Benavidez Leaves A Friendly Reminder On Miguel Torres's Skull
If you woke up today with a passionate urge to see inside Miguel Torres' head then this picture will make your day. Apparently if you get elbowed hard enough in the face, it could open a nasty gash right to your skull. Check out this picture of Miguel Torres just after his fight with Benavidez last night. Yum.
WEC 47 Medical Suspensions
The Ohio Athletic Commission has announced the medical suspensions from Saturday's WEC 47. 7 fighters in all are suspended, most got 60 days but 2 fighters-Brian Bowles and Miguel Torres-are suspended indefinitely and must get doctor clearance before fighting again.
Fighters Earn $10,000 Bonuses At WEC 47
With only three of the eleven fights on the card going to a decision at Saturday night’s WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz, World Extreme Cagefighting officials had their work cut out for them in handing out post-fight awards.
WEC signs "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung to six fight deal
Sherdog.com has confirmed the signing of standout Korean prospect Chan Sung Jung to a six-fight deal with the Zuffa-owned promotion. The deal was confirmed with Jun Choi, who is the lead agent for Korean Top Team, the biggest entity in Korean MMA.
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According to his representation, Jung's WEC debut may come as soon as April 24 at WEC 48, the promotion's first pay-per-view venture, headlined by Jose Aldo's featherweight title defense against Urijah Faber. The most likely opponent for Jung is said to be Cub Swanson, though bout agreements have not been issued as yet.
Rumble At The Rock Disappoints With Suspect DaDa 5000 Win
FightScoops was in attendance at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Caisno in Hollywood, FL last night to witness Action Fight League’s ‘Rumble at the Rock 2‘, the sequel to their highly successful event late last year at the same venue. Headlining the night was a bout between Dhafir Harris, billed as a ‘Kimbo Slice protege’ and better known by the nickname DaDa 5000, taking on Cedric ‘The Killer Gorilla’ James which unfortunately turned into a despicable display of refereeing and sportsmanship that called into question the integrity of the entire event.
DaDa 5000 came out swinging in the first and was looking to finish early – literally – as he tried to take a shot at James before the referee officially started the contest. Once both fighters were separated and reset the brawl was on as wild hay-makers were thrown from every angle with such force that neither fighter was able to keep his balance or form. To call the action sloppy would be an understatement, but entertaining nonetheless as there was no doubt that each man was looking to shut this one down quickly.
James got the better of the first exchange and opened up a cut on DaDa 5000’s face early that seemed to surprise the much-hyped street fighter and left his shoulders drenched in blood. After attempting to retaliate with a psuedo-superman punch, DaDa 5000 missed his opponent completely and went sailing toward the cage, also slipping somewhat, which allowed James to take the bout down to the canvas where he gained top position – and then things got a little crazy.
James advanced to attain full mount after taking a brief pause to rest on top of his opponent. Seconds passed, then James began raining strikes down on DaDa 5000 which surely seemed to be the end of the fight until the referee stood both men up while James was still landing punches!
At first it appeared that James had won the fight due to referee stoppage, but after peeling the reluctant fighter off of a downed DaDa 5000 by his hand, the referee motioned for both men to get up and signaled for the bout to continue. James appeared confused and angry at being robbed of the dominant position he had just earned, but DaDa 5000 wasted no time in chopping down his dazed opponent with a few more big strikes that put ‘The Killer Gorilla’ out for the night.
There was absolutely no excuse or reason for the referee interference, and fighters who were in attendance such as Tom Lawlor have already commented on how atrocious the move was by the official as the fighter tweeted late last night:
“Sickening, just sickening. Da Da 5000 just won by ko after the ref stood the fighters up while he was mounted!Don’t know either guy but cmon”
Without having any hard evidence it would be totally inappropriate to say the fight was ‘rigged’ but how else could such an egregious error be explained? The entire event was hyped around DaDa 5000 being ‘the next Kimbo’ (as seen on the fight poster above) and Kimbo Slice himself was in attendance cage-side to support the young YouTube brawler. Quite a coincidence that the moment the poster boy got in serious trouble the referee managed to save him from being turned into mincemeat in front of the hometown crowd. Hopefully Cedric James was at least rewarded with a decent share of the loot for his part in this complete sham that felt more like a scene from the movie ‘Snake Eyes‘ than a professional mixed martial arts competition.
Shane Carwin Talks Frank Mir - "I Will Be Ready for a War"
"As most of you know my wife and I had our baby girl on the 24th. Lani was due the 11th and was induced on the 22nd and had a long labor. Alexia Carwin (Lexi) was born at 0024 on the 24th. I was back training on the 25th."
