Thursday, June 16, 2011

UFC 132 Middleweight Showdown: Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben

MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer</B><BR><BR>

Among the many MMA personalities that have, throughout the years, captured our imagination and made loyal followers of us all, Wanderlei Silva still remains a fan favorite even after frequently long absences from the Octagon.<BR><BR>

A native of Curitiba, Brazil, the ?Axe Murderer? entered the professional fighting scene at the age of 20 in the Brazilian Vale Tudo Fighting organization, knocking out his opponent via strikes. In subsequent years, Silva gained notoriety for his hard-nosed brawling style and the viciousness of his strikes, steadily climbing the fighting ranks from contender to IVC light heavyweight champion and dominant PRIDE Middleweight champion.<BR><BR>

Ranked as one of the world?s best Middleweights, Silva has yet to earn a title in the UFC, arguably the biggest MMA organization in the world today. Slated to fight against fellow brawler Chris ?The Crippler? Leben in UFC 132, Silva will be returning to the Octagon after an absence of one year and five months. During his fighting hiatus, Wanderlei underwent a knee surgery and was originally scheduled to make his return in UFC 130 taking on ex-WEC champ Brian Stann. Silva was eventually replaced by veteran Jorge Santiago, after the Brazilian expressed his hesitancy to face Stann. His reluctance to fight though has perhaps disillusioned many Silva fans and created doubts in their mind as well as questions that need answering.<BR><BR>

Though only at the age of 34, Silva? s body has arguably gone through lots of punishment throughout the years, mainly due to the Brazilian?s in-ring aggressiveness and his habitual ?throwing caution to the wind? style, and even after pulling out a unanimous win over Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva looked spent.<BR><BR><!--more-break-->

The fight against Leben on July 2, 2011 is perfect stylistically for both Silva and Leben as both are raging strikers out to prove their critics wrong. Leben, a fighter seemingly incapable of being put away, is coming off of a KO loss to Brian Stann in UFC 125 and will surely be out for blood.<BR><BR>

Will Silva be able to shake off his ring rust and exhume his ?murderous? instincts to put the axe to Leben and become the third man to knock Leben out?<BR><BR>

One thing is for sure: If the two strikers do pull the trigger on each other, the fans are guaranteed a fight of the night match well worth its money.<BR><BR>


Ba Te er  Ryan Bader  Siyar Bahadurzada Bao Ligao 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

UFC 131 ? 5 Preliminary Bouts To Stream On Facebook

It’s fight week and more free fights have been announced for UFC 131 on Saturday, June 11th. The UFC will be streaming five preliminary bouts on their Facebook page: Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Mike Massenzio Nick Ring vs. James Head Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa Michihiro Omigawa vs. Darren Elkins UFC [...]

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MMA Basics: Preparing for Training



Ba Te er  Ryan Bader  Siyar Bahadurzada Bao Ligao 

UFC 131 Prelims Set To Air Live On Facebook Again And, For The First Time, YouTube

As expected, the ufc will once again be returning to Facebook for another broadcast of ?UFC Prelims LIVE?. This time, it?ll be the prelims of UFC 131 ?Dos Santos vs. Carwin?, which takes place this Saturday, June 11. But in addition to Facebook, the UFC will be broadcasting its prelims through another online venue, one [...]


Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin 

Couture Staying Retired


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Vancouver Athletic Commission explains Omigawa/Elkins decision

In the first round, Elkins backed Omigawa up with punches the entire round. He controlled the center of the cage. He was throwing a lot...


Pat Barry  Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry David Bielkheden

Carwin interview: Heavyweight slugger is ready to throw hands with dos Santos

Come Saturday, Shane Carwin may look like a slightly different fighter from a physique standpoint. He's expecting to weigh around 255 pounds, but he's bringing the same attitude when it comes to knocking his opponent's head off against Junior dos Santos.

"I'm gonna stand toe-to-toe. That's type of fighter I am. Let's face it, that's what got both of us where we're at," Carwin told "The MMA Insiders" on ESPNRadio1100 in Las Vegas. "I like my power and I think I have a great chin. I like to stand and bang, and that's what I'm passionate about."

The key to being a knockout puncher is the willingness to stand in the pocket and absorb some big shots if necessary. If he gets blasted in the main event of UFC 131, Carwin already showed he can come off the deck. Back at UFC 96, Gabriel Gonzaga smashed Carwin's nose and floored him, but he kept his cool.

"When Gonzaga hit me, I was stunned for a second or two. We were against the fence and I knew Gonzaga was a black belt, and I didn't want to be underneath him. Once we got back up it was just swinging away again," said Carwin.

Carwin recovered from that broken nose to come back and KO Gonzaga inside of 70 seconds. Every one of Carwin's 12 career wins has come via finish. Dos Santos' resume is nearly as impressive. The power-punching Brazilian has 11 finishes amongst his 12 wins. If this one goes 15 minutes, these guys will likely be beaten and bloodied.

You can watch UFC 131 right here on Yahoo! Sports


Bao Ligao  Josh Barnett  David Baron  Phil Baroni

UFC President Dana White Reveals The Future Of Former Champion Brock Lesnar

What does the future hold for Brock Lesnar? The former UFC Heavyweight Champion and highly-controversial mega-draw has been sitting on the sidelines ever since it was announced that he had come down with another case of diverticulitis, the disease that once nearly took his life. Many fans and insiders openly wondered if this disease, or [...]


Ryan Bader  Siyar Bahadurzada Bao Ligao  Josh Barnett 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mick Foley Posts Blog Discussing His Departure From TNA

Mick Foley posted a blog on his official website commenting on his decision to part ways with TNA Wrestling.


A few days ago, I woke...


Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping 

Bellator FC Will Possibily Replace The UFC On Spike TV... And That's A Good Thing

There have been a huge amount of rumors floating around the internet now that Spike TV and the UFC are poised to end their relationship after so many years. One very popular rumor is that Spike TV is already preparing for life without the UFC: they?ve got the upstart Bellator promotion square in their sites. [...]


Jimmy Ambriz Matt Andersen  Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè 

Shane Carwin UFC 131 Talks Brock Lesnar, JDS + Cain Velasquez - Shane Carwin

Number one contender Shane Carwin talks with the MMA:30 Radio Hour about his upcoming fight with Jr. Dos Santos this weekend at UFC 131. Carwin also speaks on Lesnar and Velasquez.


Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping  Dan Bobish

The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale draws 1.8 million viewers to Spike TV

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Last Saturday's Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale saw a clear increase from the average ratings of the Wednesday night pre-taped timeslot throughout the season, and brought 1.8 million viewers to Spike TV on average during the three hour broadcast.

The broadcast drew a 1.32 household rating, along with a 1.74 in men 18-49 and a 1.95 in men 18-34.

Additionally, the broadcast was the #1 show in its timeslot for those key demographics on the night, and even registered in the top five for adult women for that timeslot.

The broadcast featured the Ultimate Fighter 13 finals between Tony Ferguson and Ramsey Nijem, which Ferguson won by knockout in the first round, as well as Clay Guida's lightweight victory over Anthony Pettis. They also fit in two preliminary card bouts, airing a total of seven fights during the broadcast.

Penick's Analysis: The ten-episode show averaged just 1.3 million viewers for the season, so the live finale brought in 500,000 more viewers. This was the lowest rated overall season of the long-running reality show, a surprising stat considering Brock Lesnar's involvement, but the change in timeslot and the fact that people seem only interested in watching Lesnar fight and nothing else worked to its detriment. They'll hope to rebound with season 14 in the fall and the return of Michael Bisping to the program, and hopefully with the influx of bantamweight and featherweight fighters we'll see a good season of fights all around.


Kyle Bradley  Jai Bradney  Jimmy Ambriz Matt Andersen 

TUF 13 FINALE RESULTS: Tony Ferguson knocks out Ramsey Nijem to become season 13 Ultimate Fighter

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Welterweight Tony Ferguson became the 19th fighter to earn the title of "The Ultimate Fighter" on Saturday night, knocking out Ramsey Nijem at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale event in Las Vegas.

The knockout was Ferguson's fourth straight during the season 13 welterweight tournament.

As the third pick for Brock Lesnar's team during the season, Ferguson took out all of his opponents while on the show. He knocked out Justin Edwards with an upkick in his opening round bout, then defeated Ryan McGillivray and Chuck O'Neil to make his way to the finals against Nijem.

During their finals bout, Ferguson avoided a number of rushed flurries from Nijem, and took him down on a couple of occasions. As the first round was reaching its final minute, Ferguson backed up Nijem and landed a left hook on the button that dropped him to the canvas. Ferguson followed up with a couple more strikes to take the win, the title of "Ultimate Fighter" and the six-figure-contract.

Penick's Analysis: Ferguson was really the only fighter this season that looked like he might possibly be a legitimate UFC-level competitor. His striking was at a different level from Nijem in this fight, and with working with Lesnar's Death Clutch coaches after the season was done he also brought his wrestling game up as well. He's going to have a tough task ahead of him in a very tough 170 lb. division, but was pretty clearly the best fighter from this season and picked up a very deserved win on Saturday.


Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona 

White defends MMA in NY op-ed

Dana White made one last plea for the legalization of MMA in New York with an op-ed piece in today’s New York Daily News. While White hopes for a full NY Assembly vote, the current bill to legalize MMA is not expected to be passed. White�argued to overturn the ban�in�the�New York Daily News: It’s long [...]


Michael Bisping  Dan Bobish Vagam Bodjukyan

UFC 131: Cerrone crushes the legs of Rocha for second UFC win

Donald Cerrone's transition to the UFC has been nothing but smooth. He made sure of that at UFC 131 by crushing Vagner Rocha with leg kicks. Rocha, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, could never get the fight to the mat and took massive damage to his legs. Cerrone rolled to a unanimous decison, 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26, in the first fight on the pay-per-view portion of UFC 131 in Vancouver.

There were questions about Cerrone, a former WEC lightweight champ, when he was brought on board by the UFC, the biggest promotion under the Zuffa umbrella. He's now won two straight in the UFC over Paul Kelly�and Rocha, and three in a row overall.

"My wrestling has gotten better and better thanks to Greg Jackson and all of the wrestlers down there. I'm working with guys like Clay Guida, Melvin Guillard and the Vanier brothers every day. I'm disappointed that I didn't get the chance to finish him," said Cerrone.

Cerrone's muay thai just destroyed Rocha all night long.� Cerrone (15-3, 2-0 UFC)�landed dozens of kicks on the outside and inside of Rocha's lead leg. By the third round, Rocha switched stances for a brief second and was limping. Over the final two minutes of the fight, he was wincing on each nasty leg kick that landed.

"After the first round, I could tell the leg kicks started bothering him. I just didn't let my hands go after negating the takedown. I'm happy with the win, but you know I always want to put on exciting fights," said Cerrone.

Rocha (6-2, 0-1 UFC) tried for takedowns throughout, but lacked the size and technique to threaten Cerrone. A replacement for Mac Danzig, he was simply overmatched at this point in his career.

"That was just a bad fight for me. It wasn't what I had planned at all. I was really frustrated that he was able to defend the takedowns that well and it threw my game plan completely off," said Rocha.


Bao Ligao  Josh Barnett  David Baron  Phil Baroni

Monday, June 13, 2011

First Muay Thai Fight!?!?

OK, so I have been asked if I want to have my first fight this year and I don't really know! I am 16, 55kg and have been training Muay Thai for about...


Vitor Belfort  Robert Berry David Bielkheden Michael Bisping 

Weigh-in results for UFC 131 "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" from Vancouver

In a unique outdoor setting, weigh-ins took place today for tomorrow's UFC 131 event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The festivities were held at the Jack Poole Plaza, while tomorrow's fight card takes place from the nearby Rogers Arena. All fighters made weight for the event, including Kenny Florian, who dropped weight for the third time and will fight in his fourth weight class in the UFC, the first fighter ever to do so. He came in sporting a Boston Bruins jerset before weighing in at 146 lbs. for his featherweight bout with Diego Nunes, who then donned a Vancouver Canucks jersey for their stare down. Full weigh-in results for the event are below:

Main Pay-Per-View Card

* Junior Dos Santos (239) vs. Shane Carwin (254)
* Kenny Florian (146) vs. Diego Nunes (145)
* Demian Maia (186) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
* Jon Olav Einemo (261) vs. Dave Herman (233)
* Donald Cerrone (155) vs. Vagner Rocha (155)

