The Age Of "The Iceman"
As dozens of surprised fans echo his name, it's an ovation that pales in comparison to the roar that greets him when he makes his way to the octagon in front of thousands of thundering fans. Nonetheless, when "The Iceman" Chuck Liddell enters a room, people take notice.
Hand-to-hand and fist-to-cheek
FORT KNOX — Training geared toward wartime self-defense made its way to a steel cage this weekend as Fort Knox soldiers competed in the post’s first combatives tournament.
Exclusive: Ortiz On Dana Beef, UFC 73, Rampage-Liddell [Pt. 2]
On April 26, MMANews.com's own Chris Howie sat down with former UFC Light Heavyweight champion "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz to discuss his upcoming bout at UFC 73 with Rashad Evans, his beef with company president Dana White, moving over to fight in the Zuffa-owned PRIDE, and more!
The 10 greatest UFC upsets
What started as a freak occurrence has seemingly turned into a spiraling epidemic as the best of today’s UFC fighters are going down in a blaze of eight-sided glory. After the year we’ve had in this sport I must approach every pay-per-view with nervous anticipation. It really is true: Anything can happen.
Diaz on MMA judging
I think for the most part the judges get it right, but then again that's why there are three of them. I've seen some Split Decisions that should have been unanimous in my opionion.
Is Parity Good For MMA?
The talk of the MMA world so far in 2007 has, of course, been the many “upsets” we have witnessed so far. We have already labeled 2007 as “The Year of the Upset” and pretty much every month that trend continues
Exclusive: Ortiz Explains 'Ho' Insult, Going To PRIDE [Pt. 1]
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz will bring his 15-5 pro MMA record into the octagon, a place he helped build as poster-boy and Light Heavyweight champion during the early Zuffa years, and defend against Ultimate Fighter season two winner "Sugar" Rashad Evans.
Rashad responds to Tito
Challenged Tito to grow out his hair naturally (no dyes or straightners) and see how nappy his own hair is
And called him out for not having any real solid wins in awhile except Ken
MMA's Drving Force, Anything Can Happen
In the realm of the fastest growing sport in the world, one fact is ringing louder and louder with every passing major event. It rings from inside the hearts and minds of every athlete involved in the painstaking process of relentless training and dedication.
Mayhem Miller's WEC Debut On May 12th
World Extreme Cagefighting has announced the full fight card for its May 12th show at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. It was previously announced that the headline bout would be WEC Lightweight Champion “Razor” Rob McCullough making his first title defense against UFC veteran and WEC mainstay Rich “Cleat” Crunkilton
Exclusive: Big Names Listed For Fishman Deposition
According to a source with information related to the Fishman Companies vs. DSE Inc. lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nevada, Fishman Companies lawyers are reportedly preparing a list of witnesses for future deposition.
Another CC interview
ZAGREB - Croatian MMA fighter in his home in Zagreb heals the consequences of his hard defeat on Saturday against the Brazilian fighter Gabriel Gonzaga at the UFC 70 in Manchester. The shocking images of Cro Cop laying in the middle of the cage fainted seemed unreal because of the reversed roles we are used to see in the last few years.
Similar experience Filipovic did have against Kevin Randleman (in PRIDE) and Michael McDonald (in K-1). From both fighters he lost to a KO and both times he managed to get at the top. Al thou his charisma got seriously damaged in Manchester, Mirko is saying he has the motive and strength for a new rise to the top.
Nothing is broken
Are you feeling any consequences for your health?
There are no headaches, nor any other visible after effects of Gonzagas high-kick. If there was no pain in my right ancle I would've been long in training by now. Because of that, there's 2 weeks of passive rest for me now. The ancle is swallen, but I think there's nothing broken because I wouldn't be able to walk in that case. Nevertheless, I'll be going to a doctor for some examinations.
You were looking distracted in the ring?
I was not myself against Gonzaga. I just couldn't decide to start a series of strikes, I didn't go forward. Something similar happened in my last fight against Sanchez in Las Vegas, but I managed to win that fight. These kind of things happen to me in regular intervals. Nevertheless, there's no excuse for this defeat, no alibi, nor am I seeking one.
What was crucial for that kind of a lose?
Gonzaga's elbow strikes in my temple were the main thing. When I stud back up, my perspective was faded and i didn't even see that high-kick.
Were the preparations wrong?
The preparations for the fight were perfect and that isn't the problem. Just before the fight I was in a bad mood, I couldn't focus, I fought without any strategy.
What's your future in the UFC?
I'll be back even stronger. This is not the time to speak of the UFC belt, but I will respect the contract to it's end. Of course, in the case there will not be any new injuries. Al thou, I don't know what could make me fight once i fulfill my contract of four more fights.
When could your next fight happen?
I believe I will fight at the end of August or the beginning of September. I am expecting a rematch against Gonzaga. I would like to thank everyone who came to Manchester because of me and everyone who called to express their best wishes. I had more than 200 calls and i couldn't answer them all.
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.