ProMMAnow.com UFC 111 staff picks

The Pro MMA Now (www.prommanow.com) staff has come together once again to give their predictions on this weekend’s “UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy.” The main event features the UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre defending his title against Britain’s bad boy Dan Hardy. In the co-main event heavyweights Frank Mir and Shane Carwin will … Read more

UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy trailer *VIDEO*

UFC 111 takes place Saturday, March 27, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. It will feature two bouts with title implications as Hardy battles St. Pierre for the Welterweight Title, and Shane Carwin and Frank Mir compete for the Interim Heavyweight Title. Visit the UFC 111 website for more info. Here is the full … Read more

Forrest Griffin reveals the real reason he went for a jog

Forrest had an important appointment to get to.
Forrest had an important appointment to get to.

Known as “the original Ultimate Fighter” Forrest Griffin will most likely always have a place in the UFC for as long as he desires.

Griffin was last inside the Octagon at UFC 101 against middleweight champ Anderson “The Spider” Silva who had had moved up to light heavyweight specifically for the fight. Silva ended up knocking Griffin out 3:23 into the first round making it his second loss in a row.

Many felt the loss was embarrassing, but obviously no one was more embarrassed than Griffin himself, who following the knockout, got back to his feet, sprinted from the cage and the arena, and did not turn up again in front of the media for weeks.

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Kenny Florian reflects on loss to Penn

On Aug. 8, 2009, Kenny Florian had the most important fight of his life at UFC 101 against “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn. It was a lightweight title fight that ended up going four rounds.

Penn kept it standing most of the fight despite Florian’s repeated attempts to take him down. Florian also could not seem to find his rhythm with his striking. In the fourth round, Penn got his own takedown, mounted Florian, and ended up choking the number one contender until he tapped.

Two days after his biggest fight, and undoubtedly his biggest loss, Pro MMA Radio spoke to Kenny Florian about the tough defeat, what went wrong, what he learned from the fight, where he goes from here, and more.

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Four UFC 101 fighters sent to the chopping block: McCrory, Leites, Roop, Cramer (updated)

Dan Cramer, Thales Leites, George Roop, & Tamdan McCrory were all cut after UFC 101.

Running the top MMA promotion in the world is not an easy task. It often means clearing out the fighters who can not carry their weight, to make room for fresh talent, and give someone else the opportunity to prove to the world they belong among the sport’s elite athletes.

Maybe UFC 101’s pay-per-view numbers were terrible, maybe it is just a coincidence, or maybe Dana White was having a bad week, but four fighters have been cut from the UFC roster following their performances at at the Aug. 8 event. Tamdan McCrory, Thales Leites, George Roop, and Dan Cramer have all been put on the chopping block.

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Run Forrest Run!

After Forrest Griffin’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of Anderson Silva at UFC 101, Griffin exited the cage and ran out of the arena. At the post-fight presser, when UFC President Dana White was asked where Griffin was, he replied, “I don’t know where Forrest is. He could be in Georgia by now.” I’m still not sure if they’ve found Forrest.

(For full effect play the music after the jump…)

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UFC 101 Q & A session with Dana White

Here is the UFC 101 Q & A from Philadelphia, Pa. featuring the man Dana White himself fielding questions from the fans. There’s some good stuff in here including Dana’s view on bringing in women’s MMA, Brock Lesnar, and more. You also get to see the guy who asks to sit next to the ring girls and an attorney who gives Dana his resume to get a job with Zuffa. Also, Dana said they signed about 17 guys from Affliction.
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UFC 101 live gate & bonuses

Dana White announced at the UFC 101 post-fight press conference that the live gate was the biggest in Pennsylvania state history. There were 17,411 fans at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia with a live gate of $3.5 million. The bonuses for UFC 101 were set at $60,000. Anderson Silva was the big winner of the … Read more

UFC fans gets their hero back with Silva KO – Roy Jones, Jr. impressed

The word was that Roy Jones, Jr. was at UFC 101 scouting out Anderson Silva, to get a look at the UFC Middleweight Champion up close. Silva has made no secret of the fact he wants to box Roy Jones, Jr. He would do it today if he could. However, he has this little thing called a contract with a big company called Zuffa that will not allow it. Not now. Not ever, as long as he is in the UFC.

Anderson Silva had fell under heavy criticism following his last two fights. First there was the very odd fight against Patrick Cote. Silva danced around Cote, played with him, dodged, ducked, and glided all over the Octagon until Cote’s knee gave out and was unable to continue. Due to the anti-climactic ending to a main event fight, fans left unsatisfied.

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