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Still a Star? Nogueira talks about Cain Velasquez, His Future, and Fedor

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira looked terrible against Frank Mir However, eight months after the Mir debacle, Nogueira looked like one of the top mixed martial artists on the planet in dominating Randy Couture. Nogueira won a clear-cut unanimous decision against the UFC legend. So which “Big Nog” can we expect to see in the future? The answer will be revealed very ... Read More »

Mega-fight canceled: Why boxing set itself back twenty years

So Floyd Mayweather is going to fight Manny Pacquiao? Awesome. Finally, there is a fight that the sports world and beyond could really get into. As a displaced boxing fan, I was extremely excited by the prospects of the match-up. The two best boxers in the world were going to fight. In a world where people love to argue the ... Read More »

WEC or Strikeforce: Which Will You Watch?

Two promotions are set to go head-to-head on Saturday night. Strikeforce and WEC will face off with live shows. The main event of the Strikeforce card will be Cung Le vs. Scott Smith. On the opposing side, WEC headlines with Donald Cerrone vs. Ed Ratcliff. Clearly, Strikeforce is loaded with much more star power, but WEC has the Zuffa machine ... Read More »

Next In Line?: Frankie Edgar Wants a Shot at The Title

Frankie Edgar wants to be next. After Diego Sanchez and BJ Penn fight for the UFC lightweight championship. Edgar wants to fight the winner. At the Ultimate Fighter Season 10 finale, Edgar disposed of Matt Veach in the second round with a rear-naked choke. Shortly after the fight, Edgar talked about the future. “I want to fight for the title,” ... Read More »

Next for Fedor: Fabricio Werdum wants shot

Fabricio Werdum has moved himself to the on-deck circle for Fedor Emelianenko. Werdum overcame first round troubles to grind out the close unanimous decision over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.. Silva took the early edge and rocked Werdum in the first round, but he was unable to finish the contest. Werdum hung tough with the larger Silva, and all three judges saw ... Read More »

Strikeforce Predictions

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers Is there any possible way not to take Emelianenko in this fight? No, there isn’t. I’m tired of hearing “well, Rogers has a puncher’s chance” because so did every other fighter that Fedor stepped in the ring with. They all lost. There’s a reason for that, and it is, simply put, Fedor is the best ... Read More »

Ben Henderson set for Cerrone

In his first main event, Ben Henderson will be fighting for a title that will not exist very long. That’s because Henderson is taking on Donald Cerrone for the “interim” WEC lightweight championship. As soon as the “regular” champion, Jamie Varner, returns from injury, he will reclaim his throne atop WEC’s lightweights. Nevertheless, should Henderson win the fight with Cerrone, ... Read More »

UFC 103 PREDICTIONS

Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort (195) Even though no title is at stake, the main event of Belfort vs. Franklin is a very important fight. With a victory, Belfort could find himself at the top of the list for the next middleweight title shot (if Dan Henderson goes to 205 and Nate Marquardt doesn’t get the chance). If Franklin wins, ... Read More »

ULTIMATE FIGHT NIGHT 19 PREDICTIONS

Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard (155) Guillard is the brash, trash-talking, talented striker, and Diaz is the brash, trash-talking jiu-jitsu stud. The two fighters are polar opposites in the octagon, but they are very similar outside of it. They are also both street-tough fighters that will go for the finish. Once the bell rings, Guillard is going to go for ... Read More »

Can Shark Fight Promotions swim in the big ocean?

Starting a mixed martial arts promotion is not an easy thing to do. Gary Shaw, one of the best boxing promoters in the history of the sport, tried and failed with Elite XC. Affliction Clothing, one the fastest growing clothing manufacturers in the country, also went up in flames. From Bodog Fight to the World Fighting Alliance to countless others, ... Read More »

Kimbo Slice joins the Ultimate Fighter

The upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter is easily the show’s most anticipated. The main reason is simple: Kimbo Slice. Slice is the polarizing figure that garnered mass attention just two years ago. First, he rocketed up Youtube’s most popular list for his Internet street fights. Then, he embarked on a main event run with the ill-fated EliteXC. Now, Slice ... Read More »

UFC 102 PREDICTIONS

Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Hwt.) Randy Couture finally takes on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a battle of MMA heavyweight legends. What does Nogueira have left after the loss to Mir? He looked terrible in the defeat, but soon after the fight, rumors started circulating amount Nogueira having multiple ailments including a staph infection that should have precluded him ... Read More »

UFC NEWS & NOTES

Champion vs. champion? As Anderson Silva and Lyota Machida continue to tear through the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, Dana White addressed the possibility of the two champions and friends meeting up in the octagon. “It has nothing to do with friendship,” White said. “It’s about seeing who’s the best.” Silva has been ultra-successful in his two forays to the ... Read More »

STRIKEFORCE PREDICTIONS

Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg (for Strikeforce 145-pound women’s title) Needless to say, this is a historic fight for women’s MMA. By pitting Carano against Cyborg, Strikeforce also has the fighters that can deliver on the hype. The fight should be a stand up war for as long as it lasts. In the end, Cyborg’s power and aggressiveness will overwhelm ... Read More »

