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UFC light heavyweight prospect Jon “Bones” Jones wants to to have fun in his second headlining bout on UFC on Versus against Vladimir Matyushenko. Interview by Danny Acosta. Shot and edited by Rick Lee.

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Drew Dober won FIGHT! Magazine’s Full Time Fighter contest. The prize package included training gear from Jaco and MMAWarehouse, a week of training with Shawn Tompkins at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nev., and cash to blow on slots and “exotic dancers.” We’ll be keeping up with him all week to let you know about his experience as a full time fighter.

Day One:

8:30 a.m. – Ryan wakes me up with breakfast in bed, lol. What a weirdo. We leave for the airport and we part ways at security.

10:20 a.m. – I get seated in my plane and fall asleep instantly, for the whole flight.

12:06 p.m. – I get picked up from the Las Vegas airport by Shawn Tompkins’ wife, Emilie, and Sam Stout.

12:30 p.m. – I arrive at the fighter house. It’s Shawn Tompkins’ house but he lets fighters stay on the second floor. I share a room with Sam Stout.

1 to 4 p.m. – I watched a movie with Sam and just relaxed in the house.

4:30 p.m. – I leave the house with Shawn to tour the strip and all the casinos. We eat some ice cream and just talk about MMA and training. Shawn is one of the coolest guys that I have met in the MMA game.

5:30 p.m. – Shawn and I go grocery shopping, haha.

6 p.m. – I am back at the house talking to Sam Stout about people that train at Xtreme Couture and the reality show. I start watching Rocky II, haha. The rest of the night was watching the Rocky marathon and talking to a couple of the pros about fights and cutting weight.

It was a pretty lackluster first day. Just trying to get comfortable in a strange place and getting to know these guys in Vegas. Tomorrow I start my training camp with the pros so I will have an interesting entry tomorrow.

Read his diary from day two.

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You can count on FIGHT! photographer Paul Thatcher to ask the tough questions, like in this video where he corners Strikeforce welterweight Jay Hieron and demands to know, “What’s your thoughts on the movie ‘Avatar,’ and did you see it in 3-D, and did you see it at the IMAX?”

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American Kickboxing Academy coach Javier Mendez chimes in on the UFC 166 main event between UFC Heavyweight Champion (and AKA team member) Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos.

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(Interview by Danny Acosta. Video shot and edited by Rick Lee.)

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (#25 Lightweight) is eager to see where he stands at the highest levels of the lightweight division when he meets Benson Henderson (#7) at WEC 53 on Dec. 16. The winner will get an immediate title shot against the winner of Frank Edgar vs. Gray Maynard after the WEC is absorbed into the UFC in 2011. Check back on Fri., Dec. 17 for full results and analysis of how WEC 53 affected FIGHT!’s rankings.

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WEC events might be televised just like those of it’s promotional big brother, the UFC, but until March of this year, the show had never produced an event in the eastern half of the United State. “It’s really tough for avid WEC fans on the east coast to experience a live WEC event,” says Pat Santangelo, brand manager for Amp Energy. In an effort to bring the live WEC experience to more fans, Santangelo says Amp and the WEC are “democratizing the decision” to determine the location of a WEC show in Dec. 2010. Thirty cities in 25 states are in the running, and all you have to do to bring the little guys to your big city is go to Ampenergy.com/WEC and vote. If you live in an area with Hess or Maverik convenience stores, you can enter two win a trip for two to the fight as well.

The contest ends July 31st, so go to Ampenergy.com/WEC and vote!

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(Guess that high level wrestling experience didn’t include inverted triangle defense.)

At FIGHT! Magazine, we believe there is a need for a completely objective and unbiased ranking system for fighters to replace the myriad 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. Go here for a detailed explanation of how FIGHT!’s rankings work.

All the fights are in the books and the rankings have been updated. M-1 Global crowned two new champions on Showtime, Bobby Lashley and Phil Baroni looked bad even in victory, all the guys we thought would win their Bellator light heavyweight tournament quarterfinal matches didn’t, and MMA pundits rushed to saddle Phil Davis with “the next Jon Jones” expectations before the afterglow of the current Jon Jones’ title win has even worn off. Additionally, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard retained his CFC Middleweight Championship and UCMMA hosted a heavyweight throwdown in London. Let’s take a quick look ahead what effect the fights had on the rankings.

