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BJ Penn promotes STRIKEFORCE: Fedor vs. Werdum on UFC website


That’s not really the case, but it will seem that way to the average UFC fan.

The UFC has a widget on their homepage that displays the latest tweets from UFC fighters. If you look closely, you will see a tweet from BJ Penn that links to a photo gallery promoting this weekend’s Strikeforce card:

MMA NEWS “Image Gallery: Strikeforce Fedor vs. Werdum Media Workout” on BJPENN.COM: http://ning.it/bmzDe0

Here is how this happens. BJ Penn has a blog on his website, bjpenn.com . His blog contains a lot of press releases, and some of those press releases come from the UFC’s competition. I am sure BJ could care less about a STRIKEFORCE press release, but will have them posted in an effort to get more MMA related content on his website. This type of content will  drive more traffic and create a higher page rank in search engines. In order to get more attention to his blog, BJ Penn links his blog RSS feed to his twitter account. What does that mean? Every time he creates a blog post, his twitter account will automatically be updated with a link to the blog and all 46,956 (as of 6/24/2010) of his followers have direct access to the blog URL.

Because the UFC promotes UFC fighter twitter accounts on their homepage, BJ Penn’s tweets will appear on UFC.com , and, inadvertently, the UFC and BJ Penn help promote this weekends STRIKEFORCE card.

Gotta love the world of social media!

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 3:53 pm |

BJ releases video, claims a rematch is tentative


Following up on my previous post, BJ Penn posted a video a little while ago on his website regarding his loss to new UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar over the weekend. While he says a rematch with Edgar is still tentative, it seems like this fight is likely to take place.

Find more videos like this on BJPENN.COM

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 at 11:32 am |
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Penn/Edgar 2 might be in the works


According to a radio interview conducted with BJ Penn today, the UFC might be working on a rematch between new UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and former UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn. Edgar defeated Penn this past Saturday by unanimous decision to capture the title.

“The UFC contacted us yesterday, and I think they want to put a rematch together, so I think a rematch is in the works,” Penn said Tuesday morning in an interview with 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C.


When asked when the match might take place, Penn hinted that it could be in the next 3-4 months.

“I think the next three months, four months at the most,” said Penn .

There is a lot of disdain in the MMA community regarding the decision win over Penn. Many feel that BJ did enough to win the fight and retain his title. There is an old adage in MMA that says  in order to beat the champ, you have to BEAT the champ. While Frankie and his camp put together a solid and effective game plan, many feel he was not dominant enough to beat the champ.

This story should develop further and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Frankie Edgar of USA celebrates after winning the match against BJ Penn of Hawaii after their Lightweight fight at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 112 event at the Ferrari World theme park on Yas Island, near Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, April 10, 2010. (AP Photo)

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 at 10:20 am |
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BJ Penn to defend UFC lightweight title against New Jersey’s own, Frankie Edgar


BJ Penn just announced on his website that he will be defending his UFC lightweight title against New Jersey’s Frankie “The Answer” Edgar. Barring any pre-fight injuries, the bout will take place at UFC 112 on April 10th in Abu Dhabi.

Edgar is 7-1 in the UFC and his only loss was in a bout with another top lightweight contender, Gray Maynard.

Other rumored bouts for UFC 112 include Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort and Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
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Fedor Emelianenko will be in the EA Sports MMA video game


Accorsing to Gamespot.com Fedor Emelianenko will be in the new mixed martial arts game produced by EA Sports.

EA has also acquired Renato Sobral and Gegard Mousasi to appear as fighters in the game. While these are big names to the hardcore MMA fan, EA sports is going to have a hard time competing with the UFC video game that was released earlier in the year.

Dana White will not allow any fighters on his active roster to appear in the game, and for pretty good reason. Apparently EA Sports shunned him when White approached the company with the video game idea.

“But let me tell you what–I’ve been in the trenches for almost 10 years, and I’ve been dealing with all these businesses, and EA was one of them. EA Sports told us, ‘You’re not a real sport. We wouldn’t touch this thing. We want nothing to do with this.'” , said White.

