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Friday, October 21, 2011

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M1 Global - Fedor vs Monson Promo Video

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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GSP pulled from 137 Card - Diaz vs Penn now main event


UFC President, Dana White, addressed the fans over Twitter:
I just land in NYC and what do I always say!? I have to deal with bad shit everyday!! GSP is out with an injury!!! It's GSP'S knee. We will sit Carlos to wait for GSP. It's looking so far like he could be ready in a couple months. Still early to tell tho
I was looking forward to this, (mainly because of how exciting Condit is), so I'm a little bummed. However, the UFC 137 card should be wicked anyways. Speculation is out if the Diaz vs Penn will be 5 rounds or not.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Kimbo Slice's 2nd professional boxing match

Kimbo Slice had a rough time with MMA, mainly his conditioning and ability to take leg kicks. It seems boxing will be his combat sport in the mean time, and he's started off strong with two KOs in his first two fights, hope this second guy has medical insurance cause he got face-planted KO'd. Not to say his opponents are top quality, but he's still fun to watch.

Here was his first fight:



And this is the most recent one (actual fight around :29 into the video):

Friday, October 14, 2011

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UFC moving back to 7PM PT/ 10PM EST start time


If you didn't know already, the UFC decided to test out a new start time - 9PM EST, and ran with it for 8 events. It seems the test is over because they have announced that it will resume back to it's old time, with the prelims starting at 9pm and the main card at 10pm.
Since I'm an east-coaster I'm kinda bummed out, I enjoyed the early start time because it meant more sleep for me on Sunday. I'm assuming the drop in times maybe dropped the ratings a little bit and frustrated the west coasters.

The 'new' time will resume for UFC 141, which will be on December 30th. So what do you guys think, for this new time or against it, or does it even bother you at all :P?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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UFC 136 Medical Suspensions

The list of medical suspensions lasting longer than the standard 10 days included:

Frankie Edgar:  Suspended until Nov. 23
Gray Maynard: Suspended until Dec. 8
Leonard Garcia: Suspended until Nov. 23
Eric Schafer: Suspended until Nov. 8
Mike Massenzio: Suspended until Nov. 23

Monday, October 10, 2011

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UFC 136 - Edgar vs Maynard - Results and GIFs

Prior to this fight, Edgar and Maynard have fought two separate times before. Maynard beating him the first time, both men getting a draw the 2nd time, and now, Frankie Edgar getting the decisive TKO victory the third. It was a great main event that showed heart and comeback.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

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TUF S14 E3 - Recap and GIFs

Back again bloggers, sorry for the lapse there I was a little busy this time around. As you know from my previous TUF post, Mayhem won the first fight giving his team the next fight match up. The match up would be Johnny Bedford versus Josh Ferguson. Ferguson brought out a sign that said "F you Bedford", which apparently incensed Johnny.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

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UFC 135 Medical Suspensions

Jon Jones – suspended 180 days or 45 days with physician’s clearance
Quinton Jackson – suspended 60 days, no contact 45 days
Matt Hughes – suspended 45 days, no contact 30 days
Mark Hunt – suspended 45 days, no contact 30 days
Ben Rothwell – suspended 60 days, no contact 45 days
Takanori Gomi – suspended 30 days
Aaron Riley – suspended 180 days, 90 days with physician’s clearance
Nick Ring – suspended 30 days
Eddie Yagin – suspended 30 days
Cole Escovedo – suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Ricardo Romero – suspended 60 days, 45 days no contact
James Te Huna – suspended 180 days for injuries or 30 day suspension with physician’s clearance

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UFC Live: Cruz vs Johnson - Results and GIFs


Another free card put on by the UFC, and it was a good one. If you can tell from the preliminary fighter results, there were some amazing finishes there, and I actually even enjoyed those better than the main card.

Friday, September 30, 2011

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UFC on Versus 6: Weigh-In Results


Bantamweight Title Bout:
135 lbs.: Dominick Cruz (135) vs. Demetrious Johnson (135)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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The Ultimate Fighter S14 E02 - Recap and GIFs

Last night we had the first official fight of the season. I say official because in the first episode, all the fights were to determine who could get into the house. Today's episode was about picking team's, and of course, both coaches thought that they both got the better of the fighters. Apparently Bisping was confident that all of Mayhem's picks would be just fodder for his picks.

