UFC 80: ‘Rapid Fire’ to air on CBS network … not PPV?
Dave Meltzer from WrestlingObserver.com throws out a juicy nugget in the recent print publication of his newsletter:
UFC 80: “Rapid Fire”— not UFC 81 as speculated — could air for FREE on the CBS network rather than pay-per-view (PPV) if a deal can be hammered out in time. It seems that The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike is beginning to reduce the television landscape “to a barren wasteland of reruns and infomercials.”
Farrar vs. Miller off WEC 31 card
"With three title fights taking place on the upcoming World Extreme Cagefighting show on Dec. 12, the promotion lost one of their undercard bouts as the fight between Chance Farrar and Micah Miller has been removed from the card as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by Miller’s training partner, Blake Bowman."
Apparently Farrar suffered a hand injury and will be unable to compete. This is unfortunate, I was looking forward to this fight. It would have been a war.
Attention:Anyone awaiting Round 5 MMA figures
If you were part of their mailing list check your email.The figures will not be out for a holiday season release.The company announced some quality issues with the figures,and rescheduled them for a march 2008 release.
UFC Champ Rich Franklin Starring in Weapon
Rich Franklin is going to play a super soldier in an upcoming movie called WEAPON that sounds similar in concept to Universal Soldier. Rich Franklin is a former UFC champion who knocked out many a foe before recently being dethroned by Anderson Silva.
UCF LHW Champion Dragged To Death Behind The Back Of A Truck
UCF light heavyweight champion, Jerid S. Sturman-Camyn, died this past Saturday after being dragged to death behind the back of a truck.
According to witnesses, Sturman-Camyn became violent and out of control at a northeastern Washington hunting camp late that night. He allegedly began wielding an axe before having a noose fixed around his neck and being dragged by a truck for nearly 13 miles. The body was dismembered during the dragging according to the Spokesman-Review.
Versus And WEC Announce Outside The Cage
Versus is taking the next step in its extended coverage of World Extreme Cagefighting. The network on Dec. 5 will air the first WEC Outside the Cage special as a lead-in to the Dec. 12 WEC event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
WEC Outside the Cage will feature interviews, fight clips and behind the scenes footage to preview the live event.
Lambert vs Gouveia at UFC 80
UFC.com is reporting that Wilson Gouveia (9-4) will fight Jason Lambert (23-6) at UFC 80: “Rapid Fire,” setting up a light heavyweight showdown that was supposed to happen at UFC 76: “Knockout” back in September.
shonie carter speaks out on the ufc
SC: As soon as I get back, I'm going to see what's up because I know the UFC was tripping about me fighting. I'm like, look, I can't sit around and wait all year and they didn't use me all year. I mean, my rent was due. Even me going to Canada…I mean, the whole story behind me fighting goes beyond the fight. I owed child support and I was paying the mom instead of paying the state. I go to renew my passport and they cease my passport and give me 24 hours to pay it or I'm going to get a knock on the door by the sheriff.
Strikeforce’s Dennis Hallman and Alexander Crispim Test Positive for Steroids
Dennis Hallman and Alexander Crispim, who last competed at a Nov. 16 Strikeforce show in San Jose, Calif., have both tested positive for anabolic steroids.
California State Athletic Commission executive Bill Douglas today released news of the failed tests and suspensions.
Hallman, a former UFC fighter, defeated Jeremiah Metcalf with a first-round heel hook at the event, which was dubbed, “Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives.” Crispim, a former Gladiators Challenge fighter, defeated Clint Coronel via unanimous decision. Neither fight appeared on the Yahoo! Sports live broadcast of the event, which took place at the HP Pavilion.
BRITISH BARK (Info on Kelly VS Taylor UFC 80)
Mixed martial arts fans will witness the UFC’s first-ever Brit-versus-Brit bout when undefeated Paul Kelly takes on Paul Taylor at UFC 80 “Rapid Fire” on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. A member of the Wolfslair Academy – home to Michael Bisping, light heavyweight winner from season three of “The Ultimate Fighter” – Kelly has signed a four-fight deal with the promotion.
Kelly (6-0) began his professional career in 2005, with a match against Nigel Whitear at FX3 “Battle of Britain.” The bout lasted all of 54 seconds. In the two years since, the welterweight has finished off five more opponents. Five of his six wins have come in the opening round.
Taylor (8-2-1, 1-1 UFC), meanwhile, has already fought in two of the three UFC shows in the UK and is coming off a submission loss to Marcus Davis at UFC 75 in September.
Update On Kevin Randleman
Kevin Randleman, recovering from a nasty staph infection, recently gave an update on his recovery. He said he's healing well and the two large holes in his side as a result of the infection have gotten much smaller now.
Jackson Says GSP Will Be Ready For War
When it was announced that Georges St-Pierre would step up on short notice to battle Matt Hughes for the interim welterweight title on Dec. 29, Greg Jackson, St-Pierre’s coach and trainer, kicked into overdrive to make sure his fighter would be ready for the task at hand, a five-round title fight with possibly the most dominant champion in Ultimate Fighting Championship history.
“I don’t think he’s looking past Matt Hughes at all. Quite the contrary, we’re really excited. Matt’s in great shape, I’m sure, from training so hard to fight Serra, so we’re expecting a five-round war and we’re going to make sure that we’re not expecting to knock him out. We’re not expecting to tap him out. If that happens, hey that’s great, we’re expecting to be in a great war.”
Leonard Garcia Is The WEC's Latest 145 Pounder
With the growing popularity of the lighter weight classes, more and more fighters are starting to find the division that they excel in. The newest addition to that list will be Leonard Garcia, who is expected to drop to 145 pounds and move from the Ultimate Fighting Championship to compete in World Extreme Cagefighting’s featherweight division, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by his coach and trainer, Greg Jackson.