AFL expects to sign "20 to 30" female fighters this summer
LEXINGTON, KY. -- The Kentucky-based American Fight League is poised for a major shopping spree and could soon have a stronghold on the world's top female talent.
AFL CEO B.J. Santiago discussed the organization's plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Thursday while overseeing a media session with newly signed AFL fighters Tara LaRosa and Bobby Lashley.
The AFL has been on a free-agent signing spree in recent months, bringing a number of mid-level, though recognizable, fighters into the organization, including Rafael Assuncao, Junior Assuncao, Diego Saraiva, Chilo Gonzalez and Dan Christison. Lashley, a former WWE performer and decorated amateur wrestler, was one of its biggest scores to date.
CB Dolloway Interview
On Saturday night, Amir Sadollah and CB Dolloway will fight for the right to be crowned “The Ultimate Fighter 7” winner. MMARated.com’s Ariel Helwani spoke with Dolloway to get his thoughts on receiving a second chance at the contract as
well as Sadollah.
Ariel Helwani: First off, congratulations on making it to the finals even though it might not have been the route you expected. More to that point, where were you when you found out that you were being given a second chance?
CB Dolloway: Las Vegas. Actually, [UFC President] Dana [White] had us call back up there, me and Tim Credeur. We were talking about just having a meeting. We didn’t know why we were coming back up there and basically, I thought I was the only one who got called back up and as I am walking in, I see Tim walking in out of another car into the UFC Training Center so I figured something was up at that point.
Pre-'TUF 7 Finale' Interview with Diego Sanchez
"The Ultimate Fighter" season one winner Diego Sanchez will resume his climb towards a shot at the welterweight title when he steps inside the Octagon Saturday night in Las Vegas.
After consecutive setbacks to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch in 2007, Sanchez returned in March 2008 at UFC 82 "Pride of a Champion" to overwhelm UFC newcomer David Bielkheden with strikes for a tapout victory.
On the main card of "The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale," Sanchez (21-2) takes on another fighter looking for a second straight win, Luigi Fioravanti (14-3), out of the American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Affliction Gate Update
Sergio Non at USAToday has an update:
Atencio might sound like a diehard MMA fan gleeful over his upcoming fantasy matchups, but he's not alone — 7,000 to 8,000 tickets have been sold so far, he said. If that figure is correct, it would mean that without any major marketing and with the show still a month away, Affliction: Banned is already close to hitting the live numbers of Elite XC's much-hyped May 31 event, which reported 8,033 paid tickets for a card that had a fraction of the Affliction line-up's cachet.
Dana White on Opie and Anthony
Check out Dana's interview this morning with Opie and Anthony here.
The interview actually goes a decent length, and even though there are bits and pieces of Dana repeating the same talking points we've heard a thousand times, there are some really funny bits. The highlight for sure is Dana talking about his neighbor that doesn't like his pool cabana.
Dana White on Anderson Silva's Move to 205
ESPN has the preview for tomorrow's episode of MMA Live posted, and it's basically a Dana White soliloquy on Anderson Silva. Oh, and of course a little promotion for the July 19th show; notice how he made sure to get a "for free" in there:
Anderson Silva is, uh, is-- you know, when I always talk about "real fighters," this guy is, is definitely a real fighter.
Attention Promoters: This Is How You Promote Local Mixed Martial Arts Shows
From an interview with Joseph Cavallaro, the promoter of the local Massachusetts show "World Championship Fighting":
Sherdog.com: Who is putting down money to come see your shows?
Cavallaro: It's funny because we need the hardcore mixed martial arts fans. We need that. We have to have a base of guys that read Sherdog, guys that go to all the fights. That's great. We definitely need to have them. I love them. I'm one of those guys; I fall into that category. But we need to get outside of that also and capture the people that may know who Chuck Liddell (Pictures) is and may see Rampage on TV, but they haven't actually been to a fight before.
Dana White Couldn't Do It Alone
My comments about Lorenzo Fertitta yesterday were not well received to say the least. Let me elaborate a little bit and clarify what I meant when I said Lorenzo coming about "wasn't good for Dana." First off, I think its a great move for the UFC/Zuffa. Its a sign that the Fertittas see the UFC as a major part of their business empire, not just a hobby to be managed by their old high school buddy Dana White. And secondly, Dana might not be going anywhere. His old role as king of the UFC and American MMA in general might be unchanged. He always answered to the Fertittas, now he'll just more supervision and support from Lorenzo each and every day.
Amir Sadollah’s Ultimate Fighter Blog (Episode 12)
This episode, filmed so many months ago, feels like it happened yesterday. Now, reliving this on the eve of the finals, the live conclusion to our season, the reality starts to sink in a bit. With each episode that aired, I was brought back to the inane possibility that this experience was real, already etched so vividly in my mind.
My fight with C.B. was the biggest test for me up to this point. I went into deeper waters than I had ever been, and I feel I came out stronger from the experience. Plus I got a cool new scar.
Jesse Taylor: "I just spiraled out of control"
Jesse Taylor, "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest" finalist who was kicked out of the competition due to a drunken, post-show Las Vegas rampage, says he has since cut alcohol out of his life.
Taylor discussed the situation in a video interview for SpikeTV.com, and in it, he says that when the show's producers flew him back to Las Vegas, he was told it was for a follow-up interview.
Instead, UFC president Dana White broke the news that Taylor had been kicked out of the UFC and that he would be replaced in a June 21 finale fight with Amir Sadollah.
Macdonald states bout with Maia, "Will be an mma fight, not a jj fight"
“He’s a very high-level jiu-jitsu fighter, a five-time champion in fact. I’ve got a lot of respect for what he’s done in the jiu-jitsu world. But I think we’ve seen time and time again that good mixed martial artists have been able to defeat high-level jiu-jitsu guys. Take even the other night in London, where Kevin Burns, in his first UFC fight, was able to get a triangle choke on Roan Carneiro, who is a high-level black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Maia is not like B.J. Penn who is great in jiu-jitsu but also dominant in all other facets. He is still fairly new to the MMA side of things so I’m hoping to go out there and put on a strong mixed martial arts fight and do much like what Nate Marquardt did to Dean Lister.”
James Giboo vs Brad Blackburn added to July 19th UFC Card
James Giboo (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Brad Blackburn (12-9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at the recently scheduled UFC Fight Night 14 event, which is headlined by UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin in a non-title light-heavyweight fight.
Giboo and Blackburn, UFC welterweights newcomers, recently agreed to the bout, sources close to both fighters tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Megadeth LIVE at Afflicition
Megadeth will be performing live at the Affliction event July 19th.
I was already going to order this event, but now if I can come up with enough money I am making a trip to Anaheim CA. Good luck trying to sabotage this UFC LOL.
I LOVE MEGADETH