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Mir off of UFC 74 card
link It appears that the rumored rematch between former UFC heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia and Frank Mir which had been talked about for UFC 74 on August 25 in Las Vegas is off. MMAWeekly.com had listed a Sylvia vs. Mir match in its rumors section for the UFC 74 card but recently made an alteration, with Sylvia listed to fight an opponent to be announced at a later date. According to the Wrestling Observers, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, had no intentions of approving a match between Mir and Sylvia. Mir looked terrible at UFC 65 when he was TKO'd by Brandon Vera after just 1:09 into the round. Apparently Kizer wants to see Mir's next fight be against an opponent that isn't the caliber of Sylvia, so that he can prove himself again.
Chris Leben still under contract
link As some of you will recall, UFC middleweight fighter Chris Leben is no longer with Team Quest (he actually had been splitting time at another camp even before he left) and has accepted a head trainer's position at the ICON Sport training center in Hawaii. In recent weeks Leben has been vocal about his current pay scale in the UFC and has talked about fighting for ICON Sports' MMA promotion in the future. ICON Sports is the same promotion where Robbie Lawler, Frank Trigg, and Jason Miller have fought. During my UFC 71 preview on CBS Sportsline last week I incorrectly stated that Leben's match vs. Kalib Starnes might be his last in the UFC. As it turns out, Leben is still under contract to the UFC and I believe he has a year left on his current contract. Leben has lost three out of his last four bouts but don't look for the UFC to give him an early release. UFC president Dana White is a big fan of Leben's fighting style and with so many card to promote, someone with Leben's name recognition isn't going to just be tossed onto the scrap heap.
Report: Another former Pride fighter headed to UFC
link Someone posting under the official American Top Team account on the Underground forum at MMA.TV is claiming that ATT fighter Marcus "Maximus" Aurelio has signed a four fight contract with the UFC. Official accounts are certified by the moderator on the UG so I'm fairly confident that the source is accurate. Aurelio is 14-4 and most recently appeared on several Pride Bushido cards. He has excellent Jiu-Jitsu and holds wins over Rich Clementi, Dokonjonosuke Mishima, and Takanori Gomi (although Gomi defeated Aurelio in the rematch the last time he fought in November). I believe Aurelio has competed at 161 pounds in Pride but is more likely to cut to 155 pounds in the UFC as opposed to going up to 170. This isn't a major signing, but it's a good one and adds depth to an already deep UFC lightweight division.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic To Retire When Contract Expires
link This week Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announced he is currently planning on retiring when his contract expires following 4 more UFC fights. His next fight will be on September 8th in London at UFC 75.
Nevada State Athletic Commission will have their monthly meeting.
On Thursday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission will have their monthly meeting. Two interesting notes in their agenda list: 1) Zuffa LLC wants a waiver for a reality TV event and 2) K-1 wants to book the Bellagio Hotel Grand Ballroom for an event on August 11th link
THIS JUST IN: XYIENCE FOUNDER BEGINS BAILOUT
link Lawsuits are mounting against Xyience, Inc., and the new posterboy product is Xenergy. Hanging their hopes on an energy drink, they’re trying to save their future. Chuck Liddell is fired up about the mere subject of the company, blurring out the company name during a video of his training shown to hype UFC 71. Chatter coming into Fight News Unlimited points to the company’s failure to honor the last payment of Chuck’s contract as the cause of Liddell’s ire. Deadlines are looming for Xyience to pay other prominent fighters, too. The clock is ticking.
UFC on the rise!
link UFC DEBUTS ON COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED UFC 71 TOPS YAHOO! BUZZ, ESPN POLL AND BREAKS UFC.COM RECORDS
On upsets and title changes
link You've heard a lot about the recent spate of upsets in mixed martial arts, which was punctuated by 4-1 underdog Houston Alexander's devastating 48-second thrashing of Keith Jardine at UFC 71. You haven't heard as much about why these are happening. I've chatted with several people with deep roots in MMA off the record over the past few days. Here are some of their thoughts on why more big-name fighters than ever seem to be going down to defeat:
Are short main events bad for MMA?
link It seems the only people who think UFC 71 was a failure are the sort of mainstream national sports media columnists who never want to take a moment to learn something out of their wheelhouse, and wish mixed martial arts would simply go away.
