Tuesday, May 31, 2011

UFC 130 Medical Suspensions: Jackson, Mir, and Stann Possibly out Until November

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/5/31/2199411/ufc-130-medical-suspensions-rampage-jackson-frank-mir-brian-stann

Randy The Natural Couture  Royler Gracie Wang Guan Robert Berry Aldrin de Jesus 

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Hirotaka Yokoi Gegard Mousasi Dennis Siver Leonardo Lucio Nascimento Matt Hughes

UFC 134: Anderson Silva Says Yushin Okami Was Wrong for Training With a 'Loser' In Chael Sonnen

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/5/31/2198451/ufc-134-anderson-silva-says-yushin-okami-was-wrong-for-training-with

Wu Haotian Daniel Puder Brock Lesnar Kenichi Yamamoto Andrei Arlovski

LMAO Rampage Jackson Roasting & Wanting To Knockout Ariel Helwani

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh2ob53lFm5VFeHwfC
Its doesnt stop:thumb02:

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/91499-lmao-rampage-jackson-roasting-wanting-knockout-ariel-helwani.html

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Tons & Tons More Tweets On Randy Savage?s Death

Talent from around the wrestling world have continued to speak on the death of Randy Savage:
William Regal: “Just heard of the passing of Randy Savage.A one of a kind great performer. RIP.”
John Cena: “CeNation. The untimely passing of randy savage is indeed tragic. All true fans of wrestling will mourn this loss. One of the all time greats”
Zack Ryder: “RIP MACHO MAN. One of my favorites and one of the best of all time. DIG IT! http://t.co/PSYmsrJ”
Trish Stratus: “Rest in peace Randy-my first inspiration in the ring. My prayers & ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/05/tons-tons-more-tweets-on-randy-savages-death/

Scott Lighty Ricardo Almeida  Hirotaka Yokoi Gegard Mousasi Dennis Siver

Dana White Eases Up on Frank Mir and His UFC 130 Performance

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/5/30/2197448/dana-white-eases-up-on-frank-mir-and-his-ufc-130-performance

Wes Soldier Combs  Glover Teixeira Jan Nortje Karo Parisyan Roberto Traven

New York State Senate passes MMA regulation bill with 42-18 vote; still needs to pass State Assembly

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The New York State Senate on Monday for the second straight year passed a bill to legalize the sport of mixed martial arts in the state, but the fight for regulation is still far from over.

With a vote of 42-18 in favor of Bill S1707A, the Senate moved the legislation to the next step in the process, a vote by the New York State Assembly. Of course, the Assembly was where regulation on the sport was defeated in 2010 after passing the Senate vote, so the sport has been here before.

The most vocal opponent of legalizing the sport in the state has been assemblyman Bob Reilly, who will likely continue his efforts to curtail the sport's entrance into the state. New York remains on of only three states in the United States currently with athletic commissions that do not legalize the sport, with Connecticut - which is moving closer to regulation this year - and Vermont as the only others.

Penick's Analysis: This is a good step, but it's not cause for celebration yet. This passed the Senate last year, but with Reilly and the assembly still needing to pass it there are still a lot of things left to be done. ESPN MMA reporter Josh Gross says there's no reason to believe things will be different in the assembly this year, but one positive from the senate vote this time around is the very clear majority in favor of the bill. Hopefully the assembly can come around and make the right decision here to allow the sport in the state, but until they make their vote and make the sport legal it's more waiting for fans in New York.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9387.shtml

Daiki DJ taiki Hata Caol Uno Sean Sherk Renato Babalu Sobral Yoshihiro Takayama

If you were going to build an MMA fighter from scratch

You have 5 catagories to rank. You rank them according to what you think is most important for an MMA fighter.

One is Wrestling ability. All kinds...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/general-mma-discussion/91496-if-you-were-going-build-mma-fighter-scratch.html

Denis Kang Fabiano Scherner Phillipe Noer Eddy Rolon Rey Phillip Santos

Bloody Wraps - May 30: Making Waves On Memorial Day

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/5/31/2198334/bloody-wraps-may-30-making-waves-on-memorial-day

Frank Mir Noboru Asahi Kazushi Gracie Hunter Sakuraba Kalib Starnes Don Barr

6/7

out of rampage's last 7 fights 6 have gone to decision, didn't realize it until today. damn

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Kultar Gill Valentijn Overeem Jake O Brien Dos Caras Jr   Anthony Pettis

Strikeforce Challengers 16, June 24

Strikeforce Challengers 16
Friday June 24
ShoWare Center
Kent, WA
Airing on Showtime


MAIN CARD

* Caros Fodor vs. James Terry
* Ryan Couture vs. Matt Ricehouse
* Lorenz Larkin vs. Gian Villante
* Antwain Britt vs. Danillo Villefort
* Julia Budd vs. Germaine de Randamie

PRELIMINARY CARD

* Jason High vs. Quinn Mulhern
* Derek Brunson vs. Jeremy Hamilton
* Travis Bush vs. Yuri Villefort
* Keith Berry vs. Trevor Smith

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Upcoming_Events_42/article_9229.shtml

