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UFC 121 and Strikeforce Challengers 11 — Clean and Drug Free

Written on December 09, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Just like other sports competitions, fighters undergo drug tests to assure a clean game. It was a fortunate event that UFC 121 and Strikeforce Challengers 11 fighters came out clean and drug free.

Good News! All the fighters who competed las October’s UFC 121 and Strikeforce Challengers 11 events are clean and free of drug abuse or any other performance-enhancing agents.

This news was today confirmed by a representative from the California State Athletic Commission.

The UFC 121 event took place last Oct. 23 in Anaheim, while Strikeforce Challengers 11 took place Oct. 22 in Fresno.

The current list of fighters tested were not disclosed, however CSAC traditionally tests headliners and other competitors chosen randomly from each card. UFC 121 featured a bout between Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez for heavyweight title fight, whereas Strikeforce Challengers 11 was headlined by welterweights Roger Bowling vs. Bobby Voelker.

All of the fighters tested negative for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers.

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UFC: Releasing More Tickets for UFC 124

Written on November 24, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"The fans are really fired up for this fight. Josh Koscheck’s mission is to take the world title from Georges St-Pierre in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal. With such high demand, we released additional tickets and expect Bell Centre to be electric on Dec. 11." ---Dana White, UFC President

UFC’s return to Canada seems to be a blockbuster hit. UFC officials announced today that additional tickets will be released for next month’s “UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck II” event in Montreal. This was due to the high demand of the fans.

The event, that’ll take place in Dec. 11 features a rematch between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Josh Koscheck. The fight will happen at Montreal’s Bell Centre and airs live on pay-per-view. It will mark UFC’s fourth-ever trip to Montreal and the second in this year.

The Bell Centre hosted two biggest crowds in UFC history with 21,451 attendees at “UFC 97: Redemption” in April 2009 and 21,390 fans attending “UFC 83: St-Pierre vs. Serra II” in April 2008.

“The fans are really fired up for this fight,” UFC president Dana White stated today. “Josh Koscheck’s mission is to take the world title from Georges St-Pierre in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal. With such high demand, we released additional tickets and expect Bell Centre to be electric on Dec. 11.”

The new tickets are priced at $75 and $100 and are available now at the Bell Centre box office and Evenko.ca.

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UFC 121: A Success

Written on October 28, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Unlike the past UFC events, UFC 121 made an exception. The UFC officials got more than what they expected. The promotion earned huge number of attendees and high ratings too.

Last weekend’s UFC 121 event featuring Lesnar vs Velasquez has drawn 14,856 attendees for a live gate of $2,237,070. These figures were given by the California State Athletic Commission. The event took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Even though the attendance was roughly identical to the estimated digits, the gate total increased a bit from the $2.15 million estimation.

The lastest UFC event was headlined by a title fight between Brock Lesanr vs Cain Velasquez. It also scored 8th place as the highest attendance on UFC’s 20 events so far. It also scored the biggest among the organization’s California-based events.

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UFC 121 Fighters on Medical Suspension

Written on October 27, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Just like on the previous UFC fights, the California State Athletic Commission released the list of fighters who will face medical suspensions due to injuries acquired from the fights.

As usual, the California State Athletic Commission has issued the medical suspensions of fighters from UFC 121 event last Saturday. There are 13 fighters all in all including the heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. He was suspended for six months. In addition to this, co-headliners Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez, Court McGee and Patrick Cote are also facing the six-month suspensions.

Lesnar loss via TKO on the first round is roughly out for 180 days with no contact due to eye injuries. He also faces a 60 day suspension due to left cheek laceration.

Shields, who won against Martin Kampmann, is suspended 180 days with no contact because of under bleeding of the eye and blurred vision.

Sanchez, who won over Paulo Thiago, has a right-wrist fracture, resulting to an 180-day suspension.

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Jake Shields In Favor of GSP over Koscheck

Written on October 26, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"I would much rather take it from GSP because he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world right now, in my opinion. Koscheck is a phenomenal fighter, but right now it's a little more prestigious to beat GSP." ---Jake Shields

Controversial contender Jake Shields (26-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is planning to lose four pounds for his next UFC fight. He was forced to tone down into 14 pounds to make way for his fight with Martin Kampann on Saturday’s UFC 121.

“I’m certainly not happy for doing something so stupid,” Shields, who pulled off a split-decision victory, today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I embarrassed myself doing that, and I don’t plan on doing it again.”