Spike TV Prelims

* Yves Edwards (155) vs. Sam Stout (155)
* Jesse Bongfeldt (185) vs. Chris Weidman (186)

Facebook/YouTube Streamed Prelims

* Mike Massenzio (201) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (205)
* James Head (186) vs. Nick Ring (185)
* Dustin Poirier (146) vs. Jason Young (145)
* Joey Beltran (247) vs. Aaron Rosa (261)
* Darren Elkins (145) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (145)


Lorenzo Borgomeo  Kyle Bradley  Jai Bradney  Jimmy Ambriz

Jason "Mayhem" Miller excited for TUF 14 coaching spot against "most hated man in America" Michael Bisping

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Jason "Mayhem" Miller is in a very unique situation. The longtime MMA veteran hasn't competed in the UFC since a loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 52 in 2005, yet he will return to the organization on their long-running reality show The Ultimate Fighter as a coach opposite Brit Michael Bisping.

The gig came about with Chael Sonnen's on-going commission issues, but regardless of how he got the assignment, he's been moved from a preliminary card spot on next month's UFC 132 card to the opportunity to get 12 weeks of added exposure before headlining against a top contender on Spike TV.

Hyping the fight and providing entertainment throughout the six-week taping of the show shouldn't come with much difficulty for Miller. The jokester host of MTV's Bully Beatdown show, Miller's personality has always been his major selling point, and now he's ready to take on "the most hated man in America" in Bisping.

"I feel great getting the TUF spot," Miller said in an interview with Duane Finley at HeavyMMA. "It's a little early to start the smack talk but I'm going to beat the bangers and mash out of Bisping after my team smashes his team. Now that Osama is dead, Bisping is the most hated man in America. Everybody hates that guy. I wonder what it's like to actually be hated that much. You would have to put a terrorist attack together to be hated any more than he is."

That's just a small taste of what we're likely to get out of Mayhem throughout the 14th season of TUF, which will feature him and Bisping coaching a group of bantamweights and featherweights, the first time the show has featured those weight classes. But Mayhem's not just coming onto the show to talk. Now that he's back in the UFC, Miller wants to prove himself as one of the best in the world against the best fighters he can face, and he feels the exposure of TUF will only help him do that.

"I'm going to make an entertaining show for the fans because that's what I'm all about. It's not enough to just to go out there and fight you have to fight and then put on the biggest show," Miller said. "Now I'm on the greatest show on earth so I'm going to keep this circus rolling. On the internet message boards, with all of the geniuses on there, I feel like I'm a very underrated fighter. Everyone thinks that because my last two wins weren't against top level guys, I'm not any good. That wasn't my fault. I wanted to fight the top level guys but when they stick a guy in front of you then you beat them because that?s your job.

"I'm a good mixed martial artist, soon to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists and I just haven't had the chance to display my prowess. Now that I'm in the UFC I can fight these top level guys and show that I'm one of the greatest fighters in the world."

Miller feels his addition to the show will be beneficial for both him and the UFC. After season 13 provided some of the worst ratings in the show's history, Miller believes he's got a fanbase of his own that can help boost his season's numbers when the show begins airing in September.

"Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta] didn't get here by throwing a bunch of money at a problem. They got where they are because they are smart dudes," Miller said. "They know what sells and they realize that I have an independent fan base that's not just UFC fans. I'll be able to pull some of my fans onto their television program which will be great. It will be fantastic. It's good for me, for them... it's good for everybody. It's good for MMA. It's going to be fun and it will broaden the horizons for the fringe fans who are just becoming interested in mixed martial arts. My goal is to make this the best season of TUF, the highest rated season and to smash a Brit at the end of it."

The season begins filming in Las Vegas this month, and Miller will meet Bisping in his return to the Octagon in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on December 3.

Link to Original Source Article

Penick's Analysis: Miller's a very solid middleweight who presents a very stiff test for anyone he's matched up with, and it will be no different with Bisping. He's going to be bringing a big personality into the Ultimate Fighter, but that's not all he is. With a 24-7 record and one no contest, Miller has only been stopped twice in his 10 year career, and he'll make Bisping work for a win in their fight. I don't think this season will come close to the record-setting tenth season, but if they move back to the old timeslot, and Miller's Bully Beatdown audience tunes in, the show could certainly find a boost from the dismal ratings this season provided. It was a good choice by the UFC given the circumstances, and I'm interested to see how the UFC audience reacts to Miller and how they accept him as a coach on the show. It's going to be an interesting season from a number of standpoints, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Miller can do with this opportunity.


David Baron  Phil Baroni Don Barr Pat Barry 

Bisping will benefit from 5 rounders

There maybe other fighters out there that will benefit from longer fights however i see Bisping the Cardio monster really getting solid victories...


Kyle Bradley  Jai Bradney  Jimmy Ambriz Matt Andersen 

Top 5 Moments Of UFC 131 "Dos Santos vs. Carwin"

UFC 131 ?Dos Santos vs. Carwin? featured a few average fights, a few good ones, and a few great ones. Sprinkled here and there were some good finishes, including several shocking KO?s. But which stars shined brightest, and what moments will fans be talking about in the following weeks? Here?s my take on the matter: [...]


Noboru Asahi Marcus Aurelio  Mikhail Avetisyan Luiz Azeredo 

Anderson Silva Calls Chael Sonnen A Doping Loser... And He's Right, Of Course

Anderson Silva is a controversial man, although he only rarely says controversial things. Most of his cynics focus on his in-fight antics, which at times have bordered and even crossed the line. In terms of his pre-fight and post-fight interviews, though, Silva remains mostly respectful? mostly. Recently, Anderson Silva gave his reaction to Yushin Okami, [...]


Marcus Aurelio  Mikhail Avetisyan Luiz Azeredo  Luciano Azevedo 

UFC 129 St-Pierre vs Shields Weigh-In Highlights - UFC 129

Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields get on the scale the day prior to their UFC Welterweight Title bout. Watch UFC 129 Live on Pay-Per-View or - Tomorrow, April 30th at 6/9PM PT/ET


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Why you should like Nick Diaz
1000% right on what is exciting and scoring and they people say stupid things like "He's a dumb stoner".


Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Press confrence

Is anyone else noticing the amazingly stupid questions that the press is asking? I mean for real k-flo has been asked the same question 100 diffrent...