... "My boss actually got on me this week for looking half dead at work and not being on it. With the new baby, training and working I am really under a ton of pressure. This is the biggest fight of my life, the longest training camp of my life and I am trying to be a good father and husband to my wife."
"You know they say you are never given more then you could carry in life. I can say I have had days where I question that theory."
"This fight with Frank is my career balled up into 25 minutes. If I beat Frank I answer questions about who I am and what I can do in this sport. If I don't I am just another heavyweight in a sea of great fighters. I know when I wake up in the morning and I can barely walk out the door to start my morning run that I am giving it 100% of my effort."
"That is all you can control in life, giving 100%. I train and live like each fight may be my last and to move ahead I have to make a statement."
"Thank you to the supporters and fans that will tune in to watch this fight. Win or Loose I guarantee you I will be ready for a war. I have trained harder then I have before, I have sacrificed my mind and body for this opportunity and honestly I can't wait to release this built up pressure and aggression on Frank."
UFC's "Crazy" Tim Credeur yearns for the days of "no hold barred"
Add UFC middleweight Tim Credeur (12-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) to the list of fighters who'd like to see stomps and knees to a downed opponent back in MMA.
Yes, he knows; they're not going to help the sport get mainstream acceptance. But for a guy with the nickname "Crazy," the techniques are par for the course.
"I want to do some of those old IVC (International Vale Tudo Championships) fights like where they had that net in the bottom of the cage, and Wanderlei (Silva) was just stone jacking people into hockey netting," Credeur recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I've probably got to go to Russia or China or Yugoslavia to do that now."
The 32-year-old Credeur doesn't care whether he's on the giving or receiving end of punishment as long as it's a good fight. He admits he's a little left of center.
"I watch those World War II movies where it's like six days into a death battle, and they're in those dirty trenches, and all the guys in the movie are filthy and shooting at each other, and the enemy's like 10 feet away in another ditch," Credeur said. "I like that. That's the only place in the world where I flourish. That's the only place in the world I excel – under extreme pressures and situations."
Credeur is currently scheduled to face Tom Lawlor (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 113 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Credeur's battle wish came true in his most recent appearance, a three-round slugfest with Nate Quarry at UFC Fight Night 19 that won "Fight of the Night" honors. Quarry won, but it looked as if he'd been in a car wreck – not the quick knockout "The Rock" has said he had hoped for.
"I disagree with Nate," Credeur said. "A 10-second knockout? If I train and knock a guy out in 10 seconds, I am disappointed.
"I'm glad I won, and I'm sure my wife is glad I won because she'll get some new stuff, but I'm sad and a little bit depressed because I didn't get to have my fight. I want to get dirty. I want it to be arduous, and I want to get beat on a little bit and have to fight through that."
At 18 years old, Credeur got his taste for raw combat when he moved from Lafayette, La., to La Habra, Calif., to join the Navy and work with jiu-jitsu ace Rodrigo Medeiros in the meantime. He was broke, new, and in a very serious environment, driven only to get better.
"I was just a poor kid from Louisiana, and there was no way to [learn to fight]," Credeur said. "There was no gym, there was no MMA, there was nothing. I knew that if I could join the Navy, I could get stationed somewhere near there and try to find people to help me, and that's what I did."
Help came in the harshest way. Credeur trained with guys like Vitor Belfort, Murilo Bustamante, Allan Goes, and Wallid Ismael, day in and day out. He was out of his league. He got his butt kicked every day, and he learned to like it (there's that nickname, again).
"Finding a way to improve my skills after getting completely humiliated every day, I saw a lot in that dedication and sacrifice," Credeur said. "The adversity that I faced in those situations built me into the martial artist I am today."
It's a tradition he carries on back home. At his Gladiator's Academy gym in Lafayette, it's "no holds barred."
"Our gym is ridiculous," Credeur said. "It's is pretty much IVC rules. It gets pretty serious sometimes. We get the [expletive] beat out of us, but we like it."
While Lawlor's stand-up game is much improved – he nearly knocked out Aaron Simpson at UFC Fight Night 20 in January – he's a wrestler by trade and exactly the kind of opponent who will shoot when overwhelmed on his feet. Not a bad opponent to throw knees against on the mat.
"They would come in handy for [Lawlor] if we could do those," Credeur said.
But alas, progress must come first.
"What I think isn't necessarily what's going to build fans and build the UFC," he said. "The stuff I want to do and the stuff that we ought to be able to do so we can keep doing this for a career are probably two very different things."
