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Fight fans can count Shawn Bunch as the latest elite wrestler moving from mat to cage.
The ex-Olympic qualifier will battle in a non-tournament Bellator bout sometime this fall. Once there, it’ll mark Bunch’s MMA debut but not his first fight. A decorated grappler, he’ll give his opponent headaches with high-caliber wrestling honed in collegiate and international competition.
“I want to fight,” Bunch (Twitter: @BunchTheGreat) said on Wednesday, June 27′s D’Arce Side Radio on MMADiehards. “I know I’m a world-class athlete and ready to compete at this level of competition. I want to bring exciting fights. I’m ready for it.”
Bunch built an impressive wrestling record at Edinboro, Pa.’s Edinboro University. While there, he grappled his way to four Division I NCAA qualifiers and an eventual Olympic tryout. He’s the latest in a long-line of Edinboro talent that includes current UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck.
“Edinboro has a strong tradition of wrestling,” Bunch said. “It’s a small school but we hold our own here. There’s a real elite group of wrestlers that have come from here.”
Greco-Roman grappling’s recent MMA success is what spurned Bunch to try Bellator. Inspired by other wrestling prodigies like Muhammed Lawal and Ben Askren, the Columbus, Ohio native claims he’s taking his new sport seriously. He’s since signed on with American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) for a rigorous training regimen.
“It was quite simple for me wanting to be around guys who are doing great in their MMA career,” Bunch said of joining AKA. “It’s like a ‘wrestle tour’ over there. When you’re around that good of wrestlers, it makes you step up your own competition. They won’t steer me in the wrong direction.”
Masterful mat skills aren’t a trait Bunch is lacking. During his Olympic tryout, Bunch shot for takedowns on several continents. Now a well-traveled wrestler, he’s competed in countries ranging from Azerbaijan to China.
“It’s a great feeling,” Bunch said of representing American wrestling abroad. “When I was on the Olympics team we traveled all around Europe and into the Third World wrestling and sleeping on cots. I especially liked going to Russia. It’s cold but they treated me well over there.”
Such globetrotting, Bunch said, takes its toll on the unprepared. The grappler said he’s happy wrestling is getting its due after increased exposure through MMA.
“Not many people follow wrestling,” Bunch admitted. “They don’t know the hard work, dedication and sacrifice it takes to make it as a wrestler.”
Wrestling’s daily grind will drive Bunch towards success in Bellator. Upon entering the fight league, he’ll face a murderers’ row of fierce bantamweights. Leading the pack is division champion Eduardo “DuDu” Dantas, an absolute beast Bunch can’t wait to brawl.
“It’s hard to win that title at 135 lbs.,” Bunch said of Bellator’s bantamweight strap. “There are some good guys in our division. All the same, I’m tougher than the average Joe. I know what I’m capable of and I’m ready for it.”
Mark Hensch is an avid MMA fan who became interested in the sport through wrestling and karate. When not covering the hurt business, he serves as a digital editor for the Washington Times’ Times247.com in Washington D.C.
Woke up with the burning realization that Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen is only 5 days away
So Condit now wants our blackbelts to help him prepare for GSP.. Isn’t Greg’s GaidoJutsu sufficient?
New drinking game every time someone at a UFC press conference says at the end of the day drink
That awkward moment when you realize your still not in any of the major mma media
Great day when the best fighter N the world
@JonnyBones labels u the next big thing coming to the Ufc…blessed-humbled-and still hungry!
I would consider selling my soul to Satan right now for a cheeseburger. Weight cutting sucks!
I’m back in Montreal and full-time training! Already tried a few kicks – right knee is super strong…
Happy long weekend to all my Canadian fans- have a great one!
I went back 2 where I thought Tyrone would b yesterday & I ran into the last guy who was suppose 2 corner hihttp://instagr.am/p/MdqKCjk1KQ/
Is she saying “I bees in the trap!??” what the hell does it all meeean!?
Maurice Smith, who turned pro in ’83 is still going strong at 52.http://yfrog.com/odae2orj
“July 7, we’ll resolve this. July 7. All this will be done on the 7th, Chael Sonnen, and you can prove everything you’re saying. You’re trying the same as everyone else, and no one’s been successful for years. Even though you respect nobody’s country, and you’re a crazy person, you’ll have another chance at me. Enjoy your chance. I have to go eat, okay? I need to train so I can beat you down.”
- Anderson Silva said on UFC Primetime he’ll deal with Chael Sonnen on July 7th, but for now, he’s going to concentrate on getting a bite to eat.
“I don’t need anything. But I need that championship belt. I need it. I have to have it. This will all be for nothing, it will all be a failure, if I don’t win that belt on the seventh of July.”
- Sonnen said on UFC Primetime not defeating Silva will be considered an utter failure.
“That was a surprise for me, I was not expecting that sort of attitude from Anderson. Only Anderson can explain the reason to have spoken what he did. It was what was on his mind and he spoke his mind out but only he and God know what occurred”
- Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, told UOL Esporte he has no explanation for his client’s outburst during the UFC 148 conference call.
“Well it was nice to see the real Anderson Silva come through. You know, the guy’s a dirtbag, like I’ve told you for years. He made a lot of statements like, he’s going to break my teeth, he’s going to break my jaw and break my skull. You know, I’ve fought 49 men. It’s not as if I’ve never been to the orthodontist before, or my jaw reset or my scalp stapled shut in the ER. There’s a couple things he didn’t say he was going to do, starting with beating me, starting with breaking my spirit and leaving with the victory, cause he’s not. Go ahead. Take the teeth, take the jaw, take the staples in the head, whatever other crap he’s going to do. We’re in a fistfight in a steel cage on a Saturday night, anyway. I kind of expect it. I think he was one off from saying, ‘I’m going to give you a knuckle sandwich.’ I’m kind of sitting there thinking, ‘Well, duh. We’re in the middle of a cage fight, dummy!’”
- Sonnen admitted on UFC Tonight that Silva’s harsh words during the UFC 148 conference call haven’t shook the gangster from Oregon in the least bit.
“The guy was coming over from the WEC as world champion and then came over and got put on the undercard for the UFC. I think he chose to make a switch and said ‘I need to stand out in this sport and just being the nice, intelligent guy that I am is not enough.’”
- Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber admitted to MMA Weekly that he thinks Sonnen’s antics are good for the sport of MMA.
“I just don’t wear that hat anymore. I still look through those eyes, I still understand all that, and it’s still there, but there’s no burning desire to get back in there. I don’t feel an itch and I don’t struggle with the decision I made. I’ve been pretty comfortable with it.”
- Randy Couture voiced his pleasure of his decision to retire in this video.
I don’t want to overstay my welcome. I want to leave on my own terms. If I blast through Forrest, and get it over quick, there’s always going to be that guess, like yeah I still have it, but people got to understand it’s not the fight I prepare for. It’s the training I prepare for. It’s the grueling six days a week, 5 or 6 hours a day, of over and over getting up every day and going, ‘Oh god, what am I doing to my body. I’m hurting, my legs hurt, my neck hurts.’ It’s a mental strain on you.”
- Soon-to-be retired Tito Ortiz told MMA Weekly Radio his body cannot withstand the strenuous, day-to-day training that comes with being an MMA fighter.
“There’s retired and there’s retired. One day you have a job and you retire, you’re retired. But Nick’s too young, he’s what, 28 (or) 29, whatever he is. I think the word can be used … how about temporarily retired? I think that would be a better thing about it, he’s temporarily retired.”
- Nick Diaz’s coach, Cesar Gracie, told Fight Hub TV that his student is only temporarily retired from MMA.
“Well, honestly, I didn’t really care, but my wife was pretty pissed that I wasn’t in the Hall of Fame. I don’t care. I think it’s awesome that Tito’s in. He deserves to be in there. I believe I should be in the Hall of Fame, but it ain’t my Hall of Fame. If they want to put me in, that’s great. It’s not going to keep me up at night.”
