Cro Cop Talks
From his personal blog on mmaid......
I'm off to Tokyo!
A big announcement will come straight from Japan tomorrow (February 13).
When the official part is done I'll be able to provide more information about everything,
and believe me, I have many things to say.
What you could easily guess by now is that I won't be retiring.
I'll keep on fighting, it's my life, it's what I do.
Dana to Cro Cop: Less money or you're sitting out
Jist of the article as translated by someone else:
Mirko has been told that due to his poor performances in the UFC so far, the UFC is no longer willing to pay him the amount of his contract (signed when Mirko was at the high point of his career and was expected to be an immediate threat to the HW title).
He has been given the option of re-signing for a lesser amount per fight (didn't say how much), or sitting out the remaining year of his contract.
EDIT: The rumors floating around are that he's going back to K-1
WEC Champion Moving Up To UFC?
That's a possibility for current WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit. While he's happy in WEC right now, he says he needs to take a step up in competition, which likely means UFC.
TUF M-1 Style: Coming Soon
Seriously. M-1 Global's newest project is "Fighting Fedor", a TUF-style competition series where 16 Heavyweights will fight for the grand prize at the end-a fight against M-1's Fedor Emelianenko.
Gono Discusses Hand Surgery (Funny!)
Akihiro Gono, who pulled out of his fight with Jon Fitch at UFC 82, recently had surgery to repair his injured hand. He wrote about the surgery on his blog yesterday which was translated by
I couldn’t sleep well because my right hand is in pain even if I take pain killer pills. I realized how hard to do everything by my left hand. I want to get married so bad now. I’m 33 years old and this is my first time to dream about getting a wife. I want someone who is attractive and respectful. I should be competitive to be chosen by my dream girl though.
Tim Boetsch Interview
Well, after watching Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch dispose of David Heath at UFC 81, we’re all left thinking that he may be that kind of fighter; one that’s simply meant to step into the Octagon.
Scenes from a Divorce (Rivalry between Bo Dog and M1 heats up in Russia)
Most interesting part of this article is the last couple of paragraphs, quoted here:
Semenov's decision made such waves that even his former tutor Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) interfered. When Fedor heard the news, he immediately called Finkelchtein, Red Devil's owner. Later Fedor was quoted in an interview as saying, "Listen, nothing will come of [Semenov]. I have no desire to work with someone who lets people down like that."
Finkelchtein is unlikely to watch without doing anything. The consequences could involve M-1 signing native Russian talent to exclusive contracts or making it difficult for Bodog to run shows in St. Petersburg.
Martin Kampmann interview
This is a new interview of Martin Kampmann I just found. If some of you dont remember, he's the guy that blew out his knee about a year or so ago. Check it out.
Another injury, another fighter pulls out. Bonnar out of fight with Hamill
Bonnar sidelined with torn ligaments
By Kevin Iole
Monday, Feb 11, 2008 6:29 pm EST
UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar will be sidelined for at least six months after tearing ligaments in his left knee during training on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Bonnar said he was working on his jiu-jitsu in preparation for his April 2 light heavyweight bout against Matt Hamill in Denver. He said he heard a pop and later learned that he had torn the lateral collateral ligament.
"I was doing nothing out of the ordinary, just working on my (jiu-jitsu) getting ready for my fight," a downcast Bonnar said. "I heard a pop and I thought, 'Damn, what is this?' I walked around on it a little, but when I got home, it was really stiff and swollen."
Man, this sure seems to be happening way more than usual of late. Guess its do to the fact these guys are training so much harder these days than say 5 or 10 years ago.
DAMACIO PAGE ADDED TO WEDNESDAY'S WEC
World Extreme Cagefighting on Monday announced that Damacio Page will step in to take the place of an injured Jesse Moreng at Wednesday’s event in Albuquerque, N.M. Page will now face Steve Jorgensen in a bantamweight (135-pound) contest.
Although he’s taking the fight on just two days of notice, Page told MMAWeekly that he’s ready to go, as he was already preparing for another bantamweight bout scheduled for Feb. 28 in Canada.
Pit Bosses: Premature Thoughts on YAMMA Fighting
Not since the progeny of singer David Bowie was christened Zowie -- swear to God -- has popular culture suffered a name as patently offensive to good taste as YAMMA Pit Fighting, the latest in the me-too march of MMA offerings.
Too harsh by half? Perhaps, but with two months to go before YAMMA makes its official debut at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., there's precious little else about the promotion to comment on.
Pit Fighting founder Bob Meyrowitz -- there's one for the résumé -- has been evasive in questions pertaining to the YAMMA fighting surface, alleged to revolutionize how we view the combat sports. No participants have been officially announced, though it's known that Meyrowitz plans on dusting off combatants from the UFC's heyday for a series of "Master" class super fights. The event will also use a single-night tournament to crown champions, a dubious honor awarded more for luck than skill.
Couple this with the rumored reunion tour of New Kids on the Block, and you'll forgive anyone who mistakes 2008 for 1994.
Matt Hamill talks about being deaf, Bisping and his fight with Bonnar
He looks like a cool guy and hasn't got any thing bad to say about Bisping.
Anyway heres the
Fightline.com: Can you explain to people that don't know, a little bit about being a deaf fighter?
Hamill: I have been deaf since birth so I don't know any different, if I could hear or not. I think being deaf does allow me to concentrate on my matches and fights. In the ring all I see is the person in front of me. No other distractions whatsoever get in the way.
Belcher Vs. Day At UFC 83, Cote Off
A late change to the UFC 83 card has been revealed as Patrick Cote, expected to be on the card, is now off due to an injury. It was also learned that he would not have accepted the Alan Belcher fight that was rumored to be offered to him, so Belcher will now reportedly fight Jason Day at 83.
UFC 83 tickets cost how much!?!?!
I just ebay'd the tickets to see how much they are going for now and two tickets for pretty crappy seats are going for nearly $2000!!
This is sick!
Heres the link if you don't believe!
Who would pay this to see the fight?!