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Rashad Evans rumored as replacement for Thiago Silva at UFC 130

February 9th, 2011 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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It appears Quinton “Rampage” Jackson may have an opportunity to avenge a past loss after all. Jackson, who recently turned down the chance to fight UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 due to a lack of preparation time, is currently scheduled to face Thiago Silva over Memorial Day Weekend at UFC 130. However, it appears Silva may no longer be an option for the event for undisclosed reasons and that “Rampage” rival Rashad Evans will fill the vacancy if necessary. Evans beat Jackson by way of decision at UFC 114 last May.

The plan to pair Evans and Jackson for a second time was reported by MMAWeekly. However, if Silva is indeed being forced out of the fight it appears to be news to him, as he has since been quoted by Tatame as saying his bout with Jackson is still on as far as he knows.

“Sugar” ‘Shad was originally set to take on Rua before a knee injury resulted in him being replaced by Jon Jones. However, he is expected to be ready to go again by May when UFC 130 will take place, meaning it is possible UFC could create a top contenders’ clash at the event by potentially putting him in the Octagon with Jackson.Similar Posts:

Press Release: FightRibbon brings MMA Athletes to Children’s Hospital to support young patients

January 20th, 2011 | Author: CageCraze.com
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FightRibbon

FightRibbon® shows the loving, considerate side of the world’s fastest growing sport, Mixed Martial Arts (aka Cage Fighting).

In a news world mostly dominated by stories of random shootings and unethical politicians, here’s a bit of good news about a group of professional athletes volunteering their time to show love and inspiration to complete strangers. But these are no ordinary “strangers,” and definitely no ordinary “athletes.”

On January 31st, 2011, the young, innocent patients at The Children’s Hospital Denver, Colorado will be getting a special visit from a FightRibbon® team, including several of today’s biggest stars in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

The famous Grudge Training Center in Wheat Ridge, CO, the home gym of several household names in the world of MMA, and an affiliate gym of the Jackson/Van Arsdale Training Center in New Mexico, is the host gym of an event that is spot-lighting a fight of a different kind: the fight for life…more specifically, the fight to inspire children who are fighting for their lives.

FightRibbon® (www.FightRibbon.com), a clothing company founded on the ideals of promoting cancer awareness and helping those in need, is the company sponsoring and organizing the event. This visit at The Children’s Hospital Denver is the third of it’s kind in what is described as “…a growing movement of compassion…” according to FightRibbon® founders, Brent Thompson and Scott Wells, two businessmen from Kentucky. (The two previous visits were to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN.)

Along with the outreach team from FightRibbon® and MMA news correspondent Ron Kruck with a camera crew from the TV show “InsideMMA” (filming the visit), the fighters from Grudge Training Centers attending the event include top names like Shane Carwin, Brendan Schaub, Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans, coaches Trevor Wittman and Mike Van Arsdale, along with many more stars and rising stars in the sport. (see attachment for conclusive list of names).

FightRibbon® will be uploading a photo gallery at the conclusion of this visit to the company’s Facebook profile page. You can also view the footage and watch the complete story of the visit by tuning into InsideMMA, airing Friday nights on HdNet at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific.

About The Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Hospital has defined and delivered pediatric healthcare excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, The Children’s Hospital is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and wellbeing of children. Continually recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, The Children’s Hospital is known both for its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research and education programs as well as the full spectrum of everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. With more than 1,000 healthcare professionals representing the full spectrum of pediatric specialties, The Children’s Hospital network of care includes its main campus, sixteen Children’s Care Centers and more than 400 outreach clinics. For more information, visit www.thechildrenshospital.org.

For more information about The Children’s Hospital, contact Melissa Vizcarra at (720) 777-6271 or (303) 890-8314

If you’d like to get more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Brent Thompson, please call (270) 634-1953 or e-mail Brent at brent@FightRibbon.com

List of Attendees

Shane Carwin- Professional UFC® athlete

Brendan Schaub – Professional UFC® athlete

Nathan Marquardt – Professional UFC® athlete

Rashad Evans – Professional UFC® athlete

Justin Wren – Professional fighter

Trevor Wittman – founder/head trainer, Grudge

Christina Wittman – co-founder/Grudge Training Center

Joe Klopfenstein – Professional football player, NFL

Mike Van Arsdale- coach, Jackson/VanArsdale MMA

Jennifer Berg – Professional fighter

Lex McMahon – president, Alchemist Management Company

Jonathan Chaimberg – Adrenaline Performance Center, Montreal, QBC, Canada

Ron Kruck- Reporter, InsideMMA

Julio Gallegos – Professional fighter

Scott Bloyer – Elevation Church Pastor, Broomfield, CO (serving as event Chaplain)