Josh Barnett  David Baron  Phil Baroni Don Barr

Werdum has something to say...


Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski 

Demian Maia Fighting With New Purpose Since Birth of First Child - UFC 131

Demian Maia Fighting With New Purpose Since Birth of First Child Video by UFC 131


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ROUNDTABLE: Predictions for UFC 131 main event between Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos - Hansen, Amadi, Hobaugh, Hyden, Williams and Penick

Who do you think will win the heavyweight #1 contender's fight at UFC 131 between Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos?


I think Junior dos Santos wins this fight.� Shane Carwin has a newly lean (or at least, RE-lean) body, is coming off a major surgery, and hasn't fought in 11 months.� Based on that alone, there are too many question that he needs to answer before I would be comfortable picking him in a fight against an opponent the caliber of JDS.


Junior Dos Santos is a better boxer than anyone else in the heavyweight division, has shown solid defensive wrestling, and is said to be adequate off of his back if he's forced there. Shane Carwin hits pretty hard and is supposed to be a pretty good wrestler. That's pretty much all you need to know right there. Dos Santos has more tools but Carwin's power is a threat and his wrestling is talked up, but has never really been seen in a high level mixed martial arts contest. The neck and back surgery Carwin has undergone - along with the fact that he's dropped 35 lbs. - make it virtually impossible to confidently pick Shane Carwin here.��I like Junior Dos Santos by TKO in the first round.


JDS will win because of his ability to go all three rounds.� I have been hearing things about why Shane Carwin has slimmed down. He mentioned his body change last week in his interview with Joe Rogan on the The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Carwin has not shown the capability to go three rounds.� JDS will win this by knock out late in the second round.��


I think Dos Santos wins this one. Carwin has the power to knock out Dos Santos, but I like Junior's technique and skill more. I don't think the fight gets out of the 1st round, but my pick is JDS picking Carwin apart before finishing him in an exciting TKO.


Junior Dos Santos.� A knock out win for Shane Carwin is certainly possible, but I think Dos Santos' superior boxing skill will prevail.


From my full event preview:

The biggest question mark coming into the fight is Carwin and how his body will handle the fight after a lengthy layoff and recovery from surgery. His UFC 116 performance caught a ton of flack for him gassing out in the first round and not having much to offer in the second, and though he's claiming it won't be an issue in this fight, until he proves he can keep that up past the first round it will remain a question mark. With the injury and recovery from surgery it ups that question even further.

Of course, one of the reasons he hasn't been tested on that front is his ability to finish opponents quickly, and if he can get his hands to touch the jaw of Dos Santos, he could very well end this fight in the first round.

For Dos Santos, it's going to be about using his speed and crisper technique to land his punches against Carwin, and he'll need to wear his opponent down while avoiding the knockout blows himself. Carwin's been cracked before, and he was dropped by Gabriel Gonzaga in their fight in 2009. If Dos Santos can deliver that knockdown blow himself, I think he can take this fight. Carwin certainly has a good chance of winning, but I'm going to take the Brazilian to keep his title shot intact with a TKO in the second round.


Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona 

Junior Dos Santos says he "will be ready" for UFC Heavyweight Champ Cain Velasquez after UFC 131 win

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

With a title shot against UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez on the line, Junior Dos Santos had his best all around performance in the Octagon on Saturday night, taking out Shane Carwin by decision in a completely one-sided bout at UFC 131 in Vancouver.

Though the fight ultimately went the distance, Dos Santos nearly ended things in the first round. After dropping Carwin against the cage, he unleashed a beating on the ground as Carwin did his best to cover up. At the end of the round Carwin's face was a bloody mess, with a broken nose and several lacerations, but referee Herb Dean allowed the fight to continue. Though Dos Santos joked that he got a little tired throwing those punches, he felt Dean did the right thing by allowing Carwin to continue.

"I was getting tired from hitting and hitting and hitting," Dos Santos said at the post fight press conference. "[Dean] didn't stop the fight, so I asked him, 'Hey, stop the fight.' He said, 'Keep going, keep going, keep going.' I tried to finish him in the first round, but like [Carwin] said, he has a hard chin. He's tough, so I couldn't [put him out]. I think it was the right decision of the referee because you saw Shane Carwin go back standing and keep fighting with me. It was a good decision."

Dos Santos admitted to having nerves coming into this fight with all that was on the line, but the fight went as he hoped it was going to, even if he wasn't able to put Carwin away.

"This fight was very important for me because there are so many things in line for me," he said. "I was a little bit nervous, but it was like I expected. I was faster, and my boxing skills were a little bit better than him."

Now he turns his attentions to Velasquez and a showdown for the Heavyweight Championship this fall, possibly as early as October. And after putting on that performance against Carwin, he's prepared for the toughest challenge of his career.

"I think my biggest challenge is coming because Cain Velasquez is the champion, and he deserves that," Dos Santos said. "He's proved that he is very good, but I will be ready for him. I think the best of Cain is his cardio. He's good in wrestling, too, so I have to train this a lot."

"I'm learning wrestling very fast, and I will try to defend his takedowns. Using my boxing, all the time I'm looking for the knockout. It's not going to be different."

Penick's Analysis: Dos Santos threw in those takedowns in the third round to give Velasquez something to think about before they fight this fall. His takedown defense against Carwin was good, and his speed, reach and striking were all advantages over his opponent. It's not going to be the same thing against Velasquez, who will also have speed, reach and power to compete with him. It makes for an immensely intriguing heavyweight fight, and in the long run Velasquez's injury ended up being better for the matchup, because Dos Santos looks even more impressive after this win than he did in the fight with Roy Nelson last summer.


David Bielkheden Michael Bisping  Dan Bobish Vagam Bodjukyan

UFC 131 RESULTS: Kenny Florian survives late scare, defeats Diego Nunes to earn likely title shot against Jose Aldo

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Kenny Florian survived a last second near-knockdown punch from Diego Nunes at UFC 131 and made his featherweight debut a successful one with a unanimous decision victory in Vancouver.

Florian faced a very pro-Nunes crowd on Saturday night after turning the host-crowd against him at the weigh-ins on Friday by supporting his hometown Boston Bruins. Despite picking up the win, he couldn't get them back on his side throughout, but the victory likely secured him his third title shot in the UFC, this time against Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo this fall.

