‘Bad Boy’ Leonard Garcia retires, leaves enduring legacy of amazing fights

Coming the day before the sport’s three biggest promotions, the UFC, Bellator and the World Series of Fighting, all staged televised fight cards, the news hasn’t gotten all that much attention.

But featherweight Leonard Garcia’s decision to retire following a loss to Daniel Pineda at Legacy FC 37 was a stinging blow to mixed martial arts.

Garcia was never the most talented fighter, but he gave every ounce of what he had to give every time out, and he’ll be remembered as one of the most exciting fighters of his generation.

Garcia, 35, retires with a pedestrian 18-13-1 mark. In his biggest bout, he was submitted by Mike Brown via triangle choke in the first round in a bout for the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight title.

But it’s not titles or significant wins that made Garcia so memorable. It was his desire to put on a show, a willingness to accept two punches to land one, that made him popular and makes his retirement a dark day for the sport’s fan base.

He won Fight of the Night four times in the UFC and twice in the WEC. He also had a Knockout of the Night in the WEC and his April 24, 2010, bout at WEC 48 with Chan Sung Jung, aka “The Korean Zombie,” remains high on the list of any fans’ compilation of top MMA bouts.

Garcia fought in a division with men infinitely more talented, but he made himself a name by sheer heart and desire.

The sport would be better with a lot more fighters with the fighting spirit that Garcia brought every time out to the cage.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/-bad-boy–leonard-garcia-retires–leaves-legacy-of-amazing-fights-152541340.html

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Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri: Live round-by-round updates

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Bellator 131 Weigh-in Video (8 ET)

The Bellator 131 weigh-ins take place Friday at 5 p.m. PT from the Valley View Casino Center.

Source: http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Bellator-131-Weighin-Video-8-ET-77201

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Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Renzo Gracie Results: Metamoris 5 Play-by-Play

Sherdog.com reports from the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., at approximately 5 p.m. ET with Metamoris 5 play-by-play.

Source: http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Kazushi-Sakuraba-vs-Renzo-Gracie-Results-Metamoris-5-PlaybyPlay-77351

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UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson

Main Card
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza
Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus
Jared Rosholt vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk
Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
Matt Wiman vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Preliminary card
Ruslan Magomedov vs. Josh Copeland
Luke Barnatt vs. Roger Narvaez
James Vick vs. Nick Hein
Yves Edwards vs. Akbarh Arreola

Fight pass

Paige VanZant vs. Kailin Curran
Juan Manuel Puig vs. Doo Ho Choi

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/mma-forum-news-announcements/188586-ufc-fight-night-edgar-vs-swanson.html

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UFC’s Marcus Brimage to unleash ‘Southern fried whooping’

UFC bantamweight Marcus Brimage (6-3) headed into his fight with Russell Doane (14-4) this past July at UFC 175 over a year having passed since his previous bout. Following a tough loss to Conor McGregor at featherweight in 2013, Brimage was hit by a number of serious injuries that required a great deal of rest and rehabilitation.

As such, everyone around Brimage warned him that there would be a perhaps painful adjustment period in his first fight back, due to what is known as “ring rust.”

“Everyone told me that I’d have rust, and I was like, ‘whatever,’” Brimage tells Cagewriter.

“Truth be told, everything felt good until I got into the cage. In the cage, that’s when the ring rust happened. This cant take anything away from Russell because he came to fight, and he sure did fight. I just felt off until the third round. It was like an out of body experience. I was not in the moment. In the third round, that’s when I woke up and did what I normally do.”

It was too little, too late for “The Bama Beast,” and he lost a close split decision. Brimage says that he was shocked to hear from his teammates, friends and even anonymous fans in Las Vegas later that night that they thought he deserved to win the decision against Doane. 

“Everyone seemed to be impressed but I told them, ‘get the [expletive] out of here. I lost,’” Brimage remembers.

Once the fighter watched the bout himself, however, he began to realize that he didn’t fight nearly as poorly as he thought he had. In fact, he began to agree with those who said he deserved to get the nod from the judges.

“When I actually looked at the fight, I thought I got robbed,” he says.

“I don’t know what the judges were looking at. They made Stevie wonder what was going on. After I started to think about it more, I got super cronk and angry. Like, ‘man, I felt off like a mother [expletive], and that’s how I looked when I felt off? Oh my God, I am going to do some damage once I get back.’”

Brimage has turned that frustration into motivation and confidence as he heads into a Nov. 8 showdown against Jumabieke Tuerxun (14-2) in Sydney, Australia. Brimage was compelled to train at home in Alabama during this camp instead of South Florida at his usual American Top Team because of family issues.

One might assume that, without his usual top-notch ATT destination training camp, and coming off of two-straight losses would make Brimage feel a great deal of pressure. In actuality, he says he feels less pressure than he did against Doane in his come back fight this past summer.

“To be honest with you, I feel less pressure,” he insists.

