UFC vs MMA. Who's winning?
Are you a fan of mma (mixed martial arts) or are you a fan of the UFC? I’m a fan of mma first, and UFC second. My level of appreciation for the UFC comes from their ability to showcase “A” level fighters competing against one another. I can watch any kind of mma though. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s in a UFC cage or another organization’s ring, but not everyone views this sport with the same eyes as mine. The UFC has become “the thing” of today, but what were to happen to mma in North America if the UFC became a thing of the past?
Lindland Wants To Fight
Lindland was in attendance for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's title defense against Rich Frankiln at UFC 77 on Oct. 20 in Cincinnati, Ohio. When questioned about Silva's performance, Lindland said, "I thought he looked phenomenal. I've always thought he was a good fighter, and he's getting better and better."
"His striking is, I think, the best in MMA. I don't think anybody else uses their striking skills as good as he does. I think my wrestling is the best in MMA. And I think I'd like to match up with him and see if I can close the distance and put him on the ground and out maneuver him on the ground, or see if he can keep the distance and create that space that he needs to do damage. And he doesn't need much space."
Words Between Couture-White
The following is an excerpt from a long blog entry by Randy Couture on his XtremeCouture website, in reference to Dana White's claims to have "bitch slapped" his agent:
In short, Matt Walker has become a close friend and confidante. Under the pressure and scrutiny of the decision I’ve recently made, Matt has had the blame unfairly heaped upon him from UFC president Dana White, who claimed, metaphorically at first, to have “bitchslapped” Matt. Later, White even stated to UFC Fight Club members to have actually physically hit Matt, something I assure you never happened. They have have physically never met. You tell me who’s acting “Hollywood.”
MMA Fact or Fiction 10.27.07
Will Brock Lesnar be given favorable opponents? Will Anderson Silva hold his title through 2008? Is Yushin Okami's UFC career over? Does Brandon Vera need to drop weight classes? All of this and more in the latest edition of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction!
Unofficial K-1 Hero's Korea Results
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Choi Young (RYO) def.Masanori Tonowoka Rd.1 TKO
Magomed Sultanakhmadov def. Eun Soo Lee Rd.1 (pounding)
Poai Suganuma def. Bernard Ackah Rd. 1 Referee stoppage (reverse armbar)
Daisuke Nakamura def. Kwon Ah-sol Rd. 3 Submission (armbar)
Min Suk Heo def. Katsuyori Shibata Rd. 2 TKO (pounding)
Shungo Oyama def. Carlos Newton Rd. 3 Submission (strikes)
Dae Won Kim def. Marcelo Garcia Rd. 2 (doctor stoppage)
Tae Hyun Lee def. Yoshihisa Yamamoto Rd. 1 TKO (pounding)
Min-soo Kim def. Ikuhisa Minowa Rd. 1 Referee stoppage (strikes)
Zelg Galesic def. Taiei Kin Rd. 1 (doctor stoppage)
Dong Sik Yoon def. Fabio Silva Rd. 1 Submission (Dongbar)
Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Denis Kang Rd. 1 KO
Xtreme Couture b*tchslaps Kevin Iole
Randy Couture’s blog has been abuzz the past two days with lots of content direct from the source, including:
It would appear you are either peeved that Randy (rather politely) singled you out for publishing numbers that were apparently unsubstantiated, or you are carrying water for Dana White - who has created a huge PR nightmare for himself by a.) letting this happen in the first place, and b.) making matters worse by turning it into a pissing match.
You neither reported the true intent of Randy’s message, nor shed any light on this senseless falling out. You simply itemized the various accusations and counter-accusations and wrapped it in a blanket statement that says something to the effect that: “athletes are all liars - they’re just in it for the money - move along folks - nothing to see here….
But instead of clearing up the discrepancy, you unceremoniously threw the apparently factual numbers into the mix with the old apparently un-factual numbers - offering no account for the gaping difference and no apology for what appears to have been pretty sloppy journalism first time around.
Robbie Lawler vs. Vitor Belfort
''Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort stated in a interview with www.tatame.com that he is considering moving to Middleweight (185 lbs) and Elite XC has made an offer to him to fight Robbie Lawler for the Elite XC Middleweight title. ''
Fedor Emilianenko VS Jeff Monson
According to a recent article on Sherdog, Fedor Emilianenko is rumored to be fighting Jeff Monson in his first fight under the M-1 Global promotion. The article quoted a recent interview Monson did with with Roguemag.com while promoting MMA in Auckland, New Zealand. The First M-1 Global event is rumored to take place in February.
Nothing sounds signed, but it looks like M-1 is looking to get a well known fighter to fight Fedor. Monson is not a top ten heavyweight, but he is well know by fans all over the world.
