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Most fighters in the UFC face a long hard road towards a deserved title shot. It normally envolves facing a tough murderer's row of contender's and proving your worth in the division. Anderson Silva started his UFC career vs Chris Leben, Mark Coleman had to prove his worth in tournaments, Randy Couture did the same, even prodigee's like BJ Penn had to prove they belonged before fighting for a title.

While I was thinking about Peter Rademacher, the only man to face the Heavyweight Champion (boxing) in his pro debut, I wondered how many UFC fighters got a title shot in their...
by Birdofthad - Comments: 6 - Views: 938

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Mauricio Rua vs. Jon Jones

Ludo: In one of the most anticipated matchups for quite a while, certainly in the first quarter of 2011, Up and coming phenom Jon "Bones" Jones will challenge Mauricio "Shogun" Rua for the Light Heavyweight title. Rua is coming off another knee injury suffered during his first round knockout of Lyoto Machida back in May of last year. Jones, meanwhile, has accumulated impressive dominating victories...
by Ludo - Comments: 3 - Views: 598

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Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann

Ludo: With Diego Sanchez' newfound inspiration to compete at Welterweight full time again came the renouncement of his moniker of "nightmare" he has set his sights on Martin Kampmann for his road back into relevancy. This could very well be fight of the night as Diego puts on a frenetic pace regardless of where the fight goes. Martin Kampmann is no pushover though, having held his own against current...
by Ludo - Comments: 2 - Views: 661

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B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch

Ludo:With title implications on the line this fight could help shape the future of the welterweight division should Georges St Pierre make a permanent move to one hundred and eighty five pounds. BJ Penn is the fresh off the quick decimation of Matt Hughes while Jon Fitch has lost once in eight years to the reigning champion in "GSP". Fitch is known for being a grinder in the truest sense of the word while Penn is known for his flashes...
by Ludo - Comments: 10 - Views: 612

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Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista Santos

Ludo: Not the most compelling matchup we've seen for Diaz but this definitely represents a dangerous fight for Nick should he take 'Cyborg' lightly. This fight should take place almost exclusively standing unless Nick Diaz decides to bring it to the ground where he will without question have an advantage. I suppose it is...
by Ludo - Comments: 0 - Views: 538

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Melvin Guillard vs. Evan Dunham

Ludo: A fight between a fast rising star and an established veteran with a proven track record for exciting fights. Guillard is on a fairly hot win streak of late where Dunham dropped a controversial decision to Sean Sherk. As far as who takes the fight it's not exactly a narrow margin here. Evan Dunham represents the exact kind of fighter/skillset...
by Ludo - Comments: 8 - Views: 649

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(Werdum vs Dos Santos will unify the titles in the first round of the tournament)

As 2010 came to a close, there was a lot of talk about the failures of Strikeforce to assert themselves or make the matches they needed to. While I felt a lot of that was overreaction to a six month staging period or holding pattern, if there was one criticism of Strikeforce since the aquisition of Fedor Emelianenko in 2009, it was the fact they had not merged their HW crown, something which has been...
by Wolfgangsta - Comments: 21 - Views: 2432

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Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard

Ludo: Perhaps not the most exciting fight ever signed for a title, but none the less these are the two best lightweights in the world. One is undefeated whilst the other has lost only once which happened to be the last time these two locked horns. These two were up and comers fighting on undercards about a year and a half ago, always recognized as...
by Ludo - Comments: 1 - Views: 450

10 of the Best Fighters From the Dark Age

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It is hard to imagine a world where MMA was frowned upon and barred from the main stream. Unless you where a fan of the UFC from the early to mid 90's; if you where than you remember how the sport was virtually shut out of the United States from 1998 to 2000. It sucked, the UFC went from being a huge cash maker for SEG to being a financial failure that wasn't worth the hassle. By the time politicians where through bashing the sport SEG couldn't...
by Birdofthad - Comments: 4 - Views: 685

Ninjas Place was on hand for this historic event co-promoted by the UFC, Marvel and GI Joe.

