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BJ Penn is training with Matt Hughes ahead of his showdown with Carlos Condit this October.  Smart move by Penn and very nice of Hughes to be so accomedating to a man who stopped him twice in the Octagon.  In fact the two men seemed downright cozy and they shared a motorcycle ride the other day.  This pic is not a photoshop.  They really are best friends forever!

Ed "Truck" Gordon, a professional mixed martial artist, has always been a spectacular athlete, excelling in football and wrestling in high school.  For a heavyweight, Mr. Gordon moves exceptionally well, like a welterweight, and it’s quite staggering.  How can a man of that size move so well?  I guess, that’s why he was such a dominate athlete growing up in Freeport, N.Y.

Gordon always wanted to be a professional athlete.  After his successful college football career at Fordham University, "Truck" set his sights on MMA.  He found himself at one of the best gyms in New York, Ray Longo's MMA gym on Long Island.  This is where Eddie joined the Serra-Longo fight team and exploded onto the amateur MMA scene.  Going 3-0 as an amateur in less than a year, Truck made the move to professional mixed martial arts.  Facing an experienced fighter for his debut and getting into a car accident the week before, Eddie’s performance was jaw dropping, to say the least.  He totally dominated the fight!  Now he's stepping up the competition again, this September 9th, for Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat, where he’ll be taking on 2-0 Olympian Kyle Cerminara.

Eddie was nice enough to answer some questions for TheGarv.com:

Vic Torres Jr.:  Eddie, very impressive pro debut. Even more impressive to hear that you were in a car accident a week before the fight. Is everything alright? And how did that affect you in that fight?

Eddie Gordon: Thanks man. I'm OK, THANK GOD! My car was pretty banged up; I walked away without any injuries. My adrenaline was going! I wouldn't miss my pro debut unless I couldn't walk or breathe. haha. I couldn't let down everyone who was supporting me. In the fight, I was a little sore but no one goes into the cage 100%.

Edmonton, Alberta (Canada): Aggression MMA, one of the top Canadian fight promotions in operation, today announced that it has signed talented Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor Freddy Assuncao to a contract with the organization. A member of the famed Assuncao family of fighting brothers, Freddy has garnered a reputation in his young career for his submission wizardry and exciting fights. He hopes to continue to build on that rep in his new fighting home, where he will make his debut on September 16th at “Unfinished Business.”

“I’m very happy to sign with a promotion like Aggression,” says Assuncao. “It’ll definitely be a boost to my career, and I am very excited about that!”

“We are very excited to have added a fighter the caliber of Freddy to the Aggression stable of competitors,” states Aggression MMA Co-owner Moin Mirza. “We expect him to compete for our featherweight belt sooner rather than later.”

Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA): The biggest fight card in New Mexico history is in the books, as MMA Fight Pit: “Genesis” took place at “The Pit” in Albuquerque Saturday night. In the main event, Houston “The Assassin” Alexander took home a TKO victory over “Razor” Razak Al-Hassan. The ringside doctor, after looking over Al-Hassan’s finger, deemed it severely dislocated, and was unable to put it back in place, which forced the stoppage. It was an unfortunate ending to what was shaping up to be an exciting bout. Both fighters had landed some good shots.

Regarding the fight, Alexander said, “We just took our time and got back to boxing. We used a new technique and it worked. My conditioning was great, I was ready. I’m disappointed in the early stoppage but it happens. But the atmosphere…it was amazing. I can’t describe it. I walked in and it was crazy. It was a great time.”

It's a very stacked card tonight on UFC Live on Versus 5, and the main event is Dan Hardy vs. Chris "Lights Out" Lytle, which is sure to be an entertaining match up.  However, I feel that the Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson is the real main event of tonight's show.  There are very important title implications with this fight.  Dana White said recently that Miller will be in prime position for a title shot should he beat Bendo tonight.  Fans of the Miller, a tough as nails New Jersey fighter out of the AMA Fight Club and trained by Mike Constantino, have longed believed that Jim is overdue for his title shot.  If he looks good against Ben Henderson tonight, the wait could be over.

But it's a very tough fight, make no mistake.  There are no "gimmes" in the UFC, and Miller faces a very tough and determined opponent. Still, I think their styles match up favorably for Miller and expect him to either submit Ben or win a decision.  Either way, I think this fight is destined for a Fight of the Night honor, if not Submission of the Night for Miller.

The action starts on Facebook, where the prelims will be shown.  So let's get it on!

The UFC comes to the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin tonight, all for FREE. Yes, the event will air for free on Versus tonight beginning at 9 pm.

We have a star studded line up that looks very promising for fireworks.

