UFC Octagon girl Brittney Palmer is back in the studio posing for her 2013 calender. Palmer posted this photo on her webpage BrittneyPalmer.com on Wednesday.
Today was such a successful day! I have the best team working with me to make my 2013 calendar a success! Here is one of my favorite looks of today! What do you guys think
This years calender will be a follow up to last years successful calender, which fans can still purchase (with an autograph) through the store on her website. Be sure to check that out as well as her limited edition paintings of icon’s such as Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix, along with UFC president Dana White.
Below is another photo of Palmer as she sits in the makeup artists chair preparing for the calendar shoot.
Excited to get shooting…and loving my @ufc tanktop
A heavyweight bout between Rob ‘The Bear’ Broughton (15-7-1) and Matt Mitrione (5-1) scheduled for next months UFC on FOX 4 event has been pulled according to MMAjunkie.com, who announced the news on Monday evening.
The website confirmed that the bout was scrapped, noting that it was “so that Broughton can deal with a few personal matters.”
UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera is scheduled to take place on August 4, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Broughton, who trains at the WolfsLair MMA Academy in England, is currently looking to end a two-fight losing skid and a pink slip if he should lose three straight in the Octagon. He had won four straight when he debuted in the UFC in October 2010, submitting Vinicius Queiroz at UFC 120. He then lost back-to-back decisions to Travis Browne and Phil De Fries.
Mitrione, a former TUF 10 competitor, lost his first fight dropping a decision to Cheick Kongo at UFC 137. Previous to that match, Mitrione had won five straight with four (T)KO finishes. His last victory went down just over a year ago in June 2011, with a second round knockout finish of Christian Morecraft at UFC on Versus 4.
That’s because InvictaFC.com will stream the entire 14-fight women’s event LIVE and FREE around the globe because, well, that’s how they roll. That means you now have no excuse to skip what could be one of the better MMA fight cards in the past week or so.
From Invicta FC President and Co-Founder Shannon Knapp:
“We are excited about delivering a stacked women’s fight card to a global audience for the second time in a three month span. The live stream is an excellent way of supporting Invicta FC’s mission of providing women mixed martial artists with a major platform to showcase their skills on and to support the growth of women’s MMA far and wide.”
The entire Invicta FC 2 fight card and line-up after the jump.
135 lbs.: Sarah Moras vs. Raquel Pennington 135 lbs.: Jessamyn Duke vs. Suzie Montero 125 lbs.: Cheryl Chan vs. Jocelyn Lybarger 105 lbs.: Angelica Chavez vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc 105 lbs.: Liz McCarthy vs. Jessica Philippus
With the last of the formalities complete, it’s finally time to fight. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held its official weigh in event for UFC 149: “Faber vs. Barao” earlier this evening (Fri., July 20, 2012) from inside the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
To cut to the chase, skip the video replay above and check out complete UFC 149 weigh in results right now click here.
The show will be headlined by an interim bantamweight championship showdown pitting perennial title contender Urijah Faber against the mostly unknown but incredibly dangerous Renan Barao. The co-main event of the evening also features a bout heavy on title implications as Hector Lombard makes his long awaited Octagon debut against Tim Boetsch with a potential shot at Anderson Silva on the line.
At the moment, we probably know whoPaul Daley is. In terms of the arc of his career, however, can any of us – including Daley himself – really say where he is? He’s signed with Bellator and he’ll make his debut for them tonight when he squares off against Rudy Bears at Bellator 72. That much is all certain.
In the larger scope of his mixed martial arts career, though,his placement seems less obvious. He journeyed through a stint with the UFC that saw him earn both impressive victories and an ignoble departure. Daley eventually moved to the international circuit as well as earning a spot on the Strikeforce roster. Yet through four fights with the former number two MMA organization, ‘Semtex’ lost his last three. In June of 2012 he asked for his release and was granted it.
Tonight marks the beginning of the next chapter of the striker from Nottingham’s career. Questions about what Daley hopes to and can reasonably accomplish will be answered both tonight and in the coming year. Has Daley already turned in his best work or is the move to Bellator with the more consistent competition schedule precisely what he needs to perform more consistently?
