2008 Pay Per View champion: Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar’s popularity is a mixed bag with MMA fans. When asked their opinion of Lesnar, most fans are very vocal one way or the other. Whether you hate him or love him, one thing is certain, you have to respect his marketability. Brock was the the most watched PPV fighter in all of 2008. … Read more

Freddie Roach, “B.J. Penn is by far the best striker in MMA”

The panel was discussing the upcoming super fight between B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre on Fox News’ Fight Game with host Mike Straka this week. Their special guest for the show was Yahoo MMA writer, Kevin Iole.

Iole states that in a recent conversation he had with Freddie Roach, the legendary boxing trainer shared with him he believes B.J. Penn has the best striking in MMA. And by striking the assumption is he means boxing.

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3 rounds with Mike Straka’s FIGHT GAME

Fox News presents FIGHT GAME: Mike Straka and the guys go three rounds this week discussing Manny Pacquaio’s defeat of De La Hoya, the possibility of Mark Ecko buying bankrupt ProElite, and the upcoming super fight between B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre.

Fight Game, Round 1: Oscar bested by Manny Pacquiao. What chances would he have in MMA?

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Alves to fight Swick?

Thigao Alves may need one more fight before getting a crack at the Welterweight Title. A recent rumor pits the American Top Team Welterweight against Mike “Quick” Swick before facing the winner of St. Pierre vs Penn.

Mark Chalifoux of the Baltimoresun.com mentioned this probable scenario in his latest blog entry.

What makes this rumor of interest to most fans would be Dana White’s latest proclamation.  As recently as last week, the UFC President revealed that Alves’ next fight would be for the title.

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TUF Season 9 coaches announced

During a special question and answer session at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Tuesday, UFC President, Dana White announced that the winner of the UFC 93 matchup of light heavyweights, Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin will be a coach on upcoming season nine of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show.

Michael “The Count” Bisping, winner of TUF season 3 at Light Heavyweight, had already been previously confirmed as the other coach for season nine.

“The Ultimate Fighter” season 9 will pit U.S.A. and U.K. welterweights and lightweights against one another on opposing teams. Bisping of course will head up the U.K. team and the winner of Franklin vs. Henderson will coach the U.S. team.

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Rampage vs. Wanderlei UFC 92 preview (video)

One of three super fights at UFC 92, Rampage vs. Wanderlei is sure to be an exciting match as Rampage seeks his revenge for two previous KO’s at the hands of Wandy. Both are different fighters now and there’s clearly some bad blood there. The biggest obstacle for Rampage will be mentally getting past their … Read more

Babalu vs Sokoudjou set for Affliction

Despite being released by the UFC nearly two weeks ago, Remeau Thierry Sokoudjou will meet Renato “Babalu” Sobral in January at Afflcition: Day of Reckogning. “The African Assassin” failed to live up to expectations in the UFC, compiling a 1-2 record.

The DREAM organization appeared to be one organization that had been rumored to be interested in the Team Quest product’s services. While that may still be a possibility, Sokoudjou will first fight on the January 24 Affliction card against a red hot “Babalu.”

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Georges St. Pierre & Topps trading cards

Who doesnt remember the excitement of ripping open a wax-pack of Topps baseball cards as a child with the anticipation of getting your favorite slugger’s card packed with the smell of crunchy, stale, cardboard-like bubble gum? Joining the ranks of the mainstream collector cards are the new Topps UFC Trading Cards. Here’s a look at some of the new GSP cards and a talk with the champ.

Here’s another Topps video with Matt Serra:

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Getting back to his roots: a PRO MMA exclusive with Jorge Gurgel

Jorge Gurgel will be heading back to his home country of Brazil in just a few days. He is headed back home to reconnect with those roots that are the foundation of the man he is today.

Everything Jorge is, started from the seeds of jiu-jitsu that were planted back in Brazil. He is returning to the homeland to reconnect with old friends, with family, with the sunshine and to surround himself with the familiarity and security of it all.

Jorge will meet up with old training partners now Black Belts in their own right; the guys he grew up with, rolled and sweated with perfecting their art of jiu-jitsu.

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The Ultimate Finale- “Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir”- Preview

The UFC will be broadcasting The Ultimate Finale for season 8 live on Spike TV on Saturday December 13th at 9 PM Eastern.  Sandwiched between their “Fight for the Troops” event last evening, and the blockbuster “UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008”, the show will be the 2nd of 3 shows for the UFC in the month of December to close a busy year for the organization.

This season will mostly be remembered for the antics of Junie Allen Browning, but for MMA hardcores, it was all about the fighting.  Phillipe Nover showed promise early garnering praise from everyone including Dana White, and proved he was the one to beat by dispatching of all comers on his way to a spot in the finals facing Efrain Escudero.

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