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Fans Warming Up To Rashad Evans
(mmaweekly.com)
“What a difference a year makes,” Evans said in between screams of his name. “Last year I would have came in, probably got boo’ed out of the place, but it’s cool that everybody is receiving me well.” His fight on Saturday with Thiago Silva is incredibly important for keeping his place on the light heavyweight ladder, but he’s determined not to let the pressure make him freeze.
Submitted Dec 30, 2009 2:06PM by RhythmAndStyle - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
An Experienced Dan Lauzon Returns At UFC 108
(mmaweekly.com)
Dan Lauzon returns to the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Jan. 2 at UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva taking on Cole Miller in a preliminary fight that will air live on Spike TV.He’s no longer a teenager making his UFC debut at UFC 64 in 2006. Lauzon is on an eight fight win streak and while he admittedly will be nervous returning to the biggest stage in mixed martial arts he feels he’s gained valuable experience since losing to Spencer Fisher that night when he was 18-years old.
Submitted Dec 30, 2009 2:04PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Vladimir Matyushenko Likely Off UFC 108
(mmajunkie.com)
With original opponent Steve Cantwell now off Saturday's UFC 108 for undisclosed reasons, it now appears Vladimir Matyushenko is off as well. It appears UFC won't be able to find a replacement on roughly 2 days' notice, so Matyushenko has been pulled and 108 will have 10 fights. (Note: There appears to be a typo saying a replacement could be found in time)
Submitted Dec 30, 2009 10:09AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: If you don't like the UFC 108 fight card -- don't buy it
(mmamania.com)
"You get 10 (expletive) hardcores on the Internet going, 'Oh, this card (stinks), there’s no this, there’s no that.' Then guess what: Don’t (expletive) buy the card! It’s usually the ones that they’re bitching about that end up being some of the best. What happened with the last card is people were (complaining) because the Rashad Evans-Rampage fight wasn’t happening. Look at what happened. This is my philosophy on this, if you’re a (expletive) fight fan, we’re going to put on good fights for you."
Submitted Dec 30, 2009 9:57AM by SmileR - 51 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Frank Gomez forced out of WEC 46; Wagnney Fabiano waits on new opponent
(mmajunkie.com)
Greg Jackson's MMA-trained bantamweight Frank Gomez (8-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) has suffered an undisclosed injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from a planned bout at WEC 46 bout with Wagnney Fabiano (12-2 MMA, 2-1 WEC). News of the injury was first reported by "The MMA Show" with Mauro Ranallo, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the change with sources close to the promotion. Fabiano is expected to remain on the card, though a replacement opponent has not yet been secured. Featuring a lightweight title unification match between dual champs Jamie Varner and Benson Henderson, WEC 46 takes place Jan. 10 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The main card airs live on Versus.
Submitted Dec 30, 2009 8:35AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Gary “The Gatekeeper” Goodridge: Gegard Mousasi is a kid, I am an adult
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Staying true to form with a long history of booking match-ups at the last moment, the officials from “Dynamite!! 2009” have recently booked a bout between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi and Gary Goodridge with just a few days leading up to the event.
Submitted Dec 30, 2009 1:38AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
The Blueprint: Rashad Evans
(ufc.com)
Most fans that I’ve talked with over the past few months believe Rashad Evans had to be just a bit disappointed when he first learned the identity of his opponent for UFC 108 on January 2. After all, he had spent six weeks exchanging venomous barbs with bitter rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on the most recent installment of The Ultimate Fighter and was then reminded of those exchanges during the subsequent airing of the 11 episodes on Spike TV. The pair was supposed to work out their differences in a headlining bout at UFC 107 in Memphis, Tennessee, but Jackson’s foray into acting put that super fight on temporary hold.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 9:43PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DREAM to Host Light Heavyweight Grand Prix This May?
(bloodyelbow.com)
"We are waiting for the schedule of Strikeforce. It is a little bit surprising for us that there is no schedule yet. [Mousasi] will fight in April, together with Fedor (Emelianenko). "After that, the 30th of May, he will have a fight in Japan – the first round of the light heavyweight championship. Then in July, he will have his second round of the light heavyweight championship." "After [the April fight, Mousasi] has to make one more fight with Strikeforce," Echteld said. "Because we don't know the schedule yet, we are seriously thinking of making him do boxing fights in the second part of the year because it's still something he wants to do." If this pushes through, 2010 could be a huge year for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion as he has the chance to win his second Grand Prix in as many weight divisions, and also a shot at holding two world titles at the same time.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:31PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 12 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Alistair Overeem: I predict a three minute knockout over Fujita at “Dynamite!! 2009?
