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Dennis Siver Predicts 2nd Round TKO, Talks 145 Debut and More

Change isn't always a bad thing.

In the case of rising UFC star Dennis Siver (19-8), it could be a great thing.

"This will be my first fight as a featherweight," Siver told Bleacher Report. "I have to get used to my new weight and I'm excited to see how I perform at 145."

Siver makes the transition to the featherweight division after winning four of his last five with his only loss coming to Donald Cerrone at UFC 137.

"The Menace" Siver is now slated to take on the experienced Diego Nunes (17-2) in a main card showdown when the UFC travels to Stockholm, Sweden on April 14th.

In order to be declared victorious in his 145-pound debut, Siver will need to forget about the past and focus on what lies ahead.

"You know, I'm coming off a tough loss. He (Cerrone) was the better man that night. He hurt me and finished me," said Siver. "Of course it was hard to swallow and I was really disappointed."

"But you come back stronger after a loss. So there is even more motivation to win this next fight," said Siver.

Despite never having fought at 145 pounds before, Siver has the advantage heading in.


In fact, this won't be the first time Siver has fought in the country of Sweden nor will it be a change in atmosphere.

Instead, Siver will travel just less than a day to arrive in Stockholm with no jet-lag.

The only challenge Siver will face is Nunes himself when the two square off in less than a week.

"I think Joe Silva did a great job in this fight. Diego and myself match up great but I think I'm physically stronger than him. My spinning back kick is also much more powerful," said Siver.

"I'm not scared of Diego or any of my opponents. The only thing I can say is let the best man win. He has a great heart and he loves to fight and bang," said Siver. "But I will do my best to beat him to satisfy my fans, my sponsors, and the UFC."

There's no telling how long these two will last inside the Octagon as they've combined for 25 finishes over the course of their careers.

However, if Siver's predictions are accurate, fans won't get to witness a third and final round of action.

"I predict that I will finish him with a 2nd round TKO."

 

By: Garrett Derr Source: MMAFighting

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Evans: Jones' style is 'fatherless'

 

Rashad Evans doesn't let personal dislike color his evaluation of light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones' evolution as a mixed martial artist over the past year in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

"He's gotten a lot better and he's gotten more confident," Evans says of his former teammate at the Albuquerque camp run by coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn. "Before he would just kind of do things randomly and just whatever, but now I see a bit of a pattern. I see that he's finding his style a little bit more."

Given the level of animosity you've expressed over the past year, how do you stop that from overcoming you in the fight so you can stick to your game plan?

I'm a professional and I just try to remember that at all times. There's going to be moments in the fight where I probably get a little bit lit more than others, but my uncle used to have some great advice. He used to tell me: "Boy, you lose your head and your a-- will follow."

So I try not to lose my head.

Last year you used the adjective "fatherless" when you described Jon's fighting style to me. Why is that necessarily a bad thing?

It's not necessarily a bad thing. But in some respects when you do have a fatherless style, you don't have a basis or understanding of why you're doing certain things. You just kind of do it for the hell of doing it.

But once you have a base for it, you bring a structure to it. Then you can make it look like you have a fatherless style, but you're making it fit into your program.

 

 

By:Sergio Non
Source: USAtoday

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Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten, along with Joe Rogan, Michael Schiavello, and Josh Barnett talk Alistair Overeem

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Alistair Overeem Files for Nevada Fighter's License, Will Be at April 24 Hearing

Alistair Overeem has filed an application for a new fighter's license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The news is confirmed by Keith Kizer, executive director of the commission, on Sunday. Kizer also said that he "assumes" Overeem will be in attendance for an April 24 hearing regarding his test failure for elevated testosterone to epitestosterone.

Kizer also said that Overeem has also not requested that his B-sample be tested.

When a fighter gives a urine sample during the drug screening process, his urine is divided into two samples. If the A-sample fails, the fighter has the option to request that the B-sample be tested. If the B-sample is clean, the fighter likely would not be punished.

Filing a license application is a risk for Overeem. If his application is denied due to the test failure, he likely would not be able to apply for a new license until April 2013.

Do you believe Overeem is clean? Perhaps he is doing TRT or some other medical treatment?

It's the same situation Josh Barnett found himself in with the California State Athletic Commission during the Affliction: Trilogy ordeal. Barnett wasn't technically suspended by the commission, but only because his license was expired. Barnett never applied for the license for fear that he would be denied, which would effectively suspend him from fighting for one year.

Things are getting interesting. It would seem—at least from the outside looking in—that Overeem is confident the commission will accept his explanation for his elevated testosterone levels. If he weren't absolutely confident in his defense, he wouldn't apply for a fighter's license for the reasons I stated above.

Overeem's job, reputation and at least one year's worth of earnings are on the line. If he is refused a license in Nevada, the UFC will not use him for shows in other parts of the world until he's served the one-year "suspension." They used Chael Sonnen - despite him not reapplying for a California license - because he served the full one year suspension. Overeem would not be extended the same grace.

If Overeem is released from the UFC due to this situation, he could fight in Japan. But most major American commissions - and Nevada falls squarely in this space - frown on fighters accepting fights in non-regulated countries when they are suspended in America. But if Overeem is denied a license and cannot re-apply for one year, he technically would not be suspended because he isn't a licensed fighter.

