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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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.

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Upstart Shine Fight Promotions announced at this past Saturday’s “American Top Team vs. The World” event that former boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga (28-7 boxing) would soon make his mixed martial arts debut at a yet-to-be-announced Shine event.

On Monday, Mayorga officially signed a multi-fight deal with the organization, and Shine Fight matchmaker Ron Foster told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he hopes to have Mayorga debut in early 2010.

And Foster said Mayorga isn’t planning a slow rise to the top.

“I’m going after some tough competition for Mayorga because I don’t want it to look like we’re trying to feed him guppies,” Foster said. “He says he wants to fight for real, so let’s let him fight. He said, ‘I’m from the streets. I’m a real fighter. I’m bored with boxing, and I want to fight.’”

Mayorga last saw action in the boxing ring in a September 2008 loss to Shane Mosely. The loss capped off a 3-4 stretch for Mayorga that dates back to 2003.

Despite the rough stretch, Foster insists Mayorga has plenty to offer.

“We’re not trying to do any gimmicks,” Foster said. “The guy is a good fighter. He’s a two-time world boxing champion.

“I was reading on a few forums today where people were saying, ‘Oh, Mayorga is washed up because he’s 3-4 in his past seven fights.’ He lost to Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Felix Trinidad and Cory Spinks – guys that were world champions. How can he be washed because he lost to them? Two of them he went the distance, and he lost to Shane Moseley in the 12th round. Three out of those four fights went to the 12th round.”

While Mayorga fought predominantly between 147 and 154 pounds during his boxing run, Foster said “El Matador” will compete at 155 pounds in MMA. Mayorga has worked a bit with American Top Team, and Foster said fans will be in for a treat when the former champ makes is debut.

“He’s the Nick Diaz of boxing,” Foster said. “He’s not going to back down from anybody, and he’s always got a finger in someone’s face.”

(Pictured: Shine Fight exec Devin Price and Ricardo Mayorga)

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Ricardo Arona: 'I Can Beat Anyone,' Machida Included

Posted by fightstalker on Tuesday Sep 8, 2009 Under Rumors, Uncategorized

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More than two years have passed since Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou knocked out Ricardo Arona at the final Pride Fighting Championships event in Japan. Viewed by most as one of the top light heavyweight fighters in the world in 2005 and 2006, Arona disappeared from the mixed martial arts scene in wake of Pride’s demise.

“The Brazilian Tiger” — who built his reputation, in part, on the back of a 1999 victory over Jeff Monson in the absolute final of the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships — will return to MMA this Saturday when he meets UFC veteran Marvin Eastman in the Bitetti Combat Nordeste 4 main event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will also mark the first time Arona competes inside a cage.

“I always thought the cage was even better for my game,” Arona said. “I like to use elbows on the ground, which I couldn’t do in Pride. Also, I can’t wait to fight for my fans.”

The Brazilian promises to compete at the level that made him successful inside Pride, when he scored wins over two-time Olympian Dan Henderson, former Pride middleweight king Wanderlei Silva, Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba and reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem. The 38-year-old Eastman has lost two of his past three fights.

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Arona is no joke on the mat.

“He is very experienced and deserves all respect,” Arona said, “but I’m well-trained and coming to win and make a great exhibition for my fans.”

Though focused on Eastman, Arona still wants a crack at the American market. The 31-year-old carries with him a strong resume. His only career losses have come to Sokoudjou, Silva, 2005 Pride middleweight grand prix winner Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and the great Fedor Emelianenko.

“I’ll wait for a proposal,” Arona said. “Of course, I would love to fight in the UFC, because it’s for sure the best event, but I’m also studying some other proposals. I’m waiting calmly for my time. I’m ready to do my best in the ring or in the cage.”

Arona indicated he would welcome a shot at current UFC light heavyweight titleholder Lyoto Machida, now the top dog in the 205-pound weight class. The undefeated Machida will defend his belt for the first time against Rua in the UFC 104 main event next month in Los Angeles.

“He’s defending Brazil well in the MMA world, and I respect him a lot, but if I get into the UFC and have to fight Lyoto, I’d go to win,” Arona said. “He’s a great champion, but if I’m well-trained, I know my potential; I can beat anyone.”

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Former Power Ranger Jason David Frank heading to MMA

Posted by fightstalker on Friday Sep 4, 2009 Under Uncategorized

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The guy who used to play the Green and White Ranger on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is trying to fight with creatures from this planet — dude is an MMA fighter now.

35-year-old Jason David Frank — who used to fight inside a friggin’ Dragonzord — just told MMAweekly.com he’s hoping to fight inside the UFC octagon.

The 6th degree Black Belt just signed a deal with a new management team and hopes to get in the ring pretty soon. We’ll let you know when he actually schedules a fight.

