April 2011 MMA News Archive - Page 6
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Andre Gusmao Looks to Earn His Way Back to the UFC, This Time at 185lbs
In a trivia game somewhere in the future, the question will eventually be asked, “who did light heavyweight champion Jon Jones make his UFC debut against?” The answer of course is former IFL standout and Renzo Gracie student Andre Gusmao.
Anderson Silva Doesn’t Want to Be the Best, He Wants to Be the Best Ever
The sport of mixed martial arts is still very young when compared to other major sports like football, basketball or baseball.
MFC Champ Douglas Lima Believes Win Over Terry Martin Certified His Title
At MFC 29, welterweight champion Douglas “The Phenom” Lima proved once again that he’s one of the best up-and-coming fighters in the weight class.
Joseph Benavidez Has Flyweight Dreams, But Happy To Remain a Nightmare at 135
With a win over Ian Loveland at UFC 128, former bantamweight title contender Joseph Benavidez successfully made his transition from his former home in the WEC to his new home in the UFC.
Vitor Belfort: ‘Wanderlei Needs to Learn to Talk Less and Fight More’
Tatame.com recently caught up with Vitor Belfort to talk to him about what’s coming down the pipe and the UFC middleweight touched on a few interesting topics including the fact that an agreed upon match-up with Wanderlei Silva fell through for unknown reasons and his desire to make it on the UFC Rio card.
Hendo Says No to 220, Will Fight Fedor at Heavyweight
When Dan Henderson tweeted a link to the above video interview with his boys at Clinch Gear Radio earlier today and promised it contained the “real deal” about his potential fight with Fedor Emelianenko, we didn’t exactly expect a bombshell. Didn’t get one, either, as Hendo and Co. spend most of the 10:45 talking about the Zuffa, LLC acquisition of Strikeforce and his light heavyweight title victory over Rafael Feijao. When the topic does finally turn to the rumored superfight with Emelianenko, Henderson says he’d be all for it, with one sort of surprising caveat: He says he wouldn’t take the fight if it is offered to him at 220-pounds.
Dana Claims UFC’s True Competition is NFL, MLB; Says ‘Dirty’ Reporters are Gone for Good
It took a while for Dana White and the always capable Sergio Non to really get down to business during the UFC boss’ Wednesday interview with USA Today. Both guys spent a lot of time making the obligatory small talk about UFC 129, Silva vs. Okami and which weight class Frankie Edgar should be fighting in before the actual questions came out of the quiver. Once they began in earnest, White characteristically did not shy away from giving us The Full Dana on any number of topics.
CSAC Releases Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley Salaries and They Aren’t *Too* Bad
The California State Athletic Commission today revealed the salaries from last weekend’s Diaz vs. Daley event in Stockton, and for the most part the fighters from the card were pretty well compensated.
Exclusive: Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney Says He’ll Give Displaced Female Strikeforce Fighters a Home if Zuffa Decides to Axe Women’s MMA
When the news dropped last month that the UFC had bought Strikeforce, one of the least talked about stories was where would the move leave Strikeforce’s contracted female fighters, should Zuffa decide to cease promoting women’s MMA. UFC president Dana White has long been a vocal opponent of having women fight for him as there aren’t, in his opinion, enough top female fighters to make it a worthwhile endeavor.
UFC teams with "Jump for Joy," launches exercise initiative at Las Vegas event
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials on Saturday partnered with the Las Vegas-based Jump for Joy Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas to launch a new campaign focused on the country's youth. Perennial UFC contenders Stephan Bonnar and Tyson Griffin teamed up with UFC vice president Reed Harris and UFC writer Frank Curreri to teach local students the benefit of mixed martial arts training.
Bellator 41 results: Warren wins heated decision; Freire, Straus advance
It was 99 degrees at fight time at Cocopah Resort and Casino's outdoor venue in Yuma, Ariz., but that didn't stop Marcos Galvao from bringing the heat to Bellator Fighting Championships featherweight champion Joe Warren from the opening bell.
