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DREAM rep: Nelson out at DREAM.17, Clementi faces Aoki
(mmajunkie.com)
Just hours after MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned that Shane Nelson had agreed to face Shinya Aoki (27-5 MMA, 11-2 DREAM) at DREAM.17, DREAM rep Mike Kogan announced via Twitter that Rich Clementi (40-19-1 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) will instead take on "Tobikan Judan." Kogan said that verbal agreements are in place and contracts for the contest are expected to be finalized shortly.
Submitted May 18, 2011 1:06AM by sparky - 10 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Quote of the Day: Urijah Faber Thinks Nick Diaz Would Beat GSP
(cagepages.com)
Urijah Faber: “I’m going to go with Nick Diaz on that one, just because I don’t see GSP knocking him out. He’s never been knocked out and GSP’s been more into wrestling guys. I think that from watching Diaz, he’s super, super deceiving, and is able to pressure guys and make them get tired and fatigued like no one else........
Submitted May 17, 2011 10:53PM by sparky - 13 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Religion, Not Management, Keeping Khalidov from Bellator
(sherdog.com)
Recent remarks from Bellator Fighting Championships Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney regarding negotiations with middleweight Mamed Khalidov have caused a bit of a stir in the Polish fight scene. Asked during a May 14 news conference why Bellator had not yet signed the highly regarded free agent, Rebney cited a “lack of willingness” on the part of Khalidov’s management to work with his promotion, as well as a need to “explain to them what the opportunity is.” Speaking to Sherdog.com this week, Khalidov was quick to assert that the breakdown in negotiations was not due to the unwillingness of his management but rather Khalidov’s own priorities outside the cage.
Submitted May 17, 2011 10:46PM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Bellator Champion Ben Askren Knows He Is Eventually Headed to UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
When Ben Askren was at the University of Missouri, he always dreamed of competing in the Olympics. Take nothing away from his years spent as a Tiger competing with the best collegiate wrestlers there were, as well as Askren taking home two NCAA National Titles, he had goals that would take him beyond that. Askren reached for the gold when he joined the U.S. Olympic wrestling team in 2008, competing in Beijing. Now, Askren is reaching a similar dichotomy in his MMA career. Undefeated as a professional fighter, Askren sits at 8-0 with a fight pending this fall against former UFC and Strikeforce welterweight Jay Hieron.
Submitted May 17, 2011 8:42PM by sparky - 13 comments
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With Bellator tourney win, lightweight Chandler now free to discuss his plan for Alvarez
(mmajunkie.com)
When Michael Chandler's hand was raised following the main event of this past Saturday's Bellator 44 event, the newly-crowned season-four lightweight tourney winner felt relieved. Finally, he could say what he'd been wanting to let the world know since his promotional debut in September 2010: Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (22-2 MMA, 6-0 BFC) is a wanted man. "I've been thinking about Eddie since I came to Bellator," Chandler (8-0 MMA, 5-0 BFC) today told MMAjunkie.com Radio
Submitted May 17, 2011 8:25PM by sparky - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
McKee out of fight with Aoki; search for replacement is on. (Jami Varner in?)
(sherdog.com)
Initially, MMAJunkie.com reported on Monday that McKee (Pictured) had withdrawn from the bout due to visa issues. However, Dream official Mike Kogan asserted that visa problems were not the reason the fight fell apart. According to Kogan, Monday’s report was how he found out that the fight was no longer a go. “That’s actually why it upset me. I’ve got to read [on the Internet] that the guy who I fought for [to be on the card] is all of a sudden not fighting and making it sound like it’s beyond his control,” Kogan told Sherdog.com. “The visa issues were never a problem. I figure that part out first, before I book fighters. I have a very good travel agent that I’ve been working with forever on [acquiring] visas, even on last-minute notice. Here, we almost had three weeks, so it wasn’t an issue.” ...“He needs to come up with a better excuse as to why he isn’t fighting, because it isn’t the visa. As a matter of fact, I can get him his visa today. It’s still not too late. All he has to do is drive to [Los Angeles].” ...
