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Noons vs Edwards Official
(mmanews.com)
Just confirmed ATT's Yves Edwards will be fighting EliteXC 160# Champion KJ Noons April 26th in Hawaii for the title!
Submitted Feb 22, 2008 8:29PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
HDNet to Broadcast MFC Tonight, Strikeforce Tomorrow
(mmajunkie.com)
HDNet, the all-high-definition cable station geared toward MMA, will broadcast two major MMA events this weekend: “Maximum Fighting Championship 15: Rags to Riches” tonight and “Strikeforce at the Dome” tomorrow. Both events will be broadcast live. The MFC show features a main event between Pete Spratt (17-10), a UFC veteran and “The Ultimate Fighter 4” cast member, and prospect Ryan Ford (4-0). The event takes place at River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton. HDNet will air the event live from 9-12 p.m. ET. Saturday’s Strikeforce event features a main event between NFL lineman-turned fighter/kickboxer Bob Sapp (9-2-1) and undefeated boxer Jan “The Giant” Nortje (1-5). Other bouts include Maurice Smith vs. Rick Roufus, Joe Riggs vs. Cory Devela, and Jorge Masvidal vs. Ryan Healy. Should be a couple of good nights for fights, props to HDNet for getting more and more live MMA on TV for us. I'm hoping for a few quick stoppages on the MFC card as a guy that trains at my gym is fighting and it would be great if he gets some air time! Keep an eye out for Gavin Neil ,a really good MT guy (fighting Josh Groves) and give him a cheer if it makes it to air.
Submitted Feb 22, 2008 5:17PM by Bemin - 7 comments
Filed under: HDNet, StrikeForce, Other MMA Organizations
 
Jason Day’s Big Gamble Pays off (Story from Yahoo! Sports)
(mmajunkie.com)
The story sounds like a Canadian version of the Beverly Hillbillies. Jason Day had purchased a 1992 Volkswagen Jetta, which he endearingly called a piece of crap, packed enough clothes for a four-day trip and headed off with Lee Mein in search of riches in Las Vegas. Day and Mein weren’t hoping to get rich at a blackjack table or to get hot on the craps table. They were hunting for a job and had driven 19 hours nonstop with no guarantees of getting lucky.
Submitted Feb 22, 2008 2:17PM by wolfman - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cub Swanson Reflects on Jens Pulver, Prepares for Fight Outside WEC
(mmajunkie.com)
In the aftermath of a disappointing 35-second submission loss to Jens “Little Evil” Pulver (22-8-1) at December’s WEC 31 event, lightweight Cub Swanson (11-2-0) still finds it difficult to cope with the results of that night. Swanson reflected on the fight, and looked to the future, while a guest on Wednesday’s edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), a partner site of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Feb 22, 2008 2:14PM by wolfman - 9 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Luigi Fioravanti: From Iraq to the Octagon
(ufc.com)
For most fighters, entering the UFC Octagon to face a fierce opponent is the hardest thing they’ll have to do in their lives. Within a few seconds they face their adversary’s full arsenal: punches, kicks, elbows, throws, arm bars, knee locks, triangle chokes, guillotine chokes, and so on. It sounds pretty bad, and tough to most, unless you’re welterweight Luigi Fioravanti. You see, when instead of punches and kicks and elbows, you have bullets and bombs coming at you, the sport of mixed martial arts becomes a very tranquil walk in the park.
Submitted Feb 22, 2008 10:56AM by RMFG_187 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Cro Cop: I'll Be Back In UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
That's the plan according to now-former UFC fighter Mirko Cro Cop. He's on record as saying he will fight 3 fights for the new DREAM promotion then return to UFC.
Submitted Feb 22, 2008 10:33AM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
War Machine Gets Probation
(mmamania.com)
TUF 6 contestant Jon "War Machine" Koppenhaver has been sentenced to 3 years' probation and a $2300 fine stemming from misdemeanor assault charges. The charge was reduced from a felony, which not only spared Koppenhaver potentially serious jail time, it also saved his UFC career-the felony would've voided his 10-fight contract.
Submitted Feb 22, 2008 10:23AM by DCRage - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Varner Responds To "Mouthpiece-gate"
(mmamania.com)
WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner has posted a response to his illegal calling of a timeout in his fight against then-Champion Rob McCullough at WEC 32 to recover his lost mouthpiece, which is being referred to by some as "mouthpiece-gate".
Submitted Feb 22, 2008 10:21AM by DCRage - 26 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
France Legalizes MMA
(mmaweekly.com)
France has become quite a hot bed for mixed martial arts talent over the years, but not one that immediately springs to mind on the world stage. Why? Because MMA as a sport in France has been banned for many years; mainly for political reasons and to protect the sanctity of traditional martial arts, but the times they are a changing.
Submitted Feb 22, 2008 5:26AM by snakeplissken - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Good interview with Mark Cuban
(mma-core.com)
Can you imagine Mark Cuban owning the Chicago Cubs? Or developing a mixed-martial arts company to rival the UFC? In a crazy week for the owner of the Dallas Mavericks - the Jason Kidd deal finally became a reality on Tuesday - Cuban spent a few minutes with Sun Media via an e-mail interview. With HDNet - Cuban's satellite TV channel - broadcasting MFC 15: Rags to Riches tomorrow night from the River Cree Resort and Casino, the interview ranges from MMA to baseball. Q: Why did you decide to partner with the Maximum Fighting Championship to broadcast fights? A: "They put together a quality card. Great fighters, combined (with) great presentation are ingredients for success." PS A guy from the gym I train at is fighting in the MFC on Friday, he's on the undercard I believe, but if his fight makes it to air on HDNet give Gavin Neil a cheer.
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 10:33PM by Bemin - 0 comments
Filed under: HDNet
 
