Can Anyone Live up to Couture’s Legacy?
It was the single greatest moment in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
It was March 3 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, before 19,079 fans, the largest crowd up until that point in time ever to witness mixed martial arts in the United States.
White’s Reaction Could Determine MMA’s Future
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.
Parisyan vs. Chonan, Alves vs. Lytle at UFC 78
With his originally scheduled opponent Hector Lombard unable to enter the U.S. because of visa issues, Karo Parisyan (17-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will instead fight Ryo Chonan (14-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 78. And Chonan’s original opponent, Thiago Alves (12-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), will instead fight UFC veteran Chris Lytle (24-14-5 MMA, 3-6 UFC).
Randy Couture exit shows cracks in slick veneer of the UFC
Leaving the limelight at 44 is not unexpected for an athlete but heavyweight champion Randy Couture's sudden decision to quit the UFC exposes a few cracks in the slick veneer of the mixed martial arts powerhouse.
One visible scratch left by Couture on his way out of the UFC concerns money.
The lid has been lifted on player salaries in most major pro leagues in North America, either because of the need to fit within salary caps or because unions have decided that their membership benefit when the numbers are known.
Not at the UFC, a privately held company that keeps its financials close to its chest. President Dana White chafes about money questions, saying no one cares what people earn and his fighters are happy with their paycheques.
Strikeforce To Hold Single Day 4-Man Tourney On 11/16
The following is a note from the website:
Strikeforce announced the first one-night tournament ever in California, which will be a four-man middleweight tournament featuring Joe Riggs and Falaniko Vitale on 11/16 in San Jose at the HP Pavilion. Promoter Scott Coker said it was be streamed live on Yahoo! like the Playboy Mansion show was. Cung Le will be in the non-tourament main event.
Weed, welterweights and whoopass: UFCmania interview with Nick Diaz
By Jesse Holland
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Nick Diaz is a major player in the sport of mixed martial arts. Fiercely competitive and outspoken almost to a fault, the Californian and loyal student of Cesar Gracie has fought some of the world’s best.
Only 24, the wily Diaz continues to fight his way across the industry, recently signing a contract extension with EliteXC that locks him up for the next two years.
I had a chance to catch up with Nick last Friday, as he vented on a variety of topics including Mike Aina, the credibility of the UFC welterweight division and brawling with Joe Riggs in a Las Vegas hospital ................................
Cuban Confirms Interest in M-1
On the eve of the debut show of his HDNet Fights organization, Cuban confirmed to the Chronicle's Brawl Sports that he is in discussions regarding a possible business deal with the M-1 Mix-Fight Championship.
Dana White's Five Stages of Grief
A little rundown of all the quotes by Dana White in the past few days regarding the Couture incident and how they apply to the stages of grief, has some good points, also some updates regarding media coverage, and some thoughts on Couture's resignation.
Cro Cop Wants Nogueira Next
In a recent interview with the Hungarian newspaper Vercenji, Mirko Cro Cop said that, among other things, he wants to fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira next.
Could still be a good fight but it likely won't happen until 2008 unless something falls through with the Nogueira-Kongo fight at UFC 79.
Proelite (EliteXC) Team With Mark Burnett For New Hit Reality Series
In this article, ProElite teams up with Burnett (famed producer of Survivor and The Contender) to create a new reality series that will feature former pro-atheletes against current EliteXC guys. Two guys already recruited include Football's Herschel Walker, and Baseball's Jose Canseco.
Throw in a few other characters of those two's notoriety and you have the making of a potential ratings smash.
For those of us who love UFC and consider it the premier brand, this should spill over and create more casual MMA fans. However, this has all the potential to make ProElite (EliteXC) the clear #2.
UFC 77 Conference Call Transcript
UFC held their pre-PPV Conference Call for UFC 77 recently. Dana White was in attendance along with Rich Franklin, UFC MW Champion Anderson Silva, Tim Sylvia, and Brandon Vera.
Among the highlights were confirming a future date in Columbus and Dana nearly losing his temper when a caller asked about the recent closing of PRIDE's offices in Japan. No mention of Couture quitting so this likely happened before that went down.
Bold faced lies and the people who tell them
After UFC 76, Dana White choked with rage and snarled his hatred of the unjust websites that always downplayed his organization’s fighters. Now he’s at it again, blaming internet forums as a place where snake oil and lies are sold regarding the kind of money fighters really make. In this case, he’s specifically saying that Randy Couture thought people were making more money than him based on what he read on the internet:
“This business is like a beauty salon,” he said. “These guys are all the toughest guys in the world, but they’re like (expletives) in a beauty salon. They pass along rumors and gossip, which has no basis in reality and they believe all the (rumors) they hear. The Internet is very powerful and one of the best promotional tools we have, but it’s a crazy place."
Reflections of a Legend: Couture's Top 10
If Randy Couture never fights in the UFC again, I'm fairly certain that the fight world would forgive him.
Couture is without question one of the greatest fighters to ever step foot into a cage or a ring, a man revered for his unfathomable victories when everything was stacked against him.
News From Japan: PRIDE On Victory Road?
Among various MMA-related items coming out of Japan today is that a new promotion called World Victory Road Inc. could become the new PRIDE in Japan. A handful of wealthy and prominent names with MMA and wrestling connections are expected to attend a news conference scheduled for Monday in Tokyo.
It's worth noting that World #1 LW Takanori Gomi is said to be headed to this new company already, and Yasuda's connections and clout could easily help stack the roster with notable names that could help its appeal among Japanese fans.
Press Release On Nick Diaz Signing With EliteXC (Fights KJ Noons next)
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 11, 2007) Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc., which celebrated its first birthday recently, received a belated present from Nick Diaz when the exciting, popular fan favorite and Mixed Martial Arts superstar signed an exclusive, long-term contract extension with the company’s Live Event’s Division, EliteXC.
“Nick is a tremendously talented young fighter and we are extremely thrilled to have him join our family,” said EliteXC Live Events President, Gary Shaw, who made the announcement Thursday. “He is a very humble young man and dedicated athlete with an enormous wealth of talent.’’