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(Askren and Thomas at BFC XIV weigh-ins. Photo by Thomas M. Rozdzynski.)

valium for tmj pain When the 2008 Olympic Games came to a close, wrestler Ben Askren wasn’t happy about his failure to medal. While he intended to return in 2012, the more pressing issue was the pursuit of a career in MMA. We’ve seen the story play out time and time again where a great wrestler makes a smooth transition into the cage, so it was understandable that Askren, a two-time Division I NCAA National Champion, would be sought out by both Strikeforce and Bellator. It’s equally understandable that Askren would choose Bellator with its tournament structure and ability to control your own destiny, familiar territory for a decorated wrestler who won more than his share of tournaments. And the financial rewards and television exposure couldn’t hurt either.

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go to site Thomas was unsuccessful in using any of his limbs to plug any of Askren’s orifices, which certainly made the wrestler’s victory less painful than it could have been. Askren used that wrestling to control the fight and take Thomas down at will. He almost got caught in a triangle early in the round but was able to power out and attempt a nice D’arce choke. After a scramble, Askren, a fan of front chokes, locked in an Anaconda choke that looked to be pretty deep. Thomas closed his eyes and when the referee twice asked him for a sign that he was OK, he didn’t respond and the fight became another first round finish for the Olympian. Ryan immediately popped up and protested and it was clear he was never out. The announcers called it one of the worst stoppages they’d ever seen, but I’d have to disagree. When the ref asked for a sign that he was alright, Thomas’ failure to respond left no option but to stop it. While announcer Jimmy Smith argued that Ryan may not have been able to hear the instruction or that the ref should have raised his arm to test if he was out, fighter safety has to come first. Given the time he was already in the choke and the lack of response, credit Askren for a decent, albeit controversial victory. Askren secures the first spot in the Welterweight semifinals with the win.

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(Reis turns the other cheek against Lierley. Photo by Thomas Michael Rozdzynski.)

see url Bellator season one semi-finalist Wilson Reis made it clear in his pre-fight interview package that he hasn’t forgotten about his loss to eventual BFC Featherweight Champion Joe Soto. In fact, the pre-tourney favorite said that it is in his head every day. We’ve seen that kind of obsession play out well for someone, not so good for others. While NYU grad and collegiate wrestler Shad Lierley probably wished that Soto would be a distraction for Reis, that wasn’t the case. Reis, the 2004 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion in the brown belt division repeatedly took Lierley down in all three rounds, maintaining top position and coming close on several submissions in the first round. Wilson started the third round much the same way as the previous two, taking Shad down and working to a full mount. But unlike when he had the position several times earlier in the fight, Reis postured up and rained down several blows, causing Lierley to turn away from the punishment. When he did, the submission wizard was on his neck in a flash and had Shad tapping second later for the win. Reis now joins Georgi Karakhanyan and Joe Warren in the semifinals.

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(Curran looms over a downed Ricci. Photo by Thomas M. Rozdzynski.) Highly regarded lightweight Mike Ricci fought for the first time outside his native Canada when he took on Pat Curran, the first cousin of WEC and Pride veteran Jeff Curran. When you’re undefeated and train with the likes of Georges St. Pierre, Kenny Florian and Rashad Evans there are going to be high expectations. In fact, Ricci said that when you get used to sparring with fighters of that caliber, everything seems to be moving a lot slower when he gets in the cage with other fighters. Everyone, apparently, except Pat Curran. After a feeling out process that saw Curran throw mostly kicks that seemed to be for the purpose of measuring the distance against his taller opponent, Curran landed an overhead right that crumbled Ricci to the canvas, out cold. The referee jumped in to call a halt to the bout after a few academic punches landed to an unconscious Ricci. Curran, who was the subject of one of the episodes of the Tapout reality series, pleased the hometown crowd as he advanced to the semifinal round.

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(Imada works Krause’s body. Photo by Thomas M. Rozdzynski.) Toby Imada’s inverted triangle during BFC Season One may have been the closest thing to Griffin/Bonnar 1 in terms of its effect on the success of the promotion. The video went viral and became everyone’s Submission of the Year and helped put both BFC and Imada in the spotlight. Now back for Season 2, Imada, who has a heavy judo background, was scheduled to take on French judo Olympian Ferrid Kherer until he was hospitalized with appendicitis. Enter WEC vet James Krause who weighted 190 pounds last Saturday when he got the call to replace Kherer. To his credit, he dropped 35 pounds to make weight and take his shot in the BFC Lightweight tournament. Krause held his own in the first round, but had to verbally tap to Imada when he used quick hips to transition from a triangle to a fight ending armbar in the second round. Lightweight winners Pat Curran and Imada join Roger Huerta and Carey Vanier in the semis as the four look for their shot against BFC Champ Eddie Alvarez. Larry Pepe is the host of Pro MMA Radio. Follow him on Twitter @LarryPepe.


