Quinton Jackson finds a home

by:  Jack Bratcher

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has joined fellow fighters Michael Bisping and Paul Kelly at the Wolfslair fight team according to Fighters Only. Gym owners, Anthony McGann and Lee Gwynne confirmed he has signed a three-year deal with the British team.

McGann aknowledges that Jackson’s former coach, Juanito Ibarra did resign but that they parted on good terms.

It seems Jackson and Bisping have formed a close relationship so that combined with the fact they are called “Wolfslair,” made it an easy choice for the Memphis native known for his wolf-like howls.  He even spoke of it being “destiny.”

It seems when Jackson fights in the U.S. his camp will be split between Big Bear, where they will bring the Wolfslair to him, and England, which is the homebase of the team.  And when he fights in England, his full camp will be there.  His day-to-day training will continue at the Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center.

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MMA Analyst breaks down UFC 88

Here’s the MMA Analyst breaking down UFC 88 which will be held on September 6th in Atlanta. The MMA Analyst is an official partner of PRO MMA. You can catch PRO MMA’s own Tru and The MMA Analyst every Wednesday night 8pm PST on this live internet television broadcast. Now sit back and take some … Read more

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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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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Rashad Evans talks about upcoming fight with Chuck Liddell at UFC 88

Rashad Evans faces Chuck Liddell at UFC 88 in Atlanta on September 6, 2008.  If Rashad were to pull off a win it very well could put him in line for a title shot with Forrest Griffin.  He is one of the very few Ultimate Fighter alumni from any season who is still undefeated, yet … Read more

Full fighter list for TUF 8


The full cast list for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir has finally been revealed. This eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature combatants from the lightweight and light heavyweight divisions. There will be 32 combined fighters that will participate in two 16 man elimination tournaments to decide this years “Ultimate Fighter” in each division.

The light heavyweight division will feature the siblings of a couple UFC veterans. Lance Evans is the brother of light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans while Jason Guida is the brother of lightweight contender Clay Guida.

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Rich Franklin vs. Matt Hamill at UFC 88

Rich Franklin will face Matt Hamill at UFC 88 in Atlanta on September 6. Rich has a record of 23-3 with two of those losses coming at the hands, feet, and elbows of Anderson Silva. Matt Hamill is 4-1 with his only loss coming by way of Michael Bisping. This is definitely the biggest fight … Read more