- The inaugural UFC middleweight champion – now the light heavyweight division- Frank Shamrock admitted on Spike TV’s “MMA Uncensored Live” he should be in the UFC Hall of Fame, but it doesn’t bother him that he is not.
“Frank Shamrock’s always talking smack. I don’t know what’s worse, Frank Shamrock talking smack like he should be in the Hall of Fame or Spike TV having him on. We have the biggest fight of the year coming up and they have Frank Shamrock on there, the most irrelevant dude on the planet.”
- Dana White fired back at Shamrock and Spike TV via XM Radio.
“It’s been challenging. I’ve had to find a lot of ways to combat it and I’ve had to change my training schedule but bottom line, I’m training hard and I feel great. I’ve felt like this before in training and done awesome. I want to really just move past that point in my life. I’m so sick of answering TRT questions to be honest. You’d think the media would want to talk about something new anyways. It’s kind of old news. I’ve got a title fight coming up and I feel great so that’s the bottom line.”
- On last week’s Strikeforce conference call, Nate Marquardt explained that he wishes the questions about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) would end.
“Anderson Silva is somebody I would love to fight because when it’s all said and done, whether you win or lose, to compete against the best in the sport is really what it’s all about. You know, if I can walk away from my career and say I competed against some of the best in the sport in my time and era, then I can wrap up and say I had a really great career. So if the opportunity comes, and that fight happens, yeah I would drop to 185 to fight. Why not?”
- UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans admitted to MMA Now that he would drop a weight class to middleweight for a crack at A. Silva.
“Easton and I have the same passion. He loves this sport and I love this sport. I like the guy. I don’t want to say any bad things about him.”
- Ivan Menjivar told MMA DieHards he has no negative comments for his UFC 148 opponent, Mike Easton, or any combatant that shares a passion for MMA.
Apart from family, it’d be a great opportunity for Bibiano, but when you put the family in the picture it’s not worth it. I don’t fight for me. I have people who rely on me. I’ve built what I had to build in MMA. It can be many people’s dream to fight in the UFC, but it ain’t mine. It’s all business to me. I’ve dreamed about being a champion, I earned three belts: one in Canada and two in Japan. If you have a dream, keep dreaming. If you want to fight, keep on trying. But this I’ll tell you: worship yourself otherwise nobody else will. And it’s not only on the fighting business, but in everything in life. People use you, use you, use you and then through you away like garbage.
- Bibiano Fernandes explained to Tatame his reasons for signing with ONE FC, as opposed to the UFC.
Host Michael Stets breaks down the latest news, and interviews some of the best in the sport.
Ivan Menjivar, who fights Mike Easton at UFC 148, and stand-out wrestler, MMA newcomer and Bellator signee Shawn Bunch are tonights guests.
Anderson: “What I’m gonna do inside the Octagon is going to change the image of the sport,” says Chael won’t be able to walk out afterward
7 years in the UFC and I’ve never heard Anderson talk like this before!!!
Step aside Andy, and let he man walk through.
Just finished my first hunting trip. Took down a rare Russian Bore from 100 yards away http://pic.twitter.com/vymrklst
Bass season has official opened according to me!http://yfrog.com/oefiamfij
Feels good to have that trilogy against fisher behind me..
A funny moment with me and wand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbl3koRABZ4&feature=player_embedded
@danawhite thanks so much boss for oportunit to fight here in Brasil,the dream come true!!!
What a great fight Rich surviving the 2nd round was amazing, almost as amazing as Wanderlei not getting a 10-8 round. Rich is one tough guy
Great fight! Herb Dean really is the best ref in the business!!!!
