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“UFC 102: Couture Vs. Nogueria” Finalized

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UFC 102 Poster

The UFC today announced the addition of several fights for “UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueria”.  UFC 102 takes place from the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon on Saturday August 29.  New fights recently confirmed include Marcus Aurelio vs Evan Dunham, Ed Herman vs Aaron Simpson, and Gabriel Gonzaga vs Chris Tuchscherer.

UFC 102 is headlined by former heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture (16-9) taking on Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueria  (31-5-1).   Couture last fought at “UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar” losing his title to Brock Lesnar.  Nogueria competed at “UFC 92: The Ultimate” where he was stopped for the first time in his career by Frank Mir.

The night’s co-main event features heavy hitters in Keith Jardine (14-6-1) taking on Thiago Silva (13-1).  Silva is coming off the first loss in his career at UFC 94 where he lost to the now light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.  Both fighters are known for their stand and bang attitude and will each be looking to knock the other out.

In a fight that has middleweight title contender status, submission expert Demian Maia will be taking on Nate Marquardt.  Maia has won five straight in the UFC all by submission.  Marquardt is riding a two-fight win streak where he has stopped Wilson Gouveia and Martin Kampmann with strikes.

Hometown favorites Chris Leben, Ed Herman, and Evan Dunham round out the card.

The full UFC 102 card is as follows:

MAIN CARD
* Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
* Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva
* Chris Leben vs. Jake Rosholt
* Demian Maia vs. Nate Marquardt
* Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brandon Vera

PRELIMINARY CARD
* Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer
* Justin McCully vs. Mike Russow
* Todd Duffee vs. Tim Hague
* Nick Catone vs. Mark Munoz
* Marcus Aurelio vs. Evan Dunham
* Ed Herman vs. Aaron Simpson

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Chuck Liddell To Take Part On “Dancing with the Stars”

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Chuck-Liddell Dancing with the Stars

ABC announced it’s cast of stars for the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars” this morning and Chuck Liddell is set to take a part of the show along with fifteen other celebrities.  This marks the first time a mixed martial arts fighter has been cast on the show and Liddell looks to change the public perception of fighters.

“I’m going to go out, be myself and show what kind of people we do have in this sport,” he stated. “I’m sure the reaction will be mixed (among fight fans). My friends are going to be excited, and I’ll never hear the end of it because they’ll make fun of me, but it should be fun and I think everyone will like it.” stated Liddell.

Liddell is not the first pro athlete to take part on the show.  In fact he will be joined by three other athletes: former NFL player Michael Irvin, Olympic gold-medalist Natalie Coughlin, and professional snow boarder Louie Vito.

After Liddell’s last fight at UFC 97, Dana White stated that Liddell would be retiring.  Liddell has stated that he hasn’t made any definite plans yet, and looks to fight in 2010, which left the door open for “Dancing with the Stars”.

Liddell said “They asked a couple different times, but it would be too much time to take off from training for fights.  Now I don’t have any fights coming up and I’m not training, so it’s something to do.”

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres Monday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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“Strikeforce: Carano Vs. Cyborg” Official Results

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Strikeforce: Carano vs Cyborg Poster

Strikeforce held their most promoted fight card last night at the HP Pavilion Center in San Jose, California.  Due to injuries and circumstances out of Strikeforce’s control, the original main card of four title fights was down to just three and only one of the fights was an originally scheduled.  But with all the changes, fans in attendance were still treated to a night of fast action, great fights, and the crowning of the first ever Strikeforce women’s title.

The night’s first televised fight saw Fabricio Werdum make quick work of late replacement Mike Kyle.  After a brief feeling out period, Werdum was able to get the fight down on the ground.  Kyle attempted an arm bar, but Werdum showed his superior brazilin jui-jitsu and escaped.  Werdum ended up in Kyle’s guard and baited Kyle into getting up which left Kyle’s neck open for the guillotine choke.  Kyle tapped out 1:24 in the first round.

Gilbert Melendez looked to avenge the first loss of his career in late replacement Mistuhiro Ishida.  The first two rounds saw a slower pace than the fans would have liked, but Melendez was sticking to his game plan of using his reach advantage and stuffing Ishida’s takedown attempts.  In the third round Melendez picked the pace up and started to let his hands go a bit more.  Ishida attempted a takedown that Melendez easily stuffed and put Ishida on his back.  Melendez rained down the blows and forced the referee to stop the action at 3:56 in the third round.

A fight that was originally scheduled for the now defunct Affliction Trilogy card, Gegard Mousasi took on Renato “Babalu” Sobral.  Mousasi continued his winning streak by showcasing his better striking ability.  After a takedown, Mousasi threw twelve punches all landing on their mark.  Babalu was knocked out cold and the referee called a halt to the action just 60 seconds in the first round.

