MMA Confidential Official Combat Sports News

by Bruce KiVo

Bigtime VADA drugtesting rift between George St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks prior to their upcoming title fight @ UFC 167.  Carlos Condit gives underdog Hendricks a puncher’s chance.  Hendricks, an accomplished collegiate wrestler says “GSP can’t take me down”.

According to Dana White, undefeated Daniel Cormier most likely to drop to 205 and get LH title shot against Jon Jones provided  he beats “Big Country” Roy Nelson at UFC 166 and Jones beats Alexander Gustaffson @ UFC 165.

Many thought Glover Teixeira, the number 1 contender, after his stunning first round ko of Ryan Bader @ UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil last week would be fighting the winner of Jones/ Gustaffson.

Edgar/ Penn 3  is in the works!!

Ariel Helwani announced on UFC Tonight that Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will serve as opposing coaches on Ultimate Fighter 19.  They will be fighting @145lbs, a weight class BJ should have been fighting in all along.  BJ supposedly had trouble making 155, but if he’s really training hard and wants the win, he shouldn’t have trouble making the weight.  @ 145, Frankie should be unstoppable and Penn is looking for revenge bigtime.  Love this fight!

Anderson Silva says Steven Segal taught him movement not the kick.  He had been training  the front kick for a long time.

Dana Wants newly crowned 155lb Champ Anthony “Showtime” Pettis vs  TJ Grant to headline  @UFC On Fox 9 in December. Nice!

Ben “Smooth” Henderson thinking about moving up to welterweight after losing his 155lb title via armbar to Anthony Pettis.  He’s a big 155er, so it may be a good move.

Renzo Gracie looking to return to the cage in the near future.  Last time I spoke to Renzo, he looked strong and in amazing shape, but he’s got so much going on.  Renzo is “only” 46 and super skilled.  If his cardio is good, anything is possible and age shouldn’t be a factor.

Radical MMA”s Coach Dreifuss adding more variations to his infamous “Rat Guard”.

Louisiana is banning female fighters with breast implants.  Makes bigtime sense!

Evolution Muay Thai’s Brandon Levi bringing Angela “Overkill” Hill to Vegas for her pro debut Sept 20th at Lion Fights11.  This is the biggest Muay Thai event in the USA and is televised on AXS tv.

Anderson Silva says Chael Sonnen will be the next President.

Chael Sonnen now booked to fight his pal and co commentator Rashad Evans. Chael’s sub win over Shogun was unreal.

Shayna Baszler cried after being choked out by Julianna Pena. Then Ronda cried for Shayna as Meisha hugged and cheered on Pena after the upset.  Ronda vowed to make Meisha pay for rejoicing @ Shayna’s loss.   Meisha replied “Shayna is my friend”.

Now Julianna says “Imade Ronda cry”.

See u at the fights!

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Fighter News, Ronda, Meisha and Women’s MMA

by Bruce KiVo

Ultimate Fighter season 18…with women training alongside male fighters for the first time and “Rowdy” Ronda

Rousey’s nemesis Meisha “Cupcake” Tate replacing an injured Kat Zingano as coach, this season looks to be off the hook.

16 men and 16 women battled in 2 round elimination bouts to gain entry into the house.  Narrowed down to 8 men

and 8 women, everyone is vying for that six figure UFC contract plus bonuses for best KO, best submission and

best fight.

Veteran Tara LaRosa, once considered the best female fighter in the world lost by unan decision and never made

it into the house.

Meisha gets first pick based on Dana’s coin toss and Ronda gets first fight.  Meisha  chooses one time training

partner Julianna Pena.

Ronda’s first pick is veteran superstar, Shayna “Ace Of Spades” Baszler.

Ronda gets first fight and picks Shayna vs Juliana. From jumpstreet, Shayna and most of the house thought

Julianna had little chance, if any of beating Shayna.

