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  #241  
Old 08-08-2007, 01:17 AM
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Originally posted by teenkiller
I just found out that Matt Serra will be defending his belt against Matt Hughes at the upcoming September event. I'm really excited for this one. I haven't seen Serra fight since The Ultimate Fighter finale and I hope he manages to give Hughes a good beat down. Well thats all for now GOoD JOURNEY my fellow schmoes.
Whoever said September is dead wrong, it's not until December after TUF 6 is finished (Dec. 29 to be exact). Possibly co-main eventing with Wanderlei vs. Chuck

Is anyone else as stoked on UFC 76 as me here? My favorite fighter (Shogun) makes his UFC debut, and Fitch vs. Diego is a fight of the year candidate on paper. Nakamura vs. Machida is interesting and Griffin vs. Tavares is a matchup of 2 of the most exciting lightweights in the UFC right now. And an awesome undercard matchup with Wilson Gouveia vs. Jason Lambert.

And to think, this was supposed to be the card with Chuck vs. Wanderlei...if that was on this card, I'd already have my flight and hotel booked.
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  #242  
Old 08-08-2007, 02:06 AM
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Originally posted by unspoken
Whoever said September is dead wrong, it's not until December after TUF 6 is finished (Dec. 29 to be exact). Possibly co-main eventing with Wanderlei vs. Chuck
Yes, yes. You're right. Sorry. I got my dates mixed up. Serra and Hughes have both been chosen for the upcoming seasons trainers and will face off after the season ends. This should be an interesting season for sure, though I'm betting nearly all of the fighters will be wanting to be on Hughes' team. Well thats all for now GOoD JOURNEY my fellow schmoes.
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  #243  
Old 08-08-2007, 06:24 PM
ls this gonna be a title bout?
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  #244  
Old 08-08-2007, 09:04 PM
I just watched UFC3 for the first time in a few years and what the fuck? Shamrock dropped out, Gracie dropped out, they completely left one semifinal fight out and had an alternate go straight to the finals? No wonder they eventually dropped the tournament style. I miss seeing the size differences but almost everyone fights the same now anyways.
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  #245  
Old 08-08-2007, 09:23 PM

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Originally posted by bourahioro
ls this gonna be a title bout?
I believe it is but I'm not %100 sure about that. Well thats all for now GOoD JOURNEY my fellow schmoes.
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  #246  
Old 08-08-2007, 11:41 PM
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Originally posted by bourahioro
ls this gonna be a title bout?
If you're refering to Hughes vs. Serra, yes it is. Two scenarios for the winner's first defense:

1. Winner of GSP/Koscheck gets next title shot
2. Winner of GSP/Koscheck fights winner of Diego/Fitch, winner of that gets title shot.
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  #247  
Old 08-13-2007, 08:44 PM
Dana White Prank call...

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  #248  
Old 08-16-2007, 01:55 PM
The heavyweight division in UFC has done a complete 180 and is now really deep. With Couture, Gonzaga, Crocop, Nogueira, Brandon Vera's coming back, and someday possibly Fedor, they are stacked. Its hard to imagine a guy like Tim Sylvia ever laying one finger on that title again.
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  #249  
Old 08-16-2007, 06:00 PM
Thank fuck...that guy's an over-rated douchebag.
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  #250  
Old 08-18-2007, 04:19 PM
Yeah seriously, the Heavyweight division in UFC has been weak since guys like Bas Rutten, Kevin Randleman, Kosaka, and Pete Williams have left. Arlovski showed some potential but all that went away when he lost to a scrub like Sylvia.
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  #251  
Old 08-22-2007, 10:12 AM
n is the shit....Check this out!

Bas Rutten
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  #252  
Old 08-26-2007, 09:32 AM
Wow, just wow. Randy Couture has really been impressive lately. I still think Fedor would defeat him but I dont think it would be the massacre I once said it would be. For his age and being undersized shows he is probably one of the best pound for pound fighters ever. Either that or Gonzaga really did just get lucky against CroCop.
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  #253  
Old 08-27-2007, 04:00 PM
Randy calls out Fedor in press conference after fight...

