Wednesday, November 6th, the UFC fights for the troops in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. UFC over the years has been putting on these 'Fight Night' events for the US troops, also taking the money put towards the event and pre-auctions to raise money and donate to the United States Armed Forces. With the first two shows put on for the troops, the UFC was successfully able to raise 8 million dollar; This event only to add on more digits.
Your main event of the evening isn't the original fight set by the UFC. Tim Kennedy was suppose to fight Lyoto Machida. This Michael Bisping previously running into an eye injury during training, Machida took his place in fighting Mark Munoz. Kennedy worried if he'll say on the card, did in fact receive a new opponent. No he's not fighting tennis world champion, Rafael Nadal, he's set to take on Brazil's own, Rafael Natal.
With Kennedy on a 2 fight win streak and Natal on 3, the winner of this fight will take a big jump in the middleweight rankings. That only leading to big fights and closer to the gold. With Kennedy being a newer competitor in the UFC, he looks to make a name for himself with in the organization. Natal with multiple fights in the UFC, holds a little less pressure. Looking for a finish as always, he looks to make sure to maintain his recent success in 2013.
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
• Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal
• Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
• Ronny Markes vs. Yoel Romero
• Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal
• Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
• Bobby Green vs. James Krause
• Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop
• Dennis Bermudez vs. Steven Siler
• Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie.com, 3:15 p.m. ET)
• Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz Larkin
• Yves Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros
• Seth Baczynski vs. Neil Magny
• Derek Brunson vs. Brian Houston
("You and Lifetime Channel are right honey, everything really is the man's fault")
Your girlfriend; she's pretty awesome but at the same time she can hold your man-card hostage. Allow us to explain. She wears those jeans you like, occasionally cooks you food that you can't pronounce and can even do that thing with her tongue that is probably illegal in some states. But let's be honest, when it comes to entertainment and the remote control, more often than not, you get stuck watching her "Real Housewives of I Couldn't Care Less" and "Keeping up with the Krapdashians" shows rather than anything you would deem interesting, like the latest UFC fight.
Much like football season, getting your girlfriend to get into the fight can be difficult and/or lead to arguments. You want her to calm down and watch the fight with you, she wants to know why you're "wasting" your time drinking and watching two sweaty guys wrestle each other. However, with a little persistence and logic, you can turn her complaints into interest and turn the Kardashians into championships. Use these following tactics and let us know if it worked for you.
1. Ask her why she doesn't want to watch MMA with you. It's likely because she doesn't actually understand the match rules. Sit her down during a match and explain the rules and regulations. Be patient if she has any questions, don't assume she does or doesn't understand and be careful to respond respectfully.
2. Bring MMA to her and in turn, instill a relatable interest. You can do so by taking her to an intro MMA class at a local gym. It will be a great work out for the two of you and can show her that it's actually a lot more work and skill than just two dudes putting each other into leg holds.
3. Increase that stakes by making beneficial bets with each other. Have her pick the opponent she thinks will win, you'll pick the other. Put your pride aside and let her pick whoever she wants, even if you know her selection is going to win. She won't think its fun if you get overly competitive or mean-spirited. Once you have picked your winners, set up some fun sexual bets, such as, if she wins, you have to go down on her for 30 minutes or take her to Adam & Eve to pick up something fun. If you win, she has to do a strip tease or give you road head. You'll both benefit, no matter who wins. Well you and that trucker driving next to you if you win the road head thing...
4. Take her to a match so she can fully experience the energy and excitement that only a MMA fight can produce. Going to a UFC match may not be feasible or realistic, but you can definitely find a local match put on by a local MMA gym. Check around and see if you can find one that she'd be willing to go to.
5. Finally, you can compromise with her. Let her know that if she watches MMA with you, you'll manage to digest another hour of Say Yes to the Dress or whatever show she wants you to watch.
(Article by Adam LeBarr/video via FOXSports)
UFC Fight Night 30 goes to Manchester, England. Fans in the Phones 4U Arena and viewers at home were in for some great fights. Some with amazing finishes, some controversial.
