Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama: Head to Head

This Saturday in London, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping will get home-court advantage in his headlining fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama. Bisping is coming off a decision win against Dan Miller at UFC 114, while Akiyama will try to rebound from his …

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This Saturday in London, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping will get home-court advantage in his headlining fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama. Bisping is coming off a decision win against Dan Miller at UFC 114, while Akiyama will try to rebound from his submission loss to Chris Leben. Of course, you can’t always predict a fight’s outcome just by looking at recent performances. So let’s go to the stats and see if we can figure this sum’bitch out…

UFC RECORD
Bisping: 9-3
Akiyama: 1-1
Advantage: Bisping

NICKNAME
Bisping: "The Count"
Akiyama: "Sexyama"
Advantage: Akiyama

PERFORMANCE AGAINST COMMON OPPONENTS
Bisping: Defeated Denis Kang via TKO R2, defeated Chris Leben via unanimous decision
Akiyama: Defeated Denis Kang via KO R1, lost to Chris Leben by submission (triangle choke) R3 
Advantage: Bisping

CAN HE SELL OUT AN ARENA WITH A MUSIC CONCERT?
Bisping: No
Akiyama: Yes
Advantage: Akiyama

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Strikeforce’s "JZ" Cavalcante unsure about future, concerned about MMA judging

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Lightweight Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante was sure he’d done enough to earn a decision victory over Josh Thomson at this past Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2” event.

Instead, Thomson earned a unanimous-decision victory, and thou…

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Lightweight Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante was sure he’d done enough to earn a decision victory over Josh Thomson at this past Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2” event.

Instead, Thomson earned a unanimous-decision victory, and though two judges scored it 29-28, one judge surprisingly gave him all three rounds.

“When they said 30-27, I said, ‘Come on, that’s complete bull [expletive],'” Cavalcante told MMAjunkie.com afterward.


Joe Rogan Knows What’s Up; Says He Wishes the UFC Would Co-Promote to Make the Best Match-ups Possible

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In a segment he recorded with K-1 and HDNet commentator, Michael "The Voice" Schiavello for his podcast last week, UFC color analyst, Joe Rogan gave his thoughts on the UFC partnering with other orga…

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In a segment he recorded with K-1 and HDNet commentator, Michael "The Voice" Schiavello for his podcast last week, UFC color analyst, Joe Rogan gave his thoughts on the UFC partnering with other organizations to bring fans the best fights possible.

From a business perspective, Rogan says he can’t see it happening, but from a fan perspective, he says he wishes his employer would just periodically forget about the competition and money for the sake of the sport.

"That’s a big problem to me that there’s all of these organizations. If there was just the UFC, Alistair would fight Brock. But Alistair would not have gotten to become Alistair if it wasn’t for fighting in all of these other organizations. There’s not enough fights in the UFC. There’s not enough shows. There’s only so many shows," Rogan explained. "We need other organizations. I just wish they could fucking figure out a way to work it out so they could get to fight each other. For one night. The problem is, it would have to be..The problem is the UFC is such a much bigger name and they’re worth so much more money and it would lend respectability to Strikeforce and like build up the enemy. You couldn’t really do it, unfortunately, business-wise, but FUUUCK!"

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“Ninja” Rua Still Chasing UFC Contract

Even though Murilo “Ninja” Rua’s (20-10-1) brother, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, is the UFC light heavyweight champ, it doesn’t offer him any advantage in securing a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. For “Ninja” that is fine, he’s going out to earn his way into the promotion by winning fights.
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Murilo 'Ninja' RuaEven though Murilo “Ninja” Rua’s (20-10-1) brother, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, is the UFC light heavyweight champ, it doesn’t offer him any advantage in securing a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. For “Ninja” that is fine, he’s going out to earn his way into the promotion by winning fights.

“I see it from a positive perspective, but I’m fighting and doing my job. If one day I’ll fight on Ultimate it’ll only be a consequence. I’ll wait and it’ll come. It’s a great division, there’re great fighters, it’s really hard, but I’ll try to be on my best to go for the belt. That’s my dream, my goal, and I want to deserve it. On the right time, I’ll join Ultimate’s cast”.

His next bout is set for Oct. 23rd in Canada at the upcoming W-1 New Ground event against Rory Boughton at middleweight. Rua has run a four fight win streak fighting at 205 lbs, and 185 lbs in his last win. He defeated Jeremy May at last July’s Impact FC 2 – The Uprising: Sydney event earning a first round submission via guillotine choke.

“Ninja” has plans to two more times this year, once in November in the States, and in December at a Bitetti Combat event.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Wagnney Fabiano official for WEC 52 in November

A bantamweight bout between recent title challenger Joseph Benavidez and fellow contender Wagnney Fabiano is now official for next month’s WEC 52 card.

Fabinao initially was slated to fight ex-champ Brian Bowles, but as MMAjunkie.com first reported, …

A bantamweight bout between recent title challenger Joseph Benavidez and fellow contender Wagnney Fabiano is now official for next month’s WEC 52 card.

Fabinao initially was slated to fight ex-champ Brian Bowles, but as MMAjunkie.com first reported, an injury (foot) forced him off the card.

As expected, Fabiano has taken his spot at the Nov. 11 show.