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Legislator Pushes for Mass. MMA Regulation
The Boston Globe has apiece up about the efforts to have MMA regulated by the state. There had been a previous effort to include MMA regulation as part of a budget bill, but the item was stricken form the larger bill and made to wait until the next legislative session. This delays Massachusetts from having legal MMA in 2008. This delay caused the UFC to postpone a possible Boston card in November. Several Mass. legislators have taken up legalization as a cause for the next session: The next opportunity will be in December, when Moran said Timilty will put forth a stand-alone piece of legislation that addresses the sport. “The senator is going to move on it as one of his first orders of business,” said Moran. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get it made in the budget, but what we have is sort of a great first step with the bill, given that the Senate has already passed it and the Senate Ways and Means has already signed off on the language. So it should move very quickly. With the senator being chairman of public safety and homeland security, the bill would likely come to our committee, which means hearing and favorable release would be pretty easily obtained.”
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 11:04AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Fight Biz Quote: Jeremy Lappen
Question: Is the future of EliteXC on pay-per-view? Lappen: There’s no doubt that I think in this business that’s where the revenues are, I think you have to build pay-per-view stars to have a viable business. That’s what we’re trying to build our fighters toward is pay-per-view stars. I don’t think it’s solely pay per view — I don’t believe in that model, but I think pay-per-view is an important part of our business. But I think the fights have to be pay-per-view worthy. We’re not going to put things on pay-per-view if they’re not pay-per-view worthy. It’s hard to get people to part with their money if they’re not fights people are excited about. We want to do pay-per-view once it’s big enough and meaningful enough to be worth fans’ money.
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 11:03AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
Shogun Discusses Recovery + December return
Sherdog.com sat down with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in Brazil, where he discussed his recovery from knee reconstruction and a December return to the Octagon. Will "Shogun" face UFC hall of famer Mark Coleman in a 205-pound bout?
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 10:13AM by juanez13 - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
While the champion admits that it’s nothing personal before the fight, once that cage door closes, the switch is flipped and he makes it personal. “Before the fight I don’t like to talk a lot of crap about my opponents, it’s nothing personal, when it comes to interviews or anything like that,” said Condit in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “But once I get in there, I make it personal. This is my livelihood, my life is either going to go up or go down depending on what happens right here, so it’s really personal. I make that guy my enemy.” Condit understands the competition involved with mixed martial arts, but he also knows at the core of it all his opponent wants to knock him out or submit him and take what’s his. “He’s going to get in there and he’s going to try to take something from me,” Condit stated. “Not only my reputation, my pride, but he’s going to try to knock my (expletive) in the dirt.” At the end of the day it’s still business, but a fight is always personal. “I’ve got nothing but respect for the guys I compete against, but in the cage it’s a different story,” said the champion.
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 8:31AM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews
Strikeforce at Playboy Mansion confirmed for September 20
Strikeforce will follow up its successful June event, which featured Josh Thomson’s victory over Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight title, with “Strikeforce At The Mansion II” on September 20. This will be the San Jose-based mixed martial arts company’s second event at the world famous Playboy Mansion. The first show aired live from the Mansion last September, featuring a main event title defense for then lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez. The event attracted a star-studded audience, including Jaimie Pressly, Chuck Liddell, Joe Rogan, Cung Le, Frank Shamrock, Josh Barnett, Andre Arlovski and others. No bouts have been confirmed for the fight card as of right now, but Japanese middleweight fighter Kazuo Misaki is rumored to be making his Strikeforce debut, as well as Josh “The Punk” Thomson, who will be making his first title defense. In addition to a full night of MMA action, all “Strikeforce At The Mansion II” guests will be treated to a top-shelf open bar; buffet-style, gourmet dinner; and wine-tasting party featuring the spirits of various California gold medal wineries.
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 8:30AM by SmileR - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
The Top 5 David vs. Goliath Matchups
While weapons are thankfully banned in rings and cages around the world, Davids have fought Goliaths on numerous occasions throughout the past 15 years in MMA. Sherdog.com has picked five of the most remarkable, bizarre and mind-boggling mismatches for a trip down memory lane.
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 3:50AM by Sam_Rothstein - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Nate Marquardt vs. Martin Kampmann likely to finalize UFC 88 main card
Could be the coming out for Kampman. Just in case anyone has forgotten that this guy is a top middleweight.
Submitted Aug 1, 2008 1:10AM by Wolfenstein - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Affliction allegedly going to ask fighters to take a 50% pay cut
Dave Meltzer reported that Tom Attencio will allegedly ask fighters to take a 50% pay cut to work the Las Vegas show in October. Zach Arnold interviewed Josh Barnett, and reports on his reply .
