Jones, Evans, Inter-Camp Loyalty Reaching Critical

By Freya Vor

It’s been a long running pledge of loyalty that MMA fighters not fight with others who train in their camps. These informal “teams” have developed throughout MMA; but, like a pyramid, it gets narrow at the top and some of these loyalties are about to be challenged.

The most recent debate, which could illustrate the classic, “cart before the horse” involves Jon Jones and Rashaad Evans. Instead of avoiding the issue by taking the “we’ll have to see what happens with Shogun first” angle, both Jones and Evans, fueled by UFC President Dana White, have fanned the flames of the debate.

Both Jones and Evans train at Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque and have showed solidarity that they would not fight the other. Both indicated that they would sit and wait for another opportunity if either became champion. However, when papa bear White stepped in and pointed out to Evans the lunacy of sitting out, Evans softened his stance, which caused Jones to soften his stance, which caused Evans to take it to the ghetto, pointing out “I’m no punk…”.

The issue is not isolated at Jackson’s, generally considered the world’s top MMA gym. American Kickboxing Academy and the other top “teams” have had to address the same issue.

 

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Diego Sanchez “feeling the pure ecstasy of having a war”

By Dann Stupp

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Say what you want about his controversial decision victory; Diego Sanchez said he proved he’s got plenty of heart.

In the headliner of Thursday’s UFC on Versus 3 event at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) bested Martin Kampmann (17-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) on points in a three-round slugfest.

“I’m feeling the pure ecstasy of having a war,” Sanchez said after the Versus-televised fight.

“I showed them once again that I’ve got a lot of heart and that I’m going to drop my balls in there,” he said. “I’m going to give the fans what they want to see. That’s the bottom line. That was my 20th fight here in the UFC octagon (including his championship run on ‘The Ultimate Fighter 1,’ and what a way to showcase my 20th fight than with a good war? I got the [win], and that’s what matters.”

Sanchez, who discussed a ground-oriented game plan in nearly every pre-fight interview, failed in all but one takedown attempt. Most, in fact, were clearly telegraphed and easily snuffed out. Additionally, Kampmann picked him apart with expert footwork and counter-strikes in a bloody first round.

Despite Sanchez’s gritty performance, which included fighting for more than two rounds with a busted lip, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) scored the fight 29-28 for Kampmann. And based on the chorus of boos that followed the official outcome (Sanchez via scores of 29-28 on all three judges’ scorecards), most of the fans did, too.

 

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Martin Kampmann Will Ensure “Nightmare” Returns for Diego Sanchez

By Tom Ngo

Martin Kampmann was one judge away from achieving his dream of challenging welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for his crown at UFC 129. Instead, his controversial split decision loss to Jake Shields last October leads him into a different kind of “Dream” matchup tonight against Diego “Don’t Call Me Nightmare” Sanchez.

While his opponent has opted to swap out his nickname mid-career, Kampmann believes he’ll be facing the same ‘ol relentless Diego when the cage door slams shut this evening inside the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I think he’s back to his old self [now]. He’s rediscovered himself and is back at [Greg Jackson’s camp], so I think he’s going to be a very game and dangerous opponent,” Kampmann told Sherdog.

“I think his biggest attribute is his pace, his stamina. “He keeps going and he keeps a high pace. Sometimes people get dragged into that.”

Speaking of dragging, Kampmann is well aware the former “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner may look to plant him on his back ASAP. If that’s the case, the slugger promised there will be severe consequences. Just don’t blame him if Sanchez experiences some horrific nightmares following tonight’s shootout.

 

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How Serious Should the MW Division Be Taking Kyle Noke?

By Colton Whittemore

Heading into The Ultimate Fighter Season 11, Australia’s Kyle Noke was one of the favorites to make it all the way and win the tournament.

Unfortunately for him, Kris McCray, the eventual runner-up, forced him out of the tournament in the quarterfinals.

