- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Mon, Jun 21, 2010 3:46 PM EDT
Whether or not Batista has signed with Strikeforce, do you want to see him in the cage? He's 41 years old, the same age as Chuck Liddell, who much of the MMA world is hoping will retire. Boxer James Toney is moving into MMA at the same age, but he has a good base for MMA in boxing. At his current size – 6-foot-6, 290 pounds – Batista would have to seriously cut down in weight to be a heavyweight.
You may be thinking "What about Brock Lesnar? He switched to MMA success in pro wrestling." I'll remind you that before starting his pro wrestling career, Lesnar was a Division I NCAA champion wrestler for Minnesota, while Batista was a bodybuilder before joining pro wrestling's ranks. Not only that, but Lesnar was 29 when he turned to MMA.
On the other hand, Batista will come in with a fanbaseRead More »from Do you want to see a 41-year-old pro wrestler in MMA?
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Mon, Jun 21, 2010 10:17 AM EDT
With a double dose of MMA in the books, Cagewriter takes a look at the three fighters who distinguished themselves during "The Ultimate Fighter" finale Saturday and WEC 49 on Sunday.
No. 1 star — Mark Hominick: A Canadian who trains
in Montreal with Georges St. Pierre and Kenny Florianwith Sam Stout and Chris Horodecki, Hominick was determined to put on a show for the Edmonton crowd at WEC 49. Along with fellow Canadian Yves Jabouin, Hominick did that with a back-and-forth battle in which neither fighter slowed until Homick TKOed Jabouin in the second round. They earned the $10,000 Fight of the Night bonus for their efforts.
No. 2 star — Josh Grispi: His nickname is the Fluke, but at WEC 49, Grispi showed that he's anything but. After not fighting for more than a year, he quickly submitted L.C. Davis with a guillotine, putting a very tough Davis to sleep in the first round of their bout. Grispi also walked away richer from his bout, earning the $10,000 Submission of the Night.
No. 3Read More »from The weekend's Three Stars: Hominick, Grispi and McGee
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Sun, Jun 20, 2010 11:07 PM EDT
Canadian fighters Mark Hominick and Yves Jabouin have long been on a collision course as Canada's two best featherweights. They delivered an exciting bout in front of the hometown crowd in Edmonton with Hominick winning with a second round TKO.
They put on a display of flashy stand-up in the first round as neither fighter relented with kicks, punches, spinning kicks and backfists. There was rarely a second when one of the two weren't landing a punch. Jabouin got the slight edge in striking in the first round.
The second round started out with more flash, including a spinning elbow to the liver by Jabouin, but Hominick kept his wits and knocked Jabouin down with liver punch. Hominick followed up with a flurry of punches that should have stopped Jabouin, but he somehow survived to get out. Jabouin then found enough enery to knock Hominick down. He followed Hominick to the canvas, throwing punch after punch, trying to finish off Hominick.
Hominick reversed position and got full mount onRead More »from Hominick takes all-Canadian battle, Grispi subs Davis at WEC 49
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Sun, Jun 20, 2010 9:57 PM EDT
At WEC 49 in Edmonton, Canada on Sunday night, Eddie Wineland started out the broadcast on Versus with a vicious TKO of Will Campuzano at 4:44 in the second round.
Campuzano wore Wineland down early by whipping Wineland's legs with snapping low kicks. Wineland answered back and knocked Campuzano down near the end of the first round.
Fireworks really started in the second round. Wineland tagged Campuzano with a three-punch combo, knocking him to the ground. Campuzano rolled and covered up to avoid Wineland's punches and somehow survived the onslaught. Campuzano got back to his feet and, though wobbly, he managed to throw a few knees and kicks at Wineland. With less than a minute left in the round, Wineland threw a brutal body shot, and with that, Campuzano fell to the ground.
With this win, Wineland is on a three-bout winning streak in the WEC's bantamweight division.
