Strikeforce will come to an end on Saturday, so you should get their merchandise while the getting's good. The only problem is that since Zuffa, the parent company of the both the UFC and Strikeforce, bought the promotion, they don't have much. Still, there are a few items worth buying:Read More »from MMA Marketplace: Strikeforce’s best
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 22:09 GMT
Tate already has UFC shorts. (Getty)This Saturday, Strikeforce will host its final show. The promotion, owned by the UFC's parent company, will cease to exist, leaving many of their fighters to the UFC. No assumptions are being made on any fighters joining the UFC, but here are the 10 best from the Strikeforce roster* who are now available to the UFC.
10. Miesha Tate -- The woman who lasted the longest against Ronda Rousey can also be one of the bricks that help build the UFC women's bantamweight division. A rematch with Sarah Kaufman would be a great bout to show that women not named Rousey can be draws.
9. Josh Barnett -- Though he hasn't been in the UFC since 2002, Barnett is still an exciting heavyweight to add to one of the UFC's best divisions. Before his loss to Daniel Cormier, Barnett was on an eight-fight win streak, with seven of those fights ending with a submission or knockout.
8. Tim Kennedy -- The longtime Strikeforce standout should get a chance with the UFC after Saturday's bout with Trevor Smith. He was a part of some of Strikeforce's most exciting bouts, and will get to show just how good he is in the UFC's middleweight division.Read More »from 10 best fighters for UFC to take after Strikeforce’s end
UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone will fight Anthony Pettis at the UFC's next card on Fox, but a win over his fellow WEC veteran isn't Cerrone's only goal for 2013. He told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that he plans to go pro as a wakeboarder this year.
"I love wakeboarding and definitely plan on going pro this year," Cerrone said.
Like in MMA, wakeboarding has a local circuit where Cerrone will have to start. He won't make any money at the lower levels. Wakeboarders are pulled behind motor boats on wakeboards, and compete by doing tricks on the board. It's like a mix of surfing, water skiing and snowboarding.
Cerrone, who is fond of riding horses, roping cattle and the like, said worries about getting injured outside of training will not sideline him.
"This summer, I'll definitely be out on the water and riding my horses."
"For me, I'm trying to be a professional wakeboarder. It's just like when I'm trying to be a professional cagefighter. It's not like I'm fooling around, getting drunk and recklessly doing it. It's another professional sport."
But that doesn't mean he'll do it against the UFC's wishes. He will talk with UFC brass.
"I'm going to sit down, and talk with the big guys and sort it all out."Read More »from Donald Cerrone wants to go pro as a wakeboarder
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Fri, Jan 4, 2013 15:44 GMT
Do you want to own your favorite fighter's sports bra without committing a felony and support a worthy cause? Good news. Some of your favorite female fighters are auctioning off signed sports bras and rash guards to help fight breast cancer.
Ronda Rousey, Felice Herrig, Liz Carmouche and Julie Kedize are among the fighters who have handed over their sports bras for an eBay auction. Rosie Sexton gave her top and shorts. Proceeds will go to Keep A Breast, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer for future generations.
As of this writing, UFC women's bantamweight champion Rousey has the highest bid. It's going for $340, plus shipping. The bra that belonged to Bec Hyatt, who will fight for Invicta's straw weight title on Saturday, is up to $330. Check it out, and help a good cause.Read More »from MMA Marketplace: Bid on sports bras from the best female fighters for a good cause
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 23:54 GMT
(Getty)That didn't take long. Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury is frustrated with his inability to get a fight with either of the Klitschko brothers, Fury decided to call out newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
Via Twitter, Fury said, "If the klitchkos r 2 much of [expletive] to fight me then I'll go & fight the MMA heavyweight champ at least he is game. Wouldn't last 2 rounds! ... Cain valasquez is a little midget on steds bring it on I'll fight. Not a man born from his mother can beat me! Contact Hennessy sports! ... I'm the new baddest man on the planet I'll smash @cainmma. Let's get it on!"
Fury is 20-0 and has four technical knockouts in his last five fights. That's fantastic for him. As a boxer, he looks like he has a great future.
But this past weekend, Velasquez showed how well-rounded his MMA game is. He was an All-American wrestler at the Division I level, and had no problem taking down Junior dos Santos. Does British-born Fury think he can learn a ground game in a few months? He may want to think about what happened when James Toney tried that.Read More »from Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury sets his sights on UFC champ Cain Velasquez
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 19:00 GMT
Junior dos Santos lost the UFC heavyweight belt on Saturday night to Cain Velasquez. In the fight, Velasquez brutalized JDS with striking and wrestling for which dos Santos had no answer. Dos Santos recorded a video thank you to fans, and you have to give the guy credit. He does have a sense of humor about the loss.
