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Welterweight Showdowns Highlight the Final Show of 2013 for Thompson
Calif. (Nov. 7, 2013)
Boxing Promotions closes out its promotional year with seven
stellar fights, highlighted by welterweights Artemio King
Reyes (20-2, 16 KOs) and Giovanni El Gallo de Oro
Santillan (10-0, 6 KOs) in separate 8-round fights on Friday,
Nov. 22, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
fighting out of Colton, Calif., is coming in red-hot after winning
four out of his last five contests by knockout. He goes up against
Francisco Reza (12-7, 9 KOs) of Mexico in what promises to be
an all-action affair.
likes to come forward and press the action, Reyes said.
Hell try to settle into a groove early, but Im
not going to let him get comfortable. Im coming out sharp,
hungry and ready for another knockout win. Reyes last headlined
a Thompson Boxing show in July and made quick work of Sergio
Perez, knocking him down twice to score a third round KO win.
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the co-main event, the undefeated Santillan is fighting for the
fifth time this year and standing in the way of his flawless
record is the tough Michael Balasi (10-2, 7 KOs) of Honolulu,
Hawaii. Santillan, out of San Diego, has looked impressive in
his second year as a professional and is looking forward to finishing
2013 with an exciting performance.
always looking to give the fans something to cheer about,
said the 21-year-old Santillan, who, like Reyes, is promoted
by Thompson Boxing. Balasi will provide a challenge and
hes a fellow lefty so Im sure we will have our fair
share of exchanges in the middle of the ring.
Friday night of boxing marks the return of the much-heralded
lightweight prospect Jose Roman (14-1-1, 11 KOs) of Orange, Calif.
against Hector Miguel Zuniga (13-3, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. in
a 6-round fight. It has been nearly a year since Roman last fought,
which was a close split decision loss to Robert Osiobe. Managerial
issues then ensued, which caused Roman to be inactive up to this
havent been this excited to fight in a very long time,
said Roman, who recently signed an exclusive promotional contract
with Thompson Boxing Promotions. The business side of the
sport took me out of the ring for longer than expected, but I
remained active in the gym knowing that I would get my chance
sooner or later. I cant wait for November 22.
fourth fight of the night features undefeated heavyweight Javier
Torres (5-0-1, 3 KOs) of Los Angeles versus Kevin Howard (3-11-1,
1 KO) of Detroit, Mich. in a 4-round bout.
Torres-Howard, is a 6-round welterweight bout between Oscar Godoy
(11-2, 6 KOs) of Watsonville, Calif. and Los Angeles-native Ricky
Duenas (12-2, 6 KOs).
Justin Goslee (2-0, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles looks to remain unbeaten
against an opponent to be named later (4-rounds).
welterweight Oscar Torres makes his professional debut against
Carlos Herrera (0-2) of Tijuana, Mex. The first bout is scheduled
open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree
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Jones Taking Rest of 2013 Off, Expects to Return in March or
than 24 hours after the announcement was made that UFC light
heavyweight champion Jon Jones would face Glover Teixeira in
the UFC 170 main event, the champion revealed that he would not
be ready for the Feb. 22 event due a foot injury he suffered
in his unanimous decision win over Alexander Gustafsson on Sept.
manager, Malki Kawa, informed UFC Tonight that Jones would be
taking the rest of 2013 off and will get back into training in
UFC 165 opponent, Gustafsson, headlines a UFC Fight Night card
against undefeated Jimi Manuwa on March 8 in London.
expects to return to action around March or April.
Source: MMA Weekly
Tudo: A Rich, Storied & Complex Past
Conde Koma and the Gracies
history of vale tudo can be traced back to 1914, when Conde
Koma Mitsuyo Maeda landed on the shores of Porto Alegre,
Brazil, for a series of martial arts exhibitions. A well-traveled
fighter who had trained judo at the sports Mecca, the Kodokan,
Maeda settled in Belem and opened his own gym, out of which he
began to teach judo and Japanese jiu-jitsu to local youth. A
few short years after arriving in Brazil with his grappling exhibitions
and challenge matches, Maeda received a new student. In 1917,
a 15-year-old Carlos Gracie enrolled at his academy and trained
daily with Maeda for almost three years.
passed on the skills he learned to his brothers -- Oswaldo, Gastao
Jr., George and even the young and sickly Helio, once he became
strong enough -- and they made their living teaching the masses.
The family moved back to Rio de Janeiro in 1922, and just three
years later, Carlos opened the first Gracie gym in his backyard
at 106 Marques de Abrantes Street in the neighborhood of Flamengo.
Gracies ran infamous challenges in local newspapers, proclaiming,
If youd like to have your face smashed, your ass
kicked and your arms broken, get in touch with Carlos at the
Gracie Academy. The publicity brought challengers from
many disciplines to the Gracies school, from capoeira and
karate to boxing. The familys success in the challenge
matches turned it into heroes in the local press, and the Gracie
name became prestigious throughout all of Brazil.
it was the young and once-frail Helio who became the familys
fighting defender. At roughly 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, Helio
amassed 17 official contests -- eight vale tudo fights and nine
sports challenge matches -- between the ages of 18 and 41, going
9-2 with six draws in those bouts.
a landmark martial arts contest on Oct. 23, 1951, the 38-year-old
Helio met 210-pound Japanese judoka Masahiko Kimura. After choking
out Kimuras Kodokan training partner, Yukio Kato, in their
rematch earlier that year, the diminutive Gracie took on Kimura
in front of some 20,000 spectators, including then Brazil President
Getulio Vargas, at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Kimura
threw Gracie to the mat and dominated position but could not
force the smaller man to quit. Thirteen minutes in, Kimura applied
gyaku ude garami, the judo shoulder lock that would
come to bear his name. He could not make Gracie submit, but older
brother Carlos, fearing permanent injury for his sibling, threw
in the towel. Despite the loss, Brazilian newspapers featured
the headline, A Moral Victory for Helio Gracie, cementing
him as the soldier and poster boy of the family.
as he entered his 40s, Helio was not done. Arguably his most
famous fight came against a former student, Waldemar Santana,
who was at one time responsible for opening and closing the Gracie
Academy. On a Friday night, Santana left a sink running, inadvertently
flooding the gym and destroying the mats. Helio was furious,
berating Santana, firing him and kicking him out of the gym.
All it took was some pot stirring from newspaper journalist Carlos
Renato, of Ultima Hora, to push Santana to challenge his former
master to a fight.
May 24, 1955, in a downtown Rio gym, Gracie and Santana met in
a true vale tudo contest, with no rules whatsoever. Over several
grueling hours, the disparity in age and weight took its toll,
and Santana took over the fight. As usual, Gracie would not submit,
but it mattered not. Santana eventually picked up his mentor,
slammed him down and soccer kicked him in the face. The impact
knocked Gracie out cold at the three-hour, 45-minute mark.
Gracie was again championed by the Brazilian media for his valor.
