The Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards - The Fights
"Well, at least the best UFC fight of 2008 thus far was an easy call. The rest of the top five (or in this case,
top six) was a little tougher, as there were plenty of action-packed and drama-filled bouts that could have easily fit in among the best of the first-half. Here’s to a second half of 2008 that’s just as exciting."
Tim Sylvia Talks About Fedor, Lesnar & More
Affliction has put together an incredible card for "Banned," the biggest mixed martial arts event of the year, which is scheduled to take place July 19 in Anaheim, Calif. Headlining the fight is Fedor Emelianenko, the man who has been considered the top fighter in the world for the past few years. He’s going up against one of the best heavyweights in the world, Tim Sylvia. Sylvia recently left the UFC and become one of the few high profile free agents in the sport. I recently caught up with Sylvia to talk about Fedor, MMA judging, Kimbo Slice, the growth of the sport and more.
Portland Getting UFC 91?
Anonymous sources have recently revealed that Portland, Oregon might be the next big U.S. city getting some UFC action.
Tentatively scheduled for November, UFC 91 is rumored to be taking place in "The Beaver State". A likely venue should the event happen in Portland is the Rose Garden, where the NBA's Portland Trailblazers currently play their home games.
Oregon is home to Team Quest, who boasts members such as Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, and Jason "Mayhem" Miller.
The event will be the first time the UFC has ever been to Oregon.
DENIS KANG OFF OF DREAM 5 FIGHT CARD
American Top Team middleweight standout Denis Kang has been removed from Dream’s July 21 card in Osaka, Japan.
Kang told MMAWeekly.com he learned of the change last week. Until that time he had not been given an opponent by Dream’s promoter, Fight Entertainment Group. He’s still in the dark about the reason for his dismissal.
“I have no idea,” Kang responded. “I was feeling really good for this fight, I was peaking really well.”
His focus will now shift to Korea, where he is scheduled to defend his middleweight title in Korea’s Spirit MC promotion on August 31 against Jae Young Kim, a fighter he has twice defeated previously. After that, details are being ironed out for an appearance in Canada’s Raw Combat promotion against an unnamed opponent.
“I’m taking him really seriously,” Kang said of Kim. “I’m taking it like any title fight. It’s the first real belt I won, and it’s very special to me. I’m training hard.”
He is currently in Vancouver, working with longtime training partners at the Revolution Fight Team. He also plans on returning to Montreal, where Georges St. Pierre, Patrick Cote, and David Loiseau await him. Visa issues have kept Kang from training full time at American Top Team, but he will return there at some point as well.
As for his future with FEG, Kang says this isn’t the end of their relationship.
“I want to stay with them, I have no problem with them,” he said. “I don’t know that any organization can be perfect. I understand that’s just the way business goes. You have to remember, FEG is running K-1 and K-1 Max, K-1 Heavyweight and Dream at the same time. So I know they’re busy. It’s just very frustrating.”
Edit: i didnt see this posted although i kinda figured he wasnt fighting
Former UFC fighter Jeremy Jackson arrested, charged with multiple felonies
Jeremy Jackson, who appeared on season four of "The Ultimate Fighter," was arrested late last month and charged with seven felony offenses, including two counts of forcible rape.
The 26-year-old Jackson was apprehended on June 30 in Oxnard, Calif., and is being held in a Ventura County jail, with bail set at $1 million.
Officials with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department confirmed the arrest and charges with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Events surrounding the arrest were not made available.
In addition to the two counts of forcible rape, Jackson was charged with kidnapping to commit another crime, first-degree residential burglary, assault with a firearm, dissuading a witness by force or threat, and criminal threats. At his initial arraignment, three additional charges -- all felonies -- were levied against Jackson, which included two counts of sexual assault and one count of sex crimes (aggravated circumstances).
Jackson is due in Ventura County Superior Court again Wednesday, at which time he is expected to enter pleas to the charges.
Jackson's appearance on the fourth season of "TUF" was short-lived. UFC President Dana White kicked him off the reality show after he violated rules by leaving the fighter house to meet a woman.
