PRO MMA Scouting Report

Scouting out the world of Professional Mixed Martial Arts:

  • Kimbo Slice is in a new Nike commercial working with San Diego Chargers running back, LaDainian Tomlinson, doing some straight up gangsta training.
  • If you are part of the Elite XC stable of fighters one of your goals is probably to fight on CBS. Debi Purcell fought on Showtime’s ShoXC card last Friday but will they let her on prime time with her own unique brand of “tramp stamp?”
  • Would you like to see the epitome of a “keyboard warrior” who has no clue what it takes to get in a cage and stand toe to toe with the baddest men on the planet?  Most of us have no idea what that is like.  And that is exactly the reason most of us don’t write open letters to professional fighters telling them how to do their job, especially a top-tier fighter like Kenny Florian.   This dude has some real nerve.
  • Gracie Mag has a new interview with Rogerio Minotouro Nogueira. He seems to be happy at his new home with Affliction. He talks about his recent fight with Dewees, what it’s like for the Nogueira brothers in America, and the future of MMA.
  • Brock Lesnar has a question and answer session with New York Times blog readers. They touch on a myriad of topics including steroids and gay UFC fighters.
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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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UFC 87: SEEK AND DESTROY – AUGUST 9, 2008 – LIVE RESULTS & PLAY-BY-PLAY

by: Jack Bratcher

Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia (middleweight)

Rd.1 – They both come out trading punches. Maia pulls guard. Maia looking for a triangle. Rogan has already called it over. MacDonald is out of the triangle and takes Maia’s back with hooks in. Maia escapes a rear naked choke attempt. Back in Maia’s full guard. Shoulder strikes by MacDonald. MacDonald postures up and lands some shots. MacDonald has a deep guilatine. Maia is bleeding. Maia escapes and takes MacDonald’s back with rear naked choke in. Wow. MacDonald survived! Amazing! Amazing!
Rd.2 – Maia catches MacDonald with a left. Clinched up. Maia throws some knees then takes MacDonald down. Maia is on top and in full mount. Elbows by Maia. Big punches by Maia. Big elbows. Maia still with the ground and pound. Still in full mount for over a minute. MacDonald hanging on from the bottom. MacDonald pops out but Maia has his arm; he’s out. MacDonald on top now in half guard looking to pass as the bell sounds.
Rd.3 – MacDonald lands a punch and Maia gets the takedown. MacDonald reverses and gets on top. MacDonald’s corner told him not to play this ground game with Maia but he still is. Maia sweeps and ends up in full mount. Elbows from the top. MacDonald gives up his back. Maia still striking from MacDonald’s back. Maia sinks in the choke and MacDonald taps, too exhausted to defend I imagine.

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UFC 87: Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring

So who do you think will win between Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring?  Most people are going with Lesnar after they saw him almost finish Frank Mir.  Heath Herring isn’t impressed.  UFC 87 also features GSP vs. Jon Fitch and Roger Huerta vs. Kenny Florian and airs August 9, 2008 on Pay-Per-View. Here’s a pretty … Read more