It Begins: Bob Sapp Dropped From Impact FC/Sydney Card

(You got *lucky*, Soa!)
With such a volatile lineup, it was only a matter of time before names started dropping off Impact FC’s event in Sydney this weekend (which takes place Sunday afternoon local time, Saturday evening if you’re in North America)….

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(You got *lucky*, Soa!)

With such a volatile lineup, it was only a matter of time before names started dropping off Impact FC’s event in Sydney this weekend (which takes place Sunday afternoon local time, Saturday evening if you’re in North America). The first casualty is Bob Sapp, whose fight against Aussie UFC vet Soa Palelei has been canceled. So what the hell happened? Well…

Bob’s side of the story (via MMA Junkie): Sapp, who is currently in Bulgaria shooting that Conan the Barbarian remake, received an e-mail from Impact yesterday informing him that they wouldn’t fly him out to Sydney because the plane ticket would be too expensive. "Just like that," Sapp said. "We had all the paperwork completed." The Beast claims he had assembled a training camp in Bulgaria for the bout, and spent at least $10,000 on coaches, training partners, and living expenses. Sapp’s team plans to draft a formal letter to Impact FC asking for reimbursement of those expenses. If they don’t pay up, he’ll file a lawsuit. "I’m not going to allow anybody to screw me over," Sapp said.

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Caros Fodor vs. Thomas Diagne added to Strikeforce Challengers 9

A main-card bout between the students of two notable trainers has
been added to next week’s Strikeforce Challengers 9 event, as Matt Hume
protégé Caros Fodor meets Cung Le student Thomas
Diagne.

Strikeforce officials announced the lightweight matchu…

A main-card bout between the students of two notable trainers has
been added to next week’s Strikeforce Challengers 9 event, as Matt Hume
protégé Caros Fodor meets Cung Le student Thomas
Diagne.

Strikeforce officials announced the lightweight matchup on Wednesday
night.

Featuring a heavyweight matchup between prospects Shane Del Rosario and
Lolohea Mahe, Strikeforce Challengers 9 takes place July 23 at the
Comcast Arena of Everett in Everett, Wash.


UFC Champs Georges St-Pierre, Frankie Edgar Fall Short at ESPN’s ESPY Awards

UFC champions Georges St-Pierre and Frankie Edgar came up short at the ESPYs on Wednesday night.

The annual awards ceremony held by the ESPN cable network, now in its 18th year, took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and aired live on ESPN. T…

UFC champions Georges St-Pierre and Frankie Edgar came up short at the ESPYs on Wednesday night.

The annual awards ceremony held by the ESPN cable network, now in its 18th year, took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and aired live on ESPN. The broadcast was hosted by “Saturday Night Live” performer and writer Seth Meyers. And once again, the awards show coincided with the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, one of the few “dead days” of the year in major sports.

St-Pierre, the UFC’s welterweight champion, was nominated for Best Fighter. Edgar was up for Best Upset for his lightweight title win over BJ Penn at UFC 112 in April.

Midseason MMA Awards: The Submissions

Submissions can provoke a number of reactions. For those, especially of understanding of the intricacies of the back-and-forth battle of grips, reactions and setups, the finish can be a beautiful thing. Other times, the objective of trapping your oppon…

Submissions can provoke a number of reactions. For those, especially of understanding of the intricacies of the back-and-forth battle of grips, reactions and setups, the finish can be a beautiful thing. Other times, the objective of trapping your opponent in a potentially bone-crunching position is cringe-inducing. With that in mind, we decided to split our midseason submission award into three categories.

Join Ben Fowlkes and I as we take a look back at the best, most brutal, and coolest submissions of the year thus far.

John Howard vs. Jake Ellenberger: Where Does This Fight Stand on August 1st?

After what will be a brief, month-long hiatus from the airwaves, the UFC will return to prime-time action with its second venture onto the Versus Network, which is set to take place on August 1st in San Diego, California.
The headlining fight of the &…

After what will be a brief, month-long hiatus from the airwaves, the UFC will return to prime-time action with its second venture onto the Versus Network, which is set to take place on August 1st in San Diego, California.
The headlining fight of the “UFC on Versus 2″ event is the return of the young, […]

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John Howard vs. Jake Ellenberger: Where Does This Fight Stand on August 1st?

Backstage With Joe Rogan

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We’re kicking off a new video interview feature at MMA Fighting, entitled Backstage, and what better way to do so than to sit down (and stand up) with UFC color analyst Joe Rogan.

If you’ve ever been to a UFC event, you already know that part of the experience is to attend one of Rogan’s comedy shows the night before. Rogan, a comedian and actor long before he worked for the UFC, has held the title of most famous MMA fan (and employee, for that matter) for quite some time now. And, as you can see by watching our interview below, that’s exactly what he is: a passionate fan of all things mixed martial arts.

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Check out our two-part interview with Rogan, which was shot before and after his pre-UFC 116 comedy show at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, below.

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We’re kicking off a new video interview feature at MMA Fighting, entitled Backstage, and what better way to do so than to sit down (and stand up) with UFC color analyst Joe Rogan.

If you’ve ever been to a UFC event, you already know that part of the experience is to attend one of Rogan’s comedy shows the night before. Rogan, a comedian and actor long before he worked for the UFC, has held the title of most famous MMA fan (and employee, for that matter) for quite some time now. And, as you can see by watching our interview below, that’s exactly what he is: a passionate fan of all things mixed martial arts.

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Check out our two-part interview with Rogan, which was shot before and after his pre-UFC 116 comedy show at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, below.