Keith Kizer say protocol, not "Black List," reason for ref John Mcarthy's NSAC status
"Veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy hasn't refereed a mixed martial arts contest in Nevada in nearly two years.
And as Sherdog.com first reported on Tuesday, a recently denied McCarthy application to the Nevada State Athletic Commission means "Big" John still isn't eligible to officiate in the state.
But as NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), conspiracy theorists can take a rest; McCarthy isn't the only veteran referee that the commission simply doesn't have a use for at this time."
Mirko Cro Cop Retires
It's over. After 15 years in MMA, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic has officially retired today. His manager was instructed to release all Team Cro Cop members from their duties. Mirko simply said "I have no motivation left and it's time to leave. Thank you all for supporting me."
Ready or Not, Here Comes Todd Duffee
All signs point to Todd Duffee facing Paul Buentello at UFC 107 in December. MMA Junkie first reported the bout over the weekend, and FanHouse has learned that it is close to being finalized.
FanHouse recently spoke to the 23-year-old UFC rookie about his stellar Octagon debut in August, why he was hesitant to fight in the UFC this early in his career and his unique nickname. The full interview is below.
Following UFC 103 double-bonus performance, this Story has a happy ending
Rick Story and Brian Foster were joking around Saturday night just a few hours after punching each other in the face. Watching a re-broadcast of their UFC 103 fight from the locker room, the talk quickly turned to money.
"He said he was sure I had Submission of the Night," Story recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "The only other submission (during UFC 103) was a rear-naked choke.
"I'm not sure which one of us brought it up, but we started talking about Fight of the Night. They showed us on Spike and then again at the end of the pay-per-view, so we knew they must have liked it."
With Rampage Out, Huerta Wants Back In
Before he burns any bridges with the UFC, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson might want to take a look at the cautionary tale of Roger Huerta. After losing what was supposed to be his last match in the UFC before running off to a land of riches and pain-free adulation in Hollywood, Huerta now says he might like to stick around and see where this fighting thing takes him. And what caused this tremendous shift from the guy who signed a development deal with Lion’s Gate Films and has been very vocal about his displeasure with the UFC in the past? From the sound of it, this acting plum isn’t quite as sweet as Huerta thought it would be.
War Machine,Joe Soto head MMA's Return To Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
Mixed martial arts action returns to the birthplace of the WEC and Palace Fighting Championship.
The debut event for the newly formed Tachi Palace Fights, entitled "Most Wanted," takes place Oct. 8 at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casono in Lemoore, Calif.
Rising prospect Chad Mendes headlines the event, while former "The Ultimate Fighter 6" cast member War Machine and Bellator champion Joe Soto also feature prominently on the evening's main card.
After a successful five-year run by the WEC in Lemoore between 2001 and 2006, Palace Fighting Championship ran several well-attended mixed martial arts and hybrid events at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino between 2007 and 2009.
Sengoku 10th Battle results: Hiroshi Izumi's debut spoiled
Any hopes World Victory Road had that Olympian Hiroshi Izumi would make an immediate impact in the MMA world were dashed today when the Judo standout suffered a first-round TKO loss to fellow MMA newcomer Antz Nansen.
Antonio Silva, meanwhile, picked up his sixth consecutive victory with an efficient first-round submission victory over Jim York.
The two fights co-headlined Sengoku 10th Battle at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
WVR officials had grand expectations for Izumi, Japan's 2004 Olympic silver medalist. However, as Nansen, an accomplished kickboxer from New Zealand, began unloading a series of punches in the night's headliner, Izumi made the ill-advised decision to stand and trade.
Nansen (1-0) successfully mixed in punches and kicks and tagged his opponent high and low. One punch, though, connected flush and knocked Izumi's legs out from under him. After hitting the mat, Izumi (0-1) attempted to defend and fight back, but Nansen's continued assault and heavy right-left combination ultimately forced the TKO stoppage.
The referee halted the bout at 2:56 of the first round.
Dana White: Rampage Jackson 'Acting Like a Baby' but Can Do What He Wants
Shortly after Rampage Jackson wrote on his web site that he was retiring from mixed martial arts to pursue a career in acting, UFC President Dana White said he was disappointed in Jackson for "acting like a baby" -- but he added that he understands Jackson can do whatever he wants with his life.
"Rampage is a grown man," White told Carmichael Dave on the radio station KHTK (audio here). "He's acting like a baby right now, but he's a grown man. If he wants to be in the movie business, Rampage, good luck to you, man. I hope he makes it big, and I'm not being sarcastic. ... I hope the movie thing works out for him. If that's what he truly wants to do, and that's what he feels and that's what he thinks his career is, I wish him all the luck in the world."
