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Report: Japanese star Kazuo Misaki to retire after DEEP 60 bout
(bloodyelbow.com)
It appears as if the former Grabaka Hitman is choosing retirement over a cloudy future in Strikeforce. Kazuo Misaki (25-11-2, 1 NC), the Pride 2006 welterweight grand prix winner, will take one more bout in Japan before he hangs them up for good according to MMAAsia.com: In the biggest news of the night, the legendary Kazuo Misaki announced that he will step away from MMA action and that his final fight will be at DEEP’s December 22 Haleo Impact event. Due to Misaki’s Strikeforce contract, the match may have to be a "special exhibition bout" and no opponent was named.
Submitted Oct 19, 2012 8:03PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White says Fabio Maldonado will not be released following UFC 153 loss
(mmajunkie.com)
Despite suffering his third-straight UFC loss, Fabio Maldonado (18-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) will fight again in the octagon. At Saturday night's post-UFC 153 press conference, UFC President Dana White said the 32-year-old Brazilian will not be released from his contract. "If we cut that guy, we deserve to be beat with a stick," White said...
Submitted Oct 14, 2012 11:24AM by grappler0000 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
With Brock Lesnar and Cole Konrad Retired, Team Death Clutch Is No More
(mmaweekly.com)
Following the retirements of both Brock Lesnar and Cole Konrad, what was once Team Death Clutch is no more. The heavyweight team that assembled around former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar came to notoriety after the former Minnesota wrestler wanted to built a gym and facility that would make him a more complete mixed martial artist, while also keeping him close to home...
Submitted Oct 10, 2012 11:49AM by grappler0000 - 14 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Fight Camp / Team
 
UFC's Jeremy Stephens remains jailed in Minnesota, awaits Oct. 23 court date
(mmajunkie.com)
Following a Tuesday afternoon court appearance, UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens continues to be held in a Minnesota jail – where he is expected to remain until his next court date. Stephens (20-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC) was arrested Friday morning by the Minneapolis Police Department for warrants stemming from a 2011 incident in Iowa for which the fighter was charged with assault. The arrest came just hours before he was to fight Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis. His fight against Edwards was pulled from the event at Target Center, despite efforts to get him released in time for the bout. A representative from the Hennepin (Minn.) County court clerk's office on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Stephens applied for and was granted a public defender and now is being held without bail until his next scheduled court appearance on Oct. 23...
Submitted Oct 10, 2012 9:34AM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Dana White Opens Up About His Only Regret – Offensive Tirade from 2009
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC president Dana White is not a man who lives with regret. Through more than a decade of building and cultivating the UFC, White has remained the figurehead and leader of the business that has seen mixed martial arts hit new heights never before imagined when the sport first landed on television screens in 1993. White has had his fair share of tumultuous relationships over the years: very public feuds with employees like Tito Ortiz and B.J. Penn, a longstanding pursuit of former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko and the inside dealings with his management team, and even bridges burnt and rebuilt with promotions and several promoters. When asked, however, if he had any regrets through his time spent with the UFC, White could only point to one time where he made a major mistake and it still haunts him to this day...
Submitted Oct 3, 2012 11:07AM by grappler0000 - 14 comments
Filed under: Interviews, MMA Personalities, UFC
 
After arrest, Brett Rogers gets rare second chance at Bellator 75
(mmajunkie.com)
The police report paints an ugly picture. To read it is to put yourself there, in suburban Minneapolis, at 12:35 a.m. on June 29, 2011, by which point Brett Rogers has already done the things that will cost him his job, his self-respect, and, at least for a little while, his freedom. You read it and you see Rogers – all 6-foot-4, 260 pounds of him – drunk and slurring his words as he talks to police officers in his driveway. You keep reading, and you see Tiuana, his wife of seven years, dazed and disoriented as she stumbles down the street in the dark, only to be picked up by officers who will later describe the "golfball-sized" bump above her left eye, the blood smeared on her face, the missing tooth. You see the couple's children, who will later tell a neighbor that they're scared to go home...
Submitted Oct 3, 2012 11:04AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Stephan and Andrea Bonnar contemplating naming unborn son after former foe Forrest Griffin
(sports.yahoo.com)
UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar will become a first-time father sometime in October. There is a chance his new son will enter this world as he's fighting Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 153 on Oct. 13 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But whenever he comes, he might have a pretty catchy name. Bonnar and his wife, Andrea, haven't decided definitively upon a name for their unborn son, but one name they've kicked around is Griffin. As in, Griffin Bonnar. For those who aren't long-time mixed martial arts fans, those words have significant meaning in the sport...
