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· On The Spot ~ Daiju Takase

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Tue. Aug 31, 2010 at 04:30 PM

When Daiju Takase stunned the mixed martial arts world with a victory over Anderson Silva in 2003, many pegged the jiu-jitsu specialist as a serious contender. Unfortunately for Takase, many fighters now had him figured and refused to go to the mat with him. Takase was dropped from Pride Fighting Championships after losing three of his next five. Now more than a decade into his career, Takase is looking to make a name for himself in America. David McKinney was recently able to catch up with Takase through his translator for


· Cage Contender 6 Promoter John Ferguson Ready For Big Weekend

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Fri. Aug 27, 2010 at 01:00 PM

With the weekend fast approaching towards the Cage Contender 6 event in Altrincham, England, we caught up with fight promoter John Ferguson to talk about the fights on the card and the main event that seems to be catching the eye of many international fight fans. Fight fans in Europe are in for a treat this weekend, when two of the continents fastest rising welterweight stars collide in the cage. Danny Mitchell takes on Gunnar Nelson in a battle that is already expected to rival some of the fight of the year contenders in the award stakes.


· Icelandic Star Gunnar Nelson Talks Cage Contender 6 Main Event

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Fri. Aug 27, 2010 at 09:08 AM

With one of the biggest fights in Europe taking place in Altrincham, England this weekend, our reporter Martin Smith caught up with Icelandic star Gunnar Nelson to talk about his fight with fellow highly-regarded prospect, U.K. welterweight Danny Mitchell at Cage Contender 6 this Saturday evening.


· Danny Mitchell ~ Ready For Nelson; Cage Contender 6 Main Event

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Wed. Aug 25, 2010 at 06:32 AM

With less than a week to go before the Cage Contender promotion returns with another great card, Martin Smith of MMA Spot caught up with English welterweight stand out Danny Mitchell about his upcoming Cage Contender 6 main event match up with Gunnar Nelson. A fight that is being touted as one of the biggest in Europe this year.


· On The Spot ~ Ulysses Gomez

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Thu. Aug 19, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Ulysses Gomez, has emerged as an early favorite to win this Bellator FC’s bantamweight tournament. The current Tachi Palace Fights flyweight champion, will be making the move from 125 pounds to 135 pounds to take on Travis Reddinger on September 2. “Useless” recently sat down with to discuss signing with Bellator, his chances in the tournament, and his U.S. national soccer team brother.


· On The Spot ~ Lynn Alvarez

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Wed. Aug 11, 2010 at 09:39 AM

Bellator Fighting Championships is holding a women’s 115 pound tournament that will kick off at Bellator 24 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 12. On the card is up-and-coming fighter, Lynn Alvarez, who trains out of Tap Out Research & Development Training Center and Legion BJJ in Las Vegas, Nev. Alvarez has the exciting opportunity to represent women in MMA as she goes head to head with Jessica Aguilar. Alvarez was training for a fight that fell through when she received the opportunity to join Bellator’s women’s tournament, which has lead to a five-month training camp. MMA Spot’s Breanna Armstrong takes some time with Alvarez to discuss her bout, career and future goals in the sport.


· On The Spot ~ Rodney Wallace

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Fri. Aug 06, 2010 at 12:48 PM

UFC light heavyweight Rodney Wallace is not concerned about Phil Davis’ pedigree or hype. When his original opponent Stanislav Nedkov had to withdraw, with just two weeks to go until the fight, Wallace asked specifically for Davis. Nicknamed “Sho-Nuff The Master,” Wallace sat down with MMA Spot’s Andrew Yount to discuss his opponent, fighter marketability, and why Wallace wants to see Anderson Silva lose his title this weekend.


· On The Spot ~ Brian Van Hoven

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Sat. Jul 31, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Coming off a devastating knockout win over Vinnie Samero at July’s World Extreme Fighting show in Kissimmee, Fla., Brian Van Hoven recently took time out of his busy schedule to answer questions with MMA Spot’s Chris Dennison. A former U.S. Marine, devoted family man and training partner, Van Hoven trains with the likes of Kris McCray of “The Ultimate Fighter Season 11,” Elijah Harshbarger and many other up-and-coming fighters making names for themselves out of Gold Medal Grappling in Woodbridge, Va. Van Hoven, a rising force in the lightweight division, spoke about his recent knockout victory, how his time in the Marines prepared him for his fighting career and his future aspirations in the sport of MMA.


· On the Spot ~ Robert Drysdale

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Wed. Jul 21, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Robert Drysdale is just another green fighter, looking to make his way up from the ranks of the minor leagues of MMA. It is still not every day that a grappler with the qualifications of Drysdale enters the sport. A multiple time jiu-jitsu world champion and the 2007 Abu Dhabi Absolute Champion (a title that many consider to be the greatest of all in the world of grappling), Drysdale is not just another highly-hyped stud. The grappling ace was long-rumored to be the next jiu-jitsu crossover into MMA, finally making his debut on the Armageddon Fighting Championships 3 card in Canada this past weekend, submitting Bastien Huveneers with an arm triangle choke at 1:12 of the first round. was recently able to catch up with Drysdale to discuss his big win, what his future holds, and his opinion on the BJJ vs. wrestling debate.


· On The Spot ~ Neil “Goliath” Grove

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Tue. Jul 20, 2010 at 06:39 PM

When the upstart Bellator Fighting Champ- ionships organization decided to hold its first-ever heavyweight tournament during the upcoming third season, many speculated that it would feature the same mix of prospects, journeymen looking for a shot at glory, and established names with a bit of an international flare thrown in. Heavyweight UFC veteran Neil “Goliath” Grove fits the bill as the established name and also as an international talent, hailing from England by way out South Africa, where he played semi-pro rugby before moving to England and taking up karate under a judo sensei that would ultimately lead him to his fighting life in MMA. was recently able to catch up with the mammoth heavyweight at his home in England, where he will be until he travels to the U.S. for the first time next month to fight in front of Americans for the first time.


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