Ed Ratcliff Off WEC 49, Horodecki Faces Danny Downes
WEC announced late Tueday night that Ed Ratcliff is now off Sunday's WEC 49 for undisclosed reasons. He was to have faced Chris Horodecki. Danny Downes, who has won his first 6 career fights and trains with Anthony Pettis and Pat Barry among others, is the short-notice replacement. The fight likely will remain on the TV portion of the event.
Hype Yourself in EA Sports MMA
A few weeks ago I sat down at EA's Los Angeles studios to check out EA Sports MMA's online features, or at least one of them. I assumed I was sitting down to check out some sort of new ranking system or a demo of how experience points earned online would benefit your single-player character. Boy was I wrong. Instead, what I saw was one of the most forward-thinking online features I've ever seen in a sports game.
I'm sure EA Sports MMA will have the requisite quick match and ranked match features that we all expect, but the real bread and butter is the Live Broadcast mode. Basically this allows for players to compete for real-world prizes in-game and build up personas online. But how do you earn the right to compete in one of these Live Broadcasts? Well, there are a few ways. The first is obviously just being damn good at EA Sports MMA and ascending the leaderboards. But EA Sports also wants to incorporate active community members into the mix along with members with standout personalities. How can you show your personality in-game, you ask? Well, that's probably the coolest part of all of this.
Lawler Moved Camp to Arizona for Babalu Fight
Robbie Lawler has consistently been considered one of the most dangerous middleweights in the world with the ability to put any opponent out with just one punch. But as the middleweight approaches his upcoming main event fight against Renato "Babalu" Sobral on June 16, he has decided to switch things up and travel to Arizona.
Normally a mainstay at the HIT Squad gym with longtime friend Matt Hughes, Lawler got a call from UFC middleweight Aaron Simpson, who also fights next week, asking for some help. The heavy-hitter native of California was happy to oblige.
"Well, I got an opportunity. One of the fighters I'm training with is fighting a southpaw, so he called me and was like 'hey can you come out?' And I'm like, ‘yeah, you guys got a lot of good wrestlers.’ Went out there, these guys work very hard," Lawler said about his training camp.
Stefan Struve vs. newcomer Christian Morecraft official for UFC 117 prelims
As expected young heavyweight prospect Stefan Struve (19-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) meets promotional newcomer Christian Morecraft (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in August at UFC 117.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently passed along news of the expected bout, and its since been signed and officially added to UFC 117's un-aired preliminary card.
UFC 117 takes place Aug. 7 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. The night's main card, including a headliner of middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view.
Thiago Alves Medically Cleared, Alves vs. Fitch 2 Now Officially Official For UFC 117
After a medical condition forced him out of UFC 111 and put his future fighting career in jeopardy, Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Thiago Alves has been medically cleared to resume fighting. Nick Lembo of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board today confirmed that the athletic commission has removed Alves' indefinite suspension. There are also reports the paperwork for his UFC 117 fight with Jon Fitch has also been signed, making the fight at long last official.
UFC 115 Prelims: 1.3 Million Viewers
Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" broadcast for this past weekend's UFC 115 event drew an average audience of 1.3 million viewers and peaked with 1.5 million, Spike TV officials today announced. The two-fight June 15 broadcast, which featured Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin and Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman, qualifies as the sixth-highest-rated broadcast of the eight "UFC Prelims" specials that have aired to date. Overall, the broadcast drew a 0.9 household rating with a 1.4 among men 18-34 and a 1.2 among men 18-49.
Angela Magana is latest addition to Bellator's season-three women's tourney
Former high-school wrestler and amateur boxer Angela Magana is the latest addition to Bellator Fighting Championships' season-three women's tournament.
Bellator officials today announced the signing.
Magana (9-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is the fifth confirmed participant for the eight-slot 115-pound tournament, which commences in August.
Magana, 26, turned pro three years ago and has fought for organizations such as the Las Vegas-based TUFF-N-UFF and HOOKnSHOOT. Seven of the jiu-jitsu practitioner's nine wins have come via stoppage, five via submission.
"EA Sports MMA" in stores Oct. 19, Emelianenko and Couture on cover
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and Strikeforce heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will be featured on the cover of "EA Sports MMA," officials today announced.
Additionally, officials announced an Oct. 19 release date for the videogame title.
"EA Sports MMA," which goes head-to-head with THQ's award-winning and bestselling "UFC Undisputed" franchise, will be available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms.
Dozens of fighters – mostly from Strikeforce and DREAM – recently have been announced for "EA Sports MMA." Most of the UFC's roster is featured in THQ's rival "UFC Undisputed" franchise, which sold 3.5 million units with its 2009 debut and recently released its 2010 version.
Canadian Authorities Questioned CroCop About War Crimes
Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic has revealed how Canadian immigration officials subjected him to intensive questioning during his first two days in the country. They wanted to know if he was involved in any war crimes during his military service when the former Yugoslavia descended into civil war in the mid-1990s.
Filipovic was with a Croatian unit from 1993-4 and Canadian officials were interested to see if he could give them any information about certain military figures of interest to the international community for war crimes and human rights violations...
Dana White stands by "pay for rankings" claim, says UFC is the NFL of MMA
No stranger to a little controversy, UFC president Dana White recently made waves by suggesting in a May interview with ESPN's Bill Simmons that many mixed-martial-arts rankings lists were influenced through financial contributions.
This past weekend, in a one-on-one interview with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), White confirmed that he still believes rival promotions are improperly influencing the media's opinion.
"Let me tell you what; I've been in this business for a long time," White said. "Nobody, and I mean [expletive] nobody, knows more about this business than I do.
