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 Post subject: Rory MacDonald Admits VADA Tests Are “Annoying”
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:49 am 

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Rory MacDonald Admits VADA Tests Are “Annoying” But He Can Deal With It

For the first time in UFC history, two fighters will undergo additional drug testing in addition to those administered by a state athletic commission.

UFC on Fox 5 fighters B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald accepted the offer of VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) to undergo random drug testing as part of their fight scheduled for December in Seattle.

The two fighters essentially agreed to the testing when going back and forth on Twitter, and now with their fight just a month away, both Penn and MacDonald are starting their involvement in the additional testing.

According to MacDonald, his first VADA test came just a few days ago while he was in Montreal training in preparation for his bout with Penn.

“It already started. My first test was last week, can’t remember which day, but I just got a random knock on the door and they did the test. So it’s from here to the fight, it’s random testing,” MacDonald told Fuel TV on Monday.

The testing done by VADA can occur any time between the hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the athletes are required to notify the testing agency where they are located and can be contacted at all times. A testing agent can randomly test the fighters at any time and can ask for blood and urine samples.

MacDonald doesn’t mind participating in the rules and regulations that are required to be a part of the VADA testing, but admits it can be nuisance at times.

“It’s pretty annoying. I don’t like getting woken up in the morning, and it threw my routine off. I didn’t expect it. I kind of forgot about it to tell you the truth,” said MacDonald.

“So it was a bit annoying that day, but if it only happens a couple of times, a few times, it is what it is. I can deal with it.”

The VADA testing will continue up until his fight with Penn and all results collected will be forward to the athletic commission in Washington state where the UFC on Fox 5 bout will take place.

 Post subject: UFC Ultimate Insider – Episode 36, 37 (Full Episode)
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:03 am 

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 Post subject: Dan Henderson Told He’s Fighting Lyoto Machida
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:07 am 

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Dan Henderson Told He’s Fighting Lyoto Machida At UFC 156 On Super Bowl Weekend

Dan Henderson is currently on the mend from a knee injury, but he’ll likely be fighting Lyoto Machida at UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend… at least, that’s what he’s told.

“I was told that it should be Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 2,” Henderson said on Thursday night’s edition of MMA Uncensored Live on Spike TV.

No formal announcement is yet forthcoming from the UFC, although company president Dana White has been saying for the past month or so that Henderson would probably face Machida next.

Henderson was originally slated to challenge UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones for the belt at UFC 151 in early September, but suffered the knee injury while training. He fell out of the bout and the event subsequently fell apart, leading to the cancellation of UFC 151 altogether.

Henderson returned to training about a week or so ago, so an official announcement about the bout with Machida is likely being held up due to UFC officials waiting to make sure his knee will be good to go.

Featherweight champion Jose Aldo puts his belt on the line against newly minted 145-pounder Frankie Edgar in the UFC 156 main event on Feb. 2 in Las Vegas, while Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira square off in a feature bout.

 Post subject: Cung Le Blasts Rich Franklin At UFC On Fuel 6
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:10 am 

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The Man With The Iron Fist: Cung Le Blasts Rich Franklin At UFC On Fuel 6

Just a week before Cung Le traveled to China to battle Rich Franklin at UFC on Fuel 6, his movie “The Man with the Iron Fists” opened in theaters nationwide.

It appears Cung Le was trying to help the marketing for the film with his performance in China.

Facing former middleweight champion Rich Franklin, Le knew the challenge ahead of him wasn’t an easy one, but he was ready to step up and face the best of the best in his third fight inside the Octagon.

Thus far in his UFC career, Le had gone 1-1 with a loss to Wanderlei Silva and a win over Patrick Cote, but he stated several times that following a bad training camp that prepared him for his debut, his last two camps have been exactly what he needed.

The results showed as a loose and limber Le came out as comfortable as ever facing a very dangerous fighter in Rich Franklin.

Franklin was feeling out the distance just moments into the fight when he threw a leg kick to Le’s thigh. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion countered with a vicious overhand right that cracked Franklin flush on the jaw.

