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Kamal Shalorus not cleared for WEC 48 fight, Jamie Varner likely off pay-per-view event
(mmajunkie.com)
A proposed WEC 48 lightweight matchup between former champion Jamie Varner (16-3 MMA, 4-1 WEC) and intriguing prospect Kamal Shalorus (6-0-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) has been nixed. Varner first posted news of the dissolution of the potential matchup on his Twitter account Wednesday night, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed that Shalorus was forced to withdraw from the event after failing to receive medical clearance for a few lingering, yet not serious, injuries from his hard-fought January win over Dave Jansen. Bout agreements were never distributed for the contest, and it now appears likely that Varner will re-booked on another card at a later date. "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" takes place on April 24 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., and features two title fights: featherweight champion Jose Aldo vs. ex-champ Urijah Faber and newly crowned lightweight title-holder Benson Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone. Shalorus, an Iranian who wrestled for England in the 2004 Summer Olympics, made his WEC debut in late 2009 and replaced Alex Karalexis on short notice at WEC 42. There, he scored a quick, 86-second knockout of Will Kerr. He then followed up the successful debut with a unanimous-decision victory over then-unbeaten Jansen (14-0 at the time) at WEC 46. A powerful wrestler with potent striking, Shalorus is considered among the WEC's top prospects. An exact timetable for his return has not yet been established. Varner, who held the WEC's 155-pound title from February 2008 to January 2010, lost the belt to then-interim champ Benson Henderson at WEC 46. The loss snapped Varner's five-fight win streak, which began after a submission loss to Hermes Franca at UFC 62. Varner returned from a year-long layoff due to hand and foot injuries when he fought Henderson.
Submitted Mar 4, 2010 1:33PM by Jride - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
Marcus Davis Needs To Chill Out
(mmamania.com)
That's the response from Davis's (and maybe every UFC Welterweight's) latest trash talk target, Dan Hardy. "Yeah I saw [the AIDS tweet]. I laughed. I think he needs to chill out a bit. I think more than anything it is Davis getting to Davis now. I think he needs to see it for what it was and just chill out a bit. It was all meant in good humor, I didn’t say anything malicious or do anything malicious. It was all funny stuff, like the photoshops and the plastic paddy thing. It was just like a back and forward you’d get between mates in our gym any day of the week."
Submitted Mar 4, 2010 9:41AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Is James Toney An MMA Freak Show?
(mmajunkie.com)
Believe it or not, many UFC Heavyweights say no. Most, in fact, had more positive things to say than negative-including Pat Barry, Paul Buentello, Brendan Schaub and Todd Duffee. In fact, Barry even said he wanted to fight Toney. Tonight.
Submitted Mar 4, 2010 9:38AM by DCRage - 32 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: WEC In Calgary On June 20 (Updated)
(mmaweekly.com)
"We're going to go up to Canada, and we're hoping to do that in the next few months," WEC general manager Reed Harris said recently on MMAWeekly Radio. According to one news article, "the next few months" means June 20. The report cites Calgary Combative Sports Commission chairperson Shirley Stunzi as confirming that WEC has “officially booked” the date in Calgary, Alberta. UPDATE: A second article says that "A source close to the show said the event is not official and that a date and venue are still being finalized. However, all signs are pointing to a June 20 date at the 7,500-seat Stampede Corral."
Submitted Mar 4, 2010 7:36AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Kamal Shalorus injured, bout with Varner postponed
(fightclubhouse.com)
Looks as if the bout is off until June, or Varner could possibly be used if Cerrone or Henderson get injured.
