Tireless Mark Munoz constantly juggling as he preps for Demian Maia at UFC 131
He fought four times in the UFC in 2010, and he's on track to do so again this year. He runs his own gym, and he runs wrestling camps. He has a wife and four kids, and the events that follow in their lives. His cell phone rings constantly.
This is the way he likes it. Or maybe better put: this is the only thing he knows. Keep on going. Don't look back and don't look too far forward.
Phil Baroni Draws Former Cage Rage Champ at BAMMA 6
The British based BAMMA promotion are continuing with their pursuit of international talent and have recently secured the services of both former UFC middleweight contender Phil Baroni, as well as Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s training partner Joao Paulo De Souza for BAMMA 6 on May 21 in London.
Gegard Mousasi Wants to Test Himself Against Jon Jones
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi will face UFC veteran and late substitute Keith Jardine at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley on Saturday. Mousasi knows this is a critical fight against a dangerous opponent with nothing to lose. Mousasi spoke to MMA Weekly about what the bout means:
"(Keith Jardine) is a good replacement because he’s mainly a stand-up fighter. It’s not like I have to face a pure wrestler. I have to fight a little bit different, but the change is not that big. He’s a tough opponent. He’s a former UFC fighter, and beat two former UFC champions, so it will be good to get a feeling of how good UFC fighters are."
"Right now Jon Jones is considered the best, and if I win my fights, maybe it could build up a good match against him. I think it would be such a great fight, so I would like to test myself against him."
Thiago Silva fined, license revoked for failed drug test
Looks like Thiago Silva pissed away more than just an opportunity.
The UFC light heavyweight contender was recently popped by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for submitting a urine sample that was "inconsistent with that of a human" following his unanimous decision win over Brandon Vera at UFC 125 back on Jan. 1.
And although he initially maintained his innocence following the incident, he eventually came clean and decided to accept the consequences for his actions.
Bellator's Ben Askren is not impressed by bonus-chasing 'losers' like Leonard Garcia
"I think people like that are losers because, in my mind, a fight's about winning, not about putting on a show. We're not singers, we're not actors, we are mixed martial artists or fighters or athletes, whichever way you wanna do it and that's about winning ... When you're fighting for 25 minutes, every fan and their mother can talk **** about this and that and don't finish fights. Well, why don't they get in there and fight for 25 minutes? That's a long time. And you got to win before you show. I mean, people that show on top of winning, say Anderson Silva, that dude now he's a showman but he's also won, what, 13 fights in a row? So, obviously, he can do it. And there's people like Leonard Garcia who goes out and puts on a show but he's like 3-5 in his last 8 fights. Like, c'mon dude."
Heavyweight prospect Tony Johnson Jr. added to Bellator roster, fights at Bellator 41
Former King of the Cage heavyweight champ Tony Johnson Jr. (5-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is Bellator Fighting Championships' latest acquisition.
The former Ohio State wrestler and four-time NCAA Division I All-American makes his debut for the promotion at Bellator 41 against an opponent yet to be named.
Honestly, I think Bellator are starting to solidify their place as the number 2 mma organization in the world. They're building their roster up very nicely adding a bunch of prospects.
Ricardo Almeida, Now a Professional MMA Judge in New Jersey
It's been a little over a week since it was announced that UFC welterweight contender, Ricardo Almeida has decided to hang up the gloves and retire from competing in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. At 34-years-old, he mentioned that he wanted to focus more on his family, on his school, and on coaching his teammates. Those aren't going to be the only obligations on his plate though, because as Lary Pepe of ProMMARadio mentioned, "Big Dog" is also now a judge in New Jersey
UFC: Rio Teaser Video Featuring Royce Gracie and the Top Brazilian Fighters
The UFC just released their first promotional video for UFC: Rio, happening on August 27, in Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena. This will be the second time the company heads to Brazil, with their maiden voyage happening back in 1998. The short teaser had this brief message, originally in Portugese:
The UFC is coming to Brazil, where the fighters are produced, and the champions are forged.
The video featured Brazil's top UFC fighters such as Vitor Belfort, Jose Aldo, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Thiago Alves, Junior dos Santos, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and of course, UFC Hall-of-Famer, Royce Gracie. While it's almost impossible for all of them to be on the card, they have all expressed interest in fighting on their home country. This of course includes the original "Ultimate Fighter" in Royce Gracie, who at 44-years-old, is still trying to negotiate with Dana White to get him on the card.
"TUF 8" finalist Vinny Magalhaes challenges Viktor Nemkov for vacant M-1 Global belt
Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard Vinny Magalhaes is set to challenge combat sambo stylist Viktor Nemkov for M-1 Global's vacant light heavyweight title.
M-1 Global officials recently announced that Magalhaes and Nemkov will tangle on the main card of April's "M-1 Challenge XXV: Zavurov vs. Magomedov II" event.
Featuring a welterweight title fight rematch between current champ Shamil Zavurov and challenger Rashid Magomedov, M-1 Challenge XXV stream live in the U.S. on April 28 at M-1 Global's official website.
UFC 131 Official for Vancouver, British Columbia
HW - Junior Dos Santos vs Brock Lesnar
LW - Mac Danzig vs Donald Cerrone
HW - Shane Carwin vs Jon Olav Einemo
MW - Demian Maia vs Mark Munoz
FW - Kenny Florian vs Diego Nunes
LW - Sam Stout vs Yves Edwards
FW - Dustin Poirier vs Rani Yahya
LHW - Krzysztof Soszynski vs Anthony Perosh
FW - Michihiro Omigawa vs Darren Elkins
HW - Joey Beltran vs Dave Herman
MW - Chris Weidman vs Jesse Bongfeldt
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On hot streak, UFC's Nik Lentz welcomes all-comers in lightweight division
Fighting in arguably the UFC's strongest division, lightweight Nik Lentz (21-3-2 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) has yet to experience defeat since entering the organization 18 months ago.
Over that span, Lentz has taken on all challengers and beaten the likes of Tyson Griffin, Andre Winner, Rob Emerson and, most recently, Waylon Lowe to continue his rise to the upper echelon at 155 pounds.
Stout-Edwards Official; 8 Bouts Greenlit for UFC 131
A rumored lightweight showdown between Canadian kickboxer Sam Stout and well-traveled veteran Yves Edwards is now official for UFC 131, the promotion announced Wednesday.
Eight bouts have been greenlit for the June 11 event, which goes down at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Headlined by a heavyweight No.1 contender’s bout between Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, UFC 131 will also feature Kenny Florian’s featherweight debut against Nova Uniao product Diego Nunes.
Brown-Attonito Official for UFC Live 4 in Pittsburgh
The fourth installment of the “UFC on Versus” series now has a home, as the promotion announced Wednesday that UFC Live 4 will take place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 26.
Additionally, a welterweight showdown between Matt Brown and Rich Attonito has been green-lit for the event, which marks the promotion's first trip to Pittsburgh.