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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
BJ Penn Is Amazing
According to Greg Jackson anyway, who apparently is impressed by Penn's performance in training and preparing to face Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 11:50AM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Neil Grove to make UFC debut against Justin McCully
Neil ‘Goliath’ Grove will make us UFC debut against Justin McCully at UFC 95 in London, Fighters Only has learned. Sources close to the bout said that both fighters have agreed to the match, although it has yet to be officially added to the card.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 10:24AM by Wolfenstein - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Eight Winning Losers of 2008
By Danny Acosta Sherdog.com Borrowing from a favorite Karate High School song, fighters can either believe "no one remembers second place" or "winning isn't everything" when they fall short of victory. In a sport where defeat afflicts everyone not named Fedor Emelianenko, it seems wise to believe the latter. Leonard Garcia made his name smiling under a barrage of punches from Roger Huerta at UFC 69, some 19 months before he became known for waylaying Jens Pulver. Every year, a select group of mixed martial artists experiences victory in defeat. Here's the graduating class of 2008.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 9:25AM by AchillesHeel - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
Huerta Passes On UFC Contract
So much for Roger Huerta sticking around UFC, at least for now. Huerta has turned down a 5-fight extension from UFC to pursue a career in acting in 2009, meaning his next fight in UFC-the last on his current contract-will be his final fight in the Octagon for now.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 7:12AM by DCRage - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ricardo Almeida vs Matt Horwich to collide at UFC Fight Night 18
Ricardo Almeida (9-3) will return to action against former IFL middleweight champion Matt Horwich (23-11-1) at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, Tenn., on April 1. The 185-pound tilt was supposed to go down at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” in October 2008; however, an injury forced “Big Dog” off the card. “Suave” remained on the card and gave last minute replacement Dan Miller all he could handle, but he eventually lost the bout via a hard-fought unanimous decision.
Submitted Jan 9, 2009 1:57AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 92 "Crushes" UFC 91 in PPV Buys
It may be the new record holder... In a recent interview with ESPN, Dana White was asked what happens in the aftermath of St. Pierre vs. Penn, he responded "I'm not worried about that; I'm worried about the fight itself. I think it's going to be the biggest fight we've ever done. The last Lesnar pay-per-view did really well, and then our Dec. 27 show crushed it." But the boss didn't stop there. He went on to say "I don't want to get into numbers too much—that's our policy. But it crushed it. I'll say this: The Christmas show crushed the Lesnar fight by 150,000-175,000 buys." If true, that is an incredible feat. UFC 91 is estimated to have accumulated about 1,010,000 PPV buys, which would have put it as the second biggest PPV buy the UFC has ever done. Then UFC 92 comes along out of nowhere and does 150,000-175,000 more than UFC 91. That would put the number at just under 1.2 million, which would put it over UFC 66 as the most bought UFC PPV. Also with this is the revelation that the UFC is the new record holder for PPV revenue in a single year by a company, beating out WWE (then WWF) in 2001. On top of that, Dana thinks that UFC 94 will be the biggest show they've ever done.
Submitted Jan 8, 2009 9:55PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
UFC 93: Shogun Rua Training Video
Video of Shogun getting ready for UFC 93.....
Submitted Jan 8, 2009 6:45PM by crushedbacon - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Breaking: Rampage Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Plea Bargain
Quinton Jackson today has taken a plea bargain in court today to possibly avoid jail in the trial stemming from his rampage last summer. He will now plead guilty to 2 charges and pay restiution and will not be sentenced for 1 year if he stays out of trouble. The more serious felony charge will also be dropped if he keeps his end of the bargain.
Submitted Jan 8, 2009 5:06PM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
The FireBall Kid Has Lost His Fire
Good article on Gomi's fall from stardom.. What do you guys think has gone wrong? Will he ever be back?
Submitted Jan 8, 2009 2:44PM by JimmieDD - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
DREAM.7 - FeatherWeight Grand Prix - Aoki Wants to Join!
Earlier DREAM had announced the creation of the Featherweight GrandPrix, which will take place in the first Qt. of 2009.
Submitted Jan 8, 2009 1:56PM by kastro_316 - 12 comments
Filed under: Dream
George Roop To Fight At UFCFN 18
George Roop has agreed to fight at Ultimate Fight Night 18. The show will lead in to The Ultimate Fighter on April 1. Earlier today we reported that the event will take place at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium and will serve as a lead in to The Ultimate Fighter Season 9.
Submitted Jan 8, 2009 1:35PM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
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