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April 2009 MMA News Archive

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HERMAN OUT, SONNEN IN VS. DAN MILLER AT UFC 98
(mmaweekly.com)
It has been a crazy day for AMA Fight Club fighter Dan Miller, who lost his original opponent for UFC 98, Yushin Okami, to a knee injury. He was then expected to face Team Quest member Ed Herman. Now it appears Herman has been pulled from the spot, and will be replaced by teammate Chael Sonnen for the May 23 middleweight bout.
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 9:15PM by mentalcase - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ed Herman to replace Yushin Okami
(mmaweekly.com)
Just found this
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 4:50PM by Rabi - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Injured Yushin Okami out of UFC 98 bout with Dan Miller, replacement coming
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC 98 fight card has been bitten again by the injury bug. After already losing Josh Koscheck and James Irvin to injuries, the May 23 fight card has now lost middleweight contender Yushin Okami (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who was slated to fight fast-rising Dan Miller (11-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) on the televised portion of the main card. Okami suffered a torn ligament, but UFC officials have promised "an awesome replacement challenger" who will take his place.
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 4:29PM by Bowen50 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
HDNet CEO: DREAM 9 WILL Air Live In US
(mmajunkie.com)
US fans won't have to wait 3-4 days to see the many fights, freakshow or not, at DREAM 9. The CEO of HDNet Fights announced today that HDNet, in a change from recent policy, will air DREAM 9 live on May 26.
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 2:54PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: HDNet
 
Dan Hardy Embraces Yanks, Trains With Roach
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC welterweight Dan Hardy considers himself an Englishman in LA. The 26 year-old Nottingham native spends most of his days with his girlfriend in the City of Angels. Only training camps take him from the city. In addition to his usual work with grappling guru Eddie Bravo, Hardy is the latest MMA fighter to find Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym. It's also around the corner from his LA apartment, which made directions easy.
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 1:04PM by MMAcca - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bob Sapp, Jan Nortje, and Jose Canseco added to Dream 9.
(demandmma.com)
Only in Japan folks. Dream seems to have completed their line up for Dream 9, which is just a few weeks away on May 26th, and there are some peculiar additions, to say the least.
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 3:51AM by BrutalKnockOut - 37 comments
Filed under: Dream, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
- XAVIER FOUPA-POKAM STEPS IN TO FIGHT MCFEDRIES
(mmaweekly.com)
Just hours after learning that James Irvin was forced out of UFC 98 with a knee injury, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Xavier Foupa-Pokam will step in to replace him and face Drew McFedries in a middleweight showdown.
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 3:01AM by mentalcase - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Efrain Escudero to train with Nogueira brothers in preparation for Cole Miller
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Lightweight winner of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter Efrain Escudero will be leaving his usual stomping grounds of Arizona and traveling to Florida in preparation for his upcoming fight with Cole Miller. Escudero and Miller are expected to lock horns at UFC 103 which has been rumored for September 26 in the U.K. Sources close to Escudero recently confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the extremely talented lightweight is packing his bags in preparation for a trip to Miami, Florida where he will train with his former coach from The Ultimate Fighter, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and his identical brother Antônio Rogério Nogueira in their newly opened gym leading up to his showdown with Miller.
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 1:16AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The UFC releases Vinny Magalhaes
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
After losing in the finals in last season’s light heavyweight tournament on The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC still had high hopes for Vinny Magalhaes. After all, the man is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as a two time Brazilian National heavyweight champion. However, after suffering a second consecutive loss in the UFC to Eliot Marshall at UFC 97 on April 18, Magalhaes will be looking for a new place to fight.
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 1:14AM by MMAcca - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Hate stuff, break stuff: Interview with Forrest Griffin
(mmamania.com)
When fans talk about the overnight success of the UFC, most of the time the first name they mention is that of Chuck Liddell. And while “The Iceman” is indeed responsible for taking pay-per-view buys into uncharted territory, it is his television counterpart that helped transform mixed martial arts into an acceptable form of mainstream entertainment. If Chuck Liddell was the manifesto, then Forrest Griffin was the revolution itself.
