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Dominick Cruz Explains Why He Doesn’t Want A Title Shot

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz spoke to sources recently about his return to the UFC after a two year absence due to a torn ACL and groin. Cruz opted […]

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz spoke to sources recently about his return to the UFC after a two year absence due to a torn ACL and groin. Cruz opted to fight Takeya Mizugaki instead of immediately fighting champion TJ Dillashaw. Heres why he made that decision:

“You know, it’s a weird thing because I never really lost the belt. But there’s people out there that are holding it and it’s just weird. I don’t really know what to think. I’m just going to fight, that’s literally where I’m at. It’s not that I don’t think I’m not champion, every person in this sport, if you don’t believe you’re of champion essence, then you shouldn’t be doing it. So of course I believe I’m a champion, no question in my mind, but I did have to give up my title. I literally had to beat the crap out of myself until I handed over the belt to somebody else. That’s a weird thing. I’m here now and I’m ready to get back at it. Mizuaki is up for the title next. He’s on a five-fight win streak and he is looking at a title shot. He is top five and he is up there in the contender’s position. So for me, that is a very tough fight, first of all. Second of all, I didn’t take that fight because when I jumped into that Barao training camp, that’s when I realized that it wasn’t about fighting the fight that’s the problem, it was about doing the workload of a five-round camp. I don’t think anyone in the world understands except for a fighter that when you go from a three-round camp to a five-round camp, the amount of workload just skyrockets. It can’t even be compared, you literally are working, it’s like going from a 35 hour a week job to a 55 hour a week job and you’re not getting any more pay. So it’s like, you’re working your butt off and you’re doing everything you can. For a three round fight, I can work my body back and get myself strong so that when I get to that title contention spot, I’m ready to go and I don’t have to have any guess as to how tough my body and muscle structure is. Everything will be a slow process and I will be back in there. Now, a lot of people might view this as, ‘He’s taking a tune up or warm up fight.’ Well, tune up or warm up fights do not exist in MMA. That’s a boxing thing and it doesn’t happen in MMA. So going against a top five guy right off is big feat for me and I’m excited to do it. It’s a challenge. Mizugaki is extremely durable, tough and has a lot of cardio. It’s a big challenge for and I’m up for it. After feeling by body in that five-round camp I realized that I need to take my time for this camp because that’s the hard part. The fight itself is the easy fun part. That’s why I come out smiling, I’m loving life on the night of fighting. Training camp is a whole other demon in itself.”

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UFC 177 Preview: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao (Video)

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Paul Daley & Melvin Manhoef Sign With Bellator

Since the day Bellator President Scott Coker joined the promotion, the goal has been to create the most entertaining fights possible under the Bellator banner. With that in mind, Bellator […]

Since the day Bellator President Scott Coker joined the promotion, the goal has been to create the most entertaining fights possible under the Bellator banner. With that in mind, Bellator has added knockout kingpins Paul “Semtex” Daley (34-13) and Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (28-11) to the roster. The two veterans have both amassed impressive careers, including an astonishing 51 career knockouts between the two heavy-handed strikers.

Daley rejoins Bellator after a dominating debut in 2012 with a first round knockout over Rudy Bears at Bellator 72. Only 31, the Nottingham based striker is looking to make his mark on the Bellator Welterweight Division.

“Like always, I’m coming into Bellator to put on a show,” Daley said. “I loved working for Coker back in Strikeforce, and when I got the call to possibly come back to Bellator, it was a no-brainer. I feel great, I’m fresh, and I’m going after that belt.”

Manhoef will join an already deep middleweight division as the Dutch kickboxer brings his finishing skills to the Bellator cage and Spike TV. The former Strikeforce and K-1 veteran is on a mission to provide explosive finishes, and with potential matchups with Alexander Shlemenko, Brennan Ward, Brett Cooper and Doug Marshall on the horizon, fans should expect fireworks inside the Bellator Middleweight Division.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We want Bellator to be a destination for not only the top-tier fighters in the sport, but the first-choice destination for fans to see the most entertaining fights in the sport,” Coker said. “Both Paul and Melvin add a level of excitement to the roster that I can’t wait to see inside our cage, and this is just the beginning.”

