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UFC's Fabio Maldonado: 'Americans Will Take MMA Over'
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado opened up an interesting line of thought in an interview with Brazilian website R7.com recently (article translated by Eduardo Cruz of Fighters Only). Basically, he believes that Brazilians are falling behind Americans in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, in conditioning and other areas. Due to a bunch of recent losses by Brazilian fighters to their American counterparts, he was asked about the topic and was very frank with his response: Questioned about a potential lack in the conditioning of Brazilian athletes compared to American ones, he went straight to the point: "I agree with this analysis. Perhaps Brazilians miss the point in training. It's not that we train less, but sometimes we confuse the amount of training with quality. It's sad to say but Americans will dominate the mixed martial arts future," he told R7.com.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 11:08PM by FastKnockout - 37 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rick Story on Fighting Nate Marquardt on Short Notice: 'No Hesitation'
(mmafighting.com)
Rick Story hadn't even yet gotten over the soreness of his May 28 win over Thiago Alves when the phone rang. On the other end was an offer to fight Nate Marquardt, a former middleweight No. 1 contender who was dropping down to welterweight and in need of an opponent after originally scheduled foe Anthony Johnson was forced out. The proposed fight at UFC on Versus 4 would come with less than a month to recover, study and prepare. For some, the answer would have been a simple no. For others, they would have needed some time to think it over. But for story, the question to fight on short notice might as well have been a rhetorical one.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 7:41PM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
"UFC on Versus 4: Marquardt vs. Story" weigh-ins set for June 25th
(mmajunkie.com)
Weigh-ins for this month's "UFC on Versus 4: Marquardt vs. Story" event take place Saturday, June 25, at the Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. The same venue hosts the following night's Versus-broadcast fight card, which features a headliner between former middleweight Nate Marquardt and fast-rising welterweight prospect Rick Story. Doors to the festivities open to members of the UFC Fight Club, the promotion's official fan club, at 1 p.m. ET. The public is welcome to enter at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 7:13PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 131 'Prelims' ratings average 1.6 million viewers on Spike TV
(mmamania.com)
Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" special for UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" on June 11, 2011, averaged 1.6 million viewers, up from the 1.3 million it scored for the UFC 130: "Rampage vs. Hamill" undercard offering back on May 28. The two-fight broadcast from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada featured the eventual "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" winners. Sam Stout proved his "Hands of Stone" are as lethal as ever when he caved in the right side of Yves Edwards face, delivering a scary -- and explosive -- knockout.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 7:08PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vancouver Commission Comments on UFC 131 Elkins vs. Omigawa Decision
(mmaweekly.com)
Judging is currently one of the most heated subjects of debate in the world of mixed martial arts. This past weekend’s UFC 131 in Vancouver only served to fan the flames. Darren Elkins and Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 131 There were several decisions brought into question at Rogers Arena, but none that rivaled the backlash over the night’s opening bout between Darren Elkins and Michihiro Omigawa, which aired live on Facebook and YouTube. It was a back-and-forth fight with both fighters getting in their licks, though most people watching felt Omigawa had bested his opponent. In the end, however, all three judges scored the bout in Elkins’ favor, two of them 29-28, the third 30-27. As soon as Elkins was declared the winner the backlash began. The online forums and, of course, Twitter, blew up with comments decrying the decision. Not easily missed among those incredulous over the decision was UFC president Dana White. “Then you’ve got the Omigawa fight, where this guy loses the fight and Joe Silva said he was pulling a (Kazushi) Sakuraba and wasn’t going to leave the Octagon. He was going to stay in there, Joe had to beg him to leave,” said White after the post-fight press conference, discussing his criticism of the state of MMA judging. “We’re going to pay him his win money. I don’t care what the judge said; he won the fight. I say he won, overruled.” That of course takes care of Omigawa’s pocketbook, but it doesn’t change his official record, which now reflects back-to-back losses in the Octagon following a five-fight winning streak. The backlash over the decision was strong enough that the Vancouver Athletic Commission decided to comment on the scoring of the fight.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 3:03PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brendan Schaub Believes a Win Over Nogueira Will Make Him Number One Contender
