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Liddell's Trainer "Heartbroken", No Longer Wants To See Iceman Fight
(mmamania.com)
John Hackleman -- the long-time trainer and friend of former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell -- concedes that it's finally time for his UFC Hall of Fame fighter to hang up the gloves. Liddell, 40, suffered his fifth loss in six fights, getting knocked out cold courtesy of Rich Franklin at UFC 115 last weekend. It was the fourth time in those five losses that he ended up on his back, staring at the lights and wondering what the hell went wrong. Hackleman suggests that the "warrior" nature of Liddell is likely to blame -- no matter how much game planning, conditioning or drilling he did prior to the fight, he quickly resorted to his aggressive (and careless) self after just a few minutes of action. "Iceman" has yet to make an official announcement on his retirement; however, with Hackleman, as well as UFC President Dana White (again) telling him the party's over, he may listen this time around.
Submitted Jun 17, 2010 6:30AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce: Los Angeles fight results
(mmajunkie.com)
OFFICIAL RESULTS Renato "Babalu" Sobral def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos def. Marius Zaramoskis via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:38 Tim Kennedy def. Trevor Prangley via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 3:35 K.J. Noons def. Conor Heun via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28) PRELIMINARY CARD Jeremy Umphries def. R.J. Clifford via technical submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 2:27 Hugo Sandoval def. Marcus Kowal via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 0:43
Submitted Jun 17, 2010 12:54AM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Chris Horodecki faces WEC newcomer Danny Downes at Sunday's WEC 49 event
(mmajunkie.com)
With Ed Ratcliff forced to bow out of this Sunday's WEC 49 event for undisclosed reasons, undefeated Roufusport fighter Danny "Boy" Downes (6-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) has stepped up to face Chris Horodecki (13-2 MMA, 0-1 WEC). WEC officials made the announcement late Tuesday night. The Downes vs. Horodecki fight is expected to remain on the televised portion of the card
Submitted Jun 17, 2010 12:15AM by Twenty20Dollars - 5 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
.Exclusive: King Mo' Doesn't Want to Fight His 'Brother' Babalu; Says Fedor Can Be Beaten and He's the Man to Do It
(cagepotato.com)
We spoke with Muhammed "King Mo'" Lawal at last weekend's MMA Expo in Toronto and we asked him about the prospect of fighting friend and training partner Renato Sobral, should Babalu get past Robbie Lawler in the pair's 195-pound catchweight bout tonight, and according to the Strikeforce light heavyweight champ, the fight will likely never happen. "The thing is, Babalu is like my brother. I knew him before I started fighting and he was actually my favorite fighter when I first started to really follow the sport," explained Lawal. "I'll fight anybody but him." So then, the question is who will Strikeforce match him up with?
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 9:39PM by sclasclemski - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
E3 2010: Supremacy MMA is Looking for a Fight (New Game)
(1up.com)
Emphasizing the underground culture of mixed martial arts, Supremacy MMA from 505 Games looks to bring the sport back to its no-holds-barred roots. Developer Kung Fu Factory admits their game may not have a license, but they see that as an opportunity to have a darker, more violent vibe compared to THQ's UFC Undisputed series. First thing i thought was..... Is that a cockfighting ring??
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 9:19PM by StriderXero - 4 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
MMA in New York? Senate passes MMA bill; moves to assembly.
(poughkeepsiejournal.com)
ALBANY -- A controversial bill that would legalize mixed-martial arts events in New York narrowly passed the state Senate on Wednesday, but the bill faces an uncertain future in the Assembly as the legislative session winds down. If enacted into law, mixed-martial arts would be subject to many of the same regulations currently imposed on boxing and other grappling sports, and the state athletic commission would be charged with issuing licenses to leagues and organizations looking to host an event. Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, said mixed-martial arts should be viewed the same as any other sport in the state. Parker sponsors the bill in the Senate, while Assemblyman Steven Englebright, D-Setauket, Suffolk County, sponsors the bill in the Assembly.
