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UFC Quick Quote: Wanderlei Silva predicts 'action' against Yoshihiro Akiyama
(mmamania.com)
“Professor Rafael Cordeiro will coordinate and give directions to the sparrings to do the way it has to be done (trainings). Akiyama is tough, a good guy who has been an athlete throughout his life. He does well on the ground and is very strong. It’s going to be a very interesting fight, a great one for me because he’s a guy who fights and open the game, not a man who runs. I believe it’ll be a big show. I want to fight for more six years, at least until forty’s. This change of category was good. I had to re-educate myself on food matter and I’m feeling very well”. -- “The Axe Murderer” meets “Sexyama” at UFC 116 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 3, which is a middleweight bout that could have major championship-challenging implications for the winner down the road.
Submitted May 23, 2010 11:03PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 116 prelims live
(mmaweekly.com)
MMAWeekly.com sources indicated that the two bouts to be telecast live on Spike are a heavyweight showdown pitting Brendan Schaub against Chris Tuchscherer and a middleweight contest featuring Kendall Grove versus Goran Reljic.
Submitted May 22, 2010 7:40PM by jae_1833 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sylvia Makes Pudzianowski Tap to Strikes
(sherdog.com)
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Tim Sylvia crashed Mariusz Pudzianowski’s party on Friday, forcing the Polish strongman to tap to strikes in the second round atop a surprisingly eventful “Moosin: God of Martial Arts” pay-per-view. Central Massachusetts took on the atmosphere of Warsaw as the charismatic Pudzianowski, five-time World’s Strongest Man, attracted throngs of screaming Poles to the DCU Center in Worcester. To dueling chants of “Pudzia!” and “USA!,” the barrel-chested, 273-pound Pudzianowski took down the former UFC heavyweight champion in the opening moments of the super heavyweight fight. In doing so, Pudzianowski almost blew the roof off the place, but he suffered a cut to the top of his head in the fracas.
Submitted May 22, 2010 8:40AM by bjj1605 - 41 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Six Strikeforce fighters, including Alistair Overeem, pass "Heavy Artillery" drug tests
(mmajunkie.com)
Six fighters from this past Saturday's "Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery" event have tested negative for performance-enhancers and drugs of abuse in the organization's independent testing. Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz confirmed the news today with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Included on the list of clean fighters is Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, who faced accusations of performance-enhancer use leading up his headlining fight with challenger Brett Rogers. Overeem won the bout in dominating fashion with a first-round TKO.
Submitted May 21, 2010 5:44PM by sclasclemski - 12 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Kevin Casey Should Stop Rapping & Hanging Out With Douchebags
(mmamania.com)
Because opponent Matt Lindland says, among other things, it's embarrassing. "Another embarrassing thing for him. He's rapping and his claim to fame is hanging out with Spencer Pratt? I mean, I actually feel sorry for the guy. Does he not have any friends who can give him some advice? You know, someone should be there to tell him, 'Stop rapping, and stop hanging out with this guy Spencer who's a complete douchebag.' What is he doing? I mean, I haven't met Kevin. He seems like a quality individual, but people are going to question your character when you're hanging around jokers like Spencer Pratt. And the ridiculous rap videos don't help with that either." They headline tonight's Strikeforce Challengers event.
Submitted May 21, 2010 11:50AM by DCRage - 51 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Will We See The Best Rich Franklin vs. The Best Chuck Liddell At UFC 115?
(mmamania.com)
"Ace" seems to think so, in his conversation with the Springfield News Sun. "I really didn’t plan on fighting until maybe July or August this year [but at the end of the day, you’re fighting Chuck Liddell ... Even though Chuck has taken a couple losses, people are going to remember it’s Chuck Liddell. A year from now, five years from now, whatever — it’s a win over Chuck Liddell. That’s what people are going to remember. I saw Chuck recently. Chuck, to me, physically looks better than he has in his entire career. He looked like he was in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in, and so I honestly believe I’m going to get the best Chuck we’ve seen in some time. You’ll also see the best Rich Franklin you’ve seen in years."
