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George Sotiropoulos Knows He's A Cheater
So claims his opponent tonight, Kurt Pellegrino, who apparently didn't like George pulling a Shinya Aoki in February when he beat Joe Stevenson in Australia while wearing "fancy pants". "I’m not stressed out. I’m not nervous. Why would I be nervous? I’ve grappled with the best grappler on the planet (Marcelo Garcia). I’ve seen everything. This is the best prepared person I’ve ever been. I just have a lot of confidence right now. I don’t need to cheat or find a loophole to make my game better. My game is where it is: no shirt, pair of fight shorts, let’s rock and roll. I don’t need neoprene or kneepads to help me win or get the edge. If that’s what he needs, fantastic; good for him. He knows he’s a cheater."
Submitted Jul 3, 2010 11:58AM by DCRage - 13 comments
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Cheick Kongo vs. Travis Browne Targeted For UFC 120
A heavyweight matchup between veteran Cheick Kongo and prospect Travis Browne is expected for UFC 120 in London. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Kongo was recently cleared for training following a back injury that forced him off tomorrow's UFC 116.
Submitted Jul 2, 2010 5:30PM by DCRage - 6 comments
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TUF 11 Finale Draws 1889 For $430K Gate
The NSAC today revealed the official attendance and live gate from the TUF 11 Finale. The total attendance was 1889: 1303 paid, 586 comps, 252 unsold, for a live gate of $430,250. UFC originally estimated 1708 attendance but was exactly right on the live gate estimate.
Submitted Jul 2, 2010 4:39PM by DCRage - 0 comments
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Early UFC 116 Fighter Payouts
NSAC head Keith Kizer today revealed some of the fighter payouts-to-be for tomorrow's UFC 116 event. Brock Lesnar will get $400,000 no matter what, while Shane Carwin will get $40,000 guaranteed, $80,000 of he wins. Chris Leben will make $43,000 with double that if he wins, while Yoshihiro Akiyama gets $45,000 and another $25,000 to win.
Submitted Jul 2, 2010 4:34PM by DCRage - 17 comments
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CB Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen Targeted For September
C.B. Dollaway and Joe Doerkson are on tap for the UFC's first trip to Indiana. The middleweights appear set to face off at UFC 119 in Indiana. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending.
Submitted Jul 2, 2010 2:07PM by DCRage - 3 comments
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Frank Mir Scraps LHW Plans In Pursuit Of Brock Lesnar
Best 2 out of 3, anyone? Could happen now according to the former champ. "Brock's comments in his UFC interviews have inspired me to decide on holding off on going to 205, and working my way to fighting him again."
Submitted Jul 2, 2010 1:50PM by DCRage - 19 comments
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UFC 116 Official Sellout, 1 Million PPV Buys Expected
With what UFC president Dana White has called "the biggest heavyweight fight in the history of the UFC" headlining the card, Saturday's UFC 116 event is sold out. While a few select tickets remain for "UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the numbers are small enough that the promotion considers the event an official sellout. White also said the buzz surrounding the Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin headlining bout will likely produce a pay-per-view blockbuster, and the UFC exec said the promotion is anticipating more than 1 million buys.
Submitted Jul 2, 2010 12:38PM by DCRage - 0 comments
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Four Fights Added to DREAM.15. More Trouble at Featherweight
Only one week prior to DREAM.15 we are finally starting to get some more matches, but it looks like FEG are having troubles. Yoshida Dojo fighters Kazuhiro Nakamura and Michihiro Omigawa have officially made the move to DREAM where they will face Karl "Psycho" Amousso and Young Sam Jung respectively. You can be forgiven for not recognizing the name Young Sam Jung. One of Japan's best at featherweight will be facing an 0-2 fighter. Both losses come by first round KO. Mitsuhiro Ishida will be making the move down to "featherweight" to meet Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata and the light-heavyweight title eliminator match between Gegard Mousasi vs. Jake O'Brien was made official.
Submitted Jul 2, 2010 8:42AM by emfleek - 0 comments
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Kennedy vs. Souza, Noons vs. Gurgel in Works for Strikeforce: Houston
Strikeforce is moving forward with its middleweight division since releasing their champion Jake Shields. Mauro Ranallo reported on Thursday's edition of The Fight Show, that the organization is working towards putting together a middleweight fight between Tim Kennedy and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza at Strikeforce: Houston on Aug. 21. Strikeforce hasn't decided whether the fight will be for the newly-vacated title or a part of the proposed 185-pound tournament.
Submitted Jul 2, 2010 8:41AM by emfleek - 6 comments
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Shogun Rua Out Until March, Leaving 205-Pound Division in Holding Pattern
LAS VEGAS -- Rashad Evans won a light-heavyweight championship title opportunity when he beat Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in May, but he's going to have to wait a while to cash in his golden ticket. UFC President Dana White confirmed Thursday that current champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua won't be back in the octagon for another eight months, likely returning in March 2011. Still, White took that as good news, saying that his surgically repaired knee is healing well since a recent surgery. "Shogun's great, his knee's coming along great," White said just after the UFC 116 pre-fight press conference. "It's all good."
