1. He paid his way through Purdue University using purses from his fights.
2. His mullet-hawk is the best hairdo in MMA.
3. He is a technical genius in the cage.
4. He likes to get hit in the face.
5. He charges $100 for private lessons. $100 to work out with one of the top ten pound-for-pound fighters.
6. At 135 lbs., he isn't afraid to make fun of Rampage Jackson, who weighs slightly more than that.
7. He has beaten every man he has ever faced. With only one loss on his record, he came back and beat Ryan Ackerman by submission.
8. He opened Torres Martial Arts in the area he grew up in, and sees value in using his business to change people's lives.
9. His jiu-jitsu is amazing for a reason. He learned from Carlson Gracie.
10. Yes, he's the favored fighter tonight, and everyone loves an underdog, but Torres is the exact type of guy you want as the face of bantamweight MMA.
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Wed, Dec 3, 2008 8:27 AM EST
1. He paid his way through Purdue University using purses from his fights.Read More »from Top ten reasons you should cheer for Miguel Torres
There will likely be a lot of orange and black in the stands at tomorrow night's World Extreme Cagefighting event. Oklahoma State University's storied collegiate program, which has more All-Americans than any other wrestling team and 34 national team championships. Three former Oklahoma State wrestlers, Johny Hendricks, Mark Munoz and Shane Roller, are on the card, and they are looking to bring their dominance from the mat to the cage.
Johny Hendricks is the most recent graduate and most successful wrestler of the three. He was a two-time national champion, and reigned as the bad boy of wrestling for his entire career. It was a role he relished, often encouraging the boos that would inevitably come after his wins. He has been training with Xtreme Couture to learn striking and jiu-jitsu since he graduated from OSU, but will still likely show flashes of brilliance with wrestling skills when fighting Justin Haskins.
Shane Roller was a three-time All American for Cowboys and is fightingRead More »from WEC Cowboys up
On Wednesday, World Extreme Cagefighting will air a live event that is sure to be exciting. A card that includes a championship fight at bantamweight between Miguel Torres and Manny Tapia and the debut of NCAA wrestling champion Johny Hendricks and former IFL featherweight champion Wagnney Fabiano that airs for free on cable is sure to be a draw for any MMA fan. Except ...
Over on Spike, the two last episodes of the Ultimate Fighter will air. These shows will feature semifinal match-ups between Ryan Bader and Eliot Marshall, Vinny Magalhaes and Krzysztof Soszynski at light heavyweight and Efrain Escudero and Junie Browning, and Phillipe Nover and George Roop at lightweights. Four fights in two hours, plus all the fun that Stankie, Nog, Mir and Dana White provide. What does a fight fan do?
For many of us, a DVR is the answer but that's not available to everyone. The bigger question is why Zuffa, the parent company for both the WEC and the UFC, would choose to cannibalize itself. WECRead More »from WEC vs. the UFC on TV
Cung Le is not the first fighter to go Hollywood. Randy Couture and Rich Franklin have both had their turns on the silver screen, but they both returned to the fighting world. It's not clear if that will be true with Cung Le. He has two movies that are finishing up and will debut in 2009, and a third that is just starting to film. Now he says that he will only return to MMA for something big:
"I still got a lot in me," Le said. "I've got some great fighters in my gym. So right now I'm just coaching and doing the movie thing. I'm staying in shape just in case something huge comes up. And I'll be ready to go."
He claims that this focusing on his film career is just as good for MMA as actually fighting. I doubt that. One of the reasons that Cung Le is so exciting to watch is that he came up through tae kwon do, unlike most fighters who join the sport through wrestling and jiu-jitsu. His kicks are the best in the sport, and his style could help MMA evolve. Unfortunately, now we can onlyRead More »from Cung Le has gone Hollywood
In the day-to-day grind of the MMA world, we often get caught up in the stories. Who is the best pound-for-pound fighter? Which is the best promotion? What was Dana White thinking? This Thanksgiving, the Yahoo! Sports MMA team takes a moment and reflects on what we love about covering the sport.
