CPC Movies: Who Says It's too Late for a 2008 Preview?
2007 turned out to be the biggest year in the history of MMA, and it had some of the best fights in a long time. I dubbed 07 as the “Year of the Lightweights,” with so many great fights coming from the 155-pound division, and we start out this year with a great lightweight fight at the first event of the year. UFC 80 featured Joe “Daddy” Stevenson taking on BJ Penn for the UFC Lightweight title. Penn defeated Stevenson in the second round by submission and will now face Sean Sherk at UFC 84 for the lightweight title.
We’re already more than a month into the year, but who says it’s too late to do a preview? 2008 should be yet another great year for MMA, and I look for the sport to take even more steps into the mainstream of American and world acceptance. I’ll break down the situation in each of the six major weight classes as well as some of the top stories to look for in the upcoming year.
Manny Gamburyan vs. Jeff Cox Added to UFC Fight Night 13
“The Ultimate Fighter 5” runner-up Manny Gamburyan (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will take on Jeff Cox (9-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at an already-stacked UFC Fight Night 13 event.
UFC Fight Night 13 takes place April 2 at the Broomfield Event Center near Denver, Colo., where Kenny Florian meets Joe Lauzon in the night’s main event. As MMAjunkie.com recently reported, Spike TV recently opted to make the event a three-hour broadcast, which will precede the debut episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 7.“
With the Gamburyan vs. Cox fight, the UFC Fight Night 13 card now boasts a total of 12 bouts.
UFC® ANNOUNCES YAHOO! AS NEW DISTRIBUTOR FOR ONLINE PPV
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced Yahoo! will be the new online distributor for UFC live Pay-Per-View (PPV) events, via Yahoo! Sports. Fans can view the next UFC event, UFC 82: PRIDE OF A CHAMPION, on March 1, 2008
Terrell Released From UFC
David Terrell has been officialy released from his UFC contract. He first debuted in the UFC back in August of 2004 where he shocked the MMA world with a vicious knockout win over heavily favored Matt Linland in the early seconds of the 1st round. He then lost a title fight against Evan Tanner and then rebounded by beating Scott Smith in April of 2006.
Unfortunatelty that was the last we saw of Terrell fighting in the Octagon. Plagued by injuries and unhappy with the financial terms of his bout agreements, Terrell sat out the remainder of his contract. Now focused on getting his career back on track, Terrell will be looking to signing and fighting with another organization.
What's Tickling Mark DellaGrotte's Toes
That first night, as Mark DellaGrotte lay in the floor on a rice mat, trying to sleep and wondering what he was doing on the other side of the planet, he realized that the creatures brushing by his feet were rats.
Rats and other things. There was no door to the too-small room in which he was packed with 13 others. Anything could scurry in from the 98-degree night.
DellaGrotte himself, for instance.
Twenty-four and traveling the world. Had never left the country, then on a plane and off a plane and into the sweltering dark of a different continent.
How, again, did he get here?
EliteXC Responds to $1 Payday
So we discovered that Moyses Gabin actually made a hot George Washington for beating Jirka Hiavati last Saturday during EliteXC’s “Street Certified”. That seems fair, considering that the main event fighters collected $301,000 - um, collectively. Pro Elite got an e-mail from EliteXC Head of Fighter Operations, Jeremy Lappen, regarding the matter:
“That fight was put together by a local promoter. “Gabin is paid a salary by the promoter who sponsored that bout.”
Outside promoter or not, Gabin got railed with no lube. Maybe he’s into that sort of thing…or maybe he was dying for something from the Wendy’s dollar menu. Either way, he notched a win, so it’s all good…kind of.
Xtreme Couture Hints at Silva-Jardine Fight, Silva-Liddell Rematch
It looks as if the Silva/Jardine fight is as official as it's going to be until its announced. This article also goes on to say Silva would like a rematch with Liddell around New Years Eve. I don't know about you guys but I'm not sure a rematch is justified unless it's for a title down the road. As for him fighting Jardine, I think Jardine takes that fight.
Brandon Vera vs. Fabricio Werdum @ UFC 85
Heavyweight contenders Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum are slated to square off at UFC 85 on Saturday, June 7 at the O2 Arena in London, The Fight Network has learned. No agreements have been signed, but the bout has been presented to both men, according to a source within one of their camps.
Hendo media day
Dan Henderson held an open workout for the media on Wednesday at his Team Quest Gym in Murrieta.
