Sunday, September 30, 2012

Daniel Cormier calling for bout with Pat Barry on November 3

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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/105628-daniel-cormier-calling-bout-pat-barry-november-3-a.html

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Official Past Fights

Old and past fights discussed here. No up-coming and current fights in this forum.

Statistics : 1434 Topics || 97932 Posts Last post by LiamHillen

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Video - Highlights of Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic from UFC on Fuel 5

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The UFC on Fuel 5 highlights bring us to the night's main event in Nottingham, which saw Stefan Struve stop Stipe Miocic in the second round. Check out the clips from FoxSports.com below:



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Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_14526.shtml

Fedor Emelianenko Bao Ligao  Mikey Burnett  Antoine Jaoude Tank Abbott

Lady voting for Obama because she is getting a free phone

Not sure if this has been posted but it made me laugh.

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

Is a freephone going to pay her bills? Lol!

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=127231&goto=newpost

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NSAC executive director says Nick Diaz lied on pre-UFC 143 questionnaire, tried to beat drug test

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer has been outspoken against Nick Diaz throughout the UFC welterweights entire ordeal with the commission, and in addressing another suspended individual this week, he commented further on Diaz.

Kizer was in a conversation with boxing website BoxingScene.com, and in the conversation regarding suspensions, Diaz came up. Kizer had some harsh words for Diaz, who is fighting his year-long suspension and $80,000 fine in a Las Vegas court.

"It was here, twice for the same drug, marijuana," Kizer said of Diaz's marijuana failures. "But Nick did some things that came out in the hearing. Before the hearing, he came out and said 'yeah, well I smoked seven days before.' Wait a minute, are you saying that you lied on our pre-fight questionnaire? We asked him if he took anything in the last fifteen days. He basically admitted that he did, so we added basically the equivalent of perjury and that was part of the findings against him. So it wasn't only for testing positive for the marijuana, it was also for lying about it on the form."

"The second thing with Nick is that after the fight he drank like two dozen bottles of water, which we later found out from both from his expert, as well as our own, the effect of that could very well have been the intent to lower the level of marijuana in his system to try to get it below the cutoff. It didn't quite work. He was still above the cutoff but the level wasn't very high."

Penick's Analysis: Kizer's not being entirely accurate with these statements, and indeed the water comment has already drawn fire from Diaz's trainer Cesar Gracie on Twitter. As far as water is concerned, considering he may have been dehydrated from a five round fight, drinking water would help produce a urine sample. And he wouldn't have downed "two dozen" bottles of water. And on the comments about the pre-fight questionnaire, Diaz's team has argued from the outset that he didn't consider it a "prescription medication" at the time, and that the questionnaire didn't contain any questions about medical marijuana. Therefore, to continue to say he blatantly lied is just not accurate. Additionally, the NSAC's vehement negativity towards Diaz over marijuana just comes off as completely petty and ridiculous considering their complicity in the rise of legalized testosterone use in the sport.

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

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_14507.shtml

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UFC on Fuel TV 5 results recap: John Hathaway vs John Maguire fight review and analysis

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/9/30/3432632/ufc-on-fuel-tv-5-results-recap-john-hathaway-vs-john-maguire-fight

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Pat Healy Wants to Wait for Gilbert Melendez, but Would Have a Hard Time Turning Down a Fight

Pat Healy knows that fighting Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce title is a very big deal, but if the promotion came calling and wanted him to fight before that, he'd have a hard time turning them down.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/pat-healy-wants-to-wait-for-gilbert-melendez-but-would-have-a-hard-time-turning-down-a-fight

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Edge, Bret Hart & Trish Stratus Set For SmackDown!

The official website of the Air Canada Centre is advertising WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart and multi-time WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus for this Tuesday’s SmackDown! taping at the venue.
Both Canadian stars are advertised for “special guest appearances.”
WWE announced Friday on SmackDown! that former world champion Edge would appear on this week’s show, which emanates from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. According to the Air Canada Centre website, WWE will be paying tribute to the “Rated-R Superstar” with “Edge Appreciation Night.”
Also advertised for the event is a World Heavyweight ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/09/edge-bret-hart-trish-stratus-set-for-smackdown/

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ROUNDTABLE: Most anticipated fights at UFC on Fuel 5 "Struve vs. Miocic"

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Which bouts at UFC on Fuel 5 are you most anticipating?


MATT PELKEY, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

This card is loaded up and down with fun, albeit relatively meaningless fights. I'm pumped for Gunnar Nelson and Tom Watson's UFC debuts, and they're both on the undercard against quality opposition. Dan Hardy-Amir Sadollah and Che Mills-Duane Ludwig both look like sloppy bloodbaths on paper. Brad Pickett-Yves Jabouin will be the faster, more technical, more diverse version of those fights. The one fight I'm most looking forward to though is Paul Sass-Matt Wiman. When Sass was able to triangle Jacob Volkmann like he was any other scrub I became a believer. If he can pull it off against a rock solid lightweight like Matt Wiman, it'll be time to really get excited.


BRAD WALKER, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Miocic and Struve should be one hell of a scrap, neither man is one to back down and both need to be finished in order to lose if you ask me, and both are fully capable of finishing the other. That fight aside, Pickett and Jabouin really has my interest as does Sass-Wiman on that card. All of the fights are essentially pointless to the title picture but each can help the fighter either finally make their way into it, or just help them gain a bit of momentum in the upwards direction, except for Dan Hardy whom I can't begin to justify a top 10 spot for even if he takes out Amir with a three second flying armbar. It has all the makings of a solid card that should yield a high percentage of finishes.


DAN MOORE, MMATORCH UK CONTRIBUTOR

My anticipation for UFC on FUEL 5 is far higher than usual because i'll be there in person. I was really disappointed when Struve vs. Miocic was first announced as the main event, but over time the card has developed into one I am really happy with. Seeing Dan Hardy fight in his hometown will be an obvious high, but for me I'm most looking forward to seeing Hathaway vs. Maguire. At first I thought it was an odd decision to match up two local favorites, but whoever wins this weekend will be knocking on the door of the Welterweight top 15.

Pickett vs. Jabouin is an intriguing match up and a win for either fighter could leave them very close to a future title shot. Another highly anticipated part of the card, at least from a British perspective, are the debuts of both Jimi Manuwa and Tom Watson. Both are long overdue an opportunity to showcase their skills in the UFC.

