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MMA fighter Sergio Salcido killed, friend says MMA industry partially to blame
Mixed-martial-arts fighter Sergio Salcido and his friend and coworker, Kevin Joel Romero, were killed early Monday morning at a border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. The Americans were gunned down while sitting in a pickup truck at the San Ysidro border crossing on the way to their jobs at West Coast Beverage Maintenance in San Diego.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:37PM by Rabi - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Strikeforce Challengers 15 ratings prove solid, 214,00 viewers tune in to Showtime
Despite few big names, this past weekend's Strikeforce Challengers 15 event drew a respectable 0.69 household rating and an average audience of 214,000 viewers on Showtime. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the figures with an industry source.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:36PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
NSAC head: Chael Sonnen needs to answer for testosterone, referee criticism
Chael Sonnen's fate as a coach on "The Ultimate Fighter 14" likely was sealed three weeks ago. Sonnen then met with Nevada State Athletic Commission officials in Las Vegas to explain statements he'd made about his use of prescribed testosterone. He also was set to learn what to expect if he applied for a second's license that would allow him to coach the reality show later this year. The meeting – which was also attended by UFC president Dana White, UFC executive Lorenzo Fertitta and other high-ranking officials from the promotion – did not go well.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:34PM by Rabi - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
With Zuffa Purchase of Strikeforce, Gilbert Melendez Happy to Prove He’s the Top Lightweight
Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has said several times over past few months that he believes he is the top 155-pound fighter in the world, but when the talking is over, he’s more than happy to prove it.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:32PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jim Miller Not Planning on Sitting and Waiting for a Title Shot
If there’s one thing to know about UFC lightweight Jim Miller, he’s not planning on going the Rashad Evans route to a title shot. That’s not a dig on Evans, but after his win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson last year, the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner was offered a shot at the light heavyweight title and opted to sit out and wait until then champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was healthy and ready to fight.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:31PM by Rabi - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Visa Issues Delay Ronnie Mann’s Bellator Debut, Pushed Back to April 23
Ronnie Mann’s Bellator debut will be delayed by a few weeks after visa issues kept him from entering the United States for his fight scheduled for Bellator 40 on April 9 against Josh Arocho.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:29PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
No Cage, No Problem: Tatsuya Kawajiri Ready for Gilbert Melendez Rematch
It’s been just over four years since Tatsuya Kawajiri and Gilbert Melendez first faced each other in mixed martial arts competition. The outcome of that fight, which was part of the Pride Shockwave 2006 card in Saitama, Japan, had Melendez winning the bout via unanimous decision.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:27PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Bellator TV Ratings Finding a Niche Five Weeks Into Season 4
Bellator Fighting Championships found a new television home for its fourth season in MTV2. Although the move hasn’t been a ratings bonanza for the promotion or the network, Bellator has carved out a small niche that represents an increase in MTV2’s ratings in the timeslot.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:26PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Carlos Condit Lobbying for UFC 132 Fight With BJ Penn, Waiting on Decision
The announcement on Tuesday that UFC 132 would be headlined by bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defending his belt against rival Urijah Faber brought up one vital question
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:25PM by Rabi - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
‘TUF 11' Winner Court McGee Out of UFC 131 With Torn MCL
Due to a torn MCL suffered in training, Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Court McGee has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled middleweight bout against Canadian prospect Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos. McGee has been inactive since his submission victory over Ryan Jensen last October, and his current timetable for return is uncertain. Bongfeldt will likely remain on the Vancouver card against a replacement opponent.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:22PM by Rabi - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Murder Sets Back MMA in South Dakota
This story was found by site member Hooligan and he asked me to post it on his behalf. Mixed Martial Arts in South Dakota took a big blow after a fist fight in a Watertown, SD parking lot turned deadly. According to police reports, on March 13th, just after 3am, Jerrin Stulken, a trainer for the Disciples of Combat MMA team, attacked 26 year old Justin Jaton in an alcohol-fueled rage, knocking him out with the first blow. After Jaton fell to the concrete Stulken continued to strike him in the head inflicting critical head injuries, which eventually led to Jaton’s death
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 1:56PM by Rabi - 5 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Cruz vs. Faber II tapped UFC 132 headliner, event official for July 2 in Las Vegas
A title fight and long-awaited rematch between UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (17-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and ex-WEC champ Urijah Faber (25-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been tapped the headliner of July's UFC 132 event The latest UFC 132 card now includes: Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber (for bantamweight title) B.J. Penn vs. TBA Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller Ryan Bader vs. Tito Ortiz Evan Dunham vs. George Sotiropoulos Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman How awesome does this card look!?
