2010 Was a Great Year in Mixed Martial Arts

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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mma logoI know it’s a bit early and I thought about doing a “What I Want for Christmas” piece, but that can wait until next week. Since the rise of the UFC we have become spoiled with the amount of MMA we get to see week in and week out. Some people will never be happy, but I know I am.

I am going to look back at this past year in mixed martial arts and express my gratitude for the men who have made this sport as great as it is. There were so many memorable fights, amazing finishes and shocking turns of events. I’d love to know what you are grateful for as well. This is the time of the year where it is better to give than to receive or so they say!

Georges St. Pierre:

No matter what this man does it is never enough. He dominates Dan Hardy for five rounds and secures two submissions that most fighters would have succumbed to and fans are still not happy! Then he thoroughly outclasses Josh Koscheck by doing what Koscheck said he would never do; stand and trade with him. Do you realize we are getting the opportunity to watch the Babe Ruth of MMA right now? Every time he fights he is better than the time before. He is an incredible athlete with an unbelievable work ethic who upholds all of the integrity that makes this sport so special.

The WEC-UFC Merger:

I realize it may mean less free MMA on television, but as a true fan of the sport and the men who compete in it, the merger makes sense and will allow the lighter fighters an opportunity to shine and make more money as well. Just look at the past week as the UFC was able to sign Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Michihiro Omigawa, two of the world’s top featherweights. Being able to make more money and compete inside the Octagon had a lot to do with the organization finally securing these fighters. We will get to watch Urijah Faber, Miguel Torres, Jose Aldo and so many other great fighters fight under the same banner as GSP and Anderson Silva. Well deserved if you ask me.

Cain Velasquez:

I’ve interviewed Velasquez before and he is as humble as they come. Everything that he has accomplished he has busted his ass for. Watching him tear through Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and then Brock Lesnar was simply awesome and I am a fan of both men. Velasquez is the type of fighter who goes about his business the way fighters are supposed to. He works hard, respects his opponents and the sport. It’s amazing to see him progress the way he has and he hasn’t reached his peak yet. Now that’s scary.

Junior Dos Santos:

Dos Santos is another in the long line of brilliant Brazilian fighters. Ever since he shocked the MMA world by dropping Fabricio Werdum with a well placed uppercut at UFC 90 the man has been on a mission. In 2010 alone he has defeated Gilbert Yvel, Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson. He has the best stand-up in the heavyweight division and while his ground game has yet to be tested, something tells me he will do just fine against Velasquez when they meet sometime in the next few months. Two young guns will battle over the sports most prestigious title. If that doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will.

Jose Aldo:

Is this guy an animal or what? No one has been able to touch this guy, he has yet to be tested and I truly don’t know if that will happen at 145lbs. The UFC thinks so highly of him that they offered him an opportunity to fight Kenny Florian in January. Not only would it have been his first fight as a lightweight, but he would have been fighting in the UFC for the first time as well. I truly believe that Aldo will be a fighter that goes down in the history books as one of the best pound for pound fighters of all time. How great is it that we are lucky enough to watch him compete?

Frankie Edgar:

While many believe his win against BJ Penn at UFC 112 was very controversial, he more than made up for it with his dominant performance against Penn at UFC 118 just four months later. Now that he is champion the division has opened up once again after watching Penn dominate it for the previous two years. Regardless of the outcome of his bout with Grey Maynard next month there are so many fighters waiting in line for a shot at the gold, including the ones who have made their way over from the WEC.

World of Jenks:

For the past few years I have tried in earnest to get my wife to follow MMA more intently, but she just wasn’t interested. As soon as she watched the episode of the “World of Jenks” which featured WEC lightweight title competitor Anthony “Showtime” Pettis her interest really started to increase. The show really gave a great look into the life of a mixed martial artist and allowed you to invest yourself into him as a fan. They showed that fighters aren’t brute thugs or barbarians; rather they are men of honor and dedicated to their families. Great job by MTV.

