Fitch Enjoying The Ride
By his own account, Jon Fitch was “a mediocre college wrestler.” This, despite being a four year letter winner at Purdue, the 2002 team captain and winner of the Most Dedicated Big Ten Conference Scholar-Athlete Award. For the Fort Wayne native though, this just wasn’t enough, and looking back now he chalks it up not to his talent, but to his attitude.
Couture called it, and now he readies for Gonzaga
UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture called it. Well, sort of.
“I don’t think anybody expected that” says Couture speaking of Gabriel Gonzaga’s stunning knockout of Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic April 21st at UFC 70.
Report: Steve Bruno Scratched from UFC Fight Night 10
American Top Team’s Steve Bruno (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will have to wait for his Octagon debut. The UFC newcomer was slated to face Chad Reiner (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) next week at UFC Fight Night 10 but had to pull out of the fight due to injury, according to MMA on Tap.
With Matt Serra Hitched, TUF 6 Filming to Begin
Recently crowned UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra has officially tied the knot, according to his Web site, www.serrajitsu.com. The newlywed and welterweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 4 will now head to Las Vegas for The Ultimate Fighter 6, which begins taping later this week.
Full-Time Fighter: Sean Salmon Discusses a Departure from the UFC
I said in my last blog that UFCjunkie.com fans would know what’s next for me before anyone else. Well, here is the story.
My manager, Ken Pavia, has spoken with Joe Silva (the UFC’s matchmaker), who gave us some options with which to work. Ken and I spoke at length and came to this decision: I am leaving the last fight on my contract with the UFC for a later date and taking a “release” to fight for other organizations.
Send an e-mail to this idiot:
Grand Rapids Press reporter Brian Vanochten in Michican writes the following article about the UFC and its fans. Please read the article. Get piss off and email this donkey at firstname.lastname@example.org please thank you.
The Grand Rapids Press Reports. "UFC is a real low point in TV". Is UFC a sport or not a sport?
The so-called sport of ultimate fighting, which is little more than glorified street fighting, has become America’s fastest-growing and most controversial form of televised entertainment. And the most repulsive form of television programming.
Chuck Liddell To Appear On David Letterman Show
The following is from UFC.com:
Chuck Liddell to appear on David Letterman Show
You can't miss it when Chuck Liddell speaks for the first time on national TV with David Letterman about his loss to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on the CBS "Late Show." Chuck Liddell on Letterman marks the first time an MMA fighter will sit on the stage with Dave to talk about America's fastest growing sport.
Chuck joins Amy Sedaris and Jordan Zevon this Thursday night, June 7 at 11:30 PM ET/PT on your local CBS station.
HOUSTON ALEXANDER MAKES AN IMPACT
Houston Alexander entered the Octagon at UFC 71 in the role of the underdog. Forty-eight seconds and 20-plus unanswered strikes later, Alexander propelled himself from relative unknown to legitimate threat. The Omaha, Nebraska resident made his successful UFC debut dominating Keith Jardine.
(Video)Faber talks after title defense
WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber spoke with reporters after successfully defending his title Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nevada against Chance Farrar in the headliner of the Versus network premier of the organization. See what Faber had to say about the fight, when he’ll fight next, moving up and down in weight classes, challenging top international talent and much more in this video interview.
Gracie Invitational 2007
Without doubt, the highlight of the BJJ Calendar in the UK is the annual Gracie Invitational tournament organised by the European Fight Network and hosted at the SENI martial arts exposition. This competition has grown from modest beginnings to a 2 day tournament which saw around 500 competitors this year, a scale that is only rivalled in Europe by the CBJJ European Championships.
There were strong showings from 302 team, Pedro Bessa team, Brasa, BTT, Roger Gracie Academy, Gracie Barra Birmingham and the other academies from around the country, with over 200 white belts and more than 150 blue belts vying for the titles on offer. The competition was not limited to these shores and a number of fighters came from as far away as Hungary, Greece, Poland, Italy, Sparta and even one competitor from Australia.
High Profile Welterweights Headline Week 8 of Bodog Fight Season 3
Arguably two of Bodog Fights more notable fighters, Nick “The Goat” Thompson and Eddie Alvarez, will take to the ring in episode 8 of Bodog Fight’s Season 3 “Costa Rica.” Despite their documented abilities, both fighters will have to be on their toes, as the promotion has matched them up with some solid opposition.
“Hellboy” has no idea
Norwegian light heavyweight Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen admits to Lee Whitehead in an interview for MMAWeekly.com that he has no idea what’s going on with his MMA career.
Hansen, one of the best lightweight fighters in the world, is one of many fighters whose career is in a state of limbo following the completed purchase of the Pride Fighting Championships by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.
Hansen is apparently getting a little antsy not knowing his future in the sport:
“Not much is happening. I’m just training and waiting for some phone call that I got a fight. It’s confusing and boring to train really without a purpose.”
He had four fights left on his contract with Pride, but doesn’t know if he will get to fulfill those fights.
“I’m not hearing anything now,” he said. “I’m just gonna stay in shape and wait for something to happen. The best thing to do is to float and stay in good basic shape.”