Scott Wells – FightRibbon® co-founder

Brent Thompson – FightRibbon® co-founder

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Mauricio Rua’s title-defense against Rashad Evans gets an official date

December 15th, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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The UFC appears set to offer their own unique brand of fist-pumping to the fair citizens of New Jersey early next year with a main-event caliber match-up already attached to the event featuring Mauricio “Shogun” Rua putting his light heavyweight belt on the line against former champion Rashad Evans at the Prudential Center on March 19 in Newark

The pairing of top-ranked 205ers was initially reported by Canadian news outlet SportsNet. The show will mark the UFC’s third trip to the arena, including an earlier card headlined by Evans taking on fellow Ultimate Fighter season-winner Michael Bisping. Though no number has been officially announced for the date it is believed the card will be UFC 129 based on other planned events.

The bout will mark Rua’s first defense of the belt since winning it by way of first-round knockout against Lyoto Machida in May, then subsequently being sidelined in order to repair ligament damage in his left knee. The renowned Brazilian is 3-2 in the UFC, but 19-4 overall in his career including wins over Chuck Liddell, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem (both by way of knockout).

The 15-1-1 Evans will enter the title-bout coming off a pair of decision victories in 2010 with “Rampage” and Thiago Silva on the losing end of the judges’ scorecards and has only been beaten a single time in his seventeen-fight career. In addition to both respected competitors, “Suga” ‘Shad has experienced in-ring success in the past against Liddell, Stephan Bonnar, and of course Griffin who he ultimately won the light heavyweight championship from at UFC 92 in December 2008.

The action unfolding in Newark should be intriguing to say the least based on the fighters’ opposing styles. Evans is known primarily as a wrestler who prefers to control action while occasionally offering precise, powerful punches. Eight of his fifteen wins have been the result of a decision and he also has a draw on his record. Comparably, Rua brings an arsenal into the ring featuring an assortment of dynamic strikes born of his Muay Thai base with sixteen of his nineteen total wins coming via TKO. Similar Posts:

The Fab Fifteen – Light Heavyweights

November 28th, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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It’s often boasted light heavyweight is one of the deepest divisions in Mixed Martial Arts. However, while there are certainly a number of skilled athletes exhibiting their talents in the ring at 205-pounds, most of which call the Octagon home, the weight-class is actually quite top heavy in nature and offers as many elite fighters as it does question marks. Granted, the group outside of the top eight or nine names on the following list is exceptionally gifted, but none of the involved individuals are necessarily clear-cut candidates for their positioning based on inconsistency in the division or a lack of comparable competition. As such, I expect quite a few people will feel differently than I do about certain placement.

That being said, you should never consider my rankings gospel. When two finely-tuned individuals step into a cage and let loose the difference between consciousness and looking up at the ceiling is a matter of milliseconds no matter who is ranked where. The individuality inherently involved in a subjective endeavor like ranking fighters, many of whom could easily be argued as deserving different spots based on personal criteria, is not only recognized on Five Ounces’ end but also encouraged in the form of offering your own lists in the “Comments” section below.

1. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19-4)

When healthy there is no better light heavyweight than Rua, though in fairness his overall durability deserves questioning based on a number of injury-related issues he’s had in his career.

2. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (31-8)

Jackson is as tough a draw as can be had at 205-pounds. He hasn’t been finished in more than five years, and both of his decision-losses in that period were extremely close results that could have gone either way. Though some may argue Machida deserved the judges’ favor at UFC 123 I felt Jackson did enough over the first two rounds in comparison to “The Dragon” to earn the win, and based on it in addition to his other past performances I think his body of work merits the “runner up” slot in these rankings.

3. Lyoto Machida (16-2)

If Machida had been able to pull out a clear-cut win over “Rampage” last weekend I think there would have been grounds for debate in terms of him potentially leap-frogging Rua. Compare their activity since 2007 and you’ll see what I mean. However, the dynamic Brazilian lost (mainly due to his slow-starting style) and went from sixteen straight wins to a two-fight slide.

4. Rashad Evans (15-1-1)

Evans’ wins may not always be as pretty as his custom-made suits, but he gets the job done with heavy hands, excellent footwork, and a rock-solid wrestling base. However, he’s been somewhat inactive over the past few years (five total fights) and nearly stumbled late in his bouts against “Rampage” and Thiago Silva after coming off a nasty knockout to Machida.

