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Mike Brown Dealing With Hand Injury, Mystery Heart Ailment
(mmajunkie.com)
Times are tough right now for Mike Brown, to say the very least. The former WEC featherweight champion has lost four of his past six fights and two in a row for the first time since 2004. His future is uncertain and remains on unstable ground due to his recent performances. Couple that with lingering questions regarding the 35-year-old's overall health after nearly a decade in the fight game, and his career officially has been placed in a quandary. He has a torn ligament in a finger suffered against Rani Yahya. But that's not all. He potentially could have a bigger, much more serious issue to address. "I am seeing a cardiologist," Brown said. "It's something to do with my heart rate not being right. "It happened in the middle of camp. We thought we were overtraining because I was peaking hard, and all the sudden, I started getting more and more tired really quickly. It didn't make any sense. I'd be sparring for half a round, and I was getting exhausted. But two weeks before, I was mowing through everyone in camp." Although he did experience the same sensation against Diego Nunes, it was even more pronounced in the Yahya fight. "My body shut down," he said. "I had this weird lactic acid buildup real early. It's the most bizarre thing. It just wasn't me." Currently, the jury is still out on what exactly has been plaguing him.
Submitted Feb 17, 2011 9:44AM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Eddie Alvarez vs. Pat Curran Back On, Headlines Bellator 39
(mmajunkie.com)
A title fight between lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and season-two tourney winner Pat Curran will headline Bellator 39 on April 2. Bellator Chairman and CEO confirmed the once-canceled title fight with MMA Fighting on Wednesday. After Alvarez won the season-one tournament and Curran the season-two tourney, they were scheduled for a title fight in season three. But Curran was forced out of the bout due to a shoulder injury, and Alvarez instead fought and defeated eliminated tourney fighter Roger Huerta in a non-title fight.
Submitted Feb 17, 2011 9:06AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Fedors coach blames psychics for loss
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
“We believe that forbidden psychological technology was used… It seems to us that not everything was right, and that certain technologies were used. Not ones that could be seen by the naked eye but psychological technologies that worked on both fighters at a distance,”
Submitted Feb 16, 2011 6:14PM by RearNakedJoke - 28 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Jason Brilz and Phil Davis targeted for UFC 129 matchup
(mmajunkie.com)
All may not be lost for Phil Davis. The light heavyweight is now expected to meet Jason Brilz on the main card of UFC 129, according to sources close to the event who told MMAjunkie.com that verbal agreements are in place for the fight. Contracts are expected to be finalized shortly. UFC 129 takes place April 29 at Rogers Centre in Toronto and has already broken box-office records for a North American MMA event with 55,000 tickets sold and a live-gate tally of $11 million.
Submitted Feb 16, 2011 4:11PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jeremy Stephens vs. Jonathan Brookins likely for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight bout between veteran Jeremy Stephens and "The Ultimate Fighter 12" winner Jonathan Brookins is in the works for June. A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com the two fighters are expected to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. The fight, which will be one of the few not associated with the reality series' conclusion, takes place June 4 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Submitted Feb 16, 2011 1:57PM by FastKnockout - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bob Arum says MMA is only for White guys
(content.usatoday.com)
Boxing promoter Bob Arum still sees mixed martial arts as the province of young caucasian guys. "It's the same audience over and over," Arum said Tuesday. "It's white males, and they have never been able to expand their demographic."
Submitted Feb 16, 2011 11:00AM by BigIP - 22 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
"Dragon" Slayer: A Loss To Randy Couture And UFC "Won't Feel Sorry" For Lyoto Machida
(mmamania.com)
That's what the former UFC champ tells the TATAME. "We know Randy Couture is a great champion, a guy who helped to build the sport as it is, and it's a great pleasure to have this fight on my résumé, because I'll be part of Randy Couture's history on the sport. He added much to MMA. I believe we can win, we have many weapons. Despite he's on a certain age, he's tough and experienced, and he's been fighting guys like Minotauro, and he did tough fights and he's tough for anyone. ... UFC considers the incomes a lot, the profits, and if I'm not pleasing the fans anymore, they won't feel sorry for me. That's why I've always invested on me a lot, and it won't be any different now. If I did a lot, I'll do a lot more now. I'll give my best trying to win."
