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December 2009 MMA News Archive - Page 7

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Aoki vs. Hirota, Kawajiri vs. Yokota added to "Dynamite!! 2009" on Dec. 31
(mmajunkie.com)
* Masato vs. Andy Souwer (K-1) * Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (MMA) * Shinya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota (MMA) * Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazunori Yokota (MMA) * Masanori Kanehara vs. Norofumi "Kid" Yamamoto (MMA) * Akihiro Gono vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (MMA) * Hiroshi Izumi vs. Katsuyori Shibata (MMA) * Marlon Sandro vs. Hideo Tokoro (MMA) * Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (MMA) * Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Alistair Overeem (MMA) * Yosuke Nishijima vs. Ray Sefo (K-1) * Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (MMA/"Super Hulk" finale) * Hiroya vs. Japan Masaaki Noiri (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal) * Katsuki Ishida vs. Shota Shimada (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal) * Tsukasa Fuji vs. Ryuya Kusakabe (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal reserve)
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 2:09PM by RhythmAndStyle - 6 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Rich Franklin's wife, Beth Franklin, graces the pages of Men's Fitness
(fightclubhouse.com)
Beth Franklin, wife of Rich Franklin, does a pictorial for Men's Fitness magazine, and answers questions on what it's like to be the wife of a fighter, among other things. Check it out!
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 1:55PM by BrutalKnockOut - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
WEC 45 Medical Suspensions
(boxing.nv.gov)
The NSAC has posted the official WEC 45 results on it's website, which also reveal the medical suspensions coming out of the event.
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 1:29PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Silver Star inks Bruce Buffer as brand ambassador
(mmajunkie.com)
Silver Star clothing has quickly become one of the more prominent brands in mixed martial arts with a growing collection of "Signature Series" T-shirts worn by several fighters in recent UFC events. Rashad Evans, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Clay Guida, Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Thiago Silva and Frank Trigg have all been sponsored by the company and granted a signature "Walkout" design. Now the company turns its attention to another prominent UFC employee: "veteran voice of the octagon" Bruce Buffer.
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 11:59AM by karn501 - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC 111: Phil Baroni vs Marcus Davis likely for March 27
(mmamania.com)
Hard-hitting (and crowd-pleasing) welterweights, Marcus Davis and Phil Baroni, have verbally agreed to throw leather at UFC 111 from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on March 27, 2010. The promotion has made no official announcements about the 170-pound match up or the actual pay-per-view (PPV) event at this time; however, that's expected to change very soon. More on this breaking news in a bit. UFC 111 is expected to feature a 170-pound title defense by promotion superstar Georges St. Pierre as "Rush" answers the call of British striker Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. Heavyweights Frank Mir and Shane Carwin are also expected to collide in an interim title match while Brock Lesnar recovers from recent surgery.
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 11:10AM by SmileR - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Hughes Predicts the Demise of Strikeforce
(cagepotato.com)
Hughes makes vague reference to Showtime’s interference in the process, and seems to believe that this will be Strikeforce’s undoing, sooner rather than later. Wrote Hughes: Last week I was in California with Robbie, Pena, and Foster, hoping they would find a replacement so Robbie could fight. It didn’t happen and I guess I’m just spoiled being with the UFC. From what I understand, Showtime really likes to stick their nose in Strikeforce’s business and because of that I don’t think that Strikeforce will be around for much longer; but enough with that.
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 11:07AM by SmileR - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
(Scott) Smith Proves Again That He Is MMA's Rocky Balboa
(mmaweekly.com)
Following yet another incredible come from behind win, Scott Smith may soon have to begin every walk to the cage with the theme song from "Rocky." The California based fighter has a tendency to hang around in every fight he's in and then at the crucial moment pull out a stunning victory. The latest conquest for Smith was a third round knockout of former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le, who was getting the better of the fight for two-plus rounds, but when the window opened for Smith to explode he did just that. Realizing he was down in the fight, Smith knew the third round was the key. That's when he finally implemented his trainers' game plan and then unloaded the shot heard all over San Jose.
Submitted Dec 22, 2009 9:56AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Melvin Manhoef vs. Kazuo Misaki set for “Dynamite!! 2009?
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Feared Dutch Knockout specialist Melvin Manhoef is all set to do battle with none other than the “Grabaka Hitman” Kazuo Misaki at the year end DREAM and Sengoku promoted event, “Dynamite!! 2009“. FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently received confirmation of the match-up through sources close to one of the fighters.
Submitted Dec 21, 2009 7:18PM by jae_1833 - 15 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Hayato Sakurai comments on Akihiro Gono's cerebral fighting style
(mmamania.com)
To be honest, since Gono is my friend, my spirit sank a little when the fight card was announced. But we are professionals and this is a fight that the fans want to see, so I will give my best. No one wants to see a lukewarm fight between friends, right? Instead, we will have a murderous battle for fifteen minutes... yes that's what we want to do... we will (laughs). Gono is really talented. When he fought in Shooto, he had yet to discover his style so he struggled in some of the fights. Once he started coming into his own, however, he was amazing in PRIDE. He is a very cerebral fighter. Seriously, if I were not fighting him this time, I had been thinking about training with him to absorb the techniques of the master strategist. I can't cut myself any slack since he is craftier than I am.
Submitted Dec 21, 2009 3:36PM by RhythmAndStyle - 4 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
WEC 45 Fighter Payouts
(mmajunkie.com)
The NSAC has released the official fighter payouts from WEC 45. The total disclosed payouts were $162,000 with the biggest share-$25,000-going to Joseph Benavidez.
