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Is Jorge Rivera The Love Child Of Chuck Norris & Bruce Lee?
Michael Bisping thinks so in his altest bit of trash talk, where he expresses disappointment with the choice of his next foe and drops quite the funny one-liner about the great martial arts movie stars. "I was expecting a big name opponent after [the Akiyama] win. I've been in the UFC for five years almost, which is an achievement in itself, and was hoping to step back up in class to push my case for a UFC Title shot in 201 So the name ‘Jorge Rivera' didn't exactly send a surge of excitement through me, put it that way. Rivera has won his last three - all by KO - and everyone in the UFC is at least a top 25 guy in the world, but at first I wasn't much for the fight. All of a sudden he thinks he's a tough guy smart talker. Oh, okay Jorge. But before he makes a proper fool of himself I think he needs to look closely at the people he's been beating, and ask himself why he's been beating them. He hasn't beaten anyone as good as me. I'm not saying he's not dangerous, he can obviously punch and will have a war, but I'm surprised he's been talking the way he has. We're talking about a guy who's got submitted by a welterweight kick-boxer, but the way he talks he's Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee's lovechild. He's not in my class and I am going to show him all about it next month. But feeling embarrassed will be the last of his worries because I'm going to beat the hell out of him."
Submitted Jan 28, 2011 12:49PM by DCRage - 6 comments
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Joe Stevenson vs. Danny Castillo A Late Addition To UFC On Versus 3
With Paulo Thiago vs. Johny Hendricks now off UFC On Versus 3 due to a Thiago injury, it appears that Joe Stevenson vs. Danny Castillo will be a late addition to fill the card. Although the planned bout's placement is not ye tknown it could replace Thiago-Hendricks on the TV card.
Submitted Jan 28, 2011 12:46PM by DCRage - 8 comments
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THrough Tragedy & Loss, VItor Belfort Found The Strength To Persevere
It hasn't been an easy path back for Belfort since his sister was abducted & murdered in 2004, but he's made it back with a little help from a higher power. "We have words for if you’ve lost your husband, you’re a widow; if you’ve lost your parent, you’re an orphan; but if you lost your child, they don’t have a name for that. That’s so painful that they don’t have a name for that. I think there is two ways to get to God, through love or through pain. Mine was through pain. I can see now that through that tribulation, I’m a new man. I’m a strong man. I’ve matured. I’m not perfect. I still struggle with many things, but it’s a process. I’m in the middle of the process and every day I try and prove myself so I can fight through that process, which never ends."
Submitted Jan 28, 2011 10:54AM by DCRage - 4 comments
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Forrest Griffin Feels "Weird" And "Nervous" Heading Into Rich Franklin Fight
He says it's because of his extended break between fights...a little too extended for his tastes. "A good break now and then is great for your body, but it was too long. This is the most ring rust I've ever had. I'm not excited about it... Being off for the year, that's huge. It's a weird feeling. I'm a little more nervous than usual."
Submitted Jan 28, 2011 8:03AM by DCRage - 7 comments
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UFC Cuts Amilcar Alves
The pink slips are starting to go out from UFC to fighters again-after Tim Hague was let go yet again by the promotion earlier today, word now has come out that Amilcar Alves is now gone. After an 11-1 start to his career that earned him a shot in UFC, he quickly went on the Losing Streak Of Doom with UFC losses to Mike Pierce and Charlie Brenneman.
Submitted Jan 27, 2011 8:25PM by DCRage - 2 comments
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UFC Cuts Tim Hague (Yet Again)
It's the 3rd Strike 3 for Tim Hague today, as he confirmed he's been cut by UFC for the third time in his career. After being TKO'd by Matt Mitrione at UFC FFTT 2, Hague is now only 1-4 career in UFC. He said he intends to make it back for a 4th time but for now will take a break and consider dropping to 205.
Submitted Jan 27, 2011 2:22PM by DCRage - 8 comments
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Mario Yamasaki To Referee UFC 126 Main Event
Veteran official Mario Yamasaki will serve as the referee for next weekend's UFC 126 main event between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. Judging the five-round fight will be Adalaide Byrd, Sal D'Amato and Glenn Trowbridge. NASC Executive DIrector Keith Kizer confirmed the assignments today.
Submitted Jan 27, 2011 2:18PM by DCRage - 5 comments
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Paulo Thiago scratched from UFC on Versus 3, Johny Hendricks in limbo
An undisclosed injury has forced welterweight Paulo Thiago (13-3, 3-3 UFC) to withdraw from a bout with Johny Hendricks (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at UFC on Versus 3. A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Hendricks may get another opponent or be shifted to another card. Hendricks' camp, Team Takedown, also confirmed the news via Twitter. UFC on Versus 3 takes place March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., and its main card airs on Versus. The news comes just six days after MMAjunkie.com reported that Thiago vs. Hendricks had verbally agreed to the bout, which was targeted for the event's preliminary card. UFC executives officially announced the fight a few days later...
