Rampage says he was poisoned by PRIDE

Quinton Rampage Jackson recently spoke to UFC.com about the seven defining moments of his career and how he believes Pride officials made sure he lost his debut fight in Japan against Sakuraba. “I remember my stomach feeling like I swallowed a brick,” Jackson recalled in 2007. “I still, to this day, think that somebody poisoned … Read more

Against the odds: the history of Frank Mir’s UFC career

by: Sohail Arif / Jack Bratcher

Frank Mir started his UFC career in 2001 at UFC 34 against a very high level BJJ black belt practitioner in Roberto Traven (Mundial winner and an ADCC champion). Frank Mir was a purple belt at the time and submitted Travern in just over one minute into round one.  It was a very impressive debut and everyone took notice.

In his next bout at UFC 36 Frank was pitted against UFC veteran Pete Williams. Williams had faced the likes of Kevin Randleman, Semmy Schilt and former UFC HW Champion, Ricco Rodriguez.  He had never been submitted in his career, yet Frank Mir in his second UFC bout submitted Williams in just 46 seconds with a very impressive shoulder lock.

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Anderson Silva still hints at boxing career

It seems Anderson Silva had plans to go to Thailand to work on his Muay Thai after UFC 90 but issues with his Green Card have delayed the trip. He also recently got turned away at the Canadian border and denied entrance to the country possibly for the same reasons.

In the meantime while waiting for his documents, Silva has been working on his boxing. Having spent some time with Freddie Roach and also attending the Roy Jones Jr. vs. Joe Calzaghe fight in New York, it’s no secret Silva still has strong leanings toward the world of professional boxing.

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Hard Knocks Cage Fights IV Dec.6 Marietta, OH

HARD KNOCKS CAGE FIGHTS IV will be held December 6th at the Washington County Fair Grounds, in the Multi Purpose Arena located in Marietta, OH.

There are sixteen scheduled bouts on this card featuring top fighters from the surrounding region. Teams that will be represented are Tribal Juijitsu & MMA, Team Outlaw, DMI Martial Arts & more.

Fights start at 7:30 pm and tickets can be purchased in advance at Ticketmaster.

Main Event:
Chris “Tribal Juijitsu” Perkins Vs. Brandon St Clair

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FREE Live MMA Webcast Dec. 5 from Costa Rica

It doesn’t get much better than FREE live MMA! That’s just what you will get on December 5th when CRFights presents FITE NITE streaming via live webcast at www.crfights.com.

What does “CR” stand for you ask? Costa Rica of course. MMA is everywhere! This event is being held at the Villa Olympica in Desamparados, Costa Rica at 10pm ET (8pm Costa Rica Time).

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5 Rounds with Mike Straka: Ring of Combat, Dana, Carano, Strikeforce, & Alvarez (Videos)

Mike Straka and his guests from Fox News’ Fight Game discuss some of the major topics from the past week in MMA. In round one they take a look at Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat. Round two discusses Dana White & Lorenzo Fertitta playing “good cop, bad cop.” In Round 3 they discuss Gina Carano’s future. Round 4 is dedicated to the momentum of Strikeforce and Round 5 is focused on Eddie Alvarez.

Ring of Combat

(videos 2-5 after the jump)

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Historic MMA Fights: Nick Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi

It’s time for another edition of Historic MMA Fights.  These are legendary bouts in the history of MMA that are significant for one reason or another.  

Let’s go back to February 2007 at PRIDE 33 in Las Vegas, when PRIDE’s Lightweight Champion, Takanori Gomi (29-4-0) took on Nick Diaz (18-7-0).  It was PRIDE’s second and final show in the United States.

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Weekend wrap up

MMA apparel hits Wal-Mart just in time for Black Friday. Hermes Franca is set to face Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7. Despite his suspension for steroids in the U.S., Antonio Silva is scheduled to fight at Sengoku on January 4, 2009. Rumors of Chuck Liddell fighting Randy Couture in Germany … Read more

Miguel Torres: Firmly Grounded in Success

by: Doug Drexler

Once upon a time, an 18 year old kid, weighing 120 pounds and fresh out of high school, asked his dad if he could fight in an “event” being held in a local bar. His dad thought he had gone crazy and refused to grant permission. The kid proceeded to show his dad a tape from the UFC showing Royce Gracie handling and defeating much larger opponents. Against his better judgment, his dad finally caved, opening the door for an unlikely career that has yet to reach its greatest potential.

That kid’s name was Miguel Torres. His official MMA record is 34 – 1, though Torres claims at least another 12 victories unaccounted for in today’s popular databases.

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