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WEC 39: Richard Crunkilton vs. Bart Palaszewski for top contender's status
(mmajunkie.com)
World Extreme Cagefighting lightweights Bart Palaszewski (30-11) and Richard Crunkilton (16-2) have officially agreed to a March 1 fight at WEC 39. A source close to one of the fighters today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the bout has been signed and that the fighters have been told the winner will earn top contender's status in the division.
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 1:13PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
On heels of new six-fight deal, Matt Hamill anxious for Ohio homecoming
(mmajunkie.com)
Upon arrival to Loveland, Ohio, visitors and residents are greeted by a large sign that hugs the city border: "Welcome to Loveland: Home of Matt Hamill, three-time Div. III NCAA National Champion." Hamill's popularity is such that his story doesn't just grip a small town, but an entire state.
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 1:12PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Fighting Championships announces signing of Wilson Reis
(mmamania.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships, a first of its kind Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of elite grappler Wilson Reis. Reis will enter the inaugural season as a member of the Featherweight (145 lb.) division of Bellator’s tournament style events, premiering on ESPN Deportes April 4, 2009.
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 1:09PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Jon Fitch focused on UFC 94 fight against Akihiro Gono … not television line up
(mmamania.com)
“[Akihiro Gono] is a very seasoned veteran man. He’s a slick fighter and he knows his way around a fight. He’s been fighting for like 15 years I think. So that is ridiculous. He has had a ton of fights and has only lost a handful of them and has only been finished four times in his career. To be finished four times in 15 years is super impressive. He’s got good leg kicks and kick defense and good wrestling even. His ground game is kind of under rated because he is a good grappler as well. So, he is going to be a tough opponent…. You know I’m not going to let anything outside of the fight [i.e. being on the untelevised prelim portion of the card] itself worry me. I’m there to fight Gono whether it is the main event of the card or the first fight of the night, and whether it is a sold out venue to just ten people in the stands it really doesn’t matter to me. All that other stuff is just outside crap and I am just focused on the fight it’s self and beating Gono and that is all that matters.”
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 1:08PM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kaplan vs. Roop Set For UFC 98
(mmajunkie.com)
Although they both lost their respective fights at the TUF 8 Finale, Dave Kaplan & George Roop will get a chance at redemption at UFC 98. The TUF 8 cast members will face each other on the May event's undercard.
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 10:46AM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rich Franklin's Eye, Post Fight
(demandmma.com)
This is what Rich Franklin's eye looked like just a few days after the eye poke he received from Dan Henderson, pretty nasty.
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 9:12AM by BrutalKnockOut - 37 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
FRANK MIR TALKS REMATCH WITH BROCK LESNAR
(mmaweekly.com)
Mir anticipates more striking in the rematch and Lesnar to come in with a different game plan than their first go around. "I think it's going to be a lot more striking, obviously, this time. I think honestly there's going to be a lot more striking, but Brock's never really been punched in a pro fight. I think he's going to try to stand up with me for a little while, and then when that doesn't go his way he's going to take me down and try to ground and pound me and hope he's a lot more strategic about avoiding submissions."
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 3:53AM by Wolfenstein - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
NO MATTER WHAT VITOR SHOWS, LINDLAND IS READY
(mmaweekly.com)
“No matter what Vitor shows up, he’s a dangerous man,” says 38 year-old Matt Lindland. “He’s the same guy he’s always been. What could be new about him? The only thing is he’s gotten a little older and a little slower. But he’s still dangerous. I still think he’s gotta be one of the quickest guys at 185. I would put him and Chael Sonnen as two of the quickest guys I know, at any weight class.”
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 3:35AM by Wolfenstein - 7 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
Interview With Melvin Manhoef
(fightline.com)
Hi there, Melvin! Brasil Combate in association with Fighline.com is very glad to interview you. You were the Cage Rage Champion for almost two years. Tell us about that experience. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed that time. It was the start of bigger things and it prepared me for the K1. I won my first big title there. The atmosphere, the fans and the events were great !
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 1:35AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Arlovski hopes to cash in against Fedor
(sports.yahoo.com)
Andrei Arlovski finds himself in a unique position on Saturday night when he faces Fedor Emelianenko, generally considered the sport’s best heavyweight, in a five-round match for the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts title. The former UFC heavyweight champion left the organization last year to take one of the most lucrative MMA contracts in history from upstart Affliction.
