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2014 | 2009

7 items from 2014


10 Ufc Fights We Want For Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

18 July 2014 12:48 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis will have a lot of challengers waiting for him when he returns to action after coaching the upcoming Season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will consist solely of women’s strawweight fighters and crown the first ever Ufc strawweight champion at the end of the season.

Pettis hasn’t fought since last August (2013), and it will be well over a year out of action for the champ by the time he finally returns to the octagon. In the meantime, there’s a huge backlog of opponents waiting for him upon his return, and a lot of interesting match-ups to make – as well as some potential dream fights that could be absolutely thrilling for fans!

“Showtime” is a flashy champion – you probably remember his “Showtime Kick,” the Matrix-like cage kick he delivered to knock Benson Henderson down during the last-ever Wec lightweight title bout (most people forget that »

- Jay Anderson

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10 Reasons Dana White Is Going To Want To Forget 2014

10 July 2014 1:50 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Dana White will have a laundry list of reasons to forget about 2014 come the end of year. Ufc 176 has been cancelled. The Biggest Ufc stars are retired or injured. There has been scandal after scandal. Weak cards. In short, it hasn’t been a great year for the Ufc thus far.

Yes, there have been some spectacular fights. There have been some solid events. We’ve seen a major upset in the bantamweight division, where T.J. Dillashaw stole Renan Barao’s championship belt.

However, we’ve seen a lot of cringe-worthy moments as well. Moments that you just want to forget. B.J. Penn’s final Ufc fight is one, and it didn’t even make the list. Stefan Struve’s health troubles and last-minute fight cancellation at Ufc 175 is another that is up there, but didn’t make the list either. There has »

- Jay Anderson

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The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale: 11 Ufc Matches To Make For The Winners

9 July 2014 3:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Another season of Tuf has come and gone – where do we go from here?

It wasn’t the storybook ending B.J. Penn, or Ufc fans in general, might have hoped for The Prodigy. Even if you aren’t a Penn fan, you have to respect a guy who is one of only two fighters to hold belts in multiple weight classes, and who fought above his natural weight for a large part of his career.

Most of us, however, were suspect when Penn announced that he wanted to fight a third time against the man who took his lightweight title. Was he motivated? Could he beat Frankie Edgar now, years after the first two losses? Could he make the featherweight limit? Would he keep his power? Did he feel he had found a weakness in Edgar? Should he even be in the cage at this point? »

- Jay Anderson

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Ufc: The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale – 5 Things We Learned

8 July 2014 6:49 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It was a busy weekend in Ufc-land, with two events hosted down in Las Vegas. Saturday’s Ufc 175 has been well-covered, but looming in the shadows on Sunday was The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale.

Tuf 19: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn is probably notorious more for what didn’t happen than what did. The fights simply weren’t there for the first half of the season. It was so bad that Ufc President Dana White publicly stated that it was the “worst” season they had filmed so far.

Was it a sign that the talent pool was simply getting too thin, with two seasons of Tuf per year and many fighters bypassing Tuf and singing directly with the Ufc? Were fighters simply playing it safe, as some coaches have advised in the past, to ensure a shot at victory?

Whatever the reason, there were very few breakout stars. Cathal Pendered »

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Gsp: 5 Reasons The Greatest Ufc Welterweight Ever Should Stay Retired

7 July 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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According to Firhas Zahabi, Georges St. Pierre is looking at a Ufc return – but should he?

Gsp’s coach has said he expects Gsp to return to fighting, but former champ and Gsp victim Matt Hughes recently stated that he feels Gsp should stay retired.

For his part, Zahabi has stated that the Canadian welterweight legend is “more motivated than ever” and it looking to come back strong. He believes a recent Acl injury has added to that motivation. Now, a motivated Gsp is a scary, scary thing. Ask Matt Sera. When Sera landed a surprise knockout blow on Gsp and won the Ufc belt, Gsp refocused, and took the belt back with vicious knees to Sera in their rematch. Ask Josh Koscheck, who was beaten so badly in his second fight with Gsp that he couldn’t board a plane after the fight, »

- Jay Anderson

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5 Predictions For The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale

4 July 2014 12:13 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Lost in the hoopla surrounding the upcoming Ufc 175 on July 5th is the fact that the very next day, the Ufc will be hosting a second event – the Tuf 19 finale, headlined by Edgar vs. Penn 3.

The fight nobody asked for has actually started to intrigue just a little, if only because it’s being held down a weight class, and because Penn seems… oh, no lets not break out the “motivated B.J. Penn” cliché again. However, the fight should at least entertain, and if Penn can somehow pull out a win, despite being a 10-1 underdog at the bookies, then perhaps he can ride off into the sunset (of Hawaii, lucky sob) and enjoy a well-deserved retirement.

Will the Tuf 19 finale play out that way? What about the actual Tuf finale bouts? There hasn’t been a lot of action this season, and with Cathal Pendred already booked for Ufc Fight Night: Dublin, »

- Jay Anderson

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Ufc 174 Main Card Results

15 June 2014 7:57 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson had his belt on the line at Ufc 174 Vancouver Saturday night.

How would the champion fare? How would the return of Andrei Arlovski play out, and which Rory MacDonald would show up?

The card opened with a bout between Canadian robot-dancer and fastest knockout in Ufc history holder Ryan Jimmo going up against surging Ovince St. Preux, who scored a win with a Von Flue choke in his last fight. Holder of a calf slicer submission earlier in his career, St. Pruex’s submission arsenal is impressive, though he hasn’t actually finished with many. That seems as if it’s going to change. This bout was tough to watch due to the finish – as Ovince, who has really come on of late, worked on a kimura in the second round, Jimmo called out that his arm was broken, and the fight was stopped.

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