Phillipe Noer Eddy Rolon Rey Phillip Santos Lorenzo Borgomeo  Frank Mir

Monday, May 30, 2011

Strikeforce tickets for 'Fedor vs Henderson' in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, on July 30, on sale soon

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/5/30/2197199/strikeforce-tickets-for-fedor-vs-henderson-in-hoffman-estates

Mark Epstein Patrick The Predator Côté  Chris The Pitbull Myra Rani Yahya Daniel Lima

VIDEO: Dana White's UFC 130 video blog part two

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Dana White continues on with his video blogging for UFC 130 with part two online. Check it out below, as White showcases Jon Jones working on a Bud Light commercial, features segments from the UFC Fighter Summit and more. Check it out below:



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Middleweights Michael Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller confirmed as coaches for The Ultimate Fighter's 14th season

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Despite Chael Sonnen being unable to coach against him on The Ultimate Fighter, Michael Bisping will still take his second stint on the reality show.

UFC President Dana White confirmed on Friday in a statement to The Underground at MMA.TV that Bisping will coach on the 14th iteration of the show against Jason "Mayhem" Miller.

The outspoken and entertaining Miller - host of MTV's "Bully Beatdown" program - returns to the UFC for the first time in five years, and will be pulled from a planned bout with Aaron Simpson at UFC 132 in July, instead meeting Bisping following the conclusion of the show in December.

The 14th season of the show will be the first to feature the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, and begins filming next month in Las Vegas. Bisping previously coached during the ninth season against Dan Henderson in the U.S. vs. U.K. season.

Link to Original Source Article

Penick's Analysis: This was an option a lot of people talked about when Miller's signing with the UFC was revealed earlier this year, but I'm surprised the UFC actually decided to pull the trigger with this. For one, he was going to be on the preliminary card of UFC 132, so the UFC initially hadn't planned to really showcase him in that return fight, but he'll now be featured on Spike TV for a full season of TUF and get a high profile fight with Bisping. It's going to mean a really long layoff for him, but he's taking a tradeoff by getting the added exposure in place of fetting into the cage sooner. It could make for a very interesting season of the show, and I'll be among those looking forward to what Miller brings to the show as well as Bisping a second time around.

[Michael Bisping art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]



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Fedor Emelianenko Bao Ligao  Mikey Burnett  Antoine Jaoude Tank Abbott

The Week in Quotes: May 22 - 28

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/5/30/2197346/the-week-in-quotes-may-22-28

Matt Hughes Nick Serra Kyle Bradley  Anderson Silva Tokimitsu Ishizawa

Mark Recchi must win now to avoid Chris Chelios parallels

Mark Recchi’s tank is far from barren. He continues to inspire his Boston Bruins compatriots with a combination of winning experience, a fastidious desire for another title and physical energy on the ice.

But with his motivation exponentially translating to less in the way of tangible contributions, the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals may be Recchi’s final chance to play a visible, active role in his push for another ring.

Therefore, in the interest of all parties concerned―most importantly, Recchi himself―whatever he can still cultivate from within, he had best dish out now to win that third cup and retire a victor like he has planned.

Granted, Recchi’s saga is nowhere near the pitifully lofty ambitions of Chris Chelios, whose outspoken dream to play until age 50 started to wilt when he sat out the 2008 championship round at age 46.

To put things in perspective, Chelios―already a 1986 and 2002 champ―went pointless in 14 playoff appearances before staying a healthy scratch throughout Detroit’s six-game triumph over Pittsburgh. The following year, Chelios was arid in all of his 28 regular season and six playoff games and once again shelved for the duration of the finals.

Nothing of that species has come to inhibit the 43-year-old Recchi’s quest quite yet.

That said, his skates are beginning to dull more easily and his acetylene stick is requiring more frequent reheats.

Recchi went scoreless and logged a cumulative minus-five rating in the third round versus Tampa Bay. Those seven games are the longest he has gone without any points since he was acquired at the 2009 trading deadline. And he saw a season-low 12 minutes and 37 seconds worth of ice time in Game 7.

He did record three shots on goal in that game, before which he displayed his 1991 and 2006 championship rings to invigorate his teammates. But while his initiative can be consistently confirmed by video, and sometimes by stats, Recchi’s finish appears to be fading.

This past regular season, Recchi demonstrated that he can still make plays (34 assists) and make enough of his shots count (six power goals and six game-winners). But perhaps a few more shots, namely more than 132 on net, would have been an easy way to make bigger ripples.

Of all the regulars on the Bruins’ forward lines, only fourth-liner Gregory Campbell (98), checker Chris Kelly (113) and still-ripening Tyler Seguin (130) recorded fewer shots.

And while eight of his teammates, including linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, mounted a plus-minus rating of plus-20 or better, Recchi was a comparatively mediocre plus-13.

More critically, since coming to Boston, Recchi has annually trimmed his productivity in the home stretch of the regular season. He began with a 10-goal, 16-point sugar rush in the last 18 games of the 2008-09 regular season, followed by six playoff points, five of which fell in the last five games of the Carolina series.

Last year, Recchi nailed a 6-7-13 scoring log in 21 regular season games after the Olympic respite, but only went 4-4-8 in the last 15. Although, in fairness, he took at least one shot on goal in each of the final 11 games of that schedule, amounting to a total of 32 registered stabs and the Bruins did combine to finish with the NHL’s least productive offense that year.