Manuwa is an absolute beast and I'm expecting him to take home a KO bonus against Kingsbury. To be honest I'm looking forward to every single fight. 10,000 partizan fight fans will provide a fantastic atmosphere that will give every Brit on the card enough motivation to put in an exciting performance to send the fans home happy.


RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Would it make me an MMA snob to say I'm geeked for Shotgun Young versus Robbie Peralta? It would? In that case I'm f***ing geeked for Shotgun Young vs. Robbie Peralta. Or maybe I'm just defiantly challenging your assertion that wanting to see Robbie Peralta fight makes me an MMA snob. But since I'm still glowing from the Packers getting their asses handed to them on Monday night, I'll take the high road and assert that I'm honestly excited for this entire card.

The main event is going to crown a heavyweight who will be in the mix to have a chance to be in line to be the next big thing after all of the current contenders weed themselves out. Dan Hardy, fresh off of feuding with Matt Hughes for killing exotic animals for sport, will continue his rebuilding tour by knocking Amir Sadollah into next week.

John Hathaway vs. John Maguire is the rare Brit vs. Brit matchup to hail from the UK. Brad Pickett vs. Matt Pelkey's favorite fighter of all-time Eve Juh-blahhh can't help be anything but ten shades of awesome. Matt Wiman will be the toughest of Paul Triangle Sass' career. And Che mills gets a chance to show he's a solid fighter, something the bizarre matchmaking with Rory MacDonald failed to allow him to show, when he faces off against Duane "Bang" "I've Got The Fastest KO In UFC History And If you Say Otherwise I KILL YOU" Ludwig.

The main card is just lousy with good fights, and I'm looking forward to five hours of fights AND still being able to go out on Saturday night for a couple of sazeracs at Bryant's on Lapham.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/roundtables/article_14494.shtml

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UFC on Fuel TV 5 Fighter Bonuses: Brad Pickett Leads the Way with Knockout of the Night

Brad Pickett lead the way for the UFC on Fuel TV 5 fighter bonus winners with the Knockout of the Night.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-fuel-tv-5-fighter-bonuses-brad-pickett-leads-the-way-with-knockout-of-the-night

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Cleveland Cavaliers: Is Now the Time for Cavs to Part Ways with G Daniel Gibson?

The second-longest-tenured Cavalier, Daniel Gibson, has become a fan favorite over the years with his ability to hit the three ball and overall scrappiness on the court.

Unfortunately, his time on the court has been few and far between the past few seasons, as Gibson has missed 72 games the past three years with various injuries.

Originally a second-round pick out of Texas by the Cavs in 2006, "Booby" has now spent the past six seasons in Cleveland.

His best performance was actually good in his rookie year, where he caught fire in the 2007 playoffs against the Detroit Pistons, scoring 62 points in the series' final three games, including 31 in Game 7 that sent the Cavs to the NBA Finals.

Largely hampered by injuries and big expectations that arose from that series, Booby has been a solid player when healthy but not a star that perhaps some thought he would be.

Last season was especially frustrating, as Gibson averaged 7.5 points on a career low 35.1 percent shooting from the field all while missing 31 games with injuries.

Many in Cleveland are frustrated with Gibson, and rightly so, but does it mean the end of the Booby era with the Cavs?

I say not so fast.

First off, Gibson isn't hurting the Cavs at all financially.

Entering the last year of his contract, Gibson is scheduled to make $4.7 million, with only $2.3 million guaranteed.

No matter what his play looks like this season, Gibson's expiring contract could be used as a valuable trade piece around the trade deadline. The Cavs are still well under the cap, so even if they choose not to trade Gibson his contract doesn't hurt them. At worst, they let the near $5 million come off their books and use the cap space for next summer's free agency.

Another reason to hang on to Gibson is the Cavs' lack of talent at the shooting guard position.

No. 4 overall pick Dion Waiters will get the bulk of the minutes no matter what his role is, but after him Gibson is the only natural shooting guard, with C.J. Miles and Alonzo Gee better suited at small forward.

When healthy, Gibson is one of the elite three-point shooters in the entire NBA. His career 41.6 percent mark from deep is sixth best among all active NBA players and 12th best in league history.

The Cavs were 13th in three-point percentage last season and 25th in the NBA in points per game.  Gibson can be a huge help to both categories in 2012-2013.

His skills go beyond the offensive side of the ball, however, as Booby has been labeled the Cavs' best perimeter defender by head coach Byron Scott. With Kyrie Irving struggling on the defensive end last season and Dion Waiters coming from a zone system at Syracuse, the Cavs need a reliable defender on the wing.

Best-case scenario?

Gibson, still only 26, has a career year and helps form a three-headed monster with Irving and Waiters in the Cleveland backcourt.

Worst-case scenario?

Booby spends most of the season on the trainers' table and the Cavs use his contract as a trade piece or use the cap space created by it in the offseason.

Either way, Cleveland can take away something positive from keeping Gibson on the team.

Booby's time with the Cavs may be coming to an end, but it would be foolish to let him go now.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1352816-cleveland-cavaliers-is-now-the-time-for-cavs-to-part-ways-with-g-daniel-gibson

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Dallas Cowboys: 5 Bold Predictions for Cowboys Matchup with the Chicago Bears

The Dallas Cowboys are set for a Monday night showdown against the Chicago Bears

The Cowboys need this game heading into their bye week after two straight shaky performances that have people talking about a possible identity crisis. 

Things don’t get easier here as the Bears feature the sixth-ranked defense in the National Football League.  The Cowboys will need all hands on deck to walk off the field with a victory Monday.

Here are a few bold predictions on how they will get it:

 

Morris Claiborne Will Get His First NFL Interception

Morris Claiborne is the prized draft piece that Cowboys fans are expecting to be a star. 

It is unrealistic for us to believe that Claiborne can be Deion Sanders overnight.  However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t be excited about the possibility a miracle might happen. 

Claiborne is a playmaking cornerback.  Some have even considered him to be a potential “island” cornerback because of his excellent skill set.  Claiborne hasn’t wasted any time showing how valuable he is in coverage.

The one thing Cowboys fans haven’t seen from Claiborne is interceptions.  For some individuals, stats are how careers are defined and interception totals definitely speak volumes. 

Jay Cutler has already thrown six interceptions in 2012.  Four of his six interceptions have been thrown in prime-time matchups.  Four of his six have also been thrown when targeting receivers to his right. 

Cutler is careless with the football at times and is known to force passes.  There isn’t any denying that he can be a dangerous quarterback, but his mistakes often outweigh his positive plays. 

