The UFC’s New York Seduction Drive: Day 1
According to this New York Times article, today marks the beginning of the UFC’s public campaign to legalize MMA in New York State. Eleven years after it was banned by killjoy governor George Pataki, Zuffa has launched MMAFacts.com to massage NY lawmakers into realizing that MMA is safe family entertainment. And at no small cost: Prior to the launch of the site, Zuffa made a $25,000 donation to the state Democratic party, hired a political consulting firm used by current New York governor Eliot Spitzer for media relations, and has had the $10,000/month Albany lobbying firm Brown, McMahon & Weinraub on retainer since November.
Anyway, take a gander at the site, which combines a mix of positive news coverage (”Associated Press: Anheuser-Busch ad deal is milestone for Ultimate Fighting”), original fluff pieces (”MMA Events Draw Tourism and Tax Revenue to Host Cities”), explanations of the sport’s honorable history, and good old-fashioned charticles. But the best part is the athlete profile page, where dudes like Keith Jardine, Kenny Florian, and Joe Lauzon — awkwardly stuffed into button-down shirts — try to explain that MMA fighters are just as educated as you are, if not more so, and don’t turn to the sport because they can’t do anything else. (Lauzon’s an IT guy!) But unlike the other guys in their office-ready wear, Matt Lindland keeps it real in his IFL jersey. It’s very possible that no photos of him wearing collared shirts actually exist.
Report: Nick Diaz vs. Jae ‘The Korean Ice Pick’ Lim fight set for March 29
Nick Diaz will return to action against Jae “The Korean Ice Pick” Lim (9-3) later this month on March 29 as a featured bout on the Shamrock vs. Cung Le card — an event that will be co-promoted by Strikeforce and ProElite — in San Jose, Calif., according to GracieFighter.com.
Diaz was penciled in to fight Muhsin Corbbrey on April 26 in Hawaii, however, we learned that the bout was eventually scratched during an exclusive interview with the Diaz brothers last month.
Lim just fought last Saturday in Japan, beating Yoon Young Kim in the second round via technical knockout. He last fought for EliteXC in November 2007 on the Renegade show, submitting Daniel Pinedo with a first round rear naked choke.
The Koreon Ice Pick is a pretty big 160 pounder. He’s listed as 176 pounds and his size could give Diaz some trouble come March 29. Lim is an aggressive fighter who has five submissions and three technical knockouts in his nine wins.
Even so, this is a fight Diaz should win on paper. We’ll call this a tune up fight for either his rematch with KJ Noons for the belt or his fight with Yves Edwards, depending on who wins the Noons/Edwards fight.
Gilbert Melendez not Fighting Cristiano Marcello on March 29
Contrary to recent reports, Strikeforce world lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (13-1) will not be fighting Chute Boxe jiu-jitsu coach Cristiano Marcello (4-2) at a March 29 EliteXC/Strikeforce event.
Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fight was never booked and that a different opponent for Melendez could be named as early as today.
LOYALTY TO B.J. PENN HAS JOE LAUZON PREPARED
To prepare for the fight, Lauzon has been working with his Ultimate Fighter coach, current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, with whom Lauzon continues to adjust his fight game.
“Working with B.J. has been amazing. Every day I get to go out and work out with the lightweight champ of the UFC,” he said with exuberance. “I have learned everything from small training habits to ideas on fighting and technique.”
A win for Lauzon would definitely help his continual climb up the lightweight ladder, but he intends on keeping his focus on the fight.
Dana White Unleashes Another Tirade
Yesterday it was the Orange County Register. Today its the the Boston Herald. UFC President Dana White this time takes specific aim at EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw as well as clarifies his stance on HDNet Fights’ Mark Cuban.
Carneiro, Chonan Sign for UFC Bout @ UFC 85
Roan Carneiro (Pictures) and Ryo Chonan (Pictures) have signed to fight at UFC 85 on June 7 in London, sources close to both camps have told Sherdog.com.
The bout will be a rematch of a Feb. 12, 2005, meeting in Deep. Chonan (14-8) stopped the Brazilian on a cut in that first fight after landing a knee as Carneiro (12-6) tried for a takedown.
Both fighters have since dropped from the middleweight division to 170 pounds.
Evans Jumped at chance to face Liddell
Fresh off the announcement that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua had to drop out of his fight with Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 due to a recurring knee injury, Rashad Evans got the call to step in as a replacement. There was no hesitation in his mind about accepting the fight.
“With Shogun being out, Dana White gave me a call and he asked me if I wanted the opportunity to fight Chuck,” recounted Evans in an interview with MMAWeekly.com, “And I’m like, ‘yeah!’"
ANDERSON SILVA STANDS ALONE AT MIDDLEWEIGHT
1. Anderson Silva
The questions regarding Anderson Silva now aren’t so much about whom in the middleweight division can defeat him, but who in mixed martial arts? He has had six fights since entering the Octagon – capturing the UFC championship in only his second bout for the promotion – and he has yet to be taken outside of the second round. Finishing off Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, Travis Lutter, Chris Leben, and Rich Franklin… twice, what else is left for him? Yushin Okami is a likely challenger, but now speculation has started that he may soon have to step outside of the middleweight division for a marquee challenge.
2. Paulo Filho
Despite rumors of recent bouts with depression, what really counts in MMA is what happens in the cage, and there is no questioning of Filho’s accomplishments there. A training partner of Ricardo Arona and Anderson Silva, he has managed to keep his perfect record intact, to an impressive 16 wins and no defeats. He will rematch Chael Sonnen later this month in defense of his World Extreme Cagefighting championship, but despite early struggles in their first bout, he still found a way to win, as he always has.
