Saturday, March 31, 2012

WMMA McCorkle vs. Heden Weigh-in Results

The weigh-ins for WMMA's inaugural charitable event, McCorkle vs. Heden: Fighting for a Better World, took place on Friday in El Paso, Texas. Sean McCorkle topped 300 pounds.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/wmma-mccorkle-vs-heden-weigh-in-results

Gegard Mousasi Dennis Siver Leonardo Lucio Nascimento Matt Hughes Nick Serra

Frank Mir, The Constant Heavyweight Contender

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has fought in four UFC heavyweight title fights. If he gets past Cain Velasquez at UFC 146 on May 26, he'll earn the opportunity to compete for UFC gold a fifth time.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/frank-mir-the-constant-heavyweight-contender

Logan The Pink Pounder Clark  Martinsh Egle Denis Kang Fabiano Scherner Phillipe Noer

Bellator FC 64: Askren vs Lima

Bellator 64
Date: Apr 06, 2012
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Venue: The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
Broadcast: MTV2 and Spike.com

Image:...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/bellator-fc/100854-bellator-fc-64-askren-vs-lima.html

Tito Ortiz Per Eklund Rumina Sato Ryan Bader  Mirko Cro Cop Filipović

WrestleMania 28: Why Cody Rhodes Must Defeat Big Show to Retain Title

Cody Rhodes had held the WWE Intercontinental Championship belt for more than 230 days, and that amazing run should continue at WrestleMania 28 with a win over Big Show. There's no reason for the rising star to drop the belt on Sunday.

The extended title reign has surpassed that of Randy Orton, who held the belt for 210 days during his earlier days with the company. By letting Rhodes maintain a constant presence in mid-card feuds, it shows the WWE has a lot of confidence in his future.

He's improved considerably in terms of in-ring skills, and also on the mic, since defeating Ezekiel Jackson on SmackDown last summer. If it weren't for a crowded main-event picture, he likely would have received a bigger push by now.

Unfortunately for him, his ascent coincided with Mark Henry's dominant stint as the World Heavyweight champion, which was immediately followed by the company finally giving Daniel Bryan his chance to shine.

That means Rhodes has been stuck in neutral on the card for awhile, but that's destined to change after WrestleMania. After fan favorites like The Rock, Undertaker, Triple H and Shawn Michaels depart, there will be more openings for others to emerge.

Rhodes has definitely done enough to earn one of the pushes, but it won't be possible if he loses clean to Big Show on Sunday.

All of the momentum he would have built up over the past year would be halted in one night. And it's not like Big Show needs a strap to keep him relevant; he's just thrown around from storyline to storyline anyway.

The same can't be said for Rhodes. He doesn't have the long-lasting reputation of the seven-footer, so without a title around his waist, the chances of him getting lost in the shuffle increase dramatically. The creative team can't allow that to happen.

WrestleMania 2012 should be used to give younger superstars their big break. Rhodes has been waiting for his since joining the company five years ago. It's been a long journey, but he's finally in a position to make a leap toward the top.

Defeating the Big Show will keep him on track to accomplish exactly that.

 

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1123693-wrestlemania-28-why-cody-rhodes-must-defeat-big-show-to-retain-title

Roberto Traven Chad Akebono Rowan Josh Hendricks Darren M Jackson Ivan Serati

Is sarah palin hot?

:DI think shes pretty hot.

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=114950&goto=newpost

Anthony Torres Chris Lytle Kristian Rothaermel Royce Gracie Daniel Acacio

Technique Files

Hi,

some files about Muay Thai techniques.

Greetings from Thailand.

lHIK72MyUvY

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/muay-thai-kickboxing/100835-technique-files.html

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The War Zone

Discuss current and past fights from all MMA Events.

Statistics : 1 Topics || 1 Posts Last post by Blacksheep

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/the-war-zone-f138.html

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UFC heading to China this year, according to Dana White

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC wants to continue expanding their reach globally, and that expansion may take them into several new European markets in the next year. However, Europe isn't all that's on their mind in the next year.

UFC President Dana White revealed on Wednesday after the UFC 146 press conference that the organization may head to Macau, China, in the next year.

"Very soon," White said in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. "It will happen this year. We're this close. We are going to do a fight in China."

Macau is a tourism and gambling hub in China, home to the largest casino in the world, The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. Incidentally, it's that venue the UFC would bring the card to, as it boasts a 15,000-seat indoor arena.

Penick's Analysis: The UFC will not stop expanding anytime soon, and moving on to China is the next step for them in Asia. Whether they've got the types of fighters on the roster to draw in that country remains to be seen, but that won't stop them from going after every new market they can attempt to run.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_12901.shtml

Thiago Alves  Anthony Torres Chris Lytle Kristian Rothaermel Royce Gracie

Video: Bellator 63 Highlights

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Bellator 63 results and LIVE fight coverage for 'Amoussou vs Lozano' TONIGHT (March 30) on MTV2

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/3/30/2913426/bellator-63-results-and-live-fight-coverage-for-amassou-vs-lozano

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Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2 results and LIVE fight coverage for 'Yvel vs. Alexander' TONIGHT (March 30)

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/3/30/2914048/resurrection-fighting-alliance-rfa-2-results-and-live-fight-coverage-mma

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WWE/TNA/ROH: My Top 10 Moments of the Week (Mar. 26-30)

Another week of professional wrestling has ended, and it was quite the good week!

WWE Monday Night Raw delivered a good show. It started out strong, and while it did dip a bit in the middle, the show picked right back up as the second hour progressed.

TNA Impact Wrestling improved from last week’s weaker-than-usual show and delivered a solid episode. TNA Wrestling delivered from start to finish, except for the Bischoff family feud that is unfortunately continuing.

ROH Wrestling featured two matches, and they were both quite good. Both matches delivered very good wrestling and it made for an enjoyable show.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown was basically a WrestleMania hype show, but it did feature two matches. Both were quite good.

Who picked up “Show of the Week?” I have to give it to Impact Wrestling this time around. While Raw was very good, I felt TNA had the overall better show.

Here are my top 10 moments of the week!

