Thursday, March 31, 2011

Three Stars: Jung, Sadollah and a pair of bantamweights

The UFC's first trip to Seattle was successful, with several young, untested fighters showing they belonged in the Octagon. Who rose above the rest?

No. 1 star -- Chan Sung Jung: In their first bout, Jung and Leonard Garcia swung wildly at each other for three rounds. They created an exciting bout that will long be remembered as one of the WEC's best, but still ended up in a loss for Jung. He changed his plan this time, fighting a more calculated bout that ended with him slapping on twister submission. It was the first twister performed in the UFC, and it earned Jung at $55,000 Submission of the Night bonus.

No. 2 star -- Amir Sadollah: Since winning the seventh season of "The Ultimate Fighter," Sadollah has had an up-and-down tenure in the UFC, plagued with injuries, sickness and odd losses. None of those troubles were obvious on Saturday night, as he gave DaMarques Johnson an old-fashioned beating. In the second round, Sadollah inundated Johnson with elbows, causing Johnson to tap and earning Sadollah his second straight win.

No. 3 star -- Michael McDonald and Edwin Figueroa: Smaller weights are known for putting on a show, and McDonald and Figueroa delivered. McDonald won their three-round decision with a mix of strikes and submission attempts, but Figueroa won respect by standing through every strike and making it out of every sub attempt. They both won $55,000 for a Fight of the Night bonus.

Honorable mention -- Johny Hendricks: Unfortunately, the main event ran over time, so we didn't get to see Hendricks' knockout of T.J. Waldburger. A report from on-site described it:

Hendricks connected on two powerful left hands. The back-to-back blows sent Waldburger to the mat, and the ref halted the action before Hendricks could deliver any further punishment.

Hendricks earned the Knockout of the Night bonus, good for $55,000.

Who were your three stars? Tell us on Facebook or in the comments.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Three-Stars-Jung-Sadollah-and-a-pair-of-bantam?urn=mma-wp704

Ricardo Arona  Noboru Asahi Marcus Aurelio  Mikhail Avetisyan

‘Korean Zombie’ uses twister submission to beat Garcia at UFN 24

It wasn't the slugfest the first fight produced, but Chan Sung Jung more than made up for the lack of big strikes by beating Leonard Garcia with a unique submission. "The Korean Zombie" showed he can fight smart as well by landing a twister to finish Garcia with just one second left in the second round in the first televised bout at Ultimate Fight Night 24 on Spike.

"I've been watching Eddie Bravo videos on YouTube for a long time," Jung said through a translator. "I kept saying during practice at Korean Top Team that I'm going to do the twister in the UFC some day. Hopefully, I'll get the Submission of the Night."

Jung (11-3, 1-0 UFC) had Garcia's back late in the second when he decided to focus on one leg. He also got a hold of Garcia's head and cranked it back. The twister puts tremendous pressure on the spine. Garcia couldn't hold out, tapped and the fight was stopped by referee Dan Miragliotta at 4:59 of the second.

Garcia (15-7, 2-3 UFC) was headed down the wrong path from the opening seconds. He's built his reputation in the UFC and WEC by going for the broke. His striking is often reckless, but he does damage and scores with judges. He won the first throwdown with the Zombie at WEC 48, in a fight many thought Jung took by decision. Garcia repeated the feat his last time out against Nam Phan.

Garcia chose to go with a more controlled style and looked to counterstrike. He never got Jung's timing down. Garcia was the victim of a takedown in the first and ate some big shots on the ground.

In the second, he landed virtually nothing and went down again when the fighters connected on kicks at the same time. Jung jumped into top control with 1:11 left in the round. Jung softened him up with some big elbows. He threw Garcia's legs to the side and took his back with 33 seconds left.

Before this fight, Jung worked with Urijah Faber's camp, Team Alpha Male. He fought with a nice gameplan, beating Garcia in eveyr phase of the game.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/-Korean-Zombie-uses-twister-submission-to-beat-?urn=mma-wp665

Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski 

Sadollah takes out Johnson at UFN 24


Amir Sadollah won the battle of two "The Ultimate Fighter" stars on Saturday night at Ultimate Fight Night 24. Sadollah forced DaMarques Johnson to submit due to strikes in the second round of their bout.

The fight started with an eventful first round. Johnson took advantage of an early slip by Sadollah to get in side control, but couldn't do much with it. Moments later, Johnson caught a kick to get another takedown. That time, he was able to land elbows while on the ground before Sadollah returned to his feet. Johnson threw Sadollah for another takedown before Sadollah reversed, and landed some serious strikes before the round ended.

In the second, the two had a furious exchange early, both landing strikes and coming out with bloody faces. But Sadollah took the upper hand halfway through the round. He got full mount and rained down blows onto Johnson's head. At first, Johnson was able to roll away, but Sadollah stayed close. He regained mount, took control of Johnson's hand and then blasted Johnson with elbows until the bout was stopped at 3:27.

"I am ecstatic with my performance," Sadollah said after the fight. "I'm here not just to look good. I want to be the best and fight the best."

Johnson took this fight on short notice after Duane Ludwig and James Wilks both pulled out because of injury. His record falls to 12-9. Sadollah, who has fought every one of his pro bouts in the UFC, is now 5-2.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Sadollah-takes-out-Johnson-at-UFN-24?urn=mma-wp668

Lorenzo Borgomeo  Kyle Bradley  Jai Bradney  Jimmy Ambriz

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 13 REPORT: Hyden's (Virtual Time) Rundown of all the fights, all the drama on Spike TV

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By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch contributor

The fighters all come in and a few introduce themselves to the audience. Dana White welcomes them into the gym and announces that they don't have to fight their way into the house, which I think sucks. I want to see guys earn their way into the house. Dana also says the Wild Card fight is back. Dana only dropped 1 f-bomb during this speech. Nice.

Dana introduces coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos. Dana runs down their resumes and says they'll pick teams later. Brock says he doesn't want guys who've been sitting around eating pizza and stuff. Brock and his coaches are testing the condition of the fighters. They want to see who is in good shape. Junior and his coaches are in the cage with the guys, seeing what they have. Looks like the coaches have different criteria for who they will pick.

