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St. Pierre Dominates Penn at UFC 94


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Georges St. Pierre used superior wrestling and surprising grappling technique to dominate UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn and successfully defend his UFC welterweight belt in the main event of UFC 94 Saturday night in Las Vegas.

What was supposed to be a showdown as even as their original meeting almost three years ago, turned into a one-sided mauling as St. Pierre (18-2) controlled Penn (13-5-1) in every aspect of the fight from start to finish. Penn, renowned for his takedown defense and new-found conditioning, found himself constantly on his back and winded after only the first round.

After three consecutive rounds of dominant wrestling and grappling by St. Pierre, the tide began to really turn in the fourth stanza, when St. Pierre turned up the heat - passing Penn’s guard at will and delivering a non-stop barrage of punishment. When Penn returned to his corner after the continuation of the round, both his trainers and the ringside doctor agreed that the fight should be stopped, and it was.

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Video Preview: Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva

Here’s a little video preview, courtesy of the UFC, for a fight that really isn’t getting as much attention as it probably deserves. Lyoto Machida takes on Thiago Silva in a battle of undefeated light heavyweights in which the winner could receive a title shot down the line. More importantly to some fans, it brings forth an opponent for Machida that may actually be able to push him enough to create an exciting fight.

All Fighters Make Weight for UFC 94


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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 94 event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event is headlined by a highly-anticipated rematch for the UFC welterweight title between reigning champion Georges St. Pierre and UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn. Undefeated light heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva will collide as well.

Main Card:

Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. B.J. Penn (168 lbs)
Lyoto Machida (206 lbs) vs. Thiago Silva (206 lbs)
Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs. Dong-Hyun Kim (171 lbs)
Nate Diaz (156 lbs) vs. Clay Guida (156 lbs)
Stephan Bonnar (206 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (206 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Jon Fitch (171 lbs) vs. Akihiro Gono (171 lbs)
Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Chris Wilson (170 lbs) vs. John Howard (171 lbs)
Jake O’Brien (205 lbs) vs. Christian Wellisch (206 lbs)
Matt Arroyo (171 lbs) vs. Dan Cramer (171 lbs)

Report: Machida-Silva Moved to UFC 93


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A previously planned light heavyweight bout between undefeated contenders Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva has reportedly been moved to UFC 93 on January 31 in Las Vegas according to Tatame.com. The report cites unnamed sources as confirming the UFC’s decision.

The two were originally scheduled to face off on the main card of UFC 89 on October 18 until Silva was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a lingering back problem. Instead of finding a replacement opponent for Machida, the UFC opted to pull him from the card completely.

Machida has won his first five fights inside the confines of the UFC. His last three wins have come over perennial top-ten fighters in his division. After dispatching of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura in consecutive fights, Machida went on to pick up the biggest victory of his career thus far, a dominating unanimous decision over former six-time UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.

Meanwhile Silva, a product of Chute Boxe who now trains with Florida-based American Top Team, has picked up victories in his first four UFC bouts, all in impressive fashion. Silva busted into the light heavyweight contenders picture after a brutal stoppage of upstart Houston Alexander in November of last year. He last submitted newcomer Antonio Mendes by way of strikes in May.

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Machida Removed From UFC 89 Card


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In the wake of Thiago Silva being forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 89 bout against Lyoto Machida because of a lingering back injury, Machida himself has been pulled from the card according to the UFC’s official website.

A heavyweight bout between rising prospect Shane Carwin and UFC newcomer Neil Wain has been moved up to the televised main card, which will be shown via tape delay on Spike TV in the United States on October 18 at 9 PM ET.

Machida has also told Tatame.com that while the UFC has told him that he won’t be fighting on the event any longer, they have not informed him of any details regarding his next fight.

“There’s no way to find an opponent now, and I’ll have to wait another event to fight,” Machida said in the article. “I don’t know who I’ll face, UFC didn’t say anything yet, only that I won’t fight at UFC 89. It’s sad because I was focused, training hard and prepared, but this kind of things happens. I changed my training now, I’m doing more karate and working out, doing less MMA stuff.”

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Report: Silva Withdraws From Machida Bout


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Chute Boxe product Thiago Silva has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his bout against undefeated light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida at UFC 89 because of a lingering back problem according to MMA Weekly.

The UFC has yet to officially announce the change but confirmation is expected over the weekend. No indications have been given in terms of a replacement opponent for Machida, although former PRIDE standouts Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson could be called on to fill in on short notice.

