Joe Rogan: Ronda Rousey beats Floyd Mayweather by ‘manipulating him in a way he doesn’t understand’ (Video)

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2014/4/16/5620430/joe-rogan-ronda-rousey-beats-floyd-mayweather-manipulating-him-doesnt-understand-mma

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Rematch with Eddie Alvarez motivates Patricky Freire to win Bellator tournament

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2014/4/15/5581934/rematch-with-eddie-alvarez-motivates-patricky-freire-to-win-bellator

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UFC releases Jake Shields

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After a little over three years, Jake Shields’ UFC run has come to an end.

The former welterweight contender has been released by the promotion, his manager Lex McMahon of Alchemist Management confirmed with MMAFighting.com.

McMahon released the following statement to MMAFighting.com Monday morning:

"Jake Shields has been released by the UFC. Jake appreciates the opportunities provided by the UFC and thanks Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita. Jake is an elite athlete who is one of the best welterweight fighters in the world with a long history of winning at a championship level.

"Jake and our team are already exploring options. I’m confident that Jake will have a new promotion to call home very soon. Jake thanks his fans for their support and looks forward to competing for them again soon."

Shields (29-7-1, 1 NC) most recently lost a unanimous decision to Hector Lombard at UFC 171 last month. The loss snapped a four-fight unbeaten streak for the 35-year-old. He made his Octagon debut at UFC 121 in Oct. 2010, defeating Martin Kampmann via split decision. His next fight was against Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 129 in what is still the highest-grossing event in the organization’s history. Over 55,000 people attended the event at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, and the gate was over $12 million. Both remain records.

Shields, who made his MMA debut in 1999, is a former EliteXC welterweight champion and Strikeforce middleweight champion. Arguably his highest-profile win came when he defeated Dan Henderson on CBS. He signed with the UFC following that win and went 4-3 with 1 no contest inside the Octagon. His no contest came after he failed a post-fight drug test for an undisclosed reason following his UFC 150 win over Ed Herman in Aug. 2012.

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?82732-UFC-releases-Jake-Shields&goto=newpost

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Michael Bisping goes off on Tim Kennedy at presser

Tim Kennedy and Michael Bisping will finally square up in the main event of the TUF: Nations Finale UFC card on Wednesday. As you may have read on our pages here at Yahoo! Sports, Bisping and Kennedy have engaged in verbal warfare leading up to their bout.

When the two middleweights faced-off Monday at the pre-event press conference, Bisping showed that all the trash talk had gotten to him and spouted a slew of profanities at Kennedy. Kennedy, who as a U.S. special forces war veteran, has had much more stressful moments than an un-armed loud mouth shouting at him, just smiled throughout.

Watch video of Bisping losing his cool below. The language is absolutely not safe for work, unless you have a colorful workplace so, make use of those ear buds, bud.

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Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/michael-bisping-goes-off-on-tim-kennedy-at-presser-181048941.html

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Glory to make PPV debut June 21: 8 man Last Man Standing Middleweight tournament featured

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Glory has announced their PPV debut. On June 21, they will host Last Man Standing, a one night 8 man Middleweight tournament. Get the details here.

At this past weekend’s Glory 15 Istanbul show, Glory made a big announcement about their summer plans.

On June 21, Glory will make their PPV debut. The show, titled "Last Man Standing" will be live from Los Angeles, and will feature a one night 8 man tournament in the Middleweight division. The following six names were announced as tournament participants:

Joe Schilling – Ranked #2 in Glory, Schilling won last year’s MW tournament at Glory 10, defeating favorite Artem Levin in the finals.

Wayne Barrett (#4) – Barrett is only 4-0, but already holds a win over Schilling, defeating him in a great fight at Glory 12 New York.

Alex Pereira (#6) – Pereira won the MW contender tournament at Glory 14 Zagreb to earn this spot.

Melvin Manhoef (Debut) – Any kickboxing fan (and most MMA fans) know Manhoef. The cult favorite makes his Glory debut here.

Simon Marcus (Debut) – Arguably the best MW in the world, Marcus holds wins over Artem Levin and Schilling, both under Muay Thai rules.

Bogdan Stoica (Debut) – A popular fighter from Romania, Stoica has fought mainly in SuperKombat, and is the brother of Glory 15′s Andrei Stoica.

The final two spots are yet to be announced. Hopefully they get Levin in there, as he is a must. Steven Wakeling would also round out the tournament nicely. The tournament is likely to crown a Middleweight champion, though that has not yet been made official.

Interestingly, according to the Glory 15 announcement, the PPV will take place immediately after Glory 17, a separate show that will presumably air on Spike. This is not entirely unique for Glory, as their shows always included one portion branded as the Superfight Series, and another branded as the numbered Glory show, but it will be interesting to see exactly how they present both "Glory 17" and the "Last Man Standing" PPV on the same night. No word yet on the PPV cost either.

Source: http://ninjashoes.net/forum/showthread.php?82765-Glory-to-make-PPV-debut-June-21-8-man-Last-Man-Standing-Middleweight-tournament-featured&goto=newpost

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Michael Bisping goes off on Tim Kennedy at presser

Tim Kennedy and Michael Bisping will finally square up in the main event of the TUF: Nations Finale UFC card on Wednesday. As you may have read on our pages here at Yahoo! Sports, Bisping and Kennedy have engaged in verbal warfare leading up to their bout.

When the two middleweights faced-off Monday at the pre-event press conference, Bisping showed that all the trash talk had gotten to him and spouted a slew of profanities at Kennedy. Kennedy, who as a U.S. special forces war veteran, has had much more stressful moments than an un-armed loud mouth shouting at him, just smiled throughout.

