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12-22-2011 12:45 AM
Leonard Garcia says Girl St. Pierre is scared of heights (Video)
12-22-2011 01:04 AM
Alistair Overeem Recruits Wrestling Standout Jared Rosholt
refused to talk about who he has brought in to help him train for Brock Lesnar on yesterday's episode of The MMA Hour, but apparently he doesn't mind if his training partners let the cat out of the bag.
Jared Rosholt, the winningest heavyweight in the storied history of Oklahoma State University wrestling, tweeted a picture of himself and Overeem Monday morning, confirming that the three-time All-American was one of the big wrestlers "The Reem" flew to Holland to help him prepare for Lesnar.
Rosholt, the younger brother of former UFC middleweight Jake Rosholt, has made a successful transition to MMA, thus far. The 25-year-old debuted in February and since then has gone 4-0, finishing all of his opponents in either the first or second round. Rosholt finished his
collegiate career in 2010 with an overall record of 125-27.
Overeem recently had to move his camp from Las Vegas back to Holland to take care of his cancer-stricken mother. This is his first fight since severing ties with his long-time team at Golden Glory.
UFC 141, headlined by Overeem vs. Lesnar, airs live on pay-per-view on Friday, Dec. 30.
12-22-2011 03:00 PM
I know its silly to compare fighters in the fashion I'm about to use, but for the sake of being silly, I would think Mir would be a higher level submission artist and still couldn't catch Brock. The difference though in this fight like stated earlier is AO is top notch in striking which Mir is respectively not (or not to that degree). So unless Lesnar uses his speed early on in the fight he may be in serious danger IMO. Then again if AO looks slow and tentative like in his last fight he will be taken down and lose the small submission window before he is smothered.
Originally Posted by VolcomX311
12-22-2011 04:05 PM
I don't think Brock is even going to be able to take Alistar down, but can't wait to find out
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12-22-2011 04:19 PM
I think Brock is going to have a much harder time taking Overeem down then people think, but I don't think Overeem will completely avoid it. I don't see Brock shooting in with a slick single or double leg with any success, but I do see Brock pressing Overeem against the cage and grinding out a scoop TD. That or it'll be a quick TKO of Brock, we'll see which versions of which fighter shows up.
Originally Posted by JudgementDay
12-22-2011 04:32 PM
Im gonna be so upset if Brock charges at him like a bull and he gets KO'd by a knee lol
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12-22-2011 04:36 PM
I'm personally a huge fan of Overeem, but there are plenty of people who aren't Overeem Beliebers relative to how he would stack against UFC competition, in particular, the strong wrestlers, so I have no idea what to expect. Brock is without question my guy at HW, but I'm skeptical about his abilities to ever reach a point where he can beat a JDS or Cain, so I'm okay with him being a top guy, but not THEE top guy. For me, Overeem still has an X-factor because he's still UFC untested at HW, so for him, I'm hopeful he could become THEE top guy. I'm not sure who to root for in this fight.
Originally Posted by Jessep76
12-22-2011 04:38 PM
I'd hate for it to be a Cain/JDS repeat.
Originally Posted by JudgementDay
12-22-2011 09:08 PM
If brock is as healthy as he claims to be and AO finishes him decisively we'll know he can carry his own in the division. Lucky for us we'll know right from the first fight. I still think they should had given him a Check or Gonzaga for his first. This fight is straight up sink or swim.
Originally Posted by VolcomX311
12-22-2011 09:10 PM
Bro if you're right then this fight will be epic! Unless its because of Brock 's gingivitis acting up again
Originally Posted by JudgementDay
12-22-2011 10:49 PM
2012 World MMA Bantamweight Scouting Report: #2 - Aljamain Sterling
Chiming in at #2 on the 2012 World MMA Bantamweight Scouting Report, Ring of Combat bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (5-0) claims his spot on our countdown. The 22-year-old two-time NCAA Division III All-American wrestler has recorded five straight wins since turning pro in April, beating fellow 2012 Scouting Report rankee Claudio Ledesma (5-2) in June to obtain the Ring of Combat crown. After a TKO win over Evan Chmielski at CFFC 10 in July, Sterling won the CFFC bantamweight strap three months later, beating heralded wrestler Sean Santella (8-3-1) over five rounds at CFFC 11.
