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 Post subject: Welterweight Fighters On ‘Flipping The Switch’
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:23 am 
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UFC Roundtable: Welterweight Fighters On ‘Flipping The Switch’



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 Post subject: Demetrious Johnson Not Thinking About Superfights
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:27 am 
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UFC Champ Demetrious Johnson Not Thinking About Superfights, Focused On 125

Only the UFC women's bantamweight class has fewer signees than the male flyweights, but reigning champion Demetrious Johnson is perfectly content in his current weight class.

"I've got a lot of work to do at flyweight," Johnson said earlier this month during a Q&A session with UFC fans.

Johnson (16-2-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC), who attempts his first title defense next month at UFC on FOX 6 opposite John Dodson (14-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC), began his big-show career at bantamweight in the now-defunct WEC. After an initial setback, he went on a win streak and won a title shot against champ Dominick Cruz in October 2011. However, a five-round fight saw Cruz defend the belt via decision.

Johnson, who walks around at 145 pounds, leapt at the chance to fight at flyweight when the UFC put together a four-man tournament to determine the promotion's first 125-pound champion. And after an initial setback – a bizarre draw with Ian McCall at UFC on FX 2 – he went on to win the belt with a split call over Joseph Benavidez.

But the prospect of avenging a loss to Cruz isn't a motivator.

"I think that fight was a great fight, and Dominick is a great champion, and I hope he has a great recovery for his ACL," said Johnson, referring to Cruz's nagging ACL problems that are expected to keep him out of action for much of 2013. "It was a great learning experience, and I think I found my home at 125 (pounds).

"Now, let's say two years down the road, I'm cleaning house in the flyweight division and Dominick is doing the same thing at bantamweight, and the UFC is like, 'We're going to do [Georges St-Pierre] vs. Anderson Silva, but we're also going to do Johnson vs. Cruz superfight.' Then maybe it will make sense."

Of course, Johnson would need to fight at an impressive clip for several years to equal the championship output of either Silva or St-Pierre, who have defended their belts a combined 17 times. And at this point, there's a question of whether there would be enough credible competition for him to keep busy. Fifteen flyweights occupy the UFC's flyweight roster.

But Johnson doesn't just look at No. 1 contenders. He also looks at the guys behind them.

"I don't want to say it's limited," Johnson said. "We have great talent out there. Let's say the next fight is Chris Cariaso vs. John Moraga, and the winner of that doesn't mean I'll fight that guy. I'll go fight the guy he beat up, too, because that's still an opponent out there for me. And they're still looking for new talent, as well."

Dodson is the first contender to emerge from the flyweight pack following the tournament. He bested Tim Elliot and the highly regarded Jussier Formiga to earn the fight with Johnson, which headlines the event on Jan. 26 at United Center in Chicago. (Main-card fights air on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook.)

"The one thing Dodson does so well when he fights people is that he keeps a lot of distance," Johnson said. "When somebody does that, he dictates the fight. I think I have good fundamentals and good footwork, so that negates all the stuff that people try to do to me."

Already two tourney vets are scheduled to fight – Benavidez and two-time Johnson opponent McCall are set to meet at UFC 156 in a bout that could have title implications.

Johnson will welcome them all.

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 Post subject: Paul Daley Out Of Bellator Season 8 Tournament
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:30 am 
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Paul Daley Out Of Bellator Season 8 Tournament, Denies Bar Brawl Allegations


Paul Daley will not be a participant in the Bellator season 8 welterweight tournament, but the fighter denies charges levied against him about a bar fight.

On Christmas day, reports began to surface that Daley was charged with assault stemming from a bar brawl in England, and the pending charges have kept the fighter from receiving a visa to return to the United States for work, in his case fighting for Bellator.

While Daley is indeed out of the tournament, the fighter stated late Wednesday night that he emphatically denies the allegations that he was involved in a bar fight.

“It seems as though (sp) a mass press release has gone out to the MMA media stating I was involved (in a) bar brawl, arrested, and cannot obtain a P-1 visa to compete in the USA. I am currently awaiting a decision on my visa, which is not expected until late April. Which means I am unable to compete in the season 8 Bellator tournament, as it starts in January,” Daley wrote in a message via Facebook.

“I will be fighting in Europe in the coming months, so I am able to stay active while awaiting a decision on my visa status. I was not involved in a bar brawl. This is 100-percent a false statement.”

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 Post subject: Gilbert Melendez: To Be Undoubtedly No. 1
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:48 am 
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Gilbert Melendez: To Be Undoubtedly No. 1 Benson Henderson Still Has To Go Through Him


Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez wanted to be a part of the promotion’s final show, but his injured shoulder had other ideas.

