MFC Champ Antonio McKee: 'I'm the Best Wrestler in MMA'
Antonio McKee has been known to fight a methodical (safe) style due to small paydays, but now that there's more money involved, he plans on shedding his reputation of decisions at Friday's MFC 22 against Carlo Prater in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
"You're going to get a standup war in this fight," said McKee, who has been undefeated since a 2003 decision loss to Karo Parisyan. "If I lose this fight it's because I stood up and I tried to bang and I got caught."
In this exclusive interview with FanHouse, McKee explains his safe fighting style in the past that sacrificed entertainment, and why he believes there is no lightweight out there that can beat him – including UFC champ BJ Penn.
Thales Leites Signs With MFC
Former UFC Middleweight Thales Leites, cut after losing consecutive UFC decisions to Anderson Silva and Alessio Sakara, has signed with Canada's Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC). He is scheduled to debut at MFC 23 on December 4.
Tachi Palace Fights adds Joe Soto vs. Mike Christensen at debut event on Oct. 8
The soon-to-debut Tachi Palace Fights organization recently announced that undefeated Bellator featherweight champ Joe Soto (7-0) would appear on its first-ever card on Oct. 8 in Lemoore, Calif.
Now organization officials have found an opponent for "The Hammer."
Soto meets Californian prospect Mike Christensen (4-0) on the evening's main card, which takes place outdoors at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino.
Tim Sylvia has surgery, plans new year's return
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia finally got back on track, defeating Jason Riley recently at Adrenaline MMA 4 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. But just as quickly, he was derailed.
Bouncing back from the first three-fight skid of his career, Sylvia broke his right hand in the fight with Riley, taking him out of a possible bout fighting in Dream’s new hexagon cage on Oct. 25 in Japan.
Santiago waits for an opponent
Without fighting MMA since January, when he won his ninth victory in a roll, the Brazilian Jorge Santiago flew to Barcelona, Spain, to fight the ADCC, but he was eliminated on the first fight. “The invitation to ADCC came on the last week, but was part of my train, was really good to get the rhythm, some adrenaline, because I don’t fight since January“, said, talking with TATAME.com.
Bellator Champ Lombard to face Kalib Starnes
Bellator Fighting Championships has cleared middleweight champion Hector Lombard for a return to action in his home country when he faces UFC veteran Kalib Starnes at Cage Fighting Championship Oct. 9 in Queensland, Australia.
Lombard, a 31 year-old native of Matanzas, Cuba, recently returned to the US after an extended vacation in his adopted hometown of Sydney to begin training.
Yuji Hoshino vs. Marlon Sandro added to Segoku 11th Battle
Hishino, a DEEP and Pancrase veteran, fights for the first time for World Victory Road. The 34-year-old brings an 11-fight unbeaten streak into the bout a run that includes eight wins and three draws. The eight-year veteran has earned eight of his career wins by stoppage and counts Nate Marquardt, Chris Lytle, Shonie Carter and Satoru Kitaoka among his career losses.
Sandro looks to rebound from the first loss of his career. The Nova Uniao-trained fighter dropped a close split-decision to Michihiro Omigawa at August's "Sengoku Ninth Battle."
War Machine,Joe Soto head MMA's Return To Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
Mixed martial arts action returns to the birthplace of the WEC and Palace Fighting Championship.
The debut event for the newly formed Tachi Palace Fights, entitled "Most Wanted," takes place Oct. 8 at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casono in Lemoore, Calif.
Rising prospect Chad Mendes headlines the event, while former "The Ultimate Fighter 6" cast member War Machine and Bellator champion Joe Soto also feature prominently on the evening's main card.
After a successful five-year run by the WEC in Lemoore between 2001 and 2006, Palace Fighting Championship ran several well-attended mixed martial arts and hybrid events at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino between 2007 and 2009.
China's Art of War Hits the Road to Macao
Since 2005, the Art of War Fighting Championship has strived to establish itself as China's premier mixed martial arts organization. Featuring China's best martial arts athletes, the Art of War is recognized by fans and industry experts as the pioneer and leader of China's mixed martial arts revolution.
For the first time, our fans in Southern China will have the opportunity to witness the event live and in person. The Art of War Fighting Championship 14 - "Ground Zero" will make its Macau debut at the Venetian Hotel inside the fabulous Cotai Arena.
Elena "Babydoll" Reid - Future Star Of Women's MMA
As one of the fastest rising prospects in mixed martial arts, former WIBA and IFBA Women's Flyweight Boxing Champion Elena "Babydoll" Reid is seen by many as the future of the sport. She talks with MMARising.com about her career to date.
