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Roy Nelson vs. Frank Mir likely on tap for UFC 130

January 8th, 2011 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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Two of the UFC‘s top heavyweights appear set for action on May 28 in Las Vegas, as Frank Mir and Roy Nelson have reportedly agreed to settle a score in the Octagon at UFC 130 dating back seven years. Nelson infamously beat Mir at a grappling tournament in 2003 and has been rumored for an in-ring date with Mir ever since, even occasionally drawing verbal jabs from the former UFC champion based on physique and his ability to succeed in the division against top opponents.

News of the potential match-up and attached event were first reported by BetUS.

Mir (14-5) is coming off a late knockout of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic after landing a flush knee against the striking legend last September at UFC 119. He is 5-2 since 2007 with wins over Brock Lesnar, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, and Cheick Kongo in the bunch as well as defeats to Lesnar and Shane Carwin.

Comparably, his rotund rival has gone 1-1 since walking away with the title of Ultimate Fighter Season 10 champ as a result of his first-round flooring of Brendan Schaub in December 2009. The 15-5 Nelson followed the win up with a thirty-nine second knockout of Stefan Struve but was outpointed by top title-contender Junior Dos Santos in his follow-up performance this past August. He had originally been linked to a bout with Carwin at UFC 125 but the match-up fell apart due to Carwin being injured.
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Brendan Schaub vs. Frank Mir possible for March event

December 14th, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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Shortly after beating Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 121 in October, TUF 10 finalist Brendan Schaub mentioned his desire to face former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir at an upcoming event as a means of not only hopefully getting a step closer to a title-shot but also as a proverbial measuring stick. Though Mir had been linked to a potential rubber-match against Brock Lesnar, it now appears UFC match-maker Joe Silva will grant Schaub’s wish after all with March 2011 as the targeted period for the pairing to occur.

News of the potential scrap was reported by MMAJunkie who confirmed the bout had been offered to both camps and verbal agreements were in place.

While the UFC has not officially announced any events for March, February’s cards are set at this point in terms of major match-ups meaning the following month is a far more likely option. Two shows currently rumored for the involved timeframe are “UFC on Versus 3” (3/3) and UFC 129 (3/19 in Abu Dhabi).

The 27-year old Schaub is 7-1 in his career with six knockouts in the opening frame of action. His only loss came at the Ultimate Fighter Season 10 Finale against Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the form of a first-round knockout though he has won three consecutive fights since the December 2009 defeat.
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5 Oz. MMA Link Club

November 11th, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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Welcome back to another edition of “MMA Link Club”, Five Ounces of Pain‘s weekly smorgasbord of work from our brothers and sisters in the MMA community. Enjoy…

Rashad Evans Responds to Claims He’s Unhappy in the UFC (WatchKalibRun.com)

Fedor Emelianenko Trains with “Jacare” and Mousasi (MMAScraps.com)

Former Strikeforce Fighter May Be Headed to Ultimate Fighter (CagePotato.com)

WEC President Speaks about Merger with UFC (HeavyMMA.com)

Alan Belcher Wants Fight with Wanderlei Silva (MMAFighting.com)

Frank Mir Prefers Opponent Other than Lesnar (MMAConvert.com)

Chad Mendes Speaks About WEC 52 Opponent Javier Vazquez (Versus.com)

Tatsuya Kawahiri Shoots Some Hoops…from a Wheelchair (MiddleEasy.com)

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Grappling with Issues – 10/29/10

October 29th, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
This article was originally published at Five Ounces of Pain. Copyright: Five Ounces of Pain.

Does Jake Shields‘ performance against Martin Kampmann have you spooked about him having earned a title-shot with the win? Should Diego Sanchez indulge on sweets this weekend or consider avoiding candy in hopes of returning to the lightweight division? Would Brendan Schaub vs. Frank Mir be a “trick” or “treat” for fans? Who in the UFC would you consider selling your sell for if it meant a match-up with Russian Red-Devil Fedor Emelianenko?

Keyboard warrrrriors….come out to plaaaay-yay!

Happy Halloween Weekend, and welcome to “Grappling with Issues”, our site’s regular weekly feature highlighting insight and opinion from Adam Tool and myself on six subjects plucked from the Mixed Martial Arts landscape. However, just because we staffers get the fancy set-up, please don’t feel precluded from dishing out your own thoughts on each matter in the comments section at the bottom of the column.

How would you assess the fallout from Eddie Alvarez’s dominating win over Roger Huerta last week at Bellator 33?

