Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 11/16/2012
By PDG Staff
UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit Flash Quotes
The biggest comeback in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization emanates from the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night as hometown hero and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre finally returns from a career threatening knee injury. “GSP” collides with interim champion Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit in the main event of UFC 154, in what the Canadian calls the biggest challenge of his career.
Also on the card, two other leading welterweights – Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks – throw down in a fight to determine who goes forward towards a title shot at 170lbs. Here’s what is on the minds of the combatants, just 48 hours before the highly anticipated Pay-Per-View event.
Georges St-Pierre, UFC welterweight champion – “I’m not going to think too much in there. I’m going to trust that I’ve prepared correctly and let my instincts guide me. I don’t want to think too much in the fight; I want to let my instincts tell me what to do in there. I have been thinking too much in some of my fights, and when you do that you are slower and not aggressive. This time I’m fighting more on instinct.
“The fire is back. You never know just what you have until it is taken away from you. Before my last fight (against Jake Shields, April 2011) I was like ‘Man, another fight and weight-cut, I cannot wait for it to be over and go on vacation’. But now the fire is back, and I cannot wait to fight and get back to doing what I do. I am a proud man and I want to prove that I am still No1. I’m scared to be back, there will be butterflies but I am happy to be fighting too.”
Carlos Condit, UFC interim welterweight champion – “I feel surprisingly calm, I usually put on a facade and pretend not to be nervous but, for this fight, I feel very calm and ready to do this. I’ve got several game-plans ready and I feel strong. I’m bringing it on Saturday night. I’m not going to fight recklessly but I know he’s the best takedown guy in the world and I have to make the most of every chance I get to attack him on the feet.
“I was told I have the best finish rate of any champion in the UFC, and I always look to end fights. This is the biggest fight of my career and I’m not going to do anything that has got me to this point.
“I’m an emotional guy, I cry at movies, man, so beating GSP and winning the world title… yeah, I’ll probably cry in the Octagon.”
Martin Kampmann, UFC welterweight contender – “For sure, this is a No.1 contender fight in my mind and I’m sure his mind too. I think we’re the last two guys standing at the top of the division.
“Hendricks has some of the best wrestling in the whole UFC. And he’s got those heavy hands. He’s a stocky, powerful dude but I’ve been hit before and come back to win. But of course I’m not planning to get hit by him. I’m planning on picking him apart, and hitting him with my big shots. I’ve sparred with him in the past and he hits hard and he’s maybe the best wrestler in the UFC, but I am ready.
“I’ve not had any easy fights in the UFC. I’ve fought everyone. And I’ve been here since 2006. It is hard to even stay in the UFC that long, but I’ve gotten better each year and now I think I can beat anyone in the division. I want the GSP vs. Condit winner, for sure.
“From a personal perspective, I can definitely see it being better for me if Carlos beats GSP. If I win and he wins, I think the fans will want to see Carlos prove that he can beat me because I’m the last guy to beat him. At the same time, I’d like to fight GSP for the title, because he’s the pound-for-pound guy and beating him is something that will be remembered in my career.
“But, first, I have to beat Hendricks.”
Johny Hendricks, UFC welterweight contender – “This is the fight where I prove I’m ready to be champion. I know you’re not supposed to look ahead at the next fight, but fighting for the title is something I’ve dreamed about for years and I’ve got one more win before I get to fight for that belt. That isn’t a distraction – that’s motivation.
“I used to spar with Martin but that was a long time ago. It means nothing. Let me put my fist on him once – and that means it is over. Martin can dish out a good shot but I can take it. I don’t know if he can take my best shot. I think he’s shown lately he can be hurt and I think I punch harder than anyone in the division.”
GLORY Announces Top 8 Seeds for New Year’s Eve Heavyweight Grand Slam Tournament
Glory Sports International has announced the top eight seeds for the star-studded GLORY 4 TOKYO – Heavyweight Grand Slam, 16-man, single-elimination tournament at Saitama Super Arena on December 31.
Heavyweight champion Semmy Schilt (39-6, 18 KO’s) of Netherlands has been named the No. 1 seed in the tournament draw. Seeds No. 2 through 8 have been assigned to Gokhan Saki (77-15, 53 KO’s) of Turkey, Daniel Ghita (44-7, 34 KO’s) of Romania, Remy ‘The Flying Gentleman’ Bonjasky (76-14, 40 KO’s) of Netherlands, Peter ‘The Dutch Lumberjack’ Aerts (104-30-1, 78 KO’s) of Netherlands, Errol Zimmerman of Curacao (76-16-1, 41 KO’s), Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva (32-8-1, 22 KO’s) of Brazil and Sergei Kharitonov (22-7 12 KO’s) of Russia, respectively.
