Is The UFC Re-Writing Contracts?
According to the Steve Cofield’s show on Fox Sports Radio 1460 in Las Vegas, the UFC is believed to be re-writing the contracts of several established stars in order to tighten up the legal language in them to eliminate any potential loopholes.
With the potential of a court battle over Randy Couture's contract looming, it makes sense that the UFC would seek to shore up any deficiencies contained in the language of the contracts they write.
This could also be construed as a sign that the UFC recognizes the possibility that Couture's contract may contain a loophole that could allow him to fight again in nine months. A point Couture and his lawyers seem very adamant about.
Mmaweekly World MMA Rankings Updated
The latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, October 31. This system ranks the top ten MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the six largest weight classes, as voted on by MMAWeekly.
Is Fedor Emelianenko a Top-Five Heavyweight?
UFC President Dana White again claimed that he tried to sign the fighter to a UFC contract — even though he thinks Emelianenko isn’t a top-five heavyweight.
White again argued that the only reason he tried to sign Emelianenko was because Couture wanted the fight. Otherwise, he said, Emelianenko is a terribly overrated fighter.
Sean Sherk’s Future Decided Today
UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, who’s appealing a $2,500 fine and one-year suspension due to a failed UFC 73 drug test, will learn his fate today.
Sherk’s hearing with the CSAC is set for today at noon ET/9 a.m. PT in Los Angeles.
The MMA News Report 10.31.07
A reaction to the latest UFC press conference, a detailed evaluation of which fighters will become the next UFC superstars, and an update on two talented UFC heavyweights. All this and more inside.
Inside the Standard Zuffa Contract
At a news conference Tuesday in Las Vegas, UFC President Dana White steadfastly refused to discuss the terms of Couture's contract. For his part, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta said, "From our perspective, Randy is still under contract. We will do whatever we have to do to continue to protect our rights."
Lot of Legal jargon but not a bad read.
Makes me think Zuffa might have the upper hand.
Plus Randy fighting Nog is pretty dam close in terms of awesoness to fighting Fedor.
If Randy Beats Nog, then He must fight Fedor.
Detailed Recap Of UFC Press Conference
The following is a detailed recap of the UFC press conference held today in Las Vegas and streamed online via UFC.com with UFC president Dana White, company owner Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC's CFO John Mulkey. The recap was written by MMANews.com's Matt Boone.
UFC Officials Rebut Randy Couture’s Pay Claims
UFC President Dana White, co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, and chief financial officer John Mulkey today addressed Randy Couture’s complaints from a press conference the UFC heavyweight champion held last week at his training center in Las Vegas.
White spearheaded the UFC’s rebuttal, specifically addressing Couture’s salary estimates, a complaint that he never received a signing bonus, and claims from Couture’s wife, Kim, that the UFC didn’t promote her husband during his UFC career
Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita's Press Conference
Earlier Today, Dana White And Lorenzo Fertita Held A Press Conference Regarding The Statements Randy Couture Has Made Over The Past Couple Of Weeks.
Dana White Talks About, Randys Pay, And Even Has The Documentation To Prove It. His Relationship With The UFC Heavy Weight Champion, Talks Between The Two, And Regards To Fedor
This Is From www.UFC.com, So For Any Reason If It Does Not Work, Go To This Site And Go To VIDEO ARCHIVE
Exclusive Interview With Kevin Randleman
MMANews.com's own Chris Howie recently caught up with former UFC Heavyweight champion and PRIDE fighter Kevin "The Monster" Randleman to discuss a number of topics. Below is a partial transcript of the interview. Check back here at MMANews.com later for part two of the interview.
Things aren’t looking too hot for Randy
For those of you who didn’t read the novel of a live blog we did earlier today, let me summarize the UFC press conference for you: It was 10 minutes of facts and then 45 minutes of rhetoric. Mixed in were 5 minutes of stupidity from random douche ‘journalists’. Nowhere to be seen at this conference was Kevin Iole, who no doubt was off somewhere kicking the ass of the source who led him so astray.
Their plan is to offer Randy another fight this week. That fight will be for sometime early 2008 and most likely be against Big Nog. If Randy doesn’t accept that fight then they’ll consider him retired and have other guys fight for the vacant title. If Randy simply does not intend to fulfill his contract, it looks like the UFC is locked and loaded for sexy court action. Wait a second … court action isn’t sexy at all. Shit.
Din Thomas arrested??
Din Thomas (Pictures) was arrested Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, for running in his local gym what a police spokesman called "illegal cage fighting" matches.
The TCPalm reported that Thomas faces a felony prohibited-competitions charge after police entered his training studio and watched two men fighting in an "octagon-shaped ring" before roughly 150 spectators.
"At the end of the day, he was having a professional mixed martial arts match that was not licensed through us," Sam Farkas, a spokesman for Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation, told the TCPalm. "It was a case of unlicensed activity."
Sherdog.com confirmed the arrest with a representative of Thomas' American Top Team camp. According to ATT, Thomas was in the process of posting a $10,000 bond to obtain his release from jail.
Thomas, a veteran lightweight currently competing in the UFC, lost his most recent bout on Sept. 19 to Kenny Florian (Pictures) in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card. He injured his knee in the match before succumbing to a rear-naked choke.
Prior to the Florian loss, Thomas was on a three-fight winning streak in the UFC.
Lytle-Alves clash heads up UFC 78 Undercard
Welterweight contenders Chris Lytle and Thiago Alves get an opportunity to move up in the 170-pound rankings on Saturday, November 17th, when they battle it out on the undercard of the UFC 78 show being held at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center.
Liddell vs Silva – What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been
Ever since 1998, when they fought on the same local show in Brazil, Wanderlei Silva has wanted to fight Chuck Liddell. It was something in the attitude of both men, an attitude that said ‘I’m gonna stand here and hit you, and you can hit me back, but one of us is going to go down, and I’m not gonna stop swinging until that happens.’
Sizing up the Middleweight Division - Part I
No fighter is unbeatable. That much we know for sure.
Nevertheless, reigning UFC middleweight ruler Anderson Silva certainly seems poised, at least for the short term, to challenge that truism. It is hard to imagine anyone knocking off the champion if he remains focused on preparing himself for every fight.
Matt Hughes Gives His Thoughts On Randy Couture
The following is a post from Matt Hughes on his official website www.matt-hughes.com:
My Thoughts on Randy Couture.
October 29th, 2007 Well I’ve been tapering off of farm work and training more and more now that the fight’s getting closer, but I know you all have been waiting to hear my thoughts on Randy leaving the UFC, so here we go.
I don’t know exactly what is going through Randy’s head, I haven’t talked to him, nor have I talked to Dana White about this situation. However, I somewhat agree with Randy. A couple of years ago, the UFC was a much smaller organization and I knew everybody that worked for them. When I wanted something, I knew who to call and who would get it done. I miss that ...
Din Thomas arrested after allegedly running illegal matches
Din Thomas, well-known in the Ultimate Fighting Championship world, was arrested Tuesday after police say he ran “illegal cage fighting” matches at a local training studio that he runs, a police spokesman said.
Thomas, 31, faces a felony prohibited competitions charge after police got a tip Oct. 19 about the matches at a facility he uses in St. Lucie West.