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 Post subject: Koreshkov Downs Good To Win Tournament
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:34 am 
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Bellator 82 Results: Koreshkov Downs Good To Win Welterweight Tournament


As Bellator closes down their last season of action before moving to Spike TV, they have crowned another welterweight tournament winner in Russian Andrey Koreshkov.

Koreshkov faced former Bellator champion Lyman Good, who was hoping to secure a spot back in a title fight against Ben Askren, who took the title from him six fights ago.

Unfortunately for Good he will have to go back through another tournament if he hopes to stake his claim to a title shot because Koreshkov was able to slip through with a unanimous decision victory after a back and forth fight through three rounds.

Koreshkov was able to keep Good off balance for the majority of both rounds one and three, landing a nasty uppercut in the first stanza and a solid takedown to control the action in the final five minutes.

When it was over, Koreshkov stood tall as the latest welterweight tournament winner, who now awaits a clogged 170lb title picture to clear up once 2013 begins. Champion Ben Askren must first face last season’s tournament winner Karl Ammousou, and then Koreshkov will be in line for a shot at the belt.

In other action at Bellator 82, former WEC champion Doug Marshall survived a 22 second slugfest with former Elite XC fighter Kala Hose. The two competitors came out swinging with everything they had, but when it was done Marshall was the man left standing.

It marks Hose’s fourth loss in a row and his first fight after more than two years of inactivity.

On the preliminary card, highly touted prospect and former wrestling phenom Shawn Bunch made his MMA debut with a unanimous decision victory to kick off his career.

Here are the full results for Bellator 82:

MAIN CARD:

Andrey Koreshkov def. Lyman Good by unanimous decision
David Rickels def. Jason Fischer by unanimous decision
Doug Marshall def. Kala Hose by KO at 0:22, R1
Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Tony Hervey by unanimous decision

PRELIMS:

Shawn Bunch def. Chad Coon by unanimous decision
Giva Santana def. Brendan Sequin by submisison (kneebar) at 2:33, R2
John Schultz def. Hector Garcia by TKO at 2:45, R3
Mario Navarro def. Anthony Bain by submission (triangle choke) at 3:18, R2
Terry Davinney def. Matt Van Buren by KO at 15 seconds, R1
Jeremy Czarnecki def. Justin Houghton by unanimous decision

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 Post subject: The Banning Of Dan McGuane
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:43 am 
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Dan McGuane kept waiting for his past to catch up with him again. He knew it would. He just didn't know when, or how, or exactly what would happen when it tapped him on the shoulder once more, reminding him that it had always been right behind him, waiting for the right moment to step up and pull him back to the summer night in 2005 when he and his twin brother killed a man in the streets of Ayer, Mass.

He'd been waiting ever since he first got the call, the one that came through while he was on vacation in Maine. It was his manager, Bill Murphy, saying he had an offer from Bellator. They wanted McGuane to fight a light heavyweight named Mike Mucitelli in Rhode Island in November. Mucitelli was 3-0 as a pro, the same as McGuane. McGuane hadn't fought in more than a year, but this seemed too good to pass up. Bellator would be the biggest organization he'd ever fought in by far. An undercard fight there seemed within arm's reach of the big time. He took the fight right away.

It was a week or so later, when he and his manager were ironing out the details of the contract, that he had to go through the familiar dance of telling a prospective employer about his felony conviction for involuntary manslaughter and the five years he'd spent in prison for it.

"I'm always honest about it," the 28-year-old McGuane told MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com). "I let everybody know even before I go to a gym or start training with somebody new, because I don't want them to be uncomfortable with it."

Bellator signed him anyway. Nobody said a word about his criminal record. Weeks later, when Bellator began taking heat for promoting a heavyweight fight featuring Brett Rogers, who'd served 60 days for third-degree assault on his wife, McGuane waited for his name to come up. It didn't. Maybe the past would stay in the past, he thought.

Then one night as he was leaving the gym he got another call, this time from his brother.

"He said, 'Have you checked your Facebook page lately?'" McGuane recalled. He hadn't. There were new comments on there, his brother told him. People calling him a murderer, a killer, that sort of thing.

"I was a little surprised, because that hadn't happened in a while," McGuane said. "Then he told me about the website."

All he needed to do was look at the url – BanDanMcGuane.com – to know where this was headed. When he checked it out for himself, it was everything he'd feared. Soon it was on all the MMA blogs. McGuane called his manager, who urged him not to freak out. They'd been upfront and honest about it, he reminded McGuane. Everything would be fine. Less than an hour later, he called back and said he'd spoken to Bellator officials.

