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Jay Hieron tapped for Oct. 11 Affliction; Lindland vs. Belfort in jeopardy?
(mmajunkie.com)
Reigning International Fight League welterweight champion Jay Hieron (15-4) has been approached by Affliction executives and is expected to compete at the organization's "Day of Reckoning" event in October. On Tuesday a representative from Hieron's Xtreme Couture camp told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the upcoming bout. No opponent has been determined. "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" takes place Oct. 11 at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The event -- the second one for the rookie Affliction Entertainment promotion -- features a headline match of Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett. Hieron, a 32-year-old UFC and WEC veteran, hooked up with the IFL soon after its formation in 2006. He's 7-2 in the organization and defeated Delson Heleno for the IFL welterweight title back in December. He made one title defense -- a first-round TKO of Mark Miller in April -- before the organization's financial troubles forced the IFL to cease operations earlier this summer. Although Affliction is best known for a stocked heavyweight division, executive Tom Atencio has promised the organization would begin signing additional talent for the lighter weight classes. Hieron brings instant credibility to a welterweight division that's still under construction. The former stand-out high school and collegiate wrestler will now go for his fourth consecutive victory -- and his sixth win in his past seven fights. His only career losses have come to UFC veteran Georges St. Pierre, Jonathan Goulet, Chris Wilson and Brad Blackburn. For the latest on "Affliction: Day of Reckoning," stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com. * * * * MMAjunkie.com has also learned that a rumored Oct. 11 Affliction bout between Matt Lindland and Vitor Belfort -- both of whom were winners at Affliction's first show back in July -- could be scratched. A source close to Belfort said that the middleweight fighter has been slowed by a lingering hand injury. As we previously reported, the California State Athletic Commission suspended Belfort 180 days after his July victory over Terry Martin for undisclosed medical reasons (though a hand injury is believed to be the reason why). Belfort can be cleared early by a doctor, but any signs of a hand injury would make an October return unlikely. MMAjunkie.com coudln't immediately reach Belfort or Lindland for comment, but we'll have more on this story later in the week.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 4:13PM by Twenty20Dollars - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Cheick Kongo: International Man Of Mystery
(mmarated.com)
Cheick Kongo certainly looks the part. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, with a physique that appears carved out of granite, the former Euro Savate champion seems like the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to run into in a sinister Parisian alleyway. Wait, do they have sinister alleyways in Paris? Anyway, if a Hollywood movie producer or comic book artist were to dream up a prototype of what a “cagefighting champion,” might look like, they’d likely come up with a character resembling Kongo. But after six fights in the UFC – including one where he made Mirko Cro Cop look downright dwarfish en route to a unanimous decision win – Kongo may still be the least known of all the company’s legitimate contenders for the heavyweight strap. It’ll likely take a highlight reel knockout of Dan Evensen to even get him back on TV this weekend, as a UFC 82 loss to Heath Herring has relegated the Frenchman to the unaired preliminaries at UFC 87. Critics say Kongo is a fearsome and athletic striker, but with a ground game that is just barely adequate enough to pass at the highest level. Even the UFC promotes him as something of a work in progress, saying that he has “looked better each time out,” before his split decision loss to Herring in March. English is also Kongo’s second language – a problem for many top level heavies trying to make it in America – so it’s hard to learn much about the guy from his own words.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 2:46PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Meia Will Be Sub-Hunting On Saturday Night
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Demian Maia is looking for his third submission win in the UFC when he faces Jason MacDonald on Saturday night. Five of his seven consecutive wins have come by way of submission, and Maia believes if something isn’t broke, there is no point trying to fix it. “I train always what I do best,” he told Tatame magazine this week. “If I need to fight stand up I’m ready to do it, but I believe jiu jitsu has always been my strongest part, I’ll always go for submission.” Maia is a highly decorated grappler in his native Brazil and internationally, having won Pan American and ADCC titles, national and world championship sand seven state titles. But he is aware that anything can happen in an MMA fight so to prepare himself for the stand-up element, he has drafted in a fellow Brazilian known for his aggressive Muay Thai. “I’m at Las Vegas now and will train a little this week with Wanderlei Silva,” he revealed, adding that Silva will also be his cornerman at UFC 87.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 2:43PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Jacaré wants Dream’s belt