Melendez suffered the injury prior to his last scheduled fight against Pat Healy in September. Despite his best attempts at getting back in fight shape, the healing process just didn’t go as planned to allow him to fight in January.

“I was looking forward to doing the fight and I wanted to do it, I just wanted to test my shoulder to be 100-percent to compete. I said I really want to do this fight, let me just make sure my shoulder is good. We were all positive thinking my shoulder would hold up, and I want to fight, but my shoulder didn’t hold up. It did re-injure and I did pick it up a little too early,” Melendez told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

“I’m sorry about that to Pat (Healy), but it is what it is.”

For now, Melendez is focused on getting healthy so he can book his next fight, which may very well be in the UFC, as Strikeforce is expected to close up shop following its January event. As far as his contract is concerned, Melendez doesn’t have much more information than the rest of us when it comes to Strikeforce’s ultimate fate and the fighters moving over to compete in the Octagon.

Of course Melendez is ready for that challenge whenever it happens, and he’s eyeing the top spot on day one.

“Your eyes are always on the guy with the UFC strap. Your eyes were on Frankie Edgar for a long time, and B.J. (Penn) for a long time, and everyone needs to adapt for the champ, to figure out how to beat them. I think about it all the time with Benson (Henderson),” said Melendez.

Henderson recently defeated Melendez’s teammate Nate Diaz to defend his UFC lightweight title. As much as he could with an injured shoulder, Melendez was there every day to help his teammate get ready, and it helped him start to break down how he would fight the UFC champion when his turn comes.

Melendez knows that he is the other obstacle standing in Henderson’s way from defining himself as the No. 1 lightweight in the world, so why not put that fight together and answer all the questions?

“If he wants to be undoubtedly No. 1, I think that would be a good victory for him to prove it or for me to prove otherwise. Another fight if I was in the UFC would be fine with me as well, but I’m ready now,” said Melendez.

“The fire was lit a couple of weeks ago. Since the buzz has been out, the fire has been lit. I definitely feel that.”

For now Melendez is focused on getting healthy. He heads back to the doctor next week and hopes to get final clearance to return to fight training.

Then it’s all about getting in shape and getting ready for the next challenge ahead. Melendez certainly hopes that challenge is named Benson Henderson.

“I hope everyone would get as excited as I would be about that,” Melendez stated. “In a perfect world. I’d love that fight with Benson, I really would.”

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 Post subject: Conor Heun Documents The Grim Story
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:39 am 
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Conor Heun Documents The Grim Story That May Lead To The End Of His Fighting Career


The last 9 months have been anything but kind to Strikeforce fighter Conor Heun, who now sits on the precipice of a possible retirement and mountain of debt all because he dreamed of being a fighter.

The story of Conor Heun goes much further back than the recent news he Tweeted that he was going to be released from his contract with Strikeforce after he was unable to take a Jan 12 fight against Pat Healy.

No, Heun’s struggles actually started more than two years ago when he battled Jorge Gurgel in Strikeforce prior to the company being purchased by Zuffa.

Heun lost the fight to Gurgel, but the two lightweights put on an exciting battle that thrilled the fans, but left the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu fighter with virtually a broken body when it was over. The worst of his injuries was a knee that required surgery, and even though Strikeforce didn’t have the same kind of “out of competition” insurance that Zuffa does today, they still had fight night coverage to help out any fighters injured while competing on their cards.

Heun found out the hard way however that insurance doesn’t always mean “full coverage” unfortunately.

“When I was fighting for Strikeforce before Zuffa bought them I needed my ACL repaired after my fight with (Jorge) Gurgel, and I assumed everything was cool because we had the insurance coverage, but the coverage was only up to $50,000 and the surgery ended up being way more than that,” Heun explained when speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.

When the final bill was tallied, Heun ended up owing his surgeons and doctors an additional $20,000 that was not covered by insurance, and it forced him into an extremely tough situation financially that eventually led to him filing for bankruptcy.

“I ended up going into bankruptcy right before Zuffa purchased Strikeforce to get rid of the medical debt that I had following that fight and operation. I’m in a pretty difficult spot financially,” Heun revealed.

Heun’s problems were only compounded recently when he had to undergo three different surgeries to repair injuries following a loss to Ryan Couture in 2012. The fighter suffered torn labrums in both hips, and upon further review his doctor believed there was an underlying cause at least in one of his hips that could create a duplicate situation down the road if it wasn’t repaired.

