Saturday, June 18, 2011

Koscheck dislikes new shirt, Bonnar wants to pummel him

It's a great marketing idea that apparently irks some other UFC fighters. Stephan Bonnar's new "Trash Talking Kids" t-shirt line is based on real-life fighters like Josh Koscheck, Forrest Griffin and Cain Velasquez.

Koscheck's "Josh Koshbygosh" shirt is pretty cool, right? Not according to Bonnar, who claims Koscheck had his lawyers call about the t-shirt.

"He got wind of it and he didn't like it and I tried to explain it to him firsthand. 'Like, look we're doing them for all the fighters. It's kinda a joke, just cartoon versions of the fighters.' His version is called Josh Koshbygosh and he kinda looks like a Cabbage Patch doll, because he really does. Anyway, so he didn't like it," Bonnar told Five Knuckles. "Turns out we won't be able to sell his but we will be able to sell the other ones. I didn't think his was gonna sell too much anyway. We're getting hit up his lawyers at the moment, it's been a pain in the ass."

Bonnar also made some interesting comments about Koscheck and the now infamous sucker punch from Paul Daley.

"He actually inspired the idea, he talks so much [expletive] in the Daley fight and after the fight. The whole time I see Koscheck talking [expletive] to him on the ground, I thought it was hilarious and I was carrying on about it. Then sure I knew he was gonna get to Daley. Turns out afterward that he was saying terrible things about Daley's mom and all that. Well it's kinda understandable that Daley tried to punch him afterwards and sure enough he got to Daley. Daley lost his cool and punched him afterwards," Bonnar said. "I thought it was the funniest thing, like he is just a trash talking kid at heart."

UPDATE: Koscheck explained his side of the story to Bleacher Report

"This situation is very black and white," (Koscheck who is 14-4 in the UFC said). "There's a side of right and a side of wrong and I'm on the side of right. Stephan Bonnar and his company are on the side of wrong. I have an exclusive deal that is a conflict to use my image, to use my likeness, and to use my name."

"He spoke with myself and my manager Bob Cook at AKA when he was filming something for SpikeTV, he was in agreement and in an understanding that they would stop producing and making the shirt. Because I was about to get sued from my preexisting exclusive deal that I've had signed for two-years."

"He basically gave me no other choice, but to go after him legally because of the fact that I'm about to be sued from another company because of Stephan Bonnar and his antics."

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Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona 

Friday, June 17, 2011

1976 Olympian Davis not impressed by dos Santos’ boxing

The early line is out for the proposed Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos heavyweight title fight. Velasquez is a solid favorite at minus-150 which surprises because we keep hearing that JDS has the best boxing in the heavyweight divisiion.

Howard Davis Jr., a 1976 Olympic Gold medalist, isn't one of those viewers impressed with the Brazilian's boxing.

"If you compare it to boxing it wasn't that good. It was okay for MMA," Davis told Alex Donno from 790 the Ticket in Miami. "If he was a pure boxer, he would've knocked him out a long time ago. He just seemed cautious and scared. He didnt throw enough jabs. He should've put him away."

Davis doesn't believe JDS showed enough killer instinct.

"If Chuck Liddell [in his prime] was a heavyweight fighting one of these guys, especially Shane carwin, he would've knocked him out," said Davis. "Chuck was a fast starter. He didn't play. He tried to put you away. These guys are just too tentative too me."

Davis also pointed out that Liddell was wise in allowing injured fighters to get back to their feet, where he would try to inflict more damage.

Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona 

Florian debuts at featherweight with dominant UFC 131 win

In his first fight at 145 lbs., Kenny Florian showed off better cardio in a unanimous decision win over Diego Nunes. Florian took the judges' cards 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 at UFC 131 in Vancouver on Saturday night. It was a win that didn't please the Canuck-crowd, as Boston-based Florian wore a Boston Bruins jersey to weigh-ins on Friday.

Florian's start wasn't overwhelming as he worked on the takedown in the first round, using a great deal of energy to get Nunes to the ground. Neither fighter conceded the ground, and they returned to stand-up. Nunes tried a spinning back-fist more than once, but was stopped. Florian got a quick double-leg takedown, but before he could use his well-known elbows, Nunes squirmed out from underneath him.

Just before the round ended, Nunes landed a left followed with a right, and knocked Florian to the ground. He followed him to the ground and landed in Florian's guard, but the round ended before either fighter could do anything with it.

Both fighters started the second round aggressively, throwing huge strikes. Florian tried for a single-leg takedown, but Nunes showed fantastic takedown defense and remained on his feet. Nunes finally brought it to the ground and nearly was caught in a Florian triangle choke. Nunes wisely backed out of the guard, and the fighters returned to their feet. Near the end of the round, Florian was successful in getting a quick takedown. He smothered Nunes, throwing short elbows and strikes.

