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Dana White: I think Vitor Belfort is ready to fight Anderson Silva for title
DALLAS – The questions that surrounded Vitor Belfort (19-8 MMA, 8-4 UFC) prior to his first trip to the UFC in more than four-and-a-half years mostly centered around which version of "The Phenom" would show up.
Submitted Sep 20, 2009 10:04AM by scobac - 15 comments
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Lackluster UFC 103 loss for "Cro Cop" could prove Filipovic's last in organization
DALLAS – While Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's (25-7-2 MMA, 2-3 UFC) career-long reputation in combat sports as a feared striker will likely always be remembered, the Croatian undoubtedly wishes his time in the UFC be quickly forgotten.
Submitted Sep 20, 2009 10:02AM by scobac - 14 comments
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White says he and Jackson speaking again, though "Rampage" now out until March
White confirmed at UFC 103's post-event press conference that he and Jackson have mended their recently broken relationship – and that Jackson may be out even longer than anticipated.
Submitted Sep 20, 2009 9:56AM by scpd400 - 3 comments
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Luis Cane Doesn't Really Want To Fight "Minotoro" Mogueira On 11/21
It would seem that in addition to teammates not wanting to fight each other in UFC, friends are the same way. And that, according to his manager, is why Luis Cane isn't excited about fighting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 106. They said to the TATAME website that they asked Joe Silva to put Cane against any American fighter instead when they were offered "Minotoro" but were told they had to fight whoever was put in front of them-that meant, like it or not, Nogueira.
Submitted Sep 19, 2009 1:05PM by DCRage - 25 comments
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UFN 19 Medical Suspensions
The Oklahoma Athletic Commission has issued the medical suspensions from UFN 19 today. The surprise is despite all the blood and brutal fights only 3 fighters are suspended, and each only for 30 days.
Submitted Sep 19, 2009 12:02PM by DCRage - 3 comments
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UFC 103 weigh in results
UFC 103 will feature a main event between Rich “Ace” Franklin and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort at a 195-pound catchweight. Also slated for the main card is a heavyweight tilt between former PRIDE superstar Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and surging heavyweight prospect Junior Dos Santos.
Submitted Sep 18, 2009 5:37PM by jae_1833 - 14 comments
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SF November 7 Venue Announced Today
With yesterday's confirmation of Strikeforce's November 7 event on CBS, the final key component was revealed today: Where. SF is now just waiting for Illinois Athletic Commission approval to announce the event will be at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL. The 11,000 seat arena hosted an IFL event in 2006. Other possible hosts in & around Chicago were already booked.
Submitted Sep 18, 2009 1:23PM by DCRage - 2 comments
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Once-paralyzed Cole Escovedo signed by Strikeforce, debuts Nov. 6
Former World Extreme Cagefighting fighter Cole Escovedo (12-4), who missed nearly three years of competition because of an infection that led to temporary paralysis, has been booked for Strikeforce's Nov. 6 show. Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fighter's recent signing and event booking, though an opponent has not been determined. The Nov. 6 Strikeforce event, part of the organization's "Strikeforce Challengers" series, takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on Showtime. Escovedo made his pro debut in 2001 and won 11 of his first 12 fights (seven via triangle choke) competing primarily for the WEC. The fighter had quickly become of the 145-pound division's most promising prospects, and the 28-year-old fighter even won the WEC's first-ever featherweight title. However, after a stretch of three losses to notables Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver and Antonio Banuelos in 2006, Escovedo suffered a serious staph infection that ultimately left him partially paralyzed below his waist. The infection began in his arm, and after a misdiagnosis from multiple doctors, eventually spread to his spine. After surgery and a couple years of physical therapy and training, Escovedo made a triumphant return to competition this past May. At Palace Fighting Championships 13, he defeated Michael McDonald via second-round TKO. The fight marked his debut in the 135-pound bantamweight division.
Submitted Sep 18, 2009 11:45AM by RhythmAndStyle - 2 comments
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FEG Confirms JZ Off DREAM 11, Kawajiri Participation
FEG made a couple more changes to the DREAM 11 card today: They confirmed that Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante is off the card due to injury and they are looking for a replacement to face Daisuke Nakamura. Added to the event is Lightweight standout Tatsuya Kawajiri, who will face Guam native Melchor Manibusan.
Submitted Sep 18, 2009 10:43AM by DCRage - 0 comments
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No UFC In Columbus, Ohio Next Year
Back in March after a successful UFC event there, Dana White vowed UFC would return to Columbus, Ohio for a UFC event every year. Apparently "every year" won't include 2010-Dana confirmed Thursday that UFC won't return next year. The main reason seems to be expansion and desire to visit new cities. UFC has run 3 Columbus events over the last 3 years.
Submitted Sep 18, 2009 10:11AM by DCRage - 4 comments
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Frank Trigg Is To MMA What Michael Jordan Is To Basketball
And he wants fans to remember that. He recently told a Las Vegas newspaper that in MMA "you cannot have the future without the old guys like me that did it first". And he referenced Michael Jordan in regards to there being no Kobe Bryant and LeBron in the NBA without MJ to compare himself to the young stars of MMA today.
