This Week In MMA

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All the UFC is mixed martial arts, but not all mixed martial arts is the UFC. There are a number of great promotions that fly under the radar of the average fight fan. This weekend’s line up emphasizes this fact with six events from all over the world that will showcase dozens of big names, rising stars and MMA legends.

Century Fighting Championship in Salem, New Hampshire

Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis has been traversing the rocky road back to the UFC for the past year. He’s gone 3-1 since his release following his UFC 125 loss to Jeremy Stephens. He will look to bounce back from a split decision set back to Chuck O’Neil by defeating Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Matt Lee as he headlines Century’s inaugural event.

Also notable is fellow UFC vet Dan Lauzon who looks for his fifth straight win since his UFC release, when he faces Don Carlo-Clauss in the co-main event.

Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2 in Kearney, Nebraska

After fifty-four professional bouts as a heavyweight, Gilbert Yvel will compete for just the second time at 205 when he faces off against Nebraska native Houston Alexander. With forty knockouts between them, it is a safe bet that this one will not make it to the judge’s scorecards.

The secondary feature will see the greatest female mixed martial artist you’ve never heard of, Tara LaRosa, go to war with Kelly Warren.

Legend Fighting Championship 8 in Indonesia

Assembling talent from China, Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia , Legend has become one of the premier organizations in Hong Kong and the surrounding area. This weekend’s card is lead by two title fights. Undefeated Chinese fighter Ji Xian will do battle with 11-3 Japanese martial artist Yusuke Kawanago, to determine the company’s first ever featherweight champion. That match will be followed by Mongolian phenom and lightweight champion Jadamba Nurantungalag, defending against former title challenger Yui Chul Nam.

Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts in El Paso, Texas

Featuring seven former UFC competitors (including former #1 contenders Paul Buentello and Karo Parisyan) as well as long time journeyman Thomas Denny and former Strikeforce talent Lyle Beerbohm, there are more than enough notable names for WMMA to put butts in seats for their first event.

One Fighting Championship 3 in Kallang, Indonesia

Having aligned itself with virtually every major gym and MMA organization in Pacific Asia, One FC has dotted its third event with many accomplished fighters. The card will include former WBA champion Yodsanan “3K Battery” Sityodtong, making his sophomore outing as a mixed martial artist; Deep welterweight champ Yuya Shirai; kickboxing great Melvin Manhoef; and undefeated URCC bantamweight champ Kevin Belingon — facing leglock specialist Masakazu Imanari.

Amazon Forrest Combat 2 in Manaus, Brazil

Possibly the most star-studded card on this list, AFC 2 will feature the fighter with the longest career of any active fighter, George Clay, and a man looking to make it back to the UFC, Ronys Torres in miscellaneous undercard fights. While the main card will see:

  • Judo black belt, Sokoudjou vs. judo Olympian Satoshi Ishii
  • Josh Burkman vs. Pride alumni Daniel Acacio
  • Patrick Cote vs. twelve-year veteran Gustavo Machado
  • Thales Leites vs. Matt Horwich 2
  • Lastly, in the main event, Murilo Bustamante will face Dane Menne in a rematch of a 2002 UFC middleweight championship fight in which Menne stopped Bustamante with strikes to take the title from him.

If you are not fortunate enough to attend one of these great events, do not worry. There is still Bellator 63 on MTV 2 followed by The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX.

Today’s article written by guest blogger Norman Harrison. @NormanLHarrison

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Kimbo Slice scores comeback win by KO to beat the clock

Kimbo Slice was on his way to losing a unanimous decision last night against the late replacement, Brian Green. Slice was down on the scorecards going into the fourth round. He eventually landed an uppercut to score the come from behind victory!

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Awkward Moment – TUF 15 Live

Score one for Dominick Cruz and his fight team with this reenactment of Urijah Faber’s awkward moment on “TUF 15″ Live. Take note of Jeremy Stephen’s facial expressions. Excellent work Mr. Stephens. Video provided by “lloydirvin” at his Youtube Channel.

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MMA Burner Profile: Frankie Edgar

Each week MMABurner will release a profile to share with MMA Fans. This week we’ll take a closer look at one of the best lightweights in the game, Frankie Edgar.

