Saturday, March 24, 2012

Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grandprix Final: Barnett vs Cormier Set For May 19th

Daniel Cormier punched his ticket into the Grandprix final on the side of BigFoot Silva's skull while Josh Barnett will be rolling into the final at the expense of the bloodflow to Sergei Kharitonov's brain. No other fights have been confirmed as of yet but expect T-wood and Marquardt to square off for the welterweight strap as well. Tickets go on sale 06/04/12.

UFC 145: Rashad Evans "The Payback Promo"




    ht:ironforgesiron.com

    Scott Jorgensen vs Eddie Wineland bantamweight bout set for UFC on FX 3

     Scott Jorgensen, Is a former number one contender for the 135-pound championship, and is 2 and 1 in his last three most recently having a two-fight winning streak brought to an end by Renan Barao via unanimous decision at UFC 143. Eddie Wineland is 4 and 2 in his last six, but has dropped two in a row to Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez since moving from the WEC to the UFC.

    UFC on FX 3
    location via Harley-Davidson's Hometown Throwdown contest.

    Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland
    Mike Pyle vs Josh Neer
    Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall
    Dustin Pague vs.Jared Papazian
    Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
    Buddy Roberts vs. Caio Magalhaes
    Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Henry Martinez

    ht:mmamania.com

    Friday's Best KO? starring Rick Hawn, Sergei Kharitonov and Justin Lawrence

    Rick Hawn's TKO over Ricardo Tirloni?


    Justin "Left Hook" Lawrence's KO over Cristiano Marcello?

    Sergei Kharitonov beating the crap out of Mark Miller?

    ht:ironforgesiron.com
    Bellator.com

    Bellator 62: Highlights - Lloyd Woodard, Rick Hawn, Brent Weedman and Thiago Michel


    ht:bellator.com

    It's Fighting Stupid presents: The UFC 144 Ring Girl Post starring Azusa Nishigaki & Arianny Celeste

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Ronda Rousey: The New Face Of Women's MMA?

    <a href='http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=6cdc1225-ce2b-43ea-890d-ee6ce21fae40&src=FLPl:embed::uuids' target='_new' title='The face of Women&#39;s MMA?' >Video: The face of Women&#39;s MMA?</a>

    Mike Pyle vs Josh Neer set for a June 8th Welterweight Scrap at UFC on FX 3.















    Mike "Quick Sand" Pyle is 4-1 in his last five with his most recent win coming at the expense of Ricardo Funch while Josh "The Dentist" Neer is coming off a submission victory of his own against Bang Ludwig at UFC on FX 1. 

    Thiago Santos vs Eric Pringle is off for bellator 62.

    Thiago Big Monster Silva weighed in at 277 and could not make the 265lbs limit for his heavyweight fight even after being allowed extra time by company president Bjorn Rebney. Scratching the heavyweight tournament final for the second time in as many weeks.
    Now that's how you make $100,000. You don't even lift a finger. But something tells me Cole Konrad won't have the problems on the scales that Santos did.

    Did Bellator Drop The Ball By Not Scheduling Aoki vs Alvarez for March?

          Bellator has quietly become MMA's number two promotion known for their tournament format and exciting highlight reel moments it chugs along putting on good fights that go mostly unseen by the majority of fight fans save for those incredible moments like Toby Imada vs Jorge Masvidal, or Hector Lombard vs Jay Silva. This can be attributed in part to blase' match making, un-inspired promotional work and a terrible television time slot, but mostly it comes down to one thing. The competition.
         In this case the UFC, the undisputed heavy weight champion of MMA promotion. The MMA juggernaut runs events on an almost bi-weekly basis, bringing a media circus along with it, that starts the week before and can last for weeks after. Making it very hard for Bellator to get the attention of the fan base that it so badly covets. So when the UFC decided to cancel a proposed March 24th event, that would have been UFC 145 in Montreal. It left an almost month long gap in the UFC's normally hectic schedule. One would think that March would become ground zero for promotional efforts with Bellator rolling out their best available matches to take advantage of this golden opportunity.
         Matches like Eddie Alvarez vs Shinya Aoki arguably the promotions most marketable fight. Instead we got shown cards featuring Joe Warren, Pat Curran, Marlon Sandro, Maiquel Falcao, and Brian Rogers, all great fighters, but none of whom  can draw a dime and we have the ratings to prove it. All while leaving Aoki, Alvarez & Co. for Bellator's April 20th card to try and match up with one of the years most anticipated fights at UFC 145 on April 21st featuring Jon Bones Jones vs Rashad Evans who are set to put an end to their year long feud in Atlanta Ga. A fight that is sure to create a media vacume around Bellator's Aoki/Alvarez fight.
         I think these kind of booking errors and a failure to book compelling matches to complement their tournaments are just two examples of where Bellator needs to improve big time. They've done a great job of growing their media partnerships and are doing a tremendous job signing young world class talent. Now they just need to put in place the right kind of matches at the best possible times to maximize exposure for their brand and the rest of their roster. Failing to seize on opportunities like the UFC's Spring Break has the exact opposite effect.      