Submitted May 17, 2011 4:38PM by MMA-San - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous, Dream
 
Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva Lashes Out At Josh Barnett, Brock Lesnar
(bloodyelbow.com)
Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-finalist Antonio Silva did an interview with Sherdog today that led to some surprising statements. Bigfoot is normally a very humble individual who doesn't offer up a ton of negativity in interviews, but he certainly had some stuff to say about fellow HWGP fighter Josh Barnett and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The man who last defeated Fedor Emelianenko minced no words about the controversial Barnett: "I’ve been fighting since 2004 and have never had any issues with another athlete, even the most stuck-up," explained Silva. "Friendship, for me, is everything, but Josh is a weird guy, a guy who doesn’t greet you when you enter the elevator, doesn’t even say ‘good morning.’ It’s how he treats Brazilian fighters especially. It’s the same thing with [Barnett and] Werdum. "But when [Barnett] sees Fedor, [UFC President] Dana White or [UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo] Fertitta, he runs to them and stays by their side all the time. He makes me sick. He’s the classic kiss-ass, a rude man …" added Silva. "I really want to face Barnett and I’ve already said I consider him a filthy person, even though he is a great fighter, and that I’ll beat him up and close both of his eyes."
Submitted May 17, 2011 12:15AM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Benson Henderson vs Jim Miller on top for next edition of UFC on Versus
(bloodyelbow.com)
Jim Miller's new lot in life may be testing the mettle of former WEC lightweights. After destroying Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128 many were calling for Miller to get a crack at the lightweight championship. After all, Miller had run off seven consecutive UFC wins and only Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar hold wins over him. With Edgar and Maynard injured and their third fight postponed, a title fight wasn't coming any time soon and it now appears that former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson is next.
Submitted May 13, 2011 9:02PM by MMA-San - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, WEC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Roger Gracie Injured, Possibly Out Of IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Championships
(bloodyelbow.com)
We are less than a month away from Sport Brazilian Jiu Jitsu's most prestigious tournament and its biggest star's participation may be in jeopardy. Perhaps the world's best BJJ competitor, Roger Gracie has been recovering from an injury that has kept him from training for over a month according to the GracieMag blog: "I'm not sure if I'll be able to compete this year yet," revealed the Gracie Barra athlete, from London. "I suffered a leg injury and have been out of training for five weeks. I just started training again now. I'm already training hard and doing my best to be 100% by the Worlds. If I'm feeling well, I'll fight for sure," added the three-time absolute world champion.
Submitted May 12, 2011 6:52PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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Eddie Alvarez Talks About Having the Best Hands at LW, Frankie Edgar
(bloodyelbow.com)
Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was a guest on Fight Corner Radio recently, and they conducted a pretty extensive interview with him. Alvarez is coming off a five round decision win over Pat Curran at Bellator 39, and his next opponent will be decided in two days at Bellator 44 when Patricky Friere meets Michael Chandler in the tournament final. This interview touches mostly on stuff outside the realm of Bellator. It leads off with how Eddie would fare as a professional boxer, and he was surprisingly frank with his thoughts (transcribed by fiveknuckles): "I don't think I'd do well," Alvarez said. "Just because in boxing it would be hard for me to make 147. And I know boxers here in Philly at that weight and I spar with them, and I get my (expletive) whooped. They're not no world champions either, but these guys are seriously good. It would be really tough for me. I'd have to develop a whole different style of boxing to be successful. "Actually Bernard (Hopkins) thinks that I would become a world champion; he said it out of his own mouth that he's never seen an MMA fighter box the way that I box. And I felt good about him saying that, but in the back of my head I'm thinking to myself, 'Nah.' Maybe I'm not as confident in myself as some other people are, but I'm not looking to go into pro boxing any time soon."
Submitted May 12, 2011 6:51PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Jens Pulver Moving Down to 140 Pounds, Still Headlines Titan Fighting 18
(mmaweekly.com)
ens Pulver is slated to headline Titan Fighting Championship 18 on May 27 on HDNet, but it will be against a different opponent than he had originally planned, and at a different weight.
