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Weekly Roundup: Vera, McKee, GSP, Couture, and Sonnen

Written on January 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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This week's roundup is all about your favorite fighters that made some noise these past few days. And Fighting Insider is talking about George St-Pierre, Randy Couture, Brandon Vera, Antonio McKee and Chael Sonnen.

This is a new habit here at Fighting Insider, as we bring you the most controversial news from our site this week. But more than that, Fighting Insider will also include the hottest updates from your favorite MMA sources. As if Fighting Insider is not one of your list, eh?

This weeks roundup is all about your favorite MMA fighters that made some noise last week — in a good and not-so-good way. From fighters that will be making another step inside the Octagon, to names that is heading out of the promotion, to a guilty Realtor that’s giving up his license to the authority — Fighting Insider got it all here!

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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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More Details Before Sonnen’s CSAC Hearing

Written on December 02, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Chael Sonnen is facing the toughest match of his life at the California State Athletic Commission. Will he succeed or will he fail his appeal in front of the authority?

A month before the UFC 117, Chael Sonnen had plenty to say. He keeps on talking about his capability to dethrone Anderson Silva in the title match. Over 20 minutes into the fight, he was making good on his pre-match boasting until Silva caught him with a fifth-round submission. Since then, Chael Sonnen remained mum as a positive drug test precipitated.

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Ed Soares Talks About the Sonnen-Silva Rematch

Written on August 10, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Though a Sonnen-Silva rematch seems to be possible, manager Ed Soares doesn't look happy about it. For him, Chael Sonnen already got his opportunity. But anyway, if that's what UFC wants, so be it.

Ed Soares, Anderson Silva’s manager, doesn’t look like excited for a Sonnen-Silva Rematch. According to the manager though, Chael Sonnen fought his fight and there’s no reason not to give him another shot at the champion. For Soares, whatever the UFC wants is their command.

“The way I look at it is, Chael fought his fight. And Chael had Anderson on his back for twenty-two minutes of that fight. …The way I feel is that Chael had Anderson in the position he wanted him, and if he wasn’t able to finish Anderson in twenty-two minutes in the position you said you wanted him in, then, hey man, you had your shot. No offense, not saying you can’t get another shot, but you know what I mean?”

Soares hadn’t spoken to White yet about who might be Silva’s next opponent, but still it doesn’t matter what the manager and the fighter wants. It’s the company’s call. In a discussion with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” Ed Soares talked about the fright’s lopsided end. He thought Silva was holding on to Sonnen’s arms when the referee stepped in. It’s a matter of confusion whether the match was really over. This also played a role with his minor strike against the men in the other corner. Upset with Sonnen’s denial that he tapped, Soares saw how the opponent’s boxing trainer put a thumbs down toward his man. He lost his cool and emotions got the best of him, letting some words to be said.

“I was pissed. But like I said many times before, these guys are not just my clients. These guys are my friends and my family. I love these guys. I love every one of my guys. When you see your guy go through what [Silva] went through, when I walked in and saw that, it just struck a nerve. If I offended anybody, I seriously apologize.”

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Silva Sets His 12th UFC Victory

Written on August 09, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The match most anticipated by the UFC fans came to its ends, with Silva still the title holder. But Sonnen definitely made himself the star of the night with his persistent punches to get the the belt. In way or another, he is the best even if Silva is the champion. Nevertheless, Anderson Silva is the only record-holder of a 12 straight victory since 2006.

Only 110 seconds is left for Silva to surrender his title to Sonnen, but the champ managed to pull off one of his stunning end moves in the UFC 117 main event at the Oracle Arena. After four rounds of pounding from Chael Sonnen, a well-beaten Anderson Silva caged the trash-talker in a triangle choke. Sonnen made the tap at 3:10 on the fifth round, but denied his submission to referee Josh Rosenthal.

Sonnen extremely beats Silva on each round, apparently bringing Rosenthal on the verge of stopping the match. On the fifth round, Silva came out aggressively to end the fight but his opponent took him down again. After a couple of blows received from Sonnen, Silva slipped on the triangle. It’s obvious that one of Sonnen’s biggest problems is the submission defense. However, he made himself a superstar with his trash-talking and brave performance.

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UFC 117 Main Card Preview

Written on August 06, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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This Saturday, UFC 117: "Silva vs. Sonnen" will air live on a pay-per-view from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Brace yourself for an exhibition as Anderson Silva defends his title against the verbally harsh Chael Sonnen.

After months of delusional and ignorant rants of Chael Sonnen, it’s time to see if he can actually back up his verbal assault with a physical one against Anderson Silva. Sonnen can take any middleweight down, while Silva’s defensive wrestling is indestructible. From Dan Henderson to Nate Marquardt, they manage to get Silva on the floor but lost, because they can’t take advance position. Sonnen has been submitted from the guard many times before, simply because guard-passing has never been a part of his tool belt.

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Mr. Wonderful is Back in Town

Written on August 02, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blue belter Phil Davis will be replacing the injured Stanislav Nedkov, and will fight against Rodney Wallace. Mr. Wonderful is definitely back in town. But will he be an absolute beast again at the UFC 117?

Phil Davis will officially replace Stanislav Nedkov in a light heavyweight bout against Rodney Wallace at the up coming UFC 117. The pending match-up was made earlier today by UFC. Davis is coming off an astonishing performance against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 12 earlier this year. To fight against him is Wallace, who is in deep need for a win to stay on the match. UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen is set on August 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The match will headline the middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. Also featured are the top welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves, together with another 170 pound brawl between Matt Hughes and Ricardo Almeida.

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