Posts Tagged ‘Bellator’
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We bet you never thought we’d get back to normal, did you? Well, you’re right! Only because we were never “normal” to begin with. But we ARE back to our regularly scheduled Punch Drunkery! Hosts Alex Donno and Amy Barton welcome Bellator middleweight Brian “The Professional Predator” Rogers and UFC prospect (and former Score Fighting series fighter) Josh “Gentleman” Hill.
Rogers (Twitter: @BRogThePredator) is set to face Dan Cramer Feb. 14 in Bellator’s Season 8 middleweight tournament. When did “Professional” become part of the moniker? You can bet your butts we’re going to ask. Brian also chats with Alex and Amy about everything from Dan Cramer, Bellator’s tournament setup, Eddie Alvarez, Bjorn Rebney, and Randy Couture, to fashion do’s & don’ts and what the future of his follicles may be.
UFC prospect Josh Hill (Twitter: @gentlemanjhill) has plenty to say. The former Score Fighting Series fighter explains his current situation right down to the nitty grit. “I thought The Score sent out a press release saying they weren’t closing down!”, you might say. You’d be right. Josh, under the impression he’d be fighting for them this coming March, tells a much different story. Unfortunately for Hill, he’d expected a possible invitation to join the ranks of other UFC bantamweights after “one more fight”. Now stuck in a limbo of wanting one more fight, but being offered multi-fight deals, Josh will tell all about his next venture.
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A permanent addition to MMA DieHards Radio on Wednesday’s will begin tonight at 9pm ET.
Let’s welcome Mark Hensch, who will co-host MMA DieHards Radio on Wednesdays with Jason Kelly, and in his debut we have a guest from each the world’s top two promotions.
Bellator Season 8 welterweight tournament semifinalist Douglas Lima (Twitter: @PhenomLima) will be first join the show this evening. Lima has won back-to-back fights since being defeated by Ben Askren in February 2012, most recently stopping Michail Tsarev via TKO from leg kicks. The victory over Tsarev matches Lima up against Brent Weedman in the Bellator Season 8 welterweight semifinals.
Ulysses Gomez (Twitter: @uselessgomez) came up short in his UFC debut against John Moraga, but is looking to get back in the win column on Feb. 16 when he faces Phil Harris at “UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald” in London, England. We’ll find out how training went for Gomez, as well as hear hit thoughts of competing abroad.
Kelly and Hensch will also recap the last week of MMA, and preview what’s to come.
140 – Amateur Hour Studios! – Bjorn Rebney / Brent Weedman
Luis J. Gomez (Twitter: @luisjgomez), Kris Tinkle (Twitter: @kristinkle), and Vic Mysterio (Twitter: @MrVicGarcia) talk MMA news and rumors! On this episode they interview Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney (Twitter: @BjornRebney) and welterweight fighter Brent Weedman (Twitter: @brent_weedman)! They discuss UFC on FX 7, UFC on FOX 6, Rashad on Anderson, changes at Fox, and more!
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Here at Punch Drunk Radio, we can’t do anything halfway. Ever notice that about us? We don’t want a petite filet. We want a giant freaking t-bone. Other shows bring on one guest. We’ve gotta go out and get two. Other shows bring on contenders. We track down the champs. It’s a disease. It’s a problem. But it’s a good problem – and you get to benefit.
Tonight, Amy and Alex welcome to Punch Drunk Radio UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Bellator MMA cut man Dean Lassiter.
Johnson (Twitter: @MightyMouseUFC) next week defends his 125-pound title for the first time since winning it in September at UFC 152 in Toronto. He’ll put his belt on the line in the main event of UFC on FOX 6 against John Dodson next week in Chicago. But tonight, the longtime friend of the show will be back on to talk about his preparation for the fight and what will be just his second visit to the Windy City.
Lassiter (Twitter: @CarCrashCutMan) joins us at the perfect time. One of Bellator MMA’s cut men and the promotion’s operations manager, Lassiter will join us to talk about the company’s big move from MTV2 to Spike TV. That takes place this Thursday with the premiere of the eighth season when lightweight champ Michael Chandler defends against Rick Hawn and featherweight champ Pat Curran puts his belt on the line against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in Irvine, Calif.
