April 2013 MMA News Archive - Page 5
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TUF 17 Interview: Zak Cummings tells us why he didn't get the wild card slot
Zak gives us all the inside info from the TUF 17 house, he also tells us the reason Chael didn't give him the wild card slot.
Benson Henderson Addresses The Fans On Finishing Rate
I know I’m not the best (yet, ;-D), I was never the fastest, or strongest, or most athletic, or most technical or anything like that. Go ahead and ask any of my high school or college wrestling coaches. I was never picked 1st in dodgeball or basketball or soccer or football games growing up but one thing I always had was the will power and determination to NEVER give up, to not be afraid to open up my heart and give all of myself, to not hold anything back for the swim back to shore.
UFC 159's Chael Sonnen: Jon Jones could beat up Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali
In recent years, Chael Sonnen has proven himself as a master of self-promotion. So why is it that in advance of his UFC 159 clash with Jon Jones, he seems more interesting in hyping his opponent than himself?
Michael Bisping ramps up fight with Alan Belcher ahead of UFC 159
With all kinds of focus on the UFC 159 main event between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping steered attention toward the co-feature in a big way.
Yves Edwards vs. Spencer Fisher added to July's UFC on FOX 8 event
A lightweight matchup between two of the more experienced 155-pounders in the UFC is set for July's UFC on FOX 8 event as Yves Edwards meets Spencer Fisher.
Mauricio Rua cuts ties with André Dida; Cezer Ferreira joins Blackzilians
Two notable Brazilian fighters have announced changes to their training camps for their upcoming fights.
Joanne Calderwood would be pleased to fight anyone, even the best MMA fighter in the world
Joanne Calderwood's been in the news a lot recently with her latest fight announcement and her signing a 6 fight contract to Invicta and earlier on today, MMA Mental were able to get her thoughts in an interview: On Sally Krumpier: “I was just going to get the win whether it was in the first round, second round or whenever... I expected it to go more to the decision...” On Training: “Everything I’m doing in my training, this is my full time job, and I’m here to show that in the cage” On her new 6 fight contract with Invicta:
Submitted Apr 23, 2013 1:54PM by jjeans - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
Strawweight Bec Hyatt had a "run in" with Fallon Fox before Invicta 5 fight
Only hours before her submission win on April 8, Hyatt had a altercation with transgender Featherweight Fallon Fox in the hotel lobby.
Fresh off sweep, Team Alpha Male's Duane Ludwig enjoying life more as trainer than fighter
It should have been a given that Duane Ludwig would get quick results. His nickname, after all, is "Bang," a moniker he earned even before his record-setting, six-second knockout in 2006. As a trainer, he's made immediate strides with his new camp, the Sacramento, California-based Team Alpha Male. Hired in December 2012, Ludwig recently went through the process of training several charges for the first full camp, including a trio that prepared for fights at last weekend's UFC on FOX 7. The result? Three first-round TKOs predicated on strikes...
Submitted Apr 22, 2013 10:34PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Interviews
Signal to Noise: UFC on FOX 7's best and worst
There was much to love about UFC on FOX 7. The card itself delivered in almost every way possible. The less than meaningful UFC vs. Strikeforce rivalry was nevertheless fun to hang onto. The San Jose crowd maybe booed a bit much, but still showed up to watch. The FOX production of UFC events continues to elevate the entire affair. And yet, there was also enough to dislike. It would certainly be nice if a Benson Henderson bout didn't end in controversy. It'd also be swell if the California State Athletic Commission didn't think it was a swell idea for a Cesar Gracie affiliate instructor to judge a bout where a Cesar Gracie-affiliated fighter is competing. It's time to separate the winners from the losers, the best from the worst, and the signal from the noise...
Chael Sonnen says Jon Jones is 'considerably better' than Anderson Silva
For the better part of two years, Chael Sonnen went out of his way to denigrate Anderson Silva. In the process of twice challenging the UFC middleweight champion and twice coming up short, Sonnen taunted Silva, his homeland of Brazil, made a fake middleweight title belt he carried around, and so on. Heading into his UFC 159 main event on Saturday night in which he faces Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title, Sonnen is still taking shots at his conqueror. On Monday's media teleconference promoting the event, Sonnen went out of his way to say he considered Jones a better fighter than Silva, the man most consider the world's best pound-for-pound fighter...
Jon Jones targets superfights after breaking Tito Ortiz's title-defense record
Provided he gets past Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) this Saturday at UFC 159, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) plans to fight again in November. And if successful in defending his belt this fall, Jones told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he'll shift focus to competing in superfights and the heavyweight division. Jones, who's as big as a 10-to-1 favorite to beat Sonnen, has a goal to surpass the current record for successful title defenses in his division, which was set by UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz at five...
CSAC head defends judges' selection at UFC on FOX 7
California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Andy Foster insists he hired the right people to judge at this past Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 event.
Audio: UFC 159 Conference Call
Come and listen to the full call featuring Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher.
UFC on FX 8 an immediate sellout, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta says
Brazil shows no signs of cooling on the UFC. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told MMAjunkie.com Radio that the promotion's next event in the country, UFC on FX 8, "sold out immediately."
UFC on FOX 7 medical suspensions: Cormier, Diaz, Mein among long terms
All 24 competitors from this past Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 received medical suspensions. Of those, main-card fighters Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz and Jordan Mein were given longer terms.
Erik Perez out, Johnny Bedford now meets Bryan Caraway at UFC 159
An injury has knocked Erik Perez (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) out of Saturday's bantamweight bout against Johnny Bedford (19-9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 159, and Bryan Caraway (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will step in to take his place on short notice. Bedford on Monday revealed the new matchup on his Twitter account, though the UFC has yet to make a formal announcement of the switch. The two fighters were teammates, though in separate weight classes, on Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter.
Michel dos Prazeres in for Lance Benoist against Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX 8
Lance Benoist has been forced out of his welterweight fight against Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX 8. The UFC has signed undefeated Michel dos Prazeres to step in.
Judge who scored for Gil a Gracie affiliate
Wade Vierra, the one judge who scored last night's UFC on Fox 7 Lightweight title fight for challenger Gilbert Melendez is a business associate of Melendez' coach Cesar Gracie.
UFC on FOX 7 salaries: Benson Henderson, Frank Mir earn biggest fight purses
Main-event winner Benson Henderson and co-main-event loser Frank Mir were the top earners at Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 event and each earned $200,000. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission. The event took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card, which saw lightweight champion Henderson earn a split-decision victory over Gilbert Melendez ($175,000), aired on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook. The total disclosed payroll for the April 20 event was $1,318,000...