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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Mixed Martial Arts Online Betting Surges in Popularity

By Online-Casinos.com

The popularity of Boxing has been eclipsed by the public’s fascination with Ultimate Fighting which has been driven in part by the expanding use of the internet as a form of entertainment and communications. The Ultimate Fighting phenomenon is proving to be a great boon for online sports books as punters watch and bet on the outcome of the matches.

Now the public is able to watch the fight form anywhere in the world via the internet where all that you need to make a wager is at your fingertips in an instant. The Mixed martial arts events are creating an enormous new wagering venue for online gambling operators.

The next big mixed martial arts event is being held in Australia at the Acer Arena in Sydney and with the internet, fans can watch the event streamed live on their computers or television. Mixed Martial Arts isn’t just about the fighting, technique, and training. It’s about the gambling, and pop culture relevance that’s what attracting the media attention and the huge fan base that’s growing fast.

It is a common belief that because Mixed Martial Arts is so new to the betting world, there are great values to be had at nearly every major event. The betting is a bit different from those bets on football or basketball where there are point spreads. Mixed Martial Arts competitions have odds that the bookies call moneylines. A moneyline is basically a way for the sports books to even out the betting public. The moneylines on MMA contests will often change with the amount of money coming in on each side. If a lot of money is coming in on one side, the sports book will adjust the moneyline to even out the action and get bettors betting on the other fighter, whatever the odds are when you place your bet, are the odds you obtain.

 

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Rising MMA talent Ryan Bader from Reno hits toughest test

By Jim Krajewski

He recently suffered the first loss of his mixed martial arts career, but Ryan Bader still has his sights set on winning a title. Bader, who lost to Jon Jones earlier this month via second-round tap out, is not sure when he will fight next. He would like to fight three times a year.

“Training for a fight requires two-plus months of preparation and it takes a lot out of you. Your body needs some time off after that, not necessarily from the fight, but from the training camp,” he wrote from Australia, where he was promoting but not participating in an Ultimate Fighting Championship fight. “My goal is to be champion.”

Even with the loss, Bader (6-foot-2, 205 pounds), still is ranked No. 7 in the latest UFC light heavyweight rankings by profighting-fans.com. Curt Heinrichs compiled the rankings, and says the 27-year-old from Reno has knockout power and will be a force in his weight class.

“Bader took a step backwards in the division when he lost to Jon Jones, but he is still young and improving every time he steps into the octagon,” Heinrichs wrote.

He doesn’t have any fights in his immediate future, but Bader, who wrestled for Arizona State in college, is staying busy. He is preparing to open a combination MMA and fitness gym in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 25,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open March 19.

“People can come train to be a fighter, just take a Jiu Jitsu class, run on the treadmill, lift weights, and anything and everything in between,” Bader said.

 

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Dennis Siver Beats George Sotiropoulos

By Michael David Smith

In a surprising lightweight result in Sydney, Dennis Siver won a unanimous decision over Australia’s own George Sotiropoulos at UFC 127.

It was a very good fight that Siver won on the judges’ scorcards by scores of 29-28, 30-28 and 30-27, improving his professional record to 18-7. Sotiropoulos falls to 14-3, and snaps an eight-fight winning streak.

“It was a hard, hard fight, but I could (follow) my game plan, and that’s why I won,” the German Siver said afterward, through his translator. “We trained so much every day.”

After an exchange of strikes for a couple minutes, Sotiropoulos caught a Siver kick and tried to take Siver to the ground. Bus Siver did a great job of hopping around on one foot while Sotiropoulos held his other foot, and eventually Sotiropoulos let go without Siver ever hitting the floor. It was a great display of takdeown defense and balance by Siver.

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Anthony Perosh Submits Tom Blackledge

By Leland Roling

Australian-born Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Anthony Perosh put on an impressive performance in front of his hometown crowd as he choked out British knockout artist Tom Blackledge in the first round on Saturday night at UFC 127. After some sloppy striking on the feet in the opening moments of the round, Perosh gained top control against the fence, battering Blackledge with strikes. As Blackledge tried to escape to the feet, Perosh took advantage by taking the back, sprawling out Blackledge’s body, and sinking in a rear naked choke.

The victory shelves the looming threat of being cut from the UFC after he lost his debut against Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic at UFC 110 back in February of last year. Perosh took the fight on only two days notice, creating an almost insurmountable obstacle for him to overcome in a seasoned veteran like Filipovic. Despite the loss, Perosh garnered respect from many fans for his ability to last until the end of the second round.

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Sotiropoulos hopes to enter title mix with win tonight

By The Canadian Press

George Sotiropoulos just has to think about the time he lived in a New York laundromat to remember how far he has come.

It was just for a week, back in 2002, but it was long enough for the Australian to question his mixed martial arts career path.

“I was in an office, sleeping on a couch, but it was like ‘What am I doing here?”‘ he recalled. “It wasn’t in the greatest part of town and basically it sounded like an asylum.

“Not that I’ve seen in an asylum, but I have seen the movies,” he added with a laugh.

“I couldn’t wait to get out of there. And I did shortly after.”

Sotiropoulos (14-2, including 7-0 in the UFC) now ranks as one of the world’s elite lightweights.

He can cement his place as a championship contender with a win over hard-nosed German kickboxer Dennis Siver (17-7, including 6-4 in the UFC) on Saturday night at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia (available on pay-per-view).

“This has been such a long project for me,” Sotiropoulos said. “It started over a decade ago. To get here was not easy. It was very difficult. I went through a lot of adversity and a lot of challenges and had to figure out a lot of things.

 

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The Ultimate Fighter U.K. vs. Australia In The Works

By Jeff Cain

Sports are built on rivalries, and there’s none better than the U.K. vs. Australia. But this time, it won’t happen on a cricket pitch.

UFC president Dana White recently said on a UFC 127 media conference call that The Ultimate Fighter was going international in 2011. The first stop will likely be the Philippines, but it appears that a TUF-themed Australia vs. England series is also in the works.

“We’re getting pretty far along. We’re not in a position to announce anything,” said Marshall Zelaznik, UFC Managing Director of International Development.

The UFC wants to get The Ultimate Fighter 13 shown in Australia before moving forward with the planned reality show that they’re going to call “The Smashes.”

“We’re getting close here on an announcement for The Ultimate Fighter season 13. It will be very widely distributed here once we get that deal secured. That will be the first step in trying to get ‘The Smashes,’ I think we’re going to call it,” said Zelaznik during the UFC 127 pre-fight press conference in Sydney, Australia.

 

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