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Robert Drysdale out of UFC 163 with staph infection

In Their Own Words: The Week’s Noteworthy MMA Quotes

UFC president Dana White.(photo: Hector Castro/

“They’re never going to be as good as us.  This is what we do 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Christmas. Easter. Let Christmas time come. Viacom shuts down from Dec. 3 to after the new year and then all the big holidays in between. Christmas? I’m on the f—ing phone on Christmas. Easter? I’m on the phone. Thanksgiving? I’m on the phone. Bad s–t happens in our business every day, and if something real bad happens, I’m on a f—ing plane on Christmas Day flying to fix it. That’s the difference between us and everybody else.”
- UFC president Dana White told flat out that Bellator will never conquer the UFC.

“I think what just got people going is my confidence.  I’m not going to take that back, because I truly am confident.  There should be no reason that I’m fighting if I wasn’t confident.  I have a lot of respect for Anderson Silva, but I’m confident I can beat him—and I think that’s what gets people all up in arms, because they can’t believe that I would have the disrespect to think that I could beat Anderson Silva.  I earned this opportunity and I’m going to go in there and make the best of it.”
- Chris Weidman told Bleacher Report that his self-belief cannot be denied.

“Weidman’s got good jiu-jitsu and great wrestling, but he needs work with his stand-up. Wrestling is not my best strength and I need to work on my wrestling. You have to be able to combine all the martial arts to be successful.”
- Anderson Silva compared weaknesses and strengths between himself and Weidman via

“I’m happy for Chris that he got what he asked for, but I think he’s going to find out he should have taken a little more time to get there, a little more experience.  It would be a surprise for me if he won.”
- Tim Boetsch told MMA Mania that he’s not too confident Weidman can dethrone A. Silva.

“I really haven’t seen much of Chris Weidman, I know he’s very well rounded and very tough and just a tough dude on his feet and a wrestler as well, so I think he’s capable of putting Anderson on his back and also striking with him. But he hasn’t been tested very well with his chin and Anderson definitely will test it, he’s very accurate with his striking. I would probably have to bet on Anderson if I was going to bet.”
- Former UFC middleweight No. 1 contender Dan Henderson, who lost to A. Silva at UFC 82, told MMA Mania that if he was a gambling man, his money would be on A. Silva.

“I think that Weidman, to an extent, is is a better version of Chael Sonnen. I think he’ll be smarter. I think he’ll put more time into his jiu-jitsu. I think he’s a better wrestler, better striker. I think overall, he’s a better version of Chael Sonnen. The one thing I think Chael Sonnen has on him is that he’s very fast. I don’t think Weidman can match his speed. Chael was closing that gap so fast you can tell that Silva wasn’t used to it. That’s why he was getting taken down all the time. On paper, Weidman might be a better wrestler than Chael, but I don’t think he’ll be as fast as Chael.”
- Robert Drysdale told mmafightcorner that Weidman is an enhanced Chael Sonnen, the combatant who took A. Silva to the brink of defeat.

“The world’s highest level of mixed martial arts fighter the world has ever seen is exists right now.  It exists and is embodied in one man, and that man is Anderson Silva.”
- Though, he’s not counting Weidman out, Joe Rogan admitted on UFC Ultimate Insider that A. Silva is the premier MMA fighter on the globe.

“I like Nick and Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, that whole group. They remind me a lot of my family. They don’t take BS from anybody. They are there to fight, they are there to win. They don’t walk away from a fight.”
- Royce Gracie compared his family to the Diaz brothers and the Cesar Gracie camp to the prestige Gracie family with Fighter Only.

“This is a huge, pivotal fight for the welterweight division.  It can set the tone for the division going into the end of the year. It’s a huge fight and there is no bigger place than on Fox. Then you factor in that I don’t like him, and that should make it fun to watch. I just don’t like him and it’s something I’m definitely looking forward to.”
- When it comes to Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger told Bleacher Report he really doesn’t like that guy.

“Forrest deserves it. He beat me, and he beat some other really good guys. He was a world champion. He had some great fights. I think he deserves it.

“As far as Stephan, I have nothing against the guy, but you’ve got to be a world champion, I think, to be in the Hall of Fame.”
- Tito Ortiz talked to about Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar’s induction to the UFC Hall of Fame.

