Monday, October 31, 2011

UFC 137 Prelims Results: Bart Palaszewski knocks out Tyson Griffin in first round on Spike TV

Bart Palaszewski made the most of his UFC debut, knocking out Tyson Griffin in the first round at UFC 137 on Saturday night.

Griffin failed to make weight for the featherweight contest, coming in at 149 lbs., and though he began the fight by scoring on leg kicks and short combinations, a left hook from Palaszewski halfway through the first round turned things against him.

After cracking him with the initial strike, he landed another staggering left hook and then began unloading strikes against the cage. In the midst of the flurry, Griffin ate a big right hand and went down hard, prompting the referee to stop the fight.

The loss was Griffin's fourth in his last five fights, while Palaszewski starts anew at 145 lbs. with a big win.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_11025.shtml

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Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz confirmed, gets co-main event status at UFC 141

The lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz for UFC 141 reported by MMAJunkie.com on Sunday night has now been officially announced by the UFC.

But the UFC not only announced the fight, they also revealed that it will serve as the co-main event for the card in Las Vegas on Dec. 30, behind the main event between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.

It's another big step up for Cerrone after a highly impressive four-fight run in the UFC in 2011. Winning all four of his fights in the Octagon, including a submission win over Dennis Siver on Saturday night at UFC 137, Cerrone has now gotten himself lined up for his highest profile bout yet.

Diaz as well takes a jump up after his successful return to the lightweight division, where he submitted Takanori Gomi at UFC 135.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_11052.shtml

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UFC 137 Results: The Great, Disappointing Career of B.J. Penn

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/10/31/2525940/ufc-137-results-b-j-bj-penn-vs-nick-diaz-retirement-legacy-career

Achmed Labasanov Lyoto Machida Luciano Azevedo  Mike Kyle Daiki DJ taiki Hata

Chargers vs Chiefs: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Updated score: (game is to kick off at 8:30 ET.)

Tonight's matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) and San Diego Chargers (4-2) could knot things up in the AFC West standings this week.

A San Diego win would solidify its lead in the division. A Chiefs victory, however, would plunge them both into a three-way tie with Oakland.

Even before the start of the regular season, few Chiefs fans suspected this game would have any real meaning. A rough showing in the preseason did little to engender hope in Kansas City's chances to repeat as last year's AFC West champion. What little hope remained disintegrated after blowouts to Buffalo and Detroit.

Chiefs fans aren't the only ones shaking their heads, though. The Chargers looked like a lock for the AFC West this year after poor special teams play tainted their 2010 season, where both the offense and defense were ranked No. 1 in the league.

Instead, their defense allows way too many yards, particularly on the ground. Philip Rivers lacks the accuracy and rhythm that helped define San Diego's offense. On top of that, injuries are starting to pile up with possibly four key players out for tonight's game.

Add it together and you have a Chargers team leading the division at 4-2 thanks more to narrow wins against soft opponents than solid play on the field.

Tonight they face off against a division rival who found a reason to play to win again. Not only are they back in the AFC West title race, but they are obviously out of the running for Andrew Luck now.

And if all this doesn't make for a great game already, you can just add in that the Chiefs/Chargers all-time matchup is tied 51-51-1 right now.

The AFC West lead and bragging rights are both on the line Monday night. 

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/918120-chargers-vs-chiefs-live-score-highlights-and-analysis

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Frank Mir UFC 137 Fan Q&A

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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/96432-frank-mir-ufc-137-fan-q.html

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Feel bad that Carlos Condit lost his title shot to Georges St. Pierre? Don't. It wasn't his to keep...

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/10/31/2526792/feel-bad-that-carlos-condit-lost-his-title-shot-to-georges-st-pierre

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The "Club House"

Like sports ? Discuss any and all non-combat sports here.

Statistics : 93 Topics || 3999 Posts Last post by TofuDildo

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UFC 137 Results: Scott Jorgensen Scores Unanimous Decision Over Jeff Curran

Scott Jorgensen was successful against Jeff Curran at UFC 137. Read here to read how he got past him in this bantamweight fight.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/ufc-137-results-scott-jorgensen-scores-unanimous-decision-over-jeff-curran

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Don't be scared, Georgie. (GIF) Nick Diaz calls out Georges St. Pierre in his post-fight interview...

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/10/30/2526035/dont-be-scared-georgie-gif-nick-diaz-calls-out-georges-st-pierre-in

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History in the Making: Thiago Alves rises to the top with a knockout over Matt Hughes

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/10/30/2522076/history-in-the-making-thiago-alves-rises-to-the-top-with-a-knockout

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Donald Cerrone Blown Away by Title Talk (UFC 137 video)

With his win over Dennis Siver, Donald Cerrone has put together a six-fight winning streak, but despite calls for a title shot, he's not quite ready to commit.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/donald-cerrone-blown-away-by-title-talk-ufc-137-video

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

BCS Rankings: Houston and 3 Teams That Will Rise to Top 10 by December

The Week 10 BCS poll was released on Sunday, and although these teams are on the outside now, they will rise to the top 10 by season's end.

Expect these three teams to reel off a winning streak to end the season and climb up the BCS standings.

 

No. 11 Clemson Tigers

Clemson dropped from fifth to 11th after their 31-17 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday.

It was a very disappointing loss for the previously unbeaten Tigers, especially considering it was to a conference opponent.

Sitting at 8-1, Clemson's national title hopes have been dashed. However, if they win out from here, they will definitely find themselves in the top 10 by the end of the season.

They should blow out their next two opponents (Wake Forest and North Carolina State) before squaring off against No. 9 South Carolina in the regular season finale.

Considering the Gamecocks won't have Marcus Lattimore, I doubt Clemson will have much trouble.

They will finish the season at 11-1, and in the top 10 of the BCS.

 

No. 13 Houston Cougars

Houston hasn't been getting much hype as of late, despite leading the nation in points per game (52.3) and passing yards per game (453.3).

Quarterback Case Keenum has been phenomenal this season, throwing for 3,219 yards and 32 touchdowns. He leads the nation in both categories.

He's also been very efficient. He's completing 71.9 percent of his passes and has thrown just three interceptions.

Houston obviously has a cupcake schedule, as they play in the Conference USA. Because of that, they won't get a ton of respect this year.

Still, it's impossible to ignore an undefeated team that puts up 50-plus points per game. Houston will definitely be in the top 10 when bowl season rolls around.

 

No. 14 Kansas State Wildcats

The Wildcats got spanked by Oklahoma in Week 9, but I think they will rebound to upset third ranked Oklahoma State on Saturday.

K-State will be looking to prove themselves after getting embarrassed by the Sooners. I'm expecting Collin Klein and the Wildcats offense to get back on track and ultimately beat the Cowboys in a shootout.

