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Coture Vs. Vera to Headline UFC 105
(thesun.co.uk)
RANDY COUTURE will make a quick-fire return to Octagon action against Brandon Vera at UFC 105. The 46-year-old former heavyweight champion will take on The Truth in a light heavyweight clash in the main event at the MEN Arena on November 14. Not bad for the UK fans we get the legend that is Randy facing the Over-hyped Vera. I think this could be the end of the road for Vera if he doesn't beat Coture and I don't think he will.
Submitted Sep 13, 2009 10:55AM by snakeplissken - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
 
Ortiz: ‘Cyborg’ Santos Slammed Me
(sherdog.com)
"If there is one woman who insists on ignoring gender roles in society, it’s Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: after throttling Gina Carano like a hungry wolverine beheading a hummingbird, Santos’ training doesn’t appear to be slacking. Posted on Tito Ortiz’s vlog and first noticed by Michael David Smith of Fanhouse, Ortiz can be seen discussing a sparring session with Santos that apparently involved her slamming her way out of a triangle attempt."
Submitted Sep 11, 2009 11:47AM by Sinister - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
WWE star turned MMA fighter O'Haire arrested
(sports.yahoo.com)
"The huge jackass club just got another member with the arrest of former pro wrestler Sean O'Haire. TMZ reports that O'Haire, whose real last name is Haire, was throw in the clink this weekend for allegedly beating on his girlfriend"
Submitted Sep 11, 2009 8:36AM by Sinister - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Yves Edwards: "I don't want to go out like the last two or three years"
(mmajunkie.com)
Four wins, seven losses. It's a record that would be less-than-desirable for any professional fighter over an 11-fight stretch. But for a man once known as the uncrowned champion of the UFC's lightweight division, it's simply unacceptable.
Submitted Sep 10, 2009 10:45PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Gegard Mousasi: 'Paulo Filho is a little donkey on steroids'
(mmamania.com)
“What happened when [Filho] came to America, he got beat up really bad. Now he’s back in Japan and he feels like a kid in a candy story. He can use all kinds of steroids and I think the steroids have gone to his head. He didn’t perform the same as he does in Japan as he does in America and now he suddenly has a big mouth again. I would say that he’s a little donkey on steroids. He thinks he’s a running horse but he’s more like a little pony. I really believe that he used steroids. He also backed out a couple of times when he had to fight Chael Sonnen. He said he was crazy. Maybe he is crazy, I don’t know. I think he wasn’t feeling very good mentally because he cannot use his magic stuff. I also fight in Japan and I don’t use anything. If there’s an athletic commission test, he can fight me everywhere, everywhere he wants.”
Submitted Sep 8, 2009 1:26AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 13 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Randy Couture Opening Training Camp to Calvin Pace, Other NFL Players Suspended for PEDs
(bloodyelbow.com)
Starting Friday, the Jets outside linebacker began serving a four-game suspension, handed down before training camp for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing supplements. Instead of passing the time in New Jersey or at his home in Atlanta, Pace will spend the next two weeks working out with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) guru Randy Couture.
Submitted Sep 6, 2009 2:12AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Ohio Commission Responds to Sean Salmon
(sherdogblog.craveonline.com)
Sean Salmon’s self-imposed troubles continue: after the fighter admitted in an MMAJunkie.com essay that he purposely fell into an armbar submission during a June 3 bout against Allan Weickert, Ohio State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato told Sherdog.com/ESPN.com Thursday that Salmon was putting himself in danger of exile.
