Sport vs. Spectacle
In 1870, Jem Mace and Joe Coburn were tossed into competition with each other to decide the world’s bare-knuckle boxing champion -- a sport that played host to some horrific injuries. (Death, for example.)
Mace and Coburn contested the title for an astounding three hours and 45 minutes.
Neither man landed a single blow.
Not long after, someone made an attempt on Mace’s life.
To say it was someone who bought a ticket to that fight is perhaps not unreasonable.
Ben Askren improves to 2-0 at The Patriot Act II
Ben Askren is poised to take the world of mixed martial arts by storm in the coming months and years. Unquestionably one of the most phenomenal collegiate athletes in the history of American wrestling, Askren is an Olympic level wrestler that was twice awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy while becoming a two-time NCAA national champion during his days in college.
Jarrod Card wins title, Bobby Lashley announces signing at XFC 8 on HDNet
Jarrod Card outlasted Bruce Connors for a unanimous-decision win and picked up the Xtreme Fighting Championships' first-ever featherweight title at Saturday's "XFC 8: Regional Conflict" event.
Special guest Bobby Lashley, a former World Wrestling Entertainment star and one of MMA's top heavyweight prospects, presented Card the belt.
Lashley then announced he'll make his XFC debut in September.
Bellator's second season launches this fall, likely on ESPN or ESPN2
While in Dayton, Ohio, to promote the organization's May 1 event at Hara Arena, Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney conducted a handful of interviews this past Friday.
And while much of the focus remained on the organization's upcoming shows in Dayton, Corpus Christi (Texas), Chicago and Montreal this month, Rebney discussed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization's plans for an upcoming second season.
Season two of Bellator will commence this fall, and with its success this season on ESPN Deportes, the rookie fight promotion could find itself with a bigger ESPN audience for the second go-around.
Success against Lawler could spell 185-pound run for Strikeforce's Shields
As former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields (22-4-1) continues his preparation for an intriguing bout with former EliteXC middleweight title holder Robbie Lawler (16-4), the Cesar Gracie product believes he may be on a verge of making a run in the 185-pound division.
Of course, first he needs to make it through one of the world's top middleweight fighters.
"I've got a really tough fight with Robbie Lawler," Shields recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I'm trying to get through that and then figure it out. If I win, it definitely makes me want to try to go for the 185-pound title."
Rib injury healed, Escudero out to prove he's "no scrub" at UFC 103
The career of undefeated UFC lightweight and "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took an unfortunately familiar turn just one month ago.
Similar to "TUF 7" winner Amir Sadollah, injury forced Escudero out of his UFC Fight Night 18 bout with Jeremy Stephens.
With no disrespect toward Sadollah intended, Escudero recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he's out to prove his career is heading down a different path.
Rich Franklin enduring mixed emotions about UFC 99 contest
Former UFC-middleweight-champion-turned-light-heavyweight-contender Rich Franklin (24-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) might need a few more hyphens following a UFC 99 catchweight contest with Wanderlei Silva (32-9-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) in Cologne, Germany.
And while "Ace" is comfortable fighting at 195-pounds, Franklin recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) looks forward to the next chance to fight back in the U.S.
Kalib Starnes Continues on Comeback Trail
"TUF" season three alum Kalib Starnes is expected to return to action again this summer, fighting for Canada-based promotion "Ultimate Cage Wars" in July.
A source close to the fight informed MMAInsider of the news on Friday.
The controversial middleweight will face off with Cesar Gracie-trained Bret "The Angry Hick" Bergmark, who carries a record of 5-1 and competed last April, winning a decision victory over Jesse Juarez.
Kyle Maynard Loses Unsanctioned MMA Debut
Kyle Maynard, a congenital amputee that garnered much attention for his successes in wrestling and submission grappling, was unsuccessful in his mixed martial arts debut on Saturday night. Maynard lost a unanimous decision to Bryan Fry in an unsanctioned bout in Auburn, Ala., according to an Associated Press report.
Despite initial plans to the contrary, Maynard did not wear gloves during the fight, which was apparently due to high levels of humidity in the arena making them difficult to secure to his shortened limbs. Without gloves, Maynard was not allowed to throw punches during the bout, although Fry, wearing gloves, was allowed to punch.
Easton Retains Title At UWC
Mike "The Hulk" Easton was successful in defending his Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight championship on Saturday night in Fairfax, Va. At 4:06 into the fight, he submitted Josh "Taz" Ferguson with a guillotine choke before a crowd of 4,528 at the Patriot Center.
The Ultimate Fighter season 6 cast member formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine defeated Reshad Woods, also by submission, with a rear naked choke late in round two.