M-1 Challenge XXIV

M-1 Global kicked off its broadcast partnership with Showtime with a Friday night M-1 Challenge card in Norfolk, Va. Jose Figueroa upended the M-1 Global Lightweight Champion, Artiom Damkovsky, vaulting from #103 to #44 in the Lightweight Rankings. Damkovsky fell hard, from #64 to #140. Magomed Sultanakhmedov finished Tyson Jeffries to win the vacant M-1 Global Middleweight Championship. “The White Wolf” moves from #75 to #37 in the Middleweight Rankings, while Jeffries falls from #62 to #108. UFC vet Vinny Magalhaes defeated unheralded Jake Doeer on the card, getting a bump from #66 to #65 in the Light Heavyweight poll. Full results can be viewed here.

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Bobby Lashley was able to take natural middleweight John Ott down but he wasn’t able to do much with him when he got there. Lashley moves from #91 to #74 in the Heavyweight Rankings with the lackluster win. In the night’s other heavyweight bout, Aaron Rosa moved from #51 to #34 after stopping Abe Wagner, who falls from #62 to #86. PRIDE and UFC vet Phil Baroni outlasted regional fighter Nick Nolte on the card. Baroni moves from #132 to #100 in the Middleweight Rankings while Nolte enters the Welterweight Rankings at #183. Eric Marriott stopped Willian De Souza quickly but actually dropped one spot, from #24 to #25 in the Featherweight Rankings (thanks to Mackens Semerzier – see below). WEC and Bellator vet James Krause moved from #182 to #157 in the Lightweight poll with a quick undercard win. Full results can be viewed here.

In Australia, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard held on to his CFC Middleweight Championship and his #7 Middleweight Ranking with a doctor’s stoppage win over Joe Doerksen. “El Dirte” fell from #41 to #43. In London, UCMMA: Lights Out hosted a heavyweight throwdown between Oli Thompson and Ben Smith. Thompson added a submission win to his resume and comes in at #68 in the Heavyweight Rankings. Smith enters the rankings at #101.

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Bellator’s season four light heavyweight tournament got underway on Saturday with four quarterfinal fights and they didn’t go down the way anybody planned. Tim Carpenter took out Daniel Gracie and entered the Light Heavyweight Rankings at #44. Gracie falls from #46 to #61 following the loss. Raphael Davis dropped from #40 to #76 following his TKO loss to unranked DJ Linderman. No other ranked fighters appeared on the card. Full results can can be viewed here.

UFC Fight Night 24

The UFC visited Seattle for the first time on Saturday night and set Fight Night records for attendance and gate receipts. Phil Davis left Seattle with a signature win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, moving from #20 to #12 in the Light Heavyweight Rankings in the process. ‘Lil Nog falls from #21 to #39 following the loss.

A welterweight feature bout supported the main event but Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson failed to deliver the fireworks everyone hoped for. Johnson jumps from #34 to #17 in the Welterweight Rankings, while Hardy continues his slide, falling from #19 to #39. In other welterweight action, Amir Sadollah moved from #41 to #26 with his win over DaMarques Johnson, who plummeted from #55 to #99. John Hathaway won his fight but lost out in the rankings, dropping from #33 to #64 with his split decision over Kris McCray. McCray moves from #137 in the Middleweight poll to #103 at Welterweight. Johny Hendricks stopped previously unranked T.J. Waldburger but slipped a spot, from #30 to #31. Waldburger enters the rankings at #125.

In a rematch of an all-time great barnburner, Chan Sung Jung beat Leonard Garcia definitively and bounced back from #91 to #48 in the Featherweight Rankings. Garcia fell hard from #51 to #96 following the loss. In other featherweight action, Mackens Semerzier found his way into the top 25, jumping from #59 to #21, with a win over unranked TUF vet Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres.

Mike Russow keeps spoiling the UFC’s plans, overacheiving in his role of solid opponent to take out up-and-coming heavyweights like Todd Duffee and now Jon Madsen. Russow moves from #19 to #11 in the Heavyweight Rankings, while Madsen slides from #21 to #33. In the night’s other heavyweight fight, unranked Christian Morecraft choked Sean McCorkle unconscious. McCorkle enters the rankings at #89.

At 135 pounds, Michael McDonald kept his #8 Bantamweight Ranking with a win over unranked Edwin Figueroa, Aaron Simpson moved from #45 to #39 in the Middleweight Rankings with a win over Mario Miranda, who fell from #68 to #82, and in the night’s opener, Nik Lentz leapt from #38 to #19 in the Lightweight Rankings with his win over Waylon Lowe, who fell from #49 to #78. Full results can be viewed here.

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(Adem Redzovic courtesy of Flickr.)

The world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is divided between different philosophies, cultures, social classes, and training methods. But one universally accepted tenet is the importance of stretching. Adem Redzovic of Gracie Barra Chicago found that out the hard way when his back went out during a takedown attempt.

