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MMA Beatdown: Danny Castillo, Thiago Alves


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MMA Beatdown radio is back on and the MMA DieHards Radio Network as Mike, Amy, and 790 AM  The Ticket host Alex Donno talk to Danny “Last Call” Castillo and Thiago “Pitbull” Alves.

Danny Castillo (twitter: @lastcall155)  takes on Shamar Bailey at UFC 139 this weekend (Nov 19, 2011) in San Jose, CA.

Thiago Alves (twitter: @ThiagoAlvesATT) defeated UFC newcomer Papy Abedi at UFC 138.  Thiago talks UFC victory, submissions, The Dolce Diet, UFC on FOX, and more with MMA Beatdown!

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UFC 138: Munoz stops Leben, Barao continues streak

Leben (L) and Munoz (R) (Tracy Lee/See full album at

In the first five-round non-title fight in promotional history, Mark Munoz needed only two rounds to get the finish of Chris Leben at UFC 138 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.

Also on the main card were three straight rear naked choke submissions, by Renan Barao, Thiago Alves and Anthony Perosh, after a guillotine choke made Terry Etim a winner.

Next up for Munoz (12-2) might be a title shot in the middleweight division.

“I paid my dues in this weight class and I think I deserve a title shot,” Munoz said.  ”Anderson Silva is by far the best pound-for-pound fighter, I give him all the respect and honor, but I think I deserve a title shot right now.  I consider him a friend, but I’d love to get a title shot.”

Leben (22-8) seemingly tried to admit during a stop in the second round that he could not see, but when the cut was cleared off and the referee told him he was going to stop the fight if Leben said he could not see, Leben said he could see, and the match continued.

After the end of the second round, the story changed for good and the fight ended as Leben immediately complained of his lack of vision and had his cornerman back him up.

“Hard to fight when you’re choking on blood,” Leben said. I couldn’t stick to anything, there was blood everywhere.  Munoz is a national champion wrestler, as good as they come on the ground.  I wanted to keep it on my feet.  It takes a man to know when you’re beat, and I was beat tonight.  My hat’s off to Munoz.”

Munoz worked hard to establish his lethal ground and pound from the first round, which ended with a back-and-forth slugging match as each fighter got up off the mat. Leben took some heavy shots in the round but in most cases was able to at least deliver hard counter strikes.

Munoz got Leben on his back in the first minute of Round 2 and pounded from the guard, opening what turned out to be the fight-finishing cut around Leben’s left eye.  With his trademark red-dyed hair, Leben rose, only to be put back down by Munoz against the cage.  Munoz worked to half-guard, but Leben twisted out and nearly hit a guillotine.  After Munoz escaped, Leben had his cut looked at, and the fight continued with Leben taking more punishment from the bottom through the end of two rounds.

His heart never in question, Leben was done.

“Chris Leben is a tough tough competitor,” Munoz said.  ”I knew I had to look out for his left hand, and he came with it.  I had to get rid of my brawling instincts and stay with my wrestling.”

Barao ran his unbeaten streak to 28 fights with a first-round submission of Brad Pickett.  Barao (27-1, 1 NC), in a fast-paced bantamweight fight, connected with a knee to Pickett’s head, sending the Brit to the canvas.  Berao then locked in his hooks and took Pickett’s back, worked the choke and elicited the tap at 4:09.

Pickett (20-6) has lost two of his last three fights, and fell in his UFC debut.

It took Alves 27 fights, but the American Top Team mainstay finally used his Brazilian jiu-jitsu to earn a submission.  Alves schooled Swedish UFC newcomer Papy Abedi in 3:32, turning back his opponent’s aggressiveness with precision striking, then finishing him with a rear naked choke in the first round.

Alves came into the fight having lost three of his previous four fights, but looked as impressive as ever in handling Abedi, regarded by many of the top welterweight prospect outside of the UFC before he was signed.  Abedi came out slugging and connected with Alves, but Alves blasted him to the canvas with a combination and put him on his back as referee Dan Miragliotta nearly stepped in.

Alves mounted Abedi, steadied his opponent’s head with his left hand and unleashed a couple of elbows that found their mark. The dazed Abedi turned slightly, and Alves took his back, sank in the choke and earned an immediate tap.

