Pride Fighting: Decade
Don't miss out on this retrospective on the 10-year history of PRIDE Fighting Championships, featuring interviews from such PRIDE fighters and icons as: Nobuyuki Sakakibara, Nobuhiko Takada, Renzo Gracie, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, Quinton Jackson, Mark Kerr, Kevin Randleman, Frank Trigg, Don Frye, Matt Hume, Gilbert Yvel, plus many other legends in MMA!
Half and Half
According to Sports911.com, the "Softbank presents Dynamite!! USA in association with ProElite" K-1 event on June 2 at the Los Angeles Memorial Colliseum will be aired half on Showtime (the Elite XC portion) and half on PPV (the K-1 portion). Notable quote:
The pay-per-view fight card, which begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, will feature up to six fights, with co-main events. Prior to the pay-per-view, SHOWTIME will televise three explosive bouts featuring EliteXC stars Jake Shields, Antonio Silva and Gina Carano.
Remember, K-1, Elite XC, Spirit MC, BodogFight, Cage Rage, and Strikeforce have all banded together to fight the Zuffa brand. I think that makes sense. Breaking up the event into partial cable, partial PPV seems convoluted and destined for failure. Who is going to pay for 6 fights after watching a few for free? My guess is they think the first few fights will entice viewers to order PPV, but they'll probably be inclined to turn the channel and keep watching free tv.
UFC: 6th Most Popular Sport in U.S.?
If website visitation is any indication, there is a new sport around that is capturing the hearts of U.S. consumers. The “UFC“, or Ultimate Fighting Championship, attracts a greater number of visitors to its website than the organizations that run professional golf, soccer, bowling, and tennis. And if hockey doesn’t fire up its zambonis soon, it appears that the NHL will be the next sport to be KO’d.
Much like the NFL is the largest professional football league, the UFC is the largest promoter of a combat sport named mixed martial arts (MMA). Competitors are allowed to not only punch like in boxing, but also kick, knee, elbow, slam, and choke their opponents. It’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea (my mother is not a fan), but enough interest has been building in the sport that nearly a million U.S. consumers visit the UFC’s website each month.
Local event delivers on same night as "Big Show
This past Saturday, April 21st, many fight fans across the world watched the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on either pay per view (in England) or basic cable (in the US). Roberto Cepeda, however, chose to spend his night taking in some local action in Chicago, IL at the International Mixed Martial Arts Competition’s (IMMAC) second ever show in the UIC Pavilion and he seemed to like what he saw. -Editor
IMMAC put on a good show this past Saturday, at the University of Illinois Chicago, Pavilion. This MMA show had eleven matches of high quality fighters. Some of the Midwest’s best fight schools were represented. Carlson Gracie Jr., Gilbert Grappling, Hackney. The fighters seemed well- rounded, many with grappling and striking skills well above the local MMA circuit level.
Drew Fickett Really Hates Xyience
Drew Fickett posted the following at MMA.tv early this morning:
"I WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGIZE FOR THE MISUNDERSTANDING, BUT i GOT DRUNK AND STARTED THINKING ABOUT RECONCILING WITH ALL MY INDIFFERENCES ON THE UNDERGROUNG. UNFORTUNATELY MY INTOXIMATED SENSES DID NOT ALLOW ME TO UNDERSTAND THAT XYIENCE WAS STILL ON THE HATE CHANNEL. I ACCIDENTLY DELETED MY POLITICALLY CORRECT, SARCASTIC THREAD ABOUT XYIENCE. LET ME REPHRASE THAT IN A DRUNK, VINO DE VERDAD FASHION...**** YOU CORPORATE COMMIE XYIENCE BASTARD...I LEFT MY BLOOD OUT THERE WITH A FELLOW FIGHTER AND YOU ****** ME...I GOT NOTHING BUT RESPECT FOR MY FELLOW FIGHTERS, THE FANS, AND THE SPORT, AND EVERYBODY IN BETWEEN...YOU ****** ME...YOU DISGUST ME...**** YOU AND BURN IN HELL YOU PIECE OF SHIT WHORES...HOPE THE MONEY WAS WORTH IT, CAUSE I GIVE MINE AWAY FOR FREE, NO SOUL ATTACHED...DREW THE ******* MASTER OF HIMSELF...HATEHATEHATEH8H8H8H8H8H8H8H8H8H8H8H8H8H8!M O FO HARNESS THAT SHIT MOTHER ******!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Fickett's last fight was a decision win over Keita Nakamura at Fight Night 9.