Brock asks several of the guys questions about their past and what they're wanting from the show. He likes a few of the guys he talks to. Junior likes a few guys as well. They seem to be different from who Brock liked. Myles Jury hurts his knee during training and is hopeful it's not serious. Dana takes Brock and Junior into the back and does the coin toss to determine who gets first pick. Brock wins the coin toss.

Dana comes into the gym and announces who has been picked by whom. There's too many names being thrown around for me to keep up. The guys all come to the house and decide who will sleep where. They decide to sleep on different floors based on team. Junior gets to decide the first fight. He has his team train to determine who is most ready to fight. Junior is very confident in his team's chances of winning this season.

Brock has his team train and is a bit concerned about Myles' knee injury. He tore his ACL completely. The doctor tells him not to fight. Myles is understandably upset. Looks like he's off the show. Dana tells him that he can't stay on the show. That sucks, but is expected. Chuck O'Neil is the replacement for Myles. Team Lesnar is shown training.

Junior announces that the first fight will be Shamar Bailey from Team Dos Santos vs. Nordin Asrih from Team Lesnar. Nordin is training with his coaches. His gameplan is to test Shamar's conditioning and to stand with him. Shamar thinks he has the edge and plans to use his wrestling to his advantage. Sounds like he plans on using some ground-and-pound.

On Fight Day, Shamar is running early in the morning. Nordin is from Germany. He prays 5 times a day. Shamar is very confident in himself, to the point of arrogance. It's best to not underestimate someone.

FIGHT- Shamar Bailey vs. Nordin Asrih
Nordin is 2 inches taller but Shamar has a 6 inch reach advantage. Steve Mazzagatti is the referee.

ROUND 1- Shamar has Nordin down almost immediately and is on top. Shamar is in side control and is controlling Nordin. Nordin works his way up after little action from Shamar. However, Shamar takes him back down right away. Shamar is in half-guard and is working towards side control. Nordin is doing a good job of keeping Shamar in half-guard. There's not a lot going on. Shamar is definitely controlling this fight, but he's not really doing much. Neither guy has done much to damage the other. Shamar lands a body shot and one to the head. Shamar lands a couple of good elbows. Shamar is standing over Nordin as the round ends.

ROUND 2- Nordin slips on a kick attempt. Shamar stands over him before jumping on him. Shamar is in the mount and is starting to tee off on Nordin. Shamar takes Nordin's back, but Nordin escapes and grabs a guillotine. Shamar escapes and gets back into side control. A lot more action in this round, more than the first round total. Nordin ties up Shamar and we're stalemated again. Shamar is just systematically picking Nordin apart. He's peppering him with elbows and punches. Shamar is just too much here, he's controlling Nordin and winning this fight. Shamar moves to mount and works some ground-and-pound. Shamar moves to Nordin's back for a second before moving back to mount. Nordin can't do anything to stop this. Shamar postures up and punishes Nordin. This was inevitable from the very beginning.

WINNER- Shamar Bailey by Decision

Shamar won't win any fans with this kind of fight, but it's effective. As long as Shamar improves his overall game, that's ok. I know the ultimate goal is to make it to the UFC. However he gets there. Brock cracks on Team Dos Santos for celebrating too much for this victory.

NEXT WEEK- This looks like a wild year, with the requisite in-fighting in the house.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/The_Ultimate_Fighter_25/article_8929.shtml

Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping 

Lombard Scalps Doerksen To Retain Title Belt At CFC 16 Sydney

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Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping  Dan Bobish

Arbitrator rules in favor of Top Rank in fight for Donaire

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that an arbitrator has ruled in favor of Top Rank Boxing in its fight to keep boxing star Nonito Donaire under contract. Donaire is currently the WBC and WBO Bantamweight champ. Via Kevin Iole at Yahoo!: Golden Boy signed Donaire after Donaire had declared that he was a free agent and [...]

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Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping  Dan Bobish

Ariel Helwani Interviews Brock Lesnar 3.29.11 {video}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUpEumldhTs

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?74026-Ariel-Helwani-Interviews-Brock-Lesnar-3.29.11-video&goto=newpost

Kotetsu Boku  Tony Bonello Stephan Bonnar Lorenzo Borgomeo 

Thiago Silva Admits to Altering Urine Sample Following UFC 125 Win

A day after reports surfaced UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva had submitted a urine sample that was inconsistent with human urine, the Brazilian striker admitted he indeed tried to cover up the use of a banned substance. Silva took home a unanimous decision victory against Brandon Vera at UFC 125, but the result of that [...]

Source: http://www.5thRound.com/71997/thiago-silva-admits-to-altering-urine-sample-following-ufc-125-win/

Jimmy Ambriz Matt Andersen  Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hathaway Hoping to Be the Best

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/Hathaway-Hoping-to-Be-One-of-Seattles-Best

Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin 

UFC Fight Night 24 Musings

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/UFN-24-Musings

Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona  Noboru Asahi

Nate Marquardt’s striking too much for Dan Miller at UFC 128

Nate Marquardt was solid but far from spectacular in taking out Dan Miller tonight at UFC 128.

His inability to post a highlight reel finish was really more about Miller being a pest than Marquardt performing poorly. Miller ate some big rights and was just dangerous enough on the ground to keep Marquardt from going for broke. The judges gave Marquardt a unanimous decision victory, 30-27 on all three cards, in Newark, N.J.

It looked like the game plan called for Marquardt (31-10-1, 10-4 UFC) to keep the fight standing. He held his hands low throughout looking to nail Miller with right hand leads. Marquardt found a home for those rights in all three rounds and turned Miller's head on a few occasions, but the big underdog exhibited an excellent chin.

The fact that Miller (13-5, 5-4 UFC) lasted all 15 minutes against a top 10 middleweight was impressive considering he was only told last Saturday that he'd be fighting Marquardt.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Nate-Marquardt-s-striking-too-much-for-Dan-Mille?urn=mma-wp357

Kotetsu Boku  Tony Bonello Stephan Bonnar Lorenzo Borgomeo 

Crash Course: UFC Fight Night 24 "Nogueira vs. Davis" Edition

Hello once more fans and friends and welcome to the latest edition of ?Crash Course?. ?Crash Course? is a series of articles designed to give readers a quick rundown on all the relevant information they need to know heading into an upcoming major MMA event. Everything from why you should watch, what you should expect [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/23/crash-course-ufc-fight-night-24-nogueira-vs-davis-edition

Michael Bisping  Dan Bobish Vagam Bodjukyan Kotetsu Boku 

June Fight Card Updates

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/tuf-13-finale-uvs4-fight-card-updates

Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin 

Article: Fight for JAPAN.

