Report: Mark Dion files lawsuit against Brandon Vera
When we interviewed Mark Dion recently on Fight Opinion Radio, we asked him a lot of questions relating to his arbitration case against Brandon Vera. Included in the laundry list of questions were questions regarding the way Dana White behaves when it comes to doing business.
Well, according to Adam Swift, Mark Dion has plenty of complaints when it comes to doing business with UFC:
The complaint closely follows the contours of the arbitration proceedings, except for the inclusion of Zuffa, White, and Silva for allegedly interfering with Dion’s management contract with Vera. Specifically the complaint alleges that Zuffa and its officials encouraged Vera to breach his contract with Dion and provided him with confidential emails to use in that effort.
Frank Mir Talks Fedor, Lesnar and More
Frank Mir represents his Striking Unlimited team at Grapplers Quest. He sits down to talk with RawVegas.tv about his son, Marcus’ training, the TUF 8 rumors, his thoughts on a fight with Fedor Emelianenko, and his victory over Brock Lesnar
Adrenaline MMA Press Release! Russow eyes biggest test in debut of Adrenaline MMA
So, it is understandable when Russow only smiles and refers to fighting veteran Jeff Monson in a professional mixed martial arts bout as a "great opportunity." Russow, 9-1 in his pro career, takes on Monson, 23-7, in the heavyweight main event of Adrenaline MMA on June 14 at the Sears Centre.
A total of 13 pro bouts are scheduled in the inaugural Adrenaline event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and fights begin at 6 p.m.
"Monson is far more than just a veteran," said Adrenaline CEO Monte Cox. "He has fought in every major event in the world and competed for countless titles, including the UFC heavyweight title. He comes into the event having won 18 of his last 20 bouts and is looking to prove Russow is not yet ready for the big time.
"Russow, on the other hand, has been crushing opposition and has been tested twice in major events... losing to then No. 6 ranked Sergei Kharitonov in Pride, then crushing Roman Zentzov in Japan's Yarennoka event last New Years Eve. He's ready to show he should be considered among the world's best."
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Sears Centre Box Office, online at www.searscentre.com or by calling 1-888-SEARSTIX.
A foursome of UFC veterans make up the two feature bouts. Chicago's Terry Martin (16-4) will face Japan's Daiju Takase (7-11) while Chicago's Brian Gassaway (25-17) takes on Las Vegas' Tony Fryklund (14-9).
Momentum Halted: Goulet Out Of UFC 85
After his Fight Of The Night win at UFC 83, Jonathan Goulet hoped to continue building momentum going into UFC 85. That will not happen now, Goulet is off the event due to undisclosed health reasons. No word on a replacement for him against his would-have-been opponent, Paul Kelly.
Cesar Gracie: Diaz Bout Back On
After days of confusion and frustration, it appears that Nick Diaz will be fighting Sunday in Japan after all.
"It was off, then on, then off again … now it's back on," said Diaz's trainer, Cesar Gracie. "I won't really believe it until he is on the plane tomorrow morning heading to Japan."
MMA fans of New York
yesterday there was a press conference in new york concerning the legalization of mma. The current rumor as of yesterday is that it will be legal by the end of july. They have also stated that possibly the ufc will be held in albany, or buffalo. The reason behind this is that it is to soon to book a spot in Madison square garden for the show they might have planed. I heard this information over the radio and can sum what vow for it's accuracy. They also said that Matt Serra and Matt Hamil were in attendance.
Urijah Faber training hard for Jens Pulver WEC fight on June 1
“He’s super dedicated to what he does whether it be training for fighting, or supporting his guys in their fights. He’s respectful to his opponents, and doesn’t underestimate them. His training is excessive; a regimen that many would be and are hard pressed to keep up with. Some would call it overtraining, but to him it’s his every day thing, whether he has a fight coming up or not. The training level he kept up with this trip I took to see him was no more than when I went last august to sac and he didn’t have an impending fight. He’s got a funny sense of humor and a great rapport with the guys he trains.”
MMA photographer Tracy Lee recently tailed WEC Featherweight Champion Urjiah Faber during a few days of training as he prepares for his showdown with former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on June 1. “The California Kid” appears to be in top form and will be more than ready for Lil Evil on fight night.
Dan Henderson Wants Another Shot at Anderson Silva
Here’s the thing about this video. You know when you ask Dan Henderson who he wants to fight that he’s going to say Anderson Silva. And after that, when you ask him if he really thinks he has a legitimate shot at beating Silva, you know he’s going to say yes. You know that. But you have to ask him anyway, on the off chance that he’ll say he wants nothing more than to face Rich Franklin next. Then we could all relax without having to challenge one another’s illusions.
No such luck. However, note that Hendo says he wants to “get back in there and earn another shot.” Would beating Franklin accomplish that? Probably.
Also note the Dan Henderson-Wanderlei Silva highlight in all its slow motion, sound effect-y glory. Then tell me you wouldn’t want to see that one happen again. Just saying.
Edgar & Liguori Team Up With Ricardo Almeida
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Frankie Edgar and newly signed EliteXC fighter Chris Liguori will soon be training with UFC middleweight contender Ricardo Almeida. They made the move to help improve their overall ground game by working with the Renzo Gracie black belt at his academy in New Jersey.
Marcus Davis: On the road to UFC 85 Mike Swick fight (Part I)
Hey, this is Marcus Davis also known as the “Irish Hand Grenade.”
Thanks to MMAmania.com for the opportunity to give everyone a short report on what I’m going through to prepare for Mike Swick at UFC 85: “Bedlam” in London, England, on June 7.
