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 Post subject: Henderson Isn’t Sure Where Dana Is Getting Info
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:24 am 
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Dan Henderson Isn’t Sure Where Dana White Is Getting The Info But His Knee Is Just Fine


On Saturday night at UFC on Fox 5, UFC President Dana White hinted that former top contender Dan Henderson‘s knee wasn’t healing as fast as expected and he could potentially be out of his upcoming bout against Lyoto Machida currently scheduled for UFC 157 in February.

The subject was broached because White thought UFC on Fox 5 winner Alexander Gustafsson could potentially step in to replace him and face Machida.

Well, Dan Henderson obviously saw that statement and he’s not sure where the UFC President is getting his updates from, but his knee is right on schedule for the February fight card.

“Not sure where Dana White thinks he’s hearing my knee isn’t doing okay,” Henderson wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “It’s doing great. Slowly picking training up just like I do for every training camp.”

Henderson hasn’t fought since 2011 when he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in his return to the UFC after a stint in Strikeforce where he became light heavyweight champion.

He was expected to face UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 151 before the afore mentioned knee injury forced him off the card.

Now getting back into training, Henderson is confident he’ll be ready to face Lyoto Machida on Feb 23 in Anaheim, and Alexander Gustafsson can wait on the call for another fight to come along instead.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/dan-henderson-isnt-sure-where-dana-white-is-getting-the-info-but-his-knee-is-just-fine


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 Post subject: Anderson Silva Says No Thanks
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:26 am 
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Anderson Silva Says No Thanks On New 8-Fight UFC Deal…He Wants 10-Fights


Despite being 38-years of age, Anderson Silva‘s best days are still ahead.

At least you’d have to imagine that after his current negotiations with the UFC on a new contract landed at way more than three or four more fights.

Silva currently has two fights left on his UFC contract, but it’s no secret the promotion will break the bank to ensure they keep their reigning and defending middleweight champion happy with a new deal.

On Saturday in the midst of UFC on Fox 5, UFC President Dana White confirmed that negotiations are underway, and they tried to lock Silva down on a new 8-fight contract, but he turned them down.

Not because it wasn’t enough money or because he only wanted to fight a few more times before he ended his career. No, it’s because Anderson Silva wanted more fights.

“We tried to do an 8-fight deal with him and he said (expletive) that, I want a 10-fight deal. So we’ll see what happens,” White revealed.

Silva’s next fight in the UFC has not been determined yet. He was rumored for months to face UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a super fight, but now all signs are pointing to that fight not happening with St-Pierre likely to face Nick Diaz next.

There are still plenty of options for Silva, but the most likely scenario is if Michael Bisping gets past Vitor Belfort in January, then he would almost assuredly be the next candidate in line for the UFC middleweight title.

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 Post subject: White Unsure Of Rousey's PPV Draw
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:29 am 
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White Unsure Of Rousey's PPV Draw, But Eight-Fight Deal Suggests UFC Is Invested


The UFC usually researches the potential pay-per-view drawing power of its headliners.

But for Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche, the promotion appears to be taking a gamble.

"I don't know how the whole women's thing is going to go, how it's going to go over, or what it's going to do," UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com). "She's the only title fight on that card, but that card is going to be stacked."

The bantamweight bout, which headlines UFC 157 on Feb. 23 in Anaheim, Calif., is not only the first women's bout in UFC history, but the first women's bout to headline a UFC pay-per-view. Several established stars, including ex-champs Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida, play second fiddle on the event's PPV main card.

White has issued predictions on past PPV events citing his promotion's research. Prior to a grudge match between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Rashad Evans at UFC 114, he estimated 850,000 "buys." A reported number came in higher at more than 1 million, though it was not independently verifiable.

After signing with the promotion this past month, Rousey, a former Strikeforce champ and Olympic bronze medalist, accepted the UFC women's bantamweight title at this past week's UFC on FOX 5 pre-event press conference. Her presence created a stir among the media in attendance, with one reporter asking if she had a boyfriend.

"First time I've heard that question asked at a press conference," White said as the champ fielded questions.

