MFC 29: Marcus Davis vs. Kajan Johnson booked for April 8 on HDNet

Already sporting a talent-rich lightweight roster, the Maximum Fighting Championship has added one of the division’s most powerful strikers, and a fighter who has targeted big finishes in fan-favorite encounters.

Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis has signed a multi-fight deal with the Maximum Fighting Championship, and will make his much-anticipated debut when S.L. Feldman’s & Associates presents MFC 29: Conquer at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor on Friday, April 8. Tickets for the event go on sale at Noon ET on Friday, March 4 at http://www.caesarswindsor.com and The Colosseum box office.

Davis (17-8) is expected to meet the livewire “Ragin” Kajan Johnson (18-11-1) in one of the featured matchups that will air live on HDNet Fights.

The Bangor , Maine , product and member of Team Sityodtong already feels like he has found a home in the MFC which prides itself in pushing the entertainment envelope.

“I feel I’m sort of the Nostradamus of MMA,” explained Davis . “When I started in the sport I was talking to boxing magazines and told them that MMA was going to take over boxing. They said I was crazy but it happened.”

“I feel the same about being in the MFC. (Owner/President) Mark Pavelich has done a very good job not only developing his brand but also developing his fighters. That’s why I made the choice I did.

 

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David Branch preps for toughest test

By Frank Curreri

Facing off against a crushing leg lock specialist like Rousimar Palhares is fraught with risk, but it’s a cakewalk compared to UFC fighter David Branch’s previous job. The gregarious New Yorker endured more than four years as an iron worker, widely regarded as one of America’s most dangerous and deadliest professions.

“It’s hard as hell, man. I worked on some of the highest buildings in New York City, walking beams,” said the 29-year-old Branch, who lives in the same rough Brownsville, New York, neighborhood that produced boxing icon “Iron” Mike Tyson. “You’ve got to climb, grind and haul heavy materials and boxes up and down stairs. It’s a very difficult job.”

Every work day – following a night of intense MMA practices — Branch would rise at 5 a.m., and usually climb atop a towering steel beam by 7:30 a.m. He might be situated 30 stories or higher in the sky.

“I would sit on top of a building and look around at all of New York City,” he said. “I’d say to myself, ‘There’s got to be a better way. This is not me.’

 

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Dana White: “Fedor Emelianenko Looks Old and It’s Over”

By Tom Ngo

Although Dana White held UFC 127 this past Saturday in Australia, and is hosting a freebie fight card this Thursday in Kentucky, the Octagon president had more than enough time on his hands to drop his two cents on Fedor Emelianenko.

According to the brash promoter, the Russian’s best days are well in his rear-view mirror and his fanboys simply need to live in the now.

“His fans just need to deal with it. Deal with the fact that he’s not one of the best in the world. It’s over,” White matter of factly told MMAFighting. “All that was back in 2005. It’s not 2005 anymore.

“Guy’s been inactive, hasn’t fought anybody good in a long time. He looks old and it’s over. It is what it is.”

White has tried to recruit Emelianenko to fight inside of his Octagon for years to no avail. To him, Fedor will always be the one that got away. It appears his heartbreak has quickly subsided since “The Last Emperor” was finished in his last two outings.

 

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The Return of Bellator

By Jesse Zavala

Bellator Fighting Chamionships will make its return to the world come March 5th with what is set to be the biggest and most promising season in the promotion’s short four year career. After a slew of problems plagued the Fox Sports broadcasts in seasons two and three, CEO Bjorn Rebney secured a tremendous partnership with pop culture giant MTV2 to air its events live every Saturday night for the next three years. Bellator seems intent on going hard or going home, but one look at the upcoming schedule and it’s obvious this won’t be easy.

