James Irvin: Silva Should Have Moved Down To Welterweight
UFC light heavyweight standout James Irvin (14-4) will face middleweight champion Anderson Silva who will make the trek from 185 lbs. to 205 lbs. in order to find a challenge. After cleaning out the middleweight division Silva is in dire need of big fights, Irvin, however, thinks that Silva is taking on more than he can handle.
Tim Sylvia on a quest to fight the best
Over the past four years, few heavyweight fighters can stake a claim to fighting more top-10 opponents than Tim Sylvia.
The 32-year-old "Maine-iac" has fought most of the sport's best heavyweights, and in two weeks, he'll add an opponent that many consider the division's top fighter.
Sylvia, a longtime former UFC heavyweight champion, was recently granted his release from the organization. However, he's preparing for a challenging future outside the UFC, where the majority of the top 10 heavyweight fighters in the world now compete.
Shayna Baszler vs. Cristiane Cyborg on July 26th CBS EliteXC Show
The female bout between Shayna Baszler of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Brazil's Cristiane Cyborg has been added to the lineup for the second primetime broadcast of CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS, live from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. on Saturday, July 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Baszler and Cyborg, who are fighting in the 140 pound weight class, complete the primetime matchups for the CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS on July 26. Other CBS fights include:
· "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler vs. Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith (for EliteXC Middleweight title)
· Jake Shields vs. Nick Thompson (for EliteXC Welterweight title)
· Nick Diaz vs. Thomas "Wildman" Denny (Lightweights)
Arkansas fight fans treated to man on man action.... not the good kind...
"The day after the June 5 Texarkana bout, Fort Smith's convention centre hosted “Blue Collar Brawlin.”' Fort Smith police Sgt. Adam Holland said organizers told him a character named “Straight Dave” would goad a planted audience member into the ring for a fight.
The two men would then wrestle, rip away some of their clothes and share a brief kiss reminiscent of one between Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell in the film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."
Random Ranting: How to fix the judging and rule making process in MMA
I don’t think the result of the Forrest Griffin vs. Quinton Jackson fight is cause to condemn the current judging system that currently exists in mixed martial arts. Not everyone is going to see the fight the same way. As I said before, I can live with the decision that was rendered and don’t have a problem with people who believe Griffin won the fight.
I scored the fight on my own, as it happened. After a round took place, I jotted a score down. I added it up and Jackson came out the winner. My wife sat right next to me and watched the fight on the same television. She thought Griffin won the fight and expressed mild surprise when I told her I thought Jackson should be declared the winner. To each their own.
St. Pierre vs. Penn getting close
The potential dream match-up between B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre has a definite chance to become a reality. According to UFC President Dana White only one (big) hurdle remains.
If St. Pierre buzzsaws through (Jon) Fitch then yes, we’ll do Penn vs. GSP,” said White.
White also confirmed that he and Penn discussed the match-up on Saturday and ran through many of the details.
I talked with B.J. - we met for most of the day,” said White.
UFC forced Affliction’s jump from clothing company to fight promoter
Affliction was perfectly content with being an apparel company.
With its fashion-forward T-shirts appearing on the backs of actors, rock stars and mixed martial artists, the Signal Hill, Calif.-based company had carved out a niche for its label in pop culture. In less than three years, the Affliction brand had become synonymous with cool, with its artistic prints spotted at movie premieres, in magazines and on plenty of UFC fighters.
Guillard Talks UFC 86 Knockout Of The Night
Melvin Guillard's quick knockout win over Dennis Siver at UFC 86 garnered the Ultimate Fighter season two alumni a $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus.
"It was a good victory,” Guillard told MMAWeekly.com. "I trained hard for it, and I was ready. I came in. I executed. I stayed focused, and I done my job."
In the opening exchange Guillard dropped Siver to the canvas with a punch and nearly ended the fight. "I thought I had him and I tried to rush it," said the New Orleans native when asked about the first knockdown. "He went for an arm bar. My coaches told me to back out and reset." And that's exactly what he did.
UFC 90 will likely take place Oct. 25, sources close to the event tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC President Dana White first mentioned the possibility of the upcoming show during this past weekend's UFC 86 event, and a few fighters' managers and agents tell us that the organization has begun initial calls to recruit fighters for the Oct. 25 event.
