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Page 980 - Top MMA News and Mixed Martial Arts Headlines

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Top 5 Rematches We must See (What are yours?)
(mmatraining.com)
I have an issue with Fedor vs. Nog. Who wants to see Nog get smoked again.. I would also add hendo vs. Anderson. What do you guys think?
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 3:25PM by JimmieDD - 31 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Whitehead returns to win column with M-1 Challenge victory
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC fighter and "The Ultimate Fighter 2" cast member Mike Whitehead (23-6) rebounded from a July loss to Renato "Babalu" Sobral and picked up his 14th victory in his past 15 fights with a first-round submission victory over Leo Pla (4-2) on Wednesday. The fight capped off the M-1 Challenge 8th Edition, which took place in conjunction with the Affliction Entertainment at Harrah's North Kansas City Casino. The M-1 Challenge, which recently partnered with Affliction, is a team-based international competition designed for young fighters who want fight experience. The top fighters can win spots on major M-1 fight cards. Whitehead, a three-time All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri, competed in one of the night's two superfights, which showcase established stars. He submitted Pla with a guillotine choke just 80 seconds into the fight. It was his 12th submission victory in 23 pro wins.
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 2:06PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Women's MMA Finding New Life in Japan?
(bloodyelbow.com)
GCM's Valkyrie, which will hold its first card on Nov. 8, will not be the only all-female fight promotion in Japan, as from the ashes of Smackgirl, newly formed parent company Marvelous Japan has announced its own upstart organization, Jewels. Yuichi Ozono, an executive from Japanese event production company Archery Inc. will lead Marvelous Japan. After learning of the languishing Smackgirl and its business woes, Ozono formed Marvelous Japan and acquired the assets and rights formerly belonging to Smackgirl parent company Kilgore. "I always liked the martial arts, especially Smackgirl, and when I read that they were in trouble, I wanted to find out the truth," Ozono said. "I met with [former Smackgirl President Motoki] Shino and heard that it was impossible for the promotion to continue, so I proposed to him to let me take over the promotion. After several discussions, we reached an agreement, and he gave me the management team of Smackgirl."
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 2:01PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Prospects fill out Nov. 21 "Strikeforce: Destruction" fight card
(mmajunkie.com)
With Strikeforce champions Josh Thomson and Bobby Southworth ready to contend, and with Joe Riggs set to face Luke Stewart, in main-card bouts, Strikeforce has filled out the rest of its "Destruction" fight card with prospects and up-and-comers. The rest of the card includes: Champ Josh Thomson vs. Yves Edwards (for lightweight title) Champ Bobby Southworth vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral (for light heavyweight title) Luke Stewart vs. Joe Riggs Lemont Davis vs. Brian Schwartz Tony Johnson vs. Eric Lawson Darren Uyenoyama vs. Brad Royster Alvin Cacdac vs. Jose Palacios Cyrillo Padilha vs. Bobby Stack Zakary Bucia vs. Jaime Rodriguez Raul Castillo vs. Kurt Osiander Nik Theotikos vs. Luke Rockhold
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 12:13PM by Franklinfan47 - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
BACK IN UFC; COUTURE QUESTIONS AFFLICTION CEO
(mmaweekly.com)
Spending more than a year away from the sport, UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture is ready to return on Nov. 15 to face Brock Lesnar at UFC 91. It was a long, strange trip through lawsuits, courtrooms, and other various legal battles, but the champ is ready to get back to his office in the Octagon. “Fighting in the cage is what I do best. Courtrooms and depositions and crap like that, it’s not really up my alley,” Couture said during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “Realistically, I’ve got a short window of opportunity to continue to compete at this level, so I need to take advantage of that while the window’s still open.” During his time away from the UFC, Couture was focused on making a fight happen with top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, and the Affliction promotion seemed to be the place leading the charge to make it happen.