In this interview with MMA Fighting, Daley discusses where he is in his career, what he still hopes to accomplish in MMA, his boxing influences, what went wrong at Strikeforce, his sense of the Bellator welterweight division and much more.
Full audio and partial transcription below:
Luke Thomas: I don’t know if you’re disappointed. You had Dereck Chisora to beat David Haye. Is that right?
Paul Daley: Yeah, I just looked at some of the history and I was hopeful. Realistically, David Haye was always going to win but it added a lot of controversy so I was just trying to stir up a few people and so forth on Facebook. We watched it, me and my coach came to my house and watched it and it was a great performance by David Haye.
Luke Thomas: Are you a bigger fan of the way Chisora represents himself or Haye because they’re in some ways similar but different to?
Paul Daley: I think they’re just both fighters. Everybody’s an individual but when you get down to it, you can see by their performance that they’re real fighters. They’re not actors. They’re real tough guys.
Luke Thomas: It was an up and down week for British boxing obviously with Haye winning but Amir Kahn losing to Danny Garcia. It surprised everyone but did it surprise you?
Paul Daley: Yeah and no. The guy that beat him was a tough puncher but he looked smaller. Kahn looked like the massively bigger guy. I knew he had a lot of power and I think what Kahn did wrong was not listen to Freddie Roach. After the first knockdown, Roach said, “clinch, hold him,” and Kahn went toe-to-toe with him which was obviously the wrong choice.
Luke Thomas: Kahn is 22-1 under UK promoter Frank Warren and he’s 4-2 with Golden Boy. Do you think it was a mistake to sign with Golden Boy?
Paul Daley: Yeah, I think he went a little early. He was after the game and the riches, being in America before he was actually ready. Golden Boy has given him tough match-ups and they haven’t really looked after him. They don’t want to see his career do well, just keep putting him in entertaining fights, win or lose I guess
Luke Thomas: We’ll circle back to what Khan, Chisora and Haye mean in the UK to you, but let’s start with your MMA career. Every career, no matter whose it is, has a beginning, a middle and an end and every career has its ups and downs. In the ark of your career, where are you?
Paul Daley: Me? Well I’m still on the way up. I want to finish at high so I see this new stop in Bellator, new team and new routine in my personal life as a restructuring of things that are definitely gonna end on an up. I don’t intend to be in this sport as an old man like the Dan Hendersons and the like. There are enough things for me to do outside the sport in business and being a father. Another five years, achieve my goals, win the Bellator tournament, take hold of the belt and we’ll see what comes after that. Make a nice little nest egg.
Luke Thomas: I’m not asking you to bash anybody at Showtime, but you asked for your release. You were granted it. You were clearly not getting what you wanted out of Showtime. What weren’t you getting out of Strikeforce and Showtime that you are getting now?
Paul Daley: I wasn’t getting fights basically. After the Misaki fight, granted I had lost to Nick Diaz the champion in a very close fight, I fought Tyron Woodley who’s a title contender that just lost the championship in a very close fight which I thought I won and I fought a Japanese champion in Misaki who’s coming down from middleweight, a former top 10 middleweight who beat Dan Henderson in a fight where I thought I won another close fight. Because of those losses, none of them are really devastating losses where I was out cold on my ass or choked out or made to look ridiculous. I was competitive in close matches. I thought there were more options to rebuild me and fight some of the up-and-comers they have there especially with the arrival of Nate Marquardt. I thought they’d have been passionate about doing that but it wasn’t their plan.
I think Bellator presented a great opportunity. I think unless they merge with the UFC, they are gonna be starved for characters and superstars and I think I bring something to the table in terms of character. I make for interesting match-ups. There were matches like in Strikeforce, fights with Tarec Saffiedine and then of course there’s Nate Marquardt. That fight was supposed to happen in BAMMA which would have been even in Strikeforce, especially after the performance he did this weekend. With all that, they couldn’t see our vision and my management’s vision and it wasn’t really laying out a clear path so I asked them to release me and to test the free market and that’s what happened.
Luke Thomas: Was there any pushback when you asked for a release?
Paul Daley: They did drag their feet a bit. I don’t know if they were looking at it like, “Alright, what are we gonna do with him?” and I think they just couldn’t see. For us, there was loads of opportunities with Strikeforce but it did take a while and I’m guessing it was to discuss it and they couldn’t see what we were seeing so they approved it and gave me my release papers.