Submitted May 21, 2010 11:48AM by DCRage - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 19 recap: Soto stops Saraiva; Askren and Hornbuckle book finals date
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC veteran Diego Saraiva hoped to make a statement in his featured non-title bout with Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto. Instead, it was the undefeated Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance product that made the statement. Soto needed just five minutes to earn a doctor's stoppage in the main event of Thursday's Bellator 19 event at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas. Saraiva worked well on his feet early, but Soto was able to work the fight to the canvas. From there, Soto rained down blows from top position, and the damage started to show. Saraiva remained active from his back and looked to threaten with a submission, but Soto elbows opened up a massive cut on his opponent's head. Saraiva made it to the bell, but doctor's quickly assessed his wound and called a halt to the bout.
Submitted May 21, 2010 11:37AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ricardo Almeida signs to fight ex-champ Matt Hughes at UFC 117
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected former middleweight Ricardo Almeida (12-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) looks to build off a welterweight-debut win over Matt Brown when he fights former champ Matt Hughes (44-7 MMA, 17-5 UFC) at UFC 117. While a recent guest on Versus' "The Daily Line," Almeida confirmed he's signed a bout agreement for the fight. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with a source close to Hughes that he's also set for the bout. Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 117 takes place Aug. 7 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. The night's main card, including Almeida vs. Hughes, airs on pay-per-view.
Submitted May 21, 2010 11:36AM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Announces Sexton Signing & Women's Tourney
(mmaweekly.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships on Thursday night announced two bits of news related to the promotion moving into the realm of women’s mixed martial arts. Rosi Sexton, widely regarded as one of, if not the top 125-pound female fighter in the world, has signed an exclusive contract with Bellator. Details of the contract were not disclosed. The promotion also confirmed that it will move forward with plans for a 115-pound women’s tournament as part of Season 3, which begins on Aug. 12. Bellator did not clarify whether or not Sexton would be part of the tournament. She recently made the move to 115 pounds, so it is likely that Sexton would be in the tournament.
Submitted May 21, 2010 7:09AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC Fan Expo 'Boston' announced for Aug. 27-28
(mmamania.com)
Dana White wasn't messing around when he promised to pull out all the stops for the promotion's first-ever trip to Boston, Mass., which is scheduled for the TD Garden on Aug. 28, 2010. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today announced that it will coordinate a two-day "Fan Expo" at the nearby Hynes Convention Center from Aug. 27 right up until fight time to coincide with the major pay-per-view (PPV) event Here's what White, a "Beantown"-area native, had to say about his big plans: "I think everyone knows how much it means to me to bring the UFC to Boston and to give fans this two-day event packed with amazing UFC experiences." --- Those "experiences" include meet and greets with legendary UFC, Pride FC and WEC fighters, mixed martial arts (MMA) demonstrations, grappling "Super Fights," fan-inspired special events, training and development sessions, as well as other combat related opportunities and entertainment. Additionally, the third UFC Fan Expo, which is the first to be staged outside of "Sin City," is expected to attract more than "150 leading vendors covering roughly 200,000 gross square feet of space." According the the release, the exhibit floor will also "feature apparel, electronic gaming, food & beverages, fight gear, fitness equipment and supplies, nutritional supplements, lifestyle products and much more." Oh, and by the way, there are also some huge fights taking place that weekend, UFC 118 is expected to be headlined by a rematch for the lightweight title between B.J. Penn and division champion Frankie Edgar, as well as another exciting 155-pound showdown between Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard. Former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture is also expected to introduce professional boxing champion James Toney to the Octagon.
Submitted May 20, 2010 11:01PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
GSP set to train with Freddie Roach
(mmamania.com)
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre broke the news that he will be spending some quality time with world renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach in the very near future. "Rush" told Jim Rome on his nationally syndicated radio show that he will be flying to California today to begin training at Roach's Wildcard Gym in Hollywood. Roach, best known for his training of seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, is coming off his supervision of yet another masterpiece less than a week ago on May 15. He was in the corner of trainee Amir Khan as he made his stateside debut at Madison Square Garden in New York. "King Khan" recorded an 11th round TKO victory to retain his WBA world light welterweight title after a dominant performance over challenger Paulie Malignaggi. This will certainly not be the first time Roach has helped MMA fighters fine tune their "sweet science" repertoir. Anderson Silva, Andrei Arlovski, Gegard Mousasi, and Dan Hardy have all trained under his watchful eye in the past.