Submitted Mar 3, 2010 10:50PM by BrutalKnockOut - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Trainer Juanito Ibarra to coach UFC signee James Toney in transition to MMA
(mmajunkie.com)
Boxing champion James Toney (72-6-3 Boxing, 0-0 MMA) already has a trainer to shepherd him into the world of mixed martial arts. Juanito Ibarra, a 30-year veteran of boxing and MMA who once trained champions Oscar De La Hoya and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, is training Toney in his Southern California MMA gym. Ibarra told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Wednesday that he's been working with Toney for the past month and will act as head coach for the boxing champion's first MMA fight. "James and I have good personal chemistry," Ibarra said. "That's what it takes. I just don't jump in with anybody. We respect each other's knowledge." Toney's UFC signing today came as a shock to many MMA fans who have heard UFC president Dana White rail at aging athletes such as Herschel Walker for turning the sport into a "freak show." And until now, a deal between Toney and the UFC was thought to be dead in the water. The boxing champion crashed the UFC 108 post-fight press conference on Jan. 2 and confronted White about a possible contract. Before a group of reporters, White was skeptical about bringing Toney into the octagon. "Listen, let me tell you what: I got blasted this week? Let me make this fight (with Toney)," White said after Toney accosted him. "That will get me [expletive] blasted. I'm the first guy out there going, 'This is a [expletive] freak show. Who would put on a fight like this?' I'm the first guy that would say that. I'm always saying it when freak shows happen." Afterward, Toney brought cameras to his meeting with White and made his pitch once again. Days later, Toney called the UFC's offer "laughable" and trashed White in subsequent interviews on various media outlets. As recently as last week, he appeared anything but confident a deal would happen. "Dana White is a straight up ho!" Toney told Fighthype.com. "He makes me a five-fight offer for chump change and said I can't box anymore if I accept it. He must have lost his damn mind." The UFC has yet to make an official announcement on the signing, although White has confirmed the deal to multiple media outlets. Ibarra said he'd like to see Toney make his UFC debut in June, but said that was just his wish. In the coming weeks, he expects to bring in several well-known fighters to coach Toney in wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, though he declined to give any names. Ibarra is encouraged by what he's seen so far in the gym. "He's a student of the fight game," Ibarra said. "He's a born fighter, and I believe in him. I think I can teach him more about his body, his athleticism – how to fight better as an MMA combatant." To teach Toney, he said, is simply an honor. "We'll put in the work and see what happens," Ibarra said. "He's starting to get in shape, and he's in it. "If I can be an asset to somebody, that's fantastic. It's another great opportunity. Hopefully my team will help him and we can go in there and get some victories."
Submitted Mar 3, 2010 7:31PM by Jride - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Signs Boxing Champion James Toney, Debut Date Uncertain
(mmafighting.com)
After a long period of off-again, on-again courtship, the UFC has pulled the trigger and signed 41-year-old boxing champion James Toney. UFC President Dana White confirmed the signing to MMA Fighting after it was first reported by FiveOuncesofPain.com. Toney had actively campaigned for a contract from the UFC, following White around the country to several events and eventually meeting with him. Toney reportedly turned down at least one contract offer before signing. Asked when Toney would debut, White said he had "no idea." With a professional boxing record of 73-6-2 with one no contest, Toney is among the great boxers of his era, winning titles in six different weight classes ranging from middleweight to heavyweight. In the past, White noted that he'd have some trouble passing Toney off as a legitimate mixed martial artist after criticizing other late career changers like Herschel Walker, but he always voiced an interest in Toney as a "real fighter" capable of making the transition. Toney has reportedly been training in MMA for some time in hopes of making his octagon debut. Now it appears he'll finally get the chance he's campaigned for.
