May 2011 MMA News Archive - Page 5
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Superior Cage Combat 1 results: Justin Bucholz front kick KO's Steve Lopez
The front kick struck again. Five-time UFC veteran Justin Buchholz (11-6) was the latest Steven Seagal-channeling athlete to implement the suddenly sexy strike, and the blow delivered a third-round knockout of two-time UFC fighter Steve Lopez (12-5). Buchholz's jaw-dropping strike came with just 30 seconds remaining in the main event of Superior Cage Combat 1, which took place Saturday at Las Vegas' Bally's Event Center. MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan served alongside extreme-sports star T.J. Lavin in the broadcast booth.
Bellator 45 results: M'Pumbu TKO's Hale in third, claims light heavyweight belt
With his third TKO finish in as many bouts, Christian M'Pumbu claimed Bellator Fighting Championships' first-ever light heavyweight title.
BAMMA 6 Results: Kong Dissects Ninja in 3
In what was expected to be BAMMA Middleweight Champion Tom Watson's toughest test to date the Southampton, England native made it look easy. Loose and sharp on his feet and excellently setting up his bludgeoning kicks with crisp punches he looked to have his opponent Murilo Rua figured out from the beginning, likely a product of focusing his training camp for this fight at Team Greg Jackson in New Mexico. Murilo appeared a little doughy and possibly out of shape. Even when warming up the Chute Boxe product and Pride Veteran looked to have lost some flexibility in his hamstrings. Had he taken his opponent too lightly?
KSW 16 Results: Mamed Khalidov Chokes Out Matt Lindland, James Thompson Wills Way to Victory
The nail in the coffin may have finally been struck for the career of Matt Lindland at KSW 16 on Saturday as Sengoku veteran Mamed Khalidov made quick work of the UFC veteran, choking him out via guillotine in the first round of action in the main event of the evening in Gdansk, Poland. Lindland's vaunted wrestling background was only a minor threat during the fight when he nearly reversed Khalidov's attempt to take him down shortly after the fight started. After a brief scramble, Lindland was able to regain his feet, but that only staved off the inevitable for a short time.
Murilo 'Ninja' Rua Retires Following TKO Loss to Tom Watson at BAMMA 6
Murilo Rua lost to Tom Watson on the third round of their middleweight championship bout on BAMMA 6. That marks his second loss in a row, and 4 out of his last 8 bouts, dropping his overall MMA record to 20-12-1. Shortly after the bout, 'Ninja' took to twitter and announced his decision to retire from professional Mixed Martial Arts. His farewell twitter post is after the link.
Retired but Busier Than Ever, Randy Couture at Peace with New Chapter of Life
It had only been a few days since Randy Couture retired from mixed martial arts competition after his UFC 129 fight with Lyoto Machida when he returned home to Las Vegas, and one of his first stops was one of his most familiar ones: the cage. Couture walked into his Xtreme Couture gym, changed into his workout clothes and commenced training with a group of pro fighters. Comeback, anyone? "Everyone was scratching their heads looking at me going, 'You know, this is how rumors get started,'" Couture says with a laugh.
Junior Dos Santos Discusses Shane Carwin and UFC 131
I’m much focused. I’ve been training hard for two months now, there’s almost a month left before the bout, and I’m doing just fine. I’m on a great patch in my life, thanks’ God, I’m feeling fine and I want to fight. I don’t fight for a long time. Last time I fought it was August of 2010
Brian Stann interview: 'Jorge Santiago is going to have to kill me to stop me' at UFC 130 on Memorial Day
Brian Stann is gearing up for a huge 2011. "The All-American" got things off to a fantastic start by cracking Chris Leben's vaunted iron chin at UFC 125 in January with a first round knockout. The Greg Jackson-trained fighter is now slated to pair up against Sengoku middleweight champion Jorge Santiago on the main card of UFC 130 this upcoming Saturday (May 28, 2011)
‘Pitbull’ Motivated by Thought of Warren Rematch
Only one obstacle -- Daniel Straus, he of the current 12-fight winning streak -- remains between Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and his desired rematch with Bellator Fighting Championships featherweight titleholder Joe Warren.
Super Cage Combat 1 Weigh Ins
LAS VEGAS – The 16 fighters competing in tonight's first-ever Superior Cage Combat event successfully made weight for the show. Friday's weigh-ins featured lightweight headliners and UFC vets Steve Lopez and Justin Buchholz, who both weighed 155 pounds
CSAC Backtracks, Chael Sonnen Eligible to Reapply for a License after June 29
CSAC Backtracks, Chael Sonnen Eligible to Reapply for a License after June 29
Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz Could Be Announced As Early As Next Week
It appears the first major cross-promotional fight between the UFC and Strikeforce could be coming to a head within the next few days.
