from the UFC now that Zuffa owns both promotions: there's nothing stopping it from happening. It's only a matter of who and when. At least, that's the story according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, who seemed as anxious to see some cross-promotional dream fights as anyone after Saturday night's Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley event.
Submitted Apr 10, 2011 11:55AM by kopower - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Askren moving to Milwaukee to train full-time with Duke Roufus's team
(bloodyelbow.com)
Following his dominant decision victory over veteran, Nick Thompson, at Bellator 40 last night, reigning Bellator welterweight champ, Ben Askren, revealed to Sherdog that he would be moving to Milwaukee to train full-time with Duke Roufus's team, alongside Anthony Pettis, Erik Koch, and Pat Barry
Submitted Apr 10, 2011 11:09AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: Fight Camp / Team
 
Nick Diaz Thinks He Will Get Suspended After Paul Daley Win
(mmafighting.com)
SAN DIEGO -- MMA Fighting spoke to Nick Diaz following his thrilling win over Paul Daley on Saturday night. The Strikeforce welterweight champion talked about the way the fight played out, why he thinks he will get suspended after the fight, why he thinks he is overworked and whether his teammate Gilbert Melendez's win inspired him. Ok really please stop interviewing Nick. Is it just me or does it always seam like Nick thinks everyone is out to get him.
Submitted Apr 10, 2011 3:52AM by telnights - 20 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Fedor Emelianenko ready to fight again
(sports.espn.go.com)
Fedor Emelianenko has informed his camp that he would fight Dan Henderson in July, the heavyweight's management told ESPN.com on Saturday. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said an agreement to put two of the most heralded mixed martial arts fighters in the cage "is not done yet." However M-1 Global's Apy Echteld, who represents Emelianenko and is in San Diego as part of Gegard Mousasi's camp for a Strikeforce bout against Keith Jardine at the Valley View Casino Center, said it could be completed as soon as Sunday. "He agreed. He's ready to fight," Echteld said of Emelianenko. The "Last Emperor" has recently traveled to Holland to work on his fitness, striking and grappling in Holland. While the option of dropping to light heavyweight was considered, Emelianenko would prefer to remain in the heavyweight division. "With his progress from training, I can only think he'll be back the way he was," Echteld said of the former Pride champion, who's fallen in consecutive fights for the first time in his storied career. "If he doesn't win, he'll make his own decisions like he does now. If he stops, he stops. But if he wins, I think he'll continue fighting."
Submitted Apr 9, 2011 10:04PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dan Henderson Likely To Return on July Strikeforce Card; Fedor Fight Not Offered Yet
(mmaweekly.com)
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson will likely return to the promotion for a fight on their upcoming July card, which has been speculated to end up on pay-per-view. Sources close to the fighter indicated that while no formal contracts have been introduced, Henderson is all but a lock to end up on the July card. What hasn’t been determined yet however is who will face Henderson when he returns. Rumors began surfacing just after MMAWeekly’s initial report about a possible Strikefore pay-per-view in July, that Henderson could face former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko on the card. Sources have indicated at this point no offer has been made for a potential Henderson/Emelianenko fight, but it is one that Strikeforce’s top light heavyweight would gladly accept.
Submitted Apr 9, 2011 4:23PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami Targeted for UFC: Rio in August
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC had allowed fans to get pretty worked up about a potential super-fight between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre after Silva beat Vitor Belfort at UFC 126. Since then the promotion has apparently backed off, with GSP being quite vocal about his hesitance to make the jump. Now word is coming from Silva's camp that Yushin Okami may finally be getting his shot at UFC: Rio: (via Tatame.com) According to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, former UFC heavyweight champion and his training partner, Silva will fight Yushin Okami, the last opponent to defeat him (by DQ at Rumble on the Rock 8, in 2006), trying to set a new record of nine straight title defenses in the UFC. The return of the organization to Brazil will take place at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena, on August 27.