Don't be fooled by the perception that NCAA Division III credentials mean little when stacked up against NCAA Division I champions like UFC veterans Phil Davis and Josh Koscheck. That may be true on the wrestling mat, but the goal for amateur wrestlers turned mixed martial artists is to transition those skills to the cage successfully. Sterling has done that, utilizing an explosive takedown game that has enabled him to beat some of the best young prospects in the Northeast region.
Surprisingly, Sterling has amassed an undefeated professional record despite needing to improve in the technical areas of both his stand-up and ground games. Specifically, he has problems settling into dominant positions on the ground, and he lacks the know-how to finish submissions. That could, however, be a testament to the tough competition he's faced so far in his career.
The upside, however, is that Sterling is only 22 years old, and he's one of the most athletic fighters on our countdown. He has a number of years before he settles into his prime, and he will undoubtedly learn a great deal as a member of Team Bombsquad, a camp that houses UFC veterans Pat Audinwood, Mike Massenzio, and Christian Morecraft along with Bellator's Rene Nazare and Kenny Foster.
As long as Sterling continues to work on his ground skills and striking, he has the youth and athleticism to beat anyone in the regional scene while he hones his technique. Look for Sterling to get a chance in the big leagues soon, either at bantamweight or within the confines of the newly-formed flyweight division in the UFC.
Video footage of Aljamain Sterling after the jump. Also, view all of his Ring of Combat bouts at GFL.tv.
12-22-2011 10:51 PM
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Explains Decision to Attempt Submission on Frank Mir
Many fans (myself included) were frustrated with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140 or giving up an an almost sure TKO stoppage in an attempt to drop down and submit Frank Mir with a guillotine choke. It was clearly the moment that cost Nogueira the victory and now he has talked to Tatame to explain his thinking.
From the article:
"Last Saturday I fought and lost via submission for the first time in my career, it was a bad feeling, but it's part of the sport. Everything that happens in a fight is quick and the fighter acts most based on his instincts and reflexes than on his mind. I knew I made a mistake as I tried to submit on a fight where I could have won by KO. But when Frank Mir was practically knocked out I heard the judge as me to stop punching him at the neck and that exactly when I tried to choke him. Mir put himself together and must be congratulated for submitting me. I checked the videos and I wasn't hitting him on the neck, but on Mir's side of the head, which is allowed"
It's an issue that fighters deal with often. Referees are watching and waiting to jump in if repeated blows to the back of the head are utilized but it's hard to finish an opponent at times when they bury their head between their arms and push their face into the mat as it leaves very little "legal area" to strike. This is a good reason why knees to the body need to become more popular in situations where your opponent is turtled and covering up as they open up the head.
12-22-2011 10:53 PM
UFC on FOX 2's Munoz: Cancel security detail, Sonnen won't be fighting in Brazil
It should have happened. It hasn't happened. It'll eventually happen.
The rematch between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is fait accompli in the eyes of many fans and pundits, and Mark Munoz knows it.
But if he has anything to say about it, Brazil's public enemy No. 1 will never get the opportunity to travel south of the equator to fight Silva on his home turf, where a mid-2012 event is possible for his return.
Munoz (12-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 5-4 UFC) square off for the right to face Silva on Jan. 28 at Chicago's United Center as part of the three-fight, FOX-televised main card of UFC on FOX 2. A light-heavyweight tilt between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis, and middleweights Michael Bisping and Demian Maia round out the Jan. 28 broadcast.
"They don't need to have security around him (Sonnen) because he ain't going to Brazil," Munoz told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I kind of feel disrespected a little bit, but you know what? It is what it is, and it ain't going to happen."
Since joining the middleweight division, Munoz has won seven of eight fights, which included wins in each of his past four bouts. He's earned his way to a No. 1 contender match, so he's understandably frustrated with being labeled (in so many words) as a glorified stepping stone.
"People are going to say what they say," Munoz said. "I can't control their opinions, but I can control the attitude that I have within me. I'm just going to go out there and do what I do and fight Anderson in Rio (de Janeiro)."
