Culinary Union Requests Formal Zuffa Investigation By FTC
Yesterday, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission requesting that a formal investigation into whether business practices by Zuffa LLC, the corporate owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), violate U.S. antitrust laws.
The letter goes on to point out that since 2001, Zuffa has acquired four of its key rivals (Pride Fighting Championship, World Extreme Cagefighting, the World Fighting Alliance, and most recently Strikeforce earlier this year. They also state that through some independent research performed in 2008, Zuffa controls 80-90% of the mixed martial arts market.
Specifically, the letter points out that Zuffa has preserved and strengthened its dominance in the market through their unwillingness to co-promote events as well as anti-competitive contractual restraints placed on their contracted fighters...
UFC's Yoshihiro Akiyama teases welterweight move, seeks Georges St-Pierre's advice
Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama isn't planning on shedding any sexiness, but he will look to drop about 15 pounds.
Akiyama recent revealed to Japanese news outlet Sponichi he's intending to drop down to the welterweight division in an effort to snap out of a three-fight losing streak.
Additionally, Akiyama, who recently closed his gym in Japan, said he hopes to shift his training base to North America and work alongside UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Brett Rogers vs. Eddie Sanchez headlines Titan Fighting Championship 20
Heavyweight slugger Brett Rogers looks to get back on the winning track on Sept. 23, when he meets six-time UFC veteran Eddie Sanchez in the headlining bout of Titan Fighting Championship 20.
Rogers revealed the booking on Friday's new edition of HDNet's "Inside MMA," and Titan Fighting Championship officials this morning confirmed the bout.
Titan Fighting Championship 20 takes place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and the night's main card airs on HDNet.
Marcus Davis vs. Chuck O'Neil added to "W-1 MMA: Reloaded"
Marcus Davis has a new fight – and a new opponent.
The UFC veteran has verbally agreed to fight "The Ultimate Fighter 13" veteran and fellow Massachusetts native Chuck O'Neil (8-4) at "W-1: Reloaded," according sources close to the fighter. The event takes place Oct. 15 at BankUnited Center in Miami and airs on Fox Sports Net.
Additionally, Davis is now scheduled to scheduled to meet Travis Coyle at Global Fight League 9, which takes place Sept. 23 at the Portland Expo Center in Portland, Maine.
Finalists announced for 2011 World MMA Awards
Finalists for the Fighters Only 2011 World MMA Awards were today officially revealed.
In the fourth edition of the annual awards, an expert panel consisting of Fighters Only's international editors and a selection of guests panelists selected five finalists in each of 22 different award categories, including the Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year, which sees Dominick Cruz, Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva vying for the coveted award.
MMAjunkie.com is represented in two categories. The company is a finalist for the "Media Source of the Year" award, and lead staff reporter and MMAjunkie.com Radio co-host John Morgan is a nominee for "MMA Journalist of the Year."
All winners are determined by a fan vote, and ballots can be cast now through Nov. 25 at www.worldmmaawards.com. An iPhone application is also available and promises to make the voting process even easier than on the website
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos Confirmed for UFC on FOX Main Event
Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos will lead the UFC's charge on to network television.
UFC president Dana White today announced that Velasquez and Dos Santos will headline UFC on FOX 1, which takes place Nov. 12 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The event marks the UFC's debut on network television and kicks-off a seven-year deal between the UFC and FOX, a partnership that also includes UFC programming on FX and FUEL TV.
Pat Healy Flirts With Accusing Maximo Blanco of Steroid Use
Pat Healy stepped in for Josh Thomson earlier this week, and he's already talking about new opponent Maximo Blanco. Healy spoke with Matt Bishop on Bloody Elbow Radio about Blanco's first fight in the States, and all but accused the latter of drug use:
Matt Bishop: Do you think this being his first fight in the cage can be a big factor for you?
Pat Healy: Yeah, I think that's a huge factor. If you've never fought in a cage before, it's a lot different than a ring. It's also his first time fighting in the States where they have athletic commissions who drug test for steroids, I think that'll be a big thing for him, too. Yeah. All that's going to affect him, I believe.
Matt Bishop: OK, I have to dig deeper on this one. So you mention his first time fighting with a commission, where they test for steroids. I can't say you're beating around the bush there, it seems like you're pretty much coming out and saying it.
