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UFC Counter-Programs Affliction to Death
(bloodyelbow.com)
What a FANTASTIC day for US MMA fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check out SpikeTV's schedule for July 19th: 4:00 PM EST / 1:00 PM PST UFC Unleashed Martin Kampmann vs. Drew McFedries (UFC 68) Marcus Davis vs. Jason Tan (UFC 72) Rich Franklin vs. Jason McDonald (UFC 68) Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter (UFC 67) 5:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM PST UFC Unleashed Jason Lambert vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral (UFC 68) Houston Alexander vs. Keith Jardine (UFC 71) Brandon Vera vs. Justin Eilers (UFC 57) Assuerio Silva vs. Frank Mir (???) 6:00 PM EST / 3:00 PM PST UFC Unleashed Frank Edgar vs. Tyson Griffin (UFC 67) Dave Terrell vs. Matt Lindland (UFC 49) Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Alves (UFN 2) 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST UFC Countdown: Silva vs. Irvin 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST UFC: Ultimate Knockouts 5 9:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM PST UFC: Silva vs. Irvin Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin Brandon Vera vs. Reese Andy Hermes Franca vs. Frank Edgar Cain Velasquez vs. Jake O'Brien Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns Jesse Taylor vs. C.B. Dollaway
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 1:35PM by MMAcca - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Hideo Tokoro Involved in Car Accident
(bloodyelbow.com)
Not a good week for mixed martial artists and automobiles. Thankfully, Hideo Tokoro's incident yesterday didn't result in his arrest and, according to Kamipro, was only a minor fender bender. Unfortunately, it sounds like it may keep him out of his upcoming bout with Takeshi Yamazaki. Translation from SukiMMA: Hideo Tokoro, who was recently announced his participation to DREAM 5 on July 21, had an car accident on July 16. He was on the way going to see his doctor for check-up. He was ran into from behind and suffered an injury on his back that would take a week to heal completely.
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 1:31PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Great new Alexander Emelianenko interview.
(sherdog.com)
"I'm ready. It doesn't matter with who or where. On foot or on horseback. With maces or poleaxes. To fight. To first blood or to death. It doesn't matter, I'm ready to fight." -- Aleksander Emelianenko (Pictures) Living in the shadow of a big brother isn't easy. When you are in the same profession and he's more accomplished and better known, it's hard to stand in the spotlight unobstructed, as your own man. Side by side, the achievements that you've worked your whole life for, that you've gone through hell for in order to become a better person are less dazzling, less impressive when compared to his. You have less say in your fighting future, less media attention when he's caught in a perpetual avalanche of flash bulbs and microphones. You're fighting on the televised undercard when he's headlining the pay-per-view.
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 12:59PM by Bemin - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
New BABALU write up (Guy has had a rough year)
(mmatraining.com)
Renato “Babalu” Sobral will step into the Affliction ring Saturday night looking to get a big win over Mike Whitehead. Over the last year, controversy has surrounded Sobral, but the former UFC title contender looks to put that all behind him Saturday night and come away with a huge victory. In 2002 Babula lost by a Head Kick KO to Chuck Liddell at UFC 40, but would go on to win the next 10 in a row. His win stream would set up a title shot rematch with the “Iceman” in 2006. Babula was beaten once again. Liddell was running through everyone, so the loss did nothing to hurt his career.
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 11:37AM by JimmieDD - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
POLICE: Jackson harmed woman (and possibly her unborn child)
(dailypilot.com)
Former light heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship title-holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson injured a Huntington Beach woman and may have injured her unborn child when he drove down along the 55 freeway median, authorities and the woman said Wednesday.
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 11:09AM by emfleek - 54 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rampage Hospitalized by Police 24 Hours Later
(tmz.com)
http://www.tmz.com/2008/07/17/round-2-cops-nab-rampage-again/ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has been picked up by police again. Sources say last night an Irvine police car was waved down by people near the place Rampage was staying who said he was acting weird. This, of course, following the insane chase the day before in which the UFC fighter hit several cars in his monster truck and was arrested at gunpoint. We're told Irvine cops saw Rampage, deemed him a danger to himself and others, and took him to a hospital for observation. Cops won't officially confirm if it's a psychiatric hold. Story developing
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 10:58AM by Pyrenus - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 87 video Heath Herring on road to Brock Lesnar fight (Part I)
(mmamania.com)
Its a cool video, Herring is looking good....
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 10:25AM by SmileR - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC ‘Countdown’ to ‘Silva vs. Irvin’ on Spike tonight at 11 p.m. ET
(mmamania.com)
“Watch Anderson Silva and James Irvin as they train in their home towns for their clash at The Pearl in Las Vegas on July 19 2008.” The hype machine continues to roll tonight for UFC Fight Night 14: “Silva vs. Irvin” from “The Pearl” at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, July 19. The hour-long Spike TV “Countdown” special will re-air on Friday, July 18 at 11 a.m. 7 p.m. ET for those who miss it tonight.