In the Main Event, we have Chris "Lights Out" Lytle, who was on a 4 fight win streak before falling to Brian Ebersole via unanimous decision. Lytle will be facing Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy who has dropped his last 3 fights. Hardy is fighting for his UFC life and will come out "gunz a blazzin", lucky for him Lytle likes to trade punches as well. This fight should be explosive with two really good fighters duking it out. I see the whole fight standing and Hardy going down.

I'm picking Chris Lytle via KO in the 2nd round.

The next fight should really be the main event, former WEC champion Ben Henderson faces New Jersey native and winner of his last 7, Jim Miller. Both have great stand up and ground games. Millers striking  to takedowns is very crisp and he will use that to get on top of Henderson and put on a grinding and grueling ground and pound. Ben has to defend vs the takedown and try to keep it standing and catch Miller.

Jim Miller wins via unamious decision.

This fight is my "fight of the night" prediction with two up and coming stars meeting in the cage. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone will square off vs Jiu-jitsu wiz Charles Oliveira in the lightweight division. Cerrone has excellent stand up and his background is in kickboxing, but is ground game is very active and very fluid. Cowboy will look to keep this fight on the feet and try to defend any takedown attempts. Oliveira's ground game is on a high level, but i think he will look to test his stand up against the former WEC lightweight star.

Charles Oliveira wins via submissionn (arm bar) 1st round.

The rest of the card is stack with young talent. Some of the fighters competing tonight on the undercard are Amir Sadollah, C.B. Dollaway, Jacob Volkman, BruceLeeRoy, Leonard Garcia, Joseph Benavidez, Cole Miller and Ed Herman.

Remember to catch UFC on Versus 5 tonight starting 9 pm ET.

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA): The biggest fight card in New Mexico history is now official, as the weigh-ins for MMA Fight Pit “Genesis” took place earlier today at the Library Bar & Grill in downtown Albuquerque. All fighters have been cleared by the New Mexico State Athletic Commission. “Genesis” takes place tomorrow, Saturday, August 13th at world-renowned sporting venue “The Pit,” and is also being broadcasted live on Pay-Per-View. A raucous crowd was on-hand to support their favorites, and the fighters put on some mean staredowns.

Here are the full results of the weigh-ins:

A tame end to the Ultimate Challenge 22 main event (broadcast on PPV in the UK) between Alex Reid and Jason “Badass” Barrett last weekend begat accusations of a work, with UFC fighters Dan Hardy and Michael Bisping among those questioning the legitimacy of the outcome on their respective twitter feeds.

Alex Reid snapped an eight-fight losing streak with his first round submission victory over the smaller Barrett (whose record falls to 3-7), although many fans apparently feel short-changed by the contest- as testified by the harsh response on MMA forums.

The fight itself was only the latest controversy; a modest amount of opprobrium had already been directed towards the lengthy build-up, which involved a number of unsubtle publicity stunts intended to promote the fight, not least of which was an appearance by Barrett outside a London restaurant where Reid was dining (video of incident after the jump).

Reid occupies a curious position in the UK, being simultaneously the most well known fighter in the country (a legacy of his relationship with famous glamour model Katie Price, despite their eventual separation) and, to judge purely by his record, a journeyman. It is unfair to begrudge Reid the credit for some hard fought battles with legitimately tough opponents, most recently a decision loss against rising star Tom “Kong” Watson. Yet, his pseudo-celebrity status can be misused as well as harnessed to further the credibility of the sport and, in drawing attention to events such as this, the idiom of “any publicity is good publicity” will be stretched to its very limit.

Dave O Donnell, the promoter of UCMMC, has himself cultivated a controversial persona, frequently employing faux gangster mannerisms in efforts to promote his shows, and has shown no bashfulness in promising “spark outs” on his fight cards. Nonetheless, he has been the driving force behind some highly successful UK events, including Cage Rage at its peak with fighters such as Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort included under its mockney gangster styled umbrella. He offered a statement denying any notion of fight fixing in an interview with The Fight Lounge:

“I’ve heard it all before, this isn’t the first time I have been accused of fixing fights.” O’Donnell told us, “I got it after Tom Watson was beaten by Daijiro Matsui. You just get different class of fighters and Barrett probably wasn’t in the same class as Alex.”

New York, NY. (August 8, 2011) Still possessing a champion’s heart and desire to compete, Fedor Emelianenko (31-4, 1 NC) has elected not to retire; his next opponent and date are to be determined with the bout likely slated to take place in Russia.

M-1 Global President and co-founder Vadim Finkelstein confirmed ‘The Last Emperor’s’ decision and shared his immediate plans for Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion.

“We consulted with Fedor and it was decided that he should not leave the sport in this way. His friends and past opponents support Fedor in continuing his career and he agreed,” said Finkelstein. “We want to organize a fight for Fedor in Russia and have already begun working in this direction. If everything goes as planned, we will produce a card in Moscow or St. Petersburg sometime in the fall with Fedor as the main event.” The opponent is yet to be determined.

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