PIC: Cung Le is looking JACKED and RIPPED heading into UFC Macau

19 Aug 2014 1:43 am Posted by jjwakrat


We’re not sure how he did it, but we definitely want to know how a 42 year old man can look like this (whether we’re willing to do what Le does is another story though). Cung Le will be facing Michael Bisping this weekend at UFC and he looks more than ready to take on the Brit. Le’s been training in Vietnam for the past few weeks and it’s pretty apparent that whatever he’s doing, he’s doing it right. Check out the most recent pic of Cung Le. Who needs TRT right?


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Let’s Get It On! Again…

17 Aug 2014 11:02 pm Posted by jjwakrat


It’s been a long time since we saw veteran referee John McCarthy officiating in Las Vegas. While he has made appearances inside the Octagon in other jurisdictions, The Las Vegas commission has effectively blacklisted him since he made public comments about way back in 2007. Big John has spoken out against commissioner Keith Kizer since. Bloody elbow’s Mookie Alexander writes:

“Let’s get it on! Popular MMA referee John McCarthy will be officiating UFC events in Nevada once again, pending his official relicensing on August 21st.Assuming nothing changes between now and August 21st, you’ll soon be seeing Big John McCarthy officiating Las Vegas-based shows once more. According to a report from Yahoo’s Kevin Iole, The highly respected veteran referee, who hasn’t officiated any events in Nevada since 2007, will be relicensed on August 21st at the next Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting. He’ll also be assigned to work on several fights at UFC 178, which is the promotion’s next trip to Las Vegas.”

Bloody Elbow has the full story.

Garry Cook new UFC Chief Global Officer, takes over Asia division

10:40 pm Posted by jjwakrat

UFC Global Officer Garry Cook

UFC Global Officer Garry Cook

The news recently broke that Garry Cook, the UFC‘s head of operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, had been promoted to Chief Global Officer. As such, former Managing Director of UFC Asia Mark Fischer has been released.

MMA Fighting broke the news and confirmed it with CEO Dana White directly. The former CEO of Manchester City will move to Las Vegas to carry out his duties.

Fischer’s tenure included the China market for four years, during which time two shows in Macau, plus the upcoming event on August 23rd, and the first series of TUF China were negotiated and held. The main office started in Beijing, then moved operations to Singapore, where the first UFC event was held at the beginning of 2014.

Dana White has been vocal about an event in the Philippines in the beginning of 2014, and a Korea event is also to be expected, along with the promotion’s Japan expansion which includes a TUF-style tournament co-promoted by Shooto Commission-run Vale Tudo Japan across 2 weight divisions.

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Urijah Faber injured and is out of UFC Japan, Alex Caceres steps in as a replacement

14 Aug 2014 2:37 pm Posted by jjwakrat



Looks like the “California Kid” won’t be making the quick turnaround return like he had originally hoped for after his win over Alex Caceres. Urijah Faber has been injured and now will not be able to compete against Masanori Kanehara in Japan.


Ironically, the man who will be replacing will be the man the Faber last defeated. Alex Caceres (10-6, 1 NC) will be taking the place of Faber. Caceres won 4 out of 5 of his last fights before losing to Faber. Caceres’ win over Kang Kyung-Ho was overturned and made a no contest after he tested positive for marijuana.


Masanori Kanehara (23-11-5) is a former Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Champion and inaugural Sengoku Featherweight Champion. He has competed in DEEP, Pancrase, Shooto and ZST. Kanehara has won 6 of his last 7 fights. He was last seen facing Toshiaki Kitada at DEEP-66 Impact but lost via disqualification for throwing Kitada out of the ring. This could potentially be a much easier fight for the JMMA star as supposed to his original opponent, Faber.

UFC Japan will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson. It will be held on Sept. 20 in Saitama, Japan.

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Jon Jones injures his leg, fight with Cormier postponed till Jan 3rd

13 Aug 2014 12:58 am Posted by jjwakrat


The Fight Nation’s Wesley De Souza delivers truly terrible news about the highly anticipated match up between two *undefeated champions. The fight is postponed and Alexander Gustafson wants back in.


