Punch Drunk Hangover 11.05.07: Remember, Remember the 5th of November
Monday has arrived and with it comes the Punch Drunk Hangover, your quick reference guide to news related highlights from the past week coupled with unfiltered opinions from Bren Oliver - the Kent Brockman of 411Mania's MMA Zone. Read ahead for my thoughts on rumors surrounding UFC 80, last week's UFC press conference, Din Thomas' arrest, Ken Shamrock's alleged lawsuit against Zuffa, and why I think the UFC 78 card might offer fans the best overall lineup of 2007.
Din Thomas Denies Wrong Doing, Copy Of Arrest Warrant
Cory Sucher, the lawyer for UFC lightweight fighter Din Thomas, responded to recent charges that his client held illegal cage fighting matches in Florida. The following is provided courtesy of TCPalm.com:
“[Din Thomas] did not break the law that he is being charged with breaking…. These were sparring sessions to get participants experience…. We see this as training sessions, sparring sessions between teammates.”
When Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson advances on Bo Cantrell Saturday night in EliteXC, it'll be his first authentic, sanctioned prizefight recorded in his 33 years -- the exhibition bout with Ray Mercer notwithstanding.
Yet a substantial number of people in the arena and at home will be familiar with Slice, both with his menacing, bearded mug and his 235-pound frame capable of rendering those in close proximity concussed and ego-bruised.
Report Connects Zuffa to Xyience
Xyience recently signed a three-year extension on its exclusive partnership with the UFC, but the supplement company's reportedly close ties to the mixed martial arts promotion have not appeased several disgruntled fighters Xyience once sponsored.
CANADIAN MMA REGULATION BECOMING A HOT TOPIC
Ken Hayashi, commissioner of the Ontario Athletic Commission in Canada, spoke to MMAWeekly recently about his views regarding the increasing number of mixed martial arts shows taking place on Ontario Indian Reservations.
“Those guys are taking a big chance with putting on these shows. If someone gets seriously hurt there will be serious liability issues for those connected with the event and it will set the sport back several years in Ontario. Especially if it’s found that they’ve not done the due diligence that other professional athletic commissions are doing,” he explained, as he referred mainly to medical testing such as CAT scans, EEGs, and full blood work (Hep B, Hep C and HIV), which most other provincial commissions require.
Ricardo Arona: "UFC Rules Were Made For Me."
Ricardo Arona, one of mma's biggest free agents seems intent on coming to the UFC. Check out commments Arona made to Tatame.com:
"The UFC rules were made for me. When they put me there it will be hell," said Arona. "Nobody will stop me. Everything favors me, the rules, the time zone. These rules with vaseline in your face, elbows and 5 minute rounds were made for me. I am used to fighting 20 minutes. Apart from the rules, you also cannot use steroids, and there are a lot of people falling because of that. I never used steroids, and I am laughing my ass off of these people that are falling because of it. I have no problems because of it."
Is Kimbo Real Deal Or Just Really Overrated?
With Bo Cantrell of Citrus Heights, California (10-10) being named as the next stop on the Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson MMA Experiment (my title for his newfound career-the only way I’m taking it off is if and when he manages to beat a top 25 heavyweight or he and his people offer me my own backyard knuckle scrape DVD project), the question on everyone’s mind had to be whether or not this man is “legit.”
Cung Le vs. UFC’s Sam Morgan at Nov. 16 Strikeforce Event
Famed kickboxer Cung Le (4-0) will look to continue an undefeated streak in MMA when he takes on former UFC fighter Sam Morgan (18-8) at a Nov. 16 Strikeforce event.
“Strikeforce: Four Man Enter, One Man Survives” takes place in San Jose, Calif. A broadcast partner for the event should be announced shortly.
Yahoo! Sports Expands MMA Coverage
Yahoo! Sports, one of the Web’s leading sports destinations, recently expanded its MMA coverage by separating its MMA and boxing sections. As part of the division, MMAjunkie.com is proud to announce a bigger presence on the site.
Doerksen steps up to fight Herman at UFC 78
After David Terrell was forced to withdraw from his UFC 78 bout against Ed Herman due to an ankle injury, veteran middleweight contender Joe Doerksen has decided to step up to face the Ultimate Fighter 3 finalist on November 17th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Dennis Hallman vs. Sean Salmon Set for Nov. 16 Strikeforce Event
Dennis Hallman (37-12-2), a longtime MMA fighter best known for twice defeating former UFC champion Matt Hughes, will take on Sean Salmon (14-4) at the Nov. 16 Strikeforce event in San Jose, Calif.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the booking from Salmon.
The fight will be the alternate bout for Strikeforce’s four-man middleweight tournament — the first ever sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.
IFL WEIGH-INS HIT SOME SNAGS
The weigh-ins for the International Fight League’s first World Grand Prix tournament took place Friday, but not without a few bumps in the road.
Donny Liles was 6 lbs. over the max limit of 171 and Horwich, Ray, and Heleno came in overweight as well. It is surprising to see this many fighters come in overweight. This is bad for the IFL, right when they were trying to get back on track. Their first time live on tv and they have four fighters who can't make weight.
Rashad Evans: "I’m just a better fighter than Bisping."
Rashad Evans seems to be feeling very confident about his upcoming clash with fellow TUF winner and light heavyweight contender Michael Bisping.
I do just about everything better than Michael Bisping, said Evans. "I think he’s pretty tough but I’m just a better fighter than him. I felt Bisping had a hard time with Hamill. He was being more physical than him — and I’m definitely going to be more physical than Bisping. I want to make my mark and say, ‘This is where it’s at’."
Evans, who last fought the ever popular Tito Ortiz to a draw last July at UFC 73, is undefeated and looks to step past Bisping at UFC 78 for a possible light heavyweight title shot against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
For more on this article please visit TheSun.com
M-1 Global Planning New Year’s Event?
Famed heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, who recently signed with the restructured M-1 Global fight promotion, today issued a letter to his fans in Japan, and in it, he hinted that the organization might hold a New Year’s show in Japan.Emelianenko’s letter, translated into English, appears on the M-1 Global website.