Andrei Arlovski Wants to Fight Before Negotiating New Deal
It’s not the salary demands that has former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski sitting on the sidelines. The Chicago-based fighter, who has one fight remaining on his current deal, just wants to fulfill the terms of his contract before he considers negotiating a new one.
Apparently unwilling to do that, the UFC has kept Arlovski sitting on the sidelines since his UFC 70 victory over Fabricio Werdum nearly seven months ago.
Roman Modrowski shed some light on the situation in today’s edition of the Chicago Sun-Times (MMAjunkie.com also mentioned the Arlovski-UFC situation briefly on Wednesday).
Bernard Hopkins Thanks UFC For Helping Boxing
Legendary Boxer Bernard Hopkins, who also doubles as a promoter for Golden Boy Promotions, had some kind words for the UFC in the course of promoting a fight between Shane Mosely and Miguel Cotto according to TheAge.com.
"I will say thanks to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) that boxing now has to step up and make the matches that interest people," he said.
Hopkins has gone on record recently about his opinion that the UFC has pushed boxing to make better matches.
"Boxing is back like the 1980s, with the (Marvin) Haglers and the (Sugar) Ray Leonards," Hopkins said. "Now the talent is going head to head with other champions."
Bispings latest pre UFC 78 blog
Hi everyone. This week I’m going to focus this whole thing on talking to Rashad directly, after his hilarious and slightly puzzling blog on UFC.com two days ago. Enjoy!...
Possibly the funniest smack talking article I've ever read.
UFC On CBS?
The ongoing Hollywood writers' strike could eventually force broadcast networks to find unscripted primetime programming in the near future. That apparently has CBS talking to UFC about producing at least one primetime special.
December ShoXC Event Off
EliteXC sources have confirmed that the next episode of their ShoXC series in December, to have aired on Showtime, has been cancelled. Cage Rage's Paul Daley was to have been the main attraction.
Evan Tanner is BACK!
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder Evan Tanner on Thursday announced via his myspace page that he has signed a four-fight contract with the UFC. Independent sources have confirmed the signing.
Mark Kerr ends five-fight slide
HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Mark Kerr emerged victorious for the first time in over seven years, submitting Stephen Gavin via keylock at 1:19 of the first round Wednesday night at Xcess Fighting.
The 39-year-old heavyweight, who fought for the UFC and PRIDE promotions from 1997-2004, last won in 2000 at PRIDE 10 against an inexperienced Igor Borisov.
In 1997, Kerr appeared to be destined to become an MMA great. He kicked off his MMA career winning three fights in one night at the World Vale Tudo Championship 3 and then following up with two straight UFC tournament wins at UFC 14 and 15. He cashed in on his success five months later by signing with PRIDE, where he would call home for almost six years.
UFC 79: Doug Evans vs. Mark Bocek Finalized
Alaskan Fighting Championships title-holder Doug Evans (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who made his octagon debut against Roger Huerta in June, will return to action at UFC 79 to take on Mark Bocek (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the fight with Evans’ manager this afternoon, though the bout had been rumored for more than a week.
UFC 79 takes place Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event features a headline match between UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and former champ Matt Hughes.
Matt Vs. Matt, Now At A Newsstand Near You
Not only are Matt Hughes & Matt Serra squaring off at UFC 79 and on TUF 6, but now on the cover of Men's Fitness Magazine. The December issue features both fighters and focuses on their training and workouts.
Born To Brawl
Nick Diaz has been fighting most of his life, as far back as first grade. Ahead of his next fight this weekend, he recently spoke about how he ultimately got into fighting and MMA.
Former Heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe recently said he wants to be the first man to have been both a boxing and MMA Heavyweight Champion. Only problem-he's never tried MMA.
This just sounds ridiculously bad on so many levels.
Shields Predicts Exciting Finish At EXC
Although Jake Shields won't be fighting for an EliteXC title in his next and possibly final fight for the promotion, he's predicting an exciting fight against Mike Pyle and being even more bold in predicting how it finishes.
IFL Featured In ESPN The Magazine
The IFL and the Miletich Fighting Systems Camp are feautred prominently in the newest edition of ESPN The Magazine, on newsstands today. This comes just a week after the promotion was chronicled on the new ESPN show E:60.