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Chris Lytle Remains Humble and Focused

Written on March 02, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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"He'll never use that stuff as an excuse, and the reason he tried to keep this quiet is because he wants to make sure that Ebersole gets all the credit in the world for his win, and for livening up the fight," ---Ken Pavia, Chris Lytle's Manager

Chris Lytle might not admit it but his loss to Brian Ebersole last UFC 127 looked as if he was not giving his full strength. Four weeks before the fight, he had injured meniscus in his right knee removed. This maybe the reason why he didn’t have a chance to fight on a full bar on last Saturday’s event.

The procedure was kept unpublicized because he didn’t want to devalue Ebersole’s win. Despite the risk, Lytle chose to fight and true enough he lost via unanimous decision to Ebersole which ended up his four-fight win streak. This might also put a last blow on his MMA career.

“He’s considering his options, and retirement is one of them,” said Lytle’s manager Ken Pavia.

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Michael Bisping Faces Disciplinary Action For Spitting at Rivera’s Camp

Written on March 01, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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"I was spitting on the floor to let him know what I thought of him." ---Michael Bisping to Jorge Rivera

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight contender, Michael Bisping, will be facing disciplinary action despite winning in the recently concluded UFC 127.

After finishing his second-round TKO to Jorge Rivera, Bisping went to the corner closest to Rivera’s team and spit in their direction. The incident was caught on camera. This alerted UFC President Dana White teach Bisping a lesson.

Rivera’s manager, Matt Phinney, get in contact with the spit according to a statement from their camp.

“Bisping’s conduct after he was awarded the TKO is not acceptable,” Rivera’s manager Lex McMahon said via email to MMA Fighting. “Taunting and spitting at and on Jorge’s coach Matt Phinney is the deplorable conduct of a schoolyard bully. And like all bullies, Mr. Bisping needs to be punished. In this instance, it would be appropriate if Bisping is fined and suspended by the commission and/or the UFC.”

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UFC 127 Officials Hands Out $75,000 Bonus to Fighters

Written on February 28, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Fighters of UFC 127 maybe sent home with bruises and injuries but with pockets full of cold cash.

The UFC 127 event concluded this weekend. The event somehow failed the expectations of some people but it still garnered a 18,186 fan attendance.

UFC 127 took place in the Land Down Under on Saturday night (Sunday in Sydney). Fighters maybe going home bruised and injured but definitely with overflowing bank accounts. UFC officials handed out $75,000 bonuses for its post-fight awards.

Brian Ebersole put up an amazing fight as well as his opponent, Chris Lytle. Ebersole ended up with the victory via decision and both fighters went home with an extra $75,000.

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UFC 127 Prefight Interview: Chris Lytle & the Punches in his Career

Written on February 26, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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The world is round, and Chris Lytle learns to roll with it.

Chris Lytle’s career isn’t as smooth sailing as other fighters in the UFC octagon. He’s gone with some losses and came back with victories. However, he provided an exciting addition to the fight card. Everytime he tries to embrace some opportunity, opportunity walks away.

As of the moment, he’s on the run with a four-fight winning streak which should be a six-win streak if not for Marcus Davis. Apparently, he was slated to face Carlos Condit this weekend at UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch. However, fate played again with him when the latter was forced to back-out from the card due to some knee injury. Lytle was then matched-up with Brian Ebersole.

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Rivera-Bisping Rumored to be Slated for UFC 127

Written on November 15, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"The thing is that I know it sucks when these things happen. I know how hard Jorge trained for this fight (and how he) was so pumped at the weigh-ins. (But) we're doing so many fights. I'm sure we'll pop him into a fight real quick and get him going again." ---Dana White, UFC President

After the last minute the cancellation of UFC 122 Alesio Sakara – Jorge Rivera co-headliner, the latter is fighting another middleweight in the person of Michael Bisping (20-3 MMA, 10-3).

Rivera mentioned the probability of the fight at kimura.se. According to sources, the positivity of the fight is 95%. Though not yet announced, UFC 127 is expected to take place on Feb. 27 at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The show is expected to air on pay-per-view.

Rivera’s UFC 122 fight was pulled out when Sakara succumbed to flu-like symptoms.

Rivera was in moderate success in his previous UFC bouts. But he had three consecutive wins under UFC cards too. These three consecutive wins include a decision win against Nissen Osterneck, stopped win against Rob Kimmons at UFC 104 and the fight with Nate Quarry at UFC Fight Night 21 in March.

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The Count Wins Over Sexyama

Written on October 18, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Though Yoshihiro Akiyama showcased how strong he was as a fighter, Michael Bisping was able to outperform him at UFC 120. And with Bisping's faith with his training and skills, he made England proud.

The hopes of the entire England rested on Michael “The Count” Bisping, as he faces Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama at UFC 120 last Saturday. Good thing, Bisping did not disappoint the people in his home turf, as 16-0 now anchors his resume.

During the first round, Akiyama seems eager to end the bout. He landed Michael Bisping with a dynamite right hand, and continued to pop his opponent with left hooks and stiff jab. And though Bisping scored a take-down with Yoshihiro Akiyama, the Japanese fighter was able to get back to his feet. Following an exchange of low blows, The Count started to press the action as he delivered a flying knee to end the round.

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New Time Slot for UFC 120 on SpikeTV

Written on October 14, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Before you miss the fun, the UFC 120 will no longer air at 9:00 pm. Tune in on SpikeTV at 8:00 pm ET on Saturday, so you can get the scoop to the upcoming hard-hitting event.

UFC and SpikeTV issued a programming alert today with regards to the upcoming UFC 120 telecast. The UFC 120: Bisping vs Akiyama will air in tape-delay at 8:00 pm ET on SpikeTV, and no longer at 9:00 pm as previously listed. The event will feature a hard-hitting middleweight battle between Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama, plus Dan Hardy will fight his way back to the 170-pond title shot against Carlos Condit. Another exciting fight between John Hathaway and Mike Pyle has also been made official for the bout.

The complete UFC 120 line up is posted after the jump.

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UFC 120: Giving More Seats

Written on October 08, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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It seems like the level of support British fighters get from their fans is so unbelievable, that the 02 Arena has to reconfigure the seats for more upcoming fans. It's going to be a blistering night on October 16.

Featuring the three greatest Britons in the UFC History — Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy and John Hathaway — the UFC 120 has sold out its original seating plan. Fortunately for more fans, the UFC has worked with the 02 Arena to reconfigure the venue and allow more extra seats to be made available.

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Spike TV will Air UFC 120

Written on August 05, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 120 will be aired by Spike TV on a tape-delay basis on October 16 at 9:00 PM ET. Who among the British fighter will you put your bet on?

Spike TV will telecast the return of UFC to London on October 16 on a tape-delay basis. The match will feature at least five bouts according to the cable network. The UFC already made its who’s who of the best British fighters for the event. Competing on the main card will be Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, John Hathaway and James Wilks. The telecast will begin at 9:00 PM ET. If the time permits, the match between Cyrille Diabate vs. Alexander Gustafson and Stanislav Nedkov vs. Steve Cantwell could also be shown.

UFC 120 Main Event Card

  • Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
  • Dan Hardy vs. Carlos Condit
  • John Hathaway vs. Mike Pyle
  • James Wilks vs. Claud Patrick
  • Cheick Kongo vs. Travis Browne

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