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    UFC to offer content through XBOX Live starting on December 20


    Any MMA fan with UFC Undisputed has had the pleasure of seeing some of their favorite fighters throw down through XBOX Live, though only in a digitally rendered sense. However, a change on that front is scheduled to take place later this month when the UFC teams with XBOX Live to provide a free service for gamers with the outlet’s standard “Gold” access.Simply called UFC on XBOX Live, the soon-to-be-unveiled online section makes its debut on December 20 in anticipation of UFC 141’s year-ending festivities.

    Specifically, features will include the option to watch streaming content in HD such as weigh-ins, open workouts, and Countdown specials, as well as tinker with interactive fight cards, pick winners while comparing your success against friends’, and order PPVs to avoid the hassle of cable companies or interrupted satellite feeds. It will also be compatible with XBOX Kinect, providing people a unique opportunity to interact with menus using voice/motion commands.

    Microsoft released a brief “sizzle reel” for the service featuring a handful of popular UFC fighters, as well as UFC President Dana White, speaking about the impact the company’s expansion could have and seeming jazzed in general about what’s to come.

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    UFC 140: Lyoto Machida Talks About His Preparation for Jon Jones


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    Lyoto Machida will be looking to put the UFC light heavyweight title back around his waist when he meets current champion Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 140 this Saturday in Toronto. He has changed up a few things and brought in some high-level guys to help him prepare for anything that might happen in the cage. Machida documented some of that in a recent interview with Tatame. Who has he brought in to help him out? Anderson Silva!
    Actually, I also brought Anderson Braddock (Silva), who’s a guy that fights in K-1, he’s a great K-1 fighter. I brought him and Glover (Teixeira) on the first moment. They stayed here for two weeks. On that period we tried to do many sparrings, simulating similar situations I’ll might confront during the fight, also on the clinch, the takedowns. We know Glover is a high lever fighter and why he’s been smashing everybody down here in Brazil, and I’m sure he’ll make a good career abroad, and Bradock also helped me a lot to simulate the fight. Then Glover had to go because he was fighting and then I brought King Mo to add a lot. He’s a high level fighter in Wrestling, he has been a world champion on the Pan Am, he has defeated Olympic champions, so he knows the details of the position that can help me block his game during the fight, and I guess that’s the main aspect. I guess the technical part is the most important one for a fight like that, because I’m fighting a very technical guy. Jon Jones knows many techniques, he’s can do many things, so that’s why I’m trying to improve more and more my wrestling.
    He states that he might be looking to put Jones on his back, as opposed to just working takedown defense:
    Well, I guess it’s hard to predict how things will go on during the fight, but we trained a lot offensive wrestling, me taking him down. Besides the takedown defenses, we trained counterattacks with the takedowns, so if I take him down, it won’t be a surprise for me, for my team, because we know what we’ve been doing here. Our greatest goal is to win the fight, in any area it takes place, no matter if it’s on the stand-up, the wrestling or on the ground. I want to have an advantage in all areas.
    He also explains where he thinks he holds advantages over Jones right now:
    I believe I can control my distance and how long does it take for me to get in and out of his radar. Since Jon Jones is very versatile, I also ought to be to try to be versatile to make it settled. We trained many attacks too on the stand-up so that we can have another tools. Many times, Jon Jones prefers to use the counterattacks, waiting for the fight to happen, so we need also to have this tool so we can defeat our opponent.
    Oh, and the real Anderson Silva never actually helped him with this camp:
    I talked to Anderson on the phone like three or four times, and we talked a lot. He sent me a video, telling me to train that. He shoot a video there saying what he thought I should focus more my training on for this fight, he showed me a different coup, saying I can use it. So, he always tries to help me the way he can. We can tell Anderson is very helpful, mainly with his friends. You can see his worry to come and talk to me. I know he wants me to bring another title to our Brazil.
    Will all this be enough for Machida to overcome the freight train that is Jon Jones? We'll find out on Saturday.
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    Michael Bisping doesn’t want to hear about Jason Miller’s stamina, ‘Mayhem’ just need


    Michael Bisping doesn’t want to hear about Jason Miller’s stamina, ‘Mayhem’ just needs work on his game