You can view the page at http://ninjashoes.net/forum/content.php?428-Fight-for-JAPAN.

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Kotetsu Boku  Tony Bonello Stephan Bonnar Lorenzo Borgomeo 

Bulk of UFC Fight Night 24 athletes escape event relatively unscathed

The lot of competitors who took to the Octagon this past weekend at ?UFN 24: Nogueira vs. Davis? have been issued mandatory breaks from action as a result from damage incurred at the event. However, the bulk of the suspensions are precautionary, as well as minimal in nature, meaning none are expected to miss a [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/03/29/bulk-of-ufc-fight-night-24-athletes-escape-event-relatively-unscathed/

Siyar Bahadurzada Bao Ligao  Josh Barnett  David Baron 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Brock Lesnar Teaches Jimmy Fallon a Rear-Naked Choke

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Brock LesnarFor the second straight week, a UFC fighter got a spot on NBC's late-night schedule, and for the second straight week it was a good PR moment for the UFC, which got to show off an engaging, likable fighter to an audience consisting largely of people who don't buy UFC pay-per-views.

Words like "engaging" and "likable" haven't often been used to describe Brock Lesnar, but that's how he came across on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where he talked up The Ultimate Fighter and his June fight with Junior dos Santos. Then Lesnar gave Fallon a one-on-one MMA lesson.

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/03/29/brock-lesnar-teaches-jimmy-fallon-a-rear-naked-choke/

Marcus Aurelio  Mikhail Avetisyan Luiz Azeredo  Luciano Azevedo 

VIDEO: UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre cover shoot for upcoming Men's Health Magazine

***image***UFC Welterweight Champion Georges "Rush" St. Pierre will appear on the cover of the next Men's Health Magazine, and the magazine has released a short interview with the Champ filmed during his cover shoot. Check it out below:



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Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8826.shtml

Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona  Noboru Asahi Marcus Aurelio 

Article: Jon Jones Competing in Grapplers Quest 2008 {video}

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Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping 

Amir Sadollah - Student of the Game

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/Amir-Sadollah-Student-of-the-Game

Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping 

Weekly Women?s MMA Wrap-Up: 3/28

Olympic bronze medalist Ronda Rousey (pictured left) had an impressive performance during her her pro MMA debut on Sunday at King of the Cage. She submitted veteran fighter Ediane Gomes with an armbar–in just 25 seconds. Rousey may very well be put on the fast track to facing Cris Cyborg due to the limited depth [...]


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Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski 

You tell us: Should the UFC keep Dan Hardy?

Despite sustaining his third loss at Ultimate Fight Night 24 -- often the death knell for a career in the UFC -- Dan Hardy still has the confidence of UFC boss Dana White. After Saturday's fights, White had this to say about Hardy's future employment:

"Not necessarily," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We'll have to wait and see. I [expletive] love that kid."

Apparently, love will keep them together. But considering the competitive nature of the UFC, and the fact that some fighters get cut after just one loss, White's stance is surprising. After looking at both sides, you tell us: Would you cut Dan Hardy?

Yes: Three losses is unacceptable at this elite level of MMA. Sure, one was in a title shot against Georges St. Pierre, but since then he's been taken out by Carlos Condit and Anthony Johnson. He also has not improved in wrestling since coming to the UFC, and lost to both GSP and Johnson because of it. In fact, his last big, convincing win was a KO of Rory Markham more than two years ago.

No: Hardy makes fights fun. From the pre-fight trash talk right down to his mohawk and interplay with Bruce Buffer during introductions, you look forward to watching Hardy fight. He also brings in a fanbase from the UK. The man can sell a fight, and let's face it, the UFC is in the business to make money. Why would they cut such a valuable commodity?

Thanks to Combat Lifestyle for the picture.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/You-tell-us-Should-the-UFC-keep-Dan-Hardy-?urn=mma-wp715

Jimmy Ambriz Matt Andersen  Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè 

AMADI: UFC 128 pay-per-view buyrate no worse than expected with ebb and flow of UFC's pay-per-view business

By: Jason Amadi, MMATorch Columnist

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It is no secret that the MMA blogosphere is rife with sensationalist headlines, but I usually take such things in stride. However, I often find myself particularly upset by the over-the-top "sky is falling" rhetoric that seems to follow UFC pay-per-views that wind up on the wrong side of 500,000. As if somehow getting less than half a million homes to dish out $49.95 (for standard definition) is the evidence of oversaturation that so many have been waiting for. I usually don't get upset reading blogs that declare that the UFC's pay-per-view business has begun to decline (because it probably will at some point). Instead, I simply roll my eyes in January where the same exact blogs champion the UFC for breaking the pay-per-view record that they'd set the year prior.

According to early estimates from Dave Meltzer, UFC 128 generated between 415,000 and 470,000 pay-per-view buys. This is a fairly impressive number considering the fact that in February, UFC 126 did between 700,000 and 750,000 buys. This is in addition to the UFC sneaking in UFC 127 and doing between 250,000 and 300,000 buys with a fairly weak card supporting a non-title main event.

The real genius of the UFC's business model is that between events like UFC 127 and UFC 128, Zuffa pacifies paying customers with free cards like UFC on Versus 3, which came earlier this month, or events like the Ultimate Fight Night card this weekend. After this weekend's show, Zuffa presents Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley on Showtime in early April, and then will likely do monster numbers again with their most consistent pay-per-view draw, Georges St. Pierre, headlining a stacked UFC 129 card at the very end of April.

Quite frankly, talk of slowed momentum is completely unsubstantiated. The UFC typically does big numbers, modest numbers, strong numbers, and then big numbers again. There really isn't anything that can consistently produce the kind of numbers that UFC events do. Boxing can certainly do big business a couple times a year, but the UFC simply does more shows, some of which do comparable numbers to the biggest drawing shows in boxing. The WWE at one time was the king of pay-per-view and really blazed the trail for the UFC, but their numbers are on a steady decline.

