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Mark Coleman doesn't get tired...he plays possum.
(mmamania.com)
“I had a lot of doubters. I can’t stand being called an old man…. I had to shut a lot of people up. There are reasons why I got tired — distractions — I didn’t train hard enough. But if I put the time in I can compete with anybody. I was about 70 percent tonight [at UFC 100]…. I can get a lot better and [be a factor in this division]…. When I put my mind to it I’m fresh, I’m fast, I’m quick, I punch hard … I’m good…. Everybody else better watch out because ‘The Hammer’ is back…"
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 9:11AM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Positive energy helps Ricco Rodriguez battle the odds
(www2.tbo.com)
TAMPA - Ricco Rodriguez is choosing to stand and fight. As easy as it could have been to turn and run from his past, quietly tucking away the pieces of his life deemed unsavory, he's made the decision to face it head-on.
Submitted Jul 10, 2009 11:18AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Ultimate Fighting's Cold War Gets Hotter (TIME Magazine Article)
(time.com)
Imagine a pro quarterback with Peyton Manning's talent, playing up north in the CFL instead of the NFL. Or picture Tiger Woods shunning the PGA and all the major championships to star in the second-string Nationwide Tour. It may sound ridiculous, but the fast-growing, wildly popular sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is grappling with such an unthinkable, uncomfortable scenario.
Submitted Jul 10, 2009 8:41AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dana on Japan: 'They're all crooked'
(mmaweekly.com)
LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White Thursday told reporters that Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic may in fact honor the UFC deal presented him prior to his Octagon return at UFC 99. On Tuesday, a report surfaced quoting heavyweight Junior Dos Santos saying he would be fight the Croatian MMA star at UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas. Dos Santos last week had been removed from his scheduled appearance at UFC 102 claiming injury.
Submitted Jul 10, 2009 8:39AM by emfleek - 15 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Coleman has alot of respect for Bonnar
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
Mark Coleman – The Hammer Talks UFC 100

PDG: What are your thoughts on your opponent; Stephan Bonnar? Mark Coleman: I respect him quite a bit and he has never been stopped in the UFC. He has fought some wars in the cage and he has a huge heart. Stephan has good reach and a good standup game that you have to respect. I have been working a lot in training on my standup and I was hoping to use that in my next couple of fights but I'm going to have to be smart with him and probably take him to the ground. Where I do what I do best – Ground and Pound. I have nothing but respect for Stephan Bonnar and his fight with Forest Griffin was an amazing fight that put the UFC on the map.
Submitted Jul 10, 2009 3:30AM by nwowolfpack - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews, PrideFC
 
White: MMA to be bigger globally than football
(lvrj.com)
One wears a coat and tie, and the other swears he'll never be a suit. At first glance, there might appear to be few similarities between Roger Goodell and Dana White. Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, oversees the most popular sport in America. He's in a position of unrivaled strength. But look at the big picture, and a challenger is emerging. White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has realistic plans to conquer the sports world.
Submitted Jul 9, 2009 8:43AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Brock Lesnar Hates Steve Mazzagatti, Breaks Door
(demandmma.com)
Check out the short video as Brock Lesnar watches the finish of his first fight with Frank Mir, gets angry, and starts breaking things. Pretty hilarious.
Submitted Jul 7, 2009 8:56PM by BrutalKnockOut - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
BJ Penn invites some new training partners to camp
(demandmma.com)
Follow the link to see a video of BJ Penn introducing his new world class training partners, in anticipation for his bout with Kenny Florian at UFC 101.
Submitted Jul 7, 2009 2:53PM by BrutalKnockOut - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Aleksander Emelianenko would like to fight in the UFC
(promma.info)
Surrounded by an aura of danger and mystery, Aleksander Emelianenko is one of the scariest men on the planet. The younger brother of consensus number one heavyweight in the world Fedor Emelianenko, Aleks has forged his own path to stardom. Although still unknown to many of today’s Ultimate Fighter raised MMA fans in the U.S., Aleks has made it clear that will one day change. At only 27 years of age, the Saint-Petersburg born heavyweight plans on fighting for many years to come.