Munoz and Sonnen are no strangers to the big stage. Both have headlined events before. Neither man, however, has competed on the kind of platform FOX offers. It's uncharted territory for anyone not named Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
"I think it's going to be a different vibe because I know there's going to be many more people watching," Munoz said. "But at the same time, it is the same. I'm going to go in there, and I'm going to do what I've trained for. And I can't look at it more than that because if I do, I (will) put too much pressure on myself."
"Network-television jitters" could become the new "octagon jitters."
Munoz has seen plenty of fighters walk into the cage for the first time in a much more muted atmosphere and still looking like a deer in headlights. He knows what that looks like.
"Guys freeze inside the octagon," Munoz said. "I don't ever want to do that. I'm just going to see Chael across the cage, and we're going to put on a good show."
Munoz believes his time logged in the cage to date, coupled with his experience wrestling for Oklahoma State University, have prepared him well for the brightest of bright spotlights.
"I feel like when I was in college every practice was geared toward a national championship," Munoz said. "At Oklahoma State, if you weren't a national champion, you weren't anything. It was a lot of pressure that was on me, and I had to deal with that."
During one "memorable" meet, Munoz said he had a run-in with a brash and talented University of Oregon wrestler, who during their match went for an illegal jiu-jitsu-style kneebar.
Munoz fought through it and had the last laugh by earning the victory.
The cheap shot's author?
You guessed it. None other than Chael P. Sonnen.
Despite the fact the incident was many years ago, Munoz still believes it's relevant today from a mental standpoint.
"It does give me an advantage there because, in wrestling, it's whoever can break whoever's will," Munoz said. "And I actually tried to do that because he tried to break my leg. In return, I tried to break his will. So he knows what I'm capable of, and I know MMA is different, but still. We're going at it."
Somehow, someway the two found a way to cross paths again.
This time around, Sonnen can attempt as many kneebars as he pleases as they'll have a much wider array of weapons at their disposal to use.
"There's a lot of different ways to be able to win the fight," Munoz said. "I know he's developed his MMA game, and I have too, so you're definitely going to see a fight that has to be watched because we're going to be slinging stuff all around like kicks, elbows, knees and everything."
12-22-2011 10:55 PM
UFC Bound! An Honest Look At The Strikeforce Heavyweights
When Strikeforce and Showtime announced they had signed an extension that would effectively place the promotion on the premium channel until 2014, Scott Coker dropped a big chunk of news -- the Strikeforce heavyweight division would be killed following the Heavyweight Grand Prix. The reasoning is that there just isn't enough depth at the highest levels of the division and the heavyweights would be better suited in the UFC. With Chad Griggs and Fabricio Werdum announced as UFC bound, let's take an honest look at the Strikeforce heavyweight division and see how they'd fare in the UFC. All heavyweights will be taken from Strikeforce's official website.
Antonio Silva: Bigfoot is coming off one of the most tumultuous of his career. He picked up a humongous win over Fedor Emelianenko, where he brutalized the Russian on the ground forcing the doctor to stop the fight in between the second and third rounds. Silva is a black belt in both judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so he has the grappling skills to be dangerous against anyone yet also has the physical traits to be a monster on the feet. He's only faced defeat three times in his career, two coming by way of TKO. Silva could be a force in the mid-tier of the division like Cheick Kongo. The loss to Daniel Cormier creates suspicion in his ability to defeat a speedy boxer.
Chad Griggs: "Griggs! You're getting too old for this stuff!" Chad Griggs may be the feel good story of 2010 and 2011 but at 33 and fighting on a regular basis for the first time since 2007, it may just be a case of it being too late for the muttonchopped mauler. His ability to take a punch should be commended as should his victory over Bobby Lashley, halting all talks that Lashley would be propelled to the top of the division. He's only suffered one loss in his career while in the IFL but his strength of schedule is terrible. His biggest win is over Gian Villante who was an undersized heavyweight and still hasn't developed as a light heavyweight. He'll fight the Rob Broughton's of the UFC but he'll never be a player in the heavyweight division.
Daniel Cormier: Along with Josh Barnett, DC may be the biggest pick up for the UFC out of this entire deal. Former Olympic team captain, undefeated as a heavyweight, and heavy hands all make Cormier an interesting piece in the restructuring. Cormier has legitimate "world class" wrestling and has been successful at the highest levels. He's a little undersized for a heavyweight but his speed and footwork allow him to stand with anyone in the cage. Following his win over Antonio Silva in the semi-finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, fans and media made comparisons to Fedor. Cormier's age may be an issue as will his unwillingness to face Cain Velasquez but he'll be an immediate contender in the UFC's HW division.