Submitted Jan 27, 2011 8:53AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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UFC 129: 42,000 Seats, Tickets Range From $50-800
A little more than two weeks before tickets are set to go on sale for April's highly anticipated "UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields" event, the world's largest mixed martial arts promotion has released more details about what's up for sale. In short, approximately 42,000 tickets that will sell from just $50 to a luxurious $800 for a cageside seat to the potentially historic affair. According to UFC officials, nearly one quarter of the available tickets will cost $100 or less. UFC 129 takes place April 30 at Toronto's Rogers Centre, home to Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, and features a pay-per-view welterweight title fight between current champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Jake Shields. "We are really excited to bring a UFC event to Rogers Centre and want to create the ultimate experience for fans," the UFC's director of Canadian operations, Tom Wright, stated in today's release. "We are working on specialized fan zones and other unique features that will make this a can't-miss event. With this card and the level of energy we expect inside Rogers Centre on April 30, UFC 129 is going to be off the charts." Seats on the Rogers Centre floor range from $300 to $800, while seats in the stands run from $50 to $225. Tickets for UFC 129 go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Feb. 12. Members of the UFC Fight Club, the UFC's official fan club, will have first dibs to the tickets on Thursday, Feb. 10. UFC.com newsletter subscribers can purchase tickets on Friday, Feb. 11.
Submitted Jan 26, 2011 7:44PM by DCRage - 4 comments
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Despite quick UFN 23 win, DaMarques Johnson not celebrating
DaMarques Johnson (12-8 MMA, 3-2 UFC) says the body triangle he applied to Mike Guymon (12-5-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) was simply a tool for freeing his hand so he could punch with it. But when Guymon tapped to the hold and rolled onto his side in pain, Johnson was both surprised and disappointed. He didn't expect the fight the end that way, and he wanted to fight on. It just happened so fast. He's also bummed that he hurt Guymon on his way to victory. "Bumps and bruises and blood is cool and all, but spinal injuries and stuff like that are 'no bueno' for anybody in the sport," Johnson recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). The two fought this past Saturday at "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2," which was held at Fort Hood in Texas and served as a fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Submitted Jan 26, 2011 3:54PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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"TUF 13" coach Junior Dos Santos: Weak-chinned Brock Lesnar can't take a punch
LAS VEGAS – Just a few short weeks ago, things really didn't seem to be working out for top UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos (12-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC). Despite earning a shot at the UFC's heavyweight title, Dos Santos openly expressed his frustration at having that bout delayed when Cain Velasquez was forced to the sidelines following surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. But things have quickly changed, and Dos Santos is elated to take a role as coach on "The Ultimate Fighter 13," which debuts in on Spike TV in March. And in fact, he's downright salivating at the looming showdown with his opposing coach, Brock Lesnar (5-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), a man he thinks provides a very favorable matchup. "When they told me to come and make 'The Ultimate Fighter 13,' I was very happy," Dos Santos told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It's a new opportunity for me. I was supposed to fight for the title, but Cain got hurt. When the UFC told me to come [to Las Vegas] and make this show with Brock, I was very happy."
Submitted Jan 26, 2011 3:52PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
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Spike TV announces four-fight main card for "UFC Fight Night 24: Ortiz vs. Nogueira"
For the first time in more than four years, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will fight on Spike TV. Now, his supporting cast is official, too. In addition to the previously announced Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira main event for March's "UFC Fight Night 24: Ortiz vs. Nogueira" event, Spike TV officials today announced the evening's main card will also feature Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson, Duane "Bang" Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah and Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan. "UFC Fight Night 24: Ortiz vs. Nogueira" takes place March 29 at Seattle's KeyArena and airs on Spike TV. All four main-card fights had been previously announced by UFC brass, but the evening's bout order had yet to be officially confirmed.
Submitted Jan 26, 2011 3:50PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
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Joe Schmoe Is Faster Than Kid Yamamoto
The Joe Schmoe being, in this case, Demetrious Johnson, who gets to welcome the former #1 Featherweight to UFC at UFC 126. "He’s one of the biggest stars in Japan. He’s like the Manny Pacquiao of Japan. He’s a good striker, very athletic. Everybody sees him as a legend of the sport – which he is – and I want to test myself against him. I’ll probably be the quickest person he’s ever come up against because he usually fights up a weight class at 145 or 155. I think he’ll find that I can match him in speed or maybe even be faster than he is. We’re both explosive so it’ll be fireworks when we’re in there together. I’ll just go out there and do my best," he said. "I love to fight. When I fight I don’t go in there for a paycheck, I go in there to have fun and just do my thing. I’m still just Joe Schmoe out on the streets just like everybody else and I like it like that."