The blunt force trauma sent Franklin’s head and body spinning around like a top, and he fell face first onto the canvas, giving Le his first knockout win in the UFC.

“He kept on throwing that punch at me, and I was able to time my kick. He was loading up and looking for me to kick, and catch me with the punches so I came in and waited for him to punch, and I just came over with the overhand right and caught him,” Le said after the victory.

Despite a late start to his MMA career, Cung Le has managed some very memorable fights in a short period of time including breaking Frank Shamrock’s arm in a Strikeforce title fight, as well as his nasty kick to the body finish of Scott Smith.

Nothing is bigger however in Le’s mind than defeated former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin on Saturday in China.

“That’s the biggest fight of my life. I’m grateful, I don’t know what to say, it was a lucky punch,” Le said.

Of course there’s disappointment in the eyes of Rich Franklin after suffering the knockout to Le in his return fight to 185lbs. The former champion has long talked about climbing back to the top of the division, but this will serve as an obvious setback.

“I’ll have to go back and watch it on tape, a little fuzzy right now,” Franklin explained about the finish.

Cung Le’s love of martial arts has taken him all over the world, landed him in major starring movie roles, and earned him more than a couple of titles. Now at 40-years of age and coming off an emphatic knockout victory over Rich Franklin, there’s little doubt that Le wouldn’t at least entertain one more fight in the Octagon.

 Post subject: Thiago Silva Puts Stanislav Nedkov Away
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:12 am 

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UFC On Fuel 6 Results: Thiago Silva Puts Stanislav Nedkov Away

It’s been three long years since Thiago Silva tasted victory inside the Octagon, but he finally got back on track in China with a submission win over Stanislav Nedkov.

Silva has faced quite a few ups and downs over the last couple of years including a suspension after submitting a tampered drug test for his fight against Brandon Vera in 2011, and then coming back more than a year later only to be defeated by Alexander Gustafsson.

In the midst of this, Silva left his long time camp at American Top Team and traveled in state to begin working with the Blackzilian team recently.

The results paid off thus far with Silva now back on the winning track.

It wasn’t an easy go however as Silva had a tough match-up with Nedkov, who was willing to go toe-to-toe with the Brazilian, giving him more than his fair share of punishment in the early part of the fight.

Silva wasn’t going to be deterred and he came straight forward as well, but his power shots seemed to just do more damage. It almost came back to bite him in the second round with Nedkov landing a crushing overhand right that put Silva on his back. Silva survived as the round came to an end, and he had a new attack in mind for round three.

For all the knockouts that Silva has to his credit however, it was his underutilized ground game that came into play after he put Nedkov on his back, and transitioned to a head and arm choke.

Silva moved his body to the side of Nedkov’s to lock up the hold, and a few moments later the tap came, signaling the end of the bout.

Thiago Silva gets a much needed victory after a tumultuous few years in the UFC, while also getting the only finish up to that point on the entire UFC on Fuel TV card. Throughout his career, Silva has feasted on fighters outside of the top ten, but struggled when facing the best fighters at 205lbs.

Now the question remains with his new team in tow, can Thiago Silva find a way to get over the top ten hump he’s suffered in the last few years?

 Post subject: Takanori Gomi Takes Close Split Decision
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:15 am 

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UFC On FUEL TV 6 Results: Takanori Gomi Takes Close Split Decision From Mac Danzig

It may be too early to call it a "career resurgence," but Takanori Gomi at least got the conversation started on Saturday.

The Japanese veteran won for the second straight time, taking a "Fight of the Night"-worthy split decision from "TUF 6" winner Mac Danzig. Gomi won with a pair of 29-28 scores.

The lightweight bout was part of the main card of Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 6 event at CotaiArena in Venetian Macau Resort Hotel. It aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.