The biggest women’s match of all time, Gina Carano took on Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos for the women’s title.  Both fighters looked like they had a lot of nervous energy in the opening minutes of the round with neither fighter looking as sharp as they had in their previous fights.  Both Cyborg and Carano were able to put their opponent in danger, but Cyborg got the better of Carano and ended the fight with 1 second left in the first round.  Due to how well Carano looked, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Strikeforce gave her a rematch right away.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  •     * Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos def. Gina Carano via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:59 (to win first-ever women’s 145-pound title)
  •     * Gegard Mousasi def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:00 (to win light-heavyweight title)
  •     * Gilbert Melendez def. Mistsuhiro Ishida via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:56 (to defend interim lightweight title)
  •     * Fabricio Werdum def. Mike Kyle via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:24
  •     * Jay Hieron def. Jesse Taylor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  •     * Scott Lighty def. Mike Cook via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:05
  •     * Justin Wilcox def. David Douglas via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:16
  •     * James Terry def. Zak Bucia via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:23
  •     * Alex Trevino def. Isiah Hill via submission (side choke) – Round 1, 3:56
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“Strikeforce: Carano Vs. Cyborg” Official Weigh-In Results

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Carano Cyborg Weigh In - via Showtime

The weigh-ins for “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” took place earlier today in San Jose California.  A lot of people questioned if Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos would be able to make with their shaky past of missing weight.  Fortunately they were able to make weight on their first attempt.  In fact, all but one fighter successfully made weight tonight.

Cristiane Santos was the first competitor to step on the scales and she looked as lean and muscular as some of the other fighters on the card.  Her official weight was 144.5lbs.

Gina Carano came out with a smile on her face and easily made weight weighing in at 143lbs.  At the announcement of her official weight she started to giggle about all of the talk about not making weight.
The only fighter not to make weight was Jesse “JT Money” Taylor who is replacing Nick Diaz with only one week’s notice.  Taylor weighed in at 172lbs, one pound over the welterweight limit.  He will be given one hour to cut the remaining pound required.

The full weigh in results:
MAIN CARD
•    Gina Carano (143) vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (144.5)
•    Champ Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201) vs. Gegard Mousasi (204)
•    Champ Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (155)
•    Mike Kyle (219) vs. Fabricio Werdum (228)
•    Jay Hieron (169) vs. Jesse Taylor (172)*

PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
•    Mike Cook (205) vs. Scott Lighty (202)
•    David “Tarzan” Douglas (156) vs. Justin Wilcox (154)
•    Zak Bucia (170) vs. James Terry (169)
•    Isaiah Hill (156) vs. Alex Trevino (156)

* has one hour to get within the 171lb limit
** According to Jay Hieron’s agent, Ken Pavia, Jesse Taylor made weight on his second attempt weighing in at 169.5

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Leites And McCrory Not Cut By UFC UPDATED

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Both Thales Leites (14-3) and Tandam McCrory (11-3) were given their walking papers yesterday by the UFC.  Kevin Iole of Yahoo sports is reporting that, UFC president Dana White was unaware of such a decision and has stated he will reverse that decision.

*Update* Both Leites and McCrory were in fact cut by the UFC and while Dana White has stated that he would reverse the decision, neither Leites nor McCrory have received any word bringing them back into the mix.  In fact, McCrory has already started fielding offers for his next fight with organizations.

Tamdan McCrory was undefeated when he first debuted in the UFC and has gone on to go 3-3 while inside the octagon.  McCrory recently stated that he felt he was too big to be able to fight in the welterweight division and would like test the waters in the middleweight division.  His most recent loss to John Howard at “UFC 101: Declaration” was a split decision which many had McCrory winning.

Thales Leites fought four months ago in the main event against Anderson Silva.  While he was the first fighter ever to go all five rounds, his performance upset many fans.  Hoping to win fans back in his last fight, Leites took on Alessio Sakara where he, like McCrory, lost a split decision.  The fans again did not like his performance and booed heavily during the contest.

 

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Shine Fight II: American Top Team vs. The World

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Shine Fight promotion is coming back with their second event, “American Top Team vs. The World,” September 4th in Miami, Florida. The promotion recently signed a deal with The Fight Network to broadcast in Canada. Officials from Shine Fight announced yesterday that their second venue will be available around the world as an online pay-per-view stream.

This fight card features UFC and WEC veterans, along with some promising prospects. Roan Carneiro, Yves Edwards, Gideon Ray, and Micah Miller are amongst the 20 fighters looking to take advantage of the internet exposure they are going to get.

For $14.95 viewers can watch the fights online, but the option of purchasing the event through Shine Fight’s website during a pre-sale beginning August 21st will cut the price down to $9.95.

The stream will feature both English and Portuguese commentary options. Season 6 member of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Dorian Price, will be doing the English commentary, and current Strikeforce fighter, Jorge Gurgel will be the Portuguese commentator.

