UFC debuts in Tampa, FL on February 7

The UFC is returning to the Sunshine State and this time they’re making their debut in a city that is known for its love of MMA: Tampa, Florida.

Joe Lauzon recently announced on his website that he will be facing Hermes Franca at Ultimate Fight NIght 17 at the USF Sundome.

Cain Velasquez confirmed the date as February 7 and the Sundome venue in a interview with Steve Cofield of ESPN Radio. The event will be televised on Spike TV.

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TUF 8 Finale post-fight interviews (prelims)

Here are post-fight interviews from The Ultimate Fighter season 8 Finale preliminary bout fighters. Interviews include George Roop, Shane Nelson, Rolando Delgado, and Tom Lawlor. To see interviews with the TUF 8 Finale main card fighters go HERE.

Chael Sonnen on Pro MMA Radio

Chael Sonnen returned to Pro MMA Radio for PMR 25 and continued the conversation with host, Larry Pepe that started during his last visit on November 18th.

To start off the interview they discussed the first Filho fight. Sonnen revealed the fact that after looking over his career losses before his first bout with Filho, he noticed an alarming and quite possibly a career destroying trend. Prior to the second Filho fight, all of Sonnen’s losses except the Jeremy Horn fight, came after he was dominantly controlling the fight.

He attributed those losses to a mental block that forced him to basically give up and put himself into a losing position or submission to get out of the fight. After seeing the sports psychologist and going as far as using hypnosis, he feels he has fixed the problem.

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Mike “The Joker” Guymon is new KOTC Welterweight Champ – PROWLER results

King of the Cage: Prowler took place on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California.

Mike “The Joker” Guymon had a brutal five round battle with Anthony Lapsley that almost went the distance. Nearing the end of round five, Guymon was able to take advantage of a scramble and sink in a triangle choke, tappinig out his opponent to win the King of the Cage Welterweight Title.

“Joker” Guymon is head instructor at “Joker’s Wild” Fighting Academy in Lake Forest, California. Mark Munoz is also an instructor at “Joker’s Wild.”

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Ricco Rodriguez vs. Jeff Monson (video)

Ricco Rodriguez (34-10) attempted to add to his five fight win streak Saturday night by facing his toughest competition in a long time as he went up against Jeff Monson (27-8) at Mixed Fighting Alliance’s There will be Blood event in Miami, Florida.

Lashley wins MMA debut, “The Snowman” defeats Rodriguez

Bobby Lashley won his MMA debut Saturday night in Miami, Florida at Mixed Fighting Alliance: There Will Be Blood. The former WWE superstar stopped his opponent, debuting fighter Joshua Franklin, in forty one seconds due to a cut on the forehead above his right eye.

Despite making his debut with Mixed Fighting Alliance (MFA), Lashley remains under contract with the American Fight League. The heavyweight received permission from the AFL in order to make his pro debut.

The AFL had attempted to loan out their fighters to other promotions in joint ventures prior to Lashley fighting on the MFA card. The reason for these rentals come from the AFL’s decision to hold off putting on a card until next Spring.

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TUF 8 Finale post-fight interviews

Here are post fight interviews with the big winners from Saturday night’s The Ultimate Fighter season 8 Finale. Eliot Marshall, Wilson Gouveia, Anthony Johnson, Krzysztof Soszynski, Phillipe Nover and Vinny Magalhaes talk about their fights. Junie Browing says a lack of conditioning is why he under-performed on the show and Ultimate Fighters Ryan Bader and … Read more

Year one with Ryan Bastianelli: PRO MMA exclusive

On an overcast morning in Concord, California, Ryan Bastianelli paces back and forth trying to warm up in the chilly December weather. He stops for a minute to take a sip from his protein shake while standing out in front of Combat Fitness.

“Relentless” Ryan has honed his craft at the northern California gym, helping him break into the world of professional MMA in 2008.

The 135 pounder hopes the impending new year will present challenging opportunities in his young career. While ’08 marked his first year as a professional, ’09 could be the year in which the Oklahoma native starts to make a name for himself in the Bantamweight division.

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2008 Pay Per View champion: Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar’s popularity is a mixed bag with MMA fans. When asked their opinion of Lesnar, most fans are very vocal one way or the other. Whether you hate him or love him, one thing is certain, you have to respect his marketability. Brock was the the most watched PPV fighter in all of 2008. … Read more

The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale: play-by-play and live results

“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir”  wraps up tonight with the live finale on Spike at 9 p.m. EST.  The Lightweight and Light Heavyweight winners will be crowned and the other TUF contestants will also get their shot at impressing the UFC brass for a chance to continue their careers in the Octagon. 

Join ProMMA.info for live coverage and round by round updates of the show, as Lightweights Phillipe Nover and Efrain Escudero square off to find out who is the best 155 pounder from the house, and Light Heavyweight finalists Ryan Bader and Vinny Magalhaes do battle at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

In addition to the TUF cast members fights, the eagerly anticipated rematch between Kevin Burns and Anthony Johnson will be settled.  Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald will also be facing Wilson Gouveia in a catchweight fight following Gouveia failing to make weight.

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