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Freddie Roach Trains ‘Improperly Taught’ Shogun Rua to Punch
Renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach was brought onboard Mauricio Rua’s training camp for UFC 161 to help Rua with his striking. Rua is known for his muay-thai game but according to Roach, when it comes to technical punches, Rua wasn’t properly taught how to throw them. Roach spoke to GracieMag on his work with Rua: “I was studying a lot of tape on him to get an idea of how he fights”; “He didn’t know how to transfer his weight too well, and he wasn’t a very big puncher at first,” Roach stated “Once we got him pivoting and punching off the right foot, keeping his boxing stance, he punched really, really hard when he did it correctly.” This new power could be a turning point in the 31-year old’s career especially after someone like Roach claims that before his work with Rua: “I don’t think he was ever taught how to do it correctly.” This, along with a new cardiovascular program that Roach plans to introduce to Rua, could transform the former light-heavyweight champion into a whole new fighter.
Submitted Mar 14, 2013 8:51PM by Shawn91111 - 24 comments
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Diaz says St. Pierre is on 'plenty of steroids', UFC won't do anything
Nick Diaz kept up his verbal attack on UFC 158 opponent Georges St. Pierre today, saying that he's on steroids today on a radio show. He made hints at it at today's press conference, but Nick Diaz just came out and said it afterwards on a radio show. On The Fan 590, a Sportsnet radio station, Diaz laid his steroid allegations towards UFC 158 opponent Georges St. Pierre out there for hosts Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro. Here's what they had to say in regards to Nick's statement: "I believe that he's is on plenty of steroids, and I don't think they test around here either. I doubt I'll be tested as well. I don't care what they say to the fans or the media, I don't think we'll be tested. And if so, he's probably got a bottle of piss in his pocket."
Submitted Mar 14, 2013 5:32PM by Shawn91111 - 32 comments
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UFC 158 press conference video
At the UFC 158 press conference, UFC president Dana White, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz will discuss UFC 158 and more Thursday afternoon in Montreal. Carlos Condit, Johny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger, and Nate Marquardt are also scheduled to appear at the UFC event at the Bell Centre.
Submitted Mar 14, 2013 5:02PM by Shawn91111 - 4 comments
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GSP's master plan revealed - Diaz, Hendricks, Anderson Silva
Georges St. Pierre's ex-manager Stephane Patry claims that the UFC Welterweight champion has a three-fight masterplan that begins by "hurting" Nick Diaz at UFC 158, finishing "disrespectful" challenger Johny Hendricks and then taking a Super Fight against Middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
Submitted Mar 14, 2013 4:46PM by Shawn91111 - 5 comments
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All UFC fight-night bonuses now capped at $50,000
MONTREAL – All of the UFC traditional fight-night bonuses – for "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night" – now will result in checks for $50,000. That's the word from UFC President Dana White, who confirmed the recent $50,000 awards will be the standard amount. That includes this weekend's UFC 158 event at Montreal's Bell Centre. "It was only fair," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Mar 14, 2013 3:49PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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White: Mark Hunt earns title shot with UFC 160 knockout of Junior dos Santos
MONTREAL – The man who the UFC once tried to pay not to fight may soon find himself competing for the promotion's heavyweight title. Following today's UFC 158 pre-event presser in Montreal, UFC President Dana White told a group of reporters that should Mark Hunt (9-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC) score a knockout win over former champ Junior dos Santos (15-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) at May's UFC 160 event, "The Super Samoan" would likely earn himself a UFC title shot. "How is this guy not next in line?" White asked.
Submitted Mar 14, 2013 3:48PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
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Dana White: UFC 'probably' will cut Nick Diaz if he fails UFC 158 drug test
MONTREAL – UFC President Dana White said the organization "probably" will cut Nick Diaz if the title challenger fails his drug test at Saturday's UFC 158 event. White laid out the scenario following today's UFC 158 press conference at Montreal's Bell Centre, which also hosts this weekend's pay-per-view title fight between Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC). Diaz, who attended the press conference after no-showing Wednesday's open workouts, addressed the topic of drug tests during the media event. The fighter, who recently concluded a yearlong suspension after a second failed drug test due to marijuana, suggested he's taking extra precautions to assure he doesn't fail a third test.
Submitted Mar 14, 2013 3:46PM by Budgellism - 16 comments
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UFC 164 set for Aug. 31 at Milwaukee's Bradley Center
The UFC returns to Milwaukee's Bradley Center on Aug. 31 for UFC 164. UFC President Dana White today announced the new event, though there are currently no rumored fights for the card, which serves as the latest in the promotion's "Hometown Throwdown" series. The evening's main card will air on pay-per-view.
