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Heath Herring Ready For His Next Rodeo
Win or lose, Heath Herring will never stray from a 13-year credo: entertainment first, results second. The “Texas Crazy Horse” has never had it easy, in Pride or the UFC. He’s faced enough top-ranked fighters for three men’s careers. The difference between the two organizations, he says, is entertainment was job security in Japan. “It was a whole different thing,” said Herring. “The fighters were pushed more to go out there and put on a good show. The UFC’s definitely, if you don’t win – especially with the contracts they have – they’ll cut you with a loss. So I have had to change my mentality a little bit.” Given the mismatches that continue to dot the Japanese scene, not much has changed.
Submitted May 9, 2009 6:01AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Sherk works on reputation restoration
From his shredded abdomen to his massive trapezius to his cauliflower ears, Sean Sherk looks every bit the wrestler. He’s built like a guy who could pick you up and drive you repeatedly into the mat for the sheer joy of it. It’s pretty much what he did to Kenny Florian when he won the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title at UFC 64 in Las Vegas on Oct. 14, 2006. That raw power is what has helped him to become one of the world’s elite mixed martial artists.
Submitted May 9, 2009 2:43AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Affliction's Tom Atencio: Emelianenko vs. Barnett is "the fight I want"
Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is still tight-lipped about details of the organization's upcoming third show. But when it comes to the night's main event, he definitely has his heart set on one particular matchup: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett. "It hasn't been finalized," Atencio said on today's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "It's the fight fight I want, though. We're working on it. "But it's not done."
Submitted May 9, 2009 2:23AM by MMAcca - 13 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Strange brew: Interview with Dan Miller
If Miller Light was everything you wanted in a beer (and less) then Dan Miller might be everything you want in an MMA fighter (with less hype). Dan’s a down-to-earth guy, and just like his lightweight brother Jim, Dan is willing to take a fight on a moment’s notice. When Dan Miller was trying to get his UFC shot, he told matchmaker Joe Silva he would be ready to go at any time — it didn’t matter if he got a week or two days notice — he would fight for him. He’s apparently a man of his word, living up to the reputation ever since — whenever Joe Silva gives him the call, he’ll say yes. Just like Miller Light, Dan Miller is a good call.
Submitted May 9, 2009 2:17AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Wanderlei On Anderson: I Want To Fight Him
Wanderlei Silva has another big challenge on his plate when he fights Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany next month. But lately, he’s had his eye on a new, or old, challenge. There could be another Silva on his horizon; that of former training partner Anderson. The two sweated and bled together at Chute Boxe in their formative years, near the apex of Wanderlei’s time in Pride. Office politics put them on different paths, with Anderson leaving the academy in 2005 over issues on the control of his career. But they stayed friendly, at least until recently.
Submitted May 9, 2009 2:06AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC fighter Rousimar Palhares suffered a fractured tibia in training while wrestling. He underwent surgery on Thursday night at Hospital Miguel Couto in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to a report by Martins Denis on intheguard.tv.
Submitted May 8, 2009 10:30PM by mentalcase - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Preview of Dana White on ESPN E60
Catch a sneak peek at Dana's interview on ESPN which airs this Tuesday, May 12th at 7pm EST on ESPN.
Submitted May 8, 2009 7:08PM by BrutalKnockOut - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Kerry Vera Debuts At Bellator On 5/15
There have been some notable fighting couples in MMA-the Coutures, the Cyborgs (Santos), and now there are the Veras. Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC star Brandon Vera, will make her MMA debut for Bellator on 5/15 in a 135-pound fight against 4-0 Leslie Smith. Of course Brandon Vera will be cornering his wife on fight night.
Submitted May 8, 2009 1:06PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Lift The Ban Watch: South Carolina Votes Today
Currently MMA is legal in 37 states, but as soon as today that number could grow to 38. South Carolina could be next in line, and a vote on legalizing MMA in the state is set for a vote in the state legislature today. The state currently bans MMA in the state with the exception of the US Marines Training Facility at Parris Island.
Submitted May 8, 2009 12:10PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
A Blood Called Shooto
Nearly 25 years ago, Japanese professional wrestler Satoru Sayama -- better known as the original Tiger Mask -- had an idea about fighting, the seed of Shooto. The first-ever amateur Shooto event was held in 1986, while 1989 marked the first-ever occasion of “professional Shooting.” All mixed martial arts observers know of Greek Pankration -- and the more modern tradition of Brazilian vale tudo -- but Shooto has the longest lineage of any single combat sports entity in contemporary MMA. Fittingly, that lineage will be celebrated this Sunday in Tokyo, when leading Shooto promoter Sustain stages its 20th anniversary event. “Shooto” is an intriguing concept, its definition varying depending on who you ask. Although Sayama left the world of Shooto in 1986, his original vision is adhered to by authorities who view Shooto not as an organization but as an international sport unto itself, with its own system and rules, taking place from Japan to Australia to Brazil to Belgium and beyond. For some MMA fans, following Shooto is proof of fanaticism about the sport and, for others, an unfathomable hobby for MMA elitists. One thing that is readily clear, however, is that those who are passionate about Shooto have an intensity about it that is completely incongruous with how most people celebrate other MMA entities. Even in the heyday of UFC-versus-Pride debacles, debates raged over extrinsic qualities of aesthetic production values, roster quality and fighter purses.
