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Lesnar Didn't Want Mazzagatti As Ref For UFC 91 Fight
(mmamania.com)
Although it was already announced that Mario Yamazaki would referee the Randy Couture-Brock Lesnar fight at UFC 91, it's now been revealed that part of that choice was because of Lesnar. He specifically asked the NSAC not to choose Steve Mazzagatti to ref the fight partly because he reffed Lesnar's fight against Frank Mir. Wish granted.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 10:08AM by DCRage - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Horodecki heads to Japan for 'S-Cup'
(mmafighting.com)
Chris Horodecki will enter the Shootboxing “S-Cup 2008” same-night eight-man tournament on November 24 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Horodecki will take on Shoot boxing-trained Hiroki Shishido in the quarterfinals of the biennial tournament, which will also feature PRIDE Bushido veteran Luiz Azeredo – the first man to beat Anderson Silva-- and 2-time K-1 MAX and 2-time S-Cup champion Andy Souwer. Shoot boxing, also referred to as standing vale tudo, is similar to kickboxing except that throws and standing submissions are allowed. After this fight Horodecki will fight on January 24, 2009 at Affliction 2 “Day of Reckoning” in Anaheim, California.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 2:30AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Murilo “Ninja” Rua heading back to Japan
(tatame.com)
Fighting for five years in Japan, at Pride and Shooto, Murilo “Ninja” Rua now can be back to the Rising Sun Land, after EliteXC’s bankrupt. Training hard and looking for another show to fight, Ninja spoke to TATAMA about his future. “I don’t have anything set yet, I had two more fights to do at Elite and now I’ll see what I’m gonna do. I’ll speak with my manager and look for another event, maybe in Japan. I don’t have anything right yet, but I believe Japan is a good opportunity”, said Rua, who was surprised with EliteXC’s end.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 2:27AM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
HERMES FRANCA REBOUNDS ONCE AGAIN
(mmaweekly.com)
Hermes Franca knows what it’s like to have his back to the wall and in desperate need of a win. After suffering five losses in seven bouts from 2004 to 2005, Franca was in danger of completely falling off the MMA radar, when he righted the ship and pulled off an impressive eight-fight winning streak, which earned him an Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title shot against Sean Sherk at UFC 73. Unfortunately Franca lost the fight, and even worse, he served a year-long suspension handed down by the California State Athletic commission for violating the state’s anti-steroid policy. A loss in his return fight to Frankie Edgar in July of this year placed him in a must-win situation at this past weekend’s UFC UFC 90 event against Marcus Aurelio, and Franca once again rebounded. “When you fight and go home a winner, it’s great, it’s priceless,” he said of his victory over Aurelio.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 2:18AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Station Casinos Will Go out of Business Early Next Year
(bloodyelbow.com)
Interestingly enough, Affliction co-founder Todd Beard has recently surfaced to voice his displeasure with the UFC, most notably on a recent appearance on "The Scott Ferrall Show." "They threaten us personally, which is hilarious," Beard said. "Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita, they are tough guys. They're old school mafia guys, or wannabe old school mafia guys that their grandfather built their business and they are nothing. They’re nothing." When asked about Beard's comments, Atencio seemingly shrugged them off. "I will always do my fighting in the ring but my partner has just had it with them," Atencio said. During his interview with Ferrall, Beard mentioned that Zuffa co-founders, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, are experiencing some financial trouble with their Palace Station Casino properties. "They put their business five billion dollars in debt," Beard said in the interview."They’re in big touble right now. They are going to go out of business in February. Guaranteed. Station Casinos will go out of business in February for sure." Atencio did not refute this claim. "They want to talk about us being done by January," Atencio said. "Well, I will guarantee you that their Statino Casinos will be out of business by February...I have all the proof I need." Of course, there are two sides to every story but an effort to get a response from someone at Zuffa was unsuccessful.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 2:16AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Roy Nelson Suggests Jared Shaw Affected Arlovski Fight; Says 70% of Fighters on Steroids
(bloodyelbow.com)
From what I can gather, Nelson is suggesting Jared Shaw either instructed the referees ahead of time or yelled at the referees during the fight such that it compelled them to stand up when he had Arlovski pinned in side control. He also goes on to suggest a huge portion of MMA fighters are on steroids, though the method behind his math is certainly questionable.
