‘K-Taro' Cuts Down for UFC Encounter
With his back against the wall, Japanese standout Keita "K-Taro" Nakamura will look to take his first win in the Octagon on Saturday against TUF 5 alum Robert Emerson on the UFC 81 undercard in Las Vegas.
European Throwdown: France Comes to the Party
There was a collective sigh of relief throughout mixed martial arts circles in France last Sunday when news broke that the government had legalized the sport after a long struggle. The country was the last of the major European nations that still banned MMA.
Loiseau Excited to be Back in the Cage
It's been eight months since David Loiseau last stepped into a cage, and he just wants to fight.
Finally, the popular Canadian middleweight will get his chance on Saturday when he takes on Jason Day at Hardcore Championship Fighting's "Destiny" event at Calgary's Stampede Corral.
Minor Hitches at HCF Weigh-Ins
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 31 -- The upcoming weekend is a telling example of how the MMA floodgates have broken wide open. UFC, Bodog Fight, Cage Rage and a myriad of smaller shows are happening over the next few days, keeping fighters employed and fans entertained.
Kicking the weekend off on Friday is Hardcore Championship Fighting. The Canadian promotion has scheduled a compelling lineup that will treat fans to a show of international proportions.
Shogun NOT fighting in Canada, likely May/June return
When the UFC makes its Canadian debut on Saturday, April 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will not be a part of the roster. Rua – who is recovering from surgery last October to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee -- told the media in recent weeks that he was eyeing a fight in April, but the former PRIDE Fighting Championships Middleweight Grand Prix Champion will likely return to the Octagon in May or June.
“We wanted it, but the UFC didn't have a spot available in April,” said a member of Rua’s camp. “They already have an opponent for him in June, although we were trying to have a fight in May.”
Chuck interview talks possible Shogun fight.
SI.com: Just trying to throw you off your game. So what's next for you? Have you been told your next opponent?
Liddell: Possibly Mauricia "Shogun" Hua. That's what they're saying. If it's the June fight, it will probably be in London. But my trainer is trying to get it moved to Vegas. Too far. (Liddell is based in San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
SI.com: It was no secret you wanted that fight against Silva. Who do you want now?
Liddell: Rampage [Quinton Jackson, who defeated Liddell last summer.] I want that fight again.
Apocalypse Now, as WWE Meets UFC
January 31, 2008
by Tomas Rios (email@example.com)
Brock Lesnar (Pictures) is headlining a UFC card.
No, MMA has not turned into Bizarro world, and as far as I know, the end is not nigh. However, the former WWE poster boy and questionable tattoo connoisseur is making his UFC debut against Frank Mir (Pictures) in a match that elicits as much head scratching as headshaking.
Don't give up just yet, though. This card delivers the goods with an interim title bout between PRIDE refugee Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira and the MMA community's favorite punching bag, Tim Sylvia (Pictures).
Throw in the long-awaited return of Ricardo Almeida (Pictures) as well as the ongoing Tyson Griffin "Fight of the Year" tour, and you've got what shapes up to be a solid night of fistic entertainment.
Besides, don't tell me you don't want to see the look on Lesnar's face when he realizes that the running lariat isn't viable in MMA.
Nice breakdown of all the fights on the UFC 81 card, plus some great humor (had me Laughing out Loud a couple of times), worth checking out for sure.
Stevenson, Mir To Host UFC 81 Parties
If you’re in Las Vegas for Saturday’s UFC 81 event, you’ve got some entertainment options. UFC lightweight Joe Stevenson and UFC 81 co-main-event fighter Frank Mir have both organized UFC 81 parties for this week.
UFC To Newcastle In '09, With Mohamed?
The President of UFC's UK division has confirmed that UFC will return to Newcastle, England, sometime in 2009. He also specifically mentioned one area fighter who may be on the card: Cage Rage lightweight Abdul Mohamed.
Dan Lauzon to be in upcoming episode of Tapout
From Massmma.net link at the bottom of post....
World Championship Fighting announces the filming of the "Tapout" reality show at the February 8 event.
The Tapout Crew will be filming another episode of their self-titled reality show on the Versus network at the World Championship Fighting (WCF) event in Wilmington, Mass., on Feb. 8 where Brockton-native Dan Lauzon will be the featured fighter for the episode which documents the Tapout Crew's quest to search for the best up and coming Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the Country.
As a testament to the phenomenal growth of Mixed Martial Arts, The Tapout Crew went from selling t-shirts out of a trunk in the parking lot at mixed martial arts (MMA) shows in California 10 years ago to building their company into the largest apparel brand in the sport. The Tapout Company now grosses millions of dollars per year, has their own magazine publication, their own television reality show and sponsors many of the top fighters in the world including those in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Their reality show follows their efforts - and antics - as they chose the latest fighter to sponsor. Members of the Tapout crew were recently featured on a recent CNBC documentary focusing on the MMA industry. The Feb. 8 WCF event takes place just 13 miles north of Boston off of I-93.