The dual-threat quarterback Klein poses a unique threat to Oklahoma State's defense. The junior has 22 total touchdowns on the season, 14 of which he ran in himself.

I'm predicting an upset victory and a return to the top 10 for Kansas State.

Here are the full Week 10 BCS Standings.

Rank Team BCS Average
 1  LSU
 .9734
 2  Alabama  .9591
 3  Oklahoma State
 .9310
 4  Stanford
 .8615
 5  Boise State
 .8522
 6  Oklahoma
 .7760
 7  Arkansas
 .7033
 8  Oregon
 .6916
 9  South Carolina
 .6177
 10  Nebraska  .6156
 11  Clemson
 .596
 12  Virginia Tech
 .568
 13  Houston
 .470
 14  Kansas State
 .460
 15  Michigan
 .451
 16  Penn State
 .402
 17  Michigan State
 .308
 18  Georgia
 .290
 19  Arizona State
 .236
 20  Wisconsin
 .216
 21  Texas
 .212
 22  Auburn
 .149
 23  Georgia Tech
 .128
 24  West Virginia
 .114
 25  Southern Mississippi
 .094

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/918279-bcs-rankings-houston-and-3-teams-that-will-rise-to-top-10-by-december

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Hell's Kitchen

do you like/hate it it?

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Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=101101&goto=newpost

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Nick Diaz is now fighting ST-PENN.

Image: http://middleeasy.com/images/stories/Author_Zeus/2011/10.5/stpenn.jpg



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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/96422-nick-diaz-now-fighting-st-penn.html

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Bellator FC 59: Patricky Freire vs Kurt Pellegrino

Image: http://www.thefightnerd.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/4.jpg

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/bellator-fc-vbookie-betting/96404-bellator-fc-59-patricky-freire-vs-kurt-pellegrino.html

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MMA Nation's Jonathan Snowden takes a look at the timeline that eventually leads to Nick Diaz...

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/10/30/2525063/mma-nations-jonathan-snowden-takes-a-look-at-the-timeline-that

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Washington Football: Grades for Each Unit Against Wildcats

While the game between the Washington Huskies and Arizona Wildcats was closer than most Huskies’ fans would have liked, Washington was able to pull away late with a 42-31 win over Arizona.

The Pac-12 picture is beginning to develop nicely, as the Huskies’ record improves to 6-2 (4-1), while Arizona drops to 2-6 (1-5).

Many players from the game excelled (Chris Polk), while others who figured to look good (Keith Price) struggled.

Begin Slideshow

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/917525-washington-football-grades-for-each-unit-against-wildcats

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Workout Logs

Want to share your work out? this is the place to do it.

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UFC Primetime on Fox today (1:30 PST)

I was flipping through my DirecTv to see what NFL games were on and noticed that UFC Primetime is playing on FOX just after the NFL today. In the West Coast, it's after Cardinals vs. Ravens.

Incredible exposure. This is such an exciting time for MMA and the UFC! This week, this sport will be exposed in a greater light to a larger audience than anytime in it's history. Truly a time to celebrate! Fighters will gain validity and exposure, more eyeballs will watch the sport, meaning greater fighter salaries overtime.

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f2/ufc-primetime-fox-today-1-30-pst-1871255/

Matt Hughes Nick Serra Kyle Bradley  Anderson Silva Tokimitsu Ishizawa

UFC's Charles Oliveira heading down to featherweight after three fight winless stretch

After a three-fight winless stretch in the UFC's lightweight division, Charles Oliveira is moving down to featherweight and hopes to return before the end of the year, according to a report from MMAJunkie.com.

Oliveira won his first two fights in the UFC in impressive fashion before suffering his first career loss to Jim Miller last December. In his return this summer, he submitted Nik Lentz at UFC on Versus 4, but set up the submission with an illegal knee to the head for which the referee did not halt the action. Because of that, the result was changed to a no contest. He then suffered a first round knockout loss to Donald Cerrone in a short notice fight in August.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_11004.shtml

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post fight presser?

Haven't watched one in a while just because they're hard to find recently, especially since it moved to 9pm start time. Anyone have a link to them?...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/96367-post-fight-presser.html

Brock Lesnar Scott Lighty Ricardo Almeida  Hirotaka Yokoi Gegard Mousasi

Nick Diaz passes required pre-UFC 137 drug test for drugs of abuse

The Nevada State Athletic Commission only conducted one out-of-competition drug test for UFC 137, and not unexpectedly it was Nick Diaz who was forced to submit a sample.

But the good news is that Diaz passed his the test for drugs of abuse according to a report from MMAJunkie.com. He was not tested for performance enhancers.

Because Diaz has previously failed a drug test in Nevada - testing positive for marijuana after his 2007 bout with Takanori Gomi - he was required to take a test before being licensed in the state. He has passed, though, and thus has been cleared for his fight with B.J. Penn on Saturday night.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_10999.shtml

Jon Jones Kiyoshi Tamura Mike Van Arsdale Sam Hoger Alexander Gustafsson

UFC 137 results: BJ Penn retires from MMA after loss to Nick Diaz

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/10/29/2524169/ufc-137-results-bj-penn-retires-from-mma-after-loss-to-nick-diaz

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Nick Diaz passes required pre-UFC 137 drug test for drugs of abuse

The Nevada State Athletic Commission only conducted one out-of-competition drug test for UFC 137, and not unexpectedly it was Nick Diaz who was forced to submit a sample.

But the good news is that Diaz passed his the test for drugs of abuse according to a report from MMAJunkie.com. He was not tested for performance enhancers.

Because Diaz has previously failed a drug test in Nevada - testing positive for marijuana after his 2007 bout with Takanori Gomi - he was required to take a test before being licensed in the state. He has passed, though, and thus has been cleared for his fight with B.J. Penn on Saturday night.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_10999.shtml

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Episode Recaps

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Daily News

MMA News from around the web.

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Who has visited the most countries?

So - Just to see how well traveled you guys are, and for a bit of fun, here's my list:

- Denmark (Of course)
- Sweden (Too many times to count)
-...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/mma-forum-lounge/96352-who-has-visited-most-countries.html

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Missouri vs. Texas A&M Score: Aggies Choke Away Any Chance of BCS Berth

This is quickly becoming a trend for Texas A&M.

For the third time this season, the Aggies held a second half lead only to lose the game.

Texas A&M had big leads over both Arkansas and Oklahoma State earlier in the season, but dropped both games after collapsing in the second half. The OSU Cowboys rallied from 17 down at halftime to take a 30-20 lead and defeat the Aggies.

It seemed like deja vu the next week when Texas A&M led 35-17 at halftime against the Arkansas Razorbacks before completely falling apart and losing 42-38.

