A new twist in the M-1 purchase rumors
An update on all the rumors surrounding the buyers of the promotion including some of the sources of past rumors that are now defunct, and a new source regarding the possibility of AEG Worldwide purchasing M-1, AEG owns the LA Kings, Los Angeles Galaxy, and a ton of other teams as well as many venues throughout the U.S. including the Staples Center.
CSAC Cancels Cow Palace Card
In the wake of Saturday's cancellation of the "Brawl 4 It All" card in San Francisco, Calif., fighters and their representatives were left scrambling to recoup some of the money that was guaranteed to them in contracts.
Brock Lesnar signs with UFC
THIS IS RIGHT FROM THE PAGES OF ufc.com:
Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) – International superstar Brock Lesnar has already achieved high grades for his transition from pro wrestling to mixed martial arts. Now the former NCAA Champion and four-time All-American is ready for the next step in his career - taking on the best heavyweights in the world in the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization.
UFC President Dana White announced the signing of Lesnar to a promotional contract during the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 77 at the US Bank Arena.
“I don’t think there are any other pro wrestlers that can make the transition to MMA, except for Brock Lesnar,” said White. “And if you look at his amateur wrestling credentials, his size, and what he’s done, this guy can end up being a force in the heavyweight division of the UFC.”
“If you want to go with the NFL of the fighting game, it’s the UFC, and it was an easy choice for me,” said Lesnar. “Obviously I don’t think I’m ready for a title shot right away, but I will be there, and I’m not gonna turn down any opponent because I’m here to prove myself. I’m not here to pick and choose my fights. I’ll fight whomever they want. I don’t make the fights; that’s not my job. I’ve got one job to do and that’s to fight.”
The date and opponent for Lesnar’s UFC debut will be revealed in the near future.
A native of Webster, South Dakota who now makes his home in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, the 6 foot 3 ½ , 265 pound Lesnar first made a name for himself as a wrestler at Webster High School, compiling a 33-0 record in his senior year. This success eventually led him to Bismarck State College and the University of Minnesota, where he was a four-time All American, two-time Big Ten Champion, a second place finisher in the 1999 NCAA Championships, and the 2000 NCAA National Champion.
After finishing his college career with an astounding 106-5 record, Lesnar became a household name as a professional wrestler, and even had a short stint in the NFL® with the Minnesota Vikings.
In 2007 though, Lesnar was in need of a new challenge in his life, and he turned to mixed martial arts, where world-class wrestlers like himself have had enormous success throughout the sport’s history. On June 2, 2007, Lesnar made his long-awaited MMA debut and took only 69 seconds to destroy Min Soo Kim with strikes that led to a submission.
Lesnar’s signing to the UFC bolsters a talent-rich heavyweight division that includes former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira, Cheick Kongo, former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, Brandon Vera, Gabriel Gonzaga, Mirko Cro Cop, Fabricio Werdum and Heath Herring.
[i]What I think:
I think that there is no way that Brock Lesnar should be in the UFC. I know he dominated Min Soo Kim, but that was his FIRST pro fight. I think this was an example of Dana White signing someone on drawing ability, and I'm not sure that I like that. Actually, I am sure. I don't like that.[/i]
Kevin Iole from Yahoo Expands on Randy's Millions
Kevin talks Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva vs Rich Franklin, Yahoo's MMA success, and really gets into the Randy situation, his agent, how Randy and his agent poorly handled the situation (via fax and out of town) and the possible future gameplan. He brings up the BJ Penn situation and how that is similar to this. Audio is definitely worth it.
Emelianenko and Salmon Win at “HCF: Title Wave”
The 26-year-old Emelianenko, the younger brother of top-ranked PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, scored a quick submission victory over MMA veteran Dan Bobish in the night’s main event. The Russian fighter locked in a guillotine choke that forced a tapout at 1:09 of the first round.
In other action, Salmon, a two-time UFC fighter, scored a second-round TKO victory over Brazilian Marcus Vinicios. Salmon, a 30-year-old former Ohio State wrestler, forced a referee’s stoppage at 4:22 of the second round due to a series of unanswered strikes.
Fedor fighting in Feb. IN THE US!!!!!!
The new ownership of the M-1 Global promotion and its acquisition of number-one world ranked fighter Fedor Emelianenko will be announced Monday at a press conference in New York City. A conference invitation sent out today was devoid of the usual details, including the event’s host, who has gone to great lengths to keep its identity a secret till Monday. It is expected that the promotion will also announce its first event in the U.S. for February, with the PRIDE heavyweight champion headlining against an opponent yet to be named. Emelianenko will be in attendance.
The "Ace" Looks To Trump The King Tonight
2:59. That's how much time Rich Franklin has been dwelling on since losing his UFC MW Title to Anderson Silva just over a year ago. Tonight Franklin looks to complete his comeback in a rematch against the man who took his title and spot at the top of the UFC MW division away from him.
Jason MacDonald: Okami is ‘boring’ and the reason UFC 77 bout not on main card
“As far as the decision to not be on the main card, the UFC has told me that it has nothing to do with me. It has to do with the fact that Okami is a boring fighter. They know I’ll try to put on an exciting fight. In fact, as I felt the hotel on Thursday, I ran into Joe Silva, the matchmaker for the UFC, and he asked to talk to me to express that again and apologized in advance to me.”
