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Chris Saunders Split Decisions Sam Sicilia on TUF: Live

 

The judging was controversial, but it doesn't matter. Chris Saunders, picked dead last among all contestants on this season, defeated Team Cruz's overall second pick Sam Sacilia by split decision tonight on TUF: Live. Adelaide Byrd and Tony Weeks scored the bout 20-18 for Chris Saunders. Patricia Morse Jarman had it 20-18 for Sam Sicilia.

The first round and the second didn't look dramatically different. Sicilia opened with intense cage pressure and overhands. Sicilia threw wild strikes constantly and was briefly taken down. Throughout the course of the round, Saunders worked knees to the body.

Things changed, however, in the second half of the first round. A low kick got Sicilia thinking and that's when Saunders landed a head kick that nearly puts Sicilia's lights out. The Team Cruz standout hung on, but continued to eat shots throughout the course of the round.

In round two, Sicilia managed to compose himself enough to not get caught with anything dramatic. He again pressured early and swung wildly for the fences, mostly with right hands. This round eventually featured more grappling scrambles as each fighter would take the other to the ground, but could not hold position. Saunders took Sicilia's back several times, but Sicilia was able to reverse and attempts guillotines. Generally speaking, though, the heavy hitting was done with Sicilia even if he was unable to put Saunders out.

While many observes of the fight - including UFC President Dana White - felt the bout should have gone to a third round, but it wasn't to be. Saunders was announced the winner by split decision.

"It wasn't exactly as I thought. I thought it would go just like this," Saunders told the UFC's Jon Anik. "I got a great team behind me. I have confidence. That's all you need."

Team Faber has now recaptured control of the fight selection. As for next week, Team Faber's Andy Ogle will square off again Team Cruz's Mike Rio.

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Nick Diaz Sues the NSAC, Says He Would Fight Carlos Condit 'Immediately'

 

1.) Diaz may actually have a very real, very legitimate case here. Under Nevada law, the commission is required to "determine the outcome through proceedings related to the order of a summary suspension within 45 days of the date of the suspension." Despite protests from Deputy Attorney General Chris Eccles that Diaz would not be heard until his medical marijuana card was produced, the lawsuit maintains that "Diaz and his lawyers made repeated attempts to reach the NSAC to obtain a formal hearing to finally adjudicate the NSAC's complaint without any response from Executive Director of the NSAC Keith Kizer." If that is indeed true, Diaz's case immediately becomes a very sharp thorn in the side of the NSAC.

2.) The precedent this could set has the potential to be resounding. While Diaz's case is an extremely centralized one, a victory would go a long way to shattering any remaining sense of invincibility that exists behind the commission. Diaz fought the law and Diaz won. That message cannot be overstated.

3.) On the same day his brother says Diaz just isn't that interested in fighting right now, Nick states in a sworn affidavit that he "would be prepared to compete against Mr. Condit or against any other opponent deemed suitable immediately." Now, even if the idea of Diaz referring to Carlos as Mr. Condit is laughable, the significance behind his words is clear. Diaz is still angry at how UFC 143 went down. He's far from retired. And he wants revenge.

When it comes down to it, as someone who personally loves watching the violence Diaz brings with him to the cage, isn't that really the most important part of all this?

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UFC 147: Wanderlei Silva Calls Chael Sonnen 'An Ass Face'

"I have nothing to say to him. I won't give him that kinda audience. I don't care about what he says, I'm not interested. If he wants to say those things looking me in the eye, come here. But that way, saying things when we're distant, he's an ass face. Only pussies say things at your back."

When asked if Sonnen would have the courage of calling him names in person, Wanderlei Silva didn't think twice before answering.

"Never. If he does that he'll leave with a red burning ear."

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Siyar The Killer “I remember walking on peoples bodies as a kid in the war.”

For those of you who don’t know, Siyar Bahadurzada is the first Afghan mixed martial artist to fight for the UFC. He made his octagon debut earlier this month at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva. A debut in which Siyar took only 42 seconds to knockout fellow welterweight contender Paulo Thiago! We were lucky enough to speak with ‘The Killer’ about his most recent fight, as well as what it was like for him growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Q: First off thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us. You are coming off an incredible UFC debut, where you knocked out Paulo Thiago in less than a minute with a single punch. Safe to say you are satisfied with your performance?

Siyar: I am very satisfied with my performance! The fight went down the way I had pictured it in my mind a million times before it happened!

Q: Paulo Thiago is a big 1st fight for a UFC debut, how did you train for such a dangerous opponent? What aspects of his game were you most concerned with going into the fight?