The fact that Jon Jones' assault of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was "only" able to pull down 415,000-470,000 buys is no slight to Jones, and is in no real way a reflection on his drawing power. At this point, the UFC is simply doing such big business that it's hard to imagine how Jones and Rua could have gotten much more than they did. It just so happens that Jon Jones dominating Mauricio Rua was sandwiched in between pay-per-views featuring MMA's top two pound-for-pound fighters. Some might try to spin this into an indictment of Jon Jones' drawing power, but the UFC and Jones are likely laughing all the way to the bank.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/amadis_take/article_8868.shtml

Stephan Bonnar Lorenzo Borgomeo  Kyle Bradley  Jai Bradney 

Paul Kelly Apologizes To Donald Cerrone

Source: http://mmasportsreport.com/2535/paul-kelly-apologizes-to-donald-cerrone

Jai Bradney  Jimmy Ambriz Matt Andersen  Alex Andrade 

Monday, March 28, 2011

"Georges St. Pierre: Rush to the Top" pay-per-view to air UFC champ's six non-UFC fights in April

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Integrated Sports Media, a New Jersey based pay-per-view distributor, announced this week that they will bring a special pay-per-view program on UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre this April.

"Georges St. Pierre: Rush to the Top" will be available for $9.95 on cable and satellite carriers, and promises to feature footage from St. Pierre's six non-UFC fights, including a rarely seen debut fight from 2002.

"We?re thrilled and privileged to bring this unique footage of St. Pierre, the No. 1 ranked welterweight in the world and reigning UFC champion in the 170-pound division, to MMA fans in the United States,? ISM president Doug Jacobs said. ?This exciting six-fight package is where it all started for one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time."

The special will be available on DirecTV and DISH Network on April 1, Avail-TVN on Apr. 11 and iN DEMAND on Apr. 12.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8829.shtml

Mikhail Avetisyan Luiz Azeredo  Luciano Azevedo  Ba Te er 

Chris Jericho Blogs About His DWTS Debut Last Week

Former WWE superstar Chris Jericho is doing some blogging for TVSquad.com to give some behind-the-scenes insight into his current involvement on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars show.
“I’ve performed in front of crowds of up to 70,000 people for more than two decades, but last week I experienced a whole different animal,” said Jericho.
“Something so foreign, so terrifying, so intimidating that, beforehand, I was as nervous as a 12-year-old girl meeting Justin Bieber for the first time. Yes, kiddies, I was about to make my ballroom debut on ‘Dancing With the ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/03/chris-jericho-blogs-about-his-dwts-debut-last-week/

Ryan Bader  Siyar Bahadurzada Bao Ligao  Josh Barnett 

Twitter’s evil downside: Tito and Jenna fighting again online

Tito Ortiz, still one of the most high profile fighters in mixed martial arts, is a prolific tweeter, but the last day or so is one of those times you wish he and his former pornstar wife Jenna Jameson would power down.

Two nights ago, Ortiz got MMA fans and followers all worked up when he sent out a tweet saying, "I'm out."

The rumor mill cranked up thinking the fighter was talking about his career in the cage. After all, Ortiz has had a ton of injuries and delays in recent years. He was supposed to fight this weekend at Ultimate Fight Night 24 against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira before pulling out. It was confirmed early this week that he'll return against Ryan Bader at UFC 132.

Right now, there's no need to worry about his work in the Octagon. Instead, it looks like Tito was talking about the latest run-in with his wife. Ortiz wasn't very forthcoming, but Jameson was tweeting on the topic of her marriage with every Tom, Dick and Harry.

In his efforts to stay relevant, continue to earn a living and complete his contract with the UFC, Ortiz is already battling father time. God only knows how the seemingly constant drama on the homefront has to be affecting his career.

Thanks to Cage Potato for this tip and Twitter screengrabs. CP also did a great job of summing up the latest chapter in the Tito-Jenna story:

Seriously. Is Twitter and Facebook just a major waste of time for anyone who isn't a creep or an attention whore? Hopefully they follow through with this latest threat of a split so we don't have to report on their train wreck of a relationship again.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Twitter-s-evil-downside-Tito-and-Jenna-fighting?urn=mma-wp551

Ba Te er  Ryan Bader  Siyar Bahadurzada Bao Ligao 

UFC Fight Night Weigh In Results

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Mikhail Avetisyan Luiz Azeredo  Luciano Azevedo  Ba Te er 

Dana White: Dan Hardy?s UFC Career is Hardly Over

While the ‘Three strikes and you’re out’ philosophy holds true in many circles, it appears UFC president Dana White is leaning towards keeping Dan Hardy inside of his Octagon after posting his third consecutive loss. Exactly one year ago today, Hardy challenged welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for his crown at UFC 111. Fast forward 365 [...]

Source: http://www.5thRound.com/71733/dan-hardys-ufc-career-is-hardly-over/

Mikhail Avetisyan Luiz Azeredo  Luciano Azevedo  Ba Te er 

Friends no more: Evans accepts immediate title shot against Jones

UFC president Dana White has long believed friendships can't get in the way of fighting goals.

Rashad Evans must agree. Just a few minutes after Jon Jones crushed Mauricio "Shogun" Rua to take the UFC light heavyweight title, Evans climbed into the Octagon and accepted the next shot at the young star.

The big issue? Generally, fighters from the same training camp, don't want to fight each other. Evans and Jones both work with trainer Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, NM.

When Evans was mentioned by UFC analyst Joe Rogan and then showed in the Octagon on the big screens around The Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the crowd booed loudly.

That show of anger paled in comparison to the look on Jones' face. The introduction of Evans in the cage seemed to rain on Jones' parade a bit. He got just a few seconds to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work and then had to deal with the emotion of facing a training partner sometime later this year.

"We are teammates. I've sparred with him and he's sparred with me," Jones said as his voiced cracked. "This my dream and this is everything I believe in. And I know God wouldn't lead me this far, to leave me, so I gotta do exactly what I have to do."

Evans, nattily attired in a suit, walked to the microphone with a smirk on his face.

"I guess you should never say never," joked Evans.

Before UFC 128, with the possibility of Jones winning the title, Evans and his younger training partner agreed they wouldn't fight. That all changed in the last 10 days when Jones said he was tired of answering questions about Evans and suggested his training partner wasn't in his corner.

"[...] Rashad is not in my mind, he's not in my being, he has absolutely zero to do with my heart and who I am right now," Jones said during the UFC 128 prefight press conference. "[...] I have a lot of people outside of Rashad who I can draw energy and power from and they'll all be with me."

That opened the door for a fight in the future. Evans responded by saying Jones was being childish.

"That does sound a little bit cold-blooded. Jon's a young guy and when you're a young guy sometimes you talk a little too fast for your brain to keep up. I don't think it's acceptable at all. I don't think it's something I'd say.�It sounds like he wants to fight, huh? Those sound like fighting words," Evans told Larry Pepe of Pro MMA Radio. ".[...] Sometimes when you open your mouth you show what you're afraid of more than anything. I don't know why he has such an adverse response like that to me. I've never challenged him or made him feel like he should do that sort of thing. It sounds to me ? if I was out of the situation ? that he was feeling insecure about me. You can't just expect to not talk about a situation where you stepped in for a friend and training partner in a title fight who was injured. You can't take it personal… That sounds like a baby."

Tonight, Evans confirmed the belt trumps the friendship.

"We train together and you got that strap, so I gotta go after it," Evans said as the crowd booed.

Evans was originally scheduled to fight Rua at UFC 128, but suffered a knee injury just before Jones' fight at UFC 126 in early February. The UFC, faced with no one elite to challenged Rua six weeks later, turned to the raw Jones. It sounds like Evans believes Jones cut in front of him. When Jones first joined the Jackson's camp, Evans was told a head-to-head fight would never be an issue. Things have changed.

Now the question is, who leaves the camp?

Jones only began training with Jackson in 2010. Evans is one of the camp's original high-level members dating back to 2005. In that Pepe interview before the fight, it sounded like Evans had already made up his mind and will be working with Grudge Training Center in Denver if he had to face Jones.

It sets up an intriguing matchup from a mental and physical standpoint.

Evans has to know the champ's game as well as anyone in the division. At 32 years old, he may also be better equipped to handle the emotional side of the fight. That said, Jones, 23, didn't look one bit nervous last night in the biggest fight of his life. Evans also has the gift of gab. He's got a real knack for getting under the skin of his opponents.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Friends-no-more-Evans-accepts-immediate-title-s?urn=mma-wp390

Phil Baroni Don Barr Pat Barry  Vitor Belfort 

UFN 24: Despite short notice, Phil Davis takes decision win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

While Phil Davis has been lauded as a top prospect in the light heavyweight division for some time, few people gave “Mr. Wonderful” the benefit of the doubt that he would become a world beater so early in his career.
However, Davis has done just that, as he recorded unarguably the biggest win of his [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/26/ufn-24-despite-short-notice-phil-davis-takes-decision-win-over-nogueira

Don Barr Pat Barry  Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry

Fuck Eddie Bravo

Why does he get credit for all these dumb moves he didn't even create? The twister aint nothing but a lying down abdominal stretch anyhow. Its worse than faggots giving credit to Bas Rutten for the...

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Jimmy Ambriz Matt Andersen  Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

UFC 128 BONUSES: Koch, Schaub take duel "KO of the Night" awards, Barboza and Njokuani each also get $70,000 bonus for "Fight of the Night"

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Four fighters are an extra $70,000 richer after their performances at UFC 128 in New Jersey on Saturday night, as UFC President Dana White announced at the press conference that Erik Koch, Brendan Schaub, Edson Barboza and Anthony Njokuani each earned "Fight Night" bonuses for their efforts.

With no submission wins coming on the card, the UFC opted to give out two "Knockout of the Night" awards, with Erik Koch and Brendan Schaub each benefitting from that decision.

Koch earned his with a first round knockout of Raphael Assuncao. After looking to avoid Assuncao's early aggression in the opening bout of the night's event, Koch landed a perfectly timed counter punch as Assuncao rushed in and dropped him. Assuncao was out cold and Koch picked up the win in his UFC debut.

Schaub's bonus came from his third round knockout of Mirko Cro Cop on the pay-per-view card. Cro Cop gave a good showing through two rounds, but Schaub out of nowhere in the third connected on a shot to the temple as Cro Cop was looking to throw a big punch himself, and Cro Cop crashed to the mat hard. Schaub landed one unnecessary strike before referee Herb Dean could step in.

The "Fight of the Night" went to the Spike TV prelim between Barboza and Njokuani. The highly entertaining striking bout saw Barboza earn the decision victory. Njokuani, a longtime veteran of the WEC, made it a fight with some fast hands and good striking early, but Barboza connected on the harder and cleaner strikes throughout the fight. Just for good measure as well, he landed a spinning kick to the face at the final horn that had Njokuani stumbled. But Njokuani survived, and both fighters were rewarded for a great effort.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8807.shtml

Tony Bonello Stephan Bonnar Lorenzo Borgomeo  Kyle Bradley 

Nate Marquardt’s striking too much for Dan Miller at UFC 128

Nate Marquardt was solid but far from spectacular in taking out Dan Miller tonight at UFC 128.

His inability to post a highlight reel finish was really more about Miller being a pest than Marquardt performing poorly. Miller ate some big rights and was just dangerous enough on the ground to keep Marquardt from going for broke. The judges gave Marquardt a unanimous decision victory, 30-27 on all three cards, in Newark, N.J.

It looked like the game plan called for Marquardt (31-10-1, 10-4 UFC) to keep the fight standing. He held his hands low throughout looking to nail Miller with right hand leads. Marquardt found a home for those rights in all three rounds and turned Miller's head on a few occasions, but the big underdog exhibited an excellent chin.

The fact that Miller (13-5, 5-4 UFC) lasted all 15 minutes against a top 10 middleweight was impressive considering he was only told last Saturday that he'd be fighting Marquardt.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Nate-Marquardt-s-striking-too-much-for-Dan-Mille?urn=mma-wp357

Mikhail Avetisyan Luiz Azeredo  Luciano Azevedo  Ba Te er 

White UFC 128 vlog: More N.Y. lobbying

With or without approval from New York, there's little doubt the UFC will prosper and grow. The amount of time and effort put in to convince that state that MMA should be legalized, is beginning to border on ridiculous, but folks from Zuffa made another trip to Albany, the state capital of New York. Strikeforce folks have done their work as well. You almost wonder if it's all worth it.

Dana White's first vlog, in anticipation of UFC 128, starts in Albany. A crew that included UFC lightweight champ Frank Edgar spoke to legislators. Then the promotion held a seminar in the city. Edgar even allowed Nicole Hart, a local news reporter at WTEN to put him in a read-naked choke.