So Heun’s doctor opted to not only repair the torn labrums in his hips, but he also decided to fix the underlying issue that could put him back on the surgeon’s table again after his next fight if they didn’t take care of the problem.

“I had torn labrums and I had what’s called an avulsion fracture, where my hip flexor was too tight so it pulled part of the pelvis where it attaches, it pulled like a chunk of the bone off. So the doctor went in and said well we’ll repair the labrum, but here on the right side you’ve got a mild case of hip dysplasia and it predisposes you to hip injuries, you know having the labrums tear when you’re grappling. So the left side it tore but he said it doesn’t look like it’s going to be susceptible to re-injury,” Heun explained.

“The plan was go to in on the right side, they were going to repair the labrum, and do some stuff in there and then do this PAO (Periacetabular Osteotomy) where they basically change the way the femur fits in the pelvis to avoid contact between the ball of the femur and the labrum moving forward with martial arts.”

Knowing that he was getting his injuries fixed once and for all made Heun a happy man, but it didn’t take long for a dark cloud to once again circle overhead when he found out that Zuffa’s medical insurance would not cover the preventative surgery.

“The problem is the UFC’s insurance basically said that doing the PAO was to prevent a future injury or was based on a pre-existing condition, and that wasn’t necessary. Of course they don’t tell the doctor that before he does the surgery because he could have just gone in and repaired the labrum, and when it tears the next fight we’ll repair it again,” said Heun.

“It was basically the doctor trying to get me back as fast as possible and the best shape as possible to be able to continue in this sport.”

According to Heun, Zuffa paid out over $198,000 for his first two surgeries but when the final one came about, they finally had to back out and leave him to deal with the last trip to the doctor on his own. With three screws already implanted in his hip, Heun had no choice but to go through with the surgery knowing that the end result might land him back in financial hot water.

“They basically said the insurance company denied it, we covered the first two (surgeries), but that’s it you’re on your own,” Heun stated.

“Zuffa says I’m done with it and I’m stuck with the bill. (My surgeon) had a conference with a doctor from Zuffa’s insurance company a couple of weeks ago, I spoke with Briana Mattison at the UFC following that, she said that they’re going to have another doctor talk to him, but as it stands, the claim has still been denied.”

With the claim denied, Heun now sits with another huge medical bill looming overhead, and with him being out of action since March, he has little to no way to pay for it.

“It looks like right now I’m sitting on like $40,000 in bills, and maybe more coming, don’t really know what the deal is,” said Heun.

As if $40,000 in debt due to medical costs wasn’t bad enough, Heun was already not sure what his future in fighting would be after battling back from 3 hip surgeries, one of which landed him in the hospital for 8 days after complications arose and he required blood transfusions. Heun remained on crutches waiting for his hips to heal, but he received a call from Zuffa on Wednesday asking him to step up on short notice to take a fight on Jan 12.

What happened next, Heun couldn’t imagine in his worst nightmares.

“They offered me a fight with (Pat) Healy on the 12th cause I guess Sean Shelby (Strikeforce matchmaker) didn’t know I was injured. So he called me and offered me the fight with Healy and I said “I’ll take the fight because I’m $40,000 in debt right now, I’m on crutches for another week and haven’t trained since March but I’ll take the fight if you’re offering it to me”. He said well never mind, we’re not going to offer you the fight based on that information,” Heun stated.

“I said well are you guys going to bring me over in January? He said if you won the fight with Healy, then yeah we’d bring you over, but since you’re not going to fight him, since you’re injured, no we’re not, expect your walking papers in January.”

On top of his medical debt, hips that are still healing, Heun now faces a very uncertain future without a contract in Strikeforce or the UFC.

Remarkably, Heun isn’t upset about his release because he knows it didn’t happen due to his injuries or inability to take a fight on short notice. It still stings no matter how you cut it however.

“Life isn’t fair, you take what you get, and you play the hand you’re dealt. I’m not here to whine about getting dropped. I’m 1-3 in my last 4 fights, that’s not spectacular. I understand that. You’re releasing me, I’m 1-3 in my last 4 fights, you’ve never seen me fight at featherweight, they don’t want to bring me over at 155. I don’t see it as them releasing me for not taking the fight, I see it more as they are cutting me because Strikeforce is dead and I’m 1-3 in my last 4 fights. That’s understandable,” said Heun.

Heun began fighting MMA back in 2006 after studying jiu-jitsu under legendary trainer Eddie Bravo, and he says fighting has been his life ever since. He’s literally given his body to the sport, and now with his body struggling to recover, Heun admits it’s been tough to seen the underbelly of MMA chew him up and spit him out.

