Time for Leben to go?
The UFC is not a charitable organization. While I'm sure it brings joy to millions of people, the UFC is foremost a business.
But not everyone sees it that way.
A recent article by Cagewriter editor Steve Cofield talks about the recent problems of Chris Leben, saying, "Here's hoping they don't axe him because if he's struggling with some of the demons of the past it might be the worst time ever for UFC to dump him."
Despite some hardcore fans' resistance, Miller declares "Bully Beatdown" a success
This past week saw the second season of "Bully Beatdown," with host Jason "Mayhem" Miller, debut on MTV.
"I was definitely looking forward to – if the show went the way I thought it was going to – to doing a second season," Miller said. "I think the first season kind of came out the way we thought it would, but we saw the room for improvement."
The second season's first episode featured top lightweight fighter Eddie Alvarez and a bully named Brandon. While the format was familiar to anyone who watched an episode of the original season, Miller said he was deeply involved in some of the changes that were made.
"My big thing was we came in and I said, 'Look, man – this beginning part is ridiculous,'" Miller said. "'It's way too crazy because the guy has time. They know that I'm coming, so they have time to make up something ridiculous to say, and it always comes out contrived and fake. It would be better if I just interviewed them with the understood fact that he's already agreed to this. It's way easier that way.'
While DirecTV dropping Versus, DISH Network offering three free months to all subscribers
Not all satellite television users will find themselves without the Versus network.
In fact, DISH Network customers – including existing users and new subscribers – will get Versus, home to World Extreme Cagefighting, for free through Dec. 2.
In an apparent reaction to rival satellite television provider DirecTV's decision to discontinue the broadcast of Versus programming, DISH Network officials today announced the new deal.
Interview With UFC Lightweight Phillipe Nover
Thank you for taking the time to sit down with MMABay and answer a few of our questions:
MMABay - Firstly, you have a big fight coming up in just a few weeks, how’s the preparation going, and how are you feeling in the run up to the fight?
Nover - I feel fantastic. I was notified only 4 weeks out but I'm always in shape and have been training. It is just a matter of tailoring my training for Sam's style. My overall preparation has been almost perfect. Weight is good, no major injuries, lots of team support, and I'm totally focused!
Carwin: Fedor is going to become irrelevant at Strikeforce
UFC heavyweight number one contender, Shane Carwin gave his thoughts on Fedor Emelianenko recently signing with Strikeforce, saying the Russian could have gone down as the greatest of all time but he chose to seek protection, just as he has done in recent years.
When asked about the recent comments made that Strikeforce offers Fedor a better challenge at heavyweight, Carwin scoffed:
Free agent Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal reminds the haters he's just getting started
Less than a year since his professional debut in Sengoku, multi-division prospect Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal is tired of defending his path in the world of MMA.
After a 25-second win over longtime-MMA-veteran Mark Kerr this past Saturday at "M-1 Global presents Breakthrough," Lawal raised his record to 5-0 with four TKO's.
But the 28-year-old told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that it just doesn't seem to be enough for many people he talks to – and Lawal said the UFC's hype machine is partly to blame.
"I guess people think I'm a veteran," Lawal said. "I'm not going to lie. Mark Kerr wasn't top competition. But my knee wasn't 100 percent. I told everybody I was 100 percent. Every fighter says they're 100 percent. I wasn't 100 percent, but I took the fight.
Despite Previous Announcement, Miller Now Says Shields Fight Not Set
It seems that Jason Miller has been leaping before looking lately. Although he previously announced last month he was "set" to face Jake Shields for the Strikeforce Interim Middleweight Title, Miller now says it's not set yet. He still thinks it's likely but isn't finalized. He also believes the expected 3rd match with Ronaldo Souza for the DREAM Middleweight Championship later this year also isn't happening.
Really good article IMO. It shows how UFC successfully turned a worthless division into the best one in the world. Also mentions Fedor's possible future.
WEC 42 Attendance & Live Gate
Better late than never-the NSAC today finally revealed the attendance and live gate totals for last month's WEC 42 event. Total attendance was 2082 with 1640 paid and 442 comps and 870 unsold tickets for a live gate of $175,835.
Yamamoto Taking Time Off For Training
It hasn't been a good 2009 for Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. Since returning from a knee injury that cost him all of 2008 he was upset by Joe Warren at DREAM 9 and then KO'd in a K-1 fight 2 months later. Last week, he announced at a press conference held in his gym that he plans to travel abroad for training. This means no potential fight at DREAM 11 or DREAM 12 as had been hoped for, but DREAM approved his training sabbatical. Kid hopes to train in either Thailand or the US west coast with plans to return to Japan by the end of the year, possibly fighting on the annual NYE blowout show.