No word on what color his trunks will be…

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Randy Couture’s Thoughts Return to 205

Posted by fightstalker on Friday Sep 4, 2009 Under Rumors, Uncategorized

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A life with options is a very good life indeed, and Randy Couture never lacks for choices: the former ad-infinitum-champion told Sherdog’s Loretta Hunt that a return to the light heavyweight division might be next.

“What’s on the schedule, I don’t know, but I’m especially leaning towards dropping down,” he told Hunt. “I’m pushing in weight. It would be easy for me to make 205 and there’s more interesting fights there right now.”

Does Couture equate interesting with painful? At 46, his reflexes appeared to be sagging a bit in the Antonio Nogueira bout. Athletes at 205 don’t have to wear tailored suits, but they’re typically a good deal sharper and faster on the feet. Why does everyone assume that a lighter man makes for an easier fight?

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This subject got me to thinking after Nog’s win tonight why exactly he has a perceived high “milage” as a fighter and how that compares to Brock Lesnar’s.

There is no doubt that Nogueira has been in some wars in the ring and cage which were classic fights but he is only 33 which is young when compared to Couture. Lesnar is not far behind Noguiera being 32 but maybe since he is relatively new to mma as a professional he’s thought to be younger but let’s look at how these two have gotten to where they’re at now.

Imo the first real battle Noqueira was in was against Heath Herring for the Pride Heavyweight belt at Pride 17 in late 2001. The following year he endured a beating from Bob Sapp but went on to win the fight. He also had two battles with Fedor which went to decisions, took a beating on his feet from Cro-Cop before pulling another win out, and a decision loss later avenged to Josh Barnett before moving on to the UFC.

Nearly at the same time Nogueira was going to war with Herring in Pride, Brock Lesnar was entering the WWE as a main eventer. While in the WWE for roughly 3 years he endured all the falls and injuries associated with rasslin’ and a travel schedule that is no way comparable to any mma fighter and likely no other athletes. He traveled for up to 300 days a year, had both knees torn up, back and neck problems and wrestled with a blown MCL and 3 broken ribs for 6 months because he had just became champion. He later tried a venture into the NFL then New Japan Pro Wrestling before dedicating himself to mma at roughly the same time Nogueira was entering the UFC.

So their age isn’t much different but Nogueira imo is still perceived to be more worn down and closer to the end of his career than Lesnar. I’m not so sure he is. Being a Nogueira fan since his Pride days it would make a great story for him to match up against Lesnar and get the UFC belt but I think the odds would be against him realistically and I would hate to see him take a beating like Mir did. I think a rematch with Mir would be a good match for a healthy, re-focused Nogueira and if he was able to avenge that loss than maybe a rubber match after.

Beyond that I’d like to see him retire and go out a winner instead of taking beating after beating against younger guys, having a somewhat tarnished legacy and not knowing when it was time hang them up.

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JAKE SHIELDS TIRES OF DELAYS, JUST WANTS TO FIGHT

Posted by fightstalker on Thursday Sep 3, 2009 Under Strikeforce, Uncategorized

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Former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields says there’s no delay on his end in facing Jason “Mayhem” Miller in Strikeforce.

“If they hand me the bout agreement today, I’ll sign it,” Shields told MMAWeekly.com.

Miller last month announced that he’d be facing the Top 10 welterweight in the near future, though his manager, Ryan Parsons, told MMAWeekly.com the timing of the bout was uncertain. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said his promotion was working on major events for October and December and entertained the possibility of an interim middleweight title fight for Miller and Shields.

Miller backed off his announcement this week despite a desire to fight Shields, telling MMAJunkie.com that “something was wrong” and he had not received a bout agreement.

Shields Wednesday night said the delays are on Miller’s end.

“People at Strikeforce told me Miller needed more time, so as far as what’s going on, I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe he needed more time and was trying to pass it on.”

Shields appeared on the first season of Miller’s hit MTV show, “Bully Beatdown,” and is expected to make an appearance on the second season. Shields’ manager/father, Jack Shields, said the two are friends, though a fight between the two would be “all business.”

Parsons on Thursday told MMAWeekly.com that Miller had spoken too soon and there “wasn’t any drama” with the delay.

“Strikeforce is trying to find the right time for the bout,” he said.

Jake said he didn’t want to make it personal with Miller, but was frustrated with the situation.

“I want to fight now,” he continued. “I don’t want to be wasting time. I’m training for a certain type of fight, and I don’t want it to get pushed back. But I guess it happens, and I’ll deal with it.”

Dealing with it, Shields added, may include asking for a different opponent in October.

“If Strikeforce offers me another opponent, I’ll definitely take another opponent,” he said. “I’d like to fight Miller, but I’ll fight someone else. I’d rather fight now.”

Strikeforce officials were not available for comment on the delay at the time of this writing.

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