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1126541-wwetnaroh-my-top-10-moments-of-the-week-mar-26-30

Robert Berry Aldrin de Jesus  Karl James Noons Josh Barnett  Gleison Tibau

Friday, March 30, 2012

Season 8

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir will premier on September 17, 2008 - December, 2008 - Light heavyweights and Lightweights.

Statistics : 92 Topics || 1310 Posts Last post by KurillovWm

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/season-f114.html

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Tibau vs. Nurmagomedov Added to UFC 148

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UFC officials have put together a lightweight bout between Gleison Tibau and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

It is the latest addition to UFC 148...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/100825-tibau-vs-nurmagomedov-added-ufc-148-a.html

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Cesar Gracie won't let Nick Diaz retire, says he's too important to MMA

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Nick Diaz will be addressing the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding his positive test for marijuana metabolites, and he and his lawyer will be making several arguments in his defense.

In an interview with Sherdog.com, Diaz's manager and trainer Cesar Gracie said that, ultimately, this positive test could be a good thing, and not just for Diaz.

"It might be a good thing because will they make the Nevada State Athletic Commission explain themselves?" Gracie said. "Marijuana's like alcohol. You can't be drunk for your fight and you can't be high on marijuana for your fight. But they don't test to see if you, a month before, if you drank alcohol. Oh my God, we're going to have to fine you because you drank alcohol a month before your fight or eight days or two weeks or whatever they want to say. You can get drunk the night before your fight. You just can't get drunk the day of your fight."

"Their testing policy does not make sense, not only to the layman like you and me but also to the World Anti-Doping Agency. They don't test the way that [the NSAC does]. They don't do the metabolites, I think it's called. That just shows if you had weed in your fat cells that was stored there up to 45 days before your fight. It doesn't make sense."

After Diaz's lawyer submitted their argument, stating that Diaz was using marijuana medicinally and that testing positive for metabolites was not prohibited under WADA rules. The NSAC then fired back, calling Diaz a liar for not disclosing that he was taking any prescriptions. Gracie addressed that issue as well.

"Marijuana in Nevada is not recognized as a prescription drug," Gracie explained. "Even in California it isn't. Technically, from a legal standpoint, a doctor cannot prescribe marijuana. You can't go to a pharmacy and buy it. Therefore, technically, it's not a prescription. The way the law is, is it's a recommendation and not a prescription. So when Nick put no to prescription, that's actually factual. And we looked into that before because in previous fights he wanted to put yes, it's a prescription, but it's not a prescription.

"Why would he lie? Everyone knows he smokes marijuana. So what's he gaining from it? The L.A. Times had a piece where he said he smokes it. What's he gaining from lying? Are they saying that if he would have put he smokes marijuana, they would have said it was OK? Because they haven't approved one person. In the history of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, since it's began, it has not made one exemption for [marijuana]. So what is Nick gaining by putting no on there? They're playing this weird little game of, ?Oh, he should have put yes here,' but they've never approved anybody on it and they weren't about to approve it this time. They're playing like a smoke-and-mirrors game. It's really odd."

The games with the commission, as well as what Diaz believes is an unfair judging system in Nevada, led to him proclaiming his retirement in the cage at UFC 143. However, whether this suspension sticks or not with the NSAC, Gracie says he's not going to let Diaz walk away that easily.

"He never thought that the judges in Nevada have liked him," Gracie said. "There's always been a bias against him. He doesn't know what he has to do to win a fight in Nevada... He thinks there are biased judges, and I would have to agree with that. There's no panel to review these judges' decisions and see if these guys should continue judging."

"He's sick of the politics, the whole marijuana thing, the judges... It's kind of a weird thing, but let's face it: I'm not going to let that guy quit. I just don't see that happening. He's too good and he's too important in this sport, I think. If it's up to me, there's no way that's going to happen."

Penick's Analysis: Diaz will be back in the cage. I've held this since he said he was retiring. Even if he gets sent out for a year with a suspension from the NSAC, he'll get the itch to come back once that year is up and he'll fight again. Obviously Gracie doesn't want to see him go anywhere, and if he has any influence on it at all, Diaz will be back in the cage. There's a tough road ahead with this NSAC hearing, but it could lead to a major change in the Commission's drug testing policies. It may not be entirely likely, but it's certainly not impossible.

[Nick Diaz art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_12883.shtml

Ivan Serati Umer W Chheena Thiago Alves  Anthony Torres Chris Lytle

Dana White Calls Junior Dos Santos? Fights Thus Far Very ?Chuck Liddell Like?

Dana White says Junior Dos Santos' fights thus far in the Octagon are very 'Chuck Liddell like' but is that a good thing as he gets ready to face Alistair Overeem?

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/dana-white-calls-junior-dos-santos-fights-thus-far-very-chuck-liddell-like

Delson Heleno Choi Hong man Yoshihiro Akiyama  Colin Robinson Dan Hardy

King Mo Lawal apologizes for calling NSAC chairperson a bitch

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/3/30/2914372/king-mo-lawal-apologizes-for-calling-nsac-chairperson-a-bitch

Kenichi Yamamoto Andrei Arlovski Ken Shamrock Paul Varelans Mark Coleman

My Bellator 63 bets !!

Image: http://oi44.tinypic.com/2mqt8g7.jpg

what do u guys think ?!

pretty confident in both .. can't wait :)

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/bellator-fc/100828-my-bellator-63-bets.html

Gegard Mousasi Dennis Siver Leonardo Lucio Nascimento Matt Hughes Nick Serra

Bloody Inbox: Testosterone Replacement In MMA, Scoring 10-10 Rounds, 'World-Class Wrestling' And UFC's UK TV

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/3/30/2913634/bloody-inbox-testosterone-replacement-mma-ufc-tv-judging-wrestling

Kestutis Smirnovas Wilson Gouveia Michael Bisping  Marcelo Brito  Wagnney Fabiano

Who is the Hottest female rapper ever? Visually and Lyrically

2 part question:
Who is the hottest Visually???
I think its between Nicki Minaj, and Trina
Who is the Hottest Lyrically???
I think its Remy Ma

Nicki Minaj
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Trina
Image: http://blacksportsonline.com/home/wp-content/gallery/trina/trina-2.jpg
Image: http://www.playerwives.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/blastro.jpg

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f48/who-hottest-female-rapper-ever-visually-lyrically-2052347/

Darren M Jackson Ivan Serati Umer W Chheena Thiago Alves  Anthony Torres

ONE FC 3 weigh in results and photos gallery for 'War of the Lions' in Singapore

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/3/30/2913309/one-fc-results-photos-from-the-one-fighting-championship-war-of-the

Pedro Rizzo Randy Couture Tony DeSouza  Oleg Taktarov Jon Olav Einemo

Season 13

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos premiered on March 30, 2011 - June 4, 2011 - Welterweights.

