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News From Japan: New MMA Sanctioning Body And Victory Road Begin
(mmaweekly.com)
In addition to the announcement today of the founding of the World Victory Road promotion in Japan, also announced was the creation of the Japan Mixed Martial Arts Federation (JMM), a sanctioning body for MMA in Japan. Tomiaki Fukuda was named President of JMM, Tadao Yasuda VP, and Naoya Kinoshita the CEO of World Victory Road. No fighters named as of yet for the promotion, but they promised a first show announcement soon and they said a TV deal's in the works, so it sounds like Victory Road is off to a good start. The sanctioning body is another positive that should benefit every MMA promotion in Japan.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 12:41PM by DCRage - 4 comments
 
Jake Shields in UFC for 2008?
(mmanews.com)
Looks like Shields could be coming to the UFC in 2008. Lets just hope Dana shows him the money and doesnt try lowball techniques again.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 12:41PM by Lay_N_Pray - 4 comments
 
Ricardo Arona signs with M-1
(mma-europe.net)
Ricardo Arona signs with M-1 According to “Vale Tudo News”, Brazilian ace Ricardo Arona (13-5-0) announced that he has signed a four fight deal with Russian organization M-1. The opponent(s), due to contractual issues, weren't revealed. Arona said that he is now focused in his debut, in December. When asked if the first fight would be with Fedor Emilianenko (26-1-0), Ricardo Arona smiled and kept his silence.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 12:26PM by szucconi - 3 comments
 
Frank Shamrock on Couture Quitting
(mmanews.com)
In a recent online interview, Frank Shamrock offered his comments on Randy Couture's leaving UFC last week. Almost hard to believe Frank actually called it.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 11:34AM by DCRage - 15 comments
 
Forrest Griffin To Have Shoulder Surgery?
(mmanews.com)
According to a forum post by fellow TUF alum Rory Singer, Forrest Griffin has been fighting with a shoulder injury and should have surgery soon. Never would've guessed by looking at him and it hasn't really affected his recent fights negatively.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 11:32AM by DCRage - 2 comments
 
MM-Eh! News From Canada: Big MMA Weekend Ahead
(sherdog.com)
Canada is getting ready for a huge weekend of MMA coming up-not only are natives Jason MacDonald and Kalib Starnes fighting at UFC 77, World Top 10 Heavyweight Aleksander Emelianenko makes his debut for Hardcore Championship Fighting in Calgary, with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira's debut right around the corner at their Vancouver show in November. It's worth noting the Vancouver show was sanctioned before the city's MMA ban took effect, so that show will be allowed to go on. Between the UFC fights and HCF (Fedor should also be in his brother's corner, addin that much more intrigue), it could be a banner weekend for the Great White North.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 10:09AM by DCRage - 0 comments
 
News From Korea: Murata wins Spirit MC HWGP, Gets Kang Next
(sherdog.com)
Ryuichi Murata emerged victorious at this weekend's Spirit MC Heavyweight Grand Prix in Seoul, South Korea. But perhaps more significant than his win in the GP is the result: He now gets to fight Spirit MC HW Champion Denis Kang in a unification bout. It's considered more a middleweight bout because of their natural weights. Interestingly, the fighter Murata beat to win the GP has fought and lost to Kang in the past.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 10:04AM by DCRage - 0 comments
 
News From Japan: Kondo Wins At Pancrase, HW Title Match Scrapped
(sherdog.com)
The Japanese Pancrase promotion ran their most recent show over the weekend in Tokyo, with the main event seeing former UFC & PRIDE fighter Yuki Kondo get his first win of 2007. The card was to have been headlined by King Of Pancrase Heavyweight Champion Assuerio Silva vs. Kestutis Arbocius, but Arbocius no-showed. A handful of Japan vs. Korea bouts were also featured, which seems to further illustrate the continued growth of MMA in South Korea, which is good for the long-term prospects of the sport in the Far East.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 10:00AM by DCRage - 0 comments
 
Some fighters think UFC salaries unfair
(chron.com)
When discussing fighter salaries, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White is fond of saying, "I take care of my guys." Some of those guys aren't so sure.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 9:57AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
 