Randy Couture:

If we really have seen the last of Couture inside the Octagon as a competitor then let us all be thankful that he went out on top. In 2010 he defeated Mark Coleman, Brandon Vera and choked out James Toney, the boxer who was hell bent on proving that mixed martial artists couldn’t compete with a good boxer. He was the right man for the job as he has represented this sport so well throughout his career. The UFC wouldn’t have been the same without “The Natural” aka “Captain America.”

Chael Sonnen:

Steroids or not this man showed the world that Anderson Silva is human and he also helped Silva show the world that he has a ton of heart. After being taken down at will and beaten up for over four rounds, Silva pulled a submission out of his ass and proved that he could work under pressure. Silva isn’t one of the greatest fighters for no reason and for one night in August, Sonnen helped show us that “The Spider” isn’t perfect and that he always keeps his composure.

Josh Rosenthal:

Kudos to a referee for having the balls to allow a champion the chance to fight out of danger. His decision was validated just a few minutes later when Brock Lesnar choked out Shane Carwin in the 2nd round of their heavyweight title fight back in July. Carwin was unloading all types of heavy artillery on the befallen Lesnar, but Rosenthal made sure he was in the right position to see that Lesnar was still competent and defending himself. Good job ref!

Mike Dolce:

The talent that Thiago Alves has is hardly a secret as he has been regarded one of the top three welterweights in the world for some time now, but it has been his inability to maintain his weight which as caused him to miss the 170lb limit on a few occasions. Dana White had enough and was looking to force Alves to compete as a middleweight. Thankfully cooler heads prevailed and Alves hooked up with Dolce. The result was a fantastic outing by Alves at UFC 124 against John Howard. Not only did Alves make weight, but he looked to be in prime condition, mixing in some takedowns with his always dangerous striking. The best days are ahead for Alves.

George Sotiropoulos:

Not to toot my own horn, but I was telling everyone when Sotiropoulos was on The Ultimate Fighter that this guy was something special. I don’t know what it was, but after watching him destroy Roman Mitichyan back in April of 2008, I felt that a drop to the lightweight division would be a huge boost to his career. Lo and behold he has won five straight as a lightweight including wins over Joe Stevenson, Kurt Pellegrino and Joe Lauzon. Watching him progress these past 12 months has been so gratifying.

Phil Davis & Jon Jones:

Along with Ryan Bader the UFC has three potential studs in their light heavyweight division and they are all under the age of 27. They have a combined record of 31-1 with the only loss being suffered by Jones and that loss was against Matt Hamill via DQ in a bout that Jones was absolutely dominating. Jones and Bader will be meeting in February at UFC 126 in a bout that may determine the next number one contender for the light heavyweight championship. These are three guys who will be staples of the division well into the next decade.

Chris Leben:

Whether you love him or you hate him, the man exemplifies what a fighter is all about. After handing Aaron Simpson his first loss on June 19th and earning the knockout of the night bonus, Leben bails the UFC out of a jam by returning to face Japanese sensation Yoshihiro Akiyama just three weeks later at UFC 116. The two waged a war for the better part of three rounds before Leben locked in a triangle choke with just 20 seconds left in the fight. The two men earned fight of the night for their troubles. I don’t know too many fighters who would have the balls to fight Simpson and Akiyama in the span of a few months let alone 3 weeks.

Evan Dunham:

This kid can fight and despite the fact that he was robbed against Sean Sherk at UFC 119 in September he was still offered a main event spot opposite Kenny Florian on the UFC: Fight for the Troops card that is scheduled for January. Florian is out because of an injury, but Dunham will face Melvin Guillard instead. In 2010 Dunham burst on to the scene with wins over Efrain Escudero, Tyson Griffin and technically Sean Sherk. He will be a big part of the UFC’s lightweight division for years to come.

Court McGee:

What makes MMA so great is the amount of inspirational stories that we hear about the fighters who compete in this great sport. Whether it’s a guy who came from a broken home and started wrestling to stay off the streets or a fighter whose friends were into drug dealing and he wanted something better, the stories are abundant and always interesting. McGee came out of nowhere to win The Ultimate Fighter season 11. After losing in the preliminary round, McGee was chosen to come back and he made the most of the opportunity. He defeated Kris McCray in the live finale. After winning via second round submission McGee gave an emotional speech about his past problems with drugs and showed the world that with hard work anything is possible.

