ProElite May Sign Deal With FSN
ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC, is reportedly close to signing a deal with cable network Fox Sports Net (FSN). It's not known if any content on FSN as a result of a deal would be live, taped, or both.
UFC Veterans Headline XP3 Saturday
XP3 Promotions, will hold their inaugural event this Saturday night, entitled “The Xtreme Pro Challenge”, at the Hofheinz Pavilion on the campus of the University of Houston. The show will feature a total of ten fights and will be headlined by a trio of UFC veterans.
The night’s main event will feature longtime veteran and “Ultimate Fighter 4” cast member Shonie Carter as he takes on infamous fighter Shannon Ritch in a middleweight bout. Carter is currently riding a two-fight winning streak while Ritch last earned a submission of Jasper Lockett in March.
Also taking place on the card will be former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez going up against Jonathan Ivey and multiple-time UFC and PRIDE veteran Mark Kerr facing Ralph Kelly.
Baroni-Alfonso Inked for Fall PFC
Fresh off his successful welterweight debut earlier this month, Phil Baroni will attempt to stay undefeated in his new weight class when he faces former World Extreme Cagefighting mainstay Olaf Alfonso at the Palace Fighting Championship’s scheduled “Explosive” event on September 26th.
MMA on Tap confirmed the main event matchup with PFC promoter Christian Printup over the weekend. The card will also feature a number of notable fighters in action including WEC veterans Antonio Banuelos and Charlie Valencia as well as a PFC welterweight title fight between Bryan Travers and Morris Aldaco.
September EliteXC Event To Air On Showtime + Several Fights/Fighters Rumoured
After this weekend's "EliteXC: Unfinished Business" event at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif., ProElite Inc. officials will begin preparations for its next major event, which will take place in September.
ProElite, Inc. Executive Chairman Doug DeLuca today revealed the September event during a media conference call and said a formal announcement will be made this weekend.
No location or venue has been finalized for the event, which will air on Showtime, possibly on Sept. 20.
"You're going to see another CBS show down the road," said DeLuca, clarifying that the September show wouldn't be part of the "Saturday Night Fights" series on CBS.
UFC Quick Quote: St. Pierre ‘needs to prove himself’ before fight against Anderson Silva
“That sounds great … I think GSP is an incredible fighter. But I think GSP needs to prove himself. He still hasn’t had a successful title defense [at 170 pounds]. I don’t really feel that he deserves (a fight against Anderson Silva fight) yet. Go defend your title a few times and then we’ll talk.”
– Ed Soares, the manager and translator for UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, tells Pro MMA Radio that UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre still has a little work to do before locking horns with the Brazilian anytime soon. “Rush” has often talked about taking on new challenges in the middleweight division as long as he clears out his 170-pound class first and no friend of his (Patrick Cote included) is a current champion.
Tom Atencio: Affliction ‘Banned’ PPV buys to top 100,000
Vice President Tom Atencio doesn’t have any final numbers, however he reveals the the pay-per-view (PPV) buys for “Banned” on July 19 will “definitely” surpass 100,000. That’s a figure that may appear to be small at first blush, but it’s important to note that no other mixed martial arts promotion besides the UFC has ever exceeded that number.
Japanese Press Going After 'Kid' Yamamoto
The same Japanese magazine that harrassed PRIDE out of business has now launched a campaign of accusations against top Japanese star Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto.
In the newest edition of Shukan Gendai (a big japanese magazine), the publication has a six-page article with allegations that Yamamoto is involved in “marijuana parties” with a famous actor. The article claims that an undercover policewoman, followed by 10 officers, got a search warrant and checked out a fashion building in Harajuku.
The magazine claims that the room had a sweet herbal smell and that neighbors had supposedly complained about cars in the driveway playing reggae music, and that tattooed guys were regularly hanging out at the place until the early hours of the morning. The article further claims that neighbors had complained to the police about Yamamoto hanging around the area.
