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Ford-Healy Headlines MFC’s Latest Sellout
(mmaontap.com)
Rising prospect Ryan Ford will try to make good on his bid for Maximum Fighting Championship’s welterweight title this weekend as he takes on longtime veteran Pat Healy in the promotion’s latest event at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada tomorrow night. “I’ve wanted to have Pat Healy in the MFC for some time,” MFC President Mark Pavelich said in a recent press release. “Ryan has never wavered one bit in his confidence and it doesn’t matter to him who he fights for the title. Pat is one of the toughest and most dangerous fighters anywhere. When these two guys collide in the middle of the ring, there is going to be an unbelievable explosion of speed, power and aggression. Our beautiful new title belt will deservedly go to the winner of this clash.”
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 2:35PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
WEC 35 Preview: Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
An event that is getting absolutely slept on is WEC 35 coming up on August 3. Three title fights are being shown: Carlos Condit vs. Hiromitsu Miura, Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell, and Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks. As far as big names go, the card doesn’t hold much weight with the casual fan but when is the last time that the WEC let us down? I, for one, am looking forward to Varner vs. Hicks the most out of those three fights. I feel it’s the most competitive matchup of the whole lineup. Here’s a couple videos from the WEC’s YouTube channel to get you ready for the fight.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 2:33PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
EliteXC trying to lure Javi Vazquez out of retirement
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
After a planned swing bout between lightweight competitors Malaipet Team Diamond and David Douglas fell through after Malaipet was forced to bow out due to injury, EliteXC officials have been left scrambling to find a replacement in time for CBS’s second-ever telecast of “Saturday Night Nights” this past Saturday. According to a source speaking to FiveOuncesOfPain.com on the condition of anonymity, EliteXC had attempted in recent days to lure Javier Vazquez out of retirement. Vazquez, a renowned competitive grappler who compiled an impressive 12-2 record during an injury-plagued MMA career, announced his retirement immediately following his first round submission over J.C. Pennington during a ShoXC event last October.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 2:32PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Dave Herman likely to return in September
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Undefeated EliteXC heavyweight title contender Dave “Pee Wee” Herman is expected to fight for the promotion again in September. FiveOuncesOfPain.com was informed of the news by Herman’s manager, Mike Camp, of F1 Management. An opponent and a date are not yet known, but Herman could compete during an EliteXC event tentatively planned for Friday, Sept. 26. The former Indiana-Bloomington standout wrestler had been in the running to challenge Antonio Silva this weekend for the vacant EliteXC heavyweight title, but Herman was unable to accept the fight due to a prior commitment.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 2:30PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
A Closer Look at Pay-per-view Distribution
(mmapayout.com)
In discussing the most recent bond rating for the UFC, it was mentioned that Zuffa has been able to negotiate favorable terms with their PPV partners and that this has lead to greater profitability even though buys have remained flat. With the structure of PPV being a bit Byzantine, confusion on the topic often runs rampant when discussed online. In order to shed some light on this often murky end of the business, MMAPayout.com spoke with an insider in the PPV industry who has negotiated many ppv distribution deals. While not privy to the exact terms of Zuffa’s agreements with PPV, he was able to clarify his perception of the revenue split and how UFC may be getting favorable terms:
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 2:28PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Shayna Baszler and Cris Cyborg Hammer Dana White on Women's MMA
(usatoday.com)
"He wants to question the depth of the female division, but every female fight that ProElite has put on has been a showcase of women's talent and has been 'fight of the night' type material," Baszler says. "If he wants to question that, then I'd question the talent of his heavyweight division," which recently was challenged by Affliction's heavyweight-loaded card. Cyborg is more direct. "I'd love to fight Dana White to show him how tough women are," she says through an interpreter.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 2:25PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Thiago Tavares vs. Kurt Pellegrino at UFC 88
(mmamania.com)