Submitted Mar 3, 2010 4:51PM by Jride - 49 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Georges St-Pierre on Dan Hardy: I want to take him out as quickly as I can
(mmajunkie.com)
While UFC welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy (23-6 MMA, 4-0 UFC) continues to remain in the headlines due to ongoing verbal conflicts with some of his past opponents, the British slugger's date with Georges St-Pierre (19-2 MMA, 13-2 UFC) at UFC 111 later this month is fast approaching. St-Pierre, the popular French-Canadian champion, hasn't yet found himself as much of a target for Hardy's famed trash talking, but that doesn't mean "The Outlaw" isn't firmly in the sites of "Rush." "The longer a fight is, the more you can get hurt," St-Pierre recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I want to take him out as fast as I can and go home." St-Pierre currently carries a six-fight win streak, and the 28-year old has fought into the championship rounds in three of those six fights. St-Pierre dominated the latter stages of each of those contests. Nevertheless, he said he has little desire to give Hardy a chance to connect on any of the powerful punches that have quickly become his hallmark in MMA. And while many MMA observers have questioned Hardy's readiness for such a challenge, St-Pierre believes his own previous victories over many of the division's other top contenders make the Brit a perfect opponent. "He deserves it," St-Pierre said. "He's undefeated in the UFC, and he's a great challenge for me. He's a top-10 guy, and we haven't fought yet. Most of the contenders at 170 pounds are guys I've already fought. "It's a mathematics problem. It's a new problem that I'm going to solve. It's going to make me a better fighter. I'm going to grow from that." St-Pierre has already dispatched the welterweight division's perennial top-three contenders in Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, and Josh Koscheck, he avenged his lone career losses to Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, and he's beaten lightweight champion B.J. Penn twice. Because of his success at 170 pounds, many believe there are simply no challenges left in the welterweight division. But St-Pierre refuses to speculate where his next step might lead until after he's made it through his upcoming challenge. "It all depends on the outcome of the fight," St-Pierre said. "I want to fight the best guy that deserves it. I don't want to fight for nothing. "I'm the kind of guy that the reason why I fight mostly three times a year – I don't fight anymore five times a year – is that every time I fight, it's a big fight. I prefer it like this because I want to get the big fish. I want to get the best fighter. At the same time, it give me the opportunity to improve more between fights because I have more time to train. I become a better version all the time than the guy that I was in my last fight. That's why I like it that way." And while most fans believe St-Pierre is a notch above Hardy, the Team Rough House product does own UFC wins over Mike Swick, Marcus Davis, Rory Markham and Akihiro Gono. St-Pierre believes in the skills of his foe, and he knows that an impressive victory is necessary for him to reach his ultimate goal: to be the best. "I always want to fight the best guys because I want to be the best," St-Pierre said. "By fighting the best guy, you improve more. I don't want to fight too often, but when I fight, I want to fight the best guy. "I don't want to fight guys that don't deserve shots. I want to fight guys that are on top of the food chain, and when I fight, I want it to be worth it."
Submitted Mar 3, 2010 4:49PM by Jride - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Quinton Jackson Has To Get In Shape Just To Get Into Shape
(mmamania.com)
And according to the latest smack talk from UFC 114 foe Rashad Evans, it's not just any camp. "He's in the UK right now training. He's doing a Forrest camp, so that's how fat he is. Rampage gotta get in shape just to get in shape. He's in rough shape right now. He's been sitting on the set for a while, in the trailer, waiting to do scenes and getting served food and everything else." Rashad refers to the time Rampage spent filming the upcoming movie "The A-Team".
Submitted Mar 3, 2010 1:11PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shinya Aoki Will Take Off His Tights, Submit Gilbert Melendez & Restore PRIDE's Heyday To Dream
(mmamania.com)
In recent comments posted by DREAM, DREAM LW Champion Shinya Aoki discussed his fight with SF LW Champion Gilbert Melendez, plans to bring the belt back to Japan, and even fighting without his famed "stretchy pants". "Yes, I will have to take off my tights. I think the prospect of being able to see my bare legs is attractive, so I want the fans to come all the way to the US for it." As for the pending defense of DREAM Lightweight title against Tatsuya Kawajiri, he expressed his eagerness and assured the fans that he will not defect from DREAM to fight overseas.
Submitted Mar 3, 2010 12:07PM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Report: UFC 115 In Vancouver In Jeopardy
(mmamania.com)
MM-Eh in May could wind up becoming MM-Nay, at least for UFC. Former fighter-turned-analyst Paul "The Mauler" Lazenby, a Vancouver resident, was on hand at yesterday's meeting of the Vancouver Athletic Commission to inquire about obtaining his promoter's license as well as get more information about the upcoming Zuffa event. And according to a post on his blog, paullazenby.com, it didn't go well. Says Lazenby, "In spite of Vancouver City Council's approval of a two-year trial period for MMA, I found out that there are still no regulations in place to promote the sport professionally within the city. The problem lies in the fact that the city is still expressing grave concerns about legal and financial liability, while movement toward a resolution of those concerns appears to have been extremely sluggish. At one point, newly-elected VAC chair Mirko Mladenovic (a supporter of properly-sanctioned MMA) asked Mr. Hammel when the legal issues might be resolved, to which Mr. Hammel replied, "About two months" in a manner that indicated to me that it may be even longer."
