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  1. A stunning spinning back kick from Vitor Belfort (23-10) handed Luke Rockhold (10-2) a loss in his UFC debut earlier this month. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion could be forgiven for taking some time to gather his thoughts after the first-round stoppage, but he’s already campaigning for his next fight. His target is UFC veteran Michael “The Count” Bisping (24-5), who’s coming off a convincing points victory over Alan Belcher at UFC 159. Bisping likes to refer to himself as the “unofficial Strikeforce champion,” claiming he dominated Rockhold in training. It’s a claim that led to Rockhold to call him out via Twitter. @bisping u dont have opponent, I dont have opponent, u talk **** about “practice” i say we set the record straight once & for all @danawhite From MMA Lives Herehref>
  2. UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (19-2) has earned three successful title defences since claiming the belt at UFC 144. But he’s also earned his fair share of critics. Some fans believe the judges got it wrong in two of those defences. While he was more than convincing against Nate Diaz, they argue he got lucky in his rematch against Frankie Edgar and split decision win over Gilbert Melendez. Critics of Henderson’s style point to his UFC record, which includes seven fights for seven decision victories. But ”Smooth” says it’s not his fault. Watch the full MMA Hour interview here. “What’s going to happen, I think, sadly, is a lot of guys are going to do the Frankie Edgar game plan. We thought that Gilbert was going to be super-aggressive, like hyper-aggressive and just come out and go get me and be after me the entire time. But if you watch the fight, he was a lot more elusive. He was bouncing around, he kind of waited for his shots, waited, waited, waited, waited, waited, and then sprung forward and tried to land a couple of combos, a couple of shots. We think he had a lot more of a Frankie game plan. He never threw any leg kicks before, maybe three or four leg kicks in the entire three fights, four fights before we faced off. We think he got the leg kicks from Frankie. It didn’t really hurt or anything, but it scored him points. He knew he could land it because my right leg is so far forward. He knew he could land it and score points, the same way Frankie did, and then be elusive. So, we think a lot of our fights are sadly going to be that way ... The closest fight was probably that (second) Frankie Edgar fight. Some guys are going to stick to that game plan, they’re going to try to do what he did; be elusive, be in-and-out, not give me a whole chance to come forward and get my hands on them. If I can go forward and get me hands on somebody, like Nate Diaz, I’ll do that all day long, trust me. I like putting on entertaining fights, I like beating the crap out of people, but if they’re not conducive to that, then you know, it is what it is. I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do to get the ‘W.’ If they don’t want to come forward and scrap, throw down the way Nate and I did, then what am I going to do? I’m not going to just charge forward and let someone punch me so I can get my hands on them. It’s stylistic match-ups. Somebody like Nate, who’s a fighter’s fighter, who walks forward and gets after it, him and I put on a heck of an entertaining show.” From MMA Lives Herehref> - follow me on Twitterhref> biatches
  3. You must have watched the fights, b/c dat rite der is exakly how it happened. lol I don't know if that is a wisecrack or not but i'm taking it as a good thing cheers brother They were good fights (except the headliner)
  4. i felt like noons wasnt himself, his punches were real slow like he had an injured hand or ribs which would explain his reliance on kicks possibly Maybe, maybe. He never settled into a rhythm. He showed a lot of heart but I was expecting him to clip Donald a couple of times
