The whole situation has been kind of weird. I think I've seen the Rising Sun in so many designs, from anything martial arts related, to Volcom Board Shorts, skateboards, t-shirts, so I never thought twice about it other then it's a cool design.
Apparantly GSP achilles is injured. It was injured prior to fighting Diaz and he cut his last training bout short because of it. We shall see how this pans out...
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Anthony Johnson looks explosive, would love to see him fight at 205 in the ufc, if he can make that weight lol
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This is straight out of the fighting game, The King of Fighters. http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/clip...-kick-knockout
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Well, hopefully "The Young Assassin" didn't already buy his plane ticket.
Longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Melvin Guillard recently announced he was leaving the Blackzilians camp (see his tweet here) and returning to Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Unfortunately, he never bothered to check and see if they were willing to have him back.
A report from Sherdog.com says "The Young Assassin" will not be permitted to train alongside his former teammates, which comes as a surprise considering the comments he made upon last-year's departure:
"It came to one of those points in my life where I had to make a grown-up decision. Kind of an executive decision, and this is the decision I made. I didn't leave Jackson's in a bad way. I love those coaches to death, love that team, and if anything every occurs and I have to go back to Jackson's, I hope I'm still welcome, because I didn't leave in the wrong way."
See his full comments here.
Guillard has been dreadful as of late, going just 1-4 in his last five fights and dropping back-to-back bouts to Donald Cerrone at UFC 150 and Jamie Varner at UFC 155. The former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 contestant has a long way to go to rebuild his brand.
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Much like the song Jeff Bridges' character Bad Blake penned in the film Crazy Heart, the world of fight promoting is "No Place for the Weary Kind."
Over the past several years there have been plenty of promotions, both high and low profile, looking to establish themselves in the sport of mixed martial arts. The majority of these upstarts saw a brief glimmer of hope before ultimately folding up their tents and moving on down the road, but there have been a few organizations which have managed to remain in a UFC-dominated universe.
The World Series of Fighting was looking to strengthen the momentum built off their inaugural showing this past weekend when they rolled out their sophomore effort live from Atlantic City. The Ray Sefo-lead promotion put together a solid card with a mixture of established veterans and fighters on the verge of breaking through into a larger realm of visibility. This was all to be topped off with notable main event matchup between former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and multi-divisional threat Anthony Johnson.
The WSOF had a fair amount of expectation surrounding their second showing, which for the most part they were able to deliver. But after an event filled with a handful of quality fights, plenty of bizarre behavior and a rough night in the commentary booth, there is plenty to talk about in the aftermath of WSOF 2.
The first major difference from the WSOF's debut event came in the lack of mismatches. In their debut showing the organization pitted established fighters with plenty of gas left in their tanks against opposition who had zero business being in the same cage. While K-1 monster Tyrone Spong could get away smashing Travis Bartlett because it was the 27-year-old's MMA debut, the same could not be said for Anthony Johnson dismantling D.J. Linderman.
This time around, this lack of balance in the matchmaking was nowhere to be found. Every bout on the card made sense, and in some cases like Marlon Moraes versus Tyson Nam, the promotion was able to highlight two up-and-coming names on their roster.
By all means the WSOF put together a solid card and nearly every bout on the docket delivered. Save for David Branch vs. Paulo Filho, every scrap featured two fighters looking to carve our their place in the new promotion.
Veterans like Danillo Villefort, Waylon Lowe and Josh Burkman were able to show their fighting careers were far from over as they each picked up impressive victories on the night. But the spotlight wasn't going to be ruled by the experienced fighters alone. In addition to the stunning head-kick knockout Moraes landed in the televised card, young buck Brenson Hansen hit a spectacular highlight-reel-worthy flying knee knockout in his bout against Tom Marcellino on the preliminary portion of the card.
All the action on the card did well to set up the heavyweight showdown between Arlovski and Johnson. While "The Pitbull" found himself on shaky ground near the end of the first round, the Jackson's-Winkeljohn-trained fighter was able to re-establish his footing and battle through. In the end it wasn't enough to tip the balance on the scorecards as Johnson earned the unanimous decision victory.
