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June 6th 2010

Harris vs Branch set for UFC 116

New UFC signing Dave Branch will face Gerald Harris in his first fight for the organisation, it has been reported. Branch, who has fought twice for Bellator Fighting Championships and has a 6-0 record, will debut at UFC 116.News of the bout was first reported by MMA Junkie and Fighters Only has since been able to obtain independent confirmation. Branch has stopped...
June 6th 2010

Police hunting Badr Hari following station no-show

Melvin Manhoef’s team mate Badr Hari has police looking for him in his native Holland after failing to turn himself as promised to discuss an allegation of aggravated assault. Hari is one of four young men suspected of taking part in on being present at the February incident.A nightclub doorman was left with severe facial injuries, including a fractured...
June 5th 2010

In the cross-hairs of history's most stacked division

The light-heavyweight division has long been considered by many to be the jewel in the MMA crown. Combining the speed, agility and endurance of the lighter classes, yet still retaining the unadulterated raw knock-out power of the heavies, its history is punctuated with some of the finest mixed martial artists to have ever pounded the canvas.  The present day...
June 5th 2010

No bidding war for Shields, says Coker

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has ruled out entering into a bidding war for current middleweight champion Jake Shields, but is in talks with his management to try and secure a contract with him for a “fair value”. if that cannot be arranged, his replacement is likely to be sorted by way of an 8-man tournament."To me, there's going to be a value that we...
June 5th 2010

Mir talking drop to light-heavyweight

Frank Mir says he is considering a drop to the light-heavyweight division because he feels outsized at heavyweight. Mir feels he is small compared to the likes of Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin and is therefore at a disadvantage when he fights. "Right now I have a couple months off, so I've actually been toying with the idea of maybe going down a weight class....
June 5th 2010

Franklin: "Germany was like going back 15 years"

The UFC has set its heart on conquering Germany and, despite a television watchdog ruling the sport of MMA too violent to be broadcast in the state of Bavaria, will return there with another live event later this year.The decision in Bavaria effectively stood as a ban on broadcasting in the whole of Germany. That, coupled with the negative reaction of the...
June 5th 2010

Barry credits CroCop with re-inventing the striking game

It is not often you hear Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic described as one of the innovators who has pushed MMA forward. If anything the Croatian heavyweight is usually criticised for relying on his kickboxing and not rounding-out his grappling skills to become a more complete MMA fighter.But his UFC 115 opponent Pat Barry says critics are missing the point. He...
June 5th 2010

CroCop: "The knee is healed, I am back to full strength"

Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic says most of his recent performance troubles can be laid at the door of the bad knee injury he was carrying for a prolonged period and which required multiple surgeries to fix. Once the terror of the heavyweight division in PRIDE, Filipovic suffered bad losses when he moved to the UFC and many feel his time is now passed. Wins...
June 4th 2010

UFC 114 'over 925,000 PPV buys'

UFC 114 was a big success in terms of pay-per-view buys and is looking likely to be one of the top-five selling events the company has ever staged, according to a preliminary report from by Dave Meltzer The Wrestling Observer. “The earliest cable estimate is 925,000 buys, which would make it the fourth highest number in UFC history. Any estimate this early is a...
June 4th 2010

Kelly to Volkmann: "You are getting 30 stitches minimum"

The fight between Paul Kelly and Jacob Volkmann may have been moved from UFC 116 to ‘UFC on Versus 2’ because of Kelly struggling to get a US visa, but the UK lightweight does not think he should be blamed for that, given that he has no control over the visa issuing process.Volkmann told MMA Fighting earlier this week that the move was "extremely...