Nunes started the fight off well, avoiding several takedown attempts in the first round, cracking Florian late and scoring a takedown of his own, albeit brief. But Florian took the fight over in the second, cutting Nunes open with elbows on the ground after Nunes took him down and damaging him badly in the last minute with a vicious assault in Nunes' guard.

In the third, Florian looked to be cruising to the decision, getting another takedown and delivering more damage, but Nunes got to his feet with time to spare and made things interesting. In a quick exchange in the final ten seconds, Nunes nearly dropped Florian with a two punch combo, but the round came to an end before he could capitalize.

Florian lasting to the end of the round capped off a win in his first fight at 145 lbs., a cut which he called the hardest thing he'd ever done in his life. He became the first fighter to take a fight in four weight classes in the UFC, and he's got wins in three of them.

Penick's Analysis: This was a very good fight, and a good showing from both guys. Nunes had his moments in the fight, notably in the first round and the last ten seconds, but Florian put on a great performance in between, and looked to be in great shape throughout. He'll face a tougher striker in Nunes' teammate Aldo, but I don't know that Aldo's takedown defense is necessarily better than Nunes', which could be to Florian's advantage. Either way, that will be a very good Featherweight Title fight this fall.

[Kenny Florian art by Cory Gould (c)]


Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo  Ao Hailin 

Dana White reveals all UFC main events to be five-round fights beginning this fall

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Coming this fall, all UFC main events, whether on pay-per-view, Spike, Versus or otherwise, will be five round fights.

The news comes from UFC President Dana White, who revealed after Thursday's pre-UFC 131 press conference that the organization would be making all of their non-title main events five rounds.

The change will not come for any of the currently scheduled events, such as August's UFC 133 fight between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis or UFC on Versus 5's Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle bout, as contracts are already in place for those fights.

"[Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans] should be [five rounds]," White said (transcribed by "But what I don't want to do to guys is fights that we've already made and they've signed the bout agreement, you're mentally training for a three-round fight. To come back and say, 'Oh, it's five rounds now,' you can't do that to a guy.

"So all the [main event] fights that will be made from this day forward will be five rounds."

Penick's Analysis: White has been talking about this for awhile now, but the fact that they'll finally be implementing it going forward is awesome news. It increases the likelihood of finishes in main event fights, and separates them from the rest of the card and gives them more meaning for being in the marquee fight for a card. The fact that it will be for all events going forward again will make the main events feel more special than just another fight even if a title isn't on the line. This is a great move on the part of the UFC.


Stephan Bonnar Lorenzo Borgomeo  Kyle Bradley  Jai Bradney 

Dana White Breaks Down UFC 129 Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields - UFC 129

UFC president Dana White talks about Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto, and answers the question: If GSP wins, will he have cleaned out the welterweight division, opening the door for a possible fight with Anderson Silva? Get more MMA and UFC news at the World's top MMA News website


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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Chael Sonnen Blasts Brazil, Makes National News

Never short on words, Chael Sonnen has been entertaining US MMA Fans since the earlier part of last year with his brash and...


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"The Ultimate Fighter 13" Medical Supsensions, Salaries, Bonuses, Gate Receipts, And Attendance Figures

So, how successful was ?The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale?? If you?re judging solely on the quality of the show, there seems to be a very mixed reaction from most of the MMA fanbase. But what about pure dollars and cents? How much money did Anthony Ferguson receive for achieving his dream, what did Anthony Pettis [...]


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READER REAX: Responses from MMATorch readers on UFC welterweight Jon Fitch and which fighter he should face next

With Jon Fitch saying this week that he had no interest in fighting anyone other than B.J. Penn or Georges St. Pierre, and that not likely happening, we asked our readers who they'd like to see Fitch face next. Here are some of their responses.

Jacob Ng: I actually like Jon Fitch. I'm not a huge fan, but I like his grinding style as long as he's trying to ground and pound and not just lay and pray on someone. Having said that, I'd like to see him take on Jake Shields. One of the problems is that Fitch would usually smother all other fighters in the division, thus stopping their momentum towards earning a title shot at a time when the UFC needs to build up new contenders and not rehash old fights. These two welterweight vets can now square off in a big fight while the rest of the new blood in the division continues to mature without getting picked off by either of the two for a while. Heck the UFC can throw in Penn, Serra and Hughes if they want into that mix to keep them busy until someone new is ready and able to step in, beat them and credibly challenge GSP for the title.

Phillip Irvin: Let me start by saying that there are multiple people that Fitch should fight before his desired rematch with GSP:

Carlos Condit
Dong Hyun Kim
Diego Sanchez (rematch)
Rory MacDonald

These guys are beasts, but they're already booked. Who does that leave?

Josh Koscheck? No doubt it would be an evenly skilled match, but as teammates these guys don't want to fight each other. They say they would, but they won't.

You have two options left in the upper echelon of welterweights, and these guys are hungry: Rick Story and Jake Ellenberger. Both are exciting and are proven finishers, but there can be only one choice.

With Rick Story's victory over Thiago Alves and Ellenberger, this makes him the front runner. Rick had the intelligence to call Fitch out while he's hot off his victory. If there's one thing we all know, it's that Dana will give the fight to the most eager opponent if they deserve it. The timing is right and it's gonna happen.

Fitch should know by now that staying aloof will not put him in a good spot with the fans and makes him appear afraid. He's cornering himself.

Emilio Sanchez: Love the subject, and realistically speaking the UFC truly now has reason to get Fitch active ASAP.

I say first off you ask him to fight Koscheck. "No, you'd rather not? Ok then please sign this new crossover contract, we'd like you to fight Tyron Woodley (snorefest) or Paul Daley in Strikeforce."

C'mon really, since when is Jon Fitch a main event fighter? I would rather pay to watch any fight on the upcoming Live on Versus event then pay to see Fitch as a headliner. It's bad enough watching St. Pierre in a PPV, when you're almost certain it will end in a hard & well fought, yet very predictable, decision.

Jon Fitch may be a top five welterweight but no chance anyone who knows anything about mma is going to pay to see him fight. Ugh, the thought makes me nauseous.

So, if he's truly adamant about not fighting Story, then I think the most reasonable response is, have him fight the winner of the Marquardt-Johnson event. At least that way you're almost guaranteed to have him fight a popular fighter in his opposition that won't merit a Main Event status.

