Jorina Baars beats MMA’s ‘Cyborg’ Justino in kickboxing bout

For some reason on Friday night, a near 40-fight pro kickboxing champion fought a 2-0 kickboxing newcomer in Las Vegas at Lion Fight 14, and the bout went like one would have assumed such a mismatch would have gone (video below)

MMA champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino took on world champion kickboxer Jorina Baars in just her third professional kickboxing bout ever and lost a lopsided decision after five rounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From the start, “Cyborg” took a beating at the hands, knees and shins of Baars, with the Dutch champion knocking Justino down (and seemingly, if quickly, out) three times in the first three rounds. Seconds into the fight, Baars hit Justino with a front kick that momentarily put the MMA champ out and on the canvas.

Later in the round, the lengthy Dutch fighter connected with a high kick on Justino’s head that stiffened “Cyborg” and felled her. In the third round, Baars connected, uncontested, with a knee to the jaw of Justino, sending the Brazilian reeling backwards to the ropes and mat.

Noted boxing referee Tony Weeks did not appear to know what he was watching and only gave the Brazilian a count in one of those instances, however. For her part, “Cyborg” never relented and was aggressive with wild but powerful punches throughout the bout.

Justino had perhaps her best round in the fourth, landing two huge superman punches to the head of Baars. It didn’t take long for the experienced fighter out of Holland to strike back in the fifth and final round, however.

Less than a minute into the final period, Baars connected with a spinning back kick to the midsection of Justino that dropped the MMA fighter. This time, Weeks properly gave Justino a count and recognized the knock down.

Despite being put down for a fourth time, “Cyborg” went back to work, trying to turn the fight into a brawl all the way until the final bell. In the end, her game efforts were not enough to secure a win and all three judges scored the contest for Baars.

Scores were 49-45, 48-45  49-44, all for Baars. The judges got the right person but also had trouble recognizing and scoring take downs when they happened, as evidenced by their marks.                                                                                                                                                                                                       With the win, Baars became the Lion Fight welterweight champion. Justino will turn her attention back to MMA and Invicta FC, making 135 pounds and, perhaps, eventually fighting in the UFC against Ronda Rousey.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

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[VIDEOS] Free Fabricio Werdum Fights Saturday

For our money, two fights stand out as the biggest wins of UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum’s career. Tonight, Werdum squares up against Travis Browne for the right to challenge Cain Velasquez for his UFC heavyweight title.

Werdum has had a long path towards UFC title contention. Five and a half years ago, he was quickly dispatched with via KO by an unknown rookie named Junior Dos Santos.

Werdum vs. Fedor

Of course, Dos Santos turned out to be a world-class champion himself. Werdum has had to slowly and steadily work his way back up into the heavyweight’s elite class.After losing to JDS, Werdum was released by the UFC and went to Strikeforce. There, three fights after the loss, Werdum faced one of the best of all time – Fedor Emelianenko – as a big underdog in 2010.

It took Werdum under one round to submit “The Last Emperor,” and make the realize that he himself was one of the best heavyweights in the world. Check out the full fight video above.

Werdum vs. Nelson

In 2012, Werdum was back in the UFC and faced a stiff challenge in Roy Nelson. Nelson was skilled enough in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu not to fall victim to Werdum’s submissions and also powerful enough of a striker on his feet to seem like an up-hill battle for Werdum.

Instead, the Brazilian went out and showed much-improved Muay Thai kickboxing skills and dominated Nelson from bell to bell, earning a unanimous decision win.

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UFC World podcast with Gareth A Davies: Eddie Bravo, Royler Gracie, Duane Ludwig and Norman Parke

On this week’s UFC World podcast, host Gareth A Davies is joined by Eddie Bravo, Royler Gracie, Duane Ludwig and Norman Parke. Eddie Bravo talks of the rematch, 11 years on, with Gracie, this weekend. Bravo also explains his theories and philosophies on his “Rubber guard”, “Twister” and submission-only games, which he insists he came [...]

