Thursday, October 29, 2009

WEC Announces a December fight card!






From The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, Dec. 19

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today a lightweight showdown that will have tremendous implications on the future of the 155-pound division. On Saturday, Dec. 19 from The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV, lightweight title contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will take on striker extraordinaire Ed Ratcliff, while in the co-main event, Muay Thai sensation Anthony Njokuani battles former IFL star Chris Horodecki. When the smoke clears on Dec. 19, the world may know who is next in line for a crack at the WEC lightweight champion.

“Four of our top lightweights are going to be competing on Dec. 19, each with his sights set on securing a coveted shot at the world title,” WEC GM Reed Harris said. “Cerrone vs. Ratcliff has the potential to be an explosive standup war. We can expect much of the same from Njokuani and Horodecki as well. This is the perfect holiday gift for fans.”

In addition to the lightweight fights, two of the world’s top 10 bantamweights will be in action. In an interesting clash of styles, submission ace Rani Yahya will lock horns with the speedy Joseph Benavidez.

“On Dec. 19, we are showcasing two of the world’s most dynamic bantamweights,” Harris said. “Benavidez-Yahya has the potential to steal the show. We are really excited to bring this card to The Palms.”

Tickets for WEC: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff go on sale Saturday, Oct. 31 at 12 p.m. PT and will be priced at $175, $100, and $50. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to WEC newsletter subscribers on Friday, Oct. 30 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the WEC newsletter through Tickets will be available at The Pearl box office, online at, all Ticketmaster locations, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Cerrone vs. Henderson will be televised nationally live on VERSUS beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. All of the network’s live WEC events are presented in HD and Spanish language SAP where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area, visit

After battling Ben Henderson in a “Fight of the Year” candidate in October, Donald Cerrone (10-2, 1 NC) has wasted no time reinserting himself into the world title picture. A gifted striker training out of Albuquerque, NM, “Cowboy” is excited to face the unpredictable Ed “9MM” Ratcliff on Dec. 19. Knowing that his opponent loves to trade leather, Cerrone wants to prove that he has the right arsenal to diffuse Ratcliff. What’s more, the 26-year-old believes a win over “9MM” at the Palms will propel him toward rematches with Henderson and reigning champ Jamie Varner.

“I just have to whip Ed’s tail,” a motivated Cerrone said. “He’s a one-dimensional fighter. He’s not going to take me down and try to wrestle me. He’s going to try to beat me at my game, which is striking. He is a striker and that’s my game, so I hope he’s ready. I want to work my way back to a shot at the belt.”

A black belt in Taekwondo and karate, there are few standup artists as polished as Ratcliff. The 26-year-old holds a 3-1 record inside the WEC and owns victories over Johnny Sampaio, Alex Karalexis, and Phil Cardella. Now training out of San Diego, Calif. with WEC bantamweight contender Dominick Cruz and UFC star Brandon Vera, Ratcliff (7-1) is anxious to fight Cerrone and prove that he belongs atop the WEC lightweight division.

“As soon as my manager said Donald’s name I said ‘Let’s do it,’” Ratcliff said. “He didn’t even have to finish the sentence. My fight with Donald has the potential to be a war and I can’t wait.”

After earning “Knockout of the Night” honors in his last two fights, perhaps no fighter is riding a wave of momentum like Anthony Njokuani. With back-to-back KO wins over Bart Palaszewski and Muhsin Corbbrey, the 29-year-old Las Vegas resident hopes a win on Dec. 19 will fuel his run to WEC gold. Undefeated as a professional Muay Thai fighter, the hard-hitting Njokuani (12-2) wants to earn another bonus by flattening Horodecki in the co-main event.

“This is the type of fight that I’ve been looking for,” Njokuani, a native of Nigeria, said. “This matchup gets me excited and I can’t wait to fight Chris. When I win this one, it will put me at the level that I’ve been waiting for. It will put me in the mix for a shot at the world title.”

Nicknamed “The Polish Hammer,” Chris Horodecki (13-1) burst onto the MMA scene during his time with the International Fight League. Displaying heavy hands and an aggressive approach, Horodecki is excited to join WEC and thinks a win over Njokuani will make him an immediate contender in the lightweight division. Training with the likes of Mark Hominick and Sam Stout, Horodecki is confident that he is prepared to compete on MMA’s biggest stage.

“With the right game plan, I’ll beat Anthony in the standup and take him down if I have to,” Horodecki, originally from London, Ontario, Canada, said. “I’m the fresh face here in the WEC. Everyone wants to make a name for themselves. I’m excited for this fight and I’ll be ready to go to battle on Dec. 19.”