There is likely to be a strong battle between Brandon Marshall and press-cover corner extraordinaire Brandon Carr.  With Carr and Marshall going at it all night, it will guarantee that Claiborne will see a lot of targets. 

Targets equal opportunities; opportunities equal big plays. 

 

Dez Bryant Will Break Out

The Chicago Bears have the sixth-ranked pass defense.  Tim Jennings leads the league with four interceptions.  Clearly I must be crazy, right?

Not necessarily. 

The Bears may have a very effective pass defense, but that doesn’t mean that receivers aren’t finding success against them. 

Danny Amendola was able to nab five receptions for 66 yards.  Jordy Nelson put together six receptions for 84 yards.  Reggie Wayne had the most success despite being led by a rookie quarterback with nine receptions for 135 yards.

Given the success of other receivers, it’s not farfetched to think that Dez can have a big game.  By all the media’s negative reports you would think that Dez has had a horrible season.  In fact, the Seattle game was his only unproductive game.  Between the New York and Tampa Bay game he has 10 receptions for 147 yards. 

Dez is a talented receiver who is only 23 years old.  He is continuing to grow and has an exceptional skill set.  He just needs a game to prove his critics wrong, this could be the one.

 

The Offensive Line Looks Vastly Improved

The offensive line has been under fire for the last two weeks.  It seems like forever since the New York game where the offensive line led the way for 140 rushing yards and only allowed two sacks. 

It’s no secret the Cowboys offensive line is a mediocre unit that is already facing injuries.  With the exception of Tyron Smith, the line is comprised of reject linemen whose original teams didn’t think they were worthy of a big contract.

It doesn’t make me feel good knowing that we have a bunch of cast-offs protecting our top-tier quarterback.

I think this is the week that Bill Callahan gets his unit together.  The Bears have an aggressive defense that is going to test the stability of the Cowboys offensive line.  This would be a great game for the line to stand up to the test and prove to the league that it’s not going to be what keeps the Cowboys from a postseason run.

 

DeMarco Murray Totals 150 Yards

One thing I know for sure is that DeMarco Murray is substantially better than Cedric Benson.  In fact, I know that Murray is better than any running back the Bears have faced to date. 

Cedric Benson was able to amass 116 yards from scrimmage against the Bears. 

Murray is an explosive runner who has exceptional vision.  His vision should allow him to take advantage of the Bears defense with decent success.  I’m not saying that Murray is going to gash the Bears for 150 yards rushing, but I think that he’ll be able to be effective enough to allow the offense to open up.

One aspect of Murray’s game that is exceptionally strong and underutilized is his ability as a receiver. 

In college Murray was known as an effective screen receiver.  The Bears are certain to be aggressive on defense and the best way to negate that aggression is draw runs and screen passes.  Both of which are Murray’s strong points.


DeMarcus Ware Totals 2.5 sacks

Jay Cutler is a poor, poor fool.  He is among the most sacked quarterbacks in the last three years.  2012 is no different for the battered quarterback, as he’s been sacked 11 times already this season. 

DeMarcus Ware is back to his old antics and has four sacks through three games.  Ware has been a terror for opposing offenses and is the second-fastest player to reach 100 sacks. 

As a pass-rush specialist, Ware is as disruptive as they come.  So it’s good news to know that Bears left tackle J’Marcus Webb has allowed 2.5 sacks this season and right tackle Gabe Carimi allowed two sacks against the Rams alone and isn’t 100 percent healthy.

This game is an important one for the Cowboys, and that’s when Ware plays his best.  He should feast on a deficient Bears O-line.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1352806-5-bold-predictions-for-the-dallas-cowboys-matchup-with-the-chicago-bears

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

UFC 152 prelims dip, draws average of 955,000 viewers to FX

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Saturday's UFC 152 event was up against a lot of competition in the early weeks of college football season, and the prelims for the event took a slight dip as a result. According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, the two-hour broadcast drew an average of 955,000 viewers to FX, down from the 974,000 who tuned in to the UFC 150 prelims last month.

That number is the second-lowest for a pay-per-view prelims broadcast on FX, above only the debut event in January at UFC 142.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_14486.shtml

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Bellator 74 Results: Welterweight Favorites Move on to Semifinals

Bellator kicked off its seventh season with Bellator 74 on Friday night. The welterweight quarterfinals got the tournament format immediately into the mix with the favorites moving on to the semifinals.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/bellator-74-results-welterweight-favorites-move-on-to-semifinals

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UFC on Fuel 5 Results: Matt Wiman hands Paul Sass his first loss, scores armbar in the first round

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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If you were expecting a submission finish in the UFC on Fuel 5 bout between Paul Sass and Matt Wiman, surely you were expecting the undefeated Sass to be the one to latch it on. He had won all but one of his fights by submission, including three straight inside the Octagon, and hoped to continue that streak against longtime UFC vet Wiman.

However, it was the 29-year-old Wiman shocking everyone at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, by snatching an armbar and forcing the tap in the first round.

The fight didn't begin as planned, as he got taken down almost immediately by Sass. The 24-year-old wanted to showcase his improved striking, so he landed some strikes from the top and looked for an opening for a heel hook. He nearly locked it on, but Wiman fought out.

Working from his back, Wiman wasn't about to go down easily, and he attacked with a triangle attempt, only to have Sass pop out of the hold. However, from there, Wiman went for an armbar. This time, though Sass tried to fight through, he held onto the hold, and Sass was finally forced to submit.

The loss snapped the 13-fight winning streak that kicked off Sass' career, and for Wiman it was his fifth win in six fights, moving him to 9-3 over his last 12 bouts.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_14514.shtml

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Video - UFC's Chael Sonnen as Dennis Reynolds in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" promo

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The UFC's Fox deal brings a new level of cross promotion at times for the organization and the Fox family of networks. To wit, UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen appears alongside Haley Joel Osment, Xzibit, Candice Cameron, and Andrew Dice Clay as the "new" cast for FX's long-running comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelpha." Check out the quick promo clip below:



Video URL: http://youtu.be/DRD195mPOFo

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_14481.shtml

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Nutrition

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

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Manny Pacquiao: Why Pacman Made Wrong Choice Fighting Juan Manuel Marquez

While the world seemingly waits in earnest for a possible for a possible bout between superstars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the two fighters continue their never-ending stream of warm-up matches.

Next on the tune-up docket for Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) is a fourth bout against Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO) on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas. 

The two men last met last November, where Pacquiao came away with a controversial split-decision victory as fans booed the decision after the fight. The match was the third straight thriller of what was ostensibly a great trilogy in both fighters' careers. 

