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Zuffa seeks retraction of statements by former UFC owner
(mmafighting.com)
Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, has formally requested that CNBC air a retraction concerning “misstatements and inaccuracies” regarding the Zuffa Owners’ purchase of the UFC brand and Lorenzo Fertitta’s conduct as an NSAC commissioner. CNBC recently aired a documentary entitled “Ultimate Fighting: From Blood Sport to Big Time” featuring an interview with Robert Meyrowitz regarding his role as President of Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG), predecessor-in-interest to the Ultimate Fighting Championship brand. When discussing SEG’s need to obtain Nevada State Athletic Commission approval for mixed martial arts prior to selling the brand to Zuffa, LLC in January 2001, Meyrowitz stated: “We went out there [to Nevada], it looked like we had the votes, we were told we did, and about midnight I got a phone call that one of the commissioners had changed his mind… and it turns out that commissioner was Lorenzo Fertitta, that he had changed his mind and that we wouldn’t be able to get approval.”
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 10:08PM by Bemin - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Full Transcript Of EliteXC Press Conference With Kimbo And Tank Talking Trash(Long)
(mmafightline.com)
CONFERENCE CALL QUOTES KIMBO SLICE & TANK ABBOTT, PROMOTER GARY SHAW Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 In a long-awaited, much-anticipated grudge match that figures to be an absolute slugfest, the incredibly popular PRIDE of Perrine, Fla., and hometown hero, Kimbo Slice, will face David “Tank’’ Abbott, of Huntington Beach, Calif., in the main event Saturday, Feb. 16, on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). It will be the second professional MMA fight for Kimbo, the legendary Internet street fighter and YouTube sensation who scored a smashing 19-second, first-round knockout in his Street-to-Elite debut. “With these hands I can part the sea. With these hands I feed the family,’’ Kimbo said.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 9:10PM by Bemin - 11 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Demian Maia vs Ed Herman set for UFC 83
(sherdog.com)
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and ADCC veteran Demian Maia (Pictures) will face Ed Herman (Pictures) in a middleweight bout at UFC 83 on March 8, the Sao Paulo native confirmed with graciemag.com. Maia, who debuted in the UFC in October with a quick win over Ryan Jensen (Pictures), is 6-0 in mixed martial arts. He is joined by Anderson Silva (Anderson Silva' class='LinkSilver'>Pictures), Thales Leites (Pictures) and Ricardo Almeida (Pictures) in a division that is replete with Brazilians.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 8:07PM by Franklinfan47 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock vs. Robert Berry at Cage Rage 25 “Bring It On”
(thefightnetwork.com)
UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock will make his promotional debut against Robert Berry at Cage Rage 25 “Bring It On” on Saturday, March 8 at Wembley Arena in London. Shamrock’s manager, Rod Donahoo, confirmed the bout on Thursday. Shamrock (26-12-2), who turns 44 in February, has lost seven of his past nine fights, including four straight. He last competed in October 2006, when he succumbed to strikes against arch rival Tito Ortiz. It was Shamrock’s third loss to the former UFC light heavyweight champion, all three by TKO. The UFC released “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” from his contract last June. Berry (11-7, 6-3 CR), a veteran of the Cage Rage circuit, will enter the bout on a two-fight losing streak. The British kickboxer last fought in December, when he was stopped by unbeaten Neil Grove at Cage Rage 24. Berry drew international attention in December, when he challenged Internet street fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. The two could meet in the future, as Cage Rage and EliteXC – the promotion for which Ferguson fights – are both owned by Pro Elite Inc. All 11 of Berry’s victories have come by KO, TKO or submission.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 6:42PM by babalu2720 - 13 comments
Filed under: CageRage
 
Brad Imes Talks Gogoplatas, Tonight’s PFC Event — An MMAjunkie.com Interview
(mmajunkie.com)
LEMOORE, CALIF. — Brad Imes (10-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) used to be known for his stint on the UFC’s popular reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter.” Now, the heavyweight fighter, who competes at tonight’s Palace Fighting Championships’ “Retreat Surrender” event, is known for two memorable submission victories. Imes fought his way into the “TUF 2” finals, where he lost to eventual heavyweight winner Rashad Evans, and after losing his next two UFC fights (to Dan Christison and Heath Herring), the UFC released him. He then left the spotlight to fight in smaller organizations. He’d soon find the spotlight again, though, when he became one of a handful of professional fighters to finish an opponent via the ever-rare and elusive gogoplata.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 5:40PM by Bemin - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
GSP Getting Frustrated With Serra's Comments
(mmanews.com)
Interim UFC Champion Georges St. Pierre is apparently losing his temper again, thanks to recent comments by UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 5:08PM by DCRage - 47 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Another TUF Fighter Released
(mmanews.com)
TUF 5 fighter Brandon Melendez has been released from UFC. He was released upon his request, citing pursuit of other options and a more active fight schedule.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 5:06PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Signs Japanese Fighter Yoshiyuki Yoshida
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected, Japanese welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC. The signing had been rumored for the past week, essentially appearing to be a done-deal. On Wednesday the Greatest Common Multiple organization, Yoshida’s home since September 2006, made the official announcement.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 3:54PM by Daddyprimetime - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gary Shaw: UFC Title-Holders Are “Club Champs”
(mmajunkie.com)
During Wednesday’s media conference call, EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw fielded a number of questions about the organization’s Feb. 16 main event between Kimbo Slice and David “Tank” Abbott. However, he discussed a number of other issues, including his recent media feud with UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 3:51PM by Daddyprimetime - 24 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC, StrikeForce
 
