• A jubilant Overeem after his win over LesnarThe man looking to take over the UFC's heavyweight division has found his comfort zone at the fastest growing major camp in the sport. In an exclusive conversation with the MMA Fight Corner, Alistair Overeem said that he's going to work out of Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Fl. He also signed a new management deal with Authentic Sports Management.

    "ASM has everything that I need to expand. This goes from sparring partners, trainers, training facilities, Legal advice, business advice ... you name it they got it," Overeem said. "America is the future. I am committed to the States. I'm guessing this is going to be a permanent move."

    Overeem said his travel load will have him away from south Florida quite often. He still does a lot of work in Japan and Dubai, and his homebase will always be Holland.

    Overeem toured and worked with gyms in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego before choosing Florida. He said warm weather was an important factor in his final choice. He  also has a familiar face in Tyrone Spong and his trainer Harry Hoeft.

    Overeem is already focusing on his May matchup for the title against Junior dos Santos.

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  • Carlos Condit responds to Nick Diaz’s positive drug test

    Carlos Condit before his bout with Nick Diaz (Getty)Nick Diaz's positive drug test sent both the UFC and Carlos Condit's plans flying. While they were planning a rematch of the two's razor-close UFC 143 decision, Diaz's positive test was announced and the fight was forgotten.

    Condit told Sports Illustrated he was looking forward to the rematch both because he thinks he would win and because he wants to win fights. It doesn't bother him that Diaz had marijuana in his system as much as it does that he would put their bout in danger.

    "I don't care," Condit said. "The thing about it is, it's something they test for. It's against the Nevada Athletic Commission [rules]. I don't really consider it to be a performance-enhancing drug, but the fact is, they're testing for it. And you know they're testing for it. Whatever you do in between camps, if you know they're testing for this stuff then you've got to figure something out. In the past, he's said, 'Oh, I can smoke and I can pass these tests no problem.' That attitude kind of came back and bit him in the ass."

    No matter what your feelings are on marijuana, its legality or its place in society, Diaz was well aware that state commissions test for it. He was already busted for it once. Once you get a ticket for speeding down a street, do you speed down that street again?

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  • Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks on tap for UFC on Fox in May

    Hendricks to take on Koscheck (Getty)When Johny Hendricks knocked out Jon Fitch in 12 seconds at UFC 141, he showed he was ready to be put in the elite of the UFC's welterweight division. Now, he'll have another shot at one of the division's best. UFC president Dana White announced on Sunday Hendricks will take on Josh Koschek at the UFC's May card on Fox.

    Koscheck's last two bouts were a tight split decision over Mike Pierce at UFC 143 and a knockout of Matt Hughes at UFC 135. Before that, he lost a championship bout to Georges St. Pierre.

    Hendricks is riding a three-fight win streak, with the KO over Fitch, a TKO over T.J.

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  • The big day - for women - is just a few days away. Guys know it's get the job done or else on Valentine's Day.

    Dave Farra did a nice job of rounding up several stars from both the female and male sides of the mixed martial arts world to get their takes on Feb. 14. This is refreshing to watch as we find out that some of the ladies aren't big fans of V-Day either.

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  • Anderson Silva goes 1-2 with Amazonian tribesman

    Above, you can see longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a clinch with the member of an indigenous tribe in Brazil. According to the good people at Sherdog, he was taping a television show while visiting the Kamayura people in an inland state of Brazil.

    While there, he worked out with a tribe member in their traditional combat sport of the huka-huka. He was beat twice under their rules, but then won when allowed to use jiu-jitsu.

    Silva used the filming as a learning experience.

    "It's different, the way they fight, the kind of technique they use," enthused Silva. "They are very strong, and I really enjoyed the experience. Really cool."

    At 36 years old, Silva is still going out and learning new techniques and ways to dominate at MMA. He does not stop getting better as a fighter, even when he's at the top of his game. Hopefully, he'll continue to travel the world to learn every martial art and we'll see him try Senegalese grappling, Turkish oil wrestling, and Black Friday shopping in any mall in suburban America.

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  • Ortiz and Griffin slug away at each other in 2009 (Getty)

    As far as breaking news from the press conference dais, Dana White plays it close to the vest. Immediately after the pressers, it's a different story. His boss Lorenzo Fertitta prefers Twitter. He was a news breaker last night in a late night chat with his followers.

    According to Michael David Smith from MMAFighting, he revealed some important matchups on the horizon.

