MMAterial Facts (10/28/11) : UFC Japan PPV, UFC on FOX Prelims, and Will Strikeforce Live?

October 28, 2011

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This week’s MMAterial Facts:

- UFC Japan Will Be PPV Event; Doubleheader Plans Abandoned (MMA Fighting)

“The UFC’s long-awaited return to Japan on Feb. 26, 2012 will be a full pay-per-view level event, sources have confirmed to MMA Fighting as initially reported by Dave Meltzer. Zuffa has thus abandoned its controversial plan to have the UFC Japan event act as a free-to-air lead-in to a Las Vegas PPV event.”

- Bjorn Rebney: Viacom buying Bellator is a major statement about MMA’s future (Fight Opinion)

“It speaks volume to the strength of what I believe is the greatest sport on the face of the Earth. And, you know, we’re going to be transitioning to Spike in 2013. In the interim, we’ll be building out the brand and increasing and improving every element of what we do on MTV2 and EPIX & Spike.com. It just gives us an incredible opportunity to work with really smart people who understand our sport backward and forward to build this out and to continue to build traction around our tournament format, our objectivity and some of the greatest fighters on the face of the Earth. So, it gives us every tool to build this out for many, many, many years to come.”

- Interview with Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren (MMA Mania)

“Yeah he was a national champion in junior college but Jay [Hieron] is significantly overrating his wrestling ability. What you have to realize is that people who win national junior college tournaments, I pin them in 30 seconds. That’s no big deal. I mean, even at the highest, highest level at the NCAA tournament my senior year, in five matches I probably got 40 takedowns and that’s against the best of the best of the best guys in the United States in wrestling and Jay was never on that level”

- Dana White Talks UFC 137, Strikeforce, Viacom, Plus Other News & Notes (MMA Convert)

“Dana White announced at the beginning of the press conference that they have hired MMA Live anchor Jon Anik away from ESPN to commentate on the FX and TUF broadcasts. Anik will also have a role in other programming. MMA Weekly is reporting that Anik has signed a three-year deal with the UFC. Dana White said they’ll be working him so much, he’ll regret leaving ESPN.”

- Thailand Floods – A Setback for MMA? (MiddleEasy)

“Thailand has recently joined the mixed martial arts foray, really hitting the ground running in 2011.  The sport was slow to get going in Thailand where a majority of the combat sports fans are more apt to enjoy Thai boxing than mixed martial arts, regardless of the fact that it is part of the “mixed” in MMA.  As new players have arrived, the sport is beginning to catch on.  DareFC, the biggest player in Thailand has enjoyed the early successes of mixed martial arts, showcasing some of the regions talented strikers and grapplers.  Their business model is very unique, although one that works very well for the region.”

- Nelson Getting A Little Help From His Friends (NBC Sports MMA)

“Nelson told NBCSports.com that this isn’t the first time the casual friends have trained together — Nelson said he helped Mir prepare for a few fights “three-to-four years ago” — but this is the first time Nelson has called upon Mir for a training camp”

- Video Timeline: MMA’s Greatest Techniques of the Year, 1993-2011 (Cage Potato)

“Over the last two decades, MMA has evolved so consistently that fighters are still finding new and unexpected ways to destroy their opponents — while causing fans to spit their beers in shock. We decided to take a lil’ spin through MMA history and identify the single most awe-inspiring technique from each year since the sport’s modern inception.”

- UFC on FOX prelims to air online (Five Ounces of Pain)

“Everyone wanted to see the lightweight showdown between Ben Henderson and Clay Guida on November 12 and now they’ll be able to. No, the bout won’t air live on FOX prior to the heavyweight main event, but the entire UFC on FOX preliminary card will air online on Facebook.com and Fox.com.”

- Jake Shields Signs with Authentic Sports Management (5thRound)

“This was a big decision for me, I took my time looking for the right management and I found it in Glenn Robinson and Authentic Sports Management,” said Shields. “ASM feels like a family environment. It has good people who are working hard, and he seems to really care about the fighters.”