Submitted Jan 26, 2011 12:53PM by DCRage - 4 comments
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UFC Officially Adds 3 Fights To UFC On Versus 3
The fight schedule for the UFC's first-ever event in Kentucky is nearly complete. UFC brass today officially added three more contests – including Rafael Natal vs. Alessio Sakara, Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Thiago and Steve Cantwell vs. Cyrille Diabate – to the UFC on Versus 3 fight card. Sakara is an injury replacement for Natal's original for, Maiquel Falcao.
Submitted Jan 26, 2011 12:51PM by DCRage - 1 comment
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Going Through Brock Lesnar Is A Better Path For Junior Dos Santos
At least according to his manager, the one & only Ed Soares. "Our first choice, and he rightfully deserves it, was to fight for the title, but considering that couldn’t happen, I think this is the next best thing that could have happened for his career. And in the long run, it might be a better path. To get the exposure that they’re going to get on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and then to fight a guy like Brock Lesnar, who is such a huge draw, I think it’s a pretty good solution to the problem.... You’ve got to fight to stay alive, he’s got to pay his bills. His last fight was in August and who knows when Cain would have been able to be back and fight. I think (Dos Santos) needs to stay sharp and he’s gotta not have any ring rust."
Submitted Jan 26, 2011 7:50AM by DCRage - 0 comments
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After Brock Lesnar Beats Junior Dos Santos He Plans On Taking His Title Back From Cain Velasquez
But he's also focused on his primary task ahead-TUF 13. "I have one thing in my mind for this whole thing, which is to help these kids and to improve their lives. More importantly, it's an opportunity for me to get down here and train and it's an opportunity for me to get my title back sooner rather than later. When I beat dos Santos, then I get a rematch with Velasquez and I get my f****n belt back. That's the way I'm looking at this."
Submitted Jan 26, 2011 7:48AM by DCRage - 9 comments
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Regardless of UFC Fight Night 24 outcome, Tito Ortiz not ready to retire
Tito Ortiz laughed it off at first. Then he realized they were serious. Not long after Matt Hamill handed him his third consecutive loss at this past October's UFC 121 event, he got a call from UFC executive Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC president Dana White. They told him he should retire. After the initial surprise, he pleaded with them. "I said, 'You guys have got to give me a chance, man,'" Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Look at my last fights. I fought Forrest Griffin last year with a ruptured disk in my neck, and I still fought to a split decision. I come back a year later after neck surgery, and I fight a guy who's on a five-fight win streak, and I lost a couple of takedowns. "You guys think I should retire? It's just crazy." He eventually convinced them to give him one last shot. White later called him back, and Ortiz (15-8-1 MMA, 14-8-1 UFC) asked for a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC), the twin brother of former PRIDE and UFC champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. "Little Nog" had most recently lost a unanimous decision to blue-chip prospect Ryan Bader.
Submitted Jan 25, 2011 8:46PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
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Mike Guymon Confirms Retirement, Will Continue As Trainer
UFC welterweight Mike Guymon is officially retired from the sport, and he's "at peace" with that decision. After a tough loss to DaMarques Johnson at this past weekend's "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2" event at Fort Hood in Texas, Guymon suggested in a UFC.com interview that his retirement was imminent. Today, Guymon, who's healing from rib and back injuries sustained in the fight, confirmed the decision but said he'll continue training other fighters. "It's too hard on my heart and mind," Guymon said. "That's when I knew it was time. "I'm at peace with retirement. I accomplished all I wanted to accomplish in MMA." Guymon was 12-5-1 career but finished with a 1-3 mark in UFC over his last 4 fights.
Submitted Jan 25, 2011 2:34PM by DCRage - 3 comments
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UFC FFTT 2: 1.85 Million Viewers
This past weekend's "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fights for the Troops 2" event scored a 1.3 household rating and an average of 1.85 million viewers. The event also peaked with 2.5 million viewers. The most recent "Fight Night" event, "UFC Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares," scored an average audience of just 1.2 million viewers in September.
Submitted Jan 25, 2011 12:29PM by DCRage - 0 comments
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Jon Jones Is "Pissed Off" At Aaron Simpson
Apparently Simpson started a Twitter war with comments about Jones' next fight at UFC 126 against Ryan Bader. Naturally, Jones' fuse was lit. "Didn't you lose your last 2 fights? Please don't piss me off, I actually have respect for ryan. Don't you have a fight scheduled? Focus on yourself instead of whether I'm ready or not. Are you familiar with the strike policy in baseball?"
Submitted Jan 25, 2011 10:32AM by DCRage - 10 comments
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