While Carlos always had a business plan to build the Gracie family
and its brand, Helio was the perfect fighter and public figure
to bring the Gracie name to the masses. The work of Carlos and
Helio shaped a dynasty of warriors, almost all of whom had peculiar
names beginning with R, K and C. As the decades went on, Helio
became a general with an iron fist, carrying out the vision and
philosophy of his older brother.
Helios loss to Santana, it was clear the torch had to be
passed. It was an easy transition, as Helio handed over the crown
to nephew Carlson, who was more than ready to live up to his
surname. Carlson and Santana were actually good friends, but
Carlson took family and fighting seriously.
like you a lot, but you put me in a bind by fighting uncle Helio,
Carlson said. Watch yourself, because in the ring, well
be bitter enemies and Im going to kick your ass.
media loved the drama, with the biggest papers of the time --
A Noite, Ultima Hora, Diario de Noticias and Jornal dos Sports
-- all promoting the rivalry. It came to a head on Oct. 8, 1955,
when a crowd of nearly 30,000 packed Maracanazinho, with 5,000
other fans cheering from outside the venue. The contest was scheduled
for six 10-minute rounds, but Gracies utter dominance led
Santanas corner to throw in the towel at the 39-minute
mark. The victory proved that Carlson was the familys new
ace and defender.
eldest son defended Gracie supremacy for 22 years, facing the
toughest fighters of his generation over 18 vale tudo contests.
He fought Santana a whopping six times, beating him four times
and drawing twice. He also beat the likes of Cirandinha, Passarito,
The Portuguese Lion Armenian Karadagian, King Kong,
Guarnir Vial and Valdemar Vial. After retiring from the ring,
Carlson rededicated himself to his gym on Figueiredo de Magalhaes
Street, turning it into the greatest rival of the flagship Gracie
Academy. Thanks to an intra-family rivalry, the other Gracies
were forced to train harder and expand their games, forcing the
evolution of both jiu-jitsu and MMA.
Carlson Gracie Team gave rise to a new era in Brazilian vale
1980 to 1996, Carlsons students enjoyed complete domination
in jiu-jitsu competitions, from blue belts right up to black
belts. Meanwhile, the third generation of Carlsons students
put his seal of quality on vale tudo rings, as well, through
the efforts of fighters such as Vitor Belfort, Murilo Bustamante,
Mario Sperry, Andre Pederneiras, Marcus Silveira, Wallid Ismail
and Allan Goes.
moving to Chicago, Gracie trained Miguel Torres before his World
Extreme Cagefighting signing, but he would never get to see his
student capture the WEC title.
died in February 2006, but his technique and history continue
to be passed on by the more than 100 black belts he graduated,
along with their own disciples. More importantly, many of Carlsons
aforementioned top pupils went on to become influential trainers.
Bustamante and Sperry formed Brazilian Top Team before its dissolution;
Silveira became an integral part of American Top Team; and Pederneiras
created Nova Uniao, which has become the gold standard of MMA
gyms in Brazil.rch.
tudo in Brazil experienced a drought during the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1959, the weekly television show Heroes of the Ring
showed a bout between top Helio student and eventual UFC 1 referee
Joao Alberto Barreto and Jose Geraldo. During the fight, Barreto
broke Geraldos arm with a kimura, similar to the nasty
Frank Mir-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira arm break 50 years later.
Broadcast all over Brazil on a Monday evening, the event caused
public outrage, eventually leading to a ban on vale tudo in Rio
de Janeiro. The media support for the sport had always been strong,
but now it was clearly marginalized. Vale tudo was relegated
to a state of limbo in southeastern Brazil until its resurgence
in the 1980s.
sports return to prominence was aided by familiar faces.
It was Santana who called his old trainer and rival, Helio, desperately
looking for someone for his top student to fight. Santanas
new charge, King Zulu, had cleaned out the northern and northeastern
Brazilian scenes. The Gracie patriarch knew his nephew, Rolls,
was the best fighter in the family at the time but thought the
moment was right to give the chance to his 21-year-old son, Rickson.
Gracie carried the family torch.
by Rolls, Rickson had already stood out in practice and jiu-jitsu
competitions. Now, in his vale tudo debut, he faced the powerful
Zulu, who had more than 30 career fights and outweighed him by
nearly 40 pounds, in a no-rules contest scheduled for three 10-minute
fight took place on April 25, 1980, in Brasilias Nilson
Nelson Gymnasium. The newspapers did not hesitate in naming Zulu
as the overwhelming favorite, but it only gave young Rickson
a chance to fire off the kind of witty slogans for which he had
become known. He told the press, If size mattered, the
elephant would be the king of the jungle.
landed an early knee strike that drew blood from Zulu, but he
was thrown out of the ring on three occasions. With two minutes
left in the second round, Rickson took Zulus back, locked
up a rear-naked choke and forced the larger, stronger man to
tap. Almost four years later, Rickson granted Zulu a rematch
in what was meant to be a homecoming party for vale tudo in its
birthplace of Rio de Janeiro. On New Years Day 1984, a
23-year-old Rickson did not disappoint. With the support of nearly
15,000 fans, he submitted the Maranhao native, again with a rear-naked
choke, eight minutes into the second round. Just like that, as
if by magic, Ricksons second triumph marked the rebirth
of vale tudo in Rio.
the 1970s were defined by vale tudos hibernation, it did
not take long for the sport to re-enter the Brazilian consciousness
and headlines in the 1980s. Curiously, the event that shaped
the next 20 years of MMA would come out of an argument at Carnival.
Allies and Rivals
was 1982 in Teresopolis, a mountain city 75 miles outside Rio.
Cousins Rilion, Renzo and Charles Gracie left a party in a car
and headed to the 18-room house where the Gracies gathered on
weekends. On the way, they spotted a girl on the roadside by
herself and called out to her. What the Gracies had not realized
was that Mario Marinho Dumar, a brother-in-law to
and student of local muay Thai master Flavio Molina, was following
close behind. Dumar did not appreciate the Gracies treatment
of the girl, so he argued with Rilion. Dumar threw a punch and
a scuffle broke out, but police showed up and the parties ran
off before a resolution was reached.
the 1980s, the martial arts world in Rio was tiny. Dumar lived
in the same Flamengo neighborhood as Charles and was incensed
when he heard that Gracie had told others he had smashed
a loudmouth in Terespolis. A week later, Dumar ran into
Charles on the streets of Flamengo. Charles happened to be with
his then 15-year-old cousin, Royce. Dumar approached, cocked
his arm and knocked out the teenager and future Ultimate Fighting
Championship tournament winner with a punch to the nose.
shocked Charles ran to his uncle Rolls gym in Copacabana.
