Tim Hague on Lesnar, Tuchscherer and Duffee
Joe Ferraro (Sportsnet.ca) - As Edmonton's Tim "The Thrashing Machine" Hague prepares to take on Brock Lesnar training partner Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109, the Canadian heavyweight is disappointed with Lesnar's recent statements about the Canadian Health Care System.
"I'm a fan of Brock's, but after what he's said recently about Canada, I'm starting to lose a little respect for him," Hague said. "But to each his own."
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Source: Despite threats, no one yet fired from Brock Lesnar's camp
A week after UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar blasted his team for talking out of turn, a source close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that everything is still business as usual inside the camp.Upon announcing his octagon return this past Wednesday after a life-threatening bout of diverticulosis, Lesnar (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) expressed dismay at the multiple health reports that trickled out in the months following his battle with the intestinal disease.
Nick Diaz, Marius Zaromskis, Joe Riggs and Melvin Manhoef also in for "EA Sports MMA"
Shortly after Bobby Lashley was announced on today's edition of ESPN.com's "MMA Live" as the latest addition to "EA Sports MMA," four more fighters involved in this weekend's "Strikeforce: Miami" event were also confirmed for the game.Nick Diaz (20-7 MMA, 2-0 SF), Marius Zaromskis (13-3 MMA, 0-0 SF), Joe Riggs (32-10 MMA, 3-2 SF) and Melvin Manhoef (24-6-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) will all appear in the upcoming rival to THQ's "UFC Undisputed" franchise.The latest additions to the forthcoming video game's roster were announced in an ESPN.com interview with Lashley.
Former WWE star Bobby Lashley latest addition to "EA Sports MMA" roster
Former WWE star and current Strikeforce heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley (4-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) will appear in the forthcoming "EA Sports MMA" title.The latest addition to the video game's rapidly expanding roster was announced on today's edition of ESPN.com's "MMA Live."The game, available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010.
Randy Couture knows he has an advantage over Mark Coleman when it comes to conditioning
He doesn't throw a lot of combinations, but he's a very powerful guy. If you stand around in front of him he's gonna try and hit you with some good hooks and overhand rights. He's gonna follow those with a straight double leg. Knowing what you're looking for there and being ready for that is a big key. The more times you can stuff Mark and keep him from taking you down or make him work real hard to take you down is gonna pay dividends on the conditioning side of things even in a three round fight.
Lavar Johnson cheats death to return to MMA at Strikeforce 'Challengers' on March 26 in Fresno
NEW YORK (Jan. 28, 2010)-Six months ago, Lavar Johnson lay in a hospital bed, clinging to his life after he was gunned down while attending a family barbeque during the July 4 holiday.On Friday, March 26, the 32-year-old will enter a new chapter in his incredible recovery when he restarts his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career in the main event of a STRIKEFORCE Challengers fight card at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California on Friday, March 26.
Patrick Barry vs. Gilbert Yvel targeted for UFC 115 main card
A slugfest of potentially epic proportions has been tapped for the UFC's first trip to British Columbia, Canada, as Gilbert Yvel (36-14-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is now expected to face Pat Barry (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 115.Sources close to both camps indicated to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been signed for the matchup, which was first reported by the Las Vegas Sun.
Pros Pick: Diaz vs. Zaromskis
Michael Guymon: Diaz takes this one by annoying his opponent to death.
Mike Ciesnolevicz: Nick Diaz always wins fights that I think he will lose. He has become one of the top guys in the game with a very unorthodox yet well-rounded style, not to mention he is as tough as they come. I think he executes his game plan perfectly and wears Zaromskis down by throwing hundreds of punches before finishing him with a kimura or rear choke. Diaz then gets on the microphone and says, "What do you want from me man? I just woke up!"
Stav Economou: Marius is good, but not good enough to beat Diaz. Diaz wins (via) second-round submission.