  5. Hey, here's my breakdown of the 160 main card for anyone who wants a read. Thought it was a great night of fights, from the Facebook prelims through to the co-main event. Cheers and please feel free to follow me on Twitter!href> From MMA Lives Herehref> 1) Donald Cerrone vs KJ Noons - Some fans thought Cerrone (20-5) would immediately opt to take this fight to the ground, where Noons (11-6) would be at a distinct disadvantage. But "Cowboy" reminded everyone why he's entrenched in the lightweight division's top 10 by first beating the Strikeforce star at his own game. Using his powerful kicks and patented counter right knee, Cerrone never allowed the former pro boxer to find his range. When he eventually changed levels and imposed his ground game, the results were emphatic. Cerrone started dropping bombs from guard, opening up a large gash on his own elbow in the process. The silver lining for Noons, who's now 1-5 in his last six fights, is that he was tough enough to weather the storm and avoid a finish. CERRONE UD 2) Gray Maynard vs TJ Grant - While Grant (21-5) was 4-0 at lightweight coming into this fight, it was a brave man who predicted such a dominant victory over a top contender. As he often does, Maynard (12-2-1) came out swinging, leaving his NCAA Division 1 wrestling credentials up his sleeve and looking for a knockout. The heavy-handed 34-year-old usually enjoys a size advantage at lightweight, but this time, he was up against a taller, rangier opponent. Grant was more than willing to stand and bang with "The Bully," and within two minutes, the former welterweight had floored Maynard with a heavy combination. He pounced on the opportunity to finish the fight and earned himself Knockout of the Night honours, awarded by none other than Mike Tyson. Grant is now looking down the barrel of a shot at UFC champion, Benson Henderson. GRANT TKO 1 3) Glover Teixeira vs James Te Huna - This one was over all too quickly. Teixeira (21-2) and Te Huna (18-6) were capable of putting on a stand-up war resembling a demolition derby. Both men possess heavy hands, sturdy chins and a blatant disregard for their own safety. Te Huna had West Australian boxing superstar Danny Green in his corner, but he barely had the chance to let his hands fly. Unfortunately for the fans at the MGM Grand, Teixeira is just too well-rounded to let certain opportunities pass him by. When Te Huna assumed a three-point stance, the second degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt hooked up an arm-in guillotine and pulled guard. The win was Teixeira's 19th in a row and earned him a lucrative Submission of the Night bonus. After the event, he told UFC president Dana White he wanted the winner of UFC 161's headliner, Dan Henderson vs Rashad Evans. TEIXEIRA SUB 1 4) Junior Dos Santos vs Mark Hunt - Fight of the Night and one of the best heavyweight bouts in recent memory. Hunt's (9-8) Cinderella-like renaissance was arguably the best story in MMA this year. After a sixth consecutive loss at UFC 119, Hunt went on a tear, claiming four scalps over the next two-and-a-half years and finding himself in a co-main event against Dos Santos (16-2). From a promotional burden who refused to leave the UFC, he became one of the most popular heavyweights on the roster. And despite being 11 years older and six inches shorter than the Brazilian, Hunt gave "Cigano" the second toughest test of his UFC career. The 2001 K-1 champion connected with several hard left counters in the first round, before he was dropped by an almighty overhand right. It was a punch that would have stopped many fighters - as would the broken big toe he sustained in the opening minutes - but Hunt is a special case. He continued to stalk Dos Santos, looking for a fight-changing right hand that never quite connected. When the end came, it came in mind-blowing fashion, with the 28-year-old Brazilian catching Hunt with a wheelkick and knocking him out with a follow-up diving punch. DOS SANTOS KO 3 5) Cain Velasquez © vs Antonio Silva - Velasquez (12-1) gave his future challengers barely any tape to study en route to his first successful title defence. While Silva (18-5) didn't make the mistake of throwing a leg kick, it didn't matter - Velasquez drilled him with a 1-2 and pounded him out in 81 seconds. A disappointing end to a spectacular card. The champ will now turn his attention to a rubber match with Dos Santos. Both fighters are 10-1 in the UFC and both fighters know they have what it takes to emerge victorious. VELASQUEZ TKO 1
  6. The last middleweight champion of Strikeforce, Luke Rockhold (10-1), has a massive task ahead of him this weekend at UFC on FX 8. The 28-year-old UFC debutant will face MMA veteran Vitor Belfort (22-10) in his home country of Brazil. The Brazilian has looked like the Belfort of old in his last few outings, so much so that many fans have become cynical about his publicised use of testosterone replacement therapy. Rockhold hasn’t been shy in speaking out about the issue and once again seized the opportunity at the pre-fight press conference. He also spoke about his grappling skills and his brown belt level “legitsu.” Watch the conference highlights here. “For me, fighting, I believe it’s more mental than it is physical and I know I’ve worked so hard to be here and put myself in this position. I