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Introducing The Ultimate Fighter 11 Cast - All 28 Middleweights
(bloodyelbow.com)
For the first time Spike TV has officially announced the full cast of the 28 middleweights fighting for a chance to become the next Ultimate Fighter. TUF 11 premieres March 31. Nick Ring (10-0), Jordan Smith (10-0), Josh Bryant (10-0), Charley Lynch (6-0) Kris Mccray (5-0), Warren Thompson (5-0), James Hammortree (4-0), Brad Tavares (4-0) Joseph Henle (3-0), Court Mcgee (9-1), Victor O’Donnell (8-1), Norman Paraisy (5-1) Costantinos Philippou (5-1), Brent Cooper (5-1), Greg Rebello (9-2), Kyle Noke (16-4-1) Jacen Flynn (8-2), Lyle Steffens (5-2), Chris Camozzi (11-3), Charles Blanchard (7-2) Cleburn Walker (9-3), Ben Stark (3-1), Rich Attonito (7-3), Woody Weatherby (7-3) Seth Baczynski (11-5), Clayton Mckinney (4-2), Jamie Yager (2-1), Kyacey Uscola (18-15)
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 5:07PM by Jride - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Help My MMA Career Has Fallen and I Can't Get Up: The Travails of Josh Barnett and Tim Sylvia
(bloodyelbow.com)
After reports surfaced that Barnett had agreed to fight for Dream but that two potential opponents -- Tim Sylvia and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva -- had turned down the chance to fight him,Barnett acknowledged the rumor on Twitter. He added that he doesn't know who his next opponent will be, but said, "I do want to fight."
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 4:19PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Cain Velasquez: I'm ready for a shot at Brock Lesnar
(mmamania.com)
"Yes. I'm ready. I think I've been ready for a while. The way this sport works is you've just got to prove yourself when you get the chance. I want to fight the best so I can be the best ... I don't know what I do better than (Lesnar) but I do know I'd be ready. I know what I can do, I know I train with really tough guys, and I know I'd prepare myself to give him a really good fight"
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 4:18PM by RhythmAndStyle - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Fitch: 'Thiago Alves is a fight I need to prove I deserve a rematch against GSP'
(mmamania.com)
"I’ve made huge improvements in my last year of training. I think I’m at the point where I can technically matchup with [Georges St. Pierre] and I think I can beat him. I think right now I’m a better fighter than him. I’m just waiting for the opportunity to prove it. [Thiago Alves] is a very powerful guy with great leg kicks."
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 4:16PM by RhythmAndStyle - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
B.J. Penn, Tito, Kimbo Head Next Round 5 Series
(mmaweekly.com)
Like most sports today, mixed martial arts has its fair share of fans that also fancy themselves collectors. One of the first companies to really fill that niche for MMA aficionados was Round 5, a Markham, Ontario, Canada based company that specializes in collectible figures.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 4:13PM by RhythmAndStyle - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF Alum Dean Amasinger Dealt A Bad Break
(mmaweekly.com)
Injuries are the bane of a fighter’s life, going from continually training with a goal in mind to being out of action with progress halted. It’s frustrating and leads to introspection on why the injury happened.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 4:12PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Quote of the Day: Miguel Torres Says "I'm Looking to Put Joseph Benavidez Away"
(bloodyelbow.com)
"When I come into a fight, it's never about being on top, it's just about being where I'm supposed to be. What people say don't really bother me. People talk and say I don't deserve where I'm at and I don't deserve what I get, other people say that I'm the best in the world. People's comments are fickle to me. To me what's important is my family before anything else."
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:34PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
B.J. Kojima Relinquishes Shooto Belt
(bloodyelbow.com)
Shooto Bantamweight (123 lbs.) Champion Shinichi "B.J." Kojima today announced his decision to vacate the title, citing a slowly-healing ACL in his right knee. Kojima - who has held the belt since October 2006 - suffered the injury in a non-title bout loss to Nova Uniao's rising star Jussier "Formiga" da Silva last July.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:33PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Bowles Earning His Respect... One Fight At A Time
(mmaweekly.com)
Taking headlining duties for the second consecutive time, newly minted WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles is set to make his first title defense against the surging Dominick Cruz at WEC 47 in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:31PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Varner Hungry To Prove That He's Still The Best
(mmaweekly.com)
Sitting out for a year definitely lit the fire inside former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner, who is more determined than ever to prove he belongs among the top 155-pounders in the sport.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:27PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Ultimate Fighter International Coming Soon
(mmaweekly.com)
Over the last three years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s plan for global domination has been in full swing, hosting events on three continents and in five different countries, six if you include its home base of the United States. Its first trip to the United Arab Emirates is scheduled in April chalking up another continent and another country.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:24PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
NCAA Champion Cole Konrad Signs With Bellator
(mmaweekly.com)
The signing spree of Bellator Fighting Championships continued on Saturday as former NCAA wrestling champion, Cole Konrad, announced that he would be joining the organization following his latest win in Philadelphia.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:22PM by RhythmAndStyle - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Dream 13: Nakahara ready for Ryo Chonan
(tatame.com)
Andrews Nakahara, one of the new promises of Brazilian MMA, is ready to another challenge on Japanese rings. After to debut with loss to the legend Kazushi Sakuraba and two knockout victories, the Brazilian is ready to face the Ryo Chonan at Dream 13, scheduled to March 22.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 12:17PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Kendall Grove Ready To "Make History" Against Mark Munoz
(mmamania.com)
But there are no bad words between the Middleweight fighters facing each other, and both are looking forward to their UFC 112 fight in Abu Dhabi-and perhaps a few rounds at the bar afterwards. According to Grove, "I can't wait to go out there and fight. We get to do it in Abu Dhabi. We're making history; the first outdoor event in the Middle East. We're going to have war in war. Right when I got the word that we were fighting, I shot him a Tweet saying, 'Hey man, I respect you a lot. Good luck and let's put on a show.' He responded back, 'Likewise, it's an honor to fight you and we will give these guys a good show.' To me, that's just how our business is. At the end of the day, I can honestly say no matter if I'm on the positive or negative side of it, I will be the first to shake his hand and say, 'Let's go grab a beer or do something.' There are no hard feelings because business is business."
