JZ AIMS AT AOKI AND DREAM TOURNAMENT TITLE
“I don’t care, I’m an MMA fighter,” he said. “I have a nice team with the American Top Team, for me the best in the world right now. We work with everything. I work with the best guys in the world, especially in the ground game.”
The bout between Calvancante and Aoki is part of the first round of a tournament that features many of the top lightweight fighters in the world. But could the winner of this fight or possibly the tournament be the No. 1 lightweight in the world?
“It could be the No. 1,” said Calvancante. “I think for right now, it’s just (Takanori) Gomi, B.J. Penn, and Sean Sherk; those three guys are out of the tournament and at the top of the weight class, but they are in different organizations so for sure the winner from the tournament could be No. 1.”
Right now, Calvancante’s focus is solely on Shinya Aoki and their match-up this weekend.
Spike Releases Details About Ultimate Fighter 7
For the first time in the show’s history, starting with its seventh season, “The Ultimate Fighter” will debut on Spike TV with 32 competitors vying for a shot at a UFC contract. This time each competitor will have to fight to earn his spot on the show.
The first two episodes, airing April 2 and April 9, will include a total of 16 fights, either airing in their entirety or featuring extensive highlights. The 16 fighters who win will advance to The Ultimate Fighter house, while the 16 fighters who lose will go home.
“The new format will give us two incredibly intense episodes to launch the season and will weed out some of the guys who might not have the heart and desire that it takes to become a UFC fighter,” said UFC president Dana White about the new season
With Lessons Learned, Hermes Franca Wants Back in UFC
Franca addressed his 12-month suspension for anabolic steroid use, as well as his desire to return to the octagon, while a guest on a special Wednesday episode of The Lights Out Show on the TAGG Radio Network (www.taggradio.com), a partner site of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"This has never happened to me before, you know, with my team or whatever," Franca said. "It was really bad news."
The CSAC's decision to suspend Franca for a year after he admitted his steroid use -- only to reduce Sean Sherk's suspension to six months based on his high-powered attorney's claim of supplement contamination -- left the commission dealing with considerable controversy. The irony of the situation is not lost on Franca.
"I think we make mistakes when we love somebody or we love something," Franca said. "We make mistakes. So I told what I did, and I really don't care about Sean Sherk. Of course, it makes me feel like, 'Oh man, I should be lying.'"
Since I've been getting PM's
It's in the grey box at the bottom of the page. It says that if Cro Cop beats Mizuno this saturday that he very well could fight Jerome Le Banner at Dream 5 under mma rules(who are we kidding it would be a kickboxing match). This would be a great fight on many levels, we would see where Cro Cop's at mentally, and it's a perfect fight for him. There is talk about Fedor but I have been told not to worry about those rumors. This would be incredible for guys like me and Mastadon.
Cro Cop vs Fedor a possibility
Now it is in Croatian but heres a translation:
Sasahara:"I think this fight won't be easy for Mirko because Mizuno has nothing to lose and he
will give best he can.
"In case Mirko wins we'll try to match up CC vs FEDOR"
Mizuno:"I would like to exchange with him, but i know i'll have to put him down to parter
if I wonna win
Mirko is excelent fighter, but if he relaxes to much i think i have chance."
Keep er clean guys.
Saturday's "ICON: Baroni vs. Hose" Free on ProElite.com
Saturday's "ICON Sport: To Hell and Back" takes place Saturday at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the entire fight card will be available for free on ProElite.com.
The event features a headline bout between Phil Baroni (10-8) and Kala Kolohe Hose (5-1). The winner earns the ICON Sport world middleweight belt, which was stripped from former title-holder Robbie Lawler last month.
The live event -- the first for ICON in nearly a year -- begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Saturday's full fight card includes:
Phil Baroni vs. Kala Kolohe Hose (for vacant ICON word middleweight title)
Augie Padekan vs. Jeremy Williams
Sadhu Bott vs. Bronson Pieper (for ICON state featherweight title)
Russell Doane vs. Tyson Nam
Wayne Perrin vs. Koa Ramos
Ross Ebanez vs. Brennan Kamaka
P.J. Dean vs. Eddie Rincon
Matt Comeau vs. Elias Delos Reyes
Alan Lima vs. David Padilla
Dwayne Haney vs. Zack Rapal
Jay Bolos VS. Nui Wheeler
Colin Mackenzie vs. Ricky Wallace
Wade Ke vs. Ikaika Moreno
SILVA BOXING JONES A STEP CLOSER TO REALITY?