Statistics : 19 Topics || 177 Posts Last post by T_Bagger23

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/season-f162.html

Ryan Bader  Mirko Cro Cop Filipović Tito Ortiz Kevin Kimbo Slice Ferguson Krzysztof Soszynski

Announces from : MMALinker

This feeds is listing all the global announcements of : MMALinker

An MMA community for the fans, by the fans.

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Are Body Fat Calipers Accurate?

How accurate would you guys say body-fat calipers are?

I've always done BJJ, cardio, and weight-training for the past 7 or 8 years, but have been inactive for the past year or so and have gotten pretty out-of-shape. I figured testing for body fat rather than weight would be a more effective way to gauge progress.

I bought a cheap one (Sequoia Fitness Defender Body Fat Caliper at Bodybuilding.com: Lowest Prices for Defender Body Fat Caliper (http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/sequoiafitness/defendercaliper.html)) and did some measurements.

At 24 years old, 5'5 140 pounds, the majority of my fat goes to the stomach-area, while giving me some very lean arms and legs. But surprisingly... the caliper says my body-fat is 11%. To me, that news is a little too good to be true. I was guessing I'd be around the 15% or so mark, but to be at 11% is pretty low for a guy who has been inactive for a year. I literally didn't do any physical activity for 11 months, but at the same time... didn't really binge eat either. I just have never been a lean-looking individual, so 11% is just surprising to me..

In contrast, my 55 year old dad, who is of similar build and weight to me was at about 28%.

I know it's hard to tell without more detail and/or pictures, but do you guys think I'm right to think that the caliper is inaccurate and/or I'm not measuring correctly?

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f16/body-fat-calipers-accurate-2052177/

Lorenzo Borgomeo  Frank Mir Noboru Asahi Kazushi Gracie Hunter Sakuraba Kalib Starnes

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chicago Cubs: 10 Prospects to Watch in 2012

The upcoming season will be very exciting for the Cubs

Despite most assuming they won't be in playoff contention, the Cubs have several prospects who could climb the ladder to Chicago. 

But there are younger players still years away who will look to put together strong seasons in order to get the attention of the Cubs brass.

Let's explore 10 prospects Cubs fans should watch as they consider the long-term future of the Cubs. 

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1120261-chicago-cubs-10-prospects-to-watch-in-2012

Tony DeSouza  Oleg Taktarov Jon Olav Einemo John Lewis Jeff Joslin

Season 6

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra premiered on September 19, 2007- December 8, 2007 - Welterweights

Statistics : 62 Topics || 854 Posts Last post by KeyboardPacifist

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/season-f116.html

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MMALinker

An MMA community for the fans, by the fans.

Statistics : Total members 219681 || Total topics 83621 || Total posts 2031562 Our newest member mtm

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Tony DeSouza  Oleg Taktarov Jon Olav Einemo John Lewis Jeff Joslin

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 150: Jimmy Smith, MMA Discussion

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/3/29/2911166/bad-boy-presents-bloody-elbow-radio-episode-150-jimmy-smith-mma

Shane Carwin Mike Nickels Rashad Evans Keith Hackney Kultar Gill

NFL Free Agents 2012: New York Giants' Options for Replacing Brandon Jacobs

The New York Giants lost a franchise stalwart when Brandon Jacobs signed with the San Francisco 49ers, but the G-Men have some solid options when it comes to replacing the departed running back.

Ahmad Bradshaw will be the starter in 2012, but Da'Rel Scott and D.J. Ware are the only real options on the depth chart behind the oft-injured top back on the team. That means the Giants will have to add a legitimate back at some point before training camp.

Some had suggested the team should swing a trade for Jonathan Stewart from the Carolina Panthers, but that is unlikely. One major problem is that Stewart is heading into the final year of his contract. With young players like Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Jason Pierre-Paul needing new deals soon, it would be pointless to snag Stewart for just a year, then have to pony up serious money to retain him. 

There are some names on the free-agent market that could come cheap and provide experience that would make them solid No. 2 options for the Giants. Ryan Grant, Cedric Benson, Joseph Addai and Ronnie Brown are all free agents. While none of those guys would be a good option as a starter anymore, they would be excellent backups. All four guys can pass block and catch the ball out of the backfield, and they can all chew up solid yards between the tackles.

If New York decides not to take a flyer on a veteran back, it could decide to draft one. Guys like Boise State's Doug Martin and Virginia Tech's David Wilson both fit what the Giants try to do offensively and should be available late in the first round.

While it was hard for the Giants to let Jacobs walk after he won two championships with the organization, they are in a good position with plenty of options to replace him.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1123998-nfl-free-agents-2012-new-york-giants-options-for-replacing-brandon-jacobs

Aldrin de Jesus  Karl James Noons Josh Barnett  Gleison Tibau Pedro Rizzo

From locked up to knocked up, "Lightning" Lee Murray could be looking at a stiff penalty for...

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/3/29/2911563/from-locked-up-to-knocked-up-lightning-lee-murray-could-be-looking-at

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WALKER: Top Ten MMA Fighters to Watch in 2012

By: Brad Walker, MMATorch Columnist

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Well, since so many people have responded positively to my lists in the past, I have decided to try to do one every week so you all can tell me what you think (or at least how much my lists suck). Whether or not you agree with the picks I make does matter to me, your input is what ultimately balances the whole equation out. So here it is, the 10 fighters to watch in 2012 ? in my opinion, and why. For some I will also add who I would like to see them fight next, or who they are scheduled to fight next.

