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UFC "tough guy" president Dana White, who was a boxercise instructor before he ran the UFC, dissed soccer and decried the "pussification" of the world in an interview with Calgary Sun yesterday.  The irony is laughable--remember when Dana fired Miguel Torres recently for an off-color joke?  Dana was so offended he gave Torres the boot instead of just accepting that not all fighters are going to be PC every minute of their lives.

Not to mention Dana's boxercise career, which is about as pussified as you can get.

His answer was in response to a question about fighting in hockey and what Dana thinks about it:

"That’s a real sport that takes real talent, speed and all the things you need to be a real athlete. Now fighting is a part of hockey and has been since Day 1. It’s part of the game. It is what it is. I think we live in a world now where everything has been so pussy-fied. When I grew up we didn’t wear helmets when we rode our bikes. We didn’t have car seats. We didn’t have all this stuff. Now things are safer and we should be safer but let’s not go overboard. Fighting’s a part of hockey. Period."

He has a much different view on hockey, calling soccer players talentless:

"Soccer? That’s a whole other ball. Can’t stand soccer. It’s the least-talented sport on Earth. There’s a reason three-year-olds can play soccer. When you’re playing a game when the net is that big and the score is 3-1 (and that’s a blowout) are you kidding me? You know how untalented you have to be to score three times when the net is that big?"

OK, tough guy.  Keep talking the talk while others walk the walk.

 

We already knew that Justin Bieber was a fan of mixed martial arts, as he's been seen at several UFCs.  What most folks didn't know was that he is not only a fan, he's a fighter.  And he just might be the next big thing in MMA.

Complex Magazine profiled Bieber for an upcoming issue in an article entitled: Justin Bieber: Second Round Knockout.  Their website, Complex.com, included some pics of Bieber in MMA action.  He looks great and armbars and much bigger opponent, but if he wants to get into the UFC, he'll need to bulk up some to make the lightest weight division, which is 125 pounds.

More pics after the jump.

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Brian Rogers, aka the Predator, scored what might the knockout of the year last week at Bellator 61.  He wobbled his opponent, Vitor Vianna, with a punch, and then launched a flying knee that put Vianna out cold.  It was a walk away knock out highlight reel moment, and the video, which I have for you after the jump, has already gotten hundreds of thousands of views.

The Predator is definitely on the rise in MMA, something that doesn't surprise long time readers of this site.  We've had our eye on Rogers for a long time, and he is definitely living up to the hype.  Congrats on an amazing KO!

Press release:

India's First MMA Organization

Super Fight League

is proud to announce the following fights for SFL 2:

Todd Duffee V Neil Grove
Paul Kelly V Gabe Ruediger
Alexander Schlemenko V Ikuhisa Minowa (Minowaman)

SUPER FIGHT LEAGUE 2
Chandigarh
Saturday 7th April

. FULL EVENT LIVE & EXCLUSIVE AT YOUTUBE.COM/SFL

(Mumbai, 20th March) Following the sell out success of SFL 1, India's first MMA Organization Super Fight League (SFL) is proud to announce the following fights have been confirmed for SFL 2 taking place on Saturday 7th April: Todd Duffee V Neil Grove, Paul Kelly V Gabe Ruediger and Alexander Schlemenko V Ikuhisa Minowa (Minowaman).

Once again, fans from all over the world can tune in and watch the event live and free on the official SFL YouTube channel: YouTube.com/SFL.

Todd Duffee is a veteran of the UFC and DREAM and still holds the distinction of the fastest ever knock out victory in UFC history when he beat Tim Hague at UFC 102 in 7 seconds. A fearsome striker and talented wrestler, Duffee brings his explosive style to India for the first time and will need all of his skills when he faces UK based South African Neil "Goliath" Grove at Super Fight League 2. A Bellator Season 5 Heavyweight tournament semi finalist and former UCMMA Heavyweight champion, Grove also holds a victory over James "Colossus" Thompson, who beat Bob "The Beast" Sapp at SFL 1. His impressive record features 11 victories, all of which have come via KO or TKO. While nothing is ever certain in MMA, you can bet on fireworks when these two heavy handed fighters meet inside the O-Zone.

 

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Urijah Faber, who fights in the UFC's 135 pound division, is the Sir Edmund Hillary of MMA.  In this photo by the inimitable Tracy Lee, Faber climbs atop two massive meat mountains--because they were there.

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Congratulations to former UFC champion Matt "The Terror" Serra, who was promoted to Brazilian jiu-jitsu 3rd Dan Black Belt by Renzo Gracie.  Matt is well known for his colorful personality and exciting fighting style, and he's always ready to help with charitable causes around Long Island.  He also trains many up and coming fighters, including title contender Chris Weidman.  Well done, Matt Serra!

 

From Bellator.com:

Bossier City, LA. – The Bellator 61 weigh-ins have been completed from Bossier City, Louisiana in preparation for Bellator’s Friday night event at the Horseshoe Riverdome, which features the  quarterfinals of the Bellator Season Six Middleweight Tournament as Maiquel Falcao squares off against Norman Paraisy, Vitor Vianna faces off against Brian Rogers, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky takes on Victor O’Donnell and Giva Santana challenges Bruno Santos.

Bellator 61 will be broadcast LIVE on Friday, March 16 at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. The undercard will begin at 7:00 pm ET/ 6:00 pm CT and streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com.