“Shine Fight II: American Top Team vs. The World” fight card:

Roan Carneiro (12-8) vs. Jorge Patino (22-11-1)
Luiz Firmino (12-4) vs. Ryan Healy (10-5-1)
Flavio Alvaro (24-6) vs. Jean Silva (16-8-3)
Yves Edwards (24-15-1) vs. Mario Stapel (15-12)
Junior Assuncao (8-4) vs. Gideon Ray (15-10-1)
Micah Miller (11-3) vs. Anthony Morrison (7-6)
Ediene Gomes (3-0) vs. Vanessa Porto (8-3)
James Brasco (4-1) vs. Herbert Goodman (8-7)
Phil Friedman (1-1) vs. Brian Fuery (0-0)
Kami Barzini (1-1) vs. Yosdenis Cendeno (1-1)

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Fabricio Werdum Vs. Mike Kyle Moved To Main Card

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Fabricio Werdum


A heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Kyle has been moved to the main aired portion of “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg”.  Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated he was going to lobby Shotime for permission to promote the contest to the main card.

Originally the main card was going to be four title fights.  However due to Nick Diaz being forced out of his fight with Jay Hieron, Strikeforce decided that the new fight between Jesse Taylor and Hieron would be a non title affair.

Saturday marks Fabricio Werdum’s first fight since his October loss to Junior Dos Santos and subsequent release from his UFC contract.  Werdum was originally scheduled to fight Alistair Overeem in his Strikeforce debut, but Overeem had to withdraw due a hand injury.
Mike Kyle last competed at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” where he got the technical knock out victory over the heavily favored Rafael “Feijao” Cavalacante.

The full “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” card includes:
MAIN CARD
•    Gina Carano vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
•    Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
•    Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Gegard Mousasi
•    Jesse Taylor vs. Jay Hieron
•    Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Kyle

PRELIMINARY CARD
•    Mike Cook vs. Scott Lighty
•    David Douglas vs. Justin Wilcox
•    Alex Trevino vs. Isaiah Hill
•    James Terry vs. Zac Bucia

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Almeida Vs. Fitch In The Works

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Ricardo Almeida

Ricardo Almeida

Ricardo Almeida has little time to enjoy his victory over Kendall Grove that happened this past Saturday night at “UFC 101: Declaration.” The ground specialist will be dropping down a weight class and taking on arguably the toughest welterweight competitor in the world not named GSP. Jon Fitch is his rumored opponent.

Almeida is 3-1 in the UFC since returning to the organization in February of 2008. His recent wins are over the previously unbeaten Rob Yundt, former IFL champion Matt Horwich, and Ultimate Fighter winner Kendall Grove. His last loss came by split decision to Patrick Cote, who ended up with a title shot after the victory.

Jon Fitch, the strong wrestler out of Purdue University, is looking to continue his climb back up the ladder for a chance to get another crack in on GSP and his belt. Since the decision loss to the champion, the American Kickboxing Academy standout has won two bouts in a row, both via unanimous decision, over Akihiro Gono and Paulo Thiago.

This matchup is rumored to be on the main card of UFC 105 or UFC 106.

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Matt “The Law” Lindland Signs With Strikeforce

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Matt Lindland

Matt Lindland

MMAWeekly.com is reporting that Matt “The Law” Lindland (21-6) has signed a three-fight contract with Strikeforce.  Lindland’s contract was one of the few not picked up by the UFC after Affliction had agreed to stop holding events.

Lindland will make a nice addition to the Strikeforce’s middleweight division where he could potentially face Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, Cung Le, Frank Shamrock and others.  A bout between Shields and Lindland was originally supposed to take place at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” however due to the number of title fights already in place, the bout could not find a home on the card.

Lindland last saw action at “Affliction: Day Of Reckoning” where he was brutally knocked out by new UFC signee Vitor Belfort less than a minute into the first round.  It is expected that Lindland will make his Strikeforce debut at the next major event rumored to be sometime in October.

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Vladimir Matyushenko Returns To The UFC

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Earlier today, the UFC announced Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko (22-4) will be making his return to the octagon.  Matyushenko is set to take on UFC newcomer Igor Pokrajac (21-5) at UFC 103 in Dallas, Texas.

Vladimir Matyushenko last competed in the UFC in September of 2003 against Andrei Arlovski at “UFC 44: Undisputed”.  Since losing that fight, Matyushenko amassed a 9-1 record with notable wins over Jason Lambert and Tim Boetsch.

Igor Pokrajac, a Cro Cop Team Fighter, is currently riding an eight-fight win streak.  Pokrajac most recently competed at World Free Fight Challenge 8 against Kalvis Gebauers where he earned the technical knock out victory in just 1:16 of the first round.

UFC 103 takes place September 19 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  The full card includes:
MAIN CARD
•    Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin
•    Junior Dos Santos vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
•    Martin Kampmann vs. Mike Swick
•    Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg
•    Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin

PRELIMINARY CARD
•    Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller
•    Jim Miller vs. Thiago Tavares
•    Dan Lauzon vs. Rafaello Oliveira
•    Paul Daley vs. Brian Foster
•    Tomasz Drwal vs. Drew McFedries
•    Jason Brilz vs. Eliot Marshall
•    Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Igor Pokrajac
•    Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rob Emerson