Jeff Monson signs with Strikeforce? (updated)

Monson is 8-2 in his last 10 fights.

According to a new report on Around the Octagon, submission specialist Jeff Monson (31-9) has signed with Strikeforce. Citing sources close to the fighter, the report states Monson will debut with the promotion in 2010 and will likely drop to 205 lbs.

Monson likes to remain active, and usually fights a minimum of three times a year. He fought five times in 2009, going 4-1. He actually holds a decision win over newly crowned Ultimate Fighter Roy Nelson, in a fight that took place in March of this year.

Monson is also a 6x UFC veteran, going 4-2 in the Octagon. His last fight in the promotion was at UFC 65 in Nov. 2006, when he lost a unanimous decision to Tim Sylvia.

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Life at the Tapout House with female MMA fighter Tami Love Carswell – Introduction

My name is Tami Love¬†Carswell¬†and I am a female MMA fighter constantly working on making my dreams come to fruition. I have been training and learning as much about this sport as fast as possible. I started out only with “The Sweet Science” of boxing and soon began working on many other fight skills with the goals of perfecting them.

I have been very fortunate to partner up with Boom Superfoods in my mission to rise to the top. For me it was important to find a product that I believed in and one that would assist my body during training. In my initial conversation with Jeff McIntosh owner and alchemist of Boom Superfoods, I agreed to try FOODFIGHT and let him know how it resonated with me.

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TUF 10 Finale post-fight press conference and interviews with Kimbo Slice

Kimbo Slice answered questions from the media Saturday night about his unanimous decision victory over Houston Alexander at The Ultimate Fighter season 10 Finale at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Kimbo spent much of the fight chasing after Alexander has he lapped circles around the former street fighter. Kimbo admits Alexander’s tactics were unexpected, but he did not let it take him out of his game plan.

Kimbo talks about taking those leg kicks and much more after the jump…

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Interview with world’s strongest man Mariusz Pudzianowski – makes MMA debut on Dec. 11

Mariusz Pudzianowski, the world's strongest man, prepares for his MMA debut.

World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski’s long-awaited MMA debut is just a week away. Until today the popular Pudzian has been secretive about his training regimen and preparations for the fight against pro boxer Marcin Najman. Today at 10 o’clock in Martial Arts Pavilion at Warsaw’s Physical Education Academy, the Strongman had one of his last trainings which was opened for the press. I took the opportunity to talk to Mariusz, here’s my interview:

Hi Mariusz. Your MMA debut is only a week away, so I need to ask about your training camp. Are you satisfied with your preparations?

– I can safely say that I have trained really hard for these last nine weeks. Three, four trainings a day, six days a week. At the beginning I also had some strength workouts, but then I left it out. You saw my training, you should say how I’m doing.

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Nelson, Bocek, Edgar and Veach, each pocket $25,000 for TUF 10 finale “fight-night” bonuses

The UFC announced that Roy Nelson, Mark Bocek, Frankie Edgar and Matt Veach, each earned $25,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale.

The event took place Saturday night at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and aired live on Spike TV.

The night’s “Knockout of the Night” award went to Roy Nelson, Edgar and Veach scrapped their way to “Fight of the Night” bonuses for each, while the “Submission of the Night” award went to Mark Bocek.

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Kimbo Slice shows off an improved ground game en route to a decision victory over Houston Alexander in his official UFC debut

Who would have ever guessed coming into the match up between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Houston Alexander, that the fight would last more than a minute, let alone go the full three rounds? Not only did the bout go the distance, but it took nearly three minutes before the fighters even engaged, with Houston Alexander doing Nascar-esque laps circling around the Octagon as “Kimbo” gave chase.

Finally, Alexander decided to initiate his game plan of picking “Kimbo” apart with kicks, zeroing in on his opponent’s arthritic knee. The action, or lack there of, initiated a smattering of boos from the audience, which expected fireworks from the usually aggressive fighters from the opening bell.

The second stanza lived up to the hype and more, with the ATT trained “Kimbo” showing off his newly honed clinch and ground game, introducing the world to the “Kimbo-plex”. The suplex set the tempo for the rest of the round as “Kimbo” dominated Alexander on the ground. “Kimbo” maintained top position and unleashed a furious ground and pound game on Alexander, clearly winning him Round 2 easily.

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TUF 10 Finale immediate reaction

The Kimbo Season of The Ultimate Fighter is finally over. The finals featuring Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub just ended. Check out some immediate reaction on that fight and the rest of the card.

Roy Nelson vs. Brendan Schaub
I was just writing down “Roy Nelson gets hit a lot, but he lands his” and then he laid Brendan Schaub out cold with an overhand right. I guess Dana White can say that he is impressed now. Nelson truly is the perfect veteran. He keeps his composure and always implements the same game plan. After having trouble getting into the UFC, it is nice to see that Nelson is where he should be. I’m glad he is still pushing for that Burger King sponsorship deal too.

Schaub was very impressive on the series, and he was landing straight punches against Big Country. He is a high quality athlete, and he will make an impact in the division before his career is over.

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HDNet’s “Inside MMA” to delve into controversy

As "El Guapo" always says, "godspeed and party on."

Episode’s panel to shine light on recent contested fights and controversial calls, Friday, December 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET

DALLAS (December 4, 2009) Tonight on HDNet’s “Inside MMA” Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice are joined by controversial referee Steve Mazzagatti who responds to UFC President Dana White’s recent remarks on him including, “This [expletive] guy shouldn’t even be watching MMA on TV, let alone refereeing it. I think he’s the worst ref in the history of any fight business.” [We at talked to Steve about the same thing here.]

WEC Interim Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson discusses his upcoming fight against Jamie Varner to unify the WEC Lightweight belt and undefeated UFC lightweight Efrain Escudero talks about winning The Ultimate Fighter 8 and his next fight against Evan Dunham.

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Roy Jones Jr. vs. Danny Green – full fight

If you haven’t seen this whole fight yet, well, here it is. The intro is about ten times as long as the fight. The bout starts at about the 19:00 mark. Australian Danny Green stops Roy Jones Jr. just two minutes into the first round. After the bout, Danny Green can be overheard saying to … Read more

“MFC 23: Unstoppable” weigh-in results & photo gallery

Thales Leities faces Dean Lister in the MFC 23: UNSTOPPABLE main event on Dec. 4.

Main eventers Thales Leites and Dean Lister were both perfect on the scales in their preparation for MFC 23: Unstoppable to be held Friday, December 4 at the River Cree Resort and Casino, just outside Edmonton, Alberta.

That middleweight clash, which headlines the card airing live on HDNet Fights, leads a nine-fight event before the MFC’s 18th consecutive sold-out crowd. Lister hit the scale at 185 while Leites hit at 185 1/2.

Fellow middleweights Solomon Hutcherson and Jason MacDonald, who will be the night’s co-main event, also had no trouble making the limit – Hutcherson at 184 and MacDonald at 185 1/2. The third middleweight bout on the televised card will forge ahead with Art Santore, who weighed in at 185 1/2, taking on Bryan Baker, who stepped off at 183 1/2.

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