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 11:44PM by telnights - 23 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
Kimbo Slice to Co-Star with Hulk Hogan in New Children’s Movie
I still have trouble reading that title without laughing.

According to media sources, Kimbo Slice and Hulk Hogan are set to co-star in a martial arts children’s comedy entitled, “Kung Fu U”. It’s about a group of nerdy kids who are sent to a special school (Kung Fu U, we presume) to learn fighting skills that will help them stand up to bullies.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 7:29PM by rycanto - 15 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, General MMA
Jesse Taylor believes UFC release could be "blessing in disguise"
Despite the UFC's recent termination of his contract, middleweight Jesse Taylor (6-3) remains optimistic about his future in MMA -- and he's open to a potential return to the organization.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 7:00PM by postman - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
The War Is Over for Stann, But the Battles Continue
This is from the Washington Post. MMA is gowing up. Before each fight, Brian Stann walks into the cage knowing that whatever happens, nothing will compare to the hell he survived in Iraq.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 5:26PM by zephead - 4 comments
Filed under: WEC
Talkin’ MMA & Boxing with Roy Englebrecht
Promoter Roy Englebrecht talks about his successful business philosophy, his intriguing new “American Champion” reality TV show project, Affliction Banned, and much more in this interview: BoxingInsider.com: You have been busy promoting a lot of MMA shows lately. One of the claims you like to boast about is that you are still promoting shows while other promoters like the IFL are losing tons of money. Why are you able to remain successful as a promoter while others are flailing around in the business? Roy Englebrecht: Deliver good shows, at good prices, in clean venues, and say thank you. Fans will come back. Also, I am a minor league operator, while the others thought they were major league without any experience. BoxingInsider.com: Besides promoting boxing events in cities such as Irvine, CA you have also been involved in Fight Promoter University. Tell us a little bit about how this project started, why you started it, and who some of the more successful students to come out of the class have been. Roy Englebrecht: The fight business has been very good to me and I wanted to give something back. It just made me so sad to see promoters, who meant well, lose $25,000 on a show and were never heard from again. I want everyone to have a chance to be successful. We have had graduates be successful in Ohio, PA, Boston, California, Texas.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 1:54PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Dellagrotte: Florian Could Run Through Huerta
The following quote is from an interview with Kenny Florian's trainer, Mark Dellagrotte on Sherdog.com Sherdog.com: What’s your breakdown of Florian’s upcoming fight against Roger Huerta? DellaGrotte: In my opinion, I think Kenny’s going to determine what type of fight he makes it. Kenny could run over Roger if he really wants to, or he could allow Roger to give Kenny a fight. I think Kenny’s ability to harness his energy and ability to control his aggression and not become emotionally attached to the fight -- like Roger likes to fight -- is going to give Kenny the technical advantage that he needs. If Roger is able to get in Kenny’s head and make him fight a sloppy, wild, Roger Huerta -style of fight, then obviously that type of fight fits Roger Huerta. Kenny knows he not only needs to use his technical abilities, but he also needs to play a very mental game with Roger … make sure Roger doesn’t take him out of the element of his technical ability and turn him into a brawler. I know Roger’s going to try to do that, and that’s what we’re going to try to avoid in this fight.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 1:53PM by MMAcca - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cris Cyborg: "I'll dominate this category"
The women MMA is on the rise, and EliteXC may have no regrets on calling Cris Cyborg to fight at July 26th’s edition. Ready to leave Cutiriba, Brazil, the athlete said she will shock the world and impress all American fans… And she did. “More Cris Cyborg”, asked Kieran Malone, from MMARated.com. “I said (to Dana White) that after my fight he would change his mind about women fights, and would see that he have the same capacities and aggressively”, said Cris Cyborg to Chute Boxe official site, guarantying that White wouldn’t regret to open UFC for women MMA.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 1:51PM by MMAcca - 12 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
Belfort vs. Lindland for Affliction's MW belt
The knockout over Terry Martin at Affliction’s first edition didn’t only put Vitor Belfort back to victories, but can get him a title fight. Belfort’s broken hand might not be a trouble for his next fight. “The doctor will analyze it, but I may stay four weeks out. I’ll come back in October 11th to fight Matt Lindland for the belt”, told the athlete, that will face the Fábio Negão’s opponent on Affliction’s first event. “It’ll be a great fight, we’ll see who is the best of the world there”, said Belfort, that guarantees his style will be a problem for Lindland. “I saw his fight with Negão and he’s a warrior... He comes be over you, but I don’t think he has the strength to stay over me”, analyzes Vitor, that wants another knockout on his career. “I’ll go to knock him out… My punches are well-aimed and when it hits he won’t stand”, guarantees Belfort.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 1:50PM by MMAcca - 19 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Nobody Wants To Fight Lyoto Machida
