Announcement: Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz on WhoopAss Radio
In one episode of WhoopAss Radio, we spoke with two legends: Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz.
I interviewed them both for the newest edition of WhoopAss Radio. The good folks over at MMA.tv are in the process of putting it up on their webpage as we speak. Once everything is set up on their end I'll update this post and link the show for everyone to hear.
So how did it go? Well, aside from some reverb in Frank Shamrock's cellphone, pretty damn well. Both interviews went long and covered tons of ground. With Frank we talked about everything from his upcoming fight with Phil Baroni to his thoughts on the UFC buying PRIDE. Same for Tito. He dished on his training camp, Dana White, Randy Couture's "jealousy", Chuck's loss, the bet against Rampage, and most importantly, Rashad Evans. Dear god, does he ever lay into Rashad Evans.
I feel like I worked pretty hard preparing for the interviews and doing the show. You never know how it'll be received ahead of time, but I'm hopeful you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.
So please, if you get a moment, send me an email or leave a comment. I'm very curious to hear some feedback, not just about the show, but also with respect to what both men said. Trust me, there's a lot to talk about.
Leonard Garcia: I’m Fighting Allen Berube on June 23
Within the past few days, we learned that Leonard Garcia (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) would make his much-anticipated return to the UFC at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale on June 23. We now know his opponent: Allen Berube (2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), the first cast member eliminated from the current season of the Spike TV reality series.
Tito Ortiz and Frank Shamrock on MMA.tv's Whoop Ass Radio!
Tito and Frank discuss a variety of topics with the radio hosts. Tito speaks on many topics including fighting Shogun, his training for Rashad, his purchase of Big Bear from De La Hoya. Frank talks Baroni, Renzo, if he would ever consider fighting in the UFC, and lots more. Check it out!
Jens Pulver TUF 5 reaction blog: Episode #10
Courtesy of the UFC and Spike TV, Jens Pulver and InsideFighting receive a copy of each week’s episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" before it airs. Jens then provides InsideFighting readers with his reaction to the episode in his coach's blog which is immediately posted online after the show is done airing every Thursday night.
LEONARD GARCIA VS. MONSTAH ON TUF FINALE
With two weeks to go until The Ultimate Fighter Finale on June 23rd in Las Vegas, details of some of the match-ups are coming to light. In addition to the main event pitting coaches Jens Pulver and BJ Penn, Roger Huerta has confirmed that he is fighting Doug Evans. Leonard Garcia has now confirmed that he is matched with The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 competitor Allen “Monstah” Berube on the finale.
Roger Huerta to Face Doug Evans at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
Yesterday UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) learned that rising lightweight contender Roger Huerta had been dropped from the UFC 74 fight card and added to The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale on June 23. We now know his opponent: Doug Evans, a team member of The Wolfpack, an Alaskan-based fight team.
Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson to Headline UFC 75
Recently crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson (27-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will make his first title defense against PRIDE Fighting Championships welterweight (183-pound) and middleweight (205-pound) champion Dan Henderson (22-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at the UFC 75 event in London, according to an interview Jackson conducted with CBS 2 in Los Angeles.
Sanchez v. Sakurai at UFC 74
“Diego Sanchez is ready to return to the UFC stage after suffering his first defeat back in April. Sanchez will has a welterweight showdown on the UFC 74 card in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 25th. He will fight Hayato Sakuri of Japan. Sanchez says if he is victorious he could get a rematch with the only man ever to defeat him … Josh Koscheck.”
McCrory proving that the Kids with Glasses can Throw Down
Feral cats that nobody takes care of – they eat out of your dumpster and stuff. A friend of ours said that they are pound for pound the most ferocious animals alive.”
June 3, 2006 – Tamdan McCrory, 6 foot 4 and 170 pounds soaking wet, enters a ring for the first time as a professional mixed martial artist. He doesn’t look the part, since he wears his glasses into the ring – not as a gimmick, but to see. But when the bell rings, the barn cat comes out.
UFC News: Chuck Liddell interviewed tonight on David Letterman's Late Show
In a high profile moment for UFC, and another mark of it reaching mainstream acceptance, Chuck Liddell was a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS tonight.
Letterman said he watches UFC and it frightens him. He said he's afraid that during all the time he's mouthed off to people in traffic, one of them could be a UFC fighter. "When you realize you can beat anybody just physically with your body, that gives you a peace of mind that the rest of us don't have, doesn't it?" Liddell said he doesn't have anything to prove.
Letterman asked how it's changed since it began as a renegade sport. Liddell said it's been regulated and sanctioned. He said a few rules have been added, but the style overall hasn't changed.
Regarding if it's safer than boxing, he said: "I think it's safer than boxing. Less permanent damage. You don't get hit in the head as much. I've seen pro boxing matches where the guy who won was hit with more power punches than I've been hit in my entire career. I was hurt more in five years of college wrestling than I have been in the last probably 13, 15 years of fighting."