Upon receiving the news, Rolls immediately canceled his lesson,
assembled his best students and took them to Molinas Naja
Academy. While Rolls and Molina argued about how to settle the
score, one of Molinas students, Wellington Narany, sensed
that chaos might ensue. Narany grabbed a crowbar from the locker
room for protection, escalating the event into a full brawl almost
instantly. Rolls students immobilized Molina and Narany,
while Rolls took down Dumar, mounted him and slapped him repeatedly
in the face. This is so you learn not to hit kids,
Rolls told him. The police arrived to find the Gracie crew fleeing,
with several unconscious muay Thai fighters in their wake. The
war between jiu-jitsu and muay Thai was officially under way.
following week, Molina challenged Rolls to a fight in the local
newspapers. A possible challenge between the two martial arts
was under consideration when, on June 6, 1982, Rolls was tragically
killed in a hang-gliding accident in Visconde de Maua. Considered
by many family members as the best fighter in the Gracie clan,
Rolls was 31 and left behind two sons, Rolles and Igor.
better or for worse, the Gracie family is MMA royalty.
Rolls death, Molina turned his sights to Rickson, who had
been picked by Helio as the new family ace. True to Gracie tradition
and form, Rickson said Molina would first have to deal with his
best student, brown belt Marcelo Behring. If Molina defeated
Behring, Gracie would then challenge him. The proposed challenge
gave Charles father, Robson, an idea. At the time, Robson
was an administrator for Maracana Stadium and its smaller sister
gym, Maracanazinho. Robson sensed it was a perfect moment to
raise the status of jiu-jitsu and his familys name, proposing
a series of four challenge fights between jiu-jitsu practitioners
and other martial artists.
kung fu movies were popular at the time, the Gracies arranged
for a confederacy of Molinas muay Thai fighters and other
kung fu fighters. They even promoted Sergio Batarelli, a Sao
Paulo-born kickboxing champion, as Rocky Batarelli: the
Italian Stallion, to cash in on the early 1980s popularity
of the Rocky films.
Maracanazinho at his disposal, a super fight between Rei Zulu
and the Brazilian Rocky Balboa planned and the allure
of unbeatable Gracie jiu-jitsu fighters taking on other martial
artists, Robsons vision became a quick media sensation,
attracting considerable press and sponsorship.
was difficult for Molina to put together the team he wanted to
face the Gracies. His two top students, Narany and Luiz Alves,
refused to take part in the challenge. His only student who immediately
accepted was Eugenio Tadeu, who felt he owed his trainer for
allowing him to train for free. Molina was forced to look for
recruits in luta livre circles. The luta livre fighters, who
grappled without the gi, had long disapproved of the Gracie approach
of invading academies and trying to humiliate athletes. Carlos
Brunocillas top students, Marco Ruas and Marcelo Mendes,
both accepted Molinas invitation to join his team. This
watershed moment forever knit together the muay Thai and luta
the jiu-jitsu team was set with four Gracie Academy black belts:
Behring, Fred Bomba, Inacio Aragao and Renan Pitanguy.
his first grappling session with Brunocilla, Molina knew it would
be best to postpone the event, but the Gracie side refused, certain
that the fights would spill out into the street if they delayed
the card. Making Molinas situation worse, Mendes injured
his knee days out from the event and had to be replaced by kung
fu fighter Bruce Lucio. Meanwhile, the Gracie team actually grew
stronger: an injury suffered by Bomba two weeks out led to his
being replaced by Fernando Pinduka, who was regarded as Carlsons
top student at the time.
the spate of injuries, only three jiu-jitsu against muay Thai
and luta livre fights remained when the fighters squared off
on Nov. 30, 1984. Zulu choked out Batarelli with a guillotine
in the main event, while Aragao easily choked out kung fu fighter
Lucio. However, the style war ended up in a draw; while Rickson
student Behring easily mounted and beat Molina, young Tadeu surprised
by knocking out Pitanguy. Ruas and Pinduka battled to a 20-minute
draw, leaving the ledger at 1-1-1.
was an iconic night, as it marked the first time the world of
jiu-jitsu found worthy competition. It only fanned the flames
of the growing rivalry, which would become the backbone of Brazilian
vale tudo and MMA into the late 1990s. Even as the sport evolved
past notions of style, the greatest Brazilian rivalries,
such as Chute Boxe versus Brazilian Top Team, are still based
on the idea of muay Thai against jiu-jitsu.
Andre Pederneiras has created a legion of champions under the
Nova Uniao banner.
the late 1990s and into the early 2000s, the sport changed. Between
the sport becoming regulated in North America and Japan turning
into the greatest international stage for MMA, Brazil was forced
to evolve. However, there was a shortage of mid-level shows in
Brazil that fighters needed to help beef up their resumes in
order to attract major organizations.
two decades, dozens of fly-by-night promoters tried to change
this, but most could only get a few events staged before shuttering
their doors. Universal Vale Tudo Fighting, Pentagon Combat, Brazil
Open, Super Challenge and Mo Team League all tried and failed.
on, Sergio Batarellis International Vale Tudo Championship
was the one promotion that kept its flag planted, launching the
careers of Wanderlei Silva, Jose Landi-Jons, Pedro Rizzo, Mark
Kerr and Chuck Liddell. It was IVC that first put Curitibas
Chute Boxe team on the map. After the IVC went by the wayside,
Chute Boxe boss Rudimar Fedrigo and promoter Jorge Guimaraes
put together Meca World Vale Tudo. Meca then filled the necessary
role in the Brazilian fight scene, promoting the likes of Anderson
Silva, Murilo Rua, Mauricio Rua and others to the world stage.
the Japanese MMA scene cooled, so did Brazils local market
for a brief time. Pride Fighting Championships fell under scandal,
the Ultimate Fighting Championship became the worlds top
promotion and it became necessary for Brazilian MMA promoters
to adapt and create stable, reputable promotions that could prepare
local fighters to face the worlds best in the cage. First,
Ismails Jungle Fight answered the call. Jungle Fight put
the spotlight on Lyoto Machida, Fabricio Werdum, Ronaldo Souza,
Erick Silva and many of the fighters now considered to be the
best in Brazil. Those who were not groomed by Jungle Fight likely
rose through the ranks in Pederneiras Shooto Brazil, where
Nova Uniao representatives such as Jose Aldo, Renan Barao and
Eduardo Dantas learned their craft.
showing that regional events could thrive in Brazil if they were
well-promoted and offered a legitimate chance for fighters to
advance their careers, Ismail and Pederneiras inspired the community.
In recent years, events such as Watch Out Combat Show, Bitetti
Combat, Max Fight, Nitrix Champion Fight and others have become
staples in their local territories, helping to uncover the next
generation of Brazilian talent.
with all of these shows and the UFC now planning several Brazilian
events every year, the supply of Brazilian talent continues to
outpace the demand. Thanks to its rich history in vale tudo,
Brazil is now a continent-sized factory of champions where the
next Aldo or Anderson Silva waits patiently for his turn.
Souza vs. Francis Carmont added to UFC Fight Night card in Brazil
exciting middleweight match-up has been added to UFCs first
tip to Brazil on 2014.
announced on Tuesday that Ronaldo Souza and Francis Carmont will
meet on Feb. 15 in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina. The card,
originally planned for Feb. 8, was moved a week later because
of TV schedule, sources in the UFC told MMAFighting.com
UFC Fight Night card will be headlined by Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard
former Strikeforce middleweight champion, "Jacare"
(19-3, 1 no-contest), looked unstoppable in his pair of UFC wins.