Michael Bisping got the first fighter pick, giving Mayhem the right to pick the first fight. The fight that was picked was Bryan Caraway(Team Mayhem) vs Marcus Brimage(Team Bisping), a classic striker versus grappler match-up, credit to Mayhem's grappling background.

The middle segments of the show just showed the guys getting comfortable in the house and Mayhem's team playing a prank on Bisping's team, insuring some drama. There was also an injury during practice, good thing even the TUF guys get that great insurance!

Bryan Caraway(Team Mayhem) vs Marcus Brimage(Team Bisping) - Carrway via RNC (2nd Round)
After these two were picked, they had sort of a show-down at the weigh-ins. I'll give credit to Bisping's team, they tried to play the mind game and piss Caraway off with an immature song, and it worked, but perhaps in Caraway's favor. Then Brimage gave a pretty laugh-worthy scream right in Caraway's face at the end, insuring a heated fight.

Caraway's gameplan was simple, get it to the ground and finish it there, he didn't want to give credit to Marcus' striking. He would no doubt have to use some of that insurance if he wanted to stand and bang with Marcus. 

1st Round: Caraway gets the take-down on Marcus and ends up on his back the entire round, trying to get a RNC but with no success.


2nd Round: Both guys seem pretty winded, and the fight seems to turn to Marcus who lands a good knee and couple of punches, all while stuffing Caraway's takedown attempts. Caraway finally gets a takedown, winds up on top, and sinks in a fast RNC that gets him the win.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Bellator 51

Don't have much time to make a post today so I'd thought I would post the highlight for the Bellator's 51st event that happened on Saturday. Check it out, you'll see several brutal KOs if that's your thing.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

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UFC 135 - Results and GIFs

Main Event
Jon Jones def. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 4, 1:14
 Jon Jones is one of those kind of guys that comes around every decade or so. He has never been taken down in the UFC, and he has amazing striking accuracy and takedown accuracy. He has 1 loss on his record, which was a DQ of Matt Hamill. Many wondered if Rampage could be the one to 'test' Jone's chin. Well lets just say this was one of the most methodical and dominant fights in a UFC championship fight. Jones picked him apart with leg kicks and from the clinch, and finished off with a RNC.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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UFC 135 Weigh-in Results

Main Event:
Jon Jones (204.5) vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (204)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Dan Henderson signs with UFC, will fight Shogun Rua at UFC 139


Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have verbally agreed to face off at UFC 139 on Nov. 19, MMAWeekly.com has learned.
Independent sources confirmed the fight, which will stand as Henderson’s return to the organization after defeating Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce.
http://mmaweekly.com/shogun-rua-tabbed-to-welcome-dan-henderson-back-at-ufc-139

This will be another return to the UFC for Henderson, who is coming fresh off his KO victory of Fedor Emelianenko. Dan has fought for the UFC before, but signed with Strikeforce after failed negotiation offers.

I don't know about any of you guys, but I am STOKED for this fight. These recent fight announcements have been absolutely superb, this fight should be a war.

Monday, September 19, 2011

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UFN 25: Results and GIFs

Main Event
-Jake Ellenberger def. Jake Shields via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 0:53 - 
Ellenberger gets the upset victory as he takes down Shields less than a minute into the first round... very surprising. I also felt really bad for Shields because his dad died 3 weeks before this fight. IMO, Shields is way undersized at 170 (no idea why he decided to drop down), he needs to beef back up to 185.

Friday, September 16, 2011

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UFN 25: Weigh-in Results

Main card (Spike TV):
Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Jake Shields (171)

Court McGee (184.5) vs. Dongi Yang (186)

Jonathan Brookins (145.5) vs. Erik Koch (146)

Just a couple of dudes havin' a good time
 Alan Belcher (186) vs. Jason MacDonald (185)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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TUF 14 Sneak peak premiere

It's only one week until The Ultimate Fighter 14's season premiere airs on SpikeTV, and I for one cannot wait! Here's a little teaser to keep you fans satiated


Monday, September 12, 2011

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Strikeforce: Barnett vs Kharitonov - Results and GIFs

Another awesome Strikeforce card was given to us the previous Saturday, and it lived up to expectations, although it might have surprised some people. The card was stacked full of quality grapplers like Roger Gracie, Jacare Souza, Antonio Silva, and Josh Barnett. Well let's just say there were a few upsets.


