Perosh vs Cro Crop

Cro Cop’s superior striking was evident from the very beginning of the fight. Although Anthony Perosh has good ground game, he was not able to utilize it. Instead, his failed attempts at take downs saw him end up at the bottom taking considerable damage. Perosh took a lot of punches and elbows which led to a stoppage at the end of round 2.

Mirko Cro Cop Wins by TKO – Round 2


Keith Jardine vs Ryan Bader

Bader gets the take down middle of  round 1 and cuts Jardine on the head with an elbow. Bader stayed on top and doled out some good shots from the top til the ref stood them up close to the end of round 1. Round 2 Jardine has better take down defense – stuffing bader’s attemts.  Both guys landed some good shots, but more from jardine. Round 3 starts with more of the same, then Bader lands a few nice ones and puts away Jardine.

Ryan Bader Wins by Knockout – Round 3

Chris Lytle vs Brian Foster

Foster with a great take down early; lands some good shots. Foster with some fancy kicks, looks to be really charged up. WOW! Lytle submits foster with a knee bar after foster tries taking him down. Damn that was unexpected.

Chris Lytle Wins by Submission – Round 1

Joe Daddy Stevenson vs George Sotiropoulos

Sotiropoulos gets on top of Joe Dadddy in round 1 and reigns down some serious punishment. Round 2 Sotiropoulos lands some really good punchses; he’s moving really fast. Keeps landing punches. Joe Daddy gets the take down but nearly gets caught in a submission.

Sotiropoulos Wins by Unanimous Decision

Michael Bisping vs Wanderlai Silva

1 minute in bisping gets a take down; doesn’t last. Some exchanges. Bisping gets another take down but Silva gets right back up. Some more stalking/light exchanges. Bisping lands a nice right that cust Silva on the chin. Silva lands a few really nice ones at the end of the round. Round 2 Wand catches Bisping’s leg and gets the take down; does some damage. Bisping gets up; Wand lands some nice shots. Bisping gets the take down; but Wand gets right back up. Round 2 ends with a good submission attempt by Silva. Round 3 Bisping kicks vand in the groin; timeout. Resumes; exchanges. Bisping pokes Wand in the eye :(   Fight resumes, Silva is really going for it now; lands soem good shots.  Silva ends the fight with some really awesome shots.

Wanderlai Silva Wins by Unanimous Decision
Cain Velasquez vs Minotauro Nogueira

Round 1 Velasquez with some nice kicks early. Cain Velasquez gets the knockout.

Cain Velasquez by Knockout – Round 1


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Rumor: Randy Couture to fight Brandon Vera at UFC 105

Posted by admin on Sunday Sep 13, 2009 Under Uncategorized

Bloody Elbow is reporting that there is a ’srong rumor’ that Randy will fight Brandon Vera for the main event at UFC 105. I think we’ve seen enough of Randy Couture for a little while, but it seems the UFC is running out of options for that event.

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Dan Henderson: 'Holding Firm,' but Confident UFC Deal Can Get Done

Posted by fightstalker on Saturday Sep 12, 2009 Under Dan Henderson, Featured

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CHICAGO — Dan Henderson has leverage, and he intends to use it.

Henderson, the 39-year-old mixed martial arts star who spent most of his career fighting in Japan, has never been more marketable in the United States than he is right now. Early this year he established himself with the casual fans who never saw him fight in Pride by coaching on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter, and in July he delivered the single biggest highlight at the UFC’s most successful pay-per-view show ever when he knocked out Michael Bisping.

Now Henderson is a free agent, and the UFC badly wants him to agree to a new contract to fight Nate Marquardt at UFC 105 in nine weeks. On Friday Henderson told me that if the UFC is going to get him in the Octagon with Marquardt, the promotion will need to meet his salary demands.

“I’m holding firm for what I think I deserve,” Henderson said. “I think I’ve earned that.”

What he thinks he deserves is more money than the $350,000 he made for beating Bisping, a salary that consisted of $100,000 to show, a $150,000 win bonus and a $100,000 Knockout of the Night Bonus.

