Jorge Santiago says Brian Stann is the perfect opponent for him, declares he can beat Anderson Silva

Speaking via Heavy.com, Santiago said:

“I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity. Come back to the United States, fight in the UFC, Brian Stann, an American hero, main card, May 28th. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity, you know?”

“As soon as I heard he was the guy I was supposed to fight, Brian Stann, he’s [making] a lot of noise, I was like, `man, perfect, right away, yes.’ Like I said, I want to come back to the United States and face the best guys, and right now, he’s an [up-and-coming] fighter, and I think it’s the best time for me to prove myself to all the American fans, you know?”

“There’s a lot of people doubting me because I’m not here, I’m not fighting the guys everybody sees on every month on TV, because the Japanese fighters don’t get the same exposure here in the United States. Like I said, I’ve fought a lot of good guys, I’ve [beaten] a lot of good names, I’ve [won] a lot of titles in my life, but I just want to come back and take it one step at a time.

I’m getting back to the UFC; I’ll have this fight, of course, one day, I want to fight for the title, but I just want to prove myself and do everything I did in Japan. I want to [do the same things here in the UFC.] Sky’s the limit, my friend.”

Santiago also spoke about how he feels he stacks up against current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, explaining no one is unbeatable and that he’s more than capable of getting the job done.

“Of course; nobody is unbeatable man, we know that. With the right game plan, I think one advantage I have to my game is that I know how to mix it up. I’m not just a striker; I do jiu jitsu, wrestling. If somebody wants to come and just bang, it’s not something that I’m going to do. I’m going to chose what I want to do. We saw the fight against Chael Sonnen; everybody has their weaknesses, their bad day. I think I have a big chance.”

 

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Georges St-Pierre graces the cover of Gracie Magazine

By Graciemag.com

He’s seen as unbeatable and bears an undecipherable game, to the point of Dana White naming him as the much heavier Anderson Silva’s next opponent – with whom he battles for post of most well-rounded fighter in the UFC.

What is black belt Georges Saint-Pierre’s training like, and how has Jiu-Jitsu – its techniques and philosophies – helped him hang on to his UFC 155-lb belt for so long?

We took advantage of GSP’s trip to London, for drawn-out training sessions with Roger Gracie and Bráulio Estima, to reap significant lessons from the champion for readers and your average practitioner, assembling them in an eight-page layout. With GSP even teaching one of his most famous finishes. It’s a can’t miss issue, not just for Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense fans, but for readers keen on the goings-on in the world of MMA.

Get your copy of GRACIEMAG at home by clicking here.

Fighter Diary: Daniel Gracie

By Daniel Gracie

This past Saturday, March 5th, marked the start of Season 4 for Bellator. It also marked 21 days until my fight in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament. I sat on the sofa to watch the fights on MTV2. While I watched, I felt my heart began to race and my level of anticipation rise. There was now a visual to attach to my training. The circular Bellator cage. The announcers likenesses and voices. I will be there in three weeks. I will be part of history, the premier Light Heavyweight Tournament.

Three fights in three months. This will be a true test of fitness, dedication and preparation. I have spent the last two months visualizing the belt around my waist. My arms raised in victory. My team by my side, victorious in the Bellator cage. Now, back to the sofa. As I tuned in to watch, I was impressed by the production and the event. But moreover, the fights were well matched and each was a bit of a surprise to me.

To see so many fighters do a stand up game was not expected. Each of those fights went to a decision. One of the four went to the ground and ended in what could be considered controversy. I will leave this to the judges (to be discussed later… stay tuned). The four men who have moved on in the tournament are each one step closer to their goal. And I took that step with them. I felt each punch thrown as though I had thrown it. It was as if I was there.

 

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Report: UFC to Malmo, Sweden on November 5th

Sweden is to have its first MMA show on November 5th, it has been reported.

The UFC is set to visit the prominent city of Malmo with a Fight Night event on November 5th, according to Swedish site FightPlay.tv

The report cites sources at MMA clothing giant TapouT, a leading sponsor of UFC events. Previous cities under consideration were Stockholm and Gothenburg but and Malmo has apparently won out.