In theory, UFC 90 will take place a week after "UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben" -- on pay per view, most likely in Chicago.
No MMA In Massachusetts
Yet. Lawmakers in the state emerged from the year's legislative session last week without forwarding a bill to the governor that, if signed, would regulate the sport in UFC President Dana White's old stomping grounds and open the door to UFC events. Matthew Moran, chief of staff for state Sen. James Timilty, said members of the legislature's conference committee simply did not have the time to vet the MMA legislation that Timilty had proposed and still meet its deadline to get the rest of the state budget in front of the governor. This means no MMA in MA until at least Spring '09.
Fans dont like rampage-
In an article about the Griffen Rampage and the 86 ufc fight and card, I read that the "causal fan" does not like or at least care about Rampage- why do you suppose that is?? Also why do you suppose that Koscheck is so unpopular ?
Is Sherdog making up quotes?
Sherdog has an article up with quotes from a bunch of different fighters regarding the Jackson / Griffin fight. One of those quotes is from Phil Baroni:
Phil Baroni (Pictures): I don’t know how two judges gave Forrest that first round, man. That’s some bulls—. I thought Rampage clearly won the fight. That first round could have been 10-8 for Rampage!
The only problem here is that Phil claims he never said anything like that at all:
Fedor Emelianenko's New Book To Reveal Training Secrets
Fedor Emelianenko will finally reveal the legendary fighting and training techniques that have allowed him to become the most revered mixed martial artist of his time. Emelianenko, who is widely considered the greatest pound for pound fighter in the world and has also been referred to as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, is preparing for perhaps his biggest challenge when he takes on Tim Sylvia on July 19 at Affliction: Banned.
His book of fighting and training techniques entitled; Fedor: The Fighting System of the World's Undisputed King of MMA, will be available in bookstores across the country by August 15.
The book is being brought to you by essentially same team that headed up excellent instructional books from Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Karo Parisyan, and Eddie Bravo.
Fightline.com was able to secure an advance copy of the book and we can assure fans that it will not disappoint. Aside from an insightful and brief biography the book is all instruction, intricately spelled out and easy to understand. The techniques are masterfully broken down and explained in great detail and Emelianenko himself assures that all have been battle tested.
Below is an official description of the book:
In Fedor, the undefeated, undisputed heavyweight MMA champion of the world unveils for the first time his trademark striking and grappling techniques through descriptive narrative and more than 2500 step-by-step color photographs. Detailing dozens of throws, punching combinations, cardio workouts and ground and pound techniques, this book leaves no stone unturned.
Cage Rage Land New TV Deal
The UK promotion Cage Rage have secured a new live TV deal.
Nuts TV will broadcast Cage Rage 27: Step Up live from Wembley Arena on 12 July 2008. The fight card includes the ultimate ‘clash of the titans’ when two of the UK’s biggest fighters battle it out with Neil "Goliath" Grove taking on Robert "Buzz" Berry. Phil "The New York Bad Ass" Baroni is topping the fight card against Scott Janson in a brawl that has already got the whole of the Cage Rage community talking.
Magnitude of opportunity not lost on Ben Rothwell
Ben Rothwell gets it.
At only 26, the heavyweight slugger is a veteran of the sport, with 34 pro bouts on his résumé and an unbeaten nine-fight run through the International Fight League. However, his fight on the "Affliction: Banned" show in Anaheim, Calif., later this month takes his career to a new level and is unlike any opportunity he's had before.
"This is the biggest fight for me so far," said Rothwell. "I've had some tough fights, some good fights, but Andrei (Arlovski) is a former UFC champion and still ranked high in the top 10. And, anytime you're fighting someone ranked higher than you, it does good things for you. This is a chance for me to truly bring myself into the top 10."
Ready for primetime: Jake Shields
Jake Shields will finally get his shot at the Elite XC welterweight championship belt on July 26 in Stockton, Calif., when he takes on Nick Thompson on the CBS “Saturday Night Fights” show entitled, “Unfinished Business.”
Over the past few months, injuries and a bizarre string of events involving Drew Fickett have put the first ever division title fight on hold. With a new opponent, and nothing holding him back now, he’ll look to claim the title that he feels has always been his anyway.
Most people who have seen the Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt compete believe he is among the top 170-pound fighters in the world. Still, others — perhaps those who have not seen him compete — feel he needs to prove himself against better competition before he can claim that status.