"He told me, 'Dan, they're cutting you from the fight,'" McGuane said. "My heart just sank."

The past had caught him again. It wasn't through with him yet.

Paying in blood

The fight started and ended quickly on July 2, 2005. In Ayer, a town of 7,400 about an hour outside of Boston, the fireworks display was just wrapping up. Kelly Proctor, a 19-year-old freshman at nearby Nichols College, was walking home with his girlfriend when they passed the 21-year-old McGuane twins, Dan and Peter.

If you grew up in Ayer, as Proctor had, chances are you knew a little something about the McGuane brothers. In newspaper reports after the incident, they'd be described as bullies by some, and popular kids from a well-known Ayer family by others. They were standout athletes at Ayer High School who had gone on to briefly play college soccer at Fitchburg State College, where they gained reputations for both their playing ability and their aggression on the field.

"They were hyper," Fitchburg State soccer coach Helder Botto told the Boston Globe after their arrest. "They were always high-strung."

One former classmate told the Globe he intentionally left the fireworks display early that year, specifically to avoid running into the McGuanes, who each hovered around 6-foot-3 and weighed somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 pounds. Another former classmate, Jihanna Arrington, told the paper that "Pete was the talker, Dan was the muscle. Dan was meaner, but everybody knew who both of them were."

It was Peter who first exchanged words with Proctor, a 5-foot-8 football player for the semi-pro Lowell Nor'Easters who had attended nearby Nashoba Valley Technical High School. According to court records, it started after a member of the group that was with the McGuane brothers laughed as Proctor and his girlfriend passed by. Proctor asked her what they were laughing at, and soon he and Peter were arguing face-to-face. What happened next was a "very tragic, unfortunate event," according to Dan McGuane.

"That night, the kid said something to my brother and my brother and him started arguing," McGuane said. "The kid spit in my brother's face and went to punch him. My brother slapped him first, and then a wrestling match ensued."

McGuane says now that he got involved only out of concern for his brother, who was legally blind in one eye due to earlier head trauma. He still denies that he ever kicked or stomped Proctor during the fracas. Once Dan moved in, according to Peter's testimony, Proctor's girlfriend jumped on his back and began scratching him, "and then we all just fell like dominoes. Just all – just fell on the curb."

How Proctor ended up lying beneath an SUV is unclear. McGuane says he scooted under the car of his own volition after falling down. Prosecutors would later allege that the McGuane brothers had punched and kicked Proctor until he rolled under the car to escape them. When he and his brother left, Dan said, Proctor was lying under the car, telling his friends to leave him alone, reassuring them that he was fine. By the time friends pulled Proctor out from under the SUV, according to later testimony, he was bloody and unresponsive. When a police officer finally arrived on the scene, he was no longer breathing. His heart stopped. An emergency medical technician made three attempts to get it going again, but failed each time. Shortly after he arrived at Nashoba Deaconess Hospital, doctors made it official: Kelly Proctor was dead.

The popular teenager and former class president was dressed in an immaculate white suit for his funeral service at the New Hope Community Church in Ayer a week later. More than 900 people passed by his casket, according to the Boston Globe. Well after he was buried, the small town still struggled to cope with the tragedy – and the impending trial. Things like this weren't supposed to happen in Ayer.

In nearby Shirley, Mass., Rev. Edmond Derosier was moved to discuss the situation with his congregation at St. Anthony's Parish.

"What makes two young men that angry?" Derosier said of the McGuane brothers, according to the Globe. "I don't know. What I do know is that two families have been so tragically disrupted and for what? God rained down mercy and we've returned blood."

Nothing you're not thinking of

The town of Ayer hadn't had a homicide in more than 25 years when the McGuane brothers were indicted on first-degree murder charges. Those charges were later reduced to manslaughter after a discrepancy emerged in autopsies performed by two different medical examiners. Dr. William Zane – who was later singled out in a "Frontline" investigation that cast doubt on the competency of many medical examiners – originally concluded that the cause of death was blunt trauma to the head, noting a swelling and flattening of the brain. A subsequent exam by Dr. Elizabeth Bundock found no such swelling or flattening, and at trial Zane admitted he had "made a mistake."

