Chael looks thick as hell relative to everyone else in the picture and look at his forearms.
Junie Browning of Ultimate Fighter infamy is now a wanted man by Thailand after another run-in with the law. According to various reports from the region, Browning was training in Phuket, Thailand when a bar brawl broke out that involved him allegedly attacking women as well as men. Then, while undergoing treatment for a variety of lacerations, Browning got into another fight at the hospital, fled from the scene, and hasn’t been seen since. Police are currently searching for him, including making attempts to cut off Browning if he tries to fly out of the country.
While on the lam Browning apparently found a place with internet access, writing on Facebook, “Wow what a helluva weekend. Some (expletive) named Sie Menzies and about 10 of his friends started a fight with me. I guess just to test a ‘UFC fighter guy’ at this (expletive) little bar in Karon Thailand. Had a beer bottle and glass mug shattered on my head, then to make everything better, stabbed severely by some crazy Thai (expletive).”
In standard Browning fashion, the controversial competitor also claimed he got the better of the men, adding, “On a positive note, I managed to break a few orbital bones, at least a couple jaws, and some unconscious bodies laying on the ground before I blacked out from loss of blood and apparently had to be resuscitated in the ambulance. So, how was your weekend?”
The situation echos a previous situation where Browning was released from the UFC after taking pills in an alleged suicide attempt and attacking several nurses at a Las Vegas hospital while under their care. He has gone just 1-4 in fights since the release but clearly has bigger issues to worry about at the moment rather than when his next victory might come.
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A heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson (16-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and the returning Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been slotted for February's UFC 143 event.
Werdum will jump from Strikeforce to the UFC, where he fought from 2007 to 2008, as part of the long-rumored move.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the bout with event sources. MMAWeekly.com first reported it.
UFC 143 takes place on the eve of the NFL's Super Bowl, Feb. 4, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, and Nelson vs. Werdum is expected to be part of the broadcast.
Nelson, who won "The Ultimate Fighter 10," likely staved off a UFC release with a third-round TKO of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at UFC 137 in October. Prior to the much-needed win, the fan favorite and former IFL champion suffered back-to-back decision losses to Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir.
Werdum won his first three fights after he left the UFC for Strikeforce in 2008. His first two came against Mike Kyle and Antonio Silva, and then in his next bout, he earned the 2010 World MMA Awards "Submission of the Year" trophy for his 69-second armbar/triangle choke of Fedor Emelianenko. The performance snapped Emelianenko's legendary 27-fight win streak.
However, in the opening round of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix earlier this year, Werdum suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Alistair Overeem in a flat performance.
The latest UFC 143 card includes:
- Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz (for interim welterweight title)
- Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce
- Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum*
- Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgensen
- Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier
- Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa
- Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah
- Rafael Natal vs Michael Kuiper
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Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion John Lineker signed by the UFC, set to compete at flyweight
The UFC is going all-out in establishing their newly-announced flyweight division.
That's because Tatame.com reports that Brazilian bruiser John "Mão de Pedra" Lineker (19-5), who captured the Jungle Fight 61 kg. title in September with a split decision over Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil hopeful Ilarde Sabino Belo dos Santos, has been signed by the world's largest fight promotion and will compete at 125-pounds.
Lineker, 20, joins the UFC in the midst of a fantastic 13-fight winning streak. Seven of those have come in in 2011 alone.
The mohawked brawler, after losing five of nine fights in 2009, established himself as one of the premier prospects in Brazil with an iron chin, reckless abandon, and serious power in his hands. Throughout his rampage, Lineker frequently expressed a desire to fight inside the Octagon.
Looks like he got his wish. And considering he's been my favorite Brazilian prospect for a while, let me be the first to tell you all you're in for a treat.
Videos of Lineker in action after the jump.
The flyweight division is set to debut March 3, 2012, with a doozy of a four-man tournament, featuring TPF champion Ian McCall, Shooto champion Yasuhiro Uru****ani, and former bantamweight contenders Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.
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Ever wondered what the real story is behind how the UFC actually got its start?
Check out this video and you’ll get the scoop…
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A seasoned veteran will test a rising prospect at light heavyweight this Saturday night (December 17, 2011) as former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi takes on rising star Ovince St. Preux on the Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal main card.
Mousasi lost his title in April of 2010 and he wants it back. Since losing the belt, he's won the Dream light heavyweight grand prix to claim their belt, he's beaten K-1 striker Kyotaro in a kickboxing match and he controversially drew with Keith Jardine. He would love to score a big victory and potentially reclaim the vacant title.
