The Tuesday Takedown 09.18.07: What's Happening Now In MMA
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome to the very first edition of The Tuesday Takedown here at 411 Mania. Inside we have the latest on Fedor and the UFC, a couple of PRIDE vets possibly getting into the Octagon, a look ahead at UFC Fight Night and UFC 76, and much more. Let's get to it!
What's going on in the world of the UFC? Let's take a look.
Eye Surgery Forces Marvin Eastman out of UFC 77
Marvin “the Beastman” Eastman’s quest for the UFC middleweight title hit a roadblock after a recent visit to the doctor. The UFC veteran had eye surgery last week, and as a result, had to pull out of next month’s UFC 77 fight with UFC newcomer Demian Maia.
Martin Kampmann Has Successful Second Surgery
After blowing out his knee in May and having successful surgery, UFC middleweight contender
Martin Kampmann (15-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) again went under the knife a couple weeks ago to have his knee scoped, and the 24-year-old now expects a return to the Octagon in March or April of 2008.
Report: Roger Huerta to fight on December card
No rest for the weary.
UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta is in talks to return to the Octagon on December 29, which would put a ribbon on a very busy (and perfect) 2007 thus far.
UFC Signs PRIDE Veteran Ryo Chonan
PRIDE Fighting Championships and DEEP veteran Ryo Chonan (14-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) — one of the few fighters to have beaten current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva — has signed a contract with the UFC.
Interview with Josh Thomson
Josh “The Punk” Thomson is on the verge of being one of true stars in mixed martial arts. At 29, Thomson has already fought and defeated many well-known fighters like Hermes Franca and WEC lightweight champion “Razor” Rob McCullough.
Why Has Chuck Liddell versus Wanderlei Silva Never Taken Place?
When you think of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, no other fighter draws more respect and recognition than Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell (20-4). A former division 1 wrestler and a kick boxer by trade, Liddell has used his “sprawl and brawl” tactics along with his devastating knockout power to successfully become one of the most feared and beloved fighters in the UFC
Business As Usual for The Iceman
Death, taxes, Related News and Chuck Liddell. The first two we can all do without, but when it comes to the sure things in this world, it’s nice to know that the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion never changes.
UFC's Negotiations with Fedor "hit a snag"
Famed PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and UFC officials were painstakingly close to reaching an agreement, but a final contact that arrived at the fighter’s camp contained terms that were “absolutely different” than what had originally been negotiated, reports the the website for the M-1 organization, which is operated by Vadim Finkelstein. (Finkelstein is Emelianenko’s manager.)
Tito Ortiz To Re-Sign With UFC
In an interview with the website IronLife.com, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz says he is going to re-sign with UFC.
I'm looking forward to Tito staying around, seems like Lorenzo Fertitta (co-owner of Zuffa, the parent company of UFC) was able to give him a good enough deal to keep him around.
New Paulo Filho Interview
Short but to the point interview with the WEC 185 lb champ. He talks about wanting to move up in weight and calls out Doug Marshall for his 205 belt, and evetually fighting the best like rampage, hendo and shogun. He even mentions wanting a crack at a heavyweight.
Main Event Set, Carano Struggles to Make Weight
Carano, who came it at 141.1 pounds, appeared weak while doing a one-leg balancing act on the scale. With promoters briefly discussing whether the Las Vegan would need to drop the weight, Carano's opponent Tonya Evinger (Pictures) looked on, surprised to learn that there was a one-pound weight allowance.
Carano, shaky and on weak legs, rushed to take a seat, where she gulped down Pedialite before Evinger finally conceded and the fight was made official. As the two squared off for the traditional staredown, Carano barely had the energy to keep her arms raised, eventually opting to fold them across her chest.
EliteXC: Evinger wants to make out with Carano
Normally I try to take a mature approach when it comes to female fighting. My wife is a semi-pro Muay Thai fighter and I’ve trained with females before. I know how hard it can be at times for them to be taken seriously and treated lake legitimate athletes.
But hey, I’m going to break from tradition here, thanks in large part to a comment made by Tonya Evinger during yesterday’s local press conference in Hawaii to hype EliteXC’s Uprising card this Saturday at the Blaisdell Center.
Awesome Nick Diaz interview
This is a pretty cool interview! It is definitely worth the read!
Whether you agree with his views or not, you have got to love Nick for being such an honest, strait forward guy.
Jake Shields: "I Want To Finish Him"
EliteXC Welterweight fighter Jake Shields, ranked #8 in the world by MMAWeekly, is set to take on Renato "Charuto" Verissimo Saturday night on the Showtime portion of the event. Shields thinks he can knock Verissimo out standing.
It'll be interesting to see if Shields can back up his claims, not to mention this is the 3rd time they've tried to do the fight (first time was in a tournament, second time the event was postponed).
Clementi vs. Johnson Added To UFC 76
Rich Clementi vs. Anthony Johnson has been added to UFC 76. The fight between UFC & TUF veteran Clementi and UFN 10 participant Johnson was signed last night, bringing the UFC 76 card back up to 9 fights.
This might be a bad fight for Clementi, his last fight was less than 2 weeks ago so that won't give him much time to recover and prepare.