PRO MMA exclusive interview with UFC newcomer Mike Ciesnolevicz

IFL veteran and UFC newcomer, Mike Ciesnolevicz took his most recent fight, which was at UFC 95 against Neil Grove, on about two weeks notice. Mike C. submitted Grove with a heel hook in just 1:03 of the first round. He was giving up six inches in height and about thirty pounds in weight to … Read more

Josh Koscheck talks UFC 95 & getting back in the cage

It is hard to believe Josh Koscheck (12-4,10-4 UFC) has been in the UFC for four whole years, but he has. His first fight in the organization was against Chris Sanford in April ’05 at the original Ultimate Fighter Finale. In fact all but two of Koscheck’s professional fights have been in the UFC.

The only names he had lost to were names everyone is familiar with, big names, Fickett, St. Pierre, Alves. Koscheck has been in there with the toughest guys in the world, so when he was matched up with the unknown Paulo Thiago (11-0) at UFC 95, who was making his UFC debut, Koscheck was none too worried.

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MMA LIVE episode 42

Kenny Florian, Franklin McNeil, and Jon Anik are back with MMA LIVE episode 42 this week with ‘From U.K. to Corpus’ as they recap the action from UFC 95 in London and take a preview look at WEC 39 taking place in Corpus Christi, TX this weekend. Please like & share:

Mann Talk – A well-rounded myth

It has become common for MMA commentators and journalists to say that all fighters in MMA need to be well-rounded.  In their estimation the days of Royce Gracie dominating everyone with straight jiu jitsu are over and in many ways they are correct.  Royce Gracie’s return to the Octagon at UFC 60 against Matt Hughes did not go very well.  On top of that more and more fighters are benefiting from cross-training.  Like most things in this still budding sport, if enough people say something it becomes a “truth”.

By now “you need to be well-rounded in MMA” is a commandment that holds about as much weight as “thou shall not steal,” but then this past weekend there was UFC 95.  In one of the featured bouts of the evening Demian Maia stepped into the cage against Chael Sonnen.  In his last bout, Sonnen was able to use his high caliber wrestling in reverse and outpoint the troubled Paulo Filho.  Many thought that the Team Quest fighter would have a similar advantage against Maia.

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Frank Trigg video blog – Feb. 24

PRO MMA (promma.info) is a proud supporter of the Frank Trigg video blog. Trigg Daddy is on his way to St. Petersburg, Russia to cover a Jeff Monson fight. Trigg also lets fans and friends know that MySpace is out and Facebook and Twitter are in and you can find him on both. Trigg gives … Read more

Mike Ciesnolevicz impressive in UFC debut

Another Pat Miletich product made an impressive debut this past weekend when Mike Ciesnolevicz (17-3-1 NC) forced Neil Grove (7-2) to tap in just 1:03 of the first round due to a nasty heel hook. Miletich Fighting Systems has long been considered one of the top teams in MMA having produced such fighters and champions as Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Robbie Lawler and Tim Sylvia just to name a few. If you named all the fighters who came up through the Miletich System and have trained there from time to time it would read as a who’s who of MMA fighters.

At UFC 95 this past Satuday, Ciesnolevicz kept the ball rolling. While this was Ciesnolevicz’s first actual fight in the UFC, he is no stranger to the big time as he has often been a cornerman for other M.F.S. fighters in the past. Before getting his shot in the UFC, Ciesnolevicz was a mainstay for the now defunct IFL promotion. He went 5-3-1NC in the IFL and was a part of two championship teams as a member of the Quad City Silverbacks coached by Pat Miletich.

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Stop it Joe!

Joe Stevenson fought Diego Sanchez tonight in London, England at UFC 95. Diego looked really good in his striking with knees, low and high kicks, and great boxing. He also showed some good scrambles the few times the fight went to the ground. The difference in the fight was Diego’s diversity of striking compared to Stevenson’s absolute predictability.

Joe Stevenson was in a boxing match. I think he threw one kick the whole fight. He did attempt a couple of take downs but once they were stuffed he went right back to the boxing match. I’ve talked with some fighters who don’t realize they are losing because they are having so much fun. In all fairness, maybe this was the case with Joe. But then, that is where your corner-men come in between rounds, to help you make those adjustments.

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UFC 95 bonuses: Sanchez, Stevenson, Thiago, and Maia earn $40,000

Main event fighters Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson, along with Paulo Thiago and Demian Maia each earned $40,000 bonuses for their performances at “UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson.” The bonuses were announced by the UFC at the post-fight press conference.

The $40,000 payouts were down from January’s UFC 94 $65,000 bonuses, but are consistent with what the UFC paid out during their last trip to the UK for UFC 93.

In the night’s main event, Diego Sanchez’s first fight at lightweight turned into a slug fest with Joe Stevenson for the entire 15 minute fight. Sanchez mixed his strikes well as Stevenson stalked him throughout the match.

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UFC 95: SANCHEZ vs STEVENSON – results & summary

UFC 95 took place today in London, England. It is airing tonight in the U.S. on SPIKE TV. We here at PRO MMA (http://promma.info) will be bringing you the round by round results starting at 8pm CST / 6pm PST. In the UFC 95 main event Diego Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against the very tough and durable Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. Other highly anticipated fights on the card include Nate Marquardt vs Wilson Gouveia, Demian Maia vs Chael Sonnen, Josh Koscheck vs and undefeated UFC newcomer and Junior Dos Santos in his sophomore return to the Octagon.

UFC 95: SANCHEZ vs STEVENSON quick results:

Main Card
(LW) Diego Sanchez def. Joe Stevenson by unanimous decision
(WW) Dan Hardy def. Rory Markham by KO (punches) rd. 1
(MW) Nate Marquardt def. Wilson Gouveia by TKO (strikes) rd. 3
(MW) Demaian Maia def. Chael Sonnen by sub. (triangle choke) rd. 1
(WW) Paulo Thiago def. Josh Koscheck by TKO (uppercut) rd. 1
Preliminary Bouts
(LW) Terry Etim def. Brian Cobb by TKO (head kick) rd. 2
(HW) Junior dos Santos def. Stefan Struve by TKO (punches) rd. 1
(HW) Mike Ciesnolevicz def. Neil Grove by sub. (heel hook) rd. 1
(LW) Evan Dunham def. Per Eklund by TKO (punch) rd. 1
(WW) Paul Kelly def. Troy “Rude Boy” Mandaloniz by unanimous decision

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