Submitted Oct 2, 2012 10:51AM by grappler0000 - 28 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
UFC vet Clay Guida dropping to featherweight, likely to return in early 2013
(mmajunkie.com)
Longtime UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida (29-13 MMA, 9-7 UFC) is headed to a new weight class. The fighter has opted for a drop to the 145-pound featherweight division, his representatives from VFD Sports Marketing today announced. A debut date and opponent have not been confirmed for his UFC debut in the division, but a rep told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) it'll likely come after the new year...
Submitted Sep 28, 2012 9:52AM by grappler0000 - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Is Michael Bisping Becoming a Fan Favorite?
(mmaweekly.com)
For the past few years in the world of MMA heroes and villains, Michael Bisping has almost always been rated as public enemy No. 1. The brash Brit never holds his tongue, doesn’t mind speaking out about any subject, and has no problem dropping a few expletives for an opponent or anyone really when the mood strikes him. But something strange happened to Michael Bisping on his way to the stage for the UFC 152 weigh-ins on Friday – he received a loud ovation from the Toronto crowd and most of the noise came from cheers, not jeers. Bisping has routinely soaked in the boos from fans in the past, and has even admittedly reveled in the moment when he gets to play the bad guy. Over the past few months however it appears Bisping might be turning a corner with the fans, who are starting to enjoy his personal brand of delivering pre-fight hype and exciting fights in the cage...
Submitted Sep 23, 2012 4:55PM by grappler0000 - 59 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
You'll Never Guess How They Chose The Location For UFC ON FX 5
(usatoday.com)
As you would expect from the head of a billion-dollar business, Ultimate Fighting Championship CEO Lorenzo Fertitta does not take the future of his Las Vegas-based company for granted, and each decision that impacts his promotion is carefully considered while utilizing vast amounts of data, market research and historical perspective. Of course, every now and then choices boil down to little more than a gut decision, or at least a decision dictated by the gut. "It was kind of funny, because we do a lot of analysis and we're running numbers and doing all kinds of different things, and we said, 'Sometimes you just have to go literally by gut feel. "I'm a huge fan of Guy Fieri's show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and I had actually downloaded the app on my iPhone. I said, 'You know what we're going to do? I'm going to go on my app right now, and whichever city has more Guy Fieri locations, that's where we're going to do the fight.' That's literally how it came down."
Submitted Sep 18, 2012 3:51AM by Poor_Franklin - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Brunson, Osterneck, Silva, Hicks among 120 hopefuls at 'TUF 17' open tryouts
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Four-time Strikeforce veteran Derek Brunson, UFC veterans Nissen Osterneck and Jay Silva, and six-time WEC veteran Marcus Hicks were among more than 120 middleweight and light-heavyweight hopefuls who attended Monday's open tryout session for "The Ultimate Fighter 17." The prospective cast members gathered at the Fertitta family-owned Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The tryouts started out with a bang – literally – as light-heavyweight hopefuls Diman Morris and Dan Charles went crashing through a folding table during their two-minute grappling session. The pair was just the second set of fighters to step before UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby for evaluation. Fortunately, neither fighter was injured, and cooler heads prevailed throughout the remainder of the day.
Submitted Sep 18, 2012 1:33AM by Poor_Franklin - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Georges St-Pierre Signs Endorsement Deal with NOS Energy, Part of the Coca-Cola Family
(mmaweekly.com)
The discussion of MMA going ‘mainstream’ can cover a varied list of ideas in any given arena. Sometimes it’s just getting more outlets like ESPN to cover MMA on television, while in other avenues it has to do with more major brands getting involved with the fight business. Thus far companies like Nike, Under Armour and Gatorade have been some of the biggest to dip their feet into the MMA waters, and now you can add the Coca-Cola family to that list as well. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has signed a multi-year agreement to become the face of NOS Energy Drinks, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola, as they enter the fray of mixed martial arts for the first time...
Submitted Sep 17, 2012 10:37AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Chuck Liddell vs Chael Sonnen? 'Iceman' would have taken the fight that Jon Jones didn't
(mmamania.com)
"I would have taken the fight, but I don't make his decisions or run his career for him. [Lyoto Machida's decision,] that's a different thing. Machida would have got a title fight he was in line for, whereas Chael was taking a title fight he wasn't in line for. If Lyoto was not in shape, I guess I understand. He was beat by Jones last time and he would have wanted time to prepare. It is different from a peak Jones turning down a fight." Heres a link to the full interview. . . Worth a watch if you've got time.
Submitted Sep 10, 2012 6:49PM by SmileR - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Tito Ortiz Isn’t Retired, He’s Just Graduated From Fighting
(mmaweekly.com)
A lot of people were taken aback recently when Cris “Cyborg” Santos’ manager said that he believed a Cyborg vs. Ronda Rousey bout would eventually take place, just not at 135 pounds. It wasn’t so much the rhetoric about the fight, but more so who it was saying those words. And that would be Tito Ortiz, who now claims Cyborg among his charges under his new management company, Primetime 360...