Submitted Dec 21, 2009 2:42PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
"Strikeforce: Evolution" salaries: Cung Le tops fighter pay with $150K, "King Mo" fined
(mmajunkie.com)
Other top earners from the Showtime-televised event included main-card winner Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($65,000), Smith ($55,000), Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez ($55,000) and Matt Lindland ($50,000). Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, who also competed on the main card and make his promotional debut, earned $20,000, half which came in the form of a win bonus. However, CSAC officials said the fighter was fined 10 percent of his purse for an issue with his sponsor. (Lawal splashed the cage with Rockstar Energy Drink after his win.)
Submitted Dec 21, 2009 1:59PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Melendez Reflects On War With Thomson
(mmaweekly.com)
Relief overshadowed joy in Gilbert Melendez’s successful bid to unify the Strikeforce lightweight title against Josh Thomson.In a fight certain to be on the short list for Fight of the Year, Melendez was smarter and sharper than his first meeting with Thomson in June 2008 – where he lost the title and took the interim strap waiting for Thomson to heal from multiple injuries – and took a unanimous decision nod for a second turn as undisputed champion at Saturday’s “Evolution.”
Submitted Dec 21, 2009 1:43PM by RhythmAndStyle - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
StrikeForce Confirms Two Title Bouts For Miami
(mmaweekly.com)
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed Nick Diaz will face Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis on Jan. 30 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title and Cris “ Cyborg“ Santos will defend her 145-pound belt for the first time against Marloes Coenen.Strikeforce originally planned to put Diaz in with Jay Heiron in August for the welterweight crown, but those plans were scrapped when Diaz failed to show up for mandatory licensing drug screening. Heiron defeated “The Ultimate Fighter 7” cast member Jesse Taylor in a non-title fight instead.
Submitted Dec 21, 2009 1:42PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dos Santos: “I wanna be a big champion”
(tatame.com)
“I owe everything I am in fight to Rodrigo. When he has the belt, I’ll be his guardian. To fight with him, they’ll have to fight with me first”, said the heavyweight, laughing. With defined return on UFC 108, against the rough Gilbert Yvel, revealed that his biggest dream is to be on top of the world. “As fighter I’m not different of anyone, I also want to be a big champion, to be a big name as Minotauro and Minotouro”, said.
Submitted Dec 21, 2009 1:38PM by RhythmAndStyle - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Top British Fighter Jim Wallhead Signed for Bellator's Season 2 WW Tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
After signing notables Dan Hornbuckle (19-2), Jacob McClintock (6-0) and Ben Askren (3-0) for its upcoming eight-man welterweight tournament, Bellator Fighting Championships has added another star competitor to the field: top British 170-pounder Jim Wallhead (18-5). Bellator officials today informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that "Judo Jim" has signed a multi-fight deal with the organization to compete in the tournament.
Submitted Dec 21, 2009 1:20PM by karn501 - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Tito Ortiz soon Embarks on Third USO Tour
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC veteran Tito Ortiz, who will soon serve as a coach and tape the 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," will first depart for his third USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. The popular fighter, who visited with more than 3,000 service members during two 2007 USO Tours with fellow UFC vet Justin McCully, will again sign autographs and participate in training exercises on his upcoming trip.
Submitted Dec 21, 2009 1:13PM by karn501 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Lightning Rod: Controversial UFC castoff Karo Parisyan explains recent troubles
(mmajunkie.com)
Karo Parisyan got out of a cab at the Las Vegas airport, and his father's voice on the other end of his cell phone was finally too much to bear. It hadn't been long since Parisyan told his manager to inform the UFC brass that he was pulling out of his scheduled UFC 106 bout with Dustin Hazelett last month. A series of suffocating personal issues, Parisyan said, led to the decision, the most difficult he said he has ever made. He had hundreds of texts and phone messages pleading with him to answer the question: Why?
Submitted Dec 20, 2009 5:33PM by postman - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fedor vs. Werdum Targeted For SF April Event On CBS
(mmaweekly.com)
Although it's not a done deal yet, Strikeforce is reportedly working on making Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum for it's April event on CBS. SF's Scott Coker also says he plans to invite Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem to compete on the event and also hopes to make Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki and Josh Thomson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri in '10.
Submitted Dec 20, 2009 1:11PM by DCRage - 20 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
FORMER CHAMP MIKE BROWN RETURNS AT WEC 46
(mmaweekly.com)
World Extreme Cagefighting on Saturday night announced former featherweight champion Mike Brown (22-5) would make his return – just two months after losing the title to Jose Aldo – at the Arco Arena. He will face Anthony Morrison (10-7), who finished UFC veteran Alvin Robinson in little more than a minute at a recent Ring of Fire event in Denver.
Submitted Dec 20, 2009 2:32AM by jae_1833 - 5 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Diaz vs. Zaromskis, Santos vs. Coenen title fights set for "Strikeforce: Miami"
(mmajunkie.com)
SAN JOSE, Calif. – A pair of title fights will headline "Strikeforce: Miami" next month when Nick Diaz (20-7 MMA, 2-0 SF) takes on DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis (13-3 MMA, 0-0 SF) for the first-ever Strikeforce welterweight title and Cris "Cyborg" Santos (8-1 MMA, 2-0 SF) puts her women's featherweight title on the line against Marloes Coenen (17-3 MMA, 1-0 SF). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was informed of both of the rumored matchups in the post-fight press conference for Saturday's "Strikeforce: Evolution" event.
Submitted Dec 20, 2009 2:28AM by jae_1833 - 9 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
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