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2009 ADCC Tournament
Tournament Groupings Female -60kg: Kyra Gracie, Brazil (2007 women's -59kg winner) Sayaka Shioda, Japan (2007 women's -55kg winner) Megumi Fujii, Japan Michelle Tavares, Brazil Laurence Cousin, France Ina Steffensen, Denmark Hillary Williams, USA Luanna Alzuguir, Brazil Female 60kg+: Hannette Staack, USA (2007 women's Absolute and -67kg winner) Penny Thomas, USA (2007 women's 67kg+ winner) Hitomi Hiraiwa, Japan Rosângela Conceição, Brazil Ida Hansson, Sweden Shanti Abelha, Denmark Lana Stephanac, USA Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos, Brazil Male -65.9kg: Rani Yahya, Brazil (2007 men's -65kg winner) Jeff Curran, USA Justin Rader, USA Leo Vieira, Brazil Hiroshi "Iron" Nakamura, Japan Jeff Glover, USA Baret Yoshida, USA Rubens Charles Maciel, Brazil Jayson Patino, USA David Marinakis, Australia Ryan Hall, USA Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas, Finland Nicolas Renier, France Rafael Mendes, Brazil Kohei Yasumi, Japan Male -76.9kg: Marcelo Garcia, Brazil (2007 men's -76kg winner; Garcia also won the -76kg class in 2003 and 2005, and placed 2nd in the 2007 Absolute bracket.) Ben Askren, USA Bill Cooper, USA Milton Vieira, Brazil Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Japan Georges St. Pierre, Canada Pablo Popovich, USA Kron Gracie, USA Enrico Cocco, USA Rodney Ellis, Australia Don Ortega, USA Toni Linden, Finland Marcelo Azevedo, Brazil Murilo Santana, Brazil Keita Nakamura, Japan Male -87.9kg: Demian Maia, Brazil (2007 men's -87kg winner; will he get a chance to avenge his loss to Nate Marquardt?) Gunnar Nelson, Iceland Tarsis Humphreys, Brazil Rousimar Palhares, Brazil Braulio Estima, UK Nate Marquadt, USA Mike van Arsdale, USA Daniel Tabera, Spain Rafael Lovato Jr. Chris Weidman, USA Igor Praporshchikov, Australia Jason Selva, USA Trond Saksenvik, Norway Andre Galvao, Brazil Kazuhiro Nakamura, Japan Kassim Annan, France Male -98.9kg: Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro, USA (2007 men's -98kg winner) Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz, Brazil Renato Sobral, Brazil Vesa Vuori, Finland Vinicius Magalhães, Brazil Dean Lister, USA Roberto Abreu, USA Ricardo Arona, Brazil Gerardi Rinaldi, USA Anthony Perosh, Australia Rafael Davies, USA Andreas Olsen, Norway Radek Turek, Poland Glover Teixeira, Brazil Yukiya Naito, Japan Male 99kg+: Fabricio Werdum, Brazil (2007 men's 99kg+ winner) Jeff Monson, USA Tom Erikson, USA Jon Olav Einemo, Norway Rogent Lloret, Spain Saulo Ribeiro, USA Dennis Roberts, Australia Asa Fuller, USA Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen, Finland Tomasz Janiszewski, Poland Antoine Jaoude, Brazil Kouji Kanechika, Japan Tom DeBlass, USA Can't wait for this.
New York Times Looks at NFL Players Coming to MMA
Next month, the UFC and Spike TV will unveil its newest edition of The Ultimate Fighter. Because of the presence of former internet phenom Kimbo Slice, it is expected to be the highest-rated of the show's 10-season run. But for the sport's long-term growth, the more important element could be the inclusion of four former NFL players.
Tapout Training Center burglarized
The Tapout Training Center in Las Vegas, NV, was broken into today, August 24 at roughly 6:20 this morning. The facility, located at 4040 W. Hacienda ste. 130, had its door shattered by the thief, who proceeded to rob hundreds of dollars worth of items in his brazen attempt. The surveillance video, which can be seen below, documents the burglar, a white male in his late 20’s to early 30’s, entering and leaving the retail store repeatedly with loads of merchandise including shirts and jewelry. Kekoa Quipotla, owner of the TapouT Training Center, had these exclusive comments for TheFightNerd.com; ” It’s the principle of the whole thing, it’s not even how much or what the value of what he took is. He broke into the gym and that’s not a good thing to do… you don’t break into this facility and get away scot free. We will find this person and he will get dealt with. I don’t know if that person realizes exactly who we are and what we do and when we find this guy, he will know exactly what industry we are in.”