Submitted Sep 10, 2012 7:38AM by grappler0000 - 14 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Rutten, Schiavello and Angle tapped for WSOF 1's NBC Sports broadcast team
(mmajunkie.com)
Company officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that MMA legend Bas Rutten, veteran combat-sports broadcaster Michael Schiavello, and Olympic gold medalist/pro wrestler Kurt Angle have been selected for the broadcast team. WSOF 1 takes place Nov. 3 and airs live on NBC Sports Network. The event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, features former WEC champion and recent UFC competitor Miguel Torres in the headliner against an undetermined opponent. Big-show vets Josh Burkman, Gerald Harris, Bobby Lashley, Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante, John Gunderson and others have already been announced for the still-developing card.
Submitted Sep 7, 2012 1:32PM by DrivenDavies15 - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
'Best female fighter ever'? Rolling Stone says it's Strikeforce champ Ronda Rousey
(mmajunkie.com)
Ronda Rousey can add Rolling Stone magazine to her ever-growing mass media resume. Rousey, the unbeaten Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion, makes an appearance in the magazine's most recent issue in a short piece 33 pages in – next to a fellow Olympian in recent U.S. swimming sensation Ryan Lochte. And Rolling Stone cut right to the chase with the all-caps headline: "The best female fighter ever." Rousey (6-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) is coming off yet another dominant victory, defending her Strikeforce title for the first time with a 54-second armbar win over former champ Sarah Kaufman this past month in San Diego. That win came on the heels of her title fight win over Miesha Tate in March, which took what for Rousey has become an almost crazy-by-comparison 4:27 to pull off. The math is what makes that 4:27 crazy, of course. Rousey's three amateur opponents and five professional opponents outside of Tate lasted a combined 4:56 – an average of 37 seconds each. And as is well-known, all tapped to Rousey's signature armbar...
Submitted Sep 7, 2012 9:07AM by grappler0000 - 15 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Miguel Torres Headlines World Series Of Fighting Debut On NBC Sports Network
(bloodyelbow.com)
Fights on the card include: - Gerald Harris vs. Josh Burkman - Gesias Cavalcante vs. John Gunderson - Ronys Torres vs. Brian Cobb - Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele Fighters scheduled for the card but need an opponent are: - Miguel Torres in the main event - Rolles Gracie - James McSweeney - Bobby Lashley
Submitted Sep 7, 2012 1:24AM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Ex-WEC champ Miguel Torres signs with World Series of Fighting for Nov. 2 fight
(mmajunkie.com)
Former WEC champion and recent UFC competitor Miguel Torres (40-5) has signed with the upstart World Series of Fighting promotion. Officials announced the signing via Twitter following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. Torres will debut at the organization's Nov. 3 event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. An opponent hasn't been determined. Although not officially announced, the debut show is expected to air nationally on NBC Sports (formerly Versus). Officials will announce many event details during a Thursday press conference in Las Vegas...
Submitted Sep 3, 2012 8:50AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
A Look Back at Some of the Greatest Villains
(mmafighting.com)
After the publicity surrounding the cancellation of UFC 151 - which will forever go down in history as the phantom card that never took place - Jon Jones, who has taken a share of the blame, is now likely to find himself, at least temporarily, as a member of a select group. You can use the term villain, bad guy, or heel, but it's the big star who goes to the cage with thousands booing their lungs out, hoping to vicariously live through their opponent in seeing them beaten. When one of the fighters is truly hated by the crowd, it can increase ticket sales and it creates a great atmosphere surrounding fights. But heels in mixed martial arts are very different from those in the movies or in pro wrestling. In the movies, the bad guy is scripted ahead of time and everyone knows the role they have to play. In pro wrestling, the same is true, although it's not as cut and dried, because the live audience sometimes has a mind of its own. Sometimes they like people they are supposed to hate...
Submitted Sep 2, 2012 9:23AM by grappler0000 - 17 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
The fighter Anderson Silva didn't try to finish
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has failed to finish his opponent in only two UFC fights. At UFC 112 he spent five rounds toying with Demain Maia, while taunting him with terms like "playboy" (it's a long story). The other was at UFC 97 in 2009, which also went the full five rounds. In an interview with Benjamin Back of the Brazilian newspaper O Lance (The Lance), Silva was asked if he had ever held off finishing an opponent to keep a PPV going longer. “There’s no such thing as holding back" replied Silva. "I want to finish as soon as possible. The only time I did it was because he was a friend of mine. It was against Thales Leites. We went until the last round because he’s a friend of mine and I respect him." Curiously, in an Brazlian Portuguese language interview with Leites by Tatame today, he denied that they are friends...
Submitted Aug 31, 2012 8:54AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
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