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 1:34AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
Jeff Monson Arrested, But Not For Graffiti
(cagepotato.com)
Things just got worse for MMA’s favorite anarchist, Jeff Monson. He was arrested this weekend in North Carolina on a charge unrelated to his malicious mischief trouble in Olympia, Washington. Now he’s in jail on suspicion of “assault on a female and injury to real property.” Girl troubles gone terribly wrong, in other words. How disappointing.
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 1:30AM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto to miss DREAM Featherweight Tournament
(mmamania.com)
Sports Navi is reporting that featherweight superstar Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will not be ready in time to fight in the upcoming DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix scheduled for this March. Yamamoto (17-1) is in the midst of a 14-fight win streak, but has been plagued with injuries that have kept him on the sidelines since demolishing Rani Yahya at K-1 Premium Dynamite in December 2007.
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 1:21AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: Dream
 
Regardless of the Fate of Elite XC, King of the Cage Survives
(bloodyelbow.com)
One of the worst fall outs from the Elite XC implosion was the negative impact on the mid-sized promotions that had been purchased by the doomed organization. One of the orgs effected was Terry Trebilcock's King of the Cage. KOTC provided an early stage for stars such as Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Diego Sanchez, Keith Jardine, Paul Buentello and Mac Danzig. I'm happy to see that they're back up and running.
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 1:17AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Miguel Torres vs. Brian Bowles set to headline WEC 40 in Chicago
(mmajunkie.com)
A long-rumored title fight between WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres (35-1 MMA, 4-0 WEC) and undefeated challenger Brian Bowles (7-0 MMA, 4-0 WEC) is now set for WEC 40.
Submitted Jan 20, 2009 12:34AM by Wolfenstein - 4 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
JEFF CURRAN VS. JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ SET FOR APRIL 5 WEC
(mmaweekly.com)
A pivotal bantamweight match-up has been confirmed for the upcoming World Extreme Cagefighting card set for April 5, as former featherweight contender, Jeff "Big Frog" Curran takes on up and coming star, Joseph Benavidez, in a 135lb contest that could determine the next title contender.
Submitted Jan 19, 2009 8:31PM by Wolfenstein - 6 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
PALASZEWSKI VS. CRUNKILTON IN WEC MARCH 1
(mmaweekly.com)
As the March 1 WEC card in Corpus Christi, TX starts to take shape, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Bart Palaszewski and Richard Crunkilton will do battle in a lightweight match-up that could land the winner in title contention.
Submitted Jan 19, 2009 8:29PM by Wolfenstein - 4 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Tyson Griffin and Rafael dos Anjos on tap for UFC Fight Night 18
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC lightweights Tyson Griffin (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at the as-yet-unannounced UFC Fight Night 18, tentatively scheduled for April 1 in Nashvile, Tenn. While the event has not yet been officially announced by the UFC, sources close to the bout today alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the pending matchup.
Submitted Jan 19, 2009 8:28PM by Wolfenstein - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Five Ounces of Pain: Nine who will shine in '09
(cbssports.com)
The new year has commenced, and a new crop of fresh talent appears on the verge of breaking out. Here are nine names CBSSports.com believes will become the biggest breakout stars in the upcoming year.
Submitted Jan 19, 2009 3:58PM by Wolfenstein - 10 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Irvin To Return At UFC 98, Drop To Middleweight
(mmamania.com)
After finishing up a 9-month suspension for failing a drug test last year in April, James Irvin will return to action at UFC 98. He will drop to 185 and face Drew McFedries on May 23.
Submitted Jan 19, 2009 3:24PM by DCRage - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Serra plans on "Retiring" Matt Hughes
(mmajunkie.com)
Before butting heads as rival coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 6," Matt Serra said he and fellow former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes were actually buddies and had plans to train together. A bitter rivalry, though, soon replaced the budding bro-mance. Now, after 18 months of waiting, Serra will finally get his chance to fight Hughes in May at UFC 98. Serra recently told MMAjunkie.com it is the "biggest fight of my career" and said he plans to "decapitate" Hughes on his way to victory. I still think Hughes is going to wipe the floor with him and ironically probably retire HIM!
Submitted Jan 19, 2009 3:18PM by The_Italian_Stallion - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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