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UFC signs Japanese veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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MMA veteran Tatsuya Kawaijiri signs with UFC. He will be making his promotional debut in UFC's first ever event in Singapore

Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri has finally signed with the biggest MMA organization after 13 years of MMA career. Crusher, who was once considered as one of the best 155 lb fighters in the world has started fighting in the Shooto organization. Kawajiri has also competed in Pride FC’s 2005 lightweight Grand Prix. He was defeated by Takanori Gomi in the quarterfinals of the said tournament.

He later competed in Dream and Strikeforce where he went into title contention only to be turned back by Shinya Aoki and Gilbert Melendez. Since then, Kawajiri racked up 5 straight wins including a decision win over Michihiro Omigawa in the final event of Dream. The 35 year old Japanese holds victories over Yves Edwards, JZ Cavalcante, Joachim Hansen and Josh Thomson. His professional  record currently stands at 32-7-2. Kawajiri is rumored to make his first octagon appearance in UFC’s upcoming Singapore debut on January 4, 2014.

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Bellator signs undefeated featherweight prospect Julio Cesar Nevez Jr.

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Bellator MMA aims to reinforce their roster by signing 28-0 prospect Julio Cesar Neves Jr.

Bellator MMA has recently signed the unbeaten Brazilian prospect Julio Cesar Neves Jr., younger brother of Rafel Silva. Neves, who is commonly referred to as “Morceguinho” by his fans in Brazil, has compiled an outstanding record of 28 wins without a single loss. In addition, only three of his opponents made it to the final bell. He has won 17 of his fights by KO/TKO and the other eight came by submission. Morceguinho has fought 15 times this year including a highlight reel knockout over Denel Chuleta in the Brazilian regional circuit WSOC.

“I came to Bellator to fight the best in the world,” states Neves regarding his signing with the organization. “The Bellator featherweight division has some of the best fighters in the world, and I want to fight the best.”

The details of his debut have not been revealed until now but most likely, he will be participating in the next season of Bellator’s featherweight tournament.

Meanwhile, his older brotherhas just won the Bellator bantamweight tourney this earlier this month.  He is scheduled to fight the reigning bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas in the early part of 2014.

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Lyoto Machida learned plenty of stuff from Mark Munoz

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Mark Munoz has a few tricks for Lyoto Machida in their middleweight showdown this Saturday at Manchester

Former training partners Lyoto Machida and Mark Munoz will have to put their friendship aside once they lock horns at UFC Fight Night 30 this coming Saturday. The two has spent countless hours of training together and both of them admit that they have improved their game with the help of one another. However, according to Mark Munoz, Machida benefited more from him. The Filipino Wrecking Machine also claims that he has a few tricks up on his sleeves being “The Teacher” in their time as training partners and he plans to use them on Saturday night.

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Daniel Cormier wants Gustaffson for his light heavyweight debut

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Daniel Cormier wants to fight Gustafsson before a title fight against Jon Jones

Javier Mendez, the chief trainer of Daniel Cormier has revealed that they are looking for a fight against Alexander Gustafsson for DC’s light heavyweight debut. Mendez believes that a win over Gus will legitimize Cormier’s shot at Jon Jones’ title. He also added that if DC were to beat Gustafsson, then they will clearly have an idea of the kind of fight he will put up against Bones.

Gustafsson, of course, is coming off from a Fight of the Night performance against Jon Jones. Gus may have fallen short on that night but he gave the champion the toughest challenge of his career.

Mendez also gave his take on the potential matchup of his fighter against the reigning light heavyweight champion. The AKA leader admits that he is not 100 percent sure on Cormier’s chances against Jones but believes that DC can take him down at will. Jones has been only taken down once in his UFC career, and that happened in his recent fight against Gus.

“I don’t think he’ll win (against Jones) easily, and I’m not 100-percent sure he’s going to win. I’m 100-percent sure that it’s going to be a hell of a fight and it’s going to be the biggest challenge of Jones’ life. Cormier’s going to meet an individual who’s got the height and knows how to use it really well. But Jones is going to meet a wrestler like he’s never faced before. Now Jones has got to be concerned about going on his back. He can’t be thinking about, ‘Okay, it’s going to be difficult to take me down.’ Now he 100 percent has a legit reason to be careful what he does, because he’s going to be on his back whether he likes it or not.”

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Diego Sanchez calls out Nate Diaz

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Diego Sanchez is looking for another win over the Diaz brothers

Fresh from his Fight of the Year candidate bout with Gilbert Melendez, Diego Sanchez is again in a mood for another war. This time, he has set his sights on Nate Diaz. Sanchez, who already holds a win over Nate’s big brother, has expressed his desire to face the Stockton slugger via his Twitter account.

“Im thinking maybe nate diaz for the next fight would be an epic 5 rounder.” writes Sanchez on Twitter.

Diaz is already scheduled for a third match with Gray Maynard in the undercard of TUF 18 finale. He defeated Maynard in the semi finals of TUF 5 but the latter avenged his loss with a split decision win in 2010.

