Saturday, March 19, 2011

Dan Henderson Beats Rafael Feijao Cavalcante, Wins Strikeforce Belt

by Michael David SmithDan Henderson punches Rafael Feijao at Strikeforce in Columbus.At the age of 40, Dan Henderson is a champion again.

Henderson, the former Pride champion of two different weight classes, has won the Strikeforce light heavyweight title, defeating Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio with a third-round technical knockout.

Henderson got off to a slow start but put on a tremendous finish, drilling Feijao with a hard right hand to knock him down, then finishing him with about half a dozen more punches on the ground before referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight, awarding Henderson the TKO win.

 

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UFC 128 Weigh-Ins Video for Shogun-Jones and Faber-Wineland

Check out Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland's UFC 128 weigh-in after the break and stay tuned to MMAFrenzy.com for live UFC 128 results.

Source: http://mmafrenzy.com/17949/ufc-128-weigh-ins-video-for-shogun-jones-and-faber-wineland/

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"UFC Presents Jon Jones: In the Moment"

If there was any question regarding the appeal of Jon Jones, put it to rest.
Jones, just 23-years-old, has turned the mixed martial arts world on it’s head with some of his in-the-cage moves that have never been maneuvered before. Jon makes low percentage moves effective, and hit’s them almost every time he enters the [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/15/ufc-presents-jon-jones-in-the-moment

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Friday, March 18, 2011

UFC 128: Breaking down Nate Marquardt vs. Dan Miller

A perennial contender in the middleweight division, Nate Marquardt will have the chance once again to prove that he is among the elite in his class as he will be taking on late replacement Dan Miller on the main-card for UFC 128.
The pay-per-view event takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/15/ufc-128-breaking-down-nate-marquardt-vs-dan-miller

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Josh Barnett: I Don?t Want Fedor To Retire

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Strikeforce Challengers 15: Wilcox vs. Damm, April 1

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* Justin Wilcox vs. Rodrigo Damm
* Satoshi Ishii vs. Scott Lighty
* David Douglas vs. Caros Fodor
* Conor Heun vs. James Terry
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Japanese MMA reacts to devastating earthquake

MMA has a huge role in Japan, so it's not surprising that the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the island country would have an effect on fighters. UFC fighter Yoshihiro Akiyama, who will fight Nate Marquardt at UFC 128 next week, posted pictures of damage on his website. Roxanne Modafferi, an American-born fighter who has fought for Strikeforce and makes her home in Japan, put a note on her Facebook page about the moment the quake hit.

Then the place freaking starts ROCKING.� People start BOOKING it for the door.� Come on, grandma, ditch the cart!� Like 5 grandmas were like blocking the doors with their carts...

We make it outside and even standing on the pavement, we can feel it.� I look up and see antenae waving back and forth wildly, and I SEE THE FREAKING 7 STORY BUILDING SWAYING compared to the one next to it!!

It was so scary!� The building was moving!� People were pouring out of all the nearby buildings.

Eventually, I went to my office and saw my co-workers with students standing outside.� Turns out that we cancelled classes for the rest of the day.� Well, only two kids showed up and we sent them home.� There were aftershocks, and it was really scary.

MMA Fighting photographer Dan Herbertson has also been tweeting about the earthquake, the biggest to hit Japan since earthquakes have been measured. He has posted pictures and updates from around Tokyo. MMA Japan tweeted, "Aoki is OK," referring to lightweight fighter Shinya Aoki, and said that Jewels and Pancrase events for this weekend were canceled. Herbertson reported that Shooto is canceled, as well.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Japanese-MMA-reacts-to-devastating-earthquake?urn=mma-wp75

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Marquardt looks forward to ‘punching Bisping in the mouth’

There isn't a more thoughtful, docile guy in MMA than Nate Marquardt, but when it comes to Michael Bisping, he sounds like just about every other UFC middleweight.

Marquardt, who's been on the verge of a title shot for the last three years, wants a piece of the Brit.

"I would love to fight that guy, just to punch him in his mouth and shut him up. He's an ass," Marquardt told Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole. "He's a total punk, no respect. I don't like those kinds of people."

The spitting incident at UFC 127 pushed Marquardt over the edge.

"The crap-talking, whatever, that's one thing. Guys do things to hype up fights. And even guys who are just like that naturally, I don't hold that against them. But the fact that he goes and spits on an opponent's corner, that's so disrespectful," Marquardt said. "That's just not what a martial artist does and it's not what a sportsman does."

This kind of talk is completely out of character for Marquardt.

"I'd say 90, 95 percent of the time I like my opponents," Marquardt said. "I've always thought he was kind of an ass. He says disrespectful stuff, but the spitting is just a step farther, or two steps too far. It was horrible."

He still doesn't understand what sent Bisping into such a rage.

"It's one thing, the pre-fight stuff. Those are just words. They're not threats, they're not crossing the line. Making fun of his accent is something I would do to my buddy. It's not that big of a deal. Going around spitting on someone, I don't know," said Marquardt.

Marquardt has to take care of business first on Saturday against Dan Miller at UFC 128. Miller is filling in for Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Bisping's status is in limbo right now. The UFC plans on disciplining the Brit, but no official word has come down on whether that means he's kept away from the Octagon for any significant length of time.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Marquardt-looks-forward-to-punching-Bisping-in-?urn=mma-wp248

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Kyle Noke: 'It's Good to Be Home' - UFC 127

Kyle Noke: 'It's Good to Be Home' Video by UFC 127

Source: http://mmalice.com/ufc-127/kyle-noke-its-good-to-be-home-video_13bfb88f9.html

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Jon Jones: In The Moment Live Discussion

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/3/17/2057467/jon-jones-in-the-moment-live-discussion

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bisping camp blames Rivera's 'Phinney' for explosion in the Octagon

While the MMA world waits for the UFC to come to a decision on Michael Bisping's behavior, the Brit's manager Anthony McGann wanted to tell their side of the story. According to McGann, the week of the fight, there were more shenanigans from Matt Phinney of Camp Rivera and his tomfoolery continued on the night of the fight.

