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UFCjunkie.com Exclusive: Chuck Liddell’s Manager Denies Rehab Claim
In a recent interview, former UFC fighter and MMA veteran Vernon White stated that Chuck Liddell was “in rehab” for drug addiction prior to his UFC 71 championship bout with Quinton Jackson — and that it may have contributed to Liddell’s eventual first-round TKO loss. LINK
Submitted Jun 11, 2007 8:40PM by aznteabagger - 3 comments
 
Reports: Crocop to Face Kongo At UFC 75.
Posted by UFC Junkie on June 11, 2007 at 8:39 am ET UFC heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will look to get back into the title picture when he faces Cheick Kongo (10-3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC 75 in London. Numerous reports have made mention of the rumored bout. The possibility of the fight was first reported by www.groundandpound.de, a German Web site. UFC 75 takes place Sept. 8, possibly at London’s O2 Arena. The night’s main event features PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson vs. recently crowed UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson. UFC president Dana White recently stated that both organizations’ 205-pound belts will be on the line. (PRIDE’s middleweight division is 205 pounds.) Filipovic suffered a devastating KO loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 in April. The former PRIDE champion was acquired by the UFC earlier this year and posted a successful TKO victory over Eddie Sanchez in his debut at UFC 67 in February. He entered UFC 70 as a large favorite over Gonzaga but lasted less than one round with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt fighter. Kongo made his UFC debut at UFC 61 with a first-round TKO over Gilbert Aldana. He picked up another win (first-round KO via knee) over Christian Wellisch at UFC 62 but lost to Carmelo Marrero via split decision at UFC 64. He most recently defeated bootyliciousuerio Silva via majority decision at UFC 70. Kongo’s ground game was heavily criticized after the fight. Despite a recent influx of talent in the UFC’s heavyweight division, the Filipovic-Kongo fight could have major — if not immediate — effects on future title shots. For the latest UFC 75 fight card, check out the UFC Rumors section of UFCjunkie.com.
Submitted Jun 11, 2007 7:45PM by MisFiT - 13 comments
 
Breaking Down Franklin vs. Okami
Let’s just throw it out there and see how it sounds: Yushin Okami defeats Rich Franklin at UFC 72 to earn the right to fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship. LINK
Submitted Jun 11, 2007 4:05PM by aznteabagger - 6 comments
 
With a few more wins, stardom should find Fitch
Jon Fitch may very well be one of the best welterweight fighters in the world. The 29-year-old UFC welterweight has run off a stunning 12-match win streak, including five in a row in the UFC. But wading through the deep waters of the welterweight division has him on a long swim to fame and fortune. Despite his success in the octagon, he's not very well known outside of hardcore fans and he hasn't been able to break through to face a top-level fighter. LINK
Submitted Jun 11, 2007 4:03PM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
 
Saturday is the First Day of The Rest of Rory Singer’s Career
Since the first season of The Ultimate Fighter aired in 2005, mixed martial artists who appeared on the reality series have had to deal with a double-edged sword when it has come to their post-show careers. LINK
Submitted Jun 11, 2007 4:02PM by aznteabagger - 3 comments
 
From Underdog to Favorite, Sanchez Looks to Make a Statement at UFC 72
Eddie Sanchez won’t lie. He enjoyed the attention that came with his February fight against Mirko Cro Cop, the photo shoots, autographs, interviews, but he also knew that he was the foil, the one expected to lose to the thunderous Croatian striker who was making his UFC debut after a long career fighting for the K-1 and PRIDE organizations in Japan. LINK
Submitted Jun 11, 2007 7:52AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
MYTHED MARTIAL ARTS: SAFER THAN BOXING?
The first installment of this series discussed the assertion that a cage is safer than a ring. As a quick follow-up, the main point of the column – that the very idea of a “cage” hurts MMA’s image – would seem to be confirmed by all the recent nonsense comparing MMA to dogfighting. Naysayers see mixed martial artists as caged animals, bred for mayhem. It will be an important battle in the coming years to challenge that notion. LINK
Submitted Jun 11, 2007 7:50AM by aznteabagger - 3 comments
 