Submitted Sep 18, 2009 10:09AM by DCRage - 15 comments
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Kampmann Prepared for Daley at UFC 103
Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann was originally scheduled to face Mike "Quick" Swick at UFC 103 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. An injury forced Swick out of the bout and hard hitting British fighter Paul Daley stepped in to replace the American Kickboxing Academy fighter. "I was preparing for Swick. I was looking forward to fighting Swick, but now Paul Daley steps up. He was supposed to fight too on the same night. I was happy they could switch it up and get me an opponent to fight."
Submitted Sep 17, 2009 11:08PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 4 comments
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Le Steps Down; Shields vs. Miller for 185 belt.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Thursday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his middleweight champion, Cung Le, has booked another major motion picture role and will relinquish his belt. Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will now vie for the undisputed title under the eye of CBS when the two meet at the promotion’s network debut Nov. 7 at location to be announced early next week. A report on ESPN.com says the Sears Center Arena in Chicago is under intense consideration, citing sources close to the situation. The telecast will air live from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Coker was unaware whether the broadcast would be tape delayed to other parts of the country.
Submitted Sep 17, 2009 10:30PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 25 comments
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UFC 103 Already Setting Records
More than 48 hours prior to fight time UFC 103 was already setting records in Texas. “We’re very happy with ticket sales,” said UFC president Dana White. “It’s the number one sporting gross we’ve ever had and only second behind the Rolling Stones in 2005 (for gross ticket sales for any event),” said American Airlines Center general manager Dave Brown at the UFC 103 pre-fight press conference.
Submitted Sep 17, 2009 10:28PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 4 comments
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Strikeforce's Fedor Emelianenko vs Brett Rogers Card Filling Out, Chicago Possible
Michael David Smith talks to Scott Coker and gets more scoop on the November 7 Fedor Emelianenko vs Brett Rogers card on CBS: Can you tell me any of the undercard fights? I can tell you some of the fighters. You'll see Gegard Mousasi, Jake Shields, Mayhem Miller and Cris Cyborg. It'll be a solid card, with the No. 1 heavyweight in the world and a great undercard.
Submitted Sep 17, 2009 10:27PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 3 comments
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Strikeforce: Jake Shields vs. Jason Miller in the works for Nov. 7 on CBS
Former Elite XC welterweight champion Jake Shields and former ICON Sport middleweight champion Jason Miller will settle their score at Strikeforce: “Fedor vs. Rogers” in front of a national television audience on CBS this Nov. 7, according to a recent Twitter post from “Mayhem.” Here’s the snip: “Ok bitches who said I was ducking — I duck NO ONE. Fighting Sheilds on November 7th. Official BOOM!" The former “Bully Beatdown” buddies have recently been squabbling back-and-forth, claiming that the other won’t accept the fight. Perhaps that’s because there was no fight to accept — Strikeforce officials denied that the fight was even in the works.
Submitted Sep 17, 2009 10:24PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 1 comment
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"Collateral damage" from Jackson's "A-Team" role includes lack of counter-programming options
DALLAS – UFC light heavyweight superstar Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's decision to forego a December bout with Rashad Evans has resulted in a series of headaches for UFC brass. Rescheduling main events and shuffling fight locations may seem troubling enough, but today White admitted he was forced to scrap plans for a potential third event in November based on Jackson's decision to take a role as B.A. Baracus in a feature film version of "The A-Team." "Thanks to [expletive] B.A. Baracus, I couldn't [expletive] pull it off," White said. "B.A. [expletive] me. The collateral damage that was done by him doing this thing was unbelievable."
Submitted Sep 17, 2009 10:21PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 5 comments
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Dana White confirms Anderson Silva to undergo elbow surgery, rules out heavyweight bout
DALLAS – While UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has insisted he's currently ready to fight on a moment's notice, UFC president Dana White told a different story at today's UFC 103 pre-fight press conference. White said "The Spider" is set to have bone spurs removed from his elbow, and while the procedure is routine, Silva will still need time to recover. "Contrary to whatever the hell [Silva] is saying, he's not 200 percent healthy," White said. "He's having some bone spurs removed from his elbow, which is a simple little procedure that happens, but you've got to have recovery time."
Submitted Sep 17, 2009 10:20PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
"The Ultimate Fighter 10" debut shatters Spike TV records, wins timeslot in key demos
With the show seemingly on its deathbed in recent years, the UFC and Spike TV's reality series "The Ultimate Fighter" recently debuted its 10th season on Wednesday and scored the biggest ratings in series and Spike TV history. According to Spike TV, "TUF 10," which features an eclectic mix of MMA and NFL veterans (most notably, former EliteXC headliner Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson), debuted with a whopping 4.1 million viewers. The series' previous high was 2.8 million viewers, who tuned in for the "TUF 3" premiere in 2006.
Submitted Sep 17, 2009 10:18PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 4 comments
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