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MMA Top 10 Welterweights: Will GSP Make the Division Boring?
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Georges St. Pierre has, in his last five fights, avenged his only two career losses and beaten the three toughest opponents the UFC could find for him. He's dominated all five fights, winning all 18 rounds. So what's next for GSP? Take a look after examining my list of the Top 10 welterweights in MMA.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:24AM by emfleek - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF TALK FROM KIMBO: "I'M A FIGHTER"
(mmaweekly.com)
Kimbo Slice is a free man after being cooped up in a house with fifteen other UFC heavyweight hopefuls. The 35-year-old sat upstairs last Thursday at the Spike TV booth near the back of the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay as hordes of fans waited below for a glimpse of his beard. The remaining cast members milled about in front of the stage after their public unveiling, signing autographs and chomping at the bit to go home that evening.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:20AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
The Massive Task of Producing the UFC 100 PPV
(bloodyelbow.com)
Emma May chronicles a little bit of what goes into putting on the show at the Vancouver Sun: An intricately designed remote camera hung just overhead of the octagon and slid along 18 vertical and horizontal cords turning its long lens on the fighters to capture the overhead angles, while four hand-held camera men stood on tall stools at four corners of the octagon. Crane-mounted cameras filmed the fighter’s walk-ins and still more digital cameras filmed back stage goings on and scenes from the crowd.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:17AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC president Dana White: "They'll need to kill me" to keep the UFC out of Japan
(mmajunkie.com)
Despite what he calls extreme opposition, and despite the recent headaches caused by the country's top fight executives meddling in Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's relationship with the organization, Dana White said the Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to Japan. To date the organization has hosted just four events in the country, the most recent of which was "UFC 29: Defense of the Belts," held in Tokyo eight-and-a-half years ago. Although "dirty, sneaky, bad guys in Japan" allegedly don't want him there, White said they'll need "to kill me" to keep him out.
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 8:16AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
10 Questions for Lorenzo Fertitta
(sherdog.com)
He’s the majority owner of the most successful fight promotion in the world -- yet Lorenzo Fertitta rarely takes centerstage. However, to commemorate UFC 100, fans were treated to a special one-hour question and answer session with the reserved billionaire casino owner last Saturday at the UFC Expo in Las Vegas. With the fans at the helm, here are some highlights: We have “The Ultimate Fighter” for the 155ers on Spike TV, but what about something for the 135- and 145-pounders on Versus? Fertitta: We talked a lot about developing some sort of reality show for Versus. Now, we certainly don’t want to copy “The Ultimate Fighter” and what we’ve done on Spike, but we have been working on concepts where we can try to find new talent, bring new talent back to the WEC. You will see something happen where we have some kind of a show that will be a breeding ground for new talent to get into the WEC. There’s an online petition called FedorChant.com, where a thousand people are going to cheer “Fedor” (Emelianenko) during the main event (at UFC 100). Is that going to put more pressure on you, and just the fact that Fedor doesn’t want to sign because of sambo, was that something that you’d ever overlook? ...
Submitted Jul 14, 2009 7:50AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Dana White's UFC 100 Video Blog - Fight Day
(demandmma.com)
Follow the link to see Dana's video blog for the day of the fight, which includes up close and personal video of Dan Henderson knocking out Michael Bisping. Check it out!
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:59PM by BrutalKnockOut - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal at UFC 103
(mmaweekly.com)
A middleweight contest between Drew McFedries and Tomasz Drawl is on tap for UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas, MMAWeekly.com has learned from sources close to the fight. The UFC has yet to make its second trip to the Lone Star State official, but the American Airlines Center is expected to host.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:16PM by Bowen50 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 100 Medical Suspensions
(boxing.nv.gov)
The NSAC has posted the official UFC 100 results on its website, which also reveal the medical suspensions handed down after the event.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:01PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 100: In defense of Brock Lesnar
(mmamania.com)
At UFC 100 on July 11, Brock Lesnar soundly defeated Frank Mir in front of a hostile crowd and millions of viewers at home to unify the UFC heavyweight championship. The former WWE superstar spent eighteen months preparing for that moment. In fact, since his debut at UFC 81 in February of 2007, Lesnar has done nothing but listen to how green he is. And how he couldn’t finish Heath Herring at UFC 87 despite the fact that the “Texas Crazy Horse” has no ground game. Or how he was losing to Randy Couture at UFC 91 but scored the win because Father Time robbed “The Natural” of his reaction speed and Lesnar has giant mitts. Leading up to his rematch with Mir, everything about Brock was how awful he was technically, how preposterous it was that a 3-1 wrestler was championship material. Mir even offered to train him after the event to help him become better.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 4:41PM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic Signs Three-Fight Deal With UFC
(mmafrenzy.com)
Heavyweight veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has signed a three-fight contract with the UFC, ending weeks of speculation about whether the popular Croatian fighter would return to the UFC or ink a deal with Japan-based DREAM. UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta announced the signing on Saturday during a Q&A with fans at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas before UFC 100.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 4:20PM by Bowen50 - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 100 was a Flop Outside of the Octagon