Letterman asked if he can legally put people to sleep. Liddell said he can do that if someone doesn't tap out. He said he's never tapped, but he was put to sleep once.
He asked him about his title loss. Liddell said he made a mistake and threw a punch when he wasn't supposed to according to his trainer. He said his trainer warned him, and his trainer was right. He said beating Rampage Jackson is still on his to-do list. He said he shouldn't have thrown a wild left hook because it left him open. Regarding how he felt after the right, "Well, it kinda sucked." Letterman asked him if he minded them showing the clip. He was okay with it. They aired him getting KO'd. Liddell explained what he did wrong.
Liddell said his strength is being a wrestler and a striker, and most often he stands and strikes.
Letterman asked him who the heavyweight boxing champion. He said he doesn't know, but he could name the UFC Heavyweight Champion easily.
Letterman showed a picture of Liddell and his eight year son on ESPN Magazine's cover. He said if his son wanted to be an MMA fighter, he'd be okay with it. He agreed that it is America's fastest growing sport. He said it's more fun to watch than boxing because there's so many more aspects to the fights.
Letterman said it must be a great feeling to know they could line up a string of guys from the crowd and he could knock them all out easily. He ended with a plug for UFC on PPV and on Spike TV, but nothing specific.
Keller's Analysis Liddell came across really well. He was humble, personable, funny, and a good sport. He wasn't dynamic or especially memorable, but he came across how he and UFC would both like him to. He represented UFC well. Letterman was especially good. He's clearly a casual fan, and didn't ask any stupid questions (well, at least not with prior knowledge they were stupid with the intent of being funny).
MMA Legalized in MICHIGAN
On Tuesday, June 5, legislation was approved unanimously by the House Regulatory Reform Committe to allow mixed martial arts matches in Michigan.
Rep. Barbara Farrah was the sponsor of both bills and said that it will help bring income to Michigan's economy crisis, as it is the fastest growing sport in the US.
Kenny Florian and Marc Ratner (UFC VP) testified to the panel. Go Kenflo!
Kenny testified that he was hurt more during soccer than in MMA.
Their next concern that will be addressed is the process of establishing quality refs and judges. They may need to participate in several amateur matches before getting involved in a pro fight.
AX Fighting #17 "Summer Scrap"
AX Fighting returns to the Northwest! Saturday June 30th Fighters from all over the Pacific Northwest will meet at the Edmonds Community College to battle for the right to be called "Champion"
Exciting fights include:
Alex Zuniga vs. Alberto Santa Cruz
Joe Carmen vs. Vern Beach
Muhammed Mustafa vs. Jason Reno
Dustin Nicholson vs. Chris Garcia
Emett Cervantes vs. Ben Fodor
Jesse Freer vs. Chris Gramblin
For more information, or to order tickets online visit: www.AXFighting.com
Salmon to replace Faircloth this Saturday Night
6/7/09: UFC veteran Sean Salmon will be replacing Ron Faircloth in this Saturday nights Fight Nite in the Flats III event in downtown Cleveland. Faircloth was not cleared by the Ohio athletic commission due to a previous medical suspension resulting from his bout at UFC 55 in Connecticut and was forced to withdraw from this weekends match up against Jason "Freebird" Freeman (8-1).
Salmon will enter the NAAFS cage at 9-3 overall with his last two bouts coming in the Octagon at UFC 71 and Ultimate Fight Night 8 on Spike TV.
As for the Freebird, when informed of the change, Freeman told PKW that he was excited about the opportunity to face Salmon and assures fans they will see the best of Jason Freeman come June 9th.
In addition, Team Next Levels Chris Green (4-1) will replace team mate mark Hoppel this saturday and will square off against 2006 NAAFS National LHW Champion Chuck Ellison (5-1) in a preliminary bout.
Dont forget to stop by The Power House Pub on Friday June 8th for the official FNF3 Pro Weigh-Ins!
UFC HAWAII !?
Reported by Sam Caplan of cbssportsline.com This past weekend, Fighting Entertainment Group made the first attempt by a fight promotion at holding a major mixed-martial arts show at an outdoor stadium in the United States. From both a financial and quality perspective, the show was a total failure.
But if UFC president Dana White’s comments several weeks ago during a pre-UFC 71 conference call are any indication, Zuffa could be the next fight company to attempt a major outdoor MMA extravaganza.
White expressed his desire for the company to eventually hold an outdoor show at the 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. He gave no timetable for when a card will be scheduled and the UFC is not expected to promote a card in Hawaii until the state regulates MMA.
MMA cards currently take place in Hawaii on a regular basis but state rules do not require the shows to be regulated. Aside from holding shows in Europe, the UFC wants to avoid putting on fight cards in areas where MMA is not regulated.