411's MMA Roundtable 1.14.08: 2007 - A Year to Remember
Fans would be hard-pressed to find a twelve-month stanza in Mixed Martial Arts history filled with as many memorable moments as 2007. Dubbed by many as "The Year of the Upset", the MMA world would bear witness to multiple "Fight of the Year" candidates, phenomonal individual performances, underdogs overcoming the odds, and countless other memorable moments inside arenas from coast-to-coast.
The past year also brought forth the creation of 411Mania's MMA Zone. What started out as a handful of Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts bombarding the board with original content and news bits soon morphed into one of 411Mania's most popular areas. Now featuring fresh submissions on a daily basis from a pool of talented MMA writers, an increasing score of exclusive interviews, and a constantly-updated news section, it stands to reason 2008 should be an even more-successful year.
MMA Analytics 01.14.07: UFC's Welterweights Suddenly Stagnant
With Georges St. Pierre's recent win over Matt Hughes, it seems that Pierre has become a dominant opponent for nearly everyone in the Welterweight division. This poses problems of who will be able to matchup against Pierre in the future, much like the situation with Anderson Silva at Middleweight. We'll look at the current situation in the Welterweight division, comparisons to the Middleweights, and fixes that the UFC can implement to reclaim a challenging upper tier of matchups for the division. All of that and more in this edition of MMA Analytics.
Focused BJ Penn ready to make history
With win, would become second man to win titles in two UFC weight classes
If you were to visit any mixed martial arts event anywhere around the world and poll the fighters on who was the most gifted fighter in the sport, B.J. Penn would be likely to finish at or near the top.
The UFC lightweight has all the tools for superstardom. He's a phenom in jiu-jitsu; his standup is slick; his takedown defense is world-class; he's charismatic. Tales of his prowess have been spun over the years in building him up to near-mythical status. MMA fighters hold him in awe, amazed by a skill level that is unmatched when focused, understanding that his best is at another level. It is a phenomenon that FIGHT! Magazine writer and author Sam Sheridan calls, "the BJ factor."
The Science of MMA
I just saw this, it says its on the national geographic channel so keep an eye out for it.
Should be interesting to watch an they have some well known faces on the show.
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MMA Executive: Jason MacDonald vs. Joe Doerksen at UFC 84
In a recent blog entry, UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald (19-9 MMA, 3-2 UFC) stated that he would be fighting on the UFC 84 card in Montreal. We now apparently know his opponent: Joe Doerksen (39-11 MMA, 1-5 UFC).
The news comes from Stephan Patry, president of the Canadian-based TKO organization, who was quoted by the French-Canadian sports site, RDS.ca. (MacDonald and Doerksen both previously fought for the organizations.)
Although the MacDonald-Doerksen fight would feature two of Canada’s top middleweight fighters, it’s not known if the bout will be on the night’s televised main card. The event — the first ever to take place in Canada — is quickly filling up with top-tier talent. In addition to St. Pierre vs. Serra, the event is also slated to feature Thiago Alves vs. Karo Parisyan, as well as the return of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Sean Sherk Still on the Defensive Over Steroids
Sean Sherk is so compulsive about his health, if he sees a person smoking a cigarette in a car in front of him, he pulls into another lane to be as far away from the second-hand smoke as possible.
“I’m a different person when it comes to that kind of stuff,” Sherk says. “My health is very, very important to me. I’m goofy that way.“
Sherk proclaimed his innocence early and often and said he spent more than $20,000 in what turned out to be a futile effort to clear his name. In December, the California State Athletic Commission upheld the decision, though it reduced the suspension executive officer Armando Garcia had given him from a year to six months.
Chute Boxe Rep Surprised At Statements
When Chute Boxe leader Master Rafael Cordeiro announced plans to open a training facility in Los Angeles and had severed ties with former US rep Roberto PIccinini, apparently nobody told Piccinini until he found out about it through an MMAWeekly article and not through Chute Boxe after 27 years of association.
Finger Pointing Replaces Fights
At least Mark Kerr got his 20 percent.
While "The Smashing Machine" had planned on collecting $15,000 Saturday night, he like his opponent and 16 other mixed martial artists learned they wouldn't fight because promoters failed to provide sufficient funds.
Problems first surfaced Friday evening after Rick Bassman, the promoter of record, informed the California State Athletic Commission that money had not been secured to pay fighters.
Bassman, who has promoted several Valor Fighting shows in California, said World Cagefighting Organization's Bruce Bellocchi hired him to use his promoter's license and to produce the event and perform administrative functions.
Jeff Joslin, Wander Braga and Luke Stewart Interviews...
I posted interviews with all fighters here
Did this interview with Joslin a couple weeks ago. Very underrated fighter and it's great he's getting another chance. Anyone who hasn't seen his fight with Jon Fitch needs to check out what he was able to do to Fitch in controversial loss. Thought he more than held his own against Koscheck as well.
