Interesting Interview with Josh Barnett
PDG: It’s been a couple of months since we talked last. What have you been doing?
Josh: I have been training and preparing for the IGF event that I am working on the 20th of December and my grappling match in Pancrase on the 22nd. I have also been working with my new team of fighters that are competing in an event in the Philippines called Ring of Fire that is being produced by Platinum Fighting Productions.
Sylvia vs. Nogueira Title Fight Set For UFC 81
The following is a translated note from an article on Portaldovt:
"In first hand, the fight between Minotauro and Tim Sylvia was signed hours ago, and it will take place in UFC 81, feb. 2nd, in Las Vegas.
Randy did not reach agreements with UFC and the vague title will be disuputed between Minotauro and Tim"
Shogun to fight in Canada?
Shogun announced to fans and members of the media in London that he would make his return to the cage at UFC 83. The event will likely take place in Canada. No opponent has been revealed as of yet.
As a Canadian this would be a dream, I would love to see Shogun live.
A Boxing Fan Looks At MMA
Today’s video-game culture and increasingly violent movies have spawned a demand for entertainment that offers clearly-visible mayhem.
Meanwhile, boxing is in trouble. Not many sports have a reigning superstar who has won only twice in the past four-and-a-half years and lost three of his last five outings. But that’s Oscar De La Hoya’s recent record.
Put the aforementioned realities together and one has an ideal environment for the rise of mixed martial arts as a sports entertainment phenomenon.
TV success is a reality
You might not expect Dana White to make comparisons to “American Idol,” but the UFC president doesn’t hesitate to point out the similarities between his organization’s reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter,” and the highest-rated show on television.
“This (TUF) and ‘American Idol’ are probably the two most significant reality shows on television,” White said. “The reason is they have all these reality shows now where you watch a bunch of (expletive) idiots on TV making jackasses out of themselves and when the show is over, you never see them again.
TEXAS FIGHTER DIES Sammy Vasquez, 35, Becomes MMA’s First Documented Fatality
The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed today that Sammy Vasquez, a 35-year-old mixed martial artist from Houston, Texas, died on Friday, Nov. 30. Vasquez’s death appears to be the first documented fatality resulting from a regulated MMA fight.
Vasquez (1-2) suffered a third-round knockout loss to Vince Libardi during a Renegades Extreme Fighting bout on Oct. 20 at Houston’s Toyota Center. After the fight, Vasquez was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Critical Care Unit, where he began a 47-day struggle.
M-1 Global's first event could...
ProElite.com (SamCaplan.ProElite.com) has learned through multiple sources that M-1 Global is leaning towards holding their first pay-per-view event in the U.S. in Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center, the same venue that hosted UFC 78 earlier this month.
Matchups for the first show are already being discussed. A main event between Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett is under consideration but Barnett is currently not contracted to the promotion.
Aleks Emelianenko in Bar Fight; Mistaken for Hoodlum
Aleks was at a bar last night with two females when a group of drunken men began acting inappropriate and began directing some of their remarks toward the females accompanying Aleks. He then proceeded to clean them up and was arrested by the police as they mistook him as the culprit, and was promptly released.
Taktarov kneebar's his way to a succesful return in Russia
After alost ten years away from the sport, it's understandable that fans where sceptic of the Russian Bear's return to MMA, but he did not dissapoint. Oleg wins in his return bout with yet another kneebar. This former UFC champion is hailed by most as one of the greatest and toughest fighters from the first generation of fighters, and although a Couture-like career is unlikely, the return of Oleg Taktarov is welcomed by all.
ps. Oleg recently had a boxing match with none other that Dolph Lungrend.
CBS, NBC Could Soon Televise MMA
CBS and NBC are talking with mixed martial arts promotions about becoming the first major broadcast network to televise the sport.
Nothing is official, but television and MMA insiders expect a deal between CBS and the Ultimate Fighting Championship to be announced shortly.
UFC president Dana White said he didn’t want to discuss a deal that is still being negotiated, but White did say that UFC 80 on Jan. 19 would be a pay-per-view event. It had been rumored that would be the first CBS show if a deal was reached.
MMA insiders believe CBS is looking at a Saturday night prime-time slot. CBS averaged a 4.5 rating in prime time on Nov. 24, a number no UFC event has approached. However, major UFC events such as Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz in 2006 and this year’s Dan Henderson vs. Quinton Jackson Pride vs. UFC title unification match have beaten all network programming in the highly sought 18-34 male demographic despite airing on basic cable’s Spike TV.
Update On The Rift Between Dana White And Randy Couture
UFC President Dana White and UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture had a meeting last week to discuss Couture's future with the UFC. Dana White commented on the meeting and many other things via “The Carmichael Dave Show” on KHTK in Sacramento, Calif. He said that things between Couture and the UFC are up in the air at this point and "we'll see what happens next".
Jason MacDonald: I’m Fighting in April — in Canada (UFC 83)
The UFC’s long-awaited debut north of the American border will take place in April — in Canada — with Canadian fighter Jason MacDonald on the card.
That’s the word from MacDonald, anyway.
Last week MacDonald told fans, including some MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) veterans, at a Maximum Fighting Championships event in Edmonton that he was going to fight on an upcoming April UFC card in Canada.
Karo Parisyan: ‘I think I already have a title shot if I want to wait’
Welterweight contender Karo Parisyan has apparently earned a title shot in six or seven months if he wants to wait, according to a recent interview on PunchDrunkGamer.com.
“People are talking about that [a fight with Jon Fitch], I don’t know. The deal is I think I already have a title shot if I want to wait. If I wait I can get my title shot I guess in six or seven months from now, which is a long time away, and I don’t want to mess up my plans of getting my title shot. Now I would love to fight Jon Fitch, but if I fight him and god forbid something goes wrong and I lose that fight it puts me all the way back down again and I have to work back up for a title fight. So if I am guaranteed a title fight now, I’ll take the title fight or if I don’t want to wait such a long time I’ll take another opponent who I have a more ‘guaranteed’ win over. I still think I can beat Jon Fitch – Jon’s a very tough guy, but I think that if I am in shape that I can beat him eight out of 10 times. But at this point I don’t want to jeopardize anything leading up to my title fight, so we’ll see what the UFC will offer and what I will take.”
Huerta Featured On FHM Website
UFC fighter Roger Huerta, scheduled to appear on next week's TUF 6 Finale, recently was featured on the men's magazine FHM's website. He talked MMA training in a video while using FHM's reporter as an example for his techniques.