From there, he led the team with six goals in the postseason, went no more than two consecutive playoff games without a point and stamped a pair of two-point performances.

This season, amongst a consistently healthier and more productive bunch, Recchi played every regular-season game until earning a rest day for the April 10 finale in New Jersey. Finishing fifth on the team leaderboard with 48 points, he had 10 multi-point outings, the last one being a playmaker hat trick against the Dallas Stars Feb. 3.

But starting with the last weekend of February, Recchi sprinkled three goals and three helpers over the course of his last 21 regular-season appearances. And since etching two helpers in Game 3 of conference quarterfinals against Montreal, he can only speak of four points over the last 15 playoff games.

Whatever he can and does put on the scoresheet is still more than zilch, therefore more than what Chelios could profess in his waning years. Nonetheless, it is not quite what Recchi was churning out two short springs ago.

Every ounce of sheer aptitude that evaporates forever is taking another dollop of retirement glamour with it. For all we know, it may not be now or never after all, but why toy with it?

Recchi himself realizes he might not be able to handle another one of these nine-month marathons. Two months ago, he told the WEEI Big Bad Blog: “We’ll see if I can recover. Obviously take three weeks, a month, see if my body and my head is ready to get back in the grind physically doing the stuff I need to do to get ready for next year.”

In the same interview, he said what he has said to the same effect many times prior and since.

“If we win a championship, I’m gone," he declared.

Recchi needn’t be told anything twice. He’s playing in the finals―against his native province, no less―with a chance to garner his third cup under his own power.

Unlike Chelios, who had to watch the Red Wings get it for him.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/717371-mark-recchi-must-win-now-to-avoid-chris-chelios-parallels

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Season 11

Lightweights coached by GSP and Josh Koscheck premiered Sept 15th

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Official: Signature Betting

Place your signature bets here. Please be respectful with all pictures and/or text.

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Rampage motorboats reporter

jpoauqfkxlU

lol

"How do the homeboys react to you?"
“You mean ‘Black folk’?” - ‘Page
“Yes.”
"Oh, Black folk love me and I love Black folk ’cuz I’m...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/91481-rampage-motorboats-reporter.html

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Ground Game

Wrestling, jujitsu, ground and pound or submit your opponent for the victory

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The Ultimate Fighter 13's penultimate episode ties for season low with one million viewers

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Wednesday's penultimate episode of The Ultimate Fighter 13 on Spike took a dip back to the season low, bringing in just one million viewers for the hour long broadcast, according to figures emailed by Spike officials to MMATorch.

The hour was perhaps the most entertaining of the season, with the final two quarterfinal bouts bringing teammates Chuck O'Neill and Tony Ferguson into the semifinals of the season 13 welterweight tournament, as well as Ferguson's alcohol-induced breakdown to close out the episode.

However, it was up against heavy competition during its timeslot, with the NBA Playoffs on ESPN bringing 7 million viewers, including a 4.96 rating in one of Spike's key demos of men 18-49, and a 5.1 in men 18-34.

But it wasn't just from sports that the demo was hit, as the American Idol finale on FOX garnered a 7.06 in men 18-49 and a 5.39 in men 18-34. That final episode of the show's tenth season drew 29.3 million viewers.

By comparison, this episode of TUF garnered just a 1.0 rating in men 18-49 and a .9 in men 18-34.

Penick's Analysis: With the season winding down, Brock Lesnar no longer fighting Junior Dos Santos and the heavy competition from two programs that drew tons of viewers in the key demos make this number not surprising in the least. Next week's show should bounce up for the final two fights before the finale, as there won't be the major network shows in that timeslot and it shouldn't be up against anything major in sports, but overall this season has underperformed from the start.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9420.shtml

Ivan Serati Umer W Chheena Thiago Alves  Anthony Torres Chris Lytle

UFC 133, August 6

UFC 133
Saturday August 6
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
Airing on PPV


* Rashad Evans (#3 Ranked Light Heavyweight) vs. Phil Davis (#9 Ranked Light Heavyweight)
* Vitor Belfort (#9 Ranked Middleweight) vs.Yoshihiro Akiyama
* Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Rich Franklin
* Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Pyle
* Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
* Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
* Mike Pierce vs. Johnny Hendricks
* Chad Mendes (#3 Ranked Featherweight) vs. Rani Yahya
* Nam Phan vs. Mike Thomas Brown
* Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman
* Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace
* Riki Fukuda vs. Rafael Natal

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Upcoming_Events_42/article_8348.shtml

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UFC 130 RESULTS: Frank Mir dominates Roy Nelson in decision win in Las Vegas

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Frank Mir outworked Roy Nelson for three rounds on Saturday night at UFC 130, defeating "Big Country" in a one-sided decision with scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.

The fight got off to a great start, with both fighters landing a number of big strikes in the first round and keeping up a very good pace. Mir took the round with more volume in his strikes, as well as more damage done with a brutal series of knees to the head in the clinch sticking out.

As the second round began, it was clear that Nelson had expended a lot of energy in the first frame attempting to land his big overhand right, and in failing to do so Mir took the rest of the fight over. Keeping Nelson busy on the cage, Mir mixed a number of takedowns in as well in the second and third round to wear him out more.

