What's Next for Brandon Vera?
After a short night against the rising Jon Jones last Sunday at "UFC on Versus 1" Brandon "The Truth" Vera finds himself with back-to-back losses. Any fighter in his situation would be looking inside themselves to try and figure out their next move.
For Brandon Vera his next move has already been decided; rest and recovery are going to be his future for a substantial amount of time.
ESPN 'MMA Live' graduates to television on ESPN2
ESPN's wildly successful Web show "MMA Live" is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
MMAmania.com has learned that host Jon Anik, along with analysts Franklin McNeil and Kenny Florian, will soon bring their mixed martial arts news, highlights and analysis to the world's biggest sports network on ESPN2.
No precise details are known at this time, but the half-hour show is expected to air on Thursday afternoons -- new episodes are typically made available online on a weekly basis at this time.
An official announcement is expected to come from the network shortly.
Nogueira’s Trainer Luiz Alves Dies
Luiz Alves, the long-time trainer of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, died Friday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Considered alongside Rudimar Fedrigo as the two most important representatives of muay Thai in Brazil, Alves suffered a stroke on Jan. 26. Doctors induced a coma to control the pressure on his brain. On Friday the pressure increased, leading to a hemorrhage that caused his death.
Nogueira had considered Alves his good luck charm. The trainer accompanied “Minotauro” to all of his fights since 2001, except for Nogueira’s two stoppage losses to Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez. Alves’ daughter was getting married the day of the Mir bout, and he had already suffered the stroke by the time Nogueira fought Velasquez.
Fedor Emelianenko Will Face Hidehiko Yoshida at ASTRA
An article in tomorrow's Nikkan Sports newspaper says that Yoshida's retirement fight in ASTRA will most likely be against Fedor. The exact quote is "Retirement match against Fedor, world's strongest man". According to the newspaper, Fedor's camp got in contact with Yoshida when he announced his retirement fight somewhere around February 8th and both parties have been negotiating ever since. There is a final meeting that will be held in Japan at Dream 13 which should finalize the negotiations. If nothing pans out after Dream 13, then they apparently have other fighters readily available to fight Yoshida.
MMA Quick Quote: World's Strongest Man not afraid of Tim Sylvia -- or a 15-minute fight
"I know what it means to fight three five-minute rounds. I get another new opponent every minute when I spar and I handle that. So if I can deal with five foes in one round, there won't be any problem with only one. Obviously there's a possibility that I will break a leg or pull a tendon. It's occupational hazard, but I don't take it under consideration. I'm not concerned at all. I have a clause in my contract that once I sign it, within 24-hours I will receive certain percent of my purse for this bout. If it's not there, I'm not going anywhere. Listen, I'm not afraid of anyone. I have my next fight on May 7th and another two weeks later, if everything goes as planned I'll face Pawel (Nastula) in September. I do it step by step."
Tim Sylvia Is Just Another Rung on Mariusz Pudzianowski's Ladder
Insulting Quote of the Day comes to us courtesy of Mariusz Pudzianowski, who just signed a contract to fight Tim Sylvia at a May 21st event in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is being put on by a shadowy Korean promoter called "Moosin":
The five-time World’s Strongest Man winner also revealed that he should be fighting former Olympic judoka Pawel Nastula in September this year. “Listen, I’m not afraid of anyone. I have my next fight on May 7th and another two weeks later, if everything goes as planned I’ll face Pawel in September. I do it step by step.”
Three Legends to be in PS3 Version of UFC Game
Royce Gracie, Dan Severn and Jens Pulver will be playable characters exclusively for the Playstation 3 version of the UFC Undisputed 2010 video game.
MMA Fighting can also confirm Carlos Condit is a new addition to this year's game, and returning are Martin Kampmann, Demian Maia, Keith Jardine and Nate Marquardt.
