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Macdonald Vs Gouveia At TUF8 Finale
(mmaweekly.com)
Jason MacDonald will return to action on Dec. 13 as a part of "The Ultimate Fighter” season finale to take on American Top Team fighter Wilson Gouveia in a middleweight match-up. The fight will be a part of the televised broadcast featuring the finalists in the light heavyweight and lightweight divisions of the eighth season of the Spike TV reality show. MacDonald’s manager, Mark Pavelich, confirmed the fight during an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio on Wednesday night. Currently sporting a 5-3 record in the Octagon, MacDonald has always been seen as one of the toughest match-ups in the all of the 185-pound division. With a very dangerous ground game and a rapidly developing stand-up arsenal, the Canadian has been in the cage with some of the best fighters the division has to offer.
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 1:20AM by MMAcca - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kimbo Slice's First Interview Since Loss
(bloodyelbow.com)
Today former EliteXC fighter and internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice had his first interview since his October 4th loss to journeyman Seth Petruzelli. Kimbo, who's real name is Kevin Ferguson, was supposed to fight MMA legend Ken Shamrock on October 4th at the EliteXC: Heat event but that fight was canceled at the very last second due to a cut above the eye of Ken Shamrock sustained during training. Wary to scratch the main event, Kimbo, from the card completely EliteXC approached undercard fighter Seth Petruzelli and asked him to fight Kimbo in the main event of the night. EliteXC entised Petruzelli by bumping up his show purse and they even added in some not so legal incentives. The mayhem that ensued from the end of the fight (StandGate, the exposure of EliteXC's biggest cashcow and the astronomical debt ProElite was in) led to the meteoric downfall of EliteXC and parent company ProElite. Since losing just about everyone has been talking about the event, about the loss or about the controversy behind the fight. That is, all except Kimbo. Kimbo has been M.I.A since his loss but today he made his first public interview since the embarrassing loss on The Dan Le Batard Show on South Florida's 790 The Ticket.
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 1:18AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Antonio Silva to Sign With Sengoku, Flout Suspension and Fight January 4
(bloodyelbow.com)
Tatame.com is reporting (in Portuguese, translation via Google): Suspended by the athletic committee of the United States on charges of doping, Antonio (Silva) can not fight in America before July 28, 2009, when it was terminating the suspension. After losing in the courts of the athletic commission, also saw the EliteXC, an event in which Silva was heavyweight champion, close the doors. With that the athlete had to get out of ATT demand for a new home, which has everything to be in Japan "I'm negotiating my way to Japan The Sengoku made me an offer to fight on January 4 and we are seeing that, "said Peza, who is entering the common justice against the athletic commission. Pretty garbled, but the gist is clear. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is considering violating his California suspension and fighting in Japan as early as January.
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 1:16AM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: World Victory Road / Sengoku
 
 
2 Bouts Ignite Spark For K-1 Dynamite
(mmaweekly.com)
At a press conference today in Japan, K-1 announed 2 more big fights for it's Dynamite!! NYE event on 12/31. Confirmed were fights between Kazushi Sakuraba and Kiyoshi Tamura as well as an expected fight between DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen & Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante. No word yet on if Hansen-JZ will be a title fight.
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 4:24PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
 
Kim Couture Files Restraining Order Against Affliction
(mmaweekly.com)
It's not easy being Kim Couture these days. Mrs. Randy Couture, through no fault of her own, has apparently found herself the target of threats from Affliction CEO Todd Beard stemming from Randy's decision to rejoin UFC, and thus Kim has filed and been granted a restraining order against Beard-who then had some less-than-kind words of encouragement for Randy on his fight Saturday.
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 4:20PM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
*Greatest UFC Debuts of All time*..
(mmatraining.com)
I like articles that take me back to when these guys first started. Who would you guys add? I would add Tim Sylvia right off the bat...