Main Event
Josh Barnett defeats Sergei Kharitonov via Submission (Arm-Triangle) Round 1 -
What can I say about this fight? Sergei is known for his heavy handed strikes and Sambo background, while Barnett is known for his catch wrestling style. Barnett made this look too easy, with a trip takedown to full mount, finishing off with an easy arm triangle. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

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Free live BAMMA 7 Stream


A reminder for all you MMA fans, you can catch a free (legal!) stream of BAMMA's 7th event on their FB page here: http://facebook.com/bammauk

The stream starts today at 2:15PM EST (according to the FB page), so don't miss it. The main event will feature Frank Trigg, UFC vet, and Jim 'Judo' Wallhead, who competed in Bellator. 

Here's the full card list:
Main Card
Middleweight: Jim Wallhead vs. Frank Trigg
Welterweight: Paul Daley vs. Jordan Radev
British Middleweight Title: Jack Marshman vs. Carl Noon
Lightweight: Jason Ball vs. Andre Winner
Preliminary Card:
World Lightweight Championship: Rob Sinclair vs. Leonardo Santos
Lightweight: Dale Hardiman vs. Scott Jansen
Lightweight: Jeremy Petley vs Chris Fishgold
Undercard:
Lightweight: Pindi Madahar vs. Danny Compton
Welterweight: Eugene Fadiora vs. Robert Devanne
Welterweight: Lee Taylor vs. Tom Breese
Welterweight: Dean Amasinger vs. Shah Hussain
Light Heavyweight: Fraser Opie vs. Robert Krecicki
Bantamweight Bout: Erik Perez vs James Brum

Thursday, September 8, 2011

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Diaz pulled from GSP fight, now fighting BJ Penn


Shortly after he booted Nick Diaz from a title fight with UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that reporters would "flip out" if they knew whom he was putting opposite B.J. Penn, whose original opponent Carlos Condit was promoted to meet St-Pierre.
And considering the past 48 hours, White is not too far off the mark.
The UFC president today tweeted that Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has been re-booked to meet Penn (16-7-2 MMA, 12-6-2 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC 137, which takes place on Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

It was a very bizarre turn of events, Diaz failed to show up to the 1st UFC 137 press conference and refused to show up for the 2nd one, leaving an angry Dana White to remove Nick Diaz off the card. Well it turns out now Diaz is back on the same card.... just fighting a different opponent. I have no idea why he's back on the main card but I guess its a good match-up.

Carlos Condit is now slated to fight GSP, which I'm looking forward to. GSP is very boring to me, and Condit on the other hand could bring a tough fight to him. Still, I have GSP winning by a 5 round decision.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

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Brock Lesnar vs Alistair Overeem confirmed for Dec 30

In a big reveal today, Dana White has announced that former UFC HW Champion Brock Lesnar will be set to fight K-1 Kickboxing Champion, Dream HW Champion, and Strikeforce HW Champion Alistair Overeem.

Overeem is coming off the win of Fabricio Wedrum and Lesnar off a loss of current UFC HW champion Cain Velasquez.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/09/brock-lesnar-vs-alistair-overeem-ufc.html



Brock Lesnar will return to the UFC octagon in a five-round main event Dec. 30 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, facing newly signed former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.
"Brock is a big name, a dangerous guy, and this is a dream matchup," Overeem told The Times on Tuesday, just after signing a standard UFC fight contract in the office of Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta. "Brock's a big guy, an exciting wrestler with his takedowns.
"I want to see this fight myself. Overall, I'm a different fighter. A striker, athletic, big. These are going to be two big trucks going at it on a collision course."
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Overeem, 31, is a former K-1 kickboxing champion too, He most recently defended his Strikeforce belt in June with a unanimous decision over takedown specialist Fabrio Werdum, who had previously defeated Fedor Emelianenko.
Lesnar has been out of action since losing his UFC heavyweight belt to Cain Velasquez in October at Anaheim's Honda Center, suffering a return episode of the intestinal ailment diverticulitis. The Dec. 30 winner will be first in line to fight the winner of a Nov. 12 fight between Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
"This is the fight the fans want," UFC President Dana White said. "Both of these guys are monsters. Can Lesnar take Overeem down?"
Fertitta said the Strikeforce belt won't be part of the promotion. The UFC has purchased Strikeforce.
"Our thinking when we bought Strikeforce was to give fans the fights they want," Fertitta said. "Obviously, Alistair's one of the best heavyweights in the world, but he also has that 'it' factor -- the tremendous look, he's huge. It's a star factor."
Overeem said he's exploring setting up training headquarters in Los Angeles

