IFL Report $31 Million Losses
The IFL will promote no pay-per-views in 2008, but that is the least of the MMA group's problems. According to the the IFL's 10k SEC report filed on 4/15, the group has suffered a net loss of $31 million. The IFL received $1.6 million from MyNetwork TV for programming, but paid $15.9 million to run shows in 2007. As things stand, the group has insufficient funds to operate past the third quarter of this year.
Report from Gerweck.net
I don't think this will come as a surprise to anyone really. So will any of the other orgs pick up any of the talent in the IFL.
Trigg Added To DREAM 2
UFC veteran Frank Trigg is among several more fighters & fights announced today for the upcoming DREAM 2 event in Japan. Trigg will take on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Ronaldo Jacare.
Cage Rage Promoter Steps Down
Cage Rage announced on Friday that longtime promoter Andy Geer has stepped down from the company to pursue other business interests outside of MMA. He is being replaced by Chris Cordeiro, effective immediately.
Joe Rogan Not Going Anywhere
One of the more annoying things on the internet is when people make stuff up and report it as news because it's possible that it could happen
A good example is a recent article by nutcase Rich Bergeron suggesting that Rogan was leaving the UFC:
.However, chatter coming into the Fight News Unlimited offices point to more than just "unspecified previous obligations" preventing Rogan from lending his comic voice to the Pay-Per-View broadcast, and his absence may not be temporary.
Fight News Unlimited received information from a reliable source recently pointing to a possible Carlos Mencia-esque rift between Rogan and UFC President Dana White. No, Dana White's not stealing Rogan's jokes, but rumor has it that White recently mandated that there be absolutely no mention of Randy Couture's name in any future UFC broadcasts. Rogan has been outspoken about Couture and the impact of Captain America's departure on the UFC and the sport of MMA.
Joe Rogan posted today at The Underground that the rumors are "bullshit," and went into more detail on his blog.
There's been a lot of goofy articles written on the internet lately about me missing the UFC card in Montreal this weekend, speculating all sorts of silly reasons why I'm not going to be there, so I figured it would be a good idea if I cleared it up here. The only reason I'm not going to be there is because of a family obligation.
I'm certainly not upset at the UFC, and I'm not quitting to start doing commentary for a rival organization. I've also heard some ridiculous shit about me having massive fallout with the UFC president Dana White, which couldn't be further from the truth. Dana is a very good friend of mine, and in the 7 years I've known him we've never even had a single disagreement.
Paul Bradley discusses "TUF" departure
For Paul Bradley, everything was going along perfectly.
He was invited to compete on the seventh season of "The Ultimate Fighter," he won an elimination bout to earn a spot in the house, and he did it in convincing fashion. He was then drafted by UFC light heavyweight Quinton Jackson to be part of "Team Rampage" -- as a respectable third-round pick.
good read, the guy sounds like a real class act, hope he makes a name for himself in elitexc
Ortiz tried to hire Belfort for his trains to face Lyoto
Carlson Gracie’s black belt, Vitor Belfort, that is training at Minotauro team and at Nova Geração, bet at Lyoto Machida, his ex-train mate, in his next bout at UFC 84 in May, against Tito Ortiz. “Lyoto has the skills to win, but is a tough fight. Two famous athletes, but I believe that Lyoto has more chances, he is at fight rhythm and Tito is star”, tell Belfort that reveal that Toto Ortiz tried to hire him to help at train to the fight.
“Tito wanted to hire me with a lot of money, but I said no. I said that money can’t buy everything.
Greg Nelson: Brock Lesnar to beat Mark Coleman by ’smashing’ at UFC 87
“Brock is a bigger, faster and stronger wrestler, who also has knock out power with his hands, and he has a better submission game. If Mark attempts to take Brock down he will be sprawled on and end up on the bottom getting smashed. If it stays standing, Brock will smash him with his boxing skills. Lastly, if Brock wants to, he will take Mark down and smash him. I predict Brock winning by smashing Mark with his size 4 XXL hands.”
Greg Nelson — one of the top trainers for heavyweight fighter Brock Lesnar (and Sean Sherk) — shares his thoughts on the preparation for his fighter heading into a showdown against Mark Coleman at UFC 87 in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 9. Lesnar dropped his Octagon debut to Frank Mir at UFC 81: “Breaking Point” in February 2008.
Coaches not signed for "TUF 8"
Despite some rumors and even a published report to the contrary, the UFC and Spike TV have not signed coaches for the eighth season of "The Ultimate Fighter," which debuts later this year.