Submitted Mar 3, 2010 12:03PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce Fighters to Appear on 'NCIS: L.A.'
(sherdog.com)
Synergy was the word of the day when Strikeforce lightweight champion Gil Melendez, former titleholders Josh Thomson and Cung Le, and others joined the cast of CBS’s “NCIS: Los Angeles,” shooting this week in Hollywood, Calif. “NCIS: Los Angeles” stars Chris O’Donnell and L.L. Cool J as agents with the Navy’s crime investigative service. In this episode, Cool J goes undercover as an MMA fighter to investigate the death of a Marine tied to the sport. Strikeforce fighters Dan Henderson, Frank Shamrock and K.J. Noons also guest-starred as themselves, assisting Cool J for his cage debut against Eric Christian Olsen (“Fired Up!” “Dumb and Dumberer.”) Referee “Big” John McCarthy “officiated” the former rap star’s emphatic turn in the cage. The episode airs on Tuesday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST on CBS, while Strikeforce returns to CBS’s “Saturday Night Fights” on April 17.
Submitted Mar 3, 2010 2:43AM by Jride - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Miscellaneous
 
"Strikeforce: Nashville" on CBS officially announced for April 17
Strikeforce's second trip to network television is finally a done deal. CBS on Tuesday officially announced its broadcast of "Strikeforce: Nashville," which takes place April 17 at Bridgestone Arena (formerly known as the Sommet Center) in Nashville, Tenn., airs live at 9 p.m. ET (tape delayed on the West Coast). Strikeforce and CBS officials told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the broadcast will run approximately two hours with apparent room to run over the allotted time if needed. The San Jose, Calif.-based promotion is aiming high for the event's main card with no less than three title fights scheduled for the televised portion of the evening. In the main draw, middleweight champion Jake Shields (24-4-1 MMA, 2-0 SF) makes his second title defense when he meets top-tier import Dan Henderson (25-7 MMA, 0-0 SF). After serving most of his career at welterweight, Shields bulked up to defeat Robbie Lawler this past June for the promotion's first-ever middleweight belt; he then successfully defended the belt against Jason "Mayhem" Miller on CBS' initial Strikeforce broadcast in November 2009. Henderson, a former UFC light heavyweight contender, has fought in the middleweight and light heavyweight classes. The former two-title PRIDE champion made a highly publicized split from the UFC this past December. "It's been a long time trying to put this fight together, and I'm super excited to have a main event on CBS against such a great fighter," Shields said. "I've fought a lot of tough fighters, but he's probably the toughest fight of my life. I'm up for the challenge." Light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1 MMA, 2-0 SF) makes his first title defense when he takes on budding rival Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (6-0 MMA, 1-0 SF). Mousasi, a former DREAM middleweight champion, signed with Strikeforce this past July and immediately made good on his hype when he defeated Renato "Babalu" Sobral's in 60 seconds to take the promotion's 205-pound belt. Lawal, a former collegiate wrestling standout, earned his stripes in Japan's Sengoku event series before he migrated to Strikeforce this past October. Two months later, he knocked out UFC veteran Mike Whitehead in a litle more than three minutes at "Strikeforce: Evolution." Additionally, the recently re-crowned lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (17-2 MMA, 7-1 SF) faces DREAM lightweight title-holder Shinya Aoki (23-4 MMA, 0-0 SF) in a long rumored match-up. Melendez, a longtime Strikeforce fighter, won the promotion's first-ever 155-pound title against UFC standout Clay Guida in June 2006. He went on to defend the title once before a hard-fought decision loss to Josh Thomson two years later at "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson." This past April, he took the interim 155-pound belt with Thomson sidelined due to persistent injuries and unified the title eight months later in a pitch-perfect rematch with Thomson. Aoki, long considered one of the world's best lightweights and MMA grapplers, will make his U.S. debut on the heels of a three-fight win streak. The Japanese star drew controversy in his most recent performance when he broke Sengoku lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota's arm and taunted him afterward at K-1 "Dynamite!! 2009" this past New Year's Eve. The broadcast team for "Strikeforce: Nashville" includes veteran play-by-play commentator Gus Johnson, former UFC champion Frank Shamrock, and color analyst Mauro Renallo. "When you have one event with three championship fights and this many top-ranked athletes, it's more than just a great card; it's a big night for MMA," Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President, Primetime, CBS Television stated. "Audiences are going to see a great range of mixed-martial-arts skills, styles and talent on one broadcast." "We are excited about returning to CBS Primetime with a card featuring some of the top mixed-martial-arts fighters in the world, including three title fights and the Strikeforce debut of MMA legend Dan Henderson," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker added in a prepared statement. "CBS has shown a tremendous commitment to furthering the sport of MMA on network television, and we appreciate the home they have given Strikeforce to deliver world-class cards for MMA fans everywhere."
