Yamamoto Off SF St. Louis, Maybe On DREAM 14
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto is now off the 5/15 Strikeforce event in St. Louis. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker informed reporters of the change today during a conference call promoting the May 15 event, which takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and airs live on Showtime. Yamamoto was scheduled to take on Federico Lopez on the non-televised portion of "Heavy Artillery." However, Coker said the Japanese featherweight could help plug a talent gap at DREAM.14, an event which recently lost a planned 8-man light heavyweight tournament. Coker said DREAM's promoters asked him to place Yamamoto on the May 15 card but changed their minds in the shake-up.
Despite finishing 16th in voting, UFC's Dana White excluded from final "Time 100" list
While UFC president Dana White, the head of the world's biggest and most influential mixed-martial-arts promotion in the sport, is undoubtedly one of the most influential people in the history of the sport, the exec is not one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
That's according to Time magazine, who today released the 2010 edition of the "Time 100," an annual poll that names the 100 most influential people in the world.
Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva topped the list. Coming in second was Taiwanese computer industry executive J.T. Wang, while Admiral Mike Mullen, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the top-ranked American on the list.
Sylvia and Pudzianowski to headline Moosin MMA 'Gods of Martial Arts' fight card May 21 in Worcester
Moosin MMA has announced the official line-up for their upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) fight card from the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Friday, May 21.
"Gods of Martial Arts" will feature announcers Bas Rutten and Jeff Gorman calling all the action, beginning at 9 p.m. ET with the televised portion of the event which is available to purchase for $29.95 via cable or satellite provider.
Set to headline the event is five-time World's Strongest Man, Mariusz "The Dominator" Pudzianowski, taking on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia.
Rich Franklin wants to make a run at the light heavyweight title starting with Chuck Liddell
"If I cut back down to 185, it's a completely different cut to make it and I will have completely undone everything I've done to put on the size I have. I want to make a run for the title and I don't want to keep doing things that are counterproductive to that, like fights at 195. You can't count Chuck out of any fight. Yeah, he hasn't fought in a year, and yeah, he's lost four of his past five fights, but look at what he's done over the span of his career. He's a legend and he has beaten such an incredible list of opponents, it would be a huge mistake to look past a guy like him."
Garcia Only Sidelined 5 Weeks With Broken Hand
It didn't take long for the comparisons to start.
Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung will be for the WEC what Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar was for the UFC, and it's not a bad comparison at all. The two featherweights went toe-to-toe for 15 minutes in a battle for the ages.
And when it was all said and done, Garcia and Jung took a ride to the hospital, joking and laughing along the way. “The Korean Zombie" even nicknamed his tough as nails opponent "The Mexican Zombie" for good measure.
Through 15 minutes of crazy action, punches, knees, kicks, and takedowns, when it was all over, Garcia still had a smile on his face, and through it all the worst thing he came away with was a broken hand that will keep him from sparring for five weeks.
Josh Koscheck Says He Would Accept TUF 12 Coaching Job
Going home again. That could be the theme of “The "Ultimate Fighter Season 12” for Josh Koscheck if he is indeed chosen as a coach for the next season of the popular Spike TV reality show.
The American Kickboxing Academy welterweight got his start on the show five years ago, and if rumors stand true, the winner of the upcoming fight between Koscheck and British fighter Paul Daley could determine who will coach opposite UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Machida still feels he won UFC 104 bout, thinks rematch with "Shogun" will be more exciting
UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida's first meeting with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 104 re-ignited a long running debate on judging and scoring in MMA.
The 31-year-old Machida hopes their rematch on May 8 isn't grist for that mill.
"We're both a lot more familiar with each other than we were the first time we met," Machida said through his manager Ed Soares' translation during a conference call promoting his UFC 113 headlining rematch with Rua. "So I think it just makes all that much greater for a better fight this time around."
Anderson "The Nuisance" Silva Ruined Christmas For Rampage Fans
So says Chael Sonnen in comments he made backstage at WEC 48. "He’s a grown man with earrings. He’s a grown man with saggy pants, pink t-shirts and crooked hats. Go join a gang, don’t get in the UFC. People don’t care about him. He came out and said he’s gonna go heavyweight, no one cared. So he comes out and says well ‘I’m gonna go light heavyweight,’ no one cared. ‘Well I’m gonna retire.’ Good! Beat it, this is back page news, no one cares about you anyway. ‘Well I’m not gonna retire I’m gonna stick around.’ Or do that. Again, it doesn’t really matter, you’re a nuisance. So who cares, they go make the little action figures and the two little kids that bought em, are probably pretty upset, their parents probably thought it was Quinton Jackson when they bought it for them and the kids had a disappointing Christmas I would imagine. That's a big difference. I became the number one contender on February and February 7 he sent out a press release as to why he shouldn't have to fight me. On August 7 he will fight me. I stand here of my own free will. He stands here because Uncle Dana is making him."
