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Paulo Thiago Gets a Tryout at UFC 95, Not a Contract
(cagepotato.com)
Yesterday we relayed news that undefeated Brazilian fighter Paulo Thiago is getting his shot in the UFC against Josh Koscheck at UFC 95 in London. It’s a tough first fight in the Octagon, but hey, the UFC isn’t the place for you if you’re only interested in easy fights. Turns out, however, that this isn’t the first fight in a three-fight deal for Thiago; it’s the only fight in a one-fight deal. The UFC has signed him to the rare one-off contract, presumably so they won’t have to cut him when he loses to Koscheck. Thiago says he’s hopeful that a good performance will lead to a longer contract, and that’s looking on the bright side, all right. If he wins, he can ask for more money when he does actually sign a contract. But at the same time this is not a vote of confidence from the UFC. Sounds like a longshot to stick around. But you know who else was a longshot? Rocky. Although on second thought, Rocky lost, so he might have been cut after the first fight with Apollo. Then we'd never have seen this. Just please nobody tell Fedor and his management team that somebody is getting a one-off deal in the UFC. They will freak right the hell out
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 2:11PM by SmileR - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The UFC’s New Deal: A 360 Future?
(mmapayout.com)
Chatter is beginning to rise in the industry that the UFC is looking to move towards a strategy of signing some fighters to 360 deals in the future. For those unfamiliar with 360 deals, this is a concept that has seen it most widespread use in the record industry. The New York Times has discussed the increasing prevalence of 360 deals within that industry. The 360 concept would encompass the UFC getting a portion of all monies received by the fighter in his out of Octagon income in exchange for the UFC putting their promotional muscle behind the fighter. The UFC would play a large role in cultivating sponsor opportunities for fighters, etc. and would receive a large portion of said dollars under the scenario.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 1:32PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mir Vs Lesnar 2 @ UFC 97 ?
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
UFC president Dana White says that the long-awaited finale to the organisation’s heavyweight title ‘tournament’ may take place at in April. “Mir took little damage in his fight with Nog, and Lesnar wants to fight him soon, so April may be the time and place for that. It will be good,” he said earlier today.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 1:12PM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joe Lauzon predicts ‘dog fight’ against Hermes Franca
(mmamania.com)
UFC lightweight sensation Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon fights once again in the main event February 7, headlining “UFC Fight Night” on Spike TV against fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Hermes Franca, live from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. Lauzon (17-4, 5 KOs, 12 submissions), star of The Ultimate Fighter 5 television reality show, last headlined April 2, 2008 Joe in disappointing loss by second-round TKO to fellow Massachusetts fighter Kenny Florian on UFC Fight Night 13 in Denver. “J-Lau” bounced right back this past September, registering an impressive second-round stoppage of Kyle Bradley (13-6) on UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 1:08PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Reinforces Economic Benefits Of Its Events To NY
(mmamania.com)
Ahead of another scheduled meeting of New York State legislators to hopefully vote on legalizing MMA in the state, UFC execs Dana White & Marc Ratner are now pushing a study showing, in these tough econimic times, how legalizing MMA in the state and subsequently allowing UFC events as a result could generate millions in tax & tourist revenue for the state, and especially New York City. The next meeting and possible vote are scheduled for tomorrow (January 7).
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 11:53AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
2 Fight Wear Labels Un-Banned From UFC?
(bloodyelbow.com)
If what we saw at UFC 92 was an indication, especially during Quinton Jackson's intro, yes. It seems that previously banned fight wear brands MMA Authentics and CageFighter have had their bans lifted by UFC & Zuffa. This ban affected such fighters as Chuck Liddell, Roger Huerta, Urijah Faber and Forrest Griffin. An official announcement may be forthcoming in the near future.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 11:46AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Irvin Vows April Return, Calls Out Silva
(mmamania.com)
After finishing up a 9-month NSAC suspension, Jamies Irvin vows to return to UFC on April 19 and also claims he's going to be asking for Top 10 guys every time out. Or, at least for now, Silvas-after fighting Anderson last time out, Irvin now wants Wanderlei when he returns.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 10:42AM by DCRage - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Phil Baroni returns at XMMA 7: Inferno on February 27th
(demandmma.com)
The NYBA Phil Baroni returns to action on February 27th against undefeated Brazilian Top Team member Guillaume De Lorenzi at XMMA 7 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 11:09PM by BrutalKnockOut - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Dustin Hazelett returns at UFC 96, Ben Saunders likely opponent
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC welterweight Dustin Hazelett (12-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who's won three "Fight Night" bonuses totaling $105,000 in his past two fights, will return to action in his home state of Ohio for UFC 96. His opponent for the March 7 event at Nationwide Arena in Columbus will likely be Ben Saunders (7-0-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC).