Following a quick submission victory over Chris Camozzi in Jaragua
do Sul last May, the jiu-jitsu wizard dominated Yushin Okami
at UFC Fight Night 28 and recorded a first-round knockout win.
an 11-fight win streak, Carmont (22-7) defeated Constantinos
Philippou in his last appearance inside the Octagon at UFC 165.
The French middleweight has won 16 of his fights with finishes,
10 by way of submission, and will have the opportunity to test
his ground skills against Souza.
Source: MMA Fighting
Ed Soares: Nogueira brothers expect UFC return in first half
only two fights between them in the past year, brothers Antonio
Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira are working hard
to get back in the cage as soon as possible.
Nogueiras, arguably the most famous and successful pair of siblings
in MMA history, still are recovering from individual injuries,
but are expected to return to the octagon in 2014, according
to manager Ed Soares.
Nogueira (34-8-1 MMA, 5-4 UFC), a former PRIDE and interim UFC
heavyweight champion, has only fought twice over the past two
years and was last seen being submitted by Fabricio Werdum in
submission Werdum used to defeat Nogueira caused damage to the
same arm that was disfigured by Frank Mir 18 months prior to
would like to see the 37-year-old hang up the gloves after alternating
wins and losses in his past eight UFC contests, but his manager
insists Big Nog will be back in action again.
is getting healthy and were going to see him fight in the
first half of 2014 for sure, Soares told MMAjunkie.
for the other Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC), it has been just
as difficult a task getting him inside the cage, but when he
does, the results are positive.
off back-to-back victories over former light heavyweight champions
Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans, it was announced Minotoro
would take on Swedish sensation Alexander Gustafsson next March.
UFC President Dana White announced the matchup before Nogueira
could agree and ultimately the Brazilian wasnt in good
enough physical condition to compete.
think sometimes in the UFC there is a lot of moving parts and
they offered the fight to me, but Rogerio was away with his brother
in a place where they couldnt get cell reception,
Soares said of the miscommunication that led to the Gustafsson-Nogueira
fight announcement. Before I was able to get ahold of them,
Dana announced it.
Nogueira was excited to fight a man some believe defeated reigning
205-pound king Jon Jones in September, a lingering back injury
has prevented him from any serious training.
has been waiting a long time to fight Gustafsson, dating back
to their originally scheduled fight in April 2012.
a fight hes wanted for quite some time; however, Soares
said his client wasnt willing to face The Mauler
in anything less than peak condition.
said he would have loved to take the fight, he would have loved
to take the challenge because he feels thats where hes
at in his career, Soares said To fight a guy like
Gustafsson, you have to be 100 percent and he didnt want
to take the risk of taking the fight and trying to fight through
[the back injury] and then all of sudden not being able to fight
and have to pull out of a main event.
back injuries can be serious and have been a persistent problem
for Nogueira, he, just like his brother, wont let health
struggles stand in the way of getting back to his most familiar
environment the octagon.
will] stick to physical therapy, get healthy and hell probably
be fighting in May or June.
Source: MMA Junkie
167 salaries: GSP takes home 400K, Hendricks only 50K
Nevada Athletic Commission has released the salaries of each
fighter that competed at the UFC 167, last Saturday, in Las Vegas.
expected, reigning welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre topped
the list with earnings of $400,000.
opponent, Johnny Hendricks, got way less, earning only $50,000.
is the list of salaries for the UFC 167:
St. Pierre: $400,000
Evans: $250,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus)
Lawler: $166,000 (includes $83,000 win bonus)
Woodley: $104,000 (includes $52,000 win bonus)
Bagautinov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Cerrone: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
Leites: $20,000 (includes $10,000)
Story: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Perez: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
High: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Pettis: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Villante: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Reveals Georges St-Pierre Could Owe Former Manager Millions
Georges St-Pierre rumors began swirling on Monday, but Tuesday
revealed some hard evidence about the UFC welterweight champions
to a report from TMZ.com, documents from the Clark County Courthouse
in Nevada show that St-Pierre lost a lawsuit earlier this year
to his former manager, Shari Spencer, for a settlement of $737,066.35,
as well as percentages of royalties and other streams of revenue.
additional penalties, according to the report, include 20 percent
of future revenue on various UFC Pay-Per-View fights, 20 percent
of royalties earned under a 2008 UFC merchandising contract,
and five percent of future revenues from sponsorships Spencer
assisted in obtaining.
news of Spencers lawsuit was rumored to be part of the
personal problems St-Pierre said hes experiencing,
the former manager to the fighter went to Twitter to downplay
her involvement in his issues.
lawsuit, according to an anonymous source cited in the TMZ report,
could cost the UFC champion millions of dollars.
Monday, rumors hit the internet about St-Pierres reasoning
behind his sudden desire to step away from fighting, which he
announced during his post-fight interview at UFC 167. An unplanned
pregnancy with an unnamed woman and the declining health of his
father were both reported as reasons for GSPs departure
from the sport.
to the rumors being spread, UFC president Dana White was quoted
by the Los Angeles Times in saying that St-Pierre told him the
rumors were untrue. Additionally, Myriam, St-Pierres sister,
denied any truth to stories about their fathers declining
health in a report from LaPresse.ca.
initially said that St-Pierres troubles arent as
big as everyone thinks. The UFC boss added in the L.A. Times
story that he is already working on a rematch between St-Pierre
and Johny Hendricks. An announcement for the fight, White said,
should take place within a couple weeks.
Source: MMA Weekly
At 20: The Building Blocks
contemporary mixed martial artists practice a highly synthesized
hybrid form of combat, the early days of the sport saw traditional
martial arts practitioners pitted against each other in an effort
to determine not only the best fighter but the most effective
style. They brought to the masses the building blocks of modern
One of humanitys oldest forms of competition, wrestling
was included in the ancient Olympic Games. That tradition has
carried into the modern era, with many different forms currently
practiced around the world, including Greco-Roman, freestyle,
collegiate and folk styles. With an emphasis on physical fitness
and explosiveness, wrestling makes for an ideal base in MMA.
Fighters who possess superior wrestling skills are able to decide
where the fight will take place by either dragging their opponents
to the mat or preventing a takedown. Competitors have used the
grappling style to win numerous world titles, with wrestlers
like Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Matt Hughes and Dan Severn
dominating their peers and carving out a new respect for their
sport as an effective form of self-defense.
Much like wrestling, boxing can trace its roots back to ancient
Greece, where techniques from both arts were combined to create
the free-fighting hybrid form of pankration. Though the sport
has undergone many rule changes and safety revisions, one element
of boxing has always remained constant: fighters may only strike
each other with their fists above the waist. Boxings world
heavyweight champion was revered for years in western culture
as the best fighter alive, though boxers have thus far found
little success in MMA, as evidenced by former International Boxing
Federation champion James Toneys ill-fated Ultimate Fighting
Championship debut in 2010.