Siyar: I trained like I always train. I work on my own strengths and forget about my opponents strengths. Because I know I will make him fight my fight!

Q: I heard you had an injured hand leading up to the fight, how did this affect your training and preparation?

Siyar: I did not use my right hand that well. Though I trained with my hand and had great timing in both hands. Coming into the fight I could make a fist, but couldn’t squeeze my fist, that’s how hurt my hand was. I honestly thought my hand was broken. But thank God it was not the case and now i’m training again!

Q: Well I’m glad to hear your good to go, that said, who would you like to fight next in the UFC?

Siyar: Someone with two arms and two legs. That would make a fair fight, right?

Q: Haha, I can’t argue with that. You were born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. How was life growing up there and when did you first become involved in MMA?

Siyar: Well, life is not easy growing up in the war. As a kid, I went through alot of crazy things. I remember walking on peoples bodies as a kid in the war. I remember people crying on the streets without limbs and asking for help. To sum it up, I have seen things people need to talk to shrinks about. But I carry all those things inside of me. When I enter the octagon, you see a different person. You see a savage, ferocious and fierce killer! That is the effects of war on me I guess. I turn into a killer in an instant. But outside the octagon, I am a normal person who has studied International Business and Languages and lives a normal joyful life. But I’ll always carry those negative emotions with me and since 2000 I’ve been involved in MMA. I’m happy I can use those emotions in my favor in a fight.

Q: I heard a rumor that your nickname ‘the killer’ was given to you by your grandfather? Is this true and could you tell me more about this?

Siyar: Yes, this is true. My grandpa gave me this nickname because I got into a fight with three older kids when I was like 6 years old and I beat them all! My grandpa was watching me from afar and by the time he got close, those boys were gone with a sour taste in their mouth (haha). That’s when my grandpa told me: “You are a killer! The way you handled yourself in that fight was unbelieveable”. Years later when I came to Holland and I started fighting in MMA… That nickname came back up when people saw me fighting.

Q: That is pretty cool man, speaking of Holland, how did you end up training with Golden Glory and what was it like to train there?

Siyar: I’m not with GG anymore. No further comments on that subject.

Q: Fair enough. Well thanks again for taking the time to talk to me! Can’t wait to see you back inside the octagon! Any last words from “The Killer”.

Siyar: I would like to thank all my fans for supporting me on facebook (Siyar Bahadurzada) and on twitter @SiyarTheKiller and the ones who I do not know about. I will continue giving you guys what you pay for… Vicious knockouts!!!!!

The life story of Siyar Bahadurzada is truly something to marvel at. But the 28 year old fighter is far from done, and I personally can’t wait to see what comes next for him. Who would you like to see ‘The Killer’ fight next Penn Nation?

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Jim Miller on Diaz; “I’m going to get after him and fight him”

Jim Miller (10-2 UFC) is set to face one of the toughest guys in the lightweight division on one of the biggest cards the UFC has ever put together. Miller faces Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC on FOX, which airs on May 5th. Leading up to the fight, Jim’s camp has been very supportive, and kept him focused and grounded.

Despite the high profile nature of this fight Miller hasn’t really made and significant changes to his training camp.

“We know this fight is important. Every fight is important. For this one, we keep drilling alot. We’re really getting back to the basics and getting the reps in”, Miller said.

Jim has been in the UFC spotlight before. He has fought both on pay-per-view and on television. He does admit that the fight on FOX has been a little different than what he is used to.

“There’s been more media. This fight is going to be on network TV so the press is focusing on it a little bit more I think”, Miller stated. “There are more eyes on us because the event is going to be free and on FOX. It’s a big fight for both Nate and I. But, there really hasn’t been anything major that might affect my camp or my focus”.

Not much has been heard from the Diaz camp leading up this fight and Jim is just fine with that.

“I think Diaz respects me and I have a lot of respect for him. We come from similar camps. He’s under one of the Gracies, and I’m under a guy who got his black belt from Renzo. We both know each other have what it takes to get the job done. We’ve had conversations before we were scheduled to fight. I like watching him fight to be honest. There’s a mutual respect there that we both deserve”, said Jim.

Miller was ill when he fought and lost a decision to UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson in August of last year. He bounced back in January of this year with a first round submission of UFC veteran Melvin Guillard. Jim has made a point to pay close attention to how he feels before stepping inside the cage.

I feel great. I’ve had a great camp”, Said Miller. “I try to learn from my mistakes. If I felt the way I felt going in to that Henderson fight I would definitely know something was off now. That really adds to your confidence when you are for sure one hundred percent. I definitely noticed a difference going in to the Melvin Guillard fight. I felt great beforehand and great walking in to the Octagon. I was energetic you know for that one. There’s definitely a different feeling to it”.

