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Aoki Promises Groundbreaking Performance at Dream 8
(sherdog.com)
“Tomorrow will be the end of the era dubbed ‘vale tudo,’ as sogo kakutogo (Japanese for mixed, unarmed martial arts combat) will become MMA. I will show you all a new kind of martial arts fighting.” “Generations change is what I mean,” he added. “I’ll be 26 years old this year. I want to do my best to change the era and to be sure that [fighters of] my generation become leaders in MMA.”
Submitted Apr 4, 2009 3:43PM by Wolfenstein - 12 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Ninja Rua to face Riki Fukuda at DREAM 8!
(japan-mma.com)
Dong Sik Yoons replacement will be Grabaka's, Riki Fukuda. Fukada has fought twice in EliteXC and took Joey Villasenor to a split decision. Recently, he has been fighting in DEEP and beat Ryuta Sakurai in his last fight.
Submitted Apr 4, 2009 5:28AM by LaosPowerHouse - 10 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Bobby Lashley Willing To Compete On The Ultimate Fighter
(mmajunkie.com)
While he hasn't shot up the ranks from out of nowhere like fellow ex-WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley still has his sights set on making it to UFC, albeit perhaps along a different path. With tryouts for season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter coming up next week, and Heavyweights invited, Lashley is considering trying out for the show and try that path to UFC.
Submitted Apr 3, 2009 5:36PM by DCRage - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF 9 Debut Draws 1.8 Million Viewers
(mmajunkie.com)
Spike TV has announced that the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 9 this past Wednesday drew a total of 1.8 million viewers. This makes it the highest-rated premiere for the show since season 5 and the top-rated key men 18-49 demo premiere since season 4.
Submitted Apr 3, 2009 2:04PM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Takeya Mizugaki Not Worried About Cardio Against Miguel Torres
(mmamania.com)
Takeya Mizugaki is apparently a man of very few words when talking about his WEC fight Sunday against WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres. Mizugaki, while he's been working on stamina, isn't worried because he says he's "going to finish him early".
Submitted Apr 3, 2009 10:38AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
Yoon Off DREAM 8, Replacement Search On
(japan-mma.com)
The familiar "nightmare" scenario is returning to haunt DREAM again at the last moment. Dong Sik Yoon, who was to have faced Murilo Rua on Sunday's event, is now off due to injury. They are trying to find a last-minute replacement for Rua, but for now the fight is no longer listed on DREAM's website.
Submitted Apr 3, 2009 8:05AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Koscheck Injured, Off UFC 98
(411mania.com)
The injury bug is again biting UFC big-time. The latest victim is Josh Koscheck-Kos is now off UFC 98 due to a foot injury. He was to have faced Chris Wilson. No replacement named yet and no word on how long Kos may be out.
Submitted Apr 3, 2009 7:13AM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Nunes hurt, Swanson's WEC 40 fight off, love for deep dish pizza on
(mmajunkie.com)
According to a report from VERSUS.com, a hand injury has forced Nunes to withdraw from the event, and a replacement will not be sought at such a late date. A disappointed Swanson, who thought the news was a cruel April Fool's joke, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he's making the best of the situation by gaining a new appreciation for deep dish pizza.
