UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama On Tap For London
No rest for the weary. Less than one week after his "Fight of the Night" against Chris Leben on July 3, Yoshihiro Akiyama has been pegged to take on another Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran when he faces Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 120 from the O2 Arena on Oct. 16 in London, England. Fighter's Only brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
Chael Sonnen: Lil Nog Looks Like Roy Nelson In A Frankenstein Mask
Or in simpler terms, Chael Sonnen's response to "Minotoro" Nogueira getting into the Sonnen-Anderson Silva trash talk game: Shut your mouth, and consider dropping to 185 and come get some. "Lil’ Nog…..I read your appraisal of the upcoming fight betwixt your pal Anderson and yours truly and, I’ll be damned, you are one sharp dude…. about as sharp as a bag of wet mice. Do yourself a favor: have your mouthpiece permanently installed in your mouth so you can’t speak at all. Have them feed you with a tube like a coma patient. You’re not doing Anderson any good and you’re sinking your own ship too. You say I’m not qualified to fight Anderson…Which means that the UFC brain trust – that thinks I AM and are also YOUR BOSSES — are idiots. It also means Ed Soares – Anderson’s manager and YOUR MANAGER TOO – doesn’t know what he’s doing, either. Smooth, guy. Very smooth. Do you have any other brilliant ideas or scathing critiques you care to impart to the UFC Brass or your own manager? Maybe that shot Sokodjou hit you with was worse than it looked (if that’s even possible). You seem like a nice enough guy, and I have no real beef with you (Oh, and speaking of beef: If you can turn your disk over at the Rodizio once in awhile and get down to "185," there’s gonna be a new sheriff there in less than a month who’ll be happy to ride you right back out of town on a rail). So please see this as the kind of well-intentioned advice I would give to a friend or training partner. And if you lose a few (you looked like Roy Nelson in a Frankenstein mask for that Brilz fight… which you lost, buddyboy), we can scrap in the Fall."
"Tachi Palace Fights 5: Stars & Strikes" official weigh-in results
The full weigh-in results included:
Isaac De Jesus (159) vs. Rob McCullough (160)
Champ David Mitchell (170) vs. Poppies Martinez (170) - for welterweight title
John Alessio (169.8) vs. War Machine (173.2)*
Champ Cole Escovedo (135) vs. Michael McDonald (134.6) - for bantamweight title
Lenny Lovato (154.6) vs. Gabe Ruediger (154.4) - for vacant lightweight title
David Kaplan (159.4) vs. Dominique Robinson (159)
Stephen Abas (132) vs. Joey De La Cruz (134.2)
David Bollea (155.2) vs. Cody Gibson (150.8)
Drew Bittner (135.8) vs. Francisco Loredo (136)
* - War Machine was 2.2 pounds over the contracted weight of 171 pounds. CSAC officials informed MMAjunkie.com that War Machine was fined 20 percent of his purse and the bout will take place at a catchweight.
Joe Riggs vs. Louis Taylor, women's tourney on tap for Strikeforce Challengers 10
A 182-pound catchweight bout between veteran Joe Riggs (32-11 MMA, 3-3 SF) and Louis Taylor (6-1 MMA, 0-1 SF) is set for next month's Strikeforce Challengers 10 event.
Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz today confirmed the fight with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
In addition to that contest, Afromowitz said the event also features the start of the organization's 135-pound women's tourney.
Participants will be announced at a later date.
Mark Hominick to face Leonard Garcia at WEC 51
A featherweight bout with explosive written all over it has been added to the upcoming WEC 51 card in September as Canadian Mark Hominick returns to action to face Leonard Garcia in a main card fight for the Colorado bound show.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the bout on Thursday, stating the fighters have verbally agreed to the match-up.
UFC Announces Anti-Piracy Settlements With 500 Businesses & Individuals
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's anti-piracy efforts show no signs of slowing down. The organization today announced it has reached "confidential settlements" with more than 500 businesses and individuals as a result of illegal broadcasts and viewing of UFC events. The settlements span over the past two years. "We are committed to standing toe to toe with anyone trying to illegally broadcast or stream UFC events," UFC President Dana White stated. "Today's announcement further drives home the fact that we are fully prepared to pursue any business or individual that steals our programming."
Pellegrino Not Retiring, Wants "Big" Fight In December
UFC lightweight Kurt Pellegrino raised the stakes prior to his most recent fight when he said he'd retire with a loss to George Sotiropoulos this past Saturday at UFC 116. But after re-injuring his left knee in the first round of the fight and dropping a unanimous decision, Pellegrino is adamant that he won't hang it up. Doctors today informed Pellegrino that he re-tore the meniscus in his left knee, which was first injured in a fight against Fabricio Camoes at UFC 111. On Friday, Pellegrino will arrange a date to repair the damage and said he will take his time before he returns to the gym. Still, he is already angling to get back inside the octagon by year's end.
