Shogun’s team surprised with him gassing against Vera

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source: tatame.com

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s performance against Brandon Vera last Saturday (4th) was not as good as the ones that made him famous at Pride. Seven years have passed by since his triumph on the GP of the extinct Japanese event, and now he is 30 years old it seems that his age begins to be an issue.

“It was a war, a cardio test, but we got the win”, his Muay Thai coach and head coach Andre Dida celebrates, aware of the mistakes to be fix for his next fight, still undefined. The main problem was his gas, once the former champion got tired after the very first round.

“Shogun did his entire training camp with me, Sergio (Moraes) and the team. Our game plan was making Vera feel his heavy hands and take him down to use Shogun’s Jiu-Jitsu, which was the easiest way for Shogun to beat him. Tactically it was alright, but it was really a surprise for us and also for Shogun that he gassed out”, acknowledges.

Dida tells that the goal was to explore the trade of punches and finish the fight on the ground, where the Brazilian was clearly better, and explains that the greatest goal was achieved: the win.

“A win is a win, it doesn’t matter if you score it with your head, shoulder or knee. Shogun knocked him out and did his job. I’m very proud of him and he proved he never gives up. Fighting him is always a war and he never surrenders”, highlights.

Many fans criticized Shogun Rua’s performance, once they hoped for an easy win, but Dida points out that fans of the Brazilian always expect for a deadly performance, like he was at Pride, which is not possible to do every time

“Shogun has reached his physical peak already and it doesn’t come back”, said the coach. “I saw many people criticizing him, but the team approved his performance: he went for the knockout and won. You can always correct some details in your fight, like it happened this time but we’re going to fix it and get there”.

“We couldn’t work Shogun’s 100 percent on a fight but it will happen. We will do it and I hope it happens when we have a chance at the title. We’re getting along just fine and we’ll make it work”, concludes.

Siyar Bahadurzada wants to fight BJ Penn, for free

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source: twitter.com

Siyar The Great @SiyarTheGreat
UFC welterweight fighter. On April 17, 1984 war and violence married and I was born. But i’m fighting for peace, unity and positivity!

Thanks for tweeting my name as replacement for Rory. It would be truelly an honor to fight BJ Penn, but he is willing to wait for Rory!

Hey @bjpenndotcom since Rory is out, you would make a dream come true if u’d take my fight. I’m not a bigger name than Rory yet, but..

I promise u i’m a better & tougher fight. I admire ur warrior spirit & don’t take this as disrespect. From 1 real fighter to another!

Damn it… I wish I was born 200 years ago where people fought for other reasons than money or status! #HonorAndPride

The only reason I wanna fight @bjpenndotcom is to test my will and warrior spirit vs his. I’m not fighting for money! @UFC

I’m willing to donate my fight purse to a charity to prove that it’s not for financial reasons & will take VADA tests! @UFC @danawhite

Machida KOs Bader, earns title shot; Complete UFC on FOX 4 results

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source: The Underground

Main Card (Live on FOX, 8:00 PM ET)

-Mauricio “Shogun” Rua defeated Brandon Vera by TKO (Punches, Round 4, 4:09)
-Lyoto Machida defeated Ryan Bader by KO (Punches, Round 2, 1:32)
-Joe Lauzon defeated Jamie Varner by Submission (Triangle choke, Round 3, 2:44)
-Mike Swick defeated DaMarques Johnson by KO (Punches, Round 1, 1:20)

Preliminary Card (Liveon Fuel TV, 5:00 PM ET)

-Nam Phan defeated Cole Miller by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Phil Davis and Wagner Prado declared a no decision (doctor’s stoppage due to unintentional eyepoke)
-Rani Yahya defeated Josh Grispi by Submission (North-South Choke, Round 1, 3:15)
-Phil De Fries defeated Oli Thompson by Submission (Face Crank, Round 2, 4:16)
-Manny Gamburyan defeated Michihiro Omigawa by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
-John Moraga defeated Ulysses Gomez by KO (Punches, 1st Round, 3:46)

Led by Kayla Harrison’s gold, USA Judo soars at Olympics, Japan falls

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source: The Underground Blog

At the 2012 London Olympics, the USA had its best best showing, eva.

Judo debuted as an Olympic sport in the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games. In the twelve Olympics since then (Judo was not include in the ’68 games), the USA earned a total of just eleven medals, three silvers, and eight bronze, including Ronda Rousey’s celebrated bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

In London, the five-member U.S. judo team won two medals (gold and bronze) and two top-seven finishes.

The gold medal, a first for an American, was won by Kayla Harrison. Her road was not paved in gold. It was brutal, and ultimately extraordinarily inspiring.

