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09-30-2012 04:46 PM
Running with the Big Boys
Was anyone else extremely impressed with Wiman's grappling in not only defending Sass, but eventually catching him in a slick armbar?
09-30-2012 08:41 PM
Yeah that was pretty slick.
Originally Posted by Rodja
Wiman always comes to fight.
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10-01-2012 02:05 AM
Alistair Overeem's workout deadlifts with Strongman exercises
10-01-2012 01:41 PM
Rashad Evans turned down Glover Teixeira
Add another name to the list of light heavyweights who didn't want to fight Glover Teixeira. Rashad Evans simply wasn't ready but he thinks he will be by January or February.
The list of light heavyweights who wanted nothing to do with a fight against recent Octagon debutant Glover Teixeira just keeps growing and growing. The latest name to add to the list is former division champion Rashad Evans, who revealed as much on the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight show last night (Sept. 29, 2012) when asked about his future and when he'll be returning to the cage:
"I don't know. I talked to Dana [White] early this week and we talked about maybe December. But I'm thinking maybe January or February. I will fight anybody. I want to get a fight at light heavyweight. They offered me a fight, but it was against Glover Teixeira and I only had three weeks to fight and I haven't been training. I was like, ‘no way, not with that notice in Brazil.'"
Forgivable to turn down a short notice bout against a dangerous opponent like Teixeira? Probably. Mauricio Rua didn't want anything to do with him either, same for Stephan Bonnar, though both ended up with tougher fights against Alexander Gustafsson and Anderson Silva, respectively.
Teixeira's original opponent, Quinton Jackson, suffered an injury that forced him to pull out and eventually Fabio Maldonado was the guy who stepped up to the plate.
10-01-2012 02:35 PM
Daniel Cormier calling for bout with Pat Barry on November 3
When former UFC champion Frank Mir went down with an injury and was forced to withdraw from a scheduled scrap with Strikeforce star Daniel Cormier it left the promotion looking for a legitimate replacement. Though a number of heavyweights were quick to step up and offer their services, including the likes of Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson, Strikeforce has yet to announce who will fill the vacancy opposite Cormier or even hint at the likely possibilities.
However, if Cormier has his way he could end up facing a fighter few have tabbed for the tilt – Pat Barry. The hard-hitting kickboxer hasn’t fought since May and recently came forward to express his interest in competing again before the end of 2012.
“He will take the fight. Let’s do it,” Tweeted Cormier to UFC President Dana White in hopes of scoring a fight with his fellow Louisianan.
While the 7-5 Barry has lost three of his last four fights, making him a strange selection considering Cormier’s interest in challenging for a title, the unbeaten grappler isn’t so sure the UFC actually wants to risk one of their top contenders on a non-PPV bout outside of the Octagon. That being said, Cormier also made it clear he’s open to fighting anyone the organization puts in front of him on November 3 in Oklahoma City.
10-01-2012 02:37 PM
Dana White: 'I absolutely, positively would bring Ronda Rousey in
Dana White: 'I absolutely, positively would bring Ronda Rousey into the UFC'
While UFC President Dana White still feels Women's MMA is underdeveloped for a viable, sustainable division in the UFC, he's recently re-emphasised how high on Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey he is.
A year ago when Dana White was asked about Women fighting in the UFC, his usual, succinct response was something like 'No Way' or 'Never'. Press him on the matter and he'd give you his well rehearsed routine of claiming there is not enough depth in Women's MMA for it to make sense. He might have even given you his tried and tested anecdote of once witnessing a Women's MMA fight that consisted of a fitness model with a few boxercise classes getting beaten down by a female Randy Couture look-alike.
Now in 2012, White's tune is a little sweeter -- though not the complete turn around female fighters might be hoping for.
"It's not that I changed my position on Women's MMA, I still believe it's not deep enough to have a complete weight division and put on fights all the time. But yeah it's no secret that I've been pretty honest about my feelings about Ronda Rousey", White told journalists at the UFC on Fuel 5 post-fight media scrum on Saturday.
