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August, 2011

Business as Usual: Josh Barnett Forced to Cancel Pro Wrestling Gig Against Jerome Le Banner Due to Zuffa Pressure


(Sorry, kids. Christmas is canceled this year.)

Josh Barnett is currently scheduled to face Sergei Kharitonov in the semi-finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, September 10th in Cincinnati. He was also scheduled to face kickboxing legend Jerome Le Banner in an August 27th pro-wrestling match for IGF in Japan, because he’s Josh Barnett, and fake-fighting dudes that he could just as easily fight for real is what he does, damn it.

But while that sort of thing wouldn’t have batted an eye under Scott Coker’s droopy watch, Zuffa runs a much tighter ship, and won’t run the risk of Barnett suffering an injury in a worked puroresu match two weeks before he has to show up for a legit cage-fight. As Fighters Only reports:

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Better Know a Martial Art: Judo is Awesome

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Funny thing about literal translations: they’re rarely very good at saying exactly what you mean, rather they tend to sort-of-in-a-general-way communicate a rough idea. And sometimes, they’re downright misleading. Take judo, for example. The Japanese translates into English imprecisely to begin with: ju translates literally as “gentle” or “soft”, while do is “way” or “path”. Both of these concepts relate more to the philosophy of judo — conservation of energy and an emphasis on technique — than a description of the style and action. Ask anyone who’s ever tried a few classes in the “gentle way“, and they’ll tell you that it’s anything but. Any class that begins with learning how to fall down with minimal pain runs a significant risk of being brutal.

Judo was born in the late 19th Century by a Japanese jujitsu fella by the name of Jiguro Kano, known to his brodogs as “Da Jigumon”. Kano had begun training as a result of being bullied growing up –a story that still rings true through time. At the time, “jujitsu” was something of a generic term for unarmed fighting, and schools varied wildy in technique, training methods, and instruction.

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UFC 48: Who’s That Octagon Girl?

This Octagon Girl debuted at UFC 48 on June 19, 2004.

Ken Shamrock vs Kimo Leopoldo was the main event, and Frank Mir snapped Tim Sylvia’s arm to take away Tim’s beloved Heavyweight Championship.

The big fella reportedly bawled for two full hours after the fight, until Matt Hughes (fresh off a decision win over Renato Verissimo) finally stopped laughing and told Tim that the UFC would, in fact, allow him to keep his belt to sleep with at night.

Frank Trigg scored a quick win over Dennis Hallman, and Evan Tanner notched a decision win over Phil Baroni. Meanwhile, a twenty-three year old Georges St Pierre battled a twenty-eight year old Jay Hieron on the preliminary card.

Ok, so it’s not exactly “On This Day in MMA History“, but whatever, we tried.

Come on in for more pics.

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MMA Video Tribute: Anderson Silva’s 10 Greatest Knockouts


(LOL, walk much?)

This Saturday, MMA’s greatest knockout artist returns against Yushin Okami in a rematch at UFC 134and I stress the word “artist.” Anderson Silva inflicts punishment on his opponents in ways that transcend combat sports, opening our eyes to the enormity of human possibility and the deeper meanings of the universe. In honor of his next fight, we decided to rank our ten favorite Anderson Silva knockouts of all time. Enjoy, and let us know your personal favorite in the comments section…

#10: Anderson Silva vs. Jorge Rivera
Cage Rage 11, 4/30/05

Silva’s first Cage Rage middleweight title defense — after outpointing Lee Murray for the belt the previous year — ended in a storm of knees. This would become a common theme in his subsequent UFC career.

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CagePotato Proving Ground: Nick Newell Is Your #1 Contender!


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After locking down the popular vote by a wide margin last week, we’re proud to announce that undefeated lightweight fighter “Notorious” Nick Newell has been crowned the “#1 Contender” in our Proving Ground competition. With his unique personal story, boyish charm, and the fact that he’s never let an opponent survive past the first round, we thought he was the perfect candidate to represent us at Shark Fights 19, September 10th in Independence, Missouri. (Tickets available here.) It’s an opportunity that could bring Nick steady fights for the first time in his career, televised matches, money, power, and fame. Today marks the beginning of that journey, and we’re incredibly psyched to be a part of it.

