'Wildman' is preparing for the biggest fight of his life
When Thomas “Wildman” Denny takes on Nick Diaz at the second CBS- EliteXC Saturday Night of Fights set to take place on July 26th, there is likely to be a lot of emotion in the ring. First off, anyone with a nickname like Wildman—and keep in mind that Denny’s nickname is deserved as it relates to fighting—no doubt fights with a lot of fervor anyway; and of course, Nick Diaz has never been one to come into the ring with a stoic expression and a ho-hum attitude. Second, Denny has been outspoken in regard to Diaz’s inability to make weight in his last fight against Muhsin Corbbrey, citing, “if you sign a contract that says you're going to weigh 160, you should come in at 160, not 169 (the weight that Diaz came in at). So, I don't know, I just think it's unprofessional.” Thus, Diaz probably isn’t thrilled with his opponent to begin with.
Josh Thomson Interview: The Punk wants The Legend
Coming into his fight against former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Gilbert Melendez, the man they call “The Punk” had a 17-2 overall MMA record with six (T)KO’s and eight submission victories to his credit. Of course, Melendez had certainly earned the high level status that many afforded him coming into that fight; he’d defeated Clay Guida, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Tetsuji Kato during his career.
But when you throw together Thomson’s stellar record and past victories against Duane “Bang” Ludwig, Hermes Franca, and “Razor” Rob McCullough, shouldn’t we all have given him a little more credit as well?
Well, since defeating Gilbert Melendez on June 27th Thomson has certainly earned a higher status amongst MMA fans and a championship belt to go along with it. And if you’re wondering if he has some strong feelings regarding the next fighter he takes on, you better believe that he does.
Phil Baroni scheduled for ICON Sport card on Aug. 2
“The New York Badass” Phil Baroni is slated to return to the ring for ICON Sport promotion on Aug. 2 when he competes during the promotion’s “Hard Times” card in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena.
Baroni will be fighting Ron Verdadero on the card in a 175 pound bout. For Baroni, it will be a quick turnaround, as he fought on July 12 in England at Cage Rage 27. Making his debut at welterweight, Baroni needed just 3:18 into round 1 to knockout Scott Jansen.
ICON, which is a subsidiary of ProElite, Inc., will also be promoting featured fights between Bao Quach and Mark Oshiro for the North American 140 pound title as well as ICON Sport middleweight champion Kala Kolohe vs. Rolando Dominique in a non-title fight contested at 180 pounds.
Diaz still wants to fight Sakurai
One of the feature matches at the previous DREAM 5 card was set to have Hayato “Mach” Sakurai take on Nick Diaz. Due to Diaz’s upcoming fight with Thomas “Wildman” Denny on Saturday’s EliteXC show, the Diaz - Sakurai fight was taken off the show.
Diaz hopes the the fight was merely postponed and not canceled.
I want the Sakurai fight to come about again,” said Diaz, “I think the fight would be an excellent match-up.”
The Diaz-Sakurai fight would be a very entertaining one. Even though Diaz’s main commitment is to EliteXC, he is grateful for the opportunity to fight in other organizations as well. Hopefully, the fight can be rescheduled in the not-to-distant future.
EliteXC has plans for PPV
During a recent media conference call, Doug DeLuca confirmed that EliteXC is looking to get onto pay-per-view.
Pay-per-view is our goal,” said Deluca, “Broadcast TV builds stars for PPV.”
Really, at this point, EliteXc only has one bankable PPV draw in Kimbo Slice. In order to protect Slice and generate decent PPV numbers, the best possible opponent is probably Ken Shamrock. Without Slice, I’m not sure how they put on a show that people would pay for. A brother vs. brother fight of Ken vs. Frank Shamrock could generate some interest, but I don’t think it would be enough to call the show a success.
Babalu Against Ortiz ?
One of the more interesting comments to come from the recent Affliction show was from Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Babalu made it very clear who he wants to fight next.
I told Tom Atencio who the one guy I want him to sign is,” said Sobral, “Tito Ortiz is my dream fight.”
A potential Sobral vs. Ortiz would be a big one for Affliction - mainly because it would mean they have Ortiz under contract. It would also have a lot of appeal to the casual fan because Babalu is a name most people are familiar with from his fights with Chuck Liddell. Affliction could position the winner as its first light heavyweight champion.
EliteXC's Shayna Baszler fighting for what's hers
Fight of the night. Those four words are music to the ears of a professional fighter and words that have more often than not been associated with the lone female bouts on some recent high-profile fight cards.
This trend could very well continue as the "Queen of Spades" Shayna Baszler (9-4) faces off against Chute Boxe's Cristiane "Cyborg" (4-0) Santos on July 26 as CBS and EliteXC preset "Unfinished Business."