Submitted Mar 2, 2010 9:20PM by Jride - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Matchmaker says WEC 155-pound class isn't going anywhere
(mmajunkie.com)
WEC matchmaker Sean Shelby shares a portfolio of fighters looking to fight in the 155-pound division with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. Since this past March, the lightweight division remains the only weight class in which the two Zuffa, LLC-owned promotions share a common division. Why the overlap? In a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Shelby said the 155-pound division is a necessary tool to keep fans invested in the UFC's lighter-weighted sibling. "I really think it's a situation with the WEC that the future is the lighter-weight category," Shelby said. "The [155-pound fighters are] a fantastic bridge into the [145-pound fighters and 135-pound fighters], which are extremely well-established in the UFC, and they've had a great history in the UFC." Shelby points to boxing as a model for the popularity of lighter-weight classes. Fighters such as Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao are doing the biggest business in boxing's recent history – with the days of heavyweight dominance in steep decline. "That's where all the money's at; that's [what] everyone wants to see nowadays," Shelby said. The WEC is just beginning to scratch that surface. Meanwhile, lightweights headed no less than five UFC events in 2009 due in no small part to UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn's popularity. Three 2009 events featuring Penn have cracked the 500,000 mark in pay-per-view buys. "It's one of the last frontiers in MMA," Shelby said. "I don't think we're 100 percent there yet, but people are appreciating the lighter-weight guys." And often, the loyal fans of both promotions wonder why the WEC's top lightweights aren't fighting in the UFC. If they're so good, and the promotions are linked together, why not try them out against the UFC's best inside the octagon? Some fans want Jose Aldo to move up in weight and challenge Penn for UFC lightweight title – even though Aldo hasn't defended his own featherweight belt. Shelby is confident that while WEC lightweights could hold their own in the UFC, the division needs to mature before Zuffa, LLC addresses the issue of swapping 155-pound fighters. "I don't think we [can] cross that bridge yet because there's so many questions that aren't answered in the [155-pound] division in the WEC," he said. "I think if you have a guy who's just completely just decimated the division, then you can maybe start talking about that. But I don't think we're at that point yet." Keeping the divisions separate also means more work for fighters looking to make their marks in the sport. "There's enough to go around right now; there's enough talent," Shelby said. "When you watch these 155-pound fighters (in the WEC), I've never had a person come away going, 'I can't believe you had the [155-pound fighters] on there. That sucked.' They're always fantastic fights in the WEC. They're fan friendly fights. These guys are awesome fighters." Shelby said, in time, fans will come to appreciate the WEC lightweight division on its own. "I could put these fighters against anybody, and they would not only hold their own, but they would excel," he said.
