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With surprising fan support, Tim Sylvia 'pretty much begging' for UFC second chance
If you're an MMA fan and you spend any time at all on Twitter – or Facebook, MMA forums or any other online destination – you've probably seen a fairly big campaign to get Tim Sylvia back in the UFC. Even Sylvia, a former UFC champ, admits the support is surprising. But he hopes it'll amplify his message to the UFC: "I made a mistake. I was wrong. I'm sorry. I screwed up. But give me a second chance please. I'm pretty much begging."
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 9:55PM by prophecy033 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey Salaries Total $543,000 For Ohio Event
On Monday, the Ohio Athletic Commission released the fighter salaries for this past Saturday’s (March 3, 2012) Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event, totaling $543,500 for the nine bout card. Earning the biggest payout was former champ Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza who earned $92,000 for his win over opponent Bristol Marunde. The payout also included Souza’s $22,000 win bonus. Earning the next top spot was lightweight Josh Thomson who made $80,000 with no win bonus for his victory against KJ Noons. Main Card Ronda Rousey: $32,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Miesha Tate: $19,000 Josh Thomson: $80,000 (no win bonus) def. K.J. Noons: $38,000 Kazuo Misaki: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Paul Daley: $45,000 Lumumba Sayers: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Smith: $65,000 Ronaldo Souza: $92,000 (includes $22,000) win bonus) def. Bristol Marunde: $10,000 Preliminary Card Sarah Kaufman: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Alexis Davis: $4,000 Roger Bowling: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Saling: $5,000 Pat Healy: $22,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Fodor: $12,000 Ryan Couture: $10,000 (no win bonus) def. Conor Heun: $8,000
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 7:40PM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Ben Henderson Says Frankie Edgar Deserves a Rematch, Would Fight 'Tomorrow'
Mar 5, 2012 - Ben Henderson just can't seem to get his name out of everyone's mouth. Since earning the UFC lightweight strap with a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144, Henderson has somehow found himself within the crossfires of the MMA world, a casualty of the UFC's latest high-profile judging debate. Weeks after the controversial decision, Edgar, the former champion, has atypically embarked on a crusade for the rematch he feels he justly deserves. UFC President Dana White, on the other hand, steadfastly stands by his opinion that Edgar would be better served at featherweight, and even offered an immediate title shot against reigning 145-pound champion Jose Aldo to sweeten the deal.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 7:36PM by sparky - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
The lineup for One Fighting Championship’s third event is nearly complete, promotion officials announced Monday. One FC 3 “War of the Lions,” which will take place March 31 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, is headlined by a lightweight clash between Felipe Enomoto and Zorobabel Moreira. In another featured bout, former Shooto welterweight king Tatsuya Kawajiri will lock horns with an as-yet-to-be determined opponent at featherweight. The 11-fight card also includes a lightweight scrap between URCC welterweight titleholder Eduard Folayang and K-1 standout Ole Laursen; a 170-pound affair pitting Deep welterweight champion Yuya Shirai against four-time Deep veteran Fabricio Monteiro; and a middleweight showdown between Dream and Strikeforce veteran Melvin Manhoef and Deep light heavyweight champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 7:35PM by sparky - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Breaking news: Josh Barnett's MMA license reinstated in California
Strikeforce heavyweight attraction and former PRIDE FC star Josh Barnett had his mixed martial arts (MMA) license reinstated today (March 5, 2012) during a special hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). But not without provisions. "The Warmaster" must consent to "random biological fluid testing" at a time and place determined by the commission prior to his participation at any event held in the state of California. Barnett, who is expected to fight undefeated division standout Daniel Cormier under the Strikeforce banner on May 19, has been battling the CSAC for over two years to get back in their good graces following his failed drug test back in 2009, one that sank the S.S. Affliction and canceled a late summer superfight against Fedor Emelianenko. Now he's back, primarily because the state of California "needs good fighters," according to the commission. More details on his reinstated license, as well as his upcoming fight against "DC," as they become available.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 3:45PM by SmileR - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
Report: Stabbed Bellator heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov in stable condition after regaining consciousness
As a mixed martial artist, Blagoi Ivanov knows how to put up a good fight. The Bellator heavyweight, who was clinging to life after suffering a severe stab wound late last month, is reportedly in stable condition following emergency surgery, having regained consciousness over the weekend. The Bulgarian English-speaking news site Novinite has the report: Ivanov is now in a stable condition and is under a milder treatment regimen, doctors have told the BGNES news agency. The fighter's main problem is with one of his lungs and not with his heart, according to the experts that treat him.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 12:19PM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Roy Nelson's Bet: He Will Drop to Light Heavyweight If He Can Get 100,000 'Likes' On Facebook
Dana White has been nudging Roy Nelson, and trying to convince him to drop to 205 for a while now. Today, "Big Country" suddenly made a pretty smart bet by saying that he will finally drop to light heavyweight, IF he can add 100,000 'likes' in Facebook. Here's Nelson explaining it in his own words: The reason is my friend and I had a discussion about what was better? I think twitter just because of use and for fans interaction, but Facebook is 20x bigger. So we decided to bet. I said if it so easy and great I should be able add 100K fans in 2 weeks because I have that on twitter. Facebook is bigger and better so this should be easy. Right? Bet is I will try to get to 205 if I can add 100k to Facebook.com/RoyNelsonUFC in two weeks. I love to win bets. Plus he will have to give me a part in his next movie.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 7:03AM by Budgellism - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Benavidez tops flyweights in SI.com's March MMA rankings
Big news in the UFC. Well, actually, it's rather small news. OK, I'll lay off the size wisecracks and simply let you know that with the behemoth fight promotion launching its flyweight tournament at Friday night's UFC on FX event in Sydney, Australia (9 p.m. ET, FX), it's time for SI.com to add the 125-pound weight division to our monthly rankings. Sure, we could wait to see what happens in this weekend's two semifinal bouts, then introduce the crème de la fly crème next month. But like a thrill-a-second mixed martial artist, we're not about to sit back and play it safe. We're just boldly going for it.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 1:38AM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ryan Couture happily proves naysayers wrong, wants on May card
Ryan Couture has just been riding the coattails of his father Randy all along. He couldn't even find a way to beat Matt Ricehouse. There's no way he'd have a shot against veteran Conor Heun. Wrong, naysayers. Wrong. "I think that should shut up just about anybody that said I don't belong here," Couture told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after his latest Strikeforce win. "To not only beat a guy who is tough and experienced, but to finish him – no one has ever done that. It feels really good."
