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Steven T. Kelliher

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Frankie Edgar Entertains Thoughts of Moving to 145

From Tapology.com “I’m not considering it right now with this fight looming with Gray, but I probably can make 145lbs,” Edgar said. “It’s definitely a good option to have with the UFC acquiring...

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Kharitonov Says He'll Break Arlovski, Compares SF and UFC HWs

Some excerpts from Tapology. On SF HW Tournament: “Anything can happen in a fight, but I am very well prepared. I feel the best in years,” Kharitonov said. “[I] trained my stand-up and ground ...

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Rich Franklin's Brutal Legacy

I recently spoke with former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin for an in-depth feature on Tapology. We focused on Franklin's violent legacy in the sport and discussed the differences between...

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Harris Says Faber is Likely More Than One Win Away from Title Shot at 135lbs

I recently spoke with Reed Harris about Faber's drop to 135lbs. Here's what he had to say: “My personal feeling is that it’s going to be a permanent move for him,” Harris said, confirming Faber’s...

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GSP's Manager Weighs Pros/Cons of Fighting Anderson Silva, More

Talking Trash to GSP: Koscheck’s specific brand of trash talk has largely focused on traditional bullying tactics, such as making fun of St-Pierre’s tight fight shorts or blocking his car in...

Torres On the Hunt + Thinks Eventual Fight with Faber Inevitable: "I want to go out there and beat...

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Torres On the Hunt + Thinks Eventual Fight with Faber Inevitable: "I want to go out there and beat everybody up whether or not I have the belt," Torres said. "I don’t want to come back and lose it right away; I want to hold it for a while." Next month, a familiar face to WEC fans will make the drop to Torres’s former kingdom of 135lbs. Asked what he thought about a potential fight with former Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber, Torres was receptive. "I think the fight will happen eventually," he said, "but I think it has to happen at a smart time. I think either he has the title or I have the title because realistically we’re not going to maximize the earning potential out of a fight without a title on the line." EDIT: Torres expects January return, wanted to fight Fabiano next month. HT: Tapology Blog

Josh Thomson Talks Co-Promotion, Rankings: "My problem is when you have guys like Ben Henderson...

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Josh Thomson Talks Co-Promotion, Rankings: "My problem is when you have guys like Ben Henderson ranked in the top ten when he hasn’t beaten anybody in the UFC or in Strikeforce, the first and second best divisions. I think Henderson, Donald Cerrone, and Jamie Varner are very talented, but if you put them in there with the top eight guys in the UFC, they’re going to get washed out. How you have that guy ranked in the top ten above me and JZ, I don’t know. The bottom line is we all fight in different organizations so we can’t fight each other. "Actually, after the Melendez fight [December, 2009] I asked if I could be entered into the Bellator Lightweight Tournament with Roger Huerta and Eddie Alvarez, but contracts didn’t get worked out in time. I’m open to anything." HT: Tapology

Noons Discusses Boxing With Mayweather, Pacquiao: "I haven’t personally talked to either of them,...

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Noons Discusses Boxing With Mayweather, Pacquiao: "I haven’t personally talked to either of them, but people in my camp have talked to people in both of those camps and talks are going well right now. It would be interesting to see a boxing champ fight an MMA champ, both of us being in our primes. Mayweather has expressed interest in fighting me in a boxing match, while Pacquiao has expressed interest in coming to MMA. "I think it’s going to happen. I think it’s very likely considering how James Toney just came into MMA. I’m sure boxing fans want to see how an MMA guy would do in a boxing fight. Right now the Mayweather fight looks a lot more promising than asking Manny to come to MMA. The Mayweather fight could be in the works and it’s looking pretty good. "All I know is that—from my camp and their camps—there is more interest right now in the Mayweather boxing fight." HT: Tapology

Mir Talks Nogueira's Decline, Strategy for Cro Cop: On Nogueira "Randy hit him a lot, so I was...

