Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Paul Daley is at it again. The BAMMA 7 weigh-ins went down today in Birmingham, England, and Daley...
Georges St-Pierre has grown a bit weary of the promotional/media game. Yesterday, even if it was only a momentary blip, Nick Diaz bailing from UFC 137 gave us a rare glimpse of the real GSP.
During a live press conference, where he was shocked to find out just minutes before that he wouldn't be fighting Diaz, St-Pierre came across as honest and funny.
There's only so many times you can answer questions about an upcoming fight. On top of that, GSP isn't a trash talker. As a result, he's become a little robotic over the years when it comes to his prefight work. Without time to think about his answers, St. Pierre unleashed some doozies. Check out the video mix of all the GSP answers during the bizarre one-fighter press conference.
If you missed it, Diaz decided to hold a one-man press conference in his car. It was typical Diaz. Nothing makes sense with this super-talented fighter.
– In another trivia note, if John Cena loses to Alberto Del Rio at Night of Champions, it will be the first time Cena has lost on three straight WWE pay-per-view events ...
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Los Angeles Times first reported the bout, which will be the first for Overeem in the UFC. The sides were in negotiations for some time after Overeem refused his Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Pris semifinal bout with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, and Overeem signed his contract on Tuesday.
"Brock is a big name, a dangerous guy, and this is a dream matchup," Overeem said of the fight. "Brock's a big guy, an exciting wrestler with his takedowns.
"I want to see this fight myself. Overall, I'm a different fighter. A striker, athletic, big. These are going to be two big trucks going at it on a collision course.
Overeem enters the UFC with championships in Strikeforce and K-1, and is unbeaten over the last four years. Lesnar returns to action for the first time since undergoing surgery in relation to his diverticulitis, and the winner of this bout will be first in line to take on the winner of the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos title bout in the UFC's Fox debut.
"This is the fight the fans want," UFC President Dana White said. "Both of these guys are monsters. Can Lesnar take Overeem down?"
"Our thinking when we bought Strikeforce was to give fans the fights they want," said UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta. "Obviously, Alistair's one of the best heavyweights in the world, but he also has that 'it' factor -- the tremendous look, he's huge. It's a star factor."
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Penick's Analysis: This is just huge. This is a fight a lot of people have been wanting to see over the last couple of years, and it's going to be a massive fight to close out 2011. Lesnar's return to action will be highly anticipated as it is, and in taking on a fighter with high expectations in Overeem makes for a daunting task after over a year off. It's not surprising that they got this fight together, but the fact that it's happening is undeniably exciting. There are so many huge fights for the UFC coming throughout the rest of 2011, and this is a great way to finish out an extremely eventful year for the UFC.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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Bellator 49 tournament fighter Chris Cisneros and The Sunday Junkie winner Hugh Curtis also join us.
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According to the event promoter, Valentine demanded half of his money up a few months back and then left a drunken message on August 31st saying that the money they agreed on originally wasn?t enough, and he wouldn?t be coming unless he got more money.
The story goes that Valentine called back on September 1st and apologized ...
Georges St. Pierre: It will be hard to break Nick Diaz's spirit at UFC 137, but expects to finish him in Las Vegas (Video)
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The bout, which took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, served as the co-feature of Saturday's inaugural ONE Fighting Championship event.
Yoshida took the fight to the floor early and often, and a tiring Baroni never found room to land one of his trademark looping hooks, leading all three judges to lend a unanimous-decision to "Zenko."
The world of mixed martial arts is searching for featherweights who can compete with Jose Aldo. On his way to a 9-0 record with Zuffa's fight promotions, the UFC champion has destroyed everything in his path. Kenny Florian is up next, but after that who knows?
With a win tomorrow at Bellator 48 in Uncasville, Ct., Pat Curran or Marlon Sandro could be in the discussion.� Curran (15-4) and Sandro (19-2) battle for the Bellator Featherweight tourney title, $100,000 to the winner and a guaranteed shot at the Bellator 145-pound champ Joe Warren.
Sandro, a huge free agent signing from Sengoku in Japan, entered as the tourney favorite.
"He's a very tough fighter and explosive," Curran told the Chicago Sun-Times. "He puts on a very high pace. I definitely I have to be up to par for this. He's one of the top featherweights in the world and definitely trains with some of the top featherweights in the world."
"The tournaments are so close together they kind of remind me of wrestling tournaments in a way," Curran said. "You just constantly staying in shape, in the gym 24/7 and you're just focusing on one fight after the next. I like having these fights closer together. You can knock them out, then you can take a little bit of time off to relax and just get right back at it again."
Curran, 24, was a high school wrestler in Florida. In 2007, he re-located to the Chicago area to train with his cousin Jeff, a former WEC champion.
Curran is on a great run and the recent drop to the 145-pound weight class has only helped. It's not as if he was a slouch at 155 pounds. He beat Roger Huerta and Toby Imada on his way to a 2010 Bellator lightweight tourney title and followed that up by giving Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez one of his toughest fights in years.
