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Jesse Taylor To Fight on UFC July 19th Fight Card?
(fighthype.com)
"Despite being kicked out of TUF Finale it appears Jesse Taylor is set to make his return to the UFC" Wouldn't let me copy and paste but anyway Take it for what it's worth as I don't know the credibility for this website but a match between CB would be pretty good imo.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 3:17PM by DevonFoxy - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Couture: Cheap Shot Broke her Jaw?
(sherdog.com)
Couture: Well, I just walked out there to touch gloves and she just hit me. She wasn't interested in touching gloves and that first shot is what broke my jaw. My left hand wasn't even up to protect myself -- it was straight out to touch her glove. She took her shot, connected it and dropped me. That first shot is what broke it.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 3:01PM by Wolfenstein - 23 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Exclusive: Kimbo Slice vs. Brett Rogers Confirmed For October
(fightline.com)
EliteXC Vice President and matchmaker Jared Shaw informed Fightline.com that the two men will indeed meet in October to play out their rivalry. The fight will "more than likely" take place on CBS but will depend on other variables such as timing and platform availability
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 2:37PM by Wolfenstein - 15 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
The pros and cons of booking Urijah Faber vs. Kid Yamamoto
(mmamemories.com)
Quietly after his dominating win over Jens Pulver in front of 12,000 fans at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Urijah Faber soon found his name being mentioned in the Japanese press. It was no coincidence that K-1 was behind the name-dropping, as Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (their 145-pound MMA superstar) was claiming that he wanted to fight Faber soon. Japanese promotions, especially K-1, tend to telegraph the messages they send through various media channels. The message here was loud and clear – we want to book the two best 145 pound fighters in the world against each other.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 12:51PM by MMAcca - 15 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Injury, opponent present title-fight challenges for Josh Thomson
(mmajunkie.com)
Josh Thomson was forced to work without one of his traditional training partners in preparation for the biggest fight of his career Friday night in San Jose, Calif. The decision wasn't by choice, but rather necessity. His usual training partner happens to be Gilbert Melendez – the opponent he faces at the HP Pavilion for the Strikeforce lightweight title.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 12:48PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Graham Vs Rimbon - Sengoku 4
(mmaweekly.com)
K-1 veteran Peter Graham gives MMA a second shot when he takes on French fighter Moise Rimbon in a heavyweight bout. Graham comes off a quick submission loss to Japanese heavyweight Kazuyuki Fujita at the first Sengoku, while Rimbon recently knocked out UFC veteran Anthony Perosh at Cage Fighting Championships 3.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 12:45PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Jorge Gurgel Gets New Coaches, Keeps Same Bad Gameplan
(bloodyelbow.com)
"I needed to be just a student," he says. "I needed somebody to say ‘OK, man, you do nothing but train with me and prepare for a fight.' Matt said, ‘You're going to come to Seattle and I'm going to take care of you.' "I've never had a coach who focused on me. I have a school with 400-500 students. … I'm always working with pro fighters, the guys that we train, and training myself. I've never had a coach to tell me when to stop training, when to train more, when to train this technique, what to do."
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 12:41PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Affliction Promises Ad Campaign Real Soon
(bloodyelbow.com)
For those of who've been wondering when Affliction would start promoting their July 19th PPV, MMA Junkie has some comments from Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio: "Right now, we haven't even broken water (on marketing) yet," Atencio said. "We're waiting until the push because we know a lot of people, especially the casual fan, they'll forget about it if we push too soon. ... We've sold about 8,000 tickets so far, and that's with minimal advertising." Talking about the UFC July 19th free event, Atencio also reveals a real big gap in his thought processes: "Anybody that was going to buy our pay-per-view, I think they're still going to buy it," Atencio said. "I think the people that weren't going to buy it, [the UFC event] just gives them something to do now. I don't think it really changed the hardcore fans' outlook."
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 12:40PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Brandon Vera: ‘I just needed more time’ to prepare for Lyoto Machida (Video)
(mmamania.com)
“The Truth” accepted fights to take on Wanderlei Silva and Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19; however, he and he camp felt he needed more time to prepare for the “nasty” style of the undefeated Machida. He looks forward to a future fight with the “Dragon,” bur for now he’ll take on UFC newcomer Reese Andy at light heavyweight:
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 12:18PM by Wolfenstein - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kharitonov Eyes for ‘Bigfoot' at EliteXC
(sherdog.com)
Sergei Kharitonov (Pictures) could be the one. Brazilian behemoth Antonio Silva has verbally agreed to face the stoic Russian boxer for the vacant heavyweight crown at EliteXC's July 26 "Saturday Night Fights" at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 10:50AM by Wolfenstein - 17 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Nam Phan seeks redemption at STRIKEFORCE
(mmaweekly.com)
At his Strikeforce debut in December of 2006, California grappling standout Nam Phan fought hard, but fell short in his goal of defeating one of the promotion’s top lightweights in Josh “The Punk” Thomson. Just over a year and a half later, Phan returns to the promotion looking to take the next step in his career as he takes on Billy Evangelista in a feature bout as part of Strikeforce’s HDNet broadcast this coming Friday night. “I’m very excited to fight Billy Evangelista,” stated Nam. “I was supposed to fight him back in November, but I think he got hurt or something like that, and we weren’t able to fight. But it’s ready to happen this time and it should be an interesting fight.” Phan is currently riding a two-fight winning streak and will be looking to end Evangelista’s undefeated ways in a bout that Nam feels could be one of the most exciting fights on Friday’s card. “I always bring a lot of pressure, always a lot of action,” he said. “Win, lose, or draw I think it’s going to be an exciting fight. “Billy’s a banger too, so I think there’s going to be a lot of haymakers thrown in this fight.”
