Ninja and Shogun in Germany
Satisfied with his win over Alex Reid at Cage Rage 21, last Saturday, Murilo Ninja will show a bit of what he knows to those that show up on Sunday, the 29th, at a seminar he will give alongside his brother Mauricio Shogun at the Akxebjj Munich gym, in Munich, Germany.
The seminar marks the inauguration of one of the biggest and best structured training centers in Europe and the biggest in Germany. The price for those interested is 60 Euros and more information can be attained from Marcelo Cutback at email@example.com.
Doctor analyses Cro Cop’s fall
To the director of the department of medicine and physiotherapy of CBLA, Fabio Périssé, who watched the fight live on television, the UFC fighter could end up on ice from three to six months. “I would like to have seen the way he walked away from the octagon, or the way he stood up. I can't say with 100% surety, but I don’t think anything too serious happened with his leg, maybe just a slight twist of the ankle. The main problem I took note of was his right knee. From the way he fell, there is a great risk that he injured his ACL and meniscus,” said Fabio.
“There is a chance, of course, that he is gifted with great flexibility, but I believe he actually tore those ligaments. If he truly suffered a tear to the ACL and decides to operate, which would be the ideal treatment, he will not fight for six months,” said the physiotherapist in his verdict. “If he decides not to operate and to take the conservative approach, which would be less advisable, he could end up not fighting for three to four months."
Potential GSP vs. Koscheck bout gaining steam
UFCJunkie.com was the first to report last week on the likelihood of a future welterweight bout between Josh Koscheck vs. Georges St. Pierre. The initial report is gaining steam, as a new article on The Fight Network has a quote from Dana White saying the match is likely.
Here's what The Fight Network said:
"White announced that Serra will join Matt Hughes as a competing coach on the next season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series – which begins shooting this Spring for a Fall broadcast - and predicted that St. Pierre would likely face Josh Koscheck in the interim. TUF 6 will culminate with the two coaches squaring off against each other in a title fight some time near the end of the year."
You can check out the entire column, "The Great Fight North" at:
Possible changes to next WEC card
According to the rumors section of MMAWeekly.com, it appears there could be some changes to the WEC's next card on May 12.
The original main event was lightweight champion "Razor" Rob McCullough vs. Rich Crunkilton for the title. The new listed main event on MMAWeekly.com is Crunkilton vs. UFC fighter Jamie Varner (Varner is also scheduled to face Jorge Gurgel at UFC 72 in June, but that could be scrapped).
Also, MMAWeekly.com lists Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Hiromitsu Miura for the May 12 WEC card. While the WEC has not confirmed the addition of Miller to their roster, the Wrestling Observer also reported that Miller will be fighting for the WEC 5/12.
Miller is without question one of the top fighters in the world not fighting in a major organization right now. He's fought once in the UFC, losing to Georges St. Pierre. In addition to being an exciting fighter, Miller is charismatic and has the potential to be a huge star. He already has a large cult following, but he has what it takes to become big time with the mainstream.
Five Ounces of Pain: Parity in MMA is good for growth
Many diehard MMA fans around the world have suddenly been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following upsets at UFC 69 and UFC 70.
The upsets have also created heated debate within the MMA community as to whether parity is good for the sport, or if the lack of dynasties could cause MMA's popularity growth to plateau.
My initial reaction while perusing Internet message boards following Cro Cop's loss was, why is this even an argument?
Parity in MMA is good.
No, scratch that.
Parity in MMA is great!
statement by gonzaga
I choose the Editor-in-Chief of PuroresuPower.com (Zach Arnold) and the Brazilian Correspondent of ADCC News (Denis Martins) to publish my letter, because they are the people who looked deeply into the problems I had prior to my UFC 56 fight. They knew that I wasn’t 100% going into the fight, so they gave me the support to translate this letter from Portuguese to English and explain the situation.
I would like to say that debuting in an event such as the great UFC 56 show isn’t an easy task for a fighter, even fighters who have lots of experience in other organizations. The pressure of debuting in an event that is considered by many to be one of the best in the world is huge. It is always good to debut with a victory, and better with a KO like the one I delivered to Kevin “The Shaman” Jordan.
