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The Fact of the Matter is Michael Bisping is the Unofficial Strikeforce Middleweight Champion
“Are they gonna come over and be number one contenders? Are they gonna come in and take the belt? I don’t think so. You’re in Strikeforce, come over to the UFC and earn your place.” As a matter of fact… yes fact… Bisping believes Rockhold’s belt rightfully belongs around his waist. “Let me put it like this,” said the brash Brit. “I’ve sparred with Luke Rockhold recently and let’s just say, I’m the unofficial Strikeforce champion. “These are the facts.”
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 9:49PM by grappler0000 - 20 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, UFC, MMA Personalities
Josh Barnett doesn't care whether his opponent is from Austria or Middle-earth. After six months of waiting and recovering, Barnett (31-6 MMA, 2-1 SF) is happy that Nandor Guelmino (11-3-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) agreed to meet him at "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine," which takes place Jan. 12 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. "All my friends are like, 'Nandor … is he an ork? Is he from Mordor?'" Barnett told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't know about that, but either way, he's going to try and mess me up." Landing in the UFC or in another upstart promotion isn't of major concern to Barnett, but he said there are journalists and fans he'd like to prove wrong by returning to the octagon. "I would love to see the look on some folks' faces ... being someplace where, one, I've already been, even though people may not know it, and two, a place that a lot of folks never thought they'd see me again," he said.
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 9:41PM by BuffaloDave - 14 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, UFC
If anyone had any doubts of Johny Hendricks' intentions for what he wants next, he put those to bed pretty quickly. But no matter what comes next for St-Pierre, though, Hendricks is willing to wait for his next fight until that next fight has him staring across the octagon from the champ. "I'm not going to fight unless it's for a belt," Hendricks on Friday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Nothing else matters but the belt. My last three fights were guys in the top five, and I finished two of those three fights. I stated my claim. My stock's really high right now, and the only thing left is to get a shot at that belt. "I really want a belt. They don't come around that often, and I feel like I've done enough to earn a shot, and that's pretty much all I'm thinking of right now. I'm training for a five-round fight, and that's it."
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 9:37PM by BuffaloDave - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
After Getting Shot and Going Through Addiction, Tim Means Building UFC Career
The 28-year-old has been shot, addicted to drugs and also served time in prison. He survived all of those ordeals, though, and is now 2-0 in the UFC. Ahead of his Dec. 8 bout against Abel Trujillo at UFC on Fox 5, Means joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” show and discussed his past with host Jack Encarnacao. On getting shot: “I went out partying one night with some buddies, got drunk and winded up at a local business here. One thing led to another, walked outside a little while later and a guy winded up shooting six of us. On what started the incident: “In all honesty, we supposedly cut in line and the guys had recognized me from a local fight organization. ... They didn’t want to fight then. We shook hands and left it alone. He winded up calling his cousin up. About an hour later, we walked outside and the dude just started shooting at us, no questions said, no nothing. He just started firing into a bunch of us.” On where he was hit: “My femoral artery in my left thigh. I have about an eight- or nine-inch scar on my left thigh from where they had to cut me open, go in and tie my femoral artery. They said I was bleeding to death. I had a good buddy named Brian Shaw who wrapped a belt around my leg, and supposedly that saved my life. I was bleeding pretty good, so thanks to Brian Shaw for saving me that night. I thought I was going to die.”
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 4:01PM by Bubbles - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Rory MacDonald Zeroed in on BJ Penn, Would “Love to Fight” Nick Diaz Next
There seems to a be a line forming of fighters that want to welcome Nick Diaz back to the Octagon when he's eligible to return in 2013.
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 11:25AM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rebney: Eddie Alvarez has yet to receive UFC offer
The hottest free agent in all of MMA right now might be Eddie Alvarez, but it seems that the UFC isn't in much of a rush to sign him. That's if you believe the words of Bellator's CEO, anyway. Bjorn Rebney was a guest on MMA Weekly Radio and stated that the former Bellator lightweight champion still hasn't received an offer from Zuffa:
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 4:01AM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jeremy Stephens jury trial scheduled for January 9
UFC Lightweight Jeremy Stephens is facing serious criminal charges in his homestate of Iowa. Stephens was arrested in Minneapolis, MN just hours before he was scheduled to fight Yves Edwards at UFC On FX 5. He had an outstanding an outstanding warrant stemming from an incident in the fall of 2011. He was transferred to Iowa authorities and held for almost 2 weeks before being released on a $20,000 bond.
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 4:00AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Lavar Johnson Out of UFC on Fox 5 Fight Against Brendan Schaub
Dana White's warning for fighters to tone it down is safe for the main card of UFC on Fox 5, but one of the top competitors on the show.
Submitted Nov 29, 2012 10:47PM by FastKnockout - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Estevan Payan vs. Michael Bravo re-booked for January Strikeforce card
A lightweight bout between Estevan Payan and Michael Bravo is the latest addition to next month's Strikeforce event. Sources close to the fight on Thursday confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com.
Submitted Nov 29, 2012 7:37PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Larkin-Souza, Kennedy-Smith added to January Strikeforce card
Strikeforce's January card in Oklahoma City continues to take shape with the addition of Lorenz Larkin vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Smith.