Several minutes later, the UFC executive was candid about his investment in Rousey, who's defeated nine consecutive opponents (amateur and pro) by first-round armbar. He said the 25-year-old fighter is the reason women will soon grace the octagon. She's signed to an eight-fight deal, which is double the number of many first-time male fighters.

Rousey has also attracted attention from media outlets previously unreachable, White said. Her comments to popular sports pundit Jim Rome about having as much sex as possible before fights, which she said was simply a less-edited answer from an interview with late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien, generated countless columns online.

White said he'd seen both attractive and tough female fighters, but none with the all-around appeal of Rousey.

"Everybody is thinking it's because she's attractive," he said. "That's all great. You hear the way this girl talks – she is a Diaz brother inside. She's like, 'Well, after I beat [Carmouche's] ass, I'll take her out surfing.' She's the real deal. She's a fighter. She likes to finish people."

"Gina Carano's beautiful too. But none of them have what this one has."

Carano is widely acknowledged to be the first breakout female MMA superstar. The former "American Gladiators" cast member won four high-profile bouts in the now-defunct EliteXC organization before she and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos became the first women to headline a major Strikeforce event. After Santos badly battered her via first-round TKO, Carano transitioned to a film career and is not expected to return to the fighting.

Initial betting lines cast Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) as a 15-to-1 favorite against Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who's also a grappling specialist. But in a potential fight with Santos (10-1), which shadowed her coronation at the press conference, the odds would be even.

In the event that Rousey loses, it would not only tarnish her value as a fighter, but appear to jeopardize the future of women's MMA in the UFC. White, however, said that isn't the case.

If Carmouche pulled off the upset, he said, "then she's the champ, just like the guys. It's the same thing. She's the camp, and who's next for her."

The deference given to Rousey during the UFC on FOX 5 press conference suggest that the promotion would prefer the belt stay around her waist. But White said he'd long ago given up trying to predict outcomes.

"This girl that she's fighting, she's got some nasty ground and pound," he said. "She's got heavy hands, and that's where the fight is going to go.

"The fight's going to end up on the ground, that girl will probably end up on top, and she drops bombs. Ronda pulls off armbars, but if you don't pull it off quick enough, you start getting hit with some bombs."

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/12/white-unsure-of-rouseys-ppv-draw-but-eight-fight-deal-suggests-ufc-is-invested


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 Post subject: Johny Hendricks Expresses His Anger
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:31 am 
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Johny Hendricks Expresses His Anger On Being Passed Over By GSP



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 Post subject: James Te Huna vs. Ryan Jimmo
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:34 am 
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James Te Huna vs. Ryan Jimmo Added To UFC On Fuel 7 In England


A pair of hard hitting light heavyweights will clash in England as James Te Huna meets Ryan Jimmo at UFC on Fuel 7 in London, England.

UFC officials announced the bout overnight on Wednesday.

Since losing to current top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson three fights ago, James Te Huna has not again tasted defeat.

Te Huna has dispatched of Ricardo Romero, Aaron Rosa and most recently Joey Beltran at his last fight in July.

Now the New Zealand native takes on the man tied for the fastest knockout in UFC history.

Following a long career in Maximum Fighting Championships in Canada, Ryan Jimmo finally made his UFC debut in July at UFC 149 where he promptly knocked out Anthony Peros in only seven seconds.

Jimmo probably would have taken home the spot for fastest knockout in UFC history if not for the referee taking a moment to run in and actually call a stop to the fight.

Either way, Jimmo made it into the history books and now hopes to keep his winning streak of 17 straight alive when he faces Te Huna in February as part of the UFC’s return to England.

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 Post subject: Hector Lombard Notches First Octagon Win
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:37 am 
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Hector Lombard Notches First Octagon Win, Calls Out Michael Bisping


Having won 20 consecutive bouts prior to his UFC debut, former Bellator champion Hector Lombard had the weight of the world on his shoulders when he made his UFC debut at UFC 149 back in July. That weight crushed him, as the Cuban-born Australian lost a split decision to Tim Boetsch.