“I would like to give our take on what happened in Australia. Let me begin first by saying that in five years of competing in the UFC at every level, we have never encountered a more unprofessional outfit as Jorge Rivera’s camp," McGann told MMAWeekly. "All the teams who rub shoulders regularly at all the events are always polite, respectful and courteous to each other. Regardless of any of the fighters smack talk or actions. all the camps will attest to this. Along comes this Phinney guy out of the blue, he is Rivera’s boxing coach and the guy who features heavily in the YouTube videos making fun of Mike Bisping."

It was one thing to goad Bisping and Co. on video, but according to McGann, the trash talk continued at the UFC hotel in Sydney.

"The real problems begin in the hotel in Australia. As always fighters are staying in close proximity in the hotel for over a week and during the day the camps pass each other. Normally the fighters will be tense with their opponent but the teams always remain neutral and polite. Rivera’s crew were mocking mike and laughing at him and Jorge even gave an interview to Fanhouse (4:45 mark) saying if Mike was a man he would confront him in the hotel."

McGann says much of the effort was driven by the goal of selling t-shirts. 

"This situation was the reason for the emotional weigh-ins and throughout the catalyst was Phinney. In fact Rivera had two more coaches who never participated in any of this, they did act professional. It was always Rivera and Phinney. If you look at all the Ranger-Up YouTube stuff it seems Phinney is the driving force behind the company and it was him even up to the point on the scale who was constantly goading Mike. I believe he should have concentrated more on real fight preparation like we did than silly childish games and behavior."

McGann thinks Bisping's illegal knee was a mistake that happens sometimes in the course of the fight.

He says Phinney got Bisping's blood boiling further by chiding him as Rivera was trying to recover.

"This fight was not your normal fight, the hype was immense and I am sure the fans felt this. The illegal knee was what it was, Mike was over excited and timed it wrong. He is not known for illegal blows although this does happen in the sport from time to time. Whilst Rivera was recovering, Phinney was shouting obscenities to Mike if you look you can see Mike give him the finger in reply. He was also hurling abuse at our corner men, once again this behaviour is unheard of in the UFC. Anyway YouTube videos and goading Mike did him no good and Mike dispatched him with ease.”

At the end of the fight Bisping was still hearing it from Phinney.  

"Mike was still emotional and asked Rivera for an apology, still Phinney was shouting abuse and Mike replied to him, Mike did spit but on the floor in his direction not on him. Phinney was hurling abuse at Mike and our corner men the whole time. His behaviour at the cage was disgusting and unbefitting of the UFC and I won’t go into any more detail as Phinney doesn’t deserve any notoriety. He does not reflect in anyway the normal conduct of us and the rest of the teams. If that’s how he has behaved at other events then he needs to go back to them. Although I believe that after this we won’t be hearing much of Mr. Phinney anymore."

The UFC has an interesting situation here. Bisping is a driving force behind the promotion's efforts to build its brand in the U.K. and internationally. So cutting him, seems unlikely.

In the video below, Yahoo! Sports' lead MMA writer Kevin Iole says firing Bisping is absolutely a possibility. He followed that up on Twitter by saying he think it's 50-50.

That said, the UFC has two or three ready-made fights sitting there for Bisping with middleweights Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Nate Marquardt all calling him out.

What should the UFC do?

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Bisping-camp-blames-Rivera-s-Phinney-for-explo?urn=mma-328200

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Nate Marquardt Listens to His Coaches, Not Dana White

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NEWARK, N.J. -- MMA Fighting spoke to Nate Marquardt about his UFC 128 fight against Dan Miller on Thursday. Marquardt discussed his new diet, leaving his baby girl for the first time, dealing with a change in opponent on short notice and why Dana White's recent criticism of him is the last thing on his mind.

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/03/17/nate-marquardt-listens-to-his-coaches-not-dana-white/

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Japanese MMA reacts to devastating earthquake

MMA has a huge role in Japan, so it's not surprising that the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the island country would have an effect on fighters. UFC fighter Yoshihiro Akiyama, who will fight Nate Marquardt at UFC 128 next week, posted pictures of damage on his website. Roxanne Modafferi, an American-born fighter who has fought for Strikeforce and makes her home in Japan, put a note on her Facebook page about the moment the quake hit.

Then the place freaking starts ROCKING.� People start BOOKING it for the door.� Come on, grandma, ditch the cart!� Like 5 grandmas were like blocking the doors with their carts...

We make it outside and even standing on the pavement, we can feel it.� I look up and see antenae waving back and forth wildly, and I SEE THE FREAKING 7 STORY BUILDING SWAYING compared to the one next to it!!

It was so scary!� The building was moving!� People were pouring out of all the nearby buildings.

Eventually, I went to my office and saw my co-workers with students standing outside.� Turns out that we cancelled classes for the rest of the day.� Well, only two kids showed up and we sent them home.� There were aftershocks, and it was really scary.