Frankie Edgar

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Standup skills- Frankie is one of the best strikers in the UFC’s 155-pound division. He is very quick with excellent footwork and has great striking technique. Not known for his punching power, he’s still shown he can inflict damage with his boxing (against Matt Veach and in his third fight against Gray Maynard). Frankie is your typical in-and-out striker with a lot of movement. He will be at a reach disadvantage against most of his opponents. However, this does not stop him from being one of the best strikers in the lightweight division. Frankie throws fast combinations with a solid left hook and straight right. His kicks are fast, and he’s good in the clinch, throwing quick punches and utilizing knees. Frankie has phenomenal defense with great head movement — he simply does not stop moving. Frankie has an iron jaw and has never lost by TKO/KO. Frankie’s striking continues to improve and this must be scary for the rest of the lightweight division.

Grappling skills- Frankie comes from a wrestling background where he was a four-time qualifier for the NCAA Division I Tournament at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Frankie trains with some top jiu jitsu competitors and has shown he can hold his own on the ground  - even against the best. BJ Penn put Frankie on his back and usually this means night-night for the victim. Not for Frankie. His combination of jiu jitsu defense and wrestling makes him a well-rounded grappler. His wrestling also continues to improve. Watch his second and third fights against Gray Maynard, who is arguably one of the best wrestlers in the division. Frankie has solid takedown defense and is very technical with his offensive wrestling. Frankie may not be able to finish anyone with a triangle choke off his back, but he’s capable of finishing fights other ways. Frankie has a rear naked choke finish in the UFC and he also put Gray Maynard in a very tight guillotine in their second fight. Frankie has never been submitted in his professional MMA career.

Miscellaneous- Frankie may have the best cardio in the lightweight division. He is one of the smaller lightweights so cutting weight is not an issue for him. Frankie is quick as hell, has a great accent, and is one of the most durable fighters in the UFC. Dana White once called him the Arturo Gatti of MMA. Dana also considered Frankie at one point to be the #2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world (prior to his loss against Benson Henderson). Frankie is mentally tough and one of the more well-rounded fighters in the game. He is going to be tough a opponent for anyone, especially in a 5-round fight.

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A Kingdom Without A King: The Strikeforce Welterweight Division

Nate Marquardt

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Last year when the future of Strikeforce was still blurry and confusing, new parent company Zuffa started plucking out champions and bringing them over to their flagship organization, the UFC. Among the abducted titlists was three-time defending welterweight kingpin Nick Diaz. Diaz went on to defeat two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn, and square off with former WEC champ Carlos Condit for the interim belt. However, that has left Strikeforce without a 170-pound champion since June of 2011. With the promotion secure for the foreseeable future, now is the time to crown a new welterweight king. The powers that be at Zuffa do not seem to favor the tournament format upon which the sport was built, and though their feelings on the subject are understandable, considering the problems Strikeforce has had with their heavyweight grand prix, a baby 4-man tournament never hurt anyone. (The Johnson/ McCall debacle ignored.)
Here’s how to set it up.

Tyron Woodley vs. Kazuo Misaki.
“T-Wood” is undefeated in his amateur and professional career and is 8-0 under the Strikeforce banner. A strong wrestler from one of the best camps in the game, the AKA trainee has been pining for a title shot for the last two years. Misaki is an MMA legend who has fought in many of the sport’s top promotions (including Pride, Pancrase and Sengoku among others) and after defeating former title challenger Paul Daley in his welterweight debut, “The Hitman” looks to make a run at another world championship.

Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine.
Nate “The Great” is the biggest talent acquisition Strikeforce has made since being purchased by Zuffa. After spending most of his career at 185 pounds, where he was a seven-time king of Pancrase and one time challenger for the UFC middleweight belt, Marquardt expressed interest in dropping to 170. Having spent a year on the shelf due to numerous career speed bumps, the consensus top ten middleweight will finally make his welterweight debut in Strikeforce. Belgian native Saffiedine, meanwhile, has bounced back from a unanimous-decision lose to Tyron Woodley in the last year with back-to-back wins over Scott Smith and Tyler Stinson.

Strikeforce’s strong welterweight roster makes it one of the company’s most talent-rich divisions. With promising young fighters such as Jordan Mein, Jason High, Quin Mulhern and Bobby Voelker scrambling their way up the ladder, whoever becomes the next Strikeforce welterweight champion will have no shortage of hungry challengers to deal with.

