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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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Jon Fitch itching to avenge the loss to Josh Burkman

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Jon Fitch expects a rematch with Josh Burkman if both of them wins in WSOF 6 this coming Saturday

Former UFC contender Jon Fitch is looking to get back in the winning column when he steps to the cage against the hard hitting Marcelo Alfaya this coming Saturday at WSOF 6.

Fitch has been a top rated welterweight before he suffered a string of defeats that changed the course of his career. He started his UFC campaign with eight consecutive victories only to fall against Georges St-Pierre in his bid for the welterweight crown. He would again notch up 5 wins in a row before a draw with BJ Penn and a 12 second knockout loss to Johny Hendricks. He won another fight after that but he will be eventually released by UFC following a lopsided loss at the hands of Demian Maia. In his WSOF debut, Fitch was choked out in less than a minute by fellow UFC veteran Josh Burkman.

Marcelo Alfaya, who will be making his promotional debut against Fitch, is unbeaten in his last three bouts. He is coming off a 25 second knockout win against Valdir Araujo in CFA 9 last January.

“He’s a tough guy,” Fitch said. “Good jiu-jitsu, heavy-handed. He hasn’t had a super-active career in the last three years, but he had some good wins. He had a 30-second knockout in last fight. He’s a serious threat so I have to take him as a serious threat and do whatever I can to put him away as fast as I can.”

Fitch, despite claiming that he is focused on Alfaya, admits that he is pursuing a third match with Josh Burkman. Each fighter holds submission win over the other. Fitch submitted Burkman in his second octagon appearance and the latter avenged that loss with a 41 second guillotine choke in Fitch’s WSOF debut last June.

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WSOF closes its doors on Palhares

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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WSOF is not signing Rousimar Palhares according to the organization's president Ray Sefo

Three of the biggest MMA organizations have closed its doors on Rousimar Palhares. Bellator has already nixed out the possibility of signing Palhares following his expulsion from UFC. Now, it’s MMA World Series of Fighting’s turn to reject the notorious submission artist in their rosters.

In an interview this Monday, WSOF president Ray Sefo has stated that their organization has no interest in signing Palhares.

“His past is not good,” explained Sefo. “The team and I have talked about it. He needs to probably seek some sort of help or talk to somebody, a psychiatrist or whatever, that can help him get away from hurting fighters.”

“Until he does that, we won’t look at signing him anytime soon or anything like that.”

Jon Fitch fully agrees with his company’s decision. The former UFC welterweight contender says that he will not accept a fight against Toquinho until he drop his vicious submission approach.

“He would have to definitely prove that he is no longer out there trying to cripple people after the fight is over.”

“It’s just not what our sport is. I mean, we’re trying to beat each other up, but when somebody concedes and gives up, you don’t continue to crank on the submissions. You can end somebody’s career that way. It’s just uncalled for.” 

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Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen set as coaches in TUF Brazil 3

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen will settle the score inside the octagon after their stint as coaches of TUF Brazil 3

Bitter rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva are finally booked for an official MMA match. But before that, they will have to serve as coaches in the third season of TUF Brazil.

Dana White made the announcement on the Monday edition of Fox Sports Live:

UFC stars Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva have made no secret of wanting to fight one another, and now it seems that will happen — but only if they make it through a season of working together as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brasil…. Sonnen, no stranger to picking fights against Brazilians, has waged a campaign to fight “The Axe Murderer,” writing him a series of poems and using his victory interview at UFC Fight Night in Boston to call him out. The two also had to be separated when they came face-to-face at an expo last month.”

The announcement points out to the Mr. Olympia expo last month. It that incident, Silva confronts the unsuspecting Sonnen with his own crew filming the action on his back. The two traded verbal slurs and they nearly went at it before being separated by the crowd. Sonnen, would later fire back at Silva in the organization’s weekly news and information show, UFC Tonight.

As with the tradition of TUF, the coaches will face each other after the finale of the series. Both fighters have served as coaches before. Silva was the head coach in the first Brazilian edition of the reality series while Sonnen had his stint in the seventeenth season of TUF.

