Cody Brunner at Yahoo Sports 3 mths ago
Spinning backfists are one of the most high-risk, high-reward moves in MMA. One slip or miss and a fighter is left open to all sorts of retribution (see: Chael Sonnen).
But Paul Felder showed at UFC 182 that the bold move can also pay dividends – maybe considerable dividends. Felder started the new year off with a bang for the UFC, delivering a crushing spinning backfist that knocked out Danny Castillo at 2:09 of the second round on Saturday night.
The two lightweights were trading blows in the center of the Octagon when Felder spun and landed an extended right fist on Castillo's jaw, dropping the Team Alpha Male fighter instantly and putting Felder in serious contention for a $50K Performance of the Night bonus.
“I feel unreal right now," Felder said after the fight. "I hope Dana White liked that and I get a $50,000 performance of the night bonus. I'll take this fight with Danny Castillo or any other fight the UFC gives me. I'm here to stay.”
Felder is now 10-0 as a professional fighter and 2-0 in the UFC.
Cody Brunner at Cagewriter 3 mths ago
MMA produced more than its share of interesting stories in 2014 and we covered it all here at Cagewriter. Here are the 20 most-clicked posts of 2014:
1. Ronda Rousey gets put on the spot after quick win(July 6) Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most-trafficked Cagewriter post of 2014 revolved around the UFC's queen bee. Moments after defending her bantamweight title at UFC 175 with a 16-second KO of Alexis Davis, Rousey was asked by UFC commentator Joe Rogan if she would be willing to fight again in three weeks' time to fill a main-event void. Ever the company woman, Rousey said she'd do whatever the UFC needed. But the question clearly incensed UFC president Dana White, as he got into a heated conversation with Rogan afterward in the Octagon. Later, White explained that his issue was with the UFC's production team that fed Rogan the question and not Rogan himself. In the end, Rousey got a nice little break from action and will return from her hiatus on Feb. 28, 2015, to defend her title against Cat Zingano.
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Cody Brunner at Cagewriter 4 mths ago
Three high-profile mixed martial arts fighters filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing the UFC of illegally monopolizing power in the industry by eliminating its competition.
Former UFC fighters Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry, along with Cung Le, who is still under contract with the UFC, also accuse the Zuffa-owned company of "artificially suppressing fighters' " earnings with their contracts and practices.
The civil suit alleges that the UFC has violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by illegally scheming to create a non-competitive marketplace that restricts the earning capabilities of fighters, as well as coercing fighters to relinquish rights to their names and likenesses. The plaintiffs seek injunctive relief and damages, and the suit claims to represent a class of current and former UFC fighters in similar situations as Le, Quarry and Fitch.
"This lawsuit is about fairness," Quarry told reporters during a press conference in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday. "It's about a fair market value for the athletes. … It's time for those things to change. We deserve to be out in a free market place."
Below is the lawsuit, in full:
RIO DE JANEIRO – Fabricio Goncalves could hardly contain himself.
With his face painted black, red and yellow, Goncalves was screaming a familiar refrain at all passing Argentina fans.
"Brazil, decime qué se siente, tener en casa a tu papá. Te juro que aunque pasen los años, Nunca nos vamos a olvidar."
It goes on, but the basic gist is: How do you like us now? (And Maradona is better than Pele).
The natives knew the song well after hearing it for so long. It had been shouted by Argentines throughout his country for most of the last month. Brazil's hated rivals have invaded this place, taking over Copacabana Beach and the metro and everywhere in between, draping their flag over anything they could find, and belting out the same chants deep into the night.
FIFA isn't taking any chances with its prize event.
The organization and the Brazilian government are taking security to the extreme for the World Cup final at Maracana Stadium, deploying roughly 26,000 local police and Brazilian Armed Forces for Sunday's final between Germany and Argentina, according to the Brazilian Minister of Justice Jose Eduardo Cardozo.
And the authorities are making their presence known.
A perimeter encompasses the entire stadium, extending as far as four blocks, and law enforcement is not permitting ticketless civilians inside the barrier. Scalping – a common staple at major sporting events around the world – is virtually nonexistent due to the heightened security measures.