5. Jon Jones (11-1)

Jones is a downward-elbow away from being 12-0, so it’s hard to find fault in him for the DQ loss to Matt Hamill a year ago. At 23, he’s mature for his age and has yet to show any real weaknesses in his game. He is not only the future at light heavyweight, but also very much the present, and with the dominating victories he’s racked up thus far in his career it seems to be a given he’ll fight for a UFC title sooner than later.

6. Forrest Griffin (17-6)

The affable, original TUF champ has been out of action since November 2009 so he’s only holding on to his ranking by a thread. However, when he isn’t sidelined with an injury, Griffin has found a way to will himself to victory against the cream of MMA’s crop. He’s large for a LHW, has good hands and equally decent wrestling, and also possesses an underrated set of jiu-jitsu skills. While his year-long absence from the ring could be cause to remove him completely from this list it would only be a formality since he’s scheduled to fight in February 2011 against Rich Franklin.

7. Gegard Mousasi (30-3-1)

The next three athletes on this list are almost 7A, 7B, and 7C for me. However, Mousasi gets the official nod at “7” because he has ten more total bouts than Bader/Cavalcante combined. He’s beaten a number of talented opponents in various weight-classes and is 17-1 since August 2006. If he had 1-2 bigger wins at 205-pounds he’d be at “6” with Griffin sliding down a notch.

8. Ryan Bader (12-0)

Undefeated in twelve fights, Bader has had strong showings against ranked LHWs and rarely found himself in a compromising position at any point in his career. His overall package needs refining but has absolutely the raw skills to keep climbing the divisional ladder while ironing his weaknesses out.

9. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (10-2)

If it wasn’t for Cavalcante’s TKO loss to Mike Kyle in June 2009 he’d likely be a few spots higher than he currently is. The Strikeforce champ has great hands for a BJJ guy, but still needs to show his skills against a higher level of adversary before sniffing a “Top 5” nod.

10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4)

“Little Nog” had won seven-straight before losing a close decision to Bader at UFC 119. With past wins over Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem, as well as his more-recent success in the ring, Nogueira is definitely still a “Top 10” LHW regardless of the defeat.

11. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (7-1)

In Lawal’s case I’m admittedly ranking him more on potential rather than what he’s actually accomplished in the cage. He’s extremely talented, but still fairly new to MMA and needs a bit of polishing. If he can put together a few injury-free years and keep working on his game I can see his natural ability and incredible mind for the sport taking him all the way to the top of this list.

12. Anderson Silva (27-4)

If Silva had another win or two at light heavyweight he would easily be part of my “Top 10”. However, until he makes a more-permanent jump to the division I have a hard time putting him amongst the best (though I don’t doubt he’d easily climb there with the move).

13. Thiago Silva (14-2)

Though Silva has fallen in two of his last three bouts, the losses came to #3 and #4 on this list. Beyond that he’s finished thirteen of the fourteen other foes he’s faced in his career. Unfortunately, he’s also fought injured a number of times and is only now getting close to being healthy after suffering a back injury. Perhaps it goes without saying, but without a doubt his upcoming scrap with Brandon Vera is definitely be one of the most-important fights in his career as far as determining his future in MMA.

15. Rich Franklin (28-5)

Franklin has only fought a few times at 205 but he’s looked good in nearly all of of his professional showings with the only stumbles coming against MMA’s elite (Silva, Machida, Vitor Belfort, and a controversial split-decision to Dan Henderson). Regardless of how bad his losses were to the Brazilian group on that list, I’d pick “Ace” over the majority of the sport’s 205ers based on what he’s done so far in the division and his overall offerings in the ring.

15. Matt Hamill (10-2)

This spot is a toss-up in a lot of ways for me, as there are definitely a few other LHWs who are nearly if not equally deserving of the “Top 15” distinction. Ah, subjectivity! However, Hamill stands out to me based on his heart, chin, and combination of wrestling/power. He can grind most opponents down to a pulp to procure a decision or knock them out, whether standing or in top position. His win over Tito Ortiz was impressive in the sense he out-wrestled the former light heavyweight champ and looked sharp on his feet as well. Clearly Ortiz is not be what he used to be, but “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is still a game competitor and Hamill’s performance against him deserves to be respected.