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 1:06AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
- JAMES IRVIN OFF UFC 98 WITH KNEE INJURY
(mmaweekly.com)
Light heavyweight James Irvin will not make his UFC return as scheduled, MMAWeekly.com has learned. In an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio Wednesday night, Irvin's manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., said his client had suffered a torn meniscus in training and will not be able to face Drew McFedries at UFC 98.
Submitted Apr 30, 2009 12:45AM by mentalcase - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Maia Fighting At UFC 102, But Not For Title
(mmajunkie.com)
Those of us figuring Demian Maia was next going to fight Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title have to wait a bit longer. Maia will return to action at UFC 102, but to keep those title hopes alive he'll at least have to beat his next opponent, Nate Marquardt.
Submitted Apr 29, 2009 6:13PM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rashad Evans will bother Lyoto Machida on May 23
(mmamania.com)
“Probably after my fight with Tito Ortiz. After that fight I really believed I could make it. That was when I thought: ‘These guys aren’t that much better than me. I can fight these guys, and I can beat these guys.’ [Lyoto is] a very strategic fighter, just as I am. It will surely be a tough fight. I think if we fight, the winner will be the one with the better strategy. Machida is a really tough and disciplined fighter. He doesn’t get emotionally shaken in his fights, for being so disciplined. When this fight happens, I’m go to make him frustrated and bothered in the octagon. It will be a tough fight, for sure.”
Submitted Apr 29, 2009 4:18PM by MMAcca - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fredson Paixao returns at WEC 42
(mmajunkie.com)
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Fredson Paixao (8-3) will make his second attempt at a WEC win when he returns at WEC 42. Paixao, who signed with the WEC after a two-year layoff from pro competition, made his promotional debut earlier this month at WEC 40 and suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Wagnney Fabiano. Paixao recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio host "Gorgeous" George Garcia he's slated for a return at WEC 42.
Submitted Apr 29, 2009 2:34PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Fedor Emelianenko Submits Shinya Aoki + DEEP/M-1 Challenge Results
(bloodyelbow.com)
Fedor was basically playing with Aoki. He allowed him to get sub attempts like a flying armbar, a leg lock attempt, and even takedowns like the double leg and a nice seoi-nage. Watching it though, you could very much tell that Fedor was allowing Aoki live and catch stuff for the sake of the fans. It didn’t stop him from picking him up and slamming him all around the place though, locking up subs of his own before letting go to stand back up. There was one instance where Fedor pounded the ground with a huge fist, right next to Aoki’s head—kind of a sign that, “hey, I can stop this at any moment, kiddo.” Both were all smiles all the way through the exhibition though, so I imagine they were having lots of fun. DEEP/M-1 Challenge 3rd Edition April 29, 2009 Differ Ariake Tokyo, Japan Japan 1-4 England 92kg+: Rob Broughton (9-4-1) def. Yusuke Kawaguchi (8-1) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2 92kg: Tom Blackledge (8-6) def. Tatsuya Mizuno (5-5) via Submission (Choke) at 3:22 of Round 1 84kg: Matt Thorpe (11-7) def. Yusuke Masuda (2-6-2) via Submission (Choke) at 1:30 of Round 2 76kg: Simon Phillips (7-2) def. Hidehiko Hasegawa (16-12-5) via KO (Left Hook) at 0:20 of Round 1 70kg: Luiz Andrade (9-6-3) def. Ian "M-16" Butlin (6-8) via Submission (Armbar) at 2:30 of Round 1 Superfight Karl "Psycho" Amoussou (10-2-1) def. Kazuhiro Hamanaka (4-6-1) via KO (Flying Knee) at 0:23 of Round 1 USA Team West 4-1 Korea 92kg+: Shane Del Rosario (6-0) def. Lee Sang Soo (11-8) via KO at 2:27 of Round 1 92kg: Raphael Davis (6-1) def. Jae Young Kim (12-7) via TKO at 3:45 of Round 2 84kg: Giva Santana (12-1) def. Min Suk Heo (4-8) via Submission (Armbar) at 4:05 of Round 1 76kg: Fabio "Negao" Nascimento (9-4) def. Myeon Ho Bae (7-4) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2 70kg: Nam Yuichul (9-2) def. David Jansen (9-1) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2 France 2-3 Spain 92kg+: Rogent Lloret (7-1) def. Soufian Elgarne (5-2) via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:44 