Check out the latest UFC JAPAN promo

27 Aug 2014 4:08 am Posted by jjwakrat

Check out the latest promo for UFC Japan. iJF Content partner TFN’s very own Bri Chan makes an appearance. She’s beautiful, funky and in this whole MMA thing, she’s legit. Yeah, she’s a pro fighter (with DEEP JEWELS) too on top of being a reporter. Now Bri has something new to add to her resume, being featured on the UFC’s latest commercial for their upcoming show in Japan this September. UFC Japan will be headlined by a highly anticipated bout between heavyweights Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt. Check out this cool video promo below right now.

Kevin Iole: Why Dana White’s latest power play should be cause for concern

26 Aug 2014 3:51 am Posted by jjwakrat

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It seems last week at UFC Macau, the big man himself, UFC President Dana White, so disagreed with a judge’s score that he yanked him from his duties. Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole weighs in on why this action might not be such a good idea.

LAS VEGAS – Mixed martial arts fans collectively cheered on Saturday when UFC president Dana White yanked Howard Hughes as a judge after he was unhappy with Hughes’ work in the first two bouts at a fight card Saturday in Macau, China.

This, though, was a decision that should have been booed, and loudly, even if one believes that Hughes clearly blew both of the first two bouts.

The UFC self regulates in jurisdictions that have no athletic commission or governing body, such as Macau. In those cases, the UFC generally appoints Marc Ratner, its vice president for regulatory affairs and, notably, the highly respected former executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, to run such shows.

Ratner runs those shows under Nevada rules, and he appoints the judges, the referees and runs the drug testing.

But Ratner wasn’t in Macau on Saturday…..

Yahoo Sports has the full story 

Video: Ronda Rousey was going to be a bartender for life, “then I saw Carano vs Kedzie”

21 Aug 2014 11:00 pm Posted by jjwakrat

Ronda Rousey, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and listed as one of the top pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world, joined CEO Dana White’s entourage to Macau for UFC FN 48.

In an exclusive video interview, MMA-in-ASIA spoke with Rousey about her incredible judo career, her earliest recollections of MMA, and prospective opponents she might face in the future.

On her first experience with judo as a young girl:

“I took to it right away. I had the time of my life.”

On her first thoughts of going into MMA:

“After the Beijing Olympics, I decided that I was going to be a bartender for the rest of my life. And I was trying to force myself to be content with that. I’d seen Gina Carano fight Julie Kedzie when I was still training for the Beijing Olympics… The guys I was watching it with were so in awe of her… What?! I can do that! I can beat those chicks!”

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Fightland on China’s MMA Origins

10:43 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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As we head into this weekend’s UFC Macau, Fightand’s Sascha Matuzak brings another dispatch from the Middle Kingdom detailing China’s MMA Origins.

“Saturday’s UFC Fight Night in Macao features a half dozen of China’s best MMA fighters. But these guys are just one small step removed from the very first four Chinese to ever train and compete in mixed martial arts. Those four, Zhang Tiequan, Ao Hailin, Dai Shuanghai and He Peng, weren’t even the best Sanda fighters of their generation.

But when Chinese-American Andy Pi went looking for Chinese MMA fighters for a promotion he was putting together, these were the guys the sports universities would release to try out mixed martial arts.”

Vice’s Fightland has the full story.

PIC: Cung Le is looking JACKED and RIPPED heading into UFC Macau

19 Aug 2014 1:43 am Posted by jjwakrat

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We’re not sure how he did it, but we definitely want to know how a 42 year old man can look like this (whether we’re willing to do what Le does is another story though). Cung Le will be facing Michael Bisping this weekend at UFC and he looks more than ready to take on the Brit. Le’s been training in Vietnam for the past few weeks and it’s pretty apparent that whatever he’s doing, he’s doing it right. Check out the most recent pic of Cung Le. Who needs TRT right?

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Let’s Get It On! Again…

17 Aug 2014 11:02 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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It’s been a long time since we saw veteran referee John McCarthy officiating in Las Vegas. While he has made appearances inside the Octagon in other jurisdictions, The Las Vegas commission has effectively blacklisted him since he made public comments about way back in 2007. Big John has spoken out against commissioner Keith Kizer since. Bloody elbow’s Mookie Alexander writes:

“Let’s get it on! Popular MMA referee John McCarthy will be officiating UFC events in Nevada once again, pending his official relicensing on August 21st.Assuming nothing changes between now and August 21st, you’ll soon be seeing Big John McCarthy officiating Las Vegas-based shows once more. According to a report from Yahoo’s Kevin Iole, The highly respected veteran referee, who hasn’t officiated any events in Nevada since 2007, will be relicensed on August 21st at the next Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting. He’ll also be assigned to work on several fights at UFC 178, which is the promotion’s next trip to Las Vegas.”

Bloody Elbow has the full story.

