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10 Great Freak Matches: Part 1
(sherdog.com)
Here’s something wonderful about disavowing any responsibility to your fellow man: You can throw any two people in a ring, instruct them to smack each other in the head until one falls down and then count the gate receipts. (Toughman’s Art Dore -- your patron saint.)
Submitted May 5, 2009 5:19AM by mentalcase - 0 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's, PrideFC, Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
JORGE GURGEL VS. CONOR HEUN STRIKEFORCE JUNE 19
(mmaweekly.com)
A lightweight contest has been added to the upcoming Strikeforce ShoMMA event set for June 19 in Kent, Washington as submission specialist, Conor Heun, returns to action against former UFC fighter, Jorge Gurgel, in a bout that will in all likelihood wind up on the main card for the televised event.
Submitted May 5, 2009 12:32AM by mentalcase - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC 98: Soszynski Replaces Alexander
(mmajunkie.com)
One day after confirming Houston Alexander is off UFC 98 with a broken hand, UFC announced that TUF 8 alum Krzyzsztof Soszynski is the replacement. Soszynski will face Andre Gusmao.
Submitted May 4, 2009 8:40PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Trainer John Hackleman: Chuck Liddell has "more than one fight left in him"
(mmajunkie.com)
Dana White's message to Chuck Liddell was clear before UFC 97: Don't just win, but bring it again. Following "The Iceman's" first-round TKO loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, White was adamant that one of the most storied and famous careers in mixed martial arts has ended. Or has it? John Hackleman, Liddell's longtime trainer and close friend, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) – with confidence – that Liddell isn't done yet. Liddell has one more fight on his UFC contract, but Hackleman hinted that the fighter would explore competing elsewhere if White keeps the door closed.
Submitted May 4, 2009 4:31PM by MMAcca - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sengoku Gets TUF with "Project: Gold Rush"
(bloodyelbow.com)
At a press conference yesterday, World Victory Road announced that Sengoku is currently developing "Project Gold Rush," a new Ultimate Fighter-style portion of their SENGOKU-G TV series which will see new and debuting fighters from gyms like GRABAKA, Yoshida Dojo and PANCRASEism competing for spots on the Sengoku roster. (Although, unlike the mother of all MMA reality shows, "P:GR" will presumably focus more on the prospects' training and less on bodily fluids / beverage hurling.) There will be 4-5 fighters from each gym spread across the bantamweight (60kg / 132 lbs), featherweight (65kg / 143 lbs) and lightweight (70kg / 154 lbs) divisions. Beginning later this month.
Submitted May 4, 2009 4:28PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: World Victory Road / Sengoku
 
Liborio named National Coach for USA Grappling
(themat.com)
USA Wrestling is excited to announce a new alliance to provide leadership for USA Grappling, its national program in the sport of Grappling. International respected coach Ricardo Liborio of Coconut Creek, Fla. has been named the National Coach for USA Grappling. “Ricardo Liborio brings credibility to our Grappling program,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. “We are confident that we will not only sustain our competitive excellence but will take it to a new level with Ricardo on our team. USA Wrestling is committed to maintaining our dominant position in international Grappling.”
Submitted May 4, 2009 2:08PM by roadking95th - 0 comments
Filed under: Fight Camp / Team, Other Combat Sports, Miscellaneous
 
Minotoro Nogueira To Make Brazil Debut Saturday
(411mania.com)
Although he is originally from Brazil, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has actually never fought in his native country before this coming weekend. He will finally make his Brazil debut Saturday for Jungle Fight against Dion Staring.
Submitted May 4, 2009 12:31PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Irvin Returns At UFC 102, Takes Sonnen's Fight
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Talk about an interesting bit of re-scheduling. With James Irvin off UFC 98 due to injury, Chael Sonnen took what was irvin's fight. Now Irvin will return at UFC 102 and will face Wilson Gouveia-who was originally to have faced Sonnen before the plans changed.