If Sandro wins and ever gets to the UFC, it sets up an interesting quandary because he's a trainer partner with Aldo. Sandro is a slight favorite tomorrow night at minus-120, while Curran is minus-110.
Tomorrow's card is also highlighted by a heavyweight clash between two-time NCAA Div. 1 heavyweight wrestling champ Cole Konrad and UFC/Strikeforce veteran Paul Buentello. Former UFC heavyweight king Ricco Rodriguez will take on Kimbo Slice-killer Seth Petruzelli.
Monday, September 5, 2011
It's been nearly 13 years since the UFC last visited Brazil, the cradle of the sport. At UFC: Brazil, held October 10, 1998 in Sao Paulo, Vitor Belfort TKOed Wanderlei Silva, in Belfort's first fight at 205 lbs. and Silva's UFC debut. Frank Shamrock submitted John Lober in the main event to defend the UFC middleweight belt, and Pedro Rizzo and Pat Miletich both walked away with wins.
Since then, the UFC has changed just a bit. The UFC was purchased by the Fertitta brothers and Dana White, a reality show widened its reach, and the sponsors upgraded from Mickey's Malt Liquor to Budweiser. Through it all, Brazil's crucial role as the birthplace of great fighters has not changed. From Royce Gracie to Anderson Silva, many of the UFC's best call Brazil home.
This Saturday at UFC 134, the UFC finally returns. What should American MMA fans know about the sport in Brazil these days? Fernando Zanchetta, the MMA blogger for Yahoo! Sports Brazil, answered Cagewriter's questions.
Cagewriter: What is the biggest sport in Brazil?
Fernando Zanchetta: Soccer continues as the biggest sport in the country, and this will not change anytime soon. The sport is an integral part of Brazilian culture with a huge advantage over all others. Second, currently, I'd say it's volleyball, especially after the results in the Olympic Games. The country has many sports other sports it goes crazy about, too, as happened with tennis and F1, but depends only on a few stars.
MMA in Brazil still suffers a lot of prejudice. But I can say that the amount of good fighters has increased gradually, and that it has potential to follow closely the other two (soccer and volleyball).
CW: Who is Brazil's most popular fighter?
FZ: Vitor Belfort (pictured) is still the most popular of the mainstream public. He's fighting since he was 19, married a supermodel (Joana Prado) and participated in a very successful reality show at the beginning of the decade.
Last year, Anderson Silva won many fans, signed important contracts with major brands and learned how to deal better with the press. The knockout against Belfort had a great impact to the world of combat sports in the country. This will increase absurdly after UFC 134, which will be the first broadcast on open television channel in Brazil.
CW: Is MMA big in certain cities, or all over the country?
FZ: The headquarters is still Rio de Janeiro. That's where most folks want to go to evolve technically. Curitiba no longer has the same force like it did at the beginning of the decade, but follows behind Rio. Sao Paulo is the largest city, but still has only a few fighters with international fame (like Demian Maia and Luiz Cane).
The north of Brazil also brings good surprises and becomes well known as a center of hard fighting at Bel�m do Par� and Natal,�land of brothers Patrick and Patricky Freire.
CW: Are fighters still learning from luta livre or just jiu-jitsu?
FZ: Luta livre haven't developed as much as jiu-jitsu, which was the major export product of its kind in the 1990s. Today is just a sport restricted to Rio and some gyms outside Brazil. Jiu-jitsu evolution continues around the world.
CW: Are there any young stars that MMA fans should watch for?
FZ: Erick Silva, Freire brothers, Marcelo Magr�o, John Lineker, and Francisco Massaranduba are among the best to watch.
CW: What else should American MMA fans know about MMA in Brazil?
FZ: Brazil is the birthplace of the sport and it will never change. But there are still remnants of the time when the Vale Tudo was marginalized by the media and society. Now people seem to understand that MMA is a professional sport. There are more specialized media and people are more interested in fights, fighters and all stuff related to it. The new generation of fighters are beginning to take their first -- and good -- steps too.