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    Michael Bisping just wanted a little more credit following his win over Jason "Mayhem" Miller, so he scolded the media who were saying the American ran out of steam early in the fight.
    "Did you see the pace of the fight? Did you see how many punches I was throwing? Any time I stop someone it's because they gassed. I guarantee Jason didn't gas. I guarantee Jason could've gone five rounds," said Bisping.
    The Brit said he was the reason Miller was physically and mentally sapped by the middle of the third round.
    "Guess what? You might have cardio but when someone's landing big body shots like I was ... kneeing you in the stomach and punching you repeatedly in the face, your cardio gets affected," Bisping said. "Even the best runner would gas. You get Lindford Christie in there and beat the [expletive] out of him, see how fast he runs the 100 meters."
    Bisping believes Miller can compete in the UFC, but the 30-year-old MMA veteran needs a lot of work.
    "I've got good takedown defense and he took me down. Against someone less experienced, he could've gotten a submission. He gave me a tough first round," Bisping said. "If I were him, I'd go train striking, keep his shape a little bit more when he's standing up and be a little more orthodox."
    Because Miller was launching his head each time he threw an overhand right, it almost became a short night for Bisping. He got drilled in the first when the fighter's clashed heads.
    "He was throwing it and really committing with his head. I could feel it instantly and a big lump on my head," Bisping said. "When I'm sparring I prefer a really good, high-level boxer. Someone who's really good and technical. I do great against those guys. Someone who's unorthodox, a beginner if you will ... they catch you with shots because they do stupid things that they're not supposed to do. They don't follow the guidelines."
    Miller has survived solely on his grappling by fighting in Japan, Strikeforce and some of the minor leagues around the U.S. He definitely needs to dedicate himself to the stand-up game or his stay in the UFC could be very brief.
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    Dan Henderson Says All Anderson Silva's Injuries Will Heal if Offered Bisping


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    At 41 years old, the UFC's Dan Henderson has had a wild ride in mixed martial arts. While it appeared that the period of his career in 2007 when he won the PRIDE middleweight title to compliment the welterweight belt he already held would be the highlight of his career, he now rides a four fight win streak that may top that run. During that run he won a title eliminator in Strikeforce, beat Rafael Cavalcante to win the belt, moved up to heavyweight to stop MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko on strikes in the first round and then made a trip back to light heavyweight in the UFC where he won a narrow decision over Mauricio Rua in arguably the best fight in the sport's history.
    Dan is now looking for a title shot at either 205 or 185 pounds. Middleweight would mean a rematch with Anderson Silva, something that Henderson seems very interested in.
    With Michael Bisping winning at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 14, some feel that the UFC would love to give Bisping a title shot and that may mean closing the door on Henderson's chance.
    So when a fan asked Dan what he thought about a potential Silva vs. Bisping fight, here's what he had to say:



    danhendoDan Henderson
    RT @AverageJoeArt: @danhendo what did you think of last night's main event? Looked like one guy (cont) http://t.co/opduR8TR

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    @danhendo do you agree with all these crazies claiming Bisping deserves the next shot??

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    in reply to @Nik_junior@danhendo
    Dan Henderson@Nik_junior All the "injuries" that keep Anderson from a rematch w/ me or Chael will heal real fast if they offer Bisping to him.
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    Overeem: Taking care of mom


    Training is going well for my UFC debut against Brock Lesnar on December 30 at UFC 141. I said it when I was sat on a stage next to him, and I will repeat it here, I am not underestimating Lesnar, but I will rip him apart piece by piece and go on to win Junior dos Santos’ UFC heavyweight title after I dispense of Lesnar.

    However, there has been a big change since my last Yahoo! Sports blog. I am now training for Lesnar in Holland. I flew back about a week ago. I don’t want to go too deep into personal matters, but what happened was my mother is recovering from cancer and needs my support. She needs me in Holland over the next couple of weeks and I came back for her.

    What I can say is that going back to Holland to be with my mother won’t be a distraction; it is actually stopping me from getting distracted. If I stayed in Las Vegas for this camp I would be constantly worried about her and my focus would have been compromised. Now I can train 100 percent, and know she’s just across town.
    The training for this bout marks the final couple of miles on a road I began on when I was a kid as a kickboxer. It’s been a long, twisting road, a road with a lot of bumps and roadblocks on it. I’ve lost big fights, I’ve missed opportunities. But, you know what? All that has made me stronger. It has made me a champion and it has made me – in my mind, and fighters have to believe in themselves – the best heavyweight on the planet.