“I just spoke with Roy Jones’ management and they are very interested in it. They think it would break all kinds of pay-per-view records. It all kind of started as a dream of Anderson’s, but if the UFC would back it, it is something that we really would like to pursue.”
Jones’ management indicated that this could be a fight that would bring together the fractured factions of boxing and mixed martial arts. “They think it will actually bring together the boxing and MMA communities,” said Soares...
Bocek on UFC 83: “There’s no way I’m gonna lose in Canada”
On April 19th, the 26-year old Bocek will go for win number two in the UFC when he takes on The Ultimate Fighter
season six winner, Mac Danzig.
“I see it as a really good fight,” said Bocek, “and on paper I think it’s a good style matchup for me. I don’t think he’s fought anyone like me before. This fight’s gonna give me a lot of exposure, and more importantly, get me where I need to be – higher up in the rankings.”
“I’ve been competing since I was 12,” he said. “That’s what I do, that’s all I know. It (fighting in front of a huge hometown crowd) gets your blood flowing but it doesn’t really bother me. I’m used to competing a lot, and there’s no way I’m gonna lose in Canada.”
EliteXC Couldn’t Afford Fedor, Shaw Also has some heated Words for Dana
…at least that’s what was implied in WrestlingonTap’s new quickie interview with EliteXC boss Gary Shaw. When Shaw was asked about Emelianenko’s impending free agency, he said:
We would love to have Fedor with our organization. But Fedor and his people need to be realistic about what they are asking for. He hasn’t had a top fight in awhile. He needs to get back to fighting top competition. In the United States out of sight is out of mind.
we have to agree with the underlying message that Fedor Emelianenko’s name only carries weight with hardcore MMA fans, so maybe his management team should actually develop him into a star before they get all prima-donna-y.
Shaw also had some bitter words for his UFC rival, Dana White:
“First of all Dana should be ashamed of using that type of language. There is no reason for it. Dana thinks that he invented the sport of mma. He is very lucky that he had rich friends in the Fertittas to fund the sport…and even more lucky that SpikeTV bailed him out of a $35 million deficit. It’s no wonder that fighters like Tito Ortiz and others are fed up with him. Dana doesn’t care about the fighters and treating them well…
As far as Dana saying that I was never a fan of mixed martial arts, ask him to produce articles or tape on me saying the things he said I said. It can’t happen. I was watching MMA with my son back when Dana was selling used cars…”
Oooooh! That’s the best “I was doing x when you were still doing y” line since Hillary Clinton hit Barack Obama with “I was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Rezko, in his slum-landlord business in inner-city Chicago.” Who could forget that zinger!
Thiago Alves Brings in a Ringer
Knowing that Parisyan will likely include his bone-jarring judo background to keep him on track for a title shot, Thiago Alves has enlisted special help to prepare for their fight in the form of four-time national judo champion and former Olympian Rhadi Ferguson, who now resides in Coconut Creek, Florida, and assists American Top Team athletes. Recently Ferguson podcasted regarding the work he's been doing with Alves and had the following comments:
"From studying Karo Parisyan, he has a system that he does which is absolutely phenomenal. I had to break that thing down like a fraction. It's been almost a month and a half now that I've been training with Thiago and we've gone through the ins and the outs of the series... [Thiago's] movement patterns are getting better and he's beginning to "float" real good now, moving like a judo player."
Rashad's in my way - Liddell
Now it is the undefeated Evans who stands between The Iceman and a potential rematch with Rampage, and Liddell warned his opponent that he is on dangerous ground.
“I’m one punch away from knocking somebody out at all times,” he told Setanta Sports News. “I’m planning on giving him his first loss, and I’m looking forward to it.
“He likes to stand and strike, and he tries to be fast on his feet and he has fast hands, and he has a good shot.
“He has good takedowns but I have good takedown defence so it should be a good fight. He’s gonna try to win the fight with speed but I’m going to win it with power.
“We haven’t put together a game plan yet, but my game plan hasn’t changed for years. It isn’t too hard to figure out what I’m going to do, I’m going to stand there and strike.
“I’ll try to stop him taking me down and then when we’re stood up I’ll knock him down. I’m looking for a first-round knock-out.
“It’d make things easier for me if Rampage beats Forrest Griffin; I can get my title shot and revenge on Rampage at the same time.
