Frank Mir: Brock Lesnar may need to be stripped of the UFC heavyweight title
"If (Brock Lesnar) is going to be out for that long, should he even hold on to the belt at all? The interim title works if a champion is not able to defend his belt within a year-long period, you know he's going to be out eight, nine months, you make the interim belt than he comes back after a year but as of now his last fight was in July. If he's out a year from today's date that's a year and a half and at that point, I don't think you can hold the belt ransom. They gave me about a year when I had my injury so I've been on that side of the coin and I was more than happy to relinquish the belt because I felt kind of selfish that I really couldn't do anything with it. I don't how successful he's going to be coming back. That's going to be a question over his head for a while. It wasn't like he was a slick, technical fighter to begin with. A lot of his style went upon his brute power and strength. If Brock Lesnar is unable to put on the same kind of size as he had before ... I don't think he's going to be very successful as a fighter at 245."
Rafael Rebello Off WEC 46, Wineland To Face Roop
Rafael Rebello is now off WEC 46 for as-yet-unknown reasons, becoming the second fighter in just the last few days to pull out of the card. He was to have faced Eddie Wineland. Wineland will not get a replacement foe, instead he will now face George Roop, who too was opponent-less when original opponent Jesse Moreng had to pull out.
Don Frye calls it quits for MMA, wants to act
Chances are that if you’ve been watching television over the past couple weeks you may have noticed the new AT&T ad campaign for its latest Blackberry phones.
Shortly after the campaign started, MMA fans began to notice that one of the commercial’s stars looked very familiar.
With an unmistakable gruffness, chiseled jaw line, and trademark mustache it became clear that the commercials were the latest foray into acting for former UFC and Pride star Don “The Predator” Frye.
“I got lucky, the luck of the Irish,” said Frye of his recent acting exploits. “Michael Mann likes me for some reason. He’s put me to work three times; on Miami Vice, Public Enemies, and then he chose me for the AT&T commercial.
Economics at heart of Overeem's Strikeforce delay
Hardcore American MMA fans have torn out a lot of hair over Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem’s stateside absence.
It’s been over two years since the Dutch fighter triumphed over Paul Buentello to win the first Strikeforce heavyweight strap at “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives,” an abrupt turnaround to a 1-4 slide near the end of Pride Fighting Championships.
In January, the promotion secured Overeem to a one-year, three-fight deal, obligating him to a return in lieu of an informal talent-sharing agreement with K-1 that saw him snag the title in November 2007.
Overeem, who was forced to pull out of two scheduled Strikeforce events in June and August with a serious hand injury, is scheduled to appear against Kazuyuki Fujita at K-1 Dynamite on New Year's Eve - his fifth K-1 fight in 2009 – and is planning a sixth in late March/early April 2010.
Drunken boxing, snake fist, hadoken: Minowaman's secret weapons against Sokoudjou
Sokoudjou had better watch out, because the always entertaining and enigmatic Minowaman has some nasty tricks up his sleeve!
Minowaman (Ikuhisa Minowa) has built his reputation for his entertaining entrances, pro-wrestling derived maneuvers, and taking on opponents of all shapes and sizes throughout his MMA career. During the media workout on December, 23, he unveiled some new techniques he has been perfecting.
At Dynamite!! 2009 on New Year's Eve, he will face Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the final of the infamous DREAM Super Hulk Tournament. Unlike his typical freakshow opponent, Sokoudjou is far from a lumbering behomoth. Minowaman realizes that he cannot just dive for leg locks against the athletic and explosive Sokoudjou like he did against Bob Sapp and Hong Man Choi. Thus, he has been preparing accordingly, emphasizing strength training to match the Team Quest members' brute physicality.
(Premier) Mcguinty has 'Open Mind' on Hosting UFC Matches in Ontario
TORONTO -- Premier Dalton McGuinty is considering allowing the staging of Ultimate Fighting Championship matches in the province.
"I've got an open mind to those kinds of things," McGuinty told CTV Toronto earlier this week when asked if he's opposed to the martial arts events being staged here.
"I'd want to hear from people who train kids in the martial arts, how popular is it among the younger age group and all those kinds of things. It's not the kind of thing I'd want to drive underground. In other words, I'd want to bring a thoughtful approach to it."
McGuinty said he would also want to consult with police and medical officials, adding the issue is not a priority for him.
Ultimate fighting has become one of the world's fastest-growing spectator sports.
