Kimbo Slice vs. Brett Rogers Confirmed For October
Brett Rogers has asked and now he shall receive. The undefeated EliteXC heavyweight prospect hailing from Minnesota called out Kimbo Slice after the EliteXC/CBS show in which both men fought.
Rogers asserted during the post fight press conference that Kimbo had lost his fight to James Thompson due to tap out and that the popular Bas Rutten protege was garbage. A melee ensued and the two men had to be separated by security. Days later Rogers' camp issued an open letter stating their case for a match up with the much hyped internet sensation and now their wish has been granted.
CB Dolloway On Rampage: "He's still got a lot of learning to do as a coach."
TUF 7 alum, CB Dollaway will face Amir Sadollah at The Ultimate Finale Live this Saturday. Our friends over at CagePotato.com recently sat down with Dollaway and got his thoughts on a variety of topics including; his first fight with Amir Sadollah, his thoughts on fellow castmember and resident omega male, Jeremy May and much much more. Below are some of the highlights from their conversation:
More competiton for UFC for Entertainment Dollar
The UFC has seen increased competition this year with the initial Affliction show and the network debut of EliteXC, but there is another quasi-competitor that could affect their business in the near future. The WWE is on an uptick with arena attendance being on the increase:
In 2007, WWE's North American events averaged 6,600 spectators, up from 5,800 and 4,800 in the two prior years. That's a long way from the year 2000 -- the company's most recent heyday, when average attendance was 12,000 per event.
UFC Expansion: a Filipino One Two Punch
As the UFC looks to expand on an international basis, one of the keys to success will be having local fighters that they can market to the populace. All great promotion is done on a local basis, and having home town boys is a sure way to energize their countrymen to turn out in droves for your card.
The UFC is ahead of the game in that respect when it comes to The Philippines, a country mentioned on multiple occasions as a site of future expansion efforts for the company.
Brock Lesnar training jiu-jitsu with Rodrigo Comprido for UFC 87 Heath Herring fight
“It is not enough that Brock Lesnar is a freak of nature with a physique that few can match, and have top trainers around like Greg Nelson (Black Belt under Pedro Sauer) & Marty Morgan (University of Minnesota Wrestling Coach). Noooo, Lesnar is taking his MMA training so seriously that he contracted multiple times BJJ World Absolute Champion Rodrigo “Comprido” to add to his preparation team. Comprido is spending time at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, adding his personal touch to Lesnar’s training as he prepares to fight in UFC 87 against Heath Herring. Comprido’s MMA training is in high demand especially coming off a super-successfull participation of his TEAM FLOMMA in the Adrenalin show.”
Newcomers Shannon Gugherty and Dale Hartt to meet at UFC Fight Night 14
Two more UFC newcomers have been scheduled to fight at next month's UFC Fight Night 14 event.
Lightweight fighters Shannon Gugherty (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Dale Hartt (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have agreed to meet in an undercard bout at the July 19 event. A source from Gugherty's camp alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the bout, though Hartt's agent, Ken Pavia, could neither confirm nor deny the fight.
UFC Fight Night 14 takes place at The Palms Las Vegas and airs live on Spike TV.
TUF 7 Finale Preview
The Ultimate Fighter has revolutionized mixed martial arts world. If I would have told you three years ago that we’d be wrapping up the seventh installment of the show with the sport bigger and better than it’s ever been before, then you might have called me crazy.
But that’s exactly what has happened. The sport is near the top of the sports world – yet nowhere near its peak – and a ton of eyes will be on the little town of Las Vegas this weekend as another Ultimate Fighter is crowned to join the ever-growing list of Diego Sanchez, Forrest Griffin, Joe Stevenson, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, Kendall Grove, Matt Serra, Travis Lutter, Nate Diaz, and Mac Danzig. Below is your full breakdown of all of the fights on the card.
Riggs Vs. Stewart At Strikeforce, Carter Out
It's curtains for "Showtime" at the upcoming Strikeforce event-Shonie Carter is now off the card due to an injury. He shattered a knuckle during training. He says he could've fought but thought the CSAC might not let him. Joe Riggs will be his replacement against Luke Stewart.
Rob Kaman on the striking in MMA, Anderson Silva and much more!