He was invited back to fight on the season finale and suffered a neck injury in a submission loss to Pete Spratt.
Since that fight in November of 2006, Jackson (9-5) has fought just once, winning a Total Combat match in March of last year.
Cavalcante vs. Galbraith fills Showtime portion of July 26 EliteXC
A light heavyweight bout between Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (6-1) and Travis Galbraith (15-5) rounds out the Showtime portion of the July 26 "EliteXC: Unfinished Business" event at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif.
Three fights air on Showtime before the event returns to CBS for EliteXC's second go at network television.
In addition Cavalcante vs. Galbraith, the Showtime card features Brian Caraway vs. Wilson Reis, as well a bout between between Antonio Silva and Justin Eilers for the first-ever EliteXC heavyweight title.
The Cavalcante vs. Galbraith bout was first reported by Sherdog.com.
Cavalcante, a highly touted 205-pounder, will make his third EliteXC appearance. After fighting in the IFL, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and Anderson Silva protege debuted with EliteXC in February. He's since posted first-round knockouts of John Doyle and Wayne Cole.
He'll now meet Galbraith, a one-time PRIDE fighter and veteran of King of the Cage. The Canadian is also well-versed in submissions, having earned submission wins in five of his past six victories. Since a TKO loss to Kazuhiro Nakamura at PRIDE 32, Galbraith is 3-1, which includes a first-round submission of Martin Desilets at a June 20 Raw Combat event.
For the latest "EliteXC: Unfinished Business" fight card, which includes a main-event rematch between EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith, check out the MMA Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com)
Lyoto Machida To Fight Again In October
Machida's agent tells Tagg radio that Machida will have to fight again before getting a shot at the title. He also reiterates that Anderson Silva does not want to fight for the title since his friend is in line for a title shot and that Machida doesn't want to fight him either.
DREAM.5 Card Finalized... Kind of
With only 10 days left before the event which will crown their new promotion's first-ever Grand Prix champion, FEG have updated the official DREAM.5 site with some interesting undercard bouts now bolstering what was already sure to be a solid night of fights.
- As rumored earlier this week, Yoshihiro Akiyama will square off against Katsuyori Shibata in a middlweight bout, after Shibata challenged the Hero's vet during last week's Akasaka Fight Festival.
- Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen will face Kultar "Black Mamba" Gill in a reserve bout for the Lightweight Grand Prix, in the event that one of the semifinal winners cannot continue after their match. Both were previously eliminated from the tournament by fighters now in the semifinals: Gill in the opening round by Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Hansen in the quarterfinals by Eddie Alvarez.
- Kuniyoshi Hironaka will see his first action since being released from his UFC contract in May. Hironaka, who ran up against some stiff competition in the States and most recently suffered a heartbreaking TKO loss to Jonathan Goulet at UFC 83, is set to face 4-0 Greatest Common Multiple standout Motoki Miyazawa.
- According to Nightmare of Battle, Mark Hunt has also been announced as a participant.
-------->> Right now the card stands as->
AOKI SHINYA or UNO CAOL
EDDIE ALVAREZ or KAWAJIRI TATSUYA
YAMAMOTO KID NORIFUMI
MMA Sheds It's Violent Image
It took 11 years for Jonathan Lowell to feel comfortable enough with public acceptance of mixed martial arts to include those words in the name of his business.
Although he opened his business in Satellite Beach in 1997, it was only this year that his studio became Master Lowell's Mixed Martial Arts Academy in its newest location on North Wickham Road.
"It really wasn't exactly acceptable," Lowell said of early attitudes toward mixed martial arts. "I continued to call my school a black-belt karate school because I wasn't sure how parents would accept us."
Dana White on Affliction VP: "The guy has an attitude problem, and I’m going to fix it for him"
Dana White offered a cocksure laugh borne from battles past; proof that the business of cage fighting can be as cutthroat and unforgiving as the sport itself.
“It’s about how much pain are you willing to take,” the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship said last week.
