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Scott Coker the man behind Strikeforce's curtain
(mmajunkie.com)
This is the kind of thing that doesn't happen every day. Or every year. Or even every decade. Scott Coker was 21, teaching martial arts near his Northern California home and not sure what he planned to do with the rest of his life. But he had a passion for taekwondo, enjoyed what he was doing and, like many young adults, wasn't particularly concerned at the time with where life was leading. He was instructing in an otherwise typical day at his gym when one of his students, an employee of Coors Brewery, told him that Coors was looking to sponsor professional kickboxing events that were being broadcast on ESPN.
Submitted Aug 29, 2008 1:11AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Randy Couture willing to fight in the UFC once more
(mmajunkie.com)
Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture could return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship by year's end as part of an out-of-court settlement with the organization. Multiple sources close to the fighter, speaking exclusively to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), today said that Couture is willing to fight once more for the UFC, possibly before the end of the year, as a potential resolution to his ongoing legal battles with the fight promotion. However, Couture himself could not be reached for comment, and it's unknown if the UFC is even considering the offer at this point. According to one source, as part of Couture's concession to return the octagon, the 45-year-old UFC hall-of-famer would want to walk away "clear and free" from the organization after the bout.
Submitted Aug 29, 2008 1:09AM by MMAcca - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ultimate Fighter ‘Reunion’ show coming soon to Spike TV
(mmamania.com)
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) mixed martial arts reality series is often referred to as the single-most important development in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). When the first episode debuted on Spike TV on January 18, 2005, the promotion was in dire straits. It was already about $40 million in the hole and it had essentially bankrolled a show on television to gain critical traction and exposure. It was a huge dice roll — if the show flopped it could have spelled the eventual end of the Zuffa-owned organization. Fortunately for them, and the millions of fans now scattered across the globe, it was a smash hit thanks in large part to the sensational three-round light heavyweight final brawl between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. Griffin ended up with his arm raised in the end, along with Diego Sanchez, who was the middleweight winner after totally dominating Kenny Florian. In hindsight, however, more was won that night than just two fights — the entire concept won over a legion of MMA fans literally overnight.
Submitted Aug 29, 2008 1:08AM by MMAcca - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Urijah Faber: BJ Penn Has 90 Percent Chance of Beating Kimbo Slice
(bloodyelbow.com)
On the Big O & Dukes show on 106.7 WJFK today, WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber was asked about BJ Penn's chances of defeating Kimbo Slice in a fight. Faber replied that Penn had a "90% chance" of defeating the EliteXC heavyweight, although one speculates Faber really feels the chances are much higher. The Penn vs. Slice "fantasy match-up" is the product of UFC President Dana White's comment just prior to EliteXC's debut on CBS. White remarked that BJ Penn could defeat Slice in a MMA bout. The effort of White was to disparage Slice's talent level by suggesting a lightweight fighter in the UFC could defeat a heavyweight fighter in EliteXC (or at least Slice). Faber's corroboration merely adds fuel to the fire.
Submitted Aug 29, 2008 1:02AM by MMAcca - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Glover Teixera Next Fight To Be In UFC...
(mmamania.com)
Glover Teixera recently (5-2) recently appeared on an episode of tapout featuring his quick KO victory of Jorge Oliveria. Glover Teixera is best remembered for KO's Soko in the WEC, and as Chuck Liddels longtime training partner. Glover Teixera was rumored to appear on the UFC's next installment of the Ultimate Fighter, but it looks as if he will be skipping that route, signing a contract with the UFC... ...
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 8:55PM by F--K_Luck_AuH2O - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
New Interview from Matt Hamill!!!
mmaturf.net
Check out the latest Interviews by Penny Buffington on Here is part of the interview from Matt Hamill: “Yes. He is a really good friend of mine. I helped him with wrestling takedowns. Rich and I we grew up together. We were raised and born in Cincinnati, Ohio. One day he asked me. He wanted some help with his takedowns so I just helped him out with takedowns and we’re still friends. No matter what, inside the ring or outside the ring. We leave friendship at the door. We two are professionals. I know it’s sad. It’s like fighting my brother but I have to do this. I fight for my daughter. I’m getting my name out there. I know he has more experience then I have. I’m inexperienced. My record is 6 and 1 and his record is 25 and 3. So that could be a stepping stone for me. He is a former World Champion that’s got me more motivated. I want to show what I got. I’m getting better every time I fight. So don’t miss my fight Sept 6th because I’m ready!” - Matt Hamill Get the full interview on ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Wow I never knew they were close friends and grew up together...
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 7:18PM by AllKnowin1 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Rampage Pleads Not Guilty
(mmaweekly.com)
Quinton Jackson today appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his vehicular rampage and arrest earlier this summer. He is to next appear in court November 3.
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 5:04PM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
KJ Noons Tells His Side of the Story: "I Am Tired of Being Bent Over by EliteXC With No Vaseline"
(bloodyelbow.com)
In this letter, Noons tells his side of the story regarding why he won't appear on the October 4th CBS show. In short, he accusses Pro Elite management of strong arm tactics, favoratism, negligence and incompetence. Here are his words in their entirety.
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 4:24PM by Wolfenstein - 37 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Dana White Open To Bringing Tito Ortiz Back To UFC
(fightline.com)
UFC president Dana White and Tito Ortiz have had a very public very intense battle of words in which they have both personally attacked one another. At one point Ortiz stated that he would never fight for the UFC again; however, that statement was made before Ortiz spoke with other organizations about fighting outside of the UFC. He has yet to sign with any of them and now appears to be negotiating with the UFC again. "As part of his contract, he goes out and ... I don't know, something to do with his contract, but he's still got his foot in the door with his contract," White told USA Today. "As part of our business practice in this crazy world these days, we — let me think how I can word this to you. I always say, we make this thing look a lot easier than it really is, and we're definitely not going to make it easy for anybody else. We're going to make things tough for other people." White went on to confirm that the UFC has negotiating rights with Ortiz which would make it difficult for other organizations to sign him. "Yup, and I'm going take them." Despite what's been said, White feels that the two can work together professionally, even if they don't see eye to eye personally. "Listen, me and Tito didn't say anything worse than what we said before he came back and became a coach on The Ultimate Fighter. Tito and I do not like each other. We do not. It's 100% real, we don't like each other at all, but it doesn't mean we haven't done business together before."
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 4:01PM by grappler0000 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Pellegrino fighting for his life at UFC 88
(sports.yahoo.com)
Pellegrino is opening a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Belmar, N.J. But if his fight career ends anytime soon and his business fails, Pellegrino doesn't know how he and his family would survive. He can barely read and write, and said his math skills are at a third grade level. He's a product of the wonderful school system in Point Pleasant, N.J. where he was moved along and allowed to graduate because he was a phenomenomal athlete (two-time runner-up in the N.J. state high school wrestling championships).
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 2:59PM by scoozna - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Video: Ken Shamrock talks Kimbo Slice fight
(dreamfighters.com)
The old video of Ken Shamrock talking about Kimbo Slice, and fighting Kimbo Slice
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 12:43PM by kastro_316 - 5 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, Other MMA Organizations
 
