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 Editors note:  In an ongoing feature, David Andersen explores the possibilities of a match between Chris Weidman and Alan Belcher. Both have been in the headlines recently and this is a fans’ take on this fight scenario.  Tell us what you think in the comments portion of this page.  You can contact David Andersen on his twitter @topherandersen for more MMA-related topics.
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It’s simple, really. Who is left? Weidman and his camp are petitioning for the winner of Michael
Bisping vs Brian Stann, but that fight makes no sense. Both Bisping and Stann recently lost to
Chael Sonnen. Bisping is notorious for having a lackluster track record against any ranked
middleweight. His only real tests have been Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson, and while the
former was a closer, controversial fight, the latter solidifies why Bisping is not ready to fight
Anderson Silva. His chin would be an easy target for Silva, and the fight would end in Vitor
Belfort-like immediacy. Bisping’s recent track record has a number of names who have not fared
too well in the Octagon. Denis Kang, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Dan Miller, and Jorge Rivera to name a
few. While Akiyama has a “victory” over Alan Belcher via controversial split decision, it does not
make the case for Bisping to jump Belcher in contendership or overall ranking. Belcher’s only
loss in the last three years was to Akiyama in their memorable slugfest from UFC 100, which
won the pair Fight of the Night honors on a stacked card full of memorable fights.
The call is smart for Weidman. He avoids a fighter who has a solid stand up game and a ground
game that made him confident enough to jump into Rousimar Palhares feared ground game,
only to win by TKO over the leg lock specialist. It seems as though, like Sonnen, Bisping has
been able to talk himself up the ranks of the UFC, rather than fight his way up (see loss to
Wanderlei Silva). This does not benefit die hard UFC fans. I believe that a Belcher/Weidman
matchup would mean HUGE fireworks and a great lead in for a middleweight title shot. I will bet
either FOTN, SOTN, or KOTN. This may be a little self-serving, but hey, why can’t it be?
Weidman’s rise to the top of the middleweight ranks has been meteoric in nature, but he has
done nothing but prove his worth, winning three of five UFC outings by stoppage. While I agree
that he might not quite be ready for Anderson Silva, I believe his is ready to prove he can
maintain his rise. A fight with Belcher would do just this. This frees up the winner of
Bisping/Stann for Tim Boetsch, while the loser could draw the loser of the seemingly imminent
Hector Lombard/ Mark Munoz matchup. And, to get a little over analytical, it would then make
sense to pair Yushin Okami with the winner of that fight (hopefully Lombard, to avoid having
Okami/Munoz II).
edit: Weidman now says he is waiting to fight the winner of Bisping/Stann to allow ongoing elbow
ailments to heal. Point stands. Fight Belcher when his spinal fracture is healed and then you may
have your title shot.

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Fantasy Fights

Recently, news broke that Erik Koch was out of his UFC featherweight title match against Jose Aldo. As is often the case in the UFC, Koch has been replaced by a tougher opponent, as his replacement is none other than former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. I speculated before that Edgar would get one fight at featherweight before getting a title shot, and I believe that would have been the case if Koch hadn’t been injured. With Koch injured, Edgar is the obvious choice as a replacement. The featherweight division is sorely lacking for compelling challengers; Edgar makes for the best fight, and the most intriguing fight, in my opinion.

Now, Edgar has a good wrestling base, but by now, it should be obvious that takedowns are not the way to beat Jose Aldo. A look at Aldo’s profile on Fight Metric displays the utter futility of trying to…

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Support

Posted: September 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Stipe Miocic

When I stepped into the octagon for the first time I already knew that I had won. I was surrounded by family and friends that had been in my life for a long time. From my immediate family to all my cousins that might as well be immediate family too. These are the same people that are there today.  But along the way I have gained support from some amazing people. Every time I log onto facebook or twitter I can’t believe the amount of good luck messages I get. No matter how tired I am from training, when I get home I always check them out and try to respond to everyone.

To my family and friends, to my teammates and coaches at Strong Style, to sponsors that are helping me realize my dreams, I really just want to say thanks. I’m truly living the dream, and I try…

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MMA Daily News

Matt Mitrione

  • 5-1 MMA / 5-1 UFC Record
  • Won 5 of Last 6 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Joey Beltran, Tim Hague, Christian Morecraft

Philip De Fries

  • 9-1 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record
  • Won 9 of Last 10 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Stav Economou, Rob Broughton, Oli Thompson

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UFC 155

December 29th, 2012

Las Vegas, Nevada

Venue TBD

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Ultimate Fighter season 10 veteran, Matt Mitrione suffered his first career loss, when he lost a unanimous decision to Cheick Kongo at UFC 137. The loss snapped a five-fight win streak to start his young MMA career, including TKO victories over Kevin ‘Kimbo Slice’ Ferguson, Tim Hague, and Christian Morecraft.

Philip de Fries earned his second win inside the octagon at UFC on FOX 4, when he submitted fellow Brit, Oli Thompson in the second round with a rear naked choke. De Fries won his UFC debut by unanimous decision against Rob Broughton…

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Ph News Today

Before UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones turned down a fight with Chael Sonnen, the two engaged in a war of words. Sonnen called Jones out, Jones responded with, “If you’re going to disrespect me out of nowhere, at least disrespect me to my face like a man. And you call me a punk, I’m more man than you’ll ever be,” and then Jones said he knew what he was doing all along.

Except, there are reports now that Jones was bothered by Sonnen not only calling out Jones here, but in the many things Sonnen said after Jones turned down their fights. He even reportedly asked UFC president Dana White to tell Sonnen to stop.

This isn’t the first time Jones has been oddly bothered by what people have to say about him. After beating Quinton Jackson at UFC 135, the UFC brought Rashad Evans into the cage for…

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Ph News Today

Before UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones turned down a fight with Chael Sonnen, the two engaged in a war of words. Sonnen called Jones out, Jones responded with, “If you’re going to disrespect me out of nowhere, at least disrespect me to my face like a man. And you call me a punk, I’m more man than you’ll ever be,” and then Jones said he knew what he was doing all along.

Except, there are reports now that Jones was bothered by Sonnen not only calling out Jones here, but in the many things Sonnen said after Jones turned down their fights. He even reportedly asked UFC president Dana White to tell Sonnen to stop.

This isn’t the first time Jones has been oddly bothered by what people have to say about him. After beating Quinton Jackson at UFC 135, the UFC brought Rashad Evans into the cage for…

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Ph News Today

The injury bug takes no prisoners.

UFC 153 took the hit on Thursday when Erik Koch fell out of his main event challenge of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo due to an undisclosed injury.

While many events take a pretty big hit when a main eventer drops out – UFC 151 was recently cancelled due to just such a scenario – sometimes things work out for the better.

Koch, a worthy contender, carried little name value into the match-up with Aldo, but the UFC brass has already replaced him with former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Edgar’s manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz of Dominance MMA, confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com.

Edgar recently announced that he was dropping down to the 145-pound division, but expected that he would have to fight at least once or twice before getting a shot at the champ.

When the UFC comes calling with a title shot…

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Cool Science News

Posted: September 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Occupy The Throne – Edition #26

Posted: September 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Thoughts From The Man Cave

In this edition of Occupy The Throne, Samer Kadi and I look at the UFC’s cancellation of UFC 151.

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