Revenge or Redemption Awaits at UFC 83
As it turns out, "South Park" was wrong all along and Canada is actually good for something besides mediocre NBA franchises. Namely, hosting big-time MMA cards delivered by the UFC.
This time around we've got Matt Serra (Pictures) and Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) looking to establish who exactly is the world's preeminent welterweight as well as a trio of middleweight dust-ups, the official UFC baptism of an "Ultimate Fighter" champion and an undercard that'll have every fan praying for some quick finishes.
Fertittas bought Japanese martial arts business to kill it
It was touted to be a mixed martial arts merger like that of the National Football League and American Football League. Japan-based Pride fighting was brought under the same ownership as the Ultimate Fighting Championship a year ago, which was supposed to lead to uniform rules and a big step in the evolution of a fledgling sport.
But what was dubbed by some as the pending "Super Bowl of Mixed Martial Arts" never happened. Now the biggest matchup appears to be scheduled for a federal courtroom.
Not being funny, but they bought so they can do what they please with it. As much as I might think them mad for breaking up the company when they could have turned it into UFC Japan or something and missing a great opportunity. At the end of the day it's their money.
HCF Postpones May 10 Card
Saying its pending restructuring under new ownership has been extended by the due diligence process, Hardcore Championship Fighting on Tuesday announced the postponement of its May 10 card in Calgary.
California Moving To Add Amateur MMA
CSAC executive director Armando Garcia is hoping to make amateur MMA legal in California by the end of the year. Currently, only "professional" MMA is legal in the state. The program, if approved, would likely start in December or January '09 with stricter rules for amateur fights.
Korean MMA Star Not Fighting Again For 2+ Years
South Korea's millitary just got a giant commitment...literally. Hong-Man Choi, the 7'2", 350 pound MMA giant, has enrolled in the Korean military for a mandatory 24-27 month period of service, required because he is from South Korea. He had put it off for sometime, but decided to do it now.
UFC 83 weigh-in details and info for Serra vs. St. Pierre 2 PPV event
The official weigh-in for UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2” will take place this Friday (April 18) at 4 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Not surprisingly, the pre-fight festivities for the first-ever show for the promotion in Canada, which takes place the following day (Saturday, April 19), will be beamed LIVE across the Internet via streaming video.
In fact, ESPN.com, NBCSports.com, Sympatico MSN, Yahoo!Sports.com and FoxSports.com will all air the weigh-in for UFC 83 LIVE on their Web sites this Friday, according to UFC.com.
Nothing Personal, Doerksen Just Wants Revenge
It's not often that the fight game is more forgiving than the rest of life. When it comes to rematches, though, it sometimes is.
Fighters occasionally get a chance that the rest of us dream about at some point in our lives -- to make up for something that happened in the past.
Winnipeg, Canada's Joe Doerksen will get such a chance Saturday at the UFC's first event in Canada. He'll try to avenge a 2005 loss to Jason MacDonald when they meet in a middleweight bout at Montreal's Bell Centre.
Should be a good fight. I always like watching MacDonald fight.
MacDonald via Rd. 2 Sub
Serra not afraid to play villain’s role
UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra knows he isn't going to be the fan favorite when he steps into the octagon at Bell Centre in Montreal in front of the expected largest crowd in North American mixed martial arts history on Saturday night.
"I'm having my trainers and sparring partners boo me on a regular basis, so I'm getting used to it," said Serra, who defends the title against hometown hero Georges St. Pierre. "It's the same cage, it doesn't matter the city."
St. Pierre, "I Will Win Or I Will Go To The Hospital"
When Georges St. Pierre travels to the Bell Centre in Montreal on April 19 to battle Matt Serra for the UFC welterweight title, he won’t have to venture far, as the fight is taking place in his hometown.
He won’t have to look very far for his most adamant supporters; they will surely be in attendance.
He won’t have to dig very deep for the motivation to fight the man who beat him for the title almost exactly one year ago.
He will now battle for his shot at redemption and a second reign as the 170-pound king of the MMA world.
With the rematch between Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra just days away, the current interim welterweight champion, who stated he will not bring the belt with him to the fight with Serra, is focused on the task at hand and excited about fighting for the title in front of his hometown fans.
“It pumped me up so much, I can’t believe it,” St. Pierre said about the fight taking place in Montreal. “It’s a dream come true. It’s a great opportunity for me to shine in front of my people by winning the world title, and that’s the guy I’ve wanted to fight for a long time, too, because he beat me. I can’t wait, it’s going to be fun.”