“The maid knocks on my door and keeps on knocking, and I [thought], ‘I’d better not get up too fast.’ So I got up and walked toward the door, and by the time I got my hand on the door, I blacked out. Next thing I remember, I was shaking on the floor, having seizures.”
- Jacob Volkmann admitted to Sherdog that he had severe medical issues prior to his WSOF 3 bout against Lyle Beerbohm.

“Yeah, if fifteen minutes is the limit, let us fight for fifteen minutes. In a championship fight, I guess we can have a break in there. Let the guys reset. I don’t know if you would go fifteen and ten. Or ten and ten or ten and five, five-five. The less breaks the better and more natural it is. More so than the rounds intervening we need the referees to just stop. Too much intervention. We have these referees that say get busy and do something, now some legitimately know what they are talking about and they see stalling. Other ones, I think they get bored themselves and they don’t see the nuance in the grappling game. I mean, I’ve fought in plenty small shows where I’ve been pressuring someone and been near passing when the ref tells me to ‘get busy.’ I’m choking the guy with my forearm and I’m about to advance my position. Did you not see that? It’s frustrating to not see the natural course of things play out. We all know that grappler vs. striker, there’s a strategy there. And grapplers are often punished or not given enough time to really implement their full game plan.”
- Brian Ebersole explained his complaints about MMA regulations to Middle Easy

“Spastic movements are made on account of a lack of technical aspects, so some fighters try to make up for this lacking technical aspect with some sort of frantic, spastic movement. And they’re awarding points for more of that stuff. They spazz out, all over the f@$%ing place. And, all of a sudden, at the end of the fight, you realize … Hector Lombard lost [to Tim Boetsch]? What the f@$% is that? He landed all the clean shots and stood his ground. That dude had to bounce around and move around all over the place. Frantically!”
- Nick Diaz expressed his concerns with MMA scoring via Bloody Elbow.

“With Ryan competing and not allowing me to continue to progress and work with my son in his fight career, it’s ridiculous and that bothers me. It bothers me that he could affect my son’s livelihood. My son has earned his spot. Ryan has done the work, he has the passion for the sport and he’s doing all of the right things. So for him to be hindered and hampered by Dana and Dana’s feelings towards me, it isn’t fair and that bothers me.”
- Randy Couture told mmafighting that he does not agree with White’s decision to ban him from cornering at UFC events.

“I would like people to remember that I was a fighter who put all my heart in my fights. Every one, even my last one. I always pushed through, always went forward. That’s what I want people to remember. I helped this sport and did my share in this sport. I gave my blood in those octagons, those rings. They all have a little piece of my blood, my sweat inside.”
- Renato “Babalu” Sobral, who is recently retired, talked to about how he would like to be remember. 

Drysdale vs. Villanueva scratched from Legacy Fighting 11

Robert Drysdale still undefeated in MMA, picks up win at AFC 6

Out of Obscurity, Making Waves in 2010: The Prospects

Jonas Billstein (photo courtesy of Mix Fight Promotion)

The Out of Obscurity series focuses on UFC and Pride veterans plus up-and-coming prospects, but to what end? The series is dedicated to pointing out fighters who are trying to claw their way out of obscurity and to the larger stages of organizations such as the UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator, Dream or Sengoku. So, what better way to cap off the year than to break down the fighters who have made waves on the regional and international circuit in 2010.

Some fighters featured in past editions of the weekly Out of Obscurity series have already jumped to the big show with varied levels of success – guys like Yuri Alcantara, Maiquel Falcao and Ken Stone, to name a few. Meanwhile, others continue to await their opportunity while shedding blood in front of a few hundred fans at small gymnasiums and event centers around the world.

As the year winds to an end, we’d like to take a look at some mixed martial artists who have made an impact while attempting to find their way to the top. This year, Out of Obscurity presents a two-part “Making Waves” column to break down some of the year’s top performers, both up-and-coming prospects and veterans attempting to get back to the heights they had once attained.

Yesterday, we looked at some veterans of the UFC, Pride and other various major promotions who are attempting to regain a spot on the big stage. Today’s feature centers on the prospects, a set of fighters who are on the rise, but have yet to make it to the big show.

