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MMA News Round-Up: Dillashaw Ends 22 Fight Win Streak for Baraos at UFC 173

TJT.J. Dillashaw pulled off one of the greatest upset in the UFC’s 20-plus-year history when he stopped Renan Barao in the fifth round of their bantamweight title fight at UFC 173.

Dominating from start to finish Dillashaw inflicted the Brazilian’s first defeat since his pro debut in April 2005, ending Barao’s 22-fight winning streak and 34-fight unbeaten record.

Dillashaw, a college wrestler, utilised his hands to defeat Barao, at the MGM Grand event, finishing the bout in the third minute of the fifth round when referee Herb Dean stopped the contest after Barao was sent to the canvas.

“He’s the best of the world and that’s what brought it out of me,” Dillashaw said. “I had to bring my A-game because I was fighting the best in the world.”

Despite Dillashaw using a lot of lateral movement and kicks early in the fight, Barao still stalked forward. But Dillashaw began to land his punches midway through the round and it was clear they were taking a toll on the Brazilian.

Barao had been knocked down with a right hand late in the first which nearly finished him, but his sheer resilience kept him in the fight.

But Dillashaw fought with great poise and never got rattled. He didn’t take unnecessary chances and stuck to his plan and repeatedly – blasting Barao with a barrage of hard and accurate shots.

The fight finally ended when Dillashaw landed a punch, a kick and another punch that put an exhausted Barao flat on his back.

Dillashaw immediately pounced and landed several hard shots on the ground until Dean stepped in to call an end to proceedings.

Pantangco Takes Sportsmanship to Another Level

Pantangco Tap outMike Pantangco took sportsmanship to a whole new level after deciding to tap-out despite dominating Jeremy Rasner during a fight in the Prison City Fight League in Jackson, Michigan.

In the YouTube footage, which had been seen over four million times since its posting, Pantangco was clearly winning over the taller Rasner—landing clinical punches, kicks and knee blows.

But rather than inflicting further damage to his opponent, Pantangco tapped out with just seconds left in the opening round.

“I just feel like there’s no point fighting him because he didn’t train against me and I didn’t train for him,” Pantangco told AXS TV, explaining his surprising act of mercy rule.

Rasner was a last-minute replacement after Pantangco’s original opponent pulled out.

“I just feel like we’re amateur fighters,” Pantangco added. “We don’t get money, we don’t get paid and I know the only thing that the only thing I’m going to finish the fight is him to go in the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I’m just going to give him the win,”

To see the incredible video of Pantangco tapping out click here.

MMA Round Up: UFC 175 bout, Casey v Sanchez, Teixeira

Faber v Caceres Confirmed for UFC 175

FaberUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials have confirmed Urijah Faber will face Alex Caceres at UFC 175 on July 5.

According to a report from ESPN.com, verbal agreements are in place for the match up, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas.

UFC 175 is headlined by a middleweight title showdown between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida.

Ten years younger than his opponent, Caceres will step back into the Octagon after winning four of his last five fights, while “Bruce Leeroy” last competed on January 25th, when he upset Sergio Pettis via third-round submission at the UFC on Fox 10 event.

Kevin Casey will meet Andrew Sanchez at RFA 15

RFA 15Kevin Casey will meet Andrew Sanchez for the vacant belt at RFA 15. The middleweight title clash will headline Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s next event, as the event takes place at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Culver City, California on June 6th.

It will also feature Alan Jouban taking on with Ricky Legere Junior for the welterweight title.

The evening’s main card will see once-beaten James Moontasri take on the undefeated prospect Dashon Johnson.

The event also hosts karate ace Chinzo Machida, who faces Dmitry Gerasimov.

No Surgery for Teixeira

TeixeiraUFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira will not require surgery on his injured right shoulder as first feared.

He injured his shoulder during the opening round of his UFC 172 title fight with champion Jon Jones in Baltimore at the end of April.

Though an MRI on May 2 confirmed the tear, and the 34-year-old was expected to require surgery, doctors confirmed that Teixeira would not have to go under the knife after all.

MMA Study provides Lessons for All

LJMUWith the success of The UFC and other high profile television spectaculars, Mixed Martial Arts is certainly enjoying its profile as one of the most popular sports in the world.

But now it seems MMA is not just watched by millions of fans around the world, but is also the focus of top University academics

Several MMA athletes have teamed up with a major UK university to assist with groundbreaking research into one of the world’s best loved combat sports.

