Fighter in transition – PRO MMA exclusive interview: Vinny Magalhaes

At only 24-years-old, Vinicius “Vinny” Magalhães has already accomplished more than the average man ever will. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, bred on the mats of the Gracie Tijuca Academy under the tutelage of the son of Helio Gracie, the BJJ world was his playground. After years of dominating grappling tournaments and winning championships, in 2006, Vinny began the transition into professional MMA.

He had a few fights and then in 2008 he became a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. Vinny made it to the finals but lost to Ryan Bader with a first round TKO. He had one more fight in the Octagon at UFC 97 in April 2009 and gave up a unanimous decision to Eliot Marshall. Following that fight, and after just two losses, Vinny was released from the UFC.

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Nogueira vs. Couture officially announced for UFC 102

The UFC made the official announcement today that MMA legends and former UFC champions Randy “The Natural” Couture will face Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 in the main event at “UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira.”

The event, which will take place and air live on pay-per-view from the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., will mark the UFC’s first foray into the Beaver State. Couture spent much of his athletic career in Oregon, helped establish Team Quest in Gresham, and worked as assistant wrestling coach at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

In a press release PRO MMA (promma.info) received today from the UFC, Couture spoke about being matched-up against “Big Nog” who is known for being one of the toughest fighters to finish in the sport, “Nogueira is the type of fighter that is dangerous everywhere. He’s difficult to knock out and he’s a world class jiu-jitsu player. I will have to train very diligently and very specifically for him. Also, the fact that I’m fighting in Oregon makes me want to put on a great show and win for these fans.”

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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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The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK episode 11 recap

The semifinals continue with Episode 11 this week with two lightweight bouts that will determine who fights in the Ultimate Finale with a UFC contract on the line.

The first semi final bout of the night will be Team U.S.’s Cameron Dollar versus Team U.K.’s Andre Winner, with American fighter Jason Dent facing off against U.K. team member Ross Pearson in the second fight of this episode.

We check in at the training center with Team U.S. coach Dan Henderson checking up on Cameron Dollar’s tender ribs. Henderson’s goal is to have an all U.S. finals saying, “I want to make this Dana’s nightmare, with no U.K. guys.”

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