January 2008 MMA News Archive - Page 4
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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.
Drew McFedries - An 'Old Dog' with Bite
Very good read about McFedries.
Lesnar To Headline UFC 86?
The UK newspaper The Sun is claiming that Brock Lesnar will be in the main event at UFC 86 on June 14 in London. The reason is likely Brock's massive popularity he gained in the UK during his wrestling career.
Another WWE Wrestler Joining MMA
Bobby Lashley is the latest pro wrestler to join the world of MMA. Scrubsports.com is again the 1st to break this news. If you remember they were the 1st to break the news of the WCO show being cancelled. Lashley hasn't appeared on WWE camera's for months now and should've been back a long time ago. Fans wondered what happened to him and just today, I received word that he is done with the WWE and has been training MMA in hopes of landing a contract somewhere. God help us all!
Submitted Jan 23, 2008 3:44PM by tberg420 - 81 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Miscellaneous
Guida Added To UFC's Return To Colorado
Clay Guida will look to return to his winning ways on April 2 in Denver, CO and will face UFC newcomer, Samy Schiavo, in his debut fight as sources close to the fight have confirmed with MMAWeekly.com. While the bout agreements have not been signed, this fight is expected to take place during the UFC Fight Night as a lead in to the 7th season of the “Ultimate Fighter” show featuring Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin as coaches.