of Round 1 92kg: Christian M'Pumbu (12-2-1) def. Enoc Solves (2-1) via Submission (Armbar) at 4:59 of Round 1 84kg: Christophe Daffreville (3-3) def. Rayco Zebenzui Romero Silva (0-1) via Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 2:48 of Round 1 76kg: Abner Lloveras (6-4-1) def. Gael Grimaud (4-2) via Split Decision (2-1) in Ext. Round 70kg: Jose Luiz Zapater Aguirre (5-4) def. Maktar Gueye (4-4) via DQ (Illegal Soccer Kick) at 1:21 of Ext. Round Non-Team Bouts Kosuto Umeda (6-7-3) def. Muneyuki Sato (3-3) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2 Tomoaki Ueyama (1-3) def. Yu Hosokawa (2-2) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:52 of Round 1
Submitted Apr 29, 2009 2:33PM by MMAcca - 15 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
 
Houston Alexander feels pressure to win for himself, not keep his job, at UFC 98
(mmamania.com)
“Of course I wasn’t nervous [about losing my job after the loss to Eric Schafer in Sept. 2008]. I wasn’t nervous at all. Number one, I have been in the business for 10 years and second, it’s great to be in the UFC, man, but it’s not going to make or break me. The UFC is a great event to be a part of, but as far as me being a man, it’s not going to make or break me … of course, there is pressure to win your upcoming fight. First of all, I hate losing. We have to make sure that the mechanics, the training and all that stuff coincides together. So, you know, of course I want to win. So, there is some pressure on this next fight because I, personally, want to win. Other than that, that’s it.”
Submitted Apr 29, 2009 2:31PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Greg Jackson Interview
(sherdog.com)
Sherdog: Who is the best MMA fighter not under your tutelage? Jackson: I honestly really think it shifts around, but I really like Anderson Silva’s creativity. I am going to go with him outside of my guys because of his last fight. I loved [his fight with Thales Leites at UFC 97]. Everyone hated it and thought it was boring stuff. I saw him reach down and punch a guy in the thigh. I love that. It’s legit. To me, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’ The side kicking, the cross kicking, doing all that good stuff … I mean maybe he didn’t commit to this position or that position, but I loved that fight; I thought it was so creative and interesting what he was doing. I really like Anderson, and, hopefully, Nate [Marquardt] will end up fighting him again because I am really looking forward to the challenge of getting after him again.
Submitted Apr 29, 2009 2:26PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Did Kimbo Slice Close The Door On EliteXC
(mmaweekly.com)
There were several theories that floated around after the demise of EliteXC as to why the once thriving company closed its doors in 2008, shortly after its final CBS show in October, and a loss by their most marketed fighter, Kimbo Slice. But was Kimbo to blame for the company's downfall or simply a catalyst to draw the end closer? According to former EliteXC vice president Jared Shaw, Kimbo was in an impossibly tough position with his place in the company, with the fans, and with the MMA industry in general. Shaw says that there were much bigger problems going on at EliteXC that had nothing to do with Kimbo or his short notice loss to Seth Petruzelli that served as the promotion's last televised show.
Submitted Apr 29, 2009 2:24PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
UFC Cuts Jason Day
(mmajunkie.com)
It's "Dooms"day for Jason Day. 2 losses in a row have sent the UFC Middleweight packing as he's been released by UFC. He debuted with a win over Alan Belcher but quick TKO losses to Michael Bisping & Kendall Grove did him in.
Submitted Apr 29, 2009 10:33AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brazilians Rush To Ribeiro's Aid
(sherdog.com)
When illness or any other kind of physical impediment afflicts one of its own, the Brazilian mixed martial arts community puts aside rivalries and unites in exemplary solidarity. Such is the case with Will Ribeiro. The WEC fighter, wheelchair-bound after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in December, was recently able to attend an event at the Nogueira Training Center and continues to receive tremendous support from all within the Brazilian MMA community-fighters, promoters, trainers, and fans.
Submitted Apr 29, 2009 7:38AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
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