Good, I say... because if we're ever going to get Fedor, thats the way to do it... BAIT THE MOTHERFUCKER!!!!
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  #254  
Old 08-27-2007, 05:59 PM
Holy shit does anyone have a link for a clip of this!
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  #255  
Old 08-27-2007, 09:04 PM
source

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"You know all the guys up here [on the postfight podium] want to fight the best guys in the world," Couture said. "Most people think the best guy in the world is [PRIDE champ] Fedor [Emelianenko]. So bring him on."
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  #256  
Old 08-27-2007, 10:22 PM
I hope this is the next title unification and Fedor's first UFC fight. The only other contender right now is Crocop but I think he needs a few more impressive wins under his belt. Make this happen UFC. Randy Couture may not be the ideal heavyweight but he is one of the big names from UFC and we all want to see UFC's best against PRIDE's. I still think Fedor would come out on top but I wouldnt be surprised if Couture pushed him to the limit and took it to a decision. But someone please explain this to me.

Liddell TKO's Couture twice....Crocop goes to a decision with Fedor...Crocop gets TKO'd by Gonzaga...Couture beats down Gonzaga....so does that mean Liddell could beat Fedor? Not a chance but its weird how this shit happens.
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  #257  
Old 08-27-2007, 11:27 PM
mma is like rock-paper-scissors...

Different people, different styles, different gameplan...
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  #258  
Old 08-29-2007, 10:57 PM
Lots of good new features on the UFC site. I think Rampage could be in big trouble against Henderson, he seems like a more complete fighter. I like Rampage's style and personality but he wasnt the best in PRIDE and now that UFC has absorbed almost all of PRIDE I think his title reign will be shortlived. If not Henderson, then Shogun, and if he survives that then Wandy will be right there waiting. But i'm gonna predict his days on top are close to being in single digits. Henderson over Rampage.
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  #259  
Old 08-30-2007, 03:29 PM
Babalu got fired!!

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This just came out from mmanews.com:

“Renato “Babalu” Sobral was released from his contract due to the incidents that happened during his UFC 74 bout against David Heath. Dana White again talked about how it would of been worse had Babalu had an arm, leg or ankle. Still, Dana feels the fans turned on him and said he is out of his contract and out of the company due to his actions.”


Babalu is one of my favorite fighters, I understand the UFC's position, but what the fuck?! They could have suspended him and gotten their point across.

Fuck.
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  #260  
Old 08-30-2007, 03:55 PM
Well, he did assault the guy... the UFC is trying to maintain a professional and responsible image, it makes them look good to people who don't agree with the sport.
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  #261  
Old 08-30-2007, 06:38 PM
Yeah, the guy wasnt going to do much in the lightheavyweight division anyway. Not only should he have been released by the UFC but he should be banned from MMA for a year. For craps sake he choked him until he passed out, you can get brain damage from that.
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  #262  
Old 08-30-2007, 08:13 PM
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Originally posted by DarkKnight81
Lots of good new features on the UFC site. I think Rampage could be in big trouble against Henderson, he seems like a more complete fighter. I like Rampage's style and personality but he wasnt the best in PRIDE and now that UFC has absorbed almost all of PRIDE I think his title reign will be shortlived. If not Henderson, then Shogun, and if he survives that then Wandy will be right there waiting. But i'm gonna predict his days on top are close to being in single digits. Henderson over Rampage.
Rampage constantly complains (whenever he has the chance) that PRIDE fighting was fixed and that influenced how he fought and had a negative impact on his record. He always ripped the refs for being against him. Whether or not that's true and whether or not he's a better fighter than his PRIDE career indicates still remains to be seen, but for the most part I agree with you here. The knockout of Lidell was the wildest punch I've ever seen thrown. I used to box, and I found that swing almost comical. I don't know how good he is technically, but he's a great athlete, a strong guy, and he's GREAT for the sport, so I'd like to see him stay on top a bit longer because he has the personality that could make mainstream sports fans take an interest in UFC.
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  #263  
Old 08-31-2007, 08:00 PM
Interesting news about Fedor and the UFC!!!!
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  #264  
Old 08-31-2007, 08:14 PM
I don't see how the punch was wild... Chuck threw a sloppy left hook to the body and Rampage countered perfectly with Right hook of his own. I mean, the punch was wide, but i've seen boxers throw the same punch...

If it works, it works I guess.
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  #265  
Old 08-31-2007, 09:09 PM
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Originally posted by Tai Mai Jew
I don't see how the punch was wild... Chuck threw a sloppy left hook to the body and Rampage countered perfectly with Right hook of his own. I mean, the punch was wide, but i've seen boxers throw the same punch...

