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Frankie Edgar defends title against Gray Maynard at UFC 125
An old matchup becomes new again, but this time a UFC title is on the line. As was previously expected, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) will defend his title against undefeated challenger Gray Maynard (10-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) at UFC 125. While not officially announced by the organization, UFC 125 is expected to take place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and air on pay-per-view. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for the contest, which was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 4:45PM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith Official for 12/4 Strikeforce Event
In a matchup with fireworks written all over it, kickboxer Paul Daley will take on slugger Scott Smith on Dec. 4 at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu in St. Louis. First reported as in the works by CSNCalifornia.com, MMAFighting.com on Tuesday received confirmation from Strikeforce that the welterweight bout is set to go. A crowd-pleasing fighter known for a trio of incredible come-from-behind wins, Smith (17-7) will be dropping down to welterweight after fighting the majority of his career at middleweight. Smith is 3-2 with the Strikeforce organization and is coming off a TKO loss to Cung Le in June.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 1:27PM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Bellator 33: Ben Askren vs Lyman Good booked for Oct. 21 in Philadelphia
CHICAGO, Ill. (September 27, 2010) - Bellator Fighting Championships today made the welterweight title fight between Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman "Cyborg" Good and Season 2 Welterweight Tournament Champion Ben "Funky" Askren official for Bellator 33 taking place at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Oct. 21. "Lyman dominated Season #1 and Ben dominated Season #2. This is a great Welterweight Championship fight between two world-class undefeated Welterweights," said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. The fight marks Good's first title defense since racking up consecutive stoppage victories in the quarter and semifinal rounds of the Season 1 Welterweight World Championship Tournament that preceded a first round TKO of Omar De La Cruz in the finals at Bellator 11 in June of 2009. The impressive run through the tournament established Good as the first Bellator Welterweight Champion and catapulted the undefeated star into the MMA spotlight.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 11:20AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Maldonado To Face McSweeney at UFC 120 After Blackledge Pulls Out
The UFC has signed Brazilian light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado to fight James McSweeney at UFC 120 on Oct. 16 at the O2 Arena in London. Maldonado will fill in for McSweeney's original opponent, fellow Englishman Tom Blackledge, whose reason for pulling out of the event could not be confirmed. A member of Team Nogueira, Maldonado (17-3) will carry a 10-fight winning streak into the Octagon. Of Maldonado's 17 victories, 14 have been finishes, and he has never been knocked out. The 30-year-old also competes in professional boxing and is undefeated in 22 fights, with 21 of those wins ending by KO. Though the Brazilian typically trains out of Nogueira's gym in Rio De Janeiro, recently he has spent time training with UFC lightweight Thiago Tavares in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 11:17AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ross Pearson out with knee surgery
TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson today revealed that he had failed a post-fight MRI scan after losing to Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 22 earlier in the month. Pearson says the injury was sustained in the first round of the fight with Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 22. “I think it tore when he pulled guard on me. After that I was really heavy-footed and I lost my movement,” he told Fighters Only today. “I am not using that as an excuse though, Cole Miller beat me fair and square. I didn’t want to mention it at all but now I am having an operation I suppose it would come out sooner or later.”
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 9:46AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
EA MMA Video Game Review
I sat down and played the EA MMA demo for Xbox 360 for about an hour today. The demo comes with four playable characters - Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, Bobby Lashley, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, and Jake Shields, a Fight Now mode, and an "MMA 101" tutorial. My thoughts below. The Good The character models are excellent. The four playable characters (Overeem, Lashley, Miller, and Shields) and two non-playable characters ("Big" John McCarthy and Jimmy Lennon Jr.) look fantastic. All the faces are recognizable, the body types are correct, and the textures have a lot of detail. Basic striking with the right stick is fluid. I played a fair bit of the Fight Night series, so this wasn't completely jarring for me. Kicks are performed by using the left trigger as a modifier. Putting together combos felt natural. Everything felt intuitive, so while I by no means have mastered the striking system, I feel comfortable with it. The Bad Grappling still sucks. Another MMA game, another disappointing grappling engine. The grappling system is simple: press "A" to improve position, press "B" to prevent your opponent from improving, press "X" to attempt a submission, and press "Y" to try disengage. While THQ's series uses the right stick for positional advancement, grappling ends up as the same back-and-forth improve/deny position game in EA MMA as well. Never mind that this isn't an accurate representation of real-life grappling, it just feels clunky and disjointed. I'm beginning to worry that a fun, fluid, and simple grappling system is out of reach.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 9:42AM by emfleek - 24 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, General MMA
Jeremy Stephens Talks Melvin Guillard - Says That Wasn't Fighting
"It really wasn't an exciting fight. Everybody hyped it up to be. For (Melvin Guillard) calling me out, saying he's going to knock me the f*ck out in the first round, I would have rather had that happen, instead of him really not trying to engage with me." "I was trying to put he pressure, trying to engage. I've never really seen Melvin fight like that; where he is just moving around the whole time. I thought we were just going to go to war, but it is what it is."
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 9:38AM by emfleek - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
Arlovski Tweets That He's Out of K-1
When K-1 announced the pairings for Saturday's Final 16 event, it made a special point of emphasizing the presence of former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. So much for that. Although his fight with Raul Catinas has been announced as happening in less than four days, Arlovski wrote on Twitter that he is not going to be there. "I would like to confirm that I am not participating in the K-1 on October 2nd," Arlovski tweeted on Tuesday evening.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 9:34AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's, MMA Personalities
Donald Cerrone: Time To Put Up or Shut Up
Cerrone on what he needs to do in his upcoming fight with Jaime Varner.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 8:11AM by BlueSkiesBurn - 10 comments
Filed under: WEC
Lytle Welcomes the Winner of Hardy vs. Condit
If there's one thing you can always say about Chris "Lights Out" Lytle, it's that he comes to fight. A winner of four fights in a row, Lytle dispatched of former roommate Matt Serra on Saturday night to avenge an earlier loss to the native New Yorker. And after three big wins in 2010, he's poised to make the jump to the next level of competition. Fighting in the UFC in his hometown of Indianapolis was a dream for Lytle, but he's not going to sit back and bask in that moment because now he believes he's ready for that next big step.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 8:08AM by BlueSkiesBurn - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
WEC champ Jose Aldo says maintaining title not his primary focus
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – At just 24 years old, things are going pretty well for WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (17-1 MMA, 7-0 WEC). A relatively unknown Brazilian prospect just 18 months ago, "Junior" is now widely considered among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. But while some MMA observers and even WEC brass have pondered Aldo's potential to someday hold belts in multiple weight classes, the phenom himself is more focused on what it will be like someday when he can't be called a champion in any division.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 8:03AM by BlueSkiesBurn - 15 comments
Filed under: WEC
WEC Prospect Alert: Is the 'Mongolian Wolf' the Next 'Korean Zombie'?
On Thursday, Zhang Tie Quan will become the first fighter from mainland China to compete in the WEC. The China Top Team featherweight product will close out the preliminary portion of WEC 51 against Pablo Garza — who just made a brief appearance on TUF 12 as a lightweight hopeful — after being originally scheduled to face Alex Karalexis (out, injury) and then Jason Reinhardt (out, bad vision). It's a big moment for Chinese MMA, as well as for Zuffa, which has been angling toward expansion in Asia, but is generally short on Asian rising stars in its promotions. With "The Mongolian Wolf," they couldn't have picked up a better prospect.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 8:02AM by BlueSkiesBurn - 10 comments
Filed under: WEC
Strikeforce KJ Noons-Nick Diaz Cesar Gracie Conference Call Transcript
Apparently Nick Diaz doesn't like conference calls. If Strikeforce would have read his "Things I don't like," rider he sent along to them with his signed contract, they would have realized that "conference calls" were on the list before "Mayhem Miller" and after "children" and they wouldn't have scheduled him for a media call that he had no intention of participating in. So instead of pulling the plug on today's call completely when they realized Nick wasn't interested in talking to reporters about his October 9 title defense against KJ Noons, they got the next best guest they could get on short notice for the call: Cesar Gracie. No, seriously, that's the best they could do.
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 7:59AM by BlueSkiesBurn - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
WEC 51 open media workout video highlights for 'Aldo vs Gamburyan'
Video of the open workouts for Aldo vs. Gamburyan
Submitted Sep 29, 2010 7:56AM by BlueSkiesBurn - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
KJ Noons Is Running Up The Middle, Try To Stop Him
Yes, he actually likens his MMA fighting plan to, of all things, football, on today's SF conference call. "Let me put it like this, for anyone that played any level of football, in high school or whatever. My game plan is to run it up the middle, try to stop me. That's it. That's how I fight every time. I'm coming right at you win or lose. Nick Diaz is all over the place, to keep the football analogy going, he's out there running all these crazy plays. We'll see who's strategy works best come October 9."
Submitted Sep 28, 2010 4:24PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
UFC Re-signs Stefan Struve
6'11" skyscraper Stefan Struve has signed a new 4-fight deal with UFC. His management team announecd the deal today but terms were not disclosed. Struve is 4-2 so far in UFC, losing his UFC debut to Junior Dos Santos but going 4-1 since with the only loss in that stretch being to Roy Nelson.
Submitted Sep 28, 2010 4:20PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 119 Prelims: 1.3 Million Viewers
Ratings for this past weekend's UFC 119 "UFC Prelims" special were up slightly and peaked with 1.36 million viewers. The live broadcast, which preceded the night's pay-per-view main card, featured two live preliminary-card bouts from Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse. The bouts included C.B. Dollaway's submission win over fellow middleweight Joe Doerksen and heavyweight Matt Mitrione's decision victory in a slugfest with Joey Beltran. Spike TV's previous "UFC Prelims" broadcast, which accompanied August's UFC 118 event in Boston, scored a series-low 1.1 million viewers. Of the 11 "UFC Prelims" that have aired since their inception in September 2009, UFC 119's tied for sixth best. There are 2 left this year, before UFC 121 & 123. Additionally, the reason 124 won't get one is because of a conflict with Spike's annual Video Game Awards.
Submitted Sep 28, 2010 1:05PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fedor: Right Now, SF Is Struggling To Find Me A Serious Opponent
With Alistair Overeem seemingly ducking Fedor and Fabricio Werdum out until next year (injury) there don't seem to be many options from SF...among other potential hurdles. "I have said many times that I have nothing to do with match-making. Right now, Strikeforce is struggling to find me a serious opponent. Alistair Overeem keeps finding all sorts of excuses not to fight me. The remaining stars have lost in their recent fights, so the promotion has no desire to put them up against me. And Fabricio Werdum is still recovering from his surgery. In addition, I have only one fight remaining with Strikeforce ... I'm yet to decide whether I'm going to continue my fighting career after this contract expires. Also, my candidacy nominated for the Post of Deputy in Belgorod Regional Duma, and if I'm elected, I think, will defend the interests of the people and try to do my best efforts for the development of sport. But again, I think it's too early to talk about it. I have to finalize the contract and prepare for my last bout."
Submitted Sep 28, 2010 11:11AM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Minotauro Nogueira Likely To Return In Mid-2011
According to both Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and manager Ed Soares, "Minotauro" is definitely done for the year due to knee & hip surgeries and likely is out until mid 2011. "He's had surgery on his knee so far, and we're waiting on when he's going to do his hip surgery," Soares told MMAWeekly in an interview. "Probably within the next couple weeks." Nogueira was at UFC 119 supporting his brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and did have a noticeable limp from the knee surgery. Soares added that he expects Nogueira to be back 6 months after the hip surgery.
Submitted Sep 28, 2010 10:04AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cro Cop: I Have The Option For 2 More Fights...Knowing Myself, I Will Do Both
That's the plan with what's left on his current deal. "I think [the crowd] expected a more aggressive fight. I prepared as much as I could with all the injuries that have followed me. Also, I was sick [in Indianapolis]. I did not want to fight aggressive until the third round but he hit me with the knee. I don't think I was disgraced in this fight because I accepted it at the last moment. After Pat Barry I said that would be my last fight but I fought again. I need to rest and cure my injuries, I have a lot of injuries. This year of course I will not fight. I have the option for two more fights. Knowing myself, I will do both."
Submitted Sep 28, 2010 9:59AM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
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