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Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano and Robbie Lawler ink EliteXC contract extensions
(mmamania.com)
It’s funny what major network television exposure can do for a promotion that is eager to lock-in its stars to long-term deals. Street fighting legend Kimbo Slice, female MMA phenom Gina Carano and EliteXC Middleweight Champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler all signed “long-term extensions” with EliteXC today. Looks like they are trying to keep their stable of star fighters with them for the long haul. This is one step closer for them trying to be the UFC's fiercest competitor. As long as each fighter continues to grow in popularity and they can keep them in house they could become a fixture in MMA for a long time.
Submitted Apr 15, 2008 2:26AM by Mchubb316 - 6 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Miguel Torres vs. Yoshiro Maeda WEC title fight slated for June 1st
(mmamania.com)
Manny Tapia was forced to withdraw this evening from a highly anticipated bout against WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres (32-1) because of a knee injury sustained while training for their showdown at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on June 1. MMAmania.com has learned that Yoshiro Maeda (23-4-2) has agreed to replace Tapia on short notice and take on Torres at WEC 34: “Faber vs. Pulver” for the 135-pound strap. Maeda made his WEC debut in Albuquerque, N.M., knocking out Charlie Valencia with a body kick in the first round. The Japanese fighter is a decorated Pancrase and DEEP veteran. In fact, Maeda was the first Pancrase featherweight titleholder. He had some trouble competing under the Pride FC banner (two of his four losses); however, Maeda has not lost since being submitted by Joe Pearson back in 2006. It was announced today actually that Maeda would face Damacio Page. That bout appears to have quickly been scratched, however, to ensure a worthy opponent for Torres.
Submitted Apr 15, 2008 12:08AM by coldchillin - 9 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Nick Thompson calls out Novell G. Bell (trainer from BET's Iron Ring)
(betboards.bet.com)
Well apparently on the BET boards, Ben Hill the manager of "Iron Ring" trainer Novell G. Bell has been getting real mouthy about MMA fighters being nothing but toughman-level fighters and went as far as saying he would challenge any MMA fighter to try to step to him. Novell G. Bell wasn't as disrespectful but had some choice words for MMA fighters, too. Well some of the guys from the Underground forum (mixedmartialarts.com forums) got word to professional MMA fighter Nick Thompson and he accepted the manager's challenge to a "no rules fight". The manager hasn't accepted yet but these mcdojo losers have no idea what kind of an ass beating they could be in store for. American Top Teamer Mike Hauben waiting to make his pro debut has said he would fight the guy for free as long as he signs a waiver saying he isn't liable for his injuries. Here's the link to the forums where this is all going down: Bell's manager Ben Hill is posting under the name of: Maoshan Bell himself is posting under the name of: BlackTaoist They begin posting on page two, they both apparently practice Kung-Fu and are some form masters or something. This isn't really news-worthy but it's worth a good read to see these mcdojo idiots being called out after running their mouth.
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 11:23PM by coldchillin - 11 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Injured Tapia scratched from WEC title fight with Torres
(mmajunkie.com)
Top WEC bantamweight contender Manny Tapia (10-0-1) has been forced to pull out of his June 1 title fight with champ Miguel Torres (32-1) due to a knee injury. The WEC made the announcement today. According to the bulletin, Tapia suffered the injury during a recent training session.
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 9:45PM by juanez13 - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Sherk finally cleared from suspension
(mmaweekly.com)
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Sean Sherk was released from active suspension in California on Monday after meeting all of the requirements as outlined by the California State Athletic Commission.
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 9:35PM by Porch28 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fisher vs. Stephens on tap for TUF7 Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
Another solid addition has been confirmed for The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale, which takes place June 21 in Las Vegas. UFC lightweights Spencer Fisher (20-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) have agreed to meet at the Spike TV-televised event, which caps off the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest."
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 6:24PM by juanez13 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins UFC 86 fight in the works
(mmamania.com)

