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Alistair Overeem did not believe he could be ready in time to face Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at the Strikeforce HW GP semi-finals coming up this September 10.  Instead of the UFC brass giving him more time by rescheduling the event, they removed Overeem from the tournament altogether and replaced him with Daniel Comier.

This is a sticky situation because Overeem is still the Strikeforce HW champion.  And the question is:  Where does he go from here?

He mentioned that after the tournament, he could possibly try his hand at boxing and challenge the Klitschko brothers.  Or maybe he'll fight in the UFC later this year.  Right now, everything is up in the air, except for the fact that Alistair Overeem is done with the SF HW GP.

I remember when Gina Carano was just getting popular, MMA media asked male fighters what they thought of women in MMA. Most of the fighters all agreed they didn't like the girls fighting and to leave this one thing to the men. Carano, known as a very attractive fighter, responded simply "Men get to stand up when they pee, that's their one thing!" What a great answer ! Maybe our culture isn't use to women fighting but that doesn't make it right ! We are wrong for not being open to it. Women's MMA is always been very exciting, those girls are extremely technical and leave it all in the ring. Carano vs Cyborg was an amazing fight that head lined a Strikeforce card. The women need more depth and that seems to be a problem with their growth.

A woman vs a man is probably not going to happen in MMA anytime soon, if at all. But, in Brazil it's totally a different atmosphere. This video has been around for a couple of years, but has re-surfaced again. After re-watching it, I just had to share it. I don't know how this man agrees to fight a female, there is no positives for him. Knock her out or choke her and you look like a jerk, or lose to her and lose any macheesemo he ever had and always be known as the dude who lost to a female.  That his choice, and I thank him because I love this video.

Enjoy !

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East Coast MMA continues to heat up this summer and this time it will be Philadelphia that will be rocking this Friday night. Locked in the Cage, one of the premier MMA organizations in the state of Pennsylvania, returns for their eighth installment of fights coming to you live, from the Asylum Arena. This show was put together by LITC's matchmaker, Fran Evans.  LITC's past shows have been action packed so I am excited to see what Evans and company have in store for the fight fans on Friday night.

Headlining the card will be a contest between Daniel Tavares (0-2) and Aaron Carter (0-1). These relative newcomers never take an easy fight and are always competitive. Both are hungry for that first “W” and on Friday evening, one of them will hopefully get it. We will find out who wants it more. Tavares’ first fight was a tough one as he took on Jacob Kirwan and took Kirwan, the far more experienced fighter, into the third before getting caught in a submission. Tavares will come to fight, rest assured.

Dana White held a press conference today to talk about Tito Ortiz taking the place of the injured Phil Davis.  Tito will face Rashad Evans on August 6th.  Here are some highlights of the call.

On Machida asking for "Anderson Silva" money to take the fight against Rashad:

 

Lots of crazy things happen in the business.  Usually when stuff like that happens you know the guys it's gonna happen with.  Before you make that call you know what that call is gonna be like.  I did not expect that from Lyoto Machida. Tito did not ask for any more money.

 

When you make these phone calls you know the guys that are gonna be tough.  Never do I expect to have a guy accept a fight and then call him back and have him say, 'Now you're gonna have to pay Anderson Silva money.'  It's not even like the camp came back and said, 'You know what, we want this or that.'  They came straight out and said, 'We want Anderson Silva money.'  Anderson Silva has gone undefeated in the UFC since 2006.  He's broken every record there is in the UFC.  He moved up a weight class and beat two guys at 205 easily and has dominated and cleaned out the entire 185 pound division and you want his money?  I've never even heard so...I don't even know how to put a word on this.

I've been in the business a long time.  People lose their mind sometimes, people get crazy.  Who knows, maybe Machida's camp did that he didn't even know.  I don't even know.  I guarentee you he knows they did it now.   This guy was telling me all he wants to do is get back in there and fight as soon as possible, well he had his opportunity.

 

After Phil Davis pulled out of UFC 133 with an injury, there was a scramble to find a replacement to fight Rashad Evans in the main event.  The immediate talk was about Lyoto Machida stepping in to take the fight, and it seemed as though he agreed, but then negotiations fell apart at the last minute.  Dana White explained what happened to MMAJunkie:

 

Machida accepted the fight. We knew for a couple days this was going down, and Machida accepted the fight. Then when we called back and said, 'OK, we're going to make this fight,' Machida's people came back and said, 'We'll tell you what. You pay us what you pay Anderson Silva, and we'll take the fight.' This was after they had already agreed to take the fight.