Fighters who are on the bill for the upcoming Cage Warriors event at the ECHO Arena in Liverpool recently visited Liverpool John Moores University to undergo scans and for a general health and fitness check-up.

PhD student Ben Crighton is researching mixed martial arts (MMA) for his three-year course of study and couldn’t turn down the opportunity of working with some of the most exciting up-and-coming fighters around.

The student, who is also a conditioning coach, told The Liverpool ECHO: “MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world and; despite this there is currently no governing or regulatory body for MMA within the UK.

“This research will help promote the healthy and safe participation in this popular sport.”

The scans gave the athletes – including Danny Roberts and Dean Garnett – a unique chance to look at the inside their own bodies and the results provided a detailed breakdown of the their fat and muscle mass, as well as bone density.

LJMU is the first such institution in the UK to research MMA and the safe practice of the sport.

Ben’s PhD is a collaboration between the university’s Centre for Public Health and the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences and he is working alongside Safe MMA, a not-for-profit medical project set up to ensure the safety of MMA fighters in the UK.

As well as being a fantastic study aid, the results of the research also provide a valuable lesson to those inside the octagon too.

PhD supervisor, Dr Conan Leavey, said: “MMA is growing in popularity and it is important that any youngsters thinking of taking up the sport really appreciate the extremely high level of fitness that is required.

“From a public health perspective, it is essential that sport and exercise are promoted responsibly and participation in combat sports is made as safe as possible.”

Fighters Dean Garnett, 25 and Danny Roberts, 26, both from South Liverpool, said the research was a fascinating insight into the condition of their bodies as they prepared for their upcoming fights.

They said the biggest risk facing MMA fighters was those who went too far when it came to losing weight before fights, risking health problems like kidney failure.

“The sport is growing so the research they’re doing is important,” said Garnett.

MMA Round Up: UFC Drug Testing, Jones Reward for Lost Cat, 5 v 5 Bouts

“Whole UFC Card” to be Drug tested

dana-white.p1UFC President Dana White has spoken out following the random drug testing of Jon Jones and title challenger Glover Teixeira to announce that the UFC will now be testing the entire fight card.

“We’re testing the whole card now.” White told reporters in Los Angeles. “Everyone is getting tested.”

He explained that the increased scrutiny is the only way to further the evolution of the sport in the long term.

“Obviously, doing away with performance-enhancing drugs not only helps us run our business, but it also helps the fighters,” White said.

“If you can make sure you take a hard enough stance and you can keep these young, talented kids off these drugs, their careers are going to last longer.”

 

Jon Jones offers $1,500 reward for missing rare cat

jon-jonesJon Jones, the UFC’s light heavyweight champion, has offered a $1,500 reward for the return of his pet cat Mufasa.

He explained that Mufasa, apparently named after the father lion in the Disney animated classic “The Lion King,” weighs about 20 pounds and a cross between an African serval and a domestic house cat and is known as a Savannah cat.

Jones is currently preparing for his latest title defence later this month at UFC 172 against Glover Teixeira on April 26 in Baltimore.

“If anyone sees him, they would know right away that he’s not your typical house cat,” Jones said.

Are 5 on 5 Bouts the Future of MMA?

5 man MMAFox Sports have recently reported on a something called the “Team Fighting Championships,” which is ultimately a 10 man MMA mass brawl.

The fights all take place simultaneously, so once a fighter is eliminated, either by knock-out or submission, his team is left to fight on with a huge numerical disadvantage.

Take a look at a video of a 5 v 5 bout between Poznan of Poland and Gothenburg of Sweden if you don’t believe it.

MMA Round Up: St-Pierre Surgery, UFC 175, Siver Suspension

St-Pierre to Have ACL Surgery

St-PierreFormer UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will have surgery to repair his torn ACL. He will see the same physicians with whom he had his last ACL surgery in 2011.

St-Pierre told FOX Sports that he injured his left knee last week towards the end of one of his training sessions when his foot got caught in the training mats..

Prior to tearing the ACL in his left knee, St-Pierre tore the same ligament in his right knee in 2011, forcing him out of the Octagon for several months after. Upon his return, he defeated interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit in November 2012.

Henderson to Face Cormier at UFC 175?

Dan-HendersonMMAFighting.com has reported that a UFC Light Heavyweight bout with title implications could be on the card at UFC 175.