I don’t know if I should be angry or just laugh. I guess given the number of times sh*t like this has happened, I guess I can only laugh. Jon Jones is injured and he’s out of his fight with Daniel Cormier. The fight will be postponed to the 3rd of January 2015. Jones has reportedly suffered a torn meniscus in his knee and a sprained ankle in training earlier this week. Daniel Cormier is NOT happy. “I started to train very hard. It’s a little discouraging, but now I have time to get completely healthy. I don’t know how hurt Jon is but we have to remember that I took this fight with a pre-existing injury. I could have fought through it, I just wish he would have done the same.” Cormier told Ariel Helwani from MMAFighting.com. Meanwhile, Alexander Gustafsson, who was originally supposed to face Jones has gone on Facebook and stated that he should be facing Jones on Jan 3rd. “I just heard the news that Jones is injured and the fight is rescheduled to January 3????” wrote Gustafsson. “Until then, I will be more than ready, it was MY fight to begin with and I WANT the fight as the number 1 contender. End of story!!” According to Cormier though, Lorenzo Fertita has assured him that the title shot is still his and Gustafsson has to wait. I guess there isn’t going to be any Popeye’s at the Christmas dinner table this year.

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Ronda Rousey special guest in Hong Kong for UFC Fight Night Macau

11 Aug 2014 9:57 am Posted by jjwakrat

rondabruce-mma-in-asiaRonda Rousey stopover in Hong Kong for UFC Macau

On the official UFC Asia Facebook page today it was announced that Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey will be appearing at the press conference ahead of UFC Fight Night Macau.

Breaking news! The first ever UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be here in Hong Kong to attend our Ultimate Media Day next Wednesday Aug 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel, along with guest fighters Luke Rockhold & Angela Magada. This is shaping up to be one hell of a main event preview!

Rousey has become one of the most recognisable MMA fighters in the USA for her extreme dominance in her division leading up to becoming the 3-time defending Champion. She segued into the UFC following her Strikeforce career which also saw her gain and defend the Championship title there.

Prior to her MMA career, Rousey was a consummate judoka from 2001 to 2008, culminating her incredible career by achieving a bronze medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. This background led her to an impressive number of wins by submission – now widely known as her trademark arm bar. Rousey stepped things up a notch with her striking and has won the last two of her fights by TKO and KO.

UFC President Dana White originally announced in our one-on-one interview here that he intended to bring Rousey along to the Macau event, with other fighters as well.

MMA-in-ASIA will have updates on all UFC events leading up to UFC Fight Night Macau.

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Video (MMA JUNKIE) Hot mics catch Daniel Cormier and UFC champ Jon Jones (and a death threat)

09 Aug 2014 9:39 pm Posted by jjwakrat


You all remember the brawl that happened last week between Daniel Cormier and reigning UFC Champ Jon ‘Bones’ Jones at the UFC 178 promotional event. If you have been living under a rock and have no idea what we’re talking about, you can always catch up here.

Later this week they both appeared on ESPN’s Sports Center to talk about the fiasco. Apparently during the off air moments hot mics caught some words that quickly descended into the ‘disturbing category’ as Jon Jones threatened to literally kill Daniel Cormier. And not literally as in figuratively either.

MMA Junkie has the full video in all it’s WTF the glory.

Here is a transcript of the exchange courtesy of MMA Junkie:

Jones: Hey p-ssy, are you still there?

Cormier: I’m here. I’m here. You’re just the fakest person. I actually admire that you can just be this fake, and when like that TV comes on, how you can just change. It’s like you’re a chameleon. It’s awesome.

Jones: Hey listen, I’m a professional.

Cormier: It’s awesome. It is unbelievable.

Jones: The fact that you’re a p-ssy hasn’t changed.