haven’t supplemented, I haven’t taken anything in anyway and I know I’ve put in more work, I know I have a bigger heart, I know have the will that will push me through this fight. I believe people that need that extra push, the TRT, I think they’re lacking something and I believe that will show in this fight. That will be a big factor and I believe in myself, my heart, my will and my hard work … I’ve been in jiu-jitsu and grappling my whole life. I’m very aware of my body and how I move, and I’ve competed on a world level in jiu-jitsu and I’ve won. I may only be a brown belt, but I have two world championships at blue belt, one at purple belt and I actually turned down my black belt because I wanted to compete at brown belt and win a world championship and try to earn it a different way. Black belts are black belts, I’m very capable of beating anybody. I bring “legitsu” to the table.” From MMA Lives Herehref> - follow me on Twitterhref> frens
  7. This time last year, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-4) was two weeks away from perhaps the worst beating of his MMA career. Challenging UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (11-1) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Brazilian was taken down and bloodied up for three-and-a-half minutes before the referee called it off. Since then, Silva has bounced back to score impressive TKO victories over Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem. In two weeks, on May 25, he returns to the scene of his biggest defeat for another shot at Velasquez and his UFC gold. “I think the main thing is in our first fight I was nervous and I was anxious. I’ve replaced those emotions now. Now, I’m driven, I really want this. Comparing my style of fighting to Cain’s style of fighting, I would have to be born again to become faster than Cain Velasquez. I have 30 pounds on him. He’s going to be faster than me, so I need to work with what I have. I have to work with what I have, I have very heavy, heavy hands … I’m very confident that I’m going to win this belt, so I believe I’m going to be the one defending it … We learn a lot from our mistakes as people, especially our professional mistakes. For sure, I learned a lot from my last fight (with Velasquez), from how things were for me going into the fight, what I need to do different. So, this is a whole other ball game. I’m prepared and I’m ready to go … Obviously, in the first fight, I made a big mistake. But there were a lot of things I did right going into that fight that unfortunately you guys didn’t get to see, so, much of that has been maintained. Overall, the main strategy is just not to let his elbows get near my forehead.” From MMA Lives Herehref> - follow me on Twitterrrrhref>
  8. Chris Weidman (9-0) knows he's up against something special in UFC pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva (33-4). The much-anticipated clash goes down at UFC 162 on July 6. While some fans argue Weidman's mix of wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu is Silva's kryptonite, others think the 28-year-old will be just another top contender caught in The Spider's web. Weidman, a former NCAA Division 1 wrestler and ADCC competitor, has maintained an outspoken confidence rarely seen in Silva's opponents. It's hard to imagine someone defeating the Brazilian, simply because the last person to do it was Ryo Chonan via diving ninja sub almost 10 years ago. But Weidman told Yahoo! Sports he wasn't fazed. "You have to treat him like just another opponent. You respect what he’s done in this sport - of course you do - but you can’t get caught up in it. Guess what? He’s a person just like I am, he’s got two arms, two legs, two eyes, like I do. I’m not fighting a superhero, I’m fighting another person and it’s my job to defeat him. Simple as that ... I can’t change anyone’s mind and that’s not my job, anyway. I feel like I have the right mix of skills, the desire, the determination, to get the job done. The UFC thinks enough of me to give me the title shot. To those who might think I don’t deserve this yet, all I can say is, tune in on July 6 and I’ll show you otherwise.” From MMA Lives Herehref> - follow me on Twitterhref>