UFC Signs Major TV Deal For England
(mmaweekly.com)
At today's pre-UFC 80 press conference, it was annoued that UFC and Setanta Sports had reached an agreement to air all UK UFC events over the next few years, including all US UFC live events after July and the "UFC Wired" TV series.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 2:05PM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joe Stevenson: "I'm Not The Underdog"
(mmaweekly.com)
At just 25 years of age, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson already has more experience and more accomplishments than many fighters will ever get in their entire careers, but on Jan. 19 he will have the chance to win championship gold as he faces B.J. Penn for the UFC lightweight title in Newcastle, England. Training exclusively in Big Bear, Calif. to prepare for this fight, Stevenson has been working alongside fighters such as Gray Maynard, Sam Stout, Tyson Griffin and even grappling legend Marcello Garcia to get him ready for the fight with Penn.
Submitted Jan 17, 2008 6:52AM by CornishMMA - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tank Abbott is close to finishing his autobiography about being an MMA fighter
(mmajunkie.com)
Tank Abbott is close to finishing his autobiography about being an MMA fighter. During today’s call, he said he’s written 678 pages freehand and is in the process of entering it into a computer. He made no mention of a title, publisher or potential release date but was confident fans would like it. “It’s a real-life ‘Rocky’ story,” he said. Oh yeah there is some other news about Kimbo possibly fighting Sean Gannon, the guy he lost to in one of his Internet Videos, but I thought I would post the real news in this article. I will buy Tank's Autobiography over Hughes any day of the week, in fact I will buy this puppy the day it comes out! The man must have a million stories and is funny as hell to boot! Can't friggin wait
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 11:15PM by Bemin - 13 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Bas Ruten Interview
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
Cool Interview with the always candid bas ruten. He talks about kimbo, if he plans on coming back and makes some predictions on the ufc event this weekend. enjoy.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 9:32PM by duggy - 2 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Gonzaga plots rebound strategy vs. Werdum
(msn.foxsports.com)
LUDLOW, Mass. - It's not hard to find Gabriel Gonzaga in this suburb with a large contingent of Portuguese and Brazilians near the Connecticut border. It could be that the beastly UFC heavyweight dwarfs most people on the street, or because he wears a hooded sweatshirt that reads "GONZAGA" on the front and bears the insignia of Gonzaga University. But even if you didn't spot "Napao" in person in Ludlow, you'd know where to find him. In a shop window facing the street next to his training haunt hangs a promotional poster for UFC 70, the event where Gonzaga famously defeated Croatian striker Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in stunning fashion with a head kick. The poster hangs proudly alongside for-sale "Need 2 Bleed" brand fight gear and jiu-jitsu gis bearing the "Team Link" insignia.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:45PM by Bemin - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Melendez-Thompson Off Strikeforce
(mmanews.com)
The scheduled Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson fight at StrikeForce on March 29 is now off. Thompson re-aggravated an old shoulder injury and will have surgery Thursday.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:15PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Puder Returns To Strikeforce
(mmanews.com)
Although he's gone back to wrestling for now, Daniel Puder's MMA exodus apparently will be brief. He's been added to the 3/29 Strikeforce event headlined by Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:12PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
McCully Misses Deadline, Kongo Fight?
(mmanews.com)
There have been rumors that Justin McCully missed a deadline for an offer of a UFC 82 fight against Cheick Kongo. There's now word that the deadline has indeed passed and Kongo now will likely fight Heath Herring instead.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:09PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WCO Promoter Tells His Side Of The Story
(mmanews.com)
Bruce Bellochi, promoter of WCO, recently took the opportunity to speak out and explain his side of the story that led to the cancellation of the WCO: Babalu vs. Tiger event this past weekend in California.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:04PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
 
Machida "I want to fight for the belt by the end of this year"
(mmafightline.com)
"It was a very big win. I hope people start to recognize that I'm here to stay and I would like to fight for the belt by the end of this year."- Lyoto Machida
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 4:19PM by NatedawgThaM - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Weighty Issues (Sherdog interview with GSP and his Manager)
(sherdog.com)
In a world full of high-caliber mixed martial artists, most will concede that Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) is at or near the top of the list when it comes to talent and ability. Since his introduction to the world of professional MMA in 2002, the 26 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, has run roughshod over a litany of fighters considered the cream of the crop. Not only has he beaten them, he's also made it look relatively easy. The first sign that alerted the international community that "Rush" was someone special was when he defeated Pete Spratt (Pictures) in 2003. St. Pierre was already popular around Montreal then, but Spratt was fresh off a win over Robbie Lawler (Pictures) at UFC 42 and was considered a heavy favorite. He drops a few bombshells in this one, sounds like the GSP/Anderson Silva fight could take place in the future, and how about seeing if Chuck can stuff his takedowns. Maybe a bit ambitious but interesting none the less.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 3:11PM by Bemin - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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