Ricardo Arona signs with M-1
Ricardo Arona signs with M-1
According to “Vale Tudo News”, Brazilian ace Ricardo Arona (13-5-0) announced that he has signed a four fight deal with Russian organization M-1. The opponent(s), due to contractual issues, weren't revealed. Arona said that he is now focused in his debut, in December. When asked if the first fight would be with Fedor Emilianenko (26-1-0), Ricardo Arona smiled and kept his silence.
Forrest Griffin To Have Shoulder Surgery?
According to a forum post by fellow TUF alum Rory Singer, Forrest Griffin has been fighting with a shoulder injury and should have surgery soon.
Never would've guessed by looking at him and it hasn't really affected his recent fights negatively.
MM-Eh! News From Canada: Big MMA Weekend Ahead
Canada is getting ready for a huge weekend of MMA coming up-not only are natives Jason MacDonald and Kalib Starnes fighting at UFC 77, World Top 10 Heavyweight Aleksander Emelianenko makes his debut for Hardcore Championship Fighting in Calgary, with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira's debut right around the corner at their Vancouver show in November.
It's worth noting the Vancouver show was sanctioned before the city's MMA ban took effect, so that show will be allowed to go on. Between the UFC fights and HCF (Fedor should also be in his brother's corner, addin that much more intrigue), it could be a banner weekend for the Great White North.
News From Korea: Murata wins Spirit MC HWGP, Gets Kang Next
Ryuichi Murata emerged victorious at this weekend's Spirit MC Heavyweight Grand Prix in Seoul, South Korea. But perhaps more significant than his win in the GP is the result: He now gets to fight Spirit MC HW Champion Denis Kang in a unification bout.
It's considered more a middleweight bout because of their natural weights. Interestingly, the fighter Murata beat to win the GP has fought and lost to Kang in the past.
News From Japan: Kondo Wins At Pancrase, HW Title Match Scrapped
The Japanese Pancrase promotion ran their most recent show over the weekend in Tokyo, with the main event seeing former UFC & PRIDE fighter Yuki Kondo get his first win of 2007. The card was to have been headlined by King Of Pancrase Heavyweight Champion Assuerio Silva vs. Kestutis Arbocius, but Arbocius no-showed.
A handful of Japan vs. Korea bouts were also featured, which seems to further illustrate the continued growth of MMA in South Korea, which is good for the long-term prospects of the sport in the Far East.
White's reaction could determine MMA's future
Dana White may be the man most responsible for the meteoric growth of the UFC. It has a national television contract, it does ever-larger pay-per-view sales, it routinely sells out major venues and it has one of the most passionate fan bases in sports.
Much of that is due to White's grit, guile and cunning.
But White, the UFC president, has a challenge before him, the likes of which he has never faced in his seven years at the helm of the world's most successful mixed martial arts promotional company.
Though White hardly seemed upset by UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture's announcement Thursday that he is retiring as a professional fighter and severing all ties with the company, how he handles the situation will determine whether the company will continue its rocket-like ascent toward mainstream acceptance or whether it will return to the netherworld of niche sports status............
Stephan Bonnar returns to the Octagon on Saturday night against Eric “Red” Schafer at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
In Bonnar's last fight, at Ultimate Fighting Championship 73 in July, he made short work of Mike Nickels by submitting him with a rear naked choke early in the first round.
He is of course remembered for his legendary battle with Forrest Griffin on the finale of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” It's been two-and-a-half years since that epic fight that many have said put mixed martial arts on the map.
A New Start For Japanese MMA?
A press release was sent out this past week to select members of the Japanese media by a company named World Victory Road Inc. (WVR).
The release announced a press conference scheduled for this week. According to the release the press conference will be relative to mixed martial arts and will take place in Tokyo, Japan.
The following guests will be in attendance at the press conference:
–Kinoshita Naoya (CEO, Kinoshita Koumuten Inc.)
–Takao Yasuda (CEO, Don Quijote Inc.)
–Tomiaki Fukuda (Chairman, Japan Wrestling Federation)
–Vice President of FILA
Does Sean Gregory know something Dana White doesn't?
In a July profile of the rapid ascension of mixed martial arts to the top of pop culture, the Time magazine journalist pegged the Ultimate Fighting Championship's worth at north of $1 billion.
It's little wonder. Live events routinely break revenue and attendance records. Twelve UFC pay-per-view events in 2007 could -- assuming an average buy rate of 500,000 and a 50-percent stake after the cable companies take their cut -- be counted on for more than $100 million in gross revenue. White himself has bragged of living in a Las Vegas mansion worth millions and owning a fleet of cars.
Cage Rage 24 Fight Card
Murilo Rua vs Xavier Foupa Pokam headlines the card. Also appearing are Neil Grove, Cyborg Santos, Drew Fickett, and Ross Pointon. Full fight card on the link!!!
The Spider's Web - Part Two
If you had never seen Anderson Silva fight before, within seconds of his UFC debut against Chris Leben in June of 2006 you knew that he was something special. There was a grace to his fury, an effortless feel to complex techniques few could grasp, let alone master. Silva’s work in the Octagon recalled the great Bruce Lee, a man who the current UFC Middleweight Champion calls his greatest fighting influence.
Tim Sylvia Not Worried About Title Shot
After a seven-month absence from competition, successful back surgery, and a small fall into relative obscurity, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (23-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) makes his return to the octagon next weekend at UFC 77. There, he’ll take on undefeated heavyweight contender Brandon Vera.
Early 2008 Return Possible for “Cro Cop”
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, a beleaguered UFC heavyweight coming off shocking back-to-back losses, is planning to return to the octagon in early 2008 — and he wants former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as an opponent.