In the third, Mir did a bunch of damage in the half guard, battering Nelson with a elbows and short forearms. Nelson survived to the end of the round, but he had nothing to offer in the second and third rounds, giving Mir the decision across the board.

He'll now look to re-insert himself back into the mix in the top end of the heavyweight division, while Nelson goes back to the drawing board after consecutive decision losses.

Penick's Analysis: Mir had a really good performance in this fight. He took Nelson's best in the first, still won the round, and took the fight over from there. I'd like to see him against a number of Strikeforce's heavyweights if they can be pulled over, but regardless he'll get a top opponent his next time out. Nelson hit his ceiling in his last two fights. He's just not ever going to beat guys that are bigger, stronger and hit harder than him, and though he can still knock out a lot of guys in the division, his limits are all the more clear after his last two losses.

[Roy Nelson art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9450.shtml

Joe Riggs Dan Cramer Jai Bradney  Wanderlei Silva Rolles Gracie

Sunday, May 29, 2011

UFC 130 results: Frank Mir vs Roy Nelson fight review and analysis

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/5/29/2196243/ufc-130-results-frank-mir-vs-roy-nelson-fight-review-and-analysis

Cheick Kongo Travis Lutter Tom Murphy Anthony Perosh Urijah Faber

PHOTO GALLERY: Bellator 44 - Lombard vs. Vitale and Chandler vs. Freire photos

MMATorch contributor Henry Dziekan was in attendance live at last weekend's Bellator 44 event for the site, and he's got a number of photos now available for viewing. Check them out below:

Hector Lombard vs. Falaniko Vitale:

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Michael Chandler vs. Patricky Freire (Season four lightweight tournament final):

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Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Bellator/article_9369.shtml

Noboru Asahi Kazushi Gracie Hunter Sakuraba Kalib Starnes Don Barr Jon Jones

VIDEO: Christian M'Pumbu's TKO of Richard Hale at Bellator 45 to capture Light Heavyweight Championship

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Christian M'Pumbu took out Richard Hale on Saturday night at Bellator 45, picking up his third straight TKO victory to become Bellator's first Light Heavyweight Champion. As with most of the major highlights from their events, Bellator has posted a short clip of M'Pumbu's third round finish online. Check it out below:



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Ariel interviews Rampage. FEUD continues.

http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/05/29/rampage-jackson-squashes-beef-following-ufc-130-victory/

I never though Rampage took it too far BUT for w/e...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/91459-ariel-interviews-rampage-feud-continues.html

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Travis Browne knockout of Stefan Struve at UFC 130 (.gif)

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Anthony Perosh Urijah Faber Siyar Bahadurzada Wes Soldier Combs  Glover Teixeira

White: Jon Jones' next opponent to be determined shortly, will not be Rashad Evans

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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UFC Light Heavyweight Champion will almost assuredly not fight Rashad Evans in his next fight, as UFC President Dana White said on Wednesday that the organization will need to make a decision on his next opponent well before Evans' bout with Phil Davis at UFC 133 this August.

The front-runner for the shot will be Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, provided he dispatches Matt Hamill at UFC 130 this weekend.

"We probably will make a decision after this weekend," White said after the UFC 130 pre-fight press conference (transcribed by MMAJunkie.com). "I think that if 'Rampage wins,' you've got to be more interested in the 'Rampage' fight because 'Rampage' deserves it. He's at the top. [Lyoto] Machida is coming off of a win over Couture, but I think Machida needs another fight. But with the way my luck's gone lately, who knows? We'll see what happens."

As for why they wouldn't wait until the August 6 bout with Evans and Davis, White said logistically it just wouldn't work out, and with Jones expecting an October return the timing just wasn't right.

"Let's say, hypothetically speaking, Rashad Evans fights and he wins the fight against Phil Davis," White said. "Let's say he wins that fight in 30 seconds and comes out without a scratch, feels like a million bucks and is ready to go and wants to fight Jon Jones in December. We will have already shot the commercials. That stuff is three months out. It would be impossible to do."

One of the talking points in the on-going Evans-Jones saga has been why the UFC didn't just pull Evans from the Davis fight to keep the fight with Jones alive when Jones was told he didn't need surgery. White said it was considered, but again with uncertainties surrounding Jones and when he can actually return, along with the injury issues they've been facing recently, they didn't want to go with an uncertain fight when they had one set up.

"We talked about it," White said. "Could we have made that fight? Maybe. But with what's going on with us lately, we're not into maybes. They don't know the exact timeframe (for Jones' recovery), and maybe he would be ready to go. But maybe he wouldn't. We don't want to go on maybes. We knew Phil Davis could take the fight, so we made that fight.

"The other thing you don't want to do is have [Jones] start training again prematurely without knowing 100 percent (that the hand is healthy)."

But White did want to make one thing clear: Jones didn't duck a fight with Evans. White said there was never a time where Jones said he didn't want the fight with Evans, and ultimately it was the UFC's decision to keep Evans-Davis on and book someone else against Jones.