My lack of stamina in the fight against Jordan is something that I want to discuss further and give you an explanation about. People who know me and have seen my previous 5 MMA fights recognize me as a fighter who doesn’t like to stall. I like to trade blows or go for submissions for an entire fight. My only defeat in a fight was against PRIDE fighter Fabricio Werdum at Jungle FC 1. It was a three-round war that the crowd applauded us for. I always do a lot of strong pre-fight training for upcoming matches and I never expect to face a tomato can in fights. I always intend on showing my best game, no matter who the opponent is. I always will dash against who is in front of me with all of my strength.
When my fight partner Marcio showed me the UFC contract, I didn’t hesitate in signing it because UFC was always a dream for me, a dream to participate in this premiere American MMA organization. I signed it and I had two months to prepare, which is enough time to provide an excellent showing for the UFC fans. I moved from my residence of Sao Paulo, Brazil to Massachusetts to participate at the training center where all of my preparation was done for the UFC 56 fight against Jordan. However, destiny conspired against me and gave me some unpleasant surprises which totally put me down. My wife was five months pregnant with twins and these would be our first two kids. We discovered that one of the children nearly died and that the other child was at risk of dying, putting my wife’s life at risk as well. We moved immediately to Rio de Janeiro, where we would have more hospital support and the support of my wife’s parents. The situation was growing more desparate and I couldn’t let my wife be alone in this tough moment. With seven months of pregnancy gone by, we had to make an emergency child birth. God reserved a place on his side to one of my daughters (Leticia) and he gave us the gift of a beautiful girl named Isabela (who stayed in the incubator for a month and five days to gain some weight). Now she is at home with my wife and I thank God for it.
With all of this taking place, I arrived in Massachusetts 12 days prior to the UFC 56 fight and I didn’t have the time to prepare properly. I couldn’t tell the organizers and promoters of UFC (who trusted my potential) that I would have to cancel 10 days before the show. I couldn’t let this opportunity of showing my talent to the UFC fans slip away.
I went into the fight against Jordan that night thinking that I had a good first round because I took him down, got the mount, and nearly submitted him by choke. Plus, I had some hits that landed and connected. However, I really gassed out in the second and third rounds, but I ended the fight with a beautiful KO.
I would like to thank all of you who supported me and gave me enough strength after the fight. To those who criticized me during and after the fight, I can tell you all that I am not displeased with that. All the fans have their reasons for criticism because they expected more from me and I didn’t show it. I will talk from the bottom of my heart and the next opportunity I get, I will show 100% of my technique and will-power to erase the bad image that I showed from the UFC 56 fight. I am sure that the UFC fans will applaud me after I provide them a show that they deserve to see. I will show technique on the ground and on the feet. And a lot of heart!
I will be prepared for a war the next time and fight with my strength, whether it is 3 rounds or 5 rounds if necessary. I do not have any fear of talking about my desire to win a UFC belt and I will show it for the fans in my next fight. Be sure of my words above — you can see it in me the next time I fight.
Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga
Revisiting PRIDE vs. UFC
There used to be a line of thinking considered conventional wisdom among hardcore fans of mixed martial arts, which went something like this:
PRIDE is the greatest fighting force known to mankind. The worst heavyweight in PRIDE could wear a blindfold and beat the best UFC heavyweight. Anyone who disagrees with this clearly just started watching the sport and doesn't know what they're talking about.
These lines were repeated with a level of obsession usually only found at Star Trek conventions, and were uttered so often they were almost universally accepted as true.
And they even might have been true, as recently as a couple years ago. But not today.
Matches between fighters traditionally associated with PRIDE against fighters traditionally associated with UFC have been ongoing for several months, and, well, the results haven't been pretty:
5 Questions with Calvin Ayre (Bodog owner)
1. What does BodogFight offer fans of mixed martial arts that the competitors - UFC, PRIDE, Elite XC, IFL - does not?
Our ultimate goal is to raise the profile of the sport in every geographic region around the world. One of the ways we are going about that is by utilizing exotic locations, which sets us apart from what other organizations are doing. Costa Rica and St. Petersburg, for example, not only provided us with beautiful backdrops for filming, they also provided our fighters with a unique experience they just cannot get with any other MMA promotion. Certainly, the success of these two shoots reinforces our view that we should continue to make use of such exotic locations in the future. We see this as a critical component of how Bodog Fight will differentiate itself. Stay tuned, because you never know where we are going to be next!