“It was scary, like paralyzing,” said Redzovic. “It was very helpless. I made it home and was in bed for a couple of weeks.” The jiu jitsu instructor had herniated two lumbar discs in his spine, L4 and L5, and several more were bulging. He came across Dr. Peter Goldman while searching online and called his friend and occasional training partner, Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight contender Kenny Florian, for an opinion. Florian said Goldman was legit.

Redzovic made an appointment with Goldman and flew to San Francisco. Relief was almost immediate, Redzovic said. After the second session, “I felt like there was a pressure taken off my back that’s been there for a while,” he said.

“When I went to see him, I was not like in a state of being crippled, you know? I had already put six to eight months of therapy in. I was walking around. I was doing things, but every time I would train hard, I would get muscle spasms. I never felt confident in my back. But after the second adjustment, I felt something was different.”

His back has been stable since.

“I feel like I’m ready to compete again,” said Redzovic. “So my whole outlook has changed and what wasn’t possible now became possible in training and I kind of feel like I have those options again that I lost with my injury.”

It wasn’t just his back either. His knee got banged up this month and knowing he was going to see Dr. Goldman soon, he knew a few more sessions would take care of that too.

“It was weird. The way I looked at it—that was the perfect time to get injured. I had 100% faith that he’ll help me with my recovery,” said the grappler. “It’s real amazing to have hope in medicine, in healing, to know that pain killers and surgery are not the primary option.”

Learn more about Dr. Pete at SFGoldman.com.

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(Water? Check. Protein powder? Check. Hemp protein? Check. Whole mackerel? Check.)

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(Silva stopped Sonnen just short of the finish line. Check out the full gallery here.)

Chael Sonnen walked his talk for four and a half rounds but his tendency to hang out in guard came back to haunt him when Anderson Silva slapped on a triangle to end the fight. Full results are below along with details on bonuses, attendance, and a recap of our FIGHT! picks.

Results

Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen by submission (triangle) at 3:10 of Round 5.
Jon Fitch def. Thiago Alves by unanimous decision.
Clay Guida def. Rafael Dos Anjos by submission (injury) at 1:51 of Round 3.
Matt Hughes def. Ricardo Almeida by technical submission (arm triangle) at 3:15 of Round 1.
Junior Dos Santos def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision.
Rick Story def. Dustin Hazelett by TKO (strkes) at 1:15 of Round 2.
Phil Davis def. Rodney Wallace by unanimous decision.
Johny Hendricks def. Charlie Brenneman by TKO (strikes) at 0:40 of Round 2.
Tim Boetsch def. Todd Brown by unanimous decision.
Stefan Struve def. Christian Morecraft by TKO (strikes) at 0:22 of Round 2.
Dennis Hallman def. Ben Saunders by unanimous decision.


(Struve drops Morecraft. Check out the full gallery here.)

Bonuses

If retaining his belt after being battered by Chael Sonnen for four and a half rounds wasn’t enough, Anderson Silva will cash a check for $120,000 after being awarded both “Submisson of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” after UFC 117. Sonnen takes home $60,000 and, in his words, the silver medal. Stefan Struve scored “Knockout of the Night” for stopping UFC newcomer Christian Morecraft.

Attendance & Gate

MMAJunkie.com reported that UFC 117 drew 12,971 attendees for a live gate of $1.56 million – official numbers will be released next week.

Random Bits

MC Hammer, who recently announced the formation of his MMA fighter representation agency, was in attendance at the Oracle Center.

Aging action movie star Steven Seagal was in Anderson Silva’s corner on Saturday, which is appropriate considering that Silva spent the entire evening under siege.


(Nelson vs. Dos Santos was a classic slugfest. Check out the full gallery here.)

FIGHT! Picks Recap

We are currently 75-40 with our picks in 2010.

Anderson Silva (-525) vs. Chael Sonnen (+350)
FIGHT! Pick: Silva Resulting Outcome:  CORRECT

Jon Fitch (-125) vs. Thiago Alves (-105)
FIGHT! Pick: Fitch Resulting Outcome:  CORRECT

Clay Guida (-125) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (-105)
FIGHT! Pick: Guida Resulting Outcome:  CORRECT

LIVE DOG Matt Hughes (+135) vs Ricardo Almeida (-165)
FIGHT! Pick: Hughes Resulting Outcome:  CORRECT

Dustin Hazelett (-115) vs. Rick Story (-115)
FIGHT! Pick: Story Resulting Outcome:  CORRECT

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