“There’s definitely some of it that sours me to the sport, part of it is you have to take responsibility for yourself. This is the life I chose, this is the profession I chose. I really can’t complain about the injuries that come along with the choices that I’ve made. That being said, after I fought Magno Almeida at Strikeforce in Dallas, my arm dislocated in the second round, broke my arm, tore my MCL in my left knee, and coming out of that fight I got $8000 for it. I didn’t need surgery, but months and months of rehab. So after that fight I was kind of questioning what am I doing?” said Heun.

“I love fighting but it has always been my goal, outside of being a champion, and outside of fighting in the UFC, was always to open a gym and train my own athletes and give back. That’s my end goal.”

Despite a potential legal battle coming over his medical expenses and insurance, Heun still dreams of one day competing in the UFC, but he’s not sure it will ever happen. It’s been 9 months since he was able to step foot in a gym to train, and the prospects of going back to the regional circuit isn’t what Heun can get motivated for anymore.

This path has led Heun to a very tough decision, and that could mean the end of his fighting career.

“To fight for the UFC that is something I’m interested in. To go down and fight at the Western Star Complex in front of 2000 people in order to get that win off television, that’s tough. This most likely means my retirement, I don’t really see myself going back to the small shows,” Heun stated.

“Especially coming off these injuries and what I’m dealing with, that’s Zuffa kind of forcing my hand in that matter. If they had said “hey come on through” I was going to fight at 145 and try to get a title shot there, but as things stand with them saying you’re getting your walking papers, that’s probably it.”

Whether Heun’s fighting career is over or not, he’s still dealing with the debt incurred from his last surgery, so the company Fund-A-Fighter has stepped in to allow anyone interested to donate to help the former Strikeforce fighter with his medical bills. The effort is ongoing and more information can be found at Conor Heun’s Fund-a-Fighter page.

The final chapter in Conor Heun’s career may not necessarily be written, but right now his story is looking grim for a fighter who literally gave his mind, body and soul to the sport of mixed martial arts.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/conor-heun-documents-the-grim-story-that-may-lead-to-the-end-of-his-fighting-career


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 Post subject: No Hard Feelings Moving Forward
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No Hard Feelings Moving Forward For Strikeforce Champ Nate Marquardt



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 Post subject: Nate Marquardt Will Likely Return To The UFC
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Win, Lose Or Draw In Final Strikeforce Fight, Nate Marquardt Will Likely Return To The UFC


They say time heals all wounds, and that’s apparently the case when it comes to Nate Marquardt and his relationship with the UFC and Dana White.

Marquardt was infamously released from the promotion in 2011 after he was not cleared to fight Rick Story at UFC on Versus 4. In reality what happened was Marquardt’s testosterone levels were not in line with what the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission had set forth for him after learning that he was on testosterone replacement therapy.

Due to the last minute change to the main event with Marquardt being pulled, UFC President Dana White immediately announced that he was dropping the former middleweight contender from the UFC all together.

Eventually Marquardt was able to re-sign under the Zuffa family, but this time he landed in Strikeforce as a welterweight contender where he faced Tyron Woodley earlier this year for the vacant 170lb championship. Marquardt won the fight by 4th round knockout, and will next defend the belt as the headline fight in the final Strikeforce card on Jan 12 against Tarec Saffiedine.

Now according to UFC President Dana White, Marquardt has done enough to land back in the good graces of the promotion because win, lose or draw on Jan 12, he will likely get to come back and compete in the Octagon.

“Yeah, probably,” White answered when asked about Marquardt’s prospects of returning to the UFC. “I would have to say so. I was never in a bad way with him. I like Nate Marquardt, he’s one of the nicest guys ever. You know how I get; I get bummed out when guys do stuff like that. You’re a professional; show up here and do what you’re supposed to do.”

Before he can make his return to the UFC however, Marquardt will first try to dispatch of Team Quest fighter Tarec Saffiedine, and with a win he’ll come in on day one as a top challenger at welterweight where his good friend and teammate Georges St-Pierre sits as champion.

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 Post subject: Anderson Silva Signs New 10-Fight UFC Deal
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:01 am 
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It appears Anderson Silva’s future is set with plenty more fights left inside the UFC Octagon after his latest contract negotiation.

Following his win over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153, Silva and his management confirmed that the long time champion had two fights left on his current deal, but they were going to begin dialoging with the UFC soon about an extension.

Now according to UFC President Dana White, those terms have been reached and it’s a big deal.