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Larry Holmes Voices Concerns About MMA
The former world Heavyweight boxing champion Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes has given his views on MMA. He is not a fan.
Holmes told Florida Today:
"Mixed Martial Arts I don't really like because you can get hurt really bad there because you got kicking and everything else, they throw you down. I wouldn't do it. The popularity is there, they get a lot of people but the fighters don't get a lot of money. And they're fighting much harder."
Holmes ruled the Heavyweight division in the 1980s. The 1970s had been a golden era, with huge names such as George Foreman, Joe Frazier and “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali. Following these legends meant that Holmes did not get the credit he deserved for being one of the most dominant champions in history.
Cage Rage Launch Reality TV Show
The UK is going to get a home grown MMA reality TV show.
Last week there were strong rumours that The Ultimate Fighter may relocate to Britain. Now, the UK promotion Cage Rage have announced that they will be producing their own show: Fighting Hurts.
The series will be screened on Nuts TV. They have put out the following call for contestants:
“If you think you've got what it takes to be a Cage Rage Contender then get your application in for Fighting Hurts. We're looking for the country's toughest men with the brawn, athleticism and fighting potential to succeed in the world of Cage Fighting. Many will try but only one man will be crowned Fighting Hurts Champion 2008!
Successful applicants will go through to the audition stages in London and 16 lucky (brave) finalists will be chosen for the final stages where they'll go through a punishing training regime.
CBS Title Bout Saturday, Bar Exam Monday
Nick Thompson (Pictures) has eaten "chicken, brown rice and spinach to the point of nausea." He doesn’t see his friends, rarely spends time with his family and never goes out on weekends. Vacations? The man didn’t even go on his honeymoon.
This ascetic lifestyle represents only a fraction of the sacrifices professional fighters like Thompson make to compete in the dog-eat-dog world of mixed martial arts.
Training alongside former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (Pictures) at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, Thompson pushes his conditioning to the limit day after day with the same type of insane “caveman workouts” that garnered Sherk attention at the Athletic Performance Institute. If you recall the pre-event broadcast for UFC 73 last July, those same drills had Sherk growling and gnashing his teeth like a feral beast.
Sherk caught a lot of flak for his steroid debacle, but his grit cannot be questioned. As Sherk’s training partner, Thompson feels a lot of the “Muscle Shark’s” blue-collar mentality has rubbed off on him, which, in turn, has been critical in transforming him into a consummate professional in everything from training to dieting.
Want proof that MMA fighters are intelligent?
TUF 1 Finalist Kenny Florian once indicated that he believed introspective and intelligent people were drawn to the sport of MMA because of, “the strategy of it, the mental game. Analyzing your opponent, analyzing yourself– your own strengths and weaknesses– and coming up with a game plan and executing it. There’s a tremendous amount of skill and strategy that goes on.”
Enter Nick Thompson.
Eleven UFC Fight Night 14 Fighters Drug Tested
MMAFrenzy.com (www.mmafrenzy.com) has confirmed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission that eleven UFC Fight Night 14 fighters were tested for performance enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse.
The eleven-bout Spike TV event took place on Saturday, July 19th, at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The tested fighters were Anderson Silva, James Irvin, Tim Credeur, Cale Yarbrough, Hermes Franca, Frank Edgar, Cain Velasquez, Brandon Vera, CB Dollaway, Nate Loughran, and Shannon Gugerty.
Measuring the Success of Affliction
As a company, Affliction is already a successful clothing line. From sales to brand power, it’s getting the job done.
Extending that brand to become a premier MMA organization is a whole other matter.
For Affliction to make the splash they wanted to they dished out big salaries to the widey-regarded top heavyweight in the world, along with other big name and former UFC champions. A risky proposition for a newly formed organization. Creating a bigger speedbump was the big kid on the block, the UFC, quickly putting together an event to air, for free on cable, on the same night.
Glancing at the numbers, and given the fan and media reception, it’s likely we’ll see a second event from Affliction.