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Referee Steve Mazzagatti insists all is well despite recent criticism
Judging by the fall-out from December's "UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008," longtime referee Steve Mazzagatti did not have his best performance. A perceived slow response to end both the Cheick Kongo vs. Mostapha al Turk and Rashad Evans vs. Forrest Griffin bouts led UFC President Dana White to say Mazzagatti was "a nice guy, but he's not a referee," at the post-event press conference.
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 11:30PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Kill or be killed: Interview With UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon
What a difference massive nationwide exposure on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) can make in the life of a mixed martial arts fighter … just ask season five alum, Joe Lauzon. “It was ridiculous,” Lauzon explains about the difference before and after the Spike TV reality-based fight program. “You’ll be going out and just get stopped by random people who say, ‘I watch you fight and I saw you fight.’ It’s just kind of weird. It’s kind of unreal.”
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 11:28PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Couture declines Nogueira fight
Rehabilitation on a surgically repaired elbow and a leading role in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables prompted Randy Couture to decline a fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31-5-1, 1 NC) for the first half of 2009, the five-time UFC champion confirmed to SI.com.
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 7:36PM by Wolfenstein - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz added to UFC 96
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the fight that a light-heavyweight tile between Matt Hamill (5-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and WEC import Mark Munoz (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been signed for UFC 96.
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 4:47PM by Wolfenstein - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
TUF Veterans Find Very Different Results At MTX Audio 2
Former TUF veterans Jesse Forbes & Cale Yarbrough both appeared on last night's MTX Audio 2 event in Las Vegas, but to fans' disappointment only Forbes got to fight. For the second time in his short career, Yarbrough was without a fight as the NSAC said his opponent failed medical clearance at the last possible moment.
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 2:39PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Newcomer Thiago A Member Of Brazil's Elite Combat Police
UFC newcomer Paulo Thiago is no stranger to working under intense pressure in dangerous situations. As a member of BOPE, the military-style elite unit of Rio de Janeiro’s police force, Thiago is tasked with tackling drug gangs in the sprawling slums known as favelas. So when he faces Josh Koscheck at UFC 95 in London next month, it will be just another day fighting in unfamiliar surroundings.
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 7:33AM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Kampmann Expects The Unexpected At 170
Martin Kampmann will be making his welterweight debut against Alexandre Barros at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland. Kampmann had a solid run at middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but after a loss to Nathan Marquardt back in September, he decided to give welterweight a shot.
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 7:30AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
No Countdown Show For UFC 93 (Link to watch it online in this thread)
Dave Meltzer explains it in the Wrestling Obsever update: There is no Countdown of UFC 93 show. Next week’s UFC on Spike will include two hours of Unleashed on Tuesday night, one hour on Wednesday night, plus the debut of UFC Primetime, a 30 minute three-week series on Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The only show leading to UFC 93 will be a new All Access show with Rich Franklin that airs at 1 a.m. on Thursday, hardly a time slot many with stumble onto the show and buy the PPV. I sense the recognition after drawing big numbers in November and December, and another big number expected on 1/31, that they aren’t even trying to push 1/17 hard knowing the money is 1/31.
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 1:45AM by MMAcca - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Huerta: I should be coming back to the UFC
With one revelation came many questions. After popular UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta (20-2-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) revealed to Sherdog.com that he had elected not to re-sign with the organization -- despite previous reports by to the contrary -- many MMA pundits wondered aloud if there were contributing factors to El Matador's decision beyond a newfound passion for acting.
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 1:37AM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Shawn Tompkins Interview Parts II & III
Shawn Tompkins is one of the foremost authorities in MMA on the art of striking and thanks to Jake Hattan, one of his managers at Denaro Sports Marketing, FiveOuncesOfPain.com was recently granted an opportunity to interview the Xtreme Couture striking specialist.
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 1:31AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
UFC 98: Matt Hughes vs Matt Serra (*UPDATED* now confirmed by both fighters)
Arch enemies Matt Hughes and Matt Serra will more than likely finally face off in the Octagon to settle their bitter score at UFC 98 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 23, according to Matt-Hughes.com. Maybe. Here’s the snip: “Just got a call from Joe Silva and as of right now it looks like I’ll be fighting Matt Serra in Vegas on May 23rd. This is not 100% confirmed, but I believe it is going to be on this date.”
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 1:28AM by MMAcca - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fighters twist while Elite XC dithers
Patience is starting to wear thin among some of the country’s top mixed martial arts fighters, whose futures have remained in limbo since Elite XC closed its doors in late October. The issue is complicated, as parent company Pro Elite laid off all its employees and has no plans to run future cards. But they have not closed the company, nor have they declared bankruptcy. They have a CEO, Chuck Champion, and an attorney, each still working on methods to sell the company’s assets and perhaps remain as a minority interest partner with new ownership going forward.
Submitted Jan 10, 2009 1:23AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
Rampage Jackson Court Video Of His Guilty Plea
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson court video and Jackson talking about how sorry he is for what he has done.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 2:24PM by crushedbacon - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator Fighting Championships Signs Former UFC Fighter
Bellator now has a War Machine on their roster. War Machine, aka the former Jon Koppenhaver, has signed with Bellator Fighting Championships and will probably debut for them in April.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 2:14PM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC 93 Regulation: “As if it would be in the state of Nevada”
Because the Irish government does not recognize MMA as a sport, Ratner will oversee many logistical duties normally done by an athletic commission, including hiring of referees, ringside officials, and drug testing. “As if it would be in the state of Nevada,” Ratner tells MMAInsider.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 2:00PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Silva: ''If Machida Runs, I Run After Him
Thiago Silva hopes he can draw Lyoto Machida into standing and exchanging when they fight at UFC 94. But the unbeaten American Top Team light-heavyweight says he is ready to go after his opponent should Machida prove as elusive as usual. “He does not usually get drawn in to exchanging, but if he does [with me], I give thanks to God,” Silva told Tatame magazine today.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 1:16PM by MMAcca - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC light heavyweight Antonio Mendes joins American Top Team
UFC light heavyweight Antonio Mendes has officially joined the ever-growing stable of fighters at American Top Team. Officials from the Florida-based fight team made the announcement today. Mendes (15-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) next meets Eric Schafer at next weekend's UFC 93 event.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 1:14PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
After nearly walking away, Jorge Santiago is now among world's best
Florida-based American Top Team is a camp full of champions. The latest fighter to add a belt to the ATT trophy case -- new Sengoku middleweight champion Jorge Santiago (21-7) -- has used a nine-fight win streak to stake his claim as an elite fighter in the middleweight division. Not bad for a guy who nearly walked away from the sport just two years ago.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 1:13PM by MMAcca - 10 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Ryan Jensen vs. Steve Steinbeiss for UFC 96
UFC 96 has rapidly changed from "quickly filling" to "nearly complete" status. MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the event that Ryan Jensen and WEC-import Steve Steinbeiss have verbally agreed to a middleweight contest at the event.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 1:12PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Shawn Tompkins Interview Part I: “I just can’t see Arlovski winning the fight”
Shawn Tompkins is one of the foremost authorities in MMA on the art of striking and thanks to Jake Hattan, one of his managers at Denaro Sports Marketing, FiveOuncesOfPain.com was recently granted an opportunity to interview the Xtreme Couture striking specialist. In Part I of our interview, Tompkins discussed the preparations he’s current making in getting four fighters ready for Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” on Jan. 24; his thoughts on whether Vitor Belfort has enough left to make a run a major middleweight title; and his feelings about famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach’s assessment of Fedor Emelianenko’s striking.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 1:10PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
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