China's Art of War Hits the Road to Macao
Since 2005, the Art of War Fighting Championship has strived to establish itself as China's premier mixed martial arts organization. Featuring China's best martial arts athletes, the Art of War is recognized by fans and industry experts as the pioneer and leader of China's mixed martial arts revolution.
For the first time, our fans in Southern China will have the opportunity to witness the event live and in person. The Art of War Fighting Championship 14 - "Ground Zero" will make its Macau debut at the Venetian Hotel inside the fabulous Cotai Arena.
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hatsu Hioki announced for Sengoku 11th Battle in November
After a grand prix finale bout fell apart due to injury, featherweights Michihiro Omigawa (7-8-1) and Hatsu Hioki (20-3-2) will now meet in November at World Victory Road's next show.
WVR officials announced the fight during today's Sengoku 10th Battle event.
The Omigawa vs. Hioki bout will be part of Sengoku 11th Battle, which takes place Nov. 7 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. Omigawa (and Jorge Santiago and Kevin Randleman) were previously announced for the show, though their opponents weren't initially revealed.
DREAM.12 to Feature Six-Sided Cage
Cagefighting will arrive on the main stage in Japan at DREAM.12 on Oct. 25 at the Osaka-jo Hall.
FEG first hinted mid-August at a change in fighting surface, hyping a surprise for DREAM. 12 as "The Great Experiment," and judging from the new promo video (see above) released Wednesday, the promotion is moving forward in replacing the ring with a cage. It is uncertain if the cage is a one-time special attraction or if it will replace the ring completely.
"Lighting Strikes": Lee Murray Movie Gets Big Time Director
Darren Aronofsky is developing a gritty heist thriller based on “the daring robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, a £53 Million Sterling score (around $86 million US) thought to be masterminded by former mixed martial arts fighter and UFC star ‘Lightning’ Lee Murray.” Screenwriter Kerry Williamson (who also adapted Denis Hamill’s novel Fork in the Road for Alexander Payne) is adapting the script, which Aronofsky is eyeing as a directing vehicle. Details after the jump.
The underlying rights package that includes an article from an April 14th 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated Magazine titled Breaking the Bank by Jon Wertheim, and the non-fiction book Heist: The Inside Story of the World’s Biggest Robbery by Howard Sounes. The Tonbridge Securitas heist, which took place outside of London in February 2006, is valued at over $85M USD – dwarfing previous cash hauls including the infamous 1963 Great Train Robbery and 1978 JFK Lufthansa heist
Huerta wants to fight!
Roger Huerta said he’s found the will to fight again.
Huerta, who passed on a five-fight renewal contract with the UFC last January to pursue a second career in acting, said his split-decision loss to Gray Maynard last Wednesday has re-ignited his competitive fire.
“I think it could have gone either way and it’s my fault I let it go to the judges and I can’t go out like that,” Huerta told Sherdog.com Sunday. “I can’t go out with two losses in a row. I don’t think I’m going to call it quits anytime soon.”
Good for him.I would prop him if he was on this site!
Couture: Vera first, Machida next?
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture says he’s game for a quick turnaround against Brandon Vera.
The dust had just barely settled on Couture’s “instant classic” with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102 when another opportunity knocked. The promotion’s eighth trip to the United Kingdom, UFC 105 on Nov. 14 in Manchester, was without a main draw.
“They asked me if I’d be willing to step up and fill the spot,” Couture told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday. “I talked to my team, and evaluated the turnaround and how I was feeling after the Nogueira fight, and it made sense, so we jumped back in.”
Former boxing champ Mayorga wants to try MMA
He basically just says he's considering trying MMA and that he's having some contractual issues with Don King.
He has always been a rather aggressive boxer and seems to have a style that would actually translate well to MMA. Hopefully some one can teach him some wrestling and jiu jitsu off his back.
Rampage says he is done fighting
The UFC has done a lot for me but I think I have done more for them. The UFC bought WFA to get my contract & they saved my life, so I felt loyal to them. They pushed me into a fight with Chuck Liddel even when I clearly stated I wasn't ready to fight for the belt because the American fans didn't know me but I took the fight and didn't complain & after I won the American fans booed me for the first time which changed the way I saw them & it hurt me deeply.
Then before I can even get out of the cage they announced that I was fighting Dan Henderson without even asking me. After I beat Dan Henderson, I made history in becoming the first undisputed champion in MMA but was never even given the pride belt in the cage & I was never promoted as the undisputed champ. Later Anderson Silva was.
