‘MMA Live’ – Turning The Page 11/25/2010

MMA Live feasts on UFC 123 for Thanksgiving. A recap of Quinton Jackson’s split-decision win over Lyoto Machida and B.J. Penn’s 21-second KO of Matt Hughes. Phil Davis stops by to discuss his submission victory, and a preview of Strikeforc…

MMA Live feasts on UFC 123 for Thanksgiving. A recap of Quinton Jackson’s split-decision win over Lyoto Machida and B.J. Penn’s 21-second KO of Matt Hughes. Phil Davis stops by to discuss his submission victory, and a preview of Strikeforce: St. Louis.

With Two Movies on Deck, Couture Probably Booked Through Spring 2011

("See Brett, if you just marry them first, they can’t be compelled to testify against you." PicProps: XtremeCouture)
With each new piece of news that emerges, it’s starting to feel more and more unlikely that we’ll ever see Randy …


("See Brett, if you just marry them first, they can’t be compelled to testify against you." PicProps: XtremeCouture)

With each new piece of news that emerges, it’s starting to feel more and more unlikely that we’ll ever see Randy Couture in the Octagon again. After a 12-month period that saw him go 3-0 in the UFC – with wins over Brandon Vera, Mark Coleman and James Toney  — and score significant screen time alongside Mickey Rourke’s man boobs, Steve Austin’s emotive grunting and Sly Stallone’s extremely troubling facial hair in “The Expendables,” Couture’s been playing it pretty coy these days about his status as an active fighter. Even though he won’t be making an official retirement announcement, he says he’ll only strap on the 4-ouncers for future fights that are “interesting” (read: winnable) enough. Now the 47-year-old’s non-fighting schedule could keep him busy until the Spring of next year.

Couture appeared on local Las Vegas radio recently – no family commitments to keep him occupied during the holidays, you understand – to reveal he’s landed a role alongside fellow baldster Bruce Willis in a movie that will film in early December and that he hopes everybody else can clear their calendars in time to crap out an “Expendables” sequel in March. With all that going on, Couture will have a very limited window in which to squeeze in any actual MMA before he turns 48 next June. Still, he maintains that if the UFC brings him something juicy, he’ll give it a sniff.

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With "the incident" behind, Paul Daley looks for short fight in Strikeforce debut

British slugger Paul Daley has a new name for the
post-fight suckerpunch of Josh Koscheck that led to his release from the
UFC: “the incident.”

But seven months after the unfortunate display of poor sportsmanship, the often brash Daley
insists he’s mo…

British slugger Paul Daley has a new name for the
post-fight suckerpunch of Josh Koscheck that led to his release from the
UFC: “the incident.”

But seven months after the unfortunate display of poor sportsmanship, the often brash Daley
insists he’s moved beyond the emotion-filled antics of his previous
contests.

Instead, as Daley completes his preparation for an upcoming bout with
fellow striker Scott Smith at next weekend’s
“Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu” event, the knockout artist said he’s
walking into the cage both humbled and respectful of his foe.


Amir Sadollah Wants To Finish His Next Opponent

The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 7, Amir Sadollah (4-2) has gone to decision in his last four bouts. The welterweight wants to finish his next opponent whoever that may be.

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The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 7, Amir Sadollah (4-2) has gone to decision in his last four bouts. The welterweight wants to finish his next opponent whoever that may be.

Warriors on the Rise: 2010’s Breakout Fighters

Every year, a handful of MMA fighters ascend from obscurity to contendership, from prospect status to championship gold — from nothing to something. In honor of The Warrior’s Way, which hits theaters next Friday, we’d like to salute MMA’s breakou…

Every year, a handful of MMA fighters ascend from obscurity to contendership, from prospect status to championship gold — from nothing to something. In honor of The Warrior’s Way, which hits theaters next Friday, we’d like to salute MMA’s breakout class of 2010, whose careers exploded this year, and who are all poised for even larger accomplishments in 2011.

PHIL DAVIS
Phil Davis UFC
Notable 2010 victories: Brian Stann (unanimous decision, UFC 109), Alexander Gustafsson (submission R1, UFC 112), Tim Boetsch (submission R2, UFC 123)

Between his pink shorts, action-figure physique, and aggressive grappling, Mr. Wonderful has become an unmistakable figure in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division. A year ago, he was a relatively unknown 4-0 prospect trying to re-invent himself as a cage-fighter after a brilliant collegiate wrestling career at Penn State, which culminated in a 2008 NCAA title. Davis made his Octagon debut this February, and has since sent four straight opponents back to the drawing board, beginning with former WEC champ Brian Stann, and ending with a Submission of the Night performance against Tim Boetsch. Having proven himself against gritty veterans and promising rookies, we’re about to find out if Davis can keep his dominant run going against the next level of UFC contenders.

COURT McGEE
Court McGee UFC Ultimate Fighter 11 TUF winner trophy glass
Notable 2010 victories: Kris McCray (submission R2, TUF 11 Finale), Ryan Jensen (submission R3, UFC 121)

Court McGee’s life is an object lesson in never, ever giving up, no matter how dire the circumstances. A former drug-addict who was declared clinically dead after an overdose in 2005, McGee got clean and devoted his life to MMA. His stint on The Ultimate Fighter 11 this year was almost cut short after he lost a bum decision to Nick Ring, but McGee re-entered the competition as an injury replacement, and went on to choke out James Hammortree, Brad Tavares, and Kris McCray to earn the season’s middleweight trophy. In his first post-TUF test at UFC 121, he survived getting bombed out on by Ryan Jensen in the first round, and turned the momentum around when Jensen began to fade in round two. In the end, Jensen was tapping like the rest of them, and Court McGee had secured his reputation as one of toughest (and most likable) bastards TUF has ever produced.

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