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Welcome to MMA, Here's the History of the Sport
(bloodyelbow.com)
In the aftermath of the biggest weekend in MMA history, our traffic here at Bloody Elbow has roughly doubled. Many of you folks are just learning about the sport for the first time. In the interest of catching you up, here's a 15 part series I've been working on for the past two years that covers most of the first decade of modern mma, 1993-1997. I swear I'll be posting more soon, but these links are a good place to start learning more now -- tons of videos of legendary fights in every link. Enjoy. Pretty amazing i thought !! Hope you guys enjoy too
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 6:49PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
 
Couture says he is okay not fighting again
(sportsnet.ca)
I'm confident I'll fight again. I'm also OK with the idea that it may not happen," Couture said Saturday at the opening of his seventh Xtreme Couture gym. "I may get a bad (court) ruling and I can't really see myself at this point going back and fighting two more times for the UFC if that's what the state says I have to do. So there's the potential I could be done fighting and I'm OK with that too."
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 6:16PM by Porch28 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
CBS: Second EliteXC Event Likely for Late Summer/Fall
(sherdog.com)
A second EliteXC event is looking probable for CBS after a strong debut on broadcast television, says the network's Primetime Senior Executive Vice President Kelly Kahl. Preliminary ratings data for CBS's Saturday Night Fights featuring EliteXC were released by Showtime on Sunday, and the numbers were promising. (CBS and Showtime, which also broadcasts EliteXC and ShoXC on its pay premium cable channel, are both owned by Viacom.) EliteXC "Primetime" scored a 2.7 rating in its 9-11 p.m. slot, with data still pending for the card's Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson-James Thompson (Pictures) main event, after the show ran one hour past its scheduled slot. According to a Showtime press release, CBS enjoyed first place ratings in adults 25-54 (1.9), adults 18-49 (1.9), adults 18-34 (1.9), men 25-54 (2.6), men 18-49 (2.5) and men 18-34 (2.6). The network also saw substantial gains in the Saturday primetime slot with the coveted young male demographics, including a 127% rise in men 18-49 and a whopping +271% jump in men 18-34.
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 4:30PM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 6 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Kimmons replaces Sakara at TUF 7 Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
Veteran middleweight Rob Kimmons (20-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will finally get a shot in the UFC when he replaces an injured Alessio Sakara (12-7 MMA, 3-4) at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale. Kimmons will meet Rob Yundt (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event, which takes place June 21 at The Palms Las Vegas. A source from the Kimmons camp told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter was recently offered and signed for the bout. Sakara, meanwhile, told us that a broken ankle forced his withdraw from the Spike TV event.
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 4:09PM by Franklinfan47 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Justin McCully planned for UFC 86
(mmajunkie.com)
Former top UFC heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga (8-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will likely return from the first back-to-back losses of his career when he meets Justin McCully (8-3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 86. Sources close to both fighters tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the heavyweights recently accepted the bout and that it should be finalized shortly. UFC 86 takes place July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and airs live on pay per view. Gonzaga, who began his UFC career with a 4-0 record, hasn't fought since a January second-round TKO loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 80. The televised bout was a rematch from their September 2003 meeting at Jungle Fight 1 in Brazil. Werdum TKO'd Gonzaga in that event, as well. Prior to the loss, Gonzaga fought at UFC 74 in August 2007 and suffered a third-round TKO to UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture. McCully, meanwhile, will return to action for the first time since his April 2007 unanimous-decision victory over Antoni Hardonk. McCully, part of Tito Ortiz's Team Punishment, had been a rumored opponent for Frank Mir, but the bout was apparently scrapped when the former champ was selected to coach opposite current champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on the upcoming eighth season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 4:08PM by Twenty20Dollars - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vitor Belfort to fight for Affliction, Joins Chute boxe
(dreamfighters.com)
DreamFighters.com has learned, and confirming a dreamfighters.com news release last week, GracieMag.com has confirmed that Vitor Belfort will be fighting at Chute Boxe academy in Brazil, and will fight under the Allfiction name in July. anybody thinking LIL NOG VS BELFORT going to happen?!?!!?!?!? i havn't been this excited for a card since, ... well ive never been this excited for a card EVER. war affliction.