Presumably the card will feature Swedish names such as Alexander Gustaffson, alongside one or two newly-signed local names from Sweden and the surrounding Scandinavian area.

The north European region is a hotbed of MMA activity and the sport has a considerable following in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

Malmo, Sweden’s second city, has an arena capable of holding around 15,000 spectators. The UFC would probably attract a capacity crowd for its first show in the country, making for an unusually large live gate for a Fight Night event.

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Report: UFC fighter Pat Barry goes on a naked rampage!

Word coming out of Vegas is that UFC fighter Pat Barry has “blown a gasket”. He has reportedly been running around the city kicking the snot out of innocent pedestrians. In the photo above, you can see Pat threatening a helpless street entertainer for not doing a good job playing a Michael Jackson medley on his accordion. Moments later Pat attacked this Mexican street performer with a vicious display of a GSP-esq superman punch followed by some brutal ground and pound!

Here is a picture of the aftermath…

Not only did he kick the shit out of the poor guy, he stole his hat and his accordian as well!!

As if that weren’t enough, he was later seen attacking a pair of Elvis impersonators…Here is the before picture…

I would post the after picture, but it was just to gross. Two bloody Elvis impersonators laying in a pool of their own blood and feces.  Oh the humanity of it all!!

Pat was last seen trying to sleep it off on the street beside some dude he met…

Moments after this picture was taken, he threw that guy off that overpass and kicked the shit out of the dude with the camera!

If you see Pat Barry in your area, do not attempt to restrain him yourself. He is a world class UFC fighter and will probably kick your ass. So just run!

 

More news on this breaking story coming as it becomes available!

Jean-Claude Van Damme has chosen a promoter and country for his fight

By Dave Walsh

It was bound to happen sooner or later, and it did. We’ve been talking about this mythical fight Jean-Claude Van Damme has been preparing for now for just about two years, and it never felt any closer. There were talks of having Golden Boy promote the fight in Vegas, but after contacting the NSAC it was clear that they had never heard from anyone about a JCVD fight, ever, and that it would be a big risk for Oscar De la Hoya and his crew.

There were talks about China, Thailand, Japan, getting K-1 to promote the fight. There were dates, it was pushed back due to JCVD’s schedule, trouble finding a suitable promoter. The list goes on and on and on and sadly, on. But it seems like JCVD has finally found suitable business partners and an arena to host such an event as a kickboxing fight against Somluck Kamsing.

Apparently the legendary Fairtex gym will be hosting JCVD’s fight in November or December of this year in Thailand. Banjong Bussarakamwong of Fairtex will be promoting the fight and is currently looking for a suitable 30,000 seat arena, possibly the Impact Arena or the Hua Mak Indoor Stadium. There are talks about the fight being broadcast live across the world as well and Kamsing was given a 200,000 baht down payment (about $6,500).

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Wrestler Claims Racial Profiling After Jaywalking Arrest

By TMZ

Shad Gaspard was arrested yesterday in Columbus, OH after what his wife claims was a jaywalking incident that turned into a case of racial profiling.

Shad’s wife Siliana tells TMZ her husband did not resist when a cop tried to bust him for jaywalking as he made his way to the Arnold Fitness EXPO. She says Shad got into a kneeling position to show he was not resisting … but the cops shoved his face into the dirt anyway.

Siliana tells us Shad told her he felt like he was “being profiled” and “treated like a n****r.”

Former UFC champ Josh Barnett, who was with Gaspard at the time, seemed to back up Shad’s version of events on his Twitter page, posting last night, “Shad Gaspard arrested because a Columbus officer abuses his authority. False jaywalking charge + attitude turns to handcuffs and tackling.”

According to law enforcement, Gaspard — who as part of the tag team Cryme Tyme once held the tag team title — was arrested for resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Calls to the Columbus PD were not returned.

Source

UPDATE: Josh had this to say tonight about this on twitter: “I was there and it was total BS, abuse of authority and EGO driven.”

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