Submitted Feb 16, 2011 8:46AM by DCRage - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
BJ Penn Brings in Matt Hughes for UFC 127 Fight Preparations
(mmafighting.com)
B.J. Penn reunited with a former rival last week, not as foes but as training partners. Penn, who competed against Matt Hughes in a trilogy of fights spanning 2004 to 2010, recently worked with Hughes in preparation for his upcoming UFC 127 fight against Jon Fitch on Feb. 27 in Australia.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 8:05PM by kopower - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 127: Penn-Fitch Winner Now Becomes Next #1 Contender
(mmamania.com)
The main event of UFC 127: "Penn vs. Fitch" on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia just became a lot more interesting. That's because the winner will determine the next number one contender to the welterweight title, according to Dana White on a conference call today (via Twitter). Both fighters have previously fought for the coveted 170-pound strap. Penn, himself a former welterweight champion, last had his shot at UFC 94, a four round beating at the hands of current titleholder Georges St. Pierre.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 4:14PM by DCRage - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
First International Edition Of TUF Set, Possibly Later This Year
(mmajunkie.com)
That's according to Dana White today,and he also announced who gets the first edition: The Philippines. White says it probably won't air in the US on Spike, but whether it's online or another broadcast outlet, White expects fans worldwide to be able to watch the shows.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 4:12PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 126 Draws 9667 For $3.6 Million Gate
(mmajunkie.com)
The NSAC today announced the official atttendance for UFC 126 was 9667 fans with a total live gate of $3,605,725. The attendance dropped from fight night estimates when UFC claimed 10,893. The gate is 3rd-highest for a UFC event at Mandalay Bay Events Center (#1 appears to be UFC 100). Additionally, a closed-circuit feed at Mandalay Bay drew 1,046 fans for a take of $45,100.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 4:09PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White Details International Expansion in UFC 127/UFC 129 Joint Conference Call
(bloodyelbow.com)
Zuffa held a conference call today to promote both the upcoming UFC 127 show and April's UFC 129 show in Toronto, Ontario. UFC President Dana White, B.J. Penn, and Jon Fitch were on hand for the call. Highlights provided by Luke Thomas via Twitter and SB Nation MMA: Dana says last set of international fights were sellouts. Goes over Rogers Centre UFC 129 records. Largest North American gate, a Rogers Centre record. Says the event will do $11 million gate. Dana says 17,000 tickets sold for UFC 127, added 400 seats over the last Australia event. Dana uses UFC 129's ticket sales to prove UFC will be biggest sport in the world. He also says when "new deals" get done, UFC will be in over a billion homes. In terms of a show in Dallas, he says UFC 129 ticket sales motivates him. Says, however, as big as the stadium is there aren't enough hotel rooms.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 3:52PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
6 Strikeforce ‘Fedor vs. Silva’ Fighters Dealt Medical Suspensions
(sherdog.com)
After sustaining brutal ground-and-pound at the hands of Antonio Silva during Saturday’s Strikeforce “Fedor vs. Silva” main event, Fedor Emelianenko will be required to spend a minimum of 90 days on the shelf, pending a CT scan. The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board on Tuesday informed Sherdog.com of the medical suspensions from the event, which took place Feb. 12 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Emelianenko was battered and beaten by heavy underdog Silva, who forced the bout to be stopped prior to the third round on the advice of the cageside physician. Emelianenko’s face suffered severe bruising, and his right eye was swollen completely shut after Silva gained the mount in the second round and rained down punches. Emelianenko-Silva was one of two heavyweight grand prix quarterfinals contested at the show, the other being a bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and onetime Pride Fighting Championships standout Sergei Kharitonov.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 3:45PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Fedor Emelianenko wanted Strikeforce bout to continue, hints at future fights
(mmajunkie.com)
Fedor Emelianenko apparently has had a change of heart. After suggesting an imminent retirement following Saturday's doctor's-stoppage loss to Antonio Silva in the opening round of Strikeforce's eight-man heavyweight grand prix, the fighter today changed his tune. In a series of Twitter messages, Emelianenko stated he wanted the fight to continue and said he hasn't decided whether he's going to retire. The 34-year-old Russian headlined Saturday's Showtime-televised "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva" event at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. After a close first round that Emelianenko won on two of the three judges' cards, the much-heavier Silva got him to the mat and unloaded a vicious ground-and-pound assault. Emelianenko's right eye became badly swollen during the exchanges, and prior to the third round, the cageside physician declared the fighter unable to continue.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 1:54PM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
WEC's former GM Reed Harris now UFC vice president of community relations
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected former World Extreme Cagefighting General Manager Reed Harris is sticking around following the organization's recent merger with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. And he now has a new job title: UFC vice president of community relations. Harris today stopped by the MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) studio with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and briefly discussed the position. "I'll handle all the community work with the UFC," the longtime fight executive said. "I've been really busy trying to get this moving."
