Joachim Hansen vs. Shinya Aoki title fight official for DREAM.11 in October
DREAM lightweight champion Joachim Hansen (19-7-1) will make his long-awaited first title defense against the man he beat to claim the belt, Shinya Aoki (21-4), at DREAM.11.
The long-rumored bout was officially announced by the Japanese-based organization earlier today.
DREAM.11 takes place Oct. 6 at Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan. The card airs on HDNet in North America.
First ever New York MMA Expo helps push for state regulation
Fans in the New York City area turned out in droves last Sunday (August 2) to attend the first ever New York Mixed Martial Arts Expo held at the Uniondale Marriot in Long Island, New York.
Sponsored by the Fighter Warehouse NY, the event helped push for sanctioning of MMA in the state of New York where it is currently unregulated. A full size cage was on hand for live demonstrations from local MMA schools.
Is the UFC Truly Dominant? A Brief Examination of the Boxing vs. MMA Debate
I've always been loudly outspoken in my feelings that there is no "war" between boxing and MMA. Since I was old enough to remember I have been a boxing fan. In fact, I got my start at SB Nation as a writer at BadLeftHook. And I've always been clear that I feel the constant MMA chorus of "boxing is dead" is very much overstated. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to approach the "boxing is healthy" argument and Paul Magno at EastSideBoxing very much takes the wrong approach with statements such as:
Top 10: Brock Lesnar Killers
“The Next Big Thing” is now the “it thing” in the UFC: Brock Lesnar is the undisputed king of the heavyweight division.
Given his arrogant behavior after his win over Frank Mir at UFC 100, there’s a long lineup of people who want to see his demise.
Not only is Brock Lesnar big-headed, bad-mannered and beastly, he’s also the best heavyweight in the UFC, and being the best just adds fuel to his villainous fire.
Given his monstrous size and frame, he looks to be unstoppable, but in mixed martial arts, it only takes one punch to change the lineage. See: Kimbo Slice.
On that note, here’s a list of the top 10 Brock Lesnar killers -- both in and out of the UFC -- with the best shot at defeating this beast.
Kendall Grove: ‘I’m going to break’ Ricardo Almeida at UFC 101
“[When Almeida fought] Cote, I learned a lot. Keep my level low. He does get frustrated when he can’t control you on the ground, when you shut down takedowns, he breaks as a fighter, but I’m a firm believer that he learned from that fight and he’s going to come out a little different, he’s going to come out more prepared..."
Paul Daley vs. Brian Foster at UFC 103
The first of former Cage Rage welterweight champion Paul Daley's current four-fight contract with the UFC will be against Brian Foster at UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas.
UFC president Dana White announced the signing of Daley (21-8-2) on Friday and the British striker has since been added to the "Franklin vs. Belfort" card.
"Yeah it's awesome," Daley said Wednesday to FanHouse. "Been a long road to get here, faith, luck and hard work."
Top trainer Greg Jackson hopes striking manual "The Stand Up Game" can benefit all
Hardly a weekend goes by that top MMA trainer and namesake of the New Mexico-based camp Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts, Greg Jackson, isn't in the corner of a world-class fighter.
But somewhere between the training sessions, travel and pay-per-view events, Jackson – along with occasional MMAjunkie.com contributor Kelly Crigger – has penned a new striking manual entitled "Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts: The Stand-Up Game."
Jackson recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that the book was based around a series of proven techniques and should prove beneficial to competitors of all levels.
COKER ON FEDOR DEAL: "I don't think this will escalate."
If a line has been drawn in the sand between the promotion that most thought deserved Fedor Emelianenko and the promotion that actually got him, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker certainly doesn’t see it.
“Why would one fighter create a war?” asked Coker, after announcing Monday that he’d secured the services of the most sought-after fighter in the sport for three fights over one year. “I don’t think this will escalate like the fans like to gossip (it will).”
How Does Strikeforce Solve a Problem Like Fedor Emelianenko?
The idea that Emelianenko won't be granted an immediate shot is a dubious one, and for a number of reasons:
1. "Let's build that fight up" isn't the sort of thinking that's conducive to good business in MMA. The sport is too tricky and unpredictable for promotions to lay foundations for fights, and several high-profile bouts have fallen apart based on the notion that they should marinate. If it's a good fight, book it. Not after lunch. Now.
Pat Miletich Hopes to Bury the Hatchet With Dana White at UFC 101
Dana White recently settled his differences with rivals Affliction and Tito Ortiz. Could Pat Miletich be next?
The MMA legend told FanHouse on Tuesday that he is hoping to sit down with White at UFC 101 in Philadelphia to finally settle his differences with the UFC president. Miletich, the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, will be cornering Jesse Lennox in his fight against Danillo Villefort.
Randy Couture: Battle Has Begun Between UFC and Strikeforce
In addition to being one of the best fighters in MMA history, Randy Couture is known as one of the most knowledgeable observers of the sport, regarding both what happens inside the cage and the business side of the sport. He's also known for his longstanding quest to fight Fedor Emelianenko, so in a week when Fedor shocked the MMA world by signing with Strikeforce, Couture's thoughts are of particular interest.
Frank Mir Breaks Down Dominick Cruz vs. Joseph Benavidez
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will be the color commentator for WEC 42 Sunday night on Versus, and all this week he's providing his insight into the WEC fights. Today I ask Mir about the bantamweight fight between Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez, and whether the winner will earn a title shot.
SPRATT INJURES KNEE, EYES OCTOBER RETURN
It’s been an uncharacteristically slow year for former UFC welterweight Pete “Secret Weapon” Spratt.
After a disappointing 2008 that saw him go 1-3, Spratt spent the better part of the first half of this year out of commission, before returning in June with a victory over Alan Woods for the Steele Cage promotion.
STRIKEFORCE AND DREAM FORMALIZING "ALLIANCE"
Halfway around the globe, Dream is expected to announce an “alliance” with Strikeforce, the result of a longstanding relationship between Scott Coker and the Japanese promotion.
The Strikeforce CEO has maintained a good relationship with promoter Kazuyoshi Ishii from Dream parent company Fight Entertainment Group, whom he worked with for eight years as the U.S. promoter of K-1 kickboxing. The alliance formalizes that relationship.
ABC says old weight classes just fine, clears up "back of the head" definition and more
The Association of Boxing Commissions recently held its annual conference in New Orleans, and a number of revisions and clarifications to the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts were approved by the attending members.
The revisions, submitted by a committee established in 2008 that includes the heads of some of the largest and most influential athletic commissions in the nation, were intended to establish uniformity across the membership of the association.
Strikeforce Signs Ronaldo Souza, DREAM 11 Fight Off?
GracieMag is reporting that Middleweight Ronaldo Souza has signed with Strikeforce. He's expected to debut for the promotion this fall, which obviously casts some doubt on whether his planned rematch with Jason Miller at DREAM 11 for the vacant DREAM Middleweight Title will actually happen.
James Irvin Withdraws From UFC 102 Fight Against Wilson Gouveia
James Irvin has beed forced to withdraw from his scheduled middleweight debut against Wilson Gouveia, which was to take place on August 29 at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon, after suffering what is being called a “massive” knee injury.
From radio host Carmichael Dave on The Underground:
Sacramento based fighter James Irvin has suffered another massive setback in his oft-injured career, this time with a massive knee injury.
He will obviously not be able to face Wilson Gouveia at UFC 102.
Irvin is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery sometime in the next few days, and is also expected to miss 6-10 months.