Lightweight submission specialists Thiago Tavares (13-2) and Kurt Pellegrino (15-4) will tangle at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga. on September 6. It’s a match up between two 155-pound fighters who up until recently were in the title hunt. However, recent losses for both fighters have temporarily dashed those hopes, making this showdown super important for the winner — it will get him back in the mix much faster. After bursting on the UFC scene with two straight wins, Tavares created quite a buzz — he was being touted as a possible threat to the champion. However, he has since come back down to Earth, losing two of his last three fights. And the last one — a knockout defeat courtesy of Matt Wiman at UFC 85: “Bedlam” last month — was a huge setback.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 2:22PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
It's a Good Time to Be a Free Agent in Mixed Martial Arts
(canada.com)
The Vancouver Sun has a piece up discussing Georges St. Pierre's contract negotiations: "Before it expires, they'll want to negotiate because they won't want me to be a free agent, let the Japanese get their hands on me," St-Pierre said.... Standing in the way of a more lucrative deal, obviously, is Fitch. St-Pierre will be fighting in the U.S., without the home-field advantage that buoyed him against Serra last April. That could change soon enough; St-Pierre is hearing rumours the UFC will return to Montreal, perhaps next year, and might even try to fill up Olympic Stadium." It's a good time to be a free agent, and I think St. Pierre will end up getting a very good deal. With the Affliction salaries floating around, the UFC won't risk losing one of their top stars. St. Pierre is already paid well, but most of it is in discretionary bonuses, and it's in his best interest to guarantee himself that money in the future. If he has good management, he is in a strong position to demand money that would make him the top paid fighter in the UFC. He is one guy they definitely won't let go, and his contract will be another example of how fighters benefit from competition.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 2:21PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Donald Trump: "We have finalized the second fight card"
(dreamfighters.com)
Interview with Donald trump, talks about Fedor and next affliction shows!
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 2:17PM by kastro_316 - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
GSP Video - (Sportsnet.ca)
(sportsnet.ca)
GSP doing his Canadian media rounds as per usual.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 1:56PM by nastshabast - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
Dean Lister vs Thales Leites fight set for UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha
(mmamania.com)
Middleweight Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts, Dean Lister (11-5) and Thales Leites (14-1), will each look to climb another rung in the 185-pound division when the two meet at UFC Fight Night 15 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb., on September 17, according to InTheGuard.tv.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 11:41AM by babalu2720 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Catching Up With Travis Lutter
(mmaontap.com)
While it seems like an eternity ago, it’s only been three months since the UFC decided to release Travis Lutter following his disappointing loss to former middleweight champion Rich Franklin in Canada back in May. After a pair of short stints inside MMA’s biggest promotion, Lutter has hit a crossroads in his career. He’s primarily stayed out of the limelight since his departure - spending time with his family and running his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies in Forth Worth, Texas. However his fans will be happy to hear that Lutter has no intention of hanging up the gloves just yet.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 9:37AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
EXC May Return To CBS October 4; Carano Likely To Fight
(sherdog.com)
Although it hasn't yet been confirmed by the promotion, EliteXC is likely to return to CBS on October 4 from Las Vegas. The good news for most fans: It's been confirmed by her management that Gina Carano will be fighting on this card.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 7:51AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Robbie Lawler vs Scott Smith (1st fight) video now on ProElite.com
(mmamania.com)
Elite XC Middleweight Champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith slugged it out in Newark, N.J. on May 31 during the network mixed martial arts debut on CBS. It was without a doubt on its way to becoming one of the best fights of the year before it ended because of an inadvertent eye poke, resulting in a disappointing no contest. The outcome forced Elite XC officials to set up an immediate rematch, which will be the main event on CBS this Saturday in Stockton, Calif., during Elite XC: “Unfinished Business” event.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 7:04AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Elite XC and Affliction to SAVE MMA
