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Gabi Garcia to make MMA debut at New Year's Eve event in Japan
Most MMA fans remember Gabi Garcia from the third season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, where the 205-pound BJJ blackbelt helped Wanderlei Silva coach his team against arch enemy Chael Sonnen's. Garcia's MMA debut has long been talked about and was originally rumored for the Brazil-based Jungle Fight promotion. Now Garcia has revealed that she will have her first fight at the New Year's Eve event in Japan, that will be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko. "This is a secret, but everybody told me, 'You fight in Japan, you fight in Japan'. But yes, I fight in Japan, December 31," she told GNP1.de. FYI, it looks like all that mass she was cultivating has been harvested....
Submitted Sep 25, 2015 3:01PM by GDPofMPG - 14 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations, Other Combat Sports, Interviews
Tito Ortiz Claims UFC Offered Cris Cyborg Fight vs Ronda Rousey in Dallas Stadium
UFC Hall of Famer and current Bellator title contender Tito Ortiz joined Inside MMA on Friday night to talk about a number of subjects, but primarily his upcoming fight with Bellator light heavyweight champ Liam McGeary. While Ortiz talked quite a bit about his career and upcoming fight, he also talked about the prospect of Fedor Emelianenko joining the Bellator roster upon his return, and then dropped the bomb of the interview: that the UFC had offered Cris Cyborg the fight everyone has been wanting to see with UFC champ Ronda Rousey...
Submitted Aug 8, 2015 2:12PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Manager confirms Fedor return, expects top 10 opponent
On Tuesday rumors surfaced that the greatest heavyweight in mixed martial arts history, The Lasst Emperor, Fedor Emelianko was returning. Now it was been confirmed, by Fedor's longtime manager Vadim Finkelchtein. "It was unexpected," said Vadim to Karim Zidan for BloodyElbow.com. "I was trying to convince Fedor to come back for about year or two, but then gave up this idea. And about a week or two ago he told me he is thinking about coming back to sport. I am happy about that."
T.J. Grant working in mine, talks return to mma
UFC Lightweight T.J. Grant talks to the about having to get a job in the mean time; where's he's at physically and the chances of him making a return to the sport. Despite his hiatus from mixed martial arts, T.J. Grant is still fighting the good fight. The former No. 1 contender for the UFC lightweight title hasn’t competed in two years after suffering a concussion in a training mishap. With his career on hold, Grant eventually had to seek other means to support his family, electing to take a job at the K+S potash mine near Bethune.
Submitted Jun 3, 2015 6:04AM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Fedor Emelianenko reflects on fighting
New York- Fedor Emelianenko isn’t sure when the last time he cried was. I know, because I asked the stoic himself. He was sitting in a small conference room at the Viacom offices on Hudson Street in Manhattan on Tuesday, and he took a long penetrating look into that godful abyss that he so often does before finally shrugging his shoulders and smiling. His interpreter says, "He doesn’t have a response."
Submitted Feb 27, 2015 5:01PM by george112 - 1 comment
Filed under: Interviews
Nick Diaz on first-round antics against Anderson Silva: 'He stayed the hell away from me'
Anderson Silva might have won the fight, but Nick Diaz definitely dominated the troll game. Silva has been known throughout his career for clowning his opponents, dropping his hands and begging his foes to hit him in the mouth. It's what got Silva caught when he lost the UFC middleweight title to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July 2013. However, Diaz definitely out-taunted the master Saturday night in Silva's unanimous decision victory at UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena...
Submitted Feb 2, 2015 11:41AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Mac Danzig speaks up on UFC lawsuit: 'you can't abuse what you've created'
Following his twitter battle with Cody McKenzie over the UFC lawsuit, Mac Danzig was on MSNBC, and his viewpoint was surprisingly different.
Submitted Jan 18, 2015 1:39PM by george112 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Tito Ortiz claims UFC 180 did 80K PPV buys, and he fought Bonnar with one eye
Asked for his reaction to the ratings to Bellator 131, Tito Ortiz couldn’t help but have a little fun. “Ah, that’s it? Jeez,” Ortiz (18-11-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) joked about the fight card he headlined opposite Stephan Bonnar (15-9 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) that drew a peak viewership of 2.2 million for their fight...
