Dellagrotte: Florian Could Run Through Huerta
The following quote is from an interview with Kenny Florian's trainer, Mark Dellagrotte on Sherdog.com
Sherdog.com: What’s your breakdown of Florian’s upcoming fight against Roger Huerta?
DellaGrotte: In my opinion, I think Kenny’s going to determine what type of fight he makes it. Kenny could run over Roger if he really wants to, or he could allow Roger to give Kenny a fight. I think Kenny’s ability to harness his energy and ability to control his aggression and not become emotionally attached to the fight -- like Roger likes to fight -- is going to give Kenny the technical advantage that he needs. If Roger is able to get in Kenny’s head and make him fight a sloppy, wild, Roger Huerta -style of fight, then obviously that type of fight fits Roger Huerta. Kenny knows he not only needs to use his technical abilities, but he also needs to play a very mental game with Roger … make sure Roger doesn’t take him out of the element of his technical ability and turn him into a brawler. I know Roger’s going to try to do that, and that’s what we’re going to try to avoid in this fight.
Nobody Wants To Fight Lyoto Machida
I was watching the fantastic Margarito vs. Cotto fight on Saturday, and all of the talk surrounding Margarito was that nobody wants to fight him. He has an aura around him as a legit tough contender that can damage a money-making reputation. This brought up one name in my head, one fighter in MMA that fits that profile: Lyoto Machida. Lyoto is a fighter that has, in just a short amount of time, made quite a name for himself. Right now, the name is one that high level competition are flat out looking to avoid right now. Lyoto has always had an aura around him, always been met with a certain degree of hype, only to then confuse both fighters and fans.
I remember New Japan Pro Wrestling and Inoki hyping up the debut of the mysterious LYOTO. For those that (luckily) aren’t in the know when it comes to the sordid history of New Japan Pro Wrestling, Antonio Inoki was able to take a company that was incredibly influential to the world of MMA in Japan to a company obsessed with trying to compete with modern MMA, as pro wrestling had been exposed as inferior to MMA. In Inoki’s mind, pro wrestling was just as strong — or stronger — than Mixed Martial Arts. I could write for days on this subject, but instead, I will focus on where LYOTO fits into the picture. Lyoto was Inoki’s hand picked successor to his throne of Japanese fighting star. He was under Inoki’s control, trained where Inoki wanted him to train and only fought on Inoki-approved events.
After getting stitches 77 times, Marcus Davis discusses recent scar-tissue surgery
After UFC welterweight Marcus Davis (16-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) saw his 11-fight win streak snapped at UFC 85, many fans were critical of the performance of "The Irish Hand Grenade."
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, it was nearly a month after that loss to Mike Swick before Davis would comment on a severe shoulder injury that hampered his performance that evening.
"I don't like to talk a lot about injuries and stuff like that because I think they can be excuses," Davis said while a guest on a recent episode of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com. "Because nobody fights 100 percent."
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“I take about a week off. I usually get right back to it. Being that I’m a little banged up, you know, I’ve still got some stitches from the fight. As soon as I heal I’ll be right back training.
I want to be the best. I had a setback in my last fight and I know I’ve got a lot to prove still and improving as well. But I eventually want a World Championship.”- Frankie Edgar
Thales Leites Talks Training, Dean Lister And More
Thales Leites took time out from his busy training schedule to sit down with us and answer some questions. going to face the North-American Dean Lister, Jiu Jitsu specialist, at UFN 15 – in September. Check it out:
ER:Dean Lister has beaten Jeremy Horn by submission. He is a fighter who has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as his main weapon of attack. What did you think about the choice of this opponent and what game plan do you intend to put in practice to beat him?
Zuffa Rumored To Have Signed Third "Team Bombsquad" Member Mike Massenzio
It's been an eventful week for "Team Bombsquad" to say the least. First came the news that light-heavyweight prospect Jon Jones had signed with the UFC and would be fighting at UFC 87 against Andre Gusmao, then featherweight John Franchi signed a deal with the WEC.
The new rumor is that 185lb. rising star Mike Massenzio (11-2) has signed a deal with the UFC, and will debut at Ultimate Fight Night 15 against the heavy-handed Drew McFedries of Miletich Fighting Systems.
Former UFC Contender Coming Out Of Retirement
6'10" Heavyweight Gan McGee, a former UFC Heavyweight best known for losing a title fight against then-champion Tim Sylvia only to see Sylvia later fail a drug test but keep the win, is coming out of retirement. He'll fight for the Florida-based XFC organization on September 13.
Tito Ortiz Not Yet Signed To Affliction
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is not out of the Octagon just yet.
Despite several published reports of Ortiz’s whereabouts, Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio today told MMAWeekly.com that he has not signed the popular UFC fighter. Atencio claims that Ortiz’s promotional contract with the Las Vegas based company precludes that.
“I can’t talk to Tito until after August 3rd,” Atencio says. “Everybody just wants to read into it and put whatever they want on the internet.”
Fabricio Werdum Sign 5-Fight Deal With UFC
Fabrício Werdum has signed a new 5-fight contract with the UFC. The Brazilian has beaten Brandon Vera and Gabriel Napão by TKO and will fight again in October. The opponent has not yet been confirmed but is thought to be Junior dos Santos.
Werdum is waiting on the title-match between Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira, the current heavyweight champion, and number one contender Frank Mir; both of them are coaching opposite one another for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, SpikeTV's popular reality show. Werdum has stated his desire to face Minotauro for two reasons:
UFC does a press release to humiliate Elite XC
In their effort to smash the competition, UFC brushes aside business ethics and made THIS press release:
"SPIKE TV’S RE-BROADCAST OF UFC 84 DRAWS MORE YOUNG MEN THAN A LIVE PRO ELITEXC CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT ON CBS
Need proof the UFC is the preeminent mixed martial arts brand in the world? On Saturday, July 26, more men 18-34 watched a repeat…a repeat…of a UFC event on Spike TV than a LIVE telecast of a Pro EliteXC championship card on CBS. "
It gets better. They compare EliteXC to the XFL, purposely call them "pro eliteXC" to make them sound like the WWE. Check it out, its pretty funny.
Ibarra and Rampage Part ways
With defeat as the impetus, Jackson responded to rough terrain by relieving the trainer of his duties, though “bottom line, somehow, someway it all involves money,” said the fighter’s friend.
Jackson is now out of psychiatric observation and is attending outpatient treatment on a daily basis, but he didn’t seem completely cured after his initial release.
“He would still make comments that were slightly weird,” said Jackson’s longtime associate. “You could tell that he wasn’t all the way there, but each day you could tell he was better…He knows what he went through,” said the source. “He knew he had an emotional breakdown that led to a mental breakdown.”