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Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg, Official with Nine Prelim Fights

Written on January 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A nine-fight untelevised preliminary card will kick off the upcoming "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg" event on Jan. 29. Who among your favorite Strikeforce fighters will make it to the top?

The upcoming Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg will kick off with a nine-fight preliminary card on January 29. The event will feature a welterweight title match between Nick Diaz and Evangelista Santos in the main card. In addition to this, Ronaldo Souza vs Robbie Lawler will also green lit the event.

The preliminary card will feature Nate Moore vs Nate Coy, which was supposed to take action on Strikeforce Challengers 13. Unfortunately, their match was moved a few weeks. More over, the card will also include Germaine de Randamie vs Stephanie Webber. Other bouts will feature Bobby Stack vs Isaiah Hill, and Eric Lawson vs Ron Keslar.

The full Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg card is posted after the break.

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Velasquez’s Surgery, a Success

Written on January 18, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez said Monday that his surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff was successful, and he's already working out in preparation for a return to the Octagon.

Last Monday, UFC Heavyweight champion – Cain Velasquez – tweeted that his surgery went well, and that he’s working out his legs at Joe Grasso’s gym. But even though he gave out the good news, there are still questions on how soon will he be ready to return inside the Octagon. More over, will the ring rust be a factor when Cain Velasquez comes back to face the winner of the Brock Lesnar vs Junior Dos Santos fight?

With the mentioned match-up likely to happen in October, Cain Velasquez will have a full year off between fights. Some people say that fighters who got a long repose, feel less than 100 percent ready for their return — even if they are fully recovered. Regardless, Cain Velasquez’s tweet must be considered good news. It only means that the heavyweight king is on his way back.

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Belfort Warns Silva for their UFC 126 Bout

Written on January 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"I’m going to give it my best, regardless of Anderson’s expectations. I’m going to give it 100%, so he’d better be ready.” ---Vitor Belfort

It is no brainer that fans are really anticipating the upcoming UFC 126. The February 5 match will headline the middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, and his contender, Vitor Belfort. In an interview on the official UFC website, Vitor Belfort talks about his upcoming challenge.

“Fighting for the belt makes no difference. You’re seeking the upper echelon of the sport. What’s important is to stay focused on training and on what you need to fulfill, your objective. I came to Vegas for the structure. There’s greater investment in the sport here. So many times in Brazil I’ve lacked training partners. I feel Brazil is still far behind the USA as far as that goes.”

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UFC 126: Official with Ten Bouts

Written on January 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 126: Silva vs Belfort is now official with ten bouts. Check out who among your favorite fighters made it to the card, and get ready to place your bets. Because this is going to be one explosive show!

Once again, Anderson Silva will put his middleweight championship belt on the line, as he faces Vitor Belfort at the upcoming UFC 126 event. They will headline the match, along with the most anticipated light heavyweight showdown between Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin. In addition to this, Jon Jones will lock horns with TUF season 8 winner, Ryan Bader, in a 205lb. tourney.

Meanwhile, former WEC bantamweight champion, Miguel Torres, will make his first Octagon appearance in a featured 135lb. match-up against Antonio Banuelos. Finally, Norifumi Yamamoto will also make his UFC debut in a preliminary bantamweight tilt against Demetrius Johnson.

Check out the full card after the break.

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UFC Suspends Sonnen After Money Laundering Conviction

Written on January 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"Chael Sonnen has gone through a lot in the last few months, and we think it's important for him to focus on getting his personal life together before focusing on his career in the UFC." ---Dana White, UFC President

While Chael Sonnen is currently serving a sentence from the California State Athletic Commission for his failed UFC 117 post-fight drug test, he plead guilty of federal money laundering last Monday. And with his dilemma continuously mounting, UFC President, Dana White, revealed that the fighter has been suspended by the promotion.

As of the moment, Chael Sonnen was sentenced with a six months probation and a $2,500 fine by the CSAC. Subsequently, the US District Attorney’s office is seeking a two-year probation for the fighter. More over, Sonnen has agreed to surrender his realtor’s license and pay a $10,000 fine.

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