If it works, it works I guess.
I'm not saying it was a bad punch in that circumstance. I just don't think he's that great a fighter technically. That punch was wide and awkward to me and I'm surprised it landed because I thought Chuck was better than that. Can't argue with results, though, but someone brought up Shogun Rua and there's no way he gets away with a punch like that against a fighter of that calibur. I actually think that he loses to Henderson in a relatively lopsided manner. I think Rampage is one of the 10-15 best mixed martial artists in the world, pound for pound, but there are a lot of better guys from a technical standpoint. I know most people would rate him higher, but that's just my opinion.

As for Fedor... I'll believe it when I see it. It's logical, considering the growing popularity of UFC and the amount of money they can potentially throw at him for a fight with Couture, but egos and politics killed boxing and ruined a lot of great, logical matches, so it wouldn't surprise me if the logical move isn't made here just because of egos and dollar signs.
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  #266  
Old 08-31-2007, 11:03 PM
I hope they sign Fedor and give him and Couture a unification match early next year. As for Ramgage I love the guy, but he was probably only the 4th or 5th best lightheavyweight in PRIDE, and now that 3 guys from PRIDE that were better than him are in the UFC, Henderson, Shogun, and Wanderlei, Rampage wont be on top for long. Even worse news for Chuck Liddell who likely wont even be able to get back into title contention, he should lose that gut and drop to middleweight.
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  #267  
Old 08-31-2007, 11:39 PM
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Originally posted by Darth Kenshin
Rampage constantly complains (whenever he has the chance) that PRIDE fighting was fixed and that influenced how he fought and had a negative impact on his record. He always ripped the refs for being against him. Whether or not that's true and whether or not he's a better fighter than his PRIDE career indicates still remains to be seen, but for the most part I agree with you here. The knockout of Lidell was the wildest punch I've ever seen thrown. I used to box, and I found that swing almost comical. I don't know how good he is technically, but he's a great athlete, a strong guy, and he's GREAT for the sport, so I'd like to see him stay on top a bit longer because he has the personality that could make mainstream sports fans take an interest in UFC.
He complains about Pride a lot, but he got just as many calls for as he did against. Anybody who's seen his fight against Ninja knows who really won that fight.
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  #268  
Old 08-31-2007, 11:50 PM
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Originally posted by Darth Kenshin
Can't argue with results, though, but someone brought up Shogun Rua and there's no way he gets away with a punch like that against a fighter of that calibur.
Can't disagree. Shogun crushed him before and will do it again should they meet down the road

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I actually think that he loses to Henderson in a relatively lopsided manner. I think Rampage is one of the 10-15 best mixed martial artists in the world, pound for pound, but there are a lot of better guys from a technical standpoint. I know most people would rate him higher, but that's just my opinion.
Ranking him 10-15 PFP is about right. He's not well rounded like a Fedor, or GSP, or Shogun as he has not much of a sub game (hence why people bitch about my lower than normal ranking of Gomi in PFP too).

About Hendo, if you look at it he's got a great chance. Things to think about:

1. Rampage has proved to be weak in the clinch. Hendo's a Greco specialist.
2. Rampage has typically struggled against faster guys who normally fight at 183/185 (Ninja, Lindland, Bustamante). Yes he got the decision in all those fights, but the Ninja one was complete BS and you could have made a case for both Lindland and Busta winning the fight. He struggled against Lindland's superior wrestling, and Hendo's a better wrestler.
3. Rampage isn't a sub threat, and Hendo's never been KO'd.
4. I know MMA Math doesn't mean much, but Hendo KO'd Wand who KO'd Rampage twice.
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  #269  
Old 09-02-2007, 12:17 AM
Is this deal ever going to happen?

In an exclusive comment to CBSSports.com on Friday, UFC president Dana White said that his recent meeting with representatives of Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko did not bring UFC any closer to signing the superstar free agent. When asked how the Emelianenko meeting went, White said "it didn't go well," but declined to discuss details.

"I don't like to talk about contract negotiations with the public -- but it didn't go well," White said. "These guys are crazy."

The complete interview conducted by CBSSports.com contributor Sam Caplan will be published on CBSSports.com early next week.

While White did not give details, he indicated in the forthcoming interview that the meeting was not successful. That contradicted initial reports that people close to Emelianenko thought the meetings went well.

Since then, Emelianenko representatives have indicated to other publications that the negotiations are basically stuck where they've been for months -- with UFC offering big money, but insisting on exclusive rights to Emelianenko.