Johnnie Morton Suspended By The California State Athletic Commission
link According to the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), the 28 year old former NFL wide receiver Johnnie Morton refused to take a post Dynamite urine analysis. The CSAC indefinitely suspended him and refused to pay Morton his earmarked 100,000 purse.
It’s back to work for Liddell
link If everything had gone as planned -- as it has for his last seven fights, a span of over three years -- Chuck Liddell would be kicking back right now in the midst of one well-earned vacation. Thoughts of training regimens and steamy gyms would be the furthest things from his mind. But it didn’t work out the way the 37-year-old Liddell has grown accustomed. So, instead, the former UFC light heavyweight champ is counting down the hours until he’s right back in the thick of training. The Iceman plans to begin tomorrow -- a good two weeks earlier than he would have had he not lost his title to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson last Saturday night in Las Vegas. “I want to fight as soon as possible,” Liddell said from his home in California. “(Losing) makes you want to get back in there and fight again. It changes stuff a little bit. It makes you want to get back and train.
Aurelio signs with the UFC
Marcus Aurelio has signed a four fight contract with the UFC. Link
Shogun Rua Interview in Denmark after UFC 71
Shogun Rua did a short five-minute interview where he talked about his contract with the UFC, discussed the outcome of UFC 71, and the possible future of him and Wanderlei in the 205 division of the UFC. Mauricio Shogun Rua Interview 5/31/2007 Denmark
.html]Link His two upsets not-with-standing, he talks a lot of crap for a relative newcomer. Not about himself, but disrespects Fedor and Shogun
Five Ounces of Pain: An interview with Urijah Faber
Mixed martial arts has come under greater scrutiny now that it's attracting more mainstream media attention. Pundits who criticize the sport usually resort to the ignorant stereotype that mixed martial artists are Neanderthal-like bar room brawlers who never made it past high school and don't possess any true skill. LINK
Rolls of Bureaucratic Red Tape and Accusations of Racism Keep....
..............UFC light-heavyweight champ from fighting in Canada. The Ultimate Fighting Championship's newest king is convinced racism is behind the reason he's not allowed into Canada. LINK
Is Pride Really Finished?
I just noticed a post on Zach Arnold's FightOpinion.com where he talks about an online Japanese blog that reveals some very telling facts about the current state of the Pride Fighting Championships. LINK
StrictlyMMA Preview: IFL Washington
The IFL enters the stretch run of their regular season with this Friday's card at the Everett Events Center in Everett, Washington. This card features matchups between two teams on the verge of playoff qualification and two that are on the verge of elimination. The Los Angeles Anacondas are in the catbird seat in their matchup with the Seattle Tigersharks. The Anacondas need two match wins to clinch a playoff spot outright and one to clinch at least a tie (and their match winning time would make them a good bet to win the tiebreaker). To qualify, the Tigersharks must beat the Anacondas 4-1. A 3-2 victory would put them into the tiebreaker. As we’ll see neither scenario is likely. StrictlyMMA.com
On Upsets and Title Changes
You've heard a lot about the recent spate of upsets in mixed martial arts, which was punctuated by 4-1 underdog Houston Alexander's devastating 48-second thrashing of Keith Jardine at UFC 71. LINK
Five Ounces of Pain: UFC light Heavyweight Crystal Ball
Before UFC 71, the UFC's light heavyweight division was the most stable of all the promotion's weight classes. The formula was fairly straightforward: Find a marketable opponent for then-champion Chuck Liddell, watch Liddell dismantle said opponent, and move on LINK
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