Submitted Oct 29, 2008 2:14AM by MMAcca - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Economy Falling Out, WEC's Stock Rising
(mmaweekly.com)
Despite the economic fallout in the U.S., World Extreme Cagefighting is poised for its biggest year ever. That's no small feat. Since being purchased by Zuffa (the UFC's parent company) in late 2006, WEC had seven events in 2007 and will have six in 2008 by the end of the year. They have also made inroads to the masses with a television deal on the Versus network, the rebranded Outdoor Life Network. Vice president Peter Dropick says that the promotion currently has plans to run more events in 2009 than it ever has in the past, albeit only slightly more, but that is just the initial plans, which are open for expansion.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 11:52PM by Bowen50 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
Nick Diaz Heading Back To Japan For New Year
(mmaweekly.com)
In the Chinese fire drill of EliteXC’s talent division since its closure last Monday, fighter managers are taking the legal reigns to free their clients. Cesar Gracie, manager of EliteXC fighters Nick Diaz and Jake Shields, informed MMAWeekly.com he had sent EliteXC a notice on Friday stating that the company had breached their contracts with his clients. The clause in EliteXC’s contract, as reported by Loretta Hunt of Sherdog.com, states that should the company not be able to fulfill the terms of its “promotional and payment obligations” – essentially, to keep its employees working – the fighters could seek to terminate the agreement. EliteXC had 30 days from the notice of breach to correct the situation. Gracie said he is already making plans for Diaz’s next fight. The 25-year-old fighter has an existing clause in his contract allowing him to compete in Japan as long as it doesn't interfere with his EliteXC duties.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 11:48PM by Bowen50 - 3 comments
Filed under: Dream, Other MMA Organizations
 
St. Pierre Primes for Penn, Title Defense
(sherdog.com)
Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his belt against lightweight titleholder B.J. Penn in what has already become the most anticipated bout of 2009 at UFC 94 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. “I look forward to this fight,” St. Pierre (17-2) told Sherdog.com in an exclusive video interview. The two superstars, both considered among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, met previously at UFC 58 in March 2006. St. Pierre was awarded a controversial split decision over the popular Hawaiian and would capture the welterweight crown from Matt Hughes eight months later.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 11:41PM by Bowen50 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Affliction VP Tom Atencio Believes Station Casinos Will Go out of Business Early Next Year
(bloodyelbow.com)

Interestingly enough, Affliction co-founder Todd Beard has recently surfaced to voice his displeasure with the UFC, most notably on a recent appearance on "The Scott Ferrall Show." "They threaten us personally, which is hilarious," Beard said. "Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita, they are tough guys. They're old school mafia guys, or wannabe old school mafia guys that their grandfather built their business and they are nothing. They’re nothing." When asked about Beard's comments, Atencio seemingly shrugged them off. "I will always do my fighting in the ring but my partner has just had it with them," Atencio said. During his interview with Ferrall, Beard mentioned that Zuffa co-founders, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, are experiencing some financial trouble with their Palace Station Casino properties. "They put their business five billion dollars in debt," Beard said in the interview."They’re in big touble right now. They are going to go out of business in February. Guaranteed. Station Casinos will go out of business in February for sure." Atencio did not refute this claim. "They want to talk about us being done by January," Atencio said. "Well, I will guarantee you that their Statino Casinos will be out of business by February...I have all the proof I need." Of course, there are two sides to every story but an effort to get a response from someone at Zuffa was unsuccessful.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 5:42PM by juanez13 - 7 comments
Filed under: Interviews, General MMA
 
Randy Couture says size won't matter with Brock Lesnar at UFC 91
(mmajunkie.com)
The belief of many MMA experts leading up to Randy Couture's comeback fight against Tim Sylvia in March of 2007 was that "The Natural," gifted as he was, just couldn't overcome Sylvia's massive size advantage. Some 18 months later, after dispatching Sylvia in one of the most dominant performances of his career, Couture is hearing the same song, only a different verse. As the UFC hall-of-famer now prepares for his UFC 91 main event with Brock Lesnar, which includes a fight camp with some of MMA's biggest wrestlers, Couture recently told MMAjunkie.com size again won't matter.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 3:17PM by MMAcca - 39 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Did BudLight Bust Patrick Cote's Knee?