Fight card ;

Team UFC : Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva vs Team GI Joe : Big Brawler
Team UFC : "Captain America" Randy Couture vs Team Marvel : Captain America
Team UFC : Anderson "Spider" Silva vs Team Marvel : Spider-Man
Team UFC : Brock "Vanilla Sapp aka The Hulk" Lesnar vs Team Marvel : Red Hulk
Team UFC : Lyoto Machida vs Team GI Joe : Cobra Ninjas

The Axe Murderer vs
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5 Fighter's Who Could Have Been All Time Greats

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These are 5 fighter's that have accomplished a good amount in their mma career's, some have even won titles and tournaments, but they still did not live up too their full potential.

Kevin Jackson - The most decorated wrestler to ever enter MMA/NHB. This guy was a gold medalist in 92, not a 7th place or alternate...
by Birdofthad - Comments: 21 - Views: 978

UFC to Return to Brazil in 2011

With the ever increasing amount of talented Brazilian born fighters becoming top contenders and champions in the UFC, the return to Brazil has been less and less a question of if it will happen, but rather when will it happen. MMA fans now have their answer.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship last held an event in Brazil in 1998. Today, at a press conference...
by GDPofDRC - Comments: 2 - Views: 557

Here are the official, current divisional rankings as voted by the constituents of Ninja's Place


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(The vicious slaying of former UFC champion Brock Lesnar earned Velasquez the #1 ranking)

1. Cain Velasquez (9-0)
2. Fedor Emelianenko (32-2, 1 NC)
3. Fabricio...
by bobbitt15 - Comments: 20 - Views: 1350

Newark, New Jersey Expected to Host Shogun vs Evans next March

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Sportsnet.ca reports that in March of 2011, in Newark, New Jersey, Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is expected to make his return to the Octagon and defend his title for the first time against former champion "Suga" Rashad Evans...
by GDPofDRC - Comments: 2 - Views: 463

Strikeforce Best of 2010 Fan-Voted Awards - Ballots Now Open

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This Year Strikeforceis allowing fans around the world decide what fights and fighters were the best of the best. Monday, December 14th marked the opening of votes on categories such as KO of the Year, Upset of the Year, and Rising Star of the Year. There are nominees for each category...
by GDPofDRC - Comments: 3 - Views: 520

GSP and the Karate spirit.
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The skillset of Georges St. Pierre creates an interesting paradox.

I truly believe the most significantly underrated aspect of GSP's identity as a fighter is his karate background. While Lyoto Machida has gotten a lot of the credit for being the first true "karate fighter" to win in the UFC, let's engage in a little revisionism...
by Wolfgangsta - Comments: 8 - Views: 3019

The Most Shocking Mismatches in Combat Sports History

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After rigorous thought and inner debate (about 20 minutes worth) I believe I have found 10 of the most shocking mismatches in the history of combat sports. So here it is, the top 10.

10. Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson - Sure people that really knew boxing knew this was going to be a public assault on...
by Birdofthad - Comments: 15 - Views: 1929

Battle Between Brandon Schaub and Frank Mir on the Horizon

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According to a report by MMAjunkie.com, UFC heavyweights Brandon Schaub and Frank Mir are getting close to finalizing a fight sometime in early 2011. Verbal agreements have been made and the fight is expected to be officially announced very soon.
by GDPofDRC - Comments: 6 - Views: 1577

By Ludo

As of December 16th, 2010 World Extreme Cagefighting will hold it's last event. Though for all intents and purposes the "other" Zuffa owned organization and it's fans couldn't be more pleased. From more exposure for the smaller weight classes, to more fights for fans, to better paychecks for the guys who were in the WEC. World Extreme Cagefighting's lightweight division will be folded into the Ultimate Fighting Championship's lightweight division, the featherweight and bantamweight divisions will also be brought over to the UFC banner. This means two more weight classes,...
by Ludo - Comments: 6 - Views: 372