Jiu-Jitsu: Though Brazilian jiu-jitsu only recently became a
well-known commodity in the United States, the art has been used
for decades in its country of origin, both in the streets and
in organized bouts. The style sprang from one of the best-known
origin stories in all of martial arts, as the physically feeble
Helio Gracie observed and refined the judo techniques taught
to older brother Carlos by Japanese master Mitsuyo Maeda. Together,
the brothers founded their synthesized style, which heavily emphasized
leverage and technique over brute force and athleticism. Nearly
80 years after Brazilian jiu-jitsu was founded, Helios
son, Royce, established BJJ as the first dominant style in MMA
by winning three of the first four UFC tournaments.
Judo was founded in 1882 by Jigoro Kano after several years of
studying traditional Japanese jujutsu -- a grappling art developed
by the samurai more than 300 years earlier. Kano refined those
jujutsu techniques and created not only a method of self-defense
but also a sport, with mens judo joining the Olympics in
1964 and the womens division following suit in 1992. Judokas
are not allowed to strike, and a match can be won by submission,
pin or a throw -- called an ippon -- that plants an opponent
on his or her back with force and control. Famous practitioners
of judo in MMA include Ronda Rousey, Karo Parisyan and Rick Hawn.
Thai: Likely the most popular striking style in mixed martial
arts, muay Thai is known for its brutal effectiveness. Muay Thai
differs from western kickboxing in that combatants wear no padding
on their shins or feet and may attack both above and below the
waist using their hands, feet, elbows and knees. The Art
of Eight Limbs was developed hundreds of years ago in Southeast
Asia and is characterized by its powerful strikes and reliance
on the low kick, which has become a favorite weapon of many mixed
martial artists today.
Karate was brought to mainland Japan during the early 20th century,
but the striking arts origins date back several hundred
years prior. The style was brought to the United States following
World War II and has been publicized by its many appearances
in film and television. Despite its popularity, however, karate
was initially viewed by MMA fans as an archaic system that had
little utility in a real fight. More recently, however, karate
regained a significant measure of respect when karateka Lyoto
Machida won the UFC light heavyweight championship in 2009.
The Russian art of sambo is a hybrid combat style that was developed
by the Soviet Union army in the 1920s. Similar in philosophy
to Israels krav maga, sambo was created to include the
most effective techniques from a variety of styles. Combat sambo
closely resembles mixed martial arts, though competitors wear
headgear, shin protectors and a gi top. Noted for its emphasis
on leg locks and throws, sambo has given MMA the likes of Andrei
Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko, a man some still regard as the
greatest fighter of all-time.
Belfort: My testosterone levels were low against Dan Henderson
DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Vitor Belfort demolished Dan Henderson
at UFC Fight Night 32, and you cant say he beat the Pride
legend because of his testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
vs. Henderson was the first UFC bout featuring two fighters on
TRT, and Belfort needed only 77 seconds to become the first fighter
to ever finish Henderson with strikes.
after the bout, the Brazilian revealed that his testosterone
levels were above the normal for the fight.
(testosterone) levels were low in my last fight," Belfort
told MMAFighting.com during a media scrum in his gym in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. "I have all the exams to prove that I have
a disease. Its simple."
MMA Athletic Commissions medical director Dr. Marcio Tannure
explained to MMAFighting.com that one of Belfort's pre-fight
tests were below the normal limits, but that's "legal."
a recent interview with UOL, Belfort revealed that he started
his testosterone therapy three years ago, and that would mean
he started doing TRT before his title fight with Anderson Silva
at UFC 126 in Las Vegas, Nev.
was that fight? I dont remember when I started my treatment,
actually," he said. "But I believe it was around that
Phenom" is confident that he would get licensed and granted
a TUE for TRT in case UFC wants to match him against the winner
of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva in Las Vegas, where he hasnt
Sonnen has a license to fight in Vegas, and Im doing everything
by the book," Belfort said. "I have all the exams to
Source: MMA Fighting
Gastelum avoids surgery, aims for slot on UFCs Mexican
Ultimate Fighter 17? winner Kelvin Gastelum wont fight
again until next year, but hell also avoid the lengthy
delay a surgery would have brought and is instead aiming for
return at the UFCs planned Mexico debut.
hoping to return in maybe March or April, Gastelum told
MMAjunkie. I know that theyre trying to hold a huge
event in Mexico City, so thats what Im aiming for.
Theyre saying March or April, so thats when Im
hoping to return and fight down in Mexico. Thats going
to be huge.
22-year-old Gastelum (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was a surprise winner
of The Ultimate Fighter 17, downing Uriah Hall in
finals of the middleweight tournament to earn a UFC contract.
He promptly dropped to 170 pounds and submitted Brian Melancon
at Augusts UFC Fight Night 27 event.
was expected to face Court McGee at next months UFC on
FOX 9, but an injury forced him to withdraw from the matchup.
my fight in Indianapolis, I got a call from Firas Zahabi, Georges
St-Pierres head coach, and he was like, Georges wants
you to come up an train in Montreal and help him prepare for
Johny Hendricks, Gastelum said. I was like,
Absolutely. I got to train with Georges.
was in Montreal for a couple weeks, and one of the last days
of sparring, I was sparring with Rory MacDonald, and I checked
a kick, but all of a sudden I felt my knee get real weak. I knew
I had to stop. I thought it was a pinched nerve at first.
came back to the U.S. to get the joint evaluated, where he learned
the extend of the damage.
doctor gave me good news and bad news, Gastelum said. He
said, The bad news is you have a torn PCL and you might
not be able to fight Dec. 14. The good news is you dont
need any surgery.
have to wear a knee brace for the next six weeks, so I had to
pull out of this fight and just rehab my knee.
is staying busy during his time out of the cage, working with
both a physiotherapist to rebuild his knee as well as a sports
psychologist to improve his mental game.
just trying to make the best of it, Gastelum said. Even
though I cant really work out, Im keeping the most
important muscle real sharp, the mind.
who lives in Arizona, said a spring return is likely. And with
his Mexican heritage, Gastelum said an appearance at the UFCs
long-rumored Mexican debut would serve as a perfect target date.
He even has an opponent in mind, but hes keeping that a
got somebody in mind, but Im not going to be calling anybody
out or anything, Gastelum said. Hopefully Joe Silva
agrees with my idea. Im not going to say who, but yeah,
Ive got somebody in mind.
so the undefeated Gastelum will return next year and look to
keep his momentum rolling. Even though its a down time
for the TUF 18? winner, he was motivated by the epic clash
between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks at this past weekends
UFC 167 event and looks forward to proving he belongs among the
welterweight divisions elite.
will be back and better than ever, Gastelum said. Im
working to become the next welterweight champion. After what
I saw on Saturday, I know what I need to do. I saw holes in other
peoples games at the top of the list in my division, and
Im coming for all of them.
