Kazuhiro Nakamura released by the UFC
According to a new published report, light heavyweight competitor Kazuhiro Nakamura has been released by the UFC.
The move had been anticipated but was confirmed in the July 1 print edition of The Wrestling Observer.
The decision to release Nakamura was made shortly after his UFC 84 loss to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. In that fight, Nakamura was declared the loser via TKO following the first round due to a leg injury. Irrespective of the injury, Nakamura had been dominated by Sokoudjou during the fight’s opening round.
Future UFC event coming to Oklahoma City
A UFC event appears destined for Oklahoma City in the next six-to-eight months, according to a published report.
UFC President Dana White is quoted as confirming the news in an article on NewsOk.com.
“We’re working on bringing a live event there,” White reportedly said at last Thursday’s Associated Press Sports Editors’ convention in Minneapolis.
Breaking down Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia
Bring up Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in conversation with hardcore MMA fans, and you'll get bombarded with passionate debate from two radical extremes: either he is the undisputed king of the heavyweight rankings and trains by arm-barring bears in the wilderness, or he's the most overrated fighter in history and would be handily defeated by the best of the UFC's heavyweights.
The topic of Emelianenko's greatness -- or any perceived lack thereof -- has proven a popular discussion topic for years primarily because Emelianenko has rarely faced top competition.
Tennessee to begin regulating MMA
The state of Tennessee has passed legislation that calls for the sanctioning of mixed martial arts, which opens the door for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and other major organizations to host events in Memphis, Nashville and other cities.
In fact, it was the UFC that led the charge to get the sport sanctioned in Tennessee, the home of UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson.
Gov. Phil Bredesen will put the legislation into effect today.
Quote of the Day: Mixed Martial Arts' Changing Crowds
"I hear MMA’s opposition speak out as much as anybody. My wife and my mother cringe every time I bring up an MMA issue — heck, I can’t help but occasionally look away while watching a lopsided exchange from ringside.
But fight fans are packing it in, whether it’s in a UFC venue in downtown Las Vegas, at a midsized arena like the MetroCentre or in a small corner of Loves Park, like during Saturday night’s show at All Starz. And though cynics will still say it’s just a bunch of savages promoting violence, there are now plenty of men and women, doctors and teachers, who will stick up for their MMA brethren."
Rampage Jackson: "I Don’t Think Forrest Could Knock Out Anybody"
In a new interview posted on UFC.com, light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson sizes up the gameplan he feels Forrest Griffin will use in trying to take his "big belt buckle" this Saturday at UFC 86. "Rampage" also calls his opponent's KO power into question once again, a few days after lighting up message boards with his assertion that Griffin "couldn't bust a grape." Says the champ:
"Forrest will be the best guy to come back against because he’s got good skills, but he’s not a guy that’s gonna knock you out when you lag. I don’t think Forrest could knock out anybody.
The 10 Most Important Fighters to the Business of Mixed Martial Arts Part II
The mixed martial arts business has seen its ups and downs during its short history. This list is intended to capture the fighters who had the biggest influence in creating interest in the sport and drawing money.
This list is not intended to be a simple listing of the fighters who drew the most money. If that were the sole criterion, the list would look significantly different. Rather, this list is designed to capture the fighters who were most important in shaping the business. Fighters who sparked increases in business and paved the way for bigger things are given additional weight even if they drew less money at the time.
Brock Lesnar As A Draw
UFC 87 isn't until August but Dave Meltzer had an interesting tidbit in the print version of his Wrestling Observer Newsletter as it relates to Brock Lesnar's performance on PPV for the UFC.
Of the almost 600,000 buys that the Lesnar-Mir PPV did, UFC people tracked that nearly half had never ordered a UFC PPV event before, and you know where all those new viewers came from.
UFC 86: TYSON GRIFFIN READY TO STRIKE
Tyson Griffin steps into the Ultimate Fighting Championship Octagon on Saturday night to take on Marcus "Maximus" Aurelio at UFC 86 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It is a lightweight match that, with a win, could put him next in line for a title shot.
"It's a really big fight," Griffin told MMAWeekly.com. "It's a great chance to put my name in front of someone like Aurelio who has beat (Takanori) Gomi in Pride and has done great things in the sport.