(tatame.com)
Waiting for the announcement of his next opponent, Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza keeps training hard without caring about who he will face. “The expectations are the best, I’ll do my best as a person and fighter, all my heart and faith to be the champion”, said Jacaré to TATAME. After hearing about what Jason Miller said about him. “He’s a jackass with a mouth, and can say whatever he wants. He calls himself a jackass. He can say whatever he wants, he lost, and if he wants to fight again just need to ask”, answered Ronaldo, that said he’s working everything to win his first MMA belt. “I’m training everything, Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu… I’m going to do MMA. I’ll bring this belt home”, guarantees the Xtreme Couture athlete.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 2:42PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ford-Clark to Co-Headline MFC 18
(mmaontap.com)
MMA on Tap has learned that welterweight prospect Ryan Ford will attempt to bounce back from his first professional loss when he takes on longtime veteran LaVerne Clark in the co-main event of Maximum Fighting Championship’s upcoming “Famous” show on September 26th in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Ford was upset by journeyman Pat Healy at MFC 17 last month, succumbing to a late third-round armbar after dominating Healy for two rounds. Ford, a training partner of current UFC middleweight contender Jason MacDonald, also scored consecutive submission wins over C.J. Fernandes and Pete Spratt earlier this year.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 2:39PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to endorse Bad Boy MMA Apparel
(mmapayout.com)
Bad Boy Brands announced today that they have signed a multi-year sponsorship & endorsement agreement with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The new relationship between Bad Boy and Shogun includes product endorsement, advertising, promotion, personal appearances, product design involvement and even a line of Shogun “signature” fight apparel, The most noticeable aspect of the relationship will be when Shogun dons the legendary Bad Boy “Sungão,” the original Vale Tudo fight shorts as he represents Bad Boy on the international MMA stage. Bad Boy has been involved with MMA since the early nineties, sponsoring such legendary fighters as Rickson Gracie, Wallid Ismael, Vitor Belfort and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira!. Bad Boy currently offers a full line of premium MMA gear and clothing online and at specialty fight retailers. “Shogun’s ultra aggressive fighting style demands fight apparel of the highest quality and performance attributes” commented Robin Offner, CEO of Bad Boy. “We’ve developed our new line of Bad Boy Pro Series products specifically for Shogun’s style of fighting”. ”I’ve known and respected Bad Boy apparel for years in Brazil”, said Shogun. “I’m excited to be a part of the Bad Boy team and I will do my best to represent them well”.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 2:37PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Fighter Salaries: A Fair Share of Revenues (Part 3)
(mmapayout.com)
Narrowing In On Better Revenue Sharing We’ve already acknowledged the fact that the information isn’t available to make an absolutely precise definition of fair. As a result of this we’re forced to use what we have at our disposal. Let’s look at what we know: * 75% of Zuffa’s revenue is event-related (i.e., PPV buys, live gates). * The remaining 25% of Zuffa revenue comes from their SpikeTV deal, sponsorships, and merchandise sales. * Zuffa is likely to maintain an EBITDA margin in the mid-30s in the foreseeable future. * Estimated Zuffa revenues for 2008 are expected to be $250 million (according to Lorenzo Fertitta). * Base salary payouts average out to 10% of event-related revenue.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 2:35PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Michelle Watterson to make EliteXC debut on Sept. 20
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
“The Karate Hottie” Michelle Watterson will join Gina Carano and Jennifer Tate as alumni from Oxygen’s “Fight Girls” reality television series to appear inside of an EliteXC cage. Watterson has signed to fight on the non-televised undercard during EliteXC’s Sept. 20 show, EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com earlier this afternoon. An opponent has yet to be determined. Watterson, who comes from a traditional martial arts background, is 2-2 in her professional mixed martial arts career. She has fought for the Ring of Fire promotion in Colorado and most recently competed for King of the Cage, where she recorded a second round TKO against Thricia Poovey on July 12.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 2:33PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Tyson Griffin agrees to meet Sean Sherk at UFC 90