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is 40 mg of xanax too much “Up until recently, fans in the United States didn’t really revere fighters as Samurai warriors, but that’s how they view you in Japan. While we’re watching Sunday afternoon football in America, they’re watching Sunday afternoon fighting,” says Hornbuckle with a chuckle. And according to “The Handler,” it is precisely this type of admiration that makes the sacrifices of being a fighter more worthwhile. “When you’re walking the streets, it’s a very cool feeling when you have people coming up to you with smiles saying, ‘Oh, Sengoku-san! Sengoku-san!’ and wanting pictures,” he says.

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Soma Pill High The promotion’s inaugural Light-Heavyweight Tournament is the only other officially-announced component of Bellator’s upcoming fourth season. In the coming weeks, Bellator will announce its season four tournament participants. To date, the only other announced fighters for season four are Daniel Gracie and Ron Sparks. The promotion currently boasts champions in all men’s divisions but Flyweight and Light Heavyweight. Those champions are Zach Makovsky (#11 Bantamweight), Joe Warren (#2 Featherweight), Eddie Alvarez (#10 Lightweight), Ben Askren (#16 Welterweight), Hector Lombard (#6 Middleweight), Cole Konrad (#24 Heavyweight), and Zoila Frausto, who will likely be at the top of the heap when FIGHT! unveils its Women’s Flyweight Rankings.


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(Roger Huerta, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, and Eddie Alvarez share a laugh before Bellator’s season three Alvarez vs. Huerta superfight.) It’s been a nomadic existence for Bellator Fighting Championships since the promotion came into being in 2009. The tournament-format MMA show never hits the same city two weeks in a row and has bounced between several broadcast partners who aired live Thursday night events or tape-delayed highlights packages. Today Bellator announced that it has signed a broadcast agreement with MTV2 to air two 12-week tournaments per year and an undetermined number of special events for three years, starting with Bellator Season Four in March 2011. Each Bellator season either determines a champion in a weight class or determines a challenger for a champion of a previous seasons tournament.

valium plus alcohol “MMA is at the top of our audience’s wish list, and partnering with Bellator to bring live events and specials to MTV2 made complete sense since our viewers are so hungry to see more MMA on-air,” the press release quoted Eric Conte as saying. Conte is the SVP of Programming and Production for MTV2.

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(Jimmy Wallhead, who is now matched for the weekend. Image by David Swann/Cage Warriors)

enter As our interview with “Judo” Jimmy Wallhead (18-5) revealed earlier in the week, the Rough House man has had an abundance of bad luck and unfortunate incidents in his MMA career. His signing to Bellator FC was seen as the light at the end of a turbulent tunnel but his debut in the welterweight tournament was cancelled when the Icelandic volcano situation was at its peak. In a bid to stay busy, Wallhead was booked to face the tough Mikey Gomez at Cage Warriors 37: Right To Fight this weekend at Birmingham’s NEC arena. However, after things seemed to be going all too swimmingly for the Leicester man, normal service resumed when Gomez was forced to withdraw with a training injury over the weekend. Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean scrambled to find a replacement and the hard work has paid off. Judo will meet Muay Thai as Wallhead will now take on the durable journeyman Shaun Lomas. “I’m just really happy to get matched to be honest,” Wallhead told FIGHT! earlier. “I haven’t seen him fight MMA but I’ve seen him fight K-1 a few times and he’s a tough, durable guy that likes to bang! I won’t be taking him lightly.”

source url Lomas is admired and respected on the combat circuit for his willingness to take on all comers, even competing in an open-weight tournament despite being a natural 77kg fighter. Although his up and down record reflects his hasty approach to fight management, Lomas is no walkover as he has shown his grit and skill set in two winning outings against the Wolfslair’s Tony Moran. Moran was previously undefeated with a set of highlight reel knockouts to his name, but Lomas proved the doubters wrong when he earned a tough decision over the former professional boxer in their inaugural battle. Keen to rectify this, Moran rematched Lomas on Manchester’s UCC but was defeated late on with a guillotine choke. Of the Lomas vs. Moran battles, Wallhead noted,

“He’s a dude! I know that, I’ve heard about them fights. I’ll have to keep my hands up and my chin down as he likes to throw some big haymakers and a lot of leg kicks.”

At this stage, “Judo” Jim will have plenty of rage to unleash in the cage come Saturday.

“I’ll take my opportunities but I know where his strengths are. I’m not afraid to strike with him at all but sooner or later it’s gonna end up with him on his back and me beating him up.”

