Archive for February, 2012

Anderson Silva has to be chomping at the bit after seeing the latest Chael Sonnen video. Sonnen claims ‘The Spider’ hasn’t fought anybody and has a padded record. The two men will square off in June in Brazil for the UFC middleweight title. The two men fought 2 years ago with Sonnen coming within two minutes of taking the belt but Silva pulled out a last second submission to get the win.

The Maximum Fighting Championship has completed its lineup of the main card for MFC 33: Collision Course slated for Friday, May 4 in Edmonton, Alberta.

The main card, highlighted by the MFC welterweight title tilt between Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray and Nathan “Soulforce” Coy, will air live on HDNet Fights from the Mayfield Conference Centre beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).

For the first time in organization history, back-to-back winners of the Knockout of the Night will clash as home-town favorite “The African Assassin” Mukai Maromo tangles with Adam Lynn in a lightweight matchup. Maromo (6-2) captured the KO of the Night honor at MFC 30 as he felled Scott Cleve in just 36 seconds. Maromo ran his winning streak to three straight when he captured a convincing unanimous decision verdict over Sabah Fadai at MFC 31.

At MFC 31, it was Lynn’s turn to take home the KO of the Night award when he blasted Curtis Demarce with a vicious elbow only 1:38 into their encounter. Lynn, who fights out of Laguna Hills, California, would later get the nod for the MFC’s 2011 Knockout of the Year. Lynn (17-8) is on a real tear having won six straight with the demolition of Demarce being the sixth knockout victory of his 10-year career.

Another home-town fighter has a spot on the MFC 33 roster as Cody “Genghis” Krahn meets up with MFC newcomer Mike Kent in a middleweight bout. Krahn (11-4), who has won eight of his last 10 outings and has eight submission wins under his belt, finally earned his long-awaited first win under the MFC banner when he scored a hard-fought, first-round submission of Ryan Chiappe at MFC 31.

But Krahn doesn’t have an easy task ahead of him in the unbeaten Kent (8-0), who hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kent has finished all but one of his fights, and has stopped his opposition four times inside the first round.

Chiappe (8-7) will get a chance to redeem himself at MFC 33 as he meets the rejuvenated Jamie “The Ghost” Toney (15-7) in a welterweight showdown. Chiappe, a native of Prince George, British Columbia, has won four of his last six outings, and boasts six knockouts on his resume.

Toney, the Bas Rutten-trained talent from Los Angeles, California, was stopped by Dhiego Lima in his organizational debut at MFC 30, but rebounded with a clear-cut decision victory over Kyle Jackson at MFC 32 in January – a battle that is an early contender for the MFC’s 2012 Fight of the Year. A well-rounded battler, Toney has six knockouts and seven submission victories to his credit.

MFC 33: Collision Course Main Card
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The XFC officially announced today that top lightweights, Luciano Dos Santos and Eric Reynolds will headline XFC 17: Apocalypse live on HDNet. The show will feature not only the best fighters in the Southeastern United States but some of the top MMA prospects in the world as well. This highly anticipated event will take place on Friday, April 13th at the Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee.

Luciano Dos Santos will be looking for his fourth straight victory at XFC 17: ‘Apocalypse’. “Macarrao” made a name for himself in 2007 and 2008, when he submitted four straight opponents while fighting in Brazil. The American Top Team product has quickly evolved his game knocking out 2 of his last 3 opponents in the first round. With only two decisions in nine career victories Dos Santos has proved himself as a man who finishes fights and puts on one exciting show after another.

Standing in Dos Santos way in Jackson, TN, is heavy handed knock out artist Eric “It’s a Wrap” Reynolds. Reynolds snapped Jonatas Novaes four fight win streak in the main event of XFC 15 ‘Tribute’ back in December and will be looking to end Dos Santos’ as well. Reynolds has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting lightweights in the country and at ‘Apocalypse’ he is looking to put another big show on HDNet.
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Tonight is the big night for UFC 144 in Japan. Frankie Edgar will defend his UFC lightweight title against Benson Henderson. Henderson is a former WEC champ and will provide a lot of challenges for Edgar. Also, Rampage Jackson will return to Japan for the first time since the old PRIDE days when he meets Ryan Bader in the co-main event.

The show will start at 10 PM ET and will run for four hours. If you want to watch it online you can always go to www.MMAonlineStream.com to see the show for free.

The main pay per view card will feature,

Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson (for UFC lightweight title)
Ryan Bader vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

The undercard that will be shown on FX is;

Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Vaughan Lee vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto
Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda
Chris Cariaso vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Issei Tamura vs. Tiequan Zhang will be streamed live on Facebook.