Henderson’s strong desire is to get a rematch with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who defeated him — and ended his reign as the Pride champ — in March of 2008. But he wouldn’t rule out fighting Marquardt on November 14, if that’s what it takes to get another crack at Silva.

“If they sign me I’ll fight who they want me to fight,” Henderson said. “Even if I get Silva now, after I beat him Marquardt would be the top contender, so I’d have to fight him next. Beat him now or beat him later, it doesn’t matter. I’ll have to fight Marquardt eventually.”

Still, Henderson doesn’t particularly like the idea of having to fight Marquardt. He thought he earned a shot at Silva when he beat Bisping, and he doesn’t consider a fight between himself and Marquardt to be smart matchmaking.

“If I was the UFC I wouldn’t waste a fight between us,” Henderson said. “If they want challengers for the middleweight belt they shouldn’t want one of us to beat the other.”

Henderson was clearly annoyed at what he perceives as Silva ducking a rematch. There have been conflicting reports about whether Silva will be ready to fight again this year or whether he needs time off to recover from injuries, and Silva has even suggested that he could leave the middleweight division entirely. Henderson says that if Silva permanently moves up to light heavyweight, he’ll gladly move up to 205 pounds and fight Silva at that weight. But one way or another, Henderson wants Silva.

“It all depends on Anderson Silva,” Henderson said. “If he’s not going to fight until April, I don’t want to wait that long. But I’ll do what I have to do to fight him.”

I pointed out to Henderson that the first round of his fight with Silva was the best round any opponent has had against Silva in the UFC. But Henderson wasn’t having any of that. He thinks he would have beaten Silva if he had fought his best fight, and he won’t rest until he gets a chance to prove he’s better than Silva, who’s widely regarded as the UFC’s best fighter.

“I didn’t feel like I fought well when we fought before,” Henderson said. “I didn’t do everything I could have done in the first round. My body was feeling drained and worn out.”

Henderson said he hasn’t talked to rival promotion Strikeforce, and he wants to use his leverage to get a good deal with the UFC — not to get a good deal outside the UFC. He’s confident enough that the UFC will give him that good deal that he said he’s going to begin training hard on Monday, with the idea that he’ll probably be in the Octagon some time later this year.

“I’m getting in shape like I’m going to fight,” Henderson said. “I want to stay in the UFC.”

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WERDUM ISN'T BUYING OVEREEM'S INJURY

Posted by fightstalker on Saturday Sep 12, 2009 Under Featured

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Fabricio Werdum planned to make his August Strikeforce debut by challenging champion Alistair Overeem for his Strikeforce heavyweight belt. He did end up fighting at the Aug. 15 event, but against journeyman Mike Kyle, not Overeem.

The Dutch fighter cited a re-aggravated injury to his hand, originating in a bar brawl, as the reason for withdrawing from the fight.

Overeem has since been confirmed to fight Peter Aerts in a K-1 kickboxing bout on Sept. 26 in Seoul, Korea.

Werdum isn’t buying the injury.

“Overeem is running from the fight; I am pretty sure about that,” Werdum proclaimed to MMAWeekly.com.

“I cannot be 100-percent right about the reason he is taking so long to solve his issues and come to fight, but it seems either that the gummy berry juice he is taking to give him super powers is (causing) him to avoid fighting here in America or he is afraid of having no arms to fight after facing me one more time.”

The two met in Japan more than three years ago in the Pride 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix. Werdum submitted Overeem with a Kimura shoulder lock in just under four minutes of the second round.

“There is no sense he takes so long to come and fight in America,” said Werdum.

Overeem became the first ever Strikeforce heavyweight champion in November 2007 by causing Paul Buentello to submit to repeated knee strikes to the body. He has not fought in the U.S. since, instead taking fights in Japan and the Netherlands.

“I want to say to him that if comes, face me and lose,” Werdum stated. “I will let him take some pictures with my belt and he will be able to keep good memories from his time as a Strikeforce champion.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=9556&zoneid=13

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DON FRYE READY TO GET BACK TO WORK AT SHARK FIGHTS

Posted by fightstalker on Saturday Sep 12, 2009 Under Don Frye, Featured

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Don Frye was disappointed not to fight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at M-1 last month, but just in the nick of time, Shark Fights recruited him to punch someone in the face.