- Akira Corassani – Behind The Screen (Exclusive Interview) (LowKick)

“Few days before Nick Diaz and BJ Penn square off inside the Octagon, TUF 14 bad boy Hamid “Akira” Corassani stops by for an exclusive interview with LowKick.com. Corassani currently entertains the Mixed Martial Arts fans around in his SpikeTV-documented quest for contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, representing Team Bisping somewhere in Nevada’s deserts (I don’t really know where the TUF Gym is).”

- Jim Genia on NY Underground MMA scene (TheFightNerd)

“New York doesn’t allow MMA right now, so fighters have to go to New Jersey to fight where its sanctioned or they have to go underground in New York city… but the book isn’t just about the underground fight scene in New York, it’s also about the development of sanctioned MMA in the east coast… In New Jersey, tehre was a show called BAMA Fight Night run by Big Dan Miragliotta. His show was the only show for the longest time, there weren’t sanctioned events in the North East, so Big Dan would hold these shows and people like Matt Serra, Nick Serra, Phil Baroni, they had their first fights at these events.”

- Dana White: There Is a Chance That Strikeforce Lives (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

“I met with Showtime yesterday, and I had a great meeting with them,” White told Helwani. “I’m jumping in. The way that it works, and I’ve explained this before, is that Lorenzo and I divide and conquer. We’re both so busy. We’re working on so much stuff and I think sort of to get this deal moving, you needed the kinder, gentler side of the UFC in there. Now, I am going to go in there and close it.”

MMAterial Facts (10/21/11) : UFC and the Fox Era, Nick Diaz Phenomenon, & UFC in 3D

October 21, 2011

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This week’s MMAterial Facts:

- The Nick Diaz Phenomenon (MMA Fighting)

“In 15 minutes, Diaz did more to shift the narrative of UFC 137 storylines than Penn, Mitrione and Kongo did in the preceding 40. That’s just the way it is when he speaks.

And isn’t that the point of conference calls and press conferences? When it comes to those, Diaz says more with less than anyone in MMA. If he was as verbose and microphone friendly as say, Chael Sonnen, it wouldn’t quite be the same. Diaz shows up when he wants, wedges open a window into his mind, and lets you in look in just long enough to find yourself fascinated and wanting more.”

- Opinion: Dana White is not the right man to lead the UFC during their era on Fox (Fight Opinion)

“Dana White has been the catalyst for the UFC’s growth from 2005 to present day. He is the most influential man in the sport and transformed UFC into an MMA empire. He avoided the kinds of pitfalls that doomed promotions like the WFA, the IFL, Affliction, PRIDE, DREAM, and Strikeforce. Thanks to Zuffa’s connections with Ari Emanuel, the promotion was able to bank a seven year, $700 million USD contract with Fox Sports to air UFC content on various Fox-related platforms.”

- Interview with UFC 137′s Roy Nelson as he prepares for Mirko Filipovic (MMA Mania)

“I feel standing, like I think I’ve stood up with some of the best heavyweights in the world. I stood up with Junior [dos Santos] so like, I think I might regress for this fight and go back to my roots, go back to my first five or six wins were all submissions. Maybe I’ll regress in the chain of being an MMA fighter.”

- The Lost Victims of the Injury Bug (MMA Convert)

“Everyone groans and exclaims when the big names get injured – there’s still weeping to be heard over Georges St. Pierre’s forced exit from UFC 137, and sobs can be heard all around the world over the news that Shane Carwin and Rich Franklin are both on ice over back- and shoulder injuries.  But the Dreaded Injury Bug has bitten others, too.  And while they may be lesser-known victims, sidelined from their participation in organizations that receive only a modicum of exposure and don’t employ an Octagon as a field of battle, these injured fighters’ absences from promised competition are woes that do still reverberate, albeit on a much smaller scale.  So let us acknowledge them, here and now, and recognize that their loss to their respective organizations’ rosters does have an impact on us.  They are the lost victims of the injury bug.”