Despite fighting up a weight class from where he is most comfortable, Johnson put on a solid showing in Atlantic City. He was able to control the fight throughout using his striking to back Arlovski up and his wrestling to tie up the Belarusian against the cage.
No doubt Johnson appeared to be running out of steam as the fight carried on, but aside from UFC champion Cain Velasquez, there aren't too many heavyweights who are known for having tremendous gas tanks. This is an issue which should be remedied for the most part when Johnson returns to light heavyweight, which the 29-year-old confirmed he would be returning to in his post-fight interview.
While Arlovski came out on the business end of the match with Johnson, there are still some positives to be taken in the loss. Following his stint competing in the Octagon, the Chicago-based fighter has been plagued by the reputation of having a weak chin. This label is due in large part to a stretch of Arlovski's career where he lost four consecutive bouts, with three ending by way of brutal knockout.
The former UFC champion may not have erased that reputation entirely on Saturday night, but he did a lot to quiet such talk against the heavy-hitting Johnson. In fact, in the aftermath of the bout it was revealed Arlovski suffered a broken jaw and had several teeth knocked out during the opening frame, but still continued regardless of his condition.
That's tough any way you cut it, ladies and gentleman.
In the world of mixed martial arts, it has become commonplace to take shots at the commentary teams working high-profile events. Fans watching from home see the action from their own perspectives and when the man working the play-by-play calls things from a different angle, Twitter lights up with criticism.
Calling live-action mixed martial arts bouts is a tough gig by any stretch, but what took place on Saturday night at WSOF 2 was in a class of its own.
The voices calling the fights are a large aspect of the presentation and they are there to guide the viewers through the action over the course of the night. When the job is done right, the commentating team blends into the fight experience—remaining both present and anonymous at the same time.
In a case like what Todd Harris and MMA legend Bas Rutten displayed this weekend in Atlantic City, the missteps and uneasiness came front and center on multiple occasions. Harris's delivery on the play-by-play was choppy from jump street and remained this way throughout the entire card. The former WEC commentator was off his game in a major way and it showed, with his biggest gaff of the night coming when he referred to WSOF's biggest free agent signing to date Jon Fitch as Aaron Fitch.
While this may seem like a minimal hiccup in the grander scheme of things, the WSOF is in the early and ever-important stage of establishing their brand. Fans tuning in need to buy into the hype of future events. When you mangle the name of a fighter they may recognize, the very reason you mentioned said fighter in the first place goes flying out the window.
That being said, the failed commentary wasn't Harris's cross to bear alone as Bas Rutten did his fair share of damage throughout the evening. "El Guapo's" enthusiasm in the commentary booth has been a large factor in his career beyond the cage, but at WSOF 2, the typically amped Rutten appeared to handle the task at hand with nonchalance.
Where Rutten struggled the most came when handling post-fight interview duties. When talking to lightweight Justin Gaethje, who had just earned a victory over J.Z. Cavalcante by way of doctor stoppage, the former King of Pancrase asked Gaethje if he was going to fight Jon Fitch in his next outing. The response was a classic blend of confusion and awkwardness as Gaethje pointed to the fact that Fitch competes in a higher weight class and Rutten simply shrugged off the question as a mix up.
Was it a huge mistake? No. But was it a bad look? Absolutely.
It also needs to be understood that finding a rhythm as a commentary team takes a bit of time, and with this event only being the second outing for the team of Harris and Rutten, there are going to be some growing pains. Saturday night's presentation certainly came with its fair share of awkward moments, and it is important for the promotion to recognize how large of a role this plays in the presentation.
When the dust settled at WSOF 2, there were several aspects of the night's events that swerved into curious waters, but Josh Burkman's post-fight interview was certainly the strangest.
"The People's Warrior" had a solid showing in the promotion's inaugural event when he defeated Gerald Harris via unanimous decision. On Saturday night, Burkman upped the ante when he served a blistering knockout to fellow UFC veteran Aaron Simpson in the first round of their welterweight tilt.
The victory over "The A-Train" made it four straight for Burkman, and seven of his last eight. His only setback over this stretch came against surging young talent Jordan Mein in 2011, but Burkman has put in solid work to regain momentum.