However, by choosing to fight Marquez a fourth time, Pacquiao set himself up in an unfortunate no-win situation. 

When Mayweather advisor Leonard Ellerbe told the Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire that "no one cares" about Pacquiao-Marquez IV, he wasn't wrong. The fight will sell because of the Pacman's name value, but absolutely no one was clamoring for a revival of this rivalry.

Though each bout has been highly contested, there reaches a saturation point where you can no longer sell the two names atop the marquee. Fighting Marquez a fourth time is essentially the equivalent to the continued success of the Saw film franchise. You watch because of familiarity and branding, but leave wholly unsatisfied.

On the other hand, there would have been plenty of excitement about a possible Timothy Bradley rematch. By all accounts, Pacquiao was robbed in their first fight in June, losing in one of the more controversial split decisions in recent memory, and the bout made Bradley a household name. 

Not only would Pacquiao-Bradley II give both fighters an opportunity to atone for the result of the first bout, it would also satiate the boxing world's desire for a top-tier bout. 

More importantly, it would give Pacquiao the opportunity to reclaim his WBO welterweight championship in time for a possible match against Mayweather in May or June of 2013. In a time where the sport is simply treading water until this fight happens, Pacquiao missed an opportunity to create even more potential buzz. 

Instead, we will simply get a retread of a fight we've seen three times previously. If the Filipino star comes out and wins, it's what he was supposed to do and we will simply move on with our lives. A loss, though, would be quite devastating and would siphon most of the hype out of the potential Mayweather bout. 

Quite frankly, by choosing Marquez over Bradley, Pacquiao did boxing a disservice and put himself in a no-win situation when he sets foot in the ring on Dec. 8. 

 

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1352350-manny-pacquiao-why-pacman-made-wrong-choice-fighting-juan-manuel-marquez

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From Germany

Hi, I am from Germany. I'm training to be a pro MMA fighter and I can't see myself doing negatively.

I'm proud of my country for obvious reasons...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/introductions-greets/105588-germany.html

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Sig Betting Archive

Old, out dated sig betting records.

Statistics : 31 Topics || 7907 Posts Last post by ballsmcgee

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/sig-betting-archive-f167.html

Scott Lighty Ricardo Almeida  Hirotaka Yokoi Gegard Mousasi Dennis Siver

The Ultimate Fighter 16 Episode 3 Recap: Tensions Escalate in the House

Tensions in the house continue to escalate in the third episode of The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson, and one of the favorites gets eliminated.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/the-ultimate-fighter-16-episode-3-recap-tensions-escalate-in-the-house

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Official Up-Coming Fights

Discuss "confirmed" up-coming fights.

Statistics : 10 Topics || 358 Posts Last post by Burritoking1000

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/official-up-coming-fights-f140.html

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punching over extending

okay, on my jab and cross, i thought that it was good technique to extend all the way on your punchs and locking out your elbow all the way. Well after my instructor telling me not to extend all the way during shadow boxing i have thought about it a bit more and realized i overextend for everyone,...

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f11/punching-over-extending-2215309/

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UFC 155's Chris Leben says last year's drug test failure the best thing that's ever happened to him

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Chris Leben's return this winter will come at the conclusion of yet another year long suspension due to a failed drug test. Leben was popped for painkillers following a loss to Mark Munoz at UFC 138 last November, coincidentally his second positive test in Birmingham, England.

Despite the many trials and tribulations he's faced in his career, the UFC has kept Leben around, giving him multiple chances to get things back on track. After this latest issue, he believes he's on the right path.

"When the news of my failed drug test went public, it was probably the best thing that could have ever happened to me," Leben said in an interview with Duane Finley at BleacherReport.com. "It's no secret I've had a lot of battles in my personal life and with basically fighting for over 10 years without ever taking a break off, I developed a pretty strong habit for pain medicine. Not only did it help with the pain, but I was also self-medicating for anxiety. I had a lot of issues and it's kind of hard when you grow up the way I grew up and the next thing you know you are thrown in the public eye."

"I had some personal relationships that hit me and damaged me pretty hard. Because of that, over the past few years I really developed a habit for pain medicine. In hindsight, looking back it was all self-medicating because I was having a difficult time living in my own skin. What happened happened, and my performances in my fights showed I wasn't healthy, physically or mentally. Dana White, the Fertittas, and Joe Silva were all so awesome. Obviously I got suspended for a year and it has been hard trying to balance everything financially, but the UFC helped get me into a rehab. Me taking that time to get away from everything, go to rehab and counseling, and now it's gone full circle."

Leben says that failing that test last year allowed him to address these issues that have plagued him, and he feels that ultimately it was the best thing for him.

"Now I go to a youth correctional facility every week," Leben said. "Every Tuesday I'm up there for a couple of hours working with the kids, and I'm working very hard to speak out against prescription medicine abuse and drug abuse in general; overcoming some of the issues I've dealt with in my life and what are the right and wrong ways to handle those things. Where I'm at now, the person I am now, I can actually look in the mirror and be comfortable. Had my issue not come out and been public, who knows what would have happened? I certainly know my career would have been cut a lot shorter and my life would have only gotten worse."

"Now my life is 100% sober and things are better for me than they've ever been regardless of the fact I'm broke and I've had to deal with a lot of people saying less than nice things about me. Honestly, being able to take care of this issue has meant everything. The UFC recognizing I have a problem and I'm not a bad person, helping me take care of that issue is the best thing that has ever happened to me."

Penick's Analysis: You want to feel for Leben and believe that this time he's going to make a change for good. He's become somewhat of a tragic figure for the UFC, but he's not beyond redemption. His return bout this December is a chance for him to come back strong, come back sober, and show that he can be consistent from fight to fight. Hopefully everything he says here is how his situation is right now, and how it will be going forward. If not, last year's drug test failure will be just another in a long line of issues that may continue to pop up for Leben going forward.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_14474.shtml

Antoine Jaoude Tank Abbott Marco Ruas Jason Lambert Ronaldo de Souza

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Official UFC No Topic Thread

This idea came to me today while me and another member had a debate that swayed way off the intended topic. This thread is gonna have no topic per...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/105602-official-ufc-no-topic-thread.html

Jaime Jara Mario Sperry Kazuyuki Fujita Tim Sylvia Jung Chan Sung

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Eddy Rolon Rey Phillip Santos Lorenzo Borgomeo  Frank Mir Noboru Asahi

Why Steve Nash Will Improve Dwight Howard's Offensive Efficiency

You really can't describe 57 percent shooting as inefficient while keeping a straight face. After all, it led the league in 2011-12.

