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June 02,2012 Cage Warriors 47 champ Hayes: ‘My only focus with Linderman is to hurt him’ For much of the past three years, Mike Hayes has had a single focus: to hurt D.J. Linderman.

The reigning Cage Warriors heavyweight champion, who headlines today's Cage Warriors 47 event in a long-awaited Linderman rematch, said that desire has trumped all others.

"As far as me in this fight and defending the belt, it's not even that much of a concern for me," Hayes told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "My only focus with Linderman is to hurt him. I'm going into this fight, and win or lose, I don't care. But I'm going ot make him feel every punch I throw."


June 02,2012 Bellator 72 heads to Tampa July 20 with Amoussou-Baker, Spiritwolf-Zaromskis III The second of Bellator's three "Summer Series" events is slated for July 20 when Bellator 72 heads to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.

Officials today announced the event will feature the season-six lightweight-tournament finale between Bryan Baker and Karl Amoussou.

Additionally, welterweights Waachiim Spiritwolf and Marius Zaromskis meet for a third time following controversial endings to their first two fights.


June 02,2012 Cage Warriors 47 headliner D.J. Linderman enjoying life as a mini-heavyweight D.J. Linderman is about as happy as a 230-pound clam could ever be on the eve of battle.

Returning to heavyweight has its perks. Weight-cutting and hydration issues are worries of the past.

It's afforded the 28-year-old California native a healthy allotment of time to sightsee throughout southern and eastern Ireland with nothing but a singular focus on his crafted game on a loop in his mind.


June 02,2012 The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale: Kampmann-Ellenberger, Chiesa-Iaquinta fight videos A new welterweight cemented elite-contender status and the latest reality-show champion was crowned Friday at The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale.

Martin Kampmann scored a stunning knockout win over Jake Ellenberger in the night's headliner, and Mike Chiesa choked out fellow "TUF: Live" finalist Al Iaquinta in the co-headliner.

Full video highlights of the fights are now available from FOX.


June 02,2012 Watch today’s Cage Warriors 47 event live on MMAjunkie.com at 4 p.m. ET You can watch a live video stream of today's Cage Warriors 47 main card on MMAjunkie.com beginning at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT). The main-card streams follows Facebook prelims at 3 p.m. ET.

Today's event takes place at The Helix in Dublin.

In addition to a heavyweight title fight between champion Mike Hayes and D.J. Linderman, the co-feature pits Irish fighter Conor McGregor against Dave Hill for the organization's vacant featherweight title.


June 02,2012 The Sunday Junkie deadline reminder, win an autographed Urijah Faber book! As a reminder, submissions for the upcoming edition of "The Sunday Junkie" are due Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.

All topics - including Friday's UFC event - are open for discussion. The person who sends in the submission we deem the best (based on timeliness of subject, clarity and overall persuasiveness) is the winner.

Each winner receives a free year's subscription to "
Fighters Only," and for this week only, an autographed copy of Urijah Faber's book, "The Laws of the Ring."


June 02,2012 Despite emotional TUF Live Finale win, Mike Chiesa says there’s little time to celebrate LAS VEGAS - UFC president Dana White said it best in an off-camera conversation with Mike Chiesa just moments after "Maverick" submitted Al Iaquinta in the final bout of The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale.

"Congratulations," White told Chiesa. "Storybook ending."

Indeed it was after Chiesa survived the heartbreak of losing his father during the first week of filming of this season's edition of the reality competition show. And yet Chiesa refused to enjoy the moment too much, viewing the result as just the beginning of his journey.


June 02,2012 With UFC title bid nearing, Martin Kampmann eyes new plan: Get hit less LAS VEGAS - Once again, UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann was a bloody, battered mess - and once again, his arm was raised in victory.

Kampmann added to his growing legacy of come-from-behind victories with a second-round win over the highly touted Jake Ellenberger in the main event of Friday night's The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale card. But after surviving another opponent's assault, Kampmann said he's formulating a new plan moving forward.

"I would definitely prefer to get hit less," Kampmann deadpanned.


June 02,2012 The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale draws reported 1,628 attendance for $195K live gate LAS VEGAS - The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale, which took place Saturday at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, drew a reported attendance figure of 1,628 and a live gate of $195,250.

UFC officials announced the figures at the evening's post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie.com attended.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission will release verified numbers, in the coming weeks.