IFL Featured In ESPN The Magazine
The IFL and the Miletich Fighting Systems Camp are feautred prominently in the newest edition of ESPN The Magazine, on newsstands today. This comes just a week after the promotion was chronicled on the new ESPN show E:60.
The Beast Latest To Talk Smack About UFC
The latest former UFC fighter to talk negatively about the organization and Dana White is former UFC Champion Dan "The Beast" Severn. He also gave his thoughts on today's UFC compared to the "old" UFC he first competed in.
Nogueira-Sylvia Not Official...Yet
There are rumors that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Tim Sylvia for the interim UFC Heavyweight Title is set for UFC 81. It's not.
Sylvia still seems to want Cheick Kongo next despite rumors he'll get Nogueira, and Nog's thinking the same. But it's not a done deal.
Sean Sherk Given New Date For CSAC Appeal Hearing
The official date for Sean Sherk's appeal to the California State Athletic Commission regarding his failed steroid test in his title defense over Hermes Franca back at UFC 73 in July has been determined.
After many postponements, the official date of the hearing will be December 4th.
In the mean time, as reported and confirmed by the UFC, while Sherk will remain recognized as the official Lightweight champion of the company, B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson will fight for an interim Lightweight championship at UFC 80 "Rapid Fire" on January 19th.
Sean Sherk Speaks Out About CSAC, His Trial, And Steriods
Sean Sherk has been unable to compete in the UFC since testing positive for steroids following a win against Hermes Franca on July 7. He has maintained his innocence and has been scheduled to receive a hearing on an appeal twice; both were rescheduled. Damon Martin of MMAWeekly recently sat down with Sherk to discuss his frustrations.
UFC Hall Of Famer And MMA Legend Dan Severn Blasts Dana White And The UFC
Dan Severn is a UFC Hall of Famer and MMA legend. Fighting since the mid-nineties, he has amassed an outstanding record of 79-14-7. He is one of the pioneers of the sport and the first true wrestler to win a UFC event. Severn recently sat down with Percy Crawford of fighthype.com to get us caught up on his life the past several years, give us his thoughts on the UFC and Dana White, and much more.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Vs. Tim Sylvia At UFC 81, Confirmed?
According to the Canvas Chronical, Tim Sylvia will fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the heavyweight title at UFC 81 (The Super Bowl Card). They claim that rumors that have been swirling for weeks regarding this match up have been confirmed.
The the bout is likely to happen according to sources, It may not be for the heavyweight title. It looks as though the UFC is holding out some hope that Randy Couture could change his mind and return as the UFC heavyweight champion, though that appears to be a long shot.
Shooto: Back to our Roots 6 StrictlyMMA Preview
Another "Back to our Roots" show from Shooto, and another stacked card. Let's cut through the BS and get onto the fights (and a possibly ill-timed tirade against Yasuhiro Urushitani's mistreatment by Shooto)....
Takashi Nakakura vs. Yusuke Endo
The current Shooto Pac-Rim champion Nakakura takes on possibly his biggest challenge yet in the best 155lber Shooto has to offer in Yusuke Endo, who seems destined to take Nakakura's Pac-Rim championship before claiming the vacant Shooto world championship....
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Joachim, UFC, and Shooto
Joachim Hansen talks about his Pride/Zuffa contract, what he's been up to, and his up coming fight in Shooto.
Dana and company talk about honoring contracts and look at this. Joachim is a very exciting fighter too.
Canadian Promoter Working For Legalization
MMAWeekly caught up with Jack Bateman to speak about the MMA event that took place at the Six Nations Native Reservation in Canada this past weekend. Bateman was one of the individuals who helped run the event, while the financing came from a multi-millionaire business mogul from. Bateman is a student of Warrior Martial Arts in Newmarket, Ontario and works as an electrician during the day although he hopes to one day to become a full-time MMA promoter.
