TUF Finalists Kris McCray, Court McGee Come in Defense of Jamie Yager

Filed under: UFC, NewsThe Ultimate Fighter 11 finalists Court McGee and Kris McCray spoke in defense of fellow cast member Jamie Yager Wednesday afternoon during a conference call promoting Saturday’s live finale.

While Team Punishment’s Yager was now…

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The Ultimate Fighter 11 finalists Court McGee and Kris McCray spoke in defense of fellow cast member Jamie Yager Wednesday afternoon during a conference call promoting Saturday’s live finale.

While Team Punishment’s Yager was nowhere on the level of Junie Browning villainy on the show, the talkative, afro-sporting 26-year-old out of Pasadena, Calif. was this season’s controversial figure, often portrayed as confrontational and brash.

“They made Jamie way worse than he actually was,” said McGee of Team Liddell. “Way worse.”

Rich Franklin: World Class Mixed Martial Artist and True American Fighter

Rich “Ace” Franklin (28-5) was the star of this past Saturday’s UFC 115 event that was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
 
Franklin persevered through a broken arm to defeat UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell (21-8) …

Rich “Ace” Franklin (28-5) was the star of this past Saturday’s UFC 115 event that was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
 
Franklin persevered through a broken arm to defeat UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell (21-8) via first round knockout.
 
According to Rich, he knew almost immediately when the damage was done but do not expect any […]

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Rich Franklin: World Class Mixed Martial Artist and True American Fighter

Matt Hughes doesn’t buy into the hype, but he’s ready for Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117

Matt Hughes doesn’t see why Ricardo Almeida wants revenge, but he’s not in a position to second-guess
matchups.

Hughes, who was recently inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, on Tuesday
told MMAjunkie.com that his upcoming fight with the
“Big Dog” was …

Matt Hughes doesn’t see why Ricardo Almeida wants revenge, but he’s not in a position to second-guess
matchups.

Hughes, who was recently inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, on Tuesday
told MMAjunkie.com that his upcoming fight with the
“Big Dog” was put together after Hughes’ most recent victory over
Almeida’s longtime teacher, Renzo Gracie, at UFC 112.

“[Almeida] asked for the matchup right after I beat Renzo,” Hughes said.
“He’s wanting to get some payback, which is whatever. Whatever he wants
to fight for, I don’t care.”


Strikeforce: Los Angeles Preview and Predictions

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Strikeforce is back on Wednesday night with a four-fight card on Showtime that should deliver some exciting finishes, even though it isn’t delivering a lot of particularly relevant match-ups. Matches like Robbie Lawler vs. Rena…

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Strikeforce is back on Wednesday night with a four-fight card on Showtime that should deliver some exciting finishes, even though it isn’t delivering a lot of particularly relevant match-ups. Matches like Robbie Lawler vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Marius Zaromskis vs. Evangelista Santos are made because they’ve got the potential for explosive endings, not because they’re going to shake up the Top 10 in any weight class.

If you like explosive endings, you’re probably going to like this card. We’ve got the full preview and predictions below.

The Choke Submission – A Referee’s Perspective

Our current on call referee, Marc Fennell, gives us his perspective on the “choke submission” and what he expects from a fighter once he steps into the cage.
*The Choke Submission*
If you were watching the UFC this weekend or Bellator last month, a coupleof stoppages have raised good questions: How does a Referee determine if […]

mmarcsOur current on call referee, Marc Fennell, gives us his perspective on the “choke submission” and what he expects from a fighter once he steps into the cage.

*The Choke Submission*

If you were watching the UFC this weekend or Bellator last month, a coupleof stoppages have raised good questions: How does a Referee determine if a fighter is unconscious from a submission hold?

When a Referee conducts a Fighters Meeting other than introducing ourselves, reviewing the rules and what we expect inside the cage, we also discuss *”Communication (Nonverbal and verbal)”.*
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*Nonverbal *Communication is “Showing” us a sign; tapout, giving a thumbs up, throwing punches or kicks, etc.

*Verbal* Communication would be “Telling” us what is happening in the fight; verbal tapout, telling us about an injury, telling us about a missed foul, telling us the fighter is ok, etc.

In the case of a “Choke submission”, the Referee needs to consider is it a blood choke (lack of circulation) or an airway choke (lack of oxygen)? And Fighter safety. Why? The fighter will give the referee different clues and appear differently (Will be discussed in future articles), among other
things.

If the Referee feels that a fighter is unconscious (lack of muscle tone, snoring, no communication with the Referee, lack of fighting, etc) generally we will ask the fighter to show us a sign or use a “keyword” and/or grab an arm/hand at the same time. If the fighter “shows” us no response, the Referee assumes that the fighter is unable to protect himself or herself and is unconscious. Sometimes you will see a fighter show the Referees a “thumbs up” or a head nod or actually tell Referee, “I am ok.”

All the Referee ask for is a “Sign”.

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Keith Jardine Planning to Use “Own Style” vs. Matt Hamill

It wasn’t too long ago that Keith Jardine was viewed by most as a legitimate contender in the light-heavyweight division. Now although his career hit a major hiccup courtesy Houston Alexander’s right hand in May, 2007, after Jardine speed bagged Forrest Griffin at UFC 66, the Greg Jackson fighter went on to beat Chuck Liddell […]

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It wasn’t too long ago that Keith Jardine was viewed by most as a legitimate contender in the light-heavyweight division. Now although his career hit a major hiccup courtesy Houston Alexander’s right hand in May, 2007, after Jardine speed bagged Forrest Griffin at UFC 66, the Greg Jackson fighter went on to beat Chuck Liddell by Split Decision at UFC 76. Lots of people were talking “Dean of Mean” for understandable reasons.

Since then, however, Jardine hasn’t had much success; aside from a decision win over Brandon Vera in October, 2008, the former TUF competitor has lost four out of five fights, three times by KO. So what the hell has gone wrong you may ask? Well, according to Jardine, his recent troubles may be due to the fact that he’s gotten away from the WTF? Hands down, chin tauntingly out approach, he used to employ (thanks to Sherdog.com for the quote).

“I don’t want to get too philosophical, but I went through a phase of really trying to polish up my boxing — keep my hands up all the time. Just being a real polished boxer, that’s not me,” he said. “But it’s good, I learned a lot of stuff. Now it’s about trying to bring that together with my own style… and just have fun and loosen up and relax a little bit.”

Not something you hear everyday…but, whatever works right? Of course on Saturday night, Jardine will square off with Matt Hamill, in a bout that could determine whether or not Jardine remains on the UFC roster. We’ll be watching. To bet on the fight head here.