“This boy’s gonna look like a Picasso painting when I’m done with him,” Frye told MMAWeekly.com. “When I get done with him, he’s gonna look like a turd on fire.”

That “boy” is Dave “Pee-Wee” Herman, a six-foot-five-inch, 240-pound heavyweight with an 18-1 record. He’s done stints for Bellator and EliteXC. He outweighs Frye by 15 pounds.

“That’s small from what I’m used to fighting,” blurted Frye. “He’s a runt. It makes me look fast.”

“The Predator” finds out if smaller is better when the two meet Saturday in Amarillo, Texas, at Shark Fights 6, streamed live on SharkFights.com.

Other than the size, Herman is just another opponent for Frye, who’s been down a long road of rodeos in his 13-year career. There’s not a lot of pomp and circumstance with him: just a stream of insults and a go-for-broke style.

“My advantage is my intelligence, my athletic ability, and my good looks,” he said.

It’s Friday, day of weigh-ins, so the insults take center stage.

“I don’t know if he’s talking about his genitals or his brain matter,” said Frye of Herman’s nickname. “I think it’s about his penis size. That’s what all the girls in Texas have been saying.”

Frye fought once this year in May, dispatching Rich Moss at Shark Fights 4. Afterwards, he said, he got a little too plump for his liking, up to 241 pounds. The fight with Herman is part of the plan in staying more active into 2010, and paying bills while he’s at it.

“I’ve got a pay for this new stimulus package that nobody’s seen yet,” he said.

Frye has branched out into film work as well, playing a sizable role in the recently released “Public Enemies,” his second film for A-list director Michael Mann. He’s doing stunt work on a new movie starring Will Ferrell in a few weeks.

“I’ve been lucky, and real privileged and fortunate,” he said.

There won’t be any acting when he gets into the cage with Herman, though.

“You’ve got to have small brain matter to climb in the cage with Don Frye,” he said. “This ain’t fun and games. I’m coming in there to whoop this boy’s ass.”

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UFC 102 FIGHTERS RETURN CLEAN DRUG TESTS

Posted by fightstalker on Saturday Sep 12, 2009 Under Featured

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The fighters from the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s recent stop in Portland, Ore., that were drug tested all returned negative results.

The UFC 102 competitors that were required to submit testing samples were Randy Couture, Todd Duffee, Evan Dunham, Chris Leben, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Aaron Simpson.

All six athletes were tested both for “drugs of abuse and performance enhancing drugs,” according to the Oregon State Athletic Commission.

UFC 102 was the promotion’s first stop in the Pacific Northwest in the United States.

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BELLATOR CHAMP ALVEREZ MAY GET DREAM FIGHT

Posted by fightstalker on Friday Sep 11, 2009 Under Uncategorized

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A bout between Eddie Alvarez and Katsunori Kikuno is under consideration for Dream 12 on Oct. 25 in Osaka, MMAWeekly.com has learned from a source close to Alvarez.

Alvarez (20-2) took the last half of the summer off after defeating Greg Loughran, Eric Reynolds, and Toby Imada to win the lightweight title in the first season of Bellator Fighting Championships. He began training last month in preparation for his appearance on MTV’s “Bully Beatdown,” which aired Aug. 27 and stayed in the gym for a possible fall fight.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney last week told MMAWeekly.com that Alvarez was one of four Bellator champions he was currently trying to place in “different markets around the world.” Rebney looked to place a fighter from an outside promotion in Bellator’s second season in exchange for a Bellator champion’s one-off appearance in that show.

According to the source, Bellator is currently waiting to see the fighter Dream offers in exchange for Alvarez before signing off on the trade. Unclear at this point is the weight class an Alvarez vs. Kikuno bout would be contested at, as Rebney said he wished Alvarez to fight above his usual lightweight class.

Bellator matchmaker Matt Stansell said on Thursday afternoon that he’d “heard a rumor” of the bout, but had received no recent correspondence from Dream officials.

Kikuno (12-1-1) recently made a successful transition to Dream after an extended stint in Deep, defeating Chute Boxe product Andre “Dida” Amade by TKO at Dream 10 in July.

