Miguel Torres Excited by Tranformation Since Teaming with Zahabi
The Miguel Torres who ruled the WEC bantamweight division is gone, now only existing on highlight reels and in the memories of fight fans.
A new version began taking shape after the former 135-pound kingpin lost to Joseph Benavidez at WEC 47, his second consecutive defeat after collecting 37 wins in 38 appearances. That’s when Torres started working with Firas Zahabi, the head trainer of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and leader of the Tristar Gym in Montreal.
Reminder: UFC 130's Quinton Jackson on "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" tonight
As a reminder, UFC 130 headliner Quinton "Rampage" Jackson return to "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" tonight.
Jackson's episode of the CBS' late-night talk show airs late tonight/early Tuesday at 12:35 a.m. ET/PT. Comedian Jack Black also is booked as a guest.
Jackson, who meets Matt Hamill at Saturday's pay-per-view event, also appeared on the show prior to his UFC 123 headliner with Lyoto Machida back in November.
20 Questions with Chael Sonnen
Friday was a first for us at Gals Guide, as we got a thank you email from Chael Sonnen for his Pantydropper of the Week mention. While we have been thanked by honorees in the past, this is our first thank you from someone who earned a 1. (Perhaps he thought we were working on a backwards scale?)
Feeling emboldened by Chael's email, we decided to throw the dice and ask him if he'd answer our "silly little questions". Never one to turn down a chance to talk about himself, he said yes.
Roy Nelson Believes Fight with Frank Mir Will Save UFC 130
To say that Roy Nelson has faced Frank Mir before isn’t an out-and-out lie, but it’s not even close to the fight they have coming up at UFC 130.
Eight years ago at Grappler’s Quest, while Mir was a few fights into his UFC career, he ventured back to his roots entering a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition where he met Renzo Gracie black belt Roy Nelson.
At that time, Nelson hadn’t even done mixed martial arts yet, but with just grappling happening in the match-up, he got the best of Mir by points.
BAMMA 6: Frank Trigg Returns To 185, Says Welterweight Was A Big Mistake
Frank Trigg heads into his BAMMA 6 match-up with John Phillips looking to answer a question: Can he still compete at middleweight?
“I think one of the biggest mistakes that I made was trying to convince myself that I can still be viable at 170,” Trigg told MMAWeekly.com. “It wasn’t the fact that I didn’t have the athletic ability or the talent to be viable at 170. What had happened was that I am inefficient at 170. I’m too big now to make the weight class.”
Rashad Evans says Las Vegas clash with UFC champ Jon Jones overblown
As far as MMA tabloid talk goes, it doesn't get much better.
UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and his former friend and training partner Rashad Evans went toe-to-toe in a Las Vegas night club, and it took pound-for-pound great Georges St-Pierre to keep the altercation from getting physical.
Incredible drama, to be sure, except Evans insists that's not exactly how things went down. A confrontation occurred, but "Suga" says the conversation never bordered on a physical altercation.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on Brendan Schaub: 'I'll Submit Him'
Former Pride and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be making his long-awaited comeback at UFC 134 in Brazil against Brendan Schaub. During his long layoff he had surgery on a knee and both hips, but is back to full training and excited to get the chance to fight in front of a Brazilian crowd. Tatame caught up with him to ask him about the fight, his health, and a few other things. First and foremost, what took so long to announce the fight?
"We were waiting for the doctor to say I was good to go. I met him this week, I’ve asked the guys from UFC to wait a little longer (to tell that I’d be fighting in Rio), to check if I would have conditions to do actually do it. The doctor told me I’m ok, asked me to start training and he’ll be side by side with me until the bout, to check how I’m doing. I’m coming back after over a year without fighting, doing my trainings and regaining speed, but I’m feeling fine. I’m not 100% yet. The problem is my conditioning, because I’m completely healed from my injury."
Worth the weight: UFC 130 interview exclusive with Thiago Alves
When Thiago Alves lost his title shot against welterweight deity Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100, many felt it was only a matter of time before the promising 25-year-old would be back in title contention.
But in the last two years, Alves has seen his share of physical setbacks that continually haunted the scheduling of his long-awaited rematch against perennial contender Jon Fitch.
First, there was a knee injury, forcing him from their UFC 107 meeting; then there was the discovery of an arteriovenous malformation in his brain discovered just days before their UFC 111 fight; corrective surgery followed.
UFC contender Jon Fitch says GSP, B.J. Penn are only fights that make sense
In 15 UFC outings, welterweight contender Jon Fitch has defeated all but two opponents.
Not surprisingly, Fitch (23-3-1 MMA, 13-1-1 UFC) feels those rematches – against current champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) and ex-titleholder B.J. Penn (16-7-2 MMA, 12-6-2 UFC) – are the only fights that make any sense for him.
Fitch discussed those bouts and his injury recovery on Friday's new edition of "Inside MMA" on HDNet.
