According to Joe Warren, Lindsey Durlacher to WEC in August

Although he came up short in this past weekend’s World Team Trials, losing to Olympian Spenser Mango in the finals, Lindsey Durlacher reportedly still has some action planned for August. Unlike the trials this action is said to take place in a cage.

Recently Joe Warren was a guest on the Jordan Breen Show. While discussing his training for his upset of Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, he dropped that his former Greco-Roman world teammate has been training with Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male in preparation for an August debut in the newly formed WEC 125-pound division.

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The next wrestler could be Daniel Cormier

Even the MMA analysts who saw Joe Warren’s star potential did not think he would be this impressive this early on. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, here in the States, the self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” defeated perennial pound-for-pound fighter, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. In only his second MMA fight, Warren relied mostly on his wrestling skill and took the fight by decision.

Wrestlers crossing over into MMA is almost as old as the sport itself. The accomplishments of these wrestlers are so well documented, that there is no need to go through them once again. Now, it seems as if any person who won more wrestling matches than they lost is considered to be world-class.

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From Olympic Gold Medalist to MMA; is Henry Cejudo ready?

It is being reported that United States Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo is in talks with an unnamed Japanese promoter about the possibility of debuting in MMA on New Year’s Eve.

The original plan was to have Cejudo face Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. The fight would bring a national revenge angle with it, since Cejudo beat Japan’s Tomohiro Matsunaga in the 55 kg freestyle final.

At this point Yamamoto has not fully recovered from knee surgery, so the matchup appears to be off. However, apparently negotiations are continuing.

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PRO MMA Exclusive: Tara LaRosa – MMA and Grappling; Next stop Olympics?

By Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

Widely regarded as the #1 female fighter in the world, Tara LaRosa has paved the way for other women fighters and helped propel women’s MMA to a whole new level.

Tara is still with the AFL and with her latest fight just recently being canceled, she is setting her sites on the FILA World Grappling Championship and the possibility of submission grappling being added to the Olympics in the near future.

Tara took some time out to talk with ProMMA.info on her beginnings in the sport, what a women’s The Ultimate Fighter would be like, and how she thinks a fight would go against Christiane “Cyborg” Santos:

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Olympic wrestler Ben Askren to make MMA debut

by:  Jack Bratcher

Add Ben Askren as the next Olympian to make the move to mixed martial arts.  Now training with American Top Team, he is expected to make his official debut in early 2009.

The University of Missouri alumnus was a four-time All-American and two-time NCAA wrestling champion, ending his collegiate career with 87 straight wins and back-to-back undefeated seasons.

During his time at Missouri, Askren began taking jiu-jitsu and considered competing in MMA however, after winning his division at the U.S. Olympic Trials he found himself in the Beijing Olympics where he advanced to the quarterfinals.

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Judo gold medalist Ishii offered $5 million by DREAM

Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii will be tranistioning into the world of Mixed Martial Arts according to various reports.

Ishii, who won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in the men’s over 100-kilogram event follows in the footsteps of Hidehiko Yoshida and Makoto Takimoto as Japanese judo competitors to switch to professional MMA.

According to our friends over at Japan-mma.com Ishi has been offered a whopping $5 million to sign with Japanese MMA promotion, DREAM, making him the most sought after fighter in Japan if not the world.

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Taekwondo athlete kicks referee in head at Olympics in Beijing

by: Jack Bratcher

During an Olympic Taekwondo bronze-medal match, Cuba’s Angel Matos acting out in frustration, deliberately kicked a referee in the head after the athlete was disqualified. In response, the World Taekwondo Federation has recommended that he be banned for life. The head of the federation seemed very embarrassed by the incident and also called for the ban of Matos’ coach probably because he seemed unapologetic.

Matos was actually winning 3-2, with 1:02 left in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. Fighters get one minute for injury time, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out and he was still sitting on the mat.

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Mixed Martial Arts on 60 Minutes: a look back

Mixed Martial Arts being shown on Prime Time Televsion inevitably ignites all the talk about its affect on today’s society. Is it good for us? Is it bad for us? Too violent? Too vulgar? Take a look back a little over a year ago when this segment about MMA was shown on sixty minutes. As … Read more