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February 2008 MMA News Archive - Page 8

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Silva has XXXXL expectations
Antonio Silva was making the point that he feels quicker and more athletic when he's small. But to Silva, small is a relative term. Because at 6 feet, 4 inches, 260 pounds with a size-16 shoe and fists the size of ham hocks, Silva's small is most folks' XXXXL. And there aren't as many guys of his size and his thickness who are able to do a cartwheel, as Silva is able to do. He tried one after a recent fight as a promise to his daughter, Anne, and it turned out to be a miserable failure. He's about the size of 2½ gymnasts combined, but defending his less-than-artistic success by pointing out that "people were coming into the ring to congratulate me and I was trying to get it done too fast before I would hit anyone." It may be promoter Gary Shaw who does a cartwheel tonight – or at least thinks of doing one – if Silva is able to impressively defeat Ricco Rodriguez on a Showtime-televised Elite XC card at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
Submitted Feb 16, 2008 12:34PM by Bemin - 4 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
Melvin Guillard to Headline Rage in the Cage 105
Melvin Guillard (20-7-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC), a cast member from “The Ultimate Fighter 2” who recently suffered back-to-back losses in high-profile UFC fights, is temporarily leaving the UFC to headline next month’s Rage in the Cage event against Eric Regan (9-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The event, RITC 105, takes place March 7 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz.
Submitted Feb 16, 2008 12:22PM by juanez13 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
More words from Cro Cop
On the UFC Fighting in the cage just didn't feel good. The real problem was in me, not in the UFC or the cage. That wasn't who I am and I will return one day to fight in the cage. I owe this to all of my fans and especially my UK fans. On Dana White I can perfectly understand a decreased interest in me after my bad performances. It's just business and you can't blame the UFC or Mr. White for putting me aside. I can only say that Mr. White acted very professional and I had no problem in getting released from my UFC contract. I also hope that we'll always respect each other and perhaps work together in the future. On Dream and the contract My dream has come true, I'll fight in Japan again. I've signed a three fight contract with a possibility of extension. It's where I had some memorable moments, where I feel at home. DREAM is a new organization with a good management and huge potential. Japan is a big market and these guys know how to bring something to a high level. I'll do my best to help them on that way. On title fights Yes, there were some talk of me being involved in a first DREAM heavyweight title fight. I'm welcoming this opportunity and I'm willing to fight anyone they put me against. I feel reborn and I'll be on a quest for the most anticipated titles in the world. On possible Cro Cop vs Fedor II The moment our first fight finished I wanted to fight him again. He's a brilliant fighter and it would be a honor to fight him again. This fight is really a nice thought, but I'll take one step at a time and we'll see what happens. On problems and defeats The losses came from a lack of motivation. I was really empty, I had no fire left in me. It's something that is probably the worst scenario for a professional fighter. What was left for me was to give a serious thought about if I had anything left in me. Now I feel different, but you just can't bring the time back. Hopefully I'll have my chance to fight against these fighters again. I have been having major problems getting onto the site to read his blogs, they are so overwhelmed with people it's eating the bandwidth, so I posted what he said so if you guys are having problems you don't have to wait 8 hours. I hope everyone can be as respectful as Cro Cop always is when discussing his words.
Submitted Feb 16, 2008 3:28AM by cmill21 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Loretta Hunt Leaves The Fight Network, More Major Changes Coming?
There are reports that Loretta Hunt, one of the highest-ranking employees at The Fight Network, has left the network in the midst of the appointing of a new CEO. It's said this could be the first of many changes at the company.
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 8:52PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Dana White says UFC door still open for Cro Cop
Few notes: Cro Cop says he didnt like the cage (big shocker) Also says he will likely be back someday. I think his return will be a huge draw, when/if it happens. I hope he can regain his winning ways & come back with a vengence. Time will tell T777
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 5:39PM by Trench777 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
In Rio, The Spider Steps on You
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 2:27PM by JWils - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anderson Silva Looking At Moving Up To Light Heavyweight?
Chris Fries and The JDH recently interviewed Ed Suarez, manager of Anderson Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria on The Lights Out Show. Suarez made some very interesting comments regarding Silva and Big Nog. Suarez On Silva: “We would consider going up in weight…” “…I don’t think there’s a middleweight in the world that could beat him…You’d have a hard time having a light heavyweight in the world that could beat him.”
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 2:03PM by grappler0000 - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Carlos Condit Talks WEC Title and Possible Unification
“The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit continued his reign as the World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champion by finishing Carlo Prater in the first round on Wednesday night. The New Mexico native was proud to perform in front of his hometown crowd and was happy with the victory.
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 1:39PM by wolfman - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC
Nogueira Expected To Sign With WEC
Alexandre Franco "Pequeno" Nogueira, according to sources within his camp, is set to sign a deal with WEC. The former Shooto Champion, with a 13-4-2 career record, has never fought outside of Japan.
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 1:38PM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC
Matt Lindland: UFC Won't Offer Me A Deal
Perennial top-ranked Middleweight Matt Lindland is getting ready to sign a new contract with an organization, but it won't be with UFC. Lindland said Dana White won't make him an offer, and in a perhaps insulting move Lindland said it was UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, not Dana, who passed along the news to him.