MMA Fighting photographer Dan Herbertson has also been tweeting about the earthquake, the biggest to hit Japan since earthquakes have been measured. He has posted pictures and updates from around Tokyo. MMA Japan tweeted, "Aoki is OK," referring to lightweight fighter Shinya Aoki, and said that Jewels and Pancrase events for this weekend were canceled. Herbertson reported that Shooto is canceled, as well.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Japanese-MMA-reacts-to-devastating-earthquake?urn=mma-wp75

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Jorge Masvidal could replace Tatsuya Kawajiri and challenge Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez this April

One fight back in the promotion, and Jorge Masvidal has now possibly found himself right back into the title hunt at 155-pounds.
The American Top Team product was last inside the cage when he bested then undefeated lightweight prospect Billy Evangelista with a dominating decision win just a few weeks ago.
The Cuban fighter has [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/13/jorge-masvidal-could-replace-tatsuya-kawajiri-and-challenge-strikeforce-champ-gilbert-melendez-this-april

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Penn vs. Fitch 2, Sotiropoulos vs. Dunham Set for UFC 132 on July 2

Less than a month after fighting to a controversial draw at UFC 127, former champion BJ Penn and fellow contender Jon Fitch are set to meet again in a featured welterweight matchup at UFC 132 on July 2 in Las Vegas.The UFC announced the rematch on Thursday, and also confirmed a showdown between top lightweights George Sotiropoulos and Evan Dunham for the UFC 132 fight card.

Source: http://mmafrenzy.com/17930/penn-vs-fitch-2-sotiropoulos-vs-dunham-set-for-ufc-132-on-july-2/

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Chris Camozzi Picks New Nickname Prior to UFC 127 - UFC 127

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Dan Henderson Beats Rafael Feijao Cavalcante, Wins Strikeforce Belt

by Michael David SmithDan Henderson punches Rafael Feijao at Strikeforce in Columbus.At the age of 40, Dan Henderson is a champion again.

Henderson, the former Pride champion of two different weight classes, has won the Strikeforce light heavyweight title, defeating Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio with a third-round technical knockout.

Henderson got off to a slow start but put on a tremendous finish, drilling Feijao with a hard right hand to knock him down, then finishing him with about half a dozen more punches on the ground before referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight, awarding Henderson the TKO win.

 

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Jon Jones Quotes: Confidence or Arrogance?

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"I truly believe it's my time, so I feel as if it's already done. And the people who picked me to win, they'll be saying 'I told you...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Is GSP or Chad Ochocinco next for Anderson Silva?

The National Football League's collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. ET tonight, and unless there is a miracle at today's negotiations, the league is headed for a work stoppage. That opens the door for Chad Ochocinco, the Bengals' outlandish receiver and fan of MMA, to pursue a dream: fighting Anderson Silva.

He and UFC president Dana White discussed a match-up on Twitter, both pointing out that the expiration of the CBA isn't all bad.

Ochocinco has tried to challenge Silva in the past, and UFC president Dana White has played along, even offering Silva a spot on the 2010 New Year's weekend card. But the fights could never be anything more than a joke because of the NFL's contracts that keep players risking their health.

But without a CBA in place, Ochocinco is open to pursue MMA more seriously. Silva is slated to fight Georges St. Pierre if St. Pierre wins his April 30 bout with Jake Shields. In the meantime, the world needs a Silva/Ochocinco matchup of some kind. Perhaps they can stap on sumo suits, get in a baking competition, or play a game of tennis. "Ocho vs. The Spider" has reality show written all over it. 

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Is-GSP-or-Chad-Ochocinco-next-for-Anderson-Silva?urn=mma-329122

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Weidman wins UFC debut at UFC on Versus 3

Chris Weidman won his UFC debut, beating Alessio Sakara in a decision at UFC on Versus 3 in Louisville on Thursday. Weidman won the fight 30-27 on all three judges cards after taking the bout on just two weeks notice.

Sakara controlled the action in the first round, despite sustaining a cut in the first minute of the bout. He stuffed Weidman's takedown attempts, and managed to land more strikes. But Weidman, an All-American wrestler at Hofsta, became more comfortable in the second round. He quickly took Sakara down, and worked ground and pound, giving Sakara another cut. Blood poured from Sakara's head, making the octagon a bloody mess. With two minutes left in the round, Sakara escaped and landed kicks and punches, then shook off another takedown attempt.

The bout was stopped for a moment as Sakara's cut was checked. Sakara didn't want to stop fighting and simply wiped his head on the referee's shirt. The cut was cleaned up, and according to Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole, the doctor only should have checked it, not cleaned it.

Weidman returned to the takedown early in the third round, working ground and pound until the referee stood them up. That only led Weidman to another double-leg takedown. He maintained control through the end of the bout, earning himself a winning, if not exciting, debut in the UFC.

For Sakara, this is his first loss after wins over James Irvin, Thales Leites and Joe Vedepo. His record falls to 15-8, while Weidman remains undefeated, getting his fifth win.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Weidman-wins-UFC-debut-at-UFC-on-Versus-3?urn=mma-329464

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GSP interview: The 170 champ says he’s not afraid of Silva

Georges St. Pierre is less than seven weeks away from another huge fight where he will defend his UFC welterweight title. He'll battle Jake Shields in front of 55,000 at Toronto's Rogers Centre, yet all people can ask about is the possible superfight down the road against UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva. GSP appeared on Versus during UFC on Versus 3 and said it's not a definite that he's taking the fight.

The reaction from many? St. Pierre is "afraid" to take on Silva.

We hunted down St. Pierre while he's training in London to answer the claims that he fears a Silva fight.

"I'm not afraid of nobody in the world," St. Pierre said. "I'm a martial artist. If it happens [with] the right timing and everything, I fight whoever they want. I can fight everyone in the world. I don't mind."