Lombard made amends on Saturday night in Australia (Friday in the U.S. due to the time difference), destroying leg-lock specialist Rousimar Palhares at UFC on FX 6 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia.

Lombard had Palhares on his back foot from the get go, making no secret of the fact that he was going to swing, and swing for the fences.

The Brazilian managed a couple early leg kicks, trying to keep out of Lombard’s striking distance, but it only worked for the first couple minutes of the fight.

Lombard put Palhares on the mat midway through the opening round, eventually allowing him back to his feet, but that only prolonged the finish. He quickly followed up, blood already trickling from Palhares’ eye, unleashing a heavy combination, including a left uppercut that put Palhares down once again.

This time, Lombard followed him to the mat with heavy left hands that found their mark, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight. And just like that, Hector Lombard had his first victory in the Octagon.

Believing he should have been the victor in the split decision loss to Boetsch, the victory meant a lot to Lombard, but it didn’t distract him from immediately retargeting the UFC’s middleweight mouthpiece, Michael Bisping.

Watching the replay of Palhares’ destruction, Lombard yelled out, “I want to do that to Bisping. Bisping, where are you? Stop talking, I wanna get my hands on you.”

Bisping already has a fight lined up with Vitor Belfort in January, and has been trying to goad UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva into a fight, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that thinks Lombard vs. Bisping wouldn’t be an exciting fight.

If Bisping gets past Belfort in January and Silva sticks to his plan to take some time off and work on some other endeavors besides fighting, don’t be surprised if the UFC decides to make Lombard’s wish come true.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-fx-6-results-hector-lombard-notches-first-octagon-win-calls-out-michael-bisping


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 Post subject: A Patient Ross Pearson TKO’s Sotiropoulos
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:40 am 
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A Patient Ross Pearson TKO’s Sotiropoulos In Round 3


At UFC on FX 6, TUF: Smash coaches Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos took center stage at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia.

Pearson made a triumphant return to the lightweight division after defeating Sotiropoulos by TKO early in round three.

It was a back and forth battle in round one. Pearson landed a huge right hand early that put Sotiropoulos on rubber legs, but Sotiropoulous recovered by pushing Pearson into the fence and securing the clinch. Then Sotiropoulous landed a hard jab that backed up Pearson and at the end of the round, Sotiropoulos scored a huge takedown, took Pearson’s back and attempted a rear-naked choke.

In round two, Sotiropoulos improved his head movement and started finding a home for his jab and landed a few combinations. However, Pearson put the momentum back in his favor after landing a hard left hook that dropped Sotiropoulos.

In round three, Pearson scored with a hard left hook early that dropped Sotiropoulos. Sotiropoulos tried to rally off his back with a triangle attempt, but Pearson easily escaped. Once back on the feet, Pearson scored with a jab and then a right hook that spelled the end for Sotiropoulos.

Mark Goddard stepped in and stopped the fight by way of TKO via strikes at just 41 seconds into the third round.

“It was just patience and I just got the shots to land when I wanted them to land. I had it set up that all I had to do was just touch him,” Pearson said post-fight. “I listened to me coaches. I listened to me cornerman and just took me time with it not being the bull that I normally am and just being too aggressive. I thought about it and I pick me shots made him miss and saw me openings.”

With the win, Pearson improved his UFC record to 6-3 and his patience paid off as he put away Sotiropoulos in the final round.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-fx-6-results-a-patient-ross-pearson-tkos-sotiropoulos-in-round-3


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 Post subject: Joey Beltran Outslugs Igor Pokrajac
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:42 am 
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Joey Beltran Outslugs Igor Pokrajac For First UFC 205 Win


It's hard to imagine a heavyweight Joey Beltran doing what he did Friday night.

Beltran, in his third fight at light heavyweight, was his usual slug-it-out self. But it was the barrage of punches he delivered and never seemed to tire from that made the difference in an upset win over Igor Pokrajac.

The light heavyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of Friday's UFC on FX 6 event at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It aired on FUEL TV prior to a main card on FX.

