Anderson Silva: athlete or entertainer?

Dana White, the man who refuses to apologize for verbally assaulting a female journalist, found it necessary to do so on behalf of Anderson Silva after last Saturday night’s title fight. As a promoter, White has reason to be upset with his middleweight champion.

Silva’s last two performances inside the Octagon are not the type that encourages bloodthirsty-casual-fans to shell out $49.99. However, the reactions of those who are not responsible for the UFC’s bottom line are a bit befuddling.

To the surprise of no one, the blogosphere has been going crazy. After all, that is what the blogosphere does. Basically, the crux of their anger comes from the fact that people are under the impression that Anderson Silva has a duty and responsibility to entertain.

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UWC 6: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT preview

PRO MMA (promma.info) will be on hand as the Washington, DC area’s number one MMA promotion, UWC (Ultimate Warrior Challenge) returns to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA this Saturday, April 25th, with “Capital Punishment.”

Multiple fights for the card have fallen through, but promoter Marcello Foran and the matchmaking team have done a fine job keeping the card together.

Stay tuned to PRO MMA (promma.info) for UWC 6 weigh-in results as well as photos, a recap of each match, and fight results of “UWC 6: Capital Punishment.”

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Kyle Dietz gets six-fight contract with WEC

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned the WEC is adding a new bantamweight, Kyle Dietz, to their roster. Dietz trains out of Spencer Fisher’s gym, Evolution MMA in Moline, Illinois. Sources close to the camp have confirmed Dietz has acquired a six-fight contract with the Zuffa-owned promotion.

Kyle Dietz’s first fight for the WEC is planned for their June 7th card at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. Although the bout agreement has not yet been signed, Dietz’s opponent is said to be WEC veteran Charlie Valencia (10-5).

Dietz is a 22-year-old undefeated fighter originally from Davenport, Iowa. Although his record reads 5-0 in Fight Finder, he told us in a recent interview his record is actually 13-0.  This will be Dietz’s first fight at bantamweight.

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THE INFO episode 17: featuring Eric Lawson & Sherdog.com & Fight! Magazine’s Danny Acosta

THE INFO returned to the airwaves after a week off with Strikeforce Middleweight Eric Lawson and last minute guest, Sherdog.com and Fight! Magazine’s Danny Acosta. Matt De La Rosa and “Fast Eddie” Constantine went over their new Bay Area rankings, spotlighting the Middleweight and Welterweight classes. Lawson talked about his recent win over Waylon Kennell … Read more

The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs U.K.- Episode 4 recap

Now that the teams have been finalized, we will finally get into the real competition on Season 9, and see who emerges victorious as the two nations collide.

Back at the training center, Bisping is shown training full speed and with high intensity with his fighters. Bisping explains that most of his fighters have significant experience on the U.K. circuit, as he briefly introduces his TUF coaches, who also happen to be his real coaches outside of the show.

Coach Bisping believes he has a great team that will simply outwork their U.S. counterparts, and questions just how hard Team U.S. is preparing for the competition, saying, “I have no idea how hard team Henderson is training, Team U.S., whatever you want to call them, I don’t know how hard they are training, and to be honest, I don’t really care.”

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PRO MMA exclusive interview: Ryan Bader

PRO MMA’s (promma.info) “Fast Eddie” Constantine stepped behind the Element Lounge DJ booth and chatted with TUF 8 winner and UFC Light Heavyweight, Ryan Bader at the Graffight photo shoot. “Darth” talked about his injury and time table for return, MMAJacked.com, Ryan Bastianelli, ASU wrestlers and Carlos Condit. Please like & share:

It’s official: Fedor Emelianenko & Shinya Aoki to compete in special exhibition April 29 during M-1 Challenge Japan

PRO MMA (promma.info) has just received confirmation from M-1 of the details surrounding a special exhibition match between the WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko and the WAMMA Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki. 

While WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko’s recent two wins over former UFC heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski have taken place on American soil, he first earned his reputation as being the world’s pound-for-pound best fighter while competing in Japan.

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Scott Smith talks about fight with Radach and his future with Strikeforce

“Pro MMA Radio” host Larry Pepe talked with Strikeforce middleweight Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith in Monday night’s “Toe-to-Toe” segment.

The two discussed Smith’s recent come-from-behind win against tough middleweight Benji Radach, what it was like having so many friends and family members live at his last fight, and who he sees himself fighting in the future.

Scott Smith recently fought the very tough knockout artist Benji Radach at “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” on April 11th in San Jose, California. Both fighters are known for their battles inside the cage and their long list of knockouts. Smith was losing the fight, but recovered enough in the third round to catch Radach and win the fight with yet another KO.

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Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley set to rematch at UFC 101

A source close to Shane Nelson’s (12-3) camp has confirmed he will take on Aaron Riley (27-11-1) at UFC 101 scheduled to take place in Philadelphia in the UFC’s first event ever in the state of Pennsylvania.

This will be a rematch of a fight that first took place at UFC 96, but ended in controversy when referee Rick Fike stopped the bout prematurely. Nelson, who was coming off season 8 of TUF, had dropped Riley with a big shot and as Riley was kicking up to defend himself, Fike jumped in to stop the fight.

The premature stoppage did not please the Columbus, Ohio crowd at all as it was clear Riley was fine to keep fighting. Riley is known for his iron chin and his fights are almost always in the discussion for “Fight of the Night” honors. While Nelson gladly took the victory he felt the two could meet in a rematch saying afterwards that “We can do it again”.

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Dana White calls Anderson Silva a “shell of what he once was”

The controversy over UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s last two fights continue.

Anderson Silva’s first appearance inside the UFC Octagon was on June 28, 2006 at “Ultimate Fight Night 5” where he fought Chris “The Crippler” Leben. Silva dispatched the iron-chinned Leben with a knockout just 49 seconds into the fight.

Silva continued his reign of terror over the next two years. He fought six times from the Leben fight in June of ’06 to his light heavyweight fight with James Irvin in July of ’08. He knocked out four of the six opponents and submitted the other two (the Lutter submission came from strikes). Not a single one of those opponents got out of the second round.

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