April 24 is going to be one interesting day.

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SFL 2 Fight Video: Alexander Shlemenko Stops Minowaman, Calls Out Hector Lombard

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Video: Todd Duffee KOs Neil Grove At Super Fight League 2

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Alistair Overeem NSAC hearing set for April 24, UFC 146 main event decision comes after

Earlier today, it was reported that UFC President Dana White has already decided to keep the Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez fight intact as a main card showcase at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That seemed like an interesting decision considering the circumstances.

Those circumstances include Alistair Overeem having failed a surprise drug test at a press conference and throwing his main event match-up against Junior dos Santos into doubt. The situation is murky in the sense that Overeem can't be suspended because he hasn't actually been licensed for the heavyweight title fight over the Memorial Day weekend.

Which means he's going to have to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to plead his case. So far, he hasn't requested for his "B" sample to be tested to confirm (or deny) the positive result of his "A" sample. Either way, he's fighting an uphill battle and he's going to need to come up with an awful good reason for his T/E ratio being 14:1 when normal levels are 1:1.

NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer recently told the MMA Show that Overeem's hearing in front of the Commission will take place on April 24, where they will determine whether or not to license him for the fight. As it turns out, that's the reason Dana White has yet to make a decision on a replacement opponent for dos Santos.

The Wrestling Observer reports that White told them no decision will be made prior to Overeem's hearing. He did reiterate, however, that a heavyweight championship fight will take place at UFC 146, no matter what.

That almost makes it sound as though UFC is hoping "The Reem" has a damn good explanation and ultimately is granted a license and the fight goes ahead as first planned. That seems like a long shot, but crazier things have happened in this game.

In the meantime, a back-up plan will surely have to be put together. Fans are still rallying for Mark Hunt to step in while others are clamoring for the UFC to sign Fedor Emelianenko. Even Dan Henderson has thrown his name in the ring, saying he would definitely take the fight if offered.

All that will have to wait until April 24 though.

 

Source: mmamania

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Video: Alexander Gustafsson i UFC Ultimate Insider

 

 

He comes from Sweden and is known as "The Mauler".

Meet rising light heavyweight star Alexander Gustafsson as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career at UFC on FUEL TV in his hometown of Stockholm.

 

 

Swedish:

UFC: Sweden är numera bara runt hörnet, och det innebär att UFC sakta men säkert börjar ladda upp med marknadsföringen inför galan.

UFCs alldeles egna veckoprogram UFC Ultimate Insider tog därför möjligheten att ställa en kamera framför svensken Alexander Gustafsson och ställde honom några frågor om hans karriär och om Thiago Silva.

Samtidigt föddes citatet ”It’s impossible to lose this fight.

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UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva

UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva (also known as UFC on Fuel TV 2) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 14, 2012 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.


This will be the first UFC event held in Sweden, and is the fastest selling European event in UFC history, selling out in three hours.

A rematch between Ross Pearson and Dennis Siver at featherweight was briefly linked to this event. However, Siver is now expected to face Diego Nunes.
Mike Goldberg is slated to do play by play for this event in place of Jon Anik due to scheduling issues.
Akira Corassani was expected to face Jason Young at the event, but Corassani pulled out of the bout with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Eric Wisely.
Antônio Rogério Nogueira was expected to face Alexander Gustafsson at this event but pulled out due to injury. His replacement will be Thiago Silva.
Jorgen Kruth was expected to face Cyrille Diabate at the event but pulled out of the bout with an injury, Tom DeBlass has agreed to step in for Kruth and fight Diabate.


Official fight card

Main card

Light Heavyweight bout: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva
Middleweight bout: Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara
Welterweight bout: Paulo Thiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Featherweight bout: Dennis Siver vs. Diego Nunes
Welterweight bout: DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire
Bantamweight bout: Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page

Preliminary card (Facebook)

Welterweight bout: Papy Abedi vs. James Head
Middleweight bout: Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad
Lightweight bout: Reza Madadi vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo
Welterweight bout: Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef
Featherweight bout: Jason Young vs. Eric Wisely


Bouts in the works:
Cyrille Diabate vs. Tom DeBlass

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"The last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko Returns to Action in June

Following a week of speculation about where "The Last Emperor" will end up next, Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Gloval director of operations,

announced Friday afternoon that Emelianenko will fight on June 21 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Emelianenko's opponent will be announced at a later date.

Emelianenko (33-4, 1 NC) has gotten back on the winning track after losing three straight fights in Strikeforce in 2010-11. He snapped his losing streak by defeating Jeff Monson via unanimous decision in Nov. 2011 and then knocked out Satoshi Ishii on New Year's Eve in Japan.

Late last month, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta tweeted that he would be open to negotiating with Emelianenko if M-1 Global dropped its co-promotion stipulation, but UFC president Dana White quickly put an end to that talk when he said that he was not interested in signing the Russian fighter under any circumstances.

The 35-year-old Emelianenko tweeted on Thursday that he was training in Holland.

"Spring weather, the mood of combat, begin the training process," he wrote.

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