Bellator 35 kicks off the season in Lemoore, California at the Tachi Palace Casino and Resort with the quarter finals of the welterweight tournament and makes a hell of an introduction to the Jersey Shore audience with top talent like Jay Hieron , Dan Hornbuckle, and women’s 115 lbs. champion Zoila Frausto in a non-title bout. However, let’s not forget Strikeforce’s big contribution to the Arnold Sports Festival in Ohio is taking place that very same night. Strikeforce: Feijao vs Henderson features title defenses of both the light-heavyweight and women’s welterweight belts with Raphael Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson and Marloes Coenen vs Liz Carmouche inside the Nationwide Arena, factor in the momentum garnered from the Strikeforce World Grand Prix and this makes for a rough start to Bellator’s 2011.

 

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Tim Kennedy’s Doomsday Scenario

By Steven Kelliher

Strikeforce middleweight contender Tim Kennedy recently spoke with Tapology’s Steven Kelliher to articulate his thoughts on some negative trends in MMA and his hope for the future.

Kennedy last saw action six months ago when he made an unsuccessful bid for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship belt currently held by RonaldoJacare” Souza. Since coming out on the wrong side of a somewhat controversial Unanimous Decision, Kennedy has expressed frustration over his opponent’s defensive approach to the fight.

“I was actually more disappointed with the way he wasn’t fighting me,” Kennedy said about Souza. “The numbers that we put up in five rounds—I think Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard put those same numbers up in one round.”

While personal experience undoubtedly influences Kennedy’s thoughts on the matter, the aggressive fighter fears that fighting to decisions is a trend that could do real damage to the sport, irrespective of intelligent arguments made by more conservative fighters.

 

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Ronaldo Jacaré talks next challenges, Feijão vs Henderson and ADCC 2011

By Erik Engelhart

Strikeforce middleweight champion, Ronaldo Jacare defended his belt title for the first time with a finishing the tough Robbie Lawler with a rear naked choke. The tough guy can’t wait to return to the cage and is thinking about fighting Braulio Estima at ADCC, in September. On an exclusive interview given to TATAME, the Brazilian talked about the expectations for his next belt defense, commented the fight with Braulio and betted that Dan Henderson won’t last five rounds with Rafael Feijao, who, in Ronaldo’s opinion, should be called “The Shark”. Check below the exclusive chat with the champion.

You’ll be on a super fight at ADCC against Braulio Estima, who you’ve beaten at World of 2005. How are your expectations for this bout?
I’m hoping to do a good fight with Braulio, even because he’s on an excellent phase, he’s improved a lot both physically and technically, and I want to fight him. I’ve fought him before but it won’t hurt to do it again.

Are you doing a specific training for this fight? Your MMA trainings disturb you from preparing yourself?
No. Of course it disturbs me from focusing, I can’t deny it. I want to fight really badly, but I have to check my calendar. My priority now is MMA, but that’s a good opportunity for Braulio to try to beat me at least once (laughs).

 

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Fitch says he won the fight, Dana strongly disagrees

By Fighters Only

Jon Fitch has sat down and watched his UFC 127 fight with BJ Penn – and thinks the judges should have awarded him the win rather than declaring the fight to be a draw.

“Finally watched the fight back myself. First [round] draw and I won [round] 2 and 3. I will prove myself if I must. But I know I won that fight,” he wrote on The Underground.

“Much respect to BJ. He is the legend I thought he was. I think that was the best BJ any of us have ever seen.”

Unfortunately for Fitch, UFC president Dana White shot his performance to bits after the event and said he believed Penn should have been awarded the win.

“Fitch is one of these guys that goes, ‘Oh, I want my respect,’” White said. “He just fought a 155-pound guy and went to a draw with him and in my opinion, he lost the first two rounds – and he’s crying for a title shot?

“Personally, I scored the first two rounds for Penn and had him winning the fight. There’s no doubt B.J. got pounded in the third round, but that wasn’t a 10-8 round. You’ve got to get in there and decisively beat people. You have to have fans clamouring for you to fight for the title.”

 

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Admin Note: I scored the fight also. Jon Fitch clearly won that fight.

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