Thanks to Mission Skincare for helping Cagewriter track down GSP. St. Pierre,�along with David Wright, Steve Nash, Serena Williams, Amanda Beard, Alonzo Mourning and Sergio Garcia, is part of the Mission Athlete Care team. Mission is offering a Yahoo readers 30 percent off their MISSION orders. Just use the code GSP4VIP30. All the profits from online sales go to the "M Foundation" in its efforts to support young athletes.

St. Pierre was strong in his denial that he's shying away from a Silva fight.

"That's not what I said. It's a complete re-orientation of my career. People are saying crazy stuff: 'Oh, he just has to gain 30 pounds and take the fight and fight him in three months.' I can't get 30 pounds in three months. It would take a lot more than that, if I want to go up in weight class," said St. Pierre.

There's a lot that goes into the decision to jump from 170 to 185 pounds.

"Plus, Silva fights at light heavyweight as well. So he walks around at … he's probably 40 pounds heavier than I am," St. Pierre said. "So if I fight this fight, it might be at a catch weight. If it happens."

GSP's career is rolling. He's got some big-time endorsement deals. What happens if he leaves the welterweight division and becomes an ordinary fighter at 185?

"I've had a lot of success at 170. If I move to 185, I need to talk to my sponsors, my trainers. It's a complete change of life," St. Pierre said. "Do I want to take the risk, maybe yes. It's gonna be a great challenge. Maybe, no. But I have to talk with my trainers."

Sorry for the audio quality. GSP's phone connection in London wasn't great.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/GSP-interview-The-170-champ-says-he-s-not-afrai?urn=mma-wp41

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UFC QUOTABLES: Brendan Schaub believes he's two fights from a title shot after Cro Cop bout at UFC 128

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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"I think [the loss to Roy Nelson] was a lot about lacking the experience, being main event for the first time in a big show. If we fought now I would not be so reckless, pace myself and look for an opening. But I found what it takes to get myself back on track. Now I'm on a three fight winning streak, fighting Mirko Cro Cop in my next fight, so life is good man. You learn, you live...

As far as the title shot talk goes, I have my hands full with Mirko [Cro Cop]. But man, beating guys like Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop says it all. I don't think I'm too far away from a title shot. I think I'm two fights away.

The game changed a lot recently. And I think that Mirko [has] done a better job adjusting his game than [other] guys that [have] been losing lately. For instance, I know he's training with Dean Lister on his Jiu-Jitsu, and doing many other adjustments to his game. Many other heavyweights just didn't change, and the game has passed them up a little bit. The game is constantly changing and you gotta adapt. Right now there are athletes out there who can do it all, so you gotta be prepared. But again, I think Mirko [has] done a really good job by keeping up with the wave."


-Brendan Schaub talks to LowKick.com ahead of his UFC 128 bout with Mirko Cro Cop about that fight, as well as what he learned from his UFC debut loss to Roy Nelson in the TUF 10 Finale.

Penick's Analysis: Outside of the knockout loss to Nelson, Schaub has looked very good in quick wins over Chase Gormley and Chris Tuchscherer, and then he went out and beat Gabriel Gonzaga for three rounds last October. Despite entering the sport late, Schaub is ever-improving and continues to impress fans and UFC execs with his performances, so a big win over Cro Cop could certainly put him in the mix at the top of the division. He'll need to win at least two more fights after the Cro Cop bout, and he'll have to beat an even higher level of competition, as despite Cro Cop's name he's not a top flight heavyweight in 2011. Still, he is a name, and a win over him still means something, so this fight is huge for Schaub. If he can pass this test, he'll get another step up, and he is only a few more steps away from perhaps getting a crack at the title himself. He's got a decent sized road still ahead of him, but as he continues to improve he can certainly make that run.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8698.shtml

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Ebersole's manscaping at UFC 127 could start a trend

Brian Ebersole's surprising win at UFC 127 came with unorthodox striking, a Fight of the Night bonuns and most importantly, epic manscaping. Ebersole's chest hair was shaped into an arrow pointing up, something he's done for the past few years to show his opponent where to hit. Could his excellent UFC debut inspire more MMA manscaping?We have a few suggestions.

Forrest Griffin: The UFC light heavyweight and original Ultimate Fighter has been pushing his book about surviving the apocalypse, so why not really commit to it and show it on his chest?

Dominick Cruz: The UFC bantamweight champ is known for being light on his feet and dancing around the cage, so he may as well let opponents know what they're getting into before the fight starts. A pair of ballet slippers should do the trick.

Georges St. Pierre: The French-Canadian wears the fleur-de-lis on many of his walkout shirts and usually shows up at his fights waxed (we are assuming) and tanned, but shaving a fleur-de-lis into his chest hair at UFC 130 would truly show devotion to Quebecois.

Clay Guida: The Carpenter is a huge fan of "The Big Lebowski," and is just crazy enough to try this. It would take a talented manscaper to do the job, but who wouldn't want to see the Dude represented on Guida's chest?

Thanks to Becky for help on this!

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Ebersole-s-manscaping-at-UFC-127-could-start-a-t?urn=mma-327677

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CW interview: Clay Guida on Pettis, fans and his new venture

CREST HILL, Ill. -- A long line snaked around a cage, past a boxing ring and grappling mats towards the stairs. The line moved at a glacially slow pace, but everyone was in high spirits. They didn't mind waiting on line to see their favorite fighter, Clay Guida.

Inside the cage, Guida energetically signed autographs, posed for pictures and hugged his fans at the new gym in suburban Chicago that bears his name. He had been there for hours, but showed no signs of slowing down, which is not too different than his fighting style. He kept up the pace for fans who had driven from all over the Midwest to see him.

