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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
 
Dead man ready for resurrection
(setanta.com)
Matt Hughes has seen it all in The UFC. He has won 41 MMA encounters, he has owned the UFC welterweight title on two separate occasions, and defended it on seven others. If there is one thing you don’t do, it is underestimate the wrestling master. Hughes takes on Thiago Alves at “UFC 85: BEDLAM”, a man 10 years his junior and favourite to steal the headlines in the main event at London’s o2 Arena.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 9:19AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
 
Setanta's UFC top 10 pound-for-pound list
(setanta.com)
It is the unanswerable debate of The UFC, the one that divides opinion more than a Heath Herring haircut: Who are the current top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in The UFC? Setantasports.com have come up with our very own exclusive list of the current top 10 fighters in the world, which will be updated following every UFC event. BJ Penn showed he is the ruler of the lightweights at "UFC 84", see how it has affected the rankings. Have we got it right? Let us know using the feedback form below.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 9:17AM by MMAcca - 19 comments
 
Matt Wiman- Are You A Believer?
(uk.ufc.com)
For men of faith like Matt Wiman, the quarter inch surgical tape and gauze that constitute the wrap beneath hands donning 5 ounce fingerless gloves are symbols of a path that he merely is on, not directing. The Christian pugilist is not a new species of athlete, but merely one that reveals a newer dimension when presented to the world.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 9:11AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fabricio Werdum – A Future on The Line
(uk.ufc.com)
30. It’s the age when some athletes start to feel a few more aches and pains than they used to, when the reaction time isn't what it used to be and when they start to lose a little bit off the fastball. It’s a scary time. Strangely though, history has shown that heavyweight fighters – whether boxers or mixed martial artists – don’t start to peak until they hit that milestone, and if his last bout with Gabriel Gonzaga is any indication, that’s good news for heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, who takes on highly-touted Brandon Vera on June 7th on London’s UFC 85 card.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 9:08AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Catching Up With Dan Henderson
(mmaontap.com)
Former PRIDE middleweight and welterweight champion Dan Henderson talks to MMARated.com hosts Ariel Helwani and UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste in terms of what his future career holds. Interesting tidbits that Henderson discusses includes a planned bout against Rich Franklin
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:29AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-Cage Rage Promoter Backer's Company Bites the Dust Owing £800,000
(mmauniverse.com)
Andrew Geer, a £10m-a-year turnover stone repair and refurbishment group based in West Kingsdown, Kent, has gone into receivership owing around £800,000. It has resulted in 42 employees being made redundant. Accountancy group BDO Stoy Hayward was called in as receiver on Friday. Andrew Geer ran the company, with his wife Lisa being listed as a fellow director.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:20AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: CageRage
 
FIGHT-BY-FIGHT: WEC 34 FABER VS. PULVER
(mmaweekly.com)
WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber defends his title against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver. Faber has a 20-1 record and trains out of Ultimate Fitness with Justin Buchholz. Pulver has a 22-8-1 record and trains out of Miletich Fighting Systems with Spencer Fisher. Faber comes off a submission victory over Jeff Curran at WEC 31. Pulver also comes off a submission victory over Cub Swanson at the same show.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:18AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
UFC 84 OFFICIAL GATE AND ATTENDANCE TOTALS
(mmaweekly.com)
The gate and attendance figures for UFC 84 were released by Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer on Friday. The event featured lightweight champion B.J. Penn successfully defending his belt against former titleholder Sean Sherk.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:13AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
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