Submitted Mar 2, 2010 9:18PM by Jride - 6 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
 
CBS Hoping for Herschel; 3 Title Fights Could Cause Problems
(mmafighting.com)
If things go right for Strikeforce and CBS over the next six weeks, their April 17 MMA show will feature Herschel Walker returning to the cage in addition to a lightweight title fight of Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki, a light heavyweight title fight of Gegard Mousasi vs. Muhammed Lawal and a main event of Jake Shields vs. Dan Henderson for the middleweight title. But while CBS wants Walker on the card, it's no sure thing that he'll participate. And as great as those other three fights are for hard-core MMA fans, there are potential problems with having three title fights on one card. One CBS source said he was "hoping but not holding [his] breath" that Walker would fight on the April 17 card in Nashville. Walker's MMA debut in January was well-received and drew Strikeforce more mainstream media attention than it has ever had before, and although he's a newcomer to MMA, Walker would be the most famous fighter ever to participate in a CBS card. That's why the network would love to have him. But Walker is a busy man with other interests, and he might not have the time and inclination to devote the next six weeks of his life to getting ready to fight on that card. There are also concerns about finding the right opponent for Walker. CBS, Strikeforce and Walker himself all want his next opponent to be a step up from the guy he beat in January, Greg Nagy, but no one wants him to take so big a step that he gets beaten badly by a better, more experienced opponent. Jose Canseco has said he wants to fight Walker, but Strikeforce insists that won't happen. The Walker issue aside, another source expressed concern about the possibility of having three five-round title fights on one card. Broadcasting live MMA is always a tricky endeavor because the length of fights is unpredictable, but on this card, officials are particularly concerned about the possibility that all three title fights could go the full five rounds, making it nearly impossible to fit them all into a two-hour show. Or, conversely, CBS might allot more time for the Strikeforce broadcast -- but then all three fights could end in the first round, and CBS would find itself scrambling to fill time. The bottom line is that while the next Strikeforce CBS card looks very promising, there are still a lot of issues that the promotion and the network need to get ironed out by April 17.
Submitted Mar 2, 2010 4:00PM by Jride - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Brock Lesnar Rooting for Frank Mir Over Shane Carwin
(mmafighting.com)
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir drew a lot of attention for comments about wanting to break current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar's neck and see him die in the Octagon. Lesnar says he welcomes the opportunity for Mir to back up his words. In an interview on KFAN 1070 (courtesy of SportsRadioInterviews.com), Lesnar said that he's rooting for Mir to beat Shane Carwin this month at UFC 111 so that Lesnar can fight Mir for a third time -- and beat him, he hopes, for a second time. "I'd really like to fight Frank Mir again," Lesnar said of the man he lost to in his UFC debut at UFC 82 and then beat at UFC 100. "I don't want to go into the Octagon and kill somebody but I do wanna do whatever I can to win. Maybe that's what he was saying, I don't know. The guy should focus on the task in front of him which is Shane Carwin because if Shane Carwin beats his ass he won't be fighting me." Lesnar said he was surprised that Mir doesn't show much respect for him even after Lesnar thoroughly defeated Mir in July. "Hopefully he gets past Shane Carwin so I can put another beat down on him," Lesnar said. "For a guy to take an ass whooping like the one I gave him, for him to get up and keep running his mouth, I just gotta laugh at it. I gotta go back to a quote that he said before my second fight. He said, 'If Brock Lesnar beats me, he will be the greatest mixed martial artist ever.' I guess he's eating his words and he doesn't want to admit that I'm that much better than him. I am truly hoping that Frank wins this fight so it sets us up for July." The UFC is no doubt hoping that Mir wins as well. Although a Carwin-Lesnar fight would be big, a Mir-Lesnar fight, with all the hatred these two have expressed for each other, would be gigantic.