A minute into the fight, Gomi connected with a nice right hand as he tried to set the faster pace in the standup game. But Danzig stood in, looking to counter even as Gomi went body-head. They clinched, and Danzig got the better of it as he wrapped up a textbook Thai plum and worked knees to Gomi's body. Halfway through the frame, Gomi landed a double-leg takedown, but Danzig scrambled back to his feet after 30 seconds without taking much damage. Back on the feet, Gomi's offense came through kicks to Danzig's lead left leg. But with 20 seconds to go, Danzig landed a single-leg takedown and some ground-and-pound closed the round, perhaps with a little momentum shift to his side.

In the second, though, Gomi continued working a heavy volume of strikes, backing Danzig up several times. After a heavy shot from Gomi that had Danzig scrambling to adjust his mouthpiece, the American circled out of danger and looked to work a left hook in the counter-striking game. But Gomi stood in and continued to work his jabs as Danzig looked for bigger shots, preferring quality over quantity. With 90 seconds left in the round, Danzig landed his second takedown of the fight. When Gomi tried to reverse to his feet, Danzig sank in a guillotine choke. He couldn't hold it, but got it back as the round closed – though he couldn't finish it.

Quickly in the third, Danzig looked to land, but Gomi snuck a left hand in that wobbled Danzig, then put him on his back. He tried to throw upkicks as Gomi moved in, but had to settle into half guard along the fence, hoping to wall walk. Gomi stood up and looked for a guillotine. But Danzig looked for a leg lock that Gomi defended, then turned into a leg lock of his own. It wasn't there for either fighter, and Danzig fell back into guard before working back to his feet halfway through the round. With two minutes left, Gomi tried to throw Danzig to the mat. Danzig briefly had the better position, but couldn't take advantage and with 90 seconds left, the two went back to the center of the cage and looked to trade with the fight potentially hanging in the balance. A right hand from Danzig had Gomi gesturing to Danzig to throw more. Danzig shot, but couldn't get the takedown. Both fighters landed big punches down the stretch, but for the sixth straight fight on the card, it would go to the judges.

After three close rounds, it was Gomi taking a split decision that had the fans in Macau responding with a bit of a boo-buzz over the 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 split call.

Gomi (34-8 MMA, 3-3 UFC) gets back to .500 in the UFC after starting his Zuffa career 1-3. His TKO of Eiji Mitsuoka at UFC 144 in February snapped a two-fight skid for the PRIDE veteran. Danzig (21-10-1 MMA, 5-6 UFC) continued to go up and down in the UFC. After starting 2-0, the Season 6 winner of "The Ultimate Fighter" lost three straight. He now has alternated wins and losses for six fights.

 Post subject: Dong Hyum Kim Cruises In Win Over Paulo Thiago
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:17 am 

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In what felt like a home game in front a friendly crowd, Dong Hyun Kim continued his move back into title contention with a hard-fought victory over Paulo Thiago.

The Korean threatened with submission attempts but ultimately settled for a lopsided unanimous-decision victory.

The welterweight bout was part of the main card of Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 6 event at CotaiArena in Venetian Macau Resort Hotel. It aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.

Kim, who was the week's most popular fighter during media and fan events during the UFC's China debut, didn't disappoint.

The first round was all about survival for Thiago. Kim secured a single leg and ultimately scored a trip takedown before transitioning to the Brazilian's back. Thiago spent more than four minutes fighting off rear-naked-choke attempts, but he ate a steady stream of punches during the process.

Thiago threatened with own submission in the following round after wrestling Kim to the mat and trying a kimura. Kim seemingly escaped, but Thiago maintained his grip and repositioned with the hold. However, after eating a few knees to the body, Thiago ultimately gave it up, and Kim popped him with knees and elbows from top position before a D'arce choke attempt late in the round.

After a horribly off-mark spinning backfist to open the final frame, Kim regrouped, corralled Thiago, and then took his back. He eventually forced him back to the canvas and closed out the fight with heavy ground and pound.

He didn't get the stoppage, but he left no doubt with the judges, and Kim earned the unanimous-decision win via 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27 scores.

Kim (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC), who followed an undefeated start to his career with a recent 1-2 skid, gets back in the win column. Thiago (14-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC), meanwhile, could receive his walking papers following his fourth loss in five fights, though the defeats have come to the division's elite.

