UFC 141 Medical Suspensions: Four fighters out up to six months

UFC 141 took place on Friday, December 30. Of the 20 fighters that participated in the ten fights that took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, twelve of them were handed medical suspensions.
Of those suspended Brock Lesnar, Nate Diaz, Vladimir Matyushenko and Manny Gamburyan could face the longest time away from the Octagon.
Brock Lesnar has been suspended until June 28 due to an abdominal injury can be cleared early by a doctor.
Alistair Overeem has been suspended until February 14, with no contact

Brock Lesnar: A farewell to the former UFC Heavyweight Champ

If the words he spoke on Saturday night are to be believed, we have seen the last of Brock Lesnar in the Octagon.  In an MMA career that spanned just eight fights he accomplished more than some fighters do over much lengthier careers. Love him or hate him, you have to, even if it is begrudgingly, show some respect for what the man accomplished after joining the UFC after just one professional fight.
As Dana White recalled at the post UFC 131 press conference, “Brock Lesnar came to me one night

Could Brock Lesnar’s victory over Alistair Overeem make him one of the greatest Heavyweights ever?

Brock Lesnar has had a funny UFC career, not “ha ha” funny, but more scratch your head and wonder funny.  He started his MMA career  with a win over the then 2-5 Min Soo Kim and apparently that was enough to warrant a UFC contract and a shot against a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir. It’s almost as if the UFC were saying “all right, you think you can just come in here and be an ‘ultimate fighter,’ let’s see what you got.”
Funny thing is

Shane del Rosario leaves Strikeforce, signs with UFC

The Strikeforce Heavyweight division shrank by one more fighter today as Shane del Rosario signed with the UFC. The signing was initially reported via Iridium Sports Agency’s twitter account.
Del Rosario enters the UFC with a record of 11-0, with eight wins coming via knockout and three by way of submission. The deepest Del Rosario has ever gone in a fight was 1:07 into the second round.
The last time Del Rosario competed was back in February of this year when he earned a submission victory over Lavar

Dana White: Miguel Torres handled his business like a man, Torres rejoins UFC

Earlier this month former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres posted the following on his twitter account:
“If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”
The tweet, a line from Comedy Central program, “Workaholics” earned him an abrupt release from the UFC.  Today it was announced that Torres had been reinstated to the UFC.
Somewhat fittingly the news of Torres rejoining the promotion came via

Brock Lesnar: I don’t think there’s a Heavyweight that has done what I’ve done in the UFC

Brock Lesnar is set to return to the Octagon on Friday when he welcomes Alistair Overeem to the UFC in the main event at UFC 141.  The fight will be Lesnar’s first since losing the UFC Heavyweight crown to Cain Velasquez back in October 2010. 
Since losing the title, Lesnar underwent a tough stretch; being forced to withdraw from a scheduled fight against Junior dos Santos after suffering a second bout of diverticulitis. Now fully recovered from the surgery that removed a section of his

UFC on FOX 2: Injury bug costs Paul Sass and Eddie Wineland their fights

During 2011, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva was a busy man. In addition to his duties of putting together the fights for every card, he had to deal with a huge number of injuries, which caused him to have to go back and fight replacement fighters for the bouts impacted by injury.
As of now, it looks like that trend is going to continue for Silva heading into 2012. UFC 142 was beset with several injuries and now the upcoming UFC on FOX card, booked for January 28 in Chicago has been hit with the injury bug.

Gabriel Gonzaga looking to reclaim his spot in the UFC with win over Edinaldo Oliveira

Between November 2005 and October 2010, Gabriel Gonzaga compiled a UFC record of seven wins and five losses. Where Gonzaga ran into a problem was his last four fights with the promotion. After losing three of those bouts he found himself released.
After he was released, Gonzaga competed for Reality Fighting, defeating Parker Porter via third round submission.  After that win, fate smiled on Gonzaga, as an injury to Rob Broughton has found him rejoining the UFC. Gonzaga will replace Broughton at UFC

Books in Review: Kettlebell RX, Marcelo Garcia’s Advanced BJJ, Grappler’s Manifesto

Victory Belt Publishing recently released three instructional sports books; Marcelo Garcia’s Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grapplers Manifesto, and Kettlebell RX. I had an opportunity to review the mentioned above trio. The first that comes to mind when holding a Victory Belt book is the print quality. It feels like a book and looks like a book. The covers are very creative, and will add some color to every bookshelf. Things get serious when you open the book and proceed to its content. The first book