On the other hand, there will still be opportunities to get crazy.
"Maybe I catch him in some sort of dirty X-guard thing," he said.
After fixing mental game, WEC 47's Jens Pulver knew retirement wasn't the answer
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shortly after a swift submission loss to Josh Grispi at WEC 41 this past summer, Jens Pulver was stuck in a four-fight losing skid and hinted at a likely retirement.
One of MMA's first superstars appeared on his way out, and Pulver was left contemplating what he called "the death of Lil' Evil."
It soon proved too much for the 35-year-old to bare, and after working with a doctor to diagnose and treat depression and anxiety issues, Pulver (22-12 MMA, 1-4 WEC) spoke to WEC officials, who then gave him a main-card slot at tonight's WEC 47 event against fellow vet Javier Vazquez (13-4 MMA, 0-2 WEC).
Pulver thinks his recent string of setbacks, which includes a 1-6 record since an appearance at UFC 63 in 2006, was more about crippling psychological factors than a decline in physical ability.
"I went and talked to my doctor, and they got my mind right because of the depression and anxiety," Pulver, who's part of tonight's Versus-televised event at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "A lot of people battle it. Once my mind got right, I shot to Idaho. I don't if I ever really – 34 years old – I don't know if retirement is in my cards because I'm not getting knocked to sleep with an ambulance picking me up.
"I'm making bad mistakes. ... That's how I'm losing. I'm making bad mistakes because my mind wasn't right, and so that's a transition I have to make."
Regardless of Pulver's future, his storied past assures a lasting legacy in the sport. And while many aging early trailblazers have returned to MMA for a final shot at stardom and now-lucrative fight purses, Pulver continues fighting for another reason.
"I didn't fight – I didn't go into this sport – because I wanted to be cool," he said. "I didn't jump into this sport because I wanted to be hard. When I did this sport, it was only legal in three states, it was kept alive on the Internet, and no one thought it was cool. No one even knew what this sport was. But I wanted to keep training. I wanted to be an athlete.
"Facing my mortality – the death of the athlete or the death of Lil' Evil – was just hard to think about. And that's when I started making changes, I had to make a lot of changes to correct things."
Whether the mental improvements will lead to improved physical efforts will be determined tonight. Regardless, Pulver said he's in a better place mentally to prepare for either success or failure.
That wasn't always the case, of course. As was well-documented in his brutally honest and open autobiography "Little Evil," Pulver suffered from an extremely difficult childhood due to an abusive father. Pulver carried the same name as his father, and senior's name presented plenty of baggage for junior.
But he's repairing the name and is now the happiest he's been outside of fighting.
"It's abuse, drunkenness, beat your wife, beat your children, neglect, no responsibilities and stuff like that," he said. "It was hard for me. I was running from that name. When I won the world title, I put a big end to that. I showed everybody that the Pulvers, that we have something to be proud of.
"Then I met my wife. ... I met the woman of my dreams. God smiled upon me and gave me the greatest homelife I've ever had."
Marcus Jones announced as second of four bonus characters for "UFC Undisputed 2010"
Video game retailer GameStop announced this week that former professional footballer Marcus Jones (4-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the second of four playable bonus characters in the forthcoming "UFC Undisputed 2010" title.
Jones joins James McSweeney as the only two officially announced bonus characters. The remaining two will be revealed one per day on March 9 and March 16.
Customers can secure access to these bonus characters by pre-ordering the game with GameStop either in-store or online. According to the company's website, "a code and instructions to unlock the GameStop exclusive fighters will come packaged with your game."
The retailer engaged in a similar program with the THQ's debut UFC-related title, "UFC 2009 Undisputed," when Ryan Bader and Efrain Escudero were offered up as incentives to reserve the game early. The two fighters were then eligible for all consumers to download 90 days after the initial release date.
The critically acclaimed title went on to sell 3.5 million units and won the "Best Individual Sports Game" at the 2009 VGA Awards, beating out the likes of "Fight Night Round 4," "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10," and "Wii Sports Resort."
Available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3, "UFC Undisputed 2010" is set for a May 25 release.
"'UFC 2009 Undisputed' opened the door for us to further share the UFC brand with videogame and fight fans around the world, and we cannot wait to return this spring with the release of 'UFC Undisputed 2010,'" UFC president Dana White stated in the official announcement of the new game.
Jones, a first-round draft pick in the 1996 NFL draft, began his MMA career in late 2007. The green but well-rounded fighter advanced to the semifinals of "The Ultimate Fighter 10" after a submission victory over Mike Wessel and a TKO win over Darrill Schoonover.