But for Dwight Howard, it was actually a step back—the second time in as many seasons his average declined from his 2009-10 career high of 61 percent. Now let's be clear. Between then and now, Howard has remained the league's most efficient scorer, and the difference between his highs and lows is relatively marginal.

It's a difference nonetheless, though. Over the course of a season, making a few extra baskets can pay dividends for greats teams having to win series against other great teams.

It's also a difference you might be willing to overlook as an outlier were it not for the fact that Howard played fewer minutes and took less shots. Marcin Gortat was beginning to emerge as a solid backup, and this was his last full season with the Magic prior to being traded to the Phoenix Suns.

Howard's 34.7 minutes and 10.2 field-goal attempts were (and are) the lowest since his rookie season, and his 18.3 points per game rank as the lowest in a five-year stretch from 2007-08 to 2011-12.

The lesson seems to be that less is more with Howard, or that it's a little bit more anyway.

In that 2009-10 season, Howard averaged fewer shots than Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson. By 2011-12, Howard led the Magic in field-goal attempts, taking 13.6 a game.

You're better off asking Howard to get his points in pick-and-roll situations and the fast break than you are throwing him the ball and asking him to back down in the post.

As he's become more comfortable with his post game, we've been seeing more of it, but that's likely to change in Los Angeles, and not just because pounding the rock in the paint kills the Princeton offense's prized ball movement.

It's also likely to change because Steve Nash is as good as it gets at facilitating those pick-and-rolls and fast breaks in which D12's most at home.

The results aren't especially complicated. Howard's explosiveness around the rim is his bread and butter, so he'd rather be facing the basket in a position to exploit, with defenders out of position if at all possible. That's far preferable than working for a spin move in the post or otherwise putting up a jump hook.

And as a general rule, Howard will be able to do most of his damage without the ball in his hands. That's what happens when you can trust the game's most proven facilitator with putting the ball in those hands at just the right time.

It doesn't hurt that Nash is so adept at creating angles to make those passes in the first place. Howard can fight for position all day long, but rewarding the big man for doing so is crucial to him developing a rhythm and taking the best shots.

Howard obviously won't make 70 percent of his field goals this season, but it wouldn't be at all surprising to see him back up over 60 percent as he transitions back into a slightly more complementary role with the help of a legendary floor general.

Nash probably won't mind lending a helping hand, either, and Howard will make him look pretty good, too.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1351893-why-steve-nash-will-improve-dwight-howards-offensive-efficiency

Luciano Azevedo  Mike Kyle Daiki DJ taiki Hata Caol Uno Sean Sherk

UFC on Fuel 5 staff picks and predictions

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/9/28/3423394/ufc-on-fuel-5-staff-picks-predictions

Kevin Kimbo Slice Ferguson Krzysztof Soszynski Ryan Jensen Jens Pulver Lyoto Machida

UFC on FUEL TV 5 predictions, preview and analysis

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/9/28/3419968/ufc-on-fuel-tv-5-predictions-preview-analysis-struve-miocic-nottingham

Mike Nickels Rashad Evans Keith Hackney Kultar Gill Valentijn Overeem

Ryder Cup 2012: What a Win Would Mean to Tiger Woods' Legacy

Even the world's best athletes have holes in their resumes.

As great as Tiger Woods has been during individual tournaments over the course of his career, he hasn't been nearly as successful when playing for his country.

Woods, now in the midst of his seventh Ryder Cup performance, has not had much to celebrate at the biennial tournament, as he's wound up on the losing side during five of his six appearances.

In the past, his lack of success at the Ryder Cup may not have been as significant as it is now, primarily because Woods' greatest challenge since his divorce and the tumultuous details of his personal life emerged has been the rehabilitation of his image away from the golf course.

No, Woods hasn't won a major since his stirring performance at the 2008 U.S. Open, but would winning a 15th major really earn him the same level of adoration and admiration that delivering the 2012 Ryder Cup would?

Debatable, at best.

Since 2002, the U.S. has lost four of the five Ryder Cups, and Woods hasn't been much of a help.

To his credit, as Christine Brennan of USA Today  pointed out, Tiger doesn't hide from his lack of success in Ryder Cup play.

Tiger Woods ran into a fierce critic the other day, a man who says Tiger is the reason the Americans have fared so poorly in Ryder Cup play over the past 15 years. It was Tiger himself.

At this stage of his career, Tiger may never surpass Jack Nicklaus' 18 majors, and he will certainly never hold the same sterling reputation he once did with his fans and supporters across the world. 

What he can do though, is take another step towards redemption by leading the U.S. to a victory this weekend, because there are few athletes that fans almost uniformly seem to enjoy watching succeed quite like Tiger.

If we get the opportunity to see him put on a virtuoso performance on an grand stage with national pride on the line, rest assured that he'll once again be championed as a hero, at least until another talking head suggests that he's intimidated by Rory McIlroy.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1351530-ryder-cup-2012-what-a-win-would-mean-to-tiger-woods-legacy

Dos Caras Jr   Anthony Pettis Hector Ramirez Murilo Ninja Rua Frank Shamrock

Edge, Bret Hart & Trish Stratus Set For SmackDown!

The official website of the Air Canada Centre is advertising WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart and multi-time WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus for this Tuesday’s SmackDown! taping at the venue.
Both Canadian stars are advertised for “special guest appearances.”
WWE announced Friday on SmackDown! that former world champion Edge would appear on this week’s show, which emanates from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. According to the Air Canada Centre website, WWE will be paying tribute to the “Rated-R Superstar” with “Edge Appreciation Night.”
Also advertised for the event is a World Heavyweight ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/09/edge-bret-hart-trish-stratus-set-for-smackdown/

Wang Guan Robert Berry Aldrin de Jesus  Karl James Noons Josh Barnett 

New UFC Flyweight Champ Demetrious Johnson admits he didn't execute as planned against Joseph Benavidez

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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"The gameplan was to use my speed, which is one of my greatest assets. Joseph, he throws big bombs, and when you throw big bombs, you have to swing your arms wild, and that's where you get that power. When people do that, they leave themselves open for a lot of big shots. That's one of the things that I didn't get to execute on: staying in the pocket. I made Joseph miss, but I wasn't able to make him pay for missing as much as I wanted to... When I fought Ian McCall, and when I fought Joseph Benavidez, you look at those guys' records, and these guys have only lost twice in their entire lives. And they're not even finishes. When you look at the guy, you think he's got heart, determination, and he's mentally focused. In order for this guy to get knocked out or finished, he's got to make a stupid mistake. When you've got the best guys in the world going after it, there's no room for error, and we're not going to go out there and make an error because we're not stupid. So that's basically what you see."

