Anyone insistent that mixed martial arts has more in common with boxing than professional wrestling should learn their alphabet: UFC, IFL, WAMMA, etc.
Like the televised clown convention that is the WWE, the UFC has a stable of athletes unavailable for lending -- kind of like those musty reference books at the library.
That stands in sharp contrast to boxing's business model, which tends to acquiesce to fans' demands. Lennox Lewis was an HBO commodity. Mike Tyson was on Showtime's leash. Yet, the two networks understood that remaining contentious was just leaving money on the table.
With $106 million in the till, the Lewis-Tyson fight was the second most profitable pay-per-view of all time.
MMA's current problem is that no one -- fans, media or otherwise -- are demanding promoters to make important bouts before age and ring wear make them obsolete.
What follows is a list of fighters from disparate promotions that should swap leather before it's too late.
Diego Sanchez refocused and eyeing UFC gold
After leaving Team Jackson and trainer Greg Jackson, Diego Sanchez suffered his first professional mixed martial arts loss and dropped two in a row. Now, acclimated to his new training environment, Sanchez defeated Luigi Fioravanti at the Ultimate Fighter 7 Live Finale and has reeled off back-to-back victories. "The Nightmare" appears refocused and is eyeing Ultimate Fighting Championship gold.
"Coming off these two wins now, I feel like I'm back on track," said Sanchez. "The two losses came with perfect timing. To be honest, if I wouldn't have had those loses I maybe would have gone on to become the champion, but the timing wouldn't have been right. Now I feel the timing is right to go and become the champion and hold the belt. That's what every fighter wants to do, become the champion and stay the champion.
C.B. Dollaway comments on "THE TAP"
C.B. Dollaway got a second chance at becoming "The Ultimate Fighter," and a second chance to defeat Amir Sadollah, who eliminated him from The Ultimate Fighter 7 competition. Dollaway was then brought back when finalist Jesse Taylor was kicked off the show for his conduct only days after filming concluded.
Dollaway lost to Sadollah by arm bar, again, and spoke with the media about the tap that he wishes he could take back.
"With the tap, I didn't fully commit to the tap, but I did hit him once," said the Tempe, Ariz. native. "I guess they ruled that a tap. I thought you had to go on and start tapping out. I did hit him once. Right as I did that, I felt my arm get into a position where I could get out. At that point Herb (Dean) ruled it as a tap out."
The disappointed Dollaway reflected on The Ultimate Fighter 7 Live Finale loss to Sadollah. "It's kind of a crappy way for it to end for me after putting in all the hard work, training and everything for this fight," said the 24-year-old fighter. "I would have at least liked to have went a few more rounds. Having it end so quick is just a disappointment."
Phil Davis Wins First MMA Match ( 41 second KO )
Phil "Mr Wonderful" Davis the national 197 lb wrestling champion from Penn State debuted this Saturday, June 21st at the House of Blues in Atlantic City. After being the last fight on a 31 fight venue that took over 8 hours to complete, Phil Davis knocked out Kevin Wall in 41 seconds with a left hook in the first round. Davis plans on having 1 more local fight over the next 2 months and then going Pro in the early fall. He currently trains with Team LionHeart in State College, PA.
Diaz vs. Noons rematch likely to take place on July 26th in Stockton, CA
The website GracieFighter.com has revealed that a planned welterweight title bout between Hayato Sakurai and Nick Diaz that had been scheduled for July 21 in Osaka, Japan during DREAM.5, has been canceled by EliteXC.
GracieFighter.com, a site owned and operated by Diaz’s trainer, Cesar Gracie, indicated that EliteXC made the decision to cancel the bout due to “contractual obligations.”
While no official announcement has been made, multiple sources have informed Five Ounces of Pain that rematch between Diaz and K.J. Noons for Noons’ EliteXC lightweight title is expected to be added to the promotion’s next primetime broadcast on CBS on July 26.
Sources have also indicated that plans to hold “Unfinished Business” in St. Louis have been scrapped and that the July 26 show is now likely to be held in at the Stockton Arena in Diaz’s hometown of Stockton, Calif.