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 11:39AM by Bowen50 - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
JUNIE BROWNING REFORMS AT XTREME COUTURE
(mmaweekly.com)
Junie Browning, who has become this season’s public enemy No. 1 on "The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, has decided to pick up his training schedule and work with Xtreme Couture. Representatives of the gym confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 4:51AM by Wolfenstein - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kimbo/Petruzelli II Rumored for K-1 NYE Show
(cagepotato.com)
So, the South Florida Sun Suntinel has this story about how EliteXC’s collapse affects South Floridians (thanks for the tip, Fight Opinion), and it contains this rather amazing quote: Rookie MMA fighter Kimbo Slice is already back in a local gym after his 14-second loss to last-minute replacement and UFC light heavyweight washout Seth Petruzelli in Sunrise. Slice, who spent Thursday at one of his children’s school career day, is weighing his options with his agent Mike Imber. He may fight on the DREAM K-1 New Year’s Eve show in Japan, possibly a rematch with Petruzelli.
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 2:37AM by MMAcca - 17 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
 
Vinny's latest TUF 8 Blog Episode 7
(punch.freedomblogging.com)
Check out what Vinny had to say about his argument with Big Nog and his fight against Brucez:
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 2:34AM by PunchyMcGee - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Rodriguez and Fickett part of RITC's 10-year anniversary event
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez and UFC veteran Drew Fickett will both compete at Rage in the Cage's RITC 117 event, a special 10-year anniversary show for the Arizona-based competition. In the Nov. 8 event's headline bout, Rodriguez (33-9) takes on Robert Beraun (7-5) in a rematch from their initial meeting at RITC 78, and Fickett (35-7) meets Jose Cortez (4-1) in a co-main event scheduled for a catch-weight of 175 pounds. RITC 117 takes place at Phoenix's US Airways Center, a 22,000-seat arena that's home to the NBA's Phoenix Suns. The Rodriguez-Beraun fight will give Rodriguez the chance to avenge one of the four losses he's suffered in his past 19 fights. From May 2003 to January 2006, Beraun went 7-1 and ended the remarkable stretch with a unanimous-decision win over Rodriguez at RITC 78.
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 2:32AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
 
Olympic Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii signs with FEG
(mmamania.com)
Olympic Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii was set to make his mixed martial arts debut on New Year’s Eve at the FieLDS Dynamite show at the end of this year. However it now looks as though he will just be making a brief cameo appearance like Fedor Emelianenko did back at DREAM 6 in September according to our friends at Nightmare of Battle. While fans may be disappointed that he won’t be competing, the good news is he’s officially signed with Japan’s Fighting & Entertainment Group (FEG) and is expected to compete in an upcoming DREAM event sometime in Spring 2009. I’m sure he’ll elaborate when his fan club holds a celebration party on November 3, but for now he is remaining tight-lipped about the details. The December 31 Dynamite card features a plethora of top-tier fighters and fan favorites such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Shinya Aoki, Hayato Sakurai, Joachim Hansen, Yoshihiro Sato and many more. One of the names being kicked around for Ishii’s debut according to Tokyo-Sports is fellow Judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida (8-6-1). Nothing is certain yet, but both athletes rank very high in the court of public opinion and a fight between them would no doubt be a huge draw.
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 2:29AM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Scott Smith offers a fighter’s perspective on the fall of EliteXC
(mmamania.com)
Former EliteXC middleweight contender Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith was set to face Cuban Judo Olympian Hector “Shango” Lombard at Elite XC “Night of Champions” on November 8 live on Showtime from the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. It was supposed to be the last event for Elite XC in 2008 … and it was shaping up to be perhaps the promotion’s best offering to date. Two world title fights were on the line, including a 185-pound showdown between division champion Robbie Lawler and Joey Villasenor and a 160-pound dream match up between Nick Diaz and Eddie Alvarez for the vacant lightweight crown. Smith had trained hard and was prepared to make the most of the opportunity, until a late night phone call changed his career forever. “I was hearing rumors and I actually got a call from a guy that works for the UFC and he was like ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ and I was like I don’t know, you probably know more than I do. Then my manager called and said it was pretty much a done deal.” Little more than two weeks after its biggest star, Kimbo Slice, lost in just 14 seconds to replacement journeyman Seth Petruzelli in front of 4.5 million people on CBS, Elite XC was forced to close its doors forever.