-New UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson talks to MMAJunkie.com about his gameplan against Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152, and addresses the criticisms of Saturday's fight.

Penick's Analysis: My main issue with Johnson's performance in the fight is exactly what he addressed here, the fact that he didn't execute and make Benavidez pay for missing. Avoidance is one thing, but there needs to be offense delivered as well, and Johnson himself realized that he didn't do enough of that. That's one of the main reasons there are a lot of critics of Dominick Cruz, and it's something that Johnson now faces. Johnson's not wrong about why a fight like Saturday's will play out the way it did, and it's definitely a fair point. But that competitiveness and mistake-free mindset can often lead to some duller fights. That's one of the reasons Georges St-Pierre has been criticized in the last several years, and it's going to continue to be an issue for many fans in fights like that one on Saturday.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_14475.shtml

Min Soo Kim Roman Webber Wu Haotian Daniel Puder Brock Lesnar

MMA Nation September 2012 Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/9/27/3420350/mma-nation-september-2012-consensus-rankings-heavyweight

Shad Lierley  Mark Epstein Patrick The Predator Côté  Chris The Pitbull Myra Rani Yahya

You might be a conspiracy theorist if...

You are capable of critical thinking.
You distrust mainstream media.
You like nature.
You think it’s a good idea to spend the Friday after...

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=126992&goto=newpost

Siyar Bahadurzada Wes Soldier Combs  Glover Teixeira Jan Nortje Karo Parisyan

At UFC on FX 5, Neer - Edwards on the main card over...Seriously???

Michael Johnson - Danny Castillo and Jeremy Stephens - Yves Edwards. Really makes no sense I know Neer is always in exciting fights but both he and Edwards both have losing UFC records. Meanwhile Johnson - Castillo actually holds some divisional relevance and MJ has not had a boring fight during...

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f2/ufc-fx-5-neer-edwards-main-card-over-seriously-2214639/

Karl James Noons Josh Barnett  Gleison Tibau Pedro Rizzo Randy Couture

Chael Sonnen didn?t show at Anderson Silva?s barbecue

Remember how before Anderson Silva beat Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, Sonnen said he wanted Silva's wife to make him a steak, and then after the fight, Silva invited Sonnen to a a barbecue? Well, the barbecue happened, but Sonnen didn't show.
Silva says i...

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/chael-sonnen-didn-t-show-anderson-silva-barbecue-175039572--mma.html

Ronaldo de Souza Shane Carwin Mike Nickels Rashad Evans Keith Hackney

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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/

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

Michelle Ould Hunting Victory at Bellator 74, Gunning for Zoila Gurgel Rematch

Michelle Ould has a tough fight against Munah Holland in front of her at Bellator 74, but she's hoping to be successful and campaign for a rematch with Zoila Gurgel.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/michelle-ould-hunting-victory-at-bellator-74-gunning-for-zoila-gurgel-rematch

Nick Serra Kyle Bradley  Anderson Silva Tokimitsu Ishizawa Masakatsu Funaki

How many fights for Chael and Nick Diaz before a title shot?

Alright, both of these guys are coming off of losses. But Chael's talking has already had Dana offer him a title shot as a fill in. And in a lot of...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/105554-how-many-fights-chael-nick-diaz-before-title-shot.html

Kazuyuki Fujita Tim Sylvia Jung Chan Sung Antônio Rogério Nogueira Maurice Mo Smith

UFC 155's Chris Leben says last year's drug test failure the best thing that's ever happened to him

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Chris Leben's return this winter will come at the conclusion of yet another year long suspension due to a failed drug test. Leben was popped for painkillers following a loss to Mark Munoz at UFC 138 last November, coincidentally his second positive test in Birmingham, England.

Despite the many trials and tribulations he's faced in his career, the UFC has kept Leben around, giving him multiple chances to get things back on track. After this latest issue, he believes he's on the right path.

"When the news of my failed drug test went public, it was probably the best thing that could have ever happened to me," Leben said in an interview with Duane Finley at BleacherReport.com. "It's no secret I've had a lot of battles in my personal life and with basically fighting for over 10 years without ever taking a break off, I developed a pretty strong habit for pain medicine. Not only did it help with the pain, but I was also self-medicating for anxiety. I had a lot of issues and it's kind of hard when you grow up the way I grew up and the next thing you know you are thrown in the public eye."

"I had some personal relationships that hit me and damaged me pretty hard. Because of that, over the past few years I really developed a habit for pain medicine. In hindsight, looking back it was all self-medicating because I was having a difficult time living in my own skin. What happened happened, and my performances in my fights showed I wasn't healthy, physically or mentally. Dana White, the Fertittas, and Joe Silva were all so awesome. Obviously I got suspended for a year and it has been hard trying to balance everything financially, but the UFC helped get me into a rehab. Me taking that time to get away from everything, go to rehab and counseling, and now it's gone full circle."

Leben says that failing that test last year allowed him to address these issues that have plagued him, and he feels that ultimately it was the best thing for him.

"Now I go to a youth correctional facility every week," Leben said. "Every Tuesday I'm up there for a couple of hours working with the kids, and I'm working very hard to speak out against prescription medicine abuse and drug abuse in general; overcoming some of the issues I've dealt with in my life and what are the right and wrong ways to handle those things. Where I'm at now, the person I am now, I can actually look in the mirror and be comfortable. Had my issue not come out and been public, who knows what would have happened? I certainly know my career would have been cut a lot shorter and my life would have only gotten worse."

"Now my life is 100% sober and things are better for me than they've ever been regardless of the fact I'm broke and I've had to deal with a lot of people saying less than nice things about me. Honestly, being able to take care of this issue has meant everything. The UFC recognizing I have a problem and I'm not a bad person, helping me take care of that issue is the best thing that has ever happened to me."