Rafael Natal Signs With UFC
According to Renzo Gracie, Middleweight Rafael Natal has signed a 4-fight deal with UFC. Natal is an instructor ("professor") at Gracie's New York City-based academy. Natal has a 12-2 MMA record and is coming off a win against Travis Lutter at the recent Moosin MMA event in Massachusetts. He had originally signed with Shine Fights in February but never fought for them.
Nogueira vs. Mir To Headline UFC 119
Shortly after the co-main event for UFC 119 was announced, the main event was revealed and they have one thing in common: Nogueiras. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir has been confirmed by Dana White as the main event soon after Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader was tapped as co-headliner. An official announcement is expected soon.
Machinda's father would like Lyoto to quit fighting
In the video Machida's fathers talks about how the pressure got to Lyoto in the Shogun fight and how he feels he should stop fighting but Lyoto wants to fight until he's 35. He also talk about spiritual recovery that could take 10 years. It's like watching Mr. Miyagi talk after a couple of hits from a bong.
7 Fights Set For Sengoku 14, Santiago-Misaki Headlines
World Victory Road has announced 7 signed fights for the upcoming Sengoku 14 event, set for August 22 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. The fights signed include 4 fights for the Bantamweight GP 2nd round, 2 fights for the Welterweight GP first round, and the postponed Jorge Santiago-Kazuo Misaki Sengoku MW Title Fight originally planned for Sengoku 13.
Ask the Fight Doc: What caused Shane Carwin's body to seize up at UFC 116?
Adrenaline dumping is a very popular phrase in the worlds of fitness and combat sports. It truly is not common medical terminology. The phrase appears to be used to describe some of the characteristics associated with a surge of epinephrine (adrenaline) released during extreme physical exertion (sports and/or fighting).
An epinephrine surge prepares the body for the classic fight-or-flight scenario: significant increase in heart rate, rapid breathing, glucose surge in blood for energy, heightened awareness, sweating, etc.
It is interesting to note that this is the same physiology involved in an anxiety attack.
Frank Mir's Goals For 2011: Retire Nogueira And KO Lesnar
2 goals that boxing guru Jimmy Clifford thinks are attainable in comments made to The Las Vegas Sun. "We believe Mir is going to be the guy to knock out Brock Lesnar. Me, GSP, Freddie Roach - we all agreed Mir can do it. We see holes in his game we know we can expose. If you're asking me who would Frank Mir want to fight right now, it's Brock. He'd love to fight him. Realistically, that's not going to happen so we want that Nog fight. Nog claims staph infection affected his chin in the last one. I don't know how that happens, but I think if Mir gets a chance at Nogueira again, he'll knock him out early and retire him. Right now, he's at 252 and his best fighting weight is between 240 and 245 pounds. He's not going to stay at 265 to fight Brock again ... In Mir's mind, it's about martial arts vs. this big gorilla who really is just a big gorilla."
Korean Zombie vs. George Roop on tap for WEC 51
World Extreme Cagefighting is expected to head to Broomfield, Colo., on Sept. 30. Expect a featherweight bout between Chan Sung Jung and George Roop to be on the card at the 1STBANK Center, according to MMAWeekly.com sources.
Both fighters faced Leonard Garcia in their most recent bouts. Jung lost a three-round war at WEC 48 that is already being considered one of the top fights of the year. Roop faired a little better, ending up in a draw with Garcia at WEC 47 earlier in the year.
JAMES TONEY: "I'll make an example out of Dana"
"We're going to make an example of James Toney."
The upcoming fight between former UFC champion Randy Couture and current IBA heavyweight champion James Toney, according to UFC president Dana White, is being set-up as a freak show, to see what happens when a boxer steps in with a mixed martial artist.
James Toney was a guest on MMAWeekly Radio on Wednesday night and heard about White's comments for the first time. Not surprisingly, he had a few words on the subject.
"Give him the message, tell Dana White to excuse these nuts," said Toney. "I'm going to make an example out of him and his fighters."
Dave Batista Training With Team Cesar Gracie as Strikeforce Mulls Batista vs Bobby Lashley
Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Dave Batista started a two-day training stint with the Cesar Gracie camp Wednesday after Strikeforce helped facilitate the connection with the potential signee and the noted California gym.
Gracie told Sherdog.com that Batista arrived this afternoon and is working technique drills with Nick and Nathan Diaz, Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez in the Cesar Gracie gym in Lodi, Calif.
"We'll see how it goes," Gracie said. "If he wants to fight, we'll get him going."
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Jared Hamman targeted for UFC Fight Night 22
Light heavyweights Kyle Kingsbury (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Jared Hamman (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) are expected to clash in a preliminary card bout at UFC Fight Night 22.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned the news today from sources close to the event, who said that at least one fighter has signed off on the fight.
UFC Fight Night 22 takes place Sept. 15 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and airs live on Spike TV, though the promotion has yet to officially announce the event.