White confirmed that Anderson Silva will sign a new 10-fight deal with the UFC, that will take him up until the day he likely decides to retire and close the book on his fight career.

“Ten. He signed a 10-fight deal. I don’t think we’ve ever done a 10-fight deal. Maybe we did one with Forrest once, I don’t remember, but Anderson said, ‘I want a 10-fight deal, not an eight-fight deal.’ I’ll give him a 100-fight deal if he wants one,” White said on Saturday night.

Already the most dominant champion in UFC history, Silva probably received the most lucrative deal the company has ever offered, and it stands to reason why.

Silva is undefeated in his UFC career with more title defenses than any fighter that has ever stepped foot in the Octagon, and even at 37-years of age he doesn’t appear to be slowing down whatsoever.

“Ten more fights, realistically, is three more years. I mean, the guy is 38, but he doesn’t look it,” White said about his champion.

It’s likely Silva’s next trip to the Octagon will be defending his UFC middleweight title for an 11th time most likely facing Michael Bisping, should he win at UFC on FX 7.

There are still potential super fights looming overhead as well with Silva possibly facing UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre or light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.

Whatever he chooses to do, Silva will be doing it in the UFC and that’s just fine by Dana White.

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 Post subject: Dana White Talks About The End Of Strikeforce
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Dana White Talks About The End Of Strikeforce – “I’m So Glad It’s Over”


The long, slow, painful death of Strikeforce will finally come to an end on Jan. 12, and UFC president Dana White is glad the whole ordeal is coming to a close.

When Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, first purchased Strikeforce, there were high hopes to keep the promotion running as a sister organization with fight cards airing on Showtime with a completely separate roster of fighters.

Unfortunately, a rough relationship with Showtime never got smoother, and Dana White’s hopes to influence and build the promotion did not come to fruition. Now the former San Jose, Calif.-based promotion will soon land in the organizational graveyard alongside Pride Fighting Championships and many others that couldn’t survive when push came to shove.

“I’m so glad it’s over,” White said on Thursday about the demise of Strikeforce.

For months, White has dodged as best he could any questions relating to Strikeforce, saying repeatedly, “I don’t run that promotion,” but everyone knew there was an underlying cynicism to the UFC boss’s demeanor whenever the subject came up.

White still isn’t beating a dead horse when it comes to Strikeforce, but he can now say he did feel bad for the fighters stuck in limbo for so long, and overall, he’s just happy to say goodbye to the whole ordeal.

“What has happened to the fighters in Strikeforce is horrible. The way that this thing went down and what’s happened to these guys, and these guys have been very patient, and I feel sorry for them and I’m just happy they’re coming into the UFC now. What’s happened over there has been completely (expletive),” said White.

The UFC president insists that, despite pushback from those that believe the company always intended to shutter the doors on Strikeforce, he got involved with the best of intentions. The deal just never came together the way he had hoped, and now they just had to pull the plug.

“I see a lot of (expletive) on the internet, people saying this is exactly what we knew was going to happen, they bought it to bury it, and all this stuff. Any of you guys that were around me during that time, that was absolutely not the plan,” said White. “I was pumped up about it and looking forward to getting into it, but no (it never happened). I’m just happy it’s over.”

White revealed that Showtime does retain rights to the Strikeforce library of fights for “a couple of years,” and he’s still not sure what will happen to former owner Scott Coker or if he will still have a job within Zuffa when the promotion finally closes shop in January.

This isn’t the first time Zuffa has purchased a promotion with the intent of running it alongside the UFC, but White says the only time it worked was when they had the WEC. That promotion ran just fine, but even then, in the long run, it was still absorbed and became part of the UFC machine.

“None of the companies we’ve bought have been perfect except for the WEC. WEC was a great move, a great transition, everything worked out great with that. But all the other ones, they were what they were,” said White.

White doesn’t close the door on possibly purchasing another promotion down the road, and is quoted with the infamous “never say never” in regards to the prospect of doing it again, but with the way Strikeforce came in like a lion and went out like a lamb, it’s not likely Zuffa will be jumping at the chance to do that again any time soon.

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 Post subject: Cain Velasquez Mauls Junior Dos Santos
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Cain Velasquez Mauls Junior Dos Santos To Reclaim Heavyweight Title


It’s been 13 long months since Cain Velasquez lost the UFC heavyweight title to Junior Dos Santos, and it’s been eating at him every waking moment until he stepped into the cage on Saturday night at UFC 155.

The last fight lasted all of 64 seconds with Dos Santos landing a thunderous punch early, and finishing Velasquez with strikes.