White's reaction could determine MMA's future
(sports.yahoo.com)
Dana White may be the man most responsible for the meteoric growth of the UFC. It has a national television contract, it does ever-larger pay-per-view sales, it routinely sells out major venues and it has one of the most passionate fan bases in sports. Much of that is due to White's grit, guile and cunning. But White, the UFC president, has a challenge before him, the likes of which he has never faced in his seven years at the helm of the world's most successful mixed martial arts promotional company. Though White hardly seemed upset by UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture's announcement Thursday that he is retiring as a professional fighter and severing all ties with the company, how he handles the situation will determine whether the company will continue its rocket-like ascent toward mainstream acceptance or whether it will return to the netherworld of niche sports status............
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 8:29AM by Manfred - 4 comments
 
Bonnar Climbing
(mmaweekly.com)
Stephan Bonnar returns to the Octagon on Saturday night against Eric “Red” Schafer at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. In Bonnar's last fight, at Ultimate Fighting Championship 73 in July, he made short work of Mike Nickels by submitting him with a rear naked choke early in the first round. He is of course remembered for his legendary battle with Forrest Griffin on the finale of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” It's been two-and-a-half years since that epic fight that many have said put mixed martial arts on the map.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 7:44AM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
 
A New Start For Japanese MMA?
(mmaweekly.com)
A press release was sent out this past week to select members of the Japanese media by a company named World Victory Road Inc. (WVR). The release announced a press conference scheduled for this week. According to the release the press conference will be relative to mixed martial arts and will take place in Tokyo, Japan. The following guests will be in attendance at the press conference: –Kinoshita Naoya (CEO, Kinoshita Koumuten Inc.) –Takao Yasuda (CEO, Don Quijote Inc.) –Tomiaki Fukuda (Chairman, Japan Wrestling Federation) –Vice President of FILA
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 7:26AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
 
Petty Cash
(sherdog.com)
Does Sean Gregory know something Dana White doesn't? In a July profile of the rapid ascension of mixed martial arts to the top of pop culture, the Time magazine journalist pegged the Ultimate Fighting Championship's worth at north of $1 billion. It's little wonder. Live events routinely break revenue and attendance records. Twelve UFC pay-per-view events in 2007 could -- assuming an average buy rate of 500,000 and a 50-percent stake after the cable companies take their cut -- be counted on for more than $100 million in gross revenue. White himself has bragged of living in a Las Vegas mansion worth millions and owning a fleet of cars.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 6:57AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
 
Kimbo signs long-term contract with EliteXC
(sports.yahoo.com)
Looks like Kimbo vs Tank is on for the next EliteXC event.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 6:06PM by Lay_N_Pray - 3 comments
 
Cage Rage 24 Fight Card
(cagerage.tv)
Murilo Rua vs Xavier Foupa Pokam headlines the card. Also appearing are Neil Grove, Cyborg Santos, Drew Fickett, and Ross Pointon. Full fight card on the link!!!
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 10:00AM by babalu2720 - 3 comments
 
The Spider's Web - Part Two
(ufc.com)
If you had never seen Anderson Silva fight before, within seconds of his UFC debut against Chris Leben in June of 2006 you knew that he was something special. There was a grace to his fury, an effortless feel to complex techniques few could grasp, let alone master. Silva’s work in the Octagon recalled the great Bruce Lee, a man who the current UFC Middleweight Champion calls his greatest fighting influence.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:52AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
Dan Henderson: UFC 79 fight with Tito Ortiz ‘possible’ (Audio)
(ufcmania.com)
Note: Tito Ortiz recently announced that he plans to return to action in early 2008. UFC 79 is slated for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 29, 2007.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:50AM by aznteabagger - 10 comments
 
Burkman Ready To Fight His Fight
(mmaweekly.com)
He’s earned the moniker of “The People’s Warrior.” On Oct. 20, Josh Burkman returns to the Octagon at Ultimate Fighting Championship 77 in Cincinnati to fight Forrest Petz.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:47AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
Tim Sylvia Not Worried About Title Shot
(mmajunkie.com)
After a seven-month absence from competition, successful back surgery, and a small fall into relative obscurity, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (23-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) makes his return to the octagon next weekend at UFC 77. There, he’ll take on undefeated heavyweight contender Brandon Vera.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:46AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
 
Early 2008 Return Possible for “Cro Cop”
(mmajunkie.com)
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, a beleaguered UFC heavyweight coming off shocking back-to-back losses, is planning to return to the octagon in early 2008 — and he wants former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as an opponent.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:45AM by aznteabagger - 2 comments
 
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