BAMMA 11: Alex Reid to face Sam Boo

BAMMA have announced Alex Reid?s opponent for BAMMA¬† 11 presented by GoDaddy.com http://www.godaddy.com/ and it’s Sam Boo on the 1st December. The bout, which takes place at Birmingham?s National Indoor Arena, is set to feature on the televised main card and pits will be the first time we’ve seen Alex in the cage since his victory at UCMMA 22 over Jason Barrett. Reid is keen to put himself in the headlines again for his fighting ability and not because of the mother of his child trashing him in the papers. Reid has been training hard too as recent pictures in the Daily Mail showed him with a cracker of a black eye from a recent sparring session.

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Dana White plans to attend Strikeforce show, disappointed with turn of events

Dana White never has been one to mince words.

In recent months, when it comes to Strikeforce, the Zuffa president has forced himself to be mum on the topic of the UFC’s sibling promotion. “I don’t have anything to do with them” was a common response when reporters wanted to get his take on Strikeforce.

White recently, though, admitted he’s disappointed with how things have turned out for the promotion.

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At least Jon Jones?s brothers will be competing this September

Last week the MMA world was sent into a frenzy following Jon Jones?s refusal to fight an alternative opponent at short notice following Dan Henderson?s withdrawal from UFC 151 due to injury.

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Dustin Poirier slams Irish ‘groupies,’ willing to sacrifice spot in rankings to ‘clean up’ Conor McGregor

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Coach says Fabricio Werdum can KO or submit Cain Velasquez

For many coaches and fighters, challenging for a world title is not only a career highlight, it is also a cause for a great deal of stress. The striking coach of #1 heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, Rafael Cordeiro, is calm and confident heading into his fighter’s November title bout against champion Cain Velasquez, however.¬†

“It?s going to be so cool,” Cordeiro said in an interview with Guilherme Cruz.

“Fabricio has been training for this moment for years. Ever since he moved to the United States seven years ago, he developed a great stand-up game. He has a huge history in jiu-jitsu, and his muay thai is as good as his jiu-jitsu today.”

The 36 year-old former Jiu Jitsu world champion has won four straight fights since returning to the UFC in 2012. His coach believes that the Brazilian is capable of ending the fight on the feet or on the ground, should the wrestler Velasquez take him down.

“Werdum has what it takes to submit or knock Cain Velasquez out,” Cordeiro said.

November 15′s UFC 180 heavyweight title fight will be the champion’s first fight since a TKO win over Junior Dos Santos in October of 2013. Velasquez has had to undergo and recover from shoulder surgery.

Velasquez has dominated Dos Santos twice since losing to him quickly in their first fight, and “Cigano” owns a KO win over Werdum, way back in 2008. Despite that common opponent, Werdum’s coach thinks that his fighter is a tougher fight for Velasquez, stylistically.

“?Cigano? has a completely different style. ?Cigano? is a boxer, but Werdum is a more complete fighter,” Cordeiro claimed.

“He has a world-class jiu-jitsu, a good muay thai. It?s a dangerous match-up for Cain Velasquez. I?m not saying ?Cigano? is not good, but I think that Velasquez?s style is better for Werdum.”

Do you think Werdum can beat Velasquez on the feet or the ground? Let us know in the comments section.

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UFC 155 to take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena

UFC 155 which will be the UFC’s end of year extravaganza has found a home. This year it will be held at the MGM Grand Garden on December 29th, which is the same place as the last 5 year end events have taken place. The show is due to be headlined by heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos defencding his belt against the man he won it from last November, Cain Velasquez.

Co headlining will be Tim Boetsch versus Chris Weidman in what is being billed as a title eliminator. Recent Anderson Silva victim Chael Sonnen will be moving up to the 205 division to take on Forrest Griffin he once called “unathletic”, which given Chaels usual trash talk is almost a compliment.

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Andy Ogle demonstrates the leg kick

Andy gives Myprotein a 1-1 tutorial on using the inside leg kick (for the stalker brawler)

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Middleweight champ Luke Rockhold out of Jan. 12 Strikeforce event

For an event entitled “Champions,” Strikeforce’s Jan. 12 event is apparently running out of them very quickly.

According to a report by The MMA Corner, Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has suffered a wrist injury and has been forced to withdraw from the card.

Strikeforce and Showtime officials were unavailable for comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.com, and executives from both companies have yet to make an official announcement. However, sources close to the bout have indicated Rockhold is indeed a scratch.

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John Cholish out of UFC on FOX 5, replacement search underway for Yves Edwards

Yves Edwards needs a new opponent for next month’s UFC on FOX 5 event.

MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with event sources that his original opponent, lightweight John Cholish, was forced off the card with a groin injury.

Officials are now searching for a replacement for the Dec. 8 card, which takes place at Seattle’s KeyArena.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone agree to fight, then Nurmagomedov is injured

Donald Cerrone wanted Khabib Nurmagomedov, and he got him. At least for 20 minutes, he did.

UFC president Dana White told reporters in Dublin, Ireland, Friday that the company had reached a deal to pit the unbeaten Russian against the always exciting Cerrone, who stopped Jim Miller in the second round in Atlantic City, N.J., on Wednesday, against each other on the main card of UFC 178.

But 20 minutes after all parties agreed to the deal, White said, matchmaker Joe Silva got the terrible news: Nurmagomedov injured a knee and had to pull out of the fight.

That leaves Cerrone, who has been on a roll with four wins in succession. During that span, he has won a fight night bonus four times, getting Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and two Performance of the Night honors. He’s earned $200,000, at $50,000 apiece, for those bonuses.

Cerrone is still likely to fight on UFC 178, but no opponent was announced.

White had no details of the extent of Nurmagomedov’s injury. Trainer Javier Mendez of the American Kickboxing Academy did not know, either. He said the 20-0 Nurmagomedov normally spends the last month of camp with his team.

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