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UFC on Fox 9 post-fight press conference

Following UFC on Fox 9, which was headlines with a ttitle bout between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Joseph Benavidez, a post-fight press conference was held.  The press conference was held at the same venue as the event, the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., and UFC president Dana White as well as other various fighters on the UFC on Fox 9 card were in attendance.

Video: Diego Sanchez refutes brain damage rumors

In an interview on Friday’s episode of Inside MMA, Diego Sanchez spoke out to dispel the rumor of a brain injury that could prevent him from fighting.

“I feel like my brain is fine,” Sanchez told Inside MMA on AXS TV.  ”If I have a little stutter here or there that’s the same Diego that walked into the Ultimate Fighter house before I took any punches. I’m not a professional speaker, I’m a professional fighter. That’s what God put me on this planet to do.

MMA DieHards Radio: Rose Namajunas, Tara LaRosa, Chad Elliot


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MMA DieHards Radio welcomes back a pair of WMMA combatants and a gentleman who is becoming a regular as of late.

Hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter @JayMMADieHards) and Joe Rizzo (@rearnakedchoke) are joined by UFC strawweight Rose Namajunas (@rosenamajunas), WMMA pioneer Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) and M and A sports Media owner Chad Elliot.

Namajunas is one of eleven women selected to compete on TUF 20 and join the UFC’s latest addition to to their divisions, the women’s 115-pound weight class.  Namajunas, along with the other 10 females, were adopted from Invicta, the world’s premier WMMA league.

LaRosa, a fighter who has been putting work in for years, recently got inducted into the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  We’ll discuss her body of work and what it means to achieve such an honor.  And with the unfiltered LaRosa, we never know what other topics we’ll cover.

Chad Elliot (@FTFAcademy), owner of the Fear the Fighter Training Academy and M and A Sports Media, will join Kelly at the beginning of the show to share some information on functions the academy has coming up.

UFC on Fox 9: Wallets to fatten Sam Stout’s pockets; bonuses to fatten his wallet

Sam Stout knocks out Yves Edwards (Photo courtesy of Tracy Lee)

Sam Stout used wallets to fatten up, but now seeks a bonus to fatten his wallet.

Stout (Twitter: @SammyJstout) meets Cody McKenzie at UFC on Fox 9 on Dec. 14 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., in a lightweight bout.  The match will mark the 17th time Stout has competed in the Octagon, but putting his skills on display on the grandest stage MMA has to offer isn’t where “Hand of Stone” always showcased his talents.

Stout was fortunate to be a frequent contender in TKO, an organization located in Quebec, when he first began making the crossover from kickboxing to MMA.  However, the Ontarian’s experiences when competing in kickboxing were not so glamorous as his intro to mixed martial arts.

“I remember having to do kickboxing shows, showing up and the guy was 20 pounds overweight,” Stout told Jason Kelly and Trevor Airdrie on MMA Cypher Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.  “One time I had to weigh-in for the fight and I had to put every guys’ wallet on the team in my pocket, and all their loose change just to make weight.  I had protein bars and power bars in there so the commission would let us do the fight.  I had, like, 15 wallets in my pockets.”

Stout has not competed outside of the UFC since January 2008.  Needless to say it’s been a number of years since the Team Tompkins product has been provided with nothing but top notch treatment when heading into battle.

Out of Stout’s 13 bouts outside the UFC, 11 of them were under the TKO banner.  TKO, where Stout remains the lightweight champion, was one of the few Canadian promotions that housed elite competitors, such as Georges St-Pierre, Mark Hominick, T.J. Grant and plenty more before the boom of the UFC caused for an influx in regional shows throughout central and eastern Canada.

Ontario, Stout’s home province, underwent a drought of MMA until recently when Substance Cage Combat and Provincial Fighting Championship filling the void.  Stout has been present at each of the organizations’ inaugural events and thinks taking a page out of TKO’s business model may the best idea to have continued success in these new promotions.

“It’s good to build local talent, but you’re not going to have local guys fighting local guys,” Stout explained.  “You want to have local guys and bring in out-of-town opponents for them.  That’s what people want to see, they want to see the home team against the away team.

“It’s kind of like what TKO had back in the old days with me and Hominick and GSP.  There were the staple guys, then the promoter would bring in guys from the U.S. or different parts of Canada to fight the guys who had a fan-following with the promotion.  I think that’s the way to put on a successful show.”