DREAM 14 Still On, But LHW Tourney To Be Restructured (Updated)
Japanese fight fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Reports surfaced earlier today that a portion of the DREAM 14 fight card was being removed, specifically the planned light heavyweight tournament featuring Gegard Mousasi, Renato Sobral, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, among others, leading to speculation that the entire May 29 card was in jeopardy. No worries. Representatives from Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) today told MMAmania.com that DREAM 14 will continue as planned and that the promotion has opted to change the structure of the light heavyweight tournament going forward. An official announcement can be expected in the near future as well as some "surprises" for the still-developing fight card. The report of the cancellation appeared to come via Josh Gross on Twitter-he claimed the LHW GP was cancelled due to issues between DREAM and TV partner TBS.
UPDATE: The tournament is now off. TBS nixed the idea of airing it in Japan. The event is still on though.
Strikeforce LA Official With Lashley, Lawler, Noons
Two weeks after Strikeforce officials first announced their intentions to hold a rare mid-week fight card in Los Angeles, the promotion has now released the first three fighters that will appear at the event. Bobby Lashley, Robbie Lawler and K.J. Noons will all fight on the Showtime-broadcast portion of "Strikeforce: Los Angeles," which takes place on Wednesday, June 16, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Opponents for all three fighters will be named at a later date. The Nokia Theatre has a capacity of 7100.
CSAC: "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" draws 12,555 for gate of $792,640
While WEC 48's official attendance and gate revenue figures fell short of the promotion's initial estimates, the event was still an unqualified success.
The California State Athletic Commission today released a final report on the event and said 12,555 paid attendees packed the ARCO Arena this past Saturday to watch current featherweight champ Jose Aldo take on hometown favorite and former champ Urijah Faber.
The event produced a total of $792,640 in gate receipts, an average cost of $63.13 per ticket issued.
WEC 48 Medical Suspensions
The CSAC has announced the medical suspensions from WEC 48 today. A total of 11 fighters were suspended with a whopping 8 of them getting 6 months for various potential injuries.
WEC 48 Fighter Payouts
The CSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from WEC 48. The total disclosed payout was $336,500 with the biggest share-$40,000-going to Jose Aldo.
WEC officials still mum on pay-per-view future, plan five more 2010 cards on Versus
The WEC took a major risk with this past weekend's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event.
Company officials obviously had the unenviable challenge of trying to determine the best way to do the unthinkable: convince consumers to pay for a product they were used to receiving for free.
Initial estimates from various media outlets have suggested WEC 48 did between 150,000-200,000 buys, though WEC officials have declined to comment on the subject. Nevertheless, it's back to Versus in June for the first of five more 2010 fight cards, and UFC/WEC president Dana White said it will be business as usual.
Bellator Fighting Championships hosts open tryout on May 4 in Boston area
Bellator Fighting Championships is once again hitting the streets to find the next up-and-coming mixed martial artist.
The Chicago-based promotion today announced it will hold an open tryout in the Boston area on Tuesday, May 4, in an effort to secure new talent for the promotion's third season, which takes place in late 2010.
Fighters in all weight classes are invited to attend – both male and female.
Paul Daley Not Interested In Rematch With "Boring" Jake Shields
There's been a lot of talk about Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields coming to the UFC when his current contract expires -- but don't add Paul Daley to the list of people who are excited over the possibility of him competing inside the Octagon. Perhaps that's because "Semtex" was submitted by the grappling whiz back at Elite XC: "Heat" in October 2008. The British striker tells The Daily Record he's a much improved fighter since they last met but has no interest in avenging that loss simply because he doesn't want to subject himself to a boring fight.
White says WEC's Henderson deserves top ranking, doesn't expect media to follow suit
While both UFC and WEC officials have consistently denied any and all reports of a potential merger between the two organizations, there is one undeniable challenge created by the dual fight promotions.
How do you manage two separate 155-pound divisions?
UFC president Dana White recently said that the promotions will likely one day merge the two divisions into the UFC, but for now, he's got another idea for his top WEC lightweights: send them to Japan.
"What I need to do is send them somewhere else so they can become ranked No. 2 and then bring them back," White joked with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's what I really need to do."