Additionally, there are six waves of military police lined up at the Maracana metro station, with each row of authorities demanding a ticket be show before entry is permitted. Fans without tickets who wanted to experience the World Cup in person were told to return to the metro.
Any fans gathering outside the stadium have been quickly dispersed by the military police in hope of discouraging mass movement.
RIO DE JANEIRO – It's easy to forget about Miroslav Klose.
Germany's 7-1 demolition of Brazil on Tuesday captivated the world, but lost amid the calamity now known as the "Mineirazo" was the 36-year-old's historic achievement. Klose's goal in the 22nd minute against Brazil broke one of the more coveted records in all of sports – the most goals in World Cup history – and nobody seemed to notice.
It was his second of the tournament after scoring against Ghana in the group stage of the tournament to tie the previous record of 15 held by Brazil's Ronaldo, and the moment wasn't lost on Germany coach Joachim Loew.
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SAO PAULO – With the Netherlands-Argentina semifinal heading into a penalty shootout here Wednesday, Tim Krul's mug flashed on the Jumbotron.
The backup goalkeeper's image immediately sent the crowd into a fever pitch as the Dutch (and Brazilian) fans thought it meant Krul would be subbing into the game to be their savior once again.
It was a cruel trick. The option wasn't even there.
A visibly fatigued Netherlands team couldn't keep pace in extra time and coach Louis van Gaal had to burn his third and last substitution in the 96th minute as striker Robin van Persie simply didn't have anything left in the tank. The resulting effect: Starting goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen remained on the field for the shootout, and the Argentines beat the Dutch 4-2 on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes.
BELO HORIZONTE – Thomas Mueller wrote the ending to this semifinal match between Germany and Brazil in the 11th minute.
Sure, the four German goals that followed before the 30th minute sealed the deal, but Mueller's finish was all fans needed to see to know how this one was going to play out.
Off a corner kick, inexplicably unmarked in the goal box after a communication mix-up involving David Luiz, Mueller easily reeled in the ball beyond all Brazil defenders and calmly struck it into the bottom right corner of the net.
It was indicative of the way Germany would handle Brazil throughout in a calamitous defensive effort that resulted in a 7-1 loss for the host nation – the most goals scored on Brazil in 80 years.
"Everything was organized for us until the moment of that first goal," Brazil coach Luis Scolari said. "Then, we got disorganized and then we kind of started to panic and everything went great for [Germany] from there and everything went terribly for us.
RIO DE JANEIRO – It was all a bit ridiculous – just not the kind of ridiculous we've come to expect from FIFA.
While the real World Cup in Brazil heads into the quarterfinals, gamers descended on Rio de Janeiro on Thursday for the Grand Final of the FIFA Interactive World Cup, testing their mettle and thumbs against the best virtual soccer enthusiasts on the planet in hopes of winning a $20,000 cash prize.
On Sugar Loaf Mountain. In an amphitheater, with an audience and free beer. With live commentators (Manchester United great Dwight Yorke and renown play-by-play man Alan McInally, to boot). And at least 50 cameras trained on the players' every move. Oh yeah, and Ronaldo.
It was over the top, to be sure.
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And Brazilian legend Ronaldo just put the icing on the cake.
"Maybe the real final is a little bit different."
RIO DE JANEIRO – Germany coach Joachim Loew doesn’t think it’s important for his team to handpick its opponent for the round of 16. But Belgium certainly does.
Midfielder Axel Witsel feels the Belgians should avoid the Germans at all costs and try to engineer a matchup so they face another Group G side like the United States.
"We don't want to play against Germany now,” Witsel said after Belgium’s 1-0 win over Russia on Saturday. "It's a really good team and they have really good players. So it's better, I think, [to play] Ghana or USA.”
On Wednesday, Loew said any attempt to avoid Belgium in the knockout stage was futile.
"It doesn't matter,” said Lowe, who dismissed talk of a U.S.-Germany agreement to purposely play to a draw. "We will have to beat all teams [to win the championship] eventually."
Belgium is sitting pretty at the top of Group H with six points and, barring a meltdown against South Korea and an Algeria win over Russia, it'll face the second-place team from Group G in the round of 16.
If the U.S. wins, however, the Germans would likely land in that second-place spot and have a date with Belgium in Salvador on July 1.