3. Rich Franklin
The only man to stop Franklin since he emerged in the UFC has been Anderson Silva, and so far, that hasn’t seemed to be anything to be ashamed of, as Silva has been running rough shod through everyone. Franklin has remained a constant contender in the division by defeating everyone else he has faced, including Okami, Jason MacDonald, Evan Tanner, Dave Loiseau, and others.
Rich Franklin: ‘Another fight with Anderson wouldn’t be that interesting for fans’
Perhaps the fourth-best fighter at 185 pounds in the world, Rich Franklin, admits that a third fight with UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is not that attractive. That’s because “The Spider” is kryptonite when it comes to “Ace” — two fights, two lopsided losses and two broken noses. Franklin recently inked a six-fight deal, meaning he has a lot ahead of him. If he and Silva roll in their next few bouts, will that make a third fight between the two any more interesting, maniacs? My Spidey-sense says no, which makes this a potential conundrum for Franklin and the UFC.
“Realistically, another fight with Anderson wouldn’t be that interesting for fans. But (fighting) is how I make money. Whenever I’m at the end of my rope and I take a week away from the gym, I’m anxious to get back. I’m just a competitor.”
to me this is his way of officially announcing that He is Now the Middleweight Gate keeper.
Shogun: "I'll Be Back Likely In August"
Mauricio Rua is planning to undergo surgery Saturday, March 8th. He suffered an injury during the training at UFL Academy.
"I'm calm, I have to operate, there is no other way, I hope Chuck waits for me (laughs)"
Asked how he injured the knee, Rua responded, "I did shit, I was hurt helping a friend in the training, He was running and I held him by the waist and forced my knee"
Also, the former PRIDE Champion stated that he is surprised with his substitute, Rashad Evans, Despite Evans stature here in the US and his undefeated status in the octagon, the Brazilian fighter doesn't know who he is.
Rua is confident about his return to the octagon, "I'll be back likely in August."
WAR RUA's KNEE, to a 100% recovery and nothing less than 100%
Kim Couture To Make MMA Debut April 5
Kim Couture is set to make her MMA debut on April 5 in Chael Sonnen’s fight promotion, the Full Contact Fighting Federation. Her opponent, Jessica Cruz, will also be making her MMA debut.
While this isn't exactly huge news, I thought some people may be interested. I've read on a few forums that people say she is not interested in moving into MMA so here's the proof that she is. Considering what she showed in her smoker fight, this could turn out badly.
By the way, If this has been posted before then I apologize. I used the search feature and nothing came up so I decided to go ahead and post it.
GIs battle Joes in exhibition fights
A Command and General Staff College student and an Army Reserve Soldier demonstrated their martial arts prowess at a recent sporting exhibition as part of an Army recruiting event.
CGSC student Maj. Rob Pickel and 1st. Lt. Joe Proctor, of the 8th U.S. Army, were two of 14 Soldiers to fight in the GIs versus Joes II combative sports event Feb. 22 at the Saint Charles Family Arena near St. Louis.
Army Recruiting Battalion St. Louis partnered with Kick International to sponsor the event, which drew about 3,000 people, said an event organizer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Army Emergency Relief fund.
The Soldiers did well winning six of the 14 matches, which were divided by weight class, said Pickel, who won his fight in a three-round decision.
Mixed martial arts is similar to what is used in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, said Pickel, a Special Forces officer.
what do you guys think about the Army implementing MMA more and more. they said it was a good outreach for the youth of America, do you guys think that is a good application of MMA. and how about their interpretation of MMA, is it accurate enough or does it leave a bad taste in your mouth? I just found this article really interesting and i thought i would share it with you.
CSAC Implements New Rules & Regulations
Among new rules & regulations being implemented by the CSAC include requiring fighters who want to get or renew fighter licenses to submit urine samples, having the authority to overturn fight results, and expanding the list of banned substances.
Randy Couture Willing to Go Back to the UFC if They Sign Fedor Emelianenko
On the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show Randy Couture stated that he would be willing to go back to the UFC if they sign, now free agent Fedor Emelianenko. Couture also stated that if he did go back to the UFC that it wouldn't be under his current contract. He said a new contract would have to be worked out. Couture has stated many times that Fedor is the only fight he wants. The current interim heavyweight champion is Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Dana White has offered that fight to Couture on more than one occasion, but its not likely that Couture would take that fight considering his statements about only wanting to fight Fedor in the past.
Melvin Guillard Posts Rage in the Cage Victory
Melvin Guillard (21-7-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC), the once-promising UFC lightweight who suffered embarrassing back-to-back defeats in the UFC, rebounded for a vital victory at Friday's Rage in the Cage 105 event.
Guillard posted a unanimous-decision victory over Eric Regan in the main event of the night's 10-fight event.
Brad Morris vs. Cain Velasquez @ UFC 83
On April 19th at Montreal’s sold out Bell Centre, the UFC heavyweight division gets an injection of new blood when newcomers Brad Morris and Cain Velasquez clash in a preliminary bout on the UFC 83: Serra vs St-Pierre 2 card.
Kos Expected To Return To UFC, Wants Title Shot
Now-free agent UFC fighter Josh Koscheck, coming off a win over Dustin Hazelett at UFC 82, recently said that he expects to re-sign with the promotion and also wants a title shot. Kos also took the chance to take a couple shots at rival Diego Sanchez.
Dana Not Closing The Door On Ortiz
Despite the legendary war of words between UFC President Dana White and Tito Ortiz over the last couple years, Dana says the door isn't closed to dealing with Ortiz after what coule be his last UFC fight in May. Naturally, Dana as usual couldn't resist the chance to take a few more shots at the disgruntled Ortiz in his latest comments.