This time around, Velasquez had no plans of letting the match end that quickly, much less let Dos Santos control any aspect of the fight or even catch his breath.

One of the criticisms that Velasquez had coming out of the last fight with Dos Santos was his own shortcomings when it came to following the game plan set forth by his coaches. This time around there was no problem of that because Velasquez came out and put constant pressure on Dos Santos, and never let him get the distance needed to land a big punch.

Dos Santos looked confident early however shrugging off a few of Velasquez’s takedown attempts, but it was almost like a cat playing with a mouse already in a trap because in a matter of moments the entire fight changed for good.

Velasquez landed a sizzling overhand right that rattled Dos Santos on the jaw and sent him crashing to the mat. From that moment on, Velasquez never relinquished control and for the first time in his UFC career Dos Santos looked human.

The remaining 4 rounds were all similar in nature as Velasquez continued to pressure and hurt Dos Santos with his wrestling and relentless attack. The former champion assaulted Dos Santos in every facet of the game, battering him on the feet and then mauling him with wrestling and grappling on the mat.

“A lot of it in my head was just keep the pace, keep a strong pace,” Velasquez said after the fight. “Pressure up top, look for stuff on the legs, and if the legs didn’t open up the stuff up top would be back there, so just always up and down, never really slowing down.”

Credit has to be paid to an exhausted Junior Dos Santos who stuck around for all 25-minutes despite appearing winded after a very tough and arduous first round.

When it was over, Cain Velasquez stood proud knowing that he had re-captured the gold belt he had lost a year earlier, and he did it by absolutely dominating the man who took it from him.

“The whole year, this fight is the hardest fight I’ve ever been through, I was so tired but I kept thinking in my head just do it, do it, do it,” said Velasquez while he admired the heavyweight title belt back around his waist.

“It feels very good. I just know he’s going to be back stronger so I have to get better, that’s the name of the game. Always getting better.”

Never one to make excuses, it’s hard to ignore that Velasquez came into his last fight with Dos Santos well under 100-percent health, but there was no clearer vision of that than with what he was able to accomplish on Saturday night.

Velasquez put on a blistering performance over 25-minutes that clearly showcased the kind of dominant and staggering style that led him to the championship in the first place.

Following a tough loss, Dos Santos promised to return to top form and greet Velasquez for a trilogy fight at some point down the road.

“His game is very effective, and tonight he was better than me,” said Dos Santos. “I’m gonna come back and I’m gonna take my belt again.”

Velasquez explained after the victory, that it was a total mindset of domination from before the fight even began. From the first time he stared down his opponent this week, Velasquez showed a killer instinct and then on Saturday he unleashed hell on Junior Dos Santos.

“At the weigh-in, him putting the fist in my face, I needed to show him this is a fight, I’m going to come at you,” said Velasquez. “Same thing with him going up to the middle of the ring and saying he’s going to put you down. No, you’re not. I’m going to go up to the middle of the ring, and I’m going to show you.”

Show him he did and now Cain Velasquez stands back atop the UFC heavyweight division as champion.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-155-results-cain-velasquez-mauls-junior-dos-santos-to-reclaim-heavyweight-title

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 Post subject: Jim Miller Leaves Joe Lauzon A Bloody Mess
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:12 am 
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Jim Miller Leaves Joe Lauzon A Bloody Mess, But Can’t Stop Him


Everyone expected fireworks out of Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon at UFC 155 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but no one could have expected the fight they got out of these two perennial lightweight contenders.

It looked like it might be an early night for Miller, who came out as aggressive as we’ve ever seen him, immediately unleashing with a flurry of punches, knees, and low kicks that quickly put Lauzon on the defensive.

Just two minutes into the fight and Lauzon’s face was a bloody mess, courtesy of Miller’s relentless punch combinations opening a deep cut to the inside edge of Lauzon’s right eyebrow.

The blood only served to further fuel Miller’s pace.

“I knew I was gonna have to give him everything I have if I was gonna put him away,” said Miller after the fight, but try as he might, he couldn’t put Lauzon away.

In fact, even though Miller kept up his assault into round two, Lauzon eventually turned the tables, reversing out of bottom position on the mat and nearly secured a leg lock. Missing the leg lock, Lauzon then went for a choke, but couldn’t secure that either.

Round three proceeded much the same, that is to say relentless, with Miller constantly plowing forward, throwing anything and everything he had at Lauzon, trying to put him away, but Lauzon taking it and firing back.