Both fighters came out slugging right out of the gate, with Beltran landing a left hook that Pokrajac walked through and responded to in kind. Beltran, though, was able to push Pokrajac to the fence and kept pressure on him there, looking for a combination of knees to the body, short punches and foot stomps.

It was Beltran's dirty boxing along the fence, though, that had him winning points – until 45 seconds left in the frame. Beltran landed on Pokrajac over and over to the body, then looking for uppercuts in tight. But Pokrajac landed a nice uppercut of his own and turned things around as time wound down. After the end of the first, the two stared each other down before moving to their corners.

In the second, it was Pokrajac who was swinging away and landing. But Beltran wouldn't go down, just like Pokrajac in the first. The fight remained almost exclusively in the clinch until Beltran tried to land a body punch and it came too low. After a brief time stoppage for Pokrajac, the two went back to slugging – with Beltran landing over and over, and Pokrajac continuing to withstand the punishment.

Pokrajac opened the third with a head kick that just missed before the two again tied up – with Beltran again appearing to be the stronger fighter. But after the two finally broke apart, it was Beltran landing the bigger punch. With three minutes left, Pokrajac dropped his hands and begged Beltran to land on him some more. He landed a few right hands to put some pressure on the underdog, then landed a body kick halfway through the round.

But it was Beltran who again moved back to the pressure on the cage, where he could land short punches, knees and body shots. Pokrajac tried to turn up the heat in the waning seconds, but Beltran never was in danger.

"That was a great fight," Beltran said. "Igor is a really tough guy, and I knew he was coming here to put on a show. Those exchanges were brutal and I was really conscious not to gas myself in the first and second rounds. I feel like I've adjusted well to light heavyweight and I feel good in the division – the weight cut was easy and I felt mentally ready to compete in this division."

Beltran (15-8 MMA, 4-5 UFC) won for the first time in the UFC since UFC 131 in June 2011, and for the first time as a member of the light heavyweight division after a "Fight of the NIght" loss against James Te-Huna in July. Pokrajac (25-10 MMA, 4-5 UFC) now has dropped two straight after a three-fight win streak.

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/12/ufc-on-fx-6-results-joey-beltran-vs-igor-pokrajac


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 Post subject: Matt Mitrione Speaks Out About Drug Testing
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:07 pm 
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Matt Mitrione Speaks Out About Drug Testing In MMA & Why Roy Nelson’s Message Gets Lost


Heading into his match-up against Roy Nelson at the TUF 16 finale, Matt Mitrione was asked by his opponent to participate in additional drug testing courtesy of VADA.

VADA is the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency that offered to sponsor the testing for Nelson and his original opponent, Shane Carwin, prior to him being forced out of the bout with a knee injury.

Mitrione ultimately opted not to participate in the testing leading up to the fight because he wanted to stay focused on the task at hand: getting ready for Nelson.

But the former Ultimate Fighter opened up a bit more about the subject of drug testing when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio prior to the fight. As a former NFL player, Mitrione has seen all sides of the drug testing debate, and while he’s all for a clean sport, he believes that Nelson and other advocates may be pounding on the desk of an issue that’s much more complex to solve than by adding some additional testing.

“There’s not enough money in MMA yet to get the high-end drugs or steroids or PEDs that are not detectible. There’s not enough knowledge in MMA for the people that don’t have the money to bring it in. So do I think it’s beneficial in MMA right now? Yes, maybe. But as far as other sports where there’s more money, no. It’s stupid. You’re only going to catch the people that don’t know any better or didn’t have the money to bring somebody in,” said Mitrione.

“The robbers are always going to be ahead of the cops, that’s why the cops are always chasing the robbers, not vice-versa. Is there a benefit to it? Yeah, I guess there is a benefit to it.”

Mitrione admits that Nelson’s offer to get additional testing done by VADA wasn’t exactly on the top of his “things to do” list especially after the agency posted an article attacking former TUF coach Shane Carwin. While VADA has stated on several occasions that the article defaming Carwin was a post by an intern, who was eventually fired, Mitrione wasn’t a fan of their tactics.