Perosh was a heavy underdog, but when the grappler put dangerous Frenchman Cyrille Diabate on his back, it was only a matter of time before he earned the submission, as the Australian earned the tap to a rear naked choke at 3:09 of the second round.  The finishing position was nearly identical to that of Alves’.

At 39, Perosh has a two-fight winning streak in the UFC since his move to light heavyweight.

Etim kicked off the main card with a 17-second finish of Edward Faaloloto, hitting a guillotine from the standing position and finishing it on the ground.  Etim was nine days short of two years since his last win, over Shannon Gugerty at UFC 105.  Etim lost to Rafael Dos Anjos UFC 112 in April 2010 and injuries had kept him out of action thereafter.

While the main card was loaded with finishes, the undercard had just one, as Che Mills knocked out Chris Cope with a knee in 40 seconds.   In unanimous decisions, John Maguire beat Justin Edwards, Philip De Fries outlasted Rob Broughton, and Michihiro Omigawa defeated Jason Young.  In the opening match, Chris Cariaso scored a split decision victory over Vaughan Lee.

UFC 138 Results

UFC 138: Invigorated Thiago Alves clears weight hurdle, ready for title climb

Alves (L) and Abedi (R) are held off by DanaWhite at UFC 138 weigh-ins (Tracy Lee/See full album at

Thiago Alves is invigorated and ready to conquer a UFC title.

Alves, once a UFC welterweight title contender, enters the Octagon for the 16th time in his MMA career on Saturday against Papy Abedi at UFC 138 at LG Arena in Birmingham, England.

Though Abedi is a UFC newcomer, Alves is aware that everybody is talented at this level.

“When you’re undefeated and you step up to a big show like that a lot of things run through your head,” Alves said.  “He’s going to be determined.  There is no easy fight, every fight is tough at this stage.  People judge you by your last fight or your last performance.  I didn’t win in my last performance, so I’m coming for this one.”

Alves lost a decision to Rick Story at UFC 130, leaving him 1-3 in his past four bouts.  For a combatant that was tearing though the likes of Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck en route to an ill-fated title shot against Georges St-Pierre, this is a peculiar situation.  Alves believes he hasn’t performed to the best of his abilities as of late, but vows those days are over.

“I know I can do much better than I did last time,” Alves stated.  “I stopped fighting in that last round.  I don’t know what got into me, but that’s in the past.  There is nothing I can do about it, but I know I can perform better than I did last time.

“There’s no more excuses.  You got to take this game and make the best of it, so I’m just very excited to get back, to get to fight again, to get back in the cage again.  Now with all the conditioning I am doing and all the training I am doing, I feel much better.  I’m walking around (much) lighter than I used to.  I used to walk around at 205 (pounds), now I walk around at 190 (pounds).”

Alves was always large for a 170-pound competitor.

Alves teamed with Mike Dolce, an MMA fighter turned dietician.  His nutrition plan, known as the Dolce Diet, covers a vast range of diets.  Dolce’s Twitter account is consistently raving with positive reviews from participants who have experienced a Dolce Diet success, and Alves credits his incredible physic to the nutritionist.

“Me and Dolce have a great relationship, I see him as my older brother,” Alves said.  “I’m very happy I brought him into my life and to my camp at American Top Team to work with me and the other coaches.  Now we’re taking it to another level.  We’re combining nutrition with the strength and conditioning training.”

In the past, Alves was criticized for missing weight.  From fans to UFC president Dana White, it was apparent nobody was happy with it, including Alves.

He nearly missed weight again on Friday, but eventually made it with the one-pound allowance for non-title fights.

“It was a big problem for me to make weight and feel good the next day,” Alves explained.  “I’m finally over that.  Now it just comes down to my hard work and dedication, and I have no problem with that.  I’ll do whatever it takes to get where I want to be at.”

Invigorated and ready to conquer a UFC title.  On weight.

UFC 138 weigh-in results: All fighters on weight, Alves requires extra time

UFC 138: Mark Munoz ready for Chris Leben, time change, french toast

Mark Munoz

Whether it is guilty pleasures, trick-or-treating, or Chris Leben, Mark Munoz loves all that his life has to offer.

Establishing a strong base in wrestling from a young age, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” (Twitter: @Mark_Munoz) has developed those skills into making him a top middleweight contender.