DRUG USE IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
A few weeks ago, UFC lightweight fighter Melvin Guillard tested positive for cocaine use. The Nevada State Athletic Commission subsequently suspended him for eight months. Unfortunately, this is not a new trend in mixed martial arts. Though Guillard's positive test has been for what many might consider the most "hardcore" drug, it is by no means the first time a professional MMA fighter has tested positive. Nick Diaz, Diego Sanchez and Joe Pearson have all tested for marijuana. Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett, Stephan Bonnar, Kit Cope and Vitor Belfort have all tested positive for steroids. Kevin Randleman was suspended by the NSAC for providing fake urine for his drug test, due to his taking banned painkillers and antibiotics for a severe lung infection he was battling. Mark Kerr's various drug addictions were well documented in his documentary, "The Smashing Machine." LINK
Submitted Jun 11, 2007 7:49AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
Agent: Jake O’Brien’s Injury Is Possibly “Career-Ending”
The injury that forced UFC heavyweight Jake O’Brien (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) to pull out of Saturday’s UFC 72 fight with Tom Murphy isserious — and the possibility that it’s career-ending hasn’t been ruled out, according to his agent, Ken Pavia. LINK
Submitted Jun 10, 2007 10:19PM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
UFC VET SALMON BACK ON TRACK, DROPPING DOWN
Sean Salmon returned to action last night, earning a much-needed victory after a two-fight skid in the UFC. Losing to Rashad Evans and Alan Belcher in the Octagon, Salmon stepped up at the last minute to defeat Jason Freeman on Saturday night before a hometown crowd in Cleveland, Ohio. LINK
Submitted Jun 10, 2007 10:15PM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
 
UFCjunkie.com Exclusive: Tom Murphy Opponent-less for UFC 72
Tom Murphy (2-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) can’t catch a break. The Ultimate Fighter 2 cast member may not have an opponent for next weekend’s UFC 72 event in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) has learned. LINK
Submitted Jun 10, 2007 6:14PM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
Morrison Wins Modified Rules Debut
Nestled in Arizona's red rock mountains, former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison made what was billed as his mixed martial arts debut Saturday night. Out of reach of the Arizona State Athletic Commission on the Yavapai-Apache Nation, unheralded John Stover of South Dakota stood as Morrison's first opponent. LINK
Submitted Jun 10, 2007 4:52PM by aznteabagger - 21 comments
 
Penn-Pulver II Pre-Show Special On Spike TV 6/18
link On Monday, June 18th - Spike TV will air a "Countdown" special focusing on the rematch between TUF 5 coaches B.J. Penn and Jens Pulver. The show premieres at 11:30PM ET and will re-air on Thursday, June 21st at 12:30AM ET and Friday, June 22nd and 12:00AM ET.
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:38PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Very In-Depth Interview With "NYBA" Phil Baroni
link MMANews.com's own Chris Howie recently caught up with one of the most exciting fighters of any weight-class, Phil Baroni for an in-depth interview. Baroni headlines the Strikeforce MMA show live on PPV June 22 against the legendary Frank Shamrock. Chris caught up with Phil to discuss this fight among a number of other topics. Below is a complete transcript.
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:37PM by disorderlyvision - 5 comments
 
Anthony Johnson Replaces Steve Bruno
link The Fight Network is reporting that Anthony Johnson (3-0) will replace Steve Bruno at UFC Fight Night 10 when he faces Chad Reiner (13-2) in a welterweight showdown. Anthony Johnson is replacing Steve Bruno who was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a torn rotator cuff. Anthony Johnson is a veteran of Pangea Fights and Rocky Mountain Nationals-MMA promotion with a record of 3-0 and victories over Keith Wilson, Rich Moskowitch, and Jonathan Romero
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:35PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Kit Cope Signs With AFL
link June 6 (Louisville, KY) (Las Vegas, NV) – On July 21, 2007 the American fight League (AFL) will add a bit of “Havoc” to their mixed martial arts (MMA) line-up for their nationally televised debut on HDNet. The AFL is proud to announce the signing of MMA and television star, Kit “Havoc” Cope. A former Muay Thai champion, Cope has made the transition from the ring to being a main-event star inside the cage almost effortlessly. Having competed in both the UFC and WEC promotions, Cope thought it was time for a new challenge and when he received an offer from the AFL, he answered with a resounding “yes”. “I like the idea of signing with the AFL because it’s still grass roots. The organization is about to go mainstream and so I think it’s a good move signing up with this company now so I can actually grow with them“, Cope enthusiastically said. Kit has changed training camps and partners since his stints in the UFC and WEC organizations and now feels better prepared and ready to make his mark in the competitive sport of mixed martial arts. Mr. Cope finished by saying, “I have had sort of a rocky start in MMA. In the beginning it was more because I was sort of like Mirko Cro Cop was when he started out. I was like a kickboxer in MMA. Since my first fight, I worked on my ground name and got it back to the level it was when I was wrestling. I was a competitive wrestler for 8 years and have been on the Nevada national team.” It hasn’t been an easy go for the AFL’s newest fighter. He has had to over come some serious injuries, a trial by fire of sorts, as he made the transition in to the exciting world of MMA. “I had my right shoulder reconstructed and fought on that for a few fights. I separated my ribs and had to take some time off. Now I’m healthy and this is a great opportunity for me to show my improvement and my support for the American Fight League”, he finished with a smile. Cope will make his long awaited debut for the American Fight League July 21, 2007 in Louisville, KY on the Caged Inferno 7: Glory card. In his corner will be international MMA superstar training partners Nate and Nick Diaz, along with motocross sensation Carey Hart, a star of VH1’s Surreal Life reality show. Hart also appears on the reality show "Inked," shown on the A&E cable network that chronicles Hart’s Las Vegas tattoo shop, Hart and Huntington. This is the first nationally televised event for the American Fight League and President Jon Hatton couldn’t be more pleased about the addition to the roster.
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:32PM by disorderlyvision - 3 comments
 