Bellator:

The little promotion that could will soon enter its fourth season. If you haven’t watched a Bellator event live then do yourselves a favor and get to a show as soon as possible. Their matchmaking is spectacular and very rarely disappoints. I really like the tournaments they run and having Eddie Alvarez as your lightweight champion only helps. He is one of the top 155lb fighters in the world and recently dispatched of Roger Huerta this past October. They have secured a television deal with FX and do a great job of showcasing local talent everywhere they go.

There you have it, I know that there are no Strikeforce fighters on here, but to be honest the only things I can appreciate from Strikeforce are Nick Diaz and Gilbert Melendez. That doesn’t mean I don’t like any of their other fighters, but the promotion as a whole just doesn’t seem to get it. Stop focusing so much on Fedor and allowing him to dictate when, where and who he fights. The same can be said for their heavyweight “champion” Alistair Overeem. One title defense in three years is ridiculous. It’s time to move on and take control back.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP®CONFIRMS REMAINING BOUTS FOR UFC® 116: LESNAR vs. CARWIN

June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010

YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA vs. CHRIS LEBEN

CHRIS LYTLE vs. MATT BROWN

KRZYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI vs. STEPHAN BONNAR

GEORGE SOTIROPOULOUS vs. KURT PELLEGRINO

BRENDAN SCHAUB vs. CHRIS TUCHSCHERER

KENDALL GROVE vs. GORAN RELJIC

SETH PETRUZELLI vs. RICARDO ROMERO

DAVE BRANCH vs. GERALD HARRIS

FORREST PETZ vs. DANIEL ROBERTS

JON MADSEN vs. KARLOS VEMOLA

Live from MGM Grand Arena – Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – This year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® provides another reason to look forward to the Fourth of July weekend as the remaining bouts of UFC 116: LESNAR vs. CARWIN, presented by Bud Light, is now confirmed. UFC 116, which will consolidate the heavyweight titles held by Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, will be accentuated by some of the most notable fighters in the UFC®. The undercard bouts feature the following matchups: Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama, Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle, Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski, Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulous, Chris Tuchscherer vs. Brendan Schaub, Goran Reljic vs. Kendall Grove, Ricardo Romero vs. Seth Petruzelli, Dave Branch vs. Gerald Harris, Daniel Roberts vs. Forrest Petz and Karlos Vemola vs. Jon Madsen.

Tickets for UFC 116 are on sale now for $1000, $750, $500, $300, $200 and $100, not including applicable service charges, and go on sale Thursday, May 13, at 10 a.m. PT at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at UFC.com, www.mgmgrand.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com/.

UFC 116 is available live on Pay-Per-View at 10pm ET/7pm PT on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for standard definition or high-definition broadcasts (where available).

Only two weeks after his impressive second-round TKO victory over previously undefeated Aaron Simpson, UFC veteran Chris Leben (fighting out of Oahu, Hawaii / 20-6) steps right back into the Octagon™ for the injured Wanderlei Silva and faces one of his toughest tests to date. The 29-year-old Portland, Oregon native has won his last two fights and four of his last six with three knockouts in the process. With legitimate KO power and a chin to go with it, Leben is a nightmare for many middleweight fighters. After a spectacular UFC debut a year ago, Yoshihiro Akiyama (fighting out of Osaka, Japan/13-1, 2 NC professional record) is set to make his long-awaited return to the Octagon. In his first fight, Akiyama won a split decision over Alan Belcher, while also taking home “Fight of the Night” honors in the middleweight contest. Throughout his mixed martial arts career, Akiyama has been known for his submissions and knockout power, and now he’ll definitely be getting another fighter that will test the power in those fists.

Featured in the “swing” bout of UFC® 116, Matt “The Immortal” Brown (fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio/13-8) has been victorious in three of his last four fights, including a TKO of James Wilks. Brown has excelled in his striking ability and conditioning, however his tenacity will be tested when he battles Chris “Lights Out” Lytle (fighting out of Indianapolis, Ind./38-17-4). Lytle, a former professional boxer and a very experienced welterweight, is coming off two consecutive wins over Kevin Burns and Brian Foster. This fight should be very entertaining as both fighters do not fear exchanging blows for three rounds.