In the weeks leading up to the event, the WSOF signed Fitch and announced the winner of the matchup between Burkman and Simpson would face the AKA staple at their next event in June. With Burkman just minutes removed from crumbling Simpson against the cage, the table was perfectly for the "big sell" in his post-fight interview.
The promotion ushered Fitch into the cage and Rutten set about his business. But where the ideal situation to hype a summer showdown with the former wrestling standout from Purdue University was sitting at the ready, Burkman decided to take a different route.
For starters, there are no WSOF titles in any of their divisions. President Ray Sefo told the media during a fight week conference call that several events would pass before the organization would implement championship belts. But that didn't stop Burkman from talking about his place in the title picture and where be believes Fitch should fall into place.
When Rutten asked Burkman if he was ready to fight Fitch in the summer, the Portland-based fighter said he believed Fitch needed to win a fight under the WSOF banner before earning the opportunity to face him. Not only is this a stretch because the lack of divisional structure, but you would be hard-pressed to find any ranking system in the MMA world where Burkman and Fitch are even remotely close to one another.
Despite being released by the UFC several weeks ago, Fitch is widely recognized as a top-10 caliber welterweight. While Burkman has found a bit of momentum over the past year, alluding to Fitch not being worthy of a matchup is a stretch.
If anything, one would figure Burkman would like to avenge his second-round submission loss to Fitch from 2006, but this didn't appear to be the case in his post-fight ramblings, and was absolutely a missed opportunity where the promotion is concerned. Burkman had the perfect opportunity to light the hype fires for their clash at WSOF 3, but his post-fight posturing turned an ideal moment into a web of confusion.
While there were other elements of strange (Arlovski's UFC glove, Canvas-gate and Paulo Filho) laced throughout the WSOF 2 experience, the move by Burkman topped them all.
This, of course, is my opinion. But that is what this platform is for, I suppose.
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Revelations that UFC welterweight Dan Hardy is suffering from a congenital heart condition known as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome could spell the end of his career as a mixed martial artist.
Hardy, who has a 25-10 professional record, made the revelations in an interview with Bloody Elbow, shortly after he was unexpectedly pulled from the UFC on Fox 7 event scheduled for April 20 in San Jose, Calif.
At the time when it was first reported that the British fighter had been dropped from the card, word was that it was due to an injury. That injury now turns out to be a heart defect which has spooked the California State Athletic Condition (CSAC) enough to want to prevent him from competing.
Hardy says that the condition was discovered following an EKG test he underwent prior to next month’s scheduled fight against Matt Brown—something the CSAC asks for before it sanctions any fighter. The one-time championship contender has had an EKG before, back in 2004 before his fight against Pat Healey, and that had revealed an irregular heartbeat. However, he was cleared to fight anyway.
“In the back of my mind, I've been thinking that if I did go ahead and fight, and something happened, then that would be on the sport,” Hardy said, per Bloody Elbow.
“It's good that we've got this test in place, because we don't want something like that happening in the sport. Not only would it be a terrible thing, but it would do a lot of damage in the public eye. I think maybe more states should require this testing, as well.”
The news comes at a time in Hardy’s life when he’s managed to turn around what seemed like a terminal slide involving four straight losses. He now stands at two impressive wins and was getting ready to become a serious player at 170 pounds once again after his first UFC loss to champion Georges St-Pierre back in 2010. Those hopes may now be over.
Hardy, who says he’s in the best shape of his life after implementing significant diet and exercise changes, which included a psychedelic odyssey among Peruvian tribes, believes the news of his condition could mean that he will have to refocus his energy on something else.
“I'm certainly feeling like it's a prod from the universe to kind of reassess and look at where I'm at, because I know there are a lot of things I want to do in my life as well, so this might be a good sign to refocus and do something different, perhaps,” he said.
“I've been thinking about it, and I don't want to think for a second that I'm done fighting, because I still love training and fighting. At the same time, I also feel that there are lots of other things that I should be doing, things that I should be concentrating on in different areas of my life.”
Whatever the next steps are for the exciting welterweight, it will ultimately be down to the UFC to decide. The promotion knows it will have difficulty getting him licensed to fight in California, and now that the condition is on his record, it might also now cause problems elsewhere.