Stout has witnessed enough inside and outside of the cage to provide a valued opinion on MMA promoting, not that he intends on taking on that role in the future.  Stout can’t even say for sure if he will be involved in coaching or managing once his gloves are hung up either, as he said those occupations can be more difficult than fighting.

One thing he can clarify is his current field of employment and training, which took place with Mark DellaGrotte and in Las Vegas at Syndicate MMA, for the less experienced McKenzie has been great.

McKenzie, a combatant with about a third of the Octagon appearances as Stout, was not an easy opponent to get motivated for.  But one of the many things “Hands of Stone” learned in his years of competing in combat sports is to properly ready himself for each counterpart.

“At first glance you think, ‘This guy’s not that good,’ but the more I watched him and more homework I did on him, the more I realize how dangerous he is,” Stout said.  “He’s got a couple holes in his game, but he’s hard to train for.  He’s tall, he’s left-handed, he’s very unorthodox when it comes to standing and he’s very unorthodox when he’s on the ground.  He uses flexibility, his strength and his dexterity to put you situations most guys can’t put you in.  He’s actually a dangerous opponent, but I think I’ve done my homework and I’m going to be prepared for him.”

Being equipped for an opponent has never been a problem for Stout.  As a matter of fact, he often goes above and beyond what is expected and locks in an event bonus with an added monetary bonus, as he has done on seven occasions inside the Octagon.  However, with a flyweight championship tilt between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, along with the other thrilling competitors on UFC on Fox 9, Stout will be hard pressed to collect a purse that exceeds show and win money.

“I’ve got my work cut out for me to win fight of the night,” Stout said.  “I’ve got one (knockout of the night) and I like those better.  They’re a lot easier on my body to get a quick finish than a 15-minute war.”

At the end of the day, a bonus of any kind makes for a fatter wallet.

Video: Chris Weidman divulges game plan to Anderson Silva

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who defeated Anderson Silva at UFC 162, makes “The Spider” aware of what his intentions are when the pair of mixed martial artists meet again at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas.

Video: Fight Stories with Urijah Faber – Episode 2


“Fight Stories with Urijah Faber,” is an animated series that has UFC fans tell top-ranked UFC bantamweight contender Urijah Faber details of past scuffles they encountered.  In this episode, comedian Daryl Wright tells Urijah a tremendous fight story about a wild incident involving a Mets jacket.

MMA Cypher Radio: Jim Miller, Alex Gasson


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At 7 p.m. ET, tonight, MMA Cypher Radio hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Corey Charron (@charronkotd) welcome UFC lightweight Jim Miller and Pecker’d Promotions owner Alex Gasson.

Miller (@JimMiller_155) is coming off a No Contest bout against Pat Healy, following his three-round brutalization of Joe Lauzon.  Miller meets Fabrício Camões at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas.  We’ll chat with the AMA Fight Club member about his upcoming bout and climb back up the UFC ladder to a championship match.

Gasson (@Pecker17) is a Team Tompkins member who abandoned competition for promoting.  After orchestrating various Grapplers Quest events in Ontario, Gasson has started his own amateur fight promotion, AMMA, and is approaching the organization’s championship event on Saturday in Burlington, Ontario.

MMA DieHards Radio: Shannon Knapp, Marc-Andre Drolet, Nick Hammar


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At 9 p.m. ET, on MMA DieHards Radio, hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Joe Rizzo (@rearnakedchoke) welcomes Invicta president Shannon Knapp (@ShannonKnapp), King of the Cage’s Marc-Andre Drolet (@madaboutmma) and’s western Canada correspondent Nick Hammar (@NickMMADieHards).

MMA Cypher Radio: Cormega, Jared Rosholt, David Makdessi


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On tonight’s episode a trio of guests will bless us with their presence and truly blend MMA and hip hop in the MMA Cypher.

This week on MMA Cypher Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network, hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMA DieHards) and Corey Charron (@charronkotd) welcome back the lyrical monster known as Cormega and UFC heavyweight Jared Rosholt.

Cormega (@realcormega) is on the brink of releasing “Mega Philosophy,” an album he paired up with Large Professor for, and recently released the street teaser “Honorable,” which features Wu Tang’s own Raekwon.  We will also discuss Cormega’s trip to Africa last month, upcoming tour and some hip hop in general.

