Reason For Choi's Non-Clearance?
The tumor in the head of Choi Hong Man, (26) nicknamed the “Techno Goliath,” has sparked a controversy. Choi was supposed to fight Brock Lesnar (30, USA), a WWE wrestler–turned-K1 fighter at the K-1: Dynamite USA championship that was due to be held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on June 2. However, Choi was denied a license for medical reasons by the California Athletic Commission after it found a tumor in his head. They also found blood stains on it.
(I had always heard his size was not related to any gigantism... Take this for what its worth...)
UFC Explodes in Popularity
Frozen in time for sports fans forever is the right front kick thrown by rising star Roger “El Matador” Huerta and the black caged-fencing of the famed UFC® Octagon™, framed by the bright, bold white headline “Ultimate Fighting – America’s Fastest Growing and Most Controversial Sport.” This is the cover of the current issue of Sports Illustrated. It is also the stunning debut of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® on one of the most respected and widely circulated sports magazines in the world.
The MMA Education of Brock Lesnar
Using the antiquated body mass index provided by our good friends in Washington D.C., we can make absolutely certain of one fact: Brock Lesnar (Pictures) is a morbidly obese individual.
Thomas and Sims to finish backyard fight in the Octagon
The impromptu backyard fight between Marlon Sims and Noah Thomas on last Thursday’s episode of TUF 5 was mutually halted when they shook hands and agreed to face each other like professional athletes in an Octagon.
Sims and Thomas have been given the green light by the UFC to settle their grudge in a formal setting, Spike TV confirmed today.
The two booted fighters are set to square off on June 23 in Las Vegas as part of The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale card.
Ibarra provides the method to Rampage's madness
Behind every champion is a trainer who pushes, prods and plots a course to greatness. For Rampage Jackson, that man is Juanito Ibarra, a former boxing coach who once trained Oscar De La Hoya in the early 1990s.
Official UFC 71 Fighter Salaries: Paydays for Jackson, Liddell, Karo, Burkman
Quinton Jackson ($225,000) def. Chuck Liddell ($500,000) by KO - Round 1, 1:53
Karo Parisyan ($32,000) def. Josh Burkman ($7,000) by unanimous decision
Terry Martin ($12,000) def. Ivan Salaverry ($17,500) by TKO - Round 1, 2:04
Houston Alexander ($8,000) def. Keith Jardine ($7,000) by TKO - Round 1, 0:48
Kalib Starnes ($10,000) def. Chris Leben ($10,000) by unanimous decision
Thiago Silva ($16,000) def. James Irvin ($7,000) by TKO - Round 1, 1:06
Alan Belcher ($14,000) def. Sean Salmon ($3,000) by guillotine choke - Round 1, 0:53
Din Thomas ($28,000) def. Jeremy Stephens ($3,000) by armbar - Round 2, 2:24
Wilson Gouveia ($16,000) def. Cermelo Marrero ($5,000) by guillotine choke - Round 1, 3:06
News And Notes From Canada
This weekend saw another illustrious UFC champion’s fabled reign come to an abrupt and unpredictable end when Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell lost to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event of Saturday night’s UFC 71 in Las Vegas.
Dana White: "We're Going To Have Them All."
During the UFC 71 post-fight press conference, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White confirmed what Josh Gross reported last week: The purchase of Pride Fighting Championships has been finalized
MMA Mainstream Acceptance? Not So Fast
Let me be the first to applaud the recent exposure that the Ultimate Fighting Championships brand of mixed martial arts has been getting. Let me also be the first to underline Dave Meltzer's statement; "MMA isn't popular - the UFC is popular."
As UFC rises, is boxing down for the count?
With the ascent of mixed martial arts into the mainstream sports world, came the inevitable friction with boxing. Even though both sides will throw the occasional verbal jab at the other, renowned boxing promoter Lou DiBella told Newsday he feels boxing has to fight its own battles.
"The Heat" on Burkman, Title Shot
Sherdog.com's Mike Sloan spoke with Karo Parisyan (Pictures) after the welterweight contender's impressive victory over Josh Burkman (Pictures) Saturday in Las Vegas at UFC 71.
StrictlyMMA Review: Rampage snuffs out Iceman’s fire with first round knockout
"The Iceman" showed emotion. On May 26, 2007 Chuck Liddell's typically stone cold demeanor adorned a grin in front of the incensed Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Rampage was the final pillar to be knocked down in Liddell's revenge masterpiece. A mere minute and fifty three seconds later, the champion's face expressed confusion and disbelief as Rampage knocked out the knockout artist.
Sports Illustrated on MMA
This weekend’s UFC 71 card could end up being the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” of mixed martial arts. The sport has been touted by the mainstream media as “hip” and “up-and-coming” for months now but this past weekend everything blew up.