(mmarated.com)
When you take at look at MMA, mixed martial arts, from an average fans point of view, what do you see? UFC or Ultimate Fighting (Championship)? Besides the hardcore fans of this rapidly growing and emerging sport, few casual sports fans can even comprehend the difference. Often times I myself encounter this blind understanding of the sport we all know and love on a weekly, if not daily, basis. A simply trip to the grocery store in a tapout shirt has often sparked UFC conversations, as though Tapout is the UFC's clothing line. It's almost as though the MMA world is truly monopolized and you might as well call Dana White "Mr. Monopoly" himself, just give him that funny old top hat and a cane as he strolls down Boardwalk or Park Place. However, is the MMA landscape in for a drastic shift of power in the near future? Found this on MMA Rated and thought it was worth letting others see:
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 4:28AM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
'Wildman' is preparing for the biggest fight of his life
(mmafighting.com)
When Thomas “Wildman” Denny takes on Nick Diaz at the second CBS- EliteXC Saturday Night of Fights set to take place on July 26th, there is likely to be a lot of emotion in the ring. First off, anyone with a nickname like Wildman—and keep in mind that Denny’s nickname is deserved as it relates to fighting—no doubt fights with a lot of fervor anyway; and of course, Nick Diaz has never been one to come into the ring with a stoic expression and a ho-hum attitude. Second, Denny has been outspoken in regard to Diaz’s inability to make weight in his last fight against Muhsin Corbbrey, citing, “if you sign a contract that says you're going to weigh 160, you should come in at 160, not 169 (the weight that Diaz came in at). So, I don't know, I just think it's unprofessional.” Thus, Diaz probably isn’t thrilled with his opponent to begin with.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 4:20AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Josh Thomson Interview: The Punk wants The Legend
(mmafighting.com)
Coming into his fight against former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Gilbert Melendez, the man they call “The Punk” had a 17-2 overall MMA record with six (T)KO’s and eight submission victories to his credit. Of course, Melendez had certainly earned the high level status that many afforded him coming into that fight; he’d defeated Clay Guida, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Tetsuji Kato during his career. But when you throw together Thomson’s stellar record and past victories against Duane “Bang” Ludwig, Hermes Franca, and “Razor” Rob McCullough, shouldn’t we all have given him a little more credit as well? Well, since defeating Gilbert Melendez on June 27th Thomson has certainly earned a higher status amongst MMA fans and a championship belt to go along with it. And if you’re wondering if he has some strong feelings regarding the next fighter he takes on, you better believe that he does.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 4:17AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Phil Baroni scheduled for ICON Sport card on Aug. 2
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
“The New York Badass” Phil Baroni is slated to return to the ring for ICON Sport promotion on Aug. 2 when he competes during the promotion’s “Hard Times” card in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena. Baroni will be fighting Ron Verdadero on the card in a 175 pound bout. For Baroni, it will be a quick turnaround, as he fought on July 12 in England at Cage Rage 27. Making his debut at welterweight, Baroni needed just 3:18 into round 1 to knockout Scott Jansen. ICON, which is a subsidiary of ProElite, Inc., will also be promoting featured fights between Bao Quach and Mark Oshiro for the North American 140 pound title as well as ICON Sport middleweight champion Kala Kolohe vs. Rolando Dominique in a non-title fight contested at 180 pounds.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 4:13AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Diaz still wants to fight Sakurai
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
One of the feature matches at the previous DREAM 5 card was set to have Hayato “Mach” Sakurai take on Nick Diaz. Due to Diaz’s upcoming fight with Thomas “Wildman” Denny on Saturday’s EliteXC show, the Diaz - Sakurai fight was taken off the show. Diaz hopes the the fight was merely postponed and not canceled. I want the Sakurai fight to come about again,” said Diaz, “I think the fight would be an excellent match-up.” The Diaz-Sakurai fight would be a very entertaining one. Even though Diaz’s main commitment is to EliteXC, he is grateful for the opportunity to fight in other organizations as well. Hopefully, the fight can be rescheduled in the not-to-distant future.
Submitted Jul 24, 2008 4:08AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
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