"We had a guy drive 550 miles from Paducah, Ky., and we had a guy who was sitting in the parking lot at 8:00 a.m. this morning for us, people from DeKalb, Wisconsin, Indiana," Guida told Cagewriter.

He is sometimes surprised by his popularity and asks fans why they would go to such lengths.

"I ask them why, and they're very complimentary, and you feel that. You're speechless sometimes when you think of the support you've had from the first day I've started wrestling to now."

The support is obvious when looking around the room in the newly built MMA Stop Fitness. In addition to the fans, the room is filled with family, friends, training partners and coaches. His mother even brought a plant to christen the gym.

Those same people who supported him on Saturday will be tuning into Spike on June 4, as Guida takes on WEC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis in his UFC debut.

"I've got a big date coming up. Even more excited about that than the gym. I'm fighting Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis. He's gonna make his debut in the UFC, and it's not going to be a fun one for him."

This will be Guida's third fight at the Pearl at the Palms on a finale card for "The Ultimate Fighter." The other two bouts were classic battles with Roger Huerta and Diego Sanchez that earned Guida Fight of the Night bonuses and accolades, but not wins.

"I've had a rough go in the Palms. I'm 0-2 against Roger Huerta and Diego Sanchez. The 0s got to go."

Guida is determined to stop the Pettis hype train, that was kicked into high gear when Pettis threw a mind-blowing kick in his last WEC bout.

"We've fought a lot of guys with hype behind them. We train harder. We want the best guys because then we get to put on the best shows. Vegas is where I do my best work. June 4 is going to tell the tale."

Even with the new gym, Guida's training is not going to change. He will still head to New Mexico and Greg Jackson's MMA to prepare for his bout with Pettis. He says that the new gym is more to help people get healthy and stay fit, but he will pop in for seminars as will the likes of Jon Jones, Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin.

But for now, his mind is focused on Pettis, who was promised a title shot, but was given Guida instead Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar fought to a draw in their title bout on New Year's Day.

"After June 4th, he's not going to get a title shot. I'm impressed with his never say die attitude. I think his opponents respect him too much. He doesn't have the experience I have. He hasn't trained at the places I have -- Jackson's, Gilbert Grappling, Midwest Training Center.  He hasn't fought the wars I have. He's super confident right now, but I'm going to stop that wave. "

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/CW-interview-Clay-Guida-on-Pettis-fans-and-his?urn=mma-328726

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UFC on Versus 3: Munoz scores a huge KO against Dollaway

Mark Munoz and C.B. Dollaway were decorated collegiate wrestlers, but they said during the prefight interview that they were willing to slug it out. Maybe Dollaway should've stuck to the grappling.

He scored a takedown early, let Munoz get up and then got bombed by a straight right. Dollaway fell to his back and got nailed by two more hammerfists. Referee Mario Yamasaki had to jump into save the downed fighter just 54 seconds in.

A few seconds later Dollaway (11-3, 5-3 UFC) regained his senses and couldn't understand why the fight was stopped. His eyes were glassy and he looked lost on the ground after the final hammerfists.

Since his move to middleweight in 2009, Munoz (10-2, 7-2 UFC) has been very good with five wins against just one loss.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/UFC-on-Versus-3-Munoz-scores-a-huge-KO-against-?urn=mma-329468

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UFC NEWS: Mac Danzig vs. Donald Cerrone booked for UFC 131 in Vancouver

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Mac Danzig has gotten himself a fight by calling someone out, as the UFC today announced that he'll meet Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC 131 in Vancouver.

Danzig took to Twitter to call Cerrone out after Cerrone got a bout with Paul Kelly at UFC 126 in February. Said Danzig at the time, "So all you have to do to secure a fight you haven't earned is wear a silly hat, call yourself 'Cowboy' and talk trash?"

He'll now get that fight, and the season six winner of The Ultimate Fighter will attempt to continue on with the momentum gained from a knockout win over Joe Stevenson in December. The win was only Danzig's second in his last six fights, but was his second over the last three after successfully halting a three fight losing streak.

Cerrone, on the other hand, has been hot, winning three straight fights after his second loss to Benson Henderson last April. After an extremely impressive win over Jamie Varner in their rematch last September, Cerrone ended his tenure in the WEC with a submission win over Chris Horodecki, and then successfully entered the UFC with a win over Kelly on the UFC 126 card.

UFC 131 takes place from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 11, headlined by the heavyweight number one contender's bout between Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos.

Penick's Analysis: This is another great fight in the UFC's lightweight division. Cerrone, coming over from the WEC, still needs to prove himself in this stacked division, and despite Danzig's recent losses, he's an Ultimate Fighter winner and a very dangerous opponent, and he's a name well known in the UFC. This is a big chance for both fighters to get a win over a recognizable name, and it should prove to be another exciting lightweight fight.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8751.shtml

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Top 5 (Newly Revised) "Strikeforce vs. UFC" Fights

Everyone has been talking about it: Strikeforce is now a Zuffa-owned company. It?s become apparent that the upstart promotion will continue to operate as its own entity for at least the next two years or so, but after that it?s anyone?s guess. So of course, many are hoping that there comes a day where the [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/15/my-top-5-newly-revised-strikeforce-vs-ufc-fights

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Top 5 Best Moments Of Bellator 36

After an event like Bellator 36, it?s hard not to cheer on Bellator FC. Bellator may not boast the best talent, but Bellator 36 featured constant action, great finishes, and more. It was a solid event all around, and a great second event to air on MTV2 after the early success of their first event. [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/13/top-5-best-moments-of-bellator-36

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Sadaharu Tanikawa: Hardest Time We've Ever Experienced

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In response to the crisis in Japan following the March 11 Sendai earthquake, FEG President Sadaharu Tanikawa released a statement on Tuesday via the K-1 website, encouraging victims to stay strong.