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 3:26PM by loller90278 - 22 comments
Filed under: HDNet, MMA Personalities, Fight Camp / Team, Fight Camp / Team
 
Frank Edgar vs Hermes Franca UFC 87 fight in the works
(mmamania.com)
Hermes Franca (18-6) — who has been on the shelf because of a 12-month suspension — will return to competition against Frank Edgar (8-1) at UFC 87: “Seek and Destroy” at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 9, according to NBCSports.com.
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 3:16PM by nickcuc547 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 84 fighters test clean
(mmajunkie.com)
All fighters tested as part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's May 24 event in Las Vegas have tested clean for performance-enhancers and drugs of abuse. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today confirmed the clean UFC 84 tests in an email sent to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "UFC 84: Ill Will" took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. B.J. Penn defended his UFC lightweight title against former champ Sean Sherk in the night's main event. Both fighters passed tests prior to the event as part of the NSAC's new year-round, random drug testing initiative.
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 3:12PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
DREAM.4 Updates: Alistair Overeem vs Lee Tae Hyun
(dreamfighters.com)
Alistair Overeem vs Lee Tae Hyun has been official added to the DREAM.4 card.
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 2:40PM by kastro_316 - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
Kaitlin Young: 'CBS didn’t want the visual of a woman with a bloody face on CBS'
(mmamania.com)
“My left cheek and area surrounding the eye are looking pretty ugly today, but there was no major damage. Though it may have looked like it on tv, I never actually had an open wound. What you didn’t see was that the doctor actually cleared me to fight the third round but the commission said ‘no.’ I wanted to continue, my corner wanted to continue. The cut likely would have opened in the third but it was under the eye. If I had to guess, I would say that they didn’t want the visual of a woman with a bloody face on CBS. They also chose not to do a post fight interview with me or to include me in the post fight news conference and after party. I think the reason for that was my beat up appearance after the fight because I was not seriously injured and was completely coherent. I am very disappointed about that but cant help but wonder how people would have responded to that, as stupid as it is. “ – Kaitlin Young — who did not answer the bell for the third and final round of her fight with Gina Carano at Elite XC: “Primetime” on CBS — shares her thoughts via FighterGirls.com on the stoppage.
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 2:08PM by grappler0000 - 25 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
News: Matt Hughes set to fight Matt Serra after Alves
(dreamfighters.com)
both camps are now setting negociations that will result in a fight between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. However, Matt Hughes must win against Thiago Alves first.
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 12:01PM by kastro_316 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
UFC 85: Marcus Davis expects a knockout
(mmaweekly.com)
Marcus Davis is perhaps the most underrated fighter in the welterweight division right now. A contestant on season two of “The Ultimate Fighter,” he has become one of the most improved fighters in the sport today. When Davis first started in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he was known mostly as a boxer, but has improved his jiu-jitsu game substantially since. He will look to continue his ride at UFC 85 against another Ultimate Fighter alumna, Mike “Quick” Swick. Knowing he was going to fight Swick pretty early on, Davis has been preparing for a while. “I had a feeling the fight was going to happen way back at the UFC that happened at Ohio,” Davis commented. “I had already been offered the contract to fight Mike Swick, and I signed it. Since then, I've been focusing on this fight. I'm ready to get in and get it over with.” Since The Ultimate Fighter, Davis has increased his strength and stamina tremendously and it has shown in his last few fights. The “Irish Hand Grenade” is looking to beef up even more for this fight. “This is the longest training camp I had ever. I wanted to gain muscle mass. The heaviest I got was 193 pounds, but it was 193 pounds with eight percent body fat.”
