<![CDATA[All about Mixed Martial Arts - MMA News]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:46:40 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Roger Huerta pad work ahead of ONE FC 30]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:59:40 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/09/roger-huerta-pad-work-ahead-of-one-fc-30.html
Watch Roger Huerta pad work in Thailand's Tiger Muay Thai ahead of his match against Koji Ando at ONE FC 30.
<![CDATA['Minotauro' Nogueira: Fedor the most respectful fighter I ever fought]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:58:39 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/09/minotauro-nogueira-fedor-the-most-respectful-fighter-i-ever-fought.html
Recently retired mixed martial arts legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira appeared on MMA junkie radio where the former UFC/PRIDE Champion talked about fellow legendary fighter Fedor Emelianenko who announced his comeback in July. Fedor claimed the PRIDE belt from the Brazilian in March 2003 in a fight which became an MMA classic. The two met again in August 2004, but the fight went to a no contest after an accidental headbutt. The third fight took place in December the same year where "The Last Emperor" defeated "Minotauro" again.
“I’m very excited to watch him,” Nogueira said. “For me, he’s the most respectful fighter I ever fought. I faced him three times in three big fights, and I have memories of each fight and each camp. It was my biggest challenge. I hope he’s going to do well.

“He wasn’t given the best couple fights, but in his last fight, he beat Pedro Rizzo. But I hope he has luck.”

UFC Heavyweight title holder Fabricio Werdum became the first man to submit Fedor. In his interview, the Russian expressed clearly who he wants to fight first when he returns. Nogueira knows Werdum very well and he gave his thought on that possible rematch. 

“It’s going to be a tough fight for him, for sure.”

<![CDATA[UFC 191 Embedded: Video Blog Series - Episode 2]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:53:43 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/09/ufc-191-embedded-video-blog-series-episode-2.html
On the second episode of UFC 191 Embedded top strawweighter Paige VanZant speak about how Alpha Male Team has changed her fighting game, she then goes to do some workout. Her opponent TUF 20 competitor Alex Chambers hits mitts. Andrei Arlovski visits his chiropractor and more!
<![CDATA[Joe Rogan preview UFC 191: Arlovski vs Mir]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:09:31 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/09/joe-rogan-previewufc-191-arlovski-vs-mir.html
Long time UFC commentator Joe Rogan's preview of Saturday's UFC 191 co-main event where two former UFC Heavyweight Champions Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir will clash.
<![CDATA[UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov signed individual deal with Reebok]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:08:10 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/09/ufc-lightweight-khabib-nurmagomedov-signed-individual-deal-with-reebok.html
Reebok has a special contract with stars such as Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Paige VanZant, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rory MacDonald, but now the sports wear company has also signed a deal with undefeated Russian Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov (22-0).
<![CDATA[Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira officially retired, now UFC's Brazil ambassador]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:06:14 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/09/antonio-rodrigo-nogueira-officially-retired-now-ufcs-brazil-ambassador.html
The legendary mixed martial artist Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-10-1 (1)) officially retired, but still the Brazilian will work for the UFC as an ambassador in his home country.
“It is a great pleasure and an honor to continue my ties with the UFC,” Nogueira stated. “I always had the passion to follow the development of young athletes and I want to keep doing that. I want to help spread MMA around the world and give my contribution to the emergence and development of young talent. I appreciate the confidence that (UFC President) Dana White and (owners) Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta are banking on me, and I believe that with hard work we will achieve great results together. I know I can, and will, contribute to the growth of our sport outside the octagon.”

“‘Big Nog’ is a legend in MMA,” UFC President Dana White stated. “He is respected by fighters and fans worldwide. It has been an honor to watch him compete and I’m happy to see him retire. He will be a huge asset to the UFC, the athletes and the sport as an ambassador. I look forward to working with him in this new chapter of his life.”