  9. Luke Rockhold (10-1), the final Strikeforce middleweight champion, makes his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort (22-10) next weekend at UFC on FX 8 in Brazil. The 28-year-old American Kickboxing Academy product could leap into UFC title contention with a win over the MMA veteran. At 36, Belfort has experienced somewhat of a renaissance since his devastating loss to Anderson Silva two years ago. He's finished Yoshihiro Akiyama, Anthony Johnson and Michael Bisping and given UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones his toughest test yet. Rockhold is well aware of Belfort's punching power, but given the fight is five rounds, he also has his eye on the Brazilian's cardio. However the fight goes, the UFC debutant is openly gunning for a lucrative Fight of the Night bonus. Watch the full interview at Sherdog. "Vitor, he's dangerous whether he's on TRT or not. He's still got that power, he's still got that explosiveness, he's got a good round or two in him and beyond that, who knows where his head's at. He says he's got cardio, he says he's got all that, but I think I can push five rounds like no one else and I'll do that if need be. But I want to finish him earlier, I want to finish him while he's hot and I want to make a statement in this fight. I feel capable of beating him everywhere ... My style, I feel like I'm pretty well-rounded, I can fight in all areas. I'm going to come out hot, I always pressure, I don't back down from a fight. I'm not going to be shy, so I'll be in your face - sometimes I like to fight a little too much, you know, I like to give and take. This fight, I have to be a little bit smarter, I have to be on my game, I have to respect Vitor and his striking. But I come from a wrestling background and a lot of jiu-jitsu, so, you're going to see me wrestling. I've got to get some blood in Vitor's arms, slow him down a little bit and then maybe I'll pick him apart on the feet from there or finish him earlier on that ground. I don't really know, but this fight will be everywhere and it will be explosive. I don't see how this could be boring, this is going to be a fun fight and I'm looking to get some bonus money out of it, too." Follow me on Twitterhref>
  10. Strikeforce product Luke Rockhold (10-1) has had some choice words for UFC veteran Vitor Belfort (22-10) in the lead-up to next weekend’s UFC on FX 8 clash in Brazil. It should be an explosive main event between two well-rounded, dangerous fighters looking for a title shot. But the fireworks began last week, when Rockhold claimed he was “more of a man” than the Brazilian, a quote interpreted by most as a shot at Belfort’s publicised use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Belfort, who first fought in the UFC when Rockhold was 12 years old, wasn’t impressed by the 28-year-old’s antics. Watch the full MMA Hour. “I think he’s wrong, but what are you going to say, man? People say whatever they want to say, you know. If he doesn’t know me, I don’t know how he can say that, but we’ll see. You cannot judge. I think it’s too arrogant to say you’re more of a man. I don’t even know if he knows what a man is, you know. He doesn’t have any kids, he doesn’t have no wife. I don’t know what he’s thinking, you know. He’s talking about courage? I don’t know what he did in the sport. I think this is disrespectful, the way he thinks, but it is what it is. You cannot control a mouth, you cannot control people. My conversation with him will be inside the cage and I’m not going to have to talk, we’re going to fight, and that’s what it’s about … I’m bringing the heat, you know, I’m bringing it. He will come to a jungle, he will face a lion.” From MMA Lives Herehref>
  11. UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman (9-0) says he’s going to be all over Anderson Silva (33-4) in the UFC 162 main event. A relative newcomer to MMA, Weidman has enjoyed great success in the UFC, with wins over Demian Maia and Mark Munoz. But in “The Spider,” he’s up against arguably the best fighter to put on the fingerless gloves. A former NCAA Division 1 wrestler and a talented Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, Weidman has the grappling ability to give Silva problems on the ground. If he can get the fight to the mat on July 6 in Las Vegas, he’s confident he can dethrone the champion. Watch the full interview by Cage Potato. “I think the biggest thing is once you get him down, to stay relaxed and not to be so tense. I think I have a real smooth, aggressive game. And I’m pretty relentless with my cardio and that’s one of my things I have most pride in. So, I feel like I’m going to have the cardio to where he’s going to break before I break. I’m going to be all over him … One of Anderson’s Silva’s best traits in MMA is that he gets inside people’s heads. Before they even step in the cage, he has a certain mystique about him that intimidates people. He earned that over the years. But even when they get in the cage with him, he makes sure to make them feel as if he’s on a whole other level. And then he waits for them to believe him in that,and he freaking mentally and physically breaks them…I’m just going to be confident. I’m not going to be worried about what he’s doing, I’m worried about what I’m doing.” From MMA Lives Herehref>
