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July 11th 2010

Florian curbing his enthisiasm for Boston debut

Kenny Florian is excited about fighting in front of a Boston crowd for the first time at UFC 118, but he’s not letting it get to him. The lightweight contender expects his fight with Gray Maynard will be a bigger deal for family and friends than it will for him.“It’s exciting. I’m more really excited for my family and friends to be...
July 11th 2010

Daley: "I have not signed for Bellator"

Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley has denied rumours that he has signed with Bellator FC, dismissing reports that he inked a deal this week as “bullshit”.Daley was linked to Bellator by more than one report this weekend, apparently as part of an upcoming eight-man welterweight tournament. But Daley says he has not signed anything and does not see himself...
July 10th 2010

Aoki claims he is rematching Melendez in September

Shinya Aoki is set to rematch Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez in September, according to a speech he made following his win over Tatsuya Kawajiri at DREAM 15 last night. Aoki claimed that he and Melendez would be squaring off at DREAM 16, although this is the first time that a rematch has been publicly mentioned.The two first met at a Strikeforce...
July 10th 2010

Lesnar-Velasquez set for UFC 121

Brock Lesnar has agreed to fight Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in October, it has been reported. The fight will headline the event, which takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on October 23rd.The news comes via MMA Fighting, who received confirmation of the bout from UFC president Dana White. The fight had been rumoured for UFC 119 but White told the...
July 10th 2010

Mousasi victorious, Manhoef upset at DREAM 15

Gegard Mousasi and Melvin Manhoef are both kickboxing stylists based in Holland but they had vastly different fortunes at last nights DREAM 15 event in Japan. Mousasi earned the second-quickest win of his career by guillotining former UFC light-heavyweight Jake O’Brien in their Grand Prix tournament match.O’Brien shot a double-leg early, perhaps taking a...
July 9th 2010

Blame broken bones not bro hugs, says Barry trainer

Pat Barry’s admiration for Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic had nothing to do with him losing their fight at UFC 115, according to Barry’s trainer Duke Roufus. The legendary kickboxer says Barry’s problems were of a more physical nature."He broke his hand in the first round. It's hard to do anything when your hand is shattered. Then he...
July 9th 2010

Riggs vs Taylor, 4-woman tournament at Strikeforce Challengers

Joe "Diesel" Riggs will headline a Strikeforce Challengers event from Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, when he takes on knockout artist Louis Taylor at a catch weight of 182 pounds in the main event on Friday, August 13th.The event, Strikeforce’s first in the state of Arizona, will also feature a four-woman single elimination welterweight (135...
July 9th 2010

Exclusive: Bisping faces Akiyama at UFC 120

Top British middleweight Michael Bisping’s next opponent will be Japanese judo stylist Yoshihiro Akiyama, Fighters Only learned this morning from a UK source. The fight will headline UFC 120 in October.Bout agreements have been drawn up and at least one has been completed and signed, with the second expected to be completed in the very near future to make the...
July 9th 2010

Exclusive Thiago Alves Q&A: Brain surgery, ring rust, Fitch

Thiago Alves challenged Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 100 last year. That was on July 11th and the American Top Team fighter has not competed since. A knee injury forced him off UFC 107 and his rematch with Jon Fitch was put back to UFC 111. But prior to UFC 111 he underwent CAT scans and was found to have an abnormality in the front-left...
July 8th 2010

One to watch: Rob Mills (UK)

UK welter weight Rob ‘Rocop’ Mills (6-1) has been making quite a name for himself since turning Pro in 2007. The entertaining North East native, currently on a 5-fight winning streak, was scheduled to fight former UFC & Pride fighter Mark ‘The Wizard’ Weir (19-6-1) on July 10th. An injury at the start of week forced Weir out, so...