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Warrior Challenge

Warrior Challenge

Charles Gamble won his pro mixed martial arts debut at the MMA Warrior Challenge 24 in Woodbridge, VA on July 13th 2013. Charles won decisively in the second round via a referee stoppage due to strikes to the head. Charles’s opponent had been 4-1 at the time before Charles Gamble handed him his second loss. Charles

Warrior Challenge

Warrior Challenge

Watch this video of Charles Gamble’s pro debut MMA fight at the Warrior Challenge 24

Warrior Challenge

Come out and support our Mixed Martial Arts team as Charles and other MMA competitors compete in the near future. Brandon Johnson will be defending his title in a few months and Corbin Pagano is returning to the ring after a fantastic win against a strong opponent who has recently strung two wins together.

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Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Corbin Pagano & Brandon Johnson, Mixed Martial Arts fighters from Baltimore Martial Arts, at Maryland Cage Combat in Baltimore Maryland. Video highlights from Maryland Cage Combat 4.

Maryland Caged Combat

Maryland Cage Combat Event
Baltimore Martial Arts
Corbin, Coach Benjamin & Friends

Maryland Cage Combat has had four venues so far of which Baltimore Martial Art’s MMA team has participated. Corbin Pagano has a mixed martial arts record of 1-1. He won in last night’s competition with a rear naked choke (RNC) in the third round. Brandon Johnson has a mixed martial arts record of 2-2. He won a title match on March 16th via a hard fought three round decision. Other fighter’s from Baltimore Martial Arts that have competed in Maryland Cage Combat include Charles Gamble, Erik Milks, Erin Milks & Ray Sydnor.

Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Brandon Johnson Maryland Cage Combat Mixed Martial Arts Champion

Maryland Cage Combat

Baltimore Martial Art’s instructors, coaches, friends, classmates & family were in attendance at Maryland Cage Combat Friday March 16th, 2013. Coach Walter, Charles Gamble, Herb Severn, Benjamin Kassim & Gary Berger were there. Mr. Pagano, Corbin’s dad, was more nervous than Corbin before the fight. Mr. Pagano was an accomplished wrestler back in the day. Ironically Corbin’s mother wasn’t nervous at all saying her son and his brother have been fighting ever since birth. Coach Charles helped corner a competitor from another school who was apparently a police officer and was there by himself.

Keep visiting our web site BaltimoreMartialArts.com for news concerning our next competitions and our competitors. Also visit our MMA Page or MMA Blog Page.

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Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Corbin Pagano & Brandon Johnson, Mixed Martial Arts fighters from Baltimore Martial Arts, at Maryland Cage Combat in Baltimore Maryland. Video highlights from Maryland Cage Combat 4.

Maryland Caged Combat

Maryland Cage Combat Event
Baltimore Martial Arts
Corbin, Coach Benjamin & Friends

Maryland Cage Combat has had four venues so far of which Baltimore Martial Art’s MMA team has participated. Corbin Pagano has a mixed martial arts record of 1-1. He won in last night’s competition with a rear naked choke (RNC) in the third round. Brandon Johnson has a mixed martial arts record of 2-2. He won a title match on March 16th via a hard fought three round decision. Other fighter’s from Baltimore Martial Arts that have competed in Maryland Cage Combat include Charles Gamble, Erik Milks, Erin Milks & Ray Sydnor.

Maryland Cage Combat

Maryland Cage Combat

Brandon Johnson Maryland Cage Combat Mixed Martial Arts Champion

Maryland Cage Combat

Baltimore Martial Art’s instructors, coaches, friends, classmates & family were in attendance at Maryland Cage Combat Friday March 16th, 2013. Coach Walter, Charles Gamble, Herb Severn, Benjamin Kassim & Gary Berger were there. Mr. Pagano, Corbin’s dad, was more nervous than Corbin before the fight. Mr. Pagano was an accomplished wrestler back in the day. Ironically Corbin’s mother wasn’t nervous at all saying her son and his brother have been fighting ever since birth. Coach Charles helped corner a competitor from another school who was apparently a police officer and was there by himself.