 Post subject: Joe Warren Returns Strong
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Bellator 80 Results: Joe Warren Returns Strong; Volkov And Martinez Move On In Tourneys

Prior to Friday night, former Bellator champion Joe Warren would have certainly liked to forget his last two performances inside the Bellator cage.

The former Olympic hopeful had lost back-to-back fights with both ended by vicious knockout, and following the losses there were questions on whether Warren would even return to competition.

He did return at Bellator 80 and ended up putting on a dominant performance in victory over Owen Evinger. While no one will be looking for replays on this fight, Warren did a great job of applying his wrestling to keep Evinger off balance, and controlled the fight throughout all 15-minutes.

Warren stated after the fight that he was hopeful to get into the next Bellator bantamweight tournament kicking of on Spike TV in 2013.

Alexander Volkov punched his ticket to the Bellator heavyweight tournament finals with a TKO victory over former UFC fighter Vinicius Queiroz.

An early stand-up after being stuck on the ground, allowed Volkov to fire back with strikes, and he connected hard and often until Quieroz could handle no more.

Volkov now faces Richard Hale in the heavyweight tournament finals.

The Bellator featherweight tournament finals are also now set as Utah fighter Rad Martinez moved on to face Shahbulat Shamhalaev after picking up a win over former WEC and IFL fighter Wagnney Fabiano.

Bellator 80 Full Results below:

Main Card

Joe Warren def. Owen Evinger by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
Alexander Volkov def. Vinicius Queiroz by KO at 4:59, R2
Rad Martinez def. Wagnney Fabiano by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Brett Cooper def. Darryl Cobb by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)

Preliminary Card:

Brandon Girtz def. Mitchel Quinones by unanimous decision (29-28 on all cards)
Cristiano Souza def. Robert Otani by KO at 2:46, R1
Cosmo Alexandre def. Josh Quayhagen by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
Shannon Slack def. Sky Moiseichik by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
Joe Vedepo def. Mike Bernhard by submission at 3:26, R1
Ryan DeRocher def. Taylor Krahl by KO at 20 seconds, R1

 Post subject: Bellator Books Title Bout
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:19 am 

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Bellator Books Title Bout Between LHW Champ Christian M’Pumbu vs. Attila Vegh For Dec. 14th

Bellator Fighting Championships has booked a light heavyweight title bout for Season Seven between champion Christian ‘Tonton’ M’Pumbu (18-4-1) and 2012 Summer Series tournament winner Attila Vegh (28-4-2) for the upcoming Bellator 84 event.

This bout marks M’Pumbu’s first title defense since winning the belt back in May of 2011 after winning the Season Four light heavyweight tournament.

News of the matchup comes via who confirmed the news with sources from the promotion.

Bellator 84 is expected to take place on December 14, 2012 at The Venue in the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The event will also feature the Season Seven heavyweight and lightweight tournament finals.

Heavyweights Alexander Volkov and Richard Hale have already booked their tickets into the final with the lightweight finalists to be determined this Friday (Nov. 16) in Rhode Island.

M’Pumbu has fought once since winning the Bellator strap, losing a decision to Travis Wiuff in October of last year. That particular non-title bout marked the end of Bellator booking “Super Fights” for it’s champions. Previous to that, ‘Tonton’ was able to finish Chris Davis, Tim Carpenter and Richard Hale via TKO to win the inaugural Bellator title.

Vegh is on a nine fight undefeated streak with wins over Wiuff, Emanuel Newton and Zelg Galešić in the 2012 Summer Series tournament to earn the $100,000 contract and title shot. His last victory took just 25-seconds as Vegh finished Wiuff by knockout in August at Bellator 73.

 Post subject: Bellator 81 Results
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Bellator 81 Results: Held Taps Clementi, Jansen Survives Tirloni To Reach Lightweight Finals

Rich Clementi was bound and determined to not let Marcin Held and his leg lock obsession keep him from moving on.

But Held had other plans. The Polish lightweight spent most of the first round looking for any kind of a leg lock he could get, and in the second finally got it. Clementi tapped, and the 20-year-old Held moved on in Bellator's Season 7 lightweight tournament.