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Mir Talks Nogueira's Decline, Strategy for Cro Cop: On Nogueira "Randy hit him a lot, so I was telling people, if I fight him against I’m going to hit him just as much, but the difference is that I’ve got well over 250lbs behind every punch. Velasquez showed Nogueira that he shouldn’t be boxing with the heavyweights right now with the way his head movement is." On Cro Cop "For me to write him off would allow him to become more dangerous. Once a kickboxer gets his rhythm, you’re going to have a fight on your hands because they get comfortable. The one thing I’ve noticed is that guys with lesser ability can give guys with greater ability a lot of trouble by just going hard. "In the Fedor fight, Fedor pushed Cro Cop. Junior dos Santos pushed forward. I’m not going to walk forward into a punch, but I’m going to be aggressive and stay behind my jab. Sometimes I think I hesitate too much, which is part of what happened in the Shane Carwin fight, so I’m working on being more aggressive. If I give him too much time and space, he’s going to come alive again and you’re going to see the Cro Cop of old." HT: Tapology

Guillard Talks Body Shots in MMA and Stephens's Toughness, or Lack Thereof: "If you hit the body,...

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Guillard Talks Body Shots in MMA and Stephens's Toughness, or Lack Thereof: "If you hit the body, the head will follow. "I just think fighters in general don’t train their stomachs to be as hard as they need them to be. I’ve fought guys that just don’t train their mid sections to be as hard as any part of the body. That’s where they go wrong and that’s where I capitalize. "Looking at Jeremy Stephens, he’s a tough kid, he’s a scrapper, but I’m just as tough and I’m a better fighter. I have no doubts there; I’m just going to go in and do my job. The only way he can beat me is if he beats me to the punch and catches me, but everybody knows that I’m not the type of guy to trade punches. I will hit and move, and when I find an opening I’ll take him out." HT: Tapology

Marquardt Talks About Other Middleweights' Chances Against Anderson Silva, Still Thinks He Will...

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Marquardt Talks About Other Middleweights' Chances Against Anderson Silva, Still Thinks He Will Dethrone "The Spider": "Yeah, I think since Chael didn’t do it, I’m going to be the one to do it. Other than Chael, stylistically, I think a guy like Vitor Belfort—I think Silva’s too long, too good, too fast for Vitor to beat him and Vitor’s not going to win a takedown-style fight. He’s proven that he can beat high level grapplers like Maia and Leites, neither of whom could get in on him, and I think a brawler like Wanderlei Silva has a very bad style to fight Silva with. "It’s going to take someone with good takedowns for sure, and then also good footwork and well roundedness. I think I’m pretty much the only guy—if Chael doesn’t do it—who will be able to. Mentally I’m a much more dangerous fighter—I go in to hurt guys and to finish my opponents now—than I was in 2007. My wrestling, ground, and stand-up has gotten a lot better, but mentally I’m going to be a lot more dangerous going into a rematch with Silva." HT: Tapology

Miller Eying Gomi Fight After Tibau? What do you think about the current layout of the division?...

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Miller Eying Gomi Fight After Tibau? What do you think about the current layout of the division? Who are the top guys that have impressed you the most recently? "Gomi. When that guy’s on, he’s going to be really tough for anyone to beat. That guy was made for knocking people out. I’d love to get to fight the guy because I have tons of respect for him." HT: Tapology

Santiago Talks Epic Misaki Fight: "I don’t know what I was feeling. I was like, ‘I can’t stop; I wo...

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Santiago Talks Epic Misaki Fight: "I don’t know what I was feeling. I was like, ‘I can’t stop; I won’t stop.’ My muscles were burning. We went for five rounds and all the rounds were very explosive. I just had to keep going, keep going, keep going, and win. I think that’s the kind of mentality I have all the time." On Fighting in Strikeforce/UFC Again: "I’d like to come back to the U.S. in the future, of course. That is where most of my fans are. As for Sengoku, I am making fair money, I like the way they treat me and I like fighting for them. I am thinking about fighting here in America because I think they will allow me to. I have to defend my title one more time in six months, but I’d like to fight in America before then. Hopefully in the next two or three months something comes up. "Yes we have been speaking with them off and on. We have a good relationship and we might be able to work out a fair deal. If it becomes possible, I could be fighting in the U.S. with them again. I’d like to fight in the UFC again and beat some of the guys I lost to. Like I said to you, I’m hitting my prime now and I will come back and fight with those guys again, but I don’t know where or when. We just have to talk to everyone and see where the best deal is." HT: Tapology

Joe Soto Talks Joe Warren On Warren's fight with Patricio Pitbull: "I was there watching it live...