Keep visiting our web site BaltimoreMartialArts.com for news concerning our next competitions and our competitors. Also visit our MMA Page or MMA Blog Page.

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MMA – Mixed Martial Arts

Baltimore MMA


MMA – Mixed Martial Arts in Baltimore

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques, from a mixture of martial arts traditions and non-traditions […]
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Ray Sydnor Wins at MMA Tournament in Millersville MD

Ray Sydnor, fighting out of Team Baltimore Martial Arts in Catonsville, wins 170 pound amateur Mixed Martial Arts tournament held last Saturday April 14th, 2012 in Millersville, Maryland. Ray Sydnor had a very hard fight against an opponent from Noel Smith’s BJJ, a school known for its tough fighters and strong Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Rays opponent had excellent stand up skills which his corner expected, but his ground game was surprisingly good.


Mixed Martial Arts in Baltimore Maryland

Kimura Arm Lock

Ray was caught in a very ugly Kimura arm lock from his opponent’s guard (see photo right) but Ray purservered and eventually got out of it. The fight was back and forth with takedowns and takedown attempts from both fighters. Mid way into the third round Ray put together a ferocious flurry of punches from his opponent’s guard while having him against the fence. The barrage was so intense that the referee stopped the fight giving Ray the win by TKO.

Mixed Martial Arts in Baltimore Maryland

Baltimore Martial Arts Cornermen Charles Gamble and Brandon Cherry

Ray Sydnor was cornered by Charles Gamble and Brandon Cherry. Charles is also a mixed martial arts fighter from Baltimore Martial Arts but was not competing that evening. Brandon Cherry is also an MMA & Muay thai competitor and also the Muay Thai Kickboxing Coach for Baltimore Martial Arts.

Maryland Mixed Martial Arts Training

Ray Sydnor 170lb MMA Millersville Winner

Baltimore Martial Arts has a complete mixed martial arts competition program for competitors and non-competitors. We have a professional MMA team of instructors which includes but is not limited to Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo & Wrestling. Our strength and conditioning program also includes a team some of whom hold a level 2 RKC (Russian Kettlebell) and a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification. Baltimore Martial Arts also has Judo, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu -Jitsu for children and fitness programs for adults.

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Baltimore Martial Arts Charles Gamble to Fight for Title at Cage Wars 5

Jackson Duncan

On March 11, 2011 Charles Gamble will be fighting for the XFE Title. Charles will be fighting Jackson Duncan fresh off of a win over Mike Jenkins at Cage Wars 4 were the fight lasted 3 rounds and went to a decision. Charles will have his toughest fight to date. Duncan who has six mma fights has the experience needed to win. Duncan now has 4 wins and 2 loses and will collide with Charles Gamble 1 win and 1 loss at Harrahs in  Pennsylvania. The much bigger Duncan has won his last fight by controling Mike Jenkins on the ground. Charles will have to use his footwork and speed to control the fight. I predict Charles’s cardio will allow him to constantly put on the pressure giving him the win. I hope everyone can come to support Charles. For more information contact Herb or Gary or visit http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=events.detail&eid=b3120976-b4f9-47e8-b696-6d43b0be1d88

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10 Best Fights of the Decade!

This past decade is now history and there are thousands of fights to choose from. Use any set of standards you want. It can be the best war, biggest impact, best energy or its place in history.

Of course this is only my opinion, and this could be alot of other fights too. So take this with a grain of salt and let’s discuss what you think some of the best fights should be.