Chris Knight: Jon Fitch is boxing himself into a corner and isn't doing himself any favors in regards to how the UFC will deal with him after his recent statements about his next opponent. Fitch states that he will only be interested in fighting in main event matches against B.J. Penn or GSP next, yet I see another viable option that would make sense for Fitch and the UFC.

Jon Fitch should face the winner of the Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim fight. The reasons I like this option for Fitch is because I believe Condit is a rising star in the UFC, and because Kim is still technically unbeaten in MMA. Both fighters are very well rounded and either man could pose some problems for Fitch if he can't impose his usual game plan of grinding out decisions.

If Dong Hyun Kim beats Carlos Condit, it would give the UFC a nice angle to promote the unbeaten Kim vs. the #2 ranked welterweight for a title contender's match. Kim has been impressive in his MMA career thus far, as the only two blemishes on Kim's record are a controversial draw, and a no contest (both fights of which many people believed Kim won).

Now if Condit wins, and I believe he does, the UFC will have no problem being able to sell a Fitch vs. Condit number one contender's match. After stringing two impressive victories together, a last second third round TKO of Rory MacDonald at UFC 115, followed by a brutal 1st round KO of Dan Hardy at UFC 120, Condit is looking to fight his way towards a UFC title shot. A decisive victory over Dong Hyun Kim would certainly elevate Condit's status to the elite tier of arguably the UFC's most competitive weight class.

Neither of these fights would be the main event Fitch is looking for, but both would certainly make for an excellent #1 contender's co-main event match on a PPV later this year.

NOTE: Responses were received prior to news of Rick Story replacing an injured Anthony Johnson against Nate Marquardt at UFC on Versus 4.

[Jon Fitch art by Cory Gould (c)]


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Sylvester Stallone and Mike Tyson to be inducted into 2011 Boxing Hall of Fame

Stallone did more for boxing probably than anyone he deserves it, he inspired alot of people with those rocky movies


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Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz superfight official for UFC 137 in Las Vegas this October

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Dana White was serious when he said that Georges St. Pierre would not fight Nick Diaz at UFC 140 in Montreal.

Because they're fighting in October instead.

"[You] wanted it! [YOU] GOT IT!!! GSP vs Diaz Oct 29th UFC 137 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas," White Tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

The bout had been heavily discussed over the last month, with White saying in a number of interviews that it wasn't close to a done deal and that there were still a lot of hurdles left to clear in order for the fight to take place.

Consider them cleared.

St. Pierre will make his seventh straight title defense in the UFC after dispatching of Diaz's Cesar Gracie teammate Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto.

Diaz steps into by far the biggest fight of his career, and returns to the UFC on a 10 fight winning streak and off the biggest win he's had in the last several years over Paul Daley in April.

Neither fighter has lost since 2007.

Penick's Analysis: This is huge. There won't be an Ultimate Fighter lead in, but this fight didn't require it. As the one of the biggest draws in Strikeforce, the holdups were all likely centered on Showtime not wanting to have that draw be at risk of a loss elsewhere. But it doesn't matter what the holdups were, because the fight is happening, it's coming to Las Vegas, and it's going to be huge.

[Georges St. Pierre art by Cory Gould (c)]


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Top 5 Opponents For Frank Mir: Brock Lesnar, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Shane Carwin All Make The List

Former UFC Heavyweight and Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir finds himself at a career crossroads once again. Mir is on a two-fight win-streak with one stoppage, but that one stoppage came after three very tedious rounds of non-action against Mirko Filipovic. His recent three-round manhandling of Roy Nelson has also been subject to criticism. So, [...]


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?MFC 30: Up Close & Personal? Live Results

UFC isn’t the only fight game in Canada this weekend as Maximum Fighting Championship is back in Edmonton tonight. Coming from us live from the Mayfield Inn Trade and Conference Centre, it’s MFC: 30: Up Close & Personal. As always will provide live results of all the action. You can catch all the action [...]


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VIDEO: Dana White's UFC 131 video blog part one

Dana White begins his video blog for UFC 131 with a look behind the scenes at UFC 130, backstage at the E3 conference this week and finally getting Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin predictions from TUF 14 coaches Michael Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Check it out below:

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Friday, June 10, 2011

TUF 13 Finale: Tony Ferguson vs. Ramsey Nijem (Video)

Welterweights Tony Ferguson and Ramsey Nijem sqaure off hoping to earn a six-figure contract at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. TUF 13: Tony Ferguson vs. Ramsey NijemTags: Watch The Ultimate Fighter TUF 13 Finale: Tony Ferguson vs. Ramsey Nijem (Video) is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News

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A different Pettis kick to blow your mind

The MMA world was set on fire when Anthony Pettis threw his "Showtime Kick" against Ben Henderson at the final World Extreme Cagefighting fight, but he had another amazing kick before the Henderson fight.

At WEC 47, Pettis delivered a knockout kick to Danny Castillo. Pettis came into that fight with one loss, and knew he had deliver to keep his Zuffa career alive. Not only did he deliver, but he started on the road to a WEC championship.

His UFC debut is Saturday against Clay Guida. Will he be able to create magic again, or will Guida's wrestling stifle Pettis? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook.


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Coenen vs. Tate, Gracie vs. Lawal official for July 30 Strikeforce

Though the headlining duo of Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko may merit the bulk of the MMA community?s attention in late July when Strikeforce stops in Chicago, their bout will be far from the only intriguing match-up on the card as the organization announced a pair of fights over the weekend set to take place [...]


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Shane Carwin Will Take Junior dos Santos to Ground at UFC 131

While most fans are anticipating a shootout when Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos take center stage at UFC 131, the Brazilian believes Carwin will look to turn their top contender brawl into a wrestling match. If that’s what dos Santos wants to be think heading into Saturday’s scrap, Carwin certainly won’t argue with him. [...]


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UFC introduces five round non title fights for all future main events; currently scheduled main events not included

The future is five rounds according to Dana White as the head of the organization announced, at the UFC 131 pre fight press conference, that all non title�main event bouts would now be five rounds. “From this day forward, as we speak right here, right now today, every fight that is a main event that [...]


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Pointless thread with nothing interesting in it.



