Dana White Banking on Brock Lesnar’s Success
For everyone who followed pro wrestling from childhood, there was always a lingering question: How would certain guys, not necessarily the biggest stars but the ones who are known by fans as real-life tough guys, do if the battle was real?
The question was more on people’s minds during old-school pro wrestling’s heyday than in recent years, largely because the Ultimate Fighter has answered a lot of questions about putting guys with different backgrounds into an arena and seeing what styles come out on top.
Andrei Arlovski Waiting on the Sidelines
A full six months have passed since former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski defeated Fabricio Werdum at UFC 70. Arlovski hasn’t fought since then, and he’s not scheduled to fight again anytime soon.
So what’s the deal?
Sounds like Arlovski cant get his last fight over with till he resigns. Sounds like the Vera situation.
Monson Addresses Fedor Fight Rumor
In the warm yet windy climes of an Auckland spring, the man rumored to be stepping into a cage with Fedor Emelianenko arguably the best MMA fighter at present, on a M-1 Global card come next February; melted to the reception he received on New Zealand soil.
The "Snowman" Jeff Monson full of praise during in an interview with Roguemag.com, cited the "very good possibility of fighting the Russian" and also said he is "in the process of working through things with M-1."
Couture's issue is money, not respect
Circle Oct. 25, 2007 on your calendar, for it will go down in history as the date when the sport of mixed martial arts hit the mainstream.
It was the date that the sport's highest-profile star held a news conference in a ring at the gym he owns to speak about his problems with its most well-known promoter.
But though Randy Couture, the UFC's erstwhile heavyweight champion, insisted repeatedly that his resignation on Oct. 11 had nothing to do with money, he spent the better part of the news conference Thursday talking about that very topic.
JOACHIM HANSEN CONFIRMS SHOOTO RETURN
It’s been nearly eight months since Norwegian lightweight Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen has stepped into mixed martial arts competition, but he confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he is set to return in November.
With the selling of Pride Fighting Championships to the owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this year, he has been one of many fighters under contract to the old Dream Stage Entertainment regime that has been in limbo as the company transitioned to the new American-based ownership.
Dana White Says "Fedor Sucks" & Isn't Top 5 Heavyweight
During the UFC conference call today with company president Dana White and fighters Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva and Brock Lesnar, White was questioned about Fedor Emelianenko. The man who many consider the number one Heavyweight and number one pound for pound fighter in the world, Dana White responded by saying "Fedor sucks."
Randy Coutures Side Of The Story
LAS VEGAS – Randy Couture went before the media to tell his side of the story Thursday at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts, two weeks to the day after his resignation from the UFC sent shockwaves across the combat sports world.
Couture, the only man in UFC history to win championships in two separate weight classes, addressed the status of his current contract with Zuffa LLC, parent company of the Las Vegas-based promotion. The 44-year-old signed a four-fight contract – which covered a term of 18 months – prior to his victory over UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in March.
“I wasn’t happy with that contract then,” Couture said. “I asked for a signing bonus. I knew a lot of other athletes were getting signing bonuses. I was told, ‘No, we can’t give you a signing bonus.’ But it really didn’t matter. What I ultimately wanted to do was fight, so I accepted the contract.”
UFC on Spike TV contract extension, new show details
The UFC secured its television future through the end of the decade today, as it announced a contract extension with Spike TV during a media teleconference. Financial terms of the deal, which runs through 2011, were not disclosed.
The contract includes provisions for seasons nine through 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, which has been credited with launching the UFC and mixed martial arts into mainstream prominence. A dozen UFC Fight Nights – four per year – are also part of the agreement, along with 39 one-hour episodes of UFC Unleashed.
Perhaps the most significant news to come out of the extension was the announced creation of a new, live weekly fight series. The still unnamed series, details for which will be announced at a later date, will run for two seasons on Spike TV.