Then they had me coach TUF season 7 and fight Forrest and the fight was very controversial & normally when a fight is that close & controversial there is normally an instant replay. I can name a couple of instances. Instead they offered me the Vanderlei Silva fight which I gladly accepted even though I know it was a very risky fight for me to take because of all the drama that was happening to me at the time. I fought that fight with a jaw injury and then a couple weeks later Dana called me and asked me to fight Rashad. For the first time I said no, I didn't want to fight because it was such short notice & I wouldn't have had a long break between camp. Dana talked me into fighting Rashad anyway but Rashad refused the fight and so I had to fight Jardine as a favor to the UFC instead of getting my belt back (which wasn't even worth it to me financially).
Then I reinjured my jaw in the fight with Vanderlei & Jardine. Frank Mir gets hurt so they wanted to switch my fight from UFC 100 to the fight Frank couldn't make it to but I couldn't fight cause I needed jaw surgury. So they give Machida the fight against Rashad & they told me they want me to coach TUF season 10 against Rashad. That's why I wanted Rashad to win so bad but when Rashad got knocked out I told them I wanted to fight Machida for the belt but Dana told me if I coach TUF against Rashad that I could fight Machida afterwards cause this was a different type of ultimate fighter show they were doing. After I signed the contract Dana then changes his mind & says I have to fight Rashad & even told me what to say in the press & so my fans think I was scared to fight Machida. After all that I still never complained & I did it all.
Then this movie role came about that I have been trying to get for over a year & as soon as I found out I was close to getting it, I called Dana right away & asked to push the Memphis fight back just a month or so. I told him what this movie role meant to me. I told him that I used to bond with my father watching the tv show as a kid when my parents where still married & it represents the memories I had with my father when we lived together. My dad became an alcohalic & addicted to drugs & we grew apart. But after my dad got his life back together, I was so proud of my dad & I told him I would always take care of him in the future & make him proud of me. My dad & I are still very big fans of the show & I am basically doing this for the childhood memories I had spending time in front of the tv with my dad. Dana went on the internet & mocked me because of that & I still did nothing. Dana & I finally talked & we made up & then after that he went back on the internet & said some bullshit & he was talking bad about the movie when information is not even supposed to be released & talking about payments which is not even true could really hurt my future acting career, which could very well last longer than my fighting career. I'm not like Randy Couture. My body has been getting so many different injuries that I wont be able to fight until my forties & neither do I want to fight that long. So I feel like my second career could be in jeopardy.. so I'm done fighting. I've been getting negative reviews from the dumb ass fans that don't pay my bills or put my kids though college. So I'm hanging it up. I'm gonna miss all my loyal fans but hopefully they'll follow me to my new career & I will gain more loyal fans along the way. & all you hater fans out there can kiss my big black hairy ass! & anybody that don't like what I just said can come try to kick my ass!
I still feel the UFC is a great organization and I felt like I was very loyal to them but they didn't respect my loyalty but I wish the UFC the best. I did a lot of things for them. I wish no bad blood between us but I have kids & a family back in Memphis to provide for & thats all that matters to me!
This was from his personal blog. His side is very interesting. Lets see what the UFC thinks about this.
UFC 103's undercard broadcast on Spike TV earns 1.4 million viewers
The UFC's first-ever Spike TV broadcast of a pay-per-view event's preliminary card drew 1.4 million viewers according to a report issued today by the cable television network.
The viewership included 1.5 rating in the coveted 18-to-34 year old male demographic, qualifying it as the No. 2 rated program in that segment.
The one-hour broadcast earned a higher rating than ESPN2's coverage of an NCAA college football game between Auburn and West Virginia during the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET time slot.
Tyson Griffin fine with waiting on teammate, but he'll fight Gray Maynard, too
After an impressive win over Hermes Franca at this past Saturday's UFC 103 event in Dallas, Xtreme Couture lightweight Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is once again being discussed in the always-deep lightweight title picture.
While that's good news for Griffin, the bad news is that his teammate, Gray Maynard, also had an impressive performance this past week at UFC Fight Night 19 on Wednesday.
Following his win on Saturday night, Griffin said he was just fine letting Maynard get first crack at the UFC's lightweight belt. But Griffin also said he's not afraid to face his training partner if necessary.
Spike TV launches weekly "TUF 10" companion Web series hosted by Amir Sadollah
Looking to capitalize on the initial success of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," which debuted Sept. 16 with record ratings, Spike TV today announced it has launched a companion Web series on Spike.com.
"The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath," hosted by season-seven winner Amir Sadollah, debuted today.
The digital series features a round-table discussion about the previous "TUF" episode." The two fighters from each episode's fight and other notables will be guests on each episode of "The Aftermath."