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MMA rules reviewed and Dana White is not impressed
(mmamania.com)
There will still be no knees the head of fallen opponents. That’s the major news out of Montreal, where The Association of Boxing Commissions met to make some slight revisions to Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. It’s unclear what this might mean. The Nevada and California commissions, two of the most powerful MMA regulatory bodies, did not attend the meeting. Forty other commissions, however, did make the trek. The Unified Rules have been used as regulations across the United States and Canada since their creation in 2001. The rules are often cited as being a major reason for the sudden explosion in the sport’s popularity. It’s unclear if California and Nevada will adopt the rules. UFC President Dana White, in fact, made it clear that he does not intend to let changes happen anytime soon in a recent Yahoo!Sports.com interview. Here’s a snip from White: “There’s going to be a fight. And you know I don’t roll over easily.”
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 2:04PM by MMAcca - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
No Mauro: Affliction finalizes broadcast team for ‘Banned’
(mmamania.com)
Affliction MMA today made the broadcast team official for its debut show, “Banned,” which will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 19. And the veteran voice of mixed martial arts Mauro Ranallo -– who was believed to be part of the ensemble -– will not call the fights for the upstart promotion. In fact, according to press release issued just this morning, “television sports reporter and announcer, Jay Glazer, will handle blow-by-blow action” for the pay-per-view (PPV) and Fox Sports Net (FSN) telecasts. Glazer will be shoulder-to-shoulder in the booth with color commentators, Frank Trigg and “Big” John McCarthy. This won’t be the first time Glazer and Trigg have teamed up -– the pair hosted the Pride FC special programs that often aired on FSN.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 2:03PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Griffin and Rampage Comment On Their Fight
(mmaweekly.com)
Forrest Griffin may have stepped into UFC 86 as an underdog to defending champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on Saturday night, but he left with his opponent’s respect and the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title around his waist. Griffin worked a picture perfect gameplan, peppering the champion with punches and leg kicks, keeping him off balance on his way to a unanimous decision victory. Despite a great effort and being the new 205lb king, Griffin still felt critical of his performance following the bout.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 2:00PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
The Case Against New Weight Classes
(sports.yahoo.com)
Fans have turned to mixed martial arts in large part because of the simplicity of its structure. With five champions in the UFC, there's little dispute of the best in each weight class. Where would be the intrigue if say, Ken Florian or Roger Huerta decided to fight at "super lightweight" instead of lightweight and avoid both Penn at 155 and Georges St. Pierre at 170? These headache-inducing scenarios are no doubt similar to how boxing fans got tired of the absurd number of weight classes and pencil-pushing organizations in their sport. But no, the commissions can't be content with their attempts to kill one sport; they have to try to step in and ruin the best thing to happen to combat sports in a generation while they're at it.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 1:56PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
What Is a 10-8 Round After All?
(bloodyelbow.com)
Rami Genauer tries to unpack the concept behind the 10-8 round and why it's so hard to decide in close cases what is and isn't a 10-8 round: To combat the vagaries surrounding the requirements for scoring a 10-8 round, FightMetric uses a simple rule, based on data around average round effectiveness differential. If a fighter puts up a score of more than 100 and his score is more than six times his opponent’s score, that round is called 10-8. In that case, Round 1 of St. Pierre-Serra was a clear 10-8, with St. Pierre’s score nearly 10 times that of Serra.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 1:54PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Interview with WAMMA COO, Mike Lynch - Lots of WAMMA Answers
(dreamfighters.com)
Recent interview with WAMMA COO, answers lots of WAMMA questions. Possible WAMMA Grand Prix
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 1:05PM by kastro_316 - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Dana White Goes Deep About The Ultimate Fighter
(mmaweekly.com)
Three years ago, Forrest Griffin fought Stephan Bonnar in what is widely regarded as the most significant fight in mixed martial arts history. On Saturday night, Griffin was part of another significant fight, wresting the UFC light heavyweight championship away from Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. It won’t shift the course of the sport the way that the inaugural Ultimate Fighter Finale did, but Griffin’s title win does shine a glaring spotlight on the impact of the reality series. Following Griffin’s title winning performance on Saturday night, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White held court and went deep into the tectonic shift The Ultimate Fighter has had on what is now the fastest growing sport in the world. “It is one of the biggest things that’s ever happened to mixed martial arts,” he stated. “The people that are on the inside know. Young, up-and-coming talent can’t wait to get on that show. And the talent that’s coming out of that show… if you look at half the guys that are on our cards, they’re coming from this show.” Not only does the show sling talent into the Octagon, White says it puts the development of that talent on fast forward. “The fact of the matter is, the guys that are on the show are on a certain level, and when they come off they’re at a whole other level.” Forrest Griffin is White’s quintessential example. “This whole week I’ve been telling everybody this guy is the American Dream. He was going to quit mixed martial arts. He was going to do the white picket fence, become the cop in Georgia. He didn’t fly out like he was supposed to. We had to get on the phone and talk him in. All the things that happened, he gets cut in that fight against (Alex) Schoenauer. He wins the fight easily, but gets cut bad,” White recounted. “If we didn’t have Dr. (Gregory) Shu – the guy we used to stitch guys up – Forrest Griffin would have never fought that fight. So if it wasn’t for him, Forrest would have never fought Stephan Bonnar in the finale. And I swear to God, I don’t know if we’d be sitting here talking right now if that fight didn’t happen.”
