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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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Georges St Pierre Feels Other Fighters Would Benefit From Being More Professional

St Pierre comments on major UFC sponsor Anheuser-Busch warning the promotion that they would take action if fighters did not carry themselves more professionally.

St Pierre was asked if fellow fighters should clean up their acts.

“This is something that I’ve been doing since the beginning of my career,” St-Pierre said. “I wore a suit at press conferences when all the other fighters were making fun of me. (They said), ‘Oh, look at St-Pierre, he doesn’t wear his sponsor.’ I’m the one who first started doing this stuff, and I think the image and how you conduct yourself … because the sponsor, the big companies in corporate America, they’re not interested in sponsoring an athlete who is good in his sport but acts like an idiot outside of the Octagon. They want someone who performs well, of course, but acts like a gentleman outside of the Octagon.

“I understood that more than ten years ago. That’s why I behave the way I do and I do things that I do. That’s why I have a lot of sponsors. I do have a lot of sponsors and a lot of money because of this. It brings money to the table.”

“I’m in this business because I want to make it for a living, for money,” he said rather passionately. “People don’t understand that. They used to make fun of me. Now ten years after, now they start picking up on it. It’s sad to see that it takes a long time for them to understand.”

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Ronda Rousey Throwing Ultimate Fighter Contestants

Ronda Rousey is making a guest appearance on tonight’s “The Ultimate Fighter Live” on FX. If we are to believe our own eyes it would seem as if this is more than just a friendly visit, Ronda appears to be working with the cast and utilizing her olympic medal Judo skills to show them a thing or two.

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UFC on FUEL TV 4: HP Pavillion To Host Munoz vs. Weidman

San Jose’s HP Pavilion is rumoured to be hosting UFC On Fuel TV 4 – Munoz vs. Weidman.

The event will take place on July 11th Middleweights Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman set to headline the show.

Light Heavyweights Brandon Vera & James Te Huna are also expected to appear on the card.

UFC 139 was held at the HP Pavilion, the venue will also host the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP Final between Josh Barnett & Daniel Cormier on May 19th.

The HP Pavilion seats 18,000 and had been the home of Strikeforce who regularly seen gates of 10,000 plus.


Njokuani vs Taylor Booked For UFC on Fuel TV 4


Just coming off a unanimous decision win over John Makdessi, Anthony Njokuani already had his next opponent.

The 15-6 (2-2 in the UFC) lightweight will square off against Paul Taylor.

UFC on FUEL TV 4 is set to go down in San Jose California on July 11 from the HP Pavillion.

The two were originally scheduled to meet back in 2011 but Taylor had to pull out due to injury. This will be the first time Taylor has been back in the octagon since UFC 126 when he KO’d Gabe Ruediger.

Also scheduled for battle the same night is ‘the Filipino Wrecking Machine’ Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman. Munoz is on a four fight win streak, stopping Chris Leben at UFC 138, at his last outing.

Weidman is undefeated in his Mixed Martial Arts career (8-0), going four straight inside the octagon. Munoz will definitely be the biggest test of his young career. The fights will take place on July 11th on UFC on Fuel 4.

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2 female fighters miss weight - Invicta FC weigh-in results

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Weigh-ins for Invicta Fighting Championships’ inaugural event, Invicta FC 1, took place today at Hotel Phillips in Kansas City. The all-female professional mixed martial arts fight card will take place Saturday night at nearby Memorial Hall starting at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and stream live and free on

Several of the ladies came in over-weight and they paid for it. Featherweight headliner Romy Ruyssen came in at 150.4 pounds on her first attempt, then 149.8 pounds some time later, on her second attempt.

A whopping 25 percent of her purse will go to her opponent, Marloes Coenen, who came in at 146 pounds even. The two ladies fought once before, back in 2008, with Coenen winning via second round submission. This will be Coenen’s first bout since losing her Strikeforce bantamweight title to Miesha Tate last July.

Randi Miller originally came in at 149.8 pounds on her first attempt, then 149 even on her second attempt. She will also lose 25 percent of her purse to her opponent, Mollie Estes, who came in at 145 pounds even for the featherweight match-up.

In bantamweight action, Ashleigh Curry came in at 137.2 pounds on her first attempt, then made weight at 136 pounds on her second attempt. Because she ended up making weight, she will only forfeit 10 percent of her purse to her opponent, Liz Carmouche, who came in at 135.4 pounds.

According to the rules of the Kansas State Athletic Commission, all opponents must weigh within three pounds of one another in order to compete the following day. The only exception to this is the featherweight division, in which opponents must weigh within five pounds of one another.

Because of this, the bout between Sofia Bagherdai and Ashley Cummins almost got scrapped. Bagherdai came in at 120.6 pounds, an extraordinary 4.6 pounds over the 116 pound contracted limit. Thankfully for her, Cummins, who weighed in at 115 pounds on her first attempt, weighed in a second time at 120.6 pounds so the bout could take place. Bagherdai will still forfeit 10 percent of her purse.

The weigh-in results are as follows:

Meghan Wright (103.5) vs. Cassie Rodish (105.2)
Sofia Bagherdai (120.6)** vs. Ashley Cummins (121.4)
Mollie Estes (145) vs. Randi Miller (149)*
Michele Gutierrez (125) vs. Sarah Maloy (125.4)
Amy Davis (105.6) vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (105.4)
Sarah Schneider (115.6) vs. Sally Krumdiack (113.6)
Vanessa Mariscal (136) vs. Sarah D’Alelio (135.2)
Leslie Smith (135) vs. Kaitlin Young (135.4)
Ashleigh Curry (136)** vs. Liz Carmouche (134.2)
Lisa Ellis-Ward (106) vs. Jessica Penne (105.6)
Romy Ruyssen (149.8)* vs. Marloes Coenen (146)

** – Bagherdai and Curry forfeit 10% of their purse to their opponents.
* – Miller and Ruyssen must forfeit 25% of their purse to their opponents.

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