  12. Jake Ellenberger (29-6) has compiled an 8-2 record in his four years in the UFC and now finds himself on the brink of a title shot. The word is, if the 28-year-old beats rising star Rory MacDonald (14-1) at UFC on Fox 8 on July 27, he becomes the #1 contender. While his 23-year-foe is a powerful wrestler with rapidly improving striking skills, Ellenberger suspects there’s a glaring hole in his armour – his chin. “The Juggernaut” has the tools to expose a suspect chin – as evidenced by his 18 stoppage victories with seven clean KO’s – and he’s confident he’ll stop “The Canadian Psycho” in his tracks. Watch the full interview from MMA Heat. “He’s got a lot of confidence behind him, training with GSP. He’s kind of been a guy I’ve always been like, ‘We’ll meet eventually,’ and it excites me. Stylistically, it’s a great match-up, he’s great everywhere. Has he really been tested? He really hasn’t fought an opponent like me, so that’s why this is an exciting fight to watch. And to be part of the Fox card, too, is a bonus for me … He’s young, he’s hungry. He fought Carlos Condit – the only guy in the top 10 I believe that he’s fought, he lost to, which was Carlos Condit … They’re claiming this kid to be the next GSP, the next to dominate the division, well, I disagree. I’ve been working my whole life to be in this position that I’m in now, so, yeah, I absolutely believe that I’ll beat him. I really don’t think his chin’s been tested. I’ve seen him be dropped by Che Mills, he’s been dropped in fights. He does a lot of things good, but he doesn’t do anything spectacular.” From MMA Lives Herehref>
  13. Boxing legend Mike Tyson (50-6) sat down with ESPN this week to talk about MMA. "Iron Mike" discussed his beginnings as an MMA fan, why he now watches more MMA than boxing and one of the most over-analysed fights that never happened: Tyson vs Gracie. "My friends were all at my house one day and we see these guys promoting these cage fights, right? When everybody was over, people were normally inebriated, so we said, “We’re putting this on. We’re gonna watch this!” Next thing you know, we’re watching Ken Shamrock and someone fight. Bang! I’m saying, “This is real, man. This is on!” ... (I didn't really consider an MMA career), because by the time it took off, I was already doing boxing. This is something you have to start when you’re 12 or 13. It has to be a passion. That’s the problem with boxing: There’s no passion. People want to be record producers, rappers. In MMA, you see that passion ... If I hit (Gracie) with a good punch, OK, but if he gets hold of me and in a position I’m not familiar with, I’m not going to win the fight. I would have to be equipped with grappling skills as well. Gracie changed the whole game around. To be involved in this kind of fight, you have to know that style right off the bat ... Never in my life (have I grappled), no. Unless I had a street fight where I had to grab someone and slam them ... I love MMA and love boxing, but I’m always watching the MMA stuff." Read the full interview at ESPN.href> From MMA Lives Herehref>
  14. Here's my breakdown for anyone who feels like reminiscing. Weird card! 1) Jim Miller vs Pat Healy - Miller (22-5) and Healy (30-16) got the main card off to a frenzied start, waging a back-and-forth battle that ended with an upset submission win for the former Strikeforce contender. Healy was overwhelmed by Miller's striking in the opening minutes, barely making it through the first round. But he came out a man possessed in the second and spent most of it on top, doing damage. The momentum stayed with Bam Bam in the final round and when he took Miller down this time, he made the most of it, sinking in a rear naked choke that put him to sleep. Healy's now on a seven-fight winning streak and establishing himself as a genuine contender. HEALY SUB 3 2) Phil Davis vs Vinny Magalhaes - Davis (11-1) did what most people were expecting and kept this fight on the feet. Up against a longer opponent with more technical striking, Magalhaes (10-6), a former ADCC champion, struggled to find his range. He took Mr Wonderful's back in the first round, but despite his considerable stregth, he was unable to control the former NCAA Division 1 champion. It wasn't the best performance to watch - Davis' boxing consisted of 1-2's and little else - but it reinforced his position in the division's top-10. Magalhaes was brave to take