Tool: If anything Alvarez’s thorough beat down on Huerta just proved how desperate for real competition Alvarez is right now. Whether that competition comes in the form a showdown with Gilbert Melendez or a potential entrance into the UFC, the fact is that Bellator’s roster has little to offer Alvarez in the way of fresh challenges. Huerta’s stock has dropped in recent years but we can’t forget that he was right on the cusp of contendership in the UFC at one point. The fight between these two was great from the standpoint of Bellator building up their lightweight champion, but now that their two biggest lightweight stars have fought what’s left? Is there any reason to think that Pat Curran will fare any better when he gets his shot at Alvarez?

Conlan: I see Tool’s point about the scarceness of challenges left for the lightweight champ within Bellator, though in fairness it needs to be pointed out that Curran did beat Huerta and should be a more competitive foe for Alvarez from that standpoint alone. Someone with Curran’s improving skill-set should never be discounted, especially in a sport like MMA where upsets are far from rare.

Since Adam’s response focused mostly on Alvarez I’m going to concentrate on Huerta’s future in the wake of suffering the first TKO loss of his career. I think the bout’s timing may have influenced the result to a certain extent, as I suspect Huerta’s confidence wasn’t where it would have been had he been coming off a few wins before facing Alvarez rather than losses in three of his last four fights. On top of that, he dealt with the publicity surrounding his “street fight” earlier this year which could have affected his training or mentality entering arguably the biggest scrap of his career. Preparing for an opponent like Alvarez – even a notch below the Philadelphian – requires 100% of a Mixed Martial Artist’s focus and being unable to give in wholly to the process essentially equates to a loss no matter who you may be.

To that point, Huerta’s physique also looked a bit smaller than usual at the event. I won’t speculate on whether it was an attempt to increase his speed or the result of less time in the gym, but it got me thinking how interesting it would be to see the “El Matador” give featherweight a shot. Assuming his body can handle the cut without it negatively affecting his performance in the ring, dropping down a division would be a good way to hit “refresh” on his career, as well as a move creating new match-ups for Huerta and possibly providing a few size-related competitive advantages he hasn’t necessarily had thus far in his career at 155-pounds.

Did Diego Sanchez’s showing against Paulo Thiago restore your faith in him as a welterweight or would you prefer to see him drop back down to 155-pounds?

Tool: His performance on Saturday restored my faith in Diego Sanchez period. I haven’t seen the Diego of old since the Clay Guida fight so it was pretty nice to see that old aggression back in action from the former “Nightmare.” He didn’t look nearly as doughy on Saturday as he did against John Hathaway, so perhaps he would be better off sticking around at 170 lbs.

Regardless of the division he competes in there are still plenty of compelling match-ups for Sanchez. If he stays at welterweight I think a bout with Martin Kampmann could easily steal whatever show it’s on. If he goes back down to lightweight I think the bout that would make the most sense is a rematch with Kenny Florian, as both fighters are completely different from the two guys that competed for the first “Ultimate Fighter” championship.

Conlan: Somewhere in between I suppose. I can’t say with conviction his showing against Thiago made me feel Sanchez can beat the UFC’s top welterweights, but the thought of him fighting Kampmann, Dan Hardy, or Nate Diaz has my salivary glands firing up so I’m also not sure I want to see him head back to 155-pounds just yet.

Thiago has stated in the past he’s unable to train full-time due to his job in Brazilian law enforcement and aside from knocking out Josh Koscheck hasn’t been overwhelmingly impressive. He’s lost three of his last five fights and, aside from a respectable submission of Mike Swick, has gone the distance in four of them. It was a highly entertaining fight, and Sanchez’s win was a nice notch the ol’ the ring-post, but didn’t restore the confidence I had in him 3-4 years ago during the height of his run at 170-pounds (as a finishing performance might have).

Similarly to the division he’s currently residing in, I think there are still a few match-ups ripe with potential for entertainment at lightweight including Florian, George Sotiropoulos, and the new crop of WEC 155-pounders heading to the Octagon in the near future (Ben Henderson, Jamie Varner, Donald Cerrone, etc.). I feel Sanchez gave up on the weight-class after enduring the strain on his body only to be pummeled for the first time in his career courtesy of BJ Penn. Leaving it behind on such a sour note after looking sharp against Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson almost feels like quitting to me and I think it would be a shame of “Nightmare” never gives it a go again.

If given the choice, who would you most like to see Fedor Emelianenko fight out of the
following group – Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez, or Randy Couture?