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 7:01AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
UFC 86 Fallout: Possible Protest, Rematch
(sherdog.com)
Although Quinton Jackson lost his UFC light heavyweight title Saturday to Forrest Griffin in a grueling 25-minute bout, his camp is ready to keep fighting. Jackson's coach, Juanito Ibarra, plans to protest the unanimous decision with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. "We got robbed," Ibarra told Sherdog.com Sunday afternoon. "We won the majority of the fight." Judges Adalaide Byrd and Nelson Hamilton scored the bout 48-46 for Griffin, while Roy Silbert turned in a 49-46 tally for Griffin. It's extremely unlikely that a protest would change the outcome of the fight. Ibarra isn't hopeful in that regard, but less than 24 hours after his fighter had lost in the UFC for the first time, the coach seemed determined to learn exactly how the fight was scored. He was baffled that Byrd and Silbert gave Griffin a 10-9 advantage in the first round, during which Jackson dropped the challenger. In Ibarra's view, the knockdown warranted a 10-8 round in Jackson's favor. He believes Jackson won the third and fourth rounds on 10-9 scores, though he said Griffin deserved a 10-8 second round and a 10-9 fifth. That comes out to a 47-46 win for Jackson. "You have to beat the champion," Ibarra asserted more than once. Randy Couture, a coach and training partner of Griffin, gave a slight edge to the new champion. "I thought that it was a very, very close fight," Couture said. "I thought that it was three rounds to two [for Griffin]. I thought that Quinton did enough to win two of the rounds clearly. I thought they may have been able to give Quinton a 10-8 round in the first round with the knockdown and then the second round you could have given Forrest a 10-8 round. "And it could have went the other way. If one or two rounds went the other way, it could have been three rounds to two for Quinton. It was that close."
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 6:52AM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Fight Camp / Team
 
Forrest Griffin Gets Knocked Out...At The Poker Table
(mmamania.com)
Just because you're an MMA champion doesn't mean you're gonna have it easy at the tables. The new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was one of thousands of participants in the ongoing Main Event at the WSOP (World Series Of Poker in Las Vegas), and eventually got knocked out by a fellow champ: 2-time WSOP World Champion Johnny Chan.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 6:34AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Five Greatest Career Turnarounds in MMA
(sherdog.com)
Nothing gets boring faster than perfection, except for perhaps mediocrity. In the realm of fight sport, the sight of an athlete slipping from one into the other is often the fuel for the theater of the unexpected that MMA has become. While seeing our favorites cast aside after one beating too many is all too common an occurrence, we do occasionally get to see the most moribund of fighters get in touch with their inner "Cinderella Man." With both James Braddock and a certain "TUF" product in mind, we cast our sights on chronicling the five greatest career turnarounds this young sport has ever seen. So load up for a trip down memory lane and don't forget the Kleenex -- this place is gonna be Niagara Falls in a bit.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 6:29AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
The Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards - The Upsets
(ufc.com)
Unless the world gets turned upside down in the second half of 2008, it is unlikely that we will ever see a year like 2007 when it comes to upsets in the UFC Octagon. But while there aren’t any fights on the level of Matt Serra-Georges St-Pierre I, Gabriel Gonzaga-Mirko Cro Cop, Houston Alexander-Keith Jardine, or Jake O’Brien-Heath Herring on the ledger thus far this year, there have been a handful of fights that confirm the old adage that on any given night, anything can happen, especially in the UFC.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 6:15AM by Matimus - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Forrest Griffin vs. Rampage Jackson Rematch Under Consideration
(bloodyelbow.com)
Bloody Elbow has learned that the UFC is considering an immediate rematch between Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin after the razor close decision on Saturday night. A major factor in determining whether there is such a rematch is Jackson's knee. If it is injured and he needs time off, then they'll go another direction, but a source from the Jackson camp say his leg was hurt in the fight, but sustained no damage that should keep him out for an extended period of time. Needless to say, that's not a certified medical opinion or anything, so the status of Jackson's knee remains a question mark.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 1:52AM by MMAcca - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC confirms title shot for Canadian Cote
(sportsnet.ca)
Canada could have two UFC champions by year's end. Georges St. Pierre rules the 170-pound welterweight division. And Patrick (The Predator) Cote, GSP's friend and Montreal training partner, has been granted a crack at the 185-pound middleweight title -- probably later this year. Cote (14-4) earned that Saturday night by winning a split decision over Ricardo (Big Dog) Almeida in the co-main event of UFC 86 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 12:25AM by wolfman - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Crocop's official statement regarding dream 5