Submitted Dec 24, 2014 11:40PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Sonnen declines Wandy's MMA fight offer but is open to Metamoris match
Former UFC superstar, Chael Sonnen says "No" to formal MMA bout with Wanderlei Silva; is open to Metamoris match.
Submitted Nov 4, 2014 12:26AM by xdanish020 - 2 comments
Filed under: Interviews
Shane Carwin would come out of retirement for Brock Lesnar rematch: 'I'm all in'
Shane Carwin told FOX Sports that he would come out of retirement if it meant another chance at Lesnar. Carwin stepped away from the UFC last year due to injuries, mainly a chronically hurt back. Lesnar, meanwhile, is currently the WWE world heavyweight champion. "I'm all in," Carwin said of a rematch. "All the pain would be worth that."
Submitted Oct 20, 2014 11:14PM by RhythmAndStyle - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Mayweather says MMA fighters not being treated fair, plans to promote MMA events
Most of the time, when Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts his mind to something, he does it. For now, it seems like his mind is on entering the business world of mixed martial arts in the very near future.
Submitted Oct 11, 2014 6:39PM by xdanish020 - 3 comments
Filed under: Interviews
Dan Henderson's Jiu-Jitsu Coach Welcomes Potential Matchup With 'Jacare' Souza
"With all due respect to Jacare, Distak is putting him in a bad spot. I think Distak just motivated ‘Hendo,’ who will now give everything he has in training," said Pantcho. “Dan Henderson hasn’t fought since [May], and he is willing to come back in January. That's [been] his plan since last fight. For now, he's been coming to the gym three or four times a week to keep in shape. Fighting ‘Jacare’ would be a huge motivation since he is about to get a title shot."
Submitted Oct 8, 2014 2:34PM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Vice Documentary on Rin Nakai - 'Road to the Future: Strength & Beauty'
This was made leading up to her fight with Tate, didn't see it anywhere so thought I'd post it. Very intriguing, gives good insight into her preparation for the fight as well who she is as an individual.
Submitted Sep 21, 2014 4:35PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Couture: PEDs not rampant in MMA, I'd grapple Fedor at Metamoris
Couture weighs in on Mark Bocek's reference to rampant PED use as well as an intriguing insight to a willingness to grapple at Metamoris
How a tragic accident taught Jason Day the price of a dream
The last chapter of Jason Day's athletic career unexpectedly slammed shut on August 4, 2011. An ex-UFC middleweight who once battered Alan Belcher in his Octagon debut, the previous year had not been kind to Day. Just two months prior, he lost his third fight in as many tries, succumbing to a two-minute mugging at the hands of Francis Carmont at some small show in Ontario, Canada. His head wasn't in that one, he'd admit years later, but at least on this bright Vancouver afternoon, he was back home, the air was crisp, and the road was all that mattered. ----------------------------- Found this interesting since I live in BC and completely understand the level of BS that ICBC is all about. Feel pretty bad for Jason Day, but at least he has a bit of a silver lining here.
Submitted Aug 16, 2014 4:00PM by DrivenDavies15 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Eddie Gordon: They should let Vitor use TRT
TUF 19 middleweight winner Eddie Gordon discusses his future, his teammate Chris Weidman's upcoming title defence against Vitor Belfort, and a possible super fight between Weidman and Jon Jones.
Submitted Aug 10, 2014 3:39PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews
Tito Ortiz: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier video brawl 'good for the sport' and will help UFC 178 reach one million PPV buys
If there's anyone who knows a thing or three about mixed martial arts (MMA) rivalries, it's former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz.
Submitted Aug 9, 2014 11:20AM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: Interviews
Best Jiu Jitsu 'Fighter' in Nation
By day, he's a grade school Spanish teacher -- but during his off time, a Champlin, Minn. man has become a jiu-jitsu champion, and he got there by beating competitors who were much, much younger.
Submitted Aug 7, 2014 3:46PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Interviews, Miscellaneous
Eduardo Dantas vs Joe Warren slated for September
Eduardo Dantas and Joe Warren, Bellator champion and interim champion, respectively, will square off for the undisputed 135-pound title in September, Dantas’ coach and manager Andre Pederneiras said during a media day at Nova Uniao on Wednesday.
Submitted Jul 23, 2014 3:29PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, Miscellaneous
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