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UFC 99: Dan Hardy's Mouth Creating Huge Hype, Marcus Davis Tries to Subdue Emotions
(bloodyelbow.com)
Following UFC 95, Dan Hardy seemed to have one thing on his mind. Instead of talking about his knockout victory over Rory Markham in detail during the post-fight press conference, Hardy decided to take the opportunity to help Joe Silva create a matchup that has now reached new heights in bad blood. Hardy called out Marcus Davis due to the fact that Davis has managed to win four of his last five bouts on British soil while defeating 3 British fighters in Jason Tan, Paul Taylor, and Paul Kelly.
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 7:59AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bloody Elbow Judo Chop: Flying Knees and Triangles with Jose Aldo and Seth Dikun
(bloodyelbow.com)
The WEC has earned a reputation for putting on some of the best shows in MMA and this Sunday's WEC 41: Brown vs Faber 2 was no exception. You had a brutal grinding five round war for the promotion's marquee belt, six different submission wins, a thrilling split decision. And we got to enjoy two of the flashiest finishes possible in the MMA game: Jose Aldo's Flying Knee KO of Cub Swanson and Seth Dikun's flying triangle over Rolando Perez. The two moves are basically the equivalent of a game opening kickoff return flea flicker for a touchdown combined with a game ending grand slam homerun. To see either one pulled off successfully is a rare treat for the MMA fan, to see both in one event is to go home happy.
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 7:58AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
BJ Penn: There Won't Be Bad Blood With Me and Kenny Florian
(bloodyelbow.com)
BJ Penn has been known as a guy who can market and build up massive interest for a fight. He knows how to hype up a fight and ham it up for the cameras when he needs to. The attention gained in high profile fights with Sean Sherk and Georges St. Pierre was largely in part of BJ talking the talk and building up on the "bad blood" between them. His next fight will be against Kenny Florian at UFC 101, and I have the feeling that this time it will be different. There is no first fight with a controversial decision, there is no steroid use or "cheating" that he could build up on, and no one has said anything bad about each other. I think that this fight will be one without animosity, and I think that it will be a great fight between the two best fighters in the division who have mutual respect for each other.
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 7:57AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dale Hartt: Pink gi, stealthy scouting and old friends lead to UFC 99 bout with Dennis Siver
(mmajunkie.com)
As the sport of mixed martial arts continues to evolve, the athletes that compete in the cage have begun to rely on cross-training and gym-hopping to develop as complete fighters. When Dale Hartt (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) stepped away from his normal routine at Xtreme Couture to train for his UFC 99 bout with Dennis Siver (13-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at Greg Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts in New Mexico, it was for a simpler reason. "I don't know if my girl's listening to the show, but it was an escape plan," Hartt recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "My girl gets real nervous when I fight, and it creates a lot of distractions for me."
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 7:54AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Episode No. 11 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K." lightweight semifinals
(mmajunkie.com)
Episode No. 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K." features both lightweight semifinal bouts and determines which 155-pounders will meet with a UFC contract on the line. The first bout features Team U.S.'s Cameron Dollar against Team U.K.'s Andre Winner, while the second contest sees American Jason Dent against Brit Ross Pearson. Additionally, thumb-sucking habits and another betrayal by Team U.S. welterweight Jason Pierce feature prominently on this week's episode of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 7:52AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
UK and Ireland Fans Will See UFC 99 Regardless of Setanta Sports Turmoil
(mmapayout.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship have guaranteed fans tonight that UFC 99 from Cologne will be available to British and Irish fans on Saturday night. Speaking exclusively to Telegraph.co.uk, Marshall Zelaznik, president of the UK division of the UFC, that the mixed martial arts organisation “will ensure that fans will see UFC 99 irrespective of what happens with Setanta.” The well-documented financial strife Setanta is under is believed to be reaching a head as executives attempt to secure a last-ditch rescue package that will prevent the company tipping into administration. Staff have been told that the company will continue to broadcast as the search for fresh investment continues
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 12:57AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
CroCop: This is not my last UFC fight
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Mirko 'CroCop' Filipovic says that his fight with Mostapha Al-Turk on Saturday night will not be his final outing in the UFC, no matter what the outcome. "This is not my last fight for the UFC, you have my word on that," he said from his home in Croatia last night. “I think I owe a lot to the UFC and to the UFC fans.” “When I was in the hospital after my surgery I was thinking - and I didn't even talk to Dana about it - I had it on my mind I would fight in Cologne because UFC is coming to Germany where the biggest and largest Croatian community is. People - even my doctor - did not believe I would make it but I did, I am in excellent shape,” the PRIDE 2006 open weight grand prix champion explained.
