Big John McCarthy to Make Broadcasting Debut with TKO 31
Big John McCarthy, who officially joined The Fight Network December 7th in a full-time role, will make his broadcasting debut on December 14th in Montreal, Quebec.
McCarthy will team up with his Fight Network colleague, Mauro Ranallo, to call the English broadcast for TKO 31 “Young Guns” from the Bell Centre. McCarthy will provide color commentary for the event.
TKO 31 “Young Guns” airs on Pay Per View on January 4, 2008 at 9:00 pm.
Yet Another Change To IFL GP
Shad Lierley has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming IFL Grand Prix Finals due to a broken toe. John Gunderson will replace Lierley as Chris Horodecki's newest opponent.
CNBC Documentary “Ultimate Fighting: From Blood Sport to Big Time” Highlight
Embedded to the right is a full and official sneak preview of CNBC’s “Ultimate Fighting: From Blood Sport to Big Time” documentary that premieres tomorrow, December 13 @ 10 pm ET.
The original documentary takes “a no-holds barred look at the business behind the nation’s fastest growing sports franchise,” telling the story behind the rise of the Ultimate Fighting Championship as both a business and cultural phenomenon. From the preview video, the program apparently heavily features former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin.
The one hour program is reported by CNBC’s Scott Wapner, and re-airs the same night at 1AM ET in case you can’t make the first showing (or you’re a poor soul still stuck without Tivo).
Looks worth checking out for sure.
UFC Lightweight Division: Aftermath of the TUF Finale
A good article on the possibilities for Roger Huerta, Clay Guida, and Mac Danzig after the TUF Finale performances. Namely, it talks about possible opponents for Huerta in the future, Clay Guida possibly heading to 145 or helping WEC with some star power and name recognition, and Mac Danzig's chances in the Lightweight division.
New Fedor interview
MMAWeekly’s Korea Correspondent, John Evans, recently caught up with Fedor Emelianenko, the man almost universally regarded as the No. 1 mixed martial arts heavyweight in the world.
Joe Lauzon Interview
Adam Morgan: Yeah, I saw you had some pictures posted up on The Underground Forum where it said you were at roughly 185 about 48 hours out from the fight. Is that true?
Joe Lauzon: That was a big joke. My brother and my roommate Brandon were in the hotel lobby and they heard Reinhardt was getting a little scared, you know, “Joe’s running around at 185! He’s so big!” and all this other stuff. So they started talking like “Oh, I can’t believe Joe’s 185. It’ll be a tough cut but he’ll make it.” So we just sort of ran with it to play on his paranoia a little bit.
Penn Gets Probation, UFC 80 Match Still On
BJ Penn was sentenced yesterday to 1 year probation for charges of assault on a police officer related to an incident in Hawaii 2 years ago. The judge will allow Penn to travel to England in January for UFC 80, so his Lightweight Title fight against Joe Stevenson will not be affected.
Sherk calls BJ Penn a "Punk"
SS:" I think BJ Penn is a punk. Who the hell is he? He's won one fight in a couple of years now and it's just whatever man. He wants to make all of these rules and regulations, but who the hell is he? I'm the champ in my eyes so I don't care if he fights me or not, there's a whole bunch of guys that could fight me right now. It's his loss, not mine. He needs me more than I need him."
My opinion is that he will probably get to fight a whole bunch of guys, he just might not be fighting for or defending the belt. I think he definately got screwed, but that's just the way it goes sometimes.
Paulo Filho fights for honor
As a teenager, Filho would go to the various Karate, Muay Thai, boxing and Jiu-Jitsu academies in and around Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and challenge the top fighters.
“I would go to the academy and say, ‘Hey, I want to prove to you that my art is better than yours,’” Filho said. “We would have a Vale Tudo match right there.
“There were weeks when I would fight five times in a week. I have no idea how many fights I had, but definitely over 100.”
Check out the rest of this new feature from the OC Register:
TUF 6 Finale Draw 2.5 Mil. Viewers
2.5 Million people watched the TUF 6 Finale. Even while it was opposite to A huge boxing fight (Hatton-Mayweather), and the end of a K1 Grand Prix. Not only that, but most of the season was only drawing about 1.1 Mil.
Filho Counting on Diverse Skills to Stop Sonnen
Paulo Filho (Pictures) returns to the WEC on Wednesday to defend his middleweight title against Chael Sonnen (Pictures). Several Brazilian MMA stars helped Filho prepare for the bout, and he has guaranteed that he will walk into the cage in the best shape of his life.
"The drills were excellent, as always," Filho told Sherdog.com. "Guys as high caliber as [the Nogueira brothers] came here to help me, in addition to my coach, Josuel Distak, and many other friends. I think it certainly will make a difference."
WEC 31 and HDNet: Reckless Abandon (Preview)
After an exciting finale to the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) this past weekend, I think it’s safe to say that the state of mixed martial arts is definitely good. Even with some disappointing and sad news in the sport, such as UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk being stripped of his title for testing positive for steroids and MMA’s first death in 35-year-old Sammy Vazquez, the sport is still growing rapidly. And that’s why we are having more and more great events, even outside of the UFC. Cases in point are the two events on the docket this week. First up on Wednesday is the best card in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) history with WEC 31. There are three title fights on this card, plus the debut of former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver in both the WEC and the 145-pound featherweight division. And then on Saturday, Mark Cuban’s HDNet organization holds their second big event. They have some notable big names on this card, and it seems as though they are growing by the day. Signings of guys like Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Frank Trigg, and Yves Edwards have been huge for this budding company. Here is the preview of the both events, with my picks for each fight.
The Hitman: I Like MMA, But...
Former World Wrestling Entertainment Champion and Hall Of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart recently gave a Canadian website an interview where he talked about MMA. He said he does like it, but he seems not to like the more violent aspects of it when compared to wrestling.
UFC.com Article On Retirement Of "Big" John McCarthy
It was the perfect going away gift for a referee • Saturday’s lightweight war between Roger Huerta and Clay Guida. But like all great ‘third men’, John McCarthy • who retired as an active referee following last weekend’s main event - was noticeable by being noly noticeable, making all the right moves and all the right calls, a fitting end to a 13 year journey that saw McCarthy become as much a part of the UFC as the great fighters who have graced its Octagon.
Gonna miss you BJM
Everyone Clean After UFC 78
The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board has announced that all fighters who participated in UFC 78 have passed all performance-enhancing substance tests. Every fighter was tested.
Sapp To Fight In US In February
Bob Sapp, who has become a very popular MMA fighter in Japan while also doing some wrestling, will return to the USA in February. He will headline the Strikeforce event on February 23 at the Tacoma Dome in Washington state.
FEG Announces Three More for Dynamite!! (Minowa VS Zulu!!! lol)
At a press conference Tuesday at the Ana Tokyo Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, K-1 and HERO'S parent company Fight Entertainment Group revealed another three fights for the Dec. 31 K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! card the Kyocera Dome in Osaka.
Norwegian standout Joachim Hansen will return to the HERO'S ring to take on Sydney Games olympian Kazuyuki Miyata in a 154-pound contest. Also announced for the card, Melvin Manhoef takes on former boxing convert Yosuke Nishijima at 187 pounds, while Ikuhisa Minowa continues his open-weight conquest against Wagner da Conceicao Martins, more familiarly known to fans as Zuluzinho.