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 1:53PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, WEC
 
SF Fedor vs. Silva-741,000 Viewers
(mmajunkie.com)
Saturday's "Strikeforce: Silva vs. Fedor" event shattered the organization's ratings records on Showtime. Overall, the Feb. 12 event averaged 741,000 viewers and peaked with 1.1 million for the Antonio Silva vs. Fedor Emelianenko headliner. Both broke Strikeforce's previous bests on Showtime. The new ratings records break those previously held by "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg," an August 2009 event headlined by female fighters Gina Carano and Cristiane "Mrs. Cyborg" Santos that averaged 576,000 viewers and peaked with 856,000.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 12:02PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Scott Coker Expects to Book Fedor vs. Overeem-Werdum Loser
(mmafighting.com)
Two days after Fedor Emelianenko suffered his second consecutive loss and said in his post-fight interview that it might be time to walk away, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he expects Fedor to return rather than retire. And Coker already has an opponent for Fedor in mind: The loser of the April 9 bout between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 9:45AM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dave 'Pee-Wee' Herman Released by Sengoku, Signs With UFC - will debut against Rob Broughton at UFC 131
(mmafighting.com)
Leading Japanese promotion Sengoku Raiden Championship has lost its second top fighter in two weeks. SRC middleweight champion Jorge Santiago was the first to go and today, MMA Fighting has confirmed that heavyweight prospect Dave "Pee-Wee" Herman (20-2) has left the promotion and has already signed with the UFC. UPDATE: Herman will face Rob Broughton at UFC 131.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 9:44AM by emfleek - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC site coordinator Burt Watson: "I like it when it's wacky, baby. It's what we do."
(mmajunkie.com)
If you've ever attended a live UFC event or other pre-fight activities, you may recognize the man – but may not know his name. He's most visible at the official weigh-ins. He's the first man on stage revving up the crowd before UFC commentator Joe Rogan grabs the microphone to introduce the UFC management, octagon girls, and shortly thereafter, the fighters. He's Burt Watson – UFC site coordinator, part-time hype man, part-time counselor, part-time disciplinarian, jack of all trades. Despite a laundry list of responsibilities, his main focus centers on monitoring the weight of fighters throughout any given fight week to ensure they are able to compete. "Making weight is a part of what we do," Watson recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "It's what these guys know they need to do. It's disrespectful if they don't. It shows me they're not trying.
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 9:43AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Fedor Knew Better Than To Fight In UFC, Milked His Career To Get Paid
(mmamania.com)
And Rome Is Burning about it-that would be Jim Rome on a recent episode of his ESPN program. "No matter how good you are, you will lose. Everybody does, there are so many different disciplines and everybody gets caught at some point. But, that's not what happened to Fedor Emelianenko Saturday against Antonio Silva. After going a decade without losing, he follows up last summer’s loss to Fabricio Werdum by getting his face beaten in Saturday. And that's no fluke, that's not a guy getting suckered into a savvy submission hold or just getting caught with one big shot in the chin. That was a bigger, stronger, better fighter on top of Fedor pounding him senseless. Silva said that he was surprised that the doctors stopped the fight. Surprised or disappointed? Did you bother to check that piece of meat that you were bludgeoning between shots. Trust me, he had enough. Fedor admitted enough afterwards, quote, 'Maybe it's time to leave … Maybe it's the last time, maybe it's high time.' No, maybe's about it, if anything it's probably past time. Now it's pretty obvious why he didn't want to sign with the UFC. While Strikeforce does have competitive heavyweights, he didn't want to fight the best of the best on the biggest stage, he knew better. He refused to take any chances; he milked it for all its worth and he got paid and then exposed and now it's over."
Submitted Feb 15, 2011 8:20AM by DCRage - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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