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MMA Personalities News - Page 23

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Jon Jones A Heavy Favorite Over Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
(bloodyelbow.com)
The first betting line has been released for a future UFC light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and it seems that the current champion is a heavy favorite out of the gate. Obviously the fight hasn't been booked yet, but bookies always jump on lines quickly if a bout is likely to happen. Bookmaker has is the one offering the line:
Submitted May 30, 2011 12:21PM by pmoney - 42 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jorge and Zoila Gurgel enjoying married life, eyeing MMA greatness
(mmajunkie.com)
In mixed martial arts, it's almost a job requirement for fighters to spend countless hours away from their families, and in some cases depart their homes in order to seek the proper instruction needed to be successful. But Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel (14-7) and his wife Zoila (11-1) no longer have to seek out guidance, as they now have each other. Earlier this year, the pair exchanged vows in a private ceremony, and Jorge recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he's happier than ever.
Submitted May 30, 2011 10:27AM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Roy Nelson To Meet With Dana White Later This Week; Nutritionist Mike Dolce Interested In Working Him
(mmaweekly.com)
Roy Nelson obviously didn’t have the fight he was hoping for at UFC 130 against Frank Mir, losing by unanimous decision in the co-main event of the night. Nelson struggled to deal with Mir’s size and power, as well as his wrestling, and by the third round the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner was noticeably gassed, but toughed it out until the fight was over. The fight left a lot to be desired in the mind of UFC president Dana White, who seemed fairly unimpressed with both Nelson and Mir.
Submitted May 30, 2011 10:09AM by pmoney - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Thiago Alves’ UFC 130 Message to Rick Story: “Be Careful What You Wish For”
(mmaweekly.com)
Thiago Alves has never been in the business of calling other fighters out. Sure, he’s asked for a title shot like any top ranked welterweight, but the Brazilian doesn’t believe in calling out anybody for a fight, he just fights the best in the world and whoever the UFC puts in the cage with him. So it was a little surprising to Alves when he heard that Rick Story was calling him out for a fight. Sure, Story has gone 5-1 in the UFC, and is on the rise in the welterweight division, so in many ways Alves took the statement as a compliment.
Submitted May 26, 2011 6:00PM by pmoney - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Strikeforce: KJ Noons vs Jorge Masvidal fight for title shot against Gilbert Melendez on June 18
(mmamania.com)
Confirmed ... apparently. K.J. Noons recently spoke with MMAWeekly and spilled the beans on the plan for the seriously stagnant Strikeforce lightweight division:
Submitted May 26, 2011 5:20PM by pmoney - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
MFC 30: Drew Fickett and Brian Cobb will get 'Up Close & Personal' on June 10
(mmamania.com)
Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) has signed world-ranked lightweight Brian "The Bandit" Cobb to a multi-fight contract that will include his debut bout in the main event at MFC 30: Up Close & Personal. Cobb (18-6) will meet top title contender Drew "Night Rider" Fickett (41-13) in a three-round, non-title affair on Friday, June 10 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. HDNet Fights will air the event live, including the evening's co-main event of Pete "The Secret Weapon" Spratt against "The Irish Hand Grenade" Marcus Davis, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation). "I am very excited about this matchup," said Mark Pavelich, MFC Owner/President. "Brian Cobb is someone who has been on our radar for some time, and I think this is the perfect time to bring him in.
Submitted May 26, 2011 5:13PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell official for UFC 134 prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight matchup between Paulo Thiago (13-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and David Mitchell (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is official for August's UFC 134 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously passed along news of the bout, and UFC executives since have made it official. UFC 134 takes place Aug. 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and marks the UFC's first Brazil event since 1998.
Submitted May 26, 2011 5:11PM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
HKL Exclusive with Jorge Santiago: Talks of His Return to the UFC and New Beginnings
(headkicklegend.com)
I spoke with Jorge Santiago yesterday about his return to the UFC. He's been on a fantastic run in his career and is finally ready to make an impact in the UFC's Middleweight Division. However, this isn't the only new beginning in his life, Santiago also spoke about starting a new team called Imperial with JZ and Rashad Evans. His opponent in Brian Stann will be facing the best Jorge Santiago and one that has a new found maturity. Follow him on twitter this week at @SantiagoMMA
Submitted May 25, 2011 10:48PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Todd Moore vs. Mike Bronzoulis targeted for "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum"
(mmajunkie.com)
A bout between WEC veteran Todd Moore (13-4 MMA, 0-0 SF) and fellow promotional newcomer Mike Bronzoulis (12-2-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) is in the works for next month's "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" event. Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the welterweight bout is in the process of being finalized. Bronzoulis's management team at KO Dynasty said their fighter has signed a four-fight deal with the promotion.
Submitted May 25, 2011 5:44PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Strikeforce's Silva apologizes for Lesnar comments, eyes Barnett for grudge match
(mmajunkie.com)
Strikeforce contender Antonio Silva (16-2 MMA, 3-1 SF) recently made waves with a string of harsh comments toward some of his fellow heavyweights. Now he wants to apologize for those remarks – well, some of them, anyway. Silva admits he recently crossed a line when questioning the severity of former UFC champion Brock Lesnar's health. And his criticism of Josh Barnett (29-5 MMA, 0-0 SF)? Well, Silva insists some of his words were poorly translated, but he's not ready to make nice with "The Babyfaced Assassin" just yet.