According to an unnamed source, it’s considered likely that the event is being moved from St. Louis due to a concern that several major sporting events are already scheduled to take place in the city during a close proximity to the July 26 event.
One of the chief concerns in hosting the event in St. Louis is that there is a large Monster Truck rally that already has had tickets on-sale for an extended period of time. The belief is that due the concentration of events taking place around that same time period that ticket sales might suffer.
By moving the event to Stockton, EliteXC will be able to capitalize on the local drawing power of not only Diaz, but Jake Shields as well, who is scheduled to compete for the vacant EliteXC welterweight title vs. an unnamed opponent.
EliteXC: Unfinished Business will headlined by a EliteXC middleweight title rematch between incumbent Robbie Lawler and challenger Scott Smith.
Dan Lauzon Wins Again At WCF
WILMINGTON, Mass.- The young guns came out to put on a show on Friday night at The Shriners Auditorium. UFC veteran Dan Lauzon was dominant in his performance against Brendan Hoxie. Then, in the main event of the night, Sityodtong fighter, Mike Campbell proved to everyone why the hype surrounding him was greatly deserved.
Lauzon came out looking focused and ready to go in a bout many would deem fight of the night. Right off the bat, he came out and threw a spin to a leaping high kick that connected flush on Hoxie’s jaw, dropping him to his knees. Lauzon tried to finish, but his opponent stayed active from his back and avoided punishment. Lauzon motioned for him to stand up and dropped him again shortly after with a crisp punch combination, but still could not finish him on the ground. The rest of the round seemed to go the same as Lauzon dropped Hoxie once more with a punch before the round ended.
Nate Marquardt still confused by lost points
Two weeks after a controversial decision loss to Thales Leites at UFC 85, middleweight contender Nate Marquardt (26-8-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is still at odds over Herb Dean's decision to deduct a costly point due to elbow strikes the veteran referee deemed illegal.
Marquardt reflected on the exciting bout while a recent guest on TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"I think Herb really couldn't get the angle from where he was at," Marquardt said. "He didn't really see where the shots were landing. And to be honest, when he stood me up, he said 'I warned you about the elbow,' but he never told me he was taking a point away. To be honest, at the end of the fight, I thought I only had one point taken away (from an earlier illegal knee). I didn't know about the second point."
TUF 7 Finale: Dustin Hazelett awarded bonuses for “Fight of the Night” and “Submission of the Night”
Las Vegas, Nevada – Amir Sadollah may have earned the title of the winner for the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but it was Dustin Hazelett who perhaps is walking out of the TUF 7 live season finale as the event’s biggest winner.
Hazelett, a member of Team Jorge Gurgel in Ohio, fought Josh Burkman during a non-televised portion of the fight. Despite giving up noticeable strength to Burkman, Hazelett still walked away the victor after executing an armbar following a whizzer.
Reason Why Tim/Cale fight was scrapped
Just minutes before Tim Credeur was set to face fellow cast member Cale Yarbrough at the live finale for "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest," the bout was pulled from the fight card.
Although the move was met with initial confusion, the UFC confirmed midway through the event that Credeur had tested positive for Adderall, a psychostimulant traditionally prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy..
Note that Credeur faces no disciplinary action because he alerted officials of the drug beforehand.
Yarbrough vs. Creuder cancelled
i didn't post a link because i saw it on the live play by play and don't want to spoil any of the fights, but sherdog says the fight is cancelled, no word as to why just yet.
Diaz/Sakurai fight off
Nick Diaz will not be fighting Mach Sakurai. At least not in the July Dream card, as EliteXC has decided to not let him fight due to "contractual obligations'. Apparently EliteXC has other plans for Diaz and the July date might conflict with their plans.
Time for UFC to get tough on TUF
I suppose if I was between the ages of 18 and 34, I’d find Jesse Taylor’s antics hilarious. I’d find the fact that he got drunk out of his mind, kicked a window out of a limousine, harassed several women, antagonized customers trying to enjoy their leisure time and blatantly challenged security guards’ authority to protect their property a laugh-a-minute riot.
Instead, I find it repellant, just as I found it revolting during another episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV when a once-again drunken Taylor urinated onto the carpet of someone else’s home.