Cormier: It’s unbelievable how fake you can really be. It’s like you’re just such a f-cking p-ssy. My God. It is amazing. It is amazing. But hats off to you. You’ve got a great PR person because they do a great job of training you because you are just terrible. You’re the scum of the f-cking Earth. You are a terrible human being. But you can sure turn it on.

Jones: Thank you.

Cormier: I wish they would let me next door so I can spit in your f–king face.

Jones: You know I would absolutely kill you if you ever did something like that, right?

Cormier: You could never kill me.

Jones: Oh, I bet you I could.

Cormier: Then you should try, Jon. You really should try, Jon.

Jones: I will literally kill you if you spit in my face. Literally kill you.

Cormier: Let’s try that, Jon.

Jones: I’m not saying I would fight you. I said I would kill you if you do some silly sh-t like that.

Cormier: So Jon, do you think I’m just going to sit there and let you kill me, Jon? I mean, really?

So what do you think about the champ’s behaviour?

Check out the interview that aired below:

DC on Inside MMA taking about the brawl:


George St. Pierre, Scott Adkins, Dave Batista & Tony Jaa to headline the remake of Kickboxer

07 Aug 2014 5:23 pm Posted by jjwakrat

When it comes to martial arts flicks, many will agree that JCVD’s Kickboxer was indeed one of the greatest of all time. So now you ask yourself, what does Hollywood usual do to movies that are considered legendary?

Completely butcher it’s legacy by making a remake. It’s like a flying kick right to the face of a seemingly unstoppable fighter.

Well, it does seem that Hollywood is putting in some effort in ensuring that the Kickboxer remake doesn’t completely suck. They’re assembling quite a cast of martial artists and Batista to ensure that this move doesn’t turn out a dud.

Here’s the cast so far:

- Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum; Ninja: Shadow of a Tea)

- Tony Jaa (Ong Bak fame)

- GSP (UFC World Champion)

- Dave Batista (WWE Superstar, Guardians of the Galaxy)

In case you’re wondering (and we’re sure you are), Adkins will play Kurt Sloan while Batista will play Tong Po. Alright, now you can go complain in the forums. Have fun!

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Jon Jones mocks Daniel Cormier’s Olympic accomplishments on Jimmy Kimmel Live

12:27 pm Posted by jjwakrat



It just keeps getting worse and worse. Call it childish or just hyping up a fight but it really does seem like the smack talk between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones is reaching new levels of ridiculousness. And bad news for Cormier, it does seem like Jones is winning.

Jones has gone full *sshole on Cormier and has called the Olympic wrestler pregnant and fat (boo to Jones for the fat shaming) and now, he’s insulting Cormier’s Olympic accomplishments on national TV.

Jones was on Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday and basically downplayed Cormier’s Olympic accomplishments by saying that he didn’t respect Cormier’s “ribbon” from the Olympics. Check out the video below.

For more on the DC- Jon Jones Rivalry head to The Fight Nation 

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ONE FC’s newest shareholder is Manny Pacquiao ahead of December 5 Manila return

04 Aug 2014 10:42 am Posted by jjwakrat

ONE FC Manny Pacquiao                                                               ONE FC CEO Victor Cui with Manny Pacquiao, courtesy ONE FC

ONE FC announced via their Facebook page today that Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has become the newest stakeholder in the company.

According to Bleacher Report, the Pac-Man is estimated to be worth $100 million USD. He also owns a share of a team in the Philippine Basketball Association.

With an undisclosed amount of shares, the WBO welterweight champion becomes the latest high-profile combat sports notable to link with ONE FC, following the recent appointment of UFC light heavyweight Rich Franklin as Vice-President and Filipino-American UFC vet Brandon Vera to the fight roster. Additionally, Filipina-American boxing star Ana Julaton will make her second MMA fight on the next ONE FC card in Dubai on August 29th.

Pacquiao’s investment comes ahead of ONE FC’s return to Manila on December 5th, stated in an announcement on Kevin Iole’s Yahoo! Sports Boxing blog.

Pacquiao has recently been reported to plan on retiring from his boxing career in 2016 to refocus on national politics. He first was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and re-elected in 2013.

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