The Tuesday Takedown 10.09.07
In this edition of The Tuesday Takedown, we take a look at what happened to UFC 78, why Hector Lombard can't fight Karo Parisyan, why the deal between HBO and the UFC fell apart, Kimbo Slice's possible return to MMA, and some seriously whacked out quotes from former WEC fighter Kit Cope! Let's do this!
UFC 79: Tony DeSouza -VS- Roan Carneiro
Tony DeSouza has been slated to face Roan Carneiro in a welterweight bout at Dec. 29’s UFC 79 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. DeSouza (10-3) joins teammates BJ Penn and Joe Lauzon on the roster, while all three are currently preparing together at Penn’s MMA Academy in Hilo, Hawaii for their contests....................................
Hallman To Replace Nick Diaz In "Brawl For It All" Bout
The following is an excerpt from an article on ADCC News:
Dennis Hallman replaces Nick Diaz in "Brawl for it All"
Submitted by: Keith Mills
No Limit Fighting’s promoter Phil Flahters confirms to nobody’s surprise Nick Diaz is off the upcoming “Brawl for it All” card in San Francisco...................
Paul Buentello Scheduled For 11/16 Strikeforce Card
The following is an excerpt from an article on TheFightNetwork.com:
Former UFC heavyweight championship contender Paul Buentello will fight for the Strikeforce promotion Friday, Nov. 16 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. No opponent has been named for the 33-year-old Texan......................
CroCop Has Successful Surgery, Still Focused On Title
MMAScoops.com has learned exclusively that Mirko 'Crocop' Filipovic successfully went through surgery which involved straightening his nasal cartilage on Sept. 28. Ever since his debut in UFC, his cartilage has been twisted, which prevented him from breathing properly, thus, 'Crocop' always fought with his mouthpiece slightly out of his mouth................
Kurt Angle (again)
KURT ANGLE MAY BE IFL BOUND
Tuesday, October 09, 2007 - by Damon Martin - MMAWeekly.com
Former Olympian and current professional wrestler Kurt Angle has been a subject of interest for many mixed martial arts promotions of late including the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but it looks as if the Pittsburgh native will likely call the International Fight League home in the near future.
Angle, who currently wrestles in the Total Nonstop Action promotion, has toyed with the idea of transitioning to MMA for the past couple of years. It seems that a deal is in the works that would fit his schedule in terms of balancing fighting with his professional wrestling career.
IFL commissioner Kurt Otto likes the idea of Angle coming into the league. He confirmed to MMAWeekly that contract negotiations are under way.
“I’m psyched. He’s pretty open about it, which is good. We’re in talks. We’re excited about the opportunity.”
While Angle has flirted with a number of organizations, Otto feels confident as to why he may land in the IFL.
“Kurt Angle really wants to come on board. He wants to learn MMA and he wants to come to the IFL specifically because of the team format because he’s used to that.”
"God willing, the IFL and myself can make a deal," Angle told Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com recently. "The best fit for me right now as a pro wrestler who [works] about 120 times a year is the IFL."
If Angle does sign with the team oriented league, both sides have committed to giving him the time needed to be sure he is truly prepared for his fighting debut.
No deal has been made official, but it looks like both sides are ready and willing to iron out a workable contract. If Kurt Angle is ready to be an MMA fighter, it only seems a matter of time that it will be with the IFL.
Melvin Gulliard vs. Rich Clementi at UFC 79
According to MMAweekly.com Melvn Gulliard who after his fight with Joe Stevenson tested positive for a type of cocaine will make his return from that recent loss to take TUF rival Rich Clementi...
I think it will be a good ground fight but it will stand on it's feet so Rich will get KTFO...
Bisping slams UFC critics
MICHAEL BISPING has hit back at critics of Ultimate Fighting and reckons demands for it to be banned are ridiculous.
The British Medical Association have called for a ban on Mixed Martial Arts competitions, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship that Bisping competes in.
Reese Andy gets to fight after all
"The semi-final round is set despite some recent confusion over the heavyweight pairings. MMAWeekly reported this past weekend, based on information from a representative of the IFL, that Reese Andy would not compete in the Grand Prix due to previous injuries that were aggravated in training.
According to IFL commissioner Kurt Otto, that is not accurate. He stated that Andy is indeed competing in the Grand Prix."
Melendez Ready for Next Fight
Last Saturday night at Strikeforce at the Mansion, Gilbert Melendez, ranked as the No. 3 lightweight in the world by MMAWeekly.com, defeated Tetsuji Kato by unanimous decision. The interesting thing about how he beat Kato was that he did it with practically one hand.
1-v-1 with Nate Quarry
After 22 months, multiple surgeries and one team change, popular Ultimate Fighter Season One fighter Nate “Rock” Quarry made his much anticipated return to mixed martial arts at last month’s UFC Fight Night 12 in Las Vegas.
UFC's Future and the Promotional Machine
An in-depth look at the UFC's new promotional ideas such as their new syndicated show, UFC Wired, the possibility of new TV deals, and the rumored entrance of the UFC in the Asian market. We could see the emergence of the UFC becoming an international MMA organization very soon.
Lombard Denied Entry Into U.S.
Cuba's Hector Lombard was set to make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut Nov. 17 in Newark, New Jersey. There's just one problem: he can't gain entry into the United States, the fighter told Sherdog.com.
"I'm not going to get my visa," said Lombard, who was set to fight welterweight Karo Parisyan. "I only have a Cuban passport, so I've been told it's impossible for me to migrate.