(dreamfighters.com)
A quote from Crocop from his website at MMA-ID.com "Hello everyone, unfortunately I have some bad news? I won't be fighting at DREAM 5 at all. I was about to face Jerome LeBanner but he decided to fight in K1 against Schilt. Mighty Mo was the alternative and I accepted this challenge, but unfortunately Mighty Mo pulled off from the fight. I was ready to face Mo, but maybe this scenario wasn't that bad for me at all and I'll tell you why. I've been having problems with my right elbow for years and the injury got even worse over last 6 months. I'm already receiving a proper treatment but the recovery won't happen over night. The second problem is a knee injury, something that troubles me for quite a while. I had difficulties using my kicks and over last few weeks I focused more on boxing and grappling. I really wanted to fight on July 21 and I was even ignoring doctor's suggestions, but now I've rached the point from which I can't continue with my normal training regiment due to my injuries. I was willing to accept the risk of fighting Mo or someone else without being 100% ready fo the fight. I had only one fight this year, I miss big fights and top level competition. I'm eager to get back to the big stage, I still have good fights left in me and I won't give up. I'm not happy with this outcome of course, but at this moment I need to be patient and give some time for my body to recover. I'm scheduled for arthroscopy tomorrow morning, it's a minor surgical procedure but it will keep me away from MMA trainings for 2-3 weeks probably. From Wednesday I'll focus on my new cardio training program and we'll add MMA elements to my training regiment as soon as my knee will be ready for action. My goal is to become the first heavyweight champion in DREAM and to do that I need to be ready to fight on September 23. I'm not interested in summer time, vacations or things like that; I'll focus on getting back to shape and hopefully I'll fight in September. I would really like to fight Alistair Overeem, we all know why and I won't let it go. My career is far from being over, I'll be fighting some strong competitors soon again and hopefully I'll meet Fedor in the ring once more in 2009. Thank you for supporting me and I'll get back to you all soon to keep you updated. "
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 9:14PM by loller90278 - 9 comments
Filed under: HDNet, Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Bring me a dream: An exclusive interview with James “The Sandman” Irvin
(mmamania.com)
New interview with the Sandman on his fight with the Spyder Here is a preview : James Irvin: I’m not going to let Dana White down, I’m not going to let Anderson Silva down and most of all I’m not going to let the fans down. You’re going to see the best James Irvin, the absolute best I can be.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 5:49PM by Kracker_Jap - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mirko Crocop will NOT be fighting at DREAM.5
(dreamfighters.com)
DreamFighters.com has learned through a source, which is now confirmed from Mirko Crocop, as he did a small interview for http://dnevnik.hr, in which he states he will not be fighting at DREAM.5 due to an old injury, that will not require surgery.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 4:42PM by kastro_316 - 10 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Jackson/Griffin Scorecards; Main Event Wins “Fight of the Night”
(cagepotato.com)
The official judges’ tallies, from Dave Meltzer via Fightlinker:
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 4:21PM by Porch28 - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Forrest Collects $250k Purse!?
(canadianpress.google.com)
Griffin made a purse of $250,000, including a $100,000 win bonus. Jackson collected $225,000. The purses do not necessarily contain other bonuses included in fighter contracts. The two got another $60,000 apiece for winning fight of the night honours. "I think we're going to have to do that again. And that sucks for me," said Griffin. "Every punch he threw hurt," added Griffin. Said Jackson: "He really hurt my leg. ... He just whupped my ass."
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 3:48PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC still going through growing pains
(sports.yahoo.com)
LAS VEGAS – When the Ultimate Fighting Championship started as a made-for-pay-per-view event in 1993, it was a learn-as-you-go proposition since nobody knew what to expect. Over the past few years, in attempting to turn whatever it started out as being to a legitimate sport with unified rules and commission regulation, there have been a new set of growing pains. The more popular the sport gets, the more controversies there seems to be regarding judging criteria, referee stoppages and rule interpretations.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 11:17AM by Porch28 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
New champ Josh Thomson searches for new challenges
(mmajunkie.com)
Riding a six-fight win streak and holding the Strikeforce U.S. lightweight championship belt, Josh "The Punk" Thomson (15-2) still entered the June 27 "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson" event a decided 3-to-1 underdog against his longtime training partner and Strikeforce world lightweight champion Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 10:57AM by Porch28 - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
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