Tavares KO loss, wants to stay in the UFC: “I always give my best”

By Guilherme Cruz

The lightweight Thiago Tavares was doing fine on his bout with Shane Roller, on UFC on Versus 3, but a punch ruined it all. After almost knocking Roller out on the first round, Thiago was dominating the round until he was knocked out by the American. “I was doing fine on the fight, I was fast. I was defending myself all times, he hasn’t punched me once… I don’t have anything to say”, regrets the fighter, on a phone chat with TATAME.

With the loss, the professional record of the Brazilian on Ultimate is now of four losses in ten fights, besides five wins and a draw, and the overcrowding of his weight class, with WEC fusion, made thinks even harder. “They haven’t told me anything about me being cut off. I dominated the fight, punched him and almost knocked him out on the first round, but I didn’t take my chance… Well, I think it’s the worst feeling I’ve ever had in my entire life: I was completely focus for this fight, doing well, concentrated, dominating the fight, and I lost because of one punch”, comments, upset.


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Bowles Credits Active Layoff for Deja Vu Victory at UFC Live 3

By Mike Whitman

Brian Bowles showed no signs of ring rust or Octagon jitters on Thursday night, as the former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion easily disposed of Damacio Page in their main card bout at UFC Live 3.

“I was worried there was going to be some ring rust when I got out there, but there wasn’t,” Bowles told Sherdog.com after his win. “I was doing things in the gym to make sure that didn’t happen, and when I got out there, it all came together. I felt great.”

The bout, which went down at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., was a rematch of an August 2008 encounter between the two 135-pounders. In their first fight, Bowles submitted Page with a guillotine choke at 3:30 of the opening round. The rematch was a carbon copy, as Bowles ended the fight at the exact same time and in the exact same fashion.

Returning from a year-long layoff for his UFC debut, Bowles weathered an early storm from Page and seized his opening when it became available.

“He opens like that all the time. That was my game plan, because he always comes out hard with some anger. So I just wanted to stay calm and get through that,” said Bowles. “I felt like I was even winning those exchanges. I don’t have a bruise on my face. I just wanted to let him burn out his energy, and I knew that, if the fight went longer, that I would be able to outlast him if he was going to keep fighting like that.”


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UFC Live 3: Sanchez vs Kampmann – Quick Results

Event: UFC on Versus: Sanchez vs Kampmann
Date: March 3rd, 2011
Location: KFC Yum! Center, Lousiville, Kentucky

Event Bonuses $400,000 awarded:
Fight of the night: Diego Sanchez vs Martin Kampmann – $160k each.
Submission of the night: Brian Bowles $40k.
KO of the night: Shane Roller $40k.

Attendance: 8,319 with a gate of $471,450

Main Card on Versus

Diego Sanchez def. Martin Kampmann via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3)
Mark Munoz def. C.B Dolloway via TKO  0:54 Rd1
Chris Weidman def. Alessio Sakara via Unanimous Decision (30-27×3)
Brian Bowles def. Damacio Page via Submission (Guillotine) 3:30 Rd1

Prelims Facebook
Cyrille Diabate def. Steve Cantwell via Unanimous Decision (30-27,25,26)
Danny Castillo def. Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28×2)

Prelims Non-Televised
Shane Roller def. Thiago Tavares via KO (Punch) 1:28 Rd1
Takeya Mizugaki def. Reuban Duran via Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Dongi Yang def. Rob Kimmons via TKO (Strikes) 4:47 Rd2
Rousimar Palhares def. Dave Branch via Submission (Heel Hook) 1:44 Rd2
Igor Pokrajac def. Todd Brown via TKO 5:00 Rd1

Admin Note: Martin Kampmann won the fight, but was then robbed by the judges.

Brian Bowles, UFC on Versus 3 is a chance to reintroduce himself

By Dann Stupp

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Just one short year ago, Brian Bowles (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) held a title and was the world’s top ranked 135-pound fighter.

Twelve months later and after dealing with an array of injuries, he knows fans largely have forgotten about him – and possibly written him off altogether.

