Ultimate Fighting Lacks Sweetness
Having spent the better part of my writing career chasing the real-life Rockys and the other assorted crooked-nosed, "Guys and Dolls" characters who live under boxing's big tent, I am an incurable, die-hard lover of the Sweet Science.
Hyped rematch pits two of UFC's top talent
Turn to any form of sports media during the past week and it's likely you've seen Chuck Liddell.
Magazines and newspapers? Check.
Liddell's rematch against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has become, arguably, the most hyped mixed martial arts match of all time, considering the amount of national media coverage the sport has received recently. With that, Liddell not only has become the face of the organization for which he fights, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but the sport of mixed martial arts as a whole.
The Iceman cometh
It's a sweltering 95 degrees outside the MGM Grand, but Chuck Liddell is dressed as if he's training in the dead of winter. He's hidden underneath a black hoodie, sweat pants and sneakers as he jogs around the Grand Pool in the back of the hotel.
Chuck Liddell has become the face of the surging UFC, and his star power is paying off for the growing sport.
CSAC Grants FEG License, Saku Status Uncertain
The California State Athletic Commission on Friday announced it has granted FEG USA a temporary promoter's license just eight days before the company is scheduled to hold "Dynamite!! USA" at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Originally billed with a main event featuring the mixed martial arts debut of former WWE star Brock Lesnar (Pictures) against popular South Korean figure Hong-Man Choi (1-0-0), FEG was left scrambling on Tuesday for options after the CSAC denied Choi, 26, a license to fight due to unnamed medical concerns. In the wake of the seven-foot-two Choi's questionable health, FEG opted to look for a second medical opinion while exploring for a replacement fighter.
Live UFC 71 Weigh-In Results
Today’s weigh-in results included:
Chuck Liddell (205) vs. Quinton Jackson (205)
Josh Burkman (171) vs. Karo Parisyan (170)
Keith Jardine (205) vs. Houston Alexander (202)
Terry Martin (186) vs. Ivan Salaverry (184)
Chris Leben (185) vs. Kalib Starnes (186)
Jeremy Stephens (156) vs. Din Thomas (155)
James Irvin (204) vs. Thiago Silva (202)
Alan Belcher (205) vs. Sean Salmon (205)
Wilson Gouveia (204) vs. Carmelo Marrero (205)
Chuck Liddell Pre-UFC 71 Interview
Tomorrow night, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell steps into the Octagon, not only looking to defend is belt, but to avenge the only unanswered loss of his career… Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Fighters Make Their Picks On Liddell VS. Jackson
With UFC 71 hours away, fighters weigh in with their picks on the highly anticipated rematch between Chuck 'Iceman' Liddell and Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson for the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title.
Rampage Ready To Melt The Iceman
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s career has come full circle. He was once considered a top contender in Pride’s middleweight division, but had failed to capture the Pride Middleweight title
Fertitta Brothers Consolidate Control of Cagefighting Competitors
Under its new management, World Extreme Cagefighting may be all grown up. In the past six months, the mixed martial arts league has inked deals with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and cable sports channel Versus. It's looking forward to becoming more than Ultimate Fighting Championship's younger sibling someday.
Dana White: Diego Sanchez Nearly Retired Prior to UFC 69
With today’s UFC 71 weigh-ins, I can’t help but remember the infamous weigh-in events from UFC 69 last month in Houston.
The day before a much-publicized main-card bout bout between The Ultimate Fighter 1 cast mates and (now bitter rivals) Josh Koscheck and Diego Sanchez, Houston fight fans got a preview of just how real the hatred was.
UFC 71 event predictions
Instead of writing out long-winded explanations of why I like one fighter over another and then detailing their history ad nauseum, I'll just link to a few places that aren't as lazy as I am and actually go through with the horrendous ordeal.
Liddell: “Now it’s My Turn”
In the professional fight game, nothing sells more than revenge, especially if two fighters aren't particularly fond of one another. The fights that harvest the most dollar bills are typically over-hyped rematches exploiting only two scenarios, sometimes used in conjunction.