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.’’
Update: Couture Talks UFC Resignation
Randy Couture (Pictures), the face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and one of mixed martial arts most revered fighters, notified the UFC via fax from South Africa at 11 o'clock Thursday morning that he has chosen to resign from the UFC, "The Natural" confirmed with Sherdog.com.......................
Couture: The UFC's Ultimate Threat
October 11, 2007
by Jake Rossen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In an industry where every wet fart is plastered over Web pages before gas has even entered the bowels, the exodus of Randy Couture (Pictures) from the UFC was a shocking, sudden jolt of news.
And though it wasn't unprecedented -- the fighter did, after all, bolt the UFC over finances once before -- it comes at a time when the promotion is flush with success, media attention and profits. Dangling from the UFC's media-glazed trademark, Couture prospered both financially and professionally.
The UFC tries to retire Randy
Oh, UFC. You’re so sneaky with your Orwellian double-speak. The Bush administration should get you guys on the phone and ask you about damage control, because while you’re not good enough to fool the hardcores, your responses are more than adequate for those drinking the kool-aid. The news that Randy Couture has told the UFC to **** off is still rockin’ the internets like a tsunami off the coast of Indonesia
Couture Quits UFC
At the height of its power and popularity, the Ultimate Fighting Championship today lost the man many recognize as the face of mixed martial arts. UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture announced his resignation from the Las Vegas-based promotion, leaving two contracted fights, his job as an on-air analyst and his heavyweight crown on the table.
NAKAMURA APPEALS DRUG ALLEGATION
Japanese Fighter’s Management Contacts CSAC
By Loretta Hunt (email@example.com)
Representation for UFC 76 participant Kazuhiro Nakamura have requested a “cancellation” of their client’s three-month suspension for a positive marijuana test, said California State Athletic Commission Associate Governmental Program Analyst Bill Douglas today. In response, Douglas has scheduled the Japanese light heavyweight onto its agenda to present his appeal at an Oct. 31 hearing in downtown Los Angeles. Nakamura yielded a positive result for the non-approved substance following his Sept. 22 loss to Lyoto Machida at the Honda Center in Anaheim and was fined $500 along with the suspension............................