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 10:03PM by Muay-Thai_Mogwai - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Despite recent arrest Josh Neer will fight at UFC Fight Night 17
(mmajunkie.com)
Despite his recent arrest for second-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated and eluding after a New Year's Day high-speed police chase, Josh Neer will be permitted to fight Mac Danzig next month as planned. The Neer-Danzig fight is a co-main event for UFC Fight Night 17 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Mickey Dubberly, CEO of Neer's management team at KO Dynasty, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Feb. 7 fight will go on as planned. "Josh will be fighting Mac Danzig Feb. 7 in the co-main event in Tampa as scheduled," Dubberly stated in an email to MMAjunkie.com. "Josh has been training very hard for this fight and is looking forward to putting on a great fight for the UFC and fans. Josh would like to once again thank his family, fans, friends, training partners, UFC and everyone that has supported him through his career."
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 8:11PM by SmileR - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva fight license to be subject of CSAC meeting Feb. 10
(mmamania.com)
In July, following a dominating Elite XC heavyweight championship victory over Justin Eilers, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (12-1) tested positive for the steroid Boldenone and was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for a full year and fined $2,500. Claiming his innocence, Silva took matters into his own hands and appealed the ruling in October. However, these things have more of a guilty until proven innocent theme to them instead of the other way around. And the commission’s final decision was to uphold the suspension when Silva’s defense did not appear to sway the initial finding. With his fight career being his family’s main source of income, sitting out for a full year was not an option for the Brazilian. He decided to disregard the punishment and take a fight in Japan where the CSAC’s suspension would not be recognized. The big man’s manager Alex Davis released this statement in early December regarding his client’s decision to fight in Japan in spite of the CSAC’s suspension: “Antonio has decided to fight, he really has no option. He’s innocent, he’s tried to prove it and it fell on unwilling ears, and he has financial commitments that to not meet would have serious consequences for him. In light of these, he has decided to continue his career in Japan until when and if his situation with the CSAC is resolved.”
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 8:07PM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Speaking engagement in Gresham, OR
fightingwithgod.org
just figured out about it but thought people in the Northwest would want to know. But from what I heard Ken Shamrock, Prangley and Lindland and MARK Hughes will be speaking including many other fighters will most likely attend.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 5:44PM by McBee - 7 comments
Filed under: Interviews, Affliction, MMA Personalities
 
Third Rua Brother to make MMA debut
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua will soon move from being a double act to being part of a trilogy. Their younger brother Marcos Rua is set to make his mixed martial arts debut in Brazil sometime in the coming months.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 4:51PM by Wolfenstein - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller - UFC 96
(demandmma.com)
Highly touted lightweight fighters Jim Miller (13 - 1) and Gray Maynard (6 - 0) are going to be facing off at UFC 96, March 7th in Ohio..... Saw this on a few sites that I frequent.... Discuss
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 4:25PM by BDON911 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Newcomer Paulo Thiago likely to debut against Josh Koscheck at UFC 95
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC newcomer and undefeated Brazilian prospect Paulo Thiago (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has agreed to meet veteran welterweight Josh Koscheck (12-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) next month at UFC 95.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 2:55PM by Wolfenstein - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
David Loiseau To Return To UFC At UFC 97
(mmamania.com)
After being cut by the promotion a couple years ago, former Middleweight contender David Loiseau will now return to UFC at UFC 97 in April. His opponent will be Ed Herman. Loiseau recently won the XMMA Middleweight Title.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 1:22PM by DCRage - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Condit Vs. Larson 2 May Happen In March
(mmamania.com)
5 months ago Brock Larson called out WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit after the champ's win over Carlo Prater at WEC 35. Word now is that Larson is going to get his chance at Condit again-the title fight appears set to happen at an as-yet-unannounced WEC event in March.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 10:14AM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
UFC Coming to Memphis
(411mania.com)
When will they be there? -Citing various sources close to fighters that are expected to appear on the card, FiveOuncesofPain.com is reporting that the UFC will make it's first stop in Memphis, Tennessee on April 1 for UFC Fight Night 18. The broadcast is set to be a lead in for the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 9, which will feature a team USA coached by the winner of Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson, and Team UK coached by Michael "The Count" Bisping. The only fight confirmed for the April Fools Day card is The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero going up against "Lil' Heathen" himself, Jeremy Stephens.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 7:02AM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The ’09 Wish List
(sherdog.com)
Pre-“Ultimate Fighter,” pre-Affliction, pre-state sanctioning, fans will remember the UFC’s modest promotional resolution for 1999: run nine shows. (The campaign was dubbed “9 in ’99,” which is what happens when you can’t afford a marketing department.) A sad testament to the state of the sport at the time: They could only manage six. Ten years on, and the UFC is likely to meet or exceed the 20 programs it ran in ’08. Wishes have become largely extraneous, since most requested matches wind up happening sooner or later. The sport’s devotees have everything they could possibly ask for -- free shows, top talent, capable management. This space, though, works tirelessly to find something to complain about. Some hoped-for events for the New Year:
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 6:54AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Josh Koscheck Added to UFC 95
(mmamania.com)
MMAmania.com learned this weekend that the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) member has been approached about beefing up an event that could need a little more of it. The promotion has done a nice job of filling up the card with solid match ups after the services of marquee attractions such as Chuck Liddell and Anderson Silva could not be secured, but the Spike TV special could use a little more star power.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 4:46AM by Wolfenstein - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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