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Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck

Ludo; A fight many have been waiting on for quite some time. Some view Koscheck as St Pierre's only challenge outside of perhaps Jake Shields. Since they last fought both have improved to the point that another meeting was nearly inevitable. In the first fight Koscheck among others were shocked when he was out-wrestled by the French Canadian. Since then they have compiled a combined 12-2 record in the UFC. The only two losses by...
by Ludo - Comments: 12 - Views: 644

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Everyone on this site should be familiar with the Gracie legend by now. They were a family of amazing jiu jiutsu practitioner's. Helio Gracie and brother Carlos Gracie taught the family clan Gracie Jiu Jitsu and they won. The family never lost a fight in over hundreds if not thousands of matches. They became the best grapplers and fighters in Brazil and later gained universal fame when Royce Gracie won 3 of the the first 4 UFC events.

However, the Gracie's...
by Birdofthad - Comments: 19 - Views: 5700

Strikeforce needed to change the narrative.

'Strikeforce : Henderson vs Babalu' couldn't have come at a better time.

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In sports they say "winning is the best disinfectant". In the NFL quarterback or coaching controversies can be eliminated by a few W's being strung...
by Wolfgangsta - Comments: 22 - Views: 789

Wanderlei Silva vs Chael Sonnen rumored
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Sonnen and Wanderlei will both be opposing coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 13, which will begin filming this January. They will then face off either at the end of March or beginning of April.

The smacktalk has started on twitter :

by Ninja - Comments: 41 - Views: 1813

Weight: Heavy On The Mind And Body

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Every so often the issue of fighters who cut alot of weight comes up in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Usually it occurs after a fight has been won and attributed to one fighter being significantly larger than the other fighter. Many times this issue surrounds fighters such as Gleison Tibau who cuts some twenty pounds, Thiago Alves and Anthony Johnson who cut twenty five to forty five pounds, and Brock Lesnar who at one time was cutting nearly forty...
by Ludo - Comments: 3 - Views: 365

Why Fighters Fight.
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I'm sure if you asked many fighters in mixed martial arts you would receive a variety of answers. Some do it because they just love to fight, some for the competition, some for the money, and some simply because it's easier than getting a "real" job as put by Phil Baroni. For all the various reasons one might have to become a professional fighter the reason itself is seldom even thought about. All we tend to think about as fans is what fighters do inside the...
by Ludo - Comments: 13 - Views: 997

Ninjas Place Ranking Computer
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By a combination of our voters and the Ninjas Place Super Computer which is an exact replica of the BCS computer, we will be releasing our new rankings soon. Be sure to get your votes in, or Brock Lesnar kills a kitten.
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Overeem off Strikeforce. Silva with no opponent.

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Fresh of the news that the card lost it's freakshow attraction, MMA Weekly has reported that Valentijn Overeem is out of his bout with former...
by Wolfgangsta - Comments: 4 - Views: 874

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The Natural should let Nature take its course.

By Wolfgangsta

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Randy Couture is a rare breed for any combat sport(or any sport at all). In 2007 he became the oldest major HW champion in MMA history at 43, and set another record by defending the title at age 44. In 2010 he set a UFC record that may never be broken by winning a fight at 47 years of age. He is a man who has made multiple...
by Wolfgangsta - Comments: 7 - Views: 2489

You knew MJ wouldn't miss a chance to run one of his legacy rivals down while reminding us all that the NBA will never be the same without him and that he is the greatest athlete to ever touch the Earth...but damn, that was brutal.
by Wolfgangsta - Comments: 4 - Views: 385

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With the news that Jose Aldo will miss his first official UFC defense of the featherweight title, are you less inclined to order the fight now?
by Wolfgangsta - Comments: 14 - Views: 451
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