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MMA Personalities News - Page 47

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Anderson, Ideals and Atychiphobia
(sherdog.com)
by Jordan Breen (jbreen@sherdog.com) 19054 Anderson Silva is a great fighter. No, I know, that's not a startling revelation, let alone an interesting one. After his three-minute mauling of Forrest Griffin on Saturday night, the ever-fickle MMA public has decided that Silva is to be celebrated once again, and in the strongest of terms. That's to be expected after a performance with such a violent and skillful aesthetic. Griffin threw 35 strikes at Silva's head and landed literally one. Silva knocked Griffin on the mat three times. In case you're not mathematically inclined, that means Silva actually knocked Griffin down triple the amount of times that Griffin even touched his face. However, what's been overlooked in discussion of Silva's superlative skills is his equally lofty accomplishment. Silva's complete sonning of Griffin is not just a technical sign of the times or an acid test that portends a successful light heavyweight run. It's actually set a particularly impressive standard for pound-for-pound achievement: With the victory, Silva has become the first fighter in this sport's short modern history to defeat top-five opponents across three weight classes. Of course, Silva became a superstar when he became MMA's first pantheon-level middleweight. However, long before he ever eviscerated Rich Franklin, even before his Pride tenure, Silva was one of the sport's best welterweights. Eight years ago, he rolled into Osaka and took the Shooto world 168-pound title from Hayato "Mach" Sakurai, who was widely seen as the sport's top pound-for-pound fighter at the time. In fact, on the back of that victory, Silva was actually slated to make his UFC debut at UFC 34 to face then-champ Carlos Newton. The exclusive deal that Zuffa wanted for Silva didn't jive with "The Spider," though, or his Chute Boxe handlers, who wanted to keep doors to Pride and Meca Vale Tudo open. Just think how radically different history might be if Silva got into the Octagon in '01 and Matt Hughes didn't unconsciously powerbomb his way to glory. Maybe there's a Marvel Comics-style "What If?" concept brewing. Nonetheless, it is strange that the victory over Sakurai gets glossed over historically when it was Silva's first great moment and it is an accomplishment that stands the test of time. How often does any fighter dethrone the pound-for-pound king? Surely when Silva loses, the world won't forget about it in eight years -- at least I hope not.
Submitted Aug 12, 2009 1:01PM by ncordless - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Gina Carano talks Cris Cyborg, woman's MMA, sex tapes, and more!
(demandmma.com)
Check out the video to see Gina Carano talk about her upcoming bout with Cris Cyborg, weight issues, sex tapes, and more!
Submitted Aug 11, 2009 2:36AM by BrutalKnockOut - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Gina Carano and Randy Couture talk strategy (video)
(demandmma.com)
Check out the video below as Frank Shamrock interviews both Gina Carano and Randy Couture, as they talk strategy and discuss Carano's upcoming bout with Cris Cyborg.
Submitted Aug 10, 2009 1:38PM by BrutalKnockOut - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, EliteXC, MMA Personalities
 
Anderson Silva's Dominance Produces a New Set of Interesting Questions
(bloodyelbow.com)
Anderson Silva wasn't lying when he stated that he's years ahead of the competition. At UFC 101 on Saturday, he showed the world exactly why he's one of the most feared strikers in the sport by dismantling former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin in 3 minutes and 23 seconds. It looked to be a walk in the park for the UFC Middleweight champion. It was fairly evident in the week leading up to this tilt that Forrest Griffin was being highly over-valued as a legitimate challenger to Silva. While a lot of fans agreed that Griffin's size could be a legitimate problem, it almost works to every challenger's disadvantage in the light heavyweight division. Speed is what kills competition in MMA, and the same case is made in boxing as well. Unfortunately, Griffin didn't have the game plan to stifle that speed.
Submitted Aug 10, 2009 8:42AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
 
BJ Penn's Scorched Earth Tactics
(bloodyelbow.com)
BJ Penn may claim to be ready for his fight this weekend, but a new Kevin Iole piece suggests Georges St. Pierre is still the main thing on his mind: Penn said he believes St. Pierre uses steroids, though he concedes he has no proof. St. Pierre is arguably the sport’s most popular fighter and Penn knows that making such allegations isn’t going to win him any friends.
Submitted Aug 6, 2009 8:34AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Finally Healthy, Amir Sadollah Looks to Re-Start Career at UFC 101
(mma.fanhouse.com)
PHILADELPHIA – It's been over a year since Amir Sadollah beat CB Dollaway to capture The Ultimate Fighter's season seven championship and earn a UFC contract. But since then the world's most popular 1-0 fighter has been snakebit, suffering back-to-back setbacks during two separate training camps that forced him to pull out of scheduled bouts.
Submitted Aug 6, 2009 8:33AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Relaxed Anderson Silva Says 'I Guarantee You Someone's Going to Fall'
(mma.fanhouse.com)
PHILADELPHIA - Anderson Silva walked into his scheduled workout 30 minutes late, but he had a handshake for everyone in the room and a smile on his face. Wearing an adidas warm-up suit in his standard black-and-yellow colors, Silva showed no signs of being a man under fire.
Submitted Aug 6, 2009 8:31AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
RIGGS STILL HOSPITALIZED, EXPECTED OUT NEXT WEEK
(mmaweekly.com)
Strikeforce welterweight Joe Riggs is still hospitalized following a reaction to an undisclosed prescription medicine and is expected to be released next week. Riggs' manager, Trevor Lally of Arizona Combat Sports, informed MMAWeekly.com of the news on Wednesday.
Submitted Aug 6, 2009 8:30AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
KENNY FLORIAN: "I FEEL LIKE I'VE ALREADY WON"
(mmaweekly.com)
As the weeks have dwindled to days, and the days narrow down to hours, Kenny Florian is nothing, if not appreciative of the position he is in. He steps into the Octagon on Saturday night challenging for UFC lightweight gold for the second time in his career. Not bad for a guy that entered the promotion via The Ultimate Fighter, losing to Diego Sanchez in the finale... as a middleweight, no less. “To me, it’s a dream come true to fight for the belt and go out there and do what I love doing,” Florian told MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
Submitted Aug 6, 2009 8:30AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Strikeforce picks up undefeated middleweight Zak Cummings with multi-fight deal
(mmajunkie.com)
Strikeforce's roster continues to expand, this time with undefeated middleweight Zak Cummings (10-0). Multiple sources close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Cummings has agreed to a multi-fight, mutli-year deal that will be signed this week. Cummings is slated to make his promotional debut on Sept. 25 at an event likely to take place in Fresno, Calif., possibly against fellow Strikeforce newcomer and "The Ultimate Fighter 7" competitor Paul Bradley (11-1).
Submitted Aug 6, 2009 8:29AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, StrikeForce
 