“The only reason I’m fighting Rashad is because Rampage already had his fight scheduled. I wanna knock Rashad out my way and get my shot at Rampage.
“I had a bad year but I’m on my comeback, I’m feeling good, I want my title so I can finish my career at the top.
“Rashad better be ready because he’s in my way and I’m coming after him.”
The top 10 sports marketers in 2007 (and the amount of spending)
However, while Anheuser-Busch is now the world's largest sports marketer, that wasn't the case in 2006. Chevrolet actually edged out Anheuser-Busch in total spending -- $271 million to $252.5 million -- that year. However, Chevrolet dropped its spending in 2007 by 36.1 percent to just $172.3 million. Anheuser-Busch dropped its spending by just 13.6 percent to $218.2 million to reclaim the top spot.
Anheuser-Busch has actually been the largest sports marketer every year -- except 2006 -- since Nielsen Monitor-Plus began tracking the data in 1994. Chevrolet took the top spot in 2006 because of drastically increased spending on the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.
The top 10 sports marketers in 2007 (and the amount of spending) include:
Anheuser-Busch, $218.2 million
Chevrolet, $173.2 million
AT&T Mobile, $172 million
Ford, $139.5 million
Verizon, $139.2 million
Spring-Nextel, $137.5 million
Toyota, $134.8 million
Nissan, $99.8 million
Coors, $89.5 million
DirecTV, $85.4 million
Matt Linland To Enter Oregon Politcal Race
Matt Lindlnd's resume is impressive: a 20-5 career MMA record, former UFC middleweight contender, International Fight League coach, Olympic silver medalist, two-time Pan-American champion.
However, the 37-year-old Northwest-based fighter could add an all-together-different gig to his list of accomplishments: Oregon state represenative.
Lindland has entered the Oregon political race, filing on Tuesday's deadline day, for a State House of Representatives seat, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Interview: Fedor on UFC, Dana White, Sambo, BJ Penn, Barnett, Rickson & More
In the interview with MMAYOU.com Fedor discusses UFC, Dana White, combat sambo, BJ Penn, Josh Barnett, Rickson Gracie and number of other topics.
JON FITCH WANTS TITLE SHOT
Jon Fitch has put together a win streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship that only one other fighter has ever achieved. Fitch and Royce Gracie are the only two fighters in UFC history to win eight fights in a row and now Fitch wants a title shot.
5oz of Pain Josh Kosheck interview.
Following his recent win over Dustin Hazelett at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio, welterweight contender Josh Koscheck officially became a free agent. FiveOuncesOfPain.com (www.FiveOuncesOfPain.com) was recently granted an opportunity to speak with Koscheck but when asked about his current contract status he made it clear that he has every intention of working out a new contract with the UFC.
During the course of the interview, Koscheck also renewed his campaign for a match against former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes while also taking the opportunity to respond to recent comments made about him by Diego Sanchez.
Mark Hunt to Return to MMA
Mark Hunt has had an interview with Rogue Magazine. In it he explains why he is taking the K-1 fight with Schilt and where his future is.
Seems the K-1 fight is a once of return to K-1, after that there will be MMA fights. Since K-1 and DREAM are closely related, DREAM will be his likely home. When asked about his first MMA fight, his answer was May 8. There is no DREAM event on that date... But there is one May 11. We have to wait and see what happens. Either way, Mark Hunt is on his way back to MMA!
- CAMP REPORT: TEAM SITYDOTONG
I'd bet my modest bankroll that this is where they have the Boston TUF tryouts that are supposed to take place. It is right in Somerville on the edge of Beantown and this camp has been getting tons of press.
Who's No. 2 at 205?
All too often, being No. 2 in the world just doesn't cut it. Go ahead and ask John Kerry or the New England Patriots, two recent examples that second place is really just the first loser.
In MMA, however, where the No. 1 light heavyweight spot has been defiantly claimed by a howling, chained figure called Rampage, second best will have to do.
MMA debates can rage on for decades -- just ask an old timer: Gracie or Sakuraba? -- and so it only makes sense that with a clear No. 1, the discussion of No. 2 begins. For the fighters, this isn't a discussion of second best (they all think they're the best) as much as it is a discussion of who's in line for the next title shot. With Quinton Jackson the undeniable top 205 pounder in the world, let's take a look at the potential candidates, in no particular order, for No. 2.