The criteria here is simple: The fighter cannot have set foot inside a major organization at any point in their career. Additionally, the fighter cannot widely be considered among the top 25, or top 10 in the case of women and flyweights, of their division.

Maybe we’ll see some of these warriors make their Octagon (or Strikeforce, or Bellator) debuts in 2011:

Jonas Billstein – Just 19-years old and already a champion, Billstein has put together a stellar campaign in 2010. The young German launched his pro career in November of 2009 with two victories in two weeks and has maintained a frantic pace ever since, going 7-0 in 2010. The first eight fights of his career all ended in stoppages, including TKO victories in his first six bouts of this year. The only opponent he couldn’t finish was fellow European prospect Hans Stringer. Billstein’s crowning achievement on the year was a fifth round TKO victory over “The German Brock Lesnar,” Mathias Schuck, in the German MMA Championship organization. The win earned Billstein the GMC light heavyweight title.

Chris Weidman – The middleweight might be one of the names to look out for in the very near future. At the time of his profile in the MMA DieHards New Breed series, the 26-year old was entertaining an offer from Bellator and had just tried out for the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter. He also happens to be the champion of Ring of Combat’s 185-pound division, thanks to the first of his two victories in 2010 – a first round TKO of Uriah Hall in September. The 4-0 fighter has already made a successful defense of the belt, earning a unanimous decision over Valdir Arraujo in December.

Jim Hettes – Hettes is another fighter profiled in the MMA DieHards New Breed series that is close to breaking through. The featherweight had to turn down an opportunity to fight for the UFC at the TUF 12 Finale due to a prior commitment with a regional promotion, but he’s also been in talks with Sengoku. Hettes, who sports a 7-0 record as a pro, has picked up three wins in 2010. Among his biggest accomplishments for the year: a 28 second rear-naked choke submission of Binky Jones and a victory over Dwayne Shelton that netted him the Cage Fight featherweight belt.

Douglas Lima – Lima is another fighter featured in the MMA DieHards New Breed series. The 17-4 fighter might be one of the most experienced to make this list, but with MFC welterweight gold around his waist he is starting to hear the phone ring with calls from interested promotions. The young American Top Team product also boasts a win over Ryan Ford this year and tallied a 3-0 record overall in 2010 to extend his current winning streak to five fights.

Alexander Sarnavskiy – The M-1 Challenge series seems to be a breeding ground for talented international prospects, and Sarnavskiy might be at the very top of that list. The Russian will turn 22 in January and already holds a 12-0 record in combat. He has only fought professionally since December of 2008 and six of his wins came in 2010. In his last two fights, Sarnavskiy has spent a combined 57 seconds in the ring.

Motonobu Tezuka –Tezuka has not lost since April 2008, sporting a 9-0-2 record in his 11 fights since the defeat. Amazingly, despite such success, and a 15-3-3 overall record, Tezuka not only hasn’t made it to the big show, but can’t seem to find a stable home among Japan’s established promotions of Pancrase, Deep, etc. His 2010 campaign consisted of four fights under the Pancrase banner. He notched wins in all the outings, extending his current winning streak to eight fights. Decisions might be the biggest factor in holding back Tezuka from a spot on the big show. After all, he has gone to the judges’ scorecards in 10 of his 15 victories.

Alex Soto – The 5-0 Soto was the first fighter to be featured in the MMA DieHards New Breed series, and for good reason. Fighting south of the border in the Ultimate Warrior Challenge Mexico promotion, Soto has quickly risen to the level of a champion despite not fighting since April. He started off the year with a 53 second submission of Kenny Gattrell under the Native Fighting Championship. His next fight marked his UWCM debut, as he fought to a split decision in a featherweight battle with Enrique Briones, the first opponent to push Soto beyond the first round. Next up was the championship match, pitting Soto against submission specialist Rafael Salomao. Soto scored the first round TKO and took home the title belt. Scheduling conflicts have kept Soto inactive since the championship bout.

Shamil Zavurov – The RusFighters Sport Club has had a solid year, thanks in part to Zavurov, along with the previously mentioned Alexander Sarnavskiy. Zavurov went 9-0 in 2010, moving his overall record to 13-1. The Russian capped off a solid year with a TKO of Abner Lloveras in December to become the first-ever M-1 welterweight champion.

