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Rousey: Not a bit sorry to be breaking girl's arms
On Sunday, Jeff Sherwood, the father of MMA journalism, interviewed Ronda Rousey at the LA Fitness Expo. Rousey possesses a combination of skill, looks, and wit that, were she male, would make her the transcending figure that pundits believe MMA needs in order to break through fully to the mainstream. Maybe she is anyway. Maybe Ronda Rousey is on her to becoming the face of MMA. The interview was wide ranging, compelling, and as real as it gets. Rousey on Cris Cyborg "She was a detriment to women's MMA. No little girl is going to watch Cris Cyborg fight and want to be like her one day. I don't think it's a good example. I think it was obvious all along that she was doping, and I think it sends a bad message to kids that you need to dope in order to be achampion. I think it's better with her gone." On Miesha Tate saying she talked her way into a title shot "There's a reason why the Olympics is every four years. It's because if they had it every year, they would go bankrupt. The Olympics is the epitome of sport and that's where it's all just about the sport. But with professional sports it's about entertainment. It's about making money. The core of everything is still about the sport, but that's not everything it's about. It's hilarious when these girls are ‘you talked yourself into a title shot!' What you're really saying in a mean way is that I'm smarter than all of you, and I actually have an understanding of how this works and used it to my advantage."
Submitted Feb 8, 2012 10:34AM by emfleek - 13 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Donald Cerrone vs. Yves Edwards added to May's UFC on FX 3 event
An intriguing lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone (17-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) has been added to May's UFC on FX 3 event. The new booking was announced on Tuesday's new episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. UFC on FX 3 takes place May 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The night's main card airs on FX.
Submitted Feb 8, 2012 12:18AM by Budgellism - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Condit Accepts Rematch with Diaz
At the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said he was open to the possibility of a rematch, but made it clear that both parties had to be eager to fight. As Diaz was so maddened by the decision that he announced his retirement immediately post-bout in the Octagon, and because yesterday Condit's camp indicated they were not interested, there was little hope that the rematch would be made. However, sources close to the deal just confirmed with The Underground that Carlos Condit has accepted a rematch with Nick Diaz, with the UFC Interim Welterweight title again on the line.
Submitted Feb 7, 2012 11:53PM by jay98107 - 64 comments
Filed under: UFC
Spike TV counter-programs UFC on FUEL TV 1 with Diego Sanchez 'Unleashed' marathon
In its latest counter-programming move, Spike TV will air a Diego Sanchez fight marathon opposite next week's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event. Sanchez headlines the Feb. 15 event, which airs live on FUEL TV, in a welterweight bout with fast-rising contender Jake Ellenberger. During the event time, Spike TV airs a five-hour "UFC Unleashed: Diego Sanchez" marathon featuring the fighter's past UFC bouts.
Submitted Feb 7, 2012 6:28PM by FastKnockout - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish added to UFC on FOX 3 in May
A lightweight bout between California's Danny Castillo (13-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and New Jersey's John Cholish (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been added to May's UFC on FOX 3 event. UFC officials today announced the matchup, which is expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card. UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card, including a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner, airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Feb 7, 2012 2:12PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ben Saunders, Brian Foster Draw Undefeated Opponents For Bellator 170-Pound Tourney
Karl Amoussou (13-4-2) vs. Chris Lozano (9-2) Former middleweight Amoussou has lacked consistency in the last two years, amassing a 2-2-1 record in Bellator, Strikeforce, Pancrase and Dream. He now drops to 170 pounds and his November 175-pound Bellator catchweight fight against Jesus Martinez turned out just fine with a first round KO victory. He'll face Lozano, a late sub for the soon-to-be imprisoned War Machine. Lozano entered last year's tourney and was knocked out in the second round by eventual tournament winner Douglas Lima. He was 3-2 overall in 2011 with both losses coming in the Bellator cage. Ben Saunders (12-4-2) vs. Raul Amaya (9-0) Saunders' dream run in his debut Bellator tournament ended in the finals with a second round knockout loss to Lima. The UFC veteran is 4-1 since getting released by Zuffa in 2010 with finishes in all four of his wins. He will face promotional newcomer Amaya who has rung up an undefeated streak in Florida's Art Of Fighting promotion with six submissions and three T/KO's. Brian Foster (18-5) vs. David Rickels (9-0) Foster makes his Bellator debut on the heels of a four fight win streak. Released from the UFC after health issues threatened his career, the 27-year-old has finishes in all of his wins and has never gone to a decision. He'll have a tough challenge in the undefeated Rickels, a fixture on Bellator undercards for most of 2011. The submission machine has six tapout wins to his credit with three of his last four coming by triangle choke. Bryan Baker (16-3) vs. Carlos Pereira (33-9-1) Like Amoussou, Baker is dropping down to 170 pounds after getting TKO'd by Vitor Vianna last October, snapping a three fight win streak. A promotional fixture since 2009, Baker is 7-2 in his Bellator career and is a former middleweight tournament finalist. He faces the debuting Pereira, a well-traveled veteran who is unbeaten in his last four. Baker should be wary as "Indio" has 22 wins by T/KO.
