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Cain Velasquez Talks Fatherhood, Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar's Recent Antics
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Cain Velasquez (6-0) isn't buying into his own hype. The American Kickboxing Academy product is one of the brightest young stars in MMA, yet -- refreshingly -- he still feels he has a long way to go before being considered an elite big man. FanHouse spoke to Velasquez recently at AKA about his progression as a fighter and his upcoming bout against Shane Carwin. Check out the full video interview below.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 10:00AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Paul Bradley Signs With Strikeforce
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Highly regarded prospect and former Ultimate Fighter cast member Paul Bradley has signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce. FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned of the news of the signing this evening in a statement issued through Bradley’s management at LionHeart Professional Management & Promotions.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 8:35AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Why Fedor Emelianenko's and M-1's Co-Promotion Requirement Could Ruin MMA
(bloodyelbow.com)
"This simply isn't going to happen and not just because of the money. UFC has learned the main lesson of boxing's decline: You need to give people the fights they want to see. That can't be done when every fighter is a promotion unto himself, able to avoid taking on an opponent if he doesn't like the terms or his chances. To allow Emelianenko to co-promote with UFC would just be to encourage Lesnar, St-Pierre, Silva, and anyone else who wants more money and more control to hold out for the same rights. And that would be crippling to a nascent sporting cartel."
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 8:31AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global, General MMA
 
Phillipe Nover Subs for Kyle Bradley Against Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 19
(mma.fanhouse.com)
The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight finalist Phillipe Nover has accepted a fight on four weeks notice to face Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 19 on Sept. 16 in Oklahoma City, FanHouse has learned. Nover (6-2-1) is replacing the injured Kyle Bradley, whom Nover lost a first-round TKO to at UFC 98 in May.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 8:30AM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Leben Explains Steroid Use, Looks Forward to Turning The Page
(mma.fanhouse.com)
After a nine-month suspension for using steroids, UFC middleweight Chris Leben is soon to return to action. Usually in a situation like that, a fighter would have to worry about negative public reaction to his comeback, but in this case, Leben is likely to be hailed like a conquering hero, as the 29-year-old veteran has the good fortune of returning at UFC 102 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. The match itself, however will not be easy; Leben (18-6) will take on former three-time NCAA wrestling national champion Jake Rosholt as a featured bout on the televised card.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 8:26AM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
AFFLICTION VP ON NEGOTIATING WITH M-1 & FEDOR
(mmaweekly.com)
When the negotiations between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and M-1 Global, which represents Fedor Emelianenko, broke down last month, there weren't too many fans or critics surprised by the fact that the Russian wouldn't compete in the Octagon any time in the near future. The sticking point to the entire process was M-1's demand to co-promote with the UFC, and the UFC has always had a strict policy to not co-promote with other organizations. At the end of the day, no agreement was reached, and Fedor went on to sign with Strikeforce.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 8:24AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
Adrenaline IV gets Chad Reiner vs. Forrest Petz, Houston Alexander vs. Sherman Pendergarst
(mmajunkie.com)
Four veterans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship meet in a pair of fights next month at Adrenaline MMA IV. A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Houston Alexander (8-4) and Sherman Pendergarst (11-14) have agreed to a matchup and recently signed bout agreements, as have Chad Reiner (20-8) and opponent Forrest Petz (15-7).
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 8:22AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin at UFC 106
(*************************)
Sources close to the event have confirmed to **********.com that Brock Lesnar will make his first official title defense against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Shane Carwin had been scheduled to take on AKA fighter Cain Velasquez in October at UFC 104. But the UFC has opted to change course. Velasquez is not hurt and his management, Zinkin Entertainment, has not heard any news regarding the bout being scratched. Minnesota MMA confirmed our source by tweeting the news Wednesday night. UFC 106 takes place November 21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas NV. Here are other rumored matches for the event: Tito Ortiz vs. Mark Coleman Jon Fitch vs. Ricardo Almeida
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 1:04AM by bbman182 - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
NSAC approves of ‘Special’ Five Round Non-Title Fights
(mmaconvert.com)
Out of the blue today came news that the NSAC will be meeting on August 19 to vote on a number of proposed rule changes outlined in this document (.pdf). One of the more note worthy proposals in the document is a provision which would allow certain non-title fights to go for five rounds. The changes are italicized.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 8:57PM by jae_1833 - 21 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Takanori Gomi Will Not Fight Again In 2009
(mmanews.com)
Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi has stated on his personal blog that he will not fight this year since his new child is coming.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 8:46PM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
‘Great’ at middleweight: Nate Marquardt gunning for another shot at Anderson Silva
(mmamania.com)
It’s no secret that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is running out of worthy opponents. His last two title defenses were widely criticized for being lackluster — due in large part to the quality of his opponents — and he’s moved up in weight twice looking for competition and exciting fights.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 8:42PM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Wanderlei Silva camp confirms medical procedure for ‘The Axe Murderer’
(mmamania.com)
Strange pictures of Wanderlei Silva appeared last week are appearing to be true.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 8:38PM by jae_1833 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The BJ Penn Rule
(mmaweekly.com)
“Greasegate” has made its first imprint on the Nevada State Athletic Commission rulebook. In a meeting held Wednesday in Las Vegas, the NSAC approved language prohibiting the use of foreign substances on a fighter’s body prior to or during a fight that “could result in an unfair advantage.” Dubbed by a commission official as the “B.J. Penn Rule,” the use of foreign substances will now be added to a list of “fouls” in the Nevada Administrative Code that address tactics illegal to fighters, such as eye gouging, small joint manipulation, or biting.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 8:34PM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Atlanta Braves to honor new WEC champ and Athens resident Brian Bowles on August 25th
(mmajunkie.com)
Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves will honor recently crowned WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles next week during their game with the San Diego Padres, the WEC today announced. Bowles, a Braves fans and native of Athens, Ga., recently dethroned the seemingly indestructible Miguel Torres to win the title at WEC 42. Bowles, who will start the Aug. 25 game with "play ball!" duties, will also be at Turner Field to meet with fans.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 8:09PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Nevada Commission approves instant replay
(mmaweekly.com)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - by Steven Marrocco - MMAWeekly.com According to a new rule passed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission Wednesday, referees in Nevada now have the opportunity to get a second look at a fight’s end to determine its legality. The final wording as passed: “A referee at the conclusion of a contest or exhibition stopped immediately due to an injury to an unarmed combatant pursuant to NAC 467.718 and after making a decision, may view a replay if available in order to determine whether the injury in question was caused a legal blow or a foul.” The rule addresses several controversial stoppages in recent history where a fighter lost a contest because the referee couldn’t see an injury that forced a bout’s stoppage. A referee may now use instant replay to determine whether the action that caused the injury was legal or a foul and make a decision on the fight’s result. Only a referee can decide whether to order a replay. In one of the most prominent examples of the need to address injury stoppages, UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson was unintentionally poked in the eye by Kevin Burns at UFC Fight Night 14 last July and was denied an appeal to his TKO loss due to the commission’s “lack of remedy” on the incident. After a discussion on the issues surrounding the new rule, the five-member commission passed it by unanimous vote. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told MMAWeekly.com the rule could take effect in as early as 30 days.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 6:31PM by AchillesHeel - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
John Doyle replaces Nick Thompson in "M-1: Breakthrough" fight with Karl Amoussou
(mmajunkie.com)
Less than 24 hours after MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Nick Thompson (38-11-1) had suffered a facial cut and was forced out of an "M-1: Breakthrough" fight with highly touted Karl Amoussou (10-2-1), the organization has announced a replacement. Filling in on nine days' notice is veteran fighter John Doyle (8-8).
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 4:50PM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
 
