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Big John McCarthy Interview: Discusses Fedor, The Former PRIDE Fighters, And His Favorite Fight
Big John McCarthy has been with the UFC since it's inception back in 1993. He is by far the organizations most popular referee and usually officiates it's biggest fights. Ben Ziedler of *********** recently caught up with Big John to get his take on a variety of topics:
Fedor Not Fighting on New Year's Eve
Fedor Emelianenko – currently ranked as the No.1 fighter in both MMAWeekly.com’s top ten heavyweight fighters and Yahoo! Sports’ top ten pound-for-pound poll – has been the subject of much rumor and speculation in recent months. His signing with the new M-1 Global mixed martial arts promotion put much of that talk to rest, but it all sparked up again when speculation about him fighting in Japan on New Year’s Eve started circulating. That talk can now be put to rest as well.
HDNET Fights and Ring of Combat Partner
Atlantic City, NJ - Mark Cuban's HDNet Fights has partnered with Louis Neglia's Ring of Combat Ring of Combat in a deal that will air Ring of Combat on HDNet. The partnership will debut with the broadcast of HDNet Fights Presents: Ring of Combat. The first telecast on HDNet will be of Neglia’s Ring of Combat Beasts of the Northeast Tournament Finals on November 30 at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. HDNet will air the event at a later date to be determined.
Kang Discusses Injury, Loss To Akiyama
Denis Kang – the “Super Korean” – speaks about his fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama, his contract with K-1 Hero’s and the future of Korean MMA.
More Fights Set For UFC 80 "Rapid Fire" In January
The following is an excerpt from an article from UK news website The Sun: WE CAN exclusively reveal the names of the British fighters who will be fighting in the Octagon at UFC 80: Rapid Fire in Newcastle on January 19th.
The ‘Spider' Speaks
Sherdog.com recently caught up with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to collect his thoughts on a second win over Rich Franklin (Pictures), the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking and the future of the 185-pound division, which The Spider has undoubtedly claimed as his own.
Tyson Griffin vs Gleison Tibau @ UFC 81 confirmed
This fight was confirmed by representatives at Xtreme Couture. This seems like a step down for Tyson as his last bout with Tavares carried more weight in my eyes. I would like to see him fight KenFlo, but this should still be fun to watch.
Q&A with UFC lightweight Spencer "The King" Fisher
Miletich Martial Arts fighter Spencer Fisher heads into UFC 78 in Newark, N.J. Nov. 17 to take on undefeated lightweight Frankie Edgar. Fisher endured a setback in his climb up the lightweight ladder when he lost via TKO to Hermes Franca at the beginning of this year, but the Iowan came back strong in June to avenge a loss to Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 10.
Eklund, Not Etim, Faces Stout at UFC 80
Amidst rumors that Terry Etim would face Sam Stout at UFC 80 in January, it has now been confirmed that Per Eklund will instead face Stout, this according to Eklund's manager. This will be Eklund's UFC debut, he has a 12-2-1 overall record and comes into this fight with 4 consecutive wins.
KERR RETURNS AT WCO IN HOLLYWOOD
Mark Kerr vs. Stephen Gavin Mavrick Harvey vs. Marcus Gaines Tiki Ghosn vs. Brett Cooper Scott Epstein vs. Sergio Quinoles Carmelo Marrero vs. Rafael Del Real Fabio Costa vs. Paul Karsky Jason Georgianna vs. Todd Guimond Josh Gaskins vs. Tony Garcia Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Hildred Oliney David Mejia vs. Greg White Daniel McWilliams vs. Adam Lehman Jeff Willingham vs. Bobby Sanchez Nice to see Tiki bakc too.
MMA Toy Figurines Available By Christmas
MMA Figurines Available Christmas ‘07 In the past, mixed martial arts fanatics have had to get their toy fix by getting their figures from Japan. Pride and K-1 fighters such as Don Frye, Kevin Randleman, Kazushi Sakuraba, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Mirko 'Cro Cop', etc. were available in the Land of the Rising Sun. Now the sport of MMA in America is catching up to where the popularity was in Japan. Fight fans will be able to get some of their favorite fighters figures soon. Round 5 is proud to release their first official line of MMA collectible figures.
Pedro Rizzo Receives Offer To Fight Fedor
According to Tatame.com Pedro Rizzo has received an offer to fight Fedor Emelianenko: The champion of Art of War, Pedro Rizzo, traveled yesterday to Holland to help his friend Peter Aerts for the K-1 GP. He also traveled with the objective of sharpening his striking for a possible fight with Fedor Emelianenko.
The ‘Spider' Speaks
Sherdog.com recently caught up with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to collect his thoughts on a second win over Rich Franklin , the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking and the future of the 185-pound division, which The Spider has undoubtedly claimed as his own.
