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 Post subject: Showtime Nixes Derek Brunson From Appearing On TUF
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:13 pm 
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Showtime Nixes Derek Brunson From Appearing On Ultimate Fighter After Making The Show


Strikeforce middleweight Derek Brunson‘s trip to try out for The Ultimate Fighter ended unsuccessfully, but not because he couldn’t make the final cut for the reality show.

Brunson was attempting to join the show as a middleweight in the newest installment of the show that began taping today in Las Vegas. His Team Greg Jackson teammate Jon Jones is serving as one of the coaches, but Brunson received some bad news after making the cut for the final 16 fighters chosen for the show.

According to Brunson, after flying out to Las Vegas to begin filming, Showtime put the nix on his appearance on the reality show due to his existing contract with Strikeforce.

“As all of you know, I tried out for The Ultimate Fighter, made the show, flew to Vegas yesterday, weighed in today, filming was about to start. Showtime Network called and said they wouldn’t release me from my Strikeforce contract,” Brunson wrote on Monday.

“So no TUF for me. I want to thank Fox Network for being such professionals in trying to handle the situation. Back to the drawing board.”

Brunson also confirmed the news independently to MMAWeekly.com via text on Monday.

Brunson last competed in Strikeforce in August losing by TKO to former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. It marked his second loss in a row after beginning his career with nine straight victories.

It’s unclear what Brunson’s next move will be, or if Strikeforce will put him on their upcoming card in January.

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 Post subject: Dream Rises From The Ashes
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Dream Rises From The Ashes, New Ownership Planning New Year’s Eve Event


Just when it seemed that the doors were closed on Dream forever, the Japanese fight promotion has resurfaced.

MMAWeekly.com official content partner AsianMMA.com on Tuesday reported that Dream has awakened from its deep freeze with plans to host its annual New Year’s Eve event.

AsianMMA.com sources indicated that plans were already underway for the New Year’s Eve event. A press conference is slated for Oct. 25 to unveil details of the event, as well as plans for the future of the organization.

Dream featherweight champion Hiroyuki Takaya, as well as veterans Tatsuya Kawajiri and Satoru Kitaoka are scheduled to attend the press conference and likely to be announced for bouts on the New Year’s Eve fight card.

Dream as it was is no longer. The promotion was formerly under the ownership of Real Entertainment, which closed its doors earlier this year. AsianMMA.com informed MMAWeekly.com that the New Year’s Eve event and any future Dream plans will be organized under new ownership, which will likely be revealed at Thursday’s press conference in Japan.

The last time Dream, in any form, operated an event was New Year’s Eve 2011. Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 featured MMA, kickboxing, and puroresu (Japanese professional wrestling) and was co-promoted by Dream, M-1 Global, and Inoke Genome Federation.

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 Post subject: It’s Time To Go From Top Prospect To Top Of The Heap
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:32 pm 
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For John Fraser, At 35 Years Of Age, It’s Time To Go From Top Prospect To Top Of The Heap


Following his first loss since 2006 this past August, Canadian veteran John “Haggis Basher” Fraser wanted a challenge to get himself back on track, and that’s exactly what he got recently at Score Fighting Series 6 against former UFC featherweight Tyler “Thunder” Toner.

“It was exactly what I wanted after my loss to Josh Hill,” said Fraser. “I just wanted a war and I knew Toner would bring a war. It was a tough three-round decision and I was very happy.

“The game plan going in was for me to go for the takedown and stay tight to my stand-up,” he said. “I actually felt really good. He was tough to take down, but once I got him down I felt like I controlled him really well and almost got a few submissions.

Fraser told MMAWeekly.com that he feels the win over Toner puts him back in the position to be considered for a fight on the international stage.

“I definitely needed to beat a tough guy who had been in the big show,” he said. “They called it the Fight of the Night. I wanted to show that I can go out there and make up for my last fight, which a lot of people called a boring fight, and I think I did that.

“Tyler was a bigger name opponent and I’m hoping with that win and showing the dominance I did, it is going to put me right back to where I was. I know it’s at a different weight class, but I’ll go at any weight class that I’m wanted. I’m hoping that’s the case where I’ll get the call to move on to bigger things.”

Fraser knows at this stage of the game, if he’s going to get his big league opportunity, it’s going to have to come sooner rather than later.

“I do have the urgency,” he said. “I just turned 35. This is the year. I’ve got to get it done this year, I believe.

