Daniel Puder Q & A
Making the transition from professional wrestler to mixed martial artist is a very challenging task. With his near submission in a shoot match over Kurt Angle at a World Wrestling Entertainment show, Daniel Puder immediately made a big name for himself. Since leaving WWE for MMA, Puder has looked very impressive in amassing a perfect 5-0 record.
I wanted to add a couple of clarifying points to my CompuStrike discussion in yesterday's entry. First, Bob Canobbio, President of CompuBox Inc., sent me the following clarification by email regarding CompuStrike's true purpose in MMA:
Old-School Event Sparks Backlash In Brazil
Rio Heroes, an MMA show in Brazil produced for a Brazilian website, is to hold its next event tonight and air it online for free. What makes it controversial is it's an "old-school" style event similar to UFC in its early days-no gloves, no time limit, and pretty much no rules.
It sounds interesting because they are trying to make it like UFC originally was when it was bare-knuckle no-holds-barred fighting, but that's what's making it controversial in Brazil. But what really strikes me as well is the promoter says he's not promoting MMA, his events are street fights yet he claims he's trying to return MMA to its origins.
“HELL BOY” HANSEN’S PURGATORY?
Most mixed martial arts fighters dream of scoring a contract to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, sometimes top ten lightweight Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen (15-5-1) wants nothing more than to get out of his.
Thiago Alves -VS- Ryo Chonan at UFC 78
MMAweekly are rumoring this fight, it was already reported that Chonan has signed with the UFC and would most likely make his debut at this event, but with this rumored fight it must mean that he is cutting to 170
Andrei Arlovski a Guest Bouncer on Tomorrow’s “Jerry Springer Show”
UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovski hasn’t fought since April — and he hasn’t been booked to fight anytime in the near future — but the former champ and Chicago-based fighter has gotten a gig in the interim: security detail for the “Jerry Springer Show.“
Arlovski was invited on the show as a guest bouncer for a show taping, and the 60-minute episode will air tomorrow.
UFC 76 Salaries: Chuck Liddell Earns $500,000; Jardine Gets $14,000
UFC 76 took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday, Sept. 22, and featured Keith Jardine’s upset split-decision victory over Chuck Liddell. Jardine earned $14,000 for the victory, and Liddell earned $500,000 in defeat.
Other top paydays included Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who earned $150,000 — $106,000 more than Forrest Griffin, who submitted him in the third round. Additionally, Lyoto Machida earned $50,000 for a victory over Kazuhiro Nakamura ($20,000).
The full amounts included:
Keith Jardine ($14,000) def. Chuck Liddell ($500,000)
Forrest Griffin ($44,000) def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua ($150,000)
Jon Fitch ($44,000) def. Diego Sanchez ($22,000)
Lyoto Machida ($50,000) def. Kazuhiro Nakamura ($20,000)
Tyson Griffin ($24,000) def. Thiago Tavares ($9,000)
Rich Clementi ($24,000) def. Anthony Johnson ($5,000)
Jeremy Stephens ($6,000) def. Diego Saraiva ($3,000)
Christian Wellisch ($14,000) def. Scott Junk ($4,000)
Matt Wiman ($16,000) def. Michihiro Omigawa ($5,000
The Price of (In)Experience
At a news conference two days before his UFC 76 fight against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Forrest Griffin (Pictures) explained how he had inserted himself into a showdown with the man considered the best light heavyweight in the world:
"We're thinking about you and [Ryoto] Machida on Sept. 22," UFC matchmaker Joe Silva had said to him.
Griffin VS Silva?
Coming off of the biggest win in his career – a victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 76 in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday night – Forrest Griffin is already being asked about his next opponent and when he can be expected to appear in the Octagon again.
IFL Goes Live in November
The International Fight League and its broadcast network-television broadcast partner MyNetworkTV announced Tuesday that one hour of the Nov. 3 World Grand Prix semifinals will be aired live at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT/MT), marking the first time mixed martial arts will be shown live in prime time on broadcast television.