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 1:34AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Strikeforce's Josh Thomson: 'This is entertainment business, not the boring business'
Josh Thomson (19-4 MMA, 10-2 SF) was mad at the performance he gave against K.J. Noons (11-5 MMA, 3-3 SF), and he cursed when asked to rate it afterward. Despite dominating every round and winning a unanimous decision, Thomson's anger was replaced by near-tears in the locker room.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 1:31AM by prophecy033 - 9 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Dana White '100% UFC', Apparently Done With Strikeforce Involvement
Since the day it was announced that Zuffa was purchasing Strikeforce, their relationship with the UFC has been an odd one. Are they competitors? Are they business entities designed to help each other? Are they simply undefinable relatives? When UFC president Dana White appeared on a Strikeforce broadcast earlier this year, it was an odd moment but seemed to signify that he was taking a much deeper interest in the promotion. He said as much, claiming that he was going to look to get more control over Strikeforce with production, something he admits he's a bit obsessive about. That apparently was nothing more than a pipe dream as on Saturday, White responded to a fan on Twitter about his role in the world's No. 2 fight promotion: BenShuffain Ben Shuffain @Strikeforce has the worst commentators in sports. @danawhite needs to fix this asap #TateRousey Mar 04 Favorite Retweet Reply in reply to @BenShuffain? @danawhite Dana White @BenShuffain @strikeforce tell Showtime, they run that shit not me. I'm out. I'm 100% UFC Mar 04 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply
Submitted Mar 4, 2012 9:22AM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
Strikeforce: Brandon Saling (Bigot and Pedophile) Allowed To Fight.
Brandon Saling, a competitor on tonight's card, was allowed to fight despite being a registered sex offender and a known bigot. I'm extremely disappointed this guy made it past the vetting process and someone's head needs to roll for this. The SS bolts and 88 are on his shoulder.
Submitted Mar 4, 2012 1:24AM by BlueSkiesBurn - 55 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Strikeforce: Conor Heun Bonded with His Father in a Bar Brawl
Strikeforce lightweight Conor Heun meditates in his Hollywood loft, singing praises of a greater good. His roommates, all MMA fighters and trainers, watch from across the living quarter as Heun finds peace and calm burning incense and lifting his hands towards the ceiling.
Submitted Mar 4, 2012 1:10AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals Set
It will have been just under a year and a half when it happens, but the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will finally reach its conclusion on May 19, according to Strikeforce officials. Though they have yet to name a venue or location, finalists Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier will square off to determine the tournament winner.
Submitted Mar 4, 2012 1:03AM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Strikeforce Tate vs. Rousey Results: Ronda Rousey Armbars Again, Wins Bantamweight Title
Ronda Rousey submitted Miesha Tate in the main event of Strikeforce Tate vs. Rousey in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night, winning the women’s bantamweight championship
Submitted Mar 4, 2012 1:01AM by prophecy033 - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Aaron Simpson Headed in for Surgery Then to a Drop to Welterweight
A cut down to 170 pounds sounds like a pretty good idea to former Arizona State wrestler Aaron Simpson; so he will now officially make the move. Simpson, who fought at the inaugural UFC on Fuel event in Omaha, Neb., in February, lost a decision to Ronny Markes and remarked afterwards that he was considering a move from middleweight to welterweight.
Submitted Mar 3, 2012 11:42PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
After Misaki, Strikeforce's Daley wants to fight Marquardt for title
Onetime Strikeforce welterweight title challenger Paul Daley (29-11-2 MMA, 1-2 SF) assumes that he'll get past Kazuo Misaki (24-11-2 MMA, 1-0 SF) at Saturday's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event. And Daley also assumes that recent signee Nate Marquardt will get past Tyron Woodley when they meet, likely for the title, as he's heard from people within Strikeforce.
Submitted Mar 3, 2012 1:52PM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Strikeforce's oft-injured Thomson looks for healthy return, third Melendez fight
Josh Thomson would understand if fans have forgotten about him. After all, it's been 15 months since he most recently fought on U.S. soil, and when he did, the crowd wasn't altogether happy with the judges' judgement. Then add in the rest of the time he's spent on the bench nursing this injury or that, and well, even he might have lost track if he were sitting in the stands.
Submitted Mar 3, 2012 1:27PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Despite fighters' class, White says nothing good comes from UFC on FX 2 mishap
It was a mistake so odd that even UFC president Dana White was left speechless. (Well, relatively.) At the conclusion of this weekend's UFC on FX 2 event in Sydney, Craig Waller, the executive director of the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, let White in on an important piece of information: He had miscalculated the scores of the flyweight-tournament bout between Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) and Ian McCall (11-2-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC).
Submitted Mar 3, 2012 1:24PM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FX 2 Draws Record Fight Night Gate and Attendance!
UFC president Dana White may have been bummed out about the scoring controversy at UFC on FX 2 in Sydney on Friday night (Saturday in Aussie time), but he was nothing less than ecstatic about the numbers that the show produced.
Submitted Mar 3, 2012 3:04AM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
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