Rosholt (@JaredRosholt) made his UFC debut Saturday at “The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale,” where he defeated Walter Harris via unanimous decision.  The Oklahoma State University standout wrestler made his Octagon debut and we will see if it was everything Rosholt expected.

Makdessi (@DavidMakdessi) has made his mark in MMA, sponsoring  dozens of UFC combatants.  He’s branched out in lacrosse and hockey with the brand, and is currently breaking into the hip hop scene by working with MMA Cypher’s own Charron.

MMA Cypher Radio can be heard on every Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

Fear the Fighter and Charron battle into hip hop

Fear the Fighter is about to rap the game up.

As MMA grows, the UFC in particular, the mainstream crowd attracts to different things.  Fear the Fighter (Twitter: @Fearthefighter), a brand prominent in MMA apparel, notices that trend and is staying up on the times.

Fear the Fighter t-shirts can be spotted on the majority of MMA fighters entering the Octagon these days, but the brand was originally intended to step outside of that realm.  David Makdessi (@DavidMakdessi), owner of the clothing label, has dabbled in lacrosse and is venturing into hockey, but they are stepping on unchartered ground with their newest acquisition and signee.

Makdessi was turned onto battle rap, specifically MMA Cypher host and world top ranked battler Corey Charron (@charronkotd), and realized there was a correlation between what Fear the Fighter represents and what battle rap symbolizes.  Charron, or anyone of his sort, was not something Makdessi mulled over until the opportunity was presented to him, but it didn’t take long for him to make sense of the deal.

“Initially what went through my head is that these guys are battlers, they’re fighters, they’re another division of FTF,” Makdessi told  “Basically these guys go in there and they fight.  They give their all just like a fighter does in the ring and they do what it takes to win.”

And as for Charron, the MC thinks the company resonates with people in all walks of life and is proud to be a part of this landmark deal.

“I think it’s a good fit,” Charron told  “It’s a different fit because it’s an MMA brand with all the fighters, but then again Fear the Fighter is a brand that speaks to many people.  They have their cancer awareness shirts and their stop the bullying shirts, plus the international bloodline, so I think Fear the Fighter is a brand that you don’t have to be a fan of MMA to wear.

“I knew who Fear the Fighter was before I started doing (MMA Cypher).  When you see a brand so many times you start to recognize who they are.  I know who they are and respect what they’re about, so to be the first musician signed to the brand is awesome.  And I think it is fitting because a lot of musicians are not real fighters, I mean in the sense that they don’t fight for what they want.  I fought through the B.E.T. thing and other stuff in my career to get what I want.”

Charron is a respected MC, embarking on a career that is already beginning to flourish.  Aside from globally ripping apart battle rappers with a slick tongue and witty rebuttals, the Ottawa native released his first mixtape (Bath Salts and Vinegar Chips) in 2013  Also, this year, Charron toured with numerous musicians in the industry, including Wu-tang, and is currently producing his first music video.

Makdessi, a father of three, is aware that in today’s world, you have to be in tune with all aspects of marketability.  To limit a company to one demographic is an injustice to a business, therefore, Makdessi keeps and open mind when scouting new markets.

“(Charron’s) into hip hop, and nowadays there’s a crossover with everything,” Makdessi said.  “It’s with boxing and everything.  You see (Floyd) Mayweather has Justin Bieber around, and all these other guys around.  When you have that you get your message out and attract more people.”

Charron concurs with Makdessi.  The Canadian MC said he sees how the two business models blend, and the resemblance between competition in King of the Dot (KOTD) and the UFC are mirror images when broken down.

“Battle rap and MMA are two different subcultures, but I definitely think they have a similar core fan base,” Charron said.  “MMA is more popular, but I think a lot of MMA fans could enjoy battle rap because it’s a verbal combat.  It’s kind of verbal MMA.  You come into the match with a game plan, you study your opponent, you know their weaknesses and their strengths.  They’re both strategic sports that involve thinking, planning and straight, ruthless skill.”

After observing what Fear the Fighter has done it terms of helping MMA fighters, Charron is eagerly anticipating leading the way with the brand into the hip hop community.  Makdessi, likewise, is anxious to break into the battle rap scene and he has some immediate plans for Charron.

“Right now we’re just going to see how it goes and hopefully it goes well,” Makdessi said.  “He has his fans out there so obviously I want him to have his own line that can connect to his fans.  That’s something I am going to make sure he can have.”

That’s a wrap, folks.

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