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IFL anounces deal
(mmanews.com)
International fight league, alfred haber distrubition and fox sports net announce telivision deal with AFN, American Forces Network
Submitted Jun 29, 2007 4:15AM by TOMMYAYO05 - 1 comment
 
Dana White talks HBO, PRIDE FC, Liddell-Silva and more
fiveouncesofpain.com
From the HBO deal to recent PRIDE FC rumors to the showdown between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva that may not happen, UFC President Dana White and four fighters answered wide-ranging questions today during the conference call to promote UFC 73: “Stacked.” Sam Caplan over at was on the call — along with other reporters and UFC fighters Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, Sean Sherk and Nathan Marquardt — but we’ll summarize his summary. That’s because there were some interesting topics discussed. Here’s what we found most intriguiing: White “scoffed” at the claim that the HBO deal is dead. In fact, White said that the UFC was, “right about there with the deal.” Old PRIDE FC contracts, according to White, are valid with Pride Worldwide —the new company that owns PRIDE FC. However, a lot of the fighters on the PRIDE FC roster are signing with the UFC because the status of the promotion is uncertain right now and they want to fight. And reports that PRIDE FC running a show anytime soon appear to be untrue, according to White, because there is still so much that needs to be sorted out regarding its future. The blockbuster fight between Liddell and Silva is a little overblown and that it is unlikely to happen at UFC 76 on September 22 if at all so soon. In fact, Liddell could actually return in November. Evans’ uncle wants Ortiz to “pay for all the years the black man was enslaved” after the “Nappy Headed Ho” comments. Sokoudjou may not be allowed to fight in EliteXC (he’s legally tied to PRIDE FC for two more fights) despite reports that he signed with organization. White called the people who reported Ken Shamrock would fight Michael Bisping as, “Internet Knuckleheads.” Who, us? He went on to say that he doesn’t believe Shamrock is still a UFC-caliber fighter and that Shamrock should consider retirement. That’s our recap of the recap. Head over to FiveOuncesOfPain for the entire scoop. Source :
Submitted Jun 29, 2007 4:15AM by buckndro - 3 comments
 
Shamrock wants Gracie after knee injury is healed
(mmaweekly.com)
MMAWeekly.com now has an interview available with Frank Shamrock. In the interview, Shamrock indicates that he will likely need knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL and a partially torn meniscus. He’s waiting for the swelling to subside before a final determination is made about surgery. Shamrock said that he respects Phil Baroni and that he feels everything is settled between the two. Once his knee is healed he indicated that he wants a rematch with Renzo Gracie. To read the whole article just go to:
Submitted Jun 29, 2007 4:06AM by buckndro - 5 comments
 
Jason Gilliam to replace Drew Fickett against Lytle
ufcjunkie.com
Jason Gilliam (9-1, 0-1 in the UFC) will replace the injured Drew Fickett in a bout against Chris Lytle at UFC 73... second story down
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 9:32PM by rcg916 - 2 comments
 
David Heath to fight Babalu at UFC 74
ufcjunkie.com
Looks like Heath will fight Sobral at UFC 74.....
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 9:30PM by rcg916 - 4 comments
 
411Mania Interviews Tito Ortiz
(411mania.com)
411Mania Interviewed Tito Ortiz. He talks a lot about his upcoming fight with Rashad Evans, his preparation for the fight and his future with the UFC. There is a brief discussion about a possible Fighters Union, which Ortiz said he wouldn't mind running.
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 6:54PM by nubby - 6 comments
 
Rumor: Houston Alexander vs. Forrest Griffin?
midwestfighter.com
Hard-hitting UFC light heavyweight Houston Alexander “hinted” that his next opponent would be none other than Forrest Griffin, according to . Alexander “mentioned” that it was a “possible” match up at a recent appearance at an Omaha Fight Club show. Therefore, this should be treated as nothing but a rumor at this time. However, it is an extremely juicy 205-pound showdown, which is the reason we’re passing it along. Griffin is coming off a unanimous decision win over Hector Ramirez at UFC 72: “Victory” earlier this month. It wasn’t a typical Griffin performance — by his own admission — because of a two factors: Injuries and caution. Not only was he recovering from a serious staph infection leading up to the bout in Ireland, but he was also concerned that his chin might be compromised once again. That’s because Keith Jardine knocked out Griffin at UFC 66 in the first round. In his next fight, however, Jardine was crushed in the first round himself by Alexander at UFC 71. Interesting twist to say the least. Alexander is new to the Octagon, but the 35-year-old is not new to mixed martial arts. We didn’t get to see much of him in his debut other than his ridiculous punching power. Something that Griffin would more than likely want to avoid at all costs if the two do indeed meet inside the cage. Alexander did mention that his next bout inside the Octagon will be in August or September … so let’s wait and see if Joe Silva calls the number of the The Ultimate Fighter season one winner to be his opponent. We’ll update this story in the coming days, weeks and months ahead.
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 4:49PM by buckndro - 20 comments
 
