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"Strikeforce on NBC" makes solid debut, but questions remain
(mmajunkie.com)
The optimism and intrigue created by Strikeforce's initial announcement of a deal with NBC was immediately followed by skepticism. Sure, mixed martial arts would appear on major U.S. network television for the first time, but the details left a little to be desired. With just 28 minutes of airtime crammed into a very-late-night 2 a.m. broadcast slot, "Strikeforce on NBC" didn't appear to be the network blockbuster MMA fans have long anticipated. However, today's series premiere should put at least some doubts and fears to rest. It also showed how a little network influence can spiff up an image and lend some legitimacy.
Submitted Apr 13, 2008 7:44AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
MARK HUNT RETURNS TO K-1 AGAINST SCHILT
(mmaweekly.com)
Hoping to make history for a second time, former K-1 World Grand Prix Grand Champion Mark Hunt returns to the ring tomorrow against the three-time and defending K-1 WGP Champion Semmy Schilt of Holland. It's been five years since Mark Hunt last fought in K-1, but fightsport fans everywhere remember the New Zealand boxer's 2001 World GP performance, when he took the sport by storm. Hunt first KOed all three opponents to win the Oceania GP elimination tournament in Melbourne. Then, at the Tokyo Dome in December, he dispatched K-1 stars Francisco Filho, Stefan Leko and Jerome LeBanner to become the first-ever non-European K-1 World GP Champion... I am glad to see Hunt back in K-1 where i feel he belongs. i am very interested to see how he matches up against Semmy as the giant faces the granite chin. i don't think this one is going to end in a KO although i hope it does. Can't wait for Mastodon or cmill to weigh in on this.
Submitted Apr 13, 2008 12:23AM by jiujitsufreak74 - 23 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
 
Jake O'Brien dropped from UFC, ready to sign with PFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Jake O'Brien (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), a 23-year-old heavyweight who suffered his first professional loss to Andrei Arlovski in March, has been released from the UFC and has agreed to a two-fight deal with the Palace Fighting Championship. According to Pavia, O'Brien had recently signed a new contract with the UFC and had two fights remaining on the deal. "Yes, you could say we were surprised by the UFC's decision," Pavia said "Jake really wanted that fight at UFC 82," Pavia said. "However, had we known that his tenure with the organization was at risk when we were presented with the Arlovski fight, we may have approached it differently."
Submitted Apr 12, 2008 10:37PM by juanez13 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
 
A Look at the UFC’s Light Heavyweight Division
(fightmatrix.com)
When Zuffa - the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship - purchased and subsequently dismantled Pride Fighting Championship in 2007, MMA fans worldwide expected that majority of the best fighters in the world will be consolidated under the UFC banner. So far, the results have been decidedly mixed. While three out of five UFC title belts are held by former Pride FC fighters, the heavyweight division is still as much in shambles as it was two years ago, and a number of middleweight (185 lbs) contenders are scattered throughout various organizations. In the lightweight division, Marcus Aurelio is the only Pride competitor who has stepped inside the UFC Octagon to date. The only place where Zuffa had an undeniable success of consolidating the top talent is MMA’s marquee division - the light heavyweights (205 lbs). Not only is UFC the home to the undisputed champion of the world at 205, they also employ all of the Top 5, 9 of the Top 10, and 14 of the Top 20 LHW fighters... ...
Submitted Apr 12, 2008 7:34PM by F--K_Luck_AuH2O - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lutter gets chance for redemption
(mmajunkie.com)
Anderson Silva has run a gauntlet through some of the best middleweight mixed martial arts in the world in the past 23 months. He obliterated the iron-chinned Chris Leben. He twice pulverized the marvelously well-rounded Rich Franklin. He overwhelmed Nate Marquardt, a man many believed had the style to defeat him.
Submitted Apr 12, 2008 4:35PM by Porch28 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA Chatter: Serra Discusses Himself, GSP, and Hughes
(mmafrenzy.com)
In some cut ups from ***********, Matt Serra dishes out his classic brand of sentiment on the upcoming bout with GSP, arch rival Matt Hughes, and, of course, the hostile Canadian crowd
Submitted Apr 12, 2008 4:32PM by Porch28 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nate Quarry Interview
(adcombat.com)
UFC 83 on April 19th is a very intriguing card for many reasons, not least of which is this is the first UFC to be held in Canada. On the card Canadian Kalib Starnes takes on Nate Quarry in a fight that has several other angles to it. Both are single fathers and both were competitors on The Ultimate Fighter but missed fights on the show due to injuries. Another interesting angle is comparing and contrasting training. In the archives are multiple updates with Nate.
Submitted Apr 12, 2008 4:17PM by Porch28 - 1 comment
Filed under: Interviews
 
