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Elite XC media workout for ‘Unfinished Business’ on July 26
(mmamania.com)
Elite XC Middleweight Champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler, Jake Shields, Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith, and Cris Cyborg — four of the talented fighters who will compete in Stockton, Calif., on July 26 at “Unfinished Business” — participated in an open media workout yesterday at “The Ultimate Training Center” in Roseville, Calif. Smith and James “The Sandman” Irvin are part owners of the gym. Cyborg — wife of Pride FC veteran Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos — will face Shayna Baszler on the main card that will air on CBS. The winner of the bout will more than likely take on Gina Carano sometime in the fall for the right to become the first Elite XC female champion. After months of delays, Shields will finally get his crack at the Elite XC welterweight gold. He’ll lock horns with Nick “The Goat” Thompson for the vacant 170-pound strap in a fight is one of the most anticipated fights in the organization’s history. The two are coming in on a combined 21 fight winning streak. Something has got to give.
Submitted Jul 10, 2008 8:43AM by SmileR - 0 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
UFC Quick Quote: Brandon Vera could stay at 205 after UFN 14 Reese Andy fight
(mmamania.com)
everybody’s saying that my power looks and good and actually my kicks look faster and harder now. I was 212 (pounds) today at the end of practice … I think it’s working to an advantage. It’s making me hungry and meaner…. I wouldn’t mind staying at 205. It’s all up to UFC in their grand scheme of things. We’ll see what’s going on and what they have in mind…. Talent-wise, man, the who’s who of 205 in the world is in the UFC right now. It’s ridiculous, it’s a whole long laundry list of who’s who. And the heavyweight division — you can pull, I think, maybe six guys out of the heavyweights. So yeah, I would say that 205 is way more stacked.” – Former heavyweight contender Brandon Vera — who will make his light heavyweight debut against Reese Andy at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19 — tells the USA Today that he could remain in the 205-pound division if the organization sees fit. However, “The Truth” is still bitter about his loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 85: “Bedlam” last month, which he and many others feel was stopped prematurely. He would like to avenge the loss at some point … especially if Werdum is able to one day soon capture the heavyweight strap.
Submitted Jul 10, 2008 8:38AM by SmileR - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
The Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards - The Knockouts
(ufc.com)
When it comes to award time, whether it’s the half-year awards or the end of year honors there are always categories that will give you fits when trying to narrow things down to the five or ten best. Not the knockout category though; whenever it’s time to choose the best KOs or TKOs, there are always more than enough candidates to pick from, and the winner is almost always clear-cut. So far, 2008 is no exception.
Submitted Jul 10, 2008 6:16AM by Matimus - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
"Shogun" Rua Targeting A December Return
(fightline.com)
Maurício "Shogun" Rua hasn't fought since he was defeated by current UFC light heavyweight Champion, Forrest Griffin, last September. Shogun is returning to the trainings step by step. He started the Boxing and Conditioning preparation and his knee is OK. Probably in a week he will come back to Jiu Jitsu practice. Rua is not worried about a revenge versus Forrest Griffin and knows he have to get ready to face any one after his defeat for Griffin. He is planning on to come back in December.
Submitted Jul 10, 2008 12:37AM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brandon Vera could stay at 205 after UFCFN 14
(mmamania.com)
” …everybody’s saying that my power looks and good and actually my kicks look faster and harder now. I was 212 (pounds) today at the end of practice … I think it’s working to an advantage. It’s making me hungry and meaner…. I wouldn’t mind staying at 205. It’s all up to UFC in their grand scheme of things. We’ll see what’s going on and what they have in mind…. Talent-wise, man, the who’s who of 205 in the world is in the UFC right now. It’s ridiculous, it’s a whole long laundry list of who’s who. And the heavyweight division — you can pull, I think, maybe six guys out of the heavyweights. So yeah, I would say that 205 is way more stacked.”
Submitted Jul 10, 2008 12:30AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DEWEES SIGNS MULTI-FIGHT DEAL WITH AFFLICTION
(mmaweekly.com)
Affliction on Wednesday announced that it has signed Edwin Dewees to a multi-fight contract. He will replace Vernon “Tiger” White at the promotion’s July 19 debut event. White was initially scheduled to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but was recently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the use of a banned diuretic prior to a kickboxing bout. Dewees will now step in to face Nogueira at the Honda Center.