“I think VADA hurt itself with how they handled the Shane Carwin situation. I think they made themselves look pretty bad as far as writing a slanderous article about Shane, and how he got caught with steroids, and he got his muscles from bottles, or whatever the hell they wrote,” Mitrione stated.

“I know it was more of an attack on Shane versus being an objective, third party testing source.”

Mitrione also points out to a flawed system when it comes to drug testing in sports, especially with the current standards. He says with the right combination of ingredients, any athlete can get away with cheating so long as they’re willing to pay for it.

“When you go, they test for what’s called metabolites. Like they know when you take Dianabol that you’re going to have this metabolite in your system. So they don’t test the gas, they test the exhaust. They test what it turns into, not what it was. So if you change the gas a little bit, the exhaust is going to be different. So if they change the exhaust just a little bit so it’s still effective, it’s not going to be the same exhaust as it used to be, they’re never going to catch that new exhaust,” Mitrione explains.

“That’s the point. If you find a chemist or somebody that’s smart enough to change the gas, to give a different exhaust, you’re in the clear forever. That’s what I’m saying.”

Money talks according to Mitrione, and that’s what will buy a negative result even when an athlete has been taking something they shouldn’t have.

“Do I think drug testing is reasonable? Well, yeah I think it’s reasonable, but do I think it will ever be effective? No, you’re just catching the bottom end guys,” said Mitrione. “You’ll never catch the people that know ‘the people’ and the people with the money, the people with the big bucks, they’re the people who know the people cause they have the money to spend on the people.”

Mitrione also admits that he’s not a big fan of Nelson’s approach of asking for additional drug testing, especially when he doesn’t appear to be the biggest fan of hitting the gym or cleaning himself up to do much of anything for the sport.

“If you’re going to try to call somebody out and try to clean up the sport, and you’re trying to be a spokesperson for the sport, which is obviously what he’s trying to do. Obviously what Roy’s trying to do, if he’s trying to bring people and call them out, and clean up the sport. Well dude, look at your appearance. You can’t be a poster boy and a choirboy for this one thing, but break all the rules or look almost like a vagrant. Cut your hair and shave your beard and be a poster boy and then you can go preach about it,” said Mitrione.

“I respect the effort that Roy’s putting forward, but I think a lot of it gets lost. It’s like cut your hair, shave your beard and then try to bust somebody else’s balls about doing something. It’s great to stand out, but stand out for the right reasons, not necessarily the wrong ones.”

In the end, Mitrione warns that sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for when it comes to the results of cleaning up the sport and eliminating everything from an athlete’s regimen in terms of how they prepare and get ready for competition.

“Everybody wants to see a Todd Duffee. Nobody wants to see Roy for the most part. You want to see a chiseled Adonis. You don’t (want to see) a big bellied, pale, furry beast. We’re modern day gladiators, we fight in spandex and everything else and it’s like if you know what you want, then sometimes you can’t bust everybody’s balls for giving you what you want,” said Mitrione.

“If you want your cake and eat it too, then you’re not going to have that good looking cake. It may taste good, but it’s not going to look nearly as good if you could use eggs instead of egg beaters.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/matt-mitrione-speaks-out-about-vada-drug-testing-in-mma-and-why-roy-nelsons-message-gets-lost


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 Post subject: Duane “Bang” Ludwig Takes Over As Head Coach
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:09 pm 
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Duane “Bang” Ludwig Takes Over As Head Coach And Trainer For Team Alpha Male


Multi-time UFC veteran and former Muay Thai fighter Duane “Bang” Ludwig has seen a lot in his years of fighting.

From the biggest stages and the brightest lights to seeing the sport grow from its infancy gives Ludwig a unique perspective when it comes to mixed martial arts.

So with that knowledge base at his disposal, Ludwig has accepted a new role as the head coach and trainer for Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif.

Ludwig did a seminar at the gym headed up by former WEC champion Urijah Faber recently, and the team was so impressed with his technique and acumen that they wanted to bring him back in a full-time role to work with them

Team Alpha Male is comprised of a laundry list of UFC fighters, mostly in the lighter weight divisions, with names like Faber, Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes and Danny Castillo.

