- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter12 hrs ago
Last week, light heavyweight Kelly Anundson headed into the biggest fight of his young MMA career with momentum as well as the pressure that comes with it. After not having lost in over three years, the American Top Team fighter faced off against Luiz Philipe Lins in the semi-finals of the Bellator 205 pound tournament.
The Brazilian was undefeated and looked to be the stiffest test Anundson had yet to face, What’s more, they would face-off just a month and a half after their last bouts.
The grueling schedule of Bellator’s notorious tournament format was taking its toll on Anundson, but the grappler said that his goals made it worthwhile. “It can be hard sometimes because you want to rest a little bit after fighting, instead of going straight back into sparring,” he explained.
With new management, Bellator has announced that it will drop the tournament structure, moving forward. As such, this light heavyweight tourney may be the last one the promotion will do.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter13 hrs ago
Three would-be muggers were surprised when an attempted robbery turned south on them after they ran into a gas station clerk who is also a professional mixed martial artist. Several weeks ago, a group of men attacked a Houston Fuel Depot convenience store employee in the store parking lot as he returned from a bank round.
When co-worker Mayura "Top Gun" Dissanayake saw the attack from inside the store, he rushed out, along with another employee, and defended the victim. The attackers were no-doubt counting on the element of surprised and superior numbers but quickly got it taken to them by the Sri Lankan fighter.
Dissanayake has over a decade of fight training and has fought and won in India's Super Fight League MMA promotion. "Top Gun" didn't hesitate to use his MMA skills to defend his co-workers and himself in fending off and forcing the attackers into a retreat.
"I just kicked him until he lays down on the floor," he said.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter15 hrs ago
UFC welterweight Dan Hardy is doing well in his second career as a television commentatory but he's still intent on not letting his Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome diagnosis prevent him fromstepping back into the cage. Hardy has not fought in nearly two years but still plans to make a return to UFC competition.
When he does, the Brit knows exactly who he wants to fight - Diego Sanchez. According to a recent interview, Hardy takes issue with Sanchez' recent gift decision win over Ross Pearson in his home town of Albuquerque. Hardy and Pearson used to train with one another and are countrymen.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter19 hrs ago
UFC middleweight Luke Rockhold has only lost once since 2008, to Vitor Belfort in Brazil back in 2013, and the American Kickboxing Academy fighter is still bitter about it. After all, Rockhold not only lost via violent KO, he lost to Belfort while the former champ was using drugs he would likely not have been allowed to use were he and the UFC not avoiding real commission regulation by keeping his bouts in places like Brazil and Toronto while his Nevada license lapsed.
Since that time, Rockhold has put together two straight wins and is hoping for a title shot in the near future. In fact, Rockhold told reporters this weekend that he's on stand-by to fill in for Belfort should the banned PED-user not make it to his scheduled title bout against Chris Weidmain in December.
"I just don't think Vitor is going to make it to the fight so, I'm going to be ready," Rockhold said.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing1 day ago
Daniel Geale was promoted as possibly the stiffest challenge of middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin's career ahead of their title fight Saturday night in Madison Square Garden. In the end, however, Golovkin dispatched Geale with a brutal quickness (Video highlights below).
The Kazakh powerhouse dropped Geale to mat twice before the fight was called off by the referee in the third round. A flurry felled Geale in the second round but the tough Aussie managed to regain his footing and survive.
With thirty seconds left in the third round, Geale landed a right punch to the face of Golovkin but "GGG" ignored it and immediately fired back with his own right hand. That punch ended up being the final one of the bout as it crumpled Geale.
The former champion got back to his feet but was clearly out of the fight as he gamely wobbled around. At that point, the referee stepped in and called a halt to the action.
With the win, Golovkin improves his record to a perfect 30-0, with an astonishing 27 KOs. Geale's loss is his second in his last three outings, and his record dips to 30-3.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter1 day ago
Two weeks ago, UFC president Dana White confidently stated that he expected to swoop into Los Angeles and sign MMA-cross over star Gina Carano to fight in the UFC in the next week. As it turns out, getting the former fighter to come back to the cage is proving more difficult than White anticipated.
Carano is still not signed to the UFC and White cited unspecified complications Saturday night in San Jose at the UFC on FOX 12 post-event press conference. "It's complicated," White said.
The UFC boss said that talks are going well in some ways, but that the delay is due to the un-named complications. "It's going very positive, but it's complicated," he said.
Though White didn't elaborate and Carano has not either, one might imagine that the movie career of "Conviction" may be the source of some of the complication. Carano has not fought since 2009, and since that time has focused on her growing film career.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 days ago
Clay "The Carpenter" Guida goes to work again tonight in the UFC's Octagon against red-hot featherweight Dennis Bermudez. Well, except for the fact that he doesn't consider being a professional fighter, "work."
"I don’t think of this as a job,” Guida told UFC.com.
“It’s a hobby, and luckily we get paid for it. We travel all over, it’s taken me from coast to coast and from one end of the world to the next. I’ve met some amazing people and built some great relationships, and for anyone in this sport or in this industry that thinks otherwise, maybe they expect too much or maybe they’re just not happy with right now and what they have surrounding them. And I’m always thankful for my family and my fans and my health, and the health of those around me. So I’m always in a pretty cheerful mood, even when it’s time to lose some weight. (Laughs)”
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter3 days ago
UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier is missing half of one ACL in a knee, and partially tore his LCL as well. Because of this, just weeks ago he had planned to undergo surgery this month to repair the injuries.
When Alexander Gustafsson tore his meniscus and pulled out of his Sep. 27 title challenge rematch against champ Jon Jones this week,Cormier decided to jump in as a substitute. According to an interview "DC" gave toMMA Junkie this week, he came thisclose to getting the surgery but "thankfully" missed a doctor's appointment last week and so never got the last recommendation to do so.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter3 days ago
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson may be next fighting against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Sunday on the UFC on FOX 12 card in San Jose, but one action star is predicting he'll soon be fighting for, and winning, the light heavyweight championship of the world. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnsonrevealed to UFC Magazine that he's such a big fan of "Rumble," recently, that he is considering claiming the MMA fighter as a relative.
"I bet 2015 will be the year of Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson: a bad dude. When he becomes champion, I’m gonna have to claim him as my cousin!" the Hercules star laughed.
Johnson is carrying a seven-fight win streak into the cage with him Sunday night after making a successful and dominating return to the UFC last April against Phil Davis. Should he beat Nogueira, who himself is returning after a year and a half injury layoff after beating two former champions in a row (Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz), "Rumble" will likely find himself on a short list of 205 pound contenders.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing3 days ago
It didn't take coach Abel Sanchez long after meeting Gennady Golovkin in 2010 to be convinced the boxer could become middleweight champion of the world one day, and the trainer let him know as much. However, Sanchez could only guarantee his prediction of "GGG" could promise him one thing - that he would do whatever the coach said, without questioning.
Four years later, the Kazakhstan fighter is indeed a champion and his coach says it's a credit to the middleweight's humility and willingness to learn. "The first thing that struck me with him was his willingness to do whatever you ask him," Sanchez said in a recent interview with Thomas Gerbasi.
"After a kid with 350 amateur fights and nearly 20 professional fights comes into the gym and he's willing to do whatever you ask him, however different it may be from what he's used to, it was refreshing."