UWC - Capital Punishment Full Results:
-Mike Easton def. Josh Ferguson by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:06, R1
-War Machine def. Reshad Woods by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:15, R2
-Joey Kirwan def. Marcus Foran by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:18, R1
-Damian Dantibo def. Ron Stallings by KO (Kick) at 0:13, R1
-Mikey Lovato def. Jose Villarisco by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Frank Camacho def. Binky Jones by KO (Punch) at 1:56, R2
-Phil Davis def. Terry Cohens by TKO (Strikes) at 4:29, R1
-Kris McCray def. Ronnie Wuest by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:39, R1
Jon Jones: "Following his Destiny" (interview)
At 22 years of age, Jon "Bones" Jones has quickly become a rising young star to look out for in the UFC's light heavyweight division. With two wins under the organization's banner—including an impressive decision victory over TUF season one finalist Stephan Bonnar—he’s already making waves in one of the most stacked divisions in the entire sport. Jon sat down with me to discuss his past, his upcoming bout with Jake O'brien at UFC 100, and his plans for the future.
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Great interview! I had no idea he was only 22, definitely has a bright future in the sport IMO.
Dan Henderson, Cung Le, ‘Shogun’ Rua, Matt Serra Join Round 5 for Expanded ‘Series 4' Release
Four of the most popular and accomplished champions in mixed martial arts, Dan Henderson, Cung Le, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Matt Serra, have partnered with Round 5, the leading producer of MMA collectibles, to create figurines that will be included in an expanded Series 4, it was announced today by Barron Lau, Round 5 CEO and co-founder and Damon Lau, president and co-founder. The series, scheduled to be available at retail in July in time for UFC 100, will include the four plus fellow superstars Fedor Emelianenko and Gina Carano. McCarthy, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, will be in stores across North America and at online outlets including www.Round5MMA.com in late May, about a month behind its original schedule.
“With six figurines, Series 4 will be our largest issuance to date,” said Damon Lau. “Adding four more of the biggest names in the sport – with wide fan bases – to what began as an already stacked set is huge for Round 5 and a great opportunity for fans to quickly add to their collections.”
To date, Round 5 has issued two Series of four athletes each: Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Tito Ortiz comprised Series 1 while Rich Franklin, Sean Sherk, Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva were released in Series 2. Series 3 had been planned for an April release, but has been delayed by about four weeks.
“The Series 3 prototypes have been completed and are currently in production,” said Lau. “It took a little longer than we had originally anticipated, but we feel that the finished product is well worth the extra wait.”
Henderson, the last man to hold the welterweight and middleweight titles for PRIDE, has a 24-7-0 career MMA record, competing against many of the best in MMA. “Hollywood” defeated Wanderlei Silva to take his final PRIDE crown, then rejoined the UFC, where he has won his last two bouts. He leads Team USA in Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter television program and will fight fellow coach Michael Bisping at UFC 100 on July 11 in Las Vegas.
Though he has competed for years in the Chinese martial art of Sanshou, the South Vietnamese native Le gained fame in North America by defeating legendary Frank Shamrock via TKO last year in San Jose, Calif., where he trains. Le is unbeaten (6-0) in his MMA career and has begun a career in acting, with several feature films nearing international release.
The Brazilian star Rua, known the world over as “Shogun,” boasts and 18-3 record, last week recording a first-round knockout over Chuck Liddell at UFC 97. He is a former PRIDE champion, winning the Grand Prix title in 2005 with wins over Quinton Jackson, Rogerio Minotoro Nogueira and Ricardo Arona.
Serra, a Long Island, N.Y., native, has compiled a 9-5 MMA mark, earning international acclaim following his first-round TKO of Georges St. Pierre in their first meeting in 2007 for the UFC welterweight championship. St. Pierre won the rematch last year, and Serra is next scheduled to battle Matt Hughes at UFC 98 in May. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master, Serra also gained fame as the winner of Season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter.
Leites: ''I Deserve To Be Criticised, I Could Have Won''
Thales Leites says that he deserves to be criticised for his performance against Anderson Silva at UFC 97 last weekend.
Both he and Silva have drawn criticism from fans, media and UFC president Dana White for the decidedly unexciting fight, Leites for refusing to engage and Silva for not pushing the pace and looking to finish the fight.
"Dana White is right," he said. "He is right, because if they do an event that is the largest in the world, they expect a more aggressive fight."
Ryan Bader: A Force To Be Reckoned With
As a former All-American wrestler at division I Arizona State, Ryan Bader is no stranger to success. While in high school Bader won two state championships and was ranked as high as fourth in the country. While in College he compiled an amazing 120 wins while earning All-American honors twice and he was also a three time PAC 10 champion.
Evans Comments On Silva & Liddell
UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans can relate to middleweight champion Anderson Silva, if it’s the case that the record-setting fighter is bored with his job.
“I’ve been out there and felt like not even fighting,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “You never know who’s going to show up on fight day. You go out there, and that night, you just don’t feel it. Sometimes you just walk into the arena, and you’re like, ‘you know what, man? Today, I just don’t feel like it. I don’t feel like I got that same spring.’ It just happens like that. Maybe he just woke up and felt like he was rhyming slow that day.