Rashad Evans' Road to 78 - Week Two
Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be nice. I was trying to be a nice guy here on this blog, and then Bisping went and made all these comments about me last week and now I’m training five times a day because he pissed me off. How is he gonna say that I’m making a mistake in saying what I did last week? I think I’ve got him sized up right and I wasn’t wrong about one thing I said about this guy. He surprised me when he fired back the way he did, but that’s exactly what I want to hear and I want him to believe what he’s saying. I want him to believe that he can go in there and knock me out. We’ll see on the 17th.
Sizing up the Middleweights -- Part II
Champions, elite challengers and blue chip prospects fill arenas with fans. But it is the rank and file fighters, the guys who bring their lunch pail into the Octagon, that truly give a division depth. Here’s a look at the rest of the UFC middleweight division.
Nate Marquardt Likely to Return at UFC 81
UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt (25-7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who currently has one fighting remaining on his UFC contract, is working on a new deal that would open the door for his return at UFC 81 in February.
...they just said he could be leaving
Possible Departures of Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami Thinning UFC’s Middleweight Division?
Despite his 25-7-2 record (including a 4-1 mark in the UFC), a top-10 worldwide middleweight ranking, and solid name recognition within the UFC, Nate Marquardt is still waiting for a call about his next fight.
Steve Sievert, our friend over at the Houston Chronicle, recently spoke to Marquardt’s agent. Marquardt has one fight remaining on his current deal, and according to the agent, the UFC hasn’t contacted his client about his next fight or to discuss a possible contract extension.
Because the UFC prefers to re-sign fighters before the final fights on their contracts, this doesn’t appear to be bode well for the seven-time King of Pancrase.
First MMA Sanctioning Body To Launch Next Week
The World Alliance Of Mixed Martial Arts, or WAMMA, MMA's first-ever sacntioning body, will launch next Wednesday in New York City. Several big names from MMA, boxing, and other fields will be in attendance, with Pat Miletich and Don Frye representing MMA.
This sounds like a great step forward for MMA in many aspects. Best of all, they've even got the catchy abbreviation already down!
Exclusive: Sean Sherk Talks CSAC & Interim Title
Since his fight on July 7 against Hermes Franca, Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Sean Sherk has been sitting in limbo following a positive test result for performance enhancing drugs.
He has twice been scheduled to have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission to resolve the accusations and twice the commission has issued a continuance to a future date.
“It makes me real angry,” said Sherk about the appeal process with the CSAC. “They had a lot of time to prepare for my case and they weren’t prepared and now I’m the one suffering for it. I’m the only one suffering in this whole situation. I mean, I’m sitting here and I feel kind of helpless.
A Case Of The Missing 'Bean
Xcess Fighting's debut card is set for tonight after yesterday's weigh-ins, although there was one big (literally) missing piece of the puzzle at the weigh-ins: Butterbean. The Super Heavyweight fighter, whose real name is Eric Esch, was to be in the main event but mysteriously no-showed.
Why Brock is fighting Frank Mir
Alot of people are wondering why Brock's first opponent is Frank Mir. Heres an interview with Brock where he specifically asked for an opponent with credentials.
""I'm looking to fight somebody with credentials. I'm not just talking Silver Medals in Judo. I want a belt. I've fought a lot of tomato cans. I've already had it. You know? I want a fillet Mignon. Let's do it, and do it right. I want to fight somebody, somebody that's got credentials because I've got them too. There isn't a wrestler, there isn't a heavyweight out there my size that has done the things I've done."
Brad Imes To Fight This Weekend
Former UFC Heavyweight and TUF 2 runner-up Brad Imes, now fighting in smaller MMA promotions and making a name for himself for winning via gogoplatas, is to fight for the Palace Fighting Championships promotion this weekend.
Imes has a tough main event ahead of him, but it'll be fun to see if he wins by gogoplata again. Also, it seems like this press release got Imes' record wrong (he's listed as 0-3).