Submitted May 20, 2010 7:32PM by SmileR - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Attention Strikeforce: Jake Shields' Camp Wants You to Call Them
(cagepotato.com)
According to Josh Gross' latest column for SportsIllustrated.com, Strikeforce 185-pound champ Jake Shields' manager and father, Jack Shields says that the promotion has yet to bother to contact them to attempt to negotiate a new contract. "The time is ticking. We'd like to move forward as soon as possible,"the elder Shields told Gross on Monday. "I'd like to be negotiating right now." Strikeforce reps blamed their busy event schedule for the delay, but a source told Gross that they have actually considered releasing Shields before an exclusive negotiating period that expires in three weeks. Even after that period ends, the promotion still has the right to match any offer made by any other promotion, but the fact that they are pretending Shields doesn't exist and discussing life after he leaves the organization essentially all but says they are conceding he will not be back. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker seemed irritated by Gross' inquiry about the possibility that they may release the talented welterweight who has spent the last year moonlighting as a middleweight so he could ensure he had challenging fights. "Can I guarantee that we won't release him? No, I can't. It depends on how the last two or three weeks of negotiation go. I won't be able to answer until negotiations are over. Is it a possibility? It's a possibility. If we're not going to be in the Jake Shields business, let's just move on," Coker said. "That's how I feel. This is a business. Jake has a career and a life and it's not fair to him. But Jake is a guy we've appreciated having him as part of the family."
Submitted May 20, 2010 7:28PM by SmileR - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
UFC To Make "Major Announcement" On 5/25 In Toronto
(mmamania.com)
Is this the moment Canadian mixed martial arts fans have been waiting for? The UFC today revealed that a "major announcement" is coming on May 25, 2010, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, just two months after company President Dana White stormed Toronto's Eaton Centre for a public pep rally. White expects MMA to eventually become the world's largest and most popular sport. Unfortunately, that vision of global domination has faced opposition in Ontario as Premier Dalton McGuinty recently indicated that MMA regulation was "not a priority." Last year White was hoping to secure a show in Ontario at some point in 2010, setting his sights on Toronto's Rogers Centre in front of as many as 50,000 fans. Considering that one of the world's most popular fighters is a Canadian named Georges St. Pierre, that wasn't such an unrealistic goal. Then again, nothing is possible unless the Ontario Athletic Commission lifts its ban on cagefighting, that while not a priority, could help generate millions of dollars for the local economy.
Submitted May 20, 2010 4:49PM by DCRage - 45 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ikuhisa Minowa Faces Imani Lee At DREAM 14
(mmajunkie.com)
Uh...yeah, who? In perhaps the spirit of his constantly getting freak show-type matchups, DREAM announced today that Super Hulk GP Champion Ikuhisa MInowa will face Imani Lee at DREAM 14 later this month. Lee, a former sparring partner of boxer turned MMA fighter James Toney, recently returned to active competition and dropped a first-round submission loss to Geovanni Sarran in April and has a 1-2 career record. At 325 pounds, Lee will probably have around a 130 pound weight advantage over Minowa, who most recently beat 315-pounder Jimmy Ambriz in March. There were rumors that Minowa could've faced Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, but a Slice rep called those just that: Internet Rumors.
Submitted May 20, 2010 4:32PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: Dream
 
East Chicago, Ind., declares June 4, 2010 to be "Miguel Angel Torres Day"
(mmajunkie.com)
Move over Urijah Faber, Miguel Torres is here. While "The California Kid" recently received an official day in his honor, Faber isn't the only WEC star to receive such recognition. East Chicago, Ind., hometown of former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres, has declared June 4, 2010 to be "Miguel Angel Torres Day." "East Chicago is my home, and to be recognized in this capacity means a lot," Torres stated in an official release from the WEC announcing the honor. "The city is full of hardworking people and I have done my best to represent East Chicago in a positive way." The 29-year-old Torres grew up and still resides in East Chicago, and he operates a mixed martial arts academy in nearby Hammond, Ind. Torres is expected to take part in a variety of activities around town on his official day.