UFC.com Confirms Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir For UFC 81
In a classic case of putting your money where your mouth is, new UFC signee Brock Lesnar ??" who has made no bones about wanting to fight the best the heavyweight division has to offer ??" will make his Octagon debut at UFC 81 on February 2nd against none other than former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. The bout will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on the eve of Super Bowl XLII. “It’s an interesting matchup,” said UFC President Dana White. “Lesnar is a great wrestler, a good athlete, and this is definitely gonna be a big test for him. Frank Mir is a former world champion who is coming off a big win over Antoni Hardonk, and he’s looking to get his career back on track while Lesnar’s looking to walk into the UFC and prove what type of fighter he’s gonna be by trying to knock him off.”
BJ Penn: "If guys are cheating, maybe there should be two divisions."
Penn On Sean Sherk: I was told four different times that it was going to be on with Sherk, and it got pushed back every time. I'm just happy they set something else up. I was getting tired of waiting. If he did win the belt by cheating, that's ridiculous. But he's the one who has to live with it. Just like bodybuilding. If guys are cheating, maybe there should be two divisions. Penn went on to joke that his upcoming interim fight with Joe Stevenson is for the "natural" lightweight title.
Opinion: Dana White Spoke Too Soon
On October 31st, the mixed martial arts community awaited the verdict in Sean Sherk’s case involving his positive nandrolone test after his championship title fight with Hermes Franca. Instead of a resolution to the deadlocked title picture in the UFC’s lightweight division, the California State Athletic Commission managed to keep the top-tier of the division on hold for another 2 weeks. The commission did not receive an information packet that Sherk’s attorney had sent the week before. It caused the commission to push back the hearing in order to review the data that Sherk had submitted. With the fiasco that was the Phil Baroni case, the negligence of the staff at the CSAC to pass on information to commission members in the Sherk case, and the history of bad decisions that has plagued the CSAC is the past, it seems Dana White has had enough.
Steroids Found In Sherks Supplement
According to Sherdog.com, One of Sean Sherks Supplements manufactured by Xyience was found to contain amounts of 1-androstendione: Seven tests totaling $3,000 were conducted on supplements Sherk took before his bout against Hermes Franca. One such product was the Xyience-branded "Xyience Xtreme Joint Formula." Five capsules were analyzed according to a report supplied by Don H. Catlin, M.D., president and CEO of Anti-Doping Research, Inc. "No anabolic steroids were detected in four of the capsules," Catlin wrote. "In one capsule 1-androstendione was identified." As for the one capsule of "Xyience Xtreme Joint Formula" in which 1-androstendione was identified, the company said it has halted all shipments of the product until it can conduct independent testing by a certified lab. "While we are confident that Xyience products do not contain anabolic agents or any illegal substances," said Susan Wierzbicki, Director of Quality Assurance, Xyience, "we are taking this report very seriously."
Manny Gamburyan Vs. Nate Mohr At UFC 79?
Multiple sources, including UFC Daily, are reporting that Manny Gamburyan (5-2) of Ultimate Fighter 5 fame, will finally make his return to the octagon after suffering a separated shoulder in the season finally against Nate Diaz. Gamburyan, cousin to UFC star Karo Parisyan, tore through his opposition on TUF 5 en route to the season finale showdown verses Diaz. Gamburyan was clearly winning against Diaz before suffering the fight ending injury. According to sources, he will fight Nate Mohr in December at UFC 79. Mohr (8-4) last fought in a decision win over Luke Caudillo at Ultimate Fight Night 10 and is 4-1 in his last five fights.
Former DSE Staff Are Eager To Book Fedor For NYE Show In Japan
Sankei Sports is reporting that old Dream Stage Entertainment staff, the company that promoted PRIDE, is currently in the process of preparing an MMA event on New Year’s Eve. The event is said to take place at Saitama Super Arena and will be preceded by a pro wrestling event. Sankei Sports claims that the former Dream Stage Entertainment staff are very interested in booking Fedor Emelianenko for the event. This news comes at an interesting time as Fedor, just yesterday, stated his interest in fighting in Japan this New Year's Eve.
Punch Drunk Hangover 11.05.07: Remember, Remember the 5th of November
Monday has arrived and with it comes the Punch Drunk Hangover, your quick reference guide to news related highlights from the past week coupled with unfiltered opinions from Bren Oliver - the Kent Brockman of 411Mania's MMA Zone. Read ahead for my thoughts on rumors surrounding UFC 80, last week's UFC press conference, Din Thomas' arrest, Ken Shamrock's alleged lawsuit against Zuffa, and why I think the UFC 78 card might offer fans the best overall lineup of 2007.
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