Submitted Apr 3, 2009 3:09AM by Wolfenstein - 5 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Dana White to issue apology for angry tirade
(mmafighting.com)
UFC president Dana White is expected to release shortly a new video on the UFC's YouTube page to apologize for his angry tirade against journalist Loretta Hunt. White was asked by a blogger for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to apologize for misogynistic and anti-gay slurs. According tothe glaadBLOG, White has said he has "never intended to hurt the gay community." All this came from yesterday's UFC Fight Night 18 blog, which was pulled earlier today. It was business as usual at first for the blog, a popular video series for behind-the-scene access into UFC events, until the final three minutes of the seven-and-a-half-minute blog. That's when White chews out Hunt, a longtime mixed martial arts writer who co-wrote Randy Couture's autobiography and currently writes for Sherdog.com. Hunt's article "Some Managers, Agents Lose Backstage Pass" published the same day on Sherdog.com obviously struck a nerve with White. "So I just heard that there was another absolutely f--kin' retarded story written by Loretta Hunt," White said in the video. "Loretta, you f--kin' moron. It has always been the policy at the UFC that the fighters get so many credentials, and they can credential whoever the f--k they want. It can be their manager... whoever they want to have in the back with them, they can credential. "And you are such a f--kin' genious, I actually -- totally off track here. I heard your interview that you did too where you said Rich Frankin was our posterboy and we were trying not to get him beat by Matt Lindland and all that f--kin' s--t too. And that's why he fought Anderson f--kin' Silva twice, because we were trying to protect f--kin' Rich Franklin to save him. Rich Franklin has fought the best fighters in the world, and the only reason why I'm talking about this [is] just to show how f--kin' dumb you are, number one. And it's always been our policy. Always, since f--kin' day one. "And you also put in the article apparently that, you know, I used to manage Tito [Ortiz and Chuck [Liddell]. Yeah, you want to know what happened when I managed Tito and Chuck? When I went to their UFC fights, I bought my own tickets. I paid for my tickets to go to the UFC and never was I allowed to go back there -- why the f--k do I need to be in the back for if I'm his manager? What am I back there holding mitts for them while they're warming up? Am I back there talking strategy? No I've done all the f--king business deals before they go there and my work is done. I go there and I watch the f--kin' fight. Okay, I don't need to be in the f--kin' back. And if I needed to be in the back that bad, then one of those guys would have credentialed me to get in the back. They would have used me as one of the credentials that they would get. "Okay? 90 percent of the time these fighters don't want their f--kin' managers in the back. You don't even know what the f--k you're talking about, and to write a story and say 'here's a quote from a guy who wanted to remain anonymous because of fear of reperussions from the'...Shut the f--k up. Any ******' guy that won't put his name on the -- first of all. Whoever gave you that quote is a p-ssy, and a f--kin' f----t, and a f--kin' liar and everything else whoever gave you that quote. Or maybe it's you Loretta, maybe you're the liar, writing bulls--t f--kin' stories. Everything that comes out of your mouth is f--kin' stupid. Okay? What else? "Why would I give a s--t who represents who? Yeah there's no doubt, there are some guys out there, that are managers who are absolute sleezy, dirty f--kin' scumbags. Absolutely, there's a lot of them. But there's a lot of guys out there that are a lot of good guys who manage them too, who I have no problem with. Who you f--kin' ask to manage you doesn't bother me one bit. Ask f--kin' 'Rampage' Jackson, okay? Ask 'Rampage' Jackson if I ever said anything about his f--kin' managers or anybody who represented him. "Hey Loretta, if you're going to write a story, you f--kin' moron, at least make sure it's f--kin' true and you have some facts. And if you're going to put some f--kin' quotes in there? Get some f--kin' quotes from someone who have at least the f--kin' balls to put their f--kin' name on it. I mean how do you write a story from a guy who f--kin' -- it's like hey, like those interviews when they f--kin' put a black thing over the guy's face and changed his voice and s--t. You f--kin' dumb b--ch. F--k you Loretta Hunt." In an interview with FoxSports.com, Hunt said she does not take any of White's attacks personally, as "whenever a journalist does a story, there's a chance the subject is not going to like it." However, Hunt will stand by the accuracy of the story. "It's accurate," Hunt told FoxSports.com. "I'm not going to deny he made a personal attack against me and my credibility. But more than anything, I think it's an attempt to create a distraction from the story I wrote."
Submitted Apr 3, 2009 1:13AM by slapshot - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The media focuses on Dana White’s comments on Loretta Hunt
(fightopinion.com)
Fox Sports: UFC boss curses out female reporter in tirade Alex Marvez: Dana White’s rant sends UFC down dangerous path Note what Alex Marvez said in his Fox Sports article — it’s the same point I’ve been making on here for the last 24 hours, and it’s a point that has fallen on deaf ears for most of White’s defenders: In other pro sports leagues — the ones that White wants to have the UFC mentioned along with — these are the kinds of comments that would get a commissioner fired. I don’t expect the promotion to take that step with White, who is a part-owner of UFC’s parent company. Right now, there seems to be happiness that MMA is a business that gets a little mainstream media attention but not enough to actually justify criticism of some of the things that happens in the industry. The American sports media has never treated the MMA scene like the Japanese media has. You probably won’t be surprised to find out about this item from USA Today: “Even his use of anti-gay langauge has precedent; Randy Couture’s autobiography Becoming the Natural — which was co-written with Hunt — claims that White used similiar terminology to describe Couture’s agents.” However, as I heard from a few sports media writers today, what really stirred the pots in terms of attention towards this story was the fact that Deadspin picked it up. Apparently, Dana White will now issue an apology on YouTube. Given that I try to look at issues from a different perspective, there is one perspective about this incident that has given me some pause — the reaction from those defending Dana White. I’ve followed and written about MMA since the early 90s. It’s a business that I’ve always had a passion for. From its stone age to the current UFC-dominated period now, I’ve witnessed the changes in the MMA audience as far as who’s following the business and who isn’t anymore. I now have to ask myself, after witnessing such vociferous and strong defenders of Dana White’s comments, the following questions: Am I out of touch with the current MMA fan base? Am I not serving this audience what they want? Is this audience truly a reflection of what the bigger picture looks like? If the answer to those questions is yes, then I have to re-assess the business and what topics I write about. After all, it is my job is to understand what the audience is and give them what they want. I have to think about issues like these sometimes.