Even after the team's first two losses, there was still an outside chance that they could reach a BCS game as an at-large team. They had enough quality opponents on their schedule to prove they were still an elite team.

They face Oklahoma next week and Kansas State the following week. They also end the season against the Texas Longhorns.

Knocking off Missouri today, and winning all of those games likely would have been enough to get the Aggies into a BCS game.

A BCS bowl is no longer in the cards for Texas A&M who entered the season with high hopes. The problem for the Aggies is that there is now a legitimate chance they could finish the season 6-6.

They go on the road for their next two games against Oklahoma and Kansas State, and still play archrival Texas at home.

That's not a very promising schedule for a team that has already dropped three games. Finishing 6-6 would be disastrous and downright embarrassing for a team that thinks they are going to be able to compete in the SEC.

With no more BCS hopes, the Aggies will look to play spoiler against Oklahoma and Kansas State in their next two contests.

Nevertheless, a disappointing season may get even worse in the coming weeks.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/916068-college-football-scores-tracking-the-week-9-scoreboard-and-results/entry/144533-missouri-vs-texas-am-score-aggies-choke-away-any-chance-of-bcs-berth

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UFC 137 PREVIEW: Penick's breakdown and fight predictions for "Penn vs. Diaz" event in Las Vegas

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz (Welterweight)

Though the circumstances surrounding the booking of this fight certainly put a damper on the initial excitement for the fight, this bout between Penn and Diaz is one of most intriguing fights available in the welterweight division.

Diaz has had a lot of success outside of the UFC over the last several years, scoring highlight reel victories in entertaining fights from EliteXC to DREAM and Strikeforce. His 2011 wins over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and Paul Daley were thrilling displays, and he's had good performances against a number of other opponents, but this is the first time in a long time that he's gone up against a fighter considered to be "elite."

For Penn, after going to a draw with Jon Fitch in February and having an exciting matchup on paper with Carlos Condit ripped away from him, he now gets to go into the cage against a fighter that simply doesn't have boring fights.

Diaz is going to attempt to use his reach to damage Penn with his relentless striking attack, but should Penn bring the fight to the ground he's got a dangerous jiu jitsu game off his back as well and won't be afraid to fight there.

On Penn's end, putting Diaz on his back and utilizing his own top game may be a safer strategy than going toe to toe with Diaz on the feet, but his boxing game is very good in its own right and he doesn't fear the firefight.

Diaz has a lot of fans that believe he can beat anyone at anytime. The problem is, we haven't seen him against elite competition in quite some time, and even during his exciting Strikeforce run, he has had problems against fighters that will strike with him.

He was losing to Santos in January after getting brutalized in the first and second rounds by a series of leg kicks and good, hard hitting combinations, but managed to goad him to the ground and lock on a submission at the end of the second round. Against Daley, he got dropped a couple of times in the round, but was able to recover and send Daley to the canvas and get the stoppage in the first.

The point is, while Diaz has a high level of offensive output, he allows himself to get hit entirely too much to be really successful standing against a puncher like Penn. He hasn't been stopped by anything other than cuts in nine years, but he's come close to having the lights turned off.

If Penn can knock him loopy and drop him to the mat, he's got the ground game to keep him down and to attempt to work him from there. If the fight gets finished, I'd imagine it would be Penn dropping Diaz and then getting to a submission before Diaz knows where he is, but as it stands I think two rounds of Penn connecting will give him an edge, even if he fades down the stretch.

PREDICTION: Penn via unanimous decision

Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo (Heavyweight)

Mitrione, a former defensive player in the National Football League, has spent his entire MMA career within the UFC. He entered The Ultimate Fighter's 10th season with no professional experience, and has won five straight fights to begin his career in the UFC.

Kongo has almost five times as many fights as Mitrione, yet enters the event a somewhat surprising underdog. The 6'4" Frenchman has a good chin, though he can be cracked, and a very good striking game himself. His weakness has always been fighters that can put him on his back, though in a couple of his more recent fights he's found himself getting hit often on the feet.

He scored a huge come from behind knockout on an overzealous Pat Barry in June, who had knocked him down twice and was looking for the kill, so even if Mitrione gets him hurt in this fight he'll need to be cautious.

However, Mitrione's inexperience doesn't mean he doesn't deserve to be the favorite. With the way Barry dropped Kongo, not to mention memory of Frank Mir brutalizing him in the not-so-distant past, Mitrione's heavy hands and tough chin match up well against Kongo.

Both fighters are going to get hit in this fight. Both fighters are going to get hurt in this fight. The winner will have to go through whatever their opponent offers them and continue on, and at this stage, Mitrione's got what it takes to keep his run alive. It's not going to be easy, and he may have to survive some big shots, but I think Mitrione takes this one.

PREDICTION: Mitrione via TKO in the second round

Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Cro Cop (Heavyweight)

Both Nelson and Cro Cop are looking for redemption in this bout. Nelson for an embarrassing performance against Frank Mir, one caused in major part to a decision to fight while battling pneumonia, and Cro Cop for consecutive knockout losses to Mir and Brendan Schaub, both of which came in fairly ugly fights.

Cro Cop's UFC career has been a disappointment, there's just no other way to put it. He's had a few victories in the Octagon, but he's been nothing close to the fighter he was in his prime in Pride, and has just looked off in his most recent run, which was most apparent in fights against Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir.

He's also at the end of his career here into this fight. He's said multiple times that, win or lose, it's likely his last bout, and he's out to have an entertaining fight with Nelson. Because of how badly received the Mir fight was, it's likely that Cro Cop is going out on his shield in this fight, to give the best show he can even if it means going head first (literally) into danger.

The key factor to consider in this fight is that Nelson is nearly impossible to finish, and Cro Cop has been stopped in brutal fashion numerous times. Nelson hits very hard himself, but also has the chin to absorb a ridiculous amount of punishment, whereas that's likely not the case with Cro Cop. I think we'll get a fight out of the Croatian, but unfortunately he's past the point in his career where he's truly going to have much success in the cage. I hope he can prove everyone wrong, as it would be enjoyable for fans to see him regain some of the aura he's lost in the UFC, it's just not likely in the cards.

PREDICTION: Nelson via TKO in the second round

Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran (Bantamweight)

Longtime veteran Curran makes just his second appearance ever in the UFC in this bout, and it comes nearly eight years after the first. The always competitive "Big Frog" had a rough run the last time he was under the Zuffa banner, dropping four straight fights in the WEC, and his road doesn't get any easier with this fight.

Jorgensen is one fight removed from challenging for the Bantamweight Championship, and that one fight was a vicious first round knockout in the guard of Ken Stone. Jorgensen's got the speed edge in the matchup, but Jorgensen's got a good well-rounded game and a lot of experience on his side as well.