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 9:15AM by DCRage - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
IFL Off MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV officials have confirmed that the hit show "IFL Battleground", which had originally been picked up for a second season and was to return in the coming weeks, is now cancelled. No specific reason given. Fox Sports Net will continue to air taped fights after they air on HDNet.
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 6:29AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: IFL
preview for red belt
Preview for new mma movie coming out with tim allen an randy. Source :
Submitted Feb 14, 2008 10:04PM by buckndro - 14 comments
Filed under: General MMA
NEW Cro Cop article.
Any crap like whats been going on in the other threads and I won't be posting anymore news.
Submitted Feb 14, 2008 6:24PM by cmill21 - 17 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
UFC releases Fight Night 13 main card
UFC released today the Fight Night 13 main card. Right now its scheduled for 2 hours but many are bombarding Spike TV to air 3 hours.
Submitted Feb 14, 2008 11:21AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
More on Mirko’s Departure: Emelianenko vs. Cro Cop II Now Possible
During today’s press conference to announce that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has left the UFC to fight for the new DREAM organization, the company’s executives announced that they had struck a deal with M-1 Global, which could mean a future bout between DREAM’s Filipovic and M-1 Global’s Fedor Emelianenko. The news comes from Yahoo! Sports, a content-partner site of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). According to reporter Dave Meltzer, the two upstart organizations have signed a business deal — a move that could open the door for the promotions to share talent. Melzter said that Emelianenko (as well as free agent UFC hall-of-famer Royce Gracie) both appeared in videotaped messages saying they planned to compete for DREAM.
Submitted Feb 13, 2008 5:18PM by Bemin - 57 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's, M-1 Global
Dana's Response to Cro-Cop's Departure
I just talked to DW and this is what he had to say: The split was amicable and the terms were decided on in advance. Cro Cops $350k (plus bonuses) contract had a clause in it stating that if he lost two consecutive fights Zuffa had the right to void the existing agreement and negotiate a new one. CC never dreamed that he would be so overwhelmed by the level of competition he has faced in the UFC so far and and the losses have impacted him mentally. The UFC did NOT cut Cro Cop from the roster nor did they threaten to make him sit out until his contract expired if he didn't take the pay cut deal. Rather than negotiate a new contract with the UFC right now (and risk racking up more losses), Cro Cop wants to get a couple of tune up fights (and wins) in some of the smaller shows (no more tune up matches for him in the UFC) in hopes of rebuilding his confidence and getting himself back on track. DW understood completely and supported Cro Cop in his decision. The last thing DW wants to do is shell out a six-figure purse to a fighter that isn't fighting worth a dayum. Even though it would have been lower than the original figure, it would still be a waste of money and resources. Cro Cops ultimate goal is to win the UFC HW championship belt and DW believes he still has the potential to accomplish that goal. CC's plan when he signed with the UFC was, "I will become Champion after three matches. I will need two and a half or three months off between each match. I expect to hold the UFC belt by the Summer. Then I want Pride Champion Fedor Emelianenko, Vs Me the UFC Heavyweight Champion on New Years Eve." http://www.mmaplayground.com/discussion/topic/cro-cop--mean-goodbye-pride-329p1.html
Submitted Feb 13, 2008 4:43PM by The_Grim_Reaper - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
George Sotiropoulos vs. and Roman Mitichyan Added to UFC Fight Night 13
"The Ultimate Fighter 6” cast members George Sotiropoulos (8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Roman Mitichyan (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will meet April 2 at UFC Fight Night 13. The fight was revealed overnight on UFC.com.
Submitted Feb 13, 2008 11:01AM by madmarck - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
World Victory Road thoughts
Should be a good fight for Gomi I love watching him fight. The rest of the card is shaping up nicely as well. I may just book this night off work and drink beer and eat pizza.... WHOS WITH ME?!! If WVR keeps putting out cards like this I think they'll be serious competition for the UFC with in a year or two!
Submitted Feb 13, 2008 8:43AM by SmileR - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations

As reported yesterday, Mirko Cro Cop is going to be in Japan today at a press conference to make an announcement regarding his future. What we didn’t know was what the announcement was going to be, but now Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer is reporting that Cro Cop is going to be at a press conference that’ll be held by FEG. The Fighting Entertainment Group (FEG) actually owns K-1 and its sub-division HERO’s. FEG was going to hold a press conference today prior to the Cro Cop announcement but now it only makes sense that he would be in Japan today. A translation of K-1 HERO’s official website says, “big-time athletes are scheduled to fight in an emergency visit to Japan” and by “fight” we assume that it actually means appear at the press conference. I’m sure you’re all wondering “isn’t Mirko Cro Cop under contract with the UFC?” The simple answer is yes, but Meltzer is reporting that the UFC has been in the process of attempting to restructure Mirko’s contract which would force him to take a paycut. Obviously nobody would willingly give up money so it looks like the UFC may let the former PRIDE open weight Grand Prix champion out of his six-fight deal after only three fights. We’ll have more details on this situation as we get it, but for now it looks like the next Mirko Cro Cop fight we’ll see will be in a ring and not a cage.
Submitted Feb 13, 2008 5:55AM by NatedawgThaM - 25 comments
Filed under: General MMA
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