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Ryan Ford knows what he wants, and what he wants is War.
A Bellator welterweight competitor, Ford (Twitter: @RyanFordMMA), has yet to compete in the prestige Bellator tournament. Though, Ford has not had the opportunity to showcase his skills in a tourney, he is vying for a chance to take out one of the most hyped up participants originally in the Bellator Season 8 welterweight tournament; War Machine.
Ford didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to pick a fight with War Machine. The idea of the scrap initiated from the powers of social media, but then War Machine fueled the fire and now Ford said he is ready to put hands on the former UFC fighter.
“Someone wrote him on Twitter saying, ‘You and Ryan would be a good fight,’ or something like that,” Ford told MMADiehards.com. “On Twitter you have the option of leaving that person’s name out or putting it in when you comment on them. He added my name to the comment, saying he’d like a bit more of a challenge. Once you speak my name you better back it up. I don’t call people out, but War Machine, that’s the dude I want to fight next. Hopefully Bellator will make it happen so I can punch this kid out.”
War Machine’s release from prison and entrance to the Bellator “Vote for the Fight” tournament was highly publicized, however, this is not a ploy for Ford to gain attention.
Since Ford’s inception to the organization, he has an undefeated record of 2-0. His Bellator debut pitted Ford against Louis Santos. The Canadian recovered from a vicious head kick absorbed in Round 1, and knocked Santos out in the second frame with a knee. Ford’s most recent outing in the Bellator cage saw “The Real Deal” batter Kyle Baker for a full 15 minutes en route to earning a very decisive decision victory.
When comparing Ford’s achievements to War Machine’s in Bellator, the former MFC welterweight No. 1 contender believes he ranks higher within the organization.
“I believe I got a bigger stock than him already in Bellator,” Ford said. “Look at his record, who has he fought? What, Roger Huerta? He’s a (lightweight). Look at who I fought. I fought Louis Santos in my Bellator debut and knocked him out in the second round. War Machine would have made his debut in the Bellator welterweight tournament, but his ass would’ve got knocked out.
“I believe he has a lot of followers because he was a porn star and all that, so I might pick up a few fans from beating him. But, for me, War Machine ain’t shit to me. I’m better than him and I know it.”
War Machine has tweeted that Ford is not worthy of fighting him, nor is the Canadian main card status. Ford is already doing battle on Bellator main cards and if it weren’t for Visa issues preventing him from competing in the U.S., he thinks he would be involved in the four-man tourney in place of War Machine.
Ford said he is looking to be back in competition come February, preferably against War Machine. Ford wants to shut War Machine up and the only way to do that is by defeating him in the cage and not via trash talk on Twitter.
“Talk is talk, but once you get in that cage and the door closes it’s a different story,” Ford said. “Who knows if War Machine will read this article, but if he does he needs to know I’m ready to scrap. Bellator knows that and we need to make this fight happen.”
“Anderson Silva is so far the best fighter in the world, f—— pound-for-pound, they ought to make a whole other list for him. I don’t know what you call it, but he should be on that list. That’s how good this guy is.
“This guy is 38 years old and still performing at the level. Bonnar went the distance with Jon Jones and he said to me after his fight with Anderson Silva, he was in total shock. Not to mention the fact that we find out (Bonnar) was on steroids.”
- Dana White described the magnitude of Anderson Silva’s greatness via MMA Weekly.
“Anderson vs. GSP is meaningless. It would make sense if Anderson fought Jon Jones. Anderson is a fighter at another level. I’m not underestimating Jones but praising Anderson. He’s one of the best that has existed, I always thought it.”
- Vitor Belfort praised A. Silva in an interview with oglobo.
“I think that he’s trying to stay away from me. What other reason is there? I tried to analyze it every which way. He said because [Diaz] talked trash. Who cares? I work out with guys that talk trash to me every day. People do talk trash and it’s all fun and games. Who cares what somebody says over the internet or to your face? You fight to prove your worthiness. That’s the way I look at it, and I feel I proved I can go with GSP, and that I should go with GSP, and here he is keeping me out of that.”
- Johny Hendricks was a guest on The MMA Hour, and he talked about Georges St-Pierre taking a bout against Nick Diaz instead of “Big Rigg.”
