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Brock Lesnar is opportunistic
“I don’t think I deserve anything. I was asked if I wanted a title shot against Randy Couture and I accepted it. I don’t think that I deserve anything…. This is an opportunity and I’m going to seize the moment and try and take that title away tomorrow night…. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I understand that. If there was any other heavyweight in the division that was asked for this opportunity they probably would have also not turned the opportunity down.” – Brock Lesnar tells ESPNs “First Take” this morning that he is merely taking advantage of an opportunity that was presented to him to challenge Randy Couture for his heavyweight title. With just three professional mixed martial arts bouts to his credit, including an average record inside the Octagon (1-1), several people questioned the decision to grant him a world title shot so soon in his career. But this is a business and UFC President Dana White and all the others at Zuffa know that, deserving or not, Lesnar is going to put butts in seats at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 15. It’s good to see Lesnar is under no illusions and that he is shooting straight from the hip. Who can blame him …he makes a valid point.
Submitted Nov 15, 2008 12:26AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Hansen talks DREAM, Alvarez & More!
Joachim Hansen ‘The Hellboy Returns on NYE’ DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix Champion Joachim Hansen took some time out of training to talk with PDG about his tournament victory, Eddie Alvarez, training and fighting on NYE.

PDG: You replaced Eddie Alvarez, who beat you earlier in the GP; how did that affect the way you fought in the finals? Hansen: Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki are two totally different fighters. I knew a little about Aoki’s style because I fought him in PRIDE in 2006. I knew I had to be very careful with Aoki when on the ground and to not make any big moves that could leave me open to his submission game. If you could clone Alvarez and Aoki into one person you would be close to having the total mixed martial arts fighter!
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 7:43PM by nwowolfpack - 1 comment
Filed under: Interviews, Dream, K-1 / K-1 Hero's, Miscellaneous
UFC 91 Weigh-In Results
The UFC 91 weigh-ins have just been completed. Everyone made weight, with Brock Lesnar weighing in at 265 compared to Randy Couture's 220 for the main event, which is now official.
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 7:22PM by DCRage - 4 comments
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Hose Pulls Out Of Starnes Fight
Hawaiin middleweight Kala Kolohe Hose has pulled out his fight with ex-UFC fighter Kalib Starnes, which had been scheduled for tomorrow night. Speaking earlier today, Hose said that he has dropped out of the bout due to underhanded activity on the part of the promoters, Destiny MMA. “I signed a contract with Destiny that clearly stated the contest would be three three-minute rounds of mixed martial arts,” Hose explained. With most professional MMA bouts being three five-minute rounds, he said he “immediately questioned Destiny’s promoter about the shortened rounds”.
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 1:29PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Showtime postpones Monday’s asset auction
FiveOuncesOfPain.com was notified on Friday afternoon in an e-mail from Showtime Networks that the premium cable provider has postponed a planned auction for Monday in which select assets of ProElite, Inc. were to be made available to the highest bidder. “Showtime Networks Inc. has adjourned the previously announced public sale of personal property of ProElite, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries scheduled for November 17, 2008,” the release states. “Showtime reserves all of its rights, including the right to further adjourn or cancel the public sale and thereafter dispose of such property in a public or private sale or in any other manner provided under its agreements with ProElite and by applicable law.” The most notable asset that had been scheduled to be auctioned off were the contracts of the 80-plus fighters that are still signed to ProElite even in spite of a massive downsizing by the company last month.
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 1:26PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
UFC 91 video blog with Dana White (Day four)
EDIT: Link fixed
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 1:24PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fedor-Arlovski headed to Showtime
Showtime Sports won't let a dispute with its former mixed martial arts promotional partner keep it from broadcasting the sport as soon as January, SI.com has learned. The premium cable network, in conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions, will distribute and produce Affliction's Jan. 24 pay-per-view card topped by a five-round fight between WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC titleholder Andrei Arlovski. Official announcement will come Monday, confirmed Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio.
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 1:20PM by MMAcca - 10 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Todd Beard Resigns From Affliction
This was an absolute must for Affliction. MarketWatch.com has the news: The board of directors of Affliction Inc. announced today that it received and accepted the resignation of Todd Beard as an employee of the company. Mr. Beard is one of the original founders of the clothing company based in Seal Beach, California. The resignation coincides with a public apology for comments made by Mr. Beard and directed toward Randy Couture and his wife Kim Couture regarding their business relationship. Mr. Beard also disclosed that he will be seeking treatment for anger management and alcohol abuse.
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 1:19PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Dana Now Considers Carano-Cyborg For WEC
And the tables have turned yet again. Over the last 2 weeks Dana White has significantly softened his stance on promoting a Gina Carano-Cristiane Santos fight, with Dana now saying he's not opposed to doing it. As long as it's in WEC.
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 11:28AM by DCRage - 18 comments
Filed under: WEC
Lightweight Matt Grice To Return To UFC In Early-2009
Lightweight Matt Grice will return to the UFC in early-2009, according to MMA Junkie. Grice has not fought since defeating Jason Black via split decision in the “Fight of the Night” at UFC 77 in October 2007. After the win, Grice attended a local police academy and recently graduated from the program allowing him to return to the UFC. Before stepping back into the octagon, however, Grice will reportedly participate in a tune-up bout before returning to MMA’s biggest stage early next year. Grice, a four-time high school wrestling champion in Oklahoma and collegiate wrestler at the University of Oklahoma, was defeated by Terry Etim in his UFC debut via first-roud guillotine choke but rebounded to top Black and even his UFC record at 1-1.