Fight Path: How a mosh pit eventually led Andria Caplan to the "M-1: Breakthrough" card
(mmajunkie.com)
Andria Caplan was barely aware of mixed martial arts when she and her brother took their passion for the band Biohazard to Philadelphia's Trocadero Theatre about six years ago. A music enthusiast, Andria had even played bass in a high school band with friends, and the group was one of her favorites. "We went crazy in the little pit every time we heard them," Andria told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). That night, though, her life would change and lead to a new passion. That's because one of the bouncers working the club that night was Sam Caplan, a dabbler in kung fu and MMA who was on the verge of his own MMA career, though his veered toward the editorial, marketing and promotions end of the business.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 2:46PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
 
Injured Evangelista Santos out of Sept. 25 Strikeforce headliner with Tim Kennedy
(mmajunkie.com)
An injury has forced middleweight Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (16-13) out of a scheduled Sept. 25 Strikeforce Challengers main event with Tim Kennedy (10-2). Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization learned of the injury over the weekend (when Evangelista's wife, Cris "Cyborg" Santos, defeated Gina Carano for Strikeforce's 145-pound women's title) and that the search is underway for a replacement.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 2:44PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Abe-Ani’s Army
(sherdog.com)
From the cozy confines of the Abe-Ani Combat Club, on the top floor of Gold’s Gym South Tokyo Annex in Tokyo’s Ota ward, Hiroyuki Abe and company are busy at work raising a formidable -- albeit adorable -- army of little grapplers, ages 4 to 14. It is truly a thing of wonder to have a 5-year-old shoot in on you for a double-leg takedown, and then doggedly switch to dragging you down with the single when you prove too heavy. The next surprise comes when scrambling to all fours, said 5-year-old quickly breaks you down limb by limb until it’s easier to roll you for the pin. That a majority of these youngsters have honed these particular skills to the point of reflexivity, regardless of their opponent’s size or age, speaks to the fact that Abe has successfully bred Japan’s next generation of wrestlers, some of whom are already national champions looking to take over the combat sports world in just a few years. Take a break from the all the stress of looking at Dana white, fighter pay, Tito, and just take a second to appreciate the beauty of this sport. This article really does make you proud to be a mixed martial arts fan.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 2:40PM by TimW001 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Brandon Vera: No More Talking, No More Questioning
(ufc.com)
Brandon Vera is tired of all the talking. It is very easy to imagine the typical Vera training sessions as intense mental battles where talking, save light colloquialisms with teammates, is a punishment. Be clear, Vera loves the MMA public. Had it not been for you, me and the world, his highlight reels wouldn’t be celebrated nor his progress considered a beacon for MMA’s bright future. Still when the talking constantly revolves around doubt on his abilities as an athlete and whether he still has that ‘thing’ that made the fans ooze star struck at his very mention, Vera is not much of a conversationalist with the media these days.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 1:33PM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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