Wander Braga was supposed to be in the UFC a few times against Pellegrino. He's got some legal issues preventing him from fighting at the moment but could be in this year. 16-0 but he hasn't fought in 3 years.
Not sure how many people here know who Luke Stewart is but he is somebody to watch at 170. He is fighting for Strikeforce and has finished every single opponent. Biggest name opponent is Von Flue, but he should get bigger fights soon and is on the undercard for the March 29 event. Sick Jiu-Jitsu, black belt under Ralph Gracie.
The EXC-UFC War Of Words Continues
Once again EliteXC President Gary Shaw has less-than-kind words for UFC President Dana White. His latest comments relate to UFC's dominance in the market and how EXC's emergence has forced UFC to make changes, among other topics.
Octagon Girls Featured on E! Tonight
Tune in to the E! Original Special tonight as they profile the famed Octagon Girls of the UFC in a Countdown of Las Vegas' 12 Sexiest Jobs. The special premieres tonight at 6pm ET/PT and features an up-close look at UFC Octagon Girls Arianny Celeste and Edith Larente.
UFC Close to Budweiser Sponsorship?
Multiple sources within the industry have told MMAPayout.com that the UFC is on the verge of consummating a deal with Budweiser. Negotiations reportedly began as part of the UFC's negotiations with CBS. Once the CBS deal stalled, conversations continued between the UFC, Budweiser, and Spike TV.
It should be noted that none of the sources referenced are parties to the negotiations (i.e. placed within the UFC or Budweiser). As a result, the above report should be considered rumor or informed speculation at best. It also bears mentioning that the situation is fluid and can change quickly, as evidenced by similar situations with the UFC and HBO/CBS.
Breaking News: Saturday's WCO Event Cancelled
Saturday's Valor promoted World Cagefighting Organization card at the San Diego Sports Arena has been cancelled by the California State Athletic Commission due to funding issues, Sherdog.com learned Saturday afternoon.
Problems arose Friday evening after the CSAC learned that funding had not been secured to pay the athletes who were to compete on the card.
"At the eleventh hour, the commission was informed there were insufficient funds to pay the fighters," CSAC executive director Armando Garcia told Sherdog.com. "In the end, we had to cancel the event."
UFC 85: Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva fight possible
There’s significant a light heavyweight showdown in the works between Rashad Evans (11-0-1) and Thiago Silva (12-0) that could go down during the pay-per-view (PPV) event slated for May 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada, which will likely be dubbed UFC 85, according to multiple sources ( and .)
If the fight takes place it will feature two of the top contenders in the crowded 205-pound division, as well as ensure that one of the combatants leaves the Octagon with the first loss on his record and the other remains undefeated with serious designs on an eventual title shot.
Evans — the heavyweight winner on season two of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) — most recently dispatched of Michael Bisping via split decision at UFC 78: “Validation” in November 2007. He holds UFC wins over Sam Hoger, Stephan Bonnar, Jason Lambert and Sean Salmon, as well as a draw against Tito Ortiz.
The ChuteBoxe-trained Silva has been perfect (3-0) since his Octagon debut, finishing all three of his opponents in impressive fashion (sans James Irvin). The Brazilian stunned a few folks with his technical knockout of Houston Alexander at UFC 78.
However, the win came as no surprise for those who have followed the career of Silva — he’s a very dangerous fighter.
This is a solid match up that will certainly help determine somewhat of a pecking order in the light heavyweight division. Title shots in this weight class will be few and far between in 2008, however, because of the participation of Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin on the upcoming season of TUF 7 that is set to debut in April.
UFC 85 will also likely feature the lightweight championship bout between the winner of BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson against top contender, Sean Sherk.
Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le Set for March 29
Strikeforce and Elite XC will present their second joint show, headlined by Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le in a five-round fight for the Strikeforce middleweight title, on March 29 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
A news conference involving both promotions to officially announce the fight is expected to take place some time next week. The event will air live on Showtime and include two matches from Strikeforce, two from Elite XC, and one match pitting a Strikeforce fighter against an Elite XC fighter.
No other matches are finalized for the show, but it is expected Gilbert Melendez will defend the Strikeforce lightweight title and that Jake Shields will also be fighting on the show.
Not So Fast-Baroni's Next Fight Not Set
Although the Japanese World Victory Road promotion announced Phil Baroni for it's March 5 event, that announcement seems to be premature. Baroni's manager said such a deal has not been signed and they're still weighing a number of offers.
Two fights off WCO card
Tiki / Ambrose is off (Ambrose no-show at weigh-in)
Marrero / Magalhaes is off because Marrero declined the fight
Kerr / Roufus has been changed since Roufus couldn't get licensed