10. Pat "HD" Barry ? UFC ? Heavyweight

In one of my prior columns ? the heavyweight stock exchange to be exact ? I wrote that Pat was on the brink of dropping to the .500 mark after his fight with Cheick Kongo. Well, Pat does what he gets paid to do and went into the ring with Christian Morecraft and made me look like a clown. He escaped numerous submission attempts, and then landed an incredible knockout win. People often state that because of his size he should be moving down to light heavyweight, but if you look at his very muscular build, that has the same likelihood of happening as Roy Nelson hitting middleweight. It is very clear that the training at Team DeathClutch is molding Pat into much more than just a kick boxer and he has the ability to become the most exciting man in the division.

Next Fight: vs. Lavar Johnson at UFC on Fox 3

9. Pat "Paddy Mike" Curran ? Bellator ? Featherweight

Yes, it is indeed another Pat, but this time a much smaller one, and he wears a shiny new belt. Pat coming right out in the third round of his championship fight and putting a vicious beating on Joe Warren opened a lot of eyes about how dangerous a man he can truly be. His striking is incredibly powerful, and I would love to see a future for him inside of the UFC cage - but for now he will be staying in Bellator. He has risen to the top in quick fashion, winning tournaments in two weight classes, and finally taking home the belt just a couple of weeks ago. His coming fights will show us if he is capable of maintaining his edge while defending his title, and if he can he will only rise higher within the ranks in the division.

Next Fight: vs. Patricio Pitbull

8. Michael Bisping ? UFC ? Middleweight

Bisping proved a lot of his doubters to be fools when he made it to the final bell against Chael Sonnen, and made an extremely strong case for the possible victory. It was an incredibly close fight, and now finally Bisping is in the title picture that he has longed to get into. If he continues to fight at the level he did against Sonnen in Chicago, he will find himself standing across the cage from either Sonnen himself, or Anderson Silva ? only time will tell. Despite his departure from the Wolfslair MMA academy, I expect to see a better Bisping in each fight moving forward, as he is a very dedicated fighter. The question will be looming though, is he truly capable of finally winning that title he's always wanted?

Next Fight: vs. Tim Boetsch at UFC 148

7. Ryan Jimmo ? UFC ? Light Heavyweight

Jimmo is among the newest signees in the UFC, and he is a former champion who hasn't lost a fight since his professional debut in 2007. He has equal ability to knock out and submit his opponents, and his game is extremely well rounded. He has beaten a couple of former UFC fighters in his career and I look forward to him finally debuting in the Octagon. He's not the most intimidating guy inside of the cage, but he has an endless amount of talent. I think a great matchup for him would be a guy like Stephan Bonnar or Cyrille Dibiate.

Next Fight: TBA

6. Stefan Struve ? UFC ? Heavyweight

The "Sky-Scraper" has been on an absolute roll over the past year, and he is quickly making an argument for a spot in the top 15 fighters in the division. Stacking up a 7-3 record in the UFC, and winning four of his last five, Struve has shown improvement in all areas of his game in the cage. His extremely long limbs make him a very dangerous opponent standing and on the ground ? there is no such thing as a safe place in the Octagon with Struve. He submitted Pat Barry and then pounded out Dave Herman, he is still very young and his evolution is very apparent. If he keeps up this level of fighting he will find himself in the top 10 by the end of the year.

Next Fight: vs. Mark Hunt at UFC 146

5. Rousimar Palhares ? UFC ? Middleweight

Since joining the UFC roster in 2008 Palhares has only lost two fights, to Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt, so the reputation doesn't exactly take a hit with losses to names like that. Palhares has shown that he is an absolute killer with his ground game, and will happily amputate your leg for you if given the chance. Coming off of three consecutive wins, he is standing just outside of the top 10, and with a couple more wins could even find himself in title contention. His submission is some of the best in the division and possibly the world, but we are yet to see him master his striking to set up the jiu-jitsu opportunities. If he stays on track I expect to see him across the cage from Anderson Silva before too long.

Next Fight: vs. Alan Belcher at UFC on Fox 3

4. Jake Shields ? UFC ? Middleweight

Shields, having just announced his planned return to middleweight, has excited many to see him return to his former stomping grounds. He has taken apart some of the best in the division at 185 and will look to do the same once he returns to it. He has taken a couple of hard losses since joining the UFC, but I have no doubt he will bounce back. Moving back up was the right move and it really makes for a much more exciting future than he would have at 170; perhaps he will make it to a fight with Anderson Silva, perhaps not, but he will fare much better at his comfortable weight. He took out at least one great fighter while at 185 in Strikeforce, now I expect him to do the same in the UFC.

Next Fight: TBA

3. Johny Hendricks ? UFC - Welterweight

There is not a whole lot to say about Hendricks that isn't absolutely obvious, he has heavy hands, and he knows how to use them. His astoundingly fast knockout of John Fitch garnered him a lot of unexpected attention, and shocked many fight fans around the world. If he can repeat his victory a couple of times he will be the next guy in line for GSP or Condit. His heavy hands are the most powerful in the division and right now he can give anyone at 170 a run for their money inside of the cage. He's already generally ranked as a top five fighter; he can easily climb the ladder in the next few months.

Next Fight: vs. Josh Koscheck at UFC on Fox 3

2. Nate Diaz ? UFC ? Lightweight

Nate Diaz has racked up two consecutive big wins inside of the Octagon against Donald Cerrone and Takanori Gomi. His ability to get inside of his opponents heads and make them fall into his game plan is an asset most fighters don't have. Once you mix in his striking and cardio you have one of the best rounded fighters in the division. I expect Nate to only grow from his last fight with Cerrone and be in line for a title shot inside of the next six months. He's an exciting fighter and one you can love to hate at the same time, which makes him very important in Dana White's sales strategies.

Next Fight: vs. Jim Miller at UFC on Fox 3

1. Glover Teixeira ? UFC ? Light Heavyweight

Yeah, I know right now the rest of the torch staff are preparing punch lines for me on twitter, but I'm writing this anyway. Now that he has entered the elite ranks of the UFC, Glover is going to show the world what he is made of. His heavy hands and well-rounded game make him a threat to anyone at 205, and did I forget to mention he trains out of The Pit with Chuck Liddell and John Hackleman? His game is already very evolved, and with the extreme step up in competition I expect to see his metamorphosis continue. He is an extremely underrated and very talented fighter, so his entrance into the UFC should show us one way or the other what he is capable of doing.