A seven-year member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones was knocked out of the competition in the semis by Brendan Schaub in one of the season's most entertaining bouts. Following the loss, Jones said he planned to walk away from the sport, but he returned for the season's live finale, only to suffer a second-round TKO loss to Matt Mitrione
Forrest Griffin: My Jiu Jitsu Is As Good as Nogueira's
The Nogueira brothers are widely regarded as two of the best Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners in mixed martial arts. But as Forrest Griffin prepares to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 114 on May 29, he says he thinks his jiu jitsu is just as good as Nogueira's -- and that he actually wants to take the fight to the ground.
"I think I'm actually a better wrestler and my jits I think is just as good as his, and I just have to not get choked," Griffin said.
I'm not convinced that Griffin's jiu jitsu is as good as Nogueira's, but I will say I can understand why, after watching Nogueira's impressive TKO win over Luis Cane at UFC 106, he'd be more concerned about what Nogueira can do to him standing up than what Nogueira can do to him on the ground.
"He's a southpaw, he's really tough, he's got really quick hands," Griffin said. "Actually, I was surprised watching a little film of him, I was hoping he'd be slower than me but he might be a little quicker."
With that in mind, Griffin said his game plan against Nogueira is simple: "Not getting punched by the left hand, or maybe the right hook."
Alistair Overeem K-1 Fight Set for April 3
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is scheduled to fight a K-1 kickboxing match against Dzevad Poturak on April 3, just six weeks before he is supposed to defend his title against Brett Rogers at the May 15 Strikeforce show.
The scheduling calls into question whether Overeem, who hasn't defended the Strikeforce belt since he won it on November 16, 2007, will really be ready to go against Rogers.
Overeem will be favored to beat Poturak, a Bosnian who's on a two-fight losing streak. But it's certainly possible that Poturak could knock Overeem out, or that Overeem could suffer an injury in victory, and that Overeem won't be healthy enough to fight Rogers.
It's also possible that Overeem will back out of the fight with Rogers for scheduling reasons: Overeem has typically not needed much time off between fights, but Rogers will give him a tough test, and Overeem might decide that he wants a longer training camp to get ready for his heavyweight title defense.
And, finally, although Overeem has insisted that he's going to prioritize MMA over kickboxing in 2010, it's possible that Overeem will put on a spectacular show in beating Poturak, and that K-1 will pay him enough money to continue focusing on kickboxing and turn his back on Strikeforce.
The bottom line, then, is that the May 15 Overeem vs. Rogers fight should be considered tentative at best until after April 3.
Note: The April 3 K-1 show will be a very good one. In addition to Overeem vs. Poturak, the fights on the card include Semmy Schilt vs. Errol Zimmerman, Badr Hari vs. Alexey Ignashov, Jerome Le Banner vs. Ruslan Karaev and Kyotaro vs. Peter Aerts.
Seth Petruzelli vs. Houston Alexander Allegedly Set for April 23
A bout between Seth Petruzelli and Houston Alexander is reportedly set for the April 23 mixed martial arts card at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts -- the same card on which former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia is planning to fight former World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski.
Before we go any further, I should note that I'm skeptical that this card is going to happen at all. I was unable to get in touch with the promoters and the bout is not listed at the DCU Center web site. But the Boston Herald has published multiple reports saying the fight card is going forward, so it's at least worth exploring what kind of card this would be.
Petruzelli vs. Alexander would certainly draw some interest, as the two of them have both fought Kimbo Slice, which means they have been involved in two of the most-watched fights in American MMA history. Petruzelli destroyed Kimbo with a 14-second knockout, while Alexander lost to Kimbo in a dull decision. Both guys are UFC washouts who don't have much going for them in their MMA careers right now, but I'd think Petruzelli would have to be considered the favorite if he fights Alexander.
Sylvia vs. Pudzianowski would draw a lot of attention, both in the United States and in Poland, where Pudzianowski is quite famous. But Pudzianowski is scheduled to fight in Poland on May 7, which serves as further evidence that this card isn't going to happen.
The promoters say they're going to put the card on pay-per-view, and I can't imagine that it would do much of a buyrate. In fact, I'm not even sure if the cable and satellite companies would carry it -- if it happens at all. But if they do, I'll be watching. It would be hard to look away.
Coker: Relationship with M-1 Global strong, Emelianenko news "in a couple days"
When it became apparent that Strikeforce's second show on network television would be held without the presence of heavyweight superstar Fedor Emelianenko, numerous theories were put together by a variety of MMA observers.
