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Somewhere between Anderson Silva and Jon Fitch, Yushin Okami looks to impress
By his own admission, Yushin Okami is still quite a few wins away from another shot at the UFC's middleweight belt. So with a wrestling-first fighting style that hasn't always proved overly crowd-pleasing, could Okami be in danger of becoming the middleweight division's Jon Fitch?
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:51AM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
For UFC On FUEL TV 8'S Brian Stann, It’s About Making Peace With The Fear
Say you're a UFC fighter lurking somewhere beneath the top ranks of your division, but well above the Facebook prelim zone of near total anonymity. Say you're a known fighter, even a popular fighter, and you can feel pretty confident that the UFC brass isn't watching your fights with a Sharpie in hand, ready to draw a big black line through your name the moment you slip up.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:48AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator 91 results: Vegh takes M'Pumbu's belt; Awad-Rickels set for 155 title
Attila Vegh was mostly dominant – as a 2-to-1 favorite as the challenger – to win the 205-pound title with a unanimous decision win over champion Christian M'Pumbu on Thursday in the main event of Bellator 91.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:43AM by prophecy033 - 9 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Frozen birthday cake a reminder of Stefan Struve's UFC on FUEL TV 8 sacrifices
Generally speaking, one of the benefits at fighting at heavyweight is the ability to enjoy an in-camp cheat meal every now and then. For 7-foot-tall Stefan Struve that's not the case. He didn't even get to enjoy a slice of his own birthday cake.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:41AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
A run-in with the KKK eventually led Legacy FC champ Derrick Lewis to MMA
MMA came as a lifesaver for Legacy FC heavyweight champion Derrick Lewis, who eventually found the sport after a jail sentence that followed a run-in with the Ku Klux Klan.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:38AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Wanderlei Silva relishing second homecoming chance at UFC on FUEL TV 8
It's one homecoming after another for Wanderlei Silva. The legendary "Axe Murderer" got to fight in front of his home country's fans in Brazil in June, and now returns to Japan, where he built his legend in PRIDE.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:36AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FUEL TV 8's Hector Lombard fearful of boring fight and possible release
Yushin Okami wins points with Hector Lombard for having a black belt in judo. But his Saturday fight with the Japanese veteran also worries him, mainly due to how Okami has used his grappling against opponents.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:34AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Matt Riddle: “I Got Fired For Taking My Medicine”
“They (UFC legal department) hit me up yesterday morning and said I had failed a drug test,” Riddle told BJPenn.Com Radio. “I still don’t know how it’s possible; I quit smoking three weeks out from the fight. I’ve passed drug tests when I quit two weeks out from a fight; it’s just crazy to me. I asked for my numbers and they sent me a form that just said I tested positive for marijuana. It didn’t say how much, it just said I was over the amount.” ”It is what it is I’ve failed two drug tests in seven months. There’s not much I can do I was prescribed my medicine and I’m going to take it. I got fired over taking my medicine because I don’t want to take pharmaceutical drugs or testosterone. This is what works for me, it’s just s****y, but it is what it is.”
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 2:42AM by bjj1605 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cage Ban Confirmed for Western Australia MMA
The Western Australian government has passed legislation for the cage to be banned for all local MMA fights as of March 1, 2013. The government announced its intentions midway through January 2013, and Minister for Sports Terry Waldron confirmed the decision after the Department of Sports and Recreation commissioners met with promoters to inform them of the new law change. The decision was based upon “image” concerns, not on fighter safety. “We just don’t want to see cage fighting in Western Australia,” Premier Colin Barnett said. “It’s been a policy decision of the state government.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 1:43AM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
Gunnar Nelson meets Mike Pyle at May's UFC 160 in Las Vegas
A welterweight matchup between Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson (11-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and longtime veteran Mike Pyle (24-8-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 160 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the booking from sources close to the fighters. Both competitors have verbally agreed to the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The placement of the Nelson vs. Pyle matchup has yet to be revealed.
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 11:11PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Hunger Games? Nike? What’s Next After Ronda Rousey Signs with WME Talent Agency?
The UFC women’s bantamweight championship now firmly around her waist, is The Hunger Games franchise, as rumored, next on the list for Ronda Rousey to conquer? Maybe or maybe not, but an entirely new world of sponsorships and other endeavors has opened up, as Rousey signed on with WME (William Morris Endeavor), the largest and oldest talent agency in the world. Rousey’s signing with WME was first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday...
