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MMA Diehards has a profile of 2009 NCAA wrestling champ Mark Ellis who has just joined AKA to train...

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MMA Diehards has a profile of 2009 NCAA wrestling champ Mark Ellis who has just joined AKA to train with Cain Velasquez, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, et al. No word on when Ellis will make his MMA debut. He'll be helping train Cain Velasquez for his UFC 121 bout with Brock Lesnar. You can see Ellis wrestling here and here. From Diehards: Ellis is not the first Mizzou wrestling product to make the transition to MMA. In fact, he credits the influence and success of former teammates Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren as a deciding factor in his decision to enter the sport. "Tyron approached me two years ago when I was a junior," Ellis said. "He sat me down and talked to me about fighting and what I wanted to do. I told him I wanted to fight and he talked to me about my options and what to look for and some things that he was experiencing as he was coming up in the fighting world. "I was seeing they were having success and that he was gonna do alright and do well and I wanted to do it. Most recently, I’ve seen Ben have some success…every time I’ve (seen him fight), I was like, ‘Man, I can’t wait to do this, I can’t wait to fight’." Ellis’s options weren’t limited only to Olympic wrestling and mixed martial arts. Ellis also received a look from the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. While he did make a stop at a Browns camp, he has decided to focus on his fighting career instead.

Paul Buentello temporarily banned from American Kickboxing Academy after hiring an outside...

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Paul Buentello temporarily banned from American Kickboxing Academy after hiring an outside manager: "I’m on suspension. I think Bob [Cook] has most control of it, letting me back in the gym," "I’ve always came to this crossroads, if I ever go back to the UFC, I gotta have somebody on board that’s gonna sell me like I’m the best thing since sliced bread," said Buentello. The native Texan believes that someone is Elis Pacheco of New York-based Dedos Marketing Group, which has worked with Ice-T, Fat Joe and Beyonce Knowles. "You just get that vibe, you know? That he’s out for your best interest no matter what and he doesn’t care about pushing the limits," he said. "He’s gonna get the deal done." "I’ve been there a long time," said Buentello. "That’s my home. It sucks, it sucks, it sucks that I can’t go home for a little bit." [Dave] Velasquez, an original member of AKA’s fight team alongside Cook and Buentello, has taken over Buentello’s camp. HT: FIGHT Magazine

Mitsuhiro Ishida and Gegard Mousasi at West Coast Martial Arts on Tuesday. Photo from DREAM...

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Mitsuhiro Ishida and Gegard Mousasi at West Coast Martial Arts on Tuesday. Photo from DREAM Official.

Two-time U.S. Olympian Daniel Cormier will soon begin training at American Kickboxing Academy and...

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Two-time U.S. Olympian Daniel Cormier will soon begin training at American Kickboxing Academy and begin his MMA career.

Badr Hari TKO's Frederic Sinistra in Round 1 of their match at It's Showtime in Belgium on February...

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Badr Hari TKO's Frederic Sinistra in Round 1 of their match at It's Showtime in Belgium on February 8, 2009

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