Submitted May 8, 2009 11:33AM by ncordless - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
THQ Finalizes Undisputed Roster
THQ has released the final roster of playable characters in UFC Undisputed 2009, and it'll top out at 85 characters. In addition to confirming that EVERYONE will be able to eventually get Efrain Escudero and Ryan Bader and not just those who buy the game at GameStop, the final 3 characters were revealed as the late TapouT founder Charles "MasK" Lewis and his TapouT partners "Punkass" and "Skyscrape".
Submitted May 8, 2009 6:42AM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Hackleman, White War over Liddell’s Future
Chuck Liddell’s recently updated Wikipedia biography refers to him as a “former” mixed martial artist. Not so fast Wiki. To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Liddell’s retirement following his first-round technical knockout loss against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97 last month have been greatly exaggerated. That’s according to the man who arguably knows “The Iceman” better than anyone, his longtime trainer John Hackleman. Hackleman said the 39-year-old superstar is mulling his career options, hasn’t made any decision and is in no hurry to do so.
Submitted May 8, 2009 4:27AM by mentalcase - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Regarding TUF 9, How Real is Reality TV?
Check out an interesting write up on this season of the Ultimate Fighter, and the potential bias the camera's are showing us.
Submitted May 8, 2009 4:26AM by BrutalKnockOut - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, Miscellaneous
Matt Serra's UFC 98 Video Blog - Episode 2
If you saw the first episode of Serra's video blog, you know how entertaining it is. In this episode Matt gets a haircut, takes a drug test for the UFC, among other things. Check it out!
Submitted May 8, 2009 12:43AM by BrutalKnockOut - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Fight Camp / Team
Randleman-Whitehead to clash at Strikeforce
Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman will make his promotional debut against Mike Whitehead at Strikeforce “Lawler vs. Shields” on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Submitted May 8, 2009 12:00AM by Mchubb316 - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
UFC Undisputed Projected Sales: 2 Million
Bloomberg News has a nice piece up that gives some good insight to the numbers game behind the UFC 2009 Undisputed video game that will be hitting stores soon. The article also gives the first intimations of how the title may do at the cash register: UFC’s male fan base is a main reason Todd Mitchell, a technology analyst with Kaufman Bros. in New York, projects the game will sell more than 2 million copies in nine months. The UFC license runs through 2011 and may be extended, said Julie MacMedan, a THQ spokeswoman. The company is probably paying UFC about 17 percent of sales or a guaranteed minimum, said Mitchell, who recommends the stock and doesn’t own it. “UFC 2009 Undisputed” returns THQ to its expertise making fighting games. WWE titles have brought in $1.5 billion in sales over the past decade. The company spent more than $20 million developing the UFC game and will expense “not quite” as much on marketing, Farrell said. A little quick math pegs the 2 million in sales by the 59.99 list price yields a gross sales figure of $120 million. If we figure the UFC is being paid the license fee off of gross, that would yield the UFC just over $20 million on the deal; if off of wholesale which generally runs 45 to 50% would mean somewhere in the $10 million range. Another interesting figure is the sunk cost they have in both marketing and production. Between the two they are looking at probably a $35 million outlay. This is a good chunk of money, but is the first step in establishing a a franchise title, which THQ hopes the Undisputed title will be. Subsequent years will have a lowered production cost with the engine merely being tweaked, instead of made from scratch. Marketing cost as well will dip due to the brand awareness established during the initial launch.
Submitted May 7, 2009 11:22AM by grappler0000 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
Shane Carwin Wants Whoever Holds The Belt After UFC 100
Although he would be happy with having to perhaps go through Cheick Kongo first, Shane Carwin recently noted that his end goal is still either Brock Lesnar or Frank Mir-namely the one who leaves UFC 100 with the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship. But Carwin remains willing to do whatever is necessary to get there.
Submitted May 7, 2009 11:14AM by DCRage - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
CONFIRMED: SPIKE want “Rampage” vs. Evans/Machida for TUF 10
MMABay can reveal that the roles of season ten “Ultimate Fighter” are set to be offered to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and the winner of the UFC 98 light heavyweight title fight between Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.
Submitted May 7, 2009 8:14AM by mentalcase - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Hall Of Fame To Add Two During UFC 100 Weekend
While who the newest members will be isn't known, it was revealed yesterday that 2 more fighters will be added to the UFC Hall Of Fame during UFC 100 weekend at the UFC Fan Expo. They will become the 6th & 7th members of the UFC Hall Of Fame.
Submitted May 7, 2009 6:45AM by DCRage - 32 comments
Filed under: UFC
Strikeforce: Baszler booked for June 19, to face winner of Kaufman vs. Tate
Strikeforce's commitment to women's MMA continues, as Shayna Baszler (9-5) was today announced as a participant in the organization's June 19 "Strikeforce Challengers" event in Kent, Wash. Baszler was originally planning on facing Sarah Kaufman (8-0) on the card, but will now wait for the outcome of the undefeated Canadian's May 15 bout with Miesha Tate (6-1). Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced the plans during today's media call for the organization's May 15 "Strikeforce Challengers" series.
Submitted May 7, 2009 1:18AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
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