    I have been asked how I went from a good light heavyweight fighter in PRIDE, a guy who beat some top opponents but didn’t dominate the division, to being a dominant champion as a heavyweight.
    In MMA, the thing to do is go down in weight after a loss, that’s what you have seen with guys like B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian, and they have proved that the right thing to do by their results.
    But I have always done my own thing my own way, so I did the opposite. I went up in weight.
    Everyone around me, including friends of mine I have known since we were kids, knew right away it was the right call when I moved to heavyweight full time in 2007. Some fans and MMA media didn’t understand it, they thought “How is he going to do any better at heavyweight, he will not do as well as at 205 lbs.” but I make the decision after taking a hard look at myself.
    I took an honest look at myself and made some hard decisions. While I had some impressive results like beating Vitor Belfort twice, I was not living up to my potential and I took a good look at the reasons why. I decided that one of the main reasons I wasn’t living up to my talents was I was starving myself to make 205lbs. I could not eat correctly, could not train weights. I was weak at the weight and wasn’t even healthy, much less fit and healthy.

    I knew putting on enough weight to where I was able to compete with the top heavies would take time. I also know that as soon as I started eating well and had the energy to work out with weights I would add mass right away. But it took time for me to get bigger and grow into a powerful heavyweight.

    I have no problem saying that I think I can match power with Brock Lesnar. In fact the UFC poster for our fight has Brock and me side by side with our measurements and I am the bigger man.
    There are some fighters who I think are born great, guys like Georges St. Pierre and Jon Jones. I was born a very good fighter, but I have to work very hard to get to “great” and that’s why I have made so many sacrifices already to win the UFC title.
    Plus – and this is something fighters never ever usually admit – the fact is 205 lbs is a division stacked with talent and the heavyweight division doesn’t have that many world class fighters. I am happy to admit that. At 205 lbs., you have a great champion in Jon Jones, and very talented guys like Lyoto Machida, Rampage, Ryan Bader, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson, Shogun Rua – the list goes on and on. Anyone in the top 15 at light heavyweight is a dangerous fight, while at heavyweight, if I am honest, there’s maybe eight or nine true world class fighters competing at heavyweight.
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    Jon Jones: 'I'm the Best Fighter I've Ever Been Right Now'


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    UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones says he'll be better than ever when he steps into the Octagon with Lyoto Machida at UFC 140.

    Jones said on The MMA Hour that he's been training four times a day, and that he's physically stronger, in better shape and a better mixed martial artist than he's ever been before.

    "Judging on my numbers in the weight room, judging on my numbers in the cardio tests, it's the best I've ever been," Jones said. "I'm the best fighter that I've ever been right now."

    If that's true it would be bad news for Machida, as in Jones's last two fights he had no trouble running through two fighters who have previously beaten Machida, Shogun Rua and Rampage Jackson. Jones also said that he believes that dealing with Rampage before their previous fight -- when Rampage frequently denigrated Jones -- has made him mentally stronger.

    "Rampage elevated me in a way of being able to handle future opponents who are going to get under my skin and try to trash talk me," Jones said.

    As Jones has become one of the freshest faces and brightest young stars in the UFC, there's been something of a backlash among MMA fans , and Jones said he hears from fans on Twitter who tell him he's too ****y or arrogant. Jones said he's not sure what he's done to inspire that kind of backlash, but he has learned to accept it.

    "I could see if I was Floyd Mayweather," Jones said, referring to the brash boxing champ who seems to delight in making fans hate him. "I deal with it by realizing that not everyone's going to love you."

    Although Jones has become a star, he says that hasn't changed who he is deep down -- even though he has changed as a fighter and become, in his own mind, better than ever.

    "In high school I got the free lunch because we didn't have the finances to go to Wendy's for lunch like the other kids," Jones said. "That I got good at fighting ... that changes nothing about the real world. I have changed as an athlete -- I believe in my heart that I'm the best, I believe I won't lose to Lyoto, or Rashad [Evans], or [Dan] Henderson or any of the other guys. ... As 'Bones' I'm growing and yeah I'm a little ****y and it's important to be that way. But as Jonathan, in the real world, everyone who meets me will say I treated them with the utmost respect."
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    Wrestler vs. wrestler showdown on Fox: Sonnen and Munoz official for Jan. 28


    Chael Sonnen did all he could to throw the media and fan off the scent, but it turns out initial reports that the mouthy middleweight would be facing Mark Munoz were true. Sonnen and Munoz have been booked as the co-main event for the Jan. 28 in Chicago.

