Posts From Edson Valenzuela

Interview with UFC Middleweight Sam Alvey

  “I never took any real damage, the first punch kind of wobbled me but after that..nothing really hurt.” – commenting on his recent loss.   “There’s been talks about Bradley Scott..I’m trying to fight him and he’s trying to fight me..” – discussing a possible upcoming match with the British TUF alum.   “I was never a Goldberg fan..” – chatting about old school Pro-wrestling, the WWF, and the WCW.  

Today in MMA History: September 10, 2006

On September 10, 2006 Saitama Super Arena, in Saitama, Japan, hosts yet another Pride Fighting Championships event. This evening Pride FC presents the finale of it’s seventh grand prix tournament; The last such tournament the organization would host before it’s acquisition by Zuffa Entertainment. In many ways tonight’s fights are emblematic of Pride FC’s reputation for brutal violence in it’s matches. The final four participants in the open weight tournament are as follows: A

Today in MMA History: June 28, 2006

When the UFC hosts Ultimate Fight Night 5 on June 28, 2006, at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas Nevada, the organization has just five weight divisions and no active champion for it’s Lightweights. The night Anderson “The Spider” Silva makes his debut, at the Hard Rock Casino, it’s a warm but not scorching Nevada summer evening. In front of a crowd of just over six hundred people, this is the first time The Spider

Today in MMA History: May 16, 1996

May 16, 1996, the iconic Japanese MMA promotion Pancrase holds Pancrase: Truth 5 in Tokyo, Japan. A company that held two events before UFC put on it’s first. Pancrase is known for its unique rule-set which includes only open palm strikes to the head, no punching, and doesn’t allow soccer kicks or stomps to downed opponents. Non-title matches last one fifteen minute round and title matches one thirty minute round. Fighters have the option of escaping

Today in MMA History: May 4, 2001

UFC 31: Locked and Loaded (the poster reads Fully Loaded) takes place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 4, 2001. The card has the curious distinction of featuring 7 fighters who would hold UFC titles in their careers, the most on any card up until Locked and Loaded. Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture faced off with Pedro Rizzo in the main event in his first title defense in the UFC.

STRIPPED: A History of Giving Back the Gold

For the first time in UFC history, the organization has stripped a Light Heavyweight Champion of their title. Jon Jones is only the latest in a hefty line of UFC talent to be stripped of his status. Here’s a look at UFC’s history of Bogarting the Belt, this timeline doesn’t include vacated titles. In 1998 Heavyweight icon Randy Couture was the first UFC Champion to be stripped of his belt. This coming

Jones Should be Stripped of Title UPDATED

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is facing felony charges and was released on bail today as reported by MMA Fighting this morning. This after a hit and run that left at least one person with a broken arm Monday. Jones turned himself in to Albuquerque PD the day of the accident. The second high profile controversy Jones finds himself in less than a year and not the UFC Champions first brush with

Today in MMA History: April 25, 2004

April 25, 2004 Pride FC hosts Pride Total Elimination 2004 in Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.  Featuring a card comprised solely of matches of Pride FC’s 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix opening round. It’s first and only ever Heavyweight Grand Prix. This is the promotions third GP, an open weight (non-existent today) and Middleweight tournament having preceded it. Pride Grand Prix’s are yearly tournaments competed within a designated weight class. After the bracket was announced,

3 Fights to Make Post UFC on Fox Machida vs Rockhold

UFC on Fox: Rockhold vs Machida is in the record books and the card proved worthwhile with several slug-fests and finishers throughout. With hardly a week passing without a UFC it’s tough to pin down what fights to make moving forward. Here are three fights MMA Freak makes in the wake of UFC on Fox.   Jacare Souza vs Luke Rockhold These two met in 2011 at Stikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov with Rockhold defeating Jacare by