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UFC Invades Ameba Blog To Increase Japan Presence
(mmamania.com)
To increase its presence in the Japanese market, UFC has invaded Ameba Blog, Japan's #1 blog and social networking site, to create fighter blog pages for UFC and WEC fighters. At this time following are the blog pages for the select UFC/WEC fighters (and Logan Stanton, who apparently is quarter-Japanese and maintains an English language blog): Caol Uno, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Logan Stanton, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Takeya Mizugaki, Kenji Osawa and Akitoshi Tamura.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 12:17PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Undefeated Oklahomans Travis Calanoc & Thomas Longacre Official For Strikeforce Tulsa
(fighters.com)
As reported first by Fighters.com, Tulsa-based featherweight prospect “Dark Knight” Travis Calanoc (4-0) will make his Strikeforce debut at Strikeforce Challengers 3 in Tulsa 25 September. Strikeforce confirmed Monday that Calanoc will fight Muay Thai champion and fellow Tulsa resident Thomas Longacre (4-0).
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 10:45AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Phil Baroni Versus Amir Sadollah Confirmed For UFC, Baroni Calls Strikeforce Cut “Bush League”
(fighters.com)
UFC welterweights “New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni (13-11) and The Ultimate Fighter 7 champ Amir Sadollah (1-1) have agreed to fight, Fighters.com has confirmed. Inside Fights reports the matchup will be at UFC 106 in Las Vegas 21 November.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 10:43AM by emfleek - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vendetta FC 8-Man Tourney Matchups: Marrero v Britt, Wallace v Milliard
(fighters.com)
Former UFC and WEC light heavyweight “Fury” Carmelo Marrero (9-3) and “Juggernaut” Antwain Britt (9-2) will fight in the first round of Vendetta Fighting Championships one-night eight-man light heavyweight tournament at A Night of Vengeance in Aruba Saturday 5 September, Fighters.com has confirmed. Marrero will seek vengeance for Britt’s eight-second KO of Marerro’s American Top Team stablemate “Samuray” Antonio Mendes (2-4) in the Shine Fights premier in Columbus last May.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 10:41AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Matt Hughes Versus Dennis Hallman Rematch Inevitable, Says Hallman’s Agent
(fighters.com)
Fighters.com’s ninth-ranked heavyweight “The Natural” Randy Couture (16-10) wasn’t the only MMA legend UFC President Dana White locked up to retirement before UFC 102. Welterweight Matt Hughes (41-7) signed a four-fight deal that sources inside Hughes’s camp tell Fighters.com Hughes expects to lead him into retirement. Hughes won a unanimous decision over “Terror” Matt Serra (9-6) three months ago and White announced in a pre-UFC 102 presser that Hughes won’t return for at least another three months. Hughes was on hiatus for nearly an entire year before his UD over Serra.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 10:40AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former UFC Champion Tim Sylvia is Jason Vorhees of the “Friday the 13th” Movie Franchise
(fighters.com)
Former UFC heavyweight champion “Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia (24-6) is currently in Boston playing horror film icon Jason Vorhees in the yet-to-be-titled “Friday the 13th” sequel, Fighters.com has confirmed with a source close to the fighter. On a three-fight losing streak and most recently on the horizontal end of a “Merciless” Ray Mercer (1-0) nine-second knockout at Adrenaline MMA 3 in Birmingham 13 June, Sylvia will get to diggin’ himself out of the deepest trench of his underrated career versus Jason Riley (6-1), at Adrenaline MMA 4 in Omaha 18 September.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 10:39AM by emfleek - 25 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Joachim Hansen explains the head injury that sidelined him since 2008
(mmamania.com)
"During the final phase of training, I lifted my training partner for a takedown, and he tried to defend tenaciously. After staggering on my feet, we both fell head first on to the floor and I hit my head pretty hard. Even though I retained consciousness, I did not feel well, as I suffered from dizziness and headache. So I decided to halt the training and go to my room to rest. After a while, when I felt sufficiently recovered, I tried to get up from bed. At that moment, I experienced severe vertigo and I ended up blacking out..."