“The reason is because, I’m ‘on.’ I got that first one out of the way. I could not walk down the street in Vegas after that fight without fans telling me, ‘Brim, that was [expletive]. You won. The judges [expletive] you.’ I mean, it’s like, ‘Marcus Brimage lost to Russell Doane, said no man ever.’ [laughs] That’s just real talk.

“I had some family issues, so I had to come home for training camp. I’m back in Alabama, and I’m back to my roots. I cannot wait to give this guy a Southern fried ass whooping.” 

Check back here at Cagewriter for more with Marcus as we check in with him later in his training camp.

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Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/ufc-s-marcus-brimage-to-unleash–southern-fried-whooping-154057775.html

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Fabricio Werdum, Kelvin Gastelum headline picks to win on UFC 180 main card

MEXICO CITY — The UFC will make its first appearance in Mexico tonight when a bout for the interim heavyweight title between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt headlines an 11-bout card at UFC 180 in the sold-out Mexico City Arena.

I’m on the scene and will be reporting from cageside at what is expected to be a raucous scene. The fans in Mexico have mobbed the UFC fighters wherever they have gone this week and it’s expected to be a great atmosphere in the arena tonight.

Here are my picks for each of the five main card bouts:

Bout: Fabricio Werdum (18-5-1) versus Mark Hunt (10-8-1)

UFC rankings: Werdum No. 1, Hunt No. 4.

Division: Heavyweight (For interim championship)

Odds: Werdum -450

Pick: Werdum by third-round submission

Analysis: This isn’t going to be an easy fight for Werdum, because Hunt has a great chin, is a powerful puncher and is very difficult to get down. Werdum is a master at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and his striking has improved dramatically. Hunt had less than a month to prepare for the bout after champion Cain Velasquez had to pull out because of an injury, and one wonders how that will impact his conditoning while fighting at 7,300 feet altitude. It would not be a shock if Hunt were to win, but Werdum is more well-rounded and more acclimated to the altitude and he’s the safe choice here.

Bout: Jake Ellenberger (29-8) versus Kelvin Gastelum (10-0)

UFC rankings: Ellenberger No. 7, Gastelum No. 11

Division: Welterweight

Odds: Gastelum -200

Pick: Gastelum by decision

Analysis: Ellenberger is being written off by many because he’s lost his last two and wasn’t really effective in either fight. But it should be noted that the losses were to Robbie Lawler, who is fighting for the welterweight title next month at UFC 181, and Rory MacDonald, who will get the winner. Gastelum is a young fighter with great promise and seemingly getting better every time out. It’s unlikely, though, he’ll be able to neutralize Ellenberger’s striking the way that either Lawler or MacDonald did. It’s a fight that could go either way, but I expect to see Gastelum mix things up and pull out the tight victory.

Bout: Ricardo Lamas (14-3) versus Dennis Bermudez (15-3)

UFC rankings: Lamas No. 4, Bermudez No. 7.

Division: Featherweight

Odds: Bermudez -180

Pick: Lamas by decision

Analysis: There are few hotter fighters in the UFC than Bermudez, who has won seven in a row and done it in very exciting fashion. There is a strong push by many to see Bermudez get a shot at the featherweight title if he wins. Lamas has won five of six, with only a loss to champion Jose Aldo marring that string. On paper, this is easily the best fight on the card and I see Lamas’ edge in high-level experience being the difference.

Bout: Dodger Montano (13-1) versus Chris Heatherly (8-2)

UFC rankings: Both are unranked.

Division: Welterweight

Odds: Montano minus-220

Pick: Montanto third-round TKO

Analysis: Montano, who is from Mexico City and will have the home crowd behind him, is a striker who is making his UFC debut. Heatherly, a wrestler, is 0-1 in the UFC, having gotten submitted by Ben Saunders. Montano, who has a solid all-around game and mixes his strikes well, trains under Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, N.M. He shouldn’t be intimidated by the moment and figures to land something big at some point that will end the fight.

Bout: Edgar Garcia (14-3) versus Hector Urbina (24-8)

UFC rankings: Both are unranked.

Division: Welterweight

Odds: Garcia -200

Pick: Garcia TKO2

Analysis: Urbina is an aggressive veteran who is best known for losing to Cathal Pendred in the elimination round on The Ultimate Fighter. Garcia last fought in the UFC in 2009, but he’s gone 7-1 since. He’s a good striker and look for him to stop Urbina midway through the fight.

