Don Frye – An American Bad Ass

by: Cory Brady

Don “The Predator” Frye is among the last of a dying breed. A real all-American bad ass. Believe it or not, Don actually ended up fighting for nothing but the love of fighting in his first bout, when the fighters pay fell through at the last minute. Don could have just turned around and went back to where he had come from, but he stepped up to the plate and the rest is MMA history. Don has fought all over the world in every elite fighting organization including UFC, Pride FC, K-1, Deep, King of the Cage, and more.  The man is nothing short of a living legend in MMA.

As we began our conversation Don started talking about possible retirement and I wanted nothing more than to change the subject. After the countless MMA memories Don has provided for all of us, I could not fathom this man they call The Predator really stepping away for good. Don will be one of those guys that people will miss more when he’s gone, unfortunately. If Don does decide to hang up his 5 oz. MMA gloves for good, we at Pro MMA would like to thank him on behalf of countless fans for all of the timeless memories this extraordinary athlete has provided for us. Thank you Don.

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UFC 88 breaks through to Atlanta

Here’s an in-depth look at the main event for UFC 88 in Atlanta which is scheduled for September 6, 2008. Chuck talks about how he matches up with Rashad. Rashad says this fight is long overdue.  PRO MMA writer, Kelvin, makes a good case at why Rashad could beat the Iceman.   We also take … Read more

Matt Hamill: An Ace Up His Sleeve?

By: Kelvin Hunt

In a few weeks UFC 88 will be upon us, and a interesting fight that many have forgotten about is Matt Hamill vs. Rich Franklin.  This will be Franklin’s first fight at LHW since a TKO win over Ken Shamrock in 2005.  Hamill is coming off a TKO win over Tim Boetsch in April of this year.  This is an interesting fight for a couple of reasons, so let’s take a look at how each fighter matches up going into this fight.

  • Franklin likes to stand and trade, but is versed on the ground as well.  Whereas Hamill is a very good wrestler with a standup game that has improved leaps and bounds since being on The Ultimate Fighter.
  • Hamill has a very good chin and incredible strength.  Franklin has a good chin as well and good striking but doesn’t have that one punch KO ability (save the Quarry fight).
  • Hamill’s biggest question mark is his stamina, whereas there is no question about Franklin’s ability to go the distance.

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Rashad Evans Could Upset Chuck Liddell At UFC 88

by: Kelvin Hunt

I know I know…Liddell kills wrestlers and the prove is in the pudding. Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz both succumbed to ass whippings twice, as did Kevin Randleman. However, there are several factors that could possibly alter the outcome that we have become all to familiar with in this regard. First let’s take a look at Rashad Evans and what he brings to the table in comparison to the other wrestlers Liddell has faced.

Rashad brings a decent chin, adequate standup game, questionable stamina, but is a much better athlete than Couture or Ortiz. I think the X-factor for Evans will be his stamina. If he comes into this fight in shape, I think his chances of winning go up dramatically. Now let’s take a look some of the factors that could affect the outcome of this fight:

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UFC 88: Breakthrough Betting Odds

by:  Jack Bratcher

If you are looking to make a few dollars on UFC 88: Breakthrough on Sept 6, 2008, there’s a few good picks that could prove beneficial if you have some money to play with.  To start, let’s take a look at the main event which features the return of the Iceman, Chuck Liddell, facing an undefeated Rashad Evans.

Chuck Liddell    -280
Rashad Evans    210

Even if you think Liddell will knock out Evans in round one and walk right through him, you are probably not going to want to put any money on Liddell.  On the contrary, if I had a hundred dollars to throw away I would put it on Rashad Evans and on this betting line from BetUS, one would make back a healthy $210.00.  And that is just the odds from that one site; other sites have Rashad an even bigger underdog.  Even though Chuck has a style that has historically posed problems for wrestlers, there are a few factors Rashad brings to the table which could make it a long night for the Iceman.  Do not count Rashad Evans out.  Training with someone who just beat Liddell his fight before last and also having a coach who helped put that winning gameplan together are two big reasons putting some money on Evans could fatten your wallet.