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EDGAR VS PELLEGRINO AGREED TO FOR TUF 10 FINALE

Posted by fightstalker on Friday Sep 11, 2009 Under Uncategorized

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A rumored bout between Frankie Edgar and Kurt Pellegrino has been agreed to for the Dec. 5 Ultimate Fighter Season 10 Finale.

The bout was first reported by ESPN’s Jon Anik. MMAWeekly.com sources confirmed the bout, saying that it has been verbally agreed to, though pen has not been put to paper yet.

The bout will mark seven months since Edgar (10-1) last stepped into the Octagon. Having lost the first fight of his career at UFC Fight Night 13 to Gray Maynard, he is currently on a two-fight winning streak. Edgar defeated Hermes Franca at UFC Fight Night 14, and then Sean Sherk at UFC 98.

Pellegrino’s (14-4) last loss was also at UFC Fight Night 13, submitting to Nate Diaz. He has been a little more active than Edgar recently, winning three consecutive bouts. He most recently earned a unanimous decision over Josh Neer at UFC 101 in Philadelphia.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=9545&zoneid=13

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Paul Buentello released from Strikeforce

Posted by fightstalker on Friday Sep 11, 2009 Under Featured

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Paul “The Head Hunter” Buentello, a twelve year veteran of Mixed Martial Arts, has been released by Strikeforce and is currently in negotiations to return to the UFC.

Strikeforce President Scott Coker confirmed the release with Sherdog.com through a company representative, explaining,”We offered Paul a six-figure contract to fight Fedor, but he turned it down. His decision is understandable considering Fedor’s level of skill but, at the same time, Paul didn’t really fit into our plans. He’s been a solid journeyman fighter and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

The American Kickboxing Academy standout was scheduled to fight against Gilbert Yvel at “Affliction: Trilogy”, but was ultimately cancelled due to Afflictions sudden demise.

Buentello informed Sherdog that the UFC would honor his previous contract with Affliction and negotiating a possible extension.

“The Head Hunter” has an overall record of 27-10, with wins in his last two bouts against Gary Goodridge and Kirill Sidelnikov. A veteran of multiple organizations, Buentello last competed in the UFC back in 2006, scoring a TKO win over the late Gilbert Aldana at UFC 57.

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TMZ Stands By Its Confirmation of Kimo Leopoldo's Death

Posted by fightstalker on Friday Sep 11, 2009 Under Kimo Leopoldo, Rumors

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Well this is odd. After those reports of Kimo Leopoldo’s death were discovered to be an Internet message board-driven hoax, many of us were quick to dump haterade on TMZ, the celebrity gossip outlet that “confirmed” the news after it was first reported, and helped the false report snowball out of control. Though TMZ quickly took the story down when Kimo showed up breathing, we never heard an apology from Harvey Levin and his gang of misfits — and we’re never going to:

TMZ founder Harvey Levin told FiveKnuckles.com exclusively that they had received the tip that Leopoldo had died from the fighter’s management. “We actually got a call from his reps,” said Levin. He now, looking back on the issue, thinks that it might have been motivated by publicity.
While Levin would not reveal the name of the person who contacted TMZ, he did explicitly say that the confirmation came though Leopoldo’s camp. “There are a lot of people who just want to – and I’m not saying [Leopoldo] – but representatives that want to get their name out there in all sorts of ways,” Levin said. “And somebody there clearly did.”
However, Leopoldo’s lawyer, Stephen Doniger, is still in the process of filing a lawsuit against TMZ. Initially, Doniger and Leopoldo wanted to settle the matter without going to court, but TMZ has not responded to Doniger’s attempts at communicating.

So in other words, Kimo hears that he’s died of a heart-attack, tells one of his people to tell TMZ that it’s true, then gives us an alibi for his long silence by saying he didn’t wake up until “around noon-ish this morning.” That’s what Levin’s saying anyway. Honestly, it’s hard to know who to believe — the parasitic gossip-dealer or the cop-impersonating yo-yo expert. They’re both such pillars of trustworthiness.

http://www.cagepotato.com/tmz-stands-its-confirmation-kimo-leopoldos-death

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