Both Maynard and Diaz are coming off knockout losses in their recent bouts. Maynard was stopped by TJ Grant while Diaz suffered his first KO loss at the hands of Josh Thomson. Prior to that, he was outpointed by then-champion Benson Henderson in his bid for the lightweight belt. Meanwhile, Sanchez suffered the only stoppage loss of his career in his lightweight title fight against BJ Penn way back in 2009.

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Following impressive win at UFC 166: Adlan Amagov eyes Shields or Kampmann for his next bout

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Adlan Amagov is looking to climb the welterweight ranks. Says he wants Shields or Kampmann for his next fight

Adlan Amagov wants to test himself against tougher oppositions after disposing T.J. Waldburger in the first round of their fight in UFC 166. The Russian prospect, which scored the most brutal knockout in the event, has set his sights on top rated welterweights Jake Shields and Martin Kampmann for his next UFC appearance.

“It all depends what UFC has planned for me, but I would like to fight in New Jersey on Feb. 1,” states Amagov through his interpreter. “I have a lot of fans in the area who would love to come support me. I’ll face whoever UFC wants to put in front of me, but I’d like to fight Martin Kampmann or Jake Shields.”

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Jose Aldo seeks legacy, wants a superfight with Pettis at 155

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Jose Aldo wants Anthony Pettis' lightweight belt for a chance of to hold titles in two weight classes

Anthony Pettis was supposed to drop to 145 to challenge featherweight king Jose Aldo but an injury yanked him out of the fight. He later won a title of his own when he submitted Benson Henderson in UFC 164. Now, with Pettis as the lightweight champ, Jose Aldo feels that it is his turn to come after Pettis’ belt.

“I want it at lightweight,” states Aldo regarding a potential fight with Pettis. “That’s where his belt resides, so I can steal it. It would be better for me since I already have a belt of my own. My belt is already up on the wall at my home.”

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UFC seeking for solutions to eliminate eye pokes

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Tim Boetsch always finds himself in the receiving end of eye pokes

UFC officials are still having a dilemma on how to eliminate or at least lessen the possibility of eye pokes during an MMA match. The organization has started to look for an alternative gloves after UFC 159 but it haven’t helped the situation until now.

In the said PPV card, the co-main event between Alan belcher and Michael Bisping was stopped in the third round when Bisping unintentionally poked the eye of Belcher which rendered him unable to continue. Bisping, who was not deducted for the foul has won the fight via technical decision.

Before that incident, Tim Boetsch suffered an eye poke that resulted in a TKO loss to Costa Philippou in the rematch of Cain and JDS last December. That fight was pretty even until Philippou inadvertently poked Boetsch in the eye in the second frame. The poke clearly affected his performance and Boetsch eventually lost the fight via TKO. He would be again in the receiving end of eye pokes in the recently held UFC 166. In that event, Boetsch was accidentally poked twice by C.B. Dalloway. Dalloway was deducted a point and Boetsch takes the W with a split decision.

Dana White admits that the promotion is having a tough time regarding the issues of accidental eye pokes. He believes that the most possible solution is to remind the fighters to keep their hands closed.

“Keep your f—ing fingers closed. The eye-poke is the most dangerous thing that happen out there. Tim Boetsch already had surgery on his [poked eye], and he pokes him twice. It’s bad. Keep your hands closed.”

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JDS suffered memory loss following the brutal defeat at the hands Velasquez

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Cigano does not fully remember the details of his title fight due to the prolonged beatdown that he suffered from Cain Velasquez

Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos was reported to suffer a mild amnesia after the brutal TKO loss to Cain Velasquez in their trilogy last Saturday.

JDS’ camp revealed in Combate.com (viafightersonly) that the former champ does not remember some of the parts from his previous title fight. Cigano, who was stopped in the final round, believes that he was knocked out in the just the second round. They also added that the former champ has no recollection of his interview right after the bout. Furthermore, Team Cigano thinks that their fighter was in “auto pilot mode” midway in the second round until the referee stoppage in the fifth.

Despite that, the tough Brazilian says that emotional pain is much worse than the beating that he received in his recent bout.

“I’m feeling good. I came to the hospital to have some stitches in the cut I had. The pain is only in the heart, because I didn’t manage to give a good performance in the Octagon. Now it’s time to go back to the gym and train, dedicate myself to come back stronger than ever and, who knows, some day dispute the championship again and be able to honor the support from everybody who believed in me.”

According to the report, Cigano was immediately taken to the hospital where he undergo brain scans to check for possible internal bleeding. Fortunately for Junior, the scan returned negative results. He was released a day after but he refused to be photographed.

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Chad Mendes plans to drop to 135 after a rematch with Aldo

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Chad Mendes is considering to made the transition to 135 after another attempt at Aldo's featherweight belt

Perennial featherweight contender Chad “Money” Mendes is planning to move to bantamweight after a rematch with Jose ALdo. Mendes, who has won 4 straight bouts by knockout, believes that it will be just a matter of time before he avenges the only loss in his career. He was doing well in that fight until he got caught by a devastating knee in the dying seconds of the first round.

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