Kimbo Slice Interview - "I'm on another level"
link I know, I didn't think Kimbo Slice could string a sentence together either other than, "All day!", but in this CFFC 5 interview with Kimbo about his upcoming fight on June 23 against former pro boxer, 'Merciless' Ray Mercer, Kimbo impressed me! Check out the grill and beehive beard on Kimbo too... he IS a character... All Day!
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:30PM by disorderlyvision - 1 comment
 
Rampage vs Henderson in London
link Quinton Jackson confirms fight at UFC 75 September, the eighth. That is the date of the next UFC light heavyweight title dispute. According to information published in the US specialized press, Quinton Jackson told the CBS network he will put his title up for grabs against Dan Henderson at the event to take place in London, England. "He (Henderson) has the Pride belt, and I will go after something I have never had," said Rampage. Although it has not yet been announced by the American organization, it is hoped that UFC 75, in London, will mark the return of Mirko Cro Cop to the octagon after having been so mercilessly knocked out by Gabriel Napao at UFC 70, at the end of last April.
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:26PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Ex-agent: Boxer Morrison is HIV positive
link Tommy Morrison's former agent said Friday that the ex-heavyweight champion was positive for HIV in mandatory blood tests for a boxing license. "Tommy has tested positive for HIV anti-bodies, and he always has," Randy Lang of Glendale said. Morrison, who was licensed by West Virginia and beat John Castle on Feb. 22 in Chester after undergoing some of those tests in Phoenix, is scheduled for a mixed martial arts bout tonight against John Stover at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde. Morrison doesn't need a license tonight because the casino is the property of the Yavapai-Apache Nation and not under jurisdiction of the Arizona State Boxing Commission. Morrison, 38, again said Thursday at a news conference in Camp Verde that he does not have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He also said the initial diagnosis before a scheduled fight in Las Vegas in 1996 was a false-positive. "What doctors have told me is a lie," said Morrison, who has been living and training in Phoenix. "They're telling me I'm dying. I'm fine." Lang said he split with Morrison on Feb. 25 because he said the tests in Phoenix were misrepresented by the boxer and his promoter, Peter McKinn, also the promoter for tonight's mixed-martial arts card. The tests, which were witnessed by Lang, McKinn and John Montano of the Arizona Commission, were supposed to have been the basis for the West Virginia license. However, Lang alleged that either the undisclosed documents were fraudulent or that blood samples were switched. "All the blood tests came from Randy Lang and, as far as I saw on the paperwork sent by Lang, the results were zero-negative," said McKinn, who said he was never in West Virginia for the licensing process because of personal business in Phoenix. McKinn and Morrison's publicist/manager, Lisa Woodard of Northridge, Calif., said that Lang misrepresented himself as an attorney. "He has no credentials," said Woodard, who is engaged to be married to Morrison. Lang said Friday that he has a degree from the American College of Law in Anaheim. Lang said Friday that his work with Morrison was based on the argument that he had a right to fight, even with a positive test, because evidence of HIV was so low that the virus could not be transmitted in the ring if injured fighters exchanged blood in a collision. "That has always been my position, and it's the appropriate one," said Lang, who also said Morrison tested positive for Hepatitis C. Morrison, a nephew of late actor John Wayne and had a film role in Rocky V, was scheduled for an April 27 bout in Houston. He underwent blood tests in Houston, but documentation did not arrive in time for Texas authorities to grant him a license, according to media reports. Morrison said he withdrew the application. Those tests were reported to be negative.
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:24PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
Q&A with UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture
link There’s a pretty good interview with Randy Couture that’s now available at CBS Sportsline. Couture broaches a number of topics, including a potential showdown with Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko:
Submitted Jun 9, 2007 5:22PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
 
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