In order to add some appeal to the video game, I have come up with a list of potential characters that might draw the attention of not only the hardcore MMA fan, but the casual fan as well.

Chuck Rydell – A fictional light heavyweight legend of the MMA world, known for his brutal one punch knockout power.

Carnage Jackson – A wrestler turned boxer known for his antics inside and outside the ring. He’d also compete in the light heavyweight division.

Ryoto Lachida – This fictional fighter would be touted as the most “elusive” fighter in the game. While most of the fighters would be labeled as kickboxers, wrestlers, or BJJ experts, Ryoto would be known for his Karate.

Andersen “The Tarantula” Salva – A muay thai/BJJ expert who has endured success in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.

“The Enigma” JD Benn – An MMA champion whose BJJ and boxing are on another level. JD is another character who has tasted success outside of his weight class.

Just a few off of the top of my head.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 5:39 pm |

UFC 98 preview and predictions


UFC 98 airs this Saturday live on pay per view. The card looks pretty solid from top to bottom. This PPV will determine the number one light heavyweight in the world. We also finally get to see the grudge match between former welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. New Jersey’s submission specialist Dan Miller takes on Chael Sonnen. Former Lightweight champion Sean Sherk looks to continue his winning streak, and a rematch for the lightweight title, when he faces another New Jersey native in Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.

The under card features TUF standouts Krzysztof Soszynski, George Roop, and Phillipe Nover. Also K1 kickboxing standout Pat Barry looks to continue his undefeated streak since transitioning to a career in mixed martial arts.

Main Card Bouts:
-Rashad Evans (16-0-1) vs. Lyoto Machida (14-0)
-Matt Hughes (42-7) vs. Matt Serra (11-5)
-Dan Miller (11-1) vs. Chael Sonnen (21-10-1)
-Sean Sherk (33-3-1) vs. Frankie Edgar (9-1)
-Drew McFedries (7-5) vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam (20-10)

Preliminary Card Bouts:
-Brock Larson (25-2) vs. Chris Wilson (14-5)
-Yoshiyuki Yoshida (10-3) vs. Brandon Wolff (7-3)
-Tim Hague (9-1) vs. Patrick Barry (4-0)
-Phillipe Nover (7-1) vs. Kyle Bradley (13-6)
-Andre Gusmao (5-1) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (17-8-1)
-George Roop (10-5) vs. David Kaplan (3-3)


Matt Hughes (42-7) vs. Matt Serra (11-5)

Right before Matt Serra knocked out Georges St. Pierre and became the welterweight champion of the world, I had the opportunity to interview him at Ray Longo’s fight gym in Mineola, NY. When I asked Serra about his dislike for Matt Hughes, he called Hughes a four letter expletive and the war of words has escalated ever since.

I like to think I was a catalyst for making this fight happen.

This fight is pretty interesting because both fighters possess a very different skill set.

Matt Hughes: Excellent Wrestling, Excellent Ground and Pound

Matt Serra: Excellent jiu-jitsu, heavy hands.

Matt Serra has much better hands then Matt Hughes. Hands down (get it?). If he can avoid getting taken down and the “lay and pray”, he can pull off a win. Hughes is definitely in the twilight of his career and his dominant wrestling ability that made him a force to be reckoned with earlier in his career, has now made him a one dimensional mixed martial artist.

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Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
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UFC 94 replay gets big ratings



Replay Of Event Headlined By Georges St. Pierre And BJ Penn Ranks As The #1 Program Among Men 18-34 In All Of Television (Cable And Broadcast) During Its Time Period


The long anticipated welterweight championship battle between champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger BJ Penn proved to be as compelling to audiences two months after it took place, as Spike TV’s replay of UFC 94 (originally airing on pay per view on January 31) was the #1 program among Men 18-34 in all of television (cable and broadcast) during its time period on Saturday, April 11 (9:00 PM – 12:00 AM, ET/PT). It was also the highest-rated telecast among Men 18-49 on cable for the entire day.