“Chael is a criminal, he is a criminal. He has been convicted of crimes and he doesn’t deserve to be inside the Octagon. When the time is right, I am going to break his face and every one of his teeth in his mouth. Playtime is over, the jokes are over. I am going to beat his ass out of the UFC. He is never going to want to fight again after I am done with him. It doesn’t matter if I am on bottom, side or top. Chael is going to get his ass kicked like never before. What I do inside the Octagon is going to change the image of the sport. I am going to make sure his legs are broke and arms are broke he will not be able to walk out by himself. I know he is listening; no more shit talking, it is on now. I’m going to make him pay and make him eat everything he said about myself and my country. I’m going to make sure he does not disrespect any other fighter. I’m going to beat him like his parents should have beat him to have manners. He can say whatever he wants, but I am not playing anymore. It will be the same like the first fight. He walked out the loser and this time he is going to walk out the loser. The only difference is that this time he is going to have to visit a plastic surgeon after the fight.”
- UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva spoke out of character on the UFC 148 conference call and unleashed a verbal assault on his upcoming opponent, Chael Sonnen.
“I got two words for him. He says he’s gonna break my face in? I got two words for him. Medium rare.”
- Sonnen responded to Silva on the UFC 148 conference call by repeating a comment he made in the past involving the Brazilian’s wife making the UFC middleweight No. 1 contender a medium rare steak.
“I’m happy with the main event. Wanderlei and Rich are both warriors and have been around a long time. Rich came back from an unbelievable beating and near finish to win the fight. I think Mario Yamasaki did a great job in not stopping the fight. Obviously, Rich was able to continue. I gotta go back to judging again. In the earlier fight, they had a 10-8 round in a fight that was a draw — and they don’t make the Wanderlei-Rich round a 10-8 round for Wanderlei? So inconsistent. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I want to see more fighters get involved in judging and reffing. It’s gonna be a problem for a little while here, until the athletic commissions start focusing on it.”
- UFC president Dana White commented on the inconsistent judging that took place at UFC 147 via the UFC on FUEL TV post-fight wrap-up show.
“UFC brought it up to me that he’s coming out of retirement that he wanted to fight me, so I was a little bit shocked and surprised but I was excited. I took it to the next step and made it a public challenge. I did it respectfully because I do respect B.J. and I’ve looked up to him as a fighter, but this is a business and I want to fight him before he is done. Like I said, he wanted to fight me in the first place. I think he said he wanted to get some kind of revenge on Tri-Star or something like that, I don’t know. I don’t care about his reasoning, but I’m glad he wanted to fight me.”
- Rory McDonald explained to mmacanada.net that the UFC informed him that B.J. Penn requested to fight him prior to the Canadian calling out “The Prodigy” on The MMA Hour.
“For sure, I’m close (to a title shot) now. If the UFC asks, then I’m ready for sure but maybe one more fight, maybe on the Velasquez vs. dos Santos card. After that, if I win, maybe I will fight (the champion) in Brazil. I don’t know. I’m just here to fight. I’m just going to rest for one week. Then, I will go back to training again. I’m just going to wait for what the UFC says.”
- Fabricio Werdum spoke to Fox Sports about where he ranks in the UFC heavyweight division.
“This was my first fight back down to 185-pounds. I moved down to 185-pounds to possibly make a title run before I retire. But I’ve had a long layoff and all that kind of stuff. I was scheduled to fight Cung (Le) and ended up with Wanderlei in Brazil. I think this was a much more difficult challenge, especially after the long layoff that I had having not fought since February of last year with Forrest and then dropping the weight, also, from 205-pounds.”
- Rich Franklin talked on UFC.com about his future plans in the 185-pound weight class.
“I still have four fights on my contract, but I’m going to take it one by one. Obviously I’m not getting any younger, but I don’t want to finish my career on the loss I had in December. Hopefully I’ll win the next one and we’ll see from there. Tito Ortiz would be good. He’s at that point in his career and I think it would be a good fight. I think a lot of fans would want to see that fight, so that would be good, but again, I don’t really want to pick and choose. I put it in the hands of the UFC … I think it’s still a possibility. In our case, it’s not just the will to fight but being able to as far as if he’s healthy, and if the timing is good, I think it’s very possible. You never know, things may change. I wouldn’t say that’s the beauty of MMA but it’s definitely the truth.”
- Vladimir Matyushenko admitted to FC Fighter that he desires a rematch with soon-to-be-retired Tito Ortiz.
