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Wanderlei dreams of TUF coaching role
“The Axe Murderer” revealed he has spoken with [UFC president] Dana White about appearing as a coach in future series, but admits he would have one major problem. Having seen the likes of Junie Browning causing chaos in “TUF 8”, Wanderlei admits he would probably end up fighting most of the housemates himself!
Submitted Feb 27, 2009 10:44PM by Wolfenstein - 11 comments
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Maia: I never truly wanted Bisping
“I heard I could be one of the guys and I want to be on the show as a main coach because I was assistant coach to Frank Mir last season. “So I just challenged Michael, hoping I could get on the show...but they put Dan Henderson on. “But for sure one day I want to be a main coach.”
Submitted Feb 27, 2009 10:41PM by Wolfenstein - 4 comments
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TUF 9 Finale Date Set: June 20 (No Spoilers)
UFC has announced the date for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale-June 20. A location has not been determined yet. The finale will air live on Spike.
Submitted Feb 27, 2009 5:38PM by DCRage - 2 comments
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Mustapha al Turk to face Todd Duffee at UFC 99
A heavyweight bout between Mustapha al Turk and UFC newcomer Todd Duffee is close to being finalized for the UFC 99 card on June 13 from the Lanxess Arena in Germany.
Submitted Feb 27, 2009 5:14PM by Wolfenstein - 4 comments
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'Rude Boy' Cut By UFC
Troy "Rudeboy" Mandaloniz has been dropped by the UFC following his unanimous decision loss to Paul Kelly at UFC 95. The loss took him to 1-1 in the UFC and he has become the latest victim of the organisation’s aggressive roster cuts. Writing on BJ Penn.com earlier, Mandaloniz said: "I thought I showed them what I was made of, but I guess not. I don't think I see too many other fighters out there fighting with the same passion and intensity that I bring".
Submitted Feb 27, 2009 1:19AM by MMAcca - 10 comments
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Tequila Cazadores to be Official Spirit Sponsor of UFC
Tequila brand Tequila Cazadores has agreed a new sponsorship deal with leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Under the new deal, which runs until March 2010, Tequila Cazadores will be official spirit sponsor of UFC. As part of its sponsorship Tequila Cazadores will be featured throughout the world on television broadcasts of UFC events, and in UFC digital and print media content and venue signage. Tequila Cazadores will also host adult consumer tastings, events and promotions to support the sponsorship. Tequila Cazadores vice president and brand managing director Ariel Meyer said, “[The] UFC organization has helped create mixed martial arts into a responsible, safe sport, with strict rules and regulations for athlete protection and fair play.
Submitted Feb 26, 2009 11:32PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
Joe Lauzon To Have ACL Surgery, Out 12-14 Months
Well, it looks like I will be having ACL surgery next week. I have had a history of bad luck with my knees. I have already had two knee surgeries… meniscectomies on both knees. Those surgeries were relatively simple because they just go in arthoscopically and shave down the meniscus. There is no stitching and no repairing done. The surgery scheduled for next week will not be so simple. Unlike the last two times, I will need my meniscus repaired. Instead of just shaving that little piece out, they will be stitching it up and getting it to sit back in place.
Submitted Feb 26, 2009 6:24PM by Bowen50 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
A long-rumored bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture and former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira appears set to take place.
Submitted Feb 26, 2009 1:54PM by Mchubb316 - 31 comments
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*Randy Couture Interview: Fedor now Possible!! - Wants Brock Also
Randy Couture talks in a new interview that a fight with Fedor is now possible. Also, he sums up how much he wants a Brock Lesnar rematch!
Submitted Feb 26, 2009 1:23PM by kastro_316 - 11 comments
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Hasim Rahman MMA Interview: Want's Fedor and to Fight Soon!
Rasim talks about wanting to fight Fedor and becomming the WAMMA heavyweight champion!
