Employment, Not Promotional, Contract at Center of Zuffa v. Couture
When Randy Couture (Pictures) announced his resignation from the UFC on Oct. 11, 2007, it seemed inevitable that the matter would be settled in court. The inevitable became official on Monday as Zuffa, parent company of the UFC, filed a complaint against Couture and yet to be named co-conspirators in Nevada's Clark County District Court.
Perhaps to the surprise of many observers, the complaint makes no mention of Couture's promotional (fight) contract with Zuffa. Instead the company's breach of contract action is predicated on its employment contract with Couture.
Very interesting to see the direction that Zuffa is coming at Randy here.
UFC 79 Drug Tests: All 12 Fighters Test Negative
The Nevada State Athletic Commission tested 12 of the 20 fighters who competed at last month’s UFC 79 event, and all of the competitors tested negative for drugs of abuse, as well as performance-enhancing drugs.
UFC 79, which aired live on pay-per-view, took place Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Hughes in the night’s main event to earn the UFC’s interim welterweight title.
Both of the headliners were tested by the NSAC, as were Mark Bocek, Rich Clementi, Manny Gamburyan, Melvin Guillard, Chuck Liddell, Dean Lister, Lyoto Machida, Jordan Radev, Wanderlei Silva and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjo.
UFC Inks English Fighter Neil Wain for UFC 83
The UFC has signed English heavyweight Neil Wain (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to a four-fight deal, and the UFC newcomer is expected to make his octagon debut March 8 at UFC 83, which is tentatively scheduled for London, England.
Wain’s manager recently confirmed the news in a Cage Warriors messageboard announcement.
Wain made his professional debut in November 2006 and has posted four consecutive victories fighting for the U.K.-based Ultimate Force and Goshin Ryu MMA Championships organizations. All four of Wain’s victories have come via knockout — all in the first round. However, Wain’s opponents have a combined record of just 3-12, according to one major fighter database.
Fighters From UFC 79 Come Back Clean
At a time when national heroes are falling from grace as steroid use is the topic at the fore of the collective sports world, the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that all of the athletes tested at the Ultimate Fighting Championships’ Dec. 29 event have come back clean, both in testing involving performance enhancing drugs (such as steroids) and drugs of abuse (such as marijuana or cocaine).
According to the commission’s executive director Keith Kizer, “The NSAC tested Georges St. Pierre, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Lyoto Machida, Sokoudjou, Rich Clementi, Melvin Guillard, Manny Gamburyan, Dean Lister, Jordan Radev, and Mark Bocek.”
Cain Velasquez signs with the UFC, debuts at UFC 83
Greg Savage from Sherdog reported on the SDS that the UFC have signed the very exciting HW prospect Cain Velasquez, according to Savage he will debut at the UFC in London in March against an opponent to be decided.
Cain (6'2 and 245lbs) trains out of the American Kickboxing Academy and is 2-0 in MMA with quick TKO wins in Bodog and Strikeforce.
Chip off the Ol’ Block: EliteXC Signs Ken and Ryan Shamrock
Ken Shamrock is emerging from his unofficial retirement, and he’s bringing his son Ryan with him.
Elite Xtreme Combat, a California-based MMA organization that airs on Showtime, today announced that the promotion signed both 43-year-old Ken Shamrock (26-12-2) and the his 19-year-old son Ryan (1-0) to multi-fight deals.
Terms of the fighters’ deals were not disclosed.
Additionally, EliteXC announced that both fighters will be part in a March 8 event in London, England. “EliteXC Presents: Cage 25” takes place at Wembley Arena. (ProElite Inc., EliteXC’s parent company, recently purchased the U.K.-based Cage Rage organization.)
Ken, one of the first inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame, has been fighting professionally for nearly 14 years and competed in the very first UFC event. The submission specialist left the UFC for six years but ultimately returned to fight Tito Ortiz and then to coach a team on “The Ultimate Fighter 3.” He’s since severed ties with the UFC, and in an explosive interview with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) back in October, he claimed that UFC President Dana White forced him into retirement and that he never intended to quit fighting.
Ryan, a 135-pound fighter, made his MMA debut back in August and defeated 31-year-old (and fellow UFC newcomer) Josh Besneatte with a first-round submission at an event produced by his father’s fight organization. The fight is available at YouTube.
Carano Off EXC 2/16 Card
EliteXC's Gina Carano, currently appearing on "American Gladiators", has reportedly been dropped from EXC's February 16 event. No reason given but there are rumors if a rift between EXC brass & Carano's camp.
MacDonald Vs. Doerksen Set For UFC 84
An All-Canada showdown is now set for UFC 84 in Canada, as native Middleweights Jason MacDonald and Joe Doerksen are now set to face each other at the event. This will be a rematch of a fight they had in Winnipeg in '05, which MacDonald won by 4th round submission.
TUF 6 Winner Danzig Debuts At UFC 84
Mac Danzig, winner of The Ultimate Fighter 6, appears to have his official UFC debut set. He's set to face Mark Bocek at UFC 84 in his first match at Lightweight, which he dropped to after winning TUF 6 at Welterweight.