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 11:37AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Martin Kampmann Healing Up To Defend Against Smurf Kicks
(mmamania.com)
No, not kicks from those little blue cartoon characters. In comments made to the Las Vegas Sun, Martin Kampmann tlaked about the cut that forced him off UFC 111 and will likely keep him out past a targeted March return date, namely that it was a deep cut that could open right back up with any impact, but in his words "but as long as it's not going to open up for just a smurf kick, it's good."
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 11:34AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mariusz Pudzianowski Announced For 5/7 KSW 13 Event
(mmajunkie.com)
"The World's Strongest MMA Fighter" is ready for an encore performance. 5-time World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski, coming off his successful MMA debut in December, will return to action on May 7 at KSW 13, though an opponent has not been revealed. The booking means a potential April 23 matchup with ex-UFC champ Tim Sylvia is now unlikely.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 11:00AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Alistair Overeem's Management Says, "Look for an Announcement From Strikeforce"
(bloodyelbow.com)
After discussing Alistair Overeem's future again with his management, the only comment was that the next announcement we will hear about Alistair Overeem will come from Strikeforce. This is potentially big doings. Sadly it appears unlikely we'll see Fedor challenge Overeem for his Strikeforce title in April or May due to M-1 Global's ambitious partnership agenda.
Submitted Mar 1, 2010 10:02AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Rob Emerson vs. Nik Lentz targeted for "UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi"
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight contest pitting Rob Emerson (9-8 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) against Nik Lentz (17-3-2 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) is targeted for UFC Fight Night 21, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the situation. Though bout agreements have yet to be signed, both fighters have agreed to the fight and are expected to put pen to paper shortly. UFC Fight Night 21 takes place March 31 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. The main card airs live on Spike TV and serves as the lead-in for "The Ultimate Fighter 11." The addition brings the event's total number of bouts to 11, a robust card for the promotion's fourth trip to North Carolina. A lightweight showdown between two-time contender Kenny Florian and heavy-handed Japanese import Takanori Gomi headlines. Lentz was behind on the scorecards in his most recent octagon appearance against Thiago Tavares at UFC Fight Night 20, but a deduction to the Brazilian for an inadvertent groin kick in the final frame left the fight as a majority draw. It was a disappointing result for Lentz, a product of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, as he had earned seven-straight win over a near-two-year period since his most recent blemish, which, ironically enough, was a draw against WEC veteran Kyle Jensen. Lentz made a successful octagon debut this past September at UFC 103, where he defeated Rafaello Oliveira by decision. Emerson, meanwhile, got back on the winning track earlier this month when he defeated "The Ultimate Fighter 8" finalist Phillipe Nover at UFC 109. A cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 5," Emerson fell short against Kurt Pellegrino and Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 17 and UFC 103, respectively, and vowed to re-tool his training regimen prior to his meeting with Nover. To that end, Emerson migrated to Hilo, Hawaii, to train with B.J. Penn in addition to his work in Huntington Beach, Calif., and said the experience helped him harness the mental aspects of fighting. The placement of Emerson vs. Lentz in UFC Fight Night 21's current lineup is unknown at this time.