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Bellator heading to Ontario in July for Summer Series semis, featherweight title-fight

Bellator Fighting Championships will hold their first international show next month when the organization travels to Rama, Ontario on July 23. The second stop in the company?s scheduled Summer Series, Bellator 47 will feature the semi-finals of their featherweight tournament as well as a title-defense from 145-pound champion Joe Warren. Bellator announced the event earlier [...]


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ROUNDTABLE: Who should Anthony Pettis face next after an unsuccessful UFC debut? Hansen, Amadi, Hobaugh, Hyden, Williams and Penick

Who do you want to see Anthony Pettis face next after an unsuccessful UFC debut?


I certainly wouldn't mind seeing Pettis-Henderson 2, just because the first fight was so damned good.� But that seems unlikely.� If you want to put him against a striker, how about Edson Barboza?� If Melvin Guillard loses to Shane Roller at UFC 132, I sign him the very next day to fight Pettis.� The loser of the Dennis Siver - Matt Wiman fight also makes a ton of sense.

If you want to pit Pettis against a grappler, how about Evan Dunham or Sean Sherk, depending on each guy's health.

And if you want to put Pettis in a position to get his first UFC win (lest we forget he is winless in the UFC), how about a fight between Pettis and Mac Danzig or Takanori Gomi?

Notice that by listing about 42 different names, I have skillfully avoiding this very tricky question.� Smoooooooooth.


Despite the loss to Clay Guida, Anthony Pettis is still high profile enough to face another contender coming off a loss, and the lightweight division is rife with those at the moment. With all of the title eliminators the UFC has been doing as of late they could match him up with anyone ranging from Evan Dunham to the loser of the upcoming Jim Miller-Ben Henderson. The Evan Dunham matchup is probably the most appropriate, given the time frame and the possibility of excitement.


I would love to see him fight B.J. Penn if he would fight again at lightweight.� Dennis Siver would be an excellent fight as well.� He needs to go back to the drawing board.� Being the best in the WEC is not the same at being the best in the UFC. Dennis Siver would let us know where Pettis stacks up in the UFC.


I'd like to see him fight Dennis Siver or Melvin Guillard. I think Siver is a really good fighter, and would be a big test for Pettis. Guillard would also be a big test for Pettis. They're both fights I'd like to see.


If George Sotiropoulos defeats Rafael dos Anjos, I would have Anthony Pettis fight Sotiropoulos.� Sotiropoulos was on a tear before his upset loss to Dennis Siver.� The winner would be in the mix of top fighters at 155 pounds.


There is absolutely no shortage of potential top flight opponents for Pettis to face. Though he lost out on a title shot in the division with the decision loss to Guida, he still remains an immense talent; he's just got some weaknesses he needs to shore up before he's ready to be in the elite of the elite. With that said, my top choice would be Melvin Guillard, as that just has the potential to be an all out battle. Other very legitimate options would be Dennis Siver, George Sotiropoulos, Evan Dunham, Sean Sherk, and even Nate Diaz as he returns to the lightweight division. There are a lot of exciting fights to be had for a fighter like Pettis, and he just needs to work on his wrestling some more and hopefully come back even better his next time in the Octagon.


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

PENICK: Power Ranking Previous Ultimate Fighter Champions Ahead of Season 13 Finale

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The Ultimate Fighter season 13 comes to a close this Saturday night on Spike, with Tony Ferguson and Ramsey Nejim fighting for the "six-figure-contract" and the title of The Ultimate Fighter. The winner will become the 19th winner of the TUF tournament, but while winning The Ultimate Fighter is certainly a big step in the door for the UFC, having success after that is something different entirely.

18 men have won their respective seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, with some seasons featuring two weight classes, but they've all had mixed results inside the Octagon. The following are my power rankings for those winners.


1. RASHAD EVANS: The most successful alumnus of the show, season two heavyweight winner Rashad Evans remains firmly at the top of the light heavyweight division in 2011. His win over Brad Imes to take the season two crown was the last fight he took at heavyweight, and since then he's gone 9-1-1 in the UFC, defeating the other top TUF winner on this list in Forrest Griffin in 2008 to capture the light heavyweight belt. His only career loss was by knockout to Lyoto Machida in 2009, but Evans has won two straight since that bout, and a win over Phil Davis at UFC 133 keeps him in line for another shot at the belt.

2. FORREST GRIFFIN: Technically the second-ever Ultimate Fighter winner, with Diego Sanchez taking his weight class earlier in the night at the TUF 1 Finale, Griffin has remained a staple for the UFC for a long time. He became the first winner of the show - who had not previously competed in the UFC - to fight for a title in the organization, and at UFC 86 in 2008 he defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to capture the belt. Throw in a 9-4 overall record in the UFC, and wins over four former or future champions, and Griffin's legacy in the UFC is set. A second win over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in August at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro could bring him back into the title picture as well.

3. MATT SERRA: The winner of the "comeback" season four earned a title shot against Georges St. Pierre in 2007, and in the biggest upset in MMA history, he knocked out the young champion to capture the belt. I've got him a bit high on the list, as he would lose that belt just over a year later in a rematch with St. Pierre and his UFC record is a pedestrian 7-7, but he remains the only other fighter on this list to hold a title in the UFC. Because of that, he takes his spot here.


4. DIEGO SANCHEZ: Sanchez is one of two others on this list (with one that was supposed to, but we'll get to him) who have fought for a title in the UFC and lost, though he's the only one with any hope of getting back for a second chance. The very first winner of the reality show, Sanchez has appeared in the Octagon more times than any other winner of the show, with 16 fights in the UFC to his credit. Those 16 fights have come in three different divisions, and he's been a serious threat in two of them. He finally earned a title shot at the end of 2009 when he took on B.J. Penn for the UFC Lightweight Championship. In what was the worst loss of his career, he was stopped due to a cut in the fifth round, and moved back up to the welterweight division as a result. He's now won two straight fights, and brings his 12-4 UFC mark to Denver in September in a fight against former Welterweight Champ Matt Hughes.

5. MICHAEL BISPING: The Brit is about to embark on his third endeavor with The Ultimate Fighter this month, as he takes up the reigns of coaching for the second time. The season three winner has gone 11-3 in 14 fights in the UFC, including winning four of his last five fights. A win over Jason "Mayhem" Miller in December after their stint on TUF could finally send Bisping into the title fight he's wanted since winning the show in 2006.