Submitted Mar 14, 2013 3:45PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
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Johny Hendricks isn't going to be a douchebag and trash talk himself into a title fight like Nick Diaz
I haven't heard much about all the fights Diaz has won or how he tore through the rest of the division to get his crack at the crown. But why get caught up in details at this point? Diaz has talked his way into a title shot while Johny Hendricks, who already beat two former number one contenders during his five-fight winning streak (with three violent finishes) settles for Carlos Condit. "Bigg Rigg" explains why (via Fight World): "I don't trash talk because I have too much respect for everybody. But, there is a point in time where enough is enough. If I get through Carlos Condit, [Georges St. Pierre] has nothing to stand on - he can't go after anyone else except for me and I can't wait for that day. I can trash talk, but I don't know GSP. I can say he is this, this, this and this, but it doesn't mean it's true. Know what I mean? I could easily do that, but I don't want to be that kind of douchebag. His main little quote is, 'You've never faced anyone like me.' Bullshit. You've never face anyone like ME, that's why he didn't want to take the fight." A lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans think Hendricks is full of hot air. Some fighters do, too, including Nick Diaz, who told media members he didn't think anyone wanted to see St. Pierre fight the bearded brawler, which gave Hendricks the impression that Diaz isn't much of an MMA fan. "Obviously, [Nick Diaz] has never seen me fight, because I knock people out. What does Diaz do? He talks trash, throws his hands up and that's it. I knock people out. When's the last time any of you have seen me use my wrestling? Six, seven fights ago? I used it a little bit on Josh Koscheck, but not much. That's one of my attributes that nobody's seen. For him to say [nobody wants to see Hendricks vs. GSP], he's not an MMA fan."
Submitted Mar 14, 2013 10:47AM by SmileR - 11 comments
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Roland Delorme meets Edwin Figueroa at UFC 161 in Winnipeg
For the first time in the UFC, Roland Delorme gets a true home fight. The bantamweight fighting out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has a slot on this summer's card in Canada in his home city. Delorme (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will meet Edwin Figueroa (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 161. UFC officials announced the fight booking late Wednesday. UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MPS Centre in Winnipeg with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The main event is an interim bantamweight title fight between interim champ Renan Barao and former WEC champion Eddie Wineland. The latest UFC 161 card now includes: Champ Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland - for interim bantamweight title Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio Rua Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley Sean Pierson vs. Anthony Waldburger Patrick Barry vs. Shawn Jordan Sam Stout vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac Stipe Miocic vs. Soa Palelei Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
Submitted Mar 14, 2013 9:42AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan Sung Jung confirmed for UFC 162
A featherweight tilt with massive title implications is set for UFC 162 on July 6th, as Ricardo Lamas fights Chan Sung Jung, better known as the Korean Zombie.
Submitted Mar 13, 2013 10:52PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
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Rory MacDonald reinjured; trainer says UFC welterweight won't rush back again
MONTREAL – Saturday could have been Rory MacDonald's coming-out party. Instead, he'll be watching UFC 158 from the seats. MacDonald (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was supposed to fight Carlos Condit (28-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a rematch at UFC 158, which takes place at Bell Centre in Montreal, MacDonald's home training ground. But a neck injury took him out of the fight – and now he will be sidelined longer than hoped after aggravating the injury by returning to training too quickly. Canada's Sportsnet first reported the development, and Tristar Gym head Firas Zahabi on Wednesday confirmed MacDonald's reinjury to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Mar 13, 2013 7:12PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Dana White says Nick Diaz tried to get Georges St. Pierre to fight him in a hotel in 2011
Dana White says that Nick Diaz attempted to track Georges St. Pierre down in a hotel, leading to GSP's overwhelming dislike for Diaz.
Submitted Mar 13, 2013 4:18PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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Nick Diaz ditches open workouts, Cesar Gracie wants to reschedule
With just three days before his title fight with Georges St. Pierre, welterweight contender Nick Diaz has decided to skip the open workouts.
Submitted Mar 13, 2013 1:52PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
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UFC 160: Junior dos Santos opens as big betting favorite over Mark Hunt
Mark Hunt asked for it, he (eventually) got it, and now he's a big underdog. As expected, oddsmakers have made former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos a large favorite over Mark Hunt for their UFC 160 heavyweight bout. Here's a look at the line (via BestFightOdds):
Submitted Mar 13, 2013 1:23PM by Budgellism - 15 comments
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Herschel Walker not done with MMA, wants one more fight in UFC
More than two years have passed since 51-year-old Herschel Walker entered an MMA cage, but the former NFL great wants one more shot – in the UFC.
Submitted Mar 13, 2013 11:13AM by FastKnockout - 17 comments
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Wanderlei Silva doesn't mind being called out by Tom Watson
Former PRIDE champ Wanderlei Silva today sounded a bit surprised that British fighter Tom Wason called him out, but not the least bit upset.
Submitted Mar 13, 2013 12:50AM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
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Waiting for next bout, John Dodson tackles bullying, eyes 'Ninja Warrior' slot
Six weeks removed from a failed bid for the UFC flyweight title, John Dodson doesn't yet know when he'll see the octagon again, but that isn't keeping him from staying busy.
Submitted Mar 13, 2013 12:48AM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Craig vs. Leben, Baczynski vs. Melancon added to July's UFC 162 event
"The Crippler" returns at UFC 162, and he'll have a "Highlight" waiting on him in the cage. Additionally, "The Polish Pistola" meets Brian Melancon (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC officials revealed on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight" that Chris Leben (22-9 MMA, 12-8 UFC) has been booked for the July event against once-beaten Texan Andrew Craig (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). Meanwhile Seth Baczynski (18-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets two-time Strikeforce vet Brian Melancon. Featuring a headlining bout of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. top contender Chris Weidman, UFC 162 takes place July 6 at at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Submitted Mar 12, 2013 11:04PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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UFC 161 adds Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac to Winnipeg card
A light-heavyweight bout between Ryan Jimmo (17-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Igor Pokrajac (25-9 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is the latest addition to this summer's UFC 161 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout, citing an original report from The Canadian Press' Neil Davidson. UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg and is the promotion's first visit to the Canadian province of Manitoba. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Jimmo vs. Pokrajac likely will be part of the prelims.
Submitted Mar 12, 2013 4:38PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
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