Junior Assuncao On A Hot Streak; Eyes UFC Family Affair
Junior Assuncao continued on his quest to the top with another win last week in Brazil. Assuncao traveled to his home in Recife to face Wes Murch in Recife Fighting Championship 4. Murch proved to be no match for the jiu-jitsu black belt, as he finished Murch with a firs-round rear naked choke.
Cole Konrad to Face Paul Buentello at Bellator 42
Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad has been booked to face UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Buentello in a non-title superfight scheduled for Bellator 42 on April 23 in Concho, Okla.
Konrad, who made his MMA debut in 2010 and finished the year with a perfect record of 7-0, ran through Rogent Lloret, Damian Grabowski and Neil Grove during last season's Bellator tournament to win the heavyweight belt. At 27 years of age, Konrad is remains a prospect in MMA off his accomplishments as a two-time NCAA wrestling champion with the University of Minnesota.
Lyle Beerbohm Not Afraid of Shinya Aoki's Ground Game
In a way, Lyle Beerbohm is relieved. For nearly four years he walked around with an unblemished professional record, and the more fights he won the more people wanted to talk about it. It became a recurring question in interviews, and the pressure only grew.
After all, it wasn't like he could become more perfect with each successive win. Being undefeated meant Beerbohm always had a little more to lose than to gain. That is, until he lost a unanimous decision to Pat Healy in the main event of a Strikeforce Challengers show in February, and then suddenly it was like a weight had been lifted.
Magalhaes refutes weekend's 'Lesnar BJJ prodigy' stories
Vinny Magalhaes has killed off a hoax story about Brock Lesnar and the Xtreme Couture gym that was doing heavy traffic at the weekend.
Quotes from a fake interview with Jay Heiron were widely published, supposedly recounting a time when Lesnar visited the XC gym and demonstrated legendary levels of jiu jitsu as he toyed with everybody from Forrest Griffin and Vitor Belfort to Randy Couture himself.
Rumor Watch: Chael Sonnen & Michael Bisping Tapped As Likely Coaches For TUF 14
We’re only one episode into TUF Season 13, and some are already disappointed by the kinder, gentler Brock Lesnar. Sure, we say we want the series to focus more on the fights and less on the drama, but a little tension always makes things more fun. Though it’s far too early to call this season a hit or a flop, the latest TUF rumors already have us eagerly anticipating next season.
According to reports from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, noted MMA heels Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping are on deck to tackle coaching duties for season 14 and potentially redefine everything we thought we knew about coaching beef. The likelihood of this pairing hinges largely on the CSAC Ruling and the outcome of Chael’s legal woes.
Dana White Defends TUF 13 Ratings
After watching TUF Season 13, Episode 1 - are you getting tired of The Ultimate Fighter? Do you wish the UFC would do something different with their weekly slot on Spike TV? Dana White took to the Underground Forums to respond to fans and critics complaining about the stale TUF format and commenting on the weak ratings for the Season 13 premiere:
"SINCE WHEN IS 1.5 MILLIONS VIEWERS BAD?
People have been saying it is dead since season 4.
Sit back and watch bitches or don't. TUF isnt going anywhere!!!! deal with it."
After TUF 13 injury, quickly recovering Myles Jury ready for UFC redemption
With a perfect 9-0 record and nine first-round stoppages, Myles Jury entered "The Ultimate Fighter 13" as one of the show's youngest and most promising cast members.
But as we saw on this past week's season debut of the Spike TV reality series, the 22-year-old suffered a significant knee injury and was cut from the cast.
However, as Jury recent told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), he's confident a future "TUF" spot or even a UFC fight is in his future once he's fully healed.
Jury was head coach Brock Lesnar's fifth-round pick. As MMAjunkie.com detailed in our "Fight Path" series nearly a year ago, the former Detroit Zoo employee began his fighting career a year before he legally was old enough to drive. So despite Jury's age, the King of the Cage vet had the needed experience.
Friday's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley" fighter weight-ins open to the public
Official fighter weigh-ins for "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" take place Friday.
The festivities take place at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, which also hosts Saturday's Showtime-televised event and championship doubeleheader.
The weigh-ins begin at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT local time) and are open to public.
"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" is the organization's first major event since Strikeforce was purchased by its biggest competitor, the UFC. The show features welterweight champ Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley, as well as lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri.
UFC's Dana White: Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans Will Happen in September or October
UFC boss Dana White told fans on the UG that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would face Rashad Evans in "Sept or Oct".
Jones took the title from Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 in March. The title shot was to have gone to Jones' then-teammate Rashad Evans, but Evans had to pull out with an injured knee and Jones was offered the shot after beating Ryan Bader at UFC 126.
Evans and Jones had trained together at Greg Jackson's MMA camp in New Mexico until Jones agreed to fight Evans in an interview. Evans reacted angrily and ended up leaving Jackson's camp entirely for Imperial Athletics in Florida. Evans will be taking wrestling coach Mike Van Arsdale with him.
Greg Jackson has promised to have nothing to do with the bout but Jackson MMA striking coach Mike Winkeljohn has made no bones about training Jones to beat Evans. Winkeljohn spoke to MMA Fighting:
"I'm positive I'm going to be working with Jon Jones because, well, the kid didn't do anything wrong. We have a good relationship."
"But in my mind, if I was fired by Rashad, I don't think I should take myself out of another job just because I used to work with the guy that fired me.
"Rashad lost to Machida, and he basically left. I know he left me, so that's how I feel. Choosing sides? I don't know if that's the term for it, but he made that choice. I didn't make that choice."
Report: Gina Carano leaves Xtreme Couture for Greg Jackson's MMA
While certain members of Xtreme Couture were gushing over former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and how exceptional he looks, the world-renowned gym was losing one of its most recognizable stars.
That's because Gina Carano has picked up and skipped town for the greener pastures of Greg Jackson's MMA in New Mexico, according to a report from FiveKnuckles.com.
Horodecki, Mein Star in Ontario's First Sanctioned MMA Event
ORILIA, Ontario -- After years of advocacy and campaigning in the province, MMA: The Reckoning, at Casino Rama in Orilia, Ontario, marked the first ever sanctioned mixed martial arts event in Canada's most populous province. It was a homecoming of sorts for former WEC lightweight Chis Horodecki, as the “Polish Hammer” submitted Utah's David Castillo in the first round.
Rebney: Alvarez’s Next Defense Likely In August
Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney sat down with Sherdog.com’s Greg Savage after watching his golden boy Eddie Alvarez defend his title against a very tough Pat Curran. Rebney wasted no time in stating that he hoped to have his top property back in the cage by August, to face the winner of this season’s lightweight tournament.
Imada OK after Violent Bellator KO
“Well,” Toby Imada said, “s--t happens.”
Not long after he was dismissed from the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 4 lightweight tournament in a violent knockout loss to Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, Imada (Pictured) faced the music. The 32-year-old Los Angeles native was left unconscious by a flying knee, two follow-punches and a left hook 2:53 into round one of his semifinal matchup with Freire at Bellator 39 on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Mei Yamaguchi Victorious in Pancrase's First Women's Main Event
Pancrase, the sport's second oldest promotion, broke new ground on Sunday night at Differ Ariake, Tokyo, as they finally held their first women's main event after 17 years of fights.
A hotly contested bout between one of the sport's best young stars in Mei "V.V Mei" Yamaguchi and fan-favorite "Windy" Tomomi Sunaba headlined Pancrase's first event since the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11.