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Over the last year, Dana White and the UFC spent countless hours and a tremendous amount of money to promote UFC 100 – which was billed as the most important night in Mixed Martial Arts history. There were countdowns on both Yahoo! and Spike TV leading up to the event. Even ESPN – which had previously given MMA very little coverage in the past – spent all week leading up to UFC 100 promoting the spectacle. I had waited months to see UFC 100. Yet when it was over I turned to the room full of people I was watching it with and asked, “That was it?” UFC 100 was no different than any other UFC pay-per-view event. It was a few fights, they showed me Turkish from the movie Snatch sitting in the crowd and then I was given the disturbing mental image of Brock Lesnar mounting his wife.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 3:22PM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The new UFC Octagon girl is…
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Forty beautiful women spiced up the action inside the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Saturday in hopes of becoming the next UFC Octagon Girl. After three rounds of judging, including a sultry bikini competition and a sportswear round, Las Vegas resident Natasha Wicks won the contest.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 3:20PM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Michael Bisping Speaks on KO Loss to Dan Henderson
(demandmma.com)
Check out the link to see what Michael Bisping has to say about his loss to Dan Henderson, what he remembers from the fight, and how he plans to return.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 2:44PM by BrutalKnockOut - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
In Search of the Elusive Mainstream
(bloodyelbow.com)
For many fans, mainstream press coverage of MMA is some kind of validation. Having been looked down upon for years for enjoying such a violent sport, seeing it on Sportscenter makes them think everyone else was just late to the party. Going mainstream is now the biggest straw man out there; it's a debate-shifting tactic more than anything else, and bringing it up assumes that going mainstream is actually an option. The idea that ESPN would one day have an "MMA tonight" and anchors of SportsCenter would discuss it alongside football and basketball as an equal was always a preposterous notion. Take away the two most controversial events at UFC 100, and you still have a blood-soaked mat starting the show, a man who couldn't open his eye and could barely walk after his fight, a vicious one-punch knockout, and a main event comprised of one man headlocking the other and beating his head in. After all this, do we really believe it is Brock Lesnar's antics that will keep this sport from going mainstream?
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 2:38PM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 100 Salaries, Lesnar, St. Pierre get tops
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 100's two successful title defenders, heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and welterweight title-holder Georges St. Pierre, each earned event-high $400,000 paydays from the July 11 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today requested and received the list of official disclosed salaries from Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer. UFC 100, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, had a total disclosed payroll of $1,790,000.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 1:36PM by babytater03 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lorenzo Fertitta says teammate vs. teammate bouts are not optional in the UFC
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Ever wonder what the odds are the you would end up seeing a fight between Tyson Griffin and Gray Maynard from Xtreme Couture; or a battle between Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine for Greg Jacksons?
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 1:35PM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Quote of the day : Frank Mir "Within Half-An-Inch Of Catching Brock Lesnar"
(bloodyelbow.com)
"When Lesnar didn't come after me, that really threw me off." "He didn't land any punches on his feet, did he?" "I didn't expect him to run." "He ran like a lightweight. ... It's my fault. I should have trained that he would be intimidated from the standup" fighting position." This is pretty delusional to me. Does anyone agree with this. I just didn't see it the same way Mir does, and I think he's kidding himself.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 11:10AM by scoozna - 48 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Did the judges ‘rob’ Alan Belcher at UFC 100 with Yoshihiro Akiyama decision win?
(mmamania.com)
Ringside announcer Joe Rogan thought so, voicing his disappointment during the pay-per-view (PPV) telecast and following it up on his Twitter.com page in all caps: “Alan Belcher got ******* ROBBED.” “The Talent” and “Sexyama” went toe-to-toe for three fulls in their middleweight showdown at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, last night (July 11, 2009). It was an exciting back-and-forth battle with both fighters exchanging several hard shots
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 9:12AM by emfleek - 40 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
GSP ADMITS INJURY WAS VERY BAD DURING TITLE WIN
(mmaweekly.com)
On Saturday night, Georges St. Pierre took another step towards proving that he belongs in the same sentence as other legends of sports history such as Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Muhammed Ali. But when he faced Thiago Alves at UFC 100, he spent almost half the bout with an injury that would have put most others on the sideline, asking for the fight to be stopped.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 9:01AM by emfleek - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 100 Wrap-Up: The Brock Lesnar Era Begins
(bloodyelbow.com)
Brock Lesnar doesn't just stop offense. He stops all movement from underneath. He keeps hips from swiveling and shoulders pinned to the mat. He uses a combination of size to blanket his opponent, strength to control them and natural athletic power to throw short yet crushing strikes in tight range. The secret to Bruce Lee's "one inch punch" was just physics: can you generate enough force in the one inch margin to knock a man off of his feet? For Lesnar, it's a similar circumstance. Even with Mir's head cradled in one arm and the other arm hand fighting with Mir, Lesnar needs only a few inches to land a substantive punch that won't turn the lights out, but quickly accumulates the punishment. Mir previously criticized Lesnar's ground and pound for not creating enough distance when he strikes, but if your power is so massive that you require nothing more than a marginal space, what can one reasonably do to defend?
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:59AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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