A draw that will decide the tournament’s quarterfinal round matchups will take place in Tokyo on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and will stream live, free-of-charge on GloryWorldSeries.com, beginning at 8 p.m. local time/6 a.m. EST/3 a.m. PST.
“The fighters in this tournament are without a doubt the best heavyweights in the world. The top eight seeds alone would make for an amazing tournament but, when you consider that they are just half of the Grand Slam field, you realize that the Dec. 31 event is going to be something very special,” said GLORY Managing Director Marcus Luer.
“It is a great pleasure and considerable honor for us to present the top eight seeds to the Japanese fans and fight fans around the world. The complete line-up is the strongest there has ever been for any kickboxing event and it will be by far the most challenging tournament in the history of the sport,” observed GLORY Chairman Pierre Andurand.
GLORY determines its tournament seeds using the GLORY World Federation rankings. The card featuring the GLORY 4 Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam tournament represents one half of the ‘GSI presents DREAM 18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo – New Year’s Eve Special,’ double-header event at Saitama Super Arena. The action will kick off at 4 p.m. local time with DREAM 18, a Mixed Martial Arts card stacked with world-class talent to be announced soon.
The Ultimate Fighter Finale 16 – Fight Card Update
After the loss of Shane Carwin due to injury earlier this week, the UFC announced today that Matt Mitrione has verbally agreed to face off with Roy “Big Country” Nelson at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on December 15 in Las Vegas. The two heavyweight contenders have a history, as both were teammates on Team Rashad on season 10 of TUF. Phil DeFries, originally scheduled to face Mitrione at UFC 155, will receive a new opponent for the year-end event.
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
December 15, 2012
The Joint at the Hard Rock
Las Vegas, Nevada
Roy Nelson (17-7) vs. Matt Mitrione (5-1)
TUF 16 Welterweight Finals
Mike Pyle (23-8-1) vs. James Head (9-2)
Nick Catone (9-3) vs. TJ Waldburger (15-7)
Rustam Khabilov (14-1) vs. Vinc Pichel (6-0)
Reuben Duran (8-3-1) vs. Hugo Viana (6-0)
Johnny Bedford (18-9-1) vs. Marcos Vinicius (6-0)
Dustin Poirier (12-2) vs. Jonathan Brookins (13-5)
Tim Elliot (8-3-1) vs. Jared Papazian (14-8)
John Cofer (7-2) vs. Mike Rio (8-1)
Melvin Guillard (30-11-2) vs. Jamie Varner (20-7-1)
Khalidov-Manhoef, Three Title Bouts Set for KSW 21
The biggest European promotion KSW returns to its birth city of Warsaw with its year-end show on December 1st in Torwar Arena. The best Polish and foreign fighters will once again provide MMA fans all around the world with maximal dose of sporting excitement.
In the event’s headlining bout, the most outstanding European middleweight Mamed Khalidov will square off against the kickboxing superstar Melvin Manhoef. In the classic grappler versus striker match-up, the unbeaten on his home turf Pole will look to use his slick submission skills to submit his foe, while the explosive Dutch knockout artist will try to rip Khalidov’s head off with his trademark punches and kicks. This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting MMA showdowns to be held in Europe this year.
Apart from the spectacular main event, the star-studded show will also feature as many as three title bouts. In the middleweight championship clash, Michał Materla will defend his belt for the first time facing UFC veteran Rodney Wallace. The Szczecin-based fighter won this valuable trophy in May, outlasting Jay Silva in a battle that will go down as one the best fights in Polish history. Wallace returns to KSW to erase his disappointing performance against Khalidov at KSW 19. Since then, the experienced American won two consecutive bouts by TKO stoppages and is eager to add another one in front of the Polish audience.
The inaugural KSW welterweight title will find its way to either Aslambek Saidov’s or Borys Mańkowski’s hands. It will not only be the clash of two highest ranked Polish welterweights, but also a rivalry between two of the most renowned teams in Poland in Arrachion MMA Olsztyn and Ankos Zapasy Poznań. Saidov earned his way to the title with six KSW victories in a row, while Mańkowski won his two KSW appearances this year.
The KSW lightweight championship fight will feature a long-awaited rematch between fan-favorites Maciej Jewtuszko and Artur Sowiński. In November of last year Sowiński upset the UFC veteran with a knockout victory in just forty-six seconds. Since, then, the popular Irokez has been burning with revenge, calling out his rival on every occasion. KSW owners answered his demands and set up the anticipated match-up for the December’s show.