Submitted Jul 7, 2009 8:14AM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Two Hall of Fame inductees confirmed!
(demandmma.com)
Dana White himself confirms the two newest inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame!
Submitted Jul 6, 2009 10:33PM by BrutalKnockOut - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White's UFC 100 Video Blog - Episode 1
(demandmma.com)
Check out the first installment in the Dana White video blog series, leading up to UFC 100!
Submitted Jul 5, 2009 10:08PM by BrutalKnockOut - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
GSP SAYS FLORIAN WILL BE A GREAT CHAMPION
(mmaweekly.com)
On Aug. 8, Kenny Florian will take a second crack at the UFC lightweight title, this time battling current champion B.J. Penn at UFC 101, and while the Boston native has always had a top-notch camp, he decided to venture out this time for some extra support. The extra support comes in the form of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, the only fighter to have two wins over Penn, and who himself is in final preparations for his UFC 100 bout against Thiago Alves.
Submitted Jul 3, 2009 2:16PM by Bowen50 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
GSP Static Interview
(punchdrunkgamer.com)

UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre recently took time to answer some questions for PDG regarding his upcoming bout against Thiago Alves, training and the importance of UFC 100. PDG: How is your training going for UFC 100? GSP: I’m in the best shape of my life and I’m training really hard before my fight. Three weeks I spent in New York doing Muay Thai at the Wat with Phil Nurse and all the guys over there, sparring with Shawn Imes, Brad Imes and all those great training partners that I have for Muay Thai training. I’m learning a lot from Kru Phil. I also train in New York at the Renzo Gracie Academy under supervision of John Danaher – he’s my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor. I have great training partners there as well. The level of jiu-jitsu in New York at Renzo Gracie is better than it is in Montreal, so that’s one of the main reasons why I have been going there and I spend so much time at that Academy.
Submitted Jul 3, 2009 4:24AM by nwowolfpack - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Hardonk, Cool Under Pressure, Foils Mugging in LA
(ufc.com)
We all know the old adage about ‘strength in numbers’, but you have to think that the three young men who tried to mug 6 foot 4, 245 pound UFC heavyweight Antoni Hardonk in Los Angeles a week and a half ago were either very brave or very stupid – or both. “I’ve worked security in the clubs and had some incidents there when people are fighting and you have to break up a fight, or somebody’s drunk and you have to guide them out, but this time, they wanted to have my money, they wanted to rob me, and that was a new experience for me,” Hardonk told UFC.com. “First they asked if I had some change so I looked in my wallet. They said they needed some help, and asked if I could help them out. I don’t mind helping people, so I took a look. Then suddenly the tone in their voice changed and they said ‘gimme your money.’
Submitted Jul 2, 2009 11:59AM by Bowen50 - 12 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Frank Mir - Accident, UFC, Lesnar & Liddell
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
Frank Mir - Accident, UFC, Lesnar & Liddell The Official Radio Partner of PunchDrunkGamer, TakeDown Wrestling Radio recently conducted an interview with interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. Mir talks with Scott Casber about his training, Brock Lesnar and a variety of issues in mixed martial arts today. AUDIO:
Submitted Jun 30, 2009 5:55AM by nwowolfpack - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Lightning Lee: Hero or Villain?
