Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Strikeforce GP Semifinals Conference Call Highlights

A quartet of MMA?s premier heavyweights face off in less than two weeks as part of the semifinal round of Strikeforce?s ongoing World Grand Prix with the race to the finish line made even more wide-open by the removal of Alistair Overeem for health-related and contractual reasons. Ready to rumble on September 10 in Cincinnati, [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/08/30/strikeforce-gp-semifinals-real-time-conference-call-highlights/

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Junior Assuncao returns to UFC in featherweight bout with Eddie Yagin at UFC 135

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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There are still one or two spots for the UFC to fill on next month's UFC 135 event with only ten fights currently scheduled, and they've reportedly got one of them covered, as MMAWeekly.com reports that Junior Assuncao will take on Eddie Yagin in a featherweight bout.

Assuncao, the older brother of UFC bantamweight Raphael Assuncao and fellow fighter Freddy Assuncao, returns to the UFC for the first time in four years. Assuncao went 1-2 in a three fight stint in 2006 and 2007, with a win over David Lee sandwiched by submission losses to Kurt Pellegrino and Nate Diaz.

Since then, Assuncao has posted a 7-1 record, including a current six fight winning streak. He's also posted first round stoppage victories in each of his last three fights.

Yagin enters the UFC off of a big win of his own, a first round submission over former Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Soto to capture the Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Title earlier this month. The win was his seventh in eight fights, and brought his career record to 15-4-1.

UFC 135 takes place on Sept. 24 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., headlined by a Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

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Penick's Analysis: This is a good featherweight fight, and considering they're getting less than a month's notice this is actually a really good fight for the preliminary card. Both fighters get a chance to make a statement and bring themselves into the ever-developing UFC featherweight division. Assuncao has been on a tear recently, and Yagin just picked up perhaps his biggest win as well, so this should be a really good matchup for the fans in Denver.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_10293.shtml

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Better UFC promo video? UFC 134 ?shocked crowd? or Brock ?screwed? with the wrong guy pre-UFC 121?

Not many casual fans know Yushin Okami, so the UFC has wisely put of all of its UFC 134 eggs in the Anderson Silva basket. The commercial currently running for UFC 134 is brilliant. Showing shots of an amazed and dazed crowd following Silva's front knockout of Vitor Belfort is a hit.

The only promo I've enjoyed as much or more was the video produced by a "mystery" source with Cain Velasquez and Co. poking fun at Brock Lesnar before their tilt at UFC 121 (NSFW). Understandably, this one never made it to television.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Better-UFC-promo-video-UFC-134-8216-shocked-c?urn=mma-wp5990

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MMA on TV

Welcome to ?MMA on TV?, Five Ounces of Pain?s weekly update on the upcoming MMA-broadcast schedule. Miss the latest episode of ?MMA Live? or ?UFC Unleashed?? Wondering when Showtime, Spike TV, or HDNet are airing a replay of their latest offering or interested in finding out where to tune into live shows occurring over the [...]

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Reminder: Countdown to UFC 134 airs Thursday, Aug. 25

Remember to tune into Spike TV at 11:00pm ET on Thursday, August 25th for the debut of Countdown to UFC 134. Go behind the scenes as the UFC returns to Brazil for the first time in thirteen years with a stacked card headlined by middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Riding an incredible 14 fight winning streak, [...]

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What Type of Shorts Should You Wear During MMA Training?

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mendes Wants Florian/Aldo

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Nogueira hopes to answer the critics in his comeback fight

It seems like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira went from contender to card filler overnight. That really hasn't been the case, but for many there's a lot of doubt over what the PRIDE fighting legend has left in the tank.

"Big Nog" is only 35 years old, but he's battled injuries over the last three years and gone just 1-2. Now he's facing one of the UFC's young lions in Brendan Schaub. It's been a long battle against knee and hip injuries.

"Besides my physical and technical performance, I have the will to do anything. See four months ago, I couldn't walk. I recovered for several months to take this challenge to fight at UFC Rio," said Nogueira.