    Just a few minutes ago, the UFC sent out a UFC of Fox 2 press conference advisory:


    The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will host a press conference at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the United Center in Chicago. UFC President Dana White will discuss the UFC® on FOX event scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at United Center.

    In the night's main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans battles the unbeaten Phil Davis to determine the next challenger to the 205-pound title. Plus, in the night's co-feature, controversial middleweight contender Chael Sonnen takes on "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" Mark Munoz in a bout that will decide which fighter gets the next crack at champion Anderson Silva.

    With the event at the massive United Center, the UFC decided to go with an unusually low set of ticket prices:


    Tickets for UFC® on FOX are priced at $250, $150, $100, $75, $50, and $40, and go on sale to the public on Friday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the United Center Box Office.

    Sonnen is coming off a dominant October win over Brian Stann at UFC 136. He the only fighter to give UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva a real challenge over the last six years when he took the champ to the brink before losing via submission in the fifth round at UFC 117.

    Munoz, a national champion wrestler at Oklahoma State, has plowed through the UFC middleweight division with a 7-1 mark. Sonnen was a collegiate wrestling star at Oregon and went onto a decorate career internationally on the Greco-Roman grappling scene.
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    Frankie Edgar Wants Quick Win at UFC Japan


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    UFC lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar hasn’t had a quick win since
    becoming the champion by defeating B.J. Penn at UFC 112 in April of 2010, but he
    hopes to change that in his UFC: Japan
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    main event bout with Benson Henderson.
    “I’d like it to be a quick fight, but that doesn’t seem how it goes for me,”
    Edgar said at a press conference promoting the event on Monday.

    In his four UFC title fights, Edgar has gone the distance three times.

    He defeated Penn twice by unanimous decision. He then came back after nearly
    being finished in the first round in a rematch with Gray Maynard at UFC 125 on
    New Year’s Day 2011 to retain the title by salvaging a draw. Edgar retained the
    belt, but still hadn’t defeated Maynard. Maynard handed the champion the lone
    loss on his resume back in April of 2008.

    The two would go to battle a third time at UFC
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    on Oct. 8. Eerily similar to their UFC 125 bout, Maynard battered Edgar
    in the first round and was on the verge of winning, but Edgar survived, again,
    and rallied back to finish his nemesis late in the fourth round by knockout.

    “I’m not trying to make a habit of it, taking the punishment I’ve been taking
    in the last couple of fights,” he said. “It’s like a cat has nine lives and I
    don’t know how many lives I have to get out of that first round if that happens
    again.

    “Usually my fights are exciting. Past two fights I took some damage and been
    able to come back, so it makes it exciting for the fans. I know it will be a
    good one (with Henderson). He’s a good fighter. I’ll do everything I can do in
    there to win,” added Edgar.

    While training and preparing every day to avoid taking punishment and having
    to comeback in fights after flirting with the fine line that separates whether a
    referee stops the fight or not, Edgar looks back on his last two fights with a
    slight grin.

    “It does make for exciting TV, and it’s definitely building my legend,” said
    the lightweight champion. “As long as I come out the victor, I’ll get beat up
    for four or five rounds. As long as I come out the winner, I’ll do it every
    time.”
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    Machida's key to beating Jon Jones


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    UFC 140 Press Conference Highlights


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    Bellator Moving To Friday Nights, Season Debut On March 2nd


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    The assumed move of Bellator off Saturday nights was confirmed Monday, but instead of a mid-week air time, the promotion will once again go head-to-head with the UFC quite frequently.

    Bellator will now air on Friday nights on MTV2, beginning on March 2nd when their sixth season begins. This next run will feature four tournaments (lightweights, featherweights, welterweights and middleweights) with a fifth to be announced soon, expected to be either light heavyweights or women's 125-pounders.

    In the press release, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said, "Our focus was to find the right night, where the largest number of MMA fans could enjoy the show. We’ve been discussing this move with our partners at Viacom for months. When we looked at the alternatives, we agreed that Fridays provided a great night for us to reach MMA fans with our live, real sport, tournament events every week."

