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TheGarv.com’s Kalin Johnston caught up with Sean McCorkle today at his childhood home in Indianapolis, Indiana.  As always Sean was full of things to say and it was no different this time around.  From being cut from the UFC to having sex with Michael Douglas, the heavyweight fighter touches on everything McCorkle in this piece.

 

Frankie Edgar was at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat Friday night as cornering Chris Liguori and Tom DeBlass.  In this exclusive interview, we talk about his upcoming rubber match against Gray Maynard and about the possibility of him fighting Jim Miller, among many other topics. After that, check out an older video of Frankie sparring with Jim Miller.

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(Original photo by MMAWeekly.com)

Amidst the pandemonium of the marquee "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" event, you might hear the name "Nick Thompson" as a recurring point of debate in certain discussions.

Paul "Semtex" Daley has cemented a well deserved reputation for violently vanquishing anyone who dares to stand and strike with him.  Thompson is being inserted into the main event analysis as an overlooked exception to "The Semtex Rule" for his fairly astounding 2009 defeat of Daley in a fight that took place mostly on the feet.

Even further disregarded is the fact that Thompson is captaining his own main event tonight in Bellator versus welterweight champion Ben Askren in a non-title affair.  Askren, a former Olympic wrestler and one of the sport's most successful new crossover fighters, has wisely plugged the holes normally associated with an inexperienced wrestler by training with submission legend Marcelo Garcia and rocketing to brown belt level in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Already holding championship status and enduring the dangerous ground games of more experienced grapplers like Lyman Good and Dan Hornbuckle prove Askren made an intelligent choice.

After back to back losses to eventual UFC competitor Ed Herman and current #1 middleweight contender Yushin Okami, Thompson blazed a blistering 20-1 clip that put him on the fringe of the top-ten welterweight rankings.  The impressive run included wins over Josh Neer, Chris Wilson, Eddie Alvarez, and a two-fight UFC stint, in which "The Goat" scored a decision over Keith Wisniewski but fell prey to a prime Karo Parisyan.

This put Thompson into a title bout in EliteXC against another name you might recognize:  Jake Shields.  The first-round guillotine was one of the fifteen wins that have propelled Shields towards a crack at UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.  Thompson started 2009 with a roar by submitting Travis McCullough in January and out-dueling Daley in February, but went up a weight class to stay busy and tapped to some questionably placed strikes from Tim Kennedy, then suffered a TKO loss to Hornbuckle in Sengoku.  That outcome would incur consecutively against Taisuke Okuno in Thompson's only fight in 2010, which was his last appearance leading up to the Askren bout tonight.

In the interview below, Thompson discusses his lengthy career, his advantages over Askren, the affects of focus on a fighter, and his distaste for the new Tapout brand.

 

After an undefeated run in the WEC with notable submission wins over Jens Pulver, Mark Hominick, and LC Davis, top ten ranked featherweight Josh Grispi came into the UFC with a lot of well-deserved hype behind him.  Despite losing his title shot when champion  Jose Aldo went down with an injury and going on to lose his number one contendership against fellow UFC newcomer Dustin Poirier, twenty-two year old Grispi is still thought of as one of the top featherweights in the sport and is looking to show the critics why as he takes on George Roop at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.  Kalin Johnston caught up with Josh to get his thoughts on the fight among other topics such as his UFC debut against Poirier.

 

Top ranked lightweight Eddie Alvarez returns to Bellator Fighting Championships tomorrow night on MTV2 as he takes on fellow lightweight Pat Curran in a fight where Alvarez’s lightweight championship will be on the line.  TheGarv.com’s Kalin Johnston caught up with a much focused Eddie the day before his big title defense.

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While engaging tirelessly in discussions about MMA judging and the Ten Point Must System on several interent forums, the notion that Nevada had some sort of "unwritten rule" forbidding 10-10 rounds continued to arise.

Since all things MMA in the state of Nevada fall under Keith Kizer's watch, , I connected with the Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a quick Q&A on the subject.

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DW:  Fans are under the impression that 10-10 rounds are discouraged in the state of Nevada.  Can you comment on that, and explain your view on using the 10-10 for MMA bouts in Nevada?


KK:  "10-10 rounds are allowed, but should be used only if a judge feels that the round is even."


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2010 was a tumultuous year for Korean Top Team fighter Chan Sung Jung.

With a 10-1 record and coming off a strong showing in Sengoku's Featherweight Gran Prix, he got his shot in the big leagues with a WEC contract. Debuting against Leonard Garcia, the pair turned in an electric performance that many deemed "Fight of the Decade", though the slugfest was slightly blemished by the controversial decision for Garcia.  This turned out to be even more of a reason to rally behind the brawler who truly fought like a "Korean Zombie":  he became an internet sensation, he defined the type of "die on your shield" attitude fans respect most, and even Dana White was seen flaunting a Korean Zombie t-shirt.

His momentum came to a screeching halt versus George Roop at WEC 51, when -- despite having never been knocked out in a fight or training -- Jung was clipped with a perfectly timed high-kick from Roop for a second round TKO loss.

After learning that Chan Sung Jung was in the U.S. training for a month with Urijah Faber and Team Alpha Male, The Garv.com checked in with him on the rehabilitation of the knee injury that forced him out of a match with Rani Yahya, how his stint at Team Alpha Male was going, and what fans should expect from the new and improved "Korean Zombie 2.0".

 

Kalin Johnston caught up with Strikeforce fighter Mike Kyle at The Arnold Classic to talk about Gegard Mousasi, Feijao, and much more.

 

 

Kalin Johnston caught up with Randy Couture post-fight at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson to reflect on the card, preview his fight with Machida, and talk up and comers.

 

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