Archive for July, 2009

Forrest Griffin’s thoughts on his upcoming fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 101

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Does Phil Nurse ever wake up and think why did i leave Manchester??

A fantastic gym in Soho, Manhattan. Trainer to UFC Champ George St Pierre. Called upon to hold pads for Gina Carrano in a boxing ring outside Madison Square Gardens with the Empire State Building in the background on a beautiful blue sky day in New York.

As i look out the window here in Manchester at the rain and grey skies in the middle of July the answer is “Probably not.”

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Just six weeks after her decision loss against top ranked UK muay thai fighter Sheree Halliday, Bad Company’s Sarah McCarthy takes the fight to the USA where she takes on experienced American female fighter Roxy “Balboa”Richardson at the Anaheim Convention Centre, Los Angeles, California on the 18th July.

Last week Bad Company’s Richard Smith told Fightnub.com:

“Sarah is looking great in the gym and really looking forward to the fight. Roxy has a lot of amateur experience and has won the  IAMTF US Women’s Lightweight Champion 2008 & 2009. She also does MMA and has her own site – http://roxyfit.com. She’s experience and obviously a local favourite but I think she has bitten off more than she can chew taking on Sarah and against Bad Company!”

Bad Company's Sarah McCarthy

Bad Company's Sarah McCarthy

Leeds lady McCarthy who looked impressive at Rumble at the Reebok at the end of May, is hoping for a good showing against her American opponent who despite her amateur experience is fighting for the first time under full Thai rules, and has had to look to Europe to take her Muay Thai to the next level.  Speaking to fightnub.com Roxy said:

“I think Sarah is a tough competitor. From what I can tell, she is active, high in the British rankings, serious about training hard and I know she comes to throw down – those are the type of fighters i look forward to competing against. So… game on! I feel strong mentally and physically. My training is challenging and varied as usual. I love training hard, so that’s never been a problem. My fight trainer is Jimmie Romero and my strength coach is Kris Germain. Between the two of them I never question my preparation.

Roxy "Balboa" Richardson

Roxy "Balboa" Richardson

I was able to find many fights as an amateur in California. I have been fighting now for about 6 years and including “smokers” I have almost 20 fights, but there are few female pro Muay Thai fighters in the US, so when I felt it was time for me to fight full rules Muay Thai the promoters had to look to Europe. The system is different here than it is in Europe we don’t’ have A, B and C class fighters, it’s just sanctioned amateur (non-padded) or pro. “Smokers”, unsanctioned bouts with padding are now illegal.

Whatever the outcome we wish both girls good luck, and hope that Sarah can elevate UK Mauy Thai in the states.

Sheree Halliday vs Sarah MCarthy - Rumble at the Reebok

Sheree Halliday vs Sarah MCarthy - Rumble at the Reebok 31st May

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UFC 100 Dana White Video Blog part 4

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THE MACHINE – Team England Training Camp – 18th & 19th July 2009 – 10am start

When you look back on the history of UK MMA one name stands out head and shoulders above the rest, Ian “The Machine” Freeman. Before the recent crop of UK stand outs, Ian was already fighting on the world stage, competing across the globe and representing our fair isle in the UFC… and who can forget his career high, smashing holes in UFC poster boy, Frank Mir at UFC 38 when Ian stopped the highly-touted Mir at 4:35 of the first round.

Freeman vs Mir UFC 38 - Freeman stopped Mir in the 1st rd

Freeman vs Mir UFC 38 - Freeman stopped Mir in the 1st rd

Outside of the cage, Ian is also known as an MC, commentator and lothario, as well as one of the best true MMA coaches this country has to offer.

With his role as the M1 Challenge MC, Ian has become a mentor to M-1 Team England and has kindly offered to hold a full weekend of M-1 Team England focused training, to ready the team for their important match up against Team Spain in August.