- Get the popcorn ready, UFC is coming to your nearest theater…in 3D (MiddleEasy)

“According to Variety Magazine, the UFC has signed a contract with Cinedigm to offer UFC events that will be shown in movie theaters in illustrious 3D. “

- More surgery for Shane Carwin (NBC Sports MMA)

“Former UFC No. 1 heavyweight contender Shane Carwin will be forced to undergo a second round of surgical procedures to address issues related to neck and back problems. Carwin had surgery last November, and returned to fight against Junior dos Santos before being sidelined by these more recent issues.”

- Chris Leben: The Career Retrospective Interview (Cage Potato)

“[On "sending Anderson Silva back to Japan":] “Here’s the deal: When you sit down with the UFC and give them a pre-fight interview, what are you supposed to say? I’m not going to say they tell you what to say [during the interviews], but it’s certainly coached, and they want you to be a tough guy. So I couldn’t say, ‘Hey I didn’t want to take this fight, I didn’t think I was ready for it, but I’m taking it anyway because the UFC told me I had to.’ I asked not to take the fight. I thought it was a bad idea, plain and simple.”

- A Review of “Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts” (Five Ounces of Pain)

“The book explores the fight scene in New York, which, as most fans know, isn’t exactly legal in the Big Apple. Jim paints a pretty vivid picture of how fights and events go down in New York and things definitely have a Fight Club feel. I’m actually a little worried for Jim’s safety once this book comes out for talking about the subject and breaking the first rule.”

- M-1 Global: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson” Video Promo (5thRound)

“Up until the release of Friday’s video promo, it was unknown how M-1 Global was planning on making the show available for viewing. Many thought Showtime might host the shindig, but it seems the premium cable network will stand clear.”

- We have a pretty interesting interview with Alexander Shlemenko (LowKick)

“How important for you is the potential rematch with Hector Lombard? Do you consider it as your main priority?
Yes, definitely. I’m absolutely sure that when we meet again, the fight will play by a totally different scenario. I’m working very hard on my takedown defense and overall physical condition. Hector Lombard will not be able to take me down and play the clock on the ground. I could beat him up and then win via KO standing.”

- Interview with Dan “Punkass” Caldwell from the Tapout Crew at NYCC 2011 (TheFightNerd)

“I think Kenny [Florian] is a really exciting fighter in his past matches, he just needs to fight the right people… me personally, I think the 155 lb. division looks a little more inviting again. I think he should go back to 155 and try his hand there. Some of those guys would match up better with his style.”

- Matt Lindland Interview:  Chael Will Finish Silva Before the End of the Third Round (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

“I think the rematch would look just like the first one, except I’ve got a game plan for Chael to finish him before the end of the third round. So, yeah it’ll look similar to their first encounter, but with some additional techniques and strategy, it won’t make it to the championship rounds.”

MMAterial Facts (10/14/11) : No UFC For Vancouver in 2012, Anderson Silva Retiring Soon?

October 14, 2011

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This week’s MMAterial Facts:

- Report: UFC Show Not Likely for Vancouver in 2012 (MMA Fighting)

“The reason? The shows certainly weren’t financial failures. 2010′s UFC 115 did a $4.2 million gate, while UFC 131, held this past June, drew a $2.8 million gate. Instead, the problem is regulatory stalling. Both of the UFC’s events were held during a two-year test period held by the city after overturning a previous ban on MMA. That test period will end in the coming months and apparently, the prospects of sanctioned MMA will go with it.”

- Unite HERE letter to Anheuser Busch about UFC & gay slurs (Fight Opinion)

“Remarkably, we have yet to find evidence that any of the UFC athletes identified in this letter have been disciplined by the UFC or its owners for this contemptible behavior. By contrast, other professional sports organizations have taken a hard stance against anti-gay conduct and have held athletes accountable through suspensions and/or fines when athletes have used homophobic epithets.”

- Vinny Magalhaes responds to rumors of him training Fedor Emelienenko (MMA Mania)

“That happened before too. My manager tried to negotiate with them and at first they agreed to come, blah, blah, blah but then when it was time for me to go, they said, “A lot of guys will train with Fedor for free just because he’s such a legend,” but I was like, “I can’t go three weeks, not working. I have to pay bills. My son was 2-3 months old at the time. I couldn’t train there for free,” so I ended up not going. So this time, it’s gonna be the same way. If they’re not gonna pay for me to be there, then I’m not going. It’s not like I’m all about money, but if I’m not going to be working at Xtreme Couture, I’m not going to be holding my classes, I’m going to be leaving my family and my wife doesn’t work so I want to support my family. I have to be compensated.”

