E:60 The Ultimate Fighter – ESPN’s E:60 feature on Dana White

Here it is, the infamous ESPN E:60 feature on Dana White. He is described as the most polarizing figurehead in the history of sports. It took someone like Dana White to get the UFC and MMA to where it is today. The question is, is Dana White the right person to take the UFC to … Read more

Penn vs. Florian and Silva vs. Griffin headline UFC 101 in Philadelphia

UFC 101 will take place at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 8th and there will be no brotherly love loss in the main event as B.J. Penn defends his UFC Lightweight Title against Kenny Florian.

In the co-main event UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva takes a hiatus from the 185-pound division as he moves up once again to light heavyweight to take on the original Ultimate Fighter Forrest Griffin.

Dana White recently spoke about the main event match-up between Penn and Florian, “BJ Penn is called the Prodigy for a reason. He has proven to be dangerous in multiple weight classes but he is definitely at his best at 155. Now the lightweight champ defends his title against top contender Kenny Florian, who has improved by leaps and bounds since his UFC debut on the Ultimate Fighter. Originally known for his outstanding jiu-jitsu skills, Florian is now as well known for his devastating Muay Thai. Both of these guys excel standing and on the ground so I am expecting non-stop action in this world title fight.”

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The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK episode 7 recap

As the episode starts viewers are treated to seeing Team US fighter Richie Whitson’s herpes-like sore on his lip as he talks to his housemates about it and they spray disinfectant around the house to prevent the spread of the funk. He assures viewers it is not herpes.

Team UK worked out with sledgehammers, swinging them over head and hitting tires. One of the guys miss the tire completely and puts a hole in the expensive mat. Another fighter misses the tire and hits the concrete floor. David Faulkner apparently hit his leg with the sledgehammer and now the injury has become infected.

Coach Dan Henderson said he doesn’t know what’s going on with Jason Pierce. Team US assistant coach Cyrille Diabate said Pierce has a negative attitude, then gives a speech to the team letting the guys know just like their bodies, their attitudes need training too. Pierce’s teammates also complain about his negativity.

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Lyoto Machida – the Samurai is coming

In this special Lyoto Machida UFC 98 promo we get to see the attitude and philosophy behind “the Dragon.” If fighting is truly 90% mental, that could go a long way toward explaining why Machida is 14-0 and fighting for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title in a few days. Please like & share:

Shawn Tompkins explains his split with Wanderlei, his belief in Junie, and more

Shawn Tompkins gives a great interview in this new MMA Fix video. Dave Farra covers a number of topics with the Xtreme Couture striking coach including his “Junie Browning project”, the future of Kim Couture as it relates to the Xtreme Couture gym, Randy vs. Big Nog, Dave Kaplan, what happened between Shawn and Wanderlei Silva and why he no longer trains the “Axe Murderer.”

Watch MMA Fix on The Fight Network episode 2 after the jump…

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The “largest grappling event in history” to be hosted by the UFC and Grapplers Quest

On July 10-11th, in conjunction with UFC 100, there will be a UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to meet and greets with UFC, PRIDE, and WEC stars and veterans, demonstrations, training and development sessions, and fan-inspired special events, The Fan Expo will feature what is being billed as “the largest submission, grappling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in history.”

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified today that for the first time in history there will be a grappling tournament presented by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, who up until this point has stuck to only promoting professional mixed martial arts competitions. The UFC is teaming up with GRAPPLERS QUEST to host the event. GRAPPLERS QUEST, the world’s largest submission grappling organization, has been putting on tournaments since 1997 all over the nation.

