Kazushi Sakuraba interview
DREAM official website posted an interview with Japanese star Kazushi Sakuraba. He talks about his leg injury, considers whether to take part in the upcoming DREAM middleweight Grand Prix and complains about traffic jams. Translated by Suki.
- DREAM announced that your participation in the middleweight GP officially. How's the right leg?
UFC & Spike TV Upbeat on Ratings
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s UFC Fight Night 13 and Ultimate Fighter season seven premiere teamed up with Spike TV’s new original series “DEA” to draw the highest cable ratings of the night from 7 p.m. to Midnight ET/PT on Wednesday night in the valued Men 18-49 and Men 25-34 demographics. The five-hour time slot brought in a 1.42 rating in the Men 18-49 demographic and 1.83 in the Men 25-34 demographic.
Season seven of The Ultimate Fighter scored an overall household rating of 1.3, which averages out to about 1.7 million viewers. The demographic breakdown had the premiere doing a 1.8 with Men 18-49 and 2.21 with Men 18-34.
Shamrock still relevant in big picture
Where Frank Shamrock stands among the upper echelon of fighters can be debated, particularly after his loss of the Strikeforce middleweight title to Cung Le on March 29.
But what can't be debated is that there isn't another fighter in the business who is better at marketing himself. The Shamrock-Le match at the HP Pavilion in San Jose gave Shamrock main event spots in two of the three largest paid attendances ever in North America for a mixed martial arts event.
But he did so without the television exposure or the ticket selling value of the UFC name.
Shamrock not only doesn't mind if people hate him, he relishes it, if it results in them wanting to see him fight just to see him humbled. And after being knocked off the horse in the Le match with a broken arm, and five hours or surgery on Sunday which left the arm in a massive cast, he's already planning his next moves.
The timetable for Shamrock's return looks to be in about eight months. He had a plate and six screws inserted to put his ulna bone in his right forearm back together.
He felt it break in the second round but kept fighting on it. It had turned red and started swelling, and he noticed when throwing punches that instead of the impact reverberating up his arm and into his shoulder, it just stopped on one side of the arm, at the forearm. He was able to fight with it, and had Le on the run late in the third round.
Was a great fight, and honestly it was the first time I really felt the pre-fight stomach butterflies and giddyness knowing it was going to be great (packed arena, amazing athletes, hyped fight, charismatic fighters, crowd at a frenzy, etc, etc) from any North American production other than the UFC. Now that EliteXC has the CBS contract hopefully they can use that money to flesh out their stable even more as it still lacks the depth it needs.
Bodog Fight Nearing Its End
according to mmapayout.com, bodogfight is breathing its last breaths:
According to MMAPayout.com, BodogFIGHT is breathing its last breaths:
Most of the company’s employees have been let go, there are no events planned…there is no new TV deal, and a recently proposed small budget…by Jeff Osborne was turned down.
Manhoef to fight at DREAM 3
Nightmare of Battle found a nice nugget about Melvin Manhoef’s next bout in an interview by fightnewz.net:
On May 11 I’m going to fight a single match in the DREAM light heavyweight tournament and on May 17 I will maybe fight in England.
MMA trading cards: Donruss Ring Kings coming soon
“With the release of Donruss Americana II, Ring Kings will feature some of the top stars in MMA, including three-time UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, reigning UFC welterweight titleholder Matt Serra, World Extreme Cagefighting kingpin Urijah Faber and Canadian superstar Georges St. Pierre. Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin and Dan Henderson will also be included.” .
Florian To Be Commentator At UFC 83
Fresh off his UFN win and Fight Of The Night at UFN, Kenny Florian will now try his hand at commentary at UFC 83. He'll replace Joe Rogan for the PPV-Rogan will miss the show due to previous obligations.
Florian wanted to send Lauzon a message
lthough many have since questioned the validity of Herb Dean's stoppage in UFC Fight Night 13's main event and official "Fight of the Night," Kenny Florian knows the stoppage was justified. In fact, Florian said Dean even warned him and opponent Joe Lauzon of that exact situation in the dressing room before the bout.
Manny Gamburyan Calls Out Nate Diaz
A few days ago, Fightline.com brought you an exclusive pre-fight interview with Manny Gamburyan. Manny was kind enough to also answer a couple of questions for us regarding his future after his big win over Jeff Cox
Fight Night Musings
It was dubbed the best fight card in the history of SpikeTV. 12 fights. Only two went to decision, and both of those were entertaining battles. And we got to witness a record-tying knockout.
Suffice to say, the card lived up to the hype. Three days later, it is time for a little Monday morning quarterbacking.
Travis Lutter interview
On April 19th in Montreal, Travis Lutter and Rich Franklin will face off in a bout to determine who rises to the top of the UFC’s Middleweight landscape. While Franklin has donned UFC gold in the past, Travis Lutter remains unacquainted with the Middleweight strap, but is confident that it will only be a matter of time. MMAFrenzy.com’s Eric Shapiro recently had the opportunity to speak personally with former TUF Alum and Brazilian JiuJitsu specialist Travis Lutter, who shared his thoughts on upcoming opponent Rich Franklin, The Ultimate Fighter series, a grudge against Anderson Silva, and everything in between. Enjoy.
Another Fedor Interview
The following interview was conducted by the Korean MMA site MFight with Fedor Emelianenko:
Q:You will be one of the carriers of the Olympic torch for the Beijing Olympics in St. Petersburg on April 5. How does it feel to represent Russia?
A:(Fedor):I feel very good. I was chosen as one of 5 carriers of the torch. I'm very happy and proud.
(Finkelstein): Many other famous Russian athletes will be carrying the torch including world champion boxer Nikolai Valuev.
WEC 33 Fighters Clean
The drug test results from after WEC 33 have come back. 9 fighters were tested after their fights, and all passed. This keeps intact a streak in Nevada of 3 months without a single failed drug test.
Michael Bisping has a fat little friend named Charles McCarthy
“I suppose he is trying to convince himself that he does belong in there, and I imagine he thinks he is being clever, trying to play mind games and ‘get into my head.’ Some people think if you get someone mad then they won’t perform as well. Congratulations Charles. You succeeded in pissing me off by not only disrespecting me, but all of my previous opponents. If you think that this is a good thing, wrong. You have made a big mistake by making this personal. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not someone to be messed around when I’m pissed. So I will see you on the 19th when I will bring all of my ‘averageness.’ Just hope your ready for this mediocre fighter, because make no mistake my fat little friend, I’m ready for you!”
“The Count” responds directly to this. Here we go … as expected.