Nogueira said his rapid return was made possible by his high level training partners like Junior dos Santos, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, Rafael Cavalcante and Antonio "Big Foot" Silva.

Damon Martin from MMAWeekly and ProMMARadio's Larry Pepe joined Cagewriter to break down Big Nog's chances against Schaub.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Nogueira-hopes-to-answer-the-critics-in-his-come?urn=mma-wp6232

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Bellator signs 16-1 submission specialist Giva Santana

Bellator Fighting Championships bolstered their middleweight roster this week with the addition of slick submission expert Giva Santana. The Pan-American BJJ champ joins a rising 185-pound division already featuring the likes of Bryan Baker, Zelg Galesic, Vitor Vianna, Brian Rogers, Alexander Shlemenko, and of course explosive champ Hector Lombard.

?A lot of fighters like to go [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/08/17/bellator-signs-16-1-submission-specialist-giva-santana

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Writer's Nitpicking Comments About Strikeforce Commentator Pat Miletich Epitome Of Media's Attitude Towards Strikeforce

Source: http://www.watchkalibrun.com/2011/1/10/1927102/writers-nitpicking-comments-about-strikeforce-commentator-pat

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MMA shorts

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ProElite 1 Results: Kendall Grove avenges loss to Joe Riggs, Andrei Arlovski gets first win since 2008

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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ProElite returned to the promotional world of mixed martial arts on Saturday night, bringing their first event to Honolulu's Neil S. Blaisdell Arena.

Featuring a rematch between Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs in the night's main event, the card provided finishes galore, with all but one of the event's fights ending before it could reach the judges.

Grove and Riggs first met over seven years ago, with Riggs handing Grove the first loss of his career in what was just his third fight. That bout also took place in Honololu, with Riggs knocking Grove out in the first round. However, Grove needed just 59 seconds to get his revenge on Saturday, locking up a guillotine choke after Riggs took him down to force the submission.

In the other featured bout on the card, Andrei Arlovski picked up his first win since the final event from former ProElite-owned promotion EliteXC in October of 2008. After four straight losses, three of which came by knockout, Arlovski took a TKO victory over Ray Lopez in the third round after compiling damage throughout the fight.

Also on the card, B.J. Penn's younger brother Reagan made his MMA debut against Paul Gardiner, and finished the fight with a rear naked choke in just 70 seconds.

Additionally, NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion Mark Ellis took home his first victory on the card, submitting Jake Huen in second round. Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann earned a submission victory of her own, stopping Raquel Pa'aluhi with a third round keylock. Finally, former UFC fighter Drew McFedries earned his second straight win in 2011, finishing Garrett Olson in the second round.

Check out video from the main card below:

McFedries vs. Olson



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McMann vs. Pa'aluhi



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Ellis vs. Huen



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Arlovski vs. Lopez



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Grove vs. Riggs II



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Ba Te er  Ryan Bader  Siyar Bahadurzada Bao Ligao  Josh Barnett 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Complete Card For Evolution Championships 7

Kevin Garvey sent along the following information:<Br><Br>

Evolution Fighting Championships 7?s card is finalized. There will be 16 big fights on the card, with 3 titles on the line. The show takes place this Saturday, August 27, at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey. Doors open at 5:00pm and the event begins at 6:00pm.<Br><Br>



In the main event, Ben Syers takes on Caleb Solano in a long awaited showdown that has fans buzzing. Syers is reigning and defending Evolution FC champion and Solano is the man who wants to take his belt. Promoter Steven Katz, who is also the Evolution Fighting matchmaker, is excited about this match up.<Br><Br>




?They?ve both been working their striking,? said Katz. ?They?ve both been working their takedowns and takedown defense. As far as their training, as far as their striking to grappling, they?re both pretty much equally focused. Technically speaking, who has the better striking or who has the advantage in striking, that we?ll see Saturday night. They?ve both shown the willingness to step up and bang and throw shots. It?s a great fight and I?m glad it?s on my show.?<Br><Br>