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 5:44PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Chavez Jr. receives $900K fine and 9 month suspension from NSAC
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) was really smacked around today in his hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to determine his case for his positive marijuana test from his last fight against Sergio Martinez last year on September 15h. Chavez Jr. basically threw himself on the mercy of the Commission. He had no real concrete reasons why he chose to use marijuana in the weeks before his fight with Martinez. The only thing Chavez Jr. could say is he smoked in nine days before the fight in order to relieve stress.
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 3:03PM by postman - 9 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
'Bellator 95: Curran vs. Shamhalaev' set with 11 bouts, including Nover, DeBlass
The fight card is set for April's Bellator 95 event, which includes a championship headliner between featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) and challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC), who recently replaced injured Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC). The event takes place April 4 at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com. The full Bellator 95 card includes: MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Pat Curran vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev - for featherweight title opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA - middleweight-tournament final Jessica Eye vs. Munah Holland Lyman Good vs. Dante Rivera PRELIMINARY (Spike.com, 8 p.m. ET) Brian Kelleher vs. Jimmie Rivera Shedrick Goodridge vs. Sam Oropeza Darrel Horcher vs. Phillipe Nover Carlos Brooks vs. Tom DeBlass Liam McGeary vs. Anton Talamantes Will Martinez vs. Michael Phillips Brett Martinez vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 12:53PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Despite being considered, Edgar vs Swanson NOT happening at TUF Finale
The UFC booked Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen as the new The Ultimate Fighter Finale main event on Tuesday, but that wasn't their original choice to replace the canceled Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga title fight. The organization first approached featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson about headlining the show, but the fight never materialized after Swanson told the UFC he wasn't healthy enough to take the fight. Saw this fight was added to the picks so I thought I would clarify.
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 11:26AM by Franklinfan47 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC targeting four Asian events in 2013, 'very interested' in 'TUF: Japan'
TOKYO – In 2012, the UFC returned to Asia with a pair of well-received live events. If all goes according to plan in 2013, the promotions could double that total.
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 11:19AM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Korean Su Jung Lee added as guest octagon girl at UFC on FUEL TV 8
TOKYO – As has become the norm with international events, the UFC has added a new guest octagon girl for this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event.
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 11:18AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Stann done with 205 pounds after UFC on FUEL TV 8, Silva may remain
TOKYO – Wanderlei Silva's most recent light-heavyweight bout was in 2008. Brian Stann hasn't competed there since 2010. So why, exactly, are they headlining this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event in a 205-pound matchup?
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 11:17AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
WSOF lightweight John Gunderson calls out Jacob Volkmann
Veteran lightweight John Gunderson (34-14-2) would like to welcome recent World Series of Fighting signee Jacob Volkmann (15-4) into the promotion's decagon. "I just don't like the guy," Gunderson on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't like any of the s--- he says, and I don't like the style he fights. He's gotten on my nerves ever since I've seen him fight." The UFC vet, whose WSOF debut was delayed by a neck injury, is back to training at upstart Las Vegas gym Syndicate MMA, where he works alongside UFC vets Mike Pyle, Vinny Magalhaes and others.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 9:59PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Bellator 91 weigh-in results: M'Pumbu, Vegh official for 205-pound title fight
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET) -Christian M'Pumbu (201.6) vs. Attila Vegh (204) - for light-heavyweight title -Saad Awad (155.5) vs. Will Brooks (156) - lightweight tournament semifinals -Jason Fischer (155.6) vs. David Rickels (155.7) - lightweight tournament semifinals PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7:45 p.m. ET) -Blas Avena (170.7) vs. Lenny Lovato (170.9) -Andres Quintana (145.5) vs. Russell Wilson (145) -Holly Holm (135.2) vs. Katie Merrill (135.4) -Josh Montoya (135.4) vs. Ed West (135.9) -Adrian Cruz (135.5) vs. Nick Gonzalez (135.4) -Josh Appelt (245.1) vs. Josh Lanier (212) -Yair Moguel (187.6) vs. Brennan Ward (184.9)
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 9:39PM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Tyron Woodley vs Jake Shields likely for UFC 161
A welterweight matchup between onetime welterweight title challenger Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for this summer, sources told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The fight is being targeted for a yet-unnamed event, likely UFC 161, on June 15 in Canada. A host city is not yet finalized. Woodley recently called out Shields upon signing a new UFC fight contract, which followed his impressive first-round knockout of Jay Hieron in his promotional debut at UFC 156.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 8:00PM by Poor_Franklin - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
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