Watch video of Bisping losing his cool below. The language is absolutely not safe for work, unless you have a colorful workplace so, make use of those ear buds, bud.

Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/michael-bisping-goes-off-on-tim-kennedy-at-presser-181048941.html

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UFC Fight Night 41 Gets Yan Cabral-Zak Cummings Welterweight Showdown

A new welterweight matchup has been booked for UFC Fight Night 41, as Yan Cabral will take on Zak Cummings at the May 10 event.

Source: http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/UFC-Fight-Night-41-Gets-Yan-CabralZak-Cummings-Welterweight-Showdown-66425

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Brett Johns Wears Down James Brum, Captures Unanimous Verdict in CWFC 67 Headliner

Brett Johns authored a relentless, grinding effort against James Brum in the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 67 headliner, but his unanimous decision victory was nonetheless bittersweet.

Source: http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Brett-Johns-Wears-Down-James-Brum-Captures-Unanimous-Verdict-in-CWFC-67-Headliner-66513

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Why I joined the military and why I chose to return to MMA (Yahoo Sports)

Tim Kennedy says he ‘used to be more like Mike than I care to admit’, but joining special forces changed his attitude.

Source: http://us.rd.yahoo.com/sports/rss/mma/SIG=13e7nhl1i/*http%3A//sports.yahoo.com/news/why-i-joined-the-military-and-why-i-chose-to-return-to-mma-172710091-mma.html

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Nathan Corbett heads into hostile territory at Glory 15 with a smile

What’s in a staredown? Everyone knows that it’s the fight that settles everything between pugilists but so much of the gamesmanship and anticipation happens before the first bell rings.

If you’re a big time fighter, say Australian kickboxer Nathan Corbett, and you fight in a major company like Glory, the promoters will do all they can to create public tension between you and your opponent. There are often press conferences, during which you are seated near one another and asked about one another.

Sometimes, fighters are brought together at the center of the ring by the presiding referee right before the fight’s start to go over final instructions. Most of all, however, there is the stare down, which occurs right after both fighters weigh in the day before the contest.

Both men have trained for weeks, singularly obsessed with one another, are often extra irritable from having just dropped a considerable amount of weight and now are made to stand inches from one another in a fight posture, but not to actually fight just yet – to simply pose for photos.

When you actually think about it, the ceremony is as strange as it is familiar to fight fans. However, the reason it persists is simple – we think we can see something in the fighters based on how they react to the awkward situation.

Fighters often think they can tell something about their opponent in those moments as well. Some fighters  huff and puff, some look anywhere but their opponent, others smile, and sometimes – if we’re lucky – a mini brawl breaks out right there on the stage.

Corbett has tried just about every approach throughout his career. “I’ve tried to look into the eyes of my opponent, other times I’ve looked away so I wouldn’t lose focus,” he recounts to Cagewriter shortly after weighing in to fight Gokhan Saki in Istanbul on Friday.

The two will fight one another in the semi-finals of the Glory light heavyweight tournament Saturday. Whoever wins will fight again that same night in the finals against the winner of Saulo Cavalari vs. Tyrone Spong.

Corbett has used different approaches to weigh-in face-offs in the past, but this time he did what came naturally. “This time I just smiled at him,” he chuckles.

“I’m in a good place and I wanted to stay there. I’m calm and ready to fight. [Saki] was trying to look like a mean, scary guy, and he is a mean scary guy, but I just wanted to keep myself in the good place I am.”

Focusing on himself in that moment is an extension of what Corbett has done throughout his training camp for this fight and tournament. He explains that focusing on one’s self is about the only thing a fighter can do when heading into an unpredictable tournament where you don’t precisely know how many times and everyone who you will fight.

“With a tournament, you just have to focus on the one fight in front of you because you don’t know what will happen after that. You have to focus on yourself, and what you need to sharpen, what your strengths are,” he says.

Corbett says that Saki is unpredictable himself as well. “[Saki] goes hard, is explosive, has power in both hands and switches his stances,” he details.

“So it’s difficult to plan too carefully for what a guy like that will do because you don’t know what he will do at any given moment.”

Corbett has also not allowed himself to think too much of what might happen should he beat Saki – specifically that he could face Spong in the finals. Years ago, Corbett knocked Spong out but hit him after the stoppage and the bout was changed to a no contest.

Last fall, Spong got his revenge and stopped the Australian. Corbett would surely like the chance to break the tie with Spong but is focused on Saki.

“I’m just focused on fighting Saki, not would could happen after him,” he insists.

Corbett will admit to needing the boost he received from a win in his home country two months after the last Spong fight. “I definitely needed that,” he says.

“The opponent they gave me [Henriques Zowa] was a good match up for me and I was fighting at home but it was good to get another win. I needed to get the last fight out of my mind.”

Corbett brings his surging confidence into hostile territory today against Saki – a Turkish fighter. Corbett has fought many times in his native Australia and knows that it won’t be easy fighting a home town hero on his own turf.

Similar to the weigh ins on Friday, however, Corbett plans to confidently be himself when faced with the pressure and smile back. Well, smile and hit back.

“I’m used to being the hero, fighting at home. I’ve thought about that a lot already. The last time, I thought about my opponent. Everyone was cheering for me and I thought about what it felt like to be him in that moment, because I knew it would be me some day,” Corbett says.

“The fans will get [Saki] more excited and he’ll come out even harder against me. That’s fine. Whatever type of energy it is, it is still energy, and I’ll take it in and use it as well.”

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Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/nathan-corbett-heads-into-hostile-territory-at-glory-15-with-a-smile-152611963.html

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