In a highly anticipated light heavyweight rematch, “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev./14-7) looks to avenge his TKO loss at UFC® 110, which came due to a cut. Bonnar has been a highly recognized fighter in the UFC® since 2005 after his battle with Forrest Griffin in the finale of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter®. This fight is important for Bonnar to gain some much needed momentum. Krzysztof “The Polish Experiement” Soszynski (fighting out of Temecula, Calif. via Winnipeg, MB, Canada/20-10-1) is not only coming off the victory over Bonnar, but he has also won four of his five fights in the UFC. Not only does he possess the power that he displayed against Bonnar, but he also has an impressive set of submission skills, as two of his four UFC victories have come by way of arm-lock submissions.

Riding a four fight win streak that dates back to September of 2008, Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino (fighting out of Point Pleasant, N.J./21-4) has been a very successful fighter in the UFC®. Pellegrino’s background in wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu have enabled him to become a highly technical fighter, with four of his seven UFC® wins coming by way of submission. His opponent George Sotiropoulos (fighting out of Vancouver, Wash./12-2) has also proved to be an Octagon standout, as he has defeated all five opponents he has faced. Making his debut at The Ultimate Fighter ® Finale 6, The Australian-born lightweight has shown to be a well-rounded fighter who can win through striking or submissions.

Chris “The Crowbar” Tuchscherer (fighting out of Fargo, N.D./18-2, 1 NC) has been able to translate a successful collegiate wrestling background into an impressive MMA record. A two-time Division II All-American and current training partner to UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, Tuchscherer is coming off a victory over Tim Hague at UFC® 109. With only two fights under his belt in the UFC®, Tuchscherer hopes a win over the up-and-coming Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub (fighting out of Denver, Colo./6-1) could be a stepping stone to future successes. In his short career, Schaub has impressed many after being the runner-up on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter®. Schaub is coming off a TKO of Chase Gormley, who he defeated in just 47 seconds. This fight between these two prospects will be an intriguing heavyweight matchup.

After an intense battle with CB Dollaway at UFC® 110, Goran Reljic (fighting out of Zadar, Croatia/8-1) is up against another tough fighter at UFC® 116. Reljic has an impressive overall record, with two bouts in the UFC®. The Croatian fighter is a counter striker, with knockout power from his hands and feet, which is a dangerous combination for his opponent Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (fighting out of Maui, HI/13-7, 1 NC). At 6-foot-6, Grove has a reach that makes him a tough matchup for most middleweights. The veteran Hawaiian fighter has shown to be well-rounded, as his last three wins have come from three different methods (decision, TKO, submission).

Ricardo Romero (fighting out of North Brunswick, N.J./10-1) will be making his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC 116 in an attempt to take his MMA career to another level. Romero has accumulated 10 wins in his career and has shown he is not fond of leaving his fate in the hands of the judges, as nine of those wins have come by way of knockout or submission. “The Silverback” Seth Petruzelli (fighting out of Orlando, Fla./14-5) is a training partner of UFC veteran Tom Lawlor and makes his return back to the UFC. With a notable win over Kimbo Slice, Petruzelli’s first fight back has garnered plenty of buzz among fight fans.

Another fighter making his UFC debut is Dave Branch (fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y./6-0), who is undefeated in his short MMA career. He has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is a member of the Renzo Gracie fight team. His opponent Gerald “Hurricane” Harris (fighting out of Tulsa, Okla./15-2) has a wrestling background and uses powerful slams. Harris has defeated his last two opponents by TKO, most recently taking down Mario Miranda at UFC® Fight Night in March.

Daniel “Ninja” Roberts (fighting out of Tulsa, Okla./9-1) is a very athletic fighter who is a former college wrestler. He has combined his wrestling background with jiu-jitsu to post an impressive record, with most of his victories coming via submission. Now the Oklahoma product looks to get his 10th professional win against a very experienced opponent. Forrest Petz (fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio/24-7) will be making his return to the UFC. “The Meat Cleaver” has won five out of seven fights since 2007 and the Cleveland native looks to continue his winning ways back in the UFC.