“I’m not ducking; I can’t split myself in half. A lot of people want to fight me. Anderson Silva, Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz. Everyone is calling me. They want the big fight and the pay-per-view. I’m going to take one fight at a time.
“Johny Hendricks is a good challenge and is an amazing fighter, but I saw his fight with Josh Koscheck and it was very close. Some people give it to Josh. But he won in a very good fashion in his last fight.
“For me, I was more motivated to fight Nick than Johny Hendricks. I know Johny is going to smack talk to motivate me, but right now I’m focused on Nick Diaz and we’ll see what happens later.”
- St-Pierre explained to FUEL TV, his reason for choosing to fight Diaz.
“I’ve seen some people talking s—, ‘ohh, the women’s fight is headlining. Ronda Rousey is badass, she’s a champ, her opponent stepped up to the plate and wanted this fight with her when no one, others didn’t. I don’t give a s– what they say, that’s a fact.”
- White defended fans complaining about Ronda Rousey headlining UFC 157 via mmafighting.com.
“I think they’re putting a little too many eggs in one basket. I mean, what happens if (Rousey) goes out there and she does lose to Liz for some reason? Then it’s kind of like, all of this that they’ve put into it is all nothing. I feel like it’s not maybe the smartest thing to just base everything solely off of Ronda, when clearly there’s more talent and I’m also right here, too. I really feel like I was a big part of making history. If I’d just tapped out when Ronda got me in the armbar, it wouldn’t have been such an explosive thing. I feel like the reason she’s up for submission of the year is because of my stubbornness.”
- Miesha Tate explained to mmamania, her thoughts on the UFC giving a large amount of attention to Rousey.
“Bisping, please. I want a piece of him. I don’t want to talk. Let’s talk in the cage. He bothers me. If I can’t fight Bisping, Mark Munoz, you’re next in line. I hope the UFC gives me the opportunity. I want to fight in the next couple of months, right away. I’m healthy. I don’t have any injuries, and I’m ready.”
- Hector Lombard requested a match against Michael Bisping on FUEL TV.
“I think I have a lot of answers for his style. Sometimes he fights a wrestler like Guida who doesn’t have great hands and sometimes he fights strikers who can’t really wrestle. Look his fights against “Cowboy” Cerrone back in the day or even Pettis. I have that wrestling pedigree where he ain’t taking me down and I’ll be stuffing some shots. I’m not backing away and I’ll be dropping some bombs. I’m not an easy guy to stand with. I have a lot of power and I’m not running away from kicks. I don’t run away from anything. I hold my ground. I’ll be coming for him and anything he dishes out I’ll be answering back twice as hard.”
- Gilbert Melendez told the Bleacher Report, he believes he has the skill-set to defeat Benson Henderson.
“I can’t believe people perceived it that way. Beatdown” show on Wednesday. “It makes no sense to me because the shuffle is a technique. It’s a way to draw your opponent’s attention. Rory did the technique three or four times, and he followed it up with a superman punch. It’s exactly what we drilled. He was trained to do that. He was not just doing it to showboat. He was doing it to execute a strike.”
- Firas Zahabi, trainer to Rory MacDonald, explained to Sherdog that his fighter was not showboating against B.J. Penn at UFC 154.
“It doesn’t matter, I don’t fight for them. People can love me or hate me, I fight for myself and because I love it. It is what it is.”
- MacDonald told MMA Weekly who he fights for.
“It was an absolute nightmare, I wanted to sue for psychological damage, I wasn’t the same person,” Ricci said. “I actually thought I had a case, ‘I’m not the same person, I can do this and win.’ But, I felt like don’t get me wrong, I knew what I was getting into I knew how I was going to react. Even some of the producers in the house toward the end were like, ‘Geez, you’re the most institutionalized fighter we’ve ever seen, we’ve done 11 seasons and we’ve never seen anyone like you, you’re like a robot now.’
-Mike Ricci talked to The MMA Hour about his experiences in the “TUF 16” house.
“They’re doing the stuff they feel they have to do to get some recognition or whatever. I don’t blame them. I would, too, if I was them. I’d be looking at everything I could to try to make myself look like the UFC or advertise anywhere near the UFC. I don’t blame them.”
- White told mmajunkie that he isn’t angered over Bellator airing commercials during UFC broadcasts.