One of the most feared grapplers in the sport, Rani Yahya (15-4) has scored submission victories in four out of his last five fights in the WEC. An Abu Dhabi world champion in 2007, the soft-spoken Brazilian hopes to make Joseph Benavidez his next victim on Dec. 19. Although respectful of Benavidez’s abilities, Yahya thinks that he can ground the wiry Californian.

“Jiu jitsu is my strength in the cage,” Yahya, who has only been out of the first round once in his WEC career, said. “Joseph is a very quick fighter, but I think I can put him in some bad positions and win the fight.”

Joseph Benavidez (10-1) is one of the bantamweight division’s hottest prospects. A well-rounded athlete who boasts speed, power, and good cage awareness, Benavidez is looking to snap Yahya’s winning streak at The Palms. A training partner of WEC vets Urijah Faber and Danny Castillo, Benavidez believes that he has the seasoning needed to best Yahya.

“This is an important fight for me,” said Benavidez, who lost the first bout of his career to Dominick Cruz in August. “There’s no doubt that I’m hungry and want to prove a point in this bout. Yahya is an awesome grappler, but I think I’m the better all-around fighter.”

Remaining bouts for WEC: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit Follow WEC at


Sakuraba returns!

If you missed Saku's fight from Japan the other day, here it is. An amazing amount of punishment was taken by the vet.


Want some fight? I got ya. Dream 12

Our good friends at HDNet fights have hooked up some battles. Let's get it on!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Dan Henderson interview

Saw this over at our partner's site but it's big enough to post here.


Pat Barry interview

Here is 2 of our past guests, Ariel Helwani interviews Pat Barry after his fight at UFC 104. We expect to have Pat back on this weekend.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

UFC 104 wrap up, Dream 12 and Ron Kruck!

We had more Rons that we knew what to do with! Ron Kruck from HDNet, Big Ron from The Pain Palace and Ron from all joined us. Make sure you listen to how each of us thinks the Shogun vs Machida fight should have gone.  Ron Kruck really tells it like it is in this segment.

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UFC Fantasy League

Some HIGH scores this time around. My personal friend Brendan comes out with a win! Holy crap!

MMA Scraps Radio League Part 2

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Don't miss our UFC 104 and Dream 12 wrap up!

Don't miss us as Ron Kruck from Inside MMA joins us to break down Dream 12 and of course we'll breakdown what happened at UFC 104!

1pm PST/4pm EST today!

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dream 12 is tonight!

1 hour after UFC 104 goes off the air, Dream 12 will be on HDNet. I was going to write something up, but our friends at Middleeasy not only beat us to the punch, but wrote something much better than we ever could.

So here you go.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Dean Lister Joins MFC!

After signing highly touted Thales Leites, the MFC needed to find him an opponent. They have done so by signing former UFC fighter, Dean Lister.

The Maximum Fighting Championship wasted no time in finding a top-notch opponent for the recently signed Thales Leites as another big-name middleweight has joined the fray.

Former Abu Dhabi world champion Dean Lister signed a multi-fight deal last night and immediately agreed to meet Leites at MFC 23: Unstoppable on Friday, December 4 at the River Cree Resort and Casino. The bout will be the main event of the fight card broadcast live throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico on HDNet Fights.

"This is an outstanding matchup and I am particularly pleased that both Dean and Thales agreed to fight each other so quickly - no discussion, no delays. Just signed, sealed and delivered," said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

"It is a great fight. Both guys have a lot to prove and both guys want the MFC title belt. There's a lot at stake in this fight and that's when things get very interesting."

With the signings of Lister and Leites along with the return of Jason MacDonald, the recent main-event victory by Travis Lutter, and other names such as Bryan Baker and Solomon Hutcherson, the MFC's middleweight division has suddenly become very deep in experienced talent.

"I couldn't be happier about reloading our 185-pound division," noted Pavelich. "For too long the division was pretty empty but now the cupboard is full - and full of names that the fans want to see fight."

Lister (11-6) is one of the most-decorated submission fighters in the world of mixed martial arts, and he holds career victories over such notables as Jeremy Horn, Yuki Sasaki, and Alessio Sakara. Seven of Lister's nine submission wins have come inside the first round.

The San Diego, California, product has numerous other grappling credentials on his resume. In addition to his Absolute Division championship at the 2003 Abu Dhabi, Lister captured victories in tournament superfights in 2003 and 2005, and he holds the event record with four straight wins in the '03 event. Lister, a master of foot and knee locks, is a two-time U.S. national sambo champion, a four-time U.S. national champion in Machado Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a U.S. national champion in Gracie jiu-jitsu.


Inside MMA with Randy Couture

Our friends over at HDNet fights have an interview with Randy Couture. Don't forget that 1 hour after UFC 104 is over, Dream 12 is on HDNet!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jason MacDonald and Travis Lutter

A couple of shows ago, we had Jason MacDonald from the MFC on and he talked about his last fight. Well, here it is. Jason fighting Travis Lutter. After the fight, check out the interview. Not only was Jason a great guest, MFC President Mark Pavelich was amazing as well.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dana White returns to Youtube!