I was watching the fantastic Margarito vs. Cotto fight on Saturday, and all of the talk surrounding Margarito was that nobody wants to fight him. He has an aura around him as a legit tough contender that can damage a money-making reputation. This brought up one name in my head, one fighter in MMA that fits that profile: Lyoto Machida. Lyoto is a fighter that has, in just a short amount of time, made quite a name for himself. Right now, the name is one that high level competition are flat out looking to avoid right now. Lyoto has always had an aura around him, always been met with a certain degree of hype, only to then confuse both fighters and fans. I remember New Japan Pro Wrestling and Inoki hyping up the debut of the mysterious LYOTO. For those that (luckily) aren’t in the know when it comes to the sordid history of New Japan Pro Wrestling, Antonio Inoki was able to take a company that was incredibly influential to the world of MMA in Japan to a company obsessed with trying to compete with modern MMA, as pro wrestling had been exposed as inferior to MMA. In Inoki’s mind, pro wrestling was just as strong — or stronger — than Mixed Martial Arts. I could write for days on this subject, but instead, I will focus on where LYOTO fits into the picture. Lyoto was Inoki’s hand picked successor to his throne of Japanese fighting star. He was under Inoki’s control, trained where Inoki wanted him to train and only fought on Inoki-approved events.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 1:48PM by MMAcca - 35 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mike Whitehead recovering from pre-Affliction injury
Less than two weeks after a unanimous decision loss to Renato "Babalu" Sobral at "Affliction: Banned" ended his 12-fight win streak, veteran light-heavyweight Mike Whitehead (23-7) is looking to heal a broken hand in time for Affliction's second card. While Whitehead did his best to keep the news from going public, the pre-fight injury was brought up while Whitehead was a guest on a recent edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "(The injury happened) about two-and-a-half weeks before the fight," Whitehead said. "I punched (training partner) Wanderlei (Silva) in the top of the head and I broke my hand." Whitehead said the injury caused him to adjust his game plan dramatically.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 1:44PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Alessio & Daley Possible Contenders For Shields In Elite XC
The Elite XC welterweight division solidified its first champion last weekend as Jake Shields finally earned his shot and eventually a title win over Nick Thompson. Now with Shields firmly in place as champion, the promotion will now look to find top contenders for the new welterweight title holder. One fighter who may be able to earn a shot is former Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting veteran, John Alessio, who signed on with Elite XC as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by Vice President Jared Shaw on Tuesday. Alessio is 5-2 in his last 7 fights and has earned a reputation as one of the toughest match-ups in the 170lb weight class. The Xtreme Couture fighter should make his debut within a few months according to Shaw.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 1:41PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
Hicks Looking To Dethrone Varner At WEC 35
Marcus "The Wrecking Ball" Hicks takes on World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight titleholder Jamie "The Worm" Varner Aug. 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where the undefeated Hicks expects to walk away the champion. Heading into the biggest fight of his career, Hicks' attitude is, "It's just another fight." "I'm approaching this fight pretty much the same way I approach all my fights. I'm going to go out there and do what I do," the Texan told MMAWeekly Radio. "I want to go out there, and I want to have a strong paced fight. I want to go out there and try to take the title," he added. "I don't want to sit back and wait for it to come to me." In his ten-fight professional mixed martial arts career, Hicks has never gone to a decision. "I'd like to keep it that way," remarked the challenger. "I don't want a decision."
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 1:39PM by MMAcca - 10 comments
Filed under: WEC
Affliction VP Stands By PPV Numbers
Much speculation has surrounded the financial success of Affliction's debut as a mixed martial arts promoter. With a confirmed three million dollar payroll on July 19th, as well as a fifteen thousand seat arena to fill, it seemed a tall order for the clothing company to end up in the black. But Affliction VP says that the money pit that many imagined wasn't as deep as expected. He won't give specific numbers on its pay per view performance. Like his sometime antagonist, UFC president Dana White, he believes that when people know how much money you make, it creates problems. "It's been my experience that the UFC doesn't release their numbers, and I try to learn from other companies with mistakes and what they're doing right," Atencio said.
Submitted Jul 31, 2008 1:38PM by MMAcca - 11 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
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