Junior Assuncao vs. Luiz Azeredo official for "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas"
While a recent press-conference dust-up between main-eventers Ricardo Mayorga and Din Thomas has garnered headlines this past weekend, the upstart Shine Fights promotion remains busy filling out the card for its May 15 event.
Today, the promotion announced that three-time UFC veteran Junior Assuncao meets Luiz Azeredo at "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas."
"Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas," the third card in Shine Fights' brief history, takes place Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., and will be broadcast on pay-per-view.
Brett Rogers Questions Alistair Overeem's "Eastern Diet"
MMA Fighting spoke to Strikeforce heavyweight contender Brett Rogers this weekend about his upcoming title fight against Alistair Overeem on May 15. Rogers didn't hold back when discussing Overeem's lack of of title defenses over the last two years and Overeem's new and improved physique.
To watch the interview click the link below.
UFC's Brian Stann dropping to middleweight, hopes to fight in July or August
Brian Stann is tired of being an undersized light heavyweight in a division full of heavier takedown artists. So, he's moving to middleweight.
Stann, who today spoke to MMAjunkie.com from suburban Atlanta, said he "rolled the dice" against Phil Davis at UFC 109 but doesn't regret his decision to take a bad matchup on paper.
But the reason he took the fight might surprise you.
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Jason "Mayhem" Miller Apologizes For Post-Strikeforce Brawl
Strikeforce: Nashville had it's share of criticism after the events of Saturday night.
Unfortunately, the fight card was overshadowed by the brawl between Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez and the Diaz brothers.
Late Sunday night, Miller posted an apology on his website and addressed the situation.
Good move by Mayhem or is he being hung out to dry by SF?
I think a question that needs to be asked after this is after the events of the other night would Dana still consider signing Sheilds? As defensive as he is of MMA and it's image, is it too big a risk to have Shields posse at events?
Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship Announces 8-Man Open Weight GP
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- MMA Fighting recently spoke to Soheil Nemri, the promoter for upstart Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship, about the new promotion's inaugural event on May 14. Nemri broke the news to MMA Fighting that the event will host an eight-man open weight grand prix with a 1 million dirham purse (approximately $270,000) and will feature well-known names from around the MMA world, including veteran heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov.
Vince McMahon Trying To Get the UFC Banned
Sometimes the most intriguing wrestling news stories are broken or teased on the Wrestling Observer / Figure Four Online message boards. This is one such case, as UFC.com writer/German UFC commentator (and former German WWE commentator/marketing staffer/keeper of savage secrets) Oliver Copp let the news leak that Vince McMahon is attempting to sabotage UFC's expansion into key European markets in a thread about Dana White's recent ambition to hold an event at the newly opened largest domed stadium in the world, Cowboy Stadium in Dallas.
Saw this on another forum and couldn't believe what I was reading so for all of you out there toi coment on.
Syntax Records featured in April issue of Fight Magazine
It’s not uncommon for those familiar with the Syntax Records brand to find hints of MMA intertwined both with the staff, and artists. In fact, some of the Syntax affiliates have been closely following the sport since before it was even called MMA. Thus making sense, that Fight Magazine contacted Syntax when they decided to do an article on independent music and MMA. They even mentioned Syntax as one of only three labels to have their logo make an appearance in the UFC Octagon.
Hey, it's pretty exciting for us.
Forrest Griffin Versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira In May Bout
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffen has announced a potential matchup with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira could take place as early as May.
Forrest is coming off a split decision win over Tito Ortiz, but had suffered back to back losses before that bout, one of which came at the hands of Anderson Silva, one of Rogerio's training partners at Black House.
Matt Hughes: No Prediction, But I Think I Will Win
Matt Hughes is set to square off with his second Gracie family opponent at UFC 112.
Hughes, who defeated hall of famer Royce Gracie at UFC 60 back in 2006, will get in the octagon with Royce's cousin Renzo this Saturday.
When asked for a fight prediction Hughes declined, but almost immediately after stated "Yes I think I'm gonna win, if I didn't think I was gonna win I wouldn't have taken the fight."
Does Maia Have A Chance?
The Spider carries a perfect 10-0 octagon record with him to his middleweight title defense this Saturday at UFC 112. He also has a 25-4 record overall, with 15 of his fights coming by way of KO/TKO. Silva has not lost an MMA fight in nearly five years, and many, including UFC President Dana White, rank him as the top pound for pound fighter in the world.
Is WEC Worth the PPV Price Tag?
On April 24th, 2010 the WEC will broadcast their most stacked card to date. The card will feature two title bouts as well as a possible featherweight number one contender fight between Mike Brown and Manny Gamburyan.
The increase in card quality is not the only change from the usual WEC programing.
Instead of the normal free basic cable broadcast WEC 48 will set you back $44.95 for a standard PPV buy.
Master P Signs On As Judge At Upcoming MMA Event Benefiting Haiti
P. Miller, formerly Master P, is always up for supporting a good cause. The latest is a MMA event that is benefiting the people in Haiti.
Miller announced this week that he'll be a judge at the upcoming Worldwide Gladiator Championship (WGC) "Fight For Haiti" event, featuring Alaskan-bred heavyweight Sam Hoger, most notable for appearing on the first season of UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter".
this is probably the best news i've ever heard in my life. maybe he'll replace Cecil
btw, sounds like a great cause.
Ryan Couture's Final Amateur Fight Ends in Controversey
Ryan Couture, son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, stepped inside the ring for the final time as an amateur last Friday and fought to a draw against Sean Bollinger -- despite going unconscious during one point of the fight.
In the final seconds of the second round of the three, three-minute round fight (video above), the 27-year-old Couture went limp from a triangle choke, but was allowed to return for the third when the referee deemed that he passed out after the bell.
Shane Carwin: Back And Ready For War
One minute and forty-eight seconds.
That's the average length of Shane Carwin's four bouts in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Two of those four bouts were against either a former UFC heavyweight champion or contender, and all of them were ended by way of Carwin's massive fists smashing repeatedly into his opponent's face.
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.”