The fight closed out Bellator 81 at Ryan Center at The University of Rhode Island in Kingston. The MTV2-televised main card followed prelims on

At the start, Clementi locked up Held after a few exchanges on the feet. But on the ground, Held looked for his bread and butter right away – leg locks and toe holds. Clementi did a good job of defending initially. But Held tried to crank on a toe hold, as well. Clementi's veteran prowess had him doing anything to defend, including pushing Held's head away with his foot – a legal move.

The two continued to work throughout the first, each going after leg locks, leaving them both in awkward spots on the ground. Clementi finally was able to switch position, but Held took advantage and cranked on a kneebar. But he didn't have good enough position and Clementi survived – and even had a short-lived guillotine attempt toward the end of a close frame.

The two started slugging it out early in the second, but when Held got in close, Clementi landed a short throw takedown and tried to work out of half guard. He landed shots to Held's ribs as he tried to pass to full mount.

On the ground, though, Held kept working for a finish. He finally grabbed Clementi's left ankle, rolled and started to crank. Clementi, who said he trained in leg locks for two years in Japan, finally was forced to tap to the hold – the first time he's ever tapped to a leg lock or toe hold.

"It's very nice and a very good feeling," Held said. "He's a tough opponent. I got that hold in the first round, but he escaped. This is the best feeling in the world."

Held (12-2 MMA, 4-1 BFC) moved on to the finals, which take place at Bellator 84 in December. Clementi (45-22-1 MMA, 2-2 BFC) saw his hopes for a shot at Bellator gold come up short.

In the night's first lightweight tournament semifinal fight, Dave Jansen and Ricardo Tirloni slugged it out in a close fight that saw Jansen, the American, move into the finals.

A big shot from Jansen put Tirloni right to the canvas inside the first 25 seconds, but Tirloni was right back up and started to fire back and forth with the American. Jansen was the fighter moving forward most often through the first half of the frame as Tirloni looked to pick his moments with a mouse under his left eye.

When Tirloni did get inside, he often landed with authority – but Jansen took them all and kept coming forward. With 40 seconds left, Jansen ducked expertly under a Tirloni right hand and lifted Tirloni up for a suplex that likely gave him the round.

But Tirloni came on in the second and third rounds, which were much closer. In the second, Jansen again looked for a takedown and couldn't finish it, but Tirloni ate some punches on his way back up against the cage. Tirloni seemed to swing bigger and bigger as the fight went on, and when he missed, he often paid the price with Jansen counters.

Tirloni may have sensed the closeness of the fight in the third and looked for a late takedown. He couldn't finish it, and Jansen perhaps knew one of his own could give him the edge. He landed a late takedown, though it wasn't as big as his first-round suplex. Still, it may have swayed a judge in his favor.

The scores of 29-28 twice for Jansen left Tirloni looking dejected and stunned in the cage – and Jansen breathing a sigh of relief as he moved into the finals.

"I'm feeling great," Jansen said. "I kind of pictured the fight like that. I was going to use my wrestling as a backup. Tirloni's got heavy hands and he cracked me a few good ones. But I think I was able to make him miss and make him pay when he did hit me, so it worked out."

Jansen (19-2 MMA, 5-0 BFC) moved to an impressive 5-0 in his Bellator career. And Tirloni (15-3 MMA, 2-2 BFC) will have to wait for his shot at a Bellator belt.

Marlon Sandro puts Dustin Neace to sleep in first round

Marlon Sandro made things look relatively academic against Dustin Neace – though he may have gotten the tiniest bit of help along the way.

As Neace looked for a takedown against the two-time featherweight tournament finalist and brought the fight to the ground, Sandro grabbed the fence just long enough to have his hand slapped away from it by the referee. But that moment may have been enough to give him leverage to roll Neace over.

And once that had happened, Sandro was able to get a dominant position on the ground, rolled over for a rear-naked choke and locked it in. Neace never had a chance to tap, going out before he could.