Ovince St. Preux has gone 5-0 in Strikeforce, making his debut with the promotion on the night Mousasi lost his title. He ran a gauntlet of three seasoned veterans in three months to leap into the stratosphere of top prospect and he cemented that status with a 72 second knockout of previously undefeated Joe Cason earlier this summer. He's finally ready to take on his first legitimate challenge.
Will Mousasi's experience and talent give him the decisive edge he needs? Can "OSP" continue his incredible Strikeforce run with a monumental upset? How does each dangerous light heavyweight earn a victory on Saturday night?
Let's find out:
Record: 31-3-2 overall, 2-1-1 in Strikeforce
Key Wins: Renato Sobral (Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg), Mark Hunt (Dream 9), Ronaldo Souza (Dream 6)
Key Losses: Muhammad Lawal (Strikeforce: Nashville)
How he got here: Still just 26 years old, Gegard Mousasi has fought professionally in MMA 36 times and he's also 5-0 in professional kickboxing bouts. He got an early start with martial arts, training in judo, boxing, kickboxing and eventually MMA.
Originally competing at middleweight, he would catch the eyes of Pride talent scouts, who enlisted him in their welterweight (185 pound) tournament. Although he would be upset by Akhiro Gono in the quarterfinals, "The Dreamcatcher" would score one of the most impressive victories of his career with a unanimous decision against Hector Lombard in the alternate bout.
After bouncing around several promotions, Mousasi signed up for the Dream middleweight tournament, defeating everyone in his path including Denis Kang, Melvin Manhoef and eventually Ronaldo Souza in the finals to be crowned the Dream middleweight champion.
Mousasi moved to light heavyweight for his Strikeforce debut, knocking out Renato Sobral to claim the title but his reign would be short-lived as he would be upset by "King Mo" Lawal at Strikeforce: Nashville in April of 2010. Since then, he's been successful fighting in Japan but fought to a controversial majority draw against Keith Jardine in his lone fight on US soil. He'll be looking to right that ship against Ovince St. Preux.
How he gets it done: Mousasi has so many weapons, that's what makes him very dangerous. They key for him will be to find a rhythm in his striking. His stand-up is as lethal as any fighter at light heavyweight in the world due to his K-1 kickboxing background. He's got tremendous power and he is very technical and precise with his stand-up.
With his judo background, he wouldn't mind if this bout were to go to the clinch as he's got some very nice tosses in his arsenal and he's very good at hurting his opponents whether they are against the ropes or a fence.
What Mousasi does not want to do is spend this fight on his back. Sure, he's aggressive with submissions and strikes from there, but it's not a favorable position. Look for him to try to utilize his footwork to keep a proper distance and keep striking. The longer this fight goes, the more comfortable he's going to get and the more trouble OSP will be in.
Ovince St. Preux
Record: 11-4 overall, 5-0 in Strikeforce
Key Wins: Abongo Humphry (Strikeforce Challengers 13), Antwain Britt (Strikeforce Challengers 12), Benji Radach (Strikeforce: St. Louis)
Key Losses: Virgil Zwicker (TCC 1)
How he got here: Ovince St. Preux got off to an inauspicious start to his MMA career, dropping bouts to the likes of future UFC fighter Rodney Wallace, future Bellator fighter Nik Fekete and future Strikeforce competitor Virgil Zwicker in his first seven fights. Since that time though, he's been unstoppable.
Despite just a 4-4 record at the time, he made his Strikeforce debut in April of 2010, knocking his opponent out in just 47 seconds. What really turned some heads was his eight second knockout of UFC veteran Jason Day just three months later.
"OSP" went to work in Strikeforce, scoring an impressive three wins in three months, all decisions over Antwain Britt, Benji Radach and Abongo Humphry where he showcased his superior wrestling, grappling and ground and pound skills to overwhelm his opposition.
After taking six months off, St. Preux returned this past July and destroyed Rufousport fighter Joe Cason in just over a minute to remain undefeated in five Strikeforce bouts. With that victory, the Strikeforce big wigs decided it was time to throw him to the sharks at 205 pounds and St. Preux accepted a bout with the former champion.
How he gets it done: First and most importantly, St. Preux needs to stand with Mousasi as little as possible. I don't care how much he feels his striking has progressed. Standing and trading with the K-1 level striker is a really, really bad idea.
I think Ovince St. Preux would benefit greatly from a Rick Story-esque gameplan of constant pressure. He can't let Mousasi get comfortable so if he stands with him, he needs to be moving forward aggressively and cutting off escape routes, looking to pin him against the fence, throw short flurries of strikes while actually looking for takedown opportunities.
I doubt he could trade submission attempts with Mousasi, but OSP has a very solid ground game and he's a terrific athlete so if he can put the former champ on his back, he has a great shot at implementing the gameplan that "King Mo" used to win the belt and an overmatched Keith Jardine used to earn a draw. His top control has to be tight, however, as Mousasi has improved lately with his ability to get up from takedowns.
Fight X-Factor: The biggest X-Factor is the huge jump in competition for Ovince St. Preux. He's spent the majority of his time facing off against tough prospects, but this is the real deal. Gegard Mousasi is one of the best light heavyweights in the world and it will present a whole new breadth of challenges to OSP. We're going to find out exactly what he's made of in this bout, but he's still a very raw fighter. If he hasn't shored up his technique in the five months since his last fight, he could get overwhelmed quickly.
Bottom Line: Whether he's ready or not, Ovince St. Preux is strong and athletic enough to potentially cause some problems for Mousasi. Despite the huge experience differential, this is still a very compelling match-up. Mousasi has potential to destroy OSP standing, but St. Preux also has potential to control "The Dreamcatcher" on the canvas. There are definitely some possibilities for this fight to be exciting wherever it goes so stay tuned. This one could b ea blowout or a thriller depending on St. Preux's readiness for a jump in competition level.
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I remember a time when people were ready to call Gegard a potential top LHW P4P fighter.
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Forrest Griffin wouldn't mind a third fight against Tito Ortiz ... as long as it happens in the United States
On April 9, 2005, Forrest Griffin, along with Stephan Bonner, took part in what UFC President Dana White calls the most important fight in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history, as the two went toe-to-toe for 15 minutes in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 Finale.
After the back-and-forth brawl that had fans in attendance standing in awe of what they were seeing and the millions of fans watching on television hoping the fight would never end, Griffin was awarded the unanimous decision victory. He became the first ever TUF winner, which earned him a six-figure UFC contract.
The fight has often been credited as being the launch pad for the UFC's popularity.
During his time with the promotion, Griffin has competed against some of the best light heavyweights in the world, including Mauricio Rua, Tito Ortiz, Rich Franklin, Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson, the last of whom he defeated in 2008 to claim the 205-pound title.
Forrest also stepped up and took on arguably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, Anderson Silva, at UFC 101, but fell victim to "The Spider's" precise and powerful striking in the very first round, causing Griffin to storm out of the Octagon in embarrassment .
13 fights into his UFC career, the original Ultimate Fighter says he could very well be at the end of the road. Speaking with MMA Fight Corner, Forrest says that before he hangs up his gloves for good, he only wants tough fights. Oh, and wouldn't mind a third fight with Ortiz, who recently stated he wants his last fight to be against Griffin.
"If people will pay to see that fight, then I'll get paid to fight that fight. I care more about where I fight, if that fight happens in the United States, the continental United States, I'm down. I don't travel well. For me, now I'm realizing that I don't have much left, you know, this is the end of the road for me. I want a couple more fight fights, you know, good ones. That's all I really want. I think it would (be a good fight) but do people want to see it, you know? (I want) fights where I don't get knocked out in the first round, fights where I get hurt and bleed a little and get like a little rally, something of the nature."Ortiz and Griffin have met twice before, with Tito winning their first encounter at UFC 59 via split decision in 2006, a fight many believed should have gone to Griffin. No worries though, Forrest would eventually get his revenge three years later at UFC 106, doing enough to outpoint "The People's Champ" to earn a split decision victory.
Now, the two former champions want one finale battle to complete the trilogy and settle the score once and for all.
Both Griffin and Ortiz are coming off losses to Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, respectively, so matching them up together somewhat makes sense.
With both fighters willing to step up to the plate, it's now up to the powers that be at Zuffa to make the fight happen. The big question, though, is whether or not fight fans have enough interest in seeing it.
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UFC on FOX 2: Mark Munoz will save Chael Sonnen from Brazilian bounties by beating him up in Chicago
I believe this is referred to as "picking your poison."
Chael Sonnen doesn't need to fly to South America to get his ass handed to him by a Brazilian mob when he can simply show up for his UFC on FOX 2 co-main event on Jan. 28 in Chicago and get his butt kicked by Mark Munoz.
That's according to the "Filipino Wrecking Machine," who told Heavy MMA that he's confident heading into their "Windy City" match-up and that he'll demonstrate his power at the expense of Sonnen's title aspirations.
"I feel Chael and I are a great match-up. I feel his strengths are my strengths, and we are going to go out there and find out who is the true number one contender for the title. If he beats me then God bless him, but I can tell you that I have confidence that I’m going to go out there and beat him up. I have power in my hands. Chael gets on top of people but doesn’t finish them. I finish guys. It’s what I do. I go out there and the guns are blazing. On the feet or on the ground it doesn’t matter. I’m going to demonstrate that power every chance I get. There are bounties for Chael down in Brazil. But he doesn’t have to worry about it, because he’s not going to have to go down there."Munoz is coming off the biggest win of his career in the main event of UFC 138 last month across the pond, a second round technical knockout victory over Chris Leben, his fourth in a row and seventh in his last eight fights.