Dana White returns to youtube after an absence and comes back with some good MMA video lovin! Don't miss this video where once again, we can follow and wish we were Dana White.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Kevin Iole Sets the record straight!

Big props to Kevin Iole who set the record straight about the Dan Henderson situation. He explains that it was Dana, not Dan Henderson who left negotiations and how the Tito Ortiz vs Forrest Griffin fight happened.

Don't miss the UFC 104 breakdown, full details on how he came about the Dan Henderson story and much more!

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Kevin Iole from Yahoo Sports on tonight!

We will be talking UFC 104 and Dan Henderson with Kevin Iole from Yahoo sports. Look forward to some behind the scenes news and much more!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Shane Carwin on Inside MMA

If you don't have HDNet, what are you waiting for? Here is an interview with UFC 106 fighter Shane Carwin as he talks about his job, Brock Lesner and more.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Pat Barry is ready for UFC 104

Pat dropped by the show last Sunday and spoke with me about his thoughts on K-1, UFC 104 and his opponent.

Pat Barry may have found himself in the UFC by happenstance. After winning some fights in Combat USA, he found himself talking to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and didn't even know it. After attending a UFC event, Duke Roufus approached Joe Silva to tell him about Pat and how he was an exciting fighter. Joe agreed after having met the fighter the night before and joked around with him. Amazingly, Pat didn't know who Joe Silva was and simply thought he was one of the gang.

Joe Silva is kind of important you know. "Yeah, I found out later" he says while laughing.

His last time out was against Tim Hague at UFC 98 where he found himself on the losing end of a Guillotine Choke. When asked what happened, Pat says "I was like a shark, I smelled blood in the water and I went for it... I strayed away from the game plan, the game plan was to (hurt him) and if he's wobbled to leave him alone." Unfortunately for Pat, he rushed in and was taken to the ground where he was submitted.

Pat looks to get back on track as he is set to face Antoni Hardonk on the Spike TV televised portion of the card. Antoni is a striker and is no stranger to Pat as the 2 have trained together before.

"Antoni and I were teamates for 4 or 5 years straight in Amsterdam. I've trained with him a lot and hung out with him, he's an all around great guy".

Most fighters have a problem with fighting friends, but not Pat Barry, it's just business.

"I'm a lot more comfortable getting in the ring with someone I know vs a total stranger."

"That's just a job. We are all striving to be the best."

It's a concept that Dana White wishes more of his fighters would adapt. For Pat, this is an important fight on a nationwide stage of Spike TV and a chance to prove himself in the increasingly stacked UFC Heavyweight division.

Listen to his interview here.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Shark Infested waters of MMA.

When I started this show, my idea of how the MMA world worked was completely upside down from what it really is. I'm happy that I've met some people, and wish I had not met others. It's been both stressful and rewarding while taking up so much of my time. Here is a little of the story.

I had been doing online radio for almost a year with my other show, before I did a show about UFC 100 and invited Rich from MMA Scraps to join the discussion. Rich liked the experience and MMA Scraps Radio was born. Since that time we have had some incredible shows and have met some amazing people. My story isn't all negative and I won't call out the people who have wronged me, but I will recognize the people who have supported me or been good to me.

In no particular order:

Mike Goldberg from the UFC. Back before MMA Scraps Radio, I found Mike on Twitter and decided to ask him for an interview for Scrapplesandwich. He said yes and gave me an email at UFC to set it up with. I was shocked when I heard back from the UFC and the answer was no. Dejected, I sent a message to Mike that the UFC said no and he got back to me saying that we'd do it anyway. Mike has been on this show twice and been awesome both times. I can't thank him enough for going out of his way to accommodate me. I will never forget that and I hope to meet him in person one day to shake his hand. All around great guy.

Yves Edwards is not only a great fighter, but a really great guy. I've actually interviewed him 3 times and each time he's been awesome. He's a very proud father, and regaining speed as a contender at 155. Yves is a genuine guy and someone I feel proud to call my 'homie'.

Matt Hume is both a trainer of fighters (most notably Rich Franklin) and an official of Dream. Matt has achieved more in his martial arts career than many people ever will. Matt is one of the main inspirations for the Abu Dhabi submission tournament. He's trained some of the top fighters in the game, and has done things in submission fighting that may never be duplicated yet he is one of the most humble and respectful guys I've ever met. Matt has been so incredibly good and kind to me that he is one of the reasons I got so excited about working on an MMA only show. The respect and kindness he's shown to me will never be forgotten.