Honorable Mentions

Dan Henderson (25-8): “Hendo” has wins over a handful of respected 205ers, including PRIDE-era Wanderlei Silva and Belfort, as well as middleweights and even heavyweights including Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira from a decade ago. The double-divisional champion’s wrestling credentials speak for themselves and he also packs enough power to have inspired a catalog of humorous, digitally altered shots of Michael Bisping’s separation from consciousness at UFC 100 (his eleventh win by way of strikes).
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (36-8): Though most of his biggest victories come more than five years ago, Sobral is an apt competitor who has solid stand-up and, with eighteen career submission wins, an obvious arsenal on the ground. He’s also one of the two men to have legitimately finished the top name on this list (a third-round Guillotine Choke of Rua coming in the second tier of a one-night tournament in 2003 after having already gone fifteen minutes against seasoned veteran Trevor Prangley).
Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5): Matyushenko, who has won twelve of his last fourteen bouts, is still seeking a career-defining win to show his decision victory over “Little Nog” eight years ago wasn’t the pinnacle of his journey in MMA. However, there’s no doubting “The Janitor” knows how to clean up in the cage from a success standpoint. He’s beaten a number of tough opponents while never having been submitted a single time in thirty total fights. The soon-to-be-40-year old also stopped rising prospect Alexandre Ferreira’s consecutive first-frame win streak at seven (with ten in his last eleven) after two minutes of action when they fought a few weeks ago at UFC 122, so clearly Matyushenko still has some gas left in his tank even after the loss he suffered to Jones last August.

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UFC possibly returning to Abu Dhabi in March 2011

November 11th, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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It appears the UFC may be heading back to the Abu Dhabi a little less than a year after first venturing into the Middle Eastern hub this past April for UFC 112. The event, though just rumor at this point, is expected to be headlined by a 205-pound title-fight between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans.

News of potential event was confirmed by multiple sources and first reported by MMAWeekly.

The UFC’s previous venture into Abu Dhabi was memorable on a number of levels, as it provided the backdrop for both Frank Edgar’s shocking championship win over BJ Penn, as well as Anderson Silva’s baffling, albeit dominating, performance against submission-specialist Demian Maia.

Rua has been out of action since winning the light heavyweight belt against Lyoto Machida in the first round of their headlining bout at UFC 113 due to knee surgery, but has expressed his intent to return to the Octagon in Spring of next year. Evans earned his shot at the title after winning back-to-back fights against Thiago Silva and former title-holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
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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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Fighters trade in gloves for ghouls, trunks for treats

October 31st, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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Like countless other individuals across America, Mixed Martial Artists found themselves engaged in Halloween festivities on Saturday night while creatively costumed. In the spirit of the holiday, here’s a sample of some of your favorite fighters dressed for the occasion (courtesy of Twitter). Enjoy the pictures, and, from the staff at Five Ounces of Pain, have a safe, fun-filled Halloween!

Arianny Celeste as a Post-Wolf Red Riding Hood

Cole Miller Looking “Gangsta” with Friends

Rashad Evans Taking it Back to the 70s

WEC Bantamweight Champ Dominick Cruz and his Wing-Man, Phil Davis

Tom Lawlor as “Sigfried” of “Sigfried and Roy” Fame

Chuck Liddell Ready to Get his Groove On

KJ Noons Brushing Up on his Superman Punch

Jamie Varner Ready to Rock

Yes, That’s Really Mike Swick

Miesha Tate Falls Victim to Bryan “Dexter” Caraway

I Wonder What Justin Wren’s Nickname Is?!?

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Five Ounces of Pain Ranks the Light Heavyweights

September 29th, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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It’s the “Return of the Rankings”, as the fellowship featuring senior staff writer Brendhan Conlan and grizzled editor T. E. Halterman decided it was time to take a look at a division in turmoil in an effort to sort out our take on who’s hot – and who’s not – among the light heavyweights in MMA.

Light Heavyweight Rankings (186 to 205 lbs.)

Conlan and Halterman put together their lists and face off here:

Conlan’s Fine Fifteen -

1. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19-4)

When healthy there is no better light heavyweight than Rua, though in fairness his overall durability deserves questioning based on a number of injury-related issues he’s had in his career.

2. Lyoto Machida (16-1)

If Machida beats “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 123 there’s a significant chance he’ll supplant Rua in my rankings. Compare their activity since 2007 and you’ll see the grounds for debate.

3. Rashad Evans (15-1-1)

Evans’ wins may not always be as pretty as his custom-made suits, but he gets the job done with heavy hands, excellent footwork, and a rock-solid wrestling base. He has a single loss in his career and it came to the #2 fighter on this list. Need I say more?

4. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (30-8)

Jackson is as tough a draw as can be had at 205-pounds. He hasn’t been finished in more than five years, and both of his decision-losses in that period were extremely close results that could have gone either way.

5. Jon Jones (11-1)

Jones is a downward-elbow away from being 12-0, so it’s hard to find fault in him for the DQ loss to Matt Hamill a year ago. At 23, he’s mature for his age and has yet to show any real weaknesses in his game. He is not only the future at light heavyweight, but also very much the present.

6. Forrest Griffin (17-6)

Griffin has been out of action for nearly a year so he’s only holding on to his ranking by a thread. However, when he isn’t sidelined with an injury, Griffin has found a way to will himself to victory against the cream of MMA’s crop. He’s large for a LHW, has good hands and equally decent wrestling, and also possesses an underrated set of jiu-jitsu skills.

7. Gegard Mousasi (30-3-1)

The next three athletes on this list are almost 7A, 7B, and 7C for me. However, Mousasi gets the official nod at “7” because he has ten more total bouts than Bader/Cavalcante combined. He’s beaten a number of talented opponents in various weight-classes and is 17-1 since August 2006. If he had 1-2 bigger wins at 205-pounds he’d be at “6” with Griffin sliding down a notch.

8. Ryan Bader (12-0)

Undefeated in twelve fights, Bader has had strong showings against ranked LHWs and rarely found himself in a compromising position at any point in his career. Still needs refining but has the raw skills to keep climbing the divisional ladder.

9. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (10-2)

If it wasn’t for Cavalcante’s TKO loss to Mike Kyle in June 2009 he’d likely be a few spots higher than he currently is. Great hands for a BJJ guy, but still needs to show his skills against a higher level of adversary before sniffing a “Top 5” nod.

10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4)

“Little Nog” had won seven-straight before losing a close decision to Bader at UFC 119. With past wins over Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem, as well as his more-recent success in the ring, Nogueira is definitely still a “Top 10” LHW regardless of the defeat.

11. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (7-1)

In Lawal’s case I’m admittedly ranking him more on potential rather than what he’s actually accomplished in the cage. He’s extremely talented, but still fairly new to MMA and needs polishing.

12. Anderson Silva (27-4)

If Silva had another win or two at light heavyweight he would easily be part of my “Top 10”. However, until he makes a more-permanent jump to the division I have a hard time putting him amongst the best (though I don’t doubt he’d easily climb there with the move).

13. Thiago Silva (14-2)

Though Silva has fallen in two of his last three bouts, the losses came to #2 and #3 on this list. Beyond that he’s finished thirteen of the fourteen other foes he’s faced in his career.

14. Rich Franklin (28-5)

Franklin has only fought a few times at 205 but he’s looked good in all of the showings minus an opening round TKO loss to Vitor Belfort in September 2009. Still, I’d pick “Ace” over the majority of the UFC’s 205ers based on what he’s done so far in the division and his overall skillset.

15. Matt Hamill (9-2)

This spot is a toss-up in a lot of ways for me, as there are definitely a few other LHWs who are nearly if not equally deserving of the distinction. However, Hamill stands out to me based on his heart, chin, and combination of wrestling/power. He can grind most opponents down to a pulp to procure a decision or knock them out, whether standing or in top position.

Halterman’s Fine Fifteen -

1. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19-4)

Shogun sits atop the pile for one reason: everyone else is unproven or coming off some sort of adversity.

2. Lyoto Machida (16-1)

The Dragon is still the Dragon, but the question is, does he still have the requisite fire to compete at the top level in this hungry division?

3 Jon Jones (11-1)

Has all the tools – explosive and creative – and most important for a fighter, he has youth on his side in a division filled with veterans.

4. Rashad Evans (15-1-1)

Evans’ comeback is progressing nicely, but he’s not huge and seems reluctant to play to his wrestling strength when the heat is on.

5. Quinton Jackson (30-8)

Movie star? Fighter? Not sure he knows, and that’s an issue. If Rampage is sick of training, well, you know what you get – gassed.

6. Forrest Griffin (17-6)

Wants nothing to do with Jon Jones. Hard to blame him for that, no one does. Griffin does have the one thing a fighter needs to make him truly dangerous, and that’s a ton of heart.

7. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (10-2)

Certainly a wild card, but his win over King Mo answered a raft of questions.

8. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (7-1)

I’m thinking the loss to “Feijao” was a blip on the radar screen for Lawal, and that he’ll learn from the defeat and come back stronger

9. Ryan Bader (12-0)

He just wins, and that’s good enough, but his list of victims isn’t hugely impressive.

10. Gegard Mousasi (30-3-1)

Mousasi got some redemption with his DREAM title, but looked overmatched against “King Mo,” and he should find that worrisome.

11. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4)

I like “Little Nog,” but he’s getting a little too long in the tooth to compete at the top level of this division. The loss to Bader is, sadly, the signal of less impressive things to come for this tough and skilled journeyman.

12. Anderson Silva (27-4)

Why is he on this list, you ask? Because he’d blow through this division like he he’s hammered nearly every middleweight. The Sonnen fight, while entertaining as hell, proved that there’s no giveup in the champ.

13. Hector Lombard (27-2-1)

While I’m ranking fighters out of their true weight class, as with Anderson Silva, Lombard is as tough as anyone on the division a step above. He would be small for a LHW, but packs a ton of punching power and his full frontal stylistic assault would make him dangerous against larger, slower opponents.

14. Rich Franklin (28-5)

Ace is the man. The consummate professional, his training habits and technical ability make him a match for anyone at middleweight and LHW. He may be nearing the end of the line, but anyone he’s in with will know they have a fight on their hands.

15. Matt Hamill (9-2)

Wrestler. Tough guy. Hard worker. If you haven’t noticed, that’s a formula for success in MMA.

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Mike Dolce, Rampage Jackson’s Nutrition Specialist, Hired By Thiago Alves For Help With Dropping Weight.

August 13th, 2010 | Author: TheMMANews.com
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Mike Dolce, thought by many to be one of the best nutritionists in the MMA game, has been hired by welterweight UFC fighter Thiago Alves to help get his weight problems under control. Alves has frequently come in over weight, the latest being a 1.5 pound miss at UFC 117 when he fought Jon Fitch. Now Alves hopes that the man who helped Quinton “Rampage” Jackson lose 45 lbs before his return fight against Rashad Evans can help him stay in the 170 weight class. MMAFighting talked to Dolce:



“I’ve been a fan of Thiago’s for a long time, I just think he’s fun to watch, and I saw the problems he had with his weight, whether it was missing weight or underperforming because of struggling to make weight. So after this time I sent Malki [Kawa] a text and said, ‘Enough [expletive] around, let’s get me working with Thiago.’ Here it is Monday and we’re moving forward with it. Hat’s off to Malki and to Thiago for showing how serious they are about doing it.”

“Thiago told me on the phone earlier that he walks around at 195 [pounds] eight weeks before the fight. I said, ‘Sh-t, that’s it? You can do that the week before the fight with me and you’ll feel phenomenal.’”

“The sauna to me is like an oven. Most saunas are 180 degrees. You’re actually cooking, roasting your organs. You’re cooking your brain, your heart, your liver. You’re bringing them into a detrimental state on the eve of the most important event of your life. Why would you do that to yourself? Most athletes just think, Oh, I have to make weight. Not, I have to make weight and then perform at the best of my ability. I keep my athletes super-hydrated the week of the fight. I keep them eating food, eating carbohydrates the entire week of the fight.”

Alves is a popular fighter due to his aggressive style but his inability to come in at the right weight is certainly something that most MMA fans gripe about. With a better weight cut we could see a more powerful version of the fighter, which would be scary really. Will it happen?

Shogun “My Belt Is Official, An Interim One Won’t Change Anything.”

July 16th, 2010 | Author: TheMMANews.com
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There’s increasing speculation that there will be an interim light heavyweight title up for grabs, with a possible matchup between former champions Lyoto Machida and “Suga” Rashad Evans upcoming. Machida has expressed interest in fighting Evans while waiting for current champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to heal, but Evans doesn’t seem to agree, wanting to wait for his chance at Rua in early 2011. Tatame talked to Shogun, who doesn’t seem to put much stock in an interim title:



“That’s Lyoto’s interest, but to want something is not the same as to have… Let’s see what he’ll get, but for me it doesn’t change a thing. If they will fight for an interim title, it doesn’t change much for me. My belt if official, so if they fight for an interim one before, it won’t change anything”

A matchup between Machida and Evans would be exciting, but calling it an interim title match wouldn’t make any sense as Rua will be back by March. Still there’s not too many choices left for the UFC who has already announced that Evans is the sole number one contender. Hurry up and get better Shogun, and lets get the real title fights underway.


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