I'm thankful that during a year where there have been more fights than ever, that there have remained so few serious injuriesRead More »from Thankful for the world of MMA
I'm thankful that I never had to eat dinner after seeing an episode of The Ultimate Fighter season eight
I'm thankful I got to see the first UFC show in Montreal and for the incredible job Georges St. Pierre did in the fight, and the less heralded great job Matt Serra did in promoting the fight
I'm thankful I got to see MMA from the start, because I can appreciate how far it has really come
I'm thankful for all the incredible entertainment from people who were so sure Brock Lesnar was going to be a failure in MMA despite his obvious athletic ability, simply
Is your home missing a little something? You just don't know how to spruce up the joint? Maybe what you're missing is a little bit of Rush:
Now you can add a life-size cardboard cutout of Canada's favorite fighter to your home. Stand him right next to your china cabinet, or have him lean against the side of your TV stand. GSP will make a lovely addition to any home. Maybe BJ Penn will even want it for his home in Hawaii?
Image via eBay seller Everythingunderthesun
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Tue, Nov 25, 2008 11:41 AM EST
Affliction suffered more public relations damage last week, though this time it didn't have anything to do with fighters or executives who liked to punch pregnant women. This time, it was due to a shirt that they were selling at Nordstrom's.
This shirt, in addition to being ugly, is rather offensive to Catholics. Judy Carbo, a woman who happened to be shopping at Nordstrom, said so, and the shirt was pulled from the racks. What Carbo did not do was truly explain why the shirt was offensive, and why Affliction should put a little more thought into their designs. This shirt resembles a painting of Virgin Mary holding Jesus, but Mary is depicted as a skeleton. Catholics believe that Mary did not die, and was assumed, body and all, into heaven. The idea of Mary as a skeleton is in direct contrast to our beliefs.
One badly designed, offensive shirt would not be noticed in the grand scheme of things if it weren't part of a series of missteps by the company. When MMA is fighting forRead More »from Affliction continues to screw up, this time by offending Catholics
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Mon, Nov 24, 2008 12:04 PM EST
After disappointing UFC 90 pay-per-view numbers, the UFC is clearly looking to suck as much as they can out of their two biggest draws, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell:
Chuck Liddell is currently in negotiations to move to heavyweight in order to fight Randy Couture. The proposed fight would take place on June 13th in Cologne, Germany.
Liddell is known to walk around at 220 lbs., so a jump to heavyweight isn't out of the question for him. With three losses as a light heavyweight, he is out of the championship picture, but that wouldn't necessarily be so at heavyweight. Couture weighed 220 when he fought Brock Lesnar so the two fighters could negate any weight advantage. This fight is a fan's dream, and will help the UFC assert itself in the European market. That is all fine and good.
Ostensibly, the winner of this fight would get a chance at the belt in late 2009. This is where I have a problem. First, why would any up-and-coming heavyweight fighter -- Shane Carwin, Junior DosRead More »from Liddell vs. Couture IV shouldn't set up championship fight
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Fri, Nov 21, 2008 5:06 PM EST
Late Wednesday night, Dana White announced that Jon Fitch was no longer part of the UFC. By Thursday night, Lorenzo Fertitta had cleaned up the mess and AKA fighters were once again welcome in the UFC. The turn of events was bizarre, to say the least. Was this an orchestrated plan from Zuffa, or a childish temper tantrum from White? No matter what, it was bad business and the UFC came out of it with egg on their face.
With that out of the way, the MMA world is free to focus on what matters: who is the best fighter in the world? Yahoo! Sports weighs in on the subject with its latest rankings.
The boxing vs. mixed martial arts debate rages on with a shot at MMA from boxing promoter Todd DuBoef. Can't we all just get along? Except, you know, when we're beating the crap out of each other. Ricky "Hitman" Hatton thinks we can.
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I wish I could explain Dana White's decision to cut not just Jon Fitch, but ties with American Kickboxing Academy. It makes no sense to me, and it may rid the UFC of some great fighters, not only in Fitch, but possibly in Cain Velasquez and Josh Koscheck. I can't fathom why they can't get together on a contract, so I won't try to explain it. Instead, let's take a look back at one of Fitch's funniest interview. He tells us how cutting weight can affect his manhood and why fighters tug on their shorts before weighing in. The language is not safe for work.