10.  Scott Smith vs. Pete Sell, TUF  Finale, Nov. 11, 2005 — Las Vegas
Smith has a penchant for pulling victory from the jaws of defeat. Neither middleweight has ever been a top fighter but they do what fans like, slug it out. Sell and Smith traded shots from the opening bell. Just over a minute into the fight, both guys are so fired up they clap and give each a high five. The crowning moment came with 1:40 left in the second when Sell drilled Smith with a body shot. A doubled over Smith throws a hail mary, last ditch right and down went Sell. Smith repeated the feat five years later at Strikeforce in April. He was getting destroyed by Benji Radach when he pulled out a miracle knockout in the third round.

9. Royce Gracie vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals, May, 1, 2000
It may not have been the most exciting fight but it lasted an incredible 90 minutes. Plus it featured the originator of the sport, Gracie, against Japan’s biggest fighting icon in Sakuraba. They battled through dozens of submissions attempts, kicks, punches and stomps. The Gracies finally threw in the towel when Royce could continue no longer with what turned out to be a broken leg. There had to be some controversy. It looked like Sakuraba tapped from a guillotine choke (1:08 mark).

8. Cristiane Santos vs. Gina Carano at Strikeforce, Aug, 15, 2009 – San Jose
Go ahead and chuckle. This may be the fight that launches female MMA to the mainstream. Even if it doesn’t, it matched the two female fighters recognized by most as the best at the time. The five minutes of non-stop action, mixed with the energy at the HP Pavilion matched any big fight atmosphere this decade, male or female!

7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Bob Sapp, PRIDE Shockwave, Aug. 28, 2002, Tokyo, Japan
Bob Sapp is a freak show and he shouldn’t have been in the same ring with a legitimate MMA legend like Big Nog. But that’s what made it great. In the opening minute of the fight, the 360-pound Sapp landed a pile driver on Nogueira (0:07 mark). Sapp had top control for much of the first round and took a beating. His left eye was nearly closed and he had a nasty cut under the eye. Nogueira, as always, survived and mentally broke Sapp. The big guy came out for the second and was easy picking as Nogueira submitted him with a nasty armbar.


 

6. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg, UFC 52, Apr. 16, 2005 — Las Vegas
There may have been more heat going into this fight than any in MMA history. The loudmouth Trigg just rubbed Hughes the wrong way. The “good guy” won with a dramatic comeback. Trigg, with the aid of a low blow, slapped on a rear-naked choke. Hughes looked like he was seconds away from going out when he was able to turn out of the hold. The fight got to the feet where Hughes picked up Trigg and carried him across the cage before slamming him to the mat. Hughes was able to put on his own rear-naked choke. Trigg fell back dramatically as referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight.

5. Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia, UFC 68, March 3, 2007 — Columbus, Ohio
Couture was forced to retire a year earlier after suffering a second brutal knockout at the hands of Liddell. The 220-pound Couture decided to make an improbable run at the heavyweight title against 6-foot-8, 265 pound Tim Sylvia. Couture knocked Sylvia on his butt in the first 30 seconds of the fight. This may have been best the atmosphere in UFC history. A record crowd of 19,000-plus routed against the giant. Couture confused Sylvia the entire way and cruised to a 50-45 victory. Couture captured the moment when he said, “Not bad for an old man,” to UFC color voice Joe Rogan.

4. Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva, PRIDE Final Conflict 2003, Nov. 9, 2003 — Tokyo, Japan
Silva was the most dominatant fighter in the world from 2000-2004. He reeled off 14 wins in 15 fights. Two of those wins came against Jackson. But what made those fights special was the fact that Jackson was the only guy who didn’t seem afraid of Silva and that brought a special level of rage out of “The Axe Murderer.” In their first meeting, Silva brutalized Jackson at times but the American seemed to have the fight under control when he slowed the pace with top control. That’s when the Japanese referee decided to stand things up prematurely. It spelled doom for Jackson who finished the fight lying face first on the ring ropes.

3. Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva, UFC 79, Dec, 29, 2007 — Las Vegas
Fans had waited for this fight for years. Liddell was the longtime UFC champ at 205 pounds while Silva had crushed folks for years in Japan. A potential matchup was ruined by Quinton Jackson in 2003 when he beat Liddell during a tournament. There was still a buzz but there was a feeling maybe it was too late for both and a great fight wouldn’t materialize. Wrong. This one turned out to be an absolute slugfest. Liddell and Silva both had their moments. Both landed big shots. Liddell just landed more.

2. Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar, TUF 1 Finale, Apr. 9, 2005 — Las Vegas
This was the turning point for mixed martial arts in the United States. The UFC rolled the dice putting a reality show featuring 16 fighters on cable television. Griffin and Bonnar met in what was the most viewed fight in U.S. television history and they didn’t disappoint. The light heavyweights slugged it out with Griffin taking a close decision. Griffin went on to win the UFC 205 title while Bonnar has been a victim of injuries and circumstance since.

1. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, PRIDE Final Conflict 2005, Aug. 28, 2005 — Saitama, Japan
This was one of the rare times in MMA when the top two fighters in a weight class meet while both at the top of their game. Cro Cop was scaring the hell out of heavyweights with his lethal head kicks and Fedor had torn through 19 straight opponents finishing eight of the last nine. Cro Cop entered on a seven fight win streak finishing six of those opponents. It was three rounds of nail-biting action. If it went to the ground, Cro Cop was in trouble and if he landed one of those kicks, Fedor was dead meat. Fedor backed up Cro Cop for much of the fight and got the decision. Cro Cop was never the same fighter. Fedor went to win eight straight.

Dont forget to post your comments and let me know what you think  the best fights of the last 10 years were.

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Charles Gamble’s Nutritional Secrets to MMA Success

Secret Formula

Some may wonder what nutrition plan Charles Gamble uses in order to cut weight for his MMA fights. Obviously Charles is doing something right since he’s able to cut 20-35 pounds in such short notice.

We aren’t going to give any details about Charles’ diet, however we will divulge this photograph for any inquisitive competitors or MMA practitioners who have been looking for ways to cut weight.

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STRIKEFORCE HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND PRIX ANNOUNCED

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Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix is official, as the organization – in conjunction with M-1 Global and Showtime – announced the eight man tournament, along with the multi-year contract signing for co-promoted events with M-1 Global featuring Fedor Emelianenko.

The four previously reported bouts, Fedor vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov, Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers vs. Josh Barnett, were all announced as quarterfinal matchups. Fedor vs. Silva and Arlovski vs. Kharitonov will take place on February 12 in New Jersey, though the Overeem vs. Werdum and Rogers vs. Barnett fights do not yet have a date or location.

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Baltimore Martial Arts Academy's MMa Conditioning Training

This is part of our MMA training that we do at the end of every class, which is actually after class. After our class which is a 1.5 hours long we will do some kind of circuit training exercise. This is after working techniques, drills, fighting/sparring, etc.

Come check out or MMA class! We are here to help improve all aspects of your Mixed Martial Arts training!

Check out a video of the circuit training in action!

MMA Conditioning Training

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Baltimore Martial Arts Academy’s MMa Conditioning Training

This is part of our MMA training that we do at the end of every class, which is actually after class. After our class which is a 1.5 hours long we will do some kind of circuit training exercise. This is after working techniques, drills, fighting/sparring, etc.

Come check out or MMA class! We are here to help improve all aspects of your Mixed Martial Arts training!

Check out a video of the circuit training in action!

MMA Conditioning Training

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Erik Koch Stays on WEC 52, Meets Newcomer Francisco Rivera

Erik Koch

After losing initial opponent Josh Grispi, Erik Koch (10-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) now has a new opponent for next week’s WEC 52 event.

The featherweight contender welcomes promotional newcomer Francisco “Cisco” Rivera (5-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) to the organization in a Versus-televised main-card bout, WEC General Manager Reed Harris today announced.

