No MMA In Massachusetts
Yet. Lawmakers in the state emerged from the year's legislative session last week without forwarding a bill to the governor that, if signed, would regulate the sport in UFC President Dana White's old stomping grounds and open the door to UFC events. Matthew Moran, chief of staff for state Sen. James Timilty, said members of the legislature's conference committee simply did not have the time to vet the MMA legislation that Timilty had proposed and still meet its deadline to get the rest of the state budget in front of the governor. This means no MMA in MA until at least Spring '09.
Fans dont like rampage-
In an article about the Griffen Rampage and the 86 ufc fight and card, I read that the "causal fan" does not like or at least care about Rampage- why do you suppose that is?? Also why do you suppose that Koscheck is so unpopular ?
Is Sherdog making up quotes?
Sherdog has an article up with quotes from a bunch of different fighters regarding the Jackson / Griffin fight. One of those quotes is from Phil Baroni:
Phil Baroni (Pictures): I don’t know how two judges gave Forrest that first round, man. That’s some bulls—. I thought Rampage clearly won the fight. That first round could have been 10-8 for Rampage!
The only problem here is that Phil claims he never said anything like that at all:
Fedor Emelianenko's New Book To Reveal Training Secrets
Fedor Emelianenko will finally reveal the legendary fighting and training techniques that have allowed him to become the most revered mixed martial artist of his time. Emelianenko, who is widely considered the greatest pound for pound fighter in the world and has also been referred to as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, is preparing for perhaps his biggest challenge when he takes on Tim Sylvia on July 19 at Affliction: Banned.
His book of fighting and training techniques entitled; Fedor: The Fighting System of the World's Undisputed King of MMA, will be available in bookstores across the country by August 15.
The book is being brought to you by essentially same team that headed up excellent instructional books from Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Karo Parisyan, and Eddie Bravo.
Fightline.com was able to secure an advance copy of the book and we can assure fans that it will not disappoint. Aside from an insightful and brief biography the book is all instruction, intricately spelled out and easy to understand. The techniques are masterfully broken down and explained in great detail and Emelianenko himself assures that all have been battle tested.
Below is an official description of the book:
In Fedor, the undefeated, undisputed heavyweight MMA champion of the world unveils for the first time his trademark striking and grappling techniques through descriptive narrative and more than 2500 step-by-step color photographs. Detailing dozens of throws, punching combinations, cardio workouts and ground and pound techniques, this book leaves no stone unturned.
Cage Rage Land New TV Deal
The UK promotion Cage Rage have secured a new live TV deal.
Nuts TV will broadcast Cage Rage 27: Step Up live from Wembley Arena on 12 July 2008. The fight card includes the ultimate ‘clash of the titans’ when two of the UK’s biggest fighters battle it out with Neil "Goliath" Grove taking on Robert "Buzz" Berry. Phil "The New York Bad Ass" Baroni is topping the fight card against Scott Janson in a brawl that has already got the whole of the Cage Rage community talking.
Magnitude of opportunity not lost on Ben Rothwell
Ben Rothwell gets it.
At only 26, the heavyweight slugger is a veteran of the sport, with 34 pro bouts on his résumé and an unbeaten nine-fight run through the International Fight League. However, his fight on the "Affliction: Banned" show in Anaheim, Calif., later this month takes his career to a new level and is unlike any opportunity he's had before.
"This is the biggest fight for me so far," said Rothwell. "I've had some tough fights, some good fights, but Andrei (Arlovski) is a former UFC champion and still ranked high in the top 10. And, anytime you're fighting someone ranked higher than you, it does good things for you. This is a chance for me to truly bring myself into the top 10."
Ready for primetime: Jake Shields
Jake Shields will finally get his shot at the Elite XC welterweight championship belt on July 26 in Stockton, Calif., when he takes on Nick Thompson on the CBS “Saturday Night Fights” show entitled, “Unfinished Business.”
Over the past few months, injuries and a bizarre string of events involving Drew Fickett have put the first ever division title fight on hold. With a new opponent, and nothing holding him back now, he’ll look to claim the title that he feels has always been his anyway.
Most people who have seen the Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt compete believe he is among the top 170-pound fighters in the world. Still, others — perhaps those who have not seen him compete — feel he needs to prove himself against better competition before he can claim that status.
