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Aug. 15 "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" tickets on sale today, start at just $30
(mmajunkie.com)
Tickets for the biggest fight in women's MMA history (and possibly the biggest Strikeforce card to date) are now on sale. "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" takes place Aug. 15 and features a main event of Gina Carano (7-0) vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (7-1) for Strikeforce's first-ever 145-pound women's title. Also on the card is a rematch between Strikeforce world lightweight champion Josh Thomson (16-2) and former title-holder Gilbert Melendez (15-2).
Submitted Jun 16, 2009 10:44AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Thursday's "Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg" fighter weigh-ins open to public
(mmajunkie.com)
Weigh-ins for the "Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg" event takes place this Thursday, June 18, at the ShoWare Center's Club Lounge in Kent, Wash. The weigh-ins, which begin at 6 p.m. PT (local time), are free and open to the public.
Submitted Jun 16, 2009 10:42AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Kongo has CAT scan after taking 251 punches!!
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Cain Velasquez landed a total of 251 punches to Cheick Kongo's head during the course of their three-round fight at UFC 99 on Saturday. Kongo landed just 31 punches on Velasquez's head during the fight, although it is worth noting that ten of these were power shots that rocked the Mexican-American. The figures come from FightMetric and explain why Kongo had to be taken to a Cologne hospital for a CAT scan after the fight.
Submitted Jun 16, 2009 1:13AM by MMAcca - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Which Fight Matters More: Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir at UFC 100 or Fedor Emelianenko vs Josh Barnett at Affliction Trilogy?
(bloodyelbow.com)
Dave Meltzer leans to the latter: The summer season will peak with UFC 100 on July 11 in Las Vegas will answer the question as to what exactly is the ceiling for mixed martial arts on pay-per-view. The main event between Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir itself has all the elements necessary to being the biggest drawing heavyweight match in North America. The UFC heavyweight and interim heavyweight titles will be unified in a rematch of one of the most memorable fights and talked about fights in company history. But for all the hype Lesnar vs. Mir will receive, one could make a strong case that from a pure sports ranking standpoint, the biggest heavyweight fight ever on U.S. soil will take place three weeks later at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Affliction’s third pay-per-view show. Consensus No. 1 ranked Fedor Emelianenko puts up his reputation as the most successful fighter in the history of the sport, against Josh Barnett.
Submitted Jun 16, 2009 1:09AM by MMAcca - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 102 Set For Portland Rose Garden
(mmaweekly.com)
The UFC’s first trip to the Pacific Northwest is officially set at last. The promotion on Monday announced UFC 102, featuring Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, to be held Aug. 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. The arena plays host to the NBA's Portland Trailblazers and a variety of concerts and events. “We’re extremely excited to be heading to Portland,” said UFC president Dana White. “When you get two mixed martial arts legends that are all heart and have wanted to fight each other for years, plus the fact that Randy has roots in Oregon, that tells me that not only will the crowd be electric, but it’s also a night where the fighters will be looking to cement their legacies.”
Submitted Jun 16, 2009 1:06AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Marc Ratner: 'CroCop's Win Won't Be Overturned
(mmaweekly.com)
Marc Ratner, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Monday told MMAWeekly.com an appeal was not possible. “It’s very simple,” said Ratner. “By the unified rules... first of all the referee didn’t see the foul. What you’re asking is can we go to instant replay. You’re saying now that the fight’s over, can you take a look at it? If the referee had seen the finger and stopped the fight immediately, he could have given a stop for five minutes to recover, and then if (Al-Turk) couldn’t have gone on, it would have been a no-contest.” Ratner, who headed the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) prior to current Executive Director Keith Kizer, chalked the incident up to a judgment call on Mirgliotta’s part.
Submitted Jun 16, 2009 1:04AM by MMAcca - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ultimate Fighter 10 cast revealed
(aroundtheoctagon.com)
It’s been rumored for a while but TUF 10 is stocked with tough fighters. A recent Sun reports confirms a lot of the fighters in the house are pretty talented. A former IFL champion, several NFL players, and UFC veterans are in the house this season. Without further adieu, ladies and gentleman the next cast of the The Ultimate Fighter.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 5:08PM by nickcuc547 - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Markham Off TUF 9 Finale
(mmaweekly.com)
The planned TUF 9 Finale fight between Rory Markham and TJ Grant is now off. Markham has had to pull out due to a quad injury. He hopes to return in August. No replacement named yet for the fight, which is just 5 days away.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 4:53PM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Seth Petruzelli discusses Kimbo Slice, "TUF 10" and the possibility of a UFC return
(mmajunkie.com)
The unknown embarrassed the media sensation and cult creation. Yet the latter is back in the spotlight while the former remains anonymous and underground, plotting his next move. The last time Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and Seth Petruzelli were each inside the cage, one was a fledgling organization's meal ticket and the other a lightly regarded (to put it mildly) last-second replacement. Once Petruzelli knocked out Slice in a stunning 14 seconds, their careers were at a crossroads. Slice was exposed as brute with no skills; Petruzelli, a UFC castoff, was looking at a resurrection.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 4:08PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
COUTURE TO TRAIN & CORNER CARANO FOR TITLE
(mmaweekly.com)
When she faces Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in August, Gina Carano, for the first time in her mixed martial arts career, will have her gym’s namesake by her side. Randy Couture has accepted Carano’s invitation to train her for the highly anticipated Strikeforce bout, MMAWeekly.com has learned from a source close to Couture. The invitation was made shortly after Carano’s contractual limbo with the promotion ended. Couture, currently on the New Orleans set of the Sylvester Stallone-helmed action movie “The Expendables,” is watching video on Santos to formulate a game plan. When he returns to Las Vegas later this month, he will begin working beside Carano in addition to boxing coach Gil Martinez and Muay Thai coach Quinton Chong.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 3:02PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