In addition to a great night of fights, the WCF event features an autograph signing session for fans as well as a special guest appearance by UFC President Dana White. Ticket holders for the night's action will have access to a special autograph session including the following UFC and Pride Fighting veterans including: Marcus "the Irish Hand Grenade" Davis , Kenny "KenFlo" Florian, , and Jorge "El Conquistador" Rivera, Alex "The Assassin" Karalexis; Sean "The Gladiator" Gannon; Tamdan "The Barn Cat" McCrory and Murilo "Ninja" Rua.
Catch the action live Friday, February 8, 2008 at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington,
Breaking News: Gomi to World Victory Road
World Victory Road is set to announce the signing of Takanori Gomi, a source has confirmed to Sherdog.com.
Gomi, 29, was one of MMA's most prized free agents following the Zuffa buyout of the PRIDE Fighting Championships last year. Gomi has been courted by several promoters in recent months, including K-1 and HERO'S parent company Fight Entertainment Group, as well as UFC and WEC company Zuffa.
While the source could not confirm the length of Gomi's deal with WVR, the deal will see Gomi debut for the promotion on their March 5 Sengoku card at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1. The Japanese standout will earn approximately $190,000 USD per bout.
MMANews.com Exclusive: Interview With Dan Henderson
After his return to the UFC was spoiled by Quintin Jackson in a five round war for the Light Heavy weight title, Dan Henderson returns to his more natural weight of 185lbs and a world title shot against UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
Henderson took the time to sit down with MMANews.com's own Chris Howie to discuss his upcoming fight along with a host of other topics including his transition back to the UFC and his interesting thoughts on WEC Middleweight champ Paulo Filho
Good interview, with a few explosive comments about Filho.
Paulão gives revenge to Sonnen at WEC, in March
WEC Champion at 84kg category, Paulão Filho gave Chael Sonnen a revenge, whom defeated at WEC 31, at 2007 December, with an arm-lock. According to Paulão Filho’s boxing coach, Josuel Distak, Sonnen asked for a revenge after the fight. “Last fight I had a lot of weight problems with Paulão, that’s why he wasn’t well. Sonnen asked for a revenge and we accepted. Thanks God this will be Paulão’s last fight at 84 category. After this fight he’ll go up to 93kg category”, said Distak.
Masvidal likely to fight Melendez
ProElite.com (SamCaplan.ProElite.com) has confirmed through Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz that BodogFIGHT lightweight competitor Jorge Masvidal is under consideration to receive a shot at the promotion’s lightweight title currently held by Gilbert Melendez on March 29 in San Jose at the HP Pavilion.
I have been hearing rumors that this fight is taking place on the March 29th card for the last few days, and now that this is announced I am fairly certain it will.
Yundt to replace Belcher on UFC 81 Card
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - Unbeaten UFC newcomer Rob Yundt (6-0) has stepped in on short notice to replace middleweight up and comer Alan Belcher against Ricardo Almeida on Saturday night's UFC 81 card in Las Vegas. Belcher was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a severe case of bronchitis.
Their is no article about it. It is on the front page.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer Discusses Year-Round Drug Testing
Earlier this month the Nevada State Athletic Commission issued a memo detailing new drug-testing procedures — procedures that could have a major impact on the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by MMA fighters.
Keith Kizer is the executive director of the NSAC, which is generally considered the most powerful state athletic commission in all of combat sports. His memo sent a very clear message: MMA fighters are subject to drug testing at any time — for just about any reason — throughout the year, regardless of whether or not the fighter is scheduled for an upcoming event.
Basically, testing is now done year-round, and a missed test is treated as a failed test.
Feb. 22 “Spratt vs. Ford” MFC Event to Air Live on HDNet Fights
A Feb. 22 Maximum Fighting Championship event headlined by Pete Spratt (17-10 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Ryan Ford (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be broadcast live on HDNet, the high-definition cable station today announced.
The event takes place at River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton.
The show will be one of four MFC events that HDNet will air in 2008.
“This partnership with MFC helps to expand HDNet Fights outside the U.S., and to bring new fighters into the fold,” Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights, stated in today’s release. “We’re looking forward to traveling to Canada to bring our viewers this exciting event.“
Three cheers for more live MMA!
Frank Mir's Precarious Predicament
It's fairly safe to assume that former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has never fought anybody as strong as Brock Lesnar. He's probably never trained with someone of that ilk either.
Mir has also never found himself in this situation: If he wins, it's no big deal, and if he loses, he could be letting down the entire MMA universe.
Without question, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner is marred in a precarious position whether he wants to admit it or not.
Meyrowitz Announces New MMA Venture
UFC co-founder Bob Meyrowitz announced Tuesday a new mixed martial arts league called YAMMA Pit Fighting.
As CEO of Semaphore Entertainment Group, Meyrowitz produced UFC events from 1993 through 2000. Now he has formed a company, Rope Partners, that plans on reviving the tournament format and using a new fighting surface, known as "The YAMMA."