KALA HOSE TO DEFEND ICON TITLE ON AUGUST 2
ICON middleweight champion Kala “Kolohe” Hose will return to action and defend his belt on Aug. 2 against Rolando Dominique in an event to be held at the Blaisdell Arena in Hawaii.
Hose made an impressive showing to win the ICON middleweight title in March when he defeated former UFC and current EliteXC fighter Phil Baroni in an exiting match-up.
Following the fight with Baroni, it seemed Hose had a great many big fights ahead of him, but the Hawaiian was derailed in his next fight out. He lost by rear naked choke to Robert “Bubba” McDaniel in an undercard fight during the June 14 EliteXC show in his home state.
Michael Bisping: ''Fedor to Fight Tim Sylvia Injured''
Russian legend Emelianenko, 31, squares up against former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in a fight for new MMA promotion Affliction on 19 July.
But speaking exclusively to SunSport, British star Bisping, 29, claims The Last Emperor will go into the bout with 32-year-old American Sylvia at less than full fitness.
Bisping said: "It’s going to be good to see if Fedor is still the man but I’ve heard on the grapevine from inside sources that he could be injured."
"But this is time for Fedor to step up. Everyone knows what Tim Sylvia is all about but Fedor’s had an aura about him for a long time."
But Bisping admitted: "I think the fight will play out similar to when Randy Couture fought Tim Sylvia, but I’m picking Fedor to beat Tim."
Fighters Weigh In on Rampage-Griffin
In the aftermath of one of the more memorable main events of a major UFC -- Forrest Griffin (Pictures)'s unanimous decision over Quinton Jackson (Pictures) -- the Mandalay Bay Events Center became a maelstrom of reaction Saturday night.
here are some of the fighters take on the fight, and who they believed was the victor.
Cote Gets The Next Middleweight Shot!
Patrick Cote will be the next challenger for the Spider's belt and I just want to say that I am one hundred percent behind him for doing what no one else could!
Patrick Cote although very unlikely needs to beat Silva so all his little worshipers can come down from their mile high Anderson trip.
Silva is the best in the world don't get me wrong but he gets so overrated it makes me sick. I am tired of everyone talking of how unbeatable he is and I don't care who you are and how good you are you are NOT unbeatable at any point ever.
PS: I think it'd be sweet to because he'd be the first non-TUF winner to be a champion!
UFC 86 Fighter Payouts
The UFC 86 fighter payouts have been obtained from the NSAC. The total disclosed payouts were $943,000, with Forrest Griffin getting the most-$250,000.
Quick Quote: Brock Lesnar’s ‘back is against the wall’ with UFC 87 Heath Herring fight
“Heath is a younger guy, he definitely has a lot of experience and he’s a tough SOB. He’s a brawler and brings to the plate a whole variety of things that we’re looking at as a fighter. He’s well rounded with hands, feet and it’s a challenge for me, and I accepted the challenge when Mark pulled out. I’m looking at this fight where I’ve got a lot to gain and he has a lot to lose. My back is against the wall in this fight too, because I said from the beginning I wanted to fight credible opponents and that’s what Dana is handing me in Frank Mir and Heath Herring.”
Former WWE wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar tells the Baltimore Sun that there is a lot riding on his fight against Heath Herring at UFC 87: “Seek and Destroy” at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 9. The relative newcomer to the sport has a 90-second submission loss to Frank Mir in his Octagon debut, the memory of which he will try and erase with a win over the very experienced “Texas Crazy Horse.”
'Dida' KOs Morkevicius at 'K-1 World Max Final 8'
DREAM lightweight Andre "Dida" Amade scored a first-round knockout over ZST veteran Remigijus Morkevicius Monday in a kickboxing bout at "K-1 World Max 2008 Final 8" in Toyko, Japan.
Amade dropped Morkevicius a total of three times before the Lithuanian had enough.
Ultimate Fighter set for another five seasons
When Amir Sadollah beat C.B. Dollaway to win The Ultimate Fighter title, that made seven completed seasons of the reality show. Filming for season 8 with Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as coaches has also wrapped up. The show is expected to debut sometime in September.
Now, we can expect many more seasons of the show to air in the future.
We will have twelve seasons of the Ultimate Fighter,” said Dana White, “We just finished shooting season 8.”
White still believes the show is great for grooming future UFC participants.
Ultimate Fighter is an amazing training camp for up and coming fighters,” said White.