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 7:48PM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Chris Leben Expecting To Beat Aaron Simpson "Rather Easily" At TUF 11 Finale
(mmamania.com)
And if his comments recently are any indication, his win last time out has given him an extra boost of confidence going into Saturday's fight. "There was a lot of pressure. My fight before that (against Rosholt) was a terrible performance on my part and going into the Jay Silva fight I knew that I needed to change things. I went out to Oregon for over a month, just buckled down, put my nose to the grindstone and trained hard, and it definitely showed when I went out there. When I perform at my best, I think I beat anybody. [Simpson] is a phenomenal athlete and he’s obviously accomplished a lot in his wrestling career. Obviously there are some holes in his game – wrestling is his number one attribute, he doesn’t move his head a ton and he’s a little bit heavy on his feet. It’s gonna be a great fight, and if I execute my game plan and perform the way that I know I can, I think I should take him out rather easily."
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 1:29PM by DCRage - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Caraway vs. Paixao Set For WEC 50
(mmaweekly.com)
They didn't end up fighting in March, so they'll shoot for August instead. Bryan Caraway and Fredson Paixao are scheduled to meet in a featherweight bout on the upcoming WEC 50 card in Las Vegas on August 18. The two were set to square off in March, but a late injury to Caraway forced him off the card, and they will meet in August instead.
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 10:31AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
McCray vs. McGee Named TUF 11 Finale Main Event
(mmaweekly.com)
As the "Ultimate Fighter" season 11 finale show draws near, finalists Kris McCray and Court McGee, who square off in the middleweight division for a 6-figure contract, have been bumped up to the main event for the Saturday night show. The UFC made the move on Tuesday moving McCray vs. McGee to the top of the card, while light heavyweights Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill will remain the co-main event for the televised show on Spike TV.
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 10:30AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC On Versus 2 Set With 3 More Prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
The fight card for the recently relocated UFC on Versus 2 event is now complete with the addition of three preliminary-card bouts for a total of 11 fights. The final 3 fights confirmed today, all prelims, are Paul Kelly vs. Jakob Volkmann (relocated from UFC 116 due to Kelly having visa issues), Charles Oliveira vs. Darren Elkins (moved from TUF 11 Finale) and UFC newcomer & former Shooto Welterweight Champion Willamy Friere (Chequerim) vs. Thiago Tavares.
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 10:25AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Pat Barry in cast and "boot" for minimum five weeks, surgery unlikely
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC heavyweight Pat Barry broke his hand and foot in a co-main event bout with Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic this past Saturday at UFC 115 and will wear a hand cast and foot "boot" – or therapeutic brace – for five weeks.
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 10:01AM by BigIP - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Legal Issue Prompts Sonnen To Withdraw From Oregon House Race
(mmamania.com)
So much for a potential Representative Chael Sonnen in UFC. A legal issue from a few years ago has emerged and it's forced him out of the Oregon House elections. "In the best interests of my district, I am resigning from my campaign for the Oregon House of Representatives. A 2006 legal issue has arisen that needs my immediate attention. I am not at liberty to disclose the details, but my name was involved in a real estate case that requires a ruling. If the ruling is adverse, I would be disqualified from running for office until 2011. So, given that possibility, I have chosen to withdraw my name as a candidate in 2010. I will continue to contribute to my community and ensure that we have a capable candidate to run for my district in November."
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 9:31AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Canada & Middle East "Neck And Neck" For First International TUF
(mmajunkie.com)
The first international season of "The Ultimate Fighter" competition-reality series will either be based in Canada or the Middle East, according to Dana White. White said the promotion and its broadcast partner Spike TV are laying groundwork to film separate seasons in both countries. However, he is unsure which will go first. "They're neck and neck," White recently said. The UFC boss said in May that a potential Canadian version of the show would be targeted for 2011. This past weekend, he hinted at a February 2011 start date for an international season.
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 8:21AM by DCRage - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ed Ratcliff Off WEC 49, Horodecki Faces Danny Downes
(mmajunkie.com)
WEC announced late Tueday night that Ed Ratcliff is now off Sunday's WEC 49 for undisclosed reasons. He was to have faced Chris Horodecki. Danny Downes, who has won his first 6 career fights and trains with Anthony Pettis and Pat Barry among others, is the short-notice replacement. The fight likely will remain on the TV portion of the event.