With only seven professional fights under his belt, Karlos “The Terminator” Vemola (fighting out of Prague, Czech Republic/7-0) is not only a newcomer to the UFC, but also to the sport itself. Vemola has won all of his fights in his career, with three by knockout and four by submission. Jon Madsen (fighting out of Granite City, Ill./5-0) is another fighter who is undefeated through his short career. A former Division II National wrestling champion, Madsen has two victories in the UFC, most recently a unanimous decision win over Mostapha Al Turk at UFC 112.

For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.

Ultimate Fighting Championship® – www.ufc.com

Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® produces over twelve UFC live Pay-Per-View events annually and 30 live arena events around the world.  UFC programming is distributed in the United States on Viacom, Inc.’s Spike TV and on Comcast, Inc.’s Versus network.  UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada.  Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in over 130 countries, territories and jurisdictions, reaching 430 million homes worldwide, in 20 different languages.  Ancillary businesses now include UFC.com with over 5 million unique visitors per month, the best-selling UFC “Undisputed” videogame franchise distributed by THQ, UFC Gym™, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo™ festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, articulated action figures and other media including best-selling DVDs and a U.S. bimonthly magazine.

Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, Zuffa®, The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, registered service marks, trademarks, trade dress and/or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC and licensed to its affiliated entities and other licensees in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC, its affiliates or other respective owners.

UFC CONFIRMS REMAINING BOUTS FOR UFC 116: LESNAR vs. CARWIN – Live from MGM Grand Garden Arena, Saturday, July 3

June 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA vs. WANDERLEI SILVA

MATT BROWN vs. CHRIS LYTLE

STEPHAN BONNAR vs. KRZYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI

KURT PELLEGRINO vs.   GEORGE SOTIROPOULOUS

CHRIS TUCHSCHERER vs. BRENDAN SCHAUB

GORAN RELJIC vs. KENDALL GROVE

RICARDO ROMERO vs. SETH PETRUZELLI

DAVE BRANCH vs. GERALD HARRIS

DANIEL ROBERTS vs. FORREST PETZ

KARLOS VEMOLA vs. JON MADSEN

Live from MGM Grand Arena – Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – This year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® provides another reason to look forward to the Fourth of July weekend as the remaining bouts of UFC 116: LESNAR vs. CARWIN, presented by Bud Light, is now confirmed. UFC 116, which will consolidate the heavyweight titles held by Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, will be accentuated by some of the most notable fighters in the UFC®. The undercard bouts feature the following matchups: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva, Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle, Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski, Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulous, Chris Tuchscherer vs. Brendan Schaub, Goran Reljic vs. Kendall Grove, Ricardo Romero vs. Seth Petruzelli, Dave Branch vs. Gerald Harris, Daniel Roberts vs. Forrest Petz and Karlos Vemola vs. Jon Madsen.

Tickets for UFC 116 are on sale now for $1000, $750, $500, $300, $200 and $100, not including applicable service charges, and go on sale Thursday, May 13, at 10 a.m. PT at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at UFC.com, www.mgmgrand.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com/.

UFC 116 is available live on Pay-Per-View at 10pm ET/7pm PT on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for standard definition or high-definition broadcasts (where available).

After a spectacular UFC debut a year ago, Yoshihiro Akiyama (fighting out of Osaka, Japan/13-1, 2 NC professional record) is set to make his long-awaited return to the Octagon. In his first fight, Akiyama won a split decision over Alan Belcher, while also taking home “Fight of the Night” honors in the middleweight contest. Throughout his mixed martial arts career, Akiyama has been known for his submissions and knockout power. While Akiyama is a relative newcomer to the UFC®, his opponent Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev./33-10-1,1 NC) is a veteran of the sport and a legend to his fan base. Having fought in 45 matches, Silva has defeated some of the most notable names in MMA such as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping. Silva is known for his power, as 23 of his 33 victories have come by way of knockout.

