The unexpected news rippled through the news channels yesterday with Sherdog at the epicenter of the reports: Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has decided to cease his business relationship with the Russian-based promotional machine, M-1 Global.

After careful consideration, I have decided that it is in my best interest to part ways with M-1 Global.

Mousasi's fight career was being managed by Apy Echteld (employed by M-1 Global), and the Armenian fighter has also stated that "someone close" to him will now be handling that task instead of Echteld.  A column by MMAJunkie divulges an offer of "lifetime security" for Mousasi that was vetoed by an unnamed M-1 executive, which may have propagated Mousasi's departure.

Lou Neglia not only runs the longest running MMA show outside of the UFC with his  Ring of Combat promotion in NJ, he also runs kickboxing/Muay Thai shows in Manhattan.  There's another one tonight and the card is sweet.  Check it out if you can.


A feud is brewing between Paul "Semtex" Daley and Josh Koscheck.  They've been battling in a Twitter war of words and now Semtex has made a post on the UG asking for people to photoshop Josh's hair.

He wrote this:


For my Supporters, we are also running a competition to help Josh....we can all see he is in desperate need of some advice about what to do with his Blonde 'Fro.....So PHOTOSHOP PEOPLE, Wining hair style will be handed to Josh at the pre fight press conference.....

Here are some of the best of them so far:

I watched Charlie "The Spaniard" Brennerman's early fights at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat shows in AC, and I knew that one day he'd be in the UFC.  His record is 10-1 and his only loss is to UFC fighter John "Doomsday" Howard.   Charlie finally got the call to the big leagues and he'll make a welcome addition to the already stacked UFC 170 pound division.

Charlie trains out of AMA Fight Club, which is also home to the UFC's Miller brothers, Jim and Dan.

AMA trains a lot of top Jersey talent and I was glad to hear that Doug "The Killer" Miller recently joined the group.  Doug is an exciting amatuer who will be making his pro debut later this month.  Training with guys like the Miller brothers will up his game and I think he's going to make a fine pro.

Good luck Charlie and Doug!


Big congratulations to Matt Serra who destroyed Frank Trigg with a devestating first round knockout.  Trigg was talking a lot of trash before the fight, but he found out the hard way that Matt Serra is a top contender in the UFC's welterweight division.  After the fight, guys on the UG went photoshop crazy and I've picked some of the best ones and posted them here.  Enjoy!

Mike Geurin is a complete fighter, undefeated in his MMA career.  He's got great wrestling credentials and can stand and bang.  He fought 3 times in 2009 and knocked out the very tough Plinio Cruz, a fighter who beat Jay Silva before Silva got the call up to the UFC.

I read a great article about Mike by Derek Constanble on  Check it out.

Success in life is promised to no one and the road to fame and fortune in professional sports is just as uncertain. It takes hard work to get to the top in any profession but while aspiring athletes in this country can often look forward to a league minimum salary of atleast six figures in sports like baseball, football and basketball -- in mixed martial arts fighters are lucky to make a few thousand their first year in the cage.

Fighters in MMA are considered pros the first time they step in a cage and accept a paycheck, so while the cream of the crop in MMA are making anywhere between $10,000 and $500,000 a fight the majority of athletes trying to make it in this sport are holding down day jobs Monday to Friday and fighting as often as possible on the weekends for only a few hundred dollars.

I have waited for more than a decade to see Mark Coleman and Randy Couture fight.  This was supposed to have happened back in 97 when Coleman was champ and Couture was bursting onto the scene with an amazing TKO win over previously undefeated Vitor Belfort. Couture suffered a rib injury, however, so the bout was shelved.  Who could've guessed that it would be 13 years before it finally happened.

Now that it is finally upon us, long time UFC fans like me are thrilled.  It's very hard to pick a winner for this fight, and I think it's going to be a closely contested battle.  Coleman's wrestling, however, will be the difference.  I think Couture will win the stand up battle but on the ground Coleman will be stronger.  After three tough rounds, I'm going with Coleman by decision.


I love the sport with a true passion; much like I'm assuming anyone reading this article does.  One of the facets I enjoy most about MMA is witnessing the meteoric rise of fighters who materialize out of nowhere to isolate themselves as standout competitors through dominant and exciting performances.

In that vein, I would like to introduce Amilcar Alves, an 11-1 fighter who has taken the Brazilian combat scene by storm by overwhelming his opponents with an immeasurable array of offensive weapons.  Training alongside elite-echelon fighters at the highly touted Nova Uniao fight team like world champion Jose Aldo, top Sengoku featherweight Marlon Sandro, and upcoming UFC brawler Ronnys Torres, Alves is known for unleashing a hurricane of hostile Muay Thai on the feet, and he's also proficient with aggressive submissions on the mat.

He has an extensive 25 years years of experience with Judo, 10 years with Muay Thai, and now several years of intense Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the tutelage of the great Andre Pederneiras.  Pederneiras has overseen such submission grappling greats as B.J. Penn, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Marc Laimon, Marcus Aurelio, and Renato "Charuto" Verissimo.

After trouncing Fernando Paulon (video), the only fighter to ever best him


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