WEC 52 takes place Nov. 11 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The night’s five-fight main card, including a Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki bantamweight headliner, airs on Versus. It’s the second-to-last show the WEC hosts before a January merger with its sister promotion, the UFC.

Koch initially was expected to fight Grispi in a likely No. 1 contender’s bout. However, once the UFC decided to make a WEC merger official, Grispi was moved to a UFC 125 title fight with Jose Aldo, the final WEC champ who’s now the UFC 145-pound title-holder.

Koch recently rebounded from his first pro loss with a submission victory over Bendy Casmir at WEC 49. Prior to that, Koch took on Chad Mendes and was out-wrestled and suffered a unanimous-decision loss at WEC 47. Koch made his promotional debut at WEC 45 and bested Jameel Massouh on points. The Duke Roufus-trained fighter owns seven submissions among his 10 career wins.

Rivera, who trains with fellow WEC fighter Manny Gamburyan, brings an undefeated record to the organization. The two-year pro has posted three knockouts among his five career wins, and each lasted 52 seconds or fewer. The well-rounded fighter’s most recent bout came back in January, when he topped Fernando Bernstein (3-3 at the time) at a Called Out MMA event in California.

The full WEC 52 card includes:

MAIN CARD

  • Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Wagnney Fabiano
  • Erik Koch vs. Francisco Rivera
  • Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez
  • Demetrious Johnson vs. Damacio Page

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Raphael Assuncao vs. L.C. Davis
  • Edward Faaloloto vs. Anthony Njokuani
  • Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Clint Godfrey vs. Michael McDonald
  • Yves Jabouin vs. Brandon Visher
  • Mackens Semerzier vs. Cub Swanson
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Urijah Faber “Can’t Wait for Superfights” Following UFC Merger

WEC Featherweight Champ Urijah Faber

The MMA world was flipped upside-down Thursday when UFC president Dana White announced they were going to absorb the WEC. While some thought Urijah Faber might be saddened to see the company he helped build be wiped away with a blink of a eye, the WEC poster boy claims he couldn’t be happier. In fact, he says bring on the super-fights.

“I’m stoked. No more explaining to people why I’m not in the UFC,” Faber stated. “We’re finally going to be under one banner, which means bigger opportunities, more exposure and less misunderstandings.”

Although he appreciates the chance to achieve his “dream” of capturing a UFC title, first thing’s first for “The California Kid.” Faber headlines the WEC’s second-to-last show on November 11th against Takeya Mizugaki inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After an unprecedented title run in the WEC’s featherweight division, Faber lost his belt to Mike Brown at WEC 36 and followed it up with a unanimous decision loss in their mulligan at WEC 41. What sealed the bantamweight deal for Faber must have been when Jose Aldo did THIS to his thigh at WEC 48 in April.

Faber submitted the WEC’s current bantamweight champ in a 145-pound scrap back in March 2007. With an impressive win over the gritty Japanese fighter, it’s possible he could find himself right back in a championship battle. If that doesn’t work, the new powerhouse promotion he now works for can offer up a plethora of intriguing inter-divisional superfights, as well.

See Video Here: Urijah Faber

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Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago and Daniel Roberts earn $70K for UFC 121 performances!!!!

Four fighters earned an extra $70,000 for their efforts at UFC 121 on Saturday night, as Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago and Daniel Roberts earned “Fight Night” bonuses.

Velasquez took home the “Knockout of the Night” for his TKO victory over Brock Lesnar in the night’s main event. The first round finish earned Velasquez the UFC Heavyweight Championship, and he now sits atop the division with a perfect 9-0 record.

Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago earned the “Fight of the Night” on the event for their extremely exciting three round bout on the night’s pay-per-view card. Sanchez, who came into the fight with back to back losses, survived a couple of submission attempts from Thiago and took over the fight in the grappling department in the second and third rounds. Sanchez finished the fight with an exclamation point, getting to mount and raining down punches until the round ended.

