New British Promotion Headed Straight To UK TV
Bravo Television is a tempting proposition for any Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the U.K., as it presents a unique opportunity to reach a wider viewing audience as well having a background in UFC programming. In short, Bravo understands the sport.
So when it was originally announced that Bravo was considering MMA in its programming schedule, the promotions started to take note, most of all the British Fighting Championship and Ultimate Challenge. The reality is that neither show will be featured on Bravo and that a new tournament based format show will emerge in its place.
Starting on June 28, BAMMA will be running its first event on Bravo, a fight card featuring three tournaments across the lightweight, middleweight and light heavyweight categories and will be fought with the winners moving onto a place in the finals.
Fighting Blind, Ben Henderson Opening His Eyes
In mixed martial arts, fighting blind is typically more or less a euphemism, but in WEC fighter Ben Henderson's case, it's been applied quite literally.
Often seen after fights donning glasses that make him look rather scholarly, Henderson, in a recent interview on MMAWeekly Radio, gave some insight into the effect his poor eyesight has had on his fight career.
"It's not very good, my vision," said Henderson. "I can (my opponents) far away as a blur, but the closer they get, if I squint, I can see them more clearly.
Randy Can Relate, Supports Chuck's Decision
There are a number of options for Chuck Liddell’s future, and former opponent Randy Couture supports all of them.
Couture told MMAWeekly.com he empathized with Liddell’s situation – the former light heavyweight champ is currently stuck in the middle in a war of words between coach John Hackleman and UFC president Dana White – though he hadn’t spoken to him personally in recent weeks.
Having been asked questions about retirement for much of his career, Couture can understand Liddell’s struggle.
Wanderlei Silva expresses surprising desire to train with former rival
A Brazilian rivalry dating back to 2005 may be nearing it’s end in the near future, at least according to one of the feud participants.
Wanderlei Silva and Ricardo Arona are age old enemies who first met up at PRIDE Final Conflict 2005 in the semi-final of PRIDE’s middleweight grand prix. Arona surprised many when he handed the dominant middleweight champion his first defeat in over five years at the weight class by controlling Silva from the top position for the majority of the contest en route to a decision victory. Arona yelled in the face of the PRIDE champion from the top position at the bout’s conclusion to add insult to injury, and add fuel to the fire of the rivalry.
Kevin Burns vs. Chris Lytle official for TUF 9 Finale in June
A welterweight contest between Kevin Burns (7-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Chris Lytle (26-17-5 MMA, 5-9 UFC), first reported in March, has been officially added to the June 20 finale of "The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K."
The organization made the announcement on its official website.
The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale takes place June 20 at The Pearl in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. It airs on Spike TV.
With life's battles already won, UFC's Matt Brown earning "immortal" tag
Finding success in today's UFC requires clean living, a dedication to a healthy diet and proper training. But not every rising star in the organization started their career by walking down the right path.
UFC welterweight Matt Brown (9-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) recently revealed to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that before the bright lights of the octagon he had already won a different fight – a battle with illegal drug use that nearly cost him his life.
"I came really close to dying," Brown said. "I [overdosed] on heroin. … They said I was clinically dead for over a minute."
Heath Herring Ready For His Next Rodeo
Win or lose, Heath Herring will never stray from a 13-year credo: entertainment first, results second.
The “Texas Crazy Horse” has never had it easy, in Pride or the UFC. He’s faced enough top-ranked fighters for three men’s careers. The difference between the two organizations, he says, is entertainment was job security in Japan.
“It was a whole different thing,” said Herring. “The fighters were pushed more to go out there and put on a good show. The UFC’s definitely, if you don’t win – especially with the contracts they have – they’ll cut you with a loss. So I have had to change my mentality a little bit.”
Given the mismatches that continue to dot the Japanese scene, not much has changed.
Sherk works on reputation restoration
From his shredded abdomen to his massive trapezius to his cauliflower ears, Sean Sherk looks every bit the wrestler. He’s built like a guy who could pick you up and drive you repeatedly into the mat for the sheer joy of it.
It’s pretty much what he did to Kenny Florian when he won the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title at UFC 64 in Las Vegas on Oct. 14, 2006. That raw power is what has helped him to become one of the world’s elite mixed martial artists.
Affliction's Tom Atencio: Emelianenko vs. Barnett is "the fight I want"
Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is still tight-lipped about details of the organization's upcoming third show.
But when it comes to the night's main event, he definitely has his heart set on one particular matchup: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett.