“I’d love to get my shot at the UFC, that’s what I’m fighting for. But who knows? I may win three fights next year and still not get the call. If that’s the case, I’m happy with my MMA career. I’ve won some titles, had some big fights and have a good record. So we’ll see how it goes.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/for-john-fraser-at-35-years-of-age-its-time-to-go-from-top-prospect-to-top-of-the-heap


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 Post subject: The MMA Beat: Episode No. 5
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:34 pm 
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 Post subject: WSOF Preview Featuring Miguel Torres
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 Post subject: Anthony Johnson “Excited And Honored”
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Anthony Johnson “Excited And Honored” To Be A Part Of WSOF’s First Show



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 Post subject: World Series Of Fighting President Ray Sefo
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World Series Of Fighting President Ray Sefo On The Promotions Impending Inaugural Event



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 Post subject: The MMA Hour
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:29 pm 
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The MMA Hour - Episode 155 - October 31, 2012



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 Post subject: Tyson Griffin Back On Track
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:24 am 
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RFA 4 Results: Tyson Griffin Back On Track In His Post-UFC Debut


Tyson Griffin and Efrain Escudero headline RFA 4 on Friday night at Texas Station in Las Vegas, both UFC veterans trying to get their careers back on track.

Griffin weathered early and late armbar attempts by Escudero, but outside of that, he was in control for the majority of the fight.

Griffin, just 1-4 upon leaving the UFC, needed the victory and he got it. He took the center of the cage and outdid Escudero with a much sharper striking game on the feet, and maintained top position when they hit the mat, punishing Escudero with his patented ground and pound attack.

Escudero hung in the fight, constantly attacking, but he couldn’t mounted much of a threatening offense due to Griffin’s smothering style.

Griffin walked away with a unanimous decision victory, finally getting back on track after more than a year out of action.

“The game plan was really to fight my fight, push the pace more than I did, mix it up more than I did, so that’s why you see me a little bit head down,” said Griffin after the fight, a bit of a sour look on his face. “I wanted to take him down more. I wanted to impose my will more. And I really wanted to get the finish.

“I learn as much from my wins as I do from my losses and I’ve got a lot to learn from this.”

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 Post subject: Dana White Cuts UFC Ties To The Palms
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Report: Dana White Cuts UFC Ties To The Palms Over Credit Line Reduction


The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been holding its Ultimate Fighter finale and Las Vegas-based Fight Night events at The Palms for several years. In fact, the UFC has held 15 events at the Palms since UFC Fight Night 9 in 2007.

That all came to an abrupt halt this year with the announcement that the TUF 16 Finale would shift over to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in December.

The move appears to be related to UFC president Dana White’s personal relationship with the Palms, according to a Monday report by Norm Clarke in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Clarke cited unnamed sources indicating that White’s credit line at The Palms was cut in half a few months ago, leading the UFC president to pull all UFC-related events from the Palms.

Reportedly one of the Palm’s biggest gamblers since it opened, the kicker to this whole situation, at least for Palms employees, is that White was also a massively big tipper.

“He changed people’s lives,” said one of the sources that Clarke cited.

The report noted that White often ran up dinner tabs in the $15,000-$20,000 range, with tips in the neighborhood of $10,000.

The UFC itself takes part in many charitable efforts, from local charities in the cities that it visits on up to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which the promotion has supported with Fight for the Troops events.

But White himself is notable for his personal contributions to numerous causes that range from organized charities to individuals in need to just giving to the people that took care of him in the casino. He just doesn’t really like to talk about it.

White made no comment to Clarke, and did not immediately respond to MMAWeekly.com requests for comment on the situation, as well.

So it’s unclear if the move is solely due to White having a beef with The Palms or if the UFC saw the credit line move and other factors as an indicator that The Palms could no longer provide the necessary hosting support for UFC events.

The UFC begins its run at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Dec. 15 with The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.

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 Post subject: Nick Diaz’s Camp Is Interested In Fight
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Josh Koscheck Reveals Nick Diaz’s Camp Is Interested In Fight Super Bowl Weekend


Sometimes you ask and you shall receive… but not quite.

Just a few days ago, UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck posted his “wish list” of potential opponents for his return to action in 2013.

Among those names was former UFC title contender Nick Diaz, who will be eligible to return from his commission mandated one-year suspension early next year. Diaz was suspended for 12 months after testing positive for marijuana in the state of Nevada for the second time in his career.