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 10:36AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Michael Bisping: Denis Kang will be ‘a good test’
(mmamania.com)
"I think he’s a good test. I wanted to fight someone decent after Henderson because as I said, I had a great camp and I feel improved as a fighter in all departments. I wanted to prove that to the world but I didn’t, I went out there and got knocked out. So for my next fight I wanted a top name and get right back up there. I didn’t want to take a step down in opponent..."
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 10:35AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dan Henderson Wants Anderson Silva's UFC Title, Not Nate Marquardt
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC middleweight division remains an utter mess. Champ Anderson Silva is so dominant that there is more fascination with his potential fights at 205lbs or maybe even heavyweight than at 185. And that leaves the two top contenders for his belt out in the cold.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 10:34AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's Excuses and Frank Mir's Rants Spark Interest in Rematch
(bloodyelbow.com)
Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira and Randy "The Natural" Couture's showdown at UFC 102 was a match-up that was years in the making, and it had fans on the edge of their seats in terms of excitement and pure entertainment. It all came to fruition on Saturday with Nogueira answering critics by showing a granite chin, great boxing skills, and a nullifying ground game to defeat Couture via unanimous decision. In the wake of the win, media began to wonder... where was this "Minotauro" in the Frank Mir fight at UFC 92?
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 10:33AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Carlos Condit vs. Jake Ellenberger official for main card of UFC Fight Night 19
(mmajunkie.com)
Carlos Condit's (22-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) new opponent at UFC Fight Night 19 is now official as the organization announced that UFC newcomer Jake Ellenberger (21-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will face the "Natural Born Killer." MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the change in August, a switch that was necessary after Condit's original opponent, Chris Lytle, was forced out of the main-card contest with a knee injury.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 10:31AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'Cowboy’ up: Donald Cerrone talks Ben Henderson, TapouT House, and of course, Jamie Varner
(mmamania.com)
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has a few choice words for another World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) lightweight … and it isn’t his upcoming opponent, Ben Henderson, who he fights for the WEC interim lightweight strap five weeks from now. As the featured guest on MMAmania.com’s exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio, “Cowboy” spent most of his time talking about the only fighter he’s ever lost to — and the man holding the “other” WEC lightweight belt — Jamie Varner.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 8:56AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Shonie Carter Slated to Face Derrick Noble, Danny Abbadi, Carlos Newton
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Shone Carter's next two months will see the veteran fighter compete three times, culminating with a nostalgic super fight against former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton. "Apparently I suck because everyone is willing to fight me," Carter told FanHouse.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 8:54AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
The Anderson Silva Problem
(bloodyelbow.com)
As Randy Couture might say, Anderson Silva poses some interesting problems. Those problems, however, won't be solved by another fighter in the cage. They'll have to be solved by UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva. We have quite a few variables at play. One, Silva probably will retire from MMA following the last 3 fights on his contract. At the very least, he will want to explore a boxing match with Roy Jones Jr. Two, he seems to only want big fights. Three, he will not fight Lyoto Machida (or other Black House partners). Four, he wants to take some time off to heal his body.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 8:52AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sean Salmon Admits to Taking a Dive
(bloodyelbow.com)
In his latest "Full-Time Fighter" column for MMA Junkie, former UFC light heavyweight (and eternal star of Rashad Evans' highlight reel) Sean Salmon makes a rather startling admission regarding his last fight, which took place in Ohio back in June. Salmon says that he was training with members of the Wolfslair Academy in Cheshire, England, when he flew back to Ohio on June 3rd for a match against WEC veteran Allan Weickert (then with a record of 5-6 to Salmon's 16-7) on June 6th. He was set to return to England on June 7th, provided he emerged from the Weickert bout unscathed.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 8:51AM by emfleek - 19 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Edith Labelle, Former Octagon Girl, Breaks Silence on UFC Dismissal
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Last month, fans of former UFC Octagon girl Edith Labelle were disappointed to find out that she was no longer working for the organization. Many questions surrounded her departure, but few answers were made available.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 8:47AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
