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Frankie Edgar would still be the reigning UFC LW champ if Dana White was a judge.  He had the fight even going into the fifth round, and thought Frankie won the fifth.  Pretty hard to argue with that logic, as Frankie did land more punches and had more takedowns.  It is true that Ben Henderson fought a great fight, and he won the decision, but there is a saying that to be the champion you must beat the champion--and many folks did not see Bendo doing enough to win the crown.

I thought Frankie did enough to retain his title, but I try not to second guess judges.  What I can say is that the UFC ought to heed Edgar's call for an immediate rematch and have these two go at it one more time. Frankie Edgar deserves that much, and so do the fans.  It was a great fight, so let's do it again!

 

Long Island is going to make yet another appearance on the TUF house.  Dennis Bermudez, who trains out of LIMMA, went to the finale last season, and now Al Iaquinta, the Long Island MMA standout will be joining the cast for this season's show, which is going to be broadcast live for the first time.

The 32 fighters for the TUF House were chosen from a field of more than 500 fighters.  The show begins on March 9 at 9PM EST.

Iaquinta is a great fighter and a very entertaining individual.  He's makes a great addition to the cast, and I would not be surprised to see him go all the way.

Here is the list of the fighters on the TUF House.  Congrats to Al Iaquinta and everyone who made the cut!

Akbarh Arreloa, Chula Vista, Calif.

Al Iaquinta, Wantagh, N.Y.

Ali Maclean, Belfast, North Ireland

Andy Ogle, Tynemouth, England

Austin Lyons, Cordova, Tenn.

Brendan Weafer, New York, N.Y.

Chris Tickle, Bloomington, Ill.

Cody Pfister, Amarillo, Texas

Cristiano Marcello, Curitiba, Brazil

Chase Hackett, Littleton, Colo.

Chris Saunders, Long Beach, Calif.

Dakota Cochrane, Omaha, Neb.

Daron Cruickshank, Wayne, Mich.

Drew Dober, Omaha, Neb.

Erin Beach, San Diego, Calif.

James Krause, Blue Springs, Mich.

James Vick, Fort Worth, Texas

Jared Carlsten, Los Angeles, Calif.

Jeff Smith, Mechanicsburg, Penn.

Jeremy Larsen, Phoenix, Ariz.

Joe Proctor, Pembroke, Mass.

John Cofer, Hull, Ga.

Johnavan Vistante, Pearl City, Hawaii

Jon Tuck, Hagtna, Guam

Jordan Rinaldi, Matthews, N.C.

Justin Lawrence, Villa Ridge, Mo.

Mark Glover, Liverpool, England

Michael Chiesa, Spokane Valley, Wash.

Myles Jury, San Diego, Calif.

Mike Rio, Miami, Fla.

Sam Sicilia, Spokane Valley, Wash.

Vinc Pichel, Sherman Oaks, Calif.


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First event: March 11th, Mumbai

JAMES THOMPSON V BOB SAPP

(Press release)

Bringing "Sportainment" at its best, Raj Kundra, entrepreneur and husband to Bollywood Celebrity & Big Brother Winner Shilpa Shetty along with Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt have come together to announce the launch of the country's first professional organized, MMA - Mixed Martial Arts fighting League, SFL - Super Fight League.

Mixed Martial Arts, a full contact intensive combat sport, stands today not only the fastest growing sport in the world but is also a multibillion dollar industry in the West. With the thought of finding and launching the best fighters in the world, Raj Kundra & Sanjay Dutt, along with CEO Ken Pavia and COO Daniel Isaac seek to elevate the sport to new heights, bringing to the country "sportainment" at its best with a huge line up of performers, DJ's and a fight night that you will never forget!

Says Raj Kundra, Founder and Chairman SFL, "I am a huge MMA fan and knowing it's the fastest growing sport in the world hate to see India get left behind. Through our professional resources and skills we plan to train and create super fighters out of India. The beauty about MMA is it's not fixed or staged. The results are unpredictable and the fighters require more skill than any other combat sport in the world. It gives me great pleasure along with my partner Sanjay Dutt to introduce you to The Super Fight League"

UCMMA 'The Ultimate Challenge'

Coming to FIGHT NOW TV

More International mixed-martial-arts action slated for 2012

(Press release)

HOBOKEN, New Jersey (February 20 , 2012) - United Kingdom-based 'Ultimate Challenge Mixed Martial Arts' is coming to FIGHT NOW TV TM - America's only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel - throughout 2012. A deal was announced today by both principals.

UCMMA co-founder Dave O'Donnell was a driving force behind the first wave of MMA growth in the U.K. with Cage Rage which featured many current and past stars, including Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping, Paul Daley, Ian Freeman, Matt Lindland, Melvin Manhoef, Antonio Silva, Renato 'Babalu' Sobral, just to name a few.