Next the fighters moved into “The House”.  Some fighters got on their swimsuits and jumped into the outdoor jacuzzi.

The following day Tim Gorman discusses his views on women fighters and says morally, he could never go 100

percent vs a female fighter. “They would get hurt”.  Sara Moras and Shayna Baszler don’t appreciate the

disparaging talk and in a fun way Sarah vows to tap out Gorman in practice.

Veteran Shayna tells how her first fights were for a few hundred bucks, were held in warehouses and the sacrifices

over the past decade have paid off.  Women’s MMA is now in the UFC.

Julianna seems a bit concerned about her opponent’s experience advantage, but vows to kick her ass.

At the weigh-in, Shayna slaps an Ace of Spades card on Julianna’s chest followed by an intimidating staredown and

believes she got into Julianna’s head.

Back at the house, extremely charismatic Shayna Baszler was professing that Julianna Pena doesnt even belong in

the same ring with her, was most likely scared and should be taking her seminars and learning.

Round one, Pena comes out swinging and aggressively charging forward pits Baszler against the fence.

Baszler gets the takedown and soon winds up in guard.  Pena goes for an armbar, stands up and “Ace Of Spades”

Baszler puts her back down getting side control.  What a fight!!  Baszler tries for a guillotine, Pena rolls with it,

winds up in Baszler’s half guard dropping hard elbows and punches.  Julianna Pena seems unstoppable.  Veteran

Shayna Baszler gets a single leg takedown and r1 is over.

 

Round 2 starts with Julianna scoring a big right and then a powerful left hook.  Julianna pena is on a mission.

A stunned Shayna secures a clinch and pushes Julianna against the cage. Pena reverse Shayna and begins landing

vicious knees in the clinch.  Julianna takes Shayna down, gets her back and locks in one tight rear naked choke.

At 1:52 of round 2  Shayna taps.   What a fight.  I’m sure Shayna Baszler will be back. She is truly one of the greats

in the women’s division.

As for Julianna Pena…this girl has heart and super skills to back it up.  She may just be the next Ultimate Fighter.

Lookin’ forward to next week’s episode for sure!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betting tips for boxing

Like so many other sports, boxing betting is hugely popular – and often it is the same people who pay such keen attention to the big fights like the welterweight championship battle, who also like putting bets on them. You are not guaranteed success from betting on boxing – as with any other form of gambling – but following a few useful tips can certainly help your chances.

Assuming you are already reasonably knowledgeable about the sport itself, it is also sensible to learn as much as possible about boxing betting – including the type of bets offered by bookmakers and the way each works – so that you can place informed bets. A standard boxing bet will generally offer you the chance to bet on one fighter to win, or a draw, with the odds offered by the bookies telling you which is the favourite and which is the outsider. The favourites will usually have low odds, which make them a safe bet, but also reduce the payout you can get – unless you bet a large amount to start with. If you want to bet on the favourite, without having to do this, it may make more sense to opt for a knockout bet – where you win more if the favourite wins with a knockout. The other option is to bet on the longer odds fighter, but this can be risky, as real life is rarely like the Rocky movies – or the spin-off slots game.

You can play Rocky Slots at an online casino. It allows you to pretend to be the against-the-odds battler, brought to life by Sylvester Stallone, in a ten round battle against Ivan Drago or Apollo Creed. This is the bonus game featured with Rocky Slots, and is one of the most appealing aspects of the game – especially for romantic boxing fans. However the game also has plenty of other great elements, including stunning jackpots of $200,000, clips of key scenes from the original movies, and the presence of a wild reel icon (unsurprisingly, it’s the Rocky one) that improves your odds of a payout by standing in for other missing icons to provide a winning reel.