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Joe Soto Talks Joe Warren On Warren's fight with Patricio Pitbull: "I was there watching it live and I’ve seen it a couple of times. I thought Pit-bull looked awesome in the first round, but he definitely gassed. I just think Pit-bull was a better fighter. It was all him in the first round and he gassed out, but it wasn’t anything Joe did to him. All Warren did was take him down. "It gives me confidence because that is what Pit-bull did at his best for one round. I know I can be at my best for all five rounds." On his own fight with Warren: "I could see it going a few ways. Let’s say he’s a great wrestler and does take me down; I see me getting up anyways or submitting him. Another possibility is that I’m a better MMA wrestler than him, I take him down, and when I get on top, I feel so comfortable on top that I think I’ll finish him. If our wrestling cancels each other out, I am confident that I have much better stand-up than him. "I’m better in every aspect of the game than he is." HT: Tapology

Joe Warren (5-1) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (11-8-1) is on tap for DREAM.16 on September 25. Warren will...

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Joe Warren (5-1) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (11-8-1) is on tap for DREAM.16 on September 25. Warren will also be fighting for DREAM at their New Years Eve event. Source: Tapology Photo by Dave Mandel for Sherdog. Promoted to the front page by Chris Nelson.
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Nelson Praises dos Santos, Talks Training and Training Camps

On dos Santos: The big news is obviously that you will be fighting Junior dos Santos at UFC 117 in a title eliminator. Did it surprise you that the UFC offered him to you, because everybody...

Sources close to the fighter have confirmed that Diego Sanchez will remain at 170lbs for his next...

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Sources close to the fighter have confirmed that Diego Sanchez will remain at 170lbs for his next fight. HT: Tapology

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St-Pierre Talks Koscheck, TUF 12

In the following interview , St-Pierre discussed a myriad of topics including his reasoning for signing on as a TUF coach, what he thinks about Koscheck as an opponent, and why he can’t wait to...

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Edgar Talks Penn Rematch

After winning the UFC Lightweight Championship following five hard-fought rounds in April, Frankie Edgar was probably expecting to be the focus of countless Cinderella story comparisons. After...

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Shari Spencer Interview: Branding Georges St-Pierre and the State of MMA in the Mainstream

While her first client continues to mesmerize fans with his performances inside of the Octagon, Shari Spencer, manager of UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and UFC Lightweight Champion...

Interesting aspect of the UFC 115 Preliminary card I just noticed. Not one fighter on the Prelims...

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Interesting aspect of the UFC 115 Preliminary card I just noticed. Not one fighter on the Prelims is coming off of a victory in the UFC. That's eight fighters that are in serious danger of being cut with a loss tomorrow night. Patrick is probably in no danger since he is a lauded prospect coming off of wins outside of the promotion, but even Loiseau, coming off of a win outside of the UFC, is probably in danger of being cut.

Maia Reflects on Silva's UFC 112 Antics: Tapology: After the fight, Silva used your comment on the...

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Maia Reflects on Silva's UFC 112 Antics: Tapology: After the fight, Silva used your comment on the Countdown show about taking his leg as his reasoning for acting the way he did. Do you think that is really the reason for his behavior? Maia: Of course it’s not. You can see on every Countdown they need to get the people excited and I think in my Countdown nobody was talking bull____ about each other. It was very respectful and I just said that because the guys ask you to add more promotion and everything. It’s normal. Everybody does that. The beautiful thing of this sport is that everybody does the promotion, but after the fight they respect each other because it’s not easy to go there and fight. It’s obviously an excuse, but I don’t know why he behaved like that. Maybe there is too much pressure on him. For me, he’s just a fake guy, you know? He says something in front of you and then after he says another thing. He pretends to be humble, but the worst thing is when you fake that. He pretends to be a really nice guy and everything, but inside he’s really not like that.

