Meet your UFC rookies

Patrick Barry will give Dan Evensen all he can handle at UFC 92
Patrick Barry makes his UFC debut at UFC 92

Where is a place all champions have been but never want to return? It’s a place where dues are paid and checks are made. It’s a proving ground, a place to show your skills and put on a show. It’s a place where a fighter wants to do their absolute best even though the majority of people may never even see it.

It’s been said that the loneliest place in the world is inside the Octagon. If that is true, then inside the Octagon, ON THE UNDERCARD is the loneliest place in the universe.

The UFC has used their undercards for years to bring in new talent, test them out, and see what they are made of.  Hopefully, the fighters do well enough they can one day fight on the main card.

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Multiple ZUFFA bouts made for 2009

There have been four notable fights apparently agreed upon for ZUFFA in the upcoming year. Both the UFC and WEC appear to be shaping up their cards for the first quarter of 2009.

While the UFC announced Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca will headline UFC Fight Night 17, they will be joined by two of ZUFFA’s rising prospects.

American Kickboxing Academy heavyweight standout, Cain Velasquez will face Dennis “The Menace” Stojnic. Oklahama State All-American, Jake Rosholt comes over from the WEC 185 pound division in a bout with Alessio Sakara.

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Satoshii Ishii to attend UFC 92 at White’s invitation

We told you on Thursday of Olympic judo gold medalist, Satoshi Ishii’s single-minded desire to fight in the UFC.

UFC president, Dana White got word of the Judoka’s statement and reached out, inviting him to attend UFC 92 as a guest of the UFC.

According to a Nikkan Sports report, White issued a statement through the Japanese television station WOWOW applauding Ishii’s desire to fight in the UFC and that he believes Ishii has the potential to become a great mixed martial arts fighter.

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Couture talks future and possible matchups

Steve Cofield talks with Randy Couture about hunting, Fight for the Troops, a new movie role (his eighth in the last five years) with Sylvester Stallone, and what the future may hold. If Couture could keep getting decent movie roles it sounds like he would be done with fighting tomorrow. He says a rematch with … Read more

Randy Couture, the soccer player?

What CAN’T Randy Couture do? Now the guy is playing soccer of all things.

Tuesday night saw the first match of the season for the Xtreme Couture indoor soccer team. Randy, his son Ryan, JJ Mix, and Xtreme Couture’s Muay Thai instructor, Joey Varner, are some of the two-sport stars.

Xtreme Couture won their first match of the season 5-4 with two goals scored by Randy, Joey Varner scored one, Stephen scored one, and JJ Mix scored one. At forty-five years old Randy not only plays soccer, he excels at it.

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Justin Levens and wife had been dead four days

According to an autopsy report, WEC, UFC, and IFL veteran, Justin Levens and his wife Sarah who were found shot to death in their home on Wednesday, had been dead four days.

The autopsies conducted on Thursday revealed each died from a single gunshot wound. Justin’s wife, Sarah received one shot to the chest which pierced her heart and Justin received one shot to the head.

Investigators did not find a suicide note, however, they do believe the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide based on the position of the bodies and the gun that was retrieved from the scene.

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3 rounds with Mike Straka’s FIGHT GAME

Fox News presents FIGHT GAME: Mike Straka and the guys go three rounds this week discussing the match ups at UFC 92, they also take a look at WAMMA’s role in MMA and finally, we’re treated to an MMA fashion show.

FIGHT GAME, Round 1: Panel’s most anticipated fights for UFC 92

Rounds 2 & 3 after the jump…

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Breaking down Lesnar vs. Lashley

Even before his 41 second destruction of Joshua Franklin, Bobby Lashley hinted that his plan in MMA was to get a few wins, and then challenge Brock Lesnar in the UFC.

With the success Lesnar is having in the octagon, who can blame another former amateur and professional wrestler for wanting to follow the same path.

Even though the match up is still in the hypothetical stages, there is a good chance it could materialize one day, so let’s take a look at how these two big guys match up.

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Vinny Magalhaes’ future in MMA

It is said that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. Some shine, some dont. In the case of Vinny “Pezao” Magalhaes, his 15 minutes could last a bit longer if he works on his standup.

In a TUF Finale post fight interview, Vinny admits that his standup is “horrible”. Vinny is a grappler, that is his bread and butter, but to last in MMA jiu-jitsu alone does not make a champion.

Vinicius ‘Pezao’ Magalhaes is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and hails from Gracie Humaita in Rio de Janeiro, the school founded by Helio Gracie. To say that Vinny knows his jiu-jitsu is an understatement. He has been heralded as quite possibly the top BJJ practitioner in the world.

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The evolution of Junie Browning

Check out this hilarious video of Junie Browning and his brother doing an interview a couple of years ago. You can see the seeds of what Junie has become. It seems he has matured a bit since these days and his time on The Ultimate Fighter now that he is under the tutelage of Shawn … Read more