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· On The Spot ~ Ryan Bader

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Mon. Sep 28, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Undefeated Ryan ‘Darth’ Bader, winner of the eight installment of “The Ultimate Fighter”, has recovered from an MCL injury back in April and is ready to resume his assault on the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Bader (10-0) will be returning to action on October 24 against Eric Schafer at “UFC 104: Machica vs Shogun” in Los Angeles. MMA Spot’s Hugh Spencer grabbed a few moment’s to talk to the rising star about his injury recovery, his opponent, his training, and life as a reality TV star.

 

· Wes Sims ~ The A-Hole Show

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Wes SimsWes Sims has carved out a distinct image for himself in the sport, a perfect villain. He’s been absent from the spotlight during the past few years, and he was even homeless, until The Ultimate Fighter came calling for a colorful addition to their newest season. David McKinney recently caught up with the always-entertaining 6’10” self-proclaimed ‘black man’ to talk about his career, being homeless, and the atmosphere during this season on TUF.

 

· On The Spot ~ Rafaello ‘Tractor’ Oliveira

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Wed. Sep 09, 2009 at 12:16 PM

MMA Spot’s Jesse Denis recently caught up with newly signed UFC prospect, Rafaello ‘Tractor’ Oliveira. Oliveira, a Brazilian jiu- jitsu black belt and two-time North Ameri- can Grappling Association champion, trains with current UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn. He is now set to make his debut at “UFC 103” in Dallas, Tex. on September 19. He will take on fellow newcomer Nik Lentz, who is filling in for the injured Dan Lauzon. We asked Tractor how getting ready for three different oppon- ents has affected his training, what it’s like training with the champion, and much more.

 

· On The Spot ~ Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Mon. Sep 07, 2009 at 05:00 AM

In April of 2009, Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit made his UFC debut against former middleweight contender, turned wel- terweight, Martin Kampmann at “UFC Fight Night 18.” Condit and Kampmann treated the fans to a highly competitive and enter- taining fight, and although the judges’ de- cision gave Kampmann the victory, it was by no means an underwhelming performance by Condit. Set to take on UFC newcomer Jake Ellenberger on Sept. 16, Carlos sat down with MMA Spot’s Matthew DeMarinis to discuss his new camp, how he gets his mind right for fighting, what part of his game has improved the most, and also how he would approach a fight with UFC Welterweight Champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre.

 

· On The Spot ~ James Brasco

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James Brasco is a mixed martial artist fighting out of Team Popovitch in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he is also the wrestling instructor. He is a Pennsylvania native where he was a PIAA state runner up with a high school record of 127-10. His wrestling achievements not ending there, he is also a Pennsylvania State Freestyle Champion, 3-times NCCA Eastern Regional Champion and ranked #6 by Amateur Wrestling News. Taking up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu just to see what it was about, he quickly excelled and is a six-time N.A.G.A Champion, 2007 World Brown Belt Jiu Jitsu Champion. He also recently received an invitation to participate in this year’s ADCC. Coming up on September 4 he will be fighting Herbert Goodman at Shine 2: ATT vs The World from the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Fla. He is currently 5-1 in MMA, but his accolades and skill level supersede his record. He took the time to answer a few questions and gave his thoughts on issues such as why he has a hard time getting fights, The Ultimate Fighter tryouts, and Brock Lesnar.

 

· Video: On The Spot ~ Roan Carneiro

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Thu. Sep 03, 2009 at 12:42 AM

MMA Spot’s Jesse Denis recently caught up with Roan ‘Jucao’ Carneiro (12-8) at American Top Team’s headquarters in Coconut Creek, Florida, to discuss his upcoming fight with Chute Boxe fighter Jorge Patino. Carneiro and Patino, both UFC veterans, will headline the upcoming Shine Fights promoted Shine 2: American Top Team vs The World event on Sept. 4 in Miami. Carneiro (12-8) has faced the likes of Anderson Silva, Jon Fitch, and Ryo Chonan in the past, and is looking to make his way into the upper echelon of his division.

 

· Jimi Manuwa ~ Becoming The Poster Boy

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Wed. Aug 19, 2009 at 02:56 AM

With the recent explosion of mixed martial arts in Europe, several new international stars are bursting onto the scene. Fighters such as Michael Bisping, Ross Pearson, Dan Hardy, and Paul Daley are all making their ways toward the top of the sport. One fighter not far behind and making an impressive mark on the English market is Jimi ‘Poster Boy’ Manuwa. Manuwa (4-0), the current Ultimate Challenge UK light heavyweight champion, is already turning heads and stirring up significant interest after just four professional fights. Manuwa recently sat down with MMA Spot’s J. Andrew Yount to discuss his career, influences, future, and more.

 

· Royce Gracie: I Give Them The Tools, The Rest Is Up To Them

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Wed. Jul 29, 2009 at 03:20 PM

For those interested in the origins and history of modern mixed mar- tial arts (MMA), the Gracie name is synonymous with those beginnings. One name in particular goes hand- in-hand with the early days of what has become the premier organ- ization, Ultimate Fighting Champ- ionship, and the immediate growth and expansion of the sport thereafter. That name is Royce Gracie. MMA Spot recently spoke with MMA’s elder statesmen and elicited his thoughts on a variety of topics including the state of the sport today, his role in its history, and the future of fighting.

 

· On The Spot ~ Gilbert Melendez

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Sun. Jul 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM

As Gilbert ‘El Nino’ Melendez pre- pares for his August 15 showdown with Josh ‘The Punk’ Thompson, the interim Strikeforce lightweight champion takes some time away from his grueling training schedule to speak with MMA Spot about the match up, his future, his friends, and his business. Melendez is cer- tainly one of the brightest stars currently fighting in the lightweight division. He has wins over Clay Guida, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Rumina Sato, and now, in his own words, he has a renewed dedication to becoming the best lightweight in the world.

 

· Renato Sobral ~ It Speaks For Itself

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on Sun. Jul 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM

While many fighters spend years riding the popularity and expectations that come from their pedigree or a lone victory, Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral (35-8) is content to just keep moving forward. Sobral has spent a career at or near the top of the light heavyweight division, but yet is still one of the most under appreciated mixed martial artists to ever put on a pair of gloves. Coming up at Affliction’s Trilogy event, he will be facing off against Gegard Mousasi. MMA Spot’s J. Andrew Yount recently caught up with the superstar to discuss this bout among other things.

 

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