I’m currently in Boston, Mass., training Muay Thai and MMA with coach Mark Dellagrotte of Sityodyong. I have pulled out every connection I have to prepare for this fight. Mark is the man with the plan and is putting me through my routine for my MMA training.
Furthermore, I have reconnected with my original boxing coach, Joe Lake, who is getting me back to some fundamentals. I’m also training with my teammate Kenny Florian and working with Peter Welch from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 and 2.
My strength and conditioning coach has been Garth Krane. He is an MMA fighter and former Canadian Olympic-caliber wrestler. I am the strongest I have ever been in my MMA career with a 375-pound bench and a 415-pound squat.
If people thought I could punch hard before … wait till you see what I am capable of come June 7! To check out pictures of the physical changes I’ve gone through head over to my MySpace.com page right
Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell to debut on Spike TV on May 31
Spike TV will “salute” former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell during a special hour-long world television premiere of “Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell” on Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET.
In addition, the debut of “Liddell vs. Silva: UFC Unleashed — Special Edition” will follow immediately afterward at 10 p.m. ET, creating a Memorial Day “homage” for the most popular fighter in the promotion.
Of course, Liddell and Silva battled it out in an epic three-round war at UFC 79: “Nemesis” in December 2007, which “Iceman” won via unanimous decision. According to a recent press release, the segment will include backstage bonus footage prior to the 205-pound tilt.
Liddell was expected to take on Rashad Evans in the main event at UFC 85: “Bedlam” at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7. However, he had to recently withdraw from the contest because of a torn hamstring and the card has since been significantly reshuffled to offset the loss of star power.
It was not mentioned if this was already in the works for some time to hype the UFC 85 pay-per-view (PPV) event that takes place seven days later; however, the timing appears to reflect that type of thinking.
Regardless, should be cool night of free mixed martial arts programming worth checking out.
Cro Cop vs. LeBanner moved to July
Nokaut.com has learned today that Mirko Cro Cop will face LeBanner in July, instead of June 15 as reported earlier.
Although we are still waiting for the official confirmation, we have learned that Jerome LeBanner is set to face Semmy Schillt in K1 on June 29, so a new date for the Cro Cop vs LeBanner fight makes sense.
I'm happy that LeBanner's fighting Schilt, and I'm also happy that Mriko will have an extra month with Marijan.
Matt Serra: Help Me Fight In New York!
As part of grassroots efforts to help get MMA legalized in the state of New York, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra recently sent out an email on behalf of MMAFacts.com to help drum up support for the legalization efforts.
Galavisión And UFC® Partner To Present El Octágono Del UFC™
Galavisión announced today it has partnered with Ultimate Fighting Championship® ( UFC® ) organization to present El Octágono del UFC™ ( The UFC®’s Octagon™ ), a weekly program that features highlights of the best showcases the UFC’s most compelling fighters, thrilling battles and over-the-top mixed martial arts action. El Octágono del UFC™ will launch Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 8pm ET/PT ( 7pm central ) on Galavisión.
El Octágono del UFC™ will highlight matches from some of the biggest names in the sport and Hispanics' favorite fighters, including, Diego Sánchez ( Winner of the original The Ultimate Fighter® season ), Kenny Florian ( top lightweight contender ), and highly popular Roger "El Matador" Huerta who is 6-0 in the UFC. The show’s first episode features Huerta vs. Leonard García, in one of the most thrilling matches in the organization’s history.
“We are very excited to bring our viewers this one-of-a-kind show which highlights the best of the sport;” said Joanne Lynch, Senior Vice President General Manager, Galavisión. “Partnering with organizations like UFC allows us to offer our viewers more of the diverse programming they want to see, making Galavisión the perfect choice in Spanish-language cable.”
UFC roster-trimming Policy?
Travis Lutter shares his thoughts on being released by the UFC in an interview with FightHype. Lutter believes Matt Serra will be the next fighter released if he loses his upcoming fight with Matt Hughes based on how they treated Serra while he was treated recently in Canada. During UFC 83, Serra, Lutter, Kalib Starnes and, "five other guys" were cramped into one locker room. Usually the main eventers get their own space, but not Serra. It appeared to Lutter the UFC was hoping and praying that St. Pierre would win because he´s more marketable.
Another thing that irks Lutter is that Kendall Grove, who has suffered back-to-back knockout losses, is headlining the next Ultimate Fight Night card. Lutter loses to two top middleweight fighters; puts up very, very good fights, gains full mount on Anderson Silva and nearly snaps Franklin´s arm but ends up losing both bouts and is released. Grove on the other hand, gets knocked out by Patrick Cote and Jorge Rivera…and is handed a main even bout on Spike TV. Why?
It is clear and apparent the UFC has no ranking system and is releasing fighters based on other factors. If all it takes is two losses in a row, current Lightweight Champion BJ Penn should have been tossed after UFC 63. As well, Wanderlei Silva has now lost three bouts in a row (albeit two of those losses occurred in Pride). Same goes for Dan Henderson and Mirko CroCop. CroCop actually asked for a temporary leave after his second loss and the UFC granted it to him. Tim Sylvia loses one fight and the UFC grants him his release. There´s no rhyme or reason based on win-loss records.
However, if you look closer, their roster cutting methods tend to make a little more sense.
The Machida Chronicles – Part I – A Father’s Lessons
5:30 AM. An ungodly hour for most, even for Lyoto Machida. But without fail he rises, like he has for almost 30 years, and he faces the man who will always be his toughest opponent: his teacher, his hero, his father – Yoshizo.