February 2010 MMA News Archive - Page 6
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Rick Hawn meets Braulio Estima in catchweight contest at Shine Fights III
Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Braulio Estima (0-0), the 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club 88-kilogram and Absolute division champion, is likely to make his mixed martial arts debut at Shine Fights III against Judo practitioner Rick Hawn (3-0).
Rumors of Fedor Emelianenko vs Brock Lesnar in the UFC Swirl as Strikeforce Fails to Control the Narrative
After Latest Action, UFC Hopeful For "Decided Downturn" In Illegal PPV Streaming
Lawyers representing the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the owner of a Web site whom they allege sells pirated UFC content. The U.S. District Court suit says Moazzam Gandu, a resident of Stafford, Va., and the alleged owner/operator of Rage-Streams.net, violated copyright laws by charging customers fees to view pirated UFC pay-per-view streams and past UFC fights. The suit asks for up to $150,000 per copyright infringement, plus legal costs, revenue earned from the website, and a halt to its operation. The suit charges Gandu with using UFC logos to promote his Web site's service and undercut channels for the promotion's authorized content. By example, it says Rage-Streams.net offers a stream of the promotion's upcoming UFC 110 pay-per-view event for $6.99, while the UFC and authorized partner Yahoo! Sports charges $44.95. It also claims the website gives its customers the ability to keep and spread pirated content after subscribing to the service. As a result, the lawsuit says, the UFC has suffered damage to its brand and bottom line. The site has been taken down but subpoenaing the IP addresses and usernames of online pirates was still "absolutely" possible.
Jens Pulver: 'The athlete in me ain't ready to die yet'
"I was very close. I was done. I just didn't make the announcement. I told Dana and everybody that it was over. The name Jens Pulver was done.... That's the mortality I was talking about after the fight. People were rushing me to say goodbye to something I've done my whole life. I got really bitter about it. This is all I've known my whole life. This stuff saved my life. And people are gonna tell me when I'm done? F**k that."
Staph infection sends injured Benji Radach back under the knife
Stop me if you've heard this before.... Benji Radach has endured a setback to his career due to injury.A victim of an endless laundry list of physical ailments - broken jaw, herniated disc, torn knee ligaments, broken hands, broken collarbone, and of course, the commonly seen venumnous spider bite - Radach can add a couple more injuries to that unwelcomed list.
Team Grindhouse's Eric Marriott completes Bellator's season-two 145-pound tourney
Former Midwest Cage Championship featherweight champion Eric Marriott (17-2) is the eighth and final fighter to join Bellator Fighting Championships' season-two featherweight tournament.MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the likelihood of Marriott's involvement this past November, and Bellator officials today made an official announcement.
Shamar Bailey replaces injured Bryan Travers on Strikeforce Challengers VII main card
Shamar Bailey (10-1 MMA, 1-0 SF) has replaced an injured Bryan Travers (13-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) and meets Justin Wilcox (8-3 MMA, 2-1 SF) on the main card of next month's Strikeforce Challengers VII event, the promotion today announced.
Zuffa brings legal action against dot-com that streams unlicensed feeds of UFC programming
After UFC President Dana White vowed to make life miserable for the chiselers who stream illegal feeds of live UFC programming, the Las Vegas Sun reports that the Zuffa legal team may have bagged their latest casualty in the war on pirates.
"Super Hulk" champ Ikuhisa Minowa receives belt, added to DREAM.13 in March
The unlikely winner of DREAM's 2009 "Super Hulk" open-weight tournament, Ikuhisa Minowa (44-30-8), will return to action at the upcoming DREAM.13 event in March.DREAM officials recently announced the addition of Minowa to the card while simultaneously awarding him a belt for the "Super Hulk" title.
Strikeforce Challengers VI weigh-ins open to public in San Jose on Feb. 25
The next installment of Strikeforce's Showtime-televised "Challengers" series takes place next week, and fans are invited to the official fighter weigh-ins."Strikeforce Challengers VI: Prangley vs. Amoussou" takes place Friday, Feb. 26 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, Calif.
UFC 116 Possibly July 3, Could Mark Lesnar Return
For the Independence Day weekend this year, UFC returns to the mothership-Las Vegas-for what could be another big holiday weekend event. The NSAC has received a request from UFC for a July 3 event date, probably at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and the event could be headlined by the return of UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Approval of the date & venue won't come until an upcoming NSAC meeting, but is expected when it does.