What seemed clear enough to the jury, however, was that Proctor had been alive and well until his run-in with McGuane brothers, then died immediately after fighting with them. In 2007, Dan and Peter were convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to five years and a day in prison. They'd already served two of those years while awaiting trial. Now it was off to do serious time.

"The first month or so, you're just so scared to be in prison," McGuane said. "Everything's going through your mind. There's nothing you're not thinking of."

McGuane served time in six different correctional facilities before being released from the Northeaster Correctional Center in Concord on Jan. 21, 2010. In the years before his release, McGuane said, he took college courses, learned Spanish, and received zero disciplinary reports. He spoke regularly at area schools, warning kids about the unintended consequences of violence.

"I tried to better myself every day, at least as much as I could in there, and I've tried to do the same every day since then," McGuane said.

Fighting through the pain

McGuane first began fight training in 2003, he said, though not seriously. On his 21st birthday, he was jumped by several other men and had his nose and wrist broken, so he decided he'd go back to the gym "to try to keep that from happening again." Even then, McGuane admitted, he already had plenty of experience in unarmed combat.

"Did we fight? Yes, we did," he said. "I wouldn't classify myself as a bully. I'd classify myself as young and stupid. I didn't go looking for fights."

After the McGuanes were arrested in 2005, newspaper reports seized on the number of times police had been called to the McGuane household over domestic disturbances. Their father was a "hard-nosed Irish plumber," according to Dan, and the boys – along with their one older brother and two younger sisters – were taught discipline, although "maybe the wrong way." The local news told stories of all the fights they'd been in while growing up in Ayer, all the kids who'd gone over to their house to play and then never went back after basketball games gave way to bloody lips.

"It wasn't that they were bullies, just that they would get set off pretty easily," one former neighbor told the Boston Globe. "Their tempers were right up there."

Once he was released from prison, McGuane resumed mixed martial arts training first as a form of treatment.

"I realized that it helps, getting to work out and get that stuff out," he said. "It was very therapeutic. ... I used MMA and working out to deal with the PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] that I was diagnosed with from my childhood."

If it had stayed there, with one man working out his issues in the gym, chances are most MMA fans would have never heard of Dan McGuane. And, if by some strange sequence of events they did hear about the small-town man with a conviction for involuntary manslaughter who was now training at an MMA club in Fall River, Mass., with other eager young students, few would have cared. As long as he'd never gone pro, he might have retained some small degree of anonymity even in the information age.

So why blow that by trying to fight for a living? Why couldn't he see that, with his past, it was perhaps the one sport where his participation alone might spur outrage?

"Originally, to be honest with you, I started fighting because I couldn't find a job," McGuane said.

It wasn't that he wasn't looking for other work, or even that he couldn't get noticed by potential employers. He applied all over New England, and he kept coming so close. He'd get a call back, the interview would go well, and then they'd tell him there was only the small matter of the background check. You can imagine how it went from there. McGuane would tell them about his felony conviction, mention the words "involuntary manslaughter," and the job would vanish.

And so in August of 2010, a little less than eight months after being released from prison for a fight that left one man dead and two families in shambles, McGuane made his professional debut in Brockton, Mass., winning by first-round guillotine choke. He won two more fights the following year, but he also found a full-time job as a warehouse manager for a mechanical contractor. His brother Peter works for the same company as a purchaser, and both are extremely grateful to have the jobs, McGuane said.

That's why McGuane wasn't exactly itching to fight when he got the call in 2012. He was busy working, trying to scratch out some sort of lasting career for himself, "but when I was offered the opportunity for a Bellator fight, I jumped at it," he said. "I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

What McGuane didn't realize was that, shortly after Bellator had announced his participation in the Bellator 81 event on Nov. 16, someone who knew his history in Ayer had caught wind of it through an MMA gym in Boston. That led to the creation of the anonymous group that started BanDanMcGuane.com with the help of a small marketing firm, according to a statement emailed to MMAjunkie.com by the website's administrator. The group insisted on remaining anonymous, the statement said, because "Dan and his family's reputation is enough that no one was willing to come forward. Our only goal was to prevent Dan from being given the spotlight for his 'skill set' that killed our friend, Kelly Proctor, just a few years back."

McGuane has his own theories about who is behind the website. He believes his scheduled opponent at the Bellator event – Mike Mucitelli, who is featured prominently on the BanDanMcGuane.com homepage, and who defeated a replacement opponent at Bellator 81 via first-round armbar – put up the website to avoid the fight (requests for comment from Mucitelli went unanswered). According to the emailed statement from BanDanMcGuane.com, that accusation "just goes to prove that Dan has not taken responsibility for his actions and does not seem to have the ability to believe how many people his actions had an effect on."