Mousasi prepares for Strikeforce debut

When Affliction canceled its “Trilogy” pay-per-view, many fighters became the unfortunate casualties. Two fighters that avoided the avalanche were Gegard Mousasi and Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Originally scheduled to fight on August 1 with Affliction, they are now set to square off just two weeks later on August 15 – only this time it will be under the Strikeforce banner and ... Read More »

UFC 101 POST FIGHT NEWS & NOTES

Anderson Silva’s next match With a dominating victory against light heavyweight Forrest Griffin, Anderson Silva proved that he is still one of the top fighters in the sport. Now, the question for the UFC is who will the middleweight champion go up against next? The opponent will not be coming from the 205 pound weight class. UFC President Dana White ... Read More »

UFC 101 PREDICTIONS

BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian (lightweight title bout) BJ Penn returns to lightweight for his first title defense since becoming the undisputed lightweight champion in May 2008. To become undisputed champ, he dismantled Sean Sherk. Now that Penn’s fight Georges St. Pierre is out of the way, he returns to the weight class that he has a chance to truly ... Read More »

The UFC is no longer interested in Andrei Arlovski

Of all the fighters to recently exit the UFC, Andrei Arlovski was the guy that Dana White stated he was not pleased to see depart. Back in December 2008 when asked about Arlovski, White said, “In nine years, there’s only one fighter that I’ve lost that I didn’t want to lose.” However, after recording two straight defeats to Fedor Emelianenko ... Read More »

MORE UFC 100 POST FIGHT NOTES

No dream match One of the matches fans have been talking about for the past few years is a potential superfight between two current UFC champions. Since both fighters have beaten almost all of the top contenders in their weight classes, Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre seemed headed for a meeting in the octagon. However, St. Pierre seems to ... Read More »

When Don Frye talks, not enough people listen

Frye is a true pioneer in the MMA world. He has fought for over 13 years for almost every big promotion on the planet including seven times each for the UFC and Pride. But what makes Frye even more appealing to the fans are his colorful opinions. He has expressive thoughts on everything – from fighting to pro wrestling to ... Read More »

UFC 100 POST FIGHT NEWS AND NOTES

Fedor and the UFC With his decisive TKO victory over Frank Mir, Brock Lesnar is clearly the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion. However, the question remains: is he the best heavyweight in the world? Many people believe the only way to settle the discussion is for Lesnar to step into the octagon with former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. UFC President ... Read More »

UFC 100 RESULTS

Brock Lesnar defeated Frank Mir by TKO at 1:48 of round 2 to retain the UFC heavyweight championship. Jon Fitch defeated Paulo Thiago by unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28. Georges St. Pierre defeated Thiago Alves by unanimous decision to retain the UFC welterweight championship.. The judges scores were 50-45, 50-44, and 50-45. Dan Henderson ... Read More »

EARLY UFC 100 RESULTS

Yoshihiro Akiyama defeated Alan Belcher by split decision. The three judges scored the fight 30-27 Akiyama, 29-28 Belcher, and 29-28 Akiyama. Mark Coleman defeated Stephan Bonnar by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 29-28. Jim Miller defeated Mac Danzig by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 30-27. Jon Jones defeated Jake O’Brien at 2:43 of round ... Read More »

Tough competition is nothing new for Dan Henderson

In his career, Henderson has fought seven fighters that have worn UFC gold. From Carlos Newton to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice) to Murilo Bustamante (twice) to Vitor Belfort to Quinton Jackson to Anderson Silva to Rich Franklin, Henderson has taken on some of the best fighters in the history of the promotion. He boasts a 6-3 record against those top-level ... Read More »

UFC 100 PREDICTIONS

Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir (to unify the UFC Hwt. & Interim Hwt. Titles) When the two fighters met a in the early part of 2008, Lesnar was a completely different fighter. However, Mir was as well. Much has changed since then and Mir’s stand-up looked unbelievable when he defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. His jiu-jitsu has always been world class, ... Read More »

Sapp looks to endure himself to American audience

He is one of the most-popular American athletes ever to fight in Japan. Yet, he is still relatively unknown in his own home country, but in just a few days, Bob Sapp returns to fight in the United States. Sapp is set to take on former WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley in the main event for the “Ultimate Chaos” pay-per-view on ... Read More »

UFC 99 PREDICTIONS

Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva (catch weight: 195) The matchup pits two guys who train as hard as anyone else in the sport, but both guys are in the midst of very rough stretches in their careers. Silva has only won one of his last five fights and Franklin is only 2-2 in his last four. Unfortunately, Silva has taken ... Read More »

The Comeback of Kevin Randleman

What truly defines a comeback? Is it when someone returns from over a year absence from the sport? Is it when someone returns from multiple serious injuries? Or is it when someone returns from a long suspension? For Kevin Randleman, the answer is all of the above. Randleman’s star-crossed career takes a new turn in just a few days when ... Read More »

UFC 98 PREDICTIONS

UFC light heavyweight title bout: Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida Is Lyota Machida the most unbeatable light heavyweight fighter in the world? No. He’s not. Rashad Evans is. Much has been made about how difficult Machida’s style is to figure out, but Evans has been just as unstoppable since he perfected his striking game a few years back. Evans dominated ... Read More »