Mixed martial arts is the last thing that most people in Japan are thinking about at this time but Tanikawa also addressed the health of Japan fight sports, admitting that following the disaster and the Zuffa purchase of Strikeforce, this is the hardest time that Japanese fight sports have ever experienced.

Tanikawa's full statement is after the break.

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/03/15/sadaharu-tanikawa-hardest-time-weve-ever-experienced/

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Donald Cerrone vs. Mac Danzig Announced for UFC 131 on June 11

Former WEC lightweight contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and The Ultimate Fighter 6 winner Mac Danzig will square off at "UFC 131: Lesnar vs. dos Santos" on June 11 in Vancouver, the UFC announced Monday.

Source: http://mmafrenzy.com/17903/donald-cerrone-vs-mac-danzig-announced-for-ufc-131-on-june-11/

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Top 15 fighters acquired in UFC deal with Strikeforce

Future issues about high-level MMA fighters not squaring off anytime soon were quieted a bit today by the UFC's purchase of Strikeforce.

This afternoon, Dana White announced that Zuffa bought its top competitor in the U.S. He made a point of saying, with fighters contracts and a Showtime television deal in place, Strikeforce will operate under a "business as usual" header for the time being. How long that lasts is anyone's guess. UFC is planning on revealing more details to the media during a Monday teleconference.

The purchase should certainly excite fight fans. A deeper overall roster should eliminate the possibility of the best in the world being kept out of the same cage because of promotional issues.

Who are you most excited to see in the UFC? Here's a list of the top 15 fighters based on ability, mixed with the existing hurdles that could prevent them for stepping into the Octagon.

1. Nick Diaz, Welterweight (23-7, 5-0 Strikeforce, 6-4 UFC)
Outside the cage, the former UFC fighter is a wild man, but White is the first to admit he's a talented kid. The current Strikeforce welterweight champion hasn't lost since 2007. He's also one of the only welterweights outside of the UFC that fans would love to see take on Georges St. Pierre. In less than a month at Strikeforce's next scheduled event in San Diego on Apr. 9, he defends his title against Paul Daley. His brother Nate is currently fighting at 170 pounds in the UFC.

2. Gilbert Melendez, Lightweight (18-2, 8-1 Strikeforce)
He wasn't the first name on the lips of many MMA fans, but he probably should be. He's the most legitimate threat to any of the UFC title holders. Melendez's mix of wrestling, striking, strategy and stamina puts him immediately in the mix with Gray Maynard and Anthony Pettis to challenge for Frank Edgar's title. Just as important, he wants to fight the best and is an easy guy to manage.

3. Dan Henderson. Light heavyweight (27-8, Strikeforce 2-1, UFC 5-2)
With just one fight left on his deal, Henderson could be the first Strikeforce star to crossover. His 2009 exit from the UFC was more about ancillary concerns than his performance in the cage.

With his win last weekend over Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Rafael Cavalcante, the 40-year-old proved again that he's a top 10 fighter at light heavyweight. He could also go back down to middleweight if he wants to and the UFC thought that was the best spot.

Henderson told MMAWeekly it's a shocking move, but he's open to fighting for anyone.

"I don't know what to feel about it, I don't necessarily think, it might not be the best thing for the sport. But then again you're going to start being able to see all these match-ups that everyone wants to see. Who knows," Henderson said. "I had no plans of leaving, but I don't know what this is going to do those plans, but I have one fight left on my deal and we'll see what happens,"

Henderson is cool with White.

"I've never said anything bad about them. I always appreciated everything they've done for me and for the sport. It's just I was paid more money to go elsewhere, and that's what I did. Dana's the type that needs to talk a little smack if he doesn't get his way, but I've got no hard feelings about anything."

Strikeforce paid Hendo a healthy salary and allowed him to promote his clothing line, Clinch Gear. Hopefully, this time around the Clinch Gear issue can be resolved so we can see Henderson face the likes of Mauricio Rua, Rashad Evans, Quinton Jackson, Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida.

4. Alistair Overeem, Heavyweight (34-11, 3-0 Strikeforce)
If everything is cool on the pre-fight drug testing front, Overeem would be an awesome addition to the UFC heavyweight division. His pure power, look and striking is very promotable. An Overeem fight against Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir or Shane Carwin would be a seat-filler. That said, he'll have to drop the desire to compete in K-1 competitions.

5. Antonio Silva, Heavyweight (16-2, 3-1 Strikeforce)
This seems high, right? That's how good Silva is now and can be down the road. "Big Foot" is one of the biggest heavyweights in the world and is quickly developing one of the more well-rounded games in the division. His size overwhelmed Fedor Emelianenko and now that he's better managing the weight cut, he's got his stamina up to snuff.

6. Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, Light heavyweight (7-1, 2-1 Strikeforce)
From a selling standpoint, King Mo has as much potential as anyone on the Strikeforce roster. His amateur wrestling background makes him competitive with any 205-pounder in the world. Once he cleans up his striking and learns how to manage his gas tank, sky's the limit. His personality and willingness to bond with the fans and haters alike, makes him a promotional dream.

7. Tim Kennedy, Middleweight (13-3, 4-1 Strikeforce)
Strikeforce is onto something here with Kennedy. Think Brian Stann, but a lot better in most facets of the game. The Army Special Forces veteran wants to fight all the time and he's a great role model to push to casual and non-MMA fans. More than any other division, the UFC's middleweight class is in need a new blood. Kennedy is a great pickup.