EXC On CBS 10/4 Undercard Taking Shape
(mmamania.com)
EliteXC has begun the process of assembling its undercard for the next CBS event on 10/4. Mike Aina vs. James Edson Berto is official, and at least 3 more fights are to be made before the event.
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 10:53AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Jon Koppenhaver Now A Legal "War Machine"
(mmamania.com)
Apparently Jon Koppenhaver attended the Jim "Ultimate Warrior" Hellwig school of thought. Because of a wrestling federation attempting to sue him over his nickname, Koppenhaver has changed his legal name to his nickname, "War Machine".
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 10:48AM by DCRage - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Jerome Le Banner vs. Tim Sylvia Possible for Affliction 3!!!!!!!
(bloodyelbow.com)

Although the second Affliction show is still over a month away, future plans include a third show that will most likely take place in January of February 2009. One fight that Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is looking at is one that some fans have been talking about for quite some time. "In terms of fighters we are looking at Jerome LeBanner, he is interested in doing MMA and apparently him and Tim Sylvia have some history between them so that is something that we are looking at right now."
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 9:41AM by juanez13 - 23 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
More Spirit Likely In Kang's Future
(sherdog.com)
Ahead of his title fight this weekend in the Spirit MC promotion, Denis Kang said he is on the verge of signing a "1-2 year" extension with the Korean organization.
Submitted Aug 28, 2008 7:54AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
 
 
Snapshot of the Day: Rampage's New Home
(bloodyelbow.com)
The legally embroiled Quinton "Rampage" Jackson formally confirmed his split from trainer/manager Juanito Ibarra today, and announced that he will now train with and be managed exclusively by Liverpool, England's Wolfslair. UK site Fighters Only broke the news. According to multiple reports, it's now all but confirmed that Jackson will face Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 91 in Portland, OR, on November 15th.
Submitted Aug 27, 2008 10:19PM by wolfman - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Aaron Simpson Steps In To Face Avellan In WEC 36
(mmaweekly.com)
Less than 24 hours after MMAWeekly.com learned that David Avellan was without an opponent due to Tim McKenzie being forced out of the fight with an undisclosed injury, a new fighter has stepped in as a replacement.
Submitted Aug 27, 2008 9:58PM by Franklinfan47 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
Quinton Jackson Likely To Fight At UFC 91
(mmaweekly.com)
Despite being currently entangled in the legal system, Quinton Jackson is forging on with his mixed martial arts career. After losing the title at UFC 86 via a unanimous, but controversial, judges decision, Jackson will likely grace the UFC’s first Northwestern card in Portland, Ore. at UFC 91. No opponent has been named for the embattled former champ, but speculation has named Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as a possible draw. Jackson badly lost to Rua in his latter days with the Pride Fighting Championships, falling to strikes in the first round of their 2005 fight. The news comes from a report by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports after speaking with UFC president Dana White. Jackson on Tuesday was charged with two felonies and four misdemeanors by the Orange County District Attorney’s office for a July 15 hit-and-run incident on the streets of Costa Mesa. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison. A felony charge related to a female victim of the incident never materialized. Holli Griggs was a passenger in one of the cars that Jackson sideswiped. Griggs was 16 weeks pregnant with a boy when she miscarried two weeks after the incident. Orange County DA spokeswoman Farrah Emami told MMAWeekly.com that a subsequent investigation of the miscarriage did not implicate Jackson.
Submitted Aug 27, 2008 5:08PM by SmileR - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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