Couture: The UFC's Ultimate Threat
October 11, 2007
by Jake Rossen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In an industry where every wet fart is plastered over Web pages before gas has even entered the bowels, the exodus of Randy Couture (Pictures) from the UFC was a shocking, sudden jolt of news.
And though it wasn't unprecedented -- the fighter did, after all, bolt the UFC over finances once before -- it comes at a time when the promotion is flush with success, media attention and profits. Dangling from the UFC's media-glazed trademark, Couture prospered both financially and professionally.
The UFC tries to retire Randy
Oh, UFC. You’re so sneaky with your Orwellian double-speak. The Bush administration should get you guys on the phone and ask you about damage control, because while you’re not good enough to fool the hardcores, your responses are more than adequate for those drinking the kool-aid. The news that Randy Couture has told the UFC to **** off is still rockin’ the internets like a tsunami off the coast of Indonesia
Couture Quits UFC
At the height of its power and popularity, the Ultimate Fighting Championship today lost the man many recognize as the face of mixed martial arts. UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture announced his resignation from the Las Vegas-based promotion, leaving two contracted fights, his job as an on-air analyst and his heavyweight crown on the table.
NAKAMURA APPEALS DRUG ALLEGATION
Japanese Fighter’s Management Contacts CSAC
By Loretta Hunt (email@example.com)
Representation for UFC 76 participant Kazuhiro Nakamura have requested a “cancellation” of their client’s three-month suspension for a positive marijuana test, said California State Athletic Commission Associate Governmental Program Analyst Bill Douglas today. In response, Douglas has scheduled the Japanese light heavyweight onto its agenda to present his appeal at an Oct. 31 hearing in downtown Los Angeles. Nakamura yielded a positive result for the non-approved substance following his Sept. 22 loss to Lyoto Machida at the Honda Center in Anaheim and was fined $500 along with the suspension............................
Intelligently Defending 10.11.07: Five Questions for UFC 77
Rich Franklin will try to recapture his middleweight title when he takes on Anderson Silva at UFC 77. There are many questions to be considered heading into the event. In this edition of Intelligently Defending we will take a look at five particular questions that will get answered on the 20th.
Liddell VS Silva Not Ready Yet
A proposed fight between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva is currently being discussed, but has yet to be finalized.
Liddell’s trainer, John Hackleman, confirmed to MMAWeekly that the fight has been talked about by Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White, but nothing is official.
PRIDE Worldwide President Comments On Firings
Late last week, Jaime Pollack, president of Pride FC Worldwide, notified employees that the company office in Tokyo was being closed and that they were dismissed. Several accounts in the media painted a bleak picture surrounding the firings, indicating indifference and betrayal.
Pride FC Worldwide, citing “erroneous media reports,” released a statement this week about the Tokyo office and the release of its staff.
Makes it sound like PRIDE is dead, yet it isn't really dead. It almost makes the situation more confusing.
Kimbo Slice NOT fighting in Palace FC
Kevin Ferguson (Pictures), who fought under the name Kimbo Slice in street fights that were taped and sold on the Internet, will not meet David "Tank" Abbott, himself a reputed "street fighter," in the Palace Fighting Championship, Sherdog.com was told Wednesday evening.
Earlier in the day through Christian Printup, the Tachai Palace Hotel & Casino Entertainment Director, PFC offered a deal to the fighters' management teams that he said would have paid out a six-figure purse to the winner.
Slice's management declined the deal because their fighter had committed elsewhere, Printup said. He would not comment as to with whom Slice had signed.........................
Diaz Locked in with EliteXC
Nick Diaz (Pictures) has signed an exclusive deal to fight in the U.S. with EliteXC that will add an additional two years to his current contract, which has two fights remaining, Sherdog.com learned late Wednesday.
Diaz will fight next on Nov. 10 in Corpus Christi, Texas in an EliteXC 160-pound title fight.......................
Daniel Puder and Paul Buentello confirmed for next Strikeforce card.
Heavyweight Daniel Puder has confirmed he will compete on the Strikeforce promotion’s next card Friday, Nov. 16 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. No opponent has been named for the 26-year-old Californian.
Puder will join fellow heavyweight Paul Buentello on the Nov. 16 card. Buentello (23-9) last fought in June when he defeated former K-1 star Carter Williams by second-round knockout at Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Baroni.” A product of the American Kickboxing Academy, he will enter his latest bout on a four-fight winning streak, having won all four by KO or TKO. Buentello has won 10 of his last 11 fights, the lone hiccup an infamous 15-second KO loss to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 55 in October 2005.
I wish WEC would have more cards at a faster pace, like Strikeforce.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has MMA in his sights
Mark Cuban has always enjoyed a good scrap. Now the volatile Dallas Mavs owner wants to mix it up as a martial arts businessman. A MMA fan for years, Cuban recently unveiled his latest brainchild, HDNet Fights, a new MMA organization poised to make an impact on one of America's fastest-growing sports.
Through HDNet Fights, Cuban will sign pro fighters, broadcast bouts on his high-def cable channel and promote live events. His first card is set for this Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Boxing and MMA: There's room for all of us
As we enjoy some of the finest weeks of boxing in quite some time, it is time to put to rest the topic that you see filling up message boards and sports blogs across cyberspace.
With an outstanding Taylor-Pavlik fight in the rear-view mirror and many huge bouts to come in the next few months, boxing, despite what some contest, is by no means dead. Moreover, in a day and age when observers wonder if MMA is preparing for a takeover in the world of combat sports, boxing has reaffirmed itself as one of the world's finest athletic competitions. Thanks to the Kelly Pavliks, Manny Pacquiaos, Ricky Hattons, and Miguel Cottos of the boxing world, the Sweet Science appears alive and well.