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 8:39AM by SmileR - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Melendez ready for a friendly defense
(mmaweekly.com)
One of the top lightweights in the world and the current Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez has been wreaking havoc on the 155-pound division in the states and overseas. We caught up with Melendez to talk about his upcoming fight with Josh Thomson, the No. 1 contender to his Strikeforce lightweight title and good friend. Melendez gives his take on this fight and other things pertaining to MMA’s lightweight division around the world. MMAWeekly - Gilbert, thanks for taking some time out for us. You have a tough fight this Friday, not only physically, but I would also assume mentally as you face someone you have been good friends with for the last couple of years. First, tell us your thoughts on how your training is going and whom you’re working with. GM - No problem. My training has been going great, nothing really different. I always pushed myself hard and to the limit. I was working for five five-minute rounds for my last fight, so it made it easier to jump into the five and five for this fight. So that’s good and I had good training partners in Nick and Nate Diaz, and of course Jake Shields. He (Jake) is the biggest nightmare ever. He’s really discouraging when he’s whooping my ass, but I know when I tangled with someone else they’re not as tough or as strong as him so it’s been going really good. I also drove out to San Diego and trained with Diego Sanchez a little bit, so it was really cool out there.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 8:37AM by SmileR - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Ricardo Almeida: ‘My goal is to submit’ Patrick Cote at UFC 86 (Video)
(mmamania.com)
No surprise there then.... Heres the
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 8:36AM by SmileR - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
First Sengoku 4 Bout Announced
(mmaweekly.com)
The first bout has been announced for Sengoku 4, which takes place on Aug. 24 at the Saitama Super Arena. K-1 veteran Peter Graham gives MMA a second shot when he takes on French fighter Moise Rimbon in a heavyweight bout. Graham comes off a quick submission loss to Japanese heavyweight Kazuyuki Fujita at the first Sengoku, while Rimbon recently knocked out UFC veteran Anthony Perosh at Cage Fighting Championships 3. Already announced for Sengoku 4 is an eight-man lightweight tournament to determine a challenger for Takanori Gomi with the winner facing Gomi for the vacant Sengoku lightweight title. Announced participants include Satoru Kitaoka, Eiji Mitsuoka, Kazunori Yokota, Duane “Bang” Ludwig, and Rodrigo Damn. Rumored, but not confirmed, participants include Clay French and Cristiano Marcello. Former Pride lightweight champion Gomi is also rumored to be facing off with International Fight League lightweight sensation Chris Horodecki, who would be making his Japanese MMA debut.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 3:31AM by Playground_Samurai - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC's merchandise agreement: good in theory, not on paper
(sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
Mixed martial arts is in the business of overnight money-making -- raking in hundreds of millions in its opening years while many (ethically and legally) still push it away. And the biggest player behind the sport's chart-defying growth: the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Revitalized in 2001 by Zuffa, LLC, the UFC has emphasized its "strong ownership and depth of management" as the brand enhanced the sport's international and national presence, helped it ride the wave of reality TV, put it near the top of premium and network television ratings and guided it into the arena of merchandising and sponsorship to make it a force to be reckoned with in sports business.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 1:36AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Loiseau Victorious At Raw Combat: Resurrection
(mmacanada.net)
David Loiseau vs. Andrew Buckland Both fighters touch gloves and back away. Buckland lands a nice leg kick before being FLOORED by a Loiseau right hand. He gets up to his hand and knees and another shot puts him back out. The official time is 0:20 of round 1. Impressive win by Loiseau.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 1:32AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Cung Le is ‘at a crossroads’ in his career
(mmamania.com)
Quoteworthy: “I just landed a big movie role with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster. It’s been pretty exciting for me. I didn’t even get the role for my fighting abilities. I actually auditioned and I got it off straight acting. (It’s not based on martial arts) it’s science fiction. So far, the two movies that I did had fighting. They were saying that’s the best fight scene and they’re actually going to send it in to see if that fight scene gets best fight scene of the year with me and Channing Tatum. I feel like I still got a couple more good fights in me but at the same time I have to be smart. I’m at a crossroads. There’s a lot of great fighters out there. Of course, there’s the great Anderson Silva but that matchup doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to happen.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 1:27AM by MMAcca - 12 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
AFL: VooDoo Economics?
(mmapayout.com)
Knowing the financial straits that most MMA start-ups are hindered by, it was a bit surprising to see the big numbers being thrown around recently by the American Fight League. Especially eye opening were the figures that were reported for the signing of female fighter Tara Larosa. Sherdog reported the terms recently: The deal - which will reportedly pay Larosa a minimum of $500,000 and could reach $750,000 over the course of its 18-month term - PS. The AFL is expecting to achieve 150,000 PPV buys each event when they start holding them later this year!
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 1:24AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
ProElite Gets Cash Infusion From Showtime
(mmapayout.com)
The latest SEC filings by ProElite indicate that the company recently received a cash infusion from CBS/Showtime Networks. Showtime funded a note payable by ProElite and ProElite in return issued warrants to Showtime. The note is payable for $3.5 million but ProElite looks to have received proceeds of $3 million. ProElite looks to be in a cash crunch with cashflow needed to fund the run up to the July 26th card on CBS.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 1:21AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
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