"TUF," the UFC's hit reality series that debuted in 2005, is currently in its seventh season and features UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin as coaches.
The application process and tryouts have already begun for the eighth season, which will include lightweight and light heavyweight fighters. However, reports that UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former champ Frank Mir have been signed on to become coaches are not true
Hughes Vs. Serra Sooner Rather Than Later?
Everyone assumes Jon Fitch is next to get a UFC Welterweight Title shot after Saturday's UFC 83. According to Fitch, though, stop assuming that if Matt Serra wins because Fitch feels Matt Hughes might get the next shot instead.
Chute Boxe Returns To Japan
The famed Chute Boxe team, once the dominant force in Japanese MMA, is beginning the road back to dominance starting with World Victory Road. Chute Boxe fighters Michael Costa and Fabio Silva have signed with the Sengoku promotion and will be part of its upcoming show.
Anyone Can Fight Jens Pulver Saturday
And you won't get hurt, not physically anyway. Pulver, the #1 contender to the WEC Featherweight Title, who is also an avid gamer, will be on Xbox Live Saturday night from 9-11 PM ET playing the game "Call Of Duty 4" with Xbox Live members.
I wonder if Urijah Faber will also be on there...
BodogFight Down For The Count?
Sure looks like it. Sources within BodogFight confirm that the organization will be shutting down next week. It started strong with a reality series and a PPV featuring Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Lindland, but never got over with avid MMA fans and a subsequent live event may have been the eventual death blow.
Tuf 8 Coaches
An unofficial source tells Cage Potato that the coaches have been signed for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, and they are none other than UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former champ Frank Mir.
take it with a grain of salt.... but it almost seems like it would make since
Joey Villasenor replaces Ninja Rua against Phil Baroni on May 31
The same day Elite XC issued a press release that the main card was set for “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS we already have a change in the line up.
Murilo “Ninja” Rua has been scratched for the show at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on May 31 and has been replaced with Joey Villasenor (25-6) who will tangle with Phil Baroni (10-9) in a 185-pound scrap.
No reason was given for the switch.
Fitch talks title shot, GSP/Serra 2, and more
Our friends Chris Fries and The JDH of Tagg Radio's The Lights Out Show interviewed top UFC welterweight contender, Jon Fitch on their last show (volume 113). Jon is obviously very interested in this weekend's Serra/GSP fight, since he will likely be facing the winner. Here are some excerpts from the show.
FITCH ON GETTING A TITLE SHOT NEXT
"The only way I could see not getting a title shot is if they push the (Matt) Hughes vs (Matt) Serra fight for a title (if Serra beats St. Pierre)."
FITCH ON WHO WILL WIN SERRA/GSP 2
"St. Pierre is going to find a way to put him (Serra) away by the end of the second (round)."
FITCH ON MOVING UP IN WEIGHT
Many of you may not know, but Fitch has fought as big as 205, with many of his fights coming in at 185. Here's what he had to say when asked if he would consider moving up to 185 again when the time was right.
"Yeah. I don't want to fight the same six guys ten times. A lot of times rematches and trilogies are a waste. You got to mix it up a little bit."
Jon also speaks out on Karo Parisyan allegedly "ducking" Fitch before and if Karo deserved a title shot had he beaten Thiago Alves.
To hear the rest of this interview, tune into The Lights Out Show on the Tagg Radio Network at www.TaggRadio.com. Live shows every Tuesday and Thursday 8e/5p. Archive shows available to listen to anytime afterward at www.thelightsoutshow.com, www.iTunes.com, and www.myspace.com/thelightsoutshow.
Interesting Article on Michael Westbrook
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was early evening at Arizona Combat Sports and the man behind the counter had his feet propped on a desk and his hands folded comfortably behind his head.
A visitor inquired about the whereabouts of Michael Westbrook.
"I'm Michael Westbrook,'' the man said as he stood and offered a handshake and smile.
Those are gestures Westbrook couldn't offer with much certainty or happiness a decade ago in the middle of a turbulent NFL career, when outrageous expectations, eggs bouncing off his front door and rumors about his sexual orientation made life miserable.
As Westbrook, 35, began giving a tour of the mixed-martial arts training facility, he was downright gleeful. Funny, but the writer and photographer he guided are members of the media, a group Westbrook collectively despised when he was playing wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and failing to live up to the lofty expectations that came with being the fourth overall pick in the 1995 draft.