"Lighting Strikes": Lee Murray Movie Gets Big Time Director
Darren Aronofsky is developing a gritty heist thriller based on “the daring robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, a £53 Million Sterling score (around $86 million US) thought to be masterminded by former mixed martial arts fighter and UFC star ‘Lightning’ Lee Murray.” Screenwriter Kerry Williamson (who also adapted Denis Hamill’s novel Fork in the Road for Alexander Payne) is adapting the script, which Aronofsky is eyeing as a directing vehicle. Details after the jump.
The underlying rights package that includes an article from an April 14th 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated Magazine titled Breaking the Bank by Jon Wertheim, and the non-fiction book Heist: The Inside Story of the World’s Biggest Robbery by Howard Sounes. The Tonbridge Securitas heist, which took place outside of London in February 2006, is valued at over $85M USD – dwarfing previous cash hauls including the infamous 1963 Great Train Robbery and 1978 JFK Lufthansa heist
Huerta wants to fight!
Roger Huerta said he’s found the will to fight again.
Huerta, who passed on a five-fight renewal contract with the UFC last January to pursue a second career in acting, said his split-decision loss to Gray Maynard last Wednesday has re-ignited his competitive fire.
“I think it could have gone either way and it’s my fault I let it go to the judges and I can’t go out like that,” Huerta told Sherdog.com Sunday. “I can’t go out with two losses in a row. I don’t think I’m going to call it quits anytime soon.”
Good for him.I would prop him if he was on this site!
Couture: Vera first, Machida next?
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture says he’s game for a quick turnaround against Brandon Vera.
The dust had just barely settled on Couture’s “instant classic” with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102 when another opportunity knocked. The promotion’s eighth trip to the United Kingdom, UFC 105 on Nov. 14 in Manchester, was without a main draw.
“They asked me if I’d be willing to step up and fill the spot,” Couture told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday. “I talked to my team, and evaluated the turnaround and how I was feeling after the Nogueira fight, and it made sense, so we jumped back in.”
Former boxing champ Mayorga wants to try MMA
He basically just says he's considering trying MMA and that he's having some contractual issues with Don King.
He has always been a rather aggressive boxer and seems to have a style that would actually translate well to MMA. Hopefully some one can teach him some wrestling and jiu jitsu off his back.
Rampage says he is done fighting
The UFC has done a lot for me but I think I have done more for them. The UFC bought WFA to get my contract & they saved my life, so I felt loyal to them. They pushed me into a fight with Chuck Liddel even when I clearly stated I wasn't ready to fight for the belt because the American fans didn't know me but I took the fight and didn't complain & after I won the American fans booed me for the first time which changed the way I saw them & it hurt me deeply.
Then before I can even get out of the cage they announced that I was fighting Dan Henderson without even asking me. After I beat Dan Henderson, I made history in becoming the first undisputed champion in MMA but was never even given the pride belt in the cage & I was never promoted as the undisputed champ. Later Anderson Silva was.
Then they had me coach TUF season 7 and fight Forrest and the fight was very controversial & normally when a fight is that close & controversial there is normally an instant replay. I can name a couple of instances. Instead they offered me the Vanderlei Silva fight which I gladly accepted even though I know it was a very risky fight for me to take because of all the drama that was happening to me at the time. I fought that fight with a jaw injury and then a couple weeks later Dana called me and asked me to fight Rashad. For the first time I said no, I didn't want to fight because it was such short notice & I wouldn't have had a long break between camp. Dana talked me into fighting Rashad anyway but Rashad refused the fight and so I had to fight Jardine as a favor to the UFC instead of getting my belt back (which wasn't even worth it to me financially).
Then I reinjured my jaw in the fight with Vanderlei & Jardine. Frank Mir gets hurt so they wanted to switch my fight from UFC 100 to the fight Frank couldn't make it to but I couldn't fight cause I needed jaw surgury. So they give Machida the fight against Rashad & they told me they want me to coach TUF season 10 against Rashad. That's why I wanted Rashad to win so bad but when Rashad got knocked out I told them I wanted to fight Machida for the belt but Dana told me if I coach TUF against Rashad that I could fight Machida afterwards cause this was a different type of ultimate fighter show they were doing. After I signed the contract Dana then changes his mind & says I have to fight Rashad & even told me what to say in the press & so my fans think I was scared to fight Machida. After all that I still never complained & I did it all.
Then this movie role came about that I have been trying to get for over a year & as soon as I found out I was close to getting it, I called Dana right away & asked to push the Memphis fight back just a month or so. I told him what this movie role meant to me. I told him that I used to bond with my father watching the tv show as a kid when my parents where still married & it represents the memories I had with my father when we lived together. My dad became an alcohalic & addicted to drugs & we grew apart. But after my dad got his life back together, I was so proud of my dad & I told him I would always take care of him in the future & make him proud of me. My dad & I are still very big fans of the show & I am basically doing this for the childhood memories I had spending time in front of the tv with my dad. Dana went on the internet & mocked me because of that & I still did nothing. Dana & I finally talked & we made up & then after that he went back on the internet & said some bullshit & he was talking bad about the movie when information is not even supposed to be released & talking about payments which is not even true could really hurt my future acting career, which could very well last longer than my fighting career. I'm not like Randy Couture. My body has been getting so many different injuries that I wont be able to fight until my forties & neither do I want to fight that long. So I feel like my second career could be in jeopardy.. so I'm done fighting. I've been getting negative reviews from the dumb ass fans that don't pay my bills or put my kids though college. So I'm hanging it up. I'm gonna miss all my loyal fans but hopefully they'll follow me to my new career & I will gain more loyal fans along the way. & all you hater fans out there can kiss my big black hairy ass! & anybody that don't like what I just said can come try to kick my ass!
I still feel the UFC is a great organization and I felt like I was very loyal to them but they didn't respect my loyalty but I wish the UFC the best. I did a lot of things for them. I wish no bad blood between us but I have kids & a family back in Memphis to provide for & thats all that matters to me!
This was from his personal blog. His side is very interesting. Lets see what the UFC thinks about this.
UFC 103's undercard broadcast on Spike TV earns 1.4 million viewers
The UFC's first-ever Spike TV broadcast of a pay-per-view event's preliminary card drew 1.4 million viewers according to a report issued today by the cable television network.
The viewership included 1.5 rating in the coveted 18-to-34 year old male demographic, qualifying it as the No. 2 rated program in that segment.
The one-hour broadcast earned a higher rating than ESPN2's coverage of an NCAA college football game between Auburn and West Virginia during the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET time slot.
Tyson Griffin fine with waiting on teammate, but he'll fight Gray Maynard, too
After an impressive win over Hermes Franca at this past Saturday's UFC 103 event in Dallas, Xtreme Couture lightweight Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is once again being discussed in the always-deep lightweight title picture.
While that's good news for Griffin, the bad news is that his teammate, Gray Maynard, also had an impressive performance this past week at UFC Fight Night 19 on Wednesday.
Following his win on Saturday night, Griffin said he was just fine letting Maynard get first crack at the UFC's lightweight belt. But Griffin also said he's not afraid to face his training partner if necessary.
Spike TV launches weekly "TUF 10" companion Web series hosted by Amir Sadollah
Looking to capitalize on the initial success of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," which debuted Sept. 16 with record ratings, Spike TV today announced it has launched a companion Web series on Spike.com.
"The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath," hosted by season-seven winner Amir Sadollah, debuted today.
The digital series features a round-table discussion about the previous "TUF" episode." The two fighters from each episode's fight and other notables will be guests on each episode of "The Aftermath."
Elena "Babydoll" Reid - Future Star Of Women's MMA
As one of the fastest rising prospects in mixed martial arts, former WIBA and IFBA Women's Flyweight Boxing Champion Elena "Babydoll" Reid is seen by many as the future of the sport. She talks with MMARising.com about her career to date.
There are very few mixed martial artists who are touted as the future of an entire division after just two fights. Reid is one of those few. Following her 53-second televised destruction of Stephanie Palmer in October of 2008, Reid was hailed by many within the MMA media as a future star. Already a two-time world champion in boxing, and one of the best female boxers in the world, there are few if any challengers in MMA who can compete with Reid's striking.
Now 3-0-0 and having already engaged in one of the most action-packed women's bouts of 2009 when she defeated Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson in April, Reid will look to add MMA gold to her collection when she meets Japanese veteran Masako Yoshida in a title fight at an Extreme Beatdown event on October 24th.
A New Thiago Alves Back In December
A new Thiago Alves. That’s what the Brazilian Pitbull promises for his UFC return, on December 5. After losing the title fight against Georges St. Pierre, Thiago wants to restart, focusing in a rematch. “You’re gonna see a different Pitbull. You didn’t see my wrestling and my ground game, because I didn’t have an opportunity to use it, and I feel that my career started after this last fight… I grew up a lot as a person and as a fighter, I’m recharged and I’ll get what I want, the belt”, guarantees Alves, who’s rumored to fight Paulo Thiago, but didn’t want to reveal his the opponent. “I’ll fight at December 5… I have an opponent, but I can’t say yet”.
Man I can't wait for his return..and to see him back in action ...
McCarthy not reffing in Vegas anytime soon
Veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy has not been issued a license to officiate events in Nevada after applying with the state’s athletic commission earlier this month.
In a mailed letter from Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, McCarthy, who submitted his application Sept. 10, was informed that the state “[does] not anticipate adding any additional referees at this time. We will place your application in the pending file in case the situation changes.”
McCarthy, who has refereed nearly 600 MMA events worldwide since UFC 2 in November 1993 to March 2004, would seem a welcome addition to any commission staff, but the iconic referee said he applied with no expectations.
“I don’t look at it like that. A license to referee or judge with an athletic commission -- it’s not a right,” he said. “It’s a privilege. Everyone kept bringing up the fact that I wasn’t licensed in Nevada, so I said, ‘Alright, I’ll apply.’”
Final Card For Sengoku 10th Battle On HDnet Sept 23rd
205 lbs.: Hiroshi Izumi (0-0) vs. Antz Nansen (0-0)
265 lbs.: Antonio “Junior” Silva (12-1) vs. “Big” Jim York (11-2)
155 lbs.: Ryan “The Lion” Schultz (20-11-1) vs. Kazunori Yokota (9-2-3)
185 lbs.: Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen (42-12) vs. Takenori Sato (9-6-4)
185 lbs.: Makoto Takimoto (5-5) vs. Jae Sun Lee (5-4)
170 lbs.: Maximo “Makishi” Blanco (3-2-1) vs. Tetsuya Yamada (3-1)
170 lbs.: Nick “The Goat” Thompson (38-11-1) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (18-2)
205 lbs.: Ryo Kawamura (10-4-2) vs. Fabio “Fabinho” Silva (11-5)
Sengoku Gold Cup Lightweight bout:
Ikuo Usuda (5-0) vs. Woo Hyun Baek (1-0)
Sengoku Gold Cup Featherweight bout:
Shigeki Osawa (3-0) vs. Ki Hyun Kim (2-0)
Sengoku Gold Cup Bantamweight bout:
Ryosuke Komori (4-1) vs. Jae Hyun So (2-6)
Antonio Silva Made Offers for Stateside Return
TOKYO – Antonio Silva’s exile to Japan is all but over, he says.
Silva, who faces Jim York on Sept. 22 at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” at the Super Saitama Arena, said his steroid suspension in California expired on July 27, and that he is in negotiations with several promotions to return to stateside action.
Paul Daley Proves He Is A Fighter's Fighter
Anytime a fighter makes their UFC debut the butterflies are expected to flutter in the stomach, but according to British heavy hitter Paul "Semtex" Daley, he was calm, cool and collected as he walked into the Octagon and knocked out Top 10 welterweight Martin Kampmann.
Stepping in for the injured Mike Swick on short notice, Daley came into the fight with Kampmann as an underdog, but soon evened the odds as he punished the Danish fighter with heavy left hands and finally put him away in the latter part of the first round.
WEC 43: Javier Vazquez replaces Mark Hominick; meets Deividas Taurosevicius
Veteran Javier Vazquez (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will replace injured Mark Hominick (16-8 MMA, 0-2 WEC) and meet promotional newcomer Deividas Taurosevicius (10-3 MMA, 0-0 WEC) at next month's WEC 43 event.
MMAjunkie.com's John Morgan broke news of the fight change on his Dallas Morning News MMA blog today.
The nature of Hominick's injury was not disclosed. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized today.
WEC 43, originally scheduled for Sept. 2 in Youngstown, Ohio, now takes place Oct. 18 at the 18,000-seat AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Benson Henderon and Donald Cerrone fight for a WEC interim lightweight title in the night's main event.
Cung Le: Vacating the title 'is the right thing to do'
“For me, potentially I have another project, and I know I’m not in fight shape right now, and I think I should vacate my title because it’s not fair to them who their livelihood is fighting for an interim title when I’m here running around making movies and doing something different. It does not mean that I’m retiring; I’m just doing it because I think it’s the right thing to do … because I’m not ready to step up in the next coming months and fight five-rounders. I definitely intend to return, and I know for a fact that I will return, but I can’t just jump back in and be able to go five rounds at peak level when I left (after) the fight with Frank (Shamrock).”
–Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le talks about his absence from the promotion after churning out an assortment of upcoming movie roles.
UFN 19 Fighter Payouts
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Boxing Commission has revealed the official fighter payouts from last week's UFN 19 event. The total disclosed payouts were $476,000 with the biggest share-$60,000-going to Nate Quarry. And although their fight was a last-minute scratch, Sam Stout and Phillipe Nover both received what they would've had made had each won the fight, meaning $24,000 and $20,000 respectively.
With UFC planning to terminate contract, Frank Trigg says retirement is imminent
After waiting more than four years to make his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, veteran fighter Frank Trigg will probably be dropped from the organization once again. And if that's the case, he's likely to retire from the sport.
Trigg, a former top UFC welterweight contender, suffered a first-round TKO loss to Josh Koscheck on the main card of this past weekend's UFC 103 event in Dallas.
Following the Sept. 19 event, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Trigg probably won't get another fight in the organization. If that's the case, Trigg today said, his career is likely over.
"I think Trigg is one of those guys (like Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic)," White said after the conclusion of the UFC 103 post-fight press conference. "These (other) guys are young and explosive. There's just a whole other level of talent out there, man, and that's the way it works. That's the way this business is."