Mann Talk – A well-rounded myth

It has become common for MMA commentators and journalists to say that all fighters in MMA need to be well-rounded.  In their estimation the days of Royce Gracie dominating everyone with straight jiu jitsu are over and in many ways they are correct.  Royce Gracie’s return to the Octagon at UFC 60 against Matt Hughes did not go very well.  On top of that more and more fighters are benefiting from cross-training.  Like most things in this still budding sport, if enough people say something it becomes a “truth”.

By now “you need to be well-rounded in MMA” is a commandment that holds about as much weight as “thou shall not steal,” but then this past weekend there was UFC 95.  In one of the featured bouts of the evening Demian Maia stepped into the cage against Chael Sonnen.  In his last bout, Sonnen was able to use his high caliber wrestling in reverse and outpoint the troubled Paulo Filho.  Many thought that the Team Quest fighter would have a similar advantage against Maia.

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Frank Trigg video blog – Feb. 24

PRO MMA (promma.info) is a proud supporter of the Frank Trigg video blog. Trigg Daddy is on his way to St. Petersburg, Russia to cover a Jeff Monson fight. Trigg also lets fans and friends know that MySpace is out and Facebook and Twitter are in and you can find him on both. Trigg gives … Read more

The UFC signs Yoshihiro Akiyama

For months now rumors have been circulating that former K-1 HERO’S and DREAM star, Yoshihiro Akiyama, was going to sign with the UFC. Today, according to a release on UFC.com, the Japanese fighter with South Korean heritage has finally come to terms with the promotion.

Akiyama’s international athletic career started in judo. During his career he accomplished a rare feat of winning the Asian games as both a competitor for South Korea and Japan in consecutive years, 2001-2002.

After the completion of his judo career, Akiyama moved to MMA. He made his debut against boxer Fracois Botha at K-1 Premium Dynamite 2004 card and submitted his opponent with a first round armbar.

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Penn vs. Florian possible UFC 99 headliner

It has been rumored that UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany will be headlined by the ‘Prodigy’ B.J. Penn (13-5-1 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) and the number one contender, Kenny Florian (11-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for the UFC’s Lightweight Championship.

The last time Penn competed at lightweight he destroyed then champion, Sean Sherk, with a TKO victory after 3 rounds. He is fresh off of his ‘Grease Gate’ loss to George St. Pierre, but Penn has not lost in the UFC at 155lbs since 2002.

Florian is on a streak of his own, winning his last six fights in a row. His last loss was a title fight over two years ago to the very strong Sean Sherk. After that fight, Florian rededicated himself and joined team Sityodtong which has done wonders for his striking.

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Mike Ciesnolevicz impressive in UFC debut

Another Pat Miletich product made an impressive debut this past weekend when Mike Ciesnolevicz (17-3-1 NC) forced Neil Grove (7-2) to tap in just 1:03 of the first round due to a nasty heel hook. Miletich Fighting Systems has long been considered one of the top teams in MMA having produced such fighters and champions as Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Robbie Lawler and Tim Sylvia just to name a few. If you named all the fighters who came up through the Miletich System and have trained there from time to time it would read as a who’s who of MMA fighters.

At UFC 95 this past Satuday, Ciesnolevicz kept the ball rolling. While this was Ciesnolevicz’s first actual fight in the UFC, he is no stranger to the big time as he has often been a cornerman for other M.F.S. fighters in the past. Before getting his shot in the UFC, Ciesnolevicz was a mainstay for the now defunct IFL promotion. He went 5-3-1NC in the IFL and was a part of two championship teams as a member of the Quad City Silverbacks coached by Pat Miletich.

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Stop it Joe!

Joe Stevenson fought Diego Sanchez tonight in London, England at UFC 95. Diego looked really good in his striking with knees, low and high kicks, and great boxing. He also showed some good scrambles the few times the fight went to the ground. The difference in the fight was Diego’s diversity of striking compared to Stevenson’s absolute predictability.

Joe Stevenson was in a boxing match. I think he threw one kick the whole fight. He did attempt a couple of take downs but once they were stuffed he went right back to the boxing match. I’ve talked with some fighters who don’t realize they are losing because they are having so much fun. In all fairness, maybe this was the case with Joe. But then, that is where your corner-men come in between rounds, to help you make those adjustments.

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UFC 95 bonuses: Sanchez, Stevenson, Thiago, and Maia earn $40,000

Main event fighters Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson, along with Paulo Thiago and Demian Maia each earned $40,000 bonuses for their performances at “UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson.” The bonuses were announced by the UFC at the post-fight press conference.

The $40,000 payouts were down from January’s UFC 94 $65,000 bonuses, but are consistent with what the UFC paid out during their last trip to the UK for UFC 93.

In the night’s main event, Diego Sanchez’s first fight at lightweight turned into a slug fest with Joe Stevenson for the entire 15 minute fight. Sanchez mixed his strikes well as Stevenson stalked him throughout the match.

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UFC 95: SANCHEZ vs STEVENSON – results & summary

UFC 95 took place today in London, England. It is airing tonight in the U.S. on SPIKE TV. We here at PRO MMA (http://promma.info) will be bringing you the round by round results starting at 8pm CST / 6pm PST. In the UFC 95 main event Diego Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against the very tough and durable Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. Other highly anticipated fights on the card include Nate Marquardt vs Wilson Gouveia, Demian Maia vs Chael Sonnen, Josh Koscheck vs and undefeated UFC newcomer and Junior Dos Santos in his sophomore return to the Octagon.

UFC 95: SANCHEZ vs STEVENSON quick results:

Main Card
(LW) Diego Sanchez def. Joe Stevenson by unanimous decision
(WW) Dan Hardy def. Rory Markham by KO (punches) rd. 1
(MW) Nate Marquardt def. Wilson Gouveia by TKO (strikes) rd. 3
(MW) Demaian Maia def. Chael Sonnen by sub. (triangle choke) rd. 1
(WW) Paulo Thiago def. Josh Koscheck by TKO (uppercut) rd. 1
Preliminary Bouts
(LW) Terry Etim def. Brian Cobb by TKO (head kick) rd. 2
(HW) Junior dos Santos def. Stefan Struve by TKO (punches) rd. 1
(HW) Mike Ciesnolevicz def. Neil Grove by sub. (heel hook) rd. 1
(LW) Evan Dunham def. Per Eklund by TKO (punch) rd. 1
(WW) Paul Kelly def. Troy “Rude Boy” Mandaloniz by unanimous decision

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Dos Santos looking to go 2-0 in the big show

After blasting through then top five heavyweight and heavily favored Fabricio Werdum at UFC 90 in October, Team Nogueria’s Junior Dos Santos (7-1) is looking to prove he isn’t a one hit wonder. The Brazilian heavyweight showed what kind of power and striking ability he brings into the Octagon with a devastating uppercut that laid out Werdum to the surprise of many including Fabricio himself. Now at UFC 95 this Saturday he will get the opportunity to show everyone that his win over Werdum wasn’t a fluke and that he is a fighter all other UFC heavyweights should keep an eye on.

His opponent who is making his UFC debut this Saturday is Stefan Struve (16-2) from Holland and a member of Team Schrijber. Having come from Holland, the first thought would be that Struve is all about kickboxing as Holland has produced some of the most successful K-1 fighters ever with Semmy Schilt, Remy Bonjasky and Ernest Hoost being just a few of the many great kickboxers the country has produced.

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