Ivan Canello has passed away

By Carlos Eduardo Ozório

Ivan, much respected in the realm of martial arts, beside Maurício Shogun / Photo: personal archive

This Saturday in Curitiba Ivan Canello passed away. Ivan played an important role in the development of fight sports in Southern Brazil, organizing events, managing athletes, contributing to coverage of local events with texts and photos, as well as being a huge supporter of martial arts television network Combate in the south of the country. Ivan collaborated with GRACIEMAG.com on a number of occasions.

Canello, 32, suffered a lethal heart attack yesterday afternoon, while visiting a shopping mall with his mother.

“I lost a great friend today, as did MMA in Paraná (state). Rest in peace,” said black belt Cristiano Marcello over Facebook.


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Three medical suspensions for UFC on Versus 3, main event still pending

By MMAjunkie.com

Three competitors were suspended following this past Thursday’s UFC on Versus 3, though it’s highly likely another two will be added to that list: Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann.

The welterweight pair delivered a “Fight of the Year” candidate for a three-round brawl that left both bloodied and battered. Sanchez, in particular, took a tremendous amount of damage en route to a controversial unanimous decision.

Angela Robertson, Board Administrator for the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority, which oversaw last night’s event, said medical suspensions are not yet available for the headlining fight because the on-site doctor is conducting a follow-up examination on both Sanchez and Kampmann.

UFC on Versus 3 took place at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., and its main card aired live on Versus. Additionally, two preliminary card bouts streamed live on Facebook. The event drew a reported 8,319 fans for a $471,450 take at the box office.

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UPDATE: Martin Kampmann’s hand is not broken.

Phil Baroni weighs in for Bisping

By Fighters Only

Phil Baroni has thrown his support behind Michael Bisping and says the British welterweight was under no obligation to be on friendly terms with Jorge Rivera after their UFC 127 fight.

Bisping was involved in heated scenes following the fight, arguing with Rivera and Rivera’s corner team and spitting in the direction of one of them.

Baroni says, “Bisping kicked Rivera’s ass after a bad blood, bitter rival pre-fight campaign instigated by Rivera and his camp. Why does Mike have to kiss and make up with Rivera after he smashes him? Why?

Mike beat his ass broke him physically and even more mentally. Case closed. They had annomisity and hatred for each other prefight. If you want to talk shit prefight, insult, make videos, etc in order to promote yourself, the fight or whatever that’s your choice.

But after the guy kicks your ass he don’t have to be you be your best friend and hug it out with you. Don’t expect it to be water under the bridge especially after a one-sided affair.”


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Michael Bisping Beats Up Jorge Rivera

By Kid Nate

Michael Bisping followed up a first round illegal knee on the ground with some brutal punching in the following round to finish Jorge Rivera at UFC 127.

Bisping apologized for some of his trash talk and behavior after the fight.

The bitter rivals didn’t waste any time with touching gloves before the fight. Rivera came out lunging forward but Bisping easily made him miss. Bisping took him down with almost four minutes left. Rivera stood back up. After a hard right landed for Rivera, Bisping went for a single leg that went nowhere. Bisping followed with a double leg that worked with about 2:45 left. Bisping landed some hard ground and pound but added an illegal knee to the head while Rivera was down on the ground. Rivera took his time getting up but the doctor allowed him to continue. Bisping lost a point. Rivera came out aggressive. Bisping went for another double leg but got stuffed. Bisping got him down with just under a minute left. Bisping landed hard shots on the ground. Rivera stood up but ate more shots doing it. Bisping talked some trash after the end of the round.

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Zhang Tie Quan Becomes First Chinese Fighter to Win in the UFC

By Michael David Smith

In a sign of the continuing worldwide growth of mixed martial arts, the UFC is in Australia this weekend, and China‘s Zhang Tie Quan earned a victory in a fight broadcast internationally on Facebook.

Zhang became the first Chinese fighter ever to fight in the UFC, and he became the first Chinese fighter ever to win in the UFC when he choked out Jason Reinhardt in the first round of their UFC 127 bout.

The fight was short and sweet, with Zhang quickly locking in a guillotine choke and putting Reinhardt to sleep. Reinhardt, a 41-year-old who hadn’t fought in three years, was no challenge for Zhang at all.

Zhang, who fought twice in the United States in World Extreme Cagefighting before the UFC absorbed the WEC, is now 13-1 in his professional MMA career.

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Two UFC 127 fights to be streamed on Facebook

By Hakon

The Ultimate Fighting Championships have announced that two fights for the UFC 127 card this weekend will air free on the Facebook social networking site.

The bouts between Tiequan Zhang and veteran Jason Reinhardt, and Antony Perosh against Tom Blackledge will be streamed on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ufc) on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

You need to ‘like’ the UFC Facebook Page in order to gain access to the live broadcast.

“I love giving fans free fights!” UFC President Dana White said. “Facebook gives fans the opportunity to watch fights that you’d normally have to be in the arena to see.”



Fedor’s eye healing well (Pic)

By Fighters Only

Fedor Emelianenko’s eye has opened up at last and is well on its way to recovery.

The orbital bone was not fractured as previously feared and the Russian heavyweight is not having to wear protective gauze or padding on it.

A current picture of the eye was posted today by Igor Karaev, a friend of the M-1 group that Fedor is part of (below).

Fedor’s right eye was fully closed in the fight with Antonio Silva at the first bracket of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix earlier this month.

The fight was stopped on doctor’s orders and Fedor went 0-2 for the first time in his career. There was retirement talk immediately after the fight but that might have been emotions talking; some days afterwards Fedor confirmed he would fight again.



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