2. Can you explain what you intend to accomplish with your partnership with Elite XC, Strikeforce, Cage Rage and Spirit MC?
Our mandate is to try and grow the sport and build the MMA community, so we're open to working with anyone who shares this vision.
3. Can you tell us more about season 3 of BodogFight?
I believe our third season marks another gigantic leap in both the quality of our production and the quality of the fights themselves. It was no small task, though, shooting more than thirty fights in just three days. No one has ever really tried that before, and it's a testament to our talented crew that we were not only able to pull it off, but able to really raise the bar in doing so. As mentioned, the fights were all outstanding, as was the commentary team, which includes the legendary Royce Gracie.
4. BodogFight has been one of the few promotions outside of Japan to feature female fights. Do you think America is ready for that?
Bringing female MMA to the world audience is something which certainly differentiates Bodog Fight from other organizations and is something we take great pride in. Our female roster includes several of the world's top ranked athletes, such as Amanda Buckner and Tara LaRosa. Whether America is ready for Female mixed martial arts is a topic of considerable debate; what I can say is that ratings for our female Bodog Fight episodes have been some of our highest yet, and rightly so, as their bouts have been among our most entertaining and action packed. There's no question that there's tremendous potential for growth in the women's fight game right now, and we are very proud to be leading the way.
5. When can those of us with DirecTV expect to watch BodogFight on PPV?
Soon I hope. We are constantly negotiating with television networks and international carriers to air the Bodog Fight series and new outlets are consistently being added. DirecTV is certainly on the list of carriers we wish to associate with in the future.
More on Bodog Season 3 cast members
When I interviewed Mike Brown I asked him who is the best pure wrestler in MMA. Did he say Lindland? Couture? Brock Lesnar? None of the above. His choice was Brad "One Punch" Pickett. And courtesy a press release from Bodog, we learn more about that standout wrestler and other members of this very talented cast
IFL Moves June 16 Event from Reno to Las Vegas
The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, announced today that it will move its June 16 regular season event from Reno, Nev., to Las Vegas. The event will be held at the Las Vegas Hilton, marking the first time an MMA event will be held at the hotel. Tickets for the event, which range in price from $50 to $200, will go on sale April 28 through the Las Vegas Hilton Box office, Ticketmaster or at www.ifl.tv.
New Crocop Interview April 23rd, 2007
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovich talks about his recent loss to Gabriel Gonzaga, his health and his plans for the future.
Croatian fighter Mirko Cro Cop is healing consequences of a hard defeat to Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC 70 tournament in Manchester, Great Britain. Shocking pictures of unconscious Cro Cop lying in the cage looked unreal since we were used to see exactly the opposite ones for years.
Mirko had similar experiences with Kevin Randleman in Pride and Michael McDonald in K-1. He lost by KO to both of them [that's not true, although it says so in the article], and both times he succeeded to comeback to the top. Although his charisma got seriously hurt, if not destroyed, Mirko claims he has the motivation and strength for a new comeback.
Q: Do you feel any health consequences from Manchester episode?
A: I don't have headaches, nor any visible consequences from Gonzaga's high-kick. If it weren't for the pain in the right ankle, I'd already be training. However, I have to passively rest for two weeks. The ankle is swollen, but I don't think anything is broken, otherwise I wouldn't be able to walk. Still, I'll go to see a doctor one of these days and have it scanned."
Q: You seemed absent in the cage?
A: I wasn't myself against Gonzaga. I just couldn't decide to begin an exchange of punches, to go forward. Something similar happened to me in my last fight vs. Sanchez, but I still won that fight. These things happen to me in cycles. First I learn a lesson in the ring, then I go wild and win in streaks. However, there are no alibies for this defeat, and I am not looking for any.
Q: What determined the outcome?
A: Gonzaga's elbows to my temple. When I got up, my vision was blurry and I didn't even see that right high-kick.
Q: Did you make any mistakes in the preparation for the fight?
A: The preparations were great and are not the problem. Right before the fight I was apathetic, no good, couldn't focus and I fought without any strategy.
Q: What will your future in the UFC look like?
A: I will definitely come back stronger. It's out of place to talk about the belt, but I will respect the contract. Of course, provided there are no new injuries. However, I don't know what could make me fight more after I work off the remaining 4 fights.