With that confidence Jim feels he is better prepared to handle what Diaz brings to the table.

“You know I want to fight my fight. I press the pace and I attack. That’s the way I fight and I think a fight should be fought. I’m going to get after him and fight him. A lot of guys don’t do that. I plan on using my wrestling that’s definitely one of my strengths. It wouldn’t be a shock to him if I did that. I’m also more dangerous than I have ever been on my feet and on the mat. I’m looking to finish this fight”, said Miller.

In some ways Jim feels he and Diaz possess some of the same strengths. There are some obvious differences and Jim is aware of the areas he needs to be stronger in for this fight.

“We are similar fighters if you compare how we fight in terms of aggressiveness”, stated Miller. “We do have some big differences in our core skills. The biggest difference is I grew up wrestling. I’m a wrestler and he’s not. I don’t think that’s a secret to anyone. His range is something that he has and uses very well with guys. Another thing is that we both keep coming towards the end of the fight even if we’re tired”.

Both fighters are ranked in almost every lightweight division top 10 on the planet. Whether or not this fight has championship implications he really isn’t sure.

“I would like to think that, but I haven’t been worrying about. I am focused on this fight with Nate and winning on the 5th”.

When asked about how he and Nate stack up with the current and former lightweight champions Jim wasn’t entirely sure on that point either.

 

“I don’t know. Both Frankie and Ben are tough as hell for both Nate and I”, Miller said.

Jim is one of those fighters that says to the UFC when he is offered a fight. He doesn’t wait for or expect phone calls from the UFC brass.

“I rarely talk to Dana until I get the names and then go try to beat them up”, Miller joked.

Before he entered the Octagon for the first time he struggled with training times, and getting in the proper shape before a fight.

“My preparations have changed quite a bit”, Jim said. “I hadn’t been training full time until I got my first UFC fight. I’ve just been doing this truly as a professional since I signed with the UFC. Earlier in my career I got away with just coming in to my gym and training when I could. Kind of taking advantage of myself, and not training in the best way or taking advantage of the resources I had. That’s definitely changed. I’ve taken a much more professional approach to the way I train. I’ve found guys that have been training me and teaching me. I’ve been doing a lot of techniques and training like a white belt basically. In every aspect. I feel great”.

This fight has special meaning to him. When he steps out from behind the curtain to walk to the Octagon it will be in front of his hometown crowd. Miller couldn’t be happier.

“It’s awesome. I mean the whole thing is awesome. It’s nice to fight in Jersey and not have to travel. It’ll be really cool when I walk out in front of my fans on such a big card on FOX. It’s going to one hell of a night and I am just excited for the whole thing”.

Jim Miller faces Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC on FOX 3. The event is scheduled to take place May 5, 2012.

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Hector Lombard Calls Out Anderson Silva

 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization is proud to confirm the signing of elite middleweight contender Hector Lombard, who will make an immediate impact in the UFC 185lbs weight class when he makes his Octagon™ debut this summer.

Born in Cuba, Lombard has amassed one of the most impressive records in professional mixed martial arts, compiling a 31-2-1 (1 no contest) record since turning professional in 2004. He has defeated many UFC veterans including Jamie Te Huna, Kalib Starnes, Jay Silva, Falaniko Vitale, Joe Doerksen, Jesse Taylor, Trevor Prangley and Brian Ebersole.

He has a fearsome reputation amongst his peers and with 17 knockouts and seven submission wins on his record, the southpaw has to be considered to be an immediate contender to the biggest names in the UFC’s talent-laden middleweight division. He has tremendous punching power – delivered from a southpaw stance – and, as an Olympic judoka and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, he is equally dangerous as a grappler.

“I’ve wanted to fight in the UFC all my career,” he said. “I want to be UFC middleweight champion and I want to fight Anderson Silva to do it. I have such respect for him as a fighter, it would be an honor and a dream come true to test my skills against his. I wouldn’t be in the UFC if I didn’t think I could win the UFC world title.”

This is actually the second time the 34-year-old judoka has inked with the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. Lombard put pen to paper to fight in the UFC in 2007, but a visa issue kept him fighting in Japan and his adopted Australia for several more years. But now riding a hugely impressive unbeaten run which stretches back 25 fights and nearly six years, Lombard enters the UFC with an enormous international reputation.

“I’m here in the UFC to prove I am the best in the world,” he said. “I’m very proud of my heritage and I want to represent all Cubans around the world when I fight in the UFC, just like I did when I went to the Olympics in 2000.”

