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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UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch – Quick Results

Event: UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch
Date: February 26th, 2011
Location: Acer Arena, Sydney Australia

Event Bonuses ($75,000)
Fight of the night: Chris Lytle vs Brian Ebersole
KO of the night: Mark Hunt
Submission of the night: Kyle Noke
Attendance: 18,186
Gate: $3.5m

Main Card
Jon Fitch vs. BJ Penn Majority Draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Michael Bisping def. Jorge Rivera via TKO (Strikes) 1:54 Rd2
Dennis Siver def. George Sotiropoulos via Unanimous Decision (29-28,30-28,30-27)
Brian Ebersole def. Chris Lytle via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28×2)
Kyle Noke def. Chris Camozzi via Submission (RNC) 1:35 Rd1

ION TV Preliminary Card
Ross Pearson def. Spencer Fisher via Unanimous Decision (30-27,29-28×2)
Alexander Gustafsson def. James Te Huna via Submission (RNC) 4:27 Rd1
Nick Ring def. Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3) – JUDGES SUCK!

Facebook Prelims
Anthony Perosh def. Tom Blackledge via Submission (RNC) 2:45 Rd1
Tie Quan Zhang def. Jason Reinhardt via Submission (Guillotine) 0:48 Rd1

Non-Televised Prelims
Mark Hunt def. Chris Tuchscherer via TKO (Strikes) 1:41 Rd2
Curt Warburton def. Maciej Jewtuszko via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3)

Admin Notes:
– Riki Fukuda beat Nick Ring.  He was then robbed by the judges in the worst decision I have seen this year.
– Jon Fitch clearly won the fight. I had it 29-28 for Fitch.

Notes:
– For live Play-By- Play go to Sherdog.com or MMAWeekly.com
– To check out the weigh-in results: Click Here
– To check out the betting odds: Click Here
– To watch this PPV online, go to www.ufc.tv
– To watch the facebook prelims go to www.facebook.com/UFC
– After the event, watch the post fight press conference at video.ufc.com

Stay tuned to the EvilMaster Report for all the headlines following this event.

Mark Fischer Says UFC Has Significant Opportunities in Japan Now

By Daniel Herbertson

The Japanese fight sport industry is in dire straits. The two leading event promoters, K-1 and DREAM promoter Fighting and Entertainment Group and Sengoku Raiden Championship promoter World Victory Road, have no events scheduled, are having major financial troubles and are losing fighters to the Western promotions at a rapid rate.

Out of great crisis comes great opportunity and the UFC is now planning on moving in. Leading the charge is the man responsible for bringing the NBA to China, Mark Fischer.

Now holding the title of Zuffa Asia Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Fischer spoke exclusively to MMA Fighting about Zuffa’s expansion into Japan.

With Strikeforce and the UFC both recently announcing their intentions to promote in Japan in 2011, it seems as though the American promotions are swooping in for the kill while the Japanese scene is weakened. However, Fischer says that the timing is due to Zuffa’s own opportunities, not because of the state of Japanese MMA.

“Zuffa has been working on the Japan market for many years, and the various relationships and resources we have built up here over this time have generated some significant opportunities for us now.”

 

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Clearing up a murky lightweight title picture

By E. Spencer Kyte

No division has greater depth and more worthy title contenders than the 155-pound weight class. While the January 1 battle between defending champion Frankie Edgar and the only man to beat him thus far, Gray Maynard, was supposed to result in one or the other reigning atop of the division, the resulting draw only created new opportunities to debate who sits where in the lightweight pecking order.

Sunday morning in Sydney, the picture will start to become a little clearer, as the first of a series of contests between viable contenders enters the Octagon at UFC 127.

George Sotiropoulos probably has the most compelling case for a title shot amongst the pack of lightweights at the top of the division. The Australian jiu-jitsu ace has earned six-straight victories in the UFC, five of those wins coming at the 155-pound limit. In his last three outings, Sotiropoulos has knocked off divisional stalwarts Joe Stevenson, Kurt Pellegrino and Joe Lauzon, pushing his record to 14-2 and establishing himself as a threat within the division.

Standing alongside Sotiropoulos as a man worthy of a title shot is Jim Miller, who will face unbeaten wrestler Kamal Shalorus in his home state at UFC 128.

 

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Chris Lytle: “I usually have a game plan that usually lasts maybe four or five seconds.”

By Tim Groves

“I usually have a game plan that usually lasts maybe four or five seconds. As soon as the fight starts and I go out there and I get hit, I’m like ‘That’s it’.” – Chris Lytle to UFC.com.

Chris Lytle (30-17-5) has a history of being in exciting bouts. The former fireman has won four fight of the night bonuses, two submission of the night bonuses and one knockout of the night bonus in his past ten UFC bouts. Now it seems like we know why.

Lytle knows that he can’t throw his game plan out the window against crafty veteran Brian Ebersole (46-14-1-1) when they meet at UFC 127 in the coming week.

“I hope to dictate the pace, I have to make the fight happen where I want it to happen,” Lytle said.

 

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Maciej Jewtuszko: The Pride of Poland

By Frank Curreri

Until now, Poland has been vastly under appreciated in MMA circles. But the central European nation is quietly emerging as a hotbed for the skyrocketing fight sport. Do not be surprised if, within the next few years, UFC president Dana White starts publicly referring to the land of potatoes, sausage and sauerkraut in the same glowing terms as fight-crazy nations such as the United States, Canada and Australia.

My premonition, based on conversations with fighters and coaches with extensive involvement in Poland, is that the rabid fervor and fanaticism of Poland is a coming revelation that is going to blow a lot of people’s minds. When the UFC eventually hits Poland, expect to see the same rapid sellouts and frenzied fanbase that have been the hallmarks of established and recognized markets such as Toronto, Montreal and Sydney.

Having said that, hurdles remain for Poland to fulfill its huge but overshadowed potential. While the remarkably homogeneous population of 38 million people is overflowing with off-the-charts nationalistic pride similar to the Philippines, and is also rich with the same kind of tough-guy ethic that is prevalent in Australia, Poland still lacks the world-class MMA resources that can be found in the states, Brazil and Canada. Several Polish-born fighters, such as Bart Palaszewski and Krzysztof Soszynski, have fared well at the highest level of the sport, though they had relocated to North American cities at young ages and benefited from affiliations with top training camps. Tomasz Drwal, Polish born and bred, has also produced respectable performances inside of the Octagon. But perhaps none of those men is being watched as closely as a rising, homegrown product named Maciej Jewtuszko, a promising prospect with the best chance to inspire and uplift his nation.

 

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Ex-Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley headlines HDNet’s Titan FC 17 on March 25

By MMAjunkie

Former WWE star and ex-Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley returns to the cage on March 25 to headline the HDNet-televised Titan Fighting Championships 17 event.

Officials today announced Lashley (5-1) fights M-1 Challenger James Jack (6-2-1) at the show.

The event takes place March 25 at Historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

A previously announced bout between Phil Baroni and Nick Nolte co-headlines the show.

“We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from the MMA community following our HDNet debut on Jan. 28,” stated Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly, who featured an Abe Wagner vs. Tim Sylvia headliner this past month. “A lot of unique opportunities have presented themselves to Titan since the show, and working with Bobby Lashley was one of them. We are really excited to be working with Bobby as he continues his pursuit of MMA greatness.”

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