MMA overtime round? UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar says bring it on

By MMAjunkie.com

The first two months of 2011 delivered two high-profile draws – UFC 125’s Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard II and UFC 127’s B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch – both of which ushered in a slew of controversy and left their respective divisions in flux.

As a rule, draws generally frustrate fans, almost certainly frustrate fighters and generally cause more confusion than resolution. But can the sport’s governing bodies find some way to improve the current system? At least one UFC champion thinks so.

In this past week’s new edition of HDNet’s “Inside MMA,” MMA legend and show host Bas Rutten addressed a viewer’s email that suggested an overtime round be instituted to resolve draws in high-profile bouts such as title contests and No. 1 contender affairs.

Rutten, a former UFC heavyweight champion and King of Pancrase, thinks the idea is a winner. After all, it’s already used in other combat sports, and the UFC even has a “sudden victory” round in place for its Spike TV-broadcast reality series.

“They do it at K-1 in Japan, and I love that idea,” Rutten said. “Actually, ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ does it, too. You fight to a draw, boom, the last [round], whoever wins that wins.”

Edgar, who survived a first-round beatdown against Maynard to battle make to a split draw at UFC 125, was a guest on the new edition of “Inside MMA” and also supported the idea. The UFC lightweight champion now rematches his nemesis at May’s UFC 130 event, but Edgar said he would have preferred to put the situation behind him in January.

“I think another five-minute round would be perfect,” Edgar said. “You go into a fight, you prepare, and you want a decisive outcome. To have to wait another three months and possibly another fight is kind of annoying. I would say another round would be great. You get to figure out who’s the winner right then and there.

 

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Duane “Bang” Ludwig out, James Wilks in against Sadollah for Fight Night March 26th.

Due to an injured sternum, Duane “Bang” Ludwig has been forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night bout with Amir Sadollah. Verbally agreeing to step in for Ludwig in the Seattle bout is The Ultimate Fighter season nine winner James Wilks.

Said UFC President Dana White, “Bang Ludwig is out with an injured sternum but James Wilks has verbally agreed to step up against Amir Sadollah for UFC Fight Night March 26. TUF 7 winner VS TUF 9 winner. Should be fun.”

 

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Rashad backtracking on talk of moving weight classes?

By Fighters Only

Evans had said he would go to heavyweight or middleweight if Jones won, because he does not want to fight him. But he seemingly backtracked on that when he spoke to Bloody Elbow.

“I’m kind of on the smaller end of things. I’m 5’11 and I walk around at 225 lb. so I’m not really that big. If I go to 185 lb. I probably wouldn’t still be all that big and it would be difficult to make the weight and if I jumped up to heavyweight then I would be a munchkin,” he said.

“It would be fun to do because any fights taken in those divisions I could go into without any care and they would just be fun fights to do but at the same time I feel that light heavyweight is my home. I’ve been in this division and beat people that I wasn’t expected to beat.

“I’m here because I’m scrappy as hell and resilient by nature but I did it all at light heavyweight. I feel that this is my home. I don’t want to switch weight classes and lose my mojo. With all due respect I don’t want to be like Brandon Vera. Like I said with all due respect and it’s nothing against Brandon Vera but I don’t want to lose that mojo.”

 

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Gomi Wins! Starting Off 2011 In A Good Way

By N.O.B

Takanori Gomi won the 2011 ADCC Asia Trials in the 77kg division on the 27th in Japan. He faced “Former Super High School Student” Tetsuya Yamada in the second round and won via points. It seems like he racked up the points with his strong wrestling.

Tetsu Hadairo won the tough 66kg division (defeated Kohei Yasumi in final), Korean Doo Kwang Jeon won the 88kg division, Yoshihiro “KISS” Nakao student Animal Anzai won the 99kg division, and the beast Hideki “Shrek” Sekine won the +99kg division.

 

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Anderson explains how Vitor broke “code of honour”

By Fighters Only

Anderson Silva appeared on a Brazilian UFC TV show this – ‘UFC No Limits’ – to talk about his recent KO win over Vitor Belfort.

He was asked about the “tension” between himself and Belfort at the weigh-ins, to which he responded with an explanation of why there is animosity from his side towards his fellow Brazilian.

“Vitor trained a long time in our team. Team Nogueira. And we have a code of honour under which we will not fight each other. We spend much more time together than with our own families. Team Nogueira is the product of what Rodrigo has always taught, which is to help one another and always be one united family,” he said.

“Vitor spent a lot of time with us – a long time training with us, we opened the door of our home to him. And he broke this code [by agreeing to fight me]. He went his own way; I have nothing against Vitor but he went his own way.”

 

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Darren Elkins dropping to 145, likely meets Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 131

By Dann Stupp

Darren Elkins (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is dropping a weight class and is expected to make his featherweight debut against Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1 MMA, 0-3 UFC) at UFC 131.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the planned bout with sources close to the event, who said verbal agreements are in place but bout agreements not signed.

Although not officially announced, UFC 131 is expected to take place June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view, though it’s unknown if Elkins vs. Omigawa will make the televised lineup.

 

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Antonio McKee injured, Drew Fickett will now face Matt Veach at MFC 28

By Topmmanews.com

McKee sidelined by injured knee

Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight title-holder Antonio McKee will be unable to defend his title at MFC 28: Supremacy due to a knee injury.

Drew Fickett, McKee’s scheduled opponent for the co-main event, will maintain his spot on the card in a showdown against replacement Matt Veach (15-2). The Fickett-Veach encounter will be a three-round bout contested at a catchweight of 160 pounds.

“I’m disappointed not to be facing McKee for the title but it’s only a matter of time until I get my hands on the MFC lightweight belt,” said Fickett.

“It’s truly a sign of what some fighters are made out of,” added MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “Drew Fickett didn’t hesitate one bit to accept the change in opponent, and Matt Veach showed the amount of courage he’s got in taking the fight with Fickett on short notice.”

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