Q: When can we expect you back in the ring?
A: I believe I'll fight again in the UFC at the end of August or beginning of September. I expect to get a chance to rematch Gonzaga. Thanks to everyone who came to Manchester for me, and all who called me wishing me good luck. I got more than 200 calls and I couldn't answer everyone.
Sex Before A Fight: A Do or Don't?
Go ahead and crank up that Marvin Gaye and bust out those leopard-print boxers. If you’ve been holding out before fight night, you may be doing more harm than good—according to recent studies.
The old adage that discourages sex before a fight has been perpetuated by wrestling coaches, Olympic trainers and even Muhammad Ali himself, who swore off lovemaking at least six weeks before a fight. Claims that doing the deed would drain energy or “weaken the knees” have often kept athletes away from their partners before big events.
Such beliefs have been attributed to the thought that ejaculation releases testosterone from the body, an idea that scientists say couldn’t be further from the truth.
UFC 70 a Near-Record Sellout
A sold-out crowd of 14,921 filed into Manchester’s M.E.N. Arena for yesterday’s event, which featured Gabriel Gonzaga’s stunning upset of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. The capacity crowd tallied a live gate of $2.6 million — the third-highest total in the 12-year history of the facility
UFC Quick Quote: Manchester just the tip of the global iceberg
“We are doing this fight in the U.K. and then we’re going to do a fight in Ireland and from there we’ll be expanding into Spain, Italy and Germany. The whole idea is that you move the show around. Las Vegas will still be the hot spot, where most of the big fights take place. But beyond that, the challenge is to grow globally.”
– Majority owner of the UFC, Lorenzo Fertitta, talks about the planned international expansion of his promotion in a recent Q&A with the Las Vegas Sun along with UFC President Dana White.
FIGHTER FOCUS: Dennis THE PIRANHA Davis
Dennis “The Piranha” Davis is one of the nation's top an up and coming lightweights. He holds several titles and plans on continuing his dominance in the lightweight division. His accolades include a FCFF lightweight Champion, CFC lightweight Champion, and 4–time Sportfight Lightweight Champion. Davis has a dangerous ground game and was originally trained by the world renowned Team Quest. He now trains with the legendary Randy THE NATURAL Couture in Las Vegas. Davis will be facing Luke LIL HULK Caudillo at ROF 29.
ROF 29 FIGHTER FOCUS: Scott Jorgensen
Scott Jorgensen wrestled in college for Boise State University. He is a 3 time PAC-10 champion and finished in the top twelve at the NCAA national tournament. Scott began his MMA career in 2006 and has put together a 4-1 record. He was also a training/sparring partner of World Champion Urijah Faber for his last fight. Jorgensen will be challenging Tyler Toner, for Toner's 145 YOUNG GUN CHAMPIONSHIP belt.
The Cage Vol. 7 Results
Toni Valtonen defeated Miika Mehmet by unanimous decision in the main event of The Cage Vol. 7. The four man welterweight tournament saw Wasim Ul Masih work his way to victory by defeating both Fredrik Klingsell and Jasse Junkkari by way of submission in the first round. Wasim upped his pro record to 5-0-0 and showed great potential with his solid submission skills.