The Plight and Prosperity of British MMA
Welcome to the fledgling world of British MMA. By all measurements, mixed martial arts has never been more popular on this side of the Atlantic. Media coverage, talent and public awareness progressively rise, and yet, despite these increases, domestic promotions are finding it harder than ever to attract the fans that play the video game, buy the magazines and watch the UFC.
Why Fedor Emelianenko's and M-1's Co-Promotion Requirement Could Ruin MMA
"This simply isn't going to happen and not just because of the money. UFC has learned the main lesson of boxing's decline: You need to give people the fights they want to see. That can't be done when every fighter is a promotion unto himself, able to avoid taking on an opponent if he doesn't like the terms or his chances. To allow Emelianenko to co-promote with UFC would just be to encourage Lesnar, St-Pierre, Silva, and anyone else who wants more money and more control to hold out for the same rights. And that would be crippling to a nascent sporting cartel."
Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin at UFC 106
Sources close to the event have confirmed to **********.com that Brock Lesnar will make his first official title defense against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Shane Carwin had been scheduled to take on AKA fighter Cain Velasquez in October at UFC 104. But the UFC has opted to change course. Velasquez is not hurt and his management, Zinkin Entertainment, has not heard any news regarding the bout being scratched. Minnesota MMA confirmed our source by tweeting the news Wednesday night. UFC 106 takes place November 21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas NV. Here are other rumored matches for the event: Tito Ortiz vs. Mark Coleman Jon Fitch vs. Ricardo Almeida
NSAC approves of ‘Special’ Five Round Non-Title Fights
Out of the blue today came news that the NSAC will be meeting on August 19 to vote on a number of proposed rule changes outlined in this document (.pdf). One of the more note worthy proposals in the document is a provision which would allow certain non-title fights to go for five rounds. The changes are italicized.
The BJ Penn Rule
“Greasegate” has made its first imprint on the Nevada State Athletic Commission rulebook. In a meeting held Wednesday in Las Vegas, the NSAC approved language prohibiting the use of foreign substances on a fighter’s body prior to or during a fight that “could result in an unfair advantage.” Dubbed by a commission official as the “B.J. Penn Rule,” the use of foreign substances will now be added to a list of “fouls” in the Nevada Administrative Code that address tactics illegal to fighters, such as eye gouging, small joint manipulation, or biting.
Nevada Commission approves instant replay
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - by Steven Marrocco - MMAWeekly.com According to a new rule passed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission Wednesday, referees in Nevada now have the opportunity to get a second look at a fight’s end to determine its legality. The final wording as passed: “A referee at the conclusion of a contest or exhibition stopped immediately due to an injury to an unarmed combatant pursuant to NAC 467.718 and after making a decision, may view a replay if available in order to determine whether the injury in question was caused a legal blow or a foul.” The rule addresses several controversial stoppages in recent history where a fighter lost a contest because the referee couldn’t see an injury that forced a bout’s stoppage. A referee may now use instant replay to determine whether the action that caused the injury was legal or a foul and make a decision on the fight’s result. Only a referee can decide whether to order a replay. In one of the most prominent examples of the need to address injury stoppages, UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson was unintentionally poked in the eye by Kevin Burns at UFC Fight Night 14 last July and was denied an appeal to his TKO loss due to the commission’s “lack of remedy” on the incident. After a discussion on the issues surrounding the new rule, the five-member commission passed it by unanimous vote. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told MMAWeekly.com the rule could take effect in as early as 30 days.
From the cozy confines of the Abe-Ani Combat Club, on the top floor of Gold’s Gym South Tokyo Annex in Tokyo’s Ota ward, Hiroyuki Abe and company are busy at work raising a formidable -- albeit adorable -- army of little grapplers, ages 4 to 14. It is truly a thing of wonder to have a 5-year-old shoot in on you for a double-leg takedown, and then doggedly switch to dragging you down with the single when you prove too heavy. The next surprise comes when scrambling to all fours, said 5-year-old quickly breaks you down limb by limb until it’s easier to roll you for the pin. That a majority of these youngsters have honed these particular skills to the point of reflexivity, regardless of their opponent’s size or age, speaks to the fact that Abe has successfully bred Japan’s next generation of wrestlers, some of whom are already national champions looking to take over the combat sports world in just a few years. Take a break from the all the stress of looking at Dana white, fighter pay, Tito, and just take a second to appreciate the beauty of this sport. This article really does make you proud to be a mixed martial arts fan.
