Video: Lithuanian Strongman Robert Burneika Makes His MMA Debut
For those Polish MMA fans whose jones to see muscle-bound power-lifting body-builder types floundering around inside a mixed martial arts cage wasn't satisfied by World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski, we have a new hero to pin our hopes on: Lithuanian power-lifter Robert Burneika who made his MMA debut in the main event of MMA Attack 2, April 27th in Spodek, Poland against Marcin "El Testosteron" Najman (0-3)
Fans may recall that Pudzianowksi made his pro MMA debut against Najman before moving on to stellar competition such as Eric "Butterbean" Esch, Tim Sylvia and James Thompson. The sky is truly the limit for Burneika as he's got a very comparable skill-set to Pudz: lots of beefy lumbering, awkward kicks and punches and some really impressive moves in the flex off.
White threatens no UFC in CA if AB 2100 passes
UFC head Dana White has threatened to cease holding events in the state of California if a controversial piece of legislation passes in the state. Assembly Bill 2100 was introduced last Wednesday and is supported by the Culinary Workers Union while opposed by the UFC among others.
Via San Jose Mercury:
(Assembly member Luis) Alejo wants to eliminate what he sees as abusive contracts, freeing up fighters to make Assembly Bill 2100 would prevent promoters from claiming unreasonable future merchandising rights, prevent unreasonable restrictions on fighters’ seeking outside sponsors and prohibit other onerous contract provisions.
Invicta FC: Four Of Twenty-Two Fighters Miss Weight For Women's MMA Event
Invicta Fighting Championships is picking up a bit of steam over the past week. This is partially because of the fact that it's the biggest MMA event this weekend with no Bellator, Strikeforce or UFC events and partially because the concept of women's-only MMA is unique.
Unfortunately, the event didn't get off the the greatest start as four of the twenty-two fighters on the card weren't able to make weight. Here are the full weights via MMA Rising:
Featherweight (145 Pounds): Marloes Coenen (146.0) vs Romy Ruyssen (149.8)*
Atomweight (105): Jessica Penne (105.6) vs Lisa Ellis (106.0)
Bantamweight (135): Liz Carmouche (134.2) vs Ashleigh Curry (136.0)**
Bantamweight (135): Kaitlin Young (135.4) vs Leslie Smith (135.0)
Bantamweight (135): Sarah D'Alelio (135.2) vs Vanessa Mariscal (136.0)
Strawweight (115): Sally Krumdiack (113.6) vs Sarah Schneider (115.6)
Atomweight (105): Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (105.4) vs Amy Davis (105.6)
Flyweight (125): Sarah Maloy (125.4) vs Michele Gutierrez (125.0)
Featherweight (145): Randi Miller (149.0)*** vs Mollie Estes (145.0)
Strawweight (115): Ashley Cummins (115.0) vs Sofia Bagherdai (120.6)****
Atomweight (105): Cassie Rodish (105.2) vs Meghan Wright (103.6)
UFC 145 winner Eddie Yagin: I'm like a wedding crasher – but not
Setup fights can build momentum for the favorite, or they can give an underdog a huge boost.
UFC featherweight Eddie Yagin said he's never been the guy that's supposed to win, so he's learned to relish his role as the spoiler.
"I'm like a wedding crasher – but not," Yagin told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
Invicta FC exec asks for one shot to prove women's MMA belongs in the spotlight
Shannon Knapp wants just one minute of MMA fans' time this Saturday night.
Once she has your eyeballs, Knapp is sure viewers will continue to watch the Invicta Fighting Championships debut event in Kansas City, Kan.
"The biggest thing is just encouraging everyone to have an open mind," Invicta Fighting Championships CEO Knapp told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) in advance of the promotion's 11-bout, all-female card that takes place at Memorial Hall.
"If you love this sport, then how can you not embrace it whether it's male or female athletes competing? Give us a shot. I'm definitely sure you will not be disappointed. Even if you hate women's MMA, come on over and check it out for a minute — at least you'll have something to talk about on the forums."
UFC's Stephan Bonnar bitten by giant camel spider while detained by Bahrain airport security
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Stephan Bonnar has a big personality, which can sometimes rub people the wrong way.
One such instance occurred last year, when "The American Psycho" got into it publicly with UFC Welterweight Josh Koscheck, regarding Bonnar using Koscheck's likeness on one of his "Trash Talking Kids" t-shirts.
