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Tim Sylvia can be a title contender and beat 80-percent of the heavyweights in the UFC
(mmamania.com)
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia is doing a little bit of campaigning asking for fans help to get him back into the ranks of the UFC. "The Maniac" took to "The Underground" to post this video asking for fans support for his "push" to get back into the world's largest mixed martial (MMA) promotion, a place he called home for more than six years before he was sent packing after a loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81.
Submitted Feb 14, 2012 9:34PM by pmoney - 38 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Strikeforce's Gina Carano cast for 'In the Blood' action-thriller
(mmajunkie.com)
Following a starring and debut role in "Haywire," Gina Carano now has been cast for the lead film role in the upcoming action-thriller "In the Blood." The news comes from "The Hollywood Reporter." The new gig casts further doubt on the Strikeforce fighter's potential return to the MMA cage. According to the report, the film, which John Stockwell will direct, begins principal photography "in late spring or early summer in Puerto Rico." That schedule all but assures Carano won't return to Strikeforce by year's end. Carano (7-1 MMA, 1-1 SF) hasn't fought since an August 2009 title loss to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Soon after, famed director Steven Soderbergh cast the 29-year-old for "Haywire," which opened nationwide this past month to largely positive reviews. Many reviewers singled out Carano, who starred alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas, for her performance...
Submitted Feb 14, 2012 11:25AM by grappler0000 - 18 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Gary Goodridge Diagnosed with CTE/Pugilistic Dementia
(mmaweekly.com)
Former UFC, Pride and K-1 star Gary Goodridge has a new battle on his hands, but just like his fights in the cage or ring, he won’t go down without swinging. Goodridge recently visited a top neuro-physician in Canada where he was diagnosed with early onset CTE/pugilistic dementia. CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) by definition is brain damage caused by repeated head trauma, resulting in degeneration of brain tissue. It’s commonly found in boxers, football players, ice hockey players and other athletes who have suffered repeated traumatic shock to the head.
Submitted Feb 14, 2012 6:11AM by UFC_Fanatic - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Attention Bachelors: It’s Your Lucky Day; Cris Cyborg is On the Market Again
(cagepotato.com)
If you started to give up hope that you would ever stand a chance of marrying a female MMA fighter since Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey are taken and Gina is probably busy doing press tours with the cast of Haywire, your Monday is about to get a whole lot better.
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 10:42PM by DoTheMMAth - 27 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Exclusive: Josh Koscheck Reveals The Reason Why He Left AKA
(mmaweekly.com)
Following Josh Koscheck‘s win at UFC 143 on Saturday night over Mike Pierce, the former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ season 1 competitor revealed at the post fight press conference that he had split with his longtime team at American Kickboxing Academy and immediately the MMA world was taken back. Fighters switching teams or working with different training camps is nothing new, but Koscheck had been a mainstay of the San Jose based gym literally for every fight since season one of the reality show, which took place nearly 8 years ago. It was for that very reason that when he announced the split, everyone was asking why? What happened that would cause Koscheck the team he had such deep rooted seeds with? Well, truth be told Koscheck didn’t leave his entire team. As a matter of fact, his training partners are still very much a part of his family and his team. “First and foremost, my teammates over there at AKA in San Jose are my brothers. I love those guys. 8 years, we’ve basically trained ourselves and got us to the level that we are and we’ve all relied on each other and those guys are forever going to be my teammates, I’m forever going to train with them, but I’m just not going to train in San Jose with them,” Koscheck told MMAWeekly.com in an exclusive interview on Sunday...