The action starts Friday, February 24 (11:00 PM ET) with the live UFC 144 Weigh-in on FUEL TV.Jon Anik hosts the show from FUEL TV’s Los Angeles studio, and former UFC Middleweight ChampRich Franklin offers analysis. Joe Rogan emcees the weigh-in onsite in Japan, while two-time MMA Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani conducts backstage fighter interviews.

FUEL TV wraps coverage of the main event, early morning Sunday, February 26 (2:00 AM ET) withUFC 144 Postfight Show on FUEL TV. Jay Glazer leads the one-hour recap from FUEL TV’s Los Angeles studio, with Franklin’s analysis. Helwani interviews fighters on location in Japan after the bout.

For a complete listing of FUEL TV shows, go to: http://www.fuel.tv/schedule/. For more information, go to www.fuel.tv/ufc and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fueltv Follow @FUELTV on Twitter for all things #UFConFUELTV.

Follow the talent on Twitter at: @Jon_Anik; @jayglazer; @arielhelwani; @richfranklin

To get FUEL TV on your television, go to www.fuel.tv/getfueltv, or call 877-4 FUEL-TV.

The WWE champ CM Punk has called out hip hop artist Chris Brown after going back and forth on Twitter and challenged him to a fight. Brown is notorious for beatin up his then girfriend, Rhianna a few years ago and has tried to rebuild his image.

Punk wants to set up a fight and raise money for charity.

After Punk posted the video Brown answered with the following;

@chrisbrown
@cmpunk the video u just posted was cute! It’s so funny how defensive u are. And the fact that I really don’t know who you are and could give a s— is the funny part! I really hope this 15 minutes of fame is paying you for the long run becuz music last forever! Wrestlers come and go according to ratings!

I miss the real wrestlers! ( Hacksaw Jim duggan, Brett the hitman heart, coco beware, rowdy roddy piper) #Notnopunks. THE ROCK #Notnopunks.

@chrisbrown
Note:today will be the last day I bring @cmpunk existence up!The confrontations that people continuously bring my way are very amusing. Cuz honestly, that s— is too time consuming to argue wit every person who has their own issues to deal with!”

Punk replied with;
@CMPunk
“#aintnowomanbeater.

On the heels of their wildly successful debut event in Lewiston, Maine, Mixed Martial Arts promotions company New England Fights! (“NEF!”) has announced that its follow up event FIGHT NIGHT II will be held at the Arena in Biddeford, Maine on Saturday, April 14th, 2012.

“I think we turned a lot of heads with FIGHT NIGHT I,” stated NEF! Promoter, Attorney, and Co-Owner Nick DiSalvo. “We put 3,142 people in the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on February 11. We shattered the previous attendance record for an MMA event in Maine by over 1,300. That’s a huge accomplishment for a debut event. To put that in context, the 1965 World Heavyweight Title rematch between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, in the same building, had an attendance of 2,434. We put over 700 more people in the Colisee than that fight did. It just goes to show what we’ve been saying all along – that Maine loves its MMA.”

DiSalvo and his business partner – Matchmaker, Maine State Representative, and Co-Owner of NEF! – Matt Peterson, have planned another stellar card for Biddeford, once again showcasing the talents of Maine’s best MMA competitors. “The phones have been ringing off the hook from fighters and camps wanting to get on the FIGHT NIGHT II card,” said Peterson. “We have FIGHT NIGHT I alumni already scheduled to appear on the April 14 Biddeford event. Maine favorites like John Raio, Jesse Peterson, Ray Wood, Jamie Harrison, Jesse Erickson, and ‘The’ Ryan Sanders have all committed to appear on FIGHT NIGHT II, as well as NEF! newcomer Jarod Lawton.”
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Chandella Powell was fired by the UFC after some softcore porn the UFC ring girl did many years ago came out on the internet. Today Powell released a statement on Twitter,

When you are young, you often don’t realize that your actions have consequences. I made a bad decision about ten years ago, but you learn from these moments. There is nothing I can do to change the past, and believe me, if I could, I would. That decision doesn’t represent who I am today. All I can do now is put the past behind me and move forward. I am sorry to disappoint any of my fans and my family at Zuffa. I love you guys

Powell isn’t with Zuffa anymore but surely she will have plenty of modeling work to keep her busy since she is semi-famous for her association with the UFC.

The Ultimate Fighter is back Friday, Mar. 9 on FX. This season will be different and the fights will air live instead of being taped. Instead of being taped the show will feature the highlights of the week and then show the fight as it happens. Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz will be the two coaches and will fight at UFC 148 in Las Vegas.

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