Michael Schiavello is the voice of HDNet and has got to be one of the funniest play by play guys on TV. Mike has been on the show twice and I can't thank him enough for taking the time. He has also shouted out the show twice during HDNet broadcasts. I still have the first show that he shouted us out on my dvr. Really I felt like we arrived when that happened. Michael will always be invited to the show as many times as he'll have us. This is a guy I would love to sit down and talk MMA with for sure.

Kevin at HDNet Fights has also been awesome to me. He has hooked me up with some awesome interviews and been very supportive of the show on Twitter. I think I owe him a beer or something by now.

Gorgeous George from MMAJunkie Radio perplexes me. Here is a guy that really has nothing to gain by helping me along (quite the contrary as he hosts an MMA Radio show as well) yet has never rejected an opportunity to give me advice on my show and the MMA business as well. Junkie Radio is pretty much seen as the creme of the crop of MMA Radio so of course going to George and asking for help was a no brainer, but for him to continue to lend guidance is above and beyond. I consider him a true friend as he has show amazing character to me over the last couple of months. Thanks George, you are the best man.

Over the last couple of weeks I feel like the MMA world has chewed me up and almost spit me out, but it's the people like the ones above that keep me going. The stress of continuing on had me really second guessing myself, but with people like this supporting me, I don't see how I could stop any time soon. Make no mistake, being in this industry is both fun and very stressful. I've met and talked to people that I would be happy to never meet or talk to ever again, but the opposite is also true. I want to thank all of the people who have helped and say thank you also to the haters, it's you that keep me going.



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Houston Alexander's latest fight.

Courtesy of our friends from HDNet is Houston Alexander's latest fight. There has been some rumors about Houston fighting Kimbo Slice so I thought I'd pop this up there. I've already putin a call to Houston to see about getting him on the show, so we'll see.

In the meantime, enjoy!


Cerrone vs Henderson fight online!

In what is an awesome move for Direct TV subscribers, WEC and UFC have put the entire Cerrone vs Henderson fight online at UFC's website and WEC's site. I am glad the WEC has seen fit to do this for fans that missed the original fight. If Direct TV and VS. don't get their act in gear soon, expect this to be the case for some time to come.


Anthony Johnson talks UFC 104

Friend of the show Ariel Helwani talks to Anthony Johnson about his upcoming fight at UFC 104. I've stated this a couple of times, I don't like this fight for Rumble. He's fighting someone with no name (in the US anyway) and could potentially lose. When a fighter loses to someone with no name, we all know how MMA fans react.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Strangest KO ever?

Not a ton of news lately so here's another video for ya. This is just weird. Just imagine getting knocked out by a cartwheel. Now imagine having that replay to millions of people around the world and you have this next clip. I think it would be a safe idea to retire after losing this one. :P


GSP's first fight

Without a doubt, my favorite fighter is GSP. Even when he first started out, he kicked ass. Now you can watch that ass get kicked right here on


Monday, October 12, 2009

Steriods in sports

Last night I had the opportunity to watch a movie called Bigger, Stronger, Faster which is shot in kind of a Micheal Moore mode talking about Steroids. While most fans agree, that steroids are wrong, little has been gained by those who have used them in the sport of MMA. You can stream the movie from Netflix's site if you have a Netflix account. If you don't, I recommend checking this film out, it was well done.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Latest MMA Scraps Radio!

While Wanderlei didn't get a chance to call in, we did have Pat Barry and Demico Rogers from TUF 10 call in and talk to us about what they have been up to.  Great show with some fantasy booking at the end!


Demico goes to Jackson's camp

Last night Demico Rogers announced at the Rumble at the Ridge fights that he will be going to Greg Jackson's camp and training with Rashad Evans. This is interesting considering he is on Rampage's team on TUF 10. We are working on getting Demico on the show and may be able to do so on tonight's episode. Keep an eye on this site for more info.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Strikeforce MMA Televised card revealed.

Fedor Emelianenko, the #1 Ranked MMA Heavyweight in the World, To Be Seen for the First Time by a Broadcast Television Audience, Squares Off Against Undefeated American Brett Rogers

Middleweights Jake Shields and Jason "Mayhem" Miller Battle for the Recently Vacated STRIKEFORCE Middleweight Title; Gegard Mousasi and Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum Will Also Appear on the Four-Fight Primetime Card

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 - CBS, STRIKEFORCE, M-1 Global today officially announced the fight card for mixed martial arts' (MMA) return to primetime with CBS/ STRIKEFORCE/M-1 GLOBAL SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS, Saturday, Nov. 7 (9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network from Chicago, Illinois' Sears Centre Arena.

"We're looking forward to delivering an explosive night of world class MMA action on CBS," said Scott Coker, Founder and CEO of STRIKEFORCE.  "We have the world's # 1 fighter, Fedor, making his network primetime debut against an undefeated powerhouse in Brett Rogers and, with the stars lined up for the remainder of the card, it is bound to be an exciting night of television."