The now 22-year-old was sexually abused by a former Judo coach as a child, an experience that turned her love for the sport to hate, and left her as a self-described “teenage punk.”

Harrison’s recovery took place on the mats at Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, Massachusetts, far from her former home in Ohio.

When she came forward about the abuse, her mother pursued charges against her former coach Daniel Doyle. Doyle had been coaching her since she was 8, and began raping her when she was 12, or perhaps younger, on trips to South America and Eastern Europe. A child, Harrison had thought it was love.

Doyle was eventually sentenced to 10 years in prison, and was expelled for life from USA Judo. Harrison’s mother recognized that her daughter needed a new beginning, and sent her, alone, to coach Jimmy Pedro and his father Jimmy Sr.

Pedro spent a lifetime pursuing Olympic gold. He won bronze, twice, but never reached the top of the Olympic medal stand. However, he achieved something rarer still – the ability to take someone else there.

On Thursday Pedro gave her the same talk, by Harrison’s telling some 150 times,

“There’s one girl in front of you,” Pedro said. “That’s all we worry about is that one girl. Are you better than her? Are you stronger than her? Are you tougher than her? Yeah? Well, then, go beat her — because she’s in your way to be an Olympic champion. Today, Kayla Harrison, nobody is going to beat you. Today, you will make history. Today, Kayla Harrison is an Olympic champion.”

And so it happened.

“Just reflecting back on my life, everything it’s taken to get here, and everything that I’ve gone through,” Harrison said. “I’m America’s first gold medalist in judo — and always will be.”

What’s next?

MMA fans would love to see Harrison enter the cage, with an eye of course on facing another Olympic medalist – Ronda Rousey.

Harrison is engaged to a firefighter, and is herself in training to become one.

But she wants to pay it forward.

“I can’t wait to get started helping others, and helping others realize their dream and realize that there’s more to life than what they are living in right there,” Harrison said.

“I can’t wait. I want to help kids realize their Olympic dreams. I want to help kids overcome being victims. I want to help change — change the sport and change people’s lives.”

“Hopefully a little girl or little boy sees this and says, ‘Hey, mom, I want to do that.’ And hopefully we have 10 Olympic champions next time.”

Coach Pedro wants her to stay in the game, like it’s his job.

“She should inspire many to be brave, to have courage, to realize that they’re a victim and to come forward and move on with their lives,” Pedro said. “Mentally, they get twisted into thinking that they’re somebody they’re not. And Kayla Harrison stepped forward. She should be a hero. She is a hero. And she’s one brave, tough, tough girl — one that no man would want to mess with if you don’t know judo, I’ll tell you.”

“This has been a six-year program. We started back in 2005, really. We identified the top 20 kids in the country, and he put them on a high-performance plan… We put together a development for these kids and took them around the world and really groomed them to succeed here in London. And obviously it paid off.”

“We had our best judo performance ever. Three semifinalists. We had a gold medal, a bronze medal, a fifth and a seventh out of five.”

“The USA is not known to be a powerhouse in judo, but we shocked the world here at this Olympics.”

Japan shocked the world too, but not in an inspiring way.

“Japanese judo is dead,” was the verdict of Japanese journalists present as heavyweight Daiki Kamikawa lost in the last 16 on Friday, cementing Japan into their worst ever Olympic judo performance.

Japan’s seven medals (one gold, three silve, three bronze) would have beenincredible for most teams, including the USA. But Japan is the birthplace of Judo, and had been expected to earn as least seven of the 14 gold medals at the London games. The majority of Judoka on the Japanese team were either world champions or rated #1.

While 7th overall left Team USA elated, fourth place behind Russia, France, and Korea is not acceptable to the Japanese fans, or the players.

“People are very, very worried. Japan have to have a revolution, they can’t get the same results in Rio,” said Tokyo print journalist Koichiro Kobayashi. “The Japan team did their best, but the other players are very strong. The Japanese had the chance to win but missed out because of lack of experience, a moment of carelessness, or just a bit of bad luck.”

The fall was not entirely sudden. At the 2004 Athen Olympics, Japan took eight of the 14 Judo gold medals. In 2008 in Beifing, the number fell to four.

In London, the men’s team failed to win even a single gold.

“I don’t know why the week’s performances were what we’ve seen,” said heavyweight Silver medalist Mika Sugimoto simply. “I was quite confident that we practiced more than the other countries’ judo players so I really don’t know why we didn’t get more medals.”

Women’s coach Sonoda Ryuji was equally baffled.

“This is reality. Although the Japanese players have often won the world championships, we could not win at this Olympic Games,” said Sonoda. “There should be some reasons. We surely need to find the reasons to get better results next time.”

Men’s coach Shinichi Shinohara could offer little more of an explanation.