Wallhead, normally competing at welterweight, will meet Lomas at middleweight as the bout has been agreed to at this late stage. It adds another interesting clash to an already formidable fight card on May 22nd, details of which can be found here.



On Thurs., Bellator announced the addition of Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron (#19 Welterweight) to its Season 4 welterweight tournament. The UFC, Strikeforce, and IFL veteran is on a seven-fight win streak, but found himself adrift when Affliction abruptly abandoned its fight promotion, and unable to get traction within Strikeforce following wins over Jesse Taylor and Joe Riggs. Hieron has not fought in a full calendar year.

“This is the exact type of situation I wanted to be in right now. With the tournament format, there’s no politics, no golden boys, and nobody getting protected, there’s none of that. If you win you move forward, and that’s that. That’s the bottom line and that’s exactly what I was looking for,” Hieron was quoted in the press release. “I feel like I’ve been through as bad a situation that somebody can go through in their career, and I’m still here. Not only that, but my body’s right, I’m healthy, and I feel like it’s my time.”

Hieron joins Steve Carl (#43), “Judo” Jimmy Wallhead, former Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good (#38), Dan Hornbuckle (#57), Brent Weedman (#84), Chris Lozano, and former Olympic judoka Rick Hawn as they compete for $100,000 and a shot at Askren. Both Lozano and Hawn will enter our rankings after their first tournament fight.

The promotion’s inaugural Light-Heavyweight Tournament is the only other officially-announced component of Bellator’s upcoming fourth season, which will air on MTV2. In the coming weeks, Bellator will announce its season four tournament participants. To date, the other announced fighters for season four are Joe Riggs, Daniel Gracie and Ron Sparks.

The promotion currently boasts champions in all men’s divisions but Flyweight and Light Heavyweight. Those champions are Zach Makovsky (#11 Bantamweight), Joe Warren (#2 Featherweight), Eddie Alvarez (#11 Lightweight), Ben Askren (#16 Welterweight), Hector Lombard (#6 Middleweight), Cole Konrad (#24 Heavyweight), and Zoila Frausto, who will likely be at the top of the heap when FIGHT! unveils its Women’s Flyweight Rankings.


(Alvarez finishes Neer. Courtesy of Bellator.)

According to Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, Pat Curran’s upset win last night over tournament favor Roger Huerta represented “proof of concept,” while Eddie Alvarez’s easy finish of UFC vet Josh Neer justified “The Silent Assasin”‘s top-10 ranking, whether or not Alvarez thinks rankings matter. FIGHT! was on the scene for Bellator 17 last night – full results, press conference quotes, and revised rankings are below.

Cole Konrad def. Pat Bennett by unanimous decision (29-26, 29-28, 30-27).
Eddie Alvarez def. Josh Neer by Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:08 of Round 2.
Patrick Curran def. Roger Huerta by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to advance to the finals of Lightweight Tournament.
Toby Imada def. Carey Vanier by Submission (arm bar) at 3:33 of Round 2 to advance to the finals of Lightweight Tournament.
Greg Rebello def. John Doyle by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Justin Torrey def. Lance Everson by TKO (strikes) at 3:55 of Round 2.
Josh LaBerge def. Dan Bonnell by TKO (strikes) at 0:48 of Round 1.
Chuck O’Neil def. Damien Vitale by TKO (doctor stoppage due to cut) at 1:02 of Round 1.

At FIGHT! Magazine, we believe there is a need for a completely objective and unbiased ranking system for fighters to replace the myriad of subjective rankings that have become skewed, in many instances, by fighter popularity. In an effort to address this issue FIGHT! Magazine brings you its computerized rankings system which takes into account a fighters strength of opponent, strength of performance, and frequency of activity.

Only four ranked fighters appeared on last night’s card. Top 10 lightweight Eddie Alvarez started and finished the night ranked #9 at 155, while the man he defeated, Josh Neer, stayed put at #56. Roger Huerta fell hard from #22 to #47 with his unanimous decision loss to unranked Pat Curran. Curran advances to the season two lightweight tournament final, which will be his third qualifying fight. It will be interesting to see where he appears in the rankings following his bout with Toby Imada. Last year’s Bellator lightweight runner-up, Imada improved his position slightly, moving from #50 to #48 with the win over unranked Carey Vanier.

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Bellator XVII marked the first sanctioned, nationally televised MMA event held in Boston since the state’s new athletic commission began regulating the sport in March.