"I think she's f**king* awesome. I think she's mean, I think she's nasty, and she's a real fighter and I like watching her fight. I think there can be some fun fights with Ronda ... and some of the other women too. But you'd have to do some one offs".
Pressed further on whether we could see Rousey in the world famous Octagon, White seemed cautiously optimistic.
"I don't know, we'll see what happens. They fight for Strikeforce, we'll see what happens ... I've said publicly, 'I absolutely, positively would bring Ronda Rousey into the UFC' "
White recognises in Rousey -- A Beijing Olympics Bronze Medalist in Judo for the USA, and undefeated in MMA -- a fighter who has transcended her sport and is garnering the attention of the more mainstream press and media, having attended the recent Sons of Anarchy red carpet season premiere with her and what her reception was like.
"I think she's a big thing now. She's already done things that we couldn't get done, I mean she's been on talk shows that we could never f**king get on ... I heard she was the best selling cover of ESPN: The Body Issue, that was what I heard.
My point is, she's one of those breakthrough stars. You guys know I went to the Sons of Anarchy premiere with her? When we got out of the car, the whole f**king place erupted, like she was on the show or something ... she's 'there' "
One off fights in the UFC is exactly what's needed short term to help boost interest at the grass roots for WMMA, and therefore produce a deeper talent pool at the top to draw from. Having someone like Rousey who is only increasing in celebrity at this stage is invaluable for the future of WMMA should she be profiled in fights correctly.
For the time being though, Showtime and Strikeforce have the rights to her, but based on small pieces of information Rousey has disclosed about her contract, she may not be one of these fighters trapped in career purgatory due to the current Zuffa-Showtime agreement that amounts to no Strikeforce fighter being allowed to go to the UFC even when contract termination or completion occurs, as long as Zuffa still have a programming agreement with the network.
If that is the case, and depending on Rousey's current contract, she may end up fighting on a UFC card sooner rather than later.
10-01-2012 02:53 PM
This fight I'd like to see.
Originally Posted by VolcomX311
I don't blame Rashad for not taking that fight, not really a huge name and short notice if hes out of shape.
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10-01-2012 04:09 PM
I think Cormier wrecks Pat Barry. Although, of those two, I'm a bigger Pat Barry fan.
10-02-2012 04:46 PM
Kevin James Discusses 'Here Comes the Boom', Working With UFC
10-02-2012 04:49 PM
Minotauro Nogueira - Return to the Octagon
10-02-2012 04:51 PM
A Day in NYC with Rampage Jackson
10-02-2012 04:53 PM
Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza Mini-Documentary - Jits Magazine
10-02-2012 10:45 PM
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10-03-2012 12:37 AM
Charlie Brenneman cut by the UFC after latest loss
After losses in his last two tilts the UFC has decided to part ways with welterweight Charlie Brenneman. Brenneman had spent the last two years competing under the organization’s banner, compiling a 4-4 record including a sub-minute knockout loss to Kyle Noke a few weeks ago at UFC 152.
News of the release was confirmed by Brenneman on his Twitter page where he did his best to put a positive spin on the situation, writing, I’m gone but not forgotten. I’ll be back soon! Thanks UFC and Dana White for the opportunities, and especially to all my loyal fans!!!”
The 15-5 Brenneman showed a good deal of promise in his early UFC appearances, picking up wins over the likes of Jason High and Rick Story. However, the 31-year old had fallen in three of his last four fights with each involving a first-frame finish. Also hurting his cause, Brenneman himself never scored a stoppage inside the Octagon.
10-03-2012 12:40 AM
Cub Swanson thinks he would beat Jose Aldo “10 out of 10 times” b
Cub Swanson thinks he would beat Jose Aldo “10 out of 10 times” based on growth since first fight
It’s fairly common for a fighter to boast about possessing the ability to beat one of his peers in a bout between the two. However, add in the notion of the boast coming from a competitor who lost in highlight reel fashion to said foe, as well as including a “ten out of ten” label, and it’s a different story altogether. Be that as it may, UFC featherweight Cub Swanson’s recent efforts inside the Octagon have built his confidence up to the point he feels he would beat champion (and pound-for-pound stud) Jose Aldo (21-1) if offered a rematch and would do so soundly as well.