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 8:54AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: Fight Camp / Team, MMA Personalities
 
GSP doesn't see himself as champ anymore
(sportsnet.ca)
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre doesn't like Nick Diaz. But that won't stop him from cheering on the Stockton, Calif., native on Saturday at UFC 143 as the latter takes on Carlos Condit in the main event for the interim welterweight title. GSP will be cageside for the fight and says he will feel conflicted while watching Diaz and Condit compete. "I respect Carlos Condit, but I want Diaz to win. It will be a weird feeling, sitting at the Mandalay Bay wanting Nick Diaz to win," St-Pierre told the UFC. ... "I am very nervous that Carlos Condit will win on Saturday night, and that I won't be able to fight Nick Diaz this summer," St-Pierre said. "Carlos Condit is a very good fighter, he can strike, he is aggressive and he has submissions. He has been very impressive and is the type of fighter who gets better and better the more confident he gets … I am not personal friends with him but I know him a little and he's a great person. ... "All that has done though is make me determined to beat him up. He will bring out the best in me, I will be 100 per cent focused, like a bomb-expert defusing a time bomb. When my back is against the wall and I have no choice but to win … that is when I am most dangerous. Despite the fact most people don't give much thought to interim titles, St-Pierre feels the opposite. "The way I see it, I am not the champion anymore on Saturday night," St-Pierre said. "I have not fought since April, against my will, but I understand the champion must fight. You have to put the belt on the line in order to call yourself champion, the best in the world. Right now I am not the best in the world, I am injured. “The winner of this fight on Saturday will be more than just the new No. 1 contender, but he won't be the new champion either. The winner of this fight will have to beat me to become the true world champion and I will have to beat the winner of this fight in order to call myself the best in the world again."
Submitted Feb 1, 2012 12:24PM by Bubbles - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Brittney Palmer and Arianny Celeste two of AskMen.com's Top 99 Women of 2012
(mmamania.com)
Octagon Girls Brittney Palmer and Arianny Celeste have made AskMen.com's list of "Top 99 Women" for 2012. The popular website for men "scoured the globe" to find the "most desirable women" who "aren't just the next pretty faces" but "smart, strong women who offer the complete package."
Submitted Jan 31, 2012 2:47PM by grappler0000 - 18 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
 
Exclusive: At All Costs, Alistair Overeem Is Out for Justice Against Golden Glory
(mmaweekly.com)
In this exclusive interview, UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem talks to MMAWeekly.com about the ongoing legal situation with his former team at Golden Glory and much, much more. Overeem took time on Wednesday to talk to MMAWeekly.com about his upcoming fight with Junior dos Santos, the work he’s been doing with the Blackzilians and he fires back at his former team at Golden Glory and the lawsuits that have been filed by both parties. Damon Martin: First let’s start with what’s coming next for you in the UFC. It’s going to be Junior dos Santos for the title. I want to start by asking your thoughts on him as a fighter and his striking? Alistair Overeem: Junior dos Santos is the heavyweight champion of the UFC so he’s the best fighter in the world at the moment and he has that belt around his waist, which I’m still missing. He’s a very strong fighter with knockout power in his punches, and he moves very well for a heavyweight. His boxing skills are the best in the MMA business so that would make for a very interesting fight. It will be a classic striker versus striker, which an audience always loves to see. It will be a great fight for sure...
Submitted Jan 26, 2012 10:44AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Fight Camp / Team, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Bas Rutten Picks Dos Santos to Beat Overeem
(sherdog.com)
Former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten believes current champ Junior dos Santos will beat Alistair Overeem if they fight this year. In an interview with the Sherdog Radio Network’s “It’s Time!” show with Bruce Buffer, the colorful MMA personality gave his thoughts on the matchup and a variety of other topics, including his Fuel TV show “Punk Payback” and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos’ positive test for an anabolic steroid. Rutten on telling Overeem’s camp which opponents could make for difficult matchups: “I always told them … make sure to avoid Junior dos Santos. I think him and Cain Velasquez, although with Cain, he cannot take a punch too great. But still, Cain is a monster and he should have simply shot in on Junior dos Santos, I think. I actually thought he was going to win that fight, but he didn’t. He got tagged, and that can happen to anybody. Anyway, I always said try to stay away as long as you can from Junior dos Santos. That right now could be a very big threat together, believe it or not, with Cheick Kongo. I think that would also be a great opponent for him.” On how Overeem matches up with dos Santos: “I think Alistair, everything he does is one single shot because he knows he’s got that glass jaw as well. He’s been knocked out quite a few times in the past, even by Chuck Liddell as well. Every time when he punches, one hand is up. He throws single shots; he doesn’t throw combinations. You saw that when he fought [Fabricio] Werdum. Werdum was actually tagging him more than he did to Werdum. I think that Junior dos Santos, with his combinations, his reach, I think he’s going to tag him and he’s going to throw combos and I think that yeah, he’s going to take this fight.” On Cristiane Santos testing positive for an anabolic steroid: “You could say it doesn’t come as a surprise. I don’t think anybody was surprised, but I always say … you’d better [be] 100-percent sure that you know something before you say it. If I say, ‘Oh, she’s on steroids’ -- I could never say that. … But yeah, she does have the looks from it. She’s unbelievably strong. For a woman she just looks very, very extreme muscular, even more so than bodybuilders.