Keep your eye on the Proving Ground homepage in the coming weeks as we announce Nick’s opponent and release exclusive videos detailing Nick’s preparation for the big fight. Please become a Fan of Nick Newell on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter. Thanks as always to Shark Fights for making this possible; do us a favor and follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well.

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Video: Chael Sonnen’s Verbal Insanity, In Animated Form


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The ducking sequence at 3:51-4:04? LOL. The cup-balancing act and Pop-Up Video homage at 4:40-5:18? LMFAO, MF.

Side note: Chael Sonnen ends this classic Helwani interview by promising to corner Yushin Okami at UFC 134. Recently, the people of Brazil vowed to lynch him on Facebook. Chael acted tough on Twitter, then reportedly dick-tucked.

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TUF 14 Roll Call: Cast Announced for ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Mayhem’

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Spike TV has released the full cast of TUF 14, which premieres September 21st on Spike. The 32-man bracket features a diverse spread of talent including WEC vets looking for a comeback (Bryan Caraway, Micah Miller), well-known prospects from outside the Zuffa umbrella (Matt Jaggers, Eric Marriott), up-and-comers from notable camps (Jackson MMA’s John Dodson, Cesar Gracie’s Josh Clopton), and total unknowns (Roland Delorme? Bryson Wailehua-Hansen?).

Episode 1 of ‘Team Bisping vs. Team Mayhem‘ is a two-hour orgy of elimination-round fights, in which the 32 featherweight and bantamweight hopefuls will be slashed down to 16. Mark it on your calendars, and check out the full list of names after the jump.

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Historic Video of the Day: A Young Frank Trigg Wrestles a Judoka and You’ll Never Guess What Happens Next

Here’s a interesting little piece of video that we haven’t seen circulating in a while: a wrestler and a judoka mix it up at a style vs style martial arts event from 1995. Taking place at something called “ACE World Series of Martial Arts” promoted by Dale Cook, it was something of a precursor to the rise of MMA.

At the time of the video, Trigg was a collegiate wrestler at the University of Oklahoma, still four years away from his MMA debut. It’s also worth noting that Trigg started training in judo in 1995 under Patrick Burris, a two-time Judo Olympian, although whether Twinkle Toes had already started training, or this fight inspired him to start, is unclear.

Either way, it’s an interesting little tidbit of history that isn’t usually included in Frank’s bio (but for some reason, his appearance on the VH1 show “Keptis mentioned, which is just bizarre), so you may have missed it.

Now you know.

[RX]

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Bellator 48 Exclusive: Bjorn Rebney Has No Plans to Leave MTV2, Will Continue to Develop MMA Talent From the Ground Up

Here’s another highlight from Karma’s Big Adventure at Bellator 48 — an 11-minute gab session with the boss himself, Bjorn Rebney. After telling us that he reads and likes CagePotato (!?), Rebney discusses the upcoming production improvements for future Bellator broadcasts, the state of women’s MMA in Bellator, the promotion’s relationship with MTV2, the ways that Bellator develops fighters, and more. Also, Jeff plugs our Proving Ground promotion, and vows to become the Bundini Brown of women’s MMA. More to come…

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UFC 137 Trash-Talk Alert: Cesar Gracie Blasts GSP’s ‘Ultimate Stalling’

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(“‘aters gonna ‘ate.” Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

George St. Pierre‘s genius as an MMA fighter is his ability to put his opponents exactly where they don’t want to be. Against strikers (see: Alves, Hardy), that usually means St. Pierre taking top position on the mat and not giving them an inch of space. Against wrestlers (see: Koscheck, Shields), it usually means keeping the fight standing and jabbing them into a living death.

But in both cases, it hasn’t translated into dramatic finishes recently. Aside from his corner-stoppage win over BJ Penn at UFC 94, the last time that GSP has legitimately TKO’d or submitted an opponent was during his rematch with Matt Serra, over three years ago. Now two months away from his UFC 137 title defense against Nick Diaz, St. Pierre has picked up a reputation among some fans and observers as a “safe” fighter. One of his recent critics is Diaz’s trainer/manager Cesar Gracie, who shared some less-than-kind words to Full Contact Fighter:

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