“Anything could happen at the Olympic Games,” said Shinohara. “Players from other countries have got more stamina, enough to hold on to the match. I assume they have trained steadily. Also, they have gained sophisticated techniques just like Japanese players. I thought we had done enough training and research.”

French gold medalist Lucie Decosse said the era of Japanese supremacy is at an end.

“Many, many countries have had to suffer the supremacy of Japan over the years and this time the supremacy has come to an end,” said Decosse “The fact that Japan is not doing very well, we have to take advantage of it.”

Russia meanwhile surged, coming from zero medals in Beijing, to three golds, with President Vladimir Putin, himself an excellent Judo player, watching appreciatively from the VIP section.

MMA was born from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, itself born from Judo. At the 2016 Olympics, to be held in Brazil, the the birthplace of MMA, the MMA world will once again be watching with great interest, and the deepest respect.

UFC on FOX 4 bonuses: Lauzon breaks record

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source: The Underground Blog

UFC on FOX 4
$50,000 Performance Bonuses

Fight of the Night
Joe Lauzon and Jamie Varner

Submission of the Night
Joe Lauzon

Knockout of the Night
Mike Swick

Joe Lauzon was widely reported to be tied with Demain Maia, Terry Etim, and Nate Diaz for most Submission of the Night performance bonus wins, at four each.

JLau SOTYs:
Joe Lauzon vs. Melvin Guillard, UFC 136, October 8, 2011
Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Warburton, UFC on Versus 4/UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry, June 26, 2011
Joe Lauzon vs. Gabriel Ruediger, UFC 118, August 28, 2010
Joe Lauzon vs. Jeremy Stephens, UFC Fight Night 17/UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens, February 7, 2009

In addition, Lauzon has won three Fight of the Night bonuses:
Joe Lauzon vs. George Sotiropoulos, UFC 123, November 20, 2010
Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout, UFC 10, January 2, 2010
Joe Lauzon vs. Kenny Florian, UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon, April 2, 2008

However, Lauzon reportedly won a Submission of the Night bonus for choking out Brandon Melendez at the TUF 5 Finale, and a Knockout of the Night bonus for his 48-second KO of Jens Pulver at UFC 63. but these bonuses were never officially announced by the UFC.

Kevin Iole refers to the KOOTY here.

The UFC’s own website refers to him as having won Submission of the Night five times (Warburton, Melendez, Stephens, Ruediger, and Melendez). They also credit him as well with a KO bonus for the victory over Pulver.

“Has won Submission of the Night five times (Guillard, Warburton, Melendez, Stephens, Ruediger), Fight of the Night three times (Sotiropoulos, Florian, Stout), KO of the Night once (Pulver)”

Thus, with two more tonight, it appears that Joe Lauzon is the Performance Bonus ‘of the Night’ leader in the UFC. Not to be overlooked, Lauzon’s 11 bonuses come from 13 UFC fights, while Anderson Silva’s 9 have come in 15 fights and Lytle’s 10 bonuses coming in 20 UFC appearances, making Lauzons feat that much more impressive.

NSAC collected $5,300,000 in fees last fiscal year

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source: lasvegassun.com

The Nevada Athletic Commission said Friday it collected a record $5.3 million in fees and taxes last fiscal year mostly due to high-profile fight cards.

The collections surpassed the previous $4.8 million record set in fiscal year 2007. The most recent fiscal year started July 1, 2011, and ended June 30.

Keith Kizer, executive director of the commission, said the increased revenue was largely due to two fights involving Floyd Mayweather and two featuring Manny Pacquiao. Some UFC cards contributed to the record collection.

The money comes mainly from licensing of boxers and promoters, gate fees and television networks, said Kizer.

Copa Podio Back in December: Leandro Lo vs Felipe Preguica Pena Rematch Confirmed

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source: graciemag.com

At the last Copa Pódio Jiu-Jitsu tournament, held July 21 at Rio de Janeiro’s Hebraica Club, Leandro Lo was crowned number one yet again. The Cicero Costha black belt, who had already won the lightweight GP in December 2011, had a repeat performance in the middleweight contest. There was, however, one match that caused something of an uproar—the one between Leandro Lo and Felipe Preguiça that ended in a draw.

There was plenty of buzz over the internet questioning the referee’s choice of not awarding Preguiça for what some felt was a takedown. Had the points been scored, the Minas Gerais State native would have won the match. “The guys on the internet are wrong: that wasn’t a takedown; it was a sweep defense. That is, all Preguiça did was put Leandro Lo back in the original position. It’s a complicated subject, but the vast majority of web users aren’t familiar with CBJJ rules, so they just say whatever comes to mind,” said Muzio de Angelis, the refereeing coordinator for the tournament.