Now Jones will simply await the outcome of Saturday's main event, and if Jackson should defeat Hamill, it will likely be Rampage vs. Jones in October for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

Penick's Analysis: It would have been great if they would have been able to pull Evans from the Davis fight to make the bout with Jones happen, but I understand the reasoning behind doing what they're doing here. They've had a lot of shakeups on cards here recently, and when Jones is still recovering from an injury there could be setbacks, and Evans will have already been out for well over a year when the fight with Davis happens. And if Rampage beats Hamill convincingly on Saturday, that will make for his first title fight in over three years.



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Royler Gracie Wang Guan Robert Berry Aldrin de Jesus  Karl James Noons

Brock Lesnar to meet with Mayo Clinic doctors on Thursday; believes Shane Carwin will beat Junior Dos Santos at UFC 131

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will make a decision on his next step for recovery today as he meets with doctors at the Mayo Clinic to discuss the options for dealing with his latest battle with diverticulitis.

UFC President Dana White said this week that Lesnar's head is "in a good place" heading into his appointment, and Lesnar himself discussed his issues again this week in an interview with Mauro Ranallo on "The Fight Show."

"I'm very disappointed," Lesnar said (transcribed by Zach Arnold at FightOpinion.com). "This has not only mentally but this has been very physically strenuous on me, you know, since my first bout with diverticulitis in 2009. Having to back away from a fight is not something that I think anybody likes to do, surely me, you know, the first time it happened to me and to fall under the same circumstances.

"I thought I had this thing beaten and I'm very disappointed, but getting past that and [understanding] that my health is very important. [I've] got another doctor's appointment on Thursday and a consultation where we're going to go over and just try to figure out the best approach to try to handle this and it may be surgery and it may be not. We're reviewing other options here to try to help me but, you know, I want to get back into the Octagon sooner than later."

Lesnar again was asked about his fighting future, and he reiterated that regardless of what decision he makes on recovering from his illness this time around, this will not spell the end of his career.

"No, it's not over," he said flatly. "I mean, even talking with the doctors about the possibility of surgery... it's not a career-ending surgery by any means, so [I've] just got to weigh out all my options at this time and see if that is the right thing to do or [if] there's any other medication that I can be on or any other thing, I don't know how I can change my diet any more than I have but we're looking down all avenues right now and I foresee in the near future that I'll be able to step back in the Octagon."

With Lesnar forced out of his UFC 131 fight with Junior Dos Santos, his UFC 116 opponent Shane Carwin has stepped up for that fight. And Lesnar told Ranallo that he believed Carwin would win the fight any way he wanted and anywhere he took the fight. But while that fight is taking place without him, Lesnar is still intent on returning to action and working his way back towards a shot at regaining the Heavyweight Championship.

"Well, it really has been rather overwhelming," Lesnar said of his time in MMA thus far. "I mean, I've been very gratified and it's been a great time. The company and Dana and Lorenzo [Fertitta], they've all been very good to me in putting my health first and foremost and so I'm really happy with my career thus far in the UFC and I look forward to continuing my fight career and facing and hopefully one day becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion again."

Penick's Analysis: While his illness is certainly a very serious issue, thankfully it's nowhere near as severe as what he battled at the end of 2009. The fact that surgery, as an option, isn't a career-threatening issue is a very positive thing, and he just needs to find out what the best option is for him to take care of this so that he can make a real return to action. Hopefully by getting this taken care of he can return maybe by the end of the year or early 2012 at the latest, and can get himself right back into the mix near the top of the division.



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The War Zone

Discuss current and past fights from all MMA Events.

Statistics : 2 Topics || 1 Posts Last post by brandnewpride36

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UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard undergoes minor knee surgery for lingering injury

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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#1 UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard recently underwent a minor procedure to take care of a lingering knee injury, according to a report from HeavyMMA.

Maynard has been battling the knee injury for a while, but was initially planning on fighting through it for his fight with Frankie Edgar at UFC 130. However, when Edgar pulled out of their fight with a number of injuries of his own, Maynard decided to get his taken care of.

"I just had a minor scope on my knee, but everything is going great," Maynard said.

Maynard believes he'll be back into action in quick order, and should be on track for a fall return to action for a third fight with Edgar.

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Penick's Analysis: This won't keep him out for long, but it's good that he's taking the time to get his injuries taken care of while this fight has been delayed. It was unfortunate to lose this fight from this weekend's card, but the positive outcome will be that both fighters will hopefully be in better shape from a health standpoint when the fight does finally take place.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9393.shtml

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So its the morning before a fight and.....

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Sad state of affairs.

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Daily News

MMA News from around the web.

Statistics : 4827 Topics || 69480 Posts Last post by KjSwantko

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Strikeforce Challengers 17, July 22

Strikeforce Challengers 17
Friday July 22
The Pearl at the Palms
Las Vegas, NV
Airing on Showtime

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UFC 130 Results: Roy Nelson vs. Frank Mir, Rd. 1

Frank Mir and Roy Nelson couldn't be in starker contrast.

Mir is chiseled, the consummate fighter on the surface and appears to be very image conscious while Roy Nelson is, ahem, NOT chiseled, you wouldn't pick him as a fighter except possibly in the drunken bar variety and couldn't give a flip about his image?he entered an enormous bout wearing a bizarre mullet pony tail with Weird Al Yankovic's "Fat" roaring in the background.

