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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.

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Somewhere out there Evander Holyfield is cringing, and Mike Tyson is smiling, at this video.  A fighter lands an elbow on his opponent's ear, causing the ear--or a big chunk thereof--to pop off the guy's head.  Can you hear me now?  Didn't think so!

Video is after the jump.  Click at your own risk.

Hate is not too strong of a word to use when talking about the feelings Jon Jones and Rashad Evans have for each other.  Although they both deny it, you can feel it permeating the room in this video interview of both guys.  They don't even have to talk smack about one another for this to be one of the best grudge matches in MMA history.  Check out this two part loathe-fest.  Second part after the jump.

The irrepressible Quinton Rampage Jackson is never one to not speak his mind.  In this video interview, he takes UFC commentator Joe Rogan to task for Joe's bias towards BJJ practitioners, demonstrating in graphic detail how he feels Rogan, um, pleasures BJJ guys.  The fun starts at about 4:35.  Jackson also talks about fighting Ryan Bader and returning to Japan.

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(Kasey Matthews and Jamie Driver throw down)

The American Mixed Martial Arts Fight League continues its ascent in the MMA world.  On Friday night, the fans went wild when 16 fighters left everything they had in the cage.  The sell out crowd was treated not only to great MMA action, but complimentary food and beverages were provided as well.  The venue at the Newtown Athletic Club was top notch, with great lighting and sound.  It was a pleasure ring announcing all the fights and enjoying the show.

For the first time ever, the AMMFL featured a women's MMA bout, and in my opinion it was the Fight of the Night.  Kasey Matthews and Jamie Driver provided fans with a three round war, with Driver coming out on top on the scorecards.  I had the fight a draw, and would love to see a rematch between these very talented and determined fighters.  It was truly a fight to remember.

Another very memorable fight was Des "The Predator" Green vs. Bam Bam Jones.  Jones came out and went into berserker mode against Green, even trying to fight after the end of the second round.  But Green showed great composure and a high skill level by weathering the storm and taking control of the fight.  Green, out of Team Bombsquad, won by unanimous decision.

All the fights were great, as the fighters gave their all.  I don't have all the official times handy, but will get that info and post it in a couple of days.  I can tell you that the Fight Night series is here to stay, though, and I'm already looking forward to Fight Night 5.

Promoters Jim McCann and Patrick Byrne do an outstanding job on all facets of the fight game. They know how to match make put on an event, and it shows.  If you are near the Philly area, do yourselves a favor and check out a Fight Night event live.

For a replay of all the action, check out UStream.tv/bslive.

 

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Chandella Powell is a human being, and we all make mistakes.  She was involved in some risque photo shoots in her past, some softcore porn stuff that surfaced on the Net recently.  There was much speculation that she'd gotten fired from the UFC because of that, based on her absense from the UFC on Fuel show last week.  However, it appears that Chandella will once again grace the Octagon at UFC in Japan later this month.

On her Twitter account, Chandella apologized for her raunchy photo spread:

"When you are young, you often don't realize that your actions have consequences. I made a bad decision about ten years ago, but you learn from these moments. There is nothing I can do to change the past, and believe me, if I could, I would. That decision doesn't represent who I am today. All I can do now is put the past behind me and move forward. I am sorry to disappoint any of my fans and my family at Zuffa. I love you guys :)"

So there you have it.  Now we can all put this behind us, in a way that won't be captured on film.  Chandella also thanked her many fans for the support:

"Thank you to everyone for all of the love I have received. It is overwhelming to think about all of the supporters I have."

Now, on to more important things, like Brittney Palmer's Playboy shoot.  Ciao.

 

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WBC Boxing champ itali Klitschko didn't strike back after challenger Dereck Chisora slapped him at the weigh ins.  Vitali said he'd take his revenge in the ring when they fight tomorrow night.  Chisora probably did the right thing by taking a swing at Vitali, because chances are he's going to be napping in the fight.

 

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Sambo is one of the best martial arts for MMA.  It has throws, takedowns, submissions, and just about everything you need to be a well rounded fighter.  Fedor Emelianenko, arguably the greatest fighter of all time, is a Sambo stylist and the art has served him very well in his career.  Check out this video history of the art of Sambo, featuring Fedor himself.  This is good stuff!

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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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