A Look Back At Japanese MMA In '07
While it looked like 2007 was a good year for MMA in Japan, scandals tainted what could've been a banner year-the Akiyama-Sakuraba controversy, tabloid scandals, and the "death" of PRIDE FC.
RICH CLEMENTI HAS 'NO LOVE' FOR GUILLARD
Perhaps never in the history of mixed martial arts has someone’s nickname been so poignant when it is applied to an upcoming match-up as Rich Clementi’s when used as a backdrop for his upcoming fight with Melvin Guillard at UFC 79 this Saturday in Las Vegas.
Indeed there is absolutely nothing but distain from Clementi to Guillard, a classic case of veteran opposing a young rising star, two people from very different ideologies colliding in what could be the grudge match of 2007.
UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon, Bonnar vs. Hamill Discussed
A UFC Fight Night 13 event planned for April 2 is starting to take shape.
Earlier today The Fight Network reported that lightweight contender Kenny Florian (7-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and “The Ultimate Fighter 5” standout Joe Lauzon (16-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) have agreed to a bout that will serve as the night’s main event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has uncovered some additional details about the event.
UFC Fight Night 13, which will air live on Spike TV, will serve as a lead-in for the season debut of “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” which features a cast of middleweight hopefuls that will be coached by UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner Forrest Griffin. Filming begins Jan. 29.
A source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com that a bout between former cast members Stephan Bonnar (11-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Matt Hamill (3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has also been discussed as a possibility. The light-heavyweight clash could earn co-main event status if officially signed, we’re told.
Ken Florian and Joe Lauzon have verbally agreed to meet in a headlining UFC lightweight bout on Spike TV, Florian’s camp confirmed Wednesday. The proposed match-up would see the pair of popular New England fighters meet in the main event for a UFC Fight Night tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 2.
A venue for the event has not been announced, though the Massachusetts natives would not have the pleasure of mixing it up in their home state. MMA remains unregulated in the Bay State.
Contracts have not yet been presented to “The Ultimate Fighter” alumni, though they are expected shortly.
Franca On Penn, Suspension, More
Hermes Franca, just over 7 months into a 12-month suspension for a failed drug test after his Lightweight Title fight with Sean Sherk, recently talked about how he's spent the time away from fighting. He talked about working with BJ Penn and other possible training with other camps coming soon.
Luke Cummo to fight at UFC 82
“The Ultimate Fighter 2” runner-up and now-surging UFC welterweight Luke Cummo (6-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) says he’s been told by UFC executives that he will fight at UFC 82 but that his opponent has not yet been named.
Hughes Goes Back to his Roots for St. Pierre
Matt Hughes was readying himself for one of the biggest grudge matches in Ultimate Fighting Championship history when Matt Serra had to pull out of the fight due to a back injury. Instead, Georges St-Pierre stepped in on short notice to settle the score with the former UFC welterweight champion in the third match of a series in which each fighter has won one bout apiece.
'UFC: Best of 2007' Headed to HD DVD
Mixed martial arts fans, mark your calendars: First Look is bringing the Ultimate Fighting Championship's year-end bash 'UFC: The Best of 2007' to HD DVD this March.
Originally airing earlier this month on Spike TV, 'The Best of 2007' is a nearly three-hour extravaganza of the UFC's craziest bouts of the year, featuring bone-crunching highlights of now-famous matches between its biggest stars.
First Look has set a March 25th HD DVD arrival for the title, day-and-date with the DVD version. (Although First Look supports both next-gen disc formats, they've not yet announced a Blu-ray version of 'Best of 2007.')
Extras are set to include audio commentary by top UFC stars, multiple featurettes, and more to be announced. Tech specs were not available at press time, but we'll keep you posted.
First Look has set a $26.98 list price for the HD DVD.
To really understand a man and the choices that he makes, you have to know where he comes from.
Beyond his public image, beyond your own projecting, you have to understand his place in the world. You have to understand how he has been influenced by the physical and psychological manifestations of his country's politics. Most importantly, you have to know his outlook on life.
It's easier said than done. Real understanding is often all but impossible
Horodecki Expects to Cap 2007 with IFL Title
It's been quite a year for Chris Horodecki.
The International Fight League's top lightweight has been very busy in 2007, going undefeated in four fights. Heading into this week's Grand Prix event at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., the 20-year-old Canadian still maintains a squeaky clean record of 7-0 in the IFL and 11-0 overall.
The Year in European MMA
2007 was an outstanding year for European MMA. The UFC returned to the U.K. for the first time in almost three years. Meanwhile Fedor Emelianenko, arguably the strongest fighter to ever grace a ring, was scarce inside the squared circle but still dominated the headlines.
Last but not least, there was a tremendous power shift on the European scene when longtime powerhouse promotions Cage Rage and M-1 Mix-Fight Championship were sold to American companies ProElite and Sibling Entertainment Group respectively.
Read on for the most comprehensive roundup you'll find on the year in European MMA.
Eight Reasons to be Excited for '08
Multi-colored confetti sprinkles to the ground ringing in the New Year for whiskey-clutching MMA fans. Before a single tear rolls down their cheeks because they may not live up to resolutions of moving out of mom's basement or submitting Dean Lister they should consider these eight reasons, listed in no particular order, as to why 2008 should be an exceptional year.
Cro Cop Returns
What I’ve learned from my friendship with Mirko Cro Cop is that you can never be sure what he is up to. He prefers to keep his thoughts for himself; he’s always been a man of a few words. His absence in the media often results in completely misleading stories, coming from people who are giving their best shot in evaluating Mirko’s position and the nature of his future plans....