Submitted May 24, 2011 8:05PM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Promoter says Nick Diaz no longer set to box, Dana White insists UFC bout not guaranteed
(mmajunkie.com)
The man prepared to promote a Nick Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) boxing contest now says the Strikeforce welterweight champion will not be entering the squared circle anytime soon. Don Chargin today announced via press release that Diaz has determined it's in his "best interest to focus on his primary combat sport and profession." Chargin also referenced a potential "opportunity of a lifetime" for Diaz, fueling further speculation of a pending matchup with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC). However, UFC president Dana White continues to insist Diaz is far from UFC-bound.
Submitted May 23, 2011 3:31PM by pmoney - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC Quick Quote: Carlos Condit will fear the takedown on July 2
(mmamania.com)
Don't be scared, homie. Dong Hyun Kim looks to continue his welterweight ascension at UFC 132 on July 2 in Las Vegas when he faces Carlos Condit on the "Cruz vs. Faber 2" card over the fourth of July weekend. But will he see fireworks? Or fizzle out?
Submitted May 23, 2011 1:32PM by pmoney - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
SportsPro Magazine includes Anderson Silva on list of 'World’s 50 Most Marketable Athletes'
(mmamania.com)
And since Silva is the only mixed martial artist to make the list, that puts him ahead of combat sports' other marketing magnets like UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Athletes are ranked "according to their marketing potential over a three-year period" and the list "comprises the 50 athletes deemed by SportsPro to offer value for marketing money if signed today to a long-term global endorsement deal."
Submitted May 23, 2011 12:42PM by pmoney - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Miguel Torres Excited by Tranformation Since Teaming with Zahabi
(heavy.com)
The Miguel Torres who ruled the WEC bantamweight division is gone, now only existing on highlight reels and in the memories of fight fans. A new version began taking shape after the former 135-pound kingpin lost to Joseph Benavidez at WEC 47, his second consecutive defeat after collecting 37 wins in 38 appearances. That’s when Torres started working with Firas Zahabi, the head trainer of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and leader of the Tristar Gym in Montreal.
Submitted May 23, 2011 11:10AM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Reminder: UFC 130's Quinton Jackson on "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" tonight
(mmajunkie.com)
As a reminder, UFC 130 headliner Quinton "Rampage" Jackson return to "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" tonight. Jackson's episode of the CBS' late-night talk show airs late tonight/early Tuesday at 12:35 a.m. ET/PT. Comedian Jack Black also is booked as a guest. Jackson, who meets Matt Hamill at Saturday's pay-per-view event, also appeared on the show prior to his UFC 123 headliner with Lyoto Machida back in November.
Submitted May 23, 2011 10:58AM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
20 Questions with Chael Sonnen
(galsguidetomma.com)
Friday was a first for us at Gals Guide, as we got a thank you email from Chael Sonnen for his Pantydropper of the Week mention. While we have been thanked by honorees in the past, this is our first thank you from someone who earned a 1. (Perhaps he thought we were working on a backwards scale?) Feeling emboldened by Chael's email, we decided to throw the dice and ask him if he'd answer our "silly little questions". Never one to turn down a chance to talk about himself, he said yes.
Submitted May 23, 2011 10:18AM by pmoney - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Roy Nelson Believes Fight with Frank Mir Will Save UFC 130
(mmaweekly.com)
To say that Roy Nelson has faced Frank Mir before isn’t an out-and-out lie, but it’s not even close to the fight they have coming up at UFC 130. Eight years ago at Grappler’s Quest, while Mir was a few fights into his UFC career, he ventured back to his roots entering a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition where he met Renzo Gracie black belt Roy Nelson. At that time, Nelson hadn’t even done mixed martial arts yet, but with just grappling happening in the match-up, he got the best of Mir by points.
Submitted May 23, 2011 9:54AM by pmoney - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
BAMMA 6: Frank Trigg Returns To 185, Says Welterweight Was A Big Mistake
(mmaweekly.com)
Frank Trigg heads into his BAMMA 6 match-up with John Phillips looking to answer a question: Can he still compete at middleweight? “I think one of the biggest mistakes that I made was trying to convince myself that I can still be viable at 170,” Trigg told MMAWeekly.com. “It wasn’t the fact that I didn’t have the athletic ability or the talent to be viable at 170. What had happened was that I am inefficient at 170. I’m too big now to make the weight class.”
Submitted May 22, 2011 3:29PM by pmoney - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Other MMA Organizations
 
Ohio Fighter Brian ‘The Predator’ Rogers Latest Addition to Bellator Middleweight Tourney
(mmaweekly.com)
Ohio fighter Brian ‘The Predator’ Rogers it the latest edition to the season 5 Bellator middleweight tournament, which kicks off later this fall to determine the next challenger for champion Hector Lombard’s title. Rogers has put together an impressive resume over the couple of years, and he’s currently riding a six-fight win streak.
Submitted May 22, 2011 3:15PM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Worth the weight: UFC 130 interview exclusive with Thiago Alves
(mmamania.com)
When Thiago Alves lost his title shot against welterweight deity Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100, many felt it was only a matter of time before the promising 25-year-old would be back in title contention. But in the last two years, Alves has seen his share of physical setbacks that continually haunted the scheduling of his long-awaited rematch against perennial contender Jon Fitch. First, there was a knee injury, forcing him from their UFC 107 meeting; then there was the discovery of an arteriovenous malformation in his brain discovered just days before their UFC 111 fight; corrective surgery followed.
Submitted May 22, 2011 12:42PM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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