    However, one of Bellator's issues on Saturdays was running up against UFC pay-per-views and other major sports like college football. While they will be out of the college crosshairs for the most part, Fridays are not traditionally a strong TV night for viewership. Additionally, they will go head-to-head with both the newly-moved The Ultimate Fighter and UFC Fight Night events on FX, M-1 Global and Strikeforce Challengers events if both continue to be aired on Showtime, HDNet MMA events and WWE Smackdown on SyFy.

    No official start time or venue was announced for the March 2nd date.
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    Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson. M-1GLOBAL: "BATTLE OF THE LEGENDS"





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    UFC 140: Tito Ortiz Reveals He Is Two Fights Away from Retirement




    Back in July, before UFC 132, the "People's Champ," Tito Ortiz, was going into what
    could have been the final fight of his career against heavy-handed Ryan
    Bader.

    Ortiz had gone 0-4-1 in his last five fights and had not won a fight since he
    defeated Ken Shamrock back in 2006.

    It was clear that Ortiz was past his prime, and it looked as if he would be
    forced to retire if he could not defeat Bader.

    The former light heavyweight champion shocked the world with an upset victory
    over Bader that brought his career back from the dead.

    It wouldn't be long before Ortiz fought again, as he stepped in for an
    injured Phil Davis to face Rashad Evans.

    Although Ortiz would go on to lose that fight, he looked good against Evans
    and almost pulled off another upset.

    Ortiz has shown not only UFC president Dana White, but also the rest of
    the world that he will keep fighting with his back against the wall and will go
    out on his own terms.

    Going into this weekend's fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ortiz has
    revealed to ESPN.com that he will fight two more times in the UFC, before
    he hangs up his gloves for good.

    "Maybe it's time. I don't know," Ortiz said. "I guess when I leave on my own
    terms—and I look at it as, when I don't have fun coming in the gym anymore,
    sparring and pushing myself and running every day, maybe it is time. I'm not
    overstaying my welcome.

    "My goal in my whole career was to do 15 years in MMA. May 30 will be my 15th year of
    fighting in the UFC and in MMA, in general. This'll be fight No. 26 for me, I
    think. So I'll have 27 and walk away. I think I've done good."

    Ortiz went on to say that he may continue his career if he can stay healthy,
    as well as agree with the UFC on the proper finances.

    The 36-year-old has had several surgeries over his long career and stated
    that he did not want to jeopardize his future with his children to continue
    fighting.

    "Is it worth it not being able to run with my kids or wrestle with my kids or
    throw a football with my kids when they get older? A million dollars ain't worth
    it."

    Regardless of how many fights he has left in him, there is a guaranteed spot
    in the UFC Hall of Fame for Tito Ortiz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    I saw this one live, so wicked!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgementDay View Post
    I saw this one live, so wicked!
    I can't even imagine trying to fight with one arm. It takes a special kind of dude to be able to pull that off physically, mentally and psychologically.
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    UFC 140's Jon Jones Talks Lyoto Machida, Religion and Says Rashad Evans Has No Chin


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    Jon Jones is set for a tough defense of his UFC light heavyweight championship this Saturday night at UFC 140. Should he pull off the win he'll have completed one of the best years in MMA history with wins over Ryan Bader, winning the title from Mauricio Rua, defending against Quinton Jackson and beating Machida. Of course, getting that win is not a given.
    Jones joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour yesterday to talk about several topics including Saturday night's fight (thanks to MMA Mania for doing the transcribing heavy lifting).
    On Machida getting the title shot despite being 1-2 in his last 3:
    "He looked great against Randy Couture, whether he deserves a title shot or not, he is Lyoto Machida, I'm happy for him. He has the name and recognition to get the title shot and now I'm here."
    On his religion:
    "God has way more important things to think about than me winning a fight or Tebow winning a game, but religion is a big part of me, and if people can't accept that, then maybe I'm not meant to be that mainstream athlete."
    And then he chimed in on the bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis:
    "It's an interesting fight. I'll go with Rashad because of the experience factor. But Phil Davis can win more than he realizes, he has to be comfortable striking. I won't say too much because I have my own ideas on how to beat Rashad, but, I don't think Rashad has a chin at all. Trust me Rashad does not have chin. But it will be a closer fight that people will realize."
    I will say that I find Jones much more likable in the build up to this fight because he seems to be forcing it much less. He's much more natural. Yes, he's ****y at times, but that's fine. I think the best fighter in his weight class and possibly the world should be ****y. I just want to believe the things he is saying and for him to not come across as incredibly carefully managed and straight-up manufactured. That's the difference between the build-ups to this fight and the Rampage fight.
    Of course, there has been less of a media build-up for this fight than the Machida fight. But it seems like something changed and we're getting more of the "real Jon Jones" and I think that's great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgementDay View Post
    Jones is gonna take this one.
    I'll be rooting for Lyoto with all my heart, but intellectually, I'm going with JBJ on this one as well. He's too quick for being so long and although Lyoto is a great in & out evasive/counter fighter, I don't know if he can hop THAT far in & out to stay out of JBJ's reach.
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    Rua backs 'Dragon' Machida to down Jones


