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Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua wants Chuck Liddell to wait to fight him
Quoteworthy: “I respect him a lot as a fighter and I think he, besides being a warrior, is top of the category. I’ve been watching him since I started fighting. My fans can be sure I’ll be back at 100 percent. I’d like for him to wait and fight me at the end of the year. If I could choose who I’d fight on my return, it would be him, for sure, and I hope he accepts.” Maurcio “Shogun” Rua — who is recovering from a bad knee injury that required surgery to repair — wants to next fight former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. Both 205-pound fighters were supposed to lock horns during the main event at UFC 85: “Bedlam” at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7. However, injuries to the fighters forced them both off the card. Liddell will more than likely be able to return to action much sooner than Rua because his injury was the less serious of the two (hamstring). Rua plans to return to training in three weeks.
Submitted May 15, 2008 3:22PM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 19 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Once laughed at, the lightweights are taking over
Jens Pulver's Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title defense against B.J. Penn in January of 2002 should have been the last time anyone questioned the idea of having 155-pounders headline a pay-per-view event. The belief that undersized fighters could deliver at the till was ludicrous to many. American mixed martial arts fans were so obsessed with heavier fighters and their presumptive knockout power, they argued, that there wasn't time to care about skinny lightweights. Yet there they were, "L'il Evil" and "The Prodigy," overshadowing "The Iceman." And Murilo Bustamante's middleweight-title win over Dave Menne in the Octagon? Just a mere prelude to the evening's main event.
Submitted May 15, 2008 1:41PM by Bemin - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cale Yarbrough's Episode 7 Blog
So, here goes another blog. I ate sushi with some friends and wasn't able to get home in time to catch the episode so we walked to my buddy Gardner's bar and watched it there. So I wasn't really able to catch the audio but I was able to see what was going down. Gerald picked Amir which seemed like a really good match up. We all knew what Gerald's gameplan was. Gerald is a big, strong wrestler so we knew he would try to slam Amir on his head and smash him on the ground (which he did).... (Check out the rest of his blog on his site.)
Submitted May 15, 2008 1:20PM by Wolf - 0 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter, UFC
‘MMA Live’ on ESPN.com to debut online tonight with host Kenny Florian
ESPN — the worldwide leader in sports – is set to debut a half-hour long online show on ESPN.com dubbed “MMA Live,” which will be hosted by top UFC lightweight contender, Kenny Florian, according to MMAWeekly.com. “MMA Live” will debut on ESPN.com today (Thursday, May 15) at 7 p.m. ET and will cover the latest mixed martial arts news from the top organizations in the sport such as UFC, Elite XC, Dream and others. It will eventually — if all goes well — feature fighters interviews and other specials. Here’s a snip from “Ken-Flo:” “(It’s) kind of a fast-paced show on the current news and events going on in the sport. There’s a whole lot of guys at ESPN that have been trying to get this done I guess for two years…. It’s strictly going to be on ESPN.com. It’s not going to be on TV as of right now. Basically they’re going to do a run for three shows on ESPN.com and see what the response is, see how it does. Then if it goes well, we’ll do a regular thing on the Internet, and if it does even better, then possibly you’ll see it on TV.” Florian will be joined by co-hosts John Anik and Franklin McNeil from the Newark Star-Ledger.
Submitted May 15, 2008 10:24AM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
CHECK THIS OUT!Pick DREAM 2008-Lightweight Grand Prix fights you want to see
Here are the remaining lightweight participants for the DREAM 5 event that takes place on July 21: Eddie Alvarez Caol Uno Tatsuya Kawajiri Shinya Aoki/Katsuhiko Nagata winner Fans can also vote for the 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix match ups right here.
Submitted May 15, 2008 10:22AM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC, Spike Working On UFN 14 For September
According to sources familiar with the event, both UFC and Spike are working on finalizing details for UFC Fight Night 14. This next installment would likely be held on September 17 and serve as the lead-in to the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 8.
Submitted May 15, 2008 6:50AM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
American Gladiators To Feature Another MMA Fighter
The TV show "American Gladiators" will soon feature its first contestant who also happens to be an MMA fighter. Aaron Simpson, an Arizona Combat Sports fighter, will be a contender on the current season of the series on a future show, competing alongside his wife who will be a women's contender.
Submitted May 15, 2008 6:43AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Florian Hosting New ESPN MMA Show
A new online show focusing on the world of mixed martial arts called "MMA Live" is set to debut exclusively on ESPN.com Thursday night (tonight) at 7 p.m. ET. UFC Lightweight Kenny Florian will be one of the show's hosts.