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 9:53AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator Champ Eddie Alvarez Talks About the UFC
Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez just defended his title against Pat Curran at Bellator 39. At #6 on the USAT/SBN Consensus MMA Rankings, he's one of the most highly ranked fighters not currently under contract to Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC. He recently spoke to ESPN's Josh Gross (audio file) about his decision-making in staying with Bellator and not jumping to the UFC (transcription via Fight Opinion): "It means I'm still somewhat in-disposable. If I was among that group, I'd be disposable immediately the day that my contract was taken over by Zuffa, so... I feel like I still can have some sort of say with where my career goes and what sponsors I want to get and whether I want to be in a video game or not. There's a lot of things. The whole signing with Zuffa thing is a big control issue with me and I don't know, I just... I'm happy that they're doing what they're doing but right now I don't know if it's the right move for me." Mr. Alvarez tried to walk a fine line but remain honest about his feelings regarding the UFC. "I don't think they're doing anything wrong. I think they're running their business the way they are supposed to. But my issue with it is the way fighters lose one or two fights and they're fired and, not only that, there is no like, it's not like a union like the NFL, the NBA, and these other sports where the finances are regulated and you have to receive a minimum in order to be a part of that league. Like NFL, I don't know, maybe you have to receive half a million dollars per year just to play in the NFL or maybe a quarter of a million. The UFC's not like that. They can offer someone, you know, $5,000 and $5,000, the guy can fight at first and get his face broken to pieces and then he can totally put on a poor performance and then get fired. That scares me. I would like to be paid like an athlete and, I don't know. I guess I have a lot of issues with it and when I was, I believe when I was ranked #2 in the world, I was offered something from the UFC but it was significantly lower than what I was getting paid at that time, almost like insultingly low and I just, it wasn't the right move for me at that time. I have no qualms, I like the UFC, Dana White does a great job with them and they're definitely the biggest stage on Earth. And if I fight there some day, then great, but right now I think I'm where I'm supposed to be at."
Submitted Apr 4, 2011 10:07PM by FastKnockout - 17 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Matt Hamill: "I Will Break (Rampage Jackson's) Will" at UFC 130
The Ultimate Fighter season three veteran Matt Hamill has been waiting a long time to get a crack at a top 10 opponent. He is finally getting his chance against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 130. Jackson was originally scheduled to face Thiago Silva, but Silva's failed drug test after UFC 125 opened up the opportunity for Hamill. Hamill talks about the May 28th fight on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani: (video) "The first time I heard (about the Rampage fight), I was really excited because I wanted to face him. I think it's my moment and time to shine, so I'm really excited to fight Rampage." "I know I'm going to break his will, I know I'm going to beat Rampage. I've been training real hard and my conditioning and my skills and technique, striking and kicking are a lot better." "I'm not going to underestimate him; he has heavy hands and he's got great knockout power. I know that Rampage is not really motivated to fight with me because I'm out of his league; but I promise you, it's going to be a war and a great fight."
Submitted Apr 4, 2011 10:04PM by FastKnockout - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
Wanderlei Gets Leben At UFC 132
The 4th of July fireworks will kick off early in Las Vegas when “The Axe Murderer” faces “The Crippler” in a UFC 132 bout almost guaranteed not to last the three round distance. “Two fan favorites will go to war as Chris 'The Crippler' Leben has verbally agreed to face Wanderlei 'The Axe Murderer' Silva in Las Vegas July 2nd,” said UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Apr 4, 2011 9:58PM by Playground_Samurai - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
Liddell's Baby Mama Accuses Him of Drug Use
Chuck Liddell's baby mama is firing back in her custody case against the MMA fighter, claiming in court filings his use of illegal drugs is what led him to take their son away from her. I didn't Know all of this was going on, not much of a read but there are a few interesting links at the bottom.
Submitted Apr 4, 2011 5:30PM by machodog76 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Joe Stevenson heads to featherweight, meets Javier Vazquez at UFC on Versus 4
Following three consecutive losses and a 2-5 mark in his past seven fights, Joe Stevenson (31-13 MMA, 8-7 UFC) is dropping from lightweight to featherweight to meet Javier Vazquez (15-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on Versus 4.
Submitted Apr 4, 2011 3:35PM by Budgellism - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White: Facing too many problems, Chael Sonnen unlikely to coach "TUF 14"
Chael Sonnen may end up being a coach on "The Ultimate Fighter 14," but as of now, it's not looking likely. UFC president Dana White today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) no decisions have been made about the head-coaching slots for the show, which debuts in September on Spike TV.
Submitted Apr 4, 2011 3:04PM by Rabi - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Two Title Fights, UFC Veterans Anchor MFC 29 Lineup
Maximum Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Douglas Lima will defend his crown against Terry Martin in the MFC 29 “Conquer” headliner on Friday at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. A 10-fight lineup has been finalized for the event, which will air live on HDNet.
Submitted Apr 4, 2011 3:02PM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Perception Not Reality for ‘El Nino’
If a fine line between being technically sound and fan-friendly exists, Gilbert Melendez has walked it with unerring consistency.
Submitted Apr 4, 2011 3:00PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
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