(bloodyelbow.com)
Watch above. Now tell me that the slippery sponsor's decal didn't jack up Cote and ruin the fight. Fightlinker has more: I don’t know the process for how the UFC puts it’s advertisements onto the mat. I do know that many fighters often complain that the ads often have different grips, and you often see dudes stalk across the octagon only to go banana heel one they hit a decal. At UFC 89 the Gears of War 2 advertisement seemed to cause several fighters some issues, including Brandon Vera and Keith Jardine. This isn’t the only time we’ve seen it … it’s just the most recent incident that I can specifically remember. Can you imagine another sport where athletes could be hurt because of the way advertisements are presented? In MMA it’s worse than others … a simple slip in other games means a botched play and some embarrassment. In MMA it could result in the other fighter jumping you and punching your lights out. So even if there isn’t a rash of fighters blowing their knees out on these things, it still needs to be addressed. The UFC really needs to find a way to make the sponsor decals less of a hazard to the fighters. As we saw Saturday night, if a headlining fighter gets hurt and spoils the main event, its not good for business.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 3:04PM by MMAcca - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Silva's going crazy, wants to fight at UFC 91
(sports.yahoo.com)
It sounds like some of the criticism is starting to hit home for Anderson Silva. UFC president Dana White told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Silva wants to get right back on the horse: "He's flipping out. He wants to fight again, like, on Nov. 15. He's (upset) about his performance and he wants to fight again immediately." A Silva appearance on Nov. 15 is highly unlikely. There's no one of any quality who would take a Silva fight on three weeks notice for UFC 91. The following UFC cards (UFC 92 & 94) are completely stacked so where would a Silva fight fit in? UFC 93 in Dublin could use some beefing up. Right now the main event is Rich Franklin v. Dan Henderson and the second fight is Shogun Rua and Mark Coleman. The UFC should make a fight for Silva at 205. Who should the next victim be? Dana White told Yahoo! Sports on Saturday that he feels sorry for the next guy who fights the 'disrespected' Silva. White had little response to a question about matching up Chuck Liddell and Silva in London in February. That matchup does have huge sizzle and all parties involved may feel some pressure to repair the image of both Liddell and Silva with a superfight.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 2:22PM by MMAcca - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Women’s MMA has earned its place
(sports.yahoo.com)
In an industry that really only has a few truly proven marketable top stars – and right now, only one stable major league operation – the folding of Elite XC last week has raised questions about the future of women’s mixed martial arts and its biggest star, Gina Carano. The two main organizations over the past two years who promoted women’s fights, Elite XC and Bodog, are now both out of business, leaving women searching for a place to ply their trade. Affliction, hardly stable but at least still in the game, has never promoted women’s matches, but is open to the idea. UFC, at least as of the weekend, was not. “I think that Gina Carano is a real star,” UFC president Dana White said on Thursday. “She’s beautiful, talented and she’s a real fighter. I just don’t think there are enough good women fighters that you can start a division around them.”