- Scott Coker Believes Zuffa and Showtime Want To Extend Strikeforce Contract (MMA Convert)

“Dana White hinted a couple weeks back that Strikeforce’s fate would be known soon. At the time, Lorenzo Fertitta was meeting with Showtime execs in New York to figure out whether or not Showtime wanted to extend Strikeforce’s contract. It sounded like it would be settled by now, however Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed today that both sides are still talking and actually want to make a deal.”

- Alright, so Joe Son may have killed his cellmate… (MiddleEasy)

“The LA Times is now reporting (from a press release issued by The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) that Joe Son is suspected of murdering his 50-year-old cellmate, who was found dead inside the Wasco State Prison Reception Center in Kern County on Monday night. The victim was a convicted sex offender that received two years in prison for failing to register as a sexual offender. “

- Is Chael Vegas Bound? (NBC Sports MMA)

“Chael Sonnen has paid his dues, has done his thing,” White said recently. “Floyd Mayweather fights in Nevada. This guy’s got 50 lawyers defending him right now and all that crazy stuff, and he’s fighting in Nevada. Don’t even get me going on that one.”

- The Argument For Banning Weight Cutting in MMA (Cage Potato)

“It’s kind of scary to say this but that fight almost killed me, making that weight. I had a really, really, really bad time and I still made the weight, but I’ll never ever be able to do that again,” Davis explained, revealing that the dehydration left him without his voice at weigh-ins and unable to urinate or have a bowel movement for the better part of a week.”

- Anderson Silva’s retirement closer than fans may think (Five Ounces of Pain)

“Ed Soares has done a lot of the speaking for UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva. That trend continued recently when Soares disclosed that “The Spider” has only a few fights left in his stellar career before he rides off into the sunset.”

- Roland Delorme’s TUF Blog (5thRound)

“Me and Stephen Bass had gotten into a heated argument about three or four days before his fight, so I didn’t feel bad about watching him lay on his back and get pumped like a hooker trying to pay the rent.”

- Ed Soares: Anderson Silva only has 4 fights left, why waste one on Sonnen rematch? (LowKick)

“Let’s see what the big boss is going to do. My opinion is that he had his chance and tapped, he should go back to the end of the line. The same thing is true with Vitor Belfort. They’re great fighters, but they had their chance. Sonnen would make a big fight, as would Dan Henderson and Georges St-Pierre, but we should recognize that Anderson only has around 4 fights left in his career.”

- WWE Superstar Vladimir Kozlov trains MMA (TheFightNerd)

“Training at Zealous Nation MMA with head coach Oleg Savitsky, Vladimir Kozlov comes through to his old friend’s gym to keep his Sambo skills up to par by hitting some mitts and practicing some submissions. Is a transition into the world of MMA in the future for Kozlov? Sounds like it, as both he and Savitsky voice their interest in competing in the sport! “

- Interview with Jorge Masvidal on his upcoming fight with Gilbert Melendez (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

“But, with such a meaningful rematch approaching that will change the look of the division for the foreseeable future, I find myself reflecting on previous rematches that had a similar effect. Fights that represented a fork in the road and created a new era.”

MMAterial Facts (10/08/11) : Fedor/Monson Press Conference, Edgar vs Maynard, UFC on XBOX

October 8, 2011

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This week’s MMAterial Facts:

- Fedor vs. Monson Press Conference (LowKick)

“The arena will be open for 22,000 people. Right now we have certain difficulties with tickets, simply because our partners at Kassir.ru are unable to cope with such a high demand for tickets. But I want to assure everyone that the issue will be solved and everyone will have an opportunity to purchase a ticket.”

- Jon Jones Explains Why He Is Fighting Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 (MMA Fighting)

“To [Rashad's] surprise, I took the fight, and after I took the fight, he decides that his hand isn’t ready, and he’s going to need more time. So, with me already agreeing with Dana that I would take a fight at UFC 140, Dana called me back and said, ‘Hey, listen, Rashad decided that he can’t compete at UFC 140, what would think about fighting Lyoto Machida?’ And I said ‘absolutely’.”