Gina Carano Trains for Cris Cyborg (video)
(demandmma.com)
Check out what a normal day for Gina Carano in the gym looks like!
Submitted Aug 5, 2009 6:43PM by BrutalKnockOut - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, EliteXC, MMA Personalities
 
Kendall Grove: ‘I’m going to break’ Ricardo Almeida at UFC 101
(mmamania.com)
“[When Almeida fought] Cote, I learned a lot. Keep my level low. He does get frustrated when he can’t control you on the ground, when you shut down takedowns, he breaks as a fighter, but I’m a firm believer that he learned from that fight and he’s going to come out a little different, he’s going to come out more prepared..."
Submitted Aug 5, 2009 11:01AM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Top trainer Greg Jackson hopes striking manual "The Stand Up Game" can benefit all
(mmajunkie.com)
Hardly a weekend goes by that top MMA trainer and namesake of the New Mexico-based camp Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts, Greg Jackson, isn't in the corner of a world-class fighter. But somewhere between the training sessions, travel and pay-per-view events, Jackson – along with occasional MMAjunkie.com contributor Kelly Crigger – has penned a new striking manual entitled "Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts: The Stand-Up Game." Jackson recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that the book was based around a series of proven techniques and should prove beneficial to competitors of all levels.
Submitted Aug 5, 2009 10:53AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Frank Mir Breaks Down Dominick Cruz vs. Joseph Benavidez
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will be the color commentator for WEC 42 Sunday night on Versus, and all this week he's providing his insight into the WEC fights. Today I ask Mir about the bantamweight fight between Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez, and whether the winner will earn a title shot.
Submitted Aug 5, 2009 8:30AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
SPRATT INJURES KNEE, EYES OCTOBER RETURN
(mmaweekly.com)
It’s been an uncharacteristically slow year for former UFC welterweight Pete “Secret Weapon” Spratt. After a disappointing 2008 that saw him go 1-3, Spratt spent the better part of the first half of this year out of commission, before returning in June with a victory over Alan Woods for the Steele Cage promotion.
Submitted Aug 5, 2009 8:29AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Sadollah’s Post-TUF journey restarts at UFC 101
(ufc.com)
Amir Sadollah swept onto the UFC scene in 2008, light on experience but heavy on skills, talent and heart. In the process, he became the middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter’s seventh season, a charismatic and humble Surgical Technician out of Virginia who quickly gained a legion of fans with his feel-good Cinderella run. Then he was gone.
Submitted Aug 4, 2009 5:57PM by haggiswashere - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, MMA Personalities
 
On Fedor and the MMA Hardcore Community
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
I don’t know what happened. One day things were as per normal in the internet MMA community, the next thing people have gone certified insane. Maybe the blame should go to Josh Barnett for starting off this chain reaction that has led to Fedor Emelianenko being (unjustly) the most vilified MMA star this side of Gilbert Yvel. Things have moved quickly and Barnett has become merely an afterthought in the UFC/M-1 mamushka. Hardcore, computer friendly MMA fans are constantly reminded how we make up a small portion of the larger MMA network. While that may be true, we consider ourselves educated and often superior to the casual rubes. We turn our collective noses up at the notion that many so called MMA fans are actually UFC fans. No doubt they are the ones calling it “Ultimate Fighting” as well. The nerve.
Submitted Aug 4, 2009 1:26PM by emfleek - 32 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
New York Times Covers Fedor Emeliananko Dissing the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
Man Considered World’s Top Fighter Rejects His Sport’s Top Brand By R.M. SCHNEIDERMAN New York Times Published: August 3, 2009 Fedor Emelianenko, a champion mixed martial arts fighter from Russia, signed a three-fight deal Monday with Strikeforce, once again depriving the Ultimate Fighting Championship of the chance to lay claim to the man who is widely considered the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world.
Submitted Aug 4, 2009 8:25AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
MMA 101 with Forrest Griffin (Episode One)
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Forrest Griffin, as cool as always featured in a cool little video. He talks about the mental aspect of training, his book, Anderson Silva...
Submitted Aug 4, 2009 6:59AM by MrGreeny - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
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