Garry Cook new UFC Chief Global Officer, takes over Asia division

10:40 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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The news recently broke that Garry Cook, the UFC‘s head of operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, had been promoted to Chief Global Officer. As such, former Managing Director of UFC Asia Mark Fischer has been released.

MMA Fighting broke the news and confirmed it with CEO Dana White directly. The former CEO of Manchester City will move to Las Vegas to carry out his duties.

Fischer’s tenure included the China market for four years, during which time two shows in Macau, plus the upcoming event on August 23rd, and the first series of TUF China were negotiated and held. The main office started in Beijing, then moved operations to Singapore, where the first UFC event was held at the beginning of 2014.

Dana White has been vocal about an event in the Philippines in the beginning of 2014, and a Korea event is also to be expected, along with the promotion’s Japan expansion which includes a TUF-style tournament co-promoted by Shooto Commission-run Vale Tudo Japan across 2 weight divisions.

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Urijah Faber injured and is out of UFC Japan, Alex Caceres steps in as a replacement

14 Aug 2014 2:37 pm Posted by jjwakrat

 

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Looks like the “California Kid” won’t be making the quick turnaround return like he had originally hoped for after his win over Alex Caceres. Urijah Faber has been injured and now will not be able to compete against Masanori Kanehara in Japan.

 

Ironically, the man who will be replacing will be the man the Faber last defeated. Alex Caceres (10-6, 1 NC) will be taking the place of Faber. Caceres won 4 out of 5 of his last fights before losing to Faber. Caceres’ win over Kang Kyung-Ho was overturned and made a no contest after he tested positive for marijuana.

 

Masanori Kanehara (23-11-5) is a former Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Champion and inaugural Sengoku Featherweight Champion. He has competed in DEEP, Pancrase, Shooto and ZST. Kanehara has won 6 of his last 7 fights. He was last seen facing Toshiaki Kitada at DEEP-66 Impact but lost via disqualification for throwing Kitada out of the ring. This could potentially be a much easier fight for the JMMA star as supposed to his original opponent, Faber.

UFC Japan will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson. It will be held on Sept. 20 in Saitama, Japan.

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Jon Jones injures his leg, fight with Cormier postponed till Jan 3rd

13 Aug 2014 12:58 am Posted by jjwakrat

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The Fight Nation’s Wesley De Souza delivers truly terrible news about the highly anticipated match up between two *undefeated champions. The fight is postponed and Alexander Gustafson wants back in.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??

I don’t know if I should be angry or just laugh. I guess given the number of times sh*t like this has happened, I guess I can only laugh. Jon Jones is injured and he’s out of his fight with Daniel Cormier. The fight will be postponed to the 3rd of January 2015. Jones has reportedly suffered a torn meniscus in his knee and a sprained ankle in training earlier this week. Daniel Cormier is NOT happy. “I started to train very hard. It’s a little discouraging, but now I have time to get completely healthy. I don’t know how hurt Jon is but we have to remember that I took this fight with a pre-existing injury. I could have fought through it, I just wish he would have done the same.” Cormier told Ariel Helwani from MMAFighting.com. Meanwhile, Alexander Gustafsson, who was originally supposed to face Jones has gone on Facebook and stated that he should be facing Jones on Jan 3rd. “I just heard the news that Jones is injured and the fight is rescheduled to January 3????” wrote Gustafsson. “Until then, I will be more than ready, it was MY fight to begin with and I WANT the fight as the number 1 contender. End of story!!” According to Cormier though, Lorenzo Fertita has assured him that the title shot is still his and Gustafsson has to wait. I guess there isn’t going to be any Popeye’s at the Christmas dinner table this year.

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Ronda Rousey special guest in Hong Kong for UFC Fight Night Macau

11 Aug 2014 9:57 am Posted by jjwakrat

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On the official UFC Asia Facebook page today it was announced that Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey will be appearing at the press conference ahead of UFC Fight Night Macau.

Breaking news! The first ever UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be here in Hong Kong to attend our Ultimate Media Day next Wednesday Aug 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel, along with guest fighters Luke Rockhold & Angela Magada. This is shaping up to be one hell of a main event preview!

Rousey has become one of the most recognisable MMA fighters in the USA for her extreme dominance in her division leading up to becoming the 3-time defending Champion. She segued into the UFC following her Strikeforce career which also saw her gain and defend the Championship title there.

Prior to her MMA career, Rousey was a consummate judoka from 2001 to 2008, culminating her incredible career by achieving a bronze medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. This background led her to an impressive number of wins by submission – now widely known as her trademark arm bar. Rousey stepped things up a notch with her striking and has won the last two of her fights by TKO and KO.

UFC President Dana White originally announced in our one-on-one interview here that he intended to bring Rousey along to the Macau event, with other fighters as well.

MMA-in-ASIA will have updates on all UFC events leading up to UFC Fight Night Macau.

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