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 1:46PM by JimmieDD - 32 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
A Brief Reflection on 15 Years of the UFC
(sherdog.com)
by Jordan Breen (jbreen@sherdog.com) 15126 "Hello ladies and gentlemen. You are about to see something you have never seen before ... the Ultimate Fighting Challenge." Uttered 15 years ago to this day, the introduction for the promotion that would bring mixed martial arts to the masses wasn't even competent, let alone stirring. More like taking forceps to the eyeball during delivery. "Hello, I'm Bill Wallace, and welcome to McNichols Ar ... " The birth moment went from awkwardly inept to outright ignominious as the man dubbed "Superfoot" quite literally belched through the foreword to fighting history. This was not "Call me Ishmael." More like dropping the newborn skull-first on the floor. A difficult delivery, fortunately, didn't have any bearing on the spectacle of the evening's proceedings. With a thunderous kick to the face in less than 30 seconds, Gerard Gordeau liberated the teeth of hapless sumo Teila Tuli, freeing them to explore the thin Denver air. And that was just a prelude to the skinny Brazilian fellow in his pajamas. Yes, every ardent MMA fan, whether they were watching live on pay-per-view from day one thanks to a Black Belt magazine subscription or whether they became smitten with the sport one Saturday night on Spike TV, can appreciate the milestone, the magic and the mockability of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship. By now, it is nothing short of cultural fact that Royce Gracie revolutionized fightsport with his early UFC dominance and fully held up his end of the bargain to his big brother Rorion in what began as an infomercial for Gracie jiu-jitsu. Today, the magnitude of that moment is a mandate to the point where it becomes almost drained and dull.
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 1:29PM by ncordless - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Miscellaneous, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Hector Lombard Joins ATT
(mmajunkie.com)
Cuban Judoka and former Australian resident Hector Lombard has relocated to the U.S. and joined the growing roster of American Top Team. MMAjunkie.com was able to confirm Lombard's switch with American Top Team general manger Richie Guerrero. A four-year veteran of MMA, Lombard has fought in some of the world's biggest organizations -- including PRIDE, DEEP and Spirit MC -- but has not yet competed in the U.S.
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 1:02PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Armando Garcia’s Top Ten Greatest Misses
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Word broke over the weekend that Armando Garcia had tendered his resignation as executive director of the California State Athletic Commission and his resignation is scheduled to be accepted when the CSAC convenes on Nov. 17. Many people responded to the news by hailing the development as good for MMA and ripping Garcia. However, most people neglected to say what was bad about Garcia and seemingly were just repeating someone else’s ideology rather than having formed their own opinion. But there was a site that actually took the time to lay out the case of why Garcia’s departure is a good thing. Fightlinker.com listed a myriad of links outlining all of the controversies that Garcia had been involved in during his three-year tenure as CSAC’s executive director. The article was much more than a simple proclamation that Garcia was bad for the sport; it served as a detailed outline of just exactly why he is bad. Even though I covered most of those controversies, I was still overwhelmed by the sheer volume of them. Being that I like to be organized, I decided to compile a top ten list of Garcia’s greatest misses in honor of his impending departure
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 12:58PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
Sean Sherk on Armando Garcia resignation
(mmamania.com)
“I knew some stuff about him throughout the entire appeal process that I was going through. You know, I was doing my homework, I was doing my research and I knew the guy had some issues. I mean, I knew that just by the way he treated me during my case. I knew that it was just a matter of time…and I am glad to see that is finally taking place. I think that you don’t really deserve a position of power if you are going to take advantage of it like that. So, hopefully, they get a good commissioner in there and hopefully things can get fixed up…. The UFC was actually there when I was going through my appeal. They saw the way my case was handled and they were sickened by it. You know it’s not right that you treat somebody’s life like that. You know, this is my life. They should at least give me a fair opportunity to defend myself and they didn’t do that. They treated my case like complete garbage.”
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 12:56PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Able and ready: Kenny Florian UFC 91 interview
(mmamania.com)
Kenny Florian was widely regarded as the clear cut number one contender in the crowded 155-pound division following his win over Roger Huerta via unanimous decision at UFC 87: “Seek and Destroy” on August 9. But his second chance at championship gold never came. That’s because current lightweight champion, BJ Penn, will rematch welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94: “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 31, 2009, putting the division strap temporarily on ice.
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 12:54PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mark Munoz Ready For WEC 37, Jump To UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
With his last fight in WEC coming up next month before the promotion does away with its Light Heavyweight Division, Mark Munoz has signed a deal to make the move to UFC afterwards, win or lose. Munoz faces Ricardo Barros in WEC's final LHW division fight.
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 12:49PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Wanderlei SIlva: Forrest Fight Would Be "Sad Situation"
(mmamania.com)
Apparently Wanderlei Silva isn't a fan of fighting guys he trains with, even though it's sometimes part of the business. And although there's no guarantee this could happen, if SIlva beats Quinton Jackson at UFC 92, he thinks his next fight could be such a situation-current UFC LHW Champion and sometimes-training partner Forrest Griffin.
