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MMA News in Brief - 13 January

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Latest MMA News in Brief - Thursday 13 January for: Jon Jones, Thiago Silva, Andrei Arlovski, Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, UFC 125's official attendance, Jacob Volkmann about President Obama, Fedor Emelianenko, Yoshihiro Koyama, Shooto Shootor's Legacy 1, Results, MMA Japan



  • Jon Jones was critical of Thiago Silva's antics during his bout against Brandon Vera at UFC 125 and in response, Silva has given his opinion on Jones and his place as a fighter: - This guy is a jerk. Everybody’s a professional fighter and all fights include provocations. Brandon Vera said he’s break my legs, that I wasn’t on his level. I don’t say things, I do. You get recognized when you do things. I’m a professional fighter, but I can’t always please everybody. There’s always somebody behind the computed with a plate filled with French fries, ready to criticize you. I fight for the fans, for the money and to put my name up there. Talking is too much easy, nobody knows what goes on in your life, your trainings… I think I did my job. Who likes it, likes it, but you can dislike it if you want.


  • Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, once upon a time was a world heavyweight ranked fighter but these days, he finds himself on the outside circle. The announcement that he will be a participant in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, has given new hope to Arlovski, who feels that by winning the tournament he can make a case for his spot back in the top ten: - "Of course (I'll be watching Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers). Because Rogers knocked me out and it was embarrassing for me. But I'm looking forward, one step at a time." - "What happened in my last three fights, I'm not going to give this present anymore, that's it. I'm looking forward to fight all of them. In this tournament (there is) pretty much all top ten fighters; this is really good opportunity for me and everybody else."


  • UFC 125's official attendance and gate is on par with the numbers of last year's opening UFC event UFC 108. - The Nevada athletic commission revealed Thursday that the Jan. 1 UFC 125 show sold a total of 6,978 tickets for a gate of $2,174,780. 5,896 tickets were given away with 1,077 left unsold. - 12,874 witnessed lightweight champion Frankie Edgar battle Gray Maynard to a draw from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. - In comparison, UFC 108, held at the same venue on Jan. 2, 2009, drew 13,529 in attendance for a gate of $1,969,670.


  • Jacob Volkmann, the UFC lightweight fighter who said that President Obama was "not too bright" and an “idiot.” According to, following his win at UFC 125, has been placed on paid administrative leave by White Bear Lake High School in Minnesota while the school conducts an investigation regarding the comments he made to about the President. - Volkmann has served as an assistant wrestling coach for the school for three years. - "They gotta do the investigation and then give me an OK to coach," Volkmann said. - The 30-year-old said he was not given a time frame by the school as to when he will be able to return to his job. The school has allowed him to continue serving as youth wrestling coach for a club team. He also owns and operates his own chiropractic practice in Minnesota.


  • Fedor Emelianenko -- Widely considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, heavyweight fighter in the sport’s history, Emelianenko’s unprecedented run of 28 consecutive victories spanning nearly a decade of fighting. After his shocking upset loss to Fabricio Werdum this past June, a humble man and fighter spoke to the media with a quote that embodies a warrior’s heart and humility: “A man that does not fall, does not stand up.” - In the main event of M-1 Global and Strikeforce’s co-promoted event from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Emelianenko (31-2, 1 NC) is set to take on Antonio Silva (15-2) in the evening’s second quarterfinal fight of the three-stage, single-elimination tournament.


  • MMA Japan - It took less than two minutes for Yoshihiro Koyama to bring an an end to a two fight losing streak and seize the Shooto Pacific Rim 154-pound Belt at Shooto: Shootor's Legacy 1 at Korakuen Hall on Monday. Shinji Sasaki was bringing all the moment into the title bout but a left hook only one minute in dropped the grappler and from there Koyama pounded to bring the quick referee stoppage TKO. Stakes were high for the Paraestra Matsudo product fighting under the hugely successful Team Kurofune banner as Koyama revealed post fight that if he would have lost the bout, he may have retired.


  • Shooto  Shootor's Legacy 1, Results - Jan. 10, 2011 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Shooto Pacific Rim 154-Pound Championship

Yoshihiro Koyama def. Shinji Sasaki by TKO (Punches) - Round 1, 1:20

Taiki Tsuchiya def. Tony Hervey by TKO (Punches) - Round 1, 4:25

Yusuke Endo def. Daisuke Sugie by Majority Decision

Masakatsu Ueda def. Ralph Acosta by Submission (Brabo Choke) - Round 2, 1:13

Kotetsu Boku def. Yukinari Tamura by Unanimous Decision

Shinichi Hanawa def. Toshimichi Akagi by Unanimous Decision

Koji Matsumoto def. Norio Tokuhisa by Unanimous Decision

Koji Nishioka def. Daisuke Hoshino by Majority Decision

2011 Shooto Rookie Tournament Opening Round Matches

Hiroshi Osato def. Takeshi Saito by Unanimous Decision

Chuji Kato drew Kensuke Nakamura

Takuya Ogura def. Satoshi Kogure by KO (Knee) - Round 1, 2:39

Shinichi Yoshioka def. Hiroshi Nakamura by Unanimous Decision