Jason MacDonald

Fedor Talks Couture; Duran Wraps MacDonald

Perennial top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko sat down with Raw Vegas for an interview yesterday at Affliction’s brand-new store in Los Angeles, California. In the above video, Fedor talks about his future in the sport, his thoughts on UFC President Dana White, his interest in fighting Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar, and his pre-fight preparation methods.

After the jump, Mike Straka of Fox News talks with famous boxing and MMA cutman, Jacob “Stitch” Duran, as he wraps the hands of middleweight contender Jason MacDonald before his fight with Demian Maia at UFC 87 this past weekend.

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MacDonald Falls on UFC 87 Undercard


Jason MacDonald. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Despite his best efforts to hang with the touted grappling skills of Demian Maia, Canadian veteran Jason MacDonald eventually succumbed to the Brazilian, tapping out to a rear naked choke late in the third round of what was arguably UFC 87’s most technical undercard bout Saturday night.

With dozens of grappling championships under his belt, Maia was expected to make quick work of MacDonald if he opted to hit the ground with him. However MacDonald surprised many, continually escaping various attempts throughout the first two rounds, even putting Maia in his own predicaments at certain points.

It only took Maia a minute or so to lock in an extremely deep triangle but MacDonald was able to keep his composure and fight his way out of the hold. Multiple rear naked choke attempts followed but MacDonald persevered, even catching Maia in a guillotine before the end of the first round.

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UFC 87: Seek and Destroy Live Results

We will be going live at 8:00 PM ET tonight with live results of UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The show’s televised main card will air on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.

The event will be headlined by Georges St. Pierre defending his UFC welterweight title against gritty top contender Jon Fitch, who will be challenging Royce Gracie’s age-old record for consecutive wins. Additional featured fights include Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring and Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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Previewing UFC 87: Seek and Destroy


Roger Huerta. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Just two weekends after Anderson Silva destroyed James Irvin on cable television, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns with it’s latest offering: UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which is headlined by Georges St. Pierre defending his UFC welterweight title against gritty top contender Jon Fitch, who will be challenging Royce Gracie’s age-old record for consecutive wins.

The UFC didn’t come alone on it’s first trip to the state of Minnesota - hometown products Roger Huerta and Brock Lesnar have come to participate in the biggest fights of their respective careers. Huerta will challenge Kenny Florian for the assumed right to take on UFC lightweight champ B.J. Penn while Lesnar will look to bounce back from an embarrassing first defeat against experienced veteran Heath Herring.

Here’s a little breakdown of what you can expect and what you should watch for during tonight’s event. The televised main card will air on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET. MMA on Tap will have complete play-by-play coverage of the event starting at 8 PM ET, so be sure to check back here throughout the night.

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UFC 87: Seek and Destroy Weigh-In Results


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are below. The show’s televised main card will air on pay-per-view starting at 10 PM ET. All fighters successfully made weight.

Main Card:

Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. Jon Fitch (170 lbs lbs)
Heath Herring (250 lbs) vs. Brock Lesnar (265 lbs)
Kenny Florian (155 lbs) vs. Roger Huerta (155 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Demian Maia (185 lbs)
Rob Emerson (155 lbs) vs. Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:
Cheick Kongo (235 lbs) vs. Dan Evensen (244 lbs)
Luke Cummo (167 lbs) vs. Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)
Andre Gusmao (205 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (205 lbs)
Chris Wilson (170 lbs) vs. Steve Bruno (170 lbs)
Ben Saunders (170 lbs) vs. Ryan Thomas (170 lbs)

Report: MacDonald-Maia Set for UFC 87


Jason MacDonald. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Skilled grapplers Jason MacDonald and Demian Maia will reportedly collide in a middleweight bout that will take place at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The news comes from a report by MMA Mania.

MacDonald, who has yet to confirm the bout in his blog with MMA on Tap partner-site Rogers Sportsnet, has split his last four fights. “The Athlete bounced back from an October loss to Yushin Okami to defeated heated rival Joe Doerksen for a second time at UFC 83 in February.

Maia remains undefeated thus far in his professional mixed martial arts career and has won his first two bouts inside the confines of the UFC. Maia most recently submitted Team Quest product Ed Herman at UFC 83 in February as well.

The event will also feature a heavyweight showdown between former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar and former two-time UFC tournament champion Mark Coleman, who will be fighting in the UFC for the first time since 1999. Additionally, lightweight contenders Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta will fight for a potential title shot.

A main event for the show has yet to be announced.

Hometown Hero: St. Pierre Stops Serra in Montreal


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

One year removed from his original upset loss to Matt Serra, Georges St. Pierre was finally able to avenge the defeat, dominating Serra on the mat over two rounds en route to regaining his UFC welterweight title in UFC 83’s historic main event.

The raucous crowd packed inside Montreal, Quebec’s Bell Centre saw St. Pierre surprise many in the opening seconds of the fight as he opted to take Serra down. After being on the receiving end of an array of strikes, Serra eventually worked his way back to his feet before finding himself on his back once again.