For UFC 102's Chris Tuscherer, unanswered questions just as damaging as brutal groin shot
(mmajunkie.com)
At this past weekend's UFC 102 event at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore., the groin shot hurt plenty badly. Plenty badly. But even more frustrating for UFC newcomer Chris Tuscherer was the lack of answers he received from Oregon State Athletic Commission officials after opponent Gabriel Gonzaga tagged him with one of the worst groin shots in MMA history.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 8:46AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Season 2 Delayed, Champs Maybe To Fight Elsewhere
(mmaweekly.com)
Following the delay of its second season, Bellator Fighting Championships is trying to secure a fight for each of its four champions “in different markets around the world” before the start of 2010. Last month, word leaked that the promotion was pushing back the expected start date of its second season from October to the first quarter of 2010. They claim this is due to scheduling of venues for the promotion's 12 consecutive weeks. Bellator's CEO said he was open to any promotion that offered “the right opportunity,” though he anticipated the champions – featherweight Joe Soto, lightweight Eddie Alvarez, welterweight Lyman Good, and middleweight Hector Lombard – would fight above their natural class if they moonlighted elsewhere.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 5:21AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Neer Replaces Sherk at UFC 104
(sherdog.com)
Josh Neer will replace an injured Sean Sherk in a lightweight bout against Gleison Tibau at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, according to a source close to the matchup. Sherk, 36, suffered a shoulder injury in training that will keep him out of the gym for approximately four weeks, according to his manager Monte Cox. The injury is a setback for the former lightweight champion, who is 1-1 in his last two Octagon appearances since failing to recapture the crown from B.J. Penn at UFC 84 in May 2008.
Submitted Sep 2, 2009 7:13PM by Bowen50 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA, Lies and Videotape
(sherdog.com)
by Jordan Breen (jbreen@sherdog.com) 19414 In his epic strategy-and-swordsmanship treatise “The Book of Five Rings,” Musashi Miyamoto writes, "You can become a master of strategy by training alone with a sword, so that you can understand the enemy's stratagems, his strength and resources, and come to appreciate how to apply strategy to beat ten thousand enemies. And you should always watch videotape." Clearly, Nate Marquardt and Thiago Silva know the martial way. Although I may have fabricated one of the sentences above, the point remains. No matter how you view MMA -- as pure martial arts, as sport or even as business -- these are all realms where the adage of "know thy enemy" are foundational. Yet, it's only in the very recent past that the concepts of actual strategy and planning have crept into this sport. This is why I am so ecstatic for Marquardt and Silva to have dominated Saturday night. More importantly, it's not that they won but rather how they won. It took Marquardt just 21 seconds to completely nuke Demian Maia, as he countered an ill-conceived Maia kick with a flush right cross. Instead of tucking his head and keeping his left hand up to protect his chin, Maia's head was rigid and upright, and his left hand aimlessly drifted toward Marquardt's face. The counter was reflexive and instantaneous, because it had already become muscle memory. "I had watched tape on him and had kind of noticed how he telegraphs when he kicks," Marquardt said at the post-fight presser. "I have a lot of counters for kicks and stuff … . It's crazy how it worked so easily." It's not that the counter itself was special. It is that Marquardt focused on a specific technical flaw in his opponent, and the instant it appeared, he sent him flying at the canvas forehead-first. Yet for as obvious and effective as this kind of hyper-specific stratagem seems, it is a rarity in this game. Even with major money now at stake, MMA is still a sport where lines like "It's a fight" and "We'll see where it goes" are familiar phraseology. Just a few months back, Josh Koscheck commented that he never watches his opponents before he fights them and almost seemed to brag that he had no idea what Paulo Thiago looked like. I imagine he might have liked to have at least a gander at some fight tape now. Likewise, talented middleweight Dan Miller admits to not watching his opponents beforehand, but after being completely dominated by a one-dimensional Chael Sonnen for 15 minutes, hopefully he realizes that a bit of time watching tape may have helped him find an opening for a submission against a fighter far less skilled in that department than himself. Part of the reason these attitudes persist is that MMA is still reliant on crippling generalities. We still discuss the sport in terms of "strikers" and "grapplers" and throw out adjectives like "unorthodox" and "world-class" without much thought to individual skills and technique. However, it isn't 1999 anymore, and fighters have become generally, if not perfectly, well rounded. In 2009, these oversimplifications are lies, as fights are more often won and lost on the very specific and unique wrinkles -- both positive and negative -- in a fighter's game...
Submitted Sep 2, 2009 3:37PM by ncordless - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
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