    Alistair Overeem will challenge UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santoson May 26 in Las Vegas. The winner of that is likely to face the winner of a Frank Mir-Cain Velasquez bout confirmed Fertitta.

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  • Jake Ellenberger hanging with Tito Ortiz at UFC 136 (Getty)

    If Jake Ellenberger isn't fighting for some sort of UFC welterweight title by the end of 2012 he can only blame himself.

    The 26-year-old has put himself in prime position and can lock up a title fight if he posts something impressive next week against Diego Sanchez at UFC on FUEL in Omaha, NE.

    At minus-350, Ellenberger is a huge favorite against the veteran fighter. He thinks he'll win but Ellenberger respects what Sanchez has done.

    "I'm going to expect the best Diego Sanchez. He's going to come after me. He's going to move froward like he always does," Ellenberger told "The MMA Insiders" on ESPN1100/98.9 FM. "He trains with a great camp, a great strategist. I'm preparing for the best Diego yet."

    Sanchez is back working with Greg Jackson and Jackson's MMA. That's a good thing. But the recent wars and beatings Sanchez (23-4, 12.4 UFC) has put his body through probably isn't.

    "He's somewhat predictable. He moves forward. I think I can definitely win the transitions and win in the striking area," said Ellenberger.

    Ellenberger's game is perfectly suited to challenge the two UFC welterweight champions. That's ESPN's MMA expert Adam Hill named him the top prospect at 170 pounds (parameters include - Have not held a UFC belt in the weight class; have not previously fought for a title in the weight class).

    Carlos Condit and Ellenberger met in Sept. of 2009. The current UFC interim welterweight champ took a narrow split decision from Ellenberger. At the time, some may have thought it was a fluke. Not the case since Ellenberger has reeled off five straight victories including four KO finishes. I'd put Rory MacDonald and Johny Hendricks ahead of Ellenberger on the 170 list, but it's obvious the ranks of challengers for both UFC titles is growing each month.

    Adam Hill Top 10 welterweight prospects:

    1. Jake Ellenberger
    2. Rory MacDonald
    3. Johny Hendricks

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  • Diaz looks relaxed before his fight at UFC 143 (Photo by Tracy Lee)

    It's not the first time Nick Diaz and a state commission have battled over his marijuana use, but this time it could be a trend setter.

    Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole broke the story that Diaz tested positive after his fight at UFC 143. If his penalty mirrors the one boxer Matt Vanda got last week from the NSAC, then Diaz will be fined $80,000 and be given a one-year suspension.

    Is that fair? Should a violation for a marijuana test be the same as steroids? Iole reacted just minutes after the story broke on Las Vegas' ESPN1100/98.9 FM.

    UFC president Dana White released a statement on the Diaz slip:

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  • Knockout of the week: Frankie Edgar takes out Gray Maynard

    Frankie Edgar will head to Japan soon to defend  his UFC lightweight belt against former WEC champ Ben Henderson at UFC 144. How about a little reminder of what Edgar did in his last bout?

    His fourth-round knockout of Gray Maynard ended any question about who was the better fighter. With Henderson, he'll have to face a fight who has never been knocked out, and was submitted once in 2007. Who will take the belt home from Japan? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook.

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  • No matter what, Condit still gets a Harley out of the deal. (Getty)The Carlos Condit-Nick Diaz controversy continues unabated. In the latest bit of news, the on-again, off-again rematch again appears to be off, and speculation has begun as to the reasons why.

    If the UFC doesn't get Condit-Diaz 2, it has to go back to the drawing board and figure out which direction to take the top of the welterweight division for the remainder of 2012.

    The company also has a habit of making matches Internet fans want when they make enough noise. So here's your chance to play matchmaker. Vote in our poll and tell us which big fight you want to see next at 170 pounds.

    Hold off for Georges St-Pierre vs. Condit: This was, after all, what was promised to begin with.

    Don't give up on making Condit-Diaz 2 happen; have the winner fight GSP: The first fight was close and there's a lot of fan interest, so go for it.

    Strip GSP of the title and let him fight Diaz: If Diaz is the fight St-Pierre really wants, let him have it, but don't hold up the rest of the welterweight division to do it.

    Have Condit defend interim belt against someone else while GSP recuperates: Condit has already defeated Diaz and St-Pierre will be out awhile, so have Condit defend against another top welterweight contender.

    Enough with all the Condit-Diaz-GSP talk: For those who would rather talk about anything else at this point.

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