Being the godfather of UK MMA, Ian has opened up this invite to the rest of the UK MMA community, giving a unique opportunity to not only be coached by THE MACHINE, but also train with Team England as part of the preparation for their up and coming fights

This is an opportunity that can not be missed… especially when you see the price!

The attendance for this seminar is open to everyone

Cost for the two TWO day seminar is a mere £10 per person/day…. YOU HEARD IT £10! You want me to say it again TEN POUNDS!
Quannum Fitness and Combat Arts, Unit 13, Warth Mill, Diggle, Oldham, Ol3 5PJ – 01457 877977
How to register:
email Aaron Chatfield with you name, number, address and club.


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Mike Bisping and Dan Henderson face off prior to their UFC 100 bout. Let’s hope Mike is as sharp in the Octagon as he is in the photo and Henderson is just as sloppy

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Mike Bisping and Dan Henderson Face Off

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In what is becoming our regular feature we pit an avid UFC fan in the form of FIGHTNUB.com’s fan-boy Dave against a UFC pro in the form of Dave Jackson, Wolfslair Thai coach and instructor to Rampage Jackson, Mike Bisping, Cheik Kongo, and Paul Kelly. Dave Jackson was also assistant coach on The Ultimate Fighter 9 for team UK.

For UFC 99 it was a straight win for the pro with Dave Jackson getting all predictions spot on. Our Dave here at FIGHTNUB is looking to bounce back with a UFC 100 win over Dave Jackson the pro.

So here they are the FIGHTNUB.com UFC 100 predictions from Dave and Dave



Lesnar vs Mir

While Lesnar is undeniably one huge, powerful wrestling machine, his striking is still cumbersome and lacks the technique required for a clean knockout. Mir showed greatly improved stand-up against Nogueira in his last outing but there is little doubt that this one will end on the ground. I can’t get past the thought that 16 months submission defence training isn’t enough against one of the best heavyweight BJJ practitioners in the world. Once again submissions will be Lesnar’s Achilles heel-hook. I think Lesnar takes it this time. Last time he got caught on the ground by Mir but I think he will possibly look to keep it standing where he will be too big and powerful and win by tko rnd 1
Mir by submission. Lesnar TKO Rd 1

St-Pierre Vs Alves

The one question I have about St-Pierre is his chin. He hasn’t been hit much but when he has, he’s been hurt (Serra I). If this is a problem it will show here. Not only does Alves pack the power, his shots are often unpredictable and fast. St-Pierre however, is a master strategist with arguably the best wrestling in MMA. Even-ish on the feet, GSP with the edge on the ground, skill-wise, but Alves with the strength. This is a coin-flip for me. GSP is extremely fit and his wrestling wins this for me but it could be a lot closer than people expect so I am going for GSP on points
St-Pierre – close points decision GSP Points

Bisping vs Henderson

Bisping has proven that he can handle those annoying wrestling types in the best possible way – by just getting up. While he managed this with relative ease against Evans and Hamill they did not look to ‘ground and pound’ as soon as they hit the canvas as Henderson will and Mike won’t find it so easy. I’d have to give Bisping the edge in the stand up with great mobility, variety and Henderson’s lifelong habit of looking at the canvas while throwing his looping shots is tailor made for Bisping’s knees. I can’t see Henderson stopping Bisping but, and I hate to say this, I think the points will go in his favour with the judges with Mike not having the stopping power in his shots and, as we have seen before, over valuing the take-down. Although I am obviously biased I genuinely believe this is Mike’s fight for the taking. I see Mike’s cardio playing a big part in the fight and Hendo slowing down after round one as he did in his last fight. Although Hendo is a great wrestler I still can’t see him dominating Mike with it and Bisping’s stand up will be too slick and fast. I predict Mike on UD points or by rnd 3 stoppage.
Henderson Points Bisping UD/Rd 3 Stoppage