Ludwig will serve as the head trainer for the team now as he transitions to a new role as coach to the team in California.

There won’t be much rest for Ludwig once he arrives though as the Team Alpha Male calendar is already filled up for the first part of 2013 with major fights coming up for both Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez in February.

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 Post subject: Xtreme Couture Experiences A Changing Of The Guard
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With Founding Members Gone, Xtreme Couture Experiences A Changing Of The Guard


There is no training camp in mixed martial arts that doesn’t go through an overhaul every now and again, and it’s happening this time to the Las Vegas based team Xtreme Couture.

Founded in 2006 by UFC legend Randy Couture, Xtreme Couture didn’t take long to make a splash on the scene as one of the biggest gyms in all of mixed martial arts, producing top fighters as more and more great names moved to Las Vegas to work there.

With Couture at the helm, the team produced a bevy of UFC talent over the years and new fighters came in by the droves to work with the legendary coach and his staff.

But like anything in this world, sometimes change is going to happen – for better or for worse.

Following Couture’s retirement from MMA in 2011, the former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion has been spending the majority of his time in front of the camera as he works to stake his claim as an actor in Hollywood. Couture also pops up from time to time doing MMA commentary for Fox, but his time is spread thin and his role at the gym that bares his name has shrunk over the years.

When the gym was founded, there was a laundry list of UFC fighters working there like Gray Maynard, Tyson Griffin, Mike Pyle, Forrest Griffin, and Martin Kampmann.

Lately, however, you won’t find many of those names still walking into Xtreme Couture for their fight camps.

Following a 2011 loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 136, lightweight contender Gray Maynard decided to pack up shop and move from Las Vegas to California to begin work with American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). Maynard has stated on many occasions that his exit from Xtreme Couture was amicable, but he needed a change of scenery with his first child on the way and the team in San Jose, Calif., provided him with a fresh start.

Soon after that, Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler also bolted from Las Vegas and relocated to San Diego, where he began working with the coaches and team at Alliance Training Center. Much like Maynard, no harsh words were ever said about Xtreme Couture, but he felt it was time to move onto a new training camp.

With Maynard now in San Jose, he soon called his close friend Tyson Griffin to come out to help him prepare for his fight against Clay Guida earlier this summer. Griffin enjoyed his time so much working with the team at AKA that he too decided this was the time to make a fresh start in California, and move away from the team in Las Vegas.

“I was trying a lot of new things out and I don’t think a lot of those new things helped me. I’m going to go back and do what I did that got me to the top in the first place and see what happens,” Griffin told MMAWeekly Radio about his exit from Xtreme Couture.

“It’s about the atmosphere in the gym. I need a certain atmosphere to allow me to have fun and I need to have fun if I’m going to be there every day training hard. The fight doesn’t have to be fun. The fight is a fight. I feel AKA has what we could’ve had and started to have in Vegas and it kind of fell apart. I feel like AKA has got that same atmosphere and that same kind of mentality there. So, I feel like it’s a great new start and a great place to get back on the winning track and put a win streak together.”

With Maynard, Chandler and Griffin now gone, the lightweights at Xtreme Couture started to run a little thin, but maybe the biggest exit was the one that came next.

Original Xtreme Couture member Mike Pyle also recently left the gym in favor of doing his own training camp to prepare for fights. Pyle was not only a mainstay at Xtreme Couture, but rarely would you ever hear an interview or commentary from a fighter at that gym not credit the veteran welterweight for helping them in their preparation for a fight.

“It is what it is, I’ve also left Xtreme Couture myself. I just needed a change. I preferred just to bring in my coaches during my camp and focus everything around me, like a Team Pyle rather than a Team Couture. I need that one-on-one deal, I need all the attention on me and my camp, so there’s no sense in being stuck in the mud,” said Pyle when talking to MMAWeekly Radio.

“I moved on down the road, one of my close friends, one of my best friends, he’s like family to me, John Wood, who is formerly from Throwdown, a gym here in Vegas. I’m just pretty much keeping myself over at Throwdown.”