Submitted Feb 28, 2010 4:32PM by Jride - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jose Canseco admits he was ill-prepared for MMA debut, still angling for second chance
(mmajunkie.com)
Former Major League Baseball great Jose Canseco (0-1) has often found himself as the center of a controversy. And from steroid-use tell-all novels to "Celebrity Boxing" appearances, the 45-year-old Canseco has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. Such was the case in 2009 when Canseco traded in his outfielder's glove for a pair of the four-ounce variety to face Hong Man Choi in DREAM's "Super Hulk" tourney. That effort didn't work out too well, but Canseco hopes fans will see that he's deserving of a second shot. "I just wasn't ready," Canseco recently admitted to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I had no business being in there. But you know what? I conquered my fears." Chiefly among those fears was the massive frame of his opponent. While Canseco, at 6-foot-5, typically strikes an imposing figure, he looked tiny compared to the "Techno Goliath." "The guy is 7-foot-2, 360 pounds," Canseco said. "That's one of the first times a guy has actually made me look small. It was amazing how big the guy was." Canseco lasted just 77 seconds before submitting due to strikes. The former "Bash Brother" said there were several factors involved in his poor performance, and a series of torn muscles and strained ligaments in his knee certainly didn't help. "Two or three days before the fight, I tried to say, 'You know what? My knee is really bad. I'm going to have a knee brace on. Why don't I just come down and be one of the announcers or talk about the fight or be there as one of the judges?'" Canseco said. "They said, 'No, no, no. We created this thing around you. You've got to come, and you've got to fight.' I said, 'Well, can I fight with a knee-brace on?' I could barely stand on it. They said, 'Yeah, you can fight however you want – with a knee-brace on, long pants.' "Ironically enough, just before the fight actually happened, one of the rules guys checked my knee, and I had a metal knee-brace on. He took it off. I was like, 'They said I could fight with this on.' The judge said, 'No, no, no. You can't.' I had to take it off. I threw a kick right before that fight, and my knee went out of place." Canseco said he elected to fight despite the injury, though his gameplan was admittedly limited. "I think my gameplan was just not to get killed," Canseco admitted. "I said, 'Listen, either he's going to knock me out really fast, I'm going to try and knock him out right away, or my knee is going to give out.' I told myself, 'Go ahead and run away if I can land a solid punch.' "People have to understand, he's a real giant. His skeletal structure is different than ours. He's 7-foot-2, 360 pounds. His face and his bone structure is so much denser than ours. I took a shot at him, and any guy my size would have gone down. I hit him decent, but I didn't get him solid enough to knock him off his feet. The man is incredible." Despite the disappointing initial experience, Canseco has once again made waves by openly declaring his desire to face recent Strikeforce fighter and former football great Herschel Walker. "I want to come back, and I think this is perfect timing," Canseco said. "We're both about the same age. I'm a little bit heavier than he is. We both have the same fighting experience. We both have the same martial arts background. And, of course, you've got football against baseball. This is perfect." Of course, while Walker bordered on "Freak Show" status in the eyes of many MMA fans, the thought of Canseco giving it another run seems to border on absurd. However, Canseco believes the matchup is appealing. "I have great respect for all the fighters, mixed martial arts and martial arts, in general," Canseco said. "I don't see why two ex-athletes who were great at their sport at one time, who follow martial arts, who respect martial arts greatly, can't go in there and do an incredible, entertaining fight. "It's going to be about the closest, most realistic – same age, same shape, same sports background – I think it would be incredible just to find out who's the bad boy of sports." Canseco has tried to prove the seriousness of his latest run at MMA by enlisting Cesar Gracie to train him. While that relationship is still in its infancy, Canseco sees the famed coach – and a clean bill of health – as his path to success. "If the Gracie family would train me – and I met with them last week, and they seem pretty interested – I think it would be a great fight," Cnaseco said. Whether or not Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker agrees remains to be seen. So far, the executive has seemed uninterested. But Canseco said he'll keep pushing, and this time, he promises to deliver. "I'm willing to train under the Gracie family or whomever would train me," Canseco said. "I'm willing to put in the time and sacrifice the hours and put up a good fight. "I don't want to go into the MMA world with Strikeforce and embarrass anybody. ... I will not fight under the Strikeforce banner unless I am completely trained."
Submitted Feb 28, 2010 4:30PM by Jride - 2 comments
Filed under: Dream, General MMA
 
Arona Recovering, Hoping to Fight in U.S.
(sherdog.com)
Saturday, February 27, 2010 by Marcelo Alonso Ricardo Arona is recovering from surgery and hopes to fight again this year, the Brazilian recently told Sherdog.com. He injured his knee during his win over Marvin Eastman in September at Bitetti Combat 4. “I injured a ligament in the first round, but at the end of the second round, when I put my foot on the Octagon grid, I must have (torn) my meniscus. From that point on I felt a really hard pain, but I returned in the third round and fought standing up until the bell rang,” said Arona, who had surgery two months ago. The two-time ADCC submission wrestling champion is now planning a return to training and to the ring “In July I’ll restart my MMA training,” Arona said. “I got some calls from two American events. I want to be fighting in October or November.” In the meantime, Arona had some thoughts on the MMA scene. Considered Wanderlei Silva’s top rival during the days of Pride, he liked the former Chute Boxe representative’s recent performance against Michael Bisping at UFC 110. “It was the first time I saw Wanderlei fighting for real, conscious and managing the result,” Arona said. “He showed a good evolution by studying his opponent’s game.” Arona did not know that Demian Maia will be challenging Anderson Silva at UFC 112, but he was intrigued of the matchup when told it is set. “Demian is going to be an excellent test for Anderson,” Arona said, “to show his jiu-jitsu skills and prove if he really has a high level on the ground.”
Submitted Feb 28, 2010 10:27AM by AchillesHeel - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Interviews
 
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