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....
Telling the media that he had "accomplished all that I could as a fighter" following his Dec. 8 bout with Ricky Hatton, Floyd Mayweather intimated that he would be happy to retire with a perfect 39-0 record and the unofficial title of best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet.
But if Mark Cuban is to be believed, the 30-year-old pugilist has a prescient sense of history and wants to add one more chapter to his inevitable self-congratulatory autobiography -- Mayweather could become the first boxer in his career prime to risk hyper-extended ligaments in a mixed martial arts contest.
Mayweather, Cuban said, will be involved in some capacity with the billionaire's fledging HDNet Fights promotion and will visit MMA gyms in the coming months to gauge his interest in an open-style fight.
Aoki-Calvacante Officially Off 'Yarennoka'
TOKYO, Dec. 23 -- As first reported by Sherdog.com on Friday, the anticipated New Year's Eve fight between Shinya Aoki and Gesias Calvancante has been cancelled.
The announcement was made at a press conference Sunday at the DEEP Dojo in Tokyo. Joining the fighters was Yarennoka! executive committee representative Keiichi Sasahara.
Spotlight On GSP's Supercamp
MMAWeekly recently was able to observe a Friday sparring session at Georges St. Pierre's training camp in Canada, which also featured Rashad Evans & Denis Kang, among other notable fighters.
Also a brief item on "Big" John McCarthy being at the TKO 31 event in Canada for The Fight Network.
Silva On Ruas Leaving Chute Boxe
The Brazilian magazine TATAME has published comments from UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva on his former Chute Boxe teammates, Mauricio & Murilo Rua, leaving Chute Boxe. He offers the Ruas help if they need it and is also somewhat critical towards his former camp.
McCully misses Deadline for Kongo Fight?????
If true, this is very interesting to me as i saw this as a step down for Kongo anyways. Who y'all think they will have to replace McCully in this fight?
I know its wishful thinking but it seems like a good opportunity for the Ufc to get "The Pitbull" on the "supposed" CBS card!
Year-end MMA a Japanese tradition (story from Yahoo! Sports)
Unless you understand the Japanese fighting culture, the New Year’s Eve match-up that pits Fedor Emelianenko, the Yahoo! Sports No. 1 pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world, against the 7-2 1/2, 355 pound “Techno Goliath,” Choi Hong-man of South Korea, would seem to make no sense.
But MMA fighting in Japan is part of a world of fantasy, where key promoters idolize World Wrestling Entertainment chief Vince McMahon and learn from Japanese pro wrestling organizations. Almost the only reality of MMA in Japan is what happens between the bell.
On no night is that more evident than New Year’s Eve, which has, over the past seven years, become a cultural tradition as the biggest fighting night of the year.
Wandy and Chuck articles at Foxsports
Just thought I'd throw these articles in the mix... They have a little bit of fighter interviews in there, but it's more just hype for the fight...
Got me a little fired up, so enjoy... Also nice to see that Fox sports has an entire section labeled MMA (and that's where they hide their boxing stuff too
Sorry if the stuff's already been posted, I don't usually post in the news forum