The following four primetime matchups are confirmed for CBS/ STRIKEFORCE/ M-1 GLOBAL SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS on Nov. 7:

*       Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko vs. Brett "The Grim" Rogers
*         Jake Shields vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller (Middleweight Title Fight)
*       Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi vs. Rameau Thierry "The African Assassin" Sokoudjou
*        Fabricio "Vai Cavalo" Werdum vs. Antonio "Big Foot" Silva

(All bouts are pending approval by the Illinois Athletic Commission.)


Simply referred to as "Fedor" by fans around the world, the 6-foot, 235-pound Russian is one of the most dominant fighters in the sport.  A master of the Russian military combat system, Sambo, he boasts a record of 30 wins, one loss, no draws with 16 wins by submission, seven knockouts and seven decisions.  His opponent, undefeated American, 28-year-old Brett Rogers (10-0) stands 6-feet, 5-inches tall, weighs 265 pounds and brings two of the heaviest hands in the sport to the cage.  Both Fedor and Rogers' last victories came against former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.


In the night's middleweight title fight (185 pounds), Jake Shields (23-4-1) squares off against Jason "Mayhem" Miller (22-6).  Shields, widely considered one of the best fighters in the world, brings an impressive 12-fight win streak to the cage, six of his last seven coming by way of first round submission.  Most recently, he defeated world-ranked middleweight "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler in his STRIKEFORCE debut on June 6.  His opponent, Miller, a fellow submission expert, is one of MMA's most exciting fighters.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai specialist is the host of MTV's reality series "Bully Beatdown" and trains with two of the sport's most recognizable fighters, Randy "The Natural" Couture and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. He currently has 13 submission victories on his resume.


Gegard Mousasi and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will face one another in the night's light heavyweight (205 pounds) bout.  Mousasi (26-2-1) of Leiden, Netherlands, recently scored his 13th consecutive victory on August 15, 2009 by winning his US debut and the STRIKEFORCE light heavyweight title in a first round victory over defending champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral on SHOWTIME®.  Sokoudjou (7-4), known to his fans as "The African Assassin," has scored six of his seven wins by knockouts and brings an impressive striking game to the cage.


Fabricio "Vai Cavalo" Werdum will face Antonio "Junior" Silva in a matchup of two promising Brazilian heavyweights.  Werdum is a two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and a submission expert while Silva has nine KOs in his 13 victories.  Werdum, a former PRIDE and UFC standout, is coming off an impressive first round submission victory in his STRIKEFORCE debut on Aug. 15 over veteran Mike Kyle.  Silva, a fellow 6-foot-4 Brazilian, will be making his STRIKEFORCE debut after compiling a remarkable 13-1 record since he turned pro in 2005.

SHOWTIME Sports will produce the four-fight event with host Gus Johnson calling the action and MMA legend Frank Shamrock and Mauro Ranallo serving as color analysts.  The executive producer is David Dinkins, Jr.


STRIKEFORCE ( <> ) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history.  The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion, played host to a sold out record crowd of 18,265.  Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie."  In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.

About M-1 Global

M-1 Global ( <> ) has been one of the leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organizations in the world for over a decade. M-1 has promoted over 150 shows worldwide since 1995.  Billed as the "World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts," the M-1 Challenge is a full season of MMA events that showcases some of the best up and coming MMA fighters in the world. Broadcast to over 90 countries around the world, including HDNet in the United States, the M-1 Challenge pits teams of five fighters representing their respective countries against each other for international bragging rights and the title of M-1 Challenge Champions. Fighters who succeed on the M-1 Challenge's international breeding ground will earn the opportunity to participate in major MMA events presented by M-1 Global and their promotional partners such as STRIKEFORCE.


Tito Ortiz vs Forrest 2 official!

Directly after our show last night, it was revealed that Tito Ortiz's new opponent for UFC 106 was Forrest Griffin. These 2 have fought once before, but much more is on the line this time around.

The last time these 2 tangled, Forrest was still and up and coming fighter and Tito was returning from a long contract dispute with the UFC. Ironically Tito returns under the same circumstances yet Forrest Griffin is a much different fighter.

Forrest is now a seasoned vet and a former UFC champ. He's fought the best and beaten some of the best. He won't come into this fight intimidated at all. As a matter of fact, he will have an opportunity to avenge a loss to Tito. Even though he's coming off of a KO to Anderson Silva, look for Forrest to have the same never say die attitude that he's well known for.

Another thing that is riding in his favor is that Tito isn't known for KO's. While most fighters have a hard time in the fight after a KO, it's almost certain that Tito won't have the stand up necessary to finish Forrest on the feet. Can Tito beat Forrest the same way he beat him last time?