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (32-3-1 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (12-1 MMA, 5-1) have agreed to meet at UFC 90, which takes place Oct. 25 at Allstate Arena just outside Chicago. A source from Griffin's Xtreme Couture camp today told MMAjunkie.com that a verbal agreement is in place and bout agreements have been distributed. The fight will likely end up on the night's televised main card, which features a main event of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. Patrick Cote.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 2:02PM by Zekeil - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jason "Mayhem" Miller says DREAM is no nightmare
(mmajunkie.com)
World traveler and all-around colorful character Jason "Mayhem" Miller (21-6) has been involved in his share of entertaining fights. With recent reports that DREAM -- promoters of Miller's previous two fights -- may be in financial trouble, the 27-year-old may soon find himself a free agent once again. Miller discussed his status while a guest of "The Lights Out Show" on the TAGG Radio Network (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "As far as the fighting front goes, I'm not sure yet," Miller said of his possible return to action. "I've got my DREAM contract still alive. I don't know what's going on." Amid recent allegations by Nick Diaz that DREAM still had not paid him for his TKO victory in May, Miller stood firm in his support of the organization. "I think that's just a rumor," Miller said. "Maybe [DREAM] stiffed a couple of fighters or something. But I'm sure they'll pay those guys eventually. Maybe they were just like, 'The check's in the mail.'"
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 1:43PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
JON FITCH WANTS GOLD, NO MORE EXCUSES
(mmaweekly.com)
Jon Fitch may be the best fighter at 170 pounds that many fans don’t know much about. He has gone under the radar in the Ultimate Fighting Championship defeating top competition like Thiago Alves, Brock Larson, Roan Carneiro and Diego Sanchez. He is undefeated in the UFC going 8-0 in his tenure. The hard work is about to pay off as he gets his shot at the welterweight crown on Saturday night against Georges St. Pierre. MMAWeekly Radio caught up with Fitch prior to his fight with St. Pierre to discuss his preparation and training. “All of the hard stuff is done. Now it's just time to have fun,” said a confident Fitch. “I'm just letting my body recover. It's been getting beat up for 12 weeks, so I finally get to rest now.” This fight will be Fitch’s first foray into a five-round title fight. Known for his rigorous training, he has prepared himself a little differently for a full five-round fight. “Just more and more work. Almost double the cardio work as normal. It's pretty crazy. When I started the camp, I couldn't believe it that I was going to do double the workouts as before. I've always been a cardio guy. I always pushed my cardio. I was doubling my output. Halfway through my camp it started getting pretty easy and I started seeing changes in myself.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 1:39PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
ALBERTO CRANE GETS BACK ON TRACK
(mmaweekly.com)
Heading into his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut last year, former King of the Cage lightweight champion Alberto Crane was considered one of the best young prospects in the 155-pound weight class. Having won all seven of his bouts heading into his UFC 74 match-up with Roger Huerta, Crane seemed more than ready to make his step up to the big time of MMA. After missing out on an opportunity to take control of the fight early on, he was finished off in the third round, signaling the beginning of a three-fight losing streak for the previously unblemished fighter. Determined to get back on track, Crane entered this past weekend’s Rage in the Cage event insistent on not dropping his fourth fight in a row, and delivered a performance reminiscent of his earlier bouts, winning the match via guillotine choke just over 90 seconds into the fight.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 1:38PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Rampage's Problems Aren't Mental + UFC Looking To Return To Montreal This Year
(tsn.ca)
TORONTO - The UFC is looking to return to Canada later this year. ''I literally just left a meeting where we were talking about that,'' UFC president Dana White told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. ''We're looking to come back to Montreal.'' White said the mixed martial arts organization hopes to return in November or December. The UFC made its Canadian debut April 19, drawing a loud and proud crowd of 21,390 at the Bell Centre to see Montreal's Georges St. Pierre reclaim his welterweight title from Matt Serra. The Canadian card was the UFC's biggest ever in terms of attendance, its fastest ever sellout, and produced a gate of some $5 million. ''The energy tonight was more powerful here than anywhere I've ever been. The fans were amazing,'' White said that night. ''Everybody delivered. It was a great night.''