PRO MMA (promma.info) spoke with GRAPPLERS QUEST founder and CEO, Brian Cimins, today. Mr. Cimins had this to say about working with the UFC to put on this historic event,

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UFC 98 Spotlight: Xavier Foupa-Pokam “Professor X” – PRO MMA exclusive interview

On April 18, 2009 an ominous Xavier Foupa-Pokam entered the UFC cage for the first time and battled veteran Denis Kang to a decision. On May 23 Xavier Foupa-Pokam, better known as “Professor X”, will make his second appearance inside the Octagon as he takes on Drew McFedries at UFC 98 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

26-year-old Snake Team member “Professor X” is an extremely athletic 6’1″ middleweight from France; a Cage Rage veteran and muay-thai specialist who is also dangerous on the ground. He carries a professional MMA record of 20-9 with 11 (T)KOs and 7 submissions. Rarely will you see a “Professor X” fight go to decision. In 2007 he appeared on the History Channel’s “The Human Weapon” as a Savate instructor.

PRO MMA (promma.info) recently had the opportunity to speak with the Professor about a number of topics including his opinion of his UFC debut performance, his upcoming fight at UFC 98, the Snake Team, MMA in France, the origin of his nickname, the UFC Middleweight Champ, his future, and more. PRO MMA (promma.info) proudly presents the mysterious “Professor X.”

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Catching up with the H.I.T. SQUAD: PRO MMA gym spotlight

In this edition of PRO MMA GYM SPOTLIGHT, we are focusing on the H.I.T. SQUAD located in Granite City, Illinois. Among other fighters, the H.I.T. SQUAD is home to the most dominant welterweight champion in the history of the UFC, Matt Hughes. Hence the name: Hughes Intensive Training = H.I.T. SQUAD

PRO MMA (promma.info) had the privilege of speaking to one of the founding members of the H.I.T. SQUAD, who was also assistant coach for Team Hughes on “The Ultimate Fighter” season 6, Marc Fiore. Marc is not only the Head Trainer at the H.I.T. SQUAD, he is also the main Wrestling/Grappling Coach, fighter manager, corner-man, bus driver, and much more.

Marc brought us up to date on everything going on with the H.I.T. SQUAD including the team going undefeated this past weekend, the gym, classes they offer, their up and coming fighters, Matt Hughes preparing for his upcoming fight with Matt Serra, Robbie Lawler training for his upcoming bout with Jake Shields, if Robbie would ever fight an old rival, and much more.

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Thales Leites steps in for Rousimar Palhares at UFC 101

After a disappointing performance and unanimous decision loss against UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, Thales Leites will be stepping back into the Octagon at UFC 101.

Leites confirmed today he will be stepping in for the injured Rousimar Palhares to fight Alessio Sakara at UFC 101 on August 8th at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Palhares suffered a fractured tibia and underwent surgery last week in Brazil.

“What is most important is getting back to fighting as soon as possible. I know that I didn’t fight well, that things didn’t go as I wanted against Anderson Silva, so nothing is better than starting again,” Leites told Intheguard.tv. The former number one contender also added, “I know that the expectations will be enormous, because now I need to show that I deserve another shot at the title. But this is good, it will give more motivation.”

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Meet Your UFC Rookies: UFC 98-100

Welcome to another edition of “Meet Your UFC Rookies.” This is one of our more popular segments here at PRO MMA© (promma.info) that many have imitated and well… a few have duplicated. 

On the next three UFC cards, UFC 98, 99, and 100, there will be five fighters making their UFC debut. There is one rookie at UFC 98 – Tim Hague. UFC 99 has three newbies – Ricky Story, Peter Sobotta, and Todd Duffee. And UFC 100 has one – Yoshihiro Akiyama.

25-year-old Canadian, Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague, is a 6’4″ 260-pound heavyweight who has been fighting professionally since 2006. He has a record of 9-1 with his only loss coming by split decision to Miodrag Petkovic in 2007, and he avenged the loss a year later. He is on a four fight win streak and is the current Canadian King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion. Hague has 5(T)KOs, 2 Submissions, and 2 Decision victories. Hague graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education Degree and is a former school teacher. He will be looking to teach Pat Barry a thing or two when he makes his UFC debut at at UFC 98 in Las Vegas. Tim Hague Highlight Reel

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