Submitted Feb 7, 2012 11:58AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Jones vs. Evans official for Atlanta at UFC 145
The UFC's spring fight card in Atlanta has its main event, as UFC president Dana White confirmed today that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against former-teammate-turned-rival Rashad Evans, a former beltholder in that division. The heated matchup was expected after Evans handily decisioned then-undefeated Phil Davis at UFC on FOX and was made official today Verbal agreements are in for a thrilling battle between bantamweights this spring. "What may be the hottest prospect in the 135-pound division takes on one of the all-time greats when Michael McDonald meets former WEC champion Miguel Torres at UFC 145 in Atlanta," said UFC president Dana White
Submitted Feb 7, 2012 10:18AM by emfleek - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
Attention Bachelors: It’s Your Lucky Day; Cris Cyborg is On the Market Again
If you started to give up hope that you would ever stand a chance of marrying a female MMA fighter since Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey are taken and Gina is probably busy doing press tours with the cast of Haywire, your Monday is about to get a whole lot better.
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 10:42PM by DoTheMMAth - 27 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Champ Carlos Condit on UFC 143 win: In battles, 'you want to pick the battleground'
After watching his fight with Nick Diaz on Sunday, Carlos Condit changed his scorecard. "During the fight, I felt like I won four out of the five rounds," he today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I watched it yesterday, and it looked a little bit closer. "I probably would have given Nick two (rounds) and myself three."
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 8:27PM by Kpro - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FOX 3 adds John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
A welterweight bout between John Hathaway (15-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and unbeaten Pascal Krauss (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX 3 card. UFC officials today announced the fight. UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card, including a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner, airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV. It's not clear where Hathaway vs. Krauss will be situated on the card.
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 8:01PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FX 2: Daniel Pineda replaces Robert Peralta, meets Mackens Semerzier
After a successful promotional debut, Daniel Pineda now has his second UFC booking. Fresh off a submission win over fellow newcomer Pat Schilling at UFC on FX 1, Pineda (16-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) now has stepped in as an injury replacement for Robert Peralta (15-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC). He meets fellow featherweight Mackens Semerzier (6-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 2. UFC on FX 2 takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney and airs live in the U.S. on March 2 (a Friday night) due to the time difference. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary-card fights, including the above matchup, are slated for FUEL TV.
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 8:00PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 143 salaries: Diaz ($200K) and Koscheck ($146K) earn top paydays
Diaz earned a flat salary, so a victory wouldn't have netted him a win bonus. The same went with Fabricio Werdum ($100,000), a recent Strikeforce import who defeated Roy Nelson for the event's only other six-figure payday. The full UFC 143 payouts included: Carlos Condit: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Nick Diaz: $200,000 Fabricio Werdum: $100,000 (no win bonus) def. Roy Nelson: $20,000 Josh Koscheck: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pierce: $20,000 Renan Barao: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Scott Jorgensen: $20,500 Ed Herman: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Clifford Starks: $8,000 Dustin Poirier: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Max Holloway: $6,000 Edwin Figueroa: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Alex Caceres: $8,000 Matt Brown: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Chris Cope: $8,000 Matt Riddle: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Henry Martinez: $6,000 Rafael Natal: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Michael Kuiper: $6,000 Stephen Thompson: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Dan Stittgen: $6,000
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 3:18PM by BuffaloDave - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Koscheck: I'd rather retire than fight Fitch
here is the qoute: "Josh Koscheck has ruled out the possibility of fighting Jon Fitch despite splitting from American Kickboxing Academy, insisting he would rather "quit" the sport than fight a good friend" guess that match-up is out of the window now..