WEC No Longer On DirecTV
It's not a good day to be a WEC fan if you have DirecTV. The satellite TV provider has dropped Versus, the network that broadcasts WEC events, as of midnight this morning. DirecTV says that Versus is asking for a 20% increase in fees. Before the blackout, Versus was getting 18 cents per DirectTV subscriber. In a statement put out by DirecTV, they claim Versus' owner, Comcast, forced DirecTV to remove Versus due to not accepting the terms Comcast demanded.
Lift The Ban Watch: Maine Legalizes MMA
With legislation signed into law Monday, Maine has become the latest state to legalize MMA. The bill creates an "MMA Authority" in the state that must have rules for the sport established by March 1, 2010,which is when the state can host MMA events including UFC if such rules are in place. A UFC event in the state could feature hometown star Marcus Davis.
Denis Kang eager to beat Michael Bisping’s ass in Manchester
“I jumped at the opportunity as soon as it was put in front of me…. I think I am gonna beat his ass … whether he won his last fight or lost it. He is a good fighter, he has got cardio and he knows how to win a fight. He knows how to ride the momentum, you know what I mean? I wouldn’t say he is a standout in any area but he is decent in all areas and he has a good head for the game, which can take you a long way…. I always want to finish the fight but you know, he’s only got two losses and he went the distance with Rashad Evans. But I am going to go for the KO like Hendo!… To me he is not ‘cocky Michael Bisping,’ he is just a sack of flesh and bones across the Octagon that I am waiting to pound on.”
2009 ADCC Tournament
Kyra Gracie, Brazil (2007 women's -59kg winner)
Sayaka Shioda, Japan (2007 women's -55kg winner)
Megumi Fujii, Japan
Michelle Tavares, Brazil
Laurence Cousin, France
Ina Steffensen, Denmark
Hillary Williams, USA
Luanna Alzuguir, Brazil
Hannette Staack, USA (2007 women's Absolute and -67kg winner)
Penny Thomas, USA (2007 women's 67kg+ winner)
Hitomi Hiraiwa, Japan
Rosângela Conceição, Brazil
Ida Hansson, Sweden
Shanti Abelha, Denmark
Lana Stephanac, USA
Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos, Brazil
Rani Yahya, Brazil (2007 men's -65kg winner)
Jeff Curran, USA
Justin Rader, USA
Leo Vieira, Brazil
Hiroshi "Iron" Nakamura, Japan
Jeff Glover, USA
Baret Yoshida, USA
Rubens Charles Maciel, Brazil
Jayson Patino, USA
David Marinakis, Australia
Ryan Hall, USA
Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas, Finland
Nicolas Renier, France
Rafael Mendes, Brazil
Kohei Yasumi, Japan
Marcelo Garcia, Brazil (2007 men's -76kg winner; Garcia also won the -76kg class in 2003 and 2005, and placed 2nd in the 2007 Absolute bracket.)
Ben Askren, USA
Bill Cooper, USA
Milton Vieira, Brazil
Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Japan
Georges St. Pierre, Canada
Pablo Popovich, USA
Kron Gracie, USA
Enrico Cocco, USA
Rodney Ellis, Australia
Don Ortega, USA
Toni Linden, Finland
Marcelo Azevedo, Brazil
Murilo Santana, Brazil
Keita Nakamura, Japan
Demian Maia, Brazil (2007 men's -87kg winner; will he get a chance to avenge his loss to Nate Marquardt?)
Gunnar Nelson, Iceland
Tarsis Humphreys, Brazil
Rousimar Palhares, Brazil
Braulio Estima, UK
Nate Marquadt, USA
Mike van Arsdale, USA
Daniel Tabera, Spain
Rafael Lovato Jr.
Chris Weidman, USA
Igor Praporshchikov, Australia
Jason Selva, USA
Trond Saksenvik, Norway
Andre Galvao, Brazil
Kazuhiro Nakamura, Japan
Kassim Annan, France
Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro, USA (2007 men's -98kg winner)
Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz, Brazil
Renato Sobral, Brazil
Vesa Vuori, Finland
Vinicius Magalhães, Brazil
Dean Lister, USA
Roberto Abreu, USA
Ricardo Arona, Brazil
Gerardi Rinaldi, USA
Anthony Perosh, Australia
Rafael Davies, USA
Andreas Olsen, Norway
Radek Turek, Poland
Glover Teixeira, Brazil
Yukiya Naito, Japan
Fabricio Werdum, Brazil (2007 men's 99kg+ winner)
Jeff Monson, USA
Tom Erikson, USA
Jon Olav Einemo, Norway
Rogent Lloret, Spain
Saulo Ribeiro, USA
Dennis Roberts, Australia
Asa Fuller, USA
Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen, Finland
Tomasz Janiszewski, Poland
Antoine Jaoude, Brazil
Kouji Kanechika, Japan
Tom DeBlass, USA
Can't wait for this.