Tom Gavrilos: This fight will go to Diaz. He will outwork Marius and most likely catch him in a submission.
Ray Elbe: Nick Diaz proves once again why medical marijuana should be supported by everyone in the USA by winning this fight at 4:20 of the first round with a choke so tight it literally vaporizes Zaromskis to sleep.
Robin Black: I would put some money on Zaromskis for the upset, but, frankly, Diaz scares the s--t out of me. He might hunt down everyone who bets against him and cut them all. I don't want to get cut. Especially in the face. No, I'll just go with Diaz.
Benji Radach: I gotta go with our American fighter Nick Diaz. He has to watch out for that left tricky high kick, but I think Nick knows how to train and can prepare to take that out of his game. CIRCLE TO THE LEFT NICK (laughs)! I think Nick is more of a veteran, and his style of boxing will throw the foreign fighter off of his game.
Kultar Gill: Nick Diaz by submission in the first round. Soon as it hits the ground, it's going to be over.
Gabe Ruediger: Nick is more well-rounded and should pull it off. Zaromskis can always land that head kick, which he seems to be landing at will, but Nick’s very game standing and a black belt in BJJ.
Stephane Vigneault: Nick Diaz all the way by TKO. He is incredible since he left the UFC.
Roland Sarria: Diaz will press him and will win by stoppage in the first round.
Ricardo Liborio: Diaz by submission, round one.
Erik Paulson: Nick Diaz is at the top of his game right now, and I really enjoy watching him fight. He really imposes his outstanding game plan every time he fights. For me, with his upcoming fight, I see him the victor. He has all ranges covered and is definitely great at all three ranges, which makes him a dangerous opponent.
Din Thomas: I got Nick Diaz by Stockton gang signs beoootch!
Zac George: Marius could head kick the Diazinator into a full-blown coma. However, I see Diaz “smoking” him on the ground.
Jake Shields: This should be a great fight, and I have an obvious bias since I am good friends and training partners with Nick. But that being said, I think this fight will start out super exciting and high-paced. But Nick will bring too much pressure and will end up submitting or KOing him late in the second round.
Duke Roufus: Nick Diaz by mean mug, b--ch!
Luigi Fioravanti: Marius is unpredictable and unorthodox on his feet, which can pose a threat to any fighter. Diaz is tough as hell and has fought some of the best. He is more experienced than Marius and very good on the ground, where he will be most dangerous. Diaz by submission.
Micah Miller: Nick by submission. I don’t think there is such a thing as jiu jitsu in Lithuania.
Kit Cope: Zaromskis is a bad dude, but Nick is a world of problems for any man. Everybody looks at Nick’s punches and thinks that they won’t be effective, but Nick has a way of slowly draining the life out of you and then finishing you just before you’d take a nap on your own. Plus he can take a helluva wallop! My prediction is that exactly that will happen to Zaromskis. I see another Gomi/Diaz-type of battle with Nick again finishing the fight after s--t talking at Marius the whole way through!
Pros who picked Diaz: 20
Pros who picked Zaromskis: 0
Pros who couldn’t decide: 0
Strikeforce Challengers 7 Set For 3/26
The main card appears set for the March 26 Strikeforce Challengers event following today's unveiling of five matchups. The event takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and the night's main card airs on Showtime. And while Strikeforce veterans such as Luke Stewart, Miesha Tate and Justin Wilcox are slotted for the card, so, too, is Lavar Johnson, a shooting victim who was clinging to life just seven months ago. Johnson was at a family barbecue this past July 4 when a group opened fire on the event. Johnson and his cousin were both struck by bullets, Johnson lived; his cousin didn't. Also set for the card is Ron Humphrey, coming off a loss to Brett Rogers, facing off against George Bush III.
Fedor Emelianenko or Brock Lesnar: Who Is the More Powerful Brand?