Featured in the “swing” bout of UFC® 116, Matt “The Immortal” Brown (fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio/13-8) has been victorious in three of his last four fights, including a TKO of James Wilks. Brown has excelled in his striking ability and conditioning, however his tenacity will be tested when he battles Chris “Lights Out” Lytle (fighting out of Indianapolis, Ind./38-17-4). Lytle, a former professional boxer and a very experienced welterweight, is coming off two consecutive wins over Kevin Burns and Brian Foster. This fight should be very entertaining as both fighters do not fear exchanging blows for three rounds.

In a highly anticipated light heavyweight rematch, “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev./14-7) looks to avenge his TKO loss at UFC® 110, which came due to a cut. Bonnar has been a highly recognized fighter in the UFC® since 2005 after his battle with Forrest Griffin in the finale of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter®. This fight is important for Bonnar to gain some much needed momentum. Krzysztof “The Polish Experiement” Soszynski (fighting out of Temecula, Calif. via Winnipeg, MB, Canada/20-10-1) is not only coming off the victory over Bonnar, but he has also won four of his five fights in the UFC. Not only does he possess the power that he displayed against Bonnar, but he also has an impressive set of submission skills, as two of his four UFC victories have come by way of arm-lock submissions.

Riding a four fight win streak that dates back to September of 2008, Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino (fighting out of Point Pleasant, N.J./21-4) has been a very successful fighter in the UFC®. Pellegrino’s background in wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu have enabled him to become a highly technical fighter, with four of his seven UFC® wins coming by way of submission. His opponent George Sotiropoulos (fighting out of Vancouver, Wash./12-2) has also proved to be an Octagon standout, as he has defeated all five opponents he has faced. Making his debut at The Ultimate Fighter ® Finale 6, The Australian-born lightweight has shown to be a well-rounded fighter who can win through striking or submissions.

Chris “The Crowbar” Tuchscherer (fighting out of Fargo, N.D./18-2, 1 NC) has been able to translate a successful collegiate wrestling background into an impressive MMA record. A two-time Division II All-American and current training partner to UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, Tuchscherer is coming off a victory over Tim Hague at UFC® 109. With only two fights under his belt in the UFC®, Tuchscherer hopes a win over the up-and-coming Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub (fighting out of Denver, Colo./6-1) could be a stepping stone to future successes. In his short career, Schaub has impressed many after being the runner-up on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter®. Schaub is coming off a TKO of Chase Gormley, who he defeated in just 47 seconds. This fight between these two prospects will be an intriguing heavyweight matchup.

After an intense battle with CB Dollaway at UFC® 110, Goran Reljic (fighting out of Zadar, Croatia/8-1) is up against another tough fighter at UFC® 116. Reljic has an impressive overall record, with two bouts in the UFC®. The Croatian fighter is a counter striker, with knockout power from his hands and feet, which is a dangerous combination for his opponent Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (fighting out of Maui, HI/13-7, 1 NC). At 6-foot-6, Grove has a reach that makes him a tough matchup for most middleweights. The veteran Hawaiian fighter has shown to be well-rounded, as his last three wins have come from three different methods (decision, TKO, submission).

Ricardo Romero (fighting out of North Brunswick, N.J./10-1) will be making his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC 116 in an attempt to take his MMA career to another level. Romero has accumulated 10 wins in his career and has shown he is not fond of leaving his fate in the hands of the judges, as nine of those wins have come by way of knockout or submission. “The Silverback” Seth Petruzelli (fighting out of Orlando, Fla./14-5) is a training partner of UFC veteran Tom Lawlor and makes his return back to the UFC. With a notable win over Kimbo Slice, Petruzelli’s first fight back has garnered plenty of buzz among fight fans.

Another fighter making his UFC debut is Dave Branch (fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y./6-0), who is undefeated in his short MMA career. He has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is a member of the Renzo Gracie fight team. His opponent Gerald “Hurricane” Harris (fighting out of Tulsa, Okla./15-2) has a wrestling background and uses powerful slams. Harris has defeated his last two opponents by TKO, most recently taking down Mario Miranda at UFC® Fight Night in March.