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub spent a while campaigning for a fight with former Pride and UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134, and Nogueira accepted. While a win over Big Nog would certainly be huge for his career, Schaub might be a little bit off with what he thinks he'll get out of a win - namely, the number one contender's spot at heavyweight. In a video interview with MMA30.tv, he discusses the fight: It's the toughest test of my career. Nogueira's as tough as they come, I think he's the toughest heavyweight in the division. A win over him puts me right in the number one contender's spot and I'm looking forward to the challenge.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 12:03AM by FastKnockout - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ben Rothwell vs. Mark Hunt In the Works for UFC 135 in Denver
(mmaweekly.com)
A heavyweight match-up is in the works for UFC 135 in Denver as Ben Rothwell looks to return to action as he faces former K-1 fighter Mark Hunt on the card.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 12:00AM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White Says No Set Plans Yet for Fitch, Penn, and Shields
(bloodyelbow.com)
In the hoopla surrounding UFC 131, a bit of welterweight news flew under the radar. There has been much speculation about some of the top-level welterweights ever since the rematch between Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn went down in flames due to injuries. In the meantime, Penn and Jake Shields turned to twitter and challenged each other. Where does this leave these guys?
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 11:43PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bantamweights "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Damacio Page targeted for UFC 135
(mmajunkie.com)
A bantamweight bout between Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (18-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Damacio Page (15-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is in the works for UFC 135. UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the September fight. Although not officially announced, UFC 135 takes place Sept. 24 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The night's main card, including a likely Jon Jones vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson championship headliner, airs on pay-per-view.
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 7:43PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shane Carwin's Post-UFC 131 Blog - 'I Can't Recall Much of the Fight'
(bloodyelbow.com)
While Shane Carwin wasn't able to come out on top at UFC 131, he answered a lot of questions people had about him. No matter how you view Shane as a fighter, it's pretty obvious he has a ton of heart. He took to his blog last night, and spoke with respect and admiration for Junior dos Santos. What's a bit troubling is that he says multiple times that he doesn't remember much of the fight. He starts with the first round: As the fight started I just did not feel like myself, I wasn’t able to get my feet moving and Junior capitalized quickly. As he was pummeling me I kept trying to find a way to defend myself so Herb would not stop the fight. Junior was landing solid shots and that is where probably he broke my nose.
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 4:54PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 134: Anderson Silva motivated to defend Brazil against Yushin Okami on Aug. 27
(mmamania.com)
Keyword: motivated. This is usually the issue when dealing with a fight genius like Anderson Silva. He's so far ahead of the rest of the class, he often gets himself in trouble for acting out. Like the way he toyed with Patrick Cote before "The Predator" blew his knee out at UFC 90. Or how he laughed at Thales Leites and his feeble attempts at taking their fight to the floor at UFC 97. The worst of it was his shuck and jive routine against Demian Maia at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. This performance was so embarrassing to Octagon boss Dana White, he literally threw the belt at Silva's manager, Ed Soares, and told him in so many words, "You f*cking put the belt on him."
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 4:20PM by pmoney - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With UFC bringing in flyweights, will Tachi Palace suffer? Luchau doesn't think so
(mmajunkie.com)
A unique selling point of Tachi Palace Fights in recent years has been its flyweight division. The California-based promotion has recruited talent aggressively and built a roster that includes several of the world's top-ranked 125-pound fighters. With recent news that the UFC is soon to add the sport's lightest class to its roster, you'd think Tachi would be bracing itself for a exodus of talent, and naturally not be too happy about it.