The event will be held Saturday at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif., and will be shown live on CBS with undercard matches airing on Showtime.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently had a chance to speak with Baszler as she prepares for her network television debut in a fight that many consider the stepping stone to the first-ever EliteXC women's championship fight.
EliteXC/CBSPreview: Robbie Lawler and the H.I.T. Squad
I found this short, but cool video that's a look into the HIT Squad Gym in Granite City, Illinois as well as Robbie Lawler's training camp. The most interesting part of the story is where they show "fighter dorms" that are only 100 yards away from the gigantic training facility. In an entire separate building, fighters are able to live for what has to be a fraction of the cost an apartment in town would be while staying extraordinarily close to their training facility. For those who don't recall, Hughes & Co. purchased a small former Army base that was no longer in use to set up the first HIT Squad gym. While the location of Granite City isn't that ideal, the amount the dollar will extend in that part of the country is astounding. Fighters are really able to live in very comfortable accomodations in facilities that can house equipment and training areas as expansive as your imagination can be. Impressive.
AFFLICTION NEARING OCT. 11 DATE IN LAS VEGAS
Despite much speculation about a possible Nov. 8 date for the next event from fledgling MMA promotion Affliction, MMAWeekly.com has learned from multiple sources close to the negotiations that the promotion is instead nearing finalization of an Oct. 11 date for its next event
Does a Weak Economy Make For a Strong Fight Game?
"San Diego Union-Tribune has an interesting article linking the rough economic times with a booming combat sports environment." Basically it shows how boxing became popular during the depression and now MMA finds popularity in harder times. It's pretty unique way to look at the sport:
Miller Time: 2 More Millers Signed By UFC
As part of the continuing exodus of IFL talent to the UFC, UFC today signed IFL Middleweight Champion Dan Miller and his brother Jim Miller to 4-fight exclusive deals. Terms were not disclosed and no word on UFC debut dates for either.
Frank Shamrock on Jim Rome Show - Talks of Tito Rematch
TOPICS: The next EliteXC show on CBS; ratings expectations / Kimbo Slice a not good representation of the sport of MMA / Kimbo Slice’s future as an MMA fighter / Length of time it will take for Kimbo to be ranked world class / Kimbo carrying EliteXC alone? / Lawler vs. Smith; the re-match / First Lawler vs. Smith ruled a no-contest; good call? / Smith making an honest call during the first match? / Frank’s legendary match against Tito Ortiz / Strategy against Ortiz; the bigger man / The strategy and technical merit of MMA fighting / Explaining the sport of MMA to new viewers of ElitceXC / Looking at a re-match with Tito Ortiz / Rampage Jackson’s hit-and-run incident / Jackson able to pull out of this downfall? / 7-23-2008
ProElite May Sign Deal With FSN
ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC, is reportedly close to signing a deal with cable network Fox Sports Net (FSN). It's not known if any content on FSN as a result of a deal would be live, taped, or both.
UFC Veterans Headline XP3 Saturday
XP3 Promotions, will hold their inaugural event this Saturday night, entitled “The Xtreme Pro Challenge”, at the Hofheinz Pavilion on the campus of the University of Houston. The show will feature a total of ten fights and will be headlined by a trio of UFC veterans.
The night’s main event will feature longtime veteran and “Ultimate Fighter 4” cast member Shonie Carter as he takes on infamous fighter Shannon Ritch in a middleweight bout. Carter is currently riding a two-fight winning streak while Ritch last earned a submission of Jasper Lockett in March.
Also taking place on the card will be former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez going up against Jonathan Ivey and multiple-time UFC and PRIDE veteran Mark Kerr facing Ralph Kelly.
Baroni-Alfonso Inked for Fall PFC
Fresh off his successful welterweight debut earlier this month, Phil Baroni will attempt to stay undefeated in his new weight class when he faces former World Extreme Cagefighting mainstay Olaf Alfonso at the Palace Fighting Championship’s scheduled “Explosive” event on September 26th.
MMA on Tap confirmed the main event matchup with PFC promoter Christian Printup over the weekend. The card will also feature a number of notable fighters in action including WEC veterans Antonio Banuelos and Charlie Valencia as well as a PFC welterweight title fight between Bryan Travers and Morris Aldaco.
September EliteXC Event To Air On Showtime + Several Fights/Fighters Rumoured
After this weekend's "EliteXC: Unfinished Business" event at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif., ProElite Inc. officials will begin preparations for its next major event, which will take place in September.
ProElite, Inc. Executive Chairman Doug DeLuca today revealed the September event during a media conference call and said a formal announcement will be made this weekend.
No location or venue has been finalized for the event, which will air on Showtime, possibly on Sept. 20.
"You're going to see another CBS show down the road," said DeLuca, clarifying that the September show wouldn't be part of the "Saturday Night Fights" series on CBS.