Curran enters as a heavy underdog, and Jorgensen should be the favorite based on their respective results recently, but Curran can't be counted out. He's going to be a stiff test for Jorgensen and will push him throughout the entirety of the fight.

He may not take the edge in the bout, but he's going to make Jorgensen earn a victory over him.

PREDICTION: Jorgensen via unanimous decision

George Roop vs. Hatsu Hioki (Featherweight)

Hioki, considered widely to be one of the top featherweight fighters in the world, makes his UFC debut in this bout. However, because his record was built in Japan there is trepidation as to whether or not he can be successful in the U.S.

Roop marks a very good litmus test for that point. He's had some very solid wins over the last couple of years, including a nice head kick knockout of Chan Sung Jung and his three round decimation of Josh Grispi; but he's also been stopped by Mark Hominick in quick fashion and has seven career losses on his record.

Hioki has just four decision losses on his record, the most recent being a split to Michihiro Omigawa two years ago. He's won nine of his last 10 and is 12-1-1 dating back to 2007. If any fighter is poised to continue success begun in Japan, it's Hioki, and he also has a very good skill set that happens to have been Roop's downfall on numerous occasions.

12 of Hioki's career wins have come by submission, almost all of them being of the triangle choke/armbar variety. Armlocks haven't been kind to Roop in the past, and it's something he'll need to constantly be wary of.

Overall this should be a competitive and entertaining featherweight fight to kick off the pay-per-view broadcast, and I think Hioki can avoid the pitfalls that have hit a number of his colleagues from Japanese organizations.

PREDICTION: Hioki via submission in the third round

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Donald Cerrone vs. Dennis Siver (Lightweight)

Dennis Siver has been an interesting success story over the last couple of years. His first stint in the UFC had him out of the organization after four fights when he managed to win just one of those bouts. After a win outside the organization, he got a call back to return, and has won seven of his last eight in increasingly impressive fashion.

His sole loss in that run was a decision to Ross Pearson, but he's rattled off four consecutive wins since that bout, including two very impressive performances this year over George Sotiropoulos and Matt Wiman.

Cerrone enters this event as one of the hottest fighters in the division. After suffering a second loss to Ben Henderson last April, Cerrone has put together a highly impressive five fight winning streak, looking great against Jamie Varner, Paul Kelly, and most recently Charles Oliveira, with less inspiring wins over Chris Horodecki and Vagner Rocha sprinkled in.

Not only does Cerrone have the ground advantage over Siver in this fight, but he's got a five inch height advantage, bringing along a significant reach advantage as well. With his striking game continuing to improve and his ground game as dangerous as just about any, Cerrone can continue his rapid ascent up the lightweight ladder in this fight.

Siver's been very good as of late, and finds ways to take his opponents out of their games, but that's going to be a tough task against Cerrone. Cerrone's got a very good chin and has improved a lot of his weaknesses, making big strides specifically in the last year. This is Cerrone's fight to lose, and I don't think he will.

PREDICTION: Cerrone via submission in the second round

Tyson Griffin vs. Bart Palaszewski (Bantamweight)

Griffin halted a three fight losing streak when he dropped to the featherweight division this June, defeating Manny Gamburyan by decision. He was one of the more successful fighters in the lightweight division from his debut in 2006 until his slide that began in 2010, but while his fights were relatively exciting, his style didn't lead to many finishes and essentially you know what you're going to get from a Tyson Griffin fight.

Palaszewski had an up and down run in the WEC, and now finally gets to make his UFC debut as he drops to the featherweight division himself. He had won three straight WEC fights before a split decision loss to Kamal Shalorus, and he's likely a big underdog only because of his layoff at this point.

He's got a good striking game and will be a tough fight, and if Griffin gets too overconfident in his striking game he could run into a bad punch like he did against Takanori Gomi, and he needs to avoid that. He'll likely make the cut to 145 lbs. more easily the second time in a row, while Palaszewski may have some issues in that area. Ultimately, that could be the deciding factor in which fighter comes out on top here.

PREDICTION: Griffin via unanimous decision

======FACEBOOK PRELIMINARY CARD QUICK PICKS======

* Brandon Vera over Eliot Marshall via unanimous decision
* Danny Downes over Ramsey Nijem via TKO in the second round
* Francis Carmont via submission over Chris Camozzi in the second round
* Dustin Jacoby over Clifford Starks via TKO in the first round

======CONFIDENCE AND BETTING CONTEST PICKS (WITH ASKREN-HIERON)======

12 - Askren - UD
11 - Penn - UD
10 - Nelson - TKO RD 2
9 - Mitrione - TKO RD 2
8 - Cerrone - SUB RD 2
7 - Jorgensen - UD
6 - Downes - TKO RD 2
5 - Hioki - SUB RD 3
4 - Griffin - UD
3 - Vera - UD
2 - Carmont - SUB RD 2
1 - Jacoby - TKO RD 1

$500 on Penn
$200 on Downes
$100 on Mitrione
$200 parlay on Penn, Mitrione, Cerrone

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/penickstake/article_10998.shtml

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Jeff Curran Giving His All in Second UFC Run

Jeff Curran was never able to fully focus on his own MMA career, but he's putting everything he's got into his second run through the UFC.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/jeff-curran-giving-his-all-in-second-ufc-run

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Video: Dana White UFC 137 Video Blog Part 2


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Anthony Perosh Urijah Faber Siyar Bahadurzada Wes Soldier Combs  Glover Teixeira

Backflips and Beatdowns - Motocross plus MMA = Insanity?

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So, how is this even legal? Most idiotic idea I've ever seen :P

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/general-mma-discussion/96351-backflips-beatdowns-motocross-plus-mma-insanity.html

Brock Lesnar Scott Lighty Ricardo Almeida  Hirotaka Yokoi Gegard Mousasi

UFC 137: Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran Dissection

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/10/28/2518365/ufc-137-scott-jorgensen-vs-jeff-curran-dissection-preview-prediction-analysis

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Season Ten

Heavyweights, coached by Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson. Any TUF 10 related topics discussed here.

Statistics : 237 Topics || 3782 Posts Last post by Tek9

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/season-ten/

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Dana White Takes on Culinary Union (UFC 137 video)

UFC president Dana White isn't giving in to the efforts of the Culinary Union to slam his promotion. The union recently called on Fox to keep the UFC off of its airwaves.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/dana-white-takes-on-culinary-union-ufc-137-video

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Video - Nick Diaz and Dana White in UFC 137 "The Hangover"

Check out the latest movie mash-up trailer for a UFC event, a promo for Saturday's UFC 137 "Penn vs. Diaz" as "The Hangover":



Video URL: http://youtu.be/j1aBUj_6CiM

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_11013.shtml

Kit Cope  Achmed Labasanov Lyoto Machida Luciano Azevedo  Mike Kyle

UFC returning to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in January for UFC 142; Brazil getting first international TUF season

The UFC went over ten years under Zuffa ownership before running an event in Brazil this August, but the wait time for Brazilian fans this time around won't be very long. According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, UFC 142 will take place on January 14, 2012, and will emanate from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, site of August's UFC 134 card.