Penick's Analysis: You want to feel for Leben and believe that this time he's going to make a change for good. He's become somewhat of a tragic figure for the UFC, but he's not beyond redemption. His return bout this December is a chance for him to come back strong, come back sober, and show that he can be consistent from fight to fight. Hopefully everything he says here is how his situation is right now, and how it will be going forward. If not, last year's drug test failure will be just another in a long line of issues that may continue to pop up for Leben going forward.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_14474.shtml

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

Sig Request

Would love to have a sick sig of Vinny Magalhaes. I like to leave everything up to the artist but if someone would rather me grab some pictures I...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/graphics-showroom/105569-sig-request.html

Clay Guida Pat Barry  Kit Cope  Achmed Labasanov Lyoto Machida

UFC On Fuel: Stipe vs Miocic open workout photos

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/ufc-on-fuel-tv-5/2012/9/27/3417728/ufc-on-fuel-stipe-vs-miocic-open-workout-photos

Chris Lytle Kristian Rothaermel Royce Gracie Daniel Acacio Gregor Gracie

Bonnars chances!!

Hmmm this is a tough one! Bonnars chances are silva slips, breaks both his legs, his back and dislocated his shoulder! And even then it's still a slim chance!!! Haha

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f2/bonnars-chances-2212443/

Gregor Gracie Elvis Sinosic Ron The Monster Sparks Marzagui Ayoub Brock Lesnar

Scott Holtzman Making a Name for Himself, Takes Next Step at XFC 20

Still relatively new to the sport, Scott Holtzman is making his way, plying his trade in the XFC. He takes his next step on Friday night at XFC 20 on AXS TV.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/scott-holtzman-making-a-name-for-himself-takes-next-step-at-xfc-20

Wanderlei Silva Rolles Gracie Kerry Schall Cheick Kongo Travis Lutter

just watched the new ep of SOA

Image: http://www.myfacewhen.net/uploads/1333-i-mad.jpg

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=126970&goto=newpost

Sean O Haire Victor Valimaki Fedor Emelianenko Bao Ligao  Mikey Burnett 

Interview: Bisping's Thoughts On How Close He Is To A Title Shot

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�There was talk of it. Before the fight between Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre was spoken of, Joe Silva said that if I put on a striking clinic and did a good job against Brian...

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f2/interview-bispings-thoughts-how-close-he-title-shot-2212269/

Chris The Pitbull Myra Rani Yahya Daniel Lima Liu Jinwen Sean Salmon

PENICK'S UFC 152 NOTEBOOK: Jon Jones survives adversity, Bisping and Swanson impress, and more

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC's first event in 42 days ended in dramatic fashion, as Vitor Belfort very nearly pulled off a wildly improbable upset over Jon Jones in the night's main event. A new Flyweight Champion was also crowned, and Michael Bisping had one of his best all-around fights inside the Octagon. That, along with an exciting preliminary card, gives us a lot to get through on tonight's event notebook:

--Vitor Belfort deserves a lot of credit for giving his all despite being massively out-classed by Jon Jones. He made the fight so much more dramatic than anyone could have guessed by nearly pulling off that armbar. He injured Jones' arm, and had the Champ a bit wary to engage on the ground for a short time. Still, despite that brief moment of shock, the fight was still all Jones. He wasn't at his best, and yet he was still quite clearly the better fighter throughout. Belfort wanted to find Jones at the right time, but it never came once the armbar failed, and Jones' Americana was doubly sick after surviving the tight hold earlier in the fight.

--The Flyweight Championship bout was simply not that entertaining of a fight. You can appreciate Demetrious Johnson's ability to avoid punishment, but that doesn't make it fascinating to watch. I had Benavidez winning the fight, pressing the pace, landing strikes, and doing damage, but Johnson's avoidance throughout played to his favor. Of course, Benavidez came closest to finishing the fight, but Johnson walks away with another potentially questionable decision win under his belt. One thing's for sure, based on the reaction to the fight, the Flyweight Title won't be taken seriously as a pay-per-view headliner for some time.

--Michael Bisping looked very good against Brian Stann, perhaps the best fight he's had in the UFC. He was the superior technical striker, but he mixed in takedowns and kept Stann off guard throughout the three round fight. Stann had a moment late in the first round where his power came through, and he sent Bisping reeling, but it was too late in the round, and he couldn't repeat it later in the fight. Bisping still needs another win before he gets to a title fight in the division, but this was the performance he needed against one of the better fighters he's faced off against in his career.

--Not much to say about Matt Hamill's UFC return. It was a bad fight against an opponent who didn't have much to offer, but it was a win nonetheless.

--There's plenty more to say about Cub Swanson, who has emerged out of nowhere as a legitimate threat in the featherweight division. We may know what his ceiling is already, as his last three losses have all come against legitimate top competition in Ricardo Lamas, Chad Mendes, and Jose Aldo. However, he's also shown improvements over these last three fights, and has defeated three very good opponents in a row. Is he going to challenge Jose Aldo in a rematch? Perhaps. We only got eight seconds of it the last time because of an insane double flying knee from Aldo. And his bouts with Lamas and Mendes saw him defeated by superior grapplers. He looked pretty good there on Saturday, and on the feet he's shown he's got the power to hurt just about anyone. I don't know how far he can climb, but I'm intrigued to see him attempt it.

--Onto the FX prelims, it was great seeing Vinny Magalhaes picking up a sweet submission win on the big stage. He's not a top ten or 15 fighter at 205 lbs. at this point, but he's improved a lot of the aspects of his game while out of the UFC, and his submissions are as dangerous as ever. That flip he pulled on Pokrajac was fantastic, and his submission game is just a blast to watch. On the other side of that coin, Pokrajac showed some poor fight I.Q. in taking Magalhaes to the ground in the first place.

--Outside of that, the FX prelims were filled with lengthy fights, but it was T.J. Grant and Evan Dunham who put on a fantastic show in a back and forth three round bout. Grant's pressure fearlessness in firing from the pocket against Dunham earned him a decision, though Dunham deserves tons of credit for hanging in there with him throughout. The cut Grant opened on Dunham's forehead was sick, but Dunham continued on and got the upper hand in the final minute of the fight. Too little, too late, but it was fantastic to watch nonetheless.

--Sean Pierson had a solid performance over Lance Benoist, getting the hometown crowd into a frenzy as he out-struck him for two rounds. However, Benoist fought through till the end, and even though he was getting beat throughout, he scored a late knockdown and nearly stopped the fight. It's good to see a fighter giving it his all in desperation time, as we see far too many fighters coasting when they're clearly behind in a fight.

--Marcus Brimage was just relentless with his striking attack against Jimy Hettes to kick off the FX prelims, but Hettes' hype-killing poor performance was the bigger story on the night. He had been undefeated entering the night, but fought an uninspired fight, getting cracked again and again and failing to do much of anything as he continued moving forward. Brimage was landing at a ridiculous pace throughout the fight, and outside of a short stretch in the second round, Hettes didn't have much to offer himself. Not the fight that was expected from him, and after he looked to be a very promising young fighter, a new set of holes has been spotlighted.