8. Fedor Emelianenko, Heavyweight (31-3, Strikeforce 1-2)

I'd love to have Fedor on top of this list, but the relationship is so frayed between M-1, his management team and White, it's difficult to imagine seeing him the Octagon anytime soon. He also needs to win some fights to rebuild his brand and reputation.

In his first comments about Fedor, White didn't seem optomistic:

"I don't see any irony in that," White told Yahoo!'s Kevin Iole, chuckling. "Even though Fedor is now under contract with Zuffa, I still have a hard time imagining he'll ever fight in the UFC. We'll see, but that's my bet right now."

"You know me," White said. "I'm as big a fan of this as anybody and I love making the fights that everyone wants to see. At the end of the day, it's all about making great fights and the fights the people want to see. That's what we're doing."

9. Jason Miller, Middleweight (24-7, 1-1 Strikeforce, 0-1 UFC)
Miller is far from the best fighter on this list, but he's the most media savvy. His MTV show "Bully Beatdown" and appearances all over satellite radio give him exposure more MMA fighters can't even sniff. He fought for the UFC back in 2005 against GSP, but simply wasn't ready for that level and was draining himself way down at 170 pounds.

10. Gegard Mousasi, Light heavyweight (30-3, 2-1 Strikeforce)

I'm still a backer of Mousasi. His calculated style and killer instinct makes him an attractive addition. He just needs to strategize a little more against top level fighters and must shore up his takedown defense. Don't sleep on the Armenian's future. UFC may talk to him about going back down to middleweight. An Anderson Silva-Mousasi fight would be dynamite.

11. Fabricio Werdum, Heavyweight (14-4, 3-0 Strikeforce)

We're still not sure what went down when Werdum was sent packing by the UFC back in 2009. His talent is undeniable. Werdum is a huge dude at 6-5, 245 and his jiu-jitsu is some of the best in the world for the weight class. The win over Fedor was no fluke and don't forget he avoided dangerous situations in getting the win over Antonio Silva too. Grappling matchups against Lesnar, Mir, Carwin and even Roy Nelson would be awesome.

12. Paul Daley, Welterweight (27-9, 1-0 Strikeforce, 2-1 UFC)

The villain of all villians. Whether Daley should've been cut from the UFC is still debatable. His questionable attitude is not. We all have bosses and sometimes have to swallow our pride to co-exist. Daley was supposedly posting today on the Underground Forum today that he needs to "think" about fighting for the UFC and making money for White. Frankly, it's not his decision. It's also pretty stupid to push for your options to only include Japan's DREAM, BAMMA, Shark Fights, Titan Fighting, Bellator and MFC.

13. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, Middleweight (14-2, 4-0 Strikeforce)

Jacare is very intriguing. His submission game is off the charts and would be a great anti-dote against the UFC's wrestlers/grapplers like Chael Sonnen and Yushin Okami. As the Strikeforce middleweight champ, he controls his own destiny. If he keeps winning under the "business as usual" operation, he'll force the hand of the UFC to put him in the mix with the big company.

14. Rafael Cavalcante, Light heavyweight (10-3, 3-2 Strikeforce)

"Feijao" lost to Henderson, but it's just one fight. The guy comes to bang and has an excellent ground game. The UFC could certainly find a home for another huge, well-rounded light heavyweight.

15. Robbie Lawler, Middleweight (18-7, 2-3 Strikeforce, 4-3 UFC)

It would be shocking to see Lawler on the outside looking in. He's a favorite of White's. His style is exactly what fans and the promotion latch onto. Lawler's one-punch knockout power makes him a more talented version of Chris Lytle and we know he's got a job for life with the promotion as long as he remains around .500.

Others possibly in the mix: Josh Thomson, *Shinya Aoki, *Tatsuya Kawajiri, Shane del Rosario, Daniel Cormier.

*Not under contract with Strikeforce. Co-promotional deals with DREAM.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Top-15-fighters-acquired-in-UFC-deal-with-Strike?urn=mma-wp113

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Bellator 36 Picks And Predictions

One single day after Shark Fights’ debut on HDNet, fellow upstart promotion Bellator FC will hold its second show on MTV2. And much like their first, this show will see the opening round of a ?Season Four? tournament. On this night it?ll be the Lightweights in action. As my interest in Bellator grows, so does [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/09/bellator-36-picks-and-predictions

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The Reem: Part 2

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Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?72862-The-Reem-Part-2&goto=newpost

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Dana White UFC Live Video Blog Louisville

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Zuffa purchases Strikeforce in historic step towards expansion

There is no need to pinch yourself or rub your eyes. You are awake and it is not April 1 yet. In the ever-expanding world of ?never say never? where Mixed Martial Arts is concerned news broke earlier today regarding the UFC?s purchase of rival promotion Strikeforce. In an interview with MMAFighting, Dana White explained [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2011/03/12/zuffa-purchases-strikeforce-in-historic-step-towards-expansion/

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Now that's a hematoma! Jimmo inflates Lewis' eye at MFC 28

Ryan Jimmo has carved out a reputation as a points fighter, but he did a nice job of forcing the doctor's hands at Maximum Fighting Championship 28 by busting up Dwayne Lewis. After peppering Lewis with kicks for 11 minutes, Jimmo got the fight to the ground where he pounded away as the former champion's face. The skin below Lewis' eye blew up like a balloon forcing a third round stoppage and handing the MFC's 205 title to Jimmo.

"Whenever he came wild, I just made sure I evaded," Jimmo told MMACanada.net (Video - 2:15 mark). "So what I did, instead of evading that time, I just planted and threw. I knew he just didn't think I was going to come with anything. I'm pretty sure I caught him with a right hand. Right after, we clinched up, he went down almost like jelly. I knew I rocked him. The takedown was almost way too effortless."     

