Video Hype: UFC 117 Extended Preview, Roxy and Sarah Make Their Final Preparations

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"To talk about me is easy," Anderson Silva says in the above preview vid. "Try to beat me." Ah, there’s the rub. Chael Sonnen’s trash talk has been absolutely epic in the run-up to this fight, but it re…

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"To talk about me is easy," Anderson Silva says in the above preview vid. "Try to beat me." Ah, there’s the rub. Chael Sonnen‘s trash talk has been absolutely epic in the run-up to this fight, but it remains to be seen if he can even back up one tenth of it in the Octagon. Meanwhile, Roy Nelson has finally earned Dana White’s respect with his knockouts of Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve, and is "a definite contender for the heavyweight championship." To get his shot, he’ll have to become the first UFC fighter to endure the fists of Junior Dos Santos, who has been leaving a very impressive trail of bodies in his wake. It’s a matchup that guarantees excitement, as opposed to main event, in which…well, if Silva dances around and mocks his opponent for five more excruciating rounds, don’t act like you didn’t see it coming.

After the jump: E. Casey Leydon follows Roxanne Modafferi and Sarah Kaufman as they prepare for their 135-pound title match at Strikeforce Challengers, tomorrow night in Everett, Washington. The event kicks off on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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Sarah Kaufman Talks ‘Cookies and Man Parts’

Filed under: StrikeforceJust a couple of days before her title defense on Friday night’s Strikeforce: Challengers event, unbeaten Strikeforce 135-pound champ Sarah Kaufman’s mind was on “cookies and man parts.”

Those seemed like the only two things, …

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Just a couple of days before her title defense on Friday night’s Strikeforce: Challengers event, unbeaten Strikeforce 135-pound champ Sarah Kaufman‘s mind was on “cookies and man parts.”

Those seemed like the only two things, Kaufman (11-0) wrote in a blog entry on PrettyToughFighter.com, that would get her off the Friday night Challengers shows and onto a main Strikeforce card.

“I am currently the Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Champion…yet I fought for the title on a Challengers Card. Now, I am set to defend said title against Roxanne Modafferi in just a few days – again – on a Challengers Card,” Kaufman wrote.

Fight Path: How Kendall Grove led Lolohea Mahe to Friday’s Strikeforce main event

While it’s easy to picture Lolohea Mahe in a mixed-martial-arts cage, fans may find it harder to imagine the dangerous striker singing in his church choir.

But Mahe often joins his family at church – when he’s not delivering flowers for his buddy’s Ha…

While it’s easy to picture Lolohea Mahe in a mixed-martial-arts cage, fans may find it harder to imagine the dangerous striker singing in his church choir.

But Mahe often joins his family at church – when he’s not delivering flowers for his buddy’s Hawaiian business.

So how did Mahe, who headlines Friday’s Strikeforce Challengers 9 event in Showtime, find his other passion: mixed martial arts? He’s got fellow Hawaiian Kendall Grove to thank for that.


HDNet Fights Video Vault: Yuji Takeuchi vs. "Yuki" from K-1 tourney

In our latest installment of HDNet Fights Video Vault, we return to the Japanese-based K-1 kickboxing promotion and its 24-man “K-1 World MAX 2010 -63kg Japan Tournament.”

Our featured matchup comes from the opening round and pits Yuji Takeuchi again…

In our latest installment of HDNet Fights Video Vault, we return to the Japanese-based K-1 kickboxing promotion and its 24-man “K-1 World MAX 2010 -63kg Japan Tournament.”

Our featured matchup comes from the opening round and pits Yuji Takeuchi against “Yuki.”

The 12-fight event took place May 2 at JCB Hall in Tokyo.