"Our support of [Mucitelli] was not a priority until we received an email from someone pointing out that what we had done was great but we failed to realize what an effect this would have on Mike," the statement read. "We put our support behind him to make up for potentially costing him an opportunity with Bellator."

For its part, Bellator officials told MMAjunkie.com that McGuane had indeed disclosed his conviction before signing with the organization, but that disclosure had gone unnoticed by the higher-ups in the company due to the sheer number of new contracts the organization had inked around the same time. Once Bellator officials read about McGuane's crime on MMA blogs, according to one Bellator employee who did not wish to be named, the decision to release him was made "pretty much immediately."

Old wounds

These days, when McGuane talks about the fight that changed his life, he does so with a strange mix of indignation and remorse. He'll tell you all about the discrepancies with the two autopsies, the failed appeal, the questionable descriptions in the police report and the inconsistencies in witness testimony. He bristles at suggestions that he and his brother had a running feud with Proctor, or that they even knew him well before the night of the town fireworks display. He claims many of the former classmates who painted him as a bully in newspaper reports later wrote to him to apologize.

Listen to him long enough, and McGuane starts to sound like a man who believes he was wrongly convicted, except that he doesn't. Despite all the flaws he finds with the criminal proceedings and the depiction of the McGuane boys as the "evil twins" of Ayer, he thinks he and his brother both deserved to do prison time for Proctor's death.

"The fact of the matter is, someone died," McGuane said. "As tragic and as unfortunate and as accidental as that was, someone had to take responsibility. We believe it was from us, from our actions, that led to it. It was unintentional, but it happened. ... Now that I did my time, it's about what I can do to better myself. It's a constant battle every day to better yourself and not let the past affect you. And it affects you all the time."

Losing the Bellator fight was a minor consequence, McGuane said. It was an opportunity he hadn't really expected in the first place. As frustrating as it was to train for a fight that never happened, it's nothing compared to what he and his family felt at having the old wound reopened on the Internet, where the past can always be dredged up again in one Google search.

"It was like nobody wanted to hear anything I've done since then," said McGuane. "They just weren't interested. I mean, I was called a 'deplorable scumbag.' People were on the Internet saying I was convicted of murder, and I wasn't. But, you know, I've done the same thing. Before I went to prison, I had read articles about people convicted of crimes and thought, screw this s---bag, he deserves whatever he gets. I think we've all done that."

One thing you get used to after being released from prison is getting reminded that while you may view your sentence as something you've already completed, in the eyes of others the book isn't so easily closed. Your past becomes public property, in a sense. Everyone assumes the right to have an opinion on it, and often enough they're of the opinion that you don't deserve to be free of your crime just yet. It goes from being something you did to something you are. The worst mistake of your life is now a part of your identity that you must drag around behind you. This, too, is part of your punishment.

For McGuane, what really hurt was that he'd inadvertently made his twin brother and their family relive that mistake, and all because he'd accepted a fight offer from Bellator. It was like what had happened when he was first arrested.

"The hardest thing to deal with in prison was what was happening to my family on the outside," said McGuane, who acknowledged that despite a rocky home life at times, he and his father now "have a friendship" that they didn't have when he was growing up. While he was locked up, McGuane said, his sisters were picked on in high school, his father's plumbing business was vandalized and his older brother, who had just returned from his second tour in Iraq, heard whispers everywhere he went in his hometown.

There's the murderer's brother, people said. Not, there's the war vet, home from serving his country.

In trying to get himself an MMA fight, McGuane had brought all that back up again. His fighting career hadn't been all that much to begin with, but after this?

"To be honest with you, it's probably over," McGuane said. "I'm not going to drag my brother's name and my family's name back through this again just so I can get in a ring and fight. I like the training and the competition. I like the guys I train with. To get up there and compete ... I love that. But I love my family more. I'm not going to put them through what they went through eight years ago."

As for Proctor's family, they did not respond to requests to be interviewed for this story. In a 2006 Boston Globe article, Karol Proctor – the victim's mother – told a reporter that she still saw the McGuanes' mother "all the time" in the small town of Ayer.

"I know she sees me, too, but she won't look at me," Proctor said. "She just stares straight ahead."