Bonnar appeared on HDNet's "Inside MMA" earlier tonight (Apr. 23, 2012), discussing his recent trip to Bahrain where he, Rich Franklin and Keith Jardine visited with some U.S. troops who were serving overseas. Apparently, Bonnar and his shirts are back in the news, and you'll never guess what kind of trouble his clothing line got him into this time:
"We're getting ready to leave Bahrain, and I get detained at the airport. Jardine and Franklin get on the flight, and they take me in the room. They're asking me all these questions, and they're furious. One guy's comin' in the room and pointin' at me, all furious, like that. And, what I think is that, I had on the 'Young Assassin' shirt, with Melvin Guillard, and there's a guy with a turban with his brains spillin' out. I don't think they liked that too much."
Eddie Yagin Upsets Mark Hominick
The featherweight division was the home for the second fight on the UFC 145 pay per view card. Former title contender, Mark Hominick, was looking to bounce back after getting knocked out in his last fight to Chan Sung Jung in just seven seconds. He was 3-2 in his UFC career, while his opponent, Eddie Yagin, was 0-1 in his UFC career, losing to Junior Assuncao in his debut fight. Yagin came into the fight with a 15-5 record, with his most notable opponent being Rich Clementi back in May 2004.
Is Drug Testing in MMA the Gold Standard Among Pro Sports?
Alistair Overeem. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Cris “Cyborg” Santos.
Those are just a few of the names that have been in the headlines of MMA lately and it had nothing to do with winning fights. All three fighters tested positive for a banned substance or elevated levels of testosterone, and it once again raises the question if enough is being done to curb performance enhancing drug use in mixed martial arts.
The UFC recently instituted a new drug policy that screens all incoming fighters who intend to sign a contract with the promotion, and they must test clean before the contract can be tendered. In addition, all competitors on The Ultimate Fighter must also be tested prior to their admission onto the reality show.
Outside of those screening requirements, the UFC does no other testing on their own, except when the promotion operates an event in a location where the local sanctioning body does not provide for drug testing or in global locals where there is no sanctioning body. In areas where there is a sanctioning body, the athletic commissions in each area are responsible for drug testing the athletes as they see fit. Commissions like Nevada have instituted out-of-competition drug screenings to help curb performance enhancing drug use.
Tim Sylvia reveals 'big announcement,' says he would 'absolutely' do The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) if he had to
Remember that "big announcement" former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia was teasing for April 14? Well he revealed all on his Twitter account and while some were surely hoping Dana White had changed his mind about bringing "The Maine-iac" back to the UFC, that's simply not the case.
Instead, it was just as my colleague Jesse Holland said it would be: a simple fight announcement on a regional show later this year.
Indeed, Sylvia announced at the Fight Night 2 event in Biddeford, Maine, that he will be returning to action on June 16 in Lewiston, Maine, against an opponent to be announced later.
That doesn't mean Timmah is giving up his dream of making a return trip to the Octagon one day. In fact, when he's not outright begging to be let back in or retweeting fans pleading to the powers that be, Sylvia was telling The Hammerfisting Podcast that he would go through The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) house to earn his spot.
UFC boss hints door may be open for Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal's return to Zuffa
Former Strikeforce champ Muhammed Lawal is still unemployed and unlicensed, but UFC president Dana White on Saturday seemed to suggest there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for "King Mo."
White praised Lawal for his recent dealings with the NSAC and suggested he would be willing to at least talk about a return to Zuffa umbrella.
"We'll see how this whole thing goes down," White said. "The fact that he called her and reached out to her, I mean that's what he should have done."
UFC Supports International MMA Federation With Olympic Aspirations
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday officially threw its support behind the creation of the new International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF).
The UFC statement said the promotion “wholeheartedly supports this new initiative as well as its leader, IMMAF President August Wallén, who will spearhead the initial growth of this Federation.”
Wallén is a mixed martial arts trainer, who also holds a 6-1 professional record in the sport, as well as a 4-1 amateur record.
IMMAF, through the organization of national mixed martial arts federations, hopes to enable the possibility of international amateur competitions with a common set of rules and regulations, furthering the growth and development of the sport on a worldwide level.
One of IMMAF’s primary goals is to help MMA become and Olympic sport...
Michael Schiavello: 'Everyone is crucifying Alistair Overeem, but he hasn't technically cheated'
By now, everyone in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community is aware of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Alistair Overeem testing positive for high levels of testosterone during a random drug test by the NSAC, directly following a press conference for UFC 146.
But is Overeem being unfairly targeted?
That's the question "The Voice," Michael Schiavello, wants answered and is the question he was asking his colleagues on the panel of HDNet's "Inside MMA."
"You know, while we're talking about the subject, Kenny, I just wanna chime in here on a couple things that have been playing on my mind, the last week or so, since the news of Alistair (Overeem) broke. Alistair doesn't have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), so how are they testing him in the first place when he doesn't have a license with them? By what jurisdiction are they testing him? And 'B,' everyone seems to be hanging Alistair out to dry. They've been nailing him to the cross and crucifying him, but it's still two months away from his fight. You know, he hasn't technically cheated. Because, unless he pisses hot on the fight night, how could he possibly have cheated? There's still an opportunity he can get from the 14:1 down to the allowed 6:1 level by fight time. But we're calling him out as a cheat, two months out from a fight?"