Gracie and Severn haven't competed for the UFC in years, but are two of seven members in the UFC Hall of Fame. Pulver, the UFC's first lightweight champion, currently competes under the WEC banner. Last year's game, which didn't feature a legends roster, included the TapouT crew as the only playable characters not under the UFC fighting roster.
Bellator calls Monday press conference, expected to announce signing of Roger Huerta
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Roger Huerta (20-3-1 MMA, 0-0 Bellator) is set to test his mettle in Bellator Fighting Championships' season two eight-man lightweight tournament.
Sources close to the situation confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the popular lightweight received his formal release from the UFC this week, which opened the door to finalize a deal with the upstart promotion.
Bellator has called a video press conference for Monday at 3 p.m. ET that will stream live at Bellator.com.
Huerta is the seventh 155-pound competitor added to Bellator’s second season, which kicks off April 8 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The twelve-week season airs live on FOX Sports Net affiliates on Thursday nights, and highlights packages air on NBC and Telemundo over the weekend. Tournament participants in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight classes battle for the right to face season one's tournament champions.
Fistic Medicine: Becoming Superhuman
Diego's "Yes! Yes! Yes!" battle chant. Guida's pre-fight leaping and face slapping. The fighters staring into the distance, bobbing their heads to music only they can hear. Regardless of the preferred technique, they are all seeking the same thing. They are in search of the Superhuman.
double-weigh-ins gets provisional approval in Massachusetts
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
by Jack Encarnacao (email@example.com)
The newly formed Massachusetts State Athletic Commission has approved placeholder regulations that limit the number of pounds a fighter can gain between a pre-fight weigh-in and fight night.
Officials stressed the provision, taken from the state’s boxing regulations, could easily change after a forthcoming public hearing and input from medical specialists.
Seth Petruzelli vs. Houston Alexander Allegedly Set for April 23
A bout between Seth Petruzelli and Houston Alexander is reportedly set for the April 23 mixed martial arts card at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts -- the same card on which former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia is planning to fight former World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski.
Before we go any further, I should note that I'm skeptical that this card is going to happen at all. I was unable to get in touch with the promoters and the bout is not listed at the DCU Center web site. But the Boston Herald has published multiple reports saying the fight card is going forward, so it's at least worth exploring what kind of card this would be.
Petruzelli vs. Alexander would certainly draw some interest, as the two of them have both fought Kimbo Slice, which means they have been involved in two of the most-watched fights in American MMA history. Petruzelli destroyed Kimbo with a 14-second knockout, while Alexander lost to Kimbo in a dull decision. Both guys are UFC washouts who don't have much going for them in their MMA careers right now, but I'd think Petruzelli would have to be considered the favorite if he fights Alexander.
Sylvia vs. Pudzianowski would draw a lot of attention, both in the United States and in Poland, where Pudzianowski is quite famous. But Pudzianowski is scheduled to fight in Poland on May 7, which serves as further evidence that this card isn't going to happen.
The promoters say they're going to put the card on pay-per-view, and I can't imagine that it would do much of a buyrate. In fact, I'm not even sure if the cable and satellite companies would carry it -- if it happens at all. But if they do, I'll be watching. It would be hard to look away.
Arona "hibernating to come back hunting"
Ricardo Arona was considered one of the best light heavyweight fighters of the world. But, when Pride ended, in 2007, Arona decided to stop competing for a while. Since then, the “Brazilian Tiger” kapt saying that this time off was helping him to think about everything he had done in his career.
Vadim Finkelstein clears the air on Mousasi leaving M1 and Fedor's contract negotiations
If you can sit there and pretend like the name 'Vadim Finkelstein' doesn't sound like some end boss on Castlevania, then you need to reevaluate your childhood. A few weeks ago, Gegard Mousasi left M-1 Global due to reasons that are still unknown (or entirely too complicated to comprehend). Fedor's recent contract negations has led conspiracy theorists to develop complex scenarios in which M-1 Global would take over the Strikeforce brand in international markets. In a recent interview, Vadim Finkelstein of M-1 Global clears the air on what exactly is going on with Fedor, Mousasi and M-1 Global.
