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Tom Watson: Never a Dull Moment
“It’s a bit of a strange story.” When those words come out of the mouth of globetrotting middleweight Tom Watson, you know it’s got to be good, and as the Southampton native describes his experience with camel wrestling last December, he doesn’t disappoint. “It wasn’t at a high level, but they had something going on like this when I was in Egypt,” said Watson. “I saw it and it’s not like wrestling in MMA. The premise of what it is is that they have two bull camels, which are the males. And they have a female nearby that’s in heat. So the camels are basically fighting each other for the female. Since I started looking into it, they’ve had the world championships in Turkey, and it’s quite surprising – they had like 20,000 people there. It’s pretty fun.” Yes, camel wrestling. But the best part of the description is Watson’s admittance that the bouts he saw weren’t at a high level. So should we assume that there is an Anderson Silva or Georges St-Pierre of camel wrestling out there?
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 5:23PM by Rabi - 0 comments
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Dustin Poirier: An American Businessman in London
Valentine’s Day will have to wait for the Poiriers, Dustin and Jolie, this year. For now, Dustin Poirier is on a business trip in London, dealing in fists and kicks, not stocks and bonds, and when it’s over he intends on heading back home to his bride in Florida with a victory that will get 2013 off to a start that no chocolates or flowers can match. “I’m focused on the fight,” said Poirier, who faces Cub Swanson in a highly-anticipated UFC on FUEL TV co-main event at Wembley Arena. “When I fight in Vegas, my wife usually comes and we can afford to do all that (sightseeing, etc.), but I’m going out here with my training partners, we’re on a business trip and I’ll see everybody when I get back from work.”
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 5:05PM by Rabi - 0 comments
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For James Te Huna, the Stakes are higher than Ever
Explosive striker James Te Huna, who fights Ryan Jimmo at UFC on FUEL TV 7 this Saturday at London's Wembley Arena, wasn't always an impressive athlete. But the self-described uncoordinated kid found his niche in combat, saying in 2010, "When I finished school I took up boxing, put a lot of hours in the gym, just worked hard at it, became good at it, and yeah - the fighting game was good for me." Te Huna made his MMA debut in Australia in 2003 at age 21, losing his first fight by armbar. Winning more than he lost, his early career was nonetheless dogged by a chronic shoulder injury. At its worst, Te Huna was forced to consider quitting fighting when it dislocated in a 2007 loss to Hector Lombard. In one of the many small miracles that make up his triumph from over injury, however, Te Huna's shoulder recovered and he beat his next two opponents to earn a spot in an Australian light heavyweight tournament.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 5:02PM by Rabi - 2 comments
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RFA Announces AXS TV Deal, Expansion Efforts
RFA Fighting president Ed Soares on Thursday announced organizational, promotional and event plans for this year, including recently inking a landmark television distribution deal with AXS TV.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 12:57PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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Coach of Russian Olympic gold medal winner blames gay conspiracy for wrestling's possible removal from games
Ugly statements from the coach of a 2012 Olympic gold medalist blaming gays for the potential removal of wrestling from the games reminds that homophobia is still strong in the sports world.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 12:55PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
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White: It's time to bring the big fights to the UK
UFC president Dana White has outlined his plan for the future of UK MMA, revealing he wants to stage events in the same venues at the same time and date every year. White spoke confidently about the UFC's intention to drive the UK market forward on Wednesday, labelling EMEA CEO Garry Cook "a stud" who will deliver a higher volume of events in the near future. This weekend's Wembley Arena card brings the UK's first UFC title fight for half a decade, and it comes earlier enough in the year to create the possibility for multiple visits in 2013. Certainly that is what White and Cook are hoping for. "Here's what we are working on - dates in London, Manchester, Dublin and several other places in the UK," he told the media. "We do them every year, the same date every year, and we bring big fights over here. "[The plan is] we work out a deal for three years - hopefully it would be 30 years - but we work out a deal and we see how it goes, and build big events in these places same time every year.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 12:09PM by Rabi - 9 comments
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Riddle targets future as Maximus Deep Waters
Matt Riddle concedes there may not be a room big enough to contain the egos of he and Chael Sonnen, but the American insists he would love a future as "Maximus Deep Waters" in pro wrestling. Riddle prepares to take on Che Mills at Wembley Arena this weekend, and he was in the mood to entertain at Wednesday's press conference, prompting ESPN to ask if he had met fellow enigma Sonnen before. "Our egos would clash!" Riddle told ESPN. "He seems like he's nicer in person, we've only spoken once, but when he talks on camera he lets people have it! He's pretty intense."