There are very few mixed martial artists who are touted as the future of an entire division after just two fights. Reid is one of those few. Following her 53-second televised destruction of Stephanie Palmer in October of 2008, Reid was hailed by many within the MMA media as a future star. Already a two-time world champion in boxing, and one of the best female boxers in the world, there are few if any challengers in MMA who can compete with Reid's striking.
Now 3-0-0 and having already engaged in one of the most action-packed women's bouts of 2009 when she defeated Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson in April, Reid will look to add MMA gold to her collection when she meets Japanese veteran Masako Yoshida in a title fight at an Extreme Beatdown event on October 24th.
Final Card For Sengoku 10th Battle On HDnet Sept 23rd
205 lbs.: Hiroshi Izumi (0-0) vs. Antz Nansen (0-0)
265 lbs.: Antonio “Junior” Silva (12-1) vs. “Big” Jim York (11-2)
155 lbs.: Ryan “The Lion” Schultz (20-11-1) vs. Kazunori Yokota (9-2-3)
185 lbs.: Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen (42-12) vs. Takenori Sato (9-6-4)
185 lbs.: Makoto Takimoto (5-5) vs. Jae Sun Lee (5-4)
170 lbs.: Maximo “Makishi” Blanco (3-2-1) vs. Tetsuya Yamada (3-1)
170 lbs.: Nick “The Goat” Thompson (38-11-1) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (18-2)
205 lbs.: Ryo Kawamura (10-4-2) vs. Fabio “Fabinho” Silva (11-5)
Sengoku Gold Cup Lightweight bout:
Ikuo Usuda (5-0) vs. Woo Hyun Baek (1-0)
Sengoku Gold Cup Featherweight bout:
Shigeki Osawa (3-0) vs. Ki Hyun Kim (2-0)
Sengoku Gold Cup Bantamweight bout:
Ryosuke Komori (4-1) vs. Jae Hyun So (2-6)
"Pequeno" Nogueira Is Back to "Reconquer Japan"
A little over a year ago, then-unknown Brazilian Jose Aldo spoiled the U.S. debut of Alexandre Franca "Pequeno" Nogueira at WEC 34. Despite reigning over Shooto's 143-pound division for years and possessing twice the MMA experience of his countryman, the man called "Pequeno" was no match for Aldo's agressive pace and blistering hand speed. To add embarassment to injury -- and by "injury," I mean the gushing forehead wound Aldo opened up in the second round -- Nogueira was suspended by the California State Athletic Comission for 12 months following the bout after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone.
Arona Outpoints Eastman at Bitetti Combat 4
"RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Ricardo Arona made a triumphant return to the mixed martial arts scene, as he defeated UFC veteran Marvin Eastman by unanimous decision in the main event at Bitetti Combat Nordeste 4 on Saturday at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium.
Away from the fight game for more than two years, Arona looked rusty, even though he declared himself well-trained in the days leading up to the event. Eastman forced the Pride Fighting Championships veteran to work throughout the three-round bout and used his cage experience to his advantage."
Horn tops Guida, Prangley and Beerbohm victorious at Arena Rumble
Picking up his second win since a three-fight losing skid and subsequent release from the UFC, Jeremy Horn stopped Jason Guida via first-round submission at Saturday's "Arena Rumble" event.
The show took place at the Spokane Arena in Washington.
Horn built off his June victory over Chris Davis at Adrenaline MMA III with a submission win over Guida, perhaps best known for getting kicked off "The Ultimate Fighter 8" after failing to make weight for the show's opening elimination round.
Bitetti Combat results: Ricardo Arona wins headliner, Paulo Filho and Pedro Rizzo victorious
In his first fight in two and a half years, former PRIDE Fighting Championships notable Ricardo Arona made a successful return to competition with a unanimous decision win over UFC veteran Marvin Eastman.
The fight headlined the newest offering from Bitetti Combat, a Brazil-based organization founded by Amaury Bitetti.
The show took place at the 19,000-seat Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and aired nationally on pay-per-view.
"Pee Wee" Herman earns swift KO over Don Frye at Shark Fights 6
Rising heavyweight prospect Dave "Pee Wee" Herman picked up a signature career win over a notable opponent on Saturday with a swift, 60-second TKO victory over MMA trailblazer Don Frye.
The fight headlined the latest offering from the Texas-based Shark Fights promotion.
"Shark Fights 6: Stars & Stripes" took place at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum in Texas and aired via online pay-per-view.