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- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Fri, Jun 5, 2009 12:18 PM EDT
We are now just over a month away from UFC 100. This week, we touched upon the Mat Hughes era of domination, B.J. Penn's rough period, and Anderson Silva's first championship.
Well before Greasegate, B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre met up at UFC 58, with GSP winning that match, too.
A close fight saw Penn clearly win the first round. St. Pierre was faster and connected more, but Penn did more damage. By the second round, St. Pierre, with blurred vision, said he was seeing three Penns, so he turned on the aggression, and Penn started tiring midway through the round. St. Pierre won the third round even stronger, even dominating the stand-up. The crowd gave the two fighters a standing ovation, but after being announced as the winner, the crowd heavily booed St. Pierre.
At the UFC's first California event, UFC 59, Tim Sylvia regained the heavyweight championship belt.
Arlovski seemed set to successfully defend the belt when he caught Sylvia with a right that sent him to the floor
Cung Le will be here to chat the day away tomorrow. If you're not here, you may end up with a heel in your neck. Does that sound like fun to you? Me neither, so don't miss it! The chat kicks off at 1 p.m. ET.
Much like toasted ravioli and frozen custard, this Saturday's Strikeforce card has a distinctly St. Louis flavor to it. Of the 22 fighters on the card, eight are from the St. Louis, one is from nearby Columbia, and the card features two All-American wrestlers from the University of Missouri. This will ensure a crowd that gets there early, and is very loud and pumped up for the televised card. The night will even be topped off with a local fighter, as Robbie Lawler is from Granite City, Ill., a suburb of St. Louis in Illinois.
Jesse Finney, a local promoter and MMA gym owner in St. Louis, is fighting Josh Bumgarner on the card, and helped the Strikeforce team put together the STL-heavy undercard. He is looking forward to how this event, the largest MMA event ever to come to Missouri, will help fighting grow in his area.
"Looking back four or five months ago, when we started working together, I don't think we could have put together a better undercard. St. Louis guys, we need this,"Read More »from Local fighters rule the card at Strikeforce
In the last episode, Frank Lester took Jason Pierce's spot, and in a shock to no one, Team UK and Team USA didn't get along. Lester took advantage of his second chance, winning over Team UK's David Faulkner, who didn't come back to the sudden death round. Tonight, they will pick the semifinal fights.
Dana White called in Bisping and Henderson to talk semi match-ups. Hendo and Bisping are on the same page for who they want to see fight. Next, the guys come in and say who they want to fight, and again, they're on the same page.
Except, Cameron Dollar wants to fight Jason Dent, his teammate. That puts an idea in Dana's head. "Maybe we should go team vs. team?" Because then you are guaranteed an American vs. a Brit in the finals? Naw, Dana wouldn't be that diabolical ... or would he?
"[Expletive] that," Bisping says. "I'm not worried about it," Hendo says. Is it possible for Hendo to be any more laid back? At some point, could he become so laid back that he just falls asleep? Anyway, DanaRead More »from 'The Ultimate Fighter' recap: Traitors never win
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Wed, Jun 3, 2009 11:03 AM EDT
After Jessica Bednark and Zach Kirk were hurt in MMA this past week, news came out that both fighters were uninsured. Their medical bills will be steep, and calls for help came nearly immediately after their injuries. Comments came in asking, "Why weren't they insured?" It does seem irresponsible for someone engaged in a sport as dangerous as mixed martial arts to not carry medical insurance.
Unfortunately, it's not that simple.
According to the most recent census, 43 million Americans don't have health insurance. You would be surprised at how many of your favorite fighters are in this group. I spoke with fighters who are under contract with the UFC, Strikeforce and Sengoku, and not one of them is insured. Their promotions have the decency of covering expenses from their injuries, but things like a flu shot, a routine annual exam and prescriptions are not covered. "If I get the flu, I suck it up," one fighter said.
Because MMA is so dangerous, health insurance companies are not quickRead More »from Don't assume your favorite fighter has health insurance
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Wed, Jun 3, 2009 9:30 AM EDT
Oh, Affliction. Couldn't you just keep your ugly shirts confined to boxing, MMA and annoying guys "at the club?" We're used to seeing splatter art designs of angels' wings, gargoyles and crosses. Why must you bring the ugliness to the NFL?
That's right, an Affliction/Washington Redskins shirt. True, Redskins fans don't always have the best taste, but this shirt seems more befitting of a Steelers fan. If you really want to, you can buy the shirt here for $31.99.
Thanks to Mr. IrrelevantRead More »from MMA Marketplace: Affliction brings its terrible shirts to the NFL
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Tue, Jun 2, 2009 5:16 PM EDT
Phil Baroni isn't the greatest fighter on the planet. He isn't the smartest, he isn't the most talented, isn't the most technical. However, he does lead the pack in running his mouth. Earlier today, he shared with us way too many details of his personal life. On today's conference call to hype up Saturday's Strikeforce card, he lept entertaining, sharing some fantastic pearls of wisdom.
On his opponent, Joe Riggs, who didn't make the call: "The guy no-shows for a conference call. We're all training, we're all busy, nobody wants to be here right now, but we all made it."
On his fitness: "I want to show everyone that I'm a contender at 170 lbs. I plan on blowing right through this kid. My cardio is really improved. I feel like I'm 19 years old again. I feel like I should be on a Wheaties box and two Gatorade commercials."Read More »from Baroni still entertaining, gives thoughts on belts, Riggs, more
One reporter pointed out that Robbie Lawler and Jake Shields, the two fighters at the top of the card on Saturday, like to let their fighting do the talking, to which,
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Tue, Jun 2, 2009 11:16 AM EDT
This was supposed to be a week about Strikeforce and the WEC. Both promotions have huge events this weekend, and for once, the UFC was to take a back seat. As it turns out, the UFC isn't comfortable in the back seat.
By confirming with Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole that Kimbo Slice had joined the cast of the 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," and holding the TUF 10 media day today, the UFC has asserted itself as the biggest player on the MMA stage. No one will take that spotlight away from it.
UFC's motivation for wanting to steal Strikeforce's spotlight is clear and easy to understand. Strikeforce is a competitor, and many of the fighters on its card made their name in the UFC. Just as UFC put together a last-minute fight night to oppose Affliction, and have aired counter-programming against Elite XC, this move is completely congruent with its previous practices.
What makes no sense, on the other hand, is stomping all over the WEC's stage. Sunday's fight features some of the WEC'sRead More »from Kimbo news puts UFC, not Strikeforce or WEC, center stage
Kimbo Slice is taking the ultimate risk in joining the cast of the "The Ultimate Fighter," but if he is a failure, he'll still have plenty of gaudy jewelry. What do you think Kimbo Slice is saying here? Take your shot at a caption in the comments, and read on for winners from our last Create-a-Caption.
First place: YEEEEEEOWWW who left thumbtacks in the octagon??? -- Donald_Cerise
Second place: This is what happens when a fighter suprisses himself with a finish. -- Reaper
Third place: And EYE-EE-EYE, will always love yoouu-hoo, I will always love you-oooo. -- invictusdominiRead More »from Create-a-Caption: I'm on TUF, suckas!