Kicking things off, we head over to the Lightweight division for our co-main event, Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson. For any fight fan, this was a hard fight to watch. This fight, widely considered to be the fight of the night, ended due to illegal blows. Early in round #1, Guillard was able to get control of Pearson and pin him against the cage. Once there, Pearson would rest his hands on the mat, keeping him clear of dangerous knees. Well... Not this time. Pearson with his hands on the mat and guard down, was fed two shocking knees to the face, Guillard unaware Pearson had his hands touching the mat. After the knees landed, the ref paused the fight. Shortly after a doctor came in to check out Pearson, he had a huge gash on his forehead, the doctor said he could not continue. Due to illegal knees, the bout was ruled a no content. They're set to rematch in London.
And now... IT'S TIME!
Heading into your main-event of FN 30, we have Lyoto Machida being welcomed to the Middleweight division by friend and also training partner, Mark Munoz. Going into this fight, you would think because they're friends, it might hold either one of these warriors back from going full force. That would not be the case. Throughout their short bout (less then a full round) Machida was successfully able to control and dominate the octagon with speed and his strikes. Keeping Munoz back and at a distance, you could see 'The Dragon' Machida looking for a high kick to land. With more octagon control to come and strikes to land with no consequence, Machida was successfully able to land with a huge high kick, resulting in an instant knockout victory over Munoz. Pre-fight, due to their friendship, both Machida and Munoz agreed that winner will buy dinner for both. As followed, the promise was kept.
With Machida receiving a huge victory, that being his first fight and win at Middleweight, Dana White expressed he's interested in matching Machida up with other top Middleweights. Belfort and Mousasi are two names brought to attention.
Lyoto Machida def. Mark Munoz via first-round KO
Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard declared no-contest (accidental foul)
Jimi Manuwa def. Ryan Jimmo via second-round TKO
Norman Parke def. Jon Tuck via unanimous decision
Nicholas Musoke def. Alessio Sakara via submission (armbar)
John Lineker def. Phil Harris via first-round TKO
Al Iaquinta def. Piotr Hallmann via unanimous decision
Luke Barnatt def. Andrew Craig via submission (rear-naked choke)
Jessica Andrade def. Rosi Sexton via unanimous decision
Cole Miller def. Andy Ogle via unanimous decision
Jimy Hettes def. Robert Whiteford via submission (triangle)
Brad Scott def. Michael Kuiper via submission (guillotine)
(photos via MADCreativity.com)
The World Series of Fighting came through South Florida this weekend and crowned it's first ever welterweight champion as Steve Carl finished Josh Burkman and earned his right to wear the WSOF belt.
Held at the Bank United center at the University of Miami, Ray Sefo and the crew at World Series of Fight put on a well produced and action packed card. Steve Carl overcame a very game Josh Burkman and withstood the early onslaught and eventually started wearing out his opponent and getting the submission win in the fourth round. Carl revealed during the post fight interview that he was hospitalized two weeks ago with torn muscles and bulging discs in his back unable to walk. To come back from that and still be able to fight, let alone finish a tough fighter like Burkman is a testament to Carl's toughness. Ever the perfectionist he said he was not impressed with his performance. The crowd at the Bank United Center disagreed and showered him with much applause for his gutsy effort. Carl now becomes the promotion's inaugural champion and the man to beat at welterweight for the WSOF. It's up to Ray Sefo to determine who will be his first challenge.
Join us after the jump for the fight recap and lots of event photos from our friends at MADCreativity.com
(photos via Esther Lin for MMAFighting.com/Article by Adam LeBarr)
All we can say is wow!
UFC 166 was an event not only holding a stacked fight card, but a fight for the ages. The fans at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and viewers at home were in for the ride of their lives. This was nothing short of being the best UFC fight card to be ever held in the octagon.
With the UFC 166 PPV opening 2 fights, John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague & Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan being finished so fast (Dodson & Gonzaga victorious via: Knockout and TKO) we now head over to the Lightweight division for Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez-
Melendez vs. Sanchez was a fight everyone predicted to be the 'fight of the night' and these warriors didn't fail to live up to the hype. Once both were in the octagon and given the "go" by the ref, both Melendez and Sanchez were quick to square up, backing down from nothing. Throughout the fight, the edge Melendez had was his timing with the strikes. Successfully able to bob and weave through the flurries of punches Sanchez was throwing and then landing with hard shots of his own. Sanchez, cut early on, not only had the ref stop the fight for a doctor to check on the wound above his eye once, but twice. Both times given the okay to fight on. With each round being full of hard shots, blood and relentless aggression, in round #1 and 3, both fighters nearing the 10 second mark would throw all they could, looking for the knockout victory. In the end, Melendez came out victorious via: Unanimous decision in what could have been Melendez' toughest fight to date.
