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Al Iaquinta, one of Long Island's best fighters, is the current Ring of Combat lightweight champion.  He'll be defending his title next Friday, November 18, at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, NJ, against UFC veteran Pat "Awesomely Awesome" Audinwood.  This is an excellent match up for both guys and the fight is guaranteed to be a war.

Kristen Brown talked with Al the other day, and we present the video for your viewing pleasure.  Keep on eye on Iaquinta.  You will be seeing him in the UFC soon.  He's the real deal.

Dennis "The Menace" Bermudez has been on a tear at TUF. He's 3-0 on the program and with his first round submission victory over Akira Corassani now moves to the finals.  The TUF 14 finale will be held on December 3, and it will mark Bermudez's official debut with the UFC.

We've featured Dennis several times on here, and I even had the pleasure of ring announcing him when he fought on the M-1 Global card in New Jersey last year.  Dennis is a highly skilled competitor and he makes a great addition to the UFC.  We'll be talking to him again before his UFC match in December, so stay tuned.

Congratulation Dennis Bermudez!

Press release:

MMA Legend Randy Couture to Headline 3rd Annual MMA World Expo in NYC, Dec 17 & 18, 2011

2011 Event Features MMA Legend Randy Couture, Renzo Gracie BJJ Open 2011 Tournament, All-New Alternate MMA-Style Tournament, Exhibit Hall with Leading MMA Products and Services, Training-with-the-Masters Seminars, MMA Business Classes, Special Events and More!

New York, NY - The mixed martial arts community will reconvene this December in New York City as the 3rd annual MMA WORLD EXPO returns to the Jacob Javits Convention Center (in the North Pavilion). The Saturday through Sunday Expo will feature an exhibit hall full of leading MMA products and services, professional MMA fighters, autograph sessions, live tournaments, training sessions, business seminars and special events.

General Admission tickets for the Expo are $20 in advance and $25 on-site for a day pass, $35 in advance and $45 on-site for a two-day pass and will go on sale Tuesday, November 1st on the show website, www.MMAWorldExpo.com.

In addition to the complete schedule of events, website visitors may also purchase tickets to training seminars, tournament ring-side seats and official show t-shirts and merchandise.

Alistair Overeem does not pull any punches when he's fighting, nor does he pull punches when he talks about fighting.  He is going to be taking on Brock Lesnar on December 30, and he's confident of the outcome.  He told MMA Fighting:

"I'm going to kick that guy's ass."

The winner of the Overeem vs. Lesnar match will be next up for a title shot in the UFC HW division.  That means that whoever wins will be facing the winner of Saturday's match between champion Cain Velasquez and number one contender Junior Dos Santos.  The Cain vs. Junior tilt is a pick em fight if there ever was one.  I've been going back and forth trying to figure out a winner, and it's just impossible to do.  This holds true for Overeem vs. Lesnar as well.  If Overeem lands a bomb on Lesnar, it could be over quick.  On the other hand, if Lesnar is able to get the takedown, it could be a long night for Alistair.

These are two great heavyweight fights, and the last man standing will no doubt be the undisputed number one heavyweight on the planet.  Let's get it on!

 

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One of boxing's all time great fighters has died.  Smokin' Joe Frazier, the legendary former Olympic and heavyweight champion died of liver cancer yesterday.  I remember watching Frazier's fights as a kid, and his bobbing and weaving style, coupled with one of boxing's most ferocious left hooks, was a thing of beauty.  His three fights with Muhammad Ali were epic.  Frazier was the epitome of a fighter who keeps on coming.  He will always be regarded as an all time great, and deservedly so.

Muhammad Ali, when informed of Smokin' Joe's death, said:

"The world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration."

After the jump, check out this highlight reel of some of Frazier's greatest moments in the ring, plus some great pics of him from Life Magazine.

Rest in peace, Smokin' Joe Frazier.

 

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Chris Leben is classy in defeat.  Despite getting cut up and stopped by Mark Munoz at UFC 138, Leben showed that he's a gentleman by leaving a Cadbury chocolate bar at the hotel's front desk for Mark, along with a gracious, if not spellchecked, note.   And there's even some artwork on the note.  It's a drawing of a penis.  Oh, that Chris Leben!

If you're having trouble reading the note, it says:

"Thank you! I think we put on a grate show. Congratulations."