Roberts took home the “Submission of the Night” for his excellent anaconda choke victory over Mike Guymon on the night’s preliminary card. After securing the choke against the cage, Roberts used a gator roll to bring Guymon down and lock the hold on, forcing the tap.

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Cain Velasquez stops Brock Lesnar in the first round to capture UFC Heavyweight Championship

The hype leading into UFC 121’s main event was focused on Cain Velasquez’s opportunity to be the first Mexican Heavvy Weigth Champion. Well, he not only accomplished that feat, he did it in dominant and impressive fashion, stopping Brock Lesnar in the first round of their Championship bout.

Lesnar came out aggressive, trying to shoot in almost immediately. Velasquez held off the attempt, but Lesnar stayed in close. He landed a couple of knees in the clinch and then completed a takedown. But Velasquez got back to his feet almost immediately.

Lesnar stayed after him, and got a double leg takedown against the cage. Velasquez popped right back to his feet, however, and after an exchange on the feet Velasquez shot in and got the takedown. He landed some hard punches on Lesnar’s back before Lesnar tried to work to his feet. As he got to his feet, he stumbled across the cage and Velasquez pounced.

Velasquez continued his assault on Lesnar against the cage. He landed shots in spots, and made sure to pick his opportunities. He bloodied and battered Lesnar, who could do nothing more but cover up against the cage, and finally Herb Dean stepped in to call a stop to the fight. The win gave the undefeated Velasquez the Championship victory at 4:12 of the first round, and he’ll now face off against Junior Dos Santos sometime in 2011.

For Lesnar, it’s back to the drawing board. But he gave Velasquez credit for being the better man on this night, and said he’d work his way back. As for Velasquez, he’ll celebrate the win with his fans, both latino and otherwise.

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Dan Hardy Talks UFC 120

Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy is the first to acknowledge that his title fight with Georges St. Pierre exposed holes in his arsenal that he will quickly need to fill, should he want to make another run at the UFC title.

After the loss to St. Pierre, Hardy embarked on something of a seven-month ground-game sabbatical which saw him train extensively with Eddie Bravo in America.

Dan Hardy then returned to England to join his Rough House teammates in camp for the run up to his UFC 120 clash with Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit. There they drafted in something of a secret weapon in the form of Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu coach, Victor Estima.

Ranked as the No. 3 Jiu-Jitsu competitor in the world, it is clear that Estima is on a different level; and by working so closely with Hardy in this camp, one would hope one or two of the ground-ace’s tricks will have rubbed off on “The Outlaw.”

“I would say [that my submissions will be the difference against Condit],”

“There were a lot of harsh lessons learned in the last fight and there were a lot of things that I took back into training camp – a couple of weeks after the fight – and I started putting them into practice. I surrounded myself with the right guys, the right gym and did the right training. The last six or seven months have really paid off… I’m confident I can take him down and choke him out.”

Hardy was in full confidence as his final big training session went like clockwork, and “The Outlaw” discussed the contribution that Victor Estima has made to this whole Rough House camp.

“What [Victor has given me] more than anything is an understanding… a better understanding,” Hardy said. “It’s very easy to go to a Jiu-Jitsu class, take the class like that – but the principals of what I’m doing and the concepts of control [are what I have learned].

“Now I’ve put them into place and I can see the opportunities and just kinda work with the fight, but at the same time I can make opportunities with this understanding.

“It’s that really – the understanding that I’ve never really had before.”

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Dana White says Vitor Belfort fighting Anderson Silva for the Middleweight Title; Marquardt-Okami winner from UFC 122 gets next shot

 


The reports of an injury to Vitor Belfort are, indeed, false, as UFC President Dana White cleared up the situation on Twitter on Wednesday.