Vyacheslav Vasilevsky – Vasilevsky is another Russian fighter who had a very busy and successful 2010, mostly under the M-1 banner. The 11-1 fighter went 6-0 in 2010 and is currently riding a 10 fight winning streak dating back to November of 2008. He notched a submission win over UFC veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam in July and finished the year by claiming M-1’s light heavyweight crown with a TKO of Tomasz Narkun.

Guram Gugenishvili – The Ukrainian might be one of the most successful heavyweights currently flying under the radar. Sitting at 10-0 over his career, Gugenishvili picked up five of his victories in 2010. The last of those, a second round guillotine choke submission of Kenny Garner, earned the big man the vacant M-1 heavyweight belt. Gugenishvili has also proven to be a finisher, defeating nine of his foes via submission.

Shamil Abdurahimov – The Russian fighter had a great year in 2010, thanks to the Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship promotion. The organization inserted the 11-1 fighter into an open weight tournament featuring UFC veterans Jeff Monson and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Already sitting at 2-0 on the year with a pair of wins under the ProFC banner, Abdurahimov took a majority decision over “The Snowman” and scored a third round TKO of Sokoudjou. He’s set to face 2009 world grappling champion Marcos Oliveira in the tournament’s final sometime in 2011.

Simeon Thoresen – The 14-1-1 fighter kicked off his career with nine straight wins before dropping a majority decision to Eiji Ishikawa in 2008. He has gone 5-0-1 since that loss, including three wins in 2010. He hasn’t fought pushovers either, with two of his victories coming against prospects John Maguire and Vaidas Valancius.

Arthur Cesar – Cesar sports a 14-4 career mark that includes a 2006 decision win over UFC veteran Rousimar Palhares. In 2010, the Brazilian has posted six victories to extend his current winning streak to seven fights.

Kevin Asplund – Asplund’s first two fights came in 2002 and 2003, but he didn’t reappear for his third fight until 2009. Since his return to action, the 10-1 fighter has posted nine victories, mostly under the Brutaal banner. Four of those wins came in 2010 and, counting his DQ victory in 2003, he is now on a 10 fight winning streak dating back more than seven years.

Lincoln de Sa – Right now, it’s the flyweights that are struggling to break through and earn respect, but there are fighters out there even lighter than 125-pounds. The 115-pounders are now represented in the Shooto South American title lineup, with de Sa taking a unanimous decision victory over Michael Willian Costa in the finals of a grand prix to determine the inaugural champion of the weight class. The December win capped off a 4-0 run in 2010 for de Sa, who stands at 5-1 for his career.

Tom Watson – “Kong,” who sits at 13-4 overall, managed to come out victorious in three of four contests over the course of 2010. His wins came at the expense of UFC veteran Matt Horwich, Cage Rage vet Alex Reid and Pride vet Travis Galbraith, while his lone loss of the year was suffered at the hands of TUF 7 alum Jesse Taylor. Watson, a former Cage Rage mainstay, has spent the year alternating fights between the Maximum Fighting Championship in Canada and BAMMA in England.

Marcus Vanttinen – At 18-2 with 14 wins via stoppage, Vanttinen has put together quite a career for someone to never reach the big shows. He picked up six wins in 2010, including a stoppage of UFC veteran Ivan Serati. The Finnish fighter is on a nine fight winning streak and his most recent loss came in 2009 against UFC vet Rodney Wallace.

Gerald Meerschaert – “The Machine” has tallied four victories in 2010. Among his victims, UFC veteran Ron Faircloth and prospect Sam Alvey. The Wisconsin native is a submission specialist and has put together a 13-4 record, including 10 submission wins, since turning pro into 2007.

Quinn Mulhern – The 14-1 Mulhern made people take notice in February, when he handed UFC veteran Rich Clementi a TKO loss. That was the first of six wins, including rear-naked choke submissions of Levi Stout, Joey Gorczynski and Koffi Adzitso, on the year for the current King of the Cage welterweight champion. His only career loss came in 2009 against UFC veteran Mike Guymon.

