Archive for December, 2012

Nothing ?tricky? about St. Preux tonight at Strikeforce Challengers 17, a big knee ends Cason?s chances

Posted on December 31st, 2012 by Rich

Ovince St. Preux had no intentions of going from the gridiron to the cage, but trainer Eric Turner tricked him into fighting mixed martial arts. Turner saw the potential in the former Tennessee Volunteers’ linebacker and convinced him that the punches in the cage weren’t that hard. Four years later OSP is the one dishing […]

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Brenneman halts Story?s rise with upset at UFC on Versus 4

Posted on December 30th, 2012 by Rich

It was an absolute no-win spot for Rick Story. The fast-rising welterweight was told about a new opponent yesterday when Nate Marquardt was dropped from UFC on Versus 4 and fired by the promotion. Charlie Brenneman, a little-known former college wrestler with just three UFC fights under his belt, was Johnny-on-the-spot, as stepped up to […]

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England gets UFC 138 in November, fall fight schedule is sick

Posted on December 29th, 2012 by Rich

Did you enjoy the slight lull in the fight schedule during July? Don’t get used to it. With the news that UFC 138 was just added to the Zuffa schedule, the fall shapes up as the busiest slate in fighting history. Gareth A. Davies from The Telegraph broke the story that Chris Leben and Mark […]

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Working in MMA: Mike Dolce talks about peak performance, Maury and manicures

Posted on December 28th, 2012 by Rich

This week, Cagewriter is taking a look at the different jobs that help the MMA world turn. See part I of the series here. Today, we look at Mike Dolce, the peak performance coach who is known to help fighters improve their nutrition, and in turn, the way they fight. After working as a strength […]

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Coker video: Is Overeem ever fighting again for Strikeforce?

Posted on December 27th, 2012 by Rich

This is a bizarre position for Scott Coker. The Strikeforce CEO is technically under the umbrella of Zuffa. In a recent interview with, Dana White swore up and down that he has absolutely no hand in decisions with Strikeforce. Yet when you watch or listen to Coker talking about the future of his fighters […]

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Marquardt signs with the U.K.?s Bamma

Posted on December 26th, 2012 by Rich

Nate Marquardt isn’t waiting around for the UFC to change its mind. The elite middleweight has decided to fight for one of the biggest international promotions, Bamma in England. Bamma is highly successful promotion in the U.K. The next scheduled card comes in early September. That includes 185-pound title fight with Frank Trigg challenging Tom […]

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Woodley uses wrestling to neutralize Daley in win at Strikeforce

Posted on December 25th, 2012 by Rich

Paul Daley said it wouldn’t be the same as his fight against Josh Koscheck at UFC 113. That was the last time Daley faced an elite former college wrestler. Tonight it was former Missouri star Tyron Woodley and the result was pretty similar. Woodley took Daley down early in both the second and third rounds […]

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Tate talks Coenen, Team Alpha Male and the future for women?s MMA

Posted on December 24th, 2012 by Rich

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — If Miesha Tate walks away with the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship belt this weekend, she has Sarah Kaufmann to thank. Tate dropped a decision to Kaufmann at a Strikeforce Challengers show in 2009, and since that fight, has developed a different mindset about her fights. “That fight taught me a lot […]

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Video you need to see: Jose Aldo on the best slip and slide ever

Posted on December 23rd, 2012 by Rich

Fair readers, sometimes we come across MMA videos that we don’t understand. Videos that are in Portuguese, but soundtracked by a terrible song in English with nonsensical lyrics. Videos that involve women in bikinis and men in boardshorts cheering on the UFC featherweight champ. But if we have one rule at Cagewriter, it’s that when […]

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White?s handwriting on the wall: Fedor?s facing a no-win situation

Posted on December 22nd, 2012 by Rich

Dana White’s a business man first, but fight fan is a close second. Over the years, the UFC president has had opinions on lots of fighters in and out of his organization. He’s been particularly dogged about his thoughts on Fedor Emelianenko. White believes Fedor’s been overrated for the last five or six years. It’s […]

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