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 10:24AM by SmileR - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Trump: Fedor Emelianenko’s ‘thing is inflicting death on people’ (Audio)
(youtube.com)
Donald Trump: - , Just listen and see what you think!
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 10:23AM by SmileR - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Urijah Faber vs. Mike Brown set for Sept. 10 WEC
(mmajunkie.com)
After an impressive unanimous-decision victory over Jens Pulver in perhaps the biggest WEC event to date, featherweight champion Urijah Faber (21-1) will return to action and defend his belt Sept. 10 against Mike Brown (15-4). A source close to Brown told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements were distributed and finalized in the past week. The WEC 36 bout, which is expected to take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., was first reported by Sherdog.com. Faber, who made his fifth successful title defense since winning the WEC belt in March 2006, also picked up his 13th consecutive win with the victory over former UFC champ Pulver. His only career loss came to Tyson Griffin in 2005.
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 8:27AM by SmileR - 5 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
ROBERT "BUZZ" BERRY HANGS UP THE GLOVES
(mmaweekly.com)
Following his recent loss to Neil Grove at Cage Rage 27, Robert "Buzz" Berry steps out of the limelight and into retirement. It marks a sad day for British MMA when one of the most prominent heavyweights on the scene decides that they have had enough. Berry amassed a professional record of 13-8-0 since breaking onto the scene in 2001 with a win in the Total Combat show. Since that time he has been one of the most regular competitors on the scene with six fights apiece in 2005 and 2006, three in 2007, and twice already this year. Berry will forever be remembered for exposing Ken Shamrock's total lack of game plan with a devastating knockout in March of this year. At the time, the fight may have appeared to be a steppingstone for Shamrock to rebuild his career, but Berry had other plans and fought arguably the most mature and complete fight of his career. On Wednesday night, Berry announced on the Cage Warriors forum his retirement from the U.K. Scene with the following post: "Just to let you all know I have had to retire. After my fight with Neil Grove I was taken to the hospital and had to have surgery on my face. They have had to put two plates in, one in my cheek bone and one on my eye socket. So that is it, over for me.
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 7:19AM by SmileR - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Rampage Jackson hearing set for August 15
(mmamania.com)
“[Quinton] was cooperative with us from his arrest to him being released.” – Sgt. of Traffic Safety Bureau for Costa Mesa Police Department, Victor Bakkila, comments via the Press-Telegram on the behavior of former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson after his arrest for felony evading, reckless driving and hit and run charges. The 30-year-old from Memphis, Tenn., was today released on $25,000 bail and will have his day in court on August 15.
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 7:17AM by SmileR - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
From Surviving the Streets of Russia to MMA: The Story of Aleksander Emelianenko, Part 1
(sherdog.com)
by Evgeni Kogan "I'm ready. It doesn't matter with who or where. On foot or on horseback. With maces or poleaxes. To fight. To first blood or to death. It doesn't matter, I'm ready to fight." -- Aleksander Emelianenko (Pictures) Living in the shadow of a big brother isn't easy. When you are in the same profession and he's more accomplished and better known, it's hard to stand in the spotlight unobstructed, as your own man. Side by side, the achievements that you've worked your whole life for, that you've gone through hell for in order to become a better person are less dazzling, less impressive when compared to his. You have less say in your fighting future, less media attention when he's caught in a perpetual avalanche of flash bulbs and microphones. You're fighting on the televised undercard when he's headlining the pay-per-view. Dude is so russian
Submitted Jul 17, 2008 1:15AM by ncordless - 2 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global, PrideFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Fedor slams UFN 14 card
(punch.freedomblogging.com)
From the OC Register: Here is what Fedor said about the UFC putting on a show the same night to counter-program against Affliction: “M-1 Global and Affliction have come together to make one of the best MMA cards in the history of the sport. So compared to the card that is going on the same day, it doesn’t really compare at all. I don’t think it is really going to make that much of a difference. I’m confident our fans, the MMA fans, are going to understand that and realize the difference between the two shows.” Check out the entire interview (with audio) here:
Submitted Jul 16, 2008 11:18PM by PunchyMcGee - 42 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
The Return of The Dragon – Machida vs Silva at UFC 89
(ufc.com)
Just heard this announced on UFC.com. Lyoto Machida WILL meet Thiago Silva at UFC 89!!!! We know it's true folks its right on there website! If it's true that this is going to be a free PPV we are in for a treat!
Submitted Jul 16, 2008 4:07PM by whardin19 - 62 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ben Rothwell!!
