Shogun's key to success against Sonnen

Mauricio Rua, better known as "Shogun", has always been a fan favorite and it is easy to see why. He was an absolute wrecking machine in Japan when he fought under the Pride banner. But what once was in Pride, hasn't exactly been the same sine entering the UFC.

Shogun will face Chael Sonnen in his next bout. Many may know Sonnen for his intense trash talk, and many may know him for being the man to come within one round of dethroning Anderson Silva. Either way, Chael is a fighter that has a suffocating style. There is no feeling out process, there is no stalling. Sonnen in on his opponents from bell to bell. Driving fighters into the cage, taking them down, and grinding them out. Sonnen has also shown that he can keep this frenetic pace going for an entire fight.

This is where Shogun's key to victory comes in. This fight is going to rely heavily on which Shogun shows up come fight time. Since joining the UFC ranks, Rua has left a lot to be desired for many fans, and most of this comes from one aspect of fighting, and that is cardio. Shogun has fought ten times under the UFC banner, with seven of those fights lasting past the opening round. Out of those seven fights, Shogun has arguably ran out of steam early in at least four of those fights, while not looking overly impressive in the others. If you take a look back at the Mark Coleman fight, or the Brandon Vera fight or the Jon Jones fight, you will see a totally gassed lumbering version of Shogun Rua. The same could be argued for the Dan Henderson fight, the Alexander Gustafsson fight and the first Forrest Griffin encounter.

Rua has all of the skills that would allow him to have his hand raised, but Shogun fans should be at least a tad bit worried when you have a fighter such as Sonnen coming in against a Shogun Rua that has been having cardio issues for the better part of a decade now.

Come fight time, expect to see the Shogun that showed up against Brandon Vera get grinded out, or expect to see the Shogun that was taking people's heads off in Pride reign victorious once again.

Ronda Rousey is always in the spotlight and it isn't surprising when you think about her being the first ever woman's mma champion inside of the UFC. Woman's fighting is always a hot topic for debate.

Most recently, Rousey was criticized for making comments about possibly retiring as early as 2 years from now. Many fans and critics wondered why she would leave a career that essentially made her everything she is today so early. Rousey has obviously reached the pinnacle of mixed martial arts by becoming a champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. But she has also landed multiple acting gigs and she has modeled for ESPN and Maxim.

Ronda responded to critics on twitter, and she made it very clear that she is in complete control of her career and that she will retire whenever she wants to. (Edits were made to explicit content)

The collection of tweets can be seen below.

"To everyone giving me s**t for"hypothetically retiring"someday-ill retire when I feel like my mark has been made and Im ready to make babies"

"My best guess was 2-3 years but thats a guess,who knows,the day Im not overjoyed2go2the gym is the day I quit.Could be tomorrow or in 7years"

"But ill tell you what,every1 giving me s**t4entertaining the idea is expediting it.Im a fighter&always will be,only ill know when its enough"

"So f**k all you hating twitter b*****s, have a great time spending the rest of your day seething over my options and choices"

"And for everyone that has my back and has been supportive through all this. Thank you so much,I can't explain how much I appreciate you all."

Nick Newell is a name that many fans may not be familiar with. For starters, Nick Newell was born with only one fully developed arm. His left arm ends just after his elbow. Many would find this to be a devastating abnormality. But this does not stop Newell from stopping every opponent in their tracks. In fact, Newell adapted just fine racking up over 300 wrestling victories between his high school and college career.

Newell tried his hand at amateur MMA going 2-1 before turning pro. He described the beginning of his career as a struggle due to the fact that some fighters refused to fight him due to his birth abnormality. This is quickly becoming a non issue as Newell has just improved his professional mixed martial arts record to an impressive 10-0 with his recent win at World Series of Fighting 4 on August 10. To make things even more impressive, Newell has only let one fight go to the judges. The other nine victories are made up of one technical knockout, one knockout and eight submissions.

Nobody can predict what the future will hold for this promising up and comer, but if anything has become apparent, it is that his abnormality has not and will not hold this incredible fighter back.

Lamas or Swanson next for Jose Aldo?

UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo recently defended his 145 pound title against "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung. It was Aldo's seventh title defense including his WEC defenses pre merge. Soon after the victory, the internet was swarming with debates about who should be the next number one contender for Aldo's belt. Most discussions surround two fighters. Should it be Ricardo Lamas? Or should it be Cub Swanson?