- All kinds of messages sent by UFC with second show on same day as Japan event (Fight Opinion)

“By UFC running a show in Las Vegas on the same day as their Japanese event, it will allow them to give the media a cue to bury the importance of the Japanese event and to hype the Vegas show as the A-show. The flip-side of this, of course, is that the Japanese fans are smart customers. Already telling them to show up for a main card at 10 AM at Saitama Super Arena is a joke and now telling them that the Japanese show is essentially a B-level show is basically waving the white flag at this point. Sure, UFC could conceivably book Rampage Jackson vs. Shogun if Shogun loses to Dan Henderson, but that’s not a main event that’s going to draw a huge crowd in Japan. However, it would allow UFC to split the difference and give their American fans a reason to downplay the struggles of the Japanese show. You run Shogun/Rampage in Japan as the Japanese main event but have it air on American PPV as the semi-main event fight for a big Vegas PPV card.”… Matt Hume, on Mauro Ranallo’s radio show yesterday, claims that Softbank is supporting UFC’s Saitama event.”

- UFC 136: Brian Stann only needs five seconds to knockout Chael Sonnen (MMA Mania)

“I think people are underestimating me. I’m a difficult guy to wrestle to the ground. I’m also a difficult guy to hold on the ground. Chael’s the best at doing those things so we’re gonna find out quickly. People forget that I train with the best guys in the world. Obviously, I wouldn’t be confident if I was losing every single second of every day at the gym.”

- Jon Jones Buys First New Car, A $190,000 2012 Bentley (MMA Convert)

“Today was a good day for Jon Jones. Actually, “one of the best days of [his] life,” as he put it. Jones bought himself his first new car — a very expensive first new car in the form of a 2012 Bentley Continental GT. Jones didn’t say how much he paid for it, but the sticker price for that particular model comes in at a whopping $190,000. It’s good to be the champ.”

- Rejoice, The UFC will soon be on your Xbox dashboard (MiddleEasy)

“Wow, the promises made at E3 are coming to fruition: The UFC is coming to your Xbox dashboard in a big way on December 1st. Finally you will be able to order UFC Pay Per Views through the Xbox in HD (UFC 140 is the first available live show), you will be able to view what I assume to be an extended back catalog of Zuffa owned fights, and even predict live UFC matches and compare your fight prediction record with your friends. “

- Can Fedor right the ship? (NBC Sports MMA)

“The UFC’s breakneck stretch of four events in four weeks ends this Saturday in Houston, with arguably the promotion’s best card since it invaded Toronto’s Rogers Centre in March, wowing a record 55,000 fans. Instead of limping to the finish line, the UFC boasts a show that features two title fights, a true No. 1 contender fight, and a possible No. 1 lightweight contender in the making.”

- MFC 31 Results: Jimmo Wins 16th Straight, Judges Test Half Point Scoring (Cage Potato)

“If last night’s MFC 31 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada , which utilized the half-point scoring system that Doc Hamilton proposed would improve MMA judging, taught us anything it was that half-point scoring is just as flawed as whole point scoring.”

- Frankie Edgar is looking for an answer against Gray Maynard tomorrow night (Five Ounces of Pain)

“That (trash talk) always get the people going and it sells fights, but for myself, and being the kind of person I am, I’d rather do my work in the cage,” Edgar explained in a conversation with the UFC’s website. “Gray’s a pretty reserved dude, and so am I, and I think our fight will speak for itself.”

- Third Time’s the FINAL Charm for Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard (5thRound)

“If posting a 2-1-1 record against Maynard is Edgar’s lifelong goal, which it likely isn’t, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) professed there will not be a fourth tango between the two – regardless of what goes down during their trilogy this Saturday.”

