Interview: Get to know Akop Stepanyan ahead of his featherweight tournament bout at Bellator 88 *VIDEO*

Twenty-six-year-old Russian kickboxer Akop Stepanyan (12-4) returns to the Bellator cage Thursday against Marlon Sandro in the quarterfinal round of the Season 8 featherweight tournament. reporter Daniel Theodore recently sat down with Stepanyan to talk about his background and accomplishments in martial arts and why becoming the best he can in MMA is his ultimate goal. Stepanyan also shared his thoughts on the match-up with Marlon Sandro (23-4) and how he feels about facing such a well-known and accomplished veteran.

PRO MMA exclusive interview: Efrain Escudero

Efrain Escudero is the 155 lbs. winner of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter season 8 reality TV show. He defeated Phillipe Nover in the TUF 8 Finale last December to win a coveted six-figure contract with the UFC.

Escudero was originally scheduled to fight Jeremy Stephens back in April but had to pull out due to a rib injury. Now healed up, Escudero is ready to make his second Octagon appearance on Sept. 19, 2009 against the very technical Cole Miller who has finished his last two opponents.

PRO MMA ( spoke with the 23-year-old undefeated 11-0 Mexican lightweight on Tuesday about his upcoming bout with Miller, how he thinks he matches up with Magrino, and how he’s feeling after the rib injury. He also told us “his hips don’t lie” but we weren’t sure what that meant.

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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.

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

Frank Mir sets the record straight about TUF 8 & Junie Browning

Frank Mir has a lot on his mind. He recently initiated contact with Raw Vegas TV to set the record straight on his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter season 8 and what went on with Junie Browning. He thinks Junie should have been kicked off and says Dana and the UFC took a big chance … Read more

Full fight card for TUF 8 Finale on Dec. 13

The full fight card for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Mir vs. Team Nogueira Finale – season 8 has been set for December 13 and will air live from The Pearl in Las Vegas on SPIKE TV at 9pm ET.

Following Wednesday’s two semi-final episodes, the lightweight and light heavyweight TUF finalists will battle it out and the winners will receive the highly coveted UFC six-figure contracts.

In the lightweight division, Phillipe Nover will be taking on Efrain Escudero and in the light heavyweight finale, the wrestler Ryan Bader will battle the jiu-jitsu phenom, Vinicius “Vinny” Magalhaes.

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Dana loves Junie

Dana goes to the guys in the house and “asks” their opinion if Junie should be allowed to stay in the house after throwing a glass at Shane Primm and taking some swings at him.

What is interesting about the scene is that they didn’t even ask or show Shane Primm’s opinion if Junie should stay and he’s the one Junie exploded on.

Dana knows that Junie has caused controversy and has helped the ratings. He admits as such to Junie, “You’re a great f*cking reality star cause you’re a f*ck up” or something to that effect.

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WEC 37 & final episodes of TUF 8 all air tonight

Starting at 7pm CT/5pm PT tonight (12-03-08) on VERSUS tune into WEC 37 featuring a main event bout between Manny Tapia and Miguel Torres for the WEC Bantamweight Title. It should be an incredible night of fights and there’s still time to place your bets on the Title fight at

Immediately following WEC 37 tune your TV channel to SPIKE TV at 9pm CT/7pm PT to watch not one, but the TWO final episodes back-to-back of The Ultimate Fighter season 8.

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The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir (11-26-08) recap

If you were like us then you were surprised to find nothing but a marathon of TUF reruns playing tonight on SPIKE TV during the regularly scheduled time slot for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir. The schedule on also only lists reruns. Looks like they could have warned us…geez (or maybe … Read more