Submitted Jun 2, 2008 9:21AM by SmileR - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
CBS scores with initial ratings for EliteXC's "Saturday Night Fights"
(mmajunkie.com)
The first EliteXC show Saturday night on CBS won its time period and drew an audience of more than four million viewers during the first two hours of the broadcast. According to preliminary Nielsen ratings for Saturday, the 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern portion of the show did a 2.7 rating and a 5 share, an audience of 4.3 million viewers. "Saturday Night Fights" swept the two-hour time slot in adults and males, leading the ratings’ pack in the following demographics: adults 25-54 (1.9/6 share), adults 18-49 (1.9/6), adults 18-34 (1.9/7), men 25-54 (2.6/8), men 18-49 (2.5/8) and men 18-34 (2.6/10). Ratings among males are particularly strong and outpaced most industry projections, which had the broadcast pegged for a 2 rating. These numbers are very encouraging for CBS and EliteXC, especially since viewers for the most-anticipated fight of the evening – Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson versus James Thompson – are not included in the ratings. Preliminary national numbers for Saturday night include only the 9 to 11 p.m. prime-time portion of the broadcast and do not include the main event, which aired after 11 p.m. While the national ratings do not include the Ferguson-Thompson fight, ratings are available from the 54 "metered local markets," and the numbers are huge. The broadcast gained in every half-hour in those markets, beginning with a 2.4/5 from 9 to 9:30 p.m. and peaking at a 4.7/10 from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m. during the main event. Complete ratings will be available Tuesday.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 10:21PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Ortiz "65% Sure" He Wants To Start Own Promotion
(mmamania.com)
In a recent interview, Tito Ortiz says he has 3-4 years of fighting left in him and wants to start a new promotion to rival UFC. He also said he's "65% sure" about starting the new promotion.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 5:55PM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Yahoo Bashes Elite XC
(sports.yahoo.com)
It sounded like such a good idea when the news broke a few months ago that CBS would broadcast a series of mixed martial arts cards in prime time. But after watching its effort on Saturday’s Elite XC show from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the good news might be if CBS opts not to do another show. These were supposed to be the professionals who would show the amateurs at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, who do their own production, how it’s supposed to be done.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 4:46PM by Copenhagen - 12 comments
 
Carlos Condit Title Defense added to WEC 35
(mmamania.com)
WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit — who is in Sacramento, Calif., this weekend to sign autographs for the “Faber vs. Pulver” event — is expected to put his 170-pound title on the line against Hiromitsu Miura (9-4) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 3. It will be the third title fight of the evening, joining the lightweight showdown between 155-pound champion Jamie Varner against Marcus Hicks, as well as the 205-pound tile between WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Stann and challenger Steve Cantwell.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 4:37PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Shaw's Post Fight Interview
(mmarated.com)
Talks about building Kimbo, and gets a little aggravated with the interviewer.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 4:18PM by Copenhagen - 4 comments
 
Best around: MMAmania.com exclusive sit down with WEC champion Miguel Torres
(mmamania.com)
On one night in February, Miguel Torres went from being a relatively unknown fighter from East Chicago (Ind.), to being the WEC bantamweight champion and being considered one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world. His first real introduction to most casual fans was at WEC 32, when Torres defeated then-champion Chase Beebe via submission (guillotine choke) to win the 135-pound title. However, the scrappy Mexican-American has been beating people up — sometimes grown men who outweigh him by more than 25 pounds — for years in sanctioned and unsanctioned bouts for close to a decade . His nearly perfect professional record (46-1), which includes just about every submission and finishing result in the book, is nothing compared to his unbelievable “amateur” accomplishments. That number might seem different to you because Sherdog’s Fight Finder has Torres listed as 33-1. Torres acknowledges that they were small time fights that were unsanctioned “They were fights that helped build my career,” Torres told MMAMania.com. “They were the ones that got me into the sport. They weren’t weight classed, they were open rules.” Those early fights earned him a cult-like following on the underground Midwest MMA scene, as well as the respect of his peers such as UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) star, Stephan Bonnar. “When we were coming up, Miguel had the entire Chicago scene by the balls,” said Bonnar. “He could sell more tickets than anyone. He turned events into such a show, complete with Mariachi bands and everything.”
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 4:15PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
MMA's network debut mocks true sport
(sports.yahoo.com)
It sounded like such a good idea when the news broke a few months ago that CBS would broadcast a series of mixed martial arts cards in prime time. But after watching its effort on Saturday’s Elite XC show from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the good news might be if CBS opts not to do another show. These were supposed to be the professionals who would show the amateurs at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, who do their own production, how it’s supposed to be done. And while neophyte play-by-play man Gus Johnson acquitted himself well and analysts Mauro Ranallo and Frank Shamrock didn’t embarrass themselves, the broadcast dragged on interminably. There was more chatting than “The Tonight Show.” Fighters were introduced as they made long, slow walks to the cage, then were introduced again once they hit the cage. Given that the show went 45 minutes over its allotted time, what do you want to bet the ring walks will be eliminated if there is another show on CBS?
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 12:10PM by emfleek - 36 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
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