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There a Strikeforce conference call last week with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker and fighters Gilbert Melendez, Pat Healy, Gian Villate and Guto Inocente to help promote their scheduled Sept. 29 fights in Sacramento, Calif.
Of course, that card was canceled at the beginning of this week, but since the call happened, the quotes were documented and the stories won't be written anytime soon, here's...Read more »
Champion Jon Jones is close to cleaning out the UFC light heavyweight division, UFC president Dana White said after Saturday's win over Vitor Belfort.
It's a cute turn of phrase that indicates he has beaten every worthy contender at 205 pounds. Whenever a top-tier champion makes a few consecutive title defenses, MMA folks love to list the rest of the worthy contenders left.
Whether it's...Read more »
Here's the post-fight interview with Michael Bisping after he beat Brian Stann at UFC 152, via Fuel TV.
It comes with a shocking surprise: Bisping says he wants to fight UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva next.
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The news about Strikeforce canceling its Sept. 29 card broke late for those of us on the east coast. Around 1:10 a.m., the press release email arrived. About 30 seconds later, Twitter exploded with the report.
And that's how most of the fighters on the undercard found out.
"Pretty crazy," Gian Villante wrote in a text message to Newsday on Monday morning.
The Levittown-based...Read more »
Vitor Belfort gave every MMA fan something they didn't expect: a near submission victory over Jon Jones at UFC 152. As thrilling as those 10-20 seconds were, most of you didn't even want to see Belfort in the cage against Jones. Here are the results of the latest Fightin' Words poll, which per the usual caveat, are about as scientific as a bandanna. Which fighter was most deserving of a title shot...Read more »
Matt Hamill's retirement from mixed martial arts didn't last that long -- about 13 months.
Relatively speaking, it took him much longer -- 3 minutes, 10 seconds -- to use his wrestling advantage over Roger Hollett and shoot in for the takedown in their UFC 152 light heavyweight bout Saturday night in Toronto. He spent the remainder of the round throwing significant strikes with left hand.
But...Read more »
Here's a question for you: which type of knockout is more impressive: the one punch that drops a guy immediately, or what Cub Swanson did at UFC 152 on Saturday night in Toronto?
Swanson landed a devastating right hook to the left temple of Charles Oliveira in the first round of their featherweight bout. Oliveira took the punch, backed up and then three seconds later, tumbled to the canvas,...Read more »
Since March 19, 2011, Jon Jones has fought either champions or former champions. Monster after monster, and he has beat them all so far. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Lyoto Machida. Rashad Evans.
Each of those opponents presented their own unique challenges, things Jones (16-1, 10-1 UFC) had yet to encounter in his relatively young MMA career. With Shogun,...Read more »
Some folks believe wholeheartedly that Michael Bisping is the most overrated fighter in the UFC.
Some hold to the argument that Bisping is the most underrated fighter in the UFC.
The truth, as so often is the case with these types of debates, lies somewhere in the middle.
Sure Bisping talks a lot and says some incendiary things about opponents and colleagues that, if MMA was more...Read more »
Part II of the UFC 152 roundup features a full-length preview of the three headline fights on the pay-per-view card along with smaller interviews with Michael Bisping and Brian Stann.
P.S. Here's Part I of the UFC 152 video roundup in case you missed it....Read more »