UFC 99 post-fight press conference video

Here is the complete UFC 99 post-fight press conference from Germany. Dana White announced the live gate as $1.3 million with 12,854 fans in attendance, and they broke the Lanxess Arena merchandise record. Also announced were the $60,000 bonuses for submission of the night for Terry Etim, KO of the night for Mike Swick, and … Read more

Cro Cop’s UFC return is short lived

Many long time MMA fans were happy to see Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic make his Octagon return at UFC 99 in Germany on Saturday and were cheering as he won a TKO over England’s Mostapha Al-Turk. Fans dared to believe the Cro Cop of old had returned and could make a run at the UFC title which is what he claimed he wanted to do.

However, any hopes of ever seeing Cro Cop in the UFC again have just vanished forever. According to a report from Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports, Cro Cop, shortly after defeating Al-Turk, informed UFC President Dana White he had signed a three-fight deal with the Japan-based MMA promotion DREAM. This was a small detail he just happen to leave out when negotiating his one fight deal for UFC 99.

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“UFC 99: The Comeback” live results & play-by-play

“UFC 99: The Comeback” takes place Saturday, June 13, 2009 in Cologne, Germany. As always, PRO MMA (promma.info) is providing live round-by-round updates and results. Due to the time difference, the pay-per-view portion of the card starts in the U.S. at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT.

In the main event, Rich “Ace” Franklin takes on “The Axe Murderer” in a catch-weight bout. Mirko Cro Cop makes his return against Mostapha Al-Turk, Spencer “The King” Fisher takes on Caol Uno, and Marcus “The Irish Hand-Grenade” Davis takes on England’s Dan Hardy in a highly-anticipated bad blood match.

Quick Results:

John Hathaway def. Ricky Story by unanimous decision
Stefan Struve def. Denis Stojnic by rear naked choke rd2
Paul Kelly def. Roli Delgado by unanimous decision
Paul Taylor def. Peter Sobotta by unanimous decision
Dennis Siver def. Dale Hartt by rear naked choke rd1
Terry Etim def. Justin Buchholz by D’arce choke rd2
Dan Hardy def. Marcus Davis by split decision
Spencer Fisher def. Caol Uno by unanimous decision
Mike Swick def. Ben Saunders by TKO (punches) rd2
Mirko Filipovic def. Mostapha Al-Turk by TKO (punches) rd1
Cain Velasquez def. Cheick Kongo by unanimous decision
Rich Franklin def. Wanderlei Silva by unanimous decision

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Before they were fighters: Cain Velasquez edition

Arizona State’s wrestling program has produced more MMA fighters than any other collegiate athletic team. The list includes Don Frye, Dan Severn, Dan Henderson, and more. Recently, CB Dollaway, Ryan Bader, and Cain Velasquez have been making news as the next generation of ASU wrestlers competing in MMA.

This weekend heavyweight Cain Velasquez takes on the biggest test of his MMA career in Cheick Kongo at UFC 99. Today, BTWF takes a look back at his wrestling career. In his only season at Iowa Central CC, Velasquez won a junior college championship at heavyweight. After transferring to Arizona State, he continued his winning ways by bringing home two Pac 10 championships, and he was also a two-time All-American.

Video of Cain Velasquez in NCAA action after the jump…

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“UFC 99: The Comeback” weigh-in results

The weigh-ins for “UFC 99: The Comeback” took place today in Cologne, Germany. We streamed the weigh-ins live right here at PRO MMA (promma.info) and we will also be streaming the post-fight press conference following UFC 99 on Saturday, June 13. All fighters successfully made their designated weight limits. Marcus Davis and Dan Hardy had … Read more

UFC 99 live weigh-ins broadcast

The UFC 99 live weigh-ins broadcast from Cologne, Germany will begin this morning (Friday, June 12) at 10:00 AM ET/7:00 AM PT for those of us here in the States. PRO MMA (promma.info) will be streaming a live feed of the weigh-ins right here. We will also be streaming the UFC 99 post-fight press conference on Saturday.

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UFC 99 PRO MMA staff picks and special weigh-ins live feed announcement

The PRO MMA (promma.info) staff submitted their predictions (at least those who made the deadline) for the main card of “UFC 99: The Comeback,” which takes place this Saturday, June 13, 2009 in Cologne, Germany. The historic event marks the first time the UFC has ever held a show in Germany.  The main card will air on pay-per-view at 12pm & 7pm PT/3pm & 10pm ET.

UFC fans can watch the UFC 99 weigh-ins on Friday June 12 right here at PRO MMA (promma.info) through a special live stream we have set up with the UFC. The live feed will begin at approximately 7am PT/10am ET. Also following UFC 99 on Saturday, we will be streaming the UFC 99 post-fight press conference. The video will be offered on a delay at approximately 10pm PT/1am ET.

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Dana White UFC 99 video blog (6-8-09)

In Dana’s first video blog for UFC 99 we get to see the remains of a saber-tooth tiger, we get a look at the line-up for UFC 99’s main card, and Mike Van Arsdale gives his pick on the Silva vs. Franklin fight from the TUF 10 training center. If you look closely, our buddy … Read more

“UFC 99: The Comeback” betting odds

UFC 99: THE COMEBACK takes place this coming Saturday, June 13, at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Headlining the card will be former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin taking on former Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva.

According to the betting odds at BetUS.com Franklin is considered the favorite. It will be Silva’s aggressive “axe-murderer-style” striking against the technical striking and footwork of Franklin. Franklin will have the size and reach advantage and with the way Silva has looked recently, it is difficult to imagine how he could win the fight. It is probably best to leave this one alone.

Rich Franklin -155 vs. Wanderlei Silva +115
Spencer Fisher -225 vs. Caol Uno +175
Marcus Davis -225 vs. Dan Hardy +175
Mike Swick -225 vs. Ben Saunders +175
Terry Etim -350 vs. Justin Buchholz +225
Paul Taylor -500 vs. Peter Sobotta +300
Denis Stojnic -110 vs. Stefan Struve -130
Paul Kelly -550 vs. Rolando Delgado +325
Mirko Filipovic -450 vs. Mostapha Al Turk +275

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Cro Cop returns to UFC with new motivation

For the first time since 2007, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will return to the UFC this Saturday, June 13, in Cologne, Germany where he will face fellow heavyweight Mostapha Al-Turk. The 34-year-old Croatian was excited about the prospect of fighting at UFC 99 due to Germany’s high Croatian population.

UFC President Dana White made it clear when Cro Cop left the promotion two years ago the door to the Octagon would remain open to him if the day came he wanted to return. Cro Cop earned his name as the most fearsome striker on the planet during his four year tenure with the Pride organization in Japan.

However, something was amiss when he arrived in the UFC in 2007. He won his first fight but was brutally knocked out in his second fight and lost a unanimous decision in his third. Something was different. Cro Cop tried to explain it during Tuesday’s UFC 99 conference call, “I just think I wasn’t the old Mirko Cro Cop that I used to be. I don’t know the reason. I spent so many times thinking about it. I don’t know, maybe I was just empty right after I won the Pride Grand Prix, I don’t know.”

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