Former Owner of Premier Fighter Indicted
Forbes is reporting that the gentleman with ties to the MMA apparel line Premier Fighter has been indicted on multiple charges related to fraud, money laundering and other criminal activity:
A federal grand jury has indicted a 37-year-old Nebraska man, alleging he operated a Ponzi scheme that caused investors to lose about $4 million from 2006 to 2008. Matthew Anselmo of Bellevue is accused of misappropriating investment and loan funds from 13 people to pay off previous investors and business debts, underwrite his gambling and buy a residence and vehicles.
The 27-count indictment, announced Friday, also charges Anselmo with mail fraud, money laundering and possessing counterfeit checks with the intent to deceive other people. Anselmo was owner, operator and manager of M&M Marketing and Premier Fighter. Premier Fighter sold mixed martial arts-related apparel.
There had been talk in MMA circles about Premier Fighter allegedly not paying fighters after the fighters wore Premier Fighter during their bouts during Anselmo’s ownership, with many threads on the UG detailing this. Premier Fighter had been distributed by Hitman Fight Gear (and therefore by TapouT) before Hitman parted ways with Premier during the Fall of last year. This indictment sounds like the other show dropping in relation to these earlier troubling reports.
Limp Bizkit booked for UFC 100 weekend, concert to stream on UFC.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship and the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino have further bolstered July's historic UFC 100 weekend with a Limp Bizkit concert.
The rap-metal group performs on the eve of UFC 100, July 10, at Mandalay Bay Beach as part of its "Unicorns N' Rainbows" tour.
Tickets for the concert go on sale May 29, and the show also airs live on UFC.com.
Forrest Griffin Gets UFC's First 'Authentic Spirit' Award
The UFC, in conjunction with Tequila Cazadores, awarded Forrest Griffin the first ever UFC Authentic Spirit Award.
The award will be given to a UFC fighter monthly who exemplifies social responsibility, dedication to their art form and good sportsmanship. Griffin was announced as the recipient by UFC President Dana White at a media event held by the UFC, Tequila Cazadores and THQ at Tabu in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
Griffin was given the award for his work with the Wounded Warriors program, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
Tim Sylvia Returns To MMA In August
Tim Sylvia will be fighting for a "very high profile" mixed martial arts organisation in August, Fighters Only can exclusively reveal.
The former UFC heavyweight champion says that contracts for the summer fight have been drawn up but not signed.
"We have the contract at home, I am just waiting to get back and send it out," he said. "I'm not allowed to say right now what the show is or who my opponent is."
UFC 98 Weigh-In Results
OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN RESULTS:
UFC 98 Main Card Bouts:
-Rashad Evans (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (204)
-Matt Hughes (170) vs. Matt Serra (171)
-Dan Miller (185) vs. Chael Sonnen (186)
-Sean Sherk (156) vs. Frankie Edgar (155)
-Drew McFedries (185) vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam (186)
UFC 98 Preliminary Bouts:
-Brock Larson (171) vs. Mike Pyle (172)
-Tim Hague (263) vs. Patrick Barry (237)
-Phillipe Nover (156) vs. Kyle Bradley (156)
-Andre Gusmao (206) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (206)
-Yoshiyuki Yoshida (171) vs. Brandon Wolff (170)
-George Roop (154) vs. David Kaplan (156)
Mike Pyle was a late replacement filling in for Chris Wilson against Brock Larson. Pyle didn't step on the scales during the official weigh-in, but did make weight shortly after.
Is Serra fight Hughes' last stand?
The Matt Hughes train is headed to the UFC Hall of Fame. The question is, is Las Vegas on Saturday night the final stop before enshrinement?
Hughes is near the top of most UFC all-time lists. The two-time welterweight champion is tied with Randy Couture for most wins in championship matches with nine. He’s tied with Tito Ortiz and Anderson Silva for most consecutive successful title defenses with five. He’s second to Randy Couture for most total time as champion at 52 months. And he’s tied with Tito Ortiz for second place behind Chuck Liddell for most UFC victories, with 17.
During what most would consider his peak, from 2001 to the end of 2006, when he dropped the title for a final time to Georges St. Pierre, he went on a 19-1 (including two wins outside the UFC) tear.
When UFC president Dana White pushed him as “the greatest welterweight of all-time,” during the build for his most famous match, a UFC 60 win over Royce Gracie, there was virtually nobody who tried to pick apart the statement because it was almost impossible to argue.
Hughes has repeatedly said that he’s not the kind of fighter who wants to be the former champion who becomes the stepping stone for young fighters to make themselves stars, and the subject of retirement has been broached by him a few times.
Ed Soares, Krzysztof Soszynski and Chael Sonnen sound off on UFC 98 and so much more
UFC 98-featured fighters Krzysztof Soszynski and Chael Sonnen, as well as MMA super-manager Ed Soares, were the featured guests on MMAmania.com’s exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio this week.
First up was Soares, the manager of Brazilian legends such as UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho and the number one-ranked 205-pound contender, Lyoto Machida, who has his title shot against Rashad Evans at UFC 98 on Saturday.