"The problem isn't there. The fight will take place. We're planning on showing the bout in over 100 countries. For all of that to go smoothly we had to postpone the event. Unfortunately I do not know the date yet. It's most likely going to be in early May. The bout is also postponed because of some other contract issues. Obviously there are always disagreements and technical questions, but everybody deals with those."
Fedor's a professional; he needs to know the specific date in order to come out in perfect condition. When he finds out that exact date he will start gathering the camp so that he may come out at his peak. He never stops training though, he always stays in shape.
Mousasi has never had a contract with M-1. If that was the case, he would not have been able to simply leave the organization. Where did he go? He still has his contracts with Strikeforce and Dream. M-1 was helping him grow. Mousasi has always been friends with us and Fedor and in return we were helping him go forward. His action was a surprise to me. I plan on meeting with him next week and finding out what's wrong. We used to say that Mousasi is an M-1 fighter, because he was starting in our organization. I'm sure that on our M-1 Challenge and M-1 Selection tournament he will not be the only fighter of that level.
Jose Canseco admits he was ill-prepared for MMA debut, still angling for second chance
Former Major League Baseball great Jose Canseco (0-1) has often found himself as the center of a controversy.
And from steroid-use tell-all novels to "Celebrity Boxing" appearances, the 45-year-old Canseco has never been one to shy away from the spotlight.
Such was the case in 2009 when Canseco traded in his outfielder's glove for a pair of the four-ounce variety to face Hong Man Choi in DREAM's "Super Hulk" tourney. That effort didn't work out too well, but Canseco hopes fans will see that he's deserving of a second shot.
"I just wasn't ready," Canseco recently admitted to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I had no business being in there. But you know what? I conquered my fears."
Chiefly among those fears was the massive frame of his opponent. While Canseco, at 6-foot-5, typically strikes an imposing figure, he looked tiny compared to the "Techno Goliath."
"The guy is 7-foot-2, 360 pounds," Canseco said. "That's one of the first times a guy has actually made me look small. It was amazing how big the guy was."
Canseco lasted just 77 seconds before submitting due to strikes. The former "Bash Brother" said there were several factors involved in his poor performance, and a series of torn muscles and strained ligaments in his knee certainly didn't help.
"Two or three days before the fight, I tried to say, 'You know what? My knee is really bad. I'm going to have a knee brace on. Why don't I just come down and be one of the announcers or talk about the fight or be there as one of the judges?'" Canseco said. "They said, 'No, no, no. We created this thing around you. You've got to come, and you've got to fight.' I said, 'Well, can I fight with a knee-brace on?' I could barely stand on it. They said, 'Yeah, you can fight however you want – with a knee-brace on, long pants.'
"Ironically enough, just before the fight actually happened, one of the rules guys checked my knee, and I had a metal knee-brace on. He took it off. I was like, 'They said I could fight with this on.' The judge said, 'No, no, no. You can't.' I had to take it off. I threw a kick right before that fight, and my knee went out of place."
Canseco said he elected to fight despite the injury, though his gameplan was admittedly limited.
"I think my gameplan was just not to get killed," Canseco admitted. "I said, 'Listen, either he's going to knock me out really fast, I'm going to try and knock him out right away, or my knee is going to give out.' I told myself, 'Go ahead and run away if I can land a solid punch.'
"People have to understand, he's a real giant. His skeletal structure is different than ours. He's 7-foot-2, 360 pounds. His face and his bone structure is so much denser than ours. I took a shot at him, and any guy my size would have gone down. I hit him decent, but I didn't get him solid enough to knock him off his feet. The man is incredible."
Despite the disappointing initial experience, Canseco has once again made waves by openly declaring his desire to face recent Strikeforce fighter and former football great Herschel Walker.
"I want to come back, and I think this is perfect timing," Canseco said. "We're both about the same age. I'm a little bit heavier than he is. We both have the same fighting experience. We both have the same martial arts background. And, of course, you've got football against baseball. This is perfect."