Randy Couture:Xtreme Couture Press Conference
Randy Couture Today at 1:30 PT. 4:30 EST had a Press Conference, This Is The
But You Need To Register (Skip the 2nd and 3rd steps)
Great Video But it doesnt start until 15 minutes in. But befor the interview You see that Randy Couture is a nice & chillin guy.
Kendall Grove Will Fight On UFC 80 - England Card
Troy Mandaloniz was on Sweep the Leg Radio today, and said that his regular training partner, Kendall Grove, was offered a fight on the UFC 80 card, that will take place in England in January, and he gladly accepted it.
No opponent was named, but he will begin training soon for it, according to Troy. Grove is coming off a knockout loss to Patrick Cote, and looks to regain his momentum.
Hope he does, I like Kendall a lot.
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Official UFC Press Release On New TV Deal
UFC and Spike have issued a press release stating that their partnership will continue through 2011. It will result in extensions of popular series The Ultimate Fighter and UFC Unleashed, as well as increased live event coverage.
‘The Spider' Tops Fedor in Sherdog P4P Rankings
An incredible run by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva combined with a long period of inactivity by Russian heavyweight stalwart has resulted in a shake up at the top of Sherdog.com's Pound-For-Pound mixed martial arts rankings.
1) Anderson Silva
2) Quinton Jackson
3) Fedor Emelianenko
4) Gilbert Melendez
5) Dan Henderson
6) Takanori Gomi
7) Shinya Aoki
8) Sean Sherk
9) Norifumi Yamamoto
10) Randy Couture
James Thompson VS Jon Murphy confirmed for EliteXC “Renegade”
THOMPSON-MURPHY CONFIRMED FOR ‘RENEGADE’
Heavyweights James Thompson and Jon Murphy will meet at EliteXC “Renegade” Saturday, Nov. 10 at the America Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, according to representatives from Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts. The event will be televised on Showtime in the United States and on The Fight Network in Canada.
Final Fight Card For Cage Rage 24 "Feel The Pain" On 12/1
The following is the final official fight card for the December 1st-scheduled Cage Rage 24 "Feel The Pain" card from London, England:
-Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. Xavier Foupa Pokam
-Drew Fickett vs. Mark Weir
-Elvis Sinosic vs. Paul Cahoon
-Robert Berry vs. Neil Grove
-Ross Pointon vs. Marios Zaromskis
-Mark Epstein vs. Tom Watson
-Brad Pickett vs. Ronnie Mann
-Dave Legeno vs. George Castro
-Lee Hasdell vs. Ivan Serati
-Abdul Mohamed vs. Robbie Oliver
-James McSweeney vs. Robert Paczkow
ProElite.com To Stream Couture Press Conference Live
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 24, 2007) ??" So, what were the real reasons why he left Ultimate Fighting Championships? Is the Mixed Martial Arts legend really retired? What is his opinion of his former boss, Dana White, and his reaction to the UFC president bolding proclaiming he “owned him’’?
Was his intention to resign to put pressure on White to let him out of his contract so he can get a much-desired fight against Fedor? Was he making, as reported, millions of dollars per fight? What are his plans for the future?
Those questions and many more will be answered by legendary, three-time heavyweight champion Randy Couture during what figures to be a lively and emotional, no-holds-barred national press conference Thursday in Las Vegas that will be aired live and in its entirety on ProElite.com.
Fedor talks about signing with M1 Global
“It would be an honor for me to fight him,” said Emelianenko of the former UFC heavyweight champion.
But Finkelchtein was quick to add another interesting name into the mix. “We would like to fight (Rickson) Gracie because he makes these statements that he knows how to fight to defeat Fedor."
STRIKEFORCE Clarifies Tournament Details
Strikeforce on Sunday released the names of the four athletes set to compete in its one night, four-man tournament – the first sanctioned mixed martial arts tournament in California – scheduled for Nov. 16 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Joining the previously announced Falaniko Vitale are Trevor Prangley, Yuki Sasaki and Jorge Santiago.
Each tournament bout will consist of two, five-minute rounds. If a draw is declared following the second round of a matchup, an overtime round will be added to the bout to determine a victor.