Submitted Apr 3, 2009 1:10AM by slapshot - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
"TUF8" winner Efrain Escudero rehabbing injury, improving stand-up
(mmajunkie.com)
"I went from being a pure wrestler to, on the finale, I had a little bit of boxing," Escudero said at a recent UFC Fight Club Q&A in Nashville, Tenn. "I knew what my weakness was. My next fight, don't be surprised if I become a boxer."
Submitted Apr 2, 2009 6:17PM by Wolfenstein - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator plans English broadcast
(mmajunkie.com)
On the eve of its debut event, upstart promotion Bellator Fighting Championships has announced plans to make its broadcast available in an English-language format.
Submitted Apr 2, 2009 6:15PM by Wolfenstein - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Almeida Plans Move to 170, Browning fearful of being cut
(sherdog.com)
“My plans are to drop to 170 pounds,” Almeida told UFC.com. “My team has been saying that I’m too small to fight these big guys at 185. “With as many lightweights as there are in the UFC, that was probably my last fight, so I don’t think I have to worry about that anymore,” Browning told UFC.com.
Submitted Apr 2, 2009 6:13PM by Wolfenstein - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dos Santos vs. MuCully in August
(tatame.com)
Probably I’ll be back in August, at UFC 101 or 102, and maybe against Justin McCully,” revealed Dos Santos to TATAME.com. “They haven’t confirmed it yet, but spoke about it.
Submitted Apr 2, 2009 4:01PM by Wolfenstein - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce Announces June 6 Event, 2 Fights
(411mania.com)
Strikeforce sent out a press release today confirming it's second Showtime event for June 6 from St. Louis. The event will be headlined by Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields in a catch weight fight at 182 and Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral defending against Rafael Cavalcante (Feijao).
Submitted Apr 2, 2009 12:27PM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Bader injured at UFN 18
(bloodyelbow.com)
TUF 8 LHW winner Ryan Bader injured his left knee in the first round of his unanimous decision victory over Carmelo Marrero tonight at UFC Fight Night 18, according to CageWriter... move to UFC forum if you will, i wasn't sure which one to put this in
Submitted Apr 2, 2009 7:31AM by babytater03 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 18 bonuses
(mmaweekly.com)
Following the UFC's first appearance in Tennessee, the promotion handed down $30,000 bonuses to the best and the brightest of the night. A UFC official confirmed the awards and bonuses to MMAWeekly.com late Wednesday night.
Submitted Apr 2, 2009 2:54AM by StorminYourman - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Thompson not fighting now
(mmamania.com)
Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson today broke his left leg while training for his first title defense against the man who he defeated to capture it, Gilbert Melendez. Therefore, the highly anticipated rematch on April 11 has been scrapped. This stinks
Submitted Apr 2, 2009 1:37AM by StorminYourman - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dana White UFC Fight Night 18 Video Blog - Episode 1
(demandmma.com)
Dana White visits the set of Spike TV's Powerblock, the weigh ins, and absolutely loses it at the end when discussing an article written by Loretta Hunt over at Sherdog. Check it out.
Submitted Apr 1, 2009 4:55PM by BrutalKnockOut - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, MMA Personalities
 
Guillard v. Tavares at TUF Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight contest between Melvin Guillard (21-7-2 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has been added to The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale fight card. While the bout was originally reported as a possibility for UFC 101 in August, sources close to Guillard today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fight will actually take place at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June.
Submitted Apr 1, 2009 3:12PM by babytater03 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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