"Strikeforce on NBC" makes solid debut, but questions remain
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.
MARK HUNT RETURNS TO K-1 AGAINST SCHILT
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.
Jake O'Brien dropped from UFC, ready to sign with PFC
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."
A Look at the UFC’s Light Heavyweight Division
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...
Lutter gets chance for redemption
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.
Nate Quarry Interview
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.
How Dream Became A Reality
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.”
Diaz eager to settle score with Gamburyan
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.'"
Wiuff Captures Yamma Tournament
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.
The Day of the YAMMA
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
Anthony Johnson "I feel like I can hang with GSP"
"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!
Interview With Clay Guida - Wants To Face BJ Penn
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?
Griffin vs. Aurelio for 86
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.
Matt Serra Quick Quote: "Boo Me You Drunks!"
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.
Silva Still Wants Jones
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".
Sasaki-Santiago Take 2 At Sengoku 2
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.
Report: NSAC requires Sean Sherk to submit extra drug test
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?