Horodecki submits late replacement in front of home crowd
In his first fight since being knocked out by AnthonyRead More »from Wineland notches savage TKO, Horodecki chokes out Downes
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Fri, Jun 18, 2010 1:56 PM EDT
With such a packed week in MMA, Cagewriter wants to take a second look at the biggest stars of the week before we move onto "The Ultimate Fighter" season 11 finale and WEC 49. Who shined the most at Strikeforce: Los Angeles and Bellator?
No. 1 star — Tim Kennedy: On Wednesday night, Kennedy showed what becoming a full-time fighter can do for your career. For his previous fights, Kennedy was splitting time between training and serving as a U.S. Army Ranger. For his bout with the very tough Trevor Prangley, Kennedy trained full time, and subsequently overwhelmed Prangley with a first-round rear naked choke.
No. 2 star — Ben Askren: In winning the Bellator season two welterweight tournament, Askren beat Ryan Thomas twice and Dan Hornbuckle. Not only that, but he adapted his special brand of wrestling, nicknamed "the funk," to MMA. Askren, a two-time national champion at the University of Missouri, will face Lyman Good for the Bellator welterweight strap for his next test.
No. 3 star —Read More »from The Week's Three Stars: Kennedy, Askren and Santos
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Fri, Jun 18, 2010 9:09 AM EDT
Jose Vega had a spot on Bellator's televised card, and needed to take advantage of the opportunity to make Bellator's bantamweight tournament. Vega did just that in less than a minute.
Yes, that was another Bellator highlight reel KO. Vega had no trouble with Jerrod Card in front of the crowd in Kansas City. Do you think he earned a chance at the Bellator tournament?
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Fri, Jun 18, 2010 1:47 AM EDT
Ben Askren, an Olympic wrestler and two-time national champion for the University of Missouri, beat Dan Hornbuckle in the Bellator welterweight finals. Askren scored the unanimous decision 30-27 on all three judges' cards in Kansas City on Thursday night.
The fight started out contentious, as Hornbuckle didn't touch gloves with Askren before the fight began. But as soon as the bell rang, Askren took control and didn't let go. He used his Olympic-level wrestling skills dominate Hornbuckle while still landing strike after strike on the more-experienced Hornbuckle.
Anything but lay and pray, Askren stayed active in picking apart Hornbuckle. Three times in the fight, Hornbuckle threatened with an armbar and two Kimura submission attempts, but Askren had no problem getting out of each attempt.
With the win, Askren now will have a chance to fight Lyman Good, Bellator's season one welterweight champ, for the Bellator belt. Askren wrestled for a spot on the U.S. freestyle wrestling worldRead More »from Bellator: Askren brings funk to MMA, beats Hornbuckle for title
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Thu, Jun 17, 2010 1:12 PM EDT
The Wall Street Journal reports that a bill legalizing and regulating MMA in the state of New York has passed the Senate. It only needs to pass through the Assembly and then be signed by the governor before the bill can become a law.
The Senate passed the MMA bill 32-26. The hope is that a major MMA event can happen in New York City at Madison Square Garden by this fall, but as the UFC's calendar fills up, it might be difficult to get an event up with a marquee headliner under those deadlines.
But considering the time, effort and money that the UFC has put into lobbying New York to legalize MMA, you can bet that it won't be the second promotion to put on an event at the Garden.Read More »from It's up to you, New York: MMA one step closer in Empire State
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Thu, Jun 17, 2010 12:20 PM EDT
UFC middleweight Mark Munoz ran into a surprising fighter while training at the famed Blackhouse gym. The Los Angeles fighting home of Anderson Silva, the Nogueira brothers, Junior Dos Santos and Jose Aldo also hosts multi-platinum artist Usher.
Usher is training for a fierce dance-off with Justin Timberlake. Their bout has title implications, as the winner will have a shot at the next "King of Pop" belt.
Photo credits: Getty, Mark Munoz's Twitter