Lauzon jumped for a leg lock in the waning moments of the fight. Miller escaped, so again, Lauzon went for another choke.

Miller hung on for the final few seconds, lasting to the final horn, winning the fight on all the judges’ scorecards.

It was an amazing fight, mostly dominated by Miller, although Lauzon would never give in. Even when the blood poured from his face, which was most of the fight, Lauzon wouldn’t quit, and luckily, the doctor didn’t feel the need to stop it.

“I was hoping they wouldn’t,” when Miller was asked if he thought they were going to stop the fight due to the cut. “I step in here so the three people inside that Octagon decide who stops the fight, not the judges or the doctors.”

In the end, there wasn’t a stoppage, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the MGM Grand Garden Arena or watching at home, that would complain.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-155-results-jim-miller-leaves-joe-lauzon-a-bloody-mess-but-cant-stop-him


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 Post subject: Duffee Scores Big TKO Win
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:15 am 
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Duffee Scores Big TKO Win Over De Fries In UFC Return


As far as homecomings go, Todd Duffee's wasn't too bad.

Away from the UFC since May 2010, Duffee returned Saturday and notched a big first-round TKO of Philip De Fries.

The heavyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC 155 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It streamed on Facebook ahead of additional prelims on FX and a main card on pay-per-view.

Once one of the most highly touted prospects in UFC heavyweight history, Duffee scored a seven-second knockout in his first UFC fight. But after beating up Mike Russow for most of the fight in his second bout in the UFC, he was rather unceremoniously knocked out, then cut from the promotion.

Not surprisingly, Duffee came out swinging for the fences against De Fries and landed early. But De Fries was able to push things to the fence and looked for a single-leg takedown to keep Duffee from landing bombs against him. With one leg wrapped up and Duffee against the fence, De Fries landed some big power shots of his own.

But once Duffee was out of danger on the fence, he went back to his bread and butter – and that was definitely to De Fries' detriment. Duffee landed powerful combinations that had De Fries stunned, and one big uppercut sealed the deal along the fence before Yves Lavigne could get in to stop the fight at 2:04 of the first round.

"It feels good to be back in the UFC," Duffee said. "I knew I had to win, but I wasn't too worried about how, though. I like the actual fight aspect of this sport, so I know I can deliver when I'm in there. I missed the fight feeling that you get when you're standing across from your opponent and it felt awesome to get back in the octagon."

"I thought I had him there early, but he caught me good," De Fries said. "He followed that up with some hard shots and was able to put me away with them. I've got to use my footwork better in those situations. Other than that, I've just got to get back in the gym and keep training."

De Fries (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) falls back into the loss column after an August submission of Oli Thompson. Duffee (8-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) won in his return to the UFC after an absence of more than two and a half years and has won two straight after two straight setbacks, including the knockout loss to Mike Russow at UFC 114 that preceded his UFC release.

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/12/ufc-155-results-philip-de-fries-vs-todd-duffee


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 Post subject: Todd Duffee Admits That It Took A Few Moments
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:20 am 
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Todd Duffee Admits That It Took A Few Moments To Register That He Was In A Fight



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 Post subject: Myles Jury Dominates Michael Johnson
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:23 am 
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Myles Jury Dominates Michael Johnson On Ground For Decision Win


Michael Johnson would not be the man to make Myles Jury's "0" go – not by a longshot.

Jury dominated fellow reality show vet Johnson to secure a unanimous decision.

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC 155 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FX following additional prelims on Facebook and prior to the main card on pay-per-view.

From the start, Johnson, a finalist on "The Ultimate Fighter 12," looked to let his left hand go by countering "The Ultimate Fighter 13" and "The Ultimate Fighter 15" veteran Jury, who stayed on the outside with kicks.

It was Jury, though, that asserted himself effectively by ducking under Johnson's fists for a takedown. Advancing position, he landed a series of big left hands as Johnson covered up. Eventually, he tired and settled into half-guard, where he switched to the right hand and scored.

Johnson's attempts to escape proved fruitless, and by the end of the first, Jury had mounted his foe and taken his back, putting the first round soundly in his corner.

A noticeably more tentative Johnson struggled to put together an offense against Jury, who slapped him with a head kick early in the second.

A caught leg kick was the opening Jury needed to take the fight back to the mat, where he tried to score with elbows. Although he avoided major damage, Johnson was unsuccessful in escaping the position and let another round go on scorecards.

Needing a KO or submission to take home the fight, Johnson came out swinging in the third, and was instead deposited on the mat. Jury continued to have his way with "The Ultimate Fighter 12" veteran, and by the final bell, the decision, a 30-27 sweep, was a forgone conclusion.

