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Nick Catone, one of New Jersey's finest fighters, is set to take on Chris Camozzi at the UFC on FX 4 show on June 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Catone is on a two fight win streak, but he hasn't fought since March, 2011, due to a tear of his achilles.  But he's back and now, and this should be a great comeback for him.

I see Nick all over the place at New Jersey MMA events.  He is a great trainer and has a stable of excellent fighters that he's developing.  It will be great to see him back in action in June.

MMA Diehards first broke the story confirming his fight with Camozzi.

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Press release:

MFC welterweight title challenger Ryan McGillivray was named co-winner of the Edmonton Combat Sports Commission’s MMA Fighter of the Year award at the organization’s annual gala on March 20.

“The Kid” was most gracious in accepting the award, in particular thanking his family for their continual support. McGillivray’s father Kevin is his main trainer, and the duo own Legends Training Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

McGillivray (12-5-1) will take on Nathan “Soul Force” Coy (10-4) for the MFC’s 170-pound division championship on Friday, May 4 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton. The main event highlights an action-packed card that will air live on HDNet Fights beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).

McGillivray jumped into the spotlight in 2011, appearing on Season 13 of the TUF reality series and advancing to the quarter-finals of the tournament while representing Team Dos Santos. The 25-year-old returned to the Maximum Fighting Championship for MFC 32: Bitter Rivals, and scored a stunning third-round submission victory over Diego Bautista to earn his shot at the title.

Edmonton’s MMA Fighter of the Year award was originally handed out in 2006 to former MFC talent Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald.

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(Dana White's Grueling Boxercise Workout)

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.


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