Heath Herring clarifies recent UFC criticism, says non-fight ventures simply more lucrative
“I think the whole five Ferrari comment is that at this point in my career, I’m actually making less money than when I was younger and I was 23 years old,” Herring told MMAjunkie.com. “Like I said, I’ve got these business opportunities that have arisen, and it actually makes more sense for me to try to do that financially than try to take the time out and fight. That’s the decision I’m being faced with right now.” It wasn’t an easy decision, he noted. “It’s obviously a risk that I wrestle with on a daily basis,” he said. “It’s been a very tough decision for me. But with my current contract, I feel like I’ve hit the glass ceiling, so to speak. It’s not that I don’t ever want to fight again. But I have to be intelligent with my body and my time, and (if) I can find something that pays off better, I need to go down that road. “I’ve got a lot of scars and wounds but not a lot to show for it. It’s like, ‘Do you want to keep destroying your body?’ I love fighting. But it’s like you wake up one day – and I’m almost 32 years old now – and you say, ‘What have I really done? What’s the legacy I’ve left for my child and my family, other than do you want to watch me on YouTube? You want to watch me on Spike TV?’
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Report: Cro Cop Cut In Sparring, 110 Fight Still On
It keeps getting weirder in Australia. Just 24 hours after learning that his kickboxer opponent Ben Rothwell is out ot UFC 110 and will be replaced by a ground fighter, Mirko Cro Cop has reportedly had more bad news. According to sources in Croatia, he has received a bad cut in a pre-fight sparring workout and has had to have stitches. Despite this cut, all indicatiions at this point are his 110 fight, now against Anthony Perosh, is still on.
Anthony Perosh: 'I'm going to try and take Cro Cop down and choke him out'
I actually said ‘no’ (to replacing Ben Rothwell) originally. I look up to Cro Cop and he’s a fellow Croatian. My parents are Croatian and I’ve actually been training the other Croatians appearing on this UFC 110 card. I then went and watched yesterday’s (Thursday) press conference and listened to the comment Dana White made about how many fighters actually turn down opportunities.
Trainer Talks Nick Diaz's Marijuana Use
“People who don’t like Nick Diaz, that doesn’t make sense to me because here’s a guy who has never put a syringe in his (expletive) in his life. He’s a clean fighter. That’s the way it is,” said Gracie. “He wants to smoke a little weed every once in a while. Who am I to say what a grown man can do? That’s my take on it.”
Not So Fast, Kennedy & Villasenor Says No Offer
It turns out a reportedly proposed fight between Strikeforce middleweights Tim Kennedy and Joey Villasenor hasn’t been proposed after all. MMAWeekly.com originally reported that sources indicated the fighters had been offered and agreed to the bout, but follow-ups with both revealed a different scenario.
Anthony Johnson Isn't Dumb Enough To Fight John Howard With A Bum Knee
And it's a lingering injury at that, as in 18 months. "It's my meniscus again. It's been torn for a year and a half now. I ain't dumb enough to fight this guy injured, especially after so much trash talking between me and him. He's a tough fighter and I guarantee his leg kick would have done more damage to my knee. That would be dumb to go in there and I'm smarter than that. I'm not ducking this guy. I promise you we're gonna fight no matter what. We will fight. Can I say when? No, but when my knee is fixed and 100 percent, oh hell yeah." That might not be until the later part of this year though.
Fight Path: Olympic hopeful and UFC newcomer Mario Miranda a natural at MMA
In leaving behind his home, family and fitness gym owned by his aunt where he trained in jiu jitsu throughout his youth, Miranda moved to Boston. There was no special reason, really, just a relative who lived there and an opportunity to try something new.
Overeem is BIIIIG...
And here's why....
Changes to UFC 110 Card
This sucks. A shoulder injury suffered by Elvis Sinosic has forced the cancellation of his rematch with countryman Chris Haseman, and heavyweight Ben Rothwell has been sidelined by an illness, forcing him out of his bout with Mirko Cro Cop. Australian veteran Anthony Perosh will step in to face Mirko Cro Cop.