Submitted May 4, 2009 12:06PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
(Over?)Analyzing Omigawa: A Success Story for Japanese MMA
(sherdog.com)
Four years ago, I was in an MMA pick 'em pool with four acquaintances. UFC and Pride cards, $20 buy-in, points for winner-method-round, and the total points winner took the pot. It was May 2005, and Pride's Bushido 7 was on the slate. I could already feel the 100 bones making the act of sitting down near impossible, almost Costanza-like. Being a massive MMA nerd and with Dream Stage Entertainment having retooled the Bushido program to heavily feature lightweights and homegrown talents, I figured I had a natural leg-up on my pool contemporaries who didn't feel the need to maniacally obsess over the sport. Naturally, I lost the Pride Bushido 7 pool. Actually, I didn't "lose" per se; I came in second place, by one point -- a fate infinitely more excruciating. Within the pick 'em pool, I was the only person who took the debuting Michihiro Omigawa over Aaron Riley. None too surprisingly either. I still consider it one of the worst fight picks I've ever made (maybe this is a column idea in and of itself), not just because of the fact that it robbed me of $100 but because it's as classic an example of overanalysis as you can get. Here was my idiotic rationale, as best I can recall: Omigawa's debut was coming on the heels of his teammate Makoto Takimoto getting a generous decision over sumo Henry "Sentoryu" Miller on New Year's Eve. As another pupil of Hidehiko Yoshida, one of DSE's few major domestic stars whom they wanted to keep happy, I expected Omigawa to be given considerable latitude for the officials. I anticipated that he would avoid mucking about on the feet with Riley, a battle-hardened brawler, and instead would quickly get some takedowns, at which point he would attempt to smother him with his gi and be given a gift decision by the judges due to the politics of the fight game. Anyone with a scintilla of common sense would've looked at the fact that Omigawa was a debuting judoka and that Riley was one of the sport's toughest customers, then would’ve commented it was a good thing Omigawa brought his pajamas with him: He was going to be put to bed -- which he was at six minutes even of the first round. However, with his recent underdog run halfway through Sengoku's featherweight grand prix, Omigawa now strikes different thoughts in my head.
Submitted May 4, 2009 11:54AM by ncordless - 2 comments
Filed under: PrideFC, World Victory Road / Sengoku, General MMA
 
Renzo Gracie: Don’t sleep on Matt Serra
(mmamania.com)
People take Matt Serra lightly … In our sport things don’t happen by chance. Luck has nothing to do with it … He’s one of the best fighters I have ever seen in my life. He has huge heart, never quits, he can win a fight at any moment. His jiu-jitsu is unbelievable and his punching power is very strong. He’s a guy that can always surprise someone. It will be a very action-packed fight. I can’t wait to watch.
Submitted May 4, 2009 11:01AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Blagoi Ivanov (The man who beat Fedor in Sambo) Set to Face Kazuyuki Fujita at Sengoku IX
(bloodyelbow.com)
Japanese newspaper Tokyo Sports is reporting that the Bulgarian, Blagoi Ivanov, who defeated Fedor at the Sambo Championships will face PRIDE veteran Kazuyuki Fujita at Sengoku IX.
Submitted May 4, 2009 10:57AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: World Victory Road / Sengoku
 
Frank Mir: ''I Would Like To Coach Brock''
(mmaweekly.com)
Frank Mir is not bothered much by Brock Lesnar’s trash talk. The UFC heavyweight champion is just a garden variety bully, he says. “It’s like when you go to school and you’re not comfortable with yourself, you tend to pick on other people to take the attention away from yourself,” the interim UFC heavyweight champion told MMAWeekly.com. Lesnar challenged the validity of Mir’s belt, and the rescheduling of their second bout from UFC 98 to UFC 100 in an interview with Inside MMA. “In my mind, is it, is Frank really hurt, or is he scared?” Lesnar told Ron Kruck.