"My losses were very hard for me," Sandro said. "I trained very hard every day, but I wanted to come back and bring a good fight for the fans."

Sandro (23-4 MMA, 6-2 BFC) is back in the win column after his loss in the Season 6 featherweight tournament finals to Daniel Straus. Neace (23-19 MMA, 0-1 BFC) dropped his third straight.

Perry Filkins outslugs Jonas Billstein

In a fun slugfest to open the MTV2 main-card broadcast, Bellator newcomer Perry Filkins, a Michigan native, fought a close battle with Germany's Jonas Billstein – and then turned on the heat late to get the unanimous decision nod.

After a pair of close, back-and-forth rounds on the feet, Filkins flipped a switch with about three minutes left in the fight. After eating a punch from Billstein, Filkins began whooping and hooting and hollering, earning the approval of the crowd. He even began having what amounted to a conversation with his opponent, telling him to keep bringing the heat as he started winging away, himself.

Billstein tried to oblige and smiled back. But when he drove and looked for a takedown, it was Filkins who wound up on top. Billstein looked for a kimura on the ground, but lost it, and Filkins took advantage and landed some combos as they moved back to the feet.

Billstein looked tired as the fight waned, and when he went for another takedown, Filkins had no real issues, wound up on top in full mount and landed big punches and elbows to finish on his way to a pair of 29-28s and a 30-27 from the judges.

Filkins (7-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) picked up a win in his Bellator debut and may have done enough to find his way into a future middleweight tournament. Billstein (10-3 MMA, 1-2 BFC) lost for the third time in four fights.

•Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held Round 2, 3:04 - lightweight-tourney semifinal
•Dave Jansen def. Ricardo Tirloni via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) - lightweight-tourney semifinal
•Marlon Sandro def. Dustin Neace via technical submission (rear-naked choke)- Round 1, 2:05
•Perry Filkins def. Jonas Billstein via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
•Andrew Calandrelli def. Eric Brown via submission (armbar) - Round 2, 3:10
•Dan Cramer def. Joe Lamoureux via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 3:26
•Murad Machaev def. Lorawnt-T Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•Mike Mucitelli def. Matt Uhde via submission (armbar) - Round 1, 0:26
•Brennan Ward def. Sam McCoy via knockout (strikes) - Round 1, 2:49
•Matt Bessette def. Paul Barrow via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
•Ruben Rey def. Robbie LeRoux via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

 Post subject: Miesha Tate Happy Ronda Rousey Is In The UFC
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Miesha Tate Happy Ronda Rousey Is In The UFC But The Credit Belongs To All Women (Video)

 Post subject: Champ Gilbert Melendez Still Sidelined
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Reports: Champ Gilbert Melendez Still Sidelined, Out Of January Title Fight With Pat Healy

There's almost no other way to put it: Here we go again.

Two months ahead of his title defense at Strikeforce's next card – and reportedly its last card – lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has been sidelined again.

The news comes from Tatame, and UFC/Zuffa President Dana White said on a fan chat with the Montreal Gazette earlier in the day Friday that he believed Melendez was going to be off the January show.

Melendez (21-2 MMA, 11-1 SF) has been in this situation before. He was scheduled to defend his title against Pat Healy (28-16 MMA, 6-1 SF) in September in Sacramento. But when he injured his shoulder, Strikeforce canceled the card altogether when broadcast partner Showtime decided to not air the card without Melendez on it as its headliner.

And not long after that, Strikeforce's follow-up show, scheduled for Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City, also was scrapped when Frank Mir pulled out of a headlining bout with Daniel Cormier and co-main event middleweight champ Luke Rockhold also was sidelined.

The cancellation of back-to-back fight cards left fighters, fans and analysts wondering just what the future was for the promotion – and many speculated that the organization likely would fold, with select fighters being folded into the UFC.

But not long after the cancellation of the Nov. 3 show, Strikeforce and Showtime said a blockbuster card was being planned for January. And recently, details began to emerge of that show, which is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena, site of the canceled Nov. 3 show.