Daniel “Ninja” Roberts (fighting out of Tulsa, Okla./9-1) is a very athletic fighter who is a former college wrestler. He has combined his wrestling background with jiu-jitsu to post an impressive record, with most of his victories coming via submission. Now the Oklahoma product looks to get his 10th professional win against a very experienced opponent. Forrest Petz (fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio/24-7) will be making his return to the UFC. “The Meat Cleaver” has won five out of seven fights since 2007 and the Cleveland native looks to continue his winning ways back in the UFC.

With only seven professional fights under his belt, Karlos “The Terminator” Vemola (fighting out of Prague, Czech Republic/7-0) is not only a newcomer to the UFC, but also to the sport itself. Vemola has won all of his fights in his career, with three by knockout and four by submission. Jon Madsen (fighting out of Granite City, Ill./5-0) is another fighter who is undefeated through his short career. A former Division II National wrestling champion, Madsen has two victories in the UFC, most recently a unanimous decision win over Mostapha Al Turk at UFC 112.

For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.

Ultimate Fighting Championship® – www.ufc.com

Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® produces over twelve UFC live Pay-Per-View events annually and 30 live arena events around the world.  UFC programming is distributed in the United States on Viacom, Inc.’s Spike TV and on Comcast, Inc.’s Versus network.  UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada.  Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in over 130 countries, territories and jurisdictions, reaching 430 million homes worldwide, in 20 different languages.  Ancillary businesses now include UFC.com with over 5 million unique visitors per month, the best-selling UFC “Undisputed” videogame franchise distributed by THQ, UFC Gym™, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo™ festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, articulated action figures and other media including best-selling DVDs and a U.S. bimonthly magazine.

Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, Zuffa®, The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, registered service marks, trademarks, trade dress and/or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC and licensed to its affiliated entities and other licensees in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC, its affiliates or other respective owners.

ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP® CONFIRMS REMAINING BOUTS FOR UFC 106

November 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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AMIR SADOLLAH vs. PHIL BARONI

LUIZ CANE vs. ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA

KARO PARISYAN vs. DUSTIN HAZELETT

MARCUS DAVIS vs. BEN SAUNDERS

KENDALL GROVE vs. JAKE ROSHOLT

PAULO THIAGO vs. JACOB VOLKMANN

BROCK LARSON vs. BRIAN FOSTER

CAOL UNO vs. FABRICIO CAMOES

GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS vs. JASON DENT

LIVE IN LAS VEGAS FROM MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – With the return of UFC® superstar Tito Ortiz engaged in a rematch with former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and two of the welterweight class’ most exciting knockout artists, Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson, ready to trade hands, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to confirm the remaining bouts for UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 21st. Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni, Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Karo Parisyan vs. Dustin Hazelett, Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders, Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt, Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann, Brock Larson vs. Brian Foster, Caol Uno vs. Fabricio Camoes and George Sotiropoulos vs. Jason Dent fill out a stacked card in one of the year’s most anticipated fight nights.

Tickets for UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2, which is presented by EA Sports’ “Left 4 Dead 2,” are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $300, $200 and $100, not including applicable service charges, are on sale now at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at UFC.com, www.mandalaybay.com, or www.ticketmaster.com.

UFC 106 will be available live on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.95 for standard definition or high-definition broadcasts (where available).

Winner of the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter®, Brooklyn, New York-born Amir Sadollah (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) broke into the UFC with an impressive armbar submission victory against fellow cast mate CB Dollaway in the show’s finale. Now the Richmond, Virginia raised fighter faces his most experienced opponent to date in mixed martial arts veteran Phil Baroni (fighting out of Long Island, N.Y.). The former UFC middleweight makes his return as a welterweight and has won three of his last four fights. The 33-year-old is known for his heavy hands and has two knockout wins in the UFC.

A fighter that is making his way up the light heavyweight division, Luiz Cane (fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) is on a three-fight win streak with a unanimous decision victory against Steve Cantwell at UFC 97 and two TKO victories in 2008. With a background in Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the 28-year-old can win a fight anywhere and he looks to improve on his 11-1 record when he touches gloves with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The brother of former interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, “Little Nog” has won his last five fights, with three knockouts and one submission. Now the 33-year-old with the 17-3 record makes his UFC debut in November.