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 1:40AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
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Affliction 2 shaping up with confirmation of Buentello vs 'Baby Fedor' (Babalu/Lindland official also)
A heavyweight attraction between former UFC title challenger Paul Buentello and Russian prodigy Kiril Sidelnikov is now set for the undercard of Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on Jan. 24, according to a report by SI.com’s Josh Gross. The fight will be a part of HDNet’s telecast of the event’s undercard, which will be anchored by a light heavyweight bout between Vladimir Matyushenko and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The addition of Sidelnikov is intriguing because he is one of the world’s top fighters under the age of 21 and his fight with Buentello will mark the first time the young Russian has competed on U.S. soil. Nicknamed “Baby Fedor” by his mentors with the Russian Red Devil fight team, Sidelnikov is 4-2 in his young career. The 20-year old is considered a prodigy and a potential successor to Emelianenko as Russia’s top heavyweight fighter. EDIT: Plus, Babalu/Lindland now
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 1:28AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: Affliction
‘McLovin’ it: Dustin Hazelett UFC 91 interview
Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett (11-4) has been steadily climbing the ranks in the UFC since his Octagon debut back in October 2006. The newly awarded Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Jorge Gurgel has gone 4-2 for the promotion and looked impressive in his wins over Jonathan Goulet (22-9) and Josh Burkman (18-8), and even in his loss to Josh Koscheck (11-3), where the submission master showed significantly improved standup skills. But it was his most recent win over Burkman that earned him the most attention. As the first man to actually finish Burkman since Jon Fitch did it way back at Ultimate Fight Night 4 in April 2006, Hazelett took home both the “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” honors, along with $40,000 in bonus bucks. At just 22 years old, Hazelett is looking to make another splash this Saturday at UFC 91: “Couture vs. Lesnar,” where he’ll take on Tamdan “The Barn Cat” McCrory (9-1), who is also 22 years old.
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 1:26AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Big Fights, Big Plans
"Ticket sales have been great. Listen, right now, I don’t care how big you are or you small you are, everybody’s feeling this economic crunch. Major corporations that have been around before we were alive are hurting right now and in fear of going out of business. Our business is in a really good place right now. We did great on ticket sales, I’m predicting right now, even with this economic crunch, the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history." Such was the opening salvo of the president of one of the fastest growing sports entities in the world, Dana White, the head of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Submitted Nov 14, 2008 1:20AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White: UFC 91's Florian vs. Stevenson winner gets title shot
LAS VEGAS -- Although largely expected, Kenny Florian was surely happy to learn that his UFC 91 co-main event fight with Joe Stevenson will earn the winner a guaranteed title shot. For real this time. UFC President Dana White promised the winner a shot at B.J. Penn's lightweight belt during today's UFC 91 press conference in the main lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Kinda quick for Joe if you ask me.
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 9:56PM by postman - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
TSN.ca's report as written by the Canadian press. Most of their stories have been suprisingly well written and informative to the casual MMA fan.
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 8:45PM by nastshabast - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 95 Set For February In England, First Fight Confirmed
Although no official announcement has been made by UFC, it's been confirmed that UFC 95, scheduled for February 21, will be the next show in England. Also confirmed for the event is the first fight-Terry Etim vs. Justin Buchholz.
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 7:47PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fighting Father Time
America’s athletic battlefields are littered with good-intentioned men who stuck around too long in their chosen sport, their eroding physical skills rendering them incapable of recapturing the glory of day’s gone by. Remember Michael Jordan in a Washington Wizards uniform? Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield also spring to mind. Though his legacy and place in the mixed martial arts pantheon are secure, Randy Couture does not want his name added to the list.
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 2:46PM by ncordless - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Boxing on Kimbo’s Mind, Manager Addresses Auction
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson has a hankering to try boxing, he told host Dan Le Batard on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket Wednesday. “I’m thinking about boxing as well,” said the Internet legend turned MMA fighter. “Boxing is wide open right now. I want to do it all.” Ferguson’s revelation didn’t come with any news of a fight on the horizon, though he said he’d like to return to MMA competition by February. The interview marked Ferguson’s first since his lackluster 14-second TKO loss at the hands of last-minute replacement Seth Petruzelli on Oct. 4.
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 2:44PM by ncordless - 11 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, EliteXC, Interviews
Sherdog.com's Guide to TUF 8
“Why is this happening?” Not sure exactly who said it, but this week one of the contestants finally vocalized what all of America is thinking about this season of TUF. I’ll get to what brought us to this point in just a minute. Last week Dave Kaplan took the wrong approach and got dismantled by Phillipe Nover. This week it was time for the light heavyweight bracket to be set as Kyle Kingsbury and Krzysztof Soszynski were the last two to fight. “You’d be surprised at how many people and who I’ve made tap on my table,” said the doctor as he worked on Soszynski’s injured hand. Kaplan and Tom Lawlor decided to get some drinking in for the ubiquitous post-loss celebration. Kaplan and his freshly blackened eye took down shot after shot until shot until statements like, “UFC, keep having me back because I cannot be knocked out,” began to emerge. Kaplan and company kept drinking until things escalated to the point that they were drinking each other’s urine...
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 2:42PM by ncordless - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Werdum Still In UFC
From In my contract I still have more four fights which go until 2010. By the chronogram that they passed to me, I must fight in February, July, November and April of 2010. In fact, I am moving to United States because of the trainings with Rafael Cordeiro, aiming at UFC”, said Werdum, who is in Brazil setting the last details for his changing to United States even in December.
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 1:22PM by MMAcca - 14 comments
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