Additionally, UFC President Dana White revealed on Thursday that a deal has already been struck to bring the first international edition of The Ultimate Fighter to Brazil next year, a season that will likely air for U.S. fans on Fuel TV. Calling it a "huge market" for the UFC, White said they intend to make as many trips as possible to Brazil going forward.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_11015.shtml

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Wall Street Protests

For or against and why?

I'm personally for it but for a much different reason than most others. I was smart enough not to invest in a college...

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=100742&goto=newpost

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Judo Chop: B.J. Penn's Back Control

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/10/28/2520154/judo-chop-b-j-penns-back-control

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VIDEO: Chael Sonnen predicts more fights at 137

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Kongo VS MItrione
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Cro Cop VS Nelson
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Hioki VS Roop

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/96322-video-chael-sonnen-predicts-more-fights-137-a.html

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UFC officially announces hiring of ESPN's Jon Anik, defines his broadcasting roles

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC has now officially announced the hiring of veteran broadcaster Jon Anik. UFC President Dana White revealed the hiring on Thursday, but a press release from the organization has more clearly defined Anik's position.

The 33-year-old will work as the play-by-play voice for live events on FX and Fuel TV in 2012 and beyond, he will take over as the new host of the revamped Ultimate Fighter series on FX, and he will also host the UFC's new magazine show, Ultimate Insider, which will come to Fuel TV in January.

"Jon Anik has been a top tier talent at ESPN for a number of years and I've made it a priority to bring him over to the UFC as we start our new partnership with FOX," White said. "It's critical to seek out the best talent in the business as our company continues to grow."

Anik began working with ESPN in 2006, and was instrumental in bringing MMA Live to television on ESPN2. He's also handled play-by-play duties in the past for Bellator Fighting Championships, college football, and a 2010 boxing title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Shannon Briggs. He and his family will be relocating to Las Vegas for the transition.

"The UFC is one of the strongest brands in sports, and in my opinion, it's the greatest sport in the world," Anik said. "The product speaks for itself. More frequently than any other sport, the UFC delivers. I had the chance to be on the road at UFC events when I was with ESPN and what separates the UFC from other sports is that it prides itself on being hands-on and fan-friendly."

"I look forward to helping play a small role in bringing the UFC to as many people across the world as possible. I'm really excited to a part of an organization that is filled with quality people who are the best in the world at what they do."

Penick's Analysis: Anik's work during Bellator's first season was fantastic and a good example of what he can bring to the UFC. This is a very positive move for the organization, and Anik will serve as a great addition to the production team for the UFC. With him hosting The Ultimate Fighter and working play-by-play on FX and Fuel, it will bring a different feel to those events, and overall this is just a very good move for all parties involved. I'm excited to see how he does in these roles, and I'd expect him to thrive in them.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_11007.shtml

Ivan Serati Umer W Chheena Thiago Alves  Anthony Torres Chris Lytle

UFC 137 weigh in results LIVE from Las Vegas for 'Penn vs Diaz'

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/10/28/2518755/ufc-137-weigh-in-results-live-from-las-vegas-for-penn-vs-diaz

Tom Murphy Anthony Perosh Urijah Faber Siyar Bahadurzada Wes Soldier Combs 

UFC's Charles Oliveira heading down to featherweight after three fight winless stretch

After a three-fight winless stretch in the UFC's lightweight division, Charles Oliveira is moving down to featherweight and hopes to return before the end of the year, according to a report from MMAJunkie.com.

Oliveira won his first two fights in the UFC in impressive fashion before suffering his first career loss to Jim Miller last December. In his return this summer, he submitted Nik Lentz at UFC on Versus 4, but set up the submission with an illegal knee to the head for which the referee did not halt the action. Because of that, the result was changed to a no contest. He then suffered a first round knockout loss to Donald Cerrone in a short notice fight in August.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_11004.shtml

Sean O Haire Victor Valimaki Fedor Emelianenko Bao Ligao  Mikey Burnett 

Planking? get outta here. That was so yesterday

It's all about Batmanning

http://newyork.ibtimes.com/articles/210118/20110907/batmanning-planking-internet-craze.htm

slide show and original...

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=100727&goto=newpost

Sean Salmon Kenny Florian Min Soo Kim Roman Webber Wu Haotian

Season Ten

Heavyweights, coached by Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson. Any TUF 10 related topics discussed here.

Statistics : 237 Topics || 3782 Posts Last post by Tek9

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/season-ten/

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UFC 137 PREVIEW: Penick's breakdown and fight predictions for "Penn vs. Diaz" event in Las Vegas

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz (Welterweight)

Though the circumstances surrounding the booking of this fight certainly put a damper on the initial excitement for the fight, this bout between Penn and Diaz is one of most intriguing fights available in the welterweight division.

Diaz has had a lot of success outside of the UFC over the last several years, scoring highlight reel victories in entertaining fights from EliteXC to DREAM and Strikeforce. His 2011 wins over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and Paul Daley were thrilling displays, and he's had good performances against a number of other opponents, but this is the first time in a long time that he's gone up against a fighter considered to be "elite."

For Penn, after going to a draw with Jon Fitch in February and having an exciting matchup on paper with Carlos Condit ripped away from him, he now gets to go into the cage against a fighter that simply doesn't have boring fights.

Diaz is going to attempt to use his reach to damage Penn with his relentless striking attack, but should Penn bring the fight to the ground he's got a dangerous jiu jitsu game off his back as well and won't be afraid to fight there.

On Penn's end, putting Diaz on his back and utilizing his own top game may be a safer strategy than going toe to toe with Diaz on the feet, but his boxing game is very good in its own right and he doesn't fear the firefight.

Diaz has a lot of fans that believe he can beat anyone at anytime. The problem is, we haven't seen him against elite competition in quite some time, and even during his exciting Strikeforce run, he has had problems against fighters that will strike with him.

He was losing to Santos in January after getting brutalized in the first and second rounds by a series of leg kicks and good, hard hitting combinations, but managed to goad him to the ground and lock on a submission at the end of the second round. Against Daley, he got dropped a couple of times in the round, but was able to recover and send Daley to the canvas and get the stoppage in the first.

The point is, while Diaz has a high level of offensive output, he allows himself to get hit entirely too much to be really successful standing against a puncher like Penn. He hasn't been stopped by anything other than cuts in nine years, but he's come close to having the lights turned off.