Tito used his superior wrestling and ground and pound skills to get a victory in their last fight. But remember, only the first round was dominate for Ortiz. Forrest figured out how to better fight Ortiz in the second round and by the third round seemingly did not fear Ortiz at all. While Tito may have had an aura around him the in their first battle, that will not be the case this time around.

Let's not forget that Tito has been training stand up with Freddie Roach. This is an impressive piece of knowledge but will probably have little if any impact on the actual fight itself. Once Forrest reminds Tito that boxing isn't his strong point, look for Ortiz to go back to his wrestling with him shooting from way too far away to be effective and Forrest's sprawl to frustrate him.

Despite what many hardcore fans might think of this matchup, it is pure money. The exciting fighters are in there, the bad guy is in there and of course the good guy is in there. The only thing missing is for this to have any baring on the title picture, which it really won't.

Make sure you check out the show from last night where we interviewed Jason MacDonald and Mark Pavelich of the MFC. If you thought Tito could make some amazing claims, you haven't heard Mark speak yet.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jason MacDonald, TUF, Dream 11, and Mark Pavelich

In what has to be one of the most action packed episodes so far, we dig into tons of stuff.

  • TUF over the last 2 weeks and how the show is perceived
  • Fights that Rashad should or should not take 
  • Shinya Aoki and his title win
  • Jason MacDonald on why he doesn't want to try out for TUF
  • What happened in his last fight?
  • And what calls the greatest segment in our history, an interview with MFC's Mark Pavelich. Epic.


Jason MacDonald and Mark Pavelich tonight!

The show was great!  Links for download are here

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dream 11 asks as many questions as it answers

Dream 11 gave us a lot of great fights, but also left us with some questions unanswered. What would have happened if just a few things went a different way? What if the Ref saw things the way we did on TV?

On a night where the first ever Japanese Dream Champion was crowned, Dream found itself once again with fights that ended in a controversial manner. Dream put on one of it's most exciting nights of fights so far, yet despite the finishes, Joe Warren and Joaquin Hanson must be thinking 'what happened?'

In the case of Warren, it can be argued that he never tapped, thus never lost his fight. While watching the fight, I thought that maybe Joe tapped, but upon further review, I've seen worse arm bars escaped. You'll never know what happend if you ask Joe; I believe he would never say he tapped, but it was tight. If the ref had let the fight go a little longer things might have changed. Perhaps Joe would have come back and made it to the finals, but the way it was called in the ring is the way it will stand. One thing is for sure, we haven't heard the last of Joe Warren.

As for Joaquin, while he did get caught and did tap out, one has to wonder if the fight wasn't stopped earlier if he would have won. The groin strike was never shown clearly and Aoki is known for his great acting when being injured. The first up kick was legal for sure, but his follow up appeared to be a foul. While rules in Dream have previously let up kicks on the ground to be legal, today that was not to be. Aoki took the entire time given to him to recover, but it's not clear what he was recovering from. The kicks never hit an illegal spot on Aoki's head, but he acted as if it had. This makes one wonder about Aoki and his true fighting heart. If this was the first time Aoki found himself in a position where he had an injury during a fight, I might be able to forgive him, but this is the second time in a big fight that Aoki has stopped in the middle of a fight after a seemingly legal blow. I think this says everything about how Aoki would do in the states. For him to stay successful, he should stay in Japan.

In a show of true Japanese spirit, Minowaman showed that even if he is outweighed has seemingly no advantage over his opponent, he still has a chance. This fight also showed that ground fighting can really be the equalizer in such freak show matchups. He has made a name fighting many fighters bigger than him, but has had some real trouble beating fighters with any kind of real skill. The finals against Sokoudjou will give him a chance.

Speaking of Sokoudjou, why is Bob Sapp still fighting in MMA? He stands no chance against anyone who has any sort of ground game at all. He also seems to find himself in a fetal position more often than not when fighting anyone who isn't a pro-wrestler or TV personality. Bob will continue to ride the tide of Japanese money until Japan gets over his gimmick.

Kawajiri and Sakuraba were both given fights that they should have won, and they did. Both fights proved nothing for either fighter and is more like a squash match in Pro Wrestling to get a guy over with the crowd. Kawajiri will be a tough test for Aoki and one I'm not sure Shinya can pass. Sakuraba needs to find a way to get fights that aren't dangerous to his health as he posses no threat to any title but can still be entertaining. Perhaps fighting other legends of his time would be a good fit for Kazushi.

All in all Dream 11 was an awesome card and if you don't have HDNet, you need to call your provider and get it. Free fight cards like this are few and far inbetween so get on the phone and get hooked up now!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Bob Sapp interviews for Dream 11

Bob Sapp is a huge star in japan, but hasn't been able to win a fight in quite some time.  This has caused many in the MMA community to think he has no chance of ever winning again.  In this video, Bob explains what he's doing differently.