“I know that I could win that fight 10 out of 10 times if we did it again. It’s not even an issue to me anymore,” said Swanson in an interview with Sherdog Radio, turning even more heads by adding, “I’d actually like my brother — would love for my brother — to fight him, who’s an up-and-comer, which I feel is more of a fair fight. I don’t really feel like [me vs. Aldo] would be a fair fight at all.”
Swanson was knocked out in less than ten seconds when he fought Aldo under WEC’s banner in 2009. He has since gone 5-2 with a trio of TKOs in his last three outings including success against Ross Pearson and Charles Oliveira.
The 18-5 Swanson feels his run is the product of maturing as a Mixed Martial Artist, improving from a mid-carder to one of the top 145-pounders in the sport through hard work and tweaking his attack.
“I’ve been inconsistent. It’s the way this game is. There’s so many ways to lose and to win. When you’re drastically trying to make improvements in your game, sometimes you get lost in what made you great,” admitted Swanson. “Finding a balance in your game is a delicate thing. I feel like those wins and losses were really my growing period. I feel like right now is the time where everything’s coming together and everything’s just flowing for me. I feel unstoppable right now.”
For now, the eager 28-year old will have to wait his turn with a handful of contenders already claiming potential title-shtos such as Erik Koch, Chan Sung Jung, and Frankie Edgar. Still, with another win or two it’s likely Swanson will get his chance to back up his words at least once. The other nine times remain to be seen.
10-03-2012 01:49 PM
Matt Mitrione talks about why he turned down fight with Daniel Co
With the way the injury plague has hit the Zuffa family, it's virtually impossible to keep a card intact from the time the fights are matched until event night. Replacement opponents are a necessity, but seem to be in short supply, of late. Whole cards from both the UFC and Strikeforce have been cancelled, and now another Strikeforce main event is in jeopardy. Frank Mir was forced to pull out of his November 3rd meeting with heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier more than two weeks ago, and a replacement has still not been named.
Dana White stated that the fight was offered to Matt Mitrione, but had been declined, and not much explanation was given. When a bout is offered to a fighter on short notice, several things need to be considered, most importantly, the level of competition should be factored in first. Cormier isn't just any guy. He's a former Olympian with outstanding wrestling skills and very good hand speed and knockout power. After the whole debacle with UFC 151, I've come to appreciate athletes that weigh the options and make choices that are best for their careers.
Mitrione has been remarkably silent over the last few days, so I reached out to him through his manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management. Over the course of a very brief e-mail interview, I got Matt's reasoning behind not taking the fight, and further explored his recent beef with Rampage Jackson. The interview, in it's entirety is as follows:
Stephie Daniels: In your own words, why did you turn down the fight with Daniel Cormier?
Matt Mitrione: First, I want to thank Dana White and Joe Silva for even offering that fight. It was an honor to get that call, and I would love to fight Daniel Cormier, but I'm just not ready right now. He has Olympic level wrestling, and although I have spent a great deal of time working on my wresting, I don't feel it would be my best fight back after such a long layoff. UFC worked hard to get me a fight this year, but my old opponent had visa issues and it caused additional time out of the cage. Wrestling is, by far, my weakest skill. I'm working hard on my wrestling, but it would be a huge weakness against me in a short notice fight against Cormier.
Stephie Daniels: Does the fact that this fight would have been in Strikeforce, which is noticeably deteriorating at a rapid rate, have anything to do with your choice to not fight Cormier?
Matt Mitrione: Not at all, if I thought I was ready for Cormier, I would fight him in Strikeforce or the UFC, or wherever.
Stephie Daniels: If Cormier had already been in the UFC, thus making this a higher profile fight, would you have been more inclined to take the fight?
Matt Mitrione: Whether this fight was in the UFC or Strikeforce makes no difference to me. I turned down Cormier the fighter, not the fight organization.
Stephie Daniels: Some fans have a knee-jerk reaction to want to blame the guy that turns down a short notice fight, regardless of the circumstances and reasoning. Does that bother you at all, and how do you address the negativity that can sometimes run off the rails in this sport?
