- Cagewriter2 hrs ago
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is about twenty-four hours away from fighting in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia, and his schedule until then will be basic. “Tonight, I will weigh in, eat, then nap and then go train,” he tells Yahoo! Sports Friday, shortly before weighing in to fight fellow legendary kick boxer Remy Bonjasky tomorrow at Glory 14.
“I always train the day before a fight. I will do three, three-minute rounds of fighting and then three, three minute rounds of pads.”
A decade ago, “Cro Cop” was at the height of his kick boxing career, having beaten multiple K-1 Grand Prix Tournament winners and achieving massive fame in Japan. Then, he gave it up to try MMA.
His fearsome combination of punching and kicking power led to great success in the Pride organization, coming just short of the organization’s heavyweight title twice. Even before he left Pride for the UFC, the Croation fighter had become the most successful top kick boxer to transition to MMA.
- Cagewriter21 hrs ago
Back when Robbie Lawler first burst onto the UFC scene as the organization's youngest fighter ever, there was perhaps more hype surrounding the welterweight than he could handle. After losing two straight, Lawler was out of the UFC.
Despite looking in from the outside for nearly a decade afterwards, Lawler stayed on his grind and has made the most of his second chance - winning three straight fights and earning a title shot March 15 against Johny Hendricks at UFC 171.
Back in his first UFC stint, Lawler may not have been able to handle all the attention the quiet fighter is as he heads into a world title fight. "Outside the ring, I never really wanted to do the PR, I never wanted to be in the light," Lawler remembers of his younger days during a recent media conference call.
"I wasn’t ready to be in the light. I’m just a quiet guy who just loved to fight. I think, as I matured, I’m ready to take that step and I’m embracing everything that has to do with the UFC. I’m ready to be out there in front of everyone and do what it takes to be a champion."
- Cagewriter22 hrs ago
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) recently banned the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in all cases, changing course from its previous allowance of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) in certain cases. Now, California's athletic commission is heading in the same direction as Nevada.
A written press release from the CSAC executive director Andy Foster says that the state has begun a rule making process to eventually require a much higher threshold for allowing TUE for TRT and that, untl those rules are set up, there is a total ban on TRT.
"The California State Athletic Commission fully supports the Nevada State Athletic Commission's decision to eliminate Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in boxing and Mixed Martial Arts," Foster wrote.
"California is a strong supporter of anti-doping efforts. As part of California's anti-doping efforts, the Commission recently began the rulemaking process to require meeting World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards as the only way to obtain a TUE for TRT.
- Cagewriter23 hrs ago
Chael Sonnen once said, after failing a drug test, that he would die without using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Sonnen was suspended but eventually given a therapeutic use exemption to receive TRT.
Now that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has decided to stop giving exemptions for the use of TRT in any cases, fighters like Sonnen and Vitor Belfort - who also once failed a NSAC administered post-fight drug test - have some decisions to make. Belfort pulled out of a title fight because he wouldn't be able to use TRT and his representatives have said that he is working with doctors to see how he can adjust to life without TRT and fight again.
- Cagewriter1 day ago
UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is retired. Sorta. Kinda. The Stockton tough guy has made it clear that he would fight again, but only for a third straight crack at the now vacant UFC 170 pound belt.
On March 15, it will be Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will face off for the title. Hendricks isn't overlooking Lawler but recently anwered questions about who he might face should he emerge victorious from his bout with Lawler.
Regarding Diaz, Hendricks has praise for the Jiu Jitsu ace but doesn't feel that he deserves a title shot after losing to St. Pierre himself and Carlos Condit before that.
"Realistically, I think he needs to fight a couple of times," Hendricks said of Diaz.
- Cagewriter2 days ago
Most pundits aren't giving light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa a chance this Saturday when he takes on Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 37 in London. Manuwa is just 3-0 in his UFC career thus far and Gustafsson is coming off the fight of his life last year when he took division champion Jon Jones the distance and arguably deserved to get the decision nod and title.
Gustafsson certainly did enough to earn an immediate rematch but instead he will face the British KO artist in his own backyard. The home town underdog may not have many believers against the Swede, but Manuwa has enough confidence in himself to go around.
"My technique has come along by leaps and bounds," Manuwa said in a recent ESPN interview.
"I throw some of the hardest kicks now; those are some of my main weapons. My punches are harder and faster. I'm just a wrecking machine at the moment."
Manuwa's main attribute is his stopping power, and it's one that he said he first became aware of as a child.
- Cagewriter2 days ago
This Saturday in London, UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard will square up against a former sparring partner in Michael Johnson. The two regularly trained with one another when they were on the Blackzilans team, though Guillard says that he was never friendly with Johnson, whom he doesn't like personally.
These days, Guillard is a part of the South Florida rival of the Blackzilians, American Top Team, and relishes the chance to KO Johnson. He's also confident that he will since, Guillard says, he used to get the better of MJ when they sparred with one another.
"If I had to say who got the better of each other, about eighty percent of the time I knew I got the best of him,” Guillard recently told MMA Weekly.
- Cagewriter2 days ago
Lightweight Mac Danzig has called it a career after nearly thirteen years as an MMA fighter and over six years in the UFC. The former Ultimate Fighter winner released a statement on his Tumblr blog yesterday announcing his retirement from fighting.
The well-conditioned, well-rounded and always exciting fighter had lost three straight bouts before deciding to retire. Danzig, now a father, cited increased brain trauma sustained in training the past few years as the major reason for his deciding to hang up his gloves.
"I really have been struggling the past few years with contemplating retirement. And with it in the back of my mind, my performance has suffered. Only those closest to me know about this. A true fighter never wants to give it up. The will to compete dies hard. I have had to teach myself that intelligently stepping away does not equal 'giving up'.
- Cagewriter2 days ago
UFC champion Ronda Rousey was recently a guest on the Power 106 FM radio station (video below) and shed some light on the main difference between MMA and boxing. When asked by the show's host if she'd be able to beat boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an MMA-rules fight inside the UFC Octagon, Rousey was self-deprecating but honest in assessing that she'd likely be able to take out "Money" if she kept the fight on the ground.
"I’ll tell you what I’d do," Rousey began.
"You ready? I would drop down to the ground and crawl over to him as fast I as I can and then I’d grab him by … I wouldn't even stand up. I wouldn’t be anywhere near him. I would just do a little army crawl over there [laughs]. He’d have to run away and I’d be skittering after him, like the one dude in 'Bloodsport' who was doing the whole monkey-crawl fight system. I would do that. I would just bear crawl over there, just too low for him to hit me and tackle him down."
- Cagewriter2 days ago
Jon Jones hasn't always kept himself in great shape in between fights but if a recent tweet from the UFC light heavyweight champ can be believed, "Bones" is already pretty lean more than a month before he defends his belt at UFC 172 against Glover Teixeira. Jones takes on the Brazilian in Baltimore April 26 and he says he's already well within striking distance of the 205 pound weight limit.
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Fighters routinely cut over ten pounds of water weight the week of a fight in order to make weight. If Jones is indeed just 218 pounds right now, it would appear that he's either sticking at this weight all through camp or getting even lower as the fight draws near in order to avoid severely dehydrating himself in order to make weight.