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Tanner vs. Okami Official; Koscheck vs. Hazelett Un-Televised at UFC 82
After weeks of speculation, a UFC 82 middleweight bout between Evan Tanner and Yushin Okami is now official. Additionally, the UFC today revealed that a welterweight bout between “The Ultimate Fighter 1” standout Josh Koscheck (9-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Cincinnati-based fighter Dustin Hazelett (10-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will appear on the event’s un-televised preliminary card. News of the Tanner vs. Okami has been reported — and re-reported — for the past month. However, Tanner’s camp couldn’t confirm the bout to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and a source close to the UFC told us that UFC executives were “extremely pissed” that news of the fight got out in the first place. In the interview, Tanner also revealed that the UFC had an extremely difficult time finding him an opponent. The bout was offered to four fighters — all of whom turned it down. The UFC eventually booked Okami, a middleweight contender who’s 5-1 in the UFC. He signed a new contract with the UFC after his most recent fight: a UFC 77 unanimous-decision victory over Jason MacDonald.
UFN Medical Suspensions Announced
The NSAC has posted the official UFN results on their website, which also reveals the medical suspensions coming out of the event.
UFC Set To Ban Affliction Gear?
Apparently the UFC is no longer going to allow Affliction to sponsor it's fighters. Affliction affiliated fighters include; Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre, Rampage Jackson and Chuck Liddell among many others. According to numerous sources within in the industry, Affliction will be starting it's own promotion and the UFC is unhappy about promoting a potential rival.
Alvarez and Daley Anchor ShoXC Card
All you lucky Showtime subscribers out there will get to enjoy another night of fistic madness delivered to you by the good folks behind EliteXC. Come Friday night at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., we'll get to see one of Britain's finest discover the precise breaking point of a TUF graduate. And, with any luck, maybe Bill Goldberg won't make an appearance.
The Champion's Carthasis
Since UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture left the promotion, he's gained some attention for taking up poker as a means to raise money and attention for his Xtreme Couture GI Foundation. But he's clearly worn out from the UFC contract situation and again reiterated his future plans: Fedor Or Bust. Bust being likely retiring.
Top South Korean Fighter Headed To UFC
Top South Korean Prospect Dong Hyun Kim is reportedly set to make his UFC debut in either March or April. The Welterweight is unbeaten in MMA at 8-0-1, last fighting Hedehiko Hasegawa to a controversial draw in a rematch of a fight Kim won.
News From Japan: Shooto Says Sayonara to Kikuchi, Japanese Fighters At UFC 84, More
Among the latest news items coming out of Japan are Shooto holding a retirement ceremony for veteran Akira Kikuchi tomorrow at Korakuen, Yushin Okami and Kuniyoshi Hironaka's next UFC fights at UFC 84 (Montreal), a Japanese talent heading to Cage Rage, and DEEP unveils it's '08 tournament plans.
Submitted Jan 25, 2008 7:38AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Miscellaneous
UFC Confirms New Sponsor, Likely UK Return, Working On TV
Although UFC was rumored to be close to a TV deal with CBS recently, it hasn't yet happened but a TV deal also isn't dead. In a related press conference, UFC also confirmed new sponsorship deals and a likely return to London in June.
Rick Bassman Files Lawsuit Against WCO's Bruce Bellocchi
In what becomes the next step in the saga of the cancelled WCO event on January 12th. Rick Bassman, owner of Valor Fighting and Management, has filed suit against WCO Promoter Bruce Bellocchi. Bassman, who met up with Bruce Bellocchi back in October of '07, had some of his fighters fighting on Bellocchi's Nov '07 card. After meeting up with Bellocchi, who Bassman calls "charming and seductive", discussions began about Bassman and Bellocchi doing buisness together to promote a card in January. The deal was that Valor fighting would be providing their license to promote events to Bellocchi so as to put on the January 12th show. In short, the contract stated that the WCO would handle all marketing and pre negotiation with fighters to decide on their purses. Valor would be providing the license and be handling all production, something they had a lot of experience in. Financially, the contract stated that WCO would pay $20,000 to rent the license. Two main clauses in the contract were that WCO would cover all cost for the show and the second was that Valor had no financial responsibility for costs pretaining to the show
The 10 Greatest Post-Fight Meltdowns
I'm no physician -- barely capable of applying a Band-Aid, even -- but I'm nonetheless going to petition the American Medical Association to consider acknowledging a new phenomenon: PFADS, or Post-Fight Adrenal Dump Syndrome. This debilitating affliction has compelled many a combat athlete into making bizarre proclamations or exhibiting odd behavior in the moments immediately following a bout. Chemically, it's the result of the body unable to deal with the massive adrenaline surge that accompanies a hard-earned victory (and occasionally, a devastating loss). Athletes become manic, unpredictable and perhaps even dangerous to nearby civilians.