- Culinary Workers Union creates anti-UFC website (TheFightNerd)

“Maintained by the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226, the website uses the acronym of UFC to stand for “Unfit For Children” instead of the “Ultimate Fighting Championship.” Dana White’s many rants are listed in detail on this page across a series of sub-categories, including “Obscenities”, “Slurs” which features many of the comments DFW directed at Loretta Hunt among others, “Cheap Shots” which focuses on remarks about random people involved in entertainment and sports, and “Other $#@%!!!” which documents rude comments that UFC fighters have said about others, including Chael Sonnen’s negative thoughts on Brazil. On the sidebar of the page, the Union also lists companies that promote and support the UFC, including TapouT, Xyience, Bud Light, and Harley Davidson. “

- UFC 136: The 5 Most Pivotal Rematches in UFC History (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

“But, with such a meaningful rematch approaching that will change the look of the division for the foreseeable future, I find myself reflecting on previous rematches that had a similar effect. Fights that represented a fork in the road and created a new era.”

MMAterial Facts (08/12/11) : Updates on M-1, Golden Glory & ProElite

August 12, 2011

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This week’s MMAterial Facts:

- ProElite Pursuing Veteran Manager and Promoter Monte Cox as Consultant (MMA Fighting)

- Text of Golden Glory PR about #UFC business relations & Alistair Overeem (Fight Opinion)

- ‘Set Up’ movie trailer featuring Bruce Willis, 50 Cent and Randy Couture (MMA Mania)

- M-1′s Evgeni Kogan: ‘Working With Zuffa Was Actually Really Good’ (MMA Convert)

- The entire master tape library of M-1 is for sale on eBay (MiddleEasy)

- Chiapetta’s Event Guide: UFC Live 5 edition (NBC Sports MMA)

- Golden Glory Head Bas Boon Sheds More Light on Recent UFC & Strikeforce Firings (Cage Potato)

- Matt Hamill calls it a career after consecutive losses in the cage (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Exclusive Interview with UFC Connected’s Showdown Joe Ferraro (LowKick)

- Former UFC Stars Featured in “MMA Fight Pit: Genesis” Pay-Per-View (5thRound)

- Kurt Angle talks new MMA film “Warrior” (TheFightNerd)

- How Many Fights Do UFC’s Best Have Left? (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

MMAterial Facts (08/05/11) : UFC NYE Event in Abu Dhabi, More On Golden Glory Cuts

August 5, 2011

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This week’s MMAterial Facts:

- UFC Abu Dhabi Show Possible for New Year’s Weekend (MMA Fighting)

- Scott Coker on Golden Glory cuts: ‘There’s only so many TV spots…’ (Fight Opinion)

- Highlights from Chael Sonnen’s fan Q&A before today’s UFC 133 weigh-ins (MMA Mania)

- Marloes Coenen’s Check Complicates Zuffa-Golden Glory Story (MMA Convert)

- Watch the first fifteen minutes of Jens Pulver: Driven (MiddleEasy)

- Mike Chiappetta’s UFC 133 primer (NBC Sports MMA)

- Proving Ground: The Journey to Find MMA’s Next Killer Prospect Begins Now (Cage Potato)

- The Future of Strikeforce and the Elephant in the Room (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Vitor Belfort training for Akiyama at Xtreme Couture (LowKick)

- Tatsuya Kawajiri Drops to Featherweight, Meets Joachim Hansen at “Dream.17″ (5thRound)

- FUEL TV Kick Starts “Punk Payback” with Bas Rutten this fall (TheFightNerd)

- Which promotion will Fedor fight for next? (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

MMAterial Facts (07/29/11) : Fedor vs Henderson, K-1 Sale, SportFight Returns

July 29, 2011

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This week’s MMAterial Facts:

- Scott Coker Talks Fedor vs. Henderson, Alistair Overeem and K-1′s Sale (MMA Fighting)

- A new drug testing option soon for UFC & boxing (Fight Opinion)

- By the numbers: The career statistics of Fedor Emelianenko (MMA Mania)

- Dan Henderson’s Greatest Hits (MMA Convert)

- Miletich thinks Daniel Cormier is a tougher match-up for Bigfoot Silva than Overeem (MiddleEasy)

- Can Fedor right the ship? (NBC Sports MMA)

