Tate victorious at Freestyle Cage Fighting

LaRosa vs. Tate in 2009?

PRO MMA can exclusively report that Miesha Tate defeated Jessica Bednarek at Freestyle Cage Fighting on Saturday. Tate (5-1) stopped Bednarek (4-2) after landing an over hand right that sent Bednarek to the floor.

Tate followed up with a series of elbows and punches before the referee stepped in and stopped the bout in the first round.

The Tacoma, WA native has won three straight fights since losing to Kaitlin Young in late 2007. Bednarek has dropped two of her last three bouts; however, she had won her first three pro bouts by way of TKO stoppage.

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King Mo, “I’d love to fight in Affliction”

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) caught up with undefeated Light Heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal shortly after the Affliction M-1 Global: Day of Reckoning card. The Team Quest affiliate was in attendance for Affliction’s sophomore effort and gave his thoughts on a few bouts.

“King Mo” (3-0) weighed in on the WAMMA heavyweight title bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski and believed Arlovski had been performing well in the fight up until a Emelianenko right hand.

“Andrei Arlovski had a great game plan and was doing a great job boxing. It would have been better if he would have stuck to the outside. Arlovski did a great job moving and he made a mistake when he went for that knee, a terrible mistake, but hindsight is twenty-twenty. He had him backing up and it was the perfect time to throw the knee.”

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A Pro’s Take: Bastianelli on GSP vs. Penn and Varner vs. Cerrone

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) had the chance to catch up with ‘Relentless’ Ryan Bastianelli after his Wednesday evening practice in Concord, CA at Combat Fitness.

‘Relentless’ had been training for his bout at Fight Quest: Battle Grounds; however, he took a quick break from training last weekend to take in WEC 38 in San Diego, CA.

Bastianelli shared his thoughts on Jamie Varner’s performance against ‘The Cowboy’ and where he thought Varner stood on the score cards prior to the bout being stopped. Bastianelli also touched on the St. Pierre vs. Penn Welterweight title fight. The former ASU wrestler broke down the title fight and made a prediction.

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Joe Lauzon: “He doesn’t want to fight me on the ground”

Joe Lauzon (17-4) held an open work out at Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts yesterday in Bridgewater, MA. “J-Lau” had been preparing to face Hermes Franca at UFC Fight Night 17.

However, Franca tore his ACL while training four days ago forcing the former Lightweight title contender off the card. Jeremy Stephens stepped in as a last minute replacement.

Stephens (14-3) knocked out Rafael dos Anjos back at UFC 91 and has been rumored to face Efrain Escuedero at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, TN on April 1st. Lauzon released an official statement to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) regarding his main event bout next Saturday in Tampa, FL.

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PRO MMA Training Camp feature: Ryan Bastianelli

Only two days away from his fight at Fight Quest: Battle Grounds in Bakersfield, CA; “Relentless” Ryan Bastianelli stepped into Combat Fitness in Concord, CA for one last training session.

In one of his last practices leading up to Saturday’s bout, the Oklahoma native worked out with teammate and Strikeforce Middleweight; Eric Lawson.

Bastianelli (3-0), a natural 135 pounder, faces off against Sacramento, CA resident Nelson Ocampo (0-5) at 140 pounds. Training for this bout has not been as routine as one would think. According to Bastianelli, Ocampo was not exactly the first or second opponent that he was originally scheduled to face.

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UFC 91 replay on Spike TV pulls big numbers

 As many MMA fans know, the UFC aired the replay of UFC 91 (originally broadcast live on PPV Nov. 15th) on Spike TV, in which Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Title, as a counter-program to Affliction’s Day of Reckoning on Jan. 24th. According to Spike TV’s press release on Tuesday, the number of viewers was impressive.

The “free” cable premiere was the highest rated show among Men 18-34 in all of television (broadcast or cable) in its time slot on Saturday, January 24 (9:00-11:30pm ET/PT). UFC 91 peaked at 3.3 million viewers at 11:15, easily making UFC 91 the most-watched taped UFC event in network history.

The entire card, which included Kenny Florian defeating Joe Stevenson, Demien Maia choking out Nate Quarry, and Jeremy Stephens KO’ing Rafael dos Anjos via a monstrous uppercut, drew a 1.7 household rating and a 1.8 among M18-49 (991,000), a 1.8 among M18-34 (508,000) and had an average audience of 2.3 million viewers.

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UFC Trading Cards sneak peek at UFC 94

Topps Trading cards, the manufacturer of the soon to be released UFC Round 1 cards, has a treat in store for all in attendance for UFC 94, Penn vs. St. Pierre 2. Every fan at UFC 94 will receive a special sample pack containing exclusive versions of BJ Penn’s and GSP’s base (not an autograph or special insert) card.

This will be the first time fans will have a chance to get their hands on the much anticipated UFC Round 1 cards. The cards will feature both Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn pictured in their first matchups in the Octagon.

The cards will be of GSP vs. Karo Parysian at UFC 46 and The Prodigy’s will be of him facing Joey Gilbert at UFC 31. Topps representatives will also be on hand to gather feedback from fans at the event.

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Is undefeated 22 year-old Chad Corvin the next great American heavyweight?

Chad Corvin
Chad Corvin

Amidst great fanfare and international intrigue, South African heavyweight champion, Rico “The White Lion” Hattingh, entered the main event of the XFC “Clash of the Continents” supercard on December 5, 2008 with an 11-1 pro record, ten gold medals won from international wrestling competitions, a submission victory over UFC veteran Trevor Prangley, and universal recognition as the top heavyweight in all of Africa.

The Mixed Martial Arts media on both continents eagerly awaited Hattingh’s XFC debut against the lesser-known 22-year-old American heavyweight, Chad Corvin. Rico Hattingh left the main event on a stretcher – with his nose shattered in four different locations – after being knocked out cold in 19 seconds. But Hattingh shouldn’t feel too disheartened: None of Corvin’s previous opponents have survived the first round either.

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A tough night for Jamie Varner

Last Sunday night WEC Lightweight Champion, Jamie Varner, defended his title against “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone. For four rounds the two went back and forth making for an extremely exciting fight. In the fifth round the fight was called due to an illegal knee to the head by Cerrone and Varner left with a technical decision victory and the belt. Now it appears that Varner left the ring with much more than that.

In a recent interview with Sherdog’s Beatdown radio, Varner revealed that he received a broken hand and foot during the fight, which left him virtually unable to strike going into the final round. He is also concerned that he may have a detached retina in his eye, which may be a career ending injury for the up and coming fighter. According to the fighter he will meet with an eye doctor next week to determine the extent of the injury.

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Is B.J. Penn close to retirement?

We know the ambition of “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn (13-4-1). The UFC Lightweight Champion has moved up to the 170 lbs. limit to fight the UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre this coming Saturday. Let’s just say hypothetically B.J. wins the UFC Welterweight Title, he would then hold two UFC belts in two different weight classes at the same time. It has never been done before in MMA.

If B.J. Penn were to achieve that, what would be left for him? He has said in previous interviews that he would go back down to lightweight and defend that title. Would he then come back up to welterweight and try to keep putting on and cutting weight indefinitely? That seems unlikely.

In a recent interview in Men’s Lifestyle Penn hints at the fact he may be closer to retirement than many of us would like to think:

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