How Dream Became A Reality
From the ashes of Pride FC a new organization has risen called Dream, a partnership with FEG, the primary group behind K-1, and the former employees of Pride. Recently, FEG executive Sadaharu Tanigawa spoke to MMAWeekly.com about how the organization was founded and why they decided to work with the Pride staff.
K-1 Hero’s and Pride were two of the major players for mixed martial arts in Japan and Tanigawa explains why they didn’t simply incorporate the Pride staff into the Hero’s brand, but instead changed the name to Dream.
“In order to (attract) the Pride fans, we have to bring something new,” said Tanigawa. “Because the Pride fans, they don’t really come to the Hero’s events. In order to have them in our events … not only the fans of Pride, but the former Pride staff they were kind of intimidated working together with us as the Hero’s front, so that’s why we have to have something (new).”
This new organization has roots in both K-1 Hero’s and Pride of course, and the promotion started to breathe life around the same time the former Pride staff helped to organize the year end Yarennoka! event that closed 2007.
“Maybe a week after New Year’s we started thinking about working together,” Tanigawa stated. “Already in Japan, we had discussed working together with the Yarennoka event, then we started discussing new names and then we went with one of those new names and we finally decided on the event name, Dream.”
Diaz eager to settle score with Gamburyan
After posting his fourth straight submission victory in the UFC at UFC Fight Night 13, lightweight Nate Diaz (9-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has been mentioned as a possible opponent for many of the division's top contenders. Diaz, however, is only interested in one of them: former cast mate Manny Gamburyan (8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
"The UFC decides that for me," Diaz said regarding his next opponent. "Manny (Gamburyan) wants to fight me. But you know what? I want to fight him too just as much."
"I don't like them," Diaz said bluntly. "I don't mean nothing bad to anyone else in the sport. Everybody's just trying to make their money and fight their fights and do their thing, just like I am. But those guys? F*** them. They're cocky, they talk s***, and they want to act tough. But when they're by themselves, they try to say 'What's up,' you know... I'm like, 'We're not friends, dude.'"
Wiuff Captures Yamma Tournament
Travis Wiuff (Pictures) conquered Marcelo Pereira and Ricco Rodriguez (Pictures) before besting Minnesotan Chris Tuscherer in the finals to capture Yamma's eight-man heavyweight tournament Friday in Atlantic City, N.J.
It doesnt say a whole lot about the fights but it has all of the results, interesting stuff.
The Day of the YAMMA
According to Josh Gross on Beatdown, YAMMA was expecting ~1000 people to show up at the weigh ins but no one did other than the press and the camps of the fighters. He called the whole thing depressing. pictures after the jump.
I'll be suprised if 1000 people show up for the fights nevermind the weigh ins
Anthony Johnson "I feel like I can hang with GSP"
"Hopefully within the next 2 or 3 months. I'm keeping my weight down low right now. I honestly want to be on that Rampage and Forrest card on July 5th," stated UFC welterweight contender Anthony Johnson as he talked about his future plans after his impressive knockout victory over Tommy Speer during UFC Fight Night 13. You don't want to miss what he had to say about his performance, his future plans and much more as he promises "whenever the UFC calls me man, I'll be ready for an opportunity to shine again." Check it out!
Interview With Clay Guida - Wants To Face BJ Penn
UFC Fighter and all-round entertainer, Clay Guida recently bounced back into the spotlight with a quick victory of Samy Shiavo, eclipsing memories of his previous loss to Roger Huerta.
With bold ambitions and a training regime to match, Clay took the time to speak to Ironlife.com about his career and the possibility of one day fighting for the UFC Lightweight title.
How did your fight go with Frenchman, Samy Shiavo?
Griffin vs. Aurelio for 86
UFC lightweights Tyson Griffin (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Marcus Aurelio (16-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet at UFC 86, an event that takes place July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The fight, which will likely appear on the televised portion of the pay-per-view event, was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
Matt Serra Quick Quote: "Boo Me You Drunks!"
Matt Serra still has no love for Georges St. Pierre going into UFC 83, and now he's trying to show he also has no love for the Montreal crowd, which will be heavily pro-GSP in their UFC Welterweight Title fight. He even told the "drunks" to boo him.
Silva Still Wants Jones
Although UFC has nixed any chances of a boxing match between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. anytime soon, Silva still is confident the fight will happen. Silva says the fight is "my huge personal wish".
Sasaki-Santiago Take 2 At Sengoku 2
The Yuki Sasaki-Jorge Santiago fight that was originally set for November's Strikeforce event but cancelled at the last minute has now been rescheduled. World Victory Road announecd the fight for May 18 at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo as part of WVR's Sengoku 2 event.
Report: NSAC requires Sean Sherk to submit extra drug test
Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk will be required to undergo additional drug testing prior to his showdown with reigning 155-pound kingpin, BJ Penn, at UFC 84: “Ill Will” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 24, according to MMAPredictions.com.
It looks like they are making an example out of Sherk. I wonder if some of the other fighters who tested positive in the past had to do the same?
Kurt Angle says he and Couture are signed
Take it for what you will, Kurt Angle opening his mouth, but that’s the word according to Rajah.com, citing an interview with Angle on KHTK 1140 in Sacramento.
Angle states he’s doing different things from tv shows to movies to an upcoming “MMA fight” with Randy Couture:
Former UFC Middleweight Terry Martin Leaves MMA for Boxing
For now, at least, he's trying his hand at something new:
.Martin, who's from Chicago, has given up his UFC dream for now and will step in the ring as a boxer for the first time Friday night as part of an ``8 Count Productions'' card. Martin will face Ricardo Upchurch at the Odeum Sports and Expo Center in Villa Park in a scheduled four-rounder. He'll fight at the 190-pound cruiserweight level, which should alleviate a problem he had making 185 pounds with the UFC.
- ST. PIERRE FOCUSED ON SERRA, OPEN TO SILVA
Make no mistake about it Georges St. Pierre is currently focused on reclaiming the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title he lost at the hands of Matt Serra. He will get his chance, in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal, on April 19 when the two meet in the main event of UFC 83.
“I do a lot of imagery. I have seen these things before and when I walk into the Octagon on April 19 it seems to me it won’t be the first time that it has happened because I have been through the scenario before,” said St. Pierre on Thursday’s pre-fight conference call.
One year after winning UFC title. Serra still looking for respect
NEW YORK - Fight! Black Belt. Fitness RX. FightSport. Status Fitness. Ultimate Grappling.
Those are just some of the magazines slated to feature mixed martial arts fighter Georges St. Pierre on the cover in advance of his April 19 fight against welterweight champion Matt (The Terror) Serra at UFC 83 in Montreal's Bell Centre. St. Pierre's management counts nine potential covers as well as fashion spreads in two other magazines.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: MMAmania.com exclusive UFC 83 interview with Michael Bisping
It’s no secret that Michael “The Count” Bisping and Charles “Chainsaw” McCarthy are not exactly friendly with one another. The two have traded insults over the past few weeks. You can see the evidence here and here.
But a week from Saturday all will be settled inside the Octagon. They’ll have a chance to put their money where their mouths are at UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? on April 19 in Montreal, Quebec.
HDNet v. Zuffa Remanded To State Court
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has granted HDNet's emergency motion to remand its lawsuit against Zuffa to Texas State Court. Zuffa had removed the declaratory judgment action concerning Randy Couture's promotional contract to Federal Court last month. Wednesday's ruling represents a procedural victory for HDNet and Couture.