It seems the only ?super-fight? UFC President Dana White ever talks about is one pitting the middleweight master Anderson Silva against popular 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre. It?s an intriguing bout on paper given GSP?s wrestling and Silva?s stand-up, but perhaps not a particularly competitive one in the end given the size difference between the [...]Read More
Only 4 days after I left. I was feeling guilty about not making the gym until I trekked around the airport w/ 75 lbs of gear at 5000ft for the last hour. Definitely affected and winded by the altitude and I’m in pretty good shape!Read More
The resurgent ProElite has inked Nov. 5 for its next major event, and two ex-UFC heavyweight champions have taken co-headlining fights.
Five-time champ Tim Sylvia meets Pedro Rizzo in the main event while three-time champ Andrei Arlovski, who headlined the promotion’s first event in August, meets journeyman Travis Fulton.
ProElite 2 takes place at the 12,000-seat iWireless Center in Moline, Ill., which is a stone’s throw from part-time cop Sylvia’s home.
All of the fights for this Saturday’s UFC on Versus 6 card will be available for fans, as the UFC will once again stream all preliminary card bouts on Facebook. The main card airs live on Versus from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., headlined by the Bantamweight Championship bout between Dominick Cruz and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. Below is the slate of preliminary card fights for the event:
* Yves Edwards vs. Rafaello Oliveira
* Michael Johnson vs. Paul Sass
* Byron Bloodworth vs. Mike Easton
* T.J. Grant vs. Shane Roller
* Josh Neer vs. Keith Wisniewski
* Joseph Sandoval vs. Walel Watson
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Now that tickets for “UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson” have officially gone on sale, the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion has announced the five bouts that will appear live during the pay-per-view broadcast. A light heavyweight affair between former UFC champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (Pictured) and prior Strikeforce title holder Dan Henderson will serve [...]Read More
Paual talks to Demian about his preparation for his upcoming fight versus Mark Munoz at UFC 131: Dos Santos vs Carwin. Watch the event Live on Pay-Per-View or www.UFC.tv this Sat Jun 11th at 6/9PM PT/ETRead More
One fighter got back on the right track while another earned his first UFC win as the preliminary card concluded at Ultimate Fight Night 25 in New Orleans on Saturday night.
Dunham outclasses Bailey
Shamar Bailey showed tremendous heart in a decision loss to Evan Dunham. Dunham showed strong striking early, as he used short punches to control Bailey early in the first round. Bailey responded, showing striking that has improved from his time on “The Ultimate Fighter.” Bailey then ended the round with a takedown. Dunham threw a strike after the horn sounded to end the round, but it was inadvertent. Dunham was not penalized.
In the second, Dunham continued to favor a left-right combo that befuddled Bailey. Dunham peppered in kicks in between throwing punches and stuffing takedowns. Bailey continued to withstand Dunham’s shots in the third, but he didn’t create enough offense to win the round. As the fight neared its end, Dunham teed off, throwing a bevy of kicks and punches but still couldn’t knock Bailey down. Bailey continued to move forward and push for a takedown. Dunham won the fight 30-27 on all three cards.
Rocha’s jiu-jitsu catches McKenzie
Though Cody McKenzie is known for his guillotine, he fell to Vagner Rocha on a rear naked choke submission. McKenzie lampooned Rocha early in the round, motioning for Rocha to come in and fight. When Rocha attempted a takedown, McKenzie tried to use his signature guillotine to stop the fight, but it didn’t work. Rocha used his position to try for a Kimura. He couldn’t finish, but he held onto McKenzie to move into a rear naked choke. Again, McKenzie got out and worked his way back to his feet before the round ended.
In the second, McKenzie showed great defense to nearly every submission attempt Rocha threw at him, but didn’t have the same good fortune as Rocha took full mount with less than two minutes in the round. McKenzie turned to get away from Rocha’s strikes, but gave up his back. Rocha applied a textbook rear naked choke, and McKenzie was forced to tap at 3:49 in the second round.Read More
Tomorrow night’s tilt against Jake Ellenberger was already a difficult task, now Jake Shields is also dealing with the recent passing of father, mentor and manager Jack.
“I had a really tough time,” Shields said in a statement. “It took me a moment to figure out what I wanted to do but I figured the right thing to do would be to continue to fight with him being my manager and my biggest supporter.”
Shields said his father’s death has allowed him to focus even more during training.
“It’s been (a) little tough since then, but I don’t think it’s really affected my training” Shields said. “When it’s been time to focus and train, I’ve been able to pull it together and got some of the best workouts and sparring sessions ever in the last couple of weeks.”
Shields (26-5-1) and Ellenberger clash in the main event on Spike from New Orleans. Shields is coming off a competitive loss in April to Georges St-Pierre, the UFC’s welterweight champ.