Of course, while Walker bordered on "Freak Show" status in the eyes of many MMA fans, the thought of Canseco giving it another run seems to border on absurd. However, Canseco believes the matchup is appealing.
"I have great respect for all the fighters, mixed martial arts and martial arts, in general," Canseco said. "I don't see why two ex-athletes who were great at their sport at one time, who follow martial arts, who respect martial arts greatly, can't go in there and do an incredible, entertaining fight.
"It's going to be about the closest, most realistic – same age, same shape, same sports background – I think it would be incredible just to find out who's the bad boy of sports."
Canseco has tried to prove the seriousness of his latest run at MMA by enlisting Cesar Gracie to train him. While that relationship is still in its infancy, Canseco sees the famed coach – and a clean bill of health – as his path to success.
"If the Gracie family would train me – and I met with them last week, and they seem pretty interested – I think it would be a great fight," Cnaseco said.
Whether or not Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker agrees remains to be seen. So far, the executive has seemed uninterested. But Canseco said he'll keep pushing, and this time, he promises to deliver.
"I'm willing to train under the Gracie family or whomever would train me," Canseco said. "I'm willing to put in the time and sacrifice the hours and put up a good fight.
"I don't want to go into the MMA world with Strikeforce and embarrass anybody. ... I will not fight under the Strikeforce banner unless I am completely trained."
Arona Recovering, Hoping to Fight in U.S.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
by Marcelo Alonso
Ricardo Arona is recovering from surgery and hopes to fight again this year, the Brazilian recently told Sherdog.com.
He injured his knee during his win over Marvin Eastman in September at Bitetti Combat 4.
“I injured a ligament in the first round, but at the end of the second round, when I put my foot on the Octagon grid, I must have (torn) my meniscus. From that point on I felt a really hard pain, but I returned in the third round and fought standing up until the bell rang,” said Arona, who had surgery two months ago.
The two-time ADCC submission wrestling champion is now planning a return to training and to the ring
“In July I’ll restart my MMA training,” Arona said. “I got some calls from two American events. I want to be fighting in October or November.”
In the meantime, Arona had some thoughts on the MMA scene. Considered Wanderlei Silva’s top rival during the days of Pride, he liked the former Chute Boxe representative’s recent performance against Michael Bisping at UFC 110.
“It was the first time I saw Wanderlei fighting for real, conscious and managing the result,” Arona said. “He showed a good evolution by studying his opponent’s game.”
Arona did not know that Demian Maia will be challenging Anderson Silva at UFC 112, but he was intrigued of the matchup when told it is set.
“Demian is going to be an excellent test for Anderson,” Arona said, “to show his jiu-jitsu skills and prove if he really has a high level on the ground.”
With Olympic judo now fully behind him, Rick Hawn striking his way to MMA success
Former Olympian Rick Hawn (5-0) reached a conclusion that's well-known to many international competitors: you can't eat gold medals.
With that in mind, the 33-year-old Hawn, who faces Tom Gallicchio tonight in the main event of World Championship Fighting 9 in Wilmington, Mass., scrambled to fulfill a long-held dream of fighting in mixed martial arts and competed in his first fight within six months of picking up a four-ounce glove.
Keith Kizer Explains Legality of George Sotiropoulos' Fight Gear
During last weekend's UFC 110, George Sotiropoulos turned in a star-making performance in a win over Joe Stevenson, but the victory also caused a minor controversy by some who questioned Sotirpoulos' fight attire as flouting the rules.
Sotiropoulos wore fight shorts, compression shorts, knee sleeves and ankle sleeves that left little of his legs exposed, causing some to think he exposed a loophole in the rule prohibiting grappling pants.
Although the bout took place in Australia, MMA Fighting spoke with Nevada state athletic commission executive director Keith Kizer, who oversaw a previous UFC event in Nov. 2009 during which Sotiropoulos wore the same gear.