Soares was quick to play up the potential for the fight, saying that it could prove to be “one of those fights that people talk about for the rest of their lives.”
Stephan Bonnar says Matt Hughes is retiring after UFC 98
First, Matt Serra dropped some hints that he's at least entertaining the idea of retiring after Saturday's UFC 98 event.
Now, it's his opponent's name that's popping up in recent retirement talk.
On the latest edition of ESPN's "MMA Live," UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar said he heard directly from Matt Hughes that the former champ will call it quits after his fight with Serra.
"I've heard it from Matt Hughes' mouth that this is going to be his last fight – I think win or lose," said Bonnar
Potty all the time: Alistair Overeem clowns rent-a-cops over greedy bathroom attendant
Alistair attended some famous dance club with his brother Valentijn. Went to the toilet and did not have coins to pay the toilet woman. Alistair told her he would pay a euro when he came back, because he did not have change. Then the security guard who was near by started to get involved. Valentijn saw the incident and also started asking what the problem was. They offered to pay, but by then 6 security guards came over surrounding them. The Overeem brothers were asked to leave, Alistair was already outside when he saw his brother Valentijn fighting. Valentijn still was discussing the situation on his way outside with one of the security guards hit Valentijn in the face with a flash light. Three security guards dived onto Valentijn and brother Alistair wanted to go back inside to help his brother. This resulted in five security guards in the hospital.”
UFC Quick Quote: Tito Ortiz is ’still a force to be reckon with’ based on UFC 98 main event
“Well, to start it off, I think Machida will win by what Joe Rogan calls, ‘elusiveness!’ or in my words ‘hit and run.’ This will be a great test for Evans to find the range to get the takedown. Machida is the favorite in my experience with both fighters. Never mind there’s only one of the fighters that are undefeated truthfully. That mark one on Rashad’s record isn’t a draw. It’s nice to see that one guy I almost submitted will be the champ and the other that I beat is the champ. I’m still a force to be reckon with.”
– Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz tells PunchDrunkGamer.com that he’s still got game because he’s given the UFC 98: “Evans vs. Machida” main event participants all they could handle. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” battled current 205-pound champ, “Sugar” Rashad” to a draw at UFC 73: “Stacked” back in July 2007, but more than likely would have won the bout if he didn’t get docked a point for grabbing the fence in the second round. He then had Machida in big trouble courtesy of a triangle/armbar submission attempt late in the third round of their bout at UFC 84: “Ill Will” in May 2008. He eventually dropped the contest to “The Dragon” via clear-cut unanimous decision. So what say you … is Tito Ortiz still a major player at 205 pounds or can he still compete (and beat) the best in the world?
Sengoku 9: Kitaoka's Title Defense, Middleweight Title Challenger Fight Set
World Victory Road further filled out the top part of the card for Sengoku 9 today, announcing that Mizuto Hirota-not Kazunori Yokota-will face Sengoku Lightweight Champion Satoru Kitaoka for the title. Yokota was thought to be in line for the shot after beating Leonardo Santos at Sengoku 8, plus he beat Hirota in the LWGP. The promotion also announced a Kazuo Misaki vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura fight with the winner getting the first shot at Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago, who beat Misaki to become the inaugural champion.
UFC 98 Preview w/Monster, Ortiz, Miletich, Thomson & More!
Nate Quarry – “Serra/Hughes is the fight I'm personally tuning in to see. Ever been to a UFC and seen a fight break out in the stands? Everyone turns to watch it. Why would they want to see two drunken brawlers instead of two well conditioned athletes? Because of the passion the drunken idiots have. We're addicted to seeing this personal part of people's lives. It's what makes us tune in to reality shows. We want to see those raw emotions on display. It's one of the few taboos left in the world. Well, guess what? That's what we get to see with Hughes and Serra. Two guys who don't like each other. One farm boy and one New Yorker. Hughes plan is going to be the same as always. Take him down and ground and pound. But Serra is going to be very tough to do that to. He's got very fast hips and is built well for reversals and submissions. And Serra has proven he has knock out power in his hands. I don't generally give predictions because I usually get them wrong but... I've got to go with Serra on this one.”
Perfect timing: Cain Velasquez on his new UFC 99 opponent, Cheick Kongo
Cain Velazquez: I feel good about my new opponent. At this stage, I think he is a tougher opponent. I thought he was in line for a title shot next so that makes me feel good. I will definitely have to change up my gameplan now.
He has a long reach and is very strong fighter. He has improved his take down defense. I will be really focused on my take downs and also working to sharpen my kickboxing skills. Overall, I want to be fast, explosive and just stay calm out there.
UFC 98 Press Conference Notes
Today the UFC held its press conference in anticipation for UFC 98 with UFC president Dana White leading the way with all four main event fighters joining him on stage.
White noted the historic significance of Saturday's fight, “The main event for the light heavyweight title on Saturday night, for the first time in UFC history, that two undefeated fighters have faced off for the title.”
The challenger Lyoto Machida was short and sweet with his thoughts on the fight, “I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to this fight. I will try to finish this fight before the end.”
This will be Rashad Evans first title defense and he hopes to keep the title for a long time as he mentioned in his comments for the fight.