Submitted Feb 26, 2009 12:26PM by kastro_316 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
UFC’s Akiyama a Key to Other Asian Market
As soon as the news broke Wednesday that Yoshihiro Akiyama was UFC-bound, discussion blazed about Zuffa's continuing international expansion, and the signing's impact toward making inroads in the elusive Japanese market. Between the ultimately disastrous handling of the Pride Fighting Championships buyout, the company's courting of proclaimed Japanese MMA savior Satoshi Ishii and the recent signing of star Caol Uno, UFC President Dana White and Zuffa have remained adamant that the Japanese market was a priority for the company, a notion only furthered by their signing of Akiyama, who remains one of the few viable draws in Japanese MMA. It is extremely telling that the largest topic of the ensuing discourse is not where Akiyama, a borderline top-10 middleweight, fits into an increasingly interesting UFC middleweight class, but rather what the maneuver means for Zuffa's global strategy, whether it provides the company with any more leverage or interest in the market and whether it brings the Octagon any closer to a return to Nihon. It would be myopic, however, to see the signing of Akiyama strictly as an investment in Zuffa constructing a future in Japan. In fact, there's a more immediately extravagant and potentially lucrative market now ripe for the taking with the inking of Akiyama. His ethnicity -- which has been both a gift and a curse over the course of his career -- may provide the company with a genuine cultural superstar in the growing South Korean market that Zuffa has already been keenly courting. While he was born in Japan, Akiyama is a fourth-generation "zainichi," or ethnic Korean. His status as a K-1 star has afforded him a high athletic profile in Japan. However, as evidenced by their booming and creative film industry, South Koreans appreciate a stellar drama, and over the last eight years, Akiyama's cinematic personal story has seen him ascend from ignominious pariah to esteemed hero. Interesting article that deals with the current business environment of mma in Asia.
Submitted Feb 26, 2009 11:46AM by ncordless - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
Paul Kelly Moving From Welterweight To Lightweight
Following through on plans to leave the Welterweight division "on a winning note", UFC fighter Paul Kelly has announced he will be dropping to Lightweight for his next fight. Kelly, 2-1 in UFC so far, also plans to sign a new deal with UFC before his next fight.
Submitted Feb 26, 2009 10:58AM by DCRage - 6 comments
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Shane Carwin Is Not Even Close To Reaching His Full Potential...Yet
That's what he personally thinks of his MMA career so far when talking about his upcoming UFC 96 fight against Gabriel Gonzaga. Scary when you take into account that he's a part-time fighter with a full-time day job too.
Submitted Feb 26, 2009 10:56AM by DCRage - 3 comments
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Rory Markham Fought with a Collapsed Lung at UFC 95
According to Sheridan's post on mixedmartialarts.com: Rory's a friend of mine, and he's NOT making any excuses, but this is a pretty crazy story. He had a terrible weight cut in London, and cramped so badly after the weigh-ins that one of his lungs collapsed. He didn't even know it. He just said he was feeling pretty shitty.
Submitted Feb 26, 2009 3:45AM by Wolfenstein - 9 comments
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Never one to sit back and miss an opportunity, UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck will return to action on May 23 as a part of the upcoming UFC 98 card in Las Vegas against an as of yet unnamed opponent.
Submitted Feb 26, 2009 3:42AM by Wolfenstein - 7 comments
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"American Kickboxing Academy heavyweight Cain Velasquez will move up another rung on the UFC heavyweight division ladder when he faces longtime veteran Heath Herring at UFC 99. Sources close to the fight told MMAWeekly.com that the fighters had agreed to face each other at the UFC’s German debut on June 13, though bout agreements have yet to be signed. "
Submitted Feb 25, 2009 9:42PM by Khaos - 23 comments
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Shane Carwin UFC 96 Fight Blog (Part 2)
This week, I've really been amazed and grateful for the support I've been getting in our community. I have some of the most amazing fans and this week has been a strong reminder of that. Here at home, and even on the road, I have encountered the best fans that MMA has to offer. Everywhere we go, people in town are stopping me to wish me good luck. There are months of sacrifice that go into getting ready for a fight; a lot of blood sweat and tears pour out in the privacy of our gym. I really do appreciate the fact that you recognize my efforts. Thank you to the great fans of this sport because without you I wouldn't be where I'm at. Not only that, but you are what injects this sport full of the energy I thrive on.
Submitted Feb 25, 2009 1:08PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
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Keith Jardine Won't Fight Rashad Evans For The UFC Title
So says Jardine, another guy putting friendships ahead of fists in UFC. Of course Jardine knows such a fight won't happen anytime soon, even if Jardine beats Quinton Jackson at UFC 96, but Jardine admits that if it is offered it would be "a great problem to have".
Submitted Feb 25, 2009 11:05AM by DCRage - 22 comments
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UFC Announces Full UFN 18 Card
For it's first trip to Tennessee, UFC is loading up it's April 1 UFN 18 card with 11 total fights. The card will be headlined by TUF 8 winners Efrain Escudero and Ryan Bader as well as WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit making his UFC debut.
Submitted Feb 25, 2009 10:51AM by DCRage - 7 comments
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Velasquez, Swick Targeted For 99 Returns
A couple of UFC fighters out of AKA are likely going to make the trip to Germany for UFC 99-top Heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez and Welterweight Mike Swick are both expected to be in action on the card but opponents haven't been determined.
Submitted Feb 25, 2009 9:51AM by DCRage - 5 comments
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