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 12:49AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: ‘We could see a Wanderlei Silva - Anderson Silva fight in the very near future’
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
How time can change things. Once close friends and training partners at the Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil, Wanderlei and Anderson Silva are anything but buddies these days. Wanderlei’s recent decision to drop to middleweight surely got underneath Anderson’s skin, and the UFC middleweight champion’s decision to train Rich Franklin for his UFC 99 showdown with “The Axe Murderer” has certainly left a bad taste in Wanderlei’s mouth
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 12:47AM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
CSAC medically suspends Urijah Faber, Manny Gamburyan, five others after WEC 41 event
(mmajunkie.com)
The full list of suspensions included: * Urijah Faber is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a broken right hand, unless cleared earlier by a doctor. * Cub Swanson is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 due to head injuries and facial lacerations. A CAT scan is also required prior to return. * Manny Gamburyan is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a broken right hand, unless cleared earlier by a doctor. * John Franchi is suspended from competition and contact in training until Aug. 6 for a left cheek laceration. * Antonio Banuelos is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a lack of corneal reflex in his right eye, unless cleared earlier by an ophthalmological physician. * Noah Thomas is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a nasal fracture, unless cleared earlier by a doctor. Thomas also suspended until Aug. 6 for facial lacerations. * Seth Dikun is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a possible broken right foot, unless cleared earlier by a doctor.
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 12:45AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Donald Cerrone calls out Jamie Varner for having the runs
(mmamania.com)
“After my fight (with James Krause) I wanted to remind people about (Jamie) Varner always getting out of the ICU. He just keeps drawing out our next fight. He needs to agree on a date so we can get it going. As a person, I can’t respect Varner anymore. For him to pull all the **** he does — he takes the easy way out, hiding behind things and milking it as long as he can. He called timeouts in his fights against both McCullough and Franca. He pulled his **** with me. He’s always looking for a way out. Well see how he finds a way out in our next fight. I am not sure what his problem is but he thinks too highly of himself. When the **** hits the fan, Varner’s the kind of guy that would rather flight then fight. I would like to knock that ******’s head off. Hopefully he will stand with me, but he’ll likely shoot on me, try to take me down, and lay and pray. I’ve been working on my wrestling with Rashad Evans, all the guys at Greg Jackson’s; they are forcing me to get better. Jaime ran that whole fight last time. A champion isn’t supposed to do that.
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 12:43AM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Mcfedries Kicked Out Of MFS Gym, Hopes To Reconcile
(mmaweekly.com)
Drew McFedries’ comments at UFC 98 have cost him his place in Pat Miletich’s gym. The hard-slugging middleweight Wednesday told MMAWeekly.com he has been kicked out of MFS Elite’s flagship training center in Bettendorf, Ia. Following a 37-second destruction of Xavier Foupa-Pokam last month, McFedries said his work with Matt Pena and the H.I.T. Squad, headed by former MFS regulars Matt Hughes and Robbie Lawler, was a key factor in his victory. “I really didn’t get a lot of support from my own team at MFS,” said McFedries. “Which is sad, that’s my hometown.” McFedries said Miletich contacted him after the fight and told him it was “time to move on.” After returning to Bettendorf, McFedries attended a meeting with the gym’s regulars, including Miletich, and the decision was made final.
