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March 14th 2011

Japanese earthquake affects Akiyama, Aoki fights

The earthquakes in Japan have caused several Japanese fighters to pull out of scheduled bouts in the US.UFC middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama has withdrawn from his fight with Nate Marquardt at UFC 128 this Saturday and has been replaced by Dan Miller.Miller is coming off a win over Joe Doerksen at UFC 124 while Marquardt is coming off the disappointing decision loss to...
March 14th 2011

Report: Kongo back in action in June

French heavyweight Cheick Kongo will return to action at ‘UFC Live on Versus 4’ on June 26th, it has been reported.Kongo does not have an opponent lined up, according to MMA Weekly, but is expected to feature on the main card of the event.He last fought at UFC 120 where he went to a draw with newcomer Travis Browne. Kongo was deducted a point in the third...
March 13th 2011

UFC/Strikeforce buyout: Facts, analysis, angles

Yesterday the UFC company president announced that Zuffa, parent company of the UFC, has purchased the rival Strikeforce brand. Dana White gave an extended interview to MMA Fighting in which he confirmed the buyout and explained some of the terms of the deal. He made clear that Strikeforce has been acquired as a going concern and that all the company’s current...
March 12th 2011

Cerrone vs Danzig set for June

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is to get a long-awaited grudge match with Mac Danzig.The two exchanged sharp words several times recently and the UFC has taken notice, matching them for June 11th in Canada.News of the bout comes from a source very close to Cerrone who confirms that the fight is a lock for the summer show.“So all you have to do to secure a...
March 12th 2011

UFC buys Strikeforce

Zuffa has bought out the Strikeforce brand.The parent company of the UFC now owns its closest rival promotion, but the Strikeforce brand and roster will not be merged any time soon.Rumours of Zuffa buying Strikeforce out reached Fighters Only ears some days ago but no sources were willing to go on the record or state that the buyout was happening for definite....
March 11th 2011

Shogun unperturbed by underdog status

Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua does not resent his underdog status with the bookmakers ahead of next week’s title defence against Jon Jones.“I understand if people think he’s the favorite. He’s been winning all of his fights easily, and I certainly think he is the rightful favorite for this fight. I truly consider myself the...
March 11th 2011

ESPN enters the MMA Rankings game with top ten p4p list

Major sports network ESPN has entered the highly political world of MMA rankings.Today the network’s MMA team debuted a ‘top ten pound for pound’ list, compiled by the broadcast team behind MMA Live.Predictably, the list has already caused controversy. All the fighters on it are from the UFC and light-heavyweight Jon Jones is included in place of...
March 11th 2011

Phil Davis: Mr Wonderful is also Mr Nice

First he goes inventing moves, now Phil Davis is reinventing pre-fight trash talk.The current MMA climate has fighters talking about each other in ever more outlandish and exaggerated terms, from Chael Sonnen’s lengthy and hilarious rants to Jorge Rivera’s equally hilarious yet spectacularly backfiring videos about Michael Bisping.None of that for Davis....
March 11th 2011

Jon Jones looking at "active clinch" to handle Rua

A clash of styles could be on the cards at next weekend’s UFC light-heavyweight clash between champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Jon Jones.Rua, originally a product of the famed and feared Chute Boxe school, is a Muay Thai man first and foremost. Jones is an excitingly eclectic mixed martial artist, but has roots in Greco-Roman high school...
March 11th 2011

Matt Hamill sees Rampage fight as path to title shot

Matt Hamill has his eye on the UFC light-heavyweight title, and thinks former champ Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson is the route to it.He revealed to Mac’s MMA how he was originally matched with Phil Davis, didn’t like the fight, and jumped at the chance to face Jackson when a slot became available.“I was supposed to fight in Toronto against...

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