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Cory Devela faces biggest challenge versus Terry Martin at Playboy Mansion

Press Release:

Twenty-four year old thoroughbred Cory “The One” Devela (9-1) will bid for his eighth consecutive victory when he takes on what is arguably his most dangerous challenge to date, heavy-handed Terry Martin (17-5), in a middleweight (185 lb. limit) contest during Strikeforce’s mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza at the world-famous Playboy Mansion on Saturday, September 20th.

“I know he’s a short little brick house and a good wrestler, but I’ll have a lot or reach on him and I don’t think anybody’s wrestling compares to mine,” said a confident Devela, who stands 6’2” compared to the 5’8” Martin.  “People underestimate my wrestling.  Joe Riggs did and got thrown because of that.  I’m going to do the same thing to Terry if he wants to wrestle with me.”

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Gracie, Santiago, Cyborg, Masvidal will fight at Sengoku 5

Now just days away,  World Victory Road confirmed the fight order for Sengoku 4 on August 24.  Frank Trigg will be making his return to the ring after an eight month layoff against  Olympic judo gold-medalist, Makoto Takimoto in the co-main event.  Unfortunately, Sengoku 4 will not be aired in the U.S. but you can check back here with PRO MMA for all the results.  Here’s the fight order for Songoku 4:

Date : August 24th, 2008
Place : Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan

9. Takanori Gomi vs Bang Seung Hwan [Lightweight]
8. Makoto Takimoto vs Frank Trigg [Middleweight]
7. Satoru Kitaoka vs. Clay French [Lightweight GP Series 2008 1st Round]
6. Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Rodrigo Damm [Lightweight GP Series 2008 1st Round]
5. .Kazunori Yokota vs. Bojan Kosednar [Lightweight GP Series 2008 1st Round]
4. Mizuto Hirota vs. Ryan Schultz [Lightweight GP Series 2008 1st Round]
3. Pawel Nastula vs Yang Dong Yi
2. Peter Graham vs Moise Rimbon [Heavyweight]
1. Takahashi Kazuo vs Valentijn Overeem [Heavyweight]

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Georges St. Pierre talks Fitch battle & picks winner of Hughes vs. Serra

Georges St. Pierre talked about his fight with Jon Fitch at UFC 87 with Toronto Sports Radio a few days ago. GSP compared Fitch to “The Terminator” and said it was “very discouraging” because he could not finish him. At one point GSP said he was praying while inside the cage because Fitch, the beast, would not go down. GSP decided to go for the knockout instead of submission because so many have tried in vain to submit Fitch.

GSP is headed to Brazil to vacation and to do some BJJ training.

It seems Matt Hughes left his seat at UFC 87 during the GSP vs. Fitch fight and exited the arena because “it was a boring fight and St. Pierre wasn’t showing anything.” Wow. Does anyone believe for a second that is the real reason, if Hughes did indeed get up and walk out? Rather, one might be inclined to believe that the former welterweight champ was turning a bright shade of green and had to flee the scene before anyone noticed.

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Why Tito Ortiz Should Move To The Heavyweight Division

by:  Kelvin Hunt

If the reports are true, then Tito Ortiz is back on the market as a free agent.  A few weeks ago Ortiz told Sports Illustrated that he had signed a ground breaking deal with Affliction.  However, that story turned out to be false with new reports that Tito Ortiz is again negotiating with the UFC.  If Ortiz does in fact sign with the UFC, recent bouts have proven that he is not a top tier LHW anymore.  The only marketable matches left for him in the division is a rematch with Wanderlei Silva, and a rematch with current champ Forrest Griffin.  Ortiz isn’t even close to earning a title shot, so a match with Wanderlei Silva is the only big money fight for him there.

Ortiz has always been a huge LHW fighter standing around 6’2″ and walking around at over 220lbs.  In fact, he has commented that he would move to the HW division if the money was right.  The UFC HW divison is relatively thin, and adding a name like Ortiz to the mix would give it a much needed boost.  The relatively weak division would also give Ortiz the fast track to a title shot.  Here’s a list of possible matchups:

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Butterbean vs. Wesley “Cabbage” Correira

On August 9, K1 hosted this fight between Butterbean and “Cabbage” Correira as part of their USA Grand Prix from Honolulu, Hawaii. The K1 rules suit Butterbean well because he doesn’t have to go to the ground. It always seems like whenever he gets taken down in an MMA fight he can’t get up. So … Read more