Submitted Jan 24, 2012 5:59PM by Bubbles - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
MMA@Work's Jay Jeans' Interview with BAMMA Lightweight Champion, Rob "C4" Sinclair
(youtu.be)
MMA@Work's own, Jay Jeans, recently had a chance to chat with BAMMA Lightweight Champion, Rob Sinclair. Rob "C4" Sinclair resides and fights out of Manchester, England. He currently holds a record of 11-2-0, with recent victories over Diego Vital and Martin Begley. Click the link below to find out more about one of Europe's best kept secrets.
Submitted Jan 23, 2012 9:20AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: Interviews, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Guy Mezger Saved a Woman From Knife-Wielding Scumbag Last Month
(cagepotato.com)
(In your face, Jon Jones) In spite of the fact that Guy Mezger retired seven years ago this month from active MMA competition, the 44-year-old former Lion’s Den fighter proved recently that he is still a badass. Mezger, who is the president of HDNet, stepped in to offer assistance to a woman who was being roughed up by her boyfriend outside a Dallas sports store the week before Christmas and soon found himself in a fight with the angry beau. According to the UFC 13 tournament winner, most of the onlookers just stood and gawked as the angry man repeatedly pushed the terrified woman to the ground while hurling obscenities at her, so he decided to try to diffuse the situation by stepping in between the pair and talking it out with the attacker. The next thing he knew, the guy was rushing him. Big mistake.
Submitted Jan 20, 2012 3:50PM by Bubbles - 14 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Sonnen: I don't think Silva will fight again
(sportsnet.ca)
Chael Sonnen believes a much-anticipated rematch against Anderson Silva will never happen. In fact, he doesn’t think Silva -- the current UFC middleweight champion -- will fight again. Period. During a pre-fight conference call Friday ahead of his meeting with Michael Bisping at the UFC on FOX 2 show on Jan. 28 in Chicago, Sonnen said he was done with the man he referred to as "cowardly." "I guarantee you Anderson Silva and my paths will never cross in the cage again," Sonnen said. "I don’t think he will fight anybody. "That’s my personal opinion. But it’s a fact that (he) turned down a fight with me four times." Sonnen added that Silva even turned down the offer when it was presented to him in person by (UFC chairman) Lorenzo Fertitta.
Submitted Jan 20, 2012 3:26PM by Bubbles - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
With fighter pay in spotlight, UFC vets shed light on life in octagon's middle-class
(mmajunkie.com)
For three of the UFC's rank and file, the bottom line rarely ends at "show" and "win." Sponsorships, performance bonuses, and discretionary bonuses help to line the pockets of George Roop, Jacob Volkmann and Nam Phan. They are not millionaires. But despite a wide disparity in pay with their headliner counterparts, figures disclosed by the fighters painted an upper-middle-class living. Pay-per-view dollars are, for now, a faraway dream that Roop, Volkmann and Phan hope to realize. They have won and lost and are no strangers to the preliminary card. They draw hardcore interest but are known by a casual few. Featherweight Roop, a veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 8," has fought nine times in the now-defunct WEC and UFC and carries a record of 3-5-1 under the Zuffa-owned promotions. Lightweight Volkmann signed with the promotion in 2009 and has fought seven times in the UFC, where he's amassed a 5-2 record including five consecutive wins inside the octagon. Phan, a veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 12," has fought four times in the UFC as a featherweight and carries a 1-3 record. Thirty-nine millionaires have been created by the promotion, according to UFC executive Lorenzo Fertitta, who defended his company's pay structure in a controversial segment aired on Sunday for ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Responding to charges that top stars are compensated handsomely while lower-tier fighters risk life and limb for as low as $6,000 a fight, he said the company shares around 50 percent of its revenue with athletes under contract. Roop, Volkmann and Phan's guaranteed pay leans toward the lower end of what fighters make in the promotion. But they're not struggling...