Tool: I’ve got to go with Velasquez, especially now that he’s got the strongest claim of anyone to be the top heavyweight in the world. Even if you don’t agree with that sentiment you can’t deny that Velasquez is now firmly positioned as the best heavyweight in the UFC, and that’s a spot I expect him to keep for the foreseeable future. Emelianenko doesn’t have the aura of invincibility around him anymore so the fight may not be as appealing as it was four months ago, but at this point we still have to believe that Fedor is one of the top fighters in the world and as such he would be a stiff challenge for anybody in the heavyweight division.

Conlan: I’m going to take my “writer/associate editor” cap off for a second and pick Couture as simply a fan of MMA. Though Velasquez and Lesnar are more-relevant opponents for Emelianenko where rankings are concerned, “The Natural” is a legend in the sport – perhaps its biggest star from a mainstream perspective – whose remaining fights are numbered due to age/opportunity. On the flipside, Lesnar and Velasquez should both be active for the foreseeable future and as such have more time ahead of them than Couture to see a bout against Emelianenko eventually materialize.

Lesnar/Velasquez are merely “top five” heavyweights, while pairing Couture and Fedor creates a legitimate “dream fight” people have been wanting to see for as long as the sport has existed in its current form. As silly as it may sound to bypass on having the highest ranked fighters face each other, MMA is as much about entertainment/storylines as it is two individuals throwing down in a ring, and in that regard it would be foolish to pass on the possibility of finally bringing Couture vs. Emelianenko to fruition.

Based on his showing this past weekend, do you think Jake Shields should have to win at least one more fight in the UFC before he earns a title shot?

Conlan: If Shields’ contendership was based solely on how he looked against Martin Kampmann then I would support the notion of him having to notch another victory in the Octagon before getting a title-shot. However, his status also stems from having won fourteen consecutive fights prior to UFC 121 including in-ring success against a number of top competitors, and in that regard I have no problem saying he deserves to be “next in line” for a crack at the belt.

As far as the Californian’s lackluster performance in Anaheim, fans should keep in mind Kampmann is an excellent grappler who has yet to be submitted in a 21-bout career and wasn’t on any level a good stylistic match-up for the Californian. Additionally, Shields hadn’t fought at 170-pounds for a significant period of time before entering the ring against “The Hitman” last weekend and even admitted he seriously struggled with the weight-cut after competing at 185 for the past two years. Both factors definitely played into Shields’ forgettable debut and need to be taken into account when questioning whether or not he deserves to face the winner of Georges St. Pierre’s upcoming title-defense against Koscheck.

Tool: I’ve been pretty high on Shields for awhile now, but even I have to admit that he hasn’t sold me on a potential bout with GSP just yet. Brendhan is spot on with his assessment of Shields’ worthiness as a result of his record, and I echoed his points when we had a similar discussion last week. Of course, that was before his fight with Kampmann. Let’s face it: Shields did not impress the UFC faithful on Saturday night. The hardcore fan base can certainly make the case for Shields being one of the best welterweights in the world, but any fan seeing him for the first time at UFC 121 would most likely laugh at the idea of a match-up with St. Pierre. Personally I feel a second trip inside the octagon against a highly-regarded opponent would give Shields another chance to make a first impression, and that could be very beneficial to the UFC and their bottom line.

Brendan Schaub has already called out Frank Mir for his next fight. If you were UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva, would you book that bout?

Conlan: I’d definitely put the two together if I was Silva for a few reasons, and, other than the possibility of Mir serving as a replacement for the injured Shane Carwin at UFC 125 against Roy Nelson, I can’t think of any reason why the match-up shouldn’t be made.

When comparing the two heavyweights there’s a nice contrast to their in-ring approaches which is often favorable when it comes to the production of an entertaining fight. Schaub has heavy-hands and likes to bang, while Mir is known for his grappling but also isn’t afraid to put his recently-improved striking on display either. It would be interesting to see whether Mir would focus 100% on assessing the depth of Schaub’s ground-game or opt to test his stand-up instead.

Also, I think the pairing also makes sense from an “internal rankings” standpoint. Schaub has won his last three outings and dismantled former title-contender Gabriel Gonzaga in the biggest fight of his young career. On the flipside, Mir is 2-2 in his last four and needs to build off his victory over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 119 (if for no other reason to help dull fans’ memory of the fourteen forgettable minutes prior to the knockout-knee). They are each in a place career-wise where a win over the other would provide a significant rub where contendership is concerned while a potential loss wouldn’t be overly damaging.