Melendez again was to headline against Healy, with Rockhold vs. Lorenz Larkin in the co-main event and welterweight champ Nate Marquardt defending his belt for the first time against Tarec Saffiedine. Plus, Cormier is to meet Dion Staring in a heavyweight bout.

TMZ reported earlier this month that the event will be the last for Strikeforce, which would mean Melendez's career with the promotion is over.

Melendez trainer and coach Cesar Gracie told Tatame that the fighter will concentrate on moving over to the UFC.

"I think he never recovered from the shoulder injury and will not be able to fight in January," Gracie said. "He had a doctor's appointment this week and the doctor said that he will not be able to fight. We will focus on his recovery. With the end of (Strikeforce), he should migrate to the UFC."

Strikeforce and UFC officials could not immediately comment on Melendez's status. It is not known if Healy will remain on the card in some fashion. Without a Melendez-Healy headliner, the Rockhold-Larkin or Marquardt-Saffiedine title fights could move into the main event.

 Post subject: Still Waiting To Be Paid
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Still Waiting To Be Paid, Jorge Masvidal Unsure What Strikeforce Has In Store For Him

It wasn’t long ago Jorge Masvidal was having a very similar conversation about not fighting and not getting paid.

Following a July win in Strikeforce, Masvidal was on the sidelines awaiting a call from the matchmakers at the promotion about his next test inside the cage, but the September show filled up (prior to being cancelled) and his name was nowhere to be found.

Despite a veteran career spanning more than 25 fights, Masvidal has never been the leading man, winning titles and selling cards where he could make the kind of windfall that would allow him to sit out for a year. No, Masvidal is a fighter who lives by fighting, and when the fights aren’t happening, living gets awfully tough.

So it was with great joy that Masvidal got the call that he would be fighting on the November Strikeforce card. That was until just days later he found out that card would also be cancelled.

“It sucks, especially just financially, cause training costs money. When I fight that’s the only time I get paid. I’ll do a private lesson or seminar here or there, but that’s not my actual money. My money comes from fighting,” Masvidal told MMAWeekly Radio.

Masvidal isn’t the only fighter affected by the recent drought of Strikeforce events, but he’s one of the more vocal ones who doesn’t mind voicing his displeasure in how things have been handled. He just wants to know what’s going on instead of guessing for once.

“That’s the only thing that’s not cool. I wish they’d tell us, hey listen, this show got cancelled, you’re going to be on the January card, you’re going to be on the April card, something like that. That’s the only thing that gets me going,” said Masvidal.

“I’m only going to be 27 once in my life and I only fought once during that whole time, feels like a big wasted year. Not just for the money, but for the actual competing purposes. I could have fought four or five times, yet I sat out and fought one time.”

For his win over Justin Wilcox in July, Masvidal pulled in a paycheck just north of $45,000, which doesn’t sound like bad money at all for a lone fight. Add in sponsor money, and Masvidal would seemingly be living right alongside about two-thirds of the American middle class.

The problem is that figure doesn’t account for the payouts he makes to trainers, training partners, medical expenses, taxes, and a list of other items that every fighter has to deal with when MMA is your only job.

As of yet, Masvidal says he has still received no pay from his scheduled appearance on the November Strikeforce card that was cancelled, although he’s not convinced he won’t be compensated in some way. The only problem right now is the holidays are just around the corner, and Masvidal is feeling a little bit left behind.

“I heard that we would be compensated; I don’t know what the figures were. I haven’t been yet. I’m not saying we’re not because the fight would have just happened last weekend, so maybe they’re going to take care of us now, but I don’t know anything about it,” Masvidal revealed.

Now it’s back to the waiting game for Masvidal, who just doesn’t know what’s going to happen next. He may get a slot on the undercard for the upcoming January Strikeforce show, but he’s not been offered anything as of yet.

He could return to Japan where he fought several times in the past, but with a possible Strikeforce bout looming overhead, he’s hesitant to say yes to anything until hearing from his primary bosses.

At this point, Masvidal is just tired of waiting, and no one seems to have any answers.