I said, 'Are you fucking kidding me? I'll tell you what. You tell Machida he achieves what fucking Anderson Silva has achieved, then maybe he'll make Anderson Silva money. Have a nice day.'

 

Tito Ortiz had initally turned down the bout as well, but later changed his mind and accepted the fight, thereby saving the main event.  Dana sees this as Tito stepping up and now sees Tito in a new light.  If Ortiz had lost to Bader he would have been cut from the UFC roster.   He's safe for now, even if he loses to Rashad.  And if he wins, he could be in line for a title shot. Dana told MMAJunkie:

 

Fucking right, he gets a break.  Tito stepped up to the plate. It's fucking weird here. It's like I'm dealing with a new person. I like it. I like the new Tito.

 

Tito is riding high right now and takes that momentum into a fight with a Rashad Evans who has not fought in over a year.  Evans is the big favorite in the fight, despite a draw with Ortiz at UFC 73 in a bout that many people thought Tito won.  A win for Tito at UFC 133 would be huge, and I would not count him out in this fight.  Can Tito Ortiz recapture the magic?  We'll find out on August 6th.

Editor's Note:  This comes from Peter Lampasona of USCombatSports.com.  The views in the letter do not necessarily reflect the views of this website.

Dear Dana White,

I'm writing you this letter to discuss an issue that affects people at every level of the mixed martial arts industry: the sanctioning of the sport in the state of New York. Specifically, I'd like to call to your attention some concerns that I and other MMA supporters in the state have with Global Strategy Group, the public affairs and research firm that Zuffa has hired to represent their interests on the sanctioning issue.

I've written this communication as an open letter rather than a private one for two reasons. First, I feel that while you and other members of Zuffa have the greatest interest in knowing what an independent contractor under your employ has been doing, the information contained in this letter is important for everyone to know if MMA is to succeed in the Empire State in 2012. Second, I understand that you are one of the busiest men in the industry and the only way this letter will seem important enough to be worth reading is if the MMA community at large agrees that it is important, before hand.

IL House Bill 1490 is a bill that is changing the landscape of the amateur combat world in Illinois. Soup to nuts, medicals, fees, regulations, rules plus much more.

More ?

What else can they change ?

JIU-JITSU

The state wants to ban Jiu-Jitsu tournaments such as NAGA (www.Nagafighter.com) and Grapplers Quest (www.GrapplersQuest.com) events with in their boarders. This is an outrage! Sports such as wrestling and judo are still legal in the state but for some reason Jiu-Jitsu was taken out. We can try to help out "The Prairie State" and sign this petition below before their Governor regulates this bill against amateur combat sports. Let's help out our Jiu-Jitsu family!

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-il-vetoamend-il-house-bill-1490-keep-amateur-martial-arts-in-illinois?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition


Lyoto Machida was supposed to be Ryan Bader's next opponent sometime later this year, but Tito Ortiz through a monkey wrench into the works by submitting Bader in the first round of their fight at UFC 132.  This leaves Machida with no opponent right now, as most of the match ups for him are fighting each other.  He told Guga Noblat of O Globo (via FightersOnly):

They wanted to put me with Ryan Bader but he lost to Tito Ortiz last weekend so, so far I have no opponent.  I could have faced Rampage or even Jon Jones but they will face each other next. The other opponents that I could have fought already have fights scheduled.

One fight that is a possibility is a rematch with Tito, which Machida won by unanimous decision back in 2008.  Tito's career has been suddenly rejuvinated and Lyoto would welcome a match with him:

If it is a really interesting thing, it can happen. Not ‘financially interesting’ but interesting in the sense of, if it would move me forward, closer to the title. Then I would surely take that fight.

In the meantime, Lyoto Machida is on ice...literally.  As you will see in this video clip after the jump.

Fedor is training for hard for his July 30 showdown with Dan Henderson.  He's once again training with his (not so) little brother Aleks.  These pics come from Fightsite.hr.

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