McGuane would like to speak with Proctor's mother, he said, but is legally prohibited from contacting her. As much as he'd like to offer her an apology, McGuane said, "I highly doubt she wants to ever see me or talk to me, and I have to respect that. If my brother died that night, I don't know that I'd want to talk to Kelly."

In the emailed statement from BanDanMcGuane.com, the group said it had heard complaints that by rallying for McGuane to be pulled from the Bellator card, it was denying him the opportunity to get on with his life after serving his prison sentence.

"Some opponents of our movement have told us that people deserve second chances," the statement read. "As soon as Kelly Proctor gets his second chance, Dan McGuane can have his."

Of all the ways to make some money and get a therapeutic workout, why did it have to be fighting? Why did he have to go and do the one sport that would remind us of the uncomfortable connection between the thing people to do to hurt each other and the thing other people watch as entertainment? Why couldn't he have guessed that of all the ways the world might be ready to let him move on, this wouldn't be one of them? And, as long as we're asking questions, why couldn't he and his brother have kept to themselves that night at the fireworks display? Why couldn't everything have been different with just a few different choices, all of which seem as obvious now as they are impossible to make? How can the past be so permanent and unchangeable, like a map that tells you where you can go based on where you've already been? How can it be that the past is never really through with you, no matter how much you tell yourself that you are through with it?

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 Post subject: Felice Herrig Faces Patricia Vidonic At Bellator 84
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:13 am 
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Moving on…

Felice Herrig is done focusing on her grudge match with Michele Gutierrez after she dropped out of their fight at Bellator 84 under questionable circumstances.

Now instead Herrig will turn her attention to another old opponent as she faces Patricia Vidonic on Dec 14 in Hammond, IN.

Sources close to the promotion confirmed the new bout to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.

Herrig and Vidonic met first at XFC 17 in April this year with Herrig coming away with a unanimous decision victory.

With the chance to exact revenge even on short notice, Vidonic stepped up and will face Herrig next Friday night at Bellator 84.

It’s expected that the women’s fight will still occupy a slot on the main televised card headed to MTV2 with the show headlined by the finals of the heavyweight and lightweight tournaments that night

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 Post subject: Jessica Eye Physically And Mentally Ready For Anything
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Jessica Eye Physically And Mentally Ready For Anything Zoila Gurgel Brings To Bellator 83


While success can be a motivator, sometimes it is when things are at their bleakest that people are able to make more strides forward.

For Bellator flyweight Jessica “Evil” Eye, this is very much the case as she’s managed to win five fights in a row thanks in most part to difficulties she’s had in her life and the only loss she’s suffered in her fighting career.

“I’ve had some injuries that have sidelined me a little bit, but it’s kind of taken my training to different levels because I’ve had to change them to compensate for those injuries, but I really think a lot of my momentum has come from my Aisling Daley fight,” said Eye.

“That (loss) weighs heavy in my heart and in my soul and I would never take away from it. A lot of what’s happened to me and the success I’ve had has come because of it.”

Eye’s success has paid off with an opportunity to fight Bellator’s top 125-pound female fighter, Zoila Gurgel, this Friday in Atlantic City, N.J., as part of Bellator 83 on MTV2 and MMAWeekly.com.

“I was so jacked,” said Eye when she was told she’d be facing Gurgel. “I’m not excited to fight Zoila because we had a beef a couple years ago – I don’t really care about that – but everybody was excited because they want to see me fight the best and do well against her.”

Eye told MMAWeekly.com that she feels both her and Gurgel match up very evenly, and it could come down to the intangibles to determine the outcome of their fight.

“I think we’re very similar,” said Eye. “I think that she looks at me to try to pick my game apart, but I think she does that really because she knows I’m just as good as she is and I’m just as well-rounded as she is

“I definitely don’t think it’s a career-breaking fight for either of us, and both of us know that we’re here to stay in this sport and here to do big things. It’s just a matter of who wants it more and who has prepared more and is ready to capitalize on any opportunity given us.”

With everything that she’s been through of late, this is a huge opportunity for Eye to not only secure her best year fighting yet, but to help provide a foundation for bigger things to come in 2013.

“I fought all top-ranked females this entire year and while it has prepared for me for this moment, I feel like I’ve struggled a lot this year and had a lot of things going on in my life with injuries and stuff like that,” said Eye. “I do think that emotionally I’ve been prepared by life and physically prepared by the fights I’ve taken.

“I’m physically ready and mentally ready for anything.”