That match-up could see Dan Henderson facing Daniel Cormier on the July PPV event, the same card that will feature a UFC Middleweight title bout between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida.

Although the fight has not been officially sanctioned, sources close to the fighters have confirmed the fight will take place, with an official announcement in the coming days.

Siver Issued with Temporary Suspension

dennissiverUFC featherweight Dennis Siver has been issued with a temporary suspension by the Nevada athletic commission after testing positive for the banned substance Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) following UFC 168 in December.

The suspension came as the state prepares to make a case against Siver in an upcoming commission hearing, perhaps as early as next month. At that time, state deputy attorney general Christopher Eccles will present Siver’s lab report. Siver will also have the opportunity to voice his defence.

Siver has recently blamed a supplement recommended to him by a new trainer that was assisting him with his diet and weight-cutting efforts. In that statement, Siver said he was “shocked” by the positive result.

MMA Round Up: Fight Night 38, Guillard Released

Henderson Wins Fight Night 38

dan-henderson-ufc-161Dan Henderson defeated Shogun Roa at UFC Fight Night 38 in Brazil on Saturday.

Henderson survived being dropped twice in the space of two to still give Rua a taste of his own medicine, as he stopped his opponent in the third round to earn the TKO victory in an eventful bout.

Henderson overcame a slow start against Rua to score a vicious knockout with a blow that left Rua in a confused state with a badly damaged nose.

Rua did the early stalking, pecking away at Henderson early with leg kicks, both inside and out, while managing to block Henderson’s early right overhand attempts.

But Rua picked up the intensity right from the opening of the second frame, landing another hard right and forcing Henderson into the clinch. They traded again and this time Shogun drilled Henderson with a blistering uppercut that sent Henderson to the mat again.

Henderson opened the third round with a series of stunning punches, but was unable to land a significant blow. In the clinch, however, Rua’s hands were down, and as they separated, Henderson cracked Rua with a crushing right hand that sent Shogun reeling.

Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight after 1 minute 31 seconds of the round and as Shogun stood, he collapsed backward in both agony and in a state of semi-consciousness.

Guillard Released from UFC

GuillardMelvin Guillard’s UFC run has come to an end after nearly nine years.

The decision comes after the 30-year-old lost a unanimous decision to Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night 38 in London earlier this month and “The Young Assassin” was released from the UFC on Thursday night, according to his manager Malki Kawa.

Guillard made his debut on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2005. Despite losing early in the tournament, Guillard defeated Marcus Davis via second-round TKO in the Finale to secure a spot in the organization.

The lightweight fighter went 12-9 inside the Octagon, with memorable wins against Dennis Siver, Gleison Tibau, Evan Dunham and Mac Danzig.

MMA Round Up: Castillo, Silva, Rousey

Castillo to Fight Brenneman at UFC 173

Danny Castillo will fight a different opponent on his return to the Octagon. Initially expected to take on Isaac Vallie-Flagg on April 26 in Baltimore, Castillo now meets Charlie Brenneman, after Vallie-Flagg was moved to a lightweight bout with Takanori Gomi.

Castillo looks to get back on track following a defeat to Edson Barboza in December, while Brenneman’s four-fight win streak came to an end following a submission loss to Beneil Dariush in his return to the UFC in January (Image: Sherdog)

Anderson Silva Back in Action


Silva InjuryTen weeks after a shocking injury during a championship fight with Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the former middleweight is already kicking with his left leg.

His tibia and fibula were shattered when Weidman checked his kick back in December, but Silva said that being able to kick again is one of the greatest moments of his life.

“I compare this first kicks to the joy of the birth of my first sons,” Silva told UOL.

“Not it’s time to overcome the fear, and I’ll get there. I still have much to do, but I’m confident and happy with the first results.”

As yet there are no plans for Silva’s return to the octagon (Image: Getty)

Rousey: “I’d Beat Mayweather in a Fight”

D14-FMJR_SU_C_^_SUNDAYUFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey believes that she would beat Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr if she were to meet him in the ring.

The women’s mixed martial arts superstar appeared in a radio interview, where she was asked what would happen if she was to fight the boxing legend.

“I would drop down to the ground and crawl over to him as fast as I can,” she said.

“I wouldn’t even stand up, I wouldn’t be near him. I would just do a little army crawl over there and he would have to run away. I would just bear crawl, too low for him to hit me, and tackle him down. I spent a lot of time on the ground, and I doubt that he does.” (Image AP)

Is the salary of this MMA Superstar fair?