Tool: I agree that this booking makes sense, but of course this question was posed before the news came out that Shane Carwin was out of his UFC 125 fight with Nelson. Now I’m firmly of the belief that Mir makes the most possible sense as a replacement opponent for “Big Country.” It’s a great stylistic match-up between two guys who made their name with their jiu-jitsu skills, but have since evolved into heavy-handed strikers. That fight also has far greater title implications that a potential Mir/Schaub showdown, especially given the fact that both Mir and Nelson recently came up short in #1 contender bouts.

Now that he’s extended his win streak to five, how far away is Matt Hamill from competing for UFC gold?

Conlan: Hamill’s win-streak is akin to one of those computer-produced paintings a person has to thoroughly examine in order to see the actual image contained within. During the run he’s knocked off Reese Andy (who hasn’t fought since), Mark Munoz (now a middleweight), Jon Jones (by disqualification after getting absolutely decimated in the previous four minutes), Keith Jardine (lost six of his last seven fights), and most-recently Tito Ortiz at UFC 121 (who hasn’t won or been anywhere near active in three years). Looking beyond the Jones DQ and at the actual individuals he legitimately beat, Hamill has certainly been impressive but doesn’t have victories over opponents who anyone could argue are in peak position divisionally or skills-wise.

All that being said, I think Hamill will need to win at least three more times before working his way into the title picture. Dana White has already stated “The Hammer” will be paired up against a “Top 10” adversary in his next bout so that’s a good start. The UFC’s 205-pound pool is extremely deep and Hamill cannot cement himself as leader of the pack without first taking out a few of his highly-ranked peers.

Tool: It’s true that Hamill’s win-streak does have at least one heavy asterisk attached to it, but other than the Jones fight he’s pretty much dominated anyone he’s faced in the last few years. He’s still improving every time we see him, and at this rate he could very well be the next great wrestler/striker hybrid. He’s going to need at least a few wins against the upper level guys in the division before he’s going to be considered for contendership, but it’s certainly in the UFC’s best interests to try and get him into that position.

I would never advocate the usage of Hamill’s disability to try and gain more exposure for his accomplishments, but at the same time we cannot deny that his condition is part of who he is. He’s overcome some tremendous obstacles to get where he is, and that sort of thing can really capture public interest. Last night was the premiere of Hamill, a feature film based on his life, and if the movie has any success at all with critics then it’s only bound to bring more attention to this particular member of the UFC’s roster.Similar Posts:

Bad Example’s UFC 119 Prediction Hangover

September 28th, 2010 | Author: CageCraze.com
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UFC 119 Prediction Hangover

Your boy is up for the second card in a row! I was correct in 3 of my 5 predictions, losing one via split decision, and losing another one that Yahoo Sports had scored 29-28 for my pick. So I was damn close at being 5 of 5. Of course, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. And I’m not sure about horseshoes, I’ve never been that bored to play it. If you had bet one billion dollars on each of my picks, you would have won 1.22 billion dollars. You’re welcome.

Melvin Guillard vs Jeremy Stephens

I had picked Stephens in this fight. It was definetly a close fight, with Guillard winning a split decision. I still believe betting Stephens as an underdog in this toss up fight was a good decision. You win some, you lose some, and sometimes the judges cost me money.

Evan Dunham vs Sean Sherk

I won this one on Sherk via split decision. Apparently the fans did not like the decision and agreed with the minority judge. Exposing a man’s skull in the first round doesn’t factor into their judging perhaps, but it did the officials.

Chris Lytle vs Matt Serra

I was surprised this fight didn’t win the second Fight of the Night prize instead of Sherk vs Dunham. Sherk and Dunham put on a good show, but I really enjoyed watching these two guys going toe to toe like they did. It also has the highlight of the night for me – if you still got it on the DVR, look up 4:30 of round 2 and watch Lytle knock out one of Serra’s teeth with an uppercut. Pretty sweet. I was right about something else in this fight, not just Lytle as a winner. Serra needs to drop to lightweight. Watch how Lytle has to bend over at the waist to be on his level. Looks like he’s fighting a hobbit. Love ya Serra, you got the heart of a lion and head of a statue, but fight at lightweight dude.

Rogerio Noguiera vs Ryan Bader

Well I lost this one. I picked Noguiera but Bader’s boxing was just as good, and his wrestling proved too much. My only real saving grace was Yahoo Sports scoring it 29-28 for Noguiera, so at least some believed it was at least close and I don’t regret my betting decision.