Hardy believes there’s still a possibility he could be cleared to fight in Europe and Australia, depending on what the UFC wants, but he knows that heart problems are no joke for athletes. Shawn Tompkins, a highly regarded MMA coach and former fighter, died in 2011 in his sleep due to a congenital heart condition. And only last month, Muay Thai and kickboxing star Ramon Dekkers died at just 43 in what reports suggest was due to a heart attack.
For now Hardy will go to his home country in the UK for a second opinion, though he says he’s more than ready for life outside the cage.
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The bad news keeps coming for UFC Lightweight Melvin Guillard who just left Florida's Blackzillians camp intending to return to Greg Jackson's MMA in New Mexico only to be rejected. Now it appears he's facing assault charges in New Mexico as well.
The struggling UFC Lightweight Melvin Guillard kicked off a spate of bad publicity last night when he prematurely tweeted that he would be returning to Greg Jackson's MMA camp in New Mexico.
Now we find out that Guillard is also facing assault charges in New Mexico. Steven Marrocco reports:
According to Bernalillo County (N.M.) court records, Guillard currently faces five charges: two misdemeanor counts of aggravated battery, to which he pled not guilty. Three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear in court were settled. A jury trial on the assault charges is set for April 10, where he faces six months in jail for each count, in addition to fines and probation.
When it rains it pours.
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After it was reported that Georges St-Pierre beat Nick Diaz at UFC 158 with an injured achilles, there was some concern that the injury would delay his upcoming title fight against Johny Hendricks.
However, a week later, GSP's camp, through a UFC Canada official, squashed those concerns.
"GSP has done some sprint training while on holiday and is fine, despite the injury report," the official said. "Georges told [his manager Rodolphe Beaulieu] everything is OK."
No word just yet when GSP vs. Hendricks will actually happen, though. St-Pierre's long-time coach Firas Zahabi also said last week that he didn't want GSP to return to action for at least six months.
The next big hurdle for Hendricks to now overcome is St-Pierre's budding acting career. It was reported Monday by Latino Review that the UFC welterweight champion will play a villain in the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" film, which will be released April 4, 2014. The report did not mention how long St-Pierre's shooting schedule will be.
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Even when it’s all over, it’s not all over. At least that’s the case with the UFC 158 main event between welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz. The Diaz camp is accusing the Quebec commission of irregularities in how it handled the UFC 158 weigh-ins and drug tests, and is filing an official complaint.
A video posted to BJPenn.com shows UFC Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel Michael Mersh explaining to the Diaz camp, just prior to weigh-ins, that St-Pierre and Diaz have an hour allowance, if needed, to make weight if either one of them misses the mark, something that was not available to the rest of the fight card.
Mersh went on to explain that the Quebec commission, the Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux, does not count decimals when weighing the fighters, so that for their bout, either fighter could weigh up to 170.9 pounds, but it would be recorded as 170 pounds, thus making weight.
This is counter to most other commissions in North America.
Quebec commission representative Joyce Tremblay confirmed such in an email to MMAFighting, but also declared that none of the fighters was in violation of the weights set for in their contract.
“I wish to inform you that, during UFC 158, no contestants exceeded the weight determined in their contracts,” said Tremblay. “Currently, the Régie does take into consideration the maximum weight determined by contract when it carries out the weight-ins before a bout.
However, our regulation on combat sports does not take decimals into account. Their consideration is a question of interpretation likely to be debated between the two parties under contract.”
Jonathan Tweedale, a representative of the Diaz camp, on Tuesday issued a statement about the situation to MMAWeekly.com, accusing the commission of not operating within the contractually agreed upon parameters of the fight.
“The Quebec Commission’s statement is a disappointing admission that the March 16 event was not conducted under the rules applicable to a UFC title fight – or under the rules the fighters contractually agreed to, upon which rules Mr. Diaz was entitled to rely under his bout agreement,” wrote Tweedale.
“The contracted weight for this fight was 170 pounds. 170.9 is not 170, anywhere in the world, for a title fight,” he continued. “There is no question what ‘170 pounds’ means, in the bout agreement, as a matter of contractual interpretation.
“The Quebec Commission deliberately relaxed the rule in this case and, by its own admission, allowed their home-town fighter to ‘make weight’ even if he weighed more than the contracted weight.”
Tweedale goes on to point out that the proposed one-hour of added time flaunts the commission’s own rules, citing section 77 of the commission’s regulations that does not allow time for a contestant to increase or decrease weight, and pointed out the “Quebec Commission’s failure to supervise fighters’ provision of samples in connection with testing for Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods.”
Tweedale and Diaz’s camp fell short of accusing St-Pierre of missing weight, instead targeting the Quebec commission’s application or lack thereof of its own regulations and procedures and how it may have affected the legality of the fight.
He did note that an official complaint would be filed immediately and declared that St-Pierre should either agree to fight Diaz at 170 pounds or vacate the belt.
“In the circumstances,” wrote Tweedale, “Mr. St-Pierre remains legally and ethically obligated to fight Mr. Diaz at 170 pounds or else vacate the belt in favor of those prepared to fight at welterweight.”
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Another Marvel Universe villain is set to appear in Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: The First Avenger as Latino Review reports that UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre will be playing French kickboxing master Georges Batroc, AKA Batroc the Leaper.
With origins dating all the way back to 1966's "Tales of Suspense" #75, Batroc doesn't have any superhuman abilities beyond his mastery of martial arts. While he's primarily a Cap foe, he's appeared throughout the Marvel Universe and done battle with the likes of Spider-Man, the Punisher, Iron Fist and many more.
St-Pierre, who hails from Quebec, has previously appeared in the martial arts films Death Warrior and Never Surrender, both directed by Hector Echavarria.
Also set to star Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford and Maximiliano Hernández, Captain America: The First Avenger is said to be a political thriller inspired by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's acclaimed arc in the comics.
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UFC President Dana White wants Anderson Silva to compete in UFC for a long time -- and for lots of money. But is the feeling mutual?
Put away those chemicals. If you really want to get rid of a "Spider," wave a 10-fight contract in his face.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva has two fights remaining on his current ZUFFA deal. One of those is going to be cashed in for a title defense against Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 162, which is set for July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And after that?
It's hard to say. The possibility of a "super fight" against reigning welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is still the topic of conversation, but that would require a win over "The All American" for Silva (see the odds here), as well as a victory for "Rush" in his upcoming title defense against Johny Hendricks.
A new, 10-fight contract would certainly give him time to work out the logistics.
In fact, that's the deal that's on the table, according to UFC President Dana White, who wants to hang on to the 37-year-old champion until he eventually retires. How much is a contract for 10 fights worth when you're the top pound-for-pound fighter in all of mixed martial arts (MMA)?
That begs the question ... why hasn't Silva signed on the dotted line? The Brazilian is notorious for stalling at the negotiating table, particularly when it comes to title defenses, but his stock may drop considerably if he's defeated this summer in "Sin City."
Maybe a loss to Weidman will prompt his retirement?
"The renovation is headed, we have more time to decide that. Let's see how it goes," Silva told Tatame.com.
It's tough to imagine "The Spider" being hard up for cash after signing big-money deals with Nike and Burger King. By his own admission, he's looking forward to concentrating on his Muay Thai college, which recently opened in California (see it here).
Anyone think UFC 162 is the final act for one of the sport's all-time greats?
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I think Silva will be around for awhile still, until he at least has a superfight or 2..... if they can make a superfight happen. I'd say the best super fight yet has been Edger vs Aldo.
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Opinions on Anderson and Weidman in the near future ?
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I'm really excited to see the Sonnen/Jones fight, I still can't get over the Silva/Sonnen 1 fight and even the second fight he had no problem with him the first round, the second round just didn't fit right with me, the way Silva grabbed the shorts, than the knee to the face/chest, I would love to see Sonnen fight Silva again and I think he has a good chance against Jones as well.
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Truth be told, I'm really not looking forward to Sonnen vs Jones. Sonnen may be his easiest defense yet. Chael's success against Anderson was based on Anderson's lack of TDD and wrestling ability, but JBJ is a fantastic wrestler and Chael sure isn't going to strike with JBJ. I think JBJ makes Chael look like a fish out of water.
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