Kimbo-Tyson More Than a Heartbeat Away
Though Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson still has British bomber James Thompson to contend with at EliteXC's debut with CBS on May 31, it hasn't stopped potential suitors from getting in line for a shot at the Internet legend.
Challengers like Strikeforce heavyweight contender Paul Buentello and boxing implant Eric "Butterbean" Esch have publicly voiced their interest in taking on the rising star.
But a rumored bout between "Slice" and 41-year-old former boxing champion Mike Tyson is not in the works, despite various Web site reports posted Thursday stating that the once-feared pugilist has verbally agreed to square off with Slice, 36, in the EliteXC cage.
Nogueira Maps Out ‘TUF' Assignment
Interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) says he will look to bring his style of fighting to the small screen when he and fellow heavyweight Frank Mir (Pictures) become coaches on the eighth season of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter," airing this fall.
Makes me want to move to Florida to train at Anderson and the Nog bros. gym!
Pro Elite On Demand to offer Elite XC, Cage Rage, Icon and other fights
Pro Elite — the parent company of MMA organizations such as Elite XC, King of the Cage, Cage Rage, Icon Sport and others — recently announced that its Web site (ProElite.com) will now feature a video On Demand section.
The upgrade will allow fans to access past fights from each of various promotions, which includes bouts that involve notables such as UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn and many other MMA superstars.
In addition, fans will be able to view under card bouts from Elite XC and other Pro Elite events that weren’t aired on the original broadcasts. Fans will have the option to view single fights starting at .99 cents or entire events for just $4.95.
That’s hard to beat.
Unlimited access will also be available in the form of a “Pro Elite Fight Pass,” which is normally $12.95 a month, but will be on sale for $7.95 a month at an introductory price.
Here’s a snip from Douglas Deluca, Pro Elite executive chairman:
“We have hand picked hours upon hours of high-quality MMA content and provided a compelling online product that is accessible to fans on a global scale. With more than 50 hours of combat currently available and 20 hours added monthly, our Fight Pass offering allows MMA fans to gain instant access to all of the MMA action they can handle.”
Head over to ProElite.com for more information and details.
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua wants Chuck Liddell to wait to fight him
“I respect him a lot as a fighter and I think he, besides being a warrior, is top of the category. I’ve been watching him since I started fighting. My fans can be sure I’ll be back at 100 percent. I’d like for him to wait and fight me at the end of the year. If I could choose who I’d fight on my return, it would be him, for sure, and I hope he accepts.”
Maurcio “Shogun” Rua — who is recovering from a bad knee injury that required surgery to repair — wants to next fight former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. Both 205-pound fighters were supposed to lock horns during the main event at UFC 85: “Bedlam” at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7. However, injuries to the fighters forced them both off the card. Liddell will more than likely be able to return to action much sooner than Rua because his injury was the less serious of the two (hamstring). Rua plans to return to training in three weeks.
Once laughed at, the lightweights are taking over
Jens Pulver's Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title defense against B.J. Penn in January of 2002 should have been the last time anyone questioned the idea of having 155-pounders headline a pay-per-view event.
The belief that undersized fighters could deliver at the till was ludicrous to many. American mixed martial arts fans were so obsessed with heavier fighters and their presumptive knockout power, they argued, that there wasn't time to care about skinny lightweights.
Yet there they were, "L'il Evil" and "The Prodigy," overshadowing "The Iceman." And Murilo Bustamante's middleweight-title win over Dave Menne in the Octagon? Just a mere prelude to the evening's main event.
Cale Yarbrough's Episode 7 Blog
So, here goes another blog. I ate sushi with some friends and wasn't able to get home in time to catch the episode so we walked to my buddy Gardner's bar and watched it there. So I wasn't really able to catch the audio but I was able to see what was going down.
Gerald picked Amir which seemed like a really good match up. We all knew what Gerald's gameplan was. Gerald is a big, strong wrestler so we knew he would try to slam Amir on his head and smash him on the ground (which he did).... (Check out the rest of his blog on his site.)
‘MMA Live’ on ESPN.com to debut online tonight with host Kenny Florian
ESPN — the worldwide leader in sports – is set to debut a half-hour long online show on ESPN.com dubbed “MMA Live,” which will be hosted by top UFC lightweight contender, Kenny Florian, according to MMAWeekly.com.
“MMA Live” will debut on ESPN.com today (Thursday, May 15) at 7 p.m. ET and will cover the latest mixed martial arts news from the top organizations in the sport such as UFC, Elite XC, Dream and others. It will eventually — if all goes well — feature fighters interviews and other specials.
Here’s a snip from “Ken-Flo:”
“(It’s) kind of a fast-paced show on the current news and events going on in the sport. There’s a whole lot of guys at ESPN that have been trying to get this done I guess for two years…. It’s strictly going to be on ESPN.com. It’s not going to be on TV as of right now. Basically they’re going to do a run for three shows on ESPN.com and see what the response is, see how it does. Then if it goes well, we’ll do a regular thing on the Internet, and if it does even better, then possibly you’ll see it on TV.”
Florian will be joined by co-hosts John Anik and Franklin McNeil from the Newark Star-Ledger.
UFC, Spike Working On UFN 14 For September
According to sources familiar with the event, both UFC and Spike are working on finalizing details for UFC Fight Night 14. This next installment would likely be held on September 17 and serve as the lead-in to the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 8.
American Gladiators To Feature Another MMA Fighter
The TV show "American Gladiators" will soon feature its first contestant who also happens to be an MMA fighter. Aaron Simpson, an Arizona Combat Sports fighter, will be a contender on the current season of the series on a future show, competing alongside his wife who will be a women's contender.
Florian Hosting New ESPN MMA Show
A new online show focusing on the world of mixed martial arts called "MMA Live" is set to debut exclusively on ESPN.com Thursday night (tonight) at 7 p.m. ET. UFC Lightweight Kenny Florian will be one of the show's hosts.
Interview With Former UFC Champion Matt Hughes
Matt Hughes is highly-regarded as the best 170-pound fighter in the history of the UFC. He is a future hall of famer, and a legend in the sport of MMA. He has a phenomenal 42-6-0 professional MMA record, including an 18 fight win streak. A former UFC welterweight champion, Hughes holds notable wins over BJ Penn, Georges St. Pierre, Frank Trigg, Royce Gracie, Hayato Sakurai, and Sean Sherk.
Affliction VP Atencio Debunks Rumors
After months of hush-hush negotiations and a rumor mill working overtime, clothing company Affliction has stepped out of the shadows to announce its entry into fight promotion.
In an appearance on “Inside MMA” last week, Affliction vice president Tom Atencio announced a card to be held July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., featuring a laundry list of top fighters including the ever-elusive Fedor Emelianenko.
Several published reports have put Emelianenko’s asking price at between $1.5 and $2 million. On top of that, a report on Sports Illustrated’s online magazine put total value of fighter’s purses north of $6 million.
Get To Know Them: The Life Of An MMA Photographer
In his most recent online column, former UFC fighter Sean Salmon wrote about Tracy Lee, a photographer who works various MMA events and training camps. Salmon says she's proof that you don't have to be a pretty face with a camera to get close to fighters and their camps & after-parties.
Matt Hamill The Subject Of A Movie
UFC Light Heavyweight Matt Hamill, the first deaf fighter in the UFC, will be the subject of a movie about his early life and wrestling career. Titled "Hamill", the movie is to be released in 2009 and will star Eban Kostbar as Hamill.