Joe Lauzon Calls Tapout TV Show Garbage

by:  Jack Bratcher

As most MMA fans know, the leading MMA clothing line and UFC sponsor, Tapout, has a television show that airs on Versus.  On the show, the Tapout crew made up of Mask, Skyscrape, and Punkass, travel around the country in their pimped out RV scouting out fighters to sponsor and  helping their fighters in various ways.  They are currently airing the second season and the show that Joe Lauzon is referring to is the second episode of this season which featured his brother, Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon.

The Tapout crew arrives at Dan’s gym to watch him train and get a feel for how he looks in the cage.  Dan had an upcoming fight just a few days away, so apparently Dan was finished with the hardcore portion of his training regimen and was now at the stage where he was cutting the final few pounds of weight by staying active.

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TUFF-N-UFF Future Stars of MMA Results

by: Jack Bratcher

On Friday, August 8, 2008, TUFF-N-UFF’s Future Stars of MMA event took place at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Although not all the fighters were from the Vegas area, local gyms such as Xtreme Couture, X-treme Family Fitness, Nellis Combat and Cobra Kai were represented.  They had male and female fighters from as far away as Kentucky on the card.

Here are the results from the TUFF-N-UFF Future Stars of MMA:

Evva Johnson def. Susannah Clayton by TKO Rd.1
Karina Hallinan def. Maria Witt by TKO Rd.3
Christy Tada def. Amber Molinari by KO Rd.2
Chris Brady def. Ike Kaahanui by TKO Rd.2
Kimo Yadao def. Kyle Atkinson by Dec.
Marco Scolari def. Jimmy Jones by Dec.
Odis Alex Ruiz def. AJ Cessario by Dec.
Johnny Lee def. Richard St. Claire by Dec.
Justin Linn def. Tony Martinez by Armbar Rd.2
Levi Parrish def. Luis Mendez by Dec.
Justin Cheeks def. Junny Urbaez by TKO Rd.1
Jeff Restivo def. Joe Gonderm by TKO Rd.3
Javier Torres def. Omar Carter by Submission Rd.2
Eric Bosley def. Chris Engles by Submission Rd.1
Coates Cobb-Adams def. Alan Cisneros by RN-Choke Rd. 1
Weston Duschan def. Darrell Matos by Disqualification (knee-to-head) Rd.1

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Misaki Collides With Riggs At Playboy Mansion

Press Release

Former Pride Fighting Championship Grand Prix winner, Kazuo “Grabaka Hitman” Misaki (22-8-1) will take on fellow middleweight wonder Joe “Diesel” Riggs (28-10) at Strikeforce mixed martial arts’(MMA) highly-anticipated return to the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, September 20th.

“I am looking forward to making my debut for Strikeforce at The Playboy Mansion, an incredible venue that is well-known throughout the world,” said Misaki, the winner of Pride’s 2006 welterweight Grand Prix elimination playoff. In his last effort, a meeting with rising star Logan Clark in Saitama, Japan on June 8th, the 32-year-old Team Grabaka star secured his second straight win by earning a nod from all three judges scoring the matchup.
“Joe Riggs is a tremendous competitor.  His style is aggressive like mine so I have no doubt that our fight will be an exciting and memorable one.”

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Dana White’s Final UFC 87 Video Blog

Dana White took us on an unprecedented journey with him starting at the beginning of last week all the way through UFC 87 and beyond.  He did a video blog each day highlighting his activities leading up to UFC 87.  This is the final blog of the series and it was filmed the day of the fights in Minneapolis and takes us along as Dana gets ready in his hotel room to go to the fights, then to the fights, the press conference afterward and then finally back to Dana’s hotel room as the day’s festivities come to a close.

It’s a very personal look into the life of the promoter and reminds me of the stories I’ve heard of what the original concept for “The Ultimate Fighter” had been.  White promises that his video blogs will continue for each UFC hereafter so until next time, here’s the man himself, Mr. White:

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Gokhan Saki – K-1 Cinderella Man

by:  Cory Brady

K-1 put on another highly entertaining show Saturday night with the USA Grand Prix from Honolulu, Hawaii. For those unfamiliar with the K-1 GP elimination format it is set up as follows. Eight fighters fight in quarterfinal bouts, the four winners of those matches advance to a pair of semifinals where the winners of those bouts clash at the end of the night in the final.

In the first GP bout of the night, 6’1″ slugger Mighty Mo took on 6’9″ behemoth Justice Smith. This bout was a somewhat sloppy affair that saw Mighty Mo receiving flagrant knees to the groin and headbutts from an extremely akward Justice Smith. Mo seemed frustrated with Smith’s antics and was able to mount enough offense in the form of wild power punches to win a majority decision.

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The Arena VII – Aug 9th, 2008 Wise, VA

by:  Jack Bratcher

The UFC wasn’t the only MMA event happening on August 9th.  The ARENA VII was held this past Saturday night in Wise, Virgina.  One match in particular on that card featured Josh Stepp (who is Greg Maynard’s wrestling coach) from West Virginia faced Andre Boyd from Kingston, Tennessee.  While Dustin Hamm vs. Elmo Jones got Fight of the Night honors, Josh Stepp vs. Andre Boyd came a close second.  Josh got the victory over Boyd and this video will show you what we’re dealing with here.  Clearly, with guys like Maynard winning the Heavyweight Title last week and his good friend and wrestling coach, Josh Stepp putting on performances like this, West Virginia has some great MMA talent on the rise.

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Michael Bisping Training Video

Here’s a rare look at Michael Bisping as he shows a British reporter from The Sun how it feels to spar with an Ultimate Fighter winner. He says Bisping is honestly the strongest person he’s ever met. Bisping shows off some of his patented boxing technique as well as takedown techniques. Pretty cool. Stay tuned to PRO MMA for more Michael Bisping content and be sure to check out the PRO MMA VIDEO VAULT for tons of exclusive content.

Michael Bisping’s next opponent will be Chris Leben at UFC 89 on October 18th in Birmingham, England. Bisping vs. Leben has the potential to go down in history as one of the great wars of MMA. Bisping recently moved down from lightweight to middleweight and after Bisping’s recent comments saying Anderson Silva’s reign will end, could Bisping be the one to take Silva to that place no other man in the UFC has been able? Video is after the jump.

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Dana White at UFC 87 Post-Fight Press Conference (audio)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – UFC 87 was a huge success on many levels from ticket sales to the fights themselves. The Target Center in Minneapolis, where the event was held, set a new record gate of $2.2 million dollars with 15,082 attendees.

Dana said, “Georges St. Pierre put on an amazing performance against a guy (Jon Fitch) who would not quit…he took him down at will…GSP looked unstoppable.

And when your boss says this about you, it’s a damn good day: “When Brock said he wanted to fight in the UFC, I told him this isn’t the place to learn how to fight…but he said he wanted to test himself against the best…Heath Herring has a ton of experience, big fights with some of the best fighters in the world…Brock Lesnar looked unbelievable tonight. I was blown away with how well he looked.”

According to Dana, Minneapolis is the best kept secret in America and maybe the world. That’s interesting…I thought that was Lyoto.

Do you see the fight between B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre being the next fight for them both? “Definitely,” said White.

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