    Mauricio Rua does not view light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as an inexorable
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    to dethrone Jones: Lyoto Machida.

    “He has every chance to beat Jones,” Rua told Sherdog.com. “His counterattack style is
    very strong and tough to beat. I think his style could match perfectly with
    Jones” style. I'd bet on him if I had to.”
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    *****s Cruz, Faber to Coach TUF 15





    The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that The Ultimate Fighter®, the longest-running sports reality show on television, is moving to FX this March with an exciting, new live format.

    The Ultimate Fighter® LIVE debuts on Friday, March 9 as part of a two-hour season premiere beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show will then air for one hour at 10 p.m. ET/PT every Friday for the next 11 weeks on FX. The three-hour finale will conclude FX’s premiere season of The Ultimate Fighter®LIVE on June 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. UFC® bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and“The California Kid” Urijah Faber will serve as coaches on the upcoming season, with lightweight and welterweight contestants competing for two, six-figure UFC contracts.

    This past Saturday, The Ultimate Fighter® concluded its run on SPIKE TV as 2.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the season 14 finale headlined by Michael Bisping battling Jason “Mayhem” Miller in a middleweight contest. The event was the highest rated and most watched TUF Finale since TUF 10 in 2009, and was the No. 1 program on cable among M18-49 and M18-34 (No. 2 in A18-49). In addition, season 14 was up +121 percent with A18-34 compared to the previous season. The strong ratings prove that the show has tremendous momentum heading into its highly anticipated ar***** on FX.

    “We’re producing ground-breaking television with The Ultimate Fighter LIVE and we can’t wait to kick this season off with FX in March,” UFC President Dana White said. “It’s going to be can’t-miss TV. Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber are two incredible personalities who also happen to be two of the best fighters in the world. They genuinely dislike each other and I expect this to make for the best season yet.”

    “We believe that Dana and Lorenzo (Fertitta), along with Executive Producer Craig Piligian, have come up with exciting new changes to the format of The Ultimate Fighter that will expand and grow the series,” said Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President, FX Networks. “The fact that the fights at the end of each episode will now be televised live is certain to create a sense of urgency for UFC fans. Furthermore, the move of TUF to Friday nights will provide a great ratings boost to the network.”

    The *****ry between coaches Cruz and Faber dates back to March 2007, when Faber handed Cruz his first and only professional loss in a 145-pound bout. The 26-year-old Cruz avenged that loss this past July, defeating Faber by unanimous decision to retain the bantamweight crown in a Fight of the Year candidate. With the series now even, Cruz and Faber look to settle the score as TUF coaches, followed by a title fight in mid-2012 inside the Octagon®.

    Undefeated at 9-0 since dropping to bantamweight in 2008, San Diego’s Cruz (19-1) has surged to the top of the division thanks to unorthodox striking, tremendous cardio, and aggressive wrestling. Owner of wins over the likes of Faber, Demetrious Johnson, Scott Jorgensen, Joseph Benavidez (twice), and Brian Bowles, “The Dominator” has long sought an opportunity to serve as coach on The Ultimate Fighter®. The chance to coach opposite his longtime ***** makes the opportunity that much sweeter.

    “Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a gym rat and love learning and teaching mixed martial arts,” Cruz, who trains at Alliance MMA in San Diego, said. “This is a dream come true. To get a chance to coach TUF and beat Faber again is all the motivation I need. This is going to be an insane season of The Ultimate Fighter.”

    Sacramento’s Faber cemented his place as a pioneer in the lighter weight divisions after holding the WEC featherweight title for a span of over two years from 2006-2008. Boasting victories over the likes of Cruz, Jeff Curran and Jens Pulver at 145-pounds, “The California Kid” dropped to his more natural weight class of 135-pounds in November 2010 in search of his second world title. He’s since been on a tear, most recently submitting former champion Bowles at UFC® 139.

