Archive for November, 2011

Roland Delorme is looking to go 2-0 against the Ferguson brothers. HIYW has learned through a source close to Delorme’s camp that the two Ultimate Fighter contestants will clash next weekend at the Finale.

Delorme is 6-1 and actually saw his 6 fight win streak snapped before he went on the show. On the first episode of TUF 14 Delorme caught Josh’s brother, BJ in a triangle choke early in the first round. Once in the house Delorme lost to eventual finalist T.J. Dillashaw in the quarter-finals.

Ferguson was featured in the very first fight of the season when he knocked out Casey Dyer in 14 seconds. But when he got into the house he lost a decision to the much taller Johnny Bedford.

St. Pierre has some workout DVDs, ‘Rushfit’ in which he shows people how to get in shape. While the champ is out promoting the DVDs he talked to a a reporter about Nick Diaz and Jake Ellenberger. Both men have called him out lately and St. Pierre got a chance to respond. Diaz is next up for the GSP but Jake Ellenberger is in the mix with his win over former #1 contenderJake Shields.

You have to wait about 2 minutes into the video but Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller actually says something nice about Nick Diaz. Miller takes us behind the scenes of fight week. Miller will take on Michael Bisping at the TUF Finale in Vegas on Saturday at the Palm.

A new CWFC middleweight champion will be crowned in 2012 via an eight-man tournament which will kick off at Cage Warriors Fight Night 3 on February 9.

Six of the eight participants have verbally agreed to take part in the tournament, which will take place across four shows, culminating in a July finale in London. However, two highly coveted places remain up for grabs.

The six confirmed fighters are Jack Mason (17-9-0), Tony Machado (4-0-0), Danny Roberts (5-0-0), Chris Fields (8-3-0), Valentino Petrescu (12-2-0) and Victor Cheng (7-2-0). Specific opening round match-ups have yet to be determined.

Cage Warriors director Graham Boylan will issue “additional perks and bonuses” for the finalists and the eventual winner will clinch the vacant CWFC middleweight title.

The first two quarter-final fights will take place at Fight Night 3 in the Middle East (venue TBC) on February 9, followed by the remaining two bouts on February 18 at Cage Warriors 45 in London.

The semi-finals are scheduled for Amman, Jordan on April 15, with the final taking place in London on July 7.

Brazilian jiu jitsu ace Jonatas Novaes has fought all over the world. But on Friday night, live on HDnet Novaes will find himself at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL in the main event of XFC ‘Tribute’ across the cage from the heavy handed Eric Reynolds. Both men will enter the cage on a four fight win streak. One man will make five in a row and the other will go back to the drawing board.

“I am expecting to get my fifth straight Friday night,” said Novaes. “Eric is a great fighter and he’s an excellent striker. But I believe in my training and I am confident I will get the victory. I don’t underestimate him at all because I know he has very good hands and is very dangerous, but I feel I have the skills to stand with him. If it goes to the ground I am confident I can finish the fight.”

Out of 9 professional wins, 7 have come by submission and each of those submissions have come in the first round. In May, the FLO MMA product picked up his biggest win to date when he scored another first round submission over UFC veteran Ryan Thomas.

“I am always looking for the finish,” boasted Novaes. “I train really hard and I don’t want to leave a fight up to the judges. I have trained jiu-jitsu my entire life. I also feel very good about my stand up. Where ever the fight goes I feel confident I will do very well.”

“Jonatas is a blue chipper,” said Prisco. “This kid is sick on the ground. He has finished his last four fights by submission. Three of those were by an arm bar. If this fight goes to the ground Jonatas could take Eric’s arm home with him. But on the otherhand, Eric has shown that he can knock anyone out. If this fight doesn’t go to the ground, Jonatas might be looking up at the lights with the ref trying to wake him. Either way I think it’s going to be a great fight and I seriously doubt it goes all three rounds.”
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It looks like we will get to see Rashad Evans take on Phil Davis after all. The two men were scheduled to fight earlier this year but an injury to Davis led the UFC to make a rematch with Tito Ortiz. Now the two men will face each other at UFC on FOX 2 in the main event on Jan. 28 in Chicago.

Davis is undefeated and a top prospect in the light heavyweight division. But Rashad Evans is a dominant former champ hungry to get his belt back. It’s safe to say that this fight is for the #1 contender spot and the winner will get a shot at the winner of Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida next month.

You know Evans wants to get his hands on Jones but a win over Davis isn’t going to be easy.

It was rumored that Chael Sonnen would take on Mark Munoz in the main event of the show but that fight never materialized.

