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Cung Le Went to Extremes to Heal His Foot, Even So Far as Bloodletting

Written By Fighthits on Saturday, November 10, 2012 | 10:41 AM

source: MMAWeekly

Cung Le wanted to fight in the main event of the UFC’s first event in China, bad.

How bad?

Bad enough that he tried everything under the sun to make sure the foot he injured in his last fight would be ready for Saturday’s UFC on Fuel TV 6 in Macao.

Le suffered a deep bone bruise in his win over Patrick Cote at UFC 148 in early July. Medically speaking, he was borderline as far as being able to make it to Saturday’s fight with Rich Franklin. But in Le’s mind, without question, he was always going to make it to the fight. So he did everything he could so that the foot would be in good enough shape that he could fight.

“I did so much crazy stuff to get my foot ready from Eastern medicine to Western medicine,” Le told Fuel TV. “But the craziest thing was bloodletting, where they punch a whole bunch of holes in my foot and then they drain it with all the stuff that was blocked up in there. Pretty, uh, pretty nasty.”

Le, of course, has refrained from giving his foot the full test in training, but feels like the fight with Franklin won’t be an issue. He’s ready to unleash the beast.

“I think my foot’s a hundred percent. I haven’t really kicked anyone in the head lately, but we’ll definitely find out (on Saturday).”

UFC 153 Results: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Proves Strength of Jiu Jitsu; Submits Dave Herman

Written By Fighthits on Sunday, October 14, 2012 | 7:30 AM

source: Andrew Potter | MMAWeekly

After having his arm broken by Frank Mir at UFC 140, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1) returned to the Octagon against Dave Herman (21-5) at UFC 153 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earning a second-round submission finish.

Herman came out kicking early, before sweeping Nogueira, earning the takedown, but he quickly let the BJJ black belt back to his feet. Herman tested the right arm of Nogueira in the clinch against the cage, but the round was mostly fought with both fighters trading shots.

Nogueira tagged Herman with a big shot in the opening of the second round. Nogueira followed him down and passed guard, moving to side control, and attempted an Americana. Herman fought off the initial onslaught, but his arm was quickly snatched by Nogueira. The position was lost, however, and the fighters returned to their feet.

After tagging Herman, Nogueira once again brought his opponent to the mat. After taking Herman’s arm, he was able to earn the tap at 4:31 of round two.

“I feel so happy. This man said jiu-jitsu doesn’t work, but jiu-jitsu does work,” Nogueira told Joe Rogan. “It’s Brazilian and an art.”

UFC 153 Results: Phil Davis Mauls and Then Submits Wagner Prado

source: Damon Martin | MMAWeekly

Following a strange ending in their first fight after an accidental eye poke, Phil Davis wanted to leave no doubts in his rematch with Wagner Prado at UFC 153.

Call it mission accomplished for the former NCAA champion in wrestling.

The two fighters opened with some brief striking exchanges, but once Davis found his range, he was slipping under for takedown after takedown, putting Prado on his back.

The former Penn State Nittany Lion was like a bear determined to maul his prey, and he certainly showed his dominant ground work putting Prado in bad position after bad position throughout their fight.

After a dominant first round, Davis went back to work on the mat in the second, and Prado simply had no answer.

While Davis missed on an arm triangle choke, he quickly and fluidly transitioned to an anaconda choke, quickly rolling to his side and Prado tapped immediately.

“That’s one of my high percentage moves right there, I didn’t even get a chance to fully lock it in, but it worked,” Davis said about the submission.

2012 has been tough on Phil Davis who kicked off the year with his first professional loss to Rashad Evans at UFC on Fox 2, and then the odd ending in his bout with Prado back in August.

“Normally, I’m the young lion coming in, but I’ll tell you what it’s a definitely a different feeling getting in the gym knowing someone like Wagner Prado’s coming to take your block off,” Davis said about his preparation.

Now with an overwhelming victory over Prado at UFC 153, Davis can finally celebrate before 2012 comes to an end.

