Friday, September 30, 2011

John "The Magician" Dodson early career highlights!

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is known for producing numerous MMA stars that have gone on to successful careers in the UFC.  John "The Magician" Dodson is already a star and he hasn't been on TUF 14 for more than 2 weeks!

That's because despite being only 27 years old in September, he already has amassed a solid professional record of 11-5.  He is 6-2 in his past eight fights, with his 2 losses being split decisions going the wrong way.  Even more impressive than his record, is the human highlight reel that "The Magician" has already put together.  Regardless of how far Dodson goes on TUF 14, it will be fun to continue to watch his career. 

Video from John Dodson's website is after the jump!  Don't blink!

And so begins another Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament!

We are nearing the end of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament, which started all the way back in February (if you can believe it.)  The event was kicked off with a batch of fights, culminating in a Fedor vs. Silva main event that found the once untouchable Fedor being pummeled by the bigger and stronger "Bigfoot" Silva.

It is well over a half a year later now since the tournament fights began and the brackets look nothing like most pundits would have predicted.  Alistar Overeem, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion at the time the brackets were announced, has left for the UFC (whose parent company Zuffa, LLC owns both Strikeforce and the UFC.)  "The Reem" will face Brock Lesnar in a highly anticpated match-up (that may require some reinforcing of the octagon) at UFC 141Fedor is now riding a 3 fight losing streak, and is also no longer in Strikeforce.

So now while everyone is awaiting the Strikeforce Grand Prix to culminate with a bout between long time MMA veteran Josh Barnett versus Daniel Cormier (an alternate who replaced Overeem, and then went on to knock out "Bigfoot" Silva in his last match), a new company has decided to provide us with their own version of a Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.

Find out who is taking a gamble on jumping into the Grand Prix business after the jump!

Mark Hominick discusses continuing the legacy of Team Tompkins!

Maggie Hendricks over at Yahoo Sports has a fantastic write up on Mark Hominick.  "The Machine" discusses his upcoming bout at UFC 140, his opponent Chan Sung Jung "The Korean Zombie", the birth of his first child, and carrying on the legacy of Team Tompkins.

Check out the article here, it is a fantastic read about one of the best guys in MMA today.  One thing of note to also mention is how the guys at Team Tompkins continue to help develop and grow the sport of MMA, as well promoting their anti-bullying campaign.

Source:  Yahoo Sports, MMA Junkie,

Siyar "The Killer" headed to the UFC

According to his twitter and an article by the Team Golden Glory fighter Siyar Bahadurzada is headed to the UFC.  

TUF 14 Fighter Blogs (Episode 2)

I don't know about you, but I like to learn as much as I can about the fighters coming up through the ranks of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).  Now we can learn a lot about the experiences of being a contestant on TUF.

Many of the fighters for the popular reality fighting show are guest blogging for websites after each episode.  Check out after the jump what the fighters have to say about the action in and out of the house!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Will the UFC be back to DC?

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is headed to Washington D.C. this weekend, but will it be their last trip to the nation's capital?

According to The Washington Post who quoted Reed Harris (UFC vice president of community relations), at a news conference Thursday September 29th, 2011, as saying:

“There are so many elements to where we go and where we do the pay-per-view versus the Versus shows,” Harris said. “I don’t know if the success or failure of an event actually plays into that.”

Ben Askren versus Jay Hieron Championship Match set for Bellator 56

According to the reigning and undefeated Welterweight Champion for Bellator Fighting Championships Ben Askren is now set to defend his title at Bellator 56, which takes place on October 29th, 2011.

Askren will face MMA veteran Jay Hieron in what promises to be Askren's toughest test to date.  Hieron is a veteran of over 25 professional MMA fights and has fought all over the world and in almost every mixed martial arts organization.

Stay tuned to for more information on this and other matches.