Jamal Asskoumi from Fightbacker.com discusses whether Georges St-Pierre’s salary is worthy of his talent in comparison to other MMA stars.

As highest pay-per-view buy in the UFC, Georges St-Pierre has cemented his placed as a superstar of MMA – even with the controversy hovering around his most recent fight with Johny Hendrick, GSP’s legacy cannot be denied. He has done what most will never do in their career and must be commended for it.

Johny Hendricks may have left the arena of UFC 167 as the uncrowned champion, winning the hearts of many of the spectators and fans alike, leaving GSP to exit the cage with a bruised face, the belt, oh, and a substantial amount of money in his pocket.

For the five round war, GSP will be taking home over £3m for his efforts. However, with only £250,000 coming as a recorded wage from the UFC, one may be asking themselves; how has he made this much for one fight?

The answer is simple. GSP’s contract works in such a way that he receives bonuses depending on how many pay-per-view sales the card gets, and as you can imagine, being touted as the highest drawing pay-per-view star of MMA, this salary can grow to be enormous. The expected formula to this system works as follows:

Number of buys: Bonus

  • Fewer than 100,000: No bonus
  • 100,000 – 175,000: $1 per buy
  • 175,000 – 300,000: $1.5 per buy
  • 300,000 – 330,000: $2 per buy
  • Over 330,000: $3 per buy

Although the official numbers are not yet available for the fight card, we can estimate using previous statistics that the man also known as “Rush” made almost £2m from this system alone.

Now, that leaves yet another £1.5m unaccounted for. This source of this sum? Sponsors. The Canadian champion can be seen sporting several logos on his shorts and banners, all of which will be sending hefty amounts directly into the welterweight’s bank account.

St-Pierre has seen endorsement deals from the heavyweights of the corporate world, the likes of which include; Google, Gatorade and Bacardi. The total of amount from the sponsors can see Georges pocket up to an additional £1.5m per fight.

What GSP has done for this sport is admirable, but I pose the question to you – is it just that GSP make this amount of money on one fight alone, when fighters on the same card will not even make close to 5% of this?

This sour taste left in our mouths is only increased by the controversial win, which should have seen GSP dethroned.

Five health benefits of taking up MMA training

mma_1382447828For those looking in from the outside of the ring (or octagon), MMA can appear to be a vicious and dangerous sport.

This most testing of disciplines is not for the feint hearted, admittedly. But beyond the stunning kicks and eye-watering submission moves, the benefits of participating in this ever-growing pastime cannot be doubted.

With a huge emphasis on fitness, strength and mental superiority, MMA combines everything that combat sports offer, all under one roof.

Here are five of the most recognised benefits of MMA and how they come together to make a you a fitter, healthier and more competent individual.

1. Stress Relief

There are few healthier ways of relieving stress than by physical activity.  With the mental focus needed to practice MMA, the stressful aspects of your life take a backseat while you are learning a new technique or defending yourself in a practice scenario.  Even a short, one hour class can be effective, as it gives you the break we often need to get reinvigorated and to re-focus on life.

2. Increased Strength

An obvious benefit of this most physical of sports is gaining extra strength. This is due to the fact that the various styles associated with a martial arts exercise programme will target all major muscles; instead of a regular exercise routine that will only focus on one area. This includes the upper and lower body. In short, MMA uses so many parts of the anatomy, you are engaging in a full body work out each time you take part in a training session or bout.

3. Endurance

As well as strength training, cardiovascular conditioning is also utilised when participating in mixed martial arts training. The physical activity not only increases your endurance, it also improves the performance of your heart and lungs; with other bodily systems adapting to perform at much higher levels. If you find the routine of your conventional gym workout tedious, martial arts training is often much more entertaining – meaning it’s more likely you’ll persist with it.

4. Improved Balance

With improved strength and endurance comes superior balance and flexibility. During MMA training your core muscles become more powerful you will be able to maintain your centre point more accurately as you practice kicks, jumps and other moves.

5. Confidence

One of the biggest benefits of MMA is the mental impact. You will learn to trust your own abilities when it comes to overcoming obstacles. The confidence gained from MMA training can benefit you in the office, your relationships, and wherever else you can use an increase in self assurance. You may find yourself with increased leadership skills or an ability to conquer presentations just like you would in the ring.

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