Submitted Apr 9, 2011 4:10PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MFC 29 Results
(mmafighting.com)
Longtime UFC fighter Marcus Davis snapped a two-fight losing streak Friday, defeating Curtis Demarce at Maximum FC 29 in Ontario, Canada. The split decision win was Davis' first fight outside of the UFC after competing 14 straight times in the UFC over the last four years. In the two co-headlining bouts, Douglas Lima defended his welterweight title against Terry Martin, while Ryan Jimmo won the light heavyweight title over Zak Cummings. Check out all the MFC 29 results are below. HDNet Bouts Douglas Lima def. Terry Martin via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:14 Ryan Jimmo def. Zak Cummings via unanimous decision Marcus Davis def. Curtis Demarce via split decision Hermes Franca def. Robert Washington via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 0:26 Pete Spratt def. Demi Deeds via submission (armbar) - Round 2, 4:19 Ali Mokdad def. Andreas Spang via submission (rear-naked choke) - R1, 1:35 Preliminary Bouts Dhiego Lima def. Josh Taveirne via submission (rear-naked choke) - R3, 3:35 David Harris def. Chucky Mady via submission (rear-naked choke) - R1, 3:07 Matthew Spisak def. Pete Brown via unanimous decision
Submitted Apr 9, 2011 12:58PM by kopower - 10 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Chael Sonnen Receives Two Year Probation and $10,000 Fine in Money Laundering Case
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC fighter Chael Sonnen received his U.S. District Court sentencing on Friday, stemming from a guilty plea to a charge of one count of federal money laundering. Sonnen admitted to a financial transaction designed to hide or disguise the ownership and control of proceeds of wire fraud.
Submitted Apr 8, 2011 6:14PM by FastKnockout - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sean McCorkle Released from the UFC Following Back-to-Back Losses
(mmaweekly.com)
Sean McCorkle’s run with the UFC has come to an end.
Submitted Apr 8, 2011 6:13PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
George Lucas' Daughter -- Cage Fighter Strikes Back
(tmz.com)
George Lucas' daughter is returning to the dark side -- kick-starting her MMA career after taking over a year-long break ... all because she didn't want to look like a "battered woman" for her wedding.
Submitted Apr 8, 2011 4:16PM by machodog76 - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Shoulder Injury Forces Penn from UFC 132
(sherdog.com)
One week after Jon Fitch dropped out of their scheduled UFC 132 rematch due to injury, B.J. Penn on Friday announced that he has also canceled his travel plans. Speaking in a video on BJPenn.com entitled “Why I opted to pull out of UFC 132,” Penn explained that he suffered a serious shoulder injury prior to his meeting with Fitch at UFC 127. “Of course, pushing my shoulder really hard during the Jon Fitch fight hurt my shoulder more,” said Penn. “I came back and tried to train, but every time I would train hard, it would just be really inflamed. I couldn’t even move it. Did an MRI, [but] I wanna keep some of that information confidential.” “I need about six to eight weeks to take it easy on my shoulder, let it rest,” Penn explained. “If Jon Fitch is ready, we can do it soon, or I’ll take a new opponent.” As a result of the injury, Penn will no longer compete on July 2 at UFC 132, which goes down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a bantamweight title bout between champion Dominick Cruz and the only man to ever beat him, Urijah Faber.
Submitted Apr 8, 2011 3:57PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The New and Improved Scott Smith Eyeing Strikeforce Return in June
(mmaweekly.com)
Scott Smith is looking to return to action in June, and he’s ready to show off what a healthy and prepared Scott Smith can do in the welterweight division.
Submitted Apr 8, 2011 1:55PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Strikeforce Targeting July for Possible Pay-Per-View; King Mo vs. Roger Gracie Rumored
(mmaweekly.com)
Zuffa’s ownership of Strikeforce appears to be moving the promotion closer to a return to pay-per-view.
Submitted Apr 8, 2011 1:54PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
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