Following his third loss in a row when the former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion met Stefan Struve early last month at UFC 190, UFC President Dana White said that he would no longer offer Nogueira fights and wanted the fighter to retire, but he will still have a job for him outside of the cage.

<![CDATA[UFC 191 Embedded: Video Blog Series - Episode 1]]>Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:03:10 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/09/ufc-191-embedded-video-blog-series-episode-1.html
Don't miss the first episode of UFC 191 Embedded video blog series. Flyweight King Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson prepares for the rematch in Vegas. Big boys Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski are also training before their meeting in the co-main event this weekend. 
<![CDATA[Brandon Halsey meets Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 144 for middleweight title]]>Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:01:37 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/09/brandon-halsey-meets-rafael-carvalho-at-bellator-144-for-middleweight-title.html
Undefeated American Brandon Halsey (9-0) will once again fight for the Bellator Middleweight belt when meeting Brazilian prospect Rafael Carvalho (11-1) at Bellator.

Bellator 144: Galvão vs. Dantas 2 will be held on October 23 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
A year ago at Bellator 126 Halsey after a quick submission victory over Alexander Shlemenko took the middleweight title from the Russian. However in his next fight at May's Bellator 137 against Kendall Grove "The Bull" was stripped of his belt, even after stopping the UFC veteran in the fourth round, because he failed to make the weight for the match.

Carvalho has lost his first MMA fight to someone by the name Julio Cesar Araujo Fernandes, but he has never been defeated since finishing all his next 11 opponents where two came by submission and nine by knockout. The Brazilian debuted in Bellator last year at Bellator 125 with a three-minute TKO-win over Brian Rogers, and in his next fight he took a split decision victory over Joe Schilling at Aprils Bellator 136.
<![CDATA[Scott Coker: Bellator increases the volume and goes international in 2016]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:36:46 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/08/scott-coker-bellator-increases-the-volume-and-goes-international-in-2016.html
Since former Strikeforce President Scott Coker was appointed the new CEO of Bellator, the #2 Mixed Martial Arts organization has gone through a lot of changes, the format of the events were changed and the roster was improved with both stars and former legends. There's no doubt that Bellator now looks much more professional than what it did under Bjorn Rebney, but Coker won't stop there. While we await a hybrid Dynamite show with #1 kickboxing promotion Glory on September 19 the President has even more exciting news.
“This year, 16 fights. Next year, we’re going to do about 22 to 24 fights. So we’re going to increase the volume,” said Coker to MMAjunkie. “We’ll go from four ‘tent poll’ events to seven, and one of them will be the ‘Dynamite’ show. It’s kind of developing into a brand of its own. … I think people are going to love it. I think it’s going to get great ratings, and I think we’ll do it every year.”

“When I came into the company, I said, ‘We don’t have the roster right now to be doing 24 fights a year. … We need to step back. Then we can ramp up.’ I feel like we’re in a little bit of a groove (now)."

Oddly Bellator has never gone international with a live event, but next year they finally will.

“Next year, we’re also going to do some international fights. I just got back from Tel Aviv in Israel – we have a TV deal there. I was in Italy. I was in London. We have deals in the Middle East. We have a deal in Southeast Asia. There are 140 countries that watch Bellator every time we throw a fight (card). We’re in the process of deciding where we’re going to go, but these international shows are going to be off the hook next year and I’m really excited.”

<![CDATA[Countdown to UFC 191: Johnson vs Dodson 2, Mir vs Arlovski & "Rumble" vs Manuwa]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:25:21 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/08/countdown-to-ufc-191-johnson-vs-dodson-2-mir-vs-arlovski-rumble-vs-manuwa.html
Get a better look inside of the upcoming UFC 191 main fights. In the headliner we await a second meeting between UFC Flyweight King Demetrious Johnson and TUF 14 winner John Dodson. In the co-headliner two former UFC Heavyweight Champions Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir will clash for a potential title shot. Two knockout artists Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and Jimi Manuwa squares off in the light-heavyweight bout.

UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 will be held on September 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.