Josh Barnett: Josh's return to the UFC isn't guaranteed. Dana White has said time and time again that he'll never be in the Josh Barnett business ever again. For a while I was on this band wagon. It's not that I had anything wrong with Barnett as a fighter, I just hated his inability to accept responsibility for his own actions. He faces Daniel Cormier in March or April for the grand prix finals. He'll likely need to win to secure a UFC contract. If he does get past Cormier and is brought over he'll likely immediately challenge for the heavyweight strap. For all of his personal flaws, Barnett is still one of the best heavyweight's in the world. He'll be a huge asset to the division.
More after the jump...
Lavar Johnson: Johnson has been announced as the opponent of Joey Beltran at UFC on Fox 2. He's a feel good story in his return to MMA after getting shot in the abdomen and chest. He's heavy handed but just isn't elite. He'll float around the mid-tier facing the Beltran's and Barry's and will likely become a .500 fighter in the UFC. I know that Buffer is a consumate professional but even he may break down and laugh when saying "Lavar 'BIIIIIIIIG' JOHNSON!!!"
Shane del Rosario: His return to the fight is unknown. This summer he was in a motorcycle accident and he suffered a herniated disk which forced him out of his fight with Daniel Cormier. Del Rosario is considered a top prospect at heavyweight as he's skilled no matter where the fight takes place. If/when he makes his return, he'll be a fighter to watch. Hopefully he hasn't lost too much of a step when that happens.
Sergei Kharitonov: Sergei is another mystery as there is uncertainty about his contract. After all the issues with Golden Glory went down this summer and the strained relationship between the UFC and the camp, Sergei just very well be out of a job. He looked absolutely atrocious against Josh Barnett this summer and even when he looks good, he still looks physically out of shape. He has solid boxing and footwork but will get stopped by better boxers and grapplers. I also don't see any intriguing fights for him in the UFC where I say "I HAVE TO SEE THIS FIGHT!" If he's brought over he's a nice addition to round out the division but he won't be a factor for the belt with so many younger and hungrier fighters all vying for the title.
Fabricio Werdum: Werdum, like Barnett, will also be making his return to the UFC. His fight with Alistair Overeem was abysmal but there is no arguing his skills on the ground. The words 'world class' get thrown around a lot in MMA but Werdum has world class BJJ. His inability to get a fight to his world is troubling, especially in the wrestler-rich heavyweight division. He'll add depth at the top and his inclusion will create interested match ups even if he never challenges for the UFC title. He's set to face Roy Nelson in his return.
Final Thoughts: Outside of Cormier and Barnett, there just aren't any elite level heavyweights in Strikeforce. There are some interesting match ups ahead of Antonio Silva and he'll likely remain in the top 10 but he'll never really be a major factor. Shane del Rosario could be an interesting pick up if he's healthy and able to return. The rest of these fighters will help fill out the 224 preliminary fights they'll hold in 2012.
12-22-2011 11:01 PM
Werdum vs. Nelson official: Brazilian promises fireworks
Fabricio Werdum is getting his second chance in the UFC, he plans on seizing the opportunity.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt makes his return to the promotion next year. He's officially booked to face Roy Nelson at UFC 143 on Super Saturday in February.
Werdum said don't expect what you saw in his last fight against Alistair Overeem. He was sluggish that night. He explained to the inimitable Aaron Tru that because the fight got cancelled several times and put on hold, he was simply overtrained when it finally hit the cage.
Werdum was 2-2 in his last stint in the UFC from 2007-2008. His striking has gotten a lot better and he sounds like he gets it now. Simply going in and hunting for the submission won't get it done with the UFC. He promises this time to go for the knock out or get knocked out.
That probably won't happen against Nelson, but what fans will see is a good battle between two of the best submission artists in the big boy division. No one saw Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira pulling off a sub in their fight, maybe we get shocked here too.