If you think about, Overeem really deserves a higher ranking fighter but I'm positive this fight will have some massive PPV numbers.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

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ONE Fighting Championship - Results and GIFs

So the OneFC had it's first MMA promotion with some big names on the card, and man was it great. The card didn't disappoint at all.... and it was free! Needless to say, I will be watching again.

Main Card:
Eduard Folayang beats A Sol Kwon by Unanimous Decision

Friday, September 2, 2011

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Dana White announces Velasquez vs Dos Santos for UFC on FOX


As if having the UFC on FOX isn't a big deal in itself, Dana White alluded to a big announcement yesterday, to be shown at 1PM EST detailing the fighters for FOX's first card. It will be headlined by none other than current UFC HW champion Cain Velasquez, who will be fighting top ranked contender Junior Dos Santos.

The fight will be shown during a one hour special with FOX, the event being called UFC on FOX 1.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Bellator announces upcoming HW tournament


Bellator is planning to kick off season 5 Heavy Weight tournament at the L’Auberge Du Lac Casino in Louisiana, and it should be a good one. The total record for all HW involved is 73-15-2, which includes a combined 41 knockouts. 

Bellator Season 5 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals (September 10, 2011 Lake Charles, La.)
Ron Sparks (7-0) vs. Mark Holata (11-2)
Neil Grove (11-3-1) vs. Mike "300" Hayes (15-4-1)
Thiago "Big Monster" Santos (8-1) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (4-0)
Eric Prindle (7-1) vs. Abe Wagner (10-4)


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Health Insurance for Fighters



Now if you've followed my blog or another MMA news sites you'll see where the UFC has offered to give the free health insurance benefits to fighters, which is a huge step forward for the sport.

Here was the original quote from the UFC press release about the health insurance:

To date, Zuffa event-related insurance has always met or exceeded Athletic Commission requirements and has covered all injuries sustained during competition. After exploring the purchase of “training insurance” for its athletes for several years – much of which was met with difficulty in finding an insurance company willing to insure mixed martial artists – Zuffa officials were able to secure a comprehensive plan through A+ rated Houston Casualty.
The new policy adds 24-hour worldwide medical life insurance and dental coverage, as well as emergency medical evacuation. Zuffa will pay 100 percent of the premiums for its athletes and have an employee dedicated to handling and filing all claims.
 Now of course, having this health insurance plan is a great way to insure fighters won't go broke if they injure themselves in training camp (reason being because they won't get the fight pay), and now there is a lot less fear due to having a legitimate health insurance coverage.

However, I have been noticing some things that may have been influenced off the new health coverage. Any UFC or really general MMA fans will know that a lot of the past couple of events have had a plethora of injuries (compared to the earlier UFC events). It raises an interesting question, and I'd like to see some of my readers join in on answering:

1. Were fighters that were previously injured in camp (before this health insurance update came about) coming in injured even before the fight started?

or

2. With the new benefits of health insurance are the fighters more willing to gain insurance benefits from smaller injuries? (IE pulling out of a fight for a minor injury that they might not have pulled out of pre-health insurance)

Of course, if you disagree with either please let me know, I'm all about opinions!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

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UFC 134 - Results and GIFs

So the UFC returned to Rio last night, and it's return was the first UFC event held in Rio since the original UFC event. As expected, the crowd was absolutely insane. Dana White tweeted saying that the crowd was the best it had in UFC history. The only negative I'd say about the event was Kenny Florian's commentation, he's a bit boring. Joe Rogan was gone because he is starting to film for the upcoming season of Fear Factor.
Main Event
-Anderson Silva def. Yushin Okami via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 2:04
Lets face it, Anderson has been cleaning out the MW division for a long time now. Okami, who had previously been on a UFC tear was definitely a title contender, and a training partner to Chael Sonnen (who lost previously to Silva). Okami is also the last man to 'beat' Silva. I say 'beat' because the win was by DQ, so nothing really impressive. However, last night Silva absolutely had his way with Yushin Okami, knocking him down with jabs and straight punches. 
A fucking jab with his hands completely at his side.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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UFC 134 - Weigh In Results

UFC 134 is returning to RIO this Saturday night, and it brings a stacked card with it. Here are the results of yesterday's weigh ins.

