• The early breakdown: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter21 hrs ago

    Now that the super fight between Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva is more than hopeful speculation and the two are officially signed to face one another in early 2015, it’s time to break down the fight.

    In Nick Diaz we’ve got a former welterweight title challenger whose outsized toughness and personality make him a marquee fighter and in Silva, of course, we have perhaps the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time and long-time former middleweight title-holder. Below, we break down several key areas in the match up to come up with our best guess as to who will win on fight night.

    Of course, they actually fight the fights for a reason – because anything can happen. So, take a look at our early analysis and then let us know how you see it going down.

    The bigger man

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  • Marlon Moraes defend WSOF belt against Josh Hill on Sept. 13

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 day ago

    The World Series of Fighting will return to the NBC Sports Network on Sept. 13 when Marlon Moraes defends his bantamweight title against unbeaten Josh Hill in the main event of WSOF 13, tentatively set to be in Pennsylvania, matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz told Yahoo Sports.

    Moraes, 13-4-1, is ranked No. 9 at bantamweight by Sherdog. Moraes has won seven bouts in a row. Hill is 10-0 and defeated Mike Adams via first-round knockout on June 7 in Edmonton.

    Abdelaziz said he thinks Hill can give Moraes a good fight.

    "Marlon's striking is so good, but Josh has a plan to beat him," Abdelaziz said. "Marlon is a guy who puts on exciting fights for the fans and this will be a quality test for him going against a wrestler who has good jiu-jitsu, too."

    Editor's note: Story updated at 9:23 p.m. ET to reflect bout is on NBC Sports Network, not NBC.

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  • [VIDEO] Gas station clerk uses MMA to fend off robbers

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 days 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.

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