Fitch vs Thiago

I find it difficult to give a victory to someone I have seen only three minutes of, against an opponent that is well rounded and has gone the distance with GSP (yes, I know Koscheck did too). Thiago, on paper, has a good pedigree in BJJ but will he handle the rough stuff that Fitch will put on him – we’ll see. Hard fight for Thiago so i say early stoppage to Fitch but I could get this wrong if Thiago pulls off another upset like he did against Koscheck
Fitch TKO Fitch Stoppage

Akiyama vs Belcher

Akiyama is a well touted, big, strong Judo guy with knockout power that has fought all but one of his fights in Japan, which as we have seen before doesn’t necessarily mean a lot when they take their first step into the octagon. Denis Kang found that out against Alan Belcher at UFC 93 and Akiyama will have the same test. On paper though Akiyama, ranked 9th in the world by MMA Weekly, should win and judging by what I have seen on YouTube, I’m going with the paper. I see this as an easy submission victory for Akiyama in round 1 or 2 as I doubt that Belcher can keep this standing

Akiyama TKO

Akiyama Submssion

Dave Jackson is Muay Thai coach at the Wolfslair MMA Academy in the UK and coach to UFC stars Quinton Rampage Jackson, Mike Bisping, Cheik Kongo and Paul Kelly. Dave is one of the foremost experts in Muay Thai in Europe having started his Muay Thai career under the world famous Master Toddy. Dave is available for seminars and private lessons. Dave can be contacted via the Wolfslair MMA academy

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Gareth A Davies of The Daily Telegraph

Gareth A Davies of The Daily Telegraph

Unashamedly nicked From Gareth A Davies over the Daily Telegraph. Upadate on UFC 100 Uk broadcast.

It’s official. Right here.

I can reveal that UFC 100, from the Mandalay Bay Resort, will be live and free on UK television – it  will show free to air on satellite channel 433 and ALSO will be streamed free onto UFC.com on Saturday night for 9 hours, a marathon stint, between 9pm and 6am. It  will show a programme of the 100 greatest fights in UFC history, followed by the Countdown show, followed by the live event.

Channel 433 on Sky is a dead channel which is becoming a UFC channel for 9 hours only.

To clarify – if you are a Virgin Media or Freeview customer, it is a case of watching it at a friend’s place who has Sky, or watching it completely free on UFC.com online. UFC have been streaming events for years, so it will be good quality.

Enjoy. Tell all who need to know. Send them this link. You heard it here first. More details to follow…

Cheers Gareth !

The Daily Telegraph MMA

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Taken from The Sun online

UFC 100 will air LIVE on Sky channel 433, the mixed martial arts promotion has confirmed.

The biggest show in MMA history will also be available live on UFC.com

But for most fans wanting to watch the show on TV, Sky channel 433 will effectively become a UFC channel for nine hours only.

Fans will be able to catch all the action from the biggest fight night of the year completely free of charge.

As an exciting bonus to British fans, Sky Channel 433’s UFC 100 coverage will begin at 9pm, Saturday, as a 9-hour UFC marathon gets underway with all five episodes of the ‘UFC’s Top 100 Fights’.

This will be followed by the official ‘Countdown to UFC 100’ program which then leads into 3am, where the spotlight turns to Las Vegas, as the biggest MMA show of all time goes LIVE.

UK fight fans unable to join the televised action on Sky Channel 433 need not worry, though, for they can also catch every punch, kick and submission at UFC 100 by logging on to UFC.com.

Those fans are encouraged to log-on to UFC.com for details on how they can watch UFC 100 live online.

Included on the historic UFC 100 card are UFC Championship battles between heavyweight juggernauts Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir and welterweight wrecking machines Georges St. Pierre and Thiago Alves.

Plus, Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as British superstar Michael ‘The Count Bisping and former PRIDE champion Dan Henderson throw-down in a middleweight showdown.

Beyond UFC 100, there are further exciting announcements in the pipeline for British UFC fans.

The Sun

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The Daily Telegraph’s Gareth A Davies caught up with Michael Bisping in his hotel room at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas a couple of days before his UFC 100 fight against Dan Henderson.

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