MAIN EVENT:
Anderson Silva (184) vs. Yushin Okami (183)

Friday, August 26, 2011

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Skilled Security Guard vs Man (street fight)

I saw this fight on mixedmartialarts.com. It's a pretty crazy fight, and the guard showed a decent knee and boxing skills. I haven't seen a guy keep his hands up in a street fight like that in awhile. Although with the wild flailing from the other man you'd think he would be able to land a KO shot.



Even funnier that the guy on the other end thought he won the fight.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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The Ultimate Fighter S14 - Promo Video

TUF Season 14 starts September 21st on SpikeTV, but here's a promo video to keep your appetites satiated. This season should be awesome, with the lower weight classes we will see much more skill involved, and I'm going to guess some exciting fights.



Sunday, August 21, 2011

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Bellator 48 - Results and GIFs

Bellator 48 took place last night and ended it Summer Series. The next season of Bellator will begin to air September 10th, so don't miss out! Last night's fights had a couple of finishes, including a highlight reel headkick KO.

Featherweight Tournament Final
Pat Curran defeats Marlon Sandro via KO (Round 2, 4:00)
This fight was a very good match up. An aggressive, heavy-handed striker (with good BJJ credentials), versus a technical, well-rounded counter puncher. Sandro was definitely taking it to Pat Curran, bloodying up his eye. That was until Sandro got too wild and Curran landed a BEAUTIFUL head kick that sent Sandro to the canvas. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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UFC Live on Versus 5 - Results and GIFs

Sorry for taking so long to make a post about this, the event actually happened Sunday night but I just got lazy haha. First off, congrats to Chris Lytle for his fantastic MMA career and win against Dan Hardy. He also won Fight of the Night, and Submission of the Night, racking up over $500,000 in UFC bonuses in his career. Now, on to the show....

Main Card (Televised on Versus)
Chris Lytle def. Dan Hardy via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 3, 4:16 -
I found this fight really funny, Dan Hardy coming off a 3 fight losing streak and asks for Chris Lytle. Now Chris is definitely a game and tough opponent, but Hardy only called him out because he knew Chris would trade stand-up the entire fight (which Hardy thought would play right into his game). While Lytle isn't known for his knockout power, he has had professional boxing experience, and showed that against Hardy on Sunday. 

He kept going to the body and back up the head, and was well on his way to winning a 3 round decision. For whatever reason, Dan Hardy tries to shoot in on Lytle (hypocrisy at it's finest - Hardy hates wrestlers winning on points, yet tries to win the 3rd round with a takedown), but he also forget one thing - Lytle's strong point is his great grappling. Lytle immediately turned it into a guillotine and finished Hardy off fast. Amazingly enough, Dan Hardy has lost 4 fights in a row and still won't be cut by the UFC. Bias much?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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UFC signs with Fox?

Admire my legit paint skills
In what would represent a major push into the mainstream for the UFC, Fox has agreed to a deal that will see the broadcast channel air as many as four MMA events per year, according to several sources. The multiyear deal would mark the first time the UFC will have consistent airtime on a broadcast network. Fox execs refused to comment on the deal, but sources with knowledge of the negotiations said bidding had gone as high as $90M per year.
The Fox deal is believed to be for seven or eight years. As part of the deal, most of the weekly programming that UFC has on Versus and Spike TV will move to FX starting in January. That includes several fight cards, plus shows like the reality series "The Ultimate Fighter." Fox-owned Fuel also will wind up with some UFC content. But rumors that Fox will rebrand Fuel as a UFC channel are not true, sources said.
 Not sure what to think about with this deal. I guess the bright side would be that UFC will be acquiring a huge television market and perhaps reach out to more homes that didn't have SpikeTV. I hope that this won't change any of the major things about the UFC, like removing Joe Rogan and replacing him with FOX commentators.