UFC’s Dana White has something harsh to say.

“No matter how much weight he cut and whatever he did, that’s his fault,” White said. “That’s his stupidity. He’s been in the game for a long time, so I don’t like to use any of that stuff, but the reality is I do know what he did, and I know he won’t make those dumb mistakes next time.”

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Shields Beats Kampmann at UFC 121

Written on October 25, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Jake Shields, the new member of UFC, graced his way to the promotion after beating Martin Kampmann via split decision. Read on to get a glimpse of the match -- in case you missed the fun last Saturday.

Jake Shields finally made his UFC debut, escaping a tough spilt decision win over Martin Kampmann at UFC 121. Just 30 seconds into the first round, Shields got Kampmann on the ground and brought his opponent into the world of hurt. But Kampmann managed to stay composed and got back to his feet. However, he was not able to do much in the stand-up.

It was in the second round that Kampmann landed a huge knee to the former EliteXC welterweight champ. But Shields got up relentlessly and took him into side control. However, Kampmann was better this time, and was able to take his opponent off to get back to his feet. He landed a second hard knee in the second frame, which earns him to win it.

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Cain Velasquez Reigns Supreme Over Brock Lesnar

Written on October 25, 2010 by Zac Efren

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“We did it.” ---Cain Velasquez after bagging the UFC heavyweight title

Cain Velasquez is proud to declare he is truly the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion in UFC history after defeating Brock Lesnar during UFC 121.

Velasquez is confident about his every move during the brawl. “We worked in all positions even worst case scenarios. We expected him to cover up, go hard in look for the takedown, throw punches too, so we were ready for that.”

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Pre-UFC 121 Press Con, Open to LA Fans on Wednesday

Written on October 20, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 121 is ready to take a full steam ahead in California, as the fighters green lit for the event will have an open media event in Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Already packed your toothpaste and jammies?

As based on tradition, UFC 121’s pre-event press conference will be open to the public this week. The official media event takes place on Wednesday at 5:00 pm ET (2:00 pm PT local time), at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Scheduled to attend at UFC 121’s pre-event are President Dana White and UFC 121 headliners Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez. Also included in the list are main-card fighters Jake Shields, Martin Kampmann, Matt Hamill, and Tito Ortiz.

SpikeTV will broadcast a two-fight UFC Prelims and a full pay-per-view main card on Saturday, that will be held at Honda Center in Anaheim. The UFC 121 is expected to be the biggest fight of the year, as UFC superstar Brock Lesnar will put his title on the line against the undefeated Cain Velasquez.

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Dana White has Big Plans for Jake Shields after UFC 121

Written on October 13, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Sorry Mr. Fitch, but it looks like UFC President Dana White has some big plans for Jake Shields -- assuming the former Strikeforce middleweight champion can get past Martin Kampmann at UFC 121 on Oct. 23 in Anaheim.

During a UFC 124 press conference in Montreal, UFC President – Dana White – brought word that Jake Shields will have a shot at a welterweight title fight if he get pass Martin Kampmann. Shields’ last bout was a unanimous decision win over Dan Henderson under the Strikeforce banner. The Cesar Gracie disciple got wobbly legs early in the first round, but was able to neutralize his opponent with his wrestling stint. After the CBS televised bout, UFC gave Shields an offer. And the fighter opted to pursue bigger and better opportunities inside the Octagon.

Jake Shields and Martin Kampmann is penciled to meet at UFC 121, together with Brock Lesnar’s title defense against Cain Velasquez. The event will take place on October 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

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Yvel vs Madsen at UFC 121, and More

Written on September 15, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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It's going to be a one big battle royal as UFC already announced the official card for the upcoming UFC 121: Lesnar vs Velasquez. Are you set to bet it on?

Dutch knockout luminary Gilbert Yvel will lock horns with TUF 10 quarter-finalist Jon Madsen, in a preliminary heavyweight brawl at UFC 121. Gilbert “The Hurricane” Yvel is coming from a two-fight losing streak, but has secured 31 of 36 career triumphs via knockout or TKO. The Hurricane last appeared at UFC 115 in June, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Ben Rothwell. Meanwhile, Jon Madsen anchors an unbeaten six professional appearances to the match. The 30-year-old representative of HIT Squad was last seen in July, where he outperformed Karlos Vemola via unanimous decision at UFC 116.

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