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Yan Cabral mugged in Rio de Janeiro

Written on October 12, 2013 by Hector

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Yan Cabral was robbed at gunpoint two days after his successful UFC debut in Barueri, Brazil

Yan Cabral, a roster from the second season of TUF Brazil was robbed by two men in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro. The robbery happened in Marques de Abrantes street, a couple of blocks away from Nova Uniao training center.  Cabral said that a man pointed a gun at him and took away his money a few moments after he left the bank. He was supposed to use the money as payment for his coach and manager, Andre Pederneiras.

“I went to the bank to get the money to pay Pederneiras but when I was entering the gym a guy pointed a gun to my face and took my money.” says Cabral.

Cabral made his first UFC appearance in the recently held UFC Fight Night 29, two days before the robbery incident. He was successful in his debut with a unanimous decision win over David Mitchell.

[Photos from blogs.odia.ig.com.br]

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Fabio Maldonado wants Chael Sonnen or James Te Huna for his next bout

Written on October 10, 2013 by Hector

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Fabio Maldonado calls out Chael Sonnen and James Te Huna

Fresh from a disputed win over Joey Beltran, Fabio Maldonado starts to call out names for possible opponents. The boxer turned MMA fighter sees Chael Sonnen and James Te Huna as good oppositions for his next fight. In an interview after UFC Fight Night 29, Maldonado states that he would like to face both of the aforementioned fighters in his future octagon bouts.

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UFC Fight Night 29 recap: a night of upsets

Written on October 10, 2013 by Hector

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Jake Shields upsets Demian Maia in the main event of UFC FIght Night 29

UFC Fight Night 29, which took place earlier in Barueri, Brazil, featured a pair of upsets in its main cards. Below is the complete results and summary of the event:

Jake Shields def. Maia via split decision

Jake Shields narrowly edges hometown favorite Demian Maia. The two fighters showcased their exceptional grappling skills as both of them traded sweeps and dominant positions all throughout the bout. At the end of the fight, two judges favored Shields with scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47

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Dong Hyun Kim admits that he got lucky with Erick Silva

Written on October 10, 2013 by Hector

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Dong Hyun Kim is surprised with the KO win over Silva

The Korean Stun Gun shocked the whole Ginasio Jose Correa stadium in the supporting bout of UFC Fight Night 29. Going into the fight, Erick Silva was believed to be the next welterweight star. He is the heavy favorite to win the fight against his Korean opponent. However, his rise to stardom was momentarily halted when Dong Hyun Kim stopped him in the second round of their welterweight matchup.

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Unsportsmanlike conduct spoils Palhares’ exceptional welterweight debut

Written on October 10, 2013 by Hector

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Toquinho's impressive welterweight debut is ruined by his controversial submission

Rousimar Palhares made easy work of Mike Pierce in his welterweight debut earlier at UFC Fight Night 29. Using his trademark heel hook, the Brazilian finished Pierce in just 31 seconds of the first round. Palhares would have won the Submission of the Night award not only for the fact that it was the sole submission finish but for the brilliance of his move as well. However, UFC has decided to deny him of the post fight bonus due to his unsportsmanlike conduct during the fight.

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Thiago Silva 2 lbs over the weight limit for the Matt Hamill fight

Written on October 09, 2013 by Hector

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Thiago Silva tipped the scales 2 lbs over the contracted weight limit of the light heavyweight division

Barueri, Brazil – Thiago Silva again violated the rules of the octagon by failing to make the required weight limit for his fight against Matt Hamill. The light heavyweight division has an original limit of 205lbs but since it is a non-title fight, an allowance of a pound is given to the fighters. Silva however, has weighed 2 lbs north of 206. He is given two hours to shed weight but he was unsuccessful in his attempt. Meanwhile Hamill has tipped the scales at exactly 205.

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Maia expects a title shot if he wins convincingly against Jake Shields

Written on October 08, 2013 by Hector

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Demian Maia believes a title shot is next if he beats Jake Shields in an exciting fashion

Sao Paolo, Brazil – BJJ black belt Demian Maia expects that he will get the winner of George St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks if he beats Jake Shields in an impressive fashion tomorrow at UFC Fight Night 29. Maia is on a tear since dropping to 170 lbs. He won all three of his welterweight bouts against notable oppositions in Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story and most recently Jon Fitch. After an open training in Barurei Brazil, Meia spoke to the media and says that he is anticipating a title fight if he wins convincingly against Shields.

“I hope I can get the chance after I win,” Maia said. “It will be four wins in a row. I’ve already fought for the title in the middleweight (division), so I’ll be better ranked. The other fighters ranked higher than me already fought for the (welterweight) title.”

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Rousimar Palhares aims to rejuvenate career in welterweight division

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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Rousimar Palhares will make his welterweight debut in UFC Fight Night 29 against Mike Pierce

Submission specialist Rousimar Palhares will make his octagon return this Wednesday in UFC Fight Night 29. Palhares, whose stocky build earned him the nickname “Toquinho”, promised to reinvent himself by dropping to 170lbs for the first time in his career. He made the transition after suffering consecutive knock out losses to Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard. He says that he felt better when he dropped to 170 lbs.

“I feel better than I expected at 170,” he said. “I did a 20-minute fight in the gym one day after I cut down to 170 and did great. I’ve changed everything in my diet. I can eat everything but carbohydrates and sugar. It was tough, man. I loved to eat meat, French fries, chocolate and ice cream, but that’s okay.”

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Jake Shields expects GSP to win over Johny Hendricks

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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Jake Shields expects GSP to win against Johny Hendricks, he also said that he would love to get another shot at the champion

Former welterweight contender Jake Shields knows what it’s like is to face George St-Pierre in the octagon. He was soundly beaten by the welterweight champion in their uneventful matchup in 2011. It was considered as an off night for GSP but he failed to take advantage and lost a lopsided decision.

Shields believes that Johny Hendricks will suffer the same fate once the current no.1 contender and GSP faces each other in the main event of UFC 167.

“St-Pierre vs. Hendricks is a good fight, I think it’s a really exciting fight and one I want to watch. But ultimately, I think ‘GSP’ is so good at what he does. He’s such a smart fighter.” I think ‘GSP’ will end up using his distance, range – his standup – and end up taking Hendricks down and wearing him down and winning a tough fight,” Shields said.

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Rodrigo Damm sidelined due to kidney stones, fight with Hacran Dias removed from UFC Fight Night 29

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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Rodrigo Damm's kidney injury resulted in the removal of the featherweight showdown between him and Hacran Dias in UFC Fight Night 29

The upcoming featherweight matchup between Rodrigo Damm and Hacran Dias was removed from the UFC Fight Night 29 due to Damm’s injury. It was reported that Damm has suffered from kidney stone attack while cutting weight for his upcoming fight. Damm already has a history with weight cutting and kidney issues. He was pulled out from the semi finals of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil when he suffered the same injury.

UFC has decided not to seek for replacement and the event will now go on with just 10 matches. Here’s the updated lineup after the cancellation of the Damm vs. Dias bout:

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