Submitted May 4, 2009 10:55AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sarah Kaufman Replaces Couture On 5/15 SF
(mmajunkie.com)
With Kim Couture pulling out of the 5/15 SF/ShoMMA event due to divorce rumors, unbeaten fighter Sarah Kaufman has stepped in on less than 2 weeks notice to replace her. Kaufman will face Miesha Tate.
Submitted May 4, 2009 10:04AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC Looking at Entering the Magazine Market?
(mmapayout.com)
As MMA has seen an explosion in popularity one of the market segments that has been lifted with this tide has been the MMA magazine industry. The magazine publishing field as a whole is seeing a general weeding out of titles (once popular titles like Blender are being shuttered), MMA-specific titles like Fight! Magazine are reaching new sales heights, while other titles like Fighters Only are expanding into the US and new titles like MMA Cage are being planned and launched. With the newsstands bulging with MMA material, the 800lb gorilla may be making their move to enter the market.
Submitted May 4, 2009 3:04AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Paulo Filho Declines Offer To Join Chute Box
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Paulo Filho says he turned down a recent invitation to train with Chute Boxe because he is a "pure" jiu jitsu fighter. The former WEC middleweight champion was invited to join Chute Boxe by the team's founder Rudimar Fedrigo. “I feel myself flattered because the Chute Boxe school is very sturdy and has produced athletes like Wanderlei, Anderson Silva, Mauricio Shogun, Murilo Ninja and Rafael Cordeiro among others, so what can I say about a man like [Fedrigo]?" said Filho.
Submitted May 4, 2009 2:39AM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Bellator returns to Connecticut and Florida for Week 11 and Week 12 shows
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships will wrap up its debut season when it returns to Connecticut and Florida for its final Week 11 and Week 12 events. During Friday's Week 5 event at Hara Arena in Dayton Ohio, Bellator officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) its season-ending shows, which will likely feature the finales of all four of its eight-man tournaments, will be held in familiar venues. Week 11 will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida (home of Week 1), and the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut (home of Week 2) will host the season-ending Week 12 show. The events take place June 13 and June 20, respectively.
Submitted May 4, 2009 2:37AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Houston Alexander Injured, out of UFC 98
(demandmma.com)
It would seem the injury bug has once again bitten the UFC 98 card, as Houston joins the likes of Frank Mir, Yushin Okami, and James Irvin, as fighters who have had to pull out of UFC 98.
Submitted May 3, 2009 9:38PM by BrutalKnockOut - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
IT IS ALL OVER ... Chuck Liddell Retires!!
(thesun.co.uk)
DANA WHITE has confirmed Chuck Liddell will never fight in the UFC again. The former light heavyweight champion suffered his fourth loss in five fights against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 97. That defeat followed hot on the heels of his brutal UFC 88 knockout loss to Rashad Evans, and UFC president White insists The Iceman’s Octagon career is now over. l
Submitted May 3, 2009 11:14AM by mentalcase - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Robbie Lawler Will Let His Fists Do The Talking
(mmaweekly.com)
Never being known as a trash talker is just the reputation that former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler looks to have when getting ready for a fight. He simply lets his fists and feet do the talking for him come fight time. Much like his match-up in ICON against Frank Trigg when his opponent had a few words for him before the fight, Lawler answered back by winning the fight emphatically with a vicious knockout.
Submitted May 3, 2009 4:22AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Chris Horodecki to put past behind while preparing for "Fight Force"
(mmajunkie.com)
For nine-time IFL veteran Chris Horodecki (12-1), the past year has been a series of unfortunate incidents. His former employer folded. An injury then forced him out of a scheduled bout with Dan Lauzon at January's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" at the last possible second. But as "The Polish Hammer" now prepares for a June bout with William Sriyapai (12-4) at "Fight Force: Ultimate Chaos" in Biloxi, Miss., the 21-year-old looks to move on from those setbacks.
Submitted May 3, 2009 1:07AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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