Since an early ouster on Season 8 of "The Ultimate Fighter," Jimmo has put together a solid run in Canada. The competition hasn't been the best, but the light heavyweight looks like a good prospect. With a karate background, he possesses awkward timing and had Lewis confused most of the fight. Now it's Mark Pavelich's job to bring in some bigger name challengers for Jimmo in 2011.

The best story of the night came from Drew Fickett. With all that Fickett has battled outside the ring and cage, it's hard to believe the MMA veteran is only 31 years old.

Fickett was a slated to face MFC lightweight champ Antonio McKee, but the one-and-done UFC fighter had to back out the fight last week because of a knee injury. Instead UFC-veteran Matt Veach filled in. Veach, who was 1-2 with the UFC and actually manhandled current UFC lightweight champ Frank Edgar at times during their December 2009 fight, looked like an amateur against Fickett.

Fickett's as slick as it gets in the submission game, so it was bizarre to see Veach choose to take it to the ground early and jumped into his opponent's guard. It took just a few seconds for Fickett (41-13) to throw his leg up, secure an arm and lock on an armbar for the finish. All that in just 36 seconds. 

Fickett, who has fought a well-chronicled battle against alcholism, signed a long-term deal with MFC. Let's hope he keeps it together and we get to see him face McKee in the near future.

TUF 9 alum Richie Whitson (11-1) was also a winner, although the decision was a tight one against Curtis DeMarce. On TUF 9, Whitson lost to Ross Pearson, the eventual show victor.

Former UFC light heavyweight Rodney Wallace (10-4, 0-3 UFC) was taken out by Emanuel Newton via second round submission. 

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Now-that-s-a-hematoma-Jimmo-inflates-Lewis-eye?urn=mma-327484

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Expect to see the heavyweight grand-prix playout on pay-per-view in Strikeforce, according to UFC President

While not a whole lot of changes have come from the acquisition of Strikeforce to the Zuffa banner, some are beocming immediately noticeable.
Previously, UFC President Dana White had asserted in a media teleconference earlier today that both Strikeforce and the UFC will operate as two separate companies, at least for the time being. There [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/03/14/expect-to-see-the-heavyweight-grand-prix-playout-on-pay-per-view-in-strikeforce-according-to-ufc-president

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Sanchez shows amazing guts in taking controversial decision from Kampmann

That's a fight worthy of a rematch or better yet two more rounds. That's if either Diego Sanchez or Martin Kampmann could've gone another second after beating the hell out of each for 15 minutes.

Sanchez looked like the more busted up fighter, but he still got the nod on all three scorecards, 29-28, for the unanimous decision victory in the main event at UFC on Versus 3. 

"I knew I caught him with some big shots too. We both got caught with some big shot. I got cut," Sanchez told UFC analyst Joe Rogan. "I knew I scored points with that takedown. I thought I won the fight by putting the pressure on and controlling the end of the fight."

Kampmann, who said he suffered a broken right hand, sounded devastated by the decision.

"I thought I won the fight. I think I won all three rounds," Kampmann said. "Definitely, Diego caught me with some good shots as well. I think look at his face. I think I won the fight. He was throwing a lot of flurries, but most of it wasn’t landing. I feel I was landing way more and cleaner shots. I'm very disappointed. I can't put words on this."

Sanchez (23-4, 12-4 UFC) landed some heavy shots, but not nearly as many overall as Kampmann. Compustrike said Kampmann outlanded Sanchez in every round. The total was 97-45. Sanchez was also 1-of-15 on takedown attempts. Most of the Mexican-American's punches landed were power shots at 39 of the 45. 

FightMetric had Kampmann outlanding Sanchez, but by a closer margin of 79-51. In round-by-round strikes, Kampmann won 2-of-3 rounds. The first was 33-10, second was 27-22 and third was a tie at 19-19. In that final round, Sanchez was 19-of-88 and Kampmann was 19-of-68. 

Update: Sanchez and Kampmann were rewarded for great efforts. Their war was dubbed Fight of the Night and each got a $60,000 bonus.  

Seconds after the fight, UFC president Dana White tweeted that he thought Sanchez definitely won. Meanwhile, Rogan couldn't understand how Sanchez could've possibly won. That's the kind of fight it was. The first round was a blowout, but the second and third were difficult to score. 

Getting the win was heckuva comeback for Sanchez. In the middle of the second round, he looked like he was on his way to a certain loss. The right side of his face was swollen and he had a nasty crescent cut under his right eye. From the opening seconds of the fight, he was also bleeding badly from his mouth.

Sanchez didn't give up and his constant pressure suckered Kampmann into a firefight. With two minutes left in the second, the Dutch striking specialist allowed himself to get trapped on the cage. Sanchez fired 8-10 shots at Kampmann and nailed him with two big lefts. He'd also cut Kampmann over his right eye just seconds before. The blood seemed to throw off Kampmann mentally. 

In the third, Sanchez finally scored a takedown. That made him 1-of-15 for the fight. Kampmann (17-5, 8-4 UFC) didn't stay down for the long. The final three minutes were highlighted by Sanchez charging forward and throwing flurries. He landed some good shots, but Kampmann landed even more with excellent counterpunching and movement. By the end of the fight, the other side of Sanchez's face was swollen and covered in blood. As the horn sounded, his corner covered the left side of his face with a towel. The blood flow was so intense it was spurting right through the towel.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Sanchez-shows-amazing-guts-in-taking-controversi?urn=mma-329483

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