<![CDATA[All about Mixed Martial Arts - MMA News]]>Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:36:24 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[UFC 174: Ticket On-Sale Press Conference]]>Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:37:32 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2014/04/ufc-174-ticket-on-sale-press-conference.html
Watch the ticket on-sale press conference for UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov. The event features UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson, former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion Rory MacDonald and his opponent, # 4 ranked by the UFC, Tyron Woodley.
UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov will be held on June 14, 2014 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
<![CDATA[UFC 172 Pre-Fight Conference Call: Jones & Teixeira + Davis & Johnson]]>Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:08:06 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2014/04/ufc-172pre-fight-conference-call-jones-teixeira-davis-johnson.html
Listen to the complete and unedited UFC 172 pre-fight conference call featuring UFC Lightweight title holder Jon Jones with challenger Glover Teixeira, and wrestler Phil Davis with hard hitter Anthony Johnson. All four fighters answer questions about preparations, title shot and more. 
UFC 172 takes place Saturday at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
<![CDATA[PICTURE: UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov Poster]]>Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:27:04 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2014/04/picture-ufc-fight-nighthenderson-vs-khabilovposter.html
Take a look at the UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov poster. UFC Fight Night 42 takes place on June 7, 2014 at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The tournament will be headlined by former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson "Smooth" Henderson and Combat Sambo World Champion (2007) Rustam Khabilov. This will be first UFC event hosted in New Mexico.
<![CDATA[DANA WHITE UFC 172 VLOG DAY 1]]>Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:14:28 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2014/04/dana-white-ufc-172-vlog-day-1.html
UFC President Dana White takes us behind the scenes of UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler before Saturday's UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira event.
<![CDATA[PCTURE: Travis Browne's Broken Hand]]>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:45:23 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2014/04/pcture-travis-brownes-broken-hand.html
Travis Browne's coach Ricky Lundell posted this X-Ray picture through twitter. The injury was suffered after "Hapa" dropped Werdum in Round 1, Lundell wrote.
Browne (15-2-1 MMA) lost his place as the next UFC Heavyweight contender to Fabricio Werdum (18-5-1 MMA) this past Saturday at UFC on FOX 11. Before the fight the Brazilian opened as the underdog, and most of us, including me, thought Werdum would take the fight to the ground. Instead the Brazilian chose to trade with Browne, he landed more kicks and punches and looked much more effective than "Hapa". However after dominating everywhere, Werdum could not succeed to either knock out or submit his opponent. But Browne was clearly damaged.
After the event UFC President Dana White annonced the following:
“They think he has a broken rib and he definitely has a broken hand.”
According to the official list of UFC on FOX 11 medical suspensions, Browne received a 90-day term due to a broken nose and a facial laceration about his right eye. 

<![CDATA[Countdown to UFC 172: Rockhold vs. Boetsch]]>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:00:05 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2014/04/countdown-to-ufc-172-rockhold-vs-boetsch.html
Check out countdown to UFC 172 where former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhhold meets heavy hitter Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch in the main card.
UFC 172 takes place on April 26, 2014, at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
<![CDATA[Kamil Hajiyev: Ali Bagautinov Will Quickly Knock Out Demetrious Johnson]]>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:17:09 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2014/04/kamil-hajiyev-ali-bagautinov-will-quickly-knock-out-demetrious-johnson.html
According to UFC flyweight title contender Ali Bagautinov's manager, Kamil Hajiyev, 'his fighter is going to knock out Demetrious Johnson': "June 14 in Vancouver is going to be a difficult fight. We can not ignore the fact that Demetrius Johnson has extensive experience in conducting five round fights. I can say that we will do everything possible to not bring the fight to judicial decisions, because the judges usually like the reigning champions a little more than the contenders. So we're looking for the knockout and I'm sure Ali has everything to knock out Johnson, and to do it quickly. "
Sambo world champion Bagautinov has fought and won 3 times in the UFC. One victory came by TKOing Marcos Vinicius in Brazil, and the two remaining victories by decision (unanimous) against Tim Elliott at UFC 167 and John Lineker at 169.

While Champion Johnson already has defended his crown 3 times, first against  TUF 14 winner John Dodson by decision (unanimous), second by submitting (armbar) John Moraga and third and most recent by knocking out Joseph Benavidez in a rematch. Note that all three fights earned "Mighty Mouse" a bonus award.

UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov will be held on June 14 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
<![CDATA[Countdown to UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira]]>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:20:20 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2014/04/countdown-to-ufc-172-jones-vs-teixeira.html
UFC 172 will feature UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones' (19-1 MMA) title defence against challenger Glover Lucas Teixeira (22-2 MMA). According to "Bones", Swede Alex Gustafsson taught him a lesson in his last fight, while big fan of Mike Tyson, Brazilian Teixeira is looking to destroy the champion.
UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira takes place on April 26, 2014, at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
<![CDATA[Countdown To UFC 172: Davis vs. Johnson]]>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:17:46 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2014/04/countdown-to-ufc-172-davis-vs-johnson.html
Watch countdown to UFC 172 where co-headliners # 4 Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis (12-1 (1) MMA) and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (16-4 MMA) will clash in a light heavyweight fight. Davis is looking for a title shot, but standing in his way is Johnson who made his return to the UFC.
UFC 172 takes place on April 26, 2014, at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
<![CDATA[M-1 President: If Fedor Says "Yes" I'll call Dana White Myself]]>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:52:30 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2014/04/m-1-president-if-fedor-says-yes-ill-call-dana-white-myself.html
We were curious about M-1 Global's expansion to China, and asked M-1 President Vadim Finkelstein to answer some questions. As the tournament seems to have been delayed, and won't take place until the beginning of November, a fight card is not yet ready. However, Mr. Finkelstein reveals that his company will be signing some of the best chinese fighters before the event kicks off, and he tells us he is not a tiny bit worried about competing with the UFC over the new area. 

The M-1 Boss commented some of the UFC fights, he says he is willing to help Dana White make Fedor vs. Lesnar come true, open for M-1 vs. UFC event, but explains why the UFC President will not dare to make such an event happen, this and much more exclusively for www.combatbear.com.
Who's going to headline the show? 

It is hard to talk about the fight card now. The tournament will be in the beginning of November. It is going be at least four tournaments before China. 

Will you sign some Chinese fighters for the show? 

Of course we will. Our matchmakers already started to watch the best Chinese fighters.

Will the tournament have some kind of co-promotion? 

Our Chinese partners will help us to organize the tournament, but still it will be M-1 Challenge. I would like to admit that the tournament will be the part of International Economic Forum. We are awaiting a lot of high-ranking guests from different countries. 

Do you have any more surprises or news for the M-1 fans?
We are going to make12 tournaments this year. Usually it is 10. There will be fights in Kazakhstan, Belarus, and China. 

Do you think you can compete with the UFC on the Chinese market? 

We are competing with nobody. And I’m not going to do this. I know that M-1 fighters are as good as UFC fighters. Otherwise they could not win when they start to fight in UFC. 
It is a lot of space in China; I think every organization can find its place and viewers there. 

How is Fedor doing these days?

Fedor is doing well. He is an Advisor of Sport Minister in Russia. He is doing a lot for MMA development in Russia. He is visiting many Russian cities, gives master-classes and watches MMA competitions. 

Did Fedor give up the thought of coming back?

I really want him to come back. He is full of energy and strength. But as a real champion he made the decision to finish his sports career.  

Have you given up the thought of Fedor's comeback?

I think he could continue fighting. But he made a decision.

If Dana White called you now, asking if you could help him make the Fedor vs. Brock Lesnar fight come true, would you help him?

He called me about a year ago. But Fedor decided to finish his career. If Fedor says “yes” I’ll call Dana White myself. That could be a spectacular fight. 

Have you seen Dan Henderson vs. "Shougun" Rua? Did you like the rematch between them? 

Henderson proved in that rematch that he stays one of the best fighters in the world. I think he will win many fighters in the future. 
 Did you see Gegard Mousasi fight at the UFC? Do you have any kind of contact with him? 

I try to stay in touch with him. Unfortunately I didn’t see that fight. 

Did you ever think of making an event called- M-1 vs. UFC? 

I don’t think it is possible. Actually I don’t mind. But UFC will not agree.

Do you think Dana White will ever dare to make such an event happen? 

I don’t think so. That would hurt UFC's reputation because M-1 fighters are (every bit ) as strong as their fighters.

And a last question; how much does M-1 cost right now? Roughly? 

A lot. They can not make me a proposal which I will not be able to reject.