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White's reaction could determine MMA's future
Dana White may be the man most responsible for the meteoric growth of the UFC. It has a national television contract, it does ever-larger pay-per-view sales, it routinely sells out major venues and it has one of the most passionate fan bases in sports. Much of that is due to White's grit, guile and cunning. But White, the UFC president, has a challenge before him, the likes of which he has never faced in his seven years at the helm of the world's most successful mixed martial arts promotional company. Though White hardly seemed upset by UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture's announcement Thursday that he is retiring as a professional fighter and severing all ties with the company, how he handles the situation will determine whether the company will continue its rocket-like ascent toward mainstream acceptance or whether it will return to the netherworld of niche sports status............
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 8:29AM by Manfred - 4 comments
Bonnar Climbing
Stephan Bonnar returns to the Octagon on Saturday night against Eric “Red” Schafer at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. In Bonnar's last fight, at Ultimate Fighting Championship 73 in July, he made short work of Mike Nickels by submitting him with a rear naked choke early in the first round. He is of course remembered for his legendary battle with Forrest Griffin on the finale of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” It's been two-and-a-half years since that epic fight that many have said put mixed martial arts on the map.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 7:44AM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
A New Start For Japanese MMA?
A press release was sent out this past week to select members of the Japanese media by a company named World Victory Road Inc. (WVR). The release announced a press conference scheduled for this week. According to the release the press conference will be relative to mixed martial arts and will take place in Tokyo, Japan. The following guests will be in attendance at the press conference: –Kinoshita Naoya (CEO, Kinoshita Koumuten Inc.) –Takao Yasuda (CEO, Don Quijote Inc.) –Tomiaki Fukuda (Chairman, Japan Wrestling Federation) –Vice President of FILA
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 7:26AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Petty Cash
Does Sean Gregory know something Dana White doesn't? In a July profile of the rapid ascension of mixed martial arts to the top of pop culture, the Time magazine journalist pegged the Ultimate Fighting Championship's worth at north of $1 billion. It's little wonder. Live events routinely break revenue and attendance records. Twelve UFC pay-per-view events in 2007 could -- assuming an average buy rate of 500,000 and a 50-percent stake after the cable companies take their cut -- be counted on for more than $100 million in gross revenue. White himself has bragged of living in a Las Vegas mansion worth millions and owning a fleet of cars.
Submitted Oct 15, 2007 6:57AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Kimbo signs long-term contract with EliteXC
Looks like Kimbo vs Tank is on for the next EliteXC event.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 6:06PM by Lay_N_Pray - 3 comments
Cage Rage 24 Fight Card
Murilo Rua vs Xavier Foupa Pokam headlines the card. Also appearing are Neil Grove, Cyborg Santos, Drew Fickett, and Ross Pointon. Full fight card on the link!!!
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 10:00AM by babalu2720 - 3 comments
The Spider's Web - Part Two
If you had never seen Anderson Silva fight before, within seconds of his UFC debut against Chris Leben in June of 2006 you knew that he was something special. There was a grace to his fury, an effortless feel to complex techniques few could grasp, let alone master. Silva’s work in the Octagon recalled the great Bruce Lee, a man who the current UFC Middleweight Champion calls his greatest fighting influence.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:52AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
Dan Henderson: UFC 79 fight with Tito Ortiz ‘possible’ (Audio)
Note: Tito Ortiz recently announced that he plans to return to action in early 2008. UFC 79 is slated for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 29, 2007.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:50AM by aznteabagger - 10 comments
Burkman Ready To Fight His Fight
He’s earned the moniker of “The People’s Warrior.” On Oct. 20, Josh Burkman returns to the Octagon at Ultimate Fighting Championship 77 in Cincinnati to fight Forrest Petz.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:47AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
Tim Sylvia Not Worried About Title Shot
After a seven-month absence from competition, successful back surgery, and a small fall into relative obscurity, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (23-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) makes his return to the octagon next weekend at UFC 77. There, he’ll take on undefeated heavyweight contender Brandon Vera.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:46AM by aznteabagger - 0 comments
Early 2008 Return Possible for “Cro Cop”
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, a beleaguered UFC heavyweight coming off shocking back-to-back losses, is planning to return to the octagon in early 2008 — and he wants former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as an opponent.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:45AM by aznteabagger - 2 comments
Montreal’s UFC Event not a Lock for January
Although UFC President Dana White and Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner have made no secret of their desire to host an event north of the border, Montreal’s possible January event isn’t yet a done deal.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:45AM by aznteabagger - 1 comment
Can Anyone Live up to Couture’s Legacy?
It was the single greatest moment in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It was March 3 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, before 19,079 fans, the largest crowd up until that point in time ever to witness mixed martial arts in the United States.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:44AM by aznteabagger - 3 comments
Yushin Okami vs. Jason MacDonald Possibly for Title Shot
A UFC 77 middleweight bout between Yushin Okami (20-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Jason MacDonald (19-8 MMA, 3-1 UFC) could earn the winner an immediate title shot, UFC president Dana White said.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:43AM by aznteabagger - 10 comments
White’s Reaction Could Determine MMA’s Future
Dana White may be the man most responsible for the meteoric growth of the UFC. It has a national television contract, it does ever-larger pay-per-view sales, it routinely sells out major venues and it has one of the most passionate fan bases in sports.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:42AM by aznteabagger - 3 comments
Parisyan vs. Chonan, Alves vs. Lytle at UFC 78
With his originally scheduled opponent Hector Lombard unable to enter the U.S. because of visa issues, Karo Parisyan (17-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will instead fight Ryo Chonan (14-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 78. And Chonan’s original opponent, Thiago Alves (12-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), will instead fight UFC veteran Chris Lytle (24-14-5 MMA, 3-6 UFC).
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 9:40AM by aznteabagger - 2 comments
Randy Couture exit shows cracks in slick veneer of the UFC
Leaving the limelight at 44 is not unexpected for an athlete but heavyweight champion Randy Couture's sudden decision to quit the UFC exposes a few cracks in the slick veneer of the mixed martial arts powerhouse. One visible scratch left by Couture on his way out of the UFC concerns money. The lid has been lifted on player salaries in most major pro leagues in North America, either because of the need to fit within salary caps or because unions have decided that their membership benefit when the numbers are known. Not at the UFC, a privately held company that keeps its financials close to its chest. President Dana White chafes about money questions, saying no one cares what people earn and his fighters are happy with their paycheques.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 7:48AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
UFC's Franklin ready for second fight in Cincinnati
Before heading to Wyoming to train for Saturday's Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight title bout against Anderson Silva at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, West Chester Twp. resident Rich Franklin sat down for a Q&A with staff writer Jay Morrison.
Submitted Oct 14, 2007 7:42AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Alteration to UFC 78!
Karo vs. Ryo Chonan Thiago Alves vs. Lytle I think Karo and Thiago will be victorius.
Submitted Oct 13, 2007 9:25PM by kevietre - 5 comments
Murilo “Ninja” Rua -VS- Xavier Foupa-Pokam - Cage Rage 24 Main Event
Brazilian standout Murilo “Ninja” Rua will square off with Xavier Foupa-Polam at Cage Rage 24 “Feel the Pain” on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Wembley Arena in London, England, according to the promotion’s Web site......................
Submitted Oct 13, 2007 3:54PM by CornishMMA - 7 comments
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