It seems Nick Diaz’s camp is also interested in the fight, according to the latest post from Koscheck on Twitter.

“I’d like to fight before February, but Cesar (Gracie) is calling for me (to) fight (Nick) Diaz in February Super Bowl weekend,” wrote Koscheck late Sunday evening.

“What you guys think? I am down! Don’t be scared homie.”

The possibility of a Koscheck vs. Diaz fight might seem very enticing to all parties, but unless something dramatic happens, it wouldn’t take place on the proposed UFC 157 card for Super Bowl weekend.

The 2013 Super Bowl will be contested on Sunday, Feb. 3, next year, and while it may seem like a matter of semantics, Diaz’s suspension runs through Feb. 4, 2013.

If UFC 157 takes place Super Bowl weekend, that would slot fight night as Feb. 2, 2013.

Once his suspension is lifted, Diaz will still have to re-apply for a fight license in whatever state he intends to fight in, and while it’s not likely to be any kind of issue, he still can’t do that until Feb. 4, 2013, at the earliest.

The only other solution would be for the Nevada State Athletic Commission to make an exception in this case, or if the fight actually does come to fruition, move it to a later date once Diaz is off suspension.

It’s unknown at this time if UFC officials are actually exploring this option, or if Gracie, who acts at Diaz’s trainer and manager, is just doing a little matchmaking on his own.

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 Post subject: Sean Sherk Will Return To The UFC
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Sean Sherk Will Return To The UFC: “I’m Not Ready To Walk Away”


Over the last 13 years in the UFC, only a handful of fighters have been able to stand the test of time and keep competing as the sport continues to evolve.

One of those fighters is former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, but when staring at his record, it’s hard not to notice that he’s only had two fights over the span of the last four years. Add to that, Sherk’s last trip to the Octagon was all the way back at UFC 119 in September 2010 and people start to wonder if he will ever be back in the UFC.

Since fans last witnessed Sherk inside the cage, he’s been keeping busy teaching seminars, working with the team at Training Mask, and of course working inside the gym himself. What he’s mostly been doing, however, is healing up his body, battered from the last 13 years of active competition.

“I’ve just been injured. I’ve got some injuries that need surgery, and I really don’t want to have surgery. I’ve had surgery several times in the past, and the whole recovery process, I don’t like it. I don’t like the down time, the three to four months of getting back to 100-percent; I don’t like that. I’m trying to get myself healthy without having any kind of surgery,” Sherk said in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio.

“I mean I feel pretty good. I’d say I’m probably 85-percent, which is pretty good, considering.”

Having a body at 85-percent health is probably normal for any fighter going into a fight in the UFC. No one goes into a bout without a few nagging injuries suffered during training camp, but Sherk isn’t worried about going into the fight at less than perfect.

The key according to Sherk is to enter camp as close to 100-percent as possible. The rigors of the three-month training camp he runs will inevitably knock him down, but he no longer wants to start working towards a fight at less than optimal health.

So Sherk continues his daily workouts, allowing his body to heal naturally, and working towards a return to fighting. He stays in constant contact with UFC officials, who have left the door wide open to his return whenever he’s ready.

“I talk to Dana (White) from time to time and I talk to Joe Silva from time to time, and it’s just ‘let me know when you’re ready, when you’re healthy and feel like you want to get back in the cage, let me know.’ I’ve got two fights left under my contract with the UFC still, and I wouldn’t fight anywhere else anyways. UFC’s my home,” said Sherk.

Some of Sherk’s fellow fighters that started around the same time as him are now starting to walk away from the sport, while he’s battling to get back. Just recently, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes intimated that he’s all but retired from active competition, after an almost parallel career to that of Sherk.

But Sherk is walking his own path, and he’s not ready to be done with fighting, anymore than fighting is ready to be done with him.

“I’m a fighter, that’s what I do. I don’t want to be the guy sitting on the outside of the Octagon. I don’t want to be the guy that’s coaching other people to get into the cage and fight. I like being a fighter. I like having the coaches and the trainers coach me. I like the whole process leading into a fight, the mental aspect. I like how if feels walking into that Octagon, and I like hearing that crowd just go crazy when you get into those big scrambles and those big long combinations. The whole process is just so fun for me,” Sherk stated.

“At this point in time, I’m not ready to walk away and become a coach and retire yet.”

Another key factor playing into Sherk’s decision to continue competing is watching the other fighters out there in the lightweight division. Sherk knows deep down inside that he can still go toe-to-toe with the best of the best at 155 pounds, and that’s a powerful motivator when working towards getting back in the cage.

