Bidding Wars Coming to MMA? EliteXC Could Use CBS Deal to Add UFC Talent
In the sport of mixed martial arts, UFC is unquestionably the leading organization, and it's not even close. Other MMA promotions exist, but they haven't even come close to reaching the levels of popularity -- or the levels of fighting talent -- that UFC has achieved.
But EliteXC has a chance of challenging UFC, thanks to a deal that will put it on CBS. Even if they do disappointing ratings by network television standards, the fights CBS will televise on May 31 will instantly become the most-watched fights in American MMA history.
And if EliteXC is smart, it will use that to attract top fighters away from UFC.
EliteXC Fight May Hurt MMA More Than it Helps
On May 31st, MMA will debut on CBS primetime. EliteXC will televise their show live from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
As a fan I'm excited about the sport finally breaking through to the major networks, but evolution always has a price. The question becomes does EliteXC have the talent to support a show on major network TV. As of right now, the answer is no. Unless the promotion makes significant signings or cross promotional fights, the stable just isn't strong enough.
Fedor's newest offer
A reliable source has confirmed ProElite, Inc. has offered Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko (27-1) a four-fight, 18-month contract.
A request for confirmation or comment from Jeremy Lappen, ProElite Head of Fight Operations, has been ignored.
I'd rather he signed with the UFC WVR, or Dream. There are great fights in each of those orgs, but only maybe one in Elite lol.
Will IFL New Blood/ New Battles be added to Secondary League ? Fight Card with Link included
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Event: New Blood New Battles
Date: April 4, 2008
Location: East Rutherford, N.J.
Venue: Izod Center
Jay Hieron vs. Mark Miller
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Shad Lierley
Jamal Patterson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Bart Palaszewski vs. Deividas Taurosevicius
Brad Blackburn vs. Delson Heleno
Rafael Dias vs. LC Davis
Emyr Bussade vs. Rory Markham
Carmelo Marrero vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz
Nate Lamotte vs. Chris Horodecki
Tibau, Miller and Bruno Added to UFC 86
Gleison Tibau (15-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Cole Miller (13-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and UFC newcomer Steve Bruno (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have all been added to the UFC 86 fight card, the Florida-based American Top Team announced today.
No opponents were named for the four ATT fighters.
IMO this better be on the undercard
Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti to Headline TUF7 Finale
"The Ultimate Fighter 1" winner Diego Sanchez (18-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and UFC welterweight Luigi Fioravanti (12-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the bout with sources close to both fighters. Sherdog.com was the first to announce the fight last week and reported that it will serve as the night's main event.
Karo Parisyan: A Fight Tale
Some people are destined to live with aggressive circumstances underscoring their daily existence. Aggression is a fuel, renewable like ethanol, that comes from one’s environment and which can lead you to success or disaster. Karo Parisyan is the picture of success through aggression and it has danced before his eyes like aging celebrities on reality television. This tale has taken many forms but none as unique as that experienced by “The Heat”. This is A Fight Tale.
Ultimate Fighter 8 News
Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced a casting call for season eight of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The tryouts are scheduled to take place on April 10 in Boston at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
Fitch: GSP's running scared
so I pasted it below as well. I thought it was quite funny myself. Enjoy.
Jon Fitch has accused Georges St-Pierre of running scared and he has called on The UFC to finally give him a title shot.
Fitch took his UFC record to 8-0 with a convincing victory over Chris Wilson, and now he wants a crack at the welterweight title.
St-Pierre fights Matt Serra at “UFC 83: Serra vs St-Pierre 2" in a bid to reclaim his belt after Serra stunned him with a first round knock-out at "UFC 69".
Fitch is adamant he should be next in line to face the winner, and while he would not predict a winner, he taunted St-Pierre – claiming he is scared.
“The thing I’ve noticed most about St-Pierre in his recent performances is he has become a wrestler. Since getting knocked out he’s been unwilling to stand and trade with people,” said Fitch.
“He had an easy win against Matt Hughes in their second fight where he knocked him out, but after being knocked out by Serra he took the hard road in the next fight with Hughes and tried to outwrestle a wrestler.