Hornbuckle on Bellator Tournament: "We never turn it down. We don’t ever level out. We just turn i...

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Hornbuckle on Bellator Tournament: "We never turn it down. We don’t ever level out. We just turn it up. I’ll give it everything I’ve got in every fight. I’ve already seen me winning the belt, so they need to stop that. Period. "You cannot control the judges, but you can control your fifteen minutes in the ring, and that’s my mentality. Sacrifice and preparation are the keys to success. However it goes, it’s going to be in my favor. Buy your tickets to the show. You’re going to buy the whole seat, but you’re only going to need the edge." HT: Tapology

Rebney Would Consider Co-Promotion When asked about the possibilities of co-promotion in the...

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Rebney Would Consider Co-Promotion When asked about the possibilities of co-promotion in the future, Rebney was open to the idea, citing his allowance of Alvarez going to Japan to fight Aoki in 2008 prior to the Season 1 tournament as an example. He specifically mentioned that he would be interested in co-promoting a fight between Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez and Alvarez, among other match-ups, but claimed there had been no talks with other promotions at this time. HT: Tapology

Huerta vs. Curran, Vanier vs. Imada official for Bellator 17, May 6 in Boston. HT: Tapology

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Huerta vs. Curran, Vanier vs. Imada official for Bellator 17, May 6 in Boston. HT: Tapology
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Phil Davis: "It's Not About Winning, It's About Looking Good"

Phil Davis on his self-criticism: "I feel comfortable any time I’m in an athletic situation. A lot of guys can’t figure out how to win and I feel like  winning is something I know how to do. As...

Askren Predicts All First-Round FInishes en Route to Bellator Title: "I’m going to choke [Thomas] o...

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Askren Predicts All First-Round FInishes en Route to Bellator Title: "I’m going to choke [Thomas] out in the first round. "We’ll go with first-round chokes all the way across the board because my wrestling’s too good and I’m pretty sneaky with the chokes." HT: Tapology

Frankie Edgar Talks BJ Penn: "I don’t think there’s any secret game plan that BJ won’t be ready for...

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Frankie Edgar Talks BJ Penn: "I don’t think there’s any secret game plan that BJ won’t be ready for. I just have to be the best in all aspects of the game and I have to be able to execute and just fight to the highest level I can. If I can put it all together I believe I can beat him. "My wrestling is my bread and butter—it’s what got me here—but BJ has tremendous takedown defense, so in the UFC you need everything; it’s not just one style. "I put myself in the best position to win this fight. I have surrounded myself with the best training partners, I’ve prepared correctly, I did everything I could do to win this fight and I believe it’s my time. I’ve fallen short a lot in my athletic career and I don’t want to do that again." HT: Tapology

Escudero Talks Dunham "I would just do exactly the same thing that I did, but I would take every...

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Escudero Talks Dunham "I would just do exactly the same thing that I did, but I would take every distraction that was in my head during the fight out of my head and go out there and fight him like I did against Cole Miller. There was no doubt in my mind that I was going to beat Cole Miller when I fought him, but against Dunham I had a lot of problems going through my head. I’m not taking this win from him, but I just want this rematch. "Dunham, if you’re listening, keep winning. I wish you the best, but I’m coming after you. I felt how losing feels in the Octagon, and I did not like it at all, so for everybody out there that is going to fight me, expect a war every time." HT: Tapology

Cote Talks Belcher "I train with some world champion boxers, so I am very confident about my chin...

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Cote Talks Belcher "I train with some world champion boxers, so I am very confident about my chin and I’m not afraid of his power at all. I don’t think he hits very hard. He has a lot of good technique and skill on his feet, but I don’t think he has the power to knock me out. I think I received the best punch from Anderson Silva and Drew McFedries—I think McFedries is the most powerful guy at 185—and I was still there. We’ll see what will happen the night of the fight, but I’m very confident." "He is able to take a good punch, but I’m not sure he has fought somebody in the past that hits like me. It’s going to be interesting if he fights like he did before, and we’ll see if he’s able to take my punch." "I want to go there and have the best comeback in the UFC’s history. I want to win big and I want another big fight right away." HT: Tapology
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