After Belfort’s coach Shawn Tompkins posted on Facebook that Vitor was 100% healthy, speculation began that he was pulled from his UFC 122 fight with Yushin Okami to face UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in the wake of Chael Sonnen’s failed steroid test at UFC 117.

That is exactly the case, as White Tweeted, “Vitor is not injured. He is going to fight Anderson for the title and the winner of Marquart and Okami are next.”

There is still no word as to exactly when the fight will take place, but with the Sonnen-Silva rematch initially expected on New Year’s Day, that’s likely when this fight will take place. I want to see the Sonnen-Silva rematch first, but we will have to wait and see what happens.

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UPDATE: Chael Sonnen to appeal pre-UFC 117 positive steroid test result with the CSAC

Chael Sonnen’s camp has finally broken their silence somewhat after the news broke that Sonnen had failed his pre-UFC 117 drug test for performance enhancing drugs.

Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com reports that Sonnen will appeal the failed drug test with the California State Athletic Commission and will release an official statement soon.

Sonnen’s manager, Mike Roberts, told Helwani, “It is our policy not to comment on pending actions by the Athletic Commission. Chael is consulting with his legal advisors and physicians and will have a statement in the near future. Chael will an appeal with the CSAC and looks forward to working with the Commission to resolve this matter.”

Sonnen’s appeal will likely be heard at the CSAC’s December 2 meeting, and if he’s successful in reducing the suspension currently imposed on him until Sept. 2, 2011, his bout with Anderson Silva may yet take place.

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Frank Mir still considering a potential move to the light heavyweight division

Frank Mir headlines this Saturday’s UFC 119 pay-per-view event from Indianapolis, Indiana, provided Mirko Cro Cop doesn’t get pulled at the last minute; but while the former Heavyweight Champion is in yet another high profile spot in the division, he’s still looking at a possible future drop to light heavyweight.

Speaking with Fighter’s Only, Mir discussed the circumstances which would lead to that move.

“Being a multiple weight class champion would be a phenomenal feat,” Mir said. “If ever another opportunity arises, if I take time off for another surgery or an injury, I’ll come back as a [light heavyweight] for a little bit.”

Mir said the move isn’t for an easier path after losses to the behemoths of the division in Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar, and in fact Mir thinks it’s the more difficult division.

“I want to do it,” Mir said about making the drop. “I’m not going to [light heavyweight] because I feel I can do better as far as [there being] easier fights. In fact, 205 is extremely stacked. The tenth guy there is more dangerous than the tenth guy in the heavyweight division, so there’s a lot more talent to worry about at 205.”

For now, however, he’s a got a Croatian superstar to pay attention to, and he’ll take that fight on Saturday night on pay-per-view.

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Josh Barnett signed with Strikeforce…I hope he stays clean!

I’m sure we all remember when Josh Barnett was going to fight Fedor in the Affliction main event. But due to the pre-fight drug testing that Barnett failed the fight never happened, and  Affliction then closed their doors to promoting fights. Josh Barnett quoted, “I spoke with several other companies prior to this, and what kind of visibility they were able to offer, and what they could offer in terms of opponents, and just keeping me active, my ability to do work outside of fighting, or even just fighting outside of that company, or professional wrestling work, or if I wanted to do any TV or movie work… When it comes down to it, the thing that matters most to me is being able to fight. I just want to make sure I can get out there and crack as many heads as possible… [Strikeforce’s visibility] matters big time, cause when I dislocate and tear somebody’s head completely off their shoulders and spew blood all over the ring, and then drink it, I want the whole world to see it. I’d love to fight on CBS. Punch somebody so hard that their eyeballs pop out of their head… In due time. There’s not too many people all that chomping at the bit and so ready to meet their death.”

Barnett talks with crude intentions, he seems very mad as if he is still on steroids. Barnett, just calm down train hard and keep your mouth shut.
We will have to see if Barnett keeps clean and trains without performance enhancing drugs. I think we all would like to see him fight as we missed the last main event due to his bad decision.

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