Emelianenko's camp is said to be happy with the money UFC is offering, but is adamant that Emelianenko must be allowed to fight for other promotions in addition to UFC, particularly in his native Russia.
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  #270  
Old 09-02-2007, 01:18 AM
I don't see it happening, from what I've read Fedor's team just wants way too much.

1. All fights guaranteed on a 6 fight deal (with the money they're throwing at him per fight, this could be disaster if by some chance he's a total flop in the UFC)
2. Ability to compete in Sambo (not too bad on the surface, but if he gets injured in that or makes it priority over the UFC, it could lead to problems with scheduling him, especially if he becomes champion)
3. To have UFC's in Russia and have M-1 [Fedor's manager's promotion] co-promote it (no way is UFC going to let someone put their hands in the UFC cookie jar, when the UFC name will be bringing all the dollars in).
4. To have other Red Devil fighters compete in the UFC (this would be the easiest, just throw them on undercard, UFN's or in the WEC).
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  #271  
Old 09-02-2007, 01:51 AM
I just hope politics don't do to MMA what they've already done to Boxing
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  #272  
Old 09-02-2007, 11:16 AM
They should just give him less money then. Fedor doesnt strike me as a total prick, he probably doesnt need or want all the cash they are trying to throw at him. Just give him his freedom to compete in Sambo and have his crew around to train with him.
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  #273  
Old 09-06-2007, 10:25 AM
More good news about Fedor and the UFC...

clicky

It looks like MMA weekly took down the page, though...
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  #274  
Old 09-06-2007, 01:37 PM
Hopefully there is more to this than selling t-shirts.
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  #275  
Old 09-06-2007, 04:39 PM
Well, Fedor IS wearing a UFC sponsored t-shirt...

Athletes usually don't sport company logo's unless they're involved with them somehow...

And thats beside the fact that he'll be AT the next UFC event... Or, at least that's what's rumored...

we'll see on Saturday...
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  #276  
Old 09-06-2007, 06:03 PM
Yeah I'm feeling a big announcement, like maybe even a bout with Couture sometime early next year. I just dont see how if the UFC and Fedor were having such troubles that he would be at their event. UFC would be crazy not to sign him and if Fedor honestly wants to prove he's the best fighter ever than UFC is now the place to do that since PRIDE looks to be dead.


BRING IT ON!
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  #277  
Old 09-06-2007, 07:43 PM
Okay kids, UFC 75: Champion -vs- Champion this weekend!!

Predictions?

I see Cro Cop coming back strong, and tkaing out Chiek Kongo, However, I'm not too sure on who's gonna win out of Jackson and Henderson.

I'd like to see Rampage take it, but Henderson's really fucking tough too, I mean he took out Wanderlei.
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  #278  
Old 09-06-2007, 08:06 PM
Logic would say Hendo because he took out Wandy who destroyed Rampage twice. But I think Rampage has improved since then and Hendo is getting old (dont tell Randy Couture that) and he is fighting underweight. This is a toss up and could easily go either way, technical skills to Hendo, strength and youth to Rampage...i'd put my money on Rampage by decision. Also Crocop redeems himself by destroying Kongo.
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  #279  
Old 09-09-2007, 12:40 AM
What the fuck has happened to Mirko Crocop? Last night I got to see the replay of UFC 70 with Crocop against Gonzaga. That head kick was not a fluke, Gonzaga was owning Crocop standing up, took him down, almost knocked him out on the ground, stood back up and laid him out. Then tonight against Congo, Crocop looked frustrated and defeated very early on. I dont know if its just a case of him not being able to fight in the cage, he's been fighting in rings for K1 and PRIDE forever, but the guy is done in the UFC as far as I can tell. I would be shocked if he shows back up unless he has more fights in his contract. The guy is an MMA legend but his career in UFC even in victory has been dissapointing and is most likely over. Congo on the other hand while not very well rounded is a fucking beast, one of the most impressive looking physical specimens I have ever seen in UFC. The guy is tall, muscular, and incredibly fit. Unfortunately for him his ground game is absolutely terrible so Couture would most likely take him down and never let him up.
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  #280  
Old 09-09-2007, 01:10 AM
So looking down the road at two different divisions, heavyweight and lightheavyweight, I wonder who the next two contenders will be. I think Houston Alexander should fight Michael Bisping to see who fights Rampage next. I think Shogun will soon be the best in 205 but UFC will make him win a few fights before he gets a title shot. I'd also like to see Kongo take on Antonio Nogeura to decide who gets Couture next.
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