Surgery Brings Out an Emotional, Reflective Wanderlei Silva

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It’s easy to forget that Wanderlei Silva is only 34 years old. After the wars he’s been in, competing in over 40 pro fights over the course of a 14-year career, he seems to have the body (and the scar tissue) of a much older man. Bu…

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It’s easy to forget that Wanderlei Silva is only 34 years old. After the wars he’s been in, competing in over 40 pro fights over the course of a 14-year career, he seems to have the body (and the scar tissue) of a much older man. But as this oddly touching video documenting his recent knee surgery shows, he also has the wisdom of someone far beyond his mid-thirties.

The occasion of the surgery seems to bring out the reflective side of “The Axe Murderer.” He thinks back to his childhood spent working in his parents’ bar and his days as a young, poor fighter before making it big.

As Silva points out, “Who sees Wanderlei Silva today, with all the marketing, with a good gym and getting paid well to fight, they don’t know the difficulties I went through. I went through a lot of hardships in my life.”

Fight Path: Olympic medalist Randi Miller brings wrestling pedigree to female MMA

The difference for Randi Miller came when a roommate put in a University of Iowa wrestling tape.

Before that, the daughter of a firefighter and public relations
executive didn’t feel like she was reaching her potential in female
wrestling after starti…

The difference for Randi Miller came when a roommate put in a University of Iowa wrestling tape.

Before that, the daughter of a firefighter and public relations
executive didn’t feel like she was reaching her potential in female
wrestling after starting the sport as a senior at her Texas high school,
where the sport was more accepted for girls.

Now after securing an Olympic bronze medal and being named the 2008 U.S.A. Wrestling Female Wrestler of the Year, Miller eyes her mixed martial arts debut, and she’s not willing to settle for less than a championship belt.


UFC On Versus 2 Fight Information – Jones vs. Matyushenko

Below you will find all the information needed to help aid your betting decisions for UFC on Versus 2.  The action is on Sunday, August 1. 
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Below you will find all the information needed to help aid your betting decisions for UFC on Versus 2.  The action is on Sunday, August 1. 

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Pats Expert Predictions

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Shark Fights 13 Features Several Ex-UFC Fighters.

Amarillo, TX. – July 28, 2010 -Shark Fight Promotions, a Texas based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, is proud to announce the official Shark Fights 13 bout card. As promised, this highly anticipated card is stacked from top to bottom with well-known marquee fighters, including many Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce, PRIDE, EliteXC, and Dream […]

Shark Fights 13 poster

Amarillo, TX. – July 28, 2010 -Shark Fight Promotions, a Texas based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, is proud to announce the official Shark Fights 13 bout card. As promised, this highly anticipated card is stacked from top to bottom with well-known marquee fighters, including many Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce, PRIDE, EliteXC, and Dream veterans. Shark Fights 13 will take place September 11, at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas.

Several weeks ago Shark Fight Promotions began to reveal key competitors on the Shark Fights 13 card. It is the most anticipated card in the history of the organization, and one of the most impressive MMA line-ups revealed in 2010.

According to Brent Medley, president of Shark Fight Promotions, “We are extremely excited about the line-up for Shark Fights 13. Our goal is to pull together a solid card with 10 very compelling fights and we are well on our way to accomplishing that. The full fight card is very close to being solidified.”

Medley went on to say, “I am currently negotiating with several high-profile fighters to fill in the gaps. Daley’s opponent and another stellar main card match-up will be announced soon. Shark Fight Promotions actually has several exciting announcements to make in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!”

The Shark Fights 13 roster is stacked with an impressive list of top contenders. The main card features British slugger Paul Daley, TUF contestant and UFC super star Keith Jardine, current Shark Fight light heavyweight champion Trevor Prangley, hard hitting light heavyweight contenders Rameau Sokoudjou and Houston Alexander, UFC veteran Drew McFedries, and Strikeforce veteran Joey Villasenor. Shark Fight executives did not stop there, even the undercard is stacked with compelling match-ups! There are only a few coveted spots on the card that need to be filled and several high-caliber fighters are being considered.