Rolles Gracie Trains the N.Y. Jets
From Renzo Gracie's MySpace blog:
Our very own Professor, Rolles Gracie, held a seminar for the NY Jets football team . He was aided by instructor Alan Teo. The seminar dealt with Jiu Jitsu applications in regards to the positional strategies of football
petition for Joe Rogan as commentator for UFC on HBO
To: Zuffa, LLC
To: Zuffa, LLC and whoever else it may concern,
This petition is in support of Joe Rogan being a commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, when it arrives on HBO. His knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts techniques, and his entertaining commentating skills would be sorely missed if absent from all subsequent HBO UFC broadcasts. We plead with Mr. Dana White, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta to please make this happen.
go to the link and sign the petition
FORMER NFL STAR TAKES FOURTH MMA WIN IN REDDING, CA
Former Green Bay Packers running back, Herbert “Whisper” Goodman is making a name for himself in his new sport of choice, mixed martial arts. Goodman, who has only been training in MMA for approximately six months, already has a perfect 4-0 record.
Goodman’s very first fight ended in 26 seconds by knockout. 30 seconds into the second round, Goodman ended his second fight victoriously, as well. His third fight ended in one minute. Whisper Goodman isn’t messing around.
On April 21, at Win River Casino in Redding, CA, Ken Shamrock presented MMA Extreme Cage Fighting featuring Goodman and Eric Manley of Stars and Strikes American Mixed Martial Arts (Redding, CA), in his MMA debut, as the main event. And what a main event it was!
WILL THE PIRANHA STRIKE AT RING OF FIRE?
Second chances are rare in life, rare for every day people and even rarer so for fighters. So when a fighter gets one of those unique opportunities to rebuild their career, you know they’re going to do everything in their power to make sure things go right the second time around. Such is the case of Dennis “The Piranha” Davis.
At one time Dennis was one of Team Quest’s premier young athletes. A lightweight possessing speed, agility and one of the best ground games in the Northwest, Davis seemed a lock to eventually make his way to the biggest stages in MMA, but it didn’t happen.
ATT'S STEVE BRUNO SCORES TITLE AT SPIRIT MC
Spirit MC is a Seoul-based promotion that has Pride-style rules, although the matches are all 3 rounds for 5 minutes each. This is where American Top Team’s Denis Kang racked up a lot of wins in Spirit MC before he went on to show the world he meant business. Since the promotion has Kang as heavyweight champion and has sent two veteran fighters to train in Florida, it makes sense that the Americans would come to Seoul and give us some good fights.
The theme was “Invasion” and the card was Korean vs. non-Korean all the way through. American Top Team (ATT) brought three fighters to the show and there was also a fighter each from Purebred Omiya and Spike 22. The fights were all exciting and showcased the emerging Korean talent versus some well-trained fighters.
REINHARDT TAKES CFC LIGHTWEIGHT BELT
DECATUR, ILL. – Jason Reinhardt was a busy man on Saturday night. He hosted and co-promoted the Courage Fighting Championships 8, plus he coached fighters and served as cornerman too. Reinhardt even fought in the main event, defeating Theodore Reynol and winning the Courage Fighting Championships’ 155-pound belt in the process.
COUTURE AUTOGRAPHED SHORTS RE-LISTED!!!
Randy Harris of Talking Sports Radio has put together an auction for Ryan Bennett's family. In his ongoing efforts to help out Ryan’s family, Randy has been obtaining more items to put up for auction on eBay.
CURRENT ITEMS BEING AUCTIONED
RYAN BENNETT MEMORIAL FUND ON eBay
HURRY THESE ITEMS ARE ENDING SOON!
-UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture’s fight shorts, autographed, from his comeback fight with Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 have been re-listed. Hurry, the bidding is over at 12:30 PST on Sunday night!
-Autographed, worn fight gloves from Heath Herring at UFC 69. Bidding ends on Thursday night.