Join us after the jump for complete card recap and more video highlights
(Interview by Adam Lebarr/ photo courtesy of Bellator MMA)
Bellator 104 featuring its welterweight tournament semi finals goes down today at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. The fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver-War Machine takes on Ron Kesslar to get one step closer to a shot at the Bellator championship. Our good friends at the Condom Depot hooked us up with War Machine for a quick interview before the fight. War Machine has infamously gained notoriety for his actions outside of the cage as well as his impressive MMA career but seems to be especially driven and motivated since joining the Bellator roster. All of his wins have come by knockout or submission and he has an impressive 100% takedown accuracy. One thing is for sure, he is looking to impose his will and make his opponent fight under his terms. "The way I see it, they have to fight me, I don't have to fight them." Check out our interview to see why wants to fight Rick Hawn should he advance to the final, the story of his girlfriend's name on his neck, and exactly what sorts of nasty things he would do to Bellator Champ Ben Askren if he ever catches him in the cage!
Special thanks to Condom Depot
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 17, 2013) - The eye-catching and undefeated lightweight "Notorious" Nick Newell (10-0) will participate in World Series of Fighting's first fight card north of the American border. Newell meets 28-year-old Canadian Sabah "The Persian Warrior" Fadai (7-2) on the NBCSN-televised main card of "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which takes place Dec. 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Tickets for the first World Series of Fighting Canada event start at just $29 and go on sale tomorrow, Friday, October 18 at Ticketleader.ca and charge-by-phone at (604) 757-0345.
Newell last fought at August's World Series of Fighting 4, where he defeated Georgia's Keon Caldwell in the first frame with a modified guillotine choke that landed the young star a "Top Play" nod on ESPN's SportsCenter.
"I'm so honored to be part of WSOF's first event in Canada," said Newell. The opportunity to grow with this company on an international level is amazing. I'm expecting Fadai to bring it, and I can't wait to have my arm raised Dec. 7."
Meanwhile, Fadai is a member of Canada's Team Mamba, where he trains under famed striker Kultar "Black Mamba" Gill. Fighting professionally since 2007, Fadai has earned stoppage wins in all seven of his professional victories, including four knockouts and three submissions. Five of those finishes have come in the opening round.
Fadai fought most recently in October, where he needed just 84 seconds to tap out Cody Krahn with a triangle choke.
The live, two-hour NBCSN telecast of the World Series of Fighting 7 main card begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A full lineup of preliminary bouts will also stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, and venue doors open at 2 p.m. PT local time.
Canadian broadcast plans will be announced shortly.
Previously announced bouts include the night's main event, which sees hard-hitting light heavyweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (15-4) take on knockout artist Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-10-1), as well as a rescheduled middleweight tournament semifinal bout between Elvis "The King" Mutapcic (13-2) and Jesse "JT Money" Taylor (26-9).
A fourth main-card matchup will be announced shortly.
Further details about World Series of Fighting Canada are available at WSOFCanada.com.
(Article by Adam LeBarr)
Saturday, October 19th, UFC 166 will go down as one of the biggest events of the year, literally the top 2 big men in the UFC will square off for the third time to see who really is the baddest man on the planet. Cain Velasquez will face the only man to have ever defeated him and Junior Dos Santos will come after the belt that he feels is rightfully his. With each man holding a win over the other, this tie breaker we have all been waiting for is here.
Starting off, we head over to the lightweight division. Former Strikeforce champion, Gilbert Melendez takes on The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner, Diego Sanchez. The winner of this bout moves within reach of a Lightweight title shot. Melendez in his last bout was as close as ever to becoming the champion, but lost in a close split decision to Benson Henderson. With that loss motivating him to get his first victory within the Octagon, he's more focused than ever. Sanchez will be no easy obstacle to climb. With recent ups and downs on 'The Dream' Sanchez's record, he is also motivated to make big changes and a statement that he is still relevant in the UFC. The hype around this fight like the fighters is intense. Neither are known for backing up or fighting safe and it should deliver some fireworks.