Andy Branson – Branson is only 6-0, but a look at his opponents reveals a real potential for success. He has only fought one opponent with a losing record, while tallying five wins against legitimate competition. Branson picked up three of his wins in 2010, including a stoppage victory in his most recent outing over Strikeforce veteran Justin DeMoney.

Sam Alvey – Alvey has compiled a 14-2 record since making his pro debut in 2008. Six of those victories came in 2010, including a split decision over Bellator veteran Jason Guida. Alvey’s overall record this year was 6-1, with the loss coming against Gerald Meerschaert. His biggest contest of the year, a matchup with Strikeforce vet Paul Bradley under the King of the Cage banner, was ruled a no contest due to rainfall at the outdoor show.

Ryan Ford – Ford might have lost to Douglas Lima this year, but the 13-3 fighter is still a top welterweight prospect who managed to score rear-naked choke submissions of UFC veteran Tommy Speer and Pete Spratt. “The Real Deal” is a long time Maximum Fighting Championship veteran who tends to finish fights, with only two of his career bouts ending in decisions.

Robert Drysdale – The 2007 Abu Dhabi grappling champion has finally made a go of it in the realm of mixed martial arts. He made his pro debut in July and has so far tallied two submission victories.

Thiago Meller – The 17-3 fighter only had two outings in 2010, but they added to his impressive overall record in which his only losses have come against two UFC veterans – Aaron Riley and Rafael dos Anjos – and the newly crowned UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Meller’s two wins in 2010 account for a portion of his current six fight winning streak, dating back to May 2008.

John Phillips – “The White Mike Tyson” has earned that moniker with 12 knockout or TKO wins. What about the other win on his 13-3 career record? Well, it ended in submission, via strikes. The Gracie Barra Predators middleweight notched five wins in 2010, including a TKO of UFC veteran James Zikic. The Cage Rage veteran won the Knuckle Up MMA middleweight belt in his first bout of the year.

Gunnar Nelson – The native of Iceland has made a name for himself both in grappling circles and in mixed martial arts combat. After placing fourth in the absolute division at the 2009 ADCC competition and taking home gold at the 2009 Pan American Championships, the Renzo Gracie black belt returned to MMA in 2010 and used the rear-naked choke to add three victims to his undefeated 8-0-1 record.

Out of Obscurity: The Week in Review (Nov. 5 – Nov. 11)

Every Friday, MMA DieHards will take a look – with video footage when possible – at the previous week’s action at small regional and international shows with a focus on UFC and Pride veterans, consensus-ranked fighters and up-and-coming prospects. Here’s what went down between Nov. 5 and Nov. 11:

Xtreme MMA 3 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Nov. 6)
Strikeforce veteran Daniel Cormier (6-0) remained undefeated and retained his XMMA world heavyweight title with a first round submission, via strikes, of UFC and Pride vet Soa Palelei (11-3)…UFC and Strikeforce veteran Mike Kyle (18-7-1) scored a first round TKO of Stephen Oliver (0-2)…Sengoku veteran Jim York (15-4) claimed the XMMA Oceania heavyweight championship with a second round TKO of Lucas Browne (6-2)…Xavier Lucas (8-1-1) knocked out UFC and Pride veteran Yuki Sasaki (22-17-1) in the fifth round of the XMMA world middleweight title bout.

Capital Fight 3 (Brasilia, Brazil; Nov. 5)
Francimar Barroso (10-2) earned a unanimous decision over Kleber Orgulho (5-3)… Genair Martins da Silva Junior (10-3) snuck out with a split decision win over Adriano Goncalves (7-5).

Real Fighting Championships 22: Redemption (Tampa, Fla.; Nov. 5)
Bellator and EliteXC veteran Yosmany Cabezas (9-2) earned a unanimous decision over Danny Babcock (6-3).

Armageddon Fighting Championships 4: Revelation (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Nov. 6)

Drysdale vs. Davidson

2007 Abu Dhabi grappling champion Robert Drysdale (2-0) claimed Submission of the Night honors with a first round armbar submission of Clay Davidson (5-2)…Nick Hinchliffe (17-6) earned a unanimous decision over Mike Hackert (4-1).

Heat 16 (Osaka, Japan; Nov. 6)

Kin (blue trunks) vs. Miller

Sengoku veteran A Sol Kwon (14-6) defeated UFC and Strikeforce veteran Ronald Jhun (24-24-2) via second round rear-naked choke submission…Dream veteran Taiei Kin (4-3) scored a first round TKO of Pride veteran Henry Miller (6-11).