Sonnen recently ran through Brian Stann at UFC 136 back on Oct. 8 in Houston, which prompted UFC President Dana White to declare he would be "stupid" not to make "Silva vs. Sonnen II," but a pesky shoulder injury is keeping "The Spider" on the shelf until June, when the world's largest fight promotion heads back to Brazil (again).
If Sonnen can get by Munoz and make a good impression on network TV, he'll be joining his arch nemesis in his home country.
Assuming he can get past those mobs.
UFC on FOX 2, which will mark the promotion's second appearance on network television, will be headlined by a light heavyweight number one contender bout, as Rashad Evans and Phil Davis return from injuries to battle for the right to fight division champion Jon Jones.
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Sick of talking, and ready to do some walking.
That's the current mindset of Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez (19-2 MMA, 9-1 SF) as he nears his third title defense, which comes against Jorge Masvidal (22-6 MMA, 4-0 SF).
Usually, he doesn't mind doing media. But this fight has been different.
"It's just been repetitive – the same questions and the same topics," Melendez told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I feel like I'm just becoming this [expletive]-talker. I just need to fight now."
He only has to wait three more days for that. On Saturday, he and Masvidal headline "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal," which takes place at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The event's main card, including Melendez's fight, airs live on Showtime.
If you looked over the shoulders of reporters interviewing Melendez in the past 10 weeks, you'd see a lot of the same questions. Is he frustrated that he hasn't yet been called up to the UFC? Does he believe a win over Masvidal earns him a spot in the octagon? Can he beat Frankie Edgar? Is he the No. 1 lightweight?
And blah, blah, blah.
Fighters get used to this type of repetition when they slog through the media machine en route to a fight, but for Melendez, many questions he's been asked are hypotheticals that are completely out of his hands.
Yes, he would like to go to the UFC. Yes, he thinks he should cross over sooner rather than later. Yes, he thinks he can beat Edgar. What fighter in his or her right mind would think otherwise?
"I'm like, 'Hey listen, man, I've got to stop talking, and I've just got to go out there and prove it,'" Melendez said.
So it's been hard to track him down this week. He's not convinced there are many other questions he could answer that he hasn't already. He'll be there, of course, for his mandated open workout sessions and press conference, where he'll go for some more conversational deja vu. But Saturday night can't come soon enough.
Masvidal has alternately taken on the role of stopover and spoiler in the path of Melendez. The American Top Team fighter routed standout Billy Evangelista and onetime welterweight challenger K.J. Noons to get the title shot. But he's known more for crisp striking than the type of ground and pound Melendez doles out with ease, and that's the question mark hanging over the fight. If he can stay on his feet, things look competitive. Otherwise, it might be a blowout.
In advance of Saturday, Melendez has worked as always with brothers and UFC fighters Nick and Nate Diaz, whose unconventional boxing tests Melendez's ability to weather the storm on the way to a takedown. He won't be shy about trading punches with Masvidal, of course. But with the stakes of the fight already blown up in neon – lose the fight, bye-bye UFC dreams – he would be foolish not to do what he does best.
Predictably, Melendez will dodge questions about how he plans to defeat Masvidal. As he said, he just has to go out there and do what he does and leave the talking for later.
There will be plenty to talk about if he wins. After a spate of high-profile crossovers, UFC president Dana White recently announced that Strikeforce fighters will stay in Strikeforce. Whether Melendez is included in that group or, in fact, things do hinge on his performance on Saturday night is unknown. Regardless, he'll be bombarded once again with questions about a crossover, questions he's answered in some form in the 10 weeks before the fight.
Melendez is a professional, and he'll answer them all the same. But if reporters would ask more creative questions, or even more pedestrian ones, that would be great.
"I'm never mad at the questions," Melendez said. "It's not a bad thing. It doesn't really bother me that much. I'm not the interviewer. Whatever they want to ask me is just fine.
"You can ask me how my day is. I'll be alright with that."
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but yeah, other than Anderson...only the heavyweights stand a chance. Unless Aldo has a sudden growth spurt. Not that he couldn't do a flying knee that high.
Also picking Chael. Munoz has come a long way in a short period. Hits hard, but Chael gonna grind him out.
I don't want to see CC fight anymore. He's a shadow of a shell of his former self. Watching his deterioration has been painful enough for me and I can't bear it anymore.
I feel the same watching Fedor and Wandy losing, it sucks.....not sure if your a Fedor fan, but I would still like to see him fight in the UFC..
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