Obrigado to Fernando for his time. Read Casca Grossa, the Brazilian Yahoo! Sports MMA blog.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
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Former Strikeforce Executive Mike Afromowitz was a guest on Sherdog Radio's "Beatdown" program this week and discussed all things Strikeforce including how things changed from the time the company was purchased by Zuffa and when he lost his job as well as where he sees the company going and why he wants to see it "just shut down":<Br><Br>
Jack Encarnacao: You were one of the front office Strikeforce people who weren?t retained in the sale. Tell us a little bit about how that all went down.<Br><Br>
Afromowitz: In the end, I?m not going to lie, it was disappointing. Not to toot my own horn, but, really, I was one of the guys that helped build Strikeforce. There were only, like, four of us to start with when we started out, and even when we were at our peak, there was only about 12 of us. When it was taken over, people said that, ?Oh, we?re not looking to replace you; we want you to excel at your job and stay.? And then that quickly changed. I had a bad feeling when it was acquired that that was going to happen, but certain people asked me to have an open mind and listen. I did, and I went to the meetings and I tried it out, and it seemed workable from my end. And then they ... all of a sudden, the tone quickly changed, and they, really, just one-by-one, they let us all go. And so now all there is left is Scott and his assistant. It?s unfortunate. You work so hard to build something. It was a part of my life, a big part of my life. I worked day-in, day-out, weekends, nights. It was exciting. I liked the work, otherwise I wouldn?t be able to do it at the pace that I was doing it. So it sucks; it hurts. I guess from their perspective, they did what they had to do. It?s their business, so who am I to tell them how to run their business? But I would have appreciated some more respect.<Br><Br>
Encarnacao: Do you honestly have any inkling of optimism that Zuffa will actually hang on to Strikeforce?<Br><Br>
Afromowitz: I think the writing?s on the wall: they want one brand. It?s, like, I hope to see them just get rid of it. It?s just ... it?s a memory now. And I?m being honest with you; I think it would be better for them. I don?t even want to think about it, see it. It?s on my mind still, but it?s probably better, from my perspective, if it just goes away. Let them do what they?re going to do. Already, there?s at least one champ -- Nick [Diaz], he vacated the belt. We saw what [former Strikeforce heavyweight champion] Alistair [Overeem] did, but, apparently, he?s back in talks. I don?t know where that?s going to go. So there?s one or two champions who have vacated their belts. I don?t know what they?re going to do. It just doesn?t seem to make sense, from the way their business model [works], to keep Strikeforce around. It seems they want one brand. Whatever happens, happens.<Br><Br>
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Saturday, September 3, 2011
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Friday, September 2, 2011
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As we reported earlier today, Sam Stout pulled out of his scheduled fight against Dennis Siver at UFC 137 on October 29.<BR><BR>
According to a new report at MMAJunkie.com, the man who will replace Stout in the fight with Siver is be a man who has been on a roll since joining the UFC - Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.<BR><BR>
Cerrone-Siver joins a stacked lineup at UFC 137, which features a main event between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz.<BR><BR>
UFC 137 emanates from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 29.<BR><BR>
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FOX and UFC announce official partnership; Four UFC fight cards on FOX and 32 live fight nights on FX each year
This was the day Dana White dreamed about from the beginning. The UFC president's brainchild has finally reached a big deal with network television.
Joined by FOX Sports Media Group Chairman David Hill and FOX Sports President Eric Shanks, White along with UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta announced a seven-year agreement between the fight promotion and the television network during a Los Angeles press conference.
Beginning on Nov. 12, FOX will air four major UFC fight cards each year. The UFC's reality show "The Ultimate Fighter" will be moving from Spike to FX. The format will change from a taped show to airing live fights each Friday night.
During the two seasons each year, FX will air every "Ultimate Fighter" fight live. There will also be six UFC Fight Nights each year on FX.
"We will own Friday nights," said Shanks. "There will be 32 total fight nights each year on FX.
Hill credited super agent Ari Emmanuel (the real life Ari Gold from HBO's "Entourage") with pushing the for the UFC on FOX behind the scenes and Fertitta/White convinced him over the years.
"There's no yesterday in TV. TV is about the next big thing. We first started talking 10 years ago. Lorenzo said something then. He said what boxing was to my generation is what UFC will be and is to the next generation," said Hill. "TV can't make a sport. The people have to speak. What Dana, Frank and Lorenzo have done is taken a little niche sport, and in 10 years have made it into a mainstream sport. The key was recognizing what the people wanted. It's the ultimate democratic thing."
Before the press conference, Spike, the home of the first 13 TUFs and the final season this fall, made this statement:
"'The Ultimate Fighter' Season 14 in September will be our last. We are increasing our commitment to distinctive, original series that we own such as "Auction Hunters" and "Bar Rescue" which are delivering on our goal to reach a broader audience,"� said Spike's VP of Communications David Schwarz. "Our 6-year partnership with the UFC has been incredibly beneficial in building both our brands, and we wish them all the best in the future."
The UFC will also have programming on FUEL. When asked about discussion for a UFC channel Fertitta it might be a little too soon for the fight promotion to run a network.
Fertitta, along with his brother Frank, bought the struggling promotion back in 2001 for just two million dollars. The company struggled through 2005 and was nearly put on the block for sale. Multiple reports claim the new deal with FOX is worth $90 million a year.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
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From Roy Nelson's mullet to Fedor Emelianenko and his ice cream cones, this shirt captures many of MMA's best looks. It can be yours for just $22. You'll be the coolest kid on the MMA block.
The same venue hosts the following night's fight card, which features a pair of semifinal contests in Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix and airs on Showtime and HDNet.
The weigh-ins, which will be broadcast live on HDNet, kick-off at 4 p.m. ET.