Submitted May 11, 2011 3:33PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
TapouT Accused Of Stealing, Possibly Selling Mask's Ashes
(bloodyelbow.com)
Of all the bizarre stories that pop up from time to time, this was not a subject I ever really expected to write about. TMZ is reporting that the late Charles "Mask" Lewis' ashes have been stolen and possibly resold by his fellow TapouT founders. The story is that Mask's sister Carla, allowed Tim "SkySkrape" Katz and Dan "Punkass" Caldwell to take Lewis' ashes and urn for a memorial service. Upon arriving at the service, she found that they were either giving away or selling small vials containing portions of Lewis' ashes to a small group of people whose names were on "a list." From the TMZ report: Carla believes somewhere between 50 to 100 vials were either "sold, given away, donated or otherwise distributed to several unknown persons." Not only is Carla PISSED about the vials ... she claims TapouT still has possession of the urn and the remainder of Mask's ashes ... and the company refuses to return them. Carla is suing for unspecified damages -- citing "overwhelming and severe emotional distress."
Submitted May 11, 2011 3:29PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC vet Antoni Hardonk retires from MMA
(mmajunkie.com)
Eight-time UFC fighter Antoni Hardonk has retired from professional MMA. The Dutch striker confirmed the plans with UFC.com while saying he plans to focus on coaching at his new gym in California. He retires with an 8-6 pro MMA record (4-4 in the UFC) and a 10-5 pro kickboxing record.
Submitted May 8, 2011 3:28PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
You Can Now Apply Online at Jobbi.com to Become a UFC Fighter
(mmaweekly.com)
The UFC is constantly moving in new and different directions. They recently entered into a partnership with Jobbi.com to make it easier to apply to be a UFC fighter.
Submitted Apr 25, 2011 4:22PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Jason Brilz Won’t Pull Any Punches at UFC 129, Even If It Costs His Job
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC light-heavyweight fighter Jason Brilz refuses to let his loss last May to Antonio Rogerio Nogeuira get him down. As he told MMAWeekly.com recently, “My thing is to go out and give everything I have, and I think I did that. “I was happy with the performance. But other than that, a win or a loss is not that important. For me, it’s all about having a good show and seeing where I’m at.”
Submitted Apr 25, 2011 11:10AM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Pat Curran drops to featherweight, scores spot in Bellator's "Summer Series" tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
After a failed attempt at stripping Eddie Alvarez of the Bellator Fighting Championships lightweight title, Pat Curran now will try his luck at 145 pounds. Bellator brass today announced the season-two lightweight tournament winner will drop to his more natural featherweight division for the promotion's upcoming "Summer Series" 145-pound tournament. "I've fought at featherweight for most of my career, so I'm really excited to get back to a weight class where I can really do some damage," Curran stated.
Submitted Apr 22, 2011 8:21PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
"UFC Encyclopedia" book set for October release
(mmajunkie.com)
An Ultimate Fighting Championship-approved "UFC Encyclopedia" hits store shelves in October, officials today announced. The 400-page book, published by DK Publishing, covers the organization's full 18-year history.
Submitted Apr 19, 2011 2:35PM by Budgellism - 19 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Chael Sonnen to appear before Nevada commission at April 27 meeting
(mmajunkie.com)
Chael Sonnen will get a formal chance to clear the air with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The onetime UFC middleweight contender is expected to be placed on the agenda for the commission's next meeting, which takes place April 27 in Las Vegas, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The five members of the NSAC will decide whether or not to grant Sonnen both a fighter's license and a second's (cornerman's) license.
Submitted Apr 19, 2011 1:15PM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
JZ Cavalcante on Waiting for Strikeforce, Non-Payment from Dream, and His Split From American Top Team
(mmaweekly.com)
It’s been a tough past six months for Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante. Making his long awaited Strikeforce debut last October, Cavalcante lost a controversial decision to former lightweight champion Josh Thomson. Before that fight ever started the Brazilian was embroiled in situation with Dream where he hadn’t been paid for his fight with the promotion from July 2010.
Submitted Apr 19, 2011 1:04PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Week-in-Review: List of UFC, Strikeforce & Other Matchups Announced
(sherdog.com)
A complete list of significant new fights reported in the past week.
Submitted Apr 18, 2011 2:48PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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