Next Fight: vs. Kyle Kingsbury at UFC 146

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Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Staff_Editorials_19/article_12904.shtml

Kit Cope  Achmed Labasanov Lyoto Machida Luciano Azevedo  Mike Kyle

UFC on FX 4's Gray Maynard in rebuilding mode in 2012, still wants fourth fight with Frankie Edgar

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Gray Maynard finally reached the top of the UFC's lightweight division at the start of 2011, getting his first shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship against a man he had beaten once in his career, Frankie Edgar. But after failing to put Edgar away in consecutive fights, leading to a draw and a fourth round TKO loss, respectively, his 2012 campaign will begin in an altogether different place.

"Last year, I hit a plateau ? I really did," Maynard said in an interview with Duane Finley at HeavyMMA. "Now it's time to learn, and there is a lot of work to do. It's not like I changed camps and it's suddenly I'm leaps and bounds ahead of where I was. I have a lot to learn, but I'm excited and inspired again to do it. As far as jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai, those things are just scratching the surface. There are so many other aspects and elements to refine or develop, like nutrition, sleep and recovery, which directly affect your performance. At the end of the day, those areas are relatively untouched and there is still so much to learn."

Maynard's been traveling around after leaving his longtime home at Xtreme Couture, and he's taken time to work with Nova Uniao in Brazil, as well as the American Kickboxing Academy in California. Those have been beneficial experiences for him to this point, and he made it clear he's still got plenty to learn moving forward in his career.

"I'm at a point in my career where I'm assessing everything I've learned. Obviously I've picked up a ton of useful information along the way, but I've also learned a great deal about what you shouldn't do. It's an awesome thing when you know who you are, how to train and what works best for you. I've been through it all and how you get to the top is realizing what you can and can't do."

Maynard will square off with Clay Guida this summer in the main event of UFC on FX 4, and as the rest of the division is in a bit of a holding pattern with yet another rematch for the title forthcoming, both will be looking to plug themselves back into the veritable mix.

"The lightweight division is like a drama," Maynard said. "It is like a good soap opera that draws you in because it's not built up off bulls**t hype. There is no fake build-up where guys are talking a bunch of s**t in order to get fan's attention. It's all in the actual fights people are seeing, and it is the most competitive weight class in the UFC, hands down. The skill and heart displayed in our division is without comparison. We go out there, put it all on the line and get after it from bell to bell."

Maynard hopes his own skill and heart will bring him back to a third shot at the UFC Lightweight Title, and also hopes to face Edgar one more time before the two call it a career.

"The title has always been the goal," he said. "I would love to have the belt and somewhere along the line, get another fight with Edgar. We are 1-1-1 and we need to settle it once and for all. It has to happen eventually, and after that fight we can both be done. We can walk away knowing it's over and that we gave MMA fans some great fights to look back on."

Penick's Analysis: Maynard had a number of less than thrilling fights before his two-fight series with Edgar in 2011, and both of those raised his profile considerably. He did some very good things in each bout, particularly early on, but was unable to sustain that offense and that pressure, leading to him failing to win either fight. Still, switching up his camps and looking to expand his horizons in training is only going to improve his game overall, and if he's able to implement newly learned things into his bag of tricks, he should be able to work his way back up the ladder rather quickly.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_12871.shtml

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Workout Logs

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

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Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall II headlines UFC on FX 3 in three-round bout

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The flyweight rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall will serve as the UFC on FX 3 headliner on June 8, but it will only be contested as a three round bout.

While the UFC is making all main event fights five-round bouts, they will only be making this a three rounder with a "sudden death" fourth round, as it's still part of the mini-tournament to crown the first Flyweight Champion.

That news comes from Dana White, who confirmed in an interview with MMAJunkie.com that the fight would only be three as Joseph Benavidez's tournament win came in a three round bout. Still, White believed the two deserved the headlining slot on this card.

"If they fought a five-round fight and it's a draw, they'd have to go to a sixth round," White said. "But it's the main event. Those guys deserve to be the main event, especially the way everything went down and as great as that fight was."

The first fight ended in a draw at UFC on FX 2, which should have warranted a "sudden death" fourth round, but the scores were tabulated incorrectly and Johnson was mistakenly announced as the victor. The winner of this rematch will face Benavidez later this year for the first ever UFC Flyweight Championship.

Penick's Analysis: It's the right move to keep it a three round fight, even though five rounds of it would be awesome. The other semifinal was only a three-rounder, this one should be as well. And perhaps the draw in the first fight will urge both fighters to try to bring a more decisive finish to this one. The first fight was fantastic, and I'm extremely excited to see the rematch. It will make a solid headliner considering it's one of three free events during the month, and it should make for another great fight.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_12898.shtml

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If you could change the Ufc in one way??

If you could change the ufc in 1 way what would you do? Or what would you like to see from the ufc?

For me i loved the whole fox presentation. I...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/100813-if-you-could-change-ufc-one-way.html

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Junior dos Santos: ?Somebody is Gonna Get Knocked Out? (UFC 146 Video)

UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is preparing for the first defense of his belt when he faces Alistair Overeem at UFC 146, and believes someone is going to sleep.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/junior-dos-santos-somebody-is-gonna-get-knocked-out-ufc-146-video

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ramsey Nijem vs. C.J. Keith reportedly headed to UFC on FX 4 this June

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

A lightweight bout between Ultimate Fighter 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem and UFC newcomer C.J. Keith has been added to the UFC on FX 4 event on June 22 in Atlantic City, according to a report from MMAWeekly.com.

Nijem lost his season of TUF last summer to Tony Ferguson, but then followed Ferguson down to the lightweight division for his next bout. In that lightweight debut, he controlled Danny Downes for three rounds en route to a unanimous decision win.