UFC 159 Sara McMann v Sheila MMA Confidential

by Bruce KiVo

There was talk  that 23 year old  Sheila Graff of Germany would be a very dangerous opponent for the American,

Olympic Silver Medalist Sara McMann.  Sara did not disappoint, getting the takedown early in round 1,  ground and

pounding till the ref prematurely stood them up.  Eating some some heavy tsrikes, Sara was able to repeat the takedown and

get side control.  She proceeded to trap Graff’s right arm with her leg and beat down the pretty much defenseless German

fighter.  Sara McMann won via TKO @ 4min and 6 seconds due to ref stoppage.  A superb beatdown and true

sportsmanship after Bruce Buffer announced the results.

What’s next for Sara McMann?  Everbody’s  talkin World Champ Ronda.  Judo v Wrestling.  Olympian v Olympian!!  Ronda

will be busy for a while on  The Ultimate Fighter.

WOMENS MMA is on it’s way.

 

 

UFC 159 JONES SONNEN Womens MMA GSP Rumors MMA Confidential

by Bruce KiVo

UFC 159 is set to rock the house @ Newark’s Prudential Center tonite.

Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, Michael “The Count” Bisping, Alan Belcher, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, Cheick Kongo and even

Dana White were talkin’ the talk at the press conference and weighins.   Dana hinted GSP v Jonny Hendricks is next.

The war of words between the UFC Champ “Bones” Jones and Chael Sonnen has been somewhat subdued since the two

coached against each other on the Ultimate Fighter reality show.   After getting to know Chael on the show, Jones made

it clear he doesn’t take his trash talking seriously……but he’s still lookin’ forward to giving him a beatdown.  Chael claims

that Jonny “Bones” may be the best Lightheavyweight Champ ever, but he’s still convinced he can win.  When

interviewing Chael. I asked him if this fight makes sense as he has unfinished biz with Anderson Silva.

His reply was “this  fight makes bigtime sense as the revenue being generated will break UFC  records”.  He did agree that

if he didn’t make that dumb spinning backfist mistake, he may’ve won.

Nobody thinks Sonnen has a chance of beating Jon.  Chael may have better wrestling then Jones, but that’s it.  Jon Jones

may very well be the best pound for pound.  We have only seen him in trouble 2x and it was brief….once with Vitor’s

armbar and a some difficulty with Machida’s strikes.

The weigh-in staredown between Jones Sonnen was respectful.  The Bisping Belcher staredown was heated with Belcher

pushing The Count and Dana seperating them and kinda cracking up.  Talking to both athletes at Thursday’s media event

it was obvious there is a lot of bad blood going into this fight.  Belcher put up videos of Bisping getting KO’D by Dan

Henderson and is constantly mocking him.  On the pre-fight conf call, Belcher was asked what a win over Bisping would

do for him, Bisping interjected ” A win over me for Alan Belcher will be by far the biggest win of his pathetic career.

This will be a great fight.   Bisping has never been submitted, has super cardio, doesnt get hit much and has developed

real good wrestling.  Belcher was on a nice winstreak, before losing to Yushin Okami’ @ UFC 155.  Alan had no answer for

Okami’s wrestling and lost by Unanimous Decision.  His TKO, round 1 of Rousimar Palhares was world class.  He stops

most opponents either by submission or TKO in the first round.   Bisping’s wrestling and technical striking will be a big

factor in this fight.  The fight can go either way. For KO power, Belcher has the edge. Technical boxing and wrestling,  its

Bisping.  Submissions it’s Belcher.  The Count told me unequivocally that Belcher did not get into his head.

With regards to training, Belcher is trained by K-1 legend Dick Roufus and has Bellator Champ Ben Askren on his team.

TUF Fighter winner, Bisping trains with Jason Parillo and Brady Fink.

Every fight on the Main Card is off the hook and the Prelims are looking real good too.

*MAIN CARD:

*Lightweight: Jim Miller v Pat Healy     Money’s on Miller.

*LightHeavyweight: Phil Davis v Vinicius Magalhaes  While Vinnie may be the best submission artist in the UFC, “MR

Wonderful” has fought the best and has much more experience in the Octagon.