Correction on Frank Mir story
We had reported that a proposed match between Tim Sylvia and Frank Mir for UFC 74 in August had been rejected by Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer. My reporting was not entirely accurate.
UFCJunkie.com contacted the always-accesible Kizer via e-mail and received the following response:
That fight has not been presented to me, and thus no ‘denial’ has been made. I was asked about the match-up by a reporter and said I would have a hard time approving that fight unless I see a quality win from Mr. Mir first. However, I will keep an open mind.
Please note that I approved Mir vs. [Antoni] Hardonk a short while back. I still think that would be a good match-up.
So while the match was never officially submitted to NSAC and Kizer never formally turned it down, the UFC had been considering a Sylvia vs. Mir bout but Kizer is acknowledging he likely wouldn’t have approved it.
It’s a good thing that Mir performed so well as analyst during the WEC’s debut on Versus this past weekend because he has something to fall back on in the event his fighting career never gets off the ground again.
WEC fighter payroll
Title Match & Main Event Fighters -
-Urijah Faber: $20,000 (defeated Chance Farrar)
-Chance Farrar: $4,000 (lost to Urijah Faber)
Main Card Fighters -
-Alex Karalexis: $10,000 (defeated Josh Smith)
-Rani Yahya: $10,000 (defeated Mark Hominick)
-Brian Stann: $8,000 (defeated Craig Zellner)
-Mark Hominick: $6,000 (lost to Rani Yahya)
-Craig Zellner: $2,000 (lost to Brian Stann)
-Josh Smith: $1,000 (lost to Alex Karalexis)
Preliminary Match Fighters -
-John Alessio: $18,000 (defeated Alex Serdyukov)
-Brock Larson: $16,000 (defeated Kevin Knabjian)
-Cub Swanson: $8,000 (defeated Micah Miller)
-Alex Serdyukov: $6,000 (lost to John Alessio)
-Jeff Bedard: $6,000 (defeated Mike French)
-Charlie Valencia: $6,000 (lost to Brian Bowles)
-Brian Bowles: $4,000 (defeated Charlie Valencia)
-Micah Miller: $4,000 (lost to Cub Swanson)
-Mike French: $3,000 (lost to Jeff Bedard)
-Kevin Knabjian: $2,000 (lost to Brock Larson)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $134,000
Alessio Sakara to Return at UFC 75
Italian UFC light heavyweight (11-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will likely return to the Octagon at UFC 75 in September, according to a UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) source.
UFC 75 takes place Sept. 8 in London, England, and 02 Arena is expected to host the event. Croatian Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Franceâ€™s Jess Liaudin are also on the rumored card.
Sakara, fresh off a first-round TKO victory over Victor Valimaki at Manchester’s UFC 70 event, had lost two in a row (to Dean Lister and Drew McFedries) before that swift win in April. In previous UFC fights, he has a win over Elvis Sinosic and a no-contest (groin kick) with Ron Faircloth
Salmon taking a break from the UFC
Through the UFCJunkie.com website, many people have become big fans of Sean Salmon. The site not only sponsored Salmon for his two UFC fights but hosted semi-regular columns from the former amateur wrestling standout.
Salmon lost his UFC debut to Rashad Evans at a UFC Fight Night event in January and followed up the disappointing performance with a quick loss to Alan Belcher at UFC 71. He had one more fight remaining on his UFC contract but Salmon has revealed in his latest UFCJunkie.com column that his last fight will delayed and that he’s been granted permission to fight for other organizations.
What’s likely to happen is that Salmon will fight for smaller, regional promotions under the watchful eye of the UFC. They will retain the option of bringing him back to the big show at a later date. This is something they’ve done with several young fighters so Salmon’s arrangement is not uncommon.
Trouble for UFC sponsors
If you’ve followed the MMA scene on the Internet for the last couple of years, you’ve heard all the gossip and innuendo about the trouble that Xyience, UFC’s primary sponsor, allegedly has been in. Well, today, another shoe dropped as Amp’d Mobile filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The New York Times has more on the story.
I point this story out because one of the knocks against UFC in the American corporate media (primarily from CNBC’s Darren Rovell) is that UFC (and MMA in general) has not been able to attract the major blue-chip sponsors. This was also a claim that insiders leveled against PRIDE (which had many non-traditional or non-blue chip companies sponsoring their events). What made the criticism against PRIDE in terms of sponsors interesting is that Japan is home to the world’s largest ad agency, Dentsu. Plus, PRIDE had many free-to-air television events on Fuji TV.
The two other major sponsors currently for UFC are Toyo Tires and Mickey’s malt liquor.
Canadian MMA backyarders gone wild
The Chronicle Herald’s Josh Visser (e-mail) in Halifax, Nova Scotia is reporting that East Coast Street Fights, an outlaw group of individuals who do backyard-style MMA brawls in parking lots and lawns, has found a ‘millionaire’ money mark that will convert them into a ‘legitimate’ promotion. The Halifax RCMP is not amused.
The article also throws in The Zuffa Myth for good measure, talking about how Zuffa LLC introduced weight classes and other regulations when they bought the company in 2001. Furthermore, the article finds a university professor to say the following about MMA: “”My sense is, it’s still a marginalized activity.”