“I still think I’m a top lightweight even though I haven’t fought in two years. I think you can throw me in there against the No. 1 guy, and I’m going to give that dude hell, if not beat him. I don’t think anyone in the weight class is going to walk through me or look at me as being an easy fight. I’ve been beaten four times in 11 years, and I think that speaks for itself,” said Sherk.

He also feels the love from the MMA community as a whole that still wants him to come back to fighting. Every few days when fights are announced, fans still ask about Sherk and when he’s going to be the one announced as competing in the UFC again.

Between the passion the fans still show for him and his own desire to fight again, Sean Sherk isn’t going anywhere for now.

Of course in the long run, Sherk knows that at 39 years of age he can’t fight forever, but he’s not ready to look at retirement as an option yet. One day maybe, but that day is not today.

“It’s nice to know I’ve made that mark and people still want to see me fight. A lot of guys take some time off and they get forgotten about real quick. Fortunately, I’ve been able to keep my name out there enough, and I’ve made my mark in this industry where people want to see me fight and that’s a huge compliment,” Sherk said.

“I don’t think I’ll ever have that mentality (about retirement). Eventually, I’m going to have to come to terms. Eventually, I’m going to have to walk away from the sport, but hopefully that’s not for a little while yet. When that time comes, I guess that’s a decision I’ll have to come to terms with.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/sean-sherk-will-return-to-the-ufc-im-not-ready-to-walk-away


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 Post subject: Benson Henderson “Redeemed” With Main Event Status
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One Year After UFC On Fox 1 Snub, Benson Henderson “Redeemed” With Main Event Status


When Benson Henderson steps into the Octagon for his bout at UFC on Fox 5, it will be almost exactly one year since he didn’t get to fight on the UFC on Fox 1 card.

Well, technically, Henderson and opponent Clay Guida were on the undercard for the UFC on Fox 1 show, but despite an outpouring from fans and media alike, the lightweight bout was shifted to Facebook so the focus could remain solely on the heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.

What resulted that night was a knockout in the main event with the fight only going about a minute, while Henderson and Guida put on a 15-minute classic, back-and-forth battle that had people screaming “Fight of the Year” up to that point in 2011.

At the time, Henderson didn’t express too much displeasure in the decision the UFC made to put his co-main event fight with Guida on Facebook as opposed to Fox, but now, a year later, on the precipice of headlining a Fox show with the UFC lightweight title on the line, he can look back, reflect, and admit there was a part of him that was sad about the whole situation.

“Absolutely. It’s nice cause there was so much hype about the first UFC card on Fox, first UFC card on main TV, on free TV. There was so much hype around that, there was so much talk about it, and then when it came around I wasn’t on Fox,” Henderson told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

“Clay and I weren’t aired on Fox, so I was sad. I won’t lie, I was very sad about that.”

There is no way to predict how good or bad a fight will be before it happens, but most looked at the match-up between Henderson and Guida and the odds were that it was likely to be a closely contested and highly explosive fight. It certainly lived up to the billing, but Henderson doesn’t live in regret.

He didn’t voice his displeasure at that time, but now he does feel a little vindicated getting the main event slot for UFC on Fox 5.

“It’s definitely cool. I like that we are the main event and that especially from the first Fox card, I was very sad about that. I didn’t complain; I didn’t say anything. I was like cool, I’m not going to be shown on Fox; alright, sounds good. I’m not going to throw a hissy fit; it is what it is. I’m a company guy and if that’s what it is, that’s what it is,” said Henderson.

“Now it’s nice to be redeemed and be the main event.”

It will be only the second time a UFC title has been defended on Fox, and Henderson is honored to be a part of it. Nothing has been handed to him since he started fighting, and now this is just one more thing he can sit back, enjoy, and know he earned.

There’s only one thing that would make UFC on Fox 5 a little sweeter.

“It was nice kind of being redeemed. Now, Nate and I are headlining the Fox card. The only thing that could make it better would be having heavyweights be the co-main event,” Henderson said.

“That would be a freaking feather in my cap. I would love that.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/one-year-after-ufc-on-fox-1-snub-benson-henderson-redeemed-with-main-event-status


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 Post subject: Daniel Cormier Is “Probably A Little Better” At Wrestling
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Jon Jones Says Daniel Cormier Is “Probably A Little Better” At Wrestling But MMA Isn’t Wrestling


On the surface it may seem like UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has virtually wiped out the top contenders at 205lbs, but there are a few challengers still waiting in the wings.