This Friday, December 2, Donofrio MMA will return to the beautifully remodeled 5000-seat Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan, for “BEATDOWN II” another night of full-contact mixed martial arts.

The 145-lbmain event will feature agile, precision striking Jake May (12-1) from Saginaw, Michigan, taking on Clinton Township via Colombia’s Judo/Sambo specialist Austin Delargey (10-2) in a 145-lb battle between two of Michigan’s premier featherweights.

With only three losses between them in 25 combined fights, both these warriors are coming in certain of victory.

“Both these guys are expert wrestlers who like to mix it up on their feet,” said event promoter Joseph Donofrio of Donofrio MMA. “Austin Delargey is known for his slams. He’ll slam you and then let you back up, just so he can slam you again. And Jake May has tremendous punching power. He can get you out of there with one shot. This fight has explosive written all over it.”

With 19 exciting matchups put together by matchmaker extraordinaire Ann Morell, BEATDOWN II will be a mammoth festival of pain featuring the State’s best fighters.

Known as much for their elaborate elite-level productions as their exciting matchups, BEATDOWN II will be a feast for the eyes and ears, as beautiful cage girls, thumping music, an amazing light show as well as the superb work of ring announcer Phil “The Voice” Davey will turn the night into an unforgettable spectacle of sound and fury.

“We’re very happy to be back at this state-of-the-art venue for another great show and we’re looking forward to serving up a great night of action for the Saginaw fans. This area is a hotbed for MMA and the fans go absolutely wild for our shows.”

Undercard fighters and match-ups will be announced shortly.
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Interview by Graham Finney

Talking to Graham Finney ahead of his title fight with Lee ‘Leeroy’ Barnes, Jack Marshman admits that he is putting talk of him being the favourite to the back of his mind. Still, with a 9 win record to his name, it is no wonder the full-time soldier is expected to retain his belt. However, with Marshman well aware of his opponents all round game and tendency to finish his opponents off within a minute, the title-holder is not taking anything for granted.

 So Jack, how is training going?

It’s going really well. I was really disappointed with my last fight, even though I won, so I’ve been working on my training and spending more time in the gym.

You won your last fight so what aspect of it disappointed you?

I wasn’t as fit as I could have been but it was hard to train and be a full time soldier.

What have you done differently this time?

Well, I’ve been able to train properly for this fight so I’ve really worked on my fitness.

Do you know much about your opponent?

I know quite a bit about him. I know he is a power-wrestler and has quite a good all round game.  I also know he’s a good boxer and a good grappler so I expect he’s got what it takes to put up a good fight.

He’s also seen by many, including himself, as the underdog for this fight. Does the fact that people are expecting you to win put you under any additional pressure?

Not really, you can be the underdog or whatever, it doesn’t bother me. I go into each fight the same.  I’ll show him the same respect as every other fighter but I do expect to win. 

So, you expect your 9-0 to become 10-0?

Oh yes although I’m not bothered about the belt or anything. The only useful thing for belts is to hold your trousers up.
You seem fairly confident going into this fight then?

Definitely but I always go into fights feeling confident. I’ve been working really hard for this fight.

 Leeroy is known for trying to finish most of his fights within the first minute. Will you be expecting a short fight?

To be honest, I’ll go wherever the fight goes really. I’m a million times fitter than I was so if it ends in the first round then that’s okay, if it goes to the third round then that doesn’t bother me either.  I’ve been working really hard for this fight.

 You mentioned being a full-time soldier affected your training last time. How has your preparation been different this time?

Well, last time I couldn’t train properly but this time I’ve been fighting with the Battalion boxing team so I’ve been able to train properly. I’m in the gym every day, training with top people.
So, what will your routine be on December 10th?

Same as always really. I’ll chill out and just hang out with my friends. I usually don’t really think about the fight until right before it happens. I don’t let too much bother me now. I’m just enjoying training and fighting.

Okay Jack, any final message for Leeroy ahead of the fight?

Well, I would say the usual have a good fight but, I’m confident I’m going to win so I hope he has the best fight of his career and we put on a good show for the crowd.

Michael Bisping is full of himself. ‘The Count’ never ceases to amaze me with his confidence. If Bisping can get by ‘Mayhem’ Miller on Saturday night at the TUF Finale Bisping could find himself in the mix for a title shot. Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz are sitting at the top and Bisping could get paired up with one of them next year.

The WWE is teasing a big arrival with their video that played on RAW. Kane is set to return and was featured in another short vignette. This one is either the Undertaker or Chris Jericho who is trying to throw everyone off by doing creepy stuff that normally only the Undertaker does.

The wrestler will be unveiled on Jan. 2nd so we will have to stay tuned.

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