“That shows to me he’s afraid of getting knocked out, so I don’t see him standing and putting away Serra on his feet.
“I see this fight going five rounds and being similar to GSP against BJ Penn.”
Commenting on his own plight, Fitch believes nobody has worked harder for a title shot than he has.
“I’ve paid my dues and I think I should be pretty close to that position. Not many guys go 8-0 in The UFC,” he said.
“I’ve fought a lot of tough guys, whether or not the fans know the names, these guys have all been tough b******s.
“I asked [match-maker] Joe Silva to give me the toughest guys, because I’m here to find out how good I am; at the end of the day it’s about how I sleep at night.
“I don’t care how many people kiss my ass and tell me I’m great…I just think I deserve a title shot.”
Frank Shamrock: Invincible, Invisible
Want a career in MMA? Go punch Tito Ortiz in the face.
Just ask Forrest Griffin (Pictures), who saw his stock rise considerably after a valiant near-win against the former UFC light heavyweight champion; or Chuck Liddell (Pictures), who colluded with Ortiz to set pay-per-view records for MMA attractions; or Lee Murray , a British thug who got slotted in main events for dropping Ortiz in a raucous London brawl, Lenny McLean-style.
WEC Champ Marshall is calm before the Storm
In every sport, there are athletes that claim their allegiance to one organization or another, but in this day and age of free agency and free money, the likes of a John Elway, who spent his entire Hall of Fame career quarterbacking the Denver Broncos, are the exception, not the rule.
Jeff Monson Interview
The ones I've signed for are Ricco Rodriguez, Kevin Randleman June 21st, I'm fighting Brad Imes May 17th and I'm fighting Paul Buentello May 31st," stated MMA heavyweight contender Jeff Monson as he talked about all the fights he has signed and lined up. Check out what he had to say about each of his upcoming opponents and you don't want to miss his thoughts on Kimbo Slice, Brock Lesnar, Ken Shamrock, Antonio Noguiera, Tim Sylvia, Fedor Emelianenko and Randy Couture.
Jake Shields Interview
ater this week, Jake Shields (20-4-1) will fight Drew Fickett (32-5) for the first-ever EliteXC welterweight title. It's one of three title fights set for Saturday's Strikeforce/EliteXC show at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Shields will go for for his 10th straight victory, but the 29-year-old knows he's got an extremely tough test with Fickett.
Pat Smith Arrested
Don Frye (19-6-1), a headliner for the April 11 debut YAMMA Pit Fighting show, has pulled out of his main-event bout with Oleg Taktarov (15-5-2) and has been replaced by former UFC fighter Patrick Smith (14-13), the organization announced late last week.
However, just hours after the announcement, KXII TV 12 in Sherman, Texas, reported that Smith had been arrested after a high-speed police chase. Smith was clocked at speeds of up 130 mph while fleeing on his sports motorcyle, police said. He's been charged with felony attempting to elude, possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription, and reckless driving.
Sakuraba out Jacare In at Dream 2
Touch of gloves to CagePotato for putting these two items together. I’m late to the party with this but I felt compelled to add since I’ve become the de facto DREAM fanboy here at 5Oz. First, SukiMMA reported that Kazushi Sakuraba is out of the DREAM.2 middleweight tournament due to an unhealed wound on his leg:
Joe Lauzon: Redefinition
Where does submission grappling, boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling cross-pollinate with computer science and information science technology expertise?
Ed Ratcliff was raised for this
Ed Ratcliff was a basketball and football star in high school, but those sports were never more than pastimes for him.
His passion was fighting, which shouldn't be much of a surprise; Ratcliff's mother, Lacine, was a karate expert who began teaching him karate as soon as he could walk.
He used to spar with her in their living room and says she knocked him down on more than one occasion.
Tuf love for Troy Mandaloniz
With the debut of the seventh installment of SpikeTV's "The Ultimate Fighter" less than two weeks away, season six veteran Troy "Rude Boy" Mandaloniz (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) knows first-hand that the opportunity for success by the show's participants can often be hampered by the difficulties of life inside the "TUF" house.