GSP Opens As -425 Favorite to Diaz +325 Underdog For Rumored UFC Bout
Even though the fight isn’t yet official, the odds have opened on the potential UFC welterweight title fight with champion Georges St-Pierre as a huge favorite over potential challenger Nick Diaz.
The odds come courtesy of Nick Kalikas from BetonFighting.com
According to the odds released late Saturday night, St-Pierre opened at a -425 favorite with Nick Diaz coming in as the underdog at +325.
In his last fight against Jake Shields, who is of course a teammate and close friend of Diaz, St-Pierre came in at nearly -500 odds, so he’s not quite as much of a favorite this time around, but he’s very close...
Fighting With Heart: Mark Miller Readies for Comeback Fight
It's long been a cliche, a fighter saying he's willing to die in the cage. For Mark Miller, he never knew how close he could have been to making that literal.
At 39, Miller returns to the fight game on Saturday in Moscow in a kickboxing match at the Ultimate Glory World Series. But his comeback, fighting for the first time in more than five years, has little to do with his age. The nearly foot-long scar down the center of his chest tells the bigger story.
When Miller gets in the ring against Nikolaj Falin, he will become the first known professional fighter to return after open-heart surgery.
Amanda Nunes vs. Julie Kedzie Added to Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum
Twenty-two-year-old striking sensation Amanda Nunes will return to the cage on June 18, when she takes on veteran Julie Kedzie.
Strikeforce confirmed the matchup will take place on June 18's Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum event in Dallas.
Nunes made her U.S. debut on a January Strikeforce Challengers series card, knocking out fellow striker Julia Budd in just 14 seconds. The highlight-reel win opened many eyes and lifted Nunes' name into the conversation of 145-pound contenders.
Superior Cage Combat 1 results: Justin Bucholz front kick KO's Steve Lopez
The front kick struck again.
Five-time UFC veteran Justin Buchholz (11-6) was the latest Steven Seagal-channeling athlete to implement the suddenly sexy strike, and the blow delivered a third-round knockout of two-time UFC fighter Steve Lopez (12-5).
Buchholz's jaw-dropping strike came with just 30 seconds remaining in the main event of Superior Cage Combat 1, which took place Saturday at Las Vegas' Bally's Event Center.
MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan served alongside extreme-sports star T.J. Lavin in the broadcast booth.
BAMMA 6 Results: Kong Dissects Ninja in 3
In what was expected to be BAMMA Middleweight Champion Tom Watson's toughest test to date the Southampton, England native made it look easy. Loose and sharp on his feet and excellently setting up his bludgeoning kicks with crisp punches he looked to have his opponent Murilo Rua figured out from the beginning, likely a product of focusing his training camp for this fight at Team Greg Jackson in New Mexico. Murilo appeared a little doughy and possibly out of shape. Even when warming up the Chute Boxe product and Pride Veteran looked to have lost some flexibility in his hamstrings. Had he taken his opponent too lightly?
KSW 16 Results: Mamed Khalidov Chokes Out Matt Lindland, James Thompson Wills Way to Victory
The nail in the coffin may have finally been struck for the career of Matt Lindland at KSW 16 on Saturday as Sengoku veteran Mamed Khalidov made quick work of the UFC veteran, choking him out via guillotine in the first round of action in the main event of the evening in Gdansk, Poland. Lindland's vaunted wrestling background was only a minor threat during the fight when he nearly reversed Khalidov's attempt to take him down shortly after the fight started. After a brief scramble, Lindland was able to regain his feet, but that only staved off the inevitable for a short time.
Murilo 'Ninja' Rua Retires Following TKO Loss to Tom Watson at BAMMA 6
Murilo Rua lost to Tom Watson on the third round of their middleweight championship bout on BAMMA 6. That marks his second loss in a row, and 4 out of his last 8 bouts, dropping his overall MMA record to 20-12-1. Shortly after the bout, 'Ninja' took to twitter and announced his decision to retire from professional Mixed Martial Arts.
His farewell twitter post is after the link.
Retired but Busier Than Ever, Randy Couture at Peace with New Chapter of Life
It had only been a few days since Randy Couture retired from mixed martial arts competition after his UFC 129 fight with Lyoto Machida when he returned home to Las Vegas, and one of his first stops was one of his most familiar ones: the cage. Couture walked into his Xtreme Couture gym, changed into his workout clothes and commenced training with a group of pro fighters.
"Everyone was scratching their heads looking at me going, 'You know, this is how rumors get started,'" Couture says with a laugh.
Junior Dos Santos Discusses Shane Carwin and UFC 131
I’m much focused. I’ve been training hard for two months now, there’s almost a month left before the bout, and I’m doing just fine. I’m on a great patch in my life, thanks’ God, I’m feeling fine and I want to fight. I don’t fight for a long time. Last time I fought it was August of 2010