Silva, who now trains with Florida-based American Top Team, has picked up victories in his first four UFC bouts, all in impressive fashion. Silva busted into the light heavyweight contenders picture after a brutal stoppage of upstart Houston Alexander in November of last year. He last submitted newcomer Antonio Mendes at UFC 84 in May.

UFC 89 will be headlined by a middleweight clash between England native Michael Bisping and hard-hitting popular veteran Chris Leben. Additional main card bouts include include Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luis Cane.

Machida-Silva Set for UFC 89 Main Card


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Rising UFC light heavyweight contender Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will attempt to even closer to a title shot when he takes on fellow unbeaten Thiago Silva on October 18th at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben, which will take place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.

The organization officially announced the bout earlier today.

Machida has won his first five fights inside the confines of the UFC. His last three wins have come over perennial top-ten fighters in his division. After dispatching of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura in consecutive fights, Machida went on to pick up the biggest victory of his career thus far, a dominating unanimous decision over former six-time UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.

Meanwhile Silva, a product of Chute Boxe who now trains with Florida-based American Top Team, has picked up victories in his first four UFC bouts, all in impressive fashion. Silva busted into the light heavyweight contenders picture after a brutal stoppage of upstart Houston Alexander in November of last year. He last submitted newcomer Antonio Mendes by way of strikes in May.

UFC 89 will be headlined by a middleweight clash between England native Michael Bisping and hard-hitting popular veteran Chris Leben. Additional main card bouts are expected to include Diego Sanchez vs. Thiago Alves, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luis Cane, and Dan Hardy vs. Akihiro Gono.

Polar Opposition


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When Tito Ortiz and Lyoto Machida step into the Octagon Saturday night in Las Vegas, the audience around the world will see two completely different fighters standing across from each other.

They come from opposite ends of the spectrum, from opposite sides of the world. Their styles aren’t the same. One likes to talk trash, one likes to keep quiet. They had different upbringings. Ortiz and Machida are complete opposites.

“I’m Brazilian but my way of thinking is Japanese,” Machida said when talking about his early martial arts training with his father. “I started karate when I was four years old with my father. My father always tells me that I have Samurai blood. That I must be fight and keep strong. He’s always teaching me that in life, I have to do things by myself. I try to be somebody but it’s very difficult. Everyday when I wake up, I think that I have to live a Samurai-style kind of life but it’s difficult. You have to be honest. You have to be real.”

Ortiz wasn’t as fortunate growing up.

“I remember being a young kid growing up on the street. I was using drugs, all my friends were using drugs, and I never had any self-worth,” Ortiz said. “My parents were drug addicts and I realized that I could be in their shoes one day. I saw guys like Hulk Hogan and Muhammad Ali and I told myself that I wanted to be like those guys. I wanted to have that flamboyancy, I wanted to have that star power.”

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Countdown to UFC 84 Airs Tonight

“Countdown to UFC 84”, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s usual event preview show, will premiere tonight at 11 PM ET on Spike TV.

The episode will highlight two of the more-anticipated bouts that will take place at this weekend’s UFC 84: Ill Will in Las Vegas. The event will be headlined by a bad blood-filled UFC lightweight title bout that pits current champion B.J. Penn up against former champion Sean Sherk.

Keith Jardine will also attempt to climb deeper into the light heavyweight title picture as he takes on fellow exciting striker and former PRIDE light heavyweight champion Wanderlei Silva. While it won’t be featured on tonight’s program, former longtime UFC champion Tito Ortiz will go up against an undefeated Lyoto Machida in a fight that will likely be Ortiz’s last with the promotion.

Those who miss tonight’s show at 11 PM ET can catch a replay at the following times: May 23rd (11 PM ET, 12 AM ET); May 24th (6 PM ET). Both replays will air on Spike TV.

Report: Ortiz Tried to Hire Belfort as Training Partner


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In an attempt to gain an advantage going into his May showdown against undefeated Lyoto Machida, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz reportedly tried to hire fellow former champion and rival Vitor Belfort to help him prepare for Machida.

The news comes from an article on Brazilian magazine website Tatame.

According to Belfort, Ortiz offered him a good amount of money to go over to the United States and help him train. However it was an offer that Belfort turned down.

“Tito wanted to hire with me with a lot of money but I said no,” Belfort said in the report. “I said that money can’t buy everything. I respect Lyoto a lot, we trained together and he is Brazilian. I thanked Tito and said that maybe another time, but not now.”

With Machida being a past training partner of Belfort, it seems logical for him to shoot down Ortiz’s offer. However Vitor’s reasoning might go a little further than that. After all, one of his main reasons in meeting with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva back in December was to try and set up a potential rematch with Ortiz.

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