The remaining part of the card also guarantees unforgettable excitement. Former KSW middleweight champion and one of the Polish MMA pioneers Krzysztof Kułak returns from injuries to battle young up-and-comer, Nastula Team product Piotr Strus. In the first American versus American clash in KSW history, the former title challenger Jay Silva is set to face the true veteran of the sport Matt Horwich, while the opening bout the night features the second leg of the KSW female tournament with Paulina Bońkowska squaring off against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Executive Producer Masato Announces: Dec. 15 Athens Event Highlights
K-1 RISING 2012 WORLD MAX FINAL 8 will be held on December 15th in Athens, Greece. It will be a one-day tournament to determine the 2012 World Champion for the -70kg weight class. The 8 fighters who have won in the Best 16 for the weight class last May 27 in Madrid, Spain will fight to aim for the title K-1 WORLD MAX World Champion and a 300,000 dollar prize.
The previously announced fight card was based on our careful consideration to bring our fans the ultimate knock-out sport, K-1.
1st Fight: Mike Zambidis (Greece) vs. Reece McAllister (UK)
2nd Fight: Yasuhiro Kido (Japan) vs. Murthel Groenhart (Netherlands)
3rd Fight: Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) vs. Chris Ngimbi (Congo)
4th Fight: Andy Souwer (Netherlands) vs. Andy Ristie (Suriname)
‘Shogun from Brasil’ Highlight Video by DESKO Unlimited
UFC 156 – Super Bowl Weekend – Fight Card Update
Top-ten ranked heavyweight contenders will collide as Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Alistair “The Reem” Overeem have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 156. The bout, expected to take place Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, has been scheduled pending licensing approval of Overeem by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That decision will be finalized in early 2013.
UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar
Feb 02, 2013
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Jose Aldo (21-1) vs. Frankie Edgar (14-3-1) – UFC featherweight title bout
Alistair Overeem (36-11) vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (17-4)
Rashad Evans (17-2-1) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (20-5)
Jon Fitch (24-4-1) vs. Demian Maia (17-4)
Urijah Faber (26-6) vs. TBD
Erick Silva (14-3) vs. TBA
UCMMA 31 – Fight Card Update
With just 2 weeks to go before UCMMA 31, news broke out at UCMMA HQ this morning that the current UCMMA Heavyweight Champion, Darren ‘Power House’ Towler has had to pull out due to injury; Towler has ripped his shoulder muscle which could put him out of action until next year.
But just as one man pulls out another man is ready in the background waiting silently for the phone call from the big man, Dave O’Donnell isn’t Santa Clause but he may as well be, Stepping up to take on Goliath Grove is CFC Heavyweight Champion, Thomasz Czerwinski.
Big Tom said that his been waiting for a phone call, from Dave, knowing that anything can go wrong when Heavyweights are training, ‘I am so excited to step and take on former UFC, Bellator and Cage Rage Star but this fight is no exception, Grove is getting knocked out just like any other opponent of mine’.
Czerwinski is coming off a huge KO over Kevin Kamp to become the CFC Champion and is now looking to add another belt to get his collection off to a flying start. Towler Vs Grove was scheduled to be for the Heavyweight title but now the champion is out Neil Grove Vs Tomasz Czerwinski will be set for the Heavyweight Interim Title.
SN’s Trigg to corner Kampmann at UFC 154
In addition to providing in-depth analysis for Sportsnet at UFC 154, former No. 1 UFC welterweight contender Frank Trigg will be in the corner of co-main event fighter Martin Kampmann when he takes on Johny Hendricks.
Former UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion Randy Couture was set to be in Kampmann’s corner, but a scheduling conflict forced Couture to cancel his trip to Montreal. The Danish welterweight, who trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, asked Trigg to help out on short notice and the 40-year-old obliged.
“I trained with Martin three days a week throughout this camp to get him ready; I’m a left-handed wrestler like Johny is so it just made sense,” Trigg told Sportsnet.ca Thursday.
UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez II – Fight Card Update
A knee injury has forced longtime lightweight contender Gray Maynard out of his UFC 155 bout with Joe Lauzon on December 29 in Las Vegas. Stepping in for “The Bully” will be New Jersey standout Jim Miller in what promises to be another action-packed bout to remember.
UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez
December 29, 2012
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
Junior dos Santos (15-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (10-1) – UFC heavyweight title bout
Chris Weidman (9-0) vs. Tim Boetsch (16-4)
Joe Lauzon (22-7) vs. Jim Miller (21-4)
Phil Davis (10-1) vs. Forrest Griffin (19-7)
Brad Pickett (22-6) vs. Eddie Wineland (19-8-1)
Phil DeFries (9-1) vs. TBD
Chris Leben (22-8) vs. Karlos Vemola (9-3)
Alan Belcher (18-6) vs. Yushin Okami (27-7)
Erik Perez (12-4) vs. Byron Bloodworth (6-2)
Michael Johnson (12-6) vs. Myles Jury (10-0)
K-1 World Grand Prix Final – Catalin Morosanu vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic?
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