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California. Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

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Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Deep Cage Impact Results

DEEP Cage Impact 2014 July 21, 2014 Ota City Gymnasium Tokyo, Japan Kazuhiro Nakamura defeats Seigo Mizuguchi by KO, rd 2 Yuya Shirai defeats Yuki Okano by Split Decision, 2:1 […]

DEEP Cage Impact 2014
July 21, 2014
Ota City Gymnasium
Tokyo, Japan

Kazuhiro Nakamura defeats Seigo Mizuguchi by KO, rd 2

Yuya Shirai defeats Yuki Okano by Split Decision, 2:1

Shunsuke Inoue defeats Chang Ryul Ahn by TKO, rd 1, 1:40

Koichi Ishizuka defeats Koichi Ishizuka by Submission, RNC, rd 2, 1:33

Naoyuki Kato defeats Masato Kobayashi by KO, rd 2, 3:51

Yuki ‘Aurora’ Ohara defeats Ryosuke Komori by KO, rd 1, 3:30

Toshinori Tsunemura vs Ken Saotome ended in a draw

Yasutaka Ishigami defeats Hayato Suzuki by UD

Kiyonobu Nishikata defeats Takahiro Kawanaka by KO, rd 1, :59

Yoshihiko Shinzato defeats Tsunayoshi Shomura by KO, rd 2

Takeshi Ogane vs Naoki ‘Retsumi Ichikiba’ Shimamura ended in a draw

Hiroto Uesako defeats Hiroto Uesako by TKO, rd 1, 5:00

Isamu Odagiri defeats Takuya Maruoka by UD

Sho Kogane defeats Ryosuke Nakai by Sub, RNC, rd 2, 1:51

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Amanda Nunes Says She Will “Finish” Cat Zingano

When Amanda Nunes first arrived in Strikeforce in 2011, everyone thought the Brazilian would be the next star in women’s MMA. Nunes’ came back down by source of TKO to […]

When Amanda Nunes first arrived in Strikeforce in 2011, everyone thought the Brazilian would be the next star in women’s MMA. Nunes’ came back down by source of TKO to Alexis Davis in her second Strikeforce fight. Since coming to the UFC, Nunes has started again and made short work of her last two opponents in the Octagon, and since then has been offered a bout with Cat Zingano at UFC 178 in September.

Zingano is returning from knee surgery thats kept her on the sidelines for the last year but Nunes is more than happy to welcome her back to the UFC, heres what Nunes had to say on her upcoming fight:

“She’s going to try to take me down and hold me against the cage. I’m ready for everything that happens in this fight, but her strategy will be to come and take me down. After the first couple of punches, she’ll feel my power and she’ll come to take me down, I’ll keep this fight standing for sure and if it goes to the ground, I’ll still finish her. I’m ready for every situation in this fight. I’m going to finish her. This is the main thing: After this fight I think the UFC will give me the opportunity. After I beat Cat Zingano in this fight, I want to prove in this fight that I’m ready for Ronda, Her striking’s not very good. She knocked Alexis Davis out because she was lucky. I think she’s very good with her Judo throws and everything, but I’m ready for that. After this fight for sure I’ll start training for Ronda. If she comes to strike or if she goes on the ground, I can beat Ronda, too, I think keeping distance from her and don’t give her the opportunity to grab you. If you punch her very hard, she’ll give up. Move back and forth and throw a punch. By the end of the second round, she won’t have enough to keep it going and that’s my strategy and I’ll beat Ronda Rousey. I’m more focused, I’m at a great gym and I have everything I need to be a champion,” Nunes said. “I think now I’m very experienced to be a champion. My style has changed a lot and I’m always trying to get better. This is my time. I want to prove it in this fight with Cat and after that, 100 percent, a title shot.”

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Anthony Pettis Says He Will Face Gilbert Melendez For The Title

After coaching season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will be giving someone the chance to take his title from him. The challenger is Gilbert Melendez […]

After coaching season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will be giving someone the chance to take his title from him. The challenger is Gilbert Melendez and is rumoured to be going down December 6th in Las Vegas at an event currently set as UFC 181.

Pettis made the announcement on Monday with additional sources confirming the Dec 6 date to FOX Sports as well. The UFC has yet to make any formal announcements about the card on December 6, but it’s likely to take place in Las Vegas, nothing has been determined at this time.

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John Lineker Respinds To Ian McCall

Chris Cariaso is set to face off against UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in August, but the rest the division is still trying to determine who is next in line. […]

Chris Cariaso is set to face off against UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in August, but the rest the division is still trying to determine who is next in line. Ian McCall stepped up again in ranks with his decision win over Brad Pickett in Ireland on Saturday, while John Lineker did the double of actually making weight and once again getting a late TKO over Alptekin Ozkilic in New Jersey on Wednesday.

McCall had this to say when asked whether or not he was interested in fighting Lineker after defeating the Brit, to which he said:

“I’ll fight anybody. He’s top five or whatever, and just like tonight, he might hit hard, but he can’t touch me. So, we’ll see how that goes. … He’s got pretty big holes in his wrestling and jiu-jitsu, so that’s a fight I’d love to take.”

Lineker had this to say in response to McCall:

“Congratulations to Ian on his win over Brad Pickett, But I’m not sure if I was watching a fight or a game of touch with the way Ian was running around away from Pickett. I have no problem at all with fighting McCall if that’s what the UFC wants to happen. But I would ask my manager to suggest the UFC create a new rule, deducting a point for every so many yards run inside the ring. I want to fight, not play hide-and-seek.”

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