"It hasn't been finalized," Atencio said on today's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "It's the fight fight I want, though. We're working on it.
"But it's not done."
Strange brew: Interview with Dan Miller
If Miller Light was everything you wanted in a beer (and less) then Dan Miller might be everything you want in an MMA fighter (with less hype). Dan’s a down-to-earth guy, and just like his lightweight brother Jim, Dan is willing to take a fight on a moment’s notice.
When Dan Miller was trying to get his UFC shot, he told matchmaker Joe Silva he would be ready to go at any time — it didn’t matter if he got a week or two days notice — he would fight for him. He’s apparently a man of his word, living up to the reputation ever since — whenever Joe Silva gives him the call, he’ll say yes.
Just like Miller Light, Dan Miller is a good call.
Wanderlei On Anderson: I Want To Fight Him
Wanderlei Silva has another big challenge on his plate when he fights Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany next month. But lately, he’s had his eye on a new, or old, challenge.
There could be another Silva on his horizon; that of former training partner Anderson. The two sweated and bled together at Chute Boxe in their formative years, near the apex of Wanderlei’s time in Pride. Office politics put them on different paths, with Anderson leaving the academy in 2005 over issues on the control of his career. But they stayed friendly, at least until recently.
ROUSIMAR PALHARES SUFFERS BROKEN LEG
UFC fighter Rousimar Palhares suffered a fractured tibia in training while wrestling. He underwent surgery on Thursday night at Hospital Miguel Couto in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to a report by Martins Denis on intheguard.tv.
Kerry Vera Debuts At Bellator On 5/15
There have been some notable fighting couples in MMA-the Coutures, the Cyborgs (Santos), and now there are the Veras. Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC star Brandon Vera, will make her MMA debut for Bellator on 5/15 in a 135-pound fight against 4-0 Leslie Smith. Of course Brandon Vera will be cornering his wife on fight night.
Lift The Ban Watch: South Carolina Votes Today
Currently MMA is legal in 37 states, but as soon as today that number could grow to 38. South Carolina could be next in line, and a vote on legalizing MMA in the state is set for a vote in the state legislature today. The state currently bans MMA in the state with the exception of the US Marines Training Facility at Parris Island.
A Blood Called Shooto
Nearly 25 years ago, Japanese professional wrestler Satoru Sayama -- better known as the original Tiger Mask -- had an idea about fighting, the seed of Shooto.
The first-ever amateur Shooto event was held in 1986, while 1989 marked the first-ever occasion of “professional Shooting.” All mixed martial arts observers know of Greek Pankration -- and the more modern tradition of Brazilian vale tudo -- but Shooto has the longest lineage of any single combat sports entity in contemporary MMA. Fittingly, that lineage will be celebrated this Sunday in Tokyo, when leading Shooto promoter Sustain stages its 20th anniversary event.
“Shooto” is an intriguing concept, its definition varying depending on who you ask. Although Sayama left the world of Shooto in 1986, his original vision is adhered to by authorities who view Shooto not as an organization but as an international sport unto itself, with its own system and rules, taking place from Japan to Australia to Brazil to Belgium and beyond.
For some MMA fans, following Shooto is proof of fanaticism about the sport and, for others, an unfathomable hobby for MMA elitists. One thing that is readily clear, however, is that those who are passionate about Shooto have an intensity about it that is completely incongruous with how most people celebrate other MMA entities. Even in the heyday of UFC-versus-Pride debacles, debates raged over extrinsic qualities of aesthetic production values, roster quality and fighter purses.
THQ Finalizes Undisputed Roster
THQ has released the final roster of playable characters in UFC Undisputed 2009, and it'll top out at 85 characters. In addition to confirming that EVERYONE will be able to eventually get Efrain Escudero and Ryan Bader and not just those who buy the game at GameStop, the final 3 characters were revealed as the late TapouT founder Charles "MasK" Lewis and his TapouT partners "Punkass" and "Skyscrape".
Hackleman, White War over Liddell’s Future
Chuck Liddell’s recently updated Wikipedia biography refers to him as a “former” mixed martial artist.
Not so fast Wiki.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Liddell’s retirement following his first-round technical knockout loss against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97 last month have been greatly exaggerated. That’s according to the man who arguably knows “The Iceman” better than anyone, his longtime trainer John Hackleman.
Hackleman said the 39-year-old superstar is mulling his career options, hasn’t made any decision and is in no hurry to do so.