What do you guys think?

sources:
http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2011-articles/august/fox-scores-nice-win-by-landing-ufc-deal.html
http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2011/08/16/Media/UFC.aspx
http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=ycn-8977249

Monday, August 15, 2011

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Distinguished MMA coach Shawn Tompkins dead at 37


Shawn Tompkins, notable MMA striking coach, has passed away.. The news broke late Sunday night via Mike Strata's twitter
1st tweet - Guys, it is with great sadness that I report the passing of our great friend & trainer Shawn Tompkins. Details developing. Autopsy pending.
2nd tweet - Details are pending Shawn was in Ca with the team. That's all right now. I spoke with Emilie Tompkins and Sam Stout.
 Shawn was married to Emilia Tompkins, who is Sam Stout's sister. Details are still unclear but according to John Gunderson, Tompkins "didn't wake up". It was made official when Mike Goldberg, UFC commentator, said on air that Shawn had passed away.

I know this is a big blow to the MMA world, Shawn has trained many fighters including one of my best friends, who I actually broke the news to me last night.

RIP


Sunday, August 14, 2011

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Chris Lytle to retire after UFC Live 5

Win or lose tonight versus Dan Hardy, veteran UFC and MMA fighter Chris Lytle has announced that he will retire. If you watched the weigh- ins yesterday, Lytle was seen handing a note to Dana White after he had weighed in, presumably letting Dana know his retirement.

And like I said, this guy is a true veteran fighter. 15 professional boxing fights, 53 total MMA fights (30-18-5), 19 UFC fights, 2 WEC fights, and a participant on UFC's The Ultimate Fighter. Another crazy statistic - in his 18 losses he has never been TKO'd or KO'd. You know what his other job is? He is a firefighter. This guy is tough as nails and ALWAYS brings a good fight, he will surely be missed by the MMA community. I will definitely have to do a career highlight post for him later this week.

Thanks for the exciting career Chris.

Friday, August 12, 2011

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Pat Barry vs Stefan Struve preview

Monday, August 8, 2011

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UFC 133 - Results and GIFs

After so many injuries leading up to this card, we finally had our anticipated matchup: Rashad Evans vs Tito Ortiz. Now many people believed that Tito Ortiz was 'back' after beating TUF prospect Ryan Bader, but I had my doubts. Anyways, 133 turned out to be a decent card, the main card was exciting but the FB prelims were a bit dull.

Main Card (Live on PPV)

Rashad Evans def. Tito Ortiz via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:48 -
Rashad Evans has been waiting for nearly 14 months to get a fight in, and in that time it was obvious that he spent it getting into the best shape of his life, and it showed. In the 1st round he got into some wild exchanges with Tito, after Tito had pressed Rashad up against the fence. Rashad got a huge slam in after that. In the 2nd, Tito went for a guillotine and a rolling leg lock but couldn't finish. Rashad had him in a vunerable position, kneed him in the solar plexus and finished Tito off with strikes.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

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Zuffa cuts notable Golden Glory fighters

In somewhat of a controversial decision, parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, Zuffa, has decided to cut some notable fighters from Strikeforce's roster, including 1 UFC fighter.

These fighters include:
  • Alistair Overeem - was the current HW Strikeforce Champion)
  • Marloes Coenen - previous Strikeforce women's champion prior to her loss to Miesha Tate)
  • Valenitijn Overeem  - brother of Strikeforce HW Champion Alistair Overeem
  • Jon Olav Einemo - UFC HW

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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    New training pics of Vitor Belfort

    After suffering his most recent loss to the hands of UFC welterweight champion Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort was slated to fight the iron jaw/iron puncher in Yoshiro Akiyama. Akiyama has also been on a slide, losing to Chris Leben via triangle choke, and Michael Bisping in a 3 round decision. 

    Akiyama always brings a fight though, and I have no doubt this will be fight of the night material. Lowkick.com caught some pretty badass pictures of Vitor training for his fight, looking massive.


    Sunday, July 31, 2011

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    Strikeforce/M1-Global: Fedor vs Henderson - Henderson drops Fedor for TKO win

    What a crazy display of MMA just last night. Two legends of the sport, Fedor Emelianenko vs Dan Henderson, were set to do battle last night in the Strikeforce octagon.