    Jerome Le Banner Mulling Over A Change In Management After Track Suit Debacle.


    Hustle Show: Miami 8 - A New Era featuring Jorge Masvidal, KJ Noons and Alexis Vila


    ht:youtube.com/HustleShow

    Rashad Evans appears on "My Fox LA" calls Jon Jones a Phony.

    UFC's Rashad Evans "Grounds and Pounds" His Way Onto Good Day L.A.: MyFoxLA.com

    ht:ironforgesiron.com

    Anderson Silva: It's Tough Work If You Can Get It.


    ht:fightersonly.com

    Anderson Silva: Nobody From Brazil Can Beat Jon Jones Right Now.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Brian Ebersole vs. T.J. Waldburger on tap for UFC on FX 4.

    Brian Ebersole will take on submission magician T.J. Waldburger. in a welter weight match up set for June 22nd in Atlantic city New Jersey. Ebersole is on a 10 fight winning streak and is 3 and 0 in the UFC most recently taking out Claude Patrick at UFC 140. While TJ Waldburger is 2 and 1 in the UFC with his only loss coming to Johnny Hendricks. 

    Jake Ellenberger vs Martin Kampmann set to main event the TUF Live finale.

    The two top ten welter weights come into the fight within striking distance of a shot at who ever comes out on top of the GSP/Diaz/Condit title situation. Ellenberger is on a six fight win streak and has won 10 out of his last 11 while Kampmann just put away Thiago Alves and holds a win over the current interim Champion Carlos Condit.

    UFC Tonight featuring Chael Sonnen, Matt Hughes and more.


    ht:zombieprophet

    Jose Aldo Headlines UFC 149 in Calgary


    Demian Maia dropping to 170lbs and taking on the Korean Stun Gun at UFC 148.

    The UFC 148 card on July 7th that already featured Faber vs Cruz and Franklin vs Cung Le will now also feature world renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Demian Maia making his debut at welterweight against the 15 -1 "Korean Stun Gun" Dong Hyun Kim.

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch booked for UFC 148.

    Another big middleweight fight has been added to UFC 148, as the UFC announced Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch will join a Bantam weight title fight between Dominick Cruz  and Urijah Faber and a middleweight tilt between Cung Le and Rich Franklin on the July 7th card

    ht:UFC.com

    Ronda Rousey's interview from Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard.


    ht:DLHQonESPN

    Who had this weekends best KO Brian Baker or Sergio Martinez?

    Brian Baker over Vitor Vianna?



    Or


    Sergio Martinez over Mack the Knife?

    ht:boxing-core.com and youtube.com/bellator

    You'll Flip When You See The 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

    Guida vs Maynard and Franklin vs Cung Le on tap for this summer

     
    Here's two more fights we have to look forward to this summer, starting with a new June 22nd, UFC on FX event, which will feature a five round lightweight main event battle between Clay Guida and Gray Maynard.
    While UFC 148 on July 7th, will feature a middleweight battle between Rich Franklin and Cung Le.
    ht:ufc.com

    Roger Gracie to 185lbs and team Blackhouse.

    According to new manager Ed Soares, Roger Gracie has signed with Team Black House and has decided to cut down to 185 pounds. Gracie joins the likes of Middle Weight Champ Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and the Nogueira brothers in Team Black House.