Varner Responds To "Mouthpiece-gate"
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".
France Legalizes MMA
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.
Good interview with Mark Cuban
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.
Tim Boetsch – From Part-Time to Prime Time
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.
Canadian Fighter Dies After Training
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.
Cro Cop Overly Trustful of the Japanese, Wants to Fight Fedor on New Year’s Eve
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.”
Chuck Liddell Lands on NYT Best Seller List for Second Week
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
Bas defends Kimbos beard!
"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!
CPC Movies: Who Says It's too Late for a 2008 Preview?
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.
Manny Gamburyan vs. Jeff Cox Added to UFC Fight Night 13
“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.
UFC® ANNOUNCES YAHOO! AS NEW DISTRIBUTOR FOR ONLINE PPV
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
Terrell Released From UFC
David Terrell has been officialy released from his UFC contract. He first debuted in the UFC back in August of 2004 where he shocked the MMA world with a vicious knockout win over heavily favored Matt Linland in the early seconds of the 1st round. He then lost a title fight against Evan Tanner and then rebounded by beating Scott Smith in April of 2006.
Unfortunatelty that was the last we saw of Terrell fighting in the Octagon. Plagued by injuries and unhappy with the financial terms of his bout agreements, Terrell sat out the remainder of his contract. Now focused on getting his career back on track, Terrell will be looking to signing and fighting with another organization.
What's Tickling Mark DellaGrotte's Toes
That first night, as Mark DellaGrotte lay in the floor on a rice mat, trying to sleep and wondering what he was doing on the other side of the planet, he realized that the creatures brushing by his feet were rats.
Rats and other things. There was no door to the too-small room in which he was packed with 13 others. Anything could scurry in from the 98-degree night.
DellaGrotte himself, for instance.
Twenty-four and traveling the world. Had never left the country, then on a plane and off a plane and into the sweltering dark of a different continent.
How, again, did he get here?
EliteXC Responds to $1 Payday
So we discovered that Moyses Gabin actually made a hot George Washington for beating Jirka Hiavati last Saturday during EliteXC’s “Street Certified”. That seems fair, considering that the main event fighters collected $301,000 - um, collectively. Pro Elite got an e-mail from EliteXC Head of Fighter Operations, Jeremy Lappen, regarding the matter:
“That fight was put together by a local promoter. “Gabin is paid a salary by the promoter who sponsored that bout.”
Outside promoter or not, Gabin got railed with no lube. Maybe he’s into that sort of thing…or maybe he was dying for something from the Wendy’s dollar menu. Either way, he notched a win, so it’s all good…kind of.
Xtreme Couture Hints at Silva-Jardine Fight, Silva-Liddell Rematch
It looks as if the Silva/Jardine fight is as official as it's going to be until its announced. This article also goes on to say Silva would like a rematch with Liddell around New Years Eve. I don't know about you guys but I'm not sure a rematch is justified unless it's for a title down the road. As for him fighting Jardine, I think Jardine takes that fight.
Brandon Vera vs. Fabricio Werdum @ UFC 85
Heavyweight contenders Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum are slated to square off at UFC 85 on Saturday, June 7 at the O2 Arena in London, The Fight Network has learned. No agreements have been signed, but the bout has been presented to both men, according to a source within one of their camps.