At only 27 years old, decorated judo black belt Karo Parisyan (fighting out of North Hollywood, Calif.) already boasts a 26-5, 2 NC professional mixed martial arts record. A true test for anyone in the welterweight division, Parisyan has beat some of the top welterweights and will look for his 9th UFC win when he squares off against Louisa, Kentucky native Dustin Hazelett (fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio). With submission victories in four of his last five fights, the 23-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has put away Tamdan McCrory, Josh Burkman, Jonathan Goulet and Stevie Lynch and faces easily his toughest test to date.

A former professional boxer turned submission machine, Marcus Davis (fighting out of Bangor, Maine) has four submissions in his eight UFC victories. But opponents shouldn’t disregard his hands because “The Irish Hand Grenade” has ended two of his fights in the UFC via knockout. The well-rounded welterweight will need all of his skills when he faces the dangerous Ben Saunders (fighting out of Orlando, Fla.). A winner in three of his four UFC bouts, the 26-year-old Ft. Lauderdale native is remembered for his devastating TKO victory against Brandon Wolff in 2008. Now Saunders will look to take down his most game-tested opponent yet.

A fighter with more reach than most middleweights, the 6-foot-6 Kendall Grove (fighting out of Maui, Hawaii) has used his size to outpunch and outlast some of the division’s toughest fighters. Grove has always looked for the finish since coming into the UFC and has two submission wins and a TKO over Jason Day at UFC 96 to prove it. But Grove will try and play spoiler as he goes to work against rising star and Sand Point, Indiana-born fighter Jake Rosholt (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.). At 6-1 in his young MMA career, the three-time NCAA Division I national champion wrestler from Oklahoma State picked up his first UFC win when he submitted Chris Leben at UFC 102 in August.

Remembered for knocking out Josh Koscheck in his UFC debut, Paulo Thiago (fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil) has plenty of potential and an 11-1 professional record to go with it. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and a special operations police officer in Brazil, the 28-year-old Thiago looks to shake up the welterweight division when he mixes it up with UFC newcomer Jacob Volkmann (fighting out of Fergus Falls, Minn.). A three-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler and Big Ten champion, Volkmann also boasts two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota to go along with his doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University. At 9-0, the mix of brains and brawn has proved successful for the 29-year-old.

An MMA veteran with an amazing 27-2 record, Brock Larson (fighting out of Brainerd, Minn.) has won two of his last three fights since making the move from World Extreme Cagefighting®. The 32-year-old has made quick work of his two opponents in his wins, handing back-to-back first-round submissions to Jesse Sanders and Mike Pyle. Now the Minnesota native takes on Sallisaw, Oklahoma’s Brian Foster (fighting out of Granite City, Ill.). The 25-year-old Foster has won three of his last four fights, holds a 14-3 pro record and has never gone the distance in any of his wins.

One of the most exciting and experienced lightweights in the world, Caol Uno (fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan) has 13 career victories by submission and two by TKO. A fighter that is always looking to finish, the 34-year-old has mixed it up with names such as BJ Penn, Din Thomas, Ives Edwards and Hermes Franca in the UFC. Now Uno turns his attention to UFC newcomer Fabricio Camoes (fighting out of San Diego, Calif.). The Brazilian born fighter holds a 10-4 pro record; and with a background in Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the 30-year-old looks to put on a great show with the explosive Uno.

Since George Sotiropoulos (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) has come into the UFC he has known nothing but winning. A perfect 3-0 in the organization, the Geelong, Victoria, Australia native holds a TKO victory to go along with his two submission wins in the UFC, the last coming via kimura over George Roop. Now the UFC lightweight looks to improve on his 10-2 pro record when he faces Madison, Ohio’s Jason Dent (fighting out of Mentor, Ohio). With a background in Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the 29-year-old Dent looks to put a dent in Sotiropoulos’ perfect UFC record.

For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com, UK.UFC.com, GERMANY.UFC.com, UFCJapan.jp or UFCEspanol.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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