Werdum's exit in 2008 came after an upset loss against Junior dos Santos, who was making his UFC debut at the time. The promotion asked to renegotiate his deal. Camp Werdum got a little chirpy and next thing he knew, he was gone. Werdum jokes in the Tru video that he won't be talking too much this time around.
12-22-2011 11:03 PM
I'm curious on who could lift more at the gym, Overeem or Lesnar lol, I bet Overeem can curl the damn 100's lol
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12-22-2011 11:10 PM
Cerrone: Diaz Done F*cked With the Wrong Cowboy
During Steve Cofield’s Vegas-based ESPN Radio show today, Donald Cerrone recalled an incident he had recently with Nate Diaz, and to put it lightly, he isn’t impressed with the level of disrespect his UFC 141 opponent showed him.
According to Cerrone, the confrontation happened at the open workouts for UFC 137 and he had no warning that it was going to go south quickly when he approached his teammate and friend Leonard Garcia who happened to be talking to Nate at the time.
Here’s what “Cowboy” says went down:
”Leonard’s my best friend; he’s my brother and he was over there talkin’ to the dude — if someone doesn’t like you, you’re not gonna talk to their best friend, you know what I’m sayin’…. you’re not gonna hang out with them — so Leonard’s over there talking with the dude, and I said, ‘Oh ****, I’ll go over there.’ They were laughing and joking around so when I go over and introduce myself and go, ‘What’s up Nate? I’m ‘Cowboy,’” Cerrone explained. “He ****in’ slapped my hand away and called me a punk-ass mother****er and told me to ‘get on.’ I was like, ‘****, alright.’ I don’t know what to say to the dude. I don’t know what his point… I guess he doesn’t want to be cordial. He just wanted to be a punk and… go ahead.”
He says that he was so taken aback by Diaz that he found himself at a loss for words at the time and that Diaz quickly exited the room after the incident happened, but points out that when they’re locked in the cage together December 30, there’s nowhere Nate can run.
“I was getting ready to fight Dennis Siver and then he walked away. He just took off after that. It kind of caught me by surprise. I don’t know anything about the guy. I just know that [he and Nick] just wake up pissed off all the time for no reason. It just seems like they’re always mad. Whatever he does to get his mind ready for the fight, it must be it.”
As Cofield points out, Cerrone has used the experience as motivation to train hard for the fight and he affirmed it during the countdown show.
“If you want to talk **** to me, you’re just gonna enrage me and piss me off,” said Cerrone. “So feed my ****ing flame. That’s what I say. Let’s go!”
As far as Nate’s older brother goes, Cerrone couldn’t resist taking a jab at Nick’s incoherent ramblings at the press conference following his fight with BJ Penn.
“I was exploding into laughter on some of the comments,” he said. “I was waiting for someone to take the mic away from him, like, ‘That’s enough before you completely ruin yourself. That’ll be enough out of you.’ I was just surprised he kept going on about compensation and no one knew what the **** he was talking about.”
12-24-2011 12:23 PM
New episode of "The Reem" is out
12-24-2011 12:25 PM
Chael Sonnen Wants Jon Jones, JDS or GSP After Munoz.
MMA veteran ChaelSonnen is never short of words, and the brash UFC middleweight had some surprising things to say about his highly anticipated rematch against Anderson Silva. Apparently, Sonnen is no longer interested in a rematch with MMA's pound-for-pound champion, and his sights are now set on some other UFC title holders.
"I'm done with the guy. He and I have no business," Sonnen said in an interview with Michael Landsberg. "He's cold product men. He's like jheri curls and Pepsi Clear. He's yesterday's news. I destroyed this guy back when he was tough. That was years ago. He's so far over the hill and so far past his prime that it's not worth talking about…I'm going to become the No. 1 contender on January 28th and despite what you may think, I'm not going to use that voucher to fight Anderson Silva. I'll be looking at [Jon] Jones, [Junior] dos Santos and possibly [Georges] St. Pierre. I will take that voucher to Dana White and pick one of those three guys. My time with Anderson is done."
"I'm going for a championship match," he went on. "Anderson Silva is no more the champion than the man on the moon and trying to pretend he is is a waste of my breath. Jon Jones is a real man that'll accept challenges."
12-24-2011 12:26 PM
Jonny 'Bones' Jones tweets about Chael Sonnen
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