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Renan Barao to defend bantamweight title against T.J. Dillashaw in new UFC 173 main event

T.J. Dillashaw has been on a roll, having won five of his last six fights in the last two years. But on May 24 at UFC 173 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, all of his abilities will be put to the test.

The former cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 14″ will face champion Renan Barao for the bantamweight title, replacing Chris Weidman-Lyoto Machida as the show’s main event. The Weidman-Machida fight was moved to July 5 when Weidman needed minor knee surgery to both of his knees.

In facing Barao, Dillashaw will be taking on one of the great pound-for-pound fighters in the world in Barao. As hot as Dillashaw has been, Barao has been way hotter and for way longer. Barao lost his opening bout as a professional in 2005 and has gone 32-0 with a no contest in the nine years since.

Barao is coming off a first-round stoppage of Dillashaw’s Team Alpha Male teammate, Urijah Faber. It was the second time that Barao defeated Faber.

Faber campaigned for Dillashaw in the ring after the loss to Barao at UFC 169 in February, and when the Weidman-Machida bout was postponed, Dillashaw got the nod.

Dillashaw was stopped in the first round of the TUF finale on Dec. 3, 2011 by John Dodson. Since then, he’s beaten Walel Watson, Vaughan Lee, Issei Tamura, Hugo Viana and Mike Easton. In October, he lost a disputed decision to Raphael Assuncao in Sao Paolo, Brazil, a bout that was named Fight of the Night.

He was scheduled to fight Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 173. Mizugaki’s status on the card has not been determined at this stage.

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Rory MacDonald wants UFC title shot with win over Woodley

Rory MacDonald is scheduled to face fellow UFC welterweight contender Tyron Woodley at UFC 174 this summer and, should he win, the Candian believes he will have earned a shot at champion Johny Hendricks ?When I beat Woodley, hopefully [I get a title shot] in the fall or winter in Toronto or Montreal,? MacDonald told MMA Junkie in a recent interview.

?Hendricks is a great fighter. I have a lot of respect for him. He?s definitely a good fighter, and I?m excited to see him in the future.?

MacDonald was on the verge of getting a title shot before losing to Robbie Lawler last fall. Since then, MacDonald’s teammate and mentor, Georges St. Pierre, left MMA and gave up his welterweight title, and MacDonald got back in the win column by beating Demian Maia.

The young fighter from Vancouver believes that he’s finally hitting his potential. ?I definitely feel like I?m hitting my stride now this year,? he went on.

?My focus is at an all-time high, and I couldn?t be happier. ?I?m striving to be a champion in the welterweight division.”

MacDonald doesn’t hope to replace St. Pierre, however. All he can do, he knows, is become the best “Ares” that he can be.

?I don?t want to fill Georges? shoes. That?s an impossible task,” he concluded.

“I don?t want to be Georges. I want to be myself. I want to represent my style of martial arts and my own personality.”

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Matt Brown training with Jon Fitch for UFC Fight Night

UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown has a new training partner in his camp as he prepares to take on Erik Silva May 10 in Cincinnati – former world title challenger Jon Fitch. For years, Fitch was a top-5 welterweight before being unceremoniously released by the UFC last year.

Brown is known for duking it out on the feet while Fitch is most known for his excellent wrestling. Cagewriter spoke with Brown from his camp in Syracuse, NY recently and “The Immortal” said that the contrast in styles between he and Fitch has proven useful.

“We are very different fighters in that a lot of the things I want to work on, he?s really great at and some of the things we likes to work on, I?m decent at,” Brown said.

“Specifically, getting to work on wrestling with him. But, we?re also not so different of fighters after all, you know? (laughs)”.

Indeed, both men are well-rounded and, despite their different strengths, each in their own way fight with a blood and guts style. Brown’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach recently accepted a teaching job at the gym Fitch works at and moved to from California awhile back.