Keith was set to make his UFC debut earlier this year, but the day he received the call, his father's house burned down. He was given time to be with family and will now finally step into the Octagon. Keith brings an 8-0 record with him into his Octagon debut.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_12870.shtml

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Ryan Bader wants top contender for next UFC bout, hopes to move into Title contention

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Ryan Bader went through a rough stretch in the first half of 2011. The formerly undefeated winner of The Ultimate Fighter's eighth season came within a fight of contention when he was manhandled by Jon Jones and choked out in the second round. Then h was on the wrong end of a shocking first round submission by Tito Ortiz in July.

Those two straight losses had the one-time rising contender falling precipitously down the UFC's light heavyweight ladder, but he bounced back in a big way in the last half of the year. First up, Bader knocked out Jason Brilz in just over a minute, and that performance had the UFC coming to him with a fight against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

Bader jumped at the opportunity, knowing a win would vault him right back into the upper echelon of the light heavyweight division.

"That's why we took this fight," Bader explained in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. "A lot of other people were turning it down and we got offered pretty much or were told about it right after the Brilz fight. We definitely wanted a fight that would put us in this kind of position and get back to where we were."

That's just what Bader did, pulling off the biggest win of his career by defeating Jackson by decision in Japan at UFC 144. Now, he's looking to face another top opponent in the division to keep his momentum going, and he hopes to prove himself as a title-worthy challenger in quick fashion.

"For me, I want to fight a guy that will keep me up to where I'm at right now, and get me closer to my ultimate goal which is for a title," Bader said. "That's the kind of guys I want to fight."

Penick's Analysis: It's been a great turnaround for Bader, and he's gotten himself right back into things after seriously dropping off the map after the Ortiz loss. The fight that makes the most sense right now is to have him face Mauricio "Shogun" Rua this summer. There's not another available contender for Rua, and even though he lost his last fight and Bader has won two straight, Rua is still a recent champion in the division and would be a huge fight for Bader still. I think the UFC will ultimately go this route for the two of them, simply because there aren't many other options open right now in the top end of the division outside of them fighting one another.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_12876.shtml

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"Fantasy" Fights

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Don Nelson Selected to 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame

No coach in NBA History has won more games from the bench as Don Nelson. Now, according to Rusty Simmons of SF Gate, he will be rewarded for his years in the game with a trip to the Hall of Fame. 

Former Warriors coach Don Nelson, known as an innovator throughout his career, will be among this year’s class inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Nelson, a three-time coach of the year and the NBA’s all-time winningest coach, told ESPN that he got the call Wednesday morning after being snubbed for several years. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will officially announce the 2012 class on Monday at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans.

Nelson has a career record of 1,335-1,067. He won the NBA's Coach of the Year Award three times (1983, 1985 and 1992), but never won an NBA Title as a coach.

Prior to becoming a coach, Nelson had a playing career that lasted from 1962 to 1976. As a player, he enjoyed great championship success, winning rings in 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974 and 1976. All of those those were won with the Boston Celtics. 

After retirement, Nelson coached the Bucks from 1976 to 1987, the Warriors from 1988 to 1985 (and again from 2006 to 2010), the Knicks from 1995 to 1996 and the Mavericks from 1997 to 2005.

The class will be officially announced on Monday in New Orleans.

Nelson was inducted along with Reggie Miller, Rick Pitino, Bill Fitch, Katrina McClain, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and the All-American Red Heads team. 

 

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1123560-don-nelson-selected-to-2012-basketball-hall-of-fame

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Reuben Duran?s Road Back to the Octagon: Week 9

Reuben Duran shares his road back to the Octagon in this exclusive video blog for MMAWeekly.com. This week, Reuben gets promoted to purple belt and does a seminar for the military...

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/reuben-durans-road-back-to-the-octagon-week-9

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Freddie Roach Offers Opinion On Five Best Boxers In MMA

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/3/28/2907970/ufc-freddie-roach-boxing-mma-best-boxers

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Do NOT change MMA Judging, it's perfect!

Well, here we are.

when you think about it. of course the judging is awful.
But because of that awful judging and the fact that you never really...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/100798-do-not-change-mma-judging-its-perfect.html

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Internet Wasteland

A place for meaningless, repeated or just plain stupid posts

Statistics : 4846 Topics || 102403 Posts Last post by awesomesprime

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ONE FC 3 media open workout photos gallery from Evolve MMA

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/3/28/2907944/photos-from-the-one-fc-fighters-open-workout-at-evolve-mma-today

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UFC 145's Rashad Evans says beating up Jon Jones more important than becoming two-time Champ

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Rashad Evans lost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship back in May of 2009 to Lyoto Machida in what was and still is the only loss in his career. He's won four straight fights since that loss, but will now finally fight for the title once more when he takes on former training partner Jon Jones at UFC 145.

Recapturing the belt he once had is important to Evans, of course, but in a new blog at Yahoo! Sports ahead of the event, he says it's secondary to proving he's better than Jones.

"In one month, on April 21 in Atlanta, I'm getting my title back," Evans wrote, "but, to me, beating Jon Jones up and proving I am the better man and better fighter is even more important than waking up the next day as a two-time UFC champion."

Evans and Jones have been verbally sparring for the last year, ever since Evans split from Greg Jackson's camp in the wake of Evans breaking their supposed team agreement of not fighting one another. The relationship deteriorated quickly from there, and the two have had plenty to say about the other since. Ultimately, Evans is respectful of Jones' skills, but still thinks he's a stylistic nightmare for the young Champion.

"I heard a stat about Jon that he's never been taken down in the UFC," Evans said. "But I've taken him down plenty, and I know he can't fight off his back. I think my takedowns will be a key to this fight. I know Jon can take me down, too - he's done it - but I've taken down every single fighter I've ever wanted to get down, and I took Jon down time and time again in the gym. I think style-wise I am all wrong for him."

"I know Jon thinks he's better than me. He thinks he's better than everyone. What he don't understand is that it only matters who is better on the night. I've been in the UFC since 2005, and other than one night, I've been the better man on the night every time."

Evans thinks it comes down to who wants this fight more, and he believes that to be himself by a long shot.

"On April 21, at UFC 145, beating Jon Jones up means everything to me," he said. "I want to smash him up so bad. I want to be world champion again - but for this fight, beating up on Jon Jones means absolutely everything."

"I will beat his ass and then tell him that crying won't get him his belt back."