Frank Mir vs Mirko Cro Cop

Ugh what a disaster of a main event. Have you ever been so disappointed in a main event that ended in a knockout? Makes me worry that MMA may be going in boxing’s direction of a decision every major fight because the fighters are so cautious. Machida’s method is catching on I’m afraid. Hopefully I’m wrong.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back for UFC 120 in a couple weeks, so stay tuned to CageCraze.com for all my fake news and predictions!

Bad Example’s UFC 119 Predictions

September 21st, 2010 | Author: CageCraze.com
This article was originally published at CageCraze.com. Copyright: CageCraze.com.

Before we get to the predictions, some breaking news…

UFC Championship Fighter Fails Drug Test

Chael SonnenAs many of you know, not all drug tests came back clean from UFC 117’s main event, where Anderson “The Spider” Silva defended his UFC Middleweight Championship against Chael Sonnen. Drug tests are mandatory in most states for professional title bouts.

The California State Athletic Commission confirmed Sunday that Anderson Silva failed his post-fight screening. The failed test was due to a banned agent – radioactive spider venom.

Radioactive spider venom is a known performance enhancer, giving superhuman strength, agility, and what’s known as a “spider sense”. This tingly “spider sense” made Silva realize 23 minutes into their bout that he was losing all five rounds to an overrated one dimensional wrestler.

Some fans had previously accused Silva that the marks on his back during the UFC 117 weigh-ins were in fact steroid injection sites. However it’s now believed that these are his third set of limbs coming in.

Their anticipated rematch will most likely be postponed. In the meantime Silva will be fighting the likes of The Hobgoblin and Dr. Octopus.

Silva was not available for comment Sunday, choosing instead to spend the day catching moths.

Obviously, it’s a joke…

On to the predictions!

Bad Example’s UFC 119 Predictions

This is an underdog betting night for me. Three of my five picks are moneyline underdogs. It can be a volatile night – you could lose a wad or make a wad. Manage your bankroll accordingly. Moneylines stolen from BetRoyal.com. Be sure to shop around for the best line for maximum profit.

Melvin Guillard -160 vs. Jeremy Stephens +130

With a combined 20 fights in the UFC, these two guys have been around awhile, but neither have ever had a 3 fight win streak inside the UFC to be in title contention. This’ll change at UFC 119, as both fighters are on two fight winning streaks. Both are knockout artists, with 13 of Stephens’ 18 wins via KO, and 14 of Guillard’s 24 wins via KO. When two high level brawlers are swinging away, is one really that much more of a favorite than the other? I see no reason to assume Guillard could land the perfect one before Stephens, and with Guillard’s susceptibility to submissions (7 out of 8 losses), if Stephens comes in with a smart gameplan, it may not even matter. This is a coin flip, so why not take the underdog?

Evan Dunham -240 vs. Sean Sherk +200

I was shocked at this line. Granted, Dunham is a stud and has a long, bright future. But out of only 11 fights, only his last three are worthy of mention – and two of those were by razor thin split decisions. This is not an elite resume, not yet. Sherk has been fighting the best in the world for years. He’s got three times as many wins as Dunham has fights. They have a common opponent in Tyson Griffin, who Sherk defeated via unanimous decision but Dunham only by split decision. I personally believe you can make a case for Sherk being a rightful favorite in this matchup, so if someone wants to give me 2 to 1 on my money, I’ll take that bet gladly.

Chris Lytle -130 vs. Matt Serra EVEN

I really like this matchup, but what I don’t like is Matt Serra continuing to fight at welterweight. It’s an MMA rule: you fight in the smallest weight class you can. He’s fought at lightweight before, he’s 5 foot 6, he can make lightweight, go to lightweight, goofball. Now as far as the prediction goes… understand that these two have fought before. In 2006 these were the finalists of TUF 4: The Comeback, Serra winning a split decision. Since then Lytle has went 7-5, defeating the likes of Matt Brown (twice) and Brian Foster. Matt Serra has only had four fights since then versus Lytle’s twelve, but against much better competition, defeating and losing to GSP, losing to Matt Hughes, and knocking out Frank Trigg. Because the first match was so close and with Lytle this time having a huge home field advantage being from Indianapolis, I’m leaning towards Lytle.