Matt Mitrione: The way I look at it, a fan is a fan and I'll take the good and the bad that goes with having fans. It is a great honor to have fans care about me. The UFC wouldn't be where it is without the fans, and it's good that they are educated enough about the sport to make these complaints. The way I address the negativity is just to fight and win fights and constantly push myself.
Stephie Daniels: You have mentioned on a few occasions that you're interested in fighting Rampage Jackson, and I read somewhere that you even expressed interest in fighting Jon Jones. Are you serious in that contemplation, and does it mark a possible move down to 205?
Matt Mitrione: I'm going to stay at a heavyweight. I was willing to come down in weight a little to fight Rampage because it seemed like a fun and exciting fight to me. However, if Jones decided to move up to heavyweight I would fight him. That definitely seems like a fun and exciting fight to me. BUT, I wasn't going to light heavyweight. I wanted Rampage to come up to heavyweight and was willing to fight him at 235.
10-03-2012 01:54 PM
Rory Mac looking huge. Feuds with BJ on twitter.
Great!!! I frekin love knocking out 200 pounders
Do u meen knockin back quarter pounders? Who r u kidding, certainly not yourself ?
Quarter pounders?? Really pimple boy? I won't even RNC you... afraid of all the pimples on your back. #GROSS
I didnt think it was possible but somehow u made yourself even less of a threat.
10-03-2012 02:01 PM
ahaha the **** talkin begins lol
He does look a lot bigger.
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10-04-2012 01:37 PM
Stephan Bonnar: “I’m going to give him hell…”
UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar (15-7) knows he’s a massive underdog going into next weekend’s fight with pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva (32-4). He just doesn’t care. In reality, the grin on Bonnar’s face is as big right now – perhaps even bigger – than it would be if he was entering UFC 153 with the roles reversed. “The odds are stacked against me and no one is giving me a chance. I really like it that way,” explained Bonnar in an interview with MMAFighting.
“I just know what I can do. I’m not the type that is always fixed on outcomes. I’m more of the type that asks God to give me the strength to do my absolute best in there. Look at every fight I’ve ever had, I always have. I’ve been hit with lots of big shots, but I get up and keep coming. That’s what I’m going to do in this fight.”
“I’m not too fixed on the outcome so much. I’m going to give him hell and give him everything I got out there and do my absolute best in there,” he continued. “We’ll see. That could lead to a victory.”
Adding to Bonnar’s confidence, “The American Psycho” knows how the sport works and even got a call from former welterweight champion Matt Serra to remind him that no outcome is guaranteed. Serra, as fans undoubtedly remember, shocked the world by stopping Georges St-Pierre in 2007.
“You just need a little opening, a little hole, a little weakness. That’s all you need in MMA. In fighting you always have a chance until that final bell rings,” concluded Bonnar.
Bonnar will enter the affair on a three-fight winning streak, while Silva earned opening round knockouts in both of his UFC bouts at 205 pounds.
10-04-2012 01:39 PM
Quinton Jackson admits he made “rape” joke in hopes of being cut
It certainly isn’t a secret Quinton Jackson wants out of the UFC for personal reasons. “Rampage” has been very vocal about his desire to test free agency over the past six months, citing a perceived lack of respect from his current employers as the source of his ire. However, until this week Jackson had never openly admitted he attempted to inspire his axing by releasing a video making light of rape. In the clip, Jackson attempted to earn laughs by making an instructional on how to sexually assault women only to be attacked himself by a transvestite.
In an interview with MMAFighting, Jackson explained the segment was supposed to be part of a series with humor aimed at being comparable to material from Dave Chappelle, but when he saw Miguel Torres get cut for joking about the same subject matter he saw a potential opportunity to expedite his release and took it.
“I was trying to get kicked out of the UFC. I have to keep it real. I was trying,” said Jackson about his motivation for the video.
“They were smart. They knew it. They saw right through it,” the former light heavyweight champion continued, stating he regretted the decision to release it though only because “it didn’t do its job.”
Jackson was expected to fight this month at UFC 153 but is now on the shelf with an injury. He is scheduled to compete one more time under the UFC’s banner before being released from his contract.
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