If Penn can knock him loopy and drop him to the mat, he's got the ground game to keep him down and to attempt to work him from there. If the fight gets finished, I'd imagine it would be Penn dropping Diaz and then getting to a submission before Diaz knows where he is, but as it stands I think two rounds of Penn connecting will give him an edge, even if he fades down the stretch.

PREDICTION: Penn via unanimous decision

Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo (Heavyweight)

Mitrione, a former defensive player in the National Football League, has spent his entire MMA career within the UFC. He entered The Ultimate Fighter's 10th season with no professional experience, and has won five straight fights to begin his career in the UFC.

Kongo has almost five times as many fights as Mitrione, yet enters the event a somewhat surprising underdog. The 6'4" Frenchman has a good chin, though he can be cracked, and a very good striking game himself. His weakness has always been fighters that can put him on his back, though in a couple of his more recent fights he's found himself getting hit often on the feet.

He scored a huge come from behind knockout on an overzealous Pat Barry in June, who had knocked him down twice and was looking for the kill, so even if Mitrione gets him hurt in this fight he'll need to be cautious.

However, Mitrione's inexperience doesn't mean he doesn't deserve to be the favorite. With the way Barry dropped Kongo, not to mention memory of Frank Mir brutalizing him in the not-so-distant past, Mitrione's heavy hands and tough chin match up well against Kongo.

Both fighters are going to get hit in this fight. Both fighters are going to get hurt in this fight. The winner will have to go through whatever their opponent offers them and continue on, and at this stage, Mitrione's got what it takes to keep his run alive. It's not going to be easy, and he may have to survive some big shots, but I think Mitrione takes this one.

PREDICTION: Mitrione via TKO in the second round

Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Cro Cop (Heavyweight)

Both Nelson and Cro Cop are looking for redemption in this bout. Nelson for an embarrassing performance against Frank Mir, one caused in major part to a decision to fight while battling pneumonia, and Cro Cop for consecutive knockout losses to Mir and Brendan Schaub, both of which came in fairly ugly fights.

Cro Cop's UFC career has been a disappointment, there's just no other way to put it. He's had a few victories in the Octagon, but he's been nothing close to the fighter he was in his prime in Pride, and has just looked off in his most recent run, which was most apparent in fights against Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir.

He's also at the end of his career here into this fight. He's said multiple times that, win or lose, it's likely his last bout, and he's out to have an entertaining fight with Nelson. Because of how badly received the Mir fight was, it's likely that Cro Cop is going out on his shield in this fight, to give the best show he can even if it means going head first (literally) into danger.

The key factor to consider in this fight is that Nelson is nearly impossible to finish, and Cro Cop has been stopped in brutal fashion numerous times. Nelson hits very hard himself, but also has the chin to absorb a ridiculous amount of punishment, whereas that's likely not the case with Cro Cop. I think we'll get a fight out of the Croatian, but unfortunately he's past the point in his career where he's truly going to have much success in the cage. I hope he can prove everyone wrong, as it would be enjoyable for fans to see him regain some of the aura he's lost in the UFC, it's just not likely in the cards.

PREDICTION: Nelson via TKO in the second round

Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran (Bantamweight)

Longtime veteran Curran makes just his second appearance ever in the UFC in this bout, and it comes nearly eight years after the first. The always competitive "Big Frog" had a rough run the last time he was under the Zuffa banner, dropping four straight fights in the WEC, and his road doesn't get any easier with this fight.

Jorgensen is one fight removed from challenging for the Bantamweight Championship, and that one fight was a vicious first round knockout in the guard of Ken Stone. Jorgensen's got the speed edge in the matchup, but Jorgensen's got a good well-rounded game and a lot of experience on his side as well.

Curran enters as a heavy underdog, and Jorgensen should be the favorite based on their respective results recently, but Curran can't be counted out. He's going to be a stiff test for Jorgensen and will push him throughout the entirety of the fight.

He may not take the edge in the bout, but he's going to make Jorgensen earn a victory over him.

PREDICTION: Jorgensen via unanimous decision

George Roop vs. Hatsu Hioki (Featherweight)

Hioki, considered widely to be one of the top featherweight fighters in the world, makes his UFC debut in this bout. However, because his record was built in Japan there is trepidation as to whether or not he can be successful in the U.S.

Roop marks a very good litmus test for that point. He's had some very solid wins over the last couple of years, including a nice head kick knockout of Chan Sung Jung and his three round decimation of Josh Grispi; but he's also been stopped by Mark Hominick in quick fashion and has seven career losses on his record.

Hioki has just four decision losses on his record, the most recent being a split to Michihiro Omigawa two years ago. He's won nine of his last 10 and is 12-1-1 dating back to 2007. If any fighter is poised to continue success begun in Japan, it's Hioki, and he also has a very good skill set that happens to have been Roop's downfall on numerous occasions.

12 of Hioki's career wins have come by submission, almost all of them being of the triangle choke/armbar variety. Armlocks haven't been kind to Roop in the past, and it's something he'll need to constantly be wary of.

Overall this should be a competitive and entertaining featherweight fight to kick off the pay-per-view broadcast, and I think Hioki can avoid the pitfalls that have hit a number of his colleagues from Japanese organizations.

PREDICTION: Hioki via submission in the third round

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Donald Cerrone vs. Dennis Siver (Lightweight)

Dennis Siver has been an interesting success story over the last couple of years. His first stint in the UFC had him out of the organization after four fights when he managed to win just one of those bouts. After a win outside the organization, he got a call back to return, and has won seven of his last eight in increasingly impressive fashion.

His sole loss in that run was a decision to Ross Pearson, but he's rattled off four consecutive wins since that bout, including two very impressive performances this year over George Sotiropoulos and Matt Wiman.

Cerrone enters this event as one of the hottest fighters in the division. After suffering a second loss to Ben Henderson last April, Cerrone has put together a highly impressive five fight winning streak, looking great against Jamie Varner, Paul Kelly, and most recently Charles Oliveira, with less inspiring wins over Chris Horodecki and Vagner Rocha sprinkled in.

Not only does Cerrone have the ground advantage over Siver in this fight, but he's got a five inch height advantage, bringing along a significant reach advantage as well. With his striking game continuing to improve and his ground game as dangerous as just about any, Cerrone can continue his rapid ascent up the lightweight ladder in this fight.

Siver's been very good as of late, and finds ways to take his opponents out of their games, but that's going to be a tough task against Cerrone. Cerrone's got a very good chin and has improved a lot of his weaknesses, making big strides specifically in the last year. This is Cerrone's fight to lose, and I don't think he will.

