UFC News: Dustin Hazelett vs. Ben Saunders

Dustin Hazelett

vs.

Ben Saunders

 McLovin’

Nickname

Killa B

13

MMA Blog Rank

 

170 Lbs.

Weight Class

170 Lbs.

14-4 (5-2 UFC)

Record

7-0-2 (3-0 UFC)

 

The UFC is stacking UFC 96.  It looks like Dustin Hazelett will return at UFC 96 in his native Ohio to face Ben Saunders according to Sherdog.  Saunders turned heads with his dominating performance over Brandon Wolff at UFC Fight for The Troops.  He used vicious knees and great Muay Thai to obliterate Wolff in highlight reel fashion to say the least.  Hazelett is very impressive.  He seems to be a submission of the night threat every time he fights.  His last performance he torked the arm of Tamdan McCrory and forces him to tap. 

Ben “Killa B” Saunders has earned the step up in competition because he is 3-0 since TUF 6.  He has impressed people and shocked many with how well he has done and how he has improved.  Dustin “McLovin’” Hazelett is a much improved fighter.  The Team Gurgel trained fighter has highlight reel submissions.  This should be a great fight.  I hope Saunders is training submission defense.

UFC News: Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller at UFC 96

Gray Maynard

vs.

Jim Miller

 

 The Bully

Nickname

   

4

MMA Blog Rank

 19

155 Lbs.

Weight Class

155Lbs.

6-0 (4-0 UFC)

Record

 13-1 (2-0 UFC)

 

 

A lightweight fight has been agreed to between Gray Maynard and Jim Miller at UFC 96.  The report comes from thegarv.com, but several other venues have confirmed the fight with Miller’s camp.

The fight is a solid add and a solid fight between two of the best lightweights.  Both guys are fighters that some think are serious contenders.  Miller comes by way of the IFL and is already 2-0 in the UFC.  He came in on short notice and destroyed Matt Wiman.  He will need a good performance and time to prepare for Gray Maynard.  The winner would have to be near the top of the division.  Maynard has done great in the UFC since his stint on TUF 5.  He has key wins over Frank Edgar and Rich Clementi.  A very exciting bout on what looks to be an amazing card which will also feature Chuck Liddell, Brandon Vera, and Keith Jardine as well as a great heavyweight match between Shane Carwin and Gabriel Gonzaga.

UFC News: Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago

Josh Koscheck

vs.

Paulo Thiago

 

 Kos

Nickname

   

5

MMA Blog Rank

NR 

170 Lbs.

Weight Class

170 Lbs.

14-3 (10-3 UFC)

Record

7-0 (0-0 UFC) 

The knock on UFC 95 was the lack of a main event.  Well, the same problem exists, but the UFC has beefed up the talent.  It looks like welterweight star Josh Koscheck will return to the octagon in London, England to face Brazilian Paulo Thiago.  Thiago will make his UFC debut. Thigo is undefeated and will be thrown into the deep waters against one of the best in the division. 

This is Koscheck’s last fight on his contract.  We have to wonder if he has re-signed or if he is done with the UFC after this fight following the dispute that arose between the UFC and The American Kickboxing Academy. 

I also have to wonder about this match up.  Koscheck has everything to lose in this fight.  I know very little about Paul Thiago, so it will be interesting to see.

UFC News: David Loiseau vs. Ed Herman at UFC 97

David Loiseau

vs.

Ed Herman

 The Crow

Nickname

 Short Fuse  
 NR

MMA Blog Rank

23 

185 Lbs.

Weight Class

185 Lbs.

18-8 (4-3 UFC)

Record

14-7 (3-4 UFC)

The UFC is filling up their cards for the first quarter of 2009.  It looks like UFC 97 will feature a bout between David Loiseau and Ed Herman.  Loiseau was a former number 1 contender who was dropped by the UFC, but has fought his way back.  Ed Herman has had a rough time in the octagon, but has been off and on since being the Ultimate Fighter 3 runner up.  Herman lost a very close decision to Alan Belcher that many feel Herman won.

MMAbay first reported that Loiseau would make his return at UFC 97.  Following that report I put Loiseau on my upcoming events page against a yet to be named opponent.  Also, MMAblog had an article titled, “Could the New Year Bring New Faces Into the UFC?” In which I listed Loiseau as one of the four middleweights I expected to be added to the UFC in 2009.  I said in that article, “he may be added to the next Canda card.”  It looks like that was correct.  Bookmark that article as it may surprise some how accurate those predictions are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sengoku 7 Results and Recap

Quick Results:

  • Satoru Kitaoka def. Takanori Gomi by submission (heel hook) — Round 1, 1:41
  • Jorge Santiago def. Kazuo Misaki via technical submission (rear naked choke) — Round 5, 3:26
  • Sanae Kikuta def. Hidehiko Yoshida via split decision
  • Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Yukiya Naito via TKO (punches) in Round 1, 3:54
  • Antonio Silva def. Yoshihiro Nakao via TKO (knee injury) in Round 1, 1:42
  • Eiji Mitsuoka def. Sergey Golyaev via technical submission (arm bar) in  Round 1, 4:22
  • Mu Bae Choi def. Dave “Pee Wee” Herman via TKO (punches) — Round 2, 2:22
  • Maximo Blanco def. Seigo Inoue via TKO (foot stomps) — Round 1, 0:38
  • Hidetada Irie def. Minoru Kato via TKO (punches from mount) — Round 2, 4:21