“Yeah, I think this was it. Sam brings the best out of me, it was a good way to end the trilogy, and if I did come back, it would be at 145-pounds. I’m too small for 155-pounds. If the right fight came along, I would come back.”
- Spencer Fisher revealed on the UFC on FUEL TV post-show that even though he’s retired he would consider a comeback.
“In terms of being a sex symbol or something, I don’t know about that. I think I still have a lot to be in order to be a sex symbol. But if people have of that image me it’s fine, I’ll take it (laughs). There are a lot of athletes who are called sex symbols and they do very well, so. David Beckham is one of them. To be compared to a guy like him it makes me… I’m very happy, you know?”
- Georges St-Pierre spoke to Fighters Only about his sex appeal.
“I think they should fire judges that suck. I don’t understand how someone can keep their job over and over again while screwing up over and over. What do you call that exactly? Extreme incompetence. How does someone judge any sort of combat sport without at least a passing interest in the sport? If you pulled aside, and I don’t want to name any names, but if you pulled aside some of those judges from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, that has notoriously had horrific scoring, and started asking them about fighters that aren’t fighting in the UFC, would they know anything about them? Would they know anything about who the top judo guy is? Would they even know anything about Gilbert Melendez and how good he is? Do these guys know how you set up an armbar? If I sat them down and said, ‘Do an armbar on this guy’, would they be able to do that? I think you’ve got to know when a guy’s in trouble and when a guy’s not in trouble, and the only way to know that, is to have actually trained. I don’t think you can be a person who judges martial arts without being an expert in martial arts.”
- Joe Rogan talked to Bloody Elbow about the ongoing issue of horrendous MMA judging.
“To hear the first judge say, that he had won by only two points–and then to hear the other two judges go the other way–was just absurd. He clearly won the fight…I think he [Bradley] won one round because I think Pacquiao gave him a break in the 11th [round]…It was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen and I think it’s really bad for the sport…There was definitely some favoritism in this one. More incompetent at this stage of their careers. Two of the judges are over 70 years old. Age 65 is when people retire…there should be a cut-off. Maybe they’re just not seeing the fights like they used to.”
- Manny Pacquiao’s trainer and boxing coach extraordinaire, Freddie Roach, spoke to Yahoo! Sports, and shared a similar opinion to Rogan’s, but regarding the poor judging in the sport of boxing.
“An injury free Tito Ortiz is very, very dangerous, and Ryan Bader was the last guy who got a close up of that one. When I’m injury-free I’m very dangerous. Me around 2000, when I was fast a strong and I was strong and my confidence was through the roof, I could beat anyone. I could have beat anyone in the world, man. Now, 15 years later, look at me, I’m still competing against top guys in the world — like I always have done — but the injuries have taken their toll. If I was the same game but without the surgeries, then I’d still be the champion! When I look back at my loss to (Randy) Couture, that’s when I had my first back problem. I was suffering right through that fight camp, and I suffered for seven years with that back problem.”
- Tito Ortiz stated to Fighters Only that hadn’t he endured an abundance of injuries throughout his career, he would still be a UFC champion.
“It’s amazing. I’ve been waiting for a while for this. Not only for the division to open up, but since it opened up, I’ve been waiting for the title fight. So I was super excited to see those guys fight again — One, because I knew it was gonna be an excellent fight, and two, ‘cuz I get an opponent. So I was pacing back and forth the whole time they were fighting. I’m not gonna lie, I was rooting for ‘DJ’ a little bit, just ‘cuz I like him — McCall’s a great guy too — but now it’s finally over, and I can’t wait to make history.”
- Joseph Benavidez was joined Inside MMA, and spoke on being part UFC history with Demetrious Johnson in the first-ever flyweight title match.