As mixed martial arts has boomed into a colossal business, no one has been smarter or tougher than White. In just seven years he turned a fledgling fight promotion into an estimated billion-dollar company.
He’s done it by building up the UFC and tearing down virtually everyone else. This month he’s at his best, attempting to inflict on Affliction plenty of pain.
Ben Rothwell is ready for 'The Pit Bull'
Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 265 pounds, former IFL Heavyweight standout Ben Rothwell is a big man. According to Sherdog.com, he’s also a fighter with a 29-5 overall MMA record that includes 13 straight victories. That said, ask most of your mainstream audience who he is and you’re likely to get a quizzical look followed by a shrug of the shoulders.
However, if he’s able to pull off a victory against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Banned on July 19th that may all change.
Anderson's Manager: Silva fights Yushin Okami after July 19 fight
After making his light heavyweight debut against James Irvin at next week's UFC Fight Night 14 event, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (21-4 MMA, 6-0 UFC) will return to 185 pounds to defend his title against top contender Yushin Okami (22-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC).
Ed Soares, Silva's manager, confirmed the plans while a guest on today's edition of TAGG Radio (taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
However, Soares said that a date for the Silva-Okami fight won't be determined until after the July 19 fight with Irvin.
COMMISSIONS NOT SOLD ON NEW MMA RULES
On July 3, the Association of Boxing Commissions passed a series of amendments to the Unified Rules for Mixed Martial Arts – a blueprint for most athletic commissions that regulate mixed martial arts today – at a meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Drafted by the ABC president Timothy Leuckenhoff, ABC MMA chairman Dale Kliparchuk, New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Deputy Attorney Nick Lembo, California State Athletic Commission executive director Armando Garcia, and veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy, most changes served as clarifications to the existing rules, although new amendments were introduced. Chief among those was the expansion of the current weight classes used in MMA, from seven widely recognized weight classes to a total of fourteen, including shifts within the weight requirements of those already in use.
Karo Parisyan training with Greg Jackson:
Parisyan: I’ll be heading to Albuquerque July 12th to get ready for my next fight which is September 6th against Yoshida, a Japanese guy who choked out the kid ("War Machine") from the TV show (The Ultimate Fighter 6). So I’m fighting him September 6th, and I’m heading out to New Mexico to train with Rashad (Evans), (Georges) St. Pierre, and everybody else.
UFC Planning Grassroots Shows for New Markets
When the UFC announced plans to go to the Phillipines, Australia, Germany, and other countries next year on top of regular shows in the United Kingdom, my immediate concern was that there would be too many shows. Spike obviously is not willing to carry all the minor shows, and weak PPV cards only water down the brand. Apparently my fears were misguided, because some of these shows will not air at all. Dave Meltzer reported this week in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that some shows might not air on PPV or Spike TV, the idea would just be to grow the local fanbase by running there:
Dana White said Lorenzo Fertitta’s main focus has been on making international deals. He said they are on television in the Philippines on a major network station doing big ratings so that’s a target for 2009, as in Australia, Brazil, Germany and Dubai. White said they would be doing grassroots shows in some of these places, which I had the impression means using local fighters and the UFC name and maybe name fighters in the main event, including doing some shows just as live house show events for the market. Some new market shows wouldn’t be big enough for PPV and wouldn’t necessarily be on Spike.
Honda Center to host "Affliction: Banned" weigh-ins on July 18
Weigh-ins for "Affliction: Banned," which features one of the greatest collections of talent in MMA history, take place Friday, July 18 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The same venue hosts the following day's 11-fight event, which airs on FSN and pay per view.
The event's weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Fans planning to attend the weigh-ins are asked to enter the Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Ave.) through the Katella Avenue entrance. Doors to the event open at 2 p.m. PT (local time), and the first fighter hits the scale at 3 p.m. PT.
"Affliction: Banned" features a main event between longtime PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC title-holder Tim Sylvia. Other notables in action include Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, Matt Lindland, Ben Rothwell, Renato "Babalu" Sobral, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and others.