(mmatraining.com)
Found this Ben Rothwell Article. Pretty good read. Take a look. War Big Ben!!
Submitted Jul 16, 2008 2:21PM by JimmieDD - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Frank Shamrock: Cleared to Fight! - And wants to fight Ken with year!
(dreamfighters.com)
Frank Shamrock is now cleared for Combat, and would like to fight Ken Shamrock within the years end!
Submitted Jul 16, 2008 2:12PM by kastro_316 - 11 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, EliteXC, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Quinton Jackon Arrest Video
(dreamfighters.com)
Very sad day for Quinton Fans. He was a champion, he lost and could not handle it. Here is the arrest video shown out of respect. Please Quinton, come back and take the title. We are all behind you!
Submitted Jul 16, 2008 1:44PM by kastro_316 - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
MIKE PYLE WANTS A BIG 'SMASH' AT AFFLICTION
(mmaweekly.com)
Over the last few years Mike Pyle has been on the threshold of breaking through to being one of the top welterweight fighters in the world on many occasions. Unfortunately, losses at critical junctions have kept him from doing so. Forced to bounce around from promotion to promotion during that same time period, Pyle’s drive to make it to the top has yet to diminish in the least as he continues to strive towards his goal. After two impressive performances earlier this year in Canada and Japan, Pyle returns stateside for the first ever Affliction show as part of one of the most stacked cards of the year on July 19 in Anaheim, Calif. Scheduled to take on up and comer JJ Ambrose, he is excited to be back, working on his ever present quest for greatness.
Submitted Jul 16, 2008 1:28PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Cain Velasquez savors big-fight opportunity
(mmajunkie.com)
The former Pac-10 All-American wrestler launched his MMA career with decisive victories in Strikeforce and BodogFIGHT in a span of just over two months in 2006. Showing signs that the transition from wrestler to fighter was quickly taking hold, the Salinas, Calif. born Velasquez stopped both opponents by TKO within the first five minutes. Velasquez, now 25, spent the next year looking for another chance to prove he belonged in the UFC. "We were trying to get some fights locally to build my record, get some ring time and get to the UFC," he said. "We couldn't find any fights. We just had bad luck. ... Shows would get canceled; guys would back out of fights. We had about six or seven fights that didn't happen that we were getting ready for." Undaunted, Velasquez continued to plug away in the gym. The education major graduated as a two-time wrestling All-American from Arizona State and relocated to San Jose in August 2006 to train with American Kickboxing Academy. Lacking additional fights to showcase Velasquez's talent, AKA's Bob Cook used his connections to take the heavyweight directly to the UFC's decision maker. "Me and 'Crazy' Bob went to Vegas and took a couple of other guys and trained in front of Dana White," Velasquez said. "I'm not going to lie to you; I felt a lot of pressure to perform, but once I was there, I felt really good and training went well." The grappling-and-sparring "audition" late last year at the UFC training center with Christian Wellisch and Mike Kyle impressed White enough that he signed Velasquez to a four-bout contract, and Velasquez finally had another fight. He looked sharp in his UFC debut, with a first-round TKO of Australia's Brad Morris at UFC 83 in April. For an encore, Velasquez (3-0) has landed on Saturday's UFC Fight Night 14 card on Spike TV in a supporting role to the Anderson Silva-James Irvin headliner. He's set to face another wrestling-bred fighter in Jake O'Brien (10-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who's getting a second shot in the UFC after being cut earlier this year. "This is a great opportunity," Velasquez said. "It's another step up the ladder and getting me closer to achieving my goals. I think I'm a lot more comfortable with my hands, and if I can stop his shots, I'll return with some hands and kicks." Even though Velasquez's only previous exposure to boxing was hitting the heavy bag as a kid with his father by his side, learning the standup game has come naturally. Velasquez feels at home on his feet and initiating exchanges with opponents. However, while that adjustment has "come pretty easily" for Velasquez, learning the ins and outs of jiu-jitsu hasn't been quite as smooth. At this point, he's only two years into fulltime MMA training and isn't in a hurry to rush through learning the finer points of the sport's multiple disciplines. In addition to the time spent on grappling, sparring and technique, Velasquez has been focused on becoming a more powerful fighter through specialized work with Joe Grasso, who runs the Elite Fitness gym in San Jose. "I think my power (in striking) has improved a lot," Velasquez said. "Once I started with Joe, I felt like my power increased tremendously in a short period of time. We're doing a lot of explosive stuff to get my power up in both my punches and kicks." While Velasquez once considered coaching wrestling as a career option, with his immediate future now mapped out in the UFC, he's committed himself to being a fighter, and he's planning for championship-level success. With only three pro fights to his name, he already has a publicist scheduling his interviews with the media.
Submitted Jul 16, 2008 1:24PM by Twenty20Dollars - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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