Iron Fist 3 (Szczecin, Poland; Nov. 6)
In a fight that made Sherdog’s list of 10 November Tussles Worth Watching, Juha-Pekka Vainikainen (13-5) secured a guillotine choke that rendered Anthony Durnell (8-1) unconscious in the first round.

Raging Wolf X: Mayhem in the Mist 5 (Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Nov. 6)

Raging Wolf X highlights

No. 10-ranked 135-pound female fighter Alexis Davis (9-4) retained her Raging Wolf flyweight title with a first round rear-naked choke submission of EliteXC veteran Tonya Evinger (8-5)…UFC veteran Tom Egan (5-2) scored a second round TKO of Eric Attard (2-1).

River City MMA Battle (San Antonio, Tex.; Nov. 6)
Bellator veteran Richard Odoms (3-0) remained undefeated with a unanimous decision victory over TUF 10 alum Darrill Schoonover (10-3).

Samurai Fight Combat 4: Overload (Curitiba, Parana, Brazil; Nov. 6)
Pride veteran Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons (26-14) coaxed a first round tapout from William Dias (6-5) by way of guillotine choke in a fight that made Sherdog’s 10 November Tussles Worth Watching.

World Extreme Fighting 44: Saunders vs. Harshbarger (Kissimmee, Fla.; Nov. 6)

Saunders (black trunks) vs. Harshbarger

UFC veteran and TUF 6 alum Ben Saunders (9-3-2) forced Elijah Harshbarger to submit, due to strikes, in the first round.

X-1: Island Pride (Honolulu; Nov. 6)
Bellator veteran Edwin Aguilar (22-15) scored a first round TKO of EliteXC vet Kala “Kolohe” Hose (7-5)…In the finals of the X-1 light heavyweight tournament, Sang Soo Lee (16-9) claimed championship gold with a unanimous decision over ShoXC veteran Po’ai Suganuma (11-4).

German MMA Association: Minonzio vs. Zawada (Dusseldorf, Germany; Nov. 7)
Nordin Asrih (15-5-1) secured an armbar to submit Eduard Janetzko (0-1) in the first round.

Grachan 5 (Tokyo; Nov. 7)
Ken Hamamura (16-6-4) earned a split decision over Sengoku veteran Ye Won Nam (5-2)…Dream veteran Won Sik Park (9-2-1) scored a first round TKO of Jesse Sosa (0-2).

FiteNite 14 (Zapota, Costa Rica; Nov. 8 )
Bellator veteran Toby Imada (28-15) submitted Ludwig Salazar (12-10) in the second round via armbar…Alejandro Solano Rodriguez (13-4) scored a first round knockout of Sebastien Garguier (7-6).

K-1 World MAX 2010 (Tokyo; Nov. 8 )

Ishii (long trunks) vs. Shibata

In the lone MMA fight on the card, Olympic gold medalist judoka and Dream veteran Satoshi Ishii (3-1) locked in a kimura on late replacement Katsuyori Shibata (4-10-1) for the first round submission win.

Israeli Fighting Championship: Genesis (Tel Aviv, Israel; Nov. 9)
UFC and Pride veteran Ricco Rodriguez (45-11) missed weight by 10 pounds for his light heavyweight debut, forcing him to surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to his opponent, Bellator veteran Daniel Tabera (16-4-3). While Rodriguez couldn’t conquer the weight cut, he had little trouble dominating Tabera on the way to a unanimous decision victory in a fight that topped Sherdog’s 10 November Tussles Worth Watching…UFC and Pride veteran Jeff Monson (39-11) submitted Sergey Shemetov (3-5) via first round keylock. Post-fight, Monson announced his plans to drop to 205-pounds in the near future…In a 180-pound catchweight bout, UFC and Strikeforce vet Frank Trigg (20-8) scored a first round TKO of Roy Neeman (1-1)…Moshe Kaitz (3-2) scored the evening’s biggest upset, taking a unanimous nod over UFC veteran Hermes Franca (19-11)…UFC and Pride veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (10-8) earned a unanimous decision over Valdas Pocevicius (33-25-3)…Jeremy Knafo (1-0) took home a unanimous decision over UFC and Bellator veteran Shonie Carter (49-26-7). Following the loss, Carter stated that he might retire…In his first MMA fight since 2006, Pride and IFL veteran Daniel Gracie (5-2-1) locked in a rear-naked choke to submit Martin Wojcik (5-5) in the first round…Thiago Meller (17-3) needed just 35 seconds to trap Ariel Abargel (3-1) in an armbar for the submission victory.