    Thursday, July 28, 2011

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    Jon Jones - Career Highlights

    Jon Jones is the current light-heavyweight champion in the UFC. He is also the youngest ever champion at the age of 23. His rise to fame has been quite astronomical in the UFC, especially with his complete domination of Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua. As of now I'd say he's definitely the #1 light-heavyweight in the world.

    This guy is also a highlight machine, bringing crazy striking like spinning back elbows, to awesome throws and suplexes. His first title defense will be against Rampage Jackson.

    Jon 'Bones' Jones
    MMA Record: 13 wins -1  losses (DQ)
    •  Knockouts:8
    • Submissions: 3
    • Decision Wins: 2
    Camp: Jackson's MMA
    Honors: UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion, Knockout of the Night x 1, Submission the Night x 1

    Jon Jones began wrestling in his early life and was a state champion high school wrestler. He also wrestling at Iowa Central Community College, grappling a national JUCO title. He would make his MMA debut in 2008.

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

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    Bellator 47 - Results and GIFs

    Back to you guys with another results and GIFs post, feels like it's been forever since I've had one of these. After taking a couple of weeks off, Bellator once again emerged on MTV2 last night with some decent fights. The main event, however, was a bit boring in my eyes (and in the crowds.)

    Main Card
    Pat Curran def. Ronnie Mann by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3 - Definitely an underwhelming fight, Mann looked promising with his last TKO win in Bellator, but was content with losing a decision in this fight. Curran also was content with getting a decision, which is always his style, so it made it quite a boring fight.

    Thursday, July 21, 2011

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    Worst MMA refs of all time?

    There was recently a fight featuring Kim Couture, Randy Couture's ex wife, where Kim was choked out via leg scissors and it took the referee quite a long time to figure out that she was passed out.

    This sparked some debates on many MMA forums about some of the worst examples of MMA reffing. Well I have two videos here that are absolutely rage inducing, and for those new to MMA I'll explain why.

    In the first clip, the guy in the white shorts (on top), gets the bottom fighter into a head and arm choke, or an arm triangle. How this choke works is that on one side, the attacker's bicep cuts off one of the carotid arteries, and the victim's own arm cuts off the other one.

    While the choke could be finished from mount, hopping to the side where the victim's arm is makes the choke almost impossible to escape if locked on, and a fighter can go unconscious in a matter of seconds. The bottom fighter obviously taps.... and taps and taps but eventually passes out. And while we see people pass out from chokes all the time in MMA, its usually voluntarily from not tapping. This ref is an absolute moron.


    The next video I'm about to show you is even worse, so be prepared.
    So one of the fighters is dropped by a punch, and it's perfectly acceptable to stop the fight right there if the referee desired, and it seemed like he did. Well, until there was some confusion and decided to continue the fight, while the (unaware) fighter on all fours gets brutally KO'd by a clean soccer kick to the head. I sincerely hope this referee got his clock cleaned after the fight.

    Monday, July 18, 2011

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    B.J. Penn - Career Highlights

    Hello fellow bloggers, back again with another career highlight. Just like I did with Fedor/Dan Henderson, I will follow up the Carlos Condit post with his upcoming opponent B.J. Penn. He too is an exciting fighter, known for his 'just scrap' attitude.

    B.J. 'The Prodigy' Penn
    MMA Record: 16 wins - 7 losses - 2 Draws
    •  Knockouts: 7
    • Submissions: 6
    • Decision Wins: 3
    Notable Ranks: Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
    Camp: BJ Penn's MMA
    Honors: Former UFC Lightweight/Welterweight Champion, Submission of the Night x 2, Knockout of the Night.

    Friday, July 15, 2011

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    Carlos Condit - Career Highlights

    I thought for my next fighter profiles I would pick some of my favorite fighters, and Carlos Condit is one of them. He fights to finish EVERY fight, none of this lay n pray or wall n stall. If it hits the ground, he's looking for a sweep or submission, and a KO if it's on the feet.

    Carlos 'The Natural Born Killer' Condit
    MMA Record: 27 wins - 5 losses 
    •  Knockouts: 13
    • Submissions: 13
    • Decision Wins: 1
    Notable Ranks: Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
    Camp: Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting
    Honors: Former WEC Welterweight Champion - 2 x Fight of the Night - 2 x KO of the Night