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 12:40AM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
First UFC Gym set to open in Concord, California on June 17
(mmamania.com)
The UFC Octagon isn’t just for fighters anymore. Now, for the first time in the 15-year history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, anyone - no matter how young or old – can experience what it’s like to train in the most exciting sport in the world thanks to the launch of the UFC Gym. UFC and New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC) announced today that Concord, California will be the first home to the ultimate fitness destination, one that combines a complete UFC experience with mixed martial arts and fitness.
Submitted Jun 11, 2009 12:19AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Quick Quote: Lyoto Machida’s got MMA in his blood
(mmamania.com)
"I did an evaluation of everything that he used to train and asked for a complete blood analysis to rate from the beginning up to the close of the fight and after that I set a periodization of cycles focusing on the physical qualities that needed to be improved. So I worked on force, power and ability..."
Submitted Jun 10, 2009 3:17PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ace in the hole: An MMAmania.com UFC 99 interview exclusive with Rich Franklin
(mmamania.com)
Rich Franklin is one of the most recognizable faces in the history of mixed martial arts and a guy that to this day, remains one of the UFC’s most beloved former champions. The day may come where “Ace” get serious consideration to be inducted into the UFC Hall-of-Fame, mainly due to his sixteen month reign as middleweight champion from 2005-2006, but for now that can wait. At the age of 35 he has yet to show any visible signs of slowing down, however there is officially light at the end of the tunnel. He has now gone past the nine year mark in his storied professional career.
Submitted Jun 10, 2009 3:16PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 99: Wanderlei Silva's Swan Song?
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Wanderlei Silva is one of the best athletes in the history of mixed martial arts, a former Pride middleweight champion who at one point was considered the most feared fighter in MMA. But if he loses to Rich Franklin at UFC 99, could Silva be finished?
Submitted Jun 10, 2009 3:15PM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Milwaukee Sports Writer Claims MMA is "The End of the World"
(wicombatsports.com)
In a column that appeared on the front page of OnMilwaukee.com, "award-winning" sports columnist Dave Begel reported that at some point "the other night", he was "channel surfing and inadvertently saw the END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!" What is this apocalyptic catalyst? The collapse of the American economy? North Korea's nuclear weapons? The two Milwaukee police officers shot in their heads today in Milwaukee? Of course not. It's the sport of mixed martial arts.
Submitted Jun 10, 2009 2:32PM by emfleek - 15 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Crocop: 'I was just empty in my head'
(content.usatoday.com)
Croatian heavyweight Mirko "Crocop" Filipovic believes his previous woes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship were purely mental. "I think I was just empty in my head," said the man once considered the most dangerous striker in mixed martial arts. "It was just the head problem, not body."
Submitted Jun 10, 2009 2:30PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce 6/6 Medical Suspensions: 4 Suspended
(mmajunkie.com)
The medical suspensions from Saturday's Strikeforce event were revealed today. 4 fighters in all were suspended, with 3 if not all 4 getting 60-day suspensions.
Submitted Jun 10, 2009 2:27PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
M-1 Continues UFC Plea For Fedor Fight
(mmaweekly.com)
After 2 years, the pleas keep being made by M-1 Global. They do remain in contact with UFC about a Fedor Emelianenko fight although no negotiations have taken place. They remain hopeful of something happening though, perhaps buoyed by reports that Mirko Cro Cop has only a one-fight deal with UFC covering UFC 99.
Submitted Jun 10, 2009 2:11PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global, UFC
 
Nogueira postpones retirement for UFC title run
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Rodrigo ‘Minatauro’ Nogueira expects to retire next year and says he would like to end his career in Japan or Brazil - but first he wants to take another run at the UFC heavyweight title currently held by Brock Lesnar. Regarding his loss to Frank Mir in his most recent outing, Nogueira says: “This defeat has postponed my retirement, I want to run after the belt. “I want to be another warrior to help the guys to take this American hegemony and bring four belts for Brazil,” he explains in next month’s print edition of Tatame, outlining his belief that he and Thiago Alves can top their weight divisions in the near future.
Submitted Jun 10, 2009 1:55PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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