Submitted May 15, 2008 6:41AM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Amir Sadollah's TUF 7 blog (Episode 7)
Check out what Amir had to say aabout Episode 7:
Submitted May 15, 2008 3:26AM by PunchyMcGee - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
Interview With Former UFC Champion Matt Hughes
Matt Hughes is highly-regarded as the best 170-pound fighter in the history of the UFC. He is a future hall of famer, and a legend in the sport of MMA. He has a phenomenal 42-6-0 professional MMA record, including an 18 fight win streak. A former UFC welterweight champion, Hughes holds notable wins over BJ Penn, Georges St. Pierre, Frank Trigg, Royce Gracie, Hayato Sakurai, and Sean Sherk.
Submitted May 14, 2008 9:54PM by Porch28 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Dana White on Andrei Arlovski: “It’s our intention to sign him”
Buried at the bottom of Kevin Iole’s mailbag this week is a quote from Dana White in regards to Andrei Arlovski and the UFC’s intent to ink him to another deal:
Submitted May 14, 2008 9:08PM by Porch28 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Affliction VP Atencio Debunks Rumors
After months of hush-hush negotiations and a rumor mill working overtime, clothing company Affliction has stepped out of the shadows to announce its entry into fight promotion. In an appearance on “Inside MMA” last week, Affliction vice president Tom Atencio announced a card to be held July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., featuring a laundry list of top fighters including the ever-elusive Fedor Emelianenko. Several published reports have put Emelianenko’s asking price at between $1.5 and $2 million. On top of that, a report on Sports Illustrated’s online magazine put total value of fighter’s purses north of $6 million.
Submitted May 14, 2008 9:02PM by Porch28 - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Get To Know Them: The Life Of An MMA Photographer
In his most recent online column, former UFC fighter Sean Salmon wrote about Tracy Lee, a photographer who works various MMA events and training camps. Salmon says she's proof that you don't have to be a pretty face with a camera to get close to fighters and their camps & after-parties.
Submitted May 14, 2008 1:42PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Matt Hamill The Subject Of A Movie
UFC Light Heavyweight Matt Hamill, the first deaf fighter in the UFC, will be the subject of a movie about his early life and wrestling career. Titled "Hamill", the movie is to be released in 2009 and will star Eban Kostbar as Hamill.
Submitted May 14, 2008 1:39PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
MMA Hotbed Shut Down, Start Of Trend?
A recent hotbed of mixed martial arts talent, Arizona State University on Tuesday announced the discontinuation of its wrestling program due primarily to budget constraints. Cain Velasquez, C.B. Dollaway, Ryan Bader, and Aaron Simpson are all ASU alums. They all emerged from the university’s wrestling program. This could be the start of a trend among educational institutions, potentially a future detriment to MMA.
Submitted May 14, 2008 12:12PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Affliction Not Airing On HDNet
Yet. Despite rumors that HDNet was a possible carrier and had a rumored deal to air Affliction, HDNet executives have confirmed those rumors as false. There is a chance, however, that a deal could be made at some point down the road.
Submitted May 14, 2008 7:25AM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Tito Ortiz Talks Machida, Kimbo and His Future
"I think Kimbo is something special. When I first saw him, I thought he was just a street fighter. But since he's been training with Bas, I think he's become a really well rounded athlete."
Submitted May 14, 2008 6:45AM by ufc88 - 14 comments
Filed under: Interviews
The Outlaw gallops into the UFC
The UFC’s British talent pool swelled significantly today with the announcement that dynamic welterweight Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy - widely considered one of the most exciting talents in Europe - has signed with the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. Boasting a 19-6, 1 no contest MMA record punctuated with wins over world class opposition, the highly touted Nottingham, England native storms into the UFC’s stacked 170lbs division aiming to make a dramatic and immediate impact. Hardy said: “It means everything to finally be at the pinnacle of mixed martial arts. Even kids who have never taken a martial arts class in their life dream about fighting in the UFC– it is the Premier League of MMA and there was nowhere else I wanted to be. I cannot wait to step into the Octagon and showcase myself on the biggest stage in MMA.”
Submitted May 14, 2008 6:43AM by CornishMMA - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Carano on ESPN E:60
The E:60 crew talking about Carano and MMA. These people have no idea what they are talking about, but at least it is prime time coverage. Two parts http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3394607&categoryId=3060647&n8pe6c=2 http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3394683&categoryId=3060647&n8pe6c=1
Submitted May 14, 2008 6:11AM by roman - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
George Bush (the fighter) tests positve for marajuana
Heavyweight fighter George Bush has tested positive for marijuana following his decision loss to Ricco Rodriguez on April 11 in Atlantic City, N.J., at Yamma Pit Fighting's debut effort, Sherdog.com learned Tuesday....
Submitted May 13, 2008 11:22PM by Manfred - 26 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
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