That re-location of his coach prompted Brown to move his camp to New York as he prepares for the fight with Silva back in his own home state of Ohio. That Fitch has fought and beaten the Brazilian is certainly not lost on Brown either.

“Plus, he fought Erik Silva,” Brown said, adding on to the positives of working with the grinding former Purdue wrestling team captain.

“He?s probably spent more time in the ring with Silva than any other person in the world…We talk about him as an opponent all the time. That helps me get a feel for what he may be like to fight.”

Brown is returning to action after a serious back disc injury that forced him out of a scheduled fight against Carlos Condit in March. He has the bulk of camp left to go before fighting Silva but so far he couldn’t be happier with the experience.

“It’s worked out,” the fighter out of Columbus said.

“It might make more sense in the future to just live up here so I won?t have to go back and forth for camps. That’s something I?ll think about more after the fight.”

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Bruce Buffer debuts mobile app on Nov. 27, eyes 2013 for clothing line launch

While Dana White is the unquestionable face of the UFC, ring announcer Bruce Buffer has parlayed his role into massive recognition, as well.

Fans at UFC events often mimic his signature calls, and he’s stopped on the streets for pictures and autographs as often as any of the promotion’s most-respected fighters.

On Nov. 27, Buffer adds to his ever-growing empire with the launch of an “It’s Time” app. It could signal the start of a busy stretch for the 55-year-old “veteran voice of the octagon.”

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Conor McGregor blasts Aldo, Lamas & more

 UFC featherweight sensation Conor McGregor is still recovering from injuries but, as rumors swirl about who he’ll fight next and where, the bombastic Irishman had no issue calling out and insulting a who’s who of the 145 pound division in a recent interview. Of dominant featherweight champion Jose Aldo, McGregor said, “I think he’s basic. His movements are limited. He doesn’t do any crazy movements. There’s nothing that jumps off the page when I look at him. I thought that straight away. A lot of guys think he’s this and think he’s that. I certainly don’t. That fight will happen and when that fight does happen everyone’s going to see. I’m going to prove what I’m saying.”

Luckily for fans everywhere of good sound bites, McGregor didn’t stop with those ridiculous comments about the Brazilian champ. The UFC new comer also blasted Diego Sanchez, Max Holloway, Ricardo Lamas, Dustin Poirier and Cub Swanson. Check out his McGregor’s full interview with NewsTalk below, and then let us know what you think in the comments section. 

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[VIDEO] Georges St. Pierre & Nick Diaz partner up

Anderson Silva may be training to be a police officer, but what if fellow MMA greats and rivals Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz already were cops and partners, patrolling the streets? Oh, you never before considered that ridiculous scenario?

Well, MMA cartoon satirist extrodinaire Pouya Rebek did and the below video short is the product of that goofy dream. St. Pierre and Diaz, both in a quad car, argue over their secret MMA crush before spotting a suspicious and familiar UFC big man.

Find out who Diaz and GSP arrest, why and check out Diaz’ self-serving version of the Miranda rights.

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Alex Reid to help John Hathaway prepare for John Maguire

UFC star John Hathaway was today chatting to retired MMA fighter and media darling Alex Reid via Twitter and with Hathaway due to fight fellow Brit John Maguire on September 29th at UFC on Fuel 5 he invited the Big Brother to visit the gym and help with his preparations. Reid responded by tweeting the following message;

I’m there 100% and I’m feeling the call of the cage, so will defo c u soon. Just go easy on the old timer please stud

Hathaway is of course an outstanding prospect in the UFC but to beat former UCMMA champion John Maguire he will have to be at the top of his game in what is sure to be one of the fights of the year between two of the UK’s best fighters.

Still, if the fighting doesn’t work out for John it seems Reid has a place for him in his new band!

haha,gotta place in my band 4u wen ur ready! Im a bit of a civilian these days. My super powers still there tho,.. Waiting!

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