Eddie Alvarez on Josh Neer’s pre-fight hype: “[Josh Neer] kept saying, ‘Oh, I’ll finally fight someone who will stand and fight me and not lay on me.’ And it started to make me think like, maybe he’s gonna take me down and lay on me. I thought maybe he was trying to play head games. But he was seriously content with standing up and fighting and throwing his hands. And any fighter here knows that’s a 50-50 shot, and that’s not an intelligent, it’s not smart to do when you’ve got a guy who’s reckless and willing to throw like that. So I tried to put the numbers in my hands and in my favor.”

Eddie Alvarez on rankings: “I think the rankings are more of a way for my manager to negotiate with Bjorn and get me more money (laughter from audience). That’s all the rankings mean. Everybody’s seen the last couple of weeks. BJ Penn was knocked off by a guy who was ranked number seven, Aoki was knocked off by a guy who was ranked number five. It happens everyday, and any one of us can beat any one else on any given night. So I’m not concerned where I’m ranked. I feel like I could beat any lightweight in the world right now at this time in my career on any given night. So wherever I’m ranked, hopefully, if I ever get out of my contract I’m ranked very high, and then I can re-negotiate for a higher price. (laughter)”

Roger Huerta on losing: “Pat fought a good fight. I’m not sure, I think I started off pretty flat. I don’t know, I just started out slow and he just capitalized on that. I mean, I mean it’s my fault leaving it up to the judges, especially with a new commission out here. Again, my hat just goes off to Pat. Another thing, too, is taking a loss is pretty hard and any fighter out here knows that taking a loss is pretty hard to swallow, and it’s definitely hard for me to swallow. For somebody to say ‘You lose,’ it’s really hard for me to take that.”

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney on sitting cageside as the possible Alvarez-Huerta vanished: The feeling was proof of concept, brother. The feeling was that the tournament is what it is, and it’s objective, and it’s not a guy in a shiny suit sitting behind a desk making a decision…Tonight, Pat Curran won and Pat Curran is going to move on to fight Toby Imada, and the winner of that fight is going to earn the right to walk away with $100,000 and earn the right to fight [Eddie Alvarez]. And neither me or [Bellator matchmaker] Sam Caplan or anybody else is gonna sit behind a desk and make the decision on how that works.”

Cole Konrad on his performance: “Obviously, I still have a long ways to go with my game. And I believe Pat would say the same about his. And we’re looking to make strides and we’re looking to fight the best dudes out there. I know I am. A lot of things I’ve got to work on, but I’m excited to get in there and work on it. I’d like to test myself against the best guys. That’s how you learn. You can only learn so much in practice.”


(Huerta in his split decision loss to Gray Maynard.)

Bellator Fighting Championships elevated its status among mixed martial arts promotions Monday when it announced the signing of former Sports Illustrated cover boy and UFC contender Roger Huerta. Huerta (21-3-1) has lost two fights in a row and has fought just once in the last 20 months, but the charismatic lightweight was easily one of MMA’s top free agents.

“Numbers don’t lie,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Ratings points, attendance at events… Roger brings that extra something.”

Looking sharp in coat and tie, Huerta shared a streaming video press conference with Rebney on Monday. Huerta has not fought since Sept. 16, 2009, but could fight four times for Bellator in 2010. He will likely be the top seed in Bellator’s lightweight tournament April 8 at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Rebney said Huerta’s opponent will be named within five days.

‘I’m not overlooking anybody,” Huerta said. “They will be hungry and now that they know that I am in this tournament, they will be even hungrier. These guys are like caged pit bulls.”

Huerta and Rebney dodged — or ignored — questions regarding contract details. Huerta, who had also been in contact with Strikeforce, touted the tournament format as his reason for signing with Bellator.

“It’s like March Madness,” Huerta said. “The best team will win. It doesn’t matter how you started the season. It’s how you finish.”

If Huerta wins in April, he will fight in the tournament quarterfinals in May with a chance to fight in the semifinals in June. The lightweight tournament winner will meet champion Eddie Alvarez later this year.

“The main thing for me was I wanted to fight constantly,” Huerta said.

That was not always the case. Once a top UFC contender, Huerta refused to renegotiate with Zuffa following a convincing loss to Kenny Florian at UFC 87.

“I wanted to pursue something else,” Huerta said. “There was a point I didn’t know whether I was going to continue to fight or not. I got involved in acting.”

But Huerta credits a split decision loss to Gray Maynard at Ultimate Fight Night 19 for rekindling his competitive fires. Since then, he travelled to Thailand to hone his Muay Thai skills and says he has never stopped training.

“You will see a new Roger Huerta,” he said.

The signing is coup for Bellator. Huerta gives the fledgling promotion a name fighter to add juice to deals with NBC, Fox Sports, Telemundo and ESPN Deportes. A potential match with Alvarez could become the most anticipated lightweight match of the year.