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TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 06: Takeya Mizugaki attends the UFC press conference at Shinjuku Wald 9 on September 6, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The UFC will hold the Japan Tournament on February 26, 2012.  (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

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10 months ago: TOKYO, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 06: Takeya Mizugaki attends the UFC press conference at Shinjuku Wald 9 on September 6, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The UFC will hold the Japan Tournament on February 26, 2012. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

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A pair of bantamweight battlers will hook ’em up at the UFC 151: “Jones vs. Henderson” event scheduled for Sept. 1, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Takeya Mizugaki takes on Jeff Hougland.

MMAWeekly.com brought word of the pending contest earlier today.

In his last nine bouts, Mizugaki is just 4-5, having continued the same pattern of win-one, lose-one since his World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) debut in April 2009. His most recent defeat, a split decision loss to Chris Cariaso was mired in controversy, however. UFC President Dana White felt strongly enough that the judges got it wrong he paid Mizugaki his win bonus.

Set to take him on next is Hougland, who won his Octagon debut in the summer of last year but took nearly a year off and looked badly over-matched in a loss to Yves Jabouin just this past May 15 at UFC on FUEL TV 3.

UFC 151 will feature a light heavyweight championship showdown pitting division champion Jon Jones continuing his assault on the 205-pound weight class by taking on former Strikeforce straphanger Dan Henderson. The only other bout rumored for the card at this time is a featherweight fracas pitting Dennis Siver vs. Eddie Yagin.

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Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting

Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting

Well at least his next fight won’t be at “Rumbleweight.”

That’s according to Titan Fighting Championships promoter Joe Kelly, who , informed listeners on Bloody Elbow Radio that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) castoff Anthony Johnson’s next fight in his promotion is expected to be at light heavyweight.

Here’s the exact quote:

“[Anthony Johnson] has stated that in his next fight, he wants to fight for us at 205 so that’s where the fight will be in July. We’ll see.”

Johnson infamously lost his job with the UFC after missing weight for the third time, the final straw coming after moving up to middleweight. “Rumble” weighed in for UFC 142 at a whopping 197 pounds — 11 pounds over the contractually obligated 186 pound limit — and went on to lose to former UFC champion Vitor Belfort via first round submission.

So why would Johnson now be moving up to light heavyweight? We’ve got some more backstory and clarification from Kelly posted after the jump.

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Johnson has already fought once since his release from the UFC, defeating fellow Octagon veteran Dave Branch in the main event of Titan Fighting Championships 22 just over three weeks ago, but even that fight didn’t occur without a bit of weighty drama.

The bout against Branch had been announced as a middleweight attraction, but when it came time to step on the scales it had been switched to a 195 pound catchweight. This surprised many media, who all assumed the fight would be at 185 pounds. Both men weighed in at 195 or below and the fight was officially “on.”

Kelly cleared the air on that particular subject as well.

“[Johnson and Branch] agreed to do the 195 pound catchweight prior to the bout and it is what it is. It’s all I can do. We’re not the UFC. I’ve got to do what I have to do to hold matches together. It’s not like I can bring in a replacement early on a 12 fight stacked card and I can shuffle things around. We have to work with guys to make sure fights go off. It’s something I have to look at in the future. I’ve got to protect the brand.”

No word yet on who Johnson’s opponent will be when he makes his light heavyweight debut.

Do you think this is the right move for “Rumble” or would you rather see him at 185-pounds? And do you think the former welterweight will ever get his weight issues sorted out?

Sound off, Maniacs!

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Posted: September 1, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Quoteworthy:

“I don’t know if he’s ever really lost his step. I just think the fighters now in the UFC are just a little bit more aggressive than the fighters in PRIDE. Studying tape on him, I noticed that guys that back away from him and give him that respect, it seems like they get unleashed on a little harder than the guys that come forward… I think Cro Cop has a good sprawl, he has a good double underhooks. I think if I were to try to just drop and shoot on him, he would stop my shot. I think standing up with him is actually the route to go at first and then eventually when you work in the clinch, going to the ground is obviously a lot easier to do with him than Nogueira.”

The new look UFC 119 main event, set for September 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana, features a heavyweight match up between Frank Mir and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. The former UFC champ today told Ariel Helwani that he actually believes “Cro Cop” hasn’t regressed over the years, just that  his opponents have progressed. Mir also stated that taking Filipovic to the ground, if he chooses to do so, will be far easier than it would have been taking down his original UFC 119 counterpart, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. How about some early takes on this intriguing heavyweight tilt?

