Machida Knows His Karate Is Not Going To Defeat Muay Thai
So according to his muay thai coah, Andre Amado, Lyoto Machida will probably want ot work his jiu-jitsu to beat Mauricio Rua at UFC 113. "Shogun is hungry for this fight, and we are already feeling the taste of the belt. Shogun shows in each training session the desire to beat Machida. I do not want to be in Machida’s shoes because Shogun will take this belt with his kicks. He knows that his karate is not going to defeat Muay Thai. In my coach’s opinion, he will want to work his jiu-jitsu with Shogun. I think he will not fight Muay Thai because he saw that in the last fight he was badly hurt and was not effective. So I think he will want to work his jiu-jitsu. We already have the strategy to beat Machida."
Curran shocks Huerta / Alvarez subs Neer
BOSTON – The big question after the fights on Thursday night? Where is Roger Huerta’s head at this stage of his fight career? Was it an issue of a rhythmic drought? Is his focus on something other than mixed martial arts right now? Or did he overlook his opponent, Pat Curran, in this lightweight semifinal tournament bout? Regardless of the speculation, Huerta and Curran put on a great show.
The first round started with Curran landing brutal kicks to the body of Huerta that generated gasps of pity from the audience. It was Huerta’s slowest of the three rounds. He seemed to be waiting for a brawl, but Curran wasn’t interested in playing into that game.
In the second round the pace started to pick up. Huerta was given periods of the “brawl” he wanted from Curran, but during those periods Curran stayed focused, landed good counter punches, and even several foot jabs to the head and mid-section of his opponent.
Megumi Fujii to Fight in Bellator on June 10
The pound-for-pound best female fighter in the world, Megumi Fujii will fight on the June 10 Bellator event, CEO Bjorn Rebney announced Friday.
Her opponent is yet to be named but Fujii is also likely to compete in the rumored 115-pound tournament to be held in Bellator's third season which starts in August. Other rumored tournament participants include Rosi Sexton and Elena Reid.
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith II nearly set for June 26 Strikeforce and M-1 Global event
The ink is almost dry on a rematch between former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le (6-1 MMA, 6-1 SF) and Scott Smith (17-6 MMA, 3-1 SF) for a card slated for June 26 on Showtime.
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that both fighters have agreed to the contest, which could take co-main event status, and await bout agreements. MMAjunkie.com initially reported the possibility of the bout in April.
The June 26 event, titled "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum," is slated for the HP Pavilion in Strikeforce's home city of San Jose, Calif. As the title suggests, a long-anticipated showdown between top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and Brazilian challenger Fabricio Werdum headlines.
Marcus Davis "Built For Speed" Against Jonathan Goulet
And he hopes it will help counter, among other things, what seems to be the home-octagon advantage he's been up against recently. "I always seem to fight guys in their hometowns, like U.S. Marine Shonie Carter at a Marine base. I also fought Paul Kelley in Birmingham, England; Paul Taylor in London; Jess Liaudin in Newcastle, England; and Pete Spratt in Houston. He does have a slight reach advantage, but I'm a lot faster than he is. At some point in this fight, I'm going to hit him on the chin, so the question is whether he'll be able to take that. If he can't, he'll have to somehow keep me on the ground and grind out a decision or cut me. I think I'm a better wrestler and grappler. I'm built for speed on this fight. I'm nowhere near as big as I usually am. Normally I'm 185 and cut down for the event. This one, I won't have to cut down at all."
Matt Mitrione Will Be Fighting Kimbo Slice The Man, Not The Hype
Matt Mitrione has been called a lot of things in his short time in the fight game. A whiner, a faker, a wannabe, and of course most notably... a meathead. But come this Saturday night (May 8) at UFC 113 in Montreal, he's looking to add one more moniker to the list... a mixed martial artist. The former NFL player has a rare opportunity in front of him to defeat a man who is more widely recognized than just about anybody in the sport. A man known for his persona far more than his fighting prowess. That man is of course none other than Kimbo Slice. Whether or not a win over Slice is impressive in the eyes of true fight fans, it's a win that will undoubtedly increase his name recognition. And at this point in his young MMA career, it's more than Mitrione can ask for. Mitrione spoke to Larry Pepe on this week's episode of Pro MMA Radio about getting into MMA, Kimbo, and The House.
Kevin Randleman vs. Roger Gracie *is* On
Strikeforce has confirmed that Kevin Randleman has been medically cleared to fight Roger Gracie on May 15, a day after an illness called into question whether Randleman would be able to fight.
Randleman began to feel sick with what he believed was a staph infection while preparing for the Gracie fight, and he feared that he might need to bow out. The 38-year-old Randleman even told Sherdog that he would consider retiring if he couldn't get medical clearance to fight on May 15.