Submitted Jul 10, 2008 12:28AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Afflicition To Use Unified Rules At Banned
(mmaweekly.com)
Affliction will be using the unified rules of MMA.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 8:49PM by Wolfenstein - 13 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Andrei Arlovski's trainer: "Nothing set" for pro boxing debut
(mmajunkie.com)
Despite a recent report of a possible September bout, legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach says his new pupil, MMA superstar Andrei Arlovski (12-5), has not yet finalized plans for a professional boxing debut. Roach and Arlovski each addressed the media in a conference call today promoting Arlovski's bout with fellow heavyweight Ben Rothwell at "Affliction: Banned," which takes place July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. "I've been training Andrei for boxing, yes," Roach said. "I know he has a future in boxing, of course. But I don't believe there's anything set out there."
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 6:50PM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Tito Ortiz To Re-Sign With UFC?
(fighthype.com)
Don't be surprised if Tito Ortiz's last fight is with the UFC. Sources close to the situation have informed us that despite being courted by several other organizations, Ortiz apparently prefers to finish his career with the organization he started it with and is currently considering possible fight offers from the UFC. Although no contract agreement has been reached, Ortiz has been in negotiations and was offered potential fights with UFC light heavyweights Houston Alexander, Thierry Sokoudjou and Stephan Bonnar to name a few. As evidenced by the standing ovation he received from the crowd in attendance during his unanimous decision loss to Lyoto Machida, Ortiz is still a big draw amongst fans. The overwhelming support he received could be one of the reasons why Ortiz, who's grown accustomed to his superstar status and fighting in front of 10,000+ fans, would prefer to stay with the UFC, undeniably the biggest and most popular MMA organization in the world. Another reason could be that despite going winless in his last three fights, Ortiz is still only one or two fights away from a title shot. Ironically, he holds a controversial split-decision win over newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and he also has a draw with Rashad Evans, who will be facing Chuck Liddell later this year at UFC 88 to determine the next challenger for the UFC light heavyweight title.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 3:47PM by grappler0000 - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
FIGHT-BY-FIGHT: CAGE RAGE 27 PREVIEW
(mmaweekly.com)
Cage Rage 27: “Step Up” is due to play out in London this weekend in what many expect to be the penultimate show for the promotion in Wembley. Topping the bill, and at relatively short notice, is Phil Baroni. “The New York Badass” will be making his welterweight debut against Cage Rage Contenders regular Scott Jansen.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 3:46PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: CageRage
 
Win Tickets to Cage Rage 27 This Saturday!!
(cpcmovies.com)
If you can make it to Wembley Arena in the UK on Saturday Night then you could win a couple of tickets to the event The Full Event Line Up can be found at the Official Cage Rage Site
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 3:28PM by snakeplissken - 4 comments
Filed under: CageRage, Miscellaneous
 
Are pro-wrestling fans ‘graduating’ to MMA?
(mmamemories.com)
On this web site in June of 2008, we discussed an interesting topic regarding the ongoing divide in MMA circles involving those who come from the world of professional wrestling and those who have backgrounds in more traditional sports (like boxing). One of the major reasons for this growing divide involves the decline of professional wrestling. What does professional wrestling have to do with the growth of MMA in Japan and North America? Think: demographics.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 3:03PM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
The Ultimate Fighter series may come to UK
(blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
The Ultimate Fighter series, with British mixed martial artists trying to get a UFC deal, on terrestrial TV? Sounds far-fetched. It may not be. The Ultimate Fighter series could soon be in the UK, and be shown on terrestrial television, with Michael Bisping as one of the team coaches. Bisping, of course, went from Clitheroe in Lancashire to Las Vegas and won Series 3 of the Ultimate Fighter. Those are the whispers - not confirmed - that talks are underway to create a first TUF series in the UK, given its success in the US. It follows the success of Forrest Griffin last weekend.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 1:52PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Roy Jones Jr.’s future plans don’t include Anderson Silva
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Various media outlets are reporting that a light heavyweight title fight between Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. has been signed for Sept. 20. The bout is expected to take place at Madison Square Garden and will be televised on HBO pay-per-view. The 36-year old Calzaghe, who is considered by many pundits to be the number two pound-for-pound boxer in the world behind Manny Pacquiao, fought in the U.S. for the first-time ever this past April in Las Vegas. In that bout, Calzaghe defeated Bernard Hopkins at the Thomas & Mack Center to claim the light heavyweight title he currently holds.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 1:34PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
State officials weigh in on new weight classes
(mmajunkie.com)
A wise man once said "to change and change for the better are two different things." The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) last week found itself toeing that fine line when the group released its newly revamped recommendations for the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. While there were several issues addressed in the new form, only one has caused an uproar: the changing of MMA's traditional weight classes to a new 14-tier system. Several of the country's most influential athletic-board directors also disagree with the new weight class standards, and a few shared their thoughts with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 1:32PM by MMAcca - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Jason Day regroups and refocuses for UFC return
(mmamania.com)
The Cinderella story of Jason Day came to an abrupt end when he collided with Michael Bisping at UFC 85: “Bedlam” last month at the O2 Arena in London, England. “Dooms” scored one of the early upsets of the 2008 fight season when he stopped the super tough Alan Belcher in the first round of his Octagon debut during their 185-pound scrap at UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? back in April. Of course, in the UFC no good deed goes unpunished. So when Chris Leben was jailed for a probation violation just weeks before his fight with “The Count,” the promotion turned to Day on relative short notice and offered him the biggest fight of his career. It didn’t go his way. However, Day is determined now more than ever to prove that he was not a one-hit wonder.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 1:30PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Going On Tour
(mmapayout.com)
The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Adam Hill brings up an interesting note on the next group of shows for the UFC: -- After the July 19 card, it might be awhile until the UFC returns to its home city. The next three pay-per-view events in the United States will be in Minneapolis, Atlanta and Chicago. A return to Great Britain is also scheduled for October in Birmingham, England. The organization also will host a Fight Night card in Omaha, Neb., on Sept. 17, and is eyeing a card in the Pacific Northwest, likely Portland, Ore., in November.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 1:29PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Why the Muhammad Ali Act Should Apply to Mixed Martial Arts.
(mmapayout.com)
This article argues that the Muhammad Ali Act should apply to mixed martial arts, which contains the majority of the substantive legal protections for boxers.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 1:27PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
New York Times On UFC's International Expansion
(nytimes.com)
Ross Schneiderman has a piece detailing the UFC's international expansion efforts in today's New York Times. The piece does a good job of succinctly explaining the company's international expansion strategy and the challenges it faces in introducing MMA to a new audience. Most of the ground covered is familiar to devoted followers of the industry, but the piece was well researched with interviews of Dana White, Dave Meltzer, and myself, as well as Tim Leidecker and Oliver Copp for a prospective on the ground in Europe.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 1:25PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Press Release: Xyience Out, BSN In
(fightline.com)
Bio-Engineered Supplements & Nutrition Inc. (BSN), the world leader in cutting-edge sports nutrition products and makers of N.O.-XPLODE™, the #1 selling extreme pre-training energy and performance igniter, is proud to announce a multi-year partnership agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the premier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization in the world today. MMA is an intense combat sport where high level professional fighters use interdisciplinary forms of fighting that include Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, Karate, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and other disciplines to their strategic and tactical advantage in a sanctioned match. UFC® fighters are among the best-trained and most conditioned athletes in the world, making BSN’s association with the sport of MMA and the UFC® a perfect fit. What BSN is to the world of sports nutrition with their leading line of physique, performance and energy products, the UFC® is to Mixed Martial Arts, true innovators and world leaders. “I’m excited to announce that BSN is the ‘Official Nutritional Supplement Provider’ of the Ultimate Fighting Championship,” said Dana White, UFC® President. “As the world leader in physique and performance supplements, they are a perfect fit for the UFC – we look forward to working with BSN as we take this sport to a whole new level.” The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is regulated by the most prestigious sports regulatory bodies in the United States. UFC live pay-per-view events take place at preeminent destinations including MGM Grand, MEN Arena, Mandalay Bay and 02 Arena, and consistently draw sell-out crowds with record-breaking gates. Presenting over twelve pay-per-view events per year, the UFC stands as the largest pay-per-view content provider in the United States. The UFC also dominates television with its reality series The Ultimate Fighter, now heading into its eighth season. The Ultimate Fighter has reigned supreme for years in the coveted 18-34 male ratings demographic, and regularly enjoying higher ratings than traditional franchise sports such as the NBA, NHL, NASCAR as well as NCAA football and basketball. In partnership with Spike TV cable network, ad the UFC also presents ten live UFC Fight Night events and the popular program UFC: Unleashed. BSN’s President and CEO Chris Ferguson comments on the partnership, “I’m proud to announce that BSN is now the 'Official Nutritional Supplement Provider' of the UFC. MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world today. We are excited to be aligned with an organization as prestigious as the UFC and are eager to stretch our brand with this partnership by showcasing our product line, which includes N.O.-XPLODE, the foremost pre-training igniter in the world today. BSN is a dominate force in over 75 countries and climbing. We have entered into this strategic partnership with the UFC to solidify our combined global presence. I want to thank everybody at the UF for their efforts and for their continued commitment.”
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 1:15PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
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