PREDICTION: Cerrone via submission in the second round

Tyson Griffin vs. Bart Palaszewski (Bantamweight)

Griffin halted a three fight losing streak when he dropped to the featherweight division this June, defeating Manny Gamburyan by decision. He was one of the more successful fighters in the lightweight division from his debut in 2006 until his slide that began in 2010, but while his fights were relatively exciting, his style didn't lead to many finishes and essentially you know what you're going to get from a Tyson Griffin fight.

Palaszewski had an up and down run in the WEC, and now finally gets to make his UFC debut as he drops to the featherweight division himself. He had won three straight WEC fights before a split decision loss to Kamal Shalorus, and he's likely a big underdog only because of his layoff at this point.

He's got a good striking game and will be a tough fight, and if Griffin gets too overconfident in his striking game he could run into a bad punch like he did against Takanori Gomi, and he needs to avoid that. He'll likely make the cut to 145 lbs. more easily the second time in a row, while Palaszewski may have some issues in that area. Ultimately, that could be the deciding factor in which fighter comes out on top here.

PREDICTION: Griffin via unanimous decision

======FACEBOOK PRELIMINARY CARD QUICK PICKS======

* Brandon Vera over Eliot Marshall via unanimous decision
* Danny Downes over Ramsey Nijem via TKO in the second round
* Francis Carmont via submission over Chris Camozzi in the second round
* Dustin Jacoby over Clifford Starks via TKO in the first round

======CONFIDENCE AND BETTING CONTEST PICKS (WITH ASKREN-HIERON)======

12 - Askren - UD
11 - Penn - UD
10 - Nelson - TKO RD 2
9 - Mitrione - TKO RD 2
8 - Cerrone - SUB RD 2
7 - Jorgensen - UD
6 - Downes - TKO RD 2
5 - Hioki - SUB RD 3
4 - Griffin - UD
3 - Vera - UD
2 - Carmont - SUB RD 2
1 - Jacoby - TKO RD 1

$500 on Penn
$200 on Downes
$100 on Mitrione
$200 parlay on Penn, Mitrione, Cerrone

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/penickstake/article_10998.shtml

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

Nutrition

From couch potato to Title Holder, what to eat to stay in top shape

Statistics : 192 Topics || 2140 Posts Last post by Kezza413

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/nutrition/

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dana White finally joins the StrikeForce/Showtime negotiations

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LAS VEGAS -- Strikeforce isn't quite dead yet.

Following a recent shakeup at Showtime that saw former sports head Ken Hershman leave for...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/strikeforce/96300-dana-white-finally-joins-strikeforce-showtime-negotiations.html

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Caros Fodor says he's fighting Justin Wilcox at Strikeforce "Melendez vs. Masvidal"

Two former Strikeforce Challengers series headliners will square off this December at Strikforce "Melendez vs. Masvidal," as Caros Fodor revealed on Wednesday's "The MMA Show" with Mauro Ranallo that he'll be taking on Justin Wilcox at the Dec. 17 event.

Fodor has won four straight fights in Strikeforce in the Challengers series, scoring victories over Ousmane Thomas Diagne, Derek Getzel, David Douglas, and most recently James Terry.

Wilcox had won five straight in the organization heading into his last fight with "JZ" Cavalcante, but an eye poke suffered in that bout left it as a "no contest." WIlcox is unbeaten in his last eight, and holds an overall record of 11-3 with that one no contest.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_10984.shtml

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Need Mayberry's Input on something.

Is it necessarily my fault if the person i studied with failed the test yet they didn't prepare the night before? Apparently, i'm at the end of the shit for this.

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f48/need-mayberrys-input-something-1867271/

Ivan Serati Umer W Chheena Thiago Alves  Anthony Torres Chris Lytle

Pac-12 Football Recruiting Classes: Breakdowns and Grades for Each Team

While there is still a little less than a hundred days until signing day, recruiting classes have really begun to take shape for many of the teams in the Pac-12.

There has been a lot of excitement of late with de-commits, commitments to rival teams, and commits taking visits to other schools.

What does this all mean? Where does this leave your team?

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/912594-pac-12-recruiting-classes-breaking-down-and-grading-of-each

Anthony Perosh Urijah Faber Siyar Bahadurzada Wes Soldier Combs  Glover Teixeira

ROUNDTABLE: UFC 137 "Penn vs. Diaz" main event predictions - Hansen, Hyden, Carter, Hobaugh, Park, Amadi, and Ennis

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Predict the outcome of the new main event between Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn at UFC 137.

RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST?

B.J. Penn by decision.� I understand that both Penn and Diaz are fantastic finishers.� Penn has finished 13 of his 16 victories for an 81% finish rate.� Diaz has finished 21 of 25, for a staggering 84% finish rate.� But as capable as both fighters are at finishing, both Penn and Diaz are nearly impossible to finish.� Penn has been stopped twice, once by TKO and once by his own corner.� Diaz has similarly been stopped twice, once by TKO and once by a doctor stoppage.� I just tell you how great both of these guys are.� That said, even as great as I think Diaz is, and as diverse as his toolbox is, everything that he does well, Penn does a little bit better.� Differently for sure, but better.� Nick Diaz's best path to victory is to batter Penn with his rapid fire jab and hook game, but I firmly believe that Penn can avoid the majority of those shots and land more powerfully and more accurately.� I would be very surprised if either Penn or Diaz try to take this to the ground.


FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

I think B.J. has a good shot to win if he's the focused and ready B.J., otherwise I go with Diaz winning by TKO in the 3rd round. B.J. can take a beating, and Nick can sure dish it out. I think the fight stays standing for most of the time, and Nick is more aggressive than Georges St. Pierre is, so I think he's able to actually knock B.J. out. B.J. has a chance to lure Nick in and use his aggressiveness against him, but Nick is going to be hard to finish. I think Nick takes the win in a fairly thorough fashion.??


ALVIN CARTER, MMATORCH SPECIALIST
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I am going to have to go with Nick Diaz.� B.J. Penn is amazing overall, but Frankie Edgar's boxing gave him a run twice.� Diaz may not be as quick as Edgar, but his boxing is superb and B.J. will most likely be a bit slower at 170 lbs.� Also, Diaz is great on the ground even though Penn has the superior ground game out of the two. There is a chance their ground games will nullify each other.� If Penn wants to show that he can stand and bang (Diaz would love that), he will probably be out pointed with a decision going to Diaz.��


ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

??I think this fight is a much more interesting and closer fight than the GSP vs. Condit match. I think GSP would have destroyed Condit. The Penn vs. Diaz fight is one I have wanted to see for years. Their skills match up well and they have trained together. �I think Diaz wins in a razor close decision.??