"I've sacrificed and trained hard for this fight, and it paid off," Jury said. "A lot of people didn't give me a chance against someone like Michael, so I came out here with nothing to lose. It felt great to get the win, but to also get so much time in the octagon, which is something that I haven't gotten a lot of up to this point in my career. Everything about this fight is going to help me become a much better fighter overall."

"No excuses," Johnson said. "He was the better fighter tonight. He definitely surprised me with his wrestling ability, and he was able to hold me down for a big part of the fight. I had three wins in a row before this, and I've just got to get back in the gym again and go from there."

Jury (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) now boasts back-to-back wins inside the octagon while Johnson (12-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) sees a three-fight win streak snapped.

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/12/ufc-155-results-myles-jury-vs-michael-johnson


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 Post subject: Jamie Varner Takes Split Decision
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Jamie Varner Takes Split Decision From Melvin Guillard


Whatever was ailing Jamie Varner two weeks ago, he apparently was over it on Saturday night.

The former WEC lightweight champion picked up a split decision victory over Melvin Guillard in a fight that was supposed to take place two weeks ago, but had to be scrapped when Varner fell ill on fight night at the TUF 16 Finale.

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC 155 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FX following additional prelims on Facebook and prior to the main card on pay-per-view.

The judges scored the fight 30-27 twice for Varner, but also a 30-27 for Guillard – a score that had the Garden Arena crowd booing.

The two came into the fight as quite heated rivals following a near altercation at Friday's weigh-ins and comments Guillard made two weeks ago when Varner was pulled from their original meeting with his illness. But the two high-rived to open each round – and after the fight, embraced for what they no doubt hoped was a "Fight of the Night" bonus winner.

Guillard looked for leg kicks early, snapping several of them to Varner's lead left leg. Varner stayed patient and landed a good right hand with Guillard up against the fence about 90 seconds in, but there wasn't much there. Guillard looked for a combination and tried to throw Varner toward the fence, but things quickly went back to the center of the octagon.

Varner's strategy seemed to be to walk through the leg kicks and look to counter. With 90 seconds left in the round, Varner got inside and looked fro a combination, and with a minute left he shot for a takedown attempt that wasn't there. Varner stepped up the pace late in the round and landed some big punches, then a shot to the body that appeared to have Guillard hurt. Varner poured it on and locked in a guillotine choke late, just as the horn was about to sound – but definitely giving the judges something to think about, and likely stole the round for him for a pair of judges.

The second round started with Guillard looking for a finishing shot right away, but Varner ducked under and answered back. And just 30 seconds into the round, Varner was able to put Guillard on the canvas. Varner briefly took Guillard's back, but Guillard shrugged him off and looked for a short-lived choke of his own before the two went back to the middle. Guillard landed a high kick, but couldn't take full advantage. Midway through the round, the two slugged it out just before Varner was able to again take the fight to the canvas.

Guillard got back to his feet after a short time on the floor, and back in the middle a left hook landed flush for him. But Varner landed a right that backed Guillard up. Guillard got a brief rest when Varner landed too low when the two threw kicks at the same time. But he recovered quickly to finish out what was another close rounds.

Guillard oppend the third with a flying kick, but Varner looked for a single-leg takedown just after it. Lessons learned in the first two rounds in hand, Guillard avoided it. But shortly thereafter, Varner put him on his butt against the fence, where he looked for a choke. Guillard slipped out and Varner had to fall back into guard with Guillard on top looking for ground and pound. But Varner got back to his feet, and quickly thereafter, he again shot for a double-leg takedown and landed it as Guillard took a deep breath.

Guillard was able to get up, but when he swung over the top, Varner shot in and again landed a takedown, his sixth of the fight. Guillard looked for an armbar, but couldn't get it – and instead reversed and got into side control. But Varner turned that right around and again found himself in top position with a minute to go in the round. Guillard got back to his feet with 30 seconds left in the fight, and in desperation mode. He landed a shot to the body – before Varner slammed him on his head as the fight wound down.

It was a fight that probably was closer than the 30-27 scores on either side would indicate.

Varner (21-7-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who returned to the UFC in May with a short-notice upset TKO of Edson Barboza, is back in the win column after a "Fight of the Night" loss to Joe Lauzon in August. Guillard (30-12-2 MMA, 11-8 UFC) now has dropped two straight and four of his past five after an August loss to former teammate Donald Cerrone at UFC 150.

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/12/ufc-155-results-melvin-guillard-vs-jamie-varner


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