 

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/fabricio-werdum–kelvin-gastelum-headline-picks-to-win-on-ufc-180-main-card-200555471.html

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UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson

Main Card
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza
Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus
Jared Rosholt vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk
Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
Matt Wiman vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Preliminary card
Ruslan Magomedov vs. Josh Copeland
Luke Barnatt vs. Roger Narvaez
James Vick vs. Nick Hein
Yves Edwards vs. Akbarh Arreola

Fight pass

Paige VanZant vs. Kailin Curran
Juan Manuel Puig vs. Doo Ho Choi

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/mma-forum-news-announcements/188586-ufc-fight-night-edgar-vs-swanson.html

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Kenny Garner to fight Sergei Kharitonov in M-1 Challenge 53, Nov. 25 in Beijing



Kenny Garner to fight Sergei Kharitonov in
M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire
Streaming live Nov. 25 from China on M1Global.TV


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Kenny Garner (right) has stepped up to fight Sergei Kharitonov

Former M-1 Global interim heavyweight champion Kenny “Deuce” Garner(14-7-0, 8 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) has stepped up to fight Russian heavyweight Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov (21-5-0, 11 KO/TKO, 9 SUB) November 25 in a Heavyweight Super Fight, replacing injured Satoshi Ishii (12-3-1, 1 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), in M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire, airing on www.M1Global.TV, live from Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China.

M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin Tybura (11-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), of Poland, defends his title against Estonia’s undefeated challenger Denis Smoldarev (8-0-0, 3 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) in the main event.

Veteran knockout specialist Konstantin Gluhov (28-14-0, 21 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), of Latvia, takes on former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Damian “Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (19-2-0, 6 KO/TKO, 6 SUB), of Poland, in a Special Heavyweight Attraction.

Garner is an experienced American fighting out of Port St. Lucie, Florida. He won the M-1 Challenge interim heavyweight championship Oct. 14, 2011 at M-1 Challenge: 27, by way of a fifth-round submission (strikes) over Maxim Grishin. Garner successfully defended his title June 21, 2012 at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo, when Guram Gugenishvili was unable to continue fighting in the third round after suffering an injury. Six months later, Gugenishvili won the rematch by fourth-round knockout (strikes). In 2013, Garner lost by second-round submission (choke) to then new champion Grabowski at M-1 Challenge 44.

After suffering his fourth consecutive loss in M-1 Challenge competition, Garner received permission to rehabilitate his career and get back on the winning track in America, where he won his last two fights against Matt Kovacs (arm-bar submission) and Scott Barrett by decision.

Fighting on the main-card is unbeaten Ukrainian featherweight Pavel Vitruk (11-0-0. 2 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) against Jungle Fight champion Rafael Miranda (9-4-0, 2 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), of Brazil, while Chinese fan favorite and 4-times Wushu Sanda champion Muslim “King of Wushi Sanda” Salikhov (5-1-0) has been matched against Brazilian striker Victor Kratos Sckoteski (5-1-0).

Chistyakov 150x150 Kenny Garner to fight Sergei Kharitonov in M 1 Challenge 53, Nov. 25 in BeijingIn a recently added fight on a loaded card, Russian featherweight Nikita “Piranha” Chistyakov (4-1-0) faces Honggang “The Master” Yao (10-4-0). A winner of a several tournaments, Chistyakov represents the famed Alexander Nevsky club, using his outstanding wrestling techniques to his advantage.

Yao 150x150 Kenny Garner to fight Sergei Kharitonov in M 1 Challenge 53, Nov. 25 in BeijingYao is an experienced fighter who will be a huge favorite fighting at home in China. He has been a multiple champion in Chinese wrestling tournaments (47-8 career record), specializing in traditional Chinese wrestling, Shuaijiao.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

M-1 Challenge 53 will be streamed in high definition on www.M1Global.TV, live from China. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Andriod and Apple smart phones and tablets.

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Source: http://www.mmainterplay.com/mma/kenny-garner-to-fight-sergei-kharitonov-in-m-1-challenge-53-nov-25-in-beijing-68498/

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Jose Aldo says Conor McGregor talk is disrespectful

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (24-1) has a title fight rematch coming up later this month against Chad Mendes (16-1), but it seems that all the talk in the 145 pound division has been about Conor McGregor (16-2), of late. UFC president Dana White has gone on the record, saying that it makes sense to have McGregor fight Aldo next.

To the champ, all this talk of a new possible contender is premature and disrespectful given that he’s still got “Money” Mendes on tap in the UFC 179 main event. ”I’m really focused on Chad Mendes right now and I do think it’s a little bit disrespectful [to discuss a possible McGregor fight],” Aldo told FoxSports’ Damon Martin recently.

“This fight hasn’t even happened. There’s nothing set yet. I do need to keep my feet on the ground and keep focused on Chad Mendes and not think of anyone else…He’s not in this competition and it makes no difference.”

No doubt, Mendes also believes the talk of McGregor fighting Aldo is a bit hasty, as he plans to dethrone the champ Oct. 25 in Brazil. In fact, Mendes has suggested that the UFC may not make McGregor the number one contender, should he beat Aldo and become the new champion, because his wrestling-based style would be a bad match up for the Irishman.

Who do you think will be the champion, the day after UFC 179, and who do you want to see him fight next? Let us know in the comments section!

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Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/jose-aldo-says-conor-mcgregor-talk-is-disrespectful-163247526.html

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