 

  • Gomi’s quick loss to Kitaoka means 2 things for World Victory Road.  1 – Their pre-crowned champ is not the Japanese star they expected 2- Gomi’s marketability and talent are waning fast.  That is pretty crazy for a guy who was ranked the number 1 lightweight in the world at the time of PRIDE’s collapse.  I wonder if  Gomi thinks he should have gone with the UFC now.  His stock is greatly hurt though
  • Kitaoka is apparently better than given credit for
  • Eiji Mitsuoka has looked pretty good and he could be a name to remember
  • Bad loss for Dave Herman in the midst of ProElite’s slow death.  It looks like he may not be a lock for a contract in a big U.S. promotion now that he lost to a no-namer
  • Muhammaed Lawal continues to impress and draw attention.  He may be a real guy to take note of. 

The Best MMA News Websites

As I try to keep up with the latest MMA news and keep updated on this site, I have found several MMA media outlets to be a consisten source of good and reliable news.  Here is my rankings of the best MMA News sources….

1. MMAJunie -  I find breaking news more on MMAJunkie than anywhere else.  They are improving constantly as well.  They are not the most comprehensive, but they do have some of the best MMA news and are often times the first ones to break news.

2.  Sherdog - Sherdog keeps up with the news well.  They also have great fight breakdowns as a big fight card approached.  They are maybe the most comprehensive MMA site.  By far the best forums around, which have good discussions, debates, and sometimes inside information.  They have the all important HUGE fighter database that is always updated.  They have good interviews following events.  They have good coverage.  Also, if you follow the regional fight scenes and smaller shows Sherdog has the most comprehensive list for upcoming events.  Sherdog is the best all around MMA resource around. 

3. MMA Mania – They are an expanding site and a lot of times they will have breaking news and new fights posted before anyone else.

4. FiveOuncesofPain -  Good source for news.  They are expanding and posting new videos and interviews. 

5. Bloody Elbow - They are reliable and up to date with news.  They have great discussions on their posts and allow you to post blogs or news.  Bloody Elbow is maybe the best place to go for MMA related videos.

6.  MMA Weekly - They sometimes have good news.  I like their insider blog and they have up to date fight card information.  They are consistent and accurate. 

7. MMA Convert - They may not be the “news breakers”, but the best thing about MMA Convert is their news feeds on the sidebar which enables you to go to MMA Convert and see the latest news on several of the best MMA sites including many of the ones listed above.  They post good videos.  Also, they have a great fight card page which posts reported fights and even rumored fights.  They have comprehensive links as well. 

8. Tatame – A great site that often has new interviews and info on Brazilian fighters.  The one negative is that often times they go long periods without updating.  However, Tatame is the best place to keep up with Brazilian fighters.

9. Fighters Only Magazine – They are the best U.K. MMA site (sorry MMA Bay).  They have good inetrviews which often times you could not find anywhere else.  They keep up with British fighters especially well.

10. Suki MMA – Often times news you may not care about, but Suki MMA does a good job translating Japanese fighter interviews and blog posts.  This is a prime site to keep up with Japanese fighters if you are a Japanese fan and cannot read Japanese

Other Worthwhile Sites: Cage Potato, Dream Fighters, Fight Linker, MMA Bay and Fight3r.

MMA Rated used to be a good site, but it looks like they are done for.

UFC News: Luigi Fiorvanti vs. Anthony Johnson at UFC Fight Night 17

Anthony Johnson

vs.

Luigi Fiorvanti

Rumble

Nickname

 

23

MMA Blog Rank

18

170 Lbs.

Weight Class

170 Lbs.

6-2 (3-2 UFC)

Record

14-4 (4-4 UFC)

Now that Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has his revenge against Kevin Burns for the eye poke and loss he is set to move up the UFC welterweight ladder.  The eye poke aside saw a very good year for Johnson who had two great highlight reel KO wins in 2008.   Now he is set to start 2009 off strong against the ever tough Luigi Fiorvanti.  This should be a great stand up war between two very tough welterweights.  The two will clash February 7th at UFC Fight Night 17 according to several outlets.  MMAJunkie first reported the bout today. 

Both Johnson and Fiorvanti are coming off of wins and both are trying to escape being stuck in the middle of the pack in the UFC’s stacked welterweight division.  The winner here would move up the rankings.

The UFC Fight Night 17 event will be headlined by a fight between lightweights Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca.  Also, the card will see Josh Neer fight Mac Danzig, Amir Sadollah return against Nick Catone.  In addition, Cain Velasquez will be in action as well as top fighters such as Rich Clementi, Kurt Pellegrino, and UFC newcomer Jake Rosholt will grace the card.

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