Official Shark Fights 13 Line Up:
Main Card:
1. Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley (205lbs)
2. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander (205lbs)
3. Paul Daley vs. TBA (170lbs)
4. Joey Villasanor vs. Drew McFredries (185lbs)
5. Another high-profile fight to be announced next week!

Undercard:

6. Ronnie Mann vs. Douglas Evans (145lbs)
7. Brock Larson vs. TBA (170lbs)
8. Aaron Rosa vs. Dave Herman (Heavyweight)
9. Marcus Hicks vs. Karen Darabedyan (155lbs)
10. Pete Spratt vs. Eric Davila (170lbs)

Shark Fights 13 will take place on Saturday, September 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum. Doors open at 6:00pm CST. Fights start at 7:30 pm CST. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 2. To purchase Shark Fights 13 tickets please go to www. Sharkfights.com, www.Panhandletickets.com, or visit any Panhandle ticket outlet.

For more information on Shark Fight Promotions, please visit www.sharkfights.com.

Vladimir Matyushenko: Profile

Vladimir Matyushenko

Nickname-                      ”The Janitor”
Born-                                Recyca, Belarus
Age-                                  39
Height-                             6′1″ (185 cm)
Weight-                            205 (93 kg)
MMA Record-                  24-4
Fighting out of-                El Segundo, CA
Strengths-                        Wrestling, experience, well rounded
Team/Association-         VMAT

Last 5 fights

Win against Eliot Marshall via split decision at UFC Versus 1
Win against Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision at UFC 103
Win against Jason Lambert via unanimous decision at Call of Arms 1
Loss against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira […]

Vladimir Matyushenko

  • Nickname-                      ”The Janitor”
  • Born-                                Recyca, Belarus
  • Age-                                  39
  • Height-                             6′1″ (185 cm)
  • Weight-                            205 (93 kg)
  • MMA Record-                  24-4
  • Fighting out of-                El Segundo, CA
  • Strengths-                        Wrestling, experience, well rounded
  • Team/Association-         VMAT

Last 5 fights

  • Win against Eliot Marshall via split decision at UFC Versus 1
  • Win against Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision at UFC 103
  • Win against Jason Lambert via unanimous decision at Call of Arms 1
  • Loss against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via TKO at Affliction D.O.R.
  • Win against Jamal Patterson via TKO at IFL – NJ

Yushin Okami: Profile

Yushin Okami

Nickname-                      ”Thunder”
Born-                                Kanagawa, Japan
Age-                                  29
Height-                             6′2″ (188 cm)
Weight-                            185 (84 kg)
MMA Record-                  24-5
Fighting out of-                Kanagawa, Japan
Strengths-                        Judo, wrestling
Team/Association-         Wajyutsu Keisyukai

Last 5 fights

Win against Lucio Linhares via TKO at Fight Night 21
Loss against Chael Sonnen via unanimous decision at UFC 104
Win against Dean Lister via unanimous decision at UFC 92
Win against Evan Tanner via KO at UFC 82
Win against […]

Yushin Okami

  • Nickname-                      ”Thunder”
  • Born-                                Kanagawa, Japan
  • Age-                                  29
  • Height-                             6′2″ (188 cm)
  • Weight-                            185 (84 kg)
  • MMA Record-                  24-5
  • Fighting out of-                Kanagawa, Japan
  • Strengths-                        Judo, wrestling
  • Team/Association-         Wajyutsu Keisyukai

Last 5 fights

  • Win against Lucio Linhares via TKO at Fight Night 21
  • Loss against Chael Sonnen via unanimous decision at UFC 104
  • Win against Dean Lister via unanimous decision at UFC 92
  • Win against Evan Tanner via KO at UFC 82
  • Win against Jason MacDonald via unanimous decision at UFC 77