Like Maynard, Chandler, and Griffin before him, Pyle promises there was no bad blood in his exit from Xtreme Couture, it was just time to move on.

“I mean, there’s no drama, no drama at all. I like a change every now and then. It’s good to have some fresh eyes on me; new guys at the gym. No big deal, nothing at all,” said Pyle.

In addition to those exits, other notable names like Mac Danzig and Vitor Belfort have also relocated to new training facilities in other states to pick up their work for upcoming fights.

Longtime Xtreme Couture fighter Frank Trigg says that the recent exodus of many of the original fighters from the gym is a big loss, and it was definitely sad to see them go.

“It’s a very weird time right now. The namesake (Randy Couture) is gone; he’s moved on to the next stage of his life. Randy’s moved on to doing movies, he’s in L.A. right now finishing up a movie for the next six weeks. Right now the gym’s in a weird spot because guys like Gray (Maynard) and Mike Chandler left, Mike Pyle just left, these guys were kind of the core group,” Trigg told MAWeekly.com.

With Couture busy in other avenues of his life, other trainers like Ron Frazier and Gil Martinez have also moved on from the gym, but that doesn’t mean other top coaches haven’t filled their spots. K-1 legend Ray Sefo now heads the striking at Xtreme Couture, while grappling ace Neil Melanson leads the way for the fighters working on their ground games.

What’s happening at Xtreme Couture is really no different than what’s already happened at many major gyms all over the world. American Top Team watched some of the mainstays of the gym leave to begin training at a new facility in Florida that eventually became the Blackzilians, but they persevered and added a ton of new talent including UFC featherweight Dustin Poirier, Nik Lentz and George Sotiropoulos.

It’s no different for Xtreme Couture, who will begin plugging the holes in the damn for the ex-members that have moved on.

“You’re looking at a changing of the guard. B.J. Penn just got his butt kicked by Rory MacDonald, four years ago the same Rory MacDonald you saw versus the B.J. Penn of four years ago, and Rory gets beat severely, but the game has changed. It’s like the Pittsburgh Steelers or the L.A. Lakers, even if you have the same guys, it doesn’t mean you’re going to win all the time,” Trigg said about the team.

“There was a time when (Pat) Miletich had the best camp. They had all the champs – Jens Pulver, Matt Hughes, and Tim Sylvia – but those guys all moved on. The game changes.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/with-founding-members-gone-xtreme-couture-experiences-a-changing-of-the-guard


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Lightweight Melvin Guillard Upset With Jamie Varner, Calls Him A Coward For Backing Out



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 Post subject: Fighters Absolutely Turned Down Fight
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Dana White Says Fighters Absolutely Turned Down Fight With Ronda Rousey – “That’s a Fact”


Sometimes MMA can be a serious game of “he said, she said”.

This time around that’s literally the truth when it comes to the opponents who did or didn’t turn down the opportunity to face UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey at UFC 157.

Both Rousey and UFC President Dana White revealed last weekend upon the announcement of her fight against Liz Carmouche, that only she stepped up to the plate and asked for the fight while other notable competitors turned it down.

Two names in particular were mentioned – former Strikeforce women’s champion Miesha Tate and former Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann.

Within days of the news that they had supposedly turned down the fight, both took up in their own defense and denied that they had ever been offered the shot at Rousey, much less turned it down.

Dana White’s not buying it however, and says there’s nothing wrong with turning down a fight against Rousey, he gets it, but don’t lie about it and say you weren’t offered the shot.

“Ronda Rousey is a bad ass, she’s the champ, her opponent stepped up to the plate and wanted this fight with her when others didn’t, I don’t give a (expletive) what they say. That’s a fact,” White said on Saturday night following the TUF 16 finale.

Speaking specifically about McMann’s claim that she was never offered the fight, White says he respects her decision to turn down the bout against Rousey, but he’s not backing down on the fact that she was offered the fight and she said “thanks, but no thanks”.