Yep, that about sums it up.

Anyway, they clinch up against the cage almost immediately and Frank delivers a few knees to Roy's considerable gut, but I'm not sure he even feels those.

Mir is the more varied striker to start the bout, but Roy is calmly covering up and deflecting the kicks and punches while landing some big shots of his own. A looping right hand clubs Mir and spins him around, but he's back on the assault quickly.

Big Country's granite chin is getting another test in the form of Frank Mir knees and, so far, it's holding up much like it did against Junior dos Santos. Still, that's not a great recipe for success so Nelson changes it up.

Roy Nelson actually just attempted a head kick; I think, tough to tell because it barely got over Mir's waist. Then another right hook slams into Mir's cranium, but Frank's the one showing a good beard now as he's right back after Roy.

Gorgeous trip from Frank plants Nelson on the ground before the resume the standup to close out the 10-9 round for Mir.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/715721-ufc-130-rampage-vs-hamill-results-reactions-from-greatest-card-that-never-was/entry/88671-ufc-130-results-roy-nelson-vs-frank-mir-rd-1

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Mirko Cro Cop will get another fight in the UFC, according to Dana White

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Mirko Cro Cop isn't retired just yet.

Despite Dana White stating that he didn't think he'd get much opposition from the Croatian in ending his career following a second straight knockout loss to Brendan Schaub in March, the UFC President now says that Cro Cop will get another fight in the UFC.

Speaking with ESPN.com, White revealed that Cro Cop still wants to fight, he has another fight under contract with the UFC and they will honor it.

"This guy wants to fight again and I owe him another fight," White said. "He's a grown man. If he wants to continue to fight, that's his right and he still has a fight with me."

That doesn't mean White's necessarily thrilled with putting Cro Cop back into the cage after the back to back knockout losses to Frank Mir and Schaub, and White said if he was making the call Cro Cop would hang them up. Nevertheless, White doesn't think Cro Cop is too the point he felt Chuck Liddell was at the end, and will allow him the final fight on their agreement.

"Do I think he should've retired? Yeah," White said. "I don't think he's in one of these situations like a Chuck Liddell though, where I thought he needed to retire right then.

"'Cro Cop' and I made a deal and he wants to fight again. I'm going to honor that deal."

There's no word on when he'll return to the cage or who he'll face off against, but fans will see Cro Cop back in the cage again.

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Penick's Analysis: I can't say I'm entirely surprised, but I don't think anyone's going to be clamoring to see Cro Cop take another fight in the UFC anytime soon. After a terrible fight with Frank Mir, he looked decent against Schaub for a bit in their fight, but he was knocked out cold for the second straight fight. With each successive fight that he takes, the legend of his days in Pride continues to be more and more of a distant memory, and if he goes out and gets knocked out again it will be a more unfortunate ending to his career than he was already at with these most recent knockout losses. If he can win the fight, maybe he can go out on a high note, but that will likely lead to him wanting to keep fighting after that.

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Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9412.shtml

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UFC 130 weigh-in: Mir and Nelson both weigh 260, ?Rampage? on point

UFC 130 weigh-in (Courtesy MMAjunkie):

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)

  • Matt Hamill (205) vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (205)
  • Frank Mir (260) vs. Roy Nelson (260)
  • Travis Browne (247) vs. Stefan Struve (255)
  • Thiago Alves (170) vs. Rick Story (170)
  • Jorge Santiago (185) vs. Brian Stann (186)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)

  • Demetrious Johnson (135.5) vs. Miguel Torres (135.5)
  • Tim Boetsch (186) vs. Kendall Grove (185)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook.com)

  • Rafaello Oliveira (155) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)
  • Chris Cariaso (135) vs. Michael McDonald (136)
  • Renan Barao (135) vs. Cole Escovedo (135)

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/UFC-130-weigh-in-Mir-and-Nelson-both-weigh-260-?urn=mma-wp2683

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UFC 130 Fight Card Primer: Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/5/28/2192234/ufc-130-fight-card-primer-frank-mir-vs-roy-nelson

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Former WEC matchmaker Sean Shelby now handling matchmaking in Strikeforce

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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"Business as usual" may still be the mantra on the surface of Zuffa's acquisition of Strikeforce in March, but behind the scenes it's been anything but, and the new sister organization of the UFC now has a number of new faces and a new title for their former CEO.

Without any major announcement, Scott Coker's title has been changed from Strikeforce President and CEO to Strikeforce Executive Vice President and General Manager. The title change for Coker was listed on the agenda for this week's Fighter Summit in Las Vegas, and while there hasn't been any word on whether his new title means a diminished capacity in control of Strikeforce, he's at least still got his position.

According to a report from MMAWeekly.com, former WEC matchmaker-turned-UFC-employee Sean Shelby has now taken over the reins of Strikeforce as their new matchmaker, and former Strikeforce matchmakers Rich Chou and Bob Cook have been released from their duties.

Cook is involved with a number of fighters through both the American Kickboxing Academy and as part of Zinkin Entertainment, which represents a number of top fighters in the sport including Forrest Griffin, Cain Velasquez, and Jon Fitch.