Ricardo Lamas may be the victor when it comes down to who signs on the dotted line as he has a couple of factors working in his favor. One big one, is that Cub Swanson's first UFC fight was a loss against Lamas. Another, is that Cub Swanson already has a loss to Aldo, and it was a pretty bad one as Swanson lasted just 8 seconds in the first round before being TKO'd by a flying knee and follow up punches from Aldo. Ricardo Lamas is 4-0 with 3 finishes since joining the UFC ranks in 2011.

Cub Swanson on the other hand has gone 5-0 with some extremely good performances since losing to Lamas in 2011. These wins include stoppages over Dennis Siver, Charles Oliveira, Ross Pearson, George Roop and a decision victory over Dustin Poirier.

As anyone can see, this decision really could end up going either way. Regardless of which fight we get, it appears that they could end up being good ones as both fighters seem to have really found their game since the UFC and WEC merger.

All we can do as fans is sit back, relax, and hope whoever the UFC picks, will put on an outstanding show come fight time.

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World Series of Fighting 4 Results

Main Card

Tyrone Spong def. Angel DeAndra via Unanimous Decision (30-21, 30-27, 29-28)
Marlon Moraes def. Brandon Hempleman via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nick Newell def. Keon Caldwell via Submission (Guillotine Choke) - Round 1, 2:07
Dave Huckaba def. Ray Sefo via TKO (Punches) - Round 2, 4:32
Gesias Cavalvante def. Tyson Griffin via TKO (Punches) - Round 3, 1:37

Preliminary Card

Gerald Harris def. Jorge Santiago via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Lewis Gonzalez def. Antonio McKee via Unanimous Technical Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jared Papazian def. John Robles via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Victor Valenzuela def. Issac Gutierrez via Submission (Read-Naked Choke) - Round 2, 2:41

Jose Aldo hospitalized for Kidney Stones

UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo was sent to the hospital for a broken foot following his UFC 163 title defense against the "Korean Zombie", Chan Sung Jung. Apparently that was not the only reason Aldo was hospitalized. Reports are now surfacing that the fighter has kidney stones as well.

Nothing coming out sounds like the champ is in any grave condition, so we hope that Aldo makes a speedy recovery and returns to action as soon as possible.

Did you know? 8/7/13

Did you know that between 2007 and 2011 the UFC Light-Heavyweight title changed 7 times. People that held the belt during this time include Chuck Liddell, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and then to the current champion Jon Jones.

Paul Daley signs with BAMMA

Paul Daley has signed a three fight deal with UK promotion " BAMMA". There is no current opponent or debut date set for Daley, but it is official that he is back with the promotion. As of right now, Daley has a fight scheduled with Russian fight promotion "Legend". His fight takes place this November. Here is what Daley had to say via his Facebook page.

"Right now my focus is on my next fight in November, but expect me to fight for BAMMA this year at a U.K. arena show in December...possibly."

Daley has fought for BAMMA in the past going 2-0 with 1 KO in his last stint with the promotion.

Daley's ability to freely sign with another fight promotion came after he was released by Bellator due to his assault charge from last December. Daley then tried his luck getting back into the UFC but ultimately was shut down. Some may remember Daley's UFC career ending after "sucker punching" fellow welterweight Josh Koscheck after their fight had ended back in May of 2010.

Paul Daley currently boasts an MMA record of 33-12 with 26 finishes and is currently on a 4 fight win streak.

World Series of Fighting 4

World Series of Fighting returns this weekend with a solid card of action. The full fight card is below. Be sure to check out the official weigh ins this Friday at 4:00pm PT.

Main Card

Tyrone Spong vs. Angel DeAndra
Brandon Hempleman vs. Marlon Moraes
Dave Huckaba vs. Ray Sefo
Keon Caldwell vs. Nick Newell
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Tyson Griffin

Preliminary Card

Gerald Harris vs. Jorge Santiago
Lewis Gonzalez vs. Antonio McKee
Lew Polley vs. Hans Stringer
Jared Papazian vs. John Robles
Issac Gutierrez vs. Victor Valenzuela

Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson

A lightweight fight between Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson has been booked for October 26 in Manchester England. It seems as if this bout will serve as the co main event to the Michael Bisping vs. Mark Munoz fight that headlines the UFC Fight Night that will take place in Manchester England.

This bout is going to include two outstanding strikers. Melvin Guillard being the super althletic and super explosive striker that has accumulated 20 knock outs in his 31 mixed martial arts victories. Across from Guillard will be Ross Pearson who boasts 10 finishes in his 15 victories and has proven to be a very solid striker amongst the lower weight classes. This fight is a much watch for any mixed martial arts fans.