The full results for Bellator 61 are below:

MAIN CARD:

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Maiquel Falcao (186 lbs) vs. Norman Paraisy (186 lbs)

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Vitor Vianna (185.6 lbs) vs. Brian Rogers (186 lbs)

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (185.6 lbs) vs. Victor O’Donnell (186 lbs)

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Giva Santana (186 lbs) vs. Bruno Santos (185.2 lbs)

UNDERCARD:

Catchweight Feature Fight(165 lbs):  Josh Quayhagen (164.2 lbs) vs. Brent Taylor (165.2 lbs)

Middleweight Feature Fight:  Trey Houston (185 lbs) vs. Jeremiah Riggs (185.8 lbs)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Eric Scallan (170.4 lbs) vs. Derrick Krantz (170.4 lbs)

Catchweight Feature Fight(140 lbs): Jeremy Myers (141 lbs) vs. Jason Sampson (134 lbs)

For more information, visit Bellator.com; follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator.


WMMA: McCORKLE VS. HEDEN, FIGHTING FOR A BETTER WORLD TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW REACHING OVER 175 COUNTRIES

Live from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas – Tickets on Sale Now

 

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – March 14, 2012 – Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts, Inc. (WMMA) announcespartnerships with six different providers that will carry WMMA’s inaugural charitable event live from the Don Haskins Center from El Paso, TX.

For fans in the United States, the event will be live on pay-per-view (PPV) iN DEMAND, DISH Network and Avail-TVN. Canadian fans will have access through Bell Canada and Astral/Viewer’s Choice. Viewers with access to the above-mentioned channels will be able to purchase the event, enjoy a great night of professional fights and support a good cause. The main event is available on PPV for $29.95.

Fans are encouraged to enjoy the special countdown show leading up to the live PPV broadcast for a unique behind the scenes look just prior to the main card. The countdown show begins at 6:30 pm MDT with the live PPV event starting at 7 pm MDT.

In addition to our PPV partners, WMMA has partnered with the Armed Forces Network (AFN) to reach the approximately one million service members and their families deployed in 175 countries around the world.

“We are excited to offer this event through major pay-per-view partners and the Armed Forces Network,” said William McFarlane, President of WMMA. “Giving our fans the ability to view this landmark event while supporting Wounded Warriors is central to what WMMA is all about. With several former and active duty military on the fight card, we are extremely excited that AFN will broadcast our event live to over 175 military installations worldwide. We would like to thank each of our broadcast partners and look forward to continuing to provide world class programming to their viewers.”

McCorkle vs. Heden: Fighting For A Better World

Main Card:

  1. Sean McCorkle vs. Brian Heden (Super Heavyweight)
  2. Thomas Denny vs. Karo Parisyan (170lbs)
  3. Lyle Beerbohm vs. Derrick Noble (170lbs)
  4. Drew Fickett vs. Kevin Knabjian (155lbs)
  5. Jamaine Facey vs. Willie Parks (170lbs)
  6. Rodney Wallace vs. Derrick Mehmen (205lbs)

Under Card:

  1. Darrill Schoonover vs. Paul Buentello (265lbs)
  2. Frank Gomez vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (145lbs)
  3. Deutsch Pu’u vs. Esteves Jones (265lbs)
  4. Lionel Lanham vs. Brad Peterson (185lbs)
  • TORONTO, March 15th, 2012 – The weigh-ins and talking are over and now it’s time for the real action. The Score Fighting Series (SFS) weigh-ins is finalized ahead of Friday night’s event at the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, ON.
  • Every fighter made weight except lightweight Jason Meisel, who came in more than 12 ounces over the 156lb allowance. Meisel will now surrender 20 per cent of his fight purse to opponent Mike Sledzion.

    In related news, the scheduled bout between welterweights Ryan Dickson vs. Brandon Johnson has had to be removed from the card after Johnson failed to pass his pre-fight medicals.

    All 10 fights will stream live and free online around the world Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on theScore.com.

    The Score Fighting Series Weigh-In Results

    Main Card:

    • John Alessio (155.6) vs. Ryan Healy (155)
    • Josh Hill (135.4) vs. Eric Wilson (134.8)
    • Forrest Petz (169) vs. Sergey Juskevic (168.8)
    • Alex Ricci (155.8) vs. Iraj Hadin (155.6)
    • Shane Campbell (155.4) vs. Derek Boyle (155.4)
    • Lyndon Whitlock (145.4) vs. Corey Houston (145.2)

     

    Undercard:

    • Jason Meisel (156.8) vs. Mike Sledzion (156)
    • Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Erik Herbert (185.6)
    • Adam Assenza (155.6) vs. John Roche (153.6)
    • Craig Hudson (260.6) vs. John McPherson (250.4)

    About Score Media Inc.
    Score Media is a media company committed to delivering interactive and authentic sports entertainment. Score Media’s primary asset, theScore Television Network (“theScore”), is a national specialty television service providing sports news, information, highlights and live event programming in more than 6.8 million homes across Canada. The Company’s digital media assets include theScore.com and the industry leading mobile sports applications ScoreMobile, ScoreMobile FC and SportsTap which reach over three million unique users per month. Growing from a team of 60 in 1997 to over 290 employees in 2012, Score Media is a revolutionizing interactive media company.

    About The Score Fighting Series
    The Score Fighting Series is a mixed martial arts promotion operated by Score Fighting Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Score Media Inc. The Score Fighting Series (SFS) features fighters from North America and beyond with the focus on showcasing both established veterans and the sport’s best young athletes. The Series can currently be seen across Canada on theScore on Thursdays at 4pm ET and Saturdays at 1pm ET. Individual fights are also available in the MMA section on theScore.com.

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