Dave O'Donnell and his new team are now building on that rich tradition of showcasing great talent and discovering future stars with its UCMMA "The Ultimate Challenge" brand.

"We are very excited that we can feature UCMMA events on our channel," commented Mike Garrow, GM and co-founder of FIGHT NOW TV. "The quality of fights UCMMA puts on is excellent, making it a perfect fit with our mission to deliver MMA action, not only from the United States, but around the globe."

FIGHT NOW TV viewers will be able to watch the two most recent UCMMA events in their entirety, Feb. 22 & 23, as part of FIGHT NOW TV's "Every Night a Different FIGHT" programming block, starting at 10pm ET.

The next UCMMA 27 event is set to take place April 7 from The Troxy Theatre in London, England.

(Press release)

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – February 21, 2012 – Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts Sports, Inc. (WMMA) confirmed today that Sean “Big Sexy” McCorkle and Brian Heden will headline its inaugural charitable event, WMMA: McCorkle vs. Heden, Fighting for a Better World. The event will take place on March 31, 2012 at the 12,500-seat Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, and will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2).

According to William McFarlane, President of WMMA, “The super heavyweight clash between McCorkle and Heden is sure to bring fireworks to El Paso as well as leave fans watching at home wanting more. By having two veterans of the sport at the top of this card benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program, it highlights our commitment to quality competition, respect for the sport, and promise to the local community and our real heroes.”

Sean “Big Sexy” McCorkle (14-2), a UFC veteran, is looking to continue his winning ways after winning his last five fights.   One of McCorkle’s most notable wins was in front of his hometown in Indianapolis when he defeated K-1 and Pride veteran Mark Hunt at UFC 119.


TORONTO, February 23nd, 2012 – The Score Fighting Series has announced three additional bouts for its Friday, March 16th event at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. Hard-hitting featherweight (145 pounds) Will “Leon” Romero of Brampton will take on Muay Thai striker Jeff Harrison of Ottawa and undefeated lightweight (155 pounds) prospect Alex Ricci of Woodbridge will square off with rugged ground and pound specialist  Iraj “Cold Blooded” Hadin of London.

In preliminary card action, former “Fight of the Night” winner Adam Assenza of Burlington will battle John Roche of Toronto at lightweight.

Both the 29-year-old Romero (7-3), a member of the Iron Tiger Muay Thai stable, and the 30-year-old Harrison (5-4) will put winning streaks on the line when they meet in the cage.   Harrison, who fights out of Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts (OAMA) and was a multi-time amateur Muay Thai champion before turning professional as a mixed martial artist, has won his last three contests and will be looking for vengeance in the matchup with Romero, a winner of his last two fights, after Romero battered and defeated Harrison’s teammate, Stephane Bernadel, in The Score Fighting Series’ last event in Hamilton on Oct. 14, 2011. (CLICK HERE to watch the bout between Romero and Bernadel)

With four victories, all by way of KO or TKO, in his first four professional starts, the 29-year-old Ricci (4-0) will face his toughest test to date in Hadin (6-3), a 30-year-old product of Adrenaline Training Center, which also serves as home to UFC stars Mark Hominick, Sam Stout and Chris Clements.

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The Japanese love their MMA, and someone put together an outstanding "manga" video ahead of the UFC in Japan show.  This is classic stuff.  Also, check out this neat Japanese newspaper article announcing the UFC's return to Japan.

Here is the video:

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Both Fedor Emelianenko and Todd Duffee have made mention of a "big announcement" coming soon, so naturally the speculation is that Fedor will be fighting Duffee in the near future.  Todd Duffee was dubbed my many as the "next big thing" when he entered the UFC after going 5-0 with 5 knockouts in his MMA career.  In his first UFC fight, he needed just 7 seconds to knock out Tim Hague.  However, his second UFC fight, against Mike Russow, derailed the hype train as Duffee was knocked out in the third round.

Shockingly, he was cut from the UFC after this fight, not because of the loss, but because he somehow managed to piss off Dana White.  Dana was never explicit in what prompted him to fire Duffee, saying only that it seemed "he doesn't want to be in the UFC, he doesn't like being in the UFC."

That was news to Duffee, who said he had no idea why he was released.  Anyway, Todd signed with Dream and in his first fight he faced Alistair Overeem.  This fight was another very quick first round KO, but Duffee was on the wrong side of it.  The bout took place on New Year's Eve in 2010, and Duffee has not fought since.

Fedor is riding a two fight win streak, his latest being a KO victory of Japanese judo Gold-medalist Satoshi Ishii back in December.  A fight between him and Duffee would be an explosive contest, as both me like to stand and bang. Nothing is confirmed yet, but we'll be keeping on eye on this story as it develops.

Check out this hot promo for the upcoming Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey showdown coming up in March.  Tate is the Strikeforce female bantamweight champ and Rousey wants her belt.  Two very talented fighters who also happen to be smoking hot babes.  Life is good!

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