Penick's Analysis: Evans hasn't held anything back in his comments about Jones in the last year, and he clearly believes his wrestling game will be the deciding factor in this fight. So that brings up the question - if what Evans says of their training together is true, how much has Jones improved his takedown defense since? Will he be able to keep himself upright as Evans attempts to bully him and put him on the back throughout the fight? What does Evans have for Jones if he can't keep him on his back? This is a fantastic fight and an interesting matchup with a few variables, but even if Evans' wrestling comes into play, will it be enough for the phenomenal 24-year-old Champion. I'm highly skeptical that it can be, but maybe Evans truly does know something the rest of us don't. We'll find out one way or another in less than a month.

[Rashad Evans art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_12857.shtml

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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.
Robert Roode defeated Bully Ray via pinfall to win the ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/09/2-title-changes-at-tnas-no-surrender-ppv/

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UFC 146's Frank Mir not up to fighting in Brazil after breaking Antonio Nogueira's arm

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Frank Mir will square off against Cain Velasquez this May in a number one contender bout at UFC 146. Prior to that booking, there was at least one other potential opponent being talked about for Mir, at least one name that was brought up to him in public.

That was Fabricio Werdum, who returned to the UFC in February with a win over Roy Nelson. Mir wasn't too keen on that matchup for this summer, and Werdum will instead face Mike Russow on the same UFC 146 event. In a new interview with Crave Online, Mir explained why he wasn't interested in that matchup in June.

"Werdum is a greatly improved fighter with phenomenal stand-up and I think his jiu-jitsu is some of the best in the world," Mir began (transcribed by MMAMania.com). "The guy is awesome. The only reason why I at first said, 'hmmm, maybe not a good idea' [was] when I found out he wanted to fight in June in Brazil. I was like, 'Ah, I don't know if that would be such a great idea, I don't know if I'm gonna be that well received there.'"

Mir's hesitation to take a fight in Brazil stems from his vicious win over Rio de Janeiro's own Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in December, where he broke "Minotauro's" arm with a kimura after nearly getting knocked out. Mir says he's already gotten several emails from fans about the hold, and he's not sure how safe things would be there for him.

"I'd have to go there for a whole week with my family, my wife and my children," he said. "I don't think I'm in [Chael Sonnen's] boat yet, but at the same time if I go to a restaurant and someone is a Nogueira fan, what are they gonna do to my food? Brazilian fans, fans in general, can be kinda crazy and I've received quite a few crazy Emails. Google translate is a phenomenal thing but it kind of makes you cringe a little bit when you see what people wanna say."

Penick's Analysis: I don't know how serious Mir is about this "concern", and maybe he's just paranoid, but much like Chael Sonnen likely doesn't have anything real to fear from fighting Anderson Silva in Brazil, I don't think Mir would have any issues either. Beating Nogueira twice the way he did in each probably doesn't endear him to too many fans, but it's not like he's done much else to draw the ire of the crazy masses. Regardless, he's in a much better fight for himself against Velasquez as opposed to a fight with Werdum.

[Frank Mir art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_12881.shtml

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Daily News

MMA News from around the web.

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Soccer: USA Soccer not headed to the Olympics

---Quote---
NASHVILLE, Tenn. � On a night of swings and dips and controversy and drama � and one catastrophic error � the United States� Olympic...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/sports/100773-soccer-usa-soccer-not-headed-olympics.html

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Thought this was interesting!

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/study-world-warcraft-better-singles-online-dating-sites-002402169.html

It may not be a secret to you guys...

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=114755&goto=newpost

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Fitchs facial hair adventure

Image: http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1024418/Jon_Fitch_Beard_medium.jpg

Image:...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/100777-fitchs-facial-hair-adventure.html

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Tunes while you train

What albums/artists are you favorite for a session?

I was listening to some Emcee Lynx the other day but I only really like a handful of songs. been...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/mma-forum-lounge/100784-tunes-while-you-train.html

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MMAWeekly Radio Monday: Joseph Benavidez and Steven Siler

MMAWeekly Radio is back for Monday's show with UFC flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez, featherweight Steven Siler, and all new debate topics in the Sixth Round.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/mmaweekly-radio-monday-joseph-benavidez-and-steven-siler

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WMMA?s Inaugural Charitable Event Features Several UFC Vets

Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts is kicking off the company?s inaugural charitable event Saturday night with McCorkle vs. Heden: Fighting for a Better World at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/wmmas-inaugural-charitable-event-features-several-ufc-vets

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Randy Orton Is A Work Horse, Stacy Keibler/George Clooney

– Many people that have tickets to the Night of Champions PPV stated they were invited to take part in a group survey to discuss upcoming WWE Studios films. They would be paid $20 to watch scenes from a film and discuss the positives and negatives. WWE has John Cena’s Family Reunion, Edge’s Inside Out, and the horror film No One Lives on the way.
– It has been reported that from August 27th through September 5th, World champion Randy Orton wrestled every day except for one that was used for ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/09/randy-orton-is-a-work-horse-stacy-keiblergeorge-clooney/

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NBA Rumors: Why Derrick Rose's Latest Injury Stint is No Cause for Concern

Derrick Rose has not played a single second for the Chicago Bulls since March 12 and has sat out the last seven consecutive games due to a sore groin.

After missing just six games total in his first three seasons in the league, Rose has been out a whopping 17 games during the 2011-12 regular season and remains sidelined.

According to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, Tom Thibodeau admitted that Rose is just beginning to run on a treadmill and his timetable to return remains fluid.

"(I'm feeling) way better," Rose said. "(When the injury occurred) I was actually bleeding, my groin was bleeding, but now it's healed. It's just scar tissue and it's pretty hard trying to get that to move around, it's going to take little time."

As gruesome as the injury sounds, Bulls fans shouldn't be concerned.

Chicago is doing the right thing by holding him out during the regular season to ensure his availability for the playoffs as that is when his team will need him most.

The Bulls are 12-5 with Rose sitting on the sidelines and hold the best record in the league at an impressive 40-11 mark. With Chicago rolling and clearly in the playoff picture with a legitimate shot to win a title, why jeopardize Rose's health at this juncture of the campaign?

It's not a smart move.