The Cage Vol. 7 - Reincarnation
1. -84 kg 2x5 min
Mikko Koivumäki, GB Gym Turku - Finland vs Teemu Inkeroinen, GB Gym Helsinki - Finland
Winner: Koivumäki, submission (triangel) 1. round at time 0.46
2. Welterweight Neoblood Tournament 2007 semifinal -77 kg 2x5 min
Wasim Ul Masih, Riihimäen Heracles - Finland vs Fredrik Klingsell, Brasa - Sweden
Winner: Ul Masih, submission (RNC) 1. round at time 1.19
3. Welterweight Neoblood Tournament 2007 semifinal -77 kg 2x5 min
Jasse Junkkari, GB Gym Helsinki - Finland vs Tomas Raila, Team Bushido MMA - Lithuania
Winner: Junkkari, submission (RNC) 1. round at time 0.52
4. -77 kg 2x5 min
Pekka Rantala, Riihimäen Heracles - Finland vs Andre Mineus, Team Leo Neves - Sweden
Winner: Mineus, tecnical submission (armbar) 2. round at time 3.03
5. -93 kg 2x5 min
Jevgeni Smirnov, GB Gym Helsinki - Finland vs Magnus Cederblad, Brasa - Sweden
Winner: Smirnov, KO (strikes) 1. round at time 0.33
6. -70 kg 2x5 min
Ville Manninen, Riihimäen Heracles - Finland vs Karen Grigoryan, Rusfighters Sport Club - Armenia
Winner: Manninen, decision (majority)
7. -84 kg 3x5 min
Mikko Suvanto, MMA Imatra - Finland vs Gintaras Petrikas, Team Bushido MMA - Lithuania
Winner: Suvanto, submission (RNC) 1. round at time 1.48
8. Welterweight Neoblood Tournament 2007 final -77 kg 2x5 min
Wasim ul Masih, Riihimäen Heracles - Finland vs Jasse Junkkari, GB Gym Helsinki - Finland
Winner: ul Masih, submission (brabo choke) 1. round at time 0.58
9. +93 kg 3x5 min
Miika Mehmet, GB Gym Helsinki - Finland vs Toni Valtonen, Espoon Kehähait - Finland
Winner: Valtonen, decision (unanimous)
UFC Belfast card filling in
UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva has confirmed three undercard matchups for UFC 72 June 16 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The card is headlined by former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin.
As rumored, Hector Ramirez stands as Forrest Griffin’s first challenge since his TKO loss to Keith Jardine.
On a card headlined by the architect of his last loss, Jason ”The Athlete” MacDonald will face TUF 3 alumnus Rory Singer.
In what Silva described as "the best fight of the night", Tyson Griffin and Clay Guida will tussle in the lightweight division.
Tuesday the UFC confirmed Danish kickboxer Martin Kampmann as Franklin’s opponent in the main event. At the UFC 70 post-fight press conference, Dana White commented that Kampmann is "a tough, up-and-coming guy. That's why we've got him fighting Rich. This is a tough fight for Rich."
Welterweight Marcus Davis has also said, “Yeah, I’ll be fighting in Ireland.” Luke Cummo has been rumored a possible opponent for Davis.
Lightweight fighter Dustin Hazelett, from Jorge Gurgel’s Academy, is also rumored to be on the Belfast card.
No Limits event
IRVINE, Calif., April 21 -- No Limits MMA, in conjunction with Pro Elite, held "Proving Ground" Saturday evening, the first card in the Orange County gym's new event center. Although a few of the evening's matchmaking choices left many people scratching their heads, it's hard to argue against a night of fights during which only three matches even made it past the two-minute mark.
The evening's main event pitted BJJ black belt Fabio Nacimiento against 23-year-old Millenia Jiu Jitsu student Ray "Lights Out" Lazama. It was hard to shake the feeling that this fight was set up for the No Limits fighter to walk away with a win in his home gym. Unfortunately for him, Lazama is one tough, scrappy kid and showed up intent on spoiling the party.
The two exchanged pretty evenly on the feet, but with a minute remaining in the round Lazama landed a nice shot that drove Nacimiento against the ropes. With one last flurry Lazama dropped Nacimiento and forced referee Nelson "Doc" Hamilton to intervene.
In a rematch from a Nov. 2006 bout that saw John Cronk get stopped by Mexican fighter Jorge "The Naked Man" Ortiz, history seemed doomed to repeat itself. This affair lasted 103 seconds before referee John Schorle stepped in to stop the fight.
Bao Quach offered the crowd the knockout of the night with his minute and a half stoppage of Rex Payne. The Colin Oyama-trained fighter delivered a right hand that landed flush, putting Payne down and racking up yet another win for the No Limits team.
Ray Lazama def. Fabio Nacimiento KO 4:19 R1
Jorge Ortiz def. John Cronk TKO (strikes) 1:43 R1
Bao Quach def. Rex Payne KO 1:34 R1
Takumi Nakayama technical draw Anthony McDavitt (stopped due to eye poke) 1:23 R1
Tim Persey def. Brandon Quigley KO 0:24 R1
Albert Rios def. Randy Bowers submission (rear-naked choke) 2:42 R2
Shane Del Rosario def. Gilberto Carreto TKO (strikes) 1:19 R1
Pete Sabala def. Tyler Weathers submission (guillotine choke) 1:15 R2