Luke Thomas: Part of the selling point was that Bellator has a more regular schedule, but were there any fighters of note that left the Zuffa family for the Bellator family that made you think, “This is a possibility for me. This is something that I can really do successfully in my career?”
Paul Daley: I just think that since purchase of Strikeforce by Zuffa, I think Bellator is number two competition. I think all going well, if the Viacom purchase turns out well, I think Bellator can do really good things. I think they’ve got a great format, a big company behind them now and a roster of talent that is not widely known but puts on good fights. I think they can build the characters. Now that King Mo is crossing over to TNA, that will bring a whole new dynamic to the company. We’ll see. There’s a lot for me to do here with the tournament and it’s very interesting.
Luke Thomas: If you had your way, how many times a year would you compete?
Paul Daley: Six. I would like to fight six times a year ideally. That’s when I feel I perform at my best. I’m just more focused. I don’t really like breaks too much. I train continuously anyway so it doesn’t really matter if the fight’s scheduled or not but the mental edge, when you know you’re gonna have six fights in a year, and I may not get that in Bellator but I’ll get close to it. This fight now is part of the Summer Series and I think I’ve got another non-tournament bout before the tournament starts in January. That’s a good frequency of fights. I go all the way to the final of the tournament, that’s five fights. That’s pretty good.
Luke Thomas: Can you fight six times a year and stay injury free? And to that point, why are so many fighters getting injured?
Paul Daley: I don’t know. I’ve always entered this sport with the mentality of like a Thai fighter. I’m as passionate about the fight as the old school boxers, just happy for every fight you can get. Not just for the money but just for the experience to get your name out there. Take on the best competiton with no regard for the result you might get to their record. They’re real fighters and they’ll have a peak in their career where they get those 20 back to back wins which set them up for the future and create their legacy as such. That’s my mentality in this sport. I want to fight as frequently as possible against tough guys like I always do. I always fight tough guys, beat people up and I’ve always been lucky enough to stay injury free and I guess I’ve been blessed in that way.
Luke Thomas: It seems no matter what organization you go to, there’s always some guy at the top who’s a high level wrestler with a smothering style. Sure enough, the champion of Bellator, obviously a very talented athlete and an undefeated champion. What is your opinion of Ben Askren and specifically his seeming inability to finish?
Paul Daley: You know, he’s a great wrestler and that’s what he does. It’s the same at the top of all the organizations except OneFC. I think all their top guys are jiu-jitsu guys or strikers which I think is interesting as well. I’ve not really got an opinion. Ben Askren is a great wrestler. He’s a champion and he wins fights at the end of the day. He’s not the most popular with a lot of people but those people with that style aren’t popular. They’re not gonna be the people that if things do go wrong, they’ll be picked up by other promotions because they don’t have a fan-friendly style where you see throughout my career, despite wins and losses, I’ll always have a home and that’s always been the case because of the way I fight and my attitude towards the sport as well.
Luke Thomas: What about the other crop? Rudy Bears, you can’t look past that fight but you are heavily favored. Assuming things go well, what is your sense about the other guys at the top of the welterweight heap in Bellator?
Paul Daley: It’s great fights. Bryan Baker is fighting Karl Amoussou on the card as well. Obviously you’ve got Ben Saunders in there, Douglas Lima’s a tough guy, Chris Lozano, he’s a tough guy, Lyman Good, another tough guy that I was actually matched up to fight in Affliction before they went under so yeah. There’s a lot of tough guys in the organization, a lot of talent. I think the company’s grown with a lot of guys passionate about fighting including Rudy Bears. He doesn’t have as good of a record or experience fighting as high level guys as I do, but he’s no mug as we do say in England. He’s gonna bring the fight.
Luke Thomas: I’m interested in what sort of mark you want to make in the sport, particularly in the UK. This wasn’t going to happen in Strikeforce since they run the North American circuit. Bellator is in Canada and the US, it’s a growing promotion, but it doesn’t really have a footprint in the UK. Do you believe that you can make an imprint in England without really being able to compete there?
