Lauzon Wins in WCF; ‘Upgrade' to WEC Near?
WILMINGTON, Mass., Feb. 8 -- Dan Lauzon had quite a bit on the line when he entered the ring Friday just outside of Boston to take on Frank Latina at World Championship Fighting.
With the Tapout reality show crew there to chronicle his preparation and a potential WEC bid in the offing, not to mention the added pressure of fighting in front of his hometown fans, Lauzon came through with flying colors.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that Dan told me he was "shooting for the end of this year" when I asked him if he wanted back in the UFC
Takaya, Maeda Venture West to WEC
Japanese standouts have had mixed success stateside lately. Now two more touted Japanese representatives will look to make their mark in the cage.
The focal point of a busy midweek of MMA, the Feb. 13 WEC card at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, N.M., will feature three title clashes in what may be the best lineup the company has fielded since Zuffa took the reigns in December 2006. The card will also see Hiroyuki Takaya and Yoshiro Maeda make their American debuts in bouts that promise to be all-action affairs.
YAMMA Pit Fighting Books Don Frye vs. Oleg Taktarov for April 11
The upstart YAMMA Pit Fighting organization, which was recently founded by UFC creator Bob Meyrowitz, has booked a fight between UFC pioneers Don Frye (18-6-1) and Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov (15-5-2).
According to Frye, the fight will take place at the organization’s inaguaral show, which is set for April 11 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.
“I hope (YAMMA) made the announcement because I just signed to fight Oleg Taktarov,” Frye said.
Jesse Moreng off WEC card due to injury
Jesse Moreng has had to withdraw from his Feb. 13 World Extreme Cagefighting bout with Scott Jorgensen. MMAWeekly.com sources on Thursday night confirmed that Moreng fractured his foot this week and can barely walk on it.
Russian Sambo Championships: Fedor Beats Three Opponents in Under 2 Minutes
Today was the first day of the Russian Combat Sambo Championship and here are the results:
As predicted, Fedor Emelianenko easily won all of his three fights. None of his opponents in this Russian championship forfeited as it has happened before in world and European championships, to the credit of our fighters.
In his first fight, Fedor quickly attacked, after a combination of strikes he took his opponent down and submitted him. The fight was 35 seconds long. His second fight was even shorter - Fedor broke his opponent's nose on the 10th second.
The final fight against Stanislav Shushko took a little bit longer. Stanislav tried to keep Fedor at a distance using his height advantage, but Fedor closed the distance with a combination, went for a throw and a holddown. Then the fighters ended up in standing position again and the situation happened again - a combination of strikes from the champion, a throw, but this time Fedor finished his attack with a submission and won at 1 minute and 1 seconds.
Fedor Emelianenko Pens Open Letter to Dana White
Saying he will no longer permit Dana White to disparage him, former PRIDE heavyweight champion and famed Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko has fired back and penned an open letter to the UFC’s head president and challenged him to allow a fight with UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture or interim champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Exclusive Marc Ratner Interview
MMAWeekly recently spoke with UFC vice president of government and regulatory affairs Marc Ratner about working to get MMA sanctioning in more states and continue expanding UFC into new territories.
HDNet Partners with Strikeforce
HDnet Fights has partnered with Strikeforce to televise four of the California-based promotion's events in 2008.
Starting with its first foray outside the Golden State on Feb. 23, live coverage of "Strikeforce at The Dome," headlined by Bob Sapp's mixed martial arts debut in a cage, begins at 10:30 p.m. ET from Tacoma, Wash.
Background Checks at Center of Multi-Million Dollar Pride Lawsuit
The UFC's purchase of Pride Fighting Championships was met by great expectations when it was announced in March 2007. Executives, fans and fighters alike hailed the acquisition as the start of a new golden age for the sport, the beginning of an era of undisputed champions and global ascendance of mixed martial arts under the direction of Zuffa.
411 MMA Fact or Fiction 02.08.08: UFC 81 Review
Would Minotauro Nogueira defeat Randy Couture if he were to return? Will Brock Lesnar's next opponent be a cakewalk? Will that win reinvigorate the career of Frank Mir? Was Tim Sylvia's ground defense mindblowingly bad? All of this and more in the latest installment of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction!
Yahoo! MMA Top 10 Rankings
Very surprising that a Jan 21st article on Brock Lesnar had more clicks on Yahoo! Sports that week than any other sports article, including Super Bowl articles.
Link also includes Yahoo! MMA Top 10 Rankings.
UFC 83 - Fastest Sell Out In UFC History!
“Most of the tickets for UFC 83 were sold in the first 24 hours of our UFC Fight Club presale, and the rest were gone within one minute of the public on-sale today,” said Dana White, UFC President. “I’m excited to say that this event is a sellout, and the fastest one in UFC history, so it’s safe to say we definitely will be back in Canada after this inaugural event.”
They WILL be coming back to Canada!!!
Nogueira's trainer: Sylvia Cheated
Luiz Alves, the muy thai trainer for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, was recently interviewed by the Brazilian news site tatame.com and has made some interesting remarks concerning “Big Nog’s” recent victory over Tim Sylvia. Alvez made the claim during his interview that “the Americans” were using baby cream which would not become slippery until it came in contact with sweat
If his claims are valid it will be interesting to see what course of action the UFC will take to punish this sort of behavior, or to prevent this sort of foul from being committed in the future.
Dana White: New York City or Boston Will Host a UFC Event in 2008
Although neither state currently sanctions mixed-martial arts, New York or Massachusetts — or more specifically, New York City or Boston — will host a UFC event in 2008, UFC President Dana White guarantees.
The UFC’s head honcho made the promise in today’s edition of The Patriot Ledger.
“I’m going to be as bold as to say I guarantee you either we’ll be in the Boston Garden or Madison Square Garden (by the end of the year),” White told the newspaper.
New York City’s Madison Square Garden is one of the sporting world’s most legendary venues. The 20,000-capacity arena initially rose to fame by hosting classic boxing events. The Boston Garden (officially named the TD Banknorth Garden) is a 19,600-capacity venue that opened in 1995.