Urijah Faber re-signs with WEC

The WEC announced on it's Twitter page that WEC Featherweight Urijah Faber has re-signed with the organization.  Urijah became a free agent after his last fight with Mike Brown. While Faber has fought for many fight orgs, his fame has never been higher since winning the WEC title, ultimately losing it to Mike Brown.  Faber is one of the major faces of WEC so the signing was important for both marketing purposes for the WEC and Faber's legacy.  While it's not clear how much of an increase in pay Faber will receive, it should be assumed that a nice sized raise was part of the equation.  With the WEC adding PPV's next year, it will be interesting to see if Faber included a clause to get a percentage of the PPV buys much like some UFC fighters do.

Tyrone Woodley impresses

Tyrone had an awesome fight on Strikeforce just a little over a week ago. If you missed it, find it. This kid has something special. The guys from MMA Gospel think so as well and have written an article about the talented fighter.


Strikeforce 'strikes' new deal for TV distribution


Will Distribute more than 70 hours of mixed martial arts programming

LOS ANGELES, October 5, 2009 - Shine International has signed a global distribution deal with STRIKEFORCE, one of the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions, to sell its entire library of television programming, including more than 70 hours of content, to international markets.

"Mixed martial arts is quickly becoming one of the most dynamic and popular sports in the world. The Strikeforce brand already represents the absolute best of this business domestically, and Shine International is thrilled to help them extend their brand internationally," said Chris Grant, President of Shine International. "Strikeforce attracts the world's best fighters and their events are superior to any others being offered to international broadcasters today. They are ideal partners for us."

"We are excited about the opportunity to bring STRIKEFORCE fights to the homes of MMA fans throughout the world," said STRIKEFORCE Founder and CEO Scott Coker. "Shine International is a world renowned leader in the international television business and, with their support, we are confident that we will be able to greatly expand the scope of the STRIKEFORCE brand."

The STRIKEFORCE library of programming includes 30 episodes of previously recorded fights that have aired on NBC and more than 56 hours of fights that have aired on SHOWTIME®. The deal between STRIKEFORCE and Shine International also encompasses new, upcoming live fights through February 2012 as well as STRIKEFORCE Challengers fights, pitting STRIKEFORCE up-and-comers against each other. STRIKEFORCE recently announced its first broadcast on CBS to air live fights on the U.S. network, further increasing the leagues exposure, with the first event slated for November 7, 2009 at Chicago's Sears Centre Arena.

STRIKEFORCE has experienced significant growth since it launched its MMA series with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event that played host to a capacity crowd of 18,265 at San Jose, California's HP Pavilion on March 10, 2006.  After signing a landmark deal to air live events on SHOWTIME earlier this year, STRIKEFORCE earned the premium network its highest MMA rating ever on August 15, 2009 with "Carano vs. Cyborg."  Shortly before the live telecast, the main event principals-Gina Carano and Cris "Cyborg" Santos-were the most searched terms on Yahoo! and Google, while the fight was the most discussed subject on Twitter.

About Shine International

Shine International is the sales and distribution arm of the Shine Group, a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Shine International distributes programming from the growing library of programming of the Shine Group, including Reveille, Kudos, Dragonfly, Princess Productions and Metronome, along with a broad array of programming acquired from independent producers and U.S. networks, to more than 150 countries worldwide.


Dream 11 tomorrow morning on HDNet!

Don't miss the action on tomorrow morning's DREAM 11 card!  Shinya Aoki goes for the Dream Lightweight championship against Joachim Hansen.  Kazushi Sakuraba tries to get back on the winning track against boxer Rubin Williams.  The Super Hulk Tournament returns and much, much more!  All LIVE on HDNet!

MFC 22 results!

Lutter tops MacDonald at MFC 23
Nickels, Spratt, Alessio among big Payoff winners
By MFC Staff
Travis “The Serial Killer” Lutter stole the thunder from the return homegrown star Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald as he scored a unanimous decision victory in the main event of the Maximum Fighting Championship’s MFC 22: Payoff.

Lutter (10-5) used a dominating display of jiu-jitsu over the first two rounds to pull ahead before surviving a desperate ground-and-pound attack from MacDonald (21-13) in Round 3. All three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Lutter. The fight went down before an amped-up, sold-out crowd at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta, and aired live on HDNet Fights.

“It was all about following the game plan,” said Lutter, who twice had MacDonald in difficulty with rear-naked choke attempts.
MacDonald, fighting in front of a home-town audience for the first time in three years, poured on the pressure in the third round but couldn’t inflict enough damage to put Lutter away.
“I’m disappointed but I’ve been down before and I’ll get back up again,” said MacDonald.