BAMMA 6 Weigh-in Results
Fans can watch the 3-fight main card live on SyFy in the UK, The Fight Network in Canada and available as an online Pay Per View for the rest of the world at BAMMA.TV. The UFC will also featrone one preliminary bout for free via their Facebook Page between Scott Jansen vs. Craig Chesters. Main card: Middleweight bout: Tom Watson (184.5) vs. Murilo Rua (185) Middleweight bout: Frank Trigg (184.5) vs. John Phillips (186) Middleweight bout: Ivan Salaverry (186) vs. Matt Ewin (184.5) Lightweight bout: Jason Ball (156) vs. Leonardo Santos (156) Welterweight bout: Che Mills (170.5) vs. Marcio Cesar (171) Preliminary card: Lightweight bout: Scott Jansen (156) vs. Craig Chesters (155) Heavyweight bout: Catalin Zmarandescu (236) vs. Sharif Mohammed Ali (241) Lightweight bout: Shane Omer (154) vs. Aaron Wilkinson (156) Welterweight bout: Sam Watling (169) vs. Leigh Cohoon (170) Lightweight bout: Costas Doru (156) vs. Jeremy Petley (155) Welterweight bout: Lee Taylor (170.5) vs. Kenny Moyston (167) Welterweight bout: Jeremy Bailey (170.5) vs. Laurens-Jan Thijssen (170.5) Light heavyweight bout: Ryan White (203.5) vs. Fraser Opie (206) Welterweight bout: Charles Scott (169.5) vs. Murray Fullerton (168)
Bellator Fighting Championships 45 Weigh-In Results
Main Card Light Heavyweight Title bout: Richard Hale (204.4) vs. Christian M’Pumbu (199.4) Featherweight bout: Patricio Freire (145.8) vs. Daniel Straus (145) Middleweight bout: Karl Amoussou (185) vs. Sam Alvey (184.6) Preliminary Card Heavyweight bout: Shawn Jordan (255.2) vs. Johnathan Hill (254.8) Welterweight bout: Luis Santos (171) vs. Nicolae Cury (171) Middleweight bout: Tim Ruberg (185.4) vs. Michael Fleniken (185) Catchweight (140 lbs) bout: Joseph Abercrombie (139.8) vs. Ben Parpart (139) Lightweight bout: Renê Nazare ()* vs. Kelvin Hackney ()*
UFC Quick Quote: Kenny Florian's injury was a 'blessing in disguise'
-- UFC featherweight contender Kenny Florian caught up with Head Kick Legend recently to discuss his cut down to the 145-pound division to take on Diego Nunes at the upcoming UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" event on June 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. According to "KenFlo," the injury that forced him out of a planned bout against Evan Dunham back in Jan. was a blessing in disguise in that it allowed him to both work on building strength while also preparing to cut the extra 10 pounds of weight.
Anthony Johnson, Former Manager Ken Pavia Air Dirty Laundry in Twitter Exchange
UFC welterweight fighter Anthony Johnson took to Twitter last night to praise his new manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, and take a few parting shots at his former manager Ken Pavia. The exchange involved a disagreement regarding an amount of money Johnson was supposed to receive from Pavia. Pavia stated that Johnson still owes the commission on the purse money, so Pavia deducted a sponsor check to make up for the amount lost.
Nevada Commission Approves Monitors for Judges at UFC Events
he Nevada State Athletic Commission approved the UFC's request for television monitors for cageside judges by a vote of 5-0. The decision allows monitors for all future UFC events in the state of Nevada. ESPN's Brett Okamoto tweeted a picture of the monitor to be used (on right). The monitors will receive no audio feed, and the video feed will black out between rounds. Judges will not be required to use the monitors, which will be attached to a movable arm next to each judge's seat.
Rua Vs Kong - Make weight
Ninja Rua that is "British Association of Mixed Martial Arts middleweight champion Tom Watson checked in at 184.5 pounds for his scheduled title defense against Pride Fighting Championships veteran Murilo Rua (185) in the BAMMA 6 main event on Saturday at Wembley Arena in London. The two headliners hit the scales and met their mandated weight requirements without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in." Full Card weigh in results: BAMMA Middleweight Championship Tom Watson (184.5) vs. Murilo Rua (185) John Phillips (186) vs. Frank Trigg (184.5) Matt Ewin (184.5) vs. Ivan Salaverry (186) Jeremy Bailey (172) vs. Laurens-Jan Thijssen (170.5) Valentino Petrescu (184) vs. Joao Souza (186) Jason Ball (156) vs. Leonardo Santos (156) Che Mills (170.5) vs. Marcio Cesar (171) Neil Wain (260) vs. Marcin Bartkiewicz (246) Shane Omer (154) vs. Aaron Wilkinson (156) Costas Doru (156) vs. Jeremy Petley (155) Lee Taylor (170.5) vs. Kenny Moyston (167) Ryan White (203) vs. Fraser Opie (206) Murrey Fullerton (168) vs. Charles Scott (169.5) Scott Jensen (156) vs. Craig Chesters (155) Sam Watling (169) vs. Leigh Cohoon (170) Catalin Zmarandescu (236) vs. Sharif Mohamed Ali (243) -------------------------------------------------------------- Got my tickets ready! Can't wait
'Hammer' time: Rampage Jackson is going to be out-wrestled at UFC 130 and taken down
And according to Duff Holmes, trainer for Matt Hamill, "there's just no way around that." "The Hammer" (10-2) will try to establish his place among the light heavyweight elite when he battles former division champion Quinton Jackson in the main event of UFC 130: "Rampage vs. Hamill" on May 28 in Las Vegas.
UFC Quick Quote: Frank Mir poses the biggest threat to Cain Velasquez
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir believes he can give division kingpin Cain Velasquez "the best fight right now" as he heads into UFC 130 on May 28 to try and prove he still belongs in the upper echelon of Zuffa heavyweights.