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NEW Interview with Mirko CROCOP - Fighting In September.
(dreamfighters.com)
A new interview with Mirko Crocop, as he talks about surgery and training and upcomming fights. Think Fedor will have trouble with Tim Sylvia
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 1:19PM by kastro_316 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Marc Ratner on New York
(mmapayout.com)
MMA has seen the dominoes of regulation tumble in a fairly smooth fashion as an increasing number of states are looking to cash in on the sport's increased popularity. Recently, states like Arizona and Tennessee have joined the fold. One noted stumbling block in the wave of regulation has been the State of New York. Recent efforts to get MMA regulated in the state by the end of this year failed when a bill to regulate the sport was unable to make it out of committee to be voted on. Marc Ratner recently spoke with Tristatefighter.com about the bill's defeat and what may be needed to be done to get the bill passed:
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 1:12PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Bud Merger And The Possible UFC Effects
(mmapayout.com)
After an extended negotiation process it looks like Euro brewing giant InBev will gobble up Anheuser Busch. Amy Robinson at MMAOpinion speculates at the possible impact the move may have as it relates to Bud Light's sponsorship deal with the UFC: The greatest concern for the UFC, as stated by many financial experts is how exactly InBev will be able to cover the $70 a share stock price, which is a huge increase from the $52 a share that Budweiser had been stuck at for a year. The general understanding is that massive cuts will have to be made by Inbev to cover the high cost. Budweiser’s massive arsenal of sports sponsorships would almost certainly be one of the first expendable areas to be on the chopping block, which would be a huge blow to the UFC.
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 1:11PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Anderson Silva: The Re-Launch
(mmapayout.com)
One of the key business goals of the upcoming Fight Night show, besides lowering Affliction PPV sales, is a relaunch of Anderson Silva. While their certainly haven't been any qualms about Anderson's work inside the octagon, there has been a less than stellar performance at the box office. Anderson has been an under-performer when you compare his PPV buy rates against those of the average UFC show, with Silva generally drawing in the 325k range as opposed to the normal show taking in anywhere from 400 to 425k. The UFC looks to be taking a two pronged approach in boosting Anderson's appeal to their core audience. Interesting read i thought........
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 1:09PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Hardy vs Gono at UFC 89
(cagewarriors.com)
Warriors' own Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy will face UFC & Pride veteran Akihiro Gono at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on October 18th as his inaugural UFC fight since signing in May of this year. Hardy, who signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship back in May of this year, sports an impressive 19-6-0-1nc record and is widely regarded as one of Europe's top pound-for-pound fighters. Already the Cage Warriors Welterweight and Light-Welterweight World Champion Hardy holds wins over the likes of former King of Pancrase; Daizo Ishige, the K-1 Heros veteran; Hidetaka Monma and the two time UFC veteran Chad Reiner.
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 12:59PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mark Hominick out to Prove He's Among the World's Best (Affliction)
Write up on the ups and downs of Hominick's career and what he plans on doing Saturday. http://www.mmatraining.com/featured/the-machine-out-to-prove-hes-among-the-worlds-best/ This guys has some sick sick stand up. Just needs to improve his ground game.
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 12:07PM by JimmieDD - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Luiz Cane vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 89
(mmajunkie.com)
Two light heavyweights will look to join a crowded list of contenders when Luiz Cane (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) meet at UFC 89. The event takes place Oct. 18 at The NIA in Birmingham, England. The UFC today confirmed a handful of fights, including the Cane-Sokoudjou bout. Cane, a knockout artist well-versed in submissions, made his octagon debut at UFC 78. Although he was clearly in control of his fight with James Irvin, Cane suffered a disqualification loss after tagging his opponent with an illegal knee. Cane returned in June at UFC 85 and posted a quick TKO victory over Jason Lambert. It was his seventh knockout victory in eight career wins. Sokoudjou, meanwhile, will look to reclaim some of the magic he found in PRIDE. After upset victories of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona, the Team Quest fighter made his octagon debut at UFC 79 and suffered a second-round submission loss (via arm-triangle choke) to Lyoto Machida. The loss knocked Sokoudjou out of many top-10 rankings, but he rebounded in May with a TKO of Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 84. Sokoudjou battered his opponent with leg kicks, and Nakamura was unable to answer the bell for the second round.
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 11:32AM by Twenty20Dollars - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kyle Bradley looking for second chance at a first impression
(mmajunkie.com)
Fighters around the world dream of the day they will first set foot in the famed UFC octagon. But for lightweight Kyle Bradley (13-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), fulfilling that dream resulted in one night he would rather forget. "I was pretty disappointed," Bradley admitted to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "All I really cared about going in was going out there and letting my hands fly and putting on a good show. Seeing that I pretty much got caught with the first punch ... it was really disappointing to me." Bradley made his debut for the organization at UFC 81 in February. Matched against veteran Chris Lytle, Bradley fought in the welterweight division instead of the 25-year-old's preferred weight of 155 pounds. "I had some things stacked against me," Bradley said. "I knew [the UFC] knew I had some things stacked against me. But I figure I go in there, I put on a great show, and then we'll talk about coming back at my weight class at 155 (pounds)." Unfortunately, Bradley never got the chance to put on that show as Lytle clipped Bradley early, and the fight was halted just 33 second into the first round. "That was pretty much the worst thing I felt could happen in that fight," Bradley said.
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 11:01AM by SmileR - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Tim Sylvia is ready to shock the world
(mmaweekly.com)
Yes, upsets are as natural to sports as winning is and on Saturday night, former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight, Tim Sylvia, looks to defy the odds and take out perennial top fighter, Fedor Emeliananko, in the main event of the debut Affliction show on pay-per-view. While many consider Sylvia a heavy underdog in the fight against Emelianenko, the fight will take place in his home country with unified rules in place that Tim is used to fighting under. But Sylvia doesn’t feel the rules will be the biggest factor against Fedor in this match-up. “I don’t know if any of that’s going to affect him,” Sylvia said about Fedor’s ability to adapt to the unified rules. “He’s a professional, he can adapt. The only thing I think could affect him is the level of competition that he’s fought in the last three years. I’ve fought top level opponents and he’s had not so stiff competition.” The argument is just, as Fedor has spent the last three years battling fighters such as Mark Coleman and Hong Man Choi, while Sylvia has fought nothing less than top competition for years while serving in separate reigns as both champion and top contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Another argument that has to lean Sylvia’s way is his size and reach advantage which can be nearly impossible to train for. Fedor, at 6’0” even, has fought tall fighters such as Semmy Schilt, who stands 6’11”, and most recently Hong Man Choi, a skyscraper himself at 7’2”.
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 10:02AM by SmileR - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC Fight Night 14 weigh-in details for ‘Silva vs Irvin’ Las Vegas
(mmamania.com)
Not to be outdone, the UFC will stage its weigh in event for “Silva vs. Irvin” on Friday, July 18 at The Pearl” at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the ballrooms located on the second floor of the Fantasy. This event is also FREE to attend and open to the public … what a great time to be a mixed martial arts fan. Doors will open at 4 p.m. local time and fighters are expected to begin tipping the scales one hour later around 5 p.m. local time. This event will not be beamed live online or on television; however, the promotion is usually pretty good about getting a highlight package up quickly. We’ll pass along all the particulars and that video (if possible) as soon as possible. UFC Fight Night 14 features the light heavyweight debut of UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva against James Irvin. It’s a non-title fight, but there is still a lot at stake … especially for Irvin. He has an amazing opportunity to defeat perhaps the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist on the planet in front of a national television audience.
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 10:00AM by SmileR - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Georges St. Pierre: ‘I will be there to destroy’ Jon Fitch at UFC 87 (Video)
(mmamania.com)
GSP talks about his upcoming fight against Fitch....
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 9:58AM by SmileR - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cain Velasquez to be the first Mexican UFC heavyweight champion?
(mmamania.com)
“Right now, he could walk in and be a good pro boxer. He could not only be a good kickboxer, but he’s K-1 level (the Japanese group which is top organization for heavyweights in the world). He won a world championship in Jiu Jitsu (World No Gi world champion in the blue belt division in late 2007, 17 months after his first class). He’s the fastest learner I’ve ever had. And nobody trains harder. He trains harder than the lightweights…. But think about this, a dominant heavyweight champion, and he’s Mexican. There’s never been anyone like that yet.” – Javier Mendez, owner and head trainer at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), heaps praise via Yahoo!Sports.com on up-and-coming heavyweight prospect, Cain Velasquez. The former Arizona State University wrestler is undefeated in the Octagon (1-0) and will look to make it two straight when he takes on Jake O’Brien at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19. Mendez feels that Velasquez right now can defeat former UFC champion Randy Couture and ranks him first among the most promising prospects to walk inside his gym — in front of Josh Koscheck, Frank Shamrock, Cung Le and B.J. Penn. That’s some serious company.
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 9:56AM by SmileR - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DREAM.5 Update: New Fight Added
(dreamfighters.com)
A new fight has been added to the DREAM.5 card line-up. TOKORO HIDEO vs YAMAZAKI TAKESHI are set to battle it out at DREAM.5 as Hideo is comming off a very impressive win at DREAM.4.
Submitted Jul 15, 2008 2:22AM by kastro_316 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Tim Credeur vs Cale Yarbrough UFC Fight Night 14 fight official
(mmamania.com)
Take two. The battle between former Team Forrest members Tim Credeur (9-2) and Cale Yarbrough (0-0) will finally happen at UFC Fight Night 14 at “The Pearl” at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 19. It’s a last minute addition to the three-hour card set to air on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET — the pair was supposed to tangle at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 Finale last month. However, the Nevada State Athletic Commission wouldn’t all Credeur to fight because of an Adderall prescription. For more on that click here. Credeur lost his initial semifinal bid to punch his ticket to the final fight against Amir Sadollah when he was defeated by Jesse Taylor in the final four. However, Taylor was kicked off the show shortly after it wrapped, creating another opportunity for Credeur to challenge for the six-figure contract.
Submitted Jul 14, 2008 9:32PM by SmileR - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Affliction weigh-in for ‘Banned’ set for Honda Center on July 18
(mmamania.com)
The field of 22 fighters set to compete on the Affliction: “Banned” card will all tip the scales for the official weigh-in at the Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Ave.) in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, July 18. The “mega” event is FREE to attend and open to the public. Doors will open a 2 p.m. local time and the first fighter will drop his drawers around 3 p.m. PT. It will not air live online or on television. “Banned” will take place the following day on Saturday, July 19, in the same location, airing on FOX Sports Net for FREE at 8 p.m. ET and then transitioning to pay-per-view (PPV) around 9 p.m. ET. MMAmania.com will provide up-to-the-minute coverage of the action throughout the afternoon and evening. It’s the first-ever event for the apparel company-turned mixed martial arts promotion … and it’s a doozy. In the main event of the evening, former champions Fedor Emelianenko against Tim Sylvia will tangle for the right to claim the inaugural WAMMA heavyweight title strap. Other heavyweights in action include Josh Barnett, Pedro Rizzo, Andrei Arlovski, Ben Rothwell, Alexander Emelianenko, Paul Buentello and others.
Submitted Jul 14, 2008 9:28PM by SmileR - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Shogun Expects To Return To The Octagon In December
(mmanews.com)
Shogun's knee seems to be healing well and he anticipates a return in December.
Submitted Jul 14, 2008 9:26PM by Wolfenstein - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF Fighters To Pay Damages, TUF Season 8
(fightline.com)
This time around if fighters break stuff at the house, they're paying for it.
Submitted Jul 14, 2008 9:20PM by Wolfenstein - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Following surgery, Mike Swick plans to return late this year
(mmajunkie.com)
After undergoing minor surgery late last week, UFC welterweight Mike Swick (12-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) hopes to return to action before the end of the year. Swick today told MMAjunkie.com that the surgery was planned before his June victory over Marcus Davis. "I've been needing to get it taken care of for a while," Swick said. "We knew we had to schedule it right after [the Davis] fight to get it done. I got a bunch of little bone fragments taken out of my elbow." Swick was visiting the doctor for a follow-up appointment today but felt a late 2008 return was a strong possibility. "I think [the elbow] is going to recover pretty well, and I should be back in November," Swick said. "I would say November, maybe December." As we previously reported, Davis also entered the recent UFC 85 bout at less than 100 percent. Davis suffered a shoulder injury during overly intensive weightlifting sessions, and it resulted in a tear in the connective tissue between his triceps and rear deltoid. Davis went ahead and fought against his doctor's advice.
Submitted Jul 14, 2008 6:56PM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
California Statement On MMA Rules Changes
(mmaweekly.com)
After a tumultuous week of reactions from numerous commissions and public figures concerning the new rulings passed by the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), the state of California has released a statement concerning changes they will or won’t be adopting when concerning the new rules. The statement did clearly define how California will deal with the new rules.
Submitted Jul 14, 2008 6:37PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Baroni Dismisses Headbutt Attack, No Charges
(mmaweekly.com)
Following being headbutted after his KO win over Scott Jansen, Phil Baroni has decided not to press charges against Scott's brother Dean, who attacked Baroni post-match. Dean Jansen has been banned by Cage Rage from attending future events.
Submitted Jul 14, 2008 6:36PM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: CageRage
 
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