"All the time, I got my hands hurt. All the time. But this time, I got my face hurt! My hands are feeling 100 percent. But my face got a little swollen," dos Santos said.
He also was sure to compliment Velasquez.
"I think Cain Velasquez did an excellent job, so congratulations to him. He followed a good strategy. I'm going to go home, and I'm going to fix everything, and put everything in the right place, and come back stronger than ever."
Before Saturday, dos Santos had lost just once in his career. He was submitted via armbar in 2007. It's pretty impressive that he's taking this loss so well, and adds some credibility behind his promise to come back stronger than ever.Read More »from After losing to Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos says his face hurts, but his hands don’t
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 15:22 GMT
(Instagram)Joe Lauzon's followers on Twitter and Instagram have been treated to the after pictures from Lauzon's bloody, three-round battle with Jim Miller at UFC 155. Lauzon has shared a picture every day of the swelling, cuts and bruises that came from the bout, which Lauzon lost by decision. The picture above is from Wednesday night, when Lauzon said he was "starting to look better."
The pictures are a poignant and even painful reminder of the kind of damage fighters take in the fights we love the most. Lauzon has only had two fights go to decision in his career. He is aware of the kind of damage fighters can take in bouts like his on Saturday.
"I don't feel I've taken any real abuse or punishment," Lauzon said. "But the thing is I don't want to. I don't want to have wars if that means I'm going to forget my own name. If it got to that point, I would reassess everything and take a step back.
Most of the time, Lauzon wins his fights by submission. Eighteen of his 22 wins have ended with a submission, which usually means less damage than in a knockout.
Lauzon worked in information technology and went to school for computer science. He has plenty of opportunities outside of fighting.Read More »from Joe Lauzon: ‘I don’t want to have wars if that means I’m going to forget my own name’
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Wed, Jan 2, 2013 21:16 GMT
The new -- and old -- UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez returned home after winning the belt on Saturday night with a dismantling of Junior dos Santos. At the airport, friends, family, fans and a mariachi band were waiting. The sweetest part comes right at the beginning. Velasquez's young daughter greets her father with a hug and kiss. When she is handed a kid-sized championship belt, his daughter hands it to the champ. I dare you to watch and not say, "Awwww."Read More »from See Cain Velasquez’s family welcome him home after winning the belt (VIDEO)
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Wed, Jan 2, 2013 13:59 GMT
(Getty)Happy January, Cagereaders. It's a new year, which means we have a fresh slate of fights to discuss, dissect, predict and then finally enjoy. Here are Cagewriter's top five. Which ones are you most excited about? Speak up in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.
Michael Chandler vs. Rick Hawn on Jan. 17: Bellator's move to Spike TV is starting with a bang. Lightweight champion Chandler will defend his belt for the first time (his bout with Akihiro Gono was a non-title bout.) He'll have to face Hawn, an Olympian in judo who won his last three fights with two knockouts and a decision.
Pat Curran vs. Patricio Freire on Jan. 17: On the same night, Curran will put his featherweight title against Freire, a frightening striker who has been waiting for Curran since May.
Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping on January 19: The UFC on FX card will be headlined by a fight that could decide Anderson Silva's next challenger. Even without title implications hanging over it, Belfort taking on Bisping in Brazil is just a fun fight.
Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis on January 26: Fighters don't have to dislike each other for a good fight to happen, but it does make it a whole lot of fun. Pettis and Cerrone have been jawing at each other for months, and they finally get to settle their score at the UFC's next Fox card. Bonus: They're both thrilling strikers who seem incapable of boring fights.
Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson on January 26: For the main event of UFC on Fox 6, Johnson will get his first chance to defend the UFC's flyweight belt. It will be speed vs. speed in the cage, which is both fun and exhausting to watch.Read More »from Cold weather, hot fights: The top five bouts of January
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Tue, Jan 1, 2013 18:18 GMT
(Getty)Chael Sonnen, the UFC fighter who is known as much for his trash talk as his fighting skills, has a passionate fanbase. They pay to watch him on pay-per-views, stand in line for hours for autographs and pictures, and hang on his every word. One fan even thought enough of Sonnen that he or she cast a ballot for him in the 2012 presidential election.
New York City's official election results were posted today. According to the New York Times, one vote was tallied for Sonnen. He received the same amount of votes as Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City.
Though the voter probably knew his or her vote wouldn't result in a Sonnen presidency, Sonnen has had political ambitions in the past. In 2010, he ran for a Senate seat in his home state of Oregon, but withdrew when a legal issue arose. The legal issue turned out to be money laundering in connection with his job as a realtor. Sonnen plead guilty in 2011.
Now, Sonnen's sights are on UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The two will coach against each other on the upcoming season of "The Ultimate Fighter," and face off in April.Read More »from Someone in New York City voted for Chael Sonnen for president