Businessweek's decision to rank Fedor Emelianenko ahead of Brock Lesnar in the power 100 ranking of athletes has spurred a lot of discussion. On its face, it's absurd. Both men compete in American promotions, and Brock Lesnar is a far bigger star. He makes more money, his name drives much more media interest, and his record on PPV is second to none.
WEC Quick Quote: Jens Pulver can still compete if he stops being dumb
"This fight is very important man. I can't lose 5 fights in a row, come on. It can't happen, so this fight means a lot man. I feel like I have been losing because I was dumb, you know what I'm saying? I'm just getting caught in dumb stuff. even in the first fight with Urijah, don't get me wrong, he is fast, but I made his hands look faster because I fought dumb. But I want to show everyone that I can still fight and that I can still compete."
Caraway vs. Paixao Latest Addition To WEC Card
Caraway (14-4) made his WEC debut in January after stepping in on short notice to face Canadian fighter Mark Hominick. The former EliteXC and Strikeforce fighter was doing well in the bout until he got caught in an armbar that forced the TapouT and handed Caraway his first loss after winning three fights in a row.
Fernandes vs. Hansen title fight set for DREAM.13; Chonan slotted for March 22 card
As expected, Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen (19-8-1 MMA, 3-2 DREAM) is dropping a weight class to fight DREAM featherweight champion Bibiano Fernandes (7-2 MMA, 4-0 DREAM) in March at DREAM.13.DREAM officials today confirmed the previously reported matchup, and PRIDE/UFC veteran Ryo Chonan (16-10 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) was also named an event competitor.DREAM.13 takes place at the 17,000-seat Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, and is expected to air in North America on HDNet.
Hector Lombard: “I would kill Mousasi”
On February 4, the Bellator middleweight champion will be back. The American Top Team fighter, who shone on the five fights he made in 2009, wants to keep the rhythm this year. After a train session commanded by Stéfane Dias at ATT camp, the fighter talked to TATAME and revealed to have ambitious plans to this season.
DREAM Unveils Tentative 2010 Schedule
With DREAM.13 officially announced for March 22, the Japanese-based promotion today unveiled plans for the rest of the 2010 DREAM schedule, which includes a possible event in South Korea and a traditional New Year Eve's show. Although an official date has been set only for DREAM.13, DREAM officials expect additional events in April, May, July, September, October and December. A Light Heavyweight GP is planned this year to crown a champion in that division, and it could include former DREAM MW Champion Gegard Mousasi. December's event will be the annual Dynamite!! NYE blowout show.
Junior Dos Santos Is Drinking Milk And Kicking @$$
Remember kids, milk really does a body good. Ed Soares makes sure to point that out when talking about his fast-rising Heavyweight client, also adding they are in no hurry to get a UFC Heavyweight Title shot. "We're in no hurry for a title shot. He's only 25 years old, so he's still a growing kid. Every time I see him he seems like he's a little bigger. He's drinking his milk and just getting bigger and stronger. I think we'd like to see Rodrigo beat Cain (Velasquez) and have that title shot, but whatever the UFC decides is fine with us. They've given us some great fights, some incredible opportunities, and we're just going to take whatever they give us. We never pick our opponents, so whoever they put in front of us, we'll take with a smile on our face."
With planned retirement at 30, Gegard Mousasi searching for best career options
LOS ANGELES – Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has no plans to fight until his body fails him. When the 24-year-old hits the big 3-0, he's out.
With that in mind, he has set strict goals for his career's path, including a jump to heavyweight in 18 months.
Before he bulks up, though, he wants to fight six to eight times in 2010 and plans to start by fighting Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in April. He also plans to participate in a DREAM eight-man light heavyweight tournament rumored for June.
"I'm going to try to stay very busy," Mousasi told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Wednesday. "It's better to stay in shape the whole year, fight a lot, than fight and be fat again and train hard again. I don't like it. I like to be in shape the whole year, be in top shape, and then I'm going to take a break for one or two months (at the end of the year)."