Dana White Banking on Brock Lesnar’s Success
For everyone who followed pro wrestling from childhood, there was always a lingering question: How would certain guys, not necessarily the biggest stars but the ones who are known by fans as real-life tough guys, do if the battle was real?
The question was more on people’s minds during old-school pro wrestling’s heyday than in recent years, largely because the Ultimate Fighter has answered a lot of questions about putting guys with different backgrounds into an arena and seeing what styles come out on top.
Andrei Arlovski Waiting on the Sidelines
A full six months have passed since former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski defeated Fabricio Werdum at UFC 70. Arlovski hasn’t fought since then, and he’s not scheduled to fight again anytime soon.
So what’s the deal?
Sounds like Arlovski cant get his last fight over with till he resigns. Sounds like the Vera situation.
Monson Addresses Fedor Fight Rumor
In the warm yet windy climes of an Auckland spring, the man rumored to be stepping into a cage with Fedor Emelianenko arguably the best MMA fighter at present, on a M-1 Global card come next February; melted to the reception he received on New Zealand soil.
The "Snowman" Jeff Monson full of praise during in an interview with Roguemag.com, cited the "very good possibility of fighting the Russian" and also said he is "in the process of working through things with M-1."
Couture's issue is money, not respect
Circle Oct. 25, 2007 on your calendar, for it will go down in history as the date when the sport of mixed martial arts hit the mainstream.
It was the date that the sport's highest-profile star held a news conference in a ring at the gym he owns to speak about his problems with its most well-known promoter.
But though Randy Couture, the UFC's erstwhile heavyweight champion, insisted repeatedly that his resignation on Oct. 11 had nothing to do with money, he spent the better part of the news conference Thursday talking about that very topic.
JOACHIM HANSEN CONFIRMS SHOOTO RETURN
It’s been nearly eight months since Norwegian lightweight Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen has stepped into mixed martial arts competition, but he confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he is set to return in November.
With the selling of Pride Fighting Championships to the owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this year, he has been one of many fighters under contract to the old Dream Stage Entertainment regime that has been in limbo as the company transitioned to the new American-based ownership.
Dana White Says "Fedor Sucks" & Isn't Top 5 Heavyweight
During the UFC conference call today with company president Dana White and fighters Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva and Brock Lesnar, White was questioned about Fedor Emelianenko. The man who many consider the number one Heavyweight and number one pound for pound fighter in the world, Dana White responded by saying "Fedor sucks."
Randy Coutures Side Of The Story
LAS VEGAS – Randy Couture went before the media to tell his side of the story Thursday at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts, two weeks to the day after his resignation from the UFC sent shockwaves across the combat sports world.
Couture, the only man in UFC history to win championships in two separate weight classes, addressed the status of his current contract with Zuffa LLC, parent company of the Las Vegas-based promotion. The 44-year-old signed a four-fight contract – which covered a term of 18 months – prior to his victory over UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in March.
“I wasn’t happy with that contract then,” Couture said. “I asked for a signing bonus. I knew a lot of other athletes were getting signing bonuses. I was told, ‘No, we can’t give you a signing bonus.’ But it really didn’t matter. What I ultimately wanted to do was fight, so I accepted the contract.”
UFC on Spike TV contract extension, new show details
The UFC secured its television future through the end of the decade today, as it announced a contract extension with Spike TV during a media teleconference. Financial terms of the deal, which runs through 2011, were not disclosed.
The contract includes provisions for seasons nine through 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, which has been credited with launching the UFC and mixed martial arts into mainstream prominence. A dozen UFC Fight Nights – four per year – are also part of the agreement, along with 39 one-hour episodes of UFC Unleashed.
Perhaps the most significant news to come out of the extension was the announced creation of a new, live weekly fight series. The still unnamed series, details for which will be announced at a later date, will run for two seasons on Spike TV.
Randy Couture:Xtreme Couture Press Conference
Randy Couture Today at 1:30 PT. 4:30 EST had a Press Conference, This Is The
But You Need To Register (Skip the 2nd and 3rd steps)
Great Video But it doesnt start until 15 minutes in. But befor the interview You see that Randy Couture is a nice & chillin guy.
Kendall Grove Will Fight On UFC 80 - England Card
Troy Mandaloniz was on Sweep the Leg Radio today, and said that his regular training partner, Kendall Grove, was offered a fight on the UFC 80 card, that will take place in England in January, and he gladly accepted it.
No opponent was named, but he will begin training soon for it, according to Troy. Grove is coming off a knockout loss to Patrick Cote, and looks to regain his momentum.
Hope he does, I like Kendall a lot.
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