Ryan Bader -175 vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira +145

Another line I was shocked at. Perhaps Bader is being overbet as a TUF winner? Who has Bader beat? Someone tell me. Carmelo Marrero, who was cut from the UFC? Eric Shafer, who was also cut from the UFC? Keith Jardine, who has lost his last five matches straight? Bader just hasn’t fought elite level competition yet, but he will at UFC 119. Nogueira holds wins over Strikeforce -heavyweight- champion Overeem. TWICE. Not to mention Dan Henderson and more recently an impressive performance against Luiz Arthur Cane. Granted, in his last matchup against Jason Brilz he laid an egg, but everyone can have a bad night, and often come back stronger for the next one. I just can’t be a Bader believer until he defeats higher level competition. Again I personally think you could make a case that the moneyline underdog should be a favorite, so I’ll take the underdog again.

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic +180 vs. Frank Mir -220

Mirko is another guy who I believe is breaking the MMA rule I mentioned earlier – he should not be fighting at heavyweight when he can fight at light heavyweight. I do believe Cro Cop can make another run at a title, but it won’t be the heavyweight title. The heavyweight picture has changed so much in the last few years and is now much too dominated by fighters who are much too bigger. I believe he should fight at light heavyweight or his career may be shorter than we are even thinking now. There’s lots of reasons to like Mir in this fight. He’ll outweigh him by about 30lbs, much of that muscle. Mir is still getting better, while Cro Cop’s best days may very well be behind him. Cro Cop also suffered a “likely cornea abrasion” recently which certainly doesn’t help his chances any. The moneyline gives Cro Cop a 35% chance of winning; Mir 68%, perhaps worse if you can shop a better line. I think Mir should be a slightly better favorite so this is the one big favorite I’m picking.

Summary:

Jeremy Stephens, Sean Sherk, Chris Lytle, Antonio Rogerio Noguiera, Frank Mir to WIN

Frank Mir Taking A Lighter Approach To Cro Cop Fight?

September 9th, 2010 | Author: TheMMANews.com
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Watch Frank Mir Not Taking Cro Cop Fight Seriously? on RawVegas.tv

UFC Heavyweight FRANK MIR sits down with RawVegas.tv to talk about the vacation time he’s taken rather than train too hard for his UFC 119 bout against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic since “Cro Cop” has suggested he will not be coming into this fight at 100 percent; Mir wants to keep things fair.

UFC 119: Frank Mir Interview

September 9th, 2010 | Author: TheMMANews.com
This article was originally published at TheMMANews.com. Copyright: TheMMANews.com.

Click here to view the embedded video.

A very comfortable Frank Mire believes he has an advantage in most areas of this fight. Watch Frank Mir vs Mirko Cro Cop in the main event at UFC 119 on Saturday, September 25th at 7pm PT/ 10pm ET on Pay-Per-View.

Round 5 Releases Images Of Upcoming “Two-Packs Spotlighting Historic UFC Bouts”

July 12th, 2010 | Author: TheMMANews.com
This article was originally published at TheMMANews.com. Copyright: TheMMANews.com.

Liddell_VS_Ortiz_72

Round 5, one of the leaders in mixed martial arts collectible figurines, has released some pictures of it’s latest prototypes featuring fighters from some of the greatest UFC battles of the past. They include bouts featuring Chuck Liddel vs. Tito Ortiz (UFC 66), Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir (UFC 100), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva (UFC 92), and Forrest Griffin vs. Jackson (“The Ultimate Fighter 7”).

Jackson_VS_Silva_72

Check out the other images after the jump

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Brock Lesnar Faces Cain Velasquez At UFC 121 In California

July 10th, 2010 | Author: TheMMANews.com
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Brock Lesnar UFC 116 ufc_com(photo via UFC.com)

UFC president Dana White has confirmed the event for heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s (5-1) next title defense. Lesnar will face Cain Velasquez (8-0) at the yet-to-be officially announced UFC 121 on Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

MMAFighting.com was first to break the news Friday night after speaking with White.

Lesnar is coming off his second successful title defense after using a surprise submission to defeat knock-out artist Shane Carwin last weekend at UFC 116 in Las Vegas. That victory was the former professional wrestler’s fourth straight win, having defeated former champ Frank Mir last summer at UFC 100.

Velasquez is undefeated in eight bouts and has won all six of his UFC fights. He’s earned his title shot after defeating former PRIDE champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira last February at UFC 110. Velasquez KO’d Nogueira to win his second “Knockout of the Night” honor in that fight.

The winner is expected to face either Junior dos Santos or Roy “Big Country” Nelson who face off at UFC 117.

Other bouts rumored for UFC 121 are as follows:

    - Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
    - Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. TBA
    - Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor

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