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I am a big fan of MMA and pro wrestling. I listen to the podcast and figured that I would sign up. I did a little wrestling in college so I am somewhat knowledgeable. I did a little boxing in the Navy as well.
Anthony Johnson takes step forward on road to redemption by beating Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Yahoo Sports)
After struggling to make weight as a middleweight, Anthony Johnson looks more comfortable fighting as a light heavyweight.
Urijah Faber still has his eyes set on a fight against Norifumi Yamamoto. Interestingly enough, Dana White revealed during a recent UFC Fight Night 52 press conference that he would love to book it if "The California Kid" escaped UFC 175 unscathed; which he did.
After T.J. Dillashaw dethroned Renan Barao as ruler of the bantamweight division at UFC 173, it didn’t take long for fans to start foaming at the mouth for a potential teammate vs. teammate match up pitting T.J. against Urijah Faber.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to keep dreaming, as that fight is unlikely to happen, now that Dillashaw shut down any idea of a potential scrap against the man who got him into the sport.
Then again, money talks.
A sentiment Urijah Faber echoed during a recent conversation with Fighters Only, saying that he would never want to fight his Team Alpha Male stablemate, but if a billionaire wanted to make it happen, then they are all ears.
In other words, don’t hold your breath.
One man "The California Kid" is interested in facing, however, is Norifumi Yamamoto, a match up Faber — and fans alike — have wanted for years.
"That (Yamamoto) fight would’ve really been awesome, sadly it kind of went by the wayside. People don’t realize how great ‘Kid’ Yamamoto was back in the day. I would’ve been a huge underdog to him. He’s an accomplished fighter and that would’ve been an awesome fight, but at this point that ship has pretty much sailed. I’m ranked number two. I fight because I love it. I don’t do it for the money. If someone had a billion dollars and wanted to make it work for the both of us, I’d talk to him. But I don’t want to fight him (Dillashaw). There are all sorts of tough guys I’d like to fight. ‘Kid Yamamoto, I’ve been asking for that for a long time."
Indeed, a match up between "Kid" and "The California Kid" has been on fight fans’ wishlist for a while, dating back to the days Faber ruled World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) while Yamamoto was dominating over in Japan. Unfortunately, the two never crossed paths, and like most "super fights," the bout vanished into thin air.
But now that both men are fighting under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner, a fight between the two scrappy 135-pounders can be made.
It even gets mentioned in the promotion’s new video promo for later this fall (watch it).
After getting knocked out by the aforementioned Barao at UFC 169, Faber got back on the winning track this past weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) at UFC 175 by choking out Alex Caceres in the third round (recap). "Kid," meanwhile, hasn’t had the best run since making his Octagon debut in 2011; losing all three of his fights.
While a fight between the two won’t make sense rankings wise, it will definitely appease the fans who have been clamoring for this fantasy fight for quite some time. Even if it would be a few years too late.
And according to Dana White’s recent comments (see them here at the 22:00 mark), he is very interested in booking Faber vs. Yamamoto at UFC Fight Night 52 when the promotion returns to "The Land of the Rising Sun" on Sept. 20, 2014.
Talk about a loaded Fight Pass card.
Donald Cerrone had to stop Jim Miller twice before getting credit for his impressive second round KO win Wednesday at UFC Fight Night 45 in Atlantic City. The two lightweights engaged in a closely-contested stand up striking battle in round one before Cerrone’s expert kicks allowed him to pull away and put Miller out in the second.
In the first period, Cerrone threw and landed multiple rear knees to the exposed body of the left-handed Miller. In the second round, “Cowboy” threw a front kick to the midsection of his New Jersey native opponent to great effect.
The first gut shot front kick from Cerrone landed flush and forced Miller to grimmace, bend over, clutch his stomach and then fall backwards against the cage and slide to the ground. That should have been the end of the fight but instead, referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to chastise Cerrone for a low blow he never threw and gave Miller time to recover.
Once the action resumed, the kickboxer continued his assault on Miller’s body with the front kick, landing several more times and hurting him badly. The end truly and finally came when Cerrone faked a right punch to draw Miller’s own left hand away from his own head – where it could quickly adjust to a kick blocking posture – and instead into a parry of the faked right punch.
A right shin to the temple of Miller immediately followed up the fake right hand and dropped him once more. This time, there was no confusion and Cerrone pounced with punches to the downed Miller, forcing the referee to call a halt to the bout.
The win is Cerrone’s fourth straight and third of 2014. Post-fight, he called for the UFC to give him another opponent – anyone – as soon as possible.Â
Miller’s loss snapped a two-fight win streak.Â
10 fights and 10 finishes
The moment that Daniel Cormier decided to drop to light heavyweight from heavyweight, the former Oklahoma State wrestling star and 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling captain put his sights squarely on champion Jon Jones.
Cormier got his wish on Wednesday when he was chosen to replace Alexander Gustafsson opposite Jones in the light heavyweight championship bout that will headline UFC 178 on Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Gustafsson, who nearly defeated Jones last year in an epic battle at UFC 165 in Toronto in one of the great matches in UFC history, tore the meniscus a knee in training that forced his withdrawal.
There is no extent of the severity of the injury or how long he’ll be out. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said Gustafsson was hurt while training in Sweden. He said because of the time difference between Sweden and Las Vegas, it’s been difficult for him to get information from Gustafsson’s camp.
Fertitta said Cormier was eager when he offered him the bout. Cormier told MMA Fighting last month that he might need surgery on his injured knee, but Fertitta said that is no longer the case.
He said Cormier’s right knee healed through rest and rehabilitation and that surgery is no longer required.
“He is very excited about the fight and this opportunity and he’s eager and ready to go,” Fertitta said.
Fertitta said there was no consideration given to postponing the bout and waiting for Gustafsson to heal. Jones wanted to fight and Cormier was available to provide a top-level opponent.
Cormier is ranked No. 2 at light heavyweight behind Jones, the champion, and Gustafsson, the No. 1 contender.
UFC Fight Night: Tulsa gets a boost through the addition of two new main card fights.
The UFC’s August 23rd stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma has a pair of brand new bouts that are immediately relevant to the top 15 of both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. The UFC has confirmed Demian Maia will take on Mike Pyle, while Francis Carmont battles Thales Leites.
Maia (19-6) bounced back from a tough loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 170 with a rare knockdown and then a decision win over Alexander Yakovlev. It was a rather easy victory, although critics will point out that once again he was unable to finish Yakovlev with his once vaunted submission skills. Pyle (26-9-1) destroyed T.J. Waldburger, also at UFC 170, to get back on the winning track after Matt Brown destroyed him in about 30 seconds. Maia is presently ranked 8th, while Pyle is 12th, so Pyle could conceivably vault his way into the top 10 with a win.
Leites (23-4) is a perfect 3-0 in his UFC return, and he picked up his first ever finish via strikes as he beat up Trevor Smith in 45 seconds at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi. His winning streak has got him ranked 15th at middleweight and on the ascent. Meanwhile, his descending opponent, 12th ranked Francis Carmont (22-9), is on a two-fight losing skid after dropping decisions to Ronaldo Souza and most recently C.B. Dollaway. It’s a bit odd that they’re doing a match-up of Leites on a three-fight winning streak against someone who is on a losing streak, but the cynic can easily suggest that this is "win or be released" for Carmont more than anything else.
UFC Fight Night: Tulsa is headlined by a lightweight showdown between Ben Henderson and Rafael dos Anjos, and also features welterweights Thiago Alves and Jordan Mein.