"Everything that's happened throughout the years, all the [expletive] that I've gone through, my biggest beef with a lot of these MMA websites is that these guys are for-profit websites. They're not [expletive] news sites. They're for-profit websites."
I've been on this for awhile...I don't think they are 100% there yet but I think by the time Strikeforce finally collapses or at least loses its network deal then that will pretty much seal the deal.
UFC On Versus 2 Moved To San Diego
UFC officials today announced that UFC On Versus 2, originally planned to be held in Salt Lake City, has been moved to San Diego. According to a UFC press release just put out, Dana White says the reason is poor ticket sales. "Our television ratings in Salt Lake City have always been strong, and when we finally found the opportunity to bring a UFC event there with a great card, I was very surprised and disappointed in ticket sales," he stated. "As a result, for the first time in UFC history, I decided to pull the plug and move this Aug. 1 event to the San Diego Sports Arena." However, Bill Colbert of the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission could only speculate on the reason. "They didn't give a particular reason," he said. "I imagine that it has to do with the demographics and ticket sales. Having an event on Sunday may work for a (NBA's Utah) Jazz game, but it's not going to work for an MMA event. " "It's not the best news we've had in a while." Nearly half of Utah's residents are members of the Mormon Church, which traditionally uses Sundays (on which UFC on Versus 2 falls) as its worship day. Fans who purchased tickets already can return them for refunds.
WEC's Harris: Faber's drop to 135 his decision, move not necessarily permanent
World Extreme Cagefighting officials recently announced that former featherweight champion Urijah Faber (23-4-2 MMA, 8-3 WEC) would be making his 135-pound debut for the promotion in August in a featured WEC 50 matchup with Takeya Mizugaki (13-4-2 MMA, 2-2 WEC).
Some MMA observers speculated that Faber's April loss to Jose Aldo prompted WEC officials to recommend a drop in weight to the 5-foot-6 "California Kid."
This past weekend, at a media function promoting this Sunday's "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus" event, Harris said Faber's decision to drop to bantamweight was his to make, and the switch isn't necessarily permanent.
UFC 115: Mirko Cro Cop Talks Retirement - "I Am Now Too Old for This"
In an interview with jutarnji.hr:
"In addition to winning the Pride Grand Prix Finals, [UFC 115] it’s my favorite fight of my career [but] most of the training proved to me that I am now too old for this…I don’t know about a new contract with the UFC. I believe that I gave this game a lot, I fought with the greatest fighters," Cro Cop said.
"For 20 years I lived this life and now I have no motivation for the fight, no mental strength for all the Spartan training. I am no longer so hungry for victory. I will not stop training, but if I am asleep I’ll stay in bed and practice an hour later."
"I have some [seminar] contacts around the seminar circuit in the U.S., Australia, Europe and even Brazil," Cro Cop said.
Ben Rothwell Promises "Big" Improvements After June 12 Win Over Gilbert Yvel
Or to quote a certain popular catchphrase, he was not impressed with his performance. "For me the fight [against Gilbert Yvel] is bittersweet. In one aspect, I got my first 'W' in the UFC and it was the kind of fight that I really had to dig deep. I had a feeling that Gilbert was going to train hard for this fight, he was extremely tough and took a lot of elbows. It's not a victory for me in a sense. I got some lumps on my head and the hardest part for me is I got the feeling that maybe Dana and the fans weren't so happy with the fight. I didn't finish the fight and that to me is unacceptable. I go out to finish my fights and I had to fight smart because he's a dangerous guy. This is the kind of fight that I made a vow that I will go home and continue my training immediately and the next time I'm back you're going to see an improved Ben."
No Quit In Rich Franklin Against Chuck Liddell...Even With A Broken Arm
Former middleweight champion Rich Franklin talks about his thought process after sustaining a broken left forearm early in his main event fight against Chuck Liddell at UFC 115. "Ace" blocked a high kick and soon began to hear the bones "clicking," meaning that something was more than likely terribly wrong. Despite the injury, Franklin kept battling and, as the seconds ticked away to close round one, he landed a short right that put the "Iceman" clean out. Fortunately, Franklin -- who has endured broken hands, noses and other bones in previous fights -- didn't have to worry about how he would proceed if things went longer.
USADA Calls NSAC Drug Testing Procedures "Inadequate", Recommends Tougher Stance
This past week, the Nevada State Athletic Commission invited a panel of experts to speak at the commission's monthly meeting in an effort to gain a better understanding of what can and should be done to prevent athletes from gaining an unfair advantage through the use of performance enhancing drugs. While the range of opinions varied widely in some aspects, almost everyone agreed on one thing. The NSAC (and consequently, commissions around the nation) needs to do a better job. "You can do better," U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said. "You can do a lot better. I ask you to do better on behalf of clean athletes.
"When I've got athletes coming to me to put a program in because they don't think yours is adequate, that's not good for our athletes. We need better."
UFC 116 odds
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Rich Franklin "Can't Get No Respect"
Rich Franklin "Can't Get no Respect"
"Rich Franklin has lost to four men in his career: Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, and Dan Henderson. The loss to Dan Henderson, in my view, was one of the worst decisions of 2009, but we'll leave that for another day. Rich Franklin is intelligent, well-spoken, highly skilled, and exactly the type of spokesman that MMA's diehard fans should respect.
So why don't they? Because he's the UFC's ..."
Jake Shields attends UFC 115; Dana White says negotiations underway
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields (25-4-1) made another cameo appearance at a UFC event – this time at Saturday's UFC 115 card in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Shields has attended a handful of UFC events in recent months, and UFC president Dana White this week admitted for the first time he's actively negotiating with the Strikeforce star.
"[Shields] was here," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I talked to him. We're in negotiations with him right now."