There’s a welterweight fight brewing between The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 contestants, Ben Saunders (5-0-2) and Jared Rollins (6-4), for UFC 86: “Jackson vs. Griffin” at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 5, according to MMAWeekly.com..
IMO i think i'd be better to fight other fighters to see how they match up in the division, having 2 TUF fighter from the same season fighting doesnt make sense to me. Unless they want to get rid off J-rock, afterall the UFC did say they have too many fighters under contract
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 5:32PM by juanez13 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White hints that Kimbo Slice-Chuck Liddell UFC fight could be possible
(mmamania.com)
“If he [Kimbo] fought anybody that mattered, I would book [Chuck Liddell] tomorrow…. The fact is, Kimbo’s not there yet. He would get destroyed. I heard he just got knocked out by Forrest Griffin last week in a sparring match after a kick to the head.” chuck would own kimbo, the most overhyped fighter in the history of combat sports. imo james thompson is going to beat him.
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 5:22PM by nickcuc547 - 49 comments
Filed under: UFC, EliteXC
 
News if it's "THE TRUTH"
Brandon Vera, Mike Swick, and Christian Welliisch with new photos and bios listed in the WEC roster now and Brandon Vera is on the main page. WWW.WEC.TV
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 3:30PM by Jesse_Canadian_MMA - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, WEC
 
Babalu earns his black belt.
On Tuesday Bablu earned his black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. Hard to believe he was only a brown belt up until Tuesday. Here is the article http://mmaoverdrive.com/2008/04/12/quick-hit-babalu-black-belted/#comment-108
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 11:07AM by ToeZup - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
LUTTER'S GAME PLAN IS SIMPLE FOR FRANKLIN
(mmaweekly.com)
Travis "The Serial Killer" Lutter heads into the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon this weekend against Rich "Ace" Franklin confident and eager to get one step closer to a rematch with UFC middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 8:14AM by babytater03 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA Quick Quote: Phil Baroni set to eat some Ninja sushi on May 31
(mmamania.com)
Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni talks in an interview with MMARated.com about his upcoming fight with Murilo “Ninja” Rua during “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS on May 31. He talks about his steroid suspension, rematches with Frank Shamrock and Kala Hose, fighting in the UFC or Japan again, as well as his in depth analysis of Kimbo Slice as a fighter. It’s a pretty hilarious interview — check it out if you have time
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 12:40AM by Mchubb316 - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Georges St-Pierre’s Final Exam
(ufc.com)
It’s easy to be jealous of Georges St-Pierre. In a land full of smashed noses, scar tissue, and missing teeth, he’s old Hollywood in style and demeanor. His effortless grace also translates to his day job, where he’s seemingly the one who always gets things right the first time, with his repeated drilling only to benefit muscle memory, not the search for a perfection in execution he’s apparently reached already. That’s why your girlfriend or wife, who can’t recall any fighters not named Chuck Liddell, knows who St-Pierre is; it’s why your nephews, who haven’t been up to speed on fighting since Mike Tyson was wrecking the heavyweight division, will throw out a sidekick and blurt “GSP baby”; and why 22,000 people will be packing the Bell Centre in Montreal for St-Pierre’s challenge of UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra this Saturday.
Submitted Apr 14, 2008 12:37AM by RMFG_187 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
New Blood for the Heavies - Cain Velasquez makes his UFC Debut
(ufc.com)
"Ever notice that when a stellar collegiate wrestling star makes his transition into mixed martial arts, striking is never an issue in those formative months of development? Learning jiu-jitsu can be a frustrating chore, figuring out that what worked on the wrestling mat may not work in the Octagon can be equally baffling, but when it comes to punching, elbowing, and kicking, that’s like being a kid who wakes up on his birthday and finds out he got a snow day off from school as well. Heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez most certainly agrees."...
Submitted Apr 13, 2008 6:28PM by F--K_Luck_AuH2O - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team, General MMA
 