(sherdog.com)
"In the grand tradition of the great British thugs -- media-proclaimed “hard men” like Lenny McLean, Charlie Bronson and Mark Brandon Read -- Lee Murray is moving through the ranks like Parliament was waiting at the end. I have never heard of a man so driven to occupy a jail cell or a morgue with such urgency. (The closest American equivalent: probably Steve-O.) If you’ve only come into mixed martial arts via the hyper and Xyience-plastered “Ultimate Fighter” era, you’ve likely never seen Murray fight. He had long, corded muscles, a severe expression and a militant attitude. He hit very, very hard and he shocked the hell out of virtually everyone when he went and submitted Jorge Rivera with a triangle choke in his first and only UFC appearance. All said, he fought about 10 times and won most of them. In what would become his career finale, he was smacked around by Anderson Silva. He took Silva the distance, though, and that didn’t happen again in 13 fights. Fighting was Murray’s day job: He moonlighted as a hoodlum. (Or perhaps it was the other way around.)" ... ...
Submitted Jun 29, 2009 6:32PM by MMA-San - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, CageRage, Miscellaneous
 
Erin Toughill official for "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" event on Aug. 15
(mmajunkie.com)
by John Morgan on Jun 27, 2009 at 10:10 am ET While the California-based Strikeforce organization is set to promote the most heavily anticipated bout in women's MMA history when highly marketed former EliteXC stars Gina Carano (7-0) and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (7-1) meet in the main event of the Aug. 15 event "Carano vs. Cyborg," the company is not stopping its commitment to the women's game there. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that fellow top female 145-pound fighter Erin Toughill (10-2-1) will appear on the evening's card against an as-yet-undetermined opponent. "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" takes place Aug. 15 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Tickets are currently on sale for the Showtime-broadcast event. While Carano and Santos have long been considered by many as the top two fighters in the featherweight division, many MMA observers believe Toughill is also in the top five, if not the top three. Toughill boxed professionally between 2000 and 2006, while also competing in mixed martial arts. The 32-year-old then took a brief hiatus from both sports and competed on "American Gladiators" as the gladiator "Steel." Toughill is 3-0 since her November 2008 return to action. All three wins came in the Palace Fighting Championship, including a May decision over the previously undefeated Emily Thompson. Five of Toughill's 10 wins have come by knockout or TKO. With a win on the card, Toughill could quickly prove a contender for the Strikeforce's 145-pound belt, a title that will be first granted to the winner of the Carano vs. Santos bout. Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz told MMAjunkie.com he was excited to have Toughill involved with the organization. "Erin brings a great deal of experience to the cage, and she's very strong," Afromowitz said. "She's been in the game for a while, and she's certainly earned the right to be recognized as one of the best fighters in the women's featherweight division. "Erin is definitely a great addition to our organization, and we're excited to bring her into Strikeforce on the same night we award our first-ever women's title to either Gina Carano or Cristiane 'Cyborg' Santos." For complete coverage of "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg", stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com. John Morgan is the lead staff reporter for MMAjunkie.com
Submitted Jun 28, 2009 10:34AM by AchillesHeel - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Misaki Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice
(sherdog.com)
While it's not the most sensational MMA legal case this week, Kazuo Misaki has avoided jail time by pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in relation to a March traffic incident.
Submitted Jun 26, 2009 8:48AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Broken toilet convinced Sapp to drop weight
(sports.yahoo.com)
Bob Sapp is fighting stateside in just a few days. It's good to see "The Beast" back. But don't be shocked if you see a smaller Sapp against pro wrestler Bobby Lashley on Saturday at Ultimate Chaos in Biloxi, Miss. After years of fighting in the 350-380 pound range, he's down to 320. It's a necessary move. Sapp's gas tank has always been shaky plus he's 35 years old now. All good reasons to trim weight plus when you break a toilet, you're too big.
Submitted Jun 26, 2009 8:46AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
JOEY VILLASENOR IS BACK, TAKING AIM AT BIG NAMES
(mmaweekly.com)
As someone once said, “Good things come to those who wait.” That has never been more evident than it was recently for Strikeforce middleweight contender Joey Villasenor. After a year in limbo, predicated by the downfall of EliteXC and numerous fight delays, he finally returned to action last Friday victorious over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at the second edition of ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers Series on Showtime.
Submitted Jun 26, 2009 8:39AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
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