During today's UFC 128 prefight press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, White spoke about the safety of the sport. He also had another New York legislator backing him up. Joel talked about the positives of MMA.

"I grew up watching boxing on TV; I grew up watching WWF, then turned to WWE," said New York City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera during today's press conference (quotes via MMAjunkie). "It motivated me to get into the gym; it motivated me to want to join martial arts. This is the impact that MMA and UFC has on our next generation of leadership, and that's why I think it's important that we bring it here to our great city and to Madison Square Garden where these fighters deserve the opportunity to fight.

Rivera, much like state assemblyman Dean Murray did during a presser an MSG in January, is calling for the N.Y. lunacy to come to an end.

"It's about time that government takes off the shackles, government opens up the doors, rolls out the red carpet, and allows the UFC into New York City," said Rivera.

The vlog also features some cools moments with Diego Sanchez and Joe Rogan/Joe Silva in the Octagon plus White and owner Lorenzo Fertitta giving the fighter props in the bowels of the Yum! Center.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/White-UFC-128-vlog-More-N-Y-lobbying?urn=mma-wp210

Vagam Bodjukyan Kotetsu Boku  Tony Bonello Stephan Bonnar

UFC NEWS: Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman on tap for UFC 132 in July

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC has announced yet another bout for July's UFC 132, as lightweights Dennis Siver and Matt Wiman will meet on the card.

Both fighters put on extremely impressive performances in their first fights of 2011, giving each a three fight winning streak into this matchup.

Wiman started off his year at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 in January; in one of his most impressive career performances, Wiman battered Cole Miller through three rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory. The win brought his UFC record to 7-3 in 10 appearances.

Siver earned his third straight win last month, knocking off the highly touted George Sotiropoulos by decision in front of Sotiropoulos' home crowd in Australia. Siver has now won seven of his last eight fights.

UFC 132 is expected to take place from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on July 2, and will feature a rematch between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch.

Penick's Analysis: This is another really good lightweight fight for the UFC. There are so many fighter in this division right now, and a lot of guys trying to make their way into the top level, and this fight gives both Wiman and Siver a chance to continue on this path. Wiman looked really good against Miller, and Siver impressed against Sotiropoulos. I like this fight a lot and it should be a lot of fun on this card in Vegas.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8779.shtml

Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping 

Dana White video blog UFC fight night live

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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/89478-dana-white-video-blog-ufc-fight-night-live.html

Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki 

Brock on Jimmy Fallon, Monday, March 28th

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/Brock-on-Jimmy-Fallon-March-28+

Luciano Azevedo  Ba Te er  Ryan Bader  Siyar Bahadurzada

Chan Sung Jung Submits Leonard Garcia With a Twister

by Michael David Smith
In a rematch of one of the wildest, craziest slugfests in mixed martial arts history, Chan Sung Jung forced Leonard Garcia to tap out with just one second remaining in the second round of their fight Saturday at UFC Fight Night 24.

Although this fight wasn't quite the memorable battle that their first fight was, it was entertaining. And the result was more satisfying: In their last bout, Garcia won a highly questionable split decision. But this time around Jung took it out of the judges' hands, using a nifty twister submission on Garcia to secure the submission victory.

It was the first twister submission in UFC history.

 

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Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/03/26/chan-sung-jung-submits-leonard-garcia-with-a-twister/

Ricardo Arona  Noboru Asahi Marcus Aurelio  Mikhail Avetisyan

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Article: Jedi Mind Tricks - Monolith

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David Bielkheden Michael Bisping  Dan Bobish Vagam Bodjukyan

TUF 13 Finale Tickets on Sale This Week

Source: http://www.ufc.com/news/TUF-13-Finale-Tickets-On-Sale-This-Week

Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona  Noboru Asahi

Shogun Rua Says Jon Jones Deserves to be the Favorite at UFC 128 - UFC 128

UFC light heavyweight champion Shogun Rua says that his younger counterpart, Jon Jones, deserves to be the favorite over him at UFC 128.

Source: http://mmalice.com/ufc-128/shogun-rua-says-jon-jones-deserves-to-be-the-favorite-at-ufc-128-video_653ee6895.html

Josh Barnett  David Baron  Phil Baroni Don Barr

UFC expands Fight Night 24 Facebook coverage with addition of three bouts

In their never-ending quest to bring live MMA to the masses the UFC has decided to add an extra ninety minutes to their live Facebook stream planned this Saturday night in conjunction with a handful of preliminary bouts from UFC Fight Night 24. As such, rather than only showing two undercard match-ups the broadcast will [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/03/25/ufc-expands-fight-night-24-facebook-coverage-with-addition-of-three-bouts/

Ba Te er  Ryan Bader  Siyar Bahadurzada Bao Ligao 

Josh Barnett: I Don?t Want Fedor To Retire

Source: http://mmasportsreport.com/2543/josh-barnett-i-dont-want-fedor-to-retire

Vagam Bodjukyan Kotetsu Boku  Tony Bonello Stephan Bonnar

UFC NEWS: Kendall Grove vs. Tim Boetsch coming to UFC 130 in May

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC has announced another bout for the UFC 130 event coming the the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada on May 28, as Tim Boetsch will drop to the middleweight division to meet Kendall Grove on the card.

Boetsch holds a 3-3 record in the UFC light heavyweight division through two separate stints in the organization, but a loss to Phil Davis at UFC 123 last November has prompted him to make a move down.

Grove has alternated wins and losses over his last six fights, most recently dropping a decision to Demian Maia at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale in December. This bout will mark The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner's 13th fight inside the Octagon.

UFC 130 is headlined by the Lightweight Championship rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8825.shtml

Dan Bobish Vagam Bodjukyan Kotetsu Boku  Tony Bonello

Affliction Fight Weekend Starts Now!

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Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping 

Article: Jedi Mind Tricks - Monolith

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Siyar Bahadurzada Bao Ligao  Josh Barnett  David Baron 

Friday, March 25, 2011

UFC NEWS: Matt Brown vs. Rich Attonito moved to UFC on Versus 4 card

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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A welterweight bout between Matt Brown and Rich Attonito, originally announced for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, is instead being moved to UFC on Versus 4, the UFC has announced.

Brown is getting one final chance to get back on track in the UFC after suffering three consecutive submission losses in 2010. The Ultimate Fighter veteran began his UFC career with a four wins in his first five fights, but losses to Ricardo Almeida, Chris Lytle and Brian Foster last year have him on his last legs.

Attonito, who competed on season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter, hopes to bounce back from his first loss in the Octagon. After winning his first two fights in the organization, he dropped a decision to Dave Branch at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale in December.

UFC on Versus 4 takes place on June 26, though no official location or venue has been announced as of yet.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8782.shtml

Ricardo Arona  Noboru Asahi Marcus Aurelio  Mikhail Avetisyan

Tickets for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale with Pettis vs. Guida go on sale this week (UPDATED)

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC has officially announced the Finale event for the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter, and tickets for the event go on sale this week.

Taking place from The Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 4, the Finale event airs live on Spike TV with a lightweight headliner between Anthony "Showtime" Pettis and Clay "The Carpenter" Guida.

The card will also feature Ultimate Fighter 12 winner Jonathan Brookins in a bout against Jeremy Stephens and the welterweight finals from the upcoming season of the long-running reality show.

"Anthony Pettis and Clay Guida both want to prove that they deserve the next shot at the lightweight title," UFC President Dana White said. "Pettis comes in to the UFC with a lot of hype. He was the last WEC lightweight champion and became a superstar after landing that incredible kick off the cage against Ben Henderson. But this is the toughest fight of his career. Clay Guida is a gritty, in-your-face fighter who has put together a really impressive winning streak. This is a fight I can't wait to see."

The Ultimate Fighter 13 features 14 welterweight being coached by former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and divisional challenger Junior Dos Santos.

Tickets for the event range from $150-$375. UFC Fight Club members get the first crack at tickets this Wednesday, March 23, with UFC Newsletter subscribers getting a pre-sale on Thursday and the general public getting their shot at tickets on Friday.

UPDATE: The UFC mistakenly announced that the Barao-Johnson bout was on this card, but the bantamweight bout takes place on May 28 at UFC 130.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8824.shtml

Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki 

ROUNDTABLE: Who poses the biggest threat to Jon Jones following his UFC 128 destruction of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua? Hansen, Hobaugh, Hyden, Park, Marsh, Perez, Williams, Pelkey and Penick

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Who poses the biggest potential threat to Jon Jones after his destruction of "Shogun" Rua?

RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Jon Jones is a heavyweight who possesses the ability to cut down to light heavyweight.� Once he starts lifting for mass/bulk, and once he doesn't have to be so stringent on calories, he's going to be a 250 pound heavyweight fighter.� As a result, i don't see anyone having a realistic chance to defeat him at the 205 weight class; at least not anyone who is currently on the radar.� So, I see a small handful of fighters who pose a chance (excluding the fluky "puncher's chance," which most fighters at this level do possess.

�- Some 19 year old kid we've never heard of.� He might not even be at a big time gym yet.
�- Cain Velazquez - A dominant wrestler who can shoot double-legs might be able to get Jones on his back.
�- Alistair Overeem/Junior Dos Santos - Jones has yet to be hit hard.� These guys not only have power, but the technique to get inside the reach Jones possesses.

ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

After the total domination of Shogun by Jon Jones at UFC 128, I have my doubts of there being a fighter at light heavyweight who can beat Jones. �Shogun was an excellent opponent on paper. He was the champ. He had years of experience against top tier fighters. He had an excellent chin. �He was and is one of the best fighters ever. �I do think Rashad Evans will have some advantage, because he trained against Jones at Greg Jackson's camp. That advantage will not be enough. Jon Jones will dominate Evans just like everyone else he has faced. I would love to see a Jones and Anderson Silva fight, but don't hold your breath for this one. Silva will not take this fight, because he knows he cannot win. I think Jon Jones will have to go up to heavyweight to see any real threat in the octagon.�

FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

I think the biggest threat to Jones in the immediate future is himself. That's sort of a cop-out, but it's true. It's easier to be the hunter than the hunted. If Jones maintains his approach to fighting and training, there doesn't appear to be much that can stop him. I think Lyoto Machida poses a threat to Jones, just because of his style. More than him, though, I think Quinton Jackson poses the biggest threat to Jones, mainly because of his immense power. Having said that, though, I don't think any of the light heavyweights in the UFC pose a formidable threat to Jones right now.

CHRIS PARK, MMATORCH UK SPECIALIST

Last Saturday's encounter was extremely brutual and pretty much exactly how i predicted the bout would go - only it lasted a round or two longer.

With that in mind I don't see an immediate threat to what I believe will be a long and successful time at the top for Mr. Jones.

There will of course be a line of challengers forming, starting with Rashad Evans, then the likes of Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida and company all craving a shot at the new kid on the block.

Once the dust settles in 12 months or so there may be a new rising star on the horizon, but for now, no one can touch this guy in my opinion - not even Anderson Silva.

GRIFFIN MARSH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Anderson Silva absolutely. �He's quicker, more powerful and a more accurate striker than Jones. He also has a proven chin, having taken plenty of solid punches from fighters more powerful than Jones. �For Jones to beat Silva he will have to hold him down for five rounds and well, we've seen what Anderson has done to strong wrestlers, he's finished them. �Like Lyoto Machida, Jones doesn't use a boxing defense. �He leaves himself wide open to strikes and when considering everything together, I�just don't think he's shown the cardio or the ability to take a punch that he will definitely need in a bout with Silva. �Silva has a proven record and chin. �He can stand with Jones in the pocket, take his assault and counter. �

That's where things get interesting. �With having allowed multiple fighters to get back to their feet after taking them down, I don't see Jones holding Silva down, and I just see Silva taking it to him, then taking him into the fourth and fifth rounds, which is something we haven't seen. �I just don't think Jones' defense is near good enough to hang with Anderson. �One day Anderson will lose, age gets us all. �But Jonny "Bones" isn't the man to do it. Anderson is a nightmare for jones stylistically.

ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

After Jon Jones fully dismantled Shogun Rua, it's kind of hard to pinpoint who in the division can be a threat to him.� It certainly won't be Rashad Evans, who faces Jones next.� My guess, and I do believe it's too early to hedge bets on this, is that Anderson Silva will be the one to threaten Mr.� Jones.� But, before we start calling the "Bones Era," let's see how Jones does his first few fights before we start calling him the next Georges St. Pierre or Anderson Silva.