Beyond his April 2013 fight against Chael Sonnen, the reigning and defending light heavyweight king still has a potential fight against Dan Henderson looming, and maybe the most intriguing fight of all – a showdown with Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier.

Cormier has mentioned on more than a couple of occasions that he would like to get a shot against Jones at some point in the future, and revealed that the two even chatted about it earlier this year.

For his part, Jones has since played off Cormier’s challenges to coach against him on the Ultimate Fighter and said he was “relatively unknown”.

On Tuesday, Jones was again asked about Cormier but this time it related to his wrestling skills. Cormier is a former Olympian and NCAA champion wrestler, but Jones didn’t seem to their skill sets were all that far apart nowadays.

Where Jones knows he’s better however is at fighting, and that’s where he’d beat Cormier if they ever come face to face in the cage.

“Cormier’s probably a little bit better than me (at wrestling), but it’s not a wrestling match at all. When you talk about knees and submissions and punching and kicking him in the face, and upkicks, it’s just not a wrestling match,” Jones said.

Jones has no problem saying that Cormier’s collegiate and amateur wrestling career was more impressive than his, but he wouldn’t be the first fighter he’s faced with more awards in that category.

“When it comes to credentials he definitely had a better wrestling career than me, but half the guys I fought have had better wrestling careers,” Jones stated.

The only credentials Jones is worried about when facing Cormier is his standing as the best 205lb fighter on the planet.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/jon-jones-says-daniel-cormier-is-probably-a-little-better-at-wrestling-but-mma-isnt-wrestling


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 Post subject: Chad Griggs Planning To Brawl With Cyrille Diabate
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Humbled And Smaller, UFC 154's Chad Griggs Planning To Brawl With Cyrille Diabate


Chad Griggs hadn't lost a fight in five years when he submitted to an arm-triangle choke from heavyweight contender Travis Browne at UFC 145.

Now trying his hand at light heavyweight, the 34-year-old Arizona native is glad to have been humbled.

"It gives you that hunger to train hard again and put on a good show," Griggs told MMAjunkie.com Radio (http://www.mmajunkie.com/radio).

Griggs (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who went 3-0 for Strikeforce before being brought into the UFC fold, has a tall challenge ahead of him when he meets the 6-foot-6 Cyrille Diabate (18-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 154, which takes place Nov. 17 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The bout serves on the FX-televised preliminary card, which follows prelims on Facebook and precedes main-card fights on pay-per-view.

Training for the gangly Frenchman, Griggs admitted it was a struggle to find training partners of equal stature at his APEX MMA and Fight Legion gyms in Tucson. Even harder was finding someone with the same credentials.

"It's definitely tough getting guys that are tall and lanky and have four world titles in standup," Griggs said. "It was a little rough."

Before he found mixed martial arts, Diabate was a kickboxer with a 32-8 record and once beat UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping in a match.

Browne, too, held a height advantage over Griggs, who said the gameplan was the same for both fighters.

"I'm just going to have to get in there and turn it into a brawl," he said. "It's hard to throw a kick when you're backing up."

Now, it's a matter of executing that plan. Griggs said he wasn't at his best for Browne but felt the loss served a purpose in his career.

"It's not something I'm ever going to like, and it's not something I'm used to," he said. "It's been 2007 since I've had a loss. It definitely hurts your pride, but I think it's good for the soul to be brought down to earth and realize you can be beat."

Griggs has found repeated success storming opponents, logging all but one of his 11 victories inside the first round. In Strikeforce, he first won notoriety by stopping the rise of the highly hyped Bobby Lashley and Gian Villante, and pounded out Alistair Overeem's brother, Valentijn Overeem, in short order.

Diabate's UFC record is a mixed bag with wins over Luiz Cane and Steve Cantwell mixed with submission losses to Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Perosh. Those who have given him space to strike haven't fared well.

Griggs doesn't plan on being that guy, and said despite less bulk that he'll be able to muscle Diabate in the cage.

"He's going to have to weigh 206 pounds, and I don't have a doubt in my mind I'm going to be stronger than him," Griggs said of his opponent. "Someone's going to bleed."

http://mmajunkie.com/news/31363/humbled-and-smaller-ufc-154s-chad-griggs-planning-to-brawl-with-cyrille-diabate.mma


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