Tank Abbott Booked for Tonight’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Longtime MMA fighter David “Tank” Abbott has been booked as a guest on tonight’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ProElite, Inc. (EliteXC’s parent company) today announced. The shows airs at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT on ABC affiliates.
Din Thomas vs. Josh Neer Targeted for UFC Fight Night 13
Finally healed from a knee injury he suffered in a September main-event fight, Din Thomas (20-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will likely return to the octagon to take on Josh Neer (23-6-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at a UFC Fight Night 13 event planned for April 2.
UFN 12 Fighter Payouts Announced
The fighter payouts from UFN 12 last night have been obtained, the 18 fighters received a total disclosed amount of $232,000. The Fight, KO, and Submission Of The Night bonuses were not revealed.
Aleksander Emelianenko Expects April 11 Fight with Josh Barnett
Aleksander Emelianenko (12-3), a highly ranked heavyweight (and the younger brother of famed fighter Fedor Emelianenko), will next fight April 11 for the upstart M-1 Global organization, and the Russian expects his opponent to be Josh Barnett (20-5). News of the potential bout was posted on Emelianenko’s official website at www.alex.mixfight.ru. The as-of-yet-unannounced M-1 Global event is expected to take place in Chicago. The Emelianko brothers’ manager, Vadim Finkelstein, recently sold the M-1 organization to a group of American investors who restructured the fight promotion. As its first order of business, the organization signed Fedor to a long-term deal. The organization’s CEO, longtime MMA agent and promoter Monte Cox, recently stated that the organization had planned for a February debut date but instead pushed it back a few months to allow more time for signing talent. If the organization does sign Barnett for the fight, it could signal another loss for the UFC.
Bas Rutten Named IFL VP
Bas Rutten has been named Vice President, Fighter Operations for the IFL. It's a new position that will allow him to oversee the contact between the IFL and its fighters, including matchmaking within and outside IFL.
Angle Calls Lesnar A "Mental Midget"
Kurt Angle, in a radio appearance promoting TNA Wrestling's upcoming PPV, also briefly talked about Brock Lesnar in MMA. He called Brock a "mental midget" and said he'd win if little to no pressure was on him.
Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine II up next?
QUOTE "My next fight will probably be in the summer and I am thinking about Jardine since Jackson is already scheduled to fight (Forrest Griffin). I can’t wait around (for Jackson). I love the sport and I think I have a couple years left in me. I’m a very competitive person. I don’t even like to lose at things I’m not good at." Chuck Liddell reiterates that he wants to rematch Keith Jardine next
Gesias “JZ” Calvancante vs. Shinya Aoki Set for March K-1 Show
The hotly anticipated Gesias “JZ” Calvancante (14-1-1) vs. Shinya Aoki (12-2) match-up — first promised to the world and then removed from a New Year’s Eve “Yarennoka!” card in Japan — has been reset for a March date in Japan. American Top Team General Manager Richie Guerrero confirmed the K-1 sanctioned fight during his appearance on Wednesday’s episode of TAGG Radio Although his opponent has not yet been named, fellow ATT fighter Denis Kang (27-9-1) is also scheduled to appear on that card, Guerrero said
Nick Thompson Interview on Brock Lesnar
Nice Interview: He briefly touches on his situation with Bodog, elaborates on the fight offer with Jon Fitch, and has a cool story about his training partner Brock Lesnar.
Submitted Jan 24, 2008 12:39AM by duggy - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team
Palhares Expected to Sign with UFC
After recently signing Brazilian Top Team's David Bielkheden , the UFC is expected to ink another BTT athlete: Fury GP 185-pound champion Rousimar Palhares, Sherdog.com has learned. A native of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Palhares (7-1) is a prospect who has a chance to reach the top in the UFC. He has won five straight, including first-round wins over UFC veteran Flavio Luis Moura, Pan-Arm jiu-jitsu champion Fabio Negao (Pictures) and Pride Bushido veteran Daniel Acacio. None of these quality fighters were competitive against Palhares.
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