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 2:19PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
EliteXC: A Lesson in Expectations Management
(mmapayout.com)
There are many golden rules within the business world, but in regards to selling yourself, your company, or your product, none are more important than this: never over-sell, never over-hype, never over-promise. It’s basic expectations theory. When an organization makes a promise, they set an invisible bar of expectations within the minds of their customers. Then, for better or for worse, they’re stuck with the task of meeting those expectations; because, obviously, if you don’t meet the expectations of your customers, they’re not going to be happy. While it seems like common sense, there is a host of academic research behind expectations theory. Perhaps that’s why I’m so surprised that a guy like Jared Shaw – someone so quick to pull out his Harvard School of Business case studies against KJ Noons – has managed to commit one of the greater selling sins in recent memory. Under the management of EliteXC and the Shaws, Kimbo Slice has been promoted as this “street certified,” legend-slaying monster – a veritable MMA God. Unfortunately, they did such a good job of duping the general public that most actually believed the hype. To the mainstream, Kimbo Slice, was as advertised; and, their expectations followed accordingly. Sadly, those expectations were brutally exaggerated and MMA’s first, real foray into the mainstream should be considered a failure if for no other reason than the damage that Seth Petruzelli managed to inflict, with one glancing right, to the chin of both Kimbo’s and MMA’s credibility. And that’s even ignoring the controversy surrounding “Standgate.” As a result, the general public - and perhaps just as important, the mainstream media - is very weary of our sport; all thanks to those brutal expectations that were unwisely, and perhaps even unfairly, thrust upon a fighter that was not ready and a sport that knew as much. Now, the rest of the MMA community is left with the task of picking up the pieces and learning from the mistakes of the past. So to all of you would-be promoters out there, know this: you’ve got a fine line to walk, between under and over-selling – tread it carefully. You can’t dupe the consumer and live to operate another.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 1:42PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Couture Backs Bisping's Title Prospects
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Randy Couture has become the latest big name mixed martial artist to mark Michael Bisping out as a future champion. The UFC heavyweight champion, who faces Brock Lesnar next month, told SunSport http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/ufc/article1865038.ece that Bisping is “doing the right things”. He also described the Wolfslair middleweight as “explosive” and said he was impressed with the way he handled Chris Leben at UFC 89. "Michael had a spot on game plan... he managed to counter and make Chris pay for every step he took towards him." He added that Bisping ”was patient and showed some maturity by not letting the crowd get to him and force him to go toe-to-toe with [Leben]... It's an important step for him in his development.” Recently, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson said Bisping has the potential to be a champion at middleweight. Bisping himself has played down talk of challenging Anderson Silva soon, saying he is in no hurry and would prefer to develop over a few more bouts.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 1:40PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anyone Else think COTE would have WON?
(mmatraining.com)
Decent read. Not sure Cote would have won, but overall some good points. "One of those heavy hands was going to connect eventually. Silva was in unchartered territory for him in the UFC – beyond round two. Cote had the chin to stay in there with him and with ample time in a title fight, one of those overhand rights was going to catch Silva and force him to show he is not only talented but also durable." Anyone else Agree??
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 1:36PM by JimmieDD - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Robbie Lawler's Manager Thinks He Can Get EliteXC Champ Out of Contract Quick
(bloodyelbow.com)
Robbie Lawler manager Monte Cox thinks he's got an escape hatch for his fighter, from Sherdog: Cox filed a breach of contract notice last Wednesday with Pro Elite -- parent company to EliteXC, Icon Sport and Cage Rage -- prior to the company’s pending bankruptcy filing and the closing of its Los Angeles offices on Friday. Cox said the letter was received by Jeremy Lappen, head of fighter operations for EliteXC, and passed on to the appropriate parties. "There’s a warranty clause in the contract that you can challenge if they have enough money to fulfill the contract," Cox said. "Obviously, right now, they do not. I notified them of what I considered to be breach of contract and they have 30 days to respond. They have to prove they can fulfill it or we’re a free agent."
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 1:34PM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
WEC 36 Card Finalized
(mmajunkie.com)
WEC today announced the full final card for the rescheduled WEC 36 on November 5. The event, headlined by WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber vs. Mike Brown and WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen, was scheduled for September 10 but postponed due to Hurricane Ike.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 12:48PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Rich Franklin Not Approached About TUF 9 Coaching...Yet
(mmamania.com)
Although Rich Franklin acknowledges rumors and news about him possibly being a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 9, he says UFC hasn't approached him about it yet. He says it's not something he's particularly interested in doing again, although he did put the "Show me the money" spin on it in not flat out saying no.
Submitted Oct 28, 2008 12:46PM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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