Submitted Jun 16, 2010 5:12AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
Hype Yourself in EA Sports MMA
(xbox360.ign.com)
A few weeks ago I sat down at EA's Los Angeles studios to check out EA Sports MMA's online features, or at least one of them. I assumed I was sitting down to check out some sort of new ranking system or a demo of how experience points earned online would benefit your single-player character. Boy was I wrong. Instead, what I saw was one of the most forward-thinking online features I've ever seen in a sports game. I'm sure EA Sports MMA will have the requisite quick match and ranked match features that we all expect, but the real bread and butter is the Live Broadcast mode. Basically this allows for players to compete for real-world prizes in-game and build up personas online. But how do you earn the right to compete in one of these Live Broadcasts? Well, there are a few ways. The first is obviously just being damn good at EA Sports MMA and ascending the leaderboards. But EA Sports also wants to incorporate active community members into the mix along with members with standout personalities. How can you show your personality in-game, you ask? Well, that's probably the coolest part of all of this.
Submitted Jun 15, 2010 11:08PM by TimW001 - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Lawler Moved Camp to Arizona for Babalu Fight
(mmaweekly.com)
Robbie Lawler has consistently been considered one of the most dangerous middleweights in the world with the ability to put any opponent out with just one punch. But as the middleweight approaches his upcoming main event fight against Renato "Babalu" Sobral on June 16, he has decided to switch things up and travel to Arizona. Normally a mainstay at the HIT Squad gym with longtime friend Matt Hughes, Lawler got a call from UFC middleweight Aaron Simpson, who also fights next week, asking for some help. The heavy-hitter native of California was happy to oblige. "Well, I got an opportunity. One of the fighters I'm training with is fighting a southpaw, so he called me and was like 'hey can you come out?' And I'm like, ‘yeah, you guys got a lot of good wrestlers.’ Went out there, these guys work very hard," Lawler said about his training camp.
Submitted Jun 15, 2010 4:24PM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Stefan Struve vs. newcomer Christian Morecraft official for UFC 117 prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected young heavyweight prospect Stefan Struve (19-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) meets promotional newcomer Christian Morecraft (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in August at UFC 117. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently passed along news of the expected bout, and its since been signed and officially added to UFC 117's un-aired preliminary card. UFC 117 takes place Aug. 7 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. The night's main card, including a headliner of middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view.
Submitted Jun 15, 2010 4:21PM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thiago Alves Medically Cleared, Alves vs. Fitch 2 Now Officially Official For UFC 117
(mmajunkie.com)
After a medical condition forced him out of UFC 111 and put his future fighting career in jeopardy, Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Thiago Alves has been medically cleared to resume fighting. Nick Lembo of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board today confirmed that the athletic commission has removed Alves' indefinite suspension. There are also reports the paperwork for his UFC 117 fight with Jon Fitch has also been signed, making the fight at long last official.
Submitted Jun 15, 2010 2:42PM by DCRage - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 115 Prelims: 1.3 Million Viewers
(mmajunkie.com)
Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" broadcast for this past weekend's UFC 115 event drew an average audience of 1.3 million viewers and peaked with 1.5 million, Spike TV officials today announced. The two-fight June 15 broadcast, which featured Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin and Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman, qualifies as the sixth-highest-rated broadcast of the eight "UFC Prelims" specials that have aired to date. Overall, the broadcast drew a 0.9 household rating with a 1.4 among men 18-34 and a 1.2 among men 18-49.
Submitted Jun 15, 2010 12:48PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Angela Magana is latest addition to Bellator's season-three women's tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Former high-school wrestler and amateur boxer Angela Magana is the latest addition to Bellator Fighting Championships' season-three women's tournament. Bellator officials today announced the signing. Magana (9-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is the fifth confirmed participant for the eight-slot 115-pound tournament, which commences in August. Magana, 26, turned pro three years ago and has fought for organizations such as the Las Vegas-based TUFF-N-UFF and HOOKnSHOOT. Seven of the jiu-jitsu practitioner's nine wins have come via stoppage, five via submission.
Submitted Jun 15, 2010 11:35AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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