How Dream Became A Reality
(mmaweekly.com)
From the ashes of Pride FC a new organization has risen called Dream, a partnership with FEG, the primary group behind K-1, and the former employees of Pride. Recently, FEG executive Sadaharu Tanigawa spoke to MMAWeekly.com about how the organization was founded and why they decided to work with the Pride staff. K-1 Hero’s and Pride were two of the major players for mixed martial arts in Japan and Tanigawa explains why they didn’t simply incorporate the Pride staff into the Hero’s brand, but instead changed the name to Dream. “In order to (attract) the Pride fans, we have to bring something new,” said Tanigawa. “Because the Pride fans, they don’t really come to the Hero’s events. In order to have them in our events … not only the fans of Pride, but the former Pride staff they were kind of intimidated working together with us as the Hero’s front, so that’s why we have to have something (new).” This new organization has roots in both K-1 Hero’s and Pride of course, and the promotion started to breathe life around the same time the former Pride staff helped to organize the year end Yarennoka! event that closed 2007. “Maybe a week after New Year’s we started thinking about working together,” Tanigawa stated. “Already in Japan, we had discussed working together with the Yarennoka event, then we started discussing new names and then we went with one of those new names and we finally decided on the event name, Dream.”
Submitted Apr 12, 2008 11:47AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Diaz eager to settle score with Gamburyan
(mmajunkie.com)
After posting his fourth straight submission victory in the UFC at UFC Fight Night 13, lightweight Nate Diaz (9-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has been mentioned as a possible opponent for many of the division's top contenders. Diaz, however, is only interested in one of them: former cast mate Manny Gamburyan (8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC). "The UFC decides that for me," Diaz said regarding his next opponent. "Manny (Gamburyan) wants to fight me. But you know what? I want to fight him too just as much." "I don't like them," Diaz said bluntly. "I don't mean nothing bad to anyone else in the sport. Everybody's just trying to make their money and fight their fights and do their thing, just like I am. But those guys? F*** them. They're cocky, they talk s***, and they want to act tough. But when they're by themselves, they try to say 'What's up,' you know... I'm like, 'We're not friends, dude.'"
Submitted Apr 12, 2008 10:33AM by juanez13 - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Wiuff Captures Yamma Tournament
(sherdog.com)
Travis Wiuff (Pictures) conquered Marcelo Pereira and Ricco Rodriguez (Pictures) before besting Minnesotan Chris Tuscherer in the finals to capture Yamma's eight-man heavyweight tournament Friday in Atlantic City, N.J. It doesnt say a whole lot about the fights but it has all of the results, interesting stuff.
Submitted Apr 12, 2008 5:17AM by jakeiceman - 16 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
The Day of the YAMMA
(bloodyelbow.com)
According to Josh Gross on Beatdown, YAMMA was expecting ~1000 people to show up at the weigh ins but no one did other than the press and the camps of the fighters. He called the whole thing depressing. pictures after the jump. I'll be suprised if 1000 people show up for the fights nevermind the weigh ins
Submitted Apr 11, 2008 7:53PM by juanez13 - 20 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Anthony Johnson "I feel like I can hang with GSP"
(fighthype.com)
"Hopefully within the next 2 or 3 months. I'm keeping my weight down low right now. I honestly want to be on that Rampage and Forrest card on July 5th," stated UFC welterweight contender Anthony Johnson as he talked about his future plans after his impressive knockout victory over Tommy Speer during UFC Fight Night 13. You don't want to miss what he had to say about his performance, his future plans and much more as he promises "whenever the UFC calls me man, I'll be ready for an opportunity to shine again." Check it out!
Submitted Apr 11, 2008 5:14PM by Porch28 - 31 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Interview With Clay Guida - Wants To Face BJ Penn
(ironlife.com)
UFC Fighter and all-round entertainer, Clay Guida recently bounced back into the spotlight with a quick victory of Samy Shiavo, eclipsing memories of his previous loss to Roger Huerta. With bold ambitions and a training regime to match, Clay took the time to speak to Ironlife.com about his career and the possibility of one day fighting for the UFC Lightweight title. How did your fight go with Frenchman, Samy Shiavo?
Submitted Apr 11, 2008 5:12PM by Porch28 - 22 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Randy Couture: Grappling match with Angle still speculation
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Randy Couture made some recent comments to MMA Weekly regarding the grappling match between he and Kurt Angle that Angle has been talking up for quite some time now, saying it’s signed on the dotted line, etc. According to Randy, Angle may be jumping the gun a bit:
Submitted Apr 11, 2008 5:10PM by Porch28 - 3 comments
Filed under: HDNet
 
Frankie Edgar getting married; staying at 155 lbs., putting on weight
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
I caught up with Frankie Edgar after his hard fought decision loss to Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 13 to discuss some issues that arose during the fight as well as looking at what’s next for Edgar in the lightweight division.
Submitted Apr 11, 2008 5:08PM by Porch28 - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Griffin vs. Aurelio for 86
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC lightweights Tyson Griffin (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Marcus Aurelio (16-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet at UFC 86, an event that takes place July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight, which will likely appear on the televised portion of the pay-per-view event, was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
Submitted Apr 11, 2008 2:55PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Serra Quick Quote: "Boo Me You Drunks!"
(mmamania.com)
Matt Serra still has no love for Georges St. Pierre going into UFC 83, and now he's trying to show he also has no love for the Montreal crowd, which will be heavily pro-GSP in their UFC Welterweight Title fight. He even told the "drunks" to boo him.
Submitted Apr 11, 2008 9:44AM by DCRage - 42 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Silva Still Wants Jones
(sherdog.com)
Although UFC has nixed any chances of a boxing match between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. anytime soon, Silva still is confident the fight will happen. Silva says the fight is "my huge personal wish".
Submitted Apr 11, 2008 9:10AM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sasaki-Santiago Take 2 At Sengoku 2
(sherdog.com)
The Yuki Sasaki-Jorge Santiago fight that was originally set for November's Strikeforce event but cancelled at the last minute has now been rescheduled. World Victory Road announecd the fight for May 18 at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo as part of WVR's Sengoku 2 event.
Submitted Apr 11, 2008 9:08AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Report: NSAC requires Sean Sherk to submit extra drug test
(mmamania.com)
Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk will be required to undergo additional drug testing prior to his showdown with reigning 155-pound kingpin, BJ Penn, at UFC 84: “Ill Will” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 24, according to MMAPredictions.com. It looks like they are making an example out of Sherk. I wonder if some of the other fighters who tested positive in the past had to do the same?
Submitted Apr 10, 2008 11:53PM by Mchubb316 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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