*Heavyweights: Roy Nelson v Cheick Kongo: Both are heavy hitters.  “Big Country” may just eat punches and go for the

KO or a new gameplan may be to take Kongo down.  Roy is a Renzo Blackbelt.  When I asked Roy why he doesn’t take

opponents down, he said he just loves knocking people out.

*Middleweights:  Michael Bisping v Alan Belcher   Don’t blink. Both guys need the win.

*LightHeavyweight: Champion Jon Jones v Chael Sonnen   Will Chael deal with Jon’s 11 inch reach advantage, get some

takedowns and avoid Jon’s vicious elbows?  Hes got a hard task @ hand as no fighter has posed a threat to the Champ.

**Prelims: So many great matchups!

**Women’s Bantamweight: 6-0, Silver Medalist Sara McMann v 10-4, Sheila Graff.  Graff has a ton of experience and is a

powerstriker who never gives her opponent a chance to breathe.  Each of her 10 wins came in round one.

This will be undefeated McMann’s toughest fight.  Her striking and submission game had better be on point.  If she fights

the way she did v Shana Bazler, Graff will win.  Slight edge to Sara.

Looking forward to Jersey’s Nick Catone v James Head and Leonard Garcia v Cody McKenzie. Cody is part of  Women’s

World Champion RONDA Rousey’s team.  Bellmore, New York’s Gian Villante {Chris WEIDMAN’s Trng partner] v Ovince

Preux looks to be a good matchup too.

15-1, Rustam Khabilov from Dagistan  fights 9-0 Yancy Medeiros from Hawaii. This fight will rock. “Tiger” Khabilov is 5″8

with a 73′ reach and is with Greg Jackson. Yancy has 5 first round finishes. Six were by KO and 1 sub.

Bringing the UFC to Jersey is always great.  We got to interview  Womens WORLD CHAMP “Rowdy” RONDA  ROUSEY and

TUFF Finalist Uriah HALL @ the UFC GYM Wed.   It was a whose who of MMA.  Cody McKenzie  and other UFC Fighters

were all over the place.  Sophocles even stopped by.

Former UCL champ, Kenny Rivera did a demo and I did a staredown with Phoenix Carnivale.

Now off to The Prudential Center for UFC 159….LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

records and that’s what this sport is about”.

UFC 159 Jones v Sonnen Presser Rocks The Garden MMA Confidential

by Bruce KiVo It’s Thursday April 25 @ Madison Square Garden in NYC, where pro MMA is still not sanctioned. Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, Michael “The Count” Bisping, Alan Belcher, “Big Country” Roy Nelson, Cheick Kongo and Dana White were in the house talkin the talk. UFC Light Heavyweight Champ “Bones” Jones, seemed to be pretty complimentary when discussing Sonnen and doesn’t take his trash talking seriously. Getting to know Chael on the Ultimate fighter they’ve gained mutual respect. The staredown was peaceful, unlike Sonnen/ Silva. Chael held court and dissed Anderson Silva and said the Jones/ Sonnen fight is breaking records @ the box office and the fight makes sense. When I questioned him about wanting another shot @ Anderson Silva, he would welcome it. We saw Chael make that big mistake in the 2nd fight. He wonders as we do the outcome…. if the reverse punch was never thrown. Will we ever find out?? The Bisping Belcher staredown was heated. As everyone knows the trash talking between these two has been non stop. They had to be seperated as Bisping seemed ready to get down to biz immediately with Belcher kind of mocking hi What irritated Michael most was Belcher putting up videos of him being KO’d by Dan Henderson. The Count told me unequivocally there is definitely bad blood going into their fight, Alan Belcher did not get into his head. Belcher did say that Bisping brings a good skillset to the cage and is not taking this fight lightly. Bisping more or less expressed the same about Belcher, but feels that his opponent hasn’t fought any top contenders aside from his TKO of Palhares. This looks to be an amazing fight. Belcher is trained by K-1 legend Dick Roufus and has Bellator Champ Ben Askren on his team. Bisping is hard to hit, has great takedown defense, really improved wrestling and super cardio. Dana believes GSP’s next fight will be with Johnny Hendricks. It hasn’t been confirmed with GSP. Tomorrow are the weigh-ins and Sat the games begin! Every fight on the main card is off the hook: Lightweights, Jim Miller vs Pat Healy . My money is on Miller. Light Heavyweights, Phil Davis v Vinicius Magalhaes Can “Mr Wonderful” deal with the best submission artist Magalhaes? Heavyweights “Big Country” Roy Nelson v Cheick Kongo. will Roy eat punches and KO Kongo?? Both guys are dangerous. Middleweights, Michael “The Count” Bisping v Alan Belcher. Dont blink> Light Heavyweight, Champ Jon Jones takes on Chael Sonnen. Will Chael be able to get some takedowns and avoid Jones vicious elbows? Chael is the better wrestler, but overall it should be Jones dominating. He’s got the reach, vicious elbows and is the best lb for lb fighter today. As for the prelims, we should be looking forward to Wonen’s Bantamweights, Sara McMann v Sheila Gaff. Sheila is a powerful striker and may not give Olympic Silver Medalist McMann the chance to get the takedown. Giving Sara the edge, but not by much. Nick Catone v James Head and Leonard Garcia v Cody McKenzie should rock. C u @ TheFights

UFC 159 Jones v Sonnen Presser Rocks The Garden MMA Confidential

by Bruce KiVo It’s Thursday April 25 @ Madison Square Garden in NYC, where pro MMA is still not sanctioned. Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, Michael “The Count” Bisping, Alan Belcher, “Big Country” Roy Nelson, Cheick Kongo and Dana White were in the house talkin the talk. UFC Light Heavyweight Champ “Bones” Jones, seemed to be pretty complimentary when discussing Sonnen and doesn’t take his trash talking seriously. Getting to know Chael on the Ultimate fighter they’ve gained mutual respect. The staredown was peaceful, unlike Sonnen/ Silva. Chael held court and dissed Anderson Silva and said the Jones/ Sonnen fight is breaking records @ the box office and the fight makes sense. When I questioned him about wanting another shot @ Anderson Silva, he would welcome it. We saw Chael make that big mistake in the 2nd fight. He wonders as we do the outcome…. if the reverse punch was never thrown. Will we ever find out?? The Bisping Belcher staredown was heated. As everyone knows the trash talking between these two has been non stop. They had to be seperated as Bisping seemed ready to get down to biz immediately with Belcher kind of mocking hi What irritated Michael most was Belcher putting up videos of him being KO’d by Dan Henderson. The Count told me unequivocally there is definitely bad blood going into their fight, Alan Belcher did not get into his head. Belcher did say that Bisping brings a good skillset to the cage and is not taking this fight lightly. Bisping more or less expressed the same about Belcher, but feels that his opponent hasn’t fought any top contenders aside from his TKO of Palhares. This looks to be an amazing fight. Belcher is trained by K-1 legend Dick Roufus and has Bellator Champ Ben Askren on his team. Bisping is hard to hit, has great takedown defense, really improved wrestling and super cardio. Dana believes GSP’s next fight will be with Johnny Hendricks. It hasn’t been confirmed with GSP. Tomorrow are the weigh-ins and Sat the games begin! Every fight on the main card is off the hook: Lightweights, Jim Miller vs Pat Healy . My money is on Miller. Light Heavyweights, Phil Davis v Vinicius Magalhaes Can “Mr Wonderful” deal with the best submission artist Magalhaes? Heavyweights “Big Country” Roy Nelson v Cheick Kongo. will Roy eat punches and KO Kongo?? Both guys are dangerous. Middleweights, Michael “The Count” Bisping v Alan Belcher. Dont blink> Light Heavyweight, Champ Jon Jones takes on Chael Sonnen. Will Chael be able to get some takedowns and avoid Jones vicious elbows? Chael is the better wrestler, but overall it should be Jones dominating. He’s got the reach, vicious elbows and is the best lb for lb fighter today. As for the prelims, we should be looking forward to Wonen’s Bantamweights, Sara McMann v Sheila Gaff. Sheila is a powerful striker and may not give Olympic Silver Medalist McMann the chance to get the takedown. Giving Sara the edge, but not by much. Nick Catone v James Head and Leonard Garcia v Cody McKenzie should rock. C u @ TheFights

