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January 20th 2011

Matyushenko "can't wait to see Tito get his ass kicked"

Vladimir Matyushenko would like to fight the winner of the forthcoming March 26th fight between Tito Ortiz and Rogerio Nogueira - and he has particular reasons to want to fight them both.Former light-heavyweight champion Ortiz holds a win over him from when he stepped in at short notice years ago at UFC 33 (2001). Nogueira and he are 1-1 with Nogueira winning their...
January 20th 2011

GSP parts ways with three-year manager

Georges St. Pierre has parted company with his long-time Shari Spencer, who has represented him for the past three years.The news is a surprise given that Spencer had played a key part in guiding St. Pierre towards being the best-sponsored athlete in MMA with endorsement deals from the likes of sportswear giant Under Armour."They felt they had a different vision...
January 20th 2011

Nick Diaz would move up in weight "for a couple of million"

Nick Diaz is up for moving up in weight to fight Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller - as long as he gets paid the right amount of money. Diaz says that as a natural welterweight it doesn’t make sense for him to put his body through the strain of moving up in weight for a fight unless he handsomely compensated. “[Manny] Pacquaio’s making 40 f--king...
January 20th 2011

Strikeforce lands PPV deal in Japan

Strikeforce has landed itself a pay per view carrier in Japan.The company has struck a deal with Japanese cable station SkyPerfect to broadcast events from the forthcoming heavyweight grand prix on a pay per view basis, starting with the February 12th show which kicks the tournament off.How much of a moneymaker the PPV will be remains to be seen but the move is...
January 20th 2011

Nick Diaz goes off on GSP and Koscheck

Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz appeared on a conference call today to promote his January 29th title defence against Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos. While doing so he also took the time to address the issue of certain welterweights being ranked above him in many rankings, Josh Koscheck and Georges St. Pierre among them.“I got here and I...
January 20th 2011

UFC interested in Nick Diaz, claims trainer

Cesar Gracie says the UFC has expressed an interest in signing Nick Diaz, the Strikeforce welterweight champion.In an appearance on The MMA Hour this week he said the UFC was interested in Diaz, but it was felt better to stay with Strikeforce as Nick’s brother Nate and training partner Jake Shields also compete in the UFC welterweight division."There's...
January 20th 2011

K-1 boss blasts Sapp: "Lamentable dust man"

Earlier this week Bob Sapp talked about K-1 and its parent company FEG and accused the company of “stifing” its fighters. “I'm done with all the talk about me. I'm done with them stiffing the fighters. I'm just done with it. I've seen too much. Start paying people to show up,” he said as he recounted to MMA Junkie how he had walked out of the...
January 20th 2011

Reports: Another MMA scandal imminent in Japan

Certain Japanese MMA pundits are predicting another scandal to rock the sport in Japan very soon, following the publication of a report entitled “Pro-Wrestling: Crime & Punishment” in the popular and respected BESSATSU TAKARAJIMA magazine.Among the subjects the report tackles is the financial crisis currently affecting FEG, parent company of DREAM and...
January 19th 2011

Fedor's sparring partners earn "broken rib, damaged face"

By the sounds of it, there are easier ways to earn a living than to be a sparring partner for former PRIDE FC champion Fedor Emelianenko.The Russian heavyweight, who will compete in the forthcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, has been damaging his training partners of late - purely by accident, according to his coach. Vladimir Voronov, Fedor’s long-time...

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