Source: MMA Junkie
St-Pierre Shoots Down Rumors; Rematch Already in the Works
welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre fueled a quagmire of
conjecture following his UFC 167 victory over Johny Hendricks,
saying, I am going to hang my gloves up for a little bit
and make sense of my life. I have to go away for a little bit
at least. Personal things are happening. I have to step away
for a bit; thats all I can say right now.
might have been better off saying nothing at all.
Monday, celebrity gossip site TMZ.com reported that St-Pierres
personal things were having to deal with the declining
health of his father and an unwanted pregnancy.
sister on Monday shot down the speculation about their fathers
on Tuesday, UFC president Dana White spoke with the L.A. Times,
telling reporter Lance Pugmire that in a conversation he had
with St-Pierre, the champion denied both of the rumors reported
is denying those rumors that TMZ is reporting about those two
things, said White before adding that he is already working
on a rematch.
comments following the fight, both in the Octagon and later at
the post-fight press conference, made it sound as if whatever
issues he is dealing with would force him to step away from fighting
for an extended period of time. After having discussed those
issues with St-Pierre, White was confident that his champions
problems werent as dire as they felt to him.
that St-Pierres head was now in a better place, White believes
that details of a rematch between St-Pierre and Hendricks would
come together quickly.
far as a rematch, were on schedule and Ill have a
date within a couple weeks, White said. I feel confident
that Georges is fine with that and all is on track.
declined to speculate as to a date or location for the proposed
rematch. He said St-Pierre is currently going off the grid
on vacation to recuperate from a very tough fight.
Source: Romolo Barros
Says UFC 167 Could Have Been Georges St-Pierres Last Fight,
Rematch Not Set in Stone
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierres split decision
win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Nov. 16, the 32-year-old
Canadian made cryptic comments about potentially retiring.
am going to hang my gloves up for a little bit and make sense
of my life, he said following the fight. I have to
go away for a little bit at least. Personal things are happening.
I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the UFC.
have to step away for a bit, thats all I can say right
now. Later on, Ill make a point about that. Right now,
I have to go away for a little bit, he continued.
president Dana White has stated that a rematch is in the works,
but St-Pierres manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu, told UFC Tonight
that its possible that the fight with Hendricks
may have St-Pierres last.
the events post-fight press conference, the champion stated,
I understand from the point of view for the UFC and everything.
Its bad for them if I leave like this. But like I said,
I need to make a point man. I cant sleep at night now.
Im going crazy. I have issues. I need to relax. I need
to get out for awhile.
Wednesday, St-Pierre tweeted a photo of himself on vacation and
wrote, Forget all the rumors- on vacation, happy &
109: What to Watch For
MMA will conclude its ninth season on Friday, when Bellator 109
goes down from the Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
the Bellator 109 festivities will be a middleweight title conflict
between two of the promotions most ferocious strikers in
Alexander Shlemenko and Doug Marshall, as The Rhino
looks to end the champions 11-fight winning streak live
on Spike TV.
is what to watch for at Bellator 109:
is the proud owner of several of Bellators most violent
finishes and has lost just once in his last 18 outings. As far
as I can tell, the 29-year-old is incapable of putting on a boring
round, much less a boring fight.
no further than Shlemenkos most recent title defense against
Brett Cooper for proof of his abilities. After dropping the first
two rounds to the American, Storm battled back over
the bouts final 15 minutes, gutting out a unanimous decision
through sheer force of will.
roommate is not a big MMA fan, but you would not have known it
that night. He was screaming at our TV like a maniac. Do I really
need to twist your arm on this one? I would hope not.
good friend of mine in this business, who is generally much smarter
about picking fights than I am, thinks Marshall is going to put
it on Shlemenko when they get in the cage.
I do not agree with that appraisal, I will certainly admit that
The Rhino possesses the required tools to end Shlemenkos
night, especially during the fights opening round. Few
men at 185 pounds possess the type of pure punching power that
Marshall leisurely wields before fatigue catches up to him.
is especially compelling given Shlemenkos tendency to leave
himself exposed in order to dish out punishment. Should Marshall
find the Russians chin early in the contest, it is reasonable
to assume that he will fasten the Bellator middleweight title
around his waist shortly thereafter. However, if Storm
can make Marshall miss and drag him into deeper waters with his
vaunted body attack, I see few scenarios in which the ex-World
Extreme Cagefighting champion can best Shlemenko.
Marshall get off first or will he become just another name on
Shlemenkos list of conquered foes?
am really looking forward to the Season 9 lightweight tournament
final, and you should be, too.
Brooks tournament wins over John Alessio and Saad Awad
may not have been the most aesthetically pleasing performances
for the casual observer, but I was nevertheless impressed with
his ability to dominate those veterans -- one of which had previously
knocked him senseless during the Season 8 draw.
Alexander Sarnavskiy has been on an absolute tear since suffering
the lone loss of his career to Rich Clementi, posting first-round
stoppages in each of his last three bouts. The 24-year-old Russian
has recorded just two minutes and 48 seconds of cage time during
his Season 9 tournament run, knocking out Marcus Davis in the
quarterfinals before submitting Ricardo Tirloni in just 68 seconds
in the Round of 4.
prospects undoubtedly hold great promise, but only one can earn
a title shot. Which man will avoid his second career defeat?
Keslar has gone from injury replacement to tournament finalist
in the span of just two months.
up on short notice for the injured and then-retired Matt Riddle,
Keslar outworked Luis Sergio Teotonio da Fonseca Melo Jr. in
the tournaments opening round before upsetting the favored
War Machine in the semis. The American Kickboxing Academy rep
dominated the Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran at Bellator
104, quickly taking Machines back and then showing excellent
patience before putting the former adult film star to sleep with
a rear-naked choke.
now faces former welterweight tournament finalist Rick Hawn,
who also entered the Season 9 draw as an injury replacement.
In spite of the circumstances surrounding his tournament bid,
Hawn controlled both of his bouts from start to finish, cruising
to unanimous decisions over Herman Terrado and Brent Weedman.
Keslar keep his winning streak alive or will Hawn slam the door
White: Officials should be put in a submission before they're
allowed to judge
the controversy over the scoring of the Georges St-Pierre vs.
Johny Hendricks fight at UFC 167 showing no signs of subsiding,
UFC president Dana White has an idea how to push the sport's
officiating forward: Make sure judges and referees know what
that sounds flippant on the surface, the fact is, mixed martial
arts officials are often commission holdovers from boxing who
lack formal training in the sport. That may have been acceptable
a generation ago, when the sport was just getting off the ground,
but with such high stakes in today's fights, it's time to bring
judging and officiating to the next level.
White offers a simple step forward: "First of all, boxing
judges refereeing mixed martial arts fight, who know nothing
about it, no former mixed martial artists, I don't think you
should be judging or reffing a fight unless you've actually rolled
and know what a submission feels like. How about, knows what
a submission is, first?"
left no doubt about his his opinions on Saturday night after
the call in the main event went St-Pierre's way via split decision,
with GSP getting two of three 48-47 judges' scores.
about his comments, which was directed at the Nevada Athletic
Commission, White reiterated that fans don't always understand
that the UFC has nothing to do with the appointment of officials
in commission states.
thing I wanted everyone to understand that night, I wanted to
make it absolutely clear that in no way shape or form, we don't
have any input with the judges or referees," White said.
