SF Challengers 10 Medical Suspensions
The Arizona State Boxing Commission has announced the medical suspensions from Strikeforce Challengers 10. Only 4 fighters were given suspensions-all got only 30 or 60 days-and no injuries were serious. The worst injury was a possible concussion.
SF Challengers 10 Fighter Payouts
The Arizona State Boxing Commission has released the official fighter payouts from Strikeforce Challengers 10. The total disclosed payouts were $53,250 with the biggest share-$18,000-going to Miesha Tate. The payroll may appear low compared to other major organizations, but keep in mind that the Challengers event series is geared primarily toward up-and-coming fighters who are looking to be promoted to major shows. Additionally, five of the 12 Strikeforce Challengers 10 bouts were classified as amateur fights, though most of the fighters have pro bouts on their records, according to the major databases.
2 Gracies Among 8 Announced For UFC 118 Grappling Superfights
Officials today announced a quartet of "superfights" for the UFC Fan Expo trade and exhibition show in Boston, which coincides with next month's UFC 118 event. Members of MMA's first family, other grappling notables and even a former WEC champion are part of the lineup. The bouts include Rolles Gracie vs. Roberto Abreu, Gregor Gracie vs. Pablo Popovitch, Hermes Franca vs. Ryan Hall, and Penny Thomas vs. Tracey Goodell. On Friday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. ET, Thomas, who defeated MMA veteran Shayna Baszler at May's UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas, takes on Team Lloyd Irvin product Goodell. Additionally, Franca, a former WEC title-holder and UFC title challenger, meets 23-time Grapplers Quest champion Ryan Hall. On Saturday, Aug. 28 at 12:30 p.m. ET, the Gracie clan takes center stage. Rolles, a heavyweight MMA fighter who had a one-fight stint with the UFC earlier this year, takes on Abreu, an undefeated Grapplers Quest champ. And Gregor, a four-time Grapplers Quest champ and half-brother of Rolles', meets Popovich, an ADCC world grappling champion.
Cro Cop: I'm Not Going To Be 100% Against Frank Mir-But I Won't Disappoint The Fans
Mirko Cro Cop confirms his participation in the UFC 119 main event against Frank Mir after "Minotauro" Nogueira was forced to withdraw from the Sept. 25 fight card due to ailing hips. "Cro Cop" doesn't think he can be 100-percent prepared in just five weeks, but was not about to disappoint the UFC or his fans by turning down the fight. "I am aware that I am not going to be 100-percent for this fight because in this sport five weeks notice is basically last-minute notice. But I know the UFC had no other solution and so I could not refuse the owner of the UFC, who has made me financially secure, or the UFC fans, who I do not want to disappoint."
SF Challengers 10: 237,000 Viewers
Ratings this past weekend's Strikeforce Challengers 10 event were better than expected and topped out at 280,000 viewers. Overall, the Aug. 13 event averaged 237,000 viewers, a 17 percent increase from Strikeforce Challengers 9 in July, for its initial run. So which fight coincided with the peak audience? It wasn't the Joe Riggs vs. Louis Taylor headliner, nor was it any of the official fights from the organization's single-night tournament, which included 135-pound female fighters Miesha Tate, Hitomi Akano, Maiju Kujala and Carina Damm. Surprisingly, the peak audience came during a Colleen Schneider vs. Liz Carmouche tourney-reserve bout, which likely was just a quirk since it preceded the night's tournament finale and Riggs vs. Taylor main event.
DREAM FW Champion Bibiano Fernandes Still Hasn't Been Paid For DREAM 13, Turns Down September Title Defense
Apparently DREAM has become the Michael Lohan of the MMA world. According to TATAME, five months after he won the DREAM featherweight tournament, Bibiano Fernandes hasn't been paid his contracted fight purse. Unlike the Impact FC fighters who haven't been paid for their July fights by the Australian promotion, Fernandes has something over the Japanese promotion he is contracted to for one more bout: his belt. The report says that Fernandes has turned down a title defense on the September 25 DREAM 16 card and maintains that he won't fight for the organization until he receives his check for his win over Joachim Hansen at DREAM 13 back in March.
Did Vince McMahon Inadvertently Help Drive TUF Ratings?
According to former WWE employee and longtime wrestling personality Paul Heyman, yes-at least for the first season of TUF when Raw still aired on Spike. And Heyman tried to stop The Vin-Man from allowing it. "I was there in the room when we decided whether to let The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) come on after Monday Night Raw. They had the right to approve or decline any programming that followed them. I told [the WWE], they better not let [the UFC] on ... Yeah, I'm the a--hole that almost turned it down. [I said] 'You should be afraid of anything that will take away from your pay-per-view dollar. They are going to reach into your pocket, rip it open, and all those dollars are going to flow right there.' Here's the best way I can tell you about Vince McMahon. It's the ultimate Vince control story. If you're in the room with Vince McMahon and he sneezes, go on your Blackberry for the next 20 minutes because nothing you say to him is going to get through ... Cause he gets really p-----d off. Cause he can't control the sneeze."