Mark Munoz tweeted about the gift. He said:

"What a class act! @cripplerufc left this 4 me at the front desk! Thanks man! Was a true honor!"


 

 

 

 

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Don King has promoted some of biggest all time biggest matches including Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman, and Ali vs. Frazier 3, aka "Thrilla in Manila."  Now he's looking to make his mark on MMA as well.

King recently told USA Today that MMA is "sophisticated barbarism" and that he is interested in promoting MMA events.

"I'm looking forward to doing (MMA) too. And creating a competition between the UFC and whatever I call the MMA company that I put together."

If I recall correctly, this is not the first time King has talked about entering the world of MMA.  At 80 years old, he'd better get moving if he wants to get anything done.  And if he really thinks he'll be able to compete with the likes of the UFC, well it may be time to move him into the old folks home, where he can drool freely and reminisce about the good old days when he used to screw boxers out of millions of dollars.

 

Okay, I'm pissed.  Tank Abbott apparently had a rematch with Kimo Leopoldo last night at the Avelon in Hollywood, California last night, and nobody bothered to tell me.  I would have ditched UFC 138 and caught a plane out to Cali for that fight.  But noooo, I had to sit home watching modern day mixed martial artists, rather than old school bombers trying to "nelmark" each other.

Middle Easy reported on this bout, which was fought in over-sized boxing gloves and went the distance of 3 one minute rounds.  Kimo, who was resurrected a couple years ago after being reported dead--it was all a hoax--is apparently trying to do the same for his career by taking on Tank.  Tank, fresh off a scintillating victory over Scott Ferrozzo in somebody's backyard--sans metal thing, of course--seems to be on a course to avenge all his old losses.  Who's next?  Dan Severn?  Don Frye perhaps?

I confess that I do not know who won last night's tilt.  The details are sketchy.  My info comes from the venerable Middle Easy site, whose finger is on the pulse--or lack thereof--of these old school rematches, so I will be eagerly awaiting more info from their roving reporters.

 

UFC 138 took place last night in Birmingham, England, featuring Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz in a blood-soaked main event.   Munoz sliced and diced his way to TKO victory, leaving Leben a bloody mess and unable to answer the bell for the third round.  It wasn't a domination on Munoz's part by any means, with Leben landing some good shots and even taking down the acclaimed wrestler a few times.  But Munoz's swarming attacks on the ground were effective in keeping Leben on the defensive for much of the fight, and by the end of round two the fight had turned into a blood bukakke-fest.  Leben was bleeding heavily from facial cuts which resulted in his corner stopping the bout.

With the UFC about to make its debut on Fox TV, people are talking about how the sport is going "mainstream" and will become huge.  However, I disagree with this assessment.  Not to be a debbie-downer, but small fingerless gloves and the use of elbows results in lots of cuts.  For hardcore fans this is no big deal, but for casual viewers the sight of all that blood is just not something they want to see.  Think back to the Kimbo vs. Thompson fight on CBS.  Thompson's ear exploded out of the cage into our living rooms and made a lot of people sick to their stomachs.  PPV will always be where MMA does best, because hardcore fans, the ones willing to shell out money for the fights, don't mind the blood.  Still, you won't find me complaining about the UFC on network television, because at 60 bucks a pop, those PPVs fatten up my already fat cable bills.  It's just that all this talk of MMA becoming bigger than the NFL is, to use the British vernacular, a bloody pipe dream.

The rest of the card featured some terrific bouts.  Thiago Alves welcomed undefeated UFC newcomer Papy Abedi to the Octagon with a right-left combo that rocked the Swedish-Congolese fighter.  Alves followed up with some brutal ground and pound and when Abedi turned his back to avoid the blows, Alves sunk in the choke for his first UFC submission win.  Before the combination that floored Abedi, Thiago was landing some vicious kicks to the body.  Thiago Alves is an electrifying striker, with an ever improving ground game, and his skills were on full display last night.  Already looking forward to his next fight.

Also on the card was Brazilian wrecking machine Renen Barao.  After losing his first professional MMA bout by razor thin split decision, Barao has wracked up 27 straight wins.  He landed a huge knee on Brad Fickett last night, which put Fickett down.  Barao's killer instinct then kicked in and he finished Fickett with a rear naked choke.

All in all some great fights last night, especially considering that the card was free on Spike.  Complete results after the jump.

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