Pat Healy: Well, you know, I've heard a lot of rumors. I think a lot of those PRIDE guys when they came over, they had their first performances, and you can look at all the top PRIDE guys, a lot of them came to the UFC and lost the first time and looked like they were gassed and tired and you know, I think it had a lot to do with the athletic commissions doing drug tests out here. You look at the size difference with a lot of those PRIDE guys when they were back in their hype, they looked a little bit unnatural, if you will.
Report: Brock Lesnar's UFC Career Is Uncertain
Brock Lesnar announced, "I'm back!" Dana White told us to expect Lesnar to "be back the first of the year." According to a report from The MMA Corner, there's now a chance Lesnar doesn't return to the UFC at all.
However, multiple sources close to his camp tell a different story about the former champion's condition. According to the sources, more than one doctor has informed Lesnar that he should no longer compete in the sport due to the stress that training and fighting puts on his body.
Anderson Silva on Jon Jones: "I don’t see anyone who has enough to beat him."
Searched & couldn't find it.
Sherdog's 8 questions w/ Anderson Silva led to some pretty interesting answers from the p4p king....
Sherdog.com: Let’s talk about the guys who are at light heavyweight. Do you see anyone who can beat champion Jon Jones today?
Silva: Oh, Jon Jones has some good momentum going. I think he’s getting better as an athlete and always shows some development and better technique. He’s evolving a lot. To me, today, I don’t see anyone who has enough to beat him. Of course, no one is unbeatable. He’s overcoming adversities and learning every day. He’s a guy who really can adapt to all types of techniques and has everything he needs to keep the belt for a long time. He is reigning at his weight and surpassing all expectations. He was absolutely superior in most of his fights so far, but when you become champion, the pressure changes. He now has to live out the responsibilities of a champion and deal with the pressure to succeed as a champion. I hope he knows how to handle it, because it’s not easy at all.
UFC 137's Tyson Griffin launches fundraiser to benefit troubled youth
In advance of his fight with Bart Palaszewski at UFC 137, Tyson Griffin is drumming up support for a local charity.
The UFC featherweight is conducting a raffle to benefit Boys Town of Nevada, an organization dedicated that cares for troubled youth and families.
One lucky winner will get two tickets to the pay-per-view event, which takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, as well as two tickets to Griffin's afterparty.
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Damacio Page scratched from UFC 135 prelims
A bantamweight bout between Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (18-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Damacio Page (15-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been scratched from next month's UFC 135 event.
Both fighters suffered injuries in the lead-up to the fight.
UFC 135 takes place Sept. 24 at Denver's Pepsi Center. The night's main card, including light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, airs on pay-per-view.
Yamamoto vs. Page was slated for a part of the preliminary card that's expected to stream on Facebook.
Yamamoto made his long-awaited UFC debut earlier this year and suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 126. The K-1 HERO'S and DREAM vet now is just 1-3 in his past four fights following a seven-year, 14-fight win streak in Japan. Yamamoto, who was slated to fight Chris Cariaso at UFC 130, has now pulled out of two straight fights.
Carlos Condit and Ben Henderson Ink Multi-Fight Contract Extensions with the UFC
Job security is important in any job. It’s also nice to be rewarded with that job security for work well done.
That’s what the UFC has done for two top ten fighters as Carlos Condit and Ben Henderson have both inked multi-fight contract extensions with the promotion.
Condit and Henderson’s representation at First Round Management announced the news on Wednesday.
“These fight contract extensions show the MMA world that the UFC values Ben Henderson and Carlos Condit as two of its top, young stars,” First Round Management President Malki Kawa said. “Both are only 27 years old and have proven that they are contenders for titles in their weight divisions and also have strong fan bases. Fans will now be able to see them continue to grow in the Octagon.”
Matt Brown replaces Pascal Krauss, meets John Hathaway at UFC 138
Matt Brown has replaced injured Pascal Krauss and now meets fellow welterweight John Hathaway at UFC 138.
UFC officials today announced the change.
UFC 138 takes place Nov. 5 at the 16,000-seat LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England. The night's main card airs via same-day delay on Spike TV.