UPCOMING ITEMS TO BE AUCTIONED INCLUDE:
-Items from Chuck Liddell
-Items from Randy Couture
Items from Jeff Blatnick
-Items from Pete Spratt
-Items from Matt Serra
ANY FIGHTER WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DONATING TO THE MEMORIAL AUCTION PLEASE CONTACT RANDY HARRIS AT email@example.com
If you have a favorite fighter or player, let Randy know and he will get something from them to auction off. You can check out the www.myspace.com/ryan_bennett_memorial site that Randy has set up to check out all sorts of tributes to Ryan.
ALL PROCEEDS from the auctioned items goes directly to the Bennett Family Fund.
Miguel Torres Wins At IMMAC, Moves To Bodog
Torres has been competing in MMA events for the last seven years and is placed as one of the top MMA featherweights in the world, especially in the Shooto World and Americas rankings. So as a featherweight... where can he go from here?
"Bodog and the W.E.C. both offered me contracts. Bodog made a higher bid, so I am going with them. Since they are offering me more money than any other featherweight fighter in the world, I am going to invest all my time and energy into training. For the last three years, I've been doing a lot of teaching. I am really going to focus on fight training," Torres said.
Pancrase champ to face Cage Warriors champ this Friday
The Featherweight King of Pancrase and Cage Warriors featherweight champion are set to clash in a non-title bout on April 27 at the Korakuen Hall in Toyko, Japan.
The battle of champions will see the inaugural featherweight K.O.P. Yoshiro Maeda taking on English featherweight Danny Batten, who has held the Cage Warriors 145-pound title since 2005.
The Fabio Negao Nascimento-Yuji Hisamatsu bout was scrapped by Pancrase Tuesday when they found out Nascimento was knocked out last Saturday at No Limits: Proving Ground in Irvine, CA.
Furthermore, Pancrase is claiming Nascimento breached his contract by taking the fight one week prior to his scheduled bout against Hisamatsu.
Complete Fight Card:
1. LW: Kenji Takeshige vs. Shoji
2. WW: Takuya Wada vs. Sotaro Yamada
3. FW: Miki Shida vs. Manabu Inoue
4. WW: Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Choi Hyungsuk
5. MW: Izuru Takeuchi vs. Daisuke Watanabe
6. MW: Hikaru Sato vs. Brayane Fafiq
7. FW: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Danny Batten
Bonus Pay Outs From UFC 70 "Nations Collide" Revealed
According to Loretta Hunt and TheFightNetwork.com, these are the bonus pay outs awarded to fighters for fight of the night, knockout of the night and submission of the night at UFC 70 "Nations Collide".
Fight of the Night:
Michael Bisping vs. Elvis Sinosic
Knockout of the Night:
Gabriel Gonzaga high kick of Mirko CroCop
Submission of the Night:
Terry Etim's guillotine choke over Matt Grice
The amount of the pay outs given for these bonus categories change. Sometimes it's $5,000 per, $10,000 per and $15,000 per. Your guess is as good as mine here, but I would assume it's one of the larger amounts.
Tim Sylvia to get back surgery?
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia wasn’t fibbing when he revealed during the in-ring interview immediately after his loss to Randy Couture at UFC 68 that he injured his back.
In fact, “The Maine-iac” is considering surgery, according to a blog post earlier this month on his official Web site.
Here’s the snip from April 13:
“Matt [Hughes] and I are in St. Louis, MO today and tomorrow for the NRA show. I got my 3rd cortisone shot for my back and if this doesn’t work out, I’ll have surgery in 2 weeks. Heading up to Oregon on Wednesday for some turkey hunting, I’ll be hanging out with my buddies from BowTech Archery while I’m up there.”
UFC Quick Quote: ‘Big Nog’ excited to make Octagon debut
“I know there are a lot differences [in UFC rules] and I’ll have to adapt my game. But I always looked for the submissions, and I believe that my adaptation will be good. Maybe because of the fact the fight is in the Octagon my opponent will be able to avoid my takedowns. But I can handle it, and we will see how things are going to work. About the rules, here in UFC elbows are allowed, but when the opponent uses it, he opens more spaces and this will make things easier for me. My expectations about making my first fight in the Octagon are big. I’m anxious to show the same submission game I showed in Japan. I want to prove that I’ll be successful in the UFC and my first step will be my debut fight. Now I have to train and wait for the great day.”
– Former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira talks about his eagerness to make his UFC debut, as well as how the rule changes might affect his fight game, with Sherdog.com. No opponent or date has been announced for the Brazilian’s first appearance inside the Octagon