Submitted Jul 2, 2010 8:40AM by emfleek - 21 comments
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Cung Le Out Of SF MW Tourney, Manhoef Eyed For Spot
With Cung Le opting not to participate in Strikeforce's upcoming Middleweight Title Tournament, the field may now get a bit more "Marvelous". Scott Coker says Le plans to stick to superfights and not participate, and as a result Coker will invite feared striker Melvin Manhoef to participate in the tournament. Coker said today that the shape of the tournament and number of events in which it will play out still are being decided.
Submitted Jul 2, 2010 7:14AM by DCRage - 6 comments
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Sherdogs Latest P4P Rankings Via ESPN

For 7½ years, Fedor Emelianenko was a fixture in the rarefied air of pound-for-pound lists. Not anymore. Emelianenko's shocking June 26 loss to Fabricio Werdum radically resculpted the face of the heavyweight division and the pound-for-pound list.
This is easily the most curious list I've seen in a while. I'm sure you could make a case for a couple guys, but I'd have some names on there that aren't.
Submitted Jul 1, 2010 8:46PM by BlueSkiesBurn - 46 comments
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Brock Lesnar on the B.S. Report
Brock Lesnar interviewed with Bill Simmons today for ESPN Radio and answered questions about his health, tactics for the upcoming fight, and the fight itself. Simmons isn't the most educated guy on the sport, but there's some good stuff in this interview. Lesnar says he's going southpaw for this fight.
Submitted Jul 1, 2010 8:31PM by BlueSkiesBurn - 0 comments
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Dana Confirms Velasquez Gets Lesnar-Carwin Winner For The HW Title
As has long been expected, Dana White made it official today: Cain Velasquez gets the next UFC Heavyweight Title shot after UFC 116. No word on when that will be, but Dana says "probably as soon as possible".
Submitted Jul 1, 2010 7:19PM by DCRage - 9 comments
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Dana: Chuck's UFC Career Is Over
And this time he means it. Dana White today told reporters at the UFC 116 pre-fight presser that his good friend Chuck Liddell will never fight in UFC again. "He'll never fight in the UFC again," White said. "Can Chuck Liddell still make money? Could I make money off of Chuck Liddell? Yes. I don't want that money. I don't want to make that kind of money. I'm not interested in that." And no budging this time. Dana still hopes Chuck will retire but if he's to fight again it's gotta be outside UFC, and Dana wouldn't stand in his way but hopes it won't come to that.
Submitted Jul 1, 2010 7:17PM by DCRage - 22 comments
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SF Targeting Lawal vs. Feijao For 8/21
Having already announced that Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Lawal would first defend his title on 8/21, SF today announced a likely challenger for Lawal: Rafael Cavalcante (Feijao). A source says verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Feijao has won his last 2 fights by KO following his first career loss and gets the shot in large part due to Renato Sobral passing it up to potentially face Dan Henderson instead.
Submitted Jul 1, 2010 1:11PM by DCRage - 10 comments
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UFC Haters & Idiot Websites Think Alistair Overeem Is "The New Guy"
And they are now in the crosshairs of one Dana White. "Here we go. Alistair Overeem is gonna be the new guy? Alistsair Overeem got knocked out by Chuck Liddell at 205. You know what’s funny? Because we don’t have him signed he’ll be the new guy. The guy that Chuck knocked out at 205. All the UFC haters will be like, ‘oh yeah, this guy is the best.’ And all the idiot websites will rank him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world."
Submitted Jul 1, 2010 12:29PM by DCRage - 36 comments
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Cain Velasquez Bringing Speed & Power To The Winner Of Lesnar-Carwin
And he isn't concerned about giving up 20-25 pounds to either guy. "[I want to face] whoever the better fighter is. I want to fight the best. If Carwin keeps the fight standing, with his kind of punching power, I think he'll win the fight. If Brock can get the fight to the ground, with his explosiveness, with his wrestling, I think he'll win. It's whoever can execute their gameplan. It'll be a good fight no matter what. Right now I'm 250 (pounds) but I know when fight time comes around I'll be at 240-245. That's where I feel most comfortable and at my quickest. I think I still have power at that weight so for me it's the weight [I want to] fight at."
Submitted Jul 1, 2010 11:49AM by DCRage - 7 comments
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Brock Lesnar Feels Fedor's Pain
While all kinds of remarks have been made on Fedor Emelianenko's shocking loss to Fabricio Werdum this past Saturday in San Jose, Calif., one in particular surprised everybody today. UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar stated he feels bad for the outcome, having endured a similar submission misfortune early in his career at the hands of his bitter rival, Frank Mir.
Submitted Jul 1, 2010 7:11AM by DCRage - 8 comments
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Fedor Doesn't Deserve To Step Inside The Octagon
And according to Dana White, that's that. End of story. "Nope. Now I don't have to hear about him anymore. I like it.... He has star power? Nobody cares. Do you realize this is something that's been created by the mixed martial arts media? Do you know how many people watched his fight the other night? 400,000 people watched it. The guy has absolutely no star power. They sold no tickets to that fight, either.... Here's the problem, the guy loses and gets to fight one of these guys? I've been saying for years this guy isn't all that. He's not great. Everybody's talking about how great this guy is, no he's not. Now he should deserve to come into the UFC and fight the best? No way!... The guys who fight in the UFC are fighting the very best three times a year. This guy hasn't fought anybody since 2005. The media created him and hyped him up. Not me. What do you want me to say? This is what I've been saying?"
Submitted Jul 1, 2010 7:08AM by DCRage - 35 comments
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