Ellenberger (25-5, 4-1 UFC) is a tough cookie. His wrestling is solid and he’ll stand and bang. Shields will likely turn to his awesome submission game to take out the upstart Ellenberger. His trainer Tariq Azim doesn’t sound too worried about Ellenberger’s skill set.
“Jake brings more to this fight than Ellenberger can ever dream of,” Azim said. “Ellenberger is good. He wouldn’t be fighting Shields if he wasn’t, but Shields has worked a lot harder and has a better understanding of the game. Ellenberger will be hoping to land a big hit, but Shields will set him up, take him down and choke him out.”
UFN 25 betting odds:
Jake Shields (-185) vs. Jake Ellenberger (+160)- Welterweight
Court McGee (-165) vs. Dongi Yang (+135) – Middleweight
Jonathan Brookins (+155) vs. Erik Koch (-185) – Featherweight
Cody McKenzie (+130) vs. Vagner Rocha (-160) – Lightweight
Evan Dunham (-500) vs. Shamar Bailey (+350) – Lightweight
Matt Riddle (-200) vs. Lance Benoist (+160) – Welterweight
Ken Stone (-120) vs. Donny Walker (Even) – Bantamweight
Clay Harvison (+125) vs. Seth Baczynski (-155) – Welterweight
T.J. Waldburger (-225) vs. Mike Stumpf (+175) – Welterweight
Mike Lullo (+135) vs. Robert Peralta (-155) – Featherweight
Justin Edwards (+300) vs. Jorge Lopez (-450) – Welterweight
A special UFC 139 ‘Shogun vs. Henderson’ press conference will stream live in the video player above at 4pm ET/1pm PT. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le will all be in attendance.Read More
The little guys are taking over! Warren knocked stiff by Vila and Kawajiri dominates in featherweight debut
Can anyone deny that the bantamweight and featherweight divisions have a chance to lead the way for MMA in the very near future?
The best bantamweight in the world is fighting this weekend on free television when Dominick Cruz defends his UFC title against Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Versus 6. Plus “The Ultimate Fighter” debuted last week featuring the smaller fighters for the first time. It looks like Season 14 may produce more legitimate UFC fighters than any previous season.
But it’s not just the UFC that’s loaded with intriguing guys at 135 and 145 pounds. This weekend produced several exciting results, including one of the nastiest knockouts of the year.
Bellator’s 145-pound champion, Joe Warren is a natural bantamweight and was planning on crushing the field in Bellator’s latest 135-pound tournament. Nothing went to plan, as that journey to a second title hit a stone wall in just 64 seconds. Make that some stone fists. Amazingly, the guy who did it is 40 years old.
Alexis Vila, a 1996 Olympic wrestling bronze medalist for Cuba, rocked Warren with a right and then finished him with a left hook that had the American in snooze-mode on his way down. Check out Warren (7-2) as his body is completely locked up on the ground.
Because of his age, who knows what Vila’s future holds, but it’ll be an interesting story to track. He’s made a better life for himself since defecting from Cuba, now living in the Miami area.
At Bellator 51, Vila (10-0) advanced to the Bellator 135-pound semifinals along with Vila, Marcus Galvao, Eduardo Dantas and Ed West. The winner of the tourney gets a shot at Bellator champ Zach Makovsky.
The stars of the show were the dominant Japanese lightweights Tatsuya Kawajiri and Shinya Aoki. Both have been just about unbeatable in their home country, but struggled when they came over to the U.S. to take on Gilbert Melendez.
After his loss to Melendez, Aoki’s bounced back with six straight wins, but Kawajiri decided it was time to drop a weight class.
The thickly muscled 33-year-old shed some bulk to face Joachim Hansen. There were no negative signs of the weight cut and “The Crusher” looked incredibly strong at featherweight rolling to a third round submission win via arm-triangle choke. Hansen’s a smallish 145 pounder, so we won’t go crazy over the victory, but the potential is there for Kawajiri to be a real player at featherweight.
Aoki took on former WEC champion Rob McCullough. The outcome was predictable with the submission master catching the American in a neck crank at the end of the first round (11:15 mark).
Following Saturday’s UFC 135 event, UFC President Dana White announced an attendance of 16,344 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., bringing in a live gate of $2 million.
The event was the UFC’s first return to Denver in the Zuffa era, and the first since UFC: Ultimate Ultimate in 1995. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones successfully defended his title in Saturday’s main event, choking out Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the fourth round.
The Fifa franchise has been the best sports game the last few years, and Fifa 12 steps it up big time. I cant wait til next week.
A lot of people are getting bant for making a new random hotties thread…
So I was thinking (not like it will work anyway) that we have a thread…Read More