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“You Have To Be Able To Handle Winning And Losing,” Former Bellator Champ Zack Makovsky



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 Post subject: ‘King Mo’ Lawal To Make Bellator Debut On Jan. 17th
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Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal (8-1, 1NC) is set to debut inside the Bellator cage next month when he enters the promotions Season Eight light heavyweight tournament.

Lawal will debut on Spike TV on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the UCI Bren Events Center in Irvine, California against an unnamed opponent.

The news was announced by MMAFighting.com who learned of the date from sources close to the event.

Lawal signed with Bellator, as well as the pro-wrestling promotion TNA, earlier this year following his release from the Strikeforce promotion after posting negative comments on Twitter towards one of the commissioners on review board for the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NSAC suspended ‘King Mo’s’ license for nine-months following a positive steroid test this past January.

Lawal tested positive for drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, following a knockout victory over Lorenz Larkin at the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine show in Las Vegas. The win was overturned by the NSAC to a “No Contest” following the failed drug test.

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Gilbert Melendez Camp Considering Move To Featherweight, Negotiating With UFC


The outcome of Saturday's title fight between champ Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz will not only impact the UFC's lightweight division, but possibly its future featherweight class.

Diaz today revealed that Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez (21-2 MMA, 11-1 SF) is considering a run at featherweight if the title changes hands on Saturday night at UFC on FOX 5, which takes place at KeyArena in Seattle.

Melendez trainer Cesar Gracie also told MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighter is negotiating with the UFC on a possible new contract.

Diaz vs. Henderson serves on the event's FOX-televised main card, which follows prelims on FX and Facebook.

Gracie said Melendez, who currently is unable to fight due to a severe shoulder separation suffered in training for a scheduled Sept. 29 fight with Pat Healy, still has fights remaining on his Strikeforce contract, which was inked prior to the promotion's acquisition by UFC parent company Zuffa.

The trainer said negotiations are in the preliminary stages and stressed that nothing was finalized. He added that Melendez would likely stay at lightweight if Diaz is unsuccessful in his challenge of Henderson.

Diaz, meanwhile, said he could fight at lightweight or welterweight should Melendez migrate to the UFC.

"S--t don't go too well for this fight, and Gilbert Melendez is going to be champion for sure," Diaz said. "No doubt in my mind."

Gracie said Melendez is still recovering from the injury and was unsure on a timetable for the fighter's return. He most recently fought in May, when he defeated ex-champ Josh Thomson in a rubber match. He currently enjoys a seven-fight win streak.

Melendez repeatedly lobbied to cross over to the UFC when Strikeforce was acquired by Zuffa, but an agreement between Zuffa and Strikeforce broadcast partner Showtime nixed such a possibility. He was expected to fight on a Jan. 12 event, which is expected to be the final Strikeforce show, but had to again pull out due to his injury.

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Bibiano Fernandes-Yoshiro Maeda, Denis Kang-Melvin Manhoef Set For DREAM.18


DREAM's return now has a new pair of high-profile fights set for New Year's Eve in Japan.

Bibiano Fernandes (12-3) and Yoshiro Maeda (30-11-2) will meet in a bantamweight bout, while Denis Kang (35-15-2) takes on Melvin Manhoef (26-9-1) at middleweight. DREAM officials recently announced the two fight bookings.

A combined show with the GLORY kickboxing promotion, "DREAM.18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo – New Year's Eve Special" takes place at 4 p.m. (2 a.m. ET) near Tokyo on New Year's Eve. The combined event will take place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, which is where the DREAM.18 show was to be held before the merger of the two events.

Fernandes returns after a summer flirtation with the UFC that ended with him not coming to terms with the promotion, despite being announced for a fight with Roland Delorme at UFC 149. Instead, the former DREAM featherweight and bantamweight champ and current bantamweight champ signed with ONE FC and beat Gustavo Falciroli in August.

Fernandes has won four straight fights and has not lost since a unanimous decision setback against Hiroyuki Takaya on New Year's Eve two years ago.

Maeda, a WEC and PRIDE veteran, has won back-to-back fights with second-round rear-naked chokes. In February, he won DEEP's bantamweight title, then defended it in August against Tatsumitsu Wada.

Kang, a three-fight UFC vet, snapped a three-fight skid in June when he stopped Hae Suk Son with a first-round knockout in South Korea. That was his first victory since April 2011.