Middleweight Jason MacDonald sheds some light on the reason his bout at UFC 77: “Hostile Territory” against Yushin Okami is not on the televised pay-per-view (PPV) main card.
UFC Quick Quote: Bisping-Evans UFC 78 winner to fight Rampage for title?
First off my thoughts. Umm pretty sure this isnt a very big fight, both coming bad preformances rashad with a draw and bisping split decision. I really think these guys are undersized heavyweights. Not the main event I was looking for but I think evans will win this with his wrestling by decision. Then rampage will destory him or Bisping BUT! remember rampage and bisping are friends are they going to fight? if he wins? I guess so.
“Dana White, the UFC President, says that the winner [of the fight between Michael Bisping and Rashad Evans] will gain an automatic world light-heavweight title shot.”
– Telegraph — the “number one quality newspaper Web site” in Britain — reports that the winner of the UFC 78: “Validation” main event between Michael Bisping and Rashad Evans on November 17 will next challenge UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rampage Jackson for his 205-pound title. UFC 78 will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. For the most recent fight card click here.
UFC 79: BJ Penn 155-pound title fight possibly postponed
The “perfect storm” of a Randy Couture resignation, Sean Sherk steroids appeal and the long-awaited showdown between former champions Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva in December has perhaps bumped the 155-pound UFC 79 title fight that includes BJ Penn to a later date.
In fact, FightNetwork.com is reporting that it could go down in early February during SuperBowl weekend (the date Couture was supposed to defend his crown).
“The Prodigy” was penciled in for the New Year’s Eve weekend event to face either Sherk or Joe Stevenson (if Sherk is suspended) for the lightweight title. Even before that Penn was supposed to challenge “The Muscle Shark” during the main event at UFC 78 next month.
However, the current division champ tested positive for steroids following his successful title defense against Hermes Franca in July at UFC 73. He has appealed the decision and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) will issue a ruling on October 31.
Therefore, with one title already on the line come December 29 (Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes) and a headliner-worthy match up between Liddell and Silva also more than likely on the undercard, it’s possible that the presence of Penn on UFC 79 is unnecessary.
In fact, the eventual fight could be used to sell seats and pay-per-views (PPVs) to a show just a few weeks later.
Nothing is set in stone or official at this time. There just seems to be some musical match-making chairs going on behind the scenes that we want to pass along.
Stay tuned for more details. This picture should be cleared up after this weekend and the hearing on Halloween.
white nationalist Melvin Costa interview
I decided to contact Melvin Costa yesterday in order to get his side of the story in regarding to the recent distribution of pictures on the Internet that show Costa with a swastika on his chest.
After speaking with Costa, I briefly thought about whether I should give him a platform to express views that I think could be hurtful and offensive. However, while I didn't agree with very much of what he said, the one point where he and I are in agreement is when it comes to his assertion that he should be allowed to express his views. I called the man for comment and he gave it to me so what kind of journalist would I be if I censored it just because I don't agree with it?
FYI Costa is not a Neo-Nazi according to his own words.
He also holds a 4-0 record in KOTC
No Word on whether he has signed to a pro elite org.
Hollett and Polley Set for Extreme Cage Combat
fighters made weight Friday for ECC 6 "Hometown Heroes," scheduled for Saturday night at the Halifax Forum, but some had easier times than others.
Halifax's Roger Hollett (Pictures) looked impressive as always, stepping to the scale at 204 pounds even. However, his opponent, American Top Team's Lew Polley, didn't have such an easy time.
Ken Shamrock To Hold Open Tryouts
Ken Shamrock is looking for additional fighters and announced that he would be holding open tryouts on Oct. 25 for any interested mixed martial artists.
Head coach of the Nevada Lions of the International Fight League, Shamrock is looking for eight athletes for that team for the upcoming 2008 season, as well as for new additions to his own fight team, The Lion’s Den.
Tryouts will be held at The Stadium Sport and Fitness Club in Reno, Nevada. They will consist of several drills and sparring in the various MMA disciplines.
For further information, contact Lance Foreman at 530-252-8071 or email at email@example.com.
All of a Sudden, Brandon Vera-Tim Sylvia Is Big
On Saturday night, we will get to find out “The Truth” about Brandon Vera.
Brandon “The Truth” Vera, perhaps the biggest future hope for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s heavyweight division, faces a giant hurdle, both figuratively and literally, in the presence of two-time former champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia before what is expected to be a sellout crowd at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
Dana White: Randy Couture ‘belongs to me’
“He definitely belongs to me…. There’s no way I was going to let anybody come in from another organization and make more money or have better deals than my guys who have been with me for a long time and helped me build this business. To be honest, I think Randy would smash Fedor. He’ll beat him easily … Fedor is over-hyped, overrated. The guy hasn’t fought anybody in the last year and a half, two years.”
UFC President Dana White emphasizes once again that Randy Couture — who recently resigned from his position as heavyweight champion — is going to have a difficult time fighting in another organization against someone like Emelianenko in nine months when his UFC contract expires.