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 12:17PM by Manak - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dillashaw vs. Watson rounds out UFC on FUEL TV 1's five-fight main card
A bantamweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 14" finalist T.J. Dillahsaw (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and two-time UFC vet Walel Watson (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the fifth and final main-card bout of next week's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event. The bout was announced in January, but its position on the evening's fight card was only recently revealed. UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place Feb. 15 at the 10,000-seat Omaha Civic Auditorium in Nebraska. Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger clash in the welterweight headliner, and heavyweights Dave Herman and Stefan Struve meet in the co-headliner. MAIN CARD (FUEL TV) Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook) John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Tim Means
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 12:08PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Exclusive: Josh Koscheck Reveals The Reason Why He Left AKA
Following Josh Koscheck‘s win at UFC 143 on Saturday night over Mike Pierce, the former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ season 1 competitor revealed at the post fight press conference that he had split with his longtime team at American Kickboxing Academy and immediately the MMA world was taken back. Fighters switching teams or working with different training camps is nothing new, but Koscheck had been a mainstay of the San Jose based gym literally for every fight since season one of the reality show, which took place nearly 8 years ago. It was for that very reason that when he announced the split, everyone was asking why? What happened that would cause Koscheck the team he had such deep rooted seeds with? Well, truth be told Koscheck didn’t leave his entire team. As a matter of fact, his training partners are still very much a part of his family and his team. “First and foremost, my teammates over there at AKA in San Jose are my brothers. I love those guys. 8 years, we’ve basically trained ourselves and got us to the level that we are and we’ve all relied on each other and those guys are forever going to be my teammates, I’m forever going to train with them, but I’m just not going to train in San Jose with them,” Koscheck told MMAWeekly.com in an exclusive interview on Sunday...
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 8:54AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: Fight Camp / Team, MMA Personalities
Terry Martin replaces injured Jeremy Hamilton at Superior Cage Combat 4
Hard-hitting UFC and Strikeforce veteran Terry Martin (22-9) will step in on short notice for an injured Jeremy Hamilton (8-0) and face middleweight prospect Tim Ruberg at this month's Superior Cage Combat 4 event in Las Vegas. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the change, and an official announcement is expected shortly. Featuring a main event between UFC veterans Kendall Grove (13-9) and Jay Silva (7-5), "SCC 4: Grove vs. Silva" takes place Feb. 16 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Broadcast plans for the event are expected to be announced shortly.
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 8:39AM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Ed Herman says Silva is ducking Sonnen
“Of course, Silva is ducking Sonnen. Why would he want to fight Chael again? He got lucky by catching Chael in that triangle arm-bar the first time,” I disagree...I'm taking Silva by KO as he'll surely work is TD defense and knock him out...especially considering how he looked against Bisping
Submitted Feb 5, 2012 10:27PM by tallica62 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, Interviews
Predator Côté Heads To Brazil For Next Fight
With the door back to the UFC still not open to him, former Middleweight title contender Patrick Côté (16-7) is headed south for his next bout. He’ll face Gustavo ‘Ximu’ Machado (22-8-1) March 31 on the Amazon Forest Combat (AFC) 2 main card in Manaus, Brazil. The match-up, first reported by Tatame, was subsequently confirmed to Top MMA News by Côté. Best known for having his right knee give out against Anderson Silva in 2008, the soon to be 32 year-old Côté has been unwavering in his resolve for a third shot in the UFC. Since being cut for the second time in late 2010, the Predator has won three straight.
Submitted Feb 5, 2012 5:05PM by sparky - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC boss praises Roy Nelson's durability but unsure what his future holds
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Roy Nelson did what Roy Nelson does best: Walk forward, opponent be damned, and wing right hands. And while his gutsy performance earned "Big Country" one-half of UFC 143's "Fight of the Night" bonus, the loss leaves Nelson at just 1-3 in his past four fights. So despite earning one of the loudest welcomes of the night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center crowd, is Nelson's spot in the UFC's heavyweight division secure? "I don't know," UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We'll see what happens. I mean the guy brings it. He comes to fight. I just – you wonder what he could do if he really, really trained and got into it."
Submitted Feb 5, 2012 2:57PM by Budgellism - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 143 winner Barao wants title shot; boss says contender becoming Brazilian treasure
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's own media notes on Brazilian bantamweight Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) sum it up nicely: "Has best record, on paper, in all of MMA." On Saturday night, Barao earned his 28th-straight win by downing onetime title-challenger Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision. The 24-year-old is now 5-0 under the Zuffa banner, and while UFC president Dana White isn't ready to grant him a title shot just yet, he admits the Nova Uniao product is quickly becoming one of Brazil's most popular fighters. "He's got an incredible streak going," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's the buzz right now in Brazil. Everybody's buzzing about that guy. We'll see what happens." Barao, of course, famously dropped his first fight as a professional and has since earned 28-straight wins. He debuted for Zuffa with a pair of WEC wins and now has three-straight UFC victories under his belt. He's a consensus top-10 bantamweight according to MMA pundits, and the win over Jorgensen only serves to reinforce that assessment. Yet with just two main-card appearances to date, he has yet to really resonate among casual MMA fans.
Submitted Feb 5, 2012 10:11AM by Kpro - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
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