So instead of making his UFC debut at the TUF 11 Finale poised to fight Court McGee for the six-figure contract, Noke instead made his debut against Josh Bryant, winning by TKO in the second round.

Next came a fight with Rob Kimmons at UFC 122.

Noke defeated Kimmons by rear-naked choke, and by the time of his main-card debut against Chris Camozzi at UFC 127 last night, the buzz surrounding him was deafening.

After defeating his opponent handily in only 1:35 of the first round, Kyle Noke has elevated his status from journeyman to prospect.

His talent is undeniable, he’s in his prime, and he trains out of the best camp in MMA, Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting.

 

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Greg Jackson: Arlovski Doesn’t Have a Weak Chin

By Sherdog.com

Andrei Arlovski suffered his fourth straight defeat Saturday, but trainer Greg Jackson remains hopeful that the former UFC heavyweight champion can still get his career back on track.

“I think he’s going to come back a better fighter,” Jackson said recently on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “You have to remember I’m a diehard optimist. It’s really hard to discourage me or tell me it shouldn’t be done or it can’t be done. I’m a guy that I think I know what to do to fix it. I’m going to try everything I can to do that.”

Arlovski was knocked out in the first round of his Strikeforce heavyweight matchup against Sergei Kharitonov. Jackson explained that Arlovski followed the game plan initially but then veered away from it.

“He kind of hesitated standing in front of [Kharitonov] and was grabbing around the neck and doing stuff that we hadn’t planned,” Jackson said. “For me, that’s part of the learning process. It didn’t go our way because we made some fundamental mistakes that we weren’t supposed to make. Of course you don’t want to stand in front of Kharitonov no matter who you are. He’s got bombs in either of those hands of his. We were doing very, very well following the game plan and we kind of had a lapse.”

One major criticism of Arlovski is his chin. However, Jackson disagreed that his fighter’s ability to take a punch is the issue.

“He got hit really hard by ‘Bigfoot’ Silva as well. He was taking some hard shots and was able to weather that storm,” Jackson said of the May 2010 decision Arlovski dropped to Antonio Silva. “He lost the decision of course, but still, he took some shots and was able to hang in there. It’s just these guys that he’s fighting, if you make one mistake with any of them, you’re going to get eaten.”

In Jackson’s view, Arlovski is consistently making the same mistake. The trainer did not go into particulars, but he said he has a beat on it now.

 

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Jon Jones Refuses To Take Ryan Bader For Granted

By Damon Martin

“I never sleep cause sleep is the cousin of death” – Nas

If the whole world is ready to anoint Jon Jones as the next great light heavyweight, there’s one person who isn’t listening to all the chatter.

That one person is Jon Jones himself.

The young fighter, now training full time in New Mexico under the tutelage of Greg Jackson, appreciates all the kind words heaped upon him, but when he looks in the mirror he doesn’t see a champion yet. He sees a work in progress, and there’s still work to be done.

“Just being around Greg Jackson all the time and fighters who are way above me experience wise, and age-wise and just life-wise, it just helps me stay humble and realize how much I don’t know and my age and things like that,” Jones told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

“It definitely plays a huge part of my game, just keeping me humble and keeping me in the gym, keeps me focused on my weaknesses.”

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Cesar Gracie Slices & Dices Melvin Guillard using words like a Ginsu knife

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, here is what Cesar had to say about Melvin Guillard‘s recent comments.

“Melvin’s one of the better boxers in there, I enjoyed his fight with Nathan (Diaz) but I heard he said something like ‘go back to Brazil‘ and I was like ‘Well who’s gonna teach guys to keep choking you out if I go back to Brazil?’ … I heard he was talking about some kind of homo-erotic fantasies he had with me, I don’t know, go keep painting your hair it’s like ‘dude, what are you talking about? You want to have sex with a man?’ You got problems man. You want me to go back to Brazil? Go back to Columbia and get some more coke or whatever.”

Don’t mess with Cesar! 🙂

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