Today’s article written by guest blogger Norman Harrison. @NormanLHarrison

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Gray Maynard vs Clay Guida to Headline UFC on FX 3

Gray Maynard

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UFC officials announced the match-up earlier this week on their website, UFC.com. Maynard vs Guida will headline the “UFC on FX 3″ show, which is expected to take place June 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout will be a five-round affair.

Maynard and Guida are both in need of a big win to consider themselves contenders in the UFC’s Lightweight Division. With both fighters recovering from recent losses, Maynard and Guida will be extremely hungry for a win.

This is a difficult stylistic match-up for Guida considering Maynard’s impressive wrestling background and improved striking game. Maynard should come into this bout as the favorite, but there is no reason to count Guida out, because of his world-class conditioning. This is a five-round fight and Guida’s cardio could be the determining factor!

Who ya picking, fight fans?!?

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Hype Song: Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans

The Burn Dizzle gives fight fans a reason to get psyched for UFC 145! Hope you enjoy!

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Benson Henderson vs Frankie Edgar summer rematch likely

Benson Henderson

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Despite many fans hoping for a super fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar, UFC officials have decided to give the former champion another fight against Benson Henderson. Dana White announced the fight via twitter earlier this week.

Edgar is no stranger to rematches. This will be his third consecutive rematch since winning championship gold in 2010. His first two opponents being B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard. The bout is likely to take place sometime “this summer” according to Dana White. In their first fight, Edgar and Henderson were both awarded “Fight of the Night.” With another five rounds to take place, these two will surely be ready to put on another excellent show.

Will Frankie Edgar reclaim the Lightweight Belt or will Benson Henderson prove once again why he is the champion? What are your thoughts, fight fans?!?

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New Tune: Ronda Rousey Rocks!

The Burn Dizzle sings a little tune about the new Strikeforce World Champion, Ronda Rousey!


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Martin Kampmann scores outstanding comeback victory against Thiago Alves

Martin Kampmann

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Martin Kampmann was losing the majority of his exchanges against Thiago Alves. Kampmann had his moments but it was Alves who was on his way to a unanimous decision victory. Alves appeared to be coasting in the third round and shot in for a takedown late in the fight to secure the win. Kampmann grabbed onto Alves’ neck and reversed him beautifully to take full mount. Alves immediately tapped, giving Kampmann one of the better comeback victories in the UFC this year.

Alves looked great against Kampmann and it only took one mistake to erase the first 14 minutes of this fight. Kampmann has now won four of his last six fights (two of which came by controversial split-decision losses).

Will Kampmann get a chance to avenge one of his losses or will he get a shot against some new blood? Who would you like to see Mr. Kampmann face-off against next?!? Discuss, fight fans!

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Volkmann looks to make it 6 in a row with the UFC against the Englishman Sass

Jacob Volkmann

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UFC officials have confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for two of the top grapplers in the UFC’s Lightweight Division. Despite recent success by both fighters, Jacob Volkmann and Paul Sass have been flying under the radar in hopes to get some recognition within one of the most competitive divisions.

This should be an intriguing bout for any fight fan who can appreciate the grappling aspect of Mixed Martial Arts.  There have been no questions regarding the game plans of either fighter throughout their UFC career. Simply put, get the fight to the ground! 

Will Volkmann use his accomplished wrestling pedigree to get the victory or will the Englishman Sass score another submission win?!? What do you think, MMA Burner Fans?!?

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Edson Barboza vs Evan Dunham announced for UFC 146 in Las Vegas

Evan Dunham

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UFC President Dana White announced earlier today that Edson Barboza will be taking on Evan Dunham at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC 146: “Dos Santos vs Overeem” is expected to take place on May 26, 2012. Barboza vs Dunham is an exciting match-up that hopefully gets a spot on the main card.

Barboza is an undefeated Brazilian prospect who has won fight of the night honors in each of his last three outings. With Dunham coming off a fight of the night performance against Nik Lentz, it is likely these two will make for a fan friendly fight.

This should be a great test for both competitors who look to move one step closer to the top of the pack in the UFC’s lightweight division. Who will come out victorious fight fans?!?!?

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