Leonard Garcia's Federal charges DROPPED.
"i just wanted to post this to let everyone know that i had the ferderal charges dropped i am still dealing with the state but the charges arent as serious as they seemed so i hope to be back in the cage soon real soon im just waiting on my excellent manager sven (boogie) bean to get that straightened out for me i am gonna be the wec lightweight champ soon this is something i feel strongly about so im telling everyone that is my goal and my dream and that is what im going to do so i will give it my all to do what i say im gonna do"
-From Leonard's Myspace.
I think many people owe him an apology after bad-mouthing him before he was even proven guilty.
Wrestling Icon Dan Gable Teaching "Wrestling for Mixed Martial Arts"
Olympic wrestling legend Dan Gable and United States Olympic wrestling coach Mike Duroe will be holding a “Wrestling for Mixed Martial Arts” seminar Saturday, July 26 in Moorhead.
The Seminar will be held at Minnesota State Moorhead‘s Alex Nemzek Hall from 9 a.m. to noon.
The event is open to wrestlers and martial artists of all ages. The seminar teaches wrestling applications for use in mixed martial arts.
Brock Lesnar Talks About Safety in MMA
"Just like football, basketball or hockey, the risk of getting injured in competition is there. But everybody that gets in the octagon is very well-trained. Also, in this sport, if I feel like my arm's going to get snapped, I can tap out before I get injured. In other sports, I don't have that option.
If a linebacker's coming across and I'm carrying the ball, I don't have the opportunity to stop. I've been hurt more as a pro wrestler and as an amateur wrestler than I have in this. I was hurt more as a pro wrestler than anything else, because I worked 300 nights a year and they didn't care if I was hurt or not."
Nakamura Out Of UFC
Kazuhiro Nakamura has been cut by UFC after losing both his fights for the promotion. His next move isn't yet known but he's expected to have plenty of opportunities elsewhere.
Hendo Talks Vera Booking, Upcoming Fights
Despite having a potential Brandon Vera fight taken away and likely facing Rousiimar Palhares next, Dan Henderson has his sights set next on a rematch with Anderson Silva but hasn't ruled out returning to 205 and a possible Wanderlei Silva rematch if the fans want it.
Joachim Hansen added to DREAM.5
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned through an unnamed source that Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen is expected to fight at DREAM.5 on Monday, July 21 in a Lightweight Grand Prix tournament reserve match.
While an opponent has not been confirmed for Hansen, sources have also indicated that he is likely to face Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill.
DREAM.5 is scheduled to emanate from Osaka, Japan at Osakajo Hall and will feature the DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinals and Finals.
Fighter Salaries: Addressing The Problems
As a follow-up to Fighter Salaries: The Problems With Revenue Linking, in the coming days I will be examining potential suggestions that could help to improve the hotly contested MMA issue that is fighter pay. For the sake of convenience - and also because they are the "800 lbs. gorilla in the room" - most of this discussion will focus on the UFC. While I certainly do not believe that the UFC and MMA are interchangeable, the sport's biggest organization is almost always at the forefront of every debate regarding the sport and the industry.
Georges St. Pierre Nominated for an ESPY (Vote!!)
Georges St. Pierre has been nominated for an ESPY in the "best fighter" category. You can vote , but you have to sign up. He is up against four boxers, including Floyd Mayweather, Joe Calzaghe, Kelly Pavlik, and Holly Holm. Last year, Randy Couture and Quinton Jackson were both nominated, but came up short. This year the boxing vote will likely be split, which gives Georges a good chance of winning if MMA fans sign up and vote for him.
In some ways he seems like a token Mixed Martial Arts nomination, but I think he's a good one. Nobody else besides Anderson Silva has had a better summer to summer period since the last awards in the MMA world.
WAR MMA!! we gotta stick up for our fighters! VOTE!!!
Jesse Taylor vs. C.B. Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 14
The Ultimate Fighter 7" runner-up C.B. Dollaway (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will meet ousted finalist Jesse Taylor (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at a recently announced UFC Fight Night 14 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the July 19 fight with sources close to both fighters.
IFL ON HOLD, CHAMP MATYUSHENKO TALKS CONTRACT
Vladimir Matyushenko has been one of the real success stories of the International Fight League. Despite the promotion’s difficulties, he has remained a constant source of excellence since his debut for the company in 2007.
Currently riding an eight-fight winning streak, Matyushenko, the IFL’s current 205-pound champion, is eager to continue his winning ways, even though the IFL has placed their operations on hold.
UFC officially announces "UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben" for Oct. 18
The UFC today officially announced "UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben," an event that takes place Oct. 18 at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
The event is headlined by a middleweight bout between England native and "The Ultimate Fighter 3" winner Michael Bisping (16-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and veteran middleweight Chris Leben (18-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC).
MMA Quick Quote: Affliction ‘Banned’ marketing machine heats up
“Considering the magnitude of this fight, and the partnership between Affliction and Donald Trump, it seemed only fitting that the huge talent pool on the ‘Affliction Banned’ show should be seen by millions in New York’s Times Square. You know it’s a big show when you have a billboard on Broadway.”
-Tom Atencio, Vice President, Affliction, talks about the marquee billboard situated in Times Square in New York City for the upcoming “Banned” pay-per-view (PPV) event that is slated for the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 19. It’s a star-studded show that will feature several of the best heavyweight mixed martial artists on the planet, including Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Pedro Rizzo, Ben Rothwell and more.