6. RYAN BADER: The 27-year-old winner of the show's eighth season has shown the most promise of any of the show's recent winners. After defeating Vinny Magalhaes to win the show in 2008, Bader rattled off four straight wins in the UFC, finishing that stretch with a win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. However, Bader ran up against a buzz-saw in Jon Jones at UFC 126 earlier this year, who then went on to capture the UFC Light Heavyweight Title. A bout with former champ Tito Ortiz next month could set him back on a path towards an eventual title shot, and perhaps a rematch with Jones.


7. ROY NELSON: UFC 130 performance aside, Nelson was one of the most accomplished fighters to ever enter the Ultimate Fighter house. The longtime veteran had amassed a 13-4 career record upon entering the UFC, and won his first two fights in the Octagon by vicious knockout. However, decision losses to Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir have hurt his stock and sent him down the ladder. Though he may not necessarily be title challenging material at this stage, he's still a viable guy in the pack.

8. NATE DIAZ: Much like with Nelson, Diaz's recent two-fight losing streak doesn't mean a ton to his value as a fighter. He's yet to really find his rhythm in the Octagon, delivering both good and bad performances at lightweight and welterweight. After getting bullied around in his last two fights, he's heading back to the lightweight division, where he still may end up being a force. Though he sports an average 8-5 record in the UFC, he hasn't yet been finished, and if he turns things around at 155 lbs. could make his way back up the ladder.


9. ROSS PEARSON: Pearson's shown promise in his five-fight UFC stint, but though he's won four of those fights, his submission loss to Cole Miller last September sticks out. Miller was on a tear at the time, but he's not an elite level lightweight in the UFC. Still, Pearson's striking skills are good and he's a fun fighter to watch, but his ceiling hasn't yet been determined. He will certainly continue to improve, but there's no telling yet how far he can go in the lightweight division.

10. AMIR SADOLLAH: Sadollah is a unique fighter on this list of season winners, as he's the only one to get through the show having never had a professional fight before entering the house. His submission win over C.B. Dollaway kicked his career off, and his entertaining personality helped him become a more well known fighter than some of the others on this list. At 30 years old, Sadollah is entering an important stretch to determine just how far his career can take him. He picked up his most impressive win in March, taking out TUF 9 runner-up DaMarques Johnson with a brutal display of ground and pound. He showcased a viciousness in that fight that hadn't been seen from him before, and moved his record to 5-2. He's still technically young in his career, and if he continues to improve he's got quite a bit of upside.

11. COURT MCGEE: Though he's only had two fights in the UFC, season 11 winner Court McGee has impressed in both. He fairly handily defeated Kris McCray in their season 11 finals bout, and then he showed an ability to come from behind his next time out against Ryan Jensen. The four-year vet is 13-1 overall in his career, and hasn't lost since December of 2007, where he dropped a decision longtime veteran Jeremy Horn.


12. MAC DANZIG: Danzig may be able to climb out of the hole he's gotten himself into here recently, as his knockout win over Joe Stevenson in December was the best he's looked in his eight-fight UFC stint. However, Danzig had lost four of his previous five fights, and is only 4-4 in the UFC, so while he may be able to recover his career to a point, he's still got a long ways to go.

13. JOE STEVENSON: Joe "Daddy," season two winner of the show, is the only other fighter on this list to have competed for a title. That title fight came three years ago, where B.J. Penn made Stevenson look like he just left the set of a horror film. Since the loss to Penn, he's gone just 3-5 in his next eight fights, and his overall UFC record only sits at 8-7. With three straight losses, Stevenson is nearing the end of his time in the UFC, and he's hoping a move to the featherweight division this month will turn things around.

14. KENDALL GROVE: Grove's loss to Tim Boetsch at last month's UFC 130 event was the sixth time he's been defeated in 13 fights in the UFC. Grove has been consistent in beating fighters he's supposed to beat, and losing to fighters who are simply better than him, and it's got him in a bit of a holding pattern in the middleweight division. As one of two winners in season three, Grove's got the tenure with the UFC to keep getting booked in fights, but his 2-4 mark in his last six fights has him nearing the chopping block yet again.

15. JAMES WILKS: This may be a bit low to have him, as Wilks is just 2-2 in four appearances in the UFC, but a series of injuries has taken him out of a number of fights, and at 33-years-old those injuries are not a promising sign. And outside of his season winning performance over DaMarques Johnson, Wilks has failed to inspire much confidence in his ability to rise above the middle of the pack to this point.


16. JONATHAN BROOKINS: The season 12 winner hasn't yet fought outside of his season finals win over Michael Johnson, and injuries have already taken him out of two planned returns to the cage in 2011. There's not much else to say on him until we see what he can do against someone else in the lightweight or featherweight divisions, depending on where he makes his return.


17. EFRAIN ESCUDERO: The first TUF-only product to get the axe from the UFC, Escudero found out the hard way what happens when you don't perform in three straight fights. After a submission loss to Evan Dunham last January, Escudero picked up a win in an awful fight with friend Dan Lauzon, and when he came into his next fight, he missed weight by four pounds. When he subsequently lost to Charles Oliveira in that bout last September, the UFC cut him. He went out and won three fights in a row outside of the organization, but a loss to former UFC lightweight Fabricio Camoes last month again halted any potential return to the organization.

18. TRAVIS LUTTER: Lutter was the other winner of the "comeback" show in season four, earning a title shot against Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. Lutter's first stint in the UFC saw him go just 1-2 in three fights, but his win over Patrick Cote in the season four finals was huge for him. However, Lutter failed to make weight for his title fight, turning the bout to a non-title fight. Though he put Silva on his back a few times in the first two rounds, he found himself trapped in a triangle choke by "The Spider." A series of elbows to the head, along with the ever-tightening hold, forced Lutter to tap. A follow-up loss to Rich Franklin led to his release. He's only fought twice since then, and hasn't appeared in a ring or cage since a knockout loss to Rafael Natal in May of last year.

Reader Question: Who would you rank higher and who would you rank lower on this list? What type of future in the UFC do you see for either Ferguson or Nejim after Saturday's finale? Web visitors, comment below in our new Reader Comment Area (linked to Facebook). App users, send us your thoughts at or visit our desktop website to comment.


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