Limited Ultimate VIP tickets available for UFC Fan Expo Toronto 2011
Sometimes it may pay to wait. Well, if you're willing to pay. UFC brass recently announced there are still a handful of Ultimate VIP tickets remaining for this month's UFC Fan Expo Toronto 2011. The ultra-exclusive experience includes numerous once-in-a-lifetime perks and is limited to just 35 people. Each ticket costs $1,725 CAD.
UFC announces three fights for UFC 134, including Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov
The UFC's first trip to Brazil since 1998 is beginning to take shape. UFC brass on Sunday announced three contests for the UFC 134 card, including a pair of previously reported bouts in Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares. Additionally, a new light heavyweight matchup was revealed, as Luiz Cane meets Stanislav Nedkov.
Dan Severn challenges Royce Gracie to retirement match in Brazil
Since the hint of a UFC Event in Brazil hit the Online Rumor Mill, Dan Severn has been passionate about his intentions to take part in this event as being his finale match to his fans and the MMA Community. Dan has said on numerous occasions that if he had the opportunity to have such a match in Brazil, he would want it to be with Royce Gracie.
Anderson Silva Says He Would Never Fight Jon Jones
Anderson Silva appears to be more interested in the "Winable" superfight against Georges St. Pierre than facing Jon Jones at Light Heavyweight according to an interview with Esportes.r7.com: (translated by BE's own Tom Mendes) On fighting Jones: "No chance, he’s in a different weight class, we are friends and we won’t fight each other." On fighting GSP: "There is a chance there, everything will depend on our results. It depends on him winning at UFC 129 and me winning in August (against Yushin Okami). And from there, who knows, this fight could take place."
Thiago Tavares vs. Spencer Fisher Added to UFC: Rio
Brazilian submission ace Thiago Tavares will fight on his home soil against UFC veteran Spencer Fisher in Brazil. The pair meets in a lightweight contest on the UFC: Rio card according to PVT (translated by BE's own Tom Mendes). UFC: Rio takes place Aug. 27th at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and will feature a Middleweight title main event between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami.
Rashad Evans Responds to Jon Jones on Twitter
No.1 contender Rashad Evans responds to UFC Light-Heavyweight champ and former training partner Jon Jones claims of constantly getting the better of Rashad in training at Greg Jackson's MMA. Jones told ESPN.com that he had several times to finish Evans during pratice but never did out of respect. Rashad Evan tweets:
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UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Shields nets 610,000 viewers
MMA Junkie reports that the debut telecast of UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Shields received 610,000 viewers. The first of three original episodes, the show accompanies The Ultimate Fighter as part of Spike TV’s Wednesday night’s lineup...
Kimbo Slice's Manager, Entourage Accused of Using Underage Girl in Adult Film
May 8th will mark a full calendar year since Kimbo Slice participated in a mixed martial arts bout, and we haven't heard much from the South Beach street fighter in the interim. Prior to lacing up the four ounce gloves, Slice worked as a chauffeur and bodyguard for the Miami-based porn-company Reality Kings, who he maintained as an entourage during his legitimate fight career. Despite the porn industry's reputation as a bastion of upstanding ethics and general goodery, Slice's adopted family, including his manager, appears to be in hot water. The Miami New Times blog reports: ?The hardcore porn starring Bieyanka Moore-- who was actually a 15-year-old runaway, according to a lawsuit filed by her mother-- was distributed by RK Netmedia, owner of RealityKings.com. But according to the mother's attorney, Mark A. Glassman, it was produced by LLL Advertising, Inc., the company owned by "Icey" Mike Imber-- manager to MMA fighter Kimbo Slice.
FBI seizes top online poker sites, including traditional MMA mega-sponsors
Apparently, sometimes you can stop the Internet – at least briefly, anyway. Online poker sites PokerStars.com, FullTiltPoker.com and AbsolutePoker.com were today seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the owners of the sites have been charged with accusations of fraud and illegal gambling. The shutdown could have a substantial impact in the world of mixed martial arts as the online poker industry features several companies that have traditionally invested heavily in the sponsorship of entire promotions, as well as individual fighters.