Carano Off EXC 2/16 Card
EliteXC's Gina Carano, currently appearing on "American Gladiators", has reportedly been dropped from EXC's February 16 event. No reason given but there are rumors if a rift between EXC brass & Carano's camp.
MacDonald Vs. Doerksen Set For UFC 84
An All-Canada showdown is now set for UFC 84 in Canada, as native Middleweights Jason MacDonald and Joe Doerksen are now set to face each other at the event. This will be a rematch of a fight they had in Winnipeg in '05, which MacDonald won by 4th round submission.
TUF 6 Winner Danzig Debuts At UFC 84
Mac Danzig, winner of The Ultimate Fighter 6, appears to have his official UFC debut set. He's set to face Mark Bocek at UFC 84 in his first match at Lightweight, which he dropped to after winning TUF 6 at Welterweight.
GSP ready for Serra in Montreal
Winning UFC title in Montreal would be a Rush for Quebec MMA fighter St. Pierre
By DON BRENNAN
Few quick things you should know about the extremely popular Georges St. Pierre, aka Rush, aka GSP:
Don't question his character, don't make fun of his heritage and, oh yeah, don't attack him with a knife
Other than that, you're going to see in St. Pierre -- a 26-year-old from Saint-Isidore, Que., and the "interim" Ultimate Fighting Champion welterweight title holder -- the "nice-guy" reputation that proceeded his whirlwind visit to the nation's capital this weekend.
UFC Releases a Handful of “TUF 6? Fighters
The UFC has released a number of fighters who appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra,” the latest installment of the UFC’s reality series that airs on Spike TV.
The UFC has cut show semifinal-fighter John Kolosci, former Team Jorge Gurgel fighter Dorian Price, submission fighter Paul Georgieff, four-fight veteran Billy Miles, two-fight veteran Dan Barrera, and amateur fighter/part-time MMA commentator Blake Bowman.
Additionally, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, quarter-finalist Richie Hightower was cut from his contract. According to his agent, Ken Pavia, Hightower was released so that he could gain some more experience at his new weight class before he potentially returns to the UFC. Pavia and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva mutually agreed on the plan, Pavia reported in a recent MMAjunkie.com column.
Baroni Will Fight In Japan, Returns To AKA
Contrary to recent reports about Phil’s Baroni’s current fight status, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed through American Kickboxing Academy’s management team that he will indeed face Pancrase veteran Sanae Kikuta on World Victory Road’s debut show “Sengoku.”
The fledging Japanese fight promotion made the bout announcement on Friday, making it the first official bout in the young promotion’s history.
Nam Phan Interview...Strikeforce plans, turning down the UFC, etc.
Just did a story and interview with Nam. He talks about his upcoming bouts with Strikeforce and Gladiator Challenge...why he turned down the UFC and what he thinks of Roger Huerta, his professional boxing career. Feel free to check it out and leave any comments. We're lagging on redesigning the site so bare with the simplicity for now. Thanks
411's MMA Roundtable 1.14.08: 2007 - A Year to Remember
Fans would be hard-pressed to find a twelve-month stanza in Mixed Martial Arts history filled with as many memorable moments as 2007. Dubbed by many as "The Year of the Upset", the MMA world would bear witness to multiple "Fight of the Year" candidates, phenomonal individual performances, underdogs overcoming the odds, and countless other memorable moments inside arenas from coast-to-coast.
The past year also brought forth the creation of 411Mania's MMA Zone. What started out as a handful of Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts bombarding the board with original content and news bits soon morphed into one of 411Mania's most popular areas. Now featuring fresh submissions on a daily basis from a pool of talented MMA writers, an increasing score of exclusive interviews, and a constantly-updated news section, it stands to reason 2008 should be an even more-successful year.
MMA Analytics 01.14.07: UFC's Welterweights Suddenly Stagnant
With Georges St. Pierre's recent win over Matt Hughes, it seems that Pierre has become a dominant opponent for nearly everyone in the Welterweight division. This poses problems of who will be able to matchup against Pierre in the future, much like the situation with Anderson Silva at Middleweight. We'll look at the current situation in the Welterweight division, comparisons to the Middleweights, and fixes that the UFC can implement to reclaim a challenging upper tier of matchups for the division. All of that and more in this edition of MMA Analytics.
