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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Matt Serra UFC 98 video blog – day 3

This is “DAY 3” of Matt Serra’s video blog leading up to his big fight against Matt Hughes at UFC 98 on May 23rd. It is media day for Matt Serra and viewers go along with Matt as a guest on The Opie & Anthony Show, Fox News’ Fight Game, Jason Ellis’ radio show and … Read more

Tom Atencio reaffirms desire to fight Dana White

Vice President of Affliction Entertainment Tom Atencio, the man who has brought Fedor Emelianenko to fight on American soil now twice, is not only a fight promoter, he has also been inside the MMA ring himself. On June 27th, in his second professional MMA bout, the 42-year-old Atencio will face Randy Hedderick on the under card of Lashley vs. Sapp in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Atencio recently made the comments that UFC President Dana White comes off as a “bully” and a “tough guy” and he would be willing to “fight him at any weight.”

In an interview today on TAGG Radio, Atencio responded to questions about him challenging the UFC President to an MMA fight. Atencio had this to say about the situation,

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Matt Serra UFC 98 video blog – days 1 & 2

On Saturday May 23, UFC 98 is set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The co-main event will feature the long awaited “bad blood” match between former UFC Welterweight Champions Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes. This is Matt Serra’s video blog leading up to the big fight.
DAY 1

“Day 2” after the jump…

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Forrest Griffin to appear on Dr. Phil show

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and the original “Ultimate Fighter” Forrest Griffin appeared on “The Dr. Phil Show” yesterday. Griffin mentions it briefly in his new BSN blog, “I was also on the ‘Dr. Phil’ show yesterday; check it out, the episode airs May 14th.”

Griffin does not reveal the theme of the show. Possible themes could be, “People who have an impossible task set before them” or “Why the hell did I sign that contract?” Other themes could be, “Dr. Phil tries to help people who know they are about to die” or “Arachnophobia victims.”

Griffin has signed on to fight UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva, who is moving up to Light Heavyweight because he has become so utterly bored with the middleweight competition. He already made this move once last year for the same reason. “The Spider” fought James Irvin at 205 pounds and knocked him out in just over a minute.

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The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs U.K. episode 6 recap

The big news last week was Team U.K. coach Michael Bisping failed to show up for his welterweight fighter, Dean Amasinger’s bout against Damarques Johnson. Amasinger ended up losing the fight and Coach Bisping was nowhere to be found.

Episode six opens as Amasinger is in the kitchen talking to one of the Team USA guys about the fight. When asked if he was upset about Coach Bisping not being there he said, “I don’t want to say really.” However, Amasinger does confess he was disappointed in his performance.

Coach Bisping arrives to announce the next fight match-up. The fight will be Team U.K.’s Martin Stapleton (5-1) vs. Team USA’s Cameron Dollar (4-1).

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Ricardo Almeida confirms drop to welterweight

Renzo Gracie-trained third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Ricardo Almeida (10-3) is a Pride, Pancrase, and UFC veteran. He holds notable wins over Ryo Chonan, Nate Marquardt, Kazuo Misaki, Matt Horwich, and Ikihusa Minowa.

This past week, Pro MMA Radio host, Larry Pepe had the opportunity to speak with Ricardo on a number of topics including an update on his son who was diagnosed with autism last year. They have found a really good school for his son, he has also been receiving therapy and is doing very well.

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“If the UFC had really wanted me they should have set moderate terms.” -Fedor

In this April 25th interview with Fedor Emelianenko, he was asked the question if he had to choose between Sambo and MMA which would he pick. He said there is no need for him to pick one or the other and the UFC tried to impose those kinds of terms on him and that is … Read more

The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs U.K. episode 5 recap

In this episode USA lightweight Santino Defranco (13-4) gets selected to fight Englishman Andre Winner (9-2-1).

Tempe, Arizona’s Santino Defranco reveals he originally tried out for TUF season 2 but was sent home because he had two brain aneurysms. Now he is back, all healed up, fighting for his chance to win a contract with the UFC.

(LW) Santino Defranco vs. Andre Winner
Rd.1 – Santino throws a couple of leg kicks. Santino shoots but gets stuffed. Andre lands a shot to the mid section. Santino gets stuffed again. Andre throws a few punches but nothing really connects. Leg kick Santino, and another. Andre swings, lands a body shot. Santino shoots and pulls guard as Andre sprawls. Santino uses rubber guard to control Andre. Andre slips out, stands up and pounds out Santino until the ref is forced to stop it. Andre Winner defeats Santino Defranco by TKO in round 1.

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