CHRIS PARK, MMATORCH UK SPECIALIST

This is going to be one of the fights of the year. Both have great stand up, both have world class ground/submission games, and so wherever it goes it fails to disappoint.??One or two reports are leaning towards �either of these fighters utilizing another aspect to overcome the other; but part of me feels that these two will want to put on a show for the fans by simply doing what they do best.?? I don't see either man being finished here but I am currently leaning towards Penn to take a highly exciting decision.


JASON AMADI, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Part of the reason B.J. Penn and Nick Diaz are such exciting fighters is because they're both so aggressive in their attack and focused on doing harm to their opponent that they themselves become vulnerable.

B.J. Penn's cardio is always a liability. Even when he absolutely violated Joe Stevenson to claim the UFC Lightweight Championship, Penn could be seen leaning on referee Herb Dean as the decision was being read, still exhausted after only one round. It's not hard to imagine Penn fatiguing, Diaz pushing his usual breakneck pace and recording a TKO stoppage.

Conversely, Nick Diaz's game is almost 100% offensive. He gets tagged on the chin with regularity, and we've seen him knocked down by big punchers in the past. If Diaz face plants against Penn the way he did against Paul Daley earlier this year, his back will be taken and he'll be submitted with a quickness.

Because B.J. Penn has better wrestling and could likely hurt Diaz en route to his rear naked choke specialty before fatigue sets in, I'll take B.J. Penn to win by submission in the first round.


SHAWN ENNIS, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

?I think when you look at the matchup from a perspective of who has the advantage in each aspect, Penn is the clear favorite.� But the one thing that bothers me about picking Penn is that, as we all know, you never know which B.J. is showing up.� And despite being one of the sport's all-time great fighters, B.J. is not at all one of the all-time great welterweights.� Penn's biggest issue at welterweight has always been and will always be cardio.� Contrast that with Nick Diaz.� Diaz is not going to give Penn a break.� He's not going to grind Penn like Jon Fitch.� He's going to bring the fight.� The trick is, that could work in Penn's favor because he's good enough in all aspects to win anywhere the fight goes.� Then again, Diaz is one of the more durable guys around, so I'm not seeing a stoppage in favor of Penn.� In this fight, I think it comes down to durability.� That's why I'm going with Diaz.� I think he does enough to wear Penn down in the second and third rounds and takes the decision.��

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/roundtables/article_10982.shtml

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Donald Cerrone Says Next Fight Will Be at 145 (UFC 137 video)

Donald Cerrone squares off with Dennis Siver at UFC 137 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but declared a drop to featherweight for his next showdown.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/not-looking-past-siver-donald-cerrone-says-next-fight-at-145-ufc-137-video

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2 Title Changes At TNA?s No Surrender PPV

Two title changes took place Sunday night at No Surrender as Winter regained the Women’s Knockout Championship from Mickie James while Austin Aries beat Brian Kendrick to capture the X Division Championship.
The title changes were forewarned prior to the event as a match line-up for the Sept. 23 TNA live event in Springfield, Illinois listed Aries as the X Division Champion and Winter as the Women’s Knockouts Champion. We reported both these title changes in our **SPOILER** report on Sunday afternoon.
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Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/09/2-title-changes-at-tnas-no-surrender-ppv/

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Urijah Faber looking to make a statement, finish Brian Bowles at UFC 139

Urijah Faber came up just short against Dominick Cruz in his bid for the UFC Bantamweight Championship in July, and now he's looking to get another chance with his fight against Brian Bowles at UFC 139 next month. In an interview with ESPN, Faber said he knows he's got a tough fight with Bowles, but is out to make a statement in that bout:

"He's super tough. He's one of the world champions that not many people have heard of. For the fans it's not as big of a deal but for me, knowing how tough he is, I know it's going to be a good fight.

He's fast but he's not as fast as I am. He's strong but I don't think he's as strong as I am. He's got great wrestling, he's got a lot of submissions - mostly chokes, like myself - but I think the creativity that I bring to the table and also the experience that I have is going to be the edge. And I gotta find a way to finish him because he's a hard guy to finish and I need to make a statement."

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_10969.shtml

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VIDEO: Nick Diaz: UFC 137 Media Workout (unedited)

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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/96274-video-nick-diaz-ufc-137-media-workout-unedited.html

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UFC 137 Video: Danny Downes Fighter Diary In Preparation for Ramsey Nijem

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/10/27/2517958/ufc-137-video-danny-downes-fighter-diary-in-preparation-for-ramsey

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Father's brain tumor, son's birth led to Josh Grispi's UFC 136 removal

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Josh Grispi's removal from this month's UFC 136 card was thought to be due to an injury, but a new story from The Boston Herald sheds some new light on why the young featherweight removed himself from the card.

It wasn't an injury, but two major happenings in his family life in close succession that had his head anywhere but the cage. First, his son Josh, Jr., was born on August 12, and two days later his father was rushed to the hospital to remove a brain tumor.

"It was crazy. Then they found out it was the worst, most aggressive cancer you can have,? Grispi explained. "Now he's on chemo radiation, and I'm trying to help out around the house with the baby. It's just been crazy.?

"I was a mess as soon as I knew he needed brain surgery. I was just thinking it was his first grandson and he was just born and now with all this stuff, I want my dad to be there with his grandson. There was just a lot of stuff going through my head."

His father is continuing to receive treatment at Tufts in Boston, Massachusetts, and though this summer's end had him out of sorts, Grispi hopes to get back into the cage soon. Not only that, but he's hoping to get back to enjoying what he does in the cage as well.

"All I can think about is I don't want my dad to see my last two fights be losses," Grispi said. "I want to get back in there. But I don't think I should have even fought those two fights. I should have just taken care of myself when I needed to, but I needed money. I was having a kid so I needed to save up more money. I was fighting for the wrong reasons.?

"Now I want to get back into it and love it again and not look at it like a job anymore. My other (pre-UFC) fights, it wasn't like a job. I was just having fun, going in there and doing my thing. Then I put all this pressure on myself and (the losses) happened. I'm looking to get back in there as quickly as possible, but not to the point where I can't go in there and have a blast like I usually do."

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Penick's Analysis: Grispi's two-fight skid came as a major shock this year, especially when he was lined up for a fight with Jose Aldo on January 1 before Aldo suffered an injury. However, Grispi made the right call in pulling out of UFC 136, and what he's had to deal with mentally over the last several months is daunting. I wish the best for his father in his treatment, and hope that when he does return he can get back to what he was doing in the WEC. He was an immensely fun fighter to watch during his time in the UFC's former sister promotion, and he just hasn't seemed like the same fighter in his two UFC bouts. He has plenty of time to turn things around, and for him I hope he can get his head back to where it needs to be in order to be successful in the UFC.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_10965.shtml

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