Regardless, a rematch has already been scheduled: it will be one of the supermatches at the event coming up December in Rio de Janeiro featuring the heavyweight GP. “Lo is an athlete who deserves certain privileges within the promotion, and just as he asked to compete in the middleweight GP, now he’s asking for a supermatch with Preguiça. You just can’t turn down a request like that,” quipped Jeferson Maycá, the chief organizer of the competition.

“The rule change whereby only submissions counted in the first five minutes only worked in the supermatch between Guto Campos and Raphael Abi-Rihan. In most of the other matches, the athletes toned down their performances until points began to count,” stated Maycá. “That being the case, now all the regulation duration for all the heavyweight GP matches will be six minutes except for the supermatches, which will be for the traditional 10 minutes,” he added.

The second and main supermatch will have Southern Brazil’s Guto Campos defending his title for a third time, against a yet-to-be-named opponent.

Jones: Lyoto puzzling, Vera biggest mouth, Bader strongest, Shogun lasted

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VIDEO: Learn a Takedown with BJJ World Champ, Gilbert Durinho Burns

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Ricardo Arona: “I really miss fighting and I think about it every day”

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source: tatame.com

Of the Brazilians out of MMA, Ricardo Arona possibly is the one who people ask for the most. Away from the rings since 2009, the “Brazilian Tiger”, busy with the reform of his gym and seminars around the world, waits for the project to be done so he can fight again.

On an exclusive interview with TATAME, Arona, who were at Fight Pavilion last weekend, revealed he intends to turn his gym into a head-quarters, and commented on the difficulty of turning down invitations, affirming he is in anyway lower than UFC light heavyweights.

“I still see Jiu-Jitsu playing a big role in today’s scene. I have great takedown skills, which only few Brazilians have. I move well when I’m on my feet. I only need to train and be prepared to come back. It only takes training”.

Check below the complete interview:

Do you miss fighting?

A lot. I really miss fighting and I think about it every day. It’s just a matter of time.

How is your HQ so far?

I spent three months out of the country, ministering seminars and having sponsors appointments, so it’s behind schedule. Now it’s the final part and we’re setting the work-out equipments, the mats and all. It’s almost over. I believe that I’ll open it before September.

What are your plans after opening your gym?

I plan to train daily, bring some black belts from Niteroi, bring good coaches and invite some friends over, like Rodrigo and Rogerio (Nogueira). I want gather a good team and set a head-quarters.

Are you focused on your gym or at fighting?

I don’t think about fighting right now. I only think about training hard every day, become conditioned, gassed, and then I’ll think about fighting. I’m in shape, I train periodically, I’m still healthy and I want to be good when I come back.

You have many fighting propositions. How does it feel to turn them all down?

It’s really hard to say no. There’s always a proposition and people ask me when I’ll be fighting but I’m focused on finishing my dojo. After that I’ll think about fighting. That’s why I’m thinking ahead. I can’t close a deal right now.

Fans ask for you a lot. How do you see all these people wanting you to fight again soon?

I say this time is important to me. I’m resolving many things related to fighting. I haven’t stopped since I was 15, and I needed this rest, my body also needed it. I want to get back soon. But it’s been good to me.

There’re great times in the fighting business. Do you regret not being part of it?

Like I said, I’ve never stopped. Of course I wanted to be in active, but I’m taking this time and it’s not in vain. I don’t regret it, I’m developing other things and I’m dedicating so I get this project done the way I want it done.

You haven’t fought for a while now. Would you like to fight someone in particular?

I’ve been off for a couple of years, so it would be very cocky of mine if I started picking out names to fight. I want to be in shape because when you’re in shape you don’t need to point anyone. You just go there and fight.

Have you been watching UFC lately?

Yeah, I do. The athlete’s performance is getting better and better, mainly their conditioning. But technically I guess they’re in the same level. I only see a better conditioning preparation, the athletes have ore stamina, they’re faster and powered and it’s all about training. But technically I know it all.

About your division in the UFC, do you think you are in any way worse than the UFC light heavyweight fighters?

I still see Jiu-Jitsu playing a big role in today’s scene. I have great takedown skills, which only few Brazilians have. I move well when I’m on my feet. I only need to train and be prepared to come back. It only takes training.

How was it to play a small role at Fina Estampa (Brazilian soap opera)?

I was hired a couple of months ago by the fighting producer of the show. It was more of a technical thing, I was backstage, taking care of the ring. Eduardo Azevedo (actor) is my friend, so I did it and it was pretty cool.

After stop fighting, do you think about acting?

I don’t know about that but quite fighting is something very far so I don’t know. It’s not now.

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