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Matt Serra: ‘I’m definitely up for’ fighting Georges St. Pierre in April
(mmamania.com)
“I’m definitely up for that…. I’ve got to be realistic. I don’t know what they’re going to do. I feel like I’m friendly with everybody but business is business and who knows? I know they like Georges, it’s not that they don’t like me but I don’t know. He might be more of a better poster boy. Who knows? … just put the little Italian guy in Canada. That’s me. I like it, I like it, man. I take no offence at people in Canada yelling for me to die.”
Submitted Jan 3, 2008 11:28PM by juanez13 - 32 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Eight things to expect in '08 (ESPN)
(sports.espn.go.com)
Consider where MMA was a year ago. Who had the better fighters, UFC or PRIDE? Could anybody beat Chuck Liddell? Would somebody stand up and challenge Tim Sylvia? One year later, those questions have been answered. PRIDE guys struggled. Yes, Liddell could be beaten -- more than once, actually. And Sylvia, well, we all remember Randy Couture's stunning comeback to reclaim a UFC belt. So 2007 answered plenty. But 2008 presents a new wave of questions. Here are eight things to expect in '08.
Submitted Jan 3, 2008 1:37PM by Bemin - 28 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC, PrideFC
 
Sakara Joins American Top Team
(mmajunkie.com)
The American Top Team website reports that UFC fighter Alessio Sakara has joined the ATT camp. Sakara next fights at UFC 80 at Light Heavyweight but may drop to Middleweight after the fight.
Submitted Jan 3, 2008 12:56PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: Fight Camp / Team, UFC
 
MMA Weekly Fight & Fighter Of The Year Chosen
(mmaweekly.com)
The listeners of the MMA Weekly Radio program recently voted on their Fight & Fighter Of The Year for 2007. Their choices were Nick Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi as Fight Of The Year and UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva as Fighter Of The Year.
Submitted Jan 3, 2008 10:39AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Sherdog Announces Its 2007 Fighter Of The Year
(sherdog.com)
Sherdog has announced its choice for its 2007 Fighter Of the Year, and beating out serious competition to earn the honor is current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Submitted Jan 3, 2008 10:37AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC
 
Q&A With Lorenzo Fertitta
(sports.yahoo.com)
As the seventh anniversary of the Fertittas' purchase of the UFC approaches on Jan. 15, Lorenzo Fertitta sat down with Yahoo! Sports to talk about the company's success, the growth of mixed martial arts and his thoughts on Dana White's performance as UFC president.
Submitted Jan 3, 2008 9:39AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Upstart “WCO” Organization Announces Star-Studded Jan. 12 Event
(mmajunkie.com)
The World Cagefighting Organization, an upstart MMA organization owned by former professional boxer Bruce Bellocchi, has announced its Jan. 12 fight card — one that includes notables such as Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Ricco Rodriguez, David Loiseau, Joe Riggs, Mark Kerr and other former UFC and PRIDE fighters.
Submitted Jan 3, 2008 5:52AM by telnights - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ricco Rodriguez’s UFC 39 UFC Belt up for Auction
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC heavyweight championship belt awarded to Ricco Rodriguez after his UFC 39 victory over Randy Couture is up for auction. That starting price? A cool $29,999.
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 8:55PM by TNunley - 8 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, UFC
 
Randy Couture’s incorrect proclamation
(15rounds.com)
During a recent HDNet Fights card, Randy Couture publicly announced that he would be free to fight Fedor Emelianenko come October 2008. UFC President Dana White completely disagrees. “I expect Randy Couture to honor his contract. He is the heavyweight champion of the UFC. Until he either retires or fulfills his contract, he fights for the UFC,” said White. White already knows the next fight that will be lined up for Couture. “Nogueira and Sylvia are fighting for the interim title, and the winner will fight Randy.” EDIT: i just found another piece of info that i tought was very interesting this is from bloody elbow

The most notable part comes at the end, when Dana says Randy is still heavyweight champ, and the Nogueira/Sylvia fight is for the interim title. UFC contracts have "champions clauses" in them that extend the contract by a year or more if the fighter is still champion when the contract expires. Until things are settled or worked out, they won't strip him, because it stops him from fighting for another full year from July.
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 6:29PM by juanez13 - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC, M-1 Global, HDNet
 