German WW Pascal Krauss To Make UFC Debut At UFC 122
Undefeated Pascal Krauss is the latest European standout invited to the octagon. The German welterweight has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and makes his debut at UFC 122, according to German MMA website groundandpound.de. Although not officially announced by the promotion, UFC 122 takes place Nov. 13 at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Nicknamed "Panzer," Krauss trains with Grappling Arts in Freiburg, Germany, and is the welterweight champion of U.K.-based Cage Warriors Fighting Championships promotion. With an unblemished professional record, he has notched all but two of his nine victories by way of submission. A source close to the fighter said Krauss currently is awaiting an opponent for UFC 122. He most recently appeared in May and earned a second-round submission victory over John Quinn to win the Cage Warriors title.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira To Have Hip Surgery & Knee Surgery
Havine been forced to withdraw from the UFC 119 main event due to injuries, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira tells the TATAME that he's headed for hip surgery in addition to knee surgery, and hopes to be back in about 4 months. "I hurt my hips training and I’ll have to go on surgery. I’m only depending on a few exams, but I think it’ll be done by the weekend. The surgery will be on both sides of my hips, and I’ll operate my knee too. If everything goes alright I’ll be back on training in four months."
Is There "A Little Chicken Left On That Bone" For Jens Pulver?
He thinks so, and despite his loss at PWP War On The Mainland over the weekend, his 6th in a row and 8th in his last 9 fights, it seems that despite the many calls for him to retire he's still not ready to hang them up. "It's just a tough career man, you know I lose eight of nine fights, it's like 'What am I doing?' I'm trying to figure it out, maybe it's just that time. I don't know man, I do it because I love it. I enjoy training and I enjoy going out there and fighting. I feel good [but] it's definitely frustrating.You gotta hear the entrance song I came out to: 'A Little Chicken Left On That Bone' by Craig Morgan and that's exactly what it's about. Nobody's gonna tell me when to retire. Again, I got caught in a damn guillotine. I'm not getting knocked dead asleep and I feel physically great. I'm having a great time. I'm 34-years-old and I'm slumping, I'm slumping hard right now but I'm still having a great time. I love this life and I love this job."
UFC 117 Fighter Payouts
The CSAC has revealed the official disclosed fighter payouts from UFC 117. The total disclosed payouts were $1,029,000 with the biggest share-$200,000-going to both Anderson Silva and Matt Hughes. Silva's $200K was a flat payout with no win bonus while Hughes got a $100K bonus for his victory over Ricardo Almeida.
Big Nog Out of Mir fight Big Name Replacement Ready
Rodrigo Nogueira is out of his UFC 119 fight with Frank Mir after suffering an injury in training, a Brazilian source tells Fighters Only.
The nature of the injury was not disclosed but the source says it will require surgery. Nogueira is said to be “incredibly frustrated” by it and expects to be out until the New Year.
The fight with Mir was to headline UFC 119 and was a rematch of their meeting, which saw Nogueira stopped for the first time in his professional career.
Fighters Only has also been told the UFC has already secured a replacement and it will be “a really big name opponent”, although the source we spoke to did not provide a name.
Carwin Named in Federal Steroids Case, Newspaper Report Says
The name of former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin appeared on a list of 22 professional athletes federal prosecutors allege obtained steroids from a Mobile, Ala.-based pharmacy between 2004-06, according to an internet report published on Friday by the Mobile Press-Register newspaper.
Carwin was among seven athletes – including pro wrestlers Kurt Angle and “Hardcore” Bob Holly as well as four professional bodybuilders – named by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna Dobbins at the sentencing of Alabama pharmacist J. Michael Bennett. Bennett, one of five men recently found guilty of "participating in a nationwide conspiracy to illegally sell anabolic steroids," was sentenced to four years in prison, according to the report.
MM-Eh! Ontario Legalizes MMA
Canadian fight fans may have reason to celebrate this weekend after Showdown Joe Ferraro brings word from up north that mixed martial arts is finally set to be legalized in Ontario, Canada. The UFC recently hired Tom Wright as the new head of UFC Canada and opened a Toronto office to help increase the promotion's presence in Ontario. The strategy apparently worked, according to Canadian UFC lawyer Noble Chummar, who shared the good news with our friends at MMACanada.net earlier today: "Mixed Martial Arts is now regulated in the province of Ontario! Two years ago we have been working around the clock, in meetings with Dana White to get this done. The UFC has been in Ontario 5-10 times which has indicated that Premier Dalton McGuinty is in touch with what the people want. It's a great day for MMA fans and a great day for the UFC!" Ontario likely will use the Unified MMA Rules and will probably hold their first regulated MMA event in 2011.
Ben Saunders Cut from the UFC
"The Ultimate Fighter 6" quarterfinalist and one-time UFC welterweight contender Ben Saunders (8-3-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC) received his UFC walking papers.
The 27-year-old fighter announced the news via Twitter.
Although once of the UFC's fastest-rising and most-exciting 170-pound prospects, Saunders recently suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Dennis Hallman for his third defeat in four fights.
Saunders vows to fight his way back to the organization.
Fedor Hints At SF Contract Renewal, Still No Interest In UFC
Two months removed from his first loss in nearly 10 years, Fedor Emelianenko is confident his future – and a contract extension with Strikeforce – soon will be finalized. The former PRIDE champion recently suffered an upset submission loss to fellow top-10 heavyweight Fabricio Werdum at a June Showtime-televised event. Although no return date or opponent have been determined, Emelianenko recently said his management team and Strikeforce officials are ready to move forward. "So far I feel very comfortable fighting, very good with my fighting, and I'm planning [to fight] as long as I can physically," he recently told m-1global.com, the official site of M-1 Global. "As far and I'm concerned we should discuss the possibility of signing another contract for four to six fights." Regardless of what the future holds for Emelianenko, one thing now seems very unlikely: a move to the UFC, the world's top MMA promotion. "For now [we work] with Strikeforce, and we are concentrating on that," he said. "The contract is not over yet. So for now we don't have any interest in the UFC."