In the co-main event, reigning MFC world lightweight champion Antonio McKee (26-3-2) put on a wrestling clinic en route to a clear-cut unanimous decision over Carlo Prater. The matchup had originally been scheduled for a five-round title fight but when Prater missed the 155-pound target (hitting the scales at 158) the bout was changed to a three-round non-title affair.
The result was never in doubt as McKee took down Prater (24-7) at will and the Brazilian was unable to fire off any offence.
“The MFC can put anybody they want in front of me – the title isn’t going anywhere,” offered McKee, who hoped a true title fight would happen in the near future.

Unquestionably the fight of the night was a light heavyweight clash between Mike Nickels and David Heath. Their encounter could very likely go down as the best fight in the MFC’s 10-year history in what turned out to be a wildly entertaining stand-up battle. Nickels (8-2) surprised everyone including his own corner as the standout jiu-jitsu practitioner was willing to go toe-to-toe with Heath. Both fighters were in serious trouble during the electrifying exchanges with Nickels battered and bloodied around both eyes.

But the Denver, Colorado, product put Heath (12-6) away in Round 3 with a flurry of punches leading to a rear-naked choke finish at the 4:02 mark that earned Nickels the Submission of the Night honor. Credit Heath for making it entertaining till the end, however, as he drew a raucous standing ovation from the crowd when he dropped his hands and let Nickels cleanly tee off on his unguarded chin.
Two vicious knockouts punctuated the televised the fight card. Veteran Pete “The Secret Weapon” Spratt flashed his long-reputed striking skills in a welterweight scrap with Nathan Gunn.

Spratt (20-13) worked through the pressure of a hard-charging Gunn in Round 1 then connected with several big shots to open up Round 2. The end came at 4:19 of the second when Spratt launched a rocket of an uppercut point-blank onto Gunn’s chin dropping him face first to the canvas. The crowd treated Spratt to a thunderous ovation and later he was duly rewarded with the Knockout of the Night. Gunn (7-1) remained motionless for quite some time while the fans reveled in numerous replays of the explosive finish.

In the much-anticipated matchup between John “The Natural” Alessio and Luigi “The Italian Tank” Fioravanti, a deliberate two-round build-up led to a stylish end at 1:34 of Round 3. One of the most popular figures in the MFC, Alessio (26-13) connected with a right counterpunch that landed flush on the chin of Fioravanti (15-6) who dropped flat on his back to the mat. Alessio landed another bomb to complete the stunning conclusion and in turn allow him to call out for a shot at the MFC world welterweight crown.

The six-fight televised card was rounded out with Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo (11-1) pulling out a controversial split-decision win over Marvin “The Beastman” Eastman (16-11). Despite carrying the action for the majority of the fight, Eastman was not awarded the verdict as the judges put up scorecards of 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 in Jimmo’s favor.

Results of the preliminaries:

Dwayne Lewis (9-4) def. Jared Kilkenny (12-7) – 3:31 Round 1, TKO
Jason Heit (3-0) def. Paapa Inkumsah (3-1) – 4:59 Round 2, TKO
Joe Christopher (8-2) def. Andrew Buckland (9-5) – 1:54 Round 1, tapout via guillotine choke
Nick Hrynchyshyn (2-0) def. Jesse MacDougall (0-1) – 4:29 Round 2, TKO
The Maximum Fighting Championship wraps up its 2009 schedule with MFC 23: Unstoppable going Friday, December 4 at the River Cree Resort and Casino. Tickets are now available by calling the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024 and via Ticketmaster at and charge-by-phone (780) 451-8000.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Was Roy's win really a good win?

Did Roy Nelson expose a technicality to win fights?

Last night Roy Nelson exposed Kimbo's already suspect ground game. But he may have exposed something far more interesting; the ability to win a fight without really hurting your opponent.

Earlier in the show, Roy explained to teammates that unanswered blows to an opponent would cause the referee to stop the fight even if those blows were patty cake type attacks. Using an open hand to explain, he slapped himself on the face saying that as long as the opponent isn't defending himself, even something like that would be enough to stop the fight.

As we found out, he was correct.

While it is true that Kimbo couldn't get out of the position, it is equally true that the attacks that Roy were using wouldn't stop Kimbo and weren't really doing a lot of damage. According to the rules, Herb Dean made the right call, but for actual engagement of battle, was it correct? If all it takes to win is the equivalent of "stop hitting yourself" that so many bullies used to use on playgrounds across the country, don't you think that this is something we'll see more of? When Matt Hughes uses this same move, he puts power into his punches and finished BJ Penn and Carlos Newton. When Roy did it, he was looking to the Ref to stop the fight.

Roy's win was legitimate, don't get me wrong, but the way that he won doesn't sit right with me. We will talk more about this on tonight's show, so make sure you are there.