In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier, another former Strkeforce champion will take on Roy Nelson. This fight is very interesting. DC has stated that win or lose, he will be moving down to the Light Heavyweight division, possibly challenging winner of Jones vs. Teixeira. His friend, also training partner is currently the Heavyweight champion, Cormier looks to avoid fighting Velasquez. Not only that, he's also ready for a change. A win or loss over Roy Nelson determines if DC will get an automatic title shot once fighting at 205. We all have seen Nelson is no easy win and extremely hard to finish. Great chin, able to take loads of punishment and has heart like no other. 'Big Country' Nelson will giver Cormier a run for his money. He has proven time again that all he needs is one shot to end fights and Cormier will have to stay active to keep Big Country from landing those big shots. There is no love lost between these two with Cormier even petitioning to have the athletic commission force Nelson to trim his beard and saying he wants to beat him up for Dana White. Nelson for his part calling Cormier an "uncle tom" for his comments has not helped the cause either. It's a fan Dana White couldn't turn down and will hopefully give the fans what they to see, a big finish.
And now... IT'S TIME FOR OUR MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING. Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III is and will be epic. The way this fight has built itself is like none other. Going back to their first bout, Dos Santos was successfully able to knockout and take the championship gold away from Velasquez in Fox's first ever UFC event. The second fight went completely opposite to what happened in the first. It was a 5 round train wreck by Velasquez. Unable to put Dos Santos away, it was still a bloody domination. Now heading into the 3rd fight to finish the trilogy, both fighters have their eyes set on the gold and a point to be proven. This will literally be the biggest trilogy rematch we've ever seen and it's all LIVE, Saturday, October 19th at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas. For compete card info go to UFC.com
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 2, 2013) - With a new global partnership with IMG Media now in place, the Las Vegas-based World Series of Fighting promotion is ready to step outside the U.S.
World Series of Fighting has acquired Canada's top MMA promotion, Aggression Fighting Championship, and will launch World Series of Fighting Canada beginning with a Dec. 7 event at Vancouver's PNE Agrodome.
The main event sees hard-hitting light heavyweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (15-4) take on knockout artist Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-10-1), as well as a rescheduled middleweight tournament semifinal bout between Elvis "The King" Mutapcic (13-2) and Jesse "JT Money" Taylor (26-9).
"The launch of World Series of Fighting Canada is an incredibly exciting announcement for our promotion," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "From the beginning, we have maintained our desire to bring our elite-level mixed martial arts action to Canada and the great MMA fans that live there, as well as markets around the globe. We embrace this new division of our company that will allow us to make great strides into Canada, which has long proven to have one of the most passionate and knowledgeable MMA fan bases in the world."
Johnson has already competed twice for World Series of Fighting, earning a hard-fought decision win over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in March, as well as a highlight-reel first-round knockout of D.J. Linderman in the promotion's debut event. Kyle is a highly respected competitor of the sport who boasts a solid record stacked with knockout wins. The 33-year-old slugger counts 13 such victories among his 20 career wins.
In the night's co-feature, Mutapcic and Taylor finally meet in the cage after the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board delayed their planned September fight. The winner of the bout moves on to meet David Branch for World Series of Fighting's middleweight title.
Further details for "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which will feature a blend of established World Series of Fighting talent and some of Canada's brightest prospects, which will be announced shortly. Like World Series of Fighting's U.S.-based shows, the event will air live domestically and on NBCSN. International broadcast plans will be revealed in the coming weeks. "This is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase our Canadian fighters on a massive platform with NBC Sports Network as well as other network partners," World Series of Fighting Canada Chief Operating Officer Darren Owen said. "Our fans will be getting the chance to see world-class MMA fights, and they will be able to enjoy exciting events across our great country. We couldn't be more excited for both our fighters and fight fans across Canada. We are thrilled to become part something as big as the World Series of Fighting Canada." With the launch of World Series of Fighting Canada, the brand will aggressively expand its global reach and also provide a five-star platform for top Canadian talent. "I couldn't be more motivated and excited to make this announcement," World Series of Fighting Canada Chief Financial Officer Steve Fader said. "We've always wanted to do what's best for the fighters and fans, and this next step clearly does both. World Series of Fighting Canada will allow us to showcase all the top-level talent Canada has to offer. We will be putting on shows bigger and better than ever, coast to coast."
Further details about World Series of Fighting Canada are available at WSOFCanada.com.