All of them seemed to spell certain doom for the partnership between Strikeforce and M-1 Global, the company that represents Emelianenko and of which he is a partial owner.
But Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the relationship with M-1 Global is still in fine shape, and he said he's in the final stages of negotiations for Emelianenko's next Strikeforce co-promoted fight.
"I can tell you this: we've been having really good dialogue with M-1 Global and (M-1 Global president) Vadim Finkelchtein, and I think we're in the final stages of buttoning everything up to make that happen again," Coker said. "I think we'll have an announcement soon on that, but I feel very confident we'll be promoting Fedor here in the near future."
Rumors have run rampant that the business ties between the Strikeforce and M-1 Global have soured since the two companies co-promoted this past November's "Fedor vs. Rogers" event.
Coker admitted there were a few items that needed to be addressed, but he felt the situation was anything but critical.
"When I dealt with companies in Japan (during my time with K-1), it's the same thing," Coker said. "You have cultural differences, and you have expectations. When expectations and the cultural differences meet with the cultural differences here and the expectations of an American company, sometimes there's some differences, and there's some things that we needed to button up.
"We're at the 11th hour of getting this done, and I think in a couple of days we'll have something to announce."
While it's certainly too late to work out a potential late addition to April 17's "Strikeforce: Nashville" show, Coker said he doesn't expect Emelianenko to stay out of commission for too long.
"It depends how long it takes to button everything up, but I would say sometime in the later part of the second quarter or beginning part of the third quarter, you'll see Fedor back in the cage fighting on a co-promotion between Strikeforce and M-1 Global," Coker said. "Depending on how long it takes to button things up – I mean, he's going to need what, 60 or 70 days to get ready – that will determine when he fights."
And when Emelianenko does return, Coker said it won't necessarily be on CBS.
"The rumors that I hear about 'he has to fight on CBS' are absolutely untrue," Coker said. "We have a good relationship with Showtime. Eventually, Fedor will be in the pay-per-view business with M-1 and Strikeforce and CBS and Showtime collectively contributing. There's not a certain media partner that he has to fight on. That's never been part of his contract, so that's all just speculation and rumors."
So it appears Strikeforce may be involved in another Emelianenko fight sooner rather than later. And perhaps most importantly for those vested in the future of the California-based promotion, Coker said the financial success of Strikeforce does not rest on the shoulders of "The Last Emperor."
"Our company is not built off of one athlete," Coker said. "Our company, we have some amazing athletes on our roster now, and we've got some of the best fighters in the world. I think they can compete against anybody. Fedor is an amazing athlete. I've followed his career for many years. Fedor is Fedor, and he's an amazing asset, but our company is not built financially off of just one guy.
"Believe me, my guys are very smart about building a model that works for us and works for M-1 Global. I think that we're at that point where that had to be looked at. We looked at it. We're not going to put all of our eggs into one basket and roll the dice with one guy. We're built for longevity. This is not a sprint; this is going to be a long-distance race."
Bellator vet Travis Browne signs with UFC, faces James McSweeney in debut
Undefeated heavyweight Travis Browne (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a multi-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is expected to make his octagon debut against "The Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran James McSweeney (4-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Sources close to the situation informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the new deal and said both fighters have agreed to the contest, but a date has not been finalized for the meeting.
The bout could either take place at UFC 115, expected to take place June 12 at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, or at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale held one week later in Las Vegas.
Browne has fought eight times since his professional debut this past February with seven of his nine victories coming by way of TKO or knockout. In his most recent performance, Browne knocked out veteran Aaron Brink in 35 seconds for the interim Gladiator Challenge heavyweight title this past Sunday in California.
In early February, Browne knocked out "The Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran Abe Wagner in eight seconds to take the Night of Champions heavyweight belt. He is a veteran of Bellator Fighting Championships' first season.
Browne currently trains at the Alliance Training Center alongside UFC veterans Brandon Vera and Joey Beltran and WEC bantamweight contender Dominick Cruz. When he's not in the gym, he runs a company that trains dogs for military service.
McSweeney, 29, graduated from his turn on "The Ultimate Fighter 10" with a TKO victory over fellow castmate Darrill Schoonover at the show's Spike TV finale this past December. However, he injured his hand in the fight and has since been forced to the bench for several months.
A former kickboxer, McSweeney works with Greg Jackson's squad in Albuquerque, N.M., and is a friend and training partner to former light heavyweight champion and "TUF 10" coach Rashad Evans.