Exclusive Marc Ratner Interview
MMAWeekly recently spoke with UFC vice president of government and regulatory affairs Marc Ratner about working to get MMA sanctioning in more states and continue expanding UFC into new territories.
HDNet Partners with Strikeforce
HDnet Fights has partnered with Strikeforce to televise four of the California-based promotion's events in 2008.
Starting with its first foray outside the Golden State on Feb. 23, live coverage of "Strikeforce at The Dome," headlined by Bob Sapp's mixed martial arts debut in a cage, begins at 10:30 p.m. ET from Tacoma, Wash.
Background Checks at Center of Multi-Million Dollar Pride Lawsuit
The UFC's purchase of Pride Fighting Championships was met by great expectations when it was announced in March 2007. Executives, fans and fighters alike hailed the acquisition as the start of a new golden age for the sport, the beginning of an era of undisputed champions and global ascendance of mixed martial arts under the direction of Zuffa.
411 MMA Fact or Fiction 02.08.08: UFC 81 Review
Would Minotauro Nogueira defeat Randy Couture if he were to return? Will Brock Lesnar's next opponent be a cakewalk? Will that win reinvigorate the career of Frank Mir? Was Tim Sylvia's ground defense mindblowingly bad? All of this and more in the latest installment of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction!
Yahoo! MMA Top 10 Rankings
Very surprising that a Jan 21st article on Brock Lesnar had more clicks on Yahoo! Sports that week than any other sports article, including Super Bowl articles.
Link also includes Yahoo! MMA Top 10 Rankings.
UFC 83 - Fastest Sell Out In UFC History!
“Most of the tickets for UFC 83 were sold in the first 24 hours of our UFC Fight Club presale, and the rest were gone within one minute of the public on-sale today,” said Dana White, UFC President. “I’m excited to say that this event is a sellout, and the fastest one in UFC history, so it’s safe to say we definitely will be back in Canada after this inaugural event.”
They WILL be coming back to Canada!!!
Nogueira's trainer: Sylvia Cheated
Luiz Alves, the muy thai trainer for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, was recently interviewed by the Brazilian news site tatame.com and has made some interesting remarks concerning “Big Nog’s” recent victory over Tim Sylvia. Alvez made the claim during his interview that “the Americans” were using baby cream which would not become slippery until it came in contact with sweat
If his claims are valid it will be interesting to see what course of action the UFC will take to punish this sort of behavior, or to prevent this sort of foul from being committed in the future.
Dana White: New York City or Boston Will Host a UFC Event in 2008
Although neither state currently sanctions mixed-martial arts, New York or Massachusetts — or more specifically, New York City or Boston — will host a UFC event in 2008, UFC President Dana White guarantees.
The UFC’s head honcho made the promise in today’s edition of The Patriot Ledger.
“I’m going to be as bold as to say I guarantee you either we’ll be in the Boston Garden or Madison Square Garden (by the end of the year),” White told the newspaper.
New York City’s Madison Square Garden is one of the sporting world’s most legendary venues. The 20,000-capacity arena initially rose to fame by hosting classic boxing events. The Boston Garden (officially named the TD Banknorth Garden) is a 19,600-capacity venue that opened in 1995.
Shogun' Discusses Liddell and Plans for ‘08
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (Pictures) started 2008 in a new home.
The fighter left Chute Boxe and, along with three former Chute Boxe teammates, created the Universidade da Luta. With the structure of his new team almost set, Rua spoke with Sherdog.com about his plans for the year ahead, which includes a showdown against former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (Pictures).
Gleidson Venga: What did you think about Chuck Liddell (Pictures) as your next opponent?
Mauricio Rua: I think that was a great choice. Liddell is a great fighter and it's a good fight for me because he is a very famous guy in America. Liddell is a tough guy, hard to defeat, but I think that there are no easy fights in my weight division. I'll go straight up over him and I'll give a great show to my fans.
Jake Shields vs. Frank Shamrock? It could happen.
By John Morgan/TAGG Radio Network
As up-and-coming welterweight Jake Shields (20-4-1) prepares for his March 29 Strikeforce/EliteXC fight with UFC veteran Drew Fickett (31-5), he’s already got his eyes set on a more well-known UFC veteran: Frank Shamrock (23-8-1).
Kimbo on Jimmy Kimmel tonight
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, who headlines next week’s EliteXC event with David “Tank Abbott,” will be a guest on tonight’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!“
The appearance was teased during Wednesday’s episode of the show, and the ABC press office confirmed the booking with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) this morning.
Petruzelli out, Rinaldi in
Mario Rinaldi (6-2) will replace “The Ultimate Fighter 2” cast member Seth Petruzelli and will take on highly touted heavyweight prospect Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (9-0) at next weekend’s EliteXC event.
Eying the Lightweight Landscape
Many believe it is the most exciting division in mixed martial arts.
But not many guys walking around at 155 pounds have truly devastating, one-punch knockout power like Chuck Liddell or Tim Sylvia. Not many of them can fire a high kick like Mirko Cro Cop or Gabriel Gonzaga. So, what makes the little fellas so exciting?
It can be summed up with three words: blazing, nonstop action.
Stated differently, a lightweight bout is like watching the other weight classes on fast forward. From lightning quick punches that come in rapid-fire succession to amazing scrambles to crazy transition jiu-jitsu, the little guys know how to thrill the crowd.
Who is the division kingpin? Who is next up to challenge for the title? And what marquee names round out the list of true division contenders?
Tim Kennedy - Open Letter
To the IFL and fans of MMA,
It is with regret that I must announce I will have an assignment with the United States Army that will prevent me from fighting on the 29th of February, 2008. I serve my country with great honor and I am proud of my service.
I would like to thank the MMA, IFL fans, and media that have rallied to my support.
I am sorry I will be unable to provide another exciting fight. Your support over the MMA forums and articles has been extremely humbling and kind.
This fight with Matt Horwich would have been an excellent match up for me and for the fans, as our styles would have made a great fight.
This assignment will not prevent me from other fights this year. As many of you know, I had four IFL and HDNet fights along with five US Army fights in 2007. This is the first fight in 7 years of fighting I will have to miss.
Fighting is what I enjoy and I will return this year!
I would like to specifically thank Kurt Otto and the IFL for their continued support of me and my commitments to the United States Army.
The IFL is a great organization that truly supports its fighters and provides an excellent show for the fans in attendance. I wish them the best and I hope they will give me another chance to win the IFL belt this year.
All the best,