Tim Sylvia Has Choice Words For Fedor
(15rounds.com)
In comments posted this past Sunday, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia had some rather choice words for Fedor Emelianenko. Sylvia said he respects Fedor's skills, just not his opponents.
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 6:26PM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, M-1 Global
 
Floyd Mayweather Sr. Interview on Floyd Jr. doing MMA
(fighthype.com)
Great Interview, he drops the f-bomb about twenty times, but he gets his point across about what he thinks will happen to his son in MMA. Here's a small quote: "All of this he talking about right now, this martial arts s***, I’m telling you, he about to get broke the f*** up right now. I’m telling you, he could forget all of that stuff being cute and how you supposed to hit somebody with a check hook. Man, them motherf*****’s going to take that check hook motherf***er and squeeze your guts out. I’m just being real with you man."
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 5:01PM by duggy - 22 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Interviews
 
“The Celebrity Apprentice,” Tito Ortiz Debut Thursday Night on NBC
(mmajunkie.com)
“The Celebrity Apprentice,” a special version of Donald Trump’s reality game show, debuts Thursday night on NBC, and UFC fighter Tito Ortiz is one of 14 celebrity contestants appearing on the series. The debut, which kicks off the sixth installment of the reality series, airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 3:35PM by TNunley - 6 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, UFC
 
Matt Hughes: I Might Fight Matt Serra if He Loses to Georges St. Pierre
(mmajunkie.com)
Matt Hughes, who suffered a second-round submission loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 79, isn’t sure when he’ll fight next, but he’s not ruling out a potential bout with Matt Serra.
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 3:34PM by TNunley - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra Could Unify Titles in April — in Canada
(mmajunkie.com)
With his victory over Matt Hughes at this past weekend’s UFC 79 event, Georges St. Pierre may have set up one of the biggest welterweight fights in MMA history — and it could come in his native Canada.
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 3:33PM by TNunley - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Good article on MMA vs. boxing with Marcus Davis interview
(maxboxing.com)
From one of the best boxing sites on the net (Maxboxing) is an article about Floyd Mayweather, and boxers' in general, difficulties in MMA. Marcus Davis (the most experienced boxer the UFC has right now) gives a good breakdown of how the sports differ:
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 2:12PM by fullerene - 2 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, General MMA
 
M-1 Global Pleased With Yarennoka Event
(mmaweekly.com)
According to the CEO of M-1 Global, things "went very well" with their supporting the Yarennoka event, and they were pleased to support the event. This is part of M-1's strategy, and they hope to return to Japan someday, as does their top fighter, Fedor Emelianenko.
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 6:55AM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
 
Matt Hughes Ponders His Future
(mmaweekly.com)
After his UFC 79 loss to Georges St. Pierre, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes said he's going back to the drawing board to think about his future. Dana White doesn't want him going anywhere else.
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 6:51AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The State Of The UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
Dana White spent a good part of his post-UFC 79 press conference discussing the State Of UFC. He said they had a "kick-ass 2007", and "wait to see what we do with 2008".
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 6:49AM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Luke Cummo Puts MMA Agent On Diet
(mmaweekly.com)
A couple weeks ago an MMA agent/writer took up an offer from UFC fighter Luke Cummo to do a 14-day health live-in training camp on Long Island, but only in 12 days. Day 1 of this camp has now been posted for all to read.
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 6:47AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
New Year’s Mixed Martial Arts Resolutions (Story from Yahoo! Sports)
(mmajunkie.com)
As the year ends with a bang in mixed martial arts, it’s time to start thinking to 2008. To help things along, I have a few resolutions to share for the big names in the business. Dana White: There is no fight fans want to see more than one between Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko. For the good of the sport, the UFC president should put everything else aside and do what he has to do to make this fight happen. Randy Couture: Should make a concession and defend his UFC heavyweight title if White agrees to allow him to fight Emelianenko. Fedor Emelianenko: The man who once was universally regarded as the world’s top MMA fighter continues to fight questionable opposition. Emelianenko owes it to the sport and his fans to take on quality fighters. If it’s not Couture, then he must insist on it being Josh Barnett. “Big” John McCarthy: The famous ex-referee should promise candor in his new role as an analyst for The Fight Network. He’s collected many great stories during his years as an official and he should promise to share them with his viewers. Great article with some great insights. Props to Kevin Iole.
Submitted Jan 2, 2008 1:46AM by Bemin - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
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