Any chances for another first-round Serra knockout were spoiled in a big way. With a mouse forming under Serra’s right eye, the Long Island native came out from his corner looking to throw down at the start of the second round. St. Pierre unfortunately had a different idea.

St. Pierre scored yet another early takedown. Serra mounted a bit of offense once the fight hit the feet, connecting with a head kick. However with fatigue setting in, Serra was unable to capitalize, allowing St. Pierre to land a handful of stiff jabs before shooting in for a takedown.

Once on the mat, St. Pierre unleashed a barrage of unanswered punches and knees to the body that forced Serra to cover up and referee Yves Lavigne to ultimately stop the fight, handing St. Pierre the title that he likely should have never lost in the first place.

“My strategy going in was to make it a physical fight,” St. Pierre said in his post-fight interview with Kenny Florian, who filled in for usual color commentator Joe Rogan. “I wanted to make him tired as much as I could because I know have the conditioning. I was trying to mix it up as much as I could.”

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UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II Weigh-In Results


Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre pose at the pre-fight press conference for UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II show are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event will be headlined by current welterweight champions Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra unifying their belts in a main event rematch of their fight at UFC 69: Shootout last year, where Serra stopped St. Pierre with strikes to win the UFC welterweight title.

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will also be in action, taking on the middleweight winner of the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter, Travis Lutter. Additional main card bouts include Nate Quarry vs. Kalib Starnes, Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy, and Mac Danzig vs. Mark Bocek.

Main Card:

Matt Serra (169.5 lbs) vs. Georges St. Pierre (169.5 lbs)
Rich Franklin (185.5 lbs) vs. Travis Lutter (185 lbs)
Nate Quarry (185.5 lbs) vs. Kalib Starnes (186 lbs)
Michael Bisping (185.5 lbs) vs. Charles McCarthy (186 lbs)
Mac Danzig (154.5 lbs) vs. Mark Bocek (154.5 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Joe Doerksen (184.5 lbs)
Sam Stout (155.5 lbs) vs. Rich Clementi (155 lbs)
Ed Herman (185.5 lbs) vs. Demian Maia (184.5 lbs)
Jonathan Goulet (169.5 lbs) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (170 lbs)
Alan Belcher (185 lbs) vs. Jason Day (183.5 lbs)
Cain Velasquez (235.5 lbs) vs. Brad Morris (225.5 lbs)

Screenshots from this afternoon’s weigh-ins featuring St. Pierre and Serra are after the jump, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.

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How Blogging Leads to Bad Blood


Jason MacDonald weighs-in for UFC 72: Victory. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

When Jason MacDonald was informed that he’d be fighting Joe Doerksen at UFC 83: Serra at St. Pierre II a few months back, he was less than enthused.

He had good reason to feel that way. After all, MacDonald already defeated Doerksen less than three years ago, submitting his fellow Canadian with a rear naked choke in the fourth round of their main event Ultimate Cage Wars bout in October 2005.

Enter Doerksen and his trash-talking.

Maybe it was Doerksen trying to save face after MacDonald publicly stated that he didn’t know why the two had to fight again, especially since they had gone in different directions since their first bout. Maybe it was a last ditch effort to move their fight to the televised main card instead of being relegated to a preliminary matchup despite being two of Canada’s most high-profile mixed martial artists.

Whatever Doerksen’s thinking was behind his decision to speak up, it worked. Not only has the fight bypassed a couple of featured bouts on the card in terms of hype, but it’s lit a fire inside of MacDonald, forcing him to change his mind about a fight that wasn’t very appealing at first glance.

The two have been battling back and forth in their respective Rogers Sportsnet blogs ever since and I must say, their commentary has become pretty entertaining. I suggest you check out what they’ve said. Thanks to the internet, what likely would have been a tactical fight that would have gone the distance might now just be an all-out war.

Jason MacDonald:
Pay me some respect
We’ll settle it in the cage
Countdown mode
All-Canadian matchup

Joe Doerksen:
Overrated athlete
Chance for redemption

Countdown Is on for Canada’s First UFC Event


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

TORONTO – All eyes will be on the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT when UFC 83: Countdown Canada previews the first ever Ultimate Fighting card held north of the border on Rogers Sportsnet.

Starting on Wednesday, April 16, R.J. Broadhead and “Showdown” Joe Ferraro will file reports on Sportsnet Connected with the latest updates from Montreal. On fight night, they will be reporting live from the Bell Centre offering exclusive analysis, features and special guests.

Sportsnet’s coverage of the biggest event in UFC history will set-up the rematch between current champion Matt “The Terror” Serra and interim champion and Quebec native Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, who will battle for the unified Welterweight championship.

UFC 83: Countdown Canada will take viewers behind-the-scenes and into the lives of Ultimate Fighters, featuring a sit-down interview with St-Pierre in which he breaks down his defeat at the hands of Serra at UFC 69. St-Pierre is only the second Canadian to ever hold a UFC championship. Newmarket, Ontario’s Carlos “The Ronin” Newton was Canada’s first and he warns viewers that Serra will pose a significant challenge for GSP.

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