Dan Hardy credits Carlos Condit loss for improvement as a fighter

Written By Fighthits on Sunday, September 30, 2012 | 12:42 PM

source: Luke Thomas | MMA Fighting

Dan Hardy relished the opportunity to compete in his hometown of Nottingham, England. But he didn't bring home the Hardy that earned fame from wild brawls or the 'kill or be killed attitude' of reckless striking exchanges. According to Hardy himself, that version of himself is gone. He hasn't been seen since losing to Carlos Condit at UFC 120 in October of 2010.

"The old Dan Hardy got knocked out by Carlos Condit," Hardy said at the post-fight press conference for UFC on FUEL TV 5.

And the new Hardy? He doesn't engage in dangerous striking exchanges for the sake of entertaining the crowd or to offer opponents a dance partner in the tango of senseless brawling.

Sure, he still feels the urge to do those things and admitted as much to the media on Saturday. He heard his name being chanted by the crwod in the first round of his bout with Amir Sadollah. That got his adrenaline pumping and ignited his old instincts to sit down on his punches to prove he was the 'better' man.

But something else told him not to. A new instinct, maybe.

Call it maturity. Call it a new attitude. Call it a fresh perspective. Whatever you call it, it helped guide Hardy to a unanimous decision win over Sadollah. More importantly, the win came from a performance that saw Hardy use his striking as well as newly developed offensive wrestling and ground and pound skills honed since training in Las Vegas, Nev., with Roy Nelson and Frank Mir.

The win over Sadollah brings Hardy's UFC win streak to two. But the numbers are irrelevant. It's the complexion of the fight that matters and it what says about the new Hardy. No longer one to complain about the perils of those who hold wrestling advantages in MMA, Hardy now recognizes how vital a complete offensive arsenal is to his future.

Everyone seemed to notice just how radical the departure was for Hardy on Saturday, not least of which was the head of the organization he is fighting for.

"Dan Hardy looked like a mixed martial artist tonight," said UFC President Dana White at the post-fight press conference. "He didn't look like a kickboxer."

While less so in the first frame, Hardy paraded his new abilities in the second and third rounds. Using double leg takedowns against the cage and in the center of the Octagon, Hardy routinely took Sadollah to the mat. From there he avoided Sadollah's submissions while battering him with elbows and punches from top position. In fact, it was these moments that presented Hardy as his most dominant throughout the contest. He won a unanimous decision, earning a 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 mark from the evening's judges.

As for what's next, Hardy himself is non-committal. The old Hardy would hold a focus on the grandeur of what's possible too down the line, causing him to not fail against his most present challenges. "It's a deep division," Hardy said. "I made the mistake of looking too far ahead in the past. Now I'm just focused on my journey."

He told those in attendance at the press conference he is happy to take whoever the UFC gives him as he worried more about fixing his own issues and developing his own progress than challenging any particular fighter in the hopes of some grandiose future prize that may never come.

Whatever one thinks of his internal focus, it seems to have finally righted his once flagging career. After four consecutive losses that had some fans and pundits calling for Hardy to be released from the UFC, the Brit seems to understand not simply what skills are required for success at the highest level but the accompanying attitude as well.

"He seems like his head is in a good place. He's with a good camp," White said. "We'll see what happens."

After Productive Meeting, Dana White Changes His Tune on Alistair Overeem

Written By Fighthits on Sunday, July 8, 2012 | 6:26 AM

source: Ben Fowlkes |

Jul 8, 2012 - LAS VEGAS -- From the sound of things, Alistair Overeem may have clawed his way out of Dana White’s doghouse and back into the good graces of the UFC. All it took was a willingness to show up at the Zuffa offices and wait for an audience with the UFC president, which is apparently exactly what the former Strikeforce and K-1 champion did.

Following Saturday night’s UFC 148 press conference, White told reporters that Overeem, who tested positive for elevated testosterone levels following a surprise drug screening by the Nevada State Athletic Commission back in March, had come to the Las Vegas office to meet with company co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta. When White saw him, he said, he immediately went into his office and shut the door.