Victor Conte Says There Are 'Simple Answers' for MMA's Drug Problem
When it comes to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Victor Conte knows a thing or two about beating the system. He did it for years with his Bay-Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO), and he paid for it with a brief prison sentence and a scandal that made his name synonymous with doping in professional sports. These days he’s making it his mission to improve drug testing in sports, and as he told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, he sees plenty of room for improvement in MMA.
Keith Jardine: The Fighter Who Always Said Yes
Having a reputation as a fighter that will always step up whenever the UFC or Strikeforce asks you to can be a commendable thing in the sport of MMA.
Most fighters in the industry know it as an unspoken rule, but Zuffa officials love fighters who will step up and help save a fight card when injury strikes or something pops up on late notice that requires someone take a chance.
Throughout Keith Jardine‘s long career from his days in King of the Cage to his stint on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter to his recent Strikeforce fights, he’s always been the fighter willing to say “yes.”
Fedor Emelianenko Returns to Action in June
Fedor Emelianenko will return to action in June, but it won't be in the UFC.
Following a week of speculation about where "The Last Emperor" will end up next, Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Gloval director of operations, announced Friday afternoon that Emelianenko will fight on June 21 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Emelianenko's opponent will be announced at a later date.
Don Frye Reflects on Long Career
Don Frye debuted in the UFC in February 1996.
Sixteen years later, the two-time UFC tournament champion joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show” to discuss his time in the sport, his views on today’s stars and more.
Weekend winners include 50-year-old Smith, Yvel, Kawajiri, Bustamante, Leites, Parisyan
Despite another weekend without a UFC event, the regional scene was in full effect with five major shows.
They included Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2 in Nebraska, OneFC 3 in Singapore, LFC 8 in China, Amazon Forest Combat 2 in Brazil, and WMMA 1 in Texas.
Victors included 50-year-old ex-UFC champ Maurice Smith, Gilbert Yvel, Tara LaRosa, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Lyle Beerbohm, Murilo Bustamante, Thales Leites, Karo Parisyan and others.
GSP's road to recovery
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre's road to recovery is ongoing and the 30-year-old native of Saint-Isidore, Que., is increasing the intensity of his rehab. While preparing for a bout with Nick Diaz late last year, GSP suffered an injury to his knee that required surgery. The Canadian is expected to return to the Octagon late this year, possibly in November.
Judging by this video it looks as though he will be in excellent shape as usual.
-- TUF Live competitor Jeremy Larsen was placed on medical suspension after suffering a cut to his head in his unanimous decision win over Jeff Smith to get onto the show. It's unclear at this point what will happen to Larson and his spot in the TUF house.
Asian MMA: Shlemenko Vs. Minowaman Along With 4 UFC Veterans Booked For SFL 2
Super Fight League, a start-up promotion from India had a very unique and interesting debut event that got mixed reviews from fans and analysts alike. The production, and quality of talent left much to be desired, but it looks like they're taking a big step forward to improve on that by booking 3 fights filled established MMA veterans.
The card will still be filled with India's local talent that they are developing, but as reported last month, former UFC heavyweights Todd Duffee and Neil Grove will be headlining the event. As part of the supporting bouts that have also been announced, Paul Kelly will take on Gabe Reudiger, and what can be considered as the unofficial main event of the night, Ikuhisa Minowa will lock horns against two-time Bellator tournament winner, Alexander Shlemenko.
Now a Free Agent, Vinny Magalhaes Fielding Offers
Former TUF season 8 runner-up and current M-1 Global Light Heavyweight champion Vinny Magalhaes was dismissed from the UFC before he could prove that he had great potential. The multiple World Jiu Jitsu Champion and ADCC gold medalist has gone 7-1 since his departure from the UFC and acquired the M-1 Global light heavyweight title in his 4 fight run with the Russian organization. Unfortunately the honeymoon with M-1 Global has ended and Magalhaes has been attempting to wait out his employers, so he can get out of his contract, and continue his career under a new banner.
Magalhaes and his representative Steve Pacitti stopped by to talk to the guys at MMAJunkie.com, to shed a little light on Vinny’s current situation, his falling out with M-1 Global, and how he is fielding offers from other MMA organizations, due to his recently awarded free agency. Magalhaes and Pacitti did not tip-toe around the point that the UFC were one of the organizations that were interested in signing Vinny. Pacitti was quoted as saying. “Yes, we’re negotiating with the UFC right now,” Pacitti said. “There are others, but the UFC is certainly in line. The UFC is definitely attractive.”