IFL ON HOLD, CHAMP MATYUSHENKO TALKS CONTRACT
Vladimir Matyushenko has been one of the real success stories of the International Fight League. Despite the promotion’s difficulties, he has remained a constant source of excellence since his debut for the company in 2007.
Currently riding an eight-fight winning streak, Matyushenko, the IFL’s current 205-pound champion, is eager to continue his winning ways, even though the IFL has placed their operations on hold.
UFC Going To Dublin In Not Too Distant Future
The UFC has confirmed it will be heading to the Republic of Ireland - just as soon as there is an arena big enough for it to use.
With his Boston-Irish background, UFC president Dana White is known to be very keen for the promotion to touch down in the land of his forefathers, as are many UFC fighters that share the same heritage.
But the UFC regularly sells in excess of 17,000 tickets for live events and at present Ireland has no suitable venues that could accommodate those numbers.
However, that may change when work to increase the capacity of the Point Depot in Dublin is completed.
Matt Hamill Will Fight At UFC 88
Matt Hamill has informed Fightline.com that he has been offered a fight at UFC 88. Matt is extremely excited about this opportunity and tells us he's "ready to go." An opponent has not been named as of yet, however, Matt says he will announce it on MattHamill.com as soon as the information becomes available.
Buchholz Looking For His First UFC Win
Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Justin Buchholz has made his mark in Icon Sport, the Alaska Fighting Championship and EliteXC. Now, he looks to do the same in the UFC's lightweight division as he faces Corey Hill at UFC 86 this Saturday. MMARated.com recently caught up with Buchholz to talk about what it's like training with Urijah Faber, what went wrong in his last fight again Matt Wiman and how he plans on dealing with "Buddy Rowe."
Jason Reinhardt Wants Miguel Torres At 135lbs
MMA veteran Jason Reinhardt is eyeing Miguel Torres and World Extreme Cagefighting’s 135- pound division.
“I’m undefeated at 135 and Miguel Torres is not,” Reinhardt said during a promotional interview for his upcoming Courage Fighting Championships event in Decatur, Illinois. “He’s the best fighter in the world they say, so I would love the chance to compete against him and fight him in the WEC.”
Melvin Guillard Returns Simply, “To Have Fun”
Rhett Butler, UFC - En route to asking Melvin Guillard if he had any doubt that the UFC would call while he was an undefeated rising fighter on a ten fight win streak, he is quick to correct you on the miscalculated numbers.
“I went on a 22 fight win streak; I was 22-0 before I lost my first fight. My first loss was to Carlo Prater.”
MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ WINS TWICE IN TWO DAYS
International Fight League star Mike Ciesnolevicz had quite a weekend. He fought main events in two different states and in two different weight classes saying, “If I can fight two times this weekend, I’ll be happy. That’s how they used to do it back in the day.”
On Friday, he earned the Courage Fighting Championships 205-pound title by submitting Andrew Force in Decatur, Ill. Then, he was off to Iowa to headline the Extreme Challenge 100 event in Davenport, defeating Matt Andersen as a heavyweight. He tipped the scales at 206 pounds.
All Female Fight League Set for TV Debut
PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 26, 2008 – Los Angeles, CA - A new reality series featuring Amanda Lucas and eleven other female Mixed Martial Artists is being produced by Los Angeles based production company One Giant Leap Media. Promoter Belinda Dunne brought together two teams (USA vs Australasia) for the continental ‘Princesses of Pain’ Championship and the cameras were there to capture all of the drama, including Lucas’ mixed martial arts debut in Auckland on May 31st.
Should We Care About Jackson-Griffin?
With champion Jackson and challenger Griffin acting as coaches on the umpteenth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" -- there's been little palpable anticipation for Jackson's first title defense in nearly a year.
Quinton Jackson:Forrest ain't going to make it to the 5th
"That fight with me and Forrest ain't going to the judges. I'm going to be victorious and I'm going to win that fight in exciting manner; whether it's knockout, TKO, submission or getting him to tap out, something's going down. Something is going to happen. Forrest ain't going to make it to the 5th,"