    Now, the 32-year-old turns his attention to another one of his passions – coaching.

    “I can’t wait to be the next coach on The Ultimate Fighter,” Faber, whose gym in Sacramento has helped produce UFC stars Benavidez, Chad Mendes and Danny Castillo, said. “I am looking forward to mentoring a bunch of hungry and talented fighters. The new cast needs to be ready to work hard and learn! Having Dominick coach on the opposite side couldn’t be more perfect. I’m not too thrilled about being in each other’s space for an extended period of time, as I am sure we are going to get on each other’s nerves. But I can’t wait to mentally beat him up as a coach, and then literally beat him up in the cage and swipe that UFC strap.”
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    I loved the last Faber/Cruz fight, very entertaining 5 rounder.
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    Frank Mir Pokes fun at Brock Lesnar's TV debut & talks Lesnar-Overeem


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Cruz/Faber are the next TUF coaches.
    How much of a chance do you give Faber in that rematch? Granted, Faber powned Cruz early in their careers, but based on their current skill sets & styles, I think it'll be a good fight, but a general repeat of their last fight.
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    2011 MMA Awards.Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva, Jon Jone & much more


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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgementDay View Post
    Interesting....
    Which parts interesting? Cruz/Faber TUF coaches or Rua backing Machinda against JBJ?
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    Nog Brothers Sponsored by World's 8th Richest Man





    We found out today that one of the world’s richest men, Eike Batista, a Brazilian entrepreneur and president of the EBX Group, announced that he will be sponsoring both of the twin brothers, Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira and Rogerio ‘Minotouro’ Nogueira, in their upcoming fights at UFC 140 in Ontario, Canada.

    Batista’s EBX Group includes five companies that trade on the BOVESPA´s Novo Mercado, a special segment of the São Paulo stock market where enterprises with the highest standards of corporate governance are listed. These companies include OGX (oil and gas), MPX (energy), LLX (logistics), MMX (mining), and OSX (offshore services and equipment).

    Batista, who is ranked 8th on the prestigious Forbes list and is considered to be South America’s richest man,
    explained his choice of sponsorship on a press release appearing on his website. Here is what his statement said:
    “We are supporting national sports through our sponsorship of the Rodrigo Minotauro and Rogério Minotouro brothers, who are Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, in the last competition of the twins this year against heavyweight Frank Mir and middleweight Tito Ortiz, respectively, in Canada on December 10.

    It seems almost perfectly fitting that Mr. Batista sponsor two of the most popular Brazilian names in MMA since the sport is gaining mass popularity and continues to show bright signs of becoming of one of the biggest sports on the planet (which will translate into big, big monry). Batista, who has an estimated wealth of US$30 billion, sees the opportunity to cash in on the MMA money train as the sport continues to take over the Brazilian public’s interest. We’ll see if Batista’s Benjamins can help the Nogueira brothers pull out victories in Canada this Saturday at UFC 140.
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    Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal Real Time Conference Call Highlights


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    While a UFC title may be on the line this weekend at UFC 140, two other Zuffa championships will be up for grabs on December 17 when “Top 3” lightweight Gilbert Melendez gives a golden opportunity to talented American Top Teamer Jorge Masvidal at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal.
    Also set for the Showtime broadcast, explosive female champ Cris “Cyborg” Santos scraps against 12-1 grappler Hiroko Yamanaka with the winner being crowned queen of the 145-pound division.
    Other match-ups include K.J. Noons vs. Billy Evangelista and Ovince St. Preux vs. Gegard Mousasi.

    Before mixing it up in the ring, the quartet of competitors at the top of the lineup will face off in a conference call with media scheduled for this afternoon at 1:00 PM EST. As always, Five Ounces of Pain will be tuned in and relaying live results back to readers including scintillating soundbytes and other relevant nuggets of information.