As for Chou, he has been a key component to a number of organizations in the past, including Rumble at the Rock in Hawaii and the now-defunct EliteXC before joining Strikeforce.

Shelby was the main WEC matchmaker before the UFC merged the smaller organization in, and he had been helping Joe Silva in booking fights in the smaller weight classes prior to this new assignment.

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Penick's Analysis: I'm not entirely surprised by the move. Zuffa was going to plug their people into roles like this with the merger, and with a number of redundant roles in a fight company, they were always going to go with those they were familiar with over the new staff. Chou and Cook really did do a great job in putting fights together in Strikeforce, and the fights set up in the organization were always their strongest suit. But Shelby is an excellent matchmaker in his own right, and will do a great job running that part of the organization going forward.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Affliction2/article_9310.shtml

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2011 NBA Finals

Who do you want to win?

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Titan Fighting Championships 18 Live Results and Commentary

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/5/27/2193062/titan-fighting-championships-18-play-by-play-results-commentary

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UFC 130 weigh-in: Mir and Nelson both weigh 260, ?Rampage? on point

UFC 130 weigh-in (Courtesy MMAjunkie):

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)

  • Matt Hamill (205) vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (205)
  • Frank Mir (260) vs. Roy Nelson (260)
  • Travis Browne (247) vs. Stefan Struve (255)
  • Thiago Alves (170) vs. Rick Story (170)
  • Jorge Santiago (185) vs. Brian Stann (186)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)

  • Demetrious Johnson (135.5) vs. Miguel Torres (135.5)
  • Tim Boetsch (186) vs. Kendall Grove (185)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook.com)

  • Rafaello Oliveira (155) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)
  • Chris Cariaso (135) vs. Michael McDonald (136)
  • Renan Barao (135) vs. Cole Escovedo (135)

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/UFC-130-weigh-in-Mir-and-Nelson-both-weigh-260-?urn=mma-wp2683

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VIDEO: Christian M'Pumbu's TKO of Richard Hale at Bellator 45 to capture Light Heavyweight Championship

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Christian M'Pumbu took out Richard Hale on Saturday night at Bellator 45, picking up his third straight TKO victory to become Bellator's first Light Heavyweight Champion. As with most of the major highlights from their events, Bellator has posted a short clip of M'Pumbu's third round finish online. Check it out below:



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UFC 130 Fight Card: Tim Boetsch vs. Kendall Grove In Depth Preview

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Michael Bisping: Does The Punishment Fit The Crime?

Back at UFC 127 (February 27, 2011), Michael “The Count” Bisping suffered one of the more memorable meltdowns in promotional history.

Not only did the “The Ultimate Fighter” season three winner deliver an intentional knee to the face of a downed Jorge Rivera, but he continued to unleash his frustration after the fight had been waved off; stomping over to Rivera’s side of the cage and launching a load of phlegm at his cornermen.

It was a disgraceful moment for the British star, and a clear low point in a colorful career.

Following the outrageous spectacle, UFC president Dana White voiced his disgust, and assured that Bisping would be properly penalized for his actions.

Here’s where things become questionable.

According to insiders, as punishment for his actions, Bisping didn’t receive his win bonus for the bout. The precise size of Bisping’s win bonus however, still remains a mystery. Multiple reports indicate bonus numbers likely hovered around the $100,000 mark, though that has yet to be confirmed.

And that’s just about the extent of the damage for Bisping.

No suspension followed “The Count”, in fact, White and company seemed to have completely forgotten about the incident.

Now, in a surprising twist, we’re learning that not only did White handle the “spituation” with extreme leniency (anyone remember what happened to Paul Daley when he fired off an illegal punch at Josh Koscheck?), but he even seems to be rewarding the outspoken Brit.

How, you ask?

How about more mainstream television time courtesy of another coaching stint on the Spike reality show “The Ultimate Fighter?"

That’s right; Bisping will return to the outlet that initially brought him to prominence in 2006, and which again boosted the outspoken Englishman’s exposure in 2009, when he coached the ninth season of “TUF” opposite Dan Henderson.

UFC brass just made the official announcement, which confirmed early rumors: Michael Bisping will indeed coach the fourteenth season of “TUF”, opposite fellow reality television personality Jason “Mayhem” Miller (whom you might recognize as the host of MTV’s “Bully Beatdown”).

I understand the importance of Michael Bisping’s marketability overseas and what it means for expanding into the English MMA scene, but is this the proper way to treat anyone who stoops to such an unprofessional level?

In closing, I pose two questions:

Does Michael Bisping’s “punishment” fit the crime?

Is zero suspension, the denial of an unknown win bonus, and a second coaching run on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter” series adequate punishment for intentionally kneeing a downed opponent, and spitting on their cornermen minutes later?

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/715455-michael-bisping-does-the-punishment-fit-the-crime

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Friday, May 27, 2011

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVorh4dR_2g

Interesting interview/highlight reel of the Afghan fighter. Definitely a good up and comer to keep an...

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Am I the only one

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Sergio Hernandez has a nice piece on MMA Mania detailing Jorge Santiago's amazing run outside the...