With a record of 11-2, Munoz will be having his ninth fight with the UFC against the heavy hitting Chris Leben on Saturday at UFC 138 in Birmingham, England.

Fighting across the pond tends to affect fighters due to a mix of time zone change and jet lag.  While Munoz did not alter his training regimen, he did think about the time being spent in the gym.

“I haven’t changed anything,” Munoz explained to MMA Beatdown Radio on the MMADieHards Radio Network.  “But it’s actually cool because I’ve been training in the morning this whole camp and the morning time is when I’ll actually be fighting.  So it’ll be cool to fight overseas because my body will already be predisposed to fighting at that time.”

Munoz’s opponent, Leben, is famously known for bringing it to whoever faces him across the Octagon.  Having achieved five fight-night bonuses, Leben has become a favorite fighter for Munoz as well as many fans.

“I’m actually a big fan of Chris Leben,” Munoz admitted.  “I love the way he fights, he brings the fight every time and from a fan perspective and it’s totally awesome to watch him fight.  So I’m extremely honored to be able to fight him and stamp our legacy in the middleweight division.”

If Munoz is able to come away with a win in England, that may put him in the mix for someone new to challenge the current champ, Anderson Silva.  While Munoz admitted to being close friends with the Brazilian champ, he also stated that he is only in the UFC for one reason, and that is to be on top of the pedestal.

However, before the Wrecking Machine can even consider such a scenario, he still has to get through the UFC’s first attempt with a non-title five-round fight.  With superior cardio and game plan, Munoz does not plan on the fight going the distance.

“I set a high pace fight and he better be ready to go all five rounds,” said Munoz, “although I don’t think that it is going to go five rounds.  I’m confident to take the fight wherever it goes and the game plan is to punch him, and punch him really hard.”

When not concentrating on his opponent, Munoz is all about guilty pleasures and quality time.

In training camp, Munoz must give up his one tasty love, at least until the following morning.  Rest assured come this Sunday, he will be taking down his Kryptonite, french toast.

“That is very, very correct,” said Munoz.  “I would love to have loads and loads of french toast with cinnamon on top and maple syrup, man that is my guilty pleasure.”

Showing the passion that he has for both fans and family, Munoz carved time out of his schedule to be heard on the MMA DieHards Radio Network while he was at Disney Land with his family for Halloween.

“I have four kids and we’re at Disney Land trick-or-treating,” Munoz revealed.  “We’re just getting ready to go trick-or-treating, the kids are all dressed up and it’s going to be exciting tonight.”

Come Saturday the excitement is going to continue at UFC 138, where Munoz is sure to have some tricks as a treat for Leben.

Rear Naked Choke Radio: TOPPS box break with Nick Pace in studio, Bart Palasewski


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Rear Naked Choke Radio comes atcha live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. as Joe Rizzo and Jeremy Fullerton bring you something very special.

UFC bantamweight Nick Pace joins the guys in studio for a box break of the brand-new Topps UFC Finest, and UFC 137 knockout of the night winner Bart Palaszewski talks about his great win over Tyson Griffin.

If you’re a collector or just interested in some of the coolest UFC products around, check out the box break. Nick, Jeremy and Joe open the box and packets to give you a close-up view of what is inside, so make sure you watch the video stream!

Pace (Twitter: @NickPaceMMA) is in the final portion of his camp ahead of his fight Nov. 19 in San Jose, Calif., against former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres at UFC 139.  He also invented the Pace Choke.  Watch how Nick reacts in the box break when a card of his opponent is revealed.

Palaszewski (Twitter: @Bartimus7) knocked out Griffin at 2:45 of the first round in what not only was his debut in the UFC, but also as a featherweight.  In addition to taking home the $75,000 knockout of the night bonus, Bartimus also grabbed another $8,500 (25 percent) of his opponent’s show money since Griffin was over the featherweight limit at weigh-ins.  With that extra cash, he is forced to buy his daughter something.  Listen to find out!

Joe and Jeremy also take a look at UFC 138 against the odds and make their picks.

Rear Naked Choke Radio streams live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. ET (unless otherwise noted) and is part of the MMADieHards Radio Network.  If you cannot catch the live stream, it is available on demand RIGHT HERE shortly after completion of the broadcast.  We’re also available on iTunes and TalkShoe.

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