Headlined by the title bout between St. Pierre and Penn, UFC 94 peaked with 2.4 millions during St. Pierre’s successful title defense, as he won the fight due to a referee’s stoppage after the completion of the fourth round. The entire fight card, which included Lyoto Machida’s KO of Thiago Silva to establish #1 contender status in the light heavyweight division in a battle of unbeatens, averaged 1.9 million viewers for the 3 hour telecast.


Overall, UFC 94 on Spike TV drew a 1.4 household rating and a 1.6 among Men 18-49 (878,000), a 1.3 among Men 18-34 (387,000) and had an average audience of 1.9 million viewers. By comparison, HBO’s live coverage of “World Championship Boxing: Winky Wright vs. Paul Williams” on drew 1.5 million viewers.

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
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UFC 84 post fight thoughts


One of the most hyped cards in recent history, UFC 94 came and went, and I am pretty late on my post fight analysis.

My favorite fighters keep losing. It sucks. In fact, every fighter that I wanted to win on Saturday ended up defeated.

Most of the fights on the card wqent to decision. I didn’t really mind because most of the fights carried a fast pace.

I like Thiago Silva a lot. I like his aggressive style and demeanor. He is young, talented, and , up until Saturday, undefeated. Unfortunately Silva was knocked out in the final moments of round one and the fight was called in Machida’s favor.

The only other time I have seen this happen is when Jeremy Horn choked out Chuck Liddell with an arm triangle back at UFC 19. Chuck didn’t tap out, but he was in la la land at the end of the round; consequently, the referee called the fight.

So now we will probably see Machida vs Evans for the 205 pound title. That should be an interesting fight. Rashad likes to feel his opponents out in the first round and Machida has a style that is so “elusive”. It could be a great fight, but we may not see a lot of action until the 3rd or fourth round.

Like they used to say in EliteXC, “Someone’s ‘oh’ has to go”. I have a feeling Machida might be walking out with light heavyweight gold. Greg Jackson is going to have a hell of a time planning for Machida.
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Posted by lvollmer on Monday, February 2nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
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Rob Emerson looking to make a lasting impression in the UFC lightweight division


He is nick named “The Saint” and he is probably the only fighter who holds a 12 second knockout in the UFC and is not impressed with it.

Rob Emerson is a tough , scrappy fighter who earned his spot in the UFC by way of “The Ultimate Fighter 5”. Emerson has proved to be very resilient, and, although he has 6 losses to his name, he has never been stopped in a fight.

Rob Emerson will be facing off against Kurt Pellegrino on Spike TV. The UFC live “UFC Fight Night” will emanate from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fl. on Saturday, February 7 from 9:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT

I recently had the chance to speak with Emerson about his upcoming bout.

LVJ: You are coming off of two big wins, do you feel like that gives you some momentum going into the Pellegrino fight?
RE: Yeah. I mean both of those last two fights I wasn’t really happy with. I mean I could have finished Nakamura. I kind of went to decision. The fight with Manny, it was kind more of a disappointment, I threw two punches and that was it. I trained my ass off for that fight. I was ready to put on a good performance for the fans. I was disappointed that I didn’t get the opportunity to do that. I am hoping that with this fight with Pellegrino that it will give me the opportunity to display my talents and skills and everything and show the fans things I haven’t been able to show them so far.

LVJ: A 12 second knockout is pretty impressive, regardless, so I think you made a lasting impression.

(Photo Courtesy of UFC.com | Emerson, top, knocks Manny Gamburyan out, stone cold, in 12 seconds)

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Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 6:51 pm |


BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre screen shots from the UFC 2009 “Undisputed” video game


IGN has a good interview with Dana White on their website. The interview contains screen caps of BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre from the upcoming UFC 2009 “Undisputed” video game.

The graphics are pretty insane. These photos come from IGN. I also tried to find real life versions of the same photo.

Video game BJ Penn:

Real Life BJ Penn:

Video game Georges St. Pierre:

Real life Georges St. Pierre:

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
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Web programmer by day, practicing mixed martial artist at night, Larry Vollmer Jr. brings the latest news from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the rest of the mixed martial arts world - a fast-spreading obsession on TV and online. These are the bouts - they occur in an octagon-shaped "ring" - that test men's souls.