Working with St. Pierre for this fight are a familiar cast of training partners including Denis Kang, Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans and, of course, lead trainer Greg Jackson, who will formulate the game plan that is expected to beat Serra.
“I’ve been working for my game plan against Serra. Like I said, in (this) fight people will see some stuff that I’ve never shown before,” St. Pierre stated in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “Some stuff people have never seen in MMA. So it’s going to be interesting. Don’t blink because the fight can finish very early, or it can go to the distance, but don’t blink.”
Eye on the prize: UFC 83 sit-down with Demian Maia
Demian Maia will make his return to the eight-sided-cage this Saturday night in Montreal. He will clash with middleweight fighter and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season three runner-up, Ed Herman, at UFC 83.
Maia, who has won his first six career fights, will be in only his second in the UFC.
“I feel pretty good. I love the Octagon,” Maia told MMAMania.com. Maia made his UFC debut at UFC 77: “Hostile Territory,” when he tooled Ryan Jensen, submitting him via rear naked choke in the first round.
Terry Martin wins via KO in professional boxing debut
Former UFC middleweight Terry Martin needed less than 30 seconds to pick up his first professional boxing victory Friday night at "The Odeum Rumble" in Villa Park, Illinois.
Martin scored the first-round knockout over the now 0-2 Ricardo Upchurch of Mansfield, Ohio in a cruiserweight bout scheduled for four rounds.
Next up for Martin is a mixed martial arts bout versus David "The Crow" Loiseau on May 17 at a Combat Fighting Championships event in Newcastle, England.
Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano and Robbie Lawler ink EliteXC contract extensions
It’s funny what major network television exposure can do for a promotion that is eager to lock-in its stars to long-term deals.
Street fighting legend Kimbo Slice, female MMA phenom Gina Carano and EliteXC Middleweight Champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler all signed “long-term extensions” with EliteXC today.
Looks like they are trying to keep their stable of star fighters with them for the long haul. This is one step closer for them trying to be the UFC's fiercest competitor. As long as each fighter continues to grow in popularity and they can keep them in house they could become a fixture in MMA for a long time.
Miguel Torres vs. Yoshiro Maeda WEC title fight slated for June 1st
Manny Tapia was forced to withdraw this evening from a highly anticipated bout against WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres (32-1) because of a knee injury sustained while training for their showdown at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on June 1.
MMAmania.com has learned that Yoshiro Maeda (23-4-2) has agreed to replace Tapia on short notice and take on Torres at WEC 34: “Faber vs. Pulver” for the 135-pound strap.
Maeda made his WEC debut in Albuquerque, N.M., knocking out Charlie Valencia with a body kick in the first round. The Japanese fighter is a decorated Pancrase and DEEP veteran. In fact, Maeda was the first Pancrase featherweight titleholder.
He had some trouble competing under the Pride FC banner (two of his four losses); however, Maeda has not lost since being submitted by Joe Pearson back in 2006.
It was announced today actually that Maeda would face Damacio Page. That bout appears to have quickly been scratched, however, to ensure a worthy opponent for Torres.
Nick Thompson calls out Novell G. Bell (trainer from BET's Iron Ring)
Well apparently on the BET boards, Ben Hill the manager of "Iron Ring" trainer Novell G. Bell has been getting real mouthy about MMA fighters being nothing but toughman-level fighters and went as far as saying he would challenge any MMA fighter to try to step to him. Novell G. Bell wasn't as disrespectful but had some choice words for MMA fighters, too. Well some of the guys from the Underground forum (mixedmartialarts.com forums) got word to professional MMA fighter Nick Thompson and he accepted the manager's challenge to a "no rules fight". The manager hasn't accepted yet but these mcdojo losers have no idea what kind of an ass beating they could be in store for. American Top Teamer Mike Hauben waiting to make his pro debut has said he would fight the guy for free as long as he signs a waiver saying he isn't liable for his injuries.
Here's the link to the forums where this is all going down:
Bell's manager Ben Hill is posting under the name of: Maoshan
Bell himself is posting under the name of: BlackTaoist
They begin posting on page two, they both apparently practice Kung-Fu and are some form masters or something.
This isn't really news-worthy but it's worth a good read to see these mcdojo idiots being called out after running their mouth.