Dana White: Potential UFC Deal with HBO Still Alive
ufcjunkie.com
Despite a recent report that stated the UFC’s potential deal with HBO was all but dead, UFC president Dana White says otherwise. In fact, White says deal was close to fruition and that former HBO president Chris Albrecht wasn’t the only executive who was interested in the partnership. White made the comments during a UFC 73 conference call with the media today. Rumors of the UFC-HBO deal first surfaced late last year, and throughout the 2007 calendar year, White spoke often about the progress and benefits of a potential partnership with HBO. The discussions advanced far enough for White to announce in April that a deal was done. In fact, the two sides were so confident an agreement would be reached that April 21's UFC 70 event was expected to air on HBO. It was later moved to Spike TV after the deal stalled over concerns with the shows’ production. It’s been reported that Albrecht was the main supporter of the deal, but after May mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his female companion near a valet-parking station. The recovering alcoholic later said alcohol played a part in the episode. He subsequently left the company, and Variety.com recently reported that deal was probably dead because of it. However, White says he has other supporters with the company and is confident a deal still will be inked. Source This entry is filed under Dana White, UFC on HBO.
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 4:40PM by buckndro - 4 comments
 
New Ken Shamrock interview
(hardcoresportsradio.com)
Gotta go about 5 minutes in...he talks about his rumored fight with Mike Bisping, Dana White's hate towards the IFL, and the idea of a fighters union. Sounds like he's pumped and ready to go! EDIT: link fixed
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 12:30PM by richieb19 - 8 comments
 
New Shogun Interview: Injury NOT Serious
(tatame.com.br)
source: it's in portuguese so here is a translation posted today, so it can't get much more up-to-date than that ---- Shogun close to a deal with UFC Mauricio Shogun is really close to signing the contract with UFC. With his brother, Murilo Ninja, who gave the first american belt to Chute Boxe, Shogun get the chance to fix his future in th US. "I had meetings with a lot of events and talked to White personally. We lost some bucks in the casino (laughs). I believe next week we are going to set this fight for september", told Shogun However his work is already recognized by the japanese audience, the CB fighter knows that he has a hard path to take in the USA and he prefer to not choose the oponnent. "UFC is a new event for me. In the US people don't know me. I can't choose the oponnent and i hope to earn the respect of the american audience, like i did in Japan." said Shogun. About the rumors of a possible injury, Shogun calm down the fans. "I injuried my knee training. I went to the doctor, but it was not a big deal. And he said that i can train normally", he ended. ------------
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 12:18PM by ffforgottenx - 6 comments
 
MMAD LIBS: A Tool For The Uninformed Journalist
(mmaweekly.com)
MMAd Libs: A Tool for the Uninformed Journalist Dear Mainstream Media Writer Tasked with Writing about Mixed Martial Arts for the First Time, Let me save you a little time. Your editor has probably dumped this assignment on you because you once wrote something about the XFL or skateboarding or maybe you’re the person who has to do the write-up for the annual Nathan’s hot dog eating contest and you’ve been pegged as the “spectacle guy.” In any event, you’re stuck writing about a sport about which you know virtually nothing. And let’s face it, research is hard. Professional MMA has almost 15 years of history to learn and the sport can be really complicated if you don’t know what techniques you’re watching. Do you really want to put all that effort into a dinky 700-word trend piece that every major media outlet but yours has already printed?
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 9:14AM by aznteabagger - 7 comments
 
The Hard Road to Redemption: Sherk ready to defend title
(ufc.com)
This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. And nobody knew it better than Sean Sherk, who’d seemingly lost his way three years ago, after a career that had seemingly been derailed.
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 9:10AM by aznteabagger - 5 comments
 
UFCjunkie.com Exclusive: Drew Fickett Out, Chris Lytle Awaiting UFC 73 Replacement
(ufcjunkie.com)
Drew Fickett (29-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has been scratched from next weekend’s UFC 73 event and his opponent, Chris Lytle (22-14-5 MMA, 2-6 UFC), is currently awaiting word on a replacement.
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 9:09AM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
 