But as the soft-spoken Southerner readies for Thursday’s UFC on Versus 3 bout with Damacio Page (12-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC), he sees a chance to reintroduce himself to the industry.

Both former WEC fighters make their UFC debuts at Thursday’s show, which takes place at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Bowles and Page compete on the night’s Versus-televised main card.

Bowles mission is succinct: He simply wants to prove he’s relevant.

“The division has gotten tougher,” he admitted. “It’s just kind of evolved while I was out. A lot of guys sort of surpassed me. Their careers kept going on. Mine was just on hold. It’s only going to get tougher with guys dropping down. It’s going to get tougher and tougher.”


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Miguel Torres Confirms UFC 130 Fight with Brad Pickett

By Tom Ngo

Fresh of his successful big league debut at UFC 126, former WEC bantamweight champ Miguel Torres has confirmed a May 28th scrap against Brad Pickett.

“Got offered a fight with Brad Pickett for @UFC 130. My answer was [expletive] yes, thank you, & [you’re] welcome,” Torres tweeted late Friday night.

Torres was riding a 17-fight winning streak prior to losing his title to Brian Bowles in 2009. The owner of MMA’s sickest mullet subsequently suffered a submission defeat to Joseph Benavidez. However, Torres appears to have recaptured his mojo. He’s won two straight, including his decision over Antonio Banuelos earlier this month.

Pickett went 3-1 in the WEC, with his lone defeat coming to contender Scott Jorgensen. However, “One Punch” rounded out his blue-caged career on a winning note with a decision victory over Ivan Menjivar at WEC 53. UFC 130 takes place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pay-per-view broadcast features a lightweight title fight between champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

Here are the athletes scheduled to participate in the star-studded show:

Miguel Torres vs. Brad Pickett
Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve
Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story
Anthony Pettis vs. Clay Guida
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Matt Hamill
Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)



Stakes High for Torres in UFC Debut

By Todd Martin

For years, Miguel Torres led a life strangely defined by dominance and anonymity. Inside the cage, he ran up dozens upon dozens of wins against only one — later avenged — loss. But those wins came at a time when lighter weight fighters struggled to capture the public’s imagination. Many of Torres’ victories remain unchronicled to this day, and his known triumphs took place almost exclusively in low-profile shows in the Midwest. Torres had a feared reputation but lacked the proper stage to showcase his skills.

That changed with Zuffa’s purchase of World Extreme Cagefighting. The WEC became the promotion for lighter weight North American fighters, and Torres had the venue to become a star. Torres won the WEC bantamweight title in his second bout for the promotion and defended it successfully on three occasions. Torres’ name was a mainstay in pound-for-pound lists, and his classic bout with Takeya Mizugaki drew more than 5,000 fans in Chicago.

With fame arrived a new set of challenges. Opponents once knew little about Torres’ tendencies. Now, they were studying his game for weaknesses and devoting training camps to tackle his particular style. Torres’ anonymity vanished, but so, too, did his dominance. Torres dropped consecutive bouts via knockout to Brian Bowles and submission to Joseph Benavidez.


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Paulo Thiago Out of UFC on Versus 3

By Larry Csonka

Due to an undisclosed injury…

Paulo Thiago (13-3, 3-3 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from a bout with Johny Hendricks (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at UFC on Versus 3. Thiago is out due to an undisclosed injury, and it is not clear if Hendricks will get a new opponent for the event, or be moved to another card. UFC on Versus 3 takes place March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY with the following card…

~ Martin Kampmann vs. Diego Sanchez
~ C.B. Dollaway vs. Mark Munoz
~ Rafael Natal vs. Alessio Sakara
~ Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page
~ Johny Hendricks vs. TBA*
~ Cyrille Diabate vs. Steve Cantwell
~ Shane Roller vs. Thiago Tavares
~ Eric Koch vs. Cub Swanson
~ Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera
~ Rob Kimmons and Dongi Yang
~ Todd Brown vs. Igor Pokrajac
~ Dave Branch vs. Rousimar Palhares*
~ Matt Brown vs. TBA*

* – Not officially announced

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