Submitted Nov 29, 2012 6:02PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Mike Dolce hits back at Firas Zahabi's claims that Johny Hendricks, not Nick Diaz, is the number 1 contender at Welterweight
The whole article is worth a read but - Mike Dolce disagrees with Firas Zahabi's opinion on Nick Diaz as the top welterweight contender. "I'm looking at Nick's record right now," he said. "He beat K.J. Noons, a 155-pounder; Evangelista 'Cyborg' (Santos), and who is he? Then Paul Daley – all right, Paul Daley's tough. Then B.J. Penn, a very uninspired B.J. Penn, who's a lightweight. He beat two lightweights, one very fringe welterweight, and Paul Daley."
Submitted Nov 29, 2012 5:44PM by jjeans - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Roger Gracie vs. Anthony Smith joins Jan. 12 'Strikeforce: Champions' card
January's quickly filling "Stikeforce: Champions" card in Oklahoma City has yet another addition: middleweights Roger Gracie and Anthony Smith.
Submitted Nov 29, 2012 3:30PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Cesar Gracie says Anderson Silva camp ‘into’ Nick Diaz superfight, talks battles with NSAC and Melendez dropping to 145
More so than most trainers, Cesar Gracie has a penchant for making headlines. The acclaimed Californian, head coach of Pleasant Hill's Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu fight team, carries with him a brash style that fits right along with his stable of fighters, infamously including both Nick and Nate Diaz, and past or present Strikeforce titleholders Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez. On what fight interests Nick Diaz the most: "We're pushing for the GSP fight. That's what we're going to push for, GSP or Anderson Silva. That's the two fights that interest us the most, and that's the one's we're going for.
Submitted Nov 29, 2012 1:30PM by BuffaloDave - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Josh Barnett meets Nandor Guelmino at Strikeforce in January
The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finalist will meet Nandor Guelmino on the promotion's Jan. 12 event, which is expected to be its swan song. MMA Fighting confirmed the booking with sources close to the event after MMA Junkie first reported it. The relatively-unknown Guelmino (11-3) will be making his Strikeforce debut. Guelmino, born in Vienna, Austria, has won his last seven fights in a row.
Submitted Nov 29, 2012 1:22PM by BuffaloDave - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Ronda Rousey: I have sex as much as possible pre fight
UFC women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey appeared recently on the JIM Rome show, and discussed the "women weaken legs" rule in fighting. “For girls it raises your testosterone," explained Rousey. "so I try to have as much sex as possible before I fight actually. Not with like everybody, I don’t put out like a Craigslist ad or anything, but if I got a steady I’m going to be like ‘yo, fight time’s coming up’." There are limits however. “You can’t (beep beep) somebody and go fight that day," said Rousey with a laugh. She concluded by citing studies done that show that male fighters who abstain for months before a fight can actually suffer decreased performance (in fighting).
Submitted Nov 29, 2012 1:02PM by jakewalters - 48 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Roy Nelson invites Matt Mitrione to participate in VADA testing for TUF 16 bout
Just over 2 weeks out from the TUF 16 Finale, coach Roy Nelson asked opponent Matt Mitrione to join him in VADA drug testing.
Submitted Nov 29, 2012 11:39AM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Brad Scott vs. Robert Whittaker tourney final joins UFC on FX 6
The welterweight-tournament final is set for "The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. U.K." as Brad Scott and Robert Whittaker now meet at next month's UFC on FX 6 event.
Submitted Nov 29, 2012 11:36AM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Chris Weidman Undergoes Surgery On Torn Labrum
UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman underwent surgery to repair his torn labrum, which put him out of his fight with Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.
Submitted Nov 28, 2012 10:04PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 154 pulls estimated 700,000 PPV buys for Georges St. Pierre's return
Early estimates for UFC 154 show the event doing 700,000 PPV buys as Georges St. Pierre returned to the Octagon. UFC 154 featured the return to the UFC of Georges St. Pierre as he defended his welterweight title against interim champion Carlos Condit. Not only did the fight turn out to be exciting with a tremendous atmosphere, but the early estimates for PPV business are very solid. Via the Wrestling Observer newsletter (subscription required): "Preliminary estimates for UFC 154 were 680,000 to 700,000 buys, with huge numbers in Canada, really strong in places like Saskatoon and Edmonton. It's in line or just below the Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans numbers from earlier this year, so probably third for the year overall. It's lower than what GSP has been doing the last few years, but overall business is down from 2010 and Carlos Condit isn't in the league with Dan Hardy and Josh Koscheck when it came to building a grudge and marketing a fight, not that he did badly. Plus, the pub wasn't there. With Hardy, his Countdown shows on Spike were a lot bigger deal. With Koscheck, you had the entire season of TUF building the fight."
Submitted Nov 28, 2012 5:18PM by Shawn91111 - 40 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jose Aldo says move to lightweight could happen if he beats Frankie Edgar
Jose Aldo is viewing his UFC 156 bout with Frankie Edgar as a sort of test to see if he is ready to move up to lightweight after a long reign as featherweight king.
Submitted Nov 28, 2012 4:54PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
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