Paul Daley: I think I already have. I think the hardcore fans in the sport in the UK know who I am. I’m regularly getting stopped and getting pictures taken pretty much everywhere. I have billboards and mentions in press and this was before Bellator. This is through my other business ventures. I’m regularly in advertising and Fighter’s Fit magazine and I am a figure in the UK in mixed martial arts and I think one thing people forget is prior to the UFC coming to the UK, I was one of the UK fighters that had the most exposure whether it was through Cage Rage when they were on Sky Sports or EliteXC when they were on CBS.
Before the UFC came, all the papers that they put the UFC fighters in now, I was a regular. I was already in The Sun, The Daily Star. I was already on radio doing Radio One and all this kind of stuff that the people don’t know because they see the background but if you come to the UK, you’ll see. Like my Facebook, I’ve got a strong following and it comes from all the groundwork that I did on the way up. I didn’t go on TUF. I didn’t do any of that. I traveled the world. I fought and got exposure that way and the media caught onto it very, very early.
Luke Thomas: How do you maintain that profile without that television presence in that market? That may change, but that’s the state of things today.
Paul Daley: Yeah, I’m hoping that does change. I haven’t spoken to Bjorn or other guys at the top as far as UK broadcasting but I’m happy to just be here, win and be a champion even if it means me funding things myself though my own business. I’ll do that in the UK just to remain in the public eye. I’m at a stage in my career where I don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on clothes and cars and stuff so I reinvest a lot in myself though markets and my business. If it means paying for an ad on local TV just to keep my name out there, I’ll do it, but fingers crossed, Bellator finds a way to come over on UK TV or tape delay or something like that.
Luke Thomas: Do you feel reinvigorated with the change from the Zuffa to the Bellator?
Paul Daley: Yeah, I do. They’ve given me some good opportunities. I was signed with them for a couple weeks and I got a call saying, “Paul, do you want to come out to New York? We’ll fly you out to do MMA Uncensored.” The UFC or Strikeforce never did that for me. That’s a real opportunity and before I knew it, I was on the show at the drop of a hat and they get a decent amount of viewers. I appreciate a company that is actually valuing me as a person, as a character and as a fighter. It is invigorating to get more attention.
Urijah Faber will take on Renan Pegado at the upcoming UFC 149 pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (July 21, 2012) at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the process, he’ll try to get his hands on the division’s Interim Bantamweight Championship.
George Dodd has resigned from his position as Executive Officer at the troubled California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), informing members the “low points” of his job are “affecting the ones he loves.”
Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza on Monday denied the existence of a list of Strikeforce fighters that are banned from signing with the UFC during the lifetime of the Strikeforce-Showtime deal.
On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Espinoza said the report was erroneous.
Espinoza said that because Showtime isn’t an MMA promoter, they have no existing deals with fighters that can limit their movement. What they do have is a contract with Zuffa that allows them to broadcast the talent pool of Strikeforce-contracted talent.
“That roster of talent at the point we entered into the contract is attached to our contract informationally,” he said. “But all this stuff about controlling people when they’re free agents and things like that, that’s not true.”
Espinoza said that any specific fighters contracts are between them and Zuffa. Using lightweight champion Melendez as an example, he said he had never seen the fighter’s contract and had no idea what negotiation or matching rights Strikeforce has when it runs out.
“We’ve got an arrangement with Strikeforce that gives us rights to Strikeforce fights while they have those fighters under contract to Strikeforce,” he said. “Beyond that, the short answer is, that’s sort of an issue in the contract between Strikeforce and the fighters. Not us. We’re not privy to that stuff.”
Espinoza did acknowledge that the UFC could not bring Melendez or any other fighter over from Strikeforce if that fighter had existing fights on his current Strikeforce deal.
“Putting it in context, that’s the case for all other MMA promotions, that’s the case for all other professional sports,” he said. “If you’re under contract in MLS you can’t go sign in the European league. If you’re under contract in the NBA, you cant go sign in another league while you’re under contract with the NBA. It’s the same thing. While you’re under contract to Strikeforce, you can’t go sign a contract with another organization.”
So to recap, fighters under Strikeforce contract won’t be coming over to the UFC anytime soon, but once their existing deals are up and they become free agents, they can entertain a move from Strikeforce’s hexagon to the UFC’s octagon with impunity.