In Cro Cop-UFC Drama, Only Man With Legit Gripe Is Todd Duffee
(mma.fanhouse.com)
The MMA soap opera of the moment seems to be whether or not Mirko Cro Cop has left the UFC to sign with DREAM. UFC President Dana White says he did; a translation of a Croatian newspaper story says he did not.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:59PM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA Top 10 Heavyweights: After UFC 99, Cain Velasquez Is In
(mma.fanhouse.com)
After UFC 99, I wrote that Cain Velasquez looks like a future UFC heavyweight champion. I've heard some pushback on that from people who take a contrary view, saying Velasquez didn't look very good in the stand-up, and that he ate some hard punches from Cheick Kongo at the start of all three rounds of their fight.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:58PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Tim Sylvia Off 'Affliction: Trilogy'
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Tim Sylvia's shocking 10-second knockout loss to Ray Mercer on Saturday has proven to be more costly than originally thought. Affliction Entertainment vice president, Tom Atencio, informed FanHouse on Monday that Sylvia has now been taken off the upcoming "Affliction: Trilogy" card. "It's his second knockout in a row, and I don't want to take a chance on anything," Atencio said. "The fight is less than 60 days away." Atencio added that no one from the California State Athletic Commission contacted him about taking Sylvia off the card, but he felt it was in Sylvia's best interest to take some time off to heal.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:56PM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
Hello, Japan: Sengoku Gold Cup Match-Ups, Shooto and Pancrase Title Bouts Announced
(bloodyelbow.com)
Pairings for the opening round of the Sengoku Gold Cup were revealed on yesterday's episode of SENGOKU-G. Here's what they look like: Bantamweight (60kg) Daisuke Endo (3-3 / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Suruga) vs. Takeshi "Ken" Numajiri (1-1 / Kiguchi Dojo) Makoto "Shin" Takenaka* (1-4 / P's Lab Tokyo) vs. Ryosuke Komori (3-1 / Yoshida Dojo) Featherweight (65kg) Takayuki Kishi (1-2-2 / X-One Gym - Team ZST) vs. Shigeki Osawa (2-0 / Yoshida Dojo) Toru Harai (6-2 / Mori Dojo) vs. Makoto Sannai (1-1 / Gutsman) Lightweight (70kg) Koji Ando (2-0-2 / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Tokyo) vs. Kohei Maruyama (2-0 am. / SK Absolute) Ikuo Usuda (4-0 / Kiguchi Dojo) vs. Kota Okazawa (5-1-2 / Team ZST - AXIS)
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:54PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale weigh-ins slated for Friday at the Palms Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
Weigh-ins for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale take place this Friday, June 19, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. As with all UFC events, the weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The event is slated for 3 to 5 p.m. PT (local time) with the first fighter on the scale at 4 p.m. The weigh-ins take place before Saturday's Spike TV-televised event, which features a main event of Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida. The lightweight and welterweight finals of "TUF 9" are also slated for the main card.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:51PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joe Stevenson reinvents himself for ‘dangerous’ Nate Diaz
(mmamania.com)
“Honestly, coming off of two losses in a row really makes you think. You think, ‘I’ve got to do something different, otherwise you’re just going to be stagnant.’ You can’t be stagnant in this game. You’re not reinventing yourself if people are catching up to what you’re doing. I think coming to New Mexico was the best thing. I see [Nate Diaz] is very dangerous the whole time, not just at one point. Sometimes people think that they’ve got him in trouble and that’s when he attacks. He’s the most dangerous when you think he’s at his weakest. And that’s something I’m not going to let happen to me.”
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:28PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Fighting Championships on the Fast Track to Success
(bloodyelbow.com)
The Bellator Fighting Championships were labeled as being a "first of its kind" when it was first reported as a new promotion that would air on ESPN Deportes. The unique tagline came with the idea that the fighters would be pushed to the absolute limit of their physical abilities by fighting in divisonal tournaments while being only given, at the most, a month off between battles. While some of us within the MMA blogosphere felt that this could turn ugly if stars were suspended by the commission due to trauma, the gamble paid off for Bellator as they will see an end to their first season on Friday night with buzz circulating that the promotion will broadcast to English-speaking audiences in the fall.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:24PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow In Works For UFC 102
(mmajunkie.com)
After being bumped from what would've been his UFC debut Saturday by Mirko Cro Cop, Todd Duffee is now expected to debut against Mike Russow at UFC 102. Russow would also be making his UFC debut.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 2:04PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Will Brock Lesnar Be the Greatest UFC Heavyweight Ever? Dana White Says Yes
(bloodyelbow.com)
Batten down the hatches kids, the hype for UFC 100 is going to reach reality-distortion field levels. Michael David Smith transcribes Dana's youtube chatter and comments:
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 1:26PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The UFC Should Consider Re-Signing Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski
(bloodyelbow.com)
I know, I know. That headline made a few of you gag. But why don't we start with a comment by Kid Nate yesterday:

They should re-sign Sylvia and/or Arlovski... I’m serious. You know those guys are a lot more affordable than they were just a few months ago. AND they’re good enough to be a test for any heavyweight — any heavyweight without one punch KO power that is!
This makes a LOT of sense honestly. Right now both guys have no bargining power so the UFC could go into negotiations by saying "THIS is the deal we're offering. We're not going to have any back-and-forth. If you're not willing to take it we're done here" and just offer a small deal with some significant incentives for winning fights.
Submitted Jun 15, 2009 11:36AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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