"We don't pick em, we have nothing to do with them,
it's the complete opposite. Obviously, I was a little fired up
on Saturday night, but I wanted to make it clear we have absolutely
nothing over what the athletic commission does, which is, the
Source: MMA Fighting
Woodley says American Top Team welterweights are in a race for
nothing new in MMA by and large, teammates dont
like to fight teammates.
Rory MacDonald beaten Robbie Lawler on Saturday at UFC 167, a
win by teammate Georges St-Pierre may have just been the next
big situation with a teammate/friend/training partner asked to
fight his gym brethren.
put a stop to that in a big way with an upset win over MacDonald.
But all that did was keep American Top Team welterweights on
the rise in the UFC. Right before Lawlers win, Tyron Woodley
won the Knockout of the Night bonus by decimating
Josh Koscheck in the first round.
with recent welterweight addition Hector Lombard and fellow UFC
167 winner Jason High, ATT has its 170-pounders rocking. So what
happens down the road if one of them has to go through the other
to get to a title?
a race, man, Woodley told MMAjunkie Radio. We talk
about this all the time, me and Robbie in particular. Robbies
a lot like me we dont have to hate you.
it gets to the point where one of us has the belt and we have
to sit down and talk
those are bridges we have to cross
when we get there. But right now, its a race. Nobody has
brought home the UFC gold at American Top Team. Its our
job to bring home that gold belt.
Hector (Lombard), Robbie, Jason High, were racing. Its
not a secret.
Woodley (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) was looking for a statement win after
his June loss to Jake Shields, a split-decision setback that
many believed he won, then he certainly made his statement with
authority against Koscheck (17-8 MMA, 15-8 UFC).
win sent Woodley into the Honorable Mention list in the latest
USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings. (Lawlers
win over MacDonald sent him from HM to No. 11.)
hasnt really hit me yet, Woodley said of the win.
This is a guy whos been around the sport forever.
This was his 23rd (UFC) fight I watched the dude on (The
Ultimate Fighter Season 1). So it was a great honor to
fight him and even better to do it on that card.
card was the UFCs 20th anniversary show, and there were
plenty of eyes on it. And when your right hand is splashed all
over the highlight reels taking out one of the sports most
well-known fighters, youre going to start to creep up the
said getting the finish was important for him after his loss
to Shields, and it also marked a new philosophy of getting out
of his own head, so to speak.
thing Im never lacking is heart, or skill, athleticism
or hard work anything that makes you a champion,
he said. But sometimes I can overthink and overanalyze,
and I was just praying to God that those changes were unleashed.
Thats been the entire theme of my training camp that every
fight, anybody after this (the division is) in shambles
right now. There might be some guys in the welterweight division
acting like the linemen for me, making that big hole so I can
sprint through. I could be a lot closer to a title than what
people realize. I just thank God for giving me the courage to
go out there and let it all out and not hold back.
if that means having to fight a teammate? Well, Woodley seems
to believe those issues would get sorted out. Hey, families fight,
thing that separates American Top Team from other teams is the
family aspect, he said. You cant substitute
it. You cant fake it. Family is family, and you know when
its real and you know when its not.
Source: MMA Junkie
reiterates love for BJJ, talks Frankie Edgars ground evolution
Ricardo Cachorrão Almeida, 36, has collected
MMA titles and a record of 13w-5l. But the triumphs keep coming
thanks to a mind thats more and more willing to learn and
put its BJJ to the test.
what the New Jersey-based Brazilian fighter did at the recent
Worlds No-Gi, when he took gold at the senior 1?s medium heavyweight
Frankie Edgar professor also has four weeks left of taping for
TUF 19, in whose finale his pupil will face BJ Penn.
talked about that and other subjects to GRACIEMAG after his victory
in the Walter Pyramid.
What lesson have you learned after nabbing gold in the Worlds
No-Gi 2013, Ricardo?
CACHORRÃO: I love BJJ like I did on my first day. I loved
being a part of this great party that is the Worlds No-Gi. It
was my first competition in the Pyramid, and I will carry many
memories from that day. My brother, Flávio Cachorrinho,
was bouncing from a knee surgery he had that week and even so
he was there yelling at me from his wheelchair. And seeing my
brother like that scared me; I have a lot of commitments and
responsibilities and for the first time I stepped on the mat
afraid of getting hurt. If BJJ isnt used with great caution
and respect, it can be harmful to everyone, including the champions.
walk us through your final versus Fábio Alexandre of Carlson
knew Fábio was an IBJJF, he knows the rules well and has
a strong half-guard. I tried to fight without erring. In a five-minute
match it is really rough coming back from a mistake, so I fought
on his mistakes. When he gave me room I scored advantages and
then the points. When it was time to let my game loose the time
ran out. I think I fought reasonably well, within the game and
are recording the next TUF on Frankie Edgars team. What
have you been learning over there?
is an insane routine of two training sassions a day and two fights
a week, one at each weight. Its a unique, very interesting
experience. We still have another three weeks left to shoot.
beat BJ twice by unanimous decision, in 2010, imposing his boxing
and mobility. How is his BJJ at this point?
loves BJJ and is getting tougher on the ground every day. He
will be picking up the black belt by the end of the year. I think
its gonna be a great fight. Im a big fan of BJs
hes one of the greatest talents in MMA. But I believe
Frankie put in a lot more hours of mat and training than BJ in
that last few years. Frankie always evolves technically between
his fights. So its gonna be BJs talent versus Frankies
Source: Gracie Magazine
Askren: 'I'm not willing to compromise my goals for monetary
all the talk, all the conjecture, all the times he's seen his
name in the news during his contract free agency period, Ben
Askren has held firm to his beliefs.
not willing to compromise my goals for monetary value,"
the unbeaten former Bellator welterweight champion said on Monday's
edition of The MMA Hour.
name was back in the news during a tumultuous Thursday, when
first, Bellator announced he was free and clear of contractual
matching rights; then UFC president Dana White said he wasn't
interested in the 12-0 fighter.
Askren has developed a reputation for coming off brash on Twitter,
he was calm and level-headed while describing his take on the
Askren says he has nothing against Bellator, his former employer.
was something I was working on with Bjorn for awhile," Askren
said. "Obviously, it's been nearly three and a half months
since my last fight, and I was getting to the end of my exclusive
period with Bellator. Bjorn made me a couple offers, and they
weren't bad offers and Bellator isn't a bad company, but my main
reason why I got into the sport of mixed martial arts was to
be number one in the world. What I kept telling Bjorn was, hey,
I'm no 6 in the world, I want to fight numbers 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
right now. All those people are the UFC and that is only place
to accomplish that. So that was the point we kept going back
and forth on. He and I pretty much said, there's no use in keeping
matching rights and everything else if thats what you want you
want to do. He was gracious enough to respect my wishes to want
to fight the best in the world."
for White's comments, Askren says it's all business and will
take a wait-and-see approach.
don't take it all personally, it's business," Askren said.