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Titan Fighting Championships 18 Live Results and Commentary

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Titan Fighting 18: CEO Joe Kelly Speaks About Changes, Bobby Lashley, John Ott

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ROUNDTABLE: How will Junior Dos Santos' fight with Shane Carwin at UFC 131 be different than the original matchup with Brock Lesnar? MMATorch staff and contributors comment

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How do you think Junior Dos Santos' fight with Shane Carwin at UFC 131 will be different than JDS' original fight with Brock Lesnar?

RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Shane Carwin is a completely different matchup than Brock Lesnar, and Junior dos Santos will have to change everything he's been game-planning.� Sure, Carwin can wrestle, but nothing like Lesnar can.� And sure Lesnar can punch hard (just ask Heath Herring's eye), but nothing like Carwin can.��

Carwin has the ability to take JDS down, but it's not what he's looking to do with JDS.� Obviously Carwin's goal is a first round KO.� And while all fighters would love to end every fight with a first round KO, only a handful of fighters aim for that as a primary goal.

Lesnar, of course, would have been looking to set the pace and plant dos Santos on his hind quarters as fast as possible, knowing that JDS has one punch KO power.� Lesnar has shown more than once that he can keep just about anyone down long enough to win rounds with one good takedown.

JDS is going to have to focus more on head and foot movement, counter punching when Carwin gets highly aggressive, and staying off the cage.

ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

In this new fight for Junior Dos Santos, I actually see him having an easier time with Carwin than with Lesnar.� Carwin is a top flight athlete and can no doubt be a champion, but, the problem is that he hasn't shown the level of improvement that Lesnar shows when he comes into the cage.� While Carwin may have the punching power, JDS has the ground game to counter the wrestling that Carwin possesses, not to mention the striking skills.��

ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

The JDS fight with Shane Carwin will be shorter than if he had faced Brock Lesnar.� Shane Carwin hasn't given anyone much faith with his cardio, so this will likely be a one round fight. I believe the outcome will be the same whether it was Lesnar or Carwin, and JDS will win with a knockout.� The only question is what round, and a fight with Lesnar would have likely lasted a bit longer.

FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Well, I expect this fight to be over pretty quickly. I thought there was a good chance that Brock would try to take Junior down, but I don't think that's something Dos Santos will have to worry about now. I think Carwin and Dos Santos are going to stand and trade, though Dos Santos could easily try to win the fight on the ground. I'll be surprised if the fight lasts more than three minutes, to be honest.

JASON AMADI, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Shane Carwin has proven one punch knockout power, and isn't going to be forced into the fetal position as easily as Brock Lesnar. Other than that, it's essentially the same fight. If Carwin doesn't force the issue with takedowns or get him up against the fence early, he'll probably get dummied up by Dos Santos the same way Brock Lesnar would have. Shane Carwin has crushing power, but Junior Dos Santos has power, faster hands, better footwork, and just an overall superior boxing game.

Also, it should be pointed out that if the fight hits the mat, Junior Dos Santos could have the advantage. Shane Carwin has slimmed down quite a bit since we last saw him, and his top game is as big of a question mark as Dos Santos' guard. This fight is probably going to be of a higher quality than a Lesnar-Dos Santos matchup would have been, but Junior Dos Santos should probably be a pretty big favorite over Shane Carwin.

ALEX WILLIAMS, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

I think Shane Carwin may be more of a threat to Junior Dos Santos.� I still like Dos Santos to win, but Carwin has undoubtedly attempted to correct for his cardio problems in the Lesnar fight (they were not because of a poor work ethic; Carwin's gym workouts are intense).� he has the wrestling ability to potentially ground Dos Santos and the power in his punches standing to threaten any heavyweight.

CHRIS PARK, MMATORCH UK SPECIALIST

Well the main difference will be that in this new main event, both men will be happy to strike.

Lesnar would always have been looking to take down Junior Dos Santos, while Dos Santos would have been looking to keep the fight standing and score the knockout.

I see Dos Santos now taking a much more technical stance as far as his striking is concerned. While he now won't be facing a man desperate to take him down, he will be fighting the one man in the division that hits harder than he does in Shane Carwin.

I see Dos Santos taking this one, using his movement and technique to stop Carwin pinning him against the cage, while picking him off over the three rounds.

JAMIE PENICK, MMATORCH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The major difference is Carwin will be much more comfortable standing with Dos Santos than would have Lesnar. And despite his wrestling background, taking Dos Santos to the ground will not be at the forefront of his gameplan. That means a very different fight for Dos Santos to plan for, as he'll be looking at a more clear striking matchup instead of needing to prepare for the ground game. I think it will make for a much quicker fight than we would have seen in Lesnar-JDS, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's an easier fight for Dos Santos.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/roundtables/article_9377.shtml

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Backstage Update ? Major TNA Management Shake-Up

As noted earlier here on the website, Terry Taylor was relieved of his duties as TNA Wrestling’s Director of Talent Relations on Friday.
A company-wide statement was issued and it was announced that Dean Broadhead will oversee contractual matters while former WWE executive Bruce Prichard will handle Taylor’s remaining duties.
Taylor had been with TNA since 2003 in a management role and served as head of talent relations for the majority of the organization’s existence.
According to sources in TNA, Prichard is not well-liked by most wrestlers in the organization. He joined the ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/05/backstage-update-major-tna-management-shake-up/

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