Manhoef, a standout kick boxer and Strikeforce vet, won his second straight fight in October when he knocked out Ryo Kawamura at "ONE FC: Rise of Kings." Before that, he took a split decision from Jae Young Kim in September to win for the first time after a four-fight winless streak that included a pair of Strikeforce losses to Robbie Lawler and Tim Kennedy.

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 Post subject: Shinya Aoki Draws Antonio McKee At DREAM 18
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:45 am 
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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

The philosophy seems to be working for DREAM as they put together their New Year’s Eve card in Japan because Shinya Aoki will return home to face Antonio McKee.

DREAM officials announced the new bout on Friday.

This isn’t the first time DREAM has attempted to put the lightweight together in the ring, but now maybe it will become a reality.

McKee was scheduled to fight Aoki during DREAM’s “Fight for Japan” show in 2011, but ultimately the fight never came together and a laundry list of rumors flew as to why it didn’t happen.

McKee took responsibility for the fight not taking place, but now he’s signed on to face Aoki as part of the year end show in Japan.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:47 am 
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D.J. Linderman Wants To Redeem Himself And Face Tyrone Spong Next


D.J. Linderman was not happy with how things turned out for his debut in World Series of Fighting.

The former heavyweight took on Anthony Johnson in the co-main event on the broadcast, and heading into the fight he knew he was the underdog, but Linderman wanted to show the world what he could do against top competition.

Unfortunately for Linderman, he ended up on the wrong end of a highlight reel knockout.

The knockout was precipitated by an accidental eye poke that almost caused a pause to the action before the referee told both fighters to continue on. Linderman rushed in and Johnson floored him with a single punch.

“When he said he got the eye poke, I don’t believe there was one and I was giving him his time and Herb Dean said to come in, so I was kind of hesitant coming in and I caught that overhand that he has, and it was over from there,” Linderman told MMAWeekly.com.

“I don’t take nothing away from him, it was a shot that happened and I’m looking to come back.”

While post-fight video and photos seem to show Johnson had quite the red eye from an apparent eye poke, the bout was over regardless and now Linderman wants to move on and take his next challenge.

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 Post subject: Canada’s Ricci Makes The Ultimate Fighter Finale
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:52 am 
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Las Vegas, Nevada – Episode 12 – “Semifinal Showdown” – of The Ultimate Fighter®Fridays reality series aired Friday night on FX and featured this season’s semifinal matchups, teammate vs. teammate.

The first bout, featuring Team Nelson’s Jon Manley vs. Colton Smith, went to a third-round decision and ended with Smith as the victor after dominating the first two of third rounds. The second semifinal matchup saw Team Carwin teammates Mike Ricci and Neil Magny square off in the Octagon®. It appeared both men were evenly matched, but then, during the last minute of the first round, Ricci delivered the only knockout of the season, which left Magny briefly unconscious.

The two victors, Smith and Ricci, will now face off in the much-anticipated Finale on December 15th to decide who will win the lucrative contract with the UFC® and be named the next Ultimate Fighter.

Here’s what this season’s winning finalists had to say after their bouts:

Ricci: “I won the fight and I was excited, but I couldn’t help it, I broke down and I started crying. Because, the truth is, I would’ve rather win by a decision than to do that to him, cause it hurt. You have a teammate and you eat every night with them and you pray with them and you go for swims and you talk and you share things and then you do that to somebody…and it was hard for me. I know what it’s like to be Neil; I’ve been knocked out before. That feeling where you wake up and you don’t know what happened and all your dreams are shattered, all the opportunity you thought you had was gone. But if I didn’t do it to him, he would’ve done it to me, so I had no choice.”

Smith: “Feels great, I’m top two now. It’s been a long road; 4 weigh-ins, 4 fights, 4-0 in the house. I might not have been the best fighter, I might not have been the most skilled or the prettiest fighter, but I guarantee you, I’m the best fighter at the end of the day in the house.”

Here’s what UFC President Dana White and the two finalists had to say heading into the Finale:

Ricci: “I don’t think that Colton Smith can hang with me to be honest with you. I mean anything can happen, right? He’s a dangerous man, but if my A game is on, I’ll be able to stop Colton for sure.”

Smith: “Mike Ricci is a tough, tough dude. He has power in his hands, power in his kicks, elbows. He’s a very versatile fighter, but I’m going to go in there and I’m going to take his head off, I’m going to ground and pound, I’m going to look for the submission. He’ll break before I will, that’s guaranteed.”

White: “I think Ricci vs. Smith is going to be a good fight. These guys have consistently fought well, they won, and I think we ended up with the two best guys here, I really do.”

