Fight for the Troops bonuses

Everyone who watched the Fight For the Troops would be in agreement with Josh Koshcheck’s winning the $30,000 knockout of the night bonus. The announcement came not long after his devastating two punch knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Even the commentators, Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan, immediately stated that they were sure it would get KO of the night honors.

Steve Cantwell was the recipient of the submission of the night $30,000 bonus after his arm-breaking (he literally gave Al-Hassan a two-way elbow) technical submission of Razak Al-Hassan. The hard to watch submission victory came at 4:04 of round 1. Amazingly, the referee, Mario Yamasaki, had to stop the match, as Al-Hassan never tapped, even while his arm was being hyper-extended, thus making the victory and actual technical submission, which goes on Cantwell’s record as a TKO.

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Frank Mir sets the record straight about TUF 8 & Junie Browning

Frank Mir has a lot on his mind. He recently initiated contact with Raw Vegas TV to set the record straight on his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter season 8 and what went on with Junie Browning. He thinks Junie should have been kicked off and says Dana and the UFC took a big chance … Read more

UFC Fight Night 16: Fight for the Troops – results & play by play

UFC Fight Night 16: Fight for the Troops took place tonight in Fayetteville, North Carolina and was broadcast live on SPIKE TV.

There were some great fights for a great cause. A few highlights were Steve Cantwell’s arm breaking submission, Dale Hartt’s leg-breaking kick, and Josh Koscheck’s complete wrecking of Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

It’s always entertaining when there’s a terrible referee and Joe Rogan starts going off on them on air.

In between the fights, viewers got to learn about TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and hear the stories of surviving veterans. The main purpose of the show was so UFC fans can help raise funds for the National Intrepid Center for Excellence at http://fallenheroesfund.ufc.com.

Here’s how the fights went down:

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UFC Fight for the Troops – PREVIEW

Main Event

Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Yoshiyuki Yoshida is probably one of the best welterweights that few people know about in North America. The problem for Yoshida is that he has run into someone with a very similar skill set. Yoshida likes to dirty box in the clinch and dominate from the top position. If they do clinch up Koscheck will be able to use his superior wrestling to take the fight to the ground, and there is little chance that Yoshida will be able to attain top position. Koscheck did have a rough go of it in his last fight, which was only 46 days ago, he will able to win this fight by decision.

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Huerta inks new deal with UFC

Roger Huerta and the UFC appear to be on good terms yet again. According to MMAweekly.com, “El Matador” signed a new five fight deal with the UFC Monday night and sources close to Huerta today confirmed the news.

Huerta had positioned himself as one of the UFC’s hottest prospects in 2007. Fighting five times last year for the promotion, the Minnesota resident found himself on the cover of Sports Illustrated and went undefeated in the Octagon.

He had his win streak snapped by Kenny Florian at UFC 87 in August, his only appearance in the UFC this year. Prior to UFC 87 Huerta spoke out against the UFC about their business practices in a Fight! magazine article.

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Sokoudjou back to Japan?

Looks like one of the latest fighters to hit the UFC chopping block may have found a home. Former Pride standout, Remeau Thierry Sokoudjou may soon be fighting for DREAM.

According to Franklin McNeil of ESPN’s MMA Live, the Japanese promotion DREAM is the frontrunner for the Team Quest trained “African Assassin”.

Sokoudjou was cut after dropping 2 of 3 fights in The Octagon, the latest at UFC 89 to Luis Cane. He was brought into the UFC with great anticipation after beating top 10 Light Heavyweight fighters, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona by KO in back to back fights.

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“The crazy Russians” call out Dana White

Yesterday, M-1 Global’s president, Vadim Finkelchtein, invited Dana White to meet Fedor at “Day of Reckoning”.

Finkelchtein, who is also Fedor Emelinenko’s manager said, “Dana White has a tendency towards arrogance and everything not Dana White is either crazy or stupid. All this stuff about us not wanting to work with UFC is just utterly and completely untrue.”

He continued, “We’ve always been completely open to basically working with anybody, including the UFC, because our goal has always been to put the greatest fighters against each other. And if the greatest fighter is a part of the UFC, fine, let’s put him up against our best guy and see how they do.”

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What is left for Randy Couture?

What is left for Randy Couture? At this point it is doubtful that he will ever hold the Heavyweight Championship Title again.

There were the rumors of him fighting Chuck but that’s most likely not going to happen. Where does a man go who said over a year ago that there were only a couple of fights left for him that made sense?

Sadly, Couture’s dream of fighting Fedor Emelianenko is all but a memory. How frustrating it must have been for Couture to want something so badly and to go to such extremes to try and make it happen only to be denied.

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Affliction to put on 16 shows in 2009?

If anyone had been pondering the number of shows Afflicition may put on in 2009, former UFC heavyweight, Fabricio Werdum appears to have the answer.

Werdum stated that Affliction will continue to produce many cards in 2009, while discussing the potential companies he would sign with. Apparently, Werdum hasn’t been drinking the Dana White Koolaid and believes Affliction will be around after January.

“I’m recuperating myself from injuries and, for this event now (in January), there’s not way. Affliction is promising more than 16 shows in 2009.

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TUF 8’s “Diamond” Dave Kaplan interview

Here’s a new interview with “Diamond” Dave Kaplan talking about his time on The Ultimate Fighter and his upcoming fight at the Finale with Junie Browning. MMA fans will remember “Diamond” Dave as the one who let his teammate punch him in the face. Please like & share: