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UFC Fight Night Halifax Card Starts to Fill Out; Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine Headline

August 14th, 2014 at 4:37 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

The UFC has recently released a handful of fights that have been slowly filling up the Fight Night card for Halifax, Nova Scotia. Already announced is the headliner which will pit #2 welterweight fighter, Rory MacDonald, against #9 ranked, Tarec Saffiedine. A worthy fight for the UFC’s first ever event in Halifax.

Today, the UFC announced a slew of other fights, including both Canadian winners of The Ultimate Fighter Nations, Chad Laprise and Elias Theodorou, who fight at welterweight and middleweight, respectively. Laprise will be taking on Yosdenis Cedeno, fighting out of Florida and Theodorou will share the cage with Brazilian slugger, Bruno Santos.

With a huge KO in his UFC debut, Jason Saggo will take on promotional newcomer Paul Felder, who won his last fight via head kick KO, solidifying his invitation to the UFC. Felder sits at 8-0 as a professional.

Additionally, a bantamweight fight between Canadian veteran, Mitch Gagnon and undefeated, Aljamain Sterling. Gagnon is 3-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming by way of submission in his debut. He is riding a 3 fight win streak and looks to push it to 4 with a win against Sterling. Sterling sits pretty at 2-0 in the UFC, and 10-0 as a professional fighter. He recently ground and pounded his way to a TKO victory over Hugo Viana last month.

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Luke Rockhold Reveals Daniel Cormier Training Technique; Jon Jones Injured in Practice

August 13th, 2014 at 12:44 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

It’s no secret that Jon Jones has a habit of poking his opponents in the eyes. In fact, there have been entire articles dedicated to examining each and every eye poke that Jones has committed on his past foes. The controversy doesn’t necessarily come from the eye pokes themselves, but if this long history of breaking this rule reveals Jones’ intent. Does he do this intentionally and bank on the fact that he has not been penalized?

In each and every instance, Jones does the same thing with his arms that results in an eye poke. He brings his rear hand up against his face and his lead arm he extends straight out, fingers extended. Now, this is not an uncommon practice, especially in fighters with long reach. It’s a sort of stiff arm technique, using the arms (and fingers apparently) to create a buffer zone that men with shorter reaches can’t get past. In training and Muay Thai boxing, there is no harm in practicing such a technique because the fingers are padded by boxing gloves.

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Ben Saunders Will Return to the UFC to Meet Chris Heatherly

August 12th, 2014 at 5:22 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

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It’s been four years since Ben Saunders has entered the UFC Octagon, but come August 23rd, the streak ends. 

Ben ‘Killa B’ Saunders has been one former UFC fighter who did he damnedest not to stop fighting, and, as with many, it has paid off, granting him an invite to the UFC once again. We first saw Ben Saunders compete on The Ultimate Fighter season 6th. Saunders immediatly drew attention due to his long frame and massive size for a welterweight. His Muay Thai clinch and Jeet Kune Do mastery made him a unique fighter, and one who could prove a deadly opponent in the right positions. Saunders made it out of the first round of the tournament but was eventually beaten by finalist Tommy Speer. It was Speer’s wrestling that dominated Saunders, a brief glimpse of what was to come in his UFC career. 

After The Ultimate Fighter, Saunders put together a record of 4-3, though he lost two straight to the division’s best in Jon Fitch and the less talented, Dennis Hallman. Saunders was out wrestled and dominated in these fighters, which was enough to force the UFC to cut him. Once out of the UFC, Saunders didn’t quit on the sport as so many have. 

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Gray Maynard Vs. Ross Pearson is One Fight not to Miss

August 11th, 2014 at 3:48 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

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What makes a good fight? High stakes? Knockdowns? Trash talk? Hard punches? All of the above? Unfortunately for the fans, no fight his guaranteed action, some might be boring, others might not last long, and other might be a battle for the full allotted time.

This coming Saturday will host UFC Fight Night 47 and a huge, six fight main card that will air on Fox Sports 1. The main event will see Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux go to battle in a matchup of two surging light heavyweights who are a few wins away from being at the top of the division. Despite being the main event and having the biggest names on the card, this fight does not have the highest stakes on the card. In fact, the co-main event, which features a recently made matchup between Ross Pearson and Gray Maynard, is definitely the fight with the highest stakes. These stakes lay completely in the fact that both men need a win. Pearson needs a win over the former title challenger in Maynard to continue riding the upswinging momentum his career has recently taken. Maynard, on the other hand, has to win to do the exact opposite; break the dive his past 4 fights have handed his career. 

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Bellator Welterweight Fighter War Machine Wanted by Police

August 10th, 2014 at 3:22 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

It looks like the ever evolving career of one of Bellator’s welterweight fighter’s Jon Koppenhaver, who legally changed his name to War Machine years ago, has taken another tumultuous turn. According to TMZ.com, the fighter is wanted by police for allegedly assaulting two people, sending them both to the hospital. One of these individuals is long time girlfriend and famed porn star, Christy Mack

War Machine has been arrested on several occasions, he most recently spent one year in jail for assaulting several people in a bar fight. War Machine competed in the UFC back when his name was Jon Koppenhaver and his nickname was ‘War Machine.’ He competed on the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter where he was elminated in round one. He fought on the finale card, beating Jared Rollins by TKO. After the Rollins bout, Mr. Machine was choked unconscious by Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Following the loss, he would never see the UFC again. 

According to Bellator President, Scott Coker, he won’t compete in the Bellator cage again, either. If War Machine could fight as well as he could burn bridges, he would be the undisputed UFC champion. Coker released and official statement hours after the news broke, stating that:

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