ALEX WILLIAMS, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Phil Davis, but not for awhile.� When Shogun Rua won the Pride Grand Prix at age 23, I would have bet good money that no one in MMA would be able to dominate him like this six years later.� I don't think there is any 205 pounder in the world who can take Jones.� Phil Davis is a blue chip prospect, though.� Perhaps in a couple years, he will have developed enough to give Jones a battle.

MATT PELKEY, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Um... Cain Velasquez? And that's not a joke. Jon Jones vs. Cain Velasquez will be the new GSP vs. Silva in about three years. As Jones continues to grow and mature physically, he's not going to want to keep making a 30-40+ pound weight cut. His future will be in the heavyweight division. At light-heavyweight, only Phil Davis possesses the physical abilities and wrestling acumen it's going to take to seriously challenge Jones, and he might still be a couple years away. His fight on Saturday against Nogueira should give us some indication of how close he is. Rashad just signed his own death warrant. Rampage would get massacred. Machida would be intriguing until the fight started. Who's left? Forrest Griffin? Yeesh. To beat Jones, someone is either going to have to knock him out or put him on his back. None of the current top challengers at light-heavyweight can accomplish those things. Rampage won't be able to get close enough to touch him until he's flying�through the air on the way to the mat courtesy of a Bones throw. Rashad's takedowns will get shrugged off or countered. Machida might be able to dance in for a strike or two, but I just can't envision a scenario where he knocks out, submits, or is just better over the course of a five round fight than Jon Jones.

JAMIE PENICK, MMATORCH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

I honestly can't envision a light heavyweight currently on the UFC's roster taking Jones out. It's going to take him moving up to heavyweight, which is absolutely in his future, for him to face his biggest challenges, because there will be fighters with the size and wrestling in that division to give him troubles, as well as a number of fighters who hit harder than everyone at 205 lbs. Jones is a very special talent, and though his list of victims doesn't warrant anything near an "all-time" best distinction as of yet, he's the type of fighter that we won't see often, and if he keeps his head about him going forward and makes good moves and continues to improve his game, he will absolutely reach that transcendent level that only few are a part of at the moment.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/roundtables/article_8853.shtml

Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki 

Ex-WWE Divas Drinking & Partying, Otunga Featured

– David Otunga is on the top half of today’s Chicago Tribune on the front page. Next to his picture is “WRESTLER LAWYER JENNIFER HUDSON’S FIANC�”. You can check out the article at ChicagoTribune.com.
– The Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine is now accepting submissions for wrestlers to be ranked in the annual PWI 500 issue. To view it, go to http://www.pwi-online.com/ You can also read an article about the independent wrestlers Jake O’Reilly and Shawn Spears being in Japan when the earthquake and tsunami hit. http://prowrestlingillustrated.blogspot.com/
– Former World Wrestling Entertainment Diva, ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/03/ex-wwe-divas-drinking-partying-otunga-featured/

Lorenzo Borgomeo  Kyle Bradley  Jai Bradney  Jimmy Ambriz

ENNIS: UFC 128 review and quick thoughts - Jon Jones is fantastic, Urijah Faber cements spot and more

By: Shawn Ennis, MMATorch Senior Columnist

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Overall this was a solid show, if it was lacking in multiple storylines. I'd give it a score of 8/10, with the main event getting it that high.

The story of the night was obviously the ascension of Jon Jones to the light heavyweight throne. He has looked good enough to think that no one can beat him at 205. But I think we just need to slow down a bit before we start anointing him the leader of his own era. We all saw how quickly someone solved the puzzle of Lyoto Machida, and though I think Jones is better, I'm not ready to say he's never going to lose.

First things first, Jones will steamroll Rashad Evans. It's anyone's guess who gets the shot after that, but I wouldn't mind seeing a Machida-Rampage rematch for a title shot after they both win their next fights. The positive for the UFC is that there are plenty of big-name opponents for Jones to fight before he reaches the status of a GSP/Anderson Silva.

And by the way, I think the potential of a superfight with Silva is pretty slim. While it's attractive on paper, it would involve Silva moving to 205, which he has said he doesn't want to do on a permanent basis, and it would also involve Jones having cleaned out the division (or at least one would imagine). By the time that happens, and if it happens, who knows how old Silva will be, and whether he'll still be undefeated in the Octagon? A lot of things can happen between now and what's potentially down the road. It's easy to get ahead of ourselves, and I don't mean to throw cold water on the excitement because Jones is very, very good. But let's all just take a deep breath and wait for his first title defense, shall we?

If we're looking at other newsworthy happenings, there's not a ton. Urijah Faber likely cemented himself as the coach opposite Dominick Cruz for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, which will hopefully feature some high-level bantamweights and featherweights. Eddie Wineland was certainly game, and I think his takedown defense was a whole lot better than Faber or a lot of other people expected. Hopefully he'll be back and continue to put on great fights.

Jim Miller looked great in his destruction of the durable Kamal Shalorus, but I'm not quite as infatuated with Miller as a lot of people are. I think it's a good thing that Edgar and Maynard are going at it for the third time, because it gives the division some time to sort itself out so that we can decide who the next contender is. By then (I imagine) it'll be someone out of the Guida-Pettis-Miller-Guillard-Sherk mix. Maybe. The point is that it's okay for the UFC to have some time to anoint a new contender, and I'd like to see Jim Miller beat someone with some cred before I go crazy.

Some disjointeed thoughts about the rest of the card: Luis Cane is a killer when he's not fighting southpaws; Edson Barboza is going to inflict a lot of pain on people as he ascends to the top (and he will ascend to the top - you heard it here first); I'm glad Cro Cop is done in the UFC, because I want to remember his Pride days and not his days against Frank Mir and Brendan Schaub.

Speaking of Schaub, he's an incredible athlete, and he's got a lot of upside, but he's still missing something. A better ground game? A more sturdy chin? I don't know for sure, but I'm not feeling it just yet with him. Nate Marquardt took care of business, but that's pretty much all you can say about that fight.

So to sum up - Jones looked fantastic, and he is fantastic. But let's not go crazy just yet.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Ennistake/article_8809.shtml

Bao Ligao  Josh Barnett  David Baron  Phil Baroni