- Review: Is ‘Warrior’ the First MMA Movie That Gets It Right? (Cage Potato)

- Michael Chandler gets crack at Eddie Alvarez’s championship on October 15 (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Fedor vs. Henderson Caricature (LowKick)

- Cain Velasquez Schools Cristiano Ronaldo on UFC (Video) (5thRound)

- Matt Lindland’s “SportFight” returns with new backers (TheFightNerd)

- Fedor Talks Hendo, Retirement and UFC-Strikeforce Deal (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

MMaterial Facts (7/22/11): White visits Mr. McMahon, Marquardt finds a job, Munoz does the “Dougie”

July 22, 2011

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This week’s MMAterial Facts:

Dana White Talks UFC 133, Alistair Overeem and Meeting Vince McMahon (MMA Fighting)

Bjorn Rebney: If Nate Marquardt wants to fight Hector Lombard & Ben Askren, fight in a Bellator tournament (Fight Opinion)

UFC 133: Rich Franklin turned down a fight against Alexander Gustafsson (MMA Mania)

Cub Swanson saved $50,000 by switching to HCIC (MMA Convert)

Mark Munoz and Nonito Donaire do the “Dougie” (Middle Easy)

Nate Marquardt signs multi-fight contract with BAMMA (5th Round)

Filho vs. Ishii Targeted for AFC’s Inaugural Event in Brazil Sept. 14 (Cage Potato)

Cruz to defend Bantamweight title on Versus (NBC Sports MMA)

Urijah Faber going back to Cali in November for bout with Brian Bowles (Five Ounces of Pain)

Ovince St. Preux: I’m content with working my way up (Exclusive Interview) (LowKick)

Bob Sapp pitches new reality show, truly is ” Big  in Japan” (The Fight Nerd)

UFC: 10 Upcoming Preliminary Bouts You Don’t Want to Miss (Bleacher Report/MMA)

MMAterial Facts (07/15/11) : Overeem Wants to Box, Rare UFC 4 Footage, & K-1 Financial Woes

July 15, 2011

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This week’s MMAterial Facts:

- Jose Aldo Defends Featherweight Title Vs. Kenny Florian at UFC 136 (MMA Fighting)

- The financial troubles & image blows won’t stop for K-1 (Fight Opinion)

- Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) lands two-year broadcast deal with HDNet (MMA Mania)

- Q & A with Bellator Boss Bjorn Rebney (MMA Convert)

- Alistair Overeem is considering moving to boxing and fighting Vitali Klitschko (MiddleEasy)

- Exclusive interview with Jon Jones talking about Rampage & Rashad (NBC Sports MMA)

- The Five Least Successful Crossover Stars in MMA History (Cage Potato)

- Nate Marquardt cleared by PSAC to fight again (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Photo Gallery: Nam Phan trains for his UFC 133 fight with Mike Brown (LowKick)

- Lyoto Machida says ‘all stories have two sides’ (5thRound)

- Rare footage of UFC 4 press conference is a blast from the past (TheFightNerd)

- Manager Says Marquardt Is the Right Fit for Any Organization (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

MMAterial Facts (07/08/11)

July 8, 2011

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This week’s MMAterial Facts:

- ESPN Profile Leads to New Bellator Signing (MMA Fighting)

- Dr. Goodman: If the UFC & fighters don’t clean up their sport, the US Gov will step in (Fight Opinion)

- Liddell vs Tito rivalry the subject of upcoming UFC ‘Bad Blood’ DVD release on 8/30/2011 (MMA Mania)

- MMA in Brazil: A Quick Rundown (MMA Convert)

- K-1 Founder Kazuyoshi Ishii to possibly found a ‘New K-1′ (MiddleEasy)

- UFC 132: Five Lessons Learned (NBC Sports MMA)

- Knockout of the Day: This Is What ‘A Living Death’ Looks Like (Cage Potato)

- Grappling with Issues – 7/6/11 (Five Ounces of Pain)

- UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami Brazilian Trailer (LowKick)

- Win a Chance to Attend UFC 133 with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (5thRound)

- “Bruce Lee Lives” first episode sneak preview/ review (TheFightNerd)

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