Diego Sanchez finds truth in Dan Quinn’s Stevia campaign

Diego Sanchez becomes new spokesperson for Stevia

Dan Quinn has finally found a spokesperson for his ‘Stevia Saves the World’ campaign and who better to represent the idea of cold fusion in a blender than Diego Sanchez.

In a recent interview with Carson’s Corner, Diego talks about dropping to lightweight and getting ready for his first fight at the new weight class against Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. Joining Diego during the hour long audio interview is none other than the Sultan of Stevia himself, Dan Quinn. The two spend the hour answering questions from Bob Carson about everything from how Stevia cured a lump in Ali Sonoma’s breast to Dan Quinn wanting to chop someone’s penis in half.

It’s the most entertaining MMA-related interview in a long time and well worth the listen. Diego said he saw how passionate Dan was about Stevia and being the open-minded person he is, thought he would give it a try since he’s tried every other supplement under the sun. According to Diego, Stevia has given him a new level of energy and really made a difference in his move to lightweight. He is now a full on supporter of the herbal sweetener.

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Ishii talking with Affliction

It is being reported that the Japanese Judo gold medalist and star, Satoshi Ishii, has put his UFC negotiations on hold in order to entertain offers from other USA based MMA promotions, including Affliction.

As many may remember, Ishii was a special guest of UFC president Dana White at UFC 92 and was also seen in Dana’s video blog behind the scenes at UFC 94. Ishii also appeared at Sengoku 7 wearing a UFC shirt. After reportedly turning down as much as a $6 million dollar contract to fight in Japan, it was thought that the UFC contract was a done deal.

“And the most important news, Ishii is putting contract negotiations with the UFC on hold for now. As a professional he wants to hear the talk of various organizations. He especially mentioned Affliction and mentioned both Fedor and Sylvia. However, he said that right now the UFC is still the first candidate.”

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Mike Ciesnolevicz steps in for Justin McCully at UFC 95

It has been reported that IFL veteran Mike Ciesnolevicz, as a replacement for Justin McCully, will step in against Neil Grove for UFC 95 in London. An undisclosed injury has forced McCully off the card. Although Ciesnolevicz normally competes at light heavyweight, this fight will remain in the heavyweight division. The bout will be both fighters’ UFC debut.

The Miletich Fighting System’s product carried an undefeated record into the IFL in June of 2006. During his time in the promotion he went 5-3 with one ‘no contest’. Since the IFL closed their doors Ciesnolevicz has gone 3-0 bringing his career record to 16-3 (1 NC). Most recently he submitted Derek Mehman via guillotine choke at Adrenaline MMA’s second card.

See proof of Mike Ciesnolevicz’s hard head after the jump…

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A big weekend for converted college wrestlers


Chad Mendes
Former collegiate wrestler, Chad Mendes, will fight at Palace Fighting Championship this Friday

It won’t make me sound like an MMA swami if I say that wrestlers have been a part of MMA since the beginning. In the old days Dan Severn was suplexing people on their head and Mark Coleman was out there head butting from the top position. After that came Randy Couture who used his dominating clinch to bring the “‘Phenom”, Vitor Belfort, back down to earth.

There are currently a number of highly touted collegiate wrestlers who have transitioned into an MMA career with the UFC. On this weekend’s Fight Night 17 card, former Arizona State All-American, Cain Velasquez (4-0) will take on Denis Stojnic, while Oklahoma State’s multiple time NCAA champion, Jake Rosholt (5-0) will also see action.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 airs Feb. 7 on Spike TV live from Tampa, FL

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 will take place this Saturday Feb. 7, at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida and will air live on SPIKE TV starting at 9pm ET. Joe Lauzon (17-4) was originally scheduled to fight Hermes Franca (19-7) in the main event. However, Franca had to pull out due to injury and has … Read more

UFC 94 was meant to be B.J. Penn’s final Octagon appearance

We here at PRO MMA (http://promma.info) have been following closely and sharing with our readers the signs that looked as if B.J. Penn was ready to throw in the proverbial MMA towel. In this new interview following Penn’s devastatingly one-sided loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94, the UFC Lightweight Champion admits the GSP … Read more

Condit vs Kampann official for UFC Fight Night 18 main event

Recently it was rumored that WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit (22-4) would make the jump to the UFC when his WEC March 1 opponent, Brock Larson pulled out due to injury and since he has eliminated all viable challengers in his WEC weight class. Now, the UFC has made this official. Condit, who recently joined Arizona Combat Sports, will fight UFC veteran Martin Kampann on UFC Fight Night 18.

The event will be broadcast live on Spike TV on April 1st from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee and will serve as a prelude to the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: U.S.A. vs U.K.

Carlos Condit has been on a tear in the WEC. He entered the promotion on a three fight win streak and has gone 5-0 in the WEC cage. In his most recent title defense he stopped Hiromitsu Miura in the fourth round of an extremely exciting fight. Over the course of his career he has defeated six UFC veterans including Frank Trigg, John Alessio, and Renato Verissimo.

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THQ launches ‘UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED’ web site

GSP in the new UFC video game

Just in time for UFC 94, THQ launched the official UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED video game website on Friday, January 30th, with a digital gameplay rendition of GSP vs. Penn. The site is located at www.ufcundisputed.com and includes developer blogs, video clips of actual gameplay, and a community forum page. THQ plans on releasing more goodies on the new site such as exclusive content, up to date game info, and specific game features in the near future. They are even planning on holding contests and polls for UFC Pay-Per-Views and Fight Night programming on Spike TV.

According to THQ, Undisputed will include more than 80 UFC superstars, past and present. The highly anticipated game will also include a “create a fighter” and career options, as well as online game play. The site also includes a few fighter renditions as well as their stats and upcoming fights. The fighters currently displayed are Dan Henderson, BJ Penn, Forrest Griffin, Georges St. Pierre, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Rich Franklin. More fighters will be added as the release date nears.

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UFC Fight Night 18 to be held at The Sommet Center in Nashville, TN

The UFC will hold UFC Fight Night 18 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN on April 1st. The UFC had made it known that they would head to Tennessee in 2009; however, a venue had not been decided upon.

Earlier this morning Sommet Center representatives spoke to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) and confirmed the news.

UFN 18 has been rumored to be headlined by WEC Welterweight champion Carlos Condit taking on Martin Kampmann. Condit’s debut in the Octagon would also be Kampmann’s entry into the 170 pound division.

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Will B.J. Penn quit the UFC?

Prior to the UFC 94 Welterweight Title fight, B.J. Penn had quite a few harsh words to say about his opponent, Georges St. Pierre. Among other things, B.J. called him “a quitter” and “a frontrunner.”

Following their main event fight on January 31st that was stopped after round four by B.J.’s corner, UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre spoke to MMA Live about the irony of the situation.  St. Pierre stated, “It’s called reflexology. He was saying things about me but he was really talking about himself. Those things he said about me are really characteristics that he sees inside himself.”

Host Kenny Florian said, “He called you a quitter, but he was the one who quit tonight.” Frank Mir who was also on the MMA Live panel said, “He was projecting onto you those things.”

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