GSP ready for Serra in Montreal
Winning UFC title in Montreal would be a Rush for Quebec MMA fighter St. Pierre
By DON BRENNAN
Few quick things you should know about the extremely popular Georges St. Pierre, aka Rush, aka GSP:
Don't question his character, don't make fun of his heritage and, oh yeah, don't attack him with a knife
Other than that, you're going to see in St. Pierre -- a 26-year-old from Saint-Isidore, Que., and the "interim" Ultimate Fighting Champion welterweight title holder -- the "nice-guy" reputation that proceeded his whirlwind visit to the nation's capital this weekend.
UFC Releases a Handful of “TUF 6? Fighters
The UFC has released a number of fighters who appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra,” the latest installment of the UFC’s reality series that airs on Spike TV.
The UFC has cut show semifinal-fighter John Kolosci, former Team Jorge Gurgel fighter Dorian Price, submission fighter Paul Georgieff, four-fight veteran Billy Miles, two-fight veteran Dan Barrera, and amateur fighter/part-time MMA commentator Blake Bowman.
Additionally, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, quarter-finalist Richie Hightower was cut from his contract. According to his agent, Ken Pavia, Hightower was released so that he could gain some more experience at his new weight class before he potentially returns to the UFC. Pavia and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva mutually agreed on the plan, Pavia reported in a recent MMAjunkie.com column.
Baroni Will Fight In Japan, Returns To AKA
Contrary to recent reports about Phil’s Baroni’s current fight status, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed through American Kickboxing Academy’s management team that he will indeed face Pancrase veteran Sanae Kikuta on World Victory Road’s debut show “Sengoku.”
The fledging Japanese fight promotion made the bout announcement on Friday, making it the first official bout in the young promotion’s history.
Nam Phan Interview...Strikeforce plans, turning down the UFC, etc.
Just did a story and interview with Nam. He talks about his upcoming bouts with Strikeforce and Gladiator Challenge...why he turned down the UFC and what he thinks of Roger Huerta, his professional boxing career. Feel free to check it out and leave any comments. We're lagging on redesigning the site so bare with the simplicity for now. Thanks
411's MMA Roundtable 1.14.08: 2007 - A Year to Remember
Fans would be hard-pressed to find a twelve-month stanza in Mixed Martial Arts history filled with as many memorable moments as 2007. Dubbed by many as "The Year of the Upset", the MMA world would bear witness to multiple "Fight of the Year" candidates, phenomonal individual performances, underdogs overcoming the odds, and countless other memorable moments inside arenas from coast-to-coast.
The past year also brought forth the creation of 411Mania's MMA Zone. What started out as a handful of Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts bombarding the board with original content and news bits soon morphed into one of 411Mania's most popular areas. Now featuring fresh submissions on a daily basis from a pool of talented MMA writers, an increasing score of exclusive interviews, and a constantly-updated news section, it stands to reason 2008 should be an even more-successful year.
MMA Analytics 01.14.07: UFC's Welterweights Suddenly Stagnant
With Georges St. Pierre's recent win over Matt Hughes, it seems that Pierre has become a dominant opponent for nearly everyone in the Welterweight division. This poses problems of who will be able to matchup against Pierre in the future, much like the situation with Anderson Silva at Middleweight. We'll look at the current situation in the Welterweight division, comparisons to the Middleweights, and fixes that the UFC can implement to reclaim a challenging upper tier of matchups for the division. All of that and more in this edition of MMA Analytics.
Focused BJ Penn ready to make history
With win, would become second man to win titles in two UFC weight classes
If you were to visit any mixed martial arts event anywhere around the world and poll the fighters on who was the most gifted fighter in the sport, B.J. Penn would be likely to finish at or near the top.
The UFC lightweight has all the tools for superstardom. He's a phenom in jiu-jitsu; his standup is slick; his takedown defense is world-class; he's charismatic. Tales of his prowess have been spun over the years in building him up to near-mythical status. MMA fighters hold him in awe, amazed by a skill level that is unmatched when focused, understanding that his best is at another level. It is a phenomenon that FIGHT! Magazine writer and author Sam Sheridan calls, "the BJ factor."
The Science of MMA
I just saw this, it says its on the national geographic channel so keep an eye out for it.
Should be interesting to watch an they have some well known faces on the show.
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MMA Executive: Jason MacDonald vs. Joe Doerksen at UFC 84
In a recent blog entry, UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald (19-9 MMA, 3-2 UFC) stated that he would be fighting on the UFC 84 card in Montreal. We now apparently know his opponent: Joe Doerksen (39-11 MMA, 1-5 UFC).
The news comes from Stephan Patry, president of the Canadian-based TKO organization, who was quoted by the French-Canadian sports site, RDS.ca. (MacDonald and Doerksen both previously fought for the organizations.)
Although the MacDonald-Doerksen fight would feature two of Canada’s top middleweight fighters, it’s not known if the bout will be on the night’s televised main card. The event — the first ever to take place in Canada — is quickly filling up with top-tier talent. In addition to St. Pierre vs. Serra, the event is also slated to feature Thiago Alves vs. Karo Parisyan, as well as the return of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.