Jorge Santiago says Brian Stann is the perfect opponent for him, declares he can beat Anderson Silva

Speaking via Heavy.com, Santiago said:

“I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity. Come back to the United States, fight in the UFC, Brian Stann, an American hero, main card, May 28th. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity, you know?”

“As soon as I heard he was the guy I was supposed to fight, Brian Stann, he’s [making] a lot of noise, I was like, `man, perfect, right away, yes.’ Like I said, I want to come back to the United States and face the best guys, and right now, he’s an [up-and-coming] fighter, and I think it’s the best time for me to prove myself to all the American fans, you know?”

“There’s a lot of people doubting me because I’m not here, I’m not fighting the guys everybody sees on every month on TV, because the Japanese fighters don’t get the same exposure here in the United States. Like I said, I’ve fought a lot of good guys, I’ve [beaten] a lot of good names, I’ve [won] a lot of titles in my life, but I just want to come back and take it one step at a time.

I’m getting back to the UFC; I’ll have this fight, of course, one day, I want to fight for the title, but I just want to prove myself and do everything I did in Japan. I want to [do the same things here in the UFC.] Sky’s the limit, my friend.”

Santiago also spoke about how he feels he stacks up against current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, explaining no one is unbeatable and that he’s more than capable of getting the job done.

“Of course; nobody is unbeatable man, we know that. With the right game plan, I think one advantage I have to my game is that I know how to mix it up. I’m not just a striker; I do jiu jitsu, wrestling. If somebody wants to come and just bang, it’s not something that I’m going to do. I’m going to chose what I want to do. We saw the fight against Chael Sonnen; everybody has their weaknesses, their bad day. I think I have a big chance.”

 

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Wrestler Claims Racial Profiling After Jaywalking Arrest

By TMZ

Shad Gaspard was arrested yesterday in Columbus, OH after what his wife claims was a jaywalking incident that turned into a case of racial profiling.

Shad’s wife Siliana tells TMZ her husband did not resist when a cop tried to bust him for jaywalking as he made his way to the Arnold Fitness EXPO. She says Shad got into a kneeling position to show he was not resisting … but the cops shoved his face into the dirt anyway.

Siliana tells us Shad told her he felt like he was “being profiled” and “treated like a n****r.”

Former UFC champ Josh Barnett, who was with Gaspard at the time, seemed to back up Shad’s version of events on his Twitter page, posting last night, “Shad Gaspard arrested because a Columbus officer abuses his authority. False jaywalking charge + attitude turns to handcuffs and tackling.”

According to law enforcement, Gaspard — who as part of the tag team Cryme Tyme once held the tag team title — was arrested for resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Calls to the Columbus PD were not returned.

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UPDATE: Josh had this to say tonight about this on twitter: “I was there and it was total BS, abuse of authority and EGO driven.”

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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WWE/MMA: Dave Bautista vs Ken Shamrock

By Geno McGahee

Mixed Martial Arts knows how to use athletes of other fields. WWE does as well, and that is why they work so well together. Former WWE Champion “Batista” is making the move that Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley have made, shifting over to the world of mixed martial arts and is in negotiations with another former WWE superstar, Ken Shamrock.

A Shamrock vs. Batista match is a big seller because of their association with the WWE. It’s a curiosity and that will sell. James Toney coming to the UFC in an un-winnable fight sold very well because it was a curiosity. Batista is a huge guy and is reportedly on a collision course with yet another former WWE guy turned MMA guy, Bobby Lashley.

Look for the Batista-Shamrock bout to materialize. Ken Shamrock seems to enjoy the role of gatekeeper and likes the idea of turning a good buck against a big guy that may not know what he needs to about mixed martial arts. At the advanced age, Shamrock is still strong and still knows how to fight. It should be very interesting.

 

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Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Hendo – Quick Results

Event: Strikeforce Feijao vs. Henderson
Date: March 5th, 2011
Location: Columbus Convention Center, Columbus Ohio
Event Attendance: 7,123

Main Card
Dan Henderson def. Rafael Cavalcante VIA VICIOUS KO 0:50 Rd3!!!!!!!!!
Marloes Coenen def. Liz Carmouche via Submission (Triangle) 1:29 Rd4
Tim Kennedy def. Melvin Manhoef via Submission (RNC) 3:41 Rd1
Jorge Masvidal def. Billy Evangelista via Unanimous Decision (30-27×3)

Prelim Card
Roger Bowling def. Josh Thornburg via Unanimous Decision (30-27×3)
Jorge Gurgel def. Billy Vaughan via Submission (Guillotine) 0:44 Rd1
Jason Freeman def. Jason Riley via Submission (Strikes) 1:52 Rd1
Brian Rogers def. Ian Rammel via TKO (GNP) 4:23 Rd1
Mitch Whitesel def. Marc Cofer via Submission (Guillotine) 3:55 Rd1
John Kuhner def. J.P Felty via Submission (triangle) 4:31 Rd2

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Bellator 35 – Quick Results

Event: Bellator 35
Date: March 5th, 2011
Location: Tachi Palace Casino, Lemoore CA

Main Card MTV2
Waachiim Spiritwolf def. Jaime Jara via Split Decision (28-29,29-28,30-27)
Brandon Bender def. Josh Herrick via Submission (Guillotine) 3:42 Rd1
Lyman Good def. Chris Lozano via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27×2)
Jay Hieron def. Anthony Lapsley via Submission (RNC) 3:39 Rd1
Rick Hawn def. Jim Wallhead via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28×2)

Prelim Card
Brent Weedman def. Dan Hornbuckle via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3)
Zoila Frausto def. Karina Hallinan via Unanimous Decision (30-27×3)
Paul Ruiz def. Jesus Castro via TKO (GNP) 1:17 Rd1

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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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