AFC 4 Weigh-in Results

Out of Obscurity: Looking Ahead (Nov. 1 – Nov. 7)

Every Monday, MMA DieHards takes a look at the upcoming week’s schedule of small regional and international shows with a focus on UFC and Pride veterans as well as consensus-ranked fighters.  Here’s what’s going down between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7:

Daniel Cormier (photo courtesy of Sherdog)

Spotlight Event: Xtreme MMA 3 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Nov. 6)
Strikeforce veteran and King of the Cage heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (5-0) will defend his XMMA world heavyweight belt against UFC and Pride veteran Soa Palelei (11-2)…XMMA Oceania heavyweight champion Lucas Browne (6-1) will put his title on the line against Sengoku veteran Jim York (14-4)…UFC and Strikeforce veteran Mike Kyle (17-7-1) meets Gordon Graff (5-3) in a light heavyweight title tilt…UFC and Pride veteran Yuki Sasaki (22-16-1) battles Xavier Lucas (7-1-1) for the XMMA world middleweight crown.

Pancrase: Passion Tour 10 (Tokyo; Nov. 3)
UFC and Sengoku veteran Keiichiro Yamamiya (38-26-9) is scheduled to fight Gadzhi Zaipullaev (3-1)…Pride veteran Yuji Hisamatsu (15-17-6) battles Sojiro Orui (9-4-5).

Legacy Fighting Championship (Houston, Tex.; Nov. 5)
UFC veteran Junior Assuncao (10-4) meets Bellator veteran Brian Melancon (4-1).

Armageddon Fighting Championships 4: Revelation (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Nov. 6)
2007 Abu Dhabi grappling champion Robert Drysdale (1-0) is slated to face Clay Davidson (5-1)…The event will air via tape delay on The Fight Network in Canada and airs live via pay-per-view internet stream at GoFightLive.

King of the Cage: Underground 64 (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; Nov. 6)
UFC Hall of Famer and Pride veteran Ken Shamrock will be a special guest at the show.

Raging Wolf X: Mayhem in the Mist 5 (Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Nov. 6)
Raging Wolf women’s bantamweight champion and No. 9-ranked 135-pound female fighter Alexis Davis (8-4) will defend her crown against EliteXC veteran Tonya Evinger (8-4)…UFC fighters Rashad Evans and Jon Jones will be special guests at the event.

River City MMA Battle (San Antonio, Tex.; Nov. 6)
TUF 10 alum Darrill Schoonover (10-2) goes up against Bellator veteran Richard Odoms (2-0).

World Extreme Fighting 44: Saunders vs. Harshbarger (Kissimmee, Fla.; Nov. 6)
UFC veteran and TUF 6 alum Ben Saunders (8-3-2) takes on Elijah Harshbarger (5-1) in the evening’s headlining contest…The event will air live on FOX Sports Net South.

X-1: Island Pride (Honolulu; Nov. 6)
EliteXC veteran Kala “Kolohe” Hose (7-4) locks horns with Bellator veteran Edwin Aguilar (21-15)…Sang Soo Lee (15-9) and ShoXC veteran Po’ai Suganuma (11-3) vie for the X-1 light heavyweight title…Strikeforce veteran Lolohea Mahe (4-2-1) is set to face Jacob Faagai (1-1).

Other Events
Nov. 3
Trials of a Gladiator IX (Davenport, Iowa)

Nov. 4
MMA Proyecto 2: Estela vs. Drama (Lima, Peru)
Total Fight Challenge (Willow Springs, Ill.)

Nov. 5
Asylum Fight League XXXII: Never Surrender (Philadelphia)
Cage Titans Fighting Championship 2: Carnage (Randolph, Mass.)
Hard Knocks Fighting 9 (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Real Fighting Championships 22: Redemption (Tampa, Fla.)

