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Posted on February 28, 2012 by John Petit
Nogueira Back Training
We all remember the horrific arm break Antonio Minotauro Nogueira suffered when he didn’t tap to a top side kimura Frank Mir had him. I was shocked when i heard he “didn’t need surgery,” but I found myself saying “Of course he did” when it was announced he underwent successful surgery. I still have a mental image of the X-ray. The good news is that he put out a video showing he is back at training. That is not surprising as Big Nog has showed us an almost inhuman like ability to heal in a short of amount of time before, but I just hope he isn’t rushing back to the mats prematurely. He said “I felt great. I was longing to train. I was just going to show some ‘shadow’ training, but I couldn’t stand it,” Big Nog said. That leaves me a little concerned, and he went on to say “I still need about three weeks of physical therapy [and] to hone my boxing with coach Erivan [Conceicao], and then, later, I’ll call Master de la Riva and start training jiu-jitsu. I think I’m back in a month.”
I’ll say this, if he is back full time and training, He will have plenty of time to be able to fight at the heavily rumored card in June in Brazil.
UFC 144 Prelims on FX Ratings
Seems like it has been a relatively seem-less transition from Spike TV to FX with the pay per views. This one drew 1.5 million viewers, and that is what the average was around for the 25 plus prelim shows they did on SpikeTV. They have done 3 prelim shows, and they have been on a sharp incline since the first episode. At 142 they did 880k, at 143 they did 1.3 million, and 1.5 million at this one at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The UFC is still having some issues with Fuel TV (sister station to FX,) as many providers don’t just carry Fuel and it must be added on separately. Some dedicated MMA fans have added the channel, but the general consensus that the carriers will eventually be forced to just add the channel. The UFC is hoping that happens.
TUF 15 CAST
The Ultimate FIghter 15 cast was announced yesterday, and it has a few peculiar names on it. The season will kick off TUF on FX network, and will start on March 9th with a live 2 and a half hour prelim card. No word as of yet as to how the matches themselves will go down, but one has to assume they will be 2 rounds with a sudden victory round if needed. The coaches will be Dominick Cruz and Uriajah Faber, and they will fight when the first live season of TUF is over.
Here is the full list of all 32 fighters fighting to get into the house, no pairings have been announced yet: Name, Pro-MMA Record, Country Akbarh Arreola 19-6, Mexico Erin Beach 3-1, USA Daron Cruickshank 10-2, USA Drew Dober 7-3, USA Mark Glover 6-1-1, U.K. Chase Hackett 4-1, USA Al Iaquinta 5-1-1, USA Myles Jury 9-0, USA James Krause 15-4, USA Justin Lawrence 3-0, USA Austin Lyons 9-1, USA Ali Maclean 9-5, UK Cristiano Marcello 12-3, Brazil Andy Ogle 8-1, UK Jordan Rinaldi 5-0, USA Mike Rio 8-1, USA Chris Saunders 9-2, USA Jeff Smith 9-1, USA Jon Tuck 6-0, Guam James Vick 4-0, USA Johnavan Vistante 3-1, USA Brendan Weafer 6-3, USA Jared Carlsten 3-0, USA Michael Chiesa 7-0, USA Dakota Cochrane 11-2, USA John Cofer 7-1, USA Jeremy Larsen 8-2, USA Cody Pfister 6-3, USA Vinc Pichel 6-0, USA Joe Proctor 7-1, USA Sam Sicilia 10-0, USA Chris Tickle 7-4, USA