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Alistair Overeem recently sat down to speak about his upcoming heavyweight clash with Kazuyuki Fujita at “Dynamite!! 2009“. The DREAM/Sengoku/K-1 promoted event will be taking place on New Years Eve from Japan.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:29PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 7 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Melvin Manhoef: I don’t do the ground game
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
What appeared to be a somewhat Melvin Manhoef recently sat down to speak about his New Year Eve showdown with Kazuo Misaki. The pair will face off during the DREAM/Sengoku/K-1 promoted New Years event, “Dynamite!! 2009” on December 31, which will air live on HDNet.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:27PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 2 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Junior dos Santos: Carwin vs. Mir for UFC interim title isn’t fair
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
With three consecutive wins inside of the Octagon since his arrival in the UFC, the one fighter that continuously seems to be thrown under the bus when talk turns to the future of the promotion’s heavyweight division in the absence of current champion Brock Lesnar is without a doubt Junior dos Santos. The heavy handed Brazilian knockout artist burst onto the UFC scene with the first round demolition of the highly regarded Fabricio Werdum before rattling off consecutive TKO victories over the likes of Stefan Struve and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. As it now looks like Shane Carwin and Frank Mir will be slugging it out for the UFC interim heavyweight crown, Dos Santos doesn’t agree with the decision, and surprisingly it’s not in his best interest but a close friend’s.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:26PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gilbert Yvel: Junior dos Santos is not in my league
(mmamania.com)
"This is like the highest point you can reach. It’s still a little bit difficult to believe, but I am in the UFC. What better way to prove myself than to knock out Dos Santos ... If I play my game and I be relaxed, and listen (to my corner) through the whole thing, I won’t, I hope there won’t be no problems because he is a good fighter, but his stand-up game is not in my league. For sure I’m going to knock him out. I do MMA to knock somebody out, because then you know you won. He’s on the ground. He’s sleeping, you’re standing, and it’s better than after two rounds the judge says to tell you who is better. If I knock him out then I did my job and nobody can say anything." Gilbert Yvel anticipates a highlight reel debut when he takes on the fast-rising heavyweight prospect Junior dos Santos at UFC 108: "Evans vs. Silva" on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:24PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Miguel Torres vs Joseph Benavidez in the works for WEC 47 on March 6
(mmamania.com)
Former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres (37-2) will likely return to action against top division prospect Joseph Benavidez (11-1) at WEC 47: "Bowles vs. Cruz" from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 6, 2010.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:22PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Couture, Nogueira, Ortiz, Silva, St-Pierre, White attending World MMA Awards
(mmajunkie.com)
While the 2009 World MMA Awards was already a highly anticipated year-end event, the confirmed list of attendees recently released for the black-tie gala added even more excitement. A star-studded cast of confirmed presenters and award nominees was released Monday, and it included legendary UFC fighters Randy Couture, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Tito Ortiz, Wanderlei Silva and Georges St-Pierre, as well as UFC president Dana White.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:21PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Bryan Caraway vs. Mark Hominick official as WEC 46 card nearly complete
(mmajunkie.com)
After a few late injuries forced some card-shuffling over the holiday season, "WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson" is once again nearly complete. Featuring a lightweight title unification match between dual champs Jamie Varner and Benson Henderson, WEC 46 takes place Jan. 10 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The main card airs live on Versus.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:18PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Despite drastic change of opponent, Martin Kampmann happy to fight at UFC 108
(mmajunkie.com)
Changes of opponent have become commonplace in the UFC recent months, but not all have been quite as dramatic of a shift as welterweight Martin Kampmann's path to Saturday's "UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" event. Kampmann (15-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) was originally expected to face fellow slugger Rory Markham (16-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC), but he will now meet grappling standout Jacob Volkmann (9-1 MMA 0-1 UFC).
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:16PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frank Gomez foced out of WEC 46; Wagnney Fabiano waits on new opponent
(mmajunkie.com)
Greg Jackson's MMA-trained bantamweight Frank Gomez (8-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) has suffered an undisclosed injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from a planned bout at WEC 46 bout with Wagnney Fabiano (12-2 MMA, 2-1 WEC). Fabiano is expected to remain on the card, though a replacement opponent has not yet been secured.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 8:14PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Cantwell Off UFC 108, Replacement Sought
(mmaweekly.com)
And the curse continues... Vladimir Matyushenko on Tuesday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his originally scheduled opponent for this weekend’s UFC 108 in Las Vegas, Steve Cantwell, is out of their fight due to undisclosed reasons.
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 5:37PM by jae_1833 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Renzo Gracie: Rashad Evans is "on fire" to fight Thiago Silva at UFC 108
(mmamania.com)
"Rashad is a really tough guy. I even feel he should fight one division down, at middleweight, because he’s practically my size. But he doesn’t want to hear it; he likes that weight and is on fire. I feel he has a good chance of being division champion again. This fight will be tough, because he’s got a really tricky opponent. We worked together on several aspects so he can return to being champion and let’s see how it goes. I can’t wait for him to get in there."
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 2:52PM by SmileR - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Hulk Hogan: MMA is spanking the WWE pay-per-view business, brother
(mmamania.com)
"MMA is spanking the WWE as far as the pay-per-view stuff. Dana White and the UFC has done an amazing job, and it's all about timing. The UFC was ready to close its doors, they were losing a ton of money, they were going under, they were getting ready to go out of business, and then they did a reality show called The Ultimate Fighter. They developed the characters; they made people care about the fighters; the people found out who the fighters were; they breathed life into the fighters. That's what I want to do with TNA. They've got the best talent in the world down there, but no one is breathing life into the characters. I have learned a ton of stuff from MMA, watching them. They remind me of TNA. Ton of talent, but no one has put that Frankenstein, shock the monster, breath some life into the characters. I learned a ton from MMA, and I get along great with Dana White -- he's awesome."
Submitted Dec 29, 2009 2:50PM by SmileR - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
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