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 9:40AM by DCRage - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White’s UFC 91 Vlog #2
(dreamfighters.com)
Click for the Video
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 4:08AM by kastro_316 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
JZ vs Hansen / Sakuraba vs Tamura confirmed !!
(dreamfighters.com)
Four fights were announced for FieLDS Dynamite today. Kazushi Sakuraba will take on Kiyoshi Tamura in a Middleweight division fight. Joachim Hansen will fight J.Z. Calvan in a top Lightweight fight.
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 4:02AM by kastro_316 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
 
Cause for Concern?: Countdown to UFC 91 Rating
(mmapayout.com)
MMAPayout.com has learned that the premiere of Countdown to UFC 91 on Spike drew only 537,000 viewers last night. That number is 11.7% below the average of 608,083 viewers drawn by the first twelve editions of the series this year.
Submitted Nov 11, 2008 11:45PM by Wolfenstein - 31 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ultimate Challenge UK Replaces Cage Rage Promotion
(mmauniverse.com)
From the promoters behind Cage Rage and Fighting Hurts comes Ultimate Challenge UK, a bigger, faster, tougher MMA experience delivering all the drama, glory and full contact fighting from the best of British fighters. Ultimate Challenge UK kicks off with an explosive line up at Ultimate Challenge UK: Bad Breed, The Troxy, Commercial Road, London on Saturday 6th December featuring title fights between James McSweeney VS Neil Grove and Tom Watson VS Matt Ewin. Dave O’Donnell, Director, Ultimate Challenge UK, said: “This is our chance to put fighting first, delivering more excitement, bigger events and all the drama of full contact fighting that the fans have been waiting for. We are no longer affiliated with Cage Rage or EliteXC and have made the decision to found Ultimate Challenge UK to ensure we retain complete control of our future. Ultimate Challenge UK allows us to deliver professional, high profile MMA events and continue to represent the best of UK MMA to a global audience.” “We started out in this business on our own and now, older and wiser, we are back on our own. I can’t comment on EliteXC or Cage Rage for legal reasons, but I can say that Ultimate Challenge UK has the support of the UK’s top MMA fighters. Ultimate Challenge UK’s first event is lined up at The Troxy in December where title fights between James McSweeney VS Neil Grove and Tom Watson VS Matt Ewin headline a packed fight card including JD Hlyton, Leigh Alliss, Jason Young, Dyson Roberts and the French superstar Mohamed Khacha.” Following the success of the knockout reality MMA show ‘Fighting Hurts’ broadcast on Nuts TV, Ultimate Challenge UK can confirm that a second series will be in production in 2009.
Submitted Nov 11, 2008 9:06PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: CageRage
 
Couture-Lesnar a muscled chess match
(sports.yahoo.com)
Trying to handicap Saturday night’s Randy Couture-Brock Lesnar Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title match is almost an exercise in futility. There are two contradictory ways of looking at the match. From a pure physical standpoint, it looks like no contest. Lesnar is bigger, stronger, faster and a whole lot younger, at 31, going against the 45-year-old champion, Couture. Worse, Couture, a former alternate on the U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team, has always relied on his wrestling as his great equalizer. Due to an expected 50-pound weight difference when they hit the cage, Couture is in danger of having his wrestling neutralized against Lesnar, a former NCAA wrestling champion.
Submitted Nov 11, 2008 9:03PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Escape from EliteXC: The Legal Strategy
(mmapayout.com)
As the attempted auction of ProElite fighter contracts by Showtime on November 17th draws near, there are sure to be a flurry of legal proceedings and attacks being launched by all parties involved. MMAPayout.com has obtained documents detailing one fighter’s strategy for liberation from ProElite, using legal precedents and CSAC bylaws to make the case for the voiding of his ProElite/EliteXC contract. The fighter in question is looking to use California law and past precedent in George Foreman Associates LTD vs George Foreman and Oscar De La Hoya vs Top Rank Inc, both of which require going before CSAC to obtain its approval of the contract and Section 230 of CSAC regulations which requires contracts to be done using official CSAC forms as well as any blanket contracts (multi-bout agreements) necessitating Commission approval.
Submitted Nov 11, 2008 8:43PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
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