MMAyou.com got to catch-up with the legendary “Mr. Low Kick” Rob Kaman. Check out what this 9 X kickboxing and Muay Thai champion has to say about Anderson Silva’s Muay Thai skills, who he might be training soon, why he considers Dana White to be full of it, and much more!
MMAyou.com: First, how are you doing?
Kaman: Very good.
The Great Fight North - Horodecki Waits on IFL
The International Fight League announced last week its decision to cancel its show on Friday, Aug. 15 in East Rutherford, N.J., in an effort to keep the promotion afloat. IFL CEO Jay Larkin did little to quash rumors that the company might cease operations.
"We're going to stick around as long as we possibly can, and that's the major reason for canceling the August show -- to give us the resources to stick around for a few more months and play it through," Larkin said. "Our cash situation is such that to continue to do an event in August would put the company in jeopardy."
UFC Expansion: Priortizing A Must
Many have blamed the UFC's failures in fighter relationship management and merchandising on a UFC management team that was simply stretched too thin. Thus, yesterday's news that Lorenzo Fertita is moving over to the UFC in order to help facilitate the organization's international expansion can only be seen as a good thing.
MMA Quick Quote: Nick Diaz wants to f**k everbody up
“I’m trying to fight every … I’m trying to fight (Hayato) Sakurai, I’m trying to fight K.J. Noons, I’m trying to fight Anderson Silva, I’m trying to fight everybody. I’m trying to fight Georges (expletive) St. (expletive) Pierre. I’m trying to fight … I didn’t mean to call Georges a (expletive), but I ain’t got no problem getting there and fighting the best people in the world. Georges is a nice guy. I’m trying to fight Jon Fitch, I’m trying to fight Silva, I’m trying to fight K.J. Noons, I’m trying to fight everybody. I’m trying to fight Takanori Gomi, Sakurai, I’m trying to (expletive) everybody up. (Expletive) this (expletive). This is (expletive) gangster (expletive) warfare. I don’t give a (expletive). You know what I mean?”
UFC tickets for fight night special on July 19 on sale today (Friday)
Tickets for UFC Fight Night 14, which was announced and put together in record time, will be available to purchase during an exclusive presale that begins at 1 p.m. ET today (Friday, June 20) for the July 19 event at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
get ufc ticketsUFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will take on James Irvin in a light heavyweight showdown slated for the main event. No title will be at stake — “The Spider” is merely testing the 205-pound waters since he has all but cleared out the 185-pound division.
Here are the UFC Fight Night 14 tickets sale details:
UFC Fight Club presale: Friday, June 20 at 1 p.m. ET
General ticket sale: Saturday, June 21 at 4 p.m. ET
‘MMA Legacy’ casting call for new reality series
Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy in Valencia, Calif., will host an open casting call on Monday, June 22 at 1 p.m. local time for a new reality show titled, “MMA Legacy.”
The idea behind the show is to give fans a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day lives of the people involved in mixed martial arts, whether it’s established up-and coming fighters, models and ring girls, and anyone else involved with the business side of the sport.
Jason Chambers — the host of the History Channel’s reality show “Human Weapon” — will be the executive producer of the show. Here are his thoughts on what exactly they’re looking for at the casting call:
The Case Against Counter Programming
What do you get when you mix one part Anderson Silva, one part free TV, and one part revenge?
A huge mistake on July 19th.
Originally rumored to be headlined by Wanderlei Silva or Brandon Vera or Wanderlei Silva AND Brandon Vera, Zuffa has thrown together a card featuring the 205 lb. debut of pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva. The card will also showcase Brandon Vera, a lightweight bout between Hermes Franca and Frank Edgar, and a heavyweight fight with prospects Jake O'Brien and Cain Velasquez.
The questions is, "Why?"
Riggs Replaces Carter at Strikeforce
Extroverted welterweight Shonie Carter (Pictures) has withdrawn from a co-featured bout against Luke Stewart (Pictures) at Strikeforce "Melendez vs. Thomson" on June 27 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Strikeforce middleweight Joe Riggs (Pictures) has agreed to step into the vacant slot on a week's notice. The bout will be contested at a catch-weight of 178 pounds, confirmed Strikeforce representative Mike Afromowitz.