Dana Says 112 Amends Still Coming, Likely Won't Include Silva
Following April's UFC 112 event in Abu Dhabi, UFC president Dana White made little attempt to hide his displeasure with his middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. After Silva first taunted, then avoided, challenger Demian Maia, White called the fight an "embarrassment," and promised to "make it up" to the fans. On Thursday, at the pre-event press conference for UFC 113 at Montreal's Bell Centre, White said that atonement is still forthcoming. "I'll get on my Twitter every once in a while and people will be like, 'Hey, when are you making it up to us?'" White said. "Give me some [expletive] time. I will. I've got to find the right time and the right opportunity." Many fans have suggested White take a big fight that would normally fall to a pay-per-view event and instead put it on basic cable with either of the UFC's broadcast partners, Spike TV or Versus. White seemed warm to the idea, though he refused to commit to the deal.
Sources: Paul Taylor Off TUF 11 Finale, Mark Holst In
It appears a planned Paul Taylor-John Gunderson rematch from UFC 112 that was set for the TUF 11 Finale will have to wait. Taylor has been pulled from the card and replaced with Mark Holst. It's not yet knwon why Taylor is off but it appears he was not cleared for the event.
Clay Guida vs. Rafael Dos Anjos likely for UFC 117
A lightweight battle between Clay Guida and Rafael Dos Anjos is in the works for UFC 117 according to a recent report at MMArecap.
Guida recently snapped a two fight losing streak at the first UFC on Versus event, finishing Shannon Gugerty with an arm-triangle choke in the second round.
Hardy-Hazelett Agreed for UFC 119
Dan Hardy and Dustin Hazelett have verbally committed to meet in a welterweight bout at UFC 119 tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18 in Hardy’s home country of England, according to multiple sources close to the negotiations.
Dana White: UFC 113's Paul Daley vs. Josh Koscheck winner gets title shot
MONTREAL – UFC 113's co-main event between top welterweight contenders Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck will earn the winner a title shot with champion Georges St-Pierre.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the long-expected plans during today's UFC 113 pre-event press conference at Montreal's Bell Centre.
The same venue hosts Saturday's pay-per-view event, which includes the Daley vs. Koscheck fight.
Chael Sonnen Will Be a Great Challenge For Anderson Silva At UFC 117
But at the same time, Silva challenger-to-have-been Vitor Belfort tells the TATAME website that he's counting down the days to his chance. He says "Each fight is different; I can't say how it is going to be. For sure Sonnen will be a great challenge, and I'm pretty sure the fight will be tied. They are two good fighters, now it is up to us to wait... I, for sure, will be one [a challenge for Silva] too. For now, I'll just wait for my chance and make it worth it. They [doctors] said I could work on my fitness, I'm almost released to train. I'll be ready in September."
Volkmann vs. Kelly In The Works For UFC 116
A matchup of Jakob Volkmann vs. Paul Kelly is reportedly in the works for UFC 116 in July. At least one fighter reportedly has agreed to the matchup with the other expected to soon. The fight is expected to be a prelim if it happens.
SF Moves Cristiane Santos To 6/26 Event
Strikeforce Women's Middleweight Champion Cristiane Santos has been pulled off the 6/16 SF event and moved to the 6/26 event in San Jose. Opponent TBA but they appear to be looking for an international foe and the fight will be for the title. Scott Coker says if they're able to do this, they'll have both the top male fighter (Fedor) and the top female fighter on the same card.
Kimbo: I Don't Predict Fights But I'm Not Getting KO'd, I'll Tell You That
And his advice to his UFC 113 foe this weekend-Matt Mitrione: Don't stand and bang with him. Says Slice, "The preparation for every fight is the same, it's intense. I peak to the highest level of my performance a week before the fight. I'm ready for it. I hope [Mitrione's] biggest strength would be his ground game because if he wants to stand and bang, that's my world. If I see a submission and he slip -- I'll grip. I don't predict the fights but I'm not getting knocked out, I'll tell you that."
UFC 116: Stephan Bonnar vs Krzysztof Soszynski rematch set for July 3 in Las Vegas
Former Ultimate Fighters Stephan Bonnar (11-7) and Krzysztof Soszynski (19-9-1) will finally get a chance to settle some unfinished business when the two light heavyweights collide in a rematch at UFC 116: "Lesnar vs. Carwin," which is scheduled for July 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Bonnar wasn't happy with the TKO loss he suffered at the hands (or head) of "The Polish Experiment" when the pair threw leather at February's UFC 110 event from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
"The American Psycho" blames referee John Sharp for missing an inadvertent headbutt that busted him open in the third round of their 205-pound war, causing Bonnar to leak all over himself, Soszynski and the better part of the Octagon floor.
He recently lost his appeal to have the ruling reversed to a technical draw based on the nature of the stoppage.