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 12:04PM by Rabi - 1 comment
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McDonald: I have no strategy whatsoever
Interim bantamweight title contender Michael McDonald offered a fascinating insight into his mindset on Wednesday, telling ESPN he has no idea what he is going to do when he enters the Octagon. McDonald takes on Renan Barao in Saturday's main event at London Arena, and he carries the tag of underdog due to Barao's impressive 29-fight win streak. The 22-year-old, who can become the youngest UFC champion with victory, is not like most other fighters though, insisting he has no game plan. For McDonald, everything he does is natural instinct.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 11:57AM by Rabi - 5 comments
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Mir turns to Greg Jackson for Cormier fight
A new face will appear in Frank Mir's corner when he takes on Daniel Cormier at a UFC on Fox event in April: Greg Jackson. Mir, 33, plans to join Jackson in Albuquerque for an eight-week camp beginning later this month. It's the first time the Las Vegas native will train for a fight outside his hometown. Following a second-round TKO loss to Junior Dos Santos for the UFC title in May, Mir says he felt a need to modify his standard routine. "I've always felt I have great trainers so there was no reason to leave, but my wife and I were talking about how I needed to change things up," Mir told ESPN.com. "One of the things was maybe I should get out of town and get more focused.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 11:52AM by Rabi - 17 comments
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Bellator 89 weigh-in results: Dantas-Galvao, middleweight tourney official
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET) -Champ Eduardo Dantas (134.6) vs. Marcos Galvao (134.7) - for BW title -Dan Cramer (185.9) vs. Brian Rogers (186.0) - MW-tournament opening round -Brett Cooper (185.2) vs. Norman Paraisy (185.8) - MW-tournament opening round -Doug Marshall (185.5) vs. Andreas Spang (186) - MW-tournament opening round -Sultan Aliev (185.5) vs. Mikkel Parlo (185.7) - MW-tournament opening round PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 8 p.m. ET) -Timothy Goodwin (135.9) vs. Mike Maldonaldo (135.9) -Johnny Buck (170.5) vs. Chris Mierzwiak (170.5) -Kyle Bolt (185.0) vs. Joe Pacehco (185.9) -Aaron Johnson (185.5) vs. Brennan Ward (185.6) -Mont McMullens (265.7) vs. David Mejia (264.3)
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 7:45AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
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Stephen Thompson meets 'TUF' winner Amir Sadollah at UFC 160 in Las Vegas
Stephen Thompson will return to action for the first time in more than a year with a spot on the UFC's Memorial Day weekend card. Thompson will meet "TUF 7" winner Amir Sadollah at UFC 160 in May.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 6:48PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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Phil Harris: A Pioneer of UK MMA Returns
Before there was Michael Bisping, there was Phil Harris. Before Dan Hardy introduced “The Outlaw” to UFC fans both at home and abroad, Phil Harris was plying his trade in an England that wasn’t exactly ready for mixed martial arts. “No one really took much interest in it,” said Portsmouth’s Harris, a pro since 2003. “People just thought you were fighting and that it wasn’t really a sport. It wasn’t until a few years later when I already had 10-12 fights that people started recognizing it and knowing it wasn’t a thug’s game, but a proper sport.” By the time that 12th fight rolled around, the UFC explosion that was kick started by the first season of The Ultimate Fighter was going on, and Harris was building a name for himself on the local circuit, submitting opponents left and right. He even opted to take on a young Brazilian that was rolling through town named Jose Aldo in September of 2005.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 6:46PM by Rabi - 0 comments
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Jimi Manuwa: No Sleep 'Til Wembley
Jimi Manuwa’s world changed the second he left the Octagon after his UFC debut win over Kyle Kingsbury last September, but he hardly realized it. “I haven’t really been out of the gym,” laughed Manuwa when asked about life after one of the most compelling UFC debuts seen last year. “Maybe on the internet I get a bit more recognition, and when I go to fight shows people congratulate me on being in the UFC and tell me that they watched the fight. But I just try to stay humble and stay grounded and just keep doing what I’m doing because I’m not satisfied with just getting to the UFC. That’s just the beginning for me.”
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 6:42PM by Rabi - 0 comments
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UFC's Dana White on Cris Cyborg: 'She's irrelevant'
UFC president Dana White confirmed today that the promotion has cut ties with Cris "Cyborg" Santos, the former Strikeforce 145lb women's champion.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 5:27PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
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All UFC 156 fighters pass standard drug tests, results of an Alistair Overeem blood test not back until next week
All fighters on the UFC 156 card passed their standard Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test. Alistair Overeem also took a blood test for his first fight back from suspension, the results of which will not be back until next week.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 5:25PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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White hopes Cruz won't have to retire
UFC president Dana White expressed the serious scenario facing Dominick Cruz, admitting the bantamweight champion may have to retire if he suffers another bad injury. Cruz is currently sidelined after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament last year. Since then Renan Barao has become interim champion and will fight Michael McDonald in London this weekend. Cruz has not had much luck with injuries during his career, and White hopes he will be fit to return to action in the summer of 2013. However, that scenario is by no means a guarantee.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 4:30PM by Rabi - 6 comments
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Aaron Simpson NOT released by UFC, fights Josh Burkman at World Series of Fighting 2
Welterweight Aaron Simpson has joined World Series of Fighting, indicating that he was cut by the UFC following his October loss to Mike Pierce.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 3:53PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
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Jimmo in Search of Excellence and 18 Straight Wins
Five years and 16 consecutive wins after losing his MMA debut, Ryan Jimmo finally made his way into the Octagon. Seven seconds later, the 31-year-old Canadian stood in the center of the cage, smiling as he broke out his patented celebratory dance, a rock-solid “robot” that ended with a full front split. The journey to UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta last summer was a circuitous one, as he threw hands across his home and native land in various organizations, ultimately settling in Edmonton for an extended run in the country’s premier organization, the Maximum Fighting Championship. After racking up nine consecutive victories prior to his MFC return, Jimmo rattled off four more wins to arrive at a title shot, and then defeated fan favourite Dwayne Lewis to claim the vacant light heavyweight title. In his next two outings, “The Big Deal” defeated current Ultimate Fighter contestant Zak Cummings and former PRIDE and UFC competitor Sokoudjou by decision to run his winning streak to 16 straight. Half of those 16 wins – including six out of seven following his return to the MFC – came by way of decision, earning Jimmo an unappealing reputation as a decision fighter; someone more interested in making sure he added another win to his resume than entertaining the fans.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 1:03PM by Rabi - 6 comments
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Comcast and FOX reach deal, Xfinity customers to get FUEL TV's UFC programming
Comcast customers will have much more access to UFC programming following a new programing agreement that was reached by the cable company and FOX Networks.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 11:29AM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold to headline UFC event in Brazil
LONDON – Final Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and fellow UFC contender Vitor Belfort will headline a major UFC event in Brazil.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 11:28AM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
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