“They offered Glover to us. I talked with my team, and we decided that Glover would not be interesting now. Glover is a top fighter. I know him. I respect him, but he just got into the UFC. He needs to get more fights. I had nothing to gain with that fight. We told the UFC that, for now, this fight is not interesting for me. After that, the UFC offered Brandon Vera, but they never threatened to cut me, nor I to leave the UFC. I’ve never picked my opponents. I’ve fought against the best, and I wanna keep doing it and to get my chance for the title. For sure, Glover is a top fighter, but today, if I beat him, I would gain nothing. So we decided to refuse this fight, but in the future, this fight can happen.”
- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua explained his reasons for not accepting a bout against Glover Teixeira in this video.
“It was one thing fighting Tim Kennedy before but now that he’s put out all these videos, I can’t lose to Katy Perry. I can’t lose to the Black Swan. I’ll be disgraced forever. Trust me; it’s a little more incentive to train my ass off even harder. Yeah, I can’t lose to the guy.”
- Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold referred to Tim Kennedy as a pop star on mmafighting.com, after a series of comedic videos made by the challenger.
“This is the biggest fight of my career. I’m going to be the big underdog. I always am the underdog. Everyone writes me off. Here’s this guy, he looks overweight, he’s got a stomach; that’s fine with me. I’m confident in myself. This upcoming fight is a huge fight for me. To be going against a guy fifth in the world and going to Brazil to fight him in his hometown, this could really kick my career into high gear.”
- UFC heavyweight Mike Russow said on UFC.com he realizes how a win over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 147 will catapult his rank amongst the division.
“He’s still untested. I think everything they are saying is true. He’s very good. I think he comes from a very good team. He’s got a lot of very good people. They are going to have him ready. They are going to have him prepared but yes – like you said this is going to be a big fight this isn’t a small fight so there is going to be a lot on the line. All those different stressors and all those different things is definitely going to play into the cardiovascular system. … Without giving away too much, I definitely want to be the aggressor.”
- B.J. Penn was a guest on Just Scrap Radio, and talked about the test he has for Rory McDonald when the two welterweights meet at UFC 152.
”The UFC had expressed interest in seeing Penn and I fight. At the time I had no idea that BJ was considering coming out of retirement. So I thought I would jump at the chance to fight him. I believe that this sport is performance based. If BJ and I go out there and put on a boring fight no one will want to see me fight the other top guys currently in the spotlight. On the flip side I can put on an exciting, technical fight and walk away victorious then it puts me in the mix and in the top five of the welterweight division.”
- McDonald told MMA Frenzy that defeating “The Prodigy” will elevate him to top five status in the UFC welterweight division.
“I would like him to do a test — a blood test. I think we both need to do that. I want a clean fight and he needs to prove he is not under any kind of substances. When you have a fight with two ‘clean’ fighters, you will know after the fight who is the real champion. A guy who uses doping is a fake fighter. I think he doesn’t deserve a title shot right now. … Overeem needs to have another fight before having a title shot.”
- UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos gave his opinion on Alistair Overeem’s deservingness of a title show when the Dutchman returns from suspension via ESPN.
“Make it a boxing match. I’ll find a way to win. Make it a kickboxing match. I’ll find a way to win. I’m not gonna play a dance-off with him, but if he wants to make it a combative man’s sport, I’ll do it. Make it a jiu-jitsu match, make it a wrestling match, make it an MMA fight. It doesn’t matter. He doesn’t have anything that I, as an athlete, won’t conquer. I’m a competitor. I will find a way to win, like I always do. ”
- Chael Sonnen stated he could beat Anderson Silva at any combative sport in a recent interview on UFC.com.
“He fights with his mouth. He’s not a top guy. He creates that style and looks for guys to give attention to him. But face to face, he’s like a kid. He’ll cry like a baby, man. I don’t know what kind of man can say something bad about you then say, ‘Hey Wanderlei, let’s shake hands.’ F** you man. You talked some bad things. I’m old school. You’re talking some bulls*** about me, don’t shake my hand. This guy lost respect from me. Not one fighter respects him. I don’t like his style and I hope Anderson Silva kicks his ass. I think Anderson will be knockout Chael in the third round.”
- Wanderlei Silva talked about Brazil’s nemesis, Sonnen, on The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo.