Dana White Couldn't Do It Alone
My comments about Lorenzo Fertitta yesterday were not well received to say the least. Let me elaborate a little bit and clarify what I meant when I said Lorenzo coming about "wasn't good for Dana." First off, I think its a great move for the UFC/Zuffa. Its a sign that the Fertittas see the UFC as a major part of their business empire, not just a hobby to be managed by their old high school buddy Dana White. And secondly, Dana might not be going anywhere. His old role as king of the UFC and American MMA in general might be unchanged. He always answered to the Fertittas, now he'll just more supervision and support from Lorenzo each and every day.
Amir Sadollah’s Ultimate Fighter Blog (Episode 12)
This episode, filmed so many months ago, feels like it happened yesterday. Now, reliving this on the eve of the finals, the live conclusion to our season, the reality starts to sink in a bit. With each episode that aired, I was brought back to the inane possibility that this experience was real, already etched so vividly in my mind.
My fight with C.B. was the biggest test for me up to this point. I went into deeper waters than I had ever been, and I feel I came out stronger from the experience. Plus I got a cool new scar.
Jesse Taylor: "I just spiraled out of control"
Jesse Taylor, "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest" finalist who was kicked out of the competition due to a drunken, post-show Las Vegas rampage, says he has since cut alcohol out of his life.
Taylor discussed the situation in a video interview for SpikeTV.com, and in it, he says that when the show's producers flew him back to Las Vegas, he was told it was for a follow-up interview.
Instead, UFC president Dana White broke the news that Taylor had been kicked out of the UFC and that he would be replaced in a June 21 finale fight with Amir Sadollah.
Macdonald states bout with Maia, "Will be an mma fight, not a jj fight"
“He’s a very high-level jiu-jitsu fighter, a five-time champion in fact. I’ve got a lot of respect for what he’s done in the jiu-jitsu world. But I think we’ve seen time and time again that good mixed martial artists have been able to defeat high-level jiu-jitsu guys. Take even the other night in London, where Kevin Burns, in his first UFC fight, was able to get a triangle choke on Roan Carneiro, who is a high-level black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Maia is not like B.J. Penn who is great in jiu-jitsu but also dominant in all other facets. He is still fairly new to the MMA side of things so I’m hoping to go out there and put on a strong mixed martial arts fight and do much like what Nate Marquardt did to Dean Lister.”
James Giboo vs Brad Blackburn added to July 19th UFC Card
James Giboo (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Brad Blackburn (12-9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at the recently scheduled UFC Fight Night 14 event, which is headlined by UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin in a non-title light-heavyweight fight.
Giboo and Blackburn, UFC welterweights newcomers, recently agreed to the bout, sources close to both fighters tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Megadeth LIVE at Afflicition
Megadeth will be performing live at the Affliction event July 19th.
I was already going to order this event, but now if I can come up with enough money I am making a trip to Anaheim CA. Good luck trying to sabotage this UFC LOL.
I LOVE MEGADETH
Big John McCarthy on UFC vs. Affliction
I got a chance to interview Big John McCarthy after a taping of Inside MMA earlier today. Here is what he said about the UFC putting on a show the same day as Affliction's PPV:
“I mean, look at that fight. You got your middleweight champion (Anderson Silva), you’re moving up to light-heavyweight to fight James Irvin. What good does that do for him? I mean, (UFC president) Dana (White) feels … obviously he feels there is some competition there with Affliction. He wants to try to do something to damage Affliction. That’s why he is doing this. I look at it and it’s bad for the sport, it’s bad for the fans. There needs to be more than the one promotion."
Check out the rest of the interview here:
Stomp & Circumstance: Fedor graduates with degree in butt-kicking
May 4 became a very important day for Fedor as he finished his study as a student of chair of physical training at Belgorod State University. It’s understandable that Fedor’s schedule wouldn’t let him graduate as quickly as other students normally do. The topic of his thesis was “Methodology of physical skills development training 13-15 year old sambo practitioners”. Of course he was in the grip of slight emotion but years of hard training regimen helped him keep his composure while answering the questions with a smile. The topic was chosen intentionally since Fedor himself tried and proved all the methods he offered during his graduate work. By the way, the Fedor Emelianenko’s Sports Academy which is being built in Belgorod will soon test Fedor’s strategies of bringing up the best athletes.
Evan Tanner is older, wiser... and ready
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder Evan Tanner takes on The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 7 Live Finale this Saturday from the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
"I feel really good. I've been working at the Warrior Training Center in Vegas... I've got a really good camp and I'm feeling great. I feel really good," Tanner told MMAWeekly.com about his upcoming bout with Grove.
Tanner returned to the Octagon at UFC 82 after nearly two years away from competition in a losing effort to middleweight contender Yushin Okami. "It's all a learning experience," said Tanner. "Yea, if I had taken more time to prepare for the fight, of course, I know I could have done a little better. Maybe if I had taken a more lesser opponent my first fight. That's the fight that was offered and the time that was offered, so I figured I'd at least get my foot back in the door. So I took it.
"Going into this fight with Kendall Grove I'm an older and wiser man, an older and wiser fighter."
UFC 88: Anderson Silva vs Yushin Okami title fight still possible
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva turned quite a few heads in the past 24 hours with news that the Brazilian accepted a light heavyweight fight against James Irvin at UFC Fight Night 14 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 19.
As we reported yesterday, win or lose Silva will retain his 185-pound belt. And he is not vacating it as some have suggested — he’s merely taking a temporary leave of absence because his boss, UFC President Dana White, asked him if he’s up for the challenge.
Here’s a snip from Silva on the decision to take the fight on short notice via SI.com:
“If the UFC asks me to do something, and it’s within my capability to do so, I’m going to do it. I feel like I’m part of the UFC family and the head of the family asked me to fight. I’m in condition to fight, my coaches say I can fight — I’m going to fight. I want to do whatever I can to help make UFC the No. 1 event around the world like it is.”
UFC announcement: Lorenzo Fertitta to work full-time to expand MMA promotion
Network television deal? Nope. Regulation in New York? Nope. Sale to major international investor? Nope.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today revealed the major announcement that will serve as an “indicator of where this business is going over the next five years” via Yahoo!Sports.com:
“Lorenzo Fertitta, the president of one of the most successful casino chains in Las Vegas, resigned his position with Station Casinos on Wednesday to work full-time with the UFC.”
It’s a move that White feels it is the biggest day in the history of the promotion. And he defends the decision against those naysayers on the Internet who feel it’s much ado about nothing.
“The Internet may not consider this huge news, but what the people on the Internet think is huge and what I think is huge are two different things. But you know what? I think I have a pretty good track record. I think this is maybe the biggest day in UFC history. I’m so excited, I can’t begin to explain it to you. This is an historic day for me and this company.”
MMA Down for the Count in New York...again!
A measure to legalize Mixed Martial Arts, AKA Ultimate Fighting, or Cage Fighting, is apparently down for the count in the Assembly Tourism committee after it looked like it didn’t have enough votes to move forward this afternoon.
Among those taking credit for the knockout was Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie who argued that the state shouldn’t sanction a sport characterized larely by its brutality.
“We ban cockfighting and dog fighting — should we allow humans to enter a cage to knee, kick, and punch each other?” asked Reilly.
Last week Reilly had expressed concern that the measure might pass, given the big money and lobbying pressure involved here. But ultimately, the argument against it prevailed.
Ultimate Fighting Championship, the organization that promotes such activities, has been lobbying to get in New York since 2001.
It’s currently illegal in over 20 states, including New York, said Reilly.