Submitted Sep 3, 2009 4:51PM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
MMA, Lies and Videotape
(sherdog.com)
by Jordan Breen (jbreen@sherdog.com) 19414 In his epic strategy-and-swordsmanship treatise “The Book of Five Rings,” Musashi Miyamoto writes, "You can become a master of strategy by training alone with a sword, so that you can understand the enemy's stratagems, his strength and resources, and come to appreciate how to apply strategy to beat ten thousand enemies. And you should always watch videotape." Clearly, Nate Marquardt and Thiago Silva know the martial way. Although I may have fabricated one of the sentences above, the point remains. No matter how you view MMA -- as pure martial arts, as sport or even as business -- these are all realms where the adage of "know thy enemy" are foundational. Yet, it's only in the very recent past that the concepts of actual strategy and planning have crept into this sport. This is why I am so ecstatic for Marquardt and Silva to have dominated Saturday night. More importantly, it's not that they won but rather how they won. It took Marquardt just 21 seconds to completely nuke Demian Maia, as he countered an ill-conceived Maia kick with a flush right cross. Instead of tucking his head and keeping his left hand up to protect his chin, Maia's head was rigid and upright, and his left hand aimlessly drifted toward Marquardt's face. The counter was reflexive and instantaneous, because it had already become muscle memory. "I had watched tape on him and had kind of noticed how he telegraphs when he kicks," Marquardt said at the post-fight presser. "I have a lot of counters for kicks and stuff … . It's crazy how it worked so easily." It's not that the counter itself was special. It is that Marquardt focused on a specific technical flaw in his opponent, and the instant it appeared, he sent him flying at the canvas forehead-first. Yet for as obvious and effective as this kind of hyper-specific stratagem seems, it is a rarity in this game. Even with major money now at stake, MMA is still a sport where lines like "It's a fight" and "We'll see where it goes" are familiar phraseology. Just a few months back, Josh Koscheck commented that he never watches his opponents before he fights them and almost seemed to brag that he had no idea what Paulo Thiago looked like. I imagine he might have liked to have at least a gander at some fight tape now. Likewise, talented middleweight Dan Miller admits to not watching his opponents beforehand, but after being completely dominated by a one-dimensional Chael Sonnen for 15 minutes, hopefully he realizes that a bit of time watching tape may have helped him find an opening for a submission against a fighter far less skilled in that department than himself. Part of the reason these attitudes persist is that MMA is still reliant on crippling generalities. We still discuss the sport in terms of "strikers" and "grapplers" and throw out adjectives like "unorthodox" and "world-class" without much thought to individual skills and technique. However, it isn't 1999 anymore, and fighters have become generally, if not perfectly, well rounded. In 2009, these oversimplifications are lies, as fights are more often won and lost on the very specific and unique wrinkles -- both positive and negative -- in a fighter's game...
Submitted Sep 2, 2009 3:37PM by ncordless - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Despite some hardcore fans' resistance, Miller declares "Bully Beatdown" a success
(mmajunkie.com)
This past week saw the second season of "Bully Beatdown," with host Jason "Mayhem" Miller, debut on MTV. "I was definitely looking forward to – if the show went the way I thought it was going to – to doing a second season," Miller said. "I think the first season kind of came out the way we thought it would, but we saw the room for improvement." The second season's first episode featured top lightweight fighter Eddie Alvarez and a bully named Brandon. While the format was familiar to anyone who watched an episode of the original season, Miller said he was deeply involved in some of the changes that were made. "My big thing was we came in and I said, 'Look, man – this beginning part is ridiculous,'" Miller said. "'It's way too crazy because the guy has time. They know that I'm coming, so they have time to make up something ridiculous to say, and it always comes out contrived and fake. It would be better if I just interviewed them with the understood fact that he's already agreed to this. It's way easier that way.'
Submitted Sep 2, 2009 1:55AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
2009 ADCC Tournament
(cagepotato.com)
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.
Submitted Sep 1, 2009 10:23AM by FlashyG - 18 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
New York Times Looks at NFL Players Coming to MMA
(mma.fanhouse.com)
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.
Submitted Aug 26, 2009 2:11PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Tapout Training Center burglarized
(mixedmartialarts.com)
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.”
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 9:00AM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
The Plight and Prosperity of British MMA
(sherdog.com)
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.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 2:47PM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Why Fedor Emelianenko's and M-1's Co-Promotion Requirement Could Ruin MMA
(bloodyelbow.com)
"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."
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 8:31AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global, General MMA
 
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
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 1:04AM by bbman182 - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
NSAC approves of ‘Special’ Five Round Non-Title Fights
(mmaconvert.com)
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.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 8:57PM by jae_1833 - 21 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
The BJ Penn Rule
(mmaweekly.com)
“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.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 8:34PM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Nevada Commission approves instant replay
(mmaweekly.com)
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.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 6:31PM by AchillesHeel - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Abe-Ani’s Army
(sherdog.com)
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.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 2:40PM by TimW001 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
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