It is a mixed martial arts competition, combining elements of fighting sports such as boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, karate and jiu-jitsu.
The UFC recently won a victory when Vancouver's city council voted to legalize mixed martial arts competitions. It has also been recently legalized in Massachusetts.
The Ontario Athletic Commission has periodically revisited the issue, but it has continually maintained that mixed martial arts violates Section 83 of the Criminal Code, which forbids unsanctioned prizefighting.
The UFC has claimed a UFC event in Toronto could generate $4 million in tax revenue.
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MMA Fighters Debate the Merits of Fighting Friends
Georges St-Pierre fights for a living and regularly goes up against some of his closest friends in sparring. But the Montreal mixed martial arts star draws the line at facing one of his training partners for real in the cage.
That's because he knows if that were to happen, he'd have to hurt them.
"You can say 'Oh I'm going to play football, I'm going to play hockey, I'm going to play baseball.' But you can't say I'm going to play fighting. It's not a game," the UFC welterweight champion told fans last month during a question-and-answer session prior to UFC 105 in Manchester, England. "It's a sport, yes, but it's a full-contact sport. And the way I fight, my so-called friend, if I fight him, it can affect his well-being.
Thiago Silva: I fight like it's a title match - regardless of opponent
"To me each fight might as well be my last. I fight like it was a title match regardless of the opponent. It’s an important fight for me, because it puts me on track for the belt. All my fans expect a show. I don’t run from opponents and I’m going in to win. It’s a great challenge, against one of the best in the world. It’s just what I wanted. I have faith in my style, my Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and striking. I’m ready to take on anyone, to be champion.”
Diaz Happy To Fight Zaromskis For Title
"When I started fighting in the UFC I didn't really understand. I mean I understood wrestling, but I didn't really understand scoring," Diaz commented. "I was going in there trying to do more damage. It was kind of crazy really, and then I realized in two or three fights that these guys are going in there trying to win like a certain way, and I didn't realize it. I didn't have the fundamentals that I do now to try and win on scorecards."
SF Evolution Draws 341,000 Viewers
In the head-to-head battle Saturday night between Strikeforce and WEC, it looks like Strikeforce wins in ratings. SF Evolution drew a total of 341,000 viewers on Showtime, about average for the network and 11,000 more than WEC 45 did on Versus in the same timeslot.
Grove Re-Signs With UFC
His future seemingly more secure after his last win in November, Kendall Grove has now signed a new multi-fight extension with UFC. The TUF 3 winner is expected to return to action in early 2010.
Dana White ready to bring the excitement of big fights back to Boston
UFC President Dana White is ready to return home to Boston -- complete with his MMA empire and rabid fan base. The state of Massachusetts recently approved a bill to afford regulation for the sport of mixed martial arts and the Zuffa brass wasted no time in lining up an August 28 date at the TD BankNorth Garden for their Beantown debut. White also promised the show to end all shows. If that's the case, what can we expect for the August mega-event? Fan Expo? Five title fights? The return of Brock Lesnar? Let the speculation begin...
Cyborg wants to defend the belt with a KO
On January 30, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos will put the Strikeforce’s belt in game for the first time, and she’s over confident to the fight against Marloes Coenen. “The expectation is very good, I’ll fight now on January 30 and I’m training hard, preparing myself to fight”, said Cris. “I’m very happy, training hard to search for one more knockout”.
WEC 45 ratings,Down 21%
This past weekend's broadcast of "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff" on Versus drew a 0.4 household rating and averaged 330,000 viewers, Versus officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The event took place Dec. 19 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The show featured a non-title headliner and few of the organization's top stars. Additionally, the event went head-to-head with "Strikeforce: Evolution" on Showtime. Therefore, it's not surprising that ratings were down 21 percent compared to the two most recent WEC-Versus broadcasts.
What does Evans Vs Silva mean for the lhw division
When Rashad Evans meets Thiago Silva next week in the UFC 108 headliner, he knows both contenders are fighting for the same thing.
They both a want a shot to avenge an earlier loss while striking gold in the light-heavyweight division, which is currently ruled by champion Lyoto Machida.
"It's like a race for who gets back to Machida," Evans said.
Machida knocked out Silva in January and then stopped then-champ Evans in his next bout to claim the 205-pound title. Since then, the undefeated Brazilian has defended his belt against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and now ranks among the world's top pound-for-pound best.
So what can we expect from Evans vs. Silva?