Later, he added, "My management is going to be hopefully
go to Vegas meet with Lorenzo and Dana this week. Once that happens
I'll have better idea where they actually stand."
one point Askren did challenge White on, however, was White's
assertion that the fact Askren squeaked out a win over Jay Hieron
was proof Askren wasn't ready for the UFC.
I beat Jay Hieron, they signed Jay Hieron, so clearly Jay Hieron
was good enough to be in the UFC," Askren said. "So
surely someone who could beat him belongs. Anthony Lapsley, who
Jay Hieron choked out in the first round in Bellator, was in
the UFC last weekend. So there's a few flaws with that."
also got an offer from World Series of Fighting. While he termed
the offer "fairly generous," he doesn't sound interested
in his potential WSOF matchups.
champion of World Series of Fighting [Steve Carl] is a guy who
could never make the Bellator tournament final," Askren
said. "What's the challenge if I go and fight there? If
I'm going to fight guys below me, I would have stayed in Bellator
and took the money they were offering."
for why things have played out the way they have, Askren feels
the acrimonious dispute between Bellator, the UFC, and Eddie
Alvarez over Alvarez's contract offer, which ended up with dueling
court cases before Alvarez settled with Bellator, played a role
in Askren's current unemployed status.
think a lot of the bad blood stems from the the Eddie situation,"
Askren said. "It did get pretty ugly there, a lot of things
that happened with UFC and Bellator and lawsuit and everything
else. Maybe it's wariness from that or something."
Askren added. "I'm definitely a pawn in the whole game,
what Bellator and UFC's motivations are, I don't know exactly
what their plans are. I'm a pawn in some sense between the two
organizations, because they clearly don't like each other, and
they want to hurt each other in any way they can. I think in
the long run, everything will work out.
is willing to admit that his blunt demeanor might not have helped
him in the course of his contract negotiations. But he's also
not going to change who he is.
just a straightforward kind of dude. I'm not going to lie, I'm
not going to tell you something I don't really believe. I'm not
hugely monetarily motivated, ... that being said, I always have
been clear with my motivations, and what I want to do. I don't
try to hide my feelings or what I think. I want to beat the number
5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 guys and think I can.".
Source: MMA Fighting
Birth of the Kimura
family originally known for its seemingly unbeatable style and
fighting dominance might just be most revered for a famous loss.
before Royce Gracie taught Americans what real fighting looked
like by winning three of the first four Ultimate Fighting Championship
events, his late father, Helio, did the same thing for years
in Brazil. Helio and his brother, Carlos, became legends among
fight fans for their willingness to take on all comers with their
brand of jiu-jitsu in the first half of the 20th century.
Helio, this included Masahiko Kimura, one of the most respected
judokas of all-time. Gracie challenged him to a submission match
in 1951 while Kimura was visiting Brazil with fellow judokas
Toshio Yamaguchi and Yukio Kato.
to locking horns with Kimura, Gracie twice faced Kato. While
their first fight ended in a draw, there was no confusion in
their second encounter, as Gracie put the Japanese ace to sleep
with a cross gi choke from his back. Following Katos defeat,
Kimura accepted Gracies challenge, and the two squared
off at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in front
of 20,000 spectators, including the president of Brazil, according
to Kimuras biography, My Judo.
surviving footage of the match paints a one-sided picture, as
the physically superior Kimura dominated the smaller Gracie,
throwing him with great force multiple times and passing his
guard. However, as the bout was submission-only and could not
be decided by ippon or pin, the wily Gracie utilized his famed
survival tactics to stifle Kimuras overwhelming attack.
Kimura eventually found what he was searching for around the
13-minute mark, catching Gracie in a bent armlock, or gyaku ude-garami.
Gracie refused to relent, instead allowing Kimura to break his
arm and forcing brother Carlos to throw in the towel on his behalf.
bouts legacy lives on more than 50 years after Kimura and
Gracie battled in Brazil. The submission Kimura used to finish
the fight was adopted into Gracies style and named after
the judoka in homage, which is why whenever a modern mixed martial
artist fishes for a double wrist lock, fans find themselves calling
out the name Kimura.
Askren wants to fight Rory MacDonald; vows retirement if he loses
agent Ben Askren hasn't lost his confidence in the wake of his
recent contract situation.
undefeated former Bellator welterweight champion previously offered
to fight Georges St-Pierre and not accept any pay if he lost.
didn't get that fight, but on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour,
he was at it again, with a new target: Rory MacDonald.
MacDonald is a guy who really irks me," Askren said. "He
bugs me. It was really nice to see him get knocked of his pedestal
only would Askren fight MacDonald, who lost to Robbie Lawler
on Saturday at UFC 167, for free, but he would also leave the
sport forever if he loses.
if Dana White was willing, if I lost to him I would fight for
free retire from the sport of MMA, because that's how confident
Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic added to UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago
heavyweight matchup between Gabriel Gonzaga (16-7 MMA, 11-6 UFC)
and Stipe Miocic (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is the latest addition to
the UFCs first FOX-televised event of 2014.
on FOX 10 takes place Jan. 25 at United Center in Chicago, the
third straight January the venue has hosted a FOX show. The main
card, including a Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson headliner,
airs on FOX following prelims that are expected to air on FOX
Sports 1 and stream at MMAjunkie.
34-year-old Gonzaga left the UFC in 2010 after struggling through
a 3-5 stretch. However, after a year away from the sport, the
submission ace returned to the sport and is 5-1 in his past six
fights. All five of those victories have come by finish, including
consecutive first-round knockout wins over Shawn Jordan and Dave
Miocic opened his career with nine straight wins to open his
career before suffering a September 2012 loss to Stefan Struve.
Hes since rebounded with an impressive decision win over
Roy Nelson at Junes UFC 161 event.
the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 10 now includes:
Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson
Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic
Source: MMA Junkie
Hendricks Says His Knee is Fine, Doesnt Expect
to be Sidelined Until 2014
a loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 over the weekend, Johny
Hendricks not only ended up on the wrong end of a split decision,
he also wound up on the Nevada State Athletic Commission medically
mentioned an issue with his right knee in his post-fight medical
examination at the arena, so Nevada officials determined that
he needed to go get it cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he
would have to sit on the sidelines until May 17, 2014.
a common practice for any medical issue a fighter might have
that is difficult to fully assess with the limited resources
on site after a fight.
on Wednesday, however, told UFC Tonight, I played golf
today. My knee is fine.
could have avoided having to get clearance had he not said anything,
but Hendricks knows that sometimes that can be to an athletes
was just something that I told the Nevada State Commission. If
anything bothers me, Im going to tell them because wrestlers,
sometimes were too tough for our own good. So I told them
about my knee just because I knew that it would make me get it
doesnt expect any issues, and should get clearance to return
well before the possible six-month duration the athletic commission