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 2:28AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
PALASZEWSKI VS KARALEXIS IN WEC 37 ON DEC. 3
(mmaweekly.com)
As World Extreme Cagefighting gets ready to close out 2008 with its Dec. 3 show in Las Vegas, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Bart Palaszewski is set to make his promotional debut against former “Ultimate Fighter” season 1 cast member Alex Karalexis. The fight was confirmed by sources close to the situation. Palaszewski makes his move to the WEC after spending the last couple of years fighting for the now defunct International Fight League, amassing a record of 8-4 with the promotion, 29-11 overall. By the time of the fighter, it will have been nearly six months since he last saw action, defeating UFC veteran Jeff Cox by TKO at the inaugural Adrenaline MMA event.
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 2:26AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
CURRAN OUT OF BANTAMWEIGHT DEBUT AT WEC 37
(mmaweekly.com)
Jeff Curran, who is currently ranked at No. 7 in the featherweight division by MMAWeekly.com, had been planning move to bantamweight on Dec. 3 at WEC 37 in Las Vegas. Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry, however, as have Curran's. Walking around UFC 90 in Chicago this past weekend with his hand bandaged, a source close to the fighter's camp has confirmed that Curran's injured hand has forced him to withdraw from his planned 135-pound debut. He will now sit out the rest of 2008, looking to bounce back as soon as possible in 2009. Always a small lightweight fighter, where Curran had to spend much of his career due to the economics of the fight game, he signed with the WEC where the focus has been on the lighter weight classes. He immediately emerged as a contender to current 145-pound champion Urijah Faber, but lost to him and a subsequent bout to Mike Brown, who faces Faber on Nov. 5.
Submitted Oct 30, 2008 2:24AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
M-1 Challenge Being Aired on Bravo 2 - Starts Monday (UK Only)
(bravo.co.uk)
M-1 Challenge begins on Bravo 2 - Monday 3rd November, 9pm. Think of it as the opening jab of the comeback fight...the spinning kicks are on their way in 2009 - more details when the ink has dried!
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 1:37PM by Ben_Hutch - 5 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
 
Cro Cop Says Overeem Rematch Set For NYE, Won't Be 100%
(mmajunkie.com)
Coming off their controversial no contest at the last DREAM event, Mirko Cro Cop says he'll face Alistair Overeem again at the K-1 New Year's Eve event. CC won't be 100% though-he's going in with a knee injury and will have surgery after the event.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 1:18PM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Nate Diaz Done For '08, Maybe Back At UFC 94
(mmajunkie.com)
Although there were earlier reports that Nate Diaz likely would fight at the upcoming UFN in December, Diaz is now off and likely is done for the year. Nate's opponent-to-have-been, Clay Guida, is off due to a foot injury and so Nate won't fight at all. He may return at UFC 94 according to GracieFighter.com.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 12:08PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Filho Ready For UFC MW Title Run When Silva Retires
(mmamania.com)
After his final WEC Middleweight Title defense next week, Paulo Filho is looking forward to moving to UFC and making a run at the UFC Middleweight Title...but not until current champion Anderson Silva is retired. Filho still says he doesn't want a Silva fight either.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 10:43AM by DCRage - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lesnar Didn't Want Mazzagatti As Ref For UFC 91 Fight
(mmamania.com)
Although it was already announced that Mario Yamazaki would referee the Randy Couture-Brock Lesnar fight at UFC 91, it's now been revealed that part of that choice was because of Lesnar. He specifically asked the NSAC not to choose Steve Mazzagatti to ref the fight partly because he reffed Lesnar's fight against Frank Mir. Wish granted.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 10:08AM by DCRage - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Horodecki heads to Japan for 'S-Cup'
(mmafighting.com)
Chris Horodecki will enter the Shootboxing “S-Cup 2008” same-night eight-man tournament on November 24 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Horodecki will take on Shoot boxing-trained Hiroki Shishido in the quarterfinals of the biennial tournament, which will also feature PRIDE Bushido veteran Luiz Azeredo – the first man to beat Anderson Silva-- and 2-time K-1 MAX and 2-time S-Cup champion Andy Souwer. Shoot boxing, also referred to as standing vale tudo, is similar to kickboxing except that throws and standing submissions are allowed. After this fight Horodecki will fight on January 24, 2009 at Affliction 2 “Day of Reckoning” in Anaheim, California.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 2:30AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
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