Submitted May 20, 2010 2:02PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
DREAM Reschedules LHWGP For DREAM 15
(sherdog.com)
The light heavyweight grand prix that was cancelled for Dream 14 has been scheduled as a smaller four-man field at Dream 15 on July 10, FEG president Sadaharu Tanikawa and Dream event producer Keiichi Sasahara announced Thursday at a news conference. The winners of the two tournament bouts at Dream 15 will face each other in September to determine Dream’s light heavyweight champion. Tanikawa and Sasahara also expressed hope for the Dream champion to face the Strikeforce champion in February 2011. No GP participants were confirmed but Gegard Mousasi is a likely entry. Also announced was that Dream 15 will be in the ring and not the cage.
Submitted May 20, 2010 1:50PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: Dream
 
Team "Shaolin" Planning To Appeal SF Loss To Beerbohm
(mmamania.com)
After a controversial ending to the Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor Ribeiro fight from last Saturday's "Heavy Artillery" card in St. Louis, Nova Uniao leader Andre Pederneiras and Ribeiro manager Alex Davis will appeal the official decision that saw Beerbohm take the split decision. Pederneiras takes exception to the 30-27 scores and is hoping for a "No Contest" in his appeal. They told this to the TATAME website: "Man, it's the first time I see a guy spending all the fight defending himself and getting off there with a loss. There were a lot of critics, because Shaolin attacked all the time and there was a judge that gave 30 to 27 for the other guy...I think they missed his name on the paper, it's not possible. They can't do that, is absurd, it's not right. Even if I have to ask the help of a lawyer, I will change this outcome."
Submitted May 20, 2010 11:51AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Georges vs. Georges Grappling Match On "Off The Record" Tomorrow
(mmamania.com)
MMA vs. Boxing has been a hot topic lately. But MMA vs. Hockey? UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre has accepted a challenge from friend and fellow Canadian Georges Laraque for a grappling match at the Tristar Gym in Montreal. TSN will broadcast the showdown on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 6 p.m. ET on "Off the Record." The 33-year old heavyweight hockey player, who last skated for the Montreal Canadiens, appeared with "Rush" on a recent episode of "Off the Record," where he promised to use his weight advantage against GSP and "pick him up and body slam him." St. Pierre doesn't see it that way.
Submitted May 20, 2010 10:51AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Kos: GSP Doesn't Have KO Power And I Do
(mmamania.com)
Josh Koscheck, in commenting on his upcoming UFC Welterweight Title fight with Georges St. Pierre, also feels he's improved a lot since his first match with GSP at UFC 74, which GSP won by decision. "I don't think I need to get in Georges St-Pierre's head. He knows what kind of fighter I've improved (to) ... I'm going to have my wrestling so good that I'm going to force Georges St-Pierre into standing toe to toe with me and then I'm going to end up knocking him out, because I believe that Georges doesn't have knockout power and I do ... [In the first fight] I kind of just overlooked he was a good athlete and had the ability to learn wrestling so quick. I believe that I was young, naive and a little immature. I think now I'm wiser, older and a lot smarter when it comes to preparing and putting a game plan together."
Submitted May 20, 2010 10:13AM by DCRage - 35 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
KJ Noons vs Krazy Horse at June 26 Strikeforce
(strikeforce.com)
KJ Noons will rematch Charles 'Krazy Horse' Bennett at the June 26 Strikeforce event in San Jose, CA. Krazy Horse won by first rd KO in their first meeting at EliteXC: Destiny in February 2007. Fight Card: Fedor Emelianenko vs Fabricio Werdum Cris 'Cyborg' Santos vs Jan Finney Cung Le vs Scott Smith KJ Noons vs Charles Bennett
Submitted May 20, 2010 12:32AM by bbman182 - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
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