Countdown to UFC 116 (full episode) *VIDEO*

“Countdown to UFC 116” takes an in-depth look into the UFC 116 main event between heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin. Also looked at is the co-main event between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Chris Leben.

UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin in-depth video preview

Labeled by UFC President Dana White as the “biggest heavyweight fight ever,” undefeated 12-0 Shane Carwin will try his best to take the crown away from UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 on July 3 in Las Vegas.

UFC confirms remaining bouts for UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin

This year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship provides another reason to look forward to the Fourth of July weekend as the remaining bouts of UFC 116: LESNAR vs. CARWIN, presented by Bud Light, is now confirmed. UFC 116, which will consolidate the heavyweight titles held by Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, will be accentuated by some of the most notable fighters in the UFC.

PROMMA.INFO writers poll – September middleweight rankings

Middleweight

1. Anderson Silva  – UFC Champion
Last Fight
After UFC 97 the popular sentiment was that Anderson Silva needed a challenge. It was decided that challenge would come from Forrest Griffin. In the end, Silva dispatched the TUF 1 champion in true pound-for-pound form.
Next Fight
Anderson Silva will sit out the rest of 2009 with an elbow injury. A fight with middleweight contender Nate Marquardt looms on the horizon.

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Mann Talk just got robbed

Much like Alan Belcher, my column was not actually robbed, but don’t tell Joe Rogan that. Anyone who watched the Yoshihiro Akiyama and Alan Belcher fight with the ten-point must system in mind should have been able to see that Akiyama won the first two rounds and thus the fight. Yes, Akiyama was dead tired. Yes, Belcher could have turned it on and won the fight, but that is not what happened. Despite being spent, Akiyama’s striking was continually cleaner and more effective.

I could go on and on about how the decision was righteous and justified, but at the same time that is so obvious it doesn’t deserve space on PRO MMA (promma.info). What does warrant this edition of Mann Talk is the way the UFC’s commentating team deals with judging, Rogan can cry robbery all he wants. After all commentators are there to provide commentary. However, Rogan and Goldberg need to start talking about judging in context of the ten-point must system.

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UFC 100 live gate and bonuses

According to UFC President Dana White at the post-fight press conference UFC 100 did a $5.1 million live gate with approximately 11,000 fans in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sat., July 11, 2009.

In an unprecedented move, the UFC gave away a whopping $400,000 in bonus money to their UFC 100 standout fighters. Four fighters received $100,000 each for their impressive performances. The bonuses went to the following:

Fight of the Night– Fight of the Night went to Alan Belcher and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Akiyama came away with a very controversial decision victory. PRO MMA (promma.info) along with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan thought Belcher did more than enough to get the nod.

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Meet Your UFC Rookies: UFC 98-100

Welcome to another edition of “Meet Your UFC Rookies.” This is one of our more popular segments here at PRO MMA© (promma.info) that many have imitated and well… a few have duplicated. 

On the next three UFC cards, UFC 98, 99, and 100, there will be five fighters making their UFC debut. There is one rookie at UFC 98 – Tim Hague. UFC 99 has three newbies – Ricky Story, Peter Sobotta, and Todd Duffee. And UFC 100 has one – Yoshihiro Akiyama.

25-year-old Canadian, Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague, is a 6’4″ 260-pound heavyweight who has been fighting professionally since 2006. He has a record of 9-1 with his only loss coming by split decision to Miodrag Petkovic in 2007, and he avenged the loss a year later. He is on a four fight win streak and is the current Canadian King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion. Hague has 5(T)KOs, 2 Submissions, and 2 Decision victories. Hague graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education Degree and is a former school teacher. He will be looking to teach Pat Barry a thing or two when he makes his UFC debut at at UFC 98 in Las Vegas. Tim Hague Highlight Reel

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The UFC signs Yoshihiro Akiyama

For months now rumors have been circulating that former K-1 HERO’S and DREAM star, Yoshihiro Akiyama, was going to sign with the UFC. Today, according to a release on UFC.com, the Japanese fighter with South Korean heritage has finally come to terms with the promotion.

Akiyama’s international athletic career started in judo. During his career he accomplished a rare feat of winning the Asian games as both a competitor for South Korea and Japan in consecutive years, 2001-2002.

After the completion of his judo career, Akiyama moved to MMA. He made his debut against boxer Fracois Botha at K-1 Premium Dynamite 2004 card and submitted his opponent with a first round armbar.

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