Tim Boetsch – From Part-Time to Prime Time
(ufc.com)
Tim Boetsch has heard the snide remarks before, the snickers when he tells people that he’s a strong proponent (and practitioner) of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do style. They’re remarks borne in ignorance, of not being able to separate Lee’s teachings on actual fighting with his on-screen persona as one of the first true action heroes.
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 6:56PM by RMFG_187 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Canadian Fighter Dies After Training
(sherdog.com)
A young Canadian mixed martial artist died after a light sparring session Tuesday evening in Stratford, Prince Edward Island. Rene Ayangma, 20, a member of Team Bueno based out of the Largo Fitness Centre, was preparing for his second MMA fight, scheduled for Extreme Cage Combat in Halifax on March 15.
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 6:42PM by madmarck - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Fight Camp / Team
 
Cro Cop Overly Trustful of the Japanese, Wants to Fight Fedor on New Year’s Eve
(cagepotato.com)

On non-financial reasons for parting ways with the UFC: “I was in full training and wanted to compete in March. However, the UFC couldn’t find me an opponent that fast and I didn’t want to stop my preparations and start all over again for a match in May. Besides I was HUNGRY for a fight and nervous (anxious) like a dog…I asked for a rematch with Gonzaga but that was not possible because he lost to Werdum. Then I asked for Kongo but that wasn’t possible either.” On business practices that will eventually screw him: “Although I didn’t sign any contract [with DREAM] we came to an agreement for 3 fights in March, June and September. I never had written contracts with the Japanese because we have always done business by oral agreement.” On returning to the UFC: “I’m going to go back to the UFC without a doubt…The date of return depends on a possible fight with Fedor. The fight should take place on 31st December if Fedor accepts. If that fails I’ll be back in the UFC by the end of this year.” On his “psychological crisis”: “I lost that killer instinct. I lost 5kg (10lb) before the fight with Kongo, I had a hard time wanting to train and on the day of the fight I thought to myself: Why do I even need this, why am I fighting a guy I have never seen before. I was fed up with it all.” On diplomacy: “I have managed to come to terms with Dana and I’m thankful for his cooperation and understanding.”
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 6:24PM by juanez13 - 27 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Chuck Liddell Lands on NYT Best Seller List for Second Week
(mmajunkie.com)
For the second straight week, “Iceman: My Fighting Life,” a book written by former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and co-author Chad Millman, has landed ninth on The New York Times Best Seller List for hardcover nonfiction. “Iceman” covers the entire life of Liddell — from his childhood through his reign as the UFC’s 205-lb. champ up until his May 2007 loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and subsequent defeat to Keith Jardine. The 305-page title recently received a ringing endorsement from MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) book reviewer, Paul Larkin
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 6:20PM by juanez13 - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Bas defends Kimbos beard!
(basrutten.tv)
"Hey guys! First I thought that it was a joke, but now I read that people actually really believe that the beard absorbs punches? Man, I couldn't write this message for about 5 minutes, I was laughing so uncontrollably hard, its really one of the dumbest things I have ever heard!" - Bas Haha i haven't heard much about this but if what he says is true some people are stupider then i thought! How can a beard stop you from getting knocked out?! Believe it or not its not the stupidest thing people are saying to him. For more beard related news or what bas wrote click the link. Its funny man!
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 3:14PM by SmileR - 20 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
Making Dangerous: Why Dan Henderson Wins
(mmaopinion.com)
"As I posted an article on the fighting style of UFC champion Anderson Silva as a lead up to this fight, it’s both fair and necessary to do the same for Pride welterweight champion Dan Henderson."
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 1:31PM by JWils - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
CPC Movies: Who Says It's too Late for a 2008 Preview?
(cpcmovies.co.uk)
2007 turned out to be the biggest year in the history of MMA, and it had some of the best fights in a long time. I dubbed 07 as the “Year of the Lightweights,” with so many great fights coming from the 155-pound division, and we start out this year with a great lightweight fight at the first event of the year. UFC 80 featured Joe “Daddy” Stevenson taking on BJ Penn for the UFC Lightweight title. Penn defeated Stevenson in the second round by submission and will now face Sean Sherk at UFC 84 for the lightweight title. We’re already more than a month into the year, but who says it’s too late to do a preview? 2008 should be yet another great year for MMA, and I look for the sport to take even more steps into the mainstream of American and world acceptance. I’ll break down the situation in each of the six major weight classes as well as some of the top stories to look for in the upcoming year.
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 1:21PM by ohiostate1016 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, EliteXC, General MMA
 
Manny Gamburyan vs. Jeff Cox Added to UFC Fight Night 13
(mmajunkie.com)
“The Ultimate Fighter 5” runner-up Manny Gamburyan (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will take on Jeff Cox (9-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at an already-stacked UFC Fight Night 13 event. UFC Fight Night 13 takes place April 2 at the Broomfield Event Center near Denver, Colo., where Kenny Florian meets Joe Lauzon in the night’s main event. As MMAjunkie.com recently reported, Spike TV recently opted to make the event a three-hour broadcast, which will precede the debut episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 7.“ With the Gamburyan vs. Cox fight, the UFC Fight Night 13 card now boasts a total of 12 bouts.
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 12:35PM by CornishMMA - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC® ANNOUNCES YAHOO! AS NEW DISTRIBUTOR FOR ONLINE PPV
(ufc.com)
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced Yahoo! will be the new online distributor for UFC live Pay-Per-View (PPV) events, via Yahoo! Sports. Fans can view the next UFC event, UFC 82: PRIDE OF A CHAMPION, on March 1, 2008
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 12:20PM by tuvok500 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Koppenhaver will fight at UFC 84
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 84 is shaping up to be really good.
Submitted Feb 21, 2008 12:19PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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