--On the Facebook prelims, Seth Baczynski was losing the opening round in his bout against Simeon Thoresen, but after four minutes of lackluster action on his part, he landed a beautiful left hook that put Thoresen out cold. The punch was just perfectly placed as he countered Thoresen, connecting on the button and dropping the Norwegian in brutal fashion. It was a nice continuation of finishes to kick off the event, as the first two Facebook preliminary card bouts saw favorites go down in quick fashion.

--Both Charlie Brenneman and Walel Watson were favored over Kyle Noke and Mitch Gagnon, respectively, and yet both lost in less than two minutes combined. Brenneman's striking defense was non-existent, and he got cracked numerous times before getting dropped twice. He complained about an early stoppage, but getting your lights turned on and off a couple of times in a ten second span is worthy of a ref stoppage. As for Watson, he got overzealous on a superman punch that brought him into range when he had a massive reach advantage. Gagnon leapt at the opportunity, landed the counter strike in impressive fashion to knock him down, then worked toward the choke. Both good performances from the victors, while the favored fighters were left wondering what hit them. At the very least, it was an entertaining start to the night's event.

So all in all, this was a solid event, and though it wasn't perfect, it was a mostly enjoyable night of fights. After more than a month without a UFC event, that was certainly enough to end the drought of MMA action.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/penickstake/article_14448.shtml

Brock Lesnar Scott Lighty Ricardo Almeida  Hirotaka Yokoi Gegard Mousasi

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dallas Cowboys Football: 4 Offseason Moves Cowboys Should Have Made

What's wrong with being 2-1?

On the surface, 2-1 looks fine.  It's good enough for first place in the NFC East, and certainly viable among a conference that contains only two remaining undefeated teams.

But for the Dallas Cowboys, this 2-1 record seems a bit precarious.  A 20-point thumping at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks hasn't helped their minus seven point differential, and their five touchdowns scored on the season is good for last place in the league.

So what additional moves could the Cowboys have made this offseason to better their current position? 

Here are four.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1346510-dallas-cowboys-football-4-offseason-moves-cowboys-should-have-made

Mark Epstein Patrick The Predator Côté 

Four Fantasy Football Buy Low Candidates Early in the Season

We've reached the point in the fantasy football season where some teams have been able to differentiate themselves from others, in good ways and bad. If you're on the wrong end of the spectrum, it's time to make a move, plain and simple. 

But you don't want to give up your whole team in order to get that one stud player you have your eye on, right? Here are five players that you can get for great value, or in other words, four buy-low players. 

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1349558-four-fantasy-football-buy-low-candidates-early-in-the-season

Mike Van Arsdale Sam Hoger Alexander Gustafsson Shad Lierley  Mark Epstein

Junior dos Santos May Want to Fight Alistair Overeem, but He?s Got Cain Velasquez First

Junior dos Santos may want to fight Alistair Overeem, but he's got Cain Velasquez on tap first, and the AKA fighter has no intention of stepping aside.

Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/junior-dos-santos-may-want-to-fight-alistair-overeem-but-hes-got-cain-velasquez-first

Caol Uno Sean Sherk Renato Babalu Sobral Yoshihiro Takayama Houston Alexander

With Gilbert Melendez hurt, Strikeforce cancels Saturday's Sacramento event

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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For the second time in a one-month span, a Zuffa-run event has been canceled due to injury. The latest is Saturday's Strikeforce event in Sacramento, which has been canceled following an injury to headliner Gilbert Melendez.

The Strikeforce Lightweight Champion suffered an injury in training, taking him out of his title defense against Pat Healy. Showtime made the decision not to air the event without a main event, and Strikeforce announced overnight that they had canceled the card.

"When Showtime informed us that it would not be airing the event, we made the difficult decision to cancel Saturday's card in Sacramento," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. "Without a television partner, we simply could not move forward with this event. We wish Gilbert a speedy recovery and will work diligently and quickly to reschedule the fighters affected by this news on upcoming cards."

Penick's Analysis: Two events in one month canceled because of very weak undercards is just not good. This decision was essentially made for them with Showtime pulling the plug on televising the event, but it's the same idea and same reasoning as UFC 151. Without a main event, the other fights weren't deemed acceptable for the event, and thus the card was canceled. Strikeforce is more susceptible to this, because they have so very few legitimate headliners, so they're going to be more at risk to this. It's insane that we've now had two events like this canceled in such a short time when it was essentially unprecedented up until last month.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Affliction2/article_14457.shtml

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Michael Bisping wants title shot, says he "was the better, more rounded fighter" at UFC 152

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Though Brian Stann felt he won the fight against Michael Bisping last Saturday night at UFC 152, it was the Brit walking out of Toronto with his hand raised. Bisping out-struck Stann through the three-round fight, save for one section where he got cracked by a big punch in the first round.

Bisping survived that slight moment of adversity, then showcased a well-rounded attack throughout the final ten minutes to take a clear unanimous decision. After the event, Bisping felt very good about the performance he put forth.

"I was really happy with it," Bisping said when speaking to Fuel TV's post-fight show. "Brian is a tough guy and he proved that tonight. I obviously wanted to finish the fight, but other than that it went the way I thought it would. I thought I would be faster to the punch, I thought I was a better technical fighter and I proved that. He hit me with a couple good shots. As I predicted, I was the better, more rounded fighter."

With the win, Bisping believes he deserves to be the number one contender for the UFC Middleweight Championship. Getting that fight depends on what Anderson Silva does following his bout with Stephan Bonnar next month, but Bisping believes the win made his case for him.

"I want to fight for the title," he said. "I have been here for a long time. I continue to win fights and do it impressively. I am a draw and I have been eyeing it for a long time. That is the fight I want."

Penick's Analysis: If Georges St-Pierre loses to Carlos Condit in November at UFC 154, I'd expect Anderson Silva to fight Bisping in early 2013. Silva wants a bigger fight, and while GSP is the bout he's eying, taking that away would put Bisping in line as the biggest name available for a bout. Others in the division would argue against him, staking their own claims for the Title fight. Of course, the timing works out in Bisping's favor, as the other two major middleweight bouts on the docket won't come until December. If St-Pierre-Silva happens next year, Bisping will more than likely face the Chris Weidman-Tim Boetsch winner to determine a definitive number one contender.

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

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_14471.shtml

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