If this is great TV, then you can count me out for Seasons 8 and beyond.
At least UFC president Dana White did the right thing by booting Taylor from his position opposite Amir Sadollah in Saturday’s finale at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas.
The bigger picture is being overlooked in all of this, however. Taylor’s drunken buffoonery might have helped Spike earn a bigger rating, both for Wednesday’s heavily hyped episode as well for Saturday’s finale, now between Sadollah and the man he beat in the semifinals, pre-tournament favorite C.B. Dollaway.
But at what cost did Spike land those ratings? This isn’t the first time one of the competitors on “The Ultimate Fighter” got drunk and rowdy. Most often, it’s harmless. Producers of the show tacitly encourage the fighters with a wink and a nod to destroy the house.
And each season on the show, you know it’s coming as sure as sunrise. What if one of those drunken fighters fell down that tall staircase in the home where the show is taped while horsing around with one of his castmates and banged his head on the floor? And just what if the effects of that fighter banging his head turned out to be a little more serious than a bump or a mild concussion?
Tara LaRosa discusses record contract, Gina Carano
LEXINGTON, KY. -- It seemed that no sooner than the ink had dried on the American Fight League's contract with female MMA superstar Tara LaRosa (15-1) that rumors began to spread throughout the MMA community of a half-million-dollar price tag.
LaRosa told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Thursday that sum wasn't exactly true -- it could actually be worth more.
"I stand to make between 500,000 and 750,000 (dollars) depending on my performance and how I do with all of my fights," said LaRosa, now the sport's highest-paid female fighter.
Karo Parisyan restarts title hunt in September
After suffering a disappointing, albeit perhaps controversial, loss to Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 13 in April, perennial welterweight contender Karo Parisyan (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) feels primed to once again work his way back to title contention.
Parisyan had been tentatively scheduled to face "The Ultimate Fighter 6" semifinalist George Sotiropoulos at UFC 87. However, Sotiropoulos was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Burkman Looking To Get Back To The KO
Josh Burkman’s last fight with Mike Swick did not go the way he was hoping it would go. Burkman, who is known for his good wrestling ability and pressure, came out on the losing end of what ended up being a fairly lackluster bout.
He was unhappy with his performance even though he believes he won the fight. However, “The People’s Warrior” decided it was time for a change and moved out to Las Vegas to join Xtreme Couture.
Baroni Moving To Welterweight At Cage Rage 27 ?
It appears Phil Baroni will be looking to bounce back from consecutive losses on July 12 at Cage Rage 27 “Step Up” against an opponent to be determined. Cage Rage promoter Dave O’Donnell revealed to MMAWeekly.com that EliteXC has granted a path to the U.K. as means of getting the New York brawler back on track and to provide some much needed international star power for the upcoming card.
“Baroni will be fighting on the July 12 show,” revealed O’Donnell, adding, “but I can’t release the name of his opponent yet. He will be a British guy and it will make for an exciting fight, as we all know how Baroni likes to go about things. We are talking to a few people now, but until contracts are signed, I won’t be mentioning any names.”
According to Baroni’s manager, Ken Pavia, they are deep into negotiations with Cage Rage for the bout and a deal appears likely, but it has yet to be finalized.
McFedries Looks To Rebound Tonight
Coming off a tough loss at the hands of Patrick Côté, Drew McFedries needs a win in the worst way. Tonight, he faces Marvin Eastman on "The Ultimate Fighter Finale" in what some believe is a 'loser leaves promotion' fight. MMARated.com recently spoke with the hard-hitting middleweight to discuss what it’s like training under Pat Miletich, his fight against Eastman, his mother's tragic death and his UFC future
Forrest Griffin: ''Upcoming Title Fight, Harderst Hitters, and More''
Chris Fries and The JDH of Tagg Radio’s The Lights Out Show interviewed the #1 UFC Light Heavyweight contender, Forrest Griffin on their last show (volume 132). Forrest speaks out on his experience as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter, his upcoming title fight against Rampage Jackson and a few other interesting things.
ON HIS UPCOMING UFC TITLE FIGHT AGAINST RAMPAGE JACKSON
“If I have to hit him with a payphone, hey man, that’s just part of my style.”