Most of you watched Strikeforce Houston and had to manually pick your jaws up off the floor at the tail-end of some considerable upsets. Between Fedor earning his first loss back in June, and Bobby Lashley & King Mo both earning their first L of their professional careers last night, it seems that the organization’s most marketable fighters have all reminded us why betting on MMA is probably the most irresponsible thing you could do with your rent money. I woke up this morning (broke) and the first thing I did was line my baseball cap with tin foil so my brain waves would be safe from government intruders. In fact, I didn’t even wear my usually Yankees cap, I’m actually wearing a tin foil-lined Phillies cap just to be even more incognito as I write this article in my bathtub. It’s one of those mornings where I’ve confirmed a sizable conspiracy, and as it unfolds, I have to be secretive so that Texas State Athletic Commission doesn’t send journalistic-assassins after me.

Sometime between yesterday and today, a new foreign substance allegedly went into play for select fighters of last night’s Strikeforce card. These screenshots below show a substance being ingested by King Mo and KJ Noons (coincidentally betting favorites) before their respective bouts.

Both containers appear to be the same substance and were ingested similarly by both fighters. They also resemble bottles of pure compressed oxygen like these that when ingested, could considerably improve an athlete’s stamina & cardio. What makes this interesting is that compressed oxygen is a substance banned from nearly every endurance sport, including MMA; in every state, including Texas. Check out what we found on the Texas state athletic comission’s website that outlines the rules of what supplies are allowed to accompany a fighter to the ring/cage:

(i) A second shall be responsible for a contestant’s corner supplies.

(1) Approved supplies are ice, which must be in an ice bag or Department approved container, water, cotton swabs, gauze pads, clean towels, Adrenalin 1:10,000, Avitene, Thromblin, petroleum jelly or other surgical lubricant, medical diachylon tape, Enswel, and electrolytes. Electrolytes must be brought to the ring in the manufacturer’s sealed container. Electrolytes must be opened for the first time in the presence of a representative of the Department. All coagulants shall be in a container with the proper manufacturer’s label and not contaminated by any foreign substance.

(2) All containers shall be properly labeled with the manufacturer’s label and not contaminated by any foreign substance.

(3) The use of an unapproved substance may result in disciplinary action.

(4) Only water and electrolytes shall be permitted for hydration of a contestant between rounds. Honey, glucose, or sugar, or any other substance may not be mixed with the water.

A complete list of rules can be found here.

The first thing you’ll notice that whatever that substance was, it’s not on the approved list above. For those of you wondering what the big deal is, the concept of breathing pure oxygen can help a free-diver double submersible time. It also helps climbers breathe at high altitude so that they can continue to ascend mountains at an normal pace, despite thin air. The entire concept behind the compressed-oxygen spray is to keep an athlete from tiring out, which would be OK, except when one person has this cardio-boosting puffer while his opponent doesn’t. Even if both sets of fighters in last night’s Strikeforce card were utilizing the oxygen supplement, it didn’t seem like there was any way to regulate how much either fighter ingested. Plainly, the more pure oxygen you consume, the better your cardio will be for the duration of the fight, and this introduces a significant variable in last night’s performances that we’ve never seen before.

Let’s suppose it was an asthma inhaler, the same concept holds true about its potential benefits to a fighter should he/she ingest it before competing. There’s a long documented history of asthma tablets being crushed up and mixed into sports drinks & water bottles of combat athletes in boxing matches. These boxers all got a second wind during their illegally contested bouts. The most notorious trainer to be accused of spiking his fighter’s water was Panama Lewis, who was banned from cornering boxers for his alleged role in removing an ounce of padding from Luis Resto’s gloves in a fight that ended up costing William Ray Collins Jr. his eyesight, boxing career, and eventually his life.

Although no deaths were caused last night (phew!), modifying safety equipment, or utilizing substances that give one fighter a clear advantage have legal and sometimes lethal ramifications. In King Mo’s case, it was a title fight, but he lost and it’s doubtful that Feijao’s camp will protest the outcome. However, in KJ Noon’s already controversial win (due to a haymaker that landed after the first round bell and an illegal knee to a downed opponent after the fight was waved-off), this may or may not become a problem should Jorge Gurgel decide to protest. We hope you to gain some transparency on the subject, all I know is they can’t pin this one on Lee Harvey Oswald.

Update: It appears that both fighters were using a TRUO2 Portable Oxygen Can. According to their official site it can “Maximize Power and Explosiveness! *Do More Reps or Sets in the Gym! *Increase Endurance and Stamina! *Dramatically Reduce Recovery Times! *Get more out of your Sports and Fitness Training! *Reach Your Goals in Less Time! *Improve Mental Focus and Clarity!”. Here is a picture of the spray from their site.

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Posted: August 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

Former WWE wrestler “Batista” is now training with Cesar Gracie and Co. Then again, so was Jose Canseco.

Could “The Animal” end up in Strikeforce, taking on Bobby Lashley for MMA supremacy?

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