In the third round, a much less-gassed Florian had no trouble with a takedown. He maintained control with a bevy of strikes, and moved to side-control. Finally, the two returned to stand-up where Nunes tried to use huge kicks to win the fight, as he was clearly behind in the scorecards. Florian wasn't having it, as he easily moved out of danger for most of Nunes' strikes. In the last 10 seconds, Nunes rocked Florian with a combination, but it was too little, too late.

This was Florian's first fight at featherweight. Over the course of his UFC career, he has fought at middleweight, welterweight, lightweight and now featherweight, amassing a 14-5 record with two losses in title bouts.

"That was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," Florian said about the weight cut. "I was above 180 lbs."

He sees this win as a stepping stone for a shot at Jose Aldo's championship bout.

"I want to make a run for that belt. I beat one of the top guys in the world. Diego Nunes is going to be a future champ. I wanted to face someone like that and prove that I was one of the best guys in the world," Florian said.

Nunes should not be dismissed. He is just 29 years old, and trains with the tough Brazilian training camp, Nova Uniao. His record falls to 16-2.

Ricardo Almeida  Eddie Alvarez Thiago Alves 

The welterweight audio debate: Can someone take GSP’s belt in the next two years?

With Georges St-Pierre set to face Nick Diaz in October, it's looking more and more like the UFC's welterweight champ will make 170 pounds his permanent home. Is that a good for the sport? If GSP gets by Diaz, what's next?

Yahoo! Sports' lead MMA writer Kevin Iole joined myself on Las Vegas' "The MMA Insiders" show to debate the topic of the 170 division. Iole says if you believe the division is catching the champ, is just wishful thinking (4:27 mark).

During the "opening round" we also discussed the Diaz-GSP fight, Dana White vs. Roy Nelson vs. Frank Mir and the UFC president's World Cup concept for "The Ultimate Fighter."

Make sure you listen to part two with Kenny Florian and part three with Shane Carwin. "The MMA Insiders"�airs each Friday from 6-7 p.m. and streams live here.

Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona 

Gina Carano off June 18 Strikeforce card

Strikeforce announced today that Gina Carano will not fight on their June 18 card in Dallas after not getting medically cleared, and they have not decided yet if Sarah D'Alelio will still fight on the card. The bout between K.J. Noons and Jorge Masvidal will now be aired on Showtime. A reason for Carano's lack of a medical clearance was not given, nor was a return date.

The lack of medical clearance is a stumbling block for Carano's return to fighting after taking a break to work on her movie career. She hasn't fought since losing badly to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos nearly two years ago. Carano had recently moved training camps from Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas to Jackson's in New Mexico in preparation for the bout.

D'alelio was understandably disappointed, tweeting, "DAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMIT!!!" not long after the news broke about Carano. She added, "Positive vibes for a fellow fighter.....hopefully its nothing too serious. But still dammit >:( Ultra prepped for a good fight right now." With a 4-1 record, this was to be her Strikeforce debut.

Alex Andrade  Jermaine Andrè  Yoji Anjo 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

UFC 131: Weidman gets another first-round win

Chris Weidman continued his winning streak with a first-round submission over Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131 in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday night.

Bongfeldt used kicks to Weidman's face to start the bout, but then was lateraled and reversed by Weidman to get the fight to the ground. Weidman, a Division I wrestler from Hofstra, had no problem controlling Bongfeldt from the side. Weidman didn't let up for the rest of the round, even when the two returned to their feet. Weidman threw a knee, and Bongfeldt attempted a takedown, but gave up the guillotine. Weidman cranked, and Bongfeldt tapped at 4:54 in the first round.

After the fight, Weidman said that he injured his knee in the bout, and then gave a plug to his Twitter account.

"If you think I'm good, good-looking, a good fighter? Hook me up," Weidman told UFC analyst Joe Rogan.

UFC fighters have been promised bonuses for strong performances within social networking, so expect more mentions of Twitter. Also, expect more strong performances out of Weidman, who is 2-0 in the UFC and undefeated overall. Among his six fights are four first-round stoppages.

"I have a lot of dangerous moves from that position, so when I had his head, I knew I could pull off the choke. It felt good to have a full camp to prepare and work on all parts of my game. I'm ready to do whatever possible to keep improving and I'm looking forward to getting back in there," Weidman said.

Bongfeldt is now 0-1-1 in the Octagon, and 15-5-1 as a fighter.

Ricardo Arona  Tank Abbott Hiroyuki Abe

Frank Mir Isn?t Sold On JDS, Would Bet On Cain Velasquez Against Anybody

?I?m still not completely sold on dos Santos. (He hasn?t seen the UFC 131 fight between JDS/Carwin). I don?t know how well-rounded he is. Velasquez right now, though, I think is a hard match-up for everybody. I think he posses the one tool that is every heavyweight?s Achilles heel and that?s his cardio. It?s amazing [...]

Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona  Tank Abbott

Former NHL enforcer Brashear wins MMA debut; Cote wins on same card

It wasn't exactly MMA's finest moment, but Donald Brashear seemed to wow some in the crowd. The 18-year veteran of the NHL crushed Mathieu Bergeron in just 21 seconds in Quebec City on Saturday night.

Brashear, who has a three-fight deal with Ringside MMA , came to the arena with a Philadelphia Flyers bag.

A southpaw, the former Canuck, Flyer, Canadien, Thrasher and Capital, crushed Bergeron with a left and then pounded away on the ground as the last second fill-in turtled up.

Believe it not, the Brashear fight was actually the co-main event on the card. Former UFC middleweight title challenger Patrick Cote won via unanimous decision over Todd Brown in the co-feature. This was Cote's second straight win away from the UFC. He beat Kalib Starnes, another UFC alum, back in April. Cote (15-7) was cut by the promotion after a loss at UFC 121 to Tom Lawlor. A serious knee suffered against Anderson Silva at UFC 90 derailed Cote's career for nearly two years.

Ao Hailin  Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski 

Kingsbury survives much smaller Maldonado at TUF 13 Finale

LAS VEGAS - It looked like a heavyweight versus a blown up middleweight, but fighting at the highest level has little do with appearances. The much bigger Kyle Kingsbury discovered what crisp boxing felt like and found himself in a dog fight against Fabio Maldonado. Kingsbury was able to survive some nasty body shots, score a few takedowns and do enough damage from the thai clinch to pull out a unanimous decision, 29-28 on all cards, at "The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale" at the Palms.

"What a battle. A war. My head just continues to swell up. (Maldonado) is like the Terminator," said Kingsbury.

It's the fourth straight win for Kingsbury, who got off to a less than stellar start with the UFC. Kingsbury (11-4, 4-1 UFC) is one of several TUF alums on the card. Kingsbury lost to both Ryan Bader and Krzysztof Soszy?ski on the show, but the UFC saw enough in him to offer him a spot on the TUF 7 Finale. The former Arizona State defensive lineman has grown a lot as a fighter. He met a tough cookie tonight in Maldonado (18-4, 1-1 UFC).

"All the footage I saw on him came through tonight. But is sure is different going through it in your head and then experiencing it in person. I kept giving him good shot after good shot and they seemed like they were just going right through him," Kingsbury said. "It can be a little disheartening.� It does affect you.� But he's experiencing the same thing as well.� You just need to keep your composure."

Early on, it looked like Kingsbury would overpower the Brazilian. The thai clinches appeared to be doing major damage as the taller Kingsbury threw some vicious knees. Upon closer look, Maldonado was blocking many of the knees and began hurting Kingsbury with some powerful body shots. He also ate a few big overhand rights. When Kingsbury decided to blow his nose in the third round, his left eye blew up.

According to FightMetric, Maldonado outlanded Kingsbury 122-110. That included 65 body shots. Both, this Cagewriter and Yahoo! Sports' lead MMA writer Kevin Iole scored it 29-29 for Maldonado.

"I have a lot of respect for Kyle. He's a really tough guy. I honestly thought that I won the fight," Maldonado said. "I felt like I controlled every area of the fight.� Applying a little more pressure and a few more kicks might have convinced the judges in the end that I did do enough to win the fight."

The Kingsbury takedowns must've gone a long way for the judges. He made good on 5-of-14.

Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona  Tank Abbott

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Carwin took a beating, doesn’t remember much of UFC 131

Shane Carwin confirmed what most us already knew. In a one-sided beatdown, he ate a lot of punches from Junior dos Santos at UFC 131.The scary part is Carwin says he doesn't recall parts of the fight.

"I have had a lot of time to reflect on the fight, and while I have not seen it and due to the damage I incurred, I can't recall much of the fight. What I do know is this I am a guy learning how to fight at the elite level," Carwin wrote on his blog. "My heart can't be questioned, I think I showed that I have the cardio to fight at this level and I just need to work on my technique."

Carwin said he knew he was in trouble early in the fight.

"As the fight started, I just did not feel like myself," Carwin said. "I wasn't able to get my feet moving and Junior capitalized quickly. As he was pummeling me I kept trying to find a way to defend myself so [referee Herb Dean] would not stop the fight. Junior was landing solid shots and that is where probably he broke my nose."

Carwin did all he could to make it through the final round and take the fight to a decision.

"After the second round I knew I was in trouble. My nose made it impossible to breathe, my eyes were full of blood and Junior was still coming at me."

Shinya Aoki  Andrei Arlovski  Ricardo Arona