“TUF6" Fighter Jon Koppenhaver Facing Felony Charges
Jon Koppenhaver, a cast member on the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” appeared in Superior Court on Thursday on felony assault and battery charges stemming from a September incident outside a San Diego training center.
According to the San Diego Tribune-Tribune, Koppenhaver had a preliminary hearing on Thursday, and if the case goes to trial, he faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.
Koppenhaver is accused of choking unconscious a man and striking him in the face outside Undisputed, a fitness and training center, on Sept. 2. Koppenhaver is a trainer at the facility. According to a San Diego police detective, Zatkow suffered four fractures to his left eye socket during the assault.
TUF 6 Finale Fighter Payouts
The following are the official REPORTED pay outs to fighters who participated on the live finale of The Ultimate Fighter 6: "Team Hughes vs. Team Serra" on Spike TV, on December 8th
Fedor: "Dana Talks a lot"
The following is an excerpt from an interview on MMAWeekly.com with PRIDE Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
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ESPN's Bill Simmons talks B.S. About Buffer
On a recent edition of his ESPN radio show "The B.S. Report", ESPN Radio personality Bill SImmons and his co-host reportedly talked some B.S. about UFC announcer Bruce Buffer.
Supposedly there was also a spot somewhere where Bill referred to Bruce as "Frank Stallone".
Fedor's NYE Opponent Moonlights As A Rapper
The following is an excerpt from an article posted on The Korea Times, seems they don't think much of Choi:
Choi turned himself into a national joke last month by releasing a hip-hop album with model and wannabe pop star Kang Su-hui, although LeBanner would surely say he did well for a singer.
Intelligently Defending 12.13.07: UFC Lightweight Division Ready for a Huge 2008
The UFC lightweight division had a sensational 2007 as it became the most exciting weight-class in the organization. With the title picture now straightened out and rising stars getting ready for their shots -- 2008 looks like it will be even better. In this edition of Intelligently Defending we will take a look at the current state of the division and where it is heading from here.
'All Access' With Wanderlei Silva Set For MTV 2 On 12/28
UFC® All Access™ Wanderlei Silva Hosted by Rachelle Leah on MTV2 - Go behind the scenes with Octagon Girl Rachelle Leah as she hangs out with UFC light heavyweight fighter Wanderlei Silva. See what's happening with Wanderlei as he prepares to fight Chuck Liddell - the fight everyone in MMA has wanted to see for years.
Scott Smith and EliteXC Agree to Long-Term Deal
Former UFC fighter Scott Smith (11-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has signed a long-term contract with Elite Xtreme Combat, the organization’s parent announced on Wednesday.
ProElite Inc. also announced that Smith will make his EliteXC debut in February.
Smith is perhaps best known for his stint on a special “comeback” season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and a subsequent knockout at the show’s live finale — which appeared to play a major part in EliteXC’s offer to the fighter.
Big John McCarthy to Make Broadcasting Debut with TKO 31
Big John McCarthy, who officially joined The Fight Network December 7th in a full-time role, will make his broadcasting debut on December 14th in Montreal, Quebec.
McCarthy will team up with his Fight Network colleague, Mauro Ranallo, to call the English broadcast for TKO 31 “Young Guns” from the Bell Centre. McCarthy will provide color commentary for the event.
TKO 31 “Young Guns” airs on Pay Per View on January 4, 2008 at 9:00 pm.
Yet Another Change To IFL GP
Shad Lierley has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming IFL Grand Prix Finals due to a broken toe. John Gunderson will replace Lierley as Chris Horodecki's newest opponent.
CNBC Documentary “Ultimate Fighting: From Blood Sport to Big Time” Highlight
Embedded to the right is a full and official sneak preview of CNBC’s “Ultimate Fighting: From Blood Sport to Big Time” documentary that premieres tomorrow, December 13 @ 10 pm ET.
The original documentary takes “a no-holds barred look at the business behind the nation’s fastest growing sports franchise,” telling the story behind the rise of the Ultimate Fighting Championship as both a business and cultural phenomenon. From the preview video, the program apparently heavily features former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin.
The one hour program is reported by CNBC’s Scott Wapner, and re-airs the same night at 1AM ET in case you can’t make the first showing (or you’re a poor soul still stuck without Tivo).
Looks worth checking out for sure.
UFC Lightweight Division: Aftermath of the TUF Finale
A good article on the possibilities for Roger Huerta, Clay Guida, and Mac Danzig after the TUF Finale performances. Namely, it talks about possible opponents for Huerta in the future, Clay Guida possibly heading to 145 or helping WEC with some star power and name recognition, and Mac Danzig's chances in the Lightweight division.
New Fedor interview
MMAWeekly’s Korea Correspondent, John Evans, recently caught up with Fedor Emelianenko, the man almost universally regarded as the No. 1 mixed martial arts heavyweight in the world.
Joe Lauzon Interview
Adam Morgan: Yeah, I saw you had some pictures posted up on The Underground Forum where it said you were at roughly 185 about 48 hours out from the fight. Is that true?
Joe Lauzon: That was a big joke. My brother and my roommate Brandon were in the hotel lobby and they heard Reinhardt was getting a little scared, you know, “Joe’s running around at 185! He’s so big!” and all this other stuff. So they started talking like “Oh, I can’t believe Joe’s 185. It’ll be a tough cut but he’ll make it.” So we just sort of ran with it to play on his paranoia a little bit.
Penn Gets Probation, UFC 80 Match Still On
BJ Penn was sentenced yesterday to 1 year probation for charges of assault on a police officer related to an incident in Hawaii 2 years ago. The judge will allow Penn to travel to England in January for UFC 80, so his Lightweight Title fight against Joe Stevenson will not be affected.