In the co-main event, Mark Agnew was supposed to be fighting for the vacant 147 pound title against Dwayne Holman, but he?s out of the country and won?t be back in time. So Team Renegade fight Taylor Costantino, Syers?s teammate, has stepped up to take his place and challenge Holman. Costantino?s decision to fight has impressed Steve Katz.<Br><Br>




?You got a 19 year old kid, with one fight, who is coming off that victory,? Katz explained. ?He?s been prepared to fight for some time now. I had trouble matching him up in March, the fights fell through. It was just bad luck. Then in June he was on deck at the Asylum and the show gets cancelled after six fights and he doesn?t get to fight. Now this comes along and he steps up to take it. Dwayne Holman?s been boxing a long time. He?s got remarkably good hands, good footwork. And Taylor steps up to take the fight.?<Br><Br>




In the third title bout, this one for the 126 pound strap, Caleb Solano?s brother Ariel takes on Mike Colon. This match too is going to be a barnburner.<Br><Br>




?Both of these guys have something to prove in this fight,? Katz said. ?So that?s going to be another great fight, 126 pounds, for that belt, which is vacant. And the contenders for that belt, I?ve got a lot of guys fighting between 130-135 pounds that can make 126.?<Br><Br>




The entire card is stacked, and Katz has been getting a lot of positive feedback from fans.<Br><Br>




?I?m really happy with the card,? he said. ?I?ve got a great card here. I?ve gotten comments, emails and online notices about the fight card. People are looking forward to it.<Br><Br>




Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 718-607-4158. The fights begin at 6:00pm. Doors open at 5:00pm at the Rahway Rec Center, 275 East Milton Avenue, Rahway, New Jersey, 07065. For fans who can?t make it to the venue, the fights will also be broadcast on GoFightLive.tv. <Br><Br>




Here is the complete card:<Br><Br>

Frank Buenafuente vs Mike Hanrahan <Br>
Herney Herrera vs Brayan Moncada <Br>
Angel Arroyo vs Christopher Jeffry <Br>
Dave You vs Billy Mac Nair <Br>
Joseph Curcio vs Peter Lampasona <Br>
Peter Sarter vs Ruben Ayala <Br>
Jay Velasco vs Westley Chow <Br>
Daniel Carbonel vs Melvis Figueroa <Br>
Hugh McKenna vs Aldo Eguia <Br>
Ramy Awad vs Richard Delgado <Br>
Rafal Niewiarowski vs Rashid Evans <Br>
Adam Que vs Gladstone Allen <Br>
Marcin Wyka vs Chris Edmund <Br>
Ariel Solano vs Mike Colon -- 126 pound title fight<Br>
Dwayne Holman vs Taylor Costantino --147 pound title fight<Br>
Ben Syers vs Caleb Solano ? 140 pound title fight<Br><Br>

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UFC 134 Rio ? Dana White Video Blog Day 2

Follow UFC President Dana White on a whirlwind media tour from Los Angeles to Miami to Brazil leading up to UFC 134 pre-fight press conference. UFC 134 Rio – Dana White Video Blog Day 2 is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News

UFC 134 Rio – Dana White Video Blog Day 2 is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News

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Mikey Burnett  Murilo Bustamante  Grant Campbell  Gesias JZ Calvancante  Luiz Cane 

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub Fight Video UFC 134 Rio

UFC 134 Rio main fight card videos of Antonio Rodrigo “Big Nog” Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub. The bout took place on 08/27/2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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Daley vs. Radev @ BAMMA 7

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Junior Dos Santos Interview - UFC

Heavy-handed Junior Dos Santos steps back into the Octagon? against a man considered to be an equally dangerous striker, Shane Carwin. Will Junior's speed advantage be enough to hand Carwin his first KO loss? Watch UFC 131 Live on Pay-Per-View and www.UFC.tv on Saturday, Jun 11th at 6/9PM PT/ET.

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