Submitted Mar 2, 2010 3:59PM by Jride - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Grappling ace Ricardo Almeida welcomes Matt Brown's striking aggression at UFC 111
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC welterweight Matt Brown (11-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC) quickly turned heads as one scary, aggressive guy on "The Ultimate Fighter 7" and has kept that reputation intact since the show. He's shrugged off a pedestrian record to emerge as a serious threat to the 170-pound division with three TKO wins in five post-"TUF" fights. Ricardo Almeida (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), Brown's next opponent at UFC 111, is impressed by the Ohio fighter's run in the UFC, which includes a 4-1 mark and a lone split-decision defeat. But aggression plays right into his hand. "I always like fighting aggressive guys," Almeida recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I think it makes it a little bit easier than fighting someone who's going to play a very tactical approach." Of course, easy is a relative term in the fight game, and for a highly decorated grappler such as Almeida, a well-established play against a fighter such as Brown is to take the fight to the mat. Almeida, though, said he'll try to avoid the easy path. In other words, he's not simply diving for Brown's shoelaces when the punches start flying. "I think my game's going through a little bit of an evolution right now," Almeida said. "Before, everyone knew I could finish fights on the ground only, and I think in the past two fights, I've shown improved wrestling and stand-up." The 33-year-old New York City native came up short on the scorecards against Patrick Cote at UFC 86 and afterward, he rededicated himself to striking to make sure he could hold his own if the fight stayed up. He isn't there quite yet; in his most recent appearance against Kendall Grove at UFC 101 this past August, Almeida won the day by taking the action down and maintaining top position. Almeida has enlisted top UFC welterweight contender Frankie Edgar in his quest to become a more well-rounded fighter. He's working takedown defense with the Rutgers University wrestling team, which Edgar assistant coaches, and boxing with trainer Mark Henry. It's a slow process, but he feels he's becoming a better all-around fighter. "I don't really prepare for a fighter," Almeida said. "I prepare for techniques. Like, if there are certain techniques I want to use in a fight, I'll focus more on that." And boxing, it seems, is at the top of Almeida's priorities. Brown is known for his heavy hands and skill in keeping takedown artists at bay. As with many of the welterweight division's best fighters, a wrestling base allows him to keep the action on its feet. Almeida long ago resigned himself to fighting opponents who want to stand at all costs. He said he's waited for this kind of test against a fighter such as Brown. "It's going to tell me what I need to do to get to the top of the welterweight division," he said. If he can weather the storm, he said, he'll be a little better the next time out. "I'm having a good time with it," Almeida said. "The key is getting that next win so it gives you time to get better and come back stronger."
Submitted Mar 2, 2010 3:56PM by Jride - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Mike Guymon official for UFC 113 preliminary card
(mmajunkie.com)
A long-rumored welterweight matchup between Yoshiyuki Yoshida (11-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Mike Guymon (11-3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is now official for May's UFC 113 event. The fight is part of the night's un-aired preliminary card. UFC 113 takes place May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and features a pay-per-view headliner of UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Yoshida and Guymon, both 35 years old, find themselves in a must-win situation. Yoshida, who suffered a KO loss to oversized late replacement Anthony Johnson (who weighed 176 pounds for the 170-pound contest) at UFC 104, looks to avoid the first back-to-back losses of his career since he dropped majority decisions to Yoshitaro Niimi and Keita Nakamura in his second and third pro fights. Yoshida signed with the UFC in 2008 and scored a submission victory over War Machine (formerly Jon Koppenhaver) before a KO defeat to Josh Koscheck. He then rebounded for a submission victory over Brandon Wolff before the Johnson defeat. Guymom, a longtime King of the Cage fighter and belt-holder, posted a five-fight win streak to earn a UFC contract in late 2009. He made his promotional debut in January at UFC Fight Night 20 and suffered a first-round submission loss to Rory MacDonald in an initially back-and-forth bout. Guymon, who runs the Jokers Wild Fighting Academy in California, has posted 11 stoppages (six via submission) in his 11 career wins.
Submitted Mar 2, 2010 3:55PM by Jride - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 111: Rodney Wallace 'doesn't feel like he can be beat' by Jared Hamman
(mmamania.com)
"I love [Hamman's approach]. I love people that go for knockouts in the first round. That’s my favorite type of person to fight, somebody that is confident to come in with their hands. I don’t ever lose confidence when I’m fighting somebody. That is just me. You can beat me five times in a row, and the next time I feel like I am going to get you."
Submitted Mar 2, 2010 12:20PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
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