 

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No immediate title shot for TJ’s return

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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TJ Grant won't be having an immediate title shot upon his octagon return according to Dana White

Canadian lightweight contender TJ Grant is tearing on the lightweight division before an injury altered his shot at the lightweight gold. He suffered a concussion while training for his title fight against then-champion Benson Henderson. As a result, he was pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Anthony Pettis who eventually wrestled the belt from Bendo. Grant has retained his number 1 status but the same injury would again force him out of the championship bout with Pettis.

Dana White, while saying that he feels bad for what happened to Grant, believes that the Canadian might have lost his chance for the title after missing it twice.

“T.J. Grant’s in one of those unfortunate situations where he had the title shot and he had to pull out twice,” says White after last Saturday’s UFC 166 in Houston. “He’s in limbo. He might come back and have to fight another fight. We’ve got to keep this thing rolling.”

Gilbert Melendez, who put on an impressive show in UFC 166, will likely be the man to take the spot of TJ Grant. White admits that El Nino’s performance makes it difficult to deny him of a title shot. Meanwhile, Grant is still on the process of recovering from the injury. The exact date of his octagon return has not been revealed up to now.

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Holly Holm is taking women’s mix martial arts by storm

Written on October 21, 2013 by Hector

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Holly Holm has caught the public eye by destroying all of her opponents in 5 professional fights

Former boxing champ Holly Holm is certainly making waves in the WMMA world. She has racked up 5 stoppage wins since announcing her transition to MMA earlier this year. Holm’s string of impressive performances has caught the attention of the public, including UFC president Dana White.

“I was on the street the other day, and some guy was like, ‘Hey! Sign Holly Holm!'” says White. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I know. Everybody’s telling me.”

White, who admits that he has not seen a single fight of Holm, says that the former boxer reminds him of Connor McGregor.

“I haven’t seen her fight, but I keep hearing about her. She’s like the female Conor McGregor.”

McGregor, prior to his UFC career has been fighting in regional scenes in Europe. His name has been constantly brought up by his fans in Dana White’s Twitter account. White eventually signs the fast talking Irishman who has now compiled two wins, including a knockout of the night performance in his UFC debut last April.

Holm, on the other hand has been one of the most talked about new comer to the sport, thanks to her extensive career in pro boxing. That being said, a lot of MMA fans have not seen her matches except from youtube videos.

Up to now, the UFC president claims that he has not discussed the potential signing of Holm with UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Joe Silva. White pointed out that the two matchmakers are the ones that are responsible with matters concerning the signing of new rosters.

“They know who’s next,” White said. “When it’s time for Holly Holm, they’ll let me know.”

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Cain Velasquez dismisses the idea of fighting JDS in the near future

Written on October 21, 2013 by Hector

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Junior dos Santos will have to go back in line for another shot at the heavyweight belt

Cain Velasquez cemented his spot as the greatest heavyweight of our era when he dismantled his rival Junior dos Santos for the second time in three meetings. Velasquez, now up with two wins, has not closed his doors to a JDS fight but he does not see it happening in the near future.

“I was just focused on winning,” Velasquez said. “Who’s to say that in five years that we won’t fight again, but for a while, it will be done.”

The rivalry has now ended after two definitive wins for Cain, the champ will now move on into a possible title defense against Brazilian submission ace Fabricio Werdum. On the other hand, the future remains unclear for the former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos. With the sustained beating that he suffered from his last fight, it would be safe to say that Cigano will need a considerable amount of time to fully recover. Even Dana White expressed his dismay towards the officiating of the fight. There are few occasions on which White feels the fight should be stopped.

“I’m no doctor, but I have seen a lot of men who are too tough for their own good and JDS is one of them. He was out and this should be stopped,” wrote White in his Twitter page.

Despite the injuries and Cain’s seemingly dismissal of a future rematch, the infinitely tough Brazilian remains adamant on his chances that he will be fighting for the title again.

“I’m gonna go back home, train harder, come back, and face him again,” says dos Santos.

[Photos from kimura.se]

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Dana White praises Andre Fili despite missing weight for UFC 166

Written on October 21, 2013 by Hector

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UFC 166’s Andrew Fili puts on an impressive performance when he stopped Jeremy Larsen in his octagon debut

Andre Fili, the only fighter who missed weight in the recently held UFC 166 has received an exemption from UFC president Dana White. According to White, there will be no hard feelings for Fili missing weight. After all, the team Alpha Male member has took the fight in 10 days notice as a replacement for the injured Charles Oliveira.

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