Lombard splits his time between homes in Australia and Florida, where he trains with the famed American Top Team.

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Jones Opens Up As Huge Favorite Over Hendo

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones opens up as a -565 favorite over the challenger and former Pride and Strikeforce Champion, Dan Henderson, who is the underdog at +385.

Looks like they give Hendo a slight more chance to defeat Jones compared to Evans.

With a rumored UFC 149 July 21 fight date in Calgary, Hendo will have some time to prepare himself for one of the world’s top pound for pound fighters.

With Jones delivering victories in all of his title defenses and only going the distance once since capturing the title, the betting numbers are now significantly on his side.

But Dan Henderson is not a challenger to be taken lightly. At 41, Hendo has the experience and skills to make this a war between old school and new school. He is one H-bomb/TRT-bomb away from victory.

Numbers don’t mean anything inside the octagon and anything can happen.

Do you think Hendo has what is takes to take the belt from Jones?

 

BTW, the way betting companies show odds in US sucks big time. Do it like Europe(Decimal Odds) easy as hell to see the numbers.

Jones 1.18 vs Hendo 4.85

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Okami vs. Cane > UFC 150 in Denver August 11

UFC 150 is officially headed to Denver’s Pepsi Center with a new middleweight bout added to the card between Yushin Okami and Brazilian Luiz Cane. The bout was confirmed by UFC officials with the Denver Post.

Yushin Okami is a Japanese mixed martial artist with a record of 26 wins and 7 losses. He fights out of Kanagawa, Japan and has a black belt in Judo. Okami has lost his last two fights, one being for a title fight against Anderson Silva. In his last fight against Tim Boetsch, Okami suffered a third round TKO. He will look to make a strong comeback at UFC 150.

Braziliann Luiz Cane holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a record of 17-4-1 and has fought both as a middleweight and a light heavyweight. Cane has fought in the UFC since 2007 and lost his last bout against Stanislav Nedkov with a TKO in the first round. Cane will be looking for a win and a hopeful a stay of execution by the UFC after having lost 3 of his last 4 matches.

Both fighters will be looking to get back on a winning track.

Another fight officially announced for this card is a lightweight bout between Thiago Tavares and Dennis Hallman.

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Thiago Tavares vs. Dennis Hallman set for UFC 150

A sure treat for fight fans has been added to UFC 150 with the announcement of Dennis Hallman (51-14-2 MMA, 4-5 UFC) vs. Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC).

The 36-year-old Hallman seems to have had career resurgence with an 8-2 record over the last five and a half years. One of Hallman’s greatest achievements in his career is his two victories (both by submission in a combined 38 seconds) against UFC Hall of Famer, and former welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Hallman most recently was seen at UFC 140 where he quickly submitted John Makdessi at the Canadian PPV.

The three-time UFC “Fight of the night” award winner Thiago Tavares is coming off of two huge wins over Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher. Tavares won nine of his first ten fights via submission, but since joining the UFC in 2007 he has mostly won via decision or KO.

Thought of as the future of the lightweight division, Tavares will have his hands full when he faces the always-dangerous Dennis Hallman. Will Hallman continue his ride back to the top of the division, or will Tavares’ youth and athleticism put him one step closer to the top of the stacked lightweight division?

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Henderson vs Edgar II set for UFC 150 August 11th in Denver Colorado

Lightweight champ Ben Henderson now has a date set for his first title defense. His opponent…none other than the man he defeated to win the belt, Frankie Edgar. The rematch doesn’t come as a big surprise to fans, after Ben Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 in a thrilling fight, there was immediate talk of a rematch. Dana White and Joe Silva had opposite scores for the winner of the fight, which may have had an impact on him getting a rematch.

Dana White originally had different plans for Edgar; He wanted him to drop down to the 145 pound division and face Jose Aldo for the featherweight title. Edgar wasn’t as enthusiastic about joining the featherweight division, he wanted to continue his career as a lightweight.

After the UFC 144 press conference Edgar said “I’ve been so dominant at this weight class, I beat some very good guys, and I don’t feel it’s disrespectful towards me, I feel it’s disrespectful towards them.”

Now it seems Dana White is willing to give Edgar his chance at redemption by giving him an immediate rematch with Ben Henderson. Edgar gave 2 opponents (BJ Penn and Gray Maynard) immediate rematches, which may have helped tipped the scales in his favor when debating whether or not to change weight classes.

Henderson will be defending his title at UFC 150 which is set for August 11th in Denver Colorado.

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