BTT Torn, Shogun Injured?
(graciefighter.com)
source: Rumors that Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira has left Brazilian Top Team have been confirmed. Nogueira now heads his own team and does his training at other gyms. A split between Murillo Bustamante and Mario Sperry has resulted in Sperry's ouster. Paulo Filho and others that made the core of the team have also left. BTT now is being controlled primarly by Murillo Bustamante and Bebeo Duarte. Shogun has injured his knee and could be out of his upcoming UFC appearance. We should know more on the severity of the injury in the next few days and whether or not it will have any impact on his fight schedule.
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 8:12AM by ffforgottenx - 15 comments
 
Tito Ortiz: I’ll Put Rashad Evans “in a Wheelchair” at UFC 73
(ufcjunkie.com)
Soon after Tito Ortiz’s less-than-flattering comments about UFC president Dana White and rival Chuck Liddell hit the Web, “The Hunington Beach Bad Boy” let loose on another notable: his UFC 73 opponent, Rashad Evans. this is going to be grate
Submitted Jun 28, 2007 2:24AM by adamsb - 48 comments
 
Carter Williams Tests Positive....
(mmaweekly.com)
Carter Williams tested positive for cocaine in the post fight tests for Strikeforce/Elite XC, check out the story...
Submitted Jun 27, 2007 11:59PM by rcg916 - 8 comments
 
Dana White: Heavyweights, Light Heavyweights Up Next on The Ultimate Fighter
(ufcjunkie.com)
The Ultimate Fighter will likely feature heavyweights and light heavyweights in upcoming seasons of the Spike TV reality series, according to UFC president Dana White.
Submitted Jun 27, 2007 8:45PM by MrLehman - 11 comments
 
Mark Burnett planning EliteXC reality series
(realitytvworld.com)
Mark Burnett has used the reality realm to find heavyweights in numerous areas, from the boxing ring and boardroom to remote islands and the rock 'n' roll stage. Now he's apparently ready to enter the world of mixed martial arts. This is a couple of days old but...
Submitted Jun 27, 2007 6:10PM by ac_gi - 12 comments
 
Chuck Liddell Interview
(baltimoresun.com)
This is a couple of weeks old, I stumbled across it today and hadn't seen it before. I couldn't find it anywhere in the news so I figured I'd throw it up, let me know if it's a repost. It's interesting despite the fact that it's old, and he makes a comment about Fedor coming to the UFC which I thought was interesting. "Chuck Liddell has emerged as arguably the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) most popular and recognizable fighter. Heading into his UFC 71 light heavyweight title fight against Quinton Jackson May 26, Liddell, 37, had held the championship belt for over two years, a period coinciding with UFC's major splash onto the national scene."
Submitted Jun 27, 2007 5:54PM by Aether - 0 comments
 
MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings Updated
(mmaweekly.com)
HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds) #1 Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Fedor Emelianenko 2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 3. Mirko Cro Cop 4. Josh Barnett 5. Randy Couture 6. Gabriel Gonzaga 7. Tim Sylvia 8. Andrei Arlovski 9. Fabricio Werdum 10. Aleksander Emelianenko <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit) #1 Light Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua 2. Quinton Jackson 3. Chuck Liddell 4. Dan Henderson 5. Wanderlei Silva 6. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou 7. Ricardo Arona 8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 9. Tito Ortiz 10. Kazuhiro Nakamura <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit) #1 Middleweight Fighter in the World: Matt Lindland 2. Anderson Silva 3. Paulo Filho 4. Rich Franklin 5. Dan Henderson 6. Denis Kang 7. Nathan Marquardt 8. Robbie Lawler 9. Kazuo Misaki 10. Frank Trigg <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit) #1 Welterweight Fighter in the World: Matt Serra 2. Georges St. Pierre 3. Matt Hughes 4. Josh Koscheck 5. Karo Parisyan 6. Diego Sanchez 7. Jon Fitch 8. Jake Shields 9. Akira Kikuchi 10. Carlos Condit <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160 pounds and lower) #1 Lightweight Fighter in the World: Takanori Gomi 2. Hayato Sakurai 3. Gilbert Melendez 4. Tatsuya Kawajiri 5. Shinya Aoki 6. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro 7. Joachim Hansen 8. Mitsuhiro Ishida 9. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto 10. Sean Sherk
Submitted Jun 27, 2007 10:16AM by aznteabagger - 42 comments
 
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