Here is some of what he had to say:
On Silva being considered the top MMA fighter pound-for-pound in the world by a number of publications and Web sites:
“I think that’s great. I’ve already said my piece about it. I think he is a tough guy and very skilled but I wouldn’t consider him the top pound-for-pound fighter, just because I’ve seen more of his past than what the U.S. crowd has in the UFC. The guys he’s fought in the UFC really compliment his style. I expected him to walk through most of those guys. He’s very skilled on his feet. The guys he’s fought aren’t very good wrestlers.”
On the new DREAM promotion in Japan which was put together by Fight Entertainment Group and former PRIDE staffers:
“I think there are two promotions starting. There’s DREAM and World Victory Road. I think it’s great for the sport. I think a lot of fans miss having PRIDE and that production, not necessarily the fighters and they fights they put on. There are top fighters in most of the organizations now, but the production is what I miss most. It will be good to watch that just as a fan now. I’m in the UFC for a while.”
On the possibility of competing in DREAM’s Middleweight Grand Prix:
“I won’t be fighting in it unless the UFC sends me over. I think that’s good for the sport. It gives fighters another avenue to go out there and make some money and make a name for themselves. It’s tough with so many fighters and only one big organization in the world.
“I’m not overly fond of fighting in tournaments anymore. I’ve been there and done that. My first nine fights were tournaments and multiple fights in a night. A lot of the fights in my career have been tournaments. I’m not fond of those. I’d rather focus on one guy, especially at the point of my career where I am right now. It enables me to really focus on that one opponent. When you fight multiple times in one night, you are not able to be specific to an opponent when you are training. There is a greater chance of losing a fight that way. I’ve got a little bit more to lose than I did in the past. We’ll see. It’s not necessarily about that. It’s about fighting twice in one night that I’m not fond of.”
To check out the entire interview and listen to the audio of the interview, which is about 20 minutes, click this link:
KJ Noons responds to claims he is ducking Diaz
Noons, normally calm and reserved, had already read the comments when contacted by ProElite.com and took great issue with the claims made by Diaz's camp. They are claims he categorically disputed.
"First of all, I don't dodge anybody," Noons stated in an uncharacteristic stern tone. "Whoever is the best, I want to fight them. As champion, you can't decline who you want to fight. You only have one option as to who you're going to fight, and that's the best. Whoever the best is, that's who I have to fight. In regard to a rematch with Nick, that would be a great pay day for me. Unfortunately, he's not the best."
Noons continued to rebut GracieFighter.com's statements, claiming that he has no incentive to dodge a rematch with Diaz because he considers it an "easy pay day." He indicated that he felt if anyone was entitled to a rematch, he deserved one against Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett stemming from a knockout loss during EliteXC's first-ever show last February.
Dana White: Tank Abbott UFC Hall of Fame future inductee
“I think the whole thing was a farce [the EliteXC promotion]. I love Tank. I have nothing but respect for him; he’s always been good to me. But I don’t want to see that again…. Tank Abbott absolutely will be in our Hall of Fame.”
UFC President Dana White comments on the recent spectacle that was Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott at the EliteXC: “Street Certified” show on February 16 from the BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. He also reveals that he has a seat waiting for Abbott once he decides to hang up the gloves. That would mean Abbott would be enshrined alongside Octagon pioneers such as Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock and soon-to-be inductee, Mark Coleman.
Bj and GSP for fight of the century!
“Georges still has to get past Matt Serra though. I think if Georges can get past Matt Serra and I know I’m going to get past Sean Sherk, we could have some kind of really huge fight there. I’m talking about a fight of the century type of fight, but Matt Serra’s no joke, you know?
I hope to god this happens!!!
I'd give the fight to GSP though... but it'd be a war!
Anyway here's the rest of the interview if you want a
Mir Calls Fedor's Fights 'More of a Carnival'
I agree with what he's saying here to a point but how can a guy who Fedor beat twice be called the best i the world?
But how can Fedor be called the best in the world if he's not fighting top competition?!
Dam it why can't fighters and MMA companies just get along!?
Anyway here's the first
And the full interview
Mir just seams like a cool guy, and i don't think he means to offend anyone if you read the full interview.
5 Rounds Part 2
Wildfire & Skippy return to debate questions sent from you. Mirko Cro Cop, Kimbo, Ultimate Fighter Season 7, UFC 83 and Wanderlei are the topics tackled in this column.