HDNet Fights Video Vault: Michihiro Omigawa vs. Young Sam Jung at DREAM.15

In our latest HDNet Fights Video Vault feature, we look back at July’s
DREAM.15 event and a featherweight bout between Michihiro Omigawa and
Young Sam Jung.

Omigawa was the clear favorite with the oddsmakers and the Japanese fans, but his Korean oppon…

In our latest HDNet Fights Video Vault feature, we look back at July’s
DREAM.15 event and a featherweight bout between Michihiro Omigawa and
Young Sam Jung.

Omigawa was the clear favorite with the oddsmakers and the Japanese fans, but his Korean opponent proved more than game.

The fight, which can be watched in its entirety, initially took place July 10 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.


Josh Barnett Still Down With Fighting Fedor Emelianenko.

Recent Strikeforce heavyweight acquisition Josh Barnett has long been known to be a close friend of Fedor Emelianenko, and both were slated at one time to fight each other under the ill-fated Affliction promotion. With Barnett testing positive for banned substances the fight, and the promotion went poof but Barnett is still thought of […]

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Recent Strikeforce heavyweight acquisition Josh Barnett has long been known to be a close friend of Fedor Emelianenko, and both were slated at one time to fight each other under the ill-fated Affliction promotion. With Barnett testing positive for banned substances the fight, and the promotion went poof but Barnett is still thought of as one of the best heavyweight fighters out there. Currently riding a 6 fight win streak, Barnett still wants to fight Fedor and thinks that despite Fedor’s recent loss that the fight would be very compelling. Here’s the quote, via MMAWeekly Radio:



“At some point me and Fedor, I said to him, I go, ‘look, the only people that can beat you. I can beat you and you can beat me. If we actually have to lose, if there’s any reason we have to lose to anyone,’ and I preferred it be like that, but this is fighting and things happen. Fedor was careless with his offense and his movements and he got caught in a very bad spot by a guy who one of his specialties is the triangle off his back. When you put yourself in that kind of position with a guy like Werdum, it’s not by chance that you get put in a triangle or an armbar. People lose, and it doesn’t diminish anything in my eyes about Fedor or the importance of a fight between the two of us. I’m sure it will happen at some point, and it will be just as amazing, at least for me anyways, as it would have been.”

There’s still no word on who Barnett will face first, but a matchup with Fedor would be amazing to say the least. The MMA News will bring you the word as it comes down.

Gambling Addiction Enabler: UFC 119 Edition

After an unsuccessful stint in rehab, the Gambling Addiction Enabler has returned to do what it does best — make large, ill-advised wagers simply for the thrill of gambling. We’re not saying you should follow our betting advice, necessarily, bu…

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After an unsuccessful stint in rehab, the Gambling Addiction Enabler has returned to do what it does best — make large, ill-advised wagers simply for the thrill of gambling. We’re not saying you should follow our betting advice, necessarily, but there are plenty of opportunities to beat the bookies at UFC 119, which goes down this Satuday in Indianapolis. The betting lines are below, courtesy of bestfightodds.com. If you can’t afford to waste real money, please hit up MMA FightPicker and throw down some virtual PotatoChips on the fights. And if you don’t know what these numbers mean, please read this first.

MAIN CARD
Frank Mir (-220) vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (+215)
Ryan Bader (-165) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+155)
Chris Lytle (-125) vs. Matt Serra (+120)
Evan Dunham (-204) vs. Sean Sherk (+190)
Melvin Guillard (-150) vs. Jeremy Stephens (+140)

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CB Dollaway (-295) vs. Joe Doerksen (+270)
Matt Mitrione (-140) vs. Joey Beltran (+136)

UNAIRED PRELIMS
Thiago Tavares (-290) vs. Pat Audinwood (+240)
Steve Lopez (-115) vs. Waylon Lowe (-115)
T.J. Grant (-150) vs. Julio Paulino (+145)
Mark Hunt (-215) vs. Sean McCorkle (+200)

And away we go…

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UFC: "Cro Cop" medically cleared for Saturday’s UFC 119 headliner

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic officially is cleared to compete in Saturday’s UFC 119 pay-per-view main event.

Filipovic suffered an eye poke in the final training session in his home country of Croatia this past week, which sparked reports of a potential…

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic officially is cleared to compete in Saturday’s UFC 119 pay-per-view main event.

Filipovic suffered an eye poke in the final training session in his home country of Croatia this past week, which sparked reports of a potential withdrawal from his fight with Frank Mir.

Today, though, UFC officials issued a statement that “Cro Cop” has been cleared by an Indianapolis ophthalmologist.


Cro Cop Lacks Confidence Coming into UFC 119

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, either way—you’re right.”—Henry Ford
I have always been a big believer in the importance of possessing the right mental attitude before entering into an athl…

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, either way—you’re right.”—Henry Ford
I have always been a big believer in the importance of possessing the right mental attitude before entering into an athletic event—we’ll call it the “Mindset.”
As a coach, there’s nothing more disturbing then to hear one of your players say “we’re […]

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Cro Cop Lacks Confidence Coming into UFC 119

Butterbean Has Now Officially Proven He Has No Clue About MMA

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Having watched quite a few of Eric "Butterbean" Esch’s MMA fights over the years, purely for the comedic value, I’ve taken to calling him "Turtle," because every time he got on his back he …

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Having watched quite a few of Eric "Butterbean" Esch‘s MMA fights over the years, purely for the comedic value, I’ve taken to calling him "Turtle," because every time he got on his back he was fucked. 

Despite joining American Top Team — a camp known as much for its high-level Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts as it is for it’s dangerous strikers, Esch has done very little to round out his game in his nearly seven years in the sport. He’s basically just an older, fatter version of the hard-punching jobber he was in boxing.

So when he says things like "Mariusz Pudzianowski is going to be the best heavyweight in the world in two years," his opinion doesn’t hold much water.

He could be trying to talk up the terrible showing he had against The World’s Strongest Man" last weekend in Poland in a first round TKO loss that looked suspiciously like a WWE work, but if Turtle Butterbean truly believes that Mariusz will be the next Fedor or Brock, Moosin might want to reconsider having him as its spokesperson.

"He’s learning very much. He’s come a long way. In two years, I don’t think there would be anybody out there that would be able to compete with Mariusz. So, Poland, they might have to wait two years to have the best MMA man out there. But it’s coming. He’s learning very, very fast," Esch said in an interview after his KSW bout last weekend. "He’s a very smart man. He’s not stupid. He’s very smart. I’ve never said anything bad about Mario, other than he punches like a girl. But he’s a very smart man, very nice, very strong. Two years he’ll be unbeatable."

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