Kings Of New York Amateur MMA Rocks The Hammerstein Ballroom MMA Confidential

by Bruce KiVo

It was standing room only as history was made Sat, March 23rd @ NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Featuring 13 amateur bouts including an action packed female fight and superhot ring girls,  fans

came out in droves to support  New York’s first ” sanctioned”  Mixed Martial Arts event in 11 years.

KO’s, TKO’s, Submissions….

Here’s how it went down:

Awesome opening match was 140 lb Diego Lopez submitting Jimes Casserly via real tight triangle choke round 1.

145 lb Felix Perez gets TKO, ground and pound win over Kimson round 2.

155lb devastating striker Jose Mariscal TKO’s Ethan Gomez end of round 1

135lb Abner Hernandez totally beats down Vernon Lodman round 1. Lodman takes tremendous beating. Hernandez looks gassed end of round 1.  Round 2, Hernandez repeats the beatdown from the mount.  Lodmannever tried for a sweep, has no clue what to do on the ground and and just gets pounded.  Ref stops fight and warns Abner to stop holding the cage.  Abner is just too gassed to go on and verbally submits.  Lodman was dominated totally but gets the w round 2.

155lb Next up was Team Renzo fighter  Ronmy Davila of The Bronx.  In spite of a kidney problem gets split dec win over a very game Fabian Llerena.

135lb Carlos Hernandez submits Jeff Balladares  round 3 via vicious rear naked choke. Carlos trains under the legendary Bob Shermer out of Chicago.  Just love a good submission win.

145lb  Jose Torres gets a UD dec win over Jarelle Marcalle.

110lb Women’s MMA…Krav Maga Acadamy’s  Victoria Markarova gets UD victory over Phil Dunlap’s Jodi Lynn Reicher Both girls came to bang.  At one point Jodi had a nice guillotine clamped on the Krav Maga fighter, but Victoria maintained her composure and was able to slip out. Victoria continued to dominate Jodi with takeddowns and strikes from the ground and standing.  Jodi showed a lot of heart and and fought hard till the end, but Victoria’s  arsenal was too much and earned her the Unan dec victory. As in all the previous bouts, these athletes bonded and showed true sportsmanship, or should I say sports”woman”ship after the match.

175lb Angelo Rivera wins via tko ref stoppage round 2 over Chris Miller.  Miller showed good wrestling and came out very strong round 1, but gassed.  Rivera stayed composed and the rest is history.

170lb Main Event Time  Mathew Perez came out with very aggressive attack, but the very composed Simmon Sara locked on a real nice armbar round 1.  Perez slammed him and Sara improved  the armbar even more and got the tap. Loved this fight.

Quite a few celebs were in the house including legendary MMA fighter, Shonie Carter,  MMA ‘s Seth Petruzelli who KO’d Kimbo Slice, ‘ONE Tough Cop” Bo Dietl,  Matan Gavish, Sambo Steve and Champion Boxer Mike Corleone to name a few.

Thank you Frank Babcock,  Anthony Medina,  Bob Shermer,  Renzo Gracie,  Dan “The Beast” Severn, Pat Militich, Matt Hughes and everyone else @ Fighters Source who made the event possible.

Until next time!