Jeff Curan is down but not out
Jeff Curran had the opportunity to reach the most defining moment of his career when he contended for Urijah Faber’s World Extreme Cagefighting 145-pound division title earlier this month. Unfortunately, the “Big Frog” was defeated and his dream of wearing WEC gold was put on hold.
Ninja and Shogun comment on Chute Boxe exit
It was announced via the official Chute Boxe website on Tuesday that Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have decided to leave the famed Brazilian fight team.
Wanderlei Silva and Andre Dida recently left the team and now it is apparently time for the Rua brothers to follow suit.
Burkman ready to welcome Swick to 170
It has been months since the official announcement that Mike Swick would be dropping a weight class and fighting at 170 pounds, but until recently he was still waiting for a chance to fight at welterweight. Now his fight is set as Josh Burkman stepped in to accept the bout and will face him on Jan. 23 at the next scheduled UFC Fight Night event.
IFL OPENS ITS DOORS TO OUTSIDERS IN 2008
The International Fight League recently announced many changes to its upcoming season including format differences with the teams, coaches and title bouts. Among the new ideas for this year will be the inclusion of the organization’s willingness to welcome in fighters from other promotions to guarantee the best match-ups possible.
Bisping's First MW Opponent Set
Former TUF winner Michael Bisping, dropping to Middleweight after fighting at Light Heavyweight, appears to have his first MW fight set. He says he will fight TUF alum Charles McCarthy on March 8 in London.
And yet another "Big" John McCarthy interview
This one is pretty extensive and touches on a lot of subjects so I thought I would post it too. Really good to hear that The Fight Network should be comming to combat sport fans in the States soon. I can't say enough about this channel.
Chris Howie of MMANews.com: This is Chris Howie with MMANews.com and today I am speaking with former UFC head referee and the newest addition to the Fight Network team, "Big" John McCarthy. How are you today John?
"Big" John McCarthy: I'm doing good. Just spending a few days here in Toronto.
MMANews.com: How are you liking the city?
"Big" John McCarthy: Well, they lied to me and said it never snowed here.
Justin McCully Offered Bout with Cheick Kongo at UFC 81 “Breaking Point”
UFC heavyweight Justin McCully has been offered a bout with Frenchman Cheick Kongo at UFC 81 “Breaking Point” on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, The Fight Network has confirmed with McCully’s camp. Currently overseas on a goodwill United Service Organizations tour in Iraq with fellow Team Punishment member Tito Ortiz, the 31-year-old has neither accepted nor turned down the bout, though his answer is expected Wednesday. If he accepts, McCully (8-3-2) would have six weeks to train for the contendership bout.
McCully earned a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk (4-3) at UFC Fight night 10 on April 5 in Las Vegas. Kongo (10-3-1) is riding high after a key victory over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-6-2) at UFC 75 this past September in London.
Big John Interview
After so many times of imploring mixed martial arts fighters, "Let's Get it On," John McCarthy sought trademark protection on the phrase. For more than a decade, "Big John," was the UFC's choice referee, a figure often referred to as the "Octagon's ninth side." After more than 500 bouts that trace the UFC's evolution, McCarthy retired -- sort of -- last week. Now he'll be getting it on for The Fight Network, North's America's only all-combat sports channel. He recently sat down with SI.com
Q & A with Sherk
After successfully defending his UFC lightweight championship with a decision win over Hermes Franca it was revealed that then champion Sean Sherk and Franca both tested positive for banned steroid substances in pre fight tests. Franca admitted to knowingly using steroids in an attempt to heal from a late developing training can injury but Sherk maintained his innocence and chose to appeal the suspension of one year that he received from the California State Athletic Commission.
Interview with Jerome Lebanner
K-1 super heavyweight Jerome Le Banner talks about his performance at the 2007 K-1 World Grand Prix, his future plans and much more. You don't want to miss what he had to say as he talks about future fights with Mighty Mo and K-1 WGP Champion Semmy Schilt, the possibility of one day fighting in the Octagon and why he thinks it would be a pity if Tim Sylvia became the UFC heavyweight champion again. Don't miss this must read exclusive.
UFC 79 Viewing Parties Feature Serra, Koscheck, Griffin and Others
If you can’t make it to Las Vegas for next weekend’s UFC 79 event, a few notable UFC fighters are hoping you’ll join them at viewing parties they have planned for the Dec. 29 pay-per-view event.
As we previously reported, Matt Serra will host a UFC-sponsored party at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Serra was originally slated to defend his title against Matt Hughes at the event, but when a herniated disc forced him off the card, he was booked for hosting duties in his home state instead.
Rickson Gracie - Exploring Genius
Numerous modern day Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu masters declare openly that Rickson Gracie’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the supreme expression of the art today. Indeed, many world-class Jiu-Jitsu players, champions in their own right, declare solemnly that Rickson Gracie is a virtuoso.
The intent of this essay is to speak about my personal experience indicating Rickson’s uniqueness and to pursue several explanations that may shed greater light regarding the source of his matchless skills.
MMA not immune to steroid issues
With last week’s release of baseball’s Mitchell Report, as well as suggestions for improving the game, it's a good time to take a look at mixed martial arts and how to combat performance enhancing drugs.
Jong Man Kim: Carrying on the Legacy
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the tragic passing of South Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim, who died from blood clots sustained during his harrowing fight with Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini.
As in any unfortunate passing, people try to remember the life that was lived rather than the death itself. Such has been the case in South Korea, where Kim's story has been celebrated, if tearfully, as one man's insurmountable spirit.
Aoki Ready for Calvancante
Current Shooto middleweight champion Shinya Aoki who will face Gesias Calvancante at the Yarennoka! New Year's Eve card supported by M-1 Global, held an open training session at the DEEP Dojo on Wednesday.
Though he is known as one of the most dangerous submission artists in the world, today's open training session was held in a rather unique style.
A ‘Phoenix' Rises From Japan
Not many are very familiar with UFC middleweight Yushin Okami, let alone that his nickname is "Thunder." As a reference to Japanese pro-wrestler Jyushin Thunder Liger, the homage is perhaps lost on most of the Western audience.