Nov. 6
Battle at the Crossroads (Wake Forest, N.C.)
Brazilian Fight League 9 (Curitiba, Parana, Brazil)
Caged on the Coast 3 (Lincoln City, Ore.)
CutthroatMMA: Supremacy (Hammond, Ind.)
Elite Cage Fighting 45 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Evolution Championships (Wayne, N.J.)
Heat 16 (Osaka, Japan)
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Iron Fist 3 (Szczecin, Poland)
Kickdown 85 (Wabeno, Wis.)
Klamath Falls Cagefights 5 (Klamath Falls, Ore.)
Ohio Xtreme Fighting 19: Redemption (Marietta, Ohio)
Rumble in the Cage 41 (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Samurai FC 4: Overload (Curitiba, Parana, Brazil)
Ultimate Victory Challenge 13: Night of Champions (Columbus, Ohio)

Nov. 7
Grachan 5 (Tokyo)
Tenkaichi Super Fight 3 (Koza, Okinawa, Japan)

Robert Drysdale wants more aggressive BJJ … and sponsors

photo courtesy of Fight! Magazine

He may be one of the best Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners in the world, but Robert Drysdale believes that jiu jitsu players could learn a bit from the aggressive, fast-paced style of wrestlers.

“I’ve always liked watching wrestling, not only their practices but their matches,” Drysdale explained on Not A Women’s MMA Show on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. “It’s very very fast paced and I always thought that’s the way a fight should go.”

Drysdale has been a big critic of IBJJF rules for quite some time.

“I think that the rules are crippling the fighters,” he said, pointing out that they are outdated as well. “The rules were developed in the 1970s or 80s. They haven’t followed the evolution of the sport. They’re not nearly as dynamic as they could be, and I think in a way it is crippling the fighters. It is making Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners less skilled.”

Drysdale thinks aggression is something BJJ players can learn from wrestlers and says that’s the way he likes to roll.

“I’m trying to make my opponent tap the whole time and I’m not stopping,” he said, noting that he doesn’t have time to pause in half guard for 30 seconds. “I don’t teach that, I don’t like it, I think someone who does that in a tournament should be penalized but people are very very successful with that these days.”

Drysdale believes the new generation of grapplers are not as skilled because of these situations where they just hold position.

The best tournaments, in his eyes, are the ones that reward submissions and submission attempts, such as Budo Challenge, in which competitors received three points for submission attempts that presented significant danger to their opponents and actually lost a point for pulling guard, holding the same position on the ground for more than 20 seconds without attack, or keeping the same grip without any offensive action for more than 15 seconds while standing.

Drysdale made his MMA debut this past July, defeating Bastien Huveneers by arm triangle at just 1:12 of the first round.

He has been calling out Carlson Gracie BJJ black belt Roger Gracie (3-0 MMA) and is looking for sponsors for his next MMA bout in November for the AFC.

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Not A Women’s MMA Show with Shayna Baszler: Ulysses Gomez, Robert Drysdale

Not A Women’s MMA Show with Shayna Baszler welcomes Bellator’s “Useless” Ulysses Gomez and grappling legend turned MMA fighter Robert Drysdale. Isaac Duncan co-hosts and Bruce Hoyer is the third man in.

Gomez, whose brother Herculez plays for the US National Soccer Team, is fighting in the Bellator Season 3 bantamweight tournament. Gomez (6-1) makes his promotional debut Thursday against Travis Reddinger in a quarterfinal match at Bellator 27 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Tex. Since this is Bellator’s first bantamweight tournament, the eventual winner becomes the belt holder.

Drysdale made his long-awaited MMA debut July 17 when he submitted Bastien Huveneers with an arm triangle in 72 seconds at AFC 3 – Evolution.

Not A Women’s MMA Show with Shayna, a highly ranked Strikeforce fighter, can be heard Mondays at midnight, 11 Central, 9 Pacific, on the MMA DieHards Radio Network and is available with a video live stream. Call 605-610-1927, act nice to Bruce and he’ll get you on the air.

Ulysses Gomez
Robert Drysdale

Shayna Baszler
Bruce Hoyer
MMA DieHards