Focused BJ Penn ready to make history
With win, would become second man to win titles in two UFC weight classes
If you were to visit any mixed martial arts event anywhere around the world and poll the fighters on who was the most gifted fighter in the sport, B.J. Penn would be likely to finish at or near the top.
The UFC lightweight has all the tools for superstardom. He's a phenom in jiu-jitsu; his standup is slick; his takedown defense is world-class; he's charismatic. Tales of his prowess have been spun over the years in building him up to near-mythical status. MMA fighters hold him in awe, amazed by a skill level that is unmatched when focused, understanding that his best is at another level. It is a phenomenon that FIGHT! Magazine writer and author Sam Sheridan calls, "the BJ factor."
The Science of MMA
I just saw this, it says its on the national geographic channel so keep an eye out for it.
Should be interesting to watch an they have some well known faces on the show.
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MMA Executive: Jason MacDonald vs. Joe Doerksen at UFC 84
In a recent blog entry, UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald (19-9 MMA, 3-2 UFC) stated that he would be fighting on the UFC 84 card in Montreal. We now apparently know his opponent: Joe Doerksen (39-11 MMA, 1-5 UFC).
The news comes from Stephan Patry, president of the Canadian-based TKO organization, who was quoted by the French-Canadian sports site, RDS.ca. (MacDonald and Doerksen both previously fought for the organizations.)
Although the MacDonald-Doerksen fight would feature two of Canada’s top middleweight fighters, it’s not known if the bout will be on the night’s televised main card. The event — the first ever to take place in Canada — is quickly filling up with top-tier talent. In addition to St. Pierre vs. Serra, the event is also slated to feature Thiago Alves vs. Karo Parisyan, as well as the return of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Sean Sherk Still on the Defensive Over Steroids
Sean Sherk is so compulsive about his health, if he sees a person smoking a cigarette in a car in front of him, he pulls into another lane to be as far away from the second-hand smoke as possible.
“I’m a different person when it comes to that kind of stuff,” Sherk says. “My health is very, very important to me. I’m goofy that way.“
Sherk proclaimed his innocence early and often and said he spent more than $20,000 in what turned out to be a futile effort to clear his name. In December, the California State Athletic Commission upheld the decision, though it reduced the suspension executive officer Armando Garcia had given him from a year to six months.
Chute Boxe Rep Surprised At Statements
When Chute Boxe leader Master Rafael Cordeiro announced plans to open a training facility in Los Angeles and had severed ties with former US rep Roberto PIccinini, apparently nobody told Piccinini until he found out about it through an MMAWeekly article and not through Chute Boxe after 27 years of association.
Finger Pointing Replaces Fights
At least Mark Kerr got his 20 percent.
While "The Smashing Machine" had planned on collecting $15,000 Saturday night, he like his opponent and 16 other mixed martial artists learned they wouldn't fight because promoters failed to provide sufficient funds.
Problems first surfaced Friday evening after Rick Bassman, the promoter of record, informed the California State Athletic Commission that money had not been secured to pay fighters.
Bassman, who has promoted several Valor Fighting shows in California, said World Cagefighting Organization's Bruce Bellocchi hired him to use his promoter's license and to produce the event and perform administrative functions.
Jeff Joslin, Wander Braga and Luke Stewart Interviews...
I posted interviews with all fighters here
Did this interview with Joslin a couple weeks ago. Very underrated fighter and it's great he's getting another chance. Anyone who hasn't seen his fight with Jon Fitch needs to check out what he was able to do to Fitch in controversial loss. Thought he more than held his own against Koscheck as well.
Wander Braga was supposed to be in the UFC a few times against Pellegrino. He's got some legal issues preventing him from fighting at the moment but could be in this year. 16-0 but he hasn't fought in 3 years.
Not sure how many people here know who Luke Stewart is but he is somebody to watch at 170. He is fighting for Strikeforce and has finished every single opponent. Biggest name opponent is Von Flue, but he should get bigger fights soon and is on the undercard for the March 29 event. Sick Jiu-Jitsu, black belt under Ralph Gracie.