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 1:32PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former PRIDE star Gilbert Yvel joins DREAM
(dreamfighters.com)
GIlbert Yvel has joined DREAM, and is expected to fight at DREAM.6.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 1:30PM by kastro_316 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
Urijah Faber video on Mike Brown WEC fight September 10
(mmamania.com)
Talks about his up coming fight with Mike Brown, his contract with the WEC and his views on the UFC and WEC mixing....
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 1:29PM by SmileR - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Zuffa Mourning "A Loss In The Family"
(wec.tv)
The Zuffa family is mourning the loss of in-house graphic designer Nelsen Bernardo, who tragically perished in an automobile accident Monday morning. He was 29. He joined Zuffa in February 2007.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 8:03AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC in Montreal again in 2008? (TSN.ca)
(tsn.ca)
TORONTO - The UFC is looking to return to Canada later this year. ''I literally just left a meeting where we were talking about that,'' UFC president Dana White told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. ''We're looking to come back to Montreal.''
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 2:29AM by nastshabast - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
CSAC: Aleks Emelianenko Will Never Fight In USA Again
(mmanews.com)
California State Athletic Commission Official Bill Douglas was a guest recently on the Figure Four Daily radio show that airs on The Wrestling Observer and Mr. Douglas shed a little light on the controversay surrounding the reasoning behind Aleksander Emelianenko being removed from his scheduled bout with Paul Buentello at Affliction's debut show on July 19th.
Submitted Aug 6, 2008 12:43AM by Playground_Samurai - 10 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Tito Ortiz to Affliction MMA official
(mmamania.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has officially ended his turbulent tenure with the most popular mixed martial arts promotion in the world, opting to sign with upstart Affliction MMA and reuniting with his on screen “boss,” Donald Trump, from the “Apprentice.” No specific details of the contract were revealed at this time; however, the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” told SportsIllustrated.com that deal is “like no other.” Here’s a snip: “I guarantee you that my contract will be like no other. It will be a ground-breaking record contract for sure, without a doubt. There’s so much money to be made right now in mixed martial arts and it’s all about the fighters trying to make that money. It’s going to be a long-term deal where I put my heart and soul into the company and help build them. That’s something I’m interested in doing. They’re going to bring me on, not just as a fighter but also doing some of the back work also.” That “back work” likely includes an opportunity to somehow help grow the business behind the scenes. Ortiz — one of the most recognizable and controversial faces in the sport — has been a part of several of the top-grossing pay-per-view (PPV) events ever. He can likely leverage that star power to contribute to the success of the promotion. The interesting thing here is that Ortiz is clearly set to likely make a lot of money, which is not uncommon within Affliction MMA. For its first show, in fact, the promotion shelled out an astounding collective payroll that exceeded $3.3 million, cutting into any potential profit significantly.
Submitted Aug 5, 2008 11:06PM by SmileR - 30 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Matt Hughes unsure if Thiago Alves is a top five welterweight (Audio)
(mmamania.com)
Note that he also indicates his knee injury should be healed around January 2009 at which time he intends to take on Matt Serra once and for all.
Submitted Aug 5, 2008 10:04PM by SmileR - 15 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
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