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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
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The Appeal of Georges St. Pierre Demands a Move to Middleweight
(bloodyelbow.com)
There's something special about Georges St. Pierre. Every time he fights, I'm left in awe by his performance. Last night he fought a 200 pound man who Josh Koscheck could not take down. Mohammed Lawal, an excellent wrestler in his own right, did not think St. Pierre would be able to take Alves down. He was wrong. St. Pierre was able to take him down almost at will, and did it even with a bad groin injury in the last two rounds. St. Pierre's run has been filled with fights that raised doubts. Would he crack under the pressure against Serra? Could he handle Fitch's tenacity and wrestling ability? Could he deal with Penn's quicker boxing and legendary jiu-jitsu? Could he take down a guy nobody else could, and if not how could he deal with a superior striker on paper? Since his loss to Matt Serra, he's answered every question with a resounding yes.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:57AM by emfleek - 17 comments
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Shane Carwin: Brock Lesnar Is "Lame"
(bloodyelbow.com)
Shane Carwin blogs about Brock Lesnar's post fight antics: "I cannot say I was surprised by anything that night other then Brock's reaction to beating a very tough Frank Mir. Frank is a legend and a great guy who got out powered not out classed. The sponsor issue, you need to talk to your manager not the fans or Dana."
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:53AM by emfleek - 11 comments
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UFC Fan Expo 2009 draws estimated 30,000 attendees, Hawaiian UFC event may do same
(mmajunkie.com)
A centerpiece of the UFC's historical UFC 100 event was the organization's first-ever fan expo. Part trade show, part grappling competition, part meet and greet, UFC president Dana White said at the UFC 100 post-event press conference that UFC Fan Expo 2009 drew an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 attendees. And with a few potential stadium shows on the horizon, those figures may not be the last time a group that large gathers in the name of a UFC event.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:46AM by emfleek - 1 comment
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Sean Sherk vs. Gleison Tibau agree to UFC 103 bout; Rich Franklin still possible headliner
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight contest before former champion Sean Sherk (33-4-1 MMA, UFC) and Gleison Tibau (12-7 MMA, 5-4 7-4 UFC), who will make his 10th appearance in the octagon, is nearly set for UFC 103. A source close to one of the fighters over the weekend told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) verbal agreements are in place and bout agreements are expected to be signed shortly. UFC 103 takes place Sept. 19 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Although not official, Rich Franklin is expected to headline the event.
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 8:45AM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana: EA Sports told us, 'You're not a real sport'
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC president Dana White says EA Sports responsible for current MMA video game war UFC president Dana White has a simple message for fighters dreaming of competing in the world-famous octagon: Don't do business with EA Sports. In an edict that started as a rumor on internet message boards, White stated after Saturday's historic UFC 100 event that he was "at war" with the popular video-game developers and that those that side with EA Sports will find themselves out of the UFC's good graces. But perhaps surprising to some, White insists it was EA Sports that fired the first salvo in the still-developing controversy. "It's easy to sit on the other side of the table and judge me on how I react to stuff like this," White said. "But let me tell you what – I've been in the trenches for almost 10 years, and I've been dealing with all these businesses, and EA was one of them."
Submitted Jul 13, 2009 12:20AM by mentalcase - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White “Blown Away” by Brock Lesnar’s Post-Fight Comments; Lesnar Appologizes for “Unprofessional” Remarks
(mmafrenzy.com)
"I was blown away. I don’t think in the history of the UFC we’ve had anybody do that. It’s not who we are, and, to be honest, it’s not who he is. You hang with these guys personally, and you get to know them. If he was a dick, I’d tell you right now this guy is a psycho and I don’t know what I’m going to do with him. He’s not. He’s a smart guy. The sponsorship thing was the craziest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. “Brock went so far over the top, I can’t even put it into words. WWE — that’s what it is. We had a talk. We talked like men, and he said he was sorry. He said, ‘I’m embarrassed by what I said.’ I take his word for it this time.”
Submitted Jul 12, 2009 8:03PM by scobac - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 100 Draws 11,000 for Near-Record $5.1 Million Live Gate
(mmafrenzy.com)
An estimated 11,000 fans attended UFC 100 on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, generating a $5.1 million live gate for the historic pay-per-view event, which was co-headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir and Georges St-Pierre vs. Thiago Alves.
Submitted Jul 12, 2009 8:01PM by scobac - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Akiyama, Belcher, Henderson, and Lawlor Earn Record UFC 100 Fight Night Bonuses
(mmafrenzy.com)
Yoshihiro Akiyama, Alan Belcher, Dan Henderson, and Tom Lawlor each earned record $100,000 Fight Night bonuses for their performances of Saturday at UFC 100.
Submitted Jul 12, 2009 7:59PM by scobac - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: ‘We’ll do Brock vs Fedor and it’ll be a huge fight’
(mmamania.com)
“This whole Fedor thing has been going on and on and on. I keep saying this and that about him and he keeps waiting. Eventually, Fedor’s going to be here. I want Fedor. I want him to come to the UFC and everything else. [Lesnar] just became the heavyweight champion. We’ll end up getting that deal done. And then we’ll do Brock vs. Fedor, and it’ll be a huge fight.” – UFC President Dana White envisions Fedor Emelianenko becoming a possible addition to his heavyweight division at last night’s UFC 100 post-fight press conference. White and Co. worked hard to bring the Russian on board after the collapse of Pride FC; however, talks broke down when the parties could not agree on an exclusive fight contract. It would be a minor miracle if Emelianenko ever signed with the UFC … he and his camp appear to mix like water and oil when it comes to working with UFC execs. Stranger things have happened, however. In the meantime, Emelianenko is penciled in to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett this August in the third — and perhaps last event held by Affliction MMA. White seems confident “The Last Emperor” will find his way to the Octagon because after his July 11 performance, Brock Lesnar is quickly running out of viable contenders.
Submitted Jul 12, 2009 1:59PM by SmileR - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lesnar Loves Being UFC's Beiggest Villian
(msn.foxsports.com)
The UFC enters its next centennial with something the company has sorely lacked. A true villain. A snarling, seemingly unstoppable bully plowing through opponents like in World Wrestling Entertainment pretend fights. Brock Lesnar was a star there once. He plays the role to a tee.
Submitted Jul 12, 2009 10:41AM by zephead - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tito Ortiz banned from the UFC Fan Expo: The UFC ‘doesn’t cherish me at all’
(mmamania.com)
“The biggest problem is the UFC in general. They’re all about branding their name. We’re the guys who get inside the cage. Strikeforce is working toward making superstars, not worried about their brand. It really comes down to a respect value. They don’t respect me. They don’t cherish me at all. UFC wouldn’t let me go to the Fan Expo. I feel very sorry for all my fans. I’m here for the fans, I’m going to support them no matter what.” Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz talks about his exclusion from the UFC Fan Expo in Las Veag during the hoopla for the big UFC 100 weekend. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” — whether you love him or hate him — is a 21-fight veteran of the Octagon and has been a key player in some of the biggest feuds in mixed martial arts history including his two bouts with Chuck Liddell and his much ballyhooed trilogy against Ken Shamrock. Is UFC President Dana White doing a disservice to the fans by suppressing the significance of Ortiz out of personal dislike? Or does Tito share just as much of the blame?
Submitted Jul 11, 2009 12:16PM by SmileR - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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