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 Post subject: UFC Pres Dana White Stirs Controversy
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UFC Pres Dana White Stirs Controversy With NFL On Fox Homeless Portrayal And Twitter Response


UFC president Dana White is a magnet for controversy, and his Sunday appearance during a comedic sketch on the NFL on Fox didn’t do anything to shuck that trend.

White appeared during a comedy segment titled “Riggle’s Picks” on the NFL on Fox as part of the promotional tie-ins for Saturday’s UFC on Fox 5.

Rob Riggle’s skit has the comedian pimping out his new NFL insider hotline service. White posed as one of Riggle’s “insiders,” a homeless man in a cardboard box, providing Riggle with the scoop on Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton’s pregnancy.

The skit was obviously focused on making fun of the whole “NFL insider” angle. There were no direct barbs about homelessness, but White posing as such quickly drew fire on Twitter.

White is a Twitter regular, engaging daily in feisty conversations on the popular Social Networking platform, and rarely backing down when controversy strikes. He was no different when it came to the NFL on Fox controversy.

“The (expletive) in this country who cry about everything everyone does makes me (expletive) ill,” he tweeted.

A fan declared White’s portrayal in “bad taste” and called for him to apologize, but White still would have none of it.

He replied, “It’s a skit for a comedian. (Expletive) in this country cry about everything!!! Get a sense of humor.”

White has often been described as the brash head of the UFC, rarely steering away from controversy. Following Sunday’s NFL on Fox stir and his response, it doesn’t appear that White is intent on changing his ways anytime soon.




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 Post subject: New UFC Trading Cards Include Ronda Rousey
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:09 pm 
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Topps UFC Bloodlines is a new trading card product that features the most notable fighters in one of the world’s fastest growing sports.

UFC Bloodlines celebrates the immense diversity of the UFC by featuring unique cards that proudly honor the specific nationality of the various stars of the UFC such as GSP (Canada), Anderson Silva (Brazil), Jon Jones (America) and more! There are no teams in the UFC, fighters represent where they are from and Bloodlines celebrates this notion.

UFC Bloodlines also includes the first-ever UFC women’s champion, Ronda Rousey, making her UFC trading card debut!

As with all Topps card products, UFC Bloodines features more than just pictures of fighters on cardboard. The product is packed with autographed cards from many of your favorite fighters. Also, look for awesome relic cards, cards with pieces of fighter gear Octagon mats and other memorabilia.

Some new features in the UFC Bloodlines set are Patriotic Patches featuring 25 fighters shown with patches bearing their national heritage symbols. International Airmail cards featuring 10 fighters with actual postage stamps from their countries of origin (numbered to 50). Jumbo Fight Mat Relics featuring 30 fighters with a piece of the mat they fought on (numbered to 88). Fighter Jumbo Relic Base Parallel featuring 40 fighters with a jumbo sized relic of fighter-worn shirts or shorts.

Collect your favorite fighters, show your pride of country! Topps Bloodlines can be found in your local hobby shop. For a hobby shop near you, go to Topps.com.

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 Post subject: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche
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Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche Headlines UFC 157


The UFC has their first ever women’s champion in Ronda Rousey. The former Olympian will headline UFC 157 in Anaheim on Feb. 23 in her Octagon debut.

UFC president Dana White announced on Thursday that Rousey will face former Strikeforce and Invicta contender Liz Carmouche in the main event of the upcoming card in 2013.

“In the UFC, Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (Ronda Rousey) will be fighting Liz Carmouche, and she is the main event,” said White.

Rousey signed with the UFC a few weeks ago, making her the first ever female fighter under contract with the promotion. Now she not only makes her UFC debut, but she headlines a pay-per-view card for her first fight in the Octagon.

“I think the women are here to stay and I want to prove it,” said Rousey.

Undefeated in her career, Rousey has been unstoppable thus far and looks to keep her streak alive when she debuts in the UFC in early 2013.

Facing Rousey will be the only lady who stepped up to the challenge, according to White, and that is former Strikeforce and Invicta contender Liz Carmouche.

“That’s who wanted to fight her. Believe me, people aren’t kicking the door down at Zuffa wanting to fight (Rousey),” White said about Carmouche.

A winner of two fights in a row, Carmouche will look to be the first person in MMA to hand Rousey a loss, while also taking over the UFC women’s bantamweight title.

UFC 157 goes down on Feb 23 from Anaheim, Calif., and airs live on pay-per-view

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