The lockout-shortened season is a marathon rather than a sprint. Critical injuries to key players will have a disastrous impact on any playoff hopes teams hold, and the Bulls know it. That is why the team is making the right call in resting Rose for as long as he needs in order to get back to 100 percent healthy.

There is no reason to bring him back before he's ready. The Bulls aren't fighting for postseason position in the standings, nor is the team struggling consistently without him in the lineup. Chicago has two capable backups behind Rose in C.J. Watson and John Lucas III, and each has shown more than enough to be relied upon to produce while the reigning MVP is out.

It might be frustrating for some fans to tune into Bulls games and not see Rose on the court, but it's in the best interest of the team and those same fans will certainly feel better when he's balling in the postseason without any sort of restrictions.

Baby steps are being taken with Rose and the team is certainly handling him with kid gloves, but it's the proper move when it comes to the team's most important player. If the Bulls and their fans want to see this team realistically compete for a title, Rose getting his health right is the first step in the right direction.

Without Rose at full strength, there won't be a championship in the Windy City any time soon.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1120821-nba-rumors-why-derrick-roses-latest-injury-stint-is-no-cause-for-concern

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UFC Video: In-Depth Dana White Interview Talks His Vision For The Next 5 years

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/3/26/2904445/ufc-video-dana-white-ufc-sweden

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Boxing's Bob Arum Says Fox Deal May Not Be Helping UFC Pay Per View Numbers

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/3/27/2904785/boxings-bob-arum-says-fox-deal-may-not-be-helping-ufc-pay-per-view

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Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Why Mike Tyson's Prediction Will Come True

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight might just never happen. If it’s the case, some boxing fans might never get over it. It is definitely one of the most controversial boxing subjects since the beginning of the century: Who would win this fight?

 

Mike Tyson’s prediction

Mike Tyson had something to say on the subject and did it in his own way. Can we expect anything else from the former heavyweight champion?

In early March, Tyson wanted to throw Mayweather and Pacquiao in jail.

"Listen, if I was president I would throw them in jail if they didn't fight. I'd have them arrested. You can't do that but that's what I would try to do. I'd be like, 'These guys need to get locked up and find a new profession until they get their heads clear,'" he said.

Two weeks later, Tyson predicted the fight wouldn’t be one-sided.  He didn’t want to pick a winner, but did say that this fight would be a close contest.

It didn’t take long for Tyson to make up his mind. Seven days later, he decided to pick Money May as a winner.

"I have to go with Floyd," Tyson said.

 

Why it will come true

Last November, Las Vegas slightly favored Floyd Mayweather with a minus-140 line, while the Filipino champion was set as a plus-110 underdog.  In betting language, Las Vegas doesn’t really know what to expect from this fight. It had to favor a fighter, but this fight could go one way or another.

Let’s be honest here: Can we expect anything else than a closely contested fight? Mike Tyson’s prediction might be just right. Is there an edge one fighter has that the other doesn’t have an answer to?

We could easily point out that Mayweather has the size and weight advantage. However, Pac-Man has proved for his entire career that he has power and can fight bigger guys. Pac-Man has won in every weight division he fought in. He stopped Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. He sent down Juan Manuel Marquez several times. Is the size edge really an advantage for Mayweather?  Pacquiao can hurt Mayweather, even if he’s not the bigger guy in the ring.

As for experience, at this point, does anyone have the edge? They both defeated Mosley, De La Hoya, Marquez and Hatton. They both have more than 40 fights and have achieved almost everything possible in their careers. Yes, Pac-Man has Freddie Roach, a brilliant coach, but is that really an edge at this point?

Pacquiao will keep bringing pressure on Mayweather.  Money May is used to this kind of fight. He is a passive guy who loves to counterpunch in similar situations. As for Pacquiao, he is used to fighting counter-punchers as Marquez. There won’t be any surprises on any side.

Both fighters are very fast and have a great footwork, so there isn’t any advantage. Both fighters are obviously talented and will take many precautions in the early rounds.

Analyze this fight on any angle you want, and someone will find an edge for Mayweather, while someone else will find one for Pacquiao. This dream fight would definitely live up to the expectations.

 

Mike Tyson might see his wish happen

Mike Tyson would love to throw both fighters in jail if this fight never happens. It might be the only prediction coming true.

Money May is set to go in jail after his fight versus Cotto. In the meantime, tax officials in the Philippines are going against Pac-Man with a criminal complaint. What did the perfect man do? He apparently failed to submit documents to investigator looking into his tax returns.

If Mayweather and Pacquiao never fight in the ring, maybe they can settle it in an old-fashioned way in their cell.

 

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1120346-manny-pacquiao-vs-floyd-mayweather-why-tysons-prediction-will-come-true

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Monday, March 26, 2012

NBA Season 2011/12

Can't find anywhere to really talk about NBA on here.

I'm loving this season so far. My favourite team being the Oklahoma City Thunder.

I reckon it...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/sports/100744-nba-season-2011-12-a.html

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Cole Konrad

I have never seen him fight. I would like a description of his style and whether or not you guys feel he is a top prospect please.

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f61/cole-konrad-2049483/

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Despite early rating struggles, UFC boss says 'TUF: Live' positioned well on FX

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While "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" is drawing mostly positive reviews from MMA fans, the show hasn't yet proved a ratings monster in its...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ultimate-fighter-tv/100750-despite-early-rating-struggles-ufc-boss-says-tuf-live-positioned-well-fx.html

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Ramsey Nijem vs. C.J. Keith reportedly headed to UFC on FX 4 this June

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

A lightweight bout between Ultimate Fighter 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem and UFC newcomer C.J. Keith has been added to the UFC on FX 4 event on June 22 in Atlantic City, according to a report from MMAWeekly.com.

Nijem lost his season of TUF last summer to Tony Ferguson, but then followed Ferguson down to the lightweight division for his next bout. In that lightweight debut, he controlled Danny Downes for three rounds en route to a unanimous decision win.

Keith was set to make his UFC debut earlier this year, but the day he received the call, his father's house burned down. He was given time to be with family and will now finally step into the Octagon. Keith brings an 8-0 record with him into his Octagon debut.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_12870.shtml

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