War of Words Continues As Fight Looms.
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 20 -- With doubts lingering around Friday's co-promoted Strikeforce-EliteXC pay-per-view card, EliteXC president Gary Shaw cleared the air during a press conference Wednesday.
Krazy Horse In The Bing...Not Looking Good
Well, Krazy Horse got himself locked up last week, with multiple parole violations. Gary Shaw has been trying to "spring" him, but it's not looking good. There was no bail set, and Charles Bennett is currently locked up. If Shaw can't get him on a plane by 10:30 am tomorrow for the weigh-ins then the fight is off, with Edson Berto pencilled in to replace the Horse. I personally was looking forward to seeing Joe Boxer vs Krazy Horse, it would've been a war, maybe in the future.
Preview of Shamrock v. Baroni
"For Shamrock, a win over someone like Baroni, not considered top 10 at MW, but certainly someone that is a game fighter, would go a long way towards reestablishing his reputation. It wouldn’t fully cement Shamrock as top of the food-chain, but it would answer a lot of the remaining questions."
Baroni, "Ninja" Cleared to Fight Friday
Hurdles in the way of Phil Baroni (Pictures) and Murilo Rua's (Pictures) anticipated fights Friday in San Jose, Calif. have been cleared, California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Armando Garcia told Sherdog.com.
Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni on June 22
This Friday in San Jose, former UFC middleweight champ and MMA legend Frank Shamrock takes on Phil Baroni in a fight that has been building up for close to a year now. The two fighters square off for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight belt (in an event co-promoted by EliteXC), but a shot at the title seems to be the least interesting aspect of the fight.
New Five Star Radio
There was so much this week that one show would not suffice, so days before Mike heads to San Jose for Strikeforce, he sits down and previews both that show and the TUF 5 Finale. Plus, we even have a segment on all the world of Japanese pro wrestling and the reading of hate mail~! Five Star Radio is the best MMA related show on the internet today, so says a gay Irishman! Really, can you beat praise like that? Best of all, this one is free so listen, love it, and spread the word.
Head Coach Says Penn Will Be Ready On LW Return.
Even in the usually fascinating world of mixed martial arts, Rudy Valentino stands out as one of its most interesting figures. In addition to his head coach duties for former UFC welterweight champion BJ Penn, Rudy is a former kickboxing champion and professional surfer, a fight historian and he also works full time for the Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation.
Report: Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill Still “Scheduled”
Despite rumors saying Michael Bisping will fight UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at September’s London UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 3 light heavyweight is still scheduled to face his original rumored opponent, Matt Hamill.
That’s the word from the ever-credible Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer.
Dana White: I’ve Talked to Kurt Angle, But He’d Get “Destroyed” in MMA
Dana White recently confirmed that he’s again opened discussions with 1996 Olympic gold medalist and WWE/TNA “professional wrestler” Kurt Angle about a possible mixed-martial-arts debut with the UFC. However, White says that Angle would get “destroyed” in the UFC if he doesn’t start working on his MMA skills.
Dana White: Dissolving of PRIDE Fighting Championships a “Possibility”
Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, owners of Zuffa LLC (the UFC’s parent company), finalized their purchase of PRIDE Fighting Championships last month, and UFC president Dana White hasn’t ruled out the possibility that the UFC will simply take PRIDE’s best talent and then disband the Japanese-based organization.
Penn’s Got Five Years worth of Payback on His Mind
The morning after. It's when the adrenaline dies down and when reality sets in. On the morning of January 12, 2002, BJ Penn didn't like how his world had changed in the previous 12 hours. After losing a five round majority decision to Jens Pulver the night before, he knew what it was like to be on the other side, and not only didn't he like it, it threw his world into upheaval.
Diaz Doing the Family Name Proud
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - Hours and hours of torturous training, dealing with various aches and pains in muscles you didn't even know existed, pre-fight tension so thick you could cut it with a knife, and then 15 minutes of war with an adversary who has been training to either knock your head into the third row or to twist your arm or leg in directions it was never intended to go in.Being a professional fighter is no joke. But for Nathan Diaz, fighting isn't just the only thing he knows, it's the only thing he could ever picture himself doing.
CSAC: Gracie's Results Off The Chart.
In the wake of Royce Gracie's (Pictures) positive test for steroids, the California State Athletic Commission released details Monday that the Brazilian mixed martial arts icon showed such elevated levels of Nandrolone, a common anabolic steroid, that it could not be registered by the testing lab.
Assembly passes legislation to legalize MMA in Illinois
The Illinois General Assembly passed a legislation Wednesday to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts in Illinois, reports the Chicago Tribune.
To finalize the measure, Governor Rod Blagojevich will need to the sign the bill into law.
Expect the UFC to promote an event in Chicago as soon as MMA is officially regulated in Illinois, which appears to be early 2008.
Local MMA events are currently being held in Illinois via state-approved waivers.
UFC 75 BRINGS THE CHAMPIONS TO LONDON SEPT. 8
London, England (UK) – After an absence of over five years the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization will bring the world’s most exciting live sports event back to London on Saturday September 8.
Report: Ken Shamrock Confirms Negotiations with UFC
Today’s report that Michael Bisping will face UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at a September UFC card in London was met with a variety of reactions — confusion, frustration and especially some skepticism. And even though the UFC decided not to address the rumored fight at an official UFC 75 press conference earlier today, Shamrock has confirmed that he’s in negotiations with the UFC for a return to the Octagon.
Chuck Liddell is ready for another fight
As odd as it is to hear, the “former” UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Chuck Liddell joined MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio last week for the first time since his disappointing 1st round KO loss to Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.