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Todd Duffee Withdraws from DREAM Bout due to Injury

Written on July 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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One match-up was scrapped from the DREAM Fight for Japan: 2011 Bantamweight Final, as Todd Duffee bows out of his match against Nick Gaston due to injury.

Former UFC heavyweight prospect, Todd Duffee, withdraws from his bout against Nick Gaston due to undisclosed injury. The DREAM officials confirmed at ESPN.com last Monday that Todd Duffee was out of his match for Fight for Japan: 2011 Bantamweight Tournament Final.

That said, DREAM tapped Tim Hague to step in against Nick Gaston. However, the promotion was not able to come to terms with the fighter. Hence, Nick Gaston was also removed from the lineup.

DREAM’s Fight for Japan: 2011 Bantamweight Tournament Finals will kick off at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.

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Jon Jones, GSP and Fabricio Werdum, Listed at 2011 ESPY Awards

Written on June 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Notable MMA fighters - Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and Fabricio Werdum - made their way to this year's ESPY Awards.

Notable MMA fighters – Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and Fabricio Werdum – are nominated for this year’s ESPY awards. The reigning UFC champs were nominated as Best Fighter, while Fabricio Werdum’s submission win over Fedor Emelianenko last June 2010 is listed for the Best Upset category.

The Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards was founded in 1993 to honor last year’s best achievements, moments and leading athletes. Online fan voting for the 2011 ESPY Awards is now open at ESPY Awards’ official website, while the ceremony will take place on July 13 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. The show will air live on ESPN, and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyer.

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The 2011 Predictions for MMA

Written on January 14, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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This year definitely starter with a bang for MMA. Year 2011 started with big stories like Chael Sonnen's money laundering case, and with events like UFC 125 and the upcoming UFC 126. What's in store for MMA this year?

While people are still pre-occupied tallying up their “best of 2010″ list, or catching up with what they missed last year, it’s time to look forward and see what 2011 has in store for Mixed Martial Arts. So far, UFC has booked a couple of events until April, while Strikeforce has an upcoming heavyweight tournament. But more than that, here are Fighting Insider’s thoughts of what 2011 has in store for MMA fans across the globe.

Check out our 2011 Predictions for MMA after the break.

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UFC Fights that Fans Want to See in 2011

Written on January 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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While the early part of 2011 is already stacked with top names and fights, it seems appropriate to look at some of the other fights that could hit the Octagon in 2011.

With UFC stacking top names and fights early on this year, the promotion already slated a rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard after their bout ended to a draw. With the rematch in place, and with Anderson Silva set to defend his title against Vitor Belfort, it seems appropriate to see some other fights that could hit the Octagon this 2011.

Check out what MMA fans wants to see in 2011 after the jump.

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Upcoming MMA Events for 2011

Written on December 08, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Wondering what MMA has in store for 2011? Well, Fighting Insider is willing to feed your curiousity, as the upcoming MMA events for January - April 2011 are posted in the article below.

After the GSP vs Koscheck match this December 11, MMA fans will definitely be itching on what’s next. But worry no more, because Fighting Insider is giving you the upcoming MMA events from January to April 2011. Are you ready to place your bets for next year?

The upcoming MMA events for January – April 2011 are posted after the jump.

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Brad Tavares vs Phil Baroni, Next on UFC 125

Written on October 12, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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UFC 125 will open the year 2011 with a bang! The January 1 event will cast fighters who are making big come backs. The unofficial rumor is that Tavares will risk his undefeated glory to the veteran Baroni. We're surely not going to miss that.

Brad Tavares(5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) of the Ultimate Fighter 11 will risk a perfect record just so he could play the cards with Phil Baroni. Baroni (13-12 MMA, 3-6 UFC) is a veteran fighter, they will meet on UFC 125. Though not yet officially announced, verbal agreement was said to be closed. UFC 125 will take its place on January 1,2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas,

After the semifinal cast off on TUF 11, Tavares fought Seth  Baczynski at the show’s finale last June. He won via decision that moved his record to 5-0. UFC 125 will mark his first fight after 6 months.

On the other hand, Baroni is on the rebound after his November 2009 loss to TUF 7 champion Amir Sadollah. While an injury force him out of UFC 118 last August. Baroni made a UFC come back last 2001 and following a release in 2005. He had striked on PRIDE, Strikeforce, Elitexc and other promotions as well.

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