K.J. Noons Drops Manager, in Talks With Strikeforce
Zak Woods interviews Noons and gets the scoop:
WKR: Is Mark Dion still your manager?
K.J.: No, me and Mark had differences and have just got through with legal paperwork and he is not my manager as of couple days ago. We ended on good terms and I'm starting to move forword with my career.
WKR: Have you been in contact with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker?
K.J.: Scott and I have been talking the past few days. I used to fight on Scott's fight cards in San Jose 10 years ago, so I've known him a long time.
UFC 98 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC today revealed the disclosed fighter payouts from UFC 98. A total of $957,000 was paid out with the biggest share-$200,000 each-going to Matt Hughes and main event loser Rashad Evans.
UFC: Undisputed 2009 Also Tops in Canada
The UFC: Undisputed 2009 takes up the top 2 positions in Canada, according to Rogers and the Canadian Press:
TORONTO — The most popular game rentals (all platforms) according to Rogers Video for the period ending May 24.
1 UFC 2009 Undisputed (Xbox ***)
2 UFC 2009 Undisputed (PlayStation 3)
3 Terminator: Salvation (Xbox ***)
4 Bionic Commando (Xbox ***)
5 Punch Out (Nintendo Wii)
UFC 2009: Undisputed Topping Charts in UK
While THQ’s UFC 2009: Undisputed has been a solid hit on US shores, the game has also made its’ mark in the international market. The game debuted on the top of the charts, according to Brit gaming tracker el33tonline:
The All Formats UK Software Chart top ten follows below:
* UFC 2009: Undisputed (THQ)
* Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo)
* EA Sports Active (EA)
* Wii Fit (Nintendo)
* Fifa 09 (EA)
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Activision Blizzard)
* Wii Play (Nintendo)
* Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)
* My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft)
* Call of Duty: World at War (Activision Blizzard)
At No. 1, UFC 2009: Undisputed debuts in the software chart, with a console sales split of 52% on Xbox *** and 48% on PS3.
That level of success with the game in the UK shows that the UFC is becoming further entrenched in the sporting and cultural environment of the Brits and only bodes well for the future.
Aoki, Manhoef, Filho Among DREAM 10 Additions
During today's DREAM 9 event, several announcements were made regarding DREAM 10. Announced fighters for 10 included Shinya Aoki-who will not face DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen as was expected, former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho and his opponent-feared striker Melvin Manhoef. Also announced was current DEEP Lightweight Champion Katsunori Kikuno vs. Andre Amade.
Jose Canseco loses MMA debut
to not surprise, Canseco lost his MMA debut in Japan to Hong Man Choi. To sum it up, steroid head Canseco threw some silly punches and kicks until he knocked himself off balance and fell to the ground. Choi then jumped on him and started some G n P punching forcing Canseco to tap out due to fear at 76 seconds into the 1st round
I would like to see Canseco vs Fedor or someone who can just play with him and then literally knock his head off with 1 hit, or Cro Cop leg kick to shut Canseco up forever...but those guys are too good to even contemplate a fight with Canseco
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WEC 42 Moved Up To August 9
MMA fans just got a double dose of big shows in early August. There are reports that WEC 42, originally scheduled for late August, has now been moved up to August 9 in Las Vegas according to the NSAC. That puts the WEC event, to be headlined by Miguel Torres vs. Brian Bowles, the day after UFC 101 in Philadelphia.
Fight Biz: "Mask's" vision sets course for future of Tapout
Charles Lewis Jr. always had been a visionary.
Whether it was creating what's grown into a multi-million-dollar apparel company from the back of a pickup truck or spotting unlocked potential in an aspiring mixed martial artist, the man most knew as "Mask" instilled success in himself and those whose lives he touched.
Along with co-founder Dan "Punkass" Caldwell and partner Timothy "Skyskrape" Katz, Lewis built Tapout into the most recognized clothing brand in MMA. And, he possessed a clear vision of the company's future.
Clay Guida Removed From UFC Undisputed 2009
Popular lightweight fighter, Clay Guida, was originally slated to be on the video game’s roster but had to be removed because of his hair.
THQ had reportedly offered Guida money to cut his hair so that they could keep him in the game but Guida apparently turned down the offer.
Miguel Torres vs Brian Bowles set to headline WEC 42 on Aug. 9 in Las Vegas
WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres and top undefeated challenger Brian Bowles will finally collide at WEC 42, which has been confirmed to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, August 9.
Earlier reports had pegged the show to go down on Aug. 16; however, MMAmania.com has been able to independently confirm the new date after seeing a report on NWI.com this morning.
Initial "Strikeforce Challengers" event earns $81K gate
Strikeforce's debut "Strikeforce Challengers" event, held May 15 in Fresno, Calif., drew 2,322 paid attendees for a live gate of $81,395.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently requested and received the official attendance figures from the California State Athletic Commission.
The inaugural "Strikeforce Challengers" event took place at the Save Mart Center. The 16,000 seat arena was scaled down to 4,500 seats in preparation for the crowd size Strikeforce expects for its developmental series shows.
Dan Lauzon vs. Chris Horodecki planned for Affliction III in August
A fight that was originally scheduled to take place at Affliction's January event has instead been arranged for the organization's as-yet-unannounced third show.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that lightweights Chris Horodecki (12-1) and Dan Lauzon (14-2) have agreed to meet at Affliction III.
While official details have not been released, the organization's third show is expected to be held on Aug. 1 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Machida and Rampage to coach TUF 10?
Now that Lyoto Machida has cemented himself as the #1 light heavyweight in the world, the next step for him is to defend his title, and possibly build his reputation with more fans all over the world.
A natural step to build that bridge would seem to be placing Machida on the next season of the "Ultimate Fighter" reality show, and have him opposite his next opponent, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who previously served on the show during season 7.
UFC president Dana White was asked point blank if the coaches for the tenth season of the show had been picked, and while he was able to confirm they have been chosen, he wouldn't divulge any names.
"I'm not going to tell you. We start filming on the 1st and there's a media day on like the 2nd or 3rd. All your questions will be answered then," White responded.
Dana White Laid Ground Work for Lyoto Machida vs Quinton Rampage Jackson in 2006
The victory on Saturday was a validation of his investment in the Machida's tactical, karate-based style, which drew early criticism from fans.
"We bought the WFA to acquire his contract and Rampage's," added White. "I've always thought this kid was talented."
Dana made that investment back at the end of 2006 and Rampage was already well-enough known to be part of the story when the purchase was made, but Lyoto was not.
Dana Makes It Official: Rampage Gets Next Title Shot
In a fight that will be announced soon, Dana White has confirmed that, as expected, Quinton Jackson will be the first challenger to new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida. Rampage actually was to have gotten the fight last night but injuries after UFC 96 forced him to sit it out.