“She’s definitely one of the girls that’s going to be in it, but she said she didn’t say it, but she said it. She wants a fight or two before she fights Ronda Rousey, nothing to be embarrassed about, Ronda Rousey’s nasty. You want a couple fights before you fight her? That’s no big deal,” White said about McMann.

“But don’t walk around talking (expletive) that you didn’t say it, when you did say it.”

Currently, Rousey vs. Carmouche is the only women’s fight scheduled in the UFC, but more bouts are likely to be announced in the coming weeks. When and where McMann or Tate fit in is still to be determined

http://www.mmaweekly.com/dana-white-says-fighters-absolutely-turned-down-fight-with-ronda-rousey-thats-a-fact


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 Post subject: Dustin Poirier Finishes Brookins With D’arce Choke
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After having his five-fight winning streak ended by his title eliminator loss to “The Korean Zombie” in May, Dustin Poirier (13-2) returned in the best possible fashion submitting TUF 12 winner, Jonathan Brookins (13-6) in the opening main card fight on Saturday night at the TUF 16 Finale from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Both fighters were straight into action with Poirier catching Brookins, who responded with a big right hand that shook Poirier.

After a big flurry of shots by both fighters against the cage, Poirier engaged in a grappling contest, but Brookins unloaded with more jabs.

The action settled down midway through the round before Poirier caught Brookins with a three-punch combination, followed by a right hand that momentarily dropped him. Smelling blood, Poirier landed with more jabs, getting Brookins to the mat and finishing him with a D’arce choke at 1:15 of round 1.

“It’s redemption, but something even cooler than that is I tried out for the TUF season that Brookins won, so this was my finale” Poirier said.

“We only have 15 minutes to get it done, it’s been seven months since I fought ‘The Korean Zombie’ and I wanted to make a statement here.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/tuf-16-finale-results-dustin-poirier-finishes-brookins-with-darce-choke


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Pat Barry Flattens Del Rosario; Sends Message After Tragedy In Connecticut


Pat Barry is a “go big or go home” kind of fighter, and it certainly paid off on Saturday night.

The former K-1 kickboxer has been known for his devastating finishing power, but with a 1-3 record in recent fights, Barry needed to come out swinging against Shane Del Rosario at the TUF 16 finale.

In the early going things got dicey for Barry when Del Rosario revealed his strategy by gunning for the takedown early and often when the fight started.

The work paid off as Del Rosario eventually got the fight to the mat, and started to work for submissions.

The former Strikeforce heavyweight seemed like he had Barry in a bad spot as he locked up a rear naked choke, but with only his arms wrapped around his opponent’s neck with no legs locked in for a base, it was a matter of time before he slipped off. To his credit, Del Rosario transitioned to an armbar, and then an omo plata before Barry finally slipped out once and for all.

Del Rosario was clearly up one round to none, but that didn’t matter after just a few seconds expired in the second round.

Barry came out swinging in round two, clipping Del Rosario with a big left hook and sending the former Muay Thai champion lumbering towards the cage.

Smelling the blood in the water, Barry swarmed his opponent with punches, and after a flurry of shots he landed a beautifully timed right hook that sent Del Rosario crashing to the mat.

“I told you since day one I’m throwing heat or I’m throwing nothing. I’m either going to win all the way or I’m losing all the way, there’s no in between,” said Barry after the knockout.

As big as a win as this was for Barry, he didn’t want the spotlight to be on him when the fight was over and UFC commentator Joe Rogan put a microphone in front of his face. Instead, Barry sent a message out to everyone after the tragic shooting that took place in Connecticut yesterday.

“I woke up yesterday to the worst text message I ever got about the incident yesterday,” said Barry. “If you’ve got kids, hug them as if it’s the last day, hug your parents, go hug your best friends, and if you have any beef with anybody from over 10 years ago that’s over nothing, tell them you’re sorry and you love them because you never know what’s going to happen.”

Sometimes there are things much, much bigger than fighting and Barry deserves absolute credit for acknowledging that and sending such a powerful message in his post fight speech.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/tuf-16-finale-results-pat-barry-flattens-del-rosario-sends-message-after-tragedy-in-connecticut


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