Randy Couture: Fight with Minotauro Nogueira ‘just doesn’t make sense’
(mmamania.com)

.“… I’m 44 and looking at the end of my career. I want to fight the best guy in the world and be considered the best guy as well. That fight is the only way that will happen. It doesn’t make sense – the UFC is criticizing me for not fighting (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira, and I have a lot of respect for Nogueira. I think he’s a great fighter, but he’s been beat by Fedor twice. That fight doesn’t make sense for me right now. If I have more fights left in me after Fedor, maybe I’ll fight Nogueira then, but right now, it just doesn’t make sense.”
Embattled UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture — who still holds that designation because of legal reasons — shares his thoughts on a fight with interim UFC heavyweight champion, (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira. “Minotauro” called out “The Natural” after he defeated Tim Sylvia to earn the vacated belt; however, it appears that Couture (for now) is hellbent on fighting one fighter and one fighter only, Fedor Emelianenko.
Submitted Apr 13, 2008 4:06PM by juanez13 - 37 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Quote of the Day: Bob Meyrowitz weighs in on YAMMA 1
(bloodyelbow.com)
"This was a great night of fights." On the Yamma cage: "This is the new way the sport is going to be." On the Yamma surface: "It was thrilling that it worked." On how he will keep going financially on PPV revenue: "We saw two stars created tonight. Travis Wiuff was Chris Tuscherer were unbelievable." On holding an event full of 40 year olds: "I want to build the new stars." On when he sold the UFC: "There have been almost no stars created since." -- Yamma CEO Bob Meyrowitz is inteviewed by Sherdog.com's Greg Savage after Yamma's inaugural event Friday evening.
Submitted Apr 13, 2008 3:44PM by juanez13 - 10 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
My Take On MMA 4.13.08: Final YAMMA Pit Fighting Thoughts
(411mania.com)
Welcome back to another edition of My Take On MMA! Over the last month we've had two solid SHOWXC events, a very good WEC, a very good Fight Night and a very good Strikeforce event. We've been on a roll and it has been fun. And then I checked the schedule and saw YAMMA on it. This was a show that seemed to be heading towards doom since the beginning. Butterbean as a headliner, I mean, seriously. Frye out and Smith in. Smith in a police chase and out, Goodridge in. Goodridge out, Mark Kerr rolls out of the buffet and in. Smith is back in after a plea-bargain I assume and that wasn't even anything involving the tournament. And then three days before the event they get Ron Waterman as an alternate, not there for the tournament or a fight, there as an alternate. This is going to be fun.
Submitted Apr 13, 2008 1:50PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Hermes Franca wants a shot at B.J. Penn
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
In a new interview with PunchDrunkGamer.com, free agent fighter Hermes Franca not only expressed an interest in a rematch with former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, but also a fight against the current UFC lightweight champion, B.J. Penn:
Submitted Apr 13, 2008 8:24AM by Porch28 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
COUTURE WEIGHS IN ON FEDOR VS SYLVIA
(mmaweekly.com)
A match-up between former Pride heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko, and former UFC heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia, is currently in the works for a possible fight in July. Current UFC heavyweight champion, Randy “The Natural” Couture, recently spoke to MMAWeekly Radio about his thoughts on the fight, if it does happen.
Submitted Apr 13, 2008 8:22AM by Porch28 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
"Strikeforce on NBC" makes solid debut, but questions remain
(mmajunkie.com)
The optimism and intrigue created by Strikeforce's initial announcement of a deal with NBC was immediately followed by skepticism. Sure, mixed martial arts would appear on major U.S. network television for the first time, but the details left a little to be desired. With just 28 minutes of airtime crammed into a very-late-night 2 a.m. broadcast slot, "Strikeforce on NBC" didn't appear to be the network blockbuster MMA fans have long anticipated. However, today's series premiere should put at least some doubts and fears to rest. It also showed how a little network influence can spiff up an image and lend some legitimacy.
Submitted Apr 13, 2008 7:44AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
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