Women's MMA: Potentially Dying in America, Thriving in Japan
The Queen of Pancrase. For those familiar with the testosterone heavy environment of the pioneering MMA promotion, it's something that's tough to wrap your head around. It's not just the MMA business that is changing, it's Japan. A once fiercely patriarchal society is welcoming women into the workforce in record numbers. The role of motherhood, at one time so lauded and respected, has shifted into the background as Japanese women have fewer and fewer babies. These two news items, of course, are connected at the hip. But that's a story for another time and another blog. The times are indeed changing - and that includes MMA as well.
Andrei Arlovski's Long-Time Coach Thinks He Should Retire
Former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlvoski has had a rough 2 1/2 years since beating Roy Nelson by TKO at EliteXC:Heat in October 2008. He's been KO'd by Fedor Emelianenko, Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov and lost via decision to Antonio Silva.
With the growth of his losing streak, many fans have called for Arlovski's retirement, but now his long-time striking coach Mike Garcia has joined the chorus, via Pro MMA Now:
"I didn't mean it like he doesn't have the skills. There's just... I just don't want to see him get hurt. There's something not clicking, and you can see in his last couple fights he's not the same Andrei. He says he wants to fight, I hope he does. But if he doesn't , I just don't want to see him get hurt."
Tyson Griffin meets featherweight Manny Gamburyan at UFC on Versus 4
Joe Stevenson isn't the only former lightweight who's heading to featherweight for UFC on Versus 4.
UFC officials today announced that former lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is following through with a previously announced drop in weight and will meet featherweight Manny Gamburyan (11-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at the summer event.
Great fight. I've been wondering who Manny would fight next.
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.
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.
‘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.
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
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!?
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."