“I could possibly take a fight Dec. 31 in Japan, but I don’t know if I can because if I’m fighting in January, obviously I won’t be able to do that fight. They need to let me know, don’t worry about nothing, survive till then, okay cool I’ll make it work,” said Masvidal.

“Just not knowing is the worst. Isn’t that the first sign of war? You cut off communication.”

 Post subject: Doctors Shoot Down Cris Cyborg
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:04 am 

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Doctors Shoot Down Cris Cyborg From Attempting Cut To 135lbs; UFC Future In Jeopardy?

If Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Ronda Rousey ever meet in the UFC, it will have to be at 145lbs or it won’t be happening at all.

Santos met with her doctors recently including a visit to the cardiologist to see about a possible move down to 135lbs, so that she could eventually and hopefully meet Rousey inside the cage to settle their long standing differences.

Members of Cris Cyborg’s camp confirmed to on Tuesday that she visited with her heart doctor and was told that a cut to 135lbs would just not be safe based on her personal physical health. Her cardiologist stated emphatically that he would not sign off on a move down a weight class based on her current health.

The dangers to her body could also prohibit Santos from carrying a child later in life, and according to her camp, that was a risk the former Strikeforce champion was unwilling to make for any fight.

Santos’ walking around weight currently hovers around 160lbs and the 25lb cut would just be too much for her body according to her doctors.

Santos is currently still sitting out awaiting the time in which she can re-apply for a fight license after being suspended for a year following a positive test for a banned substance in California. When she is eligible to return, the question now remains where she will fight at and who will it be against?

The most logical fight for Santos would be a match-up with Rousey in the UFC, if both ladies are moved over to the promotion.

The only problem is it now appears the UFC will only be focusing on the women’s bantamweight division at 135lbs where Rousey currently competes.

If only the 135lb fighters are brought over, that could leave Santos without a home to fight in under the Zuffa umbrella, and a super fight with Rousey off the table.

 Post subject: Randy Blake Contemplating Future In MMA
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:08 am 

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Watching Tyrone Spong’s Success, Randy Blake Contemplating Future In MMA

There’s a certain brotherhood among many kickboxers that even though they must compete against each other, when not throwing hands in the ring, the root for each other outside of it.

When K-1 fighter Randy Blake heard that Tyrone Spong was making his MMA debut a couple of weeks back at World Series of Fighting, he had high hopes that his former kickboxing brethren would do very well in his new found home.

Spong delivered in a big way, knocking out Travis Bartlett in the first round, and becoming the latest kickboxer to have a successful turn into MMA. Blake admits he was none too surprised to see what Spong was able to do.

“I knew he would get in there and knock the guy out. Tyrone’s a dynamic fighter, he’s got excellent power, excellent kicks, and he looked great for his fight,” Blake told MMAWeekly Radio.

Blake also backs up Spong’s idea of facing a top boxer if he ever crossed over to that sport as well.

Following his MMA debut, Spong mentioned that he would love a shot at one of the heavyweight Klitschko brothers. Whether it was Wladimir or Vitali, Spong was happy to show off against either one in the ring.

Some scoffed at the idea that a kickboxer could transition to boxing and do very well, but Blake believes Spong would do better than just handle himself.

“Honestly I would have to go with the kickboxer. If they were to fight, I’d pick Tyrone to win it,” Blake stated.

“It’s not like the guy can’t throw his hands. It would be different if Klitschko was going to kickboxing match, he’d get murdered fast. But we’re talking about Tyrone going to boxing and he’s knocked out people with his hands before.”

With all the talk about Blake supporting his fellow kickboxer’s move into MMA, then obvious question then becomes what about Blake making the move himself?

The Ohio native now living in Oklahoma isn’t opposed to the idea actually. After more than 20 wins in kickboxing with 16 knockouts, Blake knows with the right training he could make that move, and it could happen one day soon.

“I would definitely love to do it. Obviously that’s a different sport, you’ve got different things you have to work on, get a hold of the right guys and get some training in and I would definitely be up for it,” said Blake.

“There’s no reason why I can’t do it, the sky’s the limit.”

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