Dana White Meeting Resistance on Teammate vs Teammate Fights in the UFC
Dana White talked to CBS Sports and touched on the controversial teammate vs teammate point, Anderson Silva disagrees: "It has nothing to do with friendship," White said. "It's about seeing who's the best." Silva has been ultra-successful in his two forays to the 205-pound weight class. Neither of his two opponents -- Forrest Griffin or James Irvin -- made it past the opening round. To White, Silva's winning streak makes the fight inevitable.
MMA Is No Breakthrough for Women
We've just witnessed the greatest advancement for female sports since Brandi Chastain ripped off her shirt at the end of the World Cup. So why does it feel more like a punch to the stomach? I'm talking about last weekend's MMA bout between Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. It supposedly is the breakthrough battle that will make female fighting mainstream.
HOF Promoter and Matchmaker Don Chargin Talks Boxing & MMA
Having been one of the few boxing promoters around today to have witnessed the great Sugar Ray Robinson fight live, it is no easy feat to impress Don "War-a-Week" Chargin. This hall-of-fame promoter has been touted by his peers as possibly being the best match-maker the boxing world has ever bore witness to. This is why it is with great intrigue that at the tail end of his long, illustrious career that Chargin would actively pursue what most would consider a long-shot proposal. Don talks about Nick Diaz and his upcoming boxing debut.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 3:42AM by nwowolfpack - 0 comments
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Former WWE Diva to MMA
Former WWE Diva Victoria looks to be following Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar into MMA!
Weekend Results: Fred Ettish Puts Demons to Rest
It took over fifteen years, but UFC 2 competitor Fred Ettish notched his first career victory over the weekend at a local card in Brainerd, Minn. The 53-year-old Ettish, who faced ridicule in his previous and only MMA fight, forced submission Saturday by pounding out the much younger and heavier Kyle Fletcher at 3:20 of the first round at a Cage Fighting Xtreme event promoted by UFC welterweight Brock Larson. Ettish (1-1) entered the fight seeking redemption for a 3:07 loss at UFC 2 in March 1994.
Submitted Aug 17, 2009 1:42PM by emfleek - 12 comments
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MMA conditioning expert Billy Rush in hospital
Police: Man shoots own leg, crashes his pickup A Germantown man who apparently shot himself in the leg was flown to an area hospital Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 12, after crashing his pickup truck into two vehicles before striking a utility pole. Billy Rush, 35, of Germantown, drove his Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck into a utility pole at 12:26 p.m. in front of 1270 E. Second St., minutes after he drove eastward out of a Shell gas station, crossing three lanes before he was struck by a Chevrolet Impala, said Franklin police Chief Gordon Ellis. The pickup then traveled into a parking lot and struck a parked car, then headed back onto the road and struck the pole, he said.
UFC 1 COMMENTATOR KATHY LONG MAKES MMA DEBUT
The breakout mainstream success that has been achieved by Gina Carano may seem like a new phenomenon, but in truth she is simply the latest in a line of women to achieve such things. In the 90’s it was Kathy “The Punisher” Long who parlayed her success in the kickboxing and boxing ring to movie roles in such films as Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers and Tim Burton's Batman Returns to even making an appearance as a commentator at UFC 1.
'The Predator' shoots on MMA, Boxing & Wrestling
Scott Casber recently talked with UFC and MMA Legend Don Frye. Scott and Don talk about Frye’s recent appearance in ‘Public Enemies’, his long wrestling background, growing up on boxing and being a No Holds Barred fighter.
Submitted Aug 13, 2009 12:35AM by nwowolfpack - 0 comments
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Carlos Condit to face new UFC addition Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 19
IFL and M-1 Challenger veteran Jake Ellenberger (21-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the latest addition to the UFC, and the 24-year-old will face a stiff test in his first trip to the octagon. ...
MATYUSHENKO RETURNS AT UFC 103
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday confirmed the return of Vladimir Matyushenko to the promotion, announcing a bout between the Belarusian and Croatian fighter Igor Pokrajac. They will meet on the undercard of UFC 103 in Dallas, which features a main event pitting Rich Franklin against Vitor Belfort. ...
Submitted Aug 12, 2009 7:45PM by MMA-San - 10 comments
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