Submitted Jan 17, 2012 10:12PM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Cesar Gracie Responds to B.J. Penn's Angry Tweet
(bloodyelbow.com)
"BJ Penn has apparently not come to terms with the beating he received at the hands of Nick Diaz...." "At some point it is up to those around you to protect you from yourself. To take you aside and let you know you are wrong and help save you from your folly. Unfortunately for Penn he is surrounded by "Yes Men" that are unwilling to do that. The outcome will be predictable, resulting in a fighter that will never push himself to the fullest and will always have excuses for his losses." - Cesar Gracie
Submitted Jan 6, 2012 12:11PM by Budgellism - 13 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC 141 pay-per-view (PPV) buys for 'Lesnar vs Overeem' could top 750,000
(mmamania.com)
Earth-shattering numbers? Not exactly, but considering that UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" was held on a Friday night and not Saturday, coupled with the fact that Brock Lesnar was facing Alistair Overeem, an international fighter who was making his Octagon debut, and suddenly 750k seems like a home run. Dave Meltzer breaks it down in his Wrestling Observer newsletter:
Submitted Jan 6, 2012 10:58AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Gina Carano Speaks on MMA Hiatus and Future Plans
(mmafighting.com)
MMA Fighting recently caught up with the elusive Gina Carano to discuss why she disappeared from the MMA landscape for the last two and a half years, her upcoming film, "Haywire," which opens in theatres nationwide on Jan. 20, how she landed the starring role in the film, whether she will ever fight again, and the emergence of Ronda Rousey as perhaps the new face of women's MMA.
Submitted Jan 4, 2012 9:21AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Houston Alexander arrested for child abuse after boxing son due to talking dirty on Facebook
(mmamania.com)
Police ticketed popular MMA fighter Houston Alexander for child abuse after the 39-year-old became upset with his 16-year-old and made him box with him. Police reports say officers were called to a home near 44th and Maple for a domestic disturbance. The older Alexander told them he was having trouble with his teen son, who was "having explicit sexual contact on Facebook with some unknown females." The 16-year-old reportedly lied and "made him very upset." According to police reports, "Alexander then retrieved boxing gloves and told his son, 'If you are going to lie to me, then we are going to box.'" The two reportedly boxed in the basement. Officers describe the teen as having a "slight bloody nose and pain to his right side." Alexander was cited for misdemeanor child abuse.
Submitted Jan 1, 2012 10:44PM by Budgellism - 26 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Fight Path: Adlan Amagov goes from war-torn Chechnya to Strikeforce co-headliner
(mmajunkie.com)
For his first eight years or so, Adlan Amagov liked to play outside, particularly soccer. He has four brothers and one sister, and the large family was close, living in the village of Sernovodsk in the Republic of Chechnya. Then, when he was 8 years old, Amagov's school was bombed in the opening stages of the First Chechen War. Life changed. "In 1994, it all stopped," Amagov told MMAjunke.com (www.mmajunkie.com) through interpreter and manager Sam Kardan. -Interesting read on the guy that's fighting Robbie Lawler in January.
Submitted Dec 29, 2011 1:21PM by DrivenDavies15 - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Winkeljohn Analyzes Jones Versus Hendo, Evans.
(sherdog.com)
For his next title defense, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones could face the winner of the Jan. 28 matchup between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis. He could also face Dan Henderson, who’s coming off a win in November over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jones’ trainer Mike Winkeljohn likes how the champion matches up against all three possibilities. “They all present different challenges,” Winkeljohn told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show.” “I’m not sure which one’s the biggest. Dan’s big right hand is always a big challenge. [He’s] somebody that could be able to close that gap and find a hole and try to get to Jon’s chin. That’s probably the dilemma with him, but he’s small. I don’t think he can outwrestle Jon. I think Jon beats him everywhere. I don’t think he can hit [Jones] with that right hand.”
Submitted Dec 26, 2011 4:29AM by Lesnar1 - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Randy Couture "Anderson & Jon Jones are getting lazy"
(screen-one.com)
Interview with Randy Couture on the Sweep The Leg Podcast where he describes Jon Jones & Anderson Silva as "Lazy & being on auto pilot." Also, discusses his sons future prospects in MMA and a bit about The Expendables II.
Submitted Dec 23, 2011 6:22PM by snakeplissken - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
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