Drew McFedries vs. Mike Massenzio at UFC Fight Night 15
Hard-hitting Drew McFedries (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will meet UFC newcomer and former IFL fighter Mike Massenzio (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 15 in September.
The fight, first reported by fiveouncesofpain.com, has since been confirmed by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The bout is likely to end up on the night's un-televised preliminary card.
UFC Fight Night 15, which takes place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb., features co-main events of Nate Diaz vs. Josh Neer and Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida.
McFedries, a Team Miletich fighter, most recently defeated Marvin Eastman at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale. Like his other UFC victories -- over Jordan Radev and Alessio Sakara -- the win came via first-round knockout. His only losses in the UFC are to middleweight contenders Martin Kampmann and Patrick Cote.
Massenzio fought just once in the IFL and suffered a first-round submission loss to Danillo Villefort. The defeat snapped his nine-fight win streak, which included four-consecutive submission victories prior to his IFL debut. He fought primarily in the Reality Fighting and Ring of Combat organizations. According to fiveouncesofpain.com, the former collegiate wrestler signed a four-fight deal with the UFC.
The Florian Report – Week Four
We’re in cruise control now. The hard work is done, so it’s about keeping the weapons sharp, continuing to do what we’ve been doing, and staying mentally focused for this fight.
‘El Matador’s March to UFC 87 – Week Four
We’re getting close to fight week, and my mom and some other friends have been a little bit more nervous than I have for this fight. So I kinda sat back and told everyone ‘It’s all right, we’ve done this rodeo before. We’ve been here and done this. This fight is like any other fight. The only difference is the hype behind it.’ That’s the way I feel. To me, it’s just like any of my other fights, but at the same time it’s the most important fight of my life because it’s happening right now. All my other fights were just as important as this one because if I didn’t win them, I wouldn’t be where I’m at. My job’s on the line every time I step in there.
Couture's Legal Battles Continue
The legal chess match between UFC parent company Zuffa LLC and three-time heavyweight champion Randy Couture (Pictures) shows no sign of imminent resolution, as neither side appears willing to budge.
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."
New Interview from Frankie Edgar!!!
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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.”