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    CEO Scott Coker will also participate in the festivities.
    Read below for a breakdown of events:

    Gilbert Melendez

    - Excited about the fight because he sees Masvidal as a tough fighter despite his lack of popularity, anticipated fighting him even a few years ago / “It’s a good challenge. It should be a good show.”
    - Thought Masvidal looked good against Noons / “He’s a complete MMA fighter.”
    - Had already signed to fight Masvidal before rumors of UFC run
    - Says UFC deal is still in the works / “There’s some dialogue going on. The goal is to be UFC champ at the end of the day. The goal is to be #1 at the end of the day.”
    - Says it is inevitable he’ll join the UFC
    - “This fight is for me – that I can defend my throne.”
    - Is not looking beyond Masvidal but feels “the sooner the better” as far as a UFC title-shot
    - Melendez jokes that he will pull guard before saying he’ll be prepared to stand / “I think he could take out a lot of guys in the UFC right now.”
    - Doesn’t see there being any challenges left for him at 155 on the Strikeforce roster but has faith in Scott Coker to bring in fresh challenges as he has in the past
    - Enjoys elbows and recalls the days of foot-stomps and kicks/knees to downed opponents
    - Jokes that contracts are meant for lawyers to understand, not fighters

    Jorge Masvidal

    - Means a lot to him to fight a guy of Melendez’s caliber, even more than fighting for the belt because of what Gilbert represents
    - “Wherever this fight goes, I’m ready. That’s where my advantage is. On the feet, on the ground. I just want to fight, man.”
    - Doesn’t care about Melendez potentially going to the UFC, that this is just a fight to him
    - He respects Melendez’s skills but this is “just another fight” in that he doesn’t get caught up with the hype surrounding the bout or main event
    - Wants to go where the most money is which is naturally the UFC

    “Cyborg” Santos

    - Says 135 pounds will be difficult but will try to make the move because there is more work for her there
    - Wants to fight at 135 and 145 if possible
    - Has improved her BJJ in the year-plus she’s been out

    Hiroko Yamanaka

    - Only focused on the fight, not the hype surrounding “Cyborg”
    - Wants fans to know she’s super-determined to win

    Scott Coker

    - Optimistic on the future of Strikeforce on Showtime
    - Company is committed to both female weight-classes
    - January 7 card is NOT official
    - Sees Heavyweight Grand Prix Final happening in March/April
    - Credits Ronda Rousey with judo experience even if she has only fought in MMA a few times, would have no problem putting her in the ring with Miesha Tate
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    I think they should allow Cyborg to fight in the UFC, just allow her a 10lbs advantage. She could probably hang with men a weight division beneath her. Also, I saw a movie preview this weekend starring Gina Carano. She's starring in an action flick and I saw her put a triangle choke on someone with a dress on I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    How much of a chance do you give Faber in that rematch? Granted, Faber powned Cruz early in their careers, but based on their current skill sets & styles, I think it'll be a good fight, but a general repeat of their last fight.
    Faber needs to fight smarter and not just try to KO Cruz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Faber needs to fight smarter and not just try to KO Cruz.
    What are your picks for the big three fights?

    Lyoto vs JBJ; rooting for Lyoto, picking JBJ
    Big Nog vs Mir; rooting for Big Nog, picking Mir
    Lil Nog vs Tito; equally rooting for both, picking Lil Nog.
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    UFC on Fox 2 Rumor: Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia to be Announced Wednesday


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    There has been some buzz over the past few days that Michael Bisping would be matched up with Demian Maia at UFC on Fox in his next fight following the Brit's destruction of Jason Miller. Now it seems the pieces are falling into place for that to become a reality at the Chicago press conference on Wednesday.

    First, just days ago, Dana White was hinting at Bisping getting a spot on the card (via ESPN):
    ...A collision, possibly with Demian Maia, is a "possibility" for the Fox card in January.
    "UFC on Fox 2 will have three headliners, we just haven't announced the other one yet," White toldMMA Fighting, having already announced Rashad Evans v Phil Davis and Sonnen v Munoz.
    He was then asked, 'Are you implying Bisping may be on that card as well?', to which White replied: "It's a possibility."
    Late Tuesday night, Bisping tweeted out



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    michael I'm on the plane to Chicago! My first time here. What should I go for eats and drinks? Any recommendations????
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    It does seem that the only reason for Bisping to fly to Chicago would be to make the announcement.

    This would make the UFC on Fox 2 broadcast card:

    Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis

    Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz
    Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia
    So no title fights, but a lot of top ten fighters all positioning themselves to challenge for a title.
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    I don't like that fight for Maia. There was a time where I would have laughed at the idea that Bisping would even be competitive against Maia, but at this point and time, I can see Bisping brawl & sprawling his way to a win. Bisping's TDD is probably good enough to keep the fight standing.
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