a fight against such a highly-rated opponent and it could prove a valuable experience for the BJJ maestro. DAVIS UD 3) Roy Nelson vs Cheick Kongo - Big Country's reputation as a knockout artist is reaching epic proportions. Nelson (19-7) started the fight in unusual style, clinching with Kongo and grappling against the cage. But eventually he dipped his head and uncorked that thumping overhand right. His opponent's must know it's coming, but his brute power means he only needs to land it once to change the fight. Kongo could only glance up at Big Country from the mat before eating a follow-up right that temporarily turned off the lights. After a third consecutive first-round KO, Nelson finds himself closer to a UFC title shot than ever before. NELSON KO 1 4) Michael Bisping vs Alan Belcher - Yet again, Bisping (24-5) bounced back from defeat with an impressive victory. Facing a dangerous opponent with heavy strikes, the Brit used his trademark cardio and movement to great effect, outstriking Belcher for 14 minutes. He kept the Muay Thai and taekwondo black belt out of his comfort zone and imposed his own, frenetic pace on the fight. Bisping's boxing looked particularly crisp and he caught Belcher with some solid hooks. But the bout came to an unfortunate end when a stray finger drew blood from The Talent's bad eye. Belcher's already had his right eye surgically repaired once and here's hoping he doesn't need surgery again. The injury handed Bisping a technical decision and another top-10 scalp. The Count's only lost to the best, but he needs to win his next ight or risk going down as one of the sport's best gatekeepers. BISPING TD 5) Jon Jones © vs Chael Sonnen (LHW title) - For Jones (18-1), this was close to the perfect fight. He manhandled Sonnen (27-13) and took him down almost at will on his way to a first-round TKO. By beating the former Olympic alternate wrestler at his own game, Jones showed why he's the most exciting young fighter the sport's ever seen. It was only after the fight that the 25-year-old's night went from spectacular to bittersweet. To cap off a strange night in UFC history, colour commentator Joe Rogan was the first to notice Jones had suffered a gruesome compound fracture of his big toe. The injury could set him back three months or more, but he was no doubt bouyed by equalling Tito Ortiz' record for light heavyweight title defenses. Ahead of the champ lies a clash with Alexander Gustafsson and a possible superfight with Anderson Silva. While there's speculation Sonnen might retire, high-profile fights against the likes of Wanderlei Silva or Vitor Belfort could prove too tempting. JONES TKO 1 From MMA Lives Herehref> - feel free to follow me on Twitterhref>
  15. UFC president Dana White is unsure about Chael Sonnen's (27-13) future after his first-round loss to light heavyweight king Jon Jones (18-1). But he has no doubt the referee made the right call when he stopped the fight with less than 30 seconds to go. In a shocking twist, Jones suffered a compound fracture to his big toe as he unleashed the ground and pound that ended the fight, meaning Sonnen would have been crowned world champion if he made it through the round. Some fans are up in arms over the stoppage, saying referee Kevin Peterson stepped in far too quickly. The debate centres on one of the more confusing chapters in the MMA rulebook, "intelligent defense." While White knows "The American Gangster" is a tough guy, he said had no problem with the referee's call. Watch the full post-fight scrum at MMA Fighting.href> "It's up to him. You know what, Chael, you know what I love about Chael - everybody kept saying, even Joe Rogan when we started the show tonight, he was like, "Chael has talked himself into..." - Chael hasn't talked himself into anything. Chael stepped up when others wouldn't. And right when the fight first started, I said, 'God damn, Chael's going right after Jon.' Chael went after him, Chael goes in there to fight, Chael tries to win. I like Chael, I like him a lot. It's hard not to like the guy ... When I walked in the Octagon, he said, 'Dana, I think I won that fight and I think this is going to be very controversial.' And I said, 'You know what, Chael, you'll probably get people to believe that' ... Yeah (the stoppage was fine), did you see his face? He's got a haematoma on his head right here. Another thing I respect about Chael is he's a tough, tough guy. He was hurt man, he was hurt; he was getting hit with big body shots and elbows to the face and punches to the face." From MMA Lives Herehref> - follow me on Twitter frens
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