Gracie, Santiago, Cyborg, Masvidal will fight at Sengoku 5

Now just days away,  World Victory Road confirmed the fight order for Sengoku 4 on August 24.  Frank Trigg will be making his return to the ring after an eight month layoff against  Olympic judo gold-medalist, Makoto Takimoto in the co-main event.  Unfortunately, Sengoku 4 will not be aired in the U.S. but you can check back here with PRO MMA for all the results.  Here’s the fight order for Songoku 4:

SENGOKU 4
Date : August 24th, 2008
Place : Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan

9. Takanori Gomi vs Bang Seung Hwan [Lightweight]
8. Makoto Takimoto vs Frank Trigg [Middleweight]
7. Satoru Kitaoka vs. Clay French [Lightweight GP Series 2008 1st Round]
6. Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Rodrigo Damm [Lightweight GP Series 2008 1st Round]
5. .Kazunori Yokota vs. Bojan Kosednar [Lightweight GP Series 2008 1st Round]
4. Mizuto Hirota vs. Ryan Schultz [Lightweight GP Series 2008 1st Round]
3. Pawel Nastula vs Yang Dong Yi
2. Peter Graham vs Moise Rimbon [Heavyweight]
1. Takahashi Kazuo vs Valentijn Overeem [Heavyweight]

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Georges St. Pierre talks Fitch battle & picks winner of Hughes vs. Serra

Georges St. Pierre talked about his fight with Jon Fitch at UFC 87 with Toronto Sports Radio a few days ago. GSP compared Fitch to “The Terminator” and said it was “very discouraging” because he could not finish him. At one point GSP said he was praying while inside the cage because Fitch, the beast, would not go down. GSP decided to go for the knockout instead of submission because so many have tried in vain to submit Fitch.

GSP is headed to Brazil to vacation and to do some BJJ training.

It seems Matt Hughes left his seat at UFC 87 during the GSP vs. Fitch fight and exited the arena because “it was a boring fight and St. Pierre wasn’t showing anything.” Wow. Does anyone believe for a second that is the real reason, if Hughes did indeed get up and walk out? Rather, one might be inclined to believe that the former welterweight champ was turning a bright shade of green and had to flee the scene before anyone noticed.

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Why Tito Ortiz Should Move To The Heavyweight Division

by:  Kelvin Hunt

If the reports are true, then Tito Ortiz is back on the market as a free agent.  A few weeks ago Ortiz told Sports Illustrated that he had signed a ground breaking deal with Affliction.  However, that story turned out to be false with new reports that Tito Ortiz is again negotiating with the UFC.  If Ortiz does in fact sign with the UFC, recent bouts have proven that he is not a top tier LHW anymore.  The only marketable matches left for him in the division is a rematch with Wanderlei Silva, and a rematch with current champ Forrest Griffin.  Ortiz isn’t even close to earning a title shot, so a match with Wanderlei Silva is the only big money fight for him there.

Ortiz has always been a huge LHW fighter standing around 6’2″ and walking around at over 220lbs.  In fact, he has commented that he would move to the HW division if the money was right.  The UFC HW divison is relatively thin, and adding a name like Ortiz to the mix would give it a much needed boost.  The relatively weak division would also give Ortiz the fast track to a title shot.  Here’s a list of possible matchups:

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Butterbean vs. Wesley “Cabbage” Correira

On August 9, K1 hosted this fight between Butterbean and “Cabbage” Correira as part of their USA Grand Prix from Honolulu, Hawaii. The K1 rules suit Butterbean well because he doesn’t have to go to the ground. It always seems like whenever he gets taken down in an MMA fight he can’t get up. So … Read more

Rashad Evans talks about upcoming fight with Chuck Liddell at UFC 88

Rashad Evans faces Chuck Liddell at UFC 88 in Atlanta on September 6, 2008.  If Rashad were to pull off a win it very well could put him in line for a title shot with Forrest Griffin.  He is one of the very few Ultimate Fighter alumni from any season who is still undefeated, yet … Read more

Xtreme Couture Amateur Spotlight Part II: Weston Duschen

by: Jack Bratcher

In our first Xtreme Couture Amateur Spotlight, we interviewed Jimmy Johnson who had his very first MMA fight on the Tuff-N-Uff card on August 8. This week our Amateur Spotlight is with Weston Duschen, another rising star from the Xtreme Couture camp in Las Vegas who also fought on Tuff-N-Uff’s Future Stars of MMA show. Weston was nice enough to speak with us and let us know what it’s like being an up and coming amateur at this breeding ground of champions and what sort of possibilities the future could hold for this young MMA powerhouse. Weston also breaks down for us what happened at his fight last week when his opponent was disqualified for illegal strikes.

PRO MMA: Hey man how’s it going? How long have you been into MMA and how did you get started?
Weston: It’s going good,I’ve been doing MMA for about 3 years but I’ve been wrestling my whole life and I got into MMA when I was done wrestling but I still had that burn and desire to compete so I started training and I fell in love with the sport.

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Full fighter list for TUF 8


The full cast list for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir has finally been revealed. This eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature combatants from the lightweight and light heavyweight divisions. There will be 32 combined fighters that will participate in two 16 man elimination tournaments to decide this years “Ultimate Fighter” in each division.

The light heavyweight division will feature the siblings of a couple UFC veterans. Lance Evans is the brother of light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans while Jason Guida is the brother of lightweight contender Clay Guida.

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PRO MMA Scouting Report

Scouting out the world of Professional Mixed Martial Arts:

  • Kimbo Slice is in a new Nike commercial working with San Diego Chargers running back, LaDainian Tomlinson, doing some straight up gangsta training.
  • If you are part of the Elite XC stable of fighters one of your goals is probably to fight on CBS. Debi Purcell fought on Showtime’s ShoXC card last Friday but will they let her on prime time with her own unique brand of “tramp stamp?”
  • Would you like to see the epitome of a “keyboard warrior” who has no clue what it takes to get in a cage and stand toe to toe with the baddest men on the planet?  Most of us have no idea what that is like.  And that is exactly the reason most of us don’t write open letters to professional fighters telling them how to do their job, especially a top-tier fighter like Kenny Florian.   This dude has some real nerve.
  • Gracie Mag has a new interview with Rogerio Minotouro Nogueira. He seems to be happy at his new home with Affliction. He talks about his recent fight with Dewees, what it’s like for the Nogueira brothers in America, and the future of MMA.
  • Brock Lesnar has a question and answer session with New York Times blog readers. They touch on a myriad of topics including steroids and gay UFC fighters.

Rich Franklin vs. Matt Hamill at UFC 88

Rich Franklin will face Matt Hamill at UFC 88 in Atlanta on September 6. Rich has a record of 23-3 with two of those losses coming at the hands, feet, and elbows of Anderson Silva. Matt Hamill is 4-1 with his only loss coming by way of Michael Bisping. This is definitely the biggest fight … Read more

Jay Hieron signs with Affliction

by:  Jack Bratcher

Reigning IFL Welterweight Champ and Xtreme Couture resident badass, Jay Hieron has signed a three-fight deal with Affliction Entertainment.  Although an opponent has not yet been named, Hieron is expected to fight at Affliction 2: Day of Reckoning at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 11, in Las Vegas.

Hieron is on a three-fight win streak with his last two fights ending by way of TKO in round one.  Hieron’s MMA record is 15-4.  His first defeat came at the hands of Georges St. Pierre at UFC 48 in 2004.  He then bounced around to a few different organizations until he found a home at the IFL in 2006.  Well over half of Hieron’s professional MMA bouts took place in the IFL.  He only lost two times in the IFL and on both ocasions it was by decision.

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