Strikeforce: “Rockhold vs. Kennedy” went down at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, last night (Sat., July 14, 2012), establishing nine winners who will move on from the evening in search of their next big conquest.
There was plenty of winning to go around during the fight card that featured two championship bouts, but there were two big standouts during this particular night of mixed martial arts (MMA) action.
You could even give a tip of the cap to the entire Strikeforce organization for delivering a fairly decent fight card on the heels of two nearly consecutive events by its “big brother” organization, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
In the end, there’s always somebody that comes out on top as the biggest winner. Subsequently, there’s also that guy or girl who under-produces in such a way that it just leaves a foul taste in your mouth.
After the jump, we’ll take a look at who stood out as the biggest winner and lowliest loser from Strikeforce: “Rockhold vs. Kennedy.”
Though there were many deserving candidates, for me, the biggest winner of the night has to be Nate Marquardt.
After what was quite possibly the worst year of his life, including being cut by the UFC, having a wash-out of a short stint with BAMMA, then finally being allowed to stand back under the Zuffa umbrella, Marquardt made weight (and even came in a half pound under the limit), stuck to his gameplan and kept his word by knocking out the previously unbeaten Tyron Woodley.
The fight was not without its roadbumps, but overall, Marquardt looked like the better fighter for the entirety of the bout.
He was bigger, stronger, had better striking and really looked good at 170 pounds.
Not only did he get a big monkey off his back by getting a win after the long delay, he also proved that this divisional move may have rejuvenated his career.
If “The Great” is able to put another performance or two like that together, it won’t be long till he finds himself back in the familiar UFC Octagon.
He made some mistakes. That’s a given. But Marquardt is one of the better and nicer guys in all of mixed martial arts (MMA). He paid for his sins and did his time. I think it’s time we all move on.
For this one, I’m going to have to go with the Strikeforce promotion, in general. Paint me a “hater,” and that’s fair enough. But after watching two UFC shows in such a short span of time, I just can’t get over Strikeforce’s bad production quality.
And that’s not on Zuffa. That’s entirely on Showtime and Strikeforce.
For starters, how do advertise the fact that you’re going to televise the entire preliminary card, then have Jason High vs. Nate Moore go on, right before the TV broadcast kicks in?
To boot, the fight ended up featuring very exciting finish from High, who is one the organization’s more noteworthy welterweights. (Not that they have a ton.)
It’s just felt sloppy, and as the cameras turned on and focused in on Mauro Ranallo and his band of bunglers, you could tell he was frazzled and that they were trying to figure out what to do next.
Why would you televise every fight except one? And then, if you go that route, why wouldn’t you explain that to anyone in the world?
It just felt very “bush league.”
Speaking of Ranallo, it would be impossible for me to get through a Strikeforce recap without noting how absolutely terrible he and Frank Shamrock are.
And usually, I give Pat Miletich a pass, but I almost feel his time around the dynamic doofus duo has brought his abilities down to their level.
Every broadcast, Ranallo finds some dumb catchphrase, early on, latches onto it and then never lets go, until he beats it to death.
Shamrock just sits there smiling, because he wants everyone to know he doesn’t have braces anymore, but he isn’t smart enough to realize that the fans can’t hear that when the camera isn’t on him.
When he does muster up the courage to say something, it’s usually wrong, and he almost never finishes his sentences.
Which works out great, because Miletich is usually there to jump in and finish the sentence, which usually turns into Pat making a statement that almost always sounds like him cheering for a fighter with whom he is friends or a former training partner or coach.
And don’t even come at with me your ill-though out comebacks about them being better than Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan. They absolutely are not. You don’t believe it. You’re just trying to be different and get attention. Stop it.
Goldberg and Rogan have their shortcomings, and the UFC production is not always perfect, but it blows everything else out of the water. And it isn’t even close.
I just feel that if you do something as a team, for years, you should eventually get better at it. I’ve never got the feeling that Strikeforce and its production team have done that, which is sad, because every now and then, they have some pretty enjoyable fight cards.
Anyway, those are my nominees for biggest winner and lowliest loser. Who are yours?