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 4:15PM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
 
Following UFC 131 loss, Shane Carwin has broken nose, possible orbital fracture
(mmajunkie.com)
Following a UFC 131 main-event loss to Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin was unavailable to the media in the post-fight press conference and instead was ushered to the hospital. Carwin, who was badly bloodied in the first round of Saturday's fight, ultimately survived the onslaught and settled for a unanimous-decision loss. In a blog post, Carwin discussed the fight while confirming a suspected broken nose and a possible orbital fracture.
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 3:49PM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Nearly blind, Shane Carwin was hoping for 'one clean shot' against Junior dos Santos
(mmamania.com)
Shane Carwin: Engineer, fighter, salesman? The former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion had to convince the cageside doctor not to stop the UFC 131 main event on June 11 in Vancouver after Junior dos Santos made it nearly impossible for him to breathe. And he was unable to see.
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 12:05PM by pmoney - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
NY - Stop Fighting This Sport! - by Dana White
(nydailynews.com)
N.Y., stop fighting this sport: Mixed martial arts is safe -- and our economy needs the kick By Dana White If you've paid any attention to mixed martial arts over the past decade, you know the sport has exploded. It has the highest pay-per-view numbers of any sporting event, is broadcast on numerous cable, satellite and network television stations, enjoys mainstream sponsorships and has a large and diverse fan base. It is sanctioned in 45 of 48 U.S. states that have athletic commissions and across Canada and Australia. Unfortunately, MMA fans in New York are forced to enjoy the sport from afar. Here in New York, MMA is totally banned. It's long past time to overturn that prohibition. It's a safe and respectable sport that's every bit as legitimate as boxing or professional football. I won't pretend to be objective. I run the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the single most popular MMA promotion company. While I think that our fans here in New York and the city would profit immensely from legalization, it will also certainly affect my bottom line.
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 10:41AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Despite NHL competition, "I wouldn't change" a thing about UFC 131
(mmajunkie.com)
If the UFC is to measure itself against Vancouver hockey, it might as well compare itself to water, food or air. Hockey, UFC president Dana White said, is "like a religion" in Vancouver. So it's no surprise this past weekend's UFC 131 event may have been a bit overshadowed by the Canucks and the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. White, though, said if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn't change a thing about UFC 131 and the company's trip to Vancouver.
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 9:10AM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Michael Bisping Opens As Heavy Favorite Over Mayhem Miller for TUF 14 Finale
(mmaweekly.com)
While the fight is still six months away, the first odds have been released for the middleweight fight between Michael Bisping and Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller for the fight taking place at the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ season 14 finale.
Submitted Jun 12, 2011 9:51PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White on Herb Dean: ‘He’s the Best Referee Ever in the History of the Sport'
(mmaweekly.com)
A couple of incidents at UFC 131 made the case for UFC President Dana White to once again proclaim referee Herb Dean as the best in the business.
Submitted Jun 12, 2011 9:49PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 131 Results: FightMetric Reports for Dos Santos vs. Carwin, Florian vs. Nunes, and Maia vs. Munoz
(bloodyelbow.com)
Last night's judging was like watching Manny Ramirez shag flyballs in the outfield. The judges caught some balls hit right at 'em, wandered aimlessly and made an adventure of some routine shots, and completely misplayed others leaving themselves looking foolish and incompetent and making fans wonder why the manager continues to play them in the field instead of hitting as the DH.
Submitted Jun 12, 2011 9:47PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Junior dos Santos Installed as Early Favorite Against UFC Champ Cain Velasquez
(mmafighting.com)
Junior dos Santos had not even gotten back to his locker room by the time fans and media everywhere were deep in thought about his future UFC heavyweight championship bout with Cain Velasquez. Another party quite interested: gamblers. According to noted MMA linesmaker Nick Kalikas, dos Santos is a slight edge in the possible fall matchup. Just moments after UFC 131 ended, Kalikas installed dos Santos as a -125 favorite, giving him a very slight edge over the champion, who was listed at -105. Man I wish I had some money to throw down on Velasquez. I know he'll be going into the fight with a big layoff, but I have Cain winning.
Submitted Jun 12, 2011 7:53PM by kopower - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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