McCully misses Deadline for Kongo Fight?????
If true, this is very interesting to me as i saw this as a step down for Kongo anyways. Who y'all think they will have to replace McCully in this fight?
I know its wishful thinking but it seems like a good opportunity for the Ufc to get "The Pitbull" on the "supposed" CBS card!
Year-end MMA a Japanese tradition (story from Yahoo! Sports)
Unless you understand the Japanese fighting culture, the New Year’s Eve match-up that pits Fedor Emelianenko, the Yahoo! Sports No. 1 pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world, against the 7-2 1/2, 355 pound “Techno Goliath,” Choi Hong-man of South Korea, would seem to make no sense.
But MMA fighting in Japan is part of a world of fantasy, where key promoters idolize World Wrestling Entertainment chief Vince McMahon and learn from Japanese pro wrestling organizations. Almost the only reality of MMA in Japan is what happens between the bell.
On no night is that more evident than New Year’s Eve, which has, over the past seven years, become a cultural tradition as the biggest fighting night of the year.
Wandy and Chuck articles at Foxsports
Just thought I'd throw these articles in the mix... They have a little bit of fighter interviews in there, but it's more just hype for the fight...
Got me a little fired up, so enjoy... Also nice to see that Fox sports has an entire section labeled MMA (and that's where they hide their boxing stuff too
Sorry if the stuff's already been posted, I don't usually post in the news forum
WEC 31 FIGHTER SALARIES BREAKDOWN
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for World Extreme Cagefighting 31, which took place on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The event was the WEC's seventh since being purchased by Ultimate Fighting Championship parent company Zuffa, LLC and it was also the its fourth live event on cable television channel Versus.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that Zuffa and the WEC are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners' bonuses.
In case interested
Will HFC be added to the Secondary League ? Little Nog's return
Antonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira (12-3) will make his return to mixed martial arts on Feb. 1 in Canada against Todd Gouwenberg at Hardcore Championship Fighting “Destiny
Great Fight Card
Hardcore Championship Fighting
Friday, Feb. 1, 2008
HCF Lightweight Championship
Thomas Schulte vs. Garett Davis
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Todd Gouwenberg
Gegard Mousasi vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos
John Alessio vs. Derrick Noble
Damir Mirenic vs. Mike Pyle
Andrew Buckland vs. Dan Chambers
Solomon Hutcherson vs. Amir Rahnavardi
Myles Merola vs. Ariel Sexton
Tim Hague vs. Miodrag Petkovic
Nabil Khatib vs. Lucas Rota
Babian Cortez vs. Juan Barrantes
Jeff Curan is down but not out
Jeff Curran had the opportunity to reach the most defining moment of his career when he contended for Urijah Faber’s World Extreme Cagefighting 145-pound division title earlier this month. Unfortunately, the “Big Frog” was defeated and his dream of wearing WEC gold was put on hold.
Ninja and Shogun comment on Chute Boxe exit
It was announced via the official Chute Boxe website on Tuesday that Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have decided to leave the famed Brazilian fight team.
Wanderlei Silva and Andre Dida recently left the team and now it is apparently time for the Rua brothers to follow suit.
Burkman ready to welcome Swick to 170
It has been months since the official announcement that Mike Swick would be dropping a weight class and fighting at 170 pounds, but until recently he was still waiting for a chance to fight at welterweight. Now his fight is set as Josh Burkman stepped in to accept the bout and will face him on Jan. 23 at the next scheduled UFC Fight Night event.
IFL OPENS ITS DOORS TO OUTSIDERS IN 2008
The International Fight League recently announced many changes to its upcoming season including format differences with the teams, coaches and title bouts. Among the new ideas for this year will be the inclusion of the organization’s willingness to welcome in fighters from other promotions to guarantee the best match-ups possible.
Bisping's First MW Opponent Set
Former TUF winner Michael Bisping, dropping to Middleweight after fighting at Light Heavyweight, appears to have his first MW fight set. He says he will fight TUF alum Charles McCarthy on March 8 in London.
And yet another "Big" John McCarthy interview
This one is pretty extensive and touches on a lot of subjects so I thought I would post it too. Really good to hear that The Fight Network should be comming to combat sport fans in the States soon. I can't say enough about this channel.
Chris Howie of MMANews.com: This is Chris Howie with MMANews.com and today I am speaking with former UFC head referee and the newest addition to the Fight Network team, "Big" John McCarthy. How are you today John?
"Big" John McCarthy: I'm doing good. Just spending a few days here in Toronto.
MMANews.com: How are you liking the city?
"Big" John McCarthy: Well, they lied to me and said it never snowed here.
Justin McCully Offered Bout with Cheick Kongo at UFC 81 “Breaking Point”
UFC heavyweight Justin McCully has been offered a bout with Frenchman Cheick Kongo at UFC 81 “Breaking Point” on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, The Fight Network has confirmed with McCully’s camp. Currently overseas on a goodwill United Service Organizations tour in Iraq with fellow Team Punishment member Tito Ortiz, the 31-year-old has neither accepted nor turned down the bout, though his answer is expected Wednesday. If he accepts, McCully (8-3-2) would have six weeks to train for the contendership bout.
McCully earned a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk (4-3) at UFC Fight night 10 on April 5 in Las